Friday, May 22, 2015

FFWD: Chicken in a Pot – the Garlic and Lemon Version

We have come to the end of our book..... :)

Today for our FRENCH FRIDAY'S WITH DORIE, we are making the very last recipe in the wonderful cookbook entitled "Around My French Table" by Dorie Greenspan. We will be making and enjoying Chicken in a Pot – the Garlic and Lemon Version (p206). My family loves this recipe, the only difference is that we now prefer our veggies baking separate from the Chicken. We have tried it both ways, love it both ways, but since we are trying to be good on our low salt diets, we have started baking it our way. You can find the link to our Veggies here

Friday, May 15, 2015

FFWD: Food Revolution Day / Savory Cheese & Chive Bread


Today we are celebrating the fourth annual Food Revolution Day. For those who are not familiar with this day, it is a day of global action created by Jamie Oliver and the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation to engage and inspire people of all ages to learn about food and how to cook it. For the past several years, we as part of the French Fridays with Dorie crew has joined Mardi, one of our favorite Dorista and Food Revolution Embassador to help to bring awareness to nutritional eat
       This year our challenge was to pick a recipe or French technique that we have learned this past year that we feel is a "must know" and would like to share with the children around us. I feel very strongly that bread and bread techniques are some of the most important things we can teach our children. Like I have said before "Bread is the Staff of Life" 
        Back on March 4, 2011, we missed the challenge recipe of "Savory Cheese & Chive Bread", so we decided in honor of today's revolution challenge we would make this very yummy, easy to make bread.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

TWD: "Baking Chez Moi" - Nutella Buttons

I am not a big NUTELLA fan.... But I must say that the Nutella Buttons that we made today for our TUESDAY'S WITH DORIE were very tasty!
I loved the texture of the cake part of the recipe... It was the first time for just a plain cake recipe I have separated my eggs, whipped and folded in the egg whites as the last step just before baking, I really liked the light and airiness of the batter, they also have a very subtle and yet yummy flavor.

I frosted mine with a light buttercream glaze and shaved milk chocolate. If you are interested in the recipe you can find it in Dorie Greenspan's new cookbook "Baking Chez Moi" page 188.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

TWD: "Baking With Juilia" - KA'KAT

Today, Our "Tuesday's with Dorie" challenge was to make KA'KAT. I have never heard of them but I am in love! These very tasty, little middle eastern, sweet rolls are much like our bagels, but taste more like a soft pretzel.

The recipe called for mahleb, which is ground up sour cherry pits, I didn't have any, so after talking with my Greek baking friend this morning he said that almond paste or flavoring would work. I also had some dried cranberries that I added to my dough. Normally, they have sesame seeds on top, but I am also out of theses, so I sprinkled raw sugar on top. yUM!!!!


2 T sugar
2 tsp active dry yeast
2 cups warm (105 to 115 degrees F) water
3-31/2 cups of bread or unbleached all purpose flour, divided
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground mahleb
1 large egg, beaten
3 to 4 tsp sesame seeds


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk the sugar, yeast, and water. 
  2. Add 12 ounces of the flour, and mix on low with the dough hook for about 3 minutes. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit for about 10 minutes. 
  3. Add the salt and mahleb, and mix on low. Gradually add flour until you have a dough that is cohesive (I used all of the flour). Mix on low for about 10 minutes. 
  4. Let the dough rise in an oiled bowl until doubled, about 60 to 120 minutes. 
  5. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Divide the dough into 32 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 6 inch rope. Form the ropes into rings and place them onto the baking sheets. Keep the rings covered with oiled plastic wrap. 
  6. Cover and let rise for about 30 minutes. 
  7. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and place the oven racks in the upper third of the oven. Brush the Ka'kat with the egg wash, and sprinkle with sesame seeds. 
  8. Bake the Ka'kat for about 20 minutes, until golden. Rotate the pans halfway through. 
  9. Let cool on the pans for about 5 minutes before serving warm. Leftovers can be reheated in a hot oven. 

