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    Butternut Amaretto Bundtlettes

    Butternut-Amaretto Bundtlettes
    Yields about 18 mini bundt cakes

    Bundt cakes
    2 1/2 cups (500g) granulated sugar
    1 cup (240ml) canola oil
    3 large eggs, at room temperature
    3 cups (360g) all-purpose flour
    2 teaspoons baking soda
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    2 cups (15 oz.) butternut squash puree (instructions follow)

    Butter amaretto syrup
    1/2 cup (120ml) water
    1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
    1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, melted
    1 cup(120ml)  amaretto liqueur
    Pinch of salt

    2 cups (230g) confectioners’ sugar
    1 tablespoon amaretto
    2-3 tablespoons milk or cream to thin
    1 drop each yellow and orange food color

    For the cakes, preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a multi cavity mini-bundt cake pan (such as Nordicware Bundtlette pan) with flour-based baking spray.

    In a large bowl, combine sugar and oil until blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and cloves; add to egg mixture alternately with squash puree, beating well after each addition.

    Scoop the batter into the bundt pan cavities within 1/2 inch of the tops. Cover unused batter in the bowl with a damp tea towel. Bake for 24-27 minutes, or until the bundt cakes are well puffed, and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes and turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Wash the pan, coat with flour-based baking spray and bake remaining batter; repeat until all the batter has been used. 

    For the syrup, combine the water and sugar in a microwave-safe bowl; heat at 100% power for 1 minute, and stir. Heat for an additional 30 seconds and stir until the sugar is melted. Stir the melted butter into the hot liquid; add the amaretto and pinch of salt. Stir to combine. Quickly dunk each cake in the liquid and transfer to wire racks. Let stand until the syrup is well-absorbed, about 10 minutes.

    For the glaze, combine the confectioners’ sugar, amaretto, and 2 tablespoons of cream in a medium bowl. Blend with a whisk to combine. Add more milk or cream as needed to form a thick glaze that holds in the balloon of the whisk for a moment before falling in a ribbon back into the bowl. Add the food color and mix again. Spoon the glaze over the cakes. Let stand until the glaze crusts, about 10 minutes. Serve immediately. Store the cakes in an air-tight container.

    **To make this recipe as one large bundt cake, pour the batter into a 10-inch tube pan and bake for 60-65 minutes, or until a toothpick tester comes out clean.

    How to make butternut squash puree:
    Wash and carefully cut off the stem and base ends of a medium whole butternut squash; half lengthwise. Dig the seeds and membranes out with a large sturdy spoon. Butternut squash are firm and can be hard to cut! Microwave halves for about three minutes to soften and loosen the skin for easy and safer peeling! Remove skin from halves with a sharp knife. Place halves face down in a baking dish or roasting pan; pour water into dish around squash about 1/2 inch deep. Cover with foil and roast for an hour or until fork tender. Let cool and chop into small cubes. Puree in a blender or in a food processor until smooth.  LEGGI TUTTO

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    Chai Streusel Babka

    Perfumed with warm chai spice, this crunchy and aromatic babka is a twist-pardon the pun-on the more common cinnamon babka, bringing all the comfort of your favorite tea latte to the enriched babka formula. You’ll welcome this spicy changeup. Find more delicious babka recipes in our September/October 2020 issue!

    Chai Streusel Babka

    2½ cups (313 grams) plus 2 tablespoons (16 grams) all-purpose flour, divided
    3 tablespoons (36 grams) granulated sugar
    1½ teaspoons (4.5 grams) instant yeast
    1¼ teaspoons (3.75 grams) kosher salt
    ¼ cup (60 grams) plus 1 tablespoon (15 grams) water, divided
    ¼ cup (57 grams) unsalted butter
    ¼ cup (60 grams) whole milk
    ½ teaspoon (2 grams) vanilla extract
    2 large eggs (100 grams), room temperature and divided
    Chai Filling (recipe follows)
    Chai Streusel (recipe follows)

