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Black Chocolate Ginger Cookies, a Recipe by quornflour

#recipe #nomnom #food #cookie #backing #quornflour

I am sure I have mentioned it before, I am a big fan of ginger and chocolate. Especially since I discovered that Hershey’s chocolate baking powder also comes in “Special Dark”. It’s almost black, it is amazing.

I figured since the Dark Chocolate Ginger Cake I made a while back was such a hit, I would try making some chocolate ginger cookies.

I also happened to have my kitchenaid mixer out after having made Strawberry Rhubarb sorbet, so I swapped out the bowl and the mixer thing and went to work.

Heat your over to 375◦.

Toss these into the mixer in the order below, give the mixer time to mix thoroughly before adding the next.

  • 1 ¼ cup shortening
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon ginger powder
  • ¾ cup hershey’s special dark baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped candied ginger (chop it into pieces about the size of chocolate chips)

Place ping pong ball size balls of dough on parchment paper covered cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.

Bake for 8 minutes and let cool on a rack.

Enjoy.



Cracker Please: a recipe by quornflour

#vegan #foodporn #recipe @punkrawklabs #food

I like crackers, a little crunch for a snack, but I always feel a little ridiculous for spending good money on fancy crackers.

I had picked up some cashew cheese from Punk Rawk Labs and forgot to get crackers and decided it was time to figure out how to make them myself.

When searching for recipes, I had a problem finding exactly what I wanted, so I took what I learned and headed to the kitchen to, as I love doing in the kitchen… wing it.

One of the things I learned was that uneven shaped crackers which always seem to be a bit fancy are called rustic. Who knew?

Anyway, here is what you need to make really delicious Rustic Sesame Crackers.

  • 1 cup white flour (you also want a little more for rolling the crackers)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1/3 cup toasted sesame oil

For topping the crackers before baking you will also need about 2 tablespoons of toasted sesame oil, 2 tablespoons sesame seeds and coarse kosher salt.

  1. Heat your oven to 425◦
  2. In a bowl mix your dry ingredients together so that the salt and baking powder is well mixed in
  3. Add the water and oil and mix into a dough
  4. Set aside covered in a cloth napkin or dish towel for about 5 minutes
  5. Separate into about 4 pieces
  6. Roll each piece thinly and cut using a pizza cutter into pieces about tortilla chip size. Shape can be rough because they are rustic after all.
  7. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and brush with oil and sprinkle with salt and sesame seeds
  8. Bake for 7-9 minutes, until they are golden brown
  9. Remove from the cookie sheet and cool on a rack
  10. Serve when you need crackers or store in an air tight container

I like to serve them with Punk Rawk Labs Cashew Cheese, the combo makes a perfect snack, they also hold up well to guacamole and salsa.

Now, if you aren’t really into sesame, or get bored with one type of cracker, here are a few delicious alterations that are just as delicious:

  1. Swap out sesame seeds for fresh rosemary and the sesame oil for olive oil
  2. Swap out the seeds with roasted garlic and the oil for garlic infused olive oil
  3. Swap the seeds for 1 tablespoon of finely chopped basil add a tablespoon of parmesan cheese and for the oil use garlic infused olive oil

I could go on and on, but I won’t, I would love to know about other combinations that everyone uses.

 

 



French Monkey Toast – a recipe by quornflour

#nomnom #food #foodie #recipe #MonkeyBread

Monkey bread is a nice and gooey treat for when you want something sweet. It isn’t dissimilar to cinnamon rolls so I figured that I would make some and use the leftovers – yeah, I had leftovers, though my niece would have loved to prevent that from happening.

I started out by making Monkey Bread, there are recipes all over the internet, but I always find myself adjusting the recipe because they seem to always have far more sugar than you actually need, plus as I cannot leave well enough alone I add a little something here and there. So here is my recipe:

  • 2 Cans Exploding Biscuits (Pillsbury biscuits from a can)
  • 2/3 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 2/3 Cups White Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ Teaspoon Ground Cardamom
  • ¼ Teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2/3 Cups Melted Butter

You are going to need a Bundt pan for this, if you do not have one 2 loaf pans should suffice in a pinch.

