Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dancing Brunch Casserole

 Floyd Virginia Monthly Contra Dance

 Holiday Delight West Virginia

Tennessee Easter Contra Dance

Some contra dances have pot lucks. Long ago in Logan Utah we had a pot luck at the Contra dance. Kay F. brought the most wonderful casserole. I have been baking the "dancing casserole" ever since.

Dancing Brunch Casserole

1/2 cup butter
10 eggs
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Blenderize all the above

2 cups cottage cheese
4 cups shredded jack (or mixture of cheeses)
2  4oz cans green chilies

Bake in a greased 9 X 13 pan at 350 until puffy, brown, and firm in the center about 35 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes before cutting into squares.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

ABC Chocolate Eclair HooDoos

A recent trip to Goblin Valley created a desire in the kitchen to recreate the hoodoos. This is a spectacular landscape in Southern Utah near the San Rafael Swell that makes you feel like you are on a completely different planet.

I piped the Pate a Choux into what I hope will look like the landscape we adventured in.

Can you find me? We hiked to the Goblin's Lair, Molley's Castle, and to 3 different Goblin Valleys.

Looking ready to fill with the pastry cream and chocolate glaze.

Created Eclair Hoodoo!!

My girls on the hoodoos.

       My Grandma Bubbles use to make eclairs on special occasions. She used jello pudding mix as the cream and I never really liked that. When I worked in the Koditori in high school, I had amazing pastries and became really picky when it came to Eclairs and Napoleons.
      We also had to have a taste test and went to 2 local restaurants to get eclairs. I really liked the homemade better. The store bought ones were way to sweet and more about sugar then other flavors. I used a different pastry cream recipe then my fellow bakers.
       My fellow ABC bakers have worked wonders with this recipe. They used a chocolate filling. In the King Arthur Flour cookbook they suggest other pastry cream flavor options: butterscotch, caramel, orange, peanut butter pastry cream. I never really thought about doing a different flavor since vanilla is so traditional. I did do things differently but my changes are in the following recipe.

Eclairs adapted from King Arthur Flour

Pate a Choux (Puff Pastry)

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 3/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 4 large eggs

Vanilla éclair filling (Pastry Cream not King Arthur Flour recipe)

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup sugar (divided)
  • 2 cups whole milk (divided)
  • 4 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tb unsalted butter

Chocolate Glaze

  • 8oz chopped semisweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 TB heavy or whipping cream
  • 1 TB corn syrup


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.
  2. Combine the water, butter, and salt in a medium-sized saucepan, heat until the butter has melted, and bring to a rolling boil.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat, and add the flour all at once, stirring vigorously.
  4. Return the pan to the burner and cook over medium heat, stirring all the while, until the mixture smooths out and follows the spoon around the pan; this should take less than a minute.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat, and let the mixture cool for 5 to 10 minutes. It'll still feel hot, but you should be able to hold a finger in it for a few seconds. The temperature should be below 125°F.
  6. Transfer the mixture to a mixer, and beat in the eggs one at a time; it'll look curdled at first, but when you add the last egg it should become smooth. Beat for at least 2 minutes after adding the last egg.
  7. Using a generously filled tablespoon cookie scoop, or a level muffin scoop, drop the thick batter onto the prepared baking sheets in 3- to 4-tablespoon mounds. Space the mounds about 3" apart, to allow for expansion. For éclairs, pipe the batter into 5" logs about 1/2" to 3/4" in diameter.
  8. Bake the pastries for 15 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 375°F and bake for an additional 15 minutes, until pastries are a medium golden brown. Turn off oven, open the door a crack, and leave pastry inside to cool for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove the pastries from the oven and cool completely. When they're cool enough to handle, split each in half to make top and bottom pieces; splitting and exposing the centers to air will help keep them from becoming soggy. 
  10. To make the Pastry Cream: Combine cornstarch with 1/4 cup of the sugar in the mixing bowl, then stir in 1/2 cup of the milk. Blend the yolks into the mixture, stirring with a wooden spoon until smooth. 
  11. Prepare and ice bath. Combine remaining 1 1/2 cups milk with the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and the salt and bring to boil. Remove the pan from the heat. Temper egg mixture by gradually adding hot milk mixture into the eggs,whisking constantly. Add remaining milk to eggs. Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over med heat using a whisk until the whisk leaves a trail (about 5-7 minutes). Stir in vanilla and butter. Cool in ice bath. Stirring occasionally until the pastry cream is cool, about 30 minutes. 
  12.  Spoon the cooled filling into the éclair shells.
  13. To make the Glaze, place the syrup and cream in a microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup.
  14.  Heat over low heat (or in the microwave) until the cream is very hot. 
  15.  Remove from the heat and add chocolate. Let rest 2-3 minutes. Stir until the chocolate melts and is smooth. Spoon over the éclairs, spreading to the edges. Serve immediately.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Banana Brickle Cream Pie via Diner Desserts

One of my favorite dessert cookbooks is Diner Desserts by Tish Boyle. The chocolate cream pie and the banana cream pie are simply to die for.

