Jaden's Treats

FULLTIME MOM/ STUDENT MAKING TREATS FOR HER SON!

New blog names….?


Hello everyone! It’s been a while now! We have been contemplating on whether we shoukd change the name of our blog…since now we have iur new addition to our family! Our treats will soon be Jaden’s and AJ’s treats. So what should our new name be? Should we change the name or keep it? Give us some ideas on names! The blog will be getting updated more now, because mommy bought herself a new tablet….so that means no more neglect, no more being so lazy that I don’t feel like touching my desktop/laptop!

So again, sorry for being gone so long, we had a lot of things going on with AJ and Jaden! Sleep has become something of the past and its still not getting any better! So please pray for my sanity and my nerves! LoL just kidding….no but seriously help me! 🙂

Xoxo jaden and aj’s treats

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HOMEMADE TOMATO BASIL SOUP


TOMATO CLOSE

   There is nothing better than comin home, on a chilly night and having a nice bowl of tomato soup with a crusty bread  or a grilled cheese sandwich …mmmmmm! Oops, back to the recipe lol. This recipe is one that I make all the time, and since I have been preggers I have been craving veggies, fruit and starch! So saturday I decided to make homemade Tomato and Basil soup! I served it with already made mini french baguettes, because I’m 8 months pregnant I dont have time or the ankles to stand a make bread right now! LoL! The recipe is fairly easy and all you need are  tomatoes, onions, garlic and basil! If you want creamy tomato soup I will also list how much you will need in the recipe, but the soup pictured is a basic soup no cream added!    ENJOY!!!!!! 

INGREDIENTS

4 cups chopped fresh tomatoes, (WE USED 4 BEEFSTEAK TOMATOES)

1 large onion, chunks

4 whole cloves

2 cups chicken broth

2 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons white sugar, or to taste

2 teaspoons basil, thinly chopped

1 cup heavy cream (optional for a creamy soup)

 

DIRECTIONS

  •  In a large saucepan, combine the tomatoes, vegetables, and chicken broth.
  • Bring to a boil, and cook for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, and stir in the basil.
  • At this point, you may puree the soup if you wish.
  • Add the butter; return to medium-low heat, and stir until butter is melted and soup starts to thicken
  • Add the cream if you want a cream of tomato soup
  • Serve immediately. With grilled cheese sandwiches or crusty bread!

If you want a little heat…. add a bit of red pepper flakes per bowl… or 1/2 tsp for the entire pot!

BETTER THAN THAT CANNED STUFF!

BETTER THAN THAT CANNED STUFF!

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Korean Kimbap….Our Way :)


Crab Kimbap

Korean Kimbap….its a quick snack and can be bought in your local Korean grocery store, well I know that they sell them at my local Korean grocery! They are like Sushi rolls,  but they are the Korean version! They are light and tasty! The filling can range from imitation crab meat, beef, chicken or vegetarian…it also contains cucumber, Korean pickled radish, a strip of scramble egg.  As a dipping sauce I combine soy sauce, Korean pepper flakes, rice vinegar and sesame oil…its gives the kimbap a salty, tangy, sweet kick. I will put the recipe for the sauce and the kimbap below!

Kimbap  (this recipe is for 10 sheets of seaweed)

  • 1pkg of Seaweed wrappers
  • 3cups cooked short grain rice
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 large & long cucumber
  • 10pcs Korean pickled radish
  • 10-20pcs of imitation crab meat (10pcs if u like thin meat or 20pcs if u want meaty kimbap)
  • 1tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper flakes (optional)
  • bamboo mat (we used a silpat!)

DIRECTIONS

  • In a microwaveable safe bowl, add the vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper flakes. Heat on medium for 1min or until the salt and sugar have dissolved.
  • Season the rice with the vinegar mixture and let it cool! HOT RICE WILL MAKE THE WRAPPER TOO SOFT TOO FAST AND MAKE UR KIMBAP GO KAPUT!
  • Once the rice has cooled (about 10-15min, warm rice if ok!) take one wrapper at a time and press the rice to one ends of the wrapper.
rice and wrapper

rice and wrapper

  • At the end of the wrapper, closest to the edge of your mat, add the crab, the cucumber, the egg and the pickled radish, and start rolling. First roll with your hand, to secure the filling, then roll the kimbap the rest of the way by using the mat! Once rolled, tightly squeeze the roll to make sure that it’s secure and the filling won’t fall out.

