The photo of this special breakfast is on the cover of the April issue of Bon Appétit. I made it almost immediately after seeing the magazine! I really liked the idea of using dates in the filling to add a little bit of natural sweetness and fiber- and to reduce the amount of sugar. Yum.
This recipe is from Bon Appétit, contributed by Molly Baz, Sohla El-Waylly, and Sarah Jampel. It was included in an article titled, “Butter, Sugar, Flour, Magic: A Basically Guide to Better Baking.” There are a lot of other delicious treats included in the article. 🙂 I made the dough and the date filling the day before assembling and baking.
It would be a lovely breakfast to serve on Easter morning.
Yield: 9 sticky buns
For the Dough:
- 3/4 cup buttermilk or whole-milk plain yogurt
- 7 T vegetable oil, divided
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup (50 g) packed dark brown sugar
- 1/4-oz (2 1/4 tsp) envelope active dry yeast
- 3 cups (375 g) all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp kosher salt
For the Filling and Assembly:
- 1 cup (180 g) packed Medjool dates, halved, pitted
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 3 T vegetable oil, divided
- 1/4 cup (50 g) packed dark brown sugar
- 3/4 cup (83 g) Confectioners’ sugar
- 3 T buttermilk or plain whole-milk yogurt
- 1 tsp vanilla paste or extract
To Make the Dough:
- Combine the buttermilk and 6 tablespoons of oil in a small microwave-safe bowl. (It won’t get smooth.) Heat in the microwave in three 10-second intervals until just about body temperature, or when it registers 98 degrees with an instant-read thermometer. (Alternatively, the mixture can be heated in a small saucepan on medium-low for about 1 minute.)
- Whisk egg, brown sugar, and yeast in a liquid measuring cup to combine, then whisk in the buttermilk mixture.
- Pulse the flour, baking soda, and salt in a food processor to combine.
- With the motor running, stream in the buttermilk mixture. Process until about 80% of the dough comes together in a ball, about 2 minutes. (The mixture will look very wet at first, then the sides will begin to pull away.)
- Using a bowl scraper or rubber spatula, scrape the dough onto an unclouded surface. (It will be wet and sticky.)
- Knead, pushing it away from you, then pulling it back toward you, until a smooth ball forms, about 3 minutes. (You can lightly oil your hands if the dough is too sticky.) The dough will grow silkier, tighter, and easier to work with as you knead.
- Roll out the dough into a rough 8-inch square.
- Fold dough over onto itself to make and 8×4-inch rectangle, then flatten it slightly and fold over once more to make a 4-inch square.
- Roll dough back out into an 8-inch square.
- Repeat the folding process (Step 8); you will have a 4-inch square.
- Pour remaining 1 tablespoon into a medium bowl and add dough (still folded); turn to coat.
- Cover bowl tightly and chill dough until doubled in volume, at least 8 hours and up to 1 day. (I refrigerated my dough overnight.)
To Make the Filling and Assemble:
- Place dates in a small bowl and pour in 1 1/2 cups hot water to cover. Let soak until softened, about 10 minutes.
- Drain dates and transfer to a food processor; discard soaking liquid.
- Add cinnamon, salt, and 2 tablespoons of oil.
- Purée, scraping down sides as needed, until smooth, about 4 minutes. (You should have about 1/2 cup purée.)
- Grease a 10-inch cast-iron skillet with remaining 1 tablespoon of oil.
- Transfer dough to a clean, unfloured surface and roll out to an 8-inch square.
- Fold in half into an 8×4-inch rectangle, then fold rectangle over itself to form a 4-inch square. If dough feels tough and uncooperative, let it sit for about 5 minutes to relax and try again.
- Roll out dough into a 12-inch square, about 1/4-inch thick.
- Dollop date purée all over. Using a small offset spatula, spread evenly over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border without purée along edge farthest from you.
- Sprinkle brown sugar over purée.
- Starting at the edge closest to you, roll up dough into a tight log.
- Using a sharp serrated knife and long sawing motions, trim about 1/2-inch of dough form both ends. (These ends can be discarded, but I baked them in a separate small ramekin.)
- Slice log crosswise into 3 sections, wiping knife clean between cuts.
