31 Dec 2008
A new beginning, a fresh start. Doesn't that sound very nice and positive?
This state of mind doesn't leave much room to look back, to considerate. Maybe that's why I don't like the programs in which you look back on the last year. No,I rather look forward and make new plans. Plans for spending more time with my beloved ones and of course; baking more bread and posting more recipes on my weblog.
But first I want to wish all you bloggers and your beloved ones a very happy and healthy 2009!
And when you're wondering what the text on my plate is? It's my new motto!
30 Dec 2008
- 3oo-400 grams steak
- 300 grams sugar snaps
- 1 sweet red pepper, small cubes
- a few champignons (optional)
- 2 tbsp dry sherry
- 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
- 1 tbsp cornflour
- 3 tbsp oystersauce
- 1 tsp sugar
Cut the beef in thin slices and marinate it (30 minutes) in the sherry, soy sauce and cornflour. In the meanwhile, you've time to cook the rice and slice the vegetables. I just blanche the sugarsnaps to keep them green and crisp.
Heat the oil and stirfry the redd pepper and the champignons for a minute. Take them out of the wok and set them aside while you stirfry the beef in about 2 minutes. Now add the red pepper, champignons and the sugarsnaps. Stirfry them all very fast on high heat and when it's ready, add the oystersauce and the sugar. Accompanied with Basmati rice you've got a very nice and healthy meal.
28 Dec 2008
This time I'd planned to shop economical to prevent having left-overs after the holidays. That's why I seized the opportunity to use the mincemeat as a filling of the Yule Wreath and the cranberry sauce for the crumble coffee cake.
Among the left-overs this time, were a few leeks, carrots and celeriac. Thinking of those ingredients and the fact that it´s already freezing in Holland, I decided to make peasoup.
You must know, frost makes us Dutchies long for skating and especially for the well-known11 city ice-skating marathon.That´s 200 kilometer skating on ice from city to city. The last one was on 4 january 1997. I bet the're a few people praying for more frost at this very moment!
(copyright Geert de Jonge Media)
So, and now the peasoup. When you make it a day ahead, it gets just the right thickness. This amount is enough as a meal for 10 people. What's left can be frozen.
- 2 x 500 grams split green peas (dried)
- 900 grams uncooked ham or pork chops
- 3 leeks, thin slices
- 1 big carrot, small cubes
- 1 celeriac, small cubes
- 2 bay leafs
- 2 smoked sausages
- salt, freshly ground black pepper
- selery leafs
- broth cubes
Soak the split peas in 6 litre water in 8 - 12 hours. Refresh the water and cook the peas on low fire. Add the ham or porkchops and let it simmer for another hour. Add the leeks, carrot, celeriac and bay leafs. Let it simmer for another hour and leave it for a night.
The next morning, it must be a thick soup. Take the ham or the porkchops out of it and cut the meat in small cubes. Add the meat to the peasoup again and spice it with salt and pepper. Add a few broth cubes if you like. Also add the sausages and warm the soup very slowly. Before serving: add a few selery leafs.
25 Dec 2008
23 Dec 2008
Just at such a moment Lynn announced a new challenge of the Bread Baking Babes; the Yule Wreath. To me, a wreath sounds more like that mole on the witches nose but alah..............why not give it a try. Just a good moment to use the mincemeat I made last year.
I've to admit, the dough was very 'obedient' and the rising time wasn't to long for such a rich dough (1,5 hour). Rolling out the dough, I made a part of it to thin so there came some cracks in it. Nevertheless, it wasn't a very difficult challenge and I'm looking forward to make a savoury one with pesto, olives and cheese in it. Mouthwatering.
- 475 grams all purpose flour
- 1,5 tsp. instant yeast
- 240 ml. milk; lukewarm
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 60 grams unsalted butter
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp. cardamom
Knead the dough in 5 minutes till a nice not-sticky dough. For this, I've used my kitchenaid and that worked out very well. Place the dough in a greased bowl and let it rise till it's doubled in size. That will take about 1 to 1,5 hour.
Take the dough out of the bowl and push the air out of it; flatten it and roll it into a rectangle of 15 x 9 inches. I've made mine to big and that's why the dough was to thin a several places!
Thanks Lynn, had a lot of fun!!!!
20 Dec 2008
- 400 gr. chickenbreast curved in small slices
- white pepper, freshly ground
- sunflower oil
- 1/2 inch ginger root, in small slices
- 1 carrot in small slices
- 1 red onion in slices
- 300 br. broccoli in small parts
- 1 clove of garlic
- cashews, as much as you like
- 1/2 cup chickenstock, warm
- 2 tbsp. dark chinese soy sauce
- 4 tbsp. dry sherry
- 3/4 tbsp. cornflour
- sesame oil
Sprinkle the salt and white pepper over the chickenbreasts. Place the wok on the cooker and make sure it's warm before you put the sunflower oil in it. Wait till the oil is hot and stirfry the ginger root and chickenbreast in it, in about 3 minutes at high temperature. Take the chickenbreast out of the wok and keep it warm. In the meanwhile you can cook the water for the eggnoodles.
