Monday, July 21, 2014

Colombian Cheese-stuffed Arepas

I miss all the arepas we had when we visited my mother's family in Colombia.  That was nearly 20 years ago, so it is high time that I learned to make my own.  I used to have a very simple recipe that called for slapping the shaped arepas onto the oven rack to cook, but I've lost it.  Most recipes instruct you to fry the arepas in a pan, which I find tedious.  I converted this recipe to a broiler operation, which means it should also work well on an outdoor grill.  Serve with fruit and soup for a simple dinner.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Yogurt Cake

Yogurt cake or Gateau au Yaourt is the first cake French children learn to bake.  They use the empty yogurt container to measure out the rest of the ingredients.  It is a moist cake that goes well with summer fruits.

I have tried to replicate this recipe in an American kitchen with less than stellar results because of the difficulties of converting French ingredient measurements and oven settings to US standards.  Elisabeth Bard found this recipe on Clotilde Dusoulier's blog and included it in her entertaining memoir, Lunch in Paris.  This cake is a winner!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

German Apple Pancake

German puffed pancakes are a bit of culinary magic, like a very simple souffle.  I like this version with apples.  It's tasty and quick.  Double the recipe and you'll be ready for guests.