On 25 Apr 2005 at 21:09, Betty wrote:
> I recently returned from a Carnival cruise. One of the desserts
> served on our ship, the Sensation, was a White Forest cake. This cake
> was covered in white chocolate and whipped cream and filled with dark
> cherries. It was wonderful.
> I would love to have this recipe. Is there any chance you could get
> With thanks,
I cannot get the Carnival recipe, but below are a couple of others.
White Forest Cake
Cherry filling tart cherries in water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon water
1-2 tablespoons kirsch (optional)
Cherry filling directions: Combine the cherries and their juice with
the sugar in a medium saucepan. Dissolve the cornstarch in the water
and add this to the cherries. Heat over medium high heat, stirring
occasionally until cherry sauce turns clear and thickens slightly,
about 5 minutes. Stir in Kirsch if desired. Cool.
1/2 cup Da Vinci Gourmet White Chocolate Sauce
3 layers of your favorite white cake
2 cups whipping cream
4 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 recipe of cherry filling (see below)
3 tablespoons shaved or grated white chocolate, for garnish
Trim the cake layers so they are completely flat. Whip the cream with
the powdered sugar and vanilla until stiff. To assemble the cake:
Place one of the cake layers on a plate and spoon one third of the
white chocolate sauce evenly over the cake. Spoon one third of the
cherries and sauce on the same layer. Top the cherries with one third
of the whipped cream. Cover with another layer of cake and repeat with
an additional third of the white chocolate sauce, cherries and whipped
cream. Finish with the final cake layer and remaining sauce, cherries
and cream. Decorate the cake with white chocolate shavings and cherries
if desired. Serve immediately or chill and serve within 24 hours of
Yield: 12 servings
White Forest Torte
6 lg. eggs
1 c. granulated sugar
2/3 c. water
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. cake flour
1/8 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
6 oz. cherry pie filling
1 pt. heavy cream
1 tsp. almond extract
1 c. powdered sugar
8 oz. shaved white chocolate
Grease and paper 3 (9") cake pans. Beat egg until thick then add
sugar slowly. Add the water and vanilla and beat some more. Shift
the flour, salt and baking powder. Now fold into the batter by
hand until all is incorporated. Divide into the 3 pans and bake
at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown and
spongy. When cakes have cooled remove the paper. Whip the heavy
cream adding the powdered sugar and almond extract. Place the
1st layer in your favorite platter and spread 3 ounces of cherry
filling over the cake then 3 ounces heavy cream. Repeat with the
second layer. Now with the top layer cover the rest of the cream
and garnish with shaved white chocolate.
On 28 Apr 2005 at 8:42, Jim wrote:
> Hello Phaedrus,
> Many years back, mid 80's, a work associate described to me a
> technique for cooking potatoes which he said that he saw in a large
> chain type restaurant in Texas. What I remember as to how he
> described it was that whole white potatoes would be tightly wrapped in
> some sort of paper and then submerged in a vat of hot "pine oil".
> When the potatoes were done, they would rise to the surface. He did
> not mention how they were then presented at the table but the way he
> talked, potatoes could not be cooked any better.
> What I am having trouble with is the pine oil business. I associate a
> term like "pine oil" with paint and wood treatment and cannot imagine
> it being used in any cooking process. But, pine seed oil exists but I
> would think it pricey for this usage. Have you heard of this cooking
> technique? My home email address below has no filters.
> Best Regards,
Well, I've never cooked potatoes this way myself, but having grown up in
the South, I have heard of it.
It's not "pine oil", like you describe, it's pine resin - pure pine tree sap.
Here's the deal:
Forest workers, sawmill employees, and just plain country folk in the South
used to tap the numerous pine trees in the region to harvest the sap and
sell it for making turpentine, among other uses. Somehow, maybe by accident,
someone found that a potato cooked in boiling pine resin was exceptionally delicious.
You don't wrap them in paper first - you put the potatoes in boiling pine
sap in a cast iron pot and let them cook until they rise to the surface -
that's when they're done. Then, with a slotted spoon or tongs or a stick,
you carefully lift the hot potato out of the sap and roll it up in butcher's
paper or a brown paper bag and twist the ends to keep it hot until it's served.
