Wednesday, December 30, 2015

German Sauerkraut Pie


Crusty Bottom:)

3 dl flour
125 g butter
50 g grated cheddar cheese
1 egg

Filling:

100 g bacon,ham,cabanossi or chorizo sausage
1 grated carrot,optional
1 onion,chopped
3 eggs,boiled
1 chicken stock cube
1-2 cups of sauerkraut,drained
1 cup of sour cream
2-3 eggs
parsley

Sift the flour into the bowl,add cold butter & grated cheese.
Rub with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Add the egg & combine to form dough.
Roll out on floured surface & line the bottom & sides of the 23 cm loose-bottomed tart tin.
Chill for 20 min & pre-bake at 175 C for 10 min.Take out of the oven.
At the same time make the filling.
Fry  the bacon or cabonossi (whatever you decide to use) & onion in the butter.
Add carrot if using,sauerkraut & stock cube.Season.Cook everything through for few min.
Mix in chopped boiled eggs.
Spoon the filling onto the base.
Whisk together the eggs & sour cream until well combined,season with little salt & pepper.
Pour it over the filling.
Bake in the preheated oven at 175 C for 35-40 min or until crisp & golden on top.
Sprinkle over some chopped parsley.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

GINGER CAKE


280 g golden syrup
75 g butter
1-2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
allspice for taste if you wish
1 grated lemon rind
100 g sugar
2 eggs
100 ml sour cream
300 g flour
1 tbsp baking powder

Bonne Maman Blackcurrant jam (or any other blackcurrant jam),half of the jar.

Heat up the butter & syrup ,until butter is melted.Cool.
Add spices.Beat sugar & eggs together,add to the syrup.Now mix in sour cream & flour mixed with baking powder.Stir everything around,until smooth.
Place baking paper on to the big baking tray,butter lightly.Pour the cake mixture evenly over.
Bake at 220C for 20 min.
Cool.
Cut the cakes into two pieces.Spread the jam over one piece & lift another on to the top.sprinkle icing sugar over.




Saturday, December 19, 2015

PASSION FRUIT & BANANA SOUFFLE


100 g sugar
3 eggs,separated
1 big ripe banana,mashed
100 ml passion fruit pulp (4-5)
butter+sugar for preparing ramekins

Oven 190C
Butter 4 ramekins with butter & lightly dust with sugar.
Beat the egg yolks with 50 g of sugar until pale & smooth.
Beat in the banana & passion fruit pulp.
In another bowl beat the egg whites to soft peaks.
Add in the rest of the sugar & whisk until meringue-like.
Gently fold a little egg white into the yolks,stir,then add in the rest.
Fill the souffle dishes to the top,level off with knife,put on the baking sheet & bake just below the middle of the oven for 12-14 min or until puffed & golden.
Remove the souffles from the oven,dust with the icing sugar & serve immediately.







Sunday, December 13, 2015

MARACUJA-BRAZILIAN PASSION FRUIT MOUSSE

 

Ingredients:
 
8 passion fruits
10 g white sugar
1 can sweetened condensed milk
475 ml cream
Break passion fruits in half & empty contents into a bowl. Use a little water to help rinse the juice out of the skins. Mix with hands to soften pulp. Strain through a sieve. 
Stir in sugar & sweetened condensed milk.
In a chilled bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form. 
Fold 1/3 of the cream into the passion fruit mixture, then quickly fold in remaining cream until no streaks remain.
Refrigerate for 1 hour.
 
Creme de leite:
 
250 ml of milk
2 egg yolks
125 g of sugar
3 whole cloves
Dissolve sugar well in milk. 
Beat egg yolks slightly & add to milk & sugar mixture. 
Strain the mixture & cook over low heat stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until it starts to simmer. Don't let it boil, it will curdle! 
Simmer until the cream thickens,never stop stirring.
Refrigerate. 
To serve, put a couple of spoonfuls of mousse on a plate or small bowls & spoon the creme de leite on top. 
Use the cloves to decorate the plates.

 
 
 


Saturday, December 12, 2015

BAKED ALASKA

4 alaskas

Base:
1 eggs
150 ml sugar
75 ml milk
225 ml flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp cocoa powder
75 g melted butter
1 tsp vanilla

500 ml good vanilla ice cream
200 g jam(black cherry,plums or raspberries)
4 tbsp Kirsch or Cointreau
4-8 tbsp strong coffee

3 egg whites
125 g sugar
1-2 tbsp lemon juice

Line 4 ramekins (175 ml) with cling film.
Divide the ice cream between them,leaving the hollow into the middle.
Spoon the jam into the ice cream hollows,cover & freeze overnight.
For base heat the oven 225 C.
Whisk the egg with sugar until very stiff.
Add milk.
Mix in another bowl the flour ,cocoa powder & baking powder.
Add into the egg mixture.
In the end add melted butter & vanilla.
Pour on to the small prepared baking tray (25x25 cm) & bake for 15 min.Cool.
Before serving cut out the rounds for alaska base.
Moisten each with 1 tbsp kirsch & 1-2 tbsp of coffee.
Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.
Gradually add sugar,then lemon juice,whisking until meringue is thick & glossy.
Turn 1 ice cream out onto each round of cake,peeling off the cling film,then spread over the meringue until completely covered.
Wave a cook’s blow-torch lightly & quickly over each meringue to colour. This only takes seconds – take care to avoid over-scorching.You can also use grill.
Serve at once.




Friday, December 11, 2015

Borsch or Ukrainian Beetroot Soup


500 g beetroot (boiled),cut into pieces
2 chicken fillets
2 tbsp butter
2 chicken stock cube
0,5 small white cabbage
6 tomatoes,peeled & seeded.chopped
1 onion,chopped
4 garlic gloves,crushed
4-5 potatoes,cut into pieces
2 carrots,sliced
salt,pepper

Cut chicken fillets into small cubes.
Heat the pan,add butter & chicken pieces.Fry until browned all over.
Add onions & garlic,fry for a minute.
Now add carrots,brown a little.
Throw in the chicken stock cubes & boiled water to cover everything.Let it simmer until you chop cabbage & add it to the soup.Add extra water if needed.
Add beetroot & tomatoes.
Simmer for ca 20 min,then add potatoes & boil until potatoes are done.
Season.
Serve with sour cream.



Tuesday, December 8, 2015

SELJANKA


2 big onions
2 tbsp butter
200 g pork or beef
150 g choritzo or smoked bacon
100 g chicken
1 l water
2 beef stock cubes
1 can chopped tomatoes
8 black olives
1/2 ground paprika
3 pickled gherkins
1 dl liquid of the pickled gherkins
1 laurel
5 whole black pepper
pinch of chopped dill
2-3 gloves of garlic
salt,pepper

Chop onions & fry in butter.
Add chopped meats & choritzo or bacon.
Simmer for 10 min,then add boiling water,stock cubes,laurel & pepper.
Cover & simmer 15-20 min.
Mix chopped tomatoes with flour & add to the soup along with chopped pickles & everything else.
Simmer for extra 5 min.
Take the soup off the heat,cover & leave for 5 min,before serving.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

CREAM CHEESE BUNS


Dough:
2,5 dl milk
o,5 dl sugar
1 tsp salt
25 g fresh yeast or 7 g dry yeast
1 egg
100 g butter,room temperature
6-7 dl white flour

Filling:
500 g cream cheese
2 eggs
1 dl sugar
1 dl raisins
1-2 tbsp lemon juice
1 dl sour cream or natural yogurt

Warm the milk to the hand temperature, add sugar, salt, fresh yeast, mix until dissolved then add egg & butter.
Knead dough until smooth & elastic,cover with towel & let rise in warm place for ca 40 min.
If you use dry yeast then follow the instructions given on the packet.
Make little balls about the size of the golf balls,let to rise another 10 min.
Make the filling:press the middle of the bun down with the bottom of the glass & spoon the cheese mix into each bun.
You can scatter over some cinnamon if you like.Brush the sides with beaten egg.
Bake in the oven 225 C 12-15 min.
Let them cool under the clean towel.You should get ca 16-18 buns.



Saturday, December 5, 2015

CARROT PIE



Base:
3,5 dl flour
150 g grated cheddar cheese
150 g butter
3 tbsp cold water

Filling:
3 onions
1 kg carrots
2-3 tbsp oil
1 tsp salt
2 tsp lemon juice
4 eggs
3 dl milk
0,5 tsp black ground pepper

Mix flour,cheese soft butter until crumbs form.
Add water & work quickly into the dough.
Place the dough onto the baking tray which has been covered with baking paper & chill for 10 min.
Bake in the preheated oven at 200C for 10 min.
For the filling chop onions & grate the carrots with big grater.
Fry onions & carrots in oil for 10 min,season & add lemon juice.
Beat the eggs, add milk & salt.
Place the carrot mixture onto the prebaked base,pour over the egg & milk mixture & bake at 200C ca 40 min.




Friday, December 4, 2015

LIVER PATE WITH ORANGE



100g butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
250 g liver
Finely grated zest of 1/2 orange, plus 1 tbsp juice
1 tbsp brandy (optional)

Melt half the butter in a large frying pan over a medium-low heat.
Add the onion & cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring, until soft.
Add the garlic & cook for 1 minute.
Remove with a slotted spoon & set aside.
Cut away any discoloured bits from the liver, which will taste bitter.
Rinse under cold running water, then pat dry with kitchen paper.
Return the frying pan to a medium-high heat.
When the butter from cooking the onions is hot, add the liver & zest.
Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring, until browned but the liver is still pink in the middle.
Add the brandy, if using, to the pan & bubble for 30 seconds.
Transfer the liver & any juices to the bowl of onions.
Set aside to cool slightly, then tip everything into a food processor.
Add the remaining butter & the orange juice & whizz for a few minutes, until really smooth.
Season & spoon into a bowl.
Cover & chill for 1 hour, until firmed up.
Serve at room temperature.

It will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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