Riunite Bold and Beefy Texas No Bean Chili WINS South Regional Finals

 

Riunite South Regional Winner Rebecka Evans

Photo by Riunite Wines

Riunite Bold and Beefy Chili

Food and Photo By At Home with Rebecka

My Riunite Bold and Beefy Texas No Bean Chili WINS – South Regional Finals – Houston, Texas 2018

Riunite Bold and Beefy Chili

Rebecka Evans South Regional Finals – Riunite Chili Cook-off Winner with Houston Texans Kevin Walter

About The Wine:

Riunite, America’s #1 and best loved Italian wine for over 4 decades, is the leading source of classic wines from Central Italy’s Emilia Romagna Region, home of prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano and balsamic vinegar. Riunite is most closely identified with the Lambrusco grape, a variety native to central Italy. Lambrusco is said to be one of the oldest grapes in history, one that was first vinified by the Etruscans, dating back to before the first century BC.  When you are drinking Riunite, you are drinking history.

About The Contest:

Create an original chili recipe best paired with Riunite Lambrusco, writing up the recipe in 500 words or less. All ingredients must be readily available and be precisely measured. A photo of your recipe is optional. Five finalists will be selected to participate in a cook-off in Cincinnati, OH, prior to the pro football game on November 11, 2018.
This contest is one of 5 regional contests with the same theme. Each contest is judged separately and there is no national cook-off this year.

5 Regional Finalist Prizes: 2 upper-level end zone tickets to the pro football game in Houston, TX on October 7, 2018 and a $100 pre-paid debit card for required chili ingredients. Finalist will be required to provide their own ground transportation to and from the event and will receive a $200 pre-paid debit card for fuel, toll and parking expenses. Finalist’s guest must be at least 21 years of age. (ARV $500).
Regional Winner Prize: $1,000 check.

Riunite Winner South Regional Finals

Contestants From Left: John Anders, Dan Hill, Mary Janssen, Official Judge: Texans Kevin Walter, Claudia McCarty, and Rebecka Evans – Photo by Riunite

Game On

The folks at Riunite Wines really know how to throw a tailgate chili cook-off.

The South Regional Finals were held in Houston, Texas  at NRG Stadium on  October 7, 2018.

The five South Regional Finalists enjoyed a relaxed chili cook-off; complete with a delicious catered tailgate meal including lot’s of Riunite wine. Former Houston Texans Wide Receiver  Kevin Walter,  was one of the official judges for the event. He was such a charmer as he was eager to pose for photo ops and sign autographs right before the chili cook-off. After I won, he made a point to find me to say he loved my “expensive” chili. 

The event was well thought out and beautifully executed by the entire Riunite staff. Their generosity of gifting each contestant $300.00 for food, gas, and expenses. Each contestant was also given the Coleman stoves you see on the table, along with a cool blue apron with a water chiller pocket and retractable bottle opener. Food sport folks can never have enough cool aprons! 

The contestants brought their “A-Game” with deliciously diverse chili recipes. Listed below are the names of the contestants followed by their creative recipe titles:

John Anders Deep in The Heat Chili

Dan Hill Texas Snakebite Chili 

Mary Janssen Hit Me Chili 

Claudia McCarty Hot Tropical Trail Chili

There was not a bean in sight as these Texans really get the long standing tradition of NO BEAN Texas Chili. Focused and determined to win, they gave me a run for my money. The judges said it was one of the tightest scoring chili cook-offs in Riunite history! I’m honored to be the Riunite South Regional 2018 winner. 

One of the highlights of this contest was meeting my longtime facebook friend and fellow food competitor Claudia McCarty for the very first time. The love of food sport has enriched our friendship through this competition. I’m so proud to know her and call her my friend!

This was also the very first time my youngest son Christopher was able to attend one of my cooking competitions. Chris was a such a great help as he hauled all of my cooking gear and worked as my social media specialist. He also helped me drag my butt off the floor after tripping in a giant hole right before the event. My scraped knee is still healing, but he was there to collect his momma, helping her overcome the adversity and win. Christopher is also the editor of my food blog. Thank goodness for that because I write like I talk! 

There is no better way to end a day than to win the cook-off and to see the Houston Texans beat the Dallas Cowboys in overtime! Enjoy my chili! 

Riunite Bold and Beefy Texas No Bean Chili

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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2 medium onions, fine chopped

1 1/2 pounds New York Strip Steak

1 1/2 pounds Ribeye Steak

1 1/2 pounds Flat Iron Steak

1/4 cup oil, divided

1/4 cup minced garlic, about 10 cloves

1 8 ounces can tomatoes with chilies

1 28 ounces can crushed tomatoes

1 3 ounces can chopped green chilies

2 teaspoon cumin powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon dry Mexican oregano

2 teaspoons dry mustard

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/2 cup Riunite Lambrusco Wine

1 12-ounce bottle of beer (I use Modelo Negro)

5 tablespoon chili powder

1 beef bouillon cube

DIRECTIONS: 

Fine chop onions, brown in 1 tablespoon oil. Remove onions from pan and keep in a large bowl.

Chop 1 1/2 pounds New York Strip Steak, 1 1/2 pounds Ribeye Steak, 1 1/2 pounds Flat Iron Steak into 1 inch pieces. Cook meat in batches using about 1 teaspoon of oil for each new batch. Brown meat on all sides and remove to the large bowl with the onions. Continue cooking meat until all the meat is browned.

Add 1 teaspoon oil to pan and sauté minced garlic for 1-2 minutes. Deglaze the pan with Riunite Lambrusco wine. Return meat and sautéed onions back to the pot.

Add chilies, cumin, oregano, dry mustard, salt, garlic powder, tomatoes, beer chili powder and bouillon cube. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 2-3 hours.

Garnish with corn chips, sour cream, diced onion, shredded white or cheddar cheeses, and sliced jalapeños.

Riunite Winner South Regional Finals

These cute ladies loved my chili so much they asked to take a photo with me! So sweet – I have fans!

 




Are You a Master Baker or Disaster Baker? Contest and Giveaway RECIPE #6

Recipe #6 Manuela’s Classic Budapest Roll

Classic Budapest Roll Manuela

Recipe by Manuela Kjeilen. (All photos courtesy of passionforbaking.com’s Lise Sternersen, and the dishes featured in the photos were created by Manuela Kjelien unless otherwise noted). 

Final Recipe #6:

Today I’m announcing the final recipe in the Are You a Master Baker or Disaster Baker? Contest and Giveaway bake-along series. When I started this baking journey twelve weeks ago I was a self-professed disaster baker, I never imagined I would end up at the finale with a true “passion” for baking!  I’ve found a new confidence as a baker after baking all six of Manuela’s delicious recipes. The fear and trepidation that once accompanied the thought of baking anything other than cookies or a pie seems to have gone for good. Passion for Baking, Manuela Kjeilen’s step-by-step directions has been the perfect instructor for this novice baker and as Manuela would say, “practice, practice, practice.”

I hope that you’re all feeling the same sense of accomplishment after baking along in the challenge? Please take a moment to share a a quick note in the comment section below of how this baking journey has effected your skills, life and …

What We’ve Been Up Too:

If you’re here for the first time and would like check out what we’ve been up to, click the links to view Recipe #1 Mocca Meringues Ice Cream Cake, Recipe #2 Norwegian Cream Cake, Recipe #3 Manuela’s Best Vanilla Cupcakes, Recipe #4 Manuela’s White Macarons with Milk Chocolate Fudge, and Recipe #5 Manuela’s Norwegian Vanilla Buns.

The requirements for this weeks challenge are the same as the previous five weeks and are written below: 

Bake the next recipe in the challenge series then take a photo of your “Master or Disaster” piece. The Woobox Submission Form is listed at the end of this post, and it’s also where you will share a photo of your creation. The link will be available on all my social media sites for easy access to post your photos for the entire duration of the contest. 

*NOTE* Contest and Giveaway 

In order to be eligible to win the $700.00 Ankarsrum Original Mixer you must enter a photo for ALL 6 recipes in the challenge. To win the Baking Book: Love Manuela,  you are required to enter 3 recipe photos.

FOR THE OFFICIAL RULES CLICK HERE

Classic Budapest Roll Manuela

Recipe by Manuela Kjeilen. (All photos courtesy of passionforbaking.com’s Lise Sternersen, and the dishes featured in the photos were created by Manuela Kjelien unless otherwise noted).

This stunning creation is the work of Norwegian born award-winning blogger and “Master Home Baker” –  Manuela Kjeilen.

( You can read more about Manuela and the Contests Official Rules HERE )

Attached to each of the six recipes sent to me by Manuela were notes written by her as they related to one of the recipes. Below is what Manuela said about Recipe #6

Finally, I would love for your followers to make a typical Norwegian cake, you see them in all the bakeries in Sweden; a classic Budapest roll.

Manuela, Thank you for choosing this recipe last in the series,  I’ve always wanted to conquer making a rolled cake. Now I can add Classic Budapest Roll to my list of accomplishments as a baker. I hope you find this an acceptable rendition of your recipe.

Now that you’ve seen the STUNNING photo of Recipe #6 Manuela’s Classic Budapest Roll  above, say hello to my rendition.

Classic Budapest Roll

Food and Photo by Rebecka Evans – Recipe by Passion for Baking.com

Some Thoughts on My Final Bake

I went into this bake with far less trepidation as previous bakes. I was calm for the first time baking an unfamiliar recipe. It doesn’t hurt that Manuela gives such easy to follow instructions for her recipes. You can find her step by step instructions for this recipe HERE.

Thinking about making a rolled cake was a little overwhelming but once I started rolling out the cake it was much easier that I imagined. The cake is so deliciously chewy and flavorful and is my favorite in the entire series. The recipe calls for ground hazelnuts or almond flour, I opted to use almond flour since I’m not a fan of hazelnuts. If you have nut allergies, you can substitute your favorite crushed cookies; Lorna Dunes (shortbread cookies) work very well. 

What I Did Wrong:

  • The meringue crust is chewy and delicious but I over baked it per usual so my meringue is not the beautiful pale color like Manuela’s cake pictured above. I was really hoping to get that light and airy look that Manuela so expertly achieves however, I will have the opportunity to fix that as I will be making this cake again and again, it’s that good!
  • I got carried away with the dark chocolate drizzle so the top of my cake looks like a wild mess. I also added a lot more mandarine orange segments than the recipe calls for because I love them but they are trying to burst out from the sides of my roll. Despite the addition of the emerging orange segments the cake rolled up perfectly.
  • My biggest technical error was piping the meringue too close together and too close to the edges of the baking sheet. Unfortunately, the cake became one giant sheet instead of the beautifully pipped lines of Manuela’s cake.  I had to use a small knife to free the sticky edges from the baking sheet. To keep that from happening, I would suggest leaving about 2 inches free from meringue around the entire sheet to make a clean line. Take a look at Manuela’s YouTube video HERE to see what I’m suggesting. Not a disaster per se, I was able to accomplish the rolled effect without breaking the cake in half! I would call this a baking success. 

Classic Budapest Roll

Food and Photo by Rebecka Evans – Recipe by Manuela Kjeilen

Classic Budapest Roll

Food and Photo by Rebecka Evans – Recipe by Manuela Kjeilen

Manuela’s Classic Budapest Roll Notes

You will need the following items in order to successfully bake this recipe: 

  1. Stand Mixer with whisk attachment (If you don’t own a stand mixer you can use an electric hand mixer )
  2. One baking sheet lined with parchment and 1 extra sheet of parchment to roll the cake
  3.  1 large round nozzle baking tip
  4. 1 large pastry bag 
  5. The recipe conversions from European Measurements are Manuela’s US converted recipes or were calculated with the iPhone APP “Kitchen Pro”

    Classic Budapest Roll

    • Servings: 10-12
    • Difficulty: medium
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    BUDAPEST ROLL:

    • 1 1/8 cup (250 g) egg whites (about 7 large eggs)
    • 2 cups (450 g) sugar
    • 2 1/8 cups (200g) ground hazelnuts or almonds
    • 3/4 cup or 1-4 ounce box (75g) Jell-O Pudding-Instant Vanilla, optional

    FILLING:

    • 1 1/3 cup heavy cream, whipped
    • One can mandarin oranges (I used a total of 1 1 /2-15 ounce cans)
    • 2 tablespoon powdered sugar (I like mine sweet)

    TOPPING:

    •  2-3 oz. Dark chocolate, melted
    • 1 tablespoon Powdered sugar for dusting
    • 1-tablespoon Dark cocoa powder for dusting

     DIRECTIONS:

    • Preheat oven to 320F / 160 C°
    • In a large bowl, whip egg whites until stiff peaks form. Slowly add the sugar while beating the egg whites on low-speed.
    • In a medium bowl, blend the ground hazelnuts with the Jell-O Pudding-Instant Vanilla
    • With the use of a spatula, carefully fold in the hazelnuts / Jell-O Pudding-Instant Vanilla mixture with the egg whites.
    • Fill a piping bag fitted with a large round nozzle and pipe stripes onto a parchment lined baking sheet, from one side of the baking tray to the other side, pipe each stripe close to each other.
    • Bake in the middle of the oven for about 20 min, or until set.
    • Let the meringue cool completely.
    • While meringue is cooling, drain the mandarin slices. Make sure they are dry before being putting it on the cake.
    • In a bowl, whip up the heavy cream until it thickens, if you love it sweetened add powdered sugar!
    • Flip the cake upside down onto a new sheet of parchment paper.
    • Carefully peel off the parchment paper spread the whipped cream over the bottom of the cake. Place the mandarin slices e on top of the cream.
    • Place the long side of the cake in front of you and start rolling it.
    • I find using the parchment paper and a silicon mat underneath helps the rolling ones you get started, hold on to the paper rather than the cake.
    • Once rolled up, make sure the edge of the roll is facing down.
    • Melt the chocolate and drizzle on top, when the chocolate is firm, dust the top with icing sugar and some dark cocoa powder

    Enjoy, Love Manuela

Classic Budapest Roll

Food and Photo by At Home with Rebecka

This is your last chance to bake your “Master or Disaster” piece in this challenge! Remember you must post a photo of your completed dish to the WooBox link (listed below) by, September 15, 2018 Midnight CST 

Be sure to add a photo of your rendition to the WOOBOX entry form below. Thank you for baking along…Happy Baking!

