Strawberry Love

Summer is coming in we need to start finding great summertime recipes to enjoy with the family, and strawberry is one of the berries always available! Check out these great recipes form http://www.williams-sonoma.com:

Strawberry and Pistachio Yogurt Tart

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tbs. water
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 3/4 cup (4 oz./125 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz./60 g) almond flour
  • 1/3 cup (3 oz./90 g) sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 8 Tbs. (1 stick) (4 oz./125 g) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes


For the filling:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup (8 oz./250 g) whole-milk Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup (3 oz./90 g) sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt


For the topping:

  • 2 Tbs. water
  • 2 Tbs. sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 3 cups (12 oz./375 g) strawberries, halved through the stem end
  • 2 Tbs. finely chopped pistachios
  • 1 Tbs. finely grated lemon zest

Directions:

To make the crust, in a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, water and almond extract. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, using a handheld whisk, whisk together the all-purpose flour, almond flour, sugar, cardamom and salt. Attach the bowl to the mixer and fit with the flat beater. With the mixer on low speed, add the butter and beat until pea-size pieces form, 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly stream in the egg yolk mixture and beat until the dough just comes together, 1 to 2 minutes.

Turn the dough out onto a work surface and shape into a disk. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Roll out the dough into a 13-inch (33-cm) round about 1/8 inch (3 mm) thick. Fold the dough round in half and carefully transfer to a 10-inch (25-cm) tart pan with a removable bottom; pat it firmly into the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Refrigerate the tart shell for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat an oven to 375°F (190°C).

Prick the bottom of the dough all over with a fork. Bake until the crust is starting to set on the bottom, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool slightly while you prepare the filling.

To make the filling, in a bowl, whisk together the eggs, yogurt, sugar, vanilla and salt. Pour into the warm crust and bake until set, about 15 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to overnight.

To make the topping, in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the water, sugar and cardamom and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.

To finish the tart, arrange the strawberries decoratively on top of the tart as desired. Brush the strawberries lightly with the cardamom syrup (you may not need all of it). Sprinkle with the pistachios and lemon zest, cut the tart into slices and serve. Serves 8.

A touch of cardamom adds layers of flavor to both the crust and the simple syrup that’s brushed over the fruit. Keep in mind that the baked tart needs to be refrigerated for at least 4 hours or up to overnight.

Williams Sonoma Test Kitchen

Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups half-and-half
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

In a saucepan over medium heat, warm the half-and-half until steam begins to rise from the surface, 4 to 5 minutes.

In a heatproof bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and salt until blended. Gradually add the hot half-and-half, whisking constantly until fully incorporated. Transfer the mixture to a clean saucepan and set over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or spatula, until the custard is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon and leaves a clear trail when a finger is drawn through it, 8 to 10 minutes; do not allow the custard to boil.

Pour the custard through a fine-mesh sieve set over a clean bowl and stir in the strawberries and vanilla. Nestle the bowl in a larger one filled halfway with ice and water and cool the custard to room temperature, stirring occasionally. Refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour.

Transfer the custard to an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe container. Cover and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours or up to 3 days, before serving. Makes about 1 quart. 

Prepare this ice cream at the peak of strawberry season, from April to June, when the berries will have an intensely sweet aroma and flavor. If you can find the wild strawberries known as fraises des bois, use this variety.

Williams-Sonoma Kitchen.

Extra recipe for Strawberry Jam

Fresh Strawberry Jam Recipe

4 cups finely chopped strawberries

1 cup sugar

1 large lemon

Place berries with sugar and the juice and zest from the lemon into a heavy bottomed pot over medium heat.  Cook stirring often until mixture has reduced almost in half and has thickened.  Store jam in a clean jar for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. 

Pro Tips:

If you can’t eat this much jam in 2 weeks, freeze a portion to be enjoyed at a later time.

Berries will get sweeter as the season progresses, cut back on the sugar to taste.

