Raspberry muffins from smitten kitchen

  • 5 tablespoons (70 grams) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon plus one pinch kosher salt
  • Slightly heaped 1/2 cup (105 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 2/3 cups (220 grams) all-purpose flour, divided
  • Half a medium lemon
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup (150 grams) plain unsweetened yogurt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 8 ounces (225 grams) fresh or (ideally) frozen raspberries (1 2/3 to 1 3/4 cups; see Note)
  • Heat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Prepare pan: Very lightly coat the top surface of your muffin tin with nonstick spray or swipe it with butter. This ensures muffin spillover releases easily. Line 6 cups with muffin liners. If you’re using a 12-cup pan, space them out and pour about 1 tablespoon of water in each empty cup, which will keep the empty pockets from burning.
  • Make streusel: In a large bowl, mix the butter, sugar, pinch of salt, and 1 cup (130 grams) of the flour until it forms a clumpy mixture. Scoop out 1/4 cup (about 45 grams) and set it aside in a small bowl; this will be your streusel topping.
  • Make muffin batter: Finely grate the zest of your lemon half into the large bowl with the remaining streusel in it, then juice the lemon half over it too. Add yogurt and egg and whisk to combine as smoothly as you can, but it’s okay if the batter doesn’t fully even out. Sprinkle the surface of the batter with baking powder, baking soda, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and whisk to thoroughly combine, going several times more around the bowl than seems necessary. Add remaining 2/3 cup (90 grams) of flour and all of the berries and stir gently; just until the flour disappears.
  • Divide batter between six prepared muffin cups; go ahead and heap it as much as is needed. Divide reserved streusel between muffin tops and use your fingers to push any that lands on the muffin tin back to a nearby muffin.
  • Bake muffins: For 25 to 30 minutes, and until a toothpick inserted from the top to the center of the muffin comes out batter-free. Let cool completely in the pan.
  • Do ahead: These muffins keep phenomenally. I keep them either in their baking pan or on a plate uncovered (so they don’t get mushy on top) and they’ve been excellent even on day 3 and not bad at all on day 4.
  • Notes:Raspberries by cup: Just a heads up that while technically every ingredient is more accurate when measured by weight, raspberries are particularly so. They’re hollow. When frozen, they take up more space in a cup per ounce. When defrosted or very ripe and fresh, they collapse and take up less space per ounce in a cup. For frozen raspberries, use the higher cup suggestion (1 3/4 cups); for very ripe fresh, use the lower amount (1 1/2 cups).Double this: Yes, you can absolutely double this recipe to make 12 muffins; no changes needed. When you double the sugar, simply measure 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon.

Fraughan fool from BBC

150g (a little over 5oz) fraughans or blueberries, plus more for garnish
1 tsp white sugar
juice of half a lemon, plus zest for garnishing
2 large thyme sprigs, plus leaves for garnishing
250ml (8½oz) double cream

This recipe is based on the simple treat of fraughans, cream and sugar for an easy-to-make dessert. It’s perfect with blueberries as well.

150g (a little over 5oz) fraughans or blueberries, plus more for garnish
1 tsp white sugar
juice of half a lemon, plus zest for garnishing
2 large thyme sprigs, plus leaves for garnishing
250ml (8½oz) double cream

Step 1
Put the fraughans or blueberries in a medium saucepan. Add the sugar, lemon juice and thyme sprigs. Cook over low heat for 5-10 minutes until the berries start to break down and thicken but retain some of their shape. Remove the thyme sprigs and set the compote aside to cool.

Step 2
In a medium bowl, whip the cream until it is thick enough to hold its shape when the compote is stirred in; if it’s too soft it will collapse. Gently fold half of the cooled compote into the whipped cream to ripple through.

Step 3
Spoon the whipped berry cream into individual servings and drizzle over more compote. Garnish with lemon zest, thyme leaves and extra berries.

