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Chef Susan Ytterberg- Sticky Buns with Bourbon & Pecans

Posted on November 14, 2017 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Chef Susan Ytterberg

Sticky Buns with Bourbon & Pecans

Credit for the recipe and concept goes to Colleen Johnson March 2006 Prep Kitchen Essentials Class in California. This recipe has been modified by me but complete credit & thanks for the idea goes to Colleen.

Do you love the idea of making a sweet bread dough at night, that you can prep and then leave in the fridge to rise overnight? Then you wake up the next morning and throw it in the oven and get to enjoy freshly baked rolls and buns? Then this recipe is for you!

The fragrance of Pecans, and oranges and bourbon sweetened with brown sugar permeates the air while baking and- seriously you are not going to be able to wait to try the first one!

Most cooks are either Bakers or Savory Cooks; I've written about this issue in the past and even though I'm a Cordon Bleu professionally trained Chef, I really prefer Savory cooking. But now and then, baking & making breads is a lot of fun and- let's be real- it satisfies a craving for fantastic home-made breads and sweets!  You can see the nuggets of orange zest and pecans in the picture below...


Dough: This makes 24 large sticky buns

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup cubed, cold butter

5 cups all purpose flour

1 tbsp orange zest or more if you want!

2 tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

Add all ingredients to bowl and mix, ensure butter is cut into pea sized pieces

Next Step, Add in mixer using dough hook:

1 cup whole milk, room temp or slightly warm

2 tsp yeast

2 eggs, whisked

Mix together, remove ball of dough and then with your hands fold a couple times to knead, then form into an oval shape.  Allow to rise while you make the filling.

Filling: Mix together the following ingredients for the filling

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup white sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup golden raisins

Then:  Roll out dough into rectangle, take 1 egg whisked and use a little to brush the rectangle with egg wash

Sprinkle filling over recangle until event distributed.  

Roll dough into long log- cut in half

Then cut each half into 12 cylinders

Topping:  Melt together and stir the following ingredients to mix and then evenly pour into 2- 12 cup non stick muffin pans, sprayed with oil

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup bourbon

1/2 cup honey

2/3 cup to 1 cup melted butter

1 1/2 cup chopped pecans

After topping is in bottom of pans, then place a bun into each cup.  Cover tops of pans loosely with parchment paper and put in fridge overnight to rise. See all my pictures below for the visual steps.  Have fun and enjoy!

I am placing the buns into the prepared muffin tins.  You can see the topping at the bottom of the tin.  Place the bun on top!

Below in this picture I have just removed the pans from the fridge the next morning! The dough has risen and is ready to bake.  Allow to come to room temp, then put in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Once the buns are baked and out of the oven, allow to cool for 5 minutes.  Then invert the pans onto long tray and bun will be covered in the topping and nuts.  As it cools, the topping will be sticky and adhere to the buns.  Place any loose nuts that fell back on top  of each bun and serve!

The sticky buns are doughy, and sticky and smell amazing, enjoy!



Chef Susan Ytterberg- TV Oct 2018 Gluten Free Cooking

Posted on October 26, 2017 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (2)

October Gluten Free Awareness Month

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I was invited to be a guest Chef 2 weeks ago on WESH2 TV News in Orlando, October 2017!  It was an honor to appear with the talented team there and a lot of fun!  The occasion was to promote awareness about Gluten Free Awareness month and demonstrate making a gorgeous Gluten-Free Apple Pie! This pie is great for the Fall and with Thanksgiving coming, keep this recipe in your back pocket...

Check out the link below to see the episode!

http://www.wesh.com/article/celiac-awareness-month-gluten-free-dessert-and-managing-the-disease/12845469


Making a pie with a prepared pie shell is perfectly fine and may inspire you to do this more often since it is easy and fun!  

Recipe:

2 Gluten-Free Pie Shells

5 Granny Smith Apples

1/2 Cup Sugar & 1 to 2 Table spoons Cinnamon mixed together

2 Tbsp COLD Butter or Vegan Butter, either is fine- cubed

1.  Peel and core apples, ensuring stems and seeds are removed.

2. Cut Apples into thin slices.  

3.  Using thawed out crust, layer apple slices in tight circular pattern.  The height will keep building as you use up all your apples!

4.  Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon mixture entirely over the entire pie so every nook and cranny is covered. scatter cubed butter over the top.