Donuts, Donuts, Donuts Baked Not Fried

SOURCE: Credit: Bryan Gardner

Who says you have to wait for National Donut Day to have one, no worries here are a few good recipes from Martha to help you out. Try one or all see which you like best or maybe just to prepare for National Donut Day! Best part all recipes are for baked donuts not fried. And for all the vegan friends that hate spending 3 times the amount for a vegan donut, no worries we got you covered too. If you want more recipes just type in donut on search at top right you will pull up a few more donut recipes we have tried out:

Baked Cake Donuts Recipe | Martha Stewart

Ingredients

Ingredient Checklist

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature 
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole milk, room temperature

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly brush two standard donut pans with butter. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat butter and sugars on high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to medium; add eggs and vanilla, beating until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with milk, and beat just until combined.
  3. Transfer batter to a piping bag or a resealable plastic bag, and snip a 1/2-inch hole in one corner of bag. Divide mixture evenly between prepared pans. Bang pans several times on counter to release air bubbles.
  4. Bake until tops of donuts spring back when lightly pressed, 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. To decorate, see Variations below.

Variations

Powdered

In a bowl, gently toss warm donuts in 1 cup confectioners’ sugar until evenly dusted. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely; reserve bowl with sugar. Toss cooled donuts in sugar again until thoroughly coated.

Glazed
Let donuts cool completely. Mix 1 cup confectioners’ sugar with 2 tablespoons whole milk; tint with gel food coloring, if desired. Dip top of each donut in glaze (donut should be halfway submerged), turning as needed to evenly coat. Transfer to a wire rack. Top with sprinkles; let dry completely.

Coconut
Let donuts cool completely. Mix 1 cup confectioners’ sugar with 1/4 cup whole milk. Dip donuts completely in glaze to coat, then use a fork or chopstick to transfer to a wire rack. Sprinkle with toasted shredded coconut; let dry completely.

Baked Chocolate Cake Donuts Recipe | Martha Stewart

Ingredients

Chocolate Glaze

  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips (6 ounces)
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 cup natural cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, plus more if needed
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Donuts

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup natural cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips (8 ounces)
  • Sprinkles or chocolate shavings (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly brush 3 standard donut pans with butter.
  2. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Beat butter with both granulated and brown sugars on high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating to combine after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with milk, beating to combine after each addition. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Transfer batter to a piping bag fitted with a large, plain tip (such as Ateco #807), or to a resealable plastic bag, then snip a 1/2-inch hole in one corner. Pipe 3 tablespoons batter into each cup in pans.
  5. Bake until tops spring back when lightly touched, 10 to 11 minutes. Let cool in pans 10 minutes, then transfer to wire racks set in rimmed baking sheets and let cool completely.
  6. Dip top of each donut in glaze until halfway submerged, turning as needed to evenly coat one side. Place, glaze-side up, on racks. Top with sprinkles or shavings and let stand until completely set, about 1 hour.
  7. Donuts are best served the day they are made, but can be stored, unglazed, in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 day; glaze 1 hour before serving.

Chocolate Glaze: Combine chocolate, confectioners’ sugar, cocoa, salt, and butter in a small bowl. Heat cream in a small pot over medium-high until bubbling around edges, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour hot cream over chocolate mixture; let stand 1 minute. Add vanilla and whisk until mixture is smooth and has the consistency of hot-fudge sauce. If it’s too thick, add more cream, 1 tablespoon at a time. (Makes 1 1/3 cups.)

Variations

You can skip the chocolate glaze and spread the tops of the donuts with store-bought dulce de leche instead.

