Category Archives: Baking

Love by Day

Apple Cake

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Welcome to the 5th day of Fresh Tasty Valentine.  I’ve had such a fantastic time the past few weeks coming up with these recipes, and hopefully you’ll want to share the with your valentine.  Since I started with a soup I figured it was fitting to finish with a dessert – one that’s on the healthier side at that!  Envy Apples started in New Zealand with a mission to make a better non-GMO apple and I’m rather certain they have succeeded!  Now they have expanded to Washington state, allowing them to offer in season apples nearly year round.  While I debated using mine in a savory dish, in the end my sweet tooth won out.  Plus after the success with the hemp seeds in recreating a nutty taste I wanted to see if I could do that again.

Cinnamon Apple Cake

Serves 8-10

Ingredients

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/4 cup white sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 1/4 cup flour

1/2 cup hemp seeds

2 apples, shredded and juices reserved

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and lightly grease a bundt pan (unless silicone)
  2. Cream together the butter and sugars for ten minutes, then beat in the eggs one at a time before adding the vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour and baking soda. Slowly mix into the butter mixture until just mixed.
  4. Fold in the apple and reserved juice.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes then turn oven off. Allow to sit in oven for 15 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
  6. Cut and Enjoy!

Notes

To get as much juice as possible, shred the apples over a bowl or dish with a thick lip.

http://dancingveggies.com/2016/02/love-by-day.html

Needless to say this cake was a total success!  The hemp seeds added the perfect nutty taste and texture, would easily have guessed the cake had walnuts in it.   Just one more reason why you should enter the giveaway if you haven’t already.  Plus as a bonus the envy apples come with an apple corer that is so easy to use that I managed it one handed while wearing a certain little fussy one.

 

A Certain Smell

Rosemary Popovers

Rosemary Popover

Welcome to day three of Fresh Tasty Valentines!  I’ve been having so much fun with this blog party thanks to all the fantastic sponsors and bloggers that have joined in.  One of my favorite things about events like this is being exposed to new-to-me vendors – such as Casabella.  When I received their Clip n Strip shears I think all my herbs gave  sigh of relief as I would no longer be torturing them with dull shears or nails in my attempt to get some herbs.  These shears are rather fantastic, especially since they have this awesome little notch in the handle for stripping the leaves off the stem.  Needless to say these scissors made quick work of the rosemary needed for these aromatic treats.  for best results, make sure the eggs are at room temperature and resist the urge to peek as they are baking – just trust in your oven as best you can!

Rosemary Popovers

Makes 6 popovers

Ingredients

2 eggs, room temperature

1 cup milk, room temperature

1 cup flour

1/2 tsp salt

2 sprigs fresh rosemary (about 1/ tbsp)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Beat the eggs and milk together and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the salt, rosemary, and flour then quickly fold in the egg and milk mixture stirring until just mixed.
  4. Pour into jumbo muffin tins (or custard dishes) until 3/4 full. Bake in oven for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 and cook for an additional 20 minutes. Turn oven off and allow to sit for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Popovers are cooked when they pull away from the sides

http://dancingveggies.com/2016/02/a-certain-smell.html

Are they a dessert or are they a side dish?!?  I served them both ways and suspect they would also be fantastic as a breakfast item with some runny eggs.  Since I don’t have a proper popover pan, I use a jumbo muffin tin which works perfectly.  Now, have you entered the giveaway for a chance to win your own shears? herbs? or zester?

Note: I was gifted the shears and a garlic roaster as part of participating in Fresh Tasty Valentine however all opinions are my own.   

Brought to Life

Vegan Sugar Cookies 

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Many moons ago, or about 5yrs ago, I found an incredible vegan sugar recipe.  This past year I went to look for it again and could not locate it!  So I decided to come up with my own recipe based on a “normal” sugar cookie recipe and what I know about vegan cookie.  One of the biggest issues I’ve had with vegan baking is the missing butter taste as well as the not always awesome aftertaste some vegan “butters” offer.  With that I decided to add a bit of cinnamon, not enough to cross into snickerdoodles territory but enough to add a bit of something to the recipe.  I also added a touch of cream of tartar in order to counter the melting point of vegan “butter” and keep the cookies from spreading too much – another problem I commonly have.  I wasn’t going for a super fluffy cookie but I didn’t want them to be as crispy as a rolled cookie.

Brought to Life

Serves: makes 48 cookies

Ingredients

1 cup vegan "butter", softened

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 tbsp cinnamon

1/2 cup applesauce (no sugar added)

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extra

1/2 tsp salt

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Cream together the sugar, cinnamon, and butter for 10 minutes until nice and fluffy. Add in the applesauce, vanilla extract, and salt and blend for another 3 minutes.
  3. Stir together the flour and baking soda and slowly mix in with the wet ingredients until just mixed.
  4. (Optional: place in fridge for one hour)
  5. Form dough into walnut size balls and drop onto cookie sheet leaving space for the cookies to spread.
  6. Bake for 11 minutes, allow to cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet and then move to a cooling rack.
http://dancingveggies.com/2016/01/brought-to-life.html

These cookies were a huge holiday hit!  Husband enjoyed them so much he had a hard time believing they were vegan, which is the ultimate compliment in his case.  For a real treat, form the dough and then freeze in a plastic cookie “tin” and bake when you’re getting a craving for something sweet.

