Archive for the ‘desserts’ Category

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mango salsa

May 4, 2014

put part of a jalapeno, part of an onion (scallions, green onions, wild leeks, red onions – can’t go wrong here,) and some roasted garlic (raw if you prefer) into the food processor (to taste)

add lime juice and a lot of cilantro

add two mangoes and a sweet red or orange bell pepper

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serve with absolutely everything on earth

especially

fish
chicken
tofu
pork
veggies
salads
chips
and literally everything else

today’s teriyaki chicken wings go well with it. so does tomorrow’s fish cake. even burgers can be made magical by this sweet and sour hot sauce.

blend it completely as a marinade, or leave it chunky as a salsa for dipping.

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coconut-vanilla granola bars

February 15, 2014

excited to make this today – thanks to emma eats for the recipe!

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(makes 10 bars)

2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
3/4 cup finely chopped pitted medjool dates (about 5 or 6 large dates)
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground kosher salt
1/2 cup dark maple syrup, room temperature
3 tablespoons melted unrefined coconut oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
optional – a shake of cayenne

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Spread the oats and coconut evenly over a baking sheet and toast in the oven for approximately 10 minutes, stirring once or twice over the duration. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.

Grease an 8″ x 8″ square pan, or line with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix together the oat/coconut mixture with the chopped dates, ground flaxseed, chocolate chips, cinnamon and salt. After the dates are broken up and not sticking together in one big bunch, stir in the maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla.

Using a spatula, press the mixture evenly into the base of the prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the edges are slightly golden. Remove from oven and let cool completely in pan before cutting.

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from emma eats

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update: not my favorite. tasted heavily of maple syrup. first attempt at a granola bar. tons of substitutions and added lots of cashews and walnuts, which is probably why they fell apart. also figured out i was cutting them too early – they really have to cool a bit before you cut them.

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cranberry sauce with red wine and figs

November 28, 2013

water as needed
1 splash – 1 cup of red wine
half a packet of dried figs (about 10-12)
a half-cup to a cup of fresh, frozen, or dried cranberries, cherries, and whatever else you have
just a bit of fresh orange zest, orange juice, or candied orange
one quick squeeze of a fresh lemon
a pinch powdered allspice or cinnamon
a t apple cider or red wine vinegar
if you need a sweetener, use whatever you like – honey, sugar, etc.

bring to a boil and simmer until sweet and tender. continue adding water, as the figs will soak up a lot of liquid.

if you prefer it thicker, add a pinch of potato starch or corn starch.

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modified from david lebowitz‘s version

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almond and brown sugar cookies

November 18, 2013

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole blanched almonds (2 1/2 ounces)
(a little anise extract and pumpkin pie spice – optional)

Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Beat together butter and brown sugar in a large bowl until pale and fluffy, then beat in egg and vanilla. Mix in flour mixture until a dough just forms. Stir in whole almonds. Divide dough in half. Using a sheet of plastic wrap or wax paper as an aid, form each piece of dough into a log 9 to 9 1/2 inches long (about 1 1/4 inches in diameter). Chill, wrapped in plastic wrap (or plastic grocery bag) until very firm, at least 4 hours. Freeze 30 minutes to facilitate slicing.

Preheat oven to 350°F with racks in upper and lower thirds. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Cut 1 log of dough crosswise into slices less than 1/8 inch thick with a thin sharp knife, rotating log after each slice to help keep round shape. (If dough gets too soft to slice through nuts easily, freeze briefly.) Arrange cookies about 1/2 inch apart on baking sheets.

Bake cookies, switching position of sheets halfway through, until golden brown all over, 12 to 15 minutes total. Transfer cookies on parchment to racks to cool.

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from epicurious

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made a few substitutions.

my brown sugar had some kind of larvae in it, so i substituted non-larvaed sugar in the raw with a half-teaspoon or so of molasses. it gave them a rich, thick flavor.
also, i have anise extract and never know what to do with it, and i like anise-almond, so i gave it a try. WOW! so perfect. the flavors compliment each other well. finally, i added a dash of pumpkin pie spice and a little pinch of chocolate chips.

there is so much going on with these cookies that they actually don’t need the chocolate chips at all. i would recommend omitting them, like the original recipe did.

i have never made icebox cookies before, but now i understand the basic idea. these cookies come out looking exactly like cookies from the store. they are even and flat on top.

typically, i’m more of the crumbly, chewy cookie type. i like cookies that turn your glass of milk into a milkshake in five seconds flat.
these cookies are very different. they are dunking cookies – and they actually stand up to being dunked until the end. they are crunchy, crispy, and could easily convert someone to the crispy cookie camp.

highly recommended as holiday gifts. unique, good-looking, and easy! highly recommended.

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amaretti di Saronno (gluten-free almond cookies)

November 18, 2013

2 1/4 cups blanched whole almonds (about 12 ounces), plus 15 for garnishing
2/3 cup sugar
2 large egg whites, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
15 glacéed cherries

Arrange racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat to 350°F. Lightly oil 2 large baking sheets, then line with parchment paper.

In food processor, combine 2 1/4 cups almonds and 1/3 cup sugar. Process until finely ground, scraping down sides once or twice. Set aside.

In electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment, beat egg whites and salt at high speed until soft peaks form. Reduce speed to medium and gradually sprinkle in remaining 1/3 cup sugar. Return speed to high and beat mixture until stiff, shiny peaks form. Gently fold in ground almond mixture and almond and vanilla extracts.