There you go! You have made your very first kimbap! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! Now for the sauce, don’t worry this is easy! The fills 10 wrappers, but this can feed a huge party! We filled 3 tupperwares of  long bowls. This recipe would be get for a party, potluck, or just to have frozen for a quick snack down the road.

Our Kimbap Sauce

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp Korean pepper flakes

Directions this is going to be the hard part!

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl!
  2. Mix!
  3. Serve!

Below is the gallery for the kimbap! I hope you enjoy it!

p.s.  I KNOW I SAID THIS WAS GOING TO POST LAST NIGHT, BUT AFTER I ATE…..I FELL ASLEEP! SORRY 😦

 

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The Daring Cook’s June 2012: Cannelloni


Cannelloni A La Pesto

Cannelloni A La Pesto

Well look who decided to show up!?!?! Yup, it’s us! I know we have been gone a loooooong time, but we have been super busy adjusting to being pregnant and having another bundle of joy on the way. Right now we are about, I THINK, 1.5months – 2months pregnant…mommy has been really tired, and found the strength to make this daring challenge. The cannelloni were awesome, we have baked ziti this week, so mommy wanted to try a pesto sauce instead! AND BOY was it great…I ate a whole one all by myself, well mommy feed it to me! The recipe we used wasn’t on the site, there was a pesto recipe, but it didn’t include meat; and mommy needs meat in her dishes (the baby is making her appetite weird!) So we will post the original recipe from the site at the bottom of our recipe. This altered recipe pairs really well with apple juice, what I’m 2yrs old I can’t drink liquor!

We will also be posting a recipe for an awesome sweet challenge in the next few days.

For these cannelloni, you are supposed to use fresh pasta, and we did…but we have made these plenty of time before and used wonton wrappers or lasagna noodles…they will be smaller if you used the noodles and the wrappers are great to save time, but making fresh pasta is always the best…just makes you feel proud that you made pasta from scratch! Well to me it does! I let me pasta sit in the fridge  after making it…keeps it moist and won’t get brittle while you are trying to figure out what to fill it with.

Ingredients (what we used

2lbs ground turkey (you can use beef or pork…mommy eats healthy so turkey!)

8oz heavy cream

16oz pesto (you can make it fresh or buy it…since i made the pasta, i bought the pesto!)

2tsp italian seasoning (1tsp basil, 1tsp parsley)

1tsp garlic powder (or 2 cloves garlic)

1tsp onion powder (or 1/2 medium onion)

Cannelloni Ingredients

(to make enough cannelloni for 4 persons): (we used this and also added 1/2 more to the recipe!)

100 grams (2/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons) (170 ml) (3½ oz) plain (all-purpose) flour

1 large egg

Pasta Directions:

  1. Put the flour and eggs in a food processor and mix. When the dough looks like crumbs, pour it onto the bench top sprinkled with a little flour. Knead well by hand until you obtain a smooth dough. Make it into a ball, wrap it in cling wrap and let it rest for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Now you are ready to make your egg pasta. Cut out a piece of egg pasta dough and flatten it into a rectangular shape with your hands. Put a little flour on it and begin passing it though the pasta machine. Turn the dial to the widest setting (#1) and, starting with one of the shorter sides of the rectangle, feed it through the rollers. Now fold one side of the piece of dough into the middle, then fold the other side over that to form 3 layers. Starting with one of the narrower sides of the folded dough, feed the pasta through the machine, again at the widest setting. Repeat the folding and rolling technique on the widest setting for at least a couple of times.
  3. Now you can start rolling it thinner, by turning the dial to the next narrowest setting (# 2). Roll the pasta through the machine without folding the dough between settings. Keep reducing the settings until #7 (it is the second last on my machine – about 1 mm thick). If the sheet of pasta gets too long, you can cut it in half with a knife. To make cannelloni, cut out rectangular pasta sheets (10×15 cm) (4”x6”).

Filling Directions:

  1. Start by browning the meat, if you are using fresh garlic and onion, the brown them also in this step.
  2. Add the Italian seasonings, salt and pepper and let cook for an additional 2-3min.
  3. Let the meat mix cool and add the ricotta and taste to see if you need more seasoning.
  4. While the filling is cooling, in a shallow pan…boil water for the pasta sheets. Once water boils, add one sheet at a time and let it cook for about 1min. This will help the noodles be tender when cooked and not doughy! Let them noodles cool and let’s start rolling.
  5. By now everything should be cool enough to start working with it! Preheat your oven to 350F.
  6. Take a tablespoon and fill the dough with the filling, fold over and place into your baking pan.
  7. Cover the finished cannelloni with the pesto sauce and place into the over for 20-25min.  Add more cheese on top and broil for 5min. Then you’re finished!