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CONTEST TIMELINE

June 18, 2018 Initial Rules and Information Post

June 24, 2018 First Recipe in the series Announced (Recipe #1)

July 1, 2018 First Recipe Due Midnight CST

July 8, 2018 Second Recipe in the series Announced (Recipe #2)

July 15, 2018 Second Recipe Due Midnight CST

July 22, 2018 Third Recipe in the series Announced (Recipe #3)

August 1, 2018 Third Recipe Due Midnight CST

August 5, 2018 Fourth Recipe in the series Announced (Recipe #4)

August 15, 2018 Fourth Recipe Due Midnight CST

August 19, 2018 Fifth Recipe in series Announced (Recipe #5)

September 1, 2018 Fifth Recipe Due Midnight CST

September 9, 2018 Sixth Recipe in series Announced (Recipe #6)

September 15, 2018 Sixth Recipe Due Midnight CST 

WINNER(s) ANNOUNCED: October 1-5 stay tuned…

Be sure to Follow Ankarsrum Original USA and Manuela Kjeilen for her newest recipes at passionforbaking.com.

THANK YOU for baking along! 




Are You a Master Baker or Disaster Baker? Contest and Giveaway RECIPE #4

Are You a Master Baker or Disaster Baker? Contest and Giveaway

Recipe #4 Manuela’s White Macarons with Milk Chocolate Fudge

White Macarons Recipe

Recipe by Manuela Kjeilen. (All photos courtesy of passionforbaking.com’s Lise Sternersen, and the dishes featured in the photos were created by Manuela Kjelien unless otherwise noted).

I’ve never made a macaron in my life and the thought of having to bake one for this challenge made my heart pound. I’ve been dreading this week ever since I learned macarons were on Manuela’s hand-picked list of recipes for the challenge.  Making something so delicate and beautiful is very intimidating for my skill level, but despite my mixed emotions towards the macaron; I knew I had to overcome my anxiety and push myself for the sake of the challenge. I just kept telling myself, “relax, take it easy, you got this. Now just do it and bake like a master!” I feel a headache coming on! 

If you’re here for the first time and would like to join the challenge or check out what we’ve been up to, click the links to view Recipe #1 Mocca Meringues Ice Cream CakeRecipe #2 Norwegian Cream Cake  and Recipe #3 Manuela’s Best Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe

The requirements for this weeks challenge are the same as the previous three weeks and are written below: 

Bake the next recipe in the challenge series then take a photo of your “Master or Disaster” piece. The Woobox Submission Form is listed at the end of this post, and it’s also where you will share a photo of your creation. The link will be available on all my social media sites for easy access to post your photos for the entire duration of the contest. 

*NOTE

In order to be eligible to win the $700.00 Ankarsrum Original Mixer you must enter a photo for ALL 6 recipes in the challenge. To win the Baking Book: Love Manuela,  you are required to enter 3 recipe photos.

FOR THE OFFICIAL RULES CLICK HERE

RECIPE #4

Manuela’s White Macarons with Milk Chocolate Fudge

White Macaron RecipeWhite Macarons with Chocolate Fudge: Recipe by Manuela Kjeilen. (All photos courtesy of passionforbaking.com‘s Lise Sternersen, and the dishes featured in the photos were created by Manuela Kjelien unless otherwise noted) 

This stunning creation is the work of Norwegian born award-winning blogger and “Master Home Baker” –  Manuela Kjeilen.

( You can read more about Manuela and the Contests Official Rules HERE )

Attached to each of the six recipes sent to me by Manuela were notes written by her as they related to each one of the recipes. Below is what Manuela said about Recipe #4:

I would love it if they (that’s you) try my recipe for macarons, I know a lot of people have problems with macarons, but this recipe I never have gotten a complaint about! These macarons go straight in the oven, no need to rest before baking as many recipes ask for.

Manuela’s  inspiration for her macaron recipe is also accredited to the recent Royal Wedding of Megan Markle and Prince Harry. 

Manuela said, I wanted to make elegant macarons with a romantic touch, that would be perfect for a wedding! I have always loved the simple look when it comes to cakes, cupcakes, and cookies and always focus on taste first and by just adding a little chocolate hearth on top of the macarons, gave it a beautiful look.

Manuela’s macarons are beautifully “royal,” and the perfect bite for any wedding. 

In all honesty, I’m terrified to make Manuela’s beautiful recipe but I have high hopes it will go well based on my success with her other recipes in the baking challenge.  This recipe is straight forward and sounds easy enough to make. I especially like that it does not require any resting time for the batter.

So now that you’ve seen the STUNNING photo of Manuela’s White Macarons with Chocolate Fudge, here’s a photo of my rendition. 

Easy Macarons Recipe

Recipe by Manuela Kjeilen, Food and Photo by At Home with Rebecka

This recipe had me sweating bullets and actually gave me a pounding headache. I was so focused on creating the perfect macaron that I didn’t drink or eat anything except macaroons all day as my anticipation had gotten the better of me.

My batter tasted delicious but the almonds were not fine enough to achieve Manuela’s perfectly smooth-white cookie. I over baked them AGAIN, leaving the bottoms browned and too crunchy for a perfect macaron. The filling is simple to make but I had issues during the frosting step as I managed to get chocolate finger prints all over my cookies. Thankfully, I had enough nice ones to take photos. 

Despite the errors, my family loved these sweet morsels. The cookie was chewy and flavorful, and the chocolate frosting more like caramel than chocolate. They definitely  went down easy!

I will make macarons again and go into the next bake with less panic and more knowledge. Like Manuela always says, “Practice, practice, practice!”  


Easy Macarons Recipe

Recipe by Manuela Kjeilen, Food and Photo by At Home with Rebecka

Recipe by Manuela Kjeilen, Food and Photo by At Home with Rebecka

What I Love About This Challenge

This week’s challenge was crazy-hard for me and my kitchen looked like bomb went off in there. I’m proud to have lived through my first attempt at making macarons and happy to add two more of Manuela’s recipes to my baking repertoire (Manuela’s White Macarons and Chocolate Fudge Frosting). The list keeps getting longer and my skills are growing with every delicious recipe.

Manuela’s White Chocolate Macarons with Chocolate Fudge

You will need the following items in order to “successfully” bake this recipe: 

  1. Macaron templates (find free downloadable templates HERE and HERE)
  2. 2 large baking sheets lined with parchment paper
  3. 1 -10 mm piping tip
  4. 1 Medium disposable piping bag
  5. The recipe conversions from European Measurements are Manuela’s US converted recipes or were calculated with the iPhone APP “Kitchen Pro”
  6. Chocolate candy hearts (optional)

I’ve added a few more notes in the recipe; however if you need step-by-step instructions after reading Manuela’s recipe, then please check out her helpful how to videos. (Manuela’s beautiful photos of her creations are located HERE)

White Macarons with Milk Chocolate Fudge

  • Servings: 24 to 30 pieces
  • Difficulty: medium
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INGREDIENTS:

2/3 Cups (160 G) Egg Whites* (divided in two)

1 Cup (200 G) granulated sugar

⅓ CUP (80 ML) WATER

2 ⅓ CUPS (225 G) Powdered Sugar or confectioners’ sugar

 2 ⅓ CUPS (225 G) almond flour

1 Teaspoon vanilla bean paste or 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped 

FILLING:
Milk chocolate fudge frosting. Recipe below

DECORATION:
Chocolate heart, optional

PREPARATION:

Preheat oven to 275F° (135 ºC). Use the convection setting for this recipe.
Prepare a piping bag with a (10mm) plain round decorating tip.
NOTE: Place macaron templates under 
Place 1/3 cup (80 g) egg whites in a standing mixer bowl fitted with the whisk attachment.
Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring slowly until all the sugar is dissolved. Try to not get any sugar on the sides of the pan. (you can always brush it away with some water and a baking brush.)
When the mixture starts to boil, remove the spoon and attach a candy thermometer to the saucepan.
Once the sugar syrup temperature reaches 235F° (113ºC) begin whipping the egg whites on high-speed.
When the sugar syrup reaches 240F° (115ºC) and the egg whites are foamy, remove the syrup from the heat and slowly pour into the whipped egg whites.
Avoid pouring syrup onto the whisk.
Continue to beat the meringue for 5-8 minutes until cool to the touch.
Meanwhile, combine powdered sugar or confectioners’ sugar, almond flour and vanilla bean paste or seeds of a vanilla bean in a large bowl.
Add the remaining egg whites. Mix with a silicone spatula to evenly moisten all the ingredients.
Mix in a small amount of the cooled meringue into the almond mixture to loosen the batter
Then;fold in the rest of the meringue into the almond mixture until a smooth batter develops and flows like “lava”. Check mixture often to avoid over-folding.
Transfer mixture to the prepared piping bag and pipe out rounds of batter onto the prepared baking sheets.
Bake straight away for 12 minutes; (there is no need for you to wait until the piped cookies are dry to the touch, as many macarons recipes instruct, you may bake them as soon as they are piped.)
To check if the macarons are ready, touch the top of the macaron and try to wiggle it.
The cookies are done when the top is firm and does not wiggle.
Let cool completely on wire racks, before removing them from the baking matt/trays.
Make the milk chocolate fudge frosting, preferably while the macarons are in the oven.
Fill the cookies with milk chocolate fudge frosting (about a tsp for each sandwiched cookie.) and sandwich the cookies together.
The chocolate hearts I made with a silicon mold, see picture further down.
Make sure you use chocolate that is tempered, most chocolate bars at the supermarket are.
Add a little dot if melted chocolate on top of the macaron, place the chocolate hearth on the chocolate dot, press slightly and let dry so you are sure the chocolate hearth stays attached.  

MILK CHOCOLATE FUDGE FROSTING:
1/4 cup (25 gram) powdered sugar, optional
9 tbsp. (125 gram) butter cut into 1- inch pieces
1 1/8 cup (200 gram) milk chocolate, chopped
1 tbsp. espresso coffee, strong in flavor, optional
1/8 tsp. salt
½ cup + 2 tablespoons (150 ml) heavy cream

DIRECTIONS:
In a medium-size saucepan, add powdered sugar, heavy cream, butter, chocolate, salt, and coffee.
Warm it over medium heat, stir at all times, until the chocolate/butter is melted and there are no lumps, around 10 minutes.
Let it cool in the saucepan, once cool place the saucepan in the fridge from 30 minutes up to a 1 hour, all depending on how cold your fridge is.
Transfer the mixture to a small bowl, before you place it in the fridge.
Make sure at times to check the frosting if it is firm, I stir the mixture with a spatula (every 20 minutes) to prevent lumps.
Once the frosting is firm, spread it on top of your cake, or use it as a filling in your macarons.

Enjoy, it is so delicious. 

Now it’s your turn to bake your “Master or Disaster” piece! Remember you must post a photo of your completed dish to the WooBox link (listed below) by August 15, 2018 Midnight CST

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CONTEST TIMELINE

June 18, 2018 Initial Rules and Information Post

June 24, 2018 First Recipe in the series Announced (Recipe #1)

July 1, 2018 First Recipe Due Midnight CST

July 8, 2018 Second Recipe in the series Announced (Recipe #2)

July 15, 2018 Second Recipe Due Midnight CST

July 22, 2018 Third Recipe in the series Announced (Recipe #3)

August 1, 2018 Third Recipe Due Midnight CST

August 5, 2018 Fourth Recipe in the series Announced (Recipe #4)

August 15, 2018 Fourth Recipe Due Midnight CST

August 19, 2018 Fifth Recipe in series Announced (Recipe #5)

September 1, 2018 Fifth Recipe Due Midnight CST

September 9, 2018 Sixth Recipe in series Announced (Recipe #6) 

September 15, 2018 Sixth Recipe Due Midnight CST




Are You a Master Baker or Disaster Baker? Contest and Giveaway RECIPE #3

Are You a Master Baker or Disaster Baker? Contest and Giveaway 

This week we are baking RECIPE #3  Manuel’s Best Cupcakes with Vanilla Fluff Frosting.

My Best Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe by Manuela Kjeilen. (All photos courtesy of passionforbaking.com’s Lise Sternersen, and the dishes featured in the photos were created by Manuela Kjelien unless otherwise noted).

If you’re here for the first time and would like to join the challenge or check out what we’ve been up to, click the links to view Recipe #1 Mocca Meringues Ice Cream Cake and Recipe #2 Norwegian Cream Cake. 

The requirements for this weeks challenge are the same as Recipe #1 and Recipe #2, and are written below: 

Bake the next recipe in the challenge series then take a photo of your “Masterpiece or Disaster” piece. The Woobox Submission Form is listed at the end of this post, and is also where you will share a photo of your creation. The link will be available on all my social media sites for easy access to post your photos for the duration of the contest. 

*NOTE

In order to be eligible to win the $700.00 Ankarsrum Original Mixer you must enter a photo for  ALL 6 recipes in the challenge. To win the Baking Book: Love Manuela,  you are required to enter 3 recipe photos.

FOR THE OFFICIAL RULES CLICK HERE 

RECIPE #3

MANUELA’S BEST VANILLA CUPCAKES WITH FLUFF FROSTING

Manuel's Recipe Vanilla Cupcakes

My Best Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe by Manuela Kjeilen. (All photos courtesy of passionforbaking.com‘s Lise Sternersen, and the dishes featured in the photos were created by Manuela Kjelien unless otherwise noted).

This stunning creation is the work of Norwegian born award-winning blogger and “Master Home Baker” –  Manuela Kjeilen.

( You can read more about Manuela and the Contests Official Rules HERE )

Attached to each of the six recipes sent to me by Manuela were notes written by her as they related to one of the recipes. Below is what Manuela said about Recipe #3:

The third recipe is my Vanilla cupcake, my recipe became a cake mix in all the Norwegian stores and is my all-time favorite cupcake.”

