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Baked: Eggs Kejriwal

Friday, April 7th, 2017

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The story behind this Indian dish goes that a man named Kejriwal was from a strict vegetarian community – even eggs were off-limits there. When he would visit a sports club in Mumbai, he indulged in a favorite dish: an egg on cheese toast covered with green chile chutney. It was was so tasty, the club added it to the menu, calling it Eggs Kejriwal.

I’ve created my own version of it using a soft burger bun, American cheddar, a perfectly fried egg and homemade serrano chile chutney. The chutney packs a nice kick at the end, but it’s definitely doable for those who can’t tolerate too much heat. You’ll have quite a bit of chutney leftover, but it will last three months if covered in the refrigerator. It’s lovely smeared on a sandwich with some cooling cucumbers or atop a burger or taco.

 

Eggs Kejriwal
1 serving

¼ medium red onion
3 serrano peppers, seeded
3 oz. fresh cilantro
½ oz. fresh mint
1 garlic clove
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. lemon juice
¾ tsp. kosher salt
2 slices cheddar cheese
1 split burger bun
2 tsp. butter
2 eggs

• Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
• In the bowl of a food processor or blender, puree the onion, peppers, cilantro, mint, garlic, sugar, lemon juice and salt to make a chutney. Set aside.
• Put 1 cheese slice atop each bun half. Place on a baking sheet and toast 6 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
• Meanwhile, in a nonstick skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Crack the eggs in the skillet and fry to desired doneness.
• Place the toasted buns on a serving plate. Top each with an egg and liberally cover with the chutney. Serve immediately. The remaining chutney will keep, covered and refrigerated, up to 3 months.

Amrita Song is the owner and baker at Mila Sweets and blogs at Chai & Dumplings

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Baked: Thai Red Curry Pizza

Monday, February 27th, 2017

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My husband and I love the red curry pizza at Thai Pizza on The Loop. It’s exactly what it sounds like: Thai curry on pizza crust, held together by lots of cheese. If you think this sounds unappetizing, well, you’re wrong.

I decided to attempt my own version of Thai pizza with a simple homemade red Thai curry spread on a pre-baked pizza crust and smothered with lots of cheddar and mozzarella. The result is an umami-packed pizza with sweet pineapple bites amid the savory red curry.

 

Thai Red Curry Pizza
2 to 4 servings

1 13.5-oz. can coconut milk
3 heaping Tbsp. red curry paste
1 8-oz. package frozen bell peppers or Asian vegetable blend
Handful chopped mushrooms
1 Tbsp. Red Boat fish sauce
1 cup shredded or chopped cooked chicken
Handful chopped cilantro
Handful fresh or frozen pineapple chunks
Handful chopped Thai basil
2-3 cups shredded cheddar and mozzarella blend
2 prebaked 10- to 12-inch pizza crusts
Handful chopped green onions

• Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
• In a large skillet over medium heat, whisk the coconut milk and red curry paste together until combined. Add the vegetables, mushrooms and fish sauce and simmer 10 minutes, until the sauce starts to reduce.
• Stir in the chicken, cilantro, pineapple and basil and simmer another 10 minutes, until the sauce has thickened and is no longer runny. Taste and adjust the flavors.
• Place the pizza crusts on a rimmed baking sheet. Evenly spread the curry atop each crust, then liberally cover each with cheese. Bake 20 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbling.
• Garnish with chopped green onions. Let cool slightly before slicing and serving.

 

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Baked: Sriracha Crackers

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

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Since I usually bake sweet cookies, I wanted to try my hand at savory crackers. The spicy Sriracha kick is nicely balanced with some coarse sugar sprinkled on top. It’s a simple, savory snack that’s great to have around when you’re feeling peckish.

