I have a new favorite baking product – and it is Spelt Flour. I’m not quite sure what it is about it, but everything I’ve baked with it just has a velvety, rich, full flavor that I am in love with. When using, I’ll typically replace one half of the white flour in a recipe with the spelt flour. I have been experimenting with it for awhile now in pie/tart crusts, scones, cookies and now…biscuits!
For this recipe, instead of using half spelt flour and half regular flour, I used light spelt flour mixed with just a little unbleached, white flour. Light spelt flour has most of the bran and germ removed, so the end result won’t be as heavy as using regular spelt flour. I wanted these biscuits to be on the fluffier side, so I decided to go this route.
The result was a flakey, flavorful biscuit! It may seem like there’s a lot going on here (there is — sage, orange zest, black pepper) but it works.
Make a batch now to freeze for Thanksgiving or just use them for weekday breakfasts with orange marmalade or . . . → Read More: Spelt Biscuits with Sage, Orange Zest, and Black Pepper
This week’s French Fridays with Dorie is Apple Compote Two Ways or as the French would say half of it, Compote de Pommes Two Ways. I made mine the second way — basically I kept cooking it until it was super think. Then added some butter. I was expecting something like dark apple butter, but it was really just more like thick applesauce. And unfortunately, I’m not a huge fan of applesauce. So, I decided to use it to make muffins, which is something I typically do when I have applesauce around.
Notes: I did make a half recipe, so I used three apples. Empire apples to be specific. And, also because I knocked this one and next week’s Chestnut and Pear Soup out at the same time, I had a little extra rosemary and put a small sprig in with the apples for the initial cooking time. The half recipe gave me a bit more than a half cup of apple compote.
Here’s a link to everyone’s apple compote posts and my photos (and the muffin recipe) below.
. . . → Read More: FFwD: Compote de Pommes Two Ways and Apple Compote Buckwheat Muffins with Hazelnuts, Raisins, and Molasses
This French Fridays with Dorie post is late. I had meant to bake these soufflés Thursday night for dinner, but then when jwa came home, he was all, “Let’s go out. Oh, and I’ve already had about four eggs today.” So, yeah, more eggs didn’t sound like a great idea and I am always easily able to be talked into going out to eat. So, I covered the unbaked soufflés with plastic wrap, popped them in the fridge, and was prepared to hope for the best.
1. A 2-3 hour rest in the fridge is not the end of the world. I baked two soufflés when we got home (just in case they were completely hosed in the am) and they seemed to rise fine. Of course, after baking and cooling to room temperature, they went back in the fridge. The two soufflés I baked Friday morning, while still tasty, did not rise as much. Science!
2. I love cumin, so I loved the cumin flavor in these souffles.
3. My muenster was not fancy, French muenster, but normal, everyday, run-of-the-mill muenster. This is one of the reasons I didn’t feel too bad about not baking . . . → Read More: FFwD: Muenster Cheese Soufflés
This is one of (if not THE) best muffin recipes I have ever made. It’s based on a recipe in Bouchon Bakery Cookbook by Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel, which has become my go-to baking reference. That said, I think I know why this recipe is so delicious – lots of butter.
Normally, when I make muffins, I substitute apple sauce for the oil or butter and maybe halve the sugar. Um, no. Not this time! And still, even after telling myself, “Okay, just try making it with all the butter…,” with a stick and a half of butter, I just couldn’t quite do it. But, I did use a total of six and a half tablespoons (more than halved from the original recipe). I substituted olive oil for some of the butter (even in the struesel) which worked just fine.
The giving-egg-amounts-in-weight thing: Look, I love Thomas Keller, a dinner at The French Laundry is a dream, etc, etc…, but seriously, I am not going to weigh eggs. I know that in a professionally bakery you probably would, or if you’re Thomas Keller you would, but I would not and do . . . → Read More: (Almost Healthy) Banana Muffins with Almond-Coconut Streusel