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Deep and reflective conversations at the kitchen table.

 

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“Mom, is daddy going to be a pirate now?”

“Hmmmm… I don’t think so… Why?”

“Well, he doesn’t have his teeth anymore.”

Aha! daddy had a wisdom teeth removal surgery a couple weeks ago. Trying hard not to laugh, “No, honey.  Those were special teeth – only VERY smart people get them.”

“I am very smart!”

“Yes, you are… Correction: very smart and OLD people get them!”

“Oh… Did daddy have teeth when he was a baby?”

“Hmm… No…”

“WAS HE A BABY PIRATE?!!!!!”

 

This is a recipe for becoming a pirate, because I’m sure it’s not so good for your teeth. For the crust I used half of the flaky pie dough recipe. Enjoy!

 

 

Almond Peach Galette

From While Chasing Kids | Desserts | American

Almonds and peaches are meant to be together. The combination of flavors is irresistible. Don’t like a soggy crust? Here is my little secret: coat the crust with a thin layer of almond paste. Yum!

cal Calories 121kcal

fat Total Fat 4g

sat-fat Free Saturated Fat 0g

chol Cholesterol 19mg

Low sodium Sodium 8mg

carbs Total Carbohydrate 21g

Serving size 73g Calories from fat 33kcal Fiber 1g Protein 2g Sugar 17g
10 servings

Ingredients

  • Filling
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tbs unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 large peaches peeled, halved, pitted, and cut into ¼ to 1/2inch-thick wedges
  • 3.5 oz almond paste
  • 1 tbs sliced almonds
  • Egg wash
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp water
  • A pinch of raw sugar for sprinkling

Directions

  1. Prepare the dough as directed in the Flaky Pie Dough recipe up to step 5.
  2. Position a pizza stone on the middle rack of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a pizza peel with a sheet of parchment paper and lightly sprinkle it with flour.
  3. Mix sugar, flour and cinnamon together. Sprinkle the mixture over the peach wedges. Toss the peaches gently to evenly coat. Set aside.
  4. Make egg wash: beat up the egg with water.
  5. Position almond paste between two sheets of plastic wrap. Using a rolling pin, roll the paste into a thin disk.
  6. Lightly flour the work surface and roll the refrigerated dough into a 1/8-inch-thick disk. Transfer the disk to the floured parchment paper.
  7. Carefully peel off the plastic wrap of the rolled almond paste. Place the disk in the center of the dough.
  8. Line the peaches on the galette, leaving a 1 inch rim. Fold the edges. Brush the edges with egg wash and sprinkle with raw sugar. Sprinkle almonds over the peaches.
  9. Carefully slide the galette with the parchment paper on a pizza stone and bake for 50-60 minutes. Let cool completely before serving.

Tips

  • Rolling the dough and assembling the galette should be done as fast as possible. You want to keep the dough cool for flakier crust.

 

P.S. Husband, you are not old!!! I know you were carded at the grocery store last week!

P.P.S. If you are wondering what lack of teeth has to do with pirates, and if you happened to have a 2-5 year old running around – “How I became a pirate” by Melinda Long has the answer!

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This report has been brought to you from a special place where we had no internet, only 2 and a half TV channels, intermediate phone service, and issues with water pressure… Yet, the 3 weeks we spent there are beating all the awesomeness charts!  In June I gulped a can of courage pills, loaded my 4 and 2 year-olds on an airplane, waved bye bye to the husband, and took the kids on a 30-something hour trip to my homeland!

So, here are some shots and recipes from our visit to Russia, where my children were running in my grandmother’s garden, in the house where my mother was born, where I spent so many happy days, and where you don’t need special photo props to give recipes a hint of old country.

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My son met my babushka, godmother, and two aunts. All these ladies were introduced to him as babas. One evening I asked him, “Who do you love?”

“Mommy, daddy, Pea, baba… [silence] … baba …. Baba…. Baba… baba…. Baba…. “

 

 

 

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“My life is a perfect graveyard of buried hopes,” I thought today, looking at the scale.  The quote, of course, is from my favorite “Anne Of Green Gables”.  The feelings are genuinely mine. I am certain, my love for desserts and baking has absolutely nothing to do with them…

So, today, purely to prove I’m not in denial, we are trying something new, and hope you will jump on board! I suggest we make a parade of skinny desserts.  If you want to participate – the rules are very simple:

  • Make a dessert under 200 calories per serving;
  • Post the recipe and photos in your blog with a link to this entry;
  • Leave a comment here, letting me know you are in.

