Addictive Crispy Chocolate Chunk Cookies – Redux

This is a repeat post from 2018.  This time around I did away with the pecans and like the recipe better with 1 3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate.  I refrigerated the dough for 45 minutes before balling them, then I put them back in the fridge for another 15 min while the oven preheats. I also put just 12 cookies on each sheet while they baked because they spread a lot. These are, IMHO, sensational. Better than Tate’s!

Crispy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Originally posted June 13, 2018

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I Just Couldn’t Help Myself!

OK people. In the past, I posted a recipe for salted chocolate chunk cookies that are firm on the edges with a soft interior.  They are the bomb.

But these?  These are, as my husband says, “ the best cookies I’ve had in 74 1/2 years.”  And I wholeheartedly agree, even though I am a year younger and a much more sophisticated cookie taster.

These are a cross between toffee, shortbread, and chocolate chippers.  They are really crispy through and through, not too sweet (I even decreased the sugar suggested in the original recipe) and they have a deep, interesting, nutty flavor.  Again, I think this is in part due to the Lyle’s golden syrup I subbed for the original recipe’s light corn syrup. Lyle’s is my favorite “golden” syrup and I love the flavor when added to batters and doughs.  (The original recipe came from Amanda Hesser of the New York Times.)

Addictive Crispy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Makes ~32 cookies

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Ingredients
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 14 tablespoons (1 ¾ sticks) salted butter, melted
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Lyle’s golden syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 3/4  cups chopped bittersweet chocolate (pea-size pieces and shavings)I started with Ghirardelli bittersweet chunks and ran a knife through them until they were smaller
  • 2 cups chopped toasted pecans (optional) – chopped the same size as the chocolate
Instructions

Preheat the oven to 300 convection degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

In a mixer fitted with a paddle, mix the butter, sugars and corn syrup for about three minutes. Stir in the vanilla, then the milk. Add the flour mixture all at once and blend just until a dough forms. Fold in the chocolate and walnuts. Chill the dough for at least an hour.

Roll 1 ½ tablespoon lumps of dough into balls, then place on the baking sheet and flatten to 1/4 inch-thick disks spaced two inches apart. Chill the dough between batches. Bake until the edges are dark golden brown, 17 minutes. Let cool slightly on the baking sheet, then transfer to a baking rack.

I do one cookie sheet, mid-oven at a time.

 

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Easy Applesauce

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Easy Applesauce

Easy Applesauce

I previously posted a recipe for cranberry applesauce from a Thanksgiving/Chanukah meal we shared with family at Kal’s cabin in 2014.

That seems like so long ago! Today I have three mature apple trees that drop apples everywhere – all of which are still wonderful to use for cooking.

I thought I would share a formula for apple sauce that I’ve been using of late.  I have committed this to memory and feel it is particularly good to make in the fall and early winter while farmers’ markets have lots of apples available.  I find that less-than-perfect apples work well for sauce.  Oh, and I have a new 6-month-old granddaughter who is just starting to eat solid foods.  You better believe applesauce was one of her first gourmet delights, and I’m happy to report that her batch was not sweetened at all.

Easy Applesauce

Makes about 2+ quarts

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Ingredients:
  • 8-10 medium apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 8 pieces each (I peel mine with the potato peeler, then use a metal apple slicer to cut them into 8 pieces)
  • 1 ¼  cup water
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • 2-3 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • IF you want colorful applesauce, add an unpeeled plum or a peeled peach, diced into ½ inch.  These are abundant in Seattle in the late summer.
Instructions:

Put all these ingredients in the pressure cooker or Instapot. Stir to combine.  Lock the lid in place and bring it to pressure, let it stay at full pressure for four minutes, then turn off the heat.  Allow pressure to drop on its own, which takes up to 15 minutes.

Remove the lid of the pressure cooker and mash the apples (and added plum or peach) with a potato masher. This way, it’s a little chunky, which I prefer.

Store in jars in the fridge for up to 10 days, or freeze and use within six months.

