Monday, February 23, 2009

broccoli sunflower salad

ok ladies, i'm requesting all the recipes that were brought to the baby shower, (apple salad, potato salad, rosemary bread). they were all so yummy! i'll start it off with my broccoli salad.

(i'll have to take a real picture the next time i make it)

3-4 heads of broccoli

1 bunch of cauliflower

3/4 C. green onions

1 C. salted sunflower seeds

1 lb. bacon fried crisp

2-3 C. red grapes (i added a little more)


1 C. mayo, 1/2 C. sugar, 1/4 C. seasoned rice vinegar

add sauce, bacon & sunflower seeds right before serving.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Daring Bakers January 2009

This month's challenge is brought to us by Karen of Bake My Day and Zorra of 1x umruehren bitte aka Kochtopf. They have chosen Tuiles from The Chocolate Book by Angélique Schmeink and Nougatine and Chocolate Tuiles from Michel Roux.

Ok, so I forgot to blog on reveal date last month! The challenge was to make and shape tuiles in the flavor and shape of your choosing and pair it w/ something light. Jamie and Tamsen joined me on Inauguration Day to watch the festivities. And attempt this month's challenge (if you use your imagination the cookie is shaped like an eagle.....I promise :) ). And eat chicken nuggets. And a whole loaf of Tamsen's delicious bread....still craving it T! Thanks for coming girls, we had a great time! Anyways on to the Tuiles:

¼ cup softened butter (not melted but soft)
½ cup sifted confectioner’s sugar
1 sachet vanilla sugar (7 grams or substitute with a dash of vanilla extract)
2 large egg whites (slightly whisked with a fork)
1/2 cup sifted all purpose flour
1 table spoon cocoa powder/or food coloring of choice
Butter/spray to grease baking sheet

Oven: 350F

Using a hand whisk or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle (low speed) and cream butter, sugar and vanilla to a paste. Keep stirring while you gradually add the egg whites. Continue to add the flour in small batches and stir to achieve a homogeneous and smooth batter/paste. Be careful to not overmix.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to firm up. (This batter will keep in the fridge for up to a week, take it out 30 minutes before you plan to use it).

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease with either butter/spray and chill in the fridge for at least 15 minutes. This will help spread the batter more easily if using a stencil/cardboard template such as the butterfly. Press the stencil on the bakingsheet and use an off sided spatula to spread batter. Leave some room in between your shapes. Mix a small part of the batter with the cocoa and a few drops of warm water until evenly colored. Use this colored batter in a paper piping bag and proceed to pipe decorations on the wings and body of the butterfly.

Bake butterflies in a preheated oven (180C/350F) for about 5-10 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown. Immediately release from bakingsheet and proceed to shape/bend the cookies in the desired shape.