Archive for the 'desserts' Category

07
Jun
18

Chocolate Shortbread olé

A chocolate type cookie , easy to make, cinnamon and a bit of chili powder. I choose to use smoked chili powder and it is way in the background in the taste of the cookies.

From a Nestle recipe book, instead of pecans , walnuts were used.

  • 8oz chocolate bits, ghirardelli chocolate chips used
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 inch cayenne pepper (smoked dried chili flakes used)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 sticks butter
  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans, (walnuts used)

Melt the chocolate

Mix the sugar and butter till fluffy, add the melted chocolate.

Combine the flour, cinnamon and chili pepper, and stir into the above.

Stir in the nuts.

Shape into 1 inch balls (or use a scooper)  and then press them to flatten with a glass bottom coated in sugar.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes.

My cookies were a bit dry but none the less, very good.

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prep, toast the walnuts, melt the chocolate

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cookie dough

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press with a sugar coated cup

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ready to bake

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cooling

18
May
18

Almond butter crackers

An easy to bake sweet cracker, various recipes exist that can be modified by the type of sugar, butter and nuts. Some recommend vanilla extract be added.

  • Club brand crackers, plain
  • 3/4 of a stick of butter and margarine
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • sliced almonds

Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the crackers to cover the cookie sheet with no gaps. The amount  of crackers and size of cookie sheet varies from each recipe.

Bring the butter/margarine and sugar to a boil, similar to making a simple syrup. Boil for several minutes.

Spoon the syrup over the crackers. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with almonds.

We tried several iterations of this recipe, the best result was to get the syrup to just a slightly thick consistency and  apply it with a silicone basting brush. As for baking the crackers, closely watch till they turn a golden brown.

Makes a nice addition to a cup of coffee or tea, or an after dinner sweet.

One version (not pictured) was made with the addition of unsweetened chocolate to the syrup, using a double layer of crackers, applying course chop walnuts topping.

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08
Apr
18

Citrus cake

Fom  Blogtasticfood.com

225 grams plain flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

115 grams caster sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 lime zested

1 lemon zested

115 ml milk

115 grams yogurt

2 large eggs

115 grams butter melted

2 teaspoons rose water

Lemon and lime for garnish

……………….. Citrus Butter Cream ………………

125 grams salted butter softened

250 grams icing sugar, 10x sugar

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 tablespoon lemon juice

A few drops of rose water.

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Oven preheat at 350 degrees.

Prepare a baking tin with butter and baking paper. Usually about 8 inch round.

Mix and sift the dry ingredients with the lemon and lime zest.

Whisk together the milk, yogurt, eggs, melted butter and rose water.

Add the liquids to the the dry ingredients, whisk till mixed, no lumps are in the batter and spread in tin.

Bake about 45 minutes.

Make the frosting and decorate as necessary.

Cut cake into 2 layers, with frosting with Easter decorations.

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Good cake but in my opinion very sweet frosting.

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Baking while the power is out?  The oven thermostat controls do not work during the loss of electricity  rendering the oven useless.

During a winter storm power outage it was still possible to bake or should I say steam a cake. Basically the same recipe steamed in a metal pan over boiling water.

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Completed cake less the frosting.

 

 

 

19
Feb
18

swedish cardamon rusk ,norwegian tea cakes

 

I like cookies, but love the flavor of crisp rusk and tea cakes, similar to twice baked dried cookie like biscotti. Not as sweet as the chocolate chip cookie is, but superior is the texture and flavor of the crispy cakes  as far as I’m concerned.

Two recipes here that were baked more than once during the Holiday season !

Diane makes this recipe…..

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courtesy of Taste Of Home cookbook

 

 

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fresh ground from the mortar and pestile , cardamon.

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My recipe, I like the ginger and cinnamon addition

from recipe reminiscing

Norwegian Christmas tea cakes

  • 4 eggs
  • 125 grams sugar 4.5oz
  • 25 butter 1 oz
  • 450 grams sifted flour 16oz
  • 1.5 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cardamon
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, ground
  • 50 grams almounds finelt chopped 2 oz
  • 2 tablespoon nib sugar

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……perhaps a bit over baked but the crisp edges are OK to me!

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another rendition of the tea cake recipe, more presentable, rolled with the sugar and almonds.

07
Nov
17

Autumn Apples with Cream

Even though apples are mostly available year round, fall is the time for apple recipes that highlight different types of apples. Cortland and Macintosh used here.

Core and section 2 apples. I’ve cut the sections in half that resulted from the core/cutter use.

In your favorite saute pan, start the apples cooking over medium high heat.

Add some butter and a few cardamom seeds…..

 

sprinkle the bubbling mixture with brown sugar, cinnamon and a splash of orange blossom water if available.

 

cook and stir the apples till they are finished to your liking.

Serve the apples with a topping of frozen vanilla cream , ice cream, or even just pour over heavy cream.

 

Let the frozen cream melt into the apples and enjoy !

(a bit of granola topping would be a good addition)

 

01
Oct
17

Grapenut Pudding

I can’t take credit for this simple nutritious recipe. My wife makes this periodically also known as a custard to some.

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One of those handed down faded paper recipes folded and retained for easy access.

 

The recipe, doubled, just fills a rectangular glass ware baking dish, placed in a water bath in a large broiler pan.

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The richness can vary, ranging from any combination from low-fat milk to heavy cream for the milk component. The  grapenuts are the type usually found along side breakfast cereals at the market. Fresh grated nutmeg a plus, an anytime snack  kept in the fridge that doesn’t last long !

 

27
Jul
17

Blueberry Sour Cream Pound Cake

Here’s a recipe that Diane made, a rich sweet pound cake. A small slice suffices even without coffee.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/70828/blueberry-sour-cream-coffee-cake/

 




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