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Crisp Amaretto Cherry Pots

As soon as the weather changes we love having crumbles for dessert, there’s something so utterly comforting about warm fruit with a buttery crispy topping. Besides being so simple to make the possibilities are endless.
I made these individual pots for a dinner party dessert with added Amaretto for the adults but if you don’t want to use alcohol you can simply omit or even substitute for a few drops of almond extract. See note below. 

INGREDIENTS:
For the crisp topping
• 200gr. all purpose flour
• 100gr. sugar
• 140gr. unsalted butter at room temperature, cubed, plus a little for greasing
• 60 gr. ground or finely chopped almonds
• Pinch of salt
For the filling
• 500 gr. Frozen pitted black cherries
• 1 tbsp. corn starch (maizena)
• 2 tbsp. sugar
• Pinch of cinnamon
• 2 tablespoons Amaretto liquor* (optional, and leave out for children)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Pre heat the oven to 200C/180C
1. In a large mixing bowl, place the flour, sugar, pinch of salt and the cubed butter. Mix with your hands until it you have a crumbly mixture with still some lumps of butter remaining.
2. Toss in the almonds and mix to combine.
3. In a separate bowl, toss the cherries together with the sugar, cinnamon and corn starch. Pour over the Amaretto and stir to combine.
4. Spoon mixture into 6 oven safe ramekins and spoon the crumble over the filling.
5. Place on a rack in the middle of the oven and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes until the top is golden and the cherries are bubbling.
6. Serve hot or at room temperature with a dollop of vanilla ice cream or crème fraiche.
Enjoy!


∗Substitute Amaretto for a few drops almond extract, a little goes a long way since almond extract is quite strong.

Need more crumble inspiration? Try these….

 

 

Potatoes baked in Salt Crust

This irresistible dish is a joy for everyone at the table.

New potatoes are cooked buried in a pile of damp salt, which seals them in completely. This intensifies the potato flavor and once cooked the texture is creamy and buttery, like nothing you’ve ever tasted before.

This is a very old cooking method that has been used for centuries, also common for cooking fish and meat. Potatoes however are the perfect dish to start off with if you are new to cooking in salt. It’s spectacular yet surprisingly easy.
Bring the whole dish of salt covered potatoes to the table so everyone can dig out their own potato treasures.

I like to serve them with some Aïoli and butter. This is a true feast for everyone!


Prep time : 10 min
Cooking time : 50 min
Serves : 6
Square / round pan / tin

INGREDIENTS:

• 3 lbs. new potatoes with skin on
• 2 lbs. coarse salt
• Rosemary, about one tablespoon dried or a few twigs fresh
• A few bay leafs
• 1 tbsp. coarse black pepper, cracked or ground coarse
• 6 Garlic cloves, some sliced, some small ones left whole with skin on

METHOD:

Preheat oven to 180C /350F

Spread half the salt on the base of a large baking dish.

Nestle the new potatoes on top and sprinkle with the rosemary, bay leafs, pepper, and garlic then cover completely with the remaining salt.

Using a clean plant spray bottle, spray water on the crust gently without soaking, just a few times is enough.

Place on a rack in the middle of the oven and bake for 50 minutes.

Remove from oven and serve in the baking dish, so everyone at the table can scoop out their potatoes, dust off the salt and enjoy with a little butter or aioli.

If you make these potatoes baked in salt crust, be sure to leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you and if you love it, pin it. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! @thecookingspoonblog or hashtag it #thecookingspoonblog

10 Minute storecupboard Miso Ginger Rice Noodle Bowl

This is barely a recipe but I wanted to jot it down so I remember for next time, should I unexpectedly run out of food (again). And maybe this has happened to you too…
This is my go-to dinner when the fridge is empty and I am too tired to go to the store.
It’s very basic, made in a jiffy and good to have on hand just in case.
It does require some pantry items which I hope you have, like chili paste, rice noodles, soy sauce, miso etc…any veggies laying around in the back of your fridge will do.

