Month: December 2010

Eggnog Ice Cream

Eggnog Ice Cream

Eggnog comes only once a year in my household, and probably for many reasons, mainly the calories! For this past Christmas, I purchased a quart of eggnog, with the intent of pouring a couple of glasses, doused with a bit of dark rum, for the […]

Herbed Fingerling Potatoes

Herbed Fingerling Potatoes

If you have never had fingerling potatoes, they are a must try. You do not see them in every grocery store, but I have noticed my local Sendiks store carries them. Their appearance reminds me of fingers. They are about the length of an average […]

Popovers

Popovers

It was my turn to host Christmas this year, and I have to say that I was excited by the fact. You probably know by now that I love cooking for people, and when it comes to having an intimate lunch or dinner with friends and family, well, then you know that you probably just made my day. I wanted this Christmas to be special. After all, it seems as though  my wife and I have been running a hundred miles an hour for the last several months, and this was a much needed break. This was a break that I wanted us to sit down, enjoy some really great meals, and just simply enjoy. We did just that, and one of the things that we took time enjoy was the popover.

One of the easiest things to possibly make, and one that is interesting to serve for any meal of the day, could possibly be the popover. If you have never had a popover, just imagine biting into a muffin looking piece of bakery, that when bitten into, yields hollow deliciousness. It might be difficult to explain, but the popover is not only fun to eat, but it is incredibly simple to make.

Popover Recipe

As noted above, I wanted to enjoy a great meal, and for my dinner, I decided to go all out and make prime rib with popovers. There is something traditional about that combination, and I have to say, I am so glad that I made these popovers. This recipe will make approximately eighteen popovers, so cut in half should you not need that many.

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 6 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups of 2% milk
  • 2 tsp table salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp butter

That’s it. That is all you need to make something so amazingly good. Add everything but the flour and additional butter to a large mixing bowl, and do just that, mix until the eggs are nicely beaten. Gradually add in the flour and keep mixing until you have a nice, smooth batter.

Set the mixing bowl aside, and let the batter rest for about ten minutes.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. During this time, take the additional butter and grease your muffin tins, making sure you get the butter in and around each muffin tin. Ladle in the batter, about  1/2 or 3/4 up in each muffin tin.

Place the tins in the oven and bake approximately 30-35 minutes or until you they a golden brown. You will notice when taking them out of the oven that they rise above the tin, giving them the name they deserve, the popover.

To plate, I decided to lightly brush clarified garlic butter of the top of each one, giving them an additional kick to something that was already so delicious. Enjoy, and happy holidays!

Russian Tea Balls

Russian Tea Balls

Every year, around the Christmas season, my family and I make cookies. I will admit that we are no experts when it comes to baking cookies around the holiday, but we do like to offer a few varieties to the kids, and have them help […]

Brazilian Sandwich – Bauru

Brazilian Sandwich – Bauru

I am a big fan of a great sandwich, and I think we are always in search of a great one. I think I just found, what could possibly be one of my top five, a super sandwich. My wife and I love sandwiches, and […]

Blondie

Blondie

If you have never had a blondie, you will after your read this post. ‘Tis the holiday season and I have been getting in the mood to make cookies for family and friends. I typically make one or two types of cookies each year, and let my wife handle the sugar cookies, and decorating of those cookies with the kids. For the past year or possibly longer, my kids have turned their attention to the chocolate chip. I probably should have never made them chocolate chip pancakes for dinner one night, as now, they refuse to eat plain waffles or pancakes with syrup. They must be chocolate chip waffles, or they refuse to eat breakfast. I kid you not. As I decided to hide the bag of chocolate chips from them, I decided it was the holiday season and I would make them something with chocolate chips, because, heck, why  not, right?

But there is a catch to the chocolate chip offering. I had to put something special in this blondie I was making. A surprise, if you will.

Chocolate Chip Blondie Recipe

A traditional blondie is basically a brownie like bar, that focuses on the wonderful flavor of brown sugar, however, as I am, I have to put a little twist on the blondie, and add chips and nuts, to give it a bit more flavor and texture. Don’t get me wrong, a classic blondie is so terribly addicting, much like these chocolate chip blondies, and really simple to make, that your kids will be coming back for more, and more, and …

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup of unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 1/4 cups of light brown sugar, packed
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of chocolate chip morsels
  • 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbsp butter

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. To a large mixing bowl, add the butter and brown sugar, and mix well until it is nice and creamy. Your mixer can be set on medium-low. Drop in one egg at a time, until it folds into the mixture, and repeat with the remaining eggs. Add in the vanilla extract.  Turn the mixer to low, and to another bowl, add in your dry ingredients, and mix with a fork.

Bring the mixer back to a medium-low speed, and slowly mix in your dry ingredients. Scrape down the sides, and mix well until everything is nicely incorporated. Now, slowly fold in the chocolate chips and the walnuts.

Take your one tablespoon of butter, and lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish. Pour the batter into the baking dish, and smooth it out so it is nice and even.

Place the dish into your oven, and cook for roughly 25-35 minutes, depending on your oven. You can check the blondie at about 25 minutes into it. I poke a knife or toothpick down the center to make sure it comes out clean. You will also notice the edges begin to pull away from the sides.

Once cooked, remove from the oven, take in the wonderful aroma, and then wait until it cools down; about 25 minutes or so. Cut them into bars, and enjoy.

Once my kids noticed the chocolate chips in and around the bars, they quickly asked for one. At first, my oldest, and probably the pickiest eater, asked “what is in here?”. I gave him the ingredient breakdown, and after I slowly said the word walnuts, he replied “these rock, can I have another!?”. The blondie was sold to the kids, nuts and all, but now I am curious if they never saw the chocolate chips in the bar, would they have ever wanted one?  Enjoy, and happy holidays.