When you're ready to eat the potato, you cut it lengthwise through the paper
and then add butter, salt, pepper, even sour cream and bacon bits if you want.
It's said to be the best potato you'll ever eat. By the way - you don't eat
the skin with the resin on it, just the inside.
For More on resin potatoes, see here:
Yes, we have a plant right here in Maine that produces B & M brown bread;
however, here is a quick and easy recipe to make exactly the same thing
in your crockpot in a can.....we have used this recipe for many years and
it is delicious!! Pam
Crockpot Steamed Brown Bread
2 Tblsp. sugar
2 tsp. veg. oil
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup molasses
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup white all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
Cream sugar, eggs and veg. oil..add baking powder, baking soda and salt...
stir in molasses and buttermilk. Add cornmeal, white flour and whole wheat
flour. Put in two well greased 16 oz. empty vegetable tins and cover the
tops of each with tin foil. Put in crockpot...add just enough warm water
to cover bottom of pot. Cook 3 hours on high; can be kept warm after it
is cooked on low. Take from pot, remove foil, cut ends out of cans, push
bread through and slice while hot with butter.
Yield: 2 -16 oz. loaves.
**Can add raisins, if desired.
On 28 Apr 2005 at 22:12, Jerry Hurta wrote:
> Dear Uncle Phaedrus,
> I am looking for the recipe for "Big Red Ice Cream" that came with the
> bottles of that drink - Big Red.
> Thank you so very much for finding it for me.
Big Red Ice Cream
(From the Big Red Corporate Office, Waco, Texas)
1 quart whipping cream
2 cans sweetened condensed milk
1 ten-ounce package frozen strawberries (optional)
3 cans of Big Red (36 fluid ounces)
Mix all of the above ingredients in a large bowl. Stir well.
Pour into an ice cream freezer and fill freezer to fill line
Yields: 1 gallon or 1 1/2 gallons
Basa fish recipes are one of the most popular items on my site,
so I thought I would scrounge up some more.
Crispy Baked Basa
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
1 teaspoon capers
1 teaspoon ketchup
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1 pound basa (Vietnamese catfish) fillets
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup finely crushed plain Melba toast rounds
salt and pepper to taste
1 clove garlic, minced
1 lemon, sliced
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
In a bowl, thoroughly blend the mayonnaise, mustard, capers, ketchup,
paprika, and hot pepper sauce.
Brush the basa fillets with about 1 tablespoon olive oil, and roll in
the crushed Melba toast to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Use a
kitchen sprayer to lightly spray the coated fish with remaining olive
oil. Arrange the fish in a baking dish and top with garlic and lemon
slices. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until fish is easily
flaked with a fork and coating is lightly browned. Serve with the mayonnaise
Roasted Basa Fillets with Artichoke and Crab Relish
4 6-ounce Basa fillets
Juice of one lemon, divided
Salt and Pepper
1 tablespoon butter
1 10-ounce package frozen artichoke hearts, defrosted
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
8 ounces lump crabmeat, picked over for shells and cartilage
2 green onions, chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Cayenne, salt and black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup whipping cream
Preheat oven on Convection Bake to 375 degrees or regular bake
to 400 degrees. Sprinkle the fish fillets with half of the lemon
juice, then season to taste with garlic powder, Cajun seasoning,
salt and pepper. Place fillets in a baking dish and bake for 8 to
10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets.
Meanwhile, heat the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat.
Add the mushrooms and green onions and saute until the mushrooms
are golden. Add the remaining lemon juice, artichoke hearts,
crabmeat, thyme, oregano, garlic powder and cayenne, salt and
black pepper to taste. Add the whipping cream, and cook until
the artichokes and crabmeat are heated through. Taste and adjust
When fish is cooked, place on individual serving plates and top with
Makes 4 servings.
3500 mL (2 cups)packed fresh basil leaves
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 large red bell pepper, roasted*
75 mL (3/4 cup) toasted pumpkin seeds**
45 mL (3 Tbsp) extra virgin olive oil
3 mL (1/2 tsp) salt
3 mL (1/2 tsp) black pepper
6 basa fillets (or halibut if preferred)
*Slice peppers in half, remove seeds and place, cut side down, on
a baking sheet. Broil until blackened. Cover until cool, then pull
off skins. Also available prepared in some deli departments.
