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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread


Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread
(America)
makes 1 9x13-inch pan
                                                                              Prep time:      30 minutes
                                                                              Bake time:     35 minutes
                                                                              Total time:      1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 cups milk
3 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 pound unsalted, sweet creamery butter, melted, plus extra to grease the pan
12 ounces aged extra-sharp Cheddar, grated, divided
1/3 cup chopped scallions, white and green parts, plus extra for garnish, 3 scallions
4 or 5 seeded and minced fresh jalapeno peppers

Preparation

prepare the batter:

1.  In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  
2.  Combine the wet ingredients in a separate bowl or a 4 cup measuring cup.
3.  Stir the wet ingredients into the dry just until most of the lumps are dissolved, do not over mix.
4.  Add 8 ounces of the grated Cheddar, the scallions and jalapenos and mix to thoroughly distribute; allow the mixture to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes.
5.  Meanwhile, place your oven rack in the center of your oven and preheat your oven to 350° F.  Lightly grease a 9x13x2-inch glass baking pan.

bake the corn bread:

Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smooth the top, and sprinkle with the remaining 4 ounces of grated Cheddar and extra chopped scallions. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

service:

Allow the cornbread to cool and cut into large squares. Can be served warmed or at room temperature accompanied by honey or honey butter.

Saturday, April 5, 2014


Baklava
(Greece)
makes about 36 pieces
I think the Greeks have a word for a cake that is perfection in taste and that word is Baklava, magnificent flaky little Phyllo cakes layered in chopped walnuts and drenched in a sublime honey/vanilla syrup. 
                                                                               Prep time:  30 minutes
                                                                               Bake time:  45 minutes
                                                                               Total time:   1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

1 package Phyllo dough
4 cups chopped walnuts or pecans
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1-½ stick butter, melted
2 cups honey
½ cups water
½ cups Sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract

garnish:

¼ cup finely chopped shelled pistachio nuts

Preparation

prepare the chopped walnut filling:

Place the whole, unshelled nuts in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the nuts are reduced to a fine chop.  Place the chopped nuts and the cinnamon in a large, resealable plastic bag and toss together until the cinnamon is evenly distributed. Set aside.

prepare the baking pan:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. If refrigerated, remove the phyllo dough package and allow the unopened phyllo to come to room temperature before attempting to use it, about 1 hour.  Most boxes of phyllo contain 2 wax paper packages of phyllo sheets; this recipe will only use 1 of these, so you may return the other to the box and to the refrigerator for later use. 

3. Open one of the packages and lay out the phyllo sheets flat on the work surface in front of you, remember phyllo dries out and soon becomes unusable so when working with the phyllo sheets, only remove those sheets you immediately need and keep the other sheets covered by wax paper and a damp cloth
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4. Spray a 9x13x2-inch rectangular glass or metal baking pan with butter flavoured cooking spray or thoroughly butter it. Commercial sheets of phyllo will generally fit this size pan, if the sheets are significantly bigger trim them to fit with a sharp knife.

build the baklava:

1.  Lay 2 sheets of phyllo flat in the baking pan and thoroughly brush with some of the melted butter, press lightly into the pan. Repeat this process twice more to form the bottom layer of the baklava, in the end you’ll have six sheets of phyllo in the pan, three of the sheets buttered.

2.  Sprinkle enough of the chopped walnuts to thoroughly cover the phyllo.  Place two more sheets of phyllo on top of the walnuts and thoroughly brush with some more of the melted butter, pressing this layer lightly into the pan. Repeat this process until you are out of walnuts or until you have only 4 sheets of phyllo left.

3. Top the last nut covered layer with 4 more sheets of phyllo, buttering each sheet as you lay it on and pressing each layer lightly into the pan; ending with a buttered top. 

4.  Cut a diagonal diamond pattern in the baklava using a very sharp knife.

bake the baklava:

Bake the baklava in the middle of your preheated oven for about 45 minutes, or until the baklava is very golden brown.

prepare the baklava syrup:

Meanwhile, while the baklava is baking, combine the butter, honey, water, sugar, and vanilla in a medium sized saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil then reduce the heat to low to keep it warm.

combine the baklava with the syrup:

When the baklava has finished baking and is golden brown remove it from the oven and drizzle half the syrup evenly all over the top. Allow this portion of the syrup to be absorbed for a minute or two then drizzle on a little more until you think it’s thoroughly moistened. Allow the baklava to cool, uncovered, for several hours. 