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Fresh Summer Uncooked Tomato Sauce With Basil

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Fresh Summer Uncooked Tomato Sauce With Basil

In the summer, I grow and harvest tons of yellow, orange, and red cherry tomatoes.  I put lots of them in salads or eat them right off the vine, but one of my favorite dishes is uncooked tomato sauce. This takes zero skill – other than patience to wait while the tomatoes become juicy and delectable!

This can be used to mix with cooked pasta of any kind, adding a dollop of fresh pesto or including fresh raw sweet corn, or any other type of cooked veggie or white bean.   I always shower the top of the pasta with fresh ribbons of home-grown basil leaves and fresh Parmesan cheese.

Fresh Summer Uncooked Tomato Sauce With Basil

Serves 4

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Ingredients
  • 4 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 3 fresh garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • Sea Salt (probably around 1 teaspoon)
  • Fresh ground black pepper (about 20 grinds)
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp slivered basil, divided (1 Tbsp slivered basil to mix with the raw tomatoes and another 1 Tbsp for serving)
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4-pound dry spaghetti noodles or fusilli
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan Reggiano cheese (to serve)
Instructions

Combine the tomatoes, garlic, salt, black pepper, vinegar, basil, and oil in a wide bowl. Let sit uncovered at room temperature for at least an hour and up to 3 hours. Stir about once an hour. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

After the sauce has been on the counter for at least an hour and when you are ready for lunch or dinner, bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil over high heat. Salt generously and add the dried pasta. Cook until the pasta is firm to the bite, following the directions on the package but checking 1 to 2 minutes before the suggested cooking time. I always reserve about ¼ cup of the pasta cooking water in case the final dish seems too dry.

Drain the pasta and toss with the raw tomato sauce. Add any other cooked leftover vegetables you wish, add some pasta cooking water if you desire, and sprinkle on the cheese.  Top the dish with some ribbons of basil and serve.

PS: This mixture is also good on toasted baguettes, polenta, or even rice.  I have been known to use it on top of white beans or white fish, such as baked halibut or even cod.

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All Purpose Flavorful Sauce

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Salmon Adorned with All Purpose Flavorful Sauce

I plan out my cooking at the beginning of every week. Typically, I make one or two salad dressings, usually something pickled like red onions or pickled cucumbers, a batch of homemade mayo – sometimes flavored with spicy stuff and sometimes whirled with herbs – and often some kind of sauce to serve with any type of protein.

I happened upon Mark Bittman’s concoction a few weeks ago and quickly made it since I had all the ingredients in my fridge and pantry.  That evening I went to a family dinner and cooked very plain baked salmon, then served this on the side for flavor. I was curious as to how it would be received. I need not have worried because the kids drizzled this on the salmon, on the orzo, on the veggies, on the salad…and my daughter asked me that night to send the recipe.  Let me tell you people – this is a supreme compliment.  She was surprised there was tahini in the sauce – she knew there was something sesame but the tahini is subtle.  

It Might Not Be Much To Look At – But Take My Word For It … DELISH!

This is kind of a mash up of teriyaki and tahini sauce.  Use it everywhere, keep it in the fridge and enjoy!

All Purpose Flavorful Sauce

Makes about 1¼ cups 

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • Red chili flakes (optional, to taste)
Instructions

Combine all the ingredients. Use immediately. Or refrigerate for up to a couple of weeks.(Bring back to room temperature before serving).

 

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Bow Tie Pasta with Smoked Salmon and Peas (aka Salmon and Noodles and Peas…Oh My!)

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Bow Tie Pasta with Smoked Salmon & Peas

This is a very, very quick pasta dish that goes from ingredients to the final meal in less than 30 minutes.  I made it recently – mainly because I had leftover smoked fish from a weekend brunch, and it sounded very warming and beautiful to me.  The original recipe called for poached salmon, but I think the smoked fish is much more flavorful and pairs so well with the lemon.  I’ll be making this again!  With a nice green salad and some fresh fruit, it seems like a fancy meal suitable for company.

My husband and I loved this as did my close-by family with three little boys.

