Thursday, August 3, 2017

Lemon Pie with a Chex Cereal Crust

Here's an interesting recipe for a Pie with a Rice or Corn Chex Cereal Crust.






Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
1 - 9" Pie Pan
A Fine Mesh Sieve to Strain the Filling.
A Hand Held Electric Mixer for the Whipped Cream.

To make the Crust:
3 1/2 C of finely crushed Rice or Corn Chex Cereal
1/4 C Granulated Sugar
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
12 TBS Butter, melted

Mix all ingredients together in a Large Mixing Bowl.
Press into the Pie Pan. on the bottom and up the sides.
Bake for 17 minutes.
Remove Pan to a Rack to Cool Completely.

To make the Filling:
3 Eggs
3 Egg Yolks
1/2 C Fresh Lemon Juice
8 TBS Butter, chilled and cubed.
1/2 C Granulated Sugar
1/2 C Heavy Cream
1 tsp Confectioner's Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla
Zest of 1 Lemon

In a Glass Heat Proof Bowl over a Saucepan of Simmering Water:
Eggs
Yolks
Lemon Juice
Butter
Sugar
Whisk constantly until Butter is melted and the mixture begins to thicken. (5 - 8 minutes)

Remove from Heat.
Place a Sieve over a Bowl and Strain the Filling.
Set aside to cool completely.

In a Medium Mixing Bowl with the Electric Mixer:
Heavy Cream
Confectioner's Sugar
Vanilla
Beat to Stiff Peak.
Fold by hand into the Lemon Filling Mixture.

Spoon into the Crust.
Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Just before serving, evenly sprinkle Lemon Zest over the Pie.

Enjoy!
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Sweet Potato/Yam Bread

Here's a great Fall Bread.



Sweet Potato/Yam Bread

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
A Loaf Pan sprayed with a Vegetable Cooking Spray. (I use a Cast Iron Loaf Pan)

1 - 15 oz. Can of Sweet Potatoes/Yams, drained and reserve 2 TBS of the Liquid.
1 1/4 C Granulated Sugar
1/3 C Water
1/3 C Vegetable Oil
2 Large Eggs
1 3/4 C Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/4 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 C Chopped Pecans

In a Large Mixing Bowl:
Potatoes
Reserved Liquid
Mash well with a Potato Masher or Blending Fork.

Add:
Sugar
Water
Oil
Eggs
Mix together until well combined.

Add:
Flour
Baking Soda
Salt
Pie Spice
Baking Powder
Mix together until well combined.

Fold in Pecans.

Spoon into the Pan.
Bake for 60 - 75 minutes. A Toothpick in the center should come out clean.

Remove Pan to a Rack to Cool 10 minutes.
Invert the Pan onto the Rack and release the Bread to cool completely.

Enjoy!
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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Filled and Baked Zucchini Boats

I don't always have a recipe at hand when I need to use ingredients that I didn't plan for.
Today was a perfect example of that.
We had Zucchinis that needed to be eaten. I decided to make an impromptu filling with other ingredients I had available.


Filled and ready to Bake!
Baked!



Here's what I did:
I had 4 Zucchinis.
I cut the Zucchinis in half lengthwise and scooped out the inside of all 4 of them.

I had 2 Kale, Bean, Corn and Roasted Tomato Tamales.
I removed the Husks from the Tamales and diced the filling including the Masa Harina wrap.

I had a medium Onion, diced

I had Grated Parmesan Cheese and some Shredded Parmesan Cheese.

I had some Chipotle Lime Tortilla Panko Breadcrumbs.

And........ I always have Adobo Seasoning.

In a Large Mixing Bowl:
Diced insides of the 4 Zucchinis
I diced the two halves of one of the Zucchinis and saved the other 6 halves to fill.

Add:
Diced Tamales
Diced Onion
Salt and Pepper to taste.
1 tsp of Adobo Seasoning
1/4 /C Grated Parmesan Cheese
Mix to combine well.

I heated about 3 TBS of Vegetable Oil in a Skillet on Medium High Heat.
Added the Mixture.
Sautée for about 8 - 10 minutes, until it started to get Golden Brown.

