Wednesday, 22 October 2014

 Coconana Fritters

Mini donut holes are a delight, easy to make and show stopping!
There are soooo many combos that the list is endless
I used store bought whole wheat pizza dough.
had dessert in minutes!
The kids can even help you make these and if their little fingers get dirty? they can lick them clean!
Here's what you'll need:
1/4 pizza dough, approx. 12-16 torn 2" pieces
flour for dusting
1 banana cut into coins then halved
1/2 cup each icing sugar and coconut flakes
oil for frying

Roll out the pizza dough to 3" 
on a lightly floured surface
 Place a piece of banana in the center of the dough.
Add 1/2 tsp nutella
Roll up the dough, pinching to close

Fry in 2" of hot oil.
Test to see if the oil is hot enough by pinching a tiny piece off and dropping into oil. 
If it immediately sizzles it is ready.
Fry to a golden brown on both sides.
Immediately roll into icing sugar and coconut mixture.
Serve with extra nutella that is melted 
in the microwave.
Enjoy with love!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Blueberry Cheesecake

We are in full fledge 
Nothing fills the home like warm baked treats.
I have many friends of different nationalities that don't necessarily share the same Holidays with me.
But, I was lucky enough to be invited to several friends homes over the Thanksgiving Holiday.
This Blueberry Cheesecake was one easy dessert I came up with in the last minute.
I always try to keep my pantry and freezer well stocked so I don't have to rush out to purchase plain flavoured baked goods that are loaded with empty calories and this dessert was for a small dinner party and look how wonderful it looks.
It took very few ingredients too!
 You can make this ahead and freeze it so it's ready to go!
 Here's What You'll need:
1 pkg. defrosted puff pastry
flour for rolling
1/2 pkg cream cheese, room temp.
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 container fresh washed blueberries
1 tbsp coarse sugar
 1 egg + 1 tbsp water 
Roll out the puff pastry to a 
12" x 16" rectangle, approx.
Use 2 sheets of wax paper sprinkled lightly with flour.
 As you roll peel back the sheet and flip and peel the underside. This allows the dough to spread quickly. Refrigerate until needed.

Add cheese and sugar to a bowl and whip, 
using elbow grease or a mixer.

Gently fold in the berries, set aside.
Cut 1 1/2" W x 2"L slits all along the dough.
Make sure they match on the other side.

Place filling neatly down the center.

Brush the edges with the beaten egg and water.
Fold over the ends to cover filling. 

Begin to braid the slits covering the filling.
Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Wrap with one sheet of the used wax paper.

 Refrigerate to allow the pastry to harden so it puffs well in the oven. 
A minimum of 1hr or freeze it.

Bake in a preheated hot 375F oven for 
30-45 min until golden brown on top.

Enjoy with love!

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Stuffed Ham & Cheese
French Toast

Fall for me, besides bright beautiful colourful leaves brings to mind retreating inside to the comfort of my cocoon as the weather cools.

This Sammy has comfort written all over it!
I made this for a hearty lunch item but,
it really can cover any meal any time.

Breakfast, let it warm your toes
Brunch, make a head then serve warm or room temp.
Dinner? Quick and easy

Here's what you'll need;

2 slices crusty Italian bread
 1 egg
 1/4 cup 5% cream
 1 pinch of salt and pepper
 4 slices Smoked Black Forest Ham
 2 slices processed Cheddar Cheese
 1 tbsp yellow mustard
 1 tbsp butter

  Whisk the egg, cream, salt and pepper together. Set aside.
Fold the ham slices in half and place slightly over lapping on one piece of bread. 
Top with cheese slices. 
Spread mustard over the remaining slice. Sandwich the pieces together.
Cut in half.
Dip each half into the egg mixture,
pressing to absorb the liquid.
Place in a preheated skillet with the butter. 
Brown on both sides. 
Repeat other sandwich.

Enjoy with love~