    In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together 1 cup (125 grams) flour, sugar, yeast, and salt by hand.
    In a small saucepan, heat ¼ cup (60 grams) water, butter, milk, and vanilla over medium-low heat until an instant-read thermometer registers 120°F (49°C) to 130°F (54°C). Add warm butter mixture to flour mixture. Using the paddle attachment, beat at medium-low speed until combined. Add 1 egg (50 grams), and beat until combined. With mixer on low speed, gradually add 1½ cups (188 grams) flour, beating just until combined and stopping to scrape sides of bowl.
    Switch to the dough hook attachment. Beat at low speed until a soft, somewhat sticky dough forms, 5 to 7 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl and dough hook; add up to remaining 2 tablespoons (16 grams) flour, 1 tablespoon (8 grams) at a time, if dough is too sticky. Turn out dough onto a very lightly floured surface, and shape into a smooth round.
    Lightly oil a large bowl. Place dough in bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until doubled in size, 30 to 45 minutes.
    Turn out dough onto a very lightly floured surface, and gently press into an 8×6-inch rectangle. Loosely wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
    Spray an 8½×4½-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Line pan with parchment paper, letting excess extend over sides of pan.
    On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 13×10-inch rectangle (about ¼ inch thick). Using a small offset spatula, spread Chai Filling on dough, leaving a ½-inch border on both short sides and one long side. Starting with opposite long side, roll up dough, jelly roll style, and pinch seam to seal. Gently lift log at each end, and stretch to 14 inches long. Place seam side down, making sure seam is off to one side instead of in center. Using a sharp serrated knife, cut in half lengthwise. Turn halves cut side up, and place in an “X.” Twist top half of “X” two times; pinch ends, and tuck under. Repeat with bottom half of “X.” Using your hands, place in prepared pan, making sure to keep cut sides up and ends tucked. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until puffed, about 30 minutes to 1 hour. (See Note.) Test dough for fermentation using the finger dent test. (See PRO TIP.)
    Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
    In a small bowl, whisk together remaining 1 egg (50 grams) and remaining 1 tablespoon (15 grams) water. Using a pastry brush, brush egg wash on top of dough. Sprinkle with half of Chai Streusel.
    Bake for 20 minutes. Top with remaining Chai Streusel, and bake until golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted in center registers 190°F (88°C), 20 to 25 minutes more, covering with foil to prevent excess browning, if necessary. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Using excess parchment as handles, remove from pan, and let cool completely on a wire rack.

    Final rise time will depend on how long the dough is chilled. The longer the dough is chilled, the longer it will take to rise.PRO TIP: Once you think your dough has proofed, conduct the finger dent test. Gently press your finger about ½ inch into the surface. You should be able to watch the dough spring back slightly but still show an indentation. If the dent disappears, the dough is underproofed and needs more time. If the indentation stays completely, it has overproofed, but don’t panic. Immediately pop it into the oven; the babka will still be great.


    Chai Filling

    3 tablespoons (42 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
    ⅓ cup (73 grams) firmly packed dark brown sugar
    2 teaspoons (4 grams) Chai Spice Mix (recipe on page 25)
    ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

    In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Using a silicone spatula, press and stir together until well combined.


    Chai Streusel

    5 tablespoons (40 grams) all-purpose flour
    4 teaspoons (16 grams) granulated sugar
    ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
    ¼ teaspoon Chai Spice Mix (recipe on page 25)
    1½ tablespoons (21 grams) cold unsalted butter, cubed

    In a medium bowl, stir together flour, sugar, salt, and Chai Spice Mix. Using your fingers, cut in cold butter until mixture is crumbly. Crumble with your fingertips until desired consistency is reached. Refrigerate until ready to use.







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    Cheesy Artichoke Pie

    Canned artichokes, lemon zest, and parsley combined with a cheese trifecta of Ricotta, Swiss, and Parmesan make this surprisingly light, cheesy artichoke pie. It only takes 30 minutes to assemble and less than an hour in the oven!

    When I think of a cheesy pie, I imagine something dense and, well, super cheesy. This pie defies my preconceptions!
    The main cheese is mild ricotta, with some Swiss cheese and Parmesan for extra oomph. With flaky phyllo dough and plenty of eggs in the mix, the pie turns out to be light and delicate.
    Made with canned artichokes, this pie is easy to make: layers of crisp and buttery phyllo, artichokes, a burst of bright lemon zest, and fresh parsley. It’s a vision to behold. Serve it with a big salad or steamed asparagus and some crusty bread.

    Ricotta is what really lights up this pie, but it is a little bland by itself. Whole milk ricotta is the creamiest and best to use in the recipe. If you want to exchange the Swiss cheese for another one, any buttery, nutty cheese is a good choice, but keep the Parmesan!
    Swap out the Swiss if you please with any of these:
    If you are ambitious, you could cook whole artichokes and cut the heart into pieces (oh dear, that sounds a little sad). Anyway, using canned or defrosted frozen artichoke hearts is probably more realistic unless you are hankering for a project.
    Both are delicious in the pie, and the canned ones, packed in oil or water, may be the easiest to find. If you’re not an artichoke fan, cooked broccoli florets or cooked asparagus spears cut into pieces would make fine substitutes. You’ll need about 1 1/2 cups.

