Ms. Arefi starts by prepping the crumb topping first followed by the cake. Once the cake batter is made and poured into the prepared pan, you crumbled the topping over the cake and bake for approximately 40 to 45 minutes. After the cake cools completely you can either drizzle the glaze on top or merely dust with confectioners’ sugar as I did. What a delightful cake. The cake was moist with a delicate crumb. I made my own pumpkin spice blend based on the accompanying recipe to the pumpkin crumb cake. The flavor had lovely notes of cinnamon and nutmeg complemented by the other ingredients including cardamom. A wonderful cake that’s not too sweet.
As I said before, one can’t have too many chicken recipes. I’ve been holding on to a recipe by Sam Sifton of The New York Times since April for Chicken Paprikash. For the recipe you’ll need chicken thighs and drumsticks, kosher salt, black pepper, neutral oil, unsalted butter, large yellow or Spanish onion, fresh garlic, Hungarian paprika (sweet or hot or a combination), all-purpose flour, crushed tomatoes or a fresh tomato that’s chopped, chicken broth, egg noodles and sour cream.
The chicken is seared until the skin is crispy and deep golden brown. Remove the chicken from the pan and add chopped onions and minced garlic; sauté until softened. A little flour to help make a roux is added followed by crushed tomatoes and chicken broth. The chicken is placed in the pan with the sauce and cooked for approximately 25 to 30 minutes.
The chicken is served on top of noodles and the pan sauce poured on top. This dish was delicious. I just wish I had a bit more sauce to pour on top. For two people, I halved the ingredients needed, but I should have kept the original amounts for sauce. After baking in the oven uncovered, the sauce reduced down, despite the addition of some water to the baking vessel. Overall, very tasty and hearty for a fall evening.
I love bourbon either on the rocks or served as a cocktail with apple cider. I’ve share the Martha Stewart recipe for Apple Cider Sour; now I have another, Bourbon and Apple Cider Cocktail from the website “Creative Culinary.” For the recipe I used pure apple cider that I purchased at Dreyer Farms where they sell cider from Melick’s Town Farm. For the recipe you’ll need chilled apple cider, bourbon, maple syrup (optional), ginger beer and apple wedges for garnish.
Using a Mason jar filled with some ice, I add the cider, bourbon, maple syrup and shook. I dipped the rim of an old fashion glass into apple cider followed by a dip into a saucer of cinnamon sugar. I strained the cider mixture into an old-fashioned glass filled with some ice and topped with the ginger beer. What a yummy drink. The recipe is well-balanced as far as bourbon to cider and a hint of maple syrup rounds out the flavors. Both my husband and I enjoyed our pre-dinner cocktail.
Well, that’s all for today. Our CSA share will come to an end in a few short weeks. I have other recipes in the pipeline to share that use those ingredients.
Pumpkin Crumb Cake
By Yossy Arefi
The New York Times/NYT Cooking
Time: 1 hour
Yield: 1 (8-inch square or 9-inch round) cake
FOR THE STREUSEL
½(packed) cup/100 grams light brown sugar
½cup/64 grams all-purpose flour
1teaspoon store-bought or homemade pumpkin spice blend (see Tip)
Pinch of salt
¼cup/56 grams unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
FOR THE PUMPKIN CAKE
Nonstick cooking spray
1(packed) cup/200 grams light brown sugar
1cup/230 grams canned pumpkin purée
¼cup/56 grams unsalted butter, melted
¼cup neutral oil
1tablespoon store-bought or homemade pumpkin spice blend (see Tip)
½teaspoon fine sea salt
1teaspoon baking powder
½teaspoon baking soda
1½cups/190 grams all-purpose flour
FOR THE GLAZE (OPTIONAL)
¾cup/75 grams confectioners’ sugar
¾teaspoon pumpkin spice blend
Pinch of salt
3 to 5teaspoons milk (any kind will do)
“TIP - Make your own pumpkin spice blend by combining 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 1 tablespoon ground ginger, 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, 1 teaspoon ground cardamom, ½ teaspoon ground allspice and ¼ teaspoon ground cloves. Makes about ¼ cup.”
“The Fresher the Spice, the Better the Chicken Paprikash”
By Sam Sifton, The New York Times, April 14, 2016
Time: 1 hour
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
3 to 4pounds chicken thighs and drumsticks, or whole chicken legs
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon neutral oil, like canola
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large yellow or Spanish onion, peeled and diced
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
3 tablespoons Hungarian paprika, sweet or hot, or a combination
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup canned crushed tomatoes or 1 large ripe tomato, chopped
1 cup chicken broth, homemade or, if not, low-sodium
1 pound egg noodles
¾ cup sour cream
Bourbon and Apple Cider Cocktail
From the website “Creative Culinary”
By Barbara Kiebel
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
2 ounces Apple Cider chilled
1 ounce Bourbon
½ to one tsp maple syrup optional
2 ounces Ginger Beer chilled
Apple wedges for garnish
Combine the cider, bourbon, and maple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until very cold (if serving a crowd, combine these two ingredients in a pitcher and refrigerate for at least an hour.
Strain mixture into an ice filled glass and top with the chilled ginger beer. Stir gently.
Garnish with an apple wedge and serve.
Notes from Author
About that apple slice. I love the cute star shape in the center of an apple as much as the next guy but for practicality’s sake, well, you have to get to the center of the apple and only get maybe two good slices. I don't advise wasting most of the apple for that effect. Simply use apple wedges instead of slices!
I've made this cocktail several times since this post and have taken to putting a rim on it with sugar and cinnamon.
Mix a combination of 2 Tablespoons of sugar with a teaspoon and a half of cinnamon on a flat plate. Rub the edge of the glass with maple syrup or cider, and dip it in the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Proceed according to above directions.
A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.