Actually. Lemon really is the best. I’ll be honest, I’ve had zero time for making anything photo / blog worthy, as school is wrapping up and I’m close to graduation (!!). While school’s ending soon, I thought I’d do a quick round-up of some must-try recipes featuring lemon as a key ingredient. Obviously, I’m missing lots of options, so please suggest your favourites!
Meyer Lemon Loaf - Sprouted Kitchen
Lavender and Lemon Cloud Cupcakes - Sweetapolita
Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes with
Lemon Curd Filling & Blueberry Cream Cheese Frosting - Adventures in Cooking
Blueberry-lemon Coffee Cake - Sweet Pea’s Kitchen
After having more two-bite brownies a few weeks ago than I care to admit, I decided it was time to make my own version. Homemade brownies are so much better than store-bought, anyways.
I used by go-to brownie recipe, found here, but divided the batter into muffin cups and cooked them for ~15 minutes. I put about two large spoonfuls in each, but probably could have done with just one. The result turned out to be much better than I anticipated. Brownies cooked in muffin cups cook much more evenly, avoiding the “I prefer the center, more fudge-y part” vs. “I prefer the cooked edges” argument (the center is obviously way better).
While scrolling through my blog reader today I noticed several posts on pizza, one of my favourite homemade meals. The reason I love it so much is for both its simplicity and potential complexity. You can keep your pizza simple and traditional – sauce, cheese, maybe some tomato or pepperoni – but, really, the possibilities are endless. Over the past few years, I’ve really become a fan of experimenting when cooking/baking, and pizza is far from an exception to this rule. Some of my favourite toppings to use with my classic dough recipe include: bocconcini, spinach, ricotta, sundried tomatoes, broccoli, salami, sausage, bacon, artichoke, proscuitto, pesto, goat cheese… And on, and on, and on. Here are some great recipes from many of my favourite blogs that go beyond the traditional (I had trouble choosing, so apologies for the long list).
What are your favourite toppings?
Brownies are undoubtedly a childhood classic. I remember making these with my mom and bringing them when I went to birthday parties or friends’ houses. My favourite part of making them was sprinkling candy, be it M&Ms, chocolate chips, or sprinkles, on top before baking. This recipe is simple and straightforward. It’s also relatively quick to make, but the brownies taste best if refrigerated first. Here’s how its done…
2 oz dark baker’s chocolate
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
Break up the chocolate and put it in a dish with the butter. Place the dish in a pan that has 1/2 inch of water. Melt chocolate and butter over low heat. Add vanilla.
In a mixing bowl, beat eggs lightly. Beat in sugar. Add chocolate/butter mixture and all the dry ingredients. Mix.
Pour batter into parchment-lined 8in baking pan. Bake at 350F for ~20-25 minutes. Let cool on a rack, then cut and store in the fridge. They’re best after refrigerated.
My preference is for slightly fudge-y brownies, so I usually undercook them by a few minutes. For the brownies I made in the photos, I also added 1 tbs of coco powder for a bit of extra chocolate-y-ness. As mentioned, I also love adding mini M&Ms or chocolate chips to the top of the batter right before cooking. How do you change up your basic brownie recipe?