Lentil Soup from Yeung Man

2 cups red lentils
2 large russet potatoes
1 carrot
1 onion
3 pieces garlic
1 tomato
7 cups water
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp salt
lemon wedges to serve
few sprigs parsley
zaa’tar to taste
pepper to taste

1. Rinse and drain the red lentils and set aside. Peel the russet potatoes and chop into small cubes.
2. Finely chop the carrot, onion, and garlic. Dice the tomato
3. Use a kettle and bring the 7 cups of water to boil
4. Heat up a stock pot to medium heat. Add the olive oil followed by the onions. Sauté for 3-4min 5. Add the carrots and sauté for 2min. Add the garlic and sauté for 1min
6. Add the cumin, salt, and pepper. Sauté for another minute. Then, add in the red lentils and tomato. Sauté for another minute
7. Add the potatoes and pour in the hot water. Give the pot a good stir
8. Bring the soup to a boil, then cover and cook on medium for 20 min
9. Transfer 3-4 cups of the soup to a blender. Blend on medium low for a few seconds. Then, pour the soup back into the pot and give it a good stir to combine
10. Plate the soup and garnish with fresh lemon juice, chopped parsley, a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of zaa’tar, and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Blueberry Bakewell Muffins, Chetna Makan

Muffins
 ½ cup/1 stick unsalted butter, softened

 ½ cup granulated sugar

 ¼ packed cup light brown sugar

2 large eggs, at room temperature

½ cup plus 2 tablespoons sour cream, at room temperature

2 tablespoons whole milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 ⅔ cups all-purpose flour

scant ⅓ cup almond flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking sode

1 pinch table salt

¾ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon blueberry or raspberry jam

Almond Topping
¼ packed cup light brown sugar

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons almond flour

1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes

3 tablespoons sliced almonds

Heat the oven to 355°F. Line two 12-cup muffin tin with 14 paper liners (the bottoms of the baked muffins are quite moist, so paper liners are preferable to butter or baking spray).

Make the topping. In a medium bowl mix together the 50 grams (¼ packed cup) brown sugar, 15 grams (2 tablespoons) all-purpose flour, and 12 grams (2 tablespoons) almond flour. Use your fingers to rub in the cold butter until the mixture forms coarse crumbs. Add the sliced almonds and toss to combine, then place the crumb topping in the refrigerator while you prepare the muffin batter.

Make the muffin batter
. In a large bowl, with a whisk or an electric hand mixer on low, beat the softened butter, granulated sugar, and 50 grams (¼ packed cup) brown sugar until light and creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition. Add the sour cream, milk, and vanilla and beat until smooth and combined.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the 200 grams (1 ⅔ cups) all-purpose flour, the 32 grams (scant ⅓ cup) almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the large bowl and beat just until combined and no flour streaks remain. Gently fold in the blueberries with a rubber spatula. 

Divide the batter evenly between the muffin tins. Spoon ½ teaspoon of jam on top of each muffin and use an offset spatula or a butter knife to smooth the batter. Sprinkle the chilled topping over each muffin. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, until the muffins are golden, set, and spring back when lightly poked. Let the muffins cool in the tin for 10 minutes before removing and letting them cool completely on a wire rack.

The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day Master Recipe!

3 cups (1 1/2 pounds/680 grams) lukewarm water (you can use cold water, but it will take the dough longer to rise. Just don’t use hot water or you may kill the yeast)

1 tablespoon granulated yeast ( you can use any kind of yeast including products labeled as instant, “quick,” rapid rise, bread machine, active dry, or even fresh cake yeast (which isn’t granulated)*. You can also decrease the amount of yeast in the recipe by following the directions here. Or you can bake with a sour dough starter, see instructions here.)

1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons Morton Kosher Sal(adjust to suit your taste or eliminate it all together.))

6 1/2 cups (2 pounds/910 grams) all-purpose flour (the recipe’s tested with typical supermarket flour. If you use a higher protein flour check here)

Mixing the dough:

In a 5 or 6 quart bowl or lidded dough bucket (the lid is sold separately), dump in the water, and add the yeast and salt.

Because we are mixing in the flour so quickly it doesn’t matter that the salt and yeast are thrown in together.

Dump in the flour all at once and stir with a long handled wooden spoon or a Danish Dough Whisk which is one of the tools that makes the job so much easier!

Stir it until all of the flour is incorporated into the dough, as you can see it will be a wet rough dough.

Put the lid on the container, but do not snap it shut. You want the gases from the yeast to escape. (you can put a little hole in the top of the lid so that you can close the lid and still allow the gases to get out. As you can see it doesn’t take much of a hole to accomplish this.)

Allow the dough to sit at room temperature for about 2 hours to rise. When you first mix the dough it will not occupy much of the container.

