Monday, November 25, 2019

Sausage Honey Cornbread Muffins #MuffinMonday

If you are a fan of sweet cornbread and spicy breakfast sausage, you are going to LOVE these sausage honey cornbread muffins. They are the perfect combination of sweet and salty.

Food Lust People Love: If you are a fan of sweet cornbread and spicy breakfast sausage, you are going to LOVE these sausage honey cornbread muffins. They are the perfect combination of sweet and salty. And since they are muffins, they are super easy to bake!


A few days ago I woke up in the middle of the night and I couldn’t go back to sleep because I couldn’t stop thinking about muffin recipes for Muffin Monday. Should they be sweet, maybe with fruit or something seasonal like pumpkin or sweet potatoes? Or completely savory, perhaps with sausage or cheese or both? I finally dozed off again when I hit on this unusual combination of honey cornbread with breakfast sausage. Sweet and savory dreams.

I was a little bit nervous because I had invited a few friends over for coffee on Saturday morning and if the muffins were terrible, we’d go hungry. I am pleased to tell you that everyone loved them! It was an experiment that paid off.

Sausage Honey Cornbread Muffins

The actual cornbread muffin batter ingredients are almost identical to some honey thyme muffins I made several years ago, except I dropped the thyme and reduced the amount of sugar. I wanted these sweet but not too sweet. I also substituted canola for the butter and buttermilk for the yogurt, because that’s what I had on hand. The breakfast sausage is the kind that comes in a chub, meant to be sliced into patties.

Ingredients
1 lb or 450g hot or regular breakfast sausage (for example, Jimmy Dean or Owens – I used the store brand sausage from H-E-B.)
1 cup or 180g fine cornmeal (white or yellow but yellow makes prettier muffins)
1 cup or 125ml all-purpose flour
1/4 cup or 50g sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup or 240ml buttermilk
2 large eggs
1/2 cup or 120ml canola or other light oil
1/4 cup or 60ml honey – plus more for drizzling, if you really have a sweet tooth

Method
Fry the breakfast sausage in a skillet, breaking it into crumbles as it browns. When it’s completely browned, remove the sausage with a slotted spoon and drain it of grease on some paper towels.



Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C and grease your 12-cup muffin pan or line it with paper liners.

Mix the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add in the drained sausage crumbles and stir so that they are coated with the flour/cornmeal mixture.



In a small bowl, whisk together your buttermilk, eggs, canola and honey. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.



Divide the batter evenly between your muffin cups.



Bake the muffins in your preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until they are a nice golden brown. Allow to cool briefly and then remove the muffins to a wire rack.

Food Lust People Love: If you are a fan of sweet cornbread and spicy breakfast sausage, you are going to LOVE these sausage honey cornbread muffins. They are the perfect combination of sweet and salty. And since they are muffins, they are super easy to bake!


These are delicious warm, plain or slathered with extra butter and/or honey. Enjoy!

Food Lust People Love: If you are a fan of sweet cornbread and spicy breakfast sausage, you are going to LOVE these sausage honey cornbread muffins. They are the perfect combination of sweet and salty. And since they are muffins, they are super easy to bake!




Check out all the other great muffins my Muffin Monday friends are sharing today!

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#MuffinMonday is a group of muffin loving bakers who get together once a month to bake muffins. You can see all of our lovely muffins by following our Pinterest board. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about Muffin Monday can be found on our home page.


Pin these Sausage Honey Cornbread Muffins!

Food Lust People Love: If you are a fan of sweet cornbread and spicy breakfast sausage, you are going to LOVE these sausage honey cornbread muffins. They are the perfect combination of sweet and salty. And since they are muffins, they are super easy to bake!
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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Speculoos Stuffed Brownie Bundt #BundtBakers

Fudgy brownie batter is baked with a filling of cookie butter for a delicious sweet treat I’ve named speculoos stuffed brownie Bundt. It is super more-ish and disappears in a jiffy.

Food Lust People Love: Fudgy brownie batter is baked with a filling of cookie butter for a delicious sweet treat I’ve named speculoos stuffed brownie Bundt. It is super more-ish and disappears in a jiffy. Speculoos is also known as biscoff spread or cookie butter. It used to be quite a challenge to find in normal grocery stories but I bought my jar in Walmart of all places.


