South Indian Breakfast Rice Noodles

From here. Rice noodles from scratch here.

INGREDIENTS

4 cups lightly crushed idiyappam or sevai / rice noodles
1 tsp tamarind soaked in ½ cup warm water (or a pea sized amount of tamarind paste)(or a can of tamarind juice)
2 tsp oil (corn, sesame, coconut, canola)
¼ tsp black mustard seeds
¼ tsp split urad dal (skinned black gram)
2 tbsp broken cashew nuts or peanuts
½ cup finely chopped onions
A few curry leaves
3-4 dry red chillies, torn into halves (or to taste)
A pinch of hing (asafoetida)
½ tsp brown sugar or jaggery
Salt to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Soak the tamarind in warm water. Extract the juice and discard pulp and seeds.
  2. Heat oil and add the black mustard seeds. When they pop, add the urad dal.
  3. When the dal turns golden brown, add the cashew nuts or peanuts.
  4. Roast until golden brown.
  5. Then add the onions, curry leaves, red chillies, and hing.
  6. Mix well and saute until the onions turn translucent.
  7. Now add the tamarind water.
  8. Also add the brown sugar and jaggery at this time.
  9. Cook on low flame until the mixture thickens, about 4-5 mins.
  10. Then add the rice noodles and salt.
  11. Mix well and cook for another minute until the moisture is absorbed almost entirely.
  12. Serve hot as is or with red coconut chutney.
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Apple Dutch Baby

From: Epicurious

BATTER:

3 large eggs, room temperature
3/4 cup whole milk, room temperature
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

APPLES:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large Pink Lady apple, peeled, sliced 1/4″ thick
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons butter

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Whisk batter ingredients in mixing bowl. Set aside.
  3. Make apples: heat 2 tbsp butter in cast iron, add apples, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cook until apple is soft, around 4 min. Transfer to another bowl, set aside. Wipe down cast iron.
  4. Heat cast iron in hot oven for 8 to 10 min. Add 2 tbsp butter, coating bottom and sides of cast iron. Add apples. Pour batter on top.
  5. Bake until pancake is puffy and golden brown at the edges and the center is set but still custardy, 12-15 min.
  6. Serve with maple syrup or apple cider syrup.

APPLE CIDER SYRUP:

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups apple cider
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Mix well. Let boil over medium heat in large saucepan for 30-40 min, until reduced and syrupy. Let cool, cover and chill.
  2. Syrup can be made up to one week ahead. Let warm to room temperature before serving.

Shredded Apple Jam

Apple Chhundo / Shredded Apple Jam

This recipe makes enough for four people to enjoy with dinner. About a quarter cup? A lot depends on the type and size of apples you use. This lasts in the fridge for months (the same way a normal jam or jelly you buy would last), or at room temperature for around a week (in Chicago!!! That would be around 70 degrees F!).

If you have ever had mango (keri) chhundo, you will love this recipe. The proper type of mango (kachi keri) to make a pickle (athana/achar) is not frequently available in the US. However, apples are plentiful all year round.

This recipe taste great with naan, rice, bread (toasted), roti, paratha, poori, veggies, or really anything. I personally enjoy eating spoonfuls by itself, the way a normal person would eat Nutella. YMMV.

Note: Sugar and salt amounts depend on the type of apple you use and how sweet or tart it is. A Granny Smith apple would require more sugar than a Macintosh, for example. Start at the bottom of the scale and work your way up, tasting the jam along the way. (You can add more sugar and salt than I’ve suggested, as I said, it depends on your taste :)) (If you want to be super fancy, you can add some ghol/jaggery in addition to the sugar — just a few tsp will make a huge difference in taste. If you don’t have ghol, you can use brown sugar. Whatever you like. If you are partial to molasses cookies, you will like the recipe with brown sugar or ghol. If you are partial to sugar cookies, you will like it with plain sugar. Experiment to find what you like best).

Note: This recipe is pretty mild, but full of spices. It is not hot the way most people think of Indian food as being. My family and I are from Chicago, and do not eat spicy food. If you want to increase the heat quotient, increase the amount of paprika, or add a red chili pepper (dried) to the vaghar. Most Indian people in India add chili peppers to vaghar, that is why the food is so darn spicy. My family and I do not do this. It is horrible, like cooking with chili oil. However, if that is your thing, go for it! If you absolutely (for health reasons or whatever) cannot tolerate hot food, omit the paprika. If you cannot tolerate spicy food, omit the cinnamon, black pepper, clove, and paprika. Don’t worry, it will still taste good without it 😉

Ingredients:

