Perfectly Steamed Lobster

Perfectly Steamed Lobster

Buy perky, energetic lobsters; they should be active and extend their claws upwards when lifted.

 
 

Ingredients

2 SERVINGS

2 1 1/2-lb. live lobsters

Unsalted butter, melted (for serving)

 

Preparation

Step 1

Bring 2″ water to a simmer in a large stockpot. Add two 1 1/2-lb. live lobsters (yes, alive) and quickly cover pot—walk away if you need to. Steam lobsters until shells are bright red and meat is cooked through, 8–10 minutes. Remove from pot with tongs and let cool 5 minutes before cracking. Serve with melted unsalted butter.
 
 

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Shrimp Ramp-y

Shrimp Ramp-y

The name says it all. Shrimp with a garlicky, pungent, buttery scampi sauce. The combination of garlic and ramps may seem like overkill, but we promise it’s not. The garlic will mellow as it cooks while the ramps stay pungent. We tried it without the garlic and it just wasn’t as good. Sometimes more is more.

 

Ingredients:

4 SERVINGS

  • 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 bunch ramps (about 6 oz.), bulbs and greens separated, bulbs halved lengthwise, greens torn into 2″–3″ pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp. mild red pepper flakes (such as Maras, Urfa, or Aleppo-style), plus more for serving
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1¼ lb. large shrimp, peeled, deveined, preferably tails left on
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt
  • ½ lemon

 

Preparation:

Step 1

Combine 3 Tbsp. oil and ramp bulbs in a large skillet. Set over medium heat and cook, tossing occasionally, until bulbs are softened but have not taken on any color, 6–8 minutes. Add garlic and ½ tsp. mild red pepper flakes and cook, tossing occasionally, until garlic is softened, about 3 minutes. Add wine and increase heat to medium-high. Let cook, stirring occasionally, until wine is reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Add ramp greens, shrimp, and butter to pan. Season with salt and cook, tossing occasionally, until ramp greens are wilted, shrimp turn pink, and butter is melted, about 3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat. Finely grate zest from lemon half over shrimp, then squeeze in juice.

 

Step 2

Transfer shrimp to a platter. Sprinkle with more mild red pepper flakes and drizzle with plenty of oil.

 

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Savory Leek and Kale Galette

Savory Leek and Kale Galette

True happiness has nothing to do with making everything perfect, or denying the imperfections of things. It’s often the imperfections that make something or someone so loveable, so beautiful, so memorable, and even so forgivable.  ~Jeff Foster

There is so much flavor bursting from this Savory Galette. A flaky tender crust made with a bit of earthy rye flour, perfectly complimented with creamy leek and kale filling with just the right amount of tang.  The crust is made with “rough puff” pastry dough, a galette dough you’ll want to keep in your back pocket for down the road, and your own creative fillings.

What I love about this galette dough, is that it comes together much faster than traditional puff pastry, yet it is still flaky and tender.  You can make it a couple of days ahead for less prep time and even keep some in the freezer for spontaneous inspiration.  Alternatively, it is also totally fine to use pre-made puff pastry dough!

While it may look as though there are a lot of steps here, it all comes together fairly easily, especially if you make the rough puff dough a day or two ahead.  It is so worth the effort!  And once you get the hang of it, it is fun to make.  This is a much requested special occasion dish in our house.

making the galette dough

what is rough puff pastry?

It is a faster variation of a classic puff pastry dough- (think croissants).  Traditional puff pastry consists of laminating one big block of butter between the dough, which is a process that takes several hours of rolling, refrigerating and patience.  Ruff Puff gets its flaky layers by using large chunks of butter in the dough.  Instead of rolling out by hand, we let the food processor do some of the work of incorporating the butter into the dough. Though it is not quite as delicate as traditional puff, it still yields a flaky dough in significantly less time.  Thirty minutes of hands-on time will have you on your way to a lovely tender pastry crust.

why should i make galette dough?

