12 September 2019

Chewy Pecan Bars - Pecan Blondies

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Chewy Pecan Bars (or Pecan Blondies) are my favorite bars. I make great Brownies, or so I'm told, but I'm not a chocolate fan myself. And these have half the sugar of brownies, just 2 teaspoons per 2-inch square! With this quantity of nuts and no sugary add-ins, they're practically health food!

Of course, you can add in whatever you like; I don't judge. And you can bake these in a 13x9x2-inch pan, even though I use a 13x9x1-inch quarter sheet pan. I have multiples of this pan because it is such a kitchen workhorse. If you haven't tried one, go ahead and order two. You're going to want more.


Couldn't resist doing a quick watercolor sketch of a little
squirrel heading out to gather nuts.
My friend Julia named her Miss Emily Squirrel.


These bars are quick and easy to make, fairly healthy, and very "packable," perfect for the lunchbox or tucked into your purse for a snack. What's your favorite portable snack?


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Chewy Pecan Bars - Pecan Blondies


(Makes 24 2-inch squares)

1 1/2 cups (6 ounces/170 grams) coarsely chopped pecans
1/2 cup (1.75 ounces/50 grams) old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 dip-and-sweep cups (7.5 ounces/213 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons non-GMO baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (3/4 teaspoon, if you like that salty kick)
1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces/170 grams) unsalted butter, melted
1 firmly packed cup (7 ounces/198 grams) dark brown sugar
4 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract 


1 In dry skillet over medium heat, toast the chopped pecans and oats until lightly browned and fragrant. Set aside to cool.

2 Preheat oven to 350F/180C/Gas4. Grease, or line with baking parchment paper, a 13x9x1-inch quarter sheet pan. I like to line it with parchment with a bit of an overhang so I can lift it out of the pan for cutting. In small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt to "sift."


3 In 2- to 3-quart saucepan, melt butter and stir in brown sugar. Then stir in eggs and vanilla extract, mixing well to combine. 

4 Stir in flour mixture, nuts and oats. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake about 25 to 30 minutes, until golden and pulling away from the sides of the pan. As with brownies, you want to avoid overbaking. Cool completely and cut into 24 bars. Store in airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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05 September 2019

Shortbread Petticoat Tails - Masters by Adagio Teas Giveaway

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Classic Shortbread Petticoat Tails pair soooo beautifully with tea that I chose to include the recipe in this post along with my Masters by Adagio Teas review and giveaway. 

With just four always-on-hand ingredients, it is an easy recipe to make, elegant in its simplicity. It follows the traditional formula: 1 part sugar, 2 parts butter, 3 parts flour (by weight). The measures given, for those who prefer to measure, are just tidier approximations of the weights.

It was such a pleasure to kick off the month of September trying five new single-origin black teas from Masters by Adagio Teas. Such teas, with the focus on quality and terroir, are very popular with those who do Gongfu-style brewing (multiple short infusions), but I'm a dyed-in-the-wool British-style tea drinker and that's how I brewed these teas.


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I brewed each of the teas in the lidded infuser mug that is part of this giveaway. I found that 1 tablespoon (3 to 4 grams) of tea leaves worked well in each case.

Though my personal preference in Darjeelings is the later harvests, the Balasun First Flush tea is quite special and so delicate as to be perhaps the perfect introduction to black tea for green tea drinkers. 

The third Masters tea I tried, Tongmu Jim Jun Mei, was my clear favorite until I tried the Jin Kong Que (Golden Peacock). My first whiff of the large, golden leaves and buds, revealed hints of cocoa along with a certain roasted toastiness, for lack of a better descriptor. The beautiful honey-colored brew was very smooth and flavorful.

I hope you'll try both the tea and the shortbread and, if you are in the US or Canada, enter the giveaway below. One very happy tea drinker (or tea gifter!) is going to win a Kawa Mug and Infuser and $75 gift certificate redeemable in the Masters by Adagio Teas online tea shop.

