Fall salmon pot pie

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A salmon and mushroom pie hidden in a pumpkin. That’s Halloween on the plate.

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This month :

Hannah of Rise and Shine was our October 2013 Daring Bakers’ hostess and she challenged us to bake our own double crusted savory pot pies. Using any from-scratch crust and filling we choose, we were allowed to get completely creative with our recipe, showing off the savory flavors and fillings from our own home or region.

So let’s go for Japanese season produce and even tofu for a dairy free pie :

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Autumn/Fall is the season of kabocha pumpkin, salmon, mushrooms (shiitake).

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Kabocha pumpkin crust : 1/3 boiled kabocha flesh, 1/3 flour, 1/3 whole wheat flour. Plus a little baling powder, salt, chili flakes and enough of the squash cooking water to for a dough.

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The fresh ingredients.

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Gravy : I stir-fried onion, garlic, the feet of the shiitake with salt and black pepper. Then added the shiitake hats, the peas. To cream it, passed in the blender : 1/2 block of silky tofu, 1 glass of white wine, a tbs of potato starch. I’ve added the fish and parsley raw.
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Baked 45 minutes.

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The crust is perfectly cooked. The inside is a little curded (I should have added the wine to the onions to avoid it), but it looks nice.

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Cress and parsley pesto on the plate.

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La chinoise, the mythical brioche from the East

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Chinois, it’s Chinese people, it’s over-complicated language, that’s it, just this cake.

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Te recipe is secret… Even myself, I don’t know what I put in it.

another chinois
Yes, that changes each time.

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Yum….

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Spahis ? Kaki sfeeha.

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Japanese-Lebanese-Gourmande fusion : Lebanese sfiha (sfeeha, small meat pies) with Japanese kaki, and coconut tzatziki.

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Cut thinly lamb meat, season with salt. Cut a little kaki persimmon. Cut onion and kabocha pumpkin in small cubes, garlic thinly, stir-fry with lamb fat. Season with a little salt, cumin, cinnamon, nutgmeg, black pepper. Add the meat and fruit to the onions. Shred a few leaves of mint and some fresh thyme, add them.

Dough : flour, cumin seeds, a little baking powder, a drizzle of olive oil. Mix. Add just enough hot water to form a ball.

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Take a ball of dough, spread in a circle, put filling in the middle and pinch the squares to form a basket.

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Paint with olive oil and bake.

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Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, chili flakes and mint leaves. Serve hot.

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Tzatziki : cucumbers and a little goya (bitter squash), the sauce is made with coconut cream, garlic, mint and thyme.

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The perfect pair.

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Karamell und Kranz

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Vanilla, caramel, walnuts, softness, that’s the crown of the party, the Kranz.
Largely inspired by Frankfurter Kranz (Frankfurt crown cake). The original seems to contain large amounts of butter, and this one is butter free, so the crown is lighter to wear. It’s still decadent. I doubt any German cake can ever become diet food.

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A very vanilla chiffon cake with lots of vanilla powder added to blond cane sugar.

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The cake is very fluffy. A real chiffon, so let’s garnish delicately :

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The frosting is simply coconut cream (chilled) with a little dark rum, no sugar. There is enough sweetness from the biscuit, the raspberry jam and caramelized walnuts.

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I’ve added water to the caramel left in the bottom of pan for the walnuts, and when that was cooled, poured on the cake just before serving.

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Eat while it’s cold…

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… with hot coffee.

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Autumn colors (1) : Pumpkin crust

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A pie crust colored by the golds of Autumn. It’s easy, delicious and you can use it for many recipes or pies, tarts, etc.

The season’s star : kabocha pumpkin. You can use other types of pumpkin, some will be more watery so you will need to add less water.

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Kabocha pumpkin crust : 1/3 boiled pumpkin flesh, 1/3 flour, 1/3 whole wheat flour. Plus a little baling powder, salt and enough of the squash cooking water to for a dough.
It’s not very solid when raw, so spread it on a silpat or a plastic film.

That gives the neutral version for both sweet and savory pies, but you can add sugar or salt and spices too.

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Then I baked them at 160 degrees, about 30 minutes.

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A dessert version, very lazy. I’ve garnished with coconut cream, walnuts, unsweetened chocolate (100% cocoa mass), cinnamon. The only “sugar” is a minced prune.

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Hot plate muffins with fig, walnut and cinnamon

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A few home-made English muffins. I made half plain, half garnished with dices of fresh fig, walnut and cinnamon powder.

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The dough is made with 1/3 graham flour and a little coconut milk. I shaped them in circles. Cooked on the cast iron hot plate.

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I’m in training. They will look more regular next time…

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They are still delicious the next day : toasted, with a little coconut cream. topped with more fig, walnut and cinnamon.

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Momo mitsu-nyu, a plant based tres leches with peach

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Freshly invented, this is the Japanese tres leches. Momo, the peach. Mitsu-nyu, 3 milks. It is vegan, gluten free, and oishii !

More about “tres leches” cake and basic recipe.

This is okara, the fiber left after you squeeze out soy milk. I often make cakes with it.

I’ve made a very simple vanilla okara cake, very simple :
1 cup of okara, 2 tbs of potato starch, 2 tbs of cane sugar, 1 tbs of dry coconut, vanilla powder, enough water to get a sticky dough. Baked on low heat in 2 round molds.

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Next day, I’ve soaked the dried cooled cakes.
Syrup : coconut milk + coconut cream + 1 small chunk of kurozako black sugar.
I consider soy creaminess from the okara makes the 3rd milk.

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That’s the texture you obtain.

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A few hours later, I’ve piled the 2 rounds and garnished.
Cream : coconut cream, powder sugar and green kinako (a grilled soy powder). I’ve completed with slices of peach.

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A fresh creamy cake that will live long enough to take and photo and then disappear into the paradise of great food memories…

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