Nutella Sea Salt Stuffies

February 5, 2016

 

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Hey all you Nutella fans out there! Take a look at what I got here…Nutella Sea Salt Stuffies! Yup…a rich chocolatey Nutella cookie which surrounds a silky truffle-like Nutella center and if that hasn’t got you drooling, just listen up. It is topped with a sprinkling of flaky sea salt. You know I’m a sucker for that sweet/salty taste sensation! And these cookies have it all going on. The outside cookie is soft and yet also chewy at the same time. And once you bite into it, assuming it is warm out of the oven, you get this molten, lava-like burst of melted Nutella. Pure Nutella nirvana I tell you!

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Now it is not by chance that I’m blogging a recipe which features Nutella today. Today February 5th is World Nutella Day. This celebration of all things Nutella was started in 2007 by Sara at Ms. Adventures in Italy and Michelle at Bleeding Espresso as a day to celebrate, get creative with and most importantly, to EAT Nutella.

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I was still all about the cookies and the salty / sweet thing two years ago when I blogged about  Salted & Malted Nutella Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies. These cookies feature silky, decadent Nutella, creamy caramel, nostalgic malted goodness and rich chocolate chips, all rolled up together in a crunchy chewy salted cookie

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And then there was my  Nutella, Double Chocolate & Banana Tart which was quite stunning if I do say so myself.

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But back to today’s star, both decadent and addictive, Nutella Sea Salt Stuffies.

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These tempting little treats are pretty easy to make, especially if you plan ahead. You see, you need to freeze what will become the molten Nutella centers, for at least 3 hours before assembling the final cookie. Sure it can all be done on the same day, but I did it the day before baking day. Once I was ready to bake, these cookies came together in no time flat. They are truly magical warm from the oven what with that lava like flow of Nutella when you bite into them. But don’t fret if they’ve cooled down. The center will be more solid, like Nutella is straight out of the jar, which certainly isn’t a bad thing. However, if you love the Nutella lava effect, just reheat them for a short time in the microwave and you’ll have Mt. Nutella cookies, erupting again!

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I know these cookies look rather short on the list of ingredients front, but don’t be fooled, they pack quite a flavorful punch. The Husband, who doesn’t usually care for chocolatey desserts, has actually come back for seconds. He says they are like a Nutella filled brownie…with salt. YUM! Make up a batch today in celebration of all things Nutella. Or… you know… Valentine’s Day isn’t that far off. Bet any Nutella loving folks out there would be head over heels when gifted with these cookies on the big day. You know what they say…no better way to man’s heart and all…

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Nutella Sea Salt Stuffies

  • Servings: 12 -15 cookies
  • Difficulty: easy
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recipe from: King Arthur Flour

Ingredients:

For the filling:

  • 5 1/4 ounces / 149 grams Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread

For the dough:

  • 10 1/2 ounces / 298 grams Nutella Chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 4 ounces / 112 grams King Arthur 100% White Whole Wheat Flour or 4 1/4 ounces /120 grams of King Arthur Unbleached All Purpose Flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder, optional

For the Topping:

  • Fleur del Sel coarse sea salt

Directions:

To make the filling: Scoop small balls of Nutella (chestnut-sized, about 1″ diameter) onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. A teaspoon cookie scoop, filled level, is the perfect tool for this job. Scoop out 15 -18 balls of Nutella. You may end up with extras, but better that than coming up short.

Place the baking sheet into the freezer (uncovered is fine), and freeze until the balls are completely frozen, about 3 hours; or up to overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a baking sheet, or line it with parchment.

To make the dough: Mix together all of the dough ingredients; the mixture will be cohesive, fairly soft, but not sticky; think modeling clay. It will stick together better when you squeeze it.

Scoop out heaping tablespoonfuls of the dough; a slightly heaped Tablespoon cookie scoop works well here.

Remove the frozen Nutella balls from the freezer once you have the dough ready to shape. Flatten a ball of dough. Place one of the frozen Nutella balls in the center. Wrap the dough around the Nutella like a dumpling, enclosing it completely. Roll the ball of dough between your palms to seal any cracks and round it out. Repeat with the remaining dough and frozen Nutella balls.

Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet; they won’t spread much, so should all fit on one sheet. Sprinkle very lightly with a bit of coarse sea salt.

Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes; when done, they will have lost much of their shine, and you may see a very faint lightening of color around the bottom third of each cookie.

Remove the cookies from the oven; serve warm, or at room temperature. For the full melting-center, lava-like effect, serve warm; if they’re at room temperature, the centers will be solid. Reheat very briefly in the microwave to liquefy the centers, if desired.

Enjoy!

Nutella Sea Salt Stuffies brought to you by: Runcible Eats (www.leaandjay.com)

Links to Useful Kitchen Tools and Ingredients for Nutella Sea Salt Stuffies:

OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Food Scale

Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer

OXO Good Grips Small Cookie Scoop

OXO Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop

King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour (this link is for 2 – 5 lb. bags of flour)

Nutella

Maldon Sea Salt Flakes (Fleur de Sel)

I should also mention that King Arthur Flour has a wonderful shop full of kitchen essentials as well as their quality ingredients on their website. Definitely worth taking a peek!

 

 


Halloween Cookies & Cream Owl Cupcakes

October 31, 2015

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Happy Halloween! And just look what I’ve got here…h’OWL’oween Cupcakes! Or I guess you could call them OreOwls! Sorry, I couldn’t resist. But really, aren’t these Cookies & Cream Owl Cupcakes adorable!

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Almost too cute to eat…but who am I kidding?!! I love cupcakes. So believe me they only got a very short pass before I gobbled them up! Last Halloween I baked up a batch of Mini Mummy Brownie Bite Cupcakes that were pretty fantastic. Just look at these tiny terrors!

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But back to these little owls… They are so easy to make that you could still get a batch done before this evenings festivities. Or maybe you could make them for Thanksgiving. They definitely have an autumn vibe.

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I give you a recipe for some very moist and chocolatey Cookies & Cream Cupcakes, but if you’re in a rush you could just make a box mix and fold some crushed Oreo cookies into the batter before baking. The chocolate ganache frosting is super easy to make. I dipped the cupcakes rather than actually frosting them. To be honest, the most difficult part of these cupcakes were trying to separate the cookies so that all of the white frosting cream remained on one cookie. Cutting the frosting-less Oreo to make the owl’s tufts was a bit challenging as well, but a few choice words later and Voila! Owl nirvana achieved! Happy Hauntings!

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Halloween Cookies & Cream Owl Cupcakes

  • Servings: 14 -16 cupcakes
  • Difficulty: easy
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recipe slightly adapted from: Once Upon a Chef (cupcakes) and Arctic Garden Studio (ganache)

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • 1 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 1/2 tablespoon instant coffee granules (optional, to enhance chocolate flavor)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup chopped Oreos
  • 28 -32 Oreo cookies for decorating
  • 28 – 32 brown, blue or green plain chocolate M&M’s (I used Mega M&M’s but regular sized are fine)
  • 14 – 16 yellow or orange white chocolate M&M’s (or plain chocolate M&M’s if you prefer)

For the Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons corn syrup

Directions:

Prep Work: Count out 28 -32 Oreo cookies. Divide these cookies in half and attempt to keep all of the cream on one of the cookies. Using a small icing spatula helps. If you end up crack a few cookies, don’t despair – you can crumble them even further and use them in the cupcakes. Once you have the cookies successfully separated, cut 14 -16 of the non-icing side Oreos in half to make the owl tufts. 

Preheat oven to 350° F and line two 12-cup muffin tins.

Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and cook in the microwave in 20-second intervals, stirring in between, until about 3/4 of the way melted. Stir, allowing the residual heat in the bowl to melt the remaining chocolate completely. (If necessary, place the chocolate back in microwave for a few seconds.) Set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, instant coffee (if using), baking soda and salt until well combined.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping the bowl and beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and lukewarm chocolate.

Add the dry ingredients in three separate additions, alternating with the buttermilk. Fold in the crushed Oreo cookies.

