Posted by goodcookbecky on January 10, 2013
No, I did not choke.. that is the word for this delightfully wonderful fried pastry that I ate growing up in Austria. “Bauernkrapfen” is a rustic version of a doughnut, with less sugar than the American equivalent. Traditionally, it is brushed with Apricot jam and dusted with powdered sugar, but you can use any jam you wish- strawberry or red currant jam would also be very good choices. I woke up this morning thinking about the Bauernkrapfen, so I called my Mom for the recipe she had from the friend who first introduced us to them. A “Bauer” is the German word for “farmer” – “Krapfen” is the German word for “doughnut” (usually the jelly filled type without a hole in it). These are easy to make, though a little time consuming, and my kids enjoyed them too, but would have preferred a different type of jam on them.
Bauernkrapfen (Austrian Farmer’s Doughnut)
Yields: 15-20 recipe translated from German into English – it is an authentic recipe
- 6 oz milk
- 6 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp sugar
- 3 large egg yolks
- 2 yeast packets
- 3 cups all purpose flour (400 grams)
- Apricot jam (or strawberry or red currant)
- powdered sugar
Pour milk in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until it is steaming. Turn off the heat and add the butter and allow it to melt in the milk, stirring a few times. Allow to cool 5 minutes. Pour the milk into a large mixing bowl. Add the sugar to the milk mixture and stir to dissolve. Allow to cool to lukewarm temperature (100-110) Add the yeast and egg yolks. Stir to combine. Add the flour about a cup of it at a time, stirring to incorporate it to a dough. Add a little more flour if it is sticking to the bowl, just enough to get it to release (I only had to add another tablespoon of flour, but it may vary depending on the size of the egg yolks you used). Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for at least 1 hour. Form the dough into 15-20 balls, roll each ball in a little flour and cover with a tea towel and allow to rest 30 minutes.
Stretch each ball a little, similarly as you would pizza dough, a thin layer of dough in the center and a rim slightly thicker on outside.
Heat 3/4 inch- 1 inch of oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, carefully add 4-5 of the doughnuts to the oil and fry to a golden brown color on each side (this takes about 30-45 seconds per side). Remove the doughnuts to a cookie rack to drain Tip: I place my rack upside down on a cookie sheet that I have lined with paper towels, this allows the excess oil to be pulled away from your doughnut and keeps it from becoming soggy.
Heat the desired jam in a saucepan until it is slightly runny and warm. Glaze the tops of the doughnuts with the warmed jam using a pastry brush. Sprinkle a dusting of powdered sugar over the tops of the jam and doughnut. Best still served warm, but tastes okay at room temperature as well.
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Posted by goodcookbecky on December 5, 2011
If you are a coffee and chocolate lover like I am, then I am sure you are in LOVE with this popular Italian dessert. Layered Mascarpone cheese mixture layered with coffee flavor induced lady finger cookies with a dusting of cocoa between the layers – a taste of heaven (I hope I can get it in heaven)! Be sure to use really fresh eggs (yes they are used in the raw form – but so far I have not had any issues with it.)
As for lady fingers: Try to find the hard ones, but in a pinch you can use the soft ones (I did this time). I found mine at Trader Joe’s, that is also where I bought my cheese. I have a friend who has chickens and I lucked out with really really fresh eggs that way! It also has a little alcohol in it, so I don’t let my kids eat it (bummer for them!)
I use the recipe that is provided by Bel Gioioso. They make a quality Mascarpone cheese and this is the recipe from their cheese container – if you cannot find that brand you can use any other brand. I am just telling you where I first found the recipe. The first time I made Tiramisu was in Washington State when my son was just an infant. Now he is 8. How time flies!
adapted from Bel Gioioso’s Tiramisu recipe
- 3 eggs, separated
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 8 oz Mascarpone cheese
- 1 package Trader Joe’s soft lady fingers (or hard if you can find them)
- 1 cup strong coffee or espresso
- 2 Tbsp cognac (or brandy)
- 1/8 cup cocoa powder (dust using a fine mesh sieve)
Separate your egg white and egg yolk into two separate bowls. Add the sugar to the yolks. Beat on medium for about 3 minutes. Add the cognac, Mascarpone cheese, and 1 Tbsp cooled espresso or strong coffee. Beat another 3-5 minutes on medium speed until it is well combined.
Add 1 Tbsp of sugar to the egg whites. Beat on medium high until it is stiff and soft peaks form. Fold the beaten egg whites into the egg and cheese mixture. Use a rubber spatula to fold the cheese over the whites carefully, so as to not deflate the egg whites, but still well enough to combine the two into one nice filling.
