Posted in Candy, Christmas Baking, Desserts, Gluten Free, Kitcheninspirations Original Recipe, Recipes, tagged chocolate, delicious, gold, pb, sea salt on March 21, 2016 |
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This is a perfect recipe to show case the gorgeous gold sea salt that Barb (Profiteroles and Ponytales) so generously gave me at Christmas. Admittedly, this recipe is more appropriate for Christmas but what the hay…you get it now. On the plus side, it’ll give you enough time to source gold sea salt! Now this sea salt isn’t just brown made to look like gold, it actually looks like the real McCoy (probably not real gold, though but it’s just as pretty)! I would have liked to pry the top off and get the actual larger chunks but it seems it was glued on so I was out of luck. I can see this gorgeous sea salt on so much more so you’ll likely be reading about it again.
This is the gold sea salt that I sprinkled on the bark
Peanut Butter Chocolate Bark with Gold Sea Salt
A KitchenInspirations Original Recipe
- 285 g semisweet chocolate
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup chunky peanut butter (just peanuts, no salt, no sugar)
- 2 tbsp icing sugar
- gold sea salt
- Slowly melt the chocolate in a double boiler or bain marie, stir in the cinnamon and mix well. Meanwhile, mix the chunky peanut butter and icing sugar well.
- Spread the melted chocolate onto a silicon lined baking sheet to about 3-5 mm (just less than 1/4″). Dot the peanut butter onto the melted chocolate and swirl with the blade of a very thin knife. Sprinkle with gold sea salt. Refrigerate until hard and then break into bite-sized portions.
Mmmmm PB and chocolate, a match made in heaven!
- Melting chocolate should always be done very slowly and never over boiling water.
- I used a natural peanut butter because that is what we have, if you use peanut butter with added sugar and salt, you will need to modify the recipe.
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Posted in Cheese, Desserts, Recipes, tagged chai, cinnamon, delicious, Dessert, ladyfingers, orange zest, slightly sweet, spices, tiramisu, warm on January 4, 2016 |
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We had good friends over for dinner recently and I made an Indian extravaganza (all posted recipes but I’ll repeat them below). I wanted something a little different because I’d already made Chai Crème Brûlée and Gulab Jamun. I’ve always wanted to bake Lady Fingers and that’s how I landed on Chai Tiramisu. We feasted on the Indian food and then retired to the living room to enjoy the wood fire and dessert; our guests must have enjoyed the dessert because after they’d decided they had had enough and rested the half-eaten plates on the coffee table, they kept picking them up for ‘just one more bite’, eventually finishing off the entire plate. Now THAT makes me happy.
It’s not overly sweet and the chai comes through from the chai liquor soaked lady fingers. The ricotta and Greek yogurt combo makes it slightly less rich than the mascarpone version which was good considering the heaviness of the meal; I would definitely make it again even with the home-made ladyfingers, but if you’re tight for time, the store bought Italian ladyfingers would certainly do the trick.
Chai Tiramisu and Homemade Ladyfingers
Makes approx 1 loaf pan 23 cm x 13 cm (9″ x 5″) tiramisu.
Placing the tiramisu in the freezer for one hour before serving guarantees perfect slices.
Makes about 36 small lady fingers
Roughly based my recipe on this recipe, but I reduced volumes and I changed the method for egg whites
- 2 eggs, room temperature, separated
- 4 tbsp sugar, divided
- 1/2 tsp bourbon vanilla extract
- pinch of cream of tartar
- 42 g cake and pastry flour, sifted
- Pre-heat the oven to 350° F (176° C). Generously butter and flour a lady finger molded tray or a cookie sheet.
- Beat egg whites with 2 tbsp sugar and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form, set aside.
- Beat egg yolks with remaining 2 tbsp sugar and vanilla extract until pale in colour but not ribbons.
- Gently fold in the egg whites being careful not to deflate. Carefully sift the flour into the egg mixture and fold even more carefully so as not to deflate but making sure all the flour is well incorporated.
- Using a lady finger molded baking tray, or piping the batter into long fingers
- Bake for 12 minutes, allow to cool completely in pan and gently coax out to remove.
Butter generously and then dust with flour. Don’t take the non-stick spray shortcut, it doesn’t work!