It is not as difficult as you may think and it will elevate the overall dish.

It makes a perfectly flaky crust for tarts, galettes, and other delicacies.

You can make it a few days ahead of time, making prep time easier.  It also freezes well!  Store for up to a month in the freezer.

how to make the galette dough:

It starts with chilled flour and very cold butter.

The make the best galette dough, pulse the flour and butter in a food processor.

In a food processor pulse just a little- you want the chunks of butter to be visible, more of a pinto bean size rather than the usual pea-size.

pluse the flour and butter.

Empty flour into a cold bowl.  Keep all ingredients chilled!  This makes for a more flaky crust.

Add cold water and vinegar. Vinegar helps tenderize the dough by inhibiting gluten development and keeps the dough from oxidizing and turning gray.

Bring together as best you can with just a couple of stirs.  VERY important not to over mix.

combine gently

The dough is very shaggy!  You will probably have some dry flour bits, but don’t worry!  With a little patience and trust, it will come together.

rough puff pastry

Pat it into a 4×4 block as best you can.  Refrigerate, sealed in plastic, for half an hour.  In this time the flour will begin to hydrate.

fill out the rough puff pastry dough

Lightly flour as needed for the rolling pin and on top of the dough.  Roll out into a 5×11 rectangle- approximately.

it will be really shaggy

Let it be cracky and rough.

fold in thirds

Fold the galette dough over on itself in thirds.  Also called a letter fold.

tri-fold the galette dough

Square up the sides and ends with a bench scraper by just lightly tapping in.

square up the sides

Turn the dough so the short side is towards you and repeat the rolling process 2 more times.

tri fold the dough

This is what gives you the luscious flaky layers of dough.

how to roll out galette dough:

  1. roll the dough out to a 5 x 11 rectangle
  2. letter fold the dough
  3. turn short side toward you and repeat this 2 more times.

On the third turn fold the dough in half.  At this point refrigerate for 45 minutes or up to 3 days.  Or freeze up to one month!

ingredients for the savory galette filling

Once the galette dough is chilling you can start on the filling.  It comes together pretty fast!

chop the kale

Chop up the leeks, garlic and kale.

saute the leeks and kale

Saute them with olive oil.  Set aside when tender.

roll out he galette dough

Pull the galette dough out of the fridge.  Let it rest 20 minutes before rolling.

Roll out to ⅛ inch thick and 14 inches wide.

Roll the galette dough out on a piece of parchment to 1/8 of an inch thick and in an approximant 14-inch circle.

smear with mascarpone- the base.

Spread a little mascarpone cheese on the rolled out dough all but the outer 2 inches.

Add the filling, leaving 2 outer inches of the galette bareTIP: Cutting the edges of the dough with a sharp knife will make them puff up more.

Lay filling and grated gruyere cheese on top of the mascarpone.

Brush inside dough with egg wash.

Brush the outside 2 inches with egg wash.

fold up the edges, crimping every 2 inches.

Fold the dough over the filling, pinching together every 2 inches, try not to push the dough into the filling.  No need to be too fussy it’ll puff up when it bakes losing a lot of the definition.

Pour the beaten egg mixture over the filling.

Pour in the egg batter and brush the outer crust with egg mixture.

Brush top with egg wash.

TIP: For a better bottom crust, bake on a pre-heated pizza stone or pre-heated cast iron pan.  Carefully transferring- lifting the parchment and tart on to the stone.

Sliding onto a pizza peel or cutting board can help with the transfer.

When it comes out it will be puffed up and gloriously fragrant and golden.

Beautiful and delicious Savory Leek Galette.   Made with a free-formed tender flakey crust enclosing a luscious melt in your mouth succulent filling. Leeks and kale marry with gruyere and mascarpone making the perfect balance of decadent and wholesome! The Galette dough is the secret here! #galette #savorygalette #tart #leeks

Serve the savory galette like quiche for brunch or lunch with a hearty leafy green salad.  Also makes a lovely appetizer.

