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Chocolate Torte

This flourless whipped chocolate dream is quick and simple to make but the richness of the result rates Le Cordon Bleu status.

This flourless whipped chocolate dream is quick and simple to make but the richness of the result rates Le Cordon Bleu status.

8” cake round

9×9 square pan (9X14 fine too)

parchment paper

Preheat oven 160c/325f

 

2 sticks butter- cubed

1  1/4 cups semisweet chocolate- chopped

Splash of Frangelico or favorite liqueur

8 large eggs

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Grease an 8” round cake pan or cheesecake pan, and line with parchment paper.

Over a double boiler, melt together chocolate, butter and Frangelico until smooth. Do not over heat.

Pour into large bowl and set aside.

Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla for 5 minutes on high. Mixture will double.

Gently fold half the egg mixture into the chocolate.

Repeat with other half.

Pour batter through a strainer into your cake pan.

Set your cake pan in the larger pan. You will be creating a Bain Marie by filling the larger pan to the halfway point of your cake pan with boiling water, this allows your cake to bake gently.

Bake for 40 minutes.

Remove cake from larger pan and cool at room temp.

When cake is cool, cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 3-4 hours.

Let cake sit at room temp for 20 minutes before removing it from the pan.

Invert, remove parchment and set rightside up onto your serving plate.

Serve with  a small scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Berries welcome.

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Microgreen Salad

Younger, and more nutritious than their mature selves, Micro greens come in many different varieties of lettuces and herbs. They may be a bit more expensive but you will like the vibrancy of their taste as well as the simplicity in your preparation.

Younger, and more nutritious than their mature selves, Micro greens come in many different varieties of lettuces and herbs. They may be a bit more expensive but you will like the vibrancy of their taste as well as the simplicity in your preparation.

1 Carton of Micro greens-I like kale, arugula, and the beet greens- pick one

10 heirloom cherry tomatoes-cut in half

sea salt

Fresh cracked pepper

Wedge of lemon

Zest of lemon

Sprinkle of toasted almond slices

1 tablespoon Olive oil or truffle oil

Toast your almonds and set aside.

In a small bowl, add greens, and tomatoes.

Squeeze lemon ,add zest. Toss with oil, salt and pepper.

Sprinkle with almonds.

Serve.

Enjoy !!


Cheesecake

This years holiday treat !

Preheat oven  350*

9” Springloaded Cheesecake pan  -greased or sprayed

CRUST

8 oz Graham Cracker Crumbs – I buy  crumbs that are pre ground in the baking aisle.

1 stick Butter-melted

½ cup Sugar

¼ teaspoon plus a pinch of Salt

Zest of an Orange

In a small bowl , combine all ingredients and press into a greased cheesecake pan. Press crumbs into pan using a flat bottomed glass. It will help you get a uniform crust. Crust will go all the way up sides of pan , its a deep cheesecake.

Bake for 15 minutes.

FILLING

5     8 oz. packages Cream Cheese-Room temp

1 ½ Cups Sugar

3 tablespoons Flour

Zest of one Orange

Zest of one Lemon

5 eggs – beaten

2 egg yolks – beaten

¾ teaspoon Vanilla

Lower oven to 300*

Be mindful not to over mix these ingredients.

Take time to scrape down sides and the bottom of mixing bowl with a rubber spatula often , making sure to mix all of the cream cheese into the batter.

Beat Cream Cheese . Add Sugar , Flour, Zests. Add Eggs and Yolks in small increments until all is combined. Add Vanilla. Mix until combined.

Pour Cream Cheese mixture into baked crust .

Place cheesecake pan onto a cookie sheet incase of spillage during the baking process.

Bake for 1 hour or until wooden skewer or toothpick comes out clean. You may need another 10 minutes depending on the heat of your oven. If top gets too brown loosely lay a piece of foil onto the browned top.

Let cool completely before removing the spring pan.

Refrigerate before serving

BERRY TOPPING

1 pint Blueberries

1 pint Strawberries- quartered or chopped

2 teaspoons sugar

Juice of ½ Lemon

1 teaspoon Cornstarch

In a saucepan , combine all ingredients. Heat to a boil, cook for 2 more minutes. Cool.

To Serve

Slice Cheesecake,  pour berries over top and enjoy .