Ingredients for Chai liquor (see note):
- 1/3 cup of milk
- 2 short cinnamon sticks
- 2 star anise
- 3 green cardamom pods
- 8-10 cloves
- 1 tsp sugar
- 5 cm fresh vanilla bean
- 1 black tea bag
- 1 tsp Pastis (or any anise flavoured liquor such as Ouzo or Anisette)
Directions for Chai liquor:
- Add milk and all of the spices except the vanilla bean to a small saucepan and stir well.
- Scrape seeds out of the vanilla bean and add both bean and seeds to the saucepan. Heat slowly to infuse the milk with the chai flavours, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool, strain through a coarse sieve to allow vanilla seeds to remain in infused milk. Stir in Pastis. Set aside for assembly.
Ingredients for the Ricotta Cream and Chai Sugar:
- 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese (See note)
- 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/2 tsp orange zest
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 tbsp icing sugar, divided
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp cloves
- 1/8 tsp cardamon
- 1 tsp cocoa
- 1/4 cup, roughly chopped pistachios, toasted
Directions for the Cream and Chai Sugar:
- Combine ricotta, yogurt, orange rind and 2 tbsp icing sugar and whip until fluffy.
- Combine 1 tbsp icing sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon and cocoa and mix well.
Directions for Assembly:
- Line a small loaf pan with parchment paper.
- Dip each end of the ladyfingers into the chai liquor and line the loaf pan with them. Spread one third of the cream mixture over top, sprinkle with the chai sugar. Repeat 2 more times.
- Refrigerate overnight. About 90 minutes before serving, place in the freezer for so it’s easy to slice. Remove after 1 hour and slice into portions. Sprinkle some of the chai sugar on each plate, carefully place each slice in the centre of the plate, allow to sit for 30 minutes so it’s not overly cold. Serve with sprinkled pistachios.
- On using ricotta over mascarpone: I chose ricotta for two reasons, first is calories, this dessert made with ricotta is less than half the calories than using the richer mascarpone and two is budget, for some bizarre reason, mascarpone was $15 for about the same size of a $4 ricotta tub.
- Feel free to use a chai tea bag to infuse the milk and omit all of the other spices, although I would still add the vanilla bean and seeds and the Anise liquor. Do not squeeze the tea bag otherwise you will have bitter chai liquor.
- This dessert is best if it sits overnight in the fridge.
- Although it is tempting to spray the ladyfinger pan with a non-stick spray, it will NOT WORK. Butter it generously and dust with flour. Each pan must be washed and rebuttered.
The lady fingers soak up the Chai Liquor so they are pillowy soft.
Previous Posts about Indian Food:
Carrot Pickle and Mango Chutney
Also known as Saag Paneer
Lightly crunchy and packed full of flavour
Best Naan Ever
Sweet and tangy, just like a chutney should be
Aloo Papri Chat
Chewy and crispy at the same time
A quick shot of the actual serving dish at the dinner party
Tender beef cubes drenched in a mildly spicy, fragrant, flavourful gravy
Baked Onion Bahjis
A delicious, rich tasting tomato gravy with gently firm paneer
Jamie Olivers Chicken Tikka Masala
Don’t be fooled by their size, they pack a big punch of flavour
(by far our favourite Indian Recipe)
Chai Crème Brûlée
Lemon Lentil Soup
Enhanced Mulligatawny Soup
Tangy, sour and sweet all at once.
Enhanced Mulligatawny Soup
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Posted in Christmas Baking, Desserts, Hungarian Food, Recipes, tagged delicious, drug testing, food, hungarian, not too sweet, opium, poppy seed, poppyseed, seinfeld, tradition, Walnut on December 28, 2015 |
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Happy Holidays, my dear blog readers. I cannot begin to thank you for all of your lovely comments and your beautiful support throughout this year. In 2016, Kitcheninspirations is in her 8th year and it’s been quite a joyous ride. Originally this little blog was simply a repository of recipes, an on-line cookbook of some of my favourites over the years. But then someone commented and the rest is history. I cherish each and every one of you and hope to meet you in person soon. I hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family and cherished friends and JT and I wish you the very best for 2016.
