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French Crepes

21 Feb

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Crepes have been a French tradition since forever. It is famous for all of its little creperies in its towns and cities with the tourists joining in with the locals enjoying them just outside. For National Pancake Day here it the classic French tradition recipe for Crepes. This recipe is simply and delicious and you will be getting a true feeling of what a real French Crepe tastes like.

Nationality: French Cost: £3

Ingredients:

  • 3 Eggs
  • 250g of Flour
  • 500ml of Milk
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 glass of Beer (15cl)
  • Pinch of Salt

Preparation:

Mix all the ingredients together with a whisk until it becomes a smooth mixture. Cover the bowl and put into the fridge for about an hour for it to rest. Heat a frying pan on high heat. Lightly grease the hot frying pan. Use a small ladle to measure out the batter and simply pour into the hot pan and spread evenly. Flip over the crepe when you see it is no longer sticking to the surface. Remove from heat.

Note: You can serve these crepes with sweet or savory accompaniments (eg: Lemon, Sugar, Nutella, Jam, Ice cream or Ham, Eggs, Cheese and even Bacon)

 

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Light Classic Banoffee Pie

16 Feb

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This dessert is actually originates from England but when looking back on the history of the banoffee pie we find out that it was actually an inspiration from an American dessert called “Blum’s Coffee Toffee Pie” but the English decided to change it up again and has been done like this ever since. The reason why I classify this as a some-what American dessert is because of how popular it is in the USA. this recipe is classified as ‘Light’ as we are using Light Carnation condensed milk and no thick layer of whipped cream on top, this pie is heavy enough without the cream.

Nationality: American Cost: £5

Ingredients: FILLING

  • 1 can of Light Carnation condensed milk
  • 100g of Butter
  • 100g of Brown Sugar
  • 2 Bananas

Ingredients: CRUST

  • 250g of Digestive cookie crumbs
  • 100g of melted Butter

Preparation:

Crush the 250g of cookies into crumbs until they are a fine dusty sandy consistency and then mix in melted butter. Press mixture into the bottom of a greased pie dish and let cool on the fridge while preparing filling.

Melt the butter in a pan on low/medium heat and at sugar. Stir continuously as you are making a caramel and you don’t want the butter and sugar to get to hot and burn (which can happen VERY easily). Once the sugar has melted in the butter there with still be a layer of butter on the top but this is normal. Pour in the condensed milk and stir until all of it as combined and become one mixture with no lumps of dark brown caramel. Set aside. Cut up bananas in slices and place on the top of the crust and then pour toffee over it evenly. Cool on the fridge for about an hour and then serve.

 

Candybar Cheesecake with an Oreo cookie Crust

11 Feb

Cheesecake has been an American cake for years. Its well known for its density and rich creamy filling and pleasant cookie crust. People have created their own flavors to add to cheesecakes as i have with this recipe. You make choose any candy bar (in the photo i did it with Snickers, but it is entirely your choice). Just a note: this recipe is also very good with out the candy bars and just the oreo cookie crust.

Nationality: American                                                                              Cost: £10-15

Ingredients: CRUST

  • 2 cups/200g of oreo cookie crumbs
  • 1/4 cup/50 g of Sugar
  • 1/2 cup/114g melted Butter

Ingredients: FILLING

  • 5 Eggs
  • 1 tbsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 3 tbsp/35g of Flour
  • 1 cup/200g of Sugar
  • 32 ounces/1kg of Cream Cheese
  • 1/3 cup/80ml of heavy whipping Cream
  • 2 Snicker bars, cut up

Preparation: CRUST

In a medium bowl combine oreo crumbs with the sugar and the melted butter and mix well with your hands. the the crumbs evenly into a greased cake dish and then refrigerate while making the filling.

Preparation: FILLING

Preheat oven at 350 degrees F or 175 degrees C. In a large bowl mix cream cheese, sugar and flour together. beat it medium speed until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time and mix between each addition. Add the whipping cream and vanilla and mix.  Then remove the crust from fridge and pour in the filling. Add cut up candy bars.

Bake for 15 minutes and then lower over temperature to 250 degrees F (120C) and continue to bake for 1 1/2 hours or until the center of the cake looks a little wet and wobbly. After cool overnight and then serve the next day.

Coffee Cake

10 Feb

The tradition of coffee cake has been a typical American tendency for years. It is simply called a ‘coffee’ cake as it is something that people serve with coffee, but this recipe is my take on what a ‘coffee’ cake is which is made with real coffee. This is a really light and flavourful recipe, great as a nice afternoon snack with a cup of coffee or tea.

