Friday, November 18, 2016

New England Brown Bread Steamed in a Tin Can

I am making this for the Holidays this year. I love Vintage and Classic American Recipes.
Brown Bread was created by Early American Colonists. The process was taught to them by Native Americans.
Wheat Flour wasn't readily available so when they could get it they combined 3 different Flours to make this special Bread.
Ovens were also scarce so it was steamed in a Tin Container over an open fire.
It was traditionally served with Butter and Jam.

New England Brown Bread Steamed in a Can
(This recipe is adapted from several other recipes)

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
A Deep Soup Pot, Stock Pot or Pasta Pot with a Lid. You can also seal the Pot with Foil.
1 - 28 oz. Tin Can ( Tomatoes are available in 28 oz. cans) Brush and Grease Generously with softened Butter.
Have Boiling Water available for the Water Bath.

1/2 C Graham Flour
1/2 C Rye Flour
1/2 C Cornmeal
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1 C Sour Cream
1/2 C Molasses
1/4 C Water
3/4 C Dark Raisins

In a Large Mixing Bowl:
Graham Flour
Rye Flour
Baking Powder
Baking Soda
Whisk well.

Sour Cream
Stir by hand with a Wooden Spoon.
Mix just until well combined.
Fold in Raisins.

Place the Can in the Stock Pot.
Add Boiling Water to come halfway up the side of the can.
Cover the Pot with a tight fitting lid or the lid sealed tightly with Double Lined Foil.

Bake 1 Hour and 15 Minutes.
Remove the Can to a Rack to Cool Completely.

To Serve:
Slice into Rounds served with Butter, Cream Cheese and Jam.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thick Drinking Chocolate with Homemade Peppermint Cubes (The Ideal Holiday Dessert)

This is an adaptation from Nigella Lawson, Two Red Bowls and a Chocolate recipe.
It's the perfect Holiday dessert. You are more than welcome to enjoy it with a spoon!
It may appear to be complicated for a New Chef or Baker but I love desserts that make you look and feel like a Professional.
This is definitely a Decadent Dessert to impress your guests.

This Drinking Chocolate and Homemade Peppermint Cubes

Here;s what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.
1 - 9" X 13" Baking Pan lined with Parchment Paper cut to hang 2" over all 4 sides. I cut 2 separate pieces.

Make the Peppermint Cubes ahead of time to serve with the Chocolate.

Peppermint Cubes:

1 C Sweet Rice Flour (Mochiko Flour)
1 C Granulated Sugar
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 C Water
3/4 C canned Coconut Milk
1/2 tsp Peppermint extract
1/4 tsp Vanilla
Red Food Coloring

In a Large Bowl: (Dry Ingredients)
Baking Powder
Whisk well.

In another Bowl: (Wet Ingredients)
Coconut Milk
Whisk Well.
Add to Dry Ingredients.
Whisk until Creamy Smooth, eliminating any Lumps.

Spoon into the Pan.
Using a Toothpick:
Swirl in Red Food Coloring to achieve desired Pink and White effect.
Cover with Foil.
Bake 60 minutes.

Remove Pan to a rack and Cool Completely, overnight.

Lightly Dust a Flat Surface with Cornstarch.
Lift out of the Pan using the overlapping Parchment Paper.
Transfer to the Surface by sliding it off of the Paper.

Dust the top with additional Cornstarch. (a Sieve works well)
Cut into 1" Cubes.
Lightly Dust again.
Transfer to a Serving Platter.
Top off the Chocolate with a few Pieces.

This Drinking Chocolate:

2 1/4 C Whole Milk
1/2 C Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/4 C Granulated Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Cornstarch

In a Saucepan on Medium Heat:
Cocoa Powder
Whisk well.
Cook while Whisking constantly until it begins to bubble and thicken.
Remove from Heat.
Spoon into Holiday Mugs.
Top with a few of the Peppermint Cubes.

You may want to eat it with a Spoon!

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Vegetarian Scotch Eggs

Here's a Vegetarian version of Scotch Eggs. I'm making them for Thanksgiving this year along with Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie.

Scotch Eggs:

The London department store Fortnum & Mason claims to have invented Scotch eggs in 1738.

A Scotch Egg consists of a Hard Boiled Egg wrapped in Sausage Meat, Coated in Bread Crumbs and Baked or Deep Fried. They are often served with a Mustard Sauce or Hot Sauce.

They are a Common Picnic Food in the United Kingdom. They are available in Super Markets, Corner Shops, Pubs and Motorway Service Stations.

Here's what you'll need:

A Large Cast Iron Skillet or Dutch Oven.
Vegetable Oil, enough to Deep Fry the Eggs.

1lb. of Vegetarian Sausage 
6 Hard Boiled Eggs
1/2 C Flour ( in a small bowl)
1 Egg, beaten ( in a small bowl)
Breadcrumbs ( in a small bowl)
Vegetable Oil

Shape Sausage into a Flat Round in the Palm of your Hand to wrap around and completely cover each Egg.

