Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Sausage Jalapeño Cheese Kolaches #BreadBakers

These sausage jalapeño cheese kolaches are best made with quality beef franks, sliced fresh jalapeños and sharp cheese. They are the perfect filling for the soft, slightly sweet dough that surrounds them.

Food Lust People Love: These sausage jalapeño cheese kolaches are best made with quality beef franks, sliced fresh jalapeños and sharp cheese. They are the perfect filling for the soft, slightly sweet dough that surrounds them. This dough is a bit different from the one I made to fill with sweet apricots. It’s a little less enriched – no sour cream, for one – with a little less sugar per kolache. I adapted this recipe from one on The Brewer and the Baker.


Kolaches, as you might remember from my Bread Bakers post three and a half years ago, are breakfast treats that can be either savory or sweet. If you’d like to know more about how such a traditional Czechoslovakia baked good made its way to Texas, check out my apricot kolaches recipe.

I also mention in that post that my personal favorite kolac (<that’s the singular) is one filled with sausage, jalapeños and cheese. This month, at my instigation, my fellow Bread Bakers and I are sharing breakfast breads that are made the night before, so you can have freshly baked breakfast in the morning. True confessions: This theme was completely driven by my desire to make my favorite savory kolaches, since they rise overnight in the refrigerator.

Sausage Jalapeño Cheese Kolaches

This dough is a bit different from the one I made to fill with sweet apricots. It’s a little less enriched – no sour cream, for one – with a little less sugar per kolache. I adapted this recipe from one on The Brewer and the Baker.

Ingredients – to make 10 kolaches
For the dough:
1 package (2 1/4 tsp) active dry yeast
2 tablespoons warm water
1/2 cup or 120ml milk
2 tablespoons butter
1 large egg
1/4 cup or 50g sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
 3 1/8 cups or 400g bread flour

For the filling:
1/2 cup or about 40g finely grated cheese
2-3 fresh jalapeños
5 good quality bun-length beef franks

For brushing the kolaches before baking:
2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled

Method
Sprinkle the yeast over warm water in the bowl of your stand mixer along with 1 teaspoon of the sugar and 1 tablespoon of the flour. Let prove for 5 minutes. It should start to foam up and get bubbly. If it doesn’t, start over with new yeast.



Meanwhile, warm the milk and butter until the butter just melts. Set aside.

Turn the mixer to low and add the milk and butter mixture, egg, sugar, and salt. Beat until they are mixed thoroughly.

Add the flour gradually until you have a soft but kneadable dough.

Knead for 5 minutes by machine or 8-10 minutes by hand, until the dough isn’t quite as sticky as when you started. Add additional flour as necessary, but try not to over do it.  We want a soft dough. You may not use all the flour.


Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for about an hour in a warm place, or until the dough has doubled in size.

Cut the beef franks in two equal pieces. Slice the jalapeños into thin rounds.



When the dough has doubled, punch it down and divide it into 10 equal pieces and tuck them into balls. Mine were about 70+g each.



Using your clean hands, press each ball out into a rectangle. Add some grated cheese and a few jalapeño slices to the middle of each one. Place the half frank on top then use a spatula or dough scraper to fold each long side in.



Crimp and tuck to close the ends. Place the kolache in your lined pan, seam side down. Continue until all the kolaches are filled and formed.




Cover them with cling film and pop them in the refrigerator overnight.

In the morning, remove them from the refrigerator and then set your oven to preheat to 375°F or 190°C. Fill your kitchen sink about an inch deep with warm water and set the pan in it, being careful not to get any water in the pan.



When the oven has preheated, brush the kolaches with the melted butter and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the kolaches are golden brown.



Let the kolaches cool for 15-20 minutes then pull apart gently to serve. I love mine with some yellow mustard but you can eat them plain as well, as my husband did. To each his own.

Food Lust People Love: These sausage jalapeño cheese kolaches are best made with quality beef franks, sliced fresh jalapeños and sharp cheese. They are the perfect filling for the soft, slightly sweet dough that surrounds them. This dough is a bit different from the one I made to fill with sweet apricots. It’s a little less enriched – no sour cream, for one – with a little less sugar per kolache. I adapted this recipe from one on The Brewer and the Baker.


