Chocolate and Coconut Milk Pots de Crème

Chocolate and Coconut Milk Pots de Crème

Adapted from The Bojon Gourmet

Makes 6 small yet rich servings (about 4 ounces each)

For the pots de crèmes:
1 can full-fat coconut milk (1 3/4 cups)
1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
3 ounces (85 grams) bittersweet chocolate finely chopped
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 large egg
2 large egg yolks
1/4 cup (1.25 ounces / 35 grams) sugar
1 tablespoon dark rum

For serving:
3/4 cup (175 mL) heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon coconut sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
splash dark rum, to taste
flaky salt, such as Maldon

Make the Pots de Crème:
Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 300ºF . Place six four-ounce ramekins in a baking dish with 2-inch high sides.

In a medium saucepan, gently warm the coconut milk with the vanilla bean paste until the coconut milk is steamy-hot, swirling occasionally. Cover and let steep 10 minutes. Whisk in the salt, chocolate, and cocoa powder until completely smooth.

Whisk together the egg, egg yolks, and coconut sugar in a medium bowl. Slowly whisk the warm chocolate mixture into the egg mixture until smooth, then whisk in the rum.

Carefully divide the mixture evenly among the ramekins in their baking pan. Pour enough hot water to come halfway up the sides of the jars. Transfer the pan to the oven.

Bake the custards until they are mostly set and wiggle like Jell-o when you give the pan a gentle shake, 30-45 minutes. Let the custards cool slightly, remove from the pan, and let cool to room temperature. Chill the custards until set, about 3 hours (or cover and chill for up to 3 days).

Make the whipped cream:
Whip the cream with the coconut sugar, vanilla extract, and rum until it holds soft peaks. Serve the pots de crème dolloped with the whipped cream and topped with a few cacao nibs and flakes of salt.

 

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Coq au Vin

Coq au Vin

3 pounds chicken thighs
2 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, more as needed
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, more to taste
3 cups pinot noir red wine
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
4 ounces pancetta, diced
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, more as needed
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
8 ounces white or brown mushrooms, sliced
1 teaspoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Season chicken with 2 1/4 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. In
a large bowl, combine chicken, wine, bay leaf and thyme. Cover and
refrigerate overnight.

In a large Dutch oven cook pancetta over medium-low heat until fat has rendered and is golden and crisp, 10 to 15 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer pancetta to a paper-towel-lined plate, leaving fat in pot.

Remove chicken from wine, reserving the marinade. Pat chicken pieces  until very dry. Heat pancetta fat over medium heat until it’s just about to smoke. Working in batches,
add chicken in a single layer and cook until well browned, 3 to 5 minutes per side. (Add oil if needed) Transfer browned chicken to a plate.

Add carrot, half the mushrooms and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt to pot. Cook until vegetables are lightly browned, about 8 minutes, stirring up any brown bits from the pot, and adjusting heat to prevent burning.

Stir in tomato paste and cook for 1 minute, then stir in flour and cook for another minute.

Add chicken, any accumulated juices and half the cooked pancetta to the pot. Cover and simmer over low heat for 1 hour, turning chicken halfway through. Uncover pot and simmer for 15 minutes to thicken. Taste and add salt and pepper, if necessary.

Vermont Oatmeal Maple-Honey Bread

Vermont Oatmeal Maple-Honey Bread
adapted from The King Arthur Flour’s Baking Companion- The All-Purpose Baking Cookbook

2 1/2 cups boiling water
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup maple sugar or brown sugar
1 tbsp honey
4 tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon (I omitted this as it was going to be a sandwich loaf)
1 tbsp instant yeast
1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
4 cups all-purpose flour

  • In a stand mixer bowl, combine the water, oats, maple sugar, maple flavor, honey, butter, salt, and cinnamon. Let cool to lukewarm.
  • Add the flours and yeast, mixing slowly with dough hook. Knead about 7 minutes until the dough is smooth. Add flour as needed to form dough ball.
  • Divide dough into 2 balls, shape into logs, and add to 2 lightly greased 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch bread pans. Cover the pans with lightly greased plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until the loaves have crowned about 1 inch over the rim of the pan, about 1 1/2 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350. Bake the loaves for 30-40 minutes, until golden brown. Let stand for 5 minutes in pan. Remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack.

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons garam masala
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker.   Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours. Serve with rice.

Butternut Squash Chicken Stew

Ingredients
  • 1½ lb. butternut squash, peeled, seeded & chopped into ½-inch pieces
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1½ lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
 Instructions
  1. Steam the butternut squash until barely tender, about 10 minutes. Remove half of the squash pieces and set aside.
  2. Steam the remaining squash until very tender, an additional 4 to 6 minutes. Mash this squash with the back of a fork. Set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan set over medium-high heat, bring the chicken broth to a simmer.
  4. Add chicken thighs, cover, and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  5. Transfer the chicken thighs to a plate and allow to cool enough to shred.
  6. Return the saucepan and chicken broth to the stovetop and lower heat to medium. Add salt, pepper; oregano, tomatoes, butternut squash pieces, and mashed butternut squash.   Stir to combine.
  7. Shred the chicken and stir into the stew and simmer, uncovered, to heat, about 5-10 minutes.

 

Healthy Waffles

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup  almond flour
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 4 tablespoons  coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Shaved nutmeg
  • 2 medium sweet potato
  • 4 eggs
  • 5 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup almond milk

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in bowl of mixer and mix.
  2. Scoop into waffle maker according to machine’s directions.