One of the things I’ve noticed as a child of immigrant parents is that my generation doesn’t hold as much to tradition as the previous generation did. Case in point, every Christmas my dear Mom would make Beigli, a traditional Hungarian Christmas treat; she would not make it any other time of the year, even though she loved it. I, on the other hand, will make anything as long as I can find the ingredients. Except Beigli. Beigli is an acquired taste; it’s not horrible or weird, it’s just not something Canadians are used to eating so, I generally only make it if we have other Hungarians around. This past Christmas was the second year we were invited to my cousin Lucy’s place for Angyal so I decided to make her Beigli. Beigli is a yeasted buttery dough rolled with a ground poppy seed mixture or a ground walnut mixture. My Mom put raisins in the poppy seed version but I don’t recall them in the walnut ones. This is only the second or third time I have made these treats, the two other times were well before this blog so it was more than eight years ago. Hungarian pastries are not sickly sweet and have only a little sugar in them, so if you are a sweet tooth, these are not for you. You may also wish to avoid the poppy seed Beigli if your work does any type of drug testing.
Makes 1 30 cm (12 inch) each Poppy Seed (Mákos) and Walnut (Diós) Beigli
Original recipe from my dear Mom
Ingredients for the Dough:
- 133 mL milk, warm
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- 8 g instant yeast
- 33 g icing sugar
- 350-400 g AP flour
- 167 g butter, room temperature
- 3 eggs, divided
- 1 egg white
- pinch of salt
Directions for the Dough:
- Mix the warm milk, granulated sugar and yeast in a bowl and set aside.
- Using the scraper paddle of your stand mixer, rub the butter into 350 g of flour. Switch to the dough hook.
- Add 2 lightly beaten eggs, icing sugar and the salt to the yeast and mix well. Pour into the flour butter bowl and knead for a few minutes until the ingredients are combined and the dough becomes shiny and smooth (you may need to add a bit more flour so it’s not shaggy). Cover with a clean cloth and set aside for 2 hours in a warm, draft free spot.
Ingredients for the Poppy Seed Filling:
- 200 mL milk
- 200 g poppy seeds, ground
- 33 g semolina
- 133 g icing sugar
- 1 lemon, zested
- 67 g raisins
Directions for the Poppy Seed Filling:
- Combine the ground poppy seeds, semolina, icing sugar and lemon zest and mix well.
- Bring the milk to a boil, remove from heat and stir into the poppy seed mixture. Add the raisins and mix well. Set aside to cool completely (don’t worry, it will thicken as it cools).
Ingredients for the Walnut Filling:
- 100 g granulated sugar
- 200 mL water
- 200 g walnuts
- 67 g panko
- 30 mL water
- 1 lemon, zested
Directions for the Walnut Filling:
- In the bowl of your food processor, process the walnuts, breadcrumbs and zest until finely ground. Set aside.
- Combine the water and sugar in a heavy bottom pan and bring to a boil without stirring. Continue to boil until it reaches 110 °C (230 °F). Remove from heat and immediately stir into the walnut mixture, adding the water and stir well.
Beigli Assembly and Baking
- Divide the dough into two equal portions. Roll each portion into 1/2 cm thick rectangles (about 11 1/4″ x 12″). Spread the entire amount of the filling evenly onto each rectangle, leaving about 1 cm wide border all around.
- Roll the dough from the long side and pinch the side to seal. Turn the ends into the roll.
- Place on a cookie sheet. Repeat for the other filling, brush both rolls with the remaining beaten egg. Allow to rest for one hour.
- Whisk the egg white and brush the rested rolls. Set aside for 30 more minutes. Pre heat the oven to 375° F (190° C).
- Once rested, lightly poke the sides of the rolls with a fork to avoid the dough breaking. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden and baked through.
- Serve the rolls sliced into 1-1.5 cm slices.
A delicious, not too sweet, Christmas treat.
As a kid, I always preferred the walnut beigli, but I think I like the poppy seed better now!
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Posted in Cakes, Desserts, Sauces, tagged caramel, coconut sugar, custard, December 6, delicious, Dessert, Mikulás, moreish, pears, tasty on December 7, 2015 |
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Yesterday, December 6th was Hungarian Mikulásnap (Santa’s Day). This date was very important in our house because it was the date that Mikulás visited our home to pick up the letters we would write to him…the Christmas wish list! It was always our tradition to put the letters into freshly polished, shiny boots on the windowsill just before we went to bed. In the morning, we would find our boots filled with European chocolates (if we were good) or the dreaded virgács (thin branches that our parents could use to slap our bottoms with, if we were bad). To the best of my memory, we only received the virgács once; that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I am always nostalgic this time of year, particularly in my neighbourhood of European delis that stock the same delicious chocolates we used to receive as kids.