Blueberry Buttermilk Blue Cheese Scones

You can easily leave the cheese and black pepper out of this recipe and you’ll have a wonderful traditional scone

220c/425f

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons Buttermilk

2 Eggs

3 cups Flour

1 tablespoon +1 teaspoon Baking Powder

1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper

2 ½ tablespoons Sugar

1 rounded teaspoon Sea Salt

A sprinkle of Nutmeg

1 ¼ (10 tablespoons) sticks Cold Butter-cut in pieces

¾ cup Fresh Blueberries

1/2 cup Blue Cheese -crumbled

1 Egg –beaten for egg wash

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In a small bowl beat together eggs and buttermilk, set aside.

In a large bowl sift together flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Add butter and work with a pastry cutter until mixture resembles crumbs.

Add Buttermilk and combine until mixture starts coming together.

Add blueberries and blue cheese and mix gently.

Turn out onto a floured surface and knead only a few times until incorporated.

Using a floured rolling pin, quickly roll out dough to 1” thick round shape.

Cut scones with floured round cutter. (I use the top of a glass.)

Place scones on a greased cookie sheet or a sheet lined with parchment paper.

Brush tops with egg wash.

Bake until golden brown.

About 20 minutes.

Serve warm with your favorite toppings like butter, clotted cream, or blueberry jam

Depending on what your chasing; the sweet or the savory taste.


Steak Sandwich

This sandwich has gone down as my personal best. It has impressed one man in my family to another. First, my husband, then my father, and onto my nephews, one at a time. They heard about it, asked for it and the rest is history.

Rib Eye

1 Clove Garlic

Blue Cheese Dressing-recipe follows

Sea Salt

Fresh Cracked Black Pepper

Baguette

Romaine Lettuce

Rub Rib Eye with olive oil .Slice clove of garlic in half and rub onto steak.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper just before placing on the grill.

BBQ steak to your desired wellness . I like my steaks done “medium”, so I BBQ them 5 minutes on each side using a medium high heat.

Rest steak for 10 minutes.

Slice Baguette

Slather blue cheese dressing onto both insides of baguette.

Line with lettuce

Slice Steak

Lay slices of meat onto dressing

Drizzle dressing onto top

Sprinkle with sea salt and fresh black pepper

Blue Cheese Dressing

 

3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese

1   3 oz. package cream cheese

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/3 cup half and half

1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Reserve 1/3 cup of blue cheese.

Beat together remaining blue cheese and cream cheese until smooth.

Add mayonnaise, half and half, worcestershire and pepper,blend.

Add reserved blue cheese. Chill and its ready to serve.


Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

Whip this classic up in no time. It’s great on a salad of Romaine lettuces or as a dipping sauce for everything from fried mushrooms to crisp fresh veggies. . After you make this you will never use a bottled dressing again. Little effort equals big pay off.

3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese

1   3 oz. package cream cheese

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/3 cup half and half

1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Reserve 1/3 cup of blue cheese.

Beat together remaining blue cheese and cream cheese until smooth.

Add mayonnaise, half and half, worcestershire and pepper,blend.

Add reserved blue cheese.

Chill and its ready to serve.


Perfect Yellow Cake “Happy Birthday Jenna!!”

Out of all my cake recipes this one was the hardest to crack ! Through many incarnations, this one best describes my childhood memories of a fluffy yellow cake with chocolate icing . ENJOY !!

190c/350f

Grease and flour two 8-inch cake pans.

2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

1 + 1/4 cup sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

Sift flour and sugar, baking powder and salt in the bowl of kitchen aid mixer.

Add butter, milk and vanilla.

Beat to incorporate.

Add eggs and mix well. Be mindful not to over mix.

Pour batter into prepared pans, dividing equally among both.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes

Cool in pans ,remove from pans after 15 minutes .

cool cakes on wire racks.

Frost cake with your favorite icing_ Mine is

CHOCOLATE GANACHE

12 oz. bittersweet chocolate

12 oz. heavy cream

1 oz. cognac or other liqueur-optional

Chop chocolate into fine pieces and place in bowl.

Heat cream to a scald.

Pour hot cream over chocolate and let stand one minute.

Whisk cream and chocolate until smooth.

Add cognac if desired and stir.

Set aside to cool.

At this point you may pour your ganache over cake for a smooth finished cake. But if you prefer the traditional “frosting” that you apply with a spatula then

The longer you leave it out the thicker it will become.

To get real frosting consistency,  whip the ganache at this stage.

I like to leave it out over night but if you want to “frost” your cake sooner than later, chill it until desired consistency.

If by chance it becomes too solid for your comfort the simply whisk frosting over hot water bath to soften.