16 May 2014

Chocolate Coconut Pound Cake | Desserts

We topped this with fresh strawberry ice cream and it was delicious!

Chocolate Coconut Pound Cake
Adapated from Bon Appetite

Ingredients


  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup virgin coconut oil, room temperature
  • 1½ cups plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
Directions

Preheat oven to 325°. Butter a loaf pan; line with parchment paper, leaving a overhang on the sides to help with removing the cake. Stir together flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl; set aside.

Using a stand mixer on medium-high speed, beat oil, ¼ cup butter, and 1½ cups sugar until pale and fluffy, 5–7 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating to blend between additions; beat until mixture is light and doubled, 5–8 minutes. Stir in vanilla.

Reduce mixer speed to low and add dry ingredients in 3 additions, alternating with buttermilk in 2 additions, beginning and ending with dry ingredients (do not overmix; it will cause cake split). Scrape batter into buttered pan. Sprinkle with coconut and remaining 1 Tbsp. sugar.

Bake cake, covering lightly with foil if coconut browns too much before cake is done (it should be very dark and toasted), until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 70–80 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack; let cake cool in pan 20 minutes before turning out.

Enchiladas with Mole Sauce | Entrees

Homemade enchiladas are a new favorite on the menu around here.  We have made them with pork shoulder, ground beef, ground bison, and shredded chicken.  You need to make the Mole sauce first, but you should have enough for 2 different meals.  Keep the leftover sauce in the fridge until you are ready to make another batch.

Pork Enchiladas

Ingredients

  • 4 to 6 lb. pork shoulder
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 batch mole sauce (recipe follows)
  • 1 batch enchilada sauce (recipe follows)
  • 10-12 Tortillas, I prefer flour, but corn may be used
  • shredded Mexican style cheese
Directions

Place pork shoulder in crockpot, cover with mole sauce and chicken stock.  Let cook as long as you can.  When ready, shred pork, mixing in the sauce and juices.  Remove any large chunks of fat and or bone.  

Spray baking dish with non stick spray.  Fill tortillas with meat and place in pan, seam side down.  Cover with enchilada sauce and cheese.  Bake at 350° until cheese is browned.

Ground Beef or Bison Enchiladas

Brown ground meat in skillet, adding mole sauce once meat is cooked.  Continue with above recipe.


Mole Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into chunks, seeds and ribs removed
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, cut in half- for more heat leave the seed in, for less heat, remove them
  • 2 plum tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup roasted, unsalted cashews
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1 ripe plantain, cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Water if necessary
Directions

On a roasting pan, drizzle peppers and tomatoes with oil and roast in a 375° oven until slightly charred, turning once.  Remove from oven and let cool.

In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the chopping blade, process all ingredients until smooth.  Add water to adjust consistency.

Enchilada Sauce

Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder (more as desired)
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 10 oz tomato paste
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups chicken stock

    Directions

    Heat oil in a saucepan until hot, add in flour, stirring constantly until thickened.  Add chili powder, tomato paste, oregano, cumin, and salt, stirring to heat thoroughly.  Slowly add in stock, stirring constantly.  Reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes, adding additional stock if needed.




    15 April 2014

    Minestrone with Pesto Sauce | Soups and Stews



    Minestrone
    Adapted from Wolfgang Puck Makes it Easy

    Ingredients

    1/2 cup navy beans, soaked and drained
    4 cups chicken stock
    2 tbsp evoo
    2 ounces pancetta, chopped
    28 oz crushed tomatoes
    1/2 cup diced carrots
    1/4 cup chopped parsley
    2 small potatoes, cubed
    1 medium zucchini, cut into small pieces
    3 springs fresh thyme
    1 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp pepper
    1/2 cup pesto sauce (recipe follows)

    *This soup can be cooked on the stove, but cooking it in a pressure cooker increases the flavors.  

    Directions

    Heat pressure cooker over medium heat, add oil and pancetta, browning about 5 minutes.  Remove pancetta pieces, leaving liquid behind.

    Stir in tomatoes, 3 cups of broth, beans, carrots, parsley, zucchini, thyme, salt and pepper.  Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes.  Allow pressure to release, adjust salt and pepper to taste.

    Serve topped with pesto sauce and freshly grated parmesan cheese.

    Pesto Sauce
    Adapted from Cuisines of the Alps

    Ingredients

    1/2 cup fresh basil
    1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
    1/4 cup evoo

    Directions

    Combine basil and cheese in a food processor and process until relatively smooth.  With motor running, add in evoo in a stream until desired consistency.

