Brown Butter Salted Caramel Cookies
Brown butter snickerdoodles with a caramel surprise inside!
2 1/2 cups all-purpose Gold Medal flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup unsalted butter, sliced
1 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
1 cup caramel squares, cut into 1/4's
For Rolling the Cookies:
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Sea salt, for sprinkling on top of cookies
1. In a medium bowl, Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
2. To brown the butter, heat a thick-bottomed skillet on medium heat. Add the sliced butter, whisking frequently. Continue to cook the butter until melted. The butter will start to foam and browned specks will begin to form at the bottom of the pan. The butter should have a nutty aroma. Watch the butter carefully because it can go from brown to burnt quickly. Remove butter from the heat and let cool to room temperature.
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the brown butter and sugars. Mix until blended and smooth. Beat in the egg, yolk, vanilla, and yogurt and mix until combined. Slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
4. Form the dough in a ball and cover with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. You can chill the dough overnight.
5. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Measure about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into balls. Flatten the ball with the palm of your hand and place a piece of caramel in the center of the dough. Wrap the cookie dough around the caramel, making sure the caramel is completely covered with dough.
6. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar. Roll the balls in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place dough balls on a large baking sheet that has been lined with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper. Make sure the cookies are about 2 inches apart. Sprinkle the cookie tops with sea salt.
7. Bake the cookies 8-10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies begin to turn golden brown. The centers will still be soft. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, or until set. Transfer cookies to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.
Recipe adapted from Ambitious Kitchen
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
- 5 tablespoons coconut oil
- 100g vegan chocolate, chopped
- ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon pure peppermint extract
- ¾ cup (105g) high-quality all-purpose gluten-free flour
- ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)
- ½ cup (40g) unsweetened natural cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup (100g) sugar (take or leave)
- 200g vegan chocolate, chopped
- pure peppermint extract, to taste
- Preheat your oven to 170 degrees. Line tins with baking paper, and set them aside.
- In a medium-size microwave-safe bowl, place the coconut oil and all of the chocolate except for 3 to 4 1½-inch-size chunks. Microwave 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until melted and smooth. Add the reserved chunks of chocolate, and stir until the chocolate has begun to thicken a bit and the chunks have melted. Add the vanilla extract and peppermint extract, and stir to combine. Set the chocolate aside.
- In a large bowl, place the flour, xanthan gum, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and sugar, and whisk to combine well. Add the chocolate mixture, and mix until the dough comes together and is well-integrated.
- Put teaspoon sized blobs on the baking powder, tablespoon if you want a bigger cookie
- Place the baking sheet in the center of the preheated oven and bake, rotating once, for 7 - 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, and allow the cookies to cool completely on the baking sheet.
- Once the cookies are cool, make the glaze. Place all of the dark chocolate except for 3 to 4 1½-inch-size chunks in a medium-size, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until melted and smooth. Add the reserved chunks of chocolate and the peppermint extract, and stir until the chocolate has begun to thicken a bit and the chunks have melted.
- Place the cookies, one at a time, in the glaze. Carefully place it on a clean sheet of baking paper. Allow the chocolate to set at room temperature (chocolate was setting fast so I basically iced the cookies)
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
1/2 cup raw flour (such as oat, coconut, buckwheat, almond, etc.)
1/3 cup raw agave/maple syrup
1 cup sliced almonds
1/4 pine nuts (optional)
1 cup dates and enough water to cover them
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
Raw chocolate coating:
Just use your fave recipe or my own
To make the nougat: pulse the flour, pine nuts (if using) and sweetener together in your food processor until smooth. Add the almonds by hand. Shape into small logs on parchment paper and put in the freezer.
To make the caramel: blend all ingredients together in your blender until creamy and thick, adding the least amount of water you can. spread a little on to the tops of each nougat log and put back in the freezer.