Bow Tie Pasta with Smoked Salmon and Peas

Serves 3-4 but I always double it for leftovers

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Ingredients
  • 2 rounded cups bowtie pasta (farfalle), uncooked (probably 6-7 ounces) 
  • 1/2-pound cold alder smoked salmon
  • Juice and zest of 1 large lemon (you should have around ¼ cup of juice)
  • 1 ¼  cup frozen peas, no need to defrost
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese plus about 2 Tbsp to sprinkle on top of the finished dish
  • Cracked black pepper to taste
Instructions

Remove the skin from the smoked salmon and tear the fish into medium sized pieces. Remove any bones you find along the way.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add two teaspoons of table salt.  Cook the pasta to just al dente. Drain, but reserve a half cup of the pasta cooking water.

While the pasta is cooking, gently heat the cream in a large sauté pan. Add the frozen peas, the lemon juice and zest, ¼ cup of grated parmesan and the pepper to taste and stir slightly.  Add the frozen peas and the fish and barely cook until the peas are heated but still green. Add the cooked, drained pasta and mix together.  Taste and add more ground pepper if desired. Add a bit of the reserved pasta water if the sauce seems too thick. Because of the smoked fish, the salted pasta cooking water  and the parmesan cheese I do not add additional salt!

Serve while hot and sprinkle each bowl with extra cheese to garnish.



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Hershey’s Best Brownies

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The Best Brownie!

Mr or Mrs or they Hershey happens to have timeless recipes.  Remember Bubbie’s chocolate cake?  So it came as no surprise to find out that these amazing brownies that someone brought to my sister Susan came from the Hershey files as well.  She didn’t know this and asked her friend for the recipe, so when I read it I laughed.  The moral is not to judge a recipe by the origin.  

Truthfully, it doesn’t sound that great but it is deeply chocolatey and easy to whip up in a hurry.  I made a big pan last week to take to my daughter’s house where there were four 14 year old boys, three 12 year old boys and the usual five of us.  Needless to say, the teenaged boys ate like they had never seen food.

I cut the brownies into medium sized pieces.  Even though they were still too filling and rich for me, I topped each brownie with a scoop of good vanilla ice cream.  It looked like a fancy pants dessert, but in reality they were pedestrian brownies.  AND I used Hershey cocoa, not the expensive stuff I hoard these days.

Hershey’s Best Brownies

Makes a 9×13” pan size batch

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Ingredients
  • 1 C salted butter
  • 2 C granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ C cocoa (Hersheys is fine, but I do sift it) 
  • 1 C flour
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 C toasted nuts, either pecans or walnuts cut into ¼ inch pieces
  • Optional:  Sprinkle a handful of chocolate chips on top before baking.  You better believe I did this and used dark chocolate chips!
Instructions

(This is a one bowl or pan mixing situation)

Heat oven to 350, spray or use my pam like mixture,  9 x 13 pan.

Melt butter, stir in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, hand beat, add cocoa and beat until well blended. Add flour, baking powder, salt and nuts.  Sprinkle about one cup of chocolate chips evenly on top. Bake for 20-25 min. Cool and cut. 

 

Note: you can make this in an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 brownie pan by cutting the recipe in half.



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Pinto Bean Soup with Salami and Vegetables

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Pinto Bean Soup with Salami & Vegetables

Another soup for you, straight from my imagination.  I began with a formula for navy bean soup, and since I had too many pinto beans, I decided to go forth and use them as a base instead. I did a quick soak of the beans then added some vegetables and a little broth and water.  About an hour in, I sauteed cubes of salami (I don’t eat pork but wanted something salty and meaty, and I had leftover salami) and added them to the pot along with a small russet potato I had hanging out in my pantry.  Oh, and fresh dill went into the soup since it was on its last day and I didn’t want to waste it.

This tasted really great and I’ll make it again this winter since I looooove beans.  It seems flexible too with regard to vegetables you could add or type of bean or fresh herbs.