Nationality: American                                                                    Cost: £5

Ingredients: CAKE

  • 125g of Butter
  • 1 cup of Sugar
  • 3 eggs, slightly beat
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp of Coffee powder (instant coffee)
  • 3/4 cup of Flour mixed with 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 cup of yoghurt mixed with 1/2 tsp of baking powder

Ingredients: ICING

  • 1 tbsp of brown/white Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp of Coffee
  • 1/4 tsp on Cinnamon
  • warm milk/cream
  • 1/2 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 3 tsp of Flour

Preparation: CAKE

Preheat oven to 160 degrees C. Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add the eggs 1 at a time. Mix vanilla and coffee together in tbsp of water until dissolved. Add coffee and sugar mixture to the butter mixture. Pour the mixture into a large bowl. Fold in the flour mixture alternately with the yoghurt mixture until it has all combined.

Bake 30-40 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean. Cool and then ice.

Preparation: ICING

Heat milk/cream slightly until warm and then mix in the sugar while stirring fast. Once sugar has dissolved, mix in the coffee, cinnamon and vanilla. If too liquid, mix in the flour 1 tsp at a time until becomes a thicker texture like an icing should be.

Traditional Key Lime Pie

8 Feb

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This is a recipe right off the coast of Florida, from the Keys. Its a nice creamy, citrus-y pie with a pleasant crumbly crust. Similar to lemon tart, this is something really easy to make and relatively inexpensive. This is a plain recipe, no cream topping on top – never need to over complicate a dessert and this is also normally made with key limes but as they are very hard to find, especially in Europe, limes do the job just as well.

Nationality: American                                                                                         Cost: £5

Ingredients:

CRUST-

  • 1 1/2 cups Graham Crackers/ Digestive cookies
  • 3 tbsp of Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 6 tbsp (3/4 stick) unsalted Melted Butter
FILLING-
  • 1 14 ounce can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2/3 cup of Lime Juice (about 4-5 regular-sized limes)
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
Preparation: FOR THE CRUST
Crush and crumble cookies in a large bowl until a fine sandy powder. Mix in sugar and salt. Add melted butter to mixture and mix in with your hands. In a greased dish, layout the crumbly butter-cookie mixture and flattened and compress with your hand. Then put in fridge to cool and harden.
 
Preparation: FOR FILLING
Preheat oven at 135 degrees C or 275 degrees F. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and mix until smooth. Pour into cooled crust and then move to over to bake for 25 minutes. Then set to cool and refrigerate over night.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Platters

7 Feb

This is a recipe that has been re-done over and over again. Chewy chocolate chip cookies have become an icon in the American snack-world. They are the equivalent of croissants for the French. This recipe is easy, simple and delicious. The baking of the cookie dough in the platters makes this a much faster recipe as you do not have to keep on reloading cookie sheets. Also, if you cut into slices like a cake or a pie and serve it with a scoop of ice cream it is a nice easy dessert to make if you have friends over.

Nationality: American                                                           Cost: £8-12

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups of Flour
  • 1 tsp of Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp of Salt
  • 1 cup of Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup of White Sugar
  • 1 cup of softened Butter
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups of Chocolate Chips

Preparation:

Preheat oven at 300 degrees F/ 150 degrees C. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl blend both sugars together. With a electric mixer, add the butter and mix until it becomes a grainy paste. Add the eggs to this sugar paste along with the vanilla and mix at medium speed until fully mixed. Add the flour while mixing (do NOT just pour all of the flour in at once). Once mixed well add the chocolate chips and mix again.

Grease a dish similar to the one in the picture above. Pour in cookie dough and flatten out but do not put a layer thicker than 2 centimeters, otherwise it will take too long to cook. Repeat if you have cookie dough left over.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until you start to see it brown on top.

Classic Rice Krispy Treats

7 Feb

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Rice Krispy treats are a classic snack and small dessert for Americans. They are often served at parties or after school. They are super easy, extremely fast to make and cost almost nothing to make.

Nationality: American                                                       Cost: £3-5

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp or 45g of Butter or Margarine
  • about 40 normal sized Marshmallows
  • 6 cups of Rice Krispies

Preparation:

In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add rice krispies to marshmallows and mix until they are completely coated. Place into a greased dish and leave in fridge for about 2-3 minutes. Remove from fridge and then serve.

(These are best to serve the day of, that way they don’t harden too much)