Breakfast Ideas

SUNDAY BAKING PROJECT #7 – CHERRY/CORNMEAL UPSIDE DOWN CAKE

Since Cherry Season is in full swing in Southern California it was decided that a second week of baking products with Cherries was in order.  So this weeks project was Cherry/Cornmeal Upside Down Cake.  The title implies that there is a lot of Cornmeal in the batter, but there was not.  However, the Cornmeal was prominent in feel and in taste.  Many of the participants like or loved the Cornmeal but I did not.  Maybe I was the only one who didn’t like – no one else said anything negative about it.  Of course, I am not a Cornbread Lover, so it figures that I would not be too found of the Cornmeal in this recipe.  All that being said, it does give a little different feel and taste to the texture of the cake.

One thing that I did like about this recipe was the addition of Balsamic Vinegar.  i do love the taste of Balsamic and I for one think that even a little more than the recipe called for could have been used.  I do use Balsamic a lot with fruit, especially summer fruits such as berries and melon.

By the way, just because I am not fond of the Cornmeal in the recipe does not mean that I didn’t like it – I did like it – in fact I loved it, probably because of the Cherries which I can’t stop eating when they are in season.  They are my ‘All-Time Favorite Fruit’ and there are many fruits which I absolutely love, especially Summer Fruit.  My Husband loved the Cake – in fact we ate it for Breakfast at least two times.  This cake is a 10″ cake and offers up quite a few pieces.  One of my Sons had it for Dessert one night and one of my Stepdaughters also had it for Dessert one night – both on a different night.  The Cake keeps well and needles to say everyone who ate it loved it!

With all that Hyperbole out of the way let’s get to the recipe and finished product itself.

The recipe can be found at the web site of Epicurious

The Ingredients that you may not have on hand are 3 cups of Cherries (most of us used Bing), Balsamic Vinegar and Cornmeal.  Everything else in the recipe is pretty common in most kitchens.  The recipe does say to use an ‘oven-proof skillet’ but if you don’t have one that can be used as a baking pan, just use a 10″ layer pan or other similar container which is what I did.

 

You will need to wash and pit your Cherries before starting the recipe but everything else in the recipe is pretty straight forward.  Below are some photos of the different steps in the process:

 

 

             3 Cups Cherries

Measure and Wash your Cherries, then remove the pits with either a Hand Cherry Pitter or a Multiple Pitter.  (See last Weeks’ Post – Cherry Clafoutis)

Pitters can be found at your local Culinary Store or at Amazon.com.

 

Or you can do as one of our members did and use chopsticks.  You can also do it the very ‘old-fashioned’ way and use a darning needle to push out the pits.

 

 

The next thing to do is to melt the Butter with the Brown Sugar and then add the Cherries and bring them to a boil.  Shut off the heat after about a minute or so – just to give the Brown Sugar a chance to melt.

 

 

  Melting the Butter and Brown Sugar

 

 

 

 

 

  Bringing Cherry Mixture to a boil 

 

 

Now make your Batter – it is easiest to do this in a Food Processor but if you don’t have one then use whatever would be easiest for you.  Then whip the Whites in a Standing Mixer or with a portable mixer.  DO NOT TRY TO WHIP THE WHITES IN THE FOOD PROCESSOR – They will just get overheated and not whip properly.

 

         Making the Batter

Whipping the Whites

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next gently fold the Whites into the Batter.  You can do this in the Food Processor but only use the Pulse Button so that you do not over-mix.

 

 

        Adding Whites to Batter

 

After the Whites are folded into the Batter it is time to pour the Batter over the Cherries and finally to bake the cake.

Adding Batter to Pan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cake is baked when a toothpick or cake tester is inserted into the cake and comes out clean.

 

 

Baked and Cooling

Baked and Plattered

 

 

 

 

            With Ice Cream

 

Allow the Baked Cake to cool for at least 5 minutes before inverting onto a large plate.  In the Photo above right, you can see that the Cherries gravitated towards the edges, but it still tasted good and when sliced and served with Ice Crema or Whipped Cream one cannot see that the Cherries are not completely covering the cake.