Dip one side of your lady fingers into the remaining cooled coffee or espresso. Do not drench them – just a quick dip will do the job. Line a small (8×8 inch baking dish) with a layer of the coffee flavored lady fingers. Top with 1/3 of the Mascarpone mixture. Sprinkle the cheese with a dusting of cocoa. Repeat with lady fingers, Mascarpone filling and cocoa two more times. Topping it with the cocoa and then cover the dish with plastic wrap or foil (I used foil and tented it so that it would not touch the top of the tiramisu- because it filled the dish nearly to the top) and refrigerate at least 1 hour for it to set up.
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Posted by goodcookbecky on October 10, 2011
Part 4 of 4 of my daughter’s French Meal for her French Class is of course dessert. In hindsight I should have made other crepes that do not call for alcohol. We have children after all and my husband and I found the taste of it overpowering. But I cannot be certain that it burned off properly. As it turn out my daughter (14) is actually pretty good at making crepes. Okay, we started off rough. The first 15 or so crepes ended up in a discarded heap, but as time went on, they were actual crepes, that we could use. I doubled the batter knowing that we would likely have difficulty making the crepes (but the recipe is the original amounts). The batter must be refrigerated at least 2 hours before making the crepes, so plan ahead.
Crepes Fines Sucrees
(Light Crepe Batter as for crepe Suzette)
Adapted from Julia Child (Mastering the Art of French Cooking page 649)
Yield: 10-12 (6 inch) crepes
- 3/4 cup milk
- 3/4 cup cold water
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 3 Tbsp rum/orange liqueur/or brandy
- 1 cup flour
- 5 Tbsp melted butter
Place the items in a blender (or do as I did in a bowl and use an immersion blender to combine) and blend. Use a rubber spatula to push down any flour that is on the sides to form a smooth batter without lumps. Refrigerate the batter at least 2 hours or longer before making the crepes.
To make the crepes, heat a non stick skillet (or crepe pan if you are lucky enough to have one) and melt some butter in the pan. Pour about 1/8 cup of batter into the skillet, rotating the skillet to spread into a thin crepe. Cook until it is golden brown and flip (very very carefully) to cook the other side. They are tricky to make, but once you get the hang of it, it does become easier. (My daughter made these remember?)
adapted from Julia Child (Mastering the Art of French Cooking page 650)
Serves 6 (3 crepes each)
For the sauce:
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 oranges, zest removed with a microplane
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup orange juice (without pulp)
- 3 Tbsp orange liqueur
For Chafing dish (I used a foil lasagna pan)
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 1/3 cup orange liqueur
- 1/3 cup cognac
Combine the sugar, orange zest, softened butter and add the orange juice and orange liqueur. Stir to combine. Place them in a chafing dish and allow the butter to melt into an orange sauce (I didn’t have a chafing dish and placed a foil lasagna pan over a low flame on my gas burner. Dip the prepared crepes into the orange sauce to coat on both sides and then fold them first in half and then in quarters and place to the side of your chafing dish (foil lasagna pan). For presentation: Sprinkle the arranged crepes with sugar. Pour the alcohol over the crepes and light it on fire (make sure you don’t have anything above it- like a face, hair, microwave… I did this part on my table making sure everyone was standing well away). While the flame is burning, ladle the sauce over the crepes with a long handled spoon. For some reason it did not burn as much as we had anticipated and the crepes had a sharp alcoholic taste to them. If I do make them again, I will stop short of the alcohol and just serve them like that, maybe broil the sugar to get a caramelized look to it.
NOTES: It was part of my daughter’s French project, we were glad to get it done. As far as making it again, probably not, but it was a good experience for us. My daughter now realized she can make herself some pancakes for breakfast – since she has now made crepes!
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Posted by goodcookbecky on October 5, 2011
It is Birthday night at our church choir, and I signed up to bring dessert, which translated into I am bringing the cake! Oh.. the cake.. I don’t bake all that often, my heart is in cooking, but I don’t completely stink at baking, it just means I don’t enjoy it as much as cooking. The cakes turn out fine. I made this cake for my mother’s birthday a few months ago (link)- well, not this cake.. I made a new cake using the same recipe! I liked the cake, but was not a fan of the frosting, so this time I made a different frosting. It was much better. I found the recipe on a blog named “savory sweet life” and here is the link to the frosting. I made a 1 1/2 recipe to be sure that I had enough frosting and in retrospect I am glad that I did. It would otherwise have been tight.
Classic Vanilla Butter-cream Frosting
adapted from savorysweetlife
- 1 1/2 cups butter, softened (not melted!)
