Posts Tagged ‘Gently’

What you need:

2 (8 oz.) cans crescent rolls
flour, for dusting
1/2 jar of prepared pizza sauce
10 oz / 284g  thinly sliced pepperoni
10 oz /284g  thinly sliced ham, chopped
10 oz /284g Italian sausage, cooked, crumbled, and drained
12 oz/ 340g mozzarella cheese, grated
1/2 cup  fine, freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Liquid food coloring of  your choice
4 egg yolks, divided
2 peppercorns
2 pimento-stuffed green olives
1 roasted red pepper

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 190C /375F / gas mark 5.

On a lightly floured surface, spread out your two batches of crescent dough (pilsbury) end-to-end lengthwise. Be careful not to let the sections separate.

Pinch all the seams together until you get one block of dough.

 With a flour-brushed rolling pin, roll your crescent dough into a large, long rectangle.( Don’t roll it too thin, or it will split.)

Spoon pizza sauce on top of dough, leaving an inch of bare dough on all four edges.

Sprinkle meats on top of sauce, followed by any other optional toppings.

Sprinkle with cheeses.

Fold one side of the dough lenghtwise over the topping, up to the half-point of the rectangle.

Fold the other side over to meet it. Pinch and press the dough together on all sides to seal.

With a pastry brush, brush the beaten yolk of one egg onto the top of the dough.

Fold your filled dough in half lengthwise. The egg yolk should help it stick. A seam should be created lengthwise along the dough. Pinch this seam together to fully seal and make a sort of cylinder. Be sure all seams are well closed. Any open seams will open further during baking.

Gently manipulate ends into a snake shape– one end should be tapered for a tail, and the other shaped for the head. Don’t curve it into a snake yet. You’ll do that right before baking.

Decorating Instructions:
Beat each of your remaining three egg yolks in a separate bowl.

Add the food coloring of your choice to each bowl to make three separate “paints.”

With a pastry brush or a food-safe paintbrush, decorate your snake as desired.

Transfer painted snake to a foiled-lined, greased baking sheet.

Gently shape as desired, into an “S” or other snakey shape.

Stick two peppercorns into the front of the snout for nostrils.

Slice your roasted red pepper into a forked tongue. Insert into front of head.

Bake your snake about 20 minutes, until golden and cooked through.

Remove from oven. Attach olive “eyes” to the top of the head using toothpicks. Pimento centers should face forward.

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What you need:

4 ramekin dishes
3 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
5oz / 125g castor sugar
miniature bottle of drambuie
2 egg yolks
1/4 pt / 150ml double cream.

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 130C /250F / gas mark 1/2
Whisk the egg whites with the cream of tartar until stiff. Whisk in 3oz / 75 g of the sugar & 1 tbsp of Drambuie.
Pout the mixture into 4 well greased ramekin dishes.
Bake for 40 mins.
Beat the egg yolks with the remaining sugar & Drambuie until creamy. Gently fold into lightly whipped cream.
Serve hot with the Drambuie sauce.

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What you need:

4  beef  steaks (sirloin or rump)

4 tbsp coarsely crushed black peppercorns
salt to taste
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp olive oil
5 tbsp beef stock
250ml double cream

What to do:
Place the crushed peppercorns into a shallow bowl. Sprinkle the fillets with salt on both sides, and coat both sides with crushed peppercorns.

Melt the butter with the olive oil over high heat in a  frying pan  until the foam disappears from the butter. Gently place the steaks in the frying pan and cook for  about 3 1/2 minutes per side.

Remove the steaks to a plate and cover tightly with foil.

Pour the beef stock into the frying pan, and use a whisk to stir the stock and scrape up any dissolved brown flavour bits from the frying pan. Whisk in the cream, and simmer the sauce until it’s reduced and thickened (around 5-6 minutes). Place the steaks back in the frying pan, turn to coat with sauce then remove and place on the serving plate.

Gently  spoon over  the remaining sauce.

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What you need:

2 1/4oz / 75g of unsalted butter ( cut into pieces)
1lb 2oz / 500g of dark chocolate
14oz / 400g tin of condensed milk
1/2 tsp vanilla essence.

What to do:

Lightly grease an 8 inch / 20cm shallow baking tin with a little butter.
Break the chocolate into small pieces & put in a medium sized saucepan, along with the condensed milk & butter.
Gently heat all the time gently stirring until the chocolate etc melt & the mixture is smooth.
DO NOT allow the mixture to boil.
Remove from the heat & mix in the vanilla essence, then whisk the mixture for a short while until its thickened.
pour into the greased baking tin & smooth over the top.
Place in the fridge & leave to chill for at least an hour or until firm, then gently cut into small squares.

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What you need:

3 tbsp of oil
1 onion chopped
8oz / 225g long grain rice
1 green pepper, diced & seeded
1tsp chilli powder
1pt / 600ml boiling water
3 1/2oz / 100g sweetcorn ( tinned)
8oz / 225g red kidney beans (tinned) drained
2 tbsp freshly chopped coriander for garnish.

What to do:

In a wok heat the oil. Add the onion gently fry over a medium heat for around 2 mins.
Lower the heat, add the rice, pepper, & chilli powder to the onions in the wok & fry for 1 min. Gently pour in the boiling water, bring to the boil then simmer for around 15 mins.
Then stir in the sweetcorn, kidney beans & some of the coriander and gently heat through stirring occasionally.
Sprinkle the top with the rest of the coriander and serve.

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What you need:

9oz / 250g packet of fresh tortellini
6 tbsp low fat creme fraiche
Zest of half a lemon (grated)
2 tbsp of fresh chives ( chopped)
3 1/2oz /100g smoked salmon cut into large pieces
1/2 tsp of chopped parsley to garnish.

What to do:

in a saucepan , boil the tortellini for 3 mins then drain.
Gently heat the creme fraiche in a saucepan along with the lemon zest. Then mix together with the tortellini, chives & smoked salmon.
Garnish with the parsley and serve immediately.

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