But, after the initial 2 hour rise it will pretty much fill it. (If you have decreased the yeast you will have to let it go longer than 2 hours.)  DO NOT PUNCH DOWN THE DOUGH! Just let it settle by itself.

The dough will be flat on the top and some of the bubbles may even appear to be popping. (If you intend to refrigerate the dough after this stage it can be placed in the refrigerator even if the dough is not perfectly flat. The yeast will continue to work even in the refrigerator.) The dough can be used right after the initial 2 hour rise, but it is much easier to handle when it is chilled.  It is intended for refrigeration and use over the next two weeks, ready for you anytime. For the first two days of storage, be sure to leave the lid open a crack, to allow gasses to escape. After that, you can usually snap down the lid on plastic contains without problems, because they’re usually not entirely airtight. BUT, DON’T SEAL GLASS CONTAINERS OR THEY MIGHT SHATTER. The flavor will deepen over that time, developing sourdough characteristics.

The next day when you pull the dough out of the refrigerator you will notice that it has collapsed and this is totally normal for our dough. It will never rise up again in the container.

Dust the surface of the dough with a little flour, just enough to prevent it from sticking to your hands when you reach in to pull a piece out.

You should notice that the dough has a lot of stretch once it has rested. (If your dough breaks off instead of stretching like this your 

Lohikeitto Finnish Salmon Soup-food 52

  •  3 tbsp butter
  • 1 pc leek, thinly sliced (only white/lighter part) or onion
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 3 medium potatoes, diced
  •  5 cups fish or veggie stock
  •  1 lb salmon fillet cut into cubes
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream, half n half or milk
  • 3/4 to 1 cup dill, roughly chopped
  •  salt and pepper, to season

  • Start preparing your lohikeitto by placing a medium-sized (or large pan) over medium heat.  Add butter.
  • Once the butter has completely melted, add thinly sliced leek. Cook until slightly soft.
  • Add carrot and potatoes. Mix.
  • Add fish stock.  Cover pot with a lid, adjust heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil.
  • Adjust heat back to medium-low and simmer your salmon soup until vegetables are almost cooked.
  • Add salmon fillet and heavy cream. Mix to combine.
  • Turn the heat back to medium.  Cover with a lid and continue cooking lohikeitto for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Season by adding salt and pepper. Mix.
  • Add dill to finish your lohikeitto. Turn heat off.
  • Cover with a lid and keep covered for 2 minutes.

Serving lohikeitto:

  • Transfer to individual bowls.
  • Garnish lohikeitto with more freshly chopped dills, if desired.
  • Serve.

One day fruit cake-Clare Saffitz

FOR THE FRUIT MIXTURE:
1¼ cups/170 grams dried cherries
1⅓ cups/170 grams dried apricots, cut into 1-centimeter pieces
1⅓ cups /170 grams prunes, cut into 1-centimeter pieces
¾ cup/113 grams dried cranberries
¾ cup/113 grams dried currants
½ cup/113 grams dark rum or brandy
½ cup/113 grams fresh orange juice
FOR THE BATTER:
8 ounces/226 grams unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pan
2 cups/270 grams all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan
1½ cups/170 grams walnuts or pecans
1½ teaspoons kosher salt (such as Diamond Crystal) or ¾ teaspoon coarse kosher salt (such as Morton’s)
1½ teaspoons ground ginger
¾ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of ground cloves
¾ cup/165 grams packed dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
7 ounces/200 grams almond paste
4 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
FOR THE ASSEMBLY:
⅓ cup/76 grams dark rum or brandy
⅓ cup/107 grams apricot preserves
1½ cups/165 grams confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Pinch of kosher salt

