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Lobster Benedict- Sous Vide

Breakfast, Brunch, Fish & seafoodTove Balle-PedersenComment
Lobster Benedict- Sous Vide

Lobster Benedict- Sous Vide

Lobsters are a creature with a delicate taste and texture. So by poaching it in butter, you get the purest and cleanest lobster taste ever. Making it Sous Vide you are getting the perfect texture to your liking. The temperature is controlling the texture. Well time is too, but by poaching the lobster for 45-60 minutes, temperature is the controlling factor. 

Different cooks choose different poaching temperature. Thomas Keller calls for 139℉ (59℃) and Modernist Cuisine calls for 115℉ (46℃).

Serious Eats tested different temperature, and this were their finings:

Temperature - texture

120℉ (49℃) - Soft and translucent

130℉ (54℃) - Tender and succulent

140℉ (69℃) - Firm

I decided to go with 135℉ (57℃) and the result was fantastic, I got a tender and somewhat firm juicy lobster. This one is a winner.

Serves 2.

Ingredients:

Butter poached lobster tail:

  • 4 lobster tails, shells removed and deveined

  • 113 g salted butter (1 stick butter)

  • sprinkle of salt

Benedict:

Hollandaise in blender:

  • 250 g salted butter, clarified

  • 4 egg yolks

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper

  • ½ lemon, the juice from

  • 1 pinch cayenne

Directions:

Butter poached lobster tail:

Set you sous vide to 135℉ (57℃).
Place the lobster tails and butter in a vacuum sealer bag, sealing with the moist setting. Place the bag in the water bath, making sure that the lobster is fully submerged. Set timer for 50 minutes.
Remove lobster tails from the bag, discarding the liquid, when it is time to serve your benedict.

Hollandaise:

Melt the butter in a sauce pan over very low heat.  Let simmer gently until the foam rises to the top of the melted butter. Once the butter stops spluttering, and no more foam seems to be rising to the surface, remove from heat and skim off the foam with a spoon. The foam is the milk solids from the butter. Ladle the butterfat into another saucepan leaving the water and residue behind. You can also pour the butterfat through some cheesecloth. Keep the butterfat warm.
The clarified butter should be about 172℉ (77℃).

Add the rest of the ingredients, except cayenne, in a blender. Blend until foaming. With the blender running add ⅓ of the butter in a slow steady stream, yes it will splatter. Once it emulsifies, turn the blender speed up to high and add the remaining butter. Season with salt and pepper and blend for another second. Sprinkle the cayenne on top when serving.

* Instead of regular hollandaise sauce, you can use the more healthier avocado hollandaise 

Benedict:

Toast the bread, place a handfull arugula on it, placing a lobster tail and a poached egg on top. Ladle a spoonful warm hollandaise over, sprinkling with some cayenne.

Serve immediately. 

Enjoy!

 

Sifted Rye Bread - Sigtebrød

Bread, Breakfast, BrunchTove Balle-PedersenComment
Sifted Rye Bread - Sigtebrød.

Sifted Rye Bread - Sigtebrød.

This is a very old type of Danish bread. When I worked at a Bakery in Denmark, we only sold a few, if non, sifted rye breads a day. And the customer would most likely be an old person. I think younger people wanted the fancy seeded breads. But quite frankly the sifted rye bread is very tasty. The crumb is a little more compact, without being dense. The recipe calls for "sigtemel" which is a sifted flour made from 30% rye and 70% wheat.

Makes 2 breads.

Ingredients:

  • 50 g live yeast (4 teaspoons dry yeast)
  • 400 ml tempered water
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 300 ml (1¼ cup) buttermilk
  • 300 g all-purpose flour
  • 700 g sigtemel (210 g dark rye flour + 490 g all-purpose flour)
  • ½ teaspoon ground caraway seeds
  • 5 teaspoons salt

Directions:

Dissolve the yeast in the water. If you use dry yeast add a few pinches of sugar. 

Add buttermilk, flours, ground caraway seeds, salt and honey, and knead the dough for 5-8 minutes to build up the gluten. Let the dough rise for about 60 minutes in a warm spot.

