Thursday, January 8, 2015

Caramelized Onion, Sage & Goat Cheese Galettes

Here's a recipe for your to make the next time you want something ridiculously delicious to eat.  I would highly suggest these for your next get together (I plan to make them for my next book club meet).

The crust is the most incredible combination of crispy, butter and flakey. It's like you've died and gone to pie heaven.



I used my usual galette crust recipe (which I suggest using only for galettes. I made a pie with this recipe once and it didn't seem as magical). Anyways, I've used it here before, but I'll jot it down again for all you newbies.

Dough Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 sticks cold butter (I used frozen butter and it worked out perfectly, you just have to cut it small enough to make the process a little easier)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup ice water

Filling:

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 small red onions
1 tablespoon butter (or red wine. I know those seem very different, but it's for flavor, and I prefer the taste of butter).
A handful of sage leaves (2 tablespoons chopped and leave some whole leaves to top).
A roll of goat cheese
Salt & pepper

Directions:

• Preheat your oven to 425º
• Measure out the crust ingredients and combine with a pastry cutter. Set in the refrigerator while you make the filling
• Saute the onions in the olive oil on low. You want them to become caramelized, not browned. This process will take about 15 minutes. Meanwhile chop about two tablespoons of sage.
• Add the butter or wine, and deglaze (stirring to loosen all cooked on bits).
• Add salt, pepper and chopped sage.
• Turn off the heat and let this sit while you roll out your pastry crust.

• Separate the crust into as many pies as you want. On a piece of parchment paper, roll them out to about 2 inch wide circles.
• Place all your circles that are on parchment paper, onto a cookie sheet and refrigerate for about 10 minutes.
• Once they are cold again and your onions have cooled enough to not melt the dough assemble your pies. Place about a tablespoon or so of onions into the center, followed by a thin round of goat cheese and a sage leaf. Fold the edges of your crust in a circular pattern creating the edge of the galette.
• Cook for about 15 minutes at 425º. They pies are done when the edges are slightly browned.



Friday, January 2, 2015

Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

I love banana bread but sometimes I want something a little different. Not that these muffins are much different than banana bread, conceptually, but their serving size nature does keep things a little easier.

They are pretty quick and easy to make and would make a perfect breakfast on the go since there is no sugar in them. I also add walnuts for added texture, if I have them lying around.

What is with over sugaring banana desserts anyways? Those things are chock full of sugar to begin with. 

I used this Martha Stewart recipe as a starting point for my own, so if you want the sugar version, check that one out. Or, go for about 1/4 of a cup of brown sugar, that will add a little sweetness without making each bite overwhelming.

Ingredients:

6 ripe bananas
1/2 cup melted butter
1 large egg
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream or greek yoghurt
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup walnuts (optional)

Directions:

• Preheat oven to 350º and line a muffin pan with liners.
• Mash the bananas with paddle attachment of your mixer. Add oil and egg and continue beating. Reduce speed and add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt; beat until smooth. Add sour cream and vanilla and beat until combined.
• Fill the muffin tin using an ice cream scoop.
• Bake until tester comes out clean, about 20 minutes.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Yeah I just Keep on Keeping On

I would not be keeping up to my new years resolution if I didn't blog on the first day of the new year. Yes I resolved to get back to blogging the way I did last year, letting the inspiration flow like a river into an ocean of cotton candy and happy thoughts. So here it is, so much to be had, so much hope for this new beginning. 

This past year, like all the ones before it, was wonderful and disastrous all in one. Perfect and imperfect. I learned a lot, grew into my older self and all that jazz. It was a hoot, to say the least. 

If I could sum up my feelings for the passing of 2014 and the coming of 2015, I would quote First Aid Kit: 

"There’s no starting over, no new beginnings, time races on
And you've just gotta keep on keeping on
Gotta keep on going, looking straight out on the road
Can't worry 'bout what's behind you or what's coming for you further up the road
I try not to hold on to what is gone, 
I try to do right what is wrong
I try to keep on keeping on
Yeah I just keep on keeping on"

And with that I will leave you with some actual music. Enjoy and Happy New Year!