1 apple, shredded (use a hard apple, like Macintosh, Granny Smith, Red Delicious)
1/4 tsp mustard seeds (rye)
1/4 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds (methi)
1/2 tsp turmeric (haldar)
1/8 tsp asafoetida (hing)
3 whole black pepper
1 in cinnamon stick
2 whole cloves
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 – 1/2 tsp salt (depending on taste)
2-3 tbsp sugar (depending on taste)
1 tbsp vegetable oil
3 bay leaves

Directions:

  1. Vaghar – put oil on heated pot until oil is hot. Add mustard seeds (they will splatter). Add fenugreek seeds. Add cumin. Add bay leaves, cinnamon stick, cloves, black pepper. Add turmeric and asafoetida. Add paprika.
  2. Add shredded apple. Let cook until all moisture is gone.
  3. Add paprika, salt and sugar.
  4. Let cook until all moisture is gone. Sugar will lose water and then thicken into jam consistency.
  5. It takes a few minutes after you add the sugar until the sugar comes together in a thick syrup.
  6. Remove from stove.
  7. Enjoy!

NOTE: I usually enjoy with with poori and a nice hot cup of Indian tea.

NOTE: Most people can’t taste the difference between this apple chhundo and a normal gujarati keri chhundo. 😉

Hong Kong Breakfast Noodles

INGREDIENTS
Ingredients:
7 ounces bean sprouts
salt
6½ ounces dried egg noodles
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (divided)
2 ginger slices (peeled and smashed)
1 medium shallot (peeled and cut into quarters)
3 green onions (cut into 1½-inch pieces)
1 teaspoon ginger (minced)
1 green onion (finely chopped)
sesame seeds

Sauce:
¼ cup, plus 3 tablespoons water
¼ cup dark soy sauce
¼ cup sugar
1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon soy sauce

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. For the bean sprouts, remove the roots and leaves with fingers or scissors. Rinse the sprouts under water and drain. Set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the dried egg noodles. With a pair of chopsticks, loosen the noodles while cooking. As soon as the noodles have separated and softened, drain and rinse under cold water until cool. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the sauce ingredients. Mix well.
  4. In a large pan or wok over high heat, warm the pan and add 1 tablespoon oil. Add 2 ginger slices and cook for a minute. Add the shallot and green onion pieces. Stir and cook for another minute. Add the bean sprouts and a pinch of salt. Stir and cook for about 2 minutes. Transfer to a fine mesh sieve and drain. Remove the ginger slices and shallot.
  5. In the same pan or wok, quickly clean with paper towel. Over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon oil. Add the minced ginger and cook until fragrant. Add the noodles. Stir for a minute and add half of the sauce. Mix well and cook until the sauce has been absorbed mostly. Add the bean sprouts and stir to mix well. Taste and adjust with a few more tablespoons of sauce if needed. The finished noodles should not be completely dried. There should be a little sauce at the bottom of the pan. Transfer the noodles to serving plates. Top with the finely chopped green onion and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve immediately.

Notes
Dried egg noodles can be bought from Chinese supermarkets, like 99 Ranch Market (https://www.99ranch.com) or from Amazon (https://amzn.com/B00B5HMH4E).
Dark soy sauce is very different from regular soy sauce. It is darker and sweeter. You can also get it from Chinese supermarkets or Amazon (https://amzn.com/B0001EJ4CU).
If you like spicy food, you can serve the noodles with Sriracha sauce.
These noodles make great leftovers.

Six Recipes in One

Published in Chicago Tribune on April 20, 1952.

BASIC SWEET YEAST DOUGH:
(makes 2 coffee cakes or 4 dozen rolls)

2 packages dry granular yeast
1/2 c lukewarm water
1 tsp sugar
2 c flour
2 c milk, scalded and cooled
1/2 c butter
1/3 c sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp salt
5 c flour, about

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Dissolve yeast in water.
  2. Sprinkle 1 tsp sugar on top.
  3. Beat 2 c flour into 2 c milk until smooth.
  4. Add softened yeast and let stand until light and bubbly, about 1 hour.
  5. Cream butter and sugar together thoroughly with electric mixer.
  6. Add unbeaten eggs and salt, blending well.
  7. Then beat into the yeast mixture.
  8. Work in more flour, enough to make a soft dough.
  9. Knead until smooth and elastic on very lightly floured pastry cloth.
  10. Place dough in a greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in bulk in a warm place.
  11. Shape as desired and let rise again until doubled.
  12. Bake as directed for coffee cake or rolls.

VARIATIONS

PECAN ROLLS

  1. Use half of basic dough for 2 dozen rolls.
  2. Roll out to rectangle about 1/4 in thick.
  3. Spread with 2 tbsp softened butter.
  4. Sprinkle about 1/4 c brown sugar mixed with 1 tbsp cinnamon over dough.
  5. Cream together 6 tbsp brown sugar and 1/4 c softened butter.
  6. Place small amount of this in bottom and around sides of muffin pans.
  7. Place a pecan half, or 2 tsp chopped pecans in each muffin pan.
  8. Roll up as for jelly roll and cut in 1 in slices.
  9. Place cut side down in prepared pans and let rise until doubled in bulk.
  10. Bake in moderate oven, 375 F, about 15 min.

