Posts Tagged ‘sugar

31
Mar
21

corn dog bites

Usually not a New England regional recipe, corn dogs, but since we have some hot dogs, this looks like a different recipe. We enjoy corn bread once and while and this is a good finger food snack option. The original corn dog recipe requires deep frying hot dogs covered with batter. This recipe just requires baking.

Use mini muffin tins, essentially a corn mini muffin with a piece of hot dog in the middle.

Adapted from a YouTube recipe from the Food Network.

Your quantities may vary .

  • 4 hot dogs, sliced to bite size pieces
  • __________________________________
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk or 1/2 cup milk soured with a bit of vinegar.
  • 1 egg
  • _____________________________________
  • 1/2 cup corn meal (I used dry masa)
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ______________________________-

Combine wet ingredient list and in another bowl dry ingredients list, mix both together till incorporated like a muffin mix.. (you could of course use a prepared box mix.)

Fill half way the muffin tins with the batter, greased or use those fancy pleated paper liners if so desired.

Push in the pieces of sliced hot dogs into the batter.

Bake 375 for about 10 minutes.

I ended up with more hot dog pieces than batter so the last few muffins have 2 pieces in each muffin. Our mini muffins tins may be larger than normal. If you place your sliced hotdog piece, the diameter horizontally, perfectly in the middle of the muffin batter, then slice it horizontally after baking, you have a round cornbread donut shape, with a hot dog in the middle to place on a tray. (didn’t get a picture of that).

The hot dog bites are good as is, but to enhance the serving, provide some dipping sauces , mustard and ketchup are a favorite.

get the ingredients ready

20
Dec
19

Apple with cardamon sugar,ginger and cinnamon

Illustrations,

Apple sections , grind cardamom seeds with sugar , grate ginger and cinnamon bark over apple (those adverse to sugar, honey is an alternative.)

Microwave several minutes, or bake

Not only pleasing to the taste but aromatic to your kitchen as well.

08
Dec
19

easy fast cranberry sauce

A typical holiday recipe still even better with the use of the instant pot pressure cooker. I find I don’t have to stir and watch a pot on the stove, the machine does automatic  cooking for me. Total cooking time of the instant pot was ~12 minutes from closing  to opening.  The results were just as good as on the stove. (Duo Mini Instant Pot)

Adapted from the recipe on a you tube Food Network Video.

Gather the following ingredients :

  • 12 oz  bag cranberries , (either fresh or frozen)
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cup sugar

(I preheat the instant pot by setting it on saute, then cancel and set to pressure cook when ready to cover and seal)

Peel the orange skin, add to the above ingredients

Add all the ingredients, stir to combine

Squeeze the orange  juice  into the  the instant pot

Cover, set to pressure cook (high) for two minutes.

When cooking cycle is complete, jar and refrigerate.

It’s the Holiday season so decorate some jars and make a gift of the sauce !

 

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Of course you can vary the ingredients to taste.

12
Nov
19

Apple cranberry crisp

It’s fall weather time and if the cold blast prewinter weather cools you off then it’s apple crisp time.

Recipes abound, this one I like that adds the cranberries for tartness. You can cut back or eliminate the sugar with a substitute if you please.

4 apples (or whatever harvest will give you.)

1 & 1/2 cup cranberries,( I keep a few bags in the freezer)

1/3 cup sugar (or substitute)

3 tbls AP flour Or substitute

Zest (I used lemon juice)

Topping:

1/2 cup flour or equivalent (some rice flour substituted)

1/2 cup oats, either quick cook or steel cut ,your preference.

1/3 cup light brown sugar or substitute

1/4 cup almonds sliced

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, fresh grated for me.

Pinch of salt

1/4 cup unsalted butter

Mix the first 5 ingredients in a bowl, I lined a 10 inch baking pan with aluminum foil, and added the mix.

You can rinse out and dry the bowl, add the rest of the topping ingredients, mix with a pastry blender, spread on top, bake in a 350 degree farenheit oven for about 30 – 40 minutes.

