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This looked so good and healthy. I love recipes that are healthy and taste good. I will just have to try this one! I saw it on the Parsley, Sage, & Sweet Site . Let me know if you try it.

Tourte Milanese - layers of herbed eggs, ham or turkey, cheese and vegetables encased in puff pastry!  A great brunch stunner and easy!

 

 

Tourte Milanese

Recipe by Michel Richard
4
 to 8 servings, depending how you slice it

Video of Michel Richard making the Tourte Milanese – Starting at 6:23

1 pound puff pastry, chilled – homemade or store bought.  If using store bought, roll both sheets together for 1 lb, then cut off a 1/4 lb for the top of the torte. Use any scraps to cut out designs for the top, if desired.

For the Eggs

10 large eggs

1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

2 teaspoons snipped fresh tarragon

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Filling

6 large red bell peppers

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 1/2 pounds spinach, trimmed and washed

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg

3 tablespoons heavy cream (optional)

8 ounces Swiss cheese or Gruyere, thinly sliced

8 ounces smoked or honey ham, thinly sliced

1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water and a pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS:

1. Prepare the pastry: Generously butter an 8 1/2-inch springform pan. Cut off one quarter of the pastry, cover, and set aside. Roll out remaining puff pastry on a lightly floured work surface to a 1/4-inch thick round. Carefully fit the pastry into the pan, pressing to get a smooth fit, leave a 1-inch overhang. Roll out the smaller piece of pastry until it is 1/4 inch thick. Cut out an 8-inch circle of dough for the top of the torte and lift it onto a plate or baking sheet. Cover both the crust and the lid with plastic wrap and refrigerate while you prepare the filling. If using scraps for cut-out designs, like leaves, place the cut-outs on a separate plate, cover with plastiv wrap and chill in fridge along with top and lined springform pan.

2. Make the Eggs: Whisk eggs, herbs, salt and pepper together. Melt the butter in a large skillet over low heat and pour in the eggs. Gently but constantly stir the eggs around in the pan, pulling the eggs that set into the center of the pan. Slide the eggs onto a plate, without mounding them, and cover immediately with plastic wrap. You want a loose, soft scramble since the eggs will be baking for a little over an hour.

3. Roast the peppers: place whole and untrimmed, directly over the flame of a gas burner. As soon as one portion of a peppers skin is charred, turn the pepper. When black and blistered all over, drop into a bowl…cover with plastic wrap and let steam (I throw them all in a paper or large ziplock bag and seal it shut) for about 20 minutes.  Use your fingers to rub off skin – DO NOT rinse under water, you lose flavor.  Cut each pepper once from top to bottom, cut away the stem, open the peppers, and lay them flat. Trim away the inside veins and discard the seeds; season peppers with salt and pepper and set aside, covered, until needed.

Alternatively, lay the peppers on a baking sheet and place them under the broiler, turning them as each side chars   Then continue to skin and seed them as instructed above.

The peppers release a lot of liquid once roasted. Make sure the peppers are dry (blot with paper towels) before adding them to the tourte. I cut up the roasted peppers because sometimes you end up with big or whole pieces pulling out with each forkful.

5. Cook the spinach: in a large quantity of boiling salted water for 1 minute to blanch it. Drain spinach in a colander, rinse with cold water, and press it to extract all of the excess moisture. Heat the oil, butter, and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat. Add blanched spinach and sauté for 3 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg, and add a little heavy cream. Bring quickly to the boil and stir so it mixes with the spinach. Remove the spinach from the skillet with a slotted and set aside.  Once it’s coole, squeeze as much liquid out before adding it to the tourte.

6. Assemble the Torte: Remove the pastry-lined springform pan from the refrigerator and layer the filling ingredients in the following order: (quick tip: Sprinkle a little dry bread crumbs or grated Italian hard cheese on the bottom of the raw crust before adding first layer of scrambled eggs to protect against a soggy bottom crust).

  • half the eggs
  • half the spinach
  • half the ham
  • half the cheese
  • all the roasted peppers, laid flat

Continue layering in reverse order;

  • remaining half of cheese
  • remaining half of ham
  • remaining half of spinach
  • remaining half of eggs

With each layer, make certain that the ingredients are spread to the edge of the pan. Fold the excess crust in over the filling, and brush the rim of crust you’ve created with the egg wash. Center the rolled-out top crust over the torte and gently push the edge of the top crust down into the pan, pressing and sealing the top and bottom crusts along the sides. Brush the top with the egg wash and cut a vent in the center of the crust. Use the point of the knife to etch a design in the top crust, taking care to cut only halfway into the dough. Chill the fully loaded tourte for 30 minutes to 1 hour before baking.

20 minutes prior to baking; position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat oven to 350°F.