**Place seeds on a baking sheet in a 350°F (180°C) oven for about
5 minutes, shaking occasionally until toasted.
1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
2. Combine all ingredients except the fish. Mix well. Spread over
top of each fillet and place in a shallow non-metallic baking pan.
3. Bake about 10 minutes per inch (2.5 cm) of thickness (about 10-15 minutes).
If you prefer, broil the plain fish fillets for about 5 minutes and then
spread topping on each fillet and continue broiling.
Makes 6 servings
5 to 7 oz. Basa filet (Southeast Asian Whitefish or Catfish)
1/4 cup chardonnay
2 T. butter
chopped flat leaf parsley
toasted pine nuts
Drake's seasoning (If you can't find Drake's, use flour mixed with salt and pepper.)
1. Dredge the basa in Drake’s seasoning. Sauté until nice and golden.
Place in a 350 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in the same skillet, reduce the wine and add the lemon
juice and butter. Turn off the heat and swirl in the butter until the
sauce thickens and becomes shiny. Toss in the pine nuts and fresh parsley.
Garnish with a lemon slice and sprig of fresh flat leaf parsley.
Basa in Ginger Sauce
4 basa steaks
1 pint (600 ml) milk
1 tbspn cornflour, cornstarch
1 tbspn olive oil
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 inch (2.5cm) piece root ginger, peeled and grated
dash of chilli sauce
1 tbspn lemon
1/2 tspn sugar
1 tbspn soy sauce
Grill the basa steaks for about 5 minutes either side - brush with oil
to prevent drying out.
Meanwhile, fry the onion and ginger until softened.
Bring the milk to the boil and thicken with cornflour.
Add the fried onion and ginger and the rest of the ingredients to the sauce,
stir thoroughly and pour over your grilled basa steaks.
This is an indonesian method of serving basa fish and you would perhaps like
to try it with noodles.
Grilled Basa Fish
4 basa steaks
4 oz (100g) butter
handful chopped parsley
Take the butter and mix into it the chopped parsley, a dash of lemon and
some pepper. Roll into a sausage shape and leave it in the fridge whilst
you cook your fish.
Heat the grill, line and grease your grill pan.
Place the basa fish steaks about 4" (10cm) from the heat and grill for
about 5 minutes either side - brushing with oil to prevent them drying out.
Serve immediately with a portion of the parsley and lemon butter on top.
Basa With Tomatillo Relish
1 pound basa fillets
salt and ground black pepper
1/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound fresh tomatillos
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped (optional)
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup dry white wine
1. Pull and discard outer husks and stems from tomatillos. Wash and
cut into quarters; set aside. Chop onion and cilantro. Chop jalapeno
and garlic very finely to mince.
2. To make tomatillo relish, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet
over medium-high heat. Sauté onion and jalapeno 5 minutes. Add tomatillos
and garlic; sauté 8 more minutes or until tomatillos are soft. Stir in wine
and cilantro; cook 2 more minutes. Reduce heat to low and let simmer,
uncovered, while fish is being prepared.
3. Cut basa into 4 portions. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Turn
fish in flour to lightly coat each side; shake off excess flour.
4. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large non-stick skillet over high heat.
Cook fillets in hot oil, 3 to 4 minutes per side, depending on thickness.
5. Serve immediately with tomatillo relish.
1 pound Basa Fillets
3/4 cup cornmeal
3 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon Lawry's garlic powder
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, according to taste
1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water
1 to 1 1/2 cups canola or vegetable oil
1/2 cup flour
1. Rinse basa and pat dry. Cut into 4 portions. If pieces are very thick,
cut in half.
2. Combine cornmeal with 3 tablespoons flour, salt, garlic powder and
cayenne in a shallow bowl or on a plate. Place 1/2 cup flour in a separate
bowl or plate. Beat egg with water in a separate shallow bowl.
3. Pour oil into a large skillet to a depth of 1/4-inch. Heat oil 4 minutes
over Medium-High heat.
4. Coat basa in flour and dip in egg. Turn in cornmeal mixture to coat evenly.
5. Fry in 2 batches, 2 minutes per side, until golden. Avoid crowding and
try to prevent pieces from touching. Use 2 spatulas to turn basa. Remove
to paper towels to drain. Serve while hot.