Saturday, November 28, 2009
Ok, I'm a few (24) hours late posting this challenge, but it really wasn't my fault!
It was the sun's fault.
Yes, the sun. If you have ever been to the north in the Fall/Winter you may have noticed a lack of something. Sun. Yes people, we invented SAD. The sun went on vacation to Florida for a week and then another week and...yeah, you get the idea.
I refused to do the challenge until I had natural light to photograph my cannoli! It was a great excuse!
Yesterday the sun came out.
Entonces - aqui estan!
If you want the recipe, please go to Lisa Michele's site.
Rolling the dough out.
Use those muscles!
I tried to use a pasta maker loaned to me by my parents.
Stupid machine ate half my dough before I gave up using it.
I found taking a small piece and rolling it out super, super thin and then wrapping the piece around the cannolo form worked the best.
My cannoli forms.
My part of the country is better known for leftsa, than for cannoli, so it was impossible to find cannoli forms.
Except.....my Mom went to the local hardware store and found these lengths of pipe for me!
Are real cannoli forms heavy?
Rolling dough around form.
Dough ready for frying.
Dough fresh from the fryer.
My entry for the Royal Foodie Joust.
So, what did I think of this challenge?
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
And now that I've tasted it-
that I wasn't crazy about white rice.
I like wasabi and peppers so I ate that.
See below for the fate of the sushi.
Bwahaha! (evil laughter)
The dragon roll.
And so yucky!
I used fake crab sticks and fried peppers inside.
Avocado on top and red pepper for the flames.
Black beans for the eyes.
And the nigiri sushi.
I thought I might like these, because they don't have any nori.
But it's a huge chunk of rice with toppings.
I ate the tops.
Yum! Smoked cheddar cheese, rum/ginger/cinnamon syrup raisins and kiwi slices.
I ate some of the rice with coconut black beans and topped it with avocado.
It was tasty.
What did I do with all of that sushi?
My girls had a sushi party!
They didn't like the nori.
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
In a large bowl mix flour, potato water and yeast. Cover and let sit for 45 mins.
3 1/3 cups flour
1 3/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
4 large eggs
Add flour and butter to the sponge ingredients. Mix until combined then add the rest of the ingredients. Turn dough out onto your work surface and knead. Dust with flour and knead again.
Place dough into a well greased bowl and cover it.
2 ways to continue: 1. Let rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours OR 2. Place covered bowl in the refrigerator for a few hours.
I chose option 2 and left it in the fridge for 18 hours. I made it the night before and baked it when I got home from work the next day. Perfect!
Either way you choose - Next, punch down dough and divide it in to 3 equal pieces. Roll the 3 pieces into 12-14 inch long ropes. On your well greased/silpat covered baking sheet braid the 3 pieces together.
Let rise for 1 hour, until doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
One egg, beaten with a little salt.
Before baking, brush loaf with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds or poppy seeds.
Bake for 40 mins or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Mom and Alexa measuring out the squash.
Notice: No canned squash/pumpkin here!
This is all home grown.
Alexa adding the squash.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
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