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Gluten Free Bread Loaf

I’ve been testing some gluten free flour mixes and this is the best one so far, I can use it in any recipe requiring regular flour, in a one to one ratio, so no further calculating is necessary.
I have been using it for my quick gluten free bread loaf, pancakes and even pizza bases.


GLUTEN FREE ALL PURPOSE FLOUR MIX;
In a large bowl mix;
150 gr. potato starch (or corn starch)
150 gr. tapioca flour
200 gr. brown rice flour
200 gr. oat flour
300 gr. white rice flour
1 tsp xanthan gum

Stir until everything is mixed very well and store in an airtight container.

Prep time : 30 minutes (this includes making the flour mix)
Cooking time: 60 minutes
Makes : 1 loaf
INGREDIENTS;
• 3 1/2 – 3 3/4 cups gluten free all purpose flour mix
• 2 tsp. instant yeast
• 1 tsp himalayan salt
• 2 1/2 cups plus 1 or 2 tablespoon warm water
• 1 tbsp. honey or agave syrup
• 1 tsp. (apple cider) vinegar
• 2 tbsp. melted coconut oil or olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS;
1. Combine 3 1/2 cups of flour mix, the instant yeast and salt in mixer bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined.
2. In a jug measure out the warm water and add the agave or honey, the apple cider vinegar and coconut oil.
3. Add to flour mixture.
4. Mix on medium speed for 5 minutes. It should be the consistency of a thick batter which is too thick to pour but not thick enough to form a ball. Add additional water or flour 1 tablespoon at a time as needed to get this consistency.
5. Generously grease bottom and sides of 1 loaf pan. I find cooking spray works best, but you can use butter or oil.
6. Spread batter in loaf pan, slice down the middle with a very sharp knife. (see photo)
7. Let rise in warm place for about an hour. Covered loosely with cling film that has been sprayed with a little oil.
8. Preheat oven to 190°C / 375°F
9. Bake for 40-50 minutes, until bread looks firm and is fairly brown on top. Knock on it and if it sounds hollow it’s done.
10. Let cool for 20-30 minutes in pan before removing to wire rack.
11. Let cool completely before slicing.
12. I like to brush the loaf with a little olive oil for shine
13. It will keep for only three days tops, so I slice it and freeze it and take out as needed.
NOTE: You can add things like sesame seeds, or sunflower seeds to the dough if you like, not more than a 1/4 cup. Sprinkle some on the top too!

Enjoy!
Myra

Morning Glory Muffins

The best Home made Grab and Go Breakfast Muffins. With all natural ingredients.

Packed with apples, coconut, carrots, walnuts, spice, raisins, and sweetened with maple syrup, basically everything I love in one.

I have added some applesauce instead of oil, making these beauties not only addictively delicious but also healthy and fat free.


Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 35 mins

Servings: 12

INGREDIENTS:

• 1 cup all purpose (spelt) flour
• 1/4 cup corn starch
• 1 cup oat flour (ground oats)
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 3/4 tsp baking soda
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon
• 1 tsp mixed spice (ginger bread spice)
• 1/8 tsp salt
• 3 large eggs, at room temperature
• 3/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
• 1/3 cup maple syrup
• 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 1 1/2 cup grated carrot
• 2 small apples, grated coarsely
• 1/3 cup raisins
• 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
• 1/4 cup toasted coconut flakes

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Pre heat oven to 180 C / 350 F
  2. Line a muffin tin with paper cases.
  3. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk to combine.
  4. Mix all the wet ingredients in an other bowl including carrot and apple.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and stir carefully until just combined. If you still see dry ingredients it’s ok. Don’t over mix.
  6. Now add the raisins, walnuts and coconut flakes, stir just once or twice.
  7. Pour into the muffin cases and place on a rack in the middle of the oven.
  8. Bake for about 23 to 25 minutes.
  9. Test by inserting a dry skewer into the muffin center. If it comes out dry, they are done.
  10. Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes before removing from the tin and placing the muffins on a rack to cool completely.
  11. You can freeze them at this point in an airtight container or zip lock bag, they will keep in the freezer for up to three months.

