Cranberry Crumble

I’m moving to Wyoming soon, but before I left DC I went to one last Battlestar Galactica potluck. We did a Wyoming theme, which mostly turned out to mean Bison meat and recipes from a Native American cookbook. This was from the cookbook, is 3/4 various types of sugar, and was delicious!

IMG_4357The cornmeal mixture gets a crisp top, and makes a pretty unique sort of crumble. Whether because of all the sweetness, or because of the cornmeal top, people were pretty into this!

Ingredients:

Cornmeal Topping:

  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Cranberry Mixture:

  • 4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter a 8″ square baking dish. I only had an 8X11.5″ dish, so I just added a quarter more of each ingredient to make it larger for the larger dish.

Stir together all the ingredients of the cornmeal mixture, creating a thick dough, and set aside.

IMG_4354Combine all the cranberry mixture ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until the berries have begun to burst, stirring frequently, then pour into the greased pan.

IMG_4355Drop the cornmeal mixture in tablespoon sized portions over the cranberry mixture.

IMG_4356Bake 20-25 minutes, until the topping is golden brown.

IMG_4357Let cool 10 minutes, then serve still warm.

Yum!

Yum!

We’ll find out shortly if my next kitchen has better lighting, for slightly better photos! Here’s hoping!

Cranberry Crumble

From The Mitsitam Cafe Cookbook: Recipes from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

Cornmeal Topping:

  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Cranberry Mixture:

  • 4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter a 8″ square baking dish.

Stir together all the ingredients of the cornmeal mixture, creating a thick dough, and set aside.

Combine all the cranberry mixture ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until the berries have begun to burst, stirring frequently, then pour into the greased pan. Drop the cornmeal mixture in tablespoon sized portions over the cranberry mixture.

Bake 20-25 minutes, until the topping is golden brown. Let cool 10 minutes, then serve still warm.

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Honey Buttermilk Dinner Rolls

Some simple rolls that are soft inside, with just a little chewiness to the outside and a nice, not especially sweet flavor. They’re not crunchy rolls, so if that’s what you’re craving, try this recipe.

IMG_4316 IMG_4319Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 cups buttermilk, room temperature (most annoyingly, the small size in my supermarket these days is 14 ounces, not 16, so you’ll have to get a bigger bottle, or just make buttermilk yourself)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 1/2 cups flour, plus additional while kneading
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

Stir together the yeast, buttermilk, and honey in a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the flour and salt, and stir together again.

IMG_4310If kneading by hand, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead about 10 minutes, adding just enough flour that the dough is only tacky, rather than sticky, and comes off the counter and your hands easily without leaving any behind. If using a mixer, use the dough hook to knead, adding flour until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. The recipe I was following said she added another cup of flour, I would say I used less than 1/4 cup to reach a nice texture.

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I know in some of my old bread recipes, I used to keep adding more and more flour until the dough wasn’t even remotely tacky, but that’s not as nice a texture, and I try to leave the dough a tiny bit of moisture these days, if only because it means the dough doesn’t have as many big cracks you can’t squish back together.

Transfer the kneaded dough to a large, lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise somewhere warm until doubled, about two hours.

risePunch down the risen dough, and divide into 2 ounce pieces. Roll the dough into balls, then place on a parchment lined sheet. Cover loosely with plastic wrap, and let rise somewhere warm about 40 minutes. During that time, preheat oven to 375 degrees.

IMG_4315Bake 15-20 minutes, until golden brown, checking the bottoms for doneness. Let baked rolls cool on a wire rack.

Bottoms brown first - don't want them to burn!

Bottoms brown first – don’t want them to burn!

These were a swell side to some giant salads! I’ll be sharing this post with YeastSpotting.

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Honey Buttermilk Dinner Rolls

From Alexandra’s Kitchen.

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 cups buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 1/2 cups flour, plus additional while kneading
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

Stir together the yeast, buttermilk, and honey in a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the flour and salt, and stir together. If kneading by hand, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead about 10 minutes, adding just enough flour that the dough is only tacky, rather than sticky, and comes off the counter and your hands easily without leaving any behind. If using a mixer, use the dough hook to knead, adding flour until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

Transfer the kneaded dough to a large, lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise somewhere warm until doubled, about two hours.

Punch down the risen dough, and divide into 2 ounce pieces. Roll the dough into balls, then place on a parchment lined sheet. Cover loosely with plastic wrap, and let rise somewhere warm about 40 minutes. During that time, preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Bake 15-20 minutes, until golden brown, checking the bottoms for doneness. Let baked rolls cool on a wire rack.

 

 

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Baked Cinnamon Breakfast Bites

Another recipe that straddles the breakfast/dessert divide, I brought these to a potluck night a few weeks ago, where (thanks to the addition of a sugary glaze) they were greeted as delicious, slightly crunchy donuts. That works for me!

Ingredients:

Dough:

  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal, coarsely crushed (I measured before crushing)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup milk

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Glaze:

  • remaining topping ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, cereal, sugar, baking powder, and salt, then cut in the butter until crumbly.

IMG_4271Drizzle in the milk, while stirring, then roll the dough into 1″ balls.

IMG_4272Mix the topping sugar and cinnamon together. Dip each dough ball into the melted butter,  roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture, and place on the lined baking sheet. Save the leftover butter and cinnamon sugar.

IMG_4273IMG_4274Bake the dough balls 15 minutes, or until they pass the toothpick test. Remove from the oven and cool completely.

IMG_4275Whisk together the butter, cinnamon sugar, and milk, then add powdered sugar until you’ve reached the icing/glaze consistency you prefer, and drizzle over the baked bites. Let rest several minutes for the glaze to set, then enjoy.

20150106_210059The crushed cereal adds an interesting crunch I kind of liked, and anything coated in sugar’s got a good chance of a thumbs up from me!

Baked Cinnamon Breakfast Bites

Adapted from Lovin’ From the Oven.

Dough:

  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal, coarsely crushed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup milk

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Glaze:

  • remaining topping ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, cereal, sugar, baking powder, and salt, then cut in the butter until crumbly. Drizzle in the milk, while stirring, then roll the dough into 1″ balls.

Mix the topping sugar and cinnamon together. Dip each dough ball into the melted butter,  roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture, and place on the lined baking sheet. Save the leftover butter and cinnamon sugar. Bake the dough balls 15 minutes, or until they pass the toothpick test. Remove from the oven and cool completely.

Whisk together the butter, cinnamon sugar, and milk, then add powdered sugar until you’ve reached the icing/glaze consistency you prefer, and drizzle over the baked bites. Let rest several minutes for the glaze to set, then enjoy.

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Gluten Free Lemon Squares

A bright cheery dessert for this wintery weather, these lemon squares use almond flour to create a crisp gluten-free crust.

IMG_4261Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons softened butter
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Filling:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 5/8 ounces lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free cornstarch
  • pinch of salt

Grease an 8″ square pan, or 9″ round, and set aside.

Combine the crust ingredients in a bowl and mix until crumbly and sandy looking – you do still want some small chunks of butter left, so don’t try to mix it entirely consistent.

IMG_4244Press into the bottom of the prepared pan, and about 1/2″ up the sides if you have room, then refrigerate for 30 minutes. During this time, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

IMG_4245Bake the crust 18-22 minutes, until lightly golden. Set aside to cool slightly.

A minute or two less would have been ok, but this was still fine/not burnt.

A minute or two less would have been ok, but this was still fine/not burnt.

Combine filling ingredients and whisk thoroughly until well mixed.

IMG_4247Pour filling over the crust.

IMG_4248Bake 14-18 minutes, until set.

IMG_4249Cool in the pan before cutting into squares, and store leftovers in the refrigerator.

IMG_4262Two bowls and a pan, not too shabby!

Gluten Free Lemon Squares

From King Arthur Flour.

Crust:

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons softened butter
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Filling:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 5/8 ounces lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free cornstarch
  • pinch of salt

Grease an 8″ square pan, or 9″ round, and set aside.

Combine the crust ingredients in a bowl and mix until crumbly and sandy looking. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan, and about 1/2″ up the sides if you have room, then refrigerate for 30 minutes. During this time, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Bake the crust 18-22 minutes, until lightly golden. Set aside to cool slightly.

Combine filling ingredients and whisk thoroughly until well mixed. Pour over the crust, then bake 14-18 minutes, until set.

Cool in the pan before cutting into squares, and store leftovers in the refrigerator.

 

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Pizza Potatoes

Here’s a quick dinner that takes very little planning but turns out filling and satisfying. In the recipe I saw originally, it had tiny tiny pepperonis, which I at first thought were halved tiny tomatoes. I wanted to keep the tomato idea in there (makes sense, for pizza?), so added some sun dried tomato pesto, and I think it was a nice addition.

IMG_4258 IMG_4251Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds baby potatoes, any color, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons pizza seasoning
  • 2-3 tablespoons sun dried tomato pesto
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (or more to taste, I added at least twice as much)
  • heaping 1/4 cup mini pepperoni (or chopped up larger pepperoni)

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a jelly roll pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Spread the potatoes on the pan, drizzle the olive oil over the potatoes, then sprinkle the seasoning, salt, and cheese over the top. Stir together the whole mixture.

IMG_4252Bake 20-30 minutes, until the potatoes are easily pierced with a fork. Add the pepperoni, and more cheese if desired, and stir together.

IMG_4254Bake another 2-3 minutes, then serve hot.

IMG_4260Hard to go wrong with cheesy potatoes!

Pizza Potatoes

Lightly adapted from Noble Pig.

  • 2 pounds baby potatoes, any color, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons pizza seasoning
  • 2-3 tablespoons sun dried tomato pesto
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (or more to taste)
  • heaping 1/4 cup mini pepperoni (or chopped up larger pepperoni)

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a jelly roll pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Spread the potatoes on the pan, drizzle the olive oil over the potatoes, then sprinkle the seasoning, salt, and cheese over the top. Stir together the whole mixture, then bake 20-30 minutes, until the potatoes are easily pierced with a fork. Add the pepperoni, and more cheese if desired, and stir together. Bake another 2-3 minutes, then serve hot.

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Adobo Chicken Quesadillas

I really like the adobo sauce that comes in cans of chipotles in adobo, although I’ve possibly only actually used it once or twice since this chipotle and cheese pull-apart bread from 2011. I was looking for a lazy meal to use up some cheese in the fridge recently, though, and had bought a can of chipotles a while before, so this idea worked out deliciously!

IMG_4182Making quesadillas isn’t exactly super complex, but this was a tasty version I enjoyed, and found worth sharing!

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken tenders, sliced to roughly 1/2″ thickness
  • 1 can chipotles in adobo
  • 4 flour tortillas
  • shredded cheese (a Mexican blend would be good, I used a combo of cheddar and mozzarella)
  • sour cream for serving, if desired

20141120_162040If you have time, the easiest way to slice chicken thin is to let some frozen chicken half-thaw, so it’s still firm and will stand up to cutting.

IMG_4172Stir the sliced chicken and the can of chipotles in adobo together in a small bowl, and let sit around an hour (or until the chicken has fully thawed).

IMG_4173Chop the peppers, if you intend to eat them, or take them out now if you don’t want spicy quesadillas. If you’re not going to eat them, you don’t want to cook them, because cooking chipotles can make you cough a ton. Cook on the stove until the chicken is cooked all the way through.

IMG_4174Lightly grease a pan different pan (or clean and dry the first pan), and heat over medium-low heat. (Lower heat gives the cheese time to melt before the tortillas get a chance to burn!) Add a tortilla, and spread a big handful of cheese over it. Add half the cooked chicken, then cover with more chicken and a second tortilla.

IMG_4175Put a lid on the pan (to help the whole thing get warm, letting the cheese melt), and cook several minutes until the bottom tortilla has lightly browned on the bottom, then flip and cook until the second tortilla has browned as well.

IMG_4176Remove from the pan, cook the second half of the ingredients, then slice and serve while still warm.

IMG_4177 IMG_4179 IMG_4183 IMG_4181I was quite pleased with these, and will probably make them again!

Chipotle Chicken Quesadillas

  • 4 chicken tenders, sliced to 1/2″ thickness
  • 1 can chipotles in adobo
  • 4 flour tortillas
  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream for serving, if desired

If you have time, the easiest way to slice chicken thin is to let some frozen chicken half-thaw, so it’s still firm and will stand up to cutting.

Stir the sliced chicken and the can of chipotles in adobo together in a small bowl, and let sit around an hour (or until the chicken has fully thawed). Discard peppers if you don’t want spicy quesadillas, or chop if you intend to eat them, then cook in a pan on the stove over medium heat until the chicken until cooked through.

Lightly grease a pan different pan, and heat over medium-low heat. Add a tortilla, and spread a big handful of cheese over it. Add half the cooked chicken, then cover with more chicken and a second tortilla. Put a lid on the pan, and cook several minutes until the bottom tortilla has lightly browned on the bottom, then flip and cook until the second tortilla has browned as well. Remove from the pan, cook the second half of the ingredients, then slice and serve while still warm.

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Flourless Chocolate Cake

This fall my mother and I met up in Philly for a weekend of museums and food. Easily the best thing we had, which we’ve been talking about ever since, was a slice of flourless chocolate cake at Giorgio on Pine. This isn’t quite that cake, but it’s a good step closer than, say, this truffle cake (despite having a fairly similar ingredient list). It’s intensely rich and chocolatey. Giorgio’s cake is still a bit smoother/creamier textured, but if you let this one come up to room temperature, it’s close! Either way, it’s the chocolate-i-est thing I’ve ever made, and it’s fantastic!

IMG_4300Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 1 pound bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used 10 ounces bittersweet, 6 of semisweet)
  • 11 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 5 large eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Ganache:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon strong brewed coffee (skipped this)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9″ round cake pan, line the bottom with parchment, and grease the parchment as well.

In a double boiler, gently melt the chocolate and butter, stirring frequently. When only a few chunks of solid chocolate remain, remove from heat and continue stirring until the residual heat has melted the remaining bits.

IMG_4291Drizzle the egg yolks into the melted chocolate while whisking the chocolate to prevent the eggs from cooking, then stir in the vanilla.

IMG_4292In a large bowl, beat the egg whites and salt until soft peaks form. Add the sugar, and beat until firm peaks form.

IMG_4293Fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture in two additions, mixing until just combined. Gently turn the mixture into the prepared cake pan.

Place the cake pan in a large baking dish/roasting pan, and fill the outer pan with water until the water comes up to half the cake pan’s height. My jelly roll pan was the only pan I had big enough to fit the cake pan, which was not ideal (trying to move something full of water with such low walls is a nightmare), but worked out alright.

IMG_4295Place both pans into the preheated oven and bake 30 minutes, until the top and sides are set. It’s ok if the middle is still jiggly.

IMG_4296Let the cake cool in the pan, then run a knife/spatula inside the edge of the pan. Flip out onto a platter/cutting board, remove the parchment if necessary, then flip onto your serving platter. Store in the refrigerator to set.

IMG_4297 IMG_4298To prepare the ganache, heat the cream in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until it just begins to simmer, then remove from the heat. Stir in the remaining ingredients until smooth. Do be sure to sift the cocoa powder, as mouthfuls of unsweetened cocoa powder are a bit gross. I actually was worried that this wouldn’t be sweet enough, but once I tried it, I was into it!

IMG_4299Let the mixture sit until it has thickened some (at least half an hour), and then pour/spread over the cake, and refrigerate until set. It will never become a hard shell, but will stay in place and you can lightly touch it without it coming off on your hands.

IMG_4302 IMG_4303Store the cake in the fridge, and let come to room temperature when serving.

Jasmin is interested in food of any type. (But no, I didn't give her a pound of chocolate.)

Jasmin is interested in food of any type. (But no, I didn’t give her a pound of chocolate.)

Flourless Chocolate Cake

From CakeSpy.

Cake:

  • 1 pound bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 11 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 5 large eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Ganache:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon strong brewed coffee
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9″ round cake pan, line the bottom with parchment, and grease the parchment as well.

In a double boiler, gently melt the chocolate and butter, stirring frequently. When only a few chunks of solid chocolate remain, remove from heat and continue stirring until the residual heat has melted the remaining bits. Drizzle the egg yolks into the melted chocolate while whisking the chocolate to prevent the eggs from cooking, then stir in the vanilla.

In a large bowl, beat the egg whites and salt until soft peaks form. Add the sugar, and beat until firm peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture in two additions, mixing until just combined. Gently turn the mixture into the prepared cake pan.

Place the cake pan in a large baking dish/roasting pan, and fill the outer pan with water until the water comes up to half the cake pan’s height. Place both pans into the preheated oven and bake 30 minutes, until the top and sides are set.

Let the cake cool in the pan, then run a knife/spatula inside the edge of the pan. Flip out onto a platter/cutting board, remove the parchment if necessary, then flip onto your serving platter. Store in the refrigerator to set.

To prepare the ganache, heat the cream in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until it just begins to simmer, then remove from the heat. Stir in the remaining ingredients until smooth. Let the mixture sit until it has thickened some, and then pour/spread over the cake, and refrigerate until set.

Store the cake in the fridge, and let come to room temperature when serving.

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