- 4 1/2 – 6 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 4 1/2 – 6 Tbsp heavy cream (or milk will work too)
Beat the softened butter with a mixer for a minute or two. With the mixer on low speed, add 4 1/2 cups of powdered sugar to the mixing bowl and beat until it is incorporated. Add the salt and vanilla extract and mix to combine. Add 4 1/2 Tbsp cream and combine. Add more powdered sugar to thicken the mixture, or more cream to thin the mixture out.
Frost your fully cooled cake. Decorate as desired. In this case I piped melted chocolate onto wax paper with a musical theme and after they had fully set (in the refrigerator) used them to decorate.
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Posted by goodcookbecky on August 22, 2011
My Mom and Dad are out from NJ for a two week visit. My Mom’s 71st Birthday was during her visit and we wanted to celebrate her birthday right with a homemade cake. My daughters decorated it with a theme they found in the book “Hello Cupcake” using Oreo cookie crumbs and candies they made a garden theme for her. She was thrilled!
I found this great recipe on the site of fellow blogger smitten kitchen. It is listed under her recipes and category of celebration cakes (best birthday cake). It is a wonderfully easy cake to make and is not super sweet like so many out there. It is much better than the box mix cakes. I like to cook more than bake, but I must say this is a recipe I will make again. I was not a fan of the sour cream chocolate frosting, but I used cool whip and freshly sliced strawberries as a filling and it went really well with the cake! Next time I will add another layer of cool whip and strawberries between another layer and frost it with cool whip. Also, I did not have cake flour and used the unbleached all-purpose flour instead and it turned out beautifully! My girls decorated it with a theme they found in the cookbook Hello Cupcake.
Yellow Birthday Cake
adapted from Smitten Kitchen
4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups buttermilk (475 ml), well-shaken
Cut out two rounds of parchment paper the same size as your cake pan. Butter the bottom of your cake pan and place a parchment paper round on the bottom each pan. Butter the parchment paper and the sides of the cake pans.
Preheat the ovens to 350F.
Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium sized bowl. Cream the butter and sugar with your electric mixer at medium speed until the butter mixture is pale and fluffy and add vanilla. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well and scraping down the batter with a spatula to combine properly. Add the buttermilk and mix into the batter. The batter will look curdled, but don’t worry- this will turn out great!!! Gradually add the flour mixture in smaller batches (3-4). Mixing just until combined.
Divide the batter evenly between the cake pans and smooth the top with a spatula. Tap the cake pans on the counter several times to remove any bubbles from the batter.
Bake at 350F for about 35-40 minutes until the cake tests done when you insert a toothpick or skewer (it should come out clean and not have clumps of batter on the skewer or toothpick). Cool the cake in their pans for about 10 minutes before removing them. Gently run a butter knife along the edge of the pan to loosen any cake that is stuck to the side of the pan before removing it. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
If you are making a layer cake use a serrated knife to cut the top of the cake to make it level. I filled mine with cool whip and sliced strawberries and frosted it with homemade chocolate frosting. This cake pairs especially well with strawberries! It would be great in cupcakes topped with strawberries and cool whip too. Just reduce the cooking time for the cupcakes to around 15-20 minutes.
I will certainly be making this cake again! It is really good.
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Posted by goodcookbecky on July 26, 2011
My folks are in town for a few weeks. We wanted to make some German/Austrian food while they were visiting. Today we made Marillenknödel (German for Apricot Dumplings) for lunch. They are apricots wrapped in a cheese dough, then cooked in simmering water for 15 minutes. Then you roll the dumplings in toasted breadcrumbs and coconut flakes. Sprinkle each crumb coated dumpling with a little sugar and extra breading on the side and enjoy. It was nice to work with my mother to make these. One word of caution though, if the fruit is very juicy you need to take care or it could squirt hot fruit juice. You could easily swap out the fruit with plums (but they would be called “Zwetschkenknödel”in German).
Marillenknödel- Austrian Apricot Dumplings
adapted from a traditional recipe used in Austria
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 6 Tbsp flour (plus more if needed)
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup dry plain breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
6 apricots (or plums- or even large strawberries)
Mix cream cheese, egg and salt together. Gradually add flour – enough to make the dough not overly sticky and easy to handle, but soft and pliable. Split the dough into 6 equal size balls. Flour a pastry board and us a rolling pin to gently make small discs of dough. Roll the apricots in flour and place in center of the dough rounds. Gently wrap the dough around the fruit and seal the seams. Repeat with remaining dough and fruit. The process of wrapping the dough takes some patience, but it is well worth the effort.
