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Soft Flatbreads and Three Chilies

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Soft FlatbreadsMaking bread is one of my favorite things and thse Soft Flatbreads have become a favorite.

The original recipe for these soft flatbreads came from King Arthur Flour.  The soft flatbread is essentially a fry bread which makes it really fast to finish.   The recipe calls for adding boiling water to some of the flour to cook the starch in it.  it also uses potato flakes to add a softness and flavor that would be unattainable without it.

Most of the time I make these soft flatbreads, fry it up, freeze the soft flatbreads individually, stack them, wrap in foil and keep them in the freezer.  I pull what I need and heat them in a 350°F oven wrapped in foil to keep them soft.  I use them for bread with our meals or anywhere flour tortillas or wraps are called for. Continue reading

Streusel Topped Blueberry Cobbler

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Streusel Topped Blueberry CobblerBlueberry Cobbler is great anyway you eat it, but top it with a Walnut Streusel and it takes it to a whole new level.

It has been beastly hot in St. Louis and the last thing I wanted to do was get into the kitchen with a hot oven going.  We love cobbler
especially in the summer when so much fresh fruit is available.  I was looking for something that would highlight the fruit but was easy, quick and a bit different from the usual cobblers.  This Walnut Streusel Blueberry Cobbler fits all those requirements.

This is a combination of a streusel topping from an old standby sour cream coffee cake.  The blueberry filling is the sauce from the Lemonade Cake with Blueberry Sauce and the base of the cobbler is the Cream Biscuits which are the easiest, lightest, best biscuits I have ever made.  Layer them together and you have a fast and easy summer delight.  The blueberry filling is great served slightly warm over ice cream.  

The choice of a baking pan is up to you, but I like a glass pan for this as I can see if the bottom has lightly browned as this is about the only indication the blueberry cobbler has baked through.

This cobbler would be amazingly good with peaches also.  Just skin the peaches, slice and substitute for the blueberries.  I would use white balsamic vinegar and add amaretto liquor in place of part or all of the water.

Walnut Streusel ToppingIngredients for the Walnut Streusel Blueberry Cobbler

3/4 cup walnuts  (85 grams or 3 ounces)
3/4 cup brown sugar (150 grams or 5 1/3 ounces)
3 tablespoons flour (28 grams or ounce)
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, cut up and cold

Place the walnuts in a food processor and pulse to chop finely. Remove from the processor. Set aside.Walnuts for the Walnut Streusel Blueberry Cobbler

Place the sugar, flour, cinnamon in a processor bowl. Pulse several times to mix. Dry ingredients in processor for Streusel Topped Blueberry CobblerAdd the butter and Butter added to processor for the Streusel Topped Blueberry Cobblerprocess until it starts making crumbs. Crumbs for the Streusel Topped Blueberry CobblerAdd the walnuts Walnuts added to crumbs for the Streusel Topped Blueberry Cobblerand pulse several times. Set aside.Finished streusel for the Streusel Topped Blueberry Cobbler

Blueberry FillingSauce ingredients for the Streusel
1/3 cup sugar (65 grams or 2 heavy ounces)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (340 grams or 12 ounces)

Combine the sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan; Water, sugar and cornstarch in pan for the Streusel Topped Blueberry Cobblerstir in the water and balsamic vinegar and mix well. Balsamic vinegar added for the Streusel Topped Blueberry CobblerAdd the blueberries. Blueberries added to the pan for the Streusel Topped Blueberry CobblerCook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil. Continue cooking and stirring for 1 minutes more. Set aside to cool.Cooked filling for the Streusel Topped Blueberry Cobbler

If the filling is too thick, add a tablespoon or two of water to thin it out.

Biscuit BatterBiscuit ingredients for the Streusel Topped Blueberry Cobbler
1 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
(150 grams or 5 1/3 ounces)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 to 7/8 cups 40% cream

Preheat oven to 425F. If using a glass pan, Glass dish for the Streusel Topped Blueberry Cobblerreduce the oven to 400°F. Spray an 8×8 inch square baking pan. Set aside.