Vegan Baked Banana Donuts Recipe | Martha Stewart

Ingredients

Vegan Chocolate Glaze

  • 2 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/3 cup natural cocoa powder
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons almond or cashew milk, plus more if needed 
  • 4 teaspoons light corn syrup

Donuts

  • 1/2 cup unrefined coconut oil, room temperature (solid), plus more for pan
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond or cashew milk
  • 3/4 cup mashed very ripe banana (from 2 bananas) 
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Chopped toasted pecans or pistachios (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly brush 3 standard donut pans with oil.
  2. Sprinkle flaxseeds over 1/3 cup water; let stand until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together almond milk and banana. Beat oil with granulated sugar on medium-high speed until creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in flaxseed mixture. Reduce speed to low and beat in flour mixture in two batches, alternating with milk mixture.
  4. Transfer batter to a piping bag fitted with a large plain tip (such as Ateco #807), or to a resealable plastic bag, then snip a 1/2-inch hole in one corner. Pipe about 3 tablespoons into each cup of pans.
  5. Bake until tops spring back when lightly touched, about 10 minutes (1 to 2 minutes less if pan isn’t full). Let cool in pans 10 minutes, then transfer to wire racks set in rimmed baking sheets and let cool completely.
  6. Dip top of each donut in glaze until halfway submerged, turning as needed to evenly coat one side, then place, glaze-side up, on racks. Sprinkle with nuts; let stand until glaze is set, about 1 hour.
  7. Donuts are best served the day they are made, but can be stored, unglazed, in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 day; glaze 1 hour before serving.

Vegan Chocolate Glaze: Whisk together confectioners’ sugar, cocoa, and salt. Whisk in 4 tablespoons milk and corn syrup until mixture is smooth and has the texture of thick, pourable honey. If needed, add more milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until mixture reaches desired consistency. (Makes 1 1/2 cups.)

Recipes Straight From Candace Nelson!!

Who doesn’t love cupcakes, brownies, and cookies but getting them from the Sprinkles bakery is a real treat. Now imagine getting the recipes straight from the creator of Sprinkles Candace Nelson herself! Check out her website https://candace-nelson.com you can find recipes, blog post, and all the baking related things going on with Candace. Find links to her Cupcake MBA Bootcamp and also her The Pie Pop-Up online baking course for everyday bakers (and even non-bakers!) who are ready to learn the art and joy of pie making. And if you want more recipes check out her books on amazon.com:

COCOA BROWNIES WITH MINT GANACHE

INGREDIENTS


For the brownies:
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, plus more for greasing
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate


For the mint ganache:
4 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp heavy cream
4 sprigs fresh mint
6 ounces white chocolate, chopped


DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 9 x 9-inch square baking pan; set aside.
  2. Into a medium bowl sift the flour, cocoa, and salt; set aside.
  3. In another medium-sized, microwave-safe bowl combine the butter and chocolate and microwave on high, stopping and stirring every 45 seconds, until melted and smooth, 2-3 minutes total.
  4. Cool slightly, whisk in the sugar and, then whisk in the eggs until incorporated. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet until well blended.
  5. Make the ganache:
  6. In a small saucepan bring the coconut oil, cream, and mint to a simmer. Remove from the heat, cover and let steep for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours, more, depending on your preferred level of mint intensity.
  7. In a small microwave-safe bowl melt the white chocolate, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth, 1-2 minutes.
  8. Remove the mint sprigs from the heavy cream and whisk the warm cream into the melted chocolate until emulsified.
  9. Spread evenly over the brownies and chill until the ganache hardens, 30 minutes. Cut into 16 equal-sized brownies.

CHEWY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

INGREDIENTS


2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and still warm
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 large egg plus 2 large egg yolks
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


DIRECTIONS

  1. In a medium bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment cream the butter and sugars on medium speed until fluffy and smooth, 2-3 minutes. Turn off the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Turn the mixer on low speed, add the vanilla and eggs, and beat until well combined.
  3. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat until just incorporated, turning the speed up to medium-high or high for a short period if necessary to bring the mixture together. Using a spatula, fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate ideally overnight, but at least a few hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Scoop portions of ¼ cup and roll into round balls. Place on the baking sheets, with space in between; do not press down.
  7. Bake until the tops are golden brown, 11-12 minutes. Cool slightly, then transfer to tacks to cool completely.

