Plum Jam

Adapted from: Kraft Surejell

INGREDIENTS:

6 cups prepared fruit (buy about 4 lb. fully ripe plums)
1/2 cup water
1 box SURE-JELL Fruit Pectin
1/2 tsp. butter or margarine
6 cups sugar

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Bring boiling-water canner, half full with water, to simmer. Wash jars and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain well before filling.
  2. Pit plums. Do not peel. Finely chop or grind fruit; place in saucepan. Add water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 5 min. Measure exactly 6 cups prepared fruit into 6- or 8-qt. saucepot.
  3. Stir pectin into fruit in saucepot. Add butter to reduce foaming. Bring mixture to full rolling boil (a boil that doesn’t stop bubbling when stirred) on high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar. Return to full rolling boil and boil exactly 1 min., stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam with metal spoon.
  4. Ladle immediately into prepared jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with two-piece lids. Screw bands tightly. Place jars on elevated rack in canner. Lower rack into canner. (Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add boiling water, if needed.) Cover; bring water to gentle boil. Process 10 min. Remove jars and place upright on a towel to cool completely. After jars cool, check seals by pressing middle of lids with finger. (If lids spring back, lids are not sealed and refrigeration is necessary.)
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Iyengar Karnataka Eggplant

iyengar eggplant

Ingredients:

2 long eggplants, cut into 1 inch lengths (then I cut each 1 inch cylinder into six long pieces)

eggplant

1/3 tsp tamarind paste diluted in 1/2 c warm water
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tbsp salt
1 tbsp coconut powder

Spice Powder

2 tbsp urad dal
2 tbsp chana dal
1/3 tsp paprika
3 tbsp coriander seeds
1/2 ” cinnamon stick
1 clove

Tempering

enough oil to cover bottom of heavy bottomed wide pot (I use a sesame oil and peanut oil combination)(make sure you have a lid for this pot)

pot

1 tbsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp urad dal
1 tbsp chana dal
4-5 curry leaves

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine spice powder ingredients in pan on stove. Dry roast until fragrant. Dals will be golden. Taste the dals to make sure they are cooked. When done, let cool and then grind in grinder until fine powder. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in heavy pot over medium heat. Add tempering ingredients in order given. Add eggplant. Sautee. Add tamarind water. Add turmeric. Add salt. Mix well. Cover with lid. Let cook over medium low heat until eggplant is tender and liquid is absorbed.
  3. Remove from heat. Add spice powder and coconut powder. Mix well.
  4. Enjoy!

Recipe is adapted from Simply Southern by Chandra Padmanabhan. Buy this book, you won’t regret it. There are a lot of really great South Indian recipes in it, which you won’t get at any restaurant. And as far as spiciness is concerned — do what I did, and omit the red chilies and replace with a minute amount of paprika powder.

Quick Pickled Sweet Peppers

peppers

Ingredients:

2 c sliced sweet peppers (1 bag of those peppers they sell at Costco)(you can slice lengthwise or in circles)
1/2 c apple cider vinegar
1 c water
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp salt
4 garlic cloves, minced (or 2 tsp Diallo bottled minced garlic which they sell at Costco)

Directions:

  1. Place peppers in a jar.
  2. In saucepan over medium high heat, mix vinegar, water, sugar and salt. Let boil.
  3. Remove from heat. Add garlic.
  4. Pour over peppers in jar. Top off with more water if necessary.
  5. Cover jar, refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
  6. This will keep in the fridge for about a week.

H/T Simply Whisked

This tastes AMAZING on pizza, sandwiches, by themselves.

Peach Cobbler

Adapted from Southern Living.

INGREDIENTS

1/4-1/2 cup unsalted butter
1-2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 c brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 cup milk
4 cups fresh peach slices, peeled
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
orange zest (optional)
Ground cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)
Chopped pecans (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Put butter in 13 x 9 pyrex dish. Put dish in oven. Let butter melt.
  3. Put peaches on top of butter.
  4. Mix remaining ingredients, pour on top of peaches.
  5. Bake 40-45 min.
  6. Serve with ice cream.

 

Emeril’s NEW Jelly Donuts

For some reason, Food Network and Emerils.com have different recipes for Emeril’s Jelly Donuts. I’m including both. This one if from Emeril’s own website.

