Cream Cheese Cranberry Chocolate Chip stuffed Cinnamon Rolls

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Woo Hoo! I am so happy to share this recipe with you. I have been wanting to make these for a while but I was waiting for the perfect moment. So that was this past weekend. I had the whole recipe figured out in my head, ingredients, cooking times, the whole shebang, I just hadn’t actually made them yet because I wanted it to be closer to Christmas. And since today I was having my Christmas tree delivered  I had to stay home, and it seemed like the perfect moment had come.

Now about that christmas tree, does anyone else have their tree delivered? Because I had never heard of it. It felt very luxurious somehow. I live in an apartment and the thought of me struggling alone with a giant Christmas tree all the way from the parking lot to the building was more than I could bear so I researched and sure enough you can actually order them online and have them delivered to your living room.

No needles in my car, big hurray to that.

Anyway, I for one, am going to serve these on Christmas morning, among other things but they will have a place on the table. (…like, in front of me)

They are just so crazy delicious. Slightly crispy on the outside, and then a whole lot of oozing soft sweetened cream cheese, cranberry and chocolate chips all mingled together in perfect harmony.

I think I actually jumped a little when I tasted them, I was so excited. Normally I behave like an adult, but with all things Christmas going on I get a little excited and forget my poise.

What’s even better is that I made them with a can of croissant dough, that I had frozen in the can. Yes you can freeze a can of croissants!  I took out the  frozen can, wiggled off the wrapping  (you know, the ones you twist) and defrosted the dough in the microwave for two minute and I was ready to roll, literally.

You don’t have to have anything at room temperature either. So you can decide spur of the moment to bake them without planning.

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Serves 4

Ingredients;

1 can croissant dough

3/4 C.   Cream Cheese  mixed with 2 tablespoons of sugar of choice

1/2 C. cranberry jam / jelly / sauce or Holiday Cranberry and Pear Sauce with Star Anise.

cinnamon sugar made with 1 tablespoon sugar of choice + 2 tsp. cinnamon

1 beaten egg

1/3 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate

icing sugar for dusting

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Method;

Flour your work surface and pre heat the oven to  180° C / 350 ° F.

open the can of croissant dough and roll it out. You will have a long strip. I flattened it even more with a rolling pin so that it would seal the perforations in the dough.

Sprinkle over the entire length,  the cinnamon sugar leaving an inch from the seam free so that it will stick when closing.

With the help of a small spoon, place the cranberry  jelly on top, followed by the cream cheese.

Divide the chocolate chips over the entire length.

Brush the seam with the beaten egg. Carefully roll the strip over to close it.

Divide into four pieces with a knife, sealing the edges a little with your fingers. Carefully roll each one into a coil.

Put onto a baking sheet that has been covered with parchment paper.

Brush the tops with the remaining egg.

Place in the middle of the oven and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let cool on a rack before dusting with icing sugar.

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If you try this recipe let me know! Leave a comment below and don’t forget to snap a pic and tag it #thecookingspoonblog on instagram! You’ll make my day.

Baked Beans, three cooking methods

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…Slow Cooker, Oven or Stove Top.

If you have never had home made Baked Beans before, you’re missing out on something very good and comforting. Seriously the first time I had them, I just couldn’t believe how a simple pot of beans could blow me away like that.

The ingredient list may seem long but it’s effortless to throw together.

Throw everything in a pot and that’s it. Dinner done, ok a couple of hours later. If you cook it in a crock pot you don’t even have to stay home.

I’ve given you the cooking times of the three common methods, crock pot, stove and oven. Which ever you prefer. Oven being the authentic way, but all just as good.