 

Sriracha Crackers
Adapted from a recipe at The Fairy Kitchen
15 to 20 crackers

2 Tbsp. Sriracha
1 Tbsp. dark soy sauce
½ cup cream cheese
1/3 cup room-temperature salted butter
1 1/3 cup flour, plus more if needed
1 egg
1 Tbsp. coarse sugar

• Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
• Make the glaze by whisking together the Sriracha and soy sauce together in a small bowl. Set aside.
• In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese and butter with a wooden spoon. Add the flour and the egg and stir to combine, then mix with your hands and form into a ball, adding more flour if the dough is too sticky.
• Transfer to a lightly floured work surface and flatten into a disc, then roll to ¼-inch thick.
• Use a cookie cutter to cut out desired shapes and place on the baking sheet, leaving about 1 inch between crackers. Bake 10 minutes.
• Brush each cracker with the Sriracha glaze and sprinkle with the sugar.
• Bake another 8 minutes, until the cracker bottoms are brown. Let cool completely on a wire rack to crisp before serving.

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Baked: Brownie Cookies with Early Grey Glaze

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

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I love to pair Earl Grey tea with chocolate. It’s flavored with bergamot, an Italian citrus that tastes somewhere between a lemon and an orange and smells a bit floral. I added bergamot extract and ground Earl Grey tea leaves to the powdered sugar glaze that tops these chewy brownie cookies. The result is a dense, almost fudgy cookie base with a sweet, lightly citrus glaze on top.

 

Brownie Cookies with Earl Grey Glaze
Adapted from a recipe at Smitten Kitchen
1 to 2 dozen cookies, depending on size

½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 egg
½ tsp. vanilla extract
1½ cups flour
⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. kosher salt
¼ cup water, plus more to thin the icing
30 g. meringue powder*
½ Tbsp. corn syrup
½ tsp. bergamot extract
1 lb. powdered sugar
¼ tsp. ground Earl Grey tea leaves (from a teabag)

• In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on high speed until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat on low speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt and beat on low speed until well combined. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill at least 1 hour.
• Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Sprinkle a clean work surface with flour and roll the chilled cookie dough to ¼-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes and place on the baking sheet.
• Bake 8 to 11 minutes, until the edges are firm and the center is slightly soft and puffed. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
• Meanwhile, make the glaze: In a medium bowl, beat together the water and meringue powder with an electric mixer on medium speed until frothy, about 1 minute. Add the corn syrup and bergamot and mix 5 seconds. Add the powdered sugar and tea leaves and mix on low speed. The mixture will be very stiff. Add water 1 splash at a time until the frosting has a toothpaste-like consistency.
• Transfer half the icing to a piping bag fitted with a round decorating tip. Carefully outline the cookies with the stiff icing.
• Transfer any icing remaining in the piping bag back to the bowl. Add water 1 teaspoon at a time until the icing reaches a glaze-like consistency. Frost inside the outlines as desired. Let dry for a few hours before enjoying.

*Meringue powder can be found at Kitchen Conservatory.

Baked: Frosted Peppermint Cookie Bars

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

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These minty cookie bars are perfect for Christmas. I’ve added crushed candy canes to the cookie batter and peppermint extract to the frosting. I was afraid it would be too sweet, but the mint balances the sugar quite nicely. The cookie is reminiscent of those delicate lovely Lofthouse treats: fluffy frosting atop a soft, crumbly cookie. Enjoy and happy baking!

 

Frosted Peppermint Cookie Bars
Adapted from a recipe at Sally’s Baking Addiction 
16 cookies

¾ cup granulated sugar
1¼ cup (1½ sticks) room-temperature butter, divided
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 tsp. peppermint extract, divided
2 pinches of kosher salt, divided
1½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup crushed candy cane pieces, plus more for decoration
1½ tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
2 cups powdered sugar
3 Tbsp. milk
Green food coloring

• Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch square cake pan.
• In a large mixing bowl, cream the granulated sugar and ½ cup butter with an electric mixer on high speed until fluffy and light, about 5 minutes.
• Add the egg and yolk and beat on high speed, stopping once to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add 1 teaspoon peppermint extract and a pinch of salt and beat until combined.
• Add the flour, candy cane pieces, cornstarch, baking powder and baking soda and fold in with a spatula until even and there are no white streaks.
• Pour the batter evenly into the cake pan. Bake 25 minutes, until it is browned on top but still soft. Let cool completely.
• To make the frosting, place the powdered sugar, the remaining ¾ cup butter, milk, the remaining 1 teaspoon peppermint extract and a few drops green food coloring in a bowl. Beat the ingredients together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add more peppermint extract or food coloring to taste.
• Spread the frosting in a thick even layer atop the cookie and sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
• Use a sharp knife to cut the cookie into 2-by-2-inch bars. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 5 days.

