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Baileys French Toast

Breakfast, Brunch, DessertsTove Balle-Pedersen3 Comments
Bailey's French Toas 

Bailey's French Toas 

Normally I like savory food  for breakfast, but sometimes I just have to have pancakes or french toast. 

We all know that Facebook is filled with videos with recipes, and this Baileys french toast is adapted from one of those videos, made by Taste. This was one recipe I had to try.
I tweaked the recipe a bit, and added the fresh berries. You need something healthy to at least try to balance the meal a bit.  

Serves 3-4. 

Ingredients:

Bailey's Whipped Cream:

  • 100 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons Baileys 

French Toast:

  • 100 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 100 ml  Baileys 
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 4-6 slices brioche bread, sliced thick

Topping:

  • raspberries
  • grated chocolate

Directions:

Baileys Whipped Cream:

Whip the cream and Baileys in a bowl until medium stiff peaks, set aside

French Toast:

Mix eggs, cream, Baileys sugar, salt and vanilla in a shallow flat bowl.

Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Give the brioche slices a quick dip in the in the egg-mixture. Fry the brioche until golden brown, then flip to cook the other side. Serve with Baileys whipped cream, fresh berries and a sprinkle of chocolate shavings.

Enjoy!

Baked Salmon with Sweet Mustard Sauce

Dinner, Fish & seafoodTove Balle-PedersenComment
Baked Salmon with Sweet Mustard Sauce

Baked Salmon with Sweet Mustard Sauce

This is the best salmon ever. I know I've stated this before about a similar salmon recipe, but from now on, THIS is the way to cook salmon, no more adding any wine to the dish while baking!!

Normally I would serve a hollandaise, avocado hollandaise or a cold creme fraiche dressing with fresh dill with baked salmon. But this sweet mustard sauce was really good and paired really well with the salmon and spinach.

Serves 2-4

Ingredients:

Salmon:

  • 2-3 portion-sized salmon, bones and skin removed
  • ½ lemon, the juice from
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper 
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil, for greasing the baking dish

Sauce:

  • 120 ml (½ cup) heavy whipping cream
  • 120 ml (½ cup) Ravigotte sauce, or a sweet mustard sauce
  • 40 g soft cream cheese, as a thickener 
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

Salmon:

Pre-heat the oven to 400℉ (200℃).

Place the salmon in the greased baking dish, drizzle with lemon juice, and sprinkle with lemon pepper. 

Bake the salmon for 12-18 minutes, until the salmon flakes easy with a fork. 

Sauce:

Mix cream cheese with cream and ravigotte sauce in a sauce pan, while heating. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve the salmon with boiled potatoes and a sautéed spinach and the mustard sauce.

Enjoy!

 

 

Pølsesalat - Danish Sausage Salad

Lunch, Meats, PorkTove Balle-PedersenComment
Pølsesalat - Danish Sausage Salad

Pølsesalat - Danish Sausage Salad

Pølsesalat, or Danish sausage salad, is a typical mayonnaise based lunch salad served on rye bread in Denmark. I remember standing at the butcher shop's deli section with my mom or dad, and the sausage salad would be my pick, if I had a say. And sometimes I was allowed to get it. I do believe that I was the only one in the family who liked it. As an adult, I still bought it now and again, for a trip down memory lane. Most deli's would have pieces of cold boiled potatoes in their sausage salad, but I left them out here. 

Serves 4.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon ravigotte sauce, or a sweet mustard
  • 4 german franks, boiled, cooled, sliced
  • chives, for sprinkle

Directions:

Put the german franks in a Bowl and pour over boiling water, let stand for about 5 minutes. Remove the franks and put them into a bowl with ice-water, set aside to cool.

Mix the mayonnaise and ravigote sauce together in a bowl. Slice up the franks, and mix them into the dressing. 

Serve the sausage salad on a slice of Danish rye bread, as an open-faced sandwich. Sprinkle some chopped chives on top.

Enjoy!

Lemon Marinated Skirt Steak

Beef, Dinner, Meats, BBQTove Balle-PedersenComment
Lemon Marinated Skirt Steak

Lemon Marinated Skirt Steak

I love grilling skirt steak. You can marinate the meat to make it fit the cuisine you are aiming for. The beef flavors are pretty intense and the it is not as pricy as regular steaks. Here I marinated the skirt steak in a soy-lemon marinate, giving the meat a clean bright flavor. 