Allow the dumplings to rest (at room temperature) while you get a large pot of water to the boiling point. When it is at a full boil, lower the dumplings carefully into the hot water. They may sink to the bottom while others may float. Lower the heat so it is still simmering, but not a full boil while the dumplings are in the water. Gently stir the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon to loosen any dumplings that may stick to the bottom, but this is usually not a problem. Cook for about 15 minutes.
In a large non stick skillet, over medium heat, melt butter. Add the dry breadcrumbs (Progresso is fine) and coconut flakes and stir to toast the crumbs. Remove the dumplings with a slotted spoon and place in the crumb mixture, carefully roll and spoon the crumbs over the dumplings. Place on a serving platter.
To serve, sprinkle each dumpling with about 1/2 tsp of sugar and enjoy. This makes a great breakfast, lunch or dessert.
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Posted by goodcookbecky on July 15, 2011
I recently was leafing through one of my many cooking magazines that litters my bookcase. Since peaches are at their peak, I wanted to make a quick dessert with them. In the July/August 2008 issue of Cook’s Illustrated I found a recipe for Peach Shortcakes (page 23). I did change the whipped cream to cool whip because I had it on hand and would not have to fuss with making my own whipped cream. Since my children were eating it I also changed the peach schnapps to orange juice as they recommended. My one complaint with the recipe was that the biscuits burned in the 15 minutes at 474 F. I would either reduce the heat to 425 or cook it for less time.
adapted from Cook’s Illustrated July/Aug 2008 p 23
- 2 lbs ripe peaches (6 peaches) peeled, pitted and cut into slices
- 6 Tbsp sugar
- 2 Tbsp orange juice
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 Tbsp sugar (I would increase that next time)
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup buttermilk
- 1 large egg
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled some
- 1 Tbsp sugar for sprinkling the shortcakes just before baking (or use sugar in the raw for added texture)
- Cool whip, (for topping) defrosted
Toss 3/4 of your sliced peaches with 4 Tbsp of the sugar. Toss the remaining peaches with 2 Tbsp of peaches and 2 Tbsp of orange juice (or peach schnapps if you want to go that route). Microwave the smaller portion of the peaches with the orange juice in a microwave safe bowl for about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on high. Use a potato masher to mash the peaches and combine them with the larger amount of peaches. Allow to sit at least 30 minutes – or overnight.
Biscuits: Preheat oven to 425 (not 475 like originally instructed) with the rack in the middle position of your oven. Line a cookie sheet with either parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet (Sil-pat). Combine the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Whisk together. In a smaller bowl, combine the buttermilk and egg and whisk to combine. Add the melted, and somewhat cooled butter and combine with the whisk. Add the liquids to the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until they are combined. Spray a 1/3 cup measure with cooking spray so the dough will not stick. Scoop 6 -1/3 cup size biscuits on the prepared cookie sheet. Form them into biscuits with your hands, but do not press down. Bake for about 15 minutes (watching carefully) until they are golden brown. Remove to a cooling rack for at least 15 minutes.
To serve: Slice the biscuit in half lengthwise. Top with a spoon full of defrosted cool whip. Top with sliced peaches and juices. Top with the biscuit top and dollop with more cool whip. Enjoy!
NOTES: I think next time I will make the biscuits with the Bisquick Mix and follow the directions for making the biscuits. I think they have better flavor. The kids loved the cool whip instead of homemade whipped cream. If you have whipping cream in the can, I am sure that will work as well.
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Posted by goodcookbecky on July 5, 2011
My 14 year old daughter likes to cook too. She took it upon herself to make a red white and blue jello flag mold. It had some imperfections, but tasted really yummy. We especially enjoyed the lemon mixed with cool whip layer. You can find the recipe here. We decorated the red stripes with fresh raspberries, but that is the only change we made to the recipe. We will look forward to making it again.
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Posted by goodcookbecky on June 17, 2011
This festive looking dessert is in the theme of red, white, and blue.
I cut the tops of the strawberries off and used canned whipped cream to decorate the cut tops. Next, I dotted them with blueberries and carefully arranged them in dessert bowls. It is a great and easy to make dessert (even kids could make).
Then the kids had a little fun with the remaining strawberries. They made strawberry creatures… I am not sure if it looks like a dinosaur or not. You decide. They cut a little mouth in the tip of the strawberry and then made small holes for the eyes and placed blueberries into the holes. I thought it was cute enough to share!
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Posted by goodcookbecky on May 12, 2011
My 14 year old daughter surprised me for Mother’s Day by making these for me. She took a lot of time decorating them as well. She found the recipe at: food.com
They turned out nicely I thought.
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