    11 March 2014

    Brioche | Yeast Bread



    Poor Man’s Brioche
    Adapted from The Bread Baker’s Apprentice

    Ingredients

    For the sponge
    1/2 cup bread flour
    1 tablespoon instant yeast
    1/2 cup whole milk, lukewarm

    For the dough
    2 large eggs
    3 1/2 cups bread flour
    1 tablespoon sugar
    1 teaspoon salt
    3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

    Directions
    To make the sponge, in the stand mixer bowl, add the 1/2 cup flour, yeast, and lukewarm milk and stir with spoon until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise for about an hour until it looks frothy.

    To make the dough, add the four eggs to the sponge and whisk until everything is combined. In a separate medium bowl, stir or whisk together the 3 1/4 cups of flour, sugar and salt. Mix to combine.  Let rest for 5 minutes. 

    Using the dough hook, add the butter two tablespoons at a time, wait until the butter is completely mixed in before you add the next two tablespoons. Increase the speed to medium low and knead the dough for about 6 to 8 minutes. Add a little more flour if the dough seems too sticky: It should easily clear the sides of the bowl in the mixer. The dough should be very smooth and warm, and light when it’s done.

    Lightly oil a bowl, and transfer the dough to it. Cover with plastic wrap, and let it rise for about an hour and a half to two hours, or until it’s doubled in size.

    When it’s ready, shape it into either small rolls or into a rectangle for a loaf. Let the dough rise again for another hour, or until it fills the pan.

    Preheat the oven to 400F, and bake the bread for about 35 to 40 minutes.


    Remove the bread from the mold or pan as soon as it comes out of the oven and let it cool on a rack. 

    04 March 2014

    Forrest's Honey Mustard

    Forrest's Honey Mustard

    Ingredients

    • 1/8 cup dried mustard
    • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
    • 3 1/2 tbsp coconut vinegar
    • 1/2 oz honey
    • 1 tbsp lemon juice
    • 2 oz plain yogurt
    • 1/2 oz porter or stout beer
    Directions
    Mix mustard and sugar together.  Whisk in vinegar, honey, and lemon juice.  Whisk in yogurt.  Whisk in stout or porter to desired consistency.

    17 February 2014

    Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Cake



    Moist Chocolate Cake
    Adapted from King Arthur Flour
    • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached Cake Flour Blend
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, very soft
    • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1/2 cup brewed, cooled coffee, or water
    • 4 large eggs
    Directions
    Sift  flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa, and sugar into a medium bowl.
    Add the butter to the bowl of a stand mixer and and mix at low speed for 1 minute. With the mixer running, add the oil.
    Combine the vanilla with the milk and coffee or water.  Beginning and ending with the dry ingredients, alternately add flour mixture and milk mixture. Mix at low speed until combined, stop and scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl, then mix for 30 seconds.
    Add the eggs one at a time, beating well at medium-high speed between additions. The batter will be thin.
    Pour the batter into two 9" greased round pans. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 28 to 30 minutes. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool on a rack before frosting.

    Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Cheese Mousse
    Adapted from Cookies and Cups
    • 8 oz whipping cream
    • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
    • 3/4 cup chocolate hazelnut spread
    • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    Directions
    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk, whisk the cream on high speed until peaks form, about 2 minutes.  Refrigerate until ready to use.

    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, beat the cream cheese and hazelnut spread until smooth. With mixer on low, slowly add powdered sugar and vanilla, beat until smooth.

    Fold in whipped cream.


    13 February 2014

    Pumpkin-Cinnamon Streusel Buns


    These cinnamon buns are surprisingly simple to prepare.  I like to double the filling and the glaze, but it's still yummy as directed. 

    Pumpkin-Cinnamon Streusel Buns
    Adapted from The Best of Cooking Light

    Ingredients
    Buns:
    • 1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
    • 1/4 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
    • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
    • 1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1/4 cup butter, melted
    • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
    • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    • Cooking spray
    • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
    • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 2 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
    Glaze:
    • 3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
    • 1 tablespoon hot water
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    Directions
    To prepare the buns, dissolve yeast in warm water in a large bowl; let stand for 5 minutes. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Add 2 cups flour, pumpkin, and next 5 ingredients (pumpkin through nutmeg); beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes); add enough of the remaining 3/4 cup flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel tacky).

    Place the dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place , free from drafts, for 45 minutes or until doubled in size. (Press two fingers into the dough. If an indentation remains, the dough has risen enough.)
    Combine 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal.
    Punch dough down; cover and let rest for 5 minutes. Roll the dough into a 12 x 10-inch rectangle on a floured surface. Sprinkle with brown sugar mixture. Roll up the rectangle tightly, starting with a long edge, pressing firmly to eliminate air pockets; pinch seam and ends to seal. Cut roll into 12 (1-inch) slices. Place slices in a 9-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise 25 minutes or until doubled in size.
    Bake the rolls at in preheated oven at 375° for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 15 minutes in pan on a wire rack.
    To prepare the glaze, combine the powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon water, and vanilla extract in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Drizzle glaze over buns. Serve warm.