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Nanie’s Plum Tart

Nanies Plum Pie Recipe
Nanie's Plum Tart
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My Nanie, Olga, was known for her fabulous French cooking—a longtime passion she developed at a young age from her mother, an equally superb cook (lovingly known as 'ma mère'). Growing up, going to Nanie's house always meant we were in for a treat, whether it was quiche Lorraine, hearty blanquette de veau (a French veal stew) or deliciously creamy éclairs. She could whip up just about anything, in gourmet fashion. But of her extensive culinary repertoire, the one dish my dad loved and missed most, was her plum tart. Lucky for us (and you), she left a legacy of delicious recipes to share. She was however known for leaving out steps, so we've done a little adapting of our own. Share a slice or two over stories of your own family traditions!
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My Nanie, Olga, was known for her fabulous French cooking—a longtime passion she developed at a young age from her mother, an equally superb cook (lovingly known as 'ma mère'). Growing up, going to Nanie's house always meant we were in for a treat, whether it was quiche Lorraine, hearty blanquette de veau (a French veal stew) or deliciously creamy éclairs. She could whip up just about anything, in gourmet fashion. But of her extensive culinary repertoire, the one dish my dad loved and missed most, was her plum tart. Lucky for us (and you), she left a legacy of delicious recipes to share. She was however known for leaving out steps, so we've done a little adapting of our own. Share a slice or two over stories of your own family traditions!
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
8slices 25minutes 40minutes
Servings Prep Time
8slices 25minutes
Cook Time
40minutes
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Instructions
Crust and Fruit
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Grease one 9" pie dish using butter, shortening or cooking spray (whichever you prefer).
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, butter and salt. Roll the ingredients between your fingers and hands until the butter is evenly incorporated throughout the mixture. It should resemble breadcrumbs.
  4. Gradually add ice water to the mixture and mix until able to form a ball of dough. your dough is balled, it's time to start rolling. Sprinkle rolling surface with flour to avoid sticking. Start rolling out the pastry dough into a large circle (it should be wide enough to cover your pie dish, and not too thin).
  5. When your dough is ready, transfer it to your pie dish and press the dough down to line the sides of the dish. If you have excess dough hanging over the edges, cut around the dish and lightly press the top rim with your fingers.
  6. Next, wash, pit and slice your plums into quarters (or to your desired thickness). Place them in a small mixing bowl and sprinkle with 1/4 cups sugar and 2 tablespoons cinnamon, mixing until the fruit is evenly coated.
  7. Add the sugar-coated plum mixture (flesh side up) to your pie crust—enough to completely cover the bottom of the dish—and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
Custard Filling
  1. In a large bowl, combine ½ cup whipping cream, 1 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons flour and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Then gradually whisk in the eggs, until the mixture is smooth.
  2. When the crust and plums are ready, remove from the oven and pour the custard mixture on top, covering the plums entirely. Note: if you have any plums left over, you can add them on top of the custard to make a fun flower-like pattern.
  3. Now it's time to pop it into the oven! Bake another 20 minutes, or until custard is set. Then, bon appétit!
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Raviole

RAVIOLE
Raviole
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Servings Prep Time Cook Time Skill Level
2people 20minutes 2minutes
Servings Prep Time
2people 20minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
2minutes 30 minutes
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Form the dough by mixing the flour, egg, water and salt. Knead the dough until it has the same touch as your earlobe. Let it rest for 30 minutes.
  2. Divide the dough into 8 little balls. Spread flour over a clean surface and roll the dough, stretching it into a 6x7 inch rectangle sheet.
  3. Make 30 thumbprints on each rectangle.
  4. Make the filling by combining the yogurt, cheese, chopped parsley and adding a pinch of salt. Add half a teaspoon of filling to the thumbprints on 4 of the rectangle sheets.
  5. Use the other 4 rectantgle sheets to cover the sheets with the filling. Try to match up the thumbprints and seal them around the edges.
  6. Cut 6 strips into each sheet and gently place the strips into boiling water for a minute. Remove with a skimmer or straining ladle.
  7. Raviole taste great on their own or with just a little butter and salt, but you can make it so many different ways.
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Beignets

BEIGNETS
Mardi Gras Beignets
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20beignets 20minutes 2minutes
Servings Prep Time
20beignets 20minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
2minutes 2hours to overnight
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda and sugar.
  2. Make a hole in the middle and crack 3 eggs into it and mix.
  3. Add the butter, lemon juice and orange blossom water. Incorporate into the flour mix and knead.
  4. For two balls of dough and let rest in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight (preferably).
  5. Stretch the dough with a rolling pan (or an empty bottle).
  6. With a knife, or pizza wheel, make 20 diamonds.
  7. For a more traditional shape, make 1 1/2 long slit in the center of the diamond and take one of the diamond's corners through the slit.
  8. Heat the oil in a deep pan. Temperature should reach 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  9. Dip beignets in the oil for a few seconds on each side (just enough time to get them to a blond, even color).
  10. Let them dry on a paper towel and for a fun effect, sprinkle confectioner's sugar on them. Enjoy!
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Cast Iron Cinnamon Rolls

