I think I need this CAKE …

Richard Sax’s Chocolate Cloud Cake


Richard Sax’s Chocolate Cloud Cake

Cakes, Desserts

Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes Servings: 8 to 12 Source: food52.com

INGREDIENTS

Cake

8 ounces (225g) best-quality bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup (110g) unsalted butter, at room temperature and cut into 1-tablespoon pieces

6 large eggs

1 cup (200g) sugar

2 tablespoons cognac or Grand Marnier (optional)

Finely grated zest of 1 orange (about 1 tablespoon; optional)

Whipped Cream

1 1/2 cups (355g) heavy cream, very cold

3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Unsweetened cocoa powder and/or bittersweet chocolate shavings, for topping

DIRECTIONS

To make the cake, heat the oven to 350°F (175°C), with a rack in the center. Line the bottom of an 8-inch (20cm) springform pan with parchment paper. (Do not butter the pan and parchment.)

Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over but not touching gently simmering water in a saucepan. You can whisk it occasionally to help it along. When it’s melted, remove the bowl from the heat and whisk in the butter until smooth.

In two small bowls, separate 4 of the eggs. In a large bowl, whisk 2 whole eggs and the 4 egg yolks with 1/2 cup (100g) of the sugar just until combined. Slowly whisk in the warm chocolate mixture. Whisk in the Cognac and the orange zest. Using a handheld mixer in a separate bowl, beat the 4 egg whites until foamy, about 2 minutes. Gradually add the remaining 1/2 cup (100g) sugar and beat until beautifully glossy, soft peaks form that hold their shape but aren’t quite stiff, about 5 minutes more. Very gently fold about a quarter of the beaten egg whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten it, then gently fold in the remaining whites. Scrape the batter into the pan and smooth the top.

Set the pan on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until the top is puffed and cracked and the center is no longer wobbly, 35 to 40 minutes. Be careful not to bake the cake beyond this point.

Let the cake cool in the pan on a rack. The center of the cake will sink as it cools, forming a sort of crater—this is good! Let the cake cool completely on a rack.

To make the whipped cream, whip the cream, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl with a handheld mixer until billowy, soft—not stiff—peaks form.

Using a spatula, fill the sunken center of the cake with the whipped cream, swirling the cream to the edges of the crater. Dust the top lightly with cocoa powder.

Run the tip of a knife around the edge of the cake, carefully remove the sides of the pan, and cut into wedges to serve.

Store any leftovers airtight in the refrigerator—they won’t be very presentable but they’ll make a delicious moussey snack.

Strawberry 🍓 Bread

Strawberry Bread

★★★★★

Breads, Fruit,

Cook Time: 50 minutesServings: Prep time 10 minutesSource: tastesoflizzyt.com

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE BREAD:

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup oil

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract or almond extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder** (see notes)

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups diced strawberries

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

FOR THE GLAZE:

2 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons melted butter

1/3 cup finely diced strawberries

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or almond extract

1-2 tablespoons heavy cream or milk** (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, milk, oil, egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.

In a small bowl, toss together the strawberries and the 2 tablespoons of flour to coat the strawberries. Fold the floured strawberries gently into the batter.

Pour the bread batter into a greased 9″x5″ bread pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the center of the bread should come out clean. Allow the bread to cool for 10 minutes, then remove the bread to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the glaze, combine the powdered sugar, melted butter, diced strawberries and extract in a small bowl. Mix until it is smooth.

Once the bread is cool, spread the glaze on top of the bread. Slice and serve.

NOTES

*I often add an extra teaspoon of vanilla or almond extract to the bread batter (along with the wet ingredients) for an extra boost of flavor. I do this especially if I’m not putting the glaze on top. The bread has the most flavor when you add the strawberry glaze!

*We have added up to 2 ½ cups of diced strawberries to the batter. The bread stays together the best when you use about 2 cups.

**We like the strawberry bread as written, but if you’d like a higher rise on the bread, reduce the baking powder to 1 teaspoon and add ½ teaspoon of baking soda. This will change the texture slightly, but some like it a little better.