Enjoy!

Myra XO

Chia Seed Bread

Hello Folks, I just need to tell you about my new Chia Bread. My absolute favourite bread as of now.
It’s easy, nutritious, delicious and soooo all round good. You just have to try it. The Chia seed works as a moisturizer for the bread so it doesn’t dry out for….well at least two days, because that’s how long mine lasted. But it would have kept for another day, for sure. Normally home made (natural) bread goes stale within a day. But this one stay nice and fresh for days.
It’s high protein and high fibre, but mostly I can’t stretch enough how yummy it tastes.
I have a lot of favourite breads and I absolutely adore baking bread, like  Fig walnut bread, High Fibre Health Bread or  Norwegian Bread .
But I feel that this is the easiest one.
There is no real baking skill involved so don’t worry if you’re not an every day baker. All you do is knead and bake.

The smell from the oven will make it the best day of the week with a full sense of accomplishment.

Let’s do this!
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Prep time : 10 minutes
Cooking time : 50-60 minutes
Makes : 1 small loaf

INGREDIENTS:

  • 340-360 ml hand warm water, about 1 1/2 cup
  • 1 sachet instant yeast, 7 grms. / 1 1/2 tsp.
  • 1 cup whole grain spelt flour
  • 1 cup plain spelt flour
  • 30 grms. / 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tsp. salt


INSTRUCTIONS:

Pre heat the oven to 210°C / 410° F
NOTE: Don’t add all the water in the beginning, leave out about a quarter cup and add the remainder if it seems dry.
Put all the ingredients in a mixer equipped with the hook attachment and knead for 5 minutes.
Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for another minute or so and shape into a loaf.
Place the dough in a 20cm / 8″ loaf tin, and cover loosely with cling film that has been sprayed with a little oil.
Let it rise for about an hour. This bread will not rise as much as a conventional loaf, just a bit above the tin.
Place in a pre heated oven and bake for 50-60 minutes.
Check after 50 minutes, by tapping on the bread, If it sounds hollow already insert a wooden skewer. If it comes out dry, remove the bread from the oven.
The baking time also depends on your oven, so be sure to check. Although this bread is very forgiving.
Remove from oven and let cool on a rack before slicing.

Serving tip: A thick slice topped with avocado mash, coarse sea salt and a squeeze of lime.

Enjoy,
Myra XO

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The Best Low Carb, Tiger nut Brownies

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These are my favorite Brownies, until I find new favorite Brownies (wink). But seriously, the flavor of these little guys is amazing. The tiger nut flour gives it an amazing bite and I am super excited to share the recipe with you. Having grown up in Spain, I have known tiger nuts all my life for making Horchata, but never knew they were also used as flour in baking. The crazy thing is that I found out about it in Germany out of all places. A lady in a shop told me, so I had to buy it straight away. After some research I came up with this…

Tiger nuts have various uses; in particular, they are used in Spain to make horchata.

Tigernuts are also said to act as a mild appetite suppressant because they contain resistant starch, a type of starch which resists digestion.

This helps keep us feeling fuller for longer, and also reduces the amount of calories we absorb from the food. Hola…would you like me to say that again?

Flour of roasted tiger nuts is used in baking as well as in making oil, soap, and starch extracts. It is also used for the production of nougat, jam, beer, and as a flavoring agent in ice cream and in the preparation of kunnu (a local beverage in Nigeria). Tiger nut oil can be used naturally with salads or for deep frying. It is considered to be a high quality oil.

Known by different names, such as chufa sedge, nut grass, yellow nut sedge, tiger nut sedge, edible galingale, water grass or earth almond, it is a crop widespread across much of the world. It is found in most of southern Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Since I am mad about Brownies I am constantly trying to come up with ways to make them delicious and heathy but still with the right consistency, which is half cakey/half fudgy. I have used a combo of both coconut flour and tiger nut flour and they are just perfect. We have been eating them a lot lately, since they are actually good for you and so simple to make.


