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
Wow, I can’t ever remember a summer in Portland being so humid. Because of that (and also just because I love — LOVE– fall), I seriously can’t wait for the weather to get colder. Until then, there’s gazpacho. Yes, it’s usually made with tomatoes, cucumber, and peppers, and while that version is completely delicious, there’s something to be aid about the version with bread, almonds, and garlic. And that something is, Mmmmm.
You can use plain old white bread, but if you live by a Trader Joe’s you may want to get a loaf of the round, small rosemary bread and use that. Or just add some rosemary leaves while blending. While not exactly traditional, the flavor of that herb is really good in this gazpacho.
Green grapes are the typical garnish, but I found diced mango or grilled fig halves to be just as tasty. Also, some crumbled, crisp prosciutto, using this recipe.
The gazpacho recipe is from one of my most favorite cookbooks of all time — The New Spanish Table by Anya von Bremzen. If you don’t have it, I highly recommend it. I have made so many amazing recipes from . . . → Read More: Almond Gazpacho (Ajo Blanco) with Mango & Crispy Prosciutto
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
This is a French Fridays on a Saturday — mainly because I didn’t even manage to make this until Friday night for dinner. This is probably one of the simplest recipes so far for FFwD. Basically, you slice an avocado in half, peel and remove the pit, drizzle with some lemon juice and salt, then add some pistachio oil. The hardest task will be finding pistachio oil. I’m sure I could have found some in Portland, but one of the FFwD members (one wet foot – thanks!) posted a link to making your own pistachio oil from Food and Wine magazine. Intrigued, I did exactly that.
The pistachio oil is so amazing! Like, just-use-a-spoon-to-eat-it amazing! I can’t wait to drizzle this over all manner of things in the coming weeks (it will keep for two weeks in the refrigerator). For this meal, I followed the bonne idée to the side of the recipe and served the avocado halves with lemon grilled chicken, and also some roasted asparagus.
The pistachio oil recipe is below, as are my photos. And here’s a link to everyone’s Pistachio Avocados.
. . . → Read More: FFwD: Anne Le Blanc’s Pistachio Avocado (and a Toasted Pistachio Oil Recipe)
This is a salad that is directly from the gods of delicious things. I used to work right by the Whole Foods in Bridgeport and oh man, I would buy a little containers of this salad at least once a week. It’s so good! It’s also a dangerous salad because it is made up of broccoli, so you can easily kid yourself into thinking that it’s healthy. But, oh no, if you are doing it right, it is not.
We recently went through a whole bowl of this. It’s very addictive, as well as being unbelievably tasty, crunchy, bacony, oniony and sweet.
I think this is pretty close to what Whole Foods sells. A lot of the other recipes on the subject that I’ve seen don’t include the bacon or the candied cashews but, in my opinion, both are crucial. If you wanted a vegetarian version, you could of course skip the bacon, but that’s your decision. My personal preference is to very briefly steam the broccoli so that it is crisp-tender, to be honest, I’m not sure if Whole Foods uses raw or lightly steamed broccoli in their version, but that is . . . → Read More: Broccoli Crunch Salad (à la Whole Foods)