**We didn’t need any milk or cream to make the glaze spreadable, but it may depend on the juiciness of your strawberries. The glaze will be very thick and look like it is not mixing up, but if you keep mixing, it should create a nice creamy pink glaze as shown below. If it doesn’t, add milk or heavy cream 1 tablespoon at a time. The glaze will soften as it sits too since the sugar pulls out juices from the strawberries. Keep this in mind when adding milk and don’t add too much!

***Many people find that they can make half of a recipe of glaze and it is plenty. If you don’t like a lot of glaze, halve the ingredients.

****The calories shown are based on the bread being cut into 10 pieces (and all of the frosting used), with 1 serving being 1 slice of bread. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.

NUTRITION

Calories: 394kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 181mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 19.7mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1.5mg

Leftover Ham? Make sliders 🍔

We bought a Honey Baked Ham for the holidays and I went searching for recipes for leftovers.

This one’s a KEEPER.

Ham & Cheese Sliders


Ham & Cheese Sliders

★★★★★

Entertaining for a crowd, Make Ahead, Meats, Sandwich

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 25 mins Servings: Yields: Source: delish.com

INGREDIENTS

SAVE TO MY RECIPES

1/4 c. yellow mustard

1 tbsp. honey

4 tbsp. melted butter

1 tbsp. poppy seeds

1/4 c. mayonnaise

12 slider buns

12 slices deli ham

12 slices Swiss cheese

DIRECTIONS

Heat oven to 350° and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, combine mustard and honey and whisk to combine.

Make poppy dressing: In a medium bowl, combine butter, poppy seeds, and 1 tablespoon of honey-mustard mixture. Whisk to combine.

Split slider buns in half horizontally and place bottom half on baking sheet. Spread mayo in an even layer on the bottom layer of slider buns, then top with an even layer of ham and cheese. Spread top buns with honey-mustard mixture, then place on top of cheese layer. Pour poppyseed dressing on tops of buns (using a pastry brush to spread if necessary) until all buns are coated.

Place in oven and bake until cheese is melty and buns are golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Slice and serve.

NUTRITION

(per serving): 312 calories, 16 g protein, 20 g carbohydrates, .14 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 18 g fat, 8 g saturated fat, 683 mg sodium

Potato Latkes with Spiced Apple-Pear Sauce

yes, please


Potato Latkes with Spiced Apple-Pear Sauce

Prep Time: 20 min Cook Time: 35 min Difficulty: EasyServings: Yield: 10 to 12 latkesSource: foodnetwork.com

INGREDIENTS

2 pounds russet potatoes

1 small yellow onion

3 tablespoons matzo meal

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons kosher salt

Vegetable oil, for frying

1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs, such as chives or parsley, for garnish

Sour cream, for serving

Spiced Apple-Pear Sauce, for serving, recipe follows

Spiced Apple-Pear Sauce:

3 McIntosh apples, peeled, cored and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

3 ripe Bartlett pears, peeled, cored and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

6 cinnamon sticks

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 to 2 tablespoons sugar

DIRECTIONS

Peel the potatoes and shred them in a food processor fitted with the shredding blade; transfer the potatoes to a large bowl as the food processor fills up. Repeat with the onion. Transfer the onion to the bowl with the potatoes and stir in the matzo meal, egg, baking powder and salt.

Fill a large skillet with 1/2 inch oil. Heat over medium-high heat until the oil is very hot but not smoking. To test if the oil is hot enough, drop a small piece of potato into the oil; if the potato sizzles steadily, the oil is ready.

Working in batches, scoop the potato mixture by 1/4-cupfuls and add them carefully to the skillet, flattening each latke slightly with a spatula. Fry, turning the latkes once, until golden brown and cooked through, about 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Remove any loose bits of potato mixture between batches with a slotted spoon.

Serve the latkes immediately, or keep them warm in a 200 degree F oven. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve with sour cream and Spiced Apple-Pear Sauce.

Spiced Apple-Pear Sauce:

Combine the apples, pears, lemon juice, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/4 cup water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the apples and pears are very soft but still a bit chunky, 15 to 20 minutes. Taste the mixture and add the remaining tablespoon of sugar if desired.

Remove the sauce from the heat and stir a few times until the sauce is well combined with small chunks. Cool to room temperature. Remove the cinnamon sticks and serve. (For a smoother sauce, remove from heat, remove the cinnamon sticks and then whisk the mixture until smooth before cooling.)

