Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Sweet Peach Cornbread #BreadBakers

The juicy fresh Georgia peaches inside and on top of this sweet peach cornbread make it super moist and absolutely delicious.

Food Lust People Love: The juicy fresh Georgia peaches inside and on top of this sweet peach cornbread make it super moist and absolutely delicious. You should use fresh sweet peaches when they are in season but you can certainly substitute canned peaches out of season.


I was scrolling through my Facebook feed a couple of weeks and I saw post about something called The Peach Truck. Apparently it’s a thing! Order ahead and they bring fresh Georgia peaches right to your city. This is NOT a sponsored post but here's the link, if anyone is interested. https://thepeachtruck.com/pages/preorder. We need to support our farmers now more than ever.

Braving the queue, I wore my mask and stayed well apart from my fellow peach buyers, of course. Then I picked up 25 pounds of sweet Georgia peaches!

For the last couple of days we’ve been eating peaches straight over the kitchen sink because they are so juicy and sweet. I swear, it’s the only neat way to eat them. I’ve frozen them sliced with some sugar. I’ve made sweet jam and spicy jam and we still have about 25 peaches left!

Sweet Peach Cornbread

You should use fresh sweet peaches when they are in season but you can certainly substitute canned peaches out of season. The sweet in the recipe title refers to the peaches. With only a half cup of sugar, the cornbread is not overly sweet.

Ingredients
2 large yellow peaches (average weight 5 1/2 oz or 156g)
1 cup or 125g all-purpose flour
1 cup or 180g fine yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup or 100g sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 cup or 120ml buttermilk, at room temperature
1/2 cup or 113g butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs, at room temperature

Method
Slice one of the peaches and roughly chop the other one. (The sliced will bake on top of the cornbread, the chopped will go in the batter.) Sprinkle one tablespoon of the sugar each over both peaches and set aside.



Preheat the oven to 350°F or 180°C and grease a 9x9 inch or 23x23cm baking pan or line it with baking parchment.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, the balance of the sugar and salt.



In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, cooled butter, eggs and vanilla.

Pour any juice that has formed in the chopped peach bowl into the wet ingredients and stir those peaches into the dry ingredients bowl to coat them with flour. This will help keep them in the batter instead of sinking to the bottom of the cornbread.





Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just mixed.



Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and spread evenly.



Arrange the sliced peach on the top of the batter. Drizzle on any juice that formed in the sliced peach bowl.

Food Lust People Love: The juicy fresh Georgia peaches inside and on top of this sweet peach cornbread make it super moist and absolutely delicious. You should use fresh sweet peaches when they are in season but you can certainly substitute canned peaches out of season.


Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of the cornbread comes out clean.

Food Lust People Love: The juicy fresh Georgia peaches inside and on top of this sweet peach cornbread make it super moist and absolutely delicious. You should use fresh sweet peaches when they are in season but you can certainly substitute canned peaches out of season.

Allow to cool slightly before slicing and serving.

Food Lust People Love: The juicy fresh Georgia peaches inside and on top of this sweet peach cornbread make it super moist and absolutely delicious. You should use fresh sweet peaches when they are in season but you can certainly substitute canned peaches out of season.


Enjoy!

This month my Bread Baker friends are baking with corn in some form or another. Check out all the lovely recipes they are sharing today.

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Pin this Sweet Peach Cornbread!

Food Lust People Love: The juicy fresh Georgia peaches inside and on top of this sweet peach cornbread make it super moist and absolutely delicious. You should use fresh sweet peaches when they are in season but you can certainly substitute canned peaches out of season.
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Monday, June 8, 2020

Margy's Best Banana Bread #BakingBloggers

Truly a recipe that has stood the test of time, Margy’s best banana bread is a tender, rich and flavorful loaf, made with butter as well as sour cream. Plain or toasted, it is the perfect snack at the office or at home.

Food Lust People Love: Truly a recipe that has stood the test of time, Margy’s best banana bread is tender, rich and flavorful loaf, made with butter as well as sour cream. Plain or toasted, it is the perfect snack at the office or at home. This one-bowl recipe makes clean up a breeze, easily done even as the loaf is baking in the oven. It goes great with both a hot cup of tea or coffee. And honestly, even a cold glass of milk.


