Saturday, October 29, 2011

   Finally done and rewardingly tasty and soft, povitica from ''The gingered whisk''.

                        Yeast mixture
                        1Tbs                                  sugar
                        1tsp                                  flour
                        60ml                                 warm water
                        7gr                                   instant yeast

                        600gr+                               bread flour
                        240gr                                warm milk
                        85gr                                  sugar
                        60gr                                  melted butter
                        2                                      eggs
                       1tsp                                   salt

                       Pumpkin filling
                       250gr                                flour
                       1tsp                                  cinnamon
                       130gr                                butter, room temperature
                       300gr                                brown sugar
                       2                                      small eggs
                      320gr                                 pumpkin puree
                      as preferred                       vanilla

First prepare the yeast mixture stirring all the ingredients together and let it rest for about 10min. Then, in a seperate bowl, combine the dry dough ingredients and gradually add the eggs with milk, butter and yeast mixture. Stir and then knead the dough with an addition of flour -if necessary- until it can form a ball yet soft and quite sticky. Let the dough rest at warm temperature until doubled in size.

Aftrer the fermentation, punch down the dough and divide it in half so each portion can be made into a small loaf or a batch of 12 individual rolls. For the filling -in which pumpkin should already be baked at 190C for 50min and mashed-, beat butter with suggar and add the eggs. Stir in the puree and finally the rest of the ingredients adding optionally some more flour to make a thick spreadable paste.

For the individual bread, roll the dough until 7cm thick, spread the pumpkin filling and form it into a filled log. Using a thin string such as dental floss cut 12 slices and place them in paper-liner filled muffin tins. Let them gain quite more volume, brush optionally with egg wash and bake at a preheated oven to 190C for about 30min. Repeat the same procedure for the loaf, rolling the dough to a minimum thickness, filling and giving a longer fermentation time. Finally bake at 180C, reducing gradually to 160C for about 45min.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Because of a current obsession with apple desserts and although more of them are to be tried, I've already discriminate this  particular one among the rest of its kind. However for those who dislike any crunchiness left in the baked apples I suggest sauteing the slices with 1-2Tbs of butter and for anyone unkeen of the apricot cream I could easilly recommend a fruit jam. Overall it's a great, almost too easy and quick dessert with components I repeatedly use.

                       Tart dough
                       1                                         portion pasta flora dough from ''Apple pasta flora'' post
                       790gr                                 granny smith and northern spy (net w.)apples                                 
                       75gr                                   melted butter
                       3                                        eggs
                       130gr                                  brown sugar
                       150gr                                  ground almonds
                       40gr                                    cornstarch
                       1/2tsp                                cannelle
                       as prefered                         vanille powder or extract
                       8-10Tbs                              apricot cream from ''Croissant'' post
First prepare the dough as described in previous post and chill until less soft for about 30min. Meanwhile, core, peal and slice the apples, tossing the slices in some lemon juice.

When finished, roll the dough on the bottom of a 24x20cm pan and return in fridge. Proceed with the almond filling by whisking the eggs with the sugar to thick ribbon stage (it doesn't matter if doesn't get that stiff, it may be the used type of sugar).

Fold the ground almond, cornstarch, butter, cannelle and vanille in the beaten eggs and spread the apricot cream on the bottom tart crust. Pour in the filling, tightly arrange the apple slices in rows and optionally sprinkle some additional sugar on top.

Finally bake at a preheated oven to 190C for about 50min, reducing gradually the temperature to the lowest point of 160C if the fruit on top starts to get burnt. Let the tart cool and maybe brush with some of the cream (or jam) or dust with powdered sugar.