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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Brazilian Cheese Rolls

Brazilian Cheese Rolls

3 cups tapioca flour
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp baking powder
2/3 cup milk
½ cup oil
2 tbs butter
2 tbsp water
2 eggs
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups grated sharp cheddar

In a mixer bowl place the tapioca flour, salt and baking powder. Place the milk, oil, butter and water in a saucepan or in a microwave safe dish. Either way, bring to a boil, then pour into the bowl all at once with the beater running and mix until it is well incorporated, about 6 minutes. Add the eggs and continue to beat until it is shiny and sticky, scrape down the bowl after 4 minutes, then beat another 4 minutes. Add the grated cheeses and beat until well incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least two hours.

At the end of the chilling time, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Dampen your hands slightly, then take about 2 tbsp of the dough and place on a cookie sheet, continue making the balls and place 2-3 inches a part on the cookie sheets. Bake each pan of rolls about 25 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the pan for a few minutes, then remove to a rack to finish cooling.  This will make about 2 dozen rolls. 

Options: There is no reason you can't use other types of cheeses, but use either firm or semi firm cheeses: cheddar, Parmesan, Romano, aged Havarti, Gruyere, Emmental, generic Swiss, that sort of thing. You could also add a small amount of cayenne pepper or some chili powder or garlic powder or Italian herbs, etc for a change of flavor.

If the milk and water mixture isn't hot enough, the rolls may not rise and get puffy, instead they will be flatter and more cookie like, but still be VERY tasty.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Potato Crusted Quiche

This is a delicious take on a quiche and since there is no grain or flour in it, it is gluten free!   You can change the filling according to your tastes and to what you have in the fridge. 

3 cups hash browns, thawed if frozen
2 tbsp. oil, melted butter or bacon fat
4 slices of crisp bacon (leftover or packaged crumbles), crumbled
1/4 cup chopped onion, green onions if you prefer
1 cup chopped raw spinach leaves
3/4 cup grated Parmesan, divided
1 cup grated sharp cheddar
3 eggs beaten with 1/2 cup milk

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, grease a 9 inch deep pie pan.   Drizzle the 2 tbsp of oil or butter or bacon fat over the grated potatoes and add 1/4 cup of the grated Parmesan.  Mix together well and then press into the pie pan, up around the sides and bottom.   Press it in firmly.   Bake in the preheated oven about 30-40 minutes or until nicely browned on top and bottom.   Remove from the oven and cool about 10 minutes.

While the crust it cooling, beat the eggs and milk together until well blended.   Sprinkle the bottom of the crust with the bacon, then the spinach, and the cheeses.   Sprinkle the onion on top.   Then slowly pour the egg and milk mixture over the top, allowing it to settle through the other toppings.    Reduce the heat of the oven to 350 degrees, then put the pan in the oven.   Bake about 30 minutes or until the filling is set and the top is starting to brown.   Remove from the oven and allow to sit about 10-15 minutes before cutting and eating.   Enjoy!!!

Options:   any cooked, drained vegetables (broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, peas, green beans, etc), cubed or chopped ham or chicken or any kind of cooked meat or fish,  other types of cheeses, favorite herbs, you name it.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Apple Jackrabbit Cocktail

My friend Aaron is teaching himself how to be  bartender.  Every so often he will try out a drink for me that he thinks I will enjoy.   This is definitely one that I loved!


2 oz applejack
¾ oz lemon juice
¾ oz orange juice
½ oz maple syrup

Shake all ingredients with ice and then strain into a chilled glass.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Toffee Cookies

Toffee Cookies

1 cup softened butter
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3  cups flour
1 6-oz pkg toffee chips, with or without chocolate

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.   Cream the butter and sugars until fluffy, then beat in the eggs and vanilla.   Add the remaining ingredients and mix until well blended.   Form into 1 tablespoon balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.   Bake about 13 minutes or until slightly browned around the edges.   Allow to cool on the cookie sheet about 3-4 minutes, then remove to a rack to finish cooling.     


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sweet Potato Rolls

I have head about sweet potato rolls for years, but never tried making them.  I had a leftover baked sweet potato in the fridge and decided to try making them.  They turned out incredible.   I highly recommend trying them.

1 medium sized sweet potato, baked in the skin, cooled and then peeled, 
3 cups hot milk, 
about 1/2 cup brown sugar, 
1/2 cup melted butter. 

Place all of these in a blender and whirl until smooth. Pour into your bowl. I use my Kitchen Aid Mixer.   Add 2 tbsp. yeast, 1 tsp. salt and about 6 cups of all purpose flour. Add all to the bowl and mix with a dough hook until very smooth and elastic, adding up to another cup of flour if needed. You want a fairly soft dough. Place in a large greased bowl, cover and allow to rise until doubled about an hour and a half. Punch down and form into balls a little bigger than a golf ball and place in a well greased pan. Cover with a dry towel and allow to rise until doubled, about 45 minutes. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees until nicely browned. Take care not to over bake. Makes about 3 dozen.

For a sweet treat, when you make your little balls of dough, dip them in melted butter, then in a mixture of brown sugar, finely chopped pecans and cinnamon, then place in the greased pan, allow to rise and bake as above. These are addicting.