We saw this dish somewhere last week and decided to try our luck with it. We spent a half hour watching Youtube how-to videos to get a handle on the method and a few comments led me to decide to go with the real deal pancetta and pecorino cheese. I mail ordered a roll of pancetta, a slab of the hard cheese, and a few other items to make the free shipping cut off. That all made it in this morning via FedEx so we were good to go. At least after a quick market run after fresh parsley.
Youtube has so many good chefs making this that you would be best advised to go there and see rather than listen to me. LOL
Next time making this I’ll cook the pasta a little more, and use whole eggs rather than just the yolks like I did today. I weighed out 12 ounces of spaghetti and thought that three egg yolks would be about right. I saw some of the chefs mix the grated cheese in with the beaten eggs, I didn’t do that but I will next time. Don’t forget to reserve plenty of the pasta water to add while you are stirring the beaten eggs in.
Something about frigid temps makes me crave sweets. So when I was thinking about tonight’s recipes, that is what I was drawn to and lemon themed recipes rose to the top. I suppose because it brings with it a reminder of warmer climates. Which is where I am headed later in the month. Beach weather. I’ll be the pale, wind swept one by the eucalyptus tree.
One of my favorite tangy, sweet desserts is Sour Cream Lemon Poppyseeed Cake, yum, recipe here.
Since next week bring with it the ultimate date night, I thought it would be a good idea to include some special sweets: Valentine’s Day Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies, recipe here and Valentine’s Chocolates, recipes here.
Which is a good time to let you know there will be no recipe exchange next Friday. Do you have Valentine’s plans? Do you go out or stay home and cook? Or do you ignore it all together? (You should probably make sure your romantic partner is on board with that, if that’s your plan. Right?) And during these cold, cold days, what do you like to cook?
And finally, tonight’s featured recipe (pictured at top):
Lemon Coconut Layer Cake
I have a friend who loves coconut cream pie. I’m not a big fan, so I’ve never made one. But when I saw a photo of a coconut-lemon cake, I thought she might like it, so I gave it a whirl. The original cake was 6-layers, I just couldn’t fathom that, so I reduced it to a 4-layer cake. Layering is easier to do if you use pie pans instead of cake pans. This eliminates the need to cut each cake in half to achieve thin, even layers. This cake works best if made the night before. Refrigerate so the lemon filling stays firm. And shredded coconut covers any number of baking sins.
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup butter
- 1 ½ cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups sifted flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 13 oz coconut milk
- 3 eggs, separated
Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 9-inch pie pans
Cream the butter in a mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add the sugar and beat until very light, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the egg yolks, blending well.
Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt and add to the creamed mixture in 3 parts, alternating with the coconut milk, and beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Add the vanilla and beat to thoroughly combine.
In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff, and then gently fold into the cake batter. Divide evenly and pour into the pans, spreading to the edges. Bake until a toothpick inserted into one of the cakes comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool 15 minutes. Loosen and invert onto racks to cool completely.
Lemon cream filling:
- 2 egg yolks, beaten
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon butter
Combine the egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch, water, lemon juice, lemon zest and butter in the top of a double boiler set over, but not touching, boiling water. Cook, stirring, until thick and creamy, about 5 or 6 minutes. Cool thoroughly before spreading on the cake layers.
Okay, so all the recipes for lemon filling wanted a double-boiler. I started with one, but after 5 minutes of stirring and not thickening, I changed over to a saucepan and whisked it for 5 minutes while it boiled and thickened and had no issues with it burning or sticking. High altitude may have been the reason for my original troubles. Water boils at a lower temperature here, so the double boiler may not have offered enough heat to thicken the sauce.
Butter Cream Frosting:
- 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 6 tbsp butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup coconut milk
- 2 cups shredded coconut
With a mixer, mix together sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.
Add vanilla and milk and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more cream if needed for spreading consistency.
To assemble: Place first layer on cake plate, bottom side up, spread with a third of the lemon filling, sprinkle with coconut, place next layer, bottom side up, repeat and again with the third layer. Place fourth layer, top side up. Frost and garnish with more shredded coconut.
That’s it for this week. On Monday the full dinner menu and shopping list will post and it will be a Valentine’s dinner if you need ideas. Happy Valentine’s Day! – TaMara
I’ve had this for a little while now and have made three or four batches with it. It’s a well regarded Presto Belgian waffle maker. I don’t have them perfected yet but I have been turning out some very tasty waffles nonetheless.
You heat it up, the light goes out when it’s ready, and pour in the batter. Close the lid and rotate the thing to its other side to help settle the batter. There is a timer, three minutes has been just about right but it doesn’t hurt to open it to check. We had some older batter mix we used at first but found the stuff we ordered with the machine to be much better.The hardest part is getting the mix just right, not too thick or too thin. That’s the part I’m still working on. If you over fill the platter it will run out the side, underfills mean that the waffle will not be perfectly formed. It’ll still be mighty tasty.I made these today with batter a tad thick, they are not quite filled to the edge.These were an earlier batch. The one on top was from the bowl scrapings and is way short of being filled out.
We seem to be marking time as Big Holiday approaches. I haven’t been cooking anything new or exciting. The big snow is melting away in the warm temps that have arrived just ahead of another storm system that promises to dump more precip than we are ready for. The frontal boundary will probably be far enough to the north that we get rain rather than a mix or just snow.I’ve put this up before. It looks like heavy frost but it’s just how the wildlife cameras make the green leaves and grass look when it’s changing modes from day to night and has the infrared filter deployed while there is still a good bit of light. This was snapped in May this year.Here’s a kitteh for you. It has an interesting coat coloration, with a fine looking mane.Another pretty kitteh. I’m sure I’ve had this one in an earlier post but he’s worth another. Nice stripes over white boots.A little breakfast pr0n – sausage and gravy over biscuits with a couple of sunny side up eggs. Let me wrap this up with some hugs and kisses!