Apple Pear Galette

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This recipe was based on a previous apple pie I made. I modified it to turn it into a galette which was simple and quick.

Ingredients:

For the Crust:

2 cups all-purpose flour
6 tbsp. ice water.
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) butter or margarine
1 egg, beaten + 1 tsp water (can replace with melted margarine to be vegan)

For the Filling:

2 apples, thinly sliced
2 pears, thinly sliced
0.5 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup sugar
1.5 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
a pinch of salt

Directions:

Combine 1/2 cup flour, water and vinegar in a small bowl.

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In a large bowl, combine remaining flour, powdered sugar and salt.

Add margarine (cut into small pea sized balls). Cut into flour mixture with a pastry cutter or fork.

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Add wet ingredients to this mixture.

Wrap dough in saran wrap and refrigerate for 30mins – 1 hour.

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Mix filling ingredients in a bowl.

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Preheat oven to 400˚F

Roll out to approximately 1/8 of an inch.

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Transfer to a cookie sheet.

Place filling on dough with approximately 2 inches of crust around the edge.

Fold crust over top.

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Brush crust with egg wash. Sprinkle with coarse sugar.

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Bake for 35-45 minutes.

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Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookie Sticks

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This gluten-free snack from kitchen-tested.com has a short list of ingredients and comes together nicely despite the absence of flour.

Ingredients:

1 cup raw tahini
6 tbsp. pure maple syrup
2 large eggs
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
½ tsp. baking soda
1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided
Sea salt flakes for sprinkling

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the “s” blade, combine the tahini, maple syrup, eggs, vanilla, and baking soda until smooth.

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Fold in 1 cup of the chocolate chips.

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Form one log on each of the 2 baking sheets. The dough will be very sticky so use a spatula to form the logs.

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Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle each loaf with ¼ cup chocolate chips, gently pressing them into the dough. Sprinkle each loaf with ¼ tsp. sea salt flakes. Allow to cool for 15-20 minutes before slicing into cookie sticks.

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Multigrain Higher Hydration Sourdough

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I’ve now continued to make sourdough and have slowly been altering my recipe with a little more water and different flours. Feel free to look at the last recipe to see my notes on starter and more detailed photos of the process.

Instructions:

150 g bubbly, active starter
375 g warm water
25 g olive oil
350 g All-Purpose Flour
150 g best for bread multi-grain flour
10 g sea salt or kosher salt
Flour for dusting

Directions:

Here is the active starter, which doubled after being fed.

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Whisk the starter, water, olive oil in large bowl.

Add flour and salt and squish together. Allow to rest for 30 minutes.

Once rested work dough into a ball, leave in bowl and cover.

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Perform stretch and folds at 1 hour intervals 2-3 times. Pinch a side of the dough, pull up and fold over itself. Turn bowl and perform on another side until you have moved the bowl 360˚.

Allow to rise for 6-12 hours.

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To shape the dough use a bench scraper to fold the dough over to the centre moving around the dough in a full circle. Flip the dough and cup the sides of the dough rotating in a circular motion.

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Either place in a bannton basket or in the dutch oven for the second rise (1-2 hours). I placed half this one in the banneton and the other half in a loaf pan. I baked the loaf pan inside the dutch oven as well.

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Preheat oven to 450˚. Drop temperature to 400˚ and bake covered for 40 minutes. Remove dutch oven lid and bake for an additional 20 minutes.

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Tahini and Olive Oil Granola

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Adapted from the cookbook “Sababa” by Adeena Sussman, I make this in large batches so that it can be snacked on directly from the container, or added to yogurt.

Ingredients:

5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup raw cashews
1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
½ cup shelled pumpkin seeds
4 tbsp. sunflower seeds
4 tbsp. sesame seeds
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 1/3 cups pure tahini paste
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2/3 cup coconut sugar
½ cup pure maple syrup
½ cup silan (date syrup)
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Optional-add in ½ cup dried cherries, cranberries, currants, chopped dates or blueberries once baking is complete

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F and line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, almonds, cashews, coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and salt.

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In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the tahini, oil, sugar, maple syrup, silan, and vanilla until sugar is dissolved.

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Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir together until combined.

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Divide the mixture between the two rimmed baking sheets and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 5-10 minutes to prevent burning.

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Remove from the oven and let cool completely, break any clumps into smaller pieces, then stir in the dried fruit if using.

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Elaborate Vanilla Birthday Cake

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This is a vanilla cake that I threw together for a birthday that looked perfect for instagram. It was quite laborious but made during quarantine when we had all the time in the world (which is hopefully over by the time this is being posted, but we’ll see).

Give this a shot to try and impress a crowd.

