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King Arthur Flour -- Whisk, Rise, Shape, Bake!

The bakeware and tools used for baking bread and cakes are just as important as the recipes - they can be the difference between success and failure. We are fans of King Arthur Flour - their flour, cake mixes, baking accessories, not to mention their online resources and friendly service. This post may sound like a commercial, but we just can’t help ourselves. We have recently tried, tested, tasted and created with some of KAF’s newest introductions- what delicious fun we had!
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Essential Goodness Baking Mixes

These mixes include “the best of everything you need along with the absence of everything you don't”…just the good stuff. There are no hydrogenated oils, no artificial colors, no preservatives…non-GMO, and they are all certified kosher. We mixed up a batch of Sour Cream Coffee Cake OU-D, and Ancient Grain Cranberry Bread Mix (OU parve). They are both convenient, and baked up moist, with a crumbly texture perfectwith our morning coffee! There are 10 convenient essential mixes including pancakes, cupcakes, cookies and frostings….all kosher.

Unbleached Cake Flour
We like to use cake flour when creating soft, delicate cakes – and like to use KAF because it is unbleached. Cake flour gives a lighter texture, for tender cakes with a fine, moist crumb.

Unbleached Bread Flour We have this in our pantry (or actually our fridge) 350 days of the year. It is only missing during Passover season. This is the star ingredient in our Shabbos and Yom Tov challahs and breads. It never disappoints. We think that it is the secret to better breads, with consistent, dependable results. Flours with a higher protein content create loftier yeasted breads. KAF bread flour is 12.7% protein - a full point higher than other national brands. It strengthens the rise.  We use it whenever bread flour is listed as a recipe ingredient.

SAF Instant Yeast Of the thousands of products KAF offers in their catalogs and online, SAF Red instant yeast is their #1 top-seller. Use in any recipe calling for active dry yeast: artisan loaves, pizza, sandwich bread, bagels, rolls, and more. It’s fast-acting, dependable, and long-lasting, and it’s especially easy to use. This yeast requires no proofing or pre-dissolving. From France’s LeSaffre Yeast Corporation

Pans
In addition to using the best ingredients, the baking tools and pans make quite a difference. No one likes to spend 30 minutes mixing up a batter, baking it and then it sticking to the pan or unevenly baking. The KAF 9” round layer pans will prevent sticking and promote even baking. When we use these, we line each with the KAF 9” round parchment (so convenient) and our layers pop right out. “Make baking a piece of cake! “
The eco-friendly and easy-to-clean pans are manufactured from a mix of 65% recycled steel (for strength and durability), and aluminum (for superior conductivity). They are made exclusively for KAF by USA Pans, the gold standard in professional bakeware. The unique corrugated surface provides air circulation all around, for more even baking, and release. KAF customers, and test kitchen bakers, (including KosherEye) love these pans. Use them for layer cakes, rolls, cinnamon rolls, challah and more…


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Nordicware is known for their iconic Bundt pans. King Arthur Flour sent us the limited edition Party Bundt Pan. The pan's shiny cast aluminum finish) reflects heat to prevent over-browning of cakes. The non-stick coating helps cakes release cleanly from the pan. We all know how disappointing it is to have part of the Bundt cake remain in the pan upon release. This pan offset that problem for us. Nordicware is made in Minneapolis, and is a family-owned company. The pan we have has a 10 cup total capacity.  

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Bread Baking Bowl

This clay-baking bowl perfectly bakes dough into a round loaf. Dough rises and bakes up crispy in this pan. The bowl is made with porous clay and shaped into a round baking bowl We especially like it for no- knead bread. The bowl is also microwave-safe. It is custom made for KAF in the USA. Click here for our favorite no knead peasant bread recipe from the book Bread, Toast Crumbs by Alexandra Stafford.

KAF Whisk
Dough Whisk

Introduced in their very first catalogue over 20 years ago, this dough whisk has proven to be an extremely popular item--with thousands sold. The premise of the design is that it mixes yeast dough (stiff or soft) and the dough does not stick to the whisk wires. The whisk is 15-inches in size, made of beachwood and stainless steel. Once you try it, you will love it! It works perfectly in the recipe for no knead peasant bread.