KOLACHIES

  1. Use half of basic dough.
  2. Roll to 1/2 in thickness.
  3. Cut circles with 2.5 in biscuit cutter.
  4. Make depressions in each circle with bottom of custard cup.
  5. Place pieces on greased baking sheet and spoon filling in depressions (use apricot, cottage cheese, poppy seed, or a preserve) and let rise until doubled in bulk.
  6. Bake in moderately hot oven, 400 F, for 12 to 15 min.
  7. Makes 2 dozen rolls.

CHERRY BRAID COFFEE CAKE

  1. Use half of basic dough.
  2. Divide dough into two long rolls, one twice as long as the other.
  3. Divide the longest roll into three pieces, and roll each piece into a thin roll about 18 inches long.
  4. Divide the short piece into three strips of equal length.
  5. Now braid the three 18 inch pieces and place on lightly greased baking sheet, after pinching the edges tightly.
  6. Now braid the shorter strips, pinch ends tightly, and place on top of the first braid, pressing top braid lightly onto bottom one.
  7. Let rise until doubled in bulk.
  8. Bake in moderate oven, 375 F, for about 30 minutes.
  9. When cool frost with vanilla confectioner’s sugar icing and decorate with candied cherries and pecan halves.
  10. One cup raisins may be kneaded into dough if desired.

TEA RING

  1. Use half of basic dough.
  2. Roll dough on a floured pastry cloth to a rectangle about 12 by 14 inches and 1/2 inch thick.
  3. Spread with 2 tbsp softened butter and sprinkle on 1 c chopped fruit (or 3/4 c chopped fruit and 1/4 c chopped nuts).
  4. Place the filling as near the edge as possible, then roll as for jelly roll, moistening the edge with water to make the roll hold together.
  5. Pull out dough to about 22 inches in length, place on greased baking sheet and shape into a ring.
  6. Using scissors, cut 20 or more even gashes around the outer edge, cutting almost through dough.
  7. Lift slices slightly upward and place on sides, turning every other one in opposite direction to form heart shaped sections. Press entire ring flat to make dough even in height.
  8. Cover, let rise until doubled, then bake in moderate oven, 375 F, for about 30 minutes.
  9. Before serving, trickle thin vanilla confectioner’s sugar icing around inside of ring.

CINNAMON ROLL COFFEE CAKE

  1. Use one third of basic dough.
  2. Roll to a rectangle about 1/4 in thick.
  3. Spread with 2 tbsp softened butter.
  4. Sprinkle with 1/3 c sugar blended with 1 tsp cinnamon.
  5. Roll up like jelly roll.
  6. Cut into 12 slices and place slices close together, in a well greased 9 in pie pan.
  7. Let rise until doubled in bulk, then bake in a moderate oven, 375 F, for about 25 min.

FROSTED BOWKNOTS

  1. Use half of basic dough.
  2. Roll to 1/4 in in thickness.
  3. Cut into strips 1/2 in wide and 6 in long.
  4. Brush lightly with melted butter and tie each strip in a knot, leaving the ends free.
  5. Brush lightly with diluted egg yolk.
  6. Set aside to double in bulk, about 45 min.
  7. Bake in hot oven, 425 F, 15 to 20 min.
  8. When cool, frost with vanilla or orange confectioner’s sugar icing and sprinkle on chopped nuts.

 

Oven Baked Granola

From Alton Brown

Ingredients:

3 cups rolled oats
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup cashews
3/4 cup shredded sweet coconut
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup raisins

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Combine both mixtures and pour onto 2 sheet pans. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to achieve an even color.
  4. Remove from oven and transfer into a large bowl. Add raisins and mix until evenly distributed.

NOTE: Enjoy with yogurt and fruit for breakfast.

NOTE2: This is quite possibly the greatest granola I have ever had in my entire life. I skipped the cashews and did everything else as directed. You can’t stop eating this. Yum Yum Yum Yum Yum!

Macy’s Fresh Blueberry Muffins (half recipe)

Makes 9 muffins

Ingredients

1/4 cup butter
3/4 cups sugar
1 large eggs
1 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups blueberries
1/4 cup milk
sugar for topping

Instructions

  1. Cream butter and sugar.
  2. Add eggs and mix to incorporate.
  3. Sift dry ingredients together. Add to creamed mixture alternately with milk.
  4. Gently fold in blueberries.
  5. Spoon into paper-lined muffin pan, filling each cup 2/3rds full. Sprinkle with sugar.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.
  7. Cool in pan.

NOTE: Excellent recipe. Basically the PERFECT blueberry muffins.