FUDGY BROWNIES

INGREDIENTS


6 tbsp European-style butter, such as Plugrá, plus more for greasing
1 cup sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 large eggs


DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Generously butter the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square pan and line the pan with two strips of parchment paper that fit the pan both vertically and horizontally, leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and salt.
  3. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, microwave the butter and chocolate on high for 2 to 3 minutes, stopping every 45 seconds to stir until melted and smooth.
  4. Stir in the sugar mixture until blended.
  5. Whisk in the eggs one at a time until fully incorporated, then whisk in the flour and vanilla until the mixture is smooth and glossy.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until the top is set and slightly shiny (the brownies should not spring back when pressed), 25 to 26 minutes.
  7. Transfer the pan to a wire rack, cool completely, and cut into 16 equal-size squares.

ORANGE CRANBERRY CUPCAKES

INGREDIENTS


For the cupcakes:
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup (I stick) butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg plus 2 egg whites
1 cup frozen cranberries (not thawed), or fresh if you can find
1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
2/3 cup whole milk
2 tbsp finely grated orange zest (from 2 large oranges)


For the Frosting:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, slightly softened
3 cups confectioners sugar
1/8 tsp fine sea salt
1 tsp whole milk
1 tbsp orange juice
1 tbsp lightly packed finely grated orange zest
1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract


DIRECTIONS

  1. Make the Cupcakes
  2. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a 12-cup cupcake pan with cupcake liners; set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  4. Toss the cranberries with the 1 tablespoon of flour and set aside.
  5. Add the milk and orange zest to a small saucepan and heat over low heat until hot (but not boiling); let cool until lukewarm, 4-5 minutes. Stir in the vanilla.
  6. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl if necessary. Reduce speed to low, add egg and egg whites, and beat until creamy, 1-2 minutes.
  7. Slowly add half of the flour mixture, then the milk mixture, then the remaining flour mixture, beating after each addition until just blended and scraping down the sides of the bowl if necessary. Turn off mixer and gently fold in the cranberries by hand.
  8. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared cupcake cup and bake until the tops are just dry to the touch (some may be slightly golden on the sides before this happens), 18-19 minutes.
  9. Cool completely before frosting with the Orange Frosting.
  10. Make The Frosting
  11. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the butter, sugar, and salt on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.
  12. Add the milk, lemon juice and zest, and vanilla and mix until smooth and creamy, making sure not to incorporate too much air into the frosting.

Easy Easter Day Treats

Easter time is always a great time to have pinics and lots of great food, but Easter candy is the highlight of the day! No matter what your kids love peeps, chocolates, jelly beans, or marshmellow eggs making them part of a dessert is a win win. http://www.biglots.com has some great ideas and plenty of candy to make them happen check out these options:

EASTER PEEPS GARDEN CAKE

Ingredients

1 box devil’s food cake mix (or your favorite chocolate cake recipe)
1 container chocolate frosting
1 cup Oreo cookie crumbs
Green decorating icing
Orange decorating icing
8 to 12 PEEPS marshmallow bunnies
1 cup Coconut flakes
Green food coloring
Skewers and toothpicks


Directions

  1. Make cake as directed in 13×9 inch pan sprayed to be non-stick.
  2. Let cake cool. Spread chocolate frosting on top of cake. Draw lines with skewers to map out rows and spots for carrots.
  3. Sprinkle crushed Oreo over cake
  4. Add a few drops of green food coloring to coconut flakes
  5. Add green coconut to create grass
  6. Add carrots with orange and green decorating icing
  7. Put a toothpick in each PEEPS marshmallow bunny and add to garden

PEEPS FUNFETTI CAKE

Ingredients


1 box Pillsbury Funfetti Cake Mix
Pilsbury Funfetti Vanilla Frosting
2 boxes Peeps Party Cake Marshmallow Chicks
Cadbury Mini Eggs
2 cups Let’s Do Organic Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
Yellow & blue food coloring
Round cake pan
Nonstick spray