If you win the drawing, what kind of teas will you order? What color mug?


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Classic Shortbread Petticoat Tails


Whatever flavorings one might add, the predominant flavor of good shortbread must be butter. And I do mean butter; margarine will not do. This barely sweet treat has less than 3/4 teaspoon of sugar per biscuit (that's British English for "cookie").

(Makes 16 plus 1 round)

1 1/8 dip-and-sweep cup (5.625 ounces/159 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 stick (4 ounces/113 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup (1.75 ounces/50 grams) sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 Put a round of baking parchment paper in the bottom of a 9-inch/23 cm removable bottom tart tin set on a baking sheet. In smallish bowl, whisk flour vigorously for a minute to "sift" it.

2 In medium mixing bowl, with hand mixer or wooden spoon, cream softened butter. Add sugar and salt. Cream together thoroughly.

3 Add flour to creamed mixture. If using electric hand mixer, mix in flour just until combined. When thoroughly combined (it will be a bit crumbly, so knead it in the bowl with one hand), scrape into parchment-lined removable bottom tart tin, press into an even layer, cover and chill for about 30 minutes.

Note: You can use the smooth bottom of a cake tin to make the dough very even, then use your fingers to push the dough into the scallops of the tart tin. 

4 With a 2- to 2.25-inch round cookie cutter, cut a circle in the very center of the dough; then cut into 16 slices. Prick all over with a skewer. Pop the dough back in the fridge for another 15 minutes while you preheat oven to 300F/150C/Gas2.


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5 Bake for about 45 minutes until firm and lightly golden (not browned). Recut the slices. Leave in tin and cool completely on wire rack. Store for up to 2 weeks in airtight tin.


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Masters by Adagio Teas Giveaway


Adagio Teas will send winner: a Kawa mug and infuser (choice of 4 colors) and a $75 gift certificate redeemable in the Masters by Adagio Teas online tea shop.

This giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents (Sorry, international friends!) 18 years of age or older. Leave a comment below (one entry per person). Please include your email address in the body of your comment. Must enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday September 11.

Winner will be chosen by random drawing and be announced here in the comments before noon Eastern time on Thursday September 12. If I don't hear back from the winner of the random drawing by noon Eastern time Sunday September 15, another drawing will be held and a new winner selected from the original entrants (those who commented before the giveaway deadline). 

Disclosure: Adagio Teas provided product for review purposes and for the giveaway. The views expressed here are entirely my own. I always tell my readers what I really think!

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Jean

29 August 2019

Fresh Tomato Pasta

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My two tomato plants that grew so huge that I call them tomato trees are still giving me more tomatoes than I know what to do with. But I kinda do know what to do with them because I never tire of this fresh tomato pasta or my Tomato Galette or Tomato Tart.


Fresh Tomato Pasta (homegrown organic cherry tomatoes) / www.delightfulrepast.com
Watercolor sketch of my biggest gardening success ever.
These cherry, or grape, tomatoes just keep on coming.


I've made this with fresh herbs when I have them, but have written it down for you with dried herbs because everyone always has those. My herbs, planted near the tomatoes like always, were soon completely obliterated by these two giant tomato plants, so I've been using dried.

This is so quick and simple, you might find yourself making it a lot! Just toast a few slices of Sourdough Artisan Bread, pour the wine and call it Dinner! 


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Fresh Tomato Pasta


(Makes 2 to 3 servings)

4 tablespoons (2 fluid ounces/59 ml) extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
2 cups halved cherry or grape tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/16 to 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 pound (8 ounces/227 grams) mini penne pasta, cooked and drained
2 to 4 tablespoons grated parmesan

Garnish: fresh basil or flat-leaf parsley



1 Boil the water for the pasta. I boil about a quart of water with 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a 2-quart saucepan for 1/2 pound of mini penne pasta. No need for the huge amounts of water called for on the pasta boxes!

2 Heat the oil in a large skillet and cook the onion over medium heat for as long as you like, but at least until softened, about 5 minutes.