Knead the dough for a few minutes, and divide the dough in two.

Use the heels of your hands to gently flatten the dough into a rough rectangle. Fold the bottom third up, like a letter fold. Fold the bottom third of the dough over on itself. Press the folds with the heels of your hands, to seal. Fold the dough once more, building up the surface tension. This will help the loaf rise evenly and keep its shape. 

Place the loaf in a greased pan with the seam facing down. Repeat with the second loaf. I have a large pan that will hold both loafs, letting them “grow” together.

Preheat oven to 400℉ (200℃).

Let the loaf rise for another 40 minutes. Poke the top with a fork, and brush it with some milk. Bake loaf for 30-40 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy!

 

Cloud Eggs

Breakfast, BrunchTove Balle-PedersenComment
Cloud Egg

Cloud Egg

Cloud eggs is the new kale/black or whatever the new trend is. So I had to try it. Normally I'm not a big fa of baked eggs. The rubbery texture of baked eggs do not agree with me. So the fluffiness of the cloud eggs could be the solution for a baked egg in my world. Plus adding cheese and ham to the egg, makes it a home run in my book.

Makes 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs, divided in yolks and whites
  • ½ cup (1 dl) grated parmesan
  • 4 thinly slices of ham, diced
  • chives
  • salt & pepper

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 450℉ (230℃) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

When I divide the eggs, I place each yolk in its own little prep bowl, making it easier to place the yolks on their own little cloud.

Whip the egg whites until stiff peaks. Gently fold in cheese, ham, and season with a little bit salt and pepper. 

Place the 4 mounds of the egg whites, making the mounds so they look like little nests (clouds), with an indentation in the center.

Bake for 3 minutes, and remove from oven. 

Carefully place a yolk in each cloud, sprinkle with a little pepper. Bake for another 3 minutes, until the yolks are just about to set.

Serve immediately with a sprinkle of chives on top.

Enjoy!

 

Overnight Oatmeal

Breakfast, BrunchTove Balle-PedersenComment
Overnight Oatmeal

Overnight Oatmeal

I have been wanting to make this for the longest time. Why it has taken me so long, I do not know. This is an easy, delicious, and healthy breakfast, to just grab and go in the morning. So, so much better than classic warm oatmeal. The overnight oatmeal will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. The longer it sit, the more soggy it will become. I always make overnight oats for 2 days. 

You can change this up in so many ways. Overnight Oats pretty much have no rules, you can use whatever you like. But as a rule of thumb use twice as much liquid as oats. If you do not add any thickening seeds like chia or flax seed, use a little less liquid.

Liquid: You can use pretty much any kind of milk you prefer, but if you use a sweetened milk, you might have to skip adding any additional sweetener. For a tangier flavor you can use or add buttermilk or thinned yogurt. 

Seeds: I personally like flax seeds in my overnight oats, but you can use chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds or again use your favorite seeds.

Sweeteners & spices: I use brown sugar in my overnight oats but feel free to use maple syrup, honey or whatever you like. Spices give you more flavor options. Use vanilla, cinnamon, unsweetened cocoa or cardamom or keep it plain and simple.                                                                                   

Toppings: I like to have fresh berries or fruit and chopped nuts as topping. But yet again it's all up to you. By adding cocoa nibs you get good texture and a chocolaty flavor for a new twist.

Makes 1 portion.

Ingredients:

Oatmeal:

  • ½ cup (45 g) old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup (240 ml) milk 
  • 2 tablespoons seeds (like flax, chia, pumpkin, sunflower)
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch lemon zest

Topping:

  • chopped almonds and pistachios
  • mixed berries and/or fruit.
  • a drizzle of honey

Directions:

Mix the ingredients for the oatmeal in a maison jar or another sealable container, stir it well. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 8 hours. 

Stir the oatmeal, heat it or not, and add the toppings of your linking. 

Enjoy!

Baileys French Toast

Breakfast, Brunch, DessertsTove Balle-Pedersen4 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!