Yeah, that's right, you heard me. Two blogs: one day! Lucky you!
My favorite blog bon appetempts takes really tricky gourmet recipes from fancy magazines and chefs, and tries to replicate them in a real human being's kitchen. Because I have the WHOLE DAY (well almost) today, I decided to recreate a bunch of fancy recipes of my own.
Last night, I couldn't sleep so I got up super early this morning and made Matthew:
Spiced Waffles with Caramelized Apples (umm yum!)
1 medium apple (honey crisp of course), peeled and cored
1/3 cup sugar
3 tbsp butter
1/3 c whipping cream
*I did take pictures of the process, but had technical difficulties, so I lost most of them. I know you're heartbroken*
I melted the butter in a skillet, and poured the sugar over the top. I stirred until the sugar melted, and then added the apples. When the apples were brown and tender (in about 10 minutes, as the recipe indicated), I added the cream. I stirred until it thickened in honey crispy, caramelly goodness, and then set the apples aside. Hey...Bon Appetit said I could!
2/3 cup plus 3 tbsp all-purpose flour (already sounds fancy right?)
6 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground coriander
Large pinch of cloves
3/4 cups buttermilk
2 tbsp honey
1 egg, separated
2 tbsp melted butter
I mixed all the dry ingredients together, until it smelled like Christmas. Then I separated the egg and set the white aside in a small bowl. I combined the buttermilk, honey, and egg yolk. I add them to the Christmasy smelling dry ingredients, and also added the melted butter. I beat the egg yolk until it was "stiff, but not dry". Actually, I just beat for awhile, I have no clue what "stiff but not dry" means. I folded in the egg white.
It was at this point that one major mistake (gasp) occurred. I preheated our waffle iron (a wedding gift), and greased it well. The recipe said "liberally" and not "well" and apparently the two are not synonymous. My first waffle was a crumby mess. Waffles #2 and #3, however, were delicious looking (and tasting). I reheated the waffles, poured them over the top, added a touch (touch is a very "bon appetit" word) of syrup....and...duh duh DUH!
Matthew literally said "I think I'm in heaven" about 7 times. I guess it was good.
But, in case you were worried that said husband will have a "lazy Saturday", never fear. Apparently gourmet recipes, leave a larger wake. Here's our kitchen in its current state.
Stay tuned. I will be back later today!