Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Peanut Butter Caramel Sauce
1 Cup sugar
1 Tbsp corn syrup (this can be omitted)
1/4 cup water
1 Cup heavy cream
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (more to taste)
Place the sugar and corn syrup in a large heavy bottomed sauce pan, Pour the water in evenly around the sides of the pan. Cook over medium-high heat until it comes to a boil and place the lid on the saucepan for 2 minutes (the steam should develop and drip down the insides of the pan). At this point do not stir - it will cause granulation in your caramel sauce.
Remove the lid and boil until it the sugar becomes a dark amber color, gently swirling occasionally. Warm the cream in a saucepan, do not boil (or your stove will be a giant mess). Remove the pan from the heat and, while stirring, gently pour in the cream (it will bubbly vigorously and the caramel may solidify). Place back over the heat and gently stir until the caramel is simmering and melted together with the cream. Reduce heat to medium and add the vanilla, lemon juice peanut butter and salt and stir just until it comes back to a simmer.
At this point I normally take a very small 1/2 teaspoonful and put it in a glass ramekin so it cools quickly. Then I can taste the caramel and decide if it needs more salt. I use a very fine grained sea salt. If you use table salt you may need to increase the amount.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
This is an incredibly aromatic and delicious dish. My husband is Swiss. This is my version of his daughter's recipe (thanks Corinne!). I prefer to make this in a heavy bottom oven-proof pan
The traditional "Zurcher Geschneteltes" is made with well seared cubed veal. I have to admit when we visit Switzerland I willl eat this three times a week at The Baeren in Roggwil. This is traditionally served with Rosti or Spaetzle. It is equally good with noodles, rice, anything with the sauce is amazing.
Also, this lends well to chicken. I should try it someday with leftover turkey and white wine... ummm.
Pork ala Zurich
Heat oven to 325 degrees F.
1 Pork Tenderloin - silver skin removed, sliced very thinly (easiest if partially frozen)
1 pound sliced mushrooms (your choice, this was 8 oz button mushrooms and 8 ounce crimini)
1 onion, medium diced finely
3 cloves garlic, chopped finely
4 Tbsp butter
1 cup cream or and milk of your choice (the sauce will just be thinner, but every bit as tasty)*
1 cup red or white wine (or a mix this was 1/2 each, anything you would drink)
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (1 medium lemon)
1 Tbsp Sherry
1 Knorr Chicken Stock Gel
1 tsp Aromat (if not using Aromat use 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp Paprika)
1/4 tsp celery seeds (crushed or 1 tsp celery salt)
1 tsp Italian seasoning (I used Penzey's Pasta Sprinkle)
Fresh Ground Pepper
Melt 3 Tbsp butter in your skillet over medium-high heat. Sear your pork slices in 2 batches and remove to a plate. Sear the mushrooms in 2 batches. (Add the other Tbsp butter if you need to.) Saute the onions until tender, add the garlic and stir until fragrant. Add the Pork and first batch of mushrooms back into the pan and stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a simmer then cover and place in center of oven. I normally cook this for about an hour and a half, but it can be left in the oven for several hours with no detriment.
* If you use non-fat or 2 % milk you may want to thicken the sauce. To do this make a Beurre Manie, using 1 1/2 Tbsp butter and 1 1/2 Tbsp Flour. About 10 minutes before you are ready to serve place the pan on the burner over medium-high heat and stir in the Beurre Manie. It is important to simmer so that the flour is cooked.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
I recently purchased some "premium" malted milk balls. What a mistake - they had about a quarter of an inch of chocolate all the way around them. You could hardly taste any of the center - which for me is the point and pleasure of eating a malted milk ball.
I did some research and had a really hard time finding a true "homemade" recipe. (I am not interested in melting white choclate and blending in malted milk powder - yuck).
So I started off with a recipe on Yahoo Answers http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070411194516AAwWDZU
Here is my version.
4 egg whites
1/8 teaspoon Cream of Tarter
1/2 Cup White Sugar
1 Cup Confectionary Sugar
4 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
5 Tbsp Malt Powder
2 Tbsp Turbidino Sugar
Preheat oven to 225 degrees F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Sift together the confectioner's sugar, cocoa and malt powder.
Place the egg whites in a large mixing bowl of stand mixer. Use the whisk attachment and beat on slow then on high speed until beginning to froth. Add cream of tarter and slowly add the
granulated sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
Remove from stand and fold in the sifted ingredients. Then fold in the turbidino sugar (this adds the little texture tidbits).
Place in a piping bag and cut the tip to desired size. Pipe little balls onto parchment, space a litte bit away - mine spread and flattened slightly. (I'll work on twealking it).
I used piped part of the mixture onto a 9"parchment round to use for a tier inside a Chocolate Malted Milk Cake.
Bake for 50 - 60 minutes then turn off oven and prop open door with a wooden spoon. Leave in the oven to cool for at least 2 hours.
These can then be coated with melted chocolate or ganache.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
My husband is Swiss and he loves a nice loaf of hearty bread. This was adapted from "Laurel's Black Bread" that I found in The Oakland Press some time ago. The base recipe is very versatile. This is a great snowy or lazy day project.
By the way, I am a huge fan of Bob's Red Mill organic whole grain products.
