May 25, 2016

Tangerine Curd

I made tangerine curd months ago, and after making lemon curd this past week end in a pie class, I decided it was time to share this recipe!  Tangerine curd is sweet and tangy, and with the long week end coming, it would be something fun to make as part of breakfast.  It would pair well with vanilla scones, just sayin'.

Citrus curds are traditionally served with scones and tea breads or even as a pie filling.  To make curds, you beat egg yolks and sugar with citrus juice over hot water.  Once the mixture begins to thicken, you add butter, which helps it remain thicker.     The curd will last for about two weeks in the refrigerator.  Enjoy!

You could also substitute the tangerines for orange, lemon, or tangelos.  I stumbled upon some pink lemons at Trader Joe's recently, and I'll be making this curd with those lemons soon.

Tangerine Curd
Yields 1 1/2 cup curd

1 egg, plus 4 egg yolks
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
Grated zest of 1 tangerine
3/4 cup freshly squeezed tangerine juice
6 tbsp. cold butter

In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, bring 1 cup of water to a low simmer.  In a heatproof glass or stainless-steel bowl, combine the whole egg, egg yolks, sugar, and salt, and whisk to combine.  Then, whisk in the tangerine zest and juice.  Place the bowl over the saucepan of simmering water, and whisk until the eggs begin to thicken, about 3-5 minutes.  Then, whisk in one tablespoon of the butter at a time, and continue whisking constantly until the mixture much thicker and forms a thick ribbon on the surface when dropped from the whisk.

Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic wrap right onto the surface of the curd to prevent a skin from forming.  Allow the curd to cool at room temperature for about 15 minutes before refrigerating.

Source: Williams-Sonoma

May 12, 2016

Baked Fruit with Ricotta

Happy Friday!  Today's recipe comes from my favorite cookbook, Feel Good Food.  I've shared recipes from this cookbook before, but there are so many good recipes from this cookbook worth sharing!  This cookbook remains my most frequently used cookbook because of the creative recipes that are healthier but still elegant.  Today's recipe would be a great breakfast for the week end!

Baked fruit with ricotta is a different take on the boring bowl of fruit for breakfast.  An assortment of different fruit is tossed with apple cider, maple syrup, ground cinnamon, and allspice and baked.  After baking, it is topped with some ricotta cheese, which adds some lush creaminess to the dish.  This could also even make a great summer dessert--especially with some Honeycrisp Apples and Colorado Palisade Peaches.  Mmmm.

Berries, apricots, and nectarines also make great substitutes for the pineapple and peaches.  You can also use frozen fruit, and there is no need to defrost it.  If you don't have ricotta cheese, you could also substitute a creamy yogurt, too.

Enjoy this breakfast.

Baked Fruit with Ricotta
Yields 4-6 servings

2 apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2" chunks
2 ripe pears, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2" chunks
1 cup pineapple chunks (frozen is okay to use!)
1 cup peach chunks (frozen is okay to use!)
1 tbsp. boiled cider extract or 1/4 cup apple cider
2 tbsp. maple syrup
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1 cup plus 2 tbsp. ricotta cheese

Position oven rack to the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 350ºF.  Spray a 9x13" baking dish with cooking spray or grease with butter.  Add the fruit to the dish.  Pour the cider extract/cider and the maple syrup over the fruit, and then sprinkle the spices evenly over the top.  Toss the fruit to coat.

Bake for 25 minutes, and remove from oven to stir the fruit.  Return to oven and bake for about 25 minutes more.  When finished, allow the fruit to cool for about 5 minutes.  Then, scoop the fruit into bowls and top each bowl with 3-4 tablespoons of the ricotta cheese.

Source: Giada De Laurentiis' Feel Good Food

May 1, 2016

Avocado-Smashed Pea Toast

If you follow food on Facebook or Instagram, you have likely been visually assaulted by avocado toast.  For me, it quickly became one of the most annoying food trends.  Mashed avocado on toast: what's the big deal?  

That said, I finally gave it a try.  As much as it pains me to admit it, avocado toast makes for a pretty spectacular breakfast.  It feels almost silly to give a recipe for it: after all, you're just spreading mashed avocado on toast.  

My twist on avocado toast is to add in some peas and a poached egg.  The peas bring in some extra flavor while still keeping the green.   Plus, you get some extra veggies.  The poached egg adds some protein.  And, a runny egg and toast?  Now, that's a win-win.   

Avocado-Smashed Pea Spread
Yields 1 serving

1/4 cup peas, defrosted
1/2 avocado
1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Red pepper flakes, to taste

If you prefer a smooth texture, in a small bowl, use a hand immersion blender to puree the avocado and pees, add olive oil and seasonings, and stir.   Alternatively, mash ingredients together in a small bowl.  Spread on toast, and top with a poached egg!

Source: Inspired by many bloggers and cooks :)

April 7, 2016

Egg White Oatmeal

This week end, I'm running a half marathon here in Denver.  Last year, I adopted "I run for cupcakes" as my running motto during my half marathon in New York City. :)  Cupcakes make good motivation, don't you think?

I incorporate more carbs into my diet when I am running, which typically means oatmeal for breakfast.  I normally come up with different oatmeal variations and flavor combinations, and egg white oatmeal is my favorite oatmeal to date!

When egg whites are added to oatmeal, it more double the volume of the oatmeal, and it gives it such a fluffy, creamy texture.  Egg whites are low in calories but high in protein, so it is a healthy way to incorporate some lean protein into your breakfast.

 While adding egg whites to oatmeal sound unusual, once the egg whites are incorporated into the oatmeal, there is no egg taste or texture--you just have a big bowl of protein packed oatmeal!  Since there is more protein, this will keep you fuller longer, too!

For sweetness, I add in a ripe mashed banana and some maple syrup, along with some cinnamon and vanilla extract for additional flavor.

This has been a very filling and delicious pre-run breakfast.  Give it a try!

Have a great week end!

Egg White Oatmeal
Yields 1 serving

1/3 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup almond milk, milk, or water
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract or almond extract
1 tsp. maple syrup
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 egg whites
1 small ripe banana, mashed
Nuts, dried fruit, berries, as desired

In a small saucepan, add the rolled oats and almond milk (or desired liquid) and heat over medium heat.  Stir, and cook for about 8-10 minutes until the oats begin absorbing more of the almond milk and softening.  When nearly all of the liquid is absorbed, add the banana and stir to incorporate it as evenly as possible into the oatmeal.  Once incorporated, reduce heat to low, and add in the egg whites.   Quickly incorporate the egg whites into the mixture and cook for about another 2-3 minutes until the egg whites are absorbed and the oatmeal mixture is fluffy.  Add the cinnamon, maple syrup, and cinnamon to finish, along with any desired nuts, dried fruit, or berries for a topping.

Source: A Simply Sweet Justice Original

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