Serve warm with Ice Cream or Whipped Cream.  The Cake also tastes good cold or at room temperature.

 

MEMBERS PHOTOS – Featured Photo this week belongs to Kristy Gobright

 

Christine Rola Biskaduros.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cherries are a relatively expensive fruit but when you consider that their season is so short you may be a little more inclined to spend the money on them if you can.  I can remember when the price was way lower than they are now but things have changed and Farm Workers are now making more of a ‘living wage’ when they were decades ago.  And if you think you are paying a lot of money for Cherries just look at what Christine Rola Biskaduros had to pay for them.  (Photo above right) Christine lives in Shanghai and I guess the Cherries were imported although I did think that Cherries do grow in China but I may be wrong.

 

      Kristy Gobright

Elizabeth Bernhardt Mockapetris

 

       Terrie Cooper

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Posted by sylveee - 2018/06/16 at 3:43 PM

Categories: Baking, Baking Tidbits, Cakes, Cales, Eggs, Farm Markets, Fruit, Main, Sunday Baking Project   Tags: , , , ,

CULINARY MAKEOVERS – # 20 – Pancake and Egg Breakfast

We love Pancakes as I assume most people do.  When I was cooking for 7 or 6 or 5 and so on – there were not usually any leftovers when I made Pancakes or Waffles.  Now that we are only 2, making a small batch of Pancake or Waffle Batter is almost impossible and rather useless.  You can always use the leftover Waffle Batter to make Pancakes or more Waffles the following day or two and you can always use the leftover Pancake Batter for more Pancakes.  Unless you make your Pancake Batter somewhat thick, you’d better not use it for Waffles the next day.  I like my Pancakes on the thin and light side, so the leftover batter does not do well in the waffle iron.  So this morning for Breakfast, I took yesterday’s leftover Pancake Batter and made Pancakes and Eggs with it.  A very simple thing to do.

I used my Omelet Pan and made two  Pancakes, one for my Husband and one for myself.  Next I made Easy-Over Eggs and put one on top of each Pancake.  Add a couple of strips of Bacon, a glass of Juice and a cup of Coffee or a glass of Milk and Voila, you have Breakfast.  Easy, Simple and Fast and no wasted Pancake Batter.  The Pancakes take the place of Bread.  Very simple, like 1 – 2 – 3 and you are done!

 

 

 

  Pancake Side One

                             Pancake Flipped

                                       Egg Cooking

                               Egg Flipped

                                            Pancakes and Bacon

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Posted by sylveee - 2018/06/10 at 9:32 AM

Categories: Breakfast Ideas, Cooking for Everyone, Cooking with Children, Culinary Makeovers, Dairy, Eggs, Leftovers, Main   Tags: , , , , ,

SUNDAY BAKING PROJECT #4 – HAM AND CHEESE BRIOCHE PUDDING

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ham and Cheese Brioche Pudding was the selection for Week 4.  It was decided upon as a nice contrast to the sweet selections from the previous weeks.  Unlike the previous 3 selections which we loved, this one will not go on my favorites list.  My Husband and I both love Bread Pudding, but as a sweet dish; it turns out that the savory version is not so palatable for us.  I am not a fan of Ham but my Husband likes it, and eats Ham and Cheese Sandwiches at least once a week, if not more often, so I decided to stick with the Ham and Cheese Version.  The Bread portion of the Pudding is Brioche.  I used Challah which is very similar to Brioche.  The Pudding itself was beautiful – it raised up and was a beautiful golden brown and had a great texture but would have been more to our liking if it had apples, raisins and some brown sugar in it.

I served the Brioche Pudding for Breakfast along with Maple Syrup and Watermelon on the side.

 

 

 

 

  With Maple Syrup and Watermelon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To make the Pudding you cut up 12 ounces of Brioche or other similar bread   (I used Challah which is very similar to Brioche) and place in a buttered baking dish (12” x 12” or even 10” x 10” will do).  I made half a recipe and used an 8” x 8” dish which was perfect.

