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Savory Sweet Potato Pear Soup and Soft Parsley and Garlic Pretzels January 9, 2009

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I didn’t think I was going to be able to enter this round of Platinum Chef being out of town for the two weeks prior to the deadline.  Lucky for me the deadline was extended!  These ingredients were fun and I just love sweet potatoes and pears so this was right up my alley.  Kate from Paved with Good Intentions picked the following ingredients:  carrots, potatoes, pears, parsley, and egg.  I had a heck of a time thinking about that egg.  I thought long and hard about a quiche or frittata or my favorite…pot pie!  Mmm love that stuff.  I wanted to use my new emersion blender (thank you Lien!) so I figured soup would be fun.  I wanted bread with my soup (of course) and thought a flavored pretzel would be fun!

Savory Sweet Potato Pear Soup

1-tablespoon butter

½ red onion, chopped

½ cut carrot, chopped

½ cut celery, chopped

2 very large sweet potatoes (about 1.5 pounds), peeled and diced

2 pears, peeled and diced

2 teaspoons ground coriander

1-teaspoon curry powder

½ teaspoon cumin

5 cups low sodium low fat chicken broth

1.     In a large pot, melt butter on medium heat.  Sauté onion, carrot and celery 3-4 minutes or until onion is translucent.

2.     Add potatoes, pears, coriander, curry, and cumin and sauté 1-2 minutes.

3.     Add chicken broth and bring to boil, simmer 20-25 minutes until sweet potato is soft.

4.     Using emersion blender, blend until smooth.  Serve warm.

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5.     Leftover soup can be frozen flat in large freezer bags and defrosted in a saucepan.

 

 

Soft Parsley & Garlic Pretzels

Inspiration:  # 117047 Recipezaar 

1 package dry yeast

1 ½ cups warm water (100-110 degrees)

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon sugar

4 cups flour

2 tablespoons packed finely chopped parsley

½ teaspoon garlic powder

1 large egg, beaten

Coarse salt or sea salt

1.     Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking pan with parchment paper.

2.     Dissolve yeast in water in a small bowl. Tiny bubbles form around edges to ensure yeast is active.  Add salt and sugar. 

3.     Pour mixture into stand mixer and add all the flour, parsley, and garlic powder.  Using hook attachment, knead until well blended and smooth, approximately 4 minutes. 

pretzel-dough

4.     That kind of looks like a turkey, huh?!  Anyways, cut dough into 6 even pieces and roll into approximately 2-foot ropes.  Create a rainbow shape and using each end, wrap around each other 3 times.  Invert twisted center and press ends into dough to form pretzel shape.  Place onto prepared baking sheet. 

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5.     Brush pretzels with the beaten egg.  Sprinkle with coarse salt or freshly ground sea salt. 

6.     Bake approximately 17-19 minutes or until golden brown.

pretzel-finishes

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Oatmeal Apple Pear Crisp October 27, 2008

Filed under: Apples,Dessert,Pears — xigumdrops @ 8:15 pm
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Another fruit crisp/bar?  I realize that most of my desserts involve fruit and some type of oat.  Maybe I should branch out?  At least I used Ramekins to spice it up a bit. In any event, it was very easy to make and really good.  Some of the butter could definitely be cut out.  My changes are in green.

Source:  Recipezaar.com 

2 cups cooking apples, peeled and sliced (about 2 large)  (cubed not sliced-  to keep some texture to the fruit when cooked)

2 cups pears, peeled and sliced (about 3 large)  (peeled and cubed)

1/2 cup dried cranberries

2 Tbs. brown sugar (dark)

1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. ground nutmeg

1-2 Tbs. lemon juice

3/4 cup water (1/2 cup – I used juicy apples (Fuji) so I reduced the water)

Crisp:

1 cup oats

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 brown sugar (light)

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup butter or margarine melted

 

1.  While peeling the apples and pears, keep them in the lemon juice so they don’t brown.  Place fruit (including cranberries) in a grease shallow 9-inch square baking dish.  I used 6 Ramekins.  (They were 6 huge servings; I would have used 8 but only had 6 available)

2.  Sprinkle 2 Tbs. dark brown sugar, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and water (combine with apples)

3.  Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl; add melted butter, mixing until crumbly.  Sprinkle crumb mixture on top of the apples/pears.  I pressed it into the apples a bit.

4.  Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until apples are tender.  

5.  Serve with vanilla ice cream.