quarta-feira, 6 de outubro de 2010

Apple'n'cinnamon tea cake

This super easy recipe is great for a chilly Sunday afternoon in the fall.

Apple'n'Cinnamon Tea Cake


1 Teaspoon Salt

1 Cup Corn Meal yellow

1 Cup Flour

3 Teaspoons Baking Powder

1 Cup Sugar

1 Cup Shortening

1 Cup Milk

1 Medium Egg
1 Cup Apple, diced
2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
Extra cinnamon and confectioner's sugar for decoration.
1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2.Combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a bowl.

3.Mix in shortening with a fork.

4.Add diced apple, milk and egg.

5.Stir with spoon until all ingredients are combined (do not over mix).

6.Spray muffin cups with non-stick coating. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with muffin batter.

7.Bake in oven for 15 minutes.
8. Decorate with cinnamon and confectioner's sugar.
Serve while warm with tea and vanilla ice-cream or frozen yogurt.

terça-feira, 5 de outubro de 2010

Adapted Egg Benedict Casserole


3 to 6 egg whites (*)
4 (entire) eggs
1 can french cut beans
2 to 4 tablespoons of bacon bits
salt and pepper


In a bowl, beat egg whites and seasoning with the help of a whisker. Add french cut beans and bacon. Add mix to a large greased frying pan or skillet. Make four 'wholes' onto mix so that when you add the eggs, they won't move to the sides or center of the pan. Add eggs to 'wholes'. Place lid on top of the pan and let it cook for approx. 10 minutes in medium to high heat or until eggs are fully cooked. 

Serve for breakfast with fresh fruit and biscuits.

(*) use egg white left from the Quindim recipe.

Testing: Quindim do Dr. Oetker

This weekend I tried the Quindim mix from Dr. Oetker.
This mix turned out to be the answer to my prayers... sort of.
Amazingly enough, quindim is the Brazilian dessert I miss the most.
I said 'amazingly' because neither mom nor grandma used to make it at home.
I wouldn't even eat quindim every time we ate out.
But for some reason, every now and then I would have cravings for some quindim.
I had browsed thru several recipes and all of them call for at least 8 eggs which always refrained me from trying them - what if it doesn't work and I end up wasting 8 EGGS!?!?!?!
Anyway, the mix calls for only 6 tablespoons of water, 3 egg yolks (*) and one entire egg.
The only downside of the mix is that is doesn't make many servings - about 8 little squares or a quindim big enough for 4.
For 16 little pieces, you will have to make 2 recipes.
Other than that, the mix is wonderful!
In a scale from 1- 10 where 1 is very poor and 10 is excellent, I'd give it a 9.
Definately, a 'must' in every kitchen.
For decoration, use 16 raspberries and confectioner's sugar.
Very yummy!!!!

(*) save the egg whites for the next recipe.