Step 1
Make the fruit mixture: The day before you bake the cake, combine the dried cherries, apricots, prunes, cranberries, currants, rum and orange juice in a medium bowl and fold thoroughly to combine. Cover the bowl tightly and let sit at room temperature until the fruit is soft and has absorbed all (or nearly all) of the liquid, stirring once or twice, 12 to 24 hours.
Step 2
Arrange an oven rack in the center position and heat the oven to 325 degrees. Generously brush the inside of a 12-cup Bundt pan with butter. Dust the inside of the pan with several pinches of flour, then tap the pan on the counter at different angles to coat every buttered surface. Tap out the excess, then set the pan aside.
Step 3
Scatter the walnuts (or pecans) across a sheet tray and transfer to the oven. Toast until the walnuts are golden brown and fragrant, shaking the pan halfway through, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool completely on the baking sheet, then chop the walnuts. Set aside.
Step 4
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, ginger, baking powder, allspice, baking soda and cloves. Set aside.
Step 5
In a large bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, lemon zest and orange zest. Pinch off small pieces of the almond paste and add to the bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat the mixture on medium-low until combined, then increase the speed to medium-high and continue to beat, scraping down the sides once or twice, until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Step 6
With the mixer on low, add the eggs one at a time, increasing the speed just to incorporate each egg before decreasing to low and adding the next, until the mixture is very smooth. Beat in the vanilla, then, on low speed, add the flour mixture and mix just until it disappears. Tip in the fruit mixture, along with any unabsorbed liquid, along with the chopped nuts; use a flexible spatula to fold the batter several times, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl, until the fruit is evenly distributed.
Step 7
Scrape the batter into the prepared Bundt pan, distributing it evenly all the way around and taking care not to form large air pockets. Smooth the surface, then bake the cake until the surface is golden brown, risen and cracked, and a cake tester inserted into a crack comes out clean, 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes.
Step 8
Use a skewer or toothpick to poke holes all over the surface of the cake. Use a pastry brush to generously soak the cake with about half of the rum. Let the cake absorb the rum for a few minutes, then turn it out onto a wire rack. Poke more holes all over the cake and dab the remaining rum across every surface.
Step 9
Warm the apricot preserves in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring often with a heatproof flexible spatula, just until the preserves are fluid. Pass the preserves through a fine mesh sieve into a small bowl, pressing on the solids with the spatula to extract as much of the liquid as possible (discard the solids, or scrape back into the jam jar). Use the pastry brush to paint the strained jam over the cake, covering every surface. Let the cake sit uncovered until it’s completely cooled and the jam is set (it should be slightly tacky but not wet to the touch).
Step 10
In a medium bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, milk, lemon juice and a pinch of salt, and whisk slowly to combine, then whisk vigorously until you have a thick, smooth icing. Slowly pour the icing onto the tallest part of the cake all the way around, letting it slowly cascade down the side. Let the cake sit until the icing is completely set, about 1 hour.
Tip
The cake will keep, covered at room temperature, for 1 week.

Vegan deli slices from 86eats.com

  • 1 block extra firm high protein tofu (14oz -16oz block)
  • 1 cup vital wheat gluten
  • 1/2-3/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons neutral flavored oil ( you can replace with water if you are oil free)
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca starch or corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
    1 tbsp parsley
    1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp mushroom powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
    1-2 tbsp vinegar
  • worchestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon No Chicken Better Than Bouillon, or any chicken-less bouillon cube or powder (if using cubes or powder just dissolve in with the water)
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon salt optional if you feel like the bouillon is not salty enough
  • 3 tablespoons hickory seasoning, or any other seasoning you like to coat the “turkey.” I often use a chili lime seasoning, jerk seasoning, or even Italian blend.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  1. Break up the tofu and place it into a food processor with the regular metal blade. Run the processor for around a minute until the tofu is broken down.
  2. Add all of the remaining ingredients and let the food processor run for a couple of minutes. You want the mixture to form a dough. Letting the processor run will help knead the dough. We want this seitan to be firm so we need it to knead for a bit. If you dough seems a bit too dry, you can add another few tablespoons of water, just don’t add too much more! I start at 1/2 cup and work from there.
  3. Once you have a smooth but firm dough, remove it from the food processor and place on a clean counter. Knead the dough with your hands for about a minute, forming a kind of oval shaped loaf with the dough.
  4. Wrap in parchment paper then Take a piece of aluminum for about 3x bigger than the loaf of dough, and lay it out flat. Coat the foil in spray oil or wipe it down with any oil you have. Sprinkle half of the hickory, or whatever seasoning you are using in the center of the foil. Place the loaf on the seasoning and roll it around. Sprinkle the remaining seasoning over the top and press it in. The goal is to fully coat the loaf in the seasoning!
  5. Place the loaf back in the center of the foil and fold up the sides, pinching at the top to seal it up, then twist the ends to fully seal the foil.
  6. Place on a baking sheet and put in the oven on the middle rack. Bake sealed for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes carefully open up the foil, and continue baking for another 30-40 minutes.
  7. Remove finished “turkey” breast and let cool at room temp. Seal the foil back up and place the “turkey” breast in the fridge over night to rest. This step is important to get the texture we are trying achieve. If you try and serve it before it rests it will not be nearly as firm.
  8. Once the “turkey” breast has been in the fridge over night, you can remove it and slice it to serve. It should at this point be firm enough to slice using a mandolin or a sharp knife. Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 10 days.