5.  Take second pie crust from tin, roll out a little to smooth. Place on top and crimp edges.  If dough is too sticky, refrigerate a little then roll out. Once top crust is on, cut a few vent holes with sharp knife on top of pie and sprinkle a little sugar/cinnamon mixture on top.

6.  Bake in 375 degree preheated oven for 30 to max 35 minutes.

Once you have put the top crust on the pie and crimped the edges, it's ready to go in the oven.  To avoid the apple juice bubbling into your oven, place the pie on a foil lined baking sheet.  Don't over cook beyond 35 minutes.  Remove from oven when done and allow to thoroughly cool.  This can take a few hours at least.  

Chef Susan Ytterberg pictured here with WESH News2 anchor! You can click the link for this show at the top of this posting to veiw the episode and you'll see the finished pie displayed on a pottery plate on the table!

Okay, so when you're ready to serve your pie be sure to show it off to your friends and family before you cut it!!  It's a beautiful mountain of apple pie deliciousness and you deserve a little admiration!  Enjoy : )

Just out of the oven- the baked pie smells ridiculously yummy with the apples and cinnamon permeating the air in your kitchen! The crust is golden and buttery/crispy! Once cooked, place on pretty serving platter and serve.  If you like apple pie ala mode, put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, or a dollop of whipped cream!  

Chef Susan Ytterberg- Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl

Posted on August 23, 2017 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Chef Susan Ytterberg

Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl

Once in a while, it's fun to create a feast that is visually appealing, offers unique flavor choices and is also fun and delicious to eat.  What else could that be than a Poke Bowl?  The key to this meal is to source sushi grade Ahi Tuna from a reputable seafood purveyor.  Once you've got that figured out, the rest of the ingredients can be purchased at your grocery store and then the fun begins prepping your ingredients!


Recipe: Serves 4

1 1/4 lbs Ahi Tuna- Sushi Grade

2 tbsp soy sauce

Juice of 1 lime

1 tsp sesame oil

First- clean the fish and pat dry.  Then cut tuna into small, bite-sized squares and put in bowl. Add the soy sauce, lime juice, sesame oil and mix together. Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top for garnish

Toppings for bowl: Chop and slice the toppings and place in bowls on buffet

Chopped Macadamia Nuts

Cubed Avocado pieces

Chopped Green Onions

Lime Wedges

Sesame Seeds

Rice: Cook the Rice and Place in large bowl on buffet

1 Cup Basmati rice  

1 1/2 cups water

1 tbsp butter

1/2 tsp salt

 You're set!

To serve, set up your bowls of ingredients buffet style.  Then give each diner a medium sized bowl and they can add the rice, then top with the Ahi Tuna and top with all the great toppings!

 Serve:For fun, serve sake or a chilled white wine and you're set for a delicious feast.

My Newest Publication! Chef Susan Ytterberg

Posted on July 19, 2017 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)


Cooking Class- Pasta Making! Chef Susan Ytterberg

Posted on July 19, 2017 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Pasta Making- 

What could be more fun?  Basically this is Play Dough for grown-ups but it tastes so much better!  I teach cooking classes regularly and you'll find my class offerings here on my website under, "sample menus".  Class size is for a minimum of 2 people and is held at the client's home kitchen.

Our menu:

Ravioli with Crispy Butter Sage Sauce

RIcotta Gnocchi with Basil Pesto

Pasta dough is pretty simple to make- it can seem complicated but that probably has more to do with using a pasta dough roller. If you have the right tools and 2 people, you can really make this deliciousness happen!  I've made pasta on my own but with experience, one person can manage.

Adults learn best by doing- seeing and then trying themselves and this class is perfect for that.  With a demo at each step, The dough is made from flour, eggs, water & olive oil, salt.  L and S picked up quickly and before you know it, they were rolling beautiful sheets of pasta, yeah!

Pasta Dough Recipe:

2 cups all purpose flour

3 large eggs

1 tsp salt

1 tsp olive oil

1 tsp water

Place ingredients in food processor and run for 1 minute until dough forms a ball.  Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes before you roll. When ready:

1. Form dough into flat disc.  Then cut in to 4 and form 4 flat discs.  Start rolling the dough!

Once L and S rolled out their beautiful pasta sheets, it was time to make the cheese filling, place it with a tablespoon sized scoop on the sheets, cover the bottom layer with the cheese filling with the top sheet of pasta, adhere-press, cut and cook.  The cheese filling is made with ricotta cheese, goat cheese, Parmesan, salt and herbs.  We used fresh thyme leaves!

