Coffee cake + strawberry rhubarb

I’ve made coffee cake muffins before, adding a tasty layer of wild berry jam between the cake and the streusel – delicious, easy to share, super delicious! This time I really just wanted an excuse to use my bundt pan and make a more classic-looking “cake”.

Since it’s that time of year, I figured adding some strawberry + rhubarb would be a good idea, though wasn’t entirely convinced the flavours would match up. Well, they certainly do! I think you could probably get away with adding any kind of berry combo to this cake.

I was also concerned (just because I had never made this kind of cake before) that the filling would cause the streusel and cake to separate and that they wouldn’t hold together when removed from the pan. This was definitely not the case, as you can see from the photo, and a quick flip of the pan released the entire cake intact.

It ended up being so quick to make that I made it twice in one week for two different events – a hit both times!

Here’s what you need and how it’s done…

Streusel:
Coffee-cake
¾ cup white flour
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ cup butter, melted

Filling: 
1½ cups sliced strawberries
1 cup chopped rhubarb

Cake:
½ butter, room temperature
½ cup sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
½ cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1⅓ cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
1 pinch of salt
Several dashes of cinnamon

Prepare the filling by cooking the strawberry and rhubarb on the stove, on low. Drain a bit of the water that comes out of the fruit. Cook until the berries and rhubarb can be mushed together (sounds delightful, eh?). It should look like a jam.

For the topping, mix the dry ingredients, then stir in the melted butter. Mix until well blended.

For the cake, cream together the butter and sugars. Add the egg and egg yolk, mix. Add the sour cream and vanilla, mix. Mix the dry ingredients together, then add them to the wet ingredients. Stir until just blended.

Add the streusel to the bottom of the bundt pan. Pour the filling evenly on top. Add the cake batter and make sure it’s evenly distributed and covering the filling layer below.

Bake at 350°F for ~50 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.

The triple chocolate cookie that’s almost a brownie

I haven’t been posting on here as much as I’d like, I guess because I keep using the same classic recipes over and over. I have a lot of go-tos, but that doesn’t make for a very interesting blog. In the spirit of switching it up, I bring you these wonderfully rich cookies from une gamine dans la cuisine. You should probably just go check out her site right now – it’s filled with creative recipes that you have already unconsciously been wanting to try… like cranberry pie, red grape tart with rosemary almond cookie crust, spiced coffee muffins with maple glaze, rosemary citrus cake with mascarpone… yeah.

Anyway, this recipe was a success and a big hit at work. I only made a few minor modifications to accommodate the ingredients I had on hand.

 

Triple chocolate cookies

 

Ingredients:

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
3 eggs
2 tsp of pure vanilla extract
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 of a bag of chocolate chips of your choice

Instructions:

In a bowl set over a pan of simmering water, melt the unsweetened chocolate and butter. Remove from the heat and cool slightly.

In a bowl combine the eggs, vanilla, and sugar.

Combine the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt in another bowl.

Add the slightly cooled melted chocolate and butter to the egg mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in the sifted dry ingredients and mix until just combined, then stir in the chocolate chips.

Cover the batter with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Heat the oven to 350 F. Bake until the edges of the cookies are just set and the center is still soft, 10 to 12 minutes.

Homemade English muffins

English muffins are something I’ve always wanted to try to make, but was mildly too terrified to do so. After finding this recipe from Foodess, I was much less intimidated and just happen to have all the ingredients.

I definitely haven’t mastered it yet to get just the right the amount of bubbles and fluffiness, but I’m getting close. It’s a recipe that’s easy enough to try on a whim, so I’m going to keep at it until I’ve mastered it.

When I tried it for the first time, I dusted the pan with a bit too much cornmeal. The cornmeal cooks and browns really quickly, so I’d try to just dust the pan in little rounds where you’ll place the muffins to cook. The first time I also had the heat on a bit too high and couldn’t cook the muffins in the pan long enough for them to sufficiently puff up. This time, I lowered the heat to 4-5 on a dial of 10 and cooked for three minutes on each side. I also accidentally let the muffins rise too long for the second time, which meant that they were touching, hard to get apart to move into the pan, and started to deflate with when moved. A minor oversight on my part. Definitely only let them rise for 20 minutes on the baking sheet before baking them in the pan, and make sure they’re well spaced.

English muffins

Ingredients:

1½ cup skim milk
¼ cup butter
1 egg, beaten
¼ cup plain yogurt
4 cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp granulated sugar
2 ¼ tsp  yeast
1 ½ tsp salt
Cornmeal, for dusting skillet

Instructions:
  1. Microwave the milk until it begins to simmer. Stir in butter until melted. Once mixture has cooled, add beaten egg and yogurt.
  2. Mix together the flour, sugar, yeast, and salt in the bowl of a standing mixer. With mixer speed on low, slowly add milk mixture. Beat until just thoroughly combined. Dough will be very wet. Cover with saran wrap and place in a warm spot to rise for one hour or until doubled in bulk.
  3. Turn out dough onto a floured surface. Lightly flour the top of dough, and pat down until it is about ½ inch thick. Use a floured 3” biscuit cutter (or a upside-down drinking glass) to make rounds. Gather up scraps of dough and repeat. Use a floured spatula to pick up the English muffins as you go, and set them aside to rise for 20 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 400F and heat a skillet (or two) over low-medium heat (may a 5/10 on the temperature dial). Dust skillet where you will place each muffin. Place English muffins 1 inch apart in skillet and cook 3-4 minutes, until golden brown on bottom. Flip and cook another 3-4 minutes on other side. Transfer to baking sheet as they’re done. Once all English muffins have been browned, bake for 7-10 minutes, until they sound hollow when you tap their tops.