 Cubed Bread

         Bread in Baking Dish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gouda Cheese

 

            Shredded Gouda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepared Ham 

 

Combine the Eggs, Milk or Cream or Half and Half along with the seasonings which are Salt, Pepper, Cayenne and Nutmeg.

Custard Ingredients Mixed Together

 

Pour the Custard mixture over the bread cubes and top with Julienned Ham and Shredded Cheese.

 

 

 Custard Added

      Ham and Cheese Incorporated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the photos above you may see that the Bread and Custard Cubes are in a different dish than the product with the Ham and Cheese.  I mistakenly thought that the half recipe would fit in my ceramic loaf dish but not to be – had to transfer the mixture to my 8 x 8 glass baking dish.

 

Press everything down so that the bread absorbs the custard and the Ham and Cheese are incorporated into the whole.  Slivered Green Onions  (which I omitted) are sprinkled on top.

 

The complete recipe can be found at Cooking – New York Times

Normally Bread Pudding is assembled and then refrigerated overnight so that all the custard is absorbed into the bread.  This recipe did not call for that but since we were going to eat it for breakfast, I did do that.  I made it in a glass baking dish, so I had to let it warm up for about an hour before baking it.  The baking took 45 minutes, exactly what was called for in the recipe.  The Pudding should be served immediately or it can be baked and cooled and then cut up into squares as suggested in the recipe or you can just reheat any leftovers that you may have.

 

 

              Baked Pudding

              Plated Pudding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Maple Syrup

 

Even though I only made a half recipe we still had leftovers which I sent home with my Grandson who loves Ham.  I have yet to hear if he has eaten it and if he likes it.  Will notate that here when I find out.

 

I am sure that many people will like this version of Bread Pudding, especially if you are a fan of Quiche.  I do like Quiche but never make it with Ham.  I usually use Spinach or Mushrooms.  I am a Vegie Fan, but not a Vegetarian or Vegan.  I am thinking though of becoming a Pescatarian.  I do not get stuffed when I eat fish and/or vegetables like I do when I eat meat.

There are variations among the members of our group – some did use Spinach, another used Bacon, etc.  And a couple of the members made the Brioche Loaf from the recipe that was given.  I did make my bread but it was Challah and since I had it on hand decided to use that instead since it is very similar, both in ingredients used and the end result.

 

MEMBERS PHOTOS IN THE ORDER THEY WERE POSTED

 

 

              Cara Croxton

 

            CM Wolkon

            Cynthia Allen

    Elizabeth Barnhart Mockapetris

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeanne Ackerman

    Terrie Cooper Loaf

          Terrie Cooper Pudding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Terrie Cooper Slice

 

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Posted by sylveee - 2018/05/23 at 10:58 AM

Categories: Baking, Baking Tidbits, Bread, Breakfast Ideas, Cheese, Dairy, Ethnic Cuisine, Lunch Ideas, Main, Sunday Baking Project   Tags: , , , ,

BACKYARD BOUNTY – ASIAN PEAR TART

We have several fruit trees in our backyard and an Asian Pear is one of them.  This year the branches were so laden with fruit that one of the branches actually broke forcing me to bring in the pears and use them. Some of them were rather small as this was early in the season.  But since Asian Pears are usually pretty firm and even crunchy when ripe, I was able to use them.  I actually let them sit in the house for about a week to ripen sufficiently.  Fortunately, there are still many more pears on the tree that are reaching their potential in size and ripeness.

With this first batch I decided to make a Pear Tart.  I love Pears and I love Pastry, especially that made with Puff Pastry.  The Tart that I made is really fun to do in that when you place the fruit and filling on the pastry, it is flat.  You place the filling on the dough and leave almost an inch of dough all the way around.  When it bakes, the sides raise up to form a rim around the tart.  The instructions and photos will be give below.  Please be sure and try it yourself and see how good it can be.