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups until about 3/4 full (I think it’s easiest to use an ice cream scooper with a wire scraper). Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the tops look dry and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool in the pan for about 15 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

For the frosting: Heat heavy cream and chocolate over medium low heat stirring constantly until chocolate has melted. Stir in corn syrup. Let ganache cool for about 10 minutes before assembling cupcakes.

Cupcake Assembly:

First complete the owl “ore-eyes” (the Oreo halves with the icing). Place brown, green or blue M&M’s into the inner edge of the white part of each owl eye. Press down gently (if you push too hard you will crack the cookie) to stick M&M to the cream filling. Or if it seems like it doesn’t want to stick, a little bit of ganache to the bottom of the M&M to “glue” it in place.

Now for the cupcakes. Dip each cupcake in the ganache so that the top is frosted. Place eyes just slightly below the center of the cupcake, this will make sure you have enough room for the tufts. Then place the tufts above the eyes. Add a sideways orange or yellow M&M for the nose. Repeat with each cupcake until complete.

Enjoy!

*These cupcakes are best on the day that they are made as far as looks go. The Oreo tufts do get moist on the following day and tend to break off easily if you are trying to transport cupcakes.

Halloween Cookies & Cream Owl Cupcakes brought to you by: Runcible Eats. (www.leaandjay.com)

 

 


Rice Krispie Crack Bars

October 7, 2015

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Good old Rice Krispie Treats. You know what I’m talking about. That undeniably pleasing confection made by blending marshmallows and puffed rice cereal that has stood the test of time. A tray of these simple, classic dessert bars will make you immediately nostalgic for your childhood. Though I must admit, I think I’ve actually eaten far more of these as an adult than I did as a child. They are a dessert that is in high rotation around this household. Thank heavens that they are really fast and easy to make and lets face it, downright delicious! All crispy and gooey…we’re big fans of the gooey bites around here, so I usually add more mini marshmallows to the mix right before turning it out into the pan. It’s true that one can find a lot of recipes out there which have little variations on the original Rice Krispie treat recipe. And I pretty much love them all. A particular favourite  of mine is adding a little bit of Biscoff cookie butter into the mix. But I think I’ve upped the ante here with these Rice Krispie Cornflake Crack Bars. I may have indeed achieved Rice Krispie Treat nirvana.

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So what we’ve got here is the classic Rice Krispie Treat (with a few extra marshmallows added like I normally do…) but it is crowned with a layer of Cornflake Crunch! I’ve been obsessed with Cornflake Crunch ever since I made those Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies from the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook. In that recipe, Chef Tosi calls for adding Cornflake Crunch to the cookie dough and it is a large part of what makes them so irresistible. Luckily the recipe she provides makes more Cornflake Crunch than you need for the cookies. Which is a good thing for me because I can’t stop eating it. I’ve been putting it on my oatmeal, yogurt, ice cream and I may have even been seen lurking around the fridge late at night with tell-tale cornflake crumbs on my jammies. Addictive I tell you!

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So considering my recent Cornflake Crunch fascination, it should come as no surprize that they found their way onto a Rice Krispie Treat in my kitchen. Voila! Rice Krispie Crack Bars were born!

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Let me tell you, Cornflake Crunch just takes these treats over the top. You’ve still got the delight of the crispy/gooey thing going on, but now you’ve also got that glorious crunchy/sweet/salty/buttery bliss of the Cornflake Crunch added into the mix. Absolutely brilliant! One bite and you’ll be hooked.

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Rice Krispie Cornflake Crack Bars

  • Servings: 9 -12 depending on how you slice 'em
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 10 oz. package of mini marshmallows + 1 cup, divided
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
  • 1/3 cup Cornflake Crunch (recipe to follow)

Directions:

In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Once butter has completely melted, add 10 oz. bag of mini marshmallows and stir to coat with melted butter. Keep pan on heat, stirring marshmallows frequently until completely melted. Remove from heat. 

Add Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated. Add one cup of reserved mini marshmallows and stir until equally distributed.

Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into  a buttered 9 x 9 x 2-inch pan. Working quickly before mixture has cooled, press Cornflake Crunch evenly into top of treats. Allow to cool and then cut into desired sized squares. 