If necessary, add one tsp, sunflower oil in the wok and stirfry the carrot and broccoli in it. Add 3 tbsp. water and cover the wok for 4 minutes. After this, the water is evaporated. Now you can add the red onion and the cashews and stirfry again. Add the chickenbreast and stirfry again for one minute.
Move the vegetables and the chickenbreast out of the centre of the wok and add the chickenstock. In a small bowl; mix the soy sauce, the corn flour and the sherry. Pour the mixture in the centre of the wok and stir while it thickens. Stir the vegetables and chickenbreast through the sauce.
Add the eggnoodles to the boiling water and follow the instructions of the package about the cooking time. When they're done, drain them and add a tsp. of sesameoil. Put the eggnoodles in a deep dish and add the chickenbreast, vegetables and sauce.
14 Dec 2008
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon mace
- 1 3/4 ounces blanched whole almonds, toasted
- 1 1/2 ounces blanced hazelnuts, toasted
- 1/3 cup diced candied orange peel
- 1/3 cup diced candied lemon peel
- 4 Medjool dates, pitted and finely chopped
- 3 ounces almond paste, broken into small pieces
- 1/3 cup apricot jam
- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- white chocolate
Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, mace and cloves in a bowl. Chop the alomonds and hazelnuts very finely in the food processor. Add peels and dates and and pulse until finely chopped. Add almond past and apricot jam and pulse again to combine. Add eggs and brown sugar and pulse to combine. Add the dry ingredients and pulse again. Cover the mixture and refridgerate it overnigt or up to 3 days.
Preheat the oven to 325 dgr. F. (180 dgr. C.). Make with a medium sized ice cream scoop little balls onto a nonstick bakingmat. Keep some spcae between the cookies. Bake until golden brown in aboute 14 minutes and rotate the bakingmat halfway through. Let them cool down.
Melt the chocolate au bain marie and dip the cookies in it. Let it cool down and store the cookies in an airtight container. If you can control yourself!(by Martha Stewart's Cookies)
12 Dec 2008
This weekend started with baking a cake without butter. Well, the cake doesn't contain butter but the lemon curd does. Looking at the picture you'll see that I'm not a very experienced baker because it looks a little bit messy. But this may not discourage you; it tastes light and fresh.
Lemon semolina cake
- 3 eggs, separated
- 100 gr. caster sugar
- grated rind and juice of 1/2 lemon
- 50 gr. fine semolina
- 15 gr. ground almonds
- 150 gr. whipping cream
- 4 tbsp. lemon curd
- 100 gr. fresh raspberries
Pre-heat the oven to 350 dgr. F. (180 dgr. F.). Grease and line a 20 cm. deep round cake tin with greaseproof paper.
Put the eggyolks and sugar into a bowl and whisk on full speed until pale and light in texture. Add lemon juice and continue whisking until the mixture is thick. Fold in the grated lemon rind, semolina and ground almonds.
Whisk the egg whites in a separate (and very clean) bowl until you can form soft peaks. Fold the egg whites into the mixture very carefully. Turn the mixture into the prepared tin.
Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes. It should become well risen and pale golden brown. Give it a few minutes rest and remove the paper and the tin and let it completely cool down.
Cut the cake in half horizontally. Whisk the cream and fold in the lemon curd. Sandwich the cake together with the cream mixture and raspberries. Dust the top with icing sugar.
(Mary Berry's ultimate cakebook by Mary Berry)
10 Dec 2008
The spelt flour was wonderful coarse and stone-ground. In our little town we've got a real mill which is still in use. Most of the flours I'm baking with, are ground by our own miller.
Sourdough with spelt bread
- 100 gr. coarse spelt flour
- 240 gr. bread flour
- 200 gr. water lukewarm
- 120 gr. ripe starter (100%)
- 7,5 gr. salt
Turn the dough on a lightly floured counter and preshape into a light ball. Let it rest for 20 minutes. Shape it this time into a tight ball and put it (with the seam up) in a well-floured banneton. Cover it with oiled plastic and let it rise for 5 - 6 hours.
Turn the proofed loaf on a baking sheet and bake it in the oven at 450 dgr. F. (230 dgr. C.) in 27 - 30 minutes. Let it cool down completely.
This bread tastes wonderful even when you've no baking stone.
5 Dec 2008
With older chidren and among adults it changes and it becomes one of the opportunities to tease one another with poems.