service:

Once the baklava has cooled thoroughly retrace the diagonal cuts to insure the diamonds of baklava are separated.  Once you've done that carefully remove the individual diamonds of baklava from the pan garnished with the finely chopped pistachio nuts and serve.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Green Pepper, Onion, Mushroom and Ham Pizza



Green pepper, onion, mushroom and ham pizza
This recipe starts with a New York style pizza dough which produces a very thin, New York style, pizza base which has a slightly charred, crispy bottom yet is tender enough to fold a slice as New Yorkers do.  The recipe includes a note with the "baker's ratio" which allows one to easily increase the number of pizzas one can make, of course the sauce and toppings will need to be increased proportionally.

Makes 1 – 10 to 12-inch pizzas
(Italy)
                                                                               Prep time: 3 hours
                                                                               Sauce cook time: 20 minutes
                                                                               Pizza cook time: 12 minutes

Ingredients

authentic New York pizza dough*: 

6 ounces warm (105 ° F) water
.24 ounces active dry yeast
.24 ounces honey
.48 ounces extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cups bread flour, plus additional for work surface
.24 ounces Kosher or sea salt

note: to make more than one pizza the bakers ratio is: flour=100%, water=50%, honey=2%, yeast=2%, salt=2%, and olive oil= 4%

Spicy pizza sauce:

14.5 ounces crushed tomatoes or 14.5 ounces commercial tomato sauce
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil\
2 heaping tablespoons dehydrated onions
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
Kosher or sea salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper

note: any leftover sauce can be placed in a seal-able container and frozen for your next pizza.

toppings:

1/2 medium yellow onion, peeled and ¼-inch diced
5 small cremini mushrooms, cleaned and caps (stems still attached) sliced into ¼-inch slices
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 slices of ham, roughly torn
1/2 large green bell pepper, seeded and 1/4 –inch diced
8 (3 ¼-inch diameter round) slices of provolone cheese
½ cup grated Parmigiana-Reggiano

note: a cup of shredded mozzarella or a combination of shredded or torn mozzarella and provolone can be substituted for the sliced provolone and the other topping amounts can be adjusted to your preferences.

Preparation

authentic New York pizza dough:


1.  In a 2 cup measuring cup, combine the water and honey stir to combine and sprinkle the yeast over it. Let sit until the mixture is foamy, about 10 minutes.  If the yeast doesn't "proof" (get "foamy") pour it out and start again it is important to have a live yeast mixture.

2.  Meanwhile place the flour and the salt into a sifter and sift it into the medium bowl of a stand mixer.  Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the olive oil and the "proofed" yeast mixture.  Turn the mixer, fitted with dough hooks, to low and turn it on.  Continue kneading (mixing) until the dough comes cleanly away from the sides of the bowl and forms a ball around the dough hooks (scrap the sides of the bowl to move flour into the path of the hooks as needed).

3.  Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface (if the dough is really sticky sprinkle with flour until it is just a little tacky) and knead until smooth but still slightly tacky (add flour gradually as needed to reach the slightly tacky state), 3 to 5 minutes. 

4.  Lightly oil a large mixing bowl with about 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil. Place the dough in the bowl and turn to oil the ball on all sides. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap cloth and set in a warm, draft-free place until nearly doubled in size, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.  

note: At this point the dough can either be used immediately or it can be placed in a large resealable plastic bag and refrigerated for 24 hours or more to allow the dough to develop more flavour.  Just allow the dough to come to room temperature (about 1 hour) after taking it out the frig.

Spicy pizza sauce:

1.  While the dough is raising, in a medium sauce pan over medium heat, bring the olive oil to the ripple state, add  the dehydrated onions, the basil, the oregano, the crushed red pepper flakes*, and the granulated garlic  and cook, stirring constantly, until the  herbs are fragrant, about 2 minutes.

2.  Reduce the heat to low and add the crushed tomatoes/tomato sauce, stirring constantly until the tomatoes combine with the herbs and begins to caramelizes, about 3 minutes.  Raise the heat and bring to a simmer.  Adjust the seasoning to taste with salt, black pepper, and additional red pepper.

3.  Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes over low heat.  Remove from the heat and allow to cool.  

note:  if you're not sure of how spicy you like your sauce start with ¼  teaspoon of red pepper flakes and adjust seasoning during cooking.

