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(Salted) Dark chocolate truffle cookies

I decided to try my hand at making some cookies I saw over on How Sweet it Is.

These turned out very delicious (though I only ended up salting about half of them, because I was in a hurry to get them into the oven every time I was baking a new batch) and they didn’t spread as much as I expected them to. I also experimented with using my Silpat baking mat for the first time. It was great! I didn’t have any wax paper, so I just laid this down on my baking sheet and baked the cookies on it. This made for great, easy clean-up. You just wash the mat afterward and everything is clean (minus the bowls and utensils you used for prep!) These are really rich, dark chocolate cookies and I loved them. I did not choose to dip them in chocolate and sprinkles, but I would have if I’d had more time and I might the next time I make these!
AS A WARNING, YOU WILL NEED TO LET THE DOUGH SIT FOR 4 HOURS TO OVERNIGHT BEFORE BAKING.

RECIPE FROM HOW SWEET IT IS, adapted from THIS. Makes approx 30 cookies.

Ingredients:

6 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 ounces bittersweet (mine was 60%) chocolate, chopped
2 cups dark chocolate chips
3 large eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons dark chocolate/dutch process cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
coarse sea salt for sprinkling

Recipe:

1. Melt your butter, bittersweet chocolate and HALF OF THE chocolate chips in a bowl. I microwaved mine in 40 second increments, stirring when necessary, until completely melted. Allow mixture to cool.

butter is healthy, not quite a whole stick

chocolate deliciousness

fancy chocolate bar

baking chocolate broken up

goopy chips

smooth and melty

2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder. Set aside.

cocoa-y

flour-y

with salt and baking powder

all mixed up

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer (if you’re lucky enough to have one!) or in a regular large bowl, add your sugar and eggs and beat/whisk on high/quickly for about two minutes or until light and fluffy.

sugars

light and fluffy

4. Add vanilla and melted butter/chocolate mix, and stir until combined  (1-2 minutes.)

vanillas

vanilla mixed in

stirred in the chocolate

5. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and your whisk or mixer attachment, and add the mixed dry ingredients. Stir in with spatula until fully combined.

combining the flour

6. Fold in remaining chocolate chips.

chocolate chips for days

chocolate chips: WITH OUR POWERS COMBINED

7. Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge for a minimum of 4 hours, to a maximum of overnight.

8. Remove from fridge when ready to bake. Line ungreased baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat. Wet hands and roll the dough between hands into 1 inch dough balls, placed 2 inches apart on baking sheet. This is when you can slightly salt them if you want. Bake for 9-10 minutes (in my experience, 10-12.) If baking in batches (which, lets face it with 30 cookies that’s pretty likely) place the dough back in the fridge, covered, between batches. When you remove the cookies, you can salt them again lightly if you want to. I did not. Be careful when removing these, you may want to let them cool a little, because they may be gooey. I placed them on a baking rack to cool, which did not take long.

six dough balls on my Silpat

with salt

cookies are delicious

9. Enjoy your cookies (WITH MILK!) These are great with milk because they’re so rich.

baking rack

Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Melissa

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Raspberry bars

As promised here are some delicious raspberry bars made with jam that we picked at a U-pick farm in Ferndale. These bars are the perfect snack, dessert or maybe even breakfast!

Ingredients:
2.75 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup finely chopped pecans (praline or normal)
1 cup melted butter
1 egg 

Step 1. Chop up pecans ahead of time. Make them pretty small like below. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2. Combine pecans, sugar and flour in a large mixing bowl.

Step. 3 Melt butter and add to mixture with egg.

Step. 4 Mix all ingredients together till it forms a crumbly, but moist dough that sticks together.

Step 5. Press mixture to bottom of greased baking dish. A casserole dish works great for this. Set aside 1.5 cups of the mixture to crumble on top.

Step 6. Add jam and spread to edges. Leave about 1/3 inch on the sides, the jam will spread to it.

Step. 7 Crumble 1/2 cup on top cover all jam and the sides.

Step 8. Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees or until crumbs are golden brown. Check around 30 minutes to make sure it isn’t burning. After it’s done take out and let it sit for 3 hours and then cut in pan and enjoy.

Post by Colin
Photos by Colin and Melissa


Perfect Pie Crust! (With pictures)

I may have cheated, because this is from a book. I have no claim to this recipe, but as it is the best I have come across and produces the best results I thought I would share. Summer is perfect for pies! 😀

Cut the lard into the flour.

Add water one tablespoon at a time until the dough is non-sticky and easily holds together.

Flour the cutting board and place the ball of dough on top.