Heat Oil in the Skillet or Dutch Oven.

Dip each Egg in the following order:

Fry in Oil until Golden Brown.
Remove to Paper Towels to drain.

Serve Cold with Mustard Sauce:
In a small serving bowl:
1 C Mayonnaise
6 TBS Stone Ground Mustard
4 TBS Fresh Lemon Juice (about 2 Lemons)
Mix well.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

French Sauterne Wine Soaked Bundt Cake

This is a very rich and delicious Cake. It has the addition of French Sweet Sauterne Wine in the Batter and in a Soaking Liquid. It's a decadent dessert.
It's made in the Original 12 C Fluted Bundt Pan.

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
1 - 12 C Original Bundt Pan brushed well with Pan Release Mix (equal parts of Crisco, Vegetable Oil and Flour) I start with 1 C of each mixed well and refrigerated in a jar. I always have it available for all of my baking needs.
It's the best Fool Proof Release mix for the most detailed Bundt Pan Designs.

1 - Box of Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix. (I only use Duncan Hines whenever a Boxed Cake Mix is called for in a recipe.)
1/4 C Light Brown Sugar, well packed.
1/4 C Granulated Sugar
1 - Small Box of Vanilla Instant Pudding
2 tsp Cinnamon
4 Large Eggs
3/4 C Water
3/4 C Vegetable Oil
1/2 C Sauterne Sweet White Wine + additional for the Soaking Liquid.
Fresh Whipped Cream for Garnish, recipe to follow.

In a Large Mixing Bowl with a Wooden Spoon:
Cake Mix
Brown Sugar
Granulated Sugar
Vanilla Pudding
Vegetable Oil
Mix well by hand just until well combined.

Spoon into the Bundt Pan.
Bake for 1 Hour.

Remove Pan to a Rack.
Immediately make the Soaking Liquid.

8 TBS Butter, melted.
1 C Granulated Sugar
1/4 C Sauterne Wine
Whisk well until the Sugar is completely dissolved.
Slowly pour over the Cake, in the Pan.
Set aside to soak well and cool completely.

To Serve:
Invert onto a Serving Platter.
Serve with Fresh Whipped Cream. (recipe to follow.)

This is my favorite recipe for homemade Whipped Cream.

Homemade Whipped Cream:

1 C Heavy Cream
1 tsp Vanilla
1 TBS Confectioner's Sugar.
Whip the Cream in a Stand Mixer with a Whisk Attachment.
Beat to Soft Peak.
Confectioner's Sugar
Beat to Stiff Peak.
Transfer to a Serving Bowl to serve.

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Granola made in a Cast Iron Skillet

I have many versions of Granola. It was certainly a Hippy staple back in the 60's. We made it every week. I have additional Granola recipes on the Blog and this is just another interesting way to make it. This recipe is made in a Cast Iron Skillet on the stove. Most recipes are baked. This can be eaten as a snack or mixed into your favorite Yogurt for Breakfast.

Her'e what you'll need:
A Large Skillet
A Sheet Pan lined with Parchment Paper.

Granola made in a Cast Iron Skillet.

2 TBS Vegetable Oil
2 C Old Fashioned Oats (no other substitutes will do)
1/2 C Sweetened Flaked Coconut
1/2 C Roughly Chopped Pecans
1/4 C Pure Maple Syrup
2 TBS Light Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 C Dried Cranberries

In a Large Skillet on Medium Heat:
Heat for 3 - 5 minutes.

Stir to combine well.
Cook for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Transfer to a Sheet Pan to Cool completely.

In the same Skillet on Medium Heat:
Maple Syrup
Brown Sugar
Stir to combine well.
Cook until it begins to thicken, about 1 minute. Stirring constantly.
Oat Mixture and stir to combine well.
Cook for an additional minute, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat.
Fold in Cranberries.

Spread evenly onto the Sheet Pan to cool completely.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Christmas Jam and Jalapeño Jelly

I have my favorite Holiday Jalapeño Jelly that we make and give away during the Holidays. The color is an incredible Green and the taste is so Texan with a great Jalapeño spice.  I'll re post it at the end of this recipe. This would be a great  accompinament with it's beautiful Holiday Red color and Cranberry flavor. Serve with Crackers, English Muffins, Biscuits or served over 8 oz. of Cream Cheese.
Put a dollop of both of them together for a delicious new flavor.

Here's what you'll need:
6 - Half Pint, sterilized canning jars and lids.
A Large Canning Pot or Large Soup Pot.
You'll be processing the Jars in a Water Bath.