3 Add the halved cherry tomatoes, salt, pepper, red wine vinegar, basil. oregano and crushed red pepper flakes to the pan and cook over medium heat for about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes release their juices and form a sauce with the olive oil.

4 Drain the cooked pasta and add it to the skillet; stir over low heat for a minute to coat the pasta well with the sauce. Divide between two or three plates, top with a sprinkling of grated parmesan, garnish and serve. 


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22 August 2019

Peach Galette - Rustic Peach Pie

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Anything with perfectly ripe yellow peaches is my favorite summer dessert. Peach Pie with Lattice Crust is wonderful, but it takes a bit of time to roll out two disks of pastry and to cut and weave the lattice. There was no time for that today, so I made a Peach Galette or Rustic Peach Pie. Part of my Streamlined Cooking!

I've made it free-form on a baking sheet, as I did here with the Tomato Galette, but my favorite way is in a 9-inch Pyrex glass pie plate. Just roll out the pastry to a 14-inch circle on parchment paper, set your pie plate face down on it, flip it over and press it into the plate without stretching the pastry, and there you have it.

You'll find a bunch of peach desserts on my Recipes index page or by using the "Looking for Something?" search box in the sidebar. What is your favorite summer fruit, and what do you like to do with it?


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Peach Galette - Rustic Peach Pie 


(Makes one 9- to 11-inch round tart, 6 or 8 servings)

Pastry

1 1/2 dip-and-sweep cups (7.5 ounces/213 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon non-GMO baking powder
1 stick (4 ounces/113 grams) chilled unsalted butter, coarsely shredded
1/4 cup (2 fluid ounces/59 ml) ice water
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon additional ice water, only if necessary

Filling

2 pounds (32 ounces/0.9 kg) perfectly ripe yellow peaches
1/3 cup (2.33 ounces/66 grams) plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour, divided
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

About 1 tablespoon milk or cream

1 In medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking powder. With fingers, work grated butter into flour mixture until it has the consistency of coarse meal with some pieces the size of small peas.

Note: Or, if you have a food processor, you can make the crust with it just as directed for the Tomato Galette.

2 Mix the ice water and vinegar and sprinkle onto the mixture, tossing lightly with a fork. Use additional ice water if mixture is too dry. 

3 Turn dough out onto a square of plastic wrap. Form it into a 5-inch disk; double wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to three days. (Let thoroughly chilled dough stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before rolling.) 

4 Preheat oven to 400F/205C/Gas6. Cut a 14-inch square of baking parchment paper. Lightly flour it and roll out the pasty to a 14-inch circle about 1/8 inch thick. Don't worry about ragged edges; they'll add character. Transfer pastry on parchment to an ungreased 18x13x1-inch half sheet pan or a large rimless baking sheet OR, as I did, a 9-inch Pyrex pie plate. Place in refrigerator while preparing the peaches. 

5 Peel peaches or not--I don't--and slice into a medium bowl. In a tiny bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of the sugar with 1 tablespoon of the flour; set aside. In another tiny bowl, combine remaining 1/3 cup of sugar with the salt and cinnamon. Take out 1 teaspoon (for sprinkling on top later); stir the remaining 1 tablespoon of flour into the larger sugar mixture. 

6 Remove the pastry from the refrigerator. Sprinkle the tablespoon-each sugar-flour mixture evenly over the pastry, leaving a 1.5-inch border uncoated. If using the pie plate, rub the mixture on the sides as well as the bottom of the pastry. Stir the larger sugar mixture into the peaches and pour them into the center of the pastry, spreading them out, leaving a 2-inch border (if you're not using the pie plate). 

7 Bring that border up over the peaches a little at a time, sort of "pleating" as you go. Don't worry about making it look good. It will be rustic and beautiful.