Hope you make this recipe and I hope you enjoy it! As promised here int eh original pesto recipe from the site…enjoy the gallery

CANNELLONI AL PESTO

Ingredients (serves 4)
Cannelloni sheets per recipe above (you should have about 8 sheets)

For pesto (makes about 190 gms/ 1cup)
2 cups (480 ml) (80 gm) (2¾ oz) basil, washed
¼ cup (60 ml) (15 gm) (½ oz) parsley, washed
1 small clove garlic
3 tablespoons (45 ml) (25 gm) (¾ oz) Pecorino Romano, finely grated
1 tablespoons (15 ml) (10 gm) (¼ oz) Parmigiano Reggiano, finely grated
4 to 5 tablespoons (45 to 60 ml) extra virgin olive oil
½ tablespoon (12½ ml) (5 gm) pine nuts
Salt to taste

For the filling 
2 cups (480 ml) (500 gm) (18 oz) ricotta
¾ cup (180 ml) (150 gm) (5⅓oz) pesto (from the above recipe)
1½ cups (360 ml) (85 gm/3 oz) Parmigiano Reggiano, finely grated
1 pinch nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste
1 small potato, boiled and sliced
8 green beans, boiled

To assemble
2 cups (500 ml) béchamel sauce
¼ cup (60 ml) (40 gm) (1½ oz) of pesto (from the above recipe)
½ cup (120 ml) (35 gm/1 oz) Parmigiano Reggiano, finely grated

Directions:

  1. Start by making pesto. Simply blend the garlic, pine nuts, salt, basil, parsley and half the extra virgin olive oil together (I use a hand blender to do this) until obtaining a fine paste. Transfer to a bowl, add the grated cheeses and the remaining extra virgin olive oil and mix well. Adjust salt to taste and cover it with a thin layer of extra virgin olive oil to prevent oxidation. Keep it aside.
  2. To make the filling, mix the ricotta, ¾ cup (150 gm) of pesto, 1½ cups (85 gm/3 oz) of Parmigiano Reggiano, nutmeg, salt and pepper together until well combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Mix the béchamel sauce with the remaining pesto.
  4. Put a large pot with salty water on the fire and bring to a boil. Cook the pasta sheets in it for 1 minute. Do this in batches (I use a shallow but large pot and I cook them in 1 layer, so I am sure they do not stick together). Remove them with a slotted spoon and put them on a clean tea towel to cool down.
  5. Now take one sheet of cooked pasta and put 1/8 of the filling along the long side of the rectangle. Put 1 boiled green bean and 1 or 2 slices of boiled potatoes on top and roll the pasta over to make a cannellone. Do so for the remaining rectangles of pasta.
  6. Take a big enough oven dish to fit all your cannelloni tightly. Spray the oven dish with some cooking oil (or melted butter) and pour some béchamel and pesto sauce on the bottom. Spread it well, especially in the corners. Put the cannelloni in the oven dish on 1 layer.
  7. Cover the cannelloni with the béchamel and pesto sauce and sprinkle with the remaining ½ cup (120 ml) (35 gm/1 oz) of Parmigiano Reggiano.
  8. Bake them in a pre-heated moderate oven 350°F/180°C/gas mark 4 for 20 minutes, then broil (grill) them at 400°F/200°C for another 5 minutes.
  9. Serve immediately.

 

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THE DARING BAKERS’ MARCH 2012 CHALLENGE: Lions, Tigers, and Bears, oh my!


Dutch Crunch Rolls

Dutch Crunch Rolls

This was a challenge that I BARELY made, LoL! I totally remembered that I had to do this in the check out line of my grocery store! I ran to the organic food aisle and quickly filled my basket with goodies to get this challenge done, AND LET ME TELL YOU!!!! I am glad I remembered, this addition to my normal bread recipe was astounding! I hope and pray that anyone that stumbles upon this blog entry, will try this recipe, because once you try it, you will want to make it experiment on your bread recipes! I will be trying it on a pizza crust soon!

The finished product on my bread rolls, made the outside crusty and crunchy, yet moist on the inside. They were the type of crunchy that makes you love freshly baked breads and rolls. The topping of is sweet but not so sweet to where it makes u think of it as a pastry. While I made modifications to the recipe, which will be noted in parenthesis next to the original item, it turned out perfect!