  1. Grease up your Bundt pan
  2. Heat your oven to 370
  3. In a large mixing bowl mix together your brown sugar, white sugar, spices and salt
  4. Remove the exploding biscuits from the can and slice each biscuit into 6-8 pieces
  5. Roll each piece in the sugar mixture covering the piece in the sugar mixture and place in the Bundt pan
    1. Make sure you are evenly distributing them
    2. Once you have used the first can of biscuits, sprinkle about ¼ cup of the sugar mixture over the top and then continue with the second can
  6. When you run out of biscuit pieces, evenly pour any excess sugar around the top of the biscuits
  7. Next pour the melted butter over the top distributing it as evenly as possible
  8. Let bake for 45 minutes
  9. When you pull it out of the oven, let it cool for about 10 minutes and then flip it onto a plate

When it is cool enough to touch without burning your hands it is ready to eat, simply by pulling off the little pieces.

Now, why stop there?

Instead of pulling it apart, let it cool completely, (or cut it in half, serve half warm and put the other half away for later and let cool).

For the French Toast mixture you will need:

  • 2 Eggs
  • ¼ Cup Unsweetened Plain Almond Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ½ Teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 1 Tablespoon Grade B Maple Syrup
  • ½ Bunt Pan Monkey Bread (or if you use loaf pans one loaf) sliced into ½”-1″ slices
  • Spray Oil

     

  1. Mix the ingredients together well, beating the eggs until everything is uniform in look
  2. Heat a griddle to medium heat and spray with oil
  3. Dip the monkey bread slices into the egg mixture and cook each side until you have a little golden brown on each side
  4. Serve warm with maple syrup, berries and butter


Alexz’ Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip Ice-Cream Sandwiches: a recipe by quornflour

#nomnom #food #foodie #cookies #recipe

My niece Alexz came to visit me for her spring break. It was fun exploring some new spots with her and just hanging out.

We cooked a bit, she cracked me up with her disbelief that corn could be cooked without a microwave (it really seemed corn specific, everything else made sense). She reminded me of her mother who about 10 years ago, when she learned I did not have a microwave she offered to buy me one, in the event it was an expense thing.

One of the things we made were Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip Ice-Cream Sandwiches. Alexz made the cookies, which were delicious, even if the 4H method of cracking an egg was crazy funny…

Here are the ingredients for the cookies:

  • 1 Cup Vegetable Shortening
  • 2/3 Cup White Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1¼ Cup Unbleached White Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup Peanut Butter Chips
  • 1 Cup Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Chips

 

  • Start out by heating your oven to 370◦
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together shortening and white sugar until fluffy
  • Add eggs and vanilla extract, mixing thoroughly
  • Mix in brown sugar
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt and baking soda
  • Slowly add to the wet ingredients and mix forming a dough
  • Add chocolate and peanut butter chips, mix until they are more or less evenly distributed
  • On a cookie sheet lines with parchment paper, place 2 tablespoon balls of dough about 2-3″ apart
  • Bake for 9 minutes
  • Transfer from baking sheet to cooling rack and let cool

If you want to make ice-cream sandwiches, simply put about 2 tablespoons of ice-cream between 2 cooled cookies and enjoy!

 

 



Divine Cupcake Intervention by quornflour

I live one town over from Boston. From the time I moved back east, my faux niece Alexz has asked when she can come visit me.

Her parents and I decided that this year, she was old enough to board a plane all by herself. So I booked a ticket so that she could take her first solo flight (across the country) to come visit me.

Her spring break coincided with Patriot’s Day, so of course I thought it would be a fun outing for us to go check out the Marathon.

Alexz is a super smart kid, though she is only 10, she is definitely smarter than a lot of kids her age (and it’s not just me that says that even if I am a tad biased).

When she arrived she went on and on about this show “DC Cupcakes” that she LOVES, I had never heard of it.

She showed me a book she had and gushed on about how amazing Sophie and Katherine are and how they make things out of cupcakes and how they made a dress for DC Fashion week “where the trends are set”. She talked about them as though they were close personal friends of hers. She idolizes them and wants to be just like them when she grows up. Frankly if a kid is going to pick reality TV stars for idols, she could definitely do worse.

Sunday we trekked out to OSV (Old Sturbridge Village) and since we were meeting friends there, one of whom is a vegan we made, that’s right vegan cupcakes using my tried and true favorite recipe.

Monday was race day, so we got up and started in on what had quickly become our routine, the Coffee shop: coffee and scone for me, hot chocolate and chocolate croissant for her. Then we hopped on the redline and headed into the city.

We went to the commons and rode on the swan boats. The weather was beautiful and perfect, (especially compared to 2012 when it was so hot some people had deferred.)

As we worked our way to the finish line an ice-cream truck passed. Alexz excitedly asked if she could have ice-cream. Being the responsible Aunt that I am, I told her, “no sweets before lunch, but I reserve the right to change my mind.”

