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Catching sea salt with chefs Gunnar Karl Gíslason & Ólafur Ágústsson

mono1984:

Catching sea salt with chefs Gunnar Karl Gíslason & Ólafur Ágústsson

We love using our Weck jars for storing food, as flower vases, & of course, canning but we found out recently they are oven-safe & can be used as single-serving bakeware. This Black Walnut Morning Cake baked in Weck jars is made using foraged black walnuts & topped with a drizzle of chocolate sauce. We found it is really great for dinner parties or brunch desert.
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Recipe: Black Walnut Morning Cake in Weck
Crumble Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Zest of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 1/4 cups chopped black walnuts

Cake Ingredients:
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature (plus extra for greasing Weck jars)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Juice from one lemon
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped dates
Extra brown sugar for center of cake
Caramel or chocolate sauce to drizzle on top
4 19.6 oz. Weck jars

Method:
1. Butter Weck jars and lightly coat with flour. Set aside
2. To make the crumble topping: In a medium bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Mix in the lemon zest. Using a pastry cutter or two butter knives, cut in the butter until small to medium clumps form. Mix in black walnuts. Set aside in the refrigerator until ready to use.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl.
4. In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs 1 at a time until well combined. Add vanilla and lemon juice.
5. Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with 2 additions of sour cream (starting and ending with the flour). Beat until well combined.
6. Fill each Weck jar about 1/3 way full, then sprinkle with brown sugar and chopped dates. Top with remaining batter and spread evenly using an offset spatula or back of a spoon. Sprinkle crumble topping mixture evenly over batter.
7. Bake cakes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Let cool completely. Top with caramel or chocolate sauce if you’re feeling extra decadent! If you want to take the cakes out of the Weck jars, just run a knife around the sides to loosen (once cooled). Makes approximately 4 cakes.
Recipe from Terrain

We love using our Weck jars for storing food, as flower vases, & of course, canning but we found out recently they are oven-safe & can be used as single-serving bakeware. This Black Walnut Morning Cake baked in Weck jars is made using foraged black walnuts & topped with a drizzle of chocolate sauce. We found it is really great for dinner parties or brunch desert.

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A few months ago we did some custom work at our favorite restaurant in Iceland: Dill.  Images of our pieces coming soon. Until then, enjoy some interior photos shot by Anthony Bacigalupo for an upcoming book.

Spiced Apple Layer Cake with Goat Cheese Frosting paired with Autumn weather: Check.  This recipe is definitely for a weekend gathering with friends &amp; family.
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Recipe: Spiced Apple Layer Cake with Goat Cheese Frosting &amp; Caramel
For the Cake
Ingredients:3 1/4 cups all purpose flour2 teaspoons baking powder1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon cinnamon1/4 teaspoon allspice1/4 teaspoon gingerpinch nutmeg1/2 cup whole milk1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 cup butter, at room temperature2 cups sugar4 large eggs, at room temperature1 1/2 cup applesauce
Method:Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour four 8-inch round cake pans. Line the bottoms with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices. In another bowl, mix milk and vanilla extract. In a third bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat in. Alternately in increments, add wet and dry ingredients to the butter mixture and incorporate fully each time. Fold in applesauce. Pour your mixture into your pans and bake in the oven for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove and let cool about 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely on a cooling rack.
For the Goat Cheese Frosting
Ingredients:6 ounces goat cheese8 ounces mascarpone2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature1 teaspoon vanilla2 cups powdered sugar1 teaspoon cinnamon
Method:Beat all ingredients until well incorporated. Refrigerate for one hour.
For the Caramel
Ingredients:1 cup sugar 6 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces 1/2 cup heavy cream 2 tablespoons bourbon1/4 teaspoon cinnamon1/4 teaspoon nutmegpinch allspice 
Method:
In a saucepan, bring sugar and 1/4 cup water to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Boil for about 10 minutes, until caramel is a deep amber color. Reduce heat and add butter and stir until smooth. Stir in cream, bourbon and spices. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat and let cool.
To assemble cake, place one layer on a cake plate and frost generously with goat cheese frosting. Add each layer, alternating cake and frosting, finishing with a top layer of frosting. Smooth or scrape down sides of cake to expose the sides of the layers. Top with caramel sauce, allowing it to drizzle down the sides of your cake.
Recipe from Anthropologie

Spiced Apple Layer Cake with Goat Cheese Frosting paired with Autumn weather: Check.  This recipe is definitely for a weekend gathering with friends & family.

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We’ve been working hard on private projects for restaurants, hotels, bistros & residences in Iceland & California the last few months so we’ve been sleeping a tad on the social media posting & focusing on making & crafting…

Lots of new goods are coming just in time for Autumn / Winter as well as the public launch of our web shop! Feel free to share & inquire about pieces through us or one of our many stockists around the world. Enjoy the weekend.

