CARAMEL PECAN KRINGLE

 

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CARAMEL PECAN KRINGLE

Ingredients

1 cup Marzetti Caramel Apple Dip

1 cup chopped Pecans, divided

1 sheet Puff Pastry

For Icing

½ cup Confectioners Sugar

1 tbsp Milk

¼ tsp Vanilla Extract

 

Directions

For kringle, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place all pecans on a sheet pan and toast for 8 minutes. Cool, chop and set aside.

Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.

Unfold puff pastry in center of prepared pan. Evenly spread half of Marzetti Old Fashioned Caramel Dip onto center section of dough. Sprinkle with1/3 cup pecans.

Fold one-third section of dough over to cover caramel and pecans. Spread that dough layer with remaining Marzetti Old Fashioned Caramel Dip and 1/3 cup pecans. Fold remaining section of dough over all, trying to completely cover caramel and pecans.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until pastry is golden brown.

For icing, whisk together all ingredients, adding additional milk if necessary.

Cool kringle slightly; drizzle icing over top and sprinkle with remaining pecans. Cool completely. Slice and serve

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Greens with Walnut Butter

Winter Greens with Walnut Butter

This recipe is one my grandmother’s.  It was written in her recipe book and stated that it came from family in England. This dish was prepared for a holiday meal only. I kept the wording and measurements the same as they had it written down.

If you have time, make the butter 24-72 hours in advance. Soften 100g of butter to room temperature, beat with a spoon to give a whipped effect and set aside.

Roughly chop 100g of walnut halves then toast in a hot, dry pan until roasted and aromatic. Remove from the pan, allow to cool and stir through the butter.

Arrange the soft walnut butter on a large sheet of cling film in a long log shape. Wrap and roll into a sausage shape approximately 4cm in thickness, tie off the ends of the cling film and allow to set in the fridge until required.

If making the butter on the day, roughly chop the walnuts and toast in a hot, dry pan until roasted and aromatic. Add the butter to warm through, then remove from the heat.

Bring a 2 liter pan of water to the boil with a good pinch of salt. Add all of the prepped greens to the pan, cook for 4-5 minutes then strain and return to the pan with the toasted walnut butter. Toss until all of the greens are evenly coated in the butter and serve in warm dishes.

200g of curly kale, washed and stalks removed

2 leeks, washed and cut into 2cm thick slices

200g of tender stem broccoli, washed and ends trimmed

200g of Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved

Salt

Alternatively, toss the hot greens in a little knob of the pre-prepared butter and serve with another slice of the butter

Yorkshire Pudding

Yorkshire Pudding

 

The secret to making Yorkshires (as they are known in the UK)   is to pour well rested, cold batter into slightly smoking hot fat and put immediately back into a really hot oven. It is as simple as that.  Keep in mind that this recipe came from my grandfathers family from Old England and the way it is written is from their time.  I changed the oven temperature to match our ovens for F.

Ingredients

4 large fresh eggs measured into a jug

Equal quantity of milk to your measured eggs

Equal quantity of all purpose/plain flour to measured eggs

Pinch of salt

2 tbsp lard, beef dripping or vegetable oil

Directions

Heat the oven to 450°F or the fat may burn.

Pour the eggs and milk into a large mixing bowl and add the pinch of salt. Whisk thoroughly with an electric hand beater or hand whisk. Leave to stand for 10 minutes.

Gradually sieve the same volume of flour (as the eggs) into the milk and egg mixture, again using an electric hand beater or hand-whisk to create a lump free batter resembling thick cream, if there are any lumps pass the batter through a fine sieve.

Leave the batter to rest in the kitchen for a minimum of 30 minutes, longer if possible – up to several hours.

Place a pea-sized piece of lard, dripping or ½ tsp vegetable oil into your chosen York shire pudding tin or a 12-hole muffin tin and heat in the oven until the fat is smoking. Give the batter another good whisk adding 2 tbsp of cold water and fill a third of each section of the tin with batter and return quickly to the oven.

Leave to cook until golden brown approx 20 minutes. Repeat the last step again until all the batter is used up.

Serving Yorkshire Pudding

In Yorkshire serving the pudding is traditionally with gravy as a starter dish followed by the meat and vegetables. More often smaller puddings cooked in muffin tins are served alongside meat and vegetables.

Yorkshire pudding isn’t reserved only for Sunday lunch. A large pudding filled with a meaty stew or chili is a dish in its own right.

Cold left-over Yorkshire Puddings make a lovely snack with a little jam or honey.

Queen Pudding

Queen Pudding

Meringue is the backbone of so many traditional British desserts, especially summer puddings. They are so quick, easy and cheap to make, plus they keep well in an airtight box so always make plenty.