King Arthur Flour often has discounts, specials and free shipping offers, and is a knowledgeable resource for thousands of baking recipes. It is simply our favorite place to purchase baking supplies. Many of their items are kosher certified.
See the entire baking collection at Kingarthurflour.com

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Italian Coffee at home

As many of you know, here at KosherEye, we enjoy wine, chocolate, & coffee! Our morning coffee offers just the fuel we need to face the day. And, sometimes, we repeat this at lunchtime. (Yes, we realize that it’s the taste along with the caffeine buzz we like.)
In the early morning, we like our coffee full bodied, steamy, hot and black, and make it daily from freshly ground beans. But, for that late morning/or mid-afternoon cup we enjoy a creamy rich latte, or our latest love, flat white.

The Moka Express stovetop espresso maker allows us to brew authentic Italian like coffee, in just minutes. The pot was created in 1933, by Alfonso Bialetti and it revolutionized home coffee brewing in Italy. Today, the easy-to-use pot is still found in nearly 90% of Italian homes and in homes around the world.

We learned to use our new Bialetti and make these creamy dreamy drinks by simply watching this quick You Tube lesson:
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Latte in Bialetti mugWe have the one-cup size of the Bialetti Moka Express Pot and use it very often. We simply fill the bottom half of the pot with water; spoon some full bodied ground coffee into the filter cup, affix the filter cup and the top of the pot, and place it on the cooktop over a medium flame. The pot’s handle stays cool. For the cream, we warm some whole milk in a separate pot, or in the microwave and then froth it. When the Bialetti is ready (about 4 minutes later) we pour the hot espresso into a mug, add the frothed warm milk and enjoy every sip.

How to Froth Milk:
We like our Bonjour Primo latte frother – Simply warm milk on stovetop or in microwave and then froth until creamy and foamy. We use dairy whole milk, but soy or almond milk can be used.

Alternatively, if you don’t have a frother, just heat milk; place it in a mason type glass jar. Screw the lid on tightly and shake, shake, shake.

Fancy up your lattes by topping with a shake of spice such as cinnamon, cinnamon sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla powder

From a Starbucks barista: Flat Whites were born in Australia, and popularized in the U.S by Starbucks. Lattes were born in Italy. A latte tastes like a coffee with added warm milk. A flat white tastes more like a velvety, smoother, creamier espresso shot. Enjoy this video demonstration of how a Starbucks barista makes a Flat White:

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For more information visit Bialetti.com

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UN Plaza Grill

When traveling, many people seek out the finest museums, the most sensational architecture, and the best shopping. However, when we travel, food is at the very top of our list. We research the top rated and newest kosher restaurants (thank you Elan Kornblum, Dani Klein and our best friend, Google!).

IMG 6608E MobileOn our most recent trip to NYC in November, when we attended Kosherfest and KosherFEAST, we did our research and decided to visit and write a feature about the UN Plaza Grill. When we contacted the restaurant, not only did they graciously offer to host us as their guests, but included a small group of additional media influencers as well. We were joined by Ronnie Fein of Ronniefein.com, Gloria and Richard Kobrin of KosherbyGloria.com and Sharon Matten of Everydaykosher.com.

So, how did the UN Plaza grill come to exist? A successful business entrepreneur moved into the midtown east neighborhood and couldn’t find a good place to eat. He had no restaurant experience, so he assembled a seasoned team headed by Ghandi Kimia and gave them a challenge and incentive to open and operate a fabulous kosher establishment. And so the UN Plaza Grill was born.

Our group was served family style, with tastings of some of the restaurant’s signature dishes. If you are like we are, we always must have all of the food details….so here goes:
Appetizers: Ahi tuna tacos, corned beef hash empanadas, seafood croquettes with cilantro and truffle cheese, waygu potstickers and Veal ossobucco dumplings.

Entrée: Two steaks perfectly grilled - UN Petite Filet And a Butcher’s Cut Ribeye served with Bordelaise, Sichuan Peppercorn and Bearnaise, dipping sauces.
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Sides: White Asparagus with Forest Mushrooms, Bok Choy, Artichoke and Spinach Gratin

Desserts: The desserts are creations of the acclaimed pastry chef Felencia Davis.

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Our favorites? Everyone had different thoughts of course, but our favorites were the seafood croquettes, the butcher’s cut rib eye, the spinach gratin and the warm French beignets. (We took the extra beignets home for breakfast in our NY hotel!)

The restaurant’s ambiance is elegant, yet welcoming, a lovely setting for special occasion dining. There is a second level seating area as well. Even so, seating will soon be expanded to accommodate family groups. Although the menu is pricey, we feel that both the quality of the food along with the attentive service and luxurious setting make the UN Plaza Grill a memorable destination for fine dining. The restaurant just announced a new executive chef, Diego Sanchez, and we requested a few of his recipes to share with our readers. Stay tuned. We plan to return to the UN Plaza Grill on our next trip to NYC, and can hardly wait. The restaurant is OU Kosher certified.