We continued our walk, as we headed up Newbury Street I noticed a cupcake shop, mind you, I had not made the connection that Georgetown Cupcakes was in fact DC Cupcakes. She had not seen it and I needed coffee, so I said to her, “remember how I said I reserve the right to change my mind?”

“Yeah”, she says.

“You want a cupcake?”

I have seen this kid excited, but OH MY HECK, she went crazy, I instantly went from Best Aunt Ever, to BEST.AUNT.EVER!

She was very proud for knowing about the secret cupcake, which she of course ordered.

After calling all of her friends to brag about going to Georgetown Cupcakes, we headed to the Marathon finish line.

We found spots upfront across the street from the medic tent. She asked about why there were so few women, and counted each one she saw come across.

I told her what I knew about the history of the race, she commented on how crazy it was that anyone would want to intentionally run 26 miles as fast as they could. I told her about Katherine Switzer and being hassled (to put it nicely) when she first ran the marathon.

And then something happened… she went from peppy to – SUGAR CRASH MELTDOWN COUNTDOWN. I looked at her and knew we needed to get some protein in the kid, or I would be sorry. How true that was I did not yet know, so instead of heading to the finish line to meet a friend, instead we headed back to the Gardens and I sent a text to my friend that we were going to get lunch instead.

We headed to a restaurant, when we got there my friend got a call from her roommate, wondering where she was, and that’s when we found out what had happened, a mere 15-20 minutes from leaving the finish line.

Now I am not one to go on about God or Divine intervention, but I must say, this was a Divine Cupcake Intervention for sure. Had it not been for one awesome 10 year old and her obsession over cupcakes, well I don’t even want to think about that.

With or without cupcakes, I am glad she had a sugar crash, she is after all the BEST.NIECE.EVER.



Cranberry Muffin Time: a Recipe by quornflour

I like muffins and breads.

I also like cranberries.

Here is a fairly simple Apple Cranberry muffin that is perfect any time of year, especially so around the holidays.

What happens fairly often, is I plan to have friends over for brunch and then at the very last minute I think “crap, I should make muffins.”

Sometimes I make them full on from scratch, but this time I didn’t have enough flour, but I had Bisquick so I kind of cheated. I am ok with that though, because they turned out super delicious.

Here is what you need for about 24-30 muffins:

  • 4 Cups of Bisquick
  • 2/3 Cups of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • Zest of one orange
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/3 Cup of milk
  • 1 bag of cranberries
  • 1 apple finely chopped (1/4 inch)

Now you need to throw it all together and bake them up.

  1. Heat your oven to 375⁰
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the Bisquick, sugar, ginger and orange zest
  3. In a small mixing bowl beat the eggs then add the milk
  4. Mix the eggs and milk into the dry ingredients
  5. Fold in the cranberries and apples
  6. Grease and flour muffin tins or use liners
  7. Fill with batter
  8. Sprinkle sugar over top
  9. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean

Eat these warm with butter if you can!



Cheesy Gooey Creamy Tomato Noodles by quornflour

I got home and was doing stuff and it kept getting later and I was hungry and Sara was on the verge of whining. So I needed to make dinner.

I had noodles and tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, then I realized I still has some cottage cheese, so I decided to try something new.

Ok this is pretty simple and when you look at it you might think, “No way is that going to be that good.” I assure you, yes it will be.

Here is what you need:

  • 24 oz tomato sauce
  • 4 cups of cooked noodles
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup grated or thinly sliced fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon freeze dried red onion
  • 1 tablespoon freeze dried green onion
  • 1 teaspoon freeze dried garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of “Italian spices”
  • 12 oz cottage cheese

Get yourself a large loaf pan and get to work:

  1. Heat your oven to 400
  2. In a bowl mix the cottage cheese, parmesan cheese, onions, green onions, garlic and Italian spices together
  3. Put half of the tomato sauce at the bottom of your loaf pan
  4. Put the cheese mix on top of the tomato sauce and spread it out
  5. Top with half of the mozzarella cheese
  6. Add the noodles
  7. Top with the rest of the sauce
  8. Top that with the rest of the mozzarella
  9. Put it in the oven and bake until the cheese on top starts to get golden and crispy

Serve it warm. Scoop it from all the way down at the bottom. The cheese will mix with the tomato sauce and seriously yum.

Now if you want to keep it low fat, then use low-fat cottage cheese and part skim mozzarella… seriously, good stuff.




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