Ginger & Orange Chocolate Glazed Doughnuts

February 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 dozen doughnuts

*Recipe adapted from Donna Hay

Ingredients

1 package active dry yeast
¼ cup warm water
1 cup warm milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon orange zest
3 tablespoons butter, melted
4 ¼ cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, beaten
Vegetable oil for frying

For the glaze

2 cups powdered sugar
½ cup butter, melted
¼ cup milk, warm
1 tablespoon brown rice syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla
6 ounces bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped fine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon orange zest

Directions

In a large bowl whisk together the yeast, water  and milk and set aside.  The mixture should begin to foam, allow to sit and “activate” for about 7-10 minutes.  Add the sugar, orange zest, salt , eggs and butter and mix well.   Next add the flour stirring well as you add the flour in a little at a time until a sticky dough is formed.  Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead for about 5 minutes or until super elastic.  Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with a towel.  Set in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size.

Roll the dough out on a floured surface and cut  doughnuts using round cookie cutters and using the small cutter for the center hole. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and let stand for 30 minutes. Heat the oil in a large sauce pan filled about 3 inches filled with oil to a medium heat.  Cook the doughnuts a few at a time until golden brown flipping ounce.  (about 3 minutes per side.)  Drain on paper towels.

To make the glaze, combine the milk rice syrup, zest, ginger , chocolate and vanilla in a sauce pan and heat on low stirring until all is melted and incorporated.  Take off the heat and add the powdered sugar and mix well.  Dip the doughnuts in chocolate and let sit in a wire rack for about 10 minutes.

Leek & Fine Herbs Frittata

January 13th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 tablespoon fresh chives, tarragon, parsley and chervil, chopped fine
5 large eggs
Salt/pepper
Chili flakes, optional
Olive oil
1 medium leek, sliced in half and chopped fine

Directions

Mix eggs together well in a bowl, add herbs, salt, pepper and chili flakes, if using. In a non stick skillet heat 1 teaspoon olive oil and sauté the leeks until they are starting to turn golden brown. Add the eggs and rotate pan to allow all the mixture to coat the pan. Flip the frittata or alternatively finish in a preheated 325°F oven.

Bite Size Samosas with Apple Chutney

December 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 Samosas

Apple Chutney

Ingredients

6 tart apples, peeled, cored, and finely chopped
1¼ (inch) pieces fresh ginger root, peeled
13 cup white wine vinegar
3 tablespoons white sugar
3 tablespoons brown sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon white pepper
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt

Directions

In a saucepan, mix the apples, onion, ginger, vinegar, white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, white pepper, cardamom, and nutmeg. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cover.
Simmer 30-45 minutes, stirring frequently, until the apples are tender. Mix in some water if necessary to keep the ingredients moist.
Remove ginger.

Samosas

Ingredients

1 package square wonton wrappers
1½ lbs red or yellow potatoes, boiled, peeled and cubed
Juice of 1 lemon
2-3 green chilies, minced
1 tablespoon cumin powder
½ tablespoon Garam Masala
1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon sugar
3 tablespoons canola oil
½ cup of frozen peas, defrosted
Salt to taste
1 egg, beaten
Oil for frying

Directions

Large mixing bowl, add warm potatoes, lemon juice, green chilies, cumin, garam masala, cayenne, sugar, oil, and salt. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Add peas to mixture and combine.
Add one tablespoon of mixture into the center of a wonton wrapper from one corner to the other in a triangle shape, brush edges with egg wash and seal shut. Make sure all sides are sealed.
Deep fry samosas, a few at a time, till golden brown. Take care to not overcrowd the oil.
Serve with apple chutney.

©Recipe by Palak Patel

Basic Pizza Dough

December 12th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 packet active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
21/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar or honey
Olive oil
Dried herbs (optional)

Directions

In a large bowl gently mix the warm water, yeast and honey until frothy and creamy for about 1-2 minutes. Let stand for 1 minute for activation of the yeast. In a separate large mixing bowl combine the flour and salt and any optional dried herbs: oregano, basil etc. Mix well. Slowly combine the yeast mixture to the flour mixture mixing well until a soft dough forms. Turn the flour on a lightly floured surface and knead until very smooth and elastic adding more flour as needed. Knead for about 8-10 minutes. In a lightly oiled bowl, preferably ceramic or stainless steel, place dough covered with greased plastic wrap. Place bowl in a warm, draft free location for about 1-2 hours or until the dough doubles in size. Flatten the dough to desired size shape and thickness – thin, thick or regular.

