Apple Galette with Almond Pastry

Apple Galette with Almond Pastry
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    Servings Prep Time
    8 slices 50-60 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    40 minutes 1+ hours
    Servings Prep Time
    8 slices 50-60 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    40 minutes 1+ hours
    Apple Galette with Almond Pastry
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      8 slices 50-60 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      40 minutes 1+ hours
      Servings Prep Time
      8 slices 50-60 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      40 minutes 1+ hours
      Ingredients
      Pastry
      Filling
      Servings: slices
      Instructions
      Pastry
      1. In a large bowl combine flour, almond flour, sugar and salt. Cut butter cubes into the dry ingredients using a pastry cutter or a knife until the flour is crumbly with small bits of butter.
      2. Drizzle water and vinegar over flour mixture and toss with a fork until dough just starts to come together. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and work gently to bring everything together and the dough has smoothed out.
      3. Roll dough into a ball and then flatten into an approximate 6" disk. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour.
      Apple Filling
      1. Peel and core apples and then cut them into thin slices. Drizzle slices with the lemon juice as you slice to prevent oxidization.
      2. To the apples add the sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Toss to combine.
      3. In a small bowl whisk together egg and milk.
      4. Preheat oven to 375°F.
      5. On a lightly floured surface roll dough to an approximate 13" circle adding a sprinkle of flour to the top and bottom as you go to prevent it sticking.
      6. Trim dough to a neat 12" circle by using a plate or pie plate as a guide (see note). Roll dough onto your rolling pin and transfer to a large parchment-lined baking tray.
      7. Pile filling in the centre and spread out towards the edge leaving a 1 1/2" border of plain dough.
      8. Fold the dough edge up and over the filling, crimping slightly as you go around. Sprinkle the apples with dots of butter. Brush the pastry with egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sugar if desired. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes until the pastry is golden and apples are tender.
      9. Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing into wedges and serving with ice cream.
      Recipe Notes

      -The pastry does not have to be a perfect circle. If you'd like a nice rustic look you can leave it as you roll it as long as it is an approximate 12"-13" in diameter and 1/8" thick.

      -If you like a neater look you can also arrange the apple slices in a concentric circle.  I'm partial to piling the apples in as they fall.

      Irish Cream Cupcakes

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      Irish Cream Cupcakes
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        Servings Prep Time
        24 cupcakes 60 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        16-18 minutes 4+ hours
        Servings Prep Time
        24 cupcakes 60 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        16-18 minutes 4+ hours
        A single Irish Cream Cupcakes sits in focus in the foreground. It sits on a black cooling rack draped with a green and white checkered towel. The background is blurry.
        Irish Cream Cupcakes
        Print Recipe
          Servings Prep Time
          24 cupcakes 60 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          16-18 minutes 4+ hours
          Servings Prep Time
          24 cupcakes 60 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          16-18 minutes 4+ hours
          Ingredients
          White Chocolate Ganache
          Chocolate Cupcakes
          Servings: cupcakes
          Instructions
          White Chocolate Ganache
          1. Heat cream and Irish cream in a small pot until just at a simmer.
          2. Add chopped white chocolate and butter to a medium size bowl. Pour hot cream over white chocolate and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface and chill until cold, about 4 hours or up to 24 hours in advance.
          3. Using an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with a whip, whisk ganache until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Use immediately or chill until ready to use.
          Chocolate Cupcakes
          1. Preheat oven to 350℉ and line 24 muffin tins with paper liners.
          2. Using an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with a whip attachment combine all ingredients EXCEPT the water and whisk until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add boiling water and stir to combine.
          3. Pour or scoop 1/4 cup of batter into prepared tins. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool enough to handle, then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.
          4. Frost with white chocolate ganache frosting.

          Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets

          Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets are cut into strips in the foreground, while whole cutlets remain on a parchment lined tray in the background. A black kitchen towel, knife, fresh basil and pesto adorn the scene.
          Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets
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            Servings Prep Time
            8 cutlets 35 minutes
            Cook Time
            12-15 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            8 cutlets 35 minutes
            Cook Time
            12-15 minutes
            Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets are cut into strips in the foreground, while whole cutlets remain on a parchment lined tray in the background. A black kitchen towel, knife, fresh basil and pesto adorn the scene.
            Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets
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              Servings Prep Time
              8 cutlets 35 minutes
              Cook Time
              12-15 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              8 cutlets 35 minutes
              Cook Time
              12-15 minutes
              Ingredients
              Servings: cutlets
              Instructions
              1. Using a blender or mini processor combine the first 7 ingredients and blend until combined but still has some texture. Set aside.
              2. Using three shallow bowls, combine flour and 1/2 tsp salt in one, breadcrumbs and 1/2 tsp salt in the second and the eggs whisked with the milk in the third.
              3. Pat chicken breasts dry with a paper towel. Cut each breast in half horizontally and then cut each half into half vertically, giving you 4 pieces per breast.
              4. Place chicken pieces between 2 pieces of parchment. Pound to about a 1/4" thick (no thinner).
              5. Dredge chicken cutlets with flour, shaking off excess.
              6. Dunk floured cutlets into egg wash and then into bread crumbs, turning to coat evenly. Arrange prepared cutlets onto a clean plate or tray.
              7. Add enough oil to a large skillet to come up about an 1/8" of an inch. Heat over medium until hot. Add 4 cutlets and cook approximately 2 1/2 minutes per side depending on thickness. Remove to a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with remaining cutlets.
              8. Turn oven to broil, with rack 8-10" from heat.
              9. Arrange cutlets on a foil lined tray. Spread 1 tbsp of pesto onto each cutlet and sprinkle lightly with grated parmesan cheese. Broil for 1-2 minutes until cheese is bubbly. Remove from oven and serve immediately.
              Recipe Notes