INGREDIENTS:

1 (1/4 ounce) package of active dry yeast
3/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup warm water (110 deg F)
6 eggs
6 cups flour
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup half and half
1 1/2 cups sweetened whipped cream
1 1/2 cups vanilla pastry cream
1 1/2 cups raspberry filling
Shaker of powdered sugar
1 cup chocolate glaze
1 cup powdered sugar glaze

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the yeast, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1/4 cup of the warm water. Stir to dissolve and set aside. In an electric mixer, beat the eggs and remaining 3/4 sugar until thick and pale yellow in color.
  2. Change the mixer attachment to a dough hook. With the machine running slowly add the yeast mixture, melted butter, milk, half and half and salt.
  3. Add the flour, 1 cup at a time.
  4. Mix until the mixture forms a soft ball, leaves the sides of the bowl, and climbs up the dough hook. Remove the dough and turn into a lightly oiled bowl.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set the bowl in a warm, draft free space. LET THE DOUGH RISE until double in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
  6. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and dust the surface of the dough with flour. With a rolling pin, roll out the dough, about 1/4 inch thick, in the shape of a rectangle. Using a 3 inch round cutter, cut the dough into circles. Place the rounds on a baking sheet.
  7. Cover the dough with a greased piece of plastic wrap (this will prevent the dough from sticking to the wrap) and LET THE DOUGH RISE until double in size, about 30 minutes.
  8. Preheat the fryer to 350 degrees.
  9. Gently fry a couple of the circles at a time, until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes, flipping occasionally for overall browning. Remove the doughnuts from the oil and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
  10. Fit each pastry bag with small round tips. Fill each bag with a different filling. Pipe the donuts, alternately with the different fillings. Sprinkle some of the filled donuts with powdered sugar. Glaze the remaining donuts with the two different glazes. Place on a serving platter and serve.

POWDERED SUGAR GLAZE:

1 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons milk

In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar and the milk and whisk until smooth.

RASPBERRY FILLING

4 cups raspberries
3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons water
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch

In a saucepan, combine the raspberries, 3/4 cup of water and the sugar. Bring to boil. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until the raspberries have broken down. Remove the mixture from the heat and strain in a fine-mesh sieve. Return the strained mixture to the heat. Dissolve the cornstarch in the remaining 2 tablespoons of water. Whisk the slurry into the raspberry mixture. Bring the mixture back to a boil and simmer for 5 more minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely.

 

 

Emeril’s Jelly Donuts

Link here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/jelly-filled-donuts-3644849

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup whole milk
3/4 ounce (4 1/2 teaspoons) instant yeast
1 tbsp sugar

3 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon mace
2 tablespoons nonfat powdered milk
1 large egg
3/4 c milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup bread flour

1 1/2 cups raspberry, strawberry, blueberry or your favorite jelly for filling doughnut
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Microwave 1/4 c milk at 15 sec intervals until it is warm BUT NOT HOT. Place the yeast in a small bowl with 1 tablespoon of the sugar and pour the heated milk over the yeast. Stir the milk into the yeast and allow it to bloom for 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. In a stand mixer fitted with a whip attachment, combine the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar, butter, salt, mace, and powdered milk and mix until just well combined. Do not overmix. Add the egg and mix gently. Add the remaining 3/4 cup of milk and mix briefly. Add the flours and yeast mixture and mix to form a smooth dough, about 6 to 8 minutes at second speed.
  3. Transfer dough to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel. Set aside to rise in a warm, draft free place until doubled in size, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface. Sprinkle the dough lightly with flour and, using a rolling pin, roll to a thickness of 1/2-inch. Let dough sit undisturbed for 5 minutes to allow the dough to relax. Using a biscuit cutter or the rim of a glass, cut doughnuts into rounds about 3 inches in diameter.
  5. Add enough oil (or vegetable shortening) to a large saucepan or deep-fryer to come halfway up the sides of the pan when melted. Heat over medium heat to a temperature of 350 degrees F. Fry the donuts, a few at a time so as to not overcrowd, turning once midway through the cooking, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes per side. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
  6. While donuts are still warm, place them in a paper bag with some sugar and shake to coat. Transfer the cooked doughnuts to a cookie rack set over a sheet pan to cool.
  7. When donuts are cool, place the jelly in a pastry bag fitted with a plain tip and, using the tip, poke a small hole in the side of the doughnuts and fill the centers with 2 tablespoons of the jam.
  8. Enjoy!

Lemon Pepper Paneer

Ingredients:

Paneer
Olive oil
Lemon Pepper
1 small onion (chopped into 1 in pieces)(optional)
1/2 small red pepper (chopped into 1 in pieces)(optional)

Directions:

  1. Cut paneer into 3/4 in cubes.
  2. Put into mixing bowl.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil (about 1/3 c).
  4. Sprinkle with lemon pepper (about 1/3 of the bottle).
  5. Mix well.
  6. Optional: Add onion and red pepper to bowl. Mix well.
  7. Let sit for four hours to overnight to let the flavors soak in.
  8. Preheat oven to 350F.
  9. Spread cubes out onto nonstick cookie sheet.
  10. Bake 10 min.
  11. Take out of oven and mix.
  12. Bake 10 min.
  13. Take out of oven and mix.
  14. Paneer should be nicely browned and crisp. If not bake another 3-5 min.
  15. Take out of oven, put into serving bowl lined with paper towels.
  16. Enjoy!