Thursday, 31 December 2015

Thermomix Yeast Dumplings (Houskowe Knedliky)

These dumplings are near to my heart as I used to purchase them from the deli that I used to work at. (They were not cheap for a bread product, but I used to splurge because it was so worth it!) We had a man make them and bring them in every Saturday morning for sale. They sold out quickly and if they didn't we would freeze them.  This worked very well too.  These are an eastern european dumpling (Czech, Slovak etc..) and are eaten with stews or roasts with a lot of gravy.  This is the best starch in my opinion for soaking up any delicious gravy. It can't be beat and I always thought they were terribly hard to make. I came across this recipe in the Traveling with Thermomix cookbook and they are in the Czeck Republic section. page 132.  I was shocked as to how easy they were.  The only problem is that they turned out a little bigger as I used more yeast than I was supposed to. (I froze the fresh yeast in one big block instead of cutting it in to smaller sizes.  I then used double the amount because I was worried it was old.)  Luckily I have 2 Thermomix machines and I put one dumpling in each not to crowd them.  They only steam for 25 minutes so you could steam them one at a time. They turned out very well!

200g milk
20g fresh yeast
300g flour
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp salt
200g bread rolls cut into small cubes
3 sprigs parsley, chopped
500g water (for steaming)

1.Place milk and fresh yeast into mixing bowl, warm.
1 minute/37C/speed 1
2. Add flour, eggs,and salt.
KNEAD 1 min/closed bowl/Bread kneading 
Add bread rolls and parsley
Mix 20 seconds?REVERSE/speed 3 with aid of spatula
Place dough into bowl and let rise 20 minutes.
3. Separate into 2 loaves. (rolled)
Place into oiled Varoma
4. Place water into bowl and steam.
25 min/Varoma/Speed 1

Cut into slices and serve with stews or with gravy rich meals. Yum!!!!!!
Cutting the bread into cubes.

The finished dough.

Dooling steamers!

Light and Fluffy!


Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Thermomix Egg Liquor (Eier Liquor)

This recipe is standard on the German Chip for the TM5 and super easy to do.  It tastes really great even though the name might put you off. (unless your European and you already know about it.) It is made with a german double corn alcohol.  It is alcohol distilled from corn. Corn is the base for most whiskeys so you can use any whisky of your choice.  It can be clear or brown in colour which usually means it has spent time in an oak barrel that has been charred by flame to give the alcohol colour.

When I was a little girl my dad was especially fond of this beverage and he used to sip it on occasion.  We would also pour a little over vanilla ice-cream to make a fancy dessert. I like it either way.  My coworker who lived in Sweden for 8 years likes to have it with ice cubes.  It is quite a thick liquid so the ice makes it thinner. This recipe makes the perfect amount. One small bottle to be given as a gift and one small bottle for your own consumption. The recipe says 3X 300ml bottles. I am translating it from the TM5 German recipe chip.

200g sugar
250 Whipping cream 35%
250g whiskey (corn alcohol)
8 egg yolks
1tsp vanilla sugar, (1 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla) if using a vanilla bean you will have black spots in your egg cream.

1. Place sugar, cream, whiskey, egg yolks, vanilla sugar into bowl.
Mix 8min/70C/speed 4
2. Pour into bottles and refrigerate. Leave some space so that you can shake the bottle to mix it up just before pouring!
3. Enjoy!!!!!  Prost! Cheers!

One Bottle!

Two Bottle!


Monday, 28 December 2015

That Dutchman Cheese Farm, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia

I am a total cheeseaholic! My poor daughter is lactose intolerant and I secretly wish I was too. I love cheese beyond anything and love shopping for it.  I make my own and I find it such a versatile ingredient to cook with. Anytime I see a cheese shop, farm etc. I stop and look.  You can always learn new things.  Unfortunately it is quite pricey in North America.  I will spend whatever it takes and don't really budget like I do with other ingredients.  Every second year I make my way to Europe and one of the first things that I do is run into a grocery store.  Almost any grocery store has a fantastic selection and variety of cheese.  I also love to have it with red wine however that is a different blog post. It was surprise to come across a Dutch Cheese shop in Nova Scotia.  It was very nicely done and had some tourist attractions to go with it, however the attractions at this time of year they were closed. No problem for me. We bought some cheese and took it home. Very delicious Canadian Cheese!