- Slice each section crosswise into 3 buns. (I used a ruler.) You should have 9 buns total that are each about 1-inch thick. Transfer buns to prepared pan as you go.
- Cover pan tightly with plastic wrap or foil. Place in a warm, dry spot. (I used plastic wrap so that I could monitor the rising process. I also placed the pan in a warming drawer.)
- Let buns rise until they’re doubled in volume and spring back when poked, leaving only a small indentation, 1 to 1 1/2 hours, depending on the humidity and warmth of your kitchen.
- Remove plastic wrap, if using, and cover pan with foil.
- Place a rack in the middle of the oven; preheat to 350°, preferably on convection.
- Bake buns, still covered, until puffed, pale, and mostly set, about 20 minutes.
- Remove foil and continue to bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes if you prefer a soft and squishy bun and up to 25 minutes for a more toasted bun. Let cool slightly. (I baked the small ramekin with the extra end pieces at this point for about 5 minutes- uncovered.)
- Meanwhile, whisk powdered sugar, buttermilk, and vanilla in a medium bowl to combine.
- Brush glaze over warm buns and serve in skillet.
Do Ahead: Purée can be made 3 days ahead. Place in an airtight container, cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before using.
Posted in Baking, Coffee Cake, Holiday, Recipes
Tags: breakfast, brunch, buns, buttermilk, cinnamon, dark brown sugar, dates, Easter, glaze, healthy, Medjool dates, rolls, sticky buns, vanilla, vanilla bean paste
More meatballs! This is an updated version of the classic British dish. Ottolenghi describes the key elements as “well-cooked meat, crisp pancake and velvety gravy.” He modified the popular dish by using ground pork in the meatballs. It was very hearty and rich.
The complete dish was time consuming to prepare, but the components can be made separately and ahead to save time, if desired. This recipe was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by Yotam Ottolenghi. I modified the baking times.
Yield: Serves 6 to 8
Time: about 2 hours
For the Batter:
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup/240 ml whole milk
- 2/3 cup/160 ml India pale ale or another pale ale (I used Sierra Nevada)
- 2 T Dijon mustard
- 1 3/4 cups (225 g) all-purpose flour, sifted
- 1 tsp kosher salt
For the Gravy:
- 2 T sunflower or canola oil
- 1 T (15 g) unsalted butter
- 2 small onions (about 12 oz (350 g) total), halved and thinly sliced
- 2 rosemary sprigs
- 3 T balsamic vinegar
- 1 1/2 T all-purpose flour
- 2 cups/480 ml chicken stock
- 1/3 cup plus 1 T/100 ml India pale ale
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the Meatballs:
- 7 oz/200 g sourdough bread, crusts discarded and bread cut into 1/4-inch (1/2-centimeter) cubes
- 3/4 cup/180 ml whole milk
- 1 1/2 pounds/700 g ground pork
- 4 oz/115 g pancetta, very finely chopped (I used a food processor)
- 1/2 onion or 1 very small onion (about 3 oz/80 g), grated
- 1/3 packed cup/20 g roughly chopped parsley
- 4 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 6 T/90 ml sunflower or canola oil
- 2 rosemary sprigs
- Heat the oven to 475°F/240°C, preferably on convection.
- Prepare the batter: Add the eggs, milk, beer and mustard to a large bowl, and whisk vigorously until foamy, about 1 minute.
- Add the flour and salt to a separate large bowl, making a well in the center, and pour the egg mixture into the well, in about four increments, whisking lightly each time until the flour is just incorporated. Whisk until there are no lumps and the ingredients are just combined, taking care not to overwork the batter.
- Set batter aside for at least 30 minutes, or while you continue with the next step.
- Prepare the gravy: Add the oil, butter, onions, rosemary and vinegar to a 9-by-13-inch (23-by-33-centimeter) baking dish (tin)(Do not use pyrex/glass). Bake, stirring a couple of times during cooking, until the onions are thoroughly collapsed and browned, about 20 minutes.
- Whisk together the flour, stock and beer in a bowl until smooth. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and a good grind of pepper, then pour flour mixture into the baking dish.
