Potato Pancakes

Serve with Crema Mexicana or Sour Cream or Yoghurt

I made this for breakfast in valentine but I was too lazy to put the recipe up.The great thing about this is that it doesn’t have to be valentine’s day to enjoy a heart-shaped meal/treat. It was my first time making this,I loved it so much,it has now become one of my go to favorites especially if I want something quick and delicious.

Serves 2,increase the recipe as needed.

You’ll need;

3 medium-large Potatoes

1 small onion

1 Egg

1 Tbsp Softened Butter

3 Tbsp Flour

3 slices of Ham or Bacon

Salt to taste

Black Pepper to taste

Basil or Chives(optional)

Oil for frying

Serve with Sour cream or yoghurt or Crema Mexicana(1 cup sour cream+1/2 cup heavy cream+a pinch of Salt)

Peel and wash the potatoes and onions

Peel potatoes and onion

Grate the potatoes and onion on the smallest part of your grater

Grate the potatoes and onions

Mix well to combine

Mix

Add the egg

Add egg

Mix well

Mix well

Add softened butter

add softened butterMix in well

Add the flour,salt and freshly ground black pepper

Mix well

Add the ham or bacon

plus ham or bacon

Heat a pan with about 1/2 inch oil,you can just spoon portions of the batter into the oil and spread or use a form or mold

Heat some oil

Place the mold in the oil

Place some potato mixture in mold/form Spoon the batter in and spread quickly before it starts to crisp at the bottom

Spread as quickly as possible before it starts cooking Remove mold

Gently remove the mold/form

Keep forming until the pan is filled

Don’t turn until the bottoms have browned,turning it before it cooks can cause it to break.

Fry until crisp on both sides and drain on paper towels

Drain on paper towels

Serve

Serve with Crema Mexicana or Sour Cream or YoghurtEnjoy!

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Doughnuts

 Aren’t they pretty!!!!

I was looking for a doughnut recipe that would require a starter and long rising time because I know that this would improve the flavor. So whenever I want a good bread recipe,I go to kingarthurflour,I have tried just a few of the recipes,2 recipes actually and they came out well. I got the recipe from the website but I change a few things to suit what I had in my pantry but the glazes and toppings are mine,*insert smiley here*.

Oh,this takes about 24 hours to make so if you need it say on Saturday,you will need to start on Friday.Most of the time is just rising time.

You will need;

For the starter

1 cup Water

2 1/2 cups Flour

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp instant Yeast

for the rest

2 Eggs

1 tsp salt

1 tsp instant Yeast

3 Tbsp unsalted Butter

3 Tbsp Shortening or Lard

200 g Sugar

1/2 tsp Nutmeg

360 g Flour

More flour for kneading and rolling.

Oil for frying

 

Combine everything on the starter list,put the salt and yeast on opposite ends of the bowl or the salt would kill the yeast.

 Stir and cover.

 Keep in a cool place,not in the refrigerator for 3 hours – 1 day. As long as you can wait.

 it will look like this. The yeast is alive!

the night before,combine the rest of the ingredients

 I melted the butter and shortening

 form into something like this. transfer it to a floured working surface and knead well.

 Oil the bowl and coat the dough with the bowl(you probably don’t have to oil the bowl,but I did so anyway)

leave overnight in a cool place,again,not the refrigerator.

ta da! in the morning,it would have risen to more than twice it’s original size

punch down the dough and deflate all the air in it.

Cut into 2 workable portions.On a floured surface,roll it out

 and cut into any shape you want,long johns(rectangular bars,classic doughnut shape(with the hole in the middle,use to sizes of circle cutters for this,you can fry the doughnut holes and toss in powdered sugar),knots,twists,triangles,squares,hearts,let your imagination run.

You probably would want to use a knife and not a pizza wheel.Cover for 15 -20 mins,or longer

Fry(it’s better to use fresh oil that has not been used before) until golden brown,drain on paper towels.Let cool before topping.

Long johns

 Then you can dust with powdered sugar or powdered sugar+cinnamon

 Put the powdered sugar and cinnamon in a bag,combine,put your doughnuts in and shake! shake! shake! Really loved the combo

or………

Salted Caramel and Crushed candied Peanuts

or……

Matcha(green tea) Ganache with white chocolate. Green tea is still one of my favorites.

How about some Chili Dark Chocolate ganache with shredded Coconut

421628_10150581229338212_241494341_nOr just some plain frosting with sprinkles.

Have fun with it.

Enjoy!

Potato Croquettes

Potato croquette

This is also another favorite of mine.There are different ways to make this but this is just my way.

You will need;

4-5 potatoes (white potatoes and best for this)

100-150g cooked minced meat

A pinch of black pepper

Salt (to taste)

3 tablespoons milk

A hand full (or less) of chopped green(spring) onions

for frying

Vegetable Oil

For the Batter

Flour (as needed)

2 Eggs (beaten)

Dried Bread crumbs

How to

  • Dice your potatoes,this makes it cook faster

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  • Cook with a little salt till it is soft,but not (mushy-kinda soft),just until you can insert a fork in without any resistance
  • Drain the the water,put it back on the heat and mash immediately (if you wait,it becomes a little harder to mash)
  • Remove from the heat
  • Add the minced meat,black pepper
  • Taste and adjust the salt to your liking

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(don’t use that much and use only the green part)

  • Add the spring onions and mix well,add the milk and mix again until it is well blended.
  • Taste and adjust anything to your liking

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  • Transfer it to a wide plate or tray,spread it out and let it cool
  • Form it into little balls or big balls (as you like it)
  • In 3 different plates,put flour in one,beaten eggs in another,breadcrumbs in the last
  • Roll the balls of mashed potatoes in the flour,eggs,and breadcrumbs in that order,one at a time
  • Fry until golden brown
  • Drain on paper towels and serve

Enjoy!