Tag Archives: sugar

Earl Grey Crème Brûlée

Playing with fire in the kitchen for a fancy dessert 🙂

Ingredients for 2 servings: 4 egg yolks,1 1/4 cups light cream, 4 tsp loose Earl Grey tea, 1/4 sugar, 1/8 cup sugar for finishing

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Heat up the cream in a saucepan so that it almost reaches boiling point.  Remove from heat and stir in the tea leaves.  Let sit for 15 minutes.

2.  Beat egg yolks and sugar in a separate bowl.  Strain the leaves from the tea and cream mixture.  Slowly mix in the tea mixture into the eggs and sugar.

3. Set two ramekins into a roasting pan or other oven-proof dishware.  Fill with the mixture, and place in the oven.  Fill the roasting pan with warm water until it reaches to half the height of the ramekins.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.

4.  Let the ramekins cool in the water, then remove and chill in the refrigerator for at least 3-4 hours or overnight.

5.  About 20-25 minutes before serving, sprinkle the tops with an even coat of sugar.  Caramelize with a blowtorch and wait until the creme brulee reaches room temperature before serving.

Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Flourless Chocolate Cookies

I am somewhat perplexed by the concept of flourless baking.  If there is no flour, what makes up the physical essence of baked goods?

All chemical and philosophical baking thoughts aside, I thought I would attempt Francois Payards’ chocolate cookie recipe.  Francois Payard is a renowned French chef known for his fancy and decadent desserts sold at his high end bakeries around the world.  A small box of these very cookies will cost you $40, so best to try to make them yourself!

Ingredients: 2 3/4 cups roasted cashews (original recipe calls for walnuts, I just used what I had on hand), 3 cups confectioner’s sugar, 1/2 cup + 3 tbsp cocoa powder, 1/4 tsp salt, 4 large egg whites at room temperature, 1 tbsp vanilla extract

These are quite literally sugar cookies…

1. Pre-heat oven to 320 degrees Fahrenheit.  Coarsely chop the nuts.

2.  Mix the sugar, cocoa powder, and salt together.  Whisk in the eggs and vanilla extract.  Stir just enough so that the batter is moistened – do not overmix!

Mmmmm…chocolate sludge

3. Spoon mounds of the batter onto a lightly greased baking sheet.  Make sure to leave ample space in between as these cookies will spread out while baking.

4.  Bake for 15 minutes and cool slightly before eating.

These cookies are cracked, sticky, and crispy on the outside and edges, but moist and fudge-like on the inside.

Also some serious admiration for the crispy goodness of the cookie bottom 🙂

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

French Toast and Maple Syrup

This is totally becoming a breakfast blog, isn’t it??  In the holiday rush, my favorite meal of the day becomes a time to relax, catch up on the events of the previous night, and to enjoy life’s small luxuries.

Last week for Christmas, my friends and I attempted a mini road trip to Vermont, one of the few states to produce maple syrup.  We stopped by Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks, after spotting it on a brochure in our motel.  It was there that I picked up a few souvenirs including maple tea and Grade B maple syrup.

Maple Syrup + French Toast = 😀

2 Servings (3 slices of toast)

Ingredients: 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 2 eggs, 3 slices of bread, powdered sugar, maple syrup

1.  Crack eggs in a shallow bowl.  Beat thoroughly and mix in the cinnamon and nutmeg.

2.  Heat a slightly greased pan.  Take a piece of bread and coat both sides in the egg mixture.

3.  Set the bread in the pan and cook for about 2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.

4.  Dust with powdered sugar and serve with maple syrup.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

Mocha Spiced Pancakes

I am now toying with the idea of a pancake blog, seeing how this is probably the fourteenth pancake recipe on here.  Pancakes are one of my favorite breakfast foods (in case that was not obvious by now), but this recipe adds a few new elements while remaining simple and flavorful.

Plus, incorporating coffee into your breakfast carbs is a great shortcut to getting your morning caffeine buzz.

Recipe adapted from Offbeat + Inspired

Makes 5-6 medium-sized pancakes.

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1 tsp baking powder, 2 tbsp instant coffee, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, pinch of salt, 1 cup milk, 1 egg, 2 tbsp melted butter

1. Mix the dry ingredients together.  Whisk the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl.

2. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones in sections, whisking well to blend.

3.  Heat up a griddle or pan, slightly oiled.  Spoon a ladle-sized amount of batter to form pancakes.  Cook until slightly browned on both sides.

4. Serve with maple syrup, powdered sugar, jam, or all of the above.

Follow us on Bloglovin!

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Maple Bacon Spiced Nuts

An easy crowd-pleasing snack, perfect for the holiday season as gifts or party munchies.

Ingredients: 3 cups of any mix of nuts (I used pecans, cashews, and almonds), 2 egg whites, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, 6 slices of bacon, maple syrup

1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly beat the egg whites.

2. Pour the nuts into the egg whites and toss to coat.

3. Add in the spices and mix well.

4.  Spread the nut mixture evenly onto a baking sheet.  Bake for 15 minutes total, stirring and turning the nuts halfway through so they don’t burn.

5. Remove the nuts from the oven and set aside to cool.  Leave the oven on and prepare the bacon by brushing a thick coat of maple syrup.  Bake for about 10 minutes each side.

6. Once the caramelized bacon cools, break into pieces and mix well with the nuts.  Serve immediately.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Warm Gooey Butter Cake Cookies

The end of the year is often a very busy season in terms of workload.  At the end of an exhausting week, I like to reward myself with an easy sweet treat.  These gooey butter cake cookies have all the adjectives I love about desserts in one title – there was no way I could pass on making them as soon as I stumbled upon the recipe.  They use minimal ingredients and taste as delicious as they sound.

Ingredients: 4 oz plain cream cheese, 4 tbsp softened unsalted butter, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 large egg, 1 large egg yolk, 1 cup + 2 tbsp all-purpose flour, 1 tsp baking powder, pinch of salt, 1/3 cup powdered sugar

1.  Beat the cream cheese and butter together until mixed well and fluffy.  Slowly add in the granulated sugar while beating.

2. Mix in the vanilla extract, egg.  Add the flour in sections, beating to mix well.  Cover the bowl of dough and refrigerate for 30 minutes – DO NOT skip this step.

3.  Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees.  Scoop out heaping tablespoons of dough, coat in the powdered sugar, and place on a baking sheet.

4. Bake for 14 minutes.  The cookies should brown slightly on the bottom, but not on top, so keep a careful eye on them!

5.  Coat with more powdered sugar on top if necessary, and serve warm.  Your stomach and heart will thank you.

The original recipe notes that the cookies should be cooled before eating, but I think anything with a gooey cake-like texture is best when eaten hot from the oven!

Oops

Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,
%d bloggers like this: