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- 5 cups (1,185 grams) water
- 11/2 cups (165 grams) carrots, shredded (about 21/2 medium carrots)
- 11/2 cups (170 grams) zucchini, shredded (about 1/2 large zucchini)
- 1/4 cup (30 grams) whole-wheat flour
- 1/3 cup (5 grams) Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 11/4 teaspoons ground chili powder
- 2 stalks (25 grams) green onions, thinly sliced
- 2 large (50 grams each) eggs, whisked
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH RUM-SPIKED FIGS
Yield: 12 Servings
With a small knife remove the hard bit of stem at the tip of each fig. Place the figs in a small saucepan with the rum and water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover pan, reduce heat to simmer and continue cooking until figs are tender, about 20 minutes. Set aside. Grease botton and sides of a round baking pan – 9 inches in diameter and 2 inches high – with shortening or vegetable oil. Line the bottom with a circle of parchment or aluminum foil. Set aside.
Cut the chocolate into small pieces and melt it with the butter in the top of a double boiler. (I use a&127 microwave). Remove from heat and stir until smooth. Crack the eggs into a large bowl. Add cocoa and sugar to the eggs and beat with an electric mixer until blended evenly. Drain the figs, discarding the liquid. Stir figs and chocolate into the egg mixture and mix well. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven until the cake rises to the top of the pan and feels set in the center, about 40 minutes. Let it cool in the pan on a wire rack. When cool, turn it out onto a rack. Remove the parchment or foil, invert the cake into a large serving plate. Cover it and refrigerate until ready to serve. Accompany with whipped cream.
1/2 c All-purpose flour
2 tb All-purpose flour
1 t Ground cinnamon
2/3 c Water
1/4 c Butter, diced
1 1/2 ts Butter, diced
2 Eggs, beaten
1 1/4 c Whipping cream
1 tb Powdered sugar
2 ts Coffee flavoring
4 oz Semisweet chocolate, broken
2 tb Tia Maria
2 tb Light corn syrup
2 ts Superfine sugar
Preheat oven to 400’F. (205’C.). Lightly grease several baking sheets. Sift flour and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon onto waxed paper. Pour water into a saucepan. Add 3-1/2 tablespoons butter and heat gently until butter melts. Do not allow water to boil before butter melts. Rapidly bring to a boil, remove form heat and add flour all at once. Using a wooden spoon, stir quickly to form a smooth mixture. Return pan to medium heat a few seconds and beat well until dough forms a smooth ball and leaves sides of pan clean. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Gradually add eggs, a little at a time, beating well after each addition to form a smooth shiny dough. Transfer dough to a pastry bag fitted with a 3/4″ plain tube. Pipe 24 small balls onto greased baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 350’F. (175’C.) and continnue cooking 15-20 minutes longer or until well risen, crisp and sound hollow when tapped on bottoms. Make a slit in side of each pastry to allow steam to escape. Cool on a wire rack. Whip cream, powdered sugar and coffee flavoring until thick. Spoon into a pastry bag fitted with a small star tube. Pipe cream into pastry or use a teaspoon to fill pastry with cream. Arrange profiteroles in a pyramid-shape on a serving dish. Melt chocolate and remaining butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water. Stir in Tia Maria and corn syrup and continue stirring until sauce is smooth and coats back of a spoon. Spoon chocolate sauce over profiteroles and let stand a few minutes. Mix remaining 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon with superfine sugar and sprinkle over profiteroles. NOTE: Profiteroles are at their best served 2 hours after assembling when they have softened slightly.
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
320 – 400 ml warm water (105 – 115F)
1 teaspoon natural cane sugar / brown sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons finely ground espresso beans
1/4+ cup / 70 ml molasses
3 teaspoons caraway seeds, plus more for topping
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 teaspoons fine grain sea salt
~2 cups / 150 g coarsely grated carrot (2 large)
1 1/3 cup / 150 g rye flour
~3 1/4 cup / 15 oz / 425 g bread flour (or unbleached all -purpose flour), plus more for dusting
olive oil for kneading and oiling baking sheet
2 tablespoons buttermilk, water, or milk
In a small bowl whisk the yeast with 1 1/3 cups / 320 ml of the warm water and sugar, and set aside until foamy. If the yeast doesn’t activate, try again.
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the cocoa, coffee, molasses, caraway, butter, and salt. Stir constantly until just melted. You want the mixture to be lukewarm when you add it to the other of the ingredients.
Combine the yeast mixture with the grated carrot and molasses mixture in a large mixing bowl. Add the flours, and stir until you’ve got a soft, tacky, cohesive dough. If you’r dough is too dry, add more of the warm water a bit at a time. Alternately, if your dough is a bit too wet, and you need to add a bit more flour, do so. Turn the dough out onto your counter and knead for about 5 minutes, or until the dough is elastic and springy. Note: you can do this step using the dough hook on your mixer.
Shape the dough into a ball, rub with a bit of olive oil, and place seam-side down into an oiled bowl. Cover and allow to rise in a warm, cozy place for 1- 2 hours or until the dough increases in size by at least half. At this point, gently press down, with a closed fist, across the surface of the dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured counter, and coerce into a pleasant-shaped round. Place directly on a very lightly oiled baking sheet, then cover loosely with a floured tea cloth or plastic wrap. Allow to rise in a warm place until nearly doubled in size, another hour. Uncover, brush gently with buttermilk, sprinkle with a dusting of flour, ~1 teaspoon caraway seeds, and use a serrated knife to slash an ‘X’ deeply across the dough (do your best not to deflate the loaf). Bake for 20 minutes at 425F / 220C. Dial back the heat to 350F / 180C, and bake for another 20-25 minutes, or until the loaf develops a structured, toasted-bottomed crust, and the loaf sounds a bit hollow when you knock on it. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 15 minutes on a rack before slicing into.
Make one extra-large loaf.
Prep time: 245 min – Cook time: 45 min