Recipes

Oh So Delicious

Happy holidays everyone! First off, I want to thank everyone who voted for my Syrian refugee essay! Thanks to all of you my essay has moved onto the final round, and will now be viewed by the judges. I could have not it made this far without all of your votes 🙂

I have recently done a blog collaboration with Amber, at https://soulofstories.wordpress.com, and she found this delicious recipe for cookie bars! They looked delicious, and you can find the original recipe here (Butter Baking)

Be sure to look at other recipes on this blog, they all look delicious. Now for the most part I followed this recipe, with just a few alterations.

To make this gift from the heavens you’ll need:

  • 110g unsalted butter, melted (1/2 cup)
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cups plain flour
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ – 1 tsp sea salt, to taste
  • ½ – 1 cup Nutella, to taste
  • ½ cup condensed milk (about half a can)

Directions:

  • Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Put parchment paper in an 8×8 baking dish.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the butter, egg, both sugars, and vanilla. If you don’t have a mixing bowl, melt the butter first and this will make stirring it all together very easy. If you do have a mixer, just make sure the butter is room temp. and then put it all into the mixer.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together both flours, baking soda and salt. Then slowly add this into the bowl with the wet ingredients.IMG_0231
  • Once you have mixed this together, you have made the cookie dough base! Take about 3/4 cup of the dough and put it to the side. Take the rest of the dough and put it into the baking dish.
  • Now is the part where you add the Nutella. In all honestly I didn’t measure this part, I just put dollups in the pan until I was satisfied. (While making this recipe it doesn’t all that tasty, but trust me, it is).IMG_0233
  • Next, stir up the condensed milk in the jar before pouring it on top. I did about 3/4 of the can, or until I covered the entire dish. Top it all off with the remaining cookie dough. I only reserved a 1/2 a cup of the dough when I tried this out, but I recommend that you reserve about 3/4 of a cup of dough.IMG_0235
  • Bake this dish in the oven for 30 min. or until the dough is golden brown. The milk gets caramelized and the Nutella gets smoother and it just turns into a gooey masterpiece.

    Be sure to check out Amber’s version of this recipe, she is also the one who originally found this! I hope you are all enjoying the end of the year.

As Always,

xox Em

Duck Confit

 

A few days ago, I decided to try out a recipe that seemed daunting, simply because of the word. Duck confit had always seemed super complicated to me, but I decided to try a recipe and see how it went. This is the result.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup salt (I used regular and grey salt)

3 tbs. parsley

3 tbs. tarragon

4 duck legs

1 cup rendered duck fat

2 cloves garlic

1 tsp black pepper

2 cups canola oil

Total Time: about 4.5 hours

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 300 F.
  1. With a mortar and pestle, grind together the salt, herbs, garlic, sugar and pepper. Grind for about five minutes, or until you start to smell the aroma from the garlic and herbs.

 

2. Next, massage the duck legs in the salt to cure them. Massage each one for about 5 minutes, and then place the legs in the fridge for at least 30 min. to marinate.

 

 

3. After 30 min., take the legs out of the bowl and wash the salt mixture off them and pat dry. Next, place them in a baking dish and pour the duck fat over them. Make sure all parts of them are coated in the duck fat, and then add the canola oil until the legs are full submerged in the fat. Place in the oven at 300 F. for 2 hours, or until the legs are crispy on top.

 

 

4. Let the legs sit in the oil for another hour, and then take them out. Place them on a plate and into the fridge for an additional hour.

5. Next, take the legs out of the fridge and place them on a frying pan with some of the fat. Fry them until they become golden brown.

 

 

6. If you want, you can make a simple syrup for the side of the duck by taking fruit juice, chicken stock, and brown sugar and bringing those to a boil. Reduce, and then you have made a simple syrup! I also made a side salad with pea sprouts and greens. I think the acidity from the dressing adds to the dish.

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This dish is time consuming, but it is well worth it. My one tip is to not rush any step, take your time. Quoting my brother, it is a “glorified chicken drum stick”. A really really good drumstick though 🙂

As Always,

xoxo Em

(Almost)Vegan Peanut-Butter Cookies

As I was mindlessly scrolling through YouTube, I came across a video about Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies. I am not usually about vegan baking, because the ones I try never turn out right. Or good. However today I saw this recipe and it looked different. So I decided to try the recipe, altering it a bit to my taste. The original recipe can be found here (Cam and Nina), but this is my take.

