BRAIDED DANISH WITH LEMON CURD

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BRAIDED DANISH WITH LEMON CURD

Braided Danish with Lemon Curd

Homemade Danish?  Yes!  Yes, you can.  It isn’t hard, and if you do it often enough, you’ll be able to do it in your sleep.  The dough mixes up in a blender or food processor.  Roll it, fill it with your own Lemon Curd, and bake.  Don’t forget the Glaze.  Oh, my ever lovin’ delicious.  And talk about impressing guests? Serve this at breakfast or brunch and you’ll have people begging for more!  If you plan ahead, you can make the Lemon Curd the day before.

LEMON CURD

     This tart and creamy lemon curd is SO delicious.  And, it’s not hard to make.  You’ll never buy store-bought again.  It’s perfect with fruit, pound cake, angel food cake, white cake, filling for muffins, donuts, cream puffs, or eclairs.  You can even pour it over ice cream or stick your finger in it and have a taste when nobody is looking.  I for one, have never done that.  OK, maybe I did it once.

     If you can make pudding, you can make lemon curd.  

INGREDIENTS:

¾ cup fresh lemon juice

1 TBSP grated lemon zest

¾ cup sugar (sugar is adjustable to taste)

3 eggs

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter and dash salt – OR – ½ cup salted butter

 

PREPARATION:

In a 3 qt saucepan, combine lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, eggs and butter.  (It will spatter as it’s cooking, so you need a big pan.  Cook while whisking over medium/low heat until thick and bubbly.  (About 6 min) Let it simmer for another 2 minutes or so, whisking constantly. It should be about the consistency of gravy. (If you walk away, I promise you will have to strain your curd.  So don’t do it.) Cover and refrigerate.  It will thicken as it cools.

Keeps about a week.

 

DANISH DOUGH

¾ cup cottage cheese

1/3 cup sugar

¼ cup vegetable or canola oil

1/3 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups AP flour

2 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

 

PASTRY DOUGH PREPARATION:

In a blender or food processor, process cottage cheese until it’s smooth and lump free. Add sugar, oil, milk, and vanilla.  Process until well incorporated.

Add baking powder and salt, processing until well mixed.  Add flour and pulse just until dough comes together and forms a ball. (Dough will be very sticky). Place dough in a bowl, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. (or if you have room, put the whole blender jar in the fridge, covered.)

 

ROLLING PASTRY DOUGH:

Place pastry dough ball in the center of an 18” length of parchment paper. Spray two large lengths of plastic wrap and lay side by side on top of the dough, overlapping them 3” – 4”.  You want them to overlap because the dough will grow larger as you roll it out.  (A great trick to avoid frustration!  The dough will not stick and you don’t have to wash your rolling pin.  (Yippee)

Roll dough into a 16 x 12-inch rectangle. Pick up the dough and parchment paper together, placing them on a large baking sheet.  (You may need to angle your pastry to give it room to expand while baking.  See my photo.  I used a half sheet baking pan).

Spread chilled Lemon Curd down the center of dough. On each side of dough, use a very sharp paring knife, and cut 3/4” wide strips. Don’t cut all the way to the filling, it’s best to leave approximately ½” uncut dough.  You don’t want it to ooze out during baking. Fold alternating strips at an angle across Lemon Curd. Pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Beat egg white with 1 tsp milk; brush over dough.

Bake at 400° F for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack.

GLAZE

3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar

2 tsp milk

½ tsp vanilla

 

GLAZE PREPARATION:

In a small bowl, combine glaze ingredients, and drizzle over warm pastry. It’s doubtful that you’ll have leftovers, but if you do, refrigerate.

