Three fruits and a nut. Still Summer, already Fall.
A dessert out of this world.
Poires au vin (drunken pears).
Caramel coated walnuts.
You’ve counted only 2 fruits ? True. There is raspberry jam hidden somewhere.
You knew French 3 Kings’ cake, la galette des rois . Here it’s the galette des… noix. Noix are nuts. It went a little crazy.
It was going to look like that. Something like this :
But it would be filled with a classic crème d’amande. It became that :
It’s made like a crème d’amande but…
It’s a crème with two nuts, cashew nuts and a few walnuts. Both are infinitely cheaper than almonds, and just as good.
Then… a mistake : not waiting enough to chill the filling. Bref, the crème was runny, no way to properly seal the pie.
Then… oops, the fève (token) is not inside : forgot it !
Bref, that was too late.
Then… the pie burst in the oven.
Bref, some filling leaked.
Then… the runaway filling fell in the bottom of the oven, burnt and made tons of smoke, the cooking sheet started burning.
Bref, the whole city of Osaka was totally burnt.
Then… the pie was not burnt at all.
Bref, the monster survived the tragedy and came to scare guests on the table.
Then…1/3 of the pie wedges had no filling ! And no king, no queen, no quiing, this year.
Bref, we are all losers (yes, everybody picked one of the damned wedges).
Then… we’ve eaten the good wedges after that.
Bref, we’ll be super-fatty losers.
Besides, for 2/3 of it : it’s perfect. Great fun, great dessert.
A little trip to Slovenia with this month’s Daring Baker Challenge.
The Daring Baker’s October 2011 challenge was Povitica, hosted by Jenni of The Gingered Whisk. Povitica is a traditional Eastern European Dessert Bread that is as lovely to look at as it is to eat!
So it’s a series of 3 posts, including this one with the classic walnut version.
sesame potica (on line soon)
ali baba (on line soon)
So here is the making of :
Crack crack… paint it with coffee. Ribbon up…
Now it looks nice, no ?
The inside could be finer, more like lace… Well, next time !
I’m glad as that’s a progress since my bi-color chinois in one color…
chinois (French povitica)
RECIPE FROM THE CHALLENGE
(NB: English walnuts… are walnuts !)
Povitica (makes 4 loaves)
To activate the Yeast:
2 Teaspoons (10 ml/9 gm) Sugar
1 Teaspoon (5 ml/3 gm) All-Purpose (Plain) Flour
½ Cup (120ml) Warm Water
2 Tablespoons (30ml/14 gm/½ oz/2 sachets) Dry Yeast
2 Cups (480ml) Whole Milk
¾ Cup (180 ml/170gm/6 oz) Sugar
3 Teaspoons (15 ml/18 gm/2/3 oz) Table Salt
4 Large Eggs
½ Cup (120ml/115 gm/one stick/4 oz) Unsalted Butter, melted
8 cups (1.92 l/1.12 kg/39½ oz/2½ lb) All-Purpose Flour, measure first then sift, divided
7 Cups (1.68 l/1.12 kg/2.5 lbs) Ground English Walnuts
1 Cup (240ml) Whole Milk
1 Cup (240ml/225 gm/2 sticks/8 oz) Unsalted Butter
2 Whole Eggs, Beaten
1 Teaspoon (5ml) Pure Vanilla Extract
2 Cups (480ml/450 gm/16 oz) Sugar
1 Teaspoon (5 ml/4 gm) Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 Teaspoon (5 ml/3 gm) Cinnamon
½ Cup (120 ml) Cold STRONG Coffee
2 Tablespoons (30 ml/28 gm/1 oz) Granulated Sugar
To Activate Yeast:
1. In a small bowl, stir 2 teaspoons sugar, 1 teaspoon flour, and the yeast into ½ cup warm water and cover with plastic wrap.
2. Allow to stand for 5 minutes
To Make the Dough:
3. In a medium saucepan, heat the milk up to just below boiling (about 180°F/82°C), stirring constantly so that a film does not form on the top of the milk. You want it hot enough to scald you, but not boiling. Allow to cool slightly, until it is about 110°F/43°C.
4. In a large bowl, mix the scalded milk, ¾ cup (180 gm/170 gm/6 oz) sugar, and the salt until combined.
5. Add the beaten eggs, yeast mixture, melted butter, and 2 cups (480 ml/280 gm/10 oz) of flour.
6. Blend thoroughly and slowly add remaining flour, mixing well until the dough starts to clean the bowl.
7. Turn dough out onto floured surface and knead, gradually adding flour a little at a time, until smooth and does not stick. Note: I did not use all 8 cups of flour
8. Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces (they will each weight about 1.25 pounds/565 grams)
9. Place dough in 4 lightly oiled bowls, cover loosely with a layer of plastic wrap and then a kitchen towel and let rise an hour and a half in a warm place, until doubled in size.
To Make the Filling
10. In a large bowl mix together the ground walnuts, sugar, cinnamon and cocoa.
11. Heat the milk and butter to boiling.
12. Pour the liquid over the nut/sugar mixture.
13. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix thoroughly.