 

The ingredients you will need for the Pear Tart is a sheet of Puff Pastry (or you can make your own pastry dough and fit it into a tart pan.  The only kind of pastry dough that will raise up around the filling is the puff pastry.  So Ingredients listed below.

Puff Pastry  (This dough takes a long time to make but it can be purchased in large sheets at a restaurant supply such as Smart and Final.

Pastry Cream

Pears (peeled and quartered  (Any fruit will do)

Tapioca or Corn Starch

Brown or Granulated Sugar

Cinnamon

 

The Equipment you will need:

Baking Sheet

Silicon Sheet or Parchment Paper.  (The Silicon Sheet works best)

Dough Docker or a fork

2 quart Saucepan to cook the Custard in

 

Process:

  • Make your Custard and set aside.
  • Peel, core and quarter the Pears.  (You should have about 4 cups)
  • Place in a colander;  rinse and dry thoroughly.  Then place in a medium size mixing bowl.

 

Pears in Colander

              Pears in Colander

 

 

  • Combine 2 Tbsp. of Tapioca (can be purchased in an Asian Market or Restaurant Supply House) or Corn Starch, 1- 2 Tbsp. Cinnamon (depending on your taste), 1/4 cup Brown or Granulated Sugar.
  • Toss the quartered Pears with the Starch/Cinnamon Mixture and set aside.

 

Pears tossed with Cinnamon Mixture.

  Pears tossed with Cinnamon Mixture

 

 

 

 

  • Place a sheet of Puff Pastry (about 12 inches square – or any other shape you want to use) on the prepared pan.  (If frozen, allow about 5-10 minutes for it to thaw)
  • Use a dull knife (such as a butter knife or pie trimmer) to mark off the edges – 1/2 to 3/4 inch.
  • Use your Docker or Fork to poke holes in the dough – all over!.  (This will prevent the pastry from raising up.)  In the photo below are the Docker, a Pizza Cutter and an old-fashioned Pastry Trimmer.

 

Docked Pastry Sheet

Docked Pastry Sheet with Tools

 

 

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and make sure the baking rack is at the middle position.
  • Evenly spread the Custard on the Dough within the lines that you marked.

 

 

Pastry Cream on Pastry

 Pastry Cream on Pastry

 

 

  • Remove the pears from the Starch/Sugar Mixture with a slotted spoon.   This will ensure that any liquid released from the Pears will stay in the bowl.  (The liquid will make your pastry soggy so be sure to leave it behind!)
  • Arrange the Coated Pears evenly over the Dough.

 

Pears on Cream on Pastry

        Pears on Cream on Pastry

 

 

  • Place in the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.  The Pastry edges that raised up should be a dark golden color when finished.  You want to be sure that the pastry is well baked before removing form the oven.

 

 

Finished Pear Tart

 Finished Pear Tart

 

 

 

  • Allow to cool slightly before serving.  Cut into squares and serve as is or with Whipped Cream.

 

This Tart make a delicious dessert or can also be eaten for breakfast!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Admin Test - 2016/07/15 at 1:11 PM

Categories: Baking, Breakfast Ideas, Dairy, Dessert Ideas, Fruit, Main, Pastry   Tags: , ,

CULINARY MAKEOVERS # 18 – Sweet Potato Waffles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our ‘Culinary Makeover’ today is a relatively simple one.  Mashed White Sweet Potatoes turned into Sweet Potato Waffles which I served with Chili con Carne.

 

 

Chili con Carne

Chili con Carne

 

 

A very delicious meal, but with only 2 people in the household we had Waffles left over which we in turn toasted for Breakfast the next day.  They tasted really delicious with melted Butter and Maple Syrup!

Sweet Potato Waffles with Bacon for Breakfast

Sweet Potato Waffles with Bacon for Breakfast

 

The Sweet Potatoes I purchased had red skin and I had forgotten that the Red Skinned Sweet Potatoes are not red inside but White.  They were a little more starchy than the gold ones but they still tasted good and were perfect for making Waffles.

