Monday, July 26, 2010

My Favorite Ingredient

I learned about this product during a baking class I took about 5 months ago. If you bake a lot, you know that countless recipes call for vanilla extract. Since discovering vanilla bean paste, I have not been able to deprive any of my recipes from using it. The vanilla extract and (for shame) imitation vanilla extract are collecting dust in my pantry. The instructor called this stuff "liquid love" and said only to use it for people you love. Well, I only bake for people I love, so my jar is already nearly empty. It's a 1 for 1 exchange with vanilla extract, but it is 1000x more delicious.

In the past few months, I have noticed this product popping up more and more. You can probably find a good deal online, but I have also seen it in the nicer kitchen supply stores as well as World Market.

John got me the KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment, and I can't wait to start adding vanilla bean paste to the ice cream recipes I want to try. Hopefully awesome ice cream blogs to follow this one.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Rosemary Popovers

Popovers are the ultimate comfort food, for me at least. My mom used to make them all the time when I was little. They were the only thing she didn't burn, which I say affectionately.
I recently decided to add some rosemary to the traditional recipe and I loved it. They're just slightly doughy on the inside, i.e., perfect.

1 c. milk
2 eggs
1 c. flour
1/4 t. salt
1 T. melted butter (sometimes I use olive oil)
1 sprig rosemary, leaves pulled off

Mix the ingredients on a low speed for about 30 seconds, scraping the bowl as you go. Divide the batter evenly into 8 well-greased and floured muffin cups. Put the pan into a cold oven and set it to 450. After 15 minutes, turn the oven down to 350 and cook for an additional 25 minutes. The popovers will be golden brown and puffy. Cut a slit into the side of each popover. Serve warm with extra butter, says my mom. There's really no nutritional value to these guys, but, before the additional butter you slather on, they're about 100 calories apiece, so not too bad.
Check out my recipe on 
Popovers With Rosemary on Foodista
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