Fill the Zucchini Halves with filling.

Sprinkle them with some Shredded Parmesan and then Chipotle Crumbs.

I baked them in a small convection oven on our patio, for about 35 - 45 minutes.
It's too darned hot to use the big oven in the kitchen, in Texas!

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!



Friday, July 28, 2017

Tie Dye Cheesecake Bars

Here's a great Hippy in the Kitchen Dessert.

This is an adaptation of a recipe that I saw online, but the recipe was vague in some parts, so I  changed the name and re wrote it.



This is my Calphalon Straight Sided Baking Pan. It's my favorite Pan for
Baking Bars and Brownies because of the Straight Sides.
I've taken many Baking Classes and this is the only
Food Coloring I use.
 I use for Bars, Macarons and
Tye Dye Hippy Cookies.


Tie Dye Cheesecake Bars

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
1 - 9" X 9" Baking pan with Straight Sides.
A Food Processor

8 Graham Crackers
1 1/4 C Granulated Sugar, divided.
6 TBS Butter, melted
16 oz. Cream Cheese, room temperature.
1/4 C Sour Cream
2 Large Eggs
1/8 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Vanilla

Gel Food Coloring:
Pink
Pale Green
Baby Blue
Or your 3 favorite pastel colors.

Crust:
In a Food Processor:
Broken pieces of the Graham Crackers
Pulse a few times to crush them.

Add:
 1/2 C Sugar
Butter
Pulse just to combine well.

Transfer to the Pan and Press evenly on the bottom.

In a Medium Mixing Bowl with a Hand Held Mixer:
Cream Cheese
Sour Cream
Remaining Sugar
Eggs
Salt
Vanilla
Mix to combine well.

Divide the batter evenly among 3 small Mixing Bowl. (create 3 different colors of Batter)
Add a bit of Food Coloring from the tips of Toothpicks.
Blend well.

Drop Dollops of each color onto the Crust. Overlapping the Colors.
Swirl the Batter with a Toothpick or a Bamboo Skewer to create a Tie Dyed Pattern.

Bake 45 minutes.
Remove the Pan to a Rack to Cool Completely.
Cut into squares to serve.

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen.

Potato and Swiss Cheese Fritatta

I love Frittatas and Omelettes. This is a combination of the two.




Serves 4 - 6 people.

Here's what you'll need:
1 - Non Stick Skillet.


4 TBS Olive Oil, divided
3 Medium Potatoes, peeled and diced into small pieces.
1 small Onion, diced into small pieces.
Salt
5 Eggs
2 Green Onions, thinly sliced.
8 Slices of Swiss Cheese , Emmental or Raclette
Sour Cream
Salsa


In the Skillet on Medium Heat:
2 TBS Oil, until Hot.
Potatoes
Onion
A Pinch of Salt
Stir well with a Wooden Spoon and Cook 5 minutes.

When the Potatoes are soft, crush them with the Spoon cooking for an additional 5 minutes.
Cook and Smash with the Spoon to a Mashed Potato Texture.

Remove from Heat and set aside.

In a Large Mixing Bowl:
Eggs
1/4 tsp Salt
Onion
Whisk well.

Add:
Potatoes
Mix with the Spoon just until combined.

In the Skillet on Low Heat:
2 TBS Oil until Hot.

Add:
1/3 of the Potato Mixture.
Shake Pan to evenly distribute.
Top with Cheese covering the Mixture evenly.

Add:
Remaining Mixture.
Spread evenly over the Cheese extending it to the edge of the Pan.
Cook 5 minutes.

Place a Plate over the Pan.
Flip to release the Frittata.

Return it to the Pan.
Use the Spoon to press the sides into a circle while cooking for an additional 5 minutes.

Use the Plate again to flip the Frittata.

Serve Hot.
Slice into wedges to serve.
Top with a Dollop of Sour Cream and Salsa.

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Pecan Honey Comb Brittle

Pecan Honey Comb Brittle



Here's what you'll need:
A  Small Sheet Pan lined with Parchment Paper.