When they are frozen enough, cover each one in chocolate and let harden in the freezer or fridge.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
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Of course using it as food is obvious. Besides having antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties,1 coconut oil is an excellent source of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA). Unlike long-chain fatty acids (LCFA) found in meat and vegetable oils, MCFA are quickly broken down by the body and used as an energy source, meaning that the simple act of replacing LCFA with MCFA can produce weight loss with no changes in caloric intake.2
Use coconut oil for desserts, cooking, or as a butter replacement. Add it to smoothies, cereals, and homemade granola.
Our coconut oil is truly raw, unrefined, extra-virgin, organic, and non-GMO. Minimally processed with no added ingredients, it has the perfect balance of delicious flavour without any excessive aromas or taste overtones.And now for the unexpected – 30 ways to use Coconut Oil beyond food!
Beauty & Personal Care
Moisturize: Apply coconut oil topically on your body and face to keep skin supple. Use a thin layer around the eyes to smooth out wrinkles and reduce sagging skin.
Exfoliate: Mix half coconut oil and half coconut palm sugar in a bowl or jar and scrub dry skin before a shower.
Remove Makeup: Ditch that store bought makeup remover for pure coconut oil. Moisten a cotton ball and add a dab of oil to remove your makeup. Then use a damp washcloth to remove any excess.
Cleanse Your Face: Apply coconut oil onto your face and neck, remove with a damp washcloth and pat dry.
Make Your Own Facial Scrub:Mix ½ cup coconut oil with 2 Tbsp coconut palm sugar. Stir until you get a gritty, spreadable consistency. Then squeeze 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice and mix. Store in a glass jar for 2-3 weeks.
Shave: Use a thin layer of coconut oil and shave as usual. This is excellent for sensitive skin. The antibacterial potential of coconut oil1 will also help soothe small cuts from your razor. You can even use a small amount as an aftershave lotion.
Take a Coconut Bath: Add coconut oil to a hot bath to soothe dry, itchy skin, plus it smells wonderful. Be sure to scrub the tub after to prevent slipping.
Coconut Nail Care: Apply a small dab of coconut oil on your cuticles to moisturize dry areas.
Pregnant or New Mom? Try massaging coconut oil onto breasts and belly to help prevent stretch marks. It is gentle enough to use on baby’s skin to soothe diaper rash, and for use as perianal massage before and after birth.
Massage: Since we’re on the topic, give a loved one a massage with coconut oil.
Deodorize: A small amount of coconut oil applied directly onto your armpits can help keep odours away, again thanks to its antibacterial properties. 1
Lip Balm: Simply apply coconut oil to your lips, or try combining with for extra shea butter creaminess.
Oral Health: Try mixing coconut oil with baking soda and a tiny amount of hydrogen peroxide as a toothpaste. You can also try the Ayurvedic remedy of oil pulling (swishing) with coconut oil for up to 20 minutes—this has been proven effective at reducing bacterial count in the mouth.3
Insect Repellent: Apply coconut oil to help keep insects from biting. One of our staff members says this worked even in the mosquito-laden jungles of Costa Rica!
Hair Care: Massage coconut oil onto dry hair an hour before your shower, or even overnight with your head covered to protect your pillow. You can also use it to tame any frizz or fly-always before you leave the house
Stress Relief: Massage coconut oil to your head in a circular motion and breathe in the sweet, nutty aroma to relieve stress.
Clean Your Ears: A tiny dab of coconut oil at the end of a Q-tip can help gently remove wax.
For Fido Too: Apply coconut oil to your pet’s coat if they are experiencing skin issues.
Clean Wooden Furniture: Use coconut oil to clean and condition wooden surfaces. Be sure to test a small area first. You can even use it on your wooden cutting boards when they start to look dry.
Metal Polish: Use coconut oil to make metals shine. Again, be sure to test a small area first.
Detail Your Car: Apply a small amount of coconut oil to a soft cloth and clean your car interior. Be sure to wipe off any excess with a clean cloth.
Season Cast Iron: Use coconut oil to season cast iron pots and pans.
The Squeaky Wheel Gets the…Coconut Oil: Ditch the WD40 and use coconut oil on squeaky hinges and bicycle chains.
Zippers, Too: Coconut oil can help unstick stubborn zippers.
