All posts filed under: Sweet

2015 12-Month Photo Project || February

Here is the second installment of this year’s photo project! I had a pretty busy, yet mostly uneventful, February. It all happened so quickly, I’m not sure I can believe March is but a few days away. 😀 Photo #1 Title: Pizza Pie The BF has been in the kitchen more often since we subscribed to the occasional Plated meal delivery shipment. Here he is preparing the dough for a white pizza with Sriracha buffalo chicken and yogurt ranch sauce. It was so good! Photo #2 Title: Homemade with Love When the BF and I first started dating, he bought me chocolates and flowers for Valentine’s Day. It took a few years, but I finally told him I don’t really like eating chocolates (I prefer cake over candy) and that he didn’t need to spend money on flowers either. All I want for Valentine’s Day is a card with a long, handwritten message. And food. Always food. 😛 This year I decided to bake cookies for him since I had the day off and wanted …

Vanilla Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream

It has been a while since I’ve made cupcakes! Two things motivated me to make this batch: Bonnie from Thirsty for Tea when she made some amazing homemade strawberry Pocky sticks, and an extremely disappointing experience with a local bakery. Yes, that’s a weird combo, I know, but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! I stumbled upon this recipe from The Martha Stewart Show about eight years ago, during the height of our national cupcake craze. Martha sometimes intimidates me a bit, but I trust her when it comes to food and recipes. The guest was Billy from Billy’s Bakery in NYC and I was intrigued by his reverse-creaming method. This recipe has become one of my go-to vanilla cupcake recipes. They turn out well every time! The key is to make sure NOT to overmix or overbeat any of the ingredients. As for the buttercream, I like to add freeze dried strawberries. I find that they are easier to incorporate into the frosting because they are dehydrated and don’t add any extra …

Sumo Orange Pound Cake Bites

Eeeck! I’m late to this week’s Fiesta Friday! I have been uber busy this week, what with our yearbook deadline coming up on Monday. This is my first year putting together the school yearbook, and although it has been great fun, it has also been loads of work! I’ve been running around like a mad woman this past week trying to get last minute photos and personal quotes from the students and staff. Everyone has been extra supportive and a few camera shy students even let me take their photos! Anyhow, here is what I’m bringing to the party this week: Sumo Orange Pound Cake Bites. I was at the store a few weeks ago and saw these funny looking oranges: They were listed as Sumo oranges and were going for $3.99/lb. Since I had already paid and was on my way out, I didn’t purchase any, but I Googled them when I got home. Apparently Sumo oranges were first developed in Japan over 30 years ago by a man who wanted a hybrid of …

Fiesta Friday | Avocado Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

Last summer I discovered a wonderful concoction called avocado coconut ice cream at the Davis farmer’s market. It is amazeballs, let me tell you. Most people hear “avocado coconut” and their upper lips and noses make strange quivering motions, but every single person I have taken there has agreed that it is rather fabulous. This is what the epitome of frozen deliciousness looks like: As some of you may know, a few weeks ago my mother gave me three big, fat avocados and said, “Here, we went to Costco and your dad can’t eat them all.” I used one of the avocados for a baked avocado and egg breakfast, and the other two in a chia seed pudding (I had to make two batches because Paul ate the entire serving I brought for him to share with Carmencita). I was lying in bed one night, wondering what to do with the avocados before they went south, when something clicked inside my tired, little brain and the pudding idea was born. I’ve made chia puddings with …

Fiesta Friday | Sticky Toffee Pudding

Another Friday means another Fiesta Party with Angie and the gang over at The Novice Gardener! So much fun! Here is my post for this week’s event: Sticky toffee pudding is one of my top five favorite desserts. The fact that it’s chock full of dates makes it practically a health food to boot! Just don’t mind the sugar, cream, or all of that other nonsense. Focus on the dates and you’re good to go. 😀 This time I served the pudding with freshly whipped cream. I prefer my whipped cream very lightly sweetened, so if you favor a sweeter flavor, double the amount of powdered sugar. As for the leftovers, we enjoyed them à la mode with vanilla gelato. You can’t go wrong either way! Sticky Toffee Pudding Ingredients: Pudding 1/4 cup unsalted butter 1 1/4 cups flour, sifted 2 cups Medjool dates, pitted and coarsely chopped 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 large eggs Sauce 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, lightly …

Mocha Mint Cookies

I’ve only recently learned to appreciate mint chocolate desserts. I have feared them most of my life, especially when it comes to mint chip ice cream. It tastes like frozen toothpaste to me. Even the fancy gelato versions are a no-go. Luckily, these cookies made the cut and I ended up eating way too many of them. They are best warm, right off the cookie sheet. There’s not much more satisfying than a warm, chewy, gooey cookie. Except when you’re supposed to be on a diet so you can fit into your Grammy dress. Ahh, it’s okay. I still have a week and a half left! Mocha Mint Cookies Ingredients: 2 and 1/4 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tablespoon instant espresso 3/4 cup unsalted butter, browned and cooled 3/4 cup light brown sugar, loosely packed 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 and 1/2 cup Andes Mint Baking Chips Directions: Sift …

Browned Butter Banana Nut Muffins

It has been three weeks since I last posted a recipe. Long story short, I’ve been sick and distracted since winter break started. But now I’m back on track and ready to roll! Yay! Here is a short back story to this recipe. During the 2011-2012 school year, I decided to go on a diet where I only ate hard-boiled eggs and a banana every day for lunch. I stuck to it pretty religiously and only strayed on staff potluck days and other various food-related events that I didn’t want to miss out on. Anyhow, a year’s worth of bananas later and I haven’t touched one since. Nope. Not one banana. I don’t seem to want to eat them anymore. I stare at them with good intentions, but that’s about it. So when I received a nice bunch of bananas during my recent illness, I accidentally on purpose forgot about them on the kitchen counter. When I realized they were starting to turn brown, I overcame the guilt I felt for ignoring them by deciding …