Cider Cookies: A Bite of Fall

Fall has officially come and all my favorite flavors are out! One of my favorite seasonal flavors is Apple Cider. So, I searched for a way to celebrate the flavors of apple cider in a sweet treat to mark fall’s arrival. That is how I came up with the wonderful idea of Cider Cookies.

Doughnut Muffin: Breakfast Innovation

Breakfast meals at my house needed a revamp. Not the same classics over and over again so we decided to try out this breakfast innovation from King Arthur Baking Company called Doughnut Muffin. It is kind of like a muffin. It is kind of like a cinnamon cake doughnut. It is the sweet treat creation that I did not know that my breakfast needed.

Mini Praline Cheesecakes: Nutty Creamy Dessert Recipe

I decided to do my own take on the Praline Mini Cheesecakes. I had varying results and have a semi-perfected recipe. I used my favorite graham cracker crust recipe and made the steps less consuming so the home cook can easily repeat them. You will find it to be sweet and creamy with the subtle bite of hazelnut adding the nutty flavor notes.

Pork Floss Cookies: Savory Sweet Bites

Sometimes, I love a different take on the afternoon snack. Sometimes, I want sweet. Sometimes, I want salty. You never know what you could be craving, but what if there was one little Chinese inspired cookie that could be the salty and sweet bite you need in the afternoon? I came across this interesting recipe on Bake for Happy Kids called Melt-in-your-mouth Pork Floss Chinese Cookies. It is a one of a kind recipe that I just had to try.

Raisin-Pecan Rye Bread: Nutty Sweet Slice

I love my bagel in the morning with cream cheese, but even I need to change up my morning routine sometimes. I did this by trying a new bread recipe for my morning treat that I discovered while flipping through old magazines that I had saved. The photos looked scrumptious and made me hungry for a slice. With my stomach’s agreement, I picked up the Raisin-Pecan Rye Bread recipe (which you can find here) and gave it a try. Just look at the photo on the left to see how my attempt went!

Purin: Carmel Japanese Pudding

I was recently looking for a sweet treat that was familiar yet unusual enough to impress family and friends. I also wanted to do something a little unusual than the standard American dessert. I was flipping through all of my saved recipes to come across a little gem called Purin. Purin is a Japanese custard pudding with caramel. It is not dissimilar from Japanese Milk Pudding, but slightly different. So with a plan in place, I used the Purin Recipe from Contemplating Sweets. Want to know how it went?

Langues de Chat: French Biscuits From British TV

If you are a fan of the Great British Baking Show like I am, then you have you and awed at all the technical recipes that are dropped onto the bakers. Recipes that you may have never seen or tried. One of these recipes, I decided to recreate as I wait for the latest release date from the newest season of Great British Baking Show. I decided to make Langues de Chat or Cat’s Tongues using the recipe from BBC that was on the show!

Home-Smoked Chicken Recipe

BBQ is big in Texas. We smoke everything you can find on a farm. We will judge you if you screw it up. We also could eat it everyday of the week. Texans love BBQ with a passion. However if you don’t own a professional grade smoker, you probably are not smoking your own meats. What if I told you that there is a way to smoke a chicken on your grill in the back yard? ‘Cause there is!

America’s Test Kitchen Cooking School Cookbook: The Amateur’s Prayer in the Kitchen

Sometimes we all need a few tips and tricks to help us in the kitchen. Even having some master recipes under our belt would be helpful. I am an amateur cook and no where near perfecting it. I am still taking baby steps but I am still trying. Until then I have to rely on cookbooks for assistance. Hence my latest find and love in the cookbook section of my library, I highly recommend my latest find for the amateur cooks out there like me called America’s Test Kitchen Cooking School Cookbook.

Testing Recipe: Orange and Chocolate Challah

I love bread. It is the downfall for many of my attempts at getting more physically fit. However, I have rarely tried to make a sweet bread or shape bread into complex shapes such as a Challah bread. If you are unfamiliar with Challah, it is a sweet light eggy bread that many make during the holidays. However, I recently came across an Orange and Chocolate Challah recipe from Delish. It looked delicious. It looked pretty.  So, I decided to try to recreate this recipe with my amateur skills. 

It went like this……