Constructing and baking the pizzas:

1.  Place an appropriately sized pizza stone on the middle shelf of your oven and preheat the oven to 550° F.

2.  Place the dough ball on a lightly floured work surface and flatten it into a thick disk then,  with your fingertips and palms and  working from the center of the disk out to the edges, press it into a thin disk of dough approximately 10 to 12-inch round and about 1/8 inch thick (if necessary use a rolling pin to achieve the 1/8-inch thickness [don’t worry if the pizza isn’t perfectly round . . . that’s called “rustica” and it’s the way “real” Italian pizza looks in Italy]).  If you're really brave you can try the spin and toss method of forming the pie (this dough is perfect for it) just remember to use your knuckles when spinning and tossing . . . fingertips can cause holes).  Sprinkle flour over the surface of this thin disk (this will become the bottom of the pie when you place the pizza base on the peel in the next instruction).

3.  Distribute some four over the surface of a pizza peel (this will act as “ball bearings”, allowing the pizza to move easily over the surface of the peel and will produce just the right amount of char on the bottom) and transfer the formed pizza base onto the peel insuring that the lightly floured side is on the bottom.  Evenly spread 4 to 6 ounces of the spicy pizza sauce over the pizza base leaving an about ½-inch un-sauced margin around the edge for a crust, now sprinkle ¼-cup of the grated  Parmigiana cheese over the sauce, then evenly arrange the provolone slices around the pie, distribute the sliced mushrooms over the pie, next evenly distribute the diced green bell peppers, followed by the diced onion,  the torn ham and finally sprinkle a little extra-virgin olive oil over the pizza.

4.  Gently shake the peel to insure the pizza moves freely (if it doesn’t gently lift the edges of the pizza and distribute additional flourl until it does), using the peel slide the pizza onto the stone and bake the pizza for about 4 or 5 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly, then turn the oven to broil and bake the pizza for another minute or two (watch the pizza closely) until the crust chars slightly.  

5.  Remove the pizza from the oven, slice into 8 wedge shaped slices and serve.

6.  If making more than one pizzas, repeat with the remaining dough and  toppings and cheeses. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014


Zeppole di San Giuseppe
(Saint Joseph's Cakes)
makes 12 Zeppole
(Italy)
                                                                                Prep time:  2 hours+
                                                                             Cook time: 1 hour
                                                                              Total Time: 3 hours

Ingredients

for ricotta cream filling:
 2 15- Ounce Containers Ricotta
1 1/2 Cups Confectioners’ Sugar
2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips
2 Tablespoon Finely Chopped Candied Citron Or Orange peel

OR

for lighter cream filling
½ cup Ricotta
1/3 cup Confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 heaping tablespoons mini chocolate chips
1 pint heavy cream

OR

for the custard filling:
     4 eggs
     2 ounces granulated sugar
     1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
     1 quart milk
     1 tablespoon vanilla
     zest from one orange
      zest from  one lemon 

profiterole dough: 

    1 cup Water
    1 stick (8 tablespoons) Unsalted Butter
    1 teaspoon Salt
    1 cup Unbleached Flour
    4 large Eggs
    if using fried version vegetable oil for frying

garnish:

candied cherries – cut in half for garnish
2 tablespoons chopped unsalted pistachios for garnish (optional)
confectioners’ sugar

Preparation

ricotta cream filling:

Place a large sieve or colander in a large bowl, line with cheese cloth and place the Ricotta in.  Allow some of the whey to drain off the Ricotta, for about 20 minutes.

Whisk together the ricotta, sugar and vanilla in a medium sized bowl until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips and candied fruit, if the filling looks too thick to pipe add a little milk to thin it out. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.

OR

lighter cream filling:

Whisk together the ricotta, sugar and vanilla in a medium sized bowl until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips and candied fruit, if the filling looks too thick to pipe add a little milk to thin it out.  Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.

Start with cold (directly from the frig) heavy cream and place the cream in a bowl and, with a hand or stand mixer, whip the cream until it forms soft peaks.  Don’t whip too much or you’ll end up with butter.

Gently fold the Ricotta cream, one tablespoon at a time, into the whipped cream until all the ricotta cream has been incorporated. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Go on to create the dough.

OR

custard filling:

Prepare the pastry filling by pouring the milk into a saucepan, add the lemon and orange zest and bring to a boil.

Meanwhile, beat the egg yolks in a bowl with the sugar until combine, add the flour while whisking continuously.

Once the milk begins to boil, remove it from the heat and slowly add the egg mixture, whisking constantly. The resulting mixture should be soft and creamy.

