Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Apple Crisp

There's no wrong time of the year to enjoy a delicious apple crisp. Who cares that it's not Fall, the combination of sweet apples, warm cinnamon, and cool vanilla ice cream makes the perfect dessert (or breakfast) year round!


-6-7 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced to medium thickness (not too thin so it isn't mushy, but not too thick where they are difficult to eat)
-1 tablespoon fresh squeezed orange juice
-1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
-1/2 cup white sugar
-2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
-1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Topping
-1 1/2 cups flour
-3/4 cup white sugar 
-3/4 cup brown sugar (light or dark is fine)
-1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
-1 cup oatmeal
-2 sticks butter, diced

1. Heat oven to 350. Butter a 9x9 baking dish. You can use larger too, but I like mine thick and a thick crumble. You can also use a 9x13 rectangle dish or a 9x14 oval dish.

2. Combine the apple slices, juices, sugar, and spices. If mixture looks too dry, add a tablespoon of water. Pour into the baking dish.

3. Combine all the topping ingredients in an electric mixer with the paddle attachment. Mix on low until it is crumbly and the butter is the size of peas. Scatter topping over apples.

4. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour. Serve warm with ice cream.

Source: Ina Garten




 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Breakfast Energy Yogurt

Not every recipe requires sauteing, baking, mixing, and transforming. This is more of an 'assembly' recipe but I promise you this will become your go-to breakfast. It's so fresh and healthy it will really kick-start your morning in the right direction. Feel free to swap put the berries for whatever you want, I just prefer the strawberry/blackberry combo.




- 8oz plain Greek yogurt
- 4-5 strawberries, diced
- 4-5 blackberries, diced
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 2 tablespoons chopped pecans

1. Pour the yogurt in a bowl and drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon of the honey. Layer the diced strawberries, blackberries, and pecans and then drizzle with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of honey.

2. EAT!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Irish Soda Bread

8%.

According to Ancestry DNA that's how much Irish DNA I have in me. Now, my great-grandfather came to America directly from Ireland, but as you can see while I grew up celebrating Irish heritage when you break it down to genes I'm only a whopping 8%. This has become particularly funny because a few years before I had this knowledge, I decided to get three shamrocks tattooed on my right wrist. So now I say that my wrist accounts for my 8% Irish heritage.

But this won't deter me from making Irish Soda Bread every year. Growing up I thought there was something extra special in the ingredients. Soda bread?! Is there Sprite or club soda in it?! Spoiler Alert: No! It's just that the leavening agent is baking soda. There's your soda. But it does have raisins in it and 4 tablespoons of sugar which makes this a tad sweet that pairs perfectly with cold fresh butter. I typically would have this with tea or coffee as a snack, and not as a bread with dinner but you can do what you want.

- 4 cups flour
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 3/4 cups cold buttermilk, shaken
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 cup raisins


1. Heat oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. If you don't have parchment, I just greased the bottom of my pan so the bread won't stick.

2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt with an electric mixer with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix on low until the butter is combined.

3. Lightly beat the egg in the buttermilk and with the mixer on low speed pour into flour mixture. Mix the raisins in a tablespoon of flour and add into the dough.

4. Flour your counter-top and your hands. Dump the dough on the flour and lightly knead a few times until you get a round loaf. It will be very sticky at first so make sure you have enough flour so it doesn't stick to your hands.

5. Place the loaf onto the baking sheet and cut an 'X' into the top with a serrated knife. Bake for 50-55 minutes, until a knife comes out clean.

Source: Barefoot Contessa


Monday, March 6, 2017

Chocolate Snacking Cake

Did you catch the name of this cake?

It's not birthday cake, not special occasion cake, not retirement part cake. Just snacking cake. So that means the only purpose this decadent dark chocolate cake serves is to be there when a snacking craving hits. This is supposed to be served cold, the frosting is dense, more fudge-like than frosting.


Cake
-3/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
-3/4 cup flour
-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-3/4 cup butter, room temperature
-1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup sour cream

Frosting
-1 cup heavy cream
-6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
-1/2 cup powdered sugar
-1/3 cup dark cocoa powder

1. Heat oven to 350.

2. Grease your baking pan. Original recipe calls for a 7 1/2 and 11 1/12 pan, but I used an 8" round pan. Whatever you use, just adjust your baking time depending on the thickness of the batter.

