Archive for December, 2011

Happy Hanukkah!

Israel has created many of its own customs including serving jelly doughnuts at Hanukkah.  Fried in oil to symbolize the miracle of the oil that lasted for eight days instead of one, sufganiyot is the perfectly delicate and traditional Hanukkah treat.  To all of those celebrating the first night of Hanukkah this evening, we at CaterBid wish you a Happy Hanukkah and hope you enjoy this fabulous sufganiyot recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 scant tablespoon (1 package) dry yeast
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup lukewarm milk or warm water*
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter or pareve margarine, softened*
  • Apricot or strawberry preserves
  • Sugar
  • Vegetable oil for deep-frying
  • *Use butter and milk if serving at a milk meal, and water and pareve margarine for a meat meal

Equipment

  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups
  • Mixing bowls
  • Spoon
  • Sifter
  • Clean dish towel
  • Rolling pin
  • Juice glass
  • Deep fryer or heavy pot
  • Slotted spoon
  • Paper towels
  • Tiny spoon

Preparation

Mix together the yeast, 2 tablespoons of the sugar, and the milk. Let sit to make sure it bubbles.

Sift the flour and mix it with the remaining sugar, salt, cinnamon, egg yolks, and the yeast mixture.

Knead the dough until it forms a ball. Add the butter or margarine. Knead some more, until the butter is well absorbed. Cover with a towel and let rise overnight in the refrigerator.

Roll out the dough to a thickness of 1/8 inch.

Cut out the dough into 24 rounds with a juice glass, or any object about 2 inches in diameter. Take 1/2 teaspoon of preserves and place in center of 12 rounds. Top with the other 12. Press down at edges, sealing with egg whites. Crimping with the thumb and second finger is best. Let rise for about 30 minutes.

Heat 2 inches of oil to about 375°. Drop the doughnuts into the hot oil, about 5 at a time. Turn to brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels.

Roll the doughnuts in sugar.

Holiday Treats

Star Linzer Cookies with Jam

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) of soft, unsalted butter
  • 2/3 (5oz) cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp grated lemon rind
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 and ¼ cups ( 18 oz) of all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup (6 oz) raspberry, strawberry, or red currant jelly
  • ¼ cup (2 oz) powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, sugar, lemon rind, vanilla extract and egg yolks
  3. Slowly mix in ¾ cup of flour until dough is formed then chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours
  4. Remove from refrigerator and let stand for 1 hour or until dough is workable
  5. Roll out dough onto floured surface until about ¼ inch thick
  6. Use star shaped cookie cutters to make tops and bottoms. Use a smaller star cut out to make a hole in the center of the tops of the cookies
  7. Bake cookies for 10 to 12 minutes and let cool
  8. Once cool spread the bottoms with jelly and sprinkle the tops ( ones with star cut out center) with powdered sugar
  9. Put tops and bottoms together and enjoy!

Santa’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 2 tsp of hot water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts (if desired)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Combine the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth
  3. Beat in the eggs one at a time then stir in the vanilla extract
  4. Dissolve baking soda in hot water and add to batter along with the salt
  5. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts
  6. Drop mixture by spoonfuls onto ungreased pans
  7. Bake for about 10 minutes or until edges are nicely browned

Coconut Clouds

Ingredients:

  • 4 large egg whites
  • ½  tsp of salt
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 1 (8 oz) package of sweetened shredded coconut, lightly toasted

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. In a  mixed fitted with a whip attachment, whip egg whites and salt until they become opaque and begin to stiffen
  3. Add sugar in 3 parts and continue to whip until egg whites are very stiff
  4. Using a rubber spatula fold in toasted coconut
  5. On parchment lined cookie sheets, drop a teaspoon of the mixture leaving 1 to 2 inches around each cookie
  6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until he outside is golden brown but the inside is still moist

Happy National Cupcake Day!

Celebrate this fabulous food holiday by harnessing your inner creativity to bake up some deliciously inspired cupcakes! These tiny morsels are one of the most versatile desserts allowing you to create cupcakes of all shapes, sizes, colors, and themes. Whether they are for a children’s birthday party or an upscale corporate event, cupcakes are the perfect dessert to please any guest.

Here are some quick tips on making the perfectly unique cupcake:

1. Infuse your icing with different colors and flavors. It’s as easy as adding food coloring and fruit zest or different flavor extracts.

2. Use a piping bag with different ornamented tips to create a fabulous decorative frosting look.

3. Kick your cupcake up a notch by using different shaped molds to go along with any theme! Ex: Use football shaped molds to serve at your annual Superbowl party. (Even the boys will want to help wit this one!)

4. Don’t be afraid to use unconventional products to decorate your cupcake.  Ex: Snowman cupcakes are festive and adorable, use pretzel sticks as his arms for a great play on salty and sweet!

Let the 12/12/12 Countdown Begin!

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Happy National Pastry Day!

Everyone deserves a day of decadence every once in awhile and what better day to do it than National Pastry Day! Celebrate this food holiday by starting your Friday off at your favorite bakery and indulging in the inner sweet tooth you’ve been fighting off all week.  Whether its doughnuts, cakes, scones, or cinnamon rolls, treat yourself today, we promise you won’t regret it!