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups water
  • 4 eggs (or any other protein you may have)
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 small/medium onion, peeled and chopped fine
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled, minced
  • 1 tsp. ginger, peeled, grated
  • 1.5 tbsp. soy sauce , more to taste
  • 2 tbsp. miso paste (I used white)
  • 2 tsp. Mae Pranom Thai chili paste (contains shrimp+tamarind)
  • 200 gr/7 oz. thick rice noodles
  • chili flakes
  • cilantro if you have it, which I didn’t…
  • 1 cup Broccoli florets or any other veggies
  • Lao gan ma crispy chili oil for drizzling on top. (The best chili oil in the history of mankind.)
  • 1 tsp. Sesame oil for serving

INSTRUCTIONS:

Heat a large pan or pot with a medium high rim, you’re cooking everything in here so you need the room for stock etc…
Put the kettle on for 2 cups of boiling water.
Place 2 to 4 eggs depending on appetite in a small pan cover with cold water, place on stove and bring to a boil, cook for 5 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water and peel, set aside. Meanwhile…
Heat 2 tablespoons coconut oil to medium heat,
Add 1 small finely chopped onion, 3 minced garlic and one teaspoon minced ginger.
Cook for 4 minutes, add 2 tbsp. Miso paste, 2 teaspoons shrimp chili paste and a pinch of chili flakes.
Add 2 cup of boiling water, add the rice noodles* and the broccoli, cook for 4 minutes on low heat. Turn off the heat and add some sesame oil.
Season with soy sauce.
Divide into two bowls, add boiled eggs cut in half and drizzle with crispy chili oil. If you have it, use cilantro, sesame seeds, chives or any other toppings you may have lying around. Enjoy!

Gluten-free Yeast-free Bread

This Gluten free and yeast free bread is nice and soft and has a lovely crispy crust.
Not only is it gluten free and yeast free, but it has one of my favourite ingredients in it….OATS!
Yes Oats, as an everyday “baked Oatmeal” eater, you can probably imagine how happy this bread makes me.
Since there’s no yeast, there is also no waiting for the bread to rise. The kneading is minimal, which I now do in the electric mixer, so while I enjoy my mid-morning coffee my bread is basically making and baking itself.

I believe the true magic ingredient in this bread to be the ground psyllium husk. It binds the bread beautifully and makes it so soft, and it has a substantial amount of beneficial fibre making it in my humble opinion the best bread ever! The original idea comes from Ela Vegan, and since reading her recipe for gluten free bread, I’ve done a fair amount of research about adding psyllium to bread recipes. And there seem to be many many people using psyllium in gluten free bread as a binder. So after testing and baking a few weeks, here is my version and we love it, simply because it’s so easy, quick, delicious and healthy.
I hope you agree, why not give it a try?


Prep time : 10 min
Cooking time : 60 min
Makes : 1 loaf

INGREDIENTS:

• 30 gr. Psyllium husk powder
• 425 ml. hand warm water
• ½ tsp. salt
• 1 tsp. regular vinegar
• 100 gr. (gluten free) Oat flour
• 150 gr. Brown rice flour
• 45 gr. White rice flour
• 45 gr. Tapioca
• 50 gr. Seeds of choice (sunflower seeds, hemp, sesame…)
• 2 tsp. Baking powder
• ½ tsp. Baking soda
• 1 egg,  beaten for brushing loaf

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Pre heat the oven to 180 C. / 350 F.
2. In the bowl of your mixer add the water, salt and vinegar. Stir to combine and sprinkle the psyllium husk powder over the water. With the hook attachment in place, run the mixer for a minute or so until well combined. Let it sit for 10 minutes until a jelly forms.
3. In a large bowl combine the flours with baking powder, baking soda and seeds, set one tablespoon of seeds aside for sprinkling on top of the loaf. .
4. Turn the mixer on to the lowest setting and pour in the flour mixture.
5. Mix until combined. It will not turn into a normal dough ball like what you are used to, but instead remain more crumbled.
6. Transfer the dough onto a counter top that you have dusted lightly with tapioca flour, knead slightly and shape into a loaf. Brush with egg and sprinkle with the remaining seeds.
7. Place the loaf on a lined baking tin and place in the middle of the oven.
8. Bake for 60 minutes until golden on top. And when tapped with your fingers, it will sound hollow. Alternatively you may insert a wooden skewer, it should come out dry.
9. Remove from the oven once fully baked and let it cool completely before cutting.
10. This bread will keep well wrapped or in a Tupperware for a few days. You can also freeze this loaf.

Enjoy!

If you make this Gluten free and yeast free bread , be sure to leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you and if you love it, pin it. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! @thecookingspoonblog or hashtag it #thecookingspoonblog