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Coat round cake pan with nonstick spray, set aside
  3. Prepare Funfetti cake mix according to the instructions on the package & bake in round cake pan
  4. Add 2 drops of yellow coloring & 2 drops of blue coloring to frosting, mix to combine
  5. Mix coconut, 2 drops of yellow coloring, 2 drops of blue coloring in a medium mixing bowl
  6. After cake has completely cooled, cover with pale green frosting
  7. Stick Peeps to frosting around the bottom edge of cake
  8. Pat coconut into remaining frosting
  9. Top with Funfetti sprinkles & Cadbury Mini Eggs
  10. Delight in your Easter treat

COOKIE DOUGH EGGS

Ingredients


½ cup butter
¾ cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup flour
2 tsp milk
½ cup powdered sugar
½ cup mini chocolate chips
18 oz chocolate baking chips
6 oz white chocolate baking chips
Food coloring

Directions

  1. In a mixing bowl, stir together softened butter and brown sugar. Add vanilla, salt, flour, milk and powdered sugar.
    Mix until well combined. Gently stir in mini chocolate chips
  2. Scoop dough into 1 inch balls and shape into eggs. Place on parchment lined baking pan.
  3. Freeze for two hours.
  4. After two hours, melt the chocolate almond bark – directions on package.
  5. Dip the frozen eggs into the melted chocolate. Shake off any excess and place on parchment paper to dry.
  6. Melt white almond bark and add desired food coloring. Drizzle chocolate over the egg using a fork.

EASTER PEEPS S’MORES

Ingredients

Great Gatherings 11.5’’ Cast Iron Pan
1 bag Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs
1 box Peeps Yellow Marshmallow Chicks
1 box Peeps Pink Marshmallow Bunnies
1 box Peeps Blue Marshmallow Bunnies
1 box Honey Maid Graham Crackers
1 tbs butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F
  2. Grease pan with butter
  3. Pour chocolate chips into pan & flatten as needed
  4. Arrange 6 Reese’s Eggs evenly on top of the chips
  5. Top with Peeps, arranging the colors however you like!
  6. Place pan in the oven & bake until Peeps begin to brown lightly, about 6-7 mins (Watch closely! The Peeps brown quickly!)
  7. Serve while warm with graham cracks for dipping!

Recipe For Little Chefs

Today we have a recipe for the little chefs who usually just love to eat dessert, now they get to make it before they can enjoy it! If you have a chance go on to http://www.surlatable.com they have great recipes and virtual classes you can take to make some great meals or desserts for adults and kids not too bad on price:

Ingredients

Pudding:

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups whole milk, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 9 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups crumbled chocolate cookies, divided, such as Oreos or Nabisco
  • Famous Chocolate Wafers

Toppings:

  • Candy rocks (optional)
  • Gummy worms
  • 6 mint sprigs
  • 6 edible flowers such as dandelions, nasturtiums or mini roses(optional)

Directions:

To a medium saucepan, add the sugar and cornstarch and whisk to combine. Add the milk salt and vanilla and whisk until smooth. Set the saucepan over medium-high heat and whisk gently and often until the mixture comes to a simmer and thickens, about 6 minutes.

Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the chopped chocolate and butter. Whisk until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth. Transfer the pudding to a medium mixing bowl and set over a second larger bowl filled with ice water. With a silicone spatula, stir the pudding over the ice bath until it is cool to the touch. Press a piece of plastic wrap to the surface of the pudding and transfer to the refrigerator until it is cold, about 1 hour.

To a large mixing bowl, add the cream and whisk until soft peaks form. Using a silicone spatula, fold the whipped cream into the chilled chocolate pudding, carefully so as to not deflate the cream. Fold ½ cup of the crumbled chocolate cookies into the pudding mixture.

