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19

Dec 2017

Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Chocolate Streusel

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A rich holiday bundt cake laden with semi-sweet chocolate and toasted almonds. With a short prep time this cake is perfect for the busy holiday season. This cake can be made 3 days ahead and can be stored tightly covered at room temperature.

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Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Chocolate Streusel
Serves 12
A rich holiday bundt cake laden with semi-sweet chocolate and toasted almonds
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. Chocolate Streusel
  2. 1 cup chopped toasted almonds
  3. 1 cup semisweet chocolate bits (I prefer 64% Valhrona chopped chocolate.)
  4. 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  5. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  6. Pinch kosher salt
  7. Cake and Assembly
  8. Canola spray
  9. 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  10. 4 cups all purpose flour + 2-3 Tablespoons for dusting the pan
  11. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  12. 2 teaspoons baking soda
  13. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  14. 2 cups granulated sugar
  15. 4 large eggs
  16. 2 cups sour cream
  17. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Spray oil into bundt pan and using a pastry brush, thoroughly coat all crevices of the pan. Add a few tablespoons of flour to the pan, shake and tap out excess flour.
  3. Whisk 4 cups all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat granulated sugar and 2 sticks softened butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add eggs one at a time beating to blend and scraping down sides alternating with sour cream. Add vanilla and beat just to combine.
  5. Transfer half of batter to prepared pan, smooth surface. Sprinkle half of streusel evenly over batter, Scrape in 1/4 batter, smooth surface, and sprinkle with remaining streusel. The dough should fill 2/3 of the pan. (The remaining batter is enough to fill a mini bundt pan if you want to bake it and give it as a small gift!)
  6. Bake cake until golden brown and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.
  7. Transfer pan to a wire rack and let cool in pan 20-30 minutes before inverting onto wire rack. Let cool completely. Then reinvert cake onto cake plate.
Notes
  1. You will need a 12-15 cup nonstick Bundt pan. Mine is made made by Nordic Ware. Be sure not to overfill your bundt pan. And do check it after 45 minutes with a toothpick.
  2. After you remove the cake from the oven, remember to wait no longer than 20-30 minutes before inverting the cake onto a rack to cool. Some of the topping will fall off. Don't worry. Most of the streusel will stick. After the cake is cool, reinvert it onto a cake stand. If not using immediately, wrap the cake thoroughly with plastic wrap. Cake can be made 3 days ahead and can be stored tightly covered at room temperature.
Adapted from Bon Appétit
Adapted from Bon Appétit
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    10

    Dec 2017

    Potato Pancake with Pan Fried Chicken and Lemon Butter Sauce

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    If you want to make people of all ages happy at Hanukkah, this panfried entree, cooked quickly in good olive oil, is the way to go. The grated potato that tops the chicken in this dish is missing a few  ingredients (matzo meal, grated onion, potato starch, schmalz and egg) so it certainly is not a traditional latke. But the potato doesn’t need fillers when the real goal is to create a lacy and crisp pancake that perfectly complements the slender breast upon which it rests. Instead of serving this dish with applesauce, I like to serve it with a lemon butter sauce and a simple green salad strewn with toasted almonds and thinly sliced crisp apples. 

    Butterflying the seasoned chicken breasts and trimming away excess fat is the secret to this dish. Each of your raw trimmed chicken fillets should weigh approximately 2 ounces and measure about 4 inches in length and 3 inches in width. The grated potato should provide a protective nest that is at least as long and slightly wider than the fillet. For best results, preheat your cast iron pans (To serve four people at the same time, you will need two 9 inch cast iron pans).  Add olive oil to the hot pans and wait a moment or two till the oil shimmers. Then add grated potatoes. Russets, by the way are high in starch content and really are the best choice for this dish.

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    Potato Pancake with Pan Fried Chicken and Lemon Butter Sauce
    A perfect pan fried Hanukkah meal
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    Cook Time
    15 min
    Total Time
    1 hr
    Cook Time
    15 min
    Total Time
    1 hr
    Ingredients
    1. 2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts, butterflied and trimmed so that each butterflied portion is about 4 inches in length and 3 inches in width
    2. Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
    3. 1/2 cup all purpose flour, for dredging
    4. 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
    5. 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
    6. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    7. 1/2 cup chicken stock
    8. 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
    9. 2 Russet Potatoes
    Instructions
    1. Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper.
    2. Dredge one side of chicken in flour and shake off excess.
    3. Heat a 9 inch cast iron skillet over high heat. Add 1/4 cup oil to pan. When oil shimmers, add two nests of coarsely grated potato (about 1/4 cup of potato per nest). Spread nests so that they are about 5 inches in length and four inches in width.
    4. Turn heat down to medium and add seasoned breasts to potato nests, flour side up. Cook undisturbed until potatoes are brown all over (about 2-3 minutes). Carefully slide a fish spatula under the crisp potato nest and flip chicken potato combo over. Allow chicken to cook for two minutes at medium heat. Season crispy potato top while chicken is cooking.
    5. Remove and transfer to platter.
    6. Turn up heat, add 3 tablespoons olive oil and repeat the cooking process and flipping technique and add finished fillets to the platter.
    7. Pour out some of the oil from the pan. Then return to heat and add lemon juice and stock. Return to stove and bring to boil, scraping up brown bits from the pan. Reduce liquid until there is about 1/3 cup of liquid left. Add 4 tablespoons butter and whisk vigorously. Spoon about 3 tablespoons of sauce on to plates. Place chicken fillets on top of sauce and garnish with chopped parsley.
    Notes
    1. To butterfly the breast, put the chicken on a chopping board and, with your hand flat on top of it, use a sharp knife to slice into one side of the breast, starting at the thicker end and ending at the thin point. When you open the sliced breast, it should resemble a butterfly.
    2. Grate the potatoes by hand (on the coarse side of a box grater) just before you are ready to cook the dish as they will oxidize quickly and turn grey and then brown.
    3. This dish comes together even more quickly if you use two cast iron pans. Then all four chicken fillets finish cooking at about the same time.
    4. The trimmed fillets are small and this panfried treat is addictive, so you may need to make extras!
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      06

      Aug 2017

      Glazed Maine Blueberry Pie

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      One of my students recently told me he never eats cooked fruit and therefore has no interest in fruit pies. I tried to persuade him that my blueberry pie did not really include cooked berries. The buttery crust is cooked separately and then filled with fresh low bush and high bush blueberries that are covered in a warm purple glaze. Other people in my cooking class devoured the pie, and raved about the concentrated blueberry flavor. Still, I could not convince my funny phobic friend to take even one bite.

      Making an all butter crust, particularly in the summer can be challenging. If you are doing this in air conditioning and you work quickly with cool hands, and very cold ingredients, you should be successful. Blueberries go best with an all butter crust. The flavor is also heightened by lemon, which is why there’s some lemon juice in the glaze and lemon rind in the crust.

      When you can find them and they are really ripe and fresh, wild  blueberries are intense and sweet and  preferable to big, blander cultivated  berries. I once went blueberry picking in the hot sun and I can testify that bending down and raking wild blueberries is backbreaking work. No wonder people prefer to stand straight up and pluck high bush berries. I recently found both at the farmer’s market and the wild ones had been in the refrigerator truck for quite a while and were starting to wrinkle up. So I say, get the best berries available.

      Do plan to blind bake the crust and let it cool. Then pour the glazed blueberries into the golden buttery piecrust and refrigerate the pie overnight so that the berries have time to set up. Take the pie out of the fridge about 30 minutes before you plan to serve it.

      If you want to learn how to make a delicious pie crust, join us for our upcoming Thanksgiving Sweet & Savory pies class.

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      Glazed Maine Blueberry Pie
      Serves 6
      This buttery pie is bursting with fresh Maine high bush and low bush blueberries.
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      Prep Time
      20 min
      Cook Time
      10 min
      Total Time
      30 min
      Prep Time
      20 min
      Cook Time
      10 min
      Total Time
      30 min
      Ingredients
      1. 1 pint Maine freshly washed high bush blueberries
      2. 1 1/2 pints freshly washed Maine low bush blueberries
      3. 3/4 cup water
      4. 3/4 cup sugar
      5. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
      6. 1 teaspoon lemon juice
      7. 1 tablespoon butter
      8. 2 tablespoons cornstarch
      9. 2 tablespoons of water
      10. 1 9-inch prebaked all butter crust (preferably in a glass pie plate or pie tin)
      Instructions
      1. Bring sugar, salt, one cup low bush blueberries and 3/4 cup water to boil, then let simmer for 4-5 minutes.
      2. Make a slurry with cornstarch and water and pour slurry into simmering berry mixture. Stir constantly till mixture thickens, about 3 minutes.
      3. Remove glaze from heat and add lemon juice and butter. Continue stirring until butter is completely incorporated. Set aside.
      4. Fill one bowl with high bush blueberries and another bowl with low bush blueberries. Put a strainer over both bowls.
      5. Pour half of hot glaze over strainer in bowl of high bush blueberries.
      6. Pour the other half of hot glaze over strainer in bowl of low bush blueberries.
      7. Gently mix the blueberries in both bowls so that all berries are glazed.
      8. Fill crust first with glazed high bush berries and then top with glazed low bush berries.
      9. Allow to set in refrigerator, preferably overnight. Serve with whipped cream.
      Notes
      1. I like a combination of high bush and low bush blueberries for this pie since both berries offer different flavor profiles. I do like to place them in a particular order: big high bush blueberries go into the pie first. Then I top that layer with the wild low bush berries since they are so pretty and fill up all the crevices. Make sure you allow the pie to sit in the refrigerator. Ideally, this pie should be made the night before you plan to eat it.
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