Sunday, 10 December 2017

Cranberry, Apple and Pear Galette


Perfect for the holidays or any day!


Galette is a term used in French cuisine to designate various types of flat round or freeform crusty cakes or, in the case of a Breton galette, a pancake made with buckwheat flour usually with a savoury filling. Of the cake type of galette, one notable variety is the galette des Rois (king cake) eaten on the day of epiphany. In French Canada the term galette is usually applied to pastries best described as large cookies.

I often make a galette because I like the ratio of pastry to filling and the casual look of the galette. I baked this one for a "girls night" at a friends home. It was a huge hit! 


Cranberry Apple Galette
  Pastry

1 1/2 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
12 T cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1/3 c. ice water

Filling

2-3 granny smith apples, peeled and sliced
1-2 pear  (the combination of apples and pears can be 2 and 2 or all of one, I had one ripe pear and three apples)
*four fresh fruits total!
1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries(thawed)
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. granulated sugar
2 T all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
2 T lemon juice
3 T unsalted butter cut into small cubes
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water

Pastry
Combine flour and salt in food processor and pulse to combine. Add ice water and pulse again. DO NOT over process. Little pieces of butter should be visible. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 20 minutes.



Preheat oven to 400 F degrees

Line a baking sheet with silpat or parchment paper.



Roll the pastry out to a large circle, about 1/8" thick. Place on the baking sheet and refrigerate while making the filling.



 Filling

Make the filling in a large bowl, toss the apples, pear and cranberries with brown sugar, flour, salt and lemon juice. Set aside.


Assembly and baking

Place the apple/cranberry mixture onto the middle of the chilled pastry. Spread to about 3 inches from the edges. Fold the edges in so that it partially covers the filling. Don't worry about being fancy, this is meant to be rustic looking.

Dot with butter. And use a pastry brush to spread the egg wash on the exposed pastry.

Refrigerate 30 minutes. While this step is happening preheat the oven to 400 F degrees.

 Bake for 40-50 minutes or until done, check with a toothpick inserted easily into the apple. If it browns too fast, cover with foil.

Serve with whipped cream, vanilla bean ice cream or on it's own....delish! 



This pretty much says it all for our pups!





Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies



Baking cookies at Christmas is a tradition for many people. It brings families and friends together with the warm goodness of cookies fresh from the oven. As you bake this holiday season, take a minute to learn the origins of some of the foods we enjoy each Christmas. The "Food Timeline" is an interesting resource for all things food. According to their research, Christmas cookies as we know them today were created from Medieval European recipes. Dutch and German settlers brought cookie cutters, decorative molds, and festive holiday decorations to America. Christmas cookie recipes produce more than just a tasty sweet; they are a baking tradition steeped in history.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes



I love baked potatoes with just about anything, but, hate waiting a hour or more for them to cook in the oven. I used to cook them in the microwave and finish them in the oven, however I think the IP way produces a fluffier potato. I have been making potatoes in the pressure cooker for 50 plus years, usually mashing them or lately I like to make  "Smash Hot Potatoes",  "Cheddar Hot Smash Potatoes" or "Rosemary Smash Hot Potatoes" . (pictures below)!

Friday, 24 November 2017

Thanksgiving left over recipes!

It's Black Friday!

 We all know that the Friday after Thanksgiving means a mad dash to the mall/or computer for ridiculous sales, even though we now know some Black Friday deals are not as good as they seem. But how did this bargain shopping chaos get its start? And why does it sound like it should be a day of mourning?The first Black Friday actually had nothing to do with Thanksgiving or shopping. It was the day the U.S. gold market crashed. Financiers Jay Gould and Jim Fisk wanted to cheat Wall Street investors. They bought as much gold as they could, driving up gold prices by more than $30 an ounce. On Friday, September 24, 1869, the government put millions of dollars worth of gold onto the market. The price plummeted, investors went bankrupt instantly, and Gould and Fisk came out on top.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Instant Pot Pumpkin Soup


 
I love this pumpkin soup, it is simple clean with fresh flavors that will please everyone at your Thanksgiving Table!!

Friday, 17 November 2017

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce- JJ's favorite




Thanksgiving! That time of year when we give thanks. I have such wonderful memories of Thanksgiving, the cousins coming out to the country to ride horses, jump around in the hay barn and swing on a big rope swing hung in a large Maple Tree by the creek.