Gingerbread Madeleines

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Here is a recipe I recently tried. I found this from Claire, on The Kitchy Kitchen on Youtube. After watching her video, I knew that I wanted to try out this recipe and make Madeleines for the first time! These are fairly easy, but can be a little tough to master. Claire has a video on how to make it so check that out for any help.

So I will say that after trying this recipe I have decided that I dislike Molasses, a lot. I had never tried it before so I thought why not try it now! So I thought molasses was like a corn syrup or something.. Wrong. It is one of the weirdest things I have ever tried. If you haven’t had molasses before, try it out before trying Claire’s recipe. I made the glaze, then tossed it. I could not get past the taste, and gladly I did try it, because I would not have like it at all and would have ruined all the madeleines. So I decided to just dust some powdered sugar over them as final touch.

This recipe also calls for Browned Butter, another thing I had never done before. I think it turned out alright for the first time. I did not use real butter, I just used margarine, so I think it would be better with real butter. The margarine took longer to brown. I didn’t feel like I was accomplishing anything with browning it because it was almost like I was slowing burning butter, not caramelizing, like it should with real butter. To brown butter you basically but the butter in a pan and start whisking when the butter starts to just melt. Whisk the whole time, let it cook for about 2-3 minutes or until you start to see brown specks on the bottom of the pan, which means its caramelizing. Once you see the brown start, immediately take off the heat, and whisk still about 30 minutes or so, and scrape those brown bits up while whisking. For this recipe it needs to cooled down, so just pour the butter into a bowl to cool till you need it.

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This recipe is a bit time consuming, so save this for a weekend experiment. You will need about 5-10 minutes for the browned butter, 30 mins to prep the batter, 1 hour to let the batter set in the fridge, and 10 minutes for baking.

Side note: Madeleines cook faster than you think! Keep an eye on them, because of the variation in pans, ovens, and the batter, they may cook faster or slower. Mine cooked in about 9 minutes, but they could have been in a minute less.

 

Ingredients

9 tablespoons (1 stick plus a tablespoon) unsalted butter, browned and cooled to room temperature, plus additional melted butter for preparing the molds

2 large eggs, at room temperature

2/3 cup white sugar

1 large pinch kosher salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon all purpose flour, plus extra for dusting trays

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoons ground cloves

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon double acting baking powder

 Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon molasses

3 tablespoons milk

 Instructions

Brush the indentations of a madeleine mold with melted butter. Dust with flour, tap off any excess, and place in the fridge or freezer.

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In the bowl of a standing mixer (or with an electric hand mixer), whip the eggs, sugar, salt, and vanilla for 5 minutes until pale and thickened.

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Whisk together the flour, spices, and baking powder.

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Use a rubber spatula to fold in the flour as you sprinkle it over the batter. Drizzle the browned butter into the batter, a little at a time, while simultaneously folding to incorporate the butter. Fold just until all the butter is incorporated.

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Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. (Batter can be chilled for up to 12 hours.)

To bake the madeleines, preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Plop enough batter in the center of each mold that you think will fill it by 3/4′s (it’s about a tablespoon and a half on my trays). Do not spread it. (Looks like deviled eggs ;P)

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Bake for 9 to 10 minutes or until the cakes just feel set, (press the cakes lightly with your finger and if it bounces back they’re done. If it stays indented, give it another minute in the oven). While the cakes are baking, make a glaze in a small mixing bowl by stirring together the powdered sugar, molasses, milk, until smooth.

Remove from the oven and tilt the madeleines out onto a cooling rack. The moment they’re cool enough to handle, dip each cake in the glaze, turning them over to make sure both sides are coated and scrape off any excess with your finger. After dipping, rest each one back on the cooking rack, scalloped side up, until the cakes are cool and the glaze has firmed up.

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Graze.com – A Better Way to Snack!

A while back I was watching TV, and a commercial comes on for this awesome website that sends you weekly subscription boxes of food! Now, I had seen lots of other subscription boxes for monthly nail polish, or beauty products, and I always thought that was a great idea, but never had I seen one with food!

The website I saw a commercial for was Graze.com. Graze is a company that has reinvented snacks! They have over 90 snacks to choose from, many of them have no genetically engineered ingredients, no artificial flavors or colors, no high fructose corn syrup, and some have 0g trans fat per serving. The boxes are delivered straight to your mailbox with FREE SHIPPING! Each box is $6, including free shipping, every time you order a box. I think that is a really good deal!

How It Works:

First go on to Graze.com, this screen will come up, and you would think you just click “get started now,” but guess what? I have a code that will give you your first box and fifth box FREE! That’s right, completely free! Of course, you have to put in your credit card information, but if you don’t like the box, you can cancel the subscription before you get charged again. So under the “get started now” button, click “have a special code? enter it here.”

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Here is the code: AUBREY6PP

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Now after you are all signed up, you can decide what snacks you want! Graze chooses the snacks that get sent to you, but from your preferences! So go through all the snacks, and pick trash, try, like or love. If you pick trash, they will not send that snack to you ever. If you choose try, like, or love, you will most likely get those snacks at some point. In my box I got one snack I checked for “try,” one snack that I checked for “like,” and two snacks I checked as “love.” When you “like” a snack, you will be sent that occasionally, and if you “love” a snack, you will be sent that regularly.

