Jiaozi, aka: Chinese Dumplings

 

We are celebrating the chinese new year over here at #VFVY and we want to share our favorite recipe! These tender morsels of deliciousness are way too good to keep to yourself, although you may want to!

If you are just into eating them and not into all the work it takes to make them, then may I suggest “So Inviting”. This little take out food shop located at 876 Dundas St,  in East London, Ontario  is amazing. You have the option to pick up some ready made potstickers or dumplings and eat them straight away, or you can always take some frozen ones home and make them up to share… either way they are So Delicious! You can check out their menu and pricing on their facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/SoInvitinginOEV/menu/?p_ref=pa

If you are like me and want to make or even recreate these beautiful bite sized morsels, then read on my friends! This is going to be delicious!

Let’s begin with the Dumpling wrappers. You can purchase these in the refrigerator section of most asian markets and even some supermarkets, but you can make them yourself. Dumpling wrappers are also called gyoza or potsticker wrappers. They are thin sheets of dough made with flour and water.

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Jiaozi, aka: Chinese Dumplings
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  1. Dough Preparation: To a large bowl, measure in the flour and the salt. Pour in the boiled water and stir the flour until the flour resembles loose crumbles. Pour in the cold water. Stir again until a shaggy dough begins to form. Knead the dough for a couple of minutes, tll everything is mixed well. Turn out the dough onto a clean work surface. The dough should be soft and elastic. Continue to knead your dough for another 3-5 minutes. Place the dough into a bowel, cover with a damp towel. Let rest for 20 minutes while you prepare the filling and the dipping sauce.
  2. The middle: In a bowl, mix the shredded cabbage with 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Set aside while you move on to next step of recipe.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the ground meat with soy sauce, ground pepper, rice wine and sesame oil. Add in the chives.
  4. Back to the cabbage - grab a handful of cabbage, squeeze hard to expel the water into the sink. Add the dry cabbage into the bowl with the rest of the filling ingredients. Mix well.
  5. Making the potstickers: Turn out the rested dough onto a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough in half, keep unused half under the damp towel to prevent from drying out. Roll out the other half into a long snake, about 1-1/4 inches in diameter. Cut into approximately 20 even pieces. Take 1 piece, roll between palms to form ball. Squash between flat palms to flatten into disk. Use rolling pin to roll out to 3-1/2 inch diameter. Repeat for remaining dough. Fill and fold potstickers. Place folded potstickers on a floured piece of parchment.
  6. The Sauce: Mix together dipping sauce ingredients. Set aside until ready to serve.
  7. Cooking your potstickers: Heat a pan over medium heat, add potstickers, place lid on. Once they have browned on the bottom, add a ¼ cup of water, return lid to top and steam for 4- 6 minutes.
  8. Take out of pan and serve with dipping sauce.
  9. Enjoy!
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Fresh Baked Bread

MMM… is there anything more delicious than the delightful smell of freshly baked bread wafting out of your kitchen? That smells reminds me fondly of my childhood when my mother would bake 8 loaves at a time!

So delicious and heartwarming, I couldn’t wait to get a fresh piece and have that warm butter melt all over it!

 

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Sourdough French bread
Sourdough bread is nutritious and delicious! It contains higher levels of folate and antioxidants than other breads. It’s lower phytate levels allows your body to absorb the nutrients more easily. It also contains lower amounts of gluten and because it is fermented, it contains probiotic and prebiotic properties that are known to be excellent for your gut health. With all these benefits and so many applications what are you waiting for? why not make your sourdough starter today?
Cuisine Sourdough Bread
Keyword french bread
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Cuisine Sourdough Bread
Keyword french bread
Servings
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Instructions
  1. In a cup, melt the butter in the hot water and add and dissolve the sugar. Let cool to lukewarm.
  2. Add the starter and the yeast.
  3. Blend in two cups of flour so that you have a sticky well combined mixture.
  4. Stir in next two cups of flour and the salt. This should be enough for firm dough.
  5. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead thoroughly.
  6. Place in a well buttered bowl and let rise til double in size.
  7. Punch dough down and let rise again for 30 minutes.
  8. Turn dough out onto floured surface, let rest 10 mins.
  9. Shape into loaf.
  10. Let the loaf rise again until doubled.
  11. Place in preheated oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 50 minutes.
  12. You can slash the bread with a very sharp knife or razor just prior to putting into oven if desired. If the utensil is very sharp the bread will not fall.
  13. For a shiny crust, blend and egg white with a tablespoon of water and brush several times during baking.
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