Lavender Peach Doughnuts Bites Tossed with Lavender Fairy Dust

August 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 30 bites

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose white flour
¼ cup almond flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons fresh lavender, chopped fine
2 teaspoons sea salt
½ cup whole milk, room temperature
¼ cup plain white Greek yogurt
¼ cup fresh peach puree
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup butter, melted
Canola oil for frying
Lavender Fairy dust for dusting (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large bowl mix together the flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, lavender, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk the milk, yogurt, peach puree, vanilla, sugar, eggs and melted butter. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and gently mix until it is smooth and a little elastic. To fry the doughnuts, fill a pan up to 3″ of canola oil. Heat the oil until it reaches 375ËšF. Drop spoonfuls of the doughnut mixture into the hot pan. Do not over-crowd the pan with doughnuts. Fry about 5 at a time (depending on the size of the pan). They will sink to the bottom but then float to the top. Turn them over and let them cook for an additional 2 minutes or so. Drain them on paper towels and while hot, coat them with the lavender-rosemary sugar. (Wait until the hot oil runs off the donut before dusting.)

Lavender Fairy Dust
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 cup powdered sugar, white
2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers

Directions

Rub dry lavender flowers between your fingers creating a powder, mix with powdered sugar and voila!

Whole Wheat Broccoli Calzones

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4-6 calzones

Ingredients

1 recipe Ger-Nis Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
2 cups broccoli florets
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup ham, cooked and chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon whole-wheat flour
¼ cup milk
1 cup milk cheddar cheese, grated
1 teaspoon salt
Black pepper

Directions

Preheat oven 425°F.

Roll the pizza dough out into 4-6 five inch circles. Place on a large baking sheet or two of them. In a pot of boiling water blanch the broccoli florets for a few minutes until just al dente and beginning to soften. Remove and set aside. In a medium sauté pan add butter and oil and bring to a medium high heat. Sauté ham and onions for a few minutes until onions and ham begin to brown, about 4-5 minutes. Add broccoli florets and mix well. Add the flour and sauté a few minute longer until all flour is absorbed around the ham and broccoli. Add the cheese and the milk and reduce heat to low, stirring constantly until all the cheese has melted and the cheese is smooth. Remove from heat season with salt and pepper.

Place a dollop of the broccoli close to the center of each of the whole wheat dough circles, off to one side but still centered. Fold over the dough so that the sides are even and touching and a half circle is formed. Starting with one side top or bottom roll up or down the pizza dough sides curling up and twisting until top or bottom is reached. Place in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Spring Greens Pizza Bianca with Goat Cheese & Tomatoes

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1-12 inch pizza

Ingredients

1 Ger-Nis Pizza Dough Recipe
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons coarse salt
¼ cup fresh rosemary, chopped fine
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 cup fresh spinach
1 cup fresh Swiss chard, chopped
1 cup fresh dandelion greens, chopped
1 cup crumbled goat cheese
1 cup fresh tomatoes, chopped
Maldon salt

Directions

Roll out pizza dough in one 12 inch circle and place on a pizza sheet. Mix the olive oil, salt and garlic in a small bowl and brush over dough. Make sure that all salt and garlic remnants are on the pizza. In boiling water dip or blanch the greens, spinach, chard and dandelions for about 2 minutes no more.

Remove from water and strain using a cheese cloth to get out all excess water. Arrange the dry greens all over the pizza and sprinkle the goat cheese and the tomatoes over the top evenly distributed. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown and when all the goat cheese is melted. Take out of oven and sprinkle immediately with a little of the Maldon salt.

Wild Mushroom & Tallegio Pizza

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1-12 inch pizza

Ingredients

1 Ger-Nis Pizza Dough Recipe
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon truffle oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 cups wild mushrooms, chopped
½ pound Tallegio cheese, sliced
2 cups rocolla leaves (wild arugula)
Maldon salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 500°F.