 

For the Waffles I used:

2 cups mashed Sweet Potatoes

3 Eggs

1 cup flour

1 Tbsp. Brown Sugar

2 Tbsps. Olive Oil (melted Butter can be used instead)

 

I had forgotten to put in a leavening agent which would have been maybe 1 tsp. Baking Powder, but the waffles came out very well without it.  You can use any type of Sweet Potato or even Russets that had been mashed for dinner the night before.  Try your hand at it and see what you can come up with!

 

 

 

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Posted by Admin Test - 2016/04/06 at 1:52 PM

Categories: Breakfast Ideas, Dinner Ideas, Leftovers, Main, One Dish Meals   Tags: , , , , , ,

GINGERBREAD WAFFLES – A Culinary Makeover

 

Baking is one of my favorite things to do and during the Winter Holidays I make Gingerbread Houses and I teach other people how to make Gingerbread.  This past December, in addition to my classes I baked and built four different houses.  One for the Cancer Support Community’s Holiday Boutique, one for a sample for my class, one for home and one as a gift.  There are two ways to bake the houses – one is to cut out the pieces from the unbaked dough and the other is to bake the dough first before cutting out the pieces.  The advantage of the second method is that the pieces will all fit together without additional trimming after the baking process.  The disadvantage is that there are going to be a lot of sections of cookie that will not be big enough for any house, except for the chimney and how many of those do you need?  Now we do love to eat the leftovers but when there are a lot of leftovers, you can only so much.

 

As I said, Baking is one of my favorite things to do, but another one of my favorite culinary activities is to turn leftovers into new products and that is what I did with the leftover Gingerbread pieces.  I pulverized them to a fine crumb in my Food Processor and turned them into a Waffle Batter.  If you like Gingerbread, then you certainly will like Gingerbread Waffles.  Here is how I did it.

 

  • Break up the leftover Gingerbread pieces into sections that will fit in your Food Processor that has been fitted with the Chopping Blade.  Use the Pulse Button to break up the pieces into small pieces and then turn it on to finely chop the Gingerbread pieces.  You should end up with a medium to fine crumb.
  • Measure the Crumbs – 2 cups of Gingerbread Crumbs will make enough waffles for 3-4 people.

 

Gingerbread Crumbs

          Gingerbread Crumbs

  • Use your Food Processor (do not wash out the bowl) or a large mixing bowl.  Beat 3 Eggs until well mixed and then add 1 1/2 cups Buttermilk and blend together.
  • Combine the Gingerbread Crumbs with 1 1/2 cups of All-Purpose Flour, 1 tsp. Cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. Ground Ginger and 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda.  Add to the Buttermilk/Egg mixture and Pulse, just until mixed.  If doing in a bowl, with a whisk, just mix until the Ingredients are blended – DO NOT OVER-MIX!  (Over-mixing Waffle, Pancake or Muffin Batter will make the product tough.
  • Stir in 1/4 cup Melted Butter.
Gingerbread Waffle Batter

        Gingerbread Waffle Batter

 

  • Heat your Waffle Iron until the indicator light tells you the Iron is hot.  If necessary, lightly oil or spray the surface of the Iron.
  • Pour approximately 1/2 cup of Batter on each section of you Waffle Irons Grids (this will vary, depending on the size and shape of our Waffle Iron)

 

Batter on Grids

              Batter on Grids

  • Close and Bake until the steaming stops.  Keep the baked Waffles warm in a low oven until you are ready to serve them.
Baked Waffles

             Baked Waffles

  • Serve with Fruit Compote and or Maple Syrup and melted Butter.  The Waffles in the Feature Photo are served with crisply cooked bacon.
  • For the Fruit Compote,I melted about 2 Tbsps. of Butter along with Brown Sugar (2-4 Tbsps.).  I then added pitted and halved Cherries, Blackberries and fresh Pineapple pieces.  This will work with just about any fruit – Apples are great with Gingerbread as well as Bananas, Mango or Papaya.
Making Fruit Compote

     Making Fruit Compote

 

And this is how you use leftover Gingerbread to make Waffles!  As a convenience, I have also listed the ingredients below.

