Sukiyaki, Japanese big dinner

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As Christmas is approaching, I wish you a nice holiday season. So let’s have a sukiyaki party !
It’s a party meal designed to showcase delicious premium Japanese beef and season produce. A hot pot to cook and share on the table.

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The ingredients are cut, cleaned, prepared and presented on big trays on the table.
First tray : fungi, konnyaku noodles and grilled tofu.
There were 4 types of mushrooms : shimeji, enoki, dry and soaked maitake and fresh kikurage.

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Second tray : negi leeks, onions, soaked yakifu (gluten croutons) and kikuna (chrysanthemum greens).

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Third tray : the beef. Wagyu, Japanese traditionally raised cows. Beside you can see cubes of beef fat.

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Each eater is given a bowl with a good fresh egg. Whisk your egg with the chopsticks and get ready to dip you ingredients in this sauce.

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First step : greasing the pot with fat and roasting the first slices. They can be enjoyed this way as the beef is delicious, just on its own.

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That’s the technique : melt some fat, add some meat, pour a little sugar, then a little shoyu (sauce sauce), a little sake. Mix and cook.

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All the other ingredients are added in small batches…

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For dessert… well, there are no desserts for Japanese meal. So that’s a French tarte Tatin, made with Japanese apples.

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Rose petal and cranberry for a romantic panettone


Let’s have a bite of dolce vita

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Blog-checking lines: The December 2012 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by the talented Marcellina of Marcellina in Cucina. Marcellina challenged us to create our own custom Panettone, a traditional Italian holiday bread!

Yes, the flavor has just been invented. Sweetened dry cranberries, soaked in a little Christmas tea and dry rose petals. I added a little orange blossom water to the dough and that’s all.

Yep, broken. I tried to hang it to dry. Well, never again. LOL.

It’s very “cake-like”, maybe next time, I’ll use bread flour. But besides, it’s delicious for me. I wouldn’t trade it for those industrial ones like M*tt*.

My recipe. I mix in my home-bakery :

For 3 mini panettoni

A
25 cl lukewarm water (or skim milk)
2 ts dry yeast
350 g cake flour
1/2 ts sea salt
B
60 g black sugar
0.5 ts dry yeast
1 tbs orange blossom water
3 egg yolk
90 g softened butter
C
1/2 cup dry sweetened cranberries
prepared tea
dried roses

Day 1 : Mix A and knead. Let overnight.
Day 2 : Add B, knead. Let double. Add C. Let triple.
Bake a 160 degree Celsius.

Creaming of a white cakemass…

White and red like a Santa cosplayer…

…it melts in the mouth.

Nothing new (it’s this one). I slightly progressed at covering it, and it’s not fresh strawberry season.

Yes, I did a better job, but there is a margin to improve even more. The night version was a charlotte, shaped in a circle, which is easier.

Je les ai cueillies dans la glace, couvertes de gelée et placées sur du sucre glace. Puns are lost in translation, roughly, jelly prevents the frozen berries to turn into ugly sponges as they thaw.

Nonnettes et flocons de neige, fluffy December sweets


Double dessert, but so light that they could fly…

Plain nonnettes, the soft ginger bread. (recipe here).
These are not filled, only glazed in a syrup of kurozato black sugar.

Mini Flockensahne tortes, topped with sesame seed streusel. It’s light low-fat plant based cream and vanilla for the whip.

Petit Jésus en brioche au safran, softy holiday pie


This dish screams : Christmas jingle bell…
It’s le Petit Jésus en culotte de velours (lit : Kid Jesus in velvet pants, which means a delight.)
Well, it’s le Petit Jésus in the sense of salami, dry sausage. A big one is prepared specially for Christmas Eve in Lyon and around, so it’s named le jésus .

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Le « Jésus de Lyon » est le « cousin » de la rosette de Lyon. C’est un saucisson de grand diamètre, 10 cm. Il pèse environ 400 g et est réalisé à partir de viandes nobles triées et parées avec soin ; il fait l’objet d’une phase de maturation et d’affinage particulièrement importante pour la qualité gustative du produit fini. La matière première entrant dans la composition du produit est exclusivement de la viande et du gras dur de porc. Le Jésus de Lyon, pour être bien maintenu, est mis sous un filet qui donne une empreinte spécifique et une forme particulière de poire. Il doit sécher de longues semaines avant d’être vendu. On peut encore déguster un saucisson cru, ou à cuire. Truffé et pistaché le saucisson est bouilli avec des pommes de terre. Le saucisson brioché est un saucisson à cuire placé dans une pâte à brioche et cuit au four. Il se déguste sans accompagnement, coupé en tranches.
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The « Jésus of Lyon » is related to the “rosette de Lyon” sausage. It’s a large salami, 10 cm of diameter, about 400 g. It’s made of premium pork exclusively, specially aged during weeks. It is contained in a net that gives him a pear shape. It can be served raw, or cooked. With truffles and pistachio it’s boiled with potatoes. The “saucisson brioché” is baked in brioche dough. It’s eaten on its own, sliced.

I had a small one, a petit jésus. I baked it in buttery brioche.

OK, it looks like a yellow hippo… But the shape is secondary when it’s so yummy. The brioche is flavored with precious saffron.

This brandy tomato based sauce can be made more simply than the brown sauces. It’s even better.
Miam, miam…. it goes away very fast.

Coucou Saint-Nicolas ! Nonnettes aux kakis

It’s Saint-Nicolas today, in the tradition of North Europe. So let’s make those nonnettes (ginger-bread small cakes).
For a quick nonnette recipe click here.
This year’s is made over 2 days, but it takes only 5-10 minutes of your time.

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It’s my belated participation:

Holiday season is the time for sharing and Peta of Peta Eats is sharing a dozen cookies, some classics and some of her own, from all over the world with us.

The filling is made of kaki (persimmons).

Passed in the blender (after taking away seeds), they become that paste. I’ve added dry mikan orange peel too, but no sugar.

Sugar is added to the batter. It’s Okinawan black cane sugar. It already has a spicy taste.

Simple batter :
-kurozato black sugar, lukewarm water, yeast, let 10 minutes
-add bread flour, salt, more lukewarm water with diluted sugar to get a very soft dough, stir with chopstick.
-let raise 1 hour at 28 degrees (oven dough program), then overnight in the fridge (or the kitchen, it’s the same here)
-stir a little, flavor with cinnamon

In muffin molds, the dough stuffed with kaki.

After they raised, I baked at 180 degrees C. Well, I could I filled them less.

The other side. I’ve cut the excess to get the cylindric shape of nonnettes. And painted with water + kurozato sugar.

They are not too sweet and very soft inside.