Thursday, 5 February 2015

Asparagus pie and chocolaty dream cookies

Busy week with some additional challenges, deadlines and coming home late. Not having much time in the evenings to prepare the dinner. In times like this, I am always bouncing back to quick and easy recipes. One of our family favorites is the asparagus pie. Easy in preparation but still very special ...lack of time shall not really impact the quality of our dinner.

Light some candles, take a chilled glass of white wine, create cosy and relaxing atmosphere and enjoy the dinner with your family....


Asparagus pie:
  • puff pastry dough (premade)
  • green asparagus
  • cup of creme fraiche (sour cream)
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • salt, pepper
  • Parmesan cheese
Preheat the oven to 180C. Divide the pastry in two squares. Create a dough boarder, by rolling the edges couple of time to the middle. Mix creme fraiche with the mustard, season with salt and pepper. Blanch the asparagus (cook it for couple of minutes in a boiling water). Spread creme fraiche mixture over the pastry dough and arrange the blanched asparagus. Grate parmesan cheese over the pie and bake for ca 20 minutes (till golden brown).


What is more comforting as a cookie? A chocolate cookie with a cup of tea, if you would ask me. My chocolate crinkle cookies were the selection this week for a dessert. The cookies, done with very simple ingredients, are perfect to make in advance as you can store them in an airtight container for couple of weeks. They are actually done for Christmas holidays, we however enjoy them all year long. The texture is more cake like but still you are eating a cookie. I must warn you, as you might get addicted to those little gorgeous chocolaty dream cookies.


Chocolate crinkle cookies:
makes about 20-25 cookies
  • 60 g unsweetened cacao powder
  • 150 g sugar
  • 60 ml oil (vegetable)
  • 2 eggs
  • 130 g flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • icing sugar
Mix all ingredients together, except the icing sugar. Put the dough into the refrigerator for couple of hours. Preheat the oven to 180C. Sift the icing sugar in a small bowl. Take small bunches of chilled dough (walnut size) and roll into a balls. Put the dough balls into the bowl with the icing sugar, cover completely and put on the baking sheet. Bake for ca. 15 minutes. 


By the way the cookies are very good to be shared, as our neighbors would also confirm.

Enjoy!
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