Well, since I teased you yesterday with all the talk about baking Vinarterta in the, Old Fogies, Gray Hair and Infinite Wisdom blog post, I thought I would give you the secret 'CMOV' recipe. ( you will have to read the blog post to catch the meaning of this one). For those of you that don't know, Vinarterta is a Icelandic traditional layer cake that has blessed many a special occasion in the region where I grew up. It is brought out at Christmas, weddings, birthdays, showers... you name it. For us, it's usually special occasions because it takes some time and lovin' to make.
My mom, the 'CMOV', provided the experience and knowledge in this recipe and we have a few pictures to send along with it to hopefully help you along in the Vinarterta experience. I would recommend that you choose someone fun to bake with, it makes the time fly by and it's amazing how may topics that you can cover off in an hour. For us, we doubled the recipe, so we yakked for a couple of hours. Trust me, if you're making Vinarterta, you might as well make several at a time.
Filling Ingredients: (make a day before you are ready to put your Vinarterta together)
2 lbs of prunes
Cook prunes for about 1/2 hour. drain off excess juice and put to the side. Mash finely or put in food processor. Once you have done this, put the prunes back onto the stove and add the next ingredients:
1 cup of sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond flavouring
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cardamon powder
Cook prune mixture until the consistency of jam, approximately 5 minutes. Cool mixture.
Now you're ready to make the dough. Be careful not to have dough lovers around because the dough is really so good, it disappears in the hands of unsuspecting children.
1 cup of softened butter
1 1/2 white sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
4 cups of flour
2 tsp baking powder
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Mix milk and vanilla, beating well. Gradually work dry ingredients into egg mixture, knead until soft like cookie dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and put dough ball into fridge for at least two hours, cold dough is easiest to work with.
Set oven to 350 degrees.
Once the dough has chilled, measure into 8 equal portions. (this is totally dependent on how many layers you like your Vinarterta to be... we prefer, 6-7. (Mom always uses what dough is left over to make a jam filled dough treat and pops it into the oven, this I believe, was a ploy to keep us kids from whining about wanting to eat the fresh Vinarterta. It worked!)
Cut out 10 pieces of parchment large enough to cover a 9" pie plate (top). You will need this for rolling out the dough and save you TONS of grief and heartache.
Now the next part, in my mind, makes or breaks the Vinarterta fabulousness. The layers CANNOT be too thick, thin please, the layers of cake and prunes has to be the right ratio. Set out your parchment paper and sprinkle with a bit of flour to roll the dough out. Place your dough, and then place another piece of parchment paper on top and roll away. (Continue to use this top piece of parchment paper for rolling purposes only) The amount of dough will give you the exact amount for that pie plate. So ... take out your marble roller and do your magic.
Take your 9" pie plate and lay it top down onto the dough and cut out your circle. Lift the dough circle and your piece of parchment paper and put it off to the side. (we make two at a time). Roll out your next piece of dough.
Now you're ready to shake and bake baby! Lay your parchment piece with your dough circle on top of a cookie sheet that is inverted. Same for your other layer. Put both pans in the oven and put a timer on for 3 minutes, at 3 minutes flip the trays from top level to bottom level, so that they cook evenly, put timer on again for 3 minutes. (Lightly browned on the edges) Once they are ready, slide the parchment onto the counter and let your layers cool.
Filling! YUMMY! I could eat a bucket of this... some say you have to be a true Icelander to appreciate this...Ha! Take 1/2 cup of your prune filling and spread on each layer. DO NOT SKIMP! Remember, Charis and the CMOV said, the filling is the best part. Start layering.
Once you have built your beautiful Icelandic dream... wrap the entire cake again in plastic wrap and let sit on the counter for two days. (Cover with a towel) It makes the cake moist. This is the point at which we usually freeze our Vinarterta until we are ready to use it. (The frosting is always better when it's fresh)
I'm lazy... use your favourite butter icing recipe BUT
ADD ALMOND FLAVOURING! This is key...
Now if you are like me, I hoard my CMOV Vinarterta, it's too precious to share, in fact, I will only share under duress and IF I REALLY like you. This year for Christmas all we asked for from my parents was a Vinarterta each from my mom and a wood carving from my dad. It's that precious. In past years, my mom always gave each of us girls a cake, and I even hid it from my kids! Okay, maybe a shared a bit... but no one else. :)
The CMOV and I both hope you enjoy your Vinarterta baking and please let us know how you make out. I will be adding pictures for instruction later this evening as we are about to embark on another afternoon of baking!
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Raspberry Coconut Chia Pudding
Makes 4-6 servings
This decadent pudding takes only about 5 minutes to whip up! The chia seeds plump up like tapioca pearls, creating surprising texture. Rich, creamy, and naturally sweet, this makes for a great breakfast or snack. Pack individual servings in little mason jars and take ‘em on the go!
1/3 cup chia seeds
1 14oz can coconut milk, full fat, whisked until smooth
2-4 tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup raspberries, thawed from frozen and lightly crushed
1. In a medium bowl, whisk all the ingredients together. Taste and add more sweetener if needed.
2. Pour into little ramekins or mason jars and top with extra raspberries to make it extra pretty!
3. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes before serving. Chia pudding will last up to 4 days in the refrigerator.