Christmas Jam

3 C Fresh Cranberries
1 Seedless Orange, cut into sections. (reserve 2 tsp of Zest)
2 tsp of Orange Zest
1 - 10 oz. package of Frozen Sliced Strawberries, thawed, but not mushy.
1/4 tsp Cloves
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
4 C Granulated Sugar
1/2 C Water
1 - 3 oz package of Liquid Fruit Pectin

In a Food Processor:
Orange Wedges, including the Peel.
Pulse into coarse pieces.

Orange Zest
Pulse a few times just to incorporate it. Don't over mix it.

In a Large Saucepan on Low Heat:
Fruit Mix
Mix well to combine.
Cook of 2 minutes on Low, stir continuously.

Increase heat to High.
Allow to come to a Full Boil.
Mixing to incorporate well.
Return to a Full Boil for 1 minute.

Remove from Heat.
Skim off the Foam.
Ladle into the Jars.
Wipe the Rims clean.
Add the Lids.
Process them in a Boiling Water Bath for 10 minutes, in a large Canning Pot or Soup Pot.
Remove the Jars.
Set aside to Cool until you heat the Lids Pop!

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I live in Texas, we love Jalapeños. This is incredible. We gave jars of this Jalapeño Jelly as Christmas Gifts to friends and neighbors. 
This is definitely the best Jalapeño Jelly I have ever tasted.

Jalapeno Jelly

2 cup minced jalapeno peppers ( I'm going to start with 1 pound and I'll update after I make it)
1 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
6 1/2 cups sugar
6 oz LIQUID pectin
6-8 drops green food coloring

Combine peppers, vinegar and sugar in a non-aluminum saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and boil gently for 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and skim off any foam. Stir in the food coloring and pectin, pour into sterilized jars. Seal immediately. Makes about 9 cups.

This is the beginning step.

This is beginning to boil.

Canning the Jelly.

Love the color!

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Baked Fruit Casserole

I happen to love Baked Fruit Casseroles. I have one on the Blog for a Curried version of this recipe. I received that one in 1977 from the family of one of my best friends. It's called Marie Gallagher's Curried Fruit Casserole. I make it for Christmas.
I've reposted it at the end of this one.
Both of these recipes are a great addition to a Thanksgiving or Christmas Menu.

I added more Pecans than the recipe calls for.
This is after it was baked.

I stirred it after it cooled.
We have a Triple Crock Pot (3 Crocks in 1 unit.)
I'm going to transfer the Fruit to one of the Crocks

We're serving Corn Timbale in one of the Crocks
and Brussels Sprouts with Butter in the third rock.
It makes for easy serving.

Baked Fruit Casserole.
Chop Apples, Peaches and Pears into pieces approximately the
same size as the Pineapple Chunks.

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
1 - 2 1/2 Quart Casserole, Well Buttered.

2 Large Jonagold Apple, peeled, cored and chopped into 1" pieces.
2 tsp Lemon Juice
1 - 20 oz. can of Pineapple Chunks, drain and reserve 1/2 C of the Juice.
1 - 29 oz. can of Peach Halves, drained and chopped.
1 - 29 oz can of Pear Halves, drained and chopped.
1 - 6 oz jar of Maraschino Cherries, drained. Do not chop.
1 C Pecan Halves, do not chop.
1/2 C Well Packed Dark Brown Sugar
2 TBS Butter
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Nutmeg

In a Large Mixing Bowl:
Lemon Juice
Stir to mix well.

Stir to mix well.

Spoon into Casserole.
Top with Pecans.
Set aside.

In a Saucepan on Low Heat:
Reserved Pineapple Juice
Cook , stirring constantly, until the Butter is melted
and the Sugar is dissolved.
Pour evenly over the Pecans, do not stir.
Bake uncovered for 45 minutes.

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Christmas Eve, 2012!

Today I pay homage to a dear family friend, Marie Gallagher. She recently celebrated her 90th birthday.

I became friends with the Gallagher family in the early 70's.

Marie used to make this casserole and I loved it. She shared this recipe with me in 1977.

It's in my book of recipes that I started in Steamboat Springs, Colorado in 1974, when Jay Gallagher and I lived there.

Marie Gallagher's Curried Fruit Casserole, Palatine, Illinois, 1977.

1- 15 oz. can of Pears, sliced
1- 15 oz. can of Peaches, sliced
1- 15 oz. can of Apricots
1- 15 oz. can of Chunked Pineapple
1 small jar of Maraschino Cherries
1 tsp Curry Powder
1 tsp Cinnamon
3/4 C Brown Sugar
1/3 C Melted Butter
Butter for greasing the pan

Drain all fruit, arrange lightly in a buttered casserole dish
Mix together, Curry,Brown Sugar and Melted Butter & pour over the fruit.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. It can bake for 2-3 hours without harm

Thank you Marie, I know you celebrated a wonderful 90th birthday, with all of the kids!
I wish I could have been there!
And thank you for sharing this delicious recipe!

Peace in the Kitchen!