Saturday, December 31, 2011
But instead of posting about what I've been eating lately, I took this time to create a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page as well as a recipe page! To see how they look, just look up towards the top of the page just below the header and you'll see the tabs that lead you to the newly created pages.
I also took some pictures during my family's Christmas gathering. Here are the appetizers.
here for the deviled egg recipe and here for the hummus recipe. The cheese ball, sadly, is my mother's precious secret recipe, so it will probably take a while for me to convince her to let me post the recipe. : (
For the main meal there were a lot of things for me to eat even though I did have any of the three different kinds of meat that were served.
And here are some of the food related gifts I received this year.
Day 1: Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
Day 2: Double Chocolate Banana Loaf
Day 3: Marshmallow Graham Squares
Day 4: Chocolate Caramel Puff Wheat
Day 5: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Day 6: Classic Shortbread Cookies
Day 7: Soft Gingersnaps
Day 8: 10 Minute Butter Tarts
Day 9: Pretzel, Hershey Kiss and m&m combo
Day 10: Double Layer "Easy Fudge"
Day 11: Gluten Free Brownies
Day 12: Chocolate Covered Cherries
Again, I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays immensly. I'm really not excited to be going back to school this week, but I guess it had to happen eventually.
I know I'm a few hours early, but Happy New Year!
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Even though I don't think you folks need a list of ingredients, I'll give one to you anyways, since it's the holidays and all. Merry Christmas!
Chocolate Covered Cherries
-Maraschino cherries (with the stems)
*white chocolate for drizzling is optional
double layer easy fudge, and thought drizzling some white chocolate would make the cherries look fancier.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
The recipe is the same as when I first posted it when I had just started this blog. Perhaps in the future I will find some way to make these brownies better, but at the moment they already seem so perfect.
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Brownies
¾ cup of gluten free flour (almond and sweet rice combo, or just rice flour)
1 cup brown sugar
5 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup of chocolate chips (can be replaced with walnuts or pecans)
Mix melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract together. Add to the dry ingredients and mix until the batter is consistent. Then add the chocolate chips.
Lightly grease an 8x8 inch pan (or use a piece of parchment paper like I did this time). Spread the batter in the pan evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350°F. Place the pan in the centre of the oven on the middle rack so the bottom doesn’t burn.
After 20 minutes, use a toothpick to check and make sure the brownie is fully cooked.
Remove the pan from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Make sure you serve these brownies at room temperature.
Tip: Do not try to remove the brownie from the pan all at once. Because the brownie is gluten free, it is much less stable and will crumble easily. Instead, let it cool down completely for a few hours. Then cut pieces of the brownie from the pan. If you use a parchment paper, let the brownie sit for at least an hour before removing it all at once.
The added icing on top is just an extra thing that makes the brownies look better, so if you don't have any, don't worry about it.
Friday, December 23, 2011
So a few weeks ago while I was still studying for my exams, I read this post from How Sweet It Is, an amazing blog filled with lots of sweet recipes. At the time I was unable to make this recipe due to my schedule, but I vowed that someday I would make it. So today I did just that.
Truthfully, the whole process took a lot longer than I expected and was actually a little more complicated than I thought. The process of making the two layers and the hardening in between, along with my first experience toasting coconut, made this recipe more than just a simple pan of fudgy chocolate whipped up in just of few minutes. It was a labour of love.
Double Layer "Easy Fudge" with Coconut and Coffee [source]
-2 cups dark chocolate chips
-2 cups white chocolate chips
-1 can of sweetened condensed milk
-1+1/2 tbs instant coffee
-2 tsp vanilla extract (the white "coconut"layer calls for coconut extract, but I didn't have any)
-1 tbs coconut oil
-1/2 cup flaked coconut
Now do the same for the white layer. The white chocolate chips can sometimes be hard to find. I had to buy these at the bulk food store.
First melt the chocolate, then stir in the rest of the sweetened condensed milk, 1/2 tbs of coconut oil, and 1 tsp of vanilla extract (use coconut extract if you have any).
Thursday, December 22, 2011
So today I made something really simple. I really needed to make something that didn't require a lot of work, and something that I could make either a lot of or very little of. Well, Laurie from Simply Scratch posted a simple recipe on how to make a delicious looking pretzel, hershey kiss, m&m combination. Perfect! All I needed to do was line them up, heat for a few minutes, let cool, and then devour! Plus, it meant I could buy as much or as little as I wanted. So after so many days of baking treats, I decided to stick to a dozen of each ingredient. Unfortunately that left me with nothing left over to re-do the recipe if I failed...which I did.
Pretzel, Hershey Kiss, m&m Combo [source]
-12 Hershey Kisses
-12 Dark chocolate m&ms
The photo above is what I was hoping for [source], the photo below is what I ended up with. : (