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Food: Chocolate Brigadeiro Cake

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As a belated birthday celebration for Chris, I made him a chocolate cake. But not just any chocolate cake. It’s filled with brigadeiro and raspberry preserves. It’s heaven on a dish. In fact, I barely managed to get a picture of the cake. I was planning on taking pictures of a slice of cake so you can see the interior, but Chris kind of massacred it this morning.

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We thoroughly enjoyed the cake.

I was pretty proud of my rustic frosting job. It’s not perfect, but darnitall it looked quite tasty! Recipe below:

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Fudge Chocolate and Brigadeiro Cake

Makes 1 chocolate cake | Prep time: 30 minutes to an hour | Cook time: 27 minutes

 

Cake

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (dutch process is ideal)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350º F. Grease 2 8-inch cake pans and cut out 8 inch parchment circles and place inside the cake pans. Combine all ingredients. Pour into cake pans and bake for 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Set aside to cool. Remove from the pans, wrap in plastic wrap and put in the freezer to cool completely.

Brigadeiro

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk

Heat the saucepan with medium-high heat. Melt butter, add cocoa powder and whisk until incorporated. Add milk and stir for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

Frosting

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cocoa powder (dutch process is ideal)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar

Whip butter until soft and smooth. Add cocoa powder, vanilla and milk. Blend until smooth. Slowly add powdered sugar until desired consistency.

To assemble the cake: Slice cake in half with a bread knife. Separate two layers and spoon half the brigadeiro and spread evenly. Place one 8 inch cake on a cake plate. Spoon raspberry preserves on top of the first layer (I prefer Bonne Maman or homemade jam). Slice the second layer in half. Place bottom half of second cake on top of the first. Spread brigadeiro and place second half of the second cake on top. Place in the refridgerater to rest (10-15 minutes max). Spread an initial thin layer of icing onto the cake. Crumbs may fall into this layer. Place in the fridge a second time, then create a final frosting layer. Garnish with sprinkles.

Foodie: Liege Waffles and Peach Preserves

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Sometime in 2009 I was introduced to the Liege Waffle. Transformative is the only way I could describe this experience. I’ve always enjoyed waffles, but this was unlike anything I had ever had in my life. Caramelized, dense, crunchy, soft and the perfect amount of sweet. Knowing it was a dough-based waffle that required yeast (not my best friend), I brushed it off as one of those foods that I’ll never be able to make.

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Until . . .

Feed Zone Portables. It’s a recipe book that Chris bought while researching portable recipes that he can make for pre and post-workout snacks.

I haven’t talked about it much here, but since January Chris has lost 30 pounds and become quite serious about his exercise and diet. We had no idea he would lose that much (and keep it off). It’s been annoying to me that he’s been shedding the pounds while I’ve gained them. He’s supposed to gain sympathy weight with me, right?!? Back to the book – the book is full of on-the-go recipes for athletes, the salt/water content of each recipe (particularly the rice cakes) is made to keep your guts happy before, during and after a workout. It’s a really interesting book with easy recipes to grab from the fridge/freezer and go. Perfect for school lunches.

While thumbing through the book, Chris and I came across a liege waffle recipe. I’ve made it half a dozen times already with 100% success every time. Yes. I made a dough that works!I’m beyond stoked about it. So now I’m going to share it with you.

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Liege Waffles

From Feed Zone Portables | Makes 12 waffles
  • 3/4 cup warm milk
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 eggs + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pearled sugar or raw sugar

Combine milk, yeast, sugar and 1 cup flour with an electric mixer until smooth. Let dough rest for 15 minutes. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, syrup, butter and vanilla. Add egg mixture to the dough along with the remaining dry ingredients (no pearled sugar just yet). Dough should be tacky. Add a little extra flour if it’s too sticky. Cover and let rise for 1 hour. Punch down the dough, cover and refrigerate overnight.

Divide the dough into 12 portions, roll in sugar and cook in a waffle iron until dark golden brown.

Notes: You can easily double this recipe and freeze half for later. After you roll the dough in sugar, wrap each ball in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container. For a little extra punch, put some chunks of chocolate inside the balls of dough and cook. Serve à la mode with bananas and peach preserves for a tasty Sundae.

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Tart Peach Preserves

From a recipe that my mom gave me | Makes 1 quart
  • 4 medium-large peaches, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pectin

Peel the peaches (I use a blanching technique like this one). Slice into about 8-12 slices. Place in a bowl. Pour lemon juice overtop. In a separate bowl, mix sugar and pectin together, then fold in gently to the peaches. Serve or freeze. Preserves last about a week or two in the fridge. This makes for the perfect topping on waffles, ice cream, cheesecake and more. Add some peppers and put in a fish taco!

Our neighbor’s mom gave us 3 large boxes full of peaches last week. So you may be seeing more peach recipes here soon! I can’t seem to get enough. I’ve already canned a gallon of peach jam, nearly 3 gallons of frozen sliced peaches and a couple of quarts of the above sliced peaches. Penelope is already tired of them, but Felix and I aren’t!