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Once you have went through all the snacks, your box will start to be prepared, and within the next 10 days, it should be sent your way!

IF you check under the “deliveries” tab, you can see how often and when your boxes will come. You can pick every week or every 2 weeks. You can choice the week you want it sent, and the week you want it sent after that. You can pick as soon as the next week, or next month.

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I was super excited to receive my box! We receive our mail through one of those big mailboxes that they have everybody’s mail in, so I was nervous to see if the box fit in our mailbox. It actually did, they actually specially designed their boxes to fit in small mailboxes. The packaging is so cute, and the box is actually made of recycled materials.

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Inside my box included 4 snacks and little welcome letter. On the backside of the welcome letter, it actually included all the nutritional facts for each snack.

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The snacks in my box were: Chili Lime Pistachios, Twist of Black Pepper Popcorn, Salted Fudge and Peanut Cookie, and Smoky BBQ Corn. The pistachios are still in the shell, but that’s okay, because that just keeps them fresh until you want to eat them. Also, the popcorn came in a microwavable bag, so you can have fresh popcorn when you want. Because these snacks aren’t full of bad stuff, the nutritional facts tells you “best by” dates. Each snack comes individually packaged, so you can pack it in your lunches or a go-to snack when you’re running out if the house. And you won’t feel guilty eating it, because it’s healthy!

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Final verdict: This box is great for the price! It’s small yet each snack is individually packaged, which is perfect for packing in your lunch or a go-to snack when leaving the house. An added bonus is that these are healthy snacks, and healthy snacks can get expensive, so this is a great deal!

I hope you guys will try this out!

Yummy Marble Cupcakes!

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Who doesn’t like cupcakes?? They are literally the best dessert ever! I found this recipe through pinterest, and it is delicious! It’s a pretty simple recipe. When you can’t decide to make vanilla or chocolate cupcakes, this is your solution! You can see the original recipe here. Personally, I did not do the swirled marble frosting, like she did on her blog, but you could do it if you want! I am also horrible at making frosting, so I just bought frosting at the store, which is cheap and really good! On the original recipe, it says it makes 14, but mine only made 12. Here’s the recipe!

  • 1 and 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup yogurt (any yogurt you want, I used original greek yogurt.)
  • 3/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon milk, divided (3/4 cup for first part, 1 Tbsp for second part)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line muffin pan with 12 cupcake liners. Set them aside.

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In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

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In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt butter in the microwave. Whisk in sugar, then chill in the refrigerator for 1 minute. Stir in egg, yogurt, 3/4 cup milk, and vanilla extract until combined.

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Slowly mix in dry ingredients until no lumps remain. Batter will be thick. Transfer 3/4 cup of batter to another medium bowl. Mix in cocoa powder and 1 Tablespoon milk until combined. Chocolate batter will be extremely thick.

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Spoon 1 Tablespoon of vanilla batter into each cupcake liner. Top with a spoonful of chocolate batter, then more vanilla batter on top until all batters have been used up. At this point you may swirl the batters together very lightly using a toothpick or leave them as is.

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Bake the cupcakes for 20-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

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These cupcakes were soo good! I love this recipe! Its so simple, and easy. You don’t have to make two different batters, which saves a lot of time!

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Mediterranean Naan Appetizer

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Walking in Trader Joe’s I stumbled upon the free samples table, and the worker was handing out sample for this naan appetizer. She used jarred red and yellow peppers, hummus, and naan to make this amazing little appetizer! It was so good, we decided to buy the ingredients and make it at home! I thought I’d share the recipe with you all!

Ingredients:

1 bag (4 naan pieces) Tandoori Naan

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1 jar of Fire Roasted Yellow and Red Peppers

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1 container of Hummus (any flavor of hummus you like, garlic works best)

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Pre-heat your oven to the temperature on the naan package, if you get the Trader Joe’s brand, it is 400 degrees (F). Put your naan on a baking sheet. Once the oven is ready, put the naan in for 4-10 minutes depending on how crispy you want the naan. I did mine for 4 minutes, and it was pretty soft still, I just wanted mine heated through.

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While your naan is in the oven, prepare your peppers. Cut the peppers into square 1 to 1/2 inches big, depending on how big or small you want them to be. Then with a pan on medium heat and sprayed with some cooking spray, cook the peppers till heated through. You only want to keep your peppers on till they are warm, since they have already been fully cooked through.

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Once you have pulled your naan out of the oven, and your peppers are heated through, you can now assemble your appetizer! First spread the amount of hummus you want all over your naan. I only did a thin layer, because I don’t like a huge amount of it on stuff. Then put as much or as little peppers as you want on top. You can cut the naan into four pieces, or cut them into smaller portions, for that appetizer feel.

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I hope you guys try this recipe out, because it is so delicious! Tweet me pictures if you make it!

XOXO, AM ♡ 

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