Monday, November 22, 2010

Coconut Pastries

There is just something down home and yummy about this treat. It has become a family favorite of ours over the last two years, and a Thanksgiving tradition. If you love coconut, this recipe is a MUST HAVE.

The Ingredients:
1 package Puff Pastry
3 eggs
1 cup of milk
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of coconut
1 tsp vanilla extract
Powdered sugar for garnish

The Instructions:
Unroll the sheets of puff pastry and cut each one into 9 squares.


Place on a cookie sheet bake in a 400ยบ oven until done. Remove from oven and cool down completely.

In the meantime, in a pan, add the eggs, milk, sugar, coconut and vanilla.


Cook over medium heat until it thickens, remove from heat and allow to cool down.


Open each pastry square and add a tablespoon of the filling or a little more. Sometimes I overdo it just because I love it so much.


Cover back up and sprinkle with powdered sugar. YUM!


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Condensed Cream of Soups

My son has recently been diagnosed with an allergy to milk, and this revelation has really thrown a kink in my regular cooking plans... Sooooo- I have begun my quest to find recipes for some of my regular dairy filled foods, that I can substitute with non-dairy options. To start, here is a couple Cream Soups to substitute out with the canned stuff.

Cream Of Chicken Soup (Condensed)
Makes two can's equivalent

1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt (or less; taste to test)
1/4 teaspoon parsley
dash of paprika
1 1/2 cups milk (separated) (I used goats milk)
3/4 cup flour

1. In medium-sized saucepan, boil chicken broth, 1/2 cup of the milk, and the seasonings for a minute or two (longer if using fresh onions or garlic).
2. In a bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 cup of milk and flour. Add to boiling mixture and continue whisking briskly until mixture boils and thickens.

Cream of Mushroom Soup (Condensed)
Makes 1 can's equivalent

1 c Mushrooms,Sliced
1/2 c Onion,Chopped
1/2 c Low Sodium Chicken Broth
1 T Parsley
1/4 t Garlic Powder
2/3 c Non Diary Creamer or milk (I will be using goats milk or soy milk)
2 T Cornstarch

1. Cook mushrooms, onion and spices in the chicken broth until soft.
2. Process in a blender or food processor until well pureed. Leave some out if you like mushroom chunks in your soup.
3. Shake together creamer and cornstarch until dissolved. Cook and stir until thick.
4. Stir in veggie mixture.