14. Allow to stand at room temperature until ready to be spread on the dough.
15. If the mixture thickens, add a small amount of warm milk.
To Roll and Assemble the Dough:
16. Spread a clean sheet or cloth over your entire table so that it is covered.
17. Sprinkle with a couple of tablespoons to a handful of flour (use flour sparingly)
18. Place the dough on the sheet and roll the dough out with a rolling pin, starting in the middle and working your way out, until it measures roughly 10-12 inches (25½ cm by 30½ cm) in diameter.
19. Spoon 1 to 1.5 teaspoons (5ml to 7 ½ ml/4 gm to 7 gm) of melted butter on top.
20. Using the tops of your hands, stretch dough out from the center until the dough is thin and uniformly opaque. You can also use your rolling pin, if you prefer.
21. As you work, continually pick up the dough from the table, not only to help in stretching it out, but also to make sure that it isn’t sticking.
22. When you think it the dough is thin enough, try to get it a little thinner. It should be so thin that you can see the color and perhaps the pattern of the sheet underneath.
23. Spoon filling (see below for recipe) evenly over dough until covered.
24. Lift the edge of the cloth and gently roll the dough like a jelly roll.
25. Once the dough is rolled up into a rope, gently lift it up and place it into a greased loaf pan in the shape of a “U”, with the ends meeting in the middle. You want to coil the dough around itself, as this will give the dough its characteristic look when sliced.
26. Repeat with remaining three loaves, coiling each rope of dough in its own loaf pan.
27. Brush the top of each loaf with a mixture of ½ cup (120 ml) of cold STRONG coffee and 2 tablespoons (30ml/28 gm/1 oz) of sugar. If you prefer, you can also use egg whites in place of this.
28. Cover pans lightly will plastic wrap and allow to rest for approximately 15 minutes.
29. Preheat oven to moderate 350°F/180°C/gas mark 4.
30. Remove plastic wrap from dough and place into the preheated oven and bake for approximately 15 minutes.
31. Turn down the oven temperature to slow 300°F/150°C/gas mark 2 and bake for an additional 45 minutes, or until done.
32. Remove bread from oven and brush with melted butter.
33. Check the bread at 30 minutes to ensure that the bread is not getting too brown. You may cover the loaves with a sheet of aluminum foil if you need to.
34. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for 20-30 minutes, still in the bread pan. Remember, the bread weighs about 2.5 and it needs to be able to hold its own weight, which is difficult when still warm and fresh out of the oven. Allowing it to cool in the pan helps the loaf to hold its shape.
35. It is recommended that the best way to cut Povitica loaves into slices is by turning the loaf upside down and slicing with a serrated knife
Terrine de volailles aux herbes et noix.
Tartine de terrine au foie de volaille.
Today, 2 other mini-terrines. The first photo is a terrine of poultry with herbs and walnuts. The second, an open sand with a terrine of poultry liver.
All the terrines that cooked together… The red orange color is because I sprinkled paprika and turmeric at various stages. You may not know it but the natural color of all the terrines, ham, sausages is grey, sad ash grey and the pros add nitrates to make them be pinkish. I didn’t use nitrates.
It contains ground chicken, pasted liver, liver chunks and tarragon. It’s soft, easy to spread. There were 2 of this type.
Here we have a crunchy one with walnuts. It’s chicken and duck. I added a random mix of herbs from my garden (recently reviving after the heat wave) : mint, another mint, sage, basil, hori basil, lemon balm.
The third one :
To celebrate the new month, a nice duck terrine with marrons and walnuts. That made me happy as we don’t get much terrine or pâté here. So that was like a little trip home.
Duck meat marinated in brandy, liver, ground chicken, walnuts and chestnuts. All the bounties of the season.
Making mini-terrines, because they are much easier to cook, eat, etc…
After 3 days flavor starts to maturate. And it’s really delicious.
Vegetal inspiration for this Japanese (freestyle) dinner. Sakurambo means cherry, it flavors the chicken and it’s the sunomono (vinegar pickle). And koke is moss, a plant that looks like the spinach mousse and the seaweed in the soup.
It’s not long at all to prepare.
Walnut spinach mousse. It’s very easy and quick.
In the blender : 100 g of tofu, about 1 cup of spinach leaves, one egg white and salt. When it’s creamy add a few walnuts, blend a few seconds to break the walnuts without shmashing them too much. Pour in a glass, coook 4 minutes at 200 watt microwave. Toppings are more walnuts, shichimi togarashi (4 spice mix) and negi leeks.
It’s a delight of lightness and green flavor.
Sour cherry chicken : Chicken breast, pan-roast without more fat. Then I poured vinegar from the jar of homemade pickled sour cherries (click for the recipe). A few cherries at the side. White chicken meat goes so well with sour cherries.
A classic hatcho miso (black miso) soup, plus tororo kombu. This is made with kombu seaweed and vinegar. This cotton-like product melts when you pour the soup on it and it becomes foamy like a moss. Hard to describe. It gives an interesting texture to the soup, you have to try it.
More about tororo kombu (click).