Sunday, May 31, 2009

may updates

Get ready for all the may updates all at once and of course all on the last day of may ! As far as an update on life itself , while life has been busy. I've graduated college this month, after finishing up everything and finals. I'm in philly for two weeks now , finishing up my last college requirement so that I can get the good ol' sheep skin. I've also joined a gym in hopes to train for a half marathon in oct. we shall see ! Now for some good ol' food and craft updates.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

cream cheese bunt with strawberry coulis

Coulis , what is it you ask ? "Coulis is a French sauce which can be sweet or savory, depending on what it is meant to accompany. The term is also used to refer to the rich juices which flow from meats while they are roasting. As a general rule, coulis is thick and evenly textured, and it can be made from fruits or vegetables. Many stores sell coulis in pre-packed containers, and coulis is also very easy to make at home. Using coulis can enhance the flavor of food, as well as making it look more sophisticated on the plate." ( from some website when typed it in to google)

I got some really great and fresh strawberrys from the market so I wanted to do something new with them. I have to say that this saucey-ness is amazing ! And so easy ! I think I will be using this more on other things

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

The cream cheese doesn’t so much change the flavor profile but adds a bit more depth of flavor and an amazing crackly edge.

If you’re baking this pound cake in advance, as opposed to the day you are serving it, a little basting will go a long way towards keep it (or any other pound cake) moist. You can use a simple syrup (one part sugar dissolved in an equal amount of water), up the water in it if you’re concerned it will be too sweet and/or add a teaspoon of your flavoring of choice to it.

Also note , that this is calling for one large bunt pan , when I used mini bunts. It all works the same, its just all that I had at the time. I didn't feel like spending the money for one large one i'm limited to my space.

Serves (at least) 10

1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 package (8 ounces) Philadelphia brand cream cheese*, at room temperature
3 cups sugar
6 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract plus 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (original recipe calls for 2 teaspoons vanilla but I liked this mix better)
3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Lightly butter a 10-inch tube pan, then line the bottom with parchment paper. Alternately, you can use a 12-cup bundt pan, and simply butter and flour it.

2. Place the butter and cream cheese in a large bowl and beat with a mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add the sugar, increase the speed to high, and beat until light and airy, at least five minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the vanilla, almond, then the flour and salt all at once. Beat just until incorporated.

3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and shake lightly to even out the top. Bake until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean, 1 1/4 hours.

4. Place the pan on a cake rack and cool for 20 minutes, then remove the cake from the pan and let it cool completely. Serve at room temperature.

* Philadelphia cream cheese is often recommended for baking for consistency purposes, as in, bakers know this brand works, and because it contains less water than other brands.

Smaller cakes: A bundt-volume cake often can be used to make two 8 1/2-by-4 1/4-by-2 1/2-inch loaf cakes, however (caveat!) I have not tested this recipe in loaf pans. I just wanted to throw that out there for those of you feeling adventurous, or interested in a reduced volume of cake.

Strawberry Coulis

2 cups quartered hulled strawberries (about 12 ounces)
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Combine strawberries, water, sugar and lemon juice in blender. Purée until very smooth, then press through a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds. Cover and refrigerate until cold. Coulis can be prepared one day ahead.

This is the yummy-ness that you will get , enjoy it !

orange kitchen

Just some images of my very small very orange kitchen , where all the magic happens . haha