Bought puff pastry

Hello Guys.
So today is Friday! YAY finally I have lots of things to bake this weekend, I’m going to bake my first homemade pinneaple upside down cake. And if it turns out good i’ll def post it on the blog!

For now I just wanted to share my experience with bought puff pastry, I bought mine in costco and I thought it was actually  cheaper than I expected.

I made:
Ham and Cheese in Puff Pastry.
Annie’s Apple Pie Cookies (Instead of making the pie dough I used puff pastry and they turned out great!)
And last but not least I made little “empanadas” with it, I filled them with dulce de leche,strawberry and pinneaple jam. They turned out soooo good! I took pictures of the process and im going to share them with you.

Grab a sheet of puff pastry and sprinkle some flour.

Cut the puff pastry in squares.

Grab a piece and Brush the border with some egg wash.

Place some Jam, in this case I used strawberry Jam

Place the second piece on top of the filled pastry.

press with a fork, brush the top with egg wash if you want and cut a few slits in the top to allow steam to escape.

Bake them 350 °F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Sprinkle some Icing sugar on top and enjoy!! 🙂

I do want to make my own puff pastry someday but for now I think bought puff pastry is awesome!

What do you think of puff pastry? Have you tried it? 🙂

Celery Bread

Hello! How was everyone’s weekend?

Today is monday and even thought I wasnt a big “Monday” fan I always love to post my recipes on this day It makes Mondays more exciting haha.
I don’t know about you but I’ve actually been thinking of valentine’s day a lot, It’s coming out and im ready to try out some recipes so I can post them on the blog and to give to my friends, I have valentine’s day recipes bookmarked since last valentine when I didn’t even own an oven or this blog.
So im pumped up to bake, bake and well… BAKE! 😀

Today I’m going to share a recipe that we made for christmas, but I think you can make it any other day and enjoyed it as much as we did.
Celery Bread or as we call it here: Pan de Apio.
It’s and old recipe from my grandmother, she used to make it every christmas or new years, My mom found the recipe in one of her recipe books, we made it and she says it tastes just the same!
So I decided to share the recipe!

 

Ingredients:
16 slices of white bread in cubes
5 eggs
2 cups of celery chopped
1 cup of green onions chopped
1 stick of butter (melted and cooled)
2 cups of green apple in cubes
1/2 tablespoon of poultry
2 cups of chicken soup
pepper
salt

Preparation:
Cut the slices of bread into cubes and place them on a bowl

Chop the celery,green onions,apple


add them and also add the 5 eggs,butter,pepper,salt,poultry to the bowl


Mix with your hands and start adding the chicken soup until everything is well combined. (you may not use all the chicken soup)

Place the mixture into a buttered Pyrex

Cover it with foil paper and Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, take it out of the oven and take out the foil paper and bake again without it for 30 more minutes.

Cover it with plastic wrap to keep warm until serving.

Sorry for not taking a better picture of the celery bread, When I wanted to grab a slice to save for the picture there wasnt any! Everyone enjoyed it and ate it all.

Hope you guys enjoy it too! 🙂

Source: My Grandmother.

Mexican Wedding Cookies

Happy New Year Everyone! 🙂

I struggled to decide which recipe I was going to share with you today.
It’s the first recipe I’ll share this 2012 so it’s important, I thought I would share a sweet recipe.
For me this type of cookie reminds me of Chihuahua where my Aunt Lucy is from, She’d always make this for parties or just family reunions and of course they are delicious.
I’ve seen that people called them “Mexican wedding cookies”, or “Russian tea cookies”, We call them: Bolitas de Nuez or Besos de Nuez, either way they are really good and I’ve been wanting to make them for a long time.
I’m glad I finally gave them a try.

Ingredients:
1 Stick of butter
1/2 Cup of ground nuts
1 Cup of flour
1 Teaspoon vanilla
3 Tablespoons of sugar
1/2 Teaspoon of baking powder

Icing sugar for rolling.

Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Line cookies sheets with parchment paper.

In a food processor ground the nut.


Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar at medium-speed until it is smooth. Beat in the vanilla. At low-speed gradually add the flour and baking powder. Mix in the pecans with a spatula.

With floured hands, take out about 1/2 tablespoon of dough and shape into little balls.

Place onto prepared cookie sheets.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until light brown. When cool enough to handle but still warm, roll in icing sugar.

Note: If you want you can double the recipe since they go by really fast! 🙂

Source: My Aunt Lucy.

Merry Christmas

Hello everyone and Merry christmas to all of you!!!

Hope you guys are having great times with your loved ones!
Today im not posting a recipe but im letting you guys know what has happened since I last updated this blog.

For christmas I got my very first KitchenAid Mixer! SO EXCITING!!

If you’ve been following my blog I have wished for it since before I started blogging and im so excited I finally have it in my kitchen!
Can’t wait to start making bread,cookies,cakes,etc.

I also wanted to share some pictures of how our table looked in christmas day.


