Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Baking With Dorie: Cherry Rhubarb Cobbler

Last month all of us in the BWD baking group mutually decided that we needed to adopt a slower pace and bake only once a month instead of every other Monday. For those of us who are trying to cut back on desserts, this is a welcome change! 

I made changes to our baking schedule but I forgot to fix a typing error I'd made when listing this months' recipe. This resulted in a little confusion since I had typed 'strawberry rhubarb crisp' and everyone else in the group either baked the strawberry rhubarb double crisp, or planned for it. So this week we have two different recipes, depending on who baked what. 

I baked the cherry cobbler, replacing rhubarb with granny smith apples since I can't find rhubarb where I live. I made it in advance & we were travelling the next day so I did the math and made just 1/4th of the recipe. This was perfect because it made only two servings. And the cobbler was wonderful - as usual I loved the note of flavor that the addition of ginger lent to this dessert. The tartness of the apples married well with & was subdued by the sweetness from the cherries and both were cooked to flawless deliciousness under the little balls of whole wheat biscuit dough. 

Please head here to find links to what all the other BWD bakers made this week. For the recipe, go over to Ryans' blog The Behr Necessities, or Page 415 of Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

Next up we're baking Creme Brulee. If you'd like to join our baking challenges please drop me an email at needfulthings at ymail dot com. We'd love to have you bake along with us! 

Friday, July 01, 2011

Curry-Palooza: Cardamom & Black Pepper Chicken

Since it was my turn to pick the recipe this week, I opted for this simple & aromatic, non-vegetarian curry.
The chicken required little preparation and was quick to put together (other than a 3-hour marination time). I assume it as well with rice as it does with flatbreads or Pitas. Camille served hers with rice & I am assuming from Rocquie's photos that she used flatbread

Without further ado, here's the recipe:

Cardamom and black pepper chicken – Madhur Jaffrey
(Serves 4)

For the mardinade:
6 tbsp onion
2 inch piece fresh ginger
2 large garlic cloves
Salt ½ tsp
Cayenne pepper ½ tsp
Freshly ground black pepper ½ tsp
450 g boned and skinned chicken breasts

To cook the chicken:

150g (5 oz) onions
Corn or olive oil
1 medium stick cinnamon
8 whole cardamom pods
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp ground coriander
4 tbsp natural yogurt
8 tbsp tomato, grated
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp garam masala
2-3 tsp lemon juice

Step one: To make the marinade, peel and finely chop the onion, ginger and garlic and put them into a blender with ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp cayenne pepper, ½ tsp black pepper and 3 tbsp water. Blend to a smooth paste, pushing down with a rubber spatula when needed. Cut the chicken breasts 3cm or 1/8 inch slices and put into a bowl. Add the marinade and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 3 hours if desired.

Step Two: Peel the onions and slice into fine half rings. Pour 3 tbsp oil into a wide, non-stick pan set over a medium high heat. When the oil is hot, add the cinnamon stick and cardamom pods. Stir for 10 seconds, then add the onions and fry, stirring at the same time, for 6-7 minutes or until the onion turns a reddish-brown color. Add the cumin and coriander. Stir once. Add the natural yogurt, a tablespoon at a time, and stir till it is absorbed. Add the tomato and stir for a minute.

Step Three: reduce the heat to medium, add the chicken together with the marinade, and cook, stirring for 3-4 minutes or until all the chicken pieces turn white. Add 175ml (6 oz) water, salt, garam masala and lemon juice. Stir and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and cook, uncovered, for 2-3 minutes, stirring now and then.


Curry-Palooza is a monthly event & all participants take turns picking random Indian recipes. If you'd like to participate, Please email either Rocquie or myself. 

In order to check out the other participants posts this month, please click on these links: 


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