Just like a Fire

Apple Dumplings

Apple Dumpling

Welcome to JUNE’s edition of the secret recipe club!  I know that lately my blog has been very neglected but it’s been for a very, very, very good reason.  I mentioned a stomach bug last month but that wasn’t exactly the truth – the actual issue is something called hyperemsis gravidium.  Many of you might already be familiar with this, either through personal experience or in following HRH Duchess of Cambridge.  Basically,  I’m (finally) pregnant!!!! Our last round of fertility treatment was successful and I’m now just over 14wks pregnant.  The first 7 weeks were fantastic, free of symptoms and all of that, but then it hit will a force that I never could have expected and with that the diagnosis of HG and two trips to L&D for rehydration.  This all resulted in a very neglected blog as I was living off of broth and rice but I’m now on some awesome medication and starting to get the energy to get back in the kitchen.  Perfect timing for the SRC!!!  This month I was partnered with Lisa of Cook Lisa Cook – a blog I’m familiar with thanks to previous SRC events.  I picked out sooooo many incredible recipes from her blog including Mashed Cauliflower, Peach Cake, and Corn Souffle but in the end her simple and delicious sounding Apple Dumplings won the day.  I couldn’t resist a recipe that featured apples AND croissant dough and I knew my husband and co-workers would have similar feelings.

I had to make one small change to the recipe, swapping out the nuts for some granola that way there would still be a bit of a crunch.   As a bonus, if you use Pillsbury crescent rolls and sub the unsalted butter with Smart Balance the recipe is vegan 😀

Just like a Fire

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

1 stick butter

1/2 tsp vanilla

3/4 cups sugar

1 tube refrigerated crescent rolls

1 granny smith apples

1/2 can frozen apple juice concentrate

1/4 cup water

ground cinnamon

1/2 cup granola

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease an 8x8 inch pan.
  2. Slice you apple in order to make at least 8 slices (assuming standard crescent roll container).
  3. Wrap each slice in a crescent dough triangle, folding the tip over as needed, and place in the pan.
  4. In a small sauce pan (or bowl if using microwave), melt the butter and then lightly stir in the sugar and vanilla. Pour over top of the wrapped apples.
  5. Spread the frozen apple concentrate over the wrapped apples and pour in the water.
  6. Sprinkle with cinnamon and granola.
  7. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve and enjoy!
http://dancingveggies.com/2015/06/just-like-a-fire.html

I’ll be taking July off from the SRC, due to craziness with life right now I don’t want to risk not being able to give the right amount of attention to whatever blog I get. However, I will be participating in an awesome blog link-up over the next week so lots of delicious summer time recipes are on the way!!!

I Wanna Marry You

Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake

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Welcome to #15Cheesecakes – an anniversary celebration for Camilla and her husband.  Like Joe and I, Camilla and her husband also celebrated their vows with a delicious cheesecake in place of the standard wedding fare.  So when I saw her call for 15 bloggers to make a cheesecake to help them celebrate I KNEW I had to be involved.  My first plan was to recreate our wedding cake, a fantastic Dulce de Leche creation but that didn’t exactly work out due to poor dulce de leche making skills on my side – thankfully I had back-up ingredients.  One of the biggest take-aways from doing all these blog challenges is to always, always, always have a back-up plan in place.  Sometimes the recipe just won’t cooperate while other times it will be life in general.   Thankfully my back-up cheesecake worked out perfectly!  The real trick is to gradually lower the temperature of the cake to prevent it from cracking – or at least that’s what I heard many moons ago and so far the “trick” works.

I Wanna Marry You

Ingredients

2 cups honey graham crackers (or honey Teddy Grahams in a pinch)

3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

1 1/2 tsp caramel syrup, divided (I use Monin)

2 oz blocks of cream cheese, one reduced and one regular

1 8oz tub of plain yogurt

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup white sugar

2 eggs

2 tbsp grated dark chocolate

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, blend together the melted butter. 1/2 tsp of caramel, and graham crackers. Pulse until pieces are pea sized. Remove from processor and gently press in to an 8 inch springform pan - working from the middle and up the sides. Set Aside
  2. Cream together the sugar and cream cheese for 6 minutes. Then add the eggs one at a time, continue to cream then add the yogurt and caramel and cream for a final 6 minutes, or until mixture is creamy. Fold in half of the grated chocolate
  3. Preheat oven to 375
  4. Pour the cream cheese mixture in to the crust and spread out evenly, then top with the remaining chocolate. Bake for 35 minutes, then turn oven to 250 and bake for a final 15 minutes. Turn the oven off but keep cheesecake inside with the door slightly propped open. Once cool cover and place in the fridge for at least two hours.
  5. Serve and enjoy!
http://dancingveggies.com/2015/03/i-wanna-marry-you.html

Happy 15th Anniversary Camilla and!  May you have dozens and dozens and dozens of more cheesecakes together!  Also a happy early anniversary to my husband – 5 years together tomorrow and 3 years married (!!!) next month :-)

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