 

2 CUPS Gingerbread Crumbs

1 1/2 cups Flour

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground Ginger

1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

3 Eggs

1 1/2 cups Buttermilk

1/4 cup melted Butter

 

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Posted by Admin Test - 2016/01/15 at 2:47 PM

Categories: Bread, Breakfast Ideas, Cooking for Kids, GINGERBREAD HOUSES, Holiday Meals, Main   Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

APPLE VARIETIES – ‘NATIONAL APPLE MONTH’

 October is ‘National Apple Month and what better time to talk about, eat and use Apples in Desserts, Snacks and Meals.  Here is an Alphabetical list of some of the Apples available.  There are so many, it is almost impossible to be able to keep track of them all.  We all have our favorites but it may be fun to try a new one or two.  Keep on eye for some of the ones listed below.  There is at least one for every letter of the Alphabet except for the letter ‘X’.  If anyone knows of an Apple beginning with an ‘X’, please let me know.  At the end of this list are links to Apple Recipes in this Blog.

  • A      Ambrosia, Anna Apple
  • B      Beverly Hills, Burgundy
  • C      Crab Apples, Cameo, Captain Kidd, Candy Crisp
  • D      Delicious, Dawn, Davey, Dayton
  • E      Epicure
  • F      Fuji
  • G     Granny Smith, Gravenstein, Golden Delicious, Gala
  • H     Hayes, Hampshire, Hawaii
  • I       Irish Peach, Idared
  • J      jonathan, Jonagold, Jester, John, Jonadel
  • K     Kary, Kent, Katya, Keepsake
  • L      Lady, Liberty, Limelight
  • M     McIntosh, Maiden’s Blush, Macon
  • N     Nectar, Niagra, Norfolk
  • O     Oliver, Opal, Ontario
  • P     Pippin, Pink Lady, Pacific Rose, Pacific Beauty
  • Q     Quebec Bell, Queen Cox
  • R     Razor Russet, Red Delicious, Red Baron
  • S     Scarlet, Scarlet Surprise, Scarlet O’Hara
  • T     Taylor, Telstar, Tickled Pink
  • W    Winesap, Waltz, Wellington
  • X
  • Y    Yates, Yellow Transparent, York Imperial
  • Z    Zari, Zest
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APPLE BREAD – http://www.sylveeeskitchen.com/recipes/baked-goods/breads/apple-bread/

APPLE COOKIES - http://www.sylveeeskitchen.com/recipes/baked-goods/cookies/apple-cookies/

CARAMEL APPLES - http://www.sylveeeskitchen.com/recipes/baked-goods/cookies/apple-cookies/

 

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Posted by sylveee - 2014/10/05 at 12:05 PM

Categories: Baking, Bread, Breakfast Ideas, Cooking for Everyone, Dessert Ideas, Family Fun, Halloween, Main, National Food Days, Pastry   Tags: , , , , ,

ADVENTURES IN CHEESE MAKING – RICOTTA AGAIN

This time I decided to make a batch of Ricotta using Rennet Tablets. It was my understanding that a quarter of a Rennet Tablet would be sufficient to curdle two quarts of milk.  Unfortunately, this did not happen.  When I used the Lemon Juice the heated Milk curdled within about 2 minutes.  With the Rennet, I cooked and stirred with the Rennet added (after the milk came to a boil) for about 10 minutes.  Getting frustrated I added Lemon Juice and it still did not look curdled so I added the rest of the Rennet Tablet.  It finally curdled but did not yield as much Cheese as the Lemon Juice alone did and it was much looser and did not hold its shape.  Fortunately I used the Cheese in Sweet Cheese Turnovers so the thickness did not matter as much.  To add body to the Cheese I also used about half a carton of Mascarpone (thick Italian Cream Cheese).  Next time I will go back to the Lemon Juice.   

