Recipes: Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

December 16, 2013

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
  1. 4 cups hot cocoa of choice
  2. 2 cups heavy cream
  3. 3 tablespoons sugar
  4. 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  5. Caramel sauce
  6. Black salt
  1. Make your favorite hot chocolate, according to package.
  2. Add cream, sugar and vanilla bean paste to whipped cream whipper. Add charger and shake.
  3. Pour hot chocolate into mugs.
  4. Dispense whip cream over top.
  5. Drizzle with favorite caramel.
  6. Sprinkle with black salt and serve with biscotti or holiday cookie. Blog

Recipes: Cheesy Bread Twists

December 16, 2013

Cheesy Bread Twists
  1. 1 box puff pastry, thawed
  2. 1 cup Parmesan Reggiano, finely grated
  3. 1 egg, mixed
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Gently roll out puff pastry onto a cutting board.
  3. With a rolling pin, roll out puff pastry to approximately 14x10 inches.
  4. Brush egg onto puff pastry.
  5. Cut in half lengthwise and sprinkle cheese on one half.
  6. Next place other half, egg side down, on top of other half.
  7. Using rolling pin, roll to seal both halves.
  8. Next, make 3/4 inch slices, lengthwise.
  9. Twist dough and place on baking sheet lined with parchment.
  10. Bake until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving. Blog

Recipes: Stuffed Dried Figs

December 16, 2013

Stuffed Dried Figs
  1. Dried figs, unsulfured
  2. Goat cheese
  3. Marcona Almonds, chopped
  4. Honey or balsamic reduction for drizzling
  1. Cut slit into halfway through fig and pull open creating a pocket.
  2. Place just enough goat cheese to fill pocket you created in the fig.
  3. Sprinkle with chopped Marcona almonds and finish by drizzling with honey or balsamic reduction. Blog

Recipes: Caprese Crostinis

December 16, 2013

Caprese Crostinis
  1. One Italian Baguette Sliced 1/2 inch on the bias
  2. 3 Roma tomatoes, sliced thin, about 1/2 inch
  3. 8 oz. fresh mozzarella, sliced thin
  4. Fresh Basil, 1/4 cup sliced thin (shred)
  5. Olive oil, for brushing bread
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat grill plate over medium-high heat.
  2. Brush one side of sliced bread with oil.
  3. Place oil side down onto grill plate and grill just until grill marks appear and toasted.
  4. Flip and toast lightly on other side.
  5. Place mozzarella on crostini followed by slice of tomato.
  6. Season with salt and pepper and finish with shredded basil. Blog

Recipes: Spiced Party Nuts

December 16, 2013

Spiced Party Nuts
  1. 2 cups pecan or almonds or a mix of both, lightly toasted
  2. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  3. 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  4. 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/4 cup water
  7. 1/2 cup sugar
  8. 1 tablespoon butter
  1. Combine cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt in bowl
  2. In saucepan, combine water, sugar and butter.
  3. Over medium high heat, bring to a boil.
  4. Add toasted nuts to pot and swirl to coat.
  5. Continue to cook until moisture has evaporated.
  6. Sprinkle spice mixture over nuts and then pour onto a baking sheet/pan.
  7. Try to separate the nuts and then allow to cool completely, at least 45 minutes. Blog

Recipes: Chocolate Coconut Pecan Haystacks

December 16, 2013
Chocolate Coconut Pecan Haystacks
  1. 12 oz. semisweet or milk chocolate
  2. 2 1/2 cups, sweetened coconut toasted
  3. 1 1/4 cup pecan pieces, toasted
  1. In large sauté pan on medium high heat toast coconut until browned and crisp. Pour into large mixing bowl.
  2. In same sauté pan toast pecans until lightly brown and fragrant. Add to coconut.
  3. In small sauce pan on low heat melt chocolate, stirring consistently. When smooth pour over coconut.
  4. Once coconut is toasted and chocolate is melted, stir the coconut and pecans into the chocolate, mixing until coconut and pecans are entirely coated with chocolate.
  5. Using a small teaspoon, drop small spoonfuls of the candy onto the prepared sheet or into decorative muffin wrappers.
  6. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, until the chocolate is set. Blog