Place the flour, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl.  Blend together.  Dry Ingredients in bowl for the Streusel Topped Blueberry CobblerPour in 3/4 cup of cream in.  Cream added for the biscuit batter for the Streusel Topped Blueberry CobblerMix the dough.  Mixing the dough for the Streusel Topped Blueberry CobblerThe dough should be somewhat sticky.  If it is not, add the remaining cream in  1 tablespoon at a time.Biscuit batter for the Streusel Topped Blueberry Cobbler

Pat the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan.Biscuit batter pressed in for the Streusel Topped Blueberry Cobbler

Pour the blueberry filling over the dough and spread out evenly.Filling spread on for the Streusel Topped Blueberry Cobbler

Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the cobbler.Streusel on for the Streusel Topped Blueberry Cobbler

Bake for 20 to 22 minutes until the bottom of the biscuit batter is baked. Lightly cover with foil about half way or three-quarters of the way through baking to keep the top from over browning.

This is best served warm.

Serves 9.

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Double Chocolate No Machine Ice Cream

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Double Chocolate No Machine Ice CreamDouble Chocolate No Machine Ice Cream is just the finish for a summer meal.  It is a quick to make, beyond simple recipe that yields a very creamy, chocolate ice cream that requires no ice cream machine to make and soooooooo delicious.

Condensed milk is the base for this ice cream and truth to tell, I could it it all by itself.  Add melted chocolate and whipped cream, freeze a bit and there you have it, chocolate ice cream. No custard mix to cook, no machine to churn.   One of my father’s favorite desserts was chocolate ice cream with Kahlua poured over it.  This Double Chocolate Ice Cream would have pleased him.  It would be great with a bit of rum, orange liqueur, chambord poured over it – you get the idea.  For the little ones, finish with marshmallow creme thinned out with a bit of water and chocolate or hot fudge sauce. Continue reading

Lemon Raspberry Pudding Cake

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Lemon Raspberry Pudding CakeLemon Raspberry Pudding Cake is a relatively low fat dessert but you can’t tell it from the taste. Some recipes for the Lemon Pudding Cake use butter but this recipe from my mother never did. I added the raspberries but blueberries would be great also. It can be made as a whole or individual dessert as you choose.

When you mix it, it looks like a very light cake batter. But as it bakes, it separates into two layers. The top is the lightest cake ever and the bottom is an intense lemon pudding with fresh raspberries.

You can see from the photo that this Lemon Raspberry Pudding “Cake” does not cut well. In fact you don’t cut it, you scoop it out of the pan with a big spoon. It’s definitely a “homey” looking dessert – but those are often the best.

This Lemon Raspberry Pudding Cake is an easy recipe to put together but I have to tell you, my husband and I ate the whole 10″ cake one night – it is that good – or we are that bad! Continue reading

60 Second Brioche

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Fiinished photoThe title, “60 Second Brioche” (pronounced BREE-ohsh) comes from the article title as it appeared in Bon Appetit Magazine.  While it takes a few minutes to prepare the ingredients, it does indeed come together in about sixty seconds in the food processor, making it the fastest brioche around.

In my first book, “The New Pastry Cook”, the theme was to take a basic dough and make 10 to 12 items using that dough. When I first started learning to make the classic doughs I thought it a shame to spend the time to learn them and then use them for just one or two things.  In the Bon Appetit article, they used the 11 recipes I developed for my book and an additional one I developed for them as they wanted an even dozen.

I learned to make many of the traditional French pastries from Andre Gotti, a marvelous French pastry chef.  After I learned the traditional method, I became a consultant to Cuisinart specializing in pastry using the food processor. I modernized many of the traditional French techniques without sacrificing quality. Brioche was among them. Continue reading