Serves 3-4.

Ingredients:

  • 700 g (1 ½  pounds) skirt steak
  • coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 lemon, for serving
  • fresh coriander, for serving

Marinade:

  • 60 ml (¼  cup) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 60 ml (¼  cup) soy sauce 
  • 2 lemons, the juice from 
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed

Directions:

Place the skirt steak in a ziplock bag, and add the ingredients for the marinade. Rub the marinade into the meat. Let the meat marinate for at least 1 hour at room temperature, or up to 6 hours in refrigerator.

Heat grill to medium-high. Remove meat from marinade and pat off excess juices with some paper towel. Grill the meat, just turning once, until  medium/medium rare about 5 minutes on each side. Transfer the meat to a cutting board, cover with some aluminum foil and let stand to rest for about 5 minutes.

Thinly slice meat against the grain (muscle fibers) and serve it with some cilantro on top, and lemon slices on the side. I served the warm Asian-style slaw on the side, but you can easily serve the meat in tacos.

Enjoy!

Ninja Turtle Cakes

Brunch, Cake, DessertsTove Balle-PedersenComment
Ninja Turtle Cakes - Ninja Kajkager

Ninja Turtle Cakes - Ninja Kajkager

These cakes have been on my to-do list for the longest time. Normally they are made without the ninja bandana, and are called Kaj cakes. The name Kaj is the name of a puppet from a Danish children's program "Kaj og Andrea" I grew up with in the 1970's. The cake is a spongecake with a strawberry buttercream and marzipan.

This time Kaj went undercover or mutated into Teenage Ninja Turtles. 

Makes 8 cakes.

Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 150 g sugar
  • 110 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or the seeds from 1 vanilla pod

Strawberry Buttercream:

  • 2 tablespoons pasteurized egg whites
  • 125 g confectionary sugar
  • 150 g butter, salted and room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons cooled strawberry pure (Pure:400 g strawberries boiled with 25 g sugar, blended and strained)
  • Red food color, optional

Decorating:

  • Strawberry jam
  • 200 g Marcipan
  • green food color (orange, puple, red and blue for the bandana's)
  • dark chocolate, small flakes for the eyes

Directions:

Cake: 

Preheat oven to 350℉ (180℃).

Spray three 9-inch (22 cm) baking pans. Place a piece of parchment paper in the bottom of each and spray this too. Set aside. 

Whisk the eggs light and foamy with the sugar, it takes about 5 minutes to get maximum foaming when whisking on a stand mixer.

Mix and sift flour and baking powder together, and set aside. 

Very gently fold the flour, vanilla and milk in the foamy eggs. Be very careful not to deflate the egg mixture to much.

Pour the batter onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet

Bake the cake for about 8-10 minutes, until light brown.

Set aside to cool.

You only need about a third of the cake for the 8 cakes.

Strawberry Buttercream:

Mix egg whites, butter, sugar in a bowl, and whip the buttercream until thick and fluffy over a double boiler. I used a saucepan with very hot water, and placed my bowl on top of that. I didn't have it on the stove. It takes some time to get the buttercream nice and fluffy. Save 1-2 tablespoons of this white buttercream for decorating. Mix in the strawberry pure. Put buttercream into a piping bag, with a large round tip.

Marzipan:

Color most of the marzipan with green color. Color small amounts marzipan with blue, purple, orange and red for the bandanas.

Assembly:

Ninjas in the making.

Ninjas in the making.

Using a cookie cutter cut out 8 circles about 2-inch (5 cm) in diameter. Divide each disk horizontally. Spread a thin layer of jam between the two thin disk of cake. Pipe a nice top onto the disk. 

Roll the green marzipan out very thin. I did it a little at a time between two pieces of plastic wrap.   Wrap the marzipan on top of the buttercream, trying to seal the marzipan close to the cake disk. This way you end up with a green bobble.

Cut a large slid into the cake in about a 45 degree angle, press a little on each side to open the cut. This will be the mouth. 

Roll out the colored marzipan and cut a ribbon for the bandana. Pipe white buttercream dots on top of the bandana, for the eyes, place a small chocolate flake on top for the pupil. 

Serve the cake with a cup of tea or coffee. 

Enjoy!