7. Bake the Torte: Place the torte on a jelly-roll pan, give it another coat of egg wash, and bake it for 1 hour 10 minutes, or until puffed and deeply golden. Remove from the oven and let rest on a rack until it reaches room temperature. Run a blunt knife or offset spatula around the edges of the pan and release the sides.  Let cool for 20 – 30 minutes before cutting.  I let it cool for 1 hour before cutting because it still felt like it would fall apart upon cutting, after 30 minutes.

Please excuse the hideous photos of the spinach layers, below.  The spinach was too dark to get a decent photo of with the artificial light.

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I’m submitting this recipe to Weekend Potluck #69 and Recipe Sharing Mondays.

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I saw this recipe today and thought “This is so easy!”. And I like easy. Only 2 ingredients! Wow! And I have the 2 ingredients in my kitchen! And it is healthy! Double Wow! No feeling guilty eating these cookies!

I am going to make these cookies today. It is cold and windy outside. These cookies will warm up the house and put that beautiful cookie smell in the air. I can’it wait!

This recipe comes from the The Burlap Bag . This is the recipe from their site. 

Yes. For real. Two ingredients. (Yes, you can add other things if you want… but you don’t HAVE to!) I made this up after seeing a “healthy breakfast cookie” that wanted me to add eggs, applesauce, baking soda, etc and I said NO!

And also, I hate those “two/three ingredient” recipes where one of the ingredients is a boxed cookie mix. and the other is a can of pie filling. CMON PEOPLE.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large old bananas
  • 1 cup of quick oats

Mix those two together. Old bananas are amazing for this, but you can use fresh ones too. I buy a bunch of bananas, let them get old on my counter, and then stick ‘em all in the freezer.

Then add in what sounds yummy to you! (or nothing!) We love:

  • -a handful of chocolate chips
  • -crushed walnut pieces
  • -cinnamon
  • -raisins

Since all bananas are different sizes, the needed measurements can vary. If it seems too runny and the cookies would flatten out too much, add in more oatmeal. And make sure to not add in TOO many mix-ins as the cookies won’t hold together very well. The ones in these photos have a handful of chocolate chips, a teaspoon or two or cinnamon, and 1/4ish a cup of crushed walnuts.

We made 16 cookies with those measurements. We cook them at 350 degrees for 15 minutes on a GREASED cookie sheet. Don’t forget the greased part…. I did once and had to scrub my pan forever.

pre-mixing.

post-mixing. You can still see the chunks of ‘nanas.

pre-cooking.

post-cooking. check out those walnut chunks!

These cookies taste most amazing right out of the oven. But still great later. I wouldn’t even know if they taste great 2 days later because they’ve never lasted that long.

Sometimes we’ll make 16 “cookies”. And we’ll eat them all for lunch. I know what you’re thinking… WOW lauren you’re gonna be 500 pounds if you keep eating 8 cookies. But think about what went in these cookies! If I ate 8 cookies, I’ve had: 1 banana, 1/2 cup of oats, and half a handful of chocolate chips and walnuts. Amazing. Leave out the chocolate chips and they are all health.

Lemon Cake Recipe

Posted: April 19, 2012 in cake
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This cake sounds so good and it is healthy!!! It uses a box cake mix (makes it faster). What more could you want?


Lemon Cake Recipe
Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
Yield: 15 Servings

Ingredients
1 package (18-1/4 ounces) white cake mix
1 package (3 ounces) lemon gelatin
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
4 egg whites
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon lemon extract
4 drops yellow food coloring,
LEMON GLAZE:
1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup lemon juice
Directions
In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, gelatin, water, egg whites, applesauce, oil, lemon extract and food coloring if desired; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
Pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, for glaze, in a small bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice until smooth. Drizzle about a third of glaze over cake; carefully spread evenly. Repeat with remaining glaze. Cool completely. Yield: 15 servings.

Nutritional Analysis:1 piece equals 225 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 266 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.

Originally published as Lemon Cake in Light & Tasty April/May 2005, p27

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This recipe is just SO good and it is easy!!! You just have to try it. I got the recipe from http://kitchengirljo.blogspot.com  and made it the other day. My husband just loves it. Everyone who eats it, just loves it. I love it!

You can go to the link: http://kitchengirljo.blogspot.com/2009/07/easy-cheese-danish.html or just see the recipe below:

Ingredients:
2 cans ready to use refrigerated crescent rolls
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg white

Glaze:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:
Preheat oven to 350* degrees and grease a 13X9-inch baking pan. Lay a pack of crescent rolls in the pan and pinch the openings together. Beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and egg together until smooth. Spread the mixture over the crescent rolls evenly and then lay the second pack of crescent rolls on top of the cheese mixture and brush with egg white. Bake for 35-45 minutes until the top is golden brown. Top with glaze after cooling for 20 minutes.

Kitchen Notes from the blog:
I have made this danish using low fat cream cheese and splenda (sugar substitute) and it was delicious! Also, the amount of filling the original recipe calls for makes a VERY heavily filled danish. I have halved the filling using 1 package of cream cheese, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 whole egg, and a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract and it was still very good. If you use the half filling method, bake for closer to 30-35 minutes.