Chocolate Chip Scones…
Secret ingredient: Orange zest, zesty tasty!
This is my 2nd attempt to make scones (and if the 1st version is not on this blog it is so nobody experiences what really bad scones are :) They do taste really good with a cup of tea, or coffee.. or milk, and were fully eaten in no time by my guests (let’s say less time than it took to bake them!!) .. but, I am not entirely satisfied with their consistency!! Don’t perfect scones have a more flaky and less soft consistency?! That means.. the quest for perfect scones is not over!!
ps: I used dark, milk, and chocolate chips but the white ones totally melted in the scones!
- 250g all-purpose flour (2 cups)
- 65g sugar (1/3 cup) + 5g vanilla sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 120g cold salted butter (1/2 cup), if unsalted add a pinch of salt
- 115g sour cream (1/2 cup)
- 1 handful chocolate chips (milk/dark)
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- The juice of one orange
1) Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (400 degrees F).
2) In a bowl, combine dry ingredients: flour + sugar + cinnamon + baking powder. Add in the cold butter cut into small pieces (I dip it into the flour then slice it thinly with a knife).
2) Knead until the consistency is the one of coarse sand, with your pretty but strong hands, or a food processor!
3) Stir in the chocolat chips.
4) In a 2nd bowl, combine wet ingredients: egg + sour cream + orange zest + only half of the orange juice. Mix well.
5) Combine the twow bowls, using a spoon or your again handy hands! The consistency should be just thick enough to form a patty. If it’s too thick, add in little by little the leftover of orange juice until desired consistancy.
6) Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and make a big patty! Brush the top with a thin layer of sour cream, sprinkle sugar all over. Cut the patty into 6 or 8 slices and pull them a bit apart from each other.
7) Bake until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes!
Because I did randomely find strawberries at the supermarket today and bought some for our Valentine’s dinner!
Because we are all one.. because we all come from some kind of love, and are all united through this love..
Happy Valentine’s Day to each and everyone of you :)
The Extra-ordinary Carrot Soup…
Secret ingrédient: G.I.N.G.E.R
Ginger lovers, this one is for you!! This recipe is very easy, hella tasty and as if not enough is even pretty :) My cousin Michelle made it for us during our Californian Christmax vacation, we loved it so much that i just HAD to bring the recipe back to share it (and make it again and again)!!
(About 8 servings)
- 2 pounds chopped carrots
- 1L of chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 yellow onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 1/2 tablespoon of grated fresh ginger
- 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream (or sour cream)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
1) In a large saucepan: boil carrots in chicken broth until they are tender. Separate the cooked carrots and the broth (keep the broth!!)
2) In a pan: cook together the onion + garlic + salt + pepper in olive oil. When onions are soft add in the grated ginger. Cook for about 2 minutes more.
3) Pour the sauté mix into the carrots pot. Add in the whipping cream. Add a cup of broth and blend. Add more broth until the desired texture is obtained. Add more salt if desired.
Option: Garnisg with chopped green onions and bacon it’s great!
Note: Be careful to let the preparation cool off before you blend it, it will prevent the vacuum effect that creates big and messy heat explosions, or use a hand blender.
The Killer Brownie…
Secret ingredient: pear sauce.. yep!
This brownie is a real killer. You will die of happiness when biting the thin crust, diving into its moist flesh, and feeling the crispness of a sliced almond under your teeth. I will have warned you :)
Notes on the ingredients: the fruit sauce makes this recipe even moister.. and healthier!! You won’t be able to taste its flavor. Also, do yourself a favor, do NOT use cocoa powder!! (I know finding chocolate bars is not an easy task in the US but it’s sooo worth it)
Note on the picture: after 2 years of iPhone 4 pictures, Santa brought me a camera yay!!! I feel extremely lucky, and will work on improving my pictures :)
- 200g dark chocolate (64%)
- 80g butter
- 100g pear sauce (any fruit sauce will do!)
- 3 eggs
- 120g of brown sugar
- 1 tea spoon of vanilla sugar/liquid vanilla
- 50g all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 small handful of nuts: sliced almonds & chopped hazelnuts here
1) Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F)
2) In a saucepan: melt the chocolate and the butter over medium heat.
3) In a medium bowl, quickly beat the eggs together with a fork, add sugar, vanilla and mix well.
4) Gradually add the melted chocolate preparation to the bowl while always stirring. Add the fruit sauce and mix well.
5) In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt & nuts. Mix together and add it the the cake batter. Mix just until you can’t see the flour anymore.
6) Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake until a knife inserted comes out clean on the sides but with moist crumbs in the middleand in the middle (about 25-30 minutes)
Here is a really nice article written by my friend Luke Barbara.
I totally agree with him :) You can find it on his blog here
- Have fun
- Unleash your creativity through exploring unlimited food possibilities.
- Cook with your significant other (or woo one your way ;-).
- Host family and friends to share an ancient human ritual and universal bonding experience.
- Know what’s in what you are eating and how it was prepared.
- [see Michael Pollan’s talk in the video embedded below]
- “Eat anything you want, just cook it yourself.”
- “Poor women who cook have healthier diets than wealthy women who don’t."
- [see article The only way to defeat the food industry: Cook more]
- “Stop worrying about the food industry, stop worrying about fast food. Just don’t eat it. Cook more."
- Eating out and buying prepared food is expensive.
- Health problems related to unhealthy food are even more expensive.
- “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates
- “…cuisine is the most important link between nature and culture." Alex Atala, world-famous Brazilian chef.
- Explore the abundance and diversity of ingredients and food possibilities in this wonderful world we live in, learn more about them and understand where they come from, and enjoy the amazing things you can create with food to nourish your mind, body, and soul.
Secret ingredient: This one is too easy and too simple to have anything secret ;)
Those cookies are super easy and quick to make! It’s my perfect back-up recipe when I have unexpected friends over! They have a soft texture, are not too sweet and taste amazing :) And they are - not - like coconut macaroons at all (I don’t like those too much, too much sugar)
- 250g of all purpose flour
- 7g of baking powder
- 120g of salted butter, softened
- 120g of white sugar
- 120g of coconut flakes
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 tablespoons of milk
- Glazing option:1 yolk mixed with 1 tablespoon of milk
1) Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees C
2) In a bowl: mix together the flour + baking powder. Add in the butter, cut in small chunks, and knead by hand until a sandy consistency is obtained. Add in the coconut flakes + sugar.
3) In another little bowl, mix together the egg yolks and milk with a fork. Add it to the dough and knead until the dough forms a well blended ball.
4) Roll out the dough to about 1cm thick on a work surface. Cut out squares with a knife. Spread the glaze with a brush on top of the squares, then sprinkle with coconut flakes.
5) Bake until the squares just begin to brown, about 10-12 minutes.
For the recipe in french click here