Roll out the pie dough very thin, but not to the point of breaking.

It should be larger than the pie pan. Fold in quarters gently and place in pan.

Spread the pie crust out and spread with egg to keep golden brown. Pinch edges to desired size. Then just bake it! Be clear that with 2 crusts you want to poke holes in the top crust to allow it to vent while baking and cool down after. Otherwise, have fun making pies! (Also, if you want to bake a sweet pie you can add cinnamon to the dough.) Another option is using this crust for mini-fruit pies which you could make in a cupcake pan.

Pictures by: Melissa Rook and Colin Diltz
Post by: Melissa Rook


Ciabatta bread! (experiment time)

Welcome to the first of (possibly) many experiments! This was my first time making ciabatta bread and I love the way it turned out. I found a recipe on allrecipes.com and I will link it here.

I did, however, make some alterations. This is only my second time making bread and it’s a very time-consuming process. If you’d like to learn what I did, read on! This recipe will require you to do some prep work the day before you want to bake your bread, although you can do it up to three days in advance, depending on the age you’d like your bread to have.

Ingredients for the sponge (made ahead of time):

1/2 packet active dry yeast
2 Tablespoons warm water
1/3 cup warm water
1 cup  flour

The rest of the ingredients:

1/2 packet active dry yeast
2 Tablespoons warm water
2/3 cup warm water
1 Tablespoon canola oil (or olive oil! But I didn’t use olive oil because I didn’t have any!)
2 cups flour
1.5 Teaspoons salt

Recipe:

1. First, you make the sponge, which is the base for the bread mixture. Start by combining half the packet of yeast in a small bowl along with 2 Tablespoons of the warm water. Stir together and let sit for five minutes.

2. In another bowl, stir the previous mixture with 1/3 cup of water and 1 cup of flour. Stir until mixed well and then cover with plastic wrap. Let sit for 12 hours up to 3 days. (I did about 18 hours.) This is called the sponge!

3. In another bowl, stir together the other 1/2 yeast packet and 2 Tablespoons warm water. Let sit for five minutes.

4. In a larger bowl blend together the mixture from step three along with the sponge, 2/3 cup warm water, your choice of oil, and 2 cups flour. Add salt and mix until smooth and elastic.

5. Scrape the dough out into a different, oiled bowl. Let sit, covered in plastic wrap and at room temperature, until doubled in size. (About 1.5 hours.)

6. Gently slide dough out of bowl onto a floured surface (such as a cutting board) and cut in half.

7. Transfer both halves to floured baking sheet. Form the halves into two long ovals, dimple tops with fingers, and sprinkle lightly with flour.

8. Cover loaves with a dampened kitchen towel and let sit at room temperature for 1.5-2 hours.

9. Preheat oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit.

10. Bake ciabatta for 20 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. I checked mine every five minutes and turned the pan around so the two loaves would cook evenly.

11. Enjoy!

Post and pictures by Melissa Rook

Have you ever made bread before? How did it turn out? Altogether this probably took 5-ish hours, including the waiting time and the baking, (but not including waiting overnight.)


Bacon Pepperjack Macaroni & Cheese

Hello everyone!

Today I’m going to introduce my first recipe, the ultimate comfort food with a twist: bacon Pepperjack mac & cheese.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Milk
A half cup or so of Pepperjack cheese (grated)
A few sprinkles of Parmesan cheese
A few tablespoons of Flour
1 box of Elbows Chifferi (or other noodles if you prefer, such as macaroni noodles)
4-6 strips of Bacon (depending on personal preference)
1 Pot
1 Pan
1 Baking/casserole dish
1 Cheese grater (or another method of grating cheese)

Recipe:

1.  Boil a few cups of water in a pot.

2.  When the water is boiling, add the noodles. Cook as directed on box and to desired softness. For firmer noodles, cook less, and for softer noodles, cook longer.

3. Drain the noodles and set aside.

4. Grate the Pepperjack cheese and set aside.

5. Using a pan, cook bacon to desired crispness and set aside.

6. Using a pot, on medium-low heat, add the milk.

7. While stirring, add the Pepperjack cheese and a few sprinkles of Parmesan cheese.

8. Depending on the consistency, add flour by the teaspoon until thick like cheese fondue.

9. Continue stirring sauce.

10. Add noodles to casserole dish.

11. Add sauce to casserole dish, over noodles.

12. Slice bacon into bite-size pieces.

13. Add bacon to casserole dish, over noodles.

14. Stir contents of casserole dish together.

15. Bake for 10-20 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

16. Enjoy!

Photos by: Colin Diltz
Post by: Melissa Rook