2 TBS Granulated Sugar
2 TBS Lyle's Golden Syrup
1 tsp Baking Soda
3 oz. Dark Chocolate
1/4 C Chopped Pecans

In a Saucepan on Low Heat:
Sugar
Golden Syrup
Bring to a Boil until it begins to turn a Light Caramel Color. (watch very carefully to keep from burning) It burns easily.

Remove from Heat immediately.
Add:
Baking Soda
Whisk to remove all Lumps of Sugar.
It will Froth.

Pour it onto the Sheet Pan.
Allow to cool completely.

Melt Chocolate in a Bain Marie or a Double Boiler.
Pour immediately over the Honeycomb.

Sprinkle immediately with Pecans.

Allow to cool completely.
Break into pieces to serve.

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!

Waffle Iron Croissants or Biscuits and other recipes made in a Waffle Iron

We made Waffle Iron Croissants and Biscuits for Breakfast this morning.

Easy, Convenient, Delicious!
There are so many recipes for a Waffle Iron.
I recommend a good Waffle Iron, the one's that rotate.
You can top them with Butter, Maple Syrup, Fruit and Whipped Cream.

No recipe here!

I dedicated other posts to Waffle Iron Cooking and re posted them at the end of this one.




Slice the Croissant Dough.
Croissants
These are made with Refrigerated Biscuits.
Simply pull them apart and place them in the Waffle Iron.

Served with Butter and Maple Syrup!


Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!
Waffle Irons aren't just for Waffles anymore!


23 Things You Can Cook In A Waffle Iron



Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!



There are so many recipes for a Waffle Iron other than traditional Waffles. I have an entire post dedicated to them. I like this Waffle made with Cheddar Cheese. These can be topped with Salsa and Sour Cream or served with a hefty spoonful of Chili.



Here's what you'll need:
A Waffle Iron

1 1/2 C Flour
1 C Yellow Cornmeal
2 tsp Granulated Sugar
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
2 C Buttermilk
2 Eggs
6 TBS Butter, melted
2 C Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Toppings:
Salsa/Piquante Sauce
Sour Cream
Pickled Nacho Jalapeño Slices
Chili
Additional Cheddar Cheese

In a Large Mixing Bowl:
Flour
Cornmeal
Sugar
Baking Powder
Baking Soda
Salt
Whisk well by hand.

In another bowl:
Buttermilk
Eggs
Whisk well by hand.

Make a well in the Dry Ingredients.
Add:
Wet Ingredients.
Fold in by hand just until combined. Keep it a bit Chunky.

Fold in just to combine well:
Butter
Cheese
Don't over mix.
Keep it a bit Chunky.

Spray the Waffle Iron with Vegetable Cooking Spray.
Add:
3/4 C Batter for a Belgian Waffle Maker, or an amount that fits your Waffle Iron. We have a Belgian Waffle Maker that makes thick Waffles.

Transfer to individual  serving Plates and top with everyone's favorite toppings.

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!


What a clever idea when you just want a quick individual Pizza.




Waffled Margherita Pizza Recipe : Food Network Kitchen : Food Network

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!


Carrot Cake Waffles:

2 C Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
2 TBS granulated Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Nutmeg
1 tsp Allspice
1 3/4 C Buttermilk
2 Eggs, separated
1/2 Stick Butter (4 TBS)
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1 C Raisins
1 C chopped Walnuts
1 1/2 C finely grated Carrots
Vegetable Cooking Spray for the Waffle Iron


Maple Cream Cheese:

8 oz. Cream Cheese, room temperature
4 TBS of the best Maple Syrup you can buy
1/4 Cup finely chopped Walnuts
Combine all ingredients in a serving bowl and refrigerate until serving.

In a Skillet on medium heat:
Butter, until melted and light brown, 2 -4 minutes, swirling constantly.
Add:
Cinnamon
Nutmeg
Allspice
Mix well and cook only for 15 seconds.
Remove from heat and cool for 30 minutes.


In a medium bowl:
Flour
Salt
Sugar
Baking Powder
Whisk well.

In a small bowl:
Buttermilk
Egg Yolks
Whisk.
Add the Butter and Vanilla, whisk well.

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

At this stage, preheat the waffle iron sprayed with the vegetable cooking spray.