8 Brush the crust with a little milk or cream and sprinkle on the reserved teaspoon of spice-sugar. Bake for about 50 minutes or until the pastry is crisp and well browned and the fruit is bubbling. Let cool on baking sheet on wire rack for 15 minutes before removing tart from parchment-lined baking sheet. Serve warm or room temperature. 

And, for no reason at all, here is my little watercolor sketch of our darling boy as a storybook character.

Peach Galette - Rustic Peach Pie (AND, for no reason at all, this watercolor sketch of my cat as a storybook character) / www.delightfulrepast.com



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Jean


15 August 2019

Classic Macaroni Salad - and Tuna Macaroni Salad

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Macaroni salad is not the same as pasta salad. Follow this link for my more fashionable, vegetable-heavy, vinaigrette-dressed Pasta Salad. This is old-fashioned (retro) macaroni salad, comfort food from way before anyone ever thought of pasta salad or getting trendy with their food.

Classic macaroni salad is a hit at any picnic, potluck or barbecue (Notice I said "barbecue," not "BBQ," which is one of those things that's always irritated me!). It's great for Game Days, too, if you're into that sort of thing. It's perfect for the lunchbox, for parents or kids; everyone loves it.

After all these years, Mr Delightful, who grew up with tuna macaroni salad--and I'm sorry, but that's just crazy!--loves my Classic Macaroni Salad. I hope you will, too. But if you're on Team Tuna, don't click away; I've included that option as well. You can make Half Classic/Half Tuna.

I make this the way my mother made it, rather than the typical way. Nothing unusual about the ingredients--it's the method. She always layered on the ingredients in a particular order rather than stirring up the dressing separately. I don't know why, but it makes a difference. 

It's just not summer without Classic Macaroni Salad or Perfect Potato Salad! What dishes say "summer" to you?


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Classic Macaroni Salad for Her / Tuna Macaroni Salad For Him


(Makes 12 servings)

8 large eggs
1 1-pound (16 ounces/454 grams) package salad macaroni (ditalini)
2 tablespoons (1 ounce/30 ml) sweet pickle juice
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 tablespoon parsley flakes
3/4 cup finely chopped sweet pickles
3/4 cup finely chopped carrot
1/2 cup or more finely chopped celery
1/4 cup finely chopped onion, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup or more finely chopped red bell pepper, patted dry
1 3/4 cup real mayonnaise, divided

1 tablespoon coarse "country" Dijon mustard

Options for the half with tuna:

1 5-ounce can tuna, drained and flaked
1 cup frozen peas, thawed but not cooked

12 pimiento-stuffed green olives, chopped

1 To hard-cook eggs, place eggs in a single layer in large pan. Add enough room temperature water to cover eggs completely and an inch over. Bring to a boil over high heat. As soon as water is bubbling lightly, remove pan from the heat and cover tightly with the lid. Let stand for 15 minutes. Drain and add cold water to pan; repeat twice. Leave eggs to cool for 15 minutes in cold water. Drain, and proceed with recipe or refrigerate until ready to use. (Notice that the egg yolks are yellow and velvety, not orange and shiny-gooey!) 

2 Cook macaroni al dente according to package directions in a 5- to 5.5-quart Dutch oven. Put in colander. Rinse repeatedly with cold water until macaroni is cool. Drain thoroughly. Put back in pan.


3 Sprinkle pickle juice, salt, pepper and parsley flakes over cooked and cooled macaroni. (Sure, you can use fresh parsley if you have it; but I didn't. Dill can be good, too.) Stir in pickles, carrot, celery, onion, red bell pepper, 1 1/4 cups of the mayonnaise, and the mustard. 

4 When ready to add eggs to salad, use egg slicer to slice eggs. Reserve 7 or more pretty slices for garnish (14, if using 2 bowls); cover and refrigerate. Roughly chop remaining slices and add to salad. Transfer salad to 4-quart serving dish (or two 2-quart bowls), cover and refrigerate. Chill for at least 4 hours; but making it a day ahead is best. 

