Peanut Butter Oh’s

This is a family recipe. It is SOOO good! Always goes quick in our house. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

Half a box of Oh’s Cereal (they sell it on Amazon and at Walmart)
2 tbsp butter
1/2 jar peanut butter (1 c)
1/2 little bear of honey (3/4 – 1 c, depending on how sweet you like it)
pinch salt
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp fresh ground cardamom
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 c sliced almonds

DIRECTIONS:

  1. On stove in big pot over medium heat: Add butter. Let it melt. Add peanut butter and honey. Mix well. Add salt, ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon. Take pot off heat. Add cereal and almonds. Mix well.
  2. Pour into greased square pyrex. Let cool all the way and slice.
  3. Enjoy!

NOTE: you can sub cheerio’s, or plain life cereal.

NOTE2: if you don’t like spices, don’t add them. If you want a lightly spiced taste, halve the amount of spices I have used above. The above spice level is “Indian”, not “American”. And it’s divine! 🙂

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Swedish Kringle

From Chicago Tribune. Recipe by Sue Nordin.
Prep: 30 min
Bake: 45 min
Makes: 2 kringles

Pastry A:

1 c flour
1 pinch salt
1 stick (1/2 c) cold unsalted butter, cut up
2-3 tbsp ice cold water

Pastry B:

4 oz almond paste
1 c water
1 stick (1/2 c) unsalted butter, curt up
1 c flour
3 eggs
1 tsp almond extract

Icing:

1 1/2 c confectioners’ sugar
1 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2-4 tbsp milk or cream
2 tbsp toasted almond slices

DIRECTIONS:

  1. PULSE: For Pastry A, drop flour, salt, and butter into food processor. Pulse until crumbly. Pour in 2-3 tbsp water. Pulse until clumpy.
  2. FLATTEN: Tour out pastry clumps onto a sheet of parchment paper. Divide in half. Shape into 2 logs. Roll or pat each log into a thin rectangle, each about 14 in long and 4.5 in wide.Slide parchment onto baking sheet.
  3. SOFTEN: For Pastry B, swirl almond paste in the food processor, about 1 min. Set aside.
  4. BOIL: In medium saucepan, heat water and butter to a boil. Pull pan off heat. Immediately drop in flour. Use an electric mixer to beat smooth. Beat in almond paste, then eggs – one at a time! – then extract.
  5. BAKE: Spread half of Pastry B over one rectangle of Pastry A, completely covering A. Repeat with second triangle. Bake at 350 F until puffed and golden, about 45 min. Cool completely.
  6. ICE: For icing, beat confectioners’ sugar, butter and both extracts together. Add enough milk to achieve a spreadable icing. Spread half the icing over each cooled kringle. Sprinkle on almonds. Slice crosswise on the diagonal into 1 in thick strips.
  7. ENJOY!!

NOTE: This tasted great, but don’t make again.

Chinese Almond Cookies

Macau Almond Cookies

Makes 1 dozen medium-sized cookies.

Ingredients:

1 cup almond powder

3/4 cup mung bean flour

1 cup powdered sugar

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

2 tsp almond extract

2 Tbsp water

flour, for prepping cookie mold

Equipment:

mixing bowl

almond cookie mold

pastry brush

cookie sheet lined with parchment

Directions:

1. Mix all the ingredients together until you get an evenly mixed cookie dough. The dough will look crumbly and on the dry side, but should stick together when you firmly press the crumbs together.

2. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Dust the inside of the mold generously with flour using a pastry brush. Take care to get into all the nooks and crannies of your mold design. Stuff the mold with the correct amount of dough until it is just full. Press the dough in firmly.

3. Give the mold a hard and deliberate smack against a durable, edged surface to release them. Use one hand to hold the mold and your other hand to catch the cookie, or use the release technique I used when making mooncakes. Place the cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment.

4. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes, until the cookies look just set on the outside. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool while still on the hot baking sheet. Let the cookies cool completely before serving. Happy Chinese New Year!!

Chocolate Espresso Dacquoise

Chocolate Espresso Dacquoise
 
Meringue
3/4 cup blanched sliced almonds, toasted
1/2 cup hazelnuts, toasted and skinned
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup (7 ounces) sugar
4 large egg whites, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
Buttercream
3/4 cup whole milk
4 large egg yolks
1/3 cup (2 1/3 ounces) sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons amaretto or water
1 1/2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
16 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

Ganache

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped fine
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons corn syrup
12 whole hazelnuts, toasted and skinned
1 cup blanched sliced almonds, toasted

For the meringue:
Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 250 degrees. Using ruler and pencil, draw 13 by 10 1/2-inch rectangle on piece of parchment paper. Grease baking sheet and place parchment on it, ink side down.
Process almonds, hazelnuts, cornstarch, and salt in food processor until nuts are finely ground, 15 to 20 seconds. Add 1/2 cup sugar and pulse to combine, 1 to 2 pulse.
Using stand mixer fitted with whisk, whip egg whites and cream of tartar on medium-low speed until foamy, about 1 minute. Increase speed to medium-high and whip whites to soft, billowy mounds, about 1 minute. With mixer running at medium-high speed, slowly add remaining 1/2 cup sugar and continue to whip until glossy, stiff peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes. Fold nut mixture into egg whites in 2 batches.
With offset spatula, spread meringue evenly into 13 by 10 1/2-inch rectangle on parchment, using lines on parchment as guide. Using spray bottle, evenly mist surface of meringue with water until glistening. Bake for 1 1/2 hours. Turn off oven and allow meringue to cool in oven for 1 1/2 hours. (Do not open oven during baking and cooling.) Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes. (Cooled meringue can be kept at room temperature, tightly wrapped in plastic wrap, for up to 2 days.)