Prep Time : 5 mins
Cook Time : 25 mins
Total Time : 30 mins

Servings: 16 or 9 big ones

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Ingredients:

  •  250 gr. Black Beans, drained
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla
  •  2 L. Eggs, room temperature
  •  1/2 C. Cocoa
  •  3 tbsp. Tiger nut flour
  •  4 tbsp. coconut flour (finely ground)
  •  1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
  •  a pinch of salt
  •  3 – 4 tbsp. milk of choice, unsweetened
  •  1/4 C. unsweetened apple sauce* (see note)
  •  2 tsp. Liquid Stevia Extract* (see note)
  •  1/4 C. mild flavoured olive oil
  • 1/3 C. 70% Dark Chocolate, roughy chopped**
  • chopped walnuts, (optional)

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Instructions:

1. Pre heat oven to 180 C / 350 F.
2. Line a square 20 cm / 8 ” baking tin with parchment paper.
3. Start by blending the drained black beans with the apple sauce in a food processor until very creamy and smooth.
4. Add all the remaining ingredients except the chocolate chips and walnuts.
5. Start with 3 tablespoons of milk and see if you need the remaining one. It should be thick but still pourable.
6. Blend for a few minutes until completely smooth.
7. Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts if you are using them, and pour into the prepared baking tin.
8. Sprinkle with some more chocolate and/or walnuts.
9. Place on a rack in the middle of the oven and bake for about 25 minutes.
10. You can insert a wooden skewer to test if they are done, it should come out just dry.
11. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 20 minutes in the tin.
12. Remove from the tin and let cool completely on a rack before cutting, the colder the better.
13. Will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. They freeze well too.

Myra XO

* Replace apple sauce and stevia for same amount of maple syrup.
**Chocolate chunks will first melt, but once the brownies have cooled the chocolate will solidify, giving you great chunks. So yummy.

Nutritional value
Despite its name, tiger nut sedge is a tuber. However, its chemical composition shares characteristics with tubers and with nuts. It has been reported to be a “health” food, since its consumption can help prevent heart disease and thrombosis and is said to activate blood circulation and reduce the risk of colon cancer This tuber is rich in energy content (starch, fat, sugar, and protein), minerals (mainly ), phosphorus and potassium and vitamins E and C. Tiger nut tubers contain almost twice the quantity of starch as potato or sweet potato tubers. The oil of the tuber was found to contain 18% saturated (palmitic acid and stearic acid) and 82% unsaturated (oleic acid and linoleic acid) fatty acids. The moderately high content of phytosterols further enriches the quality and value of tiger nut oil as a food source.

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Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes

A classic chocolate cupcake, delicious, moist, soft, super easy, super chocolaty and pretty much fool proof.

Prep time : 30 minutes
Cooking time : 20 minutes
Makes : 12 cup cakes

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INGREDIENTS:

• 2 large eggs or 3 medium at room temperature
• 1 cup light brown sugar
• 1/3 cup melted butter
• 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
• ¼ cup yoghurt
• ¼ cup milk
• ¾ Cup all purpose flour
• ¼ cup cocoa powder
• ½ tsp baking powder
• ½ tsp. baking soda
• A good pinch of salt

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Pre heat the oven to 375° F / 175° C
2. Line a muffin tin (12 hole ) with liners
3. Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
4. In another bowl beat the eggs and sugar together until well mixed, add the melted butter and vanilla.
5. Mix the yoghurt with the milk.
6. Pour half of the egg mixture into the flour mixture and some of the yoghurt mix, stir to combine. Repeat. Gently mix everything together without over beating.
7. Spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, only halfway!
8. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
9. Remove from oven and let cool completely on a rack before frosting.