5 Before serving, stir in the reserved mayonnaise (perhaps not all of it, or perhaps a bit more), as the macaroni will have absorbed the first portion and will likely be rather dry. (And this would be the case no matter how much you put in the first time!) Garnish with reserved egg slices and perhaps a bit of chopped fresh parsley or dill, if you have it.

The Tuna Option: Divide salad between two 2-quart bowls; add tuna, peas and olives to just one of them.

And now for something completely different … apropos of absolutely nothing … just a little something to make you smile.

Classic Macaroni Salad (and this sketch has nothing to do with it!) / www.delightfulrepast.com
I set out to paint Peter Rabbit, but this chap looks more 
mature than Peter. So I'm thinking of him as Old Mr Rabbit, 
Peter's father who was made into a pie by Mrs McGregor.


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08 August 2019

Baked Acorn Squash

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I spotted a few acorn squashes this week when I was scouting around for produce. I always like to see what's just coming into season, or going out, and look for things I've never had or haven't had in a long time. And it had been a very long time since I last had acorn squash.

Acorn squash comes in a wide variety of sizes, and I prefer the small to medium, three-quarters of a pound to a pound and a half. One of these was just under 3/4 pound, perfect for two of us. But cook two while you're at it; they fit perfectly in the 9-inch pie plate and will keep well in the fridge for a few days.

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Watercolor sketch of my little 12-ounce acorn squash


Acorn squash has a very mild, subtly sweet and nutty, flavor. Goes very well with pork dishes. You can go sweet or savory with it. I went slightly sweet with it this time, but savory is good, too, with just butter or good olive oil, salt, pepper and whatever herbs you like.

So many recipes have you cooking the squash skin side up and then turning it over halfway through. I prefer to just cook it skin side down the whole time. In the summer heat, I'm happy to skip any step that doesn't really add something to a recipe. 

What kind of squash do you like?

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Baked Acorn Squash



(Makes 4 servings)

2 small (12 ounces/340 grams each) acorn squashes
2 tablespoons (1 ounce/28 grams) unsalted butter, melted
Pinch (1/16 teaspoon) salt
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
Optional: 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon mixed with the brown sugar

1 Preheat oven to 350F/180C/Gas4. Using a large, heavy, sharp chef's knife, cut each squash in half from the tip down through the stem end. Lay each half skin side up on the cutting board and cut in half again. With a paring knife, score each wedge about 1/4 inch deep in a cross-hatch pattern.

Baked Acorn Squash / www.delightfulrepast.com


2 Place the 8 quarters skin side down in a 9-inch glass pie plate. Brush each wedge with melted butter. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Put 3/4 teaspoon of dark brown sugar in the hollow of each wedge, spreading it out a bit. Put 1/2 cup of water in bottom of baking dish.

3 Bake, uncovered, for about 45 minutes, until tender. Larger squash will require longer baking; check at 50 minutes, then every 5 or 10 minutes thereafter.


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01 August 2019

Tomato Galette

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Tomato Galette is a great way to use some of my bumper crop of tomatoes. My kitchen garden got a miss for a few years, and I thought I'd go easy on myself this first year reviving it and so planted just two tomato plants. Well, my organic soil must have been dynamite because those two plants took off immediately and grew so fast you could practically see it happening!


Tomato Galette / www.delightfulrepast.com
Thought a homegrown tomato deserved to have it's portrait painted!


For this recipe I used the regular tomato, a medium-sized round variety. For my Tomato Tart (you really must try it!) I'll be using the cherry, actually grape, tomato this year. Both of these recipes make even bland store-bought tomatoes taste the way they should, so don't feel you needn't bother if you're not a gardener.

Tomato Galette / www.delightfulrepast.com


Don't even think about taking a shortcut and skipping step four of the directions. Salting and draining the tomatoes is essential. If you don't, all the excess water in them will dilute the tomato flavor and make the crust soggy instead of crisp and flaky. And stick with the tablespoon of minced shallot; it's all you need to add plenty of flavor without it overtaking the tomatoes.

