Tuesday, December 18, 2018

GERMAN APPLE CAKE




I remember in Romania falls in  my childhood were full of apples, italian prunes, grapes and watermelons....
When Grapes were  available on fruit stands,,,, I knew fall is here and .....school will start soon! My mom use to make a lot of desert with apples, the one we  picked  from neighborhood orchards!
One of these deserts was apple cake that my mother always insisted that it is GERMAN apple cake....I was surprises to find in this blog/site KITCHME exactly named so!!!
Yesterday my grandson and I we made these recipe and everyone love it!

My NOTE! I added crumbled walnuts on half of the cake, I was not sure everybody like it!




Ingredients: (serves 24)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  •         1cup white sugar (not 2)
  • 2 teaspoons (tsp) ground cinnamon
  • 12 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 cup apple, peeled, cored, and diced



Sunday, November 25, 2018

No bake, Layered Apple Cream Cheese CAKE





I found this recipe in a wonderful romanian blog,
 LAURA LAURENTIU BLOG,

and it had a wonderful picture that I can’t resist!!! I am not very fond of cream cheese deserts, but this one having heavy cream and caramelized apple and caramel sauce….I thought it is divine and I have to try!






 I have changed a little the amount of sugar and gelatin from Laura's recipe, to adept for my grandson needs and I made it 2 times to make sure it is good.... my grandson approved! that's it!! 

It is a great desert,  LAURA LAURENTIU! Thanks!


Ingredients

  • 7 tablespoons  melted butter  (100g)
  • 2 cups any biscuit crumbs (200g)
  • 4 lbs fresh apples ( about 3 lbs pealed and sliced) (1.8kg)
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 4 tablespoons coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons of raisins  
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 2 cups cream cheese(400g,Philadelphia, mascarpone, labneh)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream (200ml)
  • 1 lemon for zest
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  •   gelatin, one package (7g)



Tuesday, November 20, 2018

THANKSGIVING ROASTED TURKEY - the best recipe




http://www.marthastewart.com/274491/how-to-roast-a-turkey/@center/276949/everything-thanksgiving


The best recipe is the Martha Stewart one. 
I didn't know how to roast a turkey. Every year we all went to my mother's for Thanksgiving, turkey, staffing, mushed potatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes pie (i learn from my neighbor), apple pie, pumpkin pie, and so on!
I roasted many times chickens! I roasted a whole pork leg every Christmas, I roasted a whole lamb leg...... but, NEVER  a turkey!
I try few recipes from blogs, internet, books, but I was not happy until i found Martha's recipe. There is a video, there is a stuffing recipe, there is how to cut a turkey! Wonderful !



Ingredients
 
1 20- to 21-pound fresh whole turkey, giblets and neck removed from cavity and reserved
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter (3 sticks), melted, plus 4 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
1 bottle dry white wine
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper

1 cup dry red or white wine for gravy (optional)

Sunday, October 21, 2018

TORT DIPLOMAT, (CHARLOTTE WITH FRUITS)



TRANSLATED BY ME, IN ENGLISH, FROM THIS GREAT ROMANIAN BLOG:



I was looking for this kind of recipe for quite a while…. There are many recipes in internet, French, Romanian,  British, Americans, …. but I find this romanian recipe that I like it because has  ONLY yolks, sugar, gelatin and whipped cream. No cheese, no milk, no other ingredients…
It is published by Gina Braga, in her romanian  blog, 
 “POFTA BUNA” ( Bon Appétit)


INGREDIENTS

For the cream:

-8 yolks
-2 lb of  heavy cream (for whipped cream)
- about 3 packs of gelatin (20g)
-1 cup sugar  
-1 dash salt 
-1 vanilla pod ,  OR/ 2 teaspoons essence 

For decoration:

-2 oranges ( thin slices, no rind)
-1 large compote of pineapple rounds
-other fruit: kiwi, cherry, strawberries, raspberries  
-1 thin Sheet cake /OR 300g  lady fingers


Friday, August 3, 2018

Turkish Abagannuc in Florida (HAKAN’s Baba Ghanoush)







Last week I had the pleasure to meet HAKAN and his beautiful wife and their children. They are turks and lately live in Romania.