Brown Rice Flour

Brown Rice Flour, they had White Rice Flour, but i opted for this to make it healthier! LoL

The key ingredient in this recipe is the rice flour slurry that has to coat the simple bread/roll you will baking. Rice flour can be found in the organic section of your supermarket, the health food section of your supermarket or on the baking goods section (flour, sugar, cake mix section) of your supermarket! You can also also you homemade rice flour, but you might have to tweek the recipe, because the DARING KITCHEN staff found that home-made rice flour altered that balance of ingredients in the topping recipe, specifically requiring more rice flour to make it the appropriate paste-like consistency. SOOOO you want the topping to form a thick layer on the bread. If it’s too watery or drippy, it will not stay on top of the bread and crack like it’s supposed to.

Soooo let’s get started!!

Mandatory Items: You must make the Dutch Crunch topping and use it on your choice of bread or roll. You must use your finished bread to construct a sandwich of your choice – the more creative the better!

Variations allowed: You may use any bread or roll recipe. We have provided suggestions but if you use your own recipe we recommend opting for a soft roll or bread. You may buy rice flour or make your own. While you must make a sandwich, the variety is up to you!

Preparation time: Dutch Crunch Topping: 15 minutes active time, 15 minutes passive time; Soft White Roll: 20 minutes active time, 2 hours passive time; Brown Rice Bread: less than 1 hour active time; 2-3 hours passive time.

Equipment required:
Small bowl
2 large bowls, or a large bowl and a stand-mixer bowl
Stand mixer with paddle (or whisk) and dough-hook attachments (optional)
Wooden and regular spoon(s)
Whisk
Knife or dough cutter/scraper (optional, depending on your recipe)
Bread pan(s) or baking tray(s)
Plastic wrap or something else to cover the dough while it rises

Dutch Crunch Topping

Servings: This recipe should make sufficient topping for two 9×5 loaves (23cmx13cm) or 12 rolls. If you make only 6 rolls in the first soft white roll recipe, you can cut the topping recipe in half.

We’ve provided this recipe first because it is the mandatory aspect of the challenge. Note, however, that you should not prepare the topping until the bread you’ve selected to bake is almost finished rising (~15 minutes from baking).

Ingredients

2 tablespoons (2 packets) (30 ml) (15 gm/½ oz) active dry yeast
1 cup (240 ml) warm water (105-115º F) (41-46°C)
2 tablespoons (30 ml) (30 gm/1 oz) sugar
2 tablespoons (30 ml) vegetable oil
½ teaspoon (2½ ml) (3 gm) salt
1½ cups (360 ml) (240 gm/8½ oz) rice flour (white or brown; NOT sweet or glutinous rice flour) (increase by 1 cup or more for home-made rice flour)

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and beat with a whisk; beat hard to combine. The consistency should be like stiff royal icing – spreadable, but not too runny. If you pull some up with your whisk, as shown below, it should drip off slowly. Add more water or rice flour as necessary. Let stand 15 minutes.
brown rice topping

brown rice topping

  • Coat the top of each loaf or roll with a thick layer of topping. We tried coating it with a brush but it worked better just to use fingers or a spoon and kind of spread it around. You should err on the side of applying too much topping – a thin layer will not crack properly.
  • Let stand, uncovered, for any additional time your recipe recommends. With the Soft White Roll, you can place the rolls directly into the oven after applying the topping. With the Brown Rice Bread, the loaves should stand for 20 minutes with the topping before baking.
  • When baking, place pans on a rack in the center of the oven and bake your bread as you ordinarily would. The Dutch Cruch topping should crack and turn a nice golden-brown color.

Now this is the topping, and you can’t have a topping without having something to top! You will be to make a simple bread dough…if you don’t want to or don’t know how to you can use a pre made pizza dough from you local grocery store! Bur here is the recipe given by the DARING KITCHEN staff…I used my own though!

Soft White Roll

Servings: Six sandwich rolls

This recipe approximates the quintessential white sandwich roll found throughout the Bay Area. The recipe is simple, quick, and addictive.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon (1 packet) (15 ml) (7 gm/ ¼ oz) active dry yeast
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) warm water (105-110º F) (41-43°C) (No need to use a thermometer – it should feel between lukewarm and hot to the touch).
  • 1 cup (240 ml) warm milk (105-110º F) (41-43°C) (We’ve tried both nonfat and 2%, with no noticeable difference)
  • 1½ tablespoons (22½ ml) (20 gm/ ⅔ oz) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) vegetable oil (plus additional olive or vegetable oil for greasing bowl during rising)
  • 1½ teaspoons (7½ ml) (9 gm/⅓ oz) salt
  • Up to 4 cups (960 ml) (600 gm/21oz) all purpose flour

Directions:

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer or large mixing bowl, combine yeast, water, milk and sugar. Stir to dissolve and let sit for about 5 minutes

2. Add in vegetable oil, salt and 2 cups of flour. Using the dough hook attachment or a wooden spoon, mix at medium speed until the dough comes together.

