Brown Butter-Pecan Granola
- 1/2 Cup Unsalted butter
- 1/4 Cup dark brown sugar (packed)
- 1/4 Cup honey ( )
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 Cup Pecans
- 2 Cup Rolled oats
- 1/2 Cup raw pumpkin seeds ((pepitas))
- 1/2 Cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 Cup sweetened dried cranberries
- Preheat oven to 275.
Pulse pecans in a food processor until pulverized. In a large bowl, combine pecans, oats, pumpkin seeds, coconut, cinnamon, and salt; set aside.
In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat and cook, stirring often, until butter foams, then browns. Take off the heat and stir in brown sugar, honey and vanilla. Pour over the oat mixture and mix until all the ingredients are well combined.
Spread out on to a rimmed baking sheet and bake, tossing occasionally, until golden brown; 40- 50 minutes. Let granola cool on baking sheet then break into clusters. Stir in cranberries.
Store in airtight container at room temperature.
This is another great recipe from Williams-Sonoma.
Basic Quiche and Tart Dough
This dough is perfectly tender and flakey.
- 1 1/2 C All purpose flour
- 4 T Unsalted butter (chilled)
- 1/4 C Pork Lard or Shortening (chilled)
- 1/2 t. Salt
- 3 – 4 T ice cold water
- In a bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Add the butter and shortening and, using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut them in until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. (You can also do this in a food processor.)Sprinkle in the water, 1 Tbs. at a time, stirring gently with a fork after each addition and adding only enough of the water to form a rough mass.
Using floured hands, pat the dough into a smooth, flattened disk. Use immediately, or wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
Makes enough dough for one 9-inch quiche or tart shell.
Macaroni and Cheese
The crispy topping and the Gruyère cheese really make this recipe special.
However, if you don’t have Gruyère on hand, feel free to experiment with other cheeses, just stick to the proportions.
- 1 Quart whole milk
- 8 tablespoons Unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup flour
- 12 ounces Gruyère cheese (grated)
- 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese (grated)
- 1 pound rigatoni or elbow macaroni
- 1 cup corn flakes (crushed)
- white pepper and salt ( to taste)
- Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package.
Grate both cheeses and reserve 1/4 C of Gruyère and 1/4 C of Cheddar to be used for the topping.
In a zip lock bag, add the Corn Flakes and crush until you have fine crumbs. Add, the reserved cheeses. set aside.
In a separate sauce pan or microwave proof container, heat the milk.
In a large sauce pan , melt 7 T. butter. Add, the flour and cook over low heat for about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Slowly stir in the heated milk, and continue to cook until mixture thickens. Remove the mixture from heat and stir in the Gruyère and Cheddar cheeses.
Season with white pepper. Taste the cheese sauce to check the seasonings, if it needs salt add it now. Add the white pepper to taste.
Stir in the cooked pasta until combined. Pour into a 3-quart buttered, baking dish.
Sprinkle the corn flake and cheese topping over the pasta and dot with the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter.
Bake in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly.
“Real Men don’t eat quiche”…until they’ve smelled this Ham and Leek Quiche baking in the oven! When my husband entered our home to the aroma of this quiche baking, the temptation was too great for him and he had to give it a try. He now requests that I bake him this wonderful quiche. This recipe is slightly adapted from Williams Sonoma.
Ham and Leek Quiche
- 1 batch basic quiche or tart dough
- 1 T. Unsalted butter
- 3 C. leeks (thinly sliced)
- 1 C. smoked ham (diced)
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 C heavy cream
- 1/4 C Gruyère cheese (finely shredded)
- fresh ground pepper (to taste)
- Preheat oven temperature to 350°F.
In a large sauté pan, melt the butter over medium-high heat until it turns golden. Add the leeks and sauté until wilted but still bright green, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a bowl to cool. Sautee the diced smoked ham for 3 minutes. Add to the leek mixture.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and cream. Season with the 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 or 2 grindings of pepper. Scatter the leek mixture evenly over the bottom of the pastry shell. Pour in the egg mixture and mix lightly with a fork to distribute evenly. Sprinkle evenly with the cheese.
Bake until the custard is set and the top is golden, 40 to 45 minutes. If the custard is set but the top has not turned golden brown, slip the quiche under the broiler for 1 to 2 minutes, watching closely. Let cool about 20 minutes in the pan on a rack before serving. Makes one 9-inch quiche.