Since my husband retired and we moved from Dubai, I’ve kept baking - because I love it - but I can no longer send my baked goods into his office. Or share with my wonderful taste tester Bible study ladies! I miss them a lot too. I've sent baked goods home with my mom but she can only eat so much.

We are having our almost 100-year-old front porch completely rebuilt so the last couple of days have been a bit noisy. On the other hand, I have a new home for treats I’m baking. I sent most of this stuffed brownie Bundt home with the construction guys the day I baked it, and then, because there was such swooning, they got the last two slices today.

There really is no substitute for appreciative eaters.

Speculoos Stuffed Brownie Bundt

Speculoos is also known as biscoff spread or cookie butter. It used to be quite a challenge to find in normal grocery stories but I bought my jar in Walmart of all places. That said, my porch worker bees had never heard of it so I showed them the jar. It's lovely!

Ingredients
For the brownie batter:
1/2 cup or 113g butter, plus extra for buttering the pan
3 1/2 oz or 100g unsweetened baking chocolate
1 2⁄3 cups, packed, or 332g light brown sugar
3⁄4 cup or 60g natural high fat cocoa
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1⁄3 cups or 166g all-purpose flour, plus extra for flouring the pan
1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
3⁄4 cup or 100g chopped pecans (or your favorite nut)

For the filling:
3/4 cup or 210g speculoos spread aka biscoff or cookie butter

For the glaze:
1/4 cup or 70g speculoos spread aka biscoff or cookie butter
2-3 teaspoons warm water

Method 
Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C and grease and flour a 10-cup Bundt pan. If your pan has a black interior surface, lower the temperature by 25°F or 4°C so it doesn’t brown more quickly than it bakes through. I’m not sure why but dark pans seem to cook quicker.

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Remove it from the heat and add the chopped chocolate. Let it stand for 30 seconds, then whisk together until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl.



Add in the brown sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla and espresso powder and whisk until smooth.

Whisk in the eggs one at a time.



Sift the flour along with the baking powder and salt into the bowl. Use a rubber spatula to fold it in, until all of the flour is almost combined.



Fold in the chopped pecans, which should take care of any visible flour. This is going to become a soft buttery dough.



Spoon half of the dough into your prepared Bundt pan. Press it down with a clean hand or spoon to form a channel in the middle.

Spoon the cookie butter filling in the batter channel.



Use your clean hands to make dough patties to cover the filling.



Tuck bits of dough all around to make sure the top layer is covered, even into the corners of your Bundt pan.

Bake your filled brownie Bundt for 30-35 minutes or until it is a little springy to the touch on top and baked through. The toothpick test is a challenge because of the filling.

Food Lust People Love: Fudgy brownie batter is baked with a filling of cookie butter for a delicious sweet treat I’ve named speculoos stuffed brownie Bundt. It is super more-ish and disappears in a jiffy. Speculoos is also known as biscoff spread or cookie butter. It used to be quite a challenge to find in normal grocery stories but I bought my jar in Walmart of all places.


If you aren’t sure, err on the side of a little under-baked. These are brownies, after all, and it’s best to leave them chewy. No one, I mean No One,  wants a dry brownie.

Cool the brownie Bundt almost completely in the pan before inverting onto serving plate. It's a good idea to loosen the edges with a toothpick before inverting.

Food Lust People Love: Fudgy brownie batter is baked with a filling of cookie butter for a delicious sweet treat I’ve named speculoos stuffed brownie Bundt. It is super more-ish and disappears in a jiffy. Speculoos is also known as biscoff spread or cookie butter. It used to be quite a challenge to find in normal grocery stories but I bought my jar in Walmart of all places.
For the glaze, whisk the speculoos with one teaspoon of warm water at a time until it gets thin enough to put in a piping bag. Use a Ziploc bag with corner cut off to pipe the glaze on to decorate the brownie Bundt.

Food Lust People Love: Fudgy brownie batter is baked with a filling of cookie butter for a delicious sweet treat I’ve named speculoos stuffed brownie Bundt. It is super more-ish and disappears in a jiffy. Speculoos is also known as biscoff spread or cookie butter. It used to be quite a challenge to find in normal grocery stories but I bought my jar in Walmart of all places.


Slice to serve.

