Thursday, December 25, 2014

Bread Baking Buddies:Brioche Snowflake

When I saw this incredible bread I knew I had to try it.  I haven't baked with the group Bread Baking Buddies for ages, but this bread was too good to pass.  Plus it is so festive!   It is not for the inexperienced bakers, the brioche is not a beginner bread and the rolling and chocolate spreading were not that simple.  However, the end result is so beautiful!  In Italian we say "anche l'occhio vuole la sua parte", which means that even the eye has to be pleased.

You can find all you need to know in Lien's blog, and the original recipe with photos here.

Waiting for the snowflake to bake to take a final photo.

Few things...
  • I rolled the sections really thin in order to be able to create a nice layering effect, and in retrospect I should have chilled the circles before spreading the nutella since they were quite soft (even after   softening the spread in the microwave). 
  • I cut the staked circles to have a perfect circle before the twist.  The leftover made a  tasty although misshapen morsel. 
  • I used the top of the spread in the center of the bread before cutting, this made sure the cuts were even in the center.
 Can't wait to try it!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Turkey and Kale Salad

At the risk of committing a heresy, I confess that I don’t like turkey meat.  I find it bland in taste, and always dry, this year's Thanksgiving leftovers were not different.  Despite my finicky taste buds, I wouldn’t want to waste any food, the turkey and the people who raised it deserve better.  This turkey salad used ingredients I had at home and used up the leftovers, it was delicious and very nutritious.  This is just a starting recipe, change the nuts or any of the other ingredients according to your taste.  I threw in some cut grapes towards the end and it was even better, chopped apples would work as well.

Leftover Turkey Salad 

2 cups chopped turkey leftovers
1 cup chopped Tuscan kale
2 stalks of celery, chopped fine
A handful of dried cranberries
A handful of walnuts, chopped
1 big spoon of mayonnaise
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste

Toss all the above ingredients and adjust the seasoning. 



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