3. Combine the cocoa, flour, baking powder, and salt.

4. In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time then beat in the vanilla. Reduce the speed and add in the flour mixture alternating with the sour cream, starting and ending with flour.

5. Pour batter into pan and spread evenly. Bake 45 minutes, until knife comes out smoother. Again, if you use a larger pan you'll reduce the cook time.

6. Make the frosting by heating the cream in the microwave for 2 minutes. Add the chocolate and let stand for 10 minutes then stir until smooth and melted. Add the powdered sugar and cocoa and stir until smooth. I actually needed to add more of both of these, the frosting was too runny for some reason. Once you've reached the desired consistency spread onto a cooked cake. Store in the fridge and serve cold.

Source: The View from Great Island

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you like crunchy cookies, you'll want to skip this recipe. This isn't for you. But, if you like soft, melt in your mouth totally chocolatey chocolate chip cookies, then these are just up your alley.

I'm very particular with my chocolate chip cookies. If they're too crunchy, airy, or not enough chocolate they'll head straight to the "fail" category. They need the prefect density, just enough butter to keep them moist, and each bite needs to contain a mouthful of chocolate chips. This is the only recipe I've used for the past several years, and I'm happy to say it will continue to be my "go-to" for chocolate chip cookies. Enjoy!


Ingredients 
-3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened 
-3/4 cup  packed brown sugar 
-1/4 cup granulated sugar 
-1 egg 
-2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
-2 cups all purpose flour 
-2 teaspoons cornstarch 
-1 teaspoon baking soda 
-1/2 teaspoon  salt 
-1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Cream together butter and white sugar until fluffy and light in color. Add egg and vanilla and blend in.
3.  Mix in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Stir in brown sugar, then stir in chocolate chips.
4.  Using a standard-sized cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop dough onto a greased baking sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes, until barely golden brown around the edges.  (The tops will not brown, but do NOT cook longer than ten minutes, I only needed 9 minutes for mine)
5.  Let cool on the sheet for 5 minutes. Remove from baking sheet and let cool completely.  

Source: Apple a Day

Friday, February 17, 2017

Strawberry Coffee Cake Mini Muffins

I love little treats that are the perfect pairing to my morning cup of coffee. I didn't want a big ole muffin, which is just an excuse to eat a cupcake for breakfast. The strawberries keep these little guys fresh and light, and who doesn't love the smell of freshly baking brown sugar and cinnamon streusel in the morning?!


- 1/4 cup softened butter
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cups finely chopped strawberries (make sure they're small since these are going in mini muffins!)

Topping
- 1/4 butter, melted
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon


1. Heat oven to 350. Either line the mini muffin pan with paper liners or grease very well.

2. In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugar. Stir in the egg and vanilla.

3. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Alternate adding this mixture and the milk to the butter bowl. Stir until everything is combined. Lastly, stir in the strawberries. Spoon batter into muffin tins.

4. Combine all the topping ingredients. Sprinkle generously over muffins and then bake for 15 minutes.

Source: The Comfort of Cooking


Friday, February 10, 2017

Pico de Gallo

As I sit here the day after we were pummeled by a foot a snow I'm reminiscing about our honeymoon to Riviera Maya a few months ago. Noshing on pico de gallo poolside, sipping a stiff margarita, and soaking up entirely too much sun.

I could eat this stuff everyday. Super fresh, zesty from the lime, and just enough heat from the red onions and jalapenos. I highly recommend enjoying this with authentic Mexican tortilla chips and a stiff margarita or three.


- 5 Roma tomatoes, seeded and finely diced
- 1/2 large red onion, finely diced
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped finely
- 1/2 bunch of cilantro chopped finely
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 of a large line, juiced
- salt and pepper to taste

1. Mix the tomatoes, red onions, jalapeno, cilantro, and garlic together. Add the lime juice, and salt in pepper. Stir to coat.

That's it!

Source: The Girl Who Ate Everything