Food Lust People Love: Fudgy brownie batter is baked with a filling of cookie butter for a delicious sweet treat I’ve named speculoos stuffed brownie Bundt. It is super more-ish and disappears in a jiffy. Speculoos is also known as biscoff spread or cookie butter. It used to be quite a challenge to find in normal grocery stories but I bought my jar in Walmart of all places.
I suggest you wait till it cools completely before serving. As you can see in my photos, the Bundt was still a bit warm so the cookie spread dripped out a little. Once completely cold, it was quite a solid filling.

Food Lust People Love: Fudgy brownie batter is baked with a filling of cookie butter for a delicious sweet treat I’ve named speculoos stuffed brownie Bundt. It is super more-ish and disappears in a jiffy. Speculoos is also known as biscoff spread or cookie butter. It used to be quite a challenge to find in normal grocery stories but I bought my jar in Walmart of all places.


Enjoy!

Many thanks to this month's Bundt Baker hosts, Catherine and Tammy of Living the Gourmet. Check out all the other lovely Bundts made with cookie butter:

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#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all of our lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest board. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about BundtBakers, can be found on our home page.

Pin this Speculoos Stuffed Brownie Bundt!

Food Lust People Love: Fudgy brownie batter is baked with a filling of cookie butter for a delicious sweet treat I’ve named speculoos stuffed brownie Bundt. It is super more-ish and disappears in a jiffy. Speculoos is also known as biscoff spread or cookie butter. It used to be quite a challenge to find in normal grocery stories but I bought my jar in Walmart of all places.
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Friday, November 15, 2019

Shrimp and Poached Egg Stew #FishFridayFoodies

This rich shrimp and poached egg stew is a traditional dish from southern Louisiana so, of course, it starts with a roux and the holy trinity of onion, bell pepper and celery. It is thick and delicious and, if seasoned with ample cayenne, as spicy as God intended it should be.

Food Lust People Love: This rich shrimp and poached egg stew is a traditional dish from southern Louisiana so, of course, it starts with a roux and the holy trinity of onion, bell pepper and celery. It is thick and delicious and, if seasoned with ample cayenne, as spicy as God intended it should be. You can, of course, leave the eggs out and you’ll still have a divine shrimp stew, but I encourage you to give it a try Papa Tom’s way. Eggs are relatively inexpensive and shrimp are not. They are a delicious way to add protein and stretch the budget.


When my mom was growing up, this was a dish that was on regular rotation on Fridays especially during Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter, when meat could not be eaten by the Roman Catholic faithful.

They didn’t call it shrimp and poached egg stew. In my grandmother’s house it was simply shrimp stew or Papa Tom’s stew, because it was a recipe her own father, my great-grandfather used to make. He was quite the cook apparently. I shared another family favorite of Papa Tom’s a few years ago, his chicken spaghetti, that also starts with a roux. It has the richest sauce and we love it!

For the very first time, a couple of days back, I searched the interwebs for shrimp and egg stew and I was surprised by how many recipes turned up. Most were from southern Louisiana, except a couple called North Carolina style shrimp stew in which eggs should be poached, certainly, but they also contained potatoes and were more of a clear broth, without a roux. Many of the Louisiana recipes were for shrimp stew with hard-boiled eggs. Interesting.

When I told my mother that other people made this dish, that it seemed to be a Cajun thing, she said, “Well, they must have known, Papa Tom.” This dish is one I also thought to be peculiar to our family. She also said that my grandmother would be proud by how mine turned out. Made my day.

Shrimp and Poached Egg Stew

You can, of course, leave the eggs out and you’ll still have a divine shrimp stew, but I encourage you to give it a try Papa Tom’s way. Eggs are relatively inexpensive and shrimp are not. They are a delicious way to add protein and stretch the budget.

Ingredients
1/2 cup or 120ml canola or other light oil
1 cup or 125g flour
1 large onion
1 green bell pepper
4-5 stalks celery
1/4 cup or 45g tomato paste
4 cups or ml shrimp or fish stock or water with stock cubes to create equivalent
Sea salt
Black pepper
Cayenne
Good handful of green onion tops
Good handful of flat-leaf parsley
1 1/2 lbs or 675g fresh or frozen shrimp, weight already peeled and cleaned
6-8 fresh eggs

To serve:
Cooked white rice

Method
Peel and finely chop your onions, bell pepper and celery.



Put your oil and flour into a heavy bottomed pot and mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon or other heat-resistant stirring implement, like a silicone spatula. Once all the flour lumps have been dissolved, turn the fire on medium and cook, stirring frequently at first and then constantly as the roux begins to dark.