Allow to cool in an ice bath after pushing through a strainer. This makes the most creamy filling.

Oh! I got the best new knife. It is porcelain and does not discolor fruit. We love it because nothing turns brown. We can pack the girls sliced apples and they will be just like freshly cut at lunch time.

Back to the recipe, because there are fresh bananas in this pie it MUST be served the day it is made. It does not hold up well.

Banana Brickle Cream Pie
 Thanks Cake Chica for posting the recipe

Your favorite flaky pie crust recipe

4 large egg yolks
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of ground cardamom
3 ripe, medium-sized bananas
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1 3/4 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons English toffee bits such as Bits O’ Brickle

Make the pie crust pastry as directed and use half of it to line a 9-inch deep dish pie plate. (Store the remaining disk for another use.) Fully bake the pie crust and let cool completely on a wire rack.
To make banana filling, in a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, granulated sugar, cornstarch, and salt until well combined; set aside. In a medium saucepan, bring the milk to a gentle boil over medium-low heat. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk about 1/2 cup of hot milk into the yolk mixture, then return the yolk mixture to the saucepan. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a gentle boil, whisking constantly. Continue to cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the butter pieces until melted. Whisk in the vanilla and cardamom, if using. Quickly strain the custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium bowl. Half-fill a large bowl with ice cubes. Add cold water to cover the cubes. Place the smaller bowl of custard in the ice “bath” and allow to cool, stirring occasionally, for several minutes.
Peel the bananas and slice them 1/4 inch thick into a medium bowl. Add the lemon juice and toss gently to coat. Arrange the banana slices in an even layer in the bottom of the baked pie crust, pressing down on them lightly. Scrape the cooled custard filling over the bananas and smooth the top into an even layer with a spatula or the back of a spoon. Refrigerate the pie for at least 2 hours before topping and serving.
To garnish the pie, in an electric mixer, using the whisk attachment or beaters, beat the cream on medium-low speed for 30 seconds. Increase the speed to medium-high and add the sugar and vanilla. Beat until the cream forms soft peaks. Scrape the cream into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe the cream over the custard in large rosettes, covering it completely. Sprinkle with the toffee bits. Serve the pie the day it is made.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Southwestern Burger

 Sometimes you just need simplicity. Sometimes you just need a burger. This was pretty good.

2 lb ground beef
1 pkg taco mix

In the center put 1 Tb shredded cheese
Grill 4-5 minutes each side

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Baked Nutella Scones

Another recipe from a fantastic cookbook, Baked Explorations. I made this as part of my baking group and then never posted this winning recipe. See what the other bakers thought about this recipe.

I thought this was the most humorous way to make a scone.

Rolled like a cinnamon roll.

And then put on end and smashed flat to cut.

So yummy.  Every one loved these.

Yield: 6-8 scones

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup dark sweetened cocoa powder (like Valrhona)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks
1 large egg
1/2 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup toasted hazelnuts,coarsely chopped (I didn't use)
1/2 cup Nutella

Baked Note
Matt & Renato's advice: Do Not Knead Too Much. Stop working the dough the minute it comes together and don't worry if there are a few dry bits scattered throughout.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and place the rack in the center.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt until combined.
Add the butter. Use your fingertips to rub it into the flour until the butter is pea size and the mixture is coarse.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and cream. 
Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until the dough just comes together.  Gently and briefly knead the dough with your hands. 
Add the toasted hazelnuts and knead gently to incorporate. 
Flatten the dough into a rectangle approximately 6 by 12 inches. ( it doesn't need to precise) and spread 1/4 cup of the Nutella on top in a criss cross pattern. 
Roll the dough up to make a cylinder about 6 inches long, turn it on its end, and gently flatten it into a disk about 1 3/4 inches high. Do not overwork the dough.
Cut the dough into 6 or 8 wedges and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake the scones for 18-20 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a scone comes out clean.  Do not over bake.
Transfer the scones to a wire rack to cool completely.  Place the baking sheet with the parchment still on it underneath the rack.

Assembling the Nutella Scones:

Heat the remaining 1/4 cup Nutella in a microwave until pourable, about 10 seconds on high.  Pierce the tops of the scones a few times with a fork.  Use a spoon ( or two spoons-one to scoop, one to scrape) to drip the warm Nutella in a zigzag pattern over the tops of the hot scones.  Transfer them to a refrigerator to set for 5 minutes, then serve immediately.