Chocolate Cupcakes

CHOCOLATE FROSTING:
• ½ cup cream cheese at room temperature
• ½ cup butter at room temperature
• ¼ cup cocoa powder
• ½ cup powder sugar, sifted
• 2 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
• 1 tsp. vanilla extract.
INSTRUCTIONS:
Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals until completely melted, set aside so it can cool a bit.
Beat the cream cheese and butter together until completely smooth, add the cocoa and powdered sugar, whisk until fully incorporated.
Add the vanilla.
When the melted chocolate is no longer warm add to the butter mix. Beat until well mixed.
Using a piping bag and a star tip, frost the cupcakes. I keep mine in the fridge on warm days and also if you don’t eat them all at once, best to keep them refrigerated.
Let them sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes before eating, to bring out the best chocolaty flavor.

Enjoy!
Myra XO

Chocolate Cupcakes

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Brown Butter Vanilla Donuts with Chocolate Frosting

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Just three weeks ‘till Fall and I couldn’t be more excited about it. I can Finally turn on the oven without feeling like a basket case because yes, I did bake during Summer and people did call me crazy. But in their defense it was 36° C / 97° F at one point so who can blame them?
Either way I’m glad the heat wave(s) are over , I love Fall and rain and long hikes in the forest with that wonderful musky smell.
Then coming home to hot coffee and something freshly baked, like Donuts.
These Donuts. They only take 10 minutes to bake!
Brown butter Vanilla Donuts with Dark Chocolate frosting. Oh my….and since they’re baked it’s OK to eat two.
And the even greater part is that they’re low fat. Wait no, the greatest part is actually that you can’t tell they’re low fat. Awesome right?
Yes, you can definitely eat two , you totally deserve it!


Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 10 mins

Total Time 20 mins

Servings: 8


Ingredients:

• 1 Cup + 1 tbsp. white Spelt flour nr. 1050
• 1 tsp. baking powder
• ¼ tsp. baking soda
• Pinch of salt
• 1 large egg room temperature
• 2 ½ tbsp. butter
• 2 tsp. vanilla extract
• ½ cup buttermilk
• 1/3 cup caster sugar
• 100 gr. / 4 oz. chocolate chips
• 1 tbsp. coconut oil or butter
• 1 tbsp. honey

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brown butter vanilla donuts with chocolate frosting

brown butter vanilla donuts with chocolate frosting

brown butter vanilla donuts with chocolate frosting
Instructions:

1. Pre heat oven to 180 C / 350 F
2. Lightly butter your Donut pan.
3. Whisk together in a large bowl, the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
4. In another bowl or large jug, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, sugar and vanilla extract.
5. Meanwhile heat the butter in a small dish in the microwave at 30 second intervals until brown and fragrant. It takes about 4, 30 second sessions but may depend on the power of your microwave.
6. Alternatively heat in a small sauce pan until light brown and fragrant without it getting burnt.
7. Let cool a little bit before adding to the egg and buttermilk mixture.
8. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
9. Fill a donut pan with the mixture, about ¾ full in each cavity.
10. Place on a rack in the middle of the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
11. Remove from oven, insert a wooden skewer to test if the donuts are cooked through, the skewer should come out dry.
12. Let cool on a rack for 10 minutes before removing the Donuts from the pan. Let the Donuts cool completely before frosting.
13. To make the chocolate frosting, melt the chocolate, coconut oil or butter and honey in the microwave at 30 second intervals until fully melted, stir to combine.
14. Place chocolate in a shallow dish or bowl large enough to dip in the donuts.
15. Dip each Donut in the melted chocolate and decorate with sprinkles or chocolate shavings.
Enjoy!
Myra XO

salted caramel donuts

Salted Caramel Donuts

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Making freshly baked salted caramel donuts at home is so easy! Almost too easy. Cinnamon spiced donuts dipped in luscious caramel and topped with chopped Daim caramel candy.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour                                                       
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking powder                                                        
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda                                                    
  • 3/4 tsp.  salt   
  • ½ tsp. Cinnamon                                                      
  • Pinch of Nutmeg                               
  • 4  tbsp. butter, melted and cooled to room temperature  
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract                              
  • 1/2  cup brown sugar or coconut sugar                                                      
  • ¼ cup apple sauce unsweetened                             
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt flakes
  • 1/4 cup chopped Daim candy

Salted Caramel Topping:

1 cup granulated sugar

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 tsp. Vanilla extract

1/2- 3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar

1/2 tsp. of salt

Instructions:

Pre heat the oven to 180 C  / 350 F

Spray a 6 hole Donut pan with cooking oil or grease with melted butter.