Cornflake Crunch

recipe from: Momofuku Milk Bar Cookbook

yield: 360 grams (4 cups)

Ingredients:

  • 170 grams (5 cups) cornflakes
  • 40 grams (1/2 cup) milk powder
  • 40 grams (3 Tablespoons) sugar
  • 4 grams (1 teaspoon) kosher salt
  • 130 grams (9 tablespoons) butter, melted

Directions:

Heat the oven to 275°F.

Pour the cornflakes in a medium bowl and crush them with your hands to one-quarter of their original size. Add the milk powder, sugar and salt and toss to mix. Add the butter and toss to coat. As you toss, the butter will act as glue, binding the dry ingredients to the cereal and creating small clusters.

Spread the clusters on a parchment or Silpat-lined sheet pan and bake for 20 minutes, at which point they should look toasted, smell buttery, and crunch gently when cooled slightly and chewed

Cool the Cornflake Crunch completely before storing or using in a recipe. Stored in an airtight container at room temperature, the crunch will keep fresh for 1 week; in the fridge or freezer, it will keep for 1 month.

Enjoy!

Rice Krispie Crack Bars brought to you by: Runcible Eats (www.leaandjay.com)


Milk Bar’s Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies

September 23, 2015

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I think I have actually reached cookie nirvana. I mean I like cookies…pretty much never met one that I turned my nose up at. But these cookies…oh my god!!! They’ve got it all. Crunchy and chewy, sweet and salty, chock full of gooey marshmallows and shot through with little tidbits of chocolate and crispy Cornflake Crunch (oh…I’ll talk about that Cornflake Crunch bit of the recipe in just a sec…). These cookies will take you back to those lovely slow saturday mornings when you were a kid and just sat around with a bowl of cereal, zoning out on cartoons. They’re a bit like a s’more…’cept totally different. Unique I tell you. And irresistible! I could not stop eating them. Rather addictive you might say. Perhaps it is not surprizing then that the recipe comes from Chef Christina Tosi’s Momofuku Milk Bar cook book. She is the amazing chef responsible for Crack Pie, which I tried my hand at awhile ago. And since these cookies have a name which is very descriptive, yet a mouthful to get out, I’ve taken to calling them “Cookie Crack” which I feel is pretty dang accurate!

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Now I will tell you right away, these cookies have gained a reputation amongst the online food bloggers as being quite finicky. So I was verrrrrrrry careful to follow chef Tosi’s instructions to a T and didn’t really have any problems. The only thing I actually changed was the size of the cookie – chef Tosi recommends scooping out 1/3 cup cookie dough per cookie which gives you a complete monster cookie. Cool perhaps and exactly what you might want if you are buying one in a cafe, but I wanted a smaller around the house sized cookie so I went with a 1 tablespoon sized scoop. I also reduced the baking temperature to 350°F and the time to 12 minutes. The original recipe calls for 375° for 18 minutes, which would have set off all the fire alarms between here and New York if I had attempted that for my smaller sized cookies. I will say though, once you reach the baking stage, you need to watch these cookies like a hawk. I’m serious. Don’t start trying to do some other chores in another room, don’t get caught up face booking or twittering. Mind the cookies! They seem to have a knack at going from “oh it’s slightly golden, I’ll give it a few more minutes” to ” good lord where is the fire extinguisher” in no time at all! Remember also that you need to let the cookies cool a bit on the baking sheet before transferring them to a cooling rack and they will continue to cook a bit while sitting on that hot sheet, so maybe take them out of the oven just a bit before you would say they were perfectly done.

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I should at this point also give you a few bits of advice concerning Milk Bar Recipes that may be helpful. You should just know going into it that all of Chef Tosi’s recipes are like those Russian Matryoshka dolls, there is always one or two recipes to be found inside the final recipe. So with these cookies, you will first need to make up a batch of Cornflake Crunch which you will then crumble up and add into the cookie dough. But let me stop here for just a second to tell you about the glory of that Cornflake Crunch…It is a big part of what makes these cookies so awesome. Crunchy, sweet and salty joy! The recipe will actually yield more Crunch than you need to make the cookies, which is a good thing because it is dang near impossible to stop eating it, like straight off of the cookie sheet. With what I did manage to save I have used to top ice cream, have sprinkled it over yogurt and oatmeal as well as used it to gussy up a tried and true classic dessert (stand by for that recipe in the not too distant future ;) ). Trust me, you will not be sad that there is a little bit extra Cornflake Crunch.