Most scones have a lifespan of 24hours or less; however, these scones taste pretty darn good on day two provided you wrap them tightly and store them at room temperature.

Helpful Hints for Scones
Break up your butter in small cubes and then freeze them-helps prevent your butter softening/melting before you have your scone dough formed.
Let your scones be crumbly. Barely mix the cream into the butter and then press the dough. Remember the scone mantra-Don't Overwork the dough.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Norweigen Waffles: The Good Enough To Eat Breakfast Cookbook

Breakfast is a staple meal for us. We love weekends with big breakfasts or Tuesday night pancake nights. For this recipe you need a couple of ingredients you may not have on hand but will be worth the purchase.
Cardamom reminds me of pine needles. I about died when I saw how much this spice was but this is only my 2nd jar in my life time. I use it sparingly but what a wonderful addition.

Shredded Granny Smith apples. I never have Granny Smith on hand because the girls won't eat them but what a great texture they add to these waffles.

Whipping up the egg whites makes for a very tender waffle.

Cutting in the butter with a figure 8 motion just until blended.

Brush butter on your griddle so these will not stick.

Norwegian Waffles

1 cup all purpose flour
2 tea baking powder
1 tea baking soda
1/2 tea cardamom (original recipe calls for 1 1/2 tea)
1/4 tea salt
1 tea cinnamon (original recipe does not use cinnamon)
Mix dry ingredients together.
3 eggs (separated)
1/3 cup sugar
2 cup sour cream
1 Granny Smith apple, grated
3 Tb melted butter
Whisk 3 egg yolks, sugar, sour cream, and grated apple together.
Combine with dry ingredients and blend well.
Drizzle butter into batter and cut it in with a folk.
Whip egg whites until soft peaks form and then add to batter. Fold with rubber spatula in figure 8 motion.
Cook on preheated iron. "In Norway these waffles are served with Lingonberry jam." pg 60

Saturday, November 1, 2014

ABC Cranberry Pumpkin Rolls

Moving to a new state, starting a new job, having a family, and being a nice mom really conflicted with my blogging and baking for a while (a year or more). It has been a challenge to create a new life in Utah. Hopefully, I am back to baking!! I have missed Avid Baker's Challenge baking group but often will bake just not post. 
Today, I did both finally.
These rolls are wonderful. A nice change from plain white rolls and would be a great addition to any bread basket. Put these with the bran dinner roll and well, you have everything you need to make everyone happy.

 (added Thanksgiving 2014-perfect roll basket. I did double the spices in the pumpkin rolls..yummy)

These rolls can be made in a muffin tin to hold their shape but I wanted to try rounded rolls on a baking sheet.

Doubled in size beautifully.

Close of up of how tender this roll is. Subtle pumpkin flavor, wonderful addition of the Craisens. I didn't use crystallized ginger because I was out but that would have made these just that bit better. With your left over pumpkin try these pancakes.

King Arthur's Cranberry Pumpkin Rolls

4 3/4 cups (20 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (optional)
1/4 cup (1 3/4 ounces) firmly packed brown sugar, light or dark
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon instant yeast
3/4 cup (6 ounces) canned pumpkin or squash
2 large eggs
3/4 cup (6 ounces) water
1/4 cup (2 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup (4 1/2 ounces) dried cranberries or golden raisins
1/4 cup (1 1/2 ounces) diced crystallized ginger
Mix and knead all of the dough ingredients except the fruit and crystallized ginger — by hand, mixer, or bread machine — until you've made a soft, fairly smooth dough. Pumpkin varies in water content, so add extra water or flour if needed. Right at the end, knead in the fruit and crystallized ginger. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover the bowl, and allow the dough to rise for 1 1/2 hours, until it's almost double in bulk.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly greased surface, gently deflate it, and divide it into 16 pieces, roughly 2 3/4 ounces each. Roll each piece into a ball. Place rolls in the lightly greased cups of a couple of standard muffin pans (which will help them maintain their round shape); or onto a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Set aside, covered lightly, to rise for 1 hour, or until the rolls look puffy.

Bake the rolls in a preheated 350°F oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until they're lightly browned and the center of one reads 190⁰F on an instant-read thermometer. Remove the pans from the oven and turn the rolls out onto a rack to cool. Serve warm or at room temperature. Yield: 16 rolls.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Diner Desserts Coconut Cream Pie

Best coconut pie I have ever had. What more is there to say? I have been in love with this recipe and making this pie for years. Someone told me I should sell my pies after eating this. As fate would have it, I did have a chance to sell my pies to a little cafe in Virginia. Fun times.
You can also make coconut mini pies, from the Tish Boyle Sweet Dreams website. Or make coconut cream shortbread bars. I tried the bars and people liked them at work but I felt the crust was too hard.

