My son is a major fan of creamy comfort food. He was obsessed with this pudding and its caramel notes. ❤ I loved all of the garnishes.
This recipe for this sweet treat was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by Melissa Clark. She was able to find the perfect ratio of milk to cornstarch to prevent grittiness. I found that the pudding had to cook a little bit longer to thicken.
I topped the chilled pudding with lightly sweetened freshly whipped cream, toasted and sweetened sliced almonds, and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt. Next time, I may try candied pecans instead of almonds. 🙂 The original recipe includes several other options as well.
Yield: Serves 4
- 4 large egg yolks
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 3/4 packed cup/165 grams dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 cups/480 milliliters whole milk
- 1 cup/240 milliliters heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon bourbon or Scotch whisky, optional (I omitted it)
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- freshly whipped cream, sour cream or crème fraîche, for serving (I lightly sweetened the whipped cream with confectioners’ sugar)
- chopped candied ginger, sliced almonds, Demerara sugar, shaved chocolate, cocoa nibs or flaky sea salt, or a combination , for garnish, optional
- Put egg yolks, cornstarch and salt into a large heatproof bowl (preferably with a spout), and whisk until the mixture is smooth and there are no lumps. (I used a balloon whisk and a pyrex bowl with a spout.)
- In a medium pot over medium heat, combine brown sugar and butter, whisking, until the brown sugar melts, 1 to 2 minutes. (I used a sauce whisk so that I could get into the edges of the pan.) Let cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture starts to smell like hot caramel and darkens slightly, about 1 minute longer. (Don’t walk away, or the mixture may burn.)
- Immediately pour the milk and cream into the pot. (It will bubble fiercely and seize up- the sugar clumps.) Continue to cook, whisking constantly, until the clumps melt, 2 to 4 minutes.
- Slowly whisk about 1/2 cup of the hot cream mixture into the bowl with the egg yolks, whisking yolks until smooth, then whisk in the remaining hot cream mixture. Pour the egg-cream mixture back into the saucepan and place it over medium heat.
- Cook pudding, whisking constantly especially around the bottom and edges of the pot, until it comes to a full boil. It is important to bring the pudding to a full, vigorous boil to activate the cornstarch. Otherwise, it may not set. (If you end up with thin, runny pudding, undercooking may have been the issue.) Also- it’s okay if the eggs curdle because the mixture is strained at the end.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring the mixture constantly, until it thickens enough to mound thickly on the spoon, 4 to 10 minutes. If at any point the pudding looks curdled, whisk to help smooth it out.
- Strain mixture through a fine sieve into a heatproof container or bowl, then stir in the Scotch or bourbon, if using, and vanilla.
- To prevent a skin from forming, press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the pudding. (If you like the skin, don’t cover pudding until it cools.)
- Chill for at least 2 hours and up to 2 days.
- If garnishing the pudding with toasted sliced almonds, evenly spread them on a parchment paper-lined rimmed sheet pan; roast in a 400 degree oven for 3 to 5 minutes, or until light golden brown. Remove from the oven and place in a small frying pan. Top with granulated sugar, to taste, and cook over medium-low to medium heat just until the sugar melts and coats the almonds, about 1 to 2 minutes. Return to the lined baking sheet to cool.
- When serving, spoon pudding into dishes. Top with dollops of whipped cream, sour cream or crème fraîche, and any of the optional garnishes. (I incorporated some confectioners’ sugar into freshly whipped cream.)
Posted in Good Sweets, Good Eats (Desserts), Recipes
Tags: brown sugar, butter, butterscotch, caramel, cornstarch, cream, dark brown sugar, dessert, eggs, flaky sea salt, Fleur de Sel, milk, pudding, sea salt, sliced almonds
Now that it’s the very very tail end of corn season, I have a couple fresh corn recipes to share. I hope I’m not too late. We ate this cheesy dish for dinner but it would be wonderful for brunch as well. I also think that it could be prepared with frozen corn (gasp!) and served as a holiday side dish.
