Dream Recipes

Sunday 19 August 2012

Brioche



Brioche is a French sweet bread made best with fresh duck eggs and rich farm butter, but regular store-bought hen eggs and butter will work too. When French people eat brioche, it is usually for breakfast with jelly, or for the "goûter" (a meal between lunch and dinner, observed mostly by youngsters, and mostly composed of sweets). A kid's favorite is to eat is with nutella.

How much? one big brioche, or 5-6 bun-size brioches (pictures)
How much prep time? 20-25 minutes + 2 hours rising
How much baking time? 20-35 minutes

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Thursday 16 August 2012

Marzipan (almond paste)



Marzipan, or almond paste, is a delicious paste you can use for many purposes: to decorate your desserts, to eat it straight, to stuff in dry fruits, etc. Homemaking it may not necessarily be cheaper, but it has a stronger almond taste, and you can vary it more.

How much? a ball of almond paste the size of a fist or slightly bigger
How much prep time? 10 minutes
How much refrigeration or baking time? none needed

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Vinaigrette



In France, we don't have as many salad dressings as in the United States. Actually, the expression salad dressing does not even exist in French. When we dress a salad, it's with vinaigrette. Here's the way it's made (so simple there's no reason you should ever buy it pre-made).

How much? a small bowl
How much prep time? 2 minutes
How much refrigeration or baking time? none

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Friday 30 September 2011

Overnight bread



I've always thought it was such a shame that bread takes such a long and complicated process to make. So I have been playing with flour and yeast for a while, not really caring for the art of properly making bread, and I have come up with many successes. I was smart enough to write the proportions of flour, yeast, etc. only once. This recipe, that I use every day to make bread for my roommate (isn't he lucky?) is pretty easy, made in one shot, and it rises overnight. So be brave, pull your sleeves up, and start making your own bread.
It will probably not be as good as the one that you knead, let rise, knead, let rise, knead, let rise, and on and on, but it will give you satisfaction enough to have fresh bread every morning, for only a few minutes of work the night before.

How many servings? 1 big(ish) loaf or two small ones
How much prep time? 20 minutes + one night
How much baking time? 30-50 minutes

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Saturday 12 December 2009

White soda bread, the Loren version



An easy and quick recipe for bread without rising time.

How many servings? 1 loaf of bread
How much time to prepare? 30 minutes
How much time to cook or bake? 30-40 minutes

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Saturday 10 October 2009

Mayonnaise, homemade



Why would you buy pre-made mayonnaise with all the crap that's inside when homemdae mayonnaise is so easy and quick to make? Here's the recipe

How many serving? 1 mayonnaise (see picture)
How much time to prepare? 10 minutes
How much time to cook or bake? none

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Wednesday 16 September 2009

Jill's easy pastry crust/pie shell



Easy and delicious, you'll never want to buy a pre-made pie crust again!

How many servings? 1-2 pie crust(s), depending of the size of the pie
How much time to prepare? 10 minutes
How much time to cook or bake? depends on your use of it

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My sauce for salmon



Here's an idea for a sauce that goes well with fish like salmon.

How many servings? 4-6 people
How much time to prepare? 10 minutes
How much time to cook or bake? 2 minutes

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Friday 19 December 2008

Homemade biscuits



You like biscuits? Then why don't you make homemade biscuits? They're so much better and as a matter of fact so easy to make.

How many servings? 20 biscuits
How much time to prepare? 30 minutes
How much time to cook or bake? 15 to 20 minutes

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Wednesday 9 July 2008

Cocoa sand crust



This recipe will show you how to make your own crust for your sweet pies... probably as your grand mother used to do! Here some cocoa is added to make it even better, but you can remove it from the recipe to get a plain sand crust.

How many servings? a pie crust for 8 people
How much time to prepare? 40 minutes + 1 hour of refrigerating
How much time to cook or bake? at least 20 minutes (more if you keep it thick), depending on the recipe

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Monday 24 March 2008

Express little breads



An unexpected guest? No more bread? These are perfect then: delicious and easy to make, and so quick to prepare!

How many servings? for 8 to 10 little breads
How much time to prepare? 20 minutes
How much time to cook or bake? 20 to 25 minutes

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