Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Rice for 100

Most of you will probably never have to cook rice for 100-120 or so, but I did it last night. Thanks to Ken Brown for this recipe.


1.5 gallons water + 1.5 cups
1 gallon rice
cup of butter or margerine


Stir together in deep hotel tray. Seal tightly with foil. Place in convection oven at 400 degrees for 50 minutes. Carefully peel back the foil and fluff.
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Thursday, February 12, 2009

No-Knead Bread

A client gave me this recipe and swears it's top notch.


3 cups all-purpose or bread flour (more for dusting)
1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
cornmeal or wheat bran as needed


In large bowl, mix flour, salt and yeast. Add 1 5/8 cups water and stir until well blended. Dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest at least 12 hours (preferably about 18 hours).

When dough's surface is dotted with bubbles, turn out on to a lightly floured surface; sprinkle lightly with a dusting of flour; and turn in on itself a few times. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow to sit for 15 minutes.

Using enough flour to prevent sticking, gently shape into a ball. Generously cover a kitchen towel (not terry cloth) with corn meal or wheat bran. Place ball seam side down on towel; dust with more meal or bran; then cover with another kitchen towel, and allow to rise for 3 hours.

Preheat oven to 450. Place heavy duty 6-8 quart heavy covered pot into oven as it heats. When oven reaches 450, remove pot and place dough into it seam side up. Shake to level out a bit.

Cover with lid, and bake 18-30 minutes. Remove lid and continue baking another 20-30 minutes until browned. Cool on rack.
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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Baked Apple Pancake


2 tablespoons butter
1 cup peeled, sliced tart apples
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 large eggs
1 cup flour
3/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in heavy cast-iron skillet.

Add apples, pecans, sugar and cinnamon, and cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, until the apples begin to get tender.

While apples are cooking, place the eggs, flour, milk, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a blender or mixer. Blend for 1-2 minutes on high.

Pour the batter over the cooked apples in the skillet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove and allow to cool for 5 minutes; then invert onto a plate.

Slice into 6-8 pie pieces and dust with powdered sugar.

Note: We did this one today (February 14 - for My Valentine), and it is superb!
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