Courney Schwegel is one of our guest food bloggers on CharisOnLife. She is a Professional/personal chef, Holistic Nutrionist, and Food Enthusiast.
"To me, food is about love. It’s about sharing, and it’s about nurturing ... I always knew that it would always be the driving force behind my cooking."
Layer Cake a la CharisOnLife
Feel free to share this recipe, everyone you know will want to whip up this recipe. All the ingredients to have a successful cake are usually right in your cupboard! No reason to head to the store for this recipe! It's an easy to follow recipe and in the end tastes AMAZING!
In your first bowl mix together vigorously:
2 dollops of character
4 dollops of intelligence
3 dollops of confidence
In second bowl, mix together:
100 dollops of patience
100 dollops of understanding
200 dollops of perseverance
50 dollops of anger management
In the third bowl blend these ingredients together:
1000 dollops of self worth
1000 dollops of faith
1000 dollops of love
Once all three bowls have been mixed separately, alternate combining the ingredients in a very large, very sturdy, very beautiful earthenware bowl and mix gently. This ensures that the ingredients are blended properly and in the right proportions. Mix until you see bubbles of happiness forming in the batter.
Bake in layer pans as you will need layers of this cake to help you navigate this thing we call life successfully. The layers will help smooth those oh so awesome bumps in the road. Bake until the cake is springy in the middle and firm to the touch.
The last part is the icing on the cake, this part of course makes the rest of the cake that much more delicious so as always I SLATHER on TONS of icing. Whip these ingredients together until light and fluffy and peaks form.
6 dollops of peace
10 dollops of love
8 dollops of abundance
8 dollops of success
This is the really imperative part of this recipe...share it with all of your friends and family. Everyone loves cake, and you are able to eat as much cake as you want this time. Seconds, thirds, have as much as you want.
Who says you can't have your cake and eat it too?
PS. Of course, serve with coffee AND Baileys ... ?
Thanks to the great folks at Chocolate Zen Bakery for providing the subject matter for this piece. They baked this Red Velvet piece of Heaven for my birthday last year. I thought it was a perfect picture to describe my recipe, from now on, I'm calling it the "Flower Of Life" cake of deliciousness. You can check out my 'CharisOnFood Review on the Chocolate Zen Bakery' by clicking on their link in the review.
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Bodacious Banana Syrup Sauce
I initially made this sauce over the BBQ for a dessert feature poured over vanilla ice cream. At that time, I literally just threw all of the ingredients into a tin foil pouch and then slapped it on the 'Q' for 5 minutes.
We all loved it so much that I adapted the recipe for 'indoor' festivities. Now I whip it up on the stove and serve it with our Viking Pancake recipe. Even better, add a bowl of freshly whipped cream to add a dollop of creamy goodness on top of the banana sauce.
In a large fry pan, over medium heat, melt 1/2 - 3/4 butter
Add 1 cup of brown sugar, bring the ingredients to a rolling boil.
I let it boil for about 2 minutes, it's important that it caramelizes.
Add 1/4 cup of Kahlua and let the alcohol boil off for about a minute.
Slice up bananas, 4-, and add them to the mixture.
PS> you can leave out the Kahlua if you want, it still tastes like heaven in a pan.
Now don't leave these on the stove for long, you really just want to coat the bananas in the caramel/Kahlua goodness. You want to make sure that the bananas stay slightly firm.
Then ... SLATHER on you Viking Pancakes ... and give out a mighty ARGH! Wait... that might be more for pirates ... well ... you know what I mean. If I put anything Icelandic here you won't understand it anyhow. Let's try "SKOL!" a term use din a variety of ways to be sure.
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Viking Pancakes ... Amma Style
First off... they are Viking pancakes only because we are Icelanders...
Second off ... to all of you out there that aren't Icelanders, Amma means grandmother ...
These pancakes are HANDS DOWN the best pancakes you will ever eat. You will NEVER buy another box or bag of pancake mix EVER again!
Let me entice you.... they are the fluffiest most delicious pancakes ever. This recipe came from my dear mum ... although, I think we have made it way more, try every weekend. We have a family tradition that at least one morning on the weekend, if not both we have a big hearty breakfast. Pancakes, sausages, bacon, hash browns and eggs...sometimes more. Yes I know, but with our growing family, the size of the meals need to increase as well.
We were at my parents this past weekend and I think they were amazed at how much food was consumed at breakfast, by six adults and a 14 year old. We actually could have doubled the recipe and still finished it all.
That's a great thing about this recipe, you can add things to it, change things around, double it... and still always fabulous.
My daughter, Steph, is the 'primo' pancake maker, and rarely gives up the flipper on any occasion but has since received her own griddle and a sweet pancake flipper, for shower gifts, from her brother Devon and his GF, Brittany. When she opened the gift, she exclaimed... "Now I can have everyone over for pancakes!" THAT'S how important these pancakes are in our family.
So a couple of KEY ingredients to always have on hand and some necessary tools that help create their magnificence.
Sour Cream.... yes.... sour cream. Always have a tub in the fridge.