Cook and stir until your roux is about the color of an old copper penny.  (For sequential photos of the roux as it darkens, follow this link.)

Add in the chopped vegetables in all at once and stir well to mix.  The mixture will be quite stiff.



Cook the vegetables for about five minutes, stirring all the time, and then add in the tomato paste.



Stir to incorporate the tomato paste and then add in the fish stock or water and stock cubes.  Stir or whisk to combine.



Bring to the boil and then simmer, covered, for at least one hour or until you are about 20 minutes from serving your stew. Check the level periodically, and add more water if it is getting too thick for stew.

Meanwhile season your shrimp with salt, black pepper and cayenne.

When you are about 20 minutes from serving, turn up the heat on your stew until it is gently boiling again and add the shrimp to the pot.  Turn the heat down again and stir ever so gently. Check the seasoning and add salt and cayenne as needed.



Stir in the green onion tops, reserving just a little for the finished stew.



Turn the heat off so the stew stops bubbling. Crack each egg into a small bowl or cup then gently slip each into the stew.

Food Lust People Love: This rich shrimp and poached egg stew is a traditional dish from southern Louisiana so, of course, it starts with a roux and the holy trinity of onion, bell pepper and celery. It is thick and delicious and, if seasoned with ample cayenne, as spicy as God intended it should be. You can, of course, leave the eggs out and you’ll still have a divine shrimp stew, but I encourage you to give it a try Papa Tom’s way. Eggs are relatively inexpensive and shrimp are not. They are a delicious way to add protein and stretch the budget.
Turn the heat back on low and cover the pot. Leave to cook until the eggs are done to your liking. My mom likes them hard cooked, so I left mine for about 14 minutes. Normally poached eggs in water take a much shorter time, but somehow in the thick sauce they take longer. After the normal 5 minutes, the whites were still completely clear! I am sure there is some thermodynamic reason but I don’t know it. Use your own judgement on this. According to some of the recipes I found, some people like the yolk still runny in shrimp stew.

Serve over hot cooked rice. We also add extra hot sauce to each bowl at the table.

Food Lust People Love: This rich shrimp and poached egg stew is a traditional dish from southern Louisiana so, of course, it starts with a roux and the holy trinity of onion, bell pepper and celery. It is thick and delicious and, if seasoned with ample cayenne, as spicy as God intended it should be. You can, of course, leave the eggs out and you’ll still have a divine shrimp stew, but I encourage you to give it a try Papa Tom’s way. Eggs are relatively inexpensive and shrimp are not. They are a delicious way to add protein and stretch the budget.


Enjoy!

This month my Fish Friday Foodie friends are all sharing seafood stews and soups from around the world. I didn't go far from home for this one but still felt it was unusual enough, and from a different enough culture from middle America, to qualify. Many thanks to our host, Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla from Check out the other warming recipes our group is sharing.

Would you like to join Fish Friday Foodies? We post and share new seafood/fish recipes on the third Friday of the month. To join our group please email Wendy at wendyklik1517 (at) gmail.com. Visit our Facebook page and Pinterest page for more wonderful fish and seafood recipe ideas.


Pin this Shrimp and Poached Egg Stew!

Food Lust People Love: This rich shrimp and poached egg stew is a traditional dish from southern Louisiana so, of course, it starts with a roux and the holy trinity of onion, bell pepper and celery. It is thick and delicious and, if seasoned with ample cayenne, as spicy as God intended it should be. You can, of course, leave the eggs out and you’ll still have a divine shrimp stew, but I encourage you to give it a try Papa Tom’s way. Eggs are relatively inexpensive and shrimp are not. They are a delicious way to add protein and stretch the budget.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Spicy Lamb Murtabak #BreadBakers

Spicy lamb murtabak starts with a soft dough stretched super thin, then filled with seasoned ground lamb and cooked till crispy and golden. Start a day ahead to allow time for the dough to rest overnight in the fridge.

Food Lust People Love: Spicy lamb murtabak starts with a soft dough stretched thin, then filled with seasoned ground lamb and cooked till crispy and golden. Start a day ahead to allow time for the dough to rest overnight in the fridge.


This month’s Bread Bakers theme is Indian flatbreads, one of my favorite things to make and eat. If you’ve been reading here a while, you might have seen my spicy onion parathas, keema naan and spicy loli - a breakfast flatbread! - just three that I have shared over the years.