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The next thing I should mention is that although Chef Tosi does provide both european style weight measurements in grams as well as american style cup measurements for all of her recipes, you really need to go with the weight measurements. Now don’t get me wrong, I have always admired the cooks who could just play loose and fast with all the ingredients and still have delicious morsels spill forth from their kitchens. However, those folks won’t do well with a Milk Bar recipe. Precision is what is required here and my scooped cup of flour, I can almost guarantee you will be different from the next persons. So bite the bullet and get out there and buy a good old scale. Once you get the hang of it you won’t dream of going back! Measurements are not the only bit you need to focus on either. There are some techniques which must be executed exactly as well in order to enjoy success. The first is creaming  the butter. Chef Tosi insists on a ten minute creaming process. She goes into great detail explaining why in the cookbook, which if you haven’t bought yet, you just don’t know what you’re missing out on! But suffice it to say, she considers the creaming step the most important one in making a Milk Bar cookie.

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Also important with these cookies is the chilling time. When she says chill the dough for one hour, she is serious. Do not bake these cookies at room temperature, because you will be so sorry. I actually chilled my cookie dough overnight, just to be sure! So there you have it! All of my cautionary advice for making these delicious Cornflake-Chocolate Chip-Marshmallow Cookies. It’s really not that difficult and for all that focus and concentration you will be rewarded with a batch of unbelievably tasty cookies. Chewy and crunchy, covered with pools of gooey bubbly marshmallow, and flaked with chocolate. Cookie Crack extraordinaire! Get baking!!!

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Milk Bar's Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies

  • Difficulty: easy - but several steps and remember to allow for chill time in the fridge. Please read above blog for tips and hints for success.
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recipe slightly adapted from: Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook

Ingredients:

  • 225 gram (16 tablespoons/2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 250 grams (1 1/4 cup) granulated sugar
  • 150 grams (2/3 cup) tightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 grams (1/2 teaspoon) vanilla extract
  • 240 grams (1 1/2 Cup) flour
  • 2 grams (1/2 teaspoon) baking powder
  • 1.5 grams (1/4 teaspoon) baking soda
  • 5 grams (1 1/4 teaspoon) kosher salt
  • 270 grams (3 cups) Cornflake Crunch (recipe to follow)
  • 125 grams (2/3 cup) mini chocolate chips
  • 65 grams (1 1/4 cup) mini marshmallows

Directions:

Combine the butter and sugars in the bowl of a standard mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and cream together on medium-high for 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the egg and vanilla, and beat for 7 to 8 minutes.

Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix just until the dough comes together, no longer than 1 minute. (Do not walk away from the machine during this step or you will risk overmixing the dough.) Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

Still on low-speed, paddle in the Cornflake Crunch and mini chocolate chips just until they’re incorporated, no more than 30 to 45 seconds. Paddle in the mini marshmallow just  until incorporated.

Using a 2 3/4 ounce (NSF #16) ice cream scoop (or a 1/3 cup measure) portion out the dough onto a parchment-lined sheet pan. This sized scoop will yield jumbo sized cookies. I prefer to use a 1 Tablespoon (NSF#40) cookie scoop. The cookies are still good sized (about 3 to 3 1/2″ across). Pat the tops of the cookie dough domes flat. Wrap the sheet pan tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to 1 week. Do not bake your cookies from room temperature- they will not hold their shape!

Heat the oven to 350°F.

Arrange the chilled dough a minimum of 4 inches apart on parchment-or silpat lined sheet pans. Bake for 13 minutes. the cookies will puff, crackle and spread. At the 13 minutes mark, the cookies should be browned on the edges and just beginning to brown toward the center. Leave them in the oven for an additional minute or so if they aren’t and still seem pale and doughy on the surface.