Pinto Bean Soup with Salami and Vegetables

Serves 4-5—you can easily double this for leftovers

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Ingredients
  • ½ pound pinto beans,
  • ½ large white onion, diced 1/3 inch
  • 2 medium carrots, washed-then peeled and cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 peeled parsnip, cut the same size as the carrots
  • 1 rib celery, washed and cut into ½ inch pieces
  • Half a bunch of fresh dill
  • 2 cups beef broth (I used Better than bouillon to make this, follow the directions for 2 cups)
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces salami, cut into ½ inch cubes and lightly sauteed
  • 1 small russet potato, peeled and diced 1 inch
Instructions

Sort and rinse the beans  Cover with water by two inches,  bring to a boil for two minutes then cover and remove from the heat and let it sit for at least two hours.  Then drain and proceed.

Begin by sautéing the onion in about a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and sauté for 4 minutes until it is soft.  Add the cut carrots, celery and cook another few minutes.  Then add the previously soaked beans, broth, water, tomato paste, bay leaves and pepper.

Bring everything to a boil, then lower the heat to low and cover the pot for about an hour.  I stirred my soup every time I walked by.  After the hour is up, add the slightly cooked salami and the cubes of potato.  Let the soup cook another ½ hour on low with the lid on, checking that the you don’t need to add water.  Taste for seasoning and add what you need.  (I never add more salt since the broth and salami both have salt in them.) The soup thickens as it sits, so add water or broth if you want a soupier soup.

Serve with a nice loaf of bread or crackers and a light lettuce salad. I plan to have leftovers over previously cooked brown rice for lunch tomorrow!

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Tortilla Soup with Crisp Tortillas and Avocado Relish

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Tortilla Soup with Crisp Tortillas and Avocado Relish

The first time I tasted tortilla soup was at my daughter’s home, and her kids said this was one of their favorite things for dinner.  It was a little spicy but so, so good. And, as it turns out, so, SO easy. The original recipe from Epicurious required frying the corn tortillas rather than buying the chips, using and dicing fresh tomatoes rather than canned, and hunting down and finding all types of peppers.

Rachel is like me.  She cooks fast and mean and comes out with food lickity split that is always delicious.  These are some notes from our texts when I asked for the recipe:

“Here’s the recipe with my changes – bottom line is I make it without requiring complicated grocery runs. It’s hard to find these chilis here, for example, or they only come in large quantities and then sit around in pantry for months after. Onion type has varied depending on what’s on hand as well. First time I made my own tortilla chips as per original recipe. Unnecessary. Didn’t measure chips second time through, just cook and puree with an immersion blender until the texture/thickness I like.”

A note of my own: You will want an immersion blender for this! That way nothing has to be cut small.

Tortilla Soup with Crisp Tortillas and Avocado Relish

Makes about 9-10 cups

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Tortilla Soup Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2  white onion (or red or brown if that is all you have)
  • 28 oz can Muir Glen fire roasted tomatoes
  • 6 peeled, coarsely chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 fresh jalapeno pepper seeded and coarse diced
  • 2 chipotle chilis in adobo sauce (I always keep these in my refrigerator in a jar and use them when I need them, they keep a looooong time. I didn’t even bother to chop them.)
  • 15-ounce bag white corn tortilla chips with salt. Get cheap ones and save about 3 cups for serving.
  • 4 cups chicken stock (Better Than Bouillon is my go to)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled (if you have it-I did not use it)
  • 1.5 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs
Avocado Relish Ingredients
  • 2-3 ripe California avocados
  • 2 small vine-ripened tomato
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped white or red onion (about 1/2 onion)
  • 1 to 2 fresh serrano chilies chili of preference or hot sauce (I used zero extra spice and did not add peppers to the relish since the soup is pretty spicy)
  • Lots of chopped fresh cilantro, at least a half bunch
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Instructions

Chicken:

You can use store bought roasted chicken or roast chicken breasts or roast chicken thighs.  I happened to have a package of raw boneless skinless thighs that I put in the soup to cook along with everything else.  Once cooked, and before pureeing,  I took the pieces of chicken  out and shredded the meat.  Turns out this chicken flavored the soup nicely and the method was easy and quick.  The  dark meat is never dry.

Soup:

Heat oil in a large heavy soup pot. Coarsely chop onion. Sauté salt, garlic & onion until soft. Add can of tomatoes, roughly diced jalapeño and cook a bit and add 4 cups chicken broth. At this point I added the raw chicken thighs and let them simmer for 15 minutes.  Then add the remaining 4 cups of water.  When hot throughout and the thighs are cooked, remove the chicken pieces from the soup and set aside  Add handfuls of tortilla chips – crush them in your fingers as an add in*. When the pieces of tortilla chips have softened turn off the heat. Using an immersion blender, blend everything into a puree. The thickness of soup should be to your preference. The chips serve as a thickening agent. If necessary add more salt or pepper.  It turns out I used most of the 15-ounce bag of chips but reserved  about 3 cups to serve with the soup.  Shred the chicken meat and add it back to the soup pot after you puree everything else.

* Whatever tortilla chips you didn’t use for the soup, crush up and sprinkle on the soup when you serve it!

Make relish while soup is simmering:

Halve avocados, remove pits and cube flesh (recipe says 1/4-inch dice) and finely chop tomato. If using chilis, finely chopped and add to avocados and tomatoes. Also finely chop 1/2 onion (white or red). Finely chop a ton of cilantro. In a bowl gently stir together avocados, tomato, onion, chilies, and remaining relish ingredients until combined well. I added extra lime. Salt to taste. Don’t make the relish until right before serving the soup or it gets too mushy from the lime juice.

Serve:

Pour soup in each bowl,  making sure to include chicken.  Add a scoop of avocado relish, crumple up a small handful of chips on top (hearty!). Serve with lime wedges, a salad and sweet corn as a side.   Also put lime wedges, hot sauce, salt and pepper on the table.

Rachel wrote that this is embarrassingly easy, but I love embarrassingly easy!

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Greek Salad My Way

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Gorgeous Greek Salad in Spetsai Greece – my favorite of all time!

Mediterranean food is, hands down, my favorite in the whole wide world.  There, I said it. If I am ever on death row, I might ask for a Greek Salad with a piece of baklava as my last meal!  Don’t get me wrong – I love other ethnic foods too, but the fresh fruits, dried fruits, honey-based pastry, sharp cheeses, and citrus I discovered in Greece … it’s hard to find words.

This fall I visited Turkey and Greece, and in every Greek town I went searching for a Greek salad and Moussaka.  Turns out it was hard to find Moussaka in most places, but I was able to score a good Greek salad most of the time.

I ate, I photographed, I deconstructed, I documented. And now I am an authority.  

Another Beautiful Salad From Patmos, Greece

So of course I came home to Seattle and began experimenting like a crazy person.  I think I made Greek salad seven days in a row – and that is on the conservative side.  My husband, fortunately, likes the same foods as I do and didn’t complain.  In fact, he noted when I needed more lemon, more salt, more pepper and the like.  

MY Greek Salad

I give you…

Greek Salad My Way

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Salad Dressing Ingredients

Makes enough for 2-4 large salads

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
Salad Ingredients

This makes 2 very large salads, the kind I like

  • ¼ cup slivered red onions: halve lengthwise, cut in half again and thinly slice, then separate into rings
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes sliced in half (or the same amount of other flavorful tomatoes, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup English cucumber sliced in 1 inch pieces: do not peel but slice lengthwise and remove the seeds, then cut into ½ inch pieces
  • ½ green pepper – seeds and pith removed, and cut into ¼ inch slivers
  • 1 ½ cups fresh romaine lettuce, torn into 1-inch pieces
  • ¼ cup pitted Greek olives, I had a combo of green and black.  Cut into ⅓’s
  • ⅓ cup fresh feta cheese, crumbed or cut into a rectangular slice if you have a big chunk
Instructions

For the dressing, measure  all ingredients and shake together.  Add a touch of sugar if it is too sharp.  Shake or whisk and let it stand for a few minutes.  (This takes away the sharpness of the garlic). 

Add the slivered red onions to about one tablespoon of the dressing and let them soak up the dressing for 10 minutes.  This removes the bitterness of the raw onions, which is a win/win for me.  At this point I put the soaked onions in the very bottom of my salad bowl so they don’t get the rest of the ingredients mushy.