3. Add remaining flour a quarter cup at time until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl, as shown in the photo below (For us, this usually required an additional 1½ to 2 cups of flour).

4. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 4 minutes, until smooth and elastic.

5. Place in a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for 1 hour, or until doubled (or more) in size (see photo comparison).

6. Once the dough has risen, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 6 equal portions (if you’d like to make rolls) or 2 equal portions (if you’d like to make a loaf) (using a sharp knife or a dough scraper works well). Shape each into a ball or loaf and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet (try not to handle the dough too much at this point).

dough

individual roll, before the fermentation period

7. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 15 minutes while you prepare the topping.

dough after

dough after the fermentation period, it has risen!

8. Coat the top of each roll or loaf with the topping as described above. While the original recipe recommends letting them stand for 20 minutes after applying the topping, I got better results by putting them directly into the oven.

the coated roll

the coated roll with the topping

9. Once you’ve applied the topping, bake in a preheated moderately hot 380ºF/190°C/gas mark 5 for 25-30 minutes, until well browned. Let cool completely on a wire rack before eating.

an AWESOME Sandwich

an AWESOME Sandwich on an AWESOME ROLL!

The sandwich is a prime rib, arugula, and home made honey mustard sauce…this was super awesome on this roll. The topping is sweet but not too sweet and it was crunchy yet moist….uuuuuugh I’m drooling thinking about it! LoL! All I have to say is make this and you won’t be disappointed!

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THE DARING BAKERS’ FEBRUARY, 2012 CHALLENGE: Quick! Gimme a Flavor!


Lemon Quick Loaf

Lemon Quick Loaf

This was an awesome challenge brought to the forum by Lis from La Mia Cucina and it’s a recipe that is near and dear to my heart…due to the faked that I LOVE QUICK BREADS!!!!  Quick bread is an American term used to describe a type of bread which is leavened with leavening agents other than yeast. They include cakes, brownies and cookies, as well as banana bread, beer bread, cornbread, biscuits, muffins, pancakes, scones, and soda bread, but for this challenge we were limited to loafs/breads and muffins/popovers.  Which I didn’t mind, because I make pancakes all the time….last months challenge was biscuits aka scones…so I wanted to try to make more muffins and loafs. So I made 3 types of quick breads….but only got to photograph 2…LoL! I will post the recipe….sorry no pic of the ORANGE POPPYSEED LOAF!

Butternut Squash Muffin (quick bread)

this recipe makes 1 loaf

butternut squash muffin

butternut squash muffin

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup butternut squash puree  (you can use pumpkin also!)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs, beaten
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup toasted chopped walnuts or pecans (or your favorite, we used walnuts)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place oven rack in center of oven. Generously grease a 9×5-inch loaf pans.
In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine butternut squash puree, sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, and water until well blended. Add the flour mixture and stir until just blended. Lightly stir in the chopped nuts.

Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. NOTE: Be sure and poke the toothpick already to the center of the loaf.  Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely before slicing.

Butternut Muffin

Moist Butternut Muffin

   I like to wrap my pound cakes Plastic wrap and let it sit for 2-3 days, so I wrap each individual muffin in the same manner, but these didn’t get a resting period!!!! They were goobled up in 3days, this recipe make 6 large muffins or 1 loaf or 12 normal size muffins or 24 mini muffins.  I love gourds and use this recipe for pumpkin muffins thought it would be nice to try the butternut squash, since it has a similar flavor and because I had it in the fridge and needed to get rid of it! LoL

The next loaf was a loaf suggestion by the challenge host! Meyer Lemon Loaf! WEEEEELL I didn’t have any meyer lemon, so I used regular lemons….tasted great to me! This time I stuck with a loaf…it was tart and sweet, moist and delicious! I hope you try it!