    Phyllo dough (also called “filo”) is made of tissue-thin sheets of wheat dough and is popular in Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. The sheets, brushed with olive oil or butter, stacked in layers and baked, form a delightfully rich, crisp, and buttery pastry. The most common examples are spanakopita and baklava, but it has many more uses.
    You will find phyllo in your grocery freezer section, along with other pie dough and puff pastry (which is not the same thing!). The most prevalent size of the sheets is 14 x 18 inches, but any size in that neighborhood will work well. I used this brand, but have also found other similar brands depending on where I shop.
    To defrost phyllo, leave it in its package in the refrigerator the night before you’re going to use it. To prevent it from becoming dry and brittle, use the phyllo within 24 hours of defrosting it.
    Phyllo can be a little glitchy to work with. Each paper-thin sheet must be brushed with melted butter and layered in a baking dish. Work quickly, and if you are going to walk away for more than a few minutes, be sure to cover it with a lightly dampened dishtowel.
    Place the stack of phyllo next to the baking dish and brush the top layer with butter.
    If you need to pause at any point, cover the stack with a lightly dampened dishtowel, but don’t leave it there too long or the dough will dry out.
    Don’t worry too much about a few cracks here and there. There’s going to be another layer to cover them!
    Most one-pound packages have around 18 sheets.
    You can refreeze the unused dough. Wrap it in several layers of plastic and freeze.
    Defrost in the fridge, covered with a damp cloth while it is defrosting.

    You can assemble this pie ahead of time. Cover it tightly with foil and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours before baking.
    To freeze an unbaked pie: Brush the top layer with butter and wrap it well in plastic then in foil. It can be frozen for up to three months. When ready to cook, unwrap the pie, brush with more butter, and place the frozen pie in the oven on a baking sheet. It should take from 10 to 20 minutes longer to bake than a freshly made pie.
    Once baked, leftover pie will keep for two to three days in the refrigerator. Reheat it in the oven at 350ºF for 15 to 20 minutes, or until hot all the way through.

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    15 Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Recipes to Make this Fall

    When I worked as a baker, we sold pumpkin muffins, pumpkin granola, and pumpkin spice lattes by the dozens once the air turned chilly. It was pumpkin season and we did everything we could to satiate the pumpkin craving.
    Pumpkin spice is delicious but that’s not the only way to use fall’s favorite vegetable. Pumpkin can do so much more!
    These recipes use either fresh or canned pumpkin. For recipes that use fresh pumpkin, look for sugar pumpkins or pumpkin pie pumpkins. The pumpkin should feel heavy for its size and have a smooth exterior with no soft spots, browning or mold. Also, in a pinch you can usually substitute butternut squash for pumpkin in most recipes and no one would be the wiser.
    Pumpkins have a long shelf life so feel free to pick up a few so that you’re prepared when the pumpkin craving strikes.
    When it comes to canned pumpkin just double check the label to make sure you’re buying canned pumpkin purée and not pumpkin pie filling. LEGGI TUTTO

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    Easy Fantasy Fudge


    1 Prep baking pan and assemble ingredients: Prepare everything in advance and have ready to go — chopped chocolate, chopped nuts, the marshmallow cream already out of the jar and in a bowl that you can easily scrape out with a rubber spatula.
    Line a 9×13 baking pan with foil, butter the inside.
    2 Boil sugar, butter, and milk for 4 minutes: In a 3-quart, thick-bottomed saucepan, bring sugar, butter, and milk to a rolling boil on medium heat, stirring constantly once the mixture begins to bubble.
    Once the mixture reaches a boil, set your timer to 4 minutes. You will want to remove the mixture from the heat once it reaches 234°F on a candy thermometer (adjust for altitude as needed) which should take about 4 minutes. If you don’t have a candy thermometer, just go with the four minutes.

    3 Finish the fudge: Remove from heat. Quickly stir in chocolate and marshmallow creme.
    Once the chocolate and marshmallow creme have melted and are well mixed, stir in the vanilla and then the walnuts.

    5 Pour into prepared pan.

    6 Cool to room temperature before slicing (about 4 hours). You may want to chill in the refrigerator to get it more firm.

