10/31/2009

Happy Halloween.

Happy Halloween.

My sister and I decided to play a joe on Michele and, boy was he scared, he thought it was the headless horseman but then and being very careful he went to investigate and he said "HA HA HA I knew it, I knew it" he was laughing almost hysterically. Well..he wanted to celebrate halloween, didn't he??? (Michele and I love to watch The Legend of Sleeppy Hollow).

I think I am a bit better, thanks so much my dear friends for your concern.

Today I made a very typical smoothy from my hometown we call it "vitamina" vitamin, it is made of pumpin, milk, sugar and vanilla (my personal touch sweetened condensed mil and nutmeg) and pumpking pie and a mini pie with splenda for mom since she cannot eat sugar.







10/24/2009

faery Mocha Dessert

Faery Mocha Dessert.

Ok I don’t know what is happening to me, but bronchitis wasn’t gone when my larynx began to hurt and now I have laryngitis, my Goodness….nothing works for me, I might be an alien (E.T. phone Dr House..er..home)
Well I made this to share with some friends it is very easy to make, you know…I feel kind of lazy (so many antibiotics, antihistaminic drugs, syrups, beverages, home medicines, pills, witchcraft….ooops) *cough* *cough* *cough* sorry…Again
I made a sponge cake, mocha pudding and coffee-marsala wine syrup to soak the cake. But you can buy lady fingers (savoiardi) and box pudding and prepare it according to the instructions.
I sliced my sponge cake trying to make very slim slices, I placed a layer of cake slices soaked them with the coffee-marsala wine syrup then a layer of mocha pudding and then I sprinkle dark cocoa powder over the pudding layer, repeat the process until all ingredients are used and finally cover the dessert with an Italian meringue and place in the refrigerator until very cold (better overnight). According to my friends it was delicious (my opinion too and scent of the dessert yummmmm ).







10/12/2009

Sandwich bread with green onion and cheddar cheese.

Sandwich bread with green onion
and cheddar cheese.

This recipe belongs to my favorite baker an pastry chef, he is very famous in Latin America and I always buy his magazines, with him I learnt to use malt extract which gives moisture, color and a delicious taste to my breads.
















For this olives, bacon an chear cheese


Sponge:
35 gr fresh yeast.
100 cc water.
1 teaspoon sugar.
1 tablespoon flour.
Dough.
1 kilogram all purpose flour. (we call it 0000)
100 gr sugar.
20 gr ssalt.
550 cc milk.
10 gr malt extract.
75 gr butter (soft).
Green onion chopped.
Cheddar cheese.
1- Mix all the ingredients for the sponge and let rest for ten minutes.
2- Mix the flour an salt, then make a well in the center an a the rest of the ingredients and the sponge..
3- With a whisk begging to mix the ingredients taking small amounts of flour until you use all the flour and then knead.
4- This dough is sticky as a tape but won’t attach to your hands, I learnt from my own experience that this kind of dough does not need to be worked out thoroughly because as it is wet the gluten will develop while the dough rests.
5- Let the dough rest until it doubles its size and then cut in halves, extent it with your hands and roll place in very well greased and floured loaf pans, brush with beaten egg an place the green onion and cheese on top, let rise until it doubles the initial size.
6- Carefully brush with beaten egg again and bake in a preheated oven at 190 °C until they are golden brown and you pad on top they make a hollow sound.
7- Let tem cool before removing them from the pan.
A good advice is to use parchment paper to line the pans

10/04/2009

Faery’s Monkey Pizza.

I was reading one old recipe book that belongs to my mom and I read this beautiful recipe called “Monkey Bread” I was so curious about it and I wanted to make it right away, the problem was I had a dough raising but this dough was salty so I could not use it to make sweet bread …. So I though to myself if I make a salty monkey bread, using sauce instead of syrup, well I continue with my idea and came up with a “Monkey Pizza” it was delicious, soft and with all the sauce an cheese surrounding every piece of this weird pizza. You can use store bought dough or canned Neapolitan sauce, here your imagination is the limit. For my Pizza I made smoked bacon, garlic an tomato extract (no oil) an a kind of cheese that gets very soft but that does not melt when it is hot this is similar to Monterrey jack












My bread dough.
250 cc milk. (Luke warm).
60 gr butter.
2 eggs.
2 teaspoons salt.
400 gr all purpose flour.
160 gr self raising flour.
1 tablespoon malt extract (or honey)
1 tablespoon instant yeast.

1- Mix the malt extract, yeast and milk.
2- Place the rest of the ingredients in a bowl add the prepared milk and make a ough, then kneed until you have a soft, silky elastic dough.
3- Let rest until it doubles its volume, place over a floured surface an with your hands press down gently to deflate the dough.
4- Cut stripes of dough and then cut each stripe to make small pieces of dough.
5- The place sauce and dough in a bowl and toss, really gently, using your hands.
6- Place the seasoned dough in a cake pan an let raise until it doubles its volume.
7- Bake at 200°C until you see the sides of the pizza are light brown.