 

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Baked: Pork Meatballs

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

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I love a good meatball, and this is a great meatball. The meat is tender, tangy and tastes absolutely divine paired with a balsamic vinegar drizzle or doused in some marinara sauce. They’re easy to prepare on the weekend and freeze for easy meals all week long. Enjoy and happy baking!

 

Pork Meatballs
Adapted from a recipe at A Pleasant Little Kitchen 
1 dozen

1 lb. ground pork
½ cup buttermilk
1/3 cup breadcrumbs
1 egg
3 Tbsp. dried basil
3 Tbsp. finely grated Parmesan
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. kosher salt
Drizzle of balsamic vinegar, for serving

• Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
• In a large bowl, mix the pork, buttermilk, breadcrumbs, egg, basil, Parmesan, garlic and salt together and refrigerate 15 minutes.
• Use your hands to form meatballs about the size of golf balls and place on the baking sheet.
• Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until the meatball reaches 160 degrees in the center. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and serve.

 

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Baked: Chocolate Chai Cupcakes

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

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Pumpkin spice dominates lattes and baked goods right now, but there’s something special about chai spices. Pairing cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and ginger with deep, rich chocolate gives a boost to each bite. The ReTrailer recently cold-brewed its Don’t Chai Know masala chai blend, and the concentrate is the best part: heavily ginger based and infused with all the best masala spices. It’s available at Larder & Cupboard and meant to be blended with milk, but I added it to these super moist chocolate cupcakes for a tangy, spicy kick. It’s the perfect fall dessert. Enjoy and happy baking!

 

Chocolate Chai Cupcakes
Adapted from a recipe at Sally’s Baking Addiction
1 dozen cupcakes

¾ cup chai concentrate*, divided
1 Tbsp. plus a splash heavy cream, divided
1 cup sugar
⅓ cup canola oil
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 tsp. vanilla extract
¾ cup flour
¾ cup cocoa powder, divided
¾ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
Pinch of kosher salt
2 cups powdered sugar
½ cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature

• Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
• In a small bowl, stir together ½ cup chai concentrate and 1 tablespoon heavy cream. Set aside.
• In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla until combined. Add the chai-cream mixture, flour, ½ cup cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt and the chai-cream mixture and whisk until just combined.
• Evenly divide the batter among the muffin cups. Bake 18 to 22 minutes, until a knife inserted into the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. Let cool completely.
• Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, make the frosting by beating the powdered sugar, butter and the remaining ¼ cup chai concentrate, ¼ cup cocoa powder and splash of cream on medium speed until fluffy. The frosting should be thick but spreadable.
• When the cupcakes have cooled, top them liberally with frosting.

* Chai concentrate is available at Larder & Cupboard.

 

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Baked: Roasted Sriracha Pumpkin Seeds

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

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Pumpkins abound this time of year, but there not just for carving and tablescapes. While the flesh can be used for many things, the roasting the leftover seeds are a popular healthy snack. I tried this version on a whim, and they turned out to be rather tasty. It comes together very quickly and makes plenty to share or nosh on all week long. Enjoy and happy baking!

 

Roasted Sriracha Pumpkin Seeds
Adapted from a recipe from Honest Cooking
2 cups

2 cups fresh pumpkin seeds, cleaned from pulp
2 Tbsp. salted butter, melted
3 tsp. brown sugar
3 tsp. Sriracha
1 tsp. five spice

• Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
• Spread the pumpkin seeds evenly on the baking sheet and bake 30 minutes, until dry and golden.
• In a large mixing bowl, mix together the butter, brown sugar, Sriracha and five spice. Add the seeds together until evenly coated.
• Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
• Return the seeds to the baking sheet in an even layer and bake for 10 minutes. Let cool, then store in an airtight container.