A Savory Galette filled with a luscious mixture of leeks, kale and mascarpone, enclosed in a free-formed, tender, extra flakey crust. #galette #savorygalette #tart #leeks

Serve warm or at room temperature.

A Savory Galette filled with a luscious mixture of leeks, kale and mascarpone, enclosed in a free-formed, tender, extra flakey crust. #galette #savorygalette #tart #leeks

Hope you enjoy this Savory Leek Galette!  Let us know what you think in the comments below and show us your beautiful galettes on Instagram.

 

Instructions

Rough Puff Pastry Dough  (allow 2 1/2 hours, can be made ahead)

  1. Pulse flours, sugar, and salt in food processor to mix.
  2. Add chilled butter pieces.  Pulse 3-4 times until butter is still the size of pinto beans.  Dump mixture out into a bowl.  Place the bowl in the fridge for about 15 minutes to get it cold.
  3. Remove from fridge.  Add vinegar and the ice water.  Gently, carefully mix the dough just until it seems well distributed.  It will be very craggy and may have dry flour bits.
  4. Dump the dough onto a piece of parchment or plastic wrap.  Form dough together, as best as you can, into about a 4 x 4-inch square.  Wrap up and place in the fridge for 45 minutes.
  5. Roll out into a rectangle approximately 5 x 11.  Fold the pastry in thirds widthwise, like a business letter, resulting in 3 layers of dough.
  6. Turn the short end toward you and repeat step 6 two more times.
  7. After the third turn fold the dough in half.  Refrigerate for one hour or up to 3 days.
  8. Rest the dough for 20 minutes at room temperature before rolling out.

Leek and Kale Filling and Galette Assembly 

    1. Set oven to 425 degrees.  If using a pizza stone or cast iron pan, place in the oven now while preheating.
    2. Saute’ kale, garlic and leeks in olive oil with the 1/4 teaspoon of salt over medium heat for about 8 minutes.  Turn off heat and cover with a lid for 5-10 more minutes until tender.  Add sage and parsley.  Set aside.
    3. Meanwhile in another bowl combine eggs, anchovy paste, dijon, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper.
    4. Roll out dough on a piece of parchment to 1/8 of an inch thick and in an approximate 14″ circle. Trim the edges of the dough with a sharp knife to allow them to puff up.
    5. Spread mascarpone cheese on the rolled out circle, all but the outer 2 inches.
    6. Lay filling and grated gruyere cheese on top of the mascarpone.
    7. Whisk together egg wash.  Brush the outside 2 inches of dough with the wash.
    8. Fold the outer 2 inches of dough in over the filling, overlapping dough every 2-3 inches gently pinching just enough to secure.
    9. Pour the seasoned beaten egg mixture evenly over the filling.
    10. Brush top of the crust with egg wash.
    11. Carefully transfer, lifting the parchment and galette onto the stone, cast iron or baking sheet.  Sliding onto a pizza peel or cutting board can help with the transfer.
    12. Bake 10 minutes then turn oven down to 375 and bake another 25-35 minutes until puffed and the crust is golden.  Cool 20 minutes before cutting.

Notes

Freeze rough puff pastry dough up to one month, thawing completely before using.  Letting it sit in the fridge over night works great.

For a better bottom crust, bake on a pre-heated pizza stone or pre-heated cast iron pan.

To garnish with leek rounds; brush thin slices of leeks with oil and sear for about 4-5 minutes on a hot pan.  Gently remove with a metal spatula and arrange on top of baked galette.