(Source: mono1984)

To continue with our Autumn Recipe posts every few days, here is one of our favorites for this time of the year: Hot Cider &amp; Cinnamon Apple Chips.
Strangely enough, Hot Cider isn’t as popular in Iceland as it is in the states, but that’s quite alright with us because we enjoy making it for our guests &amp; will making  lots of it this winter season at our pop-up markets &amp; future Restaurant Days in Reykjavík with some of our gift boxes &amp; soft goods for sale.
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For the Cider:
Ingredients10 winesap apples, quartered3/4 cup sugar4 cinnamon sticksPinch of whole cloves1 tablespoon allspice berriesEnough water to cover
MethodWrap all spices in a small piece of doubled-up cheesecloth and tie off securely. Add apples, sugar, spice pack and water to a large stockpot and bring to a boil for one hour. Lower heat and allow mixture to simmer for an additional two hours. Remove from heat and let cool. Remove spice pack and discard. Strain the remaining mixture through a fine mesh sieve, as many times as needed to reach desired consistency. Reheat to enjoy, and top with whipped cream and apple chips.
For the Cinnamon Apple Chips:
Ingredients1 apple, thinly sliced with seeds removed1/4 cup sugar1 teaspoon cinnamon
MethodPreheat oven to 200 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange apple slices, evenly spaced. In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle the mixture over apples. Bake for two hours, moving the slices with tongs once to prevent sticking. Remove from oven and let cool.
Recipe from Anthropologie

To continue with our Autumn Recipe posts every few days, here is one of our favorites for this time of the year: Hot Cider & Cinnamon Apple Chips.

Strangely enough, Hot Cider isn’t as popular in Iceland as it is in the states, but that’s quite alright with us because we enjoy making it for our guests & will making  lots of it this winter season at our pop-up markets & future Restaurant Days in Reykjavík with some of our gift boxes & soft goods for sale.

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Minarc Living wrote a nice article in their latest issue about Reykjavik Outpost, the new home for our goods in LA.

Autumn has arrived (in Iceland Summer sadly never came) &amp; the one thing in our house that represents this lovely time of the year is baking goods &amp; having small gatherings on the weekends.
Every few days we will be sharing our favorite Autumn &amp; Winter recipes with you-
Since Anthony is from California where apple orchids are just a short drive away from his hometown, the Dutch Oven Apple Crisp was an obvious first R.T.Co. recipe to share since it mirrors the changing season so perfectly.
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Recipe: Dutch Oven Apple Crisp
A Dutch oven is defined as a cast-iron kettle with a tight cover used for baking in an open fire; a metal shield for roasting before an open fire; a brick oven in which cooking is done by the preheated walls; and a heavy pot with a tight-fitting domed cover. Before you get started on the Apple Crisp, read our tips on using the Dutch oven in the best possible way!
First of all, the secret to successful Dutch oven cooking is using the proper amount of heat both above and below it. Ideally you’ll want to take the coals out of the main fire and place them to the side (about two feet from the fire) and then place hot coals on top of the lid. This distributes the heat evenly and will help you avoid burning your food on the bottom. Depending on the length of time you need to cook your dish, you can try moving your Dutch oven to a fresh, hot layer of coals every 20 to 30 minutes.
Second tip: To clean your Dutch oven, simply place it upside down over the campfire. Lastly, avoid wrapping your leftover apple crisp in tinfoil and leaving it out in the open. Why, you ask? Because the crows love love love the shiny tinfoil and they will come swooping in and tear it apart, eating all of your leftovers and making a huge mess. These things I have learned from experience.
IngredientsFor the Apple Mixture10 medium to large applesPat of unsalted butter for greasing baking dish2 tablespoons/30 milliliters fresh lemon juice2/3 cup (4.6 ounces/130 grams) sugar (we like coconut or demerara sugar)1/3 cup (1.6 ounces/45 grams) all-purpose flour2 teaspoons ground cinnamon3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg1/4 teaspoon ground cloves3/4 teaspoon sea salt
For the Topping2 cups (10 ounces/285 grams) all-purpose flour1 1/2 cups (12 ounces/340 grams) packed brown sugar1 cup (3 ounces/85 grams) instant oatmeal1/2 cup (2 ounces/55 grams) walnuts, chopped1 cup (8 ounces/225 grams) unsalted butter (or coconut oil), melted
Method For an ideal apple crisp, choose a combination of apples such as Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Braeburn and Golden Delicious. Peel, core and slice the apples and put them in a buttered 12-inch/30-centimeter Dutch oven. Add the lemon juice and stir to coat the apples.
In a small mixing bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Mix well. Sprinkle this mixture over the apples and stir until the apples are evenly coated. Spread the apples evenly.
To make the topping, mix the flour, brown sugar, oatmeal and walnuts in a medium bowl until well combined. Use a fork to mix in the melted butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Distribute the crumbly topping evenly over the apples.
Cover the Dutch oven and bake using 10–12 briquettes bottom heat and 16–18 briquettes top heat for 60 minutes or until the top is crispy and the apples are tender. Alternatively, bake the crisp in a preheated 350°F/175°C oven.
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
Serves 16
Recipe from Kinfolk

Autumn has arrived (in Iceland Summer sadly never came) & the one thing in our house that represents this lovely time of the year is baking goods & having small gatherings on the weekends.

Every few days we will be sharing our favorite Autumn & Winter recipes with you-

Since Anthony is from California where apple orchids are just a short drive away from his hometown, the Dutch Oven Apple Crisp was an obvious first R.T.Co. recipe to share since it mirrors the changing season so perfectly.

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