Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Fudgy Delicious Rich Rice Crispy

Yesterday night I wanted to make something with chocolate that was simple and quick.So I started routing through my recipe books and found a book called "Focus Serie Company's Coming chocolate squared".I look through all the recipes reading through them and I came across fudgy crispy recipe.They looked really scrumptious and really easy to make so I darted up the stair to get to the kitchen and started baking.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Good Job Fellow Bloggers!

This post goes out to all the bloggers out there in the world expressing there creativity,talents,passions,ideas and most of all sharing it with the online public. 

It isn't easy to share your experiences online and make it interesting for others to join in, but its very possible to do. 

I give a big kudos and a job well done to all the bloggers out there taking there time in their busy lives to share there passions with everyone.

I am very inspired by the recent blogs that I have been viewing through blog adding sites and through followers of my own.It pushes me to keep up with my blog posting and taking in all the advice I can to make it the best that it can be.

Thank You follower blogger's

I also like to say a job well done to a specific blog called "Living Food Junkie" It involves a women sharing her life experience with eating a high living foods/raw diet. She shares with us beautiful photographs,recipes, events,information and shares with us the awards we can rep from a raw diet. I will share her blog with you follower readers of my blog so you can see for yourself.

Anyone Up For A Piece Of Banana Bread

Anyone up for some good old fashion banana bread especially with chocolate chips scattered within the tasty treat, well I sure was today. Don't you love the smell of banana bread baking in the oven its such a lovely intoxicating smell that reminds you about how you have to appreciate the good things in life and the genuine art all around us. Such as something as simple as banana bread baking in an oven to cheer some one up.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

What A Bunch Of Cheesy Bagels

Yesterday,I was trying to decide what to bake that I have not made in a long time and then something popped into my head ,BAGELS! I don't know where the idea for bagels came from,but it continue to stay in my mind till I could no longer shake it off.Then I came to remember I had a recipe from high school for making plain bagels;however I wanted something with lots of flavor so I chose to add a combination of Italian spices and cheese to the recipe.

When people hear the word bagel, don't most instantly think breakfast food, right? don't they? Well I always certainly do, especially with those toasted bagels with cream cheese spread on both halves,yummy.Bagels may me thought of as a breakfast food instantly, but we should all remember not to strictly label bagels because their are so many different varieties that can count for breakfast,lunch,or dinner food.

With these certain kind of bagels they could fit in all the categories.The Italian cheese bagels have a wonderful appearance with its great color and volume as you can see in the photographs.Its combination of textures are chewy,crumbly,and soft, which is what you want in all around bagel.Also along with its savory,cheesy,sweet,salty, and spicy flavor combination.

The recipe has very easy directions to follow and if you want to make 6 large bagels like I did then you must double the ingredients in the recipe below.If not, keep it as is.

The recipe is a little time consuming because of the rising factor, so make sure to give yourself lots of time to make these.No good bagel comes from impatience. Also a good important thing to know is to always well greased your cookie sheets before baking the bagels. I made this mistake with these ones by only relying on a nonstick pan.So listen, grease your cookie sheets!

Also, if your using cheese, its very important, not to add to much, because you can cause the cheese to burn on the cookie sheet. So be careful with how much you use. Also, if you want more, just add some right when you take them out of the oven.Be sure to give them sometime to let them cool as well.

Enjoy the bagels!

Kneaded Dough. Before rising.

Risen dough after 40 minutes

What I Did In The Recipe:
  • If you want 6 large bagels like above,Double the recipe.