NOTES

If you need to fry a lot of latkes, it’s best to make multiple batches rather than one double batch. The longer the mixture sits, the wetter it becomes which makes the latkes fall apart more easily as they cook.

NUTRITION

Fat: 29g
Calories: 383
Saturated Fat: 2g
Sodium: 333mg
Fiber: 4g
Cholesterol: 16mg
Carbohydrate: 31g
Sugar: 12g
Serving Size: 1 of 12 servings
Protein: 3g

Buttermilk Peach Popsicles

Buttermilker-Peach
Popsicles


Ingredients
3 ripe Dickey Farms peaches, peeled and
diced
3/4 cup whole buttermilk
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
Method

  1. Process buttermilk, honey, cream, salt, and 11/2
    cups of the peaches in a blender until
    completely smooth, about 1 minute.
  2. Finely chop remaining 1 cup of peaches; stir into
    buttermilk mixture. Divide peach mixture among
    plastic frozen pop molds, leaving some room at
    the top to allow for expansion. Cover with lids
    and insert wooden craft sticks.
  3. Freeze until pops are completely firm and sticks
    are set, approximately 6-8 hours. To remove the
    pops, run outside of molds under hot water for
    a few seconds and remove lids.
    Exjoy!

Buffet Chicken Cacciatore

Lots of steps to this so you’ll need an afternoon, but OH so WORTH IT.

The chicken will be falling off the bone tender.


Buffet Chicken Cacciatore

About half way done …

Goes back into the oven until sauce comes to a boil. Remove from oven. Remove the chicken, stir and place back into pan. Cover with foil and bake another hour.

★★★★★

Italian, Poultry

Servings: 4-6 servings

INGREDIENTS

Olive Oil

2 large onions — chopped

1 clove garlic

1 frying chicken, cut up

salt and pepper

2 28 oz. cans Italian plum tomatoes

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

½ teaspoon oregano

½ teaspoon basil

½ tablespoon thyme

 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon sugar

1 bay leaf

1 green pepper — cut into strips

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350

Cover bottom of roasting pan with olive oil. Add onions and garlic. Brown lightly. Salt & pepper chicken parts and lightly brown.

Break up tomatoes, add sugar, red pepper flakes. salt, pepper, oregano, basil, thyme, & bay leaf. Mix well. Add green pepper . Pour over chicken and let come to a boil.

Remove chicken pieces, stir sauce and pour over chicken. Cover with foil and bake one hour.

Remove foil, increase oven to 450 & bake until chicken is delicately brown. Baste with sauce, and serve with small pasta.

Making your own cream cheese is a GAME-CHANGER!

I’m not sure why @chefsymon, the originator of this recipe, makes it outside on his grill BUT it made me want to try it.


Homemade Cream Cheese

Looks easy enough!

Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 20 hr 15 min Difficulty: EasyServings: Yield: 1 cup Source: foodnetwork.com

INGREDIENTS

1 quart (4 cups) cream or whole milk (or a mix of both)

One .05-ounce packet cream cheese starter

Kosher salt

DIRECTIONS

Set up your grill for low, even heat. If using a charcoal grill, distribute the coals evenly. If using a gas grill, heat both sides.

Slowly heat the milk/cream over low heat to 86 degrees F. Remove from the heat. Mix in the starter packet, mixing for no more than 15 seconds. Allow to sit at room temperature for at least 12 hours.

The next day: Ladle the solids into a cheesecloth-lined strainer set over a mixing bowl. Gather up the cheesecloth to cover the surface and refrigerate overnight, allowing the cheese to drain and firm up.

The next day, pick up the cheesecloth and pour the cream cheese into a mixing bowl. Season with salt and stir to combine. (If you’d like a firmer cheese, continue to press.)

Homemade Cream Cheese

French Onion Supper Soup

This one’s from an old community cookbook. I’d made it years ago but had forgotten how good it was.

I’ve tried French Onion Soup recipes from Alton Brown, from the Barefoot Contessa and (gasp) the disgraced Frugal Gourmet, among many others. I wouldn’t have looked any further had I recalled making this version. Kick it up a notch by using bone broth if you’ve got it.

