I know it’s been a long time, I’ve moved to a new job in Dallas so I’ve been mostly without my kitchen (or any kitchen at all for a while) and suffering some serious withdrawal symptoms. I really miss my big kitchen and all my cooking supplies that just don’t fit in my apartment here. I’m going …
This is a challenge I could really appreciate! Freshly baked croissants, using Julia Child’s recipe. What could be better? Although I love them I’ve never attempted these before and I have to admit it takes a while, mostly just waiting for them to rise though so the actual work wasn’t …
I’m sad to say this dish was just not very photogenic. It has great flavor and was a big hit with family and friends but I just couldn’t get a good picture so I had put off posting it. However, it was very tasty and I’ve been requested to put it up so here it is!
Printable Recipe for Potato Leek Tart
1 pkg frozen puff pastry
4 slices of bacon chopped finely (optional)
2 large well washed and finely sliced leeks
3 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 lb peeled medium diced potatoes (I used Yukon Gold)
1 cup heavy cream
4 ounces finely grated Gruyère cheese
Place both sheets of pastry on a jelly roll pan pinching together the sheets in the middle to make one single layers and bake at 400 degrees for approx 5 minutes – it will not be fully done. Remove from the oven and set aside, then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees.
Boil the potatoes in a large pot for 15-20 minutes, they should be firm but mostly cooked.
In a large skillet or dutch oven, fry the bacon pieces until crisp.
Add the sliced leeks and cook until wilted.
Add the garlic and pepper and sauté for 1 minute
Add the cream 1/4 cup at a time while stirring constantly and allow most of it to absorb before adding another 1/4 cup.
Add the potatoes and mix well.
Add 1/2 of the cheese
Pour onto the partially baked tart shell and spread evenly.
Sprinkle with the remaining grated cheese. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the filling is browned and bubbling.
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The March 2011 Daring Baker’s Challenge was hosted by Ria of Ria’s Collection and Jamie of Life’s a Feast. Ria and Jamie challenged The Daring Bakers to bake a yeasted Meringue Coffee Cake. Since the recipe conveniently makes enough for two coffee cakes, I made a sweet (lime cream and …
Photo recipe for German Pancake (Dutch Baby) with fresh blueberry sauce
So far I’ve been dismal in my attempts to be more healthy but today I made progress and it wasn’t even painful. Don’t worry, I’m not up to tofu yet and my “no carb left behind” lifestyle will surely take time to reform but I’m making baby steps. These muffins are really good and an improvement over my usual; by my standards these are positively healthy with eggs for protein, olive oil not butter, not too much sugar (which you could replace with Splenda) and whole wheat flour. Of course, nobody can expect miracles overnight so I stuck with real sugar and a “white whole wheat” from King Arthur Flour. According to the package it is “100% of the wheat germ and bran” with a “lighter color and milder flavor” which seemed like a good thing for a lemon theme. They are not “cakey” but more dense, like the texture of a corn muffin but without the corn flavor. They are sweet enough to eat for breakfast, but not so sweet you couldn’t serve with a meal, especially if you leave off the glaze.
The ingredients are:
- 4 cups whole-wheat flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups sugar (or Splenda)
- 4 lemons, zested and juiced
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 6 eggs
- 1 Tablespoon fresh basil chopped finely
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.
1. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and set aside.
2. Zest and juice the lemons. Use the zester for one lemon and the microplane for three. Reserve the juice and zest (fine) of one lemon for the glaze.
3. In the mixing bowl add the sugar and lemon zest and add the olive oil mixing on high speed.
4. Add the eggs one at a time.
5. Add 1/2 the flour mixture, then half the lemon juice mixing on low speed. Then add the remaining flour mixture and juice.
6. Add the basil and mix well. Of course you could leave this out, but it is surprisingly good, just enough to taste but not overpowering. You may have to scrape some lemon zest off the beaters, I find it best to use a spatula to do a final mix to make sure everything is well-distributed.
7. Place the batter in the muffin tins. I used mini-muffins and muffin top pans because I like the crispy outside.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean.
To make the glaze, in a small bowl add lemon juice to the powdered sugar until it forms a fairly thin glaze. Either use a pastry brush or dip the tops of the muffins into the bowl to coat the tops of each muffin.
Let them sit uncovered for about 1/2 hour and the glaze will soak in and form a thin crust.
Some things just seem too good to give up even when you get older. Maraschino cherries are one of those things. Every kid loves them, they make a soda turn into a Shirley Temple and you just can’t have ice cream sundaes without one. This recipe has been around forever …
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The 2010 December Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Penny of Sweet Sadie’s Baking. She chose to challenge Daring Bakers’ to make Stollen. She adapted a friend’s family recipe and combined it with information from friends, techniques from Peter Reinhart’s book………and Martha Stewart’s demonstration. I have never made Stollen, but …