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130131 – soy & ginger roasted edamame
130215, 11:15 am
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130131_roastedEdamame

This was so easy to make and tasted great.  And…. it was the first ‘recipe’ I made from scratch myself!

The edamame come out slightly crunchy and full of flavor.  The minced ginger are especially tasty.

  • 8 oz frozen shelled edamame
  • 1 T minced fresh ginger (essential!)
  • 1 1/2 T soy sauce
  • 1 T canola oil
  • salt and fresh ground pepper
  1. preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. rinse the edamame in a sieve under lukewarm water to thaw.  pat dry in a paper or clean dishtowel.
  3. in a small bowl, toss edamame with oil, soy sauce, and ginger.
  4. spread mixture evenly over baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. cook for 30-40 minutes, until they become golden, stirring every 10 minutes.


100124 – Sunday Scones – Healthified
100124, 10:56 pm
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I seem to be a little rusty at the baking lately.  First my Pugliese and now these…

I woke up this Sunday morning with a HUGE craving for scones.  So I consulted my nearest cookbook and was dismayed to find just as much flour as butter in the recipe.  So I ran the other way and replaced all of the butter with applesauce.  I  found dried buttermilk on my last trip to Whole Foods and used it for the first time in this recipe.  The stuff is SUCH a good deal.  Less than $4 for 15 Cups worth of buttermilk – and it won’t go bad for a long time.  We have bought a lot of buttermilk whilst married and I think we may have only finished off one container of it before going bad.  I digress.  These scones tasted better than they looked.  They had a sorta ‘healthy’ taste, but still good.

  • 3/4 C rolled oats
  • 1 C wheat pastry flour
  • 1 C all purpose flour
  • 1/3 C raw sugar
  • 1 generous t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 3 1/2 T unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 C dried currants
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 generous t vanilla extract
  • 2 T buttermilk powder + 1/4 C water + extra for glaze -OR- 1/2 C buttermilk + extra for glaze
  • 3 T brown sugar for glaze
  • 1 t cinnamon for glaze
  1. preheat oven to 350°
  2. Mix dry ingredients together.  Add the applesauce and mash it in with your fingers until the mixture resembles a course meal.  Add the currants (or whatever dried fruit you prefer).
  3. Lightly beat the eggs, add 1/4 C water, and vanilla.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and using a fork, mix into the dry mixture until it forms sticky dough
  4. turn out dough onto lightly floured counter, and with floured hands, gently form into 8 inch dia. circle.
  5. cut into 8 slices, and transfer to a parchment-covered or greased) baking sheet.
  6. glaze scone wedges with extra buttermilk, then sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.
  7. bake 18 min in preheated oven.


091028 – Panettone | BBA #24
091029, 10:15 pm
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Baby Panetonne

FINALLY!  I got back in the kitchen and made some bread!  It feels like ages.  I have been away the last two (three?) weekends and just couldn’t wait till this weekend to get back into it.  I have been doing more cooking than the blog suggests, but it takes more than i have these days to post every good thing i eat.  Maybe this weekend i will get around to retro-posting some highlights.

This was not a good recipe to choose to make during the week after work.  Especially not while making dinner, trying to bike on the trainer for an hour, and getting up at 6 to run before work the next morning.  I think the bread came out pretty well, but I sacrificed the run.

My experience of this bread was ruined from the start by the perfectly delicious Panettone that I ate last Christmas.  It was my first ever panettone experience.  One of our consultants shelled out hundreds of dollars to ship us (us = the architecture firm i was working in) – a REAL Milanese Panettone.  Despite it’s massive size, the crumb was as airy like a croissant with a perfect distribution of candied fruits and nuts.

My first panettone probably weighed 20 lbs. and I can only imagine that it had baked for hours.  My petit panettone on the other hand, took roughly 40 minutes.   I checked at 20, 25, and 30 waiting for the tops to be golden brown, and i think 40 minutes was a bit too long and dried them out too much.  The big one (below) took about 1:20 and seems just right (texture-wise, i know it isn’t pretty).  I don’t have a thermometer for it yet, but I know my oven is on the cool side.    I was VERY glad i chose to use my mixer for the whole kneading process on this one.  It was sticky, tacky dough (I may have been heavy handed with the rum) and i would have added too much flour had i kneaded by hand.

