Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Dinner with the Neighbors

The other night we had dinner with our wonderful neighbors and I tried two new recipes. They both turned out fantastic. Enjoy!

Grilled Asisan Eggplant-Food Magazine
Sesame oil
Soy Sauce
Brown Sugar
Combine first 6 ingredients to tast in a pot and reduce by half. In the meantime grill eggplant. Top eggplant with reduction and scallions. Recipe also called for peanuts, but I didn't have them on hand.

Plum Cake--Food Magazine Recipe
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
1/4 cup sour cream
3 plums, halved, pitted, and cut into eights
confectioner’s sugar, for dusting
Preheat oven to 375. Butter an 8-inch cake pan and line bottom with a round of parchment. In a large bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, and salt.
Using an electric mixer, beat butter ans sugars until light and fluffy. With mixer on low, beat in eggs, one at a time, until incorporated; beat in vanilla and lemon zest. Beat in 1/2 the flour mixtures, then sour cream. Add remaining flour mixture; mix until just combined.
Spread batter into pan and smooth top with a knife. In a bowl, toss plums with 2 tablespoons flour and arrange over batter.

Bake until cake is golden, about 30 minutes; loosely tent with foil and bake until cake pulls away from side of pan and a cake tester comes out clean, about 35 minutes more. Let cake cool completely in pan. Run knife around cake edge and remove cake from pan. Dust with confectioner’s sugar before serving

1 comment:

Sparklegirl said...

Those two dishes were amazing. We always love doing dinner with y'all! :)