Coconut Cream Pie by Tish Boyle

Flaky Pie Crust:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch chunks and frozen
3/4 cup solid vegetable shortening, frozen
6 to 8 tablespoons ice water

Coconut Filling:
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup coconut milk (not cream of coconut)
1 1/2 cups whole milk
4 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
1 3/4 cups sweetened shredded coconut (toast 1/2 cup of it for 7-8 minutes in a 350 degree oven--this is for the garnish)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Whipped Cream Topping:
1 3/4 cups heavy cream
3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Make the dough:
1. Place the flour, sugar and salt in a food processor fitted with the metal chopping blade and pulse on and off until combined. Scatter the butter pieces and the shortening, in large chunks, over the flour mixture. Pulse the machine on and off until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 6 tablespoons of the ice water and process until the mixture just starts to come together. (If the dough seems dry, add the remaining 2 tablespoons water as necessary. Do not allow the dough to form a ball on the blade, or the resulting crust will be tough.)
2. Turn the dough out onto a work surface, divide it in half, and shape each half into a thick disk. Wrap the disks separately in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.
Roll out the crusts:
3. Have ready six 5-inch pie pans (not tartlette pans). Lightly flour a large work surface. Allow the dough to soften at room temperature just until it is pliable (about 20 minutes). Place 1 disk on the floured surface and sprinkle some flour over it. Roll the dough from the center out in every direction, flouring the work surface as necessary to prevent sticking. You want a round about 1/8 inch or slightly less thick. Cut out 2 6 1/2-inch circles from the dough and press each circle into a pie pan. Trim the edges of the dough with scissors, leaving about 1/2 inch of overhang. Tuck the overhanging dough underneath itself, pressing it onto the rim of the pan. Flute the edge by pinching the dough from the outside in a V shape with your thumb and index finger while poking the center of the shape with the index finger of your other hand from the inside. Repeat with the remaining dough and pans, gathering up the scraps and rerolling them as necessary to make 6 pie crusts. If you like, brush the edges of the crust with an egg yolk whisked with a little water.

Bake the crust:
4. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line pie crust with a square of lightly buttered aluminum foil, buttered side down, covering the edge of the crust so that it doesn't get too brown. Fill the lined crust with pie weights, dried beans, or raw rice. Bake the pie crust for 15 minutes. Remove the weights and foil. Prick the bottom of the crust well with a fork and bake the crust for another 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden and the bottoms are baked through. Cool the pie crust on a wire rack.

Make the Coconut Filling:
5. In a medium saucepan, stir together the sugar, cornstarch, and salt until well combined. Gradually whisk in 1/4 cup of the coconut milk to form a smooth paste. Whisk in the remaining coconut milk and the whole milk. Place over medium heat and bring to a slow boil, whisking constantly. Remove the pan from the heat.
6. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks until smooth. Whisk about 1/2 cup of the hot coconut mixture into the yolks, then return the yolk mixture to the saucepan. Raise the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Continue to boil, whisking constantly, for 1 minute, or until very thick. Remove from the heat, scrape the bottom of the pan with a spatula, and whisk until smooth. Whisk in the butter pieces until melted. Whisk in the vanilla and 1 1/4 cups of the untoasted coconut (reserve the remaining 1/2 cup toasted coconut for garnish). Divide the warm filling among the pie crusts and press a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of each pie filling. Refrigerate the pies for at least 4 hours, or until thoroughly chilled.

Make the Whipped Cream Topping:
7. In an electric mixer, using the whisk attachment or beaters, beat the cream on medium-low speed for 30 seconds. Increase the speed to medium-high and add the confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Beat until the cream forms stiff peaks.
8. Scrape the whipped cream into a pastry bag fitted with a medium star tip. Pipe rosettes over the chilled pies and sprinkle with the reserved toasted coconut. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Baked S’More-Style Chocolate Whiskey Pudding

Another adventure in cooking with my Baked Sunday Mornings group. This recipe, specifically the graham cracker layer, was intoxicating. We all could not get enough of this stuff and the aroma stopped me in my tracks. The graham cracker layer is baked solo then cooled to make a crunchy perfection.

Pudding is made on the stove top. I didn't have whiskey so I substituted rum.  My girls thought that was hilarious. We are not a drinking family and they had wide eyes when I said it had rum as an ingredient. Then of course everyone quoted, "But why's the rum gone", from Pirates.