Roll our pizza dough into 12 inch circle and place on a pizza pan or large baking sheet. Mix the olive oil, truffle oil and garlic in a small bowl and brush over the top of the pizza dough, sprinkle any remaining garlic over the top. Place the wild mushrooms throughout the pizza and cover with the Tallegio cheese. Place in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Take out of oven and immediately place the rocolla on top and sprinkle with maldon salt.

Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Basil Calzone

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4-6 calzones

Ingredients

1 Ger-Nis Calzone Dough Recipe
2 red bell peppers, roasted, peeled, deseeded and chopped
Olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 fresh red chili pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 cup fresh basil leaves
2 cups fresh spinach leaves
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons white wine (or water)
1 cup fresh ricotta cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F.

In a medium sauté pan heat olive oil to a medium high heat and sauté garlic, onions and fresh chili for about 3-5 minutes or until the onions begin to caramelize and get brownish tips. Add the spices, chili flakes, oregano and salt and sauté for another few seconds. Add the basil and spinach leaves and sauté about 2 minutes. Add the lemon juice and white wine and stir well keeping on a medium high heat and cook until a liquid is absorbed or cooked off. Take off heat and place in a small mixing bowl and add in the fresh ricotta cheese. Mix well.

Roll out the calzone dough into 4 to 6 circles. Place about ¼-½ cup on one side of the circle close to the center. Fold on half over the ricotta making sure that the sides of the dough are touching, forming a half circle. Start from one end and roll the side of the dough closed using a twist motion. Place the calzones on a baking sheet (greased or lined with parchment paper) in the oven for about 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Calzone Dough

June 12th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

A calzone is simply an Italian savory turnover of sorts that is made by folding pizza dough in half and forming a “pizza pocket”. The pizza pocket is then filled with sauces and/or vegetables combined to create the flavor and textures of your choice.

Ingredients

1½ packets active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar or honey
Olive oil
Dried herbs (optional)

Directions

In a large bowl, gently mix the warm water, yeast and honey until frothy and creamy, normally about 1-2 minutes. Let stand for 1 minute so the yeast can activate. In a separate large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt and any optional dried herbs such as oregano or basil. Mix well. Slowly combine the yeast mixture with the flour mixture mixing well until a soft dough forms. Turn the flour on a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough is very smooth and elastic adding more flour as needed. Knead for about 8-10 minutes. In a lightly oiled bowl, preferably ceramic or stainless steel, place dough covered with greased plastic wrap. Place bowl in warm, draft free location for about 1-2 hours or until the dough doubles in size. Flatten the dough to desired size shape and thickness – thin, thick or regular.

Basic Pizza Dough

June 12th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 packet active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2½ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar or honey
Olive oil
Dried herbs (optional)

Directions

In a large bowl gently mix the warm water, yeast and honey until frothy and creamy for about 1-2 minutes. Let stand for 1 minute for activation of the yeast. In a separate large mixing bowl combine the flour and salt and any optional dried herbs: oregano, basil etc. Mix well. Slowly combine the yeast mixture to the flour mixture mixing well until a soft dough forms. Turn the flour on a lightly floured surface and knead until very smooth and elastic adding more flour as needed. Knead for about 8-10 minutes. In a lightly oiled bowl, preferably ceramic or stainless steel, place dough covered with greased plastic wrap. Place bowl in a warm, draft free location for about 1-2 hours or until the dough doubles in size. Flatten the dough to desired size shape and thickness – thin, thick or regular.

“Sweet” Gluten Free Pie Dough

May 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one pie shell or 4 tartlets

Ingredients

1 ½ cup rice flour
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 stick of butter, cold and cubed
Ice water

Directions

In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar and vanilla and salt. Cut in butter with two forks or a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add ice water (1 tablespoon at a time), mix until dough just comes together. If dough is too dry, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Turn out dough from bowl onto work surface, and knead once or twice to combine. Divide dough in four equal parts or one part. Shape into disks. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Spring Pea & Mint Ravioli with Sweet Pea Flowers

April 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 shallot, minced
1 cup fresh English peas, steamed soft and mashed
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
¼ cup ricotta cheese
¼ cup goat cheese
½ teaspoon lemon zest
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
Herbed pasta dough

For the sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 shallot
½ cup vegetable broth
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon mint, chopped
2 tablespoons butter

Sweet Pea Flowers, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

Mix and mash all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until all ingredients are well incorporated and smooth. Using fresh herb pasta sheets cut into about 2 square inches, add 1 dollop of filling. Cover with another 2 inch pasta square. Using wet fingers, seal all sides of ravioli by pinching down, making sure the raviolis are sealed well.