Manuela’s accolades continue with the growth of her brand and business. To have your recipe made into a boxed cake mix and distributed to all Norwegian grocery stores is quite an accomplishment. Manuela has also baked for Royalty in Saudi Arabia and was a Guest Judge for MasterChef Slovenia. Congratulations my friend; you are truly an inspiration. 

(You can read more about Manuela on her blogs Media Page HERE)

Thankfully, this weeks recipe is in my wheelhouse of baking knowledge. I’ve made a lot of cupcake recipes over the years, so I was very eager to make Manuela’s. I’ve also made delicious Fluff Frosting for my Old Fashioned White Cake with White Mountain Frosting; so I feel more at ease with this week’s challenge. Next weeks challenge is going to be a different story, I’m already dreading it!! 

So now that you’ve seen the STUNNING photo of Manuela’s Best Vanilla Cupcakes with Fluff Frosting above, say hello to my rendition.

Manuela's Cupcake by Rebecka

Recipe by Manuela Kjeilen, Food and Photo by At Home with Rebecka

Everything about this cupcake makes me happy! Its pink, has sprinkles, and the Fluff Frosting is silky smooth and looks as light as a feather. Did I mention they were super easy for this disaster baker to make?

The key to making this cupcake taste so delightful is creaming the butter and sugar for a full six  minutes. The Fluff Frosting is also a cinch to make with the use of a candy thermometer, and the slow setting on a stand mixer. If you don’t own a stand mixer, just use a hand held mixer and a very large bowl to make your Fluff Frosting. Pour the hot syrup into your egg whites on the slow speed aiming for the side of the bowl and not the beaters.

My “disaster” style of baking has gotten me into trouble in the past, but most recently with Recipe #1 and Recipe #2 of this challenge. I overcooked both cakes, so I need to keep my eye on the timer when making Manuela’s cupcakes. 

Manuela's Cupcake by Rebecka

Recipe by Manuela Kjeilen, Food and Photo by At Home with Rebecka

These beauties are perfect for a ladies luncheon or “Pretty in Pink” girls Birthday Party and look amazing presented on my antique Fostoria Pink Depression Glass. I had so much fun photographing and eating them. 

Some Thoughts on My Third Bake

Despite my setbacks with the two previous recipes in the challenge, and my anxiety over making macaroons next week, I’m having a lot of fun! I’m feeling a sense of accomplishment with my positive progression as I continue to bake on a weekly basis.  My family and neighbors are also enjoying the challenge with all the homemade sweets to eat.

I hope you’re all  having as much fun as I am baking for the challenge! Please feel free to ask questions and leave comments about your experiences in the comment section below. I’d love to know how things are going in your kitchen. Here are a few more photos of my cupcakes, just because they make me smile!

Manuela's Cupcake by Rebecka

Three Vanilla Cupcakes in a row – Recipe by Manuela Kjeilen, Food and Photo by At Home with Rebecka

Manuela's Cupcake by Rebecka

Recipe by Manuela Kjeilen, Food and Photo by At Home with Rebecka

Manuela's Cupcake by Rebecka

Recipe by Manuela Kjeilen, Food and Photo by At Home with Rebecka

What I Love About This Challenge

This week’s challenge was a breeze. It felt good to bake a familiar recipe and to add two more of Manuela’s recipes to my baking repertoire (Manuela’s Best Vanilla Cupcake Recipe and her Vanilla Fluff Frosting). The list keeps getting longer and my skills are growing with every delicious recipe.

Manuela’s Best Vanilla Cupcake Notes

You will need the following items in order to “successfully” bake this recipe: 

  1. 36 paper cupcake liners
  2. 2 – 12 count cupcake tins
  3. 1 Medium disposable piping bag
  4. The recipe conversions from European Measurements are Manuela’s US converted recipes or were calculated with the iPhone APP “Kitchen Pro”

1M Wilton Piping Tip

I’ve added a few more notes in the recipe; however if you need step-by-step instructions after reading Manuela’s recipe, then please check out her helpful how to videos. (Manuela’s beautiful photos of her creations are located HERE)

 

NOTE: My Recipe Card Plugin is acting up and I can’t edit or save right now.

I left off PLUS 3 TABLESPOONS SUGAR in the FLUFF section of the recipe. I will fix ASAP. I’m sorry, for the inconvenience. 

Manuela's Best Vanilla Cupcake Recipe with Fluff Frosting
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
CAKE
  1. 14 TABLESPOONS (200 G) UNSALTED BUTTER, ROOM TEMPERATURE
  2. 1 ⅓ CUPS (300 G) SUGAR
  3. 4 LARGE EGGS, ROOM TEMPERATURE
  4. 3 1/2 CUPS (400 G) ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR, SIFTED
  5. 3 TEASPOONS BAKING POWDER
  6. 1/2 TEASPOON SALT
  7. 2 CUPS (500 ML) HEAVY CREAM, ROOM TEMPERATURE
  8. 2 TEASPOONS VANILLA BEAN PASTE OR VANILLA EXTRACT OR SEEDS FROM 1/2 VANILLA BEAN.
FLUFF
  1. 1 1/8 cup (225 G) SUPERFINE OR GRANULATED SUGAR
  2. 1/3 cup (120 G) LIGHT CORN SYRUP OR GLUCOSE SYRUP
  3. 1/3 cup (90 ML) WATER
  4. 2/3 cup (150 G) EGG WHITES, ABOUT 4 LARGE EGGS
  5. 1 TEASPOONS VANILLA BEAN PASTE, OPTIONAL
  6. PINK FOOD COLORING (OPTIONAL)
FOR THE CAKE
  1. Preheat the oven to 400. F (200. C). Line cupcake pans with 20-24 paper cup liners.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl, twice, and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a standing mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment.
  4. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 6 minutes.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time, to the creamed butter mixture, beat for 30 seconds each time.
  6. Add the flour mixture, heavy cream, and vanilla and then beat slowly until well incorporated, but not more than 1. minutes, or use a spatula to combine.
  7. Scoop the batter into prepared pans, using a standard size ice cream scoop.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes in the middle of the oven or until a cake tester inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  9. Transfer the pans to a wire rack to cool for one minute.
  10. Then, immediately remove the baking cups from the baking pan and leave to cool completely on a wire rack.
  11. The baked cupcakes can be stored, loosely covered, at room temperature for up to 2 days.
FOR THE FLUFF
  1. Combine the sugar, light corn syrup and water in a small saucepan fitted with a candy thermometer.
  2. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Once it has dissolved do not stir any longer and let it heat over a medium-low heat until the temperature reaches 240ºF (117ºC).
  4. Wipe the inside of a stainless steel standing mixer bowl and the whisk attachment with a paper towel moistened with a little lemon juice to eliminate any trace of grease.
  5. Add egg whites to standing mixer bowl and mix on low speed; as soon as it begins to foam add the 3 tablespoons of sugar, a tablespoon at a time.
  6. Beat egg white to soft peaks
  7. When syrup reaches 240ºF (117ºC), slowly pour the sugar syrup into the egg whites, aiming for the side of the bowl, rather than the whisk.
  8. When all syrup has been added, turn the mixer to medium-high speed and whisk until the frosting becomes thick and glossy and holds a firm peak; bowl will feel slightly warm.
  9. Once frosting is ready, add the vanilla bean paste and a drop of food coloring (optional) and mix until just combined.
Notes
  1. The cupcake batter will be very thick. If using a stand mixer use a spatula to reach the bottom of the bowl to lift any unincorporated butter left at the bottom of the bowl.
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Now it’s your turn to bake your “Master or Disaster” piece! Remember you must post a photo of your completed dish to the WooBox link (listed below) byAugust 12018 Midnight CST.

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CONTEST TIMELINE
 
June 18, 2018 Initial Rules and Information Post
June 24, 2018 First Recipe in the series Announced (Recipe #1)
July  1, 2018 First Recipe Due Midnight CST

July 8, 2018 Second Recipe in the series Announced (Recipe #2)
July 15, 2018 Second Recipe Due Midnight CST
July 22, 2018 Third Recipe in the series Announced (Recipe #3)
August 1, 2018 Third Recipe Due Midnight CST
August 5, 2018 Fourth Recipe in the series Announced (Recipe #4)
August 15, 2018 Fourth Recipe Due Midnight CST
August 19, 2018 Fifth Recipe in series Announced (Recipe #5)
September 1, 2018 Fifth Recipe Due Midnight CST
September 9, 2018 Sixth Recipe in series Announced (Recipe #6) 
September 15, 2018 Sixth Recipe Due Midnight CST



Are You a Master Baker or Disaster Baker? Contest and Giveaway RECIPE #2

Are You a Master Baker or Disaster Baker? Contest and Giveaway

My bake along challenge began last week with Recipe #1 Mocca Meringues Ice Cream Cake. You can find Manuela’s recipe and my recreation HERE. You can also view all the contestant submissions in the Woobox Gallery link at the bottom of this post.

The requirements for this week’s challenge are the same as Recipe #1; and are as follows: bake the next recipe in the challenge series then take a photo of your “Masterpiece or Disaster” piece. The Woobox Submission Form is listed at the end of this post, and is also where you will share a photo of your creation. The link will be available on all my social media sites for easy access to post your photos for the duration of the contest. 

*NOTE

In order to be eligible to win the $700.00 Ankarsrum Original Mixer you must enter a photo for  ALL 6 recipes in the challenge. To win the Baking Book: Love Manuela,  you are required to enter 3 recipe photos.

FOR THE OFFICIAL RULES CLICK HERE 

RECIPE #2

BLØTEKAKE ( NORWEGIAN CREAM CAKE) 

Manuela's Cream Cake

BLØTEKAKE ( NORWEGIAN CREAM CAKE) by Manuela Kjeilen. All photos courtesy of passionforbaking.com, Lise Sternersen,and created by Manuela Kjelien (unless otherwise noted).

This stunning creation is the work of Norwegian born award-winning blogger and “Master Home Baker” –  Manuela Kjeilen.

( You can read more about Manuela and the Contests Official Rule HERE )

Attached to each of the six recipes sent to me by Manuela were notes written by her as they related to each of the recipes. Below is what Manuela said about Recipe #2:

The second recipe is a Bløtekake (Norwegian Cream Cake) typical of a cake you would see at bakeries in Norway! Contestants can just fill it with strawberries rather than all of the fruits that I used. This is how we do cakes in Norway and I love this cake.

Manuela you’re so right! Norwegians really know how to make a delicious cake! This  beautiful cake is filled will all my favorite things: pastry cream, mascarpone whipped cream, chopped walnuts, dark chocolate, and a mixture of fresh fruits.  This fabulous recipe is perfect for any summertime gathering, but would look great at your red, white, and blue 4th of July party. I love that the American and Norwegian flags share the same colors! 

Some Thoughts on My Second Bake 

I feel more accomplished as a baker after the first challenge last week. I’ve had less anxiety about making a traditional sponge for the Norwegian Cream Cake;  yet I worry about my lack of  technique  in the decorating department.  I’ve never made a layered cake that didn’t look like the Leaning Tower of Pisa;  plus I suffer from a lack of understanding when it comes to executing the perfect slice.  

The use of acetate or plastic cake collar is a new technique for me as well. If you don’t own acetate cake collars, you can substitute with heavy plastic wrap and use large spring form pans and outer clamping ring for the adjustable cake ring step. 

This is going to be a fun bake, and I hope  you all will bake along.

So now that you’ve seen the STUNNING photo of Manuela’s BLØTEKAKE  (NORWEGIAN CREAM CAKE) (see photo above), say hello to my rendition:

Cream Cake by Becka

My Rendition of Manuela’s BLØTEKAKE  NORWEGIAN CREAM CAKE

You’ll notice my piping on the sides of the cake are too close together, jagged, and don’t look finished where the cake top meets the piped sides. You’ll also see that the top of my cake resembles a mosaic or road map  rather than the 6 perfect triangle slices on Manuela’s cake.  My rendition of the cake is pretty, but not correct if we’re trying to replicate Manuel’s recipe. My decoration looks more like a mosaic than Manuela’s 6 perfectly piped triangles 

Rebecka's Cream Cake2

My Rendition of Manuela’s BLØTEKAKE  NORWEGIAN CREAM CAKE

Rebecka's Cream Cake Slice 1

Leaning Tower of  BLØTEKAKE  (NORWEGIAN CREAM CAKE) by Rebecka Evans

My slice is leaning to the side as it almost fell onto  the floor on its way from the cake to the plate.

Manuel’s recipe offers the option to use 8 or 9 inch springform pan or two – 3X8 – inch round baking tins, or 10 -inch springform pan. Recipes for both options are listed.  I opted to use a 10  inch springform pan to bake my sponge. I over baked the cake (again), so I had to use more orange juice on the slices to moisten them. I also used an additional 4 cups of heavy cream to make my whipped icing. Finally, I used Manuel’s Vanilla Frosting made with mascarpone. You can use your own favorite recipe for whipped icing, or you can find Manuela’s recipe HERE

I love the color and textures of this cake. The vanilla cream is the best I’ve ever made. I could eat an entire bowl of the luscious cream in one sitting. The decadent whipped cream tastes so fresh, and is the perfect cover for my mistakes despite my messy execution. My rendition of Manuela’s BLØTEKAKE  NORWEGIAN CREAM CAKE isn’t a “masterpiece,” but it’s not bad for my second bake. 

BLØTEKAKE ( NORWEGIAN CREAM CAKE) NOTES

  1. You will need a 9-inch spring form pan, parchment paper, cooking spray, a metal and plastic cake collar, and acetate film. I found the metal adjustable collar and acetate cake collars at a local baking shop.  Acetate is sold per piece in large sheets. If you don’t care to spend money on a metal adjustable cake ring, you can use the clean, dry ring from a springform pan. (You can watch Manuela’s Video HERE to get a better idea of this technique)
  2. You will need medium disposable piping bags and a Wilton 1 M piping tip.
  3. When the recipe calls for chopped dark chocolate, I used my favorite dark chocolate bar which is 70% cocoa.
  4. The recipe conversions from European Measurements are Manuela’s US converted recipes or were calculated with the iPhone APP “Kitchen Pro”
  5. The recipe calls for 2 cups whipped cream to fill the cake. I made an additional 4 cups of whipped cream to decorate my cake using Manuela’s Mascarpone Whipped Frosting. You can find the recipe HERE
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS CHALLENGE

I have pushed myself to work outside my comfort zone and I’ve just added two more delicious recipes to my baking repertoire: Norwegian Sponge Cake and Vanilla Pastry Cream. The list keeps getting longer and my skills are growing with every delicious recipe. 