In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients; the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, Cinnamon and Nutmeg.

In another bowl, combine the remaining wet  ingredients;  the butter,  buttermilk, egg, vanilla extract, sugar and apple sauce.

Stir into the flour mixture. DO NOT OVER MIX.

Spoon the batter into the donut pan, filling to just below the top of each mold. Bake for 12 to  15 minutes until lightly golden brown around the edges. They should bounce back a little when you slightly press one with your finger. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Slide a thin spatula around the edges to help loosen them out. Then place on a cooling rack and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before glazing. Repeat with the remaining batter.

Caramel topping, instructions:

Melt the butter and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once melted, add  the heavy cream, vanilla and salt. Whisk constantly until dissolved. Allow to bubble for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool for about 30 minutes.

With a hand or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat in (about ) ½  cup  confectioners’  sugar and 1 more tablespoons of heavy cream until you have reached the desired consistency. 

When the donuts have completely cooled, frost them with the caramel topping and sprinkle with chopped daim candy.

Enjoy

Myra XO

Cherry Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

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First of all I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

This year we decided to do the food celebration in our home on Christmas Eve, since we won’t be home on Christmas Day.

I am kind of looking forward to having my food prepared for me on Christmas day, I think it might actually be the first time in my life (as an adult) that I am not cooking.

So, on Christmas Eve we are going to have a buffet style dinner  with lots of bites and appetizers and goodies, no real cooking involved and lots of desserts. Of course, lots of desserts.

I am going to put this cake on the table too and I’m kinda hoping there will some left for Christmas morning. Fingers crossed…

It’s a pretty straight forward cake with just some glacé cherries and chocolate chips since kids don’t like to many “things” in their cake.

And the good part is you can make it a day or two in advance.

Ingredients;

  • 1 C. butter, at room temperature and cut into cubes
  • 1 1/4 C. Caster Sugar , packed
  • 3 large eggs at room  temperature
  • 2 C. Self Rising Cake Flour
  • 4 tbsp. Whole Milk
  • 1 tbsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 25 red   Glace Cherries cut in half
  • 1/2 C. Semi-Sweet Chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp. flour

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Pre heat oven to 160° C  / 320° F

Butter your Bundt pan very well and dust with flour. Tap of excess flour.

Beat the butter until light and creamy in the bowl of your mixer.

Add the sugar and beat until pale and fluffy.

Add the eggs one at a time, waiting until fully incorporated before adding the next.

Add the vanilla.

Now add the cake flour in two times alternating with the milk.

Toss the chocolate chips and cherries with the tablespoon of flour, add to the batter. Mix it in with a spatula.

Divide the batter over the Bundt pan and even out with a spatula. Place on a rack, just below the middle in the oven.

Bake for about 60 to 70 minutes,  until a wooden skewer comes out dry.

Remove from oven and let cool on rack for at least 20 minutes before turning over the cake.

Decorate with icing or frosting.

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If you try this recipe let me know! Leave a comment below and don’t forget to snap a pic and tag it #thecookingspoonblog on instagram! You’ll make my day.

Not quite what you’re looking for? How about Brownie Cookie Squares with Chocolate Fudge Layer brownie-cookies-squares-43

Chocolate Caramel Birthday Cake

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Every year I ask my daughter what cake she would like for her birthday and the answer is always the same, chocolate.

I can’t even begin to tell how much fun it is to create a cake, a special cake for a special someone. Surprise them and show them through baking how much you care.