Get Artistic: Coconut oil is great to lubricate your guitar strings. Also use to clean your paintbrushes, as well as your hands after using oil based paints.
Soap Scum Be Gone: Apply a small amount of coconut oil to a wet cloth and scrub that tub. Then spray with hydrogen peroxide and wipe dry with a clean cloth.
Shoe Polish: Use coconut oil to shine your shoes.
Residue Magic: Coconut oil is excellent for removing chewing gum from any surface, including carpets and hair. You can also use it to remove residues from labels if you like to reuse your glass jars.
Clean Your Mouthguard: – A little coconut oil can help sanitize your mouthguard or retainer. Rub it on in the morning, let it sit throughout the day, and then rinse in the evening.
Even Plants Love It: Coconut oil will give a glossy finish to indoor plants when you use a small amount on a soft cloth and wipe the leaves.
All of this in one jar of coconut oil! How many household and beauty products can you replace with this one superfood?
Monday, March 17, 2014
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Play School Live in Concert - Prince of Bears 2014
We booked this for Mace's birthday weekend, and thank goodness we did, his actually birthday we were all sick, I barely got out of bed for his cake! Was overjoyed that we were all well enough to go... I have taken the kids to loads of these types of shows, some have been amazing, others less so...
Play school Prince of Bears was really inexpensive $77 for the 4 of us, for 45 minutes, cheapest we have ever been to... The most expensive was Yo Gabba Gabba at $200 for 4...
It was hosted by Alex and Rachel, neither favourites, Alex particularly annoys me! But I have to say, live, he is really charming and entertaining... It was basically all of the best nursery rhymes and dances performed within the context of the story, and Mace (3) had a blast! Marley (5) was entertained, but it was about Mace and it really ticked his boxes!
It felt fast, because it was so much fun... Would definitely recommend it if it's touring locally...
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
It's $99 on http://www.gotpuku.com/
Thursday, February 20, 2014
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Thursday, February 13, 2014
Y'all should know by now that I really enjoy baking... What you probably don't know is that I feel really guilty about baking, because my husband has a dairy intolerance and I like baking with dairy... It is a constant struggle in my mind, and then I ordered the Allergy Mama's Baking Book, and thought I would give some vegan baking a go... It went surprisingly well! I have copied the recipe with the changes I made, though I'm sure that the original would be even more delicious!!!
The food allergy mamas baking book
1/2 cup glad dairy free margarine
1 1/3 raw sugar
2 large mashed ripe bananas
2 3/4 cups flour I blended white and whole wheat
2 1/2 Tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup of dairy free buttermilk (1c soy milk with 1tblso white vinegar let sit for 10 mins)
Beat sugar banana margarine
Mix dry ingredients
Combine all ingredients and buttermilk
Pour into 2 baking/bread pans and cook for 50-60 min until a skewer comes out clean
I stupidly put it all in one pan and so it took an hour and a half to cook!!!
It's a funny texture, but is indeed delicious... And the house smells so gooooood!
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
I brought it on myself really, someone said something about a child porn account on twitter, and I stupidly clicked on it... I have always tried to not think about what an account like that contained... I assumed it was all kidnapped children being forced to do things that I'm not even comfortable thinking about... So I go to this account...
It's pictures of kids jacked from the internet! It's kids in baths (boys only on this site), young and teenage boys in their underwear, bathers/shorts, in their dress ups, in shorts with no tops on... And in this context it was seriously disturbing that people's photos that they have shared on social media with people they trust, Facebook/Instagram I assume, have been taken and put into this context... It was awful, I reported the account to twitter as having child porn, and clicked off, stressed and sick feeling, much like now, reliving the experience...
The reason I am writing this, and want you to share with your friends is that I know people that put pictures of moments with their loved ones, bath pics, pool pics, at home in hot weather and minimal clothes pics, and unless you know for 100% that every single person that you let see those pics aren't secretly into kids, it's probably best to stop posting them, unless sites like these don't bother you?
Ergh, sorry about that, but I never had a clue that these pictures could be taken so extremely out of context by repulsive individuals...