3 Dec 2008
Reading so many different weblogs and their recipes, I couldn't escape from the thought that a lot of you webloggers very much like cranberries and that there is a great variety of wonderful recipes.
A bit curious I decided to start with making cranberry sauce again. This time it tasted just as sour as I like and I was impressed by the warm ruby red color. Feeling more daring by this experience the next step was making this cranberry crumble coffeecake. The perfect opportunity for using my home made cranberry sauce.
Well, it worked out very well and the somewhat sour taste is just lovely in sweet cakes.
3 cups cranberries
1 cup sugar
zest of one orange
1 cup water
Wash and rinse the cranberries. Put the water and the sugar in a pan and bring it to boiling point. Wait till the sugar dissolves and add the orange zest and cranberries. Bring it again to the boiling point and stir. When you hear little plops, the cranberries are opening and the pectine comes out. The pectine thickens the sauce and when you let is simmer for just 10 minutes, you get a nice red thick sauce. Put it in a bowl and let it cool completely at room temperature and chill it in the fridge.
30 Nov 2008
Although it did cost some effort, it wasn't as difficult as I'd expected. The recipe of Ursula Ferrigno (Pane e Panini) was uncomplicated and well written. This was my first attempt and it won't be my last.
- 250 gr. flour (tipo 00)
- small pinch salt
- 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
- 5 gr. active dry yeast
- 1 tbsp. water, lukewarm
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 4 tbsp. milk, lukewarm
- 125 gr. butter, small cubes at room temperature
- 175 gr. plain chocolate, small cubes
- 1 egg, beaten
Sift the flour, salt and sugar in a big bowl. Add the yeast, water, 3 eggs and the milk. Mix the ingredients till you've got a soft dough. Knead it and add every time a cube butter. Knead after each cube till the butter is fully dissolved in the dough. At this point the dough is not tacky but sticky. Don't panic but put the dough in an oiled bowl and let it rest in the fridge for at least an hour.
Take the dough out of the fridge and let it rest in the bowl till it reaches room temperature. Punch the dough down and divide it in 12 even pieces. Add just a little bit flour if necessary to handle the dough. Form little balls of the dough and flatten each ball. Put a cube of chocolate in each bull and form a tight ball. Make sure you close the dough thoroughly.
Put each ball in a buttered muffin form or in a small brioche form. Cover and proof for 30 - 45 minutes. Brush the buns softly with the beaten egg. Bake the brioches 12- 15 minutes in a preheated oven (395 dgr. F./200 dgr. C).
28 Nov 2008
This cake is one of the lovely recipes written by Mary Berry in her 'Ultimate cake book'.
It looks wonderful marbled and is dense, soft and very easy to make.
Vanille chocolate traybake
- 225 gr. soft unsalted butter
- 225 gr. caster sugar
- 275 gr. self-raising flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 4 eggs
- 2 tbsp milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 1/2 tbsp cacao
- 2 tbsp hot water
- 50 gr. chocolate chips
- 50 gr. plain chocolate, broken into pieces
- 50 gr. white chocolate, broken into pieces
Pre-heat the oven to 180 dgr C. (350 dgr F.) Grease and base line a 12 x 9 in (30 x 23 cm) roasting tin with greased greaseproof paper.
Measure the margarine, sugar, flour, baking powder, eggs, milk and vanille essences into a large bowl and beat well for about 2 minutes. Spoon half the mixture into the tin and spread it over the bottom.
In another bowl, blend the cocoa with the hot water. Cool slightly and mix it with the remaining cake mixture and with the chocolate chips. Spoon the mixture in the plain cake mixture and spread it evenly on top.
Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 35 - 40 minutes or until the cake has shrunk from the sides. Leave it to cool in the tin. Melt the plain and white chocolate separately. Spoon into two separate small plastic bags, snip off the corner of the bags and drizzle the chocolates all over the top to decorate. Leave it to harden before cutting into squares.
21 Nov 2008
This recipe is part from me and part from a magazine of a supermarket. Instead of cognac you can use brandy, vieux or even wodka.
Tagliatelle with smoked salmon and samphire
- 400 gr. tagliatelle
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 200 gr. smoked salmon in pieces
- 75 cc. cognac
- 200 cc. cream
- 25 gr. butter
- 200 cc. tomato sauce
- freshly grind white pepper
- 150 gr. samphire
While cooking the tagliatelle al dente; you can make the sauce by baking the onion very softly in 1 tbsp. olive oil. Add the smoked salmon, cognac and the cream. bring it softly to the boiling point. Add the tomato sauce and the white pepper and bring it again just till the boiling point. At this moment the sauce starts thickening. After about 2 minutes it will be thick enough.
Drain the pasta and serve it with the sauce and the samphire.