Place raviolis in a large pot of salted boiling water. Boil for about 3 minutes, or until the raviolis float to the top of the pan. Strain, place a few raviolis in each serving dish.

For the sauce

In a sauté pan over medium heat, add olive oil. Cook shallot until soft, about 3 minutes. Add vegetable broth and lemon and reduce. Add lemon zest and mint. Finish with butter and serve over cooked raviolis and garnish with sweet pea flowers.

Sundried Tomato & Herb Chicken Sausage Pizzas

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 10-inch pizzas

INGREDIENTS

2 pounds boneless & skinless chicken breasts, cubed
½ pound pork fat, cubed (optional)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½ medium yellow onion, chopped
3 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
½ cup sundried tomatoes, chopped fine
2 tablespoons salt
Casings, of your choice
Canola or olive oil
Pizza Dough (recipe follows)
Fresh Tomato or Pizza Sauce (recipe follows)
Cheese, of choice
Fresh baby spinach or arugula

DIRECTIONS

Mix all the sausage ingredients in a large bowl, and refrigerate, about 2 hours. Using the finest blade on your meat grinder, grind all of the ingredients, following the instructions. Once the mixture is ground, place in the freezer. Meanwhile, soak the casings in warm water, and rinse a few times. Using your sausage stuffer, slip the casing onto the stuffing tube, making sure you leave about 6 inches off the end of the tube – this is where you will need to tie the sausage off later. Remove the meat from the freezer, and place it in the body of the sausage stuffing machine. If all the meat does not fit (you must acquit, just kidding), place the rest back in the refrigerator until you are ready for more. Turn the machine on, and begin the process – air will be the first thing to emerge. As the meat begins to slide out, use one hand to maneuver the speed of the sausage output. Let the sausage emerge into one long coil – the links will be tied later in the process. When the sausage is done, turn off the machine, and tie up the ends – you can kitchen twine. To make individual links, pinch a section together, then spin the links, and turn them opposite from each other several times, repeat this moving down the entire main link. Hang the links up so you can review for air bubbles. Using a sterilized pin or sewing needle, pop each section that has an air bubble with the pin, and the link should move flat and the air bubble should be released. Hang the links for about an hour, and then refrigerate them covered in the refrigerator overnight. Use them or freeze them within about a week (in other words, use it, or lose it).

Preheat oven to 450°F. Place the sausages on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 4-5 minutes turning once or until browned. Remove from oven and slice into 1 inch slices for pizza topping.

Place already rolled out pizza dough on a baking sheet and top with pizza sauce, cheese of choice, spinach or arugula and sliced sausage. Place in oven and bake until golden brown, 20-25 minutes.

Pizza Dough

Makes 3 (10 inch) pizzas

INGREDIENTS

1 cup warm water
1 packet active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar or honey
2½ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
Dried herbs (optional)
Extra virgin olive oil

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl gently mix the warm water, yeast and honey until frothy and creamy, about 1-2 minutes. Let stand for 1 minute for activation of the yeast. In a separate large mixing bowl combine the flour and salt and any optional dried herbs: oregano, basil, etc. Mix well. Slowly combine the yeast mixture to the flour mixture mixing well until a soft dough forms. Turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface and knead until very smooth and elastic adding more flour if needed. Knead for about 8-10 minutes. In a lightly oiled bowl, preferably ceramic or stainless steel, place dough covered with greased plastic wrap. Place bowl in a warm, draft free location for about 1-2 hours or until the dough doubles in size. Flatten the dough to desired size shape and thickness – thin, thick, or regular.

