Introducing our delicious Chocolate Chip cookies…. Finally!!

These are the most rich delicious chocolate chip cookies ever!!! You will loooove them!! Made with brown butter.
These are moist and chewy on the inside, and crisp at the edges, with deep notes of toffee and butterscotch to balance its sweetness. It doesn’t get any better than this… Milk Pleeeeeease!!! 😀

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Basque Grilled Chicken Wings

I am the Queen of sweets, but I love cooking savory food too… I mean, the markets right now offer sooo many products from all over the world, that I want to try it all!!! 😀
But sometimes I feel like something simple, easy, quick but tasty too! This is when these wings come very handy. They are done in 20 minutes and they are very tasty and conforting too!. Got the recipe from Epicurious.
As you now I’m basque therefore I love this. Sorry, but they were so good that I didn’t even get a chance to take a picture, I blinked and they were gone… I promise next time I make them I’ll try to get a pic! LOL. For now here is the recipe.

Basque Grilled Chicken Wings:

3 large garlic cloves, chopped
8 tablespoons lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
5-15 dashes Tabasco Sauce, adjust to taste.
3 tablespoons of fresh chopped parsley
20 organic chicken wings
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper.

Method:

In a large serving bowl, mix together all the ingredients except the wings.

You will notice that the wing has two joints. Cut through both joints, separating the wing into three pieces. The wing tip is not usable here, so either toss it out or freeze it and throw it into your next stock, a purpose for which these are excellent.
Salt and pepper the wing pieces to taste and whip them onto a medium-hot grill. Turn them occasionally until golden brown, about 5 minutes. To see if they’re done, take a big one off the grill and bite into it. 🙂

When the wings are cooked through, add them to the bowl with the dressing and mix to thoroughly cover. Set them on a platter, open a cold beer, and enjoy yourself.

Apple Pie Recipe, At last!!! :D

This is the season for delicious apples, and here in upstate NY, we KNOW apples. Sometimes I hate when you go to the produce section of most supermarkets up here, and basically that’s what they have… piles of apples, upon piles of apples…

But, when the fall comes and the weather is damp, and rainy and cloudy like today… there’s nothing that says autumn better than a slice of delicious home made apple pie. This is a great recipe, I know you’ll love it and print it and save it and make it over and over again. Very simple ingredients, always at hand, yet so delicious and sweet, yet tangy because of the granny smith apples.

You can use a sweeter apple, like I’ve done here, (Alex and I picked them in our back yard, just the other day) but I really like to make it with Reinette Apples, they are really tangy, and a lot more complex in flavor than the Granny Smith, but I haven’t been able to find them here. They are the variety that my mom used to bake in the long winter afternoons, stuffed with raisins, cinnamon, walnuts, honey… (Oh boy… memory lane) but that’s another recipe.

If you feel lazy you can use store bought pie dough (not my choice), but I rather make it from scratch (by the way in Castillian we don’t have such an expression, I always found it very interesting and quite funny to tell you the truth. If you are not making something from scratch, you are simply not cooking… that’s what us Spaniards think. No punn intended 😉 So lets get baking!!! 😀
Here goes the recipe:

Final result!!!

Basic Dough Recipe:


2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
Fine sea Salt
1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
2 sticks of really cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes.
1/3 cup of ice cold water.

Put the dry ingredients in a food processors bowl and pulse until combined. Add the cold butter cubes and pulse everything until it looks like cornmeal consistency and the butter is about pea size.

Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of salt in the water. With the motor running, pour in the water and let mix, just until the dough pulls together. (Don’t over-mix)
If it looks a little dry and it doesn’t hold together, add a few additional tablespoons of water.
Form a ball with it, flatten and wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Dust a pastry board with flour, unwrap the dough and divide it in 2 equal pieces. Put the second one back in the fridge.
Tamp the dough down with a rolling pin and begin rolling it out into a circular pie shape evenly in 1/8 turns so it’s nice and even. When the dough is about 1/4 inch and about 12 inches in diameter, transfer it to a 10 inch pie dish.
Butter the dish lightly, lift the dough with the rolling pin, center the dough in the dish, and unroll. Pierce it with a fork in several places with a fork.

Ingredients:

1 recipe pastry for a 10 inch double crust pie
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup white organic sugar
1/2 cup packed brown organic sugar
Cinnamon, nutmeg, old spice… to taste, whatever rocks your boat! 🙂
8 Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored and sliced,
the juice of half a lemon.
egg wash or milk.

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). 
  2. After peeling and chopping the apples let them sit with the lemon juice, meanwhile melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add the water, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer. 
  3. Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the apples. Pour slowly, then  cover with the other piece of crust, paint it with egg wash or milk, so it bakes nice and shiny. Don’t forget to cut a couple of slits on the top, so the steam has room to get out! 🙂
  4. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.
The smells in your whole house will make you insane, but  do not peek!!! Don’t open the oven!!
Eventually it will get done. It’s a killer with French Vanilla Ice cream!
Enjoy!!!