Ingredients:

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup brown sugar

2 tbs. honey – NOT vegan

1tsp. baking soda

3/4 coconut flour (or any non-processed flour)

1/4 cup white flour

Pinch of salt

1/4 cup water

Optional:

2 tbs. chocolate hazelnut butter

1 oz. unsweetened bakers chocolate

Extra water

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 356 degrees F, or 180 degrees C.

Step One: Mix the brown sugar, peanut butter(s) and honey together in a bowl until completely blended.

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Step two:

Place the flour(s),baking soda, and salt into a larger bowl.

Step Three:

Place the peanut butter/sugar mixture into the larger bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix with your hands until the dough reaches a sand-like consistency. Once this occurs, add in the chocolate (if desired) and water. Mix until blended.

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Step Four:

Create balls with the dough. If the dough seems too crumbly, add more honey and water. Place onto a cookie sheet and flatten them with a fork.

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Step Five: Bake for 8-12 minutes. I baked them for 8, and they were very doughy. I like them this way, but if you don’t cook them for longer 🙂

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These cookies are delicious. They may not look like it, but that is part of why I like them. They are a very “raw” and “natural” cookie that tastes amazing, which is hard to find. I have tried, and failed trying many recipes to post on the blog. This recipe is a keeper for sure. If you have the chance, make these! They are simple, and I bet you have all the ingredients on hand. If you don’t have non-white flour, blend up some almonds or oats, and then you have almond or oat flour!

Side note, we had our first snow here in Colorado today. It was mostly gone by 3 p.m., but it still gave me an excuse to have hot chocolate (just kidding, I never need an excuse for hot chocolate). I hope you are all enjoying fall while some of the leaves are still on the trees!

As Always,

xox Em

Recipes: Lightened Up Quiche

I am a fan of recipes that I can personalize to my liking, and quiche is one of those recipes. Blending several quiche recipes together along with my own flare, I came up with a recipe that is healthy, still yummy, and is easy as well as quick. It has a quinoa crust, with a ham and cheddar filling.

Ingredients:

Quinoa Crust:

2 cups of cooked quinoa

1 whole egg

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon of coconut or olive oil

Filling:

1/4 cup skim milk

3/4 cup 2% milk

3 tbs. half & half

3 whole eggs

3 egg whites

2/3 cup of shredded, cooked ham

2/3 cup grated cheddar cheese

2-3 teaspoons of pepper

1-2 teaspoons of salt

1 teaspoon of coconut or olive oil

Directions:

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Preheat the oven to 400 F. Take a 9 in. pie pan and spray it with nonstick spray. Next, cook enough quinoa that will end up as 2 cups cooked. I did an entire package, which gave me about 6 cups, so I had plenty left over for other recipes. Once the quinoa is cooked, take two cups out and put in a bowl to cool for about 5 min. Then add in the egg, coconut or olive oil (I prefer coconut), and salt. Mix this together, and then lightly press it into the pie pan. Cook this for 10 min., then remove the pan out of the oven.

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Filling:

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While the quinoa is cooking, heat up the ham in a small saucepan on medium high heat that is coated with a bit of coconut or olive oil. When the ham is somewhat hot (about 5 in.), add in a teaspoon of coconut or olive oil. For all of these directions I prefer to use coconut oil, because it has a more mild flavor than olive oil. Heat the shaved ham up for about 10 min total, and then put the temp. on low. Grate your cheddar cheese, and move it to the side. In a medium bowl, pour in the whole eggs, egg whites, both types of milk, and half & half.

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Wisk this together, and then add the cheese, ham, salt and pepper. Change the oven temp. to 375 F.

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Pour the filling mixture into the quinoa crust, and place this in the oven for 25 min, or until you can stick a knife into the quiche and have it come out clean. Remove from the oven and cool 5 min. before slicing. Then, enjoy your quiche!!!!             IMG_8852

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Vegan Ice Cream Recipe

Yes, I know it sounds a bit odd. Especially because ice cream is made of, well, cream, and that is not vegan. Well, I am here to tell you a beyond simple, and healthy ice cream recipe that is totally vegan. The ingredients are super simple, and this is a recipe that you can add anything you want to it.
Ingredients:
1 frozen banana
1/3 cup non-dairy milk (You can do any kind, I prefer soy milk)

Optional Extras:
2 Tbs. PB2 (powdered peanut butter) and 1 Tbs. water.
or
1/4 Teaspoon mint, vanilla, almond, etc. extract
or
1 Tbs. protein powder (any flavor)


Directions:
Simply put all the ingredients into the blender. You may need to move it around a bit, so if you do not have a Vitamix I would cut the banana pieces into smaller chunks.