Fresh Tomato or Pizza Sauce

Makes approximately 2 cups

INGREDIENTS

6 medium tomatoes, chopped
8-10 cloves garlic, chopped
½ medium yellow onion, chopped
½ cup red wine
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1½ cup fresh oregano, chopped (reserve ½ cup)
1 cup fresh basil, chopped

DIRECTIONS

In a large sauce pan, over medium heat, add tomatoes, garlic, onions, red wine, red chili flakes, dried oregano, salt, pepper and fresh herbs and bring to a boil. Place on low simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring regularly until all tomatoes are broken down. With a hand held food processor blend all ingredients in the pot until smooth and all ingredients are well blended. Skins are included in the sauce as they give a very rustic look and texture. Cook blended sauce on low for another 20 minutes, until thick and reduced. Season with more salt (if needed) and finish with remaining fresh oregano.

Lime Pie with Ginger Snap Crust and Ginger Whipped Cream

February 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one 9″ pie – Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

For ginger snap crust

1¾ cups gingersnap cookies, crushed
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For lime pie filling

1 can (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
4 large egg yolks
½ cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
2 tablespoons lime zest, plus more for garnish

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, whisk together crushed gingersnap cookies, brown sugar, flour, and salt. Add butter, and stir until mixture is well combined.

Press crumb mixture into a 9-inch pie plate, evenly covering the bottom and sides. Place pie plate on a baking sheet, and bake until crust is set, about 10 minutes. Once out of oven, let cool completely.

Lower oven to 325°F.

In a medium bowl, gently whisk together condensed milk, egg yolks, lime juice, and zest. Pour into the prepared, cooled crust.

Bake until the center is set, but still has slight movement, 15 to 17 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Caraway Soda Bread

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 mini loaves

INGREDIENTS

4 cups all purpose bread flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons caraway seeds
2 cup buttermilk

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large mixing bowl, sift and combine flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and caraway seeds. Add the buttermilk a little at a time and mix until soft dough is formed. Turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface and knead the dough for a few minutes. Divide the dough into four equal pieces. Shape each section into a round and flat loaf. Cut a star shape into the top of the loaves using a knife. Place the loaves on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes or until a skewer punctured into the center comes out clean.

Lemon & Herb Focaccia

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 focaccia

INGREDIENTS

2¼ teaspoons (or 1 package) active dry yeast
5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour plus additional for kneading
¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
Zest of 2 lemons
1 teaspoon Maldon sea salt

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together 123 cups lukewarm (105 to 115°F) water and yeast and let stand until creamy and foaming, about 5 minutes. Add 5 cups flour, ¼ cup oil, and 2 teaspoons salt and beat with paddle attachment at medium speed until a dough forms. Replace paddle with dough hook and knead dough at high speed until soft, smooth, and sticky, 3 to 4 minutes. **If mixing by hand, this process will take longer, so be patient.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead. If dough is sticky, sprinkle with 1 to 2 tablespoons more flour. Knead dough 1 minute (it will still be slightly sticky), then transfer to a lightly oiled bowl and turn dough to coat with oil. Let rise, covered with plastic wrap, at warm room temperature, until doubled in bulk, 1 to 1½ hours.

Press dough evenly into a generously oiled 15-by-10-by-1-inch baking pan. Let dough rise, covered completely with a kitchen towel, until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Stir together thyme and remaining 3 tablespoons oil. Make shallow indentations all over dough with your fingertips, then brush with thyme oil, letting it pool in indentations. Sprinkle lemon zest and sea salt evenly over focaccia and bake in middle of oven until golden, 20 to 25 minutes.

Once out of oven, immediately remove from pan and serve warm or at room temperature.

Fresh Tortillas (Masa Fresca)

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 pound masa (10 small tortillas)

INGREDIENTS

1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup masa harina
¾ cups very hot water

DIRECTIONS

Mix the salt and the masa harina together and then add the hot water a little bit at a time, until the mixture resembles a course meal. Mix it together and form dough. Turn dough onto a clean dusted surface and knead until pliable and smooth, about 5-7 minutes. If the dough is sticky add more masa, if the dough is dry add a little bit more hot water. Once the dough is formed into a soft dough, form into a disk shape, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour. Divide the dough into 15-18 small balls. Place each ball of dough between 2 layers of plastic wrap and press into a tortilla press. Place the cooked tortillas on a hot pan (cast iron or flat grill type pan is best) and cook on each side about 45 seconds or until lightly browned. Place the tortillas in a warm towel while the others are cooking.