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Serves 6

Ingredients:

1 lb. white Beans , soaked overnight in plenty of water

1 tbsp. Olive Oil

1 large onion, peeled and chopped

4 oz. smoked bacon cut into cubes

2 Bay Leaves

1  2.5 oz can of Tomato Paste

2 tbsp. Pure Blackstrap Molasses

2 tbsp. Maple Syrup

1 tbsp. Dijon Mustard

1 tbsp. Liquid Smoke

1 tbsp. Sweet Smoked Paprika

1 tbsp. stock concentrate, beef or chicken

1 thick slice of salted smoked pork (loin or shoulder), known also as Kasseler

2 tbsp. thick Dark Balsamic Vinegar

1 tsp. Himalayan Salt

Black Pepper

1/4 C. Tomato Ketchup

3 C. water

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Method;

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until shimmery. Add diced bacon, garlic, and onion to pan and stir frequently until bacon begins to crisp, about 8-10 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium and add the remaining ingredients.  The liquid should cover the beans by 1/2 inch. Add more water if necessary. Bring to a simmer.

Oven : Preheat oven to 300° F . Transfer to an oven proof dish and cover with foil. Cook without stirring, until the beans are tender and the liquid has thickened, about 6 hours. Check the beans every hour to see if you need to add more water, the beans should be saucy at all times.  For the last hour of cooking, uncover beans.

Slow Cooker : Transfer to slow cooker and cook on high for about 4-5 hours, depending on your slow cooker, so check.

Stove Top : Bring to a simmer and cook for about 2 hours with the lid half on, check for liquid every now and then.

I like to serve the Baked Beans with home made bread.

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If you try this recipe let me know! Leave a comment below and don’t forget to snap a pic and tag it #thecookingspoonblog on instagram! You’ll make my day.

Passion Kale Salad with Grapes

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Let me introduce you to a new couple,  Passion fruit and Kale. They say opposites attract, right?

Kale being strong, textured, dark and rough, and Passion fruit being delicate, perfumed, sweet and juicy.

These two go together so well. I wanted to find something completely different from the most obvious choices to accompany the kale, giving it sweetness and something  very different.

The addition of Grapes I love because to me they are like little explosions of sweet juice.

The nuts have had a turn in the pan with a bit of honey and salt to give them crunch and flavour. So to make a long story short, I think you’re really gonna like this one and it’s so pretty too.

The essential trick is to massage the Kale long enough for the right texture, it’s also easier to digest this way and it becomes a little softer.

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Serves 4 as a side

Ingredients;

1  12 oz./350 gr. bag of (organic) washed and chopped Kale

juice of half a lemon

1 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/4 tsp Himalayan Salt

1 tbsp. Raw Honey

freshly Black Pepper

1/2 C. red grapes cut in half

1 passion fruit. (wrinkled fruit means sweeter)

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1/3 C. Walnuts roughly chopped

1 tbsp. Honey

a sprinkling of Himalayan Salt

Method;

Get out a tray and cover with parchment paper.

Put a frying pan on to medium heat. Toast the walnuts for  about three minutes until golden, add the salt and honey. Cook for an other minute or so until syrupy and sticky. Take off the heat and pour the nuts onto the tray with parchment paper. Let cool.

Put the Kale in a bowl. Add salt, lemon juice and olive oil. With very clean hands, start massaging and squeezing the kale, for about ten minutes. Until it turns darker and softer.

Spoon out half of the Passion fruit and add the tablespoon honey, incorporate in the kale salad and mix.

Place the Kale on a pretty serving dish or plate. Decorate with the grapes and nuts. Spoon the other half of the passion fruit pulp out on top of the kale salad.

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Not quite what you’re looking for? How about Harvest Pumpkin Salad, baked Halloumi & Chantherelles with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Nacho Breaded Buttermilk Turkey Cutlets

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Delicious juicy tender turkey cutlets, marinated in buttermilk and spices then breaded in a mixture of breadcrumbs and crushed Nachos. It was a huge hit!

This is what happens if you  when you run out of breadcrumbs.

