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February 11, 2010
Momofuku's Crack Pie Total time: 1 1/2 hours, plus cooling and chilling times Servings: Makes 2 pies (6 to 8 servings each) Note: Adapted from Momofuku. This pie calls for 2 (10-inch) pie tins. You can substitute 9-inch pie tins, but note that the pies will require additional baking time, about 5 minutes, due to the increased thickness of the filling. Cookie for crust 2/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon (3 ounces) flour Scant 1/8 teaspoon baking powder Scant 1/8 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup (1 stick)
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FOOD
August 2, 2013
Total time: 30 minutes, plus 30 minutes chilling Servings: About 36 Note: To toast nuts, spread them on a baking sheet and toast at 350 degrees until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Use pecans, walnuts, peeled hazelnuts, almonds or a combination. The cookies also are good with pine nuts, but they do not need toasting. 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened, cut into chunks 3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted, plus 1 to 1 1/2 cups for dusting 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups flour, sifted 1 cup very finely chopped toasted nuts 1. Heat the oven to 325 degrees.
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FOOD
June 3, 2010
Maple brown butter glaze Total time: 20 minutes Servings: Makes about 2 cups glaze, enough to frost a batch of doughnuts Note: Grade B maple syrup is less filtered than Grade A, making for a more richly flavored syrup; it is generally available at most markets. 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter 1 pound powdered sugar, sifted 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/4 cup maple syrup, preferably Grade B 1. In a small saucepan heated over medium-high heat, melt the butter and continue to cook until the butter browns, being careful not to burn . Remove from heat and set aside.
FOOD
May 25, 2013 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
I could tell you I love them because they're so easy to make - who doesn't love a dish that comes together in less than half an hour? Or I could say it's because of their delicate texture and flavor - light and airy, but rich and almost nutty to the taste, it's like biting into a delicious cloud. But honestly? The reason I love these pancakes is because of the way they puff in the oven. They're downright fun to watch. Call them what you will - Dutch babies, German pancakes, Dutch puffs - they're all about the souffle factor.
FOOD
June 9, 2012 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: The San Diego bakery the Cravory (formerly 410 Degrees) makes the most amazing cinnamon roll cookies. Any chance of getting the recipe? Many thanks! Brian Boroff San Francisco Dear Brian: These little creations, which look and taste like a cinnamon roll but are neatly compact with a cookie crumb, combine the best of both worlds. The Cravory was happy to share its recipe for cinnamon roll cookies, which we've adapted below. Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes, plus chilling and cooling times Servings: Makes 20 to 24 cookies Note: Adapted from the Cravory in San Diego.
FOOD
October 6, 2011 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: Can you please get the bread pudding recipe from La Boulange ? By far, it's the best bread pudding I've ever tasted. It is so good! Thank you very much! Michelle Quach San Francisco Dear Michelle: A wonderfully different take on the classic, La Boulange sandwiches a rich, not-too-sweet croissant bread pudding between two crumbly short dough crusts. Dust the puddings with powdered sugar, and serve with whipped cream, chocolate sauce or a selection of fresh fruit.
FOOD
January 20, 2010
  Shirley's crazy cake with cream cheese frosting Total time: 40 minutes Servings: 9 to 12 Note: Adapted from "BakeWise" by Shirley Corriher. This recipe works best with a higher-protein all-purpose flour, such as King Arthur brand. 1 1/2 cups (6.4 ounces) unbleached flour 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup natural cocoa powder (not Dutch process) 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup canola oil 1 cup cold water or weak coffee 1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
FOOD
August 2, 2013
Total time: 30 minutes, plus 30 minutes chilling Servings: About 36 Note: To toast nuts, spread them on a baking sheet and toast at 350 degrees until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Use pecans, walnuts, peeled hazelnuts, almonds or a combination. The cookies also are good with pine nuts, but they do not need toasting. 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened, cut into chunks 3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted, plus 1 to 1 1/2 cups for dusting 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups flour, sifted 1 cup very finely chopped toasted nuts 1. Heat the oven to 325 degrees.
FOOD
November 30, 1989
"This recipe was given to me by a friend a year ago," Doris Ray writes. WORLD'S BEST SUGAR COOKIES 1 cup butter or margarine 1 cup powdered sugar Granulated sugar 2 eggs 1 cup oil 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cream of tartar 1/2 teaspoon salt 5 cups flour Cream butter with powdered sugar and 1 cup granulated sugar. Beat in eggs until smooth. Slowly stir in oil, vanilla, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt and flour. Chill for easy handling. Shape into walnut-size balls.
FOOD
December 22, 1988
"This is my favorite recipe for parties," M. Dolce writes. "They keep well for weeks in a covered container, tin or box." CHINESE CRISPIES 1 package won ton skins Oil for deep-frying Powdered sugar Using cookie cutters, cut won ton skins in Christmas shapes, if desired, for the holidays. Heat oil to 350 degrees and fry won tons until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Makes 10 to 12 servings. --M.
