Archive for October, 2009

Rosemary and Smoked Gruyere Cheese Puffs

October 19, 2009

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My boyfriend claims that every time we eat at my place he never gets full 😦

So after a simple dinner of Miso Egg Sauce Noodles (post to come when I remember to take photos…and figure out ingredient proportions), I made a late night snack. The recipe I used comes from Food Wishes’ gougères recipe. I have rosemary, but not thyme, and I happened to have a nice hunk of gruyere, so that’s what I used. The light, airy, herby, cheesy result was surprisingly easy to accomplish.

These puffs are explosions of flavor! The smoky flavor of the cheese barely sneaks out from beneath the strong, piney rosemary flavor. The 14 puffs that I made were demolished by five of us in a matter of minutes.

Is rosemary related to pine trees?

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Cheese Puffs

4 Tbsp butter

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup flour

2 eggs

2 tsp rosemary

1/2 cup shredded gruyere cheese

Melt butter in a small saucepan. Add water and stir to combine. Turn off heat. Stir in flour. Stir vigorously.

Spread batter into bottom and sides of medium mixing bowl. Allow to cool slightly. (Meanwhile shred cheese.)

Stir one egg and the rosemary into the dough. Mix until homogenous dough forms again.

Add second egg. Stir until smooth.

Stir in cheese.

Drop dough by spoonfuls onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes at 425F.

Makes ~14 puffs.

Decent Apple Cake

October 17, 2009

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After gusting winds and torrential rain two days ago, today has been shorts and t-shirt weater. WHY??? Not good weather for baking, but…

…my apples were starting to look like this:

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Thus, I reluctantly turned on my oven to make some Apple Cookies. Then I decided that I was too lazy to make them into cookies, so I ploped the whole thing into a square cake pan and made Apple Cake Bars. It was alright. I cut the sugar down from the original recipe, so it ended up being more like Apple Bread Bars. Not bad considering the fate of the apples would have been in the garbage can otherwise.

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Apple Cake Bars

1 stick butter

3/4 cup dark brown sugar

1 egg

1/4 cup milk

2 tsp total of a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves

2 1/4 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

4 wrinkly little apples (peeled, cored, and diced)

1/4 cup granulated sugar

Combine apples and granulated sugar. Let sit while preparing the batter.

Cream butter and sugar. Add milk and egg, mix well.

Stir in flour, baking soda, and spices..

Fold in apples.

Bake in a greased 8″ square pan at 350F for 20 mins.

Father’s (Birth)Day

October 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Daddy!

When I asked my sister for suggestions for cake decorations she said that my dad is obsessed with trees. I laughed. Then I said, okay, I don’t have any better ideas. So I made trees. I think it looks like a Father’s Day cake.

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I haven’t baked and decorated a cake for a looong time. Made some whipped chocolate ganache for this one. Filled with Chocolate Pastry Pride and crushed chocolate sandwich cookies (the generic kind because I’m cool like that ^-^.) The cake is just white cake mix… reduced oil, added non-fat plain yogurt, extra egg, milk instead of water. I didn’t really measure ingredients for anything in this cake. Seems to have worked out. Heh.

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I couldn’t find my piping tips, so there is no border on the cake. They might be at my apartment. I don’t really know where anything is anymore. It’s so hard to live in two places at once. The trees are made of candy melts. Yellow and blue mixed together, piped into 1/2 tree shapes. Each tree has six “petals.”

Whipped Chocolate Ganache

Ingredients

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

2 cups heavy whipping cream

Directions

1. Melt the chocolate chips over a double boiled, stirring constantly.

2. Add 1 cup of cream at a time, whisking until smooth.

3. Cool in refrigerator. Best if overnight. Or if you’re super impatient like me, 20 minutes…

4. Whisk using an electric mixer until fluffy. Place a bag of frozen peas under the bowl if you didn’t let it cool enough. 🙂