Return the mixture to the stove over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly until the mixture becomes fairly dense, it is now custard.

Transfer the custard to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap insuring that the plastic wrap is in contact with the surface of the custard so that a film doesn't form on the surface of the custard.  Allow the custard to cool thoroughly.


While you wait for the cream to cool, prepare the dough.

the profiterole dough: 

Bring the water, the butter and the salt to a boil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Remove the liquid from the heat and add the flour stirring well with a wooden spoon until the flour is completely incorporated.

Return the saucepan to medium heat and cook, stirring constantly until it pulls away from the sides of the pan and is slightly shiny, about 3 minutes; you’re basically making a  profiterole dough.

With a rubber spatula, scrape the dough into a large bowl. Beat in the eggs one at a time, beat the dough continually until smooth, about 2 minutes.

non-frying method:

Fill a pastry bag fitted with a very large star tip with the Zeppole dough.
Lightly grease a rimmed cookie sheet with extra-virgin olive oil and, using the pastry bag, form 12 4-inch ovals of dough over the surface of the cookie sheet until you have used all the batter (use additional lightly greased rimmed cookie sheets if necessary).

Preheat the oven to 425° F.  Once the oven reaches temperature, place the cookie sheet on the middle rack of the oven and bake until they turn golden brown, about 15 minutes.  After this first baking lower your oven temperature to 325° F, without opening the oven door, and bake for an additional 25 minutes.  After this second baking turn off the oven and if you are going to fill the Zeppole, remove the puffs and cut each in half horizontally, return to the cookie sheet and return it to the hot oven for 20 minutes. 

Once the fritters are cool enough to handle fill a pastry bag with the pastry cream/custard and fill the lower half of each split puff with the cream/custard, add the tops and decorate each Zeppole with a little cream/custard topped by a cherry on top or if you haven’t split the Zeppole, top each Zeppole with the cream/custard topped by a cherry.

Sprinkle each Zeppole with powdered sugar, sprinkle with chopped pistachios and serve.

traditional frying alternative:

To create the traditional fried fritters cut 12 4-in squares of parchment paper and grease one side of the squares with extra virgin olive oil.  Then, using the filled pastry bag, form an oval ring of dough on each parchment square until you have used all the batter.

Fill a pastry bag fitted with a very large star tip with the Zeppole dough.

Fill a tall pot with about 5-inches of frying oil and place the pot over high heat.  When the oil comes to 375° F. on a candy thermometer  place the 2 or 3 of the fritters in the oil, parchment squares and all, remove the squares with a pair of tongs as the fritters begin to fry.  Frying more than 3 fritters at a time will cause the oil temperature to drop.  Once the fritters are golden brown, remove the fritters using a slotted spoon and place them to drain on paper towels.  When the oil temp comes back to temperature place 2 or 3 more fritters in the pot a fry them.  Continue in this manner until all the fritters have been fried. 

Once the fritters are cool enough to handle, if you are going to fill the Zeppole, cut each in half horizontally otherwise leave them as is.

Fill a pastry bag with the pastry cream/custard and fill the lower half of each split puff with the cream/custard, add the tops and decorate each Zeppole with a little cream/custard topped by a cherry on top or if you haven’t split the Zeppole, top each Zeppole with the cream/custard topped by a cherry. 

Sprinkle each Zeppole with powdered sugar, sprinkle with chopped pistachios and serve.



Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Sauerbraten
(Sour Beef)
(Germany)
serves 8
                                                                       Prep time: 24 hours
                                                                       Cook time: 1hour 15 minutes
                                                                       Total time: 25 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients


sour beef:

2 tablespoons pickling spices
30 whole cloves
10 juniper berries
4 cups dark vinegar
2 cups water
1 large onion, roughly chopped
1 celery stalk, roughly chopped
1 large carrot, roughly chopped
1-inch piece of fresh ginger
4 pounds boneless beef chuck roast (either whole or cut into large cubes if you prefer)
2 cups sugar
3/4 pounds gingersnaps
Kosher or sea salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

optional dumplings:

10 Potatoes
2 eggs
Kosher or sea salt, to taste
4 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder

Preparation

marinate the beef:


Form a bouquet garni of the pickling spices, cloves, and juniper berries.

Create a marinade by combining the vinegar, water, salt and pepper.

Place meat, the onion, celery, carrot, ginger and the bouquet garni in a glass or ceramic bowl large enough to contain both the meat and enough marinade to cover meat.  