Lemon Loaf

Lemon Quick Loaf

Lemon Quick Loaf

Makes two 8” x 5” (20 x 13 cm) loaves
Adapted from Recipe Girl’s Meyer Lemon Loaf

Ingredients

LOAF:
2 2/3 cups (640 ml) (375 gm/13¼ oz) all-purpose (plain)unbleached flour
¾ teaspoon (3¾ ml) (3¾ gm) baking powder
zest of 3 Meyer lemons (regular old lemons will work just fine)
2 cups (480 ml) (450 gm/16 oz) white granulated sugar
6 large eggs, at room temperature
¾ cup (180 ml) sour cream or creme fraiche, at room temperature
2 tablespoons (30 ml) rum (can omit – I did!)
1½ tablespoons (22½ ml) fresh Meyer lemon juice (again, regular lemons can be used)
pinch of salt
9 tablespoons (135 ml) (125 gm/4½ oz/1 stick + 1 tablespoon) butter, melted and cooled

SIMPLE SYRUP:
½ cup (120 ml) (115 gm/4 oz) powdered sugar
½ cup (120 ml) water
Juice from 1 medium Meyer Lemon (or regular lemon, we used REGULAR!)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to moderate 350°F/180°C/gas mark 4. Butter and flour two 8” x 5” (20 x 13 cm)
loaf pans.
2. Sift together flour and baking powder; set aside.
3. Place sugar, lemon zest, and eggs into a large mixing bowl and beat with a whisk until the
mixture is a light lemon color and thickened a bit. This can also be done with a mixer. Whisk in
sour cream, then salt, then rum (if using) and lemon juice.
4. Gently whisk in the flour in four parts, then whisk in the butter in three parts. You’ll have a
thick, pourable batter flecked with lemon zest.
5. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until cake tester
inserted in center comes out clean.
6. While the loaves are baking, prepare simple syrup. Boil together sugar and water and stir until
sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and add the lemon juice.
7. Turn the loaves out of their pans onto a cooling rack and brush liberally with the lemon syrup,
repeat brushing as you feel necessary, put the cake back in the oven for 3minutes, this will let the syrup heat and soak into loaf and make a sweet tart glaze on top. Let cool!

Jaden loved this challenge as much as I did…well so did the hubby, I took one of the muffins to a co-worker and almost started a riot, for only bringing in just the one! The Lemon loaf I made that for myself only…I love citrus desserts! 🙂 Here is a video of how much Jaden loved the muffins mommy made!

Orange Poppy Seed Bread

I didn’t get to take a pic of this loaf, because someone stole it before I had a chance to! i won’t name names! LoL…but here is the recipe

makes 2 loaves

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons poppy seeds, toasted (note below)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons grated orange zest
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Orange Glaze (see recipe below)

— Toasting Poppy Seeds – Toast poppy seeds in a 350 degree F. oven or in a dry frying pan over medium heat. Stir occasionally, toasting only until seeds become aromatic!–
Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 9×5-inch loaf pans.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder, and salt. Add eggs, milk, vegetable oil, orange zest, vanilla extract, and almond extract; stir until dry ingredients are moistened.

Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. NOTE: Be sure and poke the toothpick already to the center of the loaf. A good check is to use an instant digital thermometer to test your bread. The temperature of the bread should be at 200 degrees F. when done. Remove from oven.

While still hot, using a long-tined fork, poke holes in the top of the baked loaves. Pour Orange Glaze over loaves. Cool in pans for 10 minutes; remove from pans.

Cool completely before slicing.

Yields 2 loaves.

ORANGE GLAZE:
3/4 cup sifted powdered (confectioner’s) sugar
1/4 cup freshly-squeezed orange juice
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

In a medium bowl, combine powdered sugar, orange juice, vanilla extract, and almond extract; stir until well blended.


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LoMein our way


Lo Mein

Lo Mein

We made this recipe over the weekend, because we love Chinese, but we don’t want to spend so much eating out….SOOOO, while getting treat from our Korean grocery store, I found egg noodles. Egg noodles are just awesome, these are chewier than spaghetti noodles, and more tasty (well to me they are!). This recipe is easy and quick…you need about 2 handfuls of egg noodles, meat and veggies of your choice.  I hope you enjoy!

Recipe:

  • 16oz noodles
  • 1/2cp sliced carrots
  • 1/2cp sliced bell pepper
  • 1/2cp chopped bok choy
  • 1/2cp sliced onion (i didn’t have any but this is my recipe I always use!)
  • 1tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2tsp minced ginger
  • 4-6oz of meat of your choice, (thinly sliced beef is what we used)
  • 1/4cp soy sauce
  • 2tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1tsp sesame oil
  • 1tsp fish sauce
  • 1/4tsp black pepper
  • 100ml water, for steaming

this is an easy recipe…u saute the veggies add the noodles steam for a few minutes and add the sauce…let it cook and keep stirring

 

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THE DARING BAKERS’ JANUARY, 2012 CHALLENGE: BACK TO BASICS: SCONES (A.K.A. BISCUITS)


Homemade Scones (a.k.a. Biscuits!)

