Vlog: The Knitter’s Kitchen Episode #1

Hi y’all!

The first episode of my vlog is up an running, watch it here or on Youtube:

Show notes from this episode follow below.

FO’s

WIP’s & Designing

The Dye Kitchen

The Kitchen

Books

 

Recipe: Rhubarb slices / Rabarbersnitter

Here’s a twist on the traditional Danish cookie, hindbærsnitter (raspberry slices). I’ve given the recipe quite a twist by using rhubarb instead of the raspberry – I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I did!

The recipe for the cookie part I used from Valdemarsro, their recipes are usually good. Here translated into English :)

Ingredients for rhubarb “jam”:

  • 200g rhubarb, cleaned and cut into pieces of appr. 1 cm
  • 60g sugar
  • juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • vanilla bean from 1/2 pod (still in the pod is fine!)
  • 1 tsp corn starch

Add everything except the corn starch to a small pot, and boil together until it becomes a thick mass. Remove the vanilla pods, if you added them as well. Stir the corn starch with 1 tbsp of cold water or lemon juice, stir it into the rhubarb mass and let boil a couple of mins. Let cool.

 

Ingredients for cookie:

  • 200g white wheat flour
  • 40g almond flour
  • 40g powdered sugar
  • vanilla bean from 1/2 pod
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 150g butter

I put it all together and mixed it in the food processor, then adding a couple of table spoons of water to gather it into a ball. You can also carefully chop up the butter using 2 knives, then quickly knead it together. Don’t knead it too much!

Let the dough rest for about an hour in the fridge.

Roll it out to a large square (approximately 1/2 cm thick – rolling it out between two baking sheets makes it a bit easier!), divide it into two parts, then bake for about 10 mins at 175 degrees. Let cool – coming out of the oven, it will be soft. But after cooling, it gets hard and breaks easily.

Assemble the cookies:
Spread the rhubarb “jam” on one of the cookie pieces, add the other one on top. Top it off with an icing of powdered sugar mixed with lemon juice, and for the real Danish look & feel, add sprinkles! I made my icing with a bit of home made rhubarb juice instead.

Let the icing set, then, using a SHARP knife, slice it all into slices of approximately 10 x 7 cm. Or be creative ;)

Enjoy!

Recipe: Pebernødder

Here is my favorite recipe for pebernødder / pepernoten / pfeffernüsse – a Danish / Dutch / German traditional cookie that appears around Christmas time. My recipe is based on several others, perfecting it over many batches. The main thing is that it contains a bit more pepper than usual, as I really like that – they make them a little bit more spicy. I hope you enjoy it too!
(oh, and excuse the pictures with bad lighting – that’s all I can manage when only baking during the evenings when it’s dark outside ;))

Pebernødder

Recipe for Pebernødder
Approximately 3 oven trays (of the Danish kind in size – that’s a bit larger than for instance American baking trays)

Ingredients:
125 grams softened butter
60 grams muscovado/brown sugar
65 grams of white sugar/cane sugar
0,5 dl cream
250 grams wheat flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
2,5 teaspoons spice mix (see to the right)
for a less spicy batch, suffice with 1,5 or 2 teaspoons!
Spice mix:
1 part ground ginger
1 part ground cinnamon
1 part ground cardamom
1,5 parts ground black pepper

Whip the butter with the sugar until fluffy and well mixed. Add the cream, stir well.
Mix all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add them to the butter mixture and knead the dough until everything is mixed well.
Roll the dough to sausages of approximately 1,5 cm / 0.75 inches in diameter. Cut into pieces of around 1 cm / 0.5 inches, and roll each piece into a rough ball.

Place the little balls on a baking tray lined with paper. Make sure to keep them apart a bit, as they will grow!

Pebernødder

Bake for 9-11 mins at 190 degrees Celsius / 370 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep an eye on them not getting too dark!

Let cool on a rack. They will be a bit soft when coming right out of the oven, but don’t despair – after a couple of minutes they will harden up!

Pebernødder

Pebernødder

This is how they look in all their yumminess. Beware that they disappear fast – it may be needed to make a double batch straight away!
Luckily they’re relatively quick to make :)

Pebernødder

Pebernødder

Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies

In December, everyone is baking. Me too. I get inspired by everyone else, and then I spend half a day in the kitchen, having fun!

Last week I posted a picture of some of my baking on Instagram. A lot of people were asking for the recipe, so here it comes!

Christmas Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 300 g / 10.5 oz white flour
  • 150 g / 5 oz sugar
  • vanilla bean grains
  • a tiny nip of salt
  • 240 g / 8.5 oz diced cold hard butter
  • 1 beaten egg

Mix the above ingredients and, with cold hands, knead it quickly into a pliable dough.
Let rest in the refrigerator for about half an hour.

Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to a thickness of around 0,5 cm / 1/8 inch. Cut out shapes with your favorite cookie cutters! Place them on a baking sheet, approximately 2 cm / 1 inch apart.

Ingredients for decoration:

  • 1 beaten egg
  • almond slivers
  • coarse sugar crystals

Brush the cookies with the beaten egg, then sprinkle with almond slivers and/or the coarse sugar. You can also choose to not do any of this, then decorate the cookies with sugar paste after baking.

Bake for approximately 20 mins at 175 degrees Celcius / 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove them from the baking sheet to cool.
The cookies keep well for a couple of weeks in an air tight container.

 

Christmas Cookies

 

Edible knitting – a knitted cake

This website being “Knitter’s Kitchen” – there ought to be a blog post about something edible once in a while, right?

Well, the past weekend I made something edible: An apple pie with knitting on top.

I had seen a project on Ravelry a long while ago of someone making a knitted bread (link only works with a Ravelry profile, I’m afraid – those are the settings by the user who posted it!), and had determined I wanted to try this out.

Let me just say that cake dough (based on butter, mainly) is not the most easy material to work with! Sticky and quickly softening, I soon abandoned the knitting needles I had planned on using, and started out just laying the “yarn” in the right shapes on the kitchen counter. Having done that, then trying to transfer that onto the pie, was really not a good idea… It all fell apart.

I ended up “knitting” it by hand directly on the cake, trying to connect bits and pieces of dough strips of around 10 cm / 4 inches. A little bit fiddly, as the cake tin I was using was taller than the cake itself, so there wasn’t much room to work on. I didn’t want to make a full portion apple pie, as it would just be me eating it, and a whole cake is, well, a little bit much… So I used a ring that can be adjusted in size, and set it to the minimum size possible (about 16 cm / 6.5 inches in diameter).
I think it turned out pretty well anyway!

Knitted cake

With some egg wash and baked, the worst flaws evened out a bit. Still a bit wonky – but pretty good for a first try, if I may say so myself – and after having been fiddling with that dough for a full hour ;)

Knitted cake

Knitted cake

Pretty, innit? Also on the inside :)

Knitted cake

Knitted Cake

The apple pie recipe I used is the one my mom always makes – I put that recipe on the blog a couple of years ago: Apple cake recipe (on demu.dk). I made a full portion of the crust, but didn’t use all for this cake – also, I didn’t make a full portion of the filling. I used 2 quite big apples, a little handful of raisins, and a little handful of almonds.

Are you giving this a try as well? Please do! And show some pictures :)

Incidentally, I saw on Ravelry this weekend that someone else made an apple pie with a knitted crust a couple of years ago. This is her project page on Ravelry, it’s pretty cool!