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Little Debbie Challenge – Chocolate Swiss Rolls March 31, 2010

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This really didn’t go as well as I’d hoped.  My plan was to make a regular chocolate swiss roll and from there figure out how to make minis (like the Little Debbie ones Ben loves so much).  I think I need:

1. More practice

2. To follow my own instincts (I should have used my own filling recipe)

 I’m not going to share the recipe until I tweak it so that I’m happier with the results.  I don’t think that, overall, it turned out bad.  I just think it could have turned out better.  Next time I’m going to try rolling it up a little looser (I think I rolled it too tightly, which caused it to crack when I unrolled it, filled it, and rolled it back up), and using a different filling recipe.  The one I use for whoopie (sidenote, autocorrect just corrected my spelling of whoopie to whoopee, weird) pies I think will be better in this. 

 

Dulce de Leche Brownies January 10, 2010

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January 1st Ben and I started incorporating one new healthy recipe per week into our menu plan.  I try to cook healthy meals every night, but it was getting a little boring.  (Are you wondering how this leads up to a post on brownies? Me too…)  In the midst of this endeavor I had one of those days.  So, out the door with healthy cooking! I made brownies!  For me the actual baking is far more satisfying than eating the finished product, although these were the best brownies I’ve ever eaten in my life.  Ben even agreed!  He gave them a 10!  (I make him rate everything I cook.  Isn’t that dorky?  I had actually revoked the 0-10 scale because he refused to give anything a 10 on the premise that he could, at some unknown future time, perhaps eat something better…).  Anyway!  You can make your own dulce de leche at home (it’s super easy), or you can buy a can of it at the grocery store.  You can also make the brownies without the dulce de leche and they’re still delicious.

 To make your own dulce de leche:

  1. Pour a 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk into a pie pan.
  2. Cover it really tightly with aluminum foil.
  3. Put the pie pan into a larger pan and fill the larger pan with water until the water is about halfway up the sides of the pie pan.
  4. Put this in a 425 oven for an hour and a half or until it’s all caramely.
  5. Let it cool off.  One recipe I read online told me to whip it after it was cool until it was smooth….but mine didn’t miraculously become chunky in the oven, so I just left it. 

 Dulce de Leche Brownies

  •  14 oz dulce de leche
  • 4 squares baker’s chocolate – either the squares or the pre-melted
  • ¾ cup butter (1.5 sticks)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla

 Line a pan with aluminum foil so that the foil comes over the edges.  Grease the foil. I was all excited to make brownies and skipped this step.  It was a mistake and I made a huge mess.

 Melt the butter and chocolate together.  If I use the squares I do this in a double boiler; if I use the premelted squares I just do it in a saucepan.

 Remove from heat and add the sugar.  Mix well.

Add the eggs and beat well (make sure the mixture is cool enough that it won’t cook the eggs when you add them.  If the mixture is still hot mix a little of the hot mixture into the eggs and then add the eggs to the chocolate.  Maddie needed something when I took the chocolate off the heat, so mine was somewhat cooled off by the time I came back to do the eggs.). 

Stir in the vanilla.  Stir in the flour.  Try not to eat it directly from the pan.

Pour half of chocolate mixture into prepared pan.  Dollop some of the dulce de leche over the chocolate mixture.  Swirl. Pour the remaining chocolate on top.  Dollop the rest of the dulce de leche on top and swirl.  Bake in a 350 oven for about 30 minutes.

Then make some salads for dinner so you don’t feel so guilty about making these.  :)  I sent Ben to work with about half of them the next day.

 

Salmon en Papillote with Zucchini, Carrots & Mushrooms (and also – look I found our blog!!) January 5, 2010

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So, after a year of non-posting (and um, there’s only one post from last year anyway…) here we (or at least me, I hope Karen too!) are again.  I made about a billion New Years Resolutions, the first (in conjunction with hubby) is to make one new recipe every week – and most weeks it needs to be something healthy.  I think I was feeling a little inspired by Julie & Julia (the movie, not the book.  I was disappointed in the book.  But I digress…)

Anyhow – after watching the movie I checked a Julia Child & Jacques Pepin book out of the library, and Ben flipped through it to find a “dinner challenge” for me.  Turns out he doesn’t think I can cook fish in a bag made from parchment paper.  I thought he’d think I’m some sort of culinary genius, but unfortunately the success of this recipe only made him think he needs to find something harder for me to cook.   Here’s how I made it (sorry for the fact that the measurements are inexact, I don’t really measure much unless I’m baking):

  • 1 salmon fillet (maybe 7 ounces)
  • about a half a zucchini, julienned
  • about a half a carrot, julienned
  • one mushroom, sliced thin (recipe called for shiitake, I just used whatever I found in the grocery store)
  • some butter
  • parsley
  • parchment paper (I think my piece was about two feet long by however wide parchment paper rolls are – maybe 15″?)

Season both sides of the salmon fillet with salt and pepper.  Fold the parchment paper in half and put the salmon in the middle of one half.

 

Sprinkle the veggies around the salmon, dot with butter, and sprinkle with parsley (use fresh parsley if you happen to have it, which I don’t. I just used dried).

Attempt to fold the paper into a sort of bag.  I worked from one corner down, making a kind of semi-circle.  At the last “corner” twist the paper so the bag will stay inflated.  Now untwist it enough so you can stick a straw in there and inflate the bag.  I didn’t think I did this very well, but it turned out okay.

Put it on a cookie sheet and into a 425° oven for about ten minutes.

Oh the yummy goodness.

He was very proud that I didn’t “burn the paper.”  I guess he thought if I put paper into a hot oven it would ignite…

 

Hand-made January 21, 2009

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This blog will be hand-crafted using only the best ingredients.

 

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