I will make Mary’s Christmas-Sangria for our Holiday Party.
Antipasto Platter with
Honey Glazed Ham
Best cookies for a long night of studying.
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A reminder of last months theme
Ready in 60 minutes
2 cups chopped spinach
3 large cloves garlic
1 large lemon (~2 1/2 Tbsp juice)
scant 1/2 tsp sea salt + black pepper
1 1/4 tsp cumin
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, well rinsed and drained
1/2 cup ground raw walnuts (or pecans, almonds, GF oat flour)
Add spinach, garlic, lemon juice, cumin, and a healthy pinch each salt and pepper to a food processor and mix to combine.
Add chickpeas and pulse until incorporated but still slightly chunky. You want to maintain a bit of texture.
Transfer to a mixing bowl and add nut meal (or oat flour) and mix again until a loose dough is formed that’s firm enough to be handled. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. I added a touch more salt.
Draw an “x” in the dough to form 4 sections, then use your hands to form into 4 large patties roughly 1/2-inch thick, if you want to make four burgers. Or divide evenly into 8 smaller patties and serves as appetizer with Tzatziki Sauce.
Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and refrigerate or freeze for 15 minutes to firm up.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (in the meantime.
OPTIONAL STEP: For a little extra crust on the outside, before baking heat a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat and add 2 Tbsp olive or canola oil. Swirl to coat pan, then add falafel. Carefully flip once golden brown – about 3-4 minutes – and then cook on the other side until golden brown as well – 3-4 more minutes. Return to baking sheet to continue baking. Otherwise, just add them straight to the oven for baking.
Bake for a total of 30-40 minutes, flipping once at the halfway point for even cooking. The longer you bake them, the firmer they’ll get!
Serve warm wrapped in a pita or chard bun and desired sauces / toppings. Alternatively, serve atop a salad and use the garlic sauce as a dressing.
Burgers will store in the fridge, layered with parchment paper in an airtight container, for several days. Freeze to keep longer.
Servings 8-10 Prep Time 30 minutes Total Time up to 3 hours
1/2 cups water
1 cup Arborio rice (or any other short-grained white rice)
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup milk
1 cup half n half
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
Preheat oven to 325ºF. Lightly spray an 8×8 or 9×9-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
Place the rice and water in a medium-sized saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce the heat to low. Let cook for about 20 minutes, until the rice is tender and the water is entirely absorbed. Set the pot aside to allow the rice to cool a bit.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs well until they are light and airy. Add in the evaporated milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Mix everything together well. Add the cooked rice and the cooled butter and stir thoroughly.
Scrape the mixture into the pan. Place the pan into a larger oven-safe pan and pour enough boiling water into the larger pan so that the water comes up halfway up the sides of the smaller pan.
Bake for 35 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and give the pudding a good stir. Return the whole thing to the oven and bake for another 1 1/2 hours, until the rice has set and the top is golden brown. Check once or twice during the baking process. If the water seems too low, add more boiling water to the larger pan to keep the pudding from drying out. When done, remove the baking dish from the larger pan and place on a wire rack for about 20-30 minutes. Carefully remove the larger pan and pour out the hot water into the sink.
Cut the pudding into squares and serve as is or with fruit or even whipped cream on top. This is great warm or at room temperature. You can cover them with chocolate as well. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. It’s great cold too!
8 cups cold water, or as needed
2 cups white sugar, or as needed
Cut lemons into slices about 1/4 inch thick and remove the fruit pulp. Cut the rings in half so the peels are in long strips.
Bring water and lemon peel to a boil in a small pan. Drain water, and repeat with fresh cold water. Repeat the boiling step three times (see Editor’s Note). Drain and set peels aside.
Combine 2 cups fresh water with 2 cups sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce heat to low and stir in citrus peels; simmer until the white pith is translucent. Store peels in syrup, refrigerated, to keep them soft, or allow them to dry. Toss dry candied peels in additional sugar and store airtight at room temperature.
Zwetschgendatschi is the Bavarian word for plum cake. The dessert uses Damson plums, which are only in season for a few weeks each year.
3+ pounds Damson plums, cut into quarters, pits removed
¾ to 1 cup warm milk (start with ¾ and add extra to the dough as needed
1½ tablespoons dry active yeast
4 cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 stick butter (1/2 cup) melted but not hot
1 teaspoon quality pure vanilla extract
For the Streusel:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup butter, at room temperature
Dissolve the yeast into the ¾ cup warm milk and let is sit for 5-10 minutes until frothy.
Mix flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer, pour in the yeast mixture, melted warm (not hot) butter, eggs and vanilla extract. Give it an initial stir to combine the ingredients and then attach a dough hook and knead it on the bread setting (“2”) for 4-5 minutes, adding the remaining ¼ cup milk as necessary. (The dough will be sticky but should hold together fairly well. It will not be firm enough to knead into a ball, think of it more as a thick batter.) Cover it loosely with plastic wrap and set it in a warm, draft free place to rise for an hour or until about doubled in size.
Generously butter a German Backblech extended to full length or a large jelly roll pan (at least 18 inches in length and 1 inch sides but even then the crust will be thicker than with the Backblech).
Use your hands to spread the dough out across the full length of the pan, pressing it up against the sides. (It’s yeast dough so it will resist, but just keep pushing it back into position the best you can. Once you put the plums on it, those will help keep it in place.) Lay the plums close together in rows over the whole length of the dough on the sheet pan. (If you want your cake a bit sweeter you can sprinkle it *lightly* with sugar or cinnamon-sugar if you prefer more cinnamon. I emphasize “lightly” because the more sugar you add the more watery the cake will be as the sugar liquifies during baking and your streusel will also “melt” in contact with it.)
Set the pan in a warm place and let it rise for up to another hour.
To make the streusel: Place all the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and use your fingers to bring it all together. Work with the mixture until it’s thoroughly combined and forms a rough sand and clumpy texture. Sprinkle the streusel over the top of the cake.
Bake the cake on the middle rack of the oven preheated to 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until the top is golden.
Let the cake sit for at least 10 minutes before slicing to let some of the liquid set. Slice the cake into squares and serve.