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Plantain “Rellenitos”

Rellenitos de Plátano are a staple in our local cooking. They are made out of mashed cooked plantains, stuffed with sweetened refried beans. They are shaped into ovals or balls, fried, and then sprinkled with sugar and sometimes drizzled with cream. This is one of the ways we enjoy plantains in Guatemala and since they are easy and inexpensive to make, it is quite common to find them at markets, parks, fairs, restaurants and our grandmother’s kitchens.

As with all local dishes, there are a few variations when it comes to adding ingredients to the sweetened refried bean mixture. Since this is our independence month, I wanted to try making rellenitos myself so we could share the recipe with all of you and add it to our Guatemalan Recipes Collection. I also wanted to try the variation of adding unsweetened cocoa to the bean mixture, I think it would give it more depth of flavor.  If I had made these for myself, I would have added some cayenne pepper to the bean mixture too, if you like food with a little kick… by all means try adding a couple of pinches of cayenne pepper.  Be careful, this stuff can be very hot!

Helga

Rellenitos de Platano

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Rhubarb Berry Crumble

We know you know. You know we know. We have been slacking on the posts, but fear not our readers, we are definitely picking things up around here. Take this gorgeous Rhubarb Berry Crumble. Summer is definitely here. This is the time when you make Cold Brewed Coffee by batches and drink lemonade by the pitcher.  During summer days, we want more fruit in our desserts. This, because, fruit as a dessert is so much refreshing than a chocolate cake.

I had little rhubarb left in the freezer, and just enough strawberries and blueberries to make a medley so rich that you will get seconds. Use a fruit combination you love, for me it was time for the blueberries and strawberries to meet rhubarb in a dessert. I even thought of adding mango, but that will be for a future post.

Now, I modified the original recipe, mixing up the fruit (and increasing its amount as well), adding a bit more sugar as the rhubarb is not as sweet as the rest of them, replaced the butter with coconut oil (absolutely loved the result) and last but not least, added some almonds for a crunch. Later when it was in the oven, I thought about poppy seeds. Mental note taken, as I will try it the next time.

I served this dessert after taking it out of the oven, but if you make it ahead, you can reheat it for a few minutes in your oven so its warm and toasty. Also, make sure to serve it with vanilla ice cream. You will be the star of the party.

Kitty

Rhubarb Berry Crumble

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Strawberry Puff Pastry Dessert

This Puff Pastry Dessert is the perfect choice if you are looking for something easy and fast to prepare. Maybe you have friends coming over for coffee, or you want to end a special meal with a light dessert that looks pretty on the plate.

You only need to go out and buy Puff Pastry dough (I get mine at Pastelería Ciro), strawberries, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. This is so easy to make, I let my daughter help out with most of it. Kids love to roll out dough, so you can make it an activity to do with them. Don’t skip on the balsamic vinegar, its combination with strawberries will enhance your dessert.  If you don’t have balsamic vinegar at hand, you can use orange or lemon juice in its place.

Helga

Strawberry Puff Pastry Dessert

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Orange & Tangerine Curd

A few weeks ago, I had a suggestion from YouTube to watch a show called The Great British Bake Off from BBC. Oh YouTube, you know me so well. I got subscribed to the channel, found a complete season on it (YAY!) and fell in love with both Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

Now, let me tell you about the hosts of the show. Mary Berry is a jane Queen of all trades: Chef trained at the Cordon Bleu in Paris, in the 60s she became the cookery editor two magazines. TV Show host, cookbook author… she does it all. And she bakes… like no one. I like to think that she is the Queen of Baking. From what I could see in her videos (I’ve been watching her stuff non stop!) she is amazing. I’d love to meet her or just be around when she’s cooking.  Now, Paul Hollywood is a character. He is tough and serious as Gordon Ramsay is (my dream chef!) on the show. Well, Paul Hollywood is the son of a baker, he stepped into the family business later on (trained to be a sculptor, imagine that!). He has appeared in many shows, and honestly, he explains bread baking like no one’s business. He makes it look so easy! Bread I shall tackle next.

Anyway, inspired by one of the Technical Challenges from The Great British Bake Off, I decided to prepare an Angel Food Cake (you can find the recipe here) served with this Orange and Tangerine Curd with Vanilla Beans. I think I would’ve killed it in the competition! Ahh… a girl can dream.

Kitty

Tangerine Orange Custard

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