Well, I’m just going to come right out and say it: these little brioche danish are so very tasty. They came about after a lazy Sunday morning; I had some whole wheat brioche dough in the fridge, and wanted something sweet that didn’t involve a lot of work. I also happened to have a tube of almond paste, goat cheese, and pistachios, and so the great experiment began. It was delicious from the start, but after a few tries and a little tweaking, a perfect weekend treat was born.
We decided to miniaturize a recipe, just in time for the Minnesota State Fair. Here in Minnesota we are crazy about our Fair, and we celebrate with much eating: mostly fried foods, of course, and anything on a stick. So today we bring you mini-doughnuts, a delicious treat made easy with our dough. This particular version is made with our whole wheat brioche, which takes away a little bit of the guilt. (It could also be made with whole wheat brioche with stevia, easing your conscience even more.) The doughnuts are coated in sugar while they’re still warm, and then devoured immediately. (more…)
1/2 cup softened cream cheese or substitute almond cream (blend 1/2 cup almond paste with 1/4 cup softened butter, 1/4 cup flour, 1 egg, and 1/4 teaspoon almond extract in a food processor; freeze excess)
1/2 cup raspberry or strawberry jam or preserves
1 cup fresh raspberries or sliced strawberries
Egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water)
Sugar for dusting the top
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
Roll out the dough into a narrow rectangle 1/8-inch thick.
Place the dough onto the lined cookie sheet. Cover the center third of the dough with the cream, jam, and berries as in the video.
Use a pizza wheel to cut about 12 strips down each side; each strip should be about 1/2-inch wide. Fold the strips, left over right, crisscrossing the filling. Allow to rest for 40 minutes (20 in a pinch).
Preheat the oven to 375F. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle generously with sugar.
Place cookie sheet in center of the oven and bake for about 35 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling. Can serve slightly warm.
Sometimes you just don’t know when to leave well enough alone. This savory flatbread was in Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day (2009), and I was making it tonight as a side dish for a simple baked Coho Salmon with dill. I’m back on a pizza and flatbread kick again, since our new pizza and flatbread book is coming out in 28 days:
I wanted something to brighten up the flavor and color of all those soft lovely green things—roasted cherry tomatoes did the trick. The tangy acidity was perfect for cutting the softer flavors of the zucchini, parsley, cheese, and nuts. The tomatoes weren’t in the original recipe, and neither version has ever appeared on our website before, so here goes. Plus, I’m going to be doing a demo this Saturday, October 1 at 10:15 am at theMinneapolis Bread Festival, and they’re asking for something like this. Hope to see you at the festival, but if you can’t make it, give this a try here. Our pizza book is available for pre-order on Amazon and will ship October 25. (more…)
I love the Twin Cities. No one thinks of Mpls-St. Paul as a big media center, but wonderful local networks make all the difference for locally grown books like ours. Zoe and I were introduced to Cooking Club Magazine though a colleague at Cooks of Crocus Hill, where we teach all the time. She works at Cooking Club, made an introduction, and it turns out that the magazine is produced right here in the Twin Cities metro. Locally produced, but with a national circulation of loyal readers numbering over 550,000– it’s a fantastic magazine. Voila– they asked us to write a story, which they used on their February/March cover.
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After mixing the dough, our recipes only require two hours at room temperature for their initial rise (assuming you’ve used lukewarm water); then the container goes into the refrigerator where it can be stored for up to two weeks (depending on the recipe). According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the answer to this question depends on whether or not there were eggs in the recipe. Their website says that eggs should be refrigerated after two hours at room temperature (see their website, scroll down to relevant section).
For our doughs without eggs, when we’ve occasionally forgotten a batch and left it on the counter overnight, we’ve found that this has little effect on the final result, maybe just shortens the batch life by a day or two. If you find that you aren’t getting enough rise in two hours for non-egg dough rising at room temperature, you can go longer.
So, what would USDA recommend if you’re doing a long rise with dough containing eggs? Sounds like the first two hours are safe at room temperature, then into the refrigerator to complete the rising. We leave it to our readers to decide about how to handle egg doughs in light of USDA’s recommendation.
(… and a recipe for pitas from so-called “Cornell” dough). Our third book will be officially released on October 25, 2011, but it’s now available for Pre-Order on Amazon! To view the book’s cover, which is now finalized, click here. It will have pizza and flatbreads from all over the world—plus, the recipes will be complemented with soup, salad, and dip recipes so that these pizzas and flatbreads become the basis of an entire five-minute meal. As in all our books, the idea is to do all the mixing once, but serve many times from a big batch. That’s a perfect fit for soups and dips (and you can get a salad ready while your bread’s in the oven).
This year my family finally signed up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share. Every Friday, our farmer wakes before dawn and drives to the Twin Cities and other communities to deliver the week’s bounty of organic produce. We pick up a half-share; above is just a portion of one Friday’s haul (though this year’s drought has definitely decreased the crop).
Every week, we get whatever’s in the box. I’d never eaten Kohlrabi before (the bulbous thing on the right, with greens growing out of it). When you get lots of something you’ve never eaten, there’s only one thing to do, at least at my house… make it into bread or pizza… (more…)
We had friends for brunch this past Sunday, and I decided to try something I’ve been meaning to do for a while: Breakfast Pizza. It’s basically a pizza dough base, topped with egg, cheese, and whatever meat you like, if you’re a meat eater (we are). In order to contain the egg, which might otherwise run off the pizza, I baked this pizza in an unfinished, plain black 12-inch cast iron pan. The result is closely related to the Italian frittata. (more…)