Papaya Mango Habanero Jam

by Cindy Yanasha Angulo in , , , , ,


The yumminess is unbearable! Use the natural sweetness of mangoes & papayas for a quick & easy jam. I infused mine with a simple syrup with habaneros for a subtle kick!

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Time: 1.5 hours  

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe mangoes
  • 1 small ripe papaya  
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 Habanero, chopped fine with seeds removed
  • 1 cup white sugar for the simple syrup
  • 2 cups water for the simple syrup  

Recipe:  

  1. Dice the mangoes & papaya into small cubes then add them to a large pot.  
  2. Slowly heat the fruit on medium so the cooled down. You don't need to add water because the fruit has its own juices. 
  3. After about 10 minutes, add the corn starch & sugar. Stir to combine.  
  4. Stir occasionally until the fruit boils down, sort of mushy.  
  5. After about 30 minutes, use an immersion blender to smooth out the fruit so it only has a few small chunks left.  
  6. In another small pot, make a simple syrup with the sugar, water & habanero. 
  7. Add the syrup in the pot with the jam & stir to infuse the jam with habanero.  
  8. Once the consistency is thick & jam-like, turn off the heat & let it cool.
  9. Refrigerate & enjoy for up to 2 weeks.  
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Fast Homemade Bread

by Cindy Yanasha Angulo in , , , , , , ,


This is my fool-proof recipe for delicious homemade bread that's ready in about an hour! It is so impressive to make your own bread but with the craziness day to day life, it is tough to find time. Not anymore! The best part is most of these ingredients are usually already on hand, so there's no need to lug yourself to the grocery store to create the perfect loaf. Try this out next time you're craving fresh bread!

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Time: 1 hour  

Ingredients:  

  • 2 cups all purpose flour (or 1/2 cup whole wheat + 1.5 cups all purpose)  
  • 1 packet fast acting yeast  
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar  
  • 1 tablespoon basil or Italian seasoning (or spice of your choice really, you can omit this step if you don't want a flavor)  
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt  
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil  
  • Additional warm water if needed for the dough  

Recipe:  

  1. Use a large measuring cup to combine the warm water, sugar & yeast. Stir to dissolve the yeast. 
  2. Place the yeast mixture in the microwave (without turning it on!) so that it is kept in a warm dark place for at least 15 minutes.  Yeast will be bubbly when you take it out.  
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. In a large basin, mix the flour, seasoning, & salt together.   
  5. Add in the olive oil & yeast, mix into the flour. Kneed until everything is combined. It's okay if you over-kneed for this dough, you want the gluten activated as much as possible.  
  6. Sprinkle some extra flour on a cookie sheet to avoid the dough sticking to the pan.  
  7. Add the dough on top of the flour & shape with your hands into a loaf. Hint: sometimes I need the bread to cook fast so I make 2-3 smaller loafs and use 2 cookie sheets to bake them in. 
  8. Use a sharp knife to make 3 small slits on top of the loaf.  
  9. Bake on 350 for about 20 - 30 minutes or until the top is crusty. Timing will depend on how tall / thick you made your loaf & how many loafs you split it into. This recipe can make 3 small/medium sized loafs in 15-20 minutes!   
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Oat Apple Pie

by Cindy Yanasha Angulo in , , , ,


Naturally glutenfree & vegan! And cinnamony & applely & yummy. Try this next time you're craving a warm, holiday dessert in the summertime. 

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Time: 1.5 hours

Ingredients:

  • 2 large apples, sliced thin (I used a mandolin)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil 
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 1/4 warm water if needed for the crust

Recipe:

  1. Grind the oats to a flour in a food processor.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of the cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of the sea salt, the coconut oil, agave, & water if needed. Pulse until a dough forms. 
  3. Place the crush mixture on a table or cutting board & roll it out to fit your pie pan. You want the crust to be about 1/4 inch thick.
  4. Transfer the crust to a pan & press the edges down so it keeps its shape.
  5. Bake the crust on 425 for about 15 mins.
  6. While the crust is baking, mix the sliced apples, leftover cinnamon & salt, & brown sugar in a bowl. Lower the heat to 375.
  7. Fill the pie crust with the apple mixture & bake for another 20-30 minutes or until the apples are crisp & the crust is golden.
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Eggless Strawberry Scones

by Cindy Yanasha Angulo in , , ,


Strawberry perfection!!  These scones will make your whole house smell delicious.  And get this, they're eggless!!   Try this recipe next time you're craving home-baked goodness.  Or next time you have a bunch of berries to get rid of before they go bad. :)

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Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped (I froze mine overnight for easier handling)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter (8 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
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Recipe:

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 
  3. Cut the cold butter into small dices, add it to the flour mixture.  Then use your hands to incorporate the butter into the flour.  It will look grainy.  
  4. Add the small pieces of frozen strawberries to the mixture.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk the sour cream and applesauce until smooth.  Add this to your medium bowl, and stir until a large dough form. (Use your hands to form it into a ball.)
  6. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and shape it into a 7- to 8-inch circle (about 3/4-inch thick). 
  7. Use a sharp knife to cut the scones into small triangles (or desired shape) and place them on a cookie sheet (spray with PAM first).
  8. Sprinkle the scones with 1/2 teaspoon white sugar if you like (I did!)
  9. Bake on 400 degrees until golden, about 15 minutes.
  10. Let cool for 3-5 minutes and enjoy!
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Eggball

by Cindy Yanasha Angulo in , , , , , ,


Hard-boiled eggs covered in seasoned mashed potatoes & a homemade batter then fried to golden perfection! Try this delicious Guyanese recipe for breakfast, an easy snack, or appetizer.

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Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:  

  • 6 hard-boiled eggs  
  • 2.5 cups vegetable oil for frying  

Potato mixture: 

  • 3 potatoes, washed & scrubbed
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons ground onion  
  • Salt to taste  

Batter:

  • 4 tablespoons ground split peas 
  • 4 tablespoons all purpose flour  
  • 1/2 cup water (or more, added slowly to create batter consistency) 
  • Salt to taste
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Recipe:

  1. Boil potatoes for 15 mins.
  2. Mash them in a bowl with all the potato spices above, set aside.
  3. Peel the hard-boiled eggs.
  4. Use your hands to cover the eggs one by one with the mashed potatoes, creating a large ball.
  5. Dip the ball into the batter so it's evenly coated.
  6. Place the ball into the hot oil & fry for about 1 minute (or until golden).
  7. Place on a paper towel to drain off any excess oil.

Serve with some homemade mango chutney or sauce of your choice!

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Smoked Salmon Crostini

by Cindy Yanasha Angulo in , ,


Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or appetizer!  These simple smoked salmon crostini taste like a lot of work, but they're very simple to make!

Time: 15-20 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack smoked salmon (I use Nova)
  • 1 container cream cheese - I use unflavored but you can use flavored if you want, Chives and Onions flavor works really well with this!
  • 1 French baguette 
  • 1/4 cup grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • salt/pepper to taste

Recipe:

  1. Cut baguette into 1/4 inch diagonal slices - bake on 400 for about 10 mins until the slices are crispy
  2. Slice tomatoes thinly
  3. Spread cream cheese on all slices
  4. Top with slices of tomatoes, smoked salmon, and capers
  5. Sprinkle salt and pepper
  6. Enjoy!

 


Pear Pie

by Cindy Yanasha Angulo in , ,


Put this on your holiday dessert list!  

Time: about 1.5 hours total

Ingredients:

  • 2 Pears
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter or margarine (1 stick = 1/2 cup)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger

Recipe:

  1. Preheat oven to 425° F
  2. In a food processor, pulse 1 stick of cold butter (cut into cubes) with 1 cup all purpose flour & 1 teaspoon salt until dough forms (you will likely have to finish forming dough with your hands after you take it out of the food processor).
  3. Roll dough out with a rolling pin so that it's wide enough to cover the bottom of your round pie pan, and have room to press up the sides of the pan (like a crust).
  4. Press dough into the bottom of the pan and around the sides, ensure all around the pan is coated with the crust. 
  5. This step is optional:  I sprinkled some ground cinnamon into the pie crust so that it's a little more flavorful.  I fully believe in cinnamon.... on everything.
  6. Bake crust alone for about 20 mins or until slightly browned.  
  7. Filling: Slice pears very thin (I used a mandoline slicer, but you can just do this with a utility/paring knife). Remove any seeds.
  8. In a medium bowl, coat sliced pears with brown sugar, remaining ground cinnamon, gloves, and ginger.  Add a little salt if you'd like. 
  9. Remove bottom crust from the oven and fill it with the above mixture.
  10. Top crust:  Repeat steps 2-4.   Roll dough out over the pie filling with your hands (to cover the pie) and gently tuck in the corners using the excess dough (you may have to pinch a little to ensure that the top crust stays on!)
  11. Cut two slits on the top so the filling has room to breathe
    TIP:  wiggle your knife so the slits are a little wide, since the dough will expand a little as it cooks.
  12. Put pie into the oven first, then lower the degrees to 350° F and bake for about an hour or until the top crust is golden brown! 
  13. Enjoy!

 

 
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