Let cool slightly, best with rich vanilla ice cream, and /or whipped cream.

From the oven

Plated, yes I ran the broiler for some char!

25
Aug
19

recipe replicate II,

Back again, actually I made this recipe before the last posting…

again one from  myfavoritepastime.com  Buchty Dough Recipe

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after sifting ingredients, make a well in the center and add milk and melted butter.

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Start to mix the dough slowly as NOT to incorporate all the flour at this time. flick some of the flour over the mixture and let stand covered about 30minutes….kinda like the last recipe I posted…

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The result  after 30 minutes

 

Gradually add the beaten egg, knead in the mixer about 8 minutes

Now for the usual, let stand covered for about an hour….

This time your going to divide into 16 sections….

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Now you’ve got an 8 by 8 inch pan prepped, so fill it with the 16 formed balls of dough, with added butter brushed on.

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An amazing rise !  Hungry already !

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One variation of this recipe from the basic dough recipe is a either sesame or poppy seed filling, I opted for plain dough recipe with black sesame topping

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after a bake time, browned and done

excellent crumb !

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Fluffy pull apart goodness !

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Broil, or toast test reveals the texture.

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In comparison from the previous post, these are more a sweet bun (or bread type recipe). 1/4 cup sugar int he mix.

Deceivingly fluffy roll but with big flavor and thicker mouthfeel than anticipated. I guess the three eggs add a lot to the structure

Will definitely repeat this recipe with the sesame seed filling.

Here’s the ingredients, for brevity Ive left off the instructions

Ingredients

  • 450g (1Ib, 3⅔ cups) all-purpose flour 
  • 1½ teaspoons Fleischmann’s instant yeast
  • 60g (¼ cup + 1 tablespoon, 2oz) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 120ml (½ cup) warm milk
  • 40g (3 tablespoons) butter, melted
  • 3 eggs, beaten

BTW Buchty means small roll or cake.

17
Mar
19

Irish Soda Bread

Shamrock time !  looking at some recipes I was going to make a popular posted Chocolate Potato cake but I switched to a more traditional Irish Bread. Glad I did , one of my better bakes as I have made soda bread before this combination had a very full taste.

It’s slightly modified from the recipe from Real Simple in these respects: 3 and 1/2 cups AP flour, 1 tablespoon buckwheat flour. The buttermilk substitute is simply whole milk with a tablespoon of white vinegar, let stand for couple of minutes. The rest of the recipe follows as directed with the exception of fluffing the raisins, let the raisins steep in boiling water for about 10 minutes, drain, toast the caraway seeds.

Oven set up for 350 degree

  • 3 and 1/2 cups AP flour
  • 1 tablespoon buckwheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon each of both baking soda and baking powder.

At this point, using a strainer sift the above several time to fully combine. Some of the kosher salt may remain in the strainer so empty into the flour mixture.

Now cut in as you would like a biscuit mix:

  • 8 tablespoons of butter

to a crumbly type mix , then add :

  • 1 cup raisins (steeped then drained, (or currents))
  • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds (toasted if possible)
  • 1 and 1/3 cups buttermilk (or whole milk with a splash of white vinegar)

Mix with a fork or with hands, turn out to floured counter top and knead about 10 times.

Form the shaggy mass to a 7 inch round about 1 and 1/2 inches in height.

Score the top deeply about 3/4 inch with a X pattern.

Bake @ lower middle rack seemed to work out, recipe recommended to shift position about midway through the bake, the oven seems to bake a bit faster so I downshifted to about 330 degrees when the bread went in the oven for about 50 minutes. I did take a temperature reading that indicated 200 degrees but I left in the about an addition 10 minutes as these moist type biscuit dough may have to go a bit further to insure a complete bake.