Stormy weather in Holland. Rain, sunshine, hail, storm and snow; we've seen it all today. Just a nice day to make it cosy indoors by baking buns. These buns are very easy to make and it takes little time.
The origin of this recipe must be from the year 610 a.c. and the shape of the buns refers to the arms and hands of praying children. The message was simple: when you pray, you get a pretiola. So, no praying, no bun!
Later on they named them Pretzels.
Well, my children didn't have to deserve these buns by praying; but they helped shaping them. And those little warm hands made the bread rise wonderful.
- 450 gr. all purpose flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 7 gr. dried yeast
- 300 cc. milk
- 25 gr. butter
- 1 egg
- coarse salt
Brush the buns with the egg and sprinkle them with a bit coarse salt. Bake them in the oven (400 dgrs. F./ 200 dgrs. C.)in 20 minutes.
18 Nov 2008
Thanks to Baking Soda and Lien, I knew not to knead to much so I just mixed it carefully with a wooden spoon. The dough was a bit sticky. After a few hours my kitchen looked as if there'd been a snow blister but the result was crisp and tasty.
Oeps, forgot to make the fork holes but just in time to make the last ones with little holes. Just a nice opportunity to give it a scientific approach. I'll let you know (when we've eaten them all) if there was any difference. Thank you Grain Doe for this recipe and this adventure; it was great fun!
When you want to make those swedish crisps, just click on this link.
14 Nov 2008
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 cup mashed potato flakes
- 1/4 ounce instant yeast
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 tablespoon minced chives
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1 egg
- 6 tablespoons grated cheese
Add the egg and the other half of the flour and knead for another 7 minutes. Add more flour if the dough is very sticky. Place the dough in an oiled dough and cover it. Let it rise until doubled in about 1 hour.
Divide it in 12 pieces and shape each to a roll. Cover each roll with cheese. Place them next to each other in a greased baking pan, cover it and let them rise again till almost doubled in size. Put the baking pan in the middle of the oven, 375 dgrs. F. (190 dgrs. C.) for 30-35 minutes. Remove the rolls out of the baking pan and put them on a wire rack.
One of my favourites at the breakfast table is a slice of homebaked sourdoughbread with a little bit of lemonjelly.
The last few months however, the supermarket doesn't sell it anymore and even a few delishops I visited gave a 'no' at my request. What's the problem? There are enough lemons on the market or at the groceries. Well,time to look for a nice recipe and make it myself. It can't be so hard to make jelly.
The following recipe seemed easy and it results in enough lemon jelly for the next six months.
- 6-7 lemons
- 1 kilo jellysugar
- 250 cc fresh lemonjuice
- 500 cc water
- 3 jars for approximately 250cc each
Make sure all your equipment is very clean. Put the pots on a wet towel so they can stand the heat of the jelly without bursting. Peel the lemons thinly and and cut the peel in little pieces.
Boil the lemonpeel 10 minutes in 100 cc. water and add the lemonjuice, water and jellysugar. Lower the heat when it boils and let it bubble for 4 more minutes. Fill the pots till the edge, close them and put them upsightdown back on the wet towel. Turn them after 5 minutes and leave them to cool down.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.
One of the great things at this part of the year are the apples. Especially the fresh and sour goudrenet is our favourite. Combined with cinnamon, sugar and sometimes with mint they are great in applepies, cakes and appletriangles. The last ones are just so easy to make that our son learnt to bake them when he was only 10 years old.
- 10 squares puffpastry each 13,5 cm (5,5 inch)
- 2 sour apples (goudrenet) peeled and diced
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix the diced apples, cinnamon and two tablespoons sugar;
Put in the middle of each square 1 - 1,5 tablespoon of the mixture;
Fold the square diagonal tot a triangle and make sure you seal the edges carefully with a tiny bit of water.
Make the outside of the triangles wet with water and strew them with sugar.
Put them 20 minutes in the middle of the preheated oven at F 400 dgrs (= C 200 dgrs.).
12 Nov 2008
When I was about 10 years old we lived in the centre of Rotterdam. Helping my mother with the shoppings, I bought our bread a few block away at a small bakery. Although there wasn't much to chose, the bread was delicious and I always started eating on the way home. I still remember how wonderful this bread tasted.
A few years ago I decided to start baking my own bread. I longed for a nice tasteful bread without all kinds of additions I cannot even pronounce. After a full year experimenting with a breadbaking machine, and different sorts of flour, a beautiful kitchenaid took place of the breadbaking machine. Since then our daily bread exists of the Norwich Sourdough and the Basic heartbread of Rose Levi Beranbaum (Bread Bible). And you know what? The Basic Heartbread tastes just like the bread I used to eat when I was a the age of ten.