This recipe was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by Clare de Boer. I used Kosher salt and modified the proportions. I also modified the baking dish (to have more crispy crust) and baking time. The lemony basil oil topping added a bright contrast to the indulgent and delicious dish.
Yield: Serves 4 to 6
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for the pan
- 6 ears fresh corn, kernels removed (about 5 cups kernels), cobs discarded
- 2 tsp coarse salt, plus more to taste
- 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 2 cups fresh whole milk ricotta
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons crème fraîche or sour cream
- 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan, divided (I used Parmigiano-Reggiano)
- 4 large eggs, whites and yolks separated
- coarsely ground black pepper
- 1/3 packed cup fresh basil leaves (about 20 leaves)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1/2 lemon)
- In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat.
- Add the corn kernels and 1 teaspoon of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until corn is just beginning to soften, about 5 minutes.
- Transfer half the kernels to a food processor and purée with 2 tablespoons olive oil. (I used a Vitamix.)
- Transfer the corn kernels and puréed corn to a large bowl and let cool, about 30 minutes.
- Heat the oven to 450 degrees, preferably on convection.
- When the corn mixture has cooled, add the ricotta, heavy cream, crème fraîche/sour cream, 1 cup Parmesan and the remaining 1 teaspoon of salt; season to taste with more salt, if desired.
- Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites to stiff peaks on high speed, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Stir the yolks into the ricotta mixture until combined then gently fold in the whites, working delicately to avoid deflating.
- Rub the sides and crannies of a 6-by-10-inch oval or 8-by-8-inch square (or similar 2-inch-deep) baking dish with a knob of butter. (I used a 8×10-inch oval dish.) Add 2 to 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan, knocking it around the baking dish to coat the entire thing, then follow with a few grinds of pepper.
- Pour the ricotta batter into the dish. Bake for 25 minutes and then remove from oven and top with another 3 tablespoons Parmesan. Continue to bake until the cheese has browned and the sformata has set in the center, about 5 additional minutes, a total of 30 to 40 minutes.
- Using a mortar and pestle, grind the basil with the lemon juice and a pinch of salt, then stir in the remaining 1/4 cup oil.
- Just before serving, top the warm sformata with the remaining grated Parmesan, drizzle with basil oil and serve.
Posted in Casserole, Recipes, Sides, Thanksgiving, Vegetarian
Tags: basil, brunch, casserole, corn, creme fraiche, dinner, eggs, Italian, lemon, parmesan, ricotta, side, side dish, soufflé, summer, Thanksgiving, vegetarian
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Another weeknight pasta dish- another rigatoni dish! 🙂 Adding greens to this classic dish is a healthy upgrade.
This recipe was adapted from Martha Stewart Living. I used a combination of beet greens and spinach and kept the crispy prosciutto pieces intact instead of crumbling them. Nice.
Yield: Serves 4
- 1 T extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 oz prosciutto, sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch wide strips (I used 7-8 slices)
- 2 large eggs, plus 2 yolks
- 1 oz Pecorino Romano, grated (about 1/4 cup), plus more for serving
- 12 oz rigatoni
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 6 oz baby spinach or other tender greens (I incorporated sliced beet greens)
- In a large skillet, heat oil and half of prosciutto over medium; cook, stirring occasionally, until prosciutto is crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
- In a bowl or (2-cup) glass measuring cup, whisk together whole eggs, yolks, and grated cheese.
- Cook pasta in a pot of salted boiling water 1 minute less than package instructions. Reserve 1 cup pasta water, then drain.
- Slowly whisk 1/4 cup pasta water into egg mixture.
- Add pasta and spinach to skillet, then slowly add egg mixture to pasta.
- Stir constantly over low heat until sauce thickens and clings evenly to pasta and greens wilts slightly, 3 to 5 minutes; add more pasta water as needed to create a silky sauce.
- Stir in all prosciutto. Serve with more cheese and pepper, as desired.