Back before my mom retired, her boss used to bring this freshly baked banana bread into their office and everyone would clamor for a slice. They all insisted that she share the recipe as well. It was that good.

My mom raved to me about it as well, so of course, I needed the recipe too. I don’t often bake banana bread because of the problem I talked about when I shared my light and fluffy banana cake recipe. Didn't stop me from wanting a tried and tested recipe though. That's how I roll.

Bottom line, it took me years to get around to making this and now I regret all the wasted years in between.

Margy’s Best Banana Bread 
This one-bowl recipe makes clean up a breeze, easily done even as the loaf is baking in the oven. It goes great with both a hot cup of tea or coffee. And honestly, even a cold glass of milk. My mother loves it toasted and slathered with butter.

Ingredients
6 tablespoons or 85g butter, plus extra for greasing loaf pan
1 cup or 200g sugar
2 eggs
2 large ripe bananas, mashed with a fork
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups or 190g flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup or 60ml sour cream

Method
Grease and flour loaf pan (or line it with baking parchment) and preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C.

Beat together butter and sugar until fluffy and light yellow. Add the eggs, bananas, vanilla and salt.



Combine the dry ingredients in a sieve and sift them into the butter mixture, alternating with sour cream, ending with the last of the dry ingredients.


Stir well in between each addition to combine.



Pour the batter into your prepared pan.



Bake in your preheated oven for 50-55 minutes or until the banana bread is golden and a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool completely before slicing to serve.

Food Lust People Love: Truly a recipe that has stood the test of time, Margy’s best banana bread is tender, rich and flavorful loaf, made with butter as well as sour cream. Plain or toasted, it is the perfect snack at the office or at home. This one-bowl recipe makes clean up a breeze, easily done even as the loaf is baking in the oven. It goes great with both a hot cup of tea or coffee. And honestly, even a cold glass of milk.


Enjoy!

Food Lust People Love: Truly a recipe that has stood the test of time, Margy’s best banana bread is tender, rich and flavorful loaf, made with butter as well as sour cream. Plain or toasted, it is the perfect snack at the office or at home. This one-bowl recipe makes clean up a breeze, easily done even as the loaf is baking in the oven. It goes great with both a hot cup of tea or coffee. And honestly, even a cold glass of milk.


This month my Baking Blogger friends have created a variety of delicious recipes for you. Check them out below. Many thanks to our group leader and host, Sue of Palatable Pastime

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.

Pin Margy's Best Banana Bread!

Food Lust People Love: Truly a recipe that has stood the test of time, Margy’s best banana bread is tender, rich and flavorful loaf, made with butter as well as sour cream. Plain or toasted, it is the perfect snack at the office or at home. This one-bowl recipe makes clean up a breeze, easily done even as the loaf is baking in the oven. It goes great with both a hot cup of tea or coffee. And honestly, even a cold glass of milk.
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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Soy Braised Pork with Eggs #FoodieExtravaganza

Also known as lor bak or dau yew bak, depending on the Chinese dialect, this braised soy sauce pork with eggs dish has the most delectable sauce, delightfully flavored with spices like star anise, cloves, black pepper, as well as ginger and garlic. You will be licking your plate to get the last drops.

Food Lust People Love: Also known as lor bak or dau yew bak, depending on the Chinese dialect, this braised soy sauce pork with eggs dish has the most delectable sauce, delightfully flavored with spices like star anise, cloves, black pepper, as well as ginger and garlic. You will be licking your plate to get the last drops.


Many years ago when we were living in the small oilfield town of MacaƩ, Brazil, one of my close neighbors was a Singaporean woman named Millie. Our girls were about the same ages and we hit it off immediately over a love of cooking. Millie only had to make this dish once and I was hooked!

Sadly, I don’t think I ever got her recipe, or perhaps I misplaced it because I distinctly remember making it way back then.

Once the internet became a thing, I would occasionally search for soy sauce pork with eggs. I always thought of it as a Singaporean dish, and I really didn’t remember what Millie called it, which made it tricky to find online. None of the recipes I found seem quite right. Whether that was my faulty memory is up for debate.

I finally decided I was just going have to do a mash up of several to make what I did remember. But at least with all the research, I now know what to call it.