It was a bit of a shocker because I normally make my own breadcrumbs and always collect old bread, cut it in cubes, let it dry and then I blitz it in the food processor with some fresh herbs and garlic. I never ever run out, at least that’s what I thought.

This is a habit I have had for a long time because there is always left over bread. Anyway, when I decided to make this dish, I marinated the turkey, which makes it super tender and juicy, and got everything out to start breading the cutlets, but then I realized I didn’t have enough breadcrumbs. So I had to come up with a quick solution, I didn’t have Corn Flakes so I went for the bag of Nachos I knew we still had left over from movie night. You need about 2 cups of nachos for this.

I put them in a plastic zip lock bag and crushed them with a rolling pin.

I ended up with a delicious smelling crumbly mixture with about half bread and half nacho crumbs.

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Serves 4

Ingredients;

4 Turkey cutlets, or 1 large breast cut into thin slices

1 C. Buttermilk

1/4 tsp. each of ground Coriander, Smoked Paprika, Black Pepper, ground Ginger, Cardamom, ground Nutmeg, ground Cumin, Onion Powder, and Garlic Powder.

Generous seasoning of salt

1 egg beaten

1/2 C. flour

1 1/2 C. nacho-bread crumb mixture

2 tbsp. Canola Oil for frying.

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Method;

In a large dish, add the buttermilk and the seasoning and salt. Place the turkey cutlets in the marinade and turn them over to cover them completely. Cover with cling film and marinate for at least eight hours or preferably overnight.

When ready to cook. Get out three dishes, one for the beaten egg, one for the flour and one for the bread crumbs.

Cover  the cutlets first with flour, shaking off any excess, then dip them in the egg, let the excess drip off, then cover them in the breadcrumb mixture, pressing a little on both sides to cover them well. Place on a cutting board until ready to fry. Repeat with the remaining cutlets.

Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Add two tablespoons of canola oil, and cook the cutlets for about 5 minutes on each side. Until golden brown and cooked thru. Drain on kitchen paper before serving.

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This is an easy Thanksgiving alternative that you can cook on the stove if you don’t want to get a whole turkey, maybe can’t afford one or don’t have an oven.  Serve it with Holiday Cranberry and Pear Sauce with Star Anise. and maybe a side of Jerusalem Artichoke au jus with Pancetta, Garlic and Thyme and you have yourself a little feast fit for a king.

Note: Left overs a great on sandwiches!!!

Holiday Cranberry and Pear Sauce with Star Anise.

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Holiday Cranberry Pear Sauce

I am so excited that the holiday season is coming up, but I think I may have mentioned that before.

Either way, I always feel the need to prepare and stock up on essentials so I won’t get caught by the Bull (Spanish expression, bull meaning something unexpected).

I like to have plenty of sauces and condiments on hand for not only the turkey, but for Pâtés, sandwiches and cheeses too.

Here’s my favorite sauce, the star anise gives it such a depth of flavour that I am sure you will love. It’s made in a jiffy and easily keeps over the holiday season. The preserving sugar I am using is one that only requires a short cooking time, so check which sugar is available to you and cook according to directions on the sugar package.

      

Makes 2 medium Jars.

Ingredients;

12.5 oz bag of fresh Cranberries

2 medium pears

1/2 C.  orange juice

2 Star Anise

1 Cinnamon Stick

12 oz. Preserving Sugar

Method;

In a pan, place the cranberries, the peeled, cored and chopped pears, the o.j. the spices and sugar.

Leave to macerate for about two hours. Stirring occasionally.

Turn the heat on high and bring it to a boil, reduce heat but is must still bubble slightly. Cook for about 10-15 minutes.

Ladle into sterilized jars, seal and place them upside down on a clean kitchen towel for about an hour. Turn upright and cool completely. Label and store.

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If you try this recipe let me know! Leave a comment below and don’t forget to snap a pic and tag it #thecookingspoon on instagram! You’ll make my day.

Not quite what you’re looking for? How about Pickled Red Cabbage

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