For the buttercream:
Heat milk in small saucepan over medium heat until just simmering.

Meanwhile, whisk yolks, sugar, cornstarch, and salt in bowl until smooth. Remove milk from heat and, whisking constantly, add half of milk to yolk mixture to temper. Whisking constantly, return tempered yolk mixture to remaining milk in saucepan. Return saucepan to medium heat and cook, whisking constantly, until mixture is bubbling and thickens to consistency of warm pudding, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer pastry cream to bowl. Cover and refrigerate until set, at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours. Before using, warm gently to room temperature in microwave at 50 percent power, stirring every 10 seconds.

Stir together amaretto and espresso powder; set aside. Using stand mixer fitted with paddle, beat butter at medium speed until smooth and light, 3 to 4 minutes. Add pastry cream in 3 batches, beating for 30 seconds after each addition. Add amaretto mixture and continue to beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes longer, scraping down bowl thoroughly halfway through mixing.
For the ganache:
Place chocolate in heatproof bowl. Bring cream and corn syrup to simmer in small saucepan over medium heat. Pour cream mixture over chocolate and let stand for 1 minute. Stir mixture until smooth. Set aside to cool until chocolate mounds slightly when dripped from spoon, about 5 minutes.
Carefully invert meringue and peel off parchment. Reinvert meringue and place on cutting board. Using serrated knife and gentle, repeated scoring motion, trim edges of meringue to form 12 by 10-inch rectangle. Discard trimmings. With long side of rectangle parallel to counter, use ruler to mark both long edges of meringue at 3-inch intervals. Using serrated knife, score surface of meringue by drawing knife toward you from mark on top edge to corresponding mark on bottom edge. Repeat scoring until meringue is fully cut through. Repeat until you have four 10 by 3-inch rectangles. (If any meringues break during cutting, use them as middle layers.)
Place 3 rectangles on wire rack set in rimmed baking sheet. Using offset spatula, spread 1/4 cup ganache evenly over surface of each meringue. Refrigerate until ganache is firm, about 15 minutes. Set aside remaining ganache.
Using offset spatula, spread top of remaining rectangle with 1/2 cup buttercream; place on wire rack with ganache-coated meringues. Invert 1 ganache-coated meringue, place on top of buttercream, and press gently to level. Repeat, spreading meringue with 1/2 cup buttercream and topping with inverted ganache-coated meringue. Spread top with buttercream. Invert final ganache-coated strip on top of cake. Use 1 hand to steady top of cake and spread half of remaining buttercream to lightly coat sides of cake, then use remaining buttercream to coat top of cake. Smooth until cake resembles box. Refrigerate until buttercream is firm, about 2 hours. (Once buttercream is firm, assembled cake may be wrapped tightly in plastic and refrigerated for up to 2 days.)
Warm remaining ganache in heatproof bowl set over barely simmering water, stirring occasionally, until mixture is very fluid but not hot. Keeping assembled cake on wire rack, pour ganache over top of cake. Using offset spatula, spread ganache in thin, even layer over top of cake, letting excess flow down sides. Spread ganache over sides in thin layer (top must be completely covered, but some small gaps on sides are OK).
Garnish top of cake with hazelnuts. Holding bottom of cake with 1 hand, gently press almonds onto sides with other hand. Chill on wire rack, uncovered, for at least 3 hours or up to 12 hours. Transfer to platter. Cut into slices with sharp knife that has been dipped in hot water and wiped dry before each slice. Serve.

Orange Almond Cake

james Beard

Ingredients:
2 large oranges (preferably seedless navels)
6 eggs
1 1/2 cups ground almonds
Pinch salt
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
GARNISH: Thin slices of peeled orange sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar and a touch of cinnamon, or fresh raspberries. Serve with whipped cream.

“A very unusual cake from the Middle East with a moist, dense consistency that makes an utterly delicious dessert. It will not rise very much, and you may wonder if it will ever bake firm. Don’t worry, it will.”
Yield: Makes 8 servings
Method:
Wash the oranges and boil them in water to cover, without peeling, until very soft, about 30 minutes. Drain, cool, cut into quarters, and remove the seeds, if any. Process the oranges to a fairly fine purée in a blender or food processor or by putting them through a meat grinder. Don’t make it too fine. The little bits of skin, which will not be at all bitter after the long boiling, are pleasant to bite on.
Beat the eggs in a bowl until thick, then add the ground almonds, salt, sugar, baking powder, and orange purée, and mix well. Line a deep 9-inch cake pan with parchment paper. Butter and flour the parchment paper. Pour the cake batter into the pan and bake in a 400ºF oven for 1 hour or longer, until firm to the touch when pressed with the tip of your finger.
Remove the pan to a rack, allow the cake to cool, then turn it out of the pan onto a serving dish. Serve garnished with orange slices or berries, and whipped cream.

Almond Cake with Grand Marnier topping

Almond Cake Recipe:

Cake Ingredients:

1 c almond paste (blended blanched almonds and sugar, fifty fifty ratio)

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 stick butter (8 oz)

2 tbsp honey

2 large eggs

1/3 cup all purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 c almond flour (blended almonds)

Topping Ingredients:

1/4 c apricot jam (Bonne Maman)

2 oz Grand Marnier

2 tbsp honey

Directions:

Mix everything above together. Pour into 8 inch round cake pan.

Bake at degrees for 45 minutes (cake will be a nice golden brown and springy to the touch when done).

Let cool completely.

Remove cake from pan carefully.

Mix topping ingredients until homogeneous.

Use pastry brush and brush topping onto cooled cake.

ENJOY!!

Note: AMAZING, DELICIOUS, GONE IN LESS THAN 24  HOURS.