Friday, August 19, 2016

Bryant and Katelyn's Luncheon

August 18 was a very special day for our family. Bryant was sealed to Katelyn for time and all eternity! The sealing was done in the Provo City Center Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Afterwards, we held a luncheon and enjoyed dancing and visiting at The Startup Building at 111 W 600 S in Provo.

Here are the recipes for the food we served:

Chicken Salad Sandwiches on Cocktail Croissants
2 cups finely chopped chicken
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup mayonnaise (no substitutes)
2 T. sour cream
1 T. chicken broth
1 T. lemon juice

Four rotisserie chickens were enough for 100 people. Cocktail croissants were purchased at Sam's Club.

Italian Pesto Pasta Salad
1 lb. pasta (I used spiral pasta from Winco's bulk section)
1 cup pesto (I used Sam's Club brand)
1 cup Italian dressing (I used Olive Garden)
cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
sliced olives
feta cheese

Cook pasta; rinse with cold water. Add pesto and dressing. Refrigerate until ready to serve. When ready to serve, stir in desired amounts of tomatoes, olives, and feta cheese. The original recipe called for shredded rotisserie chicken, grapes, and chopped, fresh spinach. Since we were serving chicken salad sandwiches, I didn't want this to be a main dish salad, which is why we decided to add tomatoes, olives, and feta cheese. We served approximately 100 people with 5 pounds of pasta, 1 large package of cherry tomatoes, 1 large package of feta cheese, and 1/2 large (#10) can of sliced olives (all from Sam's Club).

Nuts About Berries Salad (copycat from Zupa's Cafe)
3 large bags chopped romaine
1 large container spinach
4 lbs. strawberries
1 1/2 lbs. raspberries
1 1/2 lbs. blueberries
1 1/2 lbs. blackberries

Wash greens and fruit. Place romaine and spinach in a very large bowl. Pour Poppyseed Vinaigrette over greens and toss to coat. Carefully mix in berries. Serve sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar toasted pecans. This is enough to serve approximately 100 people.

Poppyseed Vinaigrette
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. dried mustard
1 tsp. minced dried onion
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup oil
1 T. poppyseeds

Mix all ingredients except oil and poppyseeds in blender. Once sugar is dissolved, slowly add in oil while blender is running to emulsify the mixture. Add poppyseeds and mix for just a second until the poppyseeds are incorporated throughout the vinaigrette. A double recipe is plenty for the above amount of salad.

Cinnamon-Sugar Toasted Pecans
1 bag pecans (from Sam's or Costco)
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon

Chop pecans in food processor, not too finely. Pour pecans in a very large skillet. Mix sugar and cinnamon, and pour mixture over pecans in skillet. Toast and carmelize pecans over medium-high heat, stirring continually until sugar sticks to and coats pecans. Pour pecans onto parchment paper to cool. 1 bag of pecans is enough for 150-200 people.

Fresh Fruit to serve 100
2 watermelons
3 cantaloupe
3 pineapple
5 lbs. grapes

Gourmet Bakery Brownies - Gardner Style

Brownie Batter
2 sticks (8 oz) unsalted butter
1 1/3 cups (8 oz) 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate, chopped
4 large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups (14 oz) sugar
¾ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
¾ cup and 1 tablespoon (3.3 oz) cake flour
¾ cup and 2 tablespoons (2.8 oz) Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder Use a good brand--it is important. I usually use either Callebaut Royal Dutch cocoa or Cacao Barry Extra Brute.

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Prepare a 9x13-inch baking pan by lining with heavy-duty aluminum foil--leaving edges of aluminum foil hanging over to help lift brownies from pan when they are done.  Spray foil with Baker’s Joy baking spray or lightly grease the foil in the pan.

Cut the butter sticks into 1-inch slices.  In a small, heavy saucepan, melt the butter pieces over the lowest setting; add the bittersweet chocolate.  Stir with a small whisk until combined and the chocolate is melted and smooth.  Turn off the heat but leave the saucepan on the burner while proceeding with the recipe.

Using a large whisk, lightly beat the eggs in a large mixing bowl.  Place the sugar and salt in a separate small mixing bowl, then whisk into the eggs just until incorporated.  Briefly whisk the melted chocolate mixture, then gradually whisk into the egg mixture until just combined.  Briefly whisk in the vanilla.