Roll mixture into 1-inch balls, place 2 inches apart on baking sheets, and flatten slightly. Top each with glacéed cherry or almond. Bake until cookies are golden, switching positions of pans halfway through, about 25 minutes. Cool on sheets 5 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely.

Cookies keep, wrapped, several days, or frozen, several weeks. Recrisp in warm oven.

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from epicurious

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midnight crackles

October 24, 2013

70 g butter (0.619 stick)
140g brown sugar (0.636 cups packed)
150 g dark chocolate with 70% cocoa (1 T chocolate chips)
170 g flour (1.417 cups)
30g cocoa (5.556 T)
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of cloves
1 egg

optional:
1 pinch minced ginger or 1 splash ginger juice
one dash cayenne

melt butter, chocolate, and sugar together.

mix dough.

refrigerate 1 h.

bake at 180c (350f) for 10-12 minutes and do not overbake – they will seem soft coming out of the oven.

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adapted from prstohvat soli

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Very good! I used a rich dark chocolate cocoa powder, and dark chocolate chips, and the cookies were almost bittersweet. Chocolate isn’t my favorite, but this is a great cookie for (an adult) chocolate craving!

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soda sữa hột gà (egg soda)

October 15, 2013

I remember, as a child, reading an old book where the kids drank egg creams. I begged my mom to let me try one. Finally, she let me have one in a dingy old diner. I was horrified by it. No egg? No cream? Not overly sweet? Misleading!

This year, I tried a soda sữa hột gà with my friend in a great Vietnamese restaurant in Chicago. That was what I wanted as a kid, all those years ago. We both loved it. I’ve craved it a few times since then (like now)

It’s light yet heavy, sweet but not overwhelming, and not nearly as strange as it sounds. Think of a lighter, unspiced eggnog.

1 T sweetened condensed milk
1 egg yolk
seltzer (as needed, 1-2 cups)
ice
two glasses

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adapted from wikibooks

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blueberry and dark chocolate oatmeal cookies

September 30, 2013

i tweaked diane’s six-spice oatmeal cookies. i was so haunted by thoughts of blueberry-oatmeal after seeing photos on the delicious life that i smashed the recipes together.

i followed the recipe a bit more closely than this version here. although i like cumin, i did not think it belonged in this cookie. i recommend replacing it with coriander, anise, or, as i’ve done in this version, black pepper.

1 1/2 cups mixed all-purpose flour and oat flour (make your own by blending quick-cook oats)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice)
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground ginger
a pinch ground cloves
a pinch cayenne
a pinch black pepper
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 c dried blueberries, cherries, raisins, or a combination
dark chocolate chips or chunks, to taste

(i cut the recipe in half, but used the whole egg, and it was great.)

cream sugar and butter. add eggs and vanilla. finally, incorporate dry ingredients. don’t overmix. i refrigerated the dough about a half-hour before i preheated the oven to 375. leave them in balls on the cookie sheet. bake 10 minutes, less if your cookies aren’t massive.

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these are my new favorite oatmeal cookies. blueberries and dark chocolate are made for each other! highly recommended!

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french breakfast puffs

September 13, 2013

muffin/doughnuts sounds great. smells good so far, too.

1/3 cup butter, room temp
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
3 oz butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 F

With a paddle attachment in a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy (about a minute) and add the egg, mixing together. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and a 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix flour blend into sugar and egg mixture alternately with milk, on low speed. Add the vanilla last, mixing to blend together. Fill greased muffin tins two-thirds full. Bake until barely golden brown, 25 minutes. Immediately loosen the puffs from the tins (use a butter knife around the edges first).

Now, working very quickly, dip top and sides into melted butter; then roll in mixture of sugar and cinnamon. Serve hot, at once, but honestly these are still delicious the next day!

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vintage recipe discovered and posted by the kitchy kitchen

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whoops. didn’t read the recipe very closely. tried to make sixteen. they didn’t come out “puffy,” so make sure to fill the tins 2/3 full. they were like a lighter version of banana bread – not gooey or sticky in the middle, not as dense as pound cake, but denser than birthday cake. i think i’d just as soon have banana bread. not my favorite, but would be good to bring to a party if you want to make sure to bring something unique.

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raw almond butter cups

August 14, 2013

3/4 cup raw almonds, ground into a meal
1/4 cup rolled oats, ground into a flour
2 tablespoons raw almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
1.5 tablespoons coconut oil, warmed if necessary
1.5 tablespoons pure maple syrup (or agave nectar)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
pinch of fine grain sea salt, to taste

for the topping:

3 tablespoons coconut oil
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup (or 2 tbsp agave nectar)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
pinch of fine grain sea salt, to taste

1. Add almonds and oats into a high-speed blender and blend on high until a flour forms. Dump into a large bowl and break up any clumps with your fingers.
2. Add the nut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup (or agave), cinnamon, vanilla, and salt into the bowl. Stir until thoroughly combined. The dough should be fairly sticky like cookie dough.
3. Line a mini (or regular) muffin tin with paper liners or use a silicone muffin holder. Portion the dough into each muffin cup and press down until even and smooth.
4. To make the chocolate sauce: Whisk together the coconut oil, sweetener, cocoa powder, and salt until no clumps remain. Spoon the sauce over top each of the cups, distributing evenly. Garnish cups with sliced almonds if desired.
5. Place in the freezer in a flat area for 30-45 minutes, until firm. Pop out the cups & enjoy immediately! These are best consumed straight from the freezer.
Notes: If looking for an oat-free option, you might be able to substitute the 1/4 cup of oats for more almond meal. My guess is that you’d need to add another 1/3-1/2 cup almonds to avoid the dough becoming too sticky. Please report back!

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from oh she glows

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