Also resist the urge to add herbs and spices. Anything more than a sprinkling of chopped parsley or chiffonade of fresh basil when the galette comes out of the oven only detracts from the tomatoes, which are the stars of the show.

What do you do with a bumper crop of tomatoes? 

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Tomato Galette


(Makes one 11-inch tart)

The Pastry (food processor* method)

1 1/2 dip-and-sweep cups (7.5 ounces/213 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour 
3/4 teaspoon salt 
1/8 teaspoon baking powder 
1 stick (4 ounces/113 grams) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes and frozen for 10 minutes
1/4 cup (2 fluid ounces/59 ml) ice water plus 1 tablespoon, only if needed
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

The Tomatoes

1 1/2 pounds (24 ounces/680 grams) tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon finely minced shallot
1 cup (4 ounces/113 grams) finely shredded medium cheddar or mozzarella or provolone or a combination
1/2 cup (1.75 ounces/50 grams) finely grated parmesan
About a tablespoon of beaten egg, cream or milk
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
Pinch of salt

Garnish: chopped flat-leaf parsley or chiffonade of fresh basil



1 With metal blade in place, add flour, salt and baking powder to work bowl of food processor. Turn on for three seconds to combine. Add half the frozen butter and process for 10 seconds or until mixture has the consistency of coarse meal. Add remaining butter and pulse for six 1-second pulses, or until the frozen butter is the size of small peas. 

2 Pour ice water and apple cider vinegar over all of flour mixture; pulse for six to twelve 1-second pulses or just until dough forms large clumps; do not over-process. (The amount of water you will need depends on your climate and the moisture content of your flour. You may need to use a bit more or less water than I do.) 

3 Wrap dough in a piece of plastic wrap and flatten slightly into a 5-inch round disk; double wrap; refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to three days. (Let thoroughly chilled dough stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before rolling.) 

4 Preheat oven to 400F/20C/Gas6. Toss together the tomato slices and salt; let stand 10 minutes. Drain off liquid and place tomato slices on paper towels or an impeccably clean kitchen towel; pat dry. In small pan, heat olive oil and saute shallot; cool.

5 On lightly floured 14-inch square of baking parchment paper (love my dispenser with slide cutter), roll out pastry to 14-inch circle (it will be about 1/8 inch thick). Irregular edges are fine; a galette is supposed to be rustic. Transfer pastry on parchment to an ungreased 18x13x1-inch half sheet pan or a 14x16-inch rimless baking sheet.

Tomato Galette - easy way to handle the pastry / www.delightfulrepast.com


6 Scatter cheese over pastry, leaving a 1.5-inch (4 cm) border. Arrange tomatoes and cooked shallots over the cheese. Bring edges of dough up over the filling, sort of pleating as you go, about every 3 inches. Brush dough with about a tablespoon of beaten egg (or cream, even milk, if you don't have another use coming up for the leftover egg!). Sprinkle tomatoes with pepper and a pinch of salt if you think the previously salted tomatoes could use a bit more. Place in freezer for 10 minutes.


7 Bake for about 55 to 60 minutes, or until crust is golden. Cool slightly on baking sheet for about 10 minutes before cutting and serving. Cut into 4 pieces for a lunch serving, 8 for a first course serving, or into 12 to 16 skinny wedges for an hors d'oeuvre or afternoon tea savory. Serve warm or at room temperature.

* I've used the OXO Good Grips Pizza Wheel for Non-Stick Pans for years on galettes as well as pizza, and it cuts like a dream!

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Jean

25 July 2019

Peach Pie with Lattice Crust

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Peach pie with a lattice crust is my all-time favorite pie. I know, I know, I just blogged about peaches last week. Can't help myself--this is peach headquarters during peach season! I may be blogging about them next week as well.

A couple we know lives next door to the non-peach-loving owners of a fabulous peach tree and have been dropping off lovely organic peaches for us nearly every day. One day I was getting behind on my peach baking and froze a batch.