Recipes: Tiger Butter

December 16, 2013
Tiger Butter
  1. 8 oz. semi sweet chocolate
  2. 8 oz. milk chocolate
  3. 12 oz. white chocolate
  4. 1 1/2 cup peanut butter, crunchy or regular
  1. In small sauce pan, on low heat, melt semi sweet and milk chocolate together.
  2. In separate small sauce pan, on low heat, melt white chocolate and peanut butter together. Whisk continually until melted. Remove both from heat.
  3. Lightly spray cookie sheet with canola oil or butter.
  4. Pour chocolate mixture into base of cookie sheets.
  5. Allow to cool for 3-5 minute until lightly set.
  6. Pour slightly cooled white chocolate peanut butter over chocolate and lightly tap to smooth.
  7. Using a skewer or knife draw lines through chocolates creating tiger strips
  8. Allow to cool for at least one hour then cut into desired shapes. Blog

Recipes: Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Whipped Ricotta Filling

December 13, 2013
Chocolate Whoopie Pies w/ Whipped Ricotta Filling
Cake Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  2. 1 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 3/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 1 large egg
  8. 1/2 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  9. 2 1/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  10. 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  11. 1/2 cup mini chocolate hips
Filling Ingredients
  1. 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  2. 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  3. 10 oz. Ricotta cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment and grease them lightly.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugar until creamy.
  4. Add egg and mix until smooth.
  5. Combine sifted flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, banking powder and salt in separate bowl.
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  7. Add flour mixture to mixer alternately with buttermilk. Do this in thirds (i.e. 1/3 buttermilk, repeat two times). Stop and scrape bowl between additions.
  8. Mix well until combined and gently stir in the mini chocolate chips.
  9. Drop rounded teaspoons full of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving plenty of room between the cakes, as they will spread. I like to use a mini cookie scoop.
  10. Bake the cakes for 15 to 16 minutes, until they are set and firm to the touch.
  11. Remove cakes from oven and allow to cool. While still slightly warm, separate cakes from the pan or parchment and allow to cool completely.
Filling Instructions
  1. Beat together the butter and powdered sugar until well combined and fluffy.
  2. Beat in the ricotta cheese just until well combined.
  3. Chill for at least four hours or until stiffened before filling cakes.
  4. Spread the flat side of half of the cakes with filling.
  5. Top with the remaining cakes, flat side towards the filling.
  6. Roll edges in extra mini chocolate chips or crushed candy cane.
  7. Wrap in gift bags and tie with ribbon for gifts, or enjoy with your family!
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Recipes: Peppermint Christmas Cookies

December 13, 2013
Peppermint Christmas Cookies
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  6. 1 cup sugar
  7. 2 large eggs
  8. 1/2 cup milk
  9. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  10. 12 large marshmallows cut in half
  11. Ganache
  12. 1 cup heavy cream
  13. 1 lb. white chocolate, chopped into pieces
  14. 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  15. Red food coloring
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In large bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a stand mixer with paddle attachment cream, sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
  4. Stop and scrape sides.
  5. Continue to cream mixture first adding eggs, then milk, and then extract.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to mixer and cream on low speed to combined.
  7. Use a cookie scoop or teaspoon and place mixture on lightly greased cookie sheet.
  8. Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 7-8 minutes or until the smell begins to fill the kitchen.
  9. Press a marshmallow into the center of each cookie and return to oven for 1-2 minutes.
  10. Remove cookies from oven and allow to cool for 2 minutes on cookie sheet before moving them to a wire cooling rack. Prepare chocolate ganache.
  11. Ganache
  12. In small saucepan heat heavy cream and red food coloring to a scald, or when bubbles appear around edges.
  13. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate pieces.
  14. Wisk until smooth.
  15. Add peppermint extract and again stir until smooth.
  16. Place wire rack with cookies onto a piece of waxed paper.
  17. Ladle chocolate ganache over the cookies, allowing the extra to drizzle down onto wax paper.
  18. Immediately decorate with peppermint pieces or choice of holiday candy.
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Recipes: Christmas Ornament Cookies

December 10, 2013
Christmas Ornament Cookies
  1. 2 pounds Harmons Sugar Cookie Dough
  2. Lifesavers candy - lightly crushed in different colors
  3. Non-stick pan spray
  4. baking parchment
  5. butcher's twine
  1. On a floured surface, roll out the cookie dough with a rolling pin to about 1/8" thickness. Cut cookies out with a large cookie cutter, then cut with a smaller one of the same shape. Transfer the cookies to a baking sheet lined with parchment sprayed with pan spray. If using for tree ornaments, loop a 2" piece of twine and press into the top of the cookie. Sprinkle crushed candy in the middle of the cookie to top of resulting space.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, until golden and the candy is melted. Let cool before trying to remove from the parchment. Blog