This cake has caramel shards on top, that I will explain in detail how to make, then a swiss meringue fudgy caramel buttercream between delicious moist chocolate cake layers. Caramel dripping around the cake.  Then besides the impressive caramel shards  and Unicorn Bark all sorts of chocolate and sweets to make it a decadent feast.

Ingredients Fudgy Caramel:

1 C. plain sugar

3 tbsp. water

1 C. cream

3 tbsp. butter.

1/2 tsp. vanilla

pinch of salt

Method.

In a large pan add the sugar and water, bring to a boil. Cook around 7 minutes, brushing down the sugar crystals that form on the side of the pan with a wet pastry brush. Be careful, sugar is extremely hot!

When the caramel turns light golden remove from the heat, Remove it before it gets too dark because it will continue to cook for a while off the heat. Alternatively use a candy thermometer, when it reaches 180°/356°F remove from heat. Add the butter stirring vigorously with a beater the the cream and vanilla.

The caramel will bubble up like crazy. Stand back, wear long sleeves!!!

Pour into a clean heat proof container. I use a glass weck jar. Cool and store until ready to use. Will keep for about a week.

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Ingredients Caramel Shards;

1 C. sugar

4 tbsp. water

Method;

Place sugar and water in a pan and cook over medium high heat for about 7-10 minutes or until thermometer reaches 180°/356°F.

Remove from heat and pour onto a baking tray that has been lined with baking parchment. Pour into the desired shape. I pour it into a rectangle like shape so I can break it in to large segments. Let cool for a couple of hours before using.

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Ingredients Swiss meringue butter cream;

5 large egg whites

1  C.  sugar

2 C.  butter at room temperature cut into little blocks of about a tablespoon
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Method;
Combine egg whites and sugar into the heatproof bowl of a standing mixer set over a pan of simmering water, much like a double boiler.

Whisk constantly until the  sugar has dissolved and reached 160°F on a thermometer, about 15 minutes. Test this by picking some between your thumb and index finger if you don’t have a thermometer, there should be no sugar grains.  Put mixing bowl on the mixer and using the whisk attachment start mixing until mixture cools to room temperature. Begin on low, raising the speed up to medium high. Beat until stiff peaks form, about 10 minutes. Now add your butter, 2 tablespoons at a time.Beating on medium until each addition of butter is added.

Now add your vanilla. Remove the whisk attachment and replace it with your paddle attachment.
Mix with paddle for 2 minutes on low speed working out the air bubbles.

Makes enough frosting to cover and fill one 9.5″ layer cake.

Store airtight in fridge for 3 days.
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Unicorn Bark;
1 C. vanilla white candy melts + 1 tbsp.
edible glitter
Nonpareils
wooden skewers
Method;
Melt the candy melts in a bowl in the microwave at thirty second intervals until melted.
Spread onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and form a sort of rectangle.
Sprinkle with the decorations and leave to dry completely.
Break lengthwise into two or three shreds.
Flip them over, melt the remaining tablespoon of candy melts in a little bowl and “glue”on the wooden skewers with the chocolate so you will be able to stick them into the cake.
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Chocolate Cake;
Yield: 2  10 inch rounds

Ingredients:

butter and cocoa for coating and dusting the cake pan

3 C.  All Purpose Flour

3 C. Granulated Sugar

1½ C.  Unsweetened Cocoa

1 tbsp. Baking Soda

1½ tsp. Baking Powder

1 tsp. salt

4 large eggs

1½ C.  buttermilk

1½ C.  warm water

½ C.   Vegetable Oil

1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
Method:

Preheat oven to 175°/350° degrees.

Butter two 10 inch cake rounds. Dust with cocoa and tap out the excess.

Mix together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a stand mixer using a low speed until combined.

In a seperate bowl beat the eggs and combine with the buttermilk, warm water, oil, and vanilla.

Add wet to dry. Beat on a medium speed until smooth. This should take just a couple of minutes.

Divide batter among the two pans.