Peach Pie with Lattice Crust / www.delightfulrepast.com
Couldn't resist doing a quick watercolor sketch
before cutting up the peaches!



My trick for getting good peaches every time at the store or farmers market is to go by smell. If you can't smell the peaches, you might as well buy a bag of fuzzy styrofoam balls! Also, beware of "green shoulders" around the stem end, an indicator that the peaches were picked too soon.

Yellow-fleshed freestone peaches, with the perfect balance of sugar and acid, are the very best for pie-making. White-fleshed peaches are too delicate and subtle for pies. Peach season will be over before we know it, so bake this pie as soon as you can.

Are you a "pie person" or a "cake person?" 


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Peach Pie


(Makes one 9-inch/23 cm pie, 8 servings)

The Pastry

2 1/2 dip-and-sweep cups (12.5 ounces/354 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 sticks (8 ounces/227 grams) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes and frozen for 10 minutes
2 tablespoons (1 fluid ounce/30 ml) apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice

Ice water to make 3/4 cup (6 fluid ounces/177 ml) liquid



The Peach Pie Filling


2 1/2 pounds (1.13 kg/about 5 large) perfectly ripe yellow peaches
1/2 to 2/3 cup (3.5 to 4.67 ounces/99 to 132 grams) sugar
1/4 cup (1 ounce/28 grams) tapioca flour or cornstarch (but tapioca flour is better)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon mace or nutmeg

Note: No food processor? See How to Make an All-Butter Pie Crust by Hand - Pie Crust Unplugged. Food processor method below. 

1 With metal blade in place, add flour, salt and baking powder to work bowl of food processor. Turn on for three seconds to combine. Add half the frozen butter and process for 10 seconds or until mixture has the consistency of coarse meal. Add remaining butter and pulse for six 1-second pulses, or until the frozen butter is the size of small peas. 

2 In 3/4-cup measure, combine vinegar or lemon juice and ice water. Pour over all of flour mixture; pulse for six 1-second pulses or just until dough forms large clumps; do not over-process. (The amount of water you will need depends on your climate and the moisture content of your flour. You may not need to use quite as much water as I do.) 

3 Turn dough out onto work surface. Divide dough into two balls. Place each ball on a piece of plastic wrap and flatten slightly into a 5-inch round disk; double wrap; refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to three days. (Let thoroughly chilled dough stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before rolling.) 

4 Preheat oven to 425F/220C/Gas7. On lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a 13-inch (33 cm) circle about 1/8 inch (3 mm) thick. Line 9-inch glass pie plate with pastry, trimming overhang to about 3/4 inch. Place in refrigerator.

5 On a piece of parchment, roll out second disk of dough just like the first. With a straight edge and a knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into 10 even strips about 3/4 inch wide. Transfer, on the parchment, to a rimless baking sheet, cover with plastic or parchment, and refrigerate while preparing filling. All-butter pastry is fussy about being kept cold!

6 Peel peaches (or not, if they're thin-skinned and smooth like these) and slice into a large bowl (I use a 2-quart glass measure). You'll have about 6 cups of sliced peaches. (I slice large peaches like this: Quarter peach, cut each quarter into 4 wedges, cut wedges in half or thirds.) In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch tapioca flour (vastly superior to cornstarch or any other thickener for fruit pies), salt and spices; add to peaches and mix gently but well. Pour into pie shell.

Note: I almost never peel organic peaches. I just wash them very well and rub off the fuzz. The colorful skin adds nutrition and a beautiful color to whatever you're making.


7 Working from the center, lay 5 strips of dough across the pie in one direction. Fold back every other strip halfway. Place a long strip of dough in the center going the other way. Unfold the folded strips over the crossing strip. Repeat with remaining 4 strips. Trim the overhanging strips even with the bottom crust and crimp the edge.