FOOD
May 25, 2013
Basic German pancake 30 minutes. Serves 2 to 4 1 cup (4.25 ounces) flour 1/8 teaspoon salt 4 eggs, lightly beaten 3/4 cup milk 1/4 cup (½ stick) butter Heat oven to 425 degrees. In a bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with the milk, then beat the egg mixture into the flour. Melt the butter in a 9- to 10-inch cast-iron skillet and pour the batter into the hot pan. Bake until the pancake is puffed and golden brown, 20 to 24 minutes.
FOOD
May 25, 2013
  45 minutes. Serves 2 to 4 Sautéed apples 1/3 cup raisins 1/2 cup rum 3 apples, preferably Granny Smith, cored, peeled and each cut into 8 slices 3 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 1. In a small saucepan, combine the raisins and rum over medium-low heat just until the rum warms and begins to soften the raisins. Remove from heat and set aside until the raisins are softened and plump.
NEWS
May 4, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
Mint juleps and margaritas: That's what's being served this Kentucky Derby-meets-Cinco de Mayo weekend. The Kentucky Derby is considered one of the most exhilarating two minutes in sports, Tradition dictates that the derby is always held on the first Saturday in May at storied Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Kentucky Derby tradition also dictates that the race is best enjoyed with a mint julep nearby. (And, if you are a lady, a lavish hat won't hurt, either.) 25 Cinco de Mayo recipes The cool, refreshing cocktail is served over crushed ice, and is easy to prepare: A little bourbon, some simple syrup, and mint.
NEWS
March 8, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Sure, it's a common table spice now, but did you know that pepper was once extremely expensive? It was of the most valued items during the time of the spice trade. Peppercorns come in a variety of colors, and each spices and flavors food in its own way: Black peppercorns ( Piper nigrum ) are the most common type of peppercorn. The spice is actually a dried berry. The berries are picked when they are just turning red but still underripe, then dried until the skin shrivels and darkens.
FOOD
January 12, 2013
  While most experienced cooks can agree - more or less - on basic equipment, the pantry is much more a matter of individual choice. How you cook will determine what you cook, in this case. If you prefer Italian, you're going to want a greater variety of dried pastas and at least a couple of olive oils. If you cook Japanese, you'll be choosier about rice and different kinds of soy sauce. This is my highly personal list of the things I need in my basic pantry. Baking All-purpose flour Granulated sugar Light brown sugar Powdered sugar Baking soda Baking powder Cornmeal Spice cabinet Dried thyme Dried oregano Black peppercorns Vanilla extract Ground cinnamon Cloves Bay leaves Dried red pepper flakes Cumin Fennel seeds Kosher salt Almonds Walnuts Pantry staples Olive oil Vegetable oil Soy sauce Vinegars, at least red wine and sherry Canned beans (white, pinto, garbanzo)
NEWS
December 19, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
Amanda Rettke of Shafer, Minn., was one of the 10 winners of our first Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off with these sugar cookies: "This recipe was groundbreaking for me in that it changed how I perceived myself in the kitchen. I am not a great cook and am still a beginning baker, but this recipe is one of those magical concoctions that can transform even the most horrific of wannabe chefs. " The festive cookies are one of the favorite holiday cookie recipes we've collected in our updated "Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookies" e-book.
FOOD
February 28, 1985
Looking for a tasty way to slip some calcium into your family's diet? Strawberry Parfait Pie, made with strawberries and yogurt, is a suggestion. STRAWBERRY PARFAIT PIE 1 (3-ounce) package strawberry gelatin 1 cup boiling water 2 cups strawberry yogurt 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries 1 (9-inch) single-crust pie shell, baked 2 tablespoons powdered sugar 1 cup whipping cream 6 whole strawberries Dissolve gelatin in boiling water and cool to room temperature. Blend in yogurt.
FOOD
September 8, 2011 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: During a trip to north Mississippi and the Delta, we ate a memorable meal at Big Bad Breakfast in Oxford. The brandy-spiked pain perdu was a stand-out among the dishes we ordered (with stiff competition from the house-cured bacon and biscuits). Since I don't anticipate being back in the area soon, is there any chance you can obtain the recipe? Thanks. Kay Behrens Claremont Dear Kay: How can you go wrong with this breakfast? Take fluffy, thick slices of Texas toast soaked in a lightly sweetened, brandy-spiked batter, then lovingly pan-fry them to crisp, golden perfection.
NEWS
December 13, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
Bonnie Zanardi of Whittier was one of the 10 winners of our first Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off with these wedding cookies: "Years ago, I saw the recipe printed on a bag of C&H sugar. It was so simple I almost ignored it. Sure glad I didn't. It is the most requested cookie I bake. The only alteration I've made is the type of nuts used.... Macadamia nuts take this recipe over the top. " These festive cookies are one of the favorite holiday cookie recipes we've collected in our updated "Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookies" e-book.
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