The cake base is slightly modified from Earl Grey Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla “Buttercream”

Ingredients:

For the Cake:

1/2 cup strained and cooled tea concentrate (I used a vanilla oolong tea – 2-3 tbsp tea + 1/2 cup boiling water)
1 3/4 cup cake flour
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
4 eggs
1 cup 1% milk
2 tsp pure vanilla extract

For the Icing:

1 cup (2 sticks) butter (softened)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons milk or cream

For the Ganache:

1/2 cup heavy cream
4 oz chocolate chips or dark chocolate

Directions:

For the Cake:

Preheat oven to 350° and spray 2-3 cake pans (depending on layers).

1) Steep tea (in filter) with 1/2 cup boiling water. Allow to cool

2) In a mixer combine flours, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix on medium speed until well combined (about a minute).

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3) Add butter, a few cubes at a time until the mixture becomes like coarse sand.

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4) Add eggs one at a time

5) Add milk, vanilla and tea concentrate and beat well. Scrape down as necessary

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6) Transfer to prepared cake pans and bake for 35-45 minutes (depending on 2 or 3 layers).

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Allow to cool for 1 hour before preparing icing.

For the icing

1) Cream butter. Add vanilla extract and mix well.

2) Add sugar 1 cup at a time, adding milk or cream if not combining

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Ice in between layers and assemble the cake. Trim off excess on the top to ensure layers are even. Use a spatula to smooth out the edges.

I used fondant to cover the cake as well so I only put a “crumb coat of icing” however, you can also transfer the cake the fridge or freezer to cool before adding a top coat of icing.

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For the Ganache:

Before putting ganache on top, make sure cake is cold (in fridge or freezer for > 1 hour.

Melt chocolate and heavy cream over a double boiler until combined. Allow to sit for 10-15 minutes to cool.

Transfer to piping bag or ziplock and cut a small hole at the bottom.

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Pipe along the edges, pausing to allow ganache to drip down the sides of the cake. Cover the top in ganache and smooth out with knife.

For Decorations:

Top with anything you can find, laying it out in an organized manner. I used a mix of sprinkles, chocolate covered pretzels, candy canes, peanut butter cups, chocolate covered espresso beans and mini eggs. I also used icing to attach crushed mini eggs (using a cast iron skillet and a ziplock) around the edge.

EVOO Brownies

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Adapted from Weeknight Baking by Michelle Lopez, this two bowl brownie recipe was the first time I used extra-virgin olive oil instead of butter or margarine. This fudgy brownie takes just minutes to prep and can be made without electric equipment or cooktop.

Ingredients:

1 1/3 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup icing sugar
3 cups granulated sugar
1 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
½ tsp. kosher salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 tbsp. water
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325F and line a 9×13-inch baking pan with parchment paper sprayed with nonstick spray.

Sift the cocoa and icing sugar over a bowl to remove any lumps. Add the sugar, flour, salt, and chocolate chips. Mix until combined.

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In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, water, and vanilla.

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Pour the dry ingredients over the wet ingredients and fold until just combined.

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Transfer the batter to the baking pan and bake for 40 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature before slicing.

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Sourdough Cinnamon Buns

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I know, you’re over the sourdough trend – but I was out of yeast and have been trying to come up with other uses of my starter. I settled on sourdough cinnamon buns and they were delicious. If you’ve mastered the starter I highly recommend this recipe.

The base recipe comes from the Clever Carrot and the icing comes from Gimme Some Oven.

If you have a cast iron skillet I highly suggest you use it for this. otherwise use a spring form pan or pyrex.

Ingredients:

For the dough:

2/3 cup milk (skim, 1% or 2%)
2 tbsp/28g unsalted butter (+ 2 tbsp/28 g additional)
1 large egg
1/2 cup/100 g bubbly active starter (fed the night before)
2 tbsp sugar
2 1/2 cup/300g all purpose flour
1/2 tsp fine sea salt

For the filling:

1/2 cup sugar
3 tsp cinnamon

For the icing:

:
1/2 cup/4 oz cream cheese, softened
3 tbsp butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

Melt butter. Add milk.

Put egg, starter and sugar in stand mixer. Add milk mixture and mix wiht paddle.

Add flour and salt and continue mixing until combined. Cover with towel and let rest for 30 minutes.

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Use dough hook and mix for 5 minutes. Add more flour if dough is sticking to sides.

Transfer dough to bowl coated in oil or butter and cover with towel.

Allow to rest for 30 minutes, perform a single stretch and fold. Cover and let rise overnight (8-12 hours).

