Cloverleaf Rolls

Challah Rolls 1You can watch the video here.

  • 2 tbsps dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tsps salt
  • 4-1/2- 5 cups flour

Mix the  yeast into 1/2 cup of warm water and set aside to proof

In a saucepan, combine the sugar, shortening, milk and salt and heat  until the shortening is all melted.  Pour mixture into a bowl and let cool to room temp.

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Chocolate Cream Karpatka

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Chocolate Cream:

  • 2-1/4 cups milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • Heat until comes to a boil
  • In the meantime, in a large bowl, mis
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsps cocoa
  • 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2-1/2 tbsps cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Mix all until well blended.  Then, SLOWLY add some of the milk mixture, whisking constantly- keep adding until all combined.  Put all back in the pot and return to stove.

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Ham, Cheese and Chive Gougeres

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In a pot, put

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 stick butter 1 tsp salt

Bring to a boil

Remove from heat and add 1 cup flour and with a wooden spoon, beat well until all flour is blended in and the mixture does not coat the bottom of the pot

Put  mixture into electric mixer bowl and beat on low speed for 2-3 minutes until it cools down a bit.

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Sicilian Ricotta Pie

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In a food processor, put

  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 3 tbsps caster sugar

Blend then add 1/2 cup of cold cubed butter

Blend about 4 pulses

Add 1 egg yolk and up to 3 tbsps cold water

Pulse till almost comes together – remove, wrap and refrigerate about 20 minutes

Roll dough and put into an 8″ or 9″ tart pan with removable bottom or a regular pie plate

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Russian Crow’s Feet

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  • 7 oz. farmers’ cheese crumbled in bowl
  • 6 tbsps very soft, almost melted butter
  • 1-½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Mix cheese and butter on mixer and then add flour, salt and vanilla and blend till almost comes together.  Turn out onto a board and knead it till it forms a ball. Wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight.

Divide dough into 12 pieces.  Roll each piece into a 6-7” circle (cut with bowl to make them all the same size if you wish).

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Peanut Butter Brittle

Peanut Butter Brittle HDView video here.

  • 2 large cups of peanut butter chips
  • 3 sticks butter
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 tbsps water
  • 3 tbsps light corn syrup

Scatter one cup chips on a silpat lined or heavily buttered pan with sides.

In a pot, put butter, sugar, water and corn syrup.  Over medium heat, keep stirring mixture until it reaches 300 degrees – THIS COULD TAKE HALF AN HOUR OR SO!  STIR CONSTANTLY!!! Continue reading