To assemble the dirt cups: Fill 6, 8-9 oz clear plastic cups or glass cups approximately ¾ full, leaving 1 inch of space at the top of the cup. Sprinkle ¼ cup of the crumbled cookies on the top of each cup. Push several gummy worms, half in and half out of the pudding. Arrange several candy rocks on top of the crumbled cookies. Push a mint sprig and a flower into the crumbled cookies. Serve immediately.

Lemon Poppyseed Sourdough Bread

Sourdough.sisters has a new recipe sourdough recipe to share and it’s a twofer! Lemon poppyseed sourdough bread made with fresh lemons and if you have a tree at home even better. And if you are not a poppyseed fan you can easily make a sourdough coffecake instead see addtional recipe below:

Dry Ingredients

1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

Wet Ingredients

3/4 cups of sugar

1/2 cups of oil (sunflower or grape seed)

2 eggs

4 tsp. of fresh lemon juice

2 tsp. Lemon zest

1/2 cups (125g) of fed sourdough starter

3/4 cups of milk (rice, almond, coconut)

2 tbs. of poppy seeds @shiloh_farms_foods

ICING

1/2 cup of powdered sugar

2-3 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp lemon zest

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and mix wet ingredients in another. Fill bread loaf pan 3/4 full and bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes. You can also bake in mini loaf pans but decrease bake time to 25-35 minutes. Let cool completely then frost.

Sourdough Coffee Cake – This sourdough coffee cake is just a modified version of my lemon poppyseed bread. Simply switched out the lemon juice, lemon zest, and poppy seeds and used 2 tsp. of cinnamon. Then layer the batter with brown sugar and sprinkles brown sugar on the top. And enjoy whichever of the two breads you prefer!

Vegan Brownies

Who doesn’t love a brownie as a snack, my vegan friends if they can’t eat it!!! So here you go http://www.loveandlemons.com made one special for you. Feel free to customize with nuts or even shredded coconut:

Ingredients


2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
5 tablespoons water
1 cup all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup powdered sugar, sifted
⅔ cup cocoa powder, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
½ cup vegan dark chocolate chips, reserve some for topping
½ cup melted coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Flaky sea salt for sprinkling, optional

Instructions


Preheat the oven to 325°F, grease an 8×8-inch baking dish and line it with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, stir together the flaxseed and water and set aside for 5 minutes to thicken.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugars, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and chocolate chips.
In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, vanilla, and the flaxseed mixture. Pour the dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients and use a spatula to fold the mixture together, until moistened. It will be extremely dry and crumbly but will come together in the next step where it’ll be pressed into the pan. This mixture is very different from traditional brownies where a wet batter is pourable.
Transfer the crumbly mixture to the prepared pan and use your fingertips to press it into an even layer. Sprinkle the reserved chocolate chips on top and gently press into the dough. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt, if using. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs. Cool on a wire rack for at least 45 minutes before slicing and serving.

ROMERO CHICKEN, BACON, AND AVOCADO SALAD

As the days start to warm up those outdoor barbeques are just around the corner, and what comes after barbeques leftovers yum! Steak, chicken, or shrimp now matter what you grill always left some for making a great salad for lunch the next day. This is a great recipe from http://www.howsweeteats.com for a chicken, bacon, and avocado salad and if you need more step by step video link below:

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 6 cups spring greens and/or butter lettuce
  • 1 bunch watercress
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 large avocado, thinly sliced

ROSEMARY VINAIGRETTE 

  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
  • salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS 

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat and add the bacon. Cook until it’s crispy and the fat is rendered. Remove the bacon and place it on a paper towel to drain any excess grease.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Cover with the rosemary. In the same skillet, over medium-high heat, add the chicken and cook until golden and crisp on both sides, about 5 to 6 minutes per side. Remove the chicken and let sit for a moment while you assemble the salad, then slice it.
  • Toss the greens with the watercress and the tomatoes. Top with the sliced chicken, the bacon and the avocado. Drizzle with the rosemary vinaigrette!