Next week on Thursday, I will show off your photos with respective links in one blog post.

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And for now, I hope you enjoy my skinny creation.

Cinnamon-Fudge-Walnut Brownies

From While Chasing Kids | Desserts | American

This fudge reminds me of Mexican hot chocolate because of its cinnamon flavor; and the nuts and melted chocolate chunks make it irresistible

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cal Calories 170kcal

fat Total Fat 8g

sat fat Saturated Fat 4g

chol Cholesterol 26mg

sodium Sodium 76mg

carbs Total Carbohydrate 25g

Serving size 46g Calories from fat 72kcal Fiber 2g Protein 3g Sugar 18g
20 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup fat-free milk
  • 5 tbs butter, melted
  • 1 tbs cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350⁰F (175⁰C). Coat a 9-inch square metal baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Place flour, sugars, cocoa, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Spread walnuts over ungreased rimmed baking sheet and roast them in the preheated oven for about 7 minutes.
  4. Place milk and ½ cup of chocolate in a small sauce pan. Cook on low heat, stirring until the chocolate melts (about 3 minutes). Set aside. Lightly beat the eggs. Stir in eggs and melted butter with the milk mixture. Pour the milk mixture to the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir to incorporate. Mix in the remaining ¼ cup of chocolate chunks and walnuts.
  5. Bake at 350⁰F (175⁰C) for about 27 minutes or until a wooden toothpick, inserted in the center, comes out with moist crumbs attached to it. Cool on in a pan on a wire rack.

 

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Why did this Russian mom, whose only thoughts about baseball are that the outfits could be a bit sexier and that Tim Lincecum is kind of cute…, why did this mom goto watch the World Series? Well, because her lovely neighbor Amie was bringing an apple pie.  Amie’s pie is to die for, and it has an ability to make any game a hundred times more exciting! Since I first tried one of her masterpieces, I was hooked!

My friend Kusum just brought beautiful red gold sea salt from Hawaii , and the idea of this slightly salted dessert was born.  Well, it wasn’t all that original – just google “salted apple pie” but I’m still very proud of the outcome!

So, our family drove to an apple orchard, picked some apples, and made this.

/Adopted from Martha Stewart Living and Cooking Channel

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SALTED APPLE PIE

INGREDIENTS:

CRUST

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, chilled and cut into pea-size pieces
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup ice water

FILLING

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup fresh heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt flakes
  • juice from 4 lemons
  • 6 medium to large sour apples
  • 1/3 cup raw sugar (castor, unrefined, large granule sugar)
  • 2 tbs flour
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

TOPPING

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • raw sugar to sprinkle
  • sea salt flakes to sprinkle

DIRECTIONS:

Make the crust. Place 3/4 of the butter in the freezer for about 30 min, and keep the rest in the fridge. In a food processor combine flour, salt, and sugar. Add refrigerated butter, pulse about 10 times.  Add frozen butter, pulse again till the mixture resembles coarse meal, with some blueberry-size crumbs.

Add ice water, and immediately pulse until water is incorporated, about 10 more times. lay out 2 pieces of plastic wrap, separate the dough in halves, and place each half on the plastic wraps.  Bring the edges of wraps together to gather dough.  Press into disks. Roll each disk (still in plastic) into 1/2-inch thick rounds. Refrigerate for at least 45 min.

Make the filling. In a medium sauce pan mix sugar and water and heat until the sugar is dissolved.  Add butter and bring to a slow boil.  Continue cooking until the mixture turns golden brown.  Remove it from heat immediately and add cream, whisk the final mixture on low heat , sprinkle the sea salt, and let cool while preparing the apples.

Core, peel and cut apples using a mandoline.  Sprinkle with juice, sugar, and spices, and toss well. Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C.

Assemble the pie. Roll each piece of the dough into a disk that can fit a 9-inch pie-pan.  Line the pan with the first disk.  Lay 1/3 of the apple mixture on the bottom and pour a layer of 1/3 of prepared caramel.  Repeat the layering two more times.

Cover the pie with the second disk, cutting it through for the air to escape any way you like, or cut the second disk into strips and make a lattice top like mine, pinch the edges together.

Brush with the beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar and salt flakes.

