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Zucchini Flower pancakes

24 Aug

Zucchini pancakes

This is another recipe from my Mom.

My Dad had a huge garden and he used everything.

When we saw the orange zucchini flower bloom we were so excited.

We would carefully pick them, my Mom would gently wash them and leave them on a towel to dry.

She never measured anything so I had to figure the recipe out .

10 to 12 zucchini blossoms cut into 1/4 inch slices

One large diced onion

3 tablespoons butter

3/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups flour

One egg

3/4 cup milk

2 rounded teaspoons baking powder

Melt butter

Saute onion till soft

Set aside

In a bowl, mix the egg with the milk

Add the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper

Add the flowers and onion with all the butter

This should be the consistency of pancake batter

If it is too loose add more flour

If it is too thick, add more milk

Melt another tablespoon of butter in a non stick pan or griddle

Just like regular pancakes, heat the griddle to medium high.

Drop a heaping tablespoon of batter on the griddle and wait for the bubbles to pop

Then turn over for a minute, just to cook the other side.

Season with some kosher salt.

These are great plain or dip them in sour cream or any other dipping sauce you like.

 

 

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Strawberry, Blueberry Muffins

25 Jun

Blueberry Muffin

I had a box of strawberries, about three cups and a cup of blueberries leftover.

Nothing ever goes to waste.

I washed and dried the fruit.

Cut the strawberries up into 1/2 inch pieces.

Sprinkled with sugar and set them aside.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees

Line 12 large muffin cups with  pretty muffin liners.

Whisk together

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Set aside

Beat together till the butter and sugar are mixed well

Add the vanilla and almond extract

1/2 cup unsalted soft butter

One cup white sugar

One teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Add the flour mixture and sour cream

One cup sour cream

Take out half a cup of the strawberry mixture and all the blueberries and set aside

Mix the remaining berries with two teaspoons of flour and add to the batter.

Spoon the batter into the muffin tins.

Fill at least 3/4 the way up.

Spoon the remaining berries on top

Bake for 30 minutes

Make sure they are cooked because the berries make them very moist.

 

 

Date-Nut Bread

16 Feb

Date Nut Bread

This is the closest recipe I’ve found to make me think of ¬†my childhood.

My Mom used to make date-nut and cream cheese sandwiches for a special treat.

I have never been able to duplicate the dense bread but this is a close second.

It is the King Arthur Flour recipe and it is so easy.

2 cups chopped dates

4 tablespoons softened butter

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup hot coffee

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon vodka, brandy or amaretto

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 3/4 cups all purpose unbleached King Arthur flour

1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Lightly grease a 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 loaf pan

Mix dates, butter, baking soda, salt and brown sugar together.

Pour in the hot coffee and mix to combine.

Let cool for 15 minutes

Add the egg, vanilla, liquor, baking powder and flour.

Beat till smooth.

Stir in the walnuts

Pour the batter in the pan and gently tap the pan to settle the batter.

Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, tent the loaf gently with foil after 30 minutes to prevent over browning.

Remove the bread from the oven and test with a toothpick to see if the center is clean.

After ten minutes, turn the bread out onto a cooling rack

Cool completely before slicing

Wrap airtight and store at room temperature or freeze.

I slice it thin and put cream cheese on each side and make a fabulous sandwich.

This is great for a brunch, lunch or a very fattening treat.

These sandwiches are irrestible.

I will regret finding this recipe in June when I look like a big fat sandwich on the beach.

But I to am irrestible. Ha Ha.

Pizzelles

5 Jan

pizzelles pizzelles pizzelles

This is a crispy Italian cookies that is made on holidays and special occasions.

I can never make enough.

Every family makes them a little different and mine are different from my Moms.

She used anise extract and I use a lot of vanilla.

It is an easy recipe but you do need a pizzelle machine. They can be purchased at any cooking store.

3 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup butter

3/4 to one cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 teaspoon vanilla

Mix everything together till you have a nice smooth batter.

Heat the grill and season it with some oil on a paper towel.

Place one teaspoon to one tablespoon of batter in the center of each pizzelle form depending on the size of the pizzelle machine.

Close the lid and press tightly for a thin cookie.

Cook about 45 to 60 seconds till they are light brown.

Remove with a fork and place on a wire rack.

They can be rolled into a cone while they are hot if you want to fill them.

I keep them flat and sprinkle them with powdered sugar.

Store in airtight containers .

You can use lemon, orange or anise extract. You can also use cocoa to make them a delicious chocolate flavor.

These cookies are so good and worth the price of the pizzelle press.