I then layer the tomato, cucumber, pepper, and romaine, and top with the olives and feta.  I put a damp towel on top and slide it into my refrigerator until I want to eat the salad, sometimes as long as 6-8 hours.pf-icon2

Salad Layered in Bowl

Right before serving, whisk the remaining dressing and add it a bit at a time until the salad is dressed to your liking.  I always have leftover dressing, enough for at least another two salads.

Enjoy!  Can’t wait to make this in the summer with garden fresh tomatoes. When I have it, I add some chopped mint and chopped basil or oregano too.

 

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Summer Strawberry Lemon Loaf Cake 

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Summer Strawberry Lemon Loaf Cake

For me – strawberries scream summer, or pre-summer.  In early June, I set out to find some type of strawberry cake to make for my grandson in Seattle.  He always chooses strawberry ice cream and when I told him I was going to make a post birthday cake with strawberries, he was really thrilled. What I stumbled upon is a lemon cake with diced, jammy, fresh strawberry bits inside.  It has an interesting, dense texture and is terrific as a dessert or as a breakfast item.   

I started with a New York Times recipe by Millie Peartree. I love that name, Peartree!  I changed her recipe a lot but kept it very simple.  As I often do, I used a kitchen scale to measure quantities whenever I could which makes clean-up much easier.   

Another plus here is that the cake contains oil rather than butter and can be stirred together in a bowl with a spatula.  No mixer to haul out or clean after the fact!  I ended up reducing the sugar and substituting whole milk plain yogurt for sour cream.  I used half the amount of glaze called for which was just enough for me and did not overpower the cake.  

The bread pan I used, which I do love, was a little small and the cake rose beyond the top of the pan and was not “domed” like a lot of breads can be.  Note to self: I need to buy a 9 x 5 bread pan since the 8 x 4 is giving me trouble! 

My next plan is to try this with diced spring rhubarb.  Yum! 

Summer Strawberry Lemon Loaf Cake 

Yield: one  8–9-inch loaf 

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Cake Ingredients 
  • 150 grams strawberries (remove the stem and dice ¼ inch.  I weigh the berries without their stems. 
  • 20 grams of granulated sugar to macerate the berries
  • 170 grams of granulated sugar  
  • Grated zest of 1 large lemon 
  • 192 grams all-purpose flour 
  • 2 tsp baking powder 
  • ½ tsp sea salt 
  • 227 grams unflavored whole milk yogurt (I use Stonyfield Farms) 
  • 110 grams avocado oil or another neutral oil
  • 3 large eggs 
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice 
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract or lemon flavoring 
Glaze Ingredients 
  • ½ cup powdered sugar (about 60 grams) 
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice 
  • 2 tsp of lemon zest 
Instructions 

Spray a loaf pan or use my homemade baking Pam mixture.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees with the oven rack in the center. 

Macerate the strawberries with 20 grams of sugar. All this means is add sugar to the diced berries and let them sit for around a half hour to release the juices.  Stir them occasionally.  I then drain juice from the berries in a strainer and toss the plain berries with a teaspoon of flour right before adding them to the batter at the end.  I taught my 5-year-old grandson the word “macerate” too! 

In a large bowl, combine the 170 grams of sugar and the lemon rind and mix them together with your fingers so the lemon oils flavor the sugar.  To the same bowl add flour, baking powder and salt. 

In a medium bowl, whisk together the yogurt, oil, eggs, lemon juice and lemon flavoring or vanilla.  Pour this liquid mixture into the dry ingredients above and stir together gently. Gently fold in the strawberries 

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick comes out clean, between 55 minutes and 65 minutes.  It will brown nicely on top.  Cool the cake in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes, then gently remove it to a cooling rack.  Let it cool completely. 

To glaze, when the cake is cool, whisk ½ cup of powdered sugar, 1-2 tsp of lemon juice together. Add more lemon juice if needed so it has the consistency of maple syrup.  Drizzle over the top of the cooled cake and then immediately sprinkle with the lemon zest.   Let it cool and harden.   

Serve slices of the cake with some sliced strawberries.

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