Fall Kefir Recipe Challenge

Discussion in 'Cheese & Dairy' started by cmharris6002, Oct 26, 2007.

  1. cmharris6002

    cmharris6002 Guest

    Since Sondra was so good to put the recipes up, I thought I'd challenge us to make something new with kefir ;D I’ve never done anything like this before so I hope there will be some interest.

    I'll copy some of the fallish recipes here and you can 'sign up' to make something. This challenge will end Thanksgiving Day so you have plenty of time to try a new recipe. Come on... it'll be fun!

    To sign up just post that you want to do it, then, after you make something, tell us which recipe you used, how it worked out and if you liked it. You can even add a pic of what it looked like!

    If you need kefir grains pm me.

    Here are a few ideas.


    Pumpkin Kefir Cheesecake

    Ingredients:

    Crust:
    1-1/2 boxes cinnamon graham crackers, crushed
    4 tablespoons brown sugar
    4 tablespoons flour
    1/2 cup apple juice concentrate or use melted butter (1 stick)

    Filling:
    1-1/2 cups Cream Cheese (or better yet, Chevre’)
    1/4 cup Kefir
    3/4 cup sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    6 tablespoons liquid egg substitute or 6 eggs
    1 cup pumpkin puree
    1 teaspoon apple pie spice
    ¾ teaspoon cinnamon

    Preparation:
    Preheat the oven to 350xF.
    Combine the crust ingredients in a food processor. Lightly spray a 10-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Evenly distribute crust batter along the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Bake for 20 minutes and leave the oven on.
    Using an electric mixer beat cream cheese, kefir, sugar, and vanilla extract until well blended. Add the egg substitute or eggs, and mix well. To the mixing bowl, add pumpkin and spices. Mix well with an electric mixer until the ingredients form one consistency. Pour mixture onto the crust and shake lightly to even the top.
    Bake for 1 hour, until firm. Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack. Run a knife along the sides of the pan to loosen the cake. Cool for 30 to 40 minutes in the pan and then remove the sides. Chill in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours before serving.

    Pumpkin cookies

    Here is an ideal recipe to help dealing with those enormous Halloween pumpkins that unfortunately, in most instances, don't even make it to the compost bin.

    Yield - Makes about 4 dozen

    Ingredients
    1/2 cup well drained cooked pumpkin
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1/2 cup butter or virgin coconut oil
    1 egg
    1/4 tsp vanilla
    1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
    1/4 cup raisins
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp baking powder
    1/4 tsp salt
    1 tsp cinnamon
    2 cup flour
    1 cup rolled oats
    a bit of Kefir or water, if needed

    Oven at 150º C / 350° F.

    Mix all the ingredients and if the dough is too dry (especially if the pumpkin was dry baked), add a bit of Kefir, whey or water. Make little balls, put them on a greased cookie sheet and flatten them just a little. Bake 12 to 15 min.

    Pumpkin Cobbler Topping

    Sometimes a casserole or a stew can be finished with a topping and become a much more attractive dish. This goes particularly well on the top of a robust stew or baked beans.

    Yield - Serves four people.

    Ingredients
    7 oz all purpose flour
    1/2 tsp baking powder
    2 oz butter
    2 oz Parmesan cheese
    3 oz raw grated pumpkin
    1 oz ground almonds
    nutmeg, pepper and salt
    Kefir or yoghurt

    Preheat the oven to 200º C, 400º F.

    Put all the dry ingredients and the grated pumpkin in the blender, whiz around and then slowly add the kefir or yoghurt, stop as soon as the dough makes a ball. Place walnut sized lumps on top of your casserole and bake for around 30 minutes. Serve at once.
     
  2. Sondra

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    OK the cookies and the cheese cake.
     

  3. cmharris6002

    cmharris6002 Guest

    sounds good Sondra ;D

    I want to make the cheese cake with chevre' and a kefir pound cake. I plan to make the pound cake today. I hope some other kefir fanatics get on board... Patty?... Diane?...Anyone?...
     
  4. Feral Nature

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    Sounds fun!

    Ok, we make one of our own recipes and then post it? How does this work?
     
  5. cmharris6002

    cmharris6002 Guest

    The idea is to try something new. You can choose a recipe from the recipe section, the net, or use one of your own but it should be something you have been wanting to try but haven't made yet and it has to have kefir in it.

    I have wanted to use kefir for baking but I never got around to it. After Sondra put the recipes up I read through them and thought, man I got to make some of this stuff. Thus a challenge was born. I have my kefir pound cake in the oven now :) If I have batteries in my camera I post a pic and the recipe tonight.

    Christy
     
  6. Feral Nature

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    Ok, I have baked with it before, a several types of bread. I will come up with something different I hope. Let the fun begin!
     
