Sunday, December 11, 2011

O Christmas Tree

Our tree is lite with lots of white lights and decorated with mercury glass baubles in silver and gold, as well as some few sparkly crystals. (Please don't pay attention to the mirror on the floor!)

My angel was the first decoration I bought 13 years ago when I moved from France to Canada.

I also decorated the mantel with lots of mercury glass candle holders, I just love the way it all sparkles when the candles are burning and the lights are dimed.

Nutella pockets

What do you get when you mix all these ingredients?? get yummy flaky little pockets filled with gooey and warm nutella!!!

But these come with a warning. They are not for the faint of heart. So unless you know you can take 2 sticks of butter and a whole package of cream cheese (even the 1/3 less fat one!!) without a blink, you better eat these while running on your treadmill...HA!!!!

First you will need to make the dough.

In a medium bowl, using a hand mixer, cream the butter and cream cheese together until light and creamy

Add the flour slowly until the dough forms. Do not over-mix!

Shape the dough into a disk and cover. Let the dough rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F

On a lightly-floured surface, using a lightly-floured rolling pin, roll out the dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Using a 3-inch fluted biscuit cutter, cut out as many circles as you can. Form the scraps into a ball and re roll to make more circles.

Fill each dough circle with a small spoonful of nutella

Dip your finger in tap water and spread on the edge of half the circle to help create a seal. Fold the dough over to create a crescent.


Bake until golden, about 15 minutes. Cool, then sift the confectioners' sugar on top and serve.

Try not to burn your mouth when eating one just out of the oven, cause it hurts (believe me, I KNOW!!!!).
The dough is really good for any tart or pie you may want to make. I personally kept the leftover dough (instead of making more pockets!!) to try an apple/cranberry tart and it was really good.
Ingredients :

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2 cups flour
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Nutella
Water, as needed
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
Special equipment: 3-inch fluted biscuit cutter

Friday, December 2, 2011

Yummy easy roasted potatoes

You will never want to try another roasted potatoes once you try these!! I mean they are amazing, the most delicious, flavorful potatoes to ever grace my kitchen table. OK...potato lover talking here, but once I start to eat them, stopping is impossible.

And to top it up they are super easy to make, so give them a try you will not regret it!!!!

Roasted potatoes with lemon :

1 pound potatoes, washed and cut into wedges, skin left on
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp melted butter
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp dried oregano
fresh ground black pepper

Wash and boil the potatoes in lightly salted water for 15 minutes. Drain.*

Preheat oven to 350F.

In a small bowl, mix together the oil, butter, lemon zest, lemon juice and oregano.
Pour oil mixture over the potato wedges and toss to coat evenly.

Spread on a baking sheet, then season with salt and pepper.

Cook, stirring once or twice for 30 or so minutes or until they are tender.

Increase heat to 425 and roast another 15 minutes to crisp.

Enjoy away!!!!