Ricotta Filling Recipe:

1 cup ricotta cheese

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

4 oz goat cheese

salt & pepper to taste

Fresh herbs (optional)

1.  Mix the ingredients together and use for pasta filling

Once the filling is placed, and top sheet of pasta is adhered S cut his ravioli into elegant pasta sheets, and L using a pasta cutter form and created ravioli squares and circles with scalloped edges.  Remember it will all the taste the same, but the look will be unique depending on the creative spirit of the pasta maker!

Sauces:

Crispy Butter Sage Sauce is made with salted butter and fresh sage leaves.  The basil pesto is made with fresh basil, EVOO, Parmesan, toasted pine nuts and salt.  

SImmer your ravioli til cooked, make sure not to boil or the cheese filling will seep out of the pressed edges.  Once cooked, toss gently with your chosen sauce, some Parmesan and enjoy.  This home made ravioli is absolutley yum and tastes nothing like the thick, prepackaged raviolis you buy at the supermarket.  SO, on a rainy day, or weekend evening, make the ultimate comfort food and enjoy!


Cooking Class- Bread Making! Chef Susan Ytterberg

Posted on June 2, 2017 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (1)


Bread Making- Cooking Class

Chef Susan Ytterberg

Bread... what's not to like!  I love bread- warm out of the oven, ready to eat.  Ok, if you have a gluten intolerance you can still enjoy this nugget of joy by using rice flour or gluten free flour.  Bread is comfort food and comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, types and colors.  


Today's cooking class was a lot of fun and we were focused on creating 2 herb cheese breads- the first braided and the second a 2 stranded turban.  The first was made with Thyme, Fontina Cheese & Caramelized Onions with a Sesame Seed Crust.  The second was made with Rosemary & Parmesan with a Poppy Seed Crust.  Remember, we eat with our eyes, our mouths and our noses so how the bread looks, feels and smells all adds to your enjoyment of this deliciousness.


When you're making bread, you depend not just on the instructions in the recipe, but your own judgement about the texture of the dough you are handling!  You can adjust texture by adding more liquid or flour and also how long you knead the dough.  One of the biggest mistakes a first timer can make is over working the dough.  If it is kneaded too long the texture of the finished bread will be stiff and lack flakiness.  



Once the dough has risen you can then add the cheese. You will then pull up the edges of the dough and knead until the cheese is folded in the dough!




Chef Susan Ytterberg- Brunch Frittata Easy & Delicious!

Posted on April 24, 2017 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

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I love to have friends over for brunch and this dish creates a delicious, satisfying, aromatic frittata that everyone will love. This is easy to make and you can create variations by using different vegetables and herbs! Think about creating a brunch buffet surrounding this with a cheese platter, roasted chicken apple sausages, a basket of muffins or croissants and to round things out, a beautiful mixed greens salad with sliced apples & pecans with a citrus vinaigrette.


Vegetable Frittata

Preheat oven to 375

Ingredients:

8 large eggs

½ large onion, chopped

2 tomatoes, seeded and diced or steamed Asparagus cut into 1" pieces

1 Yukon potato, steamed and sliced

1 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary

Olive oil- 2 tbsp for onions and 3 tbsp for frittata pan

1 tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper


Instructions:

1. Whisk eggs in bowl until completely beaten and frothy, about 1 minute.

2. Steam Potato, then slice into thin strips and add to whisked eggs

3. Chop onions into small dice

4. Cut tomato in half, remove seeds and dice. Set aside to use later as a topping on the frittata.

5. Remove Rosemary needles from branch and finely chop until texture of fine sand.

6. Place oven-safe, non-stick pan on stove over medium heat and add 2 tbsp of olive oil. When heated, added the chopped onions and rosemary. Sauté until very soft, about 3 minutes. Remove pan from heat and allow onions to cool. Then stir into egg mixture.

7. Wipe pan clean, coat entire surface including sides with 3 tbs olive oil. Place on stove over medium heat. Once olive oil is heated pour egg mixture containing the potatoes and onions into the pan and allow to cook for 15 minutes. You will see it set and begin to firm at sides. Now scatter your chopped tomatoes over the top and place the oven-safe pan in oven. Bake for 30 minutes or until firm and cooked through.

8. Remove from oven, and with silicone spatula slide frittata out of pan onto pretty serving platter. Slice into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature.


