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Pumpkin Cornbread Recipe Recipe

Pumpkin Cornbread Recipe

11.07.13 by Jackie

This pumpkin cornbread is so delicious, I promise, once you try it, this will become a staple for your Thanksgiving meal. There are a few key ingredients that make this cornbread sensational: pumpkin of course, buttermilk, brown sugar and semolina. I did use cornmeal but the semolina gives a little oomph to the texture and a nice crunchy outer layer.

You've probably noticed I've been baking a lot these days. The only downside to baking so much is I have all the girls staring at the oven, complaining and asking every minute when it's going to be ready. They end up not being able to focus on their homework because an intoxicating, Thanksgiving smell permeates every single room of our house!


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Aebelskivers (Pancake Ball Recipe) Recipe

I think this recipe would be a perfect addition to a Thanksgiving brunch. The children in our family love pancakes, and this version fits the season quite well due to the addition of cranberry jam. It doesn’t hurt that the pancakes have a unique look to them as well.

The recipe starts like any pancake recipe. The one challenge is actually fitting the jam into the pancakes, and to make that possible, I cooked them in an aebelskiver pan. Aebelskivers are round pancake balls that taste similar to crossbred doughnuts and popovers. I usually use this pan for a Vietnamese dish called bánh khọt, which is a savory Vietnamese-style rice flour pancake. You've probably seen it in a flat-version (bánh xèo). Today, it made lovely, fluffy pancakes filled with a dollop of sweet/tart cranberry jam. If you prefer, you could fill them with candied yams, though I think there wouldn’t be as much textural contrast. This is definitely a recipe to learn, as it’s easy to adapt to any season or occasion.


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Fig Noor Bread Cake Recipe Recipe

Fig Noor Bread Cake Recipe

08.30.13 by Jackie

This fruity bread dessert is so delicious you won't believe it only requires 5 ingredients. No egg, no baking time and no more than 30 minutes prep time.

I cut black sesame and caraway Noor bread into small pieces and soaked them in hot fig preserves. Once the preserves were chilled, the cake jelled into one entity. I served the fig Noor bread cake with tangy crème fraîche for richness and pineapple and raspberries for a touch of acidity to balance the sweetness of the preserves. 

Last weekend, my good friend Laura, who's a jam expert, came over and picked 15 pounds of Black Mission figs in our garden. Aria and I helped gather as much fruit as possible so she could prepare her yummy fruit preserves. While selecting the ripe fruits, we chatted and Laura told me she would try a new technique.

The idea was to find a method that doesn't require pectin. To make the preserves, Laura started by combining water and lemon juice. After bringing the liquid to a boil, she stirred in sugar and brought the temperature to 250°F. Finally, she added the figs and vanilla beans and cooked the mixture at 220 degrees until jelled. 

I also have an announcement for this weekend. I'm going to be making a stop in Houston, Texas for an interview with Cleverley Stone on CBS Radio 650 AM at 10am Saturday. Tune in if you can, because a lucky listener will win a free copy of my cookbooks. Then I head to Barnes & Noble to sign my just released cookbook,Banh Mi, and my previous book, Haute Potato. Make sure you stay to sample a dish featured in Banh Mi! Hope you stop by and say hi! 


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Grilled Naan Margherita Pizza Recipe Recipe

Margherita pizza is a delicious yet very simple concept: pizza dough is smeared with flavorful tomato sauce topped with fresh mozzarella and freshly-torn basil leaves. I used whole grain naan instead of the pizza dough, so the preparation time was even shorter. To cook the naan pizzas, I placed them on the barbecue grill and let them cook until the cheese was warm and melted.

The folks at California Lavash have just officially launched their new look. The cool looking packages feature my photos and I absolutely love how they turned out. But most important, there are now almost a dozen varieties of their artisan, all-natural flatbread, ranging from naan, sangak and noor to regular lavash flatbread.


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Banh Bao Recipe (Vietnamese Steamed Bun) Recipe

Bánh bao literally translates to "cakes that wrap something" in Vietnamese. The dough is made of flour, milk, sugar and a hint of oil. Once the dough rises, it's formed in the desired shape, usually dumplings similar to a pointy turban, then steamed until plump and perky. In general, they're stuffed with savory meat or sweet egg custard (called bánh bao cadé)

I've also seen them plain and shaped into a taco-style envelope at a few dim sum places. This is the version I used to finish the leftover braised duck leg from the night before. I shredded the tender duck meat and added pickled carrots and daikon and cilantro. I drizzled the bánh bao with a mole sauce using the reduced braising sauce adding 2 ounces chopped unsweetened chocolate, which tied the dish together beautifully. I was tempted to post this bánh bao bun in my second cookbook, Bánh Mì: 75 Banh Mi Recipes for Authentic and Delicious Vietnamese Sandwiches but decided to keep the recipes more traditional. Still, they’re a a lot of fun to make and quite versatile. 

Since it's the weekend already and I usually post a dessert, I’ll also mention that the leftover bánh bao wraps can be turned into sweet treats with the right filling. Dried fig spread, lemon curd (I had jars of the lemon curd I made last winter) and chocolate mousse or the more traditional sweet egg custard are all great choices.

If you live in the Bay Area, don't forget to pencil in next Saturday (May 25th) for my cooking demo and cookbook signing for Haute Potato at Los Altos Library. Hope to see everyone there. Have a great weekend!

Vietnamese Bun Recipe with Picture


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