I love to do this for an easy snack or dessert. It is surprisingly filling, especially if you add the protein powder. Bananas are a good blank canvas, so you can add almost anything to them! Here in Colorado it is starting to warm up, and this is a perfect recipe to enjoy on a nice spring day.

As Always,
xoxo Em


Biscotti

Recently I have been addicted to making biscotti, and I have created the ultimate recipe. Each biscotti is about 85 calories, and is very low in fat. The ingredients you’ll need are few and simple.
Ingredients:
-3 cups all purpose flour
-1 cup sugar
-2 large eggs
-1 egg white
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1 teaspoon clementine or orange rind (I zest the entire clementine)
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1/4 teaspoon almond extract
-3/4 cup unsalted almonds
-1/4 cup plus 2 1/2 tablespoons of water
-1 teaspoon salt
-Extra Water
Optional:
-1/4 teaspoon maple extract
– 1.5 teaspoons of poppy seed

Right off the bat you can see that there is no oil or butter. I also take away one yolk from an egg to eliminate some cholesterol. If you use a salted nut like pistachios add only a small pinch of salt. Now the orange rind is not optional, because I’ve tried it without, and it does not taste nearly as good. The maple extract is optional because it can be hard to find, but it just adds more depth to the dough. The poppy seeds add color, but not much taste. Now before you start, know that this dough will be extremely sticky. Make sure you are always flouring your surface and spraying your hands with nonstick spray.
Directions:
1.) Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F
2.) In a mixing bowl, mix together your flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, poppy seeds, and almonds.

3.) Using a spatula or spoon give your dry ingredients a small mix.
4.) In a separate bowl, mix together your eggs (including egg white), water, clementine or orange rind, vanilla extract, almond extract, and maple extract.

5.) With the mixer on medium speed, slowly add your wet ingredients into the mixer.
6.) Mix until everything is mixed together and your dough is formed, like the picture below. 

It may take a couple of extra tablespoons of water for the dough to form. Add it slowly and wait and see if it helped.

7.) Flour your surface and hands and put the batter onto your surface. Remember, the batter will be sticky.
8.) Spray your hands with nonstick spray, as well as the surface you will be placing the dough on.
9.) Place some flour onto the same surface where you sprayed the dough. I ran out of flour so I used nonstick spray, but usually I only use flour.
10.) Place half of the dough onto the surface.
11.) Re-flour(or re-spray) your hands and take one half and place it on your floured surface. You want to make sure you re-flour it so that it doesn’t stick to your surface. Apply more flour (or spray) to the top. Using your hands, press the dough into about an 8 inch log that is about 2.5 inches wide, and about 1/2 an inch thick. Put your log onto your cookie sheet (make sure your cookie sheet is sprayed with nonstick spray).


When you put the log onto the sheet it will not want to come off your surface. Use your fingers as a spatula and get under the log as best you can. When you place it onto the sheet simply reshape it to how it was.

12.) Repeat the same process with the other half, and make sure to re-flour(or re-spray) everything the same way you did for the other half.
13.) Make sure the logs are placed horizontally on the baking sheet, both separated from each other,
14.) Using a baking brush or paper towel, lightly brush off as much flour as you can off from the tops.
15.) Bake for 30 minutes and then take out of the oven and let them cool for 10 minutes.
16.) Place one log on a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut the dough horizontally into about 1in. thick biscotti’s. Place the biscotti’s onto the cookie sheet.


17.) Bake for 15 min, and then flip the biscotti’s over to get an even cook time.
18.) After you flip them, bake for another 10 min
19.) Take them out of the oven and let them cool completely.

I’m telling you, these with a cup of tea are literally heaven. When you put the logs on the cookie sheet you may have to reform them a bit, and don’t be discouraged by the dough. These are worth it!!!! I also love replacing the almonds with cashews and replacing the orange with lemon. The great thing about these is that you can make them however you want. If you’re feeling fancy, melt some chocolate with water and drizzle it over the top.


I’m leaving on vacation tonight so I will not be posting anything on a schedule. I have some posts ready though and I I will post them throughout this month!
As Always,
xoxo Em


*This post is not sponsored, all opinions are my own :)*