 

BLØTEKAKE ( NORWEGIAN CREAM CAKE)
Serves 8
BLØTEKAKE ( NORWEGIAN CREAM CAKE) Photo is Rebecka's rendition of Manuela's recipe
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Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 9- INCH SPRINGFORM
  2. 1 RECIPE FOR SPONGECAKE
  3. 1/3 CUP ORANGE JUICE (I used about 1 cup)
  4. 1 CUP RASPBERRY JAM
  5. 1 RECIPE VANILLA CREAM
  6. 2 CUPS WHIPPED CREAM
  7. FRESH FRUIT, STRAWBERRIES, RASPBERRIES, MANGO, BANANA
  8. 1 CUP CHOPPED DARK CHOCOLATE
  9. 1 CUP CHOPPED WALNUTS (optional)
  10. FOR DECORATING
  11. 4 CUPS ADDITIONAL WHIPPED CREAM
  12. MORE FRESH FRUIT( OPTIONAL)
RECIPE FOR VANILLA PASTRY CREAM
  1. 2 CUPS (500 ML) WHOLE MILK
  2. 1- 2 TEASPOONS VANILLA BEAN PASTE, OR SEEDS OF ONE VANILLA POT
  3. ⅜ CUP (85 G) SUGAR
  4. 4 TABLESPOONS CORNSTARCH
  5. ¼ TEASPOON SALT
  6. 6 LARGE EGG YOLKS
  7. 3 TABLESPOONS (45 G) CHILLED UNSALTED BUTTER, CUT INTO PIECES
RECIPE FOR SPONGECAKE
  1. 6 LARGE EGGS, ROOM TEMPERATURE
  2. 1 1/4 CUPS (240 GRAM) SUPERFINE OR GRANULATED SUGAR
  3. 1 TABLESPOON BUTTERMILK OR WATER
  4. 1 1/2 CUPS (180 GRAM) ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR
  5. 1/2 CUPS (60 GRAM) CORN STARCH, OR POTATO STARCH, SIFTED
  6. 1 TEASPOON VANILLA BEAN PASTE
  7. NORWEGIAN SPONGE CAKE ( IF BAKED SEPARATE IN 3 X 8 -INCH BAKING ROUND BAKING TINS) OR IN A 10 INCH SPRINGFORM
  8. 8 LARGE EGGS, ROOM TEMPERATURE
  9. 1 2/3 CUPS (325 GRAM) SUPERFINE OR GRANULATED SUGAR
  10. 2 TABLESPOONS BUTTERMILK OR WATER
  11. 2 CUPS (240 GRAM) ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR
  12. 2/3 CUPS (80 GRAM) CORN STARCH, OR POTATO STARCH, SIFTED
  13. 1-2 TEASPOON VANILLA BEAN PASTE
Instructions
  1. Start by making the vanilla cream some hours before and put it in the fridge
FOR VANILLA PASTRY CREAM
  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, heat the milk and vanilla bean paste, stirring occasionally, until the milk is hot but not boiling
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the sugar, cornstarch, and salt.
  3. Whisk in yolks all at once until light and fluffy and batter reaches the ribbon stage.
  4. As you continue whisking, slowly add one-third of the hot milk to the yolk mixture to temper the egg yolks.
  5. Whisk in remaining milk into yolks and return entire mixture to saucepan.
  6. Place over medium heat and whisk frequently until the mixture begins to boil.
  7. Whisk the mixture vigorously for 2 minutes, while boiling, until the cornstarch dissolves completely.
  8. Remove the pan from the heat.
  9. Strain the vanilla cream mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl.
  10. Whisk in the butter.
  11. With a silicon, spatula spread the vanilla cream to a thin layer on a small baking sheet.
  12. Lay a sheet of plastic wrap directly over the vanilla cream.
  13. Allow it to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for a few hours.
  14. When ready to use, loosen the cream with a spatula or whisk.
  15. Pastry cream should be refrigerated and used within 3 days of making.
FOR SPONGECAKE
  1. Make the sponge cake in a 24 cm or 25 cm ( 9-inch or 10-inch springform)
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease the bottom of three 8– inch (20 cm) round cake pans and line with parchment paper; Or if you prefer you can use an 8-inch spring-form pan line bottom with parchment paper and spray.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift the flour and cornstarch or if you use potato starch, and set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a standing mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the eggs and sugar on low-medium speed for 1 minute.
  5. Increase the speed to medium, and continue beating for 5 minutes.
  6. Add water or buttermilk and beat for another 1-5 minutes on medium-high speed.
  7. Add vanilla bean paste, and beat for one minute more.
  8. The batter should be very thick. When the whisk is lifted, the batter should ribbon from it back into the batter in the bowl.
  9. Pour the batter into a large wide bowl.
  10. Sift in half the flour mixture. Use a large silicone spatula to stir and fold until only a few streaks of flour are visible.
  11. Repeat with remaining flour mixture. Make sure to maintain the batter’s volume while folding;
  12. it is important to not deflate the batter.
  13. Pour the batter into the prepared pan or pans using a spatula to distribute batter evenly.
BAKING TIME AND ASSEMBLE
  1. 20 minutes → 3 x 8-inch pans, always check with a cake tester
  2. 30 minutes for → One springform 9-inch (24cm), always check with a cake tester
  3. Bake the first two cakes on the middle rack of oven until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out with a few crumbs
  4. Let the cakes cool in the pan on wire racks for 10 minutes.
  5. Use a knife to loosen the sides of the cakes and carefully turn them onto wire racks. Peel off the parchment paper and let cool completely.
  6. Use a sharp knife and scrape away any dark crust on the sides, optional
  7. If you baked this cake in one springform, Cut the cake into 3 even layers.
  8. Place the first cake layer on a silicon mat or parchment paper and place it on a baking sheet that fits into a fridge!
  9. Drizzle the first cake layer with some orange juice, or milk.
  10. Add raspberry jam, use one with a good quality ( homemade = best) with an offset spatula just spread it all over the first cake layer.
  11. Add the vanilla cream, and spread it all out on the first layer.
  12. Add whipped cream, with an offset spatula spread it all over the cake layer.
  13. Add chopped dark chocolate and walnuts.
  14. And add fruit of your choice, I used mango, banana, strawberries, raspberries.
  15. Add a little more cream on top, so the next cake layer stays in place.
  16. Place the second layer on top, If you have packed your cake with loads of yumminess, it might come out on the side.
  17. If that happens just take your offset spatula and lift the cake layer and push it in the cake.
  18. Repeat the same thing as the first cake layer.
  19. Put a cake collar ( that´s a plastic film for assembling cakes used inside the cake ring, and place a cake ring around the cake.
  20. Add the last layer, leave it in the fridge some hours to firm up.
  21. Decorate the cake with some more whipped cream and if you wish to decorate the top with some more fresh fruit!
  22. Hope you are going to love it, with love from Norway.
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Now it’s your turn to bake your “Master or Disaster” piece and post a photo of your completed dish to the Woobox link below by July 15, 2018 Midnight CST.

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For a list of 6 handpicked recipes and the Official Rules click HERE

CONTEST TIMELINE:
 
June 18, 2018 Initial Rules and Information Post
June 24, 2018 First recipe in the series (Recipe #1)
July  1, 2018 First Recipe Due Midnight CST

July 8, 2018 Second Recipe in the series (Recipe #2)
July 15, 2018 Second Recipe Due Midnight CST
July 22, 2018 Third Recipe in the series (Recipe #3)
August 1, 2018 Third Recipe Due Midnight CST
August 5, 2018 Fourth recipe in the series (Recipe #4)
August 15, 2018 Fourth Recipe Due Midnight CST
August 19, 2018 Fifth Recipe in series (Recipe #5)
September 1, 2018 Fifth Recipe Due Midnight CST
September 9, 2018 Sixth Recipe in series (Recipe #6)
September 15, 2018 Sixth Recipe Due Midnight CST



Are You a Master Baker or Disaster Baker? Contest & Giveaway – RECIPE #1

Welcome to my latest contest and giveaway. Are you a Master or a Disaster Baker? Let’s find out!

Self-proclaimed “Disaster Baker” Rebecka Evans hosts this bake along contest and giveaway. TV personality www.passionforbaking.com Manuela Kjeilen will handpick 6 recipes for the competition; the grand prize winner will walk away with a Ankarsrum USA stand mixer. Another lucky contestant will win a “Passion for Baking Cookbook, Love Manuela “The Baking Book”. Are you ready to take the challenge?

CONTEST STARTS TODAY 6/24/2018:

Today marks the beginning of our contest as we start with our first recipe in the series; Mocca Meringues Ice Cream Cake.

RECIPE #1

Mocca Meringues Ice Cream Cake

Mocca Meringues Ice Cream Cake

Mocha Meringues Ice Cream Cake by Manuela Kjeilen  All photos curtesy of passionforbaking.com Lise Sternersen and created by Manuela Kjelien unless otherwise noted 

This stunning creation is the work of Norwegian born award-winning blogger and “Master Home Baker” –  Manuela Kjeilen.

( You can read more about Manuela and the Contests Official Rule HERE )

Attached to each of the six recipes sent to me by Manuela were notes written by her as they related to one of the recipes. Below is what Manuela said about Recipe #1:

The first recipe is a mocha meringues ice cream cake with a gooey almond crust, I want them [that’s you] to taste how we make our cakes in Norway, Almonds crust we use a lot. I think they will love this one! 

I think she is right! This ice cream cake has everything: mocha ice cream, coffee flavored meringues, and gooey almond crust; it’s absolutely delicious. 

The challenge begins today with my attempt to recreate Manuela’s baked masterpiece: Mocca Meringues Ice Cream Cake. I’ll post a photo of my rendition for the world to see. The contestants that choose to take the challenge will bake along with me and post a photo of their attempt to recreate Manuela’s beautiful recipes. 

The Woobox Submission Form is listed at the end of this post, and is also where you will share a photo of your creation. The link will be available on all my social media sites for easy access to post your photos for the duration of the contest. 

*NOTE: In order to be eligible to win the $700.00 Ankarsrum Original Mixer you must enter a photo for  ALL 6 recipes in the challenge. To win the Baking Book: Love Manuela,  you are required to enter 3 recipe photos.

FOR THE OFFICIAL RULES CLICK HERE 

I am an award winning home-cook and a DISASTER baker. 

The fact is I want to create beautifully baked masterpieces and learn from the best. However as I get closer to recreating Manuela’s recipes for the series, I begin to experience some serious anxiety. The anxious feelings led to a few sleepless nights as I wondered  how I was going to feel about posting failed recipes. This has been brutal; and it even led me to call in a close friend Lisa Keys, owner of the Good Grief Cook  to seek council for my anxiety as I was melting down over my failed Mocca Meringues for this recipe.

Despite all of Lisa’s advice, my bad luck prevailed and the recipe didn’t turn out. I was well aware the fault was my own because I didn’t follow Manuela’s instruction to “add 1 teaspoon of sugar at a time,” so the meringue mixture lost its fluff.

Part of why baking is so difficult for me is due to the slow and tedious process of adhering to the recipe’s exact measurements. It’s a real struggle to stay attentive as your work you way through a recipe; especially when you have to add 2 cups of hot sugar, 1 teaspoon at a time.

Here’s how my mind works as I begin my first bake:

The hot sugar comes out of the oven and I start to make the meringues. Checking and re-checking the directions I then pour the egg whites into my stunning Black Pearl Ankarsrum Mixer, and watch as they begin to transform. I stare mesmerized my mind wanders off: “I’m so blessed that Ankarsrum sponsored my contest with a mixer for the winner and so nice for them to send me one as well.”  A few more minutes pass and then I add more sugar. I admire how beautiful the egg whites look as they dance between the beaters when a question comes to mind: “Did I heat the sugar too long and is it cooling off too fast?”  I ponder for a moment, and I quickly reassure myself that everything is okay as I tell myself: “No. You followed the directions and they look fine.” I add more sugar and I hear thunder crack and I begin to worry about the weather, and another question comes to mind,  “Will the rain effect the barometric pressure and ruin my meringues?” Mind you, I’ve only added 1/2 a cup of hot sugar at this point and my blood pressure is rising. Then my mind screams at me, “Oh no, should I stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl or will that mess up my meringue?” My answers,”Yes, I’ll stop the mixer and scrape the sides. Dear Lord, that was a bad idea! The meringue looks weird, I should have left it alone.”

More sugar is added and I hear my favorite song on the radio,”Tennessee whisky, Tennessee whisky,” George Jones has such a beautiful voice, I love that song. I start singing along. George is done singing and I’m still standing there adding sugar, 1 teaspoon at a time, I want to be done. After what seems like 30 minutes (in reality probably only 12) I think, “How in the world can it hurt to add more than 1 teaspoon of sugar at a time?” I knew the minute I threw in the rest of  the sugar my meringue had broken, what a disaster. 

Unfortunately since I didn’t follow the directions, the Mocca Meringues were wet and difficult to pipe, rendering them almost impossible to cook properly; they were undercooked and gooey on the inside regardless of my effort to cook them 20 minutes longer than the recipe calls for.

Even though the product didn’t turn out as hoped, I still tried to present my “disaster” beautifully in my photo. My attempt to disguise the ugliness of my creation failed, as it turned out to be more like trying to put lipstick on a pig than food styling!

On the bright side, the Mocca Meringues get crushed up and added to the ice cream cake and were so good that my husband even mentioned how much he liked the “chewy things” in the ice cream!

