Saturday, February 28, 2009

Potato wedges with red aioli

Just ordinary wedges, if you know you're eating late, as a snack or an appetizer. These I made quite plain; with oil, rosemary and salt and pepper. I whisked together an aioli to go with the potatoes.

1-2 potatoes per serving, unpeeled, cut into wedges
1 tsp fresh rosemary (but you can add as much or as little as you like)
1 tsp. oil
salt and pepper

Cook the potato wedges semi-soft before you add rosemary, salt, pepper and oil. Turn your oven to 225 C and place your wedges on a baking sheet with parchment paper. After 30 - 35 minutes your wedges should be golden and delicious - ready to serve with...

Aioli (4 servings)

2 egg yolks
2 dl. oil (don't use too much (if any) olive oil; it's too strong in flavour)
2 cloves of garlic
a little mustard
a little salt
a little white wine vinegar
a little cayenne pepper

Mash the cloves of garlic with salt, add mustard, yolks and vinegar and use your mixer to blend it nicely. Slowly begin to drizzle the oil into the yolk-mixture. Make sure to whisk whisk whisk. As the emulsion starts to work, you can add more and more oil until you get the density you like. Then add pepper and cayenne to your taste and perhaps a little more vinegar.

A Daring Bakers Challenge - Flourless Valentino Cake with Raspberry Ice Cream

Another great challenge from the Daring Bakers Community, Thanks for the oppotunity! Who would have known a flourless chocolate cake could taste so wonderful? To go with the chocolate challenge, I added raspberries to David Lebovitz gorgeous Vanilla Ice Cream (I made a few other alternations as well) - (I hope he'll forgive me) making this a chocolate & raspberries experience.
The February 2009 challenge is hosted by Wendy of WMPE's blog and Dharm of Dad ~ Baker & Chef.We have chosen a Chocolate Valentino cake by Chef Wan; a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Dharm and a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Wendy as the challenge.
The Chocolate Valentino recipe - by Chef Wan

454 grams of semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped

146 grams of unsalted butter (use a few spoonsfuls to butter the form)

5 large eggs separated

Put chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and set over a pan of simmering water (the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water) and melt, stirring often.

While your chocolate butter mixture is cooling. Butter your pan and line with a parchment circle then butter the parchment.

Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites and put into two medium/large bowls.

Whip the egg whites in a medium/large grease free bowl until stiff peaks are formed (do not over-whip or the cake will be dry).

With the same beater beat the egg yolks together.

Add the egg yolks to the cooled chocolate.

Fold in 1/3 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture and follow with remaining 2/3rds. Fold until no white remains without deflating the batter.

Pour batter into prepared pan, the batter should fill the pan 3/4 of the way full, and bake at 375F/190C. Bake for 25 minutes until an instant read thermometer reads 140F/60C. Note – If you do not have an instant read thermometer, the top of the cake will look similar to a brownie and a cake tester will appear wet.

Cool cake on a rack for 10 minutes then unmold.

Vanilla Raspberry Ice Cream - adapted from David Lebovitz

250 ml whole milk
A pinch of salt
150 g. sugar
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
500ml heavy cream
5 large egg yolks
600 g. raspberries (half was strained, half was mashed - I added a couple of tbsp of sugar to the raspberries)

Heat milk, salt, and sugar in a saucepan. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the milk and add the pod to the milk. Let it cool.
Pour the cream into a bowl (David Lebivitz uses a larger bowl filled with ice and water to put the bowl with the cream into - I skipped that part)

In a separate bowl, stir together the egg yolks. Rewarm the milk then gradually pour some of the milk into the yolks, whisking constantly as you pour. Scrape the warmed yolks and milk back into the saucepan.

Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until the custard thickens then strain the custard into the heavy cream. Stir until cool, and add the mashed and strained raspberries.

Use an ice cream maker to freeze or put the mixture in the freezer and stir occasionally to make the ice cream nice and creamy.

This makes about a liter of superb Vanilla Raspberry Ice Cream.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

American Ladies' Cake

Madame Mangor was the author of "Cookbook for smaller households" from 1837. After her husband died she wrote several cookbooks to maintain certain standards for her and her three children. In Danish cuisine she is considered to be one of the founders of our food culture.

I was looking to make a traditional cake with rose water and in the abovementioned cookbook I found American Ladies' Cake - I have no idea why it's American...


65 g. melted cleared unsalted butter
3 tbsp. rosewater
225 g. sugar
6 egg whites, whipped
150 g. flour, sifted

100 g. confectioners' sugar
3 tsp. rose water
Red food colour

Turn on your oven at 175 C, bake for 1 hour

Melt and clear the butter. Stir in the rose water and sugar. Fold in the foamy egg whites. Add the sifted flour and be careful not to stir to much in the mixture.

Pour into a baking form and place the form on a baking sheet just below the middle of the oven.

When cooled drizzle the icing on the cake.

It filled the kitchen with a lovely aroma and was very delicate on the coffee table (smelled like summer and gardens filled with English roses:-) I don't think I will be making this cake again any time soon but it is the sort of cake where
a little goes a long way and therefore serves quite a few people.

Monday, February 2, 2009


This weekend I decided to try out Martha's macaroni-and-cheese. I only made half a batch and today monday there's still left-overs. It's really easy to make, great for comfort food. When I was younger you could buy a package with ready-to-make mac and cheese - and while stirring the pot you would feel all-american:-) With this recipe there's no reason why you shouldn't make your own macaroni-and-cheese.

I used more cayenne pepper than the original recipe to give it a little more bite and I served a mixed salad with arucula to match the fullness of the bechamel sauce.