1/3 cup Cracked Wheat (light bulger)
2 1/2 cups Water
1/4 cup Blackstrap Molasses
1/4 cup Agave Nectar
1 Tbsp active dry yeast
1 cup Gluten Flour
2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
4 Tbsp Olive Oil (divided)
1/3 cup Oat Bran Flour
1 cup Rye Flour
1 cup Wheat Germ
1/2 cup Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
1/2 to 1 cup additional whole wheat flour
2 Egg Whites
1 tsp Cold Water
Additional inclusions: you can pretty much add anything you like to the bread when you shape it. I divide the dough in thirds and make 3 kinds. Today’s versions were:
Sunflower: 1/4 cup Sunflower Seeds
Cinnamon Raisin: A handful of Raisins (about 1/4 cup) sprinkled with Saigon Cinnamon
Sun Dried Tomato: A good squeeze of Sun dried Tomato Paste (About 1 1/2 Tbsp), a sprinkle of dried Oregano and a handful of Sun Dried Tomatoes - chopped.
Over medium heat, bring the cracked wheat, water, molasses and agave to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and pour into your stand mixer bowl. Insert a thermometer and wait till it cools to 110 degrees F (mine took 25 minutes to cool). Sprinkle with yeast and add the gluten flour and 2 cups of whole wheat flour. Mix on low speed with the paddle attachment for 2 minutes, scrape down the blow and raise the speed to #2 for 2 minutes, scrape and beat on speed #3 for 2 minutes. Remove paddle, sprinkle with 2 Tbsp of the olive oil and cover with plastic wrap for 15 minutes.
Next I put the rye flour, oat bran flour, wheat germ, oats and salt on a piece of parchment paper and mixed it around a little.
Insert the dough hook onto the blender and, with the speed on low, very slowly add the flours into the mixing bowl and let the machine run to blend it well. (My mixer tends to want to dance around at this point, so I don't leave it unattended.) Then raise the speed to 2 and let it run until all the ingredients become a homogenous mass. Raise the speed to 3 and let it run for another 3 minutes.
Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the wheat flour onto your kneading surface. You may or may not need the other 1/2 cup. Begin to knead and knead in the additional flour until the dough is no longer sticky.
Pour the remaining 2 Tbsp Olive Oil into a large bowl. Put the dough into the bowl, turning to coat all sides with the olive oil. Cover with plastic wrap and a tea towel. Let rise until doubled, about an hour.
Punch down dough and divide it into thirds. Press into a circle, leaving the center slightly elevated. Spread whatever flavor/filling you want to about 1/2" from sides.
Now, this is how to shape you loaf into a nice dense one. Fold over all the edges and make into a circular shape, the flip over and cup with your hands, pressing the dough downward and squeezing the folded edges together with your fingertips. Spin the dough a quarter turn and repeat the process until you have a tightly shaped loaf and you will just start to see your filling through the dough. Roll the bottom of the loaf in oats. Place on a cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper. (Two will fit on 1 sheet.) Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, a little over an hour.
Now whisk together the egg white and water and strain through a fine mesh sieve. Brush the top of each loaf and sprinkle with desired topping(s).
I topped the Sunflower Loaf with Sunflowers, the Cinnamon Raisin Loaf with Oats and the Sun Dried Tomato Bread with a little Kosher Salt.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
I love a great veggie burger. Seeing Guy Fieri make "Morgan's Veggie Patties", http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/guy-fieri/morgans-veggie-patties-recipe/index.html on The Food Network really got me excited. I finally pulled my version together based on my personal preferences and what I had on hand. Here is my version. This is definitely worth the effort.
Creative Epicures Ultimate Veggie Patties
This makes 8 large patties
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 medium diced red onion
1/4 medium red bell peppers diced
1 diced Serrano chili
1/4 cup diced, thawed frozen artichokes
1 1/2 tablespoons diced garlic
3 cloves roasted garlic
1/4 cup frozen corn
1 can no-sodium chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 can low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can low sodium Cannelini (white kidney beans) beans, drained and rinsed
9 ounces old-fashioned rolled oats by weight
1 tsp Hungarian paprika
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp red chili flakes
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp celery salt
1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
4 tablespoons seasoned bread crumbs
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Garlic Clove, gently smashed, still intact
In a medium saute pan heat 2 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat, while you prep the veggies. Add the red onion, red peppers, Serrano chili, and artichokes and reduce the heat to low and slowly sweat out the veggies until the onions are translucent and just starting to caramelize. Add in the garlic and cook about a minute until fragrant. Turn off the heat and leave the pan on the burner to cool slightly.
In a dry pan, roast the frozen corn until it is thawed and has browned slightly, shaking the pan occasionally to get a nice even color.
I pan toasted my chili powder, cumin and paprika until fragrant - personal preference to enhance their flavors.
Pulse 1/2 of the chick peas in a food processor about 5 times, you don't want to puree them, just break them into small bits. This lends an interesting texture to the final burgers.
Dump the beans and processed chick peas into a large bowl. Add the sauteed vegetables and corn and mix well (this will help to cool the veggies so you don't end up cooking the eggs). Dump in your oats, spices, bread crumbs and eggs and then squish the whole thing together into a homogeneous mixture. Crushing some of the beans, but leaving some whole for texture and interest.
Form into 3 inch patties. I used a biscuit cutter, which I lined with plastic wrap spooned the filling in and folded the plastic over and really pressed the mixture in firmly. Then place the wrapped patties onto a baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour before frying. You could freeze them at this point, but I haven't tried this yet - too good.
To fry preheat your oil and garlic clove in a medium frying pan over medium-low heat until the clove is gently brown. Remove the garlic clove and crank up the heat to medium-high heat until shimmering. Gently place the desired number of patties in your pan and fry on each side about 3 minutes, until a deep golden brown crust forms.
* If you use a larger pan - use more oil so that the burgers will create the nice crust that will hold them together. I tried some with flour coating at first, but this was unnecessary - better flavor without the flour.
I have tried this topped with smashed avacado and on top of green taco sauce, both were fantastic!