Gingerbread waffles

Happy new year!!

I first tried this waffle recipe in pancake form. It was good, but even greater in waffle form. Sweet, but not too sweet, and spicy in a holiday kind of way. The recipe below was adapted from this one.

Ingredients & directions:Waffles

3 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 1/4 cups milk
1/3 cup molasses
1/4 cup melted butter

In a mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and salt. In another bowl, beat eggs and brown sugar, then mix in pumpkin, milk, molasses, and melted butter. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry. Don’t mix the batter too much. Cook batter in waffle iron until ready. Serve with any imaginable toppings!

This is a fantastic, simple recipe for homemade waffles. Hope you try it out and enjoy!

Apple pull-apart bread

This is the recipe story of the barrel of apples that never ended…

I was lucky enough a few weeks ago to get the chance to go apple picking. I don’t think I’ve even actually been before – I have some faint memories of it, but pretty sure it may have just been a dream •_•

For some reason, I thought that half a bushel wouldn’t be enough… Little did I know  they’d last for two solid weeks of baking. Apple sauce. Pie. Crisp. And a new favourite, apple pull-apart bread.

I adapted the recipe from this one on from Baked by Rachel. Wonderful recipe. Easy to follow. Turned out perfectly.

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Dough ingredients: 
3 1/4 – 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cups brown sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon
2 1/4 tsp yeast
4 tbsp melted butter
1/4 cups warm water
2 eggs

Filling ingredients:
1/2 cups brown sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp butter, melted
2 cups apples, sliced thin

Make it happen:
For the dough, combine the dry ingredients.  In a measuring cup, combine the wet ingredients. Put the mixer on low, then slowly add the liquid ingredients. The dough will form into a ball as the ingredients mix. Add additional flour if the dough is too sticky.Cover the bowl and wait for the dough to double in size.

To prepare the filling, peel, core and thinly slice the apples. Roll out dough in a long rectangle. Cover with cinnamon filling, then layer with apples. Add layers. Cut chunks to layer into the loaf pan. All the dough to rise for another 30 minutes.

Bake at 350F for about 45-55 minutes.

Enjoy. Enjoy. Enjoy!

Coffee (cup)cake

Workplace celebrations are a perfect excuse to bake. I can test out a new recipe and don’t have to worry about having leftovers. This was a great recipe to try for my first coffee cake – simple, few ingredients, and rather quick.

Here’s what you’ll need and how it’s done:

Streusel:
• ¾ cup white flour
• ½ cup brown sugar
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• ¼ cup butter, melted

Cake:
• ½ butter, room temperature
• ½ cup sugar
• ¼ cup brown sugar
• 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
• ½ cup sour cream
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1⅓ cups flour
• 1 tsp baking powder
• ¼ tsp baking soda
• 1 pinch of salt
• Several dashes of cinnamon

For the topping, mix the dry ingredients, then stir in the melted butter. Mix until well blended.

For the cake, cream together the butter and sugars. Add the egg and egg yolk, mix. Add the sour cream and vanilla, mix. Mix the dry ingredients together, then add them to the wet ingredients. Stir until just blended. Add the topping.

I added a layer of wildberry jam between the batter and the topping. Fresh blueberries would be another excellent option. Lots of possibilities!

Bake at 350°F for ~20 minutes for cupcakes / ~35 minutes for cake (8 inch pan), or until a tester comes out clean.

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The recipe has been adapted from Anna Olson’s book Back to Baking.

Fried salami sandwich & tomato and bocconcini salad

Yes, I know it’s been way too long. Moving, extreme heat, and slacklining have all distracted me from baking and blogging for quite a while! I now, however, have something wonderful and delicious to share…

Baked salami sandwiches and tomato salad. It’s more amazing than I can actually demonstrate via text and not terrific photos. You’ll just have to trust me on this one and try it out for yourself. The crunchy salami, warm goat cheese, and roasted pepper make the perfect combo for a sandwich, while the grape tomatoes, bocconcini, and basil provide for a light and refreshing side.

Here’s what you’ll need and how it’s done:

Sandwich:
• Hot genoa salami (sliced, 50-100g / person)
• Roasted red pepper
• Goat cheese
• Fresh focaccia bread

Heat a pan to medium-high with ~1tbs of olive oil. Add salami and chopped roasted red pepper. Fry up for 7-10 mins until it begins to get slightly crispy on the edges. While this is frying, cut up the focaccia and prepare it for the oven. When frying is done, place the salami and pepper on bread and crumble goat cheese on top (best to be generous – you can thank me later). Bake for a maximum of 5 minutes.

Salad:
• Grape tomatoes (1-2 pints)
• Bocconcini (pearls)
• Red onion (1/4 finely chopped)
• Fresh basil
• Olive oil
• Balsamic vinegar
• Salt and pepper

Cut tomatoes in half. Strain and add bocconcini pearls. Finely chop and add basil and onion. Make a small mix of olive oil (1-2 tbs), balsamic (1-2 tbs), salt, and pepper and add it to the salad.

This was such a fantastic combo that we’ll definitely be making again, and when we do I’ll take and post much nicer photos. Enjoy, enjoy!

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