chiptole sofritas

  • 1 poblano pepper or green bell pepper,kept whole
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil,divided
  • 1 medium yellow or red onion, finely chopped
  •  4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  •  1 teaspoon Mexican oregano or regular oregano
  •  ½ teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  •  A generous amount of freshly cracked black pepper
  •  1 (12 to 16-ounce) block of super firm tofu (also sold as high-protein tofu)*
  •  2 roma tomatoes, chopped
  •  1 chipotle pepper in adobo + 1/2 tablespoon adobo sauce**
  •  2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup (120 mL) water
  • Lime juice to finish
  • Broil the poblano pepper or green bell pepper. You have two options; the gas flame gets you a smokier flavor. No need to peel or remove the seeds when done.a. 
  • Cook the aromatics. Heat 1 ½ tablespoons of oil in a medium nonstick frying pan over medium high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the onions and season with a pinch of salt. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, or until just starting to get some color. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add tomato paste, cumin, oregano, chile powder, 1 teaspoon of salt, and pepper and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and cook until they’ve softened, about 5 minutes.
  • While the onions are cooking, cut the tofu into 4 slabs. Squeeze out as much water as you can. Crumble tofu into small pieces, about the size of a blueberry.
  • Transfer the onion-tomato mixture to a blender or food processor. Add the broiled poblano pepper, chipotle peppers in adobo, vinegar, and water. Blend until relatively smooth. Taste the sauce, adding any sweetener as needed or more vinegar or salt.
  • Heat the remaining 1 ½ tablespoons oil in the frying pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the tofu and spread out in a single packed layer and season with ½ teaspoon kosher salt. Allow to cook 2 to 3 minutes undisturbed. Flip and continue cooking for a total of 12 minutes, stirring only every 2 to 3 minutes, until most of the tofu is browned.
  • Pour in the sauce and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. It’ll start to thicken, so turn the heat to medium or medium-low and cook for another 5 minutes, or until flavors have developed and tofu is saucy. If it gets too thick, add a few splashes of water.
  • Taste, adjusting seasonings as needed. If it’s a bit tangy, add a pinch of organic brown or cane sugar. Finish with a squeeze of lime juice.

NOTES

* If super firm tofu is not available, use extra firm tofu. Crumble the tofu into small pieces but not as small as the super firm tofu: if you crumble really small, it will get mushy. Check out the reference photo in the FAQ section. Then, coat the tofu crumbles with 1 tablespoon cornstarch and ½ teaspoon kosher salt. Coating the tofu in cornstarch improves its texture quite a bit, giving it a slightly crisp coating and more chew, similar to Chipotle’s sofritas.

** Use ½ teaspoon adobo sauce for mild heat.

*** Want to save ~10 minutes? Cook the tofu in a separate pan while you cook the aromatics. 

museli

  • 1/3 cup Cacao nibs
  • 1/2 cup Dried fruit
  • 3 cups Rolled oats
    2 tbsp flax meal
    2 tbsp sesame seeds
    2 tbsp hemp hearts
    2 tbsp wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup Almonds
  • 1/3 cup Chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup Coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin seeds
    1/2 cup sunflower seedS

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Spread the Oats evenly across a Baking Tray and bake on the top rack of the oven for 10-12 minutes, until golden and fragrant.
  • Next, remove the Oats from the oven and add to a large bowl. Pour in the remaining ingredients and stir well.
  • Finally, transfer the dry Muesli mix to a large jar or container, and store sealed at room temperature for up to one month.

For a Single Serving of Soaked Muesli:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass jar or tupperware container and stir well; refridgerate for at least 3 hours, preferrably overnight.
  2. Top as desired and serve chilled. If you make this recipe ahead of time, it will last for 5-7 days in the fridge.