You see, we never know how it’s going to turn out unless we try! I promise from now on that I will follow the recipe and do as Manuela instructs because without her guidance it’s seemingly impossible for me to execute the recipe with perfection. 

failed mocca meringues

I know this makes absolutely no sense to “Master Bakers,”but for someone like me, baking recipes way outside my comfort zone makes me feel like crying. Therefore, being transparent about my failed recipes is difficult to say the least. As if my disaster attempt at the recipe wasn’t enough, I managed to finish my first day of baking by dropping my favorite glass mixing bowl onto the tile floor; shattering it into pieces! 

As Manuela says, “Practice, practice, practice! The more you bake the more you learn,” and intend to challenge myself  because I aspire to succeed in the same way Manuela excelled until she became the Master Baker she is today! 

So now that you’ve seen the STUNNING photo of Manuela’s Mocca Meringue Ice Cream Cake above, say hello to my rendition:

mocca meringue cake becks

Food and Photo by Rebecka Evans Recipe by Passion for Baking.comMocca Slice

Working to present the cake as best I could despite my set backs, the cake looks scrumptious. I even utilized my ugly mocca meringues to style the photo.

The almond crust was super easy to make once I got the hang of whipping egg whites and following the directions! I over baked the crust a bit and had some trouble keeping the cake frozen enough to get a good photo before the Texas heat began to creep in; and for a first attempt I think I did a pretty good job.  

My family loved the flavors of the cake, but especially loved the coffee ice-cream. It’s so rich and super easy to make. Plus, there is no need for an ice-cream machine! This cake is so delicious despite my failed Mocca Meringues. I plan to make the Meringues again to work on my technique.

What I Love About This Challenge:

I have pushed myself to operate outside my comfort zone and I’ve just added three delicious new recipes to my baking repertoire; almond cake, no churn mocca ice cream, and mocca meringues. I also feel more accomplished as a baker after my first bake, I hope you will too! 

Mocca Meringues Ice Cream Cake Notes:
  1. You will need a 9-inch spring form pan, parchment paper, and cooking spray
  2. Invest in some vanilla bean paste for all of Manuela’s recipes. I use Cambie Confections Pure Vanilla Bean Paste 
  3. Don’t freak out over making the Mocca Meringues like I did.
  4. Follow the recipe! When Manuela says,  “Add 1 teaspoon of sugar at a time” listen!
  5. The recipe conversions from European Measurements are Manuela’s US converted recipes or were calculated with the iPhone APP “Kitchen Pro”
  6. Don’t over bake the almond cake. Make sure you watch your timer closely to make sure you get the perfect golden brown
  7. If you or your family suffer from nut allergies you can substitute crushed cookies when the recipe calls for ground almonds

I’ve added a few more notes in the recipe, however if you need step by step instruction after reading Manuela’s recipe then please check out her helpful how to videos.

(Manuela’s beautiful photos of her creations are located HERE)

Now it’s your turn to bake your “Master or Disaster” piece! Remember you must post a photo of your completed dish to the WooBox link (listed below) by July 1, 2018 Midnight CST.

Manuela's Mocca Meringues Ice Cream Cake
Serves 6
Photo is my version of Manuela's recipe for the Contest and Giveaway
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
50 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
50 min
Almond Base
  1. 4 egg whites, at room temperature
  2. 2 cups (220 gram) powdered sugar or confectioners’ sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract, optional
  4. 2 cups (250 gram) ground almonds (Nut Allergy: substitute your favorite crushed cookie)
Mocha Ice Cream
  1. 2 1/2 cups ( 500 ml ) heavy cream, cold
  2. 5 oz(150 ml) sweetened condensed milk, cold ( see note below ↓)
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  4. 2-3 tablespoon strong espresso coffee, cold (I used Via Roma Espresso Instant Coffee)
  5. 12-15 Mocca meringues, crushed into small pieces (or crushed cookies)
MOCCA MERINGUES
  1. Makes ( 40 pieces)
  2. 2 cups (400-gram) superfine sugar or sugar
  3. 3/4 Cups (200-gram) egg whites
  4. seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean pod, optional
  5. 2 tbsp. espresso powder (I used Via Roma Espresso Instant Coffee)
  6. lemon juice for cleaning the bowl and whisk
  7. You will need...
  8. piping bag
  9. wilton 1M nozzle
Before you start
  1. Wipe a stainless-steel bowl and the whisk attachment, of a standing mixer, with a paper towel moistened with lemon juice.
  2. This step is done to eliminate any trace of grease, which would hinder the egg whites from stiffening.
Mocca Meringues
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C° / 392 F°
  2. Line two large baking trays with a silicone mat, or use parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Prepare the standing mixer, by wiping the standing mixer bowl and whisk with a paper towel moistened with a little lemon juice to eliminate any trace of grease.
  4. Line a medium baking tray with baking parchment, pour in the sugar and warm it in the oven for 7 minutes. ( use a timer)
  5. A soon as the sugar is in the oven, right away pour the egg whites into a mixer and whisk them slowly for some minutes, allowing small stabilizing bubbles to form, then increase the speed to medium so the meringues become stiff peaks.
  6. When you have 30 seconds left of the sugar being in the oven, turn your mixer up to high speed.
  7. Take the sugar out of the oven, and turn the oven down to 225 F° (100 C°)
  8. With your mixer on full speed, very slowly add one teaspoon of the hot sugar into the beaten egg whites, take your time when you do this, and don’t be tempted to add more than one teaspoon at a time. (She means it...don't lose your mind and start adding more sugar)
  9. Make sure the mixture comes back up to stiff peaks after each teaspoon of sugar
  10. Once you have added all the sugar, add the seeds of the vanilla bean pod, and continue to whisk on full speed until you have a smooth, stiff and glossy mixture and all of the sugar is incorporated.
  11. Add the espresso powder and continue to mix for one minutt more.
  12. You will need a disposable piping bag and a wilton 1M nozzle, place the nozzle in the bag and cut the tip-off.
  13. Spoon your meringues mixture into a large piping bag.
  14. If you are using parchment paper to pipe the meringues on, you will need to add some meringues mixture underneath the parchment paper below so it sticks to the baking tray.
  15. Pipe out your meringue swirls, ( watch the video https://youtu.be/ovia5m9JhEE)
  16. Bake for about 50 minutes or until the meringue bases come off the parchment paper clean.
  17. These mocca meringues keeps well for 2 weeks, in a container or wrapped in plastic wrap.
Directions for the Almond Base
  1. Preheat the oven to 320°F (160°C). Line a 9-inch (24 cm) round springform pan with parchment paper, grease the sides and set aside.
  2. Combine one cup of the confectioners’ sugar with the ground almonds in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Place the egg whites into the bowl and beat on low speed until foamy, about 30 seconds. increase the speed to medium-high and beat until soft peaks form about 1 minute.
  4. Increase the speed to high then add the remaining powdered or confectioners’ sugar, one spoonful at a time.
  5. Beat on high speed until stiff peaks form and the meringue is glossy and thick.
  6. Add the vanilla and combine with a spatula.
  7. With a silicone spatula, fold in the ground almonds and powdered /confectioners’ sugar mixture.
  8. Pour the mixture into the prepared springform pan.
  9. Use your spatula to spread evenly and to eliminate any air bubbles.
  10. Bake on the middle rack of oven for 25-30 minutes.
  11. Do not over bake this cake! )Manuela bakes her cake base 25 minutes because she loves her almond cake gooey on the inside. I over baked mine but it still tasted great!)
  12. Let cool completely. Meanwhile, proceed to make the Mocha ice cream.
Directions for the Mocha Ice Cream
  1. Pour cold heavy cream into a bowl, whisk until fluffy, and cold sweet condensed milk and with a spatula combine.
  2. Add vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract and with a spatula combine. (you can skip this step if you don’t have vanilla)
  3. Add the cold strong espresso coffee, followed by the crushed mocca meringues and blend together with a spatula.
  4. Have a taste if you feel you want more coffee flavor, add a spoonful cold espresso coffee, and with a spatula combine.
  5. Pour the mixture over the cooled almond crust, tap the pan on the counter a few times to make the ice-cream layer is even.
  6. Freeze for at least 5 hours or overnight, covered well.
  7. This ice cream cake can be kept in the freezer for up to 6 weeks.
  8. 20 minutes before serving, take the ice cream cake out of the fridge.
  9. Slice and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Sweet condensed milk usually comes in tins 14oz / 400g by weight, which equals 1 1/4 cups (10 oz / 300 ml by volume)
  2. Have a great day you all. Love Manuela xo
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CONTEST TIMELINE:
 
June 18, 2018 Initial Rules and Information Post
June 24, 2018 First Recipe in the series Announced (Recipe #1)
July  1, 2018 First Recipe Due Midnight CST

July 8, 2018 Second Recipe in the series Announced (Recipe #2)
July 15, 2018 Second Recipe Due Midnight CST
July 22, 2018 Third Recipe in the series Announced (Recipe #3)
August 1, 2018 Third Recipe Due Midnight CST
August 5, 2018 Fourth Recipe in the series Announced (Recipe #4)
August 15, 2018 Fourth Recipe Due Midnight CST
August 19, 2018 Fifth Recipe in series Announced (Recipe #5)
September 1, 2018 Fifth Recipe Due Midnight CST
September 9, 2018 Sixth Recipe in series Announced (Recipe #6) 
September 15, 2018 Sixth Recipe Due Midnight CST
 
 
 
 



Are You a Master Baker or Disaster Baker? Contest & Giveaway Announcement

 
Welcome to my latest contest and giveaway: “Are you a Master or a Disaster Baker?” Let’s find out!

 

Self-proclaimed “Disaster Baker” Rebecka Evans hosts this bake along contest and giveaway. TV personality www.passionforbaking.com Manuela Kjeilen will be handpicking 6 recipes for the competition. One lucky first place winner will walk away with a Ankarsrum USA stand mixer and second place will receive The Baking Book, written by Passion for Baking’s Manuela Kjeilen.  Are you ready to take the challenge?

Manuela Kjeilen

All photos curtesy of passionforbaking.com Lise Sternersen and created by Manuela Kjelien,

A Photo of Manuela Kjeilen – Norwegian born award-winning blogger, “Master Home Baker,” and my inspiration for this challenge.

Manuela is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. She is the writer, baker, and photographer behind passionforbaking.com   [Manuela’s goal is] “to inspire you to bake and just have fun in the kitchen.” 

I met Manuela for the first time in November 2015 at the First Annual World Food Championships Blogger Summit  in Orlando, Florida; where she was one of the Summits keynote speakers. Manuela shared her story and expressed her passion for baking. During the time we spent at the Summit, I assisted Manuela impromptu at one of her cooking demos and we quickly became friends. It’s amazing how cooking can bring people together.

I learned that Manuela’s life story was filled with disappointments and adversity; and I was inspired by her ability to heal and show grace. Months before Manuela began her baking blog, her husband suffered a severe stroke. Manuela’s family lost everything, including the business her husband worked painstakingly to build. Manuel turned her passion for baking into a business to provide for her family by posting photos of her beautifully baked desserts to Facebook; eventually leading to her decision to start a blog in March of 2010. It says a lot about Manuela’s character, especially as a women that did not graduate high school and suffers from dyslexia, to overcome adversity and use her strength and constant faith to build a successful business for the purpose of providing for her family.

Passion for Baking

Manuela Passion for Baking

All photos curtesy of passionforbaking.com Lise Sternersen and created by Manuela Kjelien,

Although she started her business in the midst of caring for her husband and family,  she found comfort in baking. Manuela enlisted help as she started her blog, as a friend corrected her spelling and helped her with posts. Manuela also asked her growing fan-base for feedback and input. Manuela even visited neighbors, proposing that if they brought eggs and flour she could bake something for them to feature on her blog. When Manuela speaks of her road to success, she explains how she managed the struggle of providing for her family: “Taking one day at a time, I kept going forward and one year later I received an award for Norway’s most BELOVED BLOGGER”.  Since that time Manuela was offered a book deal and her first cookbook, Love, Manuela, is the namesake for this contest. Manuela has also published eight books, and her TV show, Manuela’s Sweet Temptations, is a huge success in Norway.

Source: “The Baking Book”  Love Manuela 

I am blessed to have met Manuela 4 years ago, and I’m proud to call her my friend. I hope to do her recipes justice as I take on the difficult challenge of baking like Manuela.

Things You Should Know About Me:

I am an award winning home-cook and a self proclaimed DISASTER baker!

As a savory cook, I enjoy adding a pinch of one thing and a pinch of something else, which doesn’t work so well in baking because you’re supposed to measure every ingredient perfectly. I’m inpatient! I hate waiting for a cake to bake all the while I’m opening and closing the oven just to get a peek at my creation. Therefore due to a lack of self control, I almost always end up eating what I’ve baked without allowing it to cool long enough to get the darn thing frosted. I also struggle with the patience and artistry required to decorate a beautiful cake. I have been known to make a delicious pie, and I have a few go-to deserts I make on a regular basis, but those are easy to make because I have mastered those recipes. However as Manuela says, “Practice, practice, practice!” The more you bake the more you learn.” So that’s my plan! I intend to challenge myself and aspire to succeed in the same way Manuela thrived and excelled until she became the wonderful woman I know today.

I hope you will join me and challenge yourself  too!

Who Can Enter?

This Contest and Giveaway series is not just for challenged bakers like me, everyone is invited to bake along and for the chance to win the most amazing mixer… EVER!

Grand Prize:

Ankarsrum Original USA Mixer, Total Value $700.00 (See Photo Below)

Ankarsrum Mixer

Photo by Ankansrum Original USA

The winner may choose whatever color they like as the basic package includes a 7L stainless steel bowl, 3.5L double whisk bowl assembly (bowl, whisks, head gear, and shaft), dough hook roller, scraper, spatula, dust cover/accessory bowl, cookie beaters, instructional DVD, and an owners manual. Not to mention, the mixer comes with a 7 year warranty on the motor base, and a 1 year warranty on attachments.

Second Place:

Winnings amount to a total value of $55.00 –  Love, Manuela: The Baking Book. If you can’t wait for the giveaway, then head over to Passion for Baking Gift Shop and buy yourself a copy – you’re gonna love it!