8 Place a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet in the middle of the oven to catch any drips, and place the pie on the baking sheet. Bake at 425F/220C/Gas7 for 30 minutes. Lower temperature to 350F/180C/Gas4, and bake for an additional 35 minutes (juices should be bubbling). Cool on wire rack for at least 2 to 4 hours before serving.

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Jean

18 July 2019

Peach Cobbler Muffins - Pecan Streusel Topping

Peach Cobbler Muffins - Pecan Streusel Topping / www.delightfulrepast.com

Peach Cobbler Muffins can, of course, also be made with nectarines. Whether using smooth-skinned nectarines or fuzzy peaches, I rarely peel them. Just scrub them well and rub the fuzz off the peaches. Besides added nutrition, the colorful skin adds pretty to whatever you're making. AND it saves a lot of time in the kitchen. You won't even notice it's there!

I rarely have a muffin when I'm out because I'm pretty picky about muffins. They're usually way too sweet and have ingredients I'd rather avoid. And can someone tell me when and why jumbo muffins became a "thing." I use my mini muffin tins for cute little cakes for afternoon tea, but I have never felt the need to buy a jumbo muffin tin. These are standard size.

With just 2.5 teaspoons of sugar per muffin, I could even have two and stay within my 6-teaspoons-in-a-day sugar limit. My recipe makes precisely enough batter to fill 12 standard-size muffin cups. As you know, I hate waste; so there is none. (True Confession: I had to throw away a half bunch of celery this week. I wish they were half the size you see in the stores now.)

I use half the sugar and butter in my Pecan Streusel Topping these days, and it's soooo much better. With equal measures of everything, it would sort of just melt into a glaze on the muffins and they'd be swimming in butter. This is better. If you're not a peach fan, you might like my Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins or Small-Batch Banana Muffins (makes 6, but you can double it). 

Of course, I have my muffins with tea. What do you like to have with yours?

Peach Cobbler Muffins - Pecan Streusel Topping / www.delightfulrepast.com

Peach Cobbler Muffins


(Makes 12)

The Muffins


5 tablespoons (2.5 ounces/71 grams) unsalted butter
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup (6 fluid ounces/177 ml) milk
1 1/2 dip-and-sweep cups (7.5 ounces/213 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (3.5 ounces/99 grams) sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon mace or nutmeg
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 3/4 cups diced perfectly ripe yellow peaches or nectarines, divided



The Streusel Topping


1/4 cup (1.25 ounces/35 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 cup (1 ounce/28 grams) finely chopped pecans
2 tablespoons (0.875 ounce/25 grams) sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch (1/16 teaspoon) salt

2 tablespoons (1 ounce/28 grams) cold unsalted butter, diced or coarsely shredded

1 Preheat oven to 400F/205C/Gas6. Grease a standard 12-muffin tin or line it with paper bake cups.

Note: What I love most about this muffin tin is that it is seamless, with no hard-to-clean places for food to stick. A friend had the same complaint, so I bought one for her as well. She loves it. 

2 In 2- or 4-cup glass measure, melt the butter in the microwave; cool slightly. In 1-cup glass measure, stir together vinegar and milk; set aside to thicken a bit. 

3 For the topping: In small bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, pecans and cinnamon. Add the cold butter, breaking up the chunks with your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Chill until ready to use.

4 In large bowl, vigorously whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and mace or nutmeg. Set aside 3/4 cup of the diced peaches, and gently stir the remaining 1 cup into the flour mixture to coat.

5 Add soured milk to melted butter, and whisk in eggs and vanilla extract. Add thoroughly whisked wet mixture to flour-peach mixture. Stir as little as possible, just until dry ingredients are moistened. 

6 Scoop the batter from the edge of the bowl so as not to further mix the batter and, using a 1/4-cup measure, evenly fill 12 muffin cups about 3/4 full; divide the remaining batter evenly among the muffin cups. 

7 Top the muffins with the remaining diced peaches and a spoonful of the streusel topping (use it all). 

8 Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in a center muffin comes out clean. Let cool in tin for 5 minutes before removing muffins to a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.


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Jean
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