Caramelized Onion Tart Bites

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 24 small tarts

INGREDIENTS

1 savory pie dough recipe
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups red onion, sliced
½ cup goat cheese
1 tablespoon chives
1 tablespoon parsley
Salt/pepper

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Roll out pie to 18” thickness and with a four-inch (diameter) cup, glass, or cookie cutter, cut out 9 circles per piece of dough. Place one dough circle in each of the muffin spaces, and press to mold it to the inside. Prebake pie dough, 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan over medium heat, add butter. Cook red onions until translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat, and add goat cheese and herbs. Season with salt and pepper.

Spoon mixture into tart bites, and bake in oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Caramel Almond Pear Tart

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 long rectangular tart

INGREDIENTS

For pie dough

1 sweet pie dough recipe
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon cinnamon

For filling

1½ cups sugar
½ cup pear juice
½ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup almonds, chopped
2 Bosc pears, peeled, cored, halved, and sliced

DIRECTIONS

To make this dough, use sweet pie dough recipe, and add ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon to dough. Flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Remove dough from refrigerator, and let come to room temperature, 5 to 10 minutes so dough rolls out easily.

Roll out dough on lightly floured surface. Transfer to a long rectangular tart shell with removable bottom. Trim edges, and refrigerate for another 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line crust with foil. Fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake until crust is set, about 17 minutes. Remove foil and beans and set aside. Maintain oven temperature.

In a medium heavy bottomed pan, combine sugar and pear juice, and bring to a boil. Do not stir. Using a pastry brush, wipe any sugar from sides of pan, so sugar does not burn. Once sugar begins to melt, the caramel color will become a deep amber. Reduce heat to medium, slowly whisk in heavy cream, and mix until smooth. Remove from heat, and add butter, honey, and vanilla, and combine. Add chopped nuts, and combine.

Arrange sliced pears on tart shell, and spoon caramel nuts on top. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Pumpkin Tart with Maple Sage Crust and Cnadied Sage Leaves

February 3rd, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 1 tart, serves 6 to 8 people

INGREDIENTS

For pie dough

1 sweet pie dough recipe
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
1 tablespoon maple syrup

For filling

1½ cup pumpkin, cooked
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 pinch cloves, ground
1 pinch salt
3 eggs, beaten
½ cup heavy cream
Maple Sugar Fried Sage Leaves, fore garnish (recipe follows)

DIRECTIONS

Using sweet pie dough recipe, add chopped sage leaves and maple syrup to dough. Flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Remove dough from refrigerator, and let come to room temperature, about 5 to 10 minutes, so dough rolls out easily.

Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 13-inch round. Transfer to a tart shell with removable bottom. Trim edges, and refrigerate for another 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line crust with foil. Fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake until crust is set, about 17 minutes. Remove foil and beans, and set aside. Maintain oven temperature.

In a large bowl, combine all filling ingredients, and pour into cooled tart shell. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until set. Cool at room temperature. Garnish with maple dried sage leaves.

Maple Fried Sage Leaves

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup
6-10 fresh sage leaves

DIRECTIONS

In a small sauté pan over medium-high heat, add butter and maple syrup. Add sage leaves, and fry till crispy. Remove with slotted spoon, and set aside to drain any excess. Garnish tart with fried leaves.

