Weekend Cuisine: Au Gratin Potatoes.

This dish is a delight for those of us who love potatoes in whatever form, and love cheese too. This is quite a rich dish, boiling potatoes in butter, milk/cream then bake with cheese and breadcrumbs. Ooh the lusciousness and decadence of it all is what makes it a great comfort food, but also a dish you do not make every other day as it is quite rich.

Ingredient: 2 kg potatoes peeled cleaned and sliced thinly, a pinch of white pepper, 2 cups of aged gouda cheese, 2 tbsp unsalted butter, 2cups milk, 2 cups full fresh creamy diced onion, pinch of nutmeg. 2 tbsp seasoned breadcrumbs.

Slice your potatoes thinly. Grease your baking dish with a little butter and set aside.

Heat your saucepan, add butter and add the onions and cook till they are soft.
Add your milk and cream, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat.
Add your sliced potatoes to this mixture, add in your seasoning and the spices.

Let the mixture simmer gently for about eight to ten minutes, the potatoes will soften a bit but be keen so it doesn’t burn at the bottom.

At this time you can also preheat your oven at 160°C.

Add the mixture in layers onto the baking dish. start with a bit of sauce, then potatoes sprinkle a bit of the cheese and so on, then pour the remaining sauce on top and some cheese too.

Set aside a bit of the cheese for later.

Cover the dish with foil and bake for 45 minutes.

In a small bowl, mix the cheese you set aside with some seasoned breadcrumbs, about 2 tbsp. Sprinkle this on the potato mixture and return to oven at top rack and let broil for about 10 minutes.

Let the dish stand for 15 minutes before serving.
Serve with steamed vegetables to counter the richness of the dish. And please season your vegetables with a splash of lemon juice just before serving. It goes so well together. Trust me on this.
Clearly the dish was a hit!

So, what are your waiting for? Try it and enjoy this decadent creamy and cheesy awesomeness with your family.

Lockdown Baking: Cheesy Bread.

Have you ever tried a recipe and look at the end result wondering what you were thinking even attempting it? That’s me when it comes to making bread and cakes. I can cook a mean curry, fry up or stew eyes closed, but baking is so precise, I do not know why I bother sometimes, hahahahaha.

This was my attempt at a cheese loaf. It was delicious OMG, so yummy but see how it looks? LOL

I got the recipe from Seasons and Suppers, head there and laugh with me at what my loaf was supposed to look like, it’s alright, I will not feel bad. And I now know where I went wrong.

Some changes I made, I added spring onion in place of mixed herbs and used goat cheese instead of the cheddar her recipe called for. However, this is not where I went wrong, lets proceed.

So, step one, I used my usual bread recipe which I’ve already shared here, as it was not that much different from the recipe on Seasons and suppers.

So where did I go wrong? I followed all the steps and the dough rose beautifully.

I spread my cheese and onion mix and now had to roll into a jelly roll style. Yoh! Not easy for me as by this time I was wondering what I was doing.
Hubs helped me out here, now I had to braid the loaf. It was much stickier than expected and I had to work fast to braid before the Goat Cheese started seeping out.
Mistake one, smart me has a big loaf pan so I decided to use it instead of two smaller loaves as the original recipe called for. Yeah, see why baking is not for me. Two, as you can see, I couldn’t even braid the loaf well. LOL. It is ok, let us laugh together!
But its not is bad right? And the kitchen smelt so good, my family just kept on asking how long it would take to cool before digging in. Ooh and it sunk a bit in the middle.

Will I try this again? Of course yes! The taste and aroma of this loaf is out of this world!

I brushed with some melted butter after getting it straight out of the oven.
I added some gouda cheese on top of the loaf before baking. Beautiful crust right there.

Please head to Seasons and Suppers and try out this recipe. It is worth the effort!