cast iron cinnamon rolls
Cast Iron Cinnamon Rolls
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16rolls
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16rolls
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Instructions
  1. Mix together and knead all of the dough ingredients. This can be done by hand, mixer or in a bread machine (on dough setting).
  2. If mixed by hand or mixer, once smooth and soft, place dough in lightly greased bowl. Cover and let rise for 60 minutes or doubled.
  3. Gently transfer dough to a floured surface. Roll dough into a large rectangle until dough is roughly just under a centimeter.
  4. Spread melted butter onto the surface of dough (reserving 1 tbsp). Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon evenly on top.
  5. From the shorter end, roll the dough into a log and cut into 15-16 slices.
  6. Place buns in a well-greased cast iron. Drizzle reserved 1 tbsp butter over buns. Cover skillet and let buns rise for about 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  8. Uncover buns and bake for about 15 minutes, just until they're golden brown.
  9. While buns are in the oven, beat cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla.
  10. Remove cinnamon rolls from the oven and spread icing evenly on top while they're warm.
  11. Best server warm with a tall glass of milk. Wrap in plastic wrap to store at room temperature for a few days... If you're able to stay away for that long!
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Hong Kong Style Egg Tart

Hong Kong Style Egg Tart
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12servings 45 minutes 25minutes
Servings Prep Time
12servings 45 minutes
Cook Time
25minutes
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Add the butter and break it up with your fingers, mixing it in with the flour mixture.
  2. Add in 2 tablespoons of cold water and begin mixing the dough all together. If it needs more water, add a tiny bit more in, until it forms a crust consistency. Bring the dough into a ball shape, cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  3. After 20 minutes, take the dough out and place it on a cutting board that is lightly floured. Begin to knead the dough gently, forming it into a rectangle, keeping the edges even. Try to make sure you still have some flecks of butter visible in the dough.
  4. Fold the top third of the dough down to the center, then the bottom third up and over that. Roll the dough out again, turning it vertically so that it reaches three times its length. Fold it in thirds again, cover and put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  5. While the dough is resting, you can make the custard filling! Dissolve 1/2 cup of sugar into the hot water, in a large mixing bowl. Allow this to cool to room temperature. Thoroughly whisk eggs and evaporated milk together in a separate bowl and then whisk in the sugar water and vanilla.
  6. Strain your egg mixture through a mesh strainer in order to get your mixture to a smooth consistency without bubbles. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  7. Roll out the dough and cut circles to fit your small aluminum tart tins. Press your dough into the tins to fill each one. Then fill them with the egg mixture, 3/4 of the way to the top. Place all of your tins onto a baking sheet and pop them in the oven!
  8. Bake them for 15 minutes, reducing the temperature to 350 degrees and baking again for another 10-12 minutes, until the filling is just set. Let the tarts cool for a couple of minutes and enjoy them while they are warm!
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Persimmon Galette

Persimmon Galette
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Persimmon is a fruit native to Japan, China, Korea and Burma but is also grown in Northern California. A persimmon is reminiscent to an apple with a crisp texture, and it's color when ripe is a beautiful rich autumnal orange. This galette is perfect for the holidays!
Persimmon Galette
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Persimmon is a fruit native to Japan, China, Korea and Burma but is also grown in Northern California. A persimmon is reminiscent to an apple with a crisp texture, and it's color when ripe is a beautiful rich autumnal orange. This galette is perfect for the holidays!
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
8servings 20 minutes 40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, blend flour and salt. Add in the butter and mix until it resembles a coarse meal.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of ice water and blend until the dough begins to clump together, adding more ice water by the the teaspoonfuls if the dough is dry.
  3. While you're working the dough, continue to gather the dough into a ball. Once it is in a ball, flatten it into a disk. Wrap it in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
  4. After an hour, take the dough out and roll it between two sheets of parchment paper until it is approximately 1/8 inch thick. Place it back in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Combine the sliced persimmon slices, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and the lemon peel in a medium bowl. Toss to blend.
  6. Spread the preserves over the crust, leaving a 1 inch border.
  7. Arrange your persimmon slices overlapping each other. Feel free to make your own design! Fold the crust border up and over to create the galette shape.
  8. Brush the crust with milk or egg wash. Sprinkle the crust edges and persimmon with the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar.
  9. Bake the galette for 20 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 375 degrees and continue baking until crust is golden, about 20 minutes longer.
  10. Let your galette stand for at least 10 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature with a scoop of ice cream!
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Udon Noodle Soup

Udon Noodle Soup
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Noodles are a main part of Japanese cuisine. Udon is a thick noodle that can be eaten in a soup or alone. This easy recipe can be added to with any topping you choose!
Udon Noodle Soup
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Noodles are a main part of Japanese cuisine. Udon is a thick noodle that can be eaten in a soup or alone. This easy recipe can be added to with any topping you choose!
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
2people 30minutes 30minutes
Servings Prep Time
2people 30minutes
Cook Time
30minutes
Ingredients
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. To make the soup, bring the dashi to a boil over medium high heat. Once boiling, add mirin, soy sauce and salt. Bring to a boil again and then turn off and set aside.
  2. Then, boil 3 cups of water and add the udon noodles. Make sure to separate them out while they cook. Once they are separated, remove them from heat and place in a bowl of ice water to prevent them from continuing to cook.
  3. Place your broth in a bowl and ladle the noodles in slowly. Top your soup with sliced cucumbers, bonito flakes, sesame seeds, seaweed and green onion or anything else you want to add!
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