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trufflesIngredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Steaming hot heavy cream
  • 1 pinch of sea salt
  • 8 ounces best quality dark chocolate in chip form, or chopped
  • 3 tablespoons SOOC dark or white balsamic – my favorite options for this are: coconut, raspberry, tangerine, strawberry, espresso, or traditional 18 year.
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder for rolling the truffles or use 6 oz. tempered (melted chocolate) for coating the truffles.

Directions:

  1. Place the chopped chocolate in a medium size heat proof bowl.
  2. Heat the cream and salt in a heavy bottom sauce pan over low heat until it just begins to steam.  Do not allow it to simmer or boil.
  3. Pour the cream over the chopped chocolate and allow to sit for 2-3 minutes without stirring.  Stir the mixture gently until all the chocolate is melted.  Add the balsamic and stir well.  Cool to room temperature and then place the bowl in the refrigerator, covered until the ganache has become cold and can be scooped and formed into balls.
  4. Have a baking sheet covered with parchment paper ready that will fit into your fridge or freezer.
  5. Take 1 teaspoon of cold balsamic ganache and quickly roll between your hands to form a ball.  If you spend too much time trying to get the shape just right, you’ll begin to melt the ganache and it will be a mess.
  6. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet and then place in the fridge or freezer to firm up the truffles.
  7. Once truffles are firm, you can roll into cocoa powder or in tempered (melted) chocolate.  Best stored in single layers, separated by parchment or wax paper in a sealed container in the refrigerator.  Truffles can be served at room temperature.

Makes approximately 30-40 truffles

chocolate Bundt cakeIngredients for the Cake

 

3 cups all-purpose flour +1 tablespoon
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup SOOC Extra Virgin Olive Oil +1 tablespoon
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Generously grease the inside of a 10-inch bundt pan with extra virgin olive oil. Add a tablespoon of granulated sugar.  Tilt and rotate the pan to evenly distribute the sugar in the bottom and sides of the greased pan. Tap out any excess sugar.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sift.

With an electric mixer beat the eggs until they are pale and light; slowly pour in the sugar while beating. Next whisk together the sour cream, extra virgin olive oil and vanilla and mix until incorporated.

Add the flour to the wet ingredients beating after each addition, scraping down the bowl a couple times in the process.

Bake in the center of the oven for 45-50 minutes until a cake tester or wooden skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and then carefully invert onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

Chocolate-Raspberry Balsamic Glaze

8 oz semi-sweet chocolate chopped or in chip form
1 cup heavy whipping cream

3 tablespoons SOOC Raspberry Balsamic
Directions
In a microwave proof bowl, heat the cream on high for 1 minute.
Add the chocolate to the bowl and allow to sit for 2 minutes without stirring.  Whisk well until all the chocolate has melted and there are no lumps.  Add the balsamic and whisk well.
Pour the still warm liquid glaze over your cooled cake.  Allow the glaze to set up on the cake at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before serving.

loafIngredients:

  • 4 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup potato flour
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon light amber honey or granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons + 3 tablespoons SOOC Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

Directions:

If using a bread machine, add all of the liquid, honey/sugar, salt, and 3 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan.  Then add both flours, followed by the yeast last.  Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your bread machine if you intend to bake it in the machine.

If using a stand mixer or mixing kneading by hand, mix and then knead the dough for about 6 minutes.  The dough should be very soft, but not sticky.  Add more flour, in small amounts as needed to keep the dough from sticking.  Allow to rise in a warm spot for about an hour.  Lightly punch the dough down, transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment and gently reshape in to a rustic loaf.  Cover the dough with plastic wrap lightly greased with olive oil.  Allow the dough to rise for 45 additional minutes

Preheat the oven to 375 and adjust the rack to the center of the oven.

Drizzle the loaf with two tablespoons of olive oil, and bake for about 40 minutes, until golden brown. Remove the loaf and immediately drizzle with remaining tablespoon of olive oil.  Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.  Best served warm!

soup with Tuscan Herb Olive Oil

Ingredients :
2 – 28 oz. cans tomato puree
1/2 cup white wine
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
2 large red bell peppers, roasted, seeded, peeled and chopped, or one jar of roasted red peppers, drained & chopped
3 tablespoons SOOC Tuscan Herb Olive Oil (or SOOC Garlic Olive Oil)
1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
4 large cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch fresh basil leaves washed, dried, & torn, reserving 6 small sprigs for garnish
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 cup grated Romano Cheese
1 cup heavy cream
sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

 

Directions:
In a medium heavy stock pot, heat one tablespoon of Tuscan Herb Olive Oil over medium-high heat.  Add the onion and saute until translucent, for about 3 minutes.  Add the garlic and saute for another minute.  Add the white wine and reduce by half.

Add the chicken stock, roasted peppers, tomato puree, basil leaves and oregano to the pot.  Lower the heat to medium and simmer for 20 minutes.  Remove the pot from heat.  Using an immersion blender, puree the hot soup until smooth and creamy in consistency.  Add the heavy cream and Romano Cheese and stir to combine.  Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve individual bowls of soup drizzled with approximately one teaspoon of Tuscan Herb Olive Oil and a sprig of basil.  Serve immediately.

Fontina Dip (1)

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds Italian Fontina cheese, rind removed, cubed (1-2-inch cubes)
  • ½ cup SOOC Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Arbosana or Arbequina)
  • 8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ tablespoon thyme leaves, minced
  • 1 ½ tablespoon rosemary leaves, minced
  • 1-2 French baguettes, sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Place oven rack in upper portion of oven, 5 inches from the heat. Preheat broiler.
  2. Take a large, cast-iron skillet and spread an even layer of Fontina cubes along the pan. Drizzle olive oil on top.
  3. Sprinkle garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper over the top.
  4. Place in oven and bake for 5-6 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and starting to brown. Pay close attention because it is easy for cheese to burn.
  5. Remove from oven and serve immediately from skillet. Dipping slices directly into the cheese. Be careful because the skillet and cheese are really hot.

cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Canned Pumpkin
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup SOOC Butter Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp. Milk
  • 1 Tbsp. Vanilla
  • 1 11 oz. bag of Chocolate Chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine pumpkin, sugar, Butter Olive Oil and egg in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt. Dissolve the baking soda with the milk and stir into the wet ingredients. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and stir well. (about one minute)
  3. Add vanilla and chocolate chips and stir until combined.
  4. Drop cookies on a baking sheet by spoonful.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Black Bean Corn Salsa

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups fresh or thawed frozen corn
  • 1 15 oz. can of Black Beans
  • 1 Red Pepper, diced
  • 1 Red Onion, diced
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • 1-2 Jalapeno Peppers, sliced
  • 1/4 Cup SOOC Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Harissa, Chipotle, or Cayenne Chili)
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt

Directions:

  1. Drain and rinse the black beans, and place in a large bowl.
  2. Add fresh or thawed corn, red pepper, red onion, cilantro, jalapeno peppers, Olive Oil, lime juice and salt.
  3. Still well and serve with tortilla chips
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