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Buttermilk Pancake With Merlot-Poached Pears And Merlot Cream

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Buttermilk Pancake With Merlot-Poached Pears And Merlot Cream

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While I have used the traditional ingredients for this pancake, I have changed the ratio of eggs to flour considerably. This resulted in what I think is a “real” pancake, by which I mean it is a cake, baked in a pan 🙂 If you look at the close-up of the cut pancake, you can clearly see the texture of a cake, not a traditional pancake, which is much lighter and fluffier in texture and therefore tends to deflate very quickly after being removed from the heat. This one you see here did not deflate and maintained the same light texture after it had cooled down and spent the night (half-eaten) in the fridge.
Makes you wonder why one goes through the trouble of making a complicated cake………. 🙂 ?
I know, I know, many folks enjoy baking and love to prepare cake in any form, shape, and taste – but if you don’t, (me), this easy recipe might just be the solution you’ve been looking for to have your pancake cake and eat it too 🙂
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Buttermilk Pancake With Merlot-Poached Pears And Merlot Cream

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Buttermilk Pancake With Merlot-Poached Pears And Merlot Cream

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Buttermilk Pancake With Merlot-Poached Pears And Merlot Cream

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Buttermilk Pancake With Merlot-Poached Pears And Merlot Cream

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Buttermilk Pancake With Merlot-Poached Pears And Merlot Cream

Buttermilk Pancake With Merlot-Poached Pears And Merlot Cream

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Preparation :
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Berries And Cream Pound Cake

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Berries And Cream Pound Cake

Berries And Cream Pound Cake

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So  I woke up early today and the first thing that came to my mind was food – sweet food with lots of fruit, to be precise.
I went to the store to see what’s available and got home with some great raspberries and blueberries. First I was thinking pancakes, but I had those a few times in the past month, so something different was called for. Since I did not feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen, pound cake seemed easy and fast enough and it went into the oven in a flash 🙂
Two hours (and a good movie) later, the baked, cooled down and halved cake was in front of me. First I drizzled the cake with fresh-squeezed orange juice for flavor and moistness, then covered one-half with nutella, the other half with raspberry jam. Topped that with the washed and dried berries, drizzled the berries with melted apricot jam and finished it all with a sinful amount of whipped cream and castor sugar. As usual I ate too much and I am sure I’ll pay for it with a day of my life.
But, at the time, it seemed well worth it………..
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Pound Cake Recipe :
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Ingredients:

  1. – 8 oz unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  2. – 2 cups cake flour, plus extra to dust the pan
  3. – 2 cups granulated sugar
  4. – 2 tsp organic vanilla extract
  5. – 1 tsp kosher salt
  6. – 4 whole, large eggs
  7. – ½ cup soft cream cheese
Method:
  1. Heat oven to 325° F. Butter a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan, line the bottom with parchment, butter again, and dust with flour.
  2. Beat the butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Mix in the cream cheese until smooth.
  3. Add the flour and mix just until combined (do not overmix). Transfer the batter to the pan, smooth the top, bake until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Cool the cake in the pan for 20 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.

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Topping:
Juice of 1 orange, 2 pint raspberries, 2 pint blueberries, 1/2 cup nutella,
1/2 cup melted apricot jam,  1/4 cup raspberry jam, 1 cup whipped heavy cream, castor sugar.
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P.S.
Serve one piece each of raspberry jam covered cake and one each piece of nutella covered cake per portion.
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Berries And Cream Pound Cake

Berries And Cream Pound Cake

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Berries And Cream Pound Cake

Berries And Cream Pound Cake

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Berries And Cream Pound Cake

Berries And Cream Pound Cake

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Spinach, Potato, Sausage & Cheese Casserole

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This  is such a versatile dish. Every ingredient can be replaced with a substitute without losing any of the complexity of texture and taste.

Spinach : Asparagus, cabbage, corn, broccoli, carrots, beets, etc.
Potato : Sweet potato, mashed potato, pasta, rice, etc.
Asiago : Gorgonzola, parmesan, cheddar, brie, pepper jack, stilton, etc.
Sausage : Bacon, chicken, seafood, beef, lamb, game, etc.

Saute onion, garlic and sausage in butter, add spinach, wilt. Add blanched potatoes, cheese, milk, salt and pepper. Bake at 375 F until golden brown, about 45 minutes. Let set for 30 minute before serving.
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Spinach, Potato, Sausage & Cheese Casserole

Spinach, Potato, Sausage & Cheese Casserole

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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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” Baked Walla Walla Onion Stuffed With Chorizo & Cheese “


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No “Food Porn” here 😦
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(other than the stuff you can get anytime at home if you really want it  )
– and that ‘s usually the best ” Stuff “,  anyway.
Delicious, satisfying, exiting food. What else is there ?
Yeah, I can think of a few things, but let’s stick to food 🙂
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Bon Appetit ! Life is Good !
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” Baked Pork Ribs “

Last nights dinner.
If you slowly simmer the ribs until they tender, they stay wonderfully moist inside
and you have a great broth for your next soup. Then make a tasty sauce with the
pictured ingredients, smother the ribs all over and bake at 375 for 45 minutes.

Bon Appetit !    
Life is Good!      🙂 

 

” Baked Beans With Chicken & Bacon “

Craving for baked beans ?!
Usually not something that comes to my mind, but as usual, if i think of it, I’ll cook it.
Great taste and texture. Another day in paradise 🙂

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