ROSEMARY VINAIGRETTE

  • Whisk together the mustard, oil and vinegar. Whisk in the rosemary and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Sourdough Dessert Recipes

When I first heard using sourdough starter for other recipes aside from sourdough bread I was abit confused worried things would just taste like sourdough? To my surprise not the case at all, so here are a few dessert recipes to start out with from our friends at http://www.culturesforhealth.com:

https://www.culturesforhealth.com/learn/recipe/sourdough-recipes/sourdough-brownies/

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces baking chocolate
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup butter or coconut oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups flour, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh sourdough starter

Directions:

  1. Melt chocolate in a double boiler over medium heat. Pour in hot water and combine thoroughly.
  2. Stir in baking soda until the mixture is foamy. Set aside and cool until lukewarm. (It is important the mixture not be too hot.)
  3. Cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  4. Add eggs and mix well; add vanilla, chocolate mixture, and nuts.
  5. Gently add flour and salt.
  6. Add the sourdough starter. Mix to just combine; do not over-mix.
  7. Pour into a greased 9×13-inch pan. Let rise in a warm spot (70°-85°F) for approximately 30 minutes.
  8. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake brownies 35-40 minutes. Cool and serve.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cdiced apples (preferably a firm variety such as granny smith)
  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • 1-2 cups coconut oil, sunflower oil, for frying

Directions:

  1. Place diced apples in a large bowl. Pour in sourdough starter slowly, mixing it into the diced apples as you go. The starter should envelop the apples but still remain thick. If this hasn’t yet been achieved, add a bit more sourdough starter.
  2. Sprinkle in salt, cinnamon, and baking soda, and mix to combine. Allow mixture to rise a bit while heating the fat in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Gently drop large tablespoons of batter into fat. Fry for approximately 3 minutes per side until golden. Flip and fry another 3 minutes or until golden.
  4. Remove to a platter and sprinkle with powdered sugar or drizzle with honey or maple syrup.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup fresh sourdough starter
  • 1/2 cup apple butter recipe below
  • 1/2 cup fresh, whole milk or non-dairy alternative
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 egg or flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup butter or coconut oil, melted
  • 1-1/2 cups sifted whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Directions:

  1. Line 12 to 14 muffin cups with paper liners. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Mix sourdough starter, apple butter, and milk in a large bowl. Stir in honey, egg, and melted butter.
  3. In a separate bowl stir together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and allspice. Pour over sourdough mixture and stir just until blended. Fold in chopped nuts. Do not over-mix.
  4. Fill prepared muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake 20-25 minutes, until tops are firm and golden brown. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.
  5. Serve warm with butter and additional apple butter for spreading. These are best served the same day they are made, but they freeze well for longer storage.

LACTO-FERMENTED DRIED-APPLE BUTTER

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups dried apples
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 cup whey or water kefir
  • 1/2 cup raw honey

Directions:

  1. In a medium-sized pan over medium-high heat, cook apples in enough water to cover until they are soft. When they have cooked sufficiently, drain and cool.
  2. Process cooled apples in a food processor, along with the remaining ingredients, until smooth.
  3. Pour apple butter into glass jars, leaving 1 inch headspace.
  4. Cover the jar with a tight lid, airlock lid, or coffee filter secured with a rubber band.
  5. Culture at room temperature (60-70°F is preferred) until desired flavor is achieved, about 1-2 days.
  6. If using a tight lid, burp daily to release excess pressure.
  7. Once the apple butter is finished, put a tight lid on the jar and move to cold storage.

Easiest Sourdough Starter To Care For

I was always scared to care for a sourdough starter sounded very complicated but I found soudoughsister and the fear is gone. It’s the easiest starter to care for and use for all your delicious recipes for breads, desserts, pancakes, etc. Just prep the starter the nigh before 5 mins and the next day you are ready to work on your dough! Sourdoughsisters has a great offer for $20 you get a starter, series of 5 live zooms, and a digital recipe! Email at sourdoughsister22@gmail.com for more info and a calendar of classes or check out http://www.instagram.com/sourdough.sister: