Tuesday, April 01, 2014

TWD-Potato Lefse

These sound and look very interesting.  I have never heard of them, but they look like a flat bread.  Scratch that, the recipe calls them Crêpes.  Fancy!  I imagine the potato will make them nice and tender. 

First step to making these, is to boil potatoes.  I can totally do that.  Next step, is to use a potato ricer to mush them up.  I can do that too.  (Yep, I've got a ricer.)  And then the potatoes get mixed up with some cream, butter, sugar and salt.  Done and done.  Lastly, the bowl of potatoes need to sit in the fridge for at least 8 hours or overnight (uncovered).  I was only 5 hours in when I realized they should be uncovered.  Woot-woot!  Yes, I'm calling that a win (for me).
So I guess I'm going to let them sit overnight now.  Or not.  I'm really curious impatient to try this recipe!  The video for making them is here.  I think I need to watch it again. (Just to keep me from starting the recipe before the potatoes are ready.)

Potatoes are ready to be mixed with the flour.

 I'd say it looks like a regular ball of dough (to say it is just flour and the potato mixture).  Interesting.

Smaller balls of the dough are ready to get rolled out.  And as per the instructions, lots of flour is required.
I have floured up a dish towel and then rolled the little dough balls into the flour.  I think I have floured the whole kitchen to be honest.  There was much flouring going on.  (Me thinks too much.)

The lefse gets rolled super thin. (I just used my wooden rolling pin.)  They're so thin, I can see the stripes of the towel through it.  Eeek!  I feel so brave (and crazy).  Now I have to try and lift it! 

I didn't have any fancy lefse tools.  I just used a wooden spatula.  And it seemed to work great.

And it was very easy to actually lift the lefse as well. Yep, I'm pretty darn pleased right now.

The lefse gets placed on a hot griddle.

And after a minute, air bubbles form (a sign this is baking).  Yay, it's working!!

And flip.  Nice!

As this is a long process of rolling and baking.  The baked lefses get put on a clean towel and covered with plastic wrap until all are finished baking.

I think the usual filling for these is butter and sugar.  I did try that, with a little bit of cinnamon as well.
But for these ones, I used melted milk chocolate.

And unlike a crepe, these are rolled (almost like a tortilla) and hand held to be eaten.  Interesting.

Of course I couldn't make these without making them into a lefse suzette.  This is the way to do it! And as a bonus, I didn't light the kitchen on fire while lighting up the grand marnier.  Winner, winner, Lefse dinner!


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Peanut Butter Whirligigs

Roll, Hot Knife, Bake

Peanut Butter Whirligigs?  Well with a name like that, they've gotta be good!  The peanut butter and the chocolate don't hurt either!  Yep, there is chocolate in these cookies.  Yum!

Now when I saw this recipe, I just assumed that the chocolate being used would be milk chocolate.  I made the Peanut Butter cookies from the Baked New Frontiers book and they were made with milk chocolate (and were incredible).  In fact, they are my favourite peanut butter cookie to date.  The milk chocolate combined beautifully with the peanut butter.  You can find the recipe on this blog.  So yeah, a little surprised that it is dark chocolate being used in this recipe.  I want to use milk chocolate instead. Nay, I will use milk chocolate.  To the batmobile kitchen!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Crème Brûlée with Caramelized Brown Sugar

 Easy Peasy Fancy Pants Dessert

This recipe sounds very fancy pants indeed.  Crème brûlée
But is it not essentially just pudding?  Pudding with some sugar on top.  Sugar that you get to torch.  Yes, fire is involved.  And I will be the one holding a lit torch to this dessert.  <Insert power crazy maniacal laugh here.>  No worries, there is a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.  Hubbie will be on standby (and standing close).  He will also be the one lighting the torch for me.  I'm a scaredy cat.

There really isn't much to do for this recipe.  Therefore, this post is going to be short and sweet.  Yes, yes, just like me.  (Don't let the lit torch in my hand scare you away...unless I'm also laughing maniacally...and the drapes are on fire...and the cats are looking at me in a 'oh I knew this day was coming' sort of way...and the hubbie is calling 911.)  Sorry, what were we talking about?

Easy Peasy.  There are only 6 ingredients in total.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

TWD-Buttermilk Scones

Today's recipe seems real easy. Granted, I did need to watch the video because I wasn't sure about a rolled scone.  Seriously, I have never heard of a rolled scone.  I thought scones were either dropped or cut into a triangle.  See, always learning something here at Tuesdays with Dorie.

I love Scones!  There I said it.  Whew, that's a relief to finally share this.  Wait, it's acceptable to like scones in this day and age?  I didn't just come out of the pantry with this bold statement? Fine.  Pass me a scone...and don't skimp on the butter!
I made some super awesome scones here, a while back.  They were crazy good. I also made nutella scones. (Totally decadent.)

I had thought about making these scones with whole wheat flour.  (Because of this pic below: Please note, this graphic scene may be hard for some bakers to see...you've been warned.)

Yep, I was out of flour.  Gasp.  And for a whole week!  I know, I know...there are no words.  Just thinking back on it, makes me shudder.  There was a palpable sense of horror in the kitchen all week.  (I swear.)  And I breathed a sigh of relief, once I set a bag of flour in our shopping cart this week.  (Hubbie thinks I have a problem.)  Not a problem now!  I gots me some flour!!

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Banana in a Blanket-Rogue Style

 Coffee Talk

Psst.  Wanna go for a ride?  Where we goin'?  We're going back, way back...in the waybac machine.


Yes, I'm going rogue this week.  Instead of making Banana in a Blanket, I've decided to make something else.  I made a rolled cake here not so long ago.  And as much as I enjoy saying 'Banana in a Blanket' (which I do, a lot), I'm still going rogue.  Mash up in my head, The Police song, 'Message in a Bottle' with the words, Banana in a Blanket.  
'I hope that someone gets my...I hope that someone gets my...Banana in a Blanket'. 
 You're welcome (and now I won't be the only one with this stuck in my head).  Can you believe it, I've got the perfect song for the post, and I'm still going rogue.  The devil you say!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Lime Angel Food Cake with Lime Glaze

When Angels get Baked

This is my second angel food cake making experience.  Surprisingly, both turned out.  (Well that's a post spoiler...why even go on from here.)
Why?  Well, it's Angel Food Cake and when angels get baked(*), good things happen.  Wait, that sounds wrong.  This is a Baked Recipe, so I think that sentence is okay.  But in my mind, I see angels getting high...smoking the weed...or like the kids say, smoking the ganja.  They say that, right?  

Ingredients for the cake.   Check.

Dry ingredients get sifted...not once...not twice...but three times.
No, I'm not going to start singing 'Once twice three times a lady'. No!  Damn it!  It's in my head now.  Oh Lionel, why you wanna mess with me?  I fear a catalog of Lionel's songs are going to be going through my head now.

Let's just leave the sifted ingredients for now.  Sifting seems to be stirring sifting up some old songs.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

TWD-Onion Bialys

Bread and Mummy

Today's recipe is Onion Bialys.  Yeah, I had no idea what it was either.  Apparently a bialys is like a bagel.  The main difference though, is that the bialys is just baked (no boiling involved).  Guess I should have made bagels as well, to really see the difference.  But that would involve me being brave enough to try to make bagels.  (I missed making bagels last year.)

The beginning of the recipe starts here. (Not gonna lie, that sentence was/is lame.)  Oh sure, I could just remove the sentence, but I don't want me to feel insecure about my writing.
So, this is the beginning.