A pancake griddle.
Coffee and baileys.
First ... make coffee
Second ... Pour in Coffee and Baileys
Then ... start mixin' your fixin's. It's important that you have a large bowl to mix the pancake batter in it's entirety. You will also need a smaller bowl to mix the egg mixture together with as well.
Bowl One: Flour Mixture
2 cups of white flour (I have use whole wheat and multi-grain and the kids still love them)
1/2 cup of white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
Bowl Two: Egg Mixture
3-4 unbeaten eggs
1 cup of sour cream
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
Mix together with a fork
Add Bowl Two to Bowl One
Now this is the tricky part.... add milk to desired consistency. NOT TOO MUCH. You want the batter to be fairly thick and not runny. THE TRICK: Do not mix this with a mixer or hand beater, just used a big wooden mixing spoon. You will notice that the batter starts to bubble, and that is great, do not beat the batter for too long, it will go flat ... which will ruin your chance to eat fluffy Viking pancakes. Mix it long enough to mix the ingredients together and most of the big lumps out, then you're ready to go.
Now all griddles are different, but I set the temperature on mine always at 325 degrees. (Make sure you spray with Pam) If you're not familiar with making pancakes, they are ready to flip when bubbles start to form.
Chocolate Chip Pancakes ... add chocolate chips once you have poured onto the griddle
Peanut Butter Pancakes ... Add about 1/2 cup of PB to the mix, more if you want
PB and Chocolate ... Add the PB plus a tbsp of baking cocoa
Banana Pancakes ... Add two mashed bananas to the batter.
Apple Pancakes ... shred two apples and add to batter and 1 tsp of cinnamon
The great thing is about this recipe is that the left over pancakes are awesome to throw in the fridge for leftovers. They warm up really well in the microwave or the toaster, they are also awesome cold. My kids used to pack them in their lunches!
Definitely make the Bodacious Kahlua Banana Sauce the most delightful addition to these pancakes, pour GENEROUSLY over every bit of your pancakes.
Enjoy our family breakfast treat!
I'm just thinking that I should have taken a picture of this dish as my daughter made it for us last night for dinner. Yes, it is now a handed down recipe, and it's been shared far and wide. I had initially posted this recipe on another Blog a few years ago. The Butcher Boy (described below) is no longer around but it does add some spice to this family favourite. The history on 'Spag Nite' goes back to my kids growing up, around the later high school years and into university, this became a tradition. I kind of started off with making sure all of my daughter's friends and my son, had a full tummy before going out to party for the evening. I always told them that they needed something to soak up the alcohol so they didn't get too tipsy. We still laugh about it. Now the kids have moved on but the recipe is a standard in all of our homes. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have.
BUTCHER BOY MEATSAUCE
So, the BUTCHER BOY. Gotta love him. Little does this poor, unsuspecting fellow know that he has been the topic of many jibes, jokes and giggles over 'Spag Nite', which traditionally brings a table full of all the kids friends and family.
Enter... Mama Chacha to local meat shop.
(I hate the smell in the meat shop...reminds me of my dad butchering cattle and the smell afterwards, so yes some unfortunate association)
In waltzes BUTCHER BOY.
Let me just state... he is HOT... not just a little bit...but really HOT. Again ..there might have been drool. Shake it off...
So...he very nicely helps me out and I ask for a favour...I need Italian Sausage...but without the casings...(I hate taking the casings off the sausage...disgusting comes to mind.) So...he very nicely offers to whip me up some loose sausage. BEAUTIFUL! I've been searching high and low for decent sausage that is uncased. (for those of you with dirty minds...get your minds out of the gutter. I've heard it all already!)
Next thing you know we have a uncased sausage love affair going and I continually have the opportunity to appreciate a handsome specimen of a man. My momma said, as long as you are alive...you can look....just don't touch. Coming from the straightest mother on earth... it's still shocking.
It lets me know that I am still alive I guess. Did I mention he was smokin' hot?
SO...... long story short. This same little dance happens every time I go to the meat shop and yes, the darlin' now calls me when he has more ready for me. I don't have the heart to tell him that I now have enough Italian sausage in the freezer to feed an army.
So ODE TO THE BUTCHER BOY:
Recipe: 6 people (adjust for more, I usually use 4 pounds)
1 package of BUTCHER BOY sausage...Mild or hot, sometimes a mixture of the two, equivalent about 3 pounds or so
1 large red onion
6 cloves of crushed garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp butter
1/2 package of BUTCHER BOY meat market bacon (its the best, no water) chopped before cooking
2 portabello mushrooms
1/2 pound of fried bacon in small pieces
1 cup of red wine
TARRAGON!!!!!! lots... 3 tbsp
1 tbsp parsley
1-2 large cans of diced tomatoes...pureed ( opt 1)
1-2 jars of Classico Sweet Marinara Spaghetti Sauce (opt 2) this is what I have been using lately
Fry onions, garlic and bacon in the olive oil and butter. Throw in UNCASED Italian sausage, fry until cooked. Add spices. Add red wine and sauce and lastly tomatoes. The longer you let this simmer...the better.
Cook the pasta of your choice, pour on LOTS of sauce and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
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