For more thoughts about our “food glorious food” dinner party at the grill, visit: KosherbyGloria.com, or  Facebook.com/RonnieVailFein, or Koshereveryday.com
Visit the UN Plaza Grill online: UNPlazaGrill.com or at Facebook.com/UNPlazagrill

 

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  Knives for The Cutting Edge Kitchen

We have written about Wüsthof previously, but are updating our feature and sharing information about some of their newest cutting edge tools. For us, it’s all about kitchen efficiency when cooking and baking. We’re always in the kitchen, (when we’re not at the supermarket), so using the correct equipment is essential. Recently, we had the opportunity to try some new knives from the Wüsthof collection, and we wanted to share our findings about some favorites. Like an artist needs a fine paintbrush, like a musician needs a fine instrument, a cook needs fine cooking tools!  

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The Wüsthof 8” Vegetable Knife
Have you ever noticed that when cutting vegetables and fruits, such as potatoes, squash, apples or cabbage that the food sticks to the knife and you have to push it off or shake it off? The Wüsthof Classic Ridge Vegetable Knife offers a solution. It is an all-around kitchen knife designed for general slicing and chopping, but it also works particularly well on fresh produce and meats.
The unique blade features holes near the cutting edge to reduce the friction while cutting into foods, such as potatoes. The ridge on one side of the blade helps push food off the blade while slicing. The blade angle and tapered cutting edge reduce the drag when slicing through foods. Each knife blade is completely buffed and polished by hand., and has a lifetime warranty. Watch Chef Mike use the knife:

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 You can purchase a Wüsthof 8” Vegetable Knife by clicking Here!
   

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Wüsthof 10” Super Slicer
This is a CLASSIC full-tang knife, precision-forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel. CLASSIC knives feature a handle design made of a highly durable synthetic material –which resists fading and discoloration. The 10" Super Slicer features a long slender blade with a rounded tip. The blade is longer than many other knives so that it can slice across large roasts in one swift movement. It is comfortable to hold, and has a sharp scalloped type edge, which cuts though meat. It easily slices through turkey and roasts, bread without compressing it and even tomatoes without squashing them. We used ours to slice brisket, rib roast and corned beef. Excellent! Or should we say, SUPER!  
Chef Mike demonstrates how to use a Super Slicer:
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You can purchase a  Wüsthof 10” Super Slicer by clicking here!


 

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Wüsthof  4 1/2" Asian Utility Knife
This knife is also part of WÜSTHOF’S best-selling CLASSIC collection
The CLASSIC 4.5-inch Asian Utility Knife features a uniquely curved straight edge blade, which allows it to be used as a mini cook’s knife as well as a paring knife. It is a good size and shape for countless everyday food prep tasks. We use it daily for simple cutting, slicing and dicing, and consider it an all around winner because of its size and versatility. Enjoy this video (click here) on how to make a tomato rose with the Asian Utility knife. 
Purchase your Wüsthof Asian Utility 4 ½” knife by clicking HERE!


Wüsthof knives are crafted in Solingen, Germany; a family-owned and managed company with a rich heritage since 1814. Each Wüsthof knife collection is made of high quality materials and craftsmanship. Precision forged featuring a full tang, high-carbon stainless steel with bolster to add balance and weight. The new Precision Edge Technology (PEtec) enhances the blades sharpness by 20%, and will last twice as long. Each knife features a computer controlled cutting edge to ensure the final edge of the blade is precise and uniform from the tip to the heel of the knife. Wusthof knives have a lifetime warranty. For more information on cutting implements and knife skills visit  Wusthof.com  

And one more essential tool that makes the cut:

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Wüsthof Come-Apart Kitchen Shears
We think that all-purpose shears are a must in the kitchen, and this set is efficient, sharp and affordable. We use our shears for many kitchen snipping tasks like cutting up salads, vegetables and dried fruits, sizing parchment for baking, trimming pastry and opening packages, plastic bags and some plastic containers. We reach for them several times daily! These durable stainless-steel shears come apart for easy cleaning and sharpening. And, a bonus- the easy to grip handle has a built-in bottle or jar lid opener.  Lifetime Warranty, made in China.
Purchase your Wüsthof Come-Apart Kitchen Shears by clicking HERE!

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