Homemade Scones (a.k.a. Biscuits!)

This was a recipe challenge, that I almost missed out on. I had made the recipe video before my detox…thank god!….so I almost forgot that I was supposed to post the finished product online by on the 27th of January. I made 2 recipes, the basic recipe and a cinnamon sugar recipe….you can make different variations of scones/biscuits, from savory cheese and parsley biscuits to sweet cranberry scones.  So like I was saying, I have been super busy with school and work, so it was a great idea that I made these weeks in advance….saved the best to last! LoL

The key to great scones/biscuits, is that you use cold or even frozen butter, you can even refrigerate the flour to make that cold…you don’t want the butter to melt or your scones will not come out like you want them to. Also make sure you sift your flour at least 3-4 times…this will introduce air into the flour and make the scones light and fluffy…trust me I would know…I skipped this step and only sifted once and they turned out to be bricks! 😦 …So STEP 1. again make sure that everything is cold…Step 2 triple or quadruple sift your flour. With this recipe, you don’t need a rolling pin, BUT you will need a dough cutter or pastry cutter, if you don’t have one…then you can use a debit card, key card…just make sure when you’re done you wash it off .

GOOD NOTE:  THE WETTER THE DOUGH, THE LIGHTER THE SCONE!

Basic Scones (a.k.a. Basic Biscuits)
Servings: about eight 2-inch (5 cm) scones or five 3-inch (7½ cm) scones
Recipe can be doubled

Ingredients:
1 cup (140 gm) all-purpose flour
2 tsp (10 gm) baking powder
¼ tsp  (1½ gm) salt
2 tbsp (30 gm) frozen grated butter (I used a cubed butter!- Jaden’s Treats)
½ cup (120 ml) cold milk (you can sub for buttermilk)
optional 1 tablespoon milk, for glazing the tops of the scones

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to very hot 475°F/240°C/gas mark 9.

2. Triple sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl. (If your room temperature is very hot refrigerate the sifted ingredients until cold.)

3. Rub the frozen grated butter (or combination of fats) into the dry ingredients until it resembles very coarse bread crumbs with some pea-sized pieces if you want flaky scones or until it resembles coarse beach sand if you want tender scones.

4. Add nearly all of the liquid at once into the rubbed-in flour/fat mixture and mix until it just forms a sticky dough (add the remaining liquid if needed). The wetter the dough the lighter the scones (biscuits) will be!

5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board, lightly flour the top of the dough. To achieve an even homogeneous crumb to your scones knead very gently about 4 or 5 times (do not press too firmly) the dough until it is smooth. To achieve a layered effect in your scones knead very gently once (do not press too firmly) then fold and turn the kneaded dough about 3 or 4 times until the dough has formed a smooth texture. (Use a floured plastic scraper to help you knead and/or fold and turn the dough if you wish.)

6. Pat or roll out the dough into a 6 inch by 4 inch rectangle by about ¾ inch thick (15¼ cm by 10 cm by 2 cm thick). Using a well-floured 2-inch (5 cm) scone cutter (biscuit cutter), stamp out without twisting six 2-inch (5 cm) rounds, gently reform the scraps into another ¾ inch (2 cm) layer and cut two more scones (these two scones will not raise as well as the others since the extra handling will slightly toughen the dough). Or use a well-floured sharp knife to form squares or wedges as you desire.

7. Place the rounds just touching on a baking dish if you wish to have soft-sided scones or place the rounds spaced widely apart on the baking dish if you wish to have crisp-sided scones. Glaze the tops with milk if you want a golden colour on your scones or lightly flour if you want a more traditional look to your scones.

8. Bake in the preheated very hot oven for about 10 minutes (check at 8 minutes since home ovens at these high temperatures are very unreliable) until the scones are well risen and are lightly coloured on the tops. The scones are ready when the sides are set.