Recipe: Homemade Kettle Corn

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Every once in a while our house gets inundated with 6-8 year olds. It’s great. Penelope has a little gang of friends that she parties with, they bounce around from house to house on their bikes scavenging for tasty snacks and things to do. I tend to keep a closed pantry policy most days, but every once in a while I bust out the popcorn maker and make a giant batch of popcorn and send them outside. It gives them something to do, something to eat and it’s incredibly easy/cheap to make. It’s also very allergy friendly as well (unless using peanut oil).

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For some reason I thought that kettle corn was a tricky recipe with a tricky process, until last week. It’s not. Now that I’ve figured it out, I’m off to experiment with other flavors.

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I found this recipe on How Does She?, a recipe for stove top kettle corn. Below is my adaptation for cooking corn with a regular popcorn maker. This would not work for a hot air popper. Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

Kettle Corn Recipe

Makes about 6 cups of popcorn | For popcorn maker adapted from How Does She?
  • 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 3-5 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
  • dash of salt

The coconut oil in this recipe makes a huge difference with the flavor. It’s incredibly delicious. A MUST add in my opinion.

Turn on the popcorn maker so the spinner is rotating, but the lid is off. Put coconut oil in the popcorn maker and wait for it to melt to an oil-like consistency (takes a minute or so). Add the popcorn kernels THEN the sugar. Replace the cover and allow the corn to pop until you hear a 1-2 second pause between pops. Pour into a bowl and sprinkle salt overtop. Serve. 

You may want to add more oil and more sugar for a more caramelized, intense flavor.

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Measuring bowls c/o Red Envelope. 

Recipe: Raspberry Lemon Mint Granita

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With the rising temperatures, I’ve been craving icy cold drinks like crazy. I love making a citrus granita, but this is by far my favorite combination at the moment. Raspberry, lemon and mint! So good and refreshing. Add a dollop of fresh whipped cream for a contrast of tart and creamy.

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Raspberry Lemon Mint Granita

serves 4
  • 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup raspberries (or more to taste)
  • 6 or so mint leaves
  • 1/3 cup simple syrup*
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2-4 cups ice
  • whipped cream

Juice the lemons. Add juice, raspberries, mint, simple syrup and ice to a blender (in that order). Blend. Add ice and juice as needed for flavor and consistency. Garnish with whipped cream and raspberries. Serve.

*For simple syrup, put 1/2 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a sauce pan and heat until sugar is dissolved. Because you’re blending the granita with ice, no need to allow the syrup to cool before putting it in the blender.

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Ever since I found Smitten Kitchen’s Granita recipe, I’ve been completely obsessed with these little frozen lemonades. They’re so refreshing and easy to make. Add any kind of fruit to mix up the flavor, too! I hope you enjoy this summer treat as much as I have!

 

Food: Strawberry Stuffed French Toast

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It’s been a while since I’ve shared a recipe here! Gosh, it’s been a while since I’ve had the energy to really cook. Or do much of anything. Turns out the prenatal vitamin I have been taking for the last 4 months contained absolutely zero iron. After switching to a different brand last week, I’ve actually had a lot more energy to do things! It’s amazing how great I feel now that my body isn’t starving for iron. A little PSA: If you’re preggers, don’t use chewable prenatal vitamins, none of them have iron. 

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For the last 4 months, we’ve made a little family tradition of going out for breakfast/brunch. We have a couple of favorite spots we like, both offering stuffed French Toast on the menu. Our favorite is Eva’s (it’s served with the most delicious blueberry compote) with Lazy Day Cafe at a close second.

Saturday we didn’t feel much like going out, so I searched for a recipe and found something that comes close to Eva’s, but with strawberries and raspberries.

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This is based off of Kneaders’ stuffed French Toast, but with a couple adjustments.

Strawberry Stuffed French Toast

Serves 6, Prep Time 15 minutes, Cook time 15-20 minutes

  • 1 loaf cinnamon bread*
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 pint strawberries, diced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • lemon zest (optional)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • butter
  • heavy cream
  • raspberries and strawberries
  • your favorite syrup

Using a mixer (hand or regular) whip the cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Fold strawberries and lemon juice until incorporated. Set aside.

Whisk eggs, milk and vanilla in a dish. Set aside.

Whip the heavy cream. Set aside.

Heat your frying pan to medium-high heat, add a tablespoon of butter.

If your loaf of bread is not sliced, cut thick slices (about 1 1/2 times a normal slice), then cut a pocket into the middle of the bread and fill with strawberry cream cheese. If your bread is pre-sliced, make little sandwiches with a generous amount of strawberry filling inside.

Dip the whole “sandwich into the egg mixture, coating it evenly. Then place in the frying pan with the melted butter. Fry both sides until egg is completely cooked and browned(I like the toast a dark brown on the edges). Serve with whipped cream, strawberries, raspberries and syrup.

*If you don’t have cinnamon bread on-hand, don’t fret! Make a little cinnamon mixture with the following ingredients: 1 tablespoon melted butter, 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 tablespoon flour. Spread a thin mixture on the inside of the bread, then prep as directed above. 

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