Monday, October 16, 2017

Fox Bro's Pecan Pie

Fox Bros.’s Chocolate Pecan Pie With Cinnamon Whipped Cream

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup chilled club soda

To make the pie dough: Cut the butter into 1-inch cubes and place in the freezer for 15 to 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the flour, salt, and sugar and mix well. Incorporate the cold butter into the flour mixture, pressing the flour and butter between your fingers until the flour resembles coarse crumbs. Slowly add the club soda, mixing until the dough begins to come together. Press and flatten the dough, wrap it in plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pour the chocolate chips into a large glass bowl and place over a pot of simmering water. As the chips begin to melt, stir in the cream, salt, and vanilla until combined and smooth. Set aside.

1 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
2 eggs, whisked
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon molasses
1/2 teaspoon salt
11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
11/2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
4 cups pecan halves

In a bowl combine the corn syrup, melted butter, and whisked eggs, mixing well. Whisk in the brown sugar, granulated sugar, molasses, salt, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in 2 tablespoons water to make a slurry. Add the slurry to the egg mixture. Whisk in the chocolate mixture until thoroughly combined.

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Roll the dough out until it’s ¼-inch thick and roughly the size of a 9-inch pie pan. Place the dough into the pie pan, removing the excess around the edges. Place the pecan halves evenly into the shell. Pour the pie filling over the pecans and allow to settle for 5 minutes. Place the pie in the oven and bake until the center is set, about 55 to 60 minutes. Allow the pie to cool for at least 1 hour before serving. Garnish with Cinnamon Whipped Cream.

1 pint heavy cream
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a stand mixer, whisk heavy cream, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon until incorporated and the cream holds a stiff peak

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Eggplant Parmesan

Bon Apetit's Best Eggplant Parmesan ever was one of the most time consuming and least satisfying recipes I've ever made. The dish wasn't inedible, but was certainly very oily and heavy and curiously meaty. I suppose this is a spectacular dish for eggplant haters and meat loving vegetarians, but I was missing a certain brightness. Despite using the shortest recommended cooking times, the overall taste can only by described as tired-from-overcooking. The "marinara" is essentially a sauce cooked down into a thick roasted tomato paste. The eggplant virtually disappeared under all the breading (which also sort of thickened and disintegrated) into the sauce and cheese. The only step I did not follow was to peel the eggplant (only because our peeler is broken), and it made no difference whatsoever. After a lengthy sitting, frying, and baking processes, the eggplant, skin and all, was indeed creamy, just invisible. I was left feeling like there has got to be a better way.

Marinara = 3+ hours (from prep to cooking to processing, not including cooling)
Eggplant Prep = 1.5 hours (washing and prep, to salting and sitting)
Frying = 1.5+ (I started the oven a little after we actually started putting in slices to fry at 4 or 5 pieces each batch so it was just wasted energy. I don't know how anyone could properly fry all the eggplant in 15 minutes at 5 minutes each batch one at a time with 3 dredges.
Baking = 45 min
Browning = 15 min
Preparation = 1+ hours (grating and slicing cheese, making breading, setting up, cleaning, heating oil time, etc.)

I could have been watching kdrama.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Atlanta Day 7

Fox Bro's Sausage and Pimiento Cheese Dip


Ribs and Brisket, Brunswick Stew and Green Beans

This is what falling off the bone should look like. 

Chocolate Pecan Pie with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

Margaret Mitchell and Gone with the Wind


 



This is how I feel after a week of eating.