For this post I wanted to challenge myself to a flatbread I ate often in my teenage years in southeast Asia. According to Wikipedia, murtabak was first created by Overseas Indians, primarily Muslims from Tamil Nadu. It’s common street food in Singapore, where I first enjoyed it, as well as Malaysia and Indonesia. The name comes from the word mutabbaq , which means "folded" in Arabic. That will make perfect sense when you see how they are made.

Spicy Lamb Murtabak

If lamb isn’t your thing, substitute another ground protein. Although it’s not traditional, you can even use firm, pressed tofu that has been crumbled, to make these vegetarian friendly. Also vegetarian friendly, and more traditional, murtabak can be cooked with the egg alone. In that case, add a little chopped onion, green onion, cilantro and chili pepper to the egg. To clarify the ingredients list below: To measure the water needed, put your egg white in a measuring vessel. Add water to the 3/4 cup or 180ml mark.

Ingredients to make 4 spicy lamb murtabak
For the dough:
2 1/3 cups or 300g bread flour
1 egg white, at room temperature
Room temperature water to make 3/4 cup or 180ml when measured with the egg white
5 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons canola or other light oil - for resting time

For the filling:
Small bunch green onions
Small bunch fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon canola or other light oil
1 1/2 teaspoons hot curry powder (I use Malaysian brand Baba but any will work)
12 oz or 340g ground lamb
1 small purple onion, chopped finely
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar

To assemble:
4 eggs
extra oil

Method
In a standing mixer bowl, add in flour, egg, melted butter, salt, sugar and water. Use the bread hook to mix together and then knead for 10 minutes. Leave the dough to rest in the bowl for 10 minutes and then knead for another 5 minutes.

On a greased cutting board, divide the dough into 4 pieces. Form into balls.

Pour the 2 tablespoon of oil into a lidded container and coat each ball generously with the oil and place them in the container. Cover the container tightly and keep in the fridge overnight. If you think about it, turn the dough balls every once in a while to keep them well coated in oil.



Meanwhile, make your filling.

Cut the tough parts of the stems off of the cilantro and discard. Roughly chop the rest. Remove the white parts of the green onions and chop the green parts in circles.

(Tip: If your white parts have little roots, you can put them in a glass with a couple of inches of water and put the glass on a sunny windowsill. The roots will grow longer and the green parts will grow up again, ready to snip off and use again.)

Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium high heat. Put in the curry powder and give it a quick stir. Immediately add the lamb and onion and cook till the lamb is browned, breaking it up into bits as it cooks.

Sprinkle on the cayenne, salt and sugar, along with the chopped cilantro and green onion tops.

Stir well and remove the filling from the heat. Divide into four little piles and leave to cool.



When you are ready to panfry the murtabak, spread some of the oil that the dough balls rested in on your clean work surface. Take one ball and lightly flatten it. Press and push the dough with the heel of your palm to make it bigger. Stretch it quite thin, until it’s about 16 x 16 inches or 40 x 40cm, occasionally spreading some more oil on it to help the stretching. You can also lift up each edge of the dough and gently pull to stretch it even more. I thought this would be hard but it was actually quite easy!

Here’s a video I found extremely useful that shows what I mean: Murtabak by El Mundo Eats

You can see my marble through the dough. That’s how thin you want it!



Add 1/4 of the cooled lamb filling to the middle of your stretched dough, along with one lightly beaten egg.



Fold in edges of dough into center, making a package about 5 x 5 inches or 13 x 13cm.



Use an oiled spatula to very carefully transfer the murtabak to your greased frying pan.



Cook the murtabak over low heat for about 6-7 minutes on each side, pressing it down gently with the spatula. A low heat is essential to make sure the layers of dough are cooked before the outer layer gets too dark.

Food Lust People Love: Spicy lamb murtabak starts with a soft dough stretched thin, then filled with seasoned ground lamb and cooked till crispy and golden. Start a day ahead to allow time for the dough to rest overnight in the fridge.


The dough should be cooked through with lovely brown and golden bits all over. Repeat with remaining eggs, lamb mixture and dough.

Food Lust People Love: Spicy lamb murtabak starts with a soft dough stretched thin, then filled with seasoned ground lamb and cooked till crispy and golden. Start a day ahead to allow time for the dough to rest overnight in the fridge.


Enjoy!

Many thanks to this month’s Bread Bakers host, Renu of Cook with Renu for the fun theme and all of her behind the scenes work.

