Apple chutney is a delicious home-made condiment that goes really well with cheese plates, crackers, or served over any meat. Tart apples are the best for making this chutney, it's sweet and sour at the same time. I didn't have jalapenos at home though so I improvised.
2 tsp olive oil
1 cup chopped red onion
1 jalapeño pepper minced (discard ribs and seeds unless you want it to be spicy)
2 tsp grated ginger
4 cups diced apples (tart ones are the best)
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp whole-grain Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp mustard seeds black
1/2 tsp yellow mustard seed
1/4 tsp Kosher salt
a handfull of chopped dates or raisins
Recipe adapted from Jessica Levinson
I've tried to make scones before multiple times but I think that the recipes kept failing because of the high altitude here. I can't remember where I got this recipe from unfortunately so I can't give it the proper credit it deserves but these come out light and buttery and they also freeze really well.
The recipe required the use of a food processor to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until you get a grainy sand-like texture.
The next step is to incorporate the eggs and the trick is not to overwork the dough when rolling it out and cutting it into discs.
Brushing the tops of the scones with egg wash gives them a beautiful golden color.
Simple British Scones
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
6 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup whole milk 2 large eggs
Lemon tarts are super simple to make if you have some lemon curd kicking around at home, you can use store bought curd or make some yourself. I have a recipe for some delicious curd here. This is more of a how-to rather than a recipe itself. You basically need to fill some pre-made tart shells with lemon curd and bake them. These tarts can be made ahead and frozen if you want to have some on hand for later. When you want to use them just pull them out of the freezer an hour in advance. The curd never freezes solid so it really doesn't take long for the tarts to defrost.
frozen tart shells
lemon curd (recipe here)
I had posted a chocolate chip banana bread recipe way back in 2015, super tasty but a little bit on the less moist side as far as banana breads go. That recipe may well work at a lower altitude but this updated recipe is for a super moist banana bread (even at high altitude). I know there're a few different preferences when it comes to banana bread. Some like their bread with walnuts or chocolate chips and others like their's simply as is. How you prefer your bread is entirely up to you, this recipe works with any kinds of nut's or no nuts at all without having to alter any of the other ingredients in the recipe. If you like a particular type of nut sub walnuts for your favorite, if you don't want any nuts at all take them out altogether.
Mix the wet ingredients
Sift together the dry ingredients and make the banana mixture.
1 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3-4 very ripe bananas, peeled & mashed
3 tbsp whole fat Greek yogurt
1 tspvanilla extract
2/3 cup toasted walnuts (optional)
This recipe is from Mountain Mama Cooks
Berries, lemon, and mint all scream summer to me. This cake is super easy to whip up and you don't have to be stuck in a hot kitchen for very long because decorating it is really quick. You can either go ahead and use a store bought cake mix if you're short on time and just add the juice from half a lemon and some finely chopped mint to the batter. You can also go ahead and make some white cake from scratch using my white cake recipe and then assemble the cake just before serving it.
Lemon Mint Cake with Whipped Cream and Berries
1 white cake recipe, or one box of cake mix baked in 2 cake pans as per package directions
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp of finely chopped mint
1 cup whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp sugar
fresh berries washed and sliced as per preference
note: assemble the cake just before serving it
This is such an amazing fruit salad that packs a lot of flavor and it's super easy to make.
Strawberry Orange Salad with Mint
1 pound strawberries, hulled and quartered
juice from 1/2 a lemon
1 tbsp fresh mint, coarsely chopped
a pinch of salt
Recipe adapted from Once Upon a Chef
Kheer is the desi version of rice pudding. It’s most commonly made with rice and can be flavored with cardamom and saffron. You can leave it plain or garnish it with various fruits and nuts (such as raisins, almonds, and pistachios). You’ll sometimes also see kheer lined with edible silver foil or topped with rose petals. Rice pudding typically uses eggs- however, kheer gets it’s thick texture and richness from slow cooking the milk over a long period of time. This is a super decadent dessert that is commonly served in restaurants, and at special occasions. Kheer is honestly one of the easiest desserts to prepare as it requires literally under 15 minutes of hands on time. The recipe below makes quite a large amount of kheer (for approx. 20 people) so please adjust it accordingly. Kheer tastes best served cold.
1 cup long grain rice, like basmati
3 liters milk (whole/full fat milk)
4 cardamoms, just remove the outer shell to use the seeds
A few threads of saffron (optional)
2 ½ cups sugar
Pistachios/sliced almonds etc.for garnishing (optional)
This is a classic recipe that comes from a really old recipe book that my aunt gave my mom way back when she first got married. When I first started baking, around the age of 11 or 12 this book was my only resource. I love all the recipes in this book because they use simple ingredients and create the most delicious results. You can frost this cake however you like, this was my first time trying out these little rosettes. I'm not sure if you can see it clearly in the photograph but I tried to get an ombre effect.
When the cakes cook they pouf up forming domes which need to be sliced off.
Level the cakes before adding the frosting.
The first layer of frosting is the crumb coat. This keeps all the crumbs intact so that they don't show through the decorative layer.
Next I added the little rosettes working from the bottom of the cake upwards.
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups finely grated carrots
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 Cream cheese frosting Recipe
I love cream cheese frosting, I love cheese and the addition of it gives the frosting a rich and slightly salty flavor which really helps make frosting less sweet than it usually is.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 package cream cheese (8 oz), at room temperature
1 stick butter (8 tbsp), at room temperature
6 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
This recipe makes enough frosting to fill, crumb coat, and decorate a two layer 8 inch cake or to frost two dozen cupcakes. To color the frosting I use gel color.
Lemon curd is a thick, spreadable, tangy custard-like conserve made of eggs, lemons and sugar. It can be used in many different desserts or on its own as a spread. Lemon curd tastes great with scones, spread between the layers of a cake, marbled into cheesecake, or baked in a tart. It should be stored in the refrigerator for up-to a week, but if you can't use it all up in a week it also freezes really well. The curd never freezes solid (it becomes a think ice-cream like texture) so you can scoop out as much as you need whenever you like.
I've tried a couple of different recipes but this one is my favorite because it uses whole eggs as opposed to only the yolks it is super tangy and has a smooth texture.
1 cup butter
1 1/3 sugar
3 tbsp lemon zest
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp corn starch
I love to make food and to eat. I've been baking since before I was a teenager and exploring more with cooking for the past decade. This section of the site is dedicated to my experiments in the kitchen.
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