To make the Turnovers I placed the drained Ricotta in a medium-sized mixing bowl and added half a carton of Mascarpone, (about 4 oz.) along with 1 Egg, 2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar (this should be to your taste) and some Vanilla. A pinch or two of ground Cinnamon may also be added if desired.   Combine the mixture and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the Turnovers I used commercial Puff Pastry but you can use Pie Crust or any other type of Dough that you prefer.

Have a small bowl of cool water at hand to help seal the pastry edges along with a fork to crimp them.

Lay out the Pastry on a cutting board and cut into 6″ squares.  If needed you can use a clean ruler to measure.  I usually just eye-ball it.  Use a long knife or Pizza Wheel.  Keep your eye on the end point and you will end up cutting a straight line.  If you try to guide the knife or wheel, it is likely that your pieces will end up crooked.  (I learned this little trick from my Mother who used to make all our clothes – when she cut out fabric she always said, keep your eye on the place where you want to end – this will guide your hand  and keep it straight)  It works every time!

Pastry Squares Pastry Squares

Arrange the squares so that they are facing you as a diamond.  Place a scoop of the filling on each square.  (I used a #30 food scoop – about 1 1/2 Tbsps.) The filling should be placed just below the mid-point which will give you enough room to fold over the pastry and seal the edges without the filling oozing out the sides.

Sweet Cheese Turnovers - Filling Added Sweet Cheese Turnovers – Filling Added

Using your clean finger or a pastry brush lightly coat the edges of two adjacent sides with the water;  fold over into a triangle and then crimp with the fork.

If you plan on baking the Turnovers right away preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment.  Place the Turnovers on the lined baking sheet with at least 2 inches between each turnovers on all sides.  Even though there is no leavening agent as such in Puff Pastry, the layers formed by the Butter will puff up tremendously.  Once the baking pan is full brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with Turbinado Sugar.  Bake in your preheated oven for 20 minutes (DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR UNTIL THE 20 MINUTES ARE UP).  The Turnovers should be a golden brown when completely baked – if after 20 minutes they are still too pale then bake for another 5 minutes or until golden brown.  The Baked Turnovers are the Feature Photo above.

If you plan on freezing all or part of the Turnovers before baking them you can place them as close together on the sheet that you can as long as they don’t touch each other.  Once they are frozen wrap them in plastic wrap or the parchment and place in a freezer bag.  You can remove and bake as many or as few at a time as you need.

Sweet Cheese Turnovers  for freezing Sweet Cheese Turnovers for freezing
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Posted by sylveee - 2014/09/30 at 4:24 PM

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NATIONAL BREAKFAST MONTH

Pineapple & Pork Fried Rice

 

Here we are again talking about Breakfasts.  Since September is ‘National Breakfast Month’ this is a good format to use – Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – simply because you are breaking a long fast between the last meal of the day before and the first meal of the current day.  Your body, like your car, needs fuel to run on and your brain especially needs that fuel to keep you thinking straight.  In the last blog I talked about Western Style Breakfasts – that is the Breakfast as we know it in American and also in parts of Europe.

 

Pictured above is Pineapple and Pork Fried Rice – this would make a good and healthy breakfast for any culture so try having an Asian Style Breakfast sometime if you have leftovers.

Today I am going to be talking about Asian Breakfasts.  People in Asia, for the most part,  do not have special foods that they eat for Breakfast.  Usually it is food left over from the day before.  However, in China, Congee, a porridge made from Rice is the preferred Breakfast.  Usually leftovers of vegetables, fruit or meat are added to the Congee.  Interestingly, the last time we were in Thailand our Hotel served a Breakfast Buffet every morning.  Since a considerable number of Chinese people visit Thailand, along with Westerners, the Hotel served a Chinese Breakfast.  Congee with a large number of different items that could be added to it.  They also served a Western Breakfast.  I always have a habit of observing what other people are eating and I noticed that the Chinese guests were eating the Western Style Breakfast.  I who always eat a Western Style Breakfast at home was eating the Congee or the Chinese Breakfast.  I guess people all over the world do like a little variety in their food.