Pour the liquid over meat, pushing the meat down into the liquid, if there is not enough liquid to completely submerge the beef, add additional vinegar and water to bring the level up. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or longer. 

cook the beef*:


Place the marinated beef and the onions in your crock pot, retain the marinating liquid.  

Stir the sugar into the marinating liquid and add the marinade to the crock pot until it covers the beef, if the marinating liquid does not completely cover the beef add a mixture of additional water and vinegar to bring the level up.  Reserve any remaining marinating liquid.

Cover and cook the roast (or beef cubes) on Low for 8 hours. Turn slow cooker off. Transfer roast to a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil (or remove the beef cubes to a bowl). 

create the sauce:

Place the ginger snaps in a large resealable plastic bag and crush them.

Strain the cooking liquid into a large bowl or large measuring cup and discard the onion and the bouquet garni.  Pour the strained liquid into large sauce pan over high heat, stir the crushed ginger snaps into the marinating liquid.

Turn heat down to low and simmer, stirring, until the gravy is thickened and richly flavoured, about 15 minutes.

Taste and correct the seasoning with salt and freshly ground black pepper.  If the sauce is too sour salt will mitigate the sourness.

 optional potato dumplings (start the dumplings about 1 hour before service):

prepare the potatoes:


While the sour beef is cooking, peel the potatoes and slice into quarters.  Place a large pot of heavily salted water over high heat.  When the water comes to a boil reduce heat to a simmer and add the potatoes.  Cook the potatoes until tender and easily pierced by a fork and almost fall apart, about 30 minutes.

Drain the cooked potatoes thoroughly in a large colander.

When the potatoes have finished draining, place them back into the now dry pot and put the pot back onto the stove Turn the burner on low. What we’re going to do is mash the potatoes over low heat, allowing all the steam to escape, before adding in all the other ingredients. That way, the potatoes won’t be watery or “mealy.”

Mash until most of the steam has escaped and the chunks of potato have been mashed well, about three minutes.  Remove the mashed potatoes from the stove and allow them to cool to room temperature.

Add salt and eggs and mix well until completely combined.  In a separate bowl whisk together the flour and baking powder and gradually mix into the potatoes.

form the dumplings: 


Dip your hands in flour and scoop up enough of the potato mixture to form into about a 2 to 3-inch ball, and place the ball onto a plate.  Continue the process until all the mashed potatoes have been formed into balls.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat, place some of the dough balls into the boiling water without crowding, the dumplings will come to the surface and float when done.   As they come to the surface, remove from the water with a slotted spoon and place on a plate lined with paper towels to drain. 

Continue until all the potato balls have been cooked.

 service:


Shred the sour beef roast and place it on a serving platter (or place the beef cubes on the serving platter), top with the potato dumplings and serve immediately accompanied by the warm ginger snap gravy.

* if you are using the roast rather than the cubes and would prefer sliced sauerbraten rather then shredded, the beef can also be cooked in a Dutch oven.  Preheat the oven to 325° F.  Place the roast in your Dutch oven along with the marinating liquid and the chopped vegetables, the bouquet garni, and the piece of ginger insuring that the liquid completely covers the roast (if it doesn’t add water so it does) cover and place in the middle rack of the oven and cook until tender, about 4 hours.  When the roast is cooked remove from the oven to a cutting board retaining the cooking liquid, cover with foil and allow it to rest for about 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes slice, plate the meat and continue to prepare the sauce.

Thursday, January 23, 2014


Onion Garlic Potato Bagels
(America)
makes 12 bagels

Ingredients

1 medium Yukon gold potato (about 5 ounces), scrubbed
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for the bowl
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
2 tablespoons honey
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
Kosher or sea salt
1 1/4 -ounce packet active dry yeast
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 large sweet onion, diced
1 large egg

Preparation

prepare the potatoes:

In a large pot over high heat bring 2 1/2 quarts water to a boil.  Add the potato and cook until tender, 20 to 25 minutes. 

Remove the potato but reserve the water the potato was cooked in. When the potato is cool enough to handle, peel it and mash it in a medium sized bowl until smooth. If the potato is too dry add a FEW drops of the cooking water to moisten it.

prepare the dough:

Stir the oil, granulated garlic and honey into the mashed potato. 

Fit your stand mixer with the paddle attachment.  Add the flour, 2 1/2 teaspoons of salt and the yeast in the bowl of the mixer.