Passion for Baking cookbook

All photos curtesy of passionforbaking.com Lise Sternersen and created by Manuela Kjelien,

Each recipe has been hand picked by TV personality and award-winning food blogger Manuela Kjeilen. Each week prior to the submission deadline (1st and 15th of each month), I will post the next recipe in the contest series with a corresponding photo of Manuela’s stunning creation; giving you a week to bake and photograph your “Master or Disaster” piece. I will also post a photo of my re-creation of the same dish with some personal notes of my baking experience. Hold on tight, because this could get ugly!

The Challenge: 
 
Bake 6 recipes, one recipe every other week, chosen personally by Manuela. This series is my effort to encourage non-bakers, myself included, to step outside their comfort zone and learn a new skill set in the kitchen. Even an award-winning home cook like me needs to practice to be a better baker.
 
You are required to bake each recipe and post a photo of your completed dish to the WOOBOX link to be considered for the Grand Prize – Ankarsrum Mixer.
 
Anyone that links 3 or more recipe photos will be eligible for a random drawing to win Second Place – The Love Manuela Baking Cookbook.

 

List of Recipes Handpicked by Manuela:

Manuela reached out to me to share some of her favorite recipes to be used for this challenge:

 “Hi Rebecka, hope all Is well? I have picked recipes that I really love, I love all my recipe but these are some of my favorites.” – Love Manuela Kjeilen

The “favorite” recipes given to me by Manuela are listed below:

  1. Mocha Meringues Ice Cream Cake
  2. Norwegian Bløtekake
  3. Vanilla Cupcake
  4. Macarons
  5. Norwegian Sweet Bun
  6. Classic Budapest Roll

Thank you Manuela for this amazing list of handpicked recipes! I love the diversity of the recipes you have chosen to represent your passion for baking and Norway.

Side Note – I’ve only baked one item on the list: cupcakes! I’m both thrilled and nervous as I look at the challenge ahead.  I’m excited to get in the kitchen and bake, however I am anxious about replicating these amazing recipes!

Rules:

  • All participants are required to bake ALL 6 recipes in the series to be considered for the Grand Prize Ankarsrum Mixer by posting a photo of their completed recipe on http://athomewithrebecka WOOBOX link by the deadline. No deviation from the assigned recipes is permitted.
  • A photo of your completed recipe is due the 1st and 15th of each month by midnight CST
  • The first recipe in the series will be announced a week prior to the deadline beginning June 24th on http://athomewithrebecka.com website and all At Home with Rebecka corresponding social media sites. The same format will be followed with each consecutive recipe in the series, announced the week before it is due. (See submission dates timeline below)
  • The Grand Prize winner (only those that enter all 6 recipes) will be chosen at random in a drawing generated by Woobox Sweepstakes
    • Why a random drawing? This contest is designed for everyone! “Master Baker” and “Disaster Baker” alike are challenged to bake like Manuela and post a photo of their attempt at her masterful creations. It’s This challenge is all about committing to the challenge and trying your best no matter how it turns out.
  • The Second Place Winner will be chosen in a random drawing. 
  • In order to be considered for the Second Place prize, contestants are required to submit at least 3 recipe photos during the contest period. Any 3 photos submitted during the contest will qualify but no deviation from the assigned recipes is permitted.
  • Winners will be announced between October 1-5, 2018
  • Grand prize valued at $700.00 US Dollars
  • Second place prize valued at $55.00 US Dollars
  • Open to US Residents only
  • Share the contest on your social networks
  • Participants are encouraged to LIKE and FOLLOW

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Website: Ashley McCord-Ankarsrum Original USA
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*CONTEST STARTS ON JUNE 24, 2018 (NEXT WEEK). I will be posting RECIPE #1 with detailed instructions and photos.  YOUR PHOTO FOR THE FIRST RECIPE IN THE SERIES IS DUE BY MIDNIGHT CST ON  JULY 1, 2018.  

I’d like to give a special thanks to Ankarsrum Original USA and Ashley McCord for sponsoring the contest; I’m blessed by their partnership and sponsorship! I am also grateful for Manuela’s willingness as she has allowed me to share her recipes.

Now it’s your turn to post your “Master or Disaster” piece. 

CONTEST TIMELINE:
 
June 18, 2018 Initial Rules and Information Post
June 24, 2018 First recipe in the series (Recipe #1)
July  1, 2018 First Recipe Due Midnight CST

July 8, 2018 Second Recipe in the series (Recipe #2)
July 15, 2018 Second Recipe Due Midnight CST
July 22, 2018 Third Recipe in the series (Recipe #3)
August 1, 2018 Third Recipe Due Midnight CST
August 5, 2018 Fourth recipe in the series (Recipe #4)
August 15, 2018 Fourth Recipe Due Midnight CST
August 19, 2018 Fifth Recipe in series (Recipe #5)
September 1, 2018 Fifth Recipe Due Midnight CST
September 9, 2018 Sixth Recipe in series (Recipe #6)
September 15, 2018 Sixth Recipe Due Midnight CST
 
 
 
Legal: 
 
This contest is only open to residents of the United States and Canada who are at least 18 years old. Recipes must be your originals, though they may be previously published by you elsewhere. You are responsible for any claims of plagiarism or other claims of inappropriate credit, which will invalidate your entry. The copyright for your entry shall remain your property, but your submission to the contest constitutes your irrevocable and perpetual permission and consent to use, reproduce, publish, transmit, distribute, adapt, or display your entry and name for any purpose, including but not limited to editorial, advertising, trade, commercial, and publicity purposes, in any and all media. This is a random drawing, eligibility for Grand Prize contestants required to enter all 6 recipes in the WOOBOX photo challenge. Second place is also Random, eligibility post 3 photos in the contest series. All federal, state and/or local income and other taxes, if any, are the winner’s sole responsibility. No prize or any portion thereof is transferable or redeemable for cash. This contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
 
 



Chili-Lime Tuna Cakes Recipe

Chili-Lime Tuna Cakes

Ketogentic – Low Carbohydrate Recipe served

with chopped salad and Mezzetta Pepperoncini

Chili Lime Tuna Cakes

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I have found great success for weight loss by following low carbohydrate and ketogentic diets most of my adult life. Where I struggle is staying fast to the diet for long periods of time. Inevitably, once I reach my goal weight, and I always do, I find myself falling back into old eating patterns and gaining weight. It’s important when choosing a low carb lifestyle to stay committed to it for a lifetime but allow for a few cheats along the way in order to keep from backsliding into carbohydrate oblivion. I love eating low carb or ketogentically because it works, I get full, and I don’t crave for sweets and grains after the third week.

I use a iPhone app called CarbManager that tracks my carbohydrates each day. You can also find MyFitness app that has a recipe builder and a bar scanner feature to be really exact with your daily carb information. I allow for 30 grams of carbs per day and can lose about 1 pound a week during my goal setting phase, if I stay on the plan. Once I’ve reach my goal weight, I bump my carb intake to under 60 per day to maintain my weight loss.  

I recently started eating low carb-ketogentic January 22, 2018, after going crazy on carbs and eating junk food for several years, I weighed in at 188 pounds, the most I’ve weighed in my lifetime. I felt terrible, hated they way I looked and felt in my clothes. I’ve lost 23 pounds and still cheated … a LOT and I feel great! 

Wrapping your brain around eating foods high in fat and protein can be difficult if you’ve spent a lifetime counting calories. There are hundreds of new studies that confirm that eating low carb diets are changing the face of cancer and obesity Worldwide as well as, curing children and adults with autism, epilepsy, diabetes, and heart disease. 

One such study has been chronicled in a Netflix original movie called The Magic Pill.

Could the ‘magic pill’ to the chronic disease epidemic be… food?

What if most of our modern diseases are really just symptoms of the same problem? The Magic Pill follows doctors, patients, scientists, chefs, farmers and journalists from around the globe who are combating illness through a paradigm shift in eating. And this simple change – embracing fat as our main fuel – is showing profound promise in improving the health of people, animals and the planet.

The great new movie The Magic Pill, featuring plenty of familiar low-carb faces including the diet doctor Andreas Eenfeldt, MD, is now available on Netflix in the US, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand. You can watch the trailer below.

Chili Lime Tuna Cakes

Johnny Appleton  is one of the best © Ketogenic Diet Resources I have found online. The website is chock full of information that helps to decide how to set your goals for low carb and ketogentic eating as well as, recommended fats and snack ideas. There are many resources to choose from when considering such a big lifestyle change, be sure to do your research and talk to your doctor. 

 

My dad taught me how to make Tuna Patties when I was a kid and we still eat them to this day however, his recipe uses saltines crackers in place of the pork rinds. Adding the pork rinds yields a great depth of flavor and low carb option for one of my favorite childhood meals, its delicious either way!  

Chili Lime Tuna Cakes Ketogentic Recipe
Serves 1
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
8 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
8 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 5 ounce can premium Albacore tuna in water
  2. 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  3. 1 cup crushed Chili Lime Flavored Chicharrones (Pork Rinds)
  4. 1/4 cup sliced Peperoncini with juice
  5. 2 tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. Mix tuna, egg, and crushed pork rinds in a small bowl until well combined
  2. Heat non stick pan over medium high and melt butter
  3. Form tuna mixture into 3-4 patties and sauté on one side for 2-4 minutes. Flip over and sauté another 3-54 minutes until tuna cakes are golden brown
  4. Drizzle cakes with Peperoncini juice and serve warm
Notes
  1. Serve with chopped salad, sliced avocado, and lemon wedges
  2. The Tuna Cakes have virtually 0 carbs.
Adapted from My Dads Tuna Patty recipe
Adapted from My Dads Tuna Patty recipe
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Chicken Egg Foo Yung Recipe

Chicken Egg Foo Yung is one of my favorite comfort foods and a dish my mother made regularly when I was growing up. I get cravings for this savory meal and because of its versatility and easy preparation, I eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Chicken Egg Foo Yung

In my opinion, Egg Foo Yung is not complete without the signature savory gravy!

The sumptuous brown gravy has a silky texture and rounds out the flavor profile of this tasty meal. Most recipes call for vinegar in the gravy but I omit it; the flavor is just too strong for my liking. 

Chicken Egg Foo Yung

 

Chicken Egg Foo Yung
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 boneless chicken breast (sliced thinly)
  2. 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  3. 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  4. 1 garlic clove (minced)
  5. 1 green onion (white part only)
  6. 1/4 cup shaved carrot
  7. 2 cups bean sprouts
  8. 1 medium onion (sliced thin)
  9. 1 can water chestnuts, drained and sliced
  10. 6 large eggs
  11. 3 Tablespoon vegetable oil (divided)
  12. 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper (to taste)
  13. 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
FOR THE GRAVY
  1. ¼ cup soy sauce
  2. ¼ cup chicken stock
  3. 2 Tablespoon Oyster sauce
  4. ¼ cup cornstarch
Instructions
  1. Marinate chicken in 1 tablespoon soy sauce, ½ teaspoon sesame oil, 1 garlic clove, and minced green onion, white part only. Rest for 5 minutes in marinade.
  2. Slice onion thinly
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, beat eggs till fluffy. Add to the bowl, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, carrot, onion, drained and sliced water chestnuts, and bean sprouts. Toss to combine
  4. Heat a wok on medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil to wok. Cooked chicken until done. Remove from wok and set aside to cool for 5 minutes. Add chicken to vegetable and egg mixture and toss to combine.
  5. Add 1 tablespoon oil to wok. Place a scoop of egg foo yung mixture in the hot wok and cook for 2 minutes on one side. Flip and continue cooking until egg is set, about 2-3 minutes more. Continue until all mixture is made into pancakes.
To Make the Gravy
  1. In a small mixing bowl combine, soy sauce, chicken stock, oyster sauce and ¼ cup cornstarch. Whisk to combine. Pour ingredients into the wok and cook over medium heat until thick. Add salt pepper to taste. If mixture is too thick, add 1 tablespoon water at a time until desired consistency is reached.
To Serve
  1. Drizzle hot gravy over the cooked Egg Foo Yung. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and chopped green onion tops. Enjoy this meal with steamed rice.
Adapted from Anne Stone (my moms recipe)
Adapted from Anne Stone (my moms recipe)
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Egg Foo Yung

 

I posted my recipe for Egg Foo Young with Brussel Sprouts and leftover pork last year. If you’re wondering why the dish doesn’t look like the traditional Chinese style pancakes, I’m was recovering from shoulder surgery. As it turns out, flipping a full size omelet shaped breakfast with the use of only one good arm is more difficult than I expected. The final dish was delicious, but looks more like an Egg Foo Yung scramble.

I had a few Brussels sprouts in the fridge, so I threw them in, adding a wonderful crunch and delicious Brussels sprouts flavor. Some Minced Chicken and Pork Egg Rolls would be delicious served with this meal. 

Minced Chicken and Pork Egg Rolls




Final Table – World Food Championship 2017

Final Table Top Ten Contestants

Front Left: Anne Jones, Rebecka Evans, Acie Vincent, Liz Kraatz, Lim Banick Back Left: Lisa Gwatney, Michael Callaghan, Tommy Shive, Craig Baker, Fred Robles Photo by WFC MMA Creative

Final Table – World Food Championship 2017 was an exhilarating and incredible experience. Held in Bentonville, Arkansas  presented by Walmart April 22, 2018, at the state of the art Brightwater cooking facility. The 10 World Food Champs (pictured above) were privileged to compete and share in one of the most prestigious cooking contest in the world. I’m still pinching myself for winning the Bacon category at World Food Championships in 2017 so you can imagine my excitement at being a contestant at the Final Table. 

My BACON DUTCH CRUNCH PANCAKES with Peachy, Pecan, Spiced Syrup placed 7th in the World with a 93.3 Score! That’s a pretty respectable finish given the caliber of professional chef’s and seasoned home cooks representing their divisions at the Final Table. 