Savory Pie Dough (Pate Brisée)

February 3rd, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Makes 1 large pie crust or two tart shells

Ingredients

2½ cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
2 to 4 tablespoons ice water

Directions

In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar and salt. Cut in butter with two forks or a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add ice water (1 tablespoon at a time), mix until dough just comes together. If dough is too dry, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Turn out dough from bowl onto work surface, and knead once or twice to combine. Divide dough in four equal parts. Shape into disks. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Sweet Pie Dough (Pate Sucrée)

February 3rd, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 1 pie crust or tart shell large or 8 tartlets

Ingredients

1½ cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
1 egg yolk
1 to 2 tablespoons ice water

Directions

In a medium bowl, combine flour and sugar. Next, cut in butter with a pastry blender or two forks until mixture resembles coarse meal. In a small bowl, lightly beat egg yolk, and add to flour mixture with 1 to 2 tablespoons of ice water. Mix just until dough comes together without being wet or sticky. Turn out dough from bowl onto work surface, and knead once or twice to combine. Flatten into disks. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Fresh Pasta Dough

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 1 pound of pasta

INGREDIENTS

3 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS

To make dough in a processor:
Blend flour, egg, and salt in a food processor until mixture just begins to form a ball (dough should be firm and not sticky). Process dough for 15 seconds more to knead it. Transfer to a floured surface and let stand, covered for about 30 minutes for the dough to relax.

To make dough by hand:
Mound flour on a work surface, preferably wooden, and make a well in center. Add egg and salt.
With a fork, gently beat eggs and water until combined. Gradually stir in enough flour to form a paste, pulling in flour closest to egg mixture and being careful not to make an opening in outer wall of well.
Knead remaining flour into mixture with your hands to form dough, adding more water drop by drop if dough is too dry (dough should be firm and not sticky). Knead dough until smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes.

Roll pasta:
Divide dough into 8 pieces, then flatten each piece into a rough rectangle and over rectangles with an inverted large bowl. Set rollers of pasta machine on widest setting. Follow directions on pasta maker to roll and cut the desired pasta.

Whole Wheat Pasta Dough

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1½ cups all-purpose flour
1½ cups whole wheat flour
½ teaspoon sea salt
4 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons olive oil

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sized bowl or on a clean countertop, combine flours and salt. Make a well in the flour, add the slightly beaten eggs, and mix. Then add olive oil. Mixture should form a stiff dough.

On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for about 3 to 4 minutes. With a pasta machine or by hand roll dough our to desired thinness. Use machine to make desired pasta shape.

© Recipe Property of Rafi Hasid

Pasta Dough

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 pounds flour
½ teaspoon salt
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup warm water

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sized bowl or on a clean countertop, combine flour and salt. Make a well in the flour, add the slightly beaten eggs, and mix. Then add warm water. Mixture should form a stiff dough.

On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for about 3 to 4 minutes. With a pasta machine or by hand roll dough out to desired thinness. Use machine to make desired pasta shape.

© Recipe Property of Rafi Hasid

Masa Fresca

December 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 pounds of Masa – enough to make at least 24 small tortillas

INGREDIENTS

1 pound dried corn
Water
1 teaspoon cal (mineral lime)

PREPARATION

Rinse the corn, and put it into a pot with enough water to cover the kernels by at least 1-inch. Add the cal, and bring the water up to a slow simmer oven a medium-low flame. Simmer the corn until it is soft enough to easily bite through but not mushy. Allow the corn to cool to room temperature in its own cooking liquid.

Grind the corn in a grain mill using a coarse setting. Add a little bit of the cooking liquid in order to get the dough to the right consistency.

The ground corn may need to be passed through the mill a second time on a finer setting with a little bit more cooking liquid in order to make the dough workable.

Knead the dough by hand until it is smooth and able to stick together in one large mass.

©Recipe Property of Jacques Gautier, Palo Santo

Torte de Jamon Iberico y Sevollas Rojas (Red Onion & Iberico Ham Tart)

November 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 medium red onions, sliced thin in rounds
1 sheet puff pastry, pre made
1 tablespoon sugar in the raw
8 to 10 slices Iberico ham
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 egg, beaten with 1 teaspoon water and pinch of salt
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil and butter, sauté onions for about 5 minutes until translucent, add sugar and allow caramelizing slightly, Remove from heat, set aside. Unfold the puff pastry and lay flat on a greased cookie sheet. Cut along the edge of the pastry a thin line going about half way into the dough (like a border) arrange the slices of Iberico ham across the puff pastry and then lay the red onions over the top of the ham. Sprinkle with the fresh thyme leaves. Brush the border of the puff pastry with the egg mixture. Sprinkle the entire tart with salt and pepper. Bake in a preheated oven for about 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool and serve warm.

Torte de Jamon Iberico y Sevollas Rojas (Red Onion & Iberico Ham Tart)

Tortilla Española

November 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

1 lb potatoes (doesn’t matter what variety), sliced in ¼-inch thick slices and in half
¼ cup olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
4-5 cloves garlic, sliced thin
¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
6 eggs
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Place the potato slices in a large sauce pan filled with cold salted water and bring to a boil, boil for 5 to 7 minutes until par boiled, still firm, drain and set potatoes aside.
In a medium non stick sauté pan with high sides, heat the olive oil on medium heat, and add the onions and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes or until the onions are slightly caramelized, add the potatoes and parsley and cook pressing against the pan for another 5 to 6 minutes. In the meantime, whisk the eggs with some salt and pepper about 1 teaspoon of each until creamy and mixed well, add the egg mixture over the potatoes and turn burner to love, cook for about 10 to 15 minutes until the eggs are set, be careful not to stir or mix, gently move the pan but do not mix. When the eggs are done, it should slide out of the non-stick pan. Let come to room temperature and serve room temperature or cold.

Tortilla Española

Calzone Dough

October 24th, 2009 § 2 comments § permalink

A calzone is simply an Italian savory turnover of sorts that is made by folding pizza dough in half and forming a “pizza pocket.” The pizza pocket is then filled with sauces and/or vegetables combined to create the flavor and textures of your choice.

INGREDIENTS

1 ½  packets active dry yeast
1 c warm water
3 c all-purpose flour
1 t salt
1 t sugar or honey
olive oil
dried herbs optional

PREPARATION

In a large bowl, gently mix the warm water, yeast and honey until frothy and creamy, normally about 1-2 minutes. Let stand for 1 minute so the yeast can activate. In a separate large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt and any optional dried herbs such as oregano or basil. Mix well. Slowly combine the yeast mixture with the flour mixture mixing well until a soft dough forms. Turn the flour on a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough is very smooth and elastic adding more flour as needed. Knead for about 8-10 minutes. In a lightly oiled bowl, preferably ceramic or stainless steel, place dough covered with greased plastic wrap. Place bowl in warm, draft free location for about 1-2 hours or until the dough doubles in size. Flatten the dough to desired size shape and thickness—thin, thick or regular.

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

October 24th, 2009 § 2 comments § permalink


Ingredients


1 ½ packets active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
¼ c wheat germ
1 teaspoon salt
1 t sugar or honey
olive oil
Dried herbs optional


Directions


In a large bowl, gently mix the warm water, yeast and honey until frothy and creamy, normally about 1-2 minutes. Let stand for 1 minute so the yeast can activate. In a separate large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt and any optional dried herbs such as oregano or basil. Mix well. Slowly combine the yeast mixture with the flour mixture mixing well until a soft dough forms. Turn the flour on a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough is very smooth and elastic adding more flour as needed. Knead for about 8-10 minutes. In a lightly oiled bowl, preferably ceramic or stainless steel, place dough covered with greased plastic wrap. Place bowl in a warm, draft free location for about 1-2 hours or until the dough doubles in size. Flatten the dough to desired size shape and thickness—thin, thick or regular.

Basic Pizza Dough

October 24th, 2009 § 5 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 packet active dry yeast
1 c warm water
2 ½ c all-purpose flour
1 t salt
1 t sugar or honey
olive oil
dried herbs (optional)

PREPARATION

In a large bowl gently mix the warm water, yeast and honey until frothy and creamy for about 1-2 minutes. Let stand for 1 minute for activation of the yeast. In a separate large mixing bowl combine the flour and salt and any optional dried herbs: oregano, basil etc. Mix well. Slowly combine the yeast mixture to the flour mixture mixing well until a soft dough forms. Turn the flour on a lightly floured surface and knead until very smooth and elastic adding more flour as needed. Knead for about 8-10 minutes. In a lightly oiled bowl, preferably ceramic or stainless steel, place dough covered with greased plastic wrap. Place bowl in a warm, draft free location for about 1-2 hours or until the dough doubles in size. Flatten the dough to desired size shape and thickness—thin, thick or regular.

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