Cool the cookies completely on the sheet pans before transferring to a plate or to an airtight container for storage. At room temperature, the cookies will keep fresh for 5 days; in the freezer they will keep for 1 month.

Cornflake Crunch

yield: 360 grams (4 cups)

Ingredients:

  • 170 grams (5 cups) cornflakes
  • 40 grams (1/2 cup) milk powder
  • 40 grams (3 Tablespoons) sugar
  • 4 grams (1 teaspoon) kosher salt
  • 130 grams (9 tablespoons) butter, melted

Directions:

Heat the oven to 275°F.

Pour the cornflakes in a medium bowl and crush them with your hands to one-quarter of their original size. Add the milk powder, sugar and salt and toss to mix. Add the butter and toss to coat. As you toss, the butter will act as glue, binding the dry ingredients to the cereal and creating small clusters.

Spread the clusters on a parchment or Silpat-lined sheet pan and bake for 20 minutes, at which point they should look toasted, smell buttery, and crunch gently when cooled slightly and chewed

 Cool the Cornflake Crunch completely before storing or using in a recipe. Stored in an airtight container at room temperature, the crunch will keep fresh for 1 week; in the fridge or freezer, it will keep for 1 month.

Enjoy!

Milk Bar’s Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies brought to you by: Runcible Eats (www.leaandjay.com)


Angel Food Cake with Fresh Berries & Whipped Cream

August 12, 2015

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There’s no cake that is quite as summer-y as a slice of light and spongy Angel Food cake topped with fresh sliced berries and a big ole dollop of whipped cream. That cake is so tender and moist and the berries so sweet and refreshing, it raises your mood to a more transcendental level and could almost make you forget how utterly swampy it is outside. I had never attempted to make one at home, always being somewhat intimidated for unknown reasons. Not to mention that I knew, come every May, the local grocer would have Angel Food cakes stacked nearly up to the celestial host they were named after. I rationalized my fear away by thinking -Why should I bother – it would be silly to spend all that time at home making one when I could just pick one up at the store and be done with it. Those store-bought cakes always taste pretty good right? Hmmmmm…..I thought so, until I went ahead and made one at home and found that I was definitely mistaken. Once I took a bite of a homemade Angle Food cake I realized that the store-bought ones were a bit more akin to sweetened styrofoam than I had ever known. Yup….homemade is entirely superior. And I found out that it really was not nearly as difficult to make this classic summer cake as I had previous imagined.

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Now that being said, there are a few things to keep in mind. This cake is mostly egg whites with a little flour added in to help set the structure. So you want to make sure those egg whites whip up fully. To ensure this, your mixing bowl must be clean and free from any oils and not one little bit of egg yolk can be allowed to sneak into your separated egg whites. Once the cake batter is all whipped together, you want to spoon it into a tube pan which has not been greased. The batter will cling and climb up the sides allowing it to rise higher. Once the cake has finished baking, here is the part that completely freaked me out – you have to turn it upside down and leave it inverted to cool. You see, the egg whites are the things that give this cake the rise and until they cool down, the structure is not set and could collapse under the weight of itself. Once I removed what seemed to be a perfect cake from the oven, I just stood there staring at it. I had horrible visions that the second I inverted it, it would crash out onto the counter into a big heap of crumbs. But finally I took a deep breath and just flipped it right on over. All was fine. It just hung upside down there for about 2 hours. The result was this lovely spongy texture. Moist and airy and not too sweet. Perfectly complemented by the sweet fresh berries and cream. Quite heavenly indeed! So if you find yourself with a bunch of extra egg whites this summer, like maybe after you’ve made a big old batch of ice cream, try your hand at a homemade Angel Food Cake. Dare I say you’ll find it…well, divine!

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Angel Food Cake with Fresh Berries & Whipped Cream

  • Servings: one 10 inch cake
  • Difficulty: easy
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recipe slightly adapted from: Completely Delicious 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cake flour (113 grams)
  • 1 2/3 cup (333 grams) superfine sugar, divided (can substitute granulated sugar if you don’t have superfine)
  • 1 3/4 cup egg whites (will take 12 -13 eggs depending on their size)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (can substitute vanilla extract)
  • confectioners sugar for dusting
  • Fresh sliced berries – whatever is in season – for serving
  • Whipped Cream for topping

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300°F.

