Baked Bree http://bakedbree.com Baked Bree - Eat Well. Laugh Often. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:00:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Dark Chocolate Ice Cream http://bakedbree.com/dark-chocolate-ice-cream http://bakedbree.com/dark-chocolate-ice-cream#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:00:41 +0000 http://bakedbree.com/?p=13378 I used to not like chocolate. I mean, if you put it in front of me, I wouldn’t not eat it, but I would never go out of my way to eat chocolate anything. I surely would never order or eat chocolate ice cream. Things have changed. It all started when I discovered dark chocolate and sea salt. The [...]

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Dark Chocolate Ice Cream RecipeI used to not like chocolate. I mean, if you put it in front of me, I wouldn’t not eat it, but I would never go out of my way to eat chocolate anything. I surely would never order or eat chocolate ice cream.

Things have changed.

It all started when I discovered dark chocolate and sea salt. The little Ghirardelli squares are my favorite. They are just sweet enough to get rid of my sugar craving and one little square is enough, I don’t need any more. But then, it made me realize that I have passed on a lot of other chocolate opportunities. What else have I missed out on because I thought that I wasn’t a chocolate person? Those little squares were my gateway chocolate.

When we lived in California, we used to go to San Francisco and always would stop at Bi-Rite Creamery for a Sam’s Sundae. It sounds so weird, but it is so amazing. You have to trust me. It is dark chocolate ice cream, drizzled with bergamot olive oil, sprinkled with sea salt, and a generous spoonful of whipped cream. It all works. Perfection.

I can’t hop in the car anymore and satisfy my sundae craving, so I took matters into my own hands. I love making ice cream. It is so satisfying. This is the smoothest, creamiest, darkest chocolate ice cream ever. I used the recipe from Bi-Rite’s book, so it is about as close as close can get. I couldn’t get the actual olive oil that they use, so I went to a local olive oil shop and used blood orange. It was every bit as amazing as I remembered.

Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe5 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1 cup 2% milk
1 3/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Sam’s Sundae

Dark Chocolate ice cream
Bergamot olive oil (I used blood orange – amazing)
Freshly whipped cream
Maldon Sea salt
Dark Chocolate Ice Cream RecipeIn a heatproof bowl, whisk together egg yolks and 6 Tablespoons sugar. Set aside.

Dark Chocolate Ice Cream RecipeIn a saucepan, whisk together cocoa powder and other 6 Tablespoons of sugar.

Dark Chocolate Ice Cream RecipeWhisk in 1/4 cup of the milk to make a thick paste.
Dark Chocolate Ice Cream RecipeWhisk in remaining milk, cream, and salt.

Dark Chocolate Ice Cream RecipeHeat over medium high heat, and remove when bubbles form around the edges.

Dark Chocolate Ice Cream RecipeRemove from the heat, and whisk in 1/2 cup of the hot cream. Whisk constantly, to avoid cooking the eggs.

Dark Chocolate Ice Cream RecipeAdd another 1/2 cup of the hot cream to temper the yolks.

Dark Chocolate Ice Cream RecipePour the yolk mixture into the saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it coats the back of a spoon. You will be able to run your finger down the middle, and it will hold a clear path. Cook for 1 minute longer.

Dark Chocolate Ice Cream RecipeStrain the base to catch any bits. Add vanilla.

Dark Chocolate Ice Cream RecipePour into a container and place in an ice bath. Stir occasionally, and when it has cooled, covered with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Dark Chocolate Ice Cream RecipeFreeze in your ice maker according to the manufacturer instructions. Transfer to a freezer-safe container to freeze until firm.

sam's sundaeTo take it one step further – make a Sam’s Sundae.

sam's sundae

Add a few scoops of dark chocolate ice cream to a bowl. Add the olive oil, and sprinkle with salt. Top with freshly whipped cream.

Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 5 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Sam’s Sundae
  • Dark Chocolate ice cream
  • Bergamot olive oil (I used blood orange - amazing)
  • Freshly whipped cream
  • Maldon Sea salt

Instructions

  1. In a heatproof bowl, whisk together egg yolks and 6 Tablespoons sugar. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, whisk together cocoa powder and other 6 Tablespoons of sugar. Whisk in 1/4 cup of the milk to make a thick paste.
  3. Whisk in remaining milk, cream, and salt.
  4. Heat over medium high heat, and remove when bubbles form around the edges.
  5. Remove from the heat, and whisk in 1/2 cup of the hot cream. Whisk constantly, to avoid cooking the eggs.
  6. Add another 1/2 cup of the hot cream to temper the yolks.
  7. Pour the yolk mixture into the saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it coats the back of a spoon. You will be able to run your finger down the middle, and it will hold a clear path. Cook for 1 minute longer.
  8. Strain the base to catch any bits. Add vanilla.
  9. Pour into a container and place in an ice bath. Stir occasionally, and when it has cooled, covered with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  10. Freeze in your ice maker according to the manufacturer instructions.
  11. Transfer to a freezer-safe container to freeze until firm.
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Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread http://bakedbree.com/pepperoni-pizza-monkey-bread http://bakedbree.com/pepperoni-pizza-monkey-bread#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:56:37 +0000 http://bakedbree.com/?p=14982 A few days ago, I was sitting outside and it was 60 degrees. Today it is snowing. I love winter. I am one of those rare people that loves being cold, bundled up, and craves snow days. But even I am over this winter. Winter, I don’t want you to think that I don’t love you, I really do. But [...]

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A few days ago, I was sitting outside and it was 60 degrees. Today it is snowing. I love winter. I am one of those rare people that loves being cold, bundled up, and craves snow days. But even I am over this winter.

Winter, I don’t want you to think that I don’t love you, I really do. But you’re killin’ me. Enough already.

In the meantime, I suggest dealing with winter by embracing carbs. Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread does the trick. I call it coping, okay?

Applegate sent me a really cute pizza making kit to introduce their new mini pepperoni. It was a perfect snow day activity. Except that the kids were too engrossed by Minecraft to help me. Which was okay, because I had a lot of fun making this on my own. As soon as they smelled it baking, they appeared out of nowhere and were amazed that I made something a) so fun and b) with pepperoni.

I normally don’t buy pepperoni. The kids think that I am the fun police when it comes to pepperoni. But now that I have a healthier version to buy I might reconsider my stance.

I used a recipe from Cook’s Country, it is more method than recipe, but I didn’t follow it exactly. If I had, then I would have had completely enclosed dough balls. I will fight you for the crispy burnt bits, so I was totally okay with my cheese melting. If you have more patience than me, then take your time.

pepperoni pizza monkey bread

2 balls pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)
4 ounce package Applegate Natural Uncured Mini Pork Pepperoni
3 Tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
8 mozzarella cheese sticks
Tomato sauce for dipping (I love the sauces from Scarpetta)

pepperoni pizza monkey bread recipe

Microwave pepperoni in a bowl until it gives off some fat, 60 to 90 seconds. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate using tongs, and reserve the oil. Pat the pepperoni dry.

pepperoni pizza monkey bread