The Sensitive Kitchen

Monday, September 29, 2008

Peanut Butter Play Dough

Peanut Butter Play Dough

3/4 c creamy peanut butter, stirred well, at room temperature
2/3 c honey
2/3 c nonfat dry milk powder
6 Tbsp wheat germ

Mix all ingredients together well. Play, then eat!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Pumpkin Penne

16 ozs whole-wheat penne
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
3 shallots, finely chopped
3 to 4 cloves garlic, put through a press
2 cups broth
15 ozs canned organic pumpkin
1/2 cup half-and-half
pinches of cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
salt and pepper, to taste
Grated Romano cheese

Cook the pasta al dente, reserving cooking water.

While pasta cooks, saute shallots and garlic in olive oil in a large skillet until translucent, 2-3 minutes. Add broth, pumpkin and half-and-half, whisking to break up pumpkin. Season with spices, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 5-6 minutes to thicken. Add a little reserved pasta water if sauce is too thick. (Sauce will thicken as it stands.)

Combine pasta and sauce. Sprinkle with grated cheese. Serves 6.

Pistachio Tea Cake

Adapted from the recipe by David Lebovitz, who in turn was inspired by Chez Panisse.

1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup pistachio nut paste (stir before measuring)
10 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature
6 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and position the rack to the center of the oven. Line the bottom of a 9" cake pan with a round of parchment paper, or butter the pan and dust it lightly with flour, tapping out any excess.

With an electric mixer, beat together the sugar and pistachio paste until the paste is finely broken up (the sugar crystals helps break the paste into pieces, so don't add the butter yet!).

Now add the butter and beat for a few minutes until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl, or a measuring cup with a spout, stir together the eggs with a fork then dribble it into the batter as you beat. Add the vanilla.

Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt with a whisk. Stir the dry ingredients into the batter until just incorporated. Transfer the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. The baking time may take a but longer due to the variation in different brands of nut paste.

Cool the cake on a rack before serving. This cake is extremely moist and will keep well for up to a week if well-wrapped.