10.24.2014

Pumpkin Spice Donuts 
with Salted Caramel Glaze:
A must-make for Autumn

So here's the deal, these are REALLY good-OKAY. If you're into the salty-sweet combo thing, you are going to be addicted to these little things. Just a little warning, I don't want you to go off the deep end before Halloween comes around next week. :)


Here's the check list to make it easy on yourself (I hate those marathon baking days-no fun). Planning your baking projects makes it less stressful for you and your outcome will be much more delish.

-Buy or borrow a mini doughnut pan if you don't have one, and a pancake batter squeeze bottle that has a wider nozle.
-Shop for ingredients you don't have.
-Make the caramel and store at room temp. ahead of time
-Make Caramel Frosting ahead of time
-Make Donuts
-Glaze and decorate donuts
-Eat and Share

The Caramel Recipe:


1 Cup natural cane sugar
1 Cup heavy cream, room temp
2 Tbs. salted butter, room temp
1 Tbs. quality vanilla

-Heat sugar in a heavy-duty pot on medium heat. Stir toward middle gently as the edges melt with a wooden spoon. It's okay if little rocks form, try to crush them with your spoon.

-Continue to stir until the sugar is smooth. The trick is to get the sugar as dark brown *like an old penny* as possible without burning it. Keep a close eye.

-When the sugar is completely dissolved and the color you want,
Add half the cream and stir fast with a whisk. It's going to bubble up so be prepared with an oven-mit over your hand. Your goal is not have the sugar glom up into a big chunk so work fast.
If it does "glom up". Just heat and stir until mostly dissolved with the rest of the cream.

-Then when all is smooth, add the rest of the cream and keep stirring on medium-low heat.
-Add Butter and Vanilla, Stir while heating and get as much sugar dissolved as possible.
-Strain the hot caramel through a strainer into a storage container.



The Salted Caramel Glaze Recipe:
1 Cup caramel
1 1/2 Cups powdered sugar
4 Tbs milk
2 tsp Maldon salt flakes-crushed

-Whip all ingredients until light in color and creamy
-Taste IT, you will be AMAZED!


Mini Pumpkin Spiced Donuts:
-Preheat oven to 350 and spray donut pan with natural baking spray or a coconut oil.

2 Cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbs Pumpkin Spice
1 tsp. allspice
1/2 Tbs ground ginger
1/4 tsp. cardamom
pinch of cayenne

-Whisk all the dry ingredients together, set aside

1 Cup cane sugar
1 can pumpkin puree
3 eggs
1/2 cup olive oil

-In a stand mixer, mix wet ingredients
-Add in the flour mixture
-Taste to see if you need to add more spice, add more spice.
-Pipe batter into the pan and bake 10 minutes.
-Let cool, then glaze them, then decorate,
I decorated with sprinkled Maldon salt flakes, India Tree orange sugar, white ball sprinkles, and chocolate vermicilli.


Enjoy and keep it spicy until next time!

8.21.2014

Heart-Healthy HotCakes
Lemon and Olive Oil Pancakes



















Isaak, my almost-three-year-old, loves making pancakes. We whip up a batch together several times a week, so they need to be healthy.

I thought I would share some things I do to make pancakes healthier without making them too heavy and boring.

-Mixing flours:Using half whole wheat flour and half buckwheat flour, for example.

-Organic Arrowhead Mills pancake mixes- Oatbran, Buckwheat, Buttermilk, Wholewheat. I go for these when I want quick pancakes. I also mix them up and do half and half.

-Using olive oil in the batter-which also gives them a lovely glowing golden brown color.
I just found out that coconut oil, while being healthy, is not on the Heart-Healthy list. They actually say to stay away from it if you have heart problems.

-Quality vanilla for flavor.
-Lemon juice for flavor.
-Almond milk in the batter, or 2% milk.
-Sprinkling some raw oatmeal to the batter.
-Using all organic products: flours, eggs, milk, real maple syrup.
-Using a low fat yogurt and fruit as toppers. We like apricot, vanilla, or lemon yogurt
-Sprinkling lemon juice on pancakes, gives them a punch.
-Plum Oragnics or a low-sugar fruit puree instead of syrup.
-When Isaak was younger, I would put just a couple tablespoons of honey in the batter and then just give him the plain pancake for a snack.
- And lastly, using very little butter and syrup.

Share your flapjack tips as a comment or on my Facebook page. I would love to see what you do.

Just for fun... read, Hey, Pancakes! Isaak and I love this book, it's super cute.

Enjoy your pancakes in Life!

5.28.2014

Simple Dinner: Spinach Salmon Cakes and Summer-Crisp Salad


Summer Crisp Salad Recipe 
1 1/2 cup cooked couscous
1 can Del Monte "summer crisp" corn
1 small mango, diced
1 1/2 cup shelled edamame
1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
Handful cilantro, chopped

-Gently toss above ingredients with 2 Tbs olive oil and the juice of 1 medium lime.

Spinach Salmon Cakes Recipe
1 medium size raw salmon filet, cut into chunks without the skin
2 handfuls baby spinach
1 egg white
1/2 C. bread crumbs
1 tsp garlic powder, oregano, and cumin

-Blend ingredients in food processor or blender
-Form into patties and fry in organic canola oil or veggie oil for 2 minutes on each side until cooked all the way through.
-In small saucepan melt 2-3 tbs butter and add juice of 1/2 a lemon, 1-2 tsp Chipotle Tabasco sauce.
-Pour butter sauce over crab cakes.

ENJOY!

4.04.2013

Basil Kiwi Lemonade
I have been really pumped lately about making some fun and refreshing lemonades for the family. Making it at home cuts the sugar intake waaay down, who needs all that refined processed crap in your lemonade? You can be creative and make different flavor-combos. Isaak loved this one. For the **grown ups**, it would be SUPER fun to add tequila or a yummy flavored vodka to give it a kick.

Basil Kiwi Lemonade 

Juice SIX lemons, set juice aside.
Warm 1 cup water and dissolve 1 cup honey.
Puree 1 bunch of fresh basil, two ripe kiwis(without the skins *duh*) with 1/2 cup filtered water.
Strain puree and keep some pulp to add back in later if you so desire.
Add all ingredients to half a pitcher of ice water and stir.
Adjust ingredients to your liking.

DONE!

I think I am going to try a  beet blackberry lemonade next. Yum, right!

Keep creating and having fun in the kitchen.

3.06.2013

Hey! Happy Day!
I challenge you to spend some time outside and enjoy the day if you can. Maybe....Plant something?

My goal today, among many other things, is to do one of these fun inspiring projects I found...wish me luck.

OR

Write in moss idea
See you later. ;)
Have a lovely week filled with inspiration and creativity!