Saturday, February 15, 2014

Walnut-Crusted Maple French Toast

Walnut-Crusted French Toast
Developed January, 2014. Delicious flavor, custardy interior, crisp exterior and more nuts!
1 egg
1/3 c half and half
2 t maple syrup
pinch of salt
2 slices hearty white bread (Arnold’s™ Country White is good)
4 t ground roasted walnuts, almonds, or pistachios
1 t vegetable oil
1 t butter
In a shallow bowl, beat the egg well, and stir in syrup, cream, and salt until well-mixed. Cut each slice in half. Heat the oil in a 10-inch non-stick skillet over medium heat until shimmering, then add the butter. When bubbling has stopped, soak each piece of bread thoroughly on both sides in the egg mixture, and add to the pan. After the bread has been added, spread a teaspoon of ground nuts on the top of each piece, and press with the back of fork so they will stick to the egg. Fry about 3 minutes until lightly browned and then lower heat, flip, and fry another 2 minutes until lightly toasted. Serves one or two. Easily doubled using a griddle or large skillet.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Asian Dipping Sauce II

Developed February, 2014. Complements steamed buns, dumplings, shu mei, pot stickers, and similar dim sum items.
1/4 c soy sauce (Kikkoman™ is good)
1/4 c water
1/4 t fish sauce
1 t sugar
1 t rice vinegar
1 t Chinese rice wine
1 t dark sesame oil
Pour ingredients through a funnel into a small bottle with a tight-fitting cap. Stir and shake well until sugar is dissolved and oil is incorporated. Store tightly covered in the refrigerator. Lasts many months. Shake well before use.