              -You can use any pesto you'd like here, however, the one included with this recipe contains less oil than regular pesto.  I found regular pesto makes the cutlets too oily.  This slightly drier version gives the same great flavour but less oil and better results. If you'd like to use a classic pesto, here's the recipe Classic Pesto

              -These cutlets are also great on top of pasta drizzled with extra pesto or in a sandwich.

              Broccoli Cheddar Soup


              Broccoli Cheddar Soup
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                Servings Prep Time
                3-4 people 20 minutes
                Cook Time Passive Time
                35 minutes 5 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                3-4 people 20 minutes
                Cook Time Passive Time
                35 minutes 5 minutes
                Broccoli Cheddar Soup
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  3-4 people 20 minutes
                  Cook Time Passive Time
                  35 minutes 5 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  3-4 people 20 minutes
                  Cook Time Passive Time
                  35 minutes 5 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: people
                  Instructions
                  1. Cut stems off broccoli, cutting very close to the flowerettes. Separate flowerettes into small pieces. Set aside 3 cups of flowerettes. Using a vegetable peeler, lightly peel the thick skin from the thicker stem pieces, discard skin. Chop stems, along with any remaining flowerettes into 1/2" chunks.
                  2. In a medium pot, heat butter over medium heat until foamy. Add shallots and garlic, cook until soft, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chopped broccoli, 3 cups chicken broth and oregano. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook until very tender, 15-20 minutes. Stir in potato flakes and Dijon mustard. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
                  3. Using a blender or submersion blender, blend soup until smooth. Return to pot, add milk and broccoli flowerettes. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook covered until flowerettes are tender, about 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper. Adjust thickness with more broth if needed. Stir in cheese. Serve immediately garnished with additional cheese if desired.
                  Recipe Notes

                  -recipe yields 5 1/2- 6 cups.

                  -for vegetarian option, use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

                  -if serving to guests, cook and cool 1 cup of flowerettes separately. Stir into soup to warm just before adding cheese.  This provides wonderful colour and freshness.

                  Chocolate Cherry Loaf

                  Chocolate Cherry Loaf
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                    Servings Prep Time
                    1 loaf 30 minutes
                    Cook Time
                    55-65 minutes
                    Servings Prep Time
                    1 loaf 30 minutes
                    Cook Time
                    55-65 minutes
                    Chocolate Cherry Loaf
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                      Servings Prep Time
                      1 loaf 30 minutes
                      Cook Time
                      55-65 minutes
                      Servings Prep Time
                      1 loaf 30 minutes
                      Cook Time
                      55-65 minutes
                      Ingredients
                      Servings: loaf
                      Instructions
                      1. Combine cherries and sugar in a small sauce pan and heat to a simmer over medium heat. Stir water and cornstarch together in a small bowl and add to cherries, stirring constantly until combine and mixture returns to a full simmer. Remove from heat and allow to cool to slightly warm or room temperature. Continue with recipe as cherries cool.
                      2. Preheat oven to 350℉ and prepare a 9"x5"x3"loaf pan by spraying with non stick spray or lightly greasing with butter and lining with parchment that overhangs the long edges.
                      3. In a small bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt until combined.
                      4. Beat together butter, cream cheese and sugar until smooth, scraping the bowl once or twice. Add eggs one at a time, scraping bowl and beating after each until incorporated. Add vanilla and mix to combine. Pour in half the milk and half the flour and beat until just combined. Repeat with remaining milk and flour. Scrape the bowl and add chocolate chips and mix to combine.
                      5. Pour half the batter into prepared pan and spread smooth. Top with half the cherry sauce, remaining batter and cherry sauce again on the top. Using a table knife, swirl batter in a figure eight pattern two or three times to create nice swirls of cherry sauce. No need to over swirl.
                      6. Bake in preheated oven for 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely in pan prior to lifting out and slicing.