In another medium bowl"
Beat Egg White until soft peaks form.
Fold into the batter by hand.

Fold in:
Carrots
Walnuts
Raisins
Gently mix just until combined.

Spread a ladleful onto the waffle iron and cook 3 - 5 minutes.
Re spray the waffle between waffles.

Serve hot waffles with a Maple Cream Cheese.

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!





Ok this is a no brainer!

A Waffle Iron
Bread
Butter
Cheese

That's it....... you can figure out the rest.
What a brilliant idea to make for kids that love grilled cheese ...... adults that love grilled cheese...... ok, everyone that loves grilled cheese.
Make them plain or make them fancy, you all know what you would add to a grilled cheese sandwich made in a waffle iron. I know I have a few ideas!

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!




Pillsbury Cinnamon Roll Waffles:

1 can of Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing.

1 C confectioner's sugar
3 TBS whole milk
1 tsp vanilla

Heat a waffle iron.
Spray it with vegetable cooking spray.
Remove rolls from the can, set the icing aside.
Place 1 roll on the center of the waffle iron.
Bake for 3 - 4 minutes, (follow your waffles iron instructions for baking waffles)

In a small bowl:
Reserved Icicng
Confectioner's Sugar
Whole Milk
Vanilla
Mix well to create a glaze.


Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!


Glazed Donuts:
Heat whole Glazed Donuts in a Waffle Iron and serve with Maple Syrup.




Waffle Iron Hash Browns:

What a great idea. Why didn't I know about these years ago? Why didn't I think of this years ago?
I love going to an All American Diner like Katie's Diner in Guthrie, Oklahoma where you order hash browns and they are crispy, crunchy and buttery delicious.
I never seemed to be able to re create them. This is it!

All you need is a bag of frozen hash browns. You can shred your own fresh potatoes if you'd like to, but why?
You'll need a vegetable cooking spray........ and a waffle iron!

Thaw the frozen potatoes, pat them dry with a paper towel or tea towel.
Place them in a bowl and season them with salt, pepper and any other spice or herb that you like.
Scoop some onto the the waffle iron, about 1/4" thick.
Close the cover and cook about 10 - 15 minutes until golden brown and crispy!

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!





Dark Chocolate Waffles:

This is an adaptation of the original recipe.

2 C Flour
1/2 C Cocoa Powder
1/4 C Packed Brown Sugar
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Kosher Salt
3 Large Eggs, separated  
2 C Buttermilk
1/2 C Olive Oil
1 tsp Vanilla
6 oz. Bittersweet Chocolate (at least 70% cacao), finely chopped

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk together:
Flour
Cocoa Powder
Brown Sugar
Baking Soda
Salt 

Make a well in the center.
Add:
Egg Yolks
Buttermilk
Vegetable Oil
Vanilla

Whisk together dry and wet ingredients just until combined.

In another bowl, using an electric hand mixer on high speed:
Beat Egg Whites until soft peaks form.
Fold half of the Whites into the batter just until combined.
Repeat with the remaining Egg Whites.
Gently Fold in Chocolate.

Heat a Waffle Iron and spray it with a vegetable cooking spray or grease with butter.
Ladle batter onto the waffle iron and cook according to manufacturer's instructions.
Transfer Waffles to a sheet pan and place them in the oven to keep warm.
Continue with remaining batter.
Serve with Butter, Warm Maple Syrup and a sprinkle of Sea Salt.

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!


Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

This is so easy!

A Waffle Iron
Bread
Butter
Cheese

That's it....... you can figure out the rest.
What a brilliant idea to make for kids that love grilled cheese ...... adults that love grilled cheese...... ok, everyone that loves grilled cheese.
Make them plain or make them fancy, you all know what you would add to a grilled cheese sandwich made in a waffle iron. I know I have a few ideas!

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!


Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

This is so easy!

A Waffle Iron
Bread
Butter
Cheese

That's it....... you can figure out the rest.
What a brilliant idea to make for kids that love grilled cheese ...... adults that love grilled cheese...... ok, everyone that loves grilled cheese.
Make them plain or make them fancy, you all know what you would add to a grilled cheese sandwich made in a waffle iron. I know I have a few ideas!

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!