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Stretch and fold edges toward the centre to deflate dough. turn over and allow to rest for 15 minutes

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Melt 2 tbsp butter. Combine sugar and cinnamon in bowl.

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Roll out dough out to approx. 16 x 12 inches on a floured surface. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture overtop.

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Roll tightly along the long end. I chose to cut them into smaller buns, approximately 1 inch each. I used a serrated knife. You can also use unflavoured floss.

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Place dough in greased or sprayed pan. Allow to rise for 2 hours.

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Bake for 25 minutes at 350˚F.

Allow to cool.

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Mix all icing ingredients in mixmaster with paddle attachment.

Transfer icing to a ziplock and piped onto the cinnamon buns once cooled.

Cranberry Tahini Brownies

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Adapted from Kitchen Tested, this gluten-free recipe uses fresh/frozen cranberries which I much prefer to dried cranberries.

Ingredients:

1 cups raw tahini paste
1 cup coconut or brown sugar
½ cup pure maple syrup
1 ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. kosher salt
1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided
1 ½ cups fresh/frozen cranberries, divided
Sea salt flakes to decorate

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350F and line a 9-x13-inch baking pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick spray.

In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the “s” blade, combine the tahini, sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, eggs, cocoa, baking soda, and salt until smooth.

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Add 1 cup chocolate chips and 1 cup cranberries and fold into batter with a spatula. The batter will be thick.

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Transfer the batter to the baking pan and scatter the remaining ½ cup chocolate chips and ½ cup cranberries over the top of the batter.

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Bake for 33 minutes. Sprinkle sea salt flakes over the baked brownies. Allow to cool before slicing.

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Sourdough Bagels

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Now that you’ve gotten used to working with starter, it’s time to try another sourdough recipe.

Sourdough bagels are the next in our sourdough adventure. They were quite similar to the time I made pretzels! For an active starter – I feed it the night before I want to use it (or the morning of if I’m going to make the dough in the evening)

This recipe comes from Baking Sense, however I altered them to make them multigrain.

Ingredients:

For The Dough:

1 cup/224g active starter
1 1/2 cups warm water
2.5 cups/350g best for bread flour (+ extra if needed)
2 cups/280g multigrain best for bread flour
1 tbsp molasses
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp salt

For The Boiling Water:

1/4 cup/56g granulated sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 egg white, whisked
1 large pot of water

Toppings:

Everything but the bagel spice
Kosher salt
Garlic flakes
Poppy seeds
Sesame seeds

Directions:

Combine starter, warm water and 2.5 cups white flour in mixing bowl. Cover and set aside for 1 hour.

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Add molasses, honey and salt. Use dough hook to combine with remaining 2 cups of multi-grain flour.

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Continue mixing with dough hook for 5-7 minutes. Put dough in lightly oiled bowl. Allow to rise for three hours, stretching and folding the dough every half hour (pull up on one edge, turn bowl, and repeat on all four sides).

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Turn dough out onto floured surface and cut into 12 pieces.

Using cupped hands form into circles, punch hole into centre with your finger and form into a circular bagel shape.

Place dough on floured baking sheet. Put in fridge to rise over night.

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Remove from fridge in the morning and allow to rise for four hours in the morning.

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Preheat oven to 450˚F.

Bring boiling water ingredients to a boil. Boil each side of bagel for 30 seconds and transfer to cooling rack.

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Transfer from cooling rack to baking sheet and top with egg white and desired bagel spices.

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Bake for 20 minutes at 450˚F.

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Brookie Squares

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Brownie on the bottom, chocolate chip cookie dough on top. Say no more.

Ingredients:

For the cookie dough:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted pareve margarine
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. kosher salt
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided

For the brownie batter:

12 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted pareve margarine
1 cup granulated sugar
6 large eggs, room temperature
1 ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
¼ tsp. kosher salt

Directions:

To make the cookie dough, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the margarine and sugars until light and fluffy.

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Add the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla. Scrape down the bowl as necessary.

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Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix until just combined.

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Add 2 cups of the chocolate chips and fold in. Set aside.

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Preheat the oven to 350F and line a 9-x13-inch baking pan with parchment paper lined with parchment paper sprayed with nonstick spray.

In a double boiler, combine the chocolate and margarine and stir until completely smooth and melted.

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Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Add the sugar followed by the eggs, and vanilla. Stir until smooth.

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Add the flour and salt and mix until just combined.

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Transfer the batter to the baking pan.

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Dollop the cookie dough over the brownie batter and cover the brownie batter using an offset spatula.

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Bake for 45-50 minutes.

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Remove from the oven and sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of chocolate chips over the top, gently pressing into batter, and return the pan to the oven for 5 more minutes. Remove and allow to cool before slicing.