Sunday, March 25, 2012

Pecan Caramel Turtle Cookies

Today I made turtle cookies, my only mistake is that I didn't use my own cookie so if you have a favorite cookie recipe please feel free to substitute it...The cookie taste a little plain my suggestion would be to use a chocolate chip cookie recipe without the chips or even a sugar cookie recipe.

I made a chocolate ganache instead of using the chocolate glaze recommend in the recipe, I just can't follow 

before the oven

after the

with the chocolate ganache

½ c brown sugar
½ c butter soften
1 t vanilla
1 ½ c unbleached flour
1/8 t salt
2 to 3 c pecan halves
8 vanilla caramels ea. Cut into 4th

Chocolate Glaze
1 c powdered sugar
1 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
1 t vanilla

**Chocolate Ganache - I used
8 oz chocolate chips  (I used 4 oz dark choc. and 4 oz semi sweet)
1/4 c heavy cream
*melt in microwave save dish, stir and let sit to thicken then drizzle over turtle cookies

Mix sugar, butter, 2 T water and vanilla until fluffy. Stir in flour and salt until dough holds together. (if dough is dry, stir in 1 to 2 t water, as necessary.)
For each cookie: on ungreased cookie sheet arrange 3 to 5 pecan halves to resemble head arms and feet of a turtle. Using a teaspoonful of dough, shape dough around a piece of caramel; press firmly onto center of arrange pecan halves.
Bake 350 12-15 min. or until dough is set but not brown.
Glaze: mix sugar w/1 t water melted choc., and vanilla until smooth. If necessary stir in more water, 1 t at a time until glaze is of desire consistency.
Dip top of cooled cookies into glaze

1. make sure to push caramel in center of cookie dough and roll into ball then smash.
2. make sure you smash the cookie dough into the pecan so to bake into cookie.

*If you have a dessert recipe that you are having trouble with or afraid to try, please send it to me along with a picture and I will give it a shot….
P.S. I don’t like coconut 

I hope you enjoy

Bon appétit in Breton - Kalon digor! Debrit ervat! Debrit a galon!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Brownie Pudding

I found this recipe on the food network, and thought It's got to be delicious, well at least it looked I didn't have to tweak it too much just used vanilla extract instead of a vanilla bean which I didn't I like to use ingredients that I already have. I like to keep it simple...also I did 't use the liqueur, why buy just to use 1 tablespoon

  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus extra for buttering the dish
  • 4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup good cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • Seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 tablespoon framboise liqueur, optional
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. bake (exactly 1 hour) Lightly butter a 2-quart (9 by 12 by 2-inch) oval baking dish. Melt the 1/2 pound of butter and set aside to cool.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs and sugar on medium-high speed for 5 to 10 minutes, until very thick and light yellow. Meanwhile, sift the cocoa powder and flour together and set aside.

When the egg and sugar mixture is ready, reduce the speed to low and add the vanilla seeds, framboise, if using, and the cocoa powder and flour mixture. Mix only until combined. With mixer still on low, slowly pour in the cooled butter and mix again just until combined.

Pour the brownie mixture into the prepared dish and place it in a larger baking pan. Add enough of the hottest tap water to the pan to come halfway up the side of the dish and bake for exactly 1 hour. A cake tester inserted 2 inches from the side will come out 3/4 clean. The center will appear very under-baked; this dessert is between a brownie and a pudding 

*serve warm with vanilla ice cream

1. don’t over bake
2. I always use unbleached flour 

*If you have a dessert recipe that you are having trouble with or afraid to try, please send it to me along with a picture and I will give it a shot….
P.S. I don’t like coconut 

I hope you enjoy

Bon appétit in Bhojpuri स्वादिष्ट खाना (swadist khana)