Sunday, January 20, 2013

Swedish Kanelbullar

Kanelbullar or cinnamon buns are a classic at Swedish fika or coffee parties. 

To make Swedish Kanelbullar, you will need : 
4 tsp yeast
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup warm water
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter, melted
4 cup flour
1/4 cup melted butter for brushing before baking
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon powder

In a small bowl mix sugar and cinnamon. Set aside. 

In another bowl mix warm water + 1 tsp sugar + yeast. Let sit for 5 minutes until bubbly. In another bowl, mix egg,milk,salt, sugar and melted butter. Add 2 cup flour,water,vanilla and yeast mix. Mix until blended and slowly add remaining flour. Mix until you have a smooth dough. Form into a ball and place in oiled bowl. Let rise for 2 hours.   
 When dough is doubled in size, roll out in well floured surface into 15×9″ rectangle.

Spread softened butter and sprinkle cinnamon.( If you don’t have big work area, cut dough into three portions and roll into manageable size rectangles)

 Tightly roll into jellyroll form. Cut 14-16 slices and place cut side down in a greased baking pan. Cover with damp cloth and let rise for 1 hour.  Preheat oven 350F. 

Once rolls has risen, brush with melted butter and bake 30 minutes until golden brown. 

Serve warm. ( You can also pour your favorite sugar glaze before serving)


Moelleux Au Chocolat

Moelleux au chocolat is a French dessert which has a soft and sweet center,
 hence its name moelleux, which means “soft” in English.

To make Moelleux Au Chocolat you will need : 
100g  dark chocolate (a bar of dark chocolate)
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup powder sugar
1/4 cup flour
2 eggs
Preheat the oven to around 200C. Melt the chocolate and butter in a bain marie. Mix together the icing sugar and flour in a separate bowl. Then add the eggs and mix well. Butter  four ramekin dishes. When the chocolate/butter is truly melted, pour the mixture into the flour/icing sugar/egg bowl and mix completely. Pour mixture into the ramekins about 3/4s full. Cook for approx 7-8 minutes, or until they have risen about an inch. Serve in ramekin dish or invert on dessert plate and sprinkle with powder sugar, whipped cream or ice cream. 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Make Your Own Crème Fraîche

Crème Fraîche  is a velvet-textured cream with a tarty and nutty flavor. A staple of French Cuisine, Crème Fraîche can be used as an ingredient for sauces, pastry, custard, or as a topping on pie, fruits and soups. 

There are time when your recipe calls for Crème Fraîche and you don't have any in your pantry, or they don't sell it in your local supermarket.  Crème Fraîche is not easily available everywhere and can cost a little too much. Why go over your budget or spoil a nice dessert or dinner, when you can make your own Crème Fraîche in advance.  The thing about making a good tasting Crème Fraîche is always use the thickest, best-quality cream

Crème Fraîche Substitute Recipe1

Use 2 cups heavy cream and whisk in 2 tablespoons sour cream. Keep in a glass bowl or jar on the countertop overnight. Refrigerate at least 4 hours before using. Use pasteurized cream, not ultra-pasteurized, if possible. You can also use buttermilk instead of the sour cream. Keeps for a couple of weeks in the fridge. 

Crème Fraîche Subsitute Recipe2

You will need 1 cup heavy cream, ¼ cup buttermilk and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. If possible, allow the cream and buttermilk to sit out at room temp for an hour or two to take the chill off. Whisk everything together in a glass or ceramic bowl or a mason jar. Cover with plastic wrap, a tea towel, or a lid and let sit about 8 hours in a warm spot. It should look like the consistency of pancake batter and smell fresh and a little sour (like buttermilk). Refrigerate before using to let it finish thickening up. Use within two weeks.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Ribeye with Creamed Forest Mushroom and Baby Potatoes

With all the rush and merriment during the holidays, this is definitely an impressive and sumptuous dish to prepare. Tops this took 30 minutes to cook, and off the plate in a much lesser time.

 two slabs of marbled ribeye , cream and butter

a cup of forest mushroom

pan fried forest mushroom

Fry baby potatoes in butter
Pan seared ribeye seasoned to your taste 


Saturday, September 22, 2012

CHICKEN FILLET With Tarragon Crust

500g chicken fillet (about 4 med filet)
1/2 c fresh tarragon leaves, minced finely
1/2 c parsley, minced finely
1/2 c bread crumbs * (Mcjonsson breadcrumbs)
3 tbsp butter
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
Prepare ingredients, and preheat oven to 200 degrees. Pat dry chicken fillet. Set aside. In a bowl, mix the bread crumbs, tarragon, parsley,salt and pepper. In another bowl, prepare a paste of mustard and garlic powder.
Dip each chicken filet in the mustard paste to coat evenly, then dredge in bread crumb mix. 
Arrange in a greased baking dish. Generously put butter. Bake for 30 minutes, and serve warm. Goes well with my favorite tagliatelle.

Friday, August 10, 2012

McJonsson Bread

2 c bread flour
1 c wheat flour
2 tsp yeast
1 tsp salt
5 tsp sugar
1/3 c buttermilk
1-1/2 c lukewarm water

Mix first 6 ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
Add water.Stir them together until gooey.

Cover  with damp towel and let dough sleep for 12-20 hrs.

After sleeping, the no knead bread dough should look frothy and bubbly.

Dump out on lightly floured surface.

Wet your hands. This will prevent the very sticky dough from sticking to your hands.

Turn dough blob over so that you get a nice, smooth, tight surface.

Tuck the dough and put dough in bread pan. Let rise until double in size for another 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 450F for 30 minutes or longer.

Dust dough lightly with flour before  putting in the oven. Bake  for 30 minutes until crust is golden brown.

Cool on rack. Best with butter and Kalles.


Flaskpannkaka recipe, Swedish oven pancake best with bacon and lingonberry-jam.

1 c Wheat Flour
2 c  Milk
pinch of Salt
3 tbs Butter
3 Eggs
1 c Bacon

1. Start with the batter, mix the flour and the salt. Add the milk, pour it over the mixture slowly to avoid lumps. Finally whisk down the eggs.

2. Preheat oven to 175 celcius. Line the bottom of an oven tray with strips of bacon  and teaspoon of butter. Put in oven for 5 minutes of until bacon turns golden brown.

3. Carefully pour over the batter and make it sure it's evenly divided over the tray.

4. Continue baking in the oven for approximately 25 minutes at 225 celcius or 437 fahrenheit until firm and golden.

 I like this best served with my favorite jam and a glass of red grape juice.