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Guilderland Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, August 20, 2009


Winning recipes

Savory Leek and Cheese Rounds

Dough:

1 envelope Fleischmann’s Rapid Rise Yeast

1/4 cup warm water

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1-1/4 cup sour cream

3 cup bread flour

Egg wash:

1 egg yolk

1 tablespoon water

Topping:

1 tablespoon butter

2 cups leeks, thinly sliced

4 oz. goat cheese

1/2 cup ricotta cheese

1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

1 egg

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground

In a large bowl, dissolve the Fleischmann’s yeast in warm water. Add remaining ingredients and knead by machine or hand for 10 minutes. Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk. For topping, melt butter in a pan and add the sliced leeks. Cook for a few minutes until leeks become soft. Set aside. Place remaining ingredients in a bowl and add the cooked leeks. Mix until all ingredients are well blended.

Separate dough into two equal pieces. Roll out dough to 10-inch diameter, leaving the edges slightly thicker than the middle. Place each dough round into a greased 9-inch pie dish. Spread half of topping into each dough round, leaving edges exposed. Brush edges with egg wash and place in a preheated 375-degree oven for 30 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool on rack for 10 minutes. Garnish with chopped parsley. Serve warm.

Chocolate Babka

Batter:

Cooking spray

2 envelopes Fleischmann’s Rapid Rise Yeast

2/3 cup very warm milk (130 degrees)

1/4 cup sugar

5 tablespoons butter, melted

1 egg plus 1 yolk, beaten

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1-1/2 cups bread flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

Topping:

4 oz. bar bittersweet chocolate

2 tablespoons sugar

2-1/2 tablespoons cold butter

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix batter ingredients together in a pre-sprayed 8x8-inch baking dish.

Combine chocolate and 2 tablespoons sugar in the small bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles crumbs. Spread evenly over batter and press in. Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle evenly over top.

Bake by placing in a cold oven; set the temperature to 350 degrees. Bake for 40 minutes or until done (30 minutes or less for convection ovens).


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