 

 

Ingredients

Rough Puff Pastry Dough:

  • 1 ¼ cups (6 ¼ oz) all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (2 ¾ oz) rye or wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut and chilled
  • 7 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar (white or apple cider)

Leek and Kale Filling

  • 1 bunch kale, about 4 oz, ribboned and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
  • 3 medium leeks, cleaned and chopped into 1/4 inch half moons
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste (optional can sub miso paste)
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup 3-4 oz Comte or Gruyere or Emmental cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone

Egg Wash

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
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A free-formed tender flakey crust enclosing a luscious melt in your mouth succulent filling. Leeks and kale marry with gruyere and rich mascarpone making the perfect balance of decadent and wholesome!
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8 servings 140 minutes
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 140 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Savory Leek and Kale Galette
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A free-formed tender flakey crust enclosing a luscious melt in your mouth succulent filling. Leeks and kale marry with gruyere and rich mascarpone making the perfect balance of decadent and wholesome!
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 140 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
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8 servings 140 minutes
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45 minutes
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Cheesy Baked Pasta with Radicchio

Cheesy Baked Pasta with Radicchio

A splash of red wine vinegar balances the richness of this cheesy pasta and magnifies the pink color of the onions and radicchio. Omit the prosciutto to make this a vegetarian main dish.

 

 

Active: 25 mins          Total: 1 hr        Yield: 6 to 8

 

 

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium-size red onions, thinly sliced
1 large head radicchio, cored and sliced into 1/2-inch-thick ribbons
2 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
3 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt, divided
6 ounces softened goat cheese, crumbled (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
3 quarts water
1 pound uncooked short pasta (such as gemelli, casarecce, or strozzapreti)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
8 ounces fontina cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 2 cups), divided
4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, torn into 1-inch pieces
Unsalted butter, softened, for greasing baking dish
2 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup)

 

 

Directions:

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°F. Heat oil in a 12-inch, high-sided skillet over medium-high. Add onions; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in radicchio, garlic, vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring often, until radicchio is just wilted, about 1 minute. Stir in goat cheese and cream; bring to a simmer over medium-high. Remove from heat, and set aside.

Step 2

Bring 3 quarts water to a boil in a large pot over high. Stir in 3 tablespoons salt. Add pasta, and cook until just shy of al dente, 7 to 9 minutes. Drain; reserve 1 cup cooking liquid. Stir pasta, reserved 1 cup cooking liquid, pepper, nutmeg, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt into radicchio mixture. Fold in 11/2 cups fontina cheese and prosciutto; toss well.

Step 3

Transfer pasta mixture to a 3-quart baking dish lightly greased with butter. Dot with remaining 1/2 cup fontina cheese; sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown on top and bubbling around edges, 25 to 30 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

 

Make Ahead

Pasta can be assembled through step 2 one day ahead. Cover and refrigerate until ready to bake.

 

Suggested Pairing

Substantial wintertime rosé.

 

 

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Impossible Chocolate Flan Cake

Impossible Chocolate Flan Cake

Chocolate Magic Flan Cake combines two favorite desserts in one! Part moist chocolate cake and part creamy custard, it’s the ultimate sweet treat!

Impossible Chocolate Flan Cake is easy to make and sure to wow the crowd. A luscious combination of caramel, chocolate cake, and (leche) flan, it’s the ultimate baked treat!

If you love a moist chocolate cake and a creamy flan, you are in luck. I am going to show you how to make a stunning Impossible flan cake that combines these two dessert favorites in one delectable treat!

 

What is magic chocoflan

The cake is made up of three components and baked in a bundt pan. The layering starts with the dulce de leche, followed by the chocolate batter and, finally, the flan. As it bakes, the cake rises to the top, and the custard sinks to the bottom.

Once the cake is released from the pan and inverted the cake on the serving platter, you’ll find that the chocolate and flan layer have magically switched places! You get a gorgeous cake with a luscious caramel glaze sitting on top.

How to make

making chocolate cake batter in a bowl

 

Chocolate cake layer

  • To prevent lumps in the batter, make sure that the milk and eggs are at room temperature.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer until thick and fluffy.
  • Add the egg and continue to beat.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and add half of the mixture into the mixing bowl.
  • Add half of the milk. Beat the mixture until the dry ingredients are just moistened.
  • Add the remaining half of the dry mixture and the milk and beat just until the ingredients are incorporated. Do not overmix as it will result in a dense cake.