Braised Soy Sauce Pork with Eggs

The easiest way to slice the pork into very thin pieces is to freeze the pork loin first. Take it out to thaw and use a sharp knife to slice it as thinly as you can while it’s still quite frozen.

Ingredients
For the marinade:
4 tablespoons dark soy sauce
2 tablespoon light soy sauce
2 tablespoon Shaoxing wine

For the braised pork:
2 lbs or 900g pork loin
10 cloves garlic
1 thumb-sized piece ginger
1 tablespoon canola or other light oil
3 star anise
2 to 3 whole cloves
2 sticks cinnamon, 3 inches in length
1 teaspoon black (or mixed) peppercorns
1 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice powder
4 tablespoons dark soy sauce
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon oil
2 cups or 480ml water
6 hard-boiled eggs

Optional to thicken sauce:
2 tablespoons cornstarch

To serve:
Steamed rice
Green onion tops for garnish

Method
Use a sharp knife to cut your pork into thin slices. (See tip above the ingredients list.)



In a large bowl, mix the marinade ingredients: dark soy sauce, light soy sauce and Shaoxing wine. Pile the pork in and use your clean hands to turn the slices in the marinade until they are all well coated.



Cover the bowl with cling film and pop it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile crush and roughly chop the cloves of garlic and peel and mince the ginger. I also find it helpful to measure out the other liquid ingredients into a measuring cup or bowl so I can pour it in all at once when needed.



In a heavy based pot, heat up the cooking oil. Add the star anise, cinnamon sticks, peppercorns, and five-spice powder. Fry till fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Add in the garlic and ginger and fry for a few more minutes.



Turn the heat up to high and add the marinated pork and any marinating liquid that wasn’t absorbed by the meat. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring regularly.



Add dark soy, light soy and sugar.


Add 2 cups or 480ml of water. Mix well and bring to a slow boil.

Lower the heat to simmer and cover the pot. Braise for about 20 minutes. Add the eggs in and turn them to coat with the sauce. Tuck them into the pork as much as possible.



Braise, covered, for another 20 minutes more or until pork is tender. If your eggs aren't deep enough, you will want to turn then halfway through to get proper color on all sides.

If desired, you can thicken the sauce with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch thinned with a couple of tablespoons of cold water. Remove the eggs from the pot with a slotted spoon, so you don’t break them up by stirring.

Food Lust People Love: Also known as lor bak or dau yew bak, depending on the Chinese dialect, this braised soy sauce pork with eggs dish has the most delectable sauce, delightfully flavored with spices like star anise, cloves, black pepper, as well as ginger and garlic. You will be licking your plate to get the last drops.
Add the cornstarch slurry to the pot and cook on medium high until thickened about 5 minutes.

 Pop the eggs back in. Sprinkle with chopped green onions.

Food Lust People Love: Also known as lor bak or dau yew bak, depending on the Chinese dialect, this braised soy sauce pork with eggs dish has the most delectable sauce, delightfully flavored with spices like star anise, cloves, black pepper, as well as ginger and garlic. You will be licking your plate to get the last drops.



Serve with steamed rice. Enjoy!

Food Lust People Love: Also known as lor bak or dau yew bak, depending on the Chinese dialect, this braised soy sauce pork with eggs dish has the most delectable sauce, delightfully flavored with spices like star anise, cloves, black pepper, as well as ginger and garlic. You will be licking your plate to get the last drops.


Today is National Egg Day so this month our Foodie Extravaganza celebration is all about eggs. Many thanks to our host, Karen from Karen's Kitchen Stories.

Check out everyone's recipes with eggs:
Foodie Extravaganza is where we celebrate obscure food holidays by cooking and baking together with the same ingredient or theme each month. Posting day is always the first Wednesday of each month. If you are a blogger and would like to join our group and blog along with us, come join our Facebook page Foodie Extravaganza. We would love to have you! If you're a spectator looking for delicious tid-bits check out our Foodie Extravaganza Pinterest Board.


Pin this Soy Braised Pork with Eggs - Lor Bak!

Food Lust People Love: Also known as lor bak or dau yew bak, depending on the Chinese dialect, this braised soy sauce pork with eggs dish has the most delectable sauce, delightfully flavored with spices like star anise, cloves, black pepper, as well as ginger and garlic. You will be licking your plate to get the last drops.
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