Cheese Bagels 

(Adapted From Plain Bagels, High School Recipe, Written By Me)

6 to 8 medium sized bagels

2ml sugar
125ml warm water
7ml yeast
1 egg
7 ml oil
450ml flour
2 ml Italian spice
15ml sugar
5ml salt 

Poaching liquid:
4 liter water
30ml sugar

125ml+ Grated cheddar cheese (optional)

1. Using a liquid measure.Dissolve 2ml sugar into warm water, sprinkle 7ml yeast on top, let sit for 10 minutes.Cover.
2. In a small bowl beat egg, add 7ml oil, and beat.
3. In a large bowl,mix 250ml of the flour, 15ml of sugar, 5ml salt & 2ml Italian spice.
4. Add wet to dry, beat with a wooden spoon.
5. Stir in the remaining 200ml flour gradually.
6. Knead dough 8-10 minutes, let rise in a warm place for 40 minutes.Be sure to cover with towel. Once fully risen, punch down.
7. Divide in 6 to 8 pieces, roll in 12 inch rope, and shape into bagels.Pinching the ends together help keep them from breaking, when boiling.
8. Fill a large pot with 4 liters of water and sprinkle in 30ml of sugar.Bring to a boil. Medium- high heat.
9. Slowly slide in each bagel into the water from the side of the pot.
10.Poach the bagels for 3-4 minutes, until they float.
11. Place on a well greased cookie sheet.
12. Bake at 350F for 15 -20 minutes.Sprinkle on grated cheddar cheese just before bagels are done.Then place into oven till cheese is melted and changed color, about 2- 3 minutes. Let cool.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Good Old Fashion Chocolate Chip Cookies

Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies,well everyone that Ive been around so far. But I guess the people that are in there own groups of chocolate haters don't like them. I do have a feeling that me bringing that up ill cause chocolate haters to come out of there shadow hiding and come after me;however I don't think I insulted people that don't like chocolate so I'm in the clear. 

Anyways,here's some just good old fashion chocolate chip cookies for everyone to enjoy. A simple recipe to make a large batch of some delicious chewy cookies for the family,the guests or just one person that has a large appetite.These cookies will go fast like any other chocolate chip cookie would be in a household.Enjoy the cookies you make and stretch yourself to try some more complicated recipes because you may be surprised in yourself in what you can accomplish with ingredients.

Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies  
(Adapted From Hershey's More Chocolate Chips Cookies,"Hershey's Chocolate Lover's Cookbook")

(Printable Recipe)

1 1/2 cup butter,softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
(1 pkg)Milk Chocolate Chips

1. Oven 375F.
2. Cream butter (room temp,cut into pieces), brown sugar and sugar.
3. Add eggs and vanilla, beat till combined.
4.Stir in all dry ingredients into butter mixture.
5. Drop by heaping tbsp to nonstick pan or ungreased cookie sheet.
6. Bake till golden brown. Cool slightly on pan and then transfer to rack to completely cool.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Yet Another Recipe For Brownies

Here is another delicious brownie that's moist, chewy and crunchy.It has the rich flavor of milk chocolate and the cocoa powder.Also has the sweet flavor of the cranberries and the taste of almonds.This recipe comes from my recipe book called "sweet food".It is a very simple and easy to follow recipe.I like these brownies even more then the last ones I posted because these are even more moist and I added my own ingredients such as cranberries and almonds which gave some good combination flavors.Enjoy! 

What Is your favorite combination for brownies?
What do you think about this blog? Give your input.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Fudgy,Nutty,Chewy Brownies

Yay! Brownies!

I'll have to give blame as while as credit to my sister, my brother in- law and my nephew for putting brownies in my head;however for people to know I don't mean literally stacking brownies in an open head.That really would just ruin these delicious simple brownies.

These brownies come from one of my high school recipes, but I added the nuts for my personal touch to the baking.These delicious wonders have got the slight texture of fudge, a nutty texture and all around chewy. Their not terribly rich like fudge is,but its enough chocolate flavor where people end up coming back for more.They have a lovely appearance as you can see, where the glaze is given great emphasis to the hazelnuts.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Go Nuts For Peanut Butter


I got way to excited there about these little babies;however I think I should be when baking is something I love to do.

Everyone should embrace there talents, there passions and everything they love because that's one of the great things about life. Enjoy,have fun and follow your calling.