Spring Greens Salad with Apples & Pecans with Citrus Vinaigrette 

Ingredients:

1 bag clean mixed greens

1 Apple, cored & cubed

½ cup salted pecans 

2 tbsp Orange Juice

1 tbsp Lemon Juice

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

½ tsp Dijon mustard

Pinch of salt and pepper


Instructions:

1. Clean lettuce and place in salad bowl.

2. Clean and core the apple. Cut into slices and cube and sprinkle apples over top of lettuce.

3. Combine orange and lemon juices in small bowl with olive oil, salt, pepper and mustard. Whisk together until creamy and combined.

4. Pour desired amount of dressing over salad and toss. Top with pecans and enjoy!


Chef Susan Ytterberg- Over The Top Dinner Party

Posted on March 31, 2017 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

When I'm planning a dinner party,  I try and think of dishes that are beautiful, high impact, definitely delicious- AND easy to make! I look for ideas from ingredients that are available locally or even better in my own pantry. I found some amazing balsamics which inspired my recipe for the crostini. Give these a try! They are sumptuous and perfect for a special occasion or holiday gathering. The main event which is the filet mignon is simple and delicious, requiring little preparation and winning happy compliments from your guests. Let’s get started!


Caramelized Maple Onion Crostini with Blue Cheese, Thyme and Cherry Balsamic Drizzle


1 Baguette, thinly sliced and toasted or grilled

1 Yellow Onion thinly sliced

2 tbsp Butter

1 tbsp Maple Balsamic

½ cup Blue Cheese Crumble

Thyme- a few sprigs, leaves removed and used for garnish

Cherry Balsamic- Drizzle ½ tsp on top of each crostini


1. Melt butter in sauté pan over medium heat. Add thinly sliced onions and the maple balsamic. Cook stirring occasionally until golden brown and caramelized. This can take 10 to 15 minutes depending upon the heat of your stove. Remove from stove and cool.

2. To assemble crostini, take slice of grilled baguette and top with about 2 tsp blue cheese- more if desired. Then drape a tablespoon of caramelized onions on top of blue cheese. Garnish with a few leaves of thyme and drizzle cherry balsamic on top.

3. Arrange prepared crostini on a small platter and serve.



Filet Mignon with Thyme and Garlic

Serve 4


4 individual filet mignon steaks, about 8 oz each in size. Before you are ready to start cooking, remove from fridge and allow to come to room temperature for about 30 minutes.

4 tsp Olive Oil

1 tbsp pressed garlic

Thyme

Salt and Pepper


1. Turn oven on to broil following your own oven’s instructions related to safety when broiling.

2. While your oven is heating, take each filet and lightly coat with a tsp of olive oil. Then rub a tsp of pressed garlic over the top of each. Then salt and pepper each filet.

3. Place filets on a foil lined baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick oil or Pam.

4. Place in oven and broil for 5 minutes. Then after 5 minutes, turn over and broil for 4 to 5 more minutes.

5. If you have a thermometer, insert sideways into beef after 8 or 9 minutes. You can buy one or $3.00 or so. Internal temperature is the best way to ensure your meat is cooked the way you like it. Basically 130 to 135 degrees is rare, 135 to 140 is medium rare. Keep in mind the theory of, “carry over” cooking. This means your meat when removed from the broiler is still very hot and will continue cooking until cooler. So if your thermometer reads 140 in the oven, by the time the meat cools it will have continued cooking outside the oven by another 5 degrees! That would mean you wanted medium rare but are ending up with medium. For example if you want rare, I would take it out of the oven when your thermometer reads 125 to 130 degrees.

6. Serve for small sprig of thyme on top of each filet as a pretty garnish.


Roast Asparagus 

1 large bunch of asparagus (plan for 6 to 8 spears per person)

EVOO to drizzle over asparagus

1 tbsp Herbs de Province

Salt & Pepper to taste


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2. Line baking sheet with foil.

3. Trim ends off of asparagus and wash under cold water. Pat dry

4. Place asparagus on baking sheet uniformly with tips all facing the same direction. Drizzle EVOO over asparagus- about 1 to 2 tbsp.

5. Sprinkle the herbs, salt and pepper over the asaparagus.

6. Place in oven and roast for 15 minutes. Check after 15 minutes to see if it is cooked to your satisfaction. If it is too, “al dente”, cook another 5. You can check after 10 minutes if you want to if you like it less cooked.

7. Remove from oven and serve on platter or portion servings onto plates beside the Filet Mignon.


Cannolli

8 Small Cannolli Shells

1/2 cup Mascarpone

1 1/2 cups Ricotta Cheese

1 tbsp Amaretto or Bourbon

1/3 cup Powdered Sugar

1/4 cup chopped, shelled pistachios placed on a plate

1 large zip lock bag with one corner snipped 1/4" in from end


1. Place Ricotta, Mascarpone and Amaretto in bowl. Mix together well until combined. Add alcohol of choice and powdered sugar. Mix until incorporated.

2. Take whipped mixture and spoon into the plastic bag. Squeeze mixture to bottom but do not extrude yet.

3. With each cannolli shell, Squeeze mixture into shell on both sides until completely filled with the cream mixture, flush to the end of the shell.

4. Dip the end of each shell where the cream is at each end so the nuts stick to the cream and create a finished look.

5. Serve with coffee


Chef Susan Ytterberg: Cravings-Crunchy Chicken Tenders

Posted on March 28, 2017 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Cravings

We all know what it’s like to crave food that is yummy, delicious, crunchy, satisfying. That’s what will happen once you try this menu; you are going to crave this but also know that overall, it’s good for you! Typically, my cravings are on par with wanting to eat a bag of Mint Milano cookies, or a pizza, but then I made this. The chicken fingers are coated with a home-made spice mixture of chili, garlic, brown sugar and salt, then dipped in a silky mustard, egg & yogurt coating and then rolled in a crunchy mixture of panko bread crumbs and sliced almonds. This sounds like a lot of work, but not really! You can easily put this recipe together in a half hour, bake it and then enjoy it! And it’s worth it! Like all my recipes, use them as a guide and if you want, go ahead and substitute your favorite spice mixture, or use different nuts!

Crunchy Chicken Tenders

Maple Sesame Glazed Roasted Carrots

Classic Mashed Potatoes


Chicken Tenders

Serves 4 to 6 

Preheat oven to 400°


2 packs chicken tenders- each contains about 6 per pack

1/3 cup olive oil

2 eggs

1 tbsp Greek yogurt

2 tbsp Dijon mustard

¼ cup brown sugar

1 tbsp ground ancho chili

2 tsp ground garlic

1 tsp salt

2 cups panko bread crumbs

1 cup sliced almonds

8 sprigs thyme


1. Clean chicken tenders, pat dry and set aside.

2. Create your spice mixture by blending together the brown sugar, chili, garlic and salt in a small bowl.

3. Whisk together the oil, eggs, yogurt, mustard and 2 tbsp of your spice mixture in a bowl until smooth and combined.

4. On a large plate, pour half your nuts and panko bread crumbs, 1 tbsp of spice mixture and mix together. You will use the second half of the nuts and panko and another 1 tbsp of spice mixture once the first is used up.

5. Place 6 chicken tenders in your egg mixture, then dip each tender into the nut/bread crumb mixture, pressing the tender into it gently so the crumbs and nuts adhere. Pick up coated tender and place on foil lined baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Continue until all 6 are done. You will most like have used up your nut/bread crumb mixture and the plate will probably be gummy. Rinse the plate, dry, and start again with the remaining nuts and bread crumbs. Repeat same process for remaining 6 chicken tenders.

6. Place baking sheet in oven and bake for 35 minutes or until internal temp of chicken is 165°

7. Remove from heat, sprinkle thyme leaves over cooked chicken tenders. Use spatula to remove from pan and place on serving dish.


Maple Sesame Roasted Carrots

Preheat oven to 400°

8 to 12 carrots- peeled and cut into 2 to 3” pieces

1 tbsp EVOO

2 tsp sesame oil

1 tbsp maple syrup

Salt and pepper


1. Place cut carrots on foil lined baking sheet

2. Pour olive oil, maple syrup and sesame oil over carrots, mix carrots into liquid mixture so coated. Sprinkle and salt and pepper and place in oven.

3. Bake for 30 minutes, remove from oven and serve.


Classic Mashed Potatoes

4 russet potatoes- peeled and cut into 8 pieces each

4 tbsp butter

1/3 cup of half & half

Salt and pepper

 

1. Steam or boil potatoes in pot on stove for 20 to 30 minutes until soft.

2. Place steamed potatoes in bowl, mash and add butter. Mix until butter is melted. Add cream and mix in. Add salt & pepper and mix. Taste and if you want to add additional butter or cream go for it!

3. Serve with the chicken fingers and roasted carrots.



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