We had: Turkey,Sopa Fria,Mashed potatoes and a classic dish from here that is called “Picadillo” with some bread and cranberry slices.
we ate too much of everything and it was all really good!
I love this holidays not just because of the food or the presents, but the time we spent with our loved ones, share stories,memories but most importantly just being together! 🙂

I also can’t believe that it’s almost 2012 I remember I started this year 2011 thinking about starting a blog and found it so intimidating but now here I am looking forward to posting more recipes and just enjoying everyone’s recipes and stories too. I am grateful of having this blog because it has been a great journey which I’ve learned so many things and I’ve shown to my family that I find cooking and baking not only a hobby but that I truly love this!! 🙂

Can’t wait for New years eve! I’m going to be in charge of the deserts so hopefully everything will turn out good! I’ll keep you guys posted! 🙂

I have great recipes coming this new year!

Thank you guys for reading this blog! 🙂

See you Next year!
Maggie. 

Pastel de Carne


Hello guys! 🙂
I haven’t posted in here for almost a month!!
I’ve been really busy with school and I have to present some exams, so I’ve been studying and studying, Can’t wait to be on vacations!
Also we are remodeling our kitchen!!!!! YAY, My sister bought my mom a new oven and yesterday it got installed and im ready to bake,bake and bake.
I’m saving to buy plenty of baking sheets, and books!
I’m going to Arizona next week, and im going to buy some books there,

any one got some recommendations :)?

I’ll love to hear what books you guys have.
Talking about this “meatloaf” or as we call it here “Pastel de Carne” I’ve known this dish forever, and Since im a pork fan, I’ve always loved it! And im ready to share the recipe with you, I find it really simple and I think it works well to make it on this christmas-y season!

Ingredients:
1 1/2 kilo of ground pork
4 or 5 stripes of bacon chopped
1 cup of chopped ham
1/2 onion chopped
500 grams tomato puree
3/4 cup evaporated milk
Pepper
Salt
2 teaspoons chicken soup powder
1 Cup bread crumbs

Preparation:
Add the meat,milk,onions,ham,bacon,tomato puree, pepper,salt,chicken soup powder, and bread crumbs on a bowl.Mix all the ingredients together with your hands until well combinedPut some butter into a pan and add the meat


Place some foil on top of the pan and cover.

Cook it on a medium-low heat for one hour and a half.

Serve with some mashed potatoes! and enjoy!!! 🙂

I know I want some right now!!

Source: My Mom

Zucchini Soup

In just one blink of an eye we are almost on december that means were almost on christmas!
I mean just days ago I was celebrating my baby nephews birthday in august, But those summer days are more than over and im enjoying this weather like no one.
We have been making so many plans, because my sister bought my mom a new oven, and were going to make some remodeling around the kitchen which always excites me.
I can’t wait to have my Kitchenaid Mixer for christmas to make so many stuff! I’ve been bookmarking recipes since I was told I was going to get that for christmas.

I havent posted a full recipe on the blog since almost a month ago, I wasn’t going to post this but I found this recipe super easy to make and everyone loves it When my mom makes it, everyone wants more than one bowl of it.
If you are a zucchini fan you should def try this! I hope you like it! 🙂

Ingredients:
6 zucchini
2 Tablespoons Butter
90g Cream Cheese
Pepper
1/4 Teaspoon Curry
1/2 Tablespoon Sugar
Croutons

Preparation:
Cut Zucchini into pieces and cook it with water until soft.
On a saucepan place the 2 tablespoons of butter and let it melt on a medium-low heat.
when the zucchinis are soft place them on a blender with some of the water that you cooked them with and add the cream cheese and blend.

when everything is blended, Add the mixture to the Saucepan and start adding the pepper, curry and sugar.


Let it boil and your ready to serve!

Add some croutons if desired.

Source: My Mom

Happy Halloween

Hello everyone! it’s been a while since I haven’t posted anything around here!
But even thought I don’t have a full recipe to share im going to share some pictures of cupcakes I made yesterday.

Strawberry mini cupcakes with cream cheese frosting!

I decided to make this cupcakes for the family since every Sunday we get together.

I made 50 mini cupcakes and decorated them very simple

But then decided to add some candy corn in honor of Halloween, and some chocolate balls for decoration! They turned out so cute!

I’m going to share with you the cream cheese frosting recipe I used.
1 8oz package of cream cheese
1/2 butter stick
2-3 cups of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Cream together the cream cheese and butter with the mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes, then add the vanilla and start adding the powdered sugar on low for about 3-5 minutes until it’s all well combined!

Note: Some cream cheese frosting call for milk or heavy cream, I don’t use it because I don’t want the frosting to be more runny than it is.
And I found out that making the frosting before making the cupcakes and refrigerate it makes it more easy to pipe!

Hope you all have a great Halloween!

What are you guys going to be for this Halloween? 😀

 

Rice Pudding

Or Arroz Con Leche

I Love “Arroz con Leche” I find it so delicious it is that kind of dessert you remember eating as a kid, the smell of the cinnamon just brings me back when I’d sit next to my Mom and watch her make it, I would impatiently wait for it to cool down so I could had a big large bowl of it! Most of the times I’d burn myself but It is so good you can’t wait for it to completely cool down! haha.

I’ve had plenty of variations of rice pudding, on fancy restaurants they’ll serve it with raisins and as much as I am a raisins fan, I like my rice pudding simple.

So I thought I’d share my simple version with you guys today!

I made this on thursday and by friday this was gone 😦

So I’ll have to make another batch ASAP! 🙂 haha.

Ingredients:
2 Cups of Rice
4 Cups of Water
1 Can 390 grams Condensed Milk
1 Can 354 ml Evaporated Milk
354 ml Milk
1/2 Tablespoon of Cinnamon plus more for topping
1 Teaspoon Vanilla

Preparation:
In a Pot cook the 2 cups of rice with the 4 cups of water.

When it is Cooked on a Medium-low heat start adding the Evaporated Milk, Normal Milk,

Condensed Milk,

Cinnamon and Vanilla

Stir with a wooden spoon until everything is incorporated and wait for it to boil, turn off the heat and cover the pot.

Wait for it to cool down and you can place it on the fridge for 1 hour until it is cold or you can eat it straight out of the pot!

Both ways it is Delicious!

Yumm-o! Now I want some!!! 🙂

Source: My Mom

Pasta with Chile Verde

This past week has been busy, I had my appointment to go to the dentist and he tightened my teeth, and I was in pain for almost the entire past week. Ice cream always makes me feel better after I go to the dentist, I feel that the coldness of it makes my mouth kind of numb and I forget about the pain for a bit!

Today I am feeling way better and ready to eat again!

But before my appointment My mom and myself  made this great pasta.
Let me tell you about it, im in love with it! my Mom makes this pasta when my sisters bring their friends, or when my family comes over, I’ve always thought it was hard to make, but a year ago I told my mom I wanted to learn how to prepare this, and found it very easy to make, maybe the “difficult” part would be roasting the peppers, But I think once you get the technique you would do great! 🙂
I seriously can’t get enough of it! I had it for lunch and for dinner!
I really hope you give it a try, you wont regret it 🙂

Hope you all have a great week It smells like fall! YAY I love october! 😀

Ingredients:
500 Grams Pasta
3 Green chiles
500 Grams cream
400 Grams corn kernels
2 Cans evaporated milk
1 Teaspoon pepper
1 Tablespoon chicken soup powder
2 Tablespoon butter

Preparation:
Cook Pasta as it says on the package.


Roast the Chile verde, place them on a large griddle over medium-high heat.
Roast until the skin turns black.
Remove peppers from griddle and place in a Ziploc bag, allowing them to sweat for 5 minutes.
Transfer to a plate to cool.
Peel and discard the outer skin of the peppers and remove the seeds and veins.

On a blender place the evaporated milk, butter, cream, chicken soup powder, pepper and mix until smooth.

On a Saucepan in a medium-high heat place the mix and wait until it starts to boil

Add the pasta and corn kernels give it a mix and place the flame on a medium-low heat and cover the pasta for 10-15 minutes, turn off the heat and serve!
Optional: You can place some Chile verde or Poblano peppers halved lengthwise  on top of the pasta before covering. I used Frozen ones!

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do! 🙂

Source: My Mom

Cookies and Cream Bark

So September it’s almost gone, that means that summer it’s almost gone too, I am excited about that, I mean I like summer, I love Ice pops, Ice Cream, flip-flops, But when you live on a city that has a weather of 108° F you kind of miss the fall/winter all the time, I personally love to get to drink a GIANT cup of Hot chocolate, I also love the fact that I can bake in the oven to bring warmth to the house, I mean who doesn’t love that?

Last week I saw Rosie from Sweetapolita Making a “Cake batter & sprinkle bark” I thought that looked so pretty and I found it so creative!

Then I saw Naomi’s from Bakers Royale “Cookies and cream Breakaway” That reminded me of winter you know, white reminds me of winter haha and I immediately thought “I need to make this” I mean what can go wrong?

I had everything in hand White chocolate and Oreos.
I’m so glad i tried this, they are soooooooooooo good! So simple but so tasty!
They’ll take away 20-30 minutes off your time and If you have kids I’m sure they’ll love to help smash the Oreo cookies.

Ingredients:
10 oz. white chocolate or white chocolate chips
10-15 regular size Oreos, plus 2-3 more for topping

Preparation:
Line a 8×8 pan with enough parchment or wax paper for a 1 inch overhang on each side.

Place chocolate in a double boiler over low heat and stir continuously, until chocolate is completely melted. Transfer chocolate to a heat proof bowl and cool for 5 minutes. Add chopped Oreos and stir to combine.

Pour mixture into pan. Use a spatula to smooth out top.

Finely chop remaining Oreos and sprinkle on top.

Chill for about 10-15 minutes until chocolate becomes solid.

Lift whole bark out of pan by holding onto parchment or wax overhang. Split bark into pieces with a fork,knife or with your hands.

Note: If you use your hands to smash the Oreos your fingers will get messy…

But that’s the fun part isn’t it ;)? haha.

The only thing that’s left for us now is to have one piece of this bark and think that winter is coming soon! 🙂

Source: Bakers Royale

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