Enjoy!

Check out all the other overnight breakfast breads my fellow Bread Bakers are sharing today!
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Food Lust People Love: These sausage jalapeño cheese kolaches are best made with quality beef franks, sliced fresh jalapeños and sharp cheese. They are the perfect filling for the soft, slightly sweet dough that surrounds them. This dough is a bit different from the one I made to fill with sweet apricots. It’s a little less enriched – no sour cream, for one – with a little less sugar per kolache. I adapted this recipe from one on The Brewer and the Baker.
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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Sweet Buttermilk Pie #BakingBloggers

Sweet buttermilk pie is a traditional southern dessert with a creamy tart filling, topped with a generous helping of snowy white whipped cream. Add a little fruit too, if you like.

Food Lust People Love: Sweet buttermilk pie is a traditional southern dessert with a creamy tart filling, topped with a generous helping of snowy white whipped cream. Add a little fruit too, if you like.


This month my fellow Baking Bloggers are sharing recipes that remind us of snow, you know, the bright white kind that everyone loves until it turns wet and mushy and grey. I almost didn’t participate because I’ve been so busy, but then I remembered this wonderful sweet buttermilk pie, just hanging around in my folders, waiting for a chance to be shared.

You could, of course, serve the pie without whipped cream but why? Everything is better with whipped cream on top!

Sweet Buttermilk Pie

This is one of my mother’s favorite desserts. It’s not just a southern tradition but a southern favorite as well. Best of all it’s easy to make. Mix all the ingredients in one bowl and pour it into your pie crust to bake. I made my own pie crust from this recipe (stop before baking blind) but if you have to use a store-bought one this time of year, no worries.

Ingredients
1 unbaked 10-inch basic piecrust shell
1/2 cup or 113g unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups or 300g granulated sugar
3 large eggs
3 rounded tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cups or 355ml buttermilk

To serve:
Whipped cream
Fresh fruit like raspberries, blueberries or even sliced peaches

Method
Preheat the oven to 350°F or 180°C.

 In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar and butter and beat until fluffy. Add the eggs in one at a time, beating well in between. Beat in flour, lemon zest and vanilla. Stir in the buttermilk with the beaters on very low.

Pour the buttermilk mixture into the unbaked pie shell. Grate on a little nutmeg or sprinkle on powdered nutmeg very lightly.



 Bake until the top is lightly browned and the center is just starting to set , about 40-45 minutes. It should be just the slightest bit jiggly. Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature. The filling with set completely as it cools.

Food Lust People Love: Sweet buttermilk pie is a traditional southern dessert with a creamy tart filling, topped with a generous helping of snowy white whipped cream. Add a little fruit too, if you like.


Slice the pie into individual servings. Garnish with a small mountain of whipped cream on each piece and a few berries for a pop of color.

Food Lust People Love: Sweet buttermilk pie is a traditional southern dessert with a creamy tart filling, topped with a generous helping of snowy white whipped cream. Add a little fruit too, if you like.

Enjoy!

Food Lust People Love: Sweet buttermilk pie is a traditional southern dessert with a creamy tart filling, topped with a generous helping of snowy white whipped cream. Add a little fruit too, if you like.


Many thanks to this month’s host, Sue of Palatable Pastime and her group co-organizer, Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm. Between them they keep this group ticking along smoothly and I am grateful. Check out all the other snow-white recipes my Baking Blogger friends are sharing today:

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Food Lust People Love: Sweet buttermilk pie is a traditional southern dessert with a creamy tart filling, topped with a generous helping of snowy white whipped cream. Add a little fruit too, if you like.


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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Pecan Streusel Maple Coffee Cake #FoodieExtravaganza

Crunchy streusel sweetened with brown sugar and maple syrup bakes inside and on top this maple coffee cake. It’s finished with a sweet maple syrup glaze for a perfect seasonal treat.

Food Lust People Love: Crunchy streusel sweetened with brown sugar and maple syrup bakes inside and on top this maple coffee cake. It’s finished with a sweet maple syrup glaze for a perfect seasonal treat.