- Return gravy to the oven and bake, stirring twice throughout, until the gravy is thick and rich, 20 to 25 minutes. Discard the rosemary sprigs and keep warm.
- While the gravy is cooking, prepare the meatballs: Soak the bread in the milk in a small bowl and set aside until the liquid is absorbed, 10 minutes. Use your hands or a fork to break apart the bread into a lumpy mash.
- In a large bowl, mix together the ground pork, pancetta, onion, parsley, garlic and lemon zest with 1 teaspoon salt and a generous amount of pepper. Add the bread and use your hands to knead the mixture until it is very well mixed. Shape into 12 large meatballs.
- Spread 2 tablespoons oil across the bottom of a large roasting pan (tin), about 9-by-13-inches (23-by-33-centimeters) in size. (I used an enameled cast iron baking pan.)
- Add the meatballs and bake for 7 to 10 minutes, or until some of their liquid has been released. Transfer the meatballs to a baking sheet (tray) lined with paper towels to absorb any excess moisture. Pour the liquid released from the meatballs in the roasting pan directly into the gravy, and then wipe the roasting pan dry.
- Add the remaining 4 tablespoons oil to the meatball roasting pan and return to the oven until very hot and beginning to smoke, about 7 to 10 minutes.
- Working as quickly as possible, pour the batter into the pan (it should bubble around the edges) and then add the meatballs and 2 rosemary sprigs. Return to the oven immediately and bake for 15 minutes.
- Reduce the temperature to 400°F/210°C (don’t open the oven!) and bake for 20 to 30 minutes more, or until golden and well risen. (If you want, near the end of baking time (when the custard is set), you can sneak the gravy into the oven to rewarm during the last 5 minutes of baking.)
- Serve immediately, with the gravy alongside.
Posted in Casserole, Pork, Recipes
Tags: British, casserole, comfort food, custard, dinner, gravy, ground pork, India pale ale, meatballs, Ottolenghi, pancetta, pork, pudding, rosemary, sourdough
I love one-pan dishes! This dish is made in the oven using one baking dish. It was also easy to prepare. 🙂 I modified the recipe due to personal preference- and to incorporate ingredients that I had readily available. I included all of the options in the recipe below.
This recipe was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by Ali Slagle. I modified the proportions and oven temperature, used celery instead of fennel, and added carrots. I also substituted sweet Italian pork sausage for hot sausage and green lentils for brown lentils. The vinegar was essential to the finished dish.
Yield: Serves 6
- 4 celery stalks, diced or 1 fennel bulb, cored, cut into 1/2-inch wedges through the root, plus 1/4 cup fresh fennel fronds
- 4 large carrots, diced
- 1 T extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 pounds bulk hot or sweet Italian pork sausage (or fresh Italian sausages, casings removed)(or a combination)
- 1 egg
- 3 cups chicken stock
- 1 1/2 cups green or brown lentils
- 4 to 8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1 fresh rosemary sprig
- 1-2 tablespoons sherry vinegar, white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, plus more for serving
- Heat the oven to 425°, preferably on convection.
- In a 9×13-inch baking pan or baking dish, gently toss the celery and carrots (or fennel wedges) with the olive oil to coat. Season with salt and pepper. (I used a ceramic baking dish.)
- Roast until vegetables are golden brown underneath, about 10 minutes for fennel or up to 20 minutes for carrots and celery. (Fennel will not be tender at this point.)
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, use your hands or a spoon to mix the sausage with the egg until combined. Roll the mixture into 16 (1 1/2-inch) meatballs.
- Add the chicken stock, lentils, garlic and rosemary to the roasted vegetables. Stir to combine, then season with 3/4 teaspoon salt.
- Place the meatballs in the lentil mixture, drizzle the meatballs with olive oil, then roast until the meatballs are browned on top and lentils are tender, 25 to 30 minutes.
- Transfer the meatballs to a plate. Discard the rosemary sprig, then stir in the vinegar, parsley leaves and fennel fronds, if using (reserve a few fronds for garnishing, if desired). Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Spoon the lentils and any braising liquid onto shallow bowls and top with the meatballs.
- Garnish with additional parsley leaves and fennel fronds, if desired.