Place the flour and cocoa powder in the small mixing bowl; whisk together to combine.  Sift through a medium strainer directly onto the batter; stir in with a silicone spatula until just combined.  Add optional fold-ins if desired and fold in gently.  Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly with a small offset spatula.  Bake for 26 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and let cool at room temperature for at least 15 minutes, then refrigerate the pan for 7 to 8 hours, or overnight.

To remove brownies from pan, grasp the edges of the parchment paper and lift out the entire block.  Place on a cutting board and use a large sharp knife to cut into 2-inch squares.  Refrigerated in an airtight container, brownies will keep for up to 3 days.

For Mint Brownies, fold into brownie batter before baking - 2 cups (12 oz) mint baking chips. Spread cooled brownies with Fluffy Mint Frosting and Chocolate Glaze as directed below. Garnish warm glaze with 1 tablespoon white chocolate Callebaut Crispearls and 1 tablespoon Valhrona Dark Chocolate Crunchy Pearls.

For Peanut Buttercream Brownies, fold into brownie batter before baking - 1 (8 oz) bag unwrapped Reese’s Minis peanut butter cups. Spread cooled brownies with Peanut Buttercream Frosting and Chocolate Glaze as directed below. Then drizzle with Peanut Butter Drizzle while glaze is still warm.

For Coo Coo for Coconut Brownies, fold into brownie batter before baking - ½ cup (1.4 oz) unsweetened organic shredded or flaked coconut, toasted. To toast the unsweetened shredded coconut, adjust an oven rack to the middle level of the oven and preheat to 350°F.  Spread out the coconut evenly on a quarter-sheet pan. Bake for 4 minutes until the coconut is very lightly browned and fragrant. Transfer the pan to a cooling rack. Spread cooled brownies with Marshmallow Topping and sprinkle with ½ cup (2 oz) shredded sweetened coconut, toasted following same toasting directions as coconut added to the brownie batter.

For Cookie Dough Brownies, spread cooled brownies with Cookie Dough Topping and Chocolate Glaze as directed below.

Fluffy Mint Frosting
8 tablespoons (3.2 oz) white all-vegetable shortening (Hi-Ratio shortening is recommended and what I use)
1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 jar (7 oz) marshmallow crème
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon peppermint extract (or more to taste)
1 ¼ cups (5 oz) confectioners’ sugar
1 drop green food coloring (optional)

Use a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat together the shortening and butter on medium speed until well combined and completely smooth.  Add the marshmallow crème, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract to the mixing bowl and beat on medium-low speed until well combined.  Add the confectioners’ sugar to the mixer bowl.  Starting on low speed and gradually increasing to medium-high, beat until the mixture is fluffy, about 1 minute.  Add a drop of green food coloring if desired.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat again briefly.  Dollop the frosting over the brownie slab and spread evenly with a small offset spatula.  Place the slab in the refrigerator while preparing the glaze.

Peanut Buttercream Frosting
½ cup (4.5 oz) creamy peanut butter
4 tablespoons (2 oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups (8 oz) confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons whole milk
1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Place the peanut butter, butter, and salt in a small mixing bowl.  Using a hand mixer, beat together until the mixture is perfectly smooth.  Add the confectioners’ sugar to the bowl along with the milk and vanilla; beat until well blended and fluffy.  Dollop the frosting over the brownie slab, then spread evenly with a small offset spatula.  Refrigerate the brownie slab while preparing the chocolate glaze.

Peanut Butter Drizzle
2 teaspoons canola oil
1/3 cup (2 oz) peanut butter-flavored baking chips, such as Reese’s

To make the peanut butter drizzle, place the oil and peanut butter chips in a 1-cup microwave-safe measuring cup.  Microwave on 50% power for 2 minutes, then stir with a small silicone spatula until the chips are melted and completely smooth.  Pour the mixture in a thin stream randomly over the warm chocolate glaze.  If desired, use a skewer, toothpick, or small knife to marble the drizzle with the chocolate glaze.  Refrigerate the slab until the peanut buttercream frosting and glaze are quite firm, at least 2 hours.