 

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Amrita Song is the owner and baker at Mila Sweets and blogs at Chai & Dumplings. 

 

Baked: Tropezienne Tarts

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

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My husband and I recently returned from our honeymoon in the south of France. Tropezienne tarts were one of many French delicacies we indulged in during our travels. These heavenly cream-filled brioche buns originated in St. Tropez, and many flavors exist like the original orange blossom cream.

I made a filling that reminded me of another favorite from the trip: Nutella-strawberry crepes. The bun is fluffy and soft with a crunch from the pearl sugar on top. The filling is luscious and not too sweet. Watch your dough; my buns to rose a little too much on my first try, so they resemble little burgers. Luckily this doesn’t affect the taste – and I adjusted the recipe so you won’t have the same result!

Tropezienne Tarts
8 to 10 servings
Adapted from a recipe at Joe Pastry  

9 oz. flour, divided
2 Tbsp. milk
3 Tbsp. sugar, divided
1½ tsp. instant yeast, divided
4 eggs, divided
½ tsp. kosher salt
10½ Tbsp. butter, softened and divided
Pearl sugar, for sprinkling*
6 oz. chocolate hazelnut spread
½ cup heavy whipping cream, plus more if needed
½ cup sliced strawberries

• In a large bowl, stir together 3 ounces flour, the milk, 1 tablespoon sugar, ¼ teaspoon yeast, and 1 egg with a fork until combined. Let rest 1 hour, then refrigerate overnight.
• Transfer the batter into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. Set aside.
• In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining 6 ounces flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1¼ teaspoons yeast and the salt until combined. Pour over the top of the existing dough and let rest 2 to 3 hours, until the dry mix starts to look cracked on top.
• Add 2 cold eggs and mix on medium speed until combined, 2 minutes. With the mixer running, add 8 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon at a time, letting the dough absorb each addition before adding the next tablespoon. When the mixture is combined and the dough is smooth, about 2 minutes, scrape it into a large well-oiled mixing bowl.
• Let rise 2 hours, then cover with plastic wrap, pressing down to push the wrap gently into the dough. Refrigerate the dough at least 2 hours or overnight.
• Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Divide the dough into 8 to 10 equal pieces and place them 1 to 2 inches apart. Use your hands to gently flatten the dough, then let rise 1½ hours.
• Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
• In a small bowl, beat 1 egg. Brush the rolls with the egg wash and sprinkle with the pearl sugar. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until golden. Let cool completely.
• Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the chocolate hazelnut spread, heavy cream and the remaining 2½ tablespoons butter on high speed until fluffy, adding more cream as needed if the mixture is too stiff.
• Slice the rolls in half and evenly divide the filling among the bottom halves, then top with a few strawberry slices. Replace the top halves and serve.

*Pearl sugar is available at Global Foods

 

Amrita Song is the owner and baker at Mila Sweets and blogs at Chai & Dumplings

Baked: Chocolate Chip-Orange Muffins

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

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I never know what to do with an abundance of buttermilk. I can’t stomach drinking it straight – it tastes too much like spoiled milk to me. But when added to baked goods, buttermilk produces the most delectable crumb, making it perfect for morning muffins. This chocolate chip-orange version is heavenly: light and moist with plenty of chocolate and orange zest to go around. They’re big, puffy and delicate, and they pair perfectly with tea or coffee.

 

Chocolate Chip-Orange Muffins
Adapted from a recipe at Little Sweet Baker 
14 servings

2½ cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tbsp. orange zest
2 tsp. vanilla extract
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup chocolate chips
3 Tbsp. turbinado sugar (or any coarse sugar)

• Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and line 2 muffin pans with paper liners.
• In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in the buttermilk, granulated sugar, eggs, orange zest and vanilla until combined.
• Use a spatula to gently fold in the melted butter, then fold in the chocolate chips until just combined, scraping from the bottom to make sure there are no streaks of flour in the batter.
• Divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups, then sprinkle the turbiando sugar over the tops of each muffin.
• Bake 5 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, until the tops begin to brown and bounce back when touched. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

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