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Our take on the conventional. One of our work challenges is to find new, fresh ways to present foods that are everyday. A small slice of what we do.
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A wonderful treat warm on a cool day!
No Knead Sweet Harvest Focaccia with Meringue
250 ml 1 cup milk
3 Tbs Honey (or 1/4 c sugar)
Olive Oil – 3 Tbs
1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (or 1 tsp instant)
200g organic all purpose flour
150 gr spelt flour
1/4 teaspoon Baking powder
1/8 tsp Baking soda
3/4 teaspoon Salt
300 gr 2 cups Black or red (or a mix) seedless grapes
100gr (1 cup) fresh or frozen cranberries
100gr (1/2 cup) organic sugar
1/2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon + zest of 1/2 orange
1/2 egg white + 50 gr (1/4cup) cinnamon orange sugar+ 25 gr almond meal
In a bowl whisk throughly all purpose and spelt flour. Scoop 50 grams of the mixture into a small bowl and mix it with salt, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.
In a small pan scald (heat until just before boiling) milk, honey and oil. Transfer to a shallow bowl and leave to cool to 105F/40.5C.
When the mixture is warm, gently stir in the yeast and leave it undisturbed until bubbly (5-10 minutes).
Add to the bowl with the 300 grams of flour. Mix throughly with a fork or spatula to make a sticky batter. Cover and let it rest in a warm spot for 1 hour or until doubled in volume.
Mix the reserved 50 grams of flour to the leavened batter until well incorporated. The dough will still be very sticky and soft.
Rest the dough for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile line a 9×13 or two 8 inch pans with parchment paper leaving an overhang on all sides. Take the grapes off the rasp wash and dry.
Mix sugar, cinnamon and orange zest and set aside (cinnamon, orange sugar).
With wet hands (the dough is sticky) press the dough into the prepared pan, scatter the grapes and cranberries on top and gently press into the dough.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate preferably overnight. (To bake right away, let the dough sit at room temperature for about 1 hour, sprinkle with the meringue, and bake as per instructions below).
After the dough has rested, take the pan out of the fridge leave it on the counter for about an hour and preheat the oven to 350F/180C.
Make the meringue: beat the egg white until frothy, beat in the cinnamon sugar until completely incorporated, and fold in the almond meal.
Sprinkle with the meringue and bake for 30-35 (20-25 min for 2 smaller pans) or until golden brown.
The overnight slow rise will help develop better flavours.
A sweet tooth is shared around here by most who come into the studio but finding something that’s light and flavourful to satisfy that craving can be difficult. This yogurt treat fits the bill!
1 quart plain full-fat yogurt
Generous 1/4 teaspoon saffron strands
1/3 cup whole milk
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom or freshly grated nutmeg
1/3 cup honey or brown sugar
About 1/4 cup coarsely chopped pistachios, pomegranate seeds, or chopped toasted almonds
Line a large sieve or colander with cheesecloth. Wet the cloth with water, then place the sieve or colander over a bowl. Place the yogurt in the sieve to drain for 1 hour in the refrigerator.
Turn the yogurt into a bowl and set aside.
Lightly toast the saffron strands in a small dry skillet over medium heat, until brittle. Add the milk and cardamom or nutmeg; bring to a simmer, and simmer briefly, until the cardamom releases its scent and the saffron gives off its colour. Remove from the heat, and stir in the sugar or honey until dissolved.
Whisk the mixture into the yogurt. Use a ladle to pour the yogurt into halved coconuts. Top with a sprinkling of nuts and/or pomegranate seeds!
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“They are the large strong hands of a quiet genius!”
Hunger Delirium and food for the bucket list
while we were thinking of yummy things that are soon to our table!