Monday, June 29, 2015

Summer 2015

   Happy Summer!!! I know it has been an extremely long time since we have posted, but we have been extremely busy! Michael is Chef at a new restaurant, I have been taking on much more with work and painting. We apologize for the blog vacation, but we promise that the food we have in store is worth it.

xoxoxo

F&M

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day Strawberry Upside Down Cake


Happy Valentine’s Day!! Tis the season to remind the ones you love why you love them, how you love them, and generally just how lovely they really are. It doesn’t hurt to show that love with a strawberry upside down cake!
Ingredients:

Whip cream:
½ Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup heavy whipping cream

Topping:
2 teaspoons cinnamon
 ½ stick of unsalted butter
½ cup brown sugar
2 cups strawberries

Cake:
Pinch of cinnamon
3 cups flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups sugar
4 eggs room temp
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
¾ cup heavy cream
2 sticks room temp butter

 
 
 
 
 


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
 
Start by slicing the strawberries and measuring out all of your ingredients.
Make the cake first. In a medium sized bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
In a separate large bowl beat the two sticks of butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then beat in vanilla.
In a small bowl mix together ½ cup water and the cream. Start mixing it all together by beating the flour in thirds, and adding the cream mix in between.  Set the batter aside.
Spray down your loaf cake or butter it in preparation of pouring batter in. To lay down the topping for the cake, melt down ½ stick of butter, ½ a cup of sugar, and the cinnamon until the sugar melts.
Pour at the bottom of the loaf pan. Lay the strawberries down creating two layers if possible to ensure maximum juiciness! Next spoon the batter on top.
Place in oven and bake for 50 minutes, and turn half way through. Check to see if baked through about 40 minutes in.
In the meantime, make your whip cream by beating the remainder of your whipping cream and vanilla extract on high speed until it forms peaks.
Serve warm to the ones you love!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
                                                                    

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Paleo Brunch Crostini with Tomato Caviar

Happy New Year!!! In this New Year we have decided to be healthier, as I believe everyone says they will be! Michael being a chef makes it difficult for him to adhere to this, but I have decided to try and eat Paleo-ish for a bit. I mean why not!? For a paleo dish we have created a Paleo Brunch Crostini with Tomato Caviar, not all brunches need to leave you feeling heavy!

Ingredients: makes about 5-6

Crostini:
1 cup almond meal
1 egg
1 ½ Tablespoons unsalted butter, chopped

Toppings:
5 eggs
3 small avocadoes
1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
Pinch of salt
2 large tomatoes
4 slices thick prosciutto or any other meat you would like to put on top




Start by making the crositinis, since they are made with almond meal, they are gluten free and very low carb which is awesome. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, and combine all the ingredients in a food processor and combine until you make a dough. Roll a small ball in your hands and pat down to make your crostini about an 1/8 of an inch thick. Bake for 16 minutes, rotating half way through.

Next prepare your toppings!

Avocado: With a fork cream together red wine, avocado, and a healthy pinch of salt.

Egg: Slow cook you eggs. Place eggs in water, then on the stove. Bring to a boil, once boiling, remove from heat and let cover for 2 minutes. Remove from water and place in cold water to stop the cooking. Remove the shell and chop.

Tomato Caviar: cut the top off of the tomato so that you can see all the pockets with the seeds. Using a sharp knife, slice in between the meat and the seeds of the tomato so that you are removing the meat from the seeds. Next carefully detach the seeds and they should come right out!

Prosciutto: Chop into pieces, you can either crisp it on the stove for about 3 minutes, or leave as is.

To put the crostini together first put down the avocado, then the egg, top with prosciutto, and tomato caviar, and sprinkle with salt. Enjoy your deliciously healthy and awesome brunch crostini!

 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Melting Snow Cake


Merry Christmas! We hope that you are having a wonderful holiday season. No matter what holiday you celebrate, this is a cake that can be celeb rated and enjoyed by all, enjoy our Melting Snow Cake. This is a spiced pound cake with a marshmallow fluff layer on the outside. This cake doesn’t get its name for any reason….it is a small cake, but is messy cake to make, so beware. If you are not feeling the messy frosting, and want something more prim looking feel free to buy a can of frosting and mixing our marshmallow fluff in with it!
Enjoy!

Ingredients: Serves about 4-6

Marshmallow Fluff:
3 egg whites room temperature
2 cups corn syrup
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cake:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan 
 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan 
 1 cup sugar 
 4 large eggs 
 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 
 1/2 teaspoon salt
1.5 teaspoon ground ginger
1.5 teaspoon ground clove
1.5 teaspoon cinnamon





Start by making the marshmallow fluff and preheating the oven to 350 degrees.  Pour corn syrup into the egg whites, and beat on a high speed with an electric mixer until the mixture doubles, about 5-6 minutes.  Slowly add in your powdered sugar while mixing on low. Once completely mixed, add vanilla extract. Place in fridge until ready to use.
Butter your cake pans. We used two 8 inch round pans.  Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition then add vanilla and salt.

With mixer on low, gradually add flour, and all of your spices, beating just until combined.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, about 35 minutes.

Let cool completely before you start to put the cake together. If the top of the cake is too rounded you can simply take a knife to flatten the tops off. Start by putting a layer of fluff in between the two cakes, if you are afraid of your cake sliding, then secure with toothpicks. Place second cake on top. Cover in fluff. When we made it the fluff poured all down the side because it is so heavy, so we placed in the freezer immediately for about 5 minutes.

Don’t leave in freezer for longer than 15 minutes, because it will be difficult to eat! Before serving dust with powdered sugar!

Tada!

Merry Christmas!