SO good. So EASY. So, what are ya waiting for, make it! 😎

Prior to adding the Parmesan…

French Onion Supper Soup

★★★★★

Soups & Stews, TRIED & TRUE

Difficulty: Easy Servings: 4

INGREDIENTS

3 large onions, thinly sliced

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 cup butter

4 cups beef or vegetable stock (I used beef bone broth)

1/4 teaspoon pepper

4 thick slices of French bread

4 ounces Gruyère cheese, sliced

grated Parmesan cheese

DESCRIPTION

A delicious QUICK and EASY full flavored onion soup

DIRECTIONS

In a covered saucepan cook onions and garlic in butter over low heat 20 minutes or until tender; stir occasionally. Add stock and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer 15 minutes. Meanwhile, toast bread. Top each with sliced cheese; sprinkle with Parmesan. Broil 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese melts. Ladle soup into 4 bowls. Top with a toast slice and serve.

A no recipe RECIPE for Speedy Fish Chowder

🚨Full no-recipe recipe alert🚨
Speedy Fish Chowder: nyti.ms/2BGcxlP

Dice a strip or two of bacon if you’re a meat eater, or grab some butter if you are not (or use both if you are reckless). Add it to a Dutch oven set over medium-high heat and sauté with a few handfuls of diced onions, carrots and potatoes until the onions have gone translucent. Hit the mixture with some salt and pepper and a flash of smoked paprika if you have it. If you can find good corn on the cob, that would be a fine addition. So would a cup of frozen corn.

Do you have any fish stock? No? White wine? Surely you have water. Add enough liquid (of any combination of the above) so that the potatoes are almost swimming, then add a bay leaf and reduce the heat to a simmer.

Allow the chowder to bubble along until the liquid has reduced by a third and the potatoes are tender. Add a splash or two of milk or cream and allow it to heat and thicken slightly. Now cut the fillets into chunks and stir them in gently. Five minutes later: chowder. Serve with crusty bread.

Today was a Chili and Yeasted Cornbread kinda day…

It’s been dreary & rainy for nearly a solid week. Needed comfort food. The chili is mild the way my family likes it, and the yeasted cornbread is a real treat.

Yeasted Cornbread

★★★★★

Baked goods, Bread Machine, BREAD MAKER, Breads

INGREDIENTS

3 1/2 cups bread flour

1/2 cup cornmeal

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons white sugar

3 tablespoons shortening

1 cup milk

1/8 cup water

1 egg

2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

DIRECTIONS

1. Place the ingredients in the bread machine pan in the order suggested by the manufacturer.

2. Select the Basic or White Bread setting, and start the machine. Transfer the bread from the pan to a rack to cool. Wrap in foil to store.

NOTES

2 tablespoons = 1/8 cup

NUTRITION

Nutrition Amount Per Serving (12 total) Calories 222 cal 11% Fat 4.9 g 8% Carbs 37.3 g 12% Protein 6.7 g 13% Cholesterol 19 mg 6% Sodium 211 mg 8% Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Chili Con Carne

★★★★★

Soups & Stews

INGREDIENTS

4 tablespoons shortening or oil

½ cup onions — chopped medium

1 clove garlic — chopped fine

1 slice bacon — chopped fine

½ cup green peppers — diced medium

1 pound ground beef

2 cups canned tomatoes

6 ounces tomato paste

2 teaspoons sugar

2 teaspoons salt

2 tablespoons chili powder(or less) — diluted in 2T warm water

2 cups kidney beans — drained

garnish with shredded cheddar cheese & finely chopped red onions – optional**

DIRECTIONS

Heat shortening or oil. Add onions, garlic, bacon and green peppers and saute until golden brown. Then add ground beef and stir until meat is lightly browned.

Add tomatoes, paste, sugar , salt and chili powder diluted with water.

Cover saucepan and bring to a quick boil. Lower heat and simmer slowly for 30 minutes. Then add drained red kidney beans and simmer an additional 15 minutes. Serve piping hot with a garnish of cheddar cheese & finely chopped red onions.

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 475 Calories; 21g Fat (39.8% calories from fat); 28g Protein; 44g Carbohydrate; 17g Dietary Fiber; 65mg Cholesterol; 913mg Sodium. Exchanges: 2 1/2 Grain(Starch); 3 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 3 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.