Although chocolate treats in the form of Santa (or Mikulás) would be a lovely dessert, recently I decided to make an unusual cake that has been making the rounds on the blog-o-sphere for some time. Surprisingly, there is nothing unusual about the ingredients and the recipe is pretty much like a jelly roll or genoise sponge, but what’s really unusual is that the cake separates into a custard portion and a cake portion during baking. I suspect this recipe came about as a mistake someone made a long time ago and it baked into this amazing and delicious surprise (like so many recipes out there). The history really doesn’t matter, it is a delicious cake that is a cross between a custard and a cake and I think you should try it.
Since I’m not much of Pinterest person, I only saw this cake on the blogs I follow and the very first one was Bizzy Lizzy, my Hungarian bogging friend down under and then Lorraine of Not Quite Nigella made a pumpkin version — I knew I had to make this unusual dessert. We loved the Hungarian Custard Squares (Krémes Szelet) so I suspected that this recipe would be a winner too. I used Liz’s recipe but I halved it because there were only four of us for brunch; I topped it with baked pears (I scored the pears at $1.96 for 10 because they were not perfect specimens!) and a drizzle of coconut sugar caramel sauce. The dessert received rave reviews and as a bonus, it stores well in the fridge for a couple of days (unassembled). It’s definitely going into my dessert repertoire…now to figure out a gluten free version!
What Christmas/holiday traditions do you have?
Soft custard, baked pears, fluffy cake and sweet earthy caramel sauce garnished with a toasted walnut. May I cut you a slice?
Magical Custard Cake with Baked Pears and Coconut Caramel Sauce
Original Recipe from Bizzy Lizzy’s Good Things
Ingredients for the Magical Custard Cake:
- 60 g unsalted butter
- 240 mL low fat milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs, room temperature, separated
- 60 g icing sugar, sifted
- pinch, cream of tartar
- 57 g unbleached AP flour, sifted
- 4 walnut halves for garnish, toasted
- Pre-heat the oven to 330° F (165° C).
- Prepare a 21 cm x 11 cm(4″ x 8″) loaf pan by lining it with parchment paper.
- Melt the butter and cool to room temperature.
- Warm the milk combined with vanilla until lukewarm (should not be hot).
- Beat the egg whites with a pinch of cream of tartar until stiff but not dry, set aside.
- Beat the egg yolks with the icing sugar until light and fluffy (about 5 – 7 minutes). Set the mixer speed to the lowest and slowly drizzle in the melted butter until entirely combined.
- Slowly fold in the flour alternating with the warm milk until it is fully combined.
- Fold in the beaten egg whites a spoon at a time until fully incorporated but not deflated. This is quite a runny batter, so don’t worry.
- Bake for 40 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Allow to cool completely and then refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
Ingredients for the baked pears:
- 10 small pears, peeled, cored and cut into cubes
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of salt
Directions for the baked pears:
- Pre-heat the oven to 350° F (171° C).
- Toss cubed pears with sugar, cinnamon and salt and pour into a casserole dish. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until soft. Set aside.
Ingredients for Coconut Sugar Caramel Sauce:
- 1/4 cup Grace coconut sugar (or regular granulated sugar)
- 1 tbsp water
- 1/8 tsp lemon juice
- 1/4 cup hot cream
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
Directions for Coconut Sugar Caramel Sauce:
- Heat cream in a microwave proof container until very hot but not boiling, set aside.
- Mix sugar, water and lemon juice in a 2 cup pyrex measuring cup.
- Microwave for 15-60 seconds (note that in 2016 I doubled the recipe and it took 3 minutes 25 seconds of microwaving to get the amber colour I was looking for), until sugar bubbles up but does NOT BURN, sugar crystals should be completely dissolved and you should begin to see it turn to a light amber colour. Remove and set on a dishcloth for 30 seconds and slowly pour in the hot cream, being careful as this will bubble up.
- Stir well and then add the butter and stir until completely incorporated. Serve warm or at room temperature.
- Remove cold ‘cake’ from the fridge and set on a cutting board. Cut into 4 slices and set each slice on the centre of a plate.
- Reheat the baked pear cubes until steamy (microwave for a minute or so on high).
- Spoon equal amounts of the pears onto each slice, then drizzle with the coconut caramel. Garnish with a toasted walnut half.