#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely bread by following our Pinterest board right here.  Links are also updated after each event on the BreadBakers home page. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.
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Food Lust People Love: Spicy lamb murtabak starts with a soft dough stretched thin, then filled with seasoned ground lamb and cooked till crispy and golden. Start a day ahead to allow time for the dough to rest overnight in the fridge.
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Monday, November 11, 2019

Kate's Perfect Plum Pie #BakingBloggers

Made with ripe plums and a flaky crust, Kate’s perfect plum pie is one of many special recipes we’ve enjoyed from Kate McDermott’s wonderful book, Art of the Pie. I share it here with the author’s permission. The combination of sweet plummy filling and buttery crust will be a hit at your holiday table.


A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to review Art of the Pie, a beautiful cookbook full of pie recipes, of course, but Kate also shares her wisdom about life. As I said in that review, pie is one of those things that seem to divide the baking world. Some of us get it, some of us don’t. Fortunately, Art of the Pie is for all of us.

Experienced pie bakers will love the creative recipes. But starting from the (17-page!) introduction, Kate’s rules for pie making and life are the calm and knowledgeable words of a wise woman. Her instructions regarding measuring ingredients and the equipment you’ll need are thorough. I’m pretty sure even a nervous pie maker would relax at Kate’s reassuring “you got this” tone.

I love the stories that are interspersed between the recipes, especially the one that introduces A Berry Pie for Julia, about Kate’s afternoon with Julia Child. By the time I closed the book – yes, I read cookbooks all the way through like novels – I felt I knew Kate as a friend. A friend who was going to show me how to improve my own pies and keep everything chill, especially myself.

Here’s the crazy part about our small digital world and social media. Since then, Kate and I have been friends on Facebook. When I wrote her a private message recently to ask if I could share this recipe for our Baking Bloggers pie event, she was delighted to say yes. And I was thrilled when she told me that a companion volume to Art of the Pie will be coming out in October 2020. More delicious pie! I cannot wait!

Kate’s Perfect Plum Pie

As Kate says, flaky crust cannot be rushed, so take your time and enjoy the process. If you don’t have plums, other stone fruit can be substituted.

Ingredients
For the dough:
2 1/2 cups or 312g all-purpose flour, unbleached, plus extra for rolling out
1/2 cup or 113g cold butter, butter, cut into tablespoon-size pieces
1/2 cup or 113g vegetable shortening
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup or 120ml ice water, plus 1-2 tablespoons or 15-30ml more as needed

For the plum filling:
2 lbs or 900g plums, pitted and quartered
3/4 cup or 150g sugar
1/3 cup or 42g flour
1-2 tablespoons or 15-30g Cointreau or other orange liqueur (optional)
1 tablespoon or 12g quick-cooking tapioca
1/3 teaspoon salt
A small grating of nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons butter

For the egg wash:
1 egg white
1 tablespoon water

For decoration:
1-2 teaspoons or 4-8g sugar, for sprinkling on top of pie

Method
To make the pie crust, put all the flour, butter, shortening and salt in a large bowl. Use a pastry blender to cut the butter and shortening into the flour until it looks like crumbs with some lumps the size of peas or even almonds.



Sprinkle the ice water over the mixture a tablespoon or two at a time, stirring it in lightly with a fork.



Squeeze a handful of dough to see if it holds together. If not, sprinkle in a little more ice water. Divide the dough into two pieces. Form them into discs about 5 inches or 12cm across. Wrap them in cling film and put them to chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Meanwhile, make your plum filling. Pit and quarter the plums.

Put them in a large bowl with the sugar, flour, Cointreau, tapioca, salt and nutmeg. Mix well, making sure the fruit is well coated with the other ingredients.

When chilling time is up, preheat your oven to 425°F or 220°C.

Take the dough discs out of the refrigerator. They will be quite stiff so leave them to warm up slightly, until they feel slightly soft to the touch. This will make them easier to roll out.

Sprinkle your clean work surface with flour. Pop your dough disk in the middle, and with a lightly floured rolling pin, give it a couple of good thumps on one side. Turn the disc over and repeat, sprinkling it with a little more flour. I’m not sure what exactly this is supposed to do besides spreading the dough out just a bit, but the thumping is very satisfying to do.

Roll the pastry into a circle 1⁄8 inch thick and about 2 inches larger all around than pie plate, always rolling from the middle to the outer edge.