  7. cmharris6002

    cmharris6002 Guest

    I made Kefir Pound Cake
    :p :p :p :p :p
    3c Sugar
    1c Butter
    6 eggs
    1c Kefir
    1t vanilla
    1t lemon zest
    3c flour
    1/4t baking soda
    1/2t salt
    1/3c poppy seeds

    Cream butter and sugar
    mix in the next 4 ingredients
    add the dry ingredients
    bake at 325 for 90min.

    This was easy to make and very good I give it 5 out of 5 :p

    Christy
     
  8. Sondra

    Sondra New Member

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    AH now I am hungry and want to try that recipe too.
     
  9. KUrby

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    Send a slice of goatie pound cake here please....
    Karen
     
  10. Patty13637

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    Ok I am in . Crap now I have to bake !


    Patty
     
  11. Bella Star

    Bella Star New Member

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    Gosh ! I hate to post where the recipes are listed . I 'm in too and I will try something with pumpkin as it's the season for it.

    We need to get our cheese site here going strong like the soap site :lol
     
  12. cmharris6002

    cmharris6002 Guest

    Okay, Sondra, Patty, Diane, Bella Star... Three weeks left to get you new kefir recipe made!!!
     
  13. Sondra

    Sondra New Member

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    OK I'm listening
     
  14. Bella Star

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    Photo of your challenge , please ..... :lol

    my kefir is getting nice and thick and my punkins are still setting and I am out helping deliver kids :D but
    I'll be back !
     
  15. cmharris6002

    cmharris6002 Guest

    We ate the poundcake before I could get batteries for the camera :lol :blush2 :crazy :rofl

    I'll take a pic of my next kefir creation though! I got my batteries ready :biggrin
     
  16. homeacremom

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    OK made this for breakfast. Sorry no camera, but this isn't anything elaborate anyway. ;) I hate the texture of regular oatmeal, but this stuff is good! Especially mixed the night before the texture is wonderful. Not too crunchy for the kids, but definitely NOT mush. :nooo Our favorite version is with cinnamon, raisins, and chopped apple. Next would be made w/ virgin coconut oil and cinnamon and served w/ a drizzle of honey and canned peaches.

    Baked Oatmeal
    1/2 cup melted butter or coconut oil
    3 cups old- fashioned rolled oats ( use quick oats if you are going to mix and bake immediately)
    1/4-1/2 cup sugar or honey
    1 - 1 1/2 tsp. salt
    2 tsp. (aluminum free ;)) baking powder
    2 eggs ( I double the eggs sometimes; can omit eggs altogether if necessary)
    Mix.Add:
    1 1/3 cup kefir or 1 cup milk
    Optional ing:
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1/2 cup raisins
    1/2-1 cup chopped apple
    other dried fruits
    vanilla extract
    maple flavoring
    Mix and refridgerate overnight. Bake at 350* for 45 minutes in a 9x13 (or 8") pan. No need to grease the pan. Serves 4-6. Serve w/ extra sweetener and milk if desired.
     
  17. Sondra

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    OH that sounds good!!

    now I have mixed up my cookies I changed the recipe up some and will bake tonight when it cools down here and try and get a picture.
    Used the above recipe: minus the nuts and raisins as didn't have any.
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    Pumpkin cookies

    Here is an ideal recipe to help dealing with those enormous Halloween pumpkins that unfortunately, in most instances, don't even make it to the compost bin.

    Yield - Makes about 4 dozen

    Ingredients
    1/2 cup well drained cooked pumpkin
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1/2 cup butter or virgin coconut oil (butter)
    1 egg
    1/4 tsp vanilla
    1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
    1/4 cup raisins
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp baking powder
    1/4 tsp salt
    1 tsp cinnamon
    2 cup flour (heaping cups)
    1 cup rolled oats (heaping cup)
    a bit of Kefir or water, if needed (1/3 cup kefir)

    Oven at 150º C / 350° F.

    Mix all the ingredients and if the dough is too dry (especially if the pumpkin was dry baked), add a bit of Kefir, whey or water. Make little balls, put them on a greased cookie sheet and flatten them just a little. Bake 12 to 15 min.

    OK here's the picture baked in my 50yr old oven
    They turned out good, could have been a little sweeter but think if I had added the raisins it is sweet enough.



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  18. Bella Star

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    Sondra, You make my mouth water for those beautiful cookies !! I did make some kefir cornbread to go with the stew I made ... yummy... yummy !


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  19. cmharris6002

    cmharris6002 Guest

    Wow, I love the pics!

    My kids ate the grahm crackers I bought to make the cheese cake :ugh I'm going to buy more though :D

    Christy
     
  20. Sondra

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    That corn bread looks really great ! now I want some of that.