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Posted in Desserts, Recipes, tagged almás, Apple, cake, cinnamon, German, german apple cake, martha stewart, süteménj on June 29, 2015 |
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We had a grand 2-week visit with my Hungarian relatives, enjoying the many things that Toronto has to offer. During the annual street party, our dear neighbour (one of whom we do the Progressive dinners with) asked us all over to their place for a BBQ. I made dessert. I chose to remake the Martha Stewart Apple Cake that I previously posted here. It was so well received that My cousin asked for the recipe, so I will post this recipe in Hungarian for my kin in Budapest (English will follow).
Egy nagyon jó két hétes nyaralás volt a magyar rokonokal. Meglátogatunk mindent ami van Torontoba. Az este amikor az utca ünneplés volt, a kedves szomszéd (akikval közül csináljuk Progresszív vacsorákat) meg hivtak minket egy grillezésre. Én csináltam a desszertet. Úgy döntöttem, hogy meg csinálmon a Martha Stewart almás süteményét, amit korábban irtam rola itt. Annyira szereték, hogy az unokatestvérem kérte a receptet, így én hozzászólom a receptet magyarul (English recipe to follow).
A tasty combo of cake and apples with a good dose of cinnamon. Egy finom torta almával és egy jó adag fahéjjel.
Az eredeti recept it van.
Egy reczept csinál egy 23 cm kerék tepsit ami 8 – 10 cm magas, vagy két 20 cm kerék tepsit de csak 5 cm magas.
- szukor meghinteni a tepsit
- 195 g liszt
- 12 g sütőpor
- 5 g só
- 7 g fahéj puder, plusz egy kicsi a tepsinek és a pite tetejére
- 85 g vaj, olvaszva
- 170 g barna cukor, plusz egy kicsi a pite tetejére
- 125 mL tej
- 2 tojás, szobahőmérség
- 2 nagy alma, hámozott és vékonyra szeletelve
- 30 g vaj, plusz egy kicsi a tepsinek és a pite tetejére kis csipetkékb
- A sütőt előmelegítjük 200 °C-ra.
- Ki vajazuk a tepsit egy kis vajal és meghintjük cukorral.
- A liszthez hozzáadjuk a sütőport, a sót, és a fahéj pudert és alaposan keverjük össze.
- Egy másik tálban jól megkeverük egy habverővel az olvasztott vajat, a barna cukrot, a tejet, és a tojást.
- Lassan a vaj keveréket a liszt keveréketel hozá adjuk és osze keverjük.
- Öntsük a tésztát az előkészített tepsibe és az almát egyenként rendezzük körbe szorokan amíg elfogy (ugy mint a kép).
- A pite tetejét meghintjük egy kis barna cukral és fahéjjal es kis csipetke vajjal.
- Sütjük amíg a teteje arany szinu és a gyümölcs meg van fóve, körülbelül 40-50 perc, vagy amíg a sütemény teszter (tiszta fogpiszkáló) a tészta közepének jön ki tisztan.
Perfect for dessert or afternoon tea. Egy tökéletes desszert, vagy délutáni cávéval.
Original recipe may be found here.
Makes one 9″ deep spring-form pan cake or two 8″ slightly shallower round cakes.
- sugar for dusting pan
- 195 g flour
- 12 g baking powder
- 5 g salt
- 7 g cinnamon
- 85 g butter, unsalted and melted, plus a bit more for the pan and cake top
- 170 g dark brown sugar, packed
- 125 mL milk (I used skim)
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 large apples, peeled, cored and sliced into 2 mm sliced wedges
- Preheat oven to 375° F. Butter a 9″ springform pan and line the bottom with parchment. Sprinkle with sugar and shake the pan to coat.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk together melted butter, brown sugar, milk and eggs.
- Slowly fold the butter mixture into the flour mixture, just stirring until blended.
- Spoon the batter mixture into the prepared springform pan, smooth the top evenly.
- Arrange the apple slices in a circle closely together in the cake batter. Then press each piece of fruit gently down into the batter.
- Sprinkle over with the 2 tbsp brown sugar and cinnamon. Top the brown sugar by dotting the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter over.
- Bake until top is golden and the fruit has softened, about 35-50 minutes in a convection oven (fan oven for my European friends), or until a cake tester inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Our last lunch together on the back patio.
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