I’m learning all sorts of things this week, up in Baltimore. First, in these parts, a horse drawn cart that sells fruit and vegetables is called an Araber. I haven’t seen it yet but there is apparently one still active in the neighborhood where my daughter and son-in-law live. Unrelated to my current location, I also found out that maple syrup is not just produced in the northern United States and Canada. While looking for a cocktail recipe using maple syrup and Kentucky rye, I came across Kentucky maple syrup. Who knew?

Last but not least, I learned that when a hand mixer dies, if you open it up to see if there is a replaceable fuse, you will never, ever get it back together again. Also, sadly, there is no replaceable fuse.

Fortunately for me, I didn’t need a mixer for my version of this pecan streusel maple coffee cake.

Pecan Streusel Maple Coffee Cake

This recipe is adapted from one on Maple Syrup World. Theirs was adapted from a recipe on One Perfect Bite, which was itself, in turn, adapted from a Martha Stewart Living recipe. Both of them are made in the traditional way of cake, creaming the butter and sugar then adding the other ingredients. Trust me when I say that my way is much easier and just as delicious.

Ingredients
For the streusel:
1 cup or 125g all-purpose flour
1/3 cup, firmly packed, or 65g light brown sugar
1 /4 cup or 60ml pure maple syrup
3 tablespoons or 42g unsalted butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup or 65g chopped, toasted pecans

For the cake batter:
2 cups or 250g all-purpose flour
2/3 cup, firmly packed, or 66g light brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 large eggs
3/4 cup or 185g sour cream
1/2 cup or 113g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/4 cup or 60ml pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the glaze:
1 tablespoon or 14g unsalted butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 cup or 62g confectioners' sugar

Method
To make the streusel: In a food processor blend flour, brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, cinnamon, and salt until the mixture is crumbly. Stir in the chopped pecans and set aside.



To make the coffee cake: Preheat the oven to 350°F or 180°C. Butter a 9-inch pan and line the bottom and up the sides with a circle of parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. In another smaller bowl, whisk the eggs, melted butter, sour cream, maple syrup and vanilla.



All at once, pour the wet ingredients into the dry, then fold them together to create a very thick batter.



Spoon half of the batter into your prepared pan and spread it evenly.

Sprinkle the top with half of the streusel topping. Spoon the balance of the batter on top. This is really thick so I suggest putting spoonsful of batter all of the cake.

Spread the batter out to cover the streusel then sprinkle the rest of the streusel on top.



Bake in your preheated oven for about 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick or raw noodle comes out clean. Place the pan on a wire rack for about 10-15 minutes, then invert it on a plate to remove the pan. Invert it once more onto the wire rack and leave it there till the coffee cake has cooled completely.

Food Lust People Love: Crunchy streusel sweetened with brown sugar and maple syrup bakes inside and on top this maple coffee cake. It’s finished with a sweet maple syrup glaze for a perfect seasonal treat.


When the cake is cool, slide it onto a serving plate. Measure the maple syrup and butter for the glaze into a microwave proof vessel or a small pot and heat till the butter is melted. Whisk in the powdered sugar and drizzle the glaze over the top of the cooled cake.

Food Lust People Love: Crunchy streusel sweetened with brown sugar and maple syrup bakes inside and on top this maple coffee cake. It’s finished with a sweet maple syrup glaze for a perfect seasonal treat.



Enjoy!

Food Lust People Love: Crunchy streusel sweetened with brown sugar and maple syrup bakes inside and on top this maple coffee cake. It’s finished with a sweet maple syrup glaze for a perfect seasonal treat.


This month my Foodie Extravaganza friends are sharing recipes using maple syrup in honor of National Maple Syrup Day on the 17th of December. Many thanks to our host, Juli of Pandemonium Noshery. Check out all the great maple syrup recipes below.
Foodie Extravaganza is where we celebrate obscure food holidays by cooking and baking together with the same ingredient or theme each month.

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Food Lust People Love: Crunchy streusel sweetened with brown sugar and maple syrup bakes inside and on top this maple coffee cake. It’s finished with a sweet maple syrup glaze for a perfect seasonal treat.
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