Bacon Dutch Crunch Pancake by Rebecka Evans

Photo by WFC MMA Creative

 Official Recipe Description:

A traditional Dutch baby pancake batter is seasoned with homemade bacon dust and filled with warm fruit compote. A toasty Dutch crunch of Texas pecans, almonds, and hickory smoked bacon is sprinkled over the compote. Topped with a mascarpone, bacon infused whipped cream and a drizzle of homemade peachy, pecan-spiced syrup laced with a hint of amaretto and habanero, the Dutch Baby is then finished with more Dutch crunch and a lovely bacon spiral. Lightly dusted with powdered sugar, my BACON DUTCH CRUNCH PANCAKES with Peachy, Pecan, Spiced Syrup are the perfect combination of sweet and savory.

Many of the VIP guests and World Food Championship official sponsors took the time to find me after our Final Table Turn-In to express how much they enjoyed eating my bacon pancake; some even said it was the best bite of the night! I was so honored by their compliments and kind wishes!

One of the most enduring memories for me will be the camaraderie between contestants at the Final Table 2017. Everyone shared a cheerful demeanor throughout the competition and a common thread of belief in Jesus Christ, exemplified in group prayer before the first whistle blew and an overall feeling of joy and well being.  I will be forever blessed by this group of Food Sport enthusiast! 

OUR JUDGES: 

Our panel of celebrity judges was made up of Walmart Senior Vice President, Shawn Baldwin, two sport ex pro-athlete, Bo Jackson, celebrity chef, Katie Dixon, venture capitalist, Mart Massey and legendary pitmaster, Moe Cason.

Best quotes from the Judges:

  • Bo Jackson said he had never eaten anything like my bacon pancake in his life but he, “LOVED IT!”
  • Katie Dixon said, “This recipe makes me so happy, I LOVE YOU!”
  • Walmart Senior Vice President, Shawn Baldwin said with a smile, “This is so delicious, it takes me back to my grandmothers kitchen.” 

Win or lose, it doesn’t get any better than that! Katie Dixon Rebecka Evans Final Table

I had the immense pleasure of meeting this darling and talented young chef at The Final Table VIP dinner. Katie Dixon is not only beautiful on the outside she is beautiful to her core! Katie, thank you for your sweet and generous spirit! Blake and I will be cheering you on as we watch all your career explode!

Lisa Gwatney World Champion 2017

Memphis Home Cook Lisa Gwatney won 100,000 prize purse with her steak dish, “The Last Supper,” which featured a Wagyu Ribeye Filet, grilled and seared, topped with truffle butter sautéed mushrooms, seared Foie gras, and an Amarone reduction. This is Lisa’s first time on the competition circuit…wow, what a great year she is having! Lisa is such a sweetheart. She gave one of the most gracious and moving acceptance speeches I’ve ever heard, not only that, she is an amazing home cook. Her husband is an award winning BBQ chef and was her sous for the event. Congratulations Lisa! 

This is the first time in the six-year history of WFC that the Final Table event has been held separate from the main competition. The strategic decision to hold the final face-off between the category champs was an effort to elevate “Food Sport” and give the category champs a chance to prepare one-of-a-kind culinary creations.

“I believe this has been most successful Final Table in the six-year year history of WFC,” said Mike McCloud, President, and CEO of the World Food Championships. “The talent and passion these ten champions demonstrated during the competition truly showcase what Food Sport is all about.” SOURCE: MMA CREATIVE World Food Championships 

Final Table 2017 Rebecka Evans

Rebecka Evans Bacon World Champion and Tamie Joeckle Photo by WFC MMA Creative

I couldn’t have done this without the love and support of my amazing sponsors! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Saucy Mama and Kountry Boy’s Sausage/BaconKountry Boy Logo 2017

KOUNTRY BOYS SAUSAGE Company was established in 1998 in Brenham, Texas. It all started with a delicious family recipe, rich with our German, Polish, and Czech Heritage. All of our products begin with lean-cuts of meat and the freshest herbs and spices. It is then stuffed into natural casings and hickory smoked to perfection. So it is ready to eat and full of bold, gourmet flavor. KOUNTRY BOYS SAUSAGE does not use any fillers, dyed casings, or additives, Just wholesome country goodness. What started out as a small family business has expanded and can be found in over 500 stores statewide and beyond. Since our specialty sausage products were proudly introduced in 1998, we have been edging our way to the top of many stores in which our sausage is sold. But, of course, there is no better judge for our fine tasting products than your very own taste buds.SaucyMama_Logo

The Creative Mind And just who’s the mastermind of these gourmet creations? Well, it’s our very own “Saucy Mama”- Suzie Barhyte. Suzie spends hours in her kitchen playing with ingredients and coming up with new ideas, and surprisingly, she doesn’t work in some scientific lab or a sterile industrial kitchen when she cooks; she plays in a kitchen that’s just like yours. It’s a home kitchen, so you know you’re eating pro

ducts that are just like something you could create. It takes a real stickler in the kitchen to make our products this consistently tasty. And that’s mom. She won’t rest until every family member declares her latest taste sensation the most delicious sauce, marinade, cocktail onion, olive, or mustard they’ve ever tasted. And even then she’ll try to make it better.

I was so blessed to share this Final Table experience with two amazing friends and personal bacon sous chefs, Lynn Beamer and Tamie Joeckel.  Both Lynn and Tamie are award winning, Top Ten-World Food Champions from years past.  Thank you for your tireless support. I love you to the moon and back! 

SCORESFinal Table 2017 Scores Special Thanks:

Mike McCloud, MMA Creative and staff for dreaming big about Food Sport and living the tireless dream everyday. 

Brightwater Culinary School Doctor Glenn R. Mack for giving us access to one of the most stunning, professional kitchen suites I’ve ever seen. It was a pleasure to meet you and a joy to cook in your kitchen!

To my sweet husband Blake Evans who drove with me from Houston to Arkansas and schlepped all of my cooking gear in and out of the hotels then over to Brightwater and back again. Love you bunches! 

Coming soon in my Food Sport Journey…

I’m headed back to World Food Championships 2018 to compete to defend my title of Bacon World Champion. Stay tuned for all the delicious details.  




2017 Bacon World Champion Headed to Final Table

The excitement is becoming unbearable as we are 4 weeks away from the 6th Annual World Food Championships, Final Table in Bentonville, Arkansas. I will go head to head with some of the finest professional chefs and seasoned home cooks in the World for a staggering cash prize of 100,000 dollars. What a joy it would be to big home that bacon!

The event will take place in the state of the art Brightwater Cooking School kitchens and is Sponsored by Walmart.Walmart WFC official LOGO

The Final Table will be aired LIVE via Kitchen Ambush and World Food Championship facebook pages. To watch all the action LIVE simply click the colored links above and LIKE both pages. 

My official Turn -In time is 4PM, CST but you can watch preliminary interviews with all of the Top Ten, World Food Champions starting at 2PM. You won’t want to miss a second of the action staring me and my two beautiful sous chef’s Lynn Beamer and Tamie Joeckel. We will be cooking our hearts out for a chance at the title of World Food Champion!  

Lynn Beamer, Rebecks Evans, Renee Robinson

From Left: sous Lynn Beamer, head cook Rebecka Evans, sous Renee Robinson WFC 2017 Top Ten Round

Tamie Joeckel, Rebecka Evans

From Left: sous Tamie Joeckel, headcook Rebecka Evans

I’ve been working diligently on my Final Table recipe and I’m thrilled with the end results. Now we hope and pray for Gods favor and that the Judges love my dish as much as I do. Special thanks to my WFC Final Table sponsors, Team Saucy Mama, and Kountry Boy’s Sausage(Bacon) CO

World Food Championships said, 

Each of the 10 champs and their supporting teams will arrive on Saturday, April 21st, to get familiar with the new host location and cooking area, after which they will attend a welcome reception that celebrates their November achievements. The next day, the Final Table challenge will begin with an official cook’s meeting at Noon on Sunday, April 22. WFC Cheferees will then conduct their inspections to make sure all key WFC rules are being or have been followed.

All cooks must report to their primary cook stations no later than 1 p.m to officially kick off the Final Table. The first turn-in will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m. The official order of turn-ins, selected by a random draw, will be as follows:

1. 3:00 p.m. – Seafood

2. 3:10 p.m. – Dessert

3. 3:20 p.m. – Barbecue

4. 3:30 p.m. – Recipe (Chicken)

5. 3:40 p.m. – Chef

6. 3:50 p.m. – Chili

7. 4:00 p.m. – Bacon 

8. 4:10 p.m. – Steak

9. 4:20 p.m. – Burger

10. 4:30 p.m. – Sandwich

Thank you all for your continued prayers and support. I can’t wait to fill you in on all the delicious details! 




KOUNTRY BOY’S SMOKED MEATS-My newest sponsor for WFC Final Table

Meet my newest Sponsor for the World Food Championships 100,000 FINAL TABLE cook-off,  KOUNTRY BOY’S SMOKED MEATS.

Kountry Boy's Smoked Meats logo

Photo by Kountry Boy’s

I was so blessed to receive this email from Carl Riley a few weeks ago.

Good afternoon Rebecka.  I just read the article in today’s Journal/Pearland section of the Houston Chronicle about your recent contest win with your Dutch Crunch Baby Pancakes!  CONGRATULATIONS!!  That is very exciting! I am contacting you because I am a food broker in the Houston Market and represent Kountry Boy’s Smoked Meats, which is a family owned business based in Brenham, TX.  They produce, BAR NONE-HANDS DOWN, the BEST bacon that money can buy!! 

Well Carl, I have to agree! After taste testing several other companies smoked bacon products, Kountry Boy’s hickory smoked bacon was “hands down” the best of the bunch! The bacon has the perfect blend of smoky-sweetness and is just the right bacon for my 100,000 Final Table recipe. I also love the fact that we share the home State of Texas. 

Thank you, Carl and Todd! Final Table with Kountry Boy’s Bacon is going to be a great and delicious bacon adventure!

Their Story

KOUNTRY BOYS SAUSAGE Company was established in 1998 in Brenham, Texas.  It all started with a delicious family recipe, rich with our German, Polish, and Czech Heritage.

All of our products begin with lean-cuts of meat and the freshest herbs and spices.  It is then stuffed into natural casings and hickory smoked to perfection.  So it is ready to eat and full of bold, gourmet flavor.

 

KOUNTRY BOYS SAUSAGE does not use any fillers, dyed casings, or additives,  Just wholesome country goodness.

What started out as a small family business has expanded and can be found in over 500 stores statewide and beyond.  Since our specialty sausage products were proudly introduced in 1998, we have been edging our way to the top of many stores in which our sausage is sold.  But, of course, there is no better judge for our fine tasting products than your very own taste buds.  We encourage you to try our time-honored tradition for yourself.

Look for KOUNTRY BOYS products at your favorite grocery store.  As our demonstrator Gene says, “that is KOUNTRY BOYS with a ‘K’, they can’t spell worth a darn, but they make a delicious product!”  Please give it a try. Find Country Boy’s on Facebook Source: KOUNTRY BOY’S SMOKED MEATS

Kountry Boy's Smoked Meats logo

Photo by Kountry Boy’s

FINAL TABLE DETAILS: 

I’m in the process of finalizing my recipe for Final Table using delicious Country Boy’s Hickory Smoked Bacon. You won’t want to miss a thing as we get closer to the main event. Please subscribe to At Home with Rebecka, and follow me on Facebook and Instagram. This years Final Table will be LIVE streamed so you can watch all the Top Ten winners in action. 

Here’s a little taste of what’s to come:

The ten champions who won their respective WFC categories in November will meet at Brightwater, a world-class culinary center in Bentonville for the study of food. Brightwater will be the host for a special VIP event on Saturday, April 21st, and then WFC’s Final Table on Sunday, April 22nd, to see who wins the ultimate $100,000 prize purse. 

To learn more about Brightwater and its food mission or beautiful facility, visit www.brightwater.org. Source: World Food Championships




Three Cheese Quiché Lorraine – WFC 2017-Structure Build

Three Cheese Quiche Lorraine WFC 2017

Three Cheese Quiché Lorraine – WFC 2017-Structure Build

It’s time to share my Bacon World Food Championship Structure Build recipe, Three Cheese Quiché Lorraine.  I was so busy competing this year that I only had the opportunity to get one photo of my completed dish (see below). The photo above was taken of my final practice dish before competing in the Bacon World Championships on November 9, 2017.

Let me first thank my wonderful sponsor Saucy Mama. Suzie Barhyte and her wonderful company allowed me the pleasure to compete on Team Saucy Mama and use their amazing products in my recipes.  Also, Thank you Mary Alice and Collette for your support and love throughout the competition. 

Competing at such a large and prestigious event requires a lot of preparation and planning. One very important element in competing is adhering to the official rules. Below are a few of the details about the official rules for the opening round(s). 

OPENING ROUND
STRUCTURED BUILD:
The Structured Build for the Bacon World Championship is “Quiche Lorraine.” Competitors
are not required to use a specific bacon brand. Competitors will need to bring their own
bacon for this build. The Structured Build creates an even “playing field” by requiring all competitors to create the same type of dish. The competitors who set themselves apart from the field will have proven their culinary skills in creativity and execution within this structured requirement.

As defined, a Quiché Lorraine is savory open crust pie, filled with custard flavored with, but not limited to, bacon and cheese. Source: World Food Championships 2017 Competitor Packet

I love that professional chefs have to make the same dishes as home cooks just as much as I love that I have to cook like a professional chef to bring a restaurant worthy dish to win.

Competitors are also instructed to write a brief description that best showcases our recipe for the judges. Here’s mine. 

My Quiché Lorraine recipe is the perfect blend of French Gruyère, Applewood smoked cheddar, and goats milk white cheddar cheeses. The Gruyère satisfies with its traditional nutty and assertive flavors while the fruity, sweet aroma of Applewood smoked cheddar complements the hickory smoked flavors of thick cut bacon. The goats milk cheddar lends a certain and familiar tang; while a mixture of heavy cream and eggs create a creamy custard that rests atop a black and white toasted sesame seed and smoky bacon dust infused pie crust. For added depth of flavor, champagne honey mustard is infused into the filling and the crust receives a light brushing of the mustard before baking. Fresh snipped chives finish the Quiche adding color and mild onion flavor.

