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Entries in baking (12)


Brown Sugar Layer Cake

Long time no post. This is the yummiest cake I've ever made. The batter alone is worth the effort. This is a Martha Stewart recipce, and you can see the torn page from the magazine, well worn already! Great for a special occasion, this is delicious cake and will make the recipient feel special indeed. Recipe Here.


Chicken Pot Pie

A Spring lunch if ever there was one. Warm Chicken Pot Pie with dill potatoes and salad, cold beer and the boys. How Saturday, how May, how perfect!

To make from scratch, I won't deny, is somewhat of a lengthy process, but so worth it. So here goes, ingredients and recipe as follows:

Poach whole chicken with half a lemon inside, a spoon of corriander seeds, a medium peeled onion, herbs, 2 carrots for 45-60 minues, depending on the size of your chicken, until tender and cooked through. Meanwhile, put 350g plain flour, 170g cold cubed butter and a tsp of salt in a mixer, blitz to breadcrumb consistency, add ice cold water (approx 1-2tsp) until nearly combined, tip into a bowl and bring together with your hands. Form 2 fat discs, wrap in clingfilm and refridgerate for an hour. Remove the chicken from stock, let rest until cooled, remove meat from bones, shread into 'pulled' bite size peices, discard skin. (Reduce stock further, skim fat and store for future use). In a heavy bottom pan, make roux for béchamel (large 60g butter, plus 80g of flour should do it - cook out starch, careful not to catch, the consistnecy will become sandy and the smell will change when it's ready), simultaneously in another pan, warm approx 3-4 cups of milk and add milk slowly to roux in batches, stirring constantly until béchamel becomes silky and of a good, thick pouring consistnecy. Yum. Add salt, fresh black pepper, nutmeg and 1.5 tbsp of thyme leaves removed from stalks. Cook a little longer and then let stand. Steam 5 medium carrots (peeled and sliced thickly) and half an onion (cubed). Slice 8 medium shitake mushrooms. Drain vegetables and in a large bowl combine all vegetables including a cupful of peas, two thirds of the pulled chicken and the thyme-béchamel sauce. Roll out the first disc of pastry on a floured surface, line your pie dish, leave enough over hang for the folded edge. Fill pie dish with filling, roll out lid and finish pie by folding over the base to seal in the lid - see picture. Paint with beaten egg and create a centre cut for steam to escape (the cross in the middle). Bake in centre of oven for 45 minutes until properly heated all the way through (knife should be piping hot from centre) and the pastry has a wonderful golden glow. Let stand until warm and enjoy with salads and new potatoes, cold beer and friends. Eat cold the next day for breakfast....oh, that's just me.


Farmer Cookies

My sister-in-law, her boyfriend and her little 6 year old son arrive in New York today from Sweden to visit. It is Isaac's (6) first time away from Sweden and I figured that any Swede away from home would be happy to find a cookie they recognized waiting for them on arrival. So I decided to bake a tin of Farmer Cookies "Bondkaka" to have at hand for their visit. It is a staple from my Mother-in-Law's repertoire and was happily recognized by small hands. A deceptively simple cookie, it is incredibly morish and elicits an 'mmmmm' from everyone who tries it because I think it takes one by surprise - the eye and the taste buds are both fooled, it is more like a rich almond shortbread than a humble tea biscuit. And it is delicious. These fat golden coins of a cookie are a the farm hand's gold.

The recipe is super simple. I've made this both by hand (making a mound of flour and cutting in all the ingredients on a work surface) and in the food processor, both work just as well and neither is more complicated than the other really. Ingredients: 2 1/4cups of all purpose flour, 3/4 cups of sugar, 3/4 cup chopped almonds, 200g cold butter, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tbsp water, 1 tbsp of light molasses or corn syrup. Recipe: Make a mound of flour on a work surface, add the remaining ingredients, quickly cut in the butter, kneading lightly. Or, add all the dry ingredients to a food processor bowl with large blade, add butter, blitz to sand, add wet ingredients until combined, knead lightly. Form into two logs, 4-5 cm thick, wrap in plastic, refrigerate for at least two hours until hard. Cut into 1/2 cm slices, place on a baking tray (lined or non stick), bake in centre oven for 6-8 minutes until golden at 200C/400F.


Christmas 2011: Deck the Halls

Happy New Year to you all and a warm welcome to 2012! What a wonderful Holiday season it was. Fall and Winter were a busy time and I didn't get to spend as much time on personal projects (i.e. Create & Borrow) as I would have liked to (thanks advertising), but then came Christmas, my favourite time of all and a first for my husband and I, a Christmas in New York. There was much to prepare as we (I!) embarked on a traditional Swedish Julbord with all the pre and post trimmings. I pickled herring, cured gravlax, baked saffron bread, pickled vegetables, baked a ham, rolled meatballs, grated Jansson's Delight, hung gingerbread and much, much more. It was such a treat to spend Christmas together watching movies and indulging in apple cider with a side of New York skylline. Here is a collection of my Instagram photos from the holiday. Since a few of the items I made this holiday I have posted before, you can check out the Peppermint White Chocolate Cookies, Paper Snowflakes and Gingerbread Christmas Tree Decorations on previous posts. The holiday decorations are now packed away and the apartment has relinquished it's grotto status, but I know I am looking forward to next year's celebreation already. In the mean time, savor the memories, turn to the first page of that brand new note book, ready those New Year's resolutions....and begin.