Why Kouign Amann Will Change your Hips

The Breton Kouign Amann pastry is utter heaven in a bite. The recipe calls for lots of butter, barely held together with flour and sugar. I am sure once you try it you will be hooked for life. Sorry hips you’re gonna get bigger!

I am so late on this one, this was the April 2016 Daring Kitchen assignment and life got in the way. But I had to do it because Kouign Amann is one of those pastries where I melted IN love at first bite…and it became my nemesis in the kitchen. Finally, for once, I won the battle! Sweet delicious victory!

Kouign Amann flakes

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3 Tips to Save a Swiss Meringue Buttercream that has Run Amuck

All hail the supreme cake icing: Swiss Meringue Buttercream! Is it new to you? Learn it’s history, advantages, and make this buttercream recipe like a pro with these 3 tips if the icing goes berserk!

One of my weaker skills in the kitchen is cake decorating. I am not a natural and I have ventured little into serious cake decorating business. I decided to do something about it and give it a real try. Now before you can really give cake decorating a try, you have to start off with the right icing. There are many options but the uncontested icing for serious cake decoration is the Swiss Meringue Buttercream recipe.

icing with Swiss Meringue Buttercream

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Qatari Rangina (Sweet Buttered Dates)

Would you like to take your dates to the next rich step by smothering them in a thickened butter sauce? That is the Qatari Rangina dessert way, or Sweet Buttered Dates.

It’s time for the MENA (Middle Eastern & North African) Cooking Group. This monthly group has for goal to help us discover the culture and cuisine of the countries found in these parts of the world. The host of the month will choose two savory and a sweet dish from the country and the members pick one dish to make. We are visiting the lesser known country of Qatar this month and we will sample Qatari Rangina, or Sweet Buttered Dates.

Quatari Rangina dates

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Butter the movie: Food ‘n Flix Roundup

At the beginning of this month, I announced that I would be hosting Food ‘n Flix with Butter the movie. I have a wonderful time with all my groups but this one is particularly special to me. I adore all the participants and I really like the fact that there is an element outside of the kitchen…it’s a lot more interactive.

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Butter is a 2011 comedy film starring Yara Shahidi, Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Olivia Wilde, Alicia Silverstone, and Hugh Jackman. The movie tells the tale of an adopted girl who discovers her talent for butter carving and finds herself pitted against an ambitious local woman in their town’s annual contest in Iowa. No, butter is not as innocent as you would think, there is a lot of dirty plays and sabotaging plots. This is the cut-throat story of greed, blackmail, sex, and butter!

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Brown Butter Shortbread with Butter Buttercream

Ultra rich and calorically satisfying, these Brown Butter Shortbread with Butter Buttercream are melt in your mouth divine.

It’s Food ‘n Flix time again! In this monthly group a host picks a movie of their choice that pertains to food. Everyone watches the movie and then makes a recipe which the film inspired. It can be any recipe you want.

Now if you are a clever reader…you just may have picked up on a theme here. Perhaps BUTTER? I am the host this month and I picked a quirky film called Butter! I wanted as much butter possible in my contribution – in ingredients, taste and look. The result: this super rich Brown Butter Shortbread with Butter Buttercream.

Brown Butter Shortbread with Butter Buttercream pile

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Butter for Food ‘n Flix

Welcome to the cut throat world of butter carving in Iowa! Butter, a comedy about sex, power and spreading the wealth. There’s going to be a meltdown!

I bet our group leader Heather is relieved. I am so very honored to be hosting again this month’s edition of Food ‘n Flix … and I DID NOT choose a bride/marriage movie for the month of June (as I did last year). This month we are going down a silly route combining art, competition and sculpture with the movie Butter. Feel free to join our group, just watch the movie and then head into the kitchen to make a dish inspired by the film.

Butter-Poster

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Pastizzi a treat from Malta

I have always idolized exotic and historic Malta as a perfect Paradise destination. So it was a real treat to prepare one of it’s most popular snack foods, Pastizzi.

It’s time for the MENA (Middle Eastern & North African) Cooking Group. This monthly group has for goal to help us discover the culture and cuisine of the countries found in these parts of the world. The host of the month will choose a savory and a sweet dish from the country and the members pick one dish to make. Get your luggage ready as we are exploring Malta this month.

pastizzi

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