Add the mashed potato mixture and 1 cup of the reserved cooking turn the mixer speed to n medium speed and mix into a stiff but malleable dough, about 10 minutes. If the dough is too stiff, beat in a few more tablespoons cooking water, if necessary. (Reserve the remaining cooking water.)
knead the dough:

Knead the dough on a lightly floured, clean flat surface until the dough is smooth and recovers rapidly when pressed, about 5 minutes.

proof the dough:

Lightly coat the inside of a large bowl with a little olive oil and place the dough into it turning the dough to coat it with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside it in a warm place until the dough is doubled in size, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

prepare the onion:

Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan over low heat melt the butter.  When the butter is add the onion and cook until transparent and soft but not browned, 20 to 30 minutes. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and set aside.

form the bagels:

After the dough has doubled in size remove the plastic wrap and punch it down.

Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. 

Remove the deflated dough from the bowl and, on a clean, lightly floured surface form the dough into a 12-inch log, then cut the log into 12 equal pieces
Roll each piece into a tight ball and set each ball on the prepared baking sheet; cover with a damp cloth and let rise 30 minutes. 

One at a time remove each ball from the baking sheet and make a hole in the center of each ball with your thumbs. Carefully stretch and turn to form a ring whose hole is about 2 inches wide. Return the formed bagel to the baking sheet.  When all the balls have been formed into the bagel shape cover with a damp cloth and let the formed bagels rise 20 minutes. 

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

boil the bagels:

Bring the remaining reserved potato cooking water which is still in the pot to a boil over high heat. 

Carefully place the bagels into the boiling water, two or three at a time, and cook 30 seconds, turn the bagels with a slotted spoon and cook 30 seconds more on this side 

Set the boiled bagels on a rack to drain, repeat until all the bagels have been boiled. 

When the bagels have all drained return them to the parchment-lined baking sheet.

bake the bagels: 

Place the baking sheet with the boiled and drained bagels into the preheated oven and bake until the bagels start to brown, about 10 minutes. 

Remove the half baked bagels from the oven.  Beat the egg with 1 tablespoon of water and brush the tops of the bagels with the egg mixture and top each bagel with some of the sautéed onion. 

Return the baking sheet to the oven and continue baking until the bagels are golden and the onion is quite dark, 10 to 15 more minutes. Let cool 15 minutes before serving.

service:

Serve accompanied by your favourite spreads, lox, or even cold cuts.

Saturday, January 18, 2014


Pot Stickers
An Asian restaurant staple that you can easily make at home.
(China)
servings 36 dumplings
                                                                                    Prep time:  20 minutes
                                                                                    Cook time:  15 minutes
                                                                                    Total time:  35 minutes

Ingredients

2 large eggs
1/2 pound ground pork
1 slice uncooked bacon, finely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped Napa cabbage
1/2 cup minced fresh chives (about 2 small bunches)
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated peeled ginger
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
½ teaspoon Kosher or sea salt
1/2 teaspoon white sugar
1 clove garlic, finely grated
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
36 round dumpling wrappers, thawed if frozen
6 tablespoons vegetable oil

 Preparation
create the filling:

In a large bowl, lightly beat 1 egg. Add the ground pork, bacon, cabbage, chives, ginger, sesame oil, salt, sugar, garlic, soy sauce and cornstarch; mix with your hands until the ingredients are evenly distributed and combined.

fill the wrappers:

In a separate small bowl, lightly beat together the remaining egg and 1 tablespoon of cold water.
Set 1 dumpling wrapper on a clean, dry surface (keep the rest covered with a damp paper towel so they don't dry out). Place 1 heaping teaspoonful of the pork mixture onto the center of the wrapper. Dab a finger into the egg/water mixture and run it along the edge of the wrapper damping it. Fold the wrapper in half and press the edges together to seal, then transfer to a plate. Cover with a sheet of wax paper and a damp tea towel.  Repeat with the remaining filling and wrappers until all the filling and wrappers are used up.

fry the dumplings:

Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches to not crowd the dumpling, add the dumplings and arrange in a single layer; cook until the bottoms start to brown, about 30 seconds.

Add 2/3 cups of cold water, cover the pan with a lid and cook 3 minutes. Uncover and cook until the water evaporates and the bottoms are crisp and golden brown, about 2 more minutes. Loosen the dumplings from the pan with a spatula and transfer to a serving plate. Add 2 more tablespoons oil to the pan between batches.

service:

Serve accompanied by your favourite Asian dipping sauce.

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