Flan layer

  • In a mixing bowl, combine condensed milk, evaporated milk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Stir until well incorporated.
  • Using a fine-mesh sieve, strain the mixture into a spouted container.

making chocoflan cake in a bundt pan

 

Assembling layers

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Grease a 12-cup bundt pan with softened butter and add the dulce de leche, swirling to cover the bottom of the bundt pan.
  • Spoon the chocolate batter on top of the dulce de leche, making sure to fill the pan evenly. Using an angled spatula, smoothen the top.
  • Carefully pour the flan mixture over the chocolate batter.
  • Cover the bundt pan with aluminum foil, securing the edges.

Baking the cake

  • Set the bundt pan on a roasting pan and place inside the oven. Carefully pour about two inches of hot water into the roasting pan to create steam inside the oven as the cake bakes.
  • In a 350 F oven, bake the cake for about 60 minutes without opening the oven door to keep the steam from escaping.
  • After 60 minutes, check the cake by inserting a skewer in the middle. The cake is ready if the skewer comes out with some soft chocolate cake crumbs.
  • Take the cake out of the oven and let it cool completely on the roasting pan.
  • To release the cake, gently shake the roasting pan from side to side to loosen the cake.
  • Invert a cake serving plate over the bundt pan and carefully turn it over. Gently lift the bundt pan from the plate, releasing the cake.
  • Serve the flan cake right away or refrigerate to chill completely.

slice of chocolate flan cake in a white serving plate

And here you have it, layers of decadence in one ultimate treat. Caramel, flan, and chocolate in every slice!

I hope you try this chocoflan for your next baking project. You can also check out my black forest swiss roll and floating island dessert recipes. Happy baking!

Ingredients:

1 ounce butter, softened (for greasing the pan)
¼ cup dulce de leche (homemade or store-bought)

For the Chocolate Cake

¾ cup sugar
5 ounces unsalted butter, softened
1 egg, room temperature
1 ¾ cup flour
¾ teaspoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
1 ¼ cup milk, room temperature

For the Flan

1 can (14 ounces) condensed milk
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
4 eggs
½ tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Making the Chocolate Cake Layer

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar using an electric mixer until thick and fluffy.

Add the egg and continue to beat.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda.

Add half of the dry ingredient mixture into the creamed butter and sugar mixture. Add half of the milk.

Beat the mixture until the dry ingredients are just moistened. Add the remaining half of the dry mixture and of the milk. Beat just until the ingredients are incorporated.

 

Making the Leche Flan Layer

In a mixing bowl, combine condensed milk, evaporated milk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Stir until well incorporated.

Using a fine-mesh sieve, strain the mixture into a spouted container.

Baking the Chocoflan

Grease a 12-cup bundt pan with softened butter.

Add the dulce de leche, swirling to cover the bottom of the bundt pan. Set aside.

Spoon the chocolate batter into the bundt pan on top of the dulce de leche, making sure to fill the pan evenly. Using an angled spatula, smoothen the top.

Carefully pour the flan mixture into the bundt pan over the chocolate batter.

Cover the bundt pan with aluminum foil, securing the edges.

Set the bundt pan on a roasting pan and place it inside the oven. Carefully pour about two inches of hot water into the roasting pan.

In a 350 F oven, bake the cake for about 60 minutes without opening the oven door to keep the steam from escaping. After 60 minutes, check for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center of the cake. If it comes out with some soft chocolate cake crumbs, the cake is ready.

Take the cake out of the oven and let it cool completely on the roasting pan. To release the cake, gently shake the roasting pan from side to side to loosen the cake.

Invert a serving plate over the bundt pan and carefully turn it over. Gently lift the bundt pan from the plate, releasing the cake.

Serve the flan cake right away or refrigerate to completely chill.

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