Posted in Greens, Pasta, Quick, Recipes
Tags: beet greens, carbonara, dinner, easy, eggs, fast, Italian, pasta, pecorino romano, prosciutto, rigatoni, spinach
I am taking a break from bombarding everyone with sourdough recipes. I still have quite a few tasty ones to share! 😉
This vegetarian fried rice dish was fast, easy, crowd-pleasing comfort food. Making it in a large cast iron skillet was the perfect vessel to create just the right amount of crispy rice and caramelized vegetables. According to the original recipe, another secret to getting color on the rice was the inclusion of sugar.
The recipe was adapted from Bon Appétit, contributed by Kat Boytsova. I modified the proportions and substituted Basmati rice for sushi rice. It is a wonderful base recipe to incorporate any vegetables and/or protein with leftover rice in the fridge.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
This fried rice comes together really quickly, so it’s important that all of your ingredients are prepped and ready to go before you start cooking.
- Place broccoli to a medium bowl.
- Trim scallions on both ends, then cut crosswise into 1″ pieces. Transfer to bowl with broccoli.
- Whisk eggs in another medium bowl to combine and season with 3/4 teaspoons of salt.
- Whisk sugar, soy sauce, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt in a small bowl.
- Grate the ginger and garlic cloves into the bowl of sauce and give it another whisk.
- Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large cast-iron skillet (or non-stick if you don’t have one)over medium-high until just beginning to smoke. (I used a 12-inch cast iron skillet.)
- Add broccoli and scallions, season with a good pinch of salt, and toss with a spatula to coat in oil. Cook, undisturbed, until well charred on one side, about 5 minutes. When we say “undisturbed,” we mean it! You need consistent, direct contact with the hot pan in order to get color on the veggies, so resist the urge to constantly fuss with them.
- Mix with spatula and continue to cook, tossing occasionally, until broccoli is crisp-tender and scallions are wilted, about 2 more minutes. Transfer veggies back to the bowl they came from.
- Heat remaining 5 tablespoons vegetable oil in skillet over medium-low.
- Add eggs and cook, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula, until large curds begin to form, about 30 seconds. The eggs will cook very quickly, so try to err on the side of runny and less-cooked because they can become spongy if overcooked.
- Add the rice and soy sauce mixture to eggs. Toss well to combine, then press down evenly into skillet. Cook, undisturbed, until rice is slightly crisped on one side, about 5 minutes. (Remember: undisturbed!)
- Return veggies to skillet and toss well to combine.
- Remove from heat, add sesame oil and rice vinegar, and toss once more. Serve.
Posted in Quick, Recipes, Vegetarian
Tags: Asian, Basmati, broccoli, easy, eggs, fast, fried rice, garlic, ginger, quick, rice vinegar, scallions, sesame oil, sushi, vegetarian
This is another wonderful one-pot vegetarian baked egg casserole that can be served any time of day. The title of the New York Times article about it was, “Polenta That You’ll Never Need to Stir: Baking a classic in a sea of eggs and cheese gives it complexity.” Irresistible. 🙂
This recipe was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by Yotam Ottolenghi. I used my special grits from Charleston, South Carolina instead of polenta. I also increased the amount of garlic, reduced the red pepper flakes, and kept the corn kernels whole. I loved all of the brightness from the combination of fresh herbs. Delicious!
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
- 9 ounces (255 g) frozen corn kernels (about 2 cups), defrosted
- 6 to 7 ounces (~200 g) baby spinach (about 10 lightly packed cups), roughly torn or sliced
- 1 cup (150 g) coarse cornmeal (grits or polenta)
- 1 packed cup (50 g) finely grated Parmesan (I used Parmigiano-Reggiano)
- 5 scallions, thinly sliced, 2 T reserved for garnish
- 1/4 cup (20 g) roughly chopped fresh cilantro, plus 1 T finely chopped and reserved for garnish
- 3 T roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 3 T roughly chopped fresh dill
- 8 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 1/4 cups (530 ml) whole milk
- 2 cups (475 ml) chicken stock or vegetable stock
- 3 T (40 g) unsalted butter, cut into cubes
- 5 ounces (140 g) Greek feta, roughly crumbled (about 1 cup)
- 8 large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 T olive oil
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp red-pepper flakes, plus more for garnish
- warm naan, pita, or crusty bread, for serving
- Heat the oven to 375°F/200°C, preferably on convection.