Panetonne Grande

This bread in particular has made me appreciate the amount of quality control that goes into professional baking.  To make this bread come out consistently good WHILE making a profit on the effort must be a real challenge.



091014 – Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cookies
091016, 10:22 pm
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Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cookies

These were sooo good!  I was worried that they would come out too carrot-y, but they were GREAT!  Next time i would consider adding whole or ground flax seeds, and more carrots and oats.

  • 1 1/4 C all purpose flour
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 2 C oats
  • 2 C grated carrots
  • 3/4 C raisins
  • 1/2 C unsweetened applesauce (no oil!)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.  Mix together egg, applesauce, and sugar in a large bowl.  Combine flour, baking soda, and spices in another bowl.
  2. Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients then add carrots, raisins, and oats.  (add more oats as needed)
  3. Bake for 12-14 minutes in preheated oven, or until cooked through.  Eat immediately!


091003 – Pumpkin Gingerbread | BOM
091004, 10:33 am
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Pumpkin Ginger Muffin

This is my first experience with the ‘Bread of the Month‘ (BOM) group on Facebook.  Based on this experience, it will not be my last. This pumpkin gingerbread was so easy and good!  And festive!

  • 3 C sugar (that’s right)
  • 1 C canola oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 C water
  • 15 oz. canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 t ginger
  • 1 t allspice
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 t ground cloves
  • 3 1/2 C all purpose flour
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 C chopped walnuts (optional)
  1. combine oil, sugar, and eggs in a large bowl and mix until smooth. Add water, stir in water, then pumpkin, then spices.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients just until they are mixed through.
  4. Pour into greased (spray oiled) loaf pan + muffin tin, sprinkle with chopped walnuts if desired, and bake until a cooked all the way through – about 50 min. for muffins, 70 minutes for the loaf.


090924 – fig jam
090926, 10:01 pm
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Fig Jam

I made this a few days ago, but what better time to pull out old recipes than when I’m out of cooking commission? Joe even had to tend to our pizza dough last night!

This semi-spicy fig jam recipe goes best with cheese.  The best I could do at the time was cheddar, and sadly the best crackers i had around were saltines.  It was very, very tasty – the only shame is that the cheese and crackers didn’t do the good jam justice.

  • 1 1/2 C diced fresh figs (6-10 figs, depending on the size of the figs)
  • 1/2 C seeded, peeled orange, diced (up to 1 small navel orange diced)
  • 1 1/2 C of sugar (I used 1 C)
  • 1 1/2 t grated orange peel
  • 3 T lemon juice
  • 1/4 t ground ginger
  • 1/4 t ground cloves
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t butter

step 1:

Measured

Combine all the ingredients in a microwave safe container and let it sit for 30 minutes.  This lets the fruit macerate in the sugar.

step 2:

DONE!

Microwave  on high for 7 minutes, stop cooking, and stir.  Continue cooking for another 6 minutes, stopping to stir ever couple minutes.  After a total of about 13 minutes, the mixture should become viscous.

step 3:

Test

Test the jam’s viscosity with a spoon.  If the liquid begins to firm up before it drips, it is done.  I plan to finish eating mine within a week, so I have it refrigerated in a plastic container.  If you want to save it long term, check out the USDA canning guidelines here.






090817 – Lavash Crackers | BBA #17
090818, 10:31 pm
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Lavash Crackers

BBA #17

These ‘crackers’ were really tasty!  The dough was just as Peter Reinhart described; silk smooth and hard, yet relatively elastic.  I was worried when i first started kneading because the dough took a while to homogenize. Eventually it did come together and pass the windowpane test.

After it FINALLY doubled (after profing for about 2 hours), I rolled it out to esentially cover the sheet pan (the book said to make a 12″ x 15″ rectangle), yet the dough was still too thick.  Next time , i will cut the dough in half before rolling it out and roll it until about 1/8″ thick.  I topped the crackers with four different spices: black sesame seeds, garlic-ginger medditeranian spice blend, paprika, and kosher salt., and sliced the sheet into diamond shapes before baking.  They baked for about 25-26 minutes and tasted GREAT with red pepper hummus.

Lavash Sheet

Here is the link for FLICKR photos!




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