Banana and Cheese Puff Pocket

This is my 95th post so far, my goal is 100 posts by 2014, 5 more to go before entering 2015, wish me luck!

Since I’m racing with time to accomplish the goal, I’ve been looking into my files to see projects that haven’t been posted yet and this is one of them. I made this puff pocket often, but this one is different from what I usually made because I made the pastry from scratch. If you are looking for puff pastry recipe that is easy and fast, this is the recipe I got from A flock in the city blog: http://www.aflockinthecity.com/2012/04/17/homemade-puff-pastry-the-quicker-version-by-nick-malgieri/ . I didn’t use food processor, just pastry blade. Another thing that I learned is you have to move fast to prevent the butter becomes too soft.

banana puff

 

When your puff pastry is ready, cut it in 3″x3″ square, add slices of banana and shredded cheese, sprinkle with sugar then fold half to triangle shape, brush with egg wash, baked until golden brown, that’s it!

 

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Baked Banana and Bread Pudding

Every month, at least once, I make banana cake because of over ripe bananas sitting on the counter…they are so ripe you don’t want to eat them just like that, not to mention the skin discoloration that makes them so unattractive( though I know they are at their highest stage of health and nutritional benefits ). Then I started thinking about trying new recipe for those over ripe bananas and this one is very easy and good, this is actually Vietnamese dessert I had couple months ago. After comparing recipes, here is my version. Enjoy!

Baked banana bread 1

 

1.Roughly chop/ dice 4-5 slices of bread ( I used bread end, this recipe is also good for making use of bread ends). thinly slice 4 bananas, set aside.

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2. Combine 1 C coconut milk, 3/4C water, and 2 tbs sugar (more if you like sweeter). Soak the bread ends into the mixture for about 5 minutes.

3. Arrange the sliced bananas  in a layer alternatively with the soaked bread in the pie plate, baked for 20-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

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4. Bon Apetite.

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Vanilla Cake with Raspberry Mascarpone Butter Cream

This cake is my learning cake decorating project. Pretty happy with the result, this is my first time making rose, I think using butter cream frosting helped a lot. With my previous attempts at cake decorating, the frosting, heavy cream frosting, was too soft it could not form the shape I wanted…. and it melts in no time in summer. On this one I used butter as the main ingredient, as the twist I added mascarpone cheese which I think would go well with raspberry, and It did actually, perfect pairing.

 

My mom is very good at making butter cream rose, so good that I remember almost all of our birthday cakes back then were decorated with roses 🙂 … every birthday, whenever it’s mom’s homemade cake.

 

rose cake 1

Love the pink frosting!

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Lemon Tartlet with Mango Topping

My favorite part in this dessert is the lemon tartlet, like it very much… I picked mango as the topping just because I have it ready in the kitchen, ripe and sweet. I could actually use berries topping, but I’d need to thaw them first while the mangoes were lining up on the counter, just need to be peeled and diced. I bought 2 boxes of half ripe mango last time went to grocery  shopping, by the day I made this recipe they were all ripe, my little one just loves it.

 

lemon tartlet with mango 1

Recipe for the tartlet can be find here.

 

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Recipe for the pastry cream is for Joy of baking.com.

 

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lemon tartlet with mango 2


Kaastengels – Cheese Cookies

Kaastengel is quite popular in Indonesia, it’s Dutch cookies. Due to long historical colonial ties, there are many Dutch culinary that become common for Indonesian people including this cookies.

We usually make this for Christmas, New year, Lunar New Year, Lebaran (Moslem New Year), and other special occasions to treat guess along with tea and other snacks. This time I made it for my little one, for her snack time. As much as possible I’ve been trying to serve her with natural and homemade food. It is a peace of mind knowing what ingredients are put into the food as we have more control about it.

This recipe has been modified, make it slightly firmer so that she can grab it easier( I mean less mess, better for me too 🙂 ) yet still soft enough it melts quickly in the mouth.

Kaastengels 1

 

Kaastengels 3

 

1. Cream with the mixer 1C organic sweet butter, 1 organic egg, 1 tsp organic vanilla extract, and 2 tbs sugar( this is the only non organic ingredient I used since I didn’t have it ready in the pantry).

2. Add 2.5C organic all purpose flour and 1.5C shredded organic cheddar cheese. Fold/ mix well with hands but do not knead.

3. Shape the dough into whatever cookies shape you like. Mine is the classic kaastengels shape, 1.5″ stick. Glaze with egg wash, top with shredded cheese. bake for 20-30 minutes until golden brown and cooked inside.

4. Enjoy!

 

Kaastengels 4

 

Kaastengels 2


Puff Pizza Roll Up

After making Mushroom Puff,  I started my search of other recipe using pastry sheet. There’s a picture of mini pizza with puff pastry, the sheet was cut rectangle then we add the pizza toppings we want, bake it, that’s it… so easy. It gave me idea for making my version of mini pizza, I rolled it up. Perfect for snack.

 

puff pizza 1

1. Prepare 1 pastry sheet on well floured surface, spread tomato sauce onto the top, add 1C corn, 1/4C chopped sweet onion, 2 tbs green onion, add grated cheese as desired: white swiss, parmesan, cheddar, finish with mayo. Bottom line is you just add whatever you want for your pizza to suit your taste.

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2. Roll it, seal the end with egg wash, cut into 10 pieces, bake at 350F for 20-30 minutes.

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3. Here is the look fresh from the oven.

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4. Bon appétit.

 

puff pizza

 


Easy Chicken Pesto

When I searched chicken recipe that would incorporate my left over pesto sauce, I found this delicious, yet easy recipe here.

I made it last weekend, yummy!!

 

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