Anyways as you can see these are cookies. :)

These peanut butter cookie have the texture of soft and crunchy.
As well the flavour of sweet with the taste of peanut butter and oatmeal.
Quick and easy recipe! Check it out!

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies( Adapted From Peanut Butter Cookies, The Big Book Of Baking)
(Printable Recipe)

1/2 cup butter, softened plus extra for greasing
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 superfine sugar or granulated
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1. Oven to 350F, Use nonstick pan or grease pan.

2. Beat soften butter and peanut butter in a large bowl.

3. Beat in superfine sugar and brown sugar, then gradually beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
4.Sift the flour,baking soda, baking powder and salt into bowl and stir in the oats.
5. Place spoonfuls of the cookie dough onto cookie sheets, space well apart to allow spreading.Flatten slightly with a fork.
6.Bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes or until lightly browned.Let cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Note: Scant definition: Means not extract amount measured.

Pizzaladiere The French Pastry

These are pizzaladiere which are France's answer to a pizza.

These are definitely tasty little appetizers to serve at a party,a lunch or as a side dish at a dinner.They have a lovely flavour combo of sweet,savory, spicy, and buttery.The texture is a combination of thin layers of pastry and a crunchy exterior. They also have a pizza like appearance.

I saw these recipes on the show "Rachel Allen Bake!" and the recipes are posted on the "Good Food Channel" website which is linked in red at the bottom of the page.Anyways,she mentioned you can make it with shortcrust pastry or puff pastry.I chose to make puff pastry.

The puff pastry recipe choice is quite time consuming due to the fact of the rolling,folding and chilling to achieve the thin layers of pastry;however in the end you achieve a unique texture and flavour. This recipe was a new learning experience for me, who has never made a puff pastry till now.I enjoy myself in making the puff pastry and it actually had really easy to follow directions and the shortcrust pastry had simple direction as well.

Its all in the choice of what you would like to make in a pastry.For example, if you are strapped for time and a need a quick appetizer then go with the shortcrust pastry. If you want a thin layered pastry and have the time to make it go with the puff pastry.

I give full credit for these recipes to the Rachael Allen Bake! Show and the Good Food Channel website for posting the recipes.

Links are below:

Rachael Allen Bake!: Pizzaladiere Shortcrust Pastry(written recipe)

Rachael Allen Bake!: Pizzaladiere Puff Pastry (video)

Have fun,enjoy and learn something new!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

I've Got Some Chewy Chocolate Cookies

These are some delightful, rich, crunchy and chewy chocolate cookies.Also with the added bonus of pieces of chocolate chunks on top for appearance and dried cranberries mixed in the cookie dough to add a sweetness to it.

This simple and fast recipe comes from my Foods 12 course. In the course we as well used this cookie recipe to make vanilla ice cream sandwiches, those were definitely a good hit with the class.

These kinds of cookies spread a lot to become large thinner cookies instead of smaller and thicker cookies. However with this cookies you get the great texture of crunchy and chewy without being thicker.

What I did in the recipe:

  • Cut up chunks of semisweet baker chocolate and place pieces on top of cookie dough before baking.
  • Added cranberries to the cookie dough.

Chewy Chocolate Cookies ( Written By Berendina Dykema, Foods 12)
(Printable Recipe)

15ml margarine
250ml sugar
1 egg
5ml vanilla
250ml flour
85ml cocoa
2ml baking soda
1ml salt

1/2 cup cranberries
2 oz semisweet bakers chocolate, chop into pieces

1.Cream margarine and sugar.
2.Add egg,vanilla,beat.
3.Mix flour, sift in cocoa, add baking soda, salt and cranberries, blend into cream mixture.
4.Drop batter on to ungreased cookie sheet,
Place chocolate pieces on top of the cookies before baking.
 5.Bake for 8-9 minutes at 350F, cool, remove to wire rack,cool.