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    5 Breakfast for Dinner Recipes to Make Weeknight Meals Fun and Easy

    This month welcome Sara Bir. Sara is the author of two cookbooks, Tasting Ohio and the IACP award-winning The Fruit Forager’s Companion. She also moderates and replies to your comments here on Simply Recipes. Follow her @sausagetarian.
    Do you want to know a secret? I love breakfast. Another secret? I eat yogurt with fruit and flax seeds nearly every morning.
    That leaves an awful lot of neglected breakfast options, so I just make them for dinner instead. I mean, who says eggs are only for mornings? Breakfast favorites at the dinner table make you feel like you’re getting away with something. Delivering quick, appealing, healthy meals, perhaps?
    I suppose there’s not a point in pondering when there’s so much to gain. Inverting the order we follow all the time is invigorating. And hello, everyone loves breakfast for dinner. It’s fun, carefree, and the best possible way to scramble things up.
    One last thing: Looking for dinner ideas? You’re in the right spot! We just launched our new paid meal plan service. We have delicious meal plans to suit every taste and lifestyle—Healthy Eating, Family Favorites, and Vegetarian, just to name a few. These one-week plans are $1.95 and, with them, you get a dessert and weekend prep recipe and a shopping list. They’re beautifully designed and perfect to print and save or simply load and cook right from your computer! LEGGI TUTTO

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    Use It Up: 11 Recipes to Make the Most of Coconut Milk

    I’m one of those people that saves every scrap of food. Look in my fridge and you’ll find mini containers strewn throughout containing leftover beans or tomato sauce that I don’t want to toss down the drain.
    More often than not, I’ll find a use for these leftover ingredients. When it comes to coconut milk, I might stir it in my morning oatmeal or swirl in a warming soup. Even if you only have a little coconut milk leftover from last night’s curry it’s easy to find a way to use it up.
    For the recipes below, look for brands of canned, unsweetened, full-fat coconut milk (not coconut extract). It might also have water, guar gum in the ingredient list. Cream of coconut, coconut water and coconut cream are different products that have different uses.
    What about lite coconut milk? Well, it will work most of the time but because it has less fat, it does not have the same amount of coconut flavor. Be sure to check the recipe before making substitutions as it can impact the final dish.
    When storing leftover coconut milk, make sure you date the container and keep it refrigerated. It’s best to use coconut milk within seven days. You can also freeze it by pouring it into ice cube trays. It will keep in the freezer for up to one month.

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    Why I Love OXO’s Garlic Press

    Kitchen ToolsOne Simply Terrific Thing

    Garlic presses get a bad rap, but if you find a good one it’s an incredibly useful, helpful tool. The OXO garlic press beats all others!


    Photography Credit: Sheela Prakash

    Welcome to One Simply Terrific Thing, our ongoing series highlighting the small tools and kitchen goods that make life better!

    For a long time, I was very anti-garlic press.
    I used to think a garlic press was the #1 most unnecessary kitchen tool, and I would get on my imaginary soapbox and share my strong feelings to anyone who would listen.
    But just a couple of months ago, I found myself retracting this bold statement after using the OXO Good Grips garlic press.
    My encounter with OXO’s garlic press was quite unplanned.
    After years of growing up with a constant stream of useless garlic presses, I’d always felt this tool never worked as well as it claimed to, and was a pain to clean. I promised myself I’d never own a garlic press.
    But when we went to stay with my dad a few months ago near the start of COVID quarantine, one night during dinner prep he pulled his own garlic press –the OXO one– out of the drawer. I grumbled, but when he insisted it actually worked, I gave it a try.
    It turned out OXO magically solved every single qualm I’d had with the garlic presses of my past.
    What’s ingenious about the OXO garlic press is you don’t have to peel the cloves. Slip one, two, or even three cloves into the press (yes, it conveniently holds multiple cloves), squeeze it using the comfortable, rubber-gripped handles, and the sturdy press efficiently pushes the garlic pulp out of its large hole.

    To clean it, simply flip the handles around and a red rubber strip pushes out the papery skin and any pieces of garlic that remain in the press. After that, it’s usually already pretty clean enough that a good rinse or a gentle wash is all it needs. If you don’t want to do that, you can toss the press right in the dishwasher.
    Since I’ve been using this garlic press at my dad’s over the past few months, I’ve become a total convert – so much so that after years of putting my foot down, I’ve already ordered one for myself to finally add to my own kitchen.
    Cheers to good tools!

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    Sheela Prakash
    Sheela Prakash is a food and wine writer, recipe developer, and the author of Mediterranean Every Day. Her writing and recipes can be found in numerous online and print publications, including Kitchn, Epicurious, Food52, Serious Eats, Tasting Table, The Splendid Table, Culture Cheese Magazine, Clean Plates, and Slow Food USA.Sheela received her master’s degree from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, holds Level 2 and Level 3 Awards in Wines from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), graduated from New York University’s Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, and is also a Registered Dietitian.
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