Ingredients

Pudding

8 fl oz full cream milk

8 fl oz double heavy cream

½ tsp vanilla extract

3 ½ oz sugar

5 large egg yolks

5 oz fresh breadcrumbs

Zest of 2 lemons

8 oz of jam, fruit preserve, or fruit compote

Meringue

5 egg whites, at room temperature

3 ½ oz sugar

1 tbsp powder sugar

Directions

Preheat the oven to 310°F. Lightly butter a 3½ pint ovenproof dish.

Place the milk, cream and vanilla extract into a saucepan and slowly bring to a gentle boil.

In a roomy bowl whisk the sugar with the egg yolks until light and fluffy. Still whisking, slowly add the warmed milk and cream to the egg mixture taking care not to splash. Finally add the breadcrumbs and the lemon zest.

Place the jam or chosen fruit into the bottom of the greased pudding dish then pour in the egg and breadcrumb mixture; you can leave the jam out and use it later in the recipe if you choose.

Bake the pudding in the preheated oven for 15 – 20 mins or until the mixture is risen and almost set  – yet still slightly wobbly. Remove the pudding from the oven and leave on one side to cool.

Raise the oven to 375°F

Make the Meringue: in a large, clean roomy baking bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks are formed. Whisk in the sugar one tbsp at a time. If you haven’t used your fruit filling in the base of the pudding, warm it gently in a microwave or warmed through in a pan and spread it carefully over the cooled base then cover with a thick layer of meringue.

Sprinkle liberally with the icing / powder sugar, place in the hot oven and bake for 10 minutes or until the surface is crisp and lightly browned.

Serve immediately.

British Beef and Onion Pie

British Meat Pie

My Dad’s side of the family are from Great Britian.  I remembered about some recipes that I had from my grandmother thanks to my daughter in law, April, for reminding me with food post from your travels in England!  These meat pies are British classics and comfort food for the English. 

Ingredients

3 medium onions

2 carrots

2 celery ribs

2 sprigs rosemary

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 bay leaves

1 lb. ground beef, drained

1 teaspoon mustard

1 teaspoon Marmite, optional (Marmite is a salty, savory spread made from yeast extract that is popular in the United Kingdom and New Zealand)

1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons all purpose flour, plus extra for dusting

3 cups beef broth

Prepared pie dough, 2 – 2×9 inch, refrigerated

1 large egg (or a splash of milk)

Beef Filling:

Peel and roughly chop the onions, carrots and celery.

Remove the rosemary leaves from the stalks and finely chop.

Put a large pan over high heat and add about 2 T. olive oil, all the chopped veggies, rosemary and bay leaves. Stir every minute for about 10 minutes, or until the veggies are softened and lightly colored.

Cook the ground beef and drain the fat off.

Stir in the ground beef and break up any large pieces.

Add the mustard, Marmite, Worcestershire sauce and 2 t. of flour.

Add the beef broth and bring to a boil.

Turn the heat down, put a lid on, and simmer for about an hour. Stir it ever so often. If at the end of the cook time the mixture is too soupy you can either thicken it with a little flour or simply use a slotted spoon to get the meat mixture out without any excess liquid.

Pie:

Fill a large baking dish with the beef filling and let it cool.

Remove the pastry from the refrigerator 10 minutes before you need to roll it.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Dust a clean work surface and a rolling pin with some flour and lay the pie dough one on top of the other. Fold in half and roll the dough to 1/8-inch thick. Once it’s large enough to cover the top of your serving dish, wind the pastry around your rolling pin and unroll it over the dish. Just patch up any rips or tears. Run a knife around the edge of the dish to trim off any extra dough.

Using a fork, press down all around the edge of the dough to crimp it closed.

Make a hole in the middle of the dough, using the tip of a knife.

Brush the top of the dough with the beaten egg (or milk).

Bake on the bottom rack of your preheated oven for about 40 minutes or until the pastry is golden and crisp.

Lobster Rolls

lobster-rolls

Ingredients

3- 1 ½ pound Lobsters

2 tsp Tarragon

2 stalks Celery diced

Juice of one Lemon, plus wedges for serving

½ cup Mayonnaise

6 New England style split top rolls

Salt and Pepper to taste

Salted Butter softened

1 Tbsp Fresh Chives chopped

Directions

Fill a large bowl with ice and water.  Steam the Lobsters until bright pink.  Immediately put the lobsters into the ice water to shock.  Remove the tail and claw meat, chop up.

Mix the chopped lobster and all ingredients except chives, mayonnaise and the butter in a bowl.  Fold in the mayonnaise until combined.

Brush the rolls with the softened butter and toast until brown.  Fill each roll with lobster mixture and top with the chives.  Serve with the lemon wedges.