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recommended serving with jam, but the best is sliced, toasted with whipped butter.

if you program in BPL Bakers Programming Language:

dim (array 1.105):

::{3 and 1/2 cups AP flour}{1 tablespoon buckwheat flour}{1 tablespoon sugar}{2 teaspoon kosher salt}{1 teaspoon each of both baking soda and baking powder. ::{}

..<>read array 1 to 5 to <string :;[dryingredients]>

“val004″= [1 tablespoon of butter]

`read “val004″+1”,`

`read` <read> if read :8 then (read :0 )| (break :next)

val (5); [dryingredients] {val004]

and so on…

 

 

 

 

16
Oct
18

lo mein

With the abundance of fresh veggies and with the addition of noodles, lo mein was an easy choice, though prep would be essential to the recipe.

A slicing of the veggies was done using the rotary slicer of the kitchen aid attachment.

One of those recipes, the more you look the more variations you find , you settle as with most “authentic” recipes to the ingredients you have available to the village or are grown locally.

I didn’t  get to list all the sauce ingredients and amounts, but loosely followed several recipes that I researched by listing all the ingredients that compose the sauce to get an idea of the basics. I modified it by adding a bit more cornstarch and a good amount of stock as I prefer s saucy-er thick coating to the dish.

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The sauce was a build up from the basic soy sauce/rice wine/sugar combo. Some of the associated components are: soy sauce, rice wine, fish sauce, shrimp paste, chili paste, ginger root, galangal root, garlic, sugar, honey, salt and pepper with sesame oil.

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The sauce, less the stock.

The veggies are the same deal, use what you have. Pea pods and the baby bok choy were included as they were fresh and attractive from the market. The carrot was also crunchy as they were fresh, large diameter and not very tapered as the packaged carrots were.

Stir fry the veggies in oil.

 

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While stir frying the veggies, prep the noodles, I used rice noodles instead of the wheat noodles, so just a brief toss in hot water is all that’s needed, drain and add to wok.

 

Mix well , then add the sauce… serve….

 

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The result is as good or better result than restaurant  because you have control of the ingredients. So if you like salad with noodles with a sauce here it is.

I made this dish twice and this post is a compilation of the pictures from both.

30
Sep
18

walnut biscuits

From Taste of Health.

Ground walnuts, flour and sugar make for a delicious cookie type biscuit that’s easy to make. (about 80 biscuits)

220 g ground walnuts

220 g flour

110 g sugar

220 g butter

2 egg yolks

icing sugar (10x) mixed with vanilla sugar for coating.

You can see by the ingredient measurements this is a easy ratio recipe to scale.

ready to make the dough

 

combine the dry ingredients then pulse in  the butter, then the egg yolks till combined.

 

Wrap and refrigerate for awhile

 

 

 

Use baking paper on baking sheets and with about a teaspoon of dough roll and form the dough into 1/2 moon shapes.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.

Coat the biscuits with the powdered sugar, I put a few drops of vanilla extract into the sugar and mixed it. Maple sugar or maple sryup added to the icing sugar would be an alternative.

 

Store the finished cookie in an airtight container or cookie jar.

A nice addition to coffee, tea or a glass of milk.

24
Jul
18

Corn Dogs

A while back we had the opportunity to be served a meal of corn dogs. I have never had them before. Served with a salad they are certainly a different way to have hot dogs. Frying in oil is usually not used too much as a method of cooking. Even a better meal when made by sister in law and her daughter.

If you make these, having the batter in a tall glass makes coating the hot dog easy as was demonstrated.

recipe from photo:

  • oil at 350 degrees for 3 minutes
  • 3/4 cup yellow corn meal
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 4hot dogs

flour for rolling

crisco for frying

 

15
Jul
18

Thai spice paste

  • 1/2 Teaspoon cumin (ground/seed)
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 2 Teaspoon pepper (triple blend black,white,  Szechuan)
  • 2 Teaspoon red pepper (dried hot red pepper)
  • 1 Teaspoon lemongrass (diced)
  • 2 Tablespoon garlic (minced/granulated)
  • 2 Tablespoon ginger (minced/ dried)
  • 2 Tablespoon coconut
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar (palm or unprocessed)

the above is the basic ingredients , some were (substituted) and the measured amounts can vary.

Basically all ingredients minced by the food processor into a paste.

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Stored in a mason jar for use, marinade and seasonings.

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