Daily Archives April 23, 2015

portuguese cornbread

Portuguese Cornbread (Broa)

2 envelopes active dry yeast
2 cups sifted stone-ground yellow cornmeal
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
1 cup milk, scalded and cooled to lukewarm
2 tablespoons corn or vegetable oil
2 teaspoons salt
5 to 6 cups sifted all-purpose flour

Combine the yeast and half the cornmeal in a large mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup of the water and beat until smooth...

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docinhos de abobora

Docinhos de Abobora (Pumpkin Candy)

This delicious treat is from Brazil!

1 cup pureed pumpkin
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups grated coconut
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 teaspoon ground cloves

Cook all together, stirring constantly until the mixture is thick, or until it reaches the medium-ball stage (238 to 245 degrees F.). Turn onto a buttered platter to cool.

Shape into small balls and sprinkle with...

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columbian potatoes with tomato-cheese sauce

Colombian Potatoes with Tomato-Cheese Sauce (Papas Chorreadas)

4 to 6 large potatoes
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 scallion, green and white parts, finely chopped
1 cup chopped, peeled tomato
Salt and freshly-ground pepper, to taste
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup grated Monterey jack, Muenster or other mild white cheese
Chopped parsley (for garnish)

Boil the ...

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cornstarch cookies

Cornstarch Cookies (Biscoitos de Maizena – Brazil)

2 cups cornstarch
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 whole egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup unsalted butter ( no substitutions)
2 ounces coconut, freshly grated (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.

Sift cornstarch, sugar and salt together in a large mixing bowl...

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marzipan coconut balls

Marzipan Coconut Balls (Denmark)

7 ounces marzipan
3 ounces desiccated coconut
3 teaspoons Kahl?a
1 teaspoon good-quality cocoa powder
4 ounces good-quality coating chocolate (such as Lindt)

Knead first four ingredients together. Shape into 30 balls. Dip into melted coating chocolate and sprinkle with shredded coconut or decorate as desired. Store in airtight container.

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