 

Japanese people usually eat whatever is left over from the night before as do the people of Thailand.  Even though Breakfast Foods per se are not common among the Thai people there are plenty of restaurants in Thailand that do serve a Western Style Breakfast.  That being said, if you are Thai you probably have Rice along with perhaps some Pork or whatever happens to be available.  When my Sons and Daughter- in – Law were here visiting, my Thai Daughter – in – Law fell in love with Breakfast Jacks.  She also loves to make a Thai Omelet which isn’t necessarily eaten for Breakfast.  A Thai Omelet is similar to Egg Foo Young but is still different.  It is quite delicious and can be eaten for any meal of the day.

 

Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice

 

Kaui Fried Rice

Kauai  Fried Rice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Fried Rice Photos just to the left.   The  top one is Chicken-Fried Rice – a good way to use up leftover Chicken and the one on the bottom is Fried Rice I made when we were in Kauai.  There is a strong Asian influence in modern Hawaiian Food and Rice is frequently eaten for any meal.

 

 

For Western Breakfast Ideas please see the previous post ‘Breakfast’ in this Blog.

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Posted by sylveee - 2014/09/19 at 12:58 PM

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BREAKFAST

 

 

September is ‘National Breakfast Month’ and this is a particularly good time for it.  With the kids back in school, it is a good time for parents to emphasize the fact that Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  The word Breakfast literally means to break a fast.  That Fast is the time between when you eat your last meal of the day and the first meal of the next day.  This usually is a period of 10-12 hours.   This is the reason that your body needs to replenish its fuel supply to run and to feed your brain.  Automobiles can’t run without fuel and neither can the human body.  Therefore, skipping breakfast is not good for your body or your brain.

A healthy Breakfast should contain some Protein and some Carbohydrates.  If you eat wholesome nutritious foods they will also contain the vitamins you need along with essential fatty acids.

All cultures have a breakfast menu, although some do not call it as such.  Breakfast foods as we know them in the West are not necessarily what people in the Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures eat.  The typical American Breakfast is actually based on the English Breakfast which traditionally consists of Eggs, some kind meat such as sausage or bacon and maybe potatoes plus fruit and a beverage.  And don’t forget the toast!

In Asia most breakfasts include rice of some kind.  In China, it is Congee, a porridge made with rice but in other Asian countries rice is just used as one of the ingredients for the breakfast.

Since we could elaborate for miles and miles on the different breakfasts around the world I am going to stick with the Western Variety.  This would include, of course European Countries as well as North America.

In Spain and Germany,  the first meal of the day is usually just a cup of coffee and a pastry and a larger more elaborate breakfast is eaten a couple of hours later.

In American, many families have opted to have dry cereal for breakfast along with milk poured onto it.  This is certainly faster for people in a hurry, but it is not necessarily the best or tastiest way to go.

My favorite breakfast stems back to my childhood when my parents and my brother and I usually had eggs for breakfast.  To this day, Eggs are still my favorite food for breakfast.

Since this is ‘National Breakfast Month’ we will devote one blog a week to Breakfasts around the world.  This month will be American Breakfasts such as we know them.  The traditional American Breakfast at least as I knew it was Fruit Juice or Fresh Fruit, Eggs, Toast and Milk or Coffee for the Adults.  Of course, there are many other variations such as Pancakes, Waffles, Crepes (one of my favorite filled with fruit), cooked Oatmeal (with Raisins! or dried Apples!) and the proverbial dried Cereal with Milk and fruit such as Bananas added.

Whatever your favorite Breakfast, just don’t forget to eat it!  Remember, Breakfast is the most important meal of the Day!  Especially for children who go to school and need the fuel and brain power that a good breakfast provides!

 

To give you some ideas and recipes for Breakfast Items check out the Breakfast/Recipe section of this Blog:  recipes/breakfast-items/

 

 

 

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