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- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1.5 cups milk
- 1/3 cup butter, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla
Boot up waffle iron. Mix dry ingredients. Melt the butter, then add milk, eggs and vanilla; mix with dry ingredients. Cook.
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1oz (30g) butter
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup water
Preheat oven to 475ºF. Mix dry ingredients. Rub in the butter with the fingertips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs; do not over-handle. Pour in the milk and water and mix lightly and quickly to form the dough. Turn it out onto a floured surface, knead lightly and pat to a 2cm thickness. Cut into cylinders with a floured champagne flute. Put the cylinders on a lightly greased cookie sheet, packed in close, and brush with a bit of milk. Bake about 10 minutes, or until done. While baking, whip some cream and find the jam.
- 1.5 cups flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 4 tbsp powdered sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/3 cup milk
- 2/3 cup water
- a dash of vanilla or a grating of lemon rind
Mix dry ingredients. Separately mix wet ingredients; add to well in dry ingredients and combine, being careful not to overmix but avoiding clumps. Make crepes, preparing crepe pan with butter.
While they’re making, whip some cream, wash berries, and squeeze lemons. Powdered sugar optional.
Original post. Note, this requires a special popover baking form.
- 8 eggs
- 1 quart bread flour
- 1 quart milk
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup oil
- ½ tbsp salt
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Mix all ingredients with a whisk for about 2 minutes (I use the kitchen mixer). If time allows, allow to warm to room temperature before baking. Brush the cups of the popover form with butter, and fill each cup to the rim with batter. Bake 40-50 minutes or until browned. Don’t remove prematurely or they’ll fall.
chocolate lava cake
- 1 2/3 cups sugar
- 2/3 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 18 tbsp cacao
- 10.5 oz butter, melted
- 4 eggs
- vanilla to taste
Preheat oven to 400ºF. Mix dry ingredients. Pour in the melted butter and eggs. Fill in bake form that has been buttered and coated with finely ground polenta (should be <1″ thick). Put into oven. Bake only until center is still glistening; should remain a bit liquid on the inside. Serve with barely sweetened whipped cream and fresh berries.
polenta con scampi (aka shrimp & grits)
- peeled shrimp
- peeled san marzano tomatoes
- smoked paprika
- white wine
- parsley, lots
- olive oil
Slice shallots thinly and cook very slowly in butter until browned and starting to crisp. Cook discs of chorizo separately and pour the fat into the shallots. (Fried chorizo can be served with prime or added to the dish at the end.) Put in shrimp, coat thoroughly with smoked paprika, and cook, turning once to turn them white. Take out shrimp. Deglaze with white wine. Add tomatoes, mash. Cook slowly and reduce. In a pot, make polenta. Chop up parsley and green onion. Put green onion into sauce. When polenta is done and sauce is reduced, put shrimp in. Pour polenta onto serving dish; make a well in the center. Put the shrimp with sauce in the well, and cover with parsley. Serve.
- 4 chickens, 2½ pounds each, quartered
- 1 head of garlic, peeled and finely pureed
- ¼ cup dried oregano
- coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
- ½ cup red wine vinegar
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 cup pitted prunes
- ½ cup pitted Spanish green olives
- ½ cup capers or caperberries with a bit of juice
- 6 bay leaves
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup white wine
- ¼ cup chopped Italian parsley
In a large bowl combine garlic, oregano, salt and pepper, vinegar, olive oil, prunes, olives, capers with caper juice, and bay leaves. Add the chicken pieces and coat completely with the marinade. Cover and let marinate, refrigerated, several hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Arrange chicken in a single layer in one or two large, shallow baking pans and spoon marinade over it evenly. Sprinkle chicken pieces with brown sugar and pour white wine around them.
Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, basting frequently with the sauce. Chicken is done when thigh pieces, pricked with a fork at their thickest point, yield clear yellow juice (not pink).
With a slotted spoon, transfer chicken, prunes, olives, and capers to a serving platter. Add sauce and sprinkle with parsley.