Sift the flour three times, then add 2/3 cup of the sugar and sift again.

Beat the egg whites on low-speed until frothy. Add the salt and cream of tartar and continue to beat until they just begin to form soft peaks. Slowly add the remaining sugar – only adding 2 tablespoons at a time – and beat until the egg white /sugar mixture holds soft peaks. Beat in the vanilla paste.

Here you want to work quickly, but with a gentle hand. Sift the flour mixture over the whipped egg white mixture in 4 additions, gently folding in each addition by hand until it is just incorporated before adding the next.

Spoon into an ungreased 10×4″ tube pan. Rap the pan on the counter a few times to release any bubble and smooth the top before popping it into the oven

Bake cake for approximately 1 1/4 hours, or until it is spongy to the touch and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Here comes the scary part….If your pan is a true angel food cake pan and has little feet around the top edges, flip the pan upside down onto a flat surface and let it cool undisturbed for 2 hours. If your pan does not have feet, simply invert it over the neck of a bottle.

Once cool, use a thing knife to gently cut around the edges of the pan to release the cake.

Dust top of cake with confectioners sugar.

Slice cake with a serrated knife, using a gently sawing motion (this cake is delicate and will smoosh easily) and serve with sliced fresh berries and whipped cream.

Enjoy!

Angel Food Cake with Fresh Berries and Whipped Cream brought to you by: Runcible Eats (www.leaandjay.com)


Malted Scáiltín Cupcakes

March 17, 2015

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Woohoo! Today’s the day and I’ve got a great St. Patrick’s Day recipe all ready for you…Malted Scáiltín Cupcakes. For those of you who have been following along with me for any time now know that I simply adore cupcakes. So for St. Patrick’s Day I decided to make a cupcake version of Scáiltín (Irish Milk Punch), which is a drink made with hot milk, Irish whiskey and spices.

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It has been taking the chill off folks in Ireland since the middle ages. I told you all about it a couple of years ago and if there was ever a winter to inspire one to imbibe a few of these, it was the one we just had and are hopefully now seeing the back of!

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I adapted a Hot Milk Cake recipe for the cake bit of these cupcakes, seeings how hot milk plays such an important role in Scáiltín and added a bit of Irish Whiskey into the mix. The frosting is a delightful combination of marshmallow creme, butter, whiskey, Baileys and spices. And just as you do with the drink, I have garnished the cupcakes with a bit of freshly ground nutmeg.

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The result is one fantastic boozy cupcake! The cake is moist and tender, sweet but not too sweet. Oh and that frosting…creamy and addictive I tell you! Cupcake perfection for St. Patrick’s Day!

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So I guess that’s it. I have managed somehow to once again complete my St. Patrick’s Day blog-a-thon. I wasn’t sure there a couple of times, but there you go, that’s seventeen…count ’em…SEVENTEEN… tasty Irish-y recipes done and dusted! I may have to take a bit of a break from the old blog now for a few days to recover, but rest assured, I’ll be back. In the meantime, I hope you get out there and enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day festivities, after you make up a big batch of these Malted Scáiltín Cupcakes of course! Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daiobh! (Happy St. Patrick’s Day!)

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  • Servings: 18 cupcakes
  • Difficulty: easy
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recipes adapted from: The Cupcakes from: King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion, The Frosting from: F&B Department

Ingredients:

For the cupcakes:

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups (10 1/2 ounces) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces) milk
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Irish Whiskey
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 1/4 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For the Frosting:

  • 1 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons Marshmallow Creme
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 4 1/2 Tablespoons malted milk powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 Tablespoons Irish Whiskey
  • 3 teaspoons Baileys
  • freshly ground nutmeg to sprinkle on top

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease or line two 12 cup muffin tins with cupcake papers.

In a large bowl, beat together the eggs and sugar until very thick; the batter should fall from the beaters in a thick ribbon. Beat in the vanilla.