Posted in Pork, Quick, Recipes, Soups, Stews, & Chowders
Tags: apple cider vinegar, brown lentils, celery, easy, fennel, green lentils, hot Italian pork sausage, Italian sausage, legumes, lentils, meatballs, one pan, pork, rosemary, sausage, sherry vinegar, stew, white wine vinegar
This sandwich bread was so pretty! It also sliced like a dream. 🙂
The recipe is from The Bread Baker’s Apprentice, via Smitten Kitchen.com. I weighed the flours and used coarse salt. I mixed and kneaded the dough in a stand mixer and used a proofing oven as well.
The original post had a link for the windowpane test– which was quite helpful! I added additional kneading time to my dough after it failed the test.
Yield: One 2-pound loaf
- 2 1/2 cups (11.25 oz) unbleached high-gluten or bread flour
- 1 1/2 cups (6.75 oz) whole-wheat flour
- 1 1/2 tablespoons (.75 oz) granulated sugar or honey
- 1 1/2 teaspoons (.38 oz) coarse salt
- 3 tablespoons (1 oz) powdered milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons (.17 oz) instant yeast
- 2 tablespoons (1 oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups (10 oz) water, at room temperature
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together the high-gluten/bread flour, whole-wheat flour, sugar (if using), salt, powdered milk, and yeast in a 4-quart mixing bowl.
- Add the butter, honey (if using), and water.
- Using the paddle attachment, mix on low speed until the ingredients form a ball. If there is still flour in the bottom of the bowl, dribble in additional water. The dough should feel soft and supple. It is better for it to be a little too soft that to be too stiff and tough.
- Using a dough hook, knead the dough on medium speed for 6 to 8 minutes. (To knead by hand, sprinkle flour on the counter, and transfer the dough, and begin kneading, adding more flour if needed to make a firm, supple dough that is slightly tacky but not sticky. Kneading should take about 10 minutes.) The dough should pass the windowpane test and register 77 to 81 degrees F.
- Lightly coat a large bowl with cooking spray and transfer the dough to the bowl, rolling it around to coat it with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
- Ferment at room temperature for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until the dough doubles in size. (I used a proofing oven for 1 1/2 hours.)
- Remove the dough from the bowl and press it by hand into a rectangle about 3/4 inch thick, 6 inches wide, and 8 to 10 inches long.
- Form it into a loaf by working from the short side of the dough, rolling up the length of the dough one section at a time, pinching the crease with each rotation to strengthen the surface tension. It will spread wider as you roll it.
- Pinch the final seam closed with the back edge of your hand or with your thumbs.
- Place the loaf in a lightly oiled 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch bread pan; the ends of the loaf should touch the ends of the pan to ensure an even rise. Mist the top with spray oil and loosely cover with plastic wrap.
- Proof at room temperature for approximately 60 to 90 minutes (final rising times vary), or until the dough crests above the lip of the pan. (I used a proofing oven and the dough was ready in about 45 to 50 minutes.)
- Preheat the oven to 350° F with the oven rack on the middle shelf. (I used the true convection setting.)
- Place the bread pan on a sheet pan and bake for 30 minutes.
- Rotate the pan 180° for even baking and continue baking for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the oven. The finished loaf should register 190° F in the center, be golden brown on the top and the sides, and sound hollow when thumped on the bottom.
- When the bread is finished baking, remove it immediately from the loaf pan and cool it on a rack for at least 1 hour, preferably 2 hours, before slicing or serving.
Posted in Baking, Bread, Recipes
Tags: bread, bread flour, honey, loaf, powdered milk, sandwich, wheat, whole wheat, yeast
As in my last post, this wonderful dish is also part of Bon Appétit’s Most Popular Recipes of 2019. I made this and several other dishes on the list before it was compiled- apparently I was not alone! 😉
This recipe was adapted from Bon Appétit, contributed by Andy Baraghani. I added garlic and white wine. Yummy comfort food.
Yield: Serves 4
4 T extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 lb mixed mushrooms (such as maitake, oyster, crimini, and/or shiitake), torn into bite-size pieces (I used 10oz quartered cremini and 8oz torn shiitake)
2 medium shallots, finely chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 lb spaghetti or 12 oz bucatini
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1/2 cup reserved pasta water
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup finely chopped parsley
zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
2 T unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/2 oz Parmesan, finely grated (about 1/2 cup), plus more for serving (I used Parmigiano-Reggiano)
freshly ground black pepper
- Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large pot over medium-high. Cook half of mushrooms in a single layer, undisturbed, until edges are brown and starting to crisp, about 3 minutes. Give mushrooms a toss and continue to cook, tossing occasionally, until all sides are brown and crisp, about 5 minutes more.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer mushrooms to a plate; season with salt.
- Repeat with remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and mushrooms and more salt.
- Finely chop the shallots and garlic in a mini-food processor, if desired.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and return all of the mushrooms to the pot. Add shallots and garlic; cook, stirring often, until shallots are translucent and softened, about 2 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until very al dente, about 2 minutes less than package directions. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water.
- Using tongs, transfer pasta to pot with mushrooms and add cream, white wine, and 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid.
- Increase heat to medium, bring to a simmer, and cook, tossing constantly, until pasta is al dente and liquid is slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.
- Remove pot from heat. Add lemon zest and juice, parsley, butter, 1/2 oz Parmesan, and lots of pepper and toss to combine.
- Taste and season with more salt if needed. Adjust consistency with additional pasta water, if needed.
- Divide pasta among bowls and top with more Parmesan and parsley, as desired.
Posted in Pasta, Recipes, Vegetarian
Tags: bucatini, cremini, dinner, heavy cream, lemon, mushrooms, Parmigiano Reggiano, pasta, shallots, shiitake, spaghetti, vegetarian, white wine, wild mushrooms
This tasty and quick dish is listed as one of Bon Appétit’s Most Popular Recipes of 2019. It’s a great list! 🙂 The dish is inspired by pad kee mao, known as drunken noodles.
I used fresh noodles from an Asian grocery that were the most similar to fresh ramen noodles. This dish was adapted from Bon Appétit, contributed by Chris Morocco. I modified the proportions and method. Great.
Yield: Serves 6 to 8
2.5 T extra-virgin olive oil
2 1/2 lbs ground pork, divided
1 2 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled, cut into thin matchsticks or finely chopped
10 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 1/2 T granulated sugar
2 1/2 T tomato paste
2 sprigs basil, plus more for serving
6 T hot chili paste (I used sambal oelek)
5 T soy sauce
5 T unseasoned rice vinegar
2 lbs fresh ramen noodles or 16 to 20oz dried spaghetti
2 1/2 T unsalted butter
- Heat oil in a large wide heavy pot over medium-high. (I used a large enameled cast iron Dutch oven.)
- Add half of pork to pot, breaking apart into 6–8 large chunks with a wooden spoon. Cook, undisturbed, until well browned underneath, about 5 minutes. Turn pieces and continue to cook, turning occasionally, until pork is browned on 2–3 sides, about 5 minutes longer.
- Add ginger, garlic, sugar, and remaining pork to pot and cook, breaking up pork into small clumps, until meat is nearly cooked through, about 5 minutes longer.
- Add tomato paste and 2 basil sprigs. Cook, stirring occasionally, until paste darkens, about 2 minutes.
- Add chili paste, soy sauce, vinegar, and 2 1/2 cups water. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, and cook, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until sauce is slightly thickened and flavors have melded, 30–45 minutes.
- Cook noodles in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until 1 minute short of al dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water. (I cooked 1 pound of noodles at a time for 1 minute each, removing the first batch with a bamboo strainer.)
- Add to cooked noodles to the pot with sauce along with butter and a splash of pasta cooking liquid. Simmer, tossing occasionally, until sauce begins to cling to noodles, about 1 minute. Pluck out basil sprigs.
- Adjust consistency with additional pasta water, as desired.
- Divide noodles among plates. Top with torn basil.
Posted in Pasta, Pork, Quick, Recipes
Tags: Asian, basil, dinner, drunken noodles, ginger, ground pork, noodles, pad kee mao, pork, ramen, rice vinegar, sambal oelek, spaghetti
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