Without a doubt this is the best Quiché I’ve ever made or eaten. One of my competitors, Two Smokin Guys, NY (Galuski, Dave) made a perfect rendition of Quiché Lorraine. WOW! I need a slice of that pie!

Rebecka Evans Bacon World Championships 2017

Rebecka Evans Bacon World Championships 2017 First Round-Structure Build Three Cheese Quiché Lorraine

Three Cheese Quiche Lorraine Recipe

Three Cheese Quiché Lorraine Saucy Mama products used: Champagne Honey Mustard 

Three Cheese Quiche Lorraine
Serves 4
Bacon World Food Championships Required Structure Build
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
36 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
36 min
Ingredients
  1. PREHEAT OVEN: 350 F.
INGREDIENTS
FOR THE PIE DOUGH
  1. 3 CUPS FLOUR
  2. ¼ TEASPOON SEA SALT
  3. 20 TABLESPOONS COLD BUTTER
  4. 2 EGGS
  5. ¼ CUP BACON DUST MADE FROM PRE-PACKAGED “REAL BACON” BITES OR COOKED CHOPPED BACON
  6. ½ CUP SAUCY MAMA CHAMPAGNE HONEY MUSTARD (TO BRUSH PIE CRUST)
  7. 4 TABLESPOONS WHITE SESAME SEEDS (1 ½ TABLESPOONS PER PIE)
  8. 1 ½ TABLESPOONS BLACK SESAME SEEDS (1/2 TABLESPOON PER PIE)
FOR THE FILLING
  1. 1 - 4 LB PACKAGE THICK SLICED BACON (ABOUT 24 BACON SLICES), CHOPPED ½ INCH THICK, COOKED AND DRAINED ON PAPER TOWEL
  2. 4 WHOLE LARGE EGGS
  3. 4 EGG YOLKS
  4. 3 CUPS HEAVY CREAM (1 CUP KROGER THICK STYLE, 2 CUPS LAND O LAKES)
  5. 1 TEASPOON SALT
  6. ½ TEASPOON WHITE PEPPER
  7. 2 TABLESPOONS SAUCY MAMA CHAMPAGNE HONEY MUSTARD
  8. 1 CUP APPLE SMOKED CHEDDAR CHEESE, GRATED
  9. 1 CUP Gruyère CHEESE, SHREDDED
  10. ½ CUP GOATS MILK WHITE CHEDDAR, GRATED
  11. 1 TEASPOON FLOUR(TO TOSS CHEESES)
  12. 4 TABLESPOONS ½ INCH LENGTH SNIPPED CHIVES
FOR THE BACON
  1. 1. CHOP BACON INTO ½ INCH PIECES. DIVIDE IN HALF AND COOK IN 2 LARGE SKILLETS UNITL JUST BROWNED. DON’T OVER COOK. DRAIN ON PAPER TOWEL UNTIL READY TO ASSEMBLE PIES.
  2. 2. PLACE ¼ CUP PRE-PACKAGED “REAL BACON” BITES INTO COFFEE GRINDER OR FOOD PROCESSOR. BLEND UNTIL FINE DUST (OR USE PREPACKAGED BACON DUST)
FOR THE FILLING
  1. 1. IN A LARGE MIXING BOWL WHISK TOGETHER, 4 WHOLE LARGE EGGS, 4 EGG YOLKS, 1 CUP KROGER BRAND HEAVY CREAM, 2 CUPS LAND O LAKES HEAVY CREAM, (USE 3 CUPS FAVORITE BRAND HEAVY CREAM IF KROEGER IS NOT AVAIBLE) 1 SEA TEASPOON SALT, ½ TEASPOON WHITE PEPPER, 2 TABLESPOONS SAUCY MAMA CHAMPAGNE HONEY MUSTARD
  2. 2. IN A LARGE MIXING BOWL, COMBINE 3 PRE-GRATED CHEESES TOGETHER SPRINKLE 1 TEASPOON FLOUR OVER CHEESE. TOSS TO COMBINE. THIS KEEPS CHEESE FROM STICKING TOGETHER AND MAKES FOR EASIER SPREADING OVER CRUST
FOR THE CRUST
  1. 1. IN A SMALL FOOD PROCESSOR OR COFFEE MILE, PULSE ¼ CUP COOKED CRUMBLED BACON UNITL IT REMESBLES FINE SAND
  2. 2. IN A LARGE FOOD PROCESSOR COMBINE, 3 CUPS FLOUR, ¼ TEASPOON SALT, 20 TABLESPOON COLD BUTTER, 2 EGGS, AND ¼ CUP BACON DUST
  3. 3. PULSE UNTIL DOUGH JUST COMES TOGETHER. DOUGH WILL BE CRUMBLY
  4. 4. POUR CRUST OUT ONTO A FLOURED SURFACE AND GENTLY PRESS DOUGH INTO A BALL. CUT DOUGH INTO THIRDS. PLACE ONE DOUGH IN THE MIDDLE OF EACH 8” FLUTED TART PANS. GENTLY START PRESSING DOUGH FROM MIDDLE TO EDGES WITH FINGERS UNITL ¼ INCH THICK.
  5. 5. USING A PASTRY BRUSH, LIGHLTY BRUSH THE 3 PIE CRUSTS WITH ½ CUP SAUCY MAMA CHAMPAGNE HONEY MUSTARD. (ABOUT ¼ CUP EACH SHELL) BE SURE TO BRUSH ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP FLUTED EDGES
  6. 6. SPRINKLE EACH PIE EVENLY WITH SESAME SEEDS, MAKING SURE TO SPRINKLE ALL THE WAY TO THE FLUTED EDGES
  7. 7. EVENLY DISTRIBUTE COOKED CRUMBLED BACON OVER THE BOTTOM OF EACH PIE SHELLS
  8. 8. DISTRIBUTE MIXED SHREDDED CHEESES EVENLY OVER PIES
  9. 9. POUR FILLING EQUALLY INTO PIES, LEAVING ABOUT ¼ INCH HEAD SPACE
  10. 10. SPRINKLE SNIPPED CHIVES EVENLY OVER TOP OF EACH PIE
  11. 11. BAKE FOR 28-36 MINUTES OR UNTIL KNIFE INSERTED INTO MIDDLE OF PIE COMES OUT CLEAN.
  12. ASSEMBLE: CUT ONE PIE INTO 6 TRIANGLE SLICES. ARRANGE ON PLATES AND GARNISH WITH FANED STRAWBERRY AND MINT SPRIGS.
GARNISH
  1. OPTIONAL: CHIVES, CHIVE BLOSSOMS, FRESH STRAWBERRIES SLICED AND FANED OUT, MINTS SPRINGS, EDIBLE FLOWERS
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BACON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Place Competitor Structured Build Signature Dish Round 1 Top 10 Final Score
1.    Team Saucy Mama-At Home with Rebecka (Evans, Rebecka) 92.375 91.625 92 93.8889 93.13334
2. farleys (Trumpold, Elizabeth ) 99.625 84.75 92.1875 92.0556 92.10836
3. Bob’s BBQ Emporium (Brumley, Robert) 95.875 87 91.4375 91.4444 91.44164
4. Culinary Assault (Coe, Stephen) 98 90.5 94.25 89.4444 91.36664
5. Maximum Chefort (Hurst, AJ) 93.875 94 93.9375 89.3333 91.17498
6. Blazin’ Blues BBQ (Richard, Dan) 89.625 96.375 93 89.4444 90.86664
7. Two Smokin Guys,NY (Galuski, Dave) 100 94.125 97.0625 86.3889 90.65834
8. Croix Valley Foods (Holter, Lu) 88.75 93.75 91.25 87.5556 89.03336
9. Lowcountry Wild Child (Kohn, Shannon) 96.25 92.375 94.3125 81.2778 86.49168
10. Jonathan (Giovannoni, Jonathan) 92 95 93.5 80.1111 85.46666
11. Sugarfire Smokehouse (Johnson, Mike) 95.875 86.375 91.125
12. pitmasterIQ BBQ (Kennington, John) 89.75 92.125 90.9375
13. Taste Of Wisconsin (Medes, Lorraine) 91.25 90.25 90.75
14. Fork and Company (Little, Chera) 96.25 83.75 90
15. Smokey Treats Bbq (Beranek, Matthew) 87.875 91.625 89.75
16. Cuisine with Colleen (Curley, Colleen) 89.875 89.375 89.625
17. Buzzcatz coffee & sweets (Hendrix, Juanita) 85.625 93.375 89.5
18. Yard Lobster BBQ (Lampkin, Craig) 84.375 94.125 89.25
19. Flora-Bama Ole River Grill (Gibson, Jon) 87.75 90 88.875
20. Fivestar Nacho MKE (Gonzalez, Nichole) 87.125 90.5 88.8125
21. Culinary Cartel (Griffitt, Elisha) 84.375 92.375 88.375
22. The Promo Addict (Bird, Russell) 92.125 84.5 88.3125
23. GastreauxNomica (Rivera, Sean) 87 88.375 87.6875
24. Wind Creek Montgomery Casino &Hotel (Hargroves, Kelly) 90 84.875 87.4375
25. Oink-A-Doodle-Moo 1559 (Bayless, Mark) 91.25 83.125 87.1875
26. Bowers, Jason 83.125 90.625 86.875
27. Sean Streete (Streete, Sean) 82.875 90.5 86.6875
28. Team Spruytte (Spruytte, Lois) 90.875 82.375 86.625
29. STI COLLEGE – Philippines (Montojo, Rhealyn) 91.625 81.5 86.5625
30. Workaholics Services (Talley , Jeremy ) 84.625 88.25 86.4375
31. My-Big-Fat-Greek-Kitchen (Geise, Andreann) 87 85.375 86.1875
32. Spice Your Life Rub Your Meat BBQ (Hogan, Michael ) 86.125 85.75 85.9375
33. Forrest Dilmore (Dilmore, Forrest) 88.625 81.875 85.25
34. the lamb and the wolf (athanasopoulos, michael) 88.75 77.375 83.0625

 

Team Saucy Mama 2017

First Round Top Ten Front Left: Rebecka Evans Bacon and Kim Banick Seafood with our sponsors Saucy Mama Suzie Barhyte and Mary Alice.

 

 At Home with Rebecka-Team Saucy Mama

From Left: Lynn Beamer, Rebecka Evans, Renee Robinson




2017 Bacon World Champion Rebecka Evans

2017 Bacon World Champion Rebecka Evans

2017 Bacon World Champion Rebecka Evans

This Home Cook is the 2017 Bacon World Champion!! 

I’m so blessed to take home top honors at the 2017 World Food Championships held in Orange Beach, Al November 8-12. I beat out professional chefs and some very seasoned home cooks with my Dutch Crunch Baby Pancakes and won $10 thousand dollars in cash and prizes.  Stay tuned for the Final Table, April 2018 where I will battle it out to win 100 Grand.

Thank you Team Saucy Mama for believing in me and being the best sponsor in the world!! 

Team Saucy Mama 2017

Dutch Crunch Baby – Winner Bacon WFC 2017

The group, which includes one returning champion and an international professional cook team, will now battle it out for a $100,000 prize package in the Spring of 2018 at WFC’s Final Table. The winners who emerged from the main event were crowned 2017 champions in the following categories: BBQ, Bacon, Burger, Chef, Chili, Dessert, Recipe, Sandwich, Seafood and Steak. They came from all types of culinary backgrounds, proving once again that WFC’s E.A.T. methodology is providing a level playing field for Food Sport enthusiasts.

The 2017 World Food Champions Include:

  • Chef Tommy Shive from Memphis, Tenn., who won the World Burger Championship with a Benedict Bubba Burger on Brioche.

  • Chef Acie Vincent from Oviedo, Fla., who won the World Sandwich Championship with a Smokey Lionfish Crabcake Sandwich with Bacon Tomato Jam.  

  • Canadian and Pro Team Cook Mike Callaghan from London, ON, who won the World Recipe Championship with a Bao Springin’ Chicken Wow.

  • Home Cook Rebecka Evans from Houston, Tex., who won the World Bacon Championship with Dutch Crunch Baby Pancakes.

  • Home Cook Kim Banick from Salem, Ore., who won the World Seafood Championship with Alabama Crawfish Thai Bowl with Coconut Gulf Shrimp.

  • Home Cook Liz Kraatz, from St. Louis, Mo., who defended her title as the World Open Chili Champion with a Creamy Ancho White Chili.

  • Home Cook Ann Jones from Browns Summit, N.C.,  who won the World Dessert Championship with her Dutch Apple Pie with Apple Brandy Sauce.

  • Chef Craig Baker from Indianapolis, Ind., who won the World Chef Championship with Berries & Cream with Candied Nuts and Strawberry Basil.

  • Home Cook Lisa Gwatney of Memphis, Tenn., who won the World Steak Championship Steak Africana Oscar with Asparagus.

  • Pro Cook Team Fred Robles from Weslaco, Texas, who advanced through the first Dual Duel BBQ Sanctioned Challenge at WFC to win the WFC World Barbeque Championship.

The 10 Champions will now start preparing for the dish of their lives, as they will be featured in a live-streaming, timed cooking challenge for a shot at a $100,000 prize purse. The location for the Final Table has not yet been announced, but the date will be the weekend of April 21st/22nd. Source:World Food Championships

To review all the 2017 World Food Championship scores and results, visit https://worldfoodchampionships.com/scores or like the event’s Facebook page. Click HERE for more information about World Food Championships

Rebecka Evans 2017 Bacon World Champion

Interview with “Bacon Babe” Jodi Taffel

Rebecka Evans 2017 Bacon World Champion

Celebrating with Donna Bardocz, Jodi Taffel, Renee Robinson and Sharon Sorenson

Kim Banick and Rebecka Evans win World Food Championships 2017

Sharing 10 thousand dollar victory with my sweet friend Kim Banick @theprizeofcooking.com also pictured: Jonathan Giovanni Winner Canada Next Food Network Star Jr.