Brush off any excess flour and use your rolling pin to transfer the bottom crust to the pie plate. Kate says you can fix any holes by wetting the crust with a little water and patching the hole with a piece of dough.


Pour your filling into the crust and add bits of the butter to the top.



Roll out the second disc of dough and lay it gently on top of the fruit. Use a sharp knife to cut a few slits in the top to allow steam to escape while baking. Trim the excess dough and crimp the edges. This is decorative and functional. Crimping makes sure the two crusts are stuck together.

Lightly whisk the egg and water with a fork to make the egg wash. Use a pastry brush to paint the top of the pie and crimped edges. Sprinkle with the sugar.

Bake for 20 minutes in your preheated oven then turn the temperature down to 350°F or 180°C. Continue to bake for 30-35 minutes more.

The filling should be bubbling at a steady pace by now. We need it to bubble so the tapioca will set the filling. If it’s not bubbling, turn the oven back up to 450°F or 230°C for 5 minutes, covering the pie loosely first with foil if it’s already quite brown.

Remove the pie from the oven and allow to cool completely before serving. The longer you can wait, the more likely the filling will set, so don’t rush to cut the pie.



But when you do, enjoy! (Yeah, I could have waited longer but PIE! Amiright?)

Food Lust People Lust: Made with ripe plums and a flaky crust, Kate’s perfect plum pie is one of many special recipes we’ve enjoyed from Kate McDermott’s wonderful book, Art of Pie. I share it here with the author’s permission. The combination of sweet plummy filling and buttery crust will be a hit at your holiday table.

It's pie baking season! Check out all the lovely pies my fellow Baking Bloggers are sharing today. Many thanks to our fearless leader and host today, Sue from Palatable Pastimes for her behind the scenes work.
Baking Bloggers is a friendly group of food bloggers who vote on a shared theme and then post recipes to fit that theme one the second Monday of each month. If you are a food blogger interested in joining in, inquire at our Baking Bloggers Facebook group. We'd be honored if you would join us in our baking adventures.

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Food Lust People Lust: Made with ripe plums and a flaky crust, Kate’s perfect plum pie is one of many special recipes we’ve enjoyed from Kate McDermott’s wonderful book, Art of Pie. I share it here with the author’s permission. The combination of sweet plummy filling and buttery crust will be a hit at your holiday table.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Beef Fajita Nachos Compuestos #FoodieExtravaganza

Crunchy fried tortilla triangles topped with refried beans, fajita beef, cheese and jalapeños, these beef fajita nachos compuestos can also be made with store-bought chips.

Food Lust People Love: Crunchy fried tortilla triangles topped with refried beans, fajita beef, cheese and jalapeños, these beef fajita nachos compuestos can also be made with store-bought chips. This recipe can also be a main course, as it was for me years ago. You can totally add some shredded lettuce to make you feel better about making this a full meal.


Before we get going here, let’s familiarize ourselves with what nacho compuesto means. A basic nacho is a tortilla chip with cheese melted on top and a slice of jalapeño. Simple to make, so easy to eat. Compuesto means compound, so: things that are put together to create a different thing. It is a deliberate act, not a hodge podge of ingredients that may or may not go together. Those ingredients become something else. Like a chemical compound.

A proper nacho compuesto is a singular item. It should not be crowded or otherwise cramped unduly by its neighboring nachos. It sits nicely with them on the hot plate but can be picked up without disturbing, nay, even touching a neighbor.

That said, I am a complete fan of the sheet pan method of nacho making, but even then, I make sure that every chip gets some topping. Those restaurants that serve a big pile of chips heaped with toppings should have their nacho license revoked. No one wants the chips underneath so they are thrown away. What a waste.

When I was growing up in Houston, Texas, a plate of nachos compuestos was often my go-to order at any Mexican restaurant. They have many of the ingredients in a taco, in a much easier to eat format. Usually made with ground beef, the nachos compuestos of my youth were also topped with refried beans and cheese with a slice of jalapeño. Sometimes there were chopped tomatoes and onions or even salsa added after the nachos were cooked.

Today, I am hosting an event for my Foodie Extravaganza friends in honor of National Nacho Day. I’ve upped the ante on nachos compuestos by making them with fajita meat instead of ground beef. Make sure you scroll down to see the other creative nacho recipes the group is sharing.

