Frying Pan, n. One part of the penal apparatus employed in that punitive institution, a woman's kitchen.
- Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), “The Devil's Dictionary” (1911)
Like a majority of health conscious home gastronomes and passionate food aficionados, I particularly cherish quality kitchen utensils that are effective and don't threaten my well-being. Unfortunately, in our modern society where profit is king and things are not made to last, it isn't always easy to come across products that offer all those characteristic and far too often, one has to spend a lot of money on goods that rarely hold up to their promises.Not on morality, but on cookery, let us build our stronghold: there brandishing our frying-pan, as censer, let us offer sweet incense to the Devil, and live at ease on the fat things he has provided for his elect!
- Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)
Sometimes, looking for the ideal cooking appliance is comparable to the quest for the Holy Grail and it seems that acquiring a reliable casserole is quasi mission impossible, unless you are wealthy (well, prices are no guarantee of excellence either) or you don't mind polluting your body with dangerous substances.
My most recent search for a durable and teflon-free pan that would fit my budget has been remarkably fruitless, hellish, enduring and tiring. Finding a suitable match proved exceptionally difficult and I nearly had a nervous breakdown during the process!
Nevertheless, positive surprises happen and once in a while we encounter something that gives us full satisfaction and that isn't actually a wortheless gadget or total rip-off. Thankfully, in March it was my turn to be (doubly) lucky as I finally purchased the cast-iron wok of my dreams (fortunately for me, this weighty baby was on sale) and was kindly offered a skillet fabricated by a French brand which has hit the market not long ago. I very seldom get to renew my cuisine equipment, so it felt spoilt rotten and dead happy!
Well, today I am not going to speak about my Chinese device (even if it rocks big time), however instead I have decided to showcase Granistyl's unique and revolutionary 24cm frying pan (a world premiere) which I've had the opportunity of sampling exclusively for you.
Granistyl's cookware is practical (a real workhorse), beneficial and built to last, nonetheless it has a few minor "flaws". As we all know, stone is heavy, hence manipulation isn't all that comfortable if you have weak wrists or arms (you can’t really toss anything in it, everything has to be flipped with a spatula). Besides the edges are not high enough and I find that quite limiting, plus even if the vessel gets cleaned without dificulty (washed with a hot water and a metal sponge - soap should be avoided), minimum maintainance is still required (oil massage following each use). Not to forget that it costs a substantial price, so it's not acessible to everyone. Anyhow, the advantages outnumber the disadvantages and, at the end, this skillet is worth the investement...
In order to put my eco-friendly pan to the test, I decided to bake Dorie Greenspan's famous "Swedish Visiting Cake" which I revisited by adding wild blackberries I foraged last August in the Geneva countryside and replacing part of the all-pupose flour with coconut flour - my new obssession - a friend of mine bought for me in neighboring France.
The pan worked wonders and my tea-time/after-dinner treat turned out perfectly in both texture and flavor; the balance between sweetness and acidity as well as the chewiness of the crumb and crispiness of the crust was spot on. A divinely buttery, heavenly lemony, fragrantly coconutty and moreishly moist delicacy which you'll rapidly grow addicted to!
Disclaimer: Please note that I was not paid to review this product and that I solely promote things which stay true to my tastes, convictions and interests. Hence, the opinions expressed on Rosa's Yummy Yums are purely my own and based upon my personal experiences with GRANISTYL.
Swedish Visiting Cake With Blackberries And Coconut Flour
Recipe adapted from Dorie Greenspan's "Baking: From My Home To Yours".
Yields 8-10 servings.
1 Cup (210g) Castor sugar
Grated zest of 1 organic lemon
2 Large eggs (~63g)
1/4 Tsp Fine sea salt
1 Tsp Pure vanilla extract
3/4 Cup (96g) All-purpose flour
1/4 Cup (32g) Coconut flour
120g (8 Tbs/1 stick) Unsalted butter, melted and cooled
Two good handfuls of frozen blackberries
About 1/4 Cup (30g) Sliced almonds
1/2 Tbs Castor sugar (for sprinkling)
1. Preheat the oven to 180° C (350° F).
2. Butter a seasoned 24cm (9-inch) cast-iron skillet or other heavy ovenproof skillet.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar and lemon zest. Use your fingertips to work the zest into the sugar until it becomes moist and fragrant.
4. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time (whisking for about 30 seconds per egg).
5. Add in the salt and vanilla extract.
6. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the flours. Then, incorporate the melted butter (do not to overmix).
7. Scrape 1/2 of the batter into the skillet, sprinkle with the blackberries and cover with the remaining batter. Smooth the top using a spatula.
8. Scatter the almonds over the batter and sprinkle with the extra sugar.
9. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until tthe cake is golden and a little crisp on the outside (the center should remain a bit moist).
10. Remove the skillet from the oven and place on top of a cooling rack.
11. Serve warm or at room temperature.
You may also use a 24cm (9-inch) round cake or pie pan.
The blackberries can be replaced by the fresh or frozen berries of your choice or can be simply left out.
Serve with a cup of coffee or a glass of liquor wine.
Gâteau Suédois Au Mûres Et À La Farine De Coco
Recette adaptée du livre "Baking: From My Home To Yours" par Dorie Greenspan.
Pour 8-10 personnes.
210g de Sucre cristallisé
Le zeste d'un citron bio
2 Gros oeufs (~63g)
1/4 CC de Sel de mer fin
1 CC d'Extrait de vanille pure
96g de Farine
32g de Farine de noix de coco
120g de Beurre non-salé, fondu et à température ambiante
Deux bonnes poignées de mûres congelées
Environ 30g d'Amandes éffilées
1/2 CS de Sucre cristallisé (pour saupoudrer)
1. Préchauffer le four à 180 ° C.
2. Beurrer une poêle en fonte de 24cm.
3. Dans un grand bol, mélanger ensemble le sucre et le zeste de citron. Utilisez vos doigts pour travailler le zeste dans le sucre jusqu'à ce que ce dernier devienne humide et parfumé.
4. Ajouter les œufs, un à la fois, en fouettant pendant environ 30 secondes après chaque ajout.
5. Incorporer le sel et l'extrait de vanille.
6. A l'aide d'une spatule en caoutchouc, incorporer les farines, puis le beurre fondu (ne pas trop mélanger).
7. Verser la moitié de la pâte dans la poêle, saupoudrer avec les mûres et recouvrir avec le reste de la pâte. Lisser le dessus du gâteau avec une spatule.
8. Disperser les amandes sur le dessus du gâteau et saupoudrer avec le sucre.
9. Cuire au four pendant 25 à 30 minutes, ou jusqu'à ce que le gâteau soit doré et légèrement croustillants à l'extérieur (le centre doit rester un peu humide).
10. Retirer la poêle du four et la placer sur une grille de refroidissement.
11. Servir chaud ou à température ambiante.
Vous pouvez également utiliser un moule (rond) à gâteau conventionnel de 24cm.
Les mûres peuvent être remplacées par les baies fraîches ou congelées de votre choix ou bien même ne pas être utilisées du tout.
Servir avec une tasse de café ou un verre de vin liquoureux.