9. Immediately place onto cooling rack to stop the cooking process, serve while still warm.

 

scones w/ pineapple apricot preserves

scones w/ pineapple apricot preserves

Watch the video for the steps

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Butter Pecan Cookies


Butter Pecan Cookies

Plain Butter Pecan Cookies

These delicate, buttery cookies, which get their crunchy texture from toasted pecans and a sugar coating, practically melt in your mouth. I dip them in chocolate and then in more pecan meal, this gives the cookies a more complex flavor….you have the butter crisp sweet cookie, mixed with the semi-sweet chocolate coating and its finished with they extra bite of the pecan on top! These little gems are great with milk, coffee, tea, water….heck alone! LoL I hope you enjoy

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cp pecans
  • 1/2 cp (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cp sugar, plus more for coating
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cp all-purpose flour
  • 6 oz of semisweet chocolate (OPTIONAL FOR CHOCOLATE SAUCE)
  • 20ml heavy cream or milk (OPTIONAL FOR CHOCOLATE SAUCE)

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a baking sheet, toast pecans until fragrant, about 6 minutes. Let cool completely; finely chop.
  • With an electric mixer, cream butter and 1/3 cup sugar until light, about 1 minute. Beat in vanilla, salt, and flour, scraping down sides of bowl, just until dough comes together. Fold in pecans.
 
  • Separate dough into 12 pieces; squeeze dough to shape into balls. Roll in sugar. Place, 3 inches apart, on a baking sheet. Gently flatten with the bottom of a glass (reshape sides if necessary). Sprinkle with sugar.
  • Bake until golden brown, rotating sheet halfway through, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with more sugar. Cool cookies on a wire rack.

WATCH THE VIDEO

xoxo

Jaden’s Treats

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Blueberry Vanilla Bean Cake


Blueberry Vanilla Bean Cake

Blueberry Vanilla Bean Cake

This recipe started off, in my head, as a strawberry shortcake, but I had no Strawberries or Whipping cream! So that was out of the question….but I had already started making my sponge cake!!! DOH!!!! Soooooo how do I fix them, when life gives you blueberry jam for a Christmas present, then make a blueberry layer cake! 🙂 I got a jar of really nice jam, but I’m not a fan of jam and toast…so I was going to make a blueberry coffee cake, but this presented itself and I went for it

Layers upon layers

Layers upon layers

If you don’t like blueberry, you can use strawberry preserves, marmalade anything really! The cake recipe, if your basic shortcake recipe, I used a 11.8″ x 15″ cookie sheet, this make it easier for me to size my cake into a cake that wouldn’t leave leftovers! I hate leftovers, don’t ask!!  You should use a a 7″ cake pan for this recipe, any bigger than that then your cake will give you about 2 thin round layers, instead of 3 medium layers!

Actual size

Actual size

You can decorate however you want, I used almonds and dollops of blueberry jam! The cake is moist, the buttercream is sweet and the blueberry jam is tart! PERFECT COMBINATIONS!! WOOOOTWOOOOOOT!!!!

SO LET’S GET START!

CAKE INGREDIENTS:

Egg 180 g
Sugar 90 g
Flour 75 g
Corn starch 20 g
Milk 20 ml
Butter 20 g, MELTED

VANILLA BEAN BUTTERCREAM

Vanilla Bean 1 pod or 2tsp Vanilla Extract or 2tsp Vanilla Bean Extract
Sugar 110 g
Milk 20 ml
Butter 250 g

BLUEBERRY JAM

Blueberry Jam 120g

DIRECTIONS- PREHEAT OVEN TO 375F

  • Start by mixing the sugar and the eggs together over a double boiler, mix until the egg and sugar gets to 40C (104F), once temp has reached…take from the boiler and continue to beat till thickened! (WATCH THE VIDEO)
  • Once the consistency is right, then add the sifted flour and cornstarch to the egg mixture. FOLD the ingredients together. Make sure you to this gently…you don’t want to overmix!
  • Mix in the melted butter and milk, and continue to fold.
  • Place the batter in the pan of your choice, this is perfect for an 11.8″ x 15″, ANY BIGGER THAT THIS, AND UR CAKE WILL BE TOO THIN
  • Bake at 375F for 25min in a cake pan….15min for a sheet pan that I used!
  • Once baked, let the cake cool out of the pan…I use parchment to line my pan
  • Place the room temp butter in a bowl with the sugar and cream together. Add the vanilla and mix! Add the milk little by little…if you add it all at once, it will be a gloppy mess!
  • Start by cutting your cake into the right size layers.
  • Layer the cake with buttercream and jam…u can do layer the flavors how you like.

Watch the video!!!

Enjoy!!

xoxo

Jaden’s Treats

 

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