By Tika

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CAPRESE PASTA SALAD

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     Caprese pasta salad is all the rage right now.  It combines the colors and flavors of old Italy and the taste can’t be beat.  Bob loves me even more on the day that I make Caprese Salad.  Soon I will make it again and add cooked shrimp or chicken.  Here’s how I make mine:

 INGREDIENTS

10-12 ounces Fusili (Tri-color pasta)

2 extra large garden-fresh tomatoes

1 cup balsamic vinegar

¼ cup honey

¼ cup olive oil

4 TBSP fresh lemon juice

2 cloves garlic, sliced thin

3 TBSP red onion, or shallot (chopped)

1 TBSP dried basil or 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil

1 tsp sugar

1 ½ cups grated mozzarella cheese

OPTIONAL: 3 whole cloves roasted garlic and 3 slices of cucumber for garnish

 

PREPARATION

Cook whatever kind of pasta you want.  Drain and set aside.  Penne, Fusilli, Campanelle or Farfalle are all perfect.

In a small saucepan bring balsamic vinegar and honey to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 12 minutes or until reduced by about half.  Set aside to cool.

Slice 3 large slices of tomato and set aside for garnish.  The rest should be chopped into bite-sized pieces.  I also garnished with 3 cucumber slices and 3 whole cloves of roasted garlic.

In a small bowl, mix chopped tomato with olive oil, lemon juice, chopped garlic, 1 tsp sugar, salt, pepper, basil.  Set aside.

Place cooked pasta in a large serving bowl.  Add grated cheese and tomato mixture, stirring well.

Garnish with 3 slices of tomato.  I placed a slice of cucumber on top of each, and topped the cucumber with 1 whole clove of roasted garlic.  Pour vinegar/honey mixture on top.  Sprinkle with a bit of parsley.

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SEAFOOD ALFREDO WITH Lobster, Crab & Shrimp

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   I love seafood, specifically shellfish.  It is my absolute favorite thing to eat in the whole world.  I might even love seafood more than I love my sweets.  Consequently, I cook it a lot.  Sometimes I even get treated to a dinner out.  If I have leftovers, I might create something at home and share.  Then again, I usually scarf them down without sharing.  OK, part of the seafood in the following recipe was dinner out and the rest was in the freezer.  Either way, I shared!  That was good, right?

INGREDIENTS: YIELDS 6 servings
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 large King Crab Legs, meat removed from shells
4 TBSP butter
2 TBSP olive oil
6 cloves garlic, chopped (1 ½ TBSP)
1/3 cup Chardonnay or dry Sherry
1 cup chicken broth
3 TBSP flour
3 ½ cups half and half
½ tsp white pepper
1 tsp Parsley
¾ cup Italian blend grated cheese
½ cup fresh grated Parmesan
½ cup fresh grated Romano
Extra cheese for garnish
Pasta: Linguine, Fettuccini, Angel hair, Penne

PREPARATION:

Preheat a large pan of salted water and cook your pasta while preparing the seafood.
Place 1 TBSP butter in bottom of a large skillet which has been preheated on low/medium heat. Add cut up lobster and shrimp (or cook them separately). Sautee until lobster is opaque and shrimp is pink. It won’t take any more than 3-4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove cooked seafood. Place in a small bowl. Set aside.

Place olive oil and remaining butter in the bottom of the same skillet. Sauté garlic on low heat for 1 minute. Add Chardonnay, chicken broth, and flour, stirring continuously until flour is well incorporated and sauce begins to thicken a bit. You want the mixture to be at a slow simmer.

Add white pepper, Parsley, and slowly add the half and half. When mixture comes to a very slow simmer begin adding the grated cheeses a little at a time, stirring until cheese is melted. (Do not let it come to a full boil or the cheese may curdle.) Let it continue cooking for a few minutes.

Add crab meat, lobster, and shrimp. Stir well and wait until mixture returns to a simmer. (No need to cook the crab, it is always pre-cooked. You only need to warm it). Plate and sprinkle with a little extra grated cheese for garnish.

NOTE: Top secret tip. We’ve all done this, so beware. Adding the cheese to a very hot mixture will most likely cause it to curdle. Slowly adding the cheese while whisking will prevent this.

Everything can be cooked ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to serve. All you need to do is warm it and plate. Never reheat seafood in the microwave. Use a saucepan or skillet.

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