While you’re beating the eggs and sugar, heat the milk, butter, Irish Whiskey and honey in a small saucepan to just simmering. Add the hot milk to the egg mixture in a slow, steady stream as  you continue beating.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined. Don’t overmix!

Fill the cupcake wells using a 1/4 cup ice cream scoop. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove cupcakes from oven and cool completely on wire rack.

For the Frosting:

Cream together the marshmallow creme and butter until smooth and fluffy.

Sift the confectioner’s sugar, malted milk powder, salt and cinnamon together. Turn stand mixer on low and add the sugar/malt mixture to the marshmallow by the tablespoon, waiting until sugar is completely incorporated before adding the next tablespoon full. Add the Irish Whiskey and Baileys and mix until smooth.

Fill pastry bag with frosting and pipe onto cooled cupcakes. Just prior to serving, garnish with fresh ground nutmeg.

Enjoy!

Malted Scáiltín Cupcakes brought to you by: Runcible Eats (www.leaandjay.com)


Baileys Chocolate Mud Cake

March 15, 2015

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Ummmm…did someone say Baileys and Chocolate? Sign me up! Oh how I love that combination…which you might have noticed back when I told you about those sinfully delicious Baileys & Coffee Pots de Crème.

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Well, here’s another great recipe in which Baileys and Chocolate have the starring roles, Baileys Chocolate Mud Cake.

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You might be wondering what a “mud cake” is. A mud cake is a cake that has a dense tight crumb. These cakes are usually made by melting the butter and chocolate together in a saucepan and then adding the eggs and dry ingredients to the wet ones in that same pan. A mud cake has a bit of a brownie vibe to it but still is quite definitely a cake.

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A moist, rich, decadent cake which in this case is covered with a silky smooth Baileys Chocolate ganache. Chocoholic’s bliss! Oh my….it is quite possibly a cake that could tempt St. Patrick himself!

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Baileys Chocolate Mud Cake

  • Servings: 10 - 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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recipe from: Citrus and Candy

Ingredients:

For the Cake:

  • 150 grams unsalted butter, chopped
  • 100 grams dark chocolate, chopped
  • 100 grams caster sugar (can substitute granulated sugar)
  • 100 grams brown sugar
  • 50 grams Dutch cocoa powder, sifted
  • 180ml Baileys Irish Cream Whiskey
  • 170 grams all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsps baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs, room temperature

For the Baileys Ganache

  • 200 grams good quality dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 200ml Baileys Irish Cream (you can do 100ml cream and 100ml Baileys if you’d rather not have some much Baileys…but I gotta ask…”What are you like?!! Of course you want it to be all Baileys!)
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 grams) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

Directions:

For the Cake:

Preheat oven to 325° F (160°C). In a pan over low heat, add the butter, chocolate, sugars, cocoa powder and Baileys. When chocolate and butter has melted, whisk together to combine making sure to get rid of any lumps of sugar or cocoa powder. Remove from heat and leave to cool for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, grease and line an 8″ (20-21cm) round cake tin.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and set aside. Add the eggs to the slightly cooled chocolate mixture and whisk to combine. Gently fold in the sifted flour mix until free of lumps.

Scrape into cake tin then bake for about 30 -35 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean (ideally you want to see some moist crumbs stuck to it. This is one cake you don’t want to over-bake so better to be a little under than over). The top of the cake will be a little cracked but no worries, this is normal for a mud cake and you will be covering it with a lovely and oh so concealing ganache.

Remove from oven and cool in tin for 10 minutes before unmoulding and cooling completely on wire rack. Trim the tops of the cake to level (if you wish – I did not).

For the Baileys Ganache:

Place the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set aside. Bring the cream, Baileys and the salt to a simmer in a pan. Pour over the chocolate and sit for a minute. Gently stir to combine then beat in the butter.

Set aside at room temperature and cool until it is thick enough to spread over your cooled cake. Gently stir the ganache occasionally as it cools to keep the temperature even and the ganache smooth. You can just add the ganache on the top of your cake or spread it over the sides as well. Your choice.

Enjoy!

Baileys Mud Cake Brought to you by: Runcible Eats (www.leaandjay.com)

 

 

 

 


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