- If desired, add the corn to a food processor and pulse once or twice, just until roughly chopped. (I opted to leave the kernels whole.)
- In a large bowl, combine the corn, spinach, cornmeal, Parmesan, scallions, 1/4 cup cilantro, parsley, dill, garlic, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and a good grind of pepper; stir to combine.
- Transfer this mixture to a large, deep, oven-proof skillet, then add the milk, stock and butter, stirring gently to mix through. (I used a large enameled cast iron pan.)
- Transfer to the oven and bake for 20 minutes, then remove from the oven and give everything a good whisk.
- Return to the oven and bake until the cornmeal is cooked through and the mixture has thickened, about 20 minutes. Give the polenta another good whisk — it should be quite smooth and not completely set — then stir in half the feta.
- Increase the oven temperature to 425°F/220°C, preferably on convection.
- Use a dinner spoon to make 8 shallow wells in the polenta. Crack an egg into each well and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
- Sprinkle the remaining feta all over, and bake until the egg whites are cooked and the yolks are still runny, 10 to 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, combine the reserved scallions and cilantro in a bowl with the oil. Spoon this mixture all over the polenta and eggs and sprinkle with the red-pepper flakes, if desired. Serve directly from the pan.
Posted in Casserole, Greens, Quick, Recipes, Vegetarian
Tags: baby spinach, brunch, casserole, cilantro, corn, cornmeal, dill, dinner, eggs, feta, grains, grits, one pan, one-pot, Ottolenghi, Parmigiano Reggiano, parsley, polenta, scallions, spinach, vegetarian
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As in my last post, this recipe was re-published in a New York Times special section called One Pot/Pan/Skillet: 24 Brilliant Recipes for Everyone Who Hates Doing the Dishes. My dream. 🙂
During this time of self-quarantine, I have made or plan to make several other dishes from this collection including past favorites like One-Pan Shrimp Scampi with Orzo and Mustard Chicken with Shallots and White Wine.
This recipe was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by Melissa Clark. We ate it for dinner with a crusty sourdough baguette and a giant green salad. This quick and tasty dish can be served any meal of the day.
Yield: Serves 4 to 6
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
- 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
- 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp sweet paprika
- 1/8 tsp ground cayenne, or to taste
- 1 (28-ounce) can whole plum tomatoes with their juices, coarsely chopped (I used San Marzano)
- 3/4 tsp kosher salt, plus more as needed
- 1/4 tsp black pepper, plus more as needed
- 5 ounces feta, crumbled (about 1 1/4 cups)
- 6 to 8 large eggs (I used 7)
- chopped cilantro, for serving
- hot sauce, for serving
- warm pita or crusty bread, for serving
- Heat oven to 375 degrees, preferably on convection.
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-low. (I used a large enameled cast iron pot.)
- Add the onion and bell pepper. Cook gently until very soft, about 20 minutes.
- Add garlic and cook until tender, 1 to 2 minutes; stir in cumin, paprika and cayenne, and cook 1 minute.
- Pour in tomatoes and season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; simmer until tomatoes have thickened, about 10 minutes.
- Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed. Stir in crumbled feta.
- Gently crack eggs into skillet over tomatoes. Season eggs with salt and pepper.
- Transfer skillet to oven and bake until eggs are just set, 7 to 10 minutes.
- Sprinkle with cilantro and serve with hot sauce and warm bread.
Posted in Casserole, Quick, Recipes, The Piggy Pancake (Breakfast), Vegetarian
Tags: brunch, cilantro, cumin, dinner, easy, eggs, feta, Israeli, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, one pan, one-pot, paprika, quick, red bell pepper, San Marzano, tomatoes, Tunisian, vegetarian