Corned beef is really quite easy to make. You basically put it in a pot with lots of water and watch it boil. It takes a long time (three + hours), but you don’t actually have to do anything…unless you’re doing the corning by yourself, but that’s a different story. Continue reading
Shabbat shalom! In honor of this wonderful shabbat, we’re sharing a our kibbe recipe with you, as well as what I think are pretty good directions on how to shape them. I tried taking a video, but let’s just say my phone got covered in oily meat and had to be wiped clean very carefully. Stephanie and I have been writing about kibbe for a long time now. We use it in recipes all the time. It’s a Friday night staple in the Blanco house, and it’s actually surprising if we don’t eat kibbe for shabbat dinner.
Well what is a kibbe, you ask? They’re really small meatballs. Meat-stuffed-meatballs. Continue reading
Happy birthday to Stephanie and Jessica! Yup, that’s right, it’s our birthday today!
Today we turn 27 (or 54, if you add us together). And what better way to celebrate our birthday than an amazing maple cake? We’re not sure when the actual maple season is, but I think it’s a fallish flavor, and fall is ending right about now, so why not go with a maple cake? That, and I have been dying to make this cake ever since I got this cookbook.
This is one of the most beautiful dishes I’ve ever made. And they were really easy! I know a lot of people are scared of yeasted breads, but this one is so impressive when served to guests, especially if you’re making a dinner party, that you should really just try.
Plus, I adapted this hand-kneading recipe to use with a mixer so there’s hardly anything you need to do. I also made it pareve, since I ate it with a meaty stew. I’m sure it would be even more amazing with some melted butter on top, though I love the flavor of a good olive oil. Or, you can dress it up with some herbed oil.
Even though we’re Jewish, it’s impossible to ignore all of the Halloween in the air! That means tons of candy and treats for the kids. For my kid, it’s homemade candy; so if you want to make a special homemade treat, give this recipe a try! And if you can find the correct sized tart pan, buy one for me. I’ll pay you back.
When I saw the photo of this candy/dessert in my friend Daniella’s Bon Appetit Desserts book, I KNEW I had to buy the book right away. And I did, thanks to the Amazon app on my iPhone. Then I bookmarked way too many desserts and put this one off for a little while. I’m glad I came back to it. It was actually quite easy, and I had all the ingredients in my pantry except for the sweetened condensed milk. That’s easy to find in the supermarket. Oh, golden syrup is great. If you don’t have it, you can use corn syrup, but I don’t like to use corn syrup. I find Lyle’s golden syrup in the regular supermarket, but if you can’t find it, try Amazon. Continue reading
Who doesn’t love strawberry shortcakes? They’re a perfect brunch food and are super easy to make. All you need is some homemade biscuits (cut however you want. the original recipe said to cut into rectangles, but I like how these look), strawberries, and whipped cream. They’re perfect for summer, but I enjoy them any time of the year. Continue reading
This is no ordinary bread. Forget the fact that it’s filled with raisins, cinnamon, and brown sugar. It’s also made with a rich, buttery “breakfast” dough. That’s right, I used the same dough for this that I used to make cinnamon buns. So you know it must be good.
Thinking of something different to make for the break-fast? Well, you can’t go wrong with this! People don’t want to eat TOO much (well, I don’t, at least) an this will be a perfect post-fast meal along with a big cup of tea. Continue reading
Wafels and Dinges isn’t the only place selling speculoos ice cream!
This is the third post in a series…Check out Speculoos Cookies and Speculoos Spread to get more information about this project. This project all started when my friend Julia posted a photo of the ice cream she was eating in Belgium. Speculoos ice cream. I knew right then I had to try it, but didn’t know of a place to actually taste that ice cream flavor…that only worried me for a second. Ice cream I make is usually better than any store bought kind, anyway! So I decided that I would have to make speculoos ice cream…but first I’d have to make the spread, and to make the spread I’d have to bake some cookies. Not that I ever have a problem with baking cookies. Continue reading
So, in order to make speculoos ice cream, you need spread. The spread from Trader Joe’s is not marked. Well, even if it was, it wouldn’t matter. It wouldn’t be entirely homemade if I used store bought spread now, would it? So I had to make my own speculoos spread. I used my food processor, and it worked. The consistency wasn’t perfect, but it still tasted great on top of waffles. And it still worked for my project, so it’s a win-win.
It’s recipes like these that make me want a VitaMix. I’m sure I would have been able to have a smoother consistency and silkier texture with one. Oh well, I make do with what I have.
This is one of the easiest things to make. Whir up the speculoos cookies, add some oil and flavors, and you’re done. Not much to it. It’s delicious on waffles with some vanilla ice cream, or even on some fruit.
The thing about coconut oil is that it is hard, unless it’s 76 degrees or more. Then it melts. So when I made this recipe, it was so hot in my kitchen that I didn’t have to melt the oil – it was already liquid. Score one for me, because I had one less step of work to do! Not that zapping in the microwave takes much time…
The original recipe called for some sugar, but these were sugary enough, so I omitted it.
Homemade Speculoos Spread, adapted from Seitan is my Motor:
- 150 grams speculoos cookies (I used 45 of the teeny ones I made)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup (or 50 grams) refined coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon safflower oil (or another flavorless oil)
1. Using your food processor, grind the cookies into a fine meal.
2. Melt the coconut oil and let cool down until luke warm.
3. Mix speculoos meal with the remaining ingredients except the safflower oil and transfer to a bowl. Stir in fat and oil. Mix until well combined. That’s it.
This spread will harden when stored in the fridge. You should take it out at least 30 minutes before serving, or microwave it for about 30 seconds.
My taste tester agrees: These cookies are popular with people of all ages…
But seriously, everyone loved these cookies. They were actually mad that they were so teeny and only gave them one each. Why take the time to bake all these cookies just to take them away from us and make a cookie spread, they asked? Well, the reason I even baked these cookies was so that I could make ice cream out of them. That’s right, it’s summer, and the ice cream maker is on duty!