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November 30, 2011

Bebidas para las fiestas Navideñas

Bebidas
Bebidas
Todas las navidades, mi cocina se llena de botellas vacías, corchos, potes y envases, todo lo necesario para preparar, curar, empaquetar las mezclas de ese año  para regalar y saborear.
Los licores son vistosos, sencillos y puede prepararlos fácilmente. Comience a guardar botellas vacías para empaquetarlo y decorarlo antes de regalarlo. Es ideal para llevarle a los anfitriones de alguna fiesta.
Pero no se olvide del tradicional coquito, receta que incluyo también, lo tradicional siempre debe estar. Comience hoy para que estas fiestas lleve un poco de sabor y amor envuelto como regalo.

Licor de Café y naranja

1 pote de café instantáneo
4 tazas de azúcar
2 tazas de agua hirviendo
1 botella de ron oro
1 botella de vodka
1 vaina de vainilla o 1 cda de extracto de vainilla
cáscara de 3 chinas

Mezcle el azúcar, café y agua hirviendo hasta disueltos, el azúcar y el café. En un recipiente una con el resto de los ingredientes. Embotelle y guarde en un lugar oscuro por 2 semanas. (Mientras más tiempo, más sabor) .
Puede voltear y mover la botella todos los dias. Para embotellar para regalo, cuele y pase a botellas limpias.

Licor de Arándanos (Cranberries)

1 paquete de cranberries
1 taza de azúcar
2 tazas de sirop de maíz claro
2 tazas de vodka
1 taza de agua
_ taza de ron oro
Caliente los arándanos con el azúcar mientras los presiona para romperlos. Añada el sirope y mezcla bien. Retire del fuego y refresque. Mezcle los arándanos con el resto de los ingredientes
Y coloque en recipiente con tapa. Deje reposar en un lugar oscuro por 2 semanas. Cuele y embotelle.

CREMAS
En Puerto Rico el coquito es sinónimo de Navidad. otros países también celebran con una receta equivalente y en este libro incluyo algunas.

Coquito

4 latas de leche evaporada
4 latas de leche condensada
2 latas grandes de leche de coco dulce (Coco López)
6 yemas de huevo
1 botella de ron blanco
2 cdas de canela
1 cda de vainilla
1/4 a 1/3 taza de brandy o ron perfumado

En una licuadora bata las yemas de huevo con el ron por 2 minutos. Añada una de las leches y la canela. Mezcle el resto de los ingredientes en licuadora en tandas. Mezcle bien todo lo unido. Vierta en botellas limpias. Guarde refrigerado.

Ron Perfumado

1 botella de ron oro de carácter
2 rajitas de canela
1 vaina de vainilla abierta
2 granos de malagueta
4 a 5 clavos de olor.

Coloque las especias en la botella de ron y tape. Se tarda de 3 a 4 semanas en adquirir gusto.

Ron perfumado Rápido:

1taza de ron oro
5 clavos de especias
1 rajita de canela
1 cda de vainilla
1 cáscara de china
En una cacerola caliente el ron hasta que comience a hervir. Retire del fuego seguida y añada las especias. Tape y deje reposar hasta que esté fresco. Cuele y utilice.

Ponche crema

En países como Venezuela esta es la crema de navidad.
6 huevos
Cascara de uno a 2 limones
3 latas de leche condensada
2 latas de leche evaporada
1 botella de ron oro o brandy
1oz de angostura

Incorpore las leches a los huevos sin batir. Añada la cascara y ron. Cocine a fuego bajo moviendo todo el tiempo hasta que espese. Elimine la cascara. Añada la angostura, cuele y coloque en botellas. Refrigere.

Rompope

Esta crema nos viene de Méjico.
6 clavos de olor
1 rajita de canela de 4”
2 tazas de ron
6 tazas de leche
2-1/2 tazas de azúcar
_ taza de almendras peladas y molidas
15 yemas de huevo
1/4 cdta de nuez-moscada

Marine los clavos y la canela en el ron por 24 horas. Hierva la leche y azúcar. Agregue las almendras y reduzca a temperatura baja y cocine por 5 minutos. Retire del fuego. Bata las yemas hasta espesas y claras. (5 a 10 minutos) añada a la yemas 1 taza de la leche y bata bien. Vierta la leche con las yemas al resto de la leche y cocine a fuego mediano moviendo todo el tiempo hasta que espese (10 minutos). Elimine los clavos y canela del ron y añada a la leche. Refrigere. Sirva con un poco de nuez moscada.

