This week’s French Fridays with Dorie is Paris-Brest, which is a particular Parisan pastry that was created in the olden days (the 1890s) to commemorate the Paris–Brest bicycle race. It’s pâte à choux dough (like for cream puffs or gougères) piped out in circles, baked, sliced in half, and filled with an almond praline vanilla pastry cream. I opted to make a half recipe and instead of one big eight-inch pastry, I made four small ones.
1. I think my pastry tip was on the small side, so I got more pastries than I was expecting.
2. I used English muffins rings to pipe my rings inside of, but I think I could have skipped this. Next time, I’ll try it without and see what happens.
3. I added coffee liqueur to my vanilla pastry cream.
4. Almost all of my sliced almonds fell off the tops of my pastries after baking.
5. I had enough pâte à choux leftover to make two cream puffs.
6. I decided to cover my puffs with melted chocolate and since my almonds mostly fell of the Paris-Brests, I covered two of those with chocolate too. The other two got the powdered sugar.
Check . . . → Read More: FFwD: Paris-Brest
Everyone seems to have loved this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe and I was no exception. Although, as someone who kind of feels like they over-indulged a bit during the holidays, I was not super enthusiastic about making a pasta dish filled with cream, cheese, and well…pasta. So, I changed it a bit.
The easiest swap was wheat pasta for the regular (a substitution that I make a lot), the second was skipping the cream – and not just because I was too lazy to go to the store. There’s already marscapone cheese in there, so I thought that, along with the Parmesan would be enough to make it creamy. Not to mention that this pasta dish is cooked kind of like a risotto (hence the name) and the liquid is not drained, so the starchy pasta broth would help it all bind together as well.
I also added some chopped kale and a bit more cheese (hey! because I skipped the cream!) and I think it turned out fairly well. It’s still extremely creamy, cheesy, and satisfying, if a little less French, I guess.
Here’s a link to everyone’s Dressy Pasta Risotto . . . → Read More: FFwD: Dressy Whole Wheat Pasta-Kale “Risotto”
A little late, but it’s still Friday here on the west coast, so I’m just getting this posted under the wire. This week’s French Fridays with Dorie was quite the experiment – Dilled Gravlax. I want to say that I’ve made gravlax once before, but now I can’t find a post on that so maybe I’m just imagining it. Maybe I dreamed it. Or maybe that was in a parallel universe (pardon me, but we’re working our way through Fringe on Netflix right now and it’s all red vines, parallel universes, and Walter-without-pants-on over here).
So, where was I? Oh yeah – gravalx. I made mine with some previously frozen Columbia River salmon. And here’s something I learned at IFBC this year: if you’re going to eat raw salmon (which gravlax basically is), it needs to have been frozen and defrosted. Or else there can be parasites (hey! Like on Fringe).
I made mine pretty much exactly as Dorie’s recipe dictated, which can also be found here: Dilled Gravlax with Mustard Sauce, Bon Appétit | March 2004.
After three days of curing, we ended up having this as a snack the day . . . → Read More: FFwD: Dilled Gravlax with Mustard Sauce
I have a confession – I usually have to go ask a produce person if the item I’m holding in my hand is a turnip or a rutabaga. Up until about 10 years ago, I thought a parsnip was a turnip. In fact, before I even posted this, I double-checked to make sure that I used rutabagas when I made this dish. Yep. It’s all good. Whew!
Last year, the cookbook, Roots: The Definitive Compendium with more than 225 Recipes by Portland-based Diane Morgan came out and I was very excited to get a copy right away. This is one of those cookbooks where every other page will be folded down or have a post-it on it marking a recipe that you just NEED TO TRY. It’s seriously such a great fall and winter cookbook to look through and make stuff from – if you don’t already, you should really try to get yourself a copy! Need more convincing? Two words: carrot margarita.
In addition to a unique root vegetable cocktails, there’s also many, many recipes for the . . . → Read More: Cooking with Roots: Rutabaga Hash with Onions and Crisp Bacon