Bake. Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes at 375°F/190°C.  Reduce the heat to 350°F/175°C and bake for another 45 minutes.

Serve warm or cold with ice cream.

 

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Ah, vacation… We had the best time ever hanging out with the family, riding bikes, enjoying the mountains.  However, I found myself missing the kitchen.  In fact I started having a serious baking withdrawal… Naturally, since we got back, I made 5 sourdough loafs of bread, 2 chocolate cakes, chocolate chip cookies, pitas, and naan… all in less than a week.

The old chocolate cake has been such a huge success, I decided to try a Russian version found in the winter’s Fine Cooking issue.  The potato adds a bit of moisture and keeps the dough fresh for up to 4 days!    Enjoy!

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SWEET RUSSIAN CHOCOLATE BRAID

INGREDIENTS:

Dough

  • 1 ½ cups plus 3 tbs unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 3 tbs water
  • 1 very small potato, peeled, boiled until tender, and forced through a sieve (to yield ¼ cup)
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla powder
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 3 tbs sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 tbs cold unsalted butter

Filling

  • 1 cup Pastry Cream (recipe below)
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 large egg, beaten

DIRECTIONS:

Make the dough. In a small bowl, mix 3 tbs of flour and yeast and water.  Let sit for about 10 minutes till foamy.  In a stand mixer combine the remaining ingredients, add the yeast mixture and mix until the dough is smooth for about 8 minutes.  It will be very sticky.  Dump the dough on a floured surface and knead with your hands for a couple minutes adding a little bit of flour to make it firmer. Transfer the dough in a large container, seal with plastic wrap, and rise for about 3 hours.

Make ahead.  Instead of letting the dough rise, you can place it in a plastic bag and refrigerate for up to 4 days.  Pull it out of the fridge and let it stand for 3-4 hours in room temperature before proceeding to the next step.

Make pastry cream (see recipe below) right after the you mix the dough to give it enough time for cooling down.

Shape the braid. Line a heavy baking sheet with parchment.  Roll the dough on a floured surface into a rectangle about 13×16 inches and about 1/8 inch thick.  Apply the chilled pastry cream over the dough and sprinkle with chocolate chips.  Roll it into a 16-inch cylinder.  Transfer to the baking sheet.  Cut the cylinder in half lengthwise and arrange both halves parallel to one another with a cut side facing up.  Wrap them around each other starting in the middle, pinching the edges of the braid together. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for another 35-45 minutes.

Bake. Preheat the oven to 350⁰F/175⁰C.  Position the rack in the center of the oven. Brush the beaten egg over the braid. Bake until golden brown for about 40 minutes.  Let cool on a rack for 1 hour before slicing.

As you see on the picture below, we couldn’t wait, so the chocolate is still melting under the knife!Yummm!

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PASTRY CREAM

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla powder
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 tbs all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 large egg yolks

DIRECTIONS:

Whisk vanilla, sugar, flour, salt, and egg yolks. Warm up milk just until a skin forms.  Add milk to the mixture in a thin stream, whisking constantly.  Transfer back to heat and cook until the mixture is thick and glue (for about 5 minutes) constantly steering it with a wooden spoon.  Place a plastic wrap on top of the cream and refrigerate until ready to use.

 

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I don’t know about you, but my family managed to OD on cherries this year.  At least I thought so a week ago…  or an hour ago… before I opened the fridge and found these scarlet beauties looking at me from the shelf… Nah, it’s simply impossible to have too many of them! 

 

Recipe adopted from Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook

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CHERRY COBBLER

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 6 cups pitted cherries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbs cornstarch
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400°F/205°C.

Make topping. In a medium bowl stir together flour, 2 tbs sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture looks like coarse crumbles.  Set aside.

Make filling. In a saucepan combine cherries, 1/2 cup sugar, and cornstarch.  Cook over medium heat until cherries release juices, stirring occasionally.  The mixture is ready when it thickens and is bubbly.  Keep it hot.

Assemble cobbler. whisk together egg and milk.  Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened.  Pour cherry filling into a 2 quart square baking dish.  Immediately drop topping with a spoon into six mounds on top of filling.

Bake  for 20-25 minutes or until topping is golden brown.  Let cool in pan for about 1 hour before serving.

(I bought a cherry pitter this summer, and I am absolutely in love with it.  Hence so many cherry recipes.)

 

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