  We were invited to our friends who came from Romania for summer vacation. Hakan and his family came with them…..summer vacation, for all…..

When I enter in the house I see Hakan at the huge outside kitchen , all involved in grilling, drinking, speaking…. I feel I am at the right place… I remember in Romania, as a child  in summers, waking on streets…..  smelling eggplant  burning on the grill…. bring so loving memory for me….

  Entering into my friends house, in Florida, Hakan on the terrace,  nursing a grill and a beer had  peppers, onion, tomatoes….beside a lot of eggplants… on the grill…Wonderfull smell that is attracting you there…. 
The children were happy, shouting and jumping in a enormous infinity pool, right on left of the terrace!




Hakan said is making for all of us, Baba Ghanoush! Wonderful! I was thinking!!!!.... real  Baba Ghanoush by a turk, from Turkey in Florida!! I was preparing for a real treat.

I have seen all the vegetables on grill, I was thinking he is going to make a additional salad…. But NOOO! he cleaned, cut, mushed , all the grilled vegetable, together: tomatoes, colored peppers, few hot peppers, eggplant, making a tasteful mush….








Saturday, April 14, 2018

easy, no bake, CHOCOLATE MOUSSE CAKE /tort spuma de ciocolată fără coacere/








































I found this adorable video, in romanian, at utube. Cristina and her cute little boy  is telling us how to make this lovely desert.




I like it because was no bake and very easy to  prepare (about 20 minutes)  leave overnight in refrigerator, finishing and decorating next day.

 WE NEED:
800 ml heavy cream
28oz (800g)  morsels chocolate, as follow:
   18oz (520g) semi-sweet morsels chocolate
    10oz(280g) dark (at least 70% cocoa) morsels chocolate



BASE:
200g  Oreos cookie or any biscuits =2 cups=7oz
100g  melted butter = 7 tablespoons

FILLING:
400g  semi-sweet chocolate =14oz
125g  dark chocolate           = 5oz
600ml Heavy Whipping Cream = 2cups and 1/2

GANACHE LAYER, ON TOP OF TORT:
100g semi-sweet chocolate = 4oz  
125g  dark chocolate          = 5oz
200ml Heavy Whipping Cream = 1cup 

DECORATION:
4 tablespoon of sprinkles
 250g nice, ripped raspberry = 1/2 lb.  



Sunday, November 19, 2017

LINZER TART



As a child my mother would make this tart and she was very happy to tell us that is a very famous Austrian tart  named after the town of Linz.  
 I remember gathering  in fall hazelnuts from the woods in Romania and than we were so happy seeing this desert on the table.
Later on, we went to Von Trap family restaurant in Vermont, and we learn  that lingonberry jam is perfect for this desert.  My mother and my mother in law used raspberry jam that we used to pick from city of Bran’s woods, where my mother in law had her ancestors house.


Lingonberry  fruits are very common in north of Germany, Norwegian and Sweden, dark red fruits ripped in fall.


 This is  my combination of  recipes from:  NY TIME COOKING   and the one from Marshall Faye, the pastry chef at the von Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont and my mother’s recipe.  






 INGREDIENTS:

¾ cup/120 grams whole hazelnuts
¾ cup/120 grams whole almonds
1 1/3 cups/170 grams  all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
12 tablespoons/170 grams unsalted butter, at room temperature 
¾ cup/160 grams sugar
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
teaspoon ground cloves
teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 ¼ teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons lingonberry jam (or raspberry, or plum butter,
                                     or red currant) 

Powdered sugar, optional


GERMAN APPLE CAKE

I remember in Romania falls in  my childhood were full of apples, italian prunes, grapes and watermelons.... When Grapes were  avail...