The layers were beautiful. I used whipping cream for the marshmallow layer because I am without a torch. But tomorrow is my birthday so I am hoping that I will be getting a torch!!

When asked if I wanted a homemade cake for my birthday, I said "No". I want pudding. So we celebrated (early) with pudding.  For me, the name s'more brings up camping and open fires thoughts.

Wouldn't it have been great to have this s'more pudding instead of the gooey messy smores we just had on our camping adventure last week? I think yes. Even though we did have roasted marshmallows on Samoas. Which really takes the s'more up a notch. This pudding is a whole new level of comfort food.

 Family photo taken at Valley of Fire, Nevada this past week on our camping adventure.

Loving our adventures, in and out of the kitchen.

S’more-Style Chocolate Whiskey Pudding

Yield: 6 servings (It was very rich, I think 8 smaller servings would be better)

For the Graham Cracker Crust
4 1/2 whole graham crackers), coarsely broken
1 ounce (1/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

For the Chocolate Whiskey Pudding
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons dark unsweetened cocoa powder (like Valrhona)
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder (I used 1/2 tea decaf)
Pinch of salt
3 large egg yolks
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
8 ounces good-quality bittersweet chocolate (54 to 60%), coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons good-quality whiskey (I used 1 Tb rum)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature

For the Marshmallow Topping
2 large egg whites
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 1/4 teaspoon good-quality whiskey

Make the Graham Cracker Crust
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Put the graham crackers, butter, sugar, and cinnamon in a food processor and pulse until coarse crumbs form. Turn the crumbs out onto the prepared baking sheet, spread to form an even layer (if necessary, break up any large pieces with your fingertips), and bake stirring once, until the crumbs are crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely.

Make the Chocolate Whiskey Pudding
In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder, espresso powder, and salt. Add the egg yolks and whisk to blend (the mixture will resemble wet sand). Gradually whisk in the milk, then the cream. Place the saucepan over medium heat, and cook the mixture, whisking constantly, until it comes to a boil. Boil for 30 seconds, remove from the heat, and continue to whisk for 15 seconds to release excess heat. Add the chocolate, whiskey, and butter; whisk until the chocolate and butter are melted and the mixture is smooth. Let the pudding cool slightly, about 10 minutes, whisking occasionally.

Assemble the pudding
Spoon 1/3 cup of pudding into each of six (small and wide or sundae-like) 1-cup glasses; smooth out the tops. Divide the graham cracker mixture equally among the glasses, sprinkling it on top of the pudding. Top each glass with another 1/3 cup pudding; smooth out the tops. Cover each glass with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic directly onto the pudding. Chill at least 2 hours, until ready to serve.

Make the Marshmallow Topping
In the heatproof bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites, sugar, 1/4 cup of water, corn syrup, and whiskey. Set the mixer bowl with egg white mixture over a saucepan of simmering water. Using hand whisk, whisk the mixture constantly until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the mixture registers 160 degrees F, about 6 minutes. Return the mixer bowl with the egg white mixture to the stand mixer (still fitted with the whisk attachment) and beat on high speed until the marshmallow topping forms stiff peaks, 6 to 8 minutes.
Top each chilled pudding with 2 large spoonfuls of marshmallow topping, covering the top of the pudding completely and creating peaks, if desired.

Use a kitchen torch to lightly toast the topping to your liking. Serve immediately.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Luau Roasted Meat Traditional Method

Step 1: Dig a pit.

According to Wikipedia "Kālua is a traditional Hawaiian cooking method that utilizes an imu, a type of underground oven. The word kālua, which literally means "to cook in an underground oven", may also be used to describe the food cooked in this manner, such as kālua pig or kālua turkey, which are commonly served at luau feasts."

Our yard is about to have an underground oven!

Step 2: Acquire lava stone (City of Ivins gave permission to collect these stones for our luau)

Step 3: Place lava stone in pit and heat with wood.

Step 4: Remove wood when stones are hot.

Step 5: Move stone around to make it perfect for the meat.

Step 6: Place meat on fresh wood beams.

Step 7: Place planks on meat.

Step 8: Cover with leaves. In Hawaii they use whatever vegetation is in the area, like banana leaves. Banana leaves were used here. Did you know that those are available at the Mexican market?

Step 9: Cover hole with plywood.

Step 10: Cover plywood with dirt and watch for any escaping smoke..there must be nothing that escapes.
Step 11: Safety perimeter added.

About to pull the meat out which was cooked to perfection! You would think I would have taken a photo of the final product but I was enjoying it so much...I forgot! Thanks Sione Fa for showing us such an amazing tradition.