Making Pound Cake

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M-J’s Pound Cake Recipe

2 Sticks of Room-Temperature Butter, OR One Stick of Butter and 1/2 Cup of Coconut Oil

2 Cups of Sugar

3 Cups of White or Unbleached White Flour

1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Powder

1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon of Salt

1 Tablespoon of Vanilla, OR Two Teaspoons of Vanilla and One Teaspoon of Almond Extract

4 Eggs

3/4 Cup of Buttermilk, OR Milk plus One Tablespoon of Lemon Juice

Preheat oven to 350°. Cream the butter and sugar, add vanilla and almond extracts, then beat until fluffy.  Blend in half of the eggs. Gradually add flour and other dry ingredients (I usually combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large measuring cup, & mix it with a fork so it’s ready to be incorporated into the batter); add the other two eggs, beating, then gradually add the milk. Beat for three minutes. Pour into a 13″ Pullman loaf pan, or two regular meatloaf-pans, and bake for 1.5 hours OR until a thin knife or skewer inserted into the cake’s center comes out clean.

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 I use a 13″ Pullman pan for this recipe.

 

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M-J’s Gyoza Filling

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My gyoza (Japanese dumpling) fillings, which vary week-to-week according to what I have in the refrigerator and pantry, always include some fresh vegetables. This week’s mixture, pictured below, contains fresh carrots, raw celery, red onion, fresh ginger, dried parsley, mung beans boiled in green tea, cooked brown rice and a little miso. It’s a great way to disguise health-promoting ingredients that men and children usually won’t consume, even in one’s most cleverly-concocted smoothies.  My sauce for the gyoza dish is composed of orange juice, soy sauce and a little home-made red chile oil. A bowl of filling like this one is enough for a whole packet of 47 gyoza skins, and after they are cooked, these dumplings can be frozen and easily re-heated. ©M-J de Mesterton, January 19th, 2017

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Chocolate Pie

Chocolate Mousse Pie with Short Crust and Whipped Cream ©M-J de Mesterton 2015
Chocolate Pie with Short Crust and Whipped Cream ©M-J de Mesterton

I long ago published a recipe for my chocolate pie in a graham cracker-crust. Now, I prefer the contrast of a slightly salty short crust. For this pie, I let my traditional filling cool in the baked pie-shell, for which I used a spring-form pan. Then, I removed most of the chocolate filling  into a bowl, leaving a coating of it inside the crust. I then folded into the bowl of pie-filling a cup of whipped, unsweetened cream, creating a mousse au chocolat. After pouring the mousse into the pie shell, I put blobs of sweetened whipped cream on top with a pastry bag.
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©M-J de Mesterton 2015

Elegant, Versatile Pound Cake

M-J's Pound Cake Recipe
Elegant Pound Cake, a Simple and Versatile Dessert Component

M-J’s Pound Cake Recipe

2 Sticks of Regular Salted Butter

2 Cups of Sugar

3 Cups of White or Unbleached White Flour

1 Tablespoon of Vanilla

6 Eggs

1/2 Cup of Cream or Milk

1/2 Teaspoon of Salt

Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter and sugar.  Blend in half of the eggs. Gradually add flour and other dry ingredients; add the other three eggs, beating, followed by milk or cream. Beat for three minutes. Pour into greased loaf pan and bake for 1.5 hours until a thin knife inserted into the cake’s center comes out clean.

©M-J de Mesterton 2014

M-J’s Low-Carb Almond Cookies

M-J’s Almond Cookies are low in carbohydrates, and high in protein.  Mix together in a large bowl:

Ground Almonds, 1 1/2 cups

One tablespoon of flour

Almond or Peanut Butter, three tablespoons

Egg Whites, 2

Pomegranate Juice or water, 1/4 cup

Ground Flax-Seed, 1/4 cup (optional)

One tablespoon of coconut oil

Splenda or Stevia, 1/2 cup or to-taste

Baking Powder, 1 teaspoon

Ginger, 1 teaspoon

Cinnamon, 1 teaspoon

Shape dough into balls and flatten them on an un-greased cookie sheet, and bake in moderately hot oven.

Watch cookies carefully; they will brown quickly on the bottom, so it may be necessary to move them to a higher oven rack during the last few minutes of baking.

©M-J de Mesterton 2012 Click Here to Read M-J’s Main Website, Elegant Survival

M-J’s Low-Carb Cinnamon Toast

M-J's Low-Carb Cinnamon Butter ©M-J de Mesterton 2012

M-J’s low-carb cinnamon toast consists of Wasa 7-grain Crisp & Light bread spread with M-J’s original cinnamon butter. RECIPE: Simply mix cinnamon with softened butter and stevia powder (you may prefer to use Splenda), using your own judgment for the proportions of each ingredient. Wasa Crispbread is very low in carbohydrates, and contains a good amount of fibre; cinnamon is known to lower blood-sugar levels.

©M-J de Mesterton 2012

Salad with Fuji Apples and Sesame Dressing

Romaine Lettuce, Cucumbers, Fuji Apples and Sesame Dressing
M-J’s Sesame Dressing
Peanut Oil or Vegetable Oil
Sesame Paste
Soy Sauce
Rice Vinegar, Cider Vinegar, or any White Vinegar
Whisk these ingredients together, starting by the gradual addition of oil to the sesame paste. They are listed in order of amounts, which vary by taste among cooks.

M-J’s Winter Health Smoothie

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One half-cup of water, one fourth-cup of lemon juice, one jalapeño or serrano pepper (roasted, pickled or fresh), two stalks of celery, one-half of a cucumber, one tablespoon of thick yoghurt or one half-cup of buttermilk, one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of parsley, all whirled in a blender till smooth. Add water if necessary for processing.
 
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