Crema de vie

Original de Francia pero se toma mucho en Argentina y Colombia.
1 lata de leche condensada
1 lata de leche evaporada
6 yemas de huevo
2 tazas de azúcar
1 taza de agua
1 cdta de vainilla
_ taza de ron

Haga un almíbar con el agua y azúcar (que llegue a 250 grados en termómetro de dulce) Bata las yemas con el ron hasta unidas. Agregue las leches y vainilla. Por ultimo añada el almíbar mezclando bien. Coloque en botellas y refrigere.
Coloque las especias en la botella de ron y tape. Se tarda de 3 a 4 semanas en adquirir gusto.

Cheers,

Jackie :)

November 22, 2011

Ripe Bananas! Dont know what to do!! Ultimate Banana Bread! to the Rescue!

Makes one 9-inch loaf

Banana Bread!!

Be sure to use very ripe, heavily speckled (or even black) bananas in this recipe. This recipe can be made using 5 thawed frozen bananas; since they release a lot of liquid naturally, they can bypass the microwaving in step 2 and go directly into the fine-mesh strainer. Do not use a thawed frozen banana in step 4; it will be too soft to slice. Instead, simply sprinkle the top of the loaf with sugar. The test kitchen’s preferred loaf pan measures 8½ by 4½ inches; if you use a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan, start checking for doneness five minutes earlier than advised in the recipe. The texture is best when the loaf is eaten fresh, but it can be stored (cool completely first), covered tightly with plastic wrap, for up to 3 days.
Ingredients
  • 1 3/4 cups (8 3/4 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 6 large very ripe bananas (about 2 1/4 pounds), peeled (see note)
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter , melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup (5 1/4 ounces) packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup walnuts , toasted and coarsely chopped (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
Instructions
  • 1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8½ by 4½-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together in large bowl.
  • 2. Place 5 bananas in microwave-safe bowl; cover with plastic wrap and cut several steam vents in plastic with paring knife. Microwave on high power until bananas are soft and have released liquid, about 5 minutes. Transfer bananas to fine-mesh strainer placed over medium bowl and allow to drain, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes (you should have ½ to ¾ cup liquid).
  • 3. Transfer liquid to medium saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until reduced to ¼ cup, about 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat, stir reduced liquid into bananas, and mash with potato masher until fairly smooth. Whisk in butter, eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla.
  • 4. Pour banana mixture into flour mixture and stir until just combined with some streaks of flour remaining. Gently fold in walnuts, if using. Scrape batter into prepared pan. Slice remaining banana diagonally into ¼-inch-thick slices. Shingle banana slices on top of either side of loaf, leaving 1½-inch-wide space down center to ensure even rise. Sprinkle granulated sugar evenly over loaf.
  • 5. Bake until toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean, 55 to 75 minutes. Cool bread in pan on wire rack 15 minutes, then remove loaf from pan and continue to cool on wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

November 20, 2011

Adamiris Lopez, Winner of Mira Quien Baila 2011

Our Beloved, Beautiful and talented Adamaris...Won today the dance competition of "Mira Quien Baila"  de latinoamerian version of Dancing with the Stars!  Adamaris is Breath Cancer Survivor and a truly wairrior!

Well Done !!  PUERTO RICO AGAIN!!!






Cheers, Jackie :)

Living Happy Days!

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November 19, 2011

Pecan Biscotti- A Simpler Version and Just as Tasty!




Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted Butter                    6 eggs (xlarge)
2 cups sugar                                 2 teaspoons Vanilla
7 cups flour                                  2 teaspoons Baking Power
1 teaspoon Salt                             3 Cups coarsely chopped (pecan, walnuts or Pistachios)

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 3500
  2. Beat butter and sugar until lite and fluffy, then add vanilla
  3. Mix in eggs one at the time until well combined
  4. Cream well
  5. Add flour, backing power and salt.
  6. When dough is smooth stir in nuts
  7. Divide into 4 logs 12” long
  8. Place on 2 ungreased baking sheets
  9. Bake for 35 min
  10. Take out of the oven and cool for 5 min
  11. Slice logs on diagonal about 3/4” thick
  12. Put on cookie sheets and bake for about 10-15 min more
  13. When cool drizzle w/white chocolate

Blood Orange Panna Cotta with Ginger Pecan Biscotti



In the dead of winter, nothing is quite as refreshing as a ruby-red, sweet-tart blood orange. I use blood orange juice to make exotic cocktails (i.e. Blood Orange Margaritas or Hurricanes) and the segments in salads with slices of fennel. I even keep some blood orange concentrate on hand in the freezer just in case I can’t find fresh blood oranges. Blood orange juice and zest is an ideal addition to a simple panna cotta (‘cooked cream’ in Italian)—its mild acidity cuts the richness and gives it a refreshing end-note. I like to serve this dessert with home-made Ginger Pecan Biscotti. (The Perfect Puree of Napa Valley Frozen Blood Orange Concentrate--which is fabulous--is available from www.perfectpuree.com)


Blood Orange Panna Cotta with Ginger Pecan Biscotti

Makes 4 servings

Blood Orange Panna Cotta:
2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 teaspoons powdered gelatin
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 ½ tablespoons blood orange zest
3 tablespoons blood orange juice

Orange powder:
1 tablespoon orange zest

Ginger Biscotti:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon peeled and finely grated fresh gingerroot
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup chopped crystallized ginger
1 cup pecan pieces

Make the panna cotta:
1. Place ¼ cup of the cream in a heatproof glass measure and sprinkle the gelatin on top. Let stand to soften for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a saucepan over medium-high heat, heat the remaining 1 ¾ cups cream with the sugar and orange zest, stirring to dissolve the sugar, just until it begins to boil. Turn off the heat and add the softened gelatin, stirring until it is dissolved. Stir in the blood orange juice. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a glass measure with a pouring spout. Pour into 4 serving glasses. Let the mixture cool until tepid, then refrigerate until firm, about 3 hours.

Make the Orange Powder garnish:
2. Place the zest in a microwave-save container with a flat bottom. Microwave it uncovered at 10-second intervals, stirring after each interval, until it is dry (just over a minute, usually). Process the dried zest in a spice grinder until finely ground.

Make the biscotti:
3. Position two racks near the center of the oven and preheat to 325°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, ground ginger, salt, and black pepper. Set aside.

5. In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together at medium speed until well blended, about 1 minute. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the gingerroot and vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture at low speed, mixing just until blended. Add the crystallized ginger and pecans and mix until combined. Scrape the dough out onto a floured work surface and gather it into a disc (the dough will be quite sticky). Divide the dough in two. Sprinkle the surface with more flour and shape each piece into a 12-inch log. Transfer the logs to one of the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 3 inches apart (the logs will spread). With the heel of your hand, flatten the logs slightly until they are 2 inches wide. Place the baking sheet on the upper of the two racks in the oven and bake for 35 minutes, until the logs just start to brown lightly. Set the baking sheet on a wire rack and cool for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 300°F.

6. Slide a pancake turner under each log to loosen it from the parchment paper. Carefully transfer the logs to a cutting surface. Replace the parchment paper on the baking sheet on which the logs were baked. Using a serrated knife, cut the logs on the diagonal into 1/2-inch slices. Arrange the slices, cut side down, on the prepared baking sheets, 1/2 inch apart. Bake an additional 18 to 22 minutes, switching the position of the baking sheets halfway through baking, until the biscotti are dry and barely begin to color around the edges. Transfer the cookies to wire racks and cool completely.

To serve:
7. Sprinkle a little Orange Powder on top of each panna cotta and serve each with 2 biscotti.

Courtesy of:  Tish Boyle

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