Saturday, May 2, 2015


Today was suppose to be a "ME" day... I had dreams of spending the day enjoying VSBN scrapping with my online "imaginary" friends. My time slot calendar was filled with challenge after crafting challenge. I also had my mental bet all placed on my sure horse "American Pharoah", not because I thought he would actually win, but he is a great looking horse and Victor is an amazing jockey. And the orange cake was a craving I have had ever since I woke up dreaming about it three nights ago.
Well, of course, my day never went as planned... After spending the day, getting to know some new unexpected house guests, their new unsmashed rental car arrived right at race time and so after a big round of thank yous, hugs and good-byes, the only thing that I got accomplished for the day was my orange cake.

Ever made a pound cake? They are actually very easy...
  • ¾ cup buttermilk or sour cream
  • Zest of 5 oranges, finely grated 
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice or orange crush soda
  • 1 small can mandarin orange juice
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 stick butter, softened at room temp.
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs

  • For the orange glaze:
  • Zest of 2 oranges
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp. fresh orange juice 
  • 4 ounces softened cream cheese

  • Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees, Fahrenheit. Grease and flour bundt pan, set aside.  Next drain mandarin oranges and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine buttermilk or sour cream, orange zest, and both orange juices. 
  • In separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder and add to buttermilk mixture
  • This next few steps are the most important... In your mixer bowl with the paddle attachment, cream butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. With the mixer on low, alternate adding the buttermilk mixture and flour mixture to the bowl, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
  • Pour batter into prepared bundt pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean. If the top is browning too quickly, you can tent it with a piece of foil. 
  • Cool cake completely before flipping it out onto a cooling rack. Let cool for another 30 minutes after you've flipped it out on a cooling rack.
  • In the meantime, make the orange glaze by whisking together all the orange glaze ingredients. Add more orange juice if you like a looser glaze. Pour glaze over top of the bundt cake. Cut and serve

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Staff of Life 12 Grain Loaves

THROWBACK THURSDAY: I have been baking since I was a young child, both with my family and in the professional world, but over the course of the past couple of years I have learned that as a Baker, it is all about the product. As an Artisan, it is all about the technique and as a Miller, it is all about the grains and how they are ground. When you start to intertwine all three together you get a wonderful stack of loaves known as the "STAFF OF LIFE" bread. After a couple of modern tweaks to a very, very old recipe that was recently given to me by an artisan baker friend...

I give you my Recipe:
In a large bowl add 3 cups hot water ( I used half milk / half water),
next add small hand full of salt and sugar mixture (1 tablespoon of each)
Stir with fingers until desolved.
Next add 2 dips of fresh butter (about a half of stick)
And next add start for leavening. (1 cup sour dough start or 2 tablespoons yeast)
Add 2 handfuls of fresh course ground 10 grain mixture, Mix and let set until just before room temperature.
Now mix in 3 handfuls of whole wheat flour and 3-4 handfuls of white flour. Mix well, add more flour as needed until no longer sticky (this was the tricky part for me, I added flour until it no longer stuck to my fingers, similar to roll dough)
Knead for 5 minutes and place back in greased bowl. Let rise until double in size, punch down and let rise again. Next punch down and shape into loaves, let rise to double in size and bake until loaves are golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped upon. If you like it dark and crusty bake longer. (I baked mine in a regular 350* oven for about 45 minutes)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

TWD: "Baking Chez Moi"- Coconut Tapioca with Spiced Hibiscus Syrup

Our TUESDAYS WITH DORIE challenge for today was "Coconut Tapioca" (page 382) with spiced hibiscus syrup.

Now, one of my all time favorite desserts is homemade Tapicoa and I was a little surprised by how few ingredients this recipe called for. It was really easy make. We also made the Spiced Hibiscus Syrup (page 450) and used it to sweeten the whipped cream garnish.

We loved the flavor and we chose to serve it at room temperature with fresh pineapple slices and cherries.

Check out the other variations at "TUESDAYS WITH DORIE"