Bake for about 35 minutes until the cake meets the toothpick test (stick a toothpick in and it comes out clean).

Cool on wire racks for 15 minutes and then turn out the cakes onto the racks and allow to cool completely.

Caramel Buttercream frosting (filling);
Mix one cup caramel fudge sauce with one cup buttercream, whip until well combined.
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Assembling and decorating the cake;
 Place a little dab of buttercream on a cake round and place the first cake layer on it. Level the cake with a serrated knife or a cake cutter. Level the other cake layer as well.
Spread with the caramel filling and place the second layer of cake on it. Press a little bit.
Now cover the entire cake with a very thin layer of the Swiss meringue buttercream and place in the fridge for half an hour. After this time cover the cake with an other layer of the buttercream, smoothing it out completely.
Dab some pink food coloring here and there and with your scraper just go alongside the cake to spread out and smooth.
Decorate the cake with the shards of caramel,  the Unicorn Bark and all the pretty Nonpareils you feel like. Let yourself go and use your vivid imaginations.
Note: I used a dummy to make the cake look twice as high, you can get one online.

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Cream Cheese Cranberry Chocolate Chip stuffed Cinnamon Rolls

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Woo Hoo! I am so happy to share this recipe with you. I have been wanting to make these for a while but I was waiting for the perfect moment. So that was this past weekend. I had the whole recipe figured out in my head, ingredients, cooking times, the whole shebang, I just hadn’t actually made them yet because I wanted it to be closer to Christmas. And since today I was having my Christmas tree delivered  I had to stay home, and it seemed like the perfect moment had come.

Now about that christmas tree, does anyone else have their tree delivered? Because I had never heard of it. It felt very luxurious somehow. I live in an apartment and the thought of me struggling alone with a giant Christmas tree all the way from the parking lot to the building was more than I could bear so I researched and sure enough you can actually order them online and have them delivered to your living room.

No needles in my car, big hurray to that.

Anyway, I for one, am going to serve these on Christmas morning, among other things but they will have a place on the table. (…like, in front of me)

They are just so crazy delicious. Slightly crispy on the outside, and then a whole lot of oozing soft sweetened cream cheese, cranberry and chocolate chips all mingled together in perfect harmony.

I think I actually jumped a little when I tasted them, I was so excited. Normally I behave like an adult, but with all things Christmas going on I get a little excited and forget my poise.

What’s even better is that I made them with a can of croissant dough, that I had frozen in the can. Yes you can freeze a can of croissants!  I took out the  frozen can, wiggled off the wrapping  (you know, the ones you twist) and defrosted the dough in the microwave for two minute and I was ready to roll, literally.

You don’t have to have anything at room temperature either. So you can decide spur of the moment to bake them without planning.

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Serves 4

Ingredients;

1 can croissant dough

3/4 C.   Cream Cheese  mixed with 2 tablespoons of sugar of choice

1/2 C. cranberry jam / jelly / sauce or Holiday Cranberry and Pear Sauce with Star Anise.

cinnamon sugar made with 1 tablespoon sugar of choice + 2 tsp. cinnamon

1 beaten egg

1/3 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate

icing sugar for dusting

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Method;

Flour your work surface and pre heat the oven to  180° C / 350 ° F.

open the can of croissant dough and roll it out. You will have a long strip. I flattened it even more with a rolling pin so that it would seal the perforations in the dough.

Sprinkle over the entire length,  the cinnamon sugar leaving an inch from the seam free so that it will stick when closing.

With the help of a small spoon, place the cranberry  jelly on top, followed by the cream cheese.

Divide the chocolate chips over the entire length.

Brush the seam with the beaten egg. Carefully roll the strip over to close it.

Divide into four pieces with a knife, sealing the edges a little with your fingers. Carefully roll each one into a coil.

Put onto a baking sheet that has been covered with parchment paper.

Brush the tops with the remaining egg.

Place in the middle of the oven and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let cool on a rack before dusting with icing sugar.

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