I'm so grateful to do what I get to do. It's a dream come true. I'm humbled and honored for each party that books a class with me.
"Kary!! You and your whole dreamy evening surpassed all our expectations! We have a hard time finding something fresh and new to do for Ladies Night Out, and now everything else pales in comparison.
You were wonderful!!!"-C.T.J.
"Thank you so much for such a wonderful evening at your home Sunday! Such a great experience, one that I'm sure I'll be talking about for a long time to come. I definitely plan to come back as soon as I find an excuse:) "-B.C.
Coconut Buns. If you eat too many you will not have buns of steel. Just make em' and only eat one.
Today's baking inspiration is from my friend Doreen, whose travels have taken her to Taiwan- while she's there we get to enjoy online what she's experiencing. She found a bakery (twice) with a coconut raisin bread- which she says is more like a amazing donut.
This morning while I was searching for recipes to see what she was talking about, I got a little side tracked and found this coconut bun recipe that peaked my interest.
What I've posted here here is not what she is talking about- I'll try that recipe another day.
As a youngin I could pass on all things coconut, but as I'm growing up I'm appreciating the flavor and texture more and more.
Now I love to eat pastries of all kinds but I've never been drawn to try the ones they sell the bakery in the local asian mart. But these? These I could eat often. Tender, flakey and flavorful. The blueberry swirl ones are from the jam my mom made yesterday.
2/3 cup heavy cream at room temperature
1 cup, coconut milk at room temperature
1 large egg at room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
About 4 cups bread flour
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
6 tablespoons softened butter
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup dry milk powder
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
In the bowl of a mixer, add the heavy cream, milk, egg, sugar, flour, yeast, and salt. Using the dough hook attachment, turn on the mixer at its lowest setting gradually increasing speed as the flour gets incorporated. A big bowl and wooden spoon works well too.
Mix dough until it’s a smooth elastic consistency. Add more flour ¼ cup at a time until the dough comes together. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and place in a warm spot until the dough doubles in size.
Meanwhile, prepare the filling by thoroughly combining all the filling ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.
Dump the dough on a lightly floured surface and cut into 12 equal pieces.
Working with one piece at a time, flatten each piece of dough with your hands into a rough oval shape, about 4 inches long and 3 inches wide.
Spread about a tablespoon of filling onto the middle of the dough, and roll it into a mini cinnamon roll.
With a sharp knife slice lengthwise, with a shallow slash. Coil the dough and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Repeat with all dough. Cover with a clean kitchen towel. Allow to rise for about 30 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees- Lightly brush with an egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sugar.
Once the buns have risen, gently brush with egg wash. Bake for 15-17 minutes until golden.
Have you ever tried grilled Caesar salad with real Caesar dressing, like the kind Julia made with fresh yolk, anchovies, and garlic? It's pretty awesome.
The only thing that would have made the salad better for me is a blackened piece of chicken straight from the hot coals and a pour of red wine in a glass.
Mash the garlic cloves, add the fillets of anchovies, and egg yolk or two, squeeze the lemons for fresh juice, olive oil, a few grinds of coarse pepper, taste and adjust the flavors. Add a bit more salt, a spoon of mayo and whisk away until emulsified.
Over hot coals, grill the lettuce and bread until charred. A pile of freshly grated Parmesan over the top on your plate. Dinner is served.
I honestly LOVE being at home cooking and creating great food with flavors to eat. If I'm not cooking with classes I'm cooking for my family. Our boys are spoiled when it comes to food.
However when I do go out to eat, I somehow if the meal is good, I manage to find myself in the kitchen with the chef thanking them for my dinner AND seeing (peekingateverytingIcan) what goes on behind the scenes. Oh, and I'm really not squashing him like it looks.....
Our dinner was really very tasty. And on a beautiful day you can sit outside and enjoy the views.
I'm not sure what has gotten into me this spring, but I've been having fun in the yard with new gardens, and creating new outdoor spaces to enjoy. Tom said the Kary Marshman energy from years ago is back.
The ONLY things that would make it almost perfection around our home are...
1.) If we had a salty ocean and beach with palm trees out our front door.
2.) If all of our kids, family and friends lived on our block.
3.) I think that's it.
4.) If my hair dresser came to my house and fixed my hair pretty twice a week.