Beef Fajita Nachos Compuestos

This recipe can also be a main course, as it was for me years ago. You can totally add some shredded lettuce if it makes you feel better about making this a full meal.

Ingredients
For the nachos:
1 lb or 450g trimmed skirt steak (weight after trimming of fat and sinew)
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons taco seasonings
1 teaspoon meat tenderizer (Ajinomoto)
freshly ground black pepper
24 corn or corn/flour tortilla chips (or fry your own!)
1 can (16oz or 454g) refried beans
4 oz or 113g extra sharp cheddar
2 whole jalapeños, fresh or pickled

For the pico de gallo:
1/2 small onion, chopped finely
2 fresh jalapeños
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 roma tomatoes
Pinch fine sea salt
Pinch sugar
A few grinds black pepper

Method
Sprinkle the beef with the lime juice, taco spices and tenderizer, along with a few generous grinds of black pepper. Rub the seasonings all over. Use a meat mallet to pound the skirt steak.

Make sure you season and pound on both sides. This helps break down any tough bits and works the seasonings into the beef. If it’s all about the same thickness, it also cooks more evenly.

Place the beef in a Ziploc bag or reusable plastic container. Refrigerate until ready to use, but preferably at least one hour.

To make the pico de gallo, chop the onion and jalapeño finely. Put them in a bowl and sprinkle on the lime juice, salt, sugar and pepper. Chop your tomatoes in small cubes and mince the stems of the cilantro. Chop the cilantro leaves roughly. Mix the tomato and cilantro into the onions and jalapeño. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Slice the jalapeños for the nachos in rounds. Set aside.



At this point, I cut six corn and flour tortillas (called mitad y mitad here in Houston, they are made with both corn and flour) in quarters and fried them until golden in a little canola oil. If you are doing the same, make sure you drain them well on a layer of paper towels with a wire rack or newspaper underneath. Otherwise, store-bought chips will work.


Meanwhile, open the can of beans and give them a good stir to loosen them up.



To cook the fajita beef, heat a grill pan or frying pan over a high heat. Once it’s hot, place the pounded beef on it, a piece or two at a time, making sure not to crowd the pan. We want this beef to sear and sizzle, not steam. When a nice brown crust forms on the bottom, turn the beef to the other side and leave it to brown as well.

Repeat until all of the beef is browned on both sides. I like to turn it to make some lovely crisscross grill marks. Remove the pieces of beef to a carving board as they are ready.

Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C. Lay the fried tortilla chips out on a large baking pan, in single file, making sure no points overlap.  I saved a space in the middle of my platter, leaving room for the pico de gallo in the middle. I have two identical platters so I split my two dozen putting 12 tortilla chips on each.

Spread a generous spoonful of refried beans on each tortilla.



Slice the fajita beef against the grain.



Top the chips with a couple of pieces of fajita meat on top of the beans. Next comes the grated cheese and finally, add a slice of jalapeño to each nacho.

Food Lust People Love: Crunchy fried tortilla triangles topped with refried beans, fajita beef, cheese and jalapeños, these beef fajita nachos compuestos can also be made with store-bought chips. This recipe can also be a main course, as it was for me years ago. You can totally add some shredded lettuce to make you feel better about making this a full meal.


Bake in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes or until the meat and beans are heated through and the cheese has melted.

Food Lust People Love: Crunchy fried tortilla triangles topped with refried beans, fajita beef, cheese and jalapeños, these beef fajita nachos compuestos can also be made with store-bought chips. This recipe can also be a main course, as it was for me years ago. You can totally add some shredded lettuce to make you feel better about making this a full meal.


Serve with the pico de gallo and some sliced avocado, if desired.

Food Lust People Love: Crunchy fried tortilla triangles topped with refried beans, fajita beef, cheese and jalapeños, these beef fajita nachos compuestos can also be made with store-bought chips. This recipe can also be a main course, as it was for me years ago. You can totally add some shredded lettuce to make you feel better about making this a full meal.


Enjoy!

Check out all the other tasty nachos we are sharing today! How are you celebrating National Nachos Day? 

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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Pin these Beef Fajita Nachos Compuestos!

Food Lust People Love: Crunchy fried tortilla triangles topped with refried beans, fajita beef, cheese and jalapeños, these beef fajita nachos compuestos can also be made with store-bought chips. This recipe can also be a main course, as it was for me years ago. You can totally add some shredded lettuce to make you feel better about making this a full meal.
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