Sonntag, 15. Januar 2017

Braune Soße für Sunday Dinner

 Es ist noch Winter. 

Hoffentlich dauert er nicht mehr allzulange.

In der Zwischenzeit ist deftiges Essen angesagt.

Wie heute mit Rosenkohl, Rotkohl und Klöße. Sagenhaft :)

Braune Soße

2 große braune Zwiebeln, fein gehackt
5 EL Sonnenblumenöl
2 EL Mehl
1 t Piment, ganz
2 Knoblauchzehen
4 t Paprika
600 ml veganen Rotwein oder Traubensaft
4 EL Sojasoße
Salz und Pfeffer nach Geschmack
evtl. 2 EL Hefeflocken

Die Zwiebel in Sonnenblumenöl anbraten. Das Mehl dazugeben, rühren und braten, bis Zwiebel und Mehl braun und weich sind. Den Knoblauch durch die Knoblauchpresse dazu drücken und ein paar Minuten mit braten. Nach und nach den Rotwein oder Traubensaft dazugeben und anschließend 15 Minuten oder mehr, köcheln lassen, bis die gewünschte Konsistenz erreicht wird. Sojasoße, Salz und Pfeffer und evtl. Hefeflocken dazugeben. Gut durchrühren. Topf vom Herd nehmen und die Pimentkörner entfernen. Das Ganze pürieren und genießen.

Sonntag, 25. Dezember 2016

Pizza Bread Flower

I really don’t want to write too much about this  - only that it is just about one of the best things I have ever eaten!

Not only does it taste fantastic, but it looks so stunning that you won’t even want to eat it, just look at it!

But by then your mouth will be watering so you’ll just have to break off a piece and try it.

You certainly won’t be dissappointed.

Pizza Bread Flower

Preheat oven to 400 F/200C.

¼ cup/55g margarine, room temperature
3 T/30g sugar
one 6-oz cube of compressed yeast or 2¼ t dry yeast.
2 t salt
3 cups /300g spelt flour + 2 cups /300g wheat flour

In a small bowl, mix the soft margarine, sugar, and 1 cup/300 ml warm water. Mix in the yeast. Let stand for about 15 minutes. Mix thoroughly. In another bowl, mix salt and flour. Pour in the yeast mixture and knead. Cover and put the dough in a warm place until doubled in size.

In the meantime, make the tomato sauce.

Punch the dough down and knead again. Divide into 3 equal parts. Lightly flour the countertop and rolling pin. Roll one of the parts of the dough into a ball and place it in the middle of the floured space. Take the rolling pin and set it on top of the flattened dough and roll out until it is about 1/2 in. thick.

Spread 2/3 cup/150g tomato sauce over the dough.
Roll out another part of the dough as before and cover the first layer. Again spread 2/3 cup/150g tomato sauce over the dough. (Use the remaining sauce for another day.) Roll out the last ball of dough and put it on top.
Place a small glass upside down on top of the dough to mark the middle. Cut the pizza bread in 16 pieces starting in the middle where the glass is and cutting outwards. Take a piece of dough and turn it twice, repeating until all 16 pieces have been turned.

Bake at 400F/200C for about 35 minutes. Perfect for parties and pinics. Also try it with a hazelnut cream or pesto.

Tomato Sauce

olive oil
2 medium sized onions, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 or 5 dried tomatoes in oil, chopped finely
3 T tomato paste
2 cups /450 g puréed tomatoes
1 cup/250 g vegetable broth
2 t curry powder
3 t Thai red curry paste
2 T dried herbs de Provence
1 T soy sauce
2 T ketchup
2 T agave syrup
pepper and salt to taste

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, cook, stirring often, until the onions are soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the dried tomatoes and tomato paste and continue cooking for 5 minutes – this gives the sauce a wonderful dark color and great flavor. Add the tomatoes, vegetable broth and the rest of the ingredients, stirring constantly until the sauce begins to boil. Simmer about 45 minutes or until the desired consistency.

                        All that we had left from a great pizza dish! It was yummy!

Dienstag, 20. Dezember 2016

Pralines for Christmas

Don’t have much time just before Christmas but would like to surprise your friends and family with some homemade goodies?

Try these quick and easy pralines and you’ll get compliments galore. 
Simple to make, but so scrumptious that everyone will be delighted.

Put them into a gorgeous little bag, tie with a colorful ribbon and you’ve got the „best present ever“.

 Oh, and by the way Happy Holidays to you and your family! 

Pralines for Christmas

1 cup / 170 gr  dates, pitted
1/3 cup / 60 gr dried apricots
3/4 cup / 190 gr peanut butter
1 cup / 150 gr ground hazelnuts
¼ cup / 50 gr ground almonds
2/3 cup / 50 gr flaked coconut
½ cup / 60 gr powdered sugar
pinch of salt
3 T agave syrup
5 T water

3 T cocoa (optional)

1 cup /50 gr vegan chocolate, melted
powdered sugar to sprinkle over the pralines

Put all ingredients except chocolate, in a mixer or blender and process to fine crumbs, scraping the sides of the mixer or blender.  Roll into smalll balls. Refrigerate at least one hour. Top with melted chocolate. Refrigerate until chocolate is firm. Turn over and sprinkle with powdered sugar.