Chocolate Glaze for Mint Brownies and Peanut Butter Brownies
6 tablespoons (3 oz) unsalted butter
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1 cup (6 oz) 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Slice the butter into ½-inch slices.  Place the butter slices and corn syrup in a small saucepan and melt over the lowest setting.  Meanwhile, place the chopped chocolate in a 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup.  Microwave the chocolate on high power for 90 seconds, whisk with a small whisk, then microwave for an additional 15 seconds.  Whisk again.  Pour the melted butter mixture into the melted chocolate and whisk gently until combined and completely smooth.  Pour the glaze over the fluffy mint frosting and spread evenly with a small offset spatula to completely cover the frosting.  Refrigerate the slab until the frosting is firm, at least 2 hours.  Makes 12 large squares, 24 smaller bars, or sixty 1 1/8-inch pieces.

Coconut Marshmallow Topping
1 cup cold water (divided)
3 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
2 cups (14 oz) sugar
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup (9 oz) light corn syrup
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coconut extract

To make the coconut marshmallow layer, place ½ cup of the water in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Sprinkle the gelatin over the surface of the water; set aside.  Sift (or strain) the sugar into a 1 ½- to 2-quart heavy saucepan.  Add the salt, corn syrup, and the remaining ½ cup of water.  Place over moderately low heat and stir occasionally until the sugar is dissolved, about 7 minutes.  Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil.  Lower the heat slightly, cover the pan, and boil for 2 minutes to allow any sugar crystals on the sides of the saucepan to dissolve.  Remove the pan lid and increase the heat to medium-high.  Insert a candy thermometer into the mixture and let the syrup boil without stirring until the temperature reaches 240°F.

With the mixer on low speed, pour the syrup into the gelatin mixture.  After all the syrup has been added, gradually increase the speed to high and beat for 12 minutes.  The sugar mixture is very hot--increase the mixer speed gradually so the syrup does not splash up out of the bowl.  Reduce the speed to low and add the extract.  Increase the speed to high and beat an additional 4 minutes, until the mixture is lukewarm and the consistency of whipped marshmallow.  Use a pastry scraper to dollop the slightly warm and thick marshmallow over the top of the brownie slap; quickly smooth the top with a small offset spatula.  Sprinkle the top of the marshmallow with the toasted sweetened coconut.  Refrigerate the pan for 7 to 8 hours, or overnight.

Cookie Dough Topping
1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup (3-1/2 ounces) granulated sugar
1 cup (7 ounces) light brown sugar, packed
4 tablespoons (2 oz) milk or cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups (6-3/4 ounces) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (6 ounces) mini semisweet chocolate chips

In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugars with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.  Mix in milk and vanilla.  Add flour and salt and stir until incorporated.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Gently spread dough onto cooled brownies, smoothing the top into an even layer.  Refrigerate while you prepare the glaze.

Glaze for Cookie Dough Brownies
7 ounces dark or semisweet chocolate, chopped
4 tablespoons (2 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into cubes

Gently melt chocolate and butter together in a double boiler.  Stir until smooth.  Pour over cookie dough, carefully spreading into a thin, even layer.  Return pan to refrigerator and chill until set, about 30 minutes.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing all the recipes, Teresa! Teresa has kindly grouped the brownie recipes to simplify the post. However, the cookie dough brownie base was a different base than the one listed. That recipe had brown sugar in it which I think definitely affected the texture. Following is the recipe I used for the cookie dough brownies. Also, the coconut brownie base was a smaller batch than the base recipe listed in the post--it was about 2/3 of a brownie base recipe which kept the brownie from being too thick after adding the thick marshmallow layer. If you're interested, I can forward the exact recipe of that to you.

    Cookie Dough Brownies Base:
    1 cup (4-1/2 oz) all-purpose flour
    2 tablespoons dark or Dutch-processed cocoa powder
    1 teaspoon salt
    7 ounces dark or semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
    2/3 cup (5-3/8 ounces) butter, cut into cubes
    1-1/3 cup (9-3/8 ounces) light brown sugar, packed
    4 large eggs, lightly beaten
    2 teaspoons vanilla

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Line the bottom and sides of a 13x9-inch pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil, leaving a slight overhang on two sides.

    Sift together flour, cocoa powder, and salt in a small bowl and set aside. Melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler. Stir until smooth, then remove from heat. Add brown sugar and whisk until sugar is dissolved and mixture has cooled slightly. Whisk in eggs and vanilla. Using a large rubber spatula, fold flour mixture into chocolate mixture until just incorporated. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 18 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool completely.