- An onion.
Fry in olive oil. Add:
- Cumin seed
- Coriander seed
- Several sprigs of thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- Fennel seed
- Several cloves garlic (pressed or finely chopped)
- Sea salt to taste
When onions are golden add:
- 1 can of San Marzano DOP tomatoes (can be chopped beforehand, and can substitute fresh Roma tomatoes if sufficiently good ones are available)
Cook down for a good 20 minutes. Then add:
- Chicken broth or fish stock till the base is as thick or thin as you like.
- When that’s cooked about 20 minutes, add assorted seafood. Typically:
- Salmon, in chunks cut from a steak is easiest
- Spot prawns
I use the prawn shells and heads to make the stock.
For extra joy, I also add sea scallops at the end, which I’ve seared in butter and flamed with Pernod.
This should be served with a crusty bread.
Take bulbs of fresh fennel and wrap them tightly in tinfoil with no leaks. Roast them in the oven at 375°F for a good while. Open them carefully over a bowl, as you want to save any liquor that may escape. The bulb should be soft and juicy all the way through.
Cut each bulb in half lengthwise and put into a ramekin, cut side down (or use a baking dish). Don’t leave too much surrounding space. Mix any juice with lots of heavy cream and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano; pour over the fennel. Put these ramekins or baking dish back into the oven at 400-450°F. When done, run them under the broiler if needed to lightly char the upper surface.
- bay scallops
- butter and olive oil
- arborio or vialone nano risotto rice
- white wine
- parmigiano reggiano
Peel and devein shrimp, keeping the peelings in a small pot. Just cover the peelings with water, and put on gentle boil to make a simple stock.
Grate the peel off the lemons, making a bed from the peels in a bowl. Juice the lemons, and set the juice aside. In a heavy risotto-friendly pot, sauté the shrimp in butter and olive oil. When just done, pick them out and put them in the lemon peel bowl.
Drain the scallop juice into the stock, and sear the scallops, using a bit more butter as necessary. The point of using small bay scallops here is to maximize the caramelizable surface area without needing to cut them open, which I’ve found can dry them out. Toss the caramelized scallops into the bowl with the shrimp, and pour the lemon juice over them, then olive oil on top to protect. Mix in plenty of chopped parsley. This oil won’t be cooked, be sure to use your good stuff.
Chop up the shallots finely and fry in the risotto pot, again adding butter as needed. Here I violated a rule and added crushed garlic as well (the rule being to avoid the use of onion/shallot and garlic in the same dish). When transparent, add a couple of anchovies, and continue to turn over until this flavor base is light gold. Add the risotto rice and stir, searing it. When ready, pour in white wine, stirring with emphasis. Pour yourself a glass too. When it has bubbled away and turned creamy, begin the usual lengthy process of slowly adding stock and stirring, making sure the risotto doesn’t stick and keeps the right consistency. Keep adding water as needed to the stock pot. At this point you’re talking with your friends while stirring, and you’re on your second glass.
When the risotto is done, swirl in the lemon/oil/shrimp/scallop mixture. There should be enough fresh olive oil in there to make it unnecessary to do the usual trick of dropping a bunch of butter in at the end (“mantecare il risotto”). Although traditionally one doesn’t use Parmigiano with seafood risotti, I thought adding a bit at this stage didn’t hurt at all. Another rule broken. I found comfort in this wonderful cookbook from the south of Italy, in which Wanda Tornabene confesses to also breaking this rule on occasion.
For general advice on making risotto, consult Marcella Hazan’s bible on classic Italian cooking.
- an onion
- if very good fresh sauce-friendly tomatoes are available, use these; otherwise, tinned San Marzano tomatoes only DOP from the Sarnese-Nocerino area.
- a stick of butter
Cut the onion in half and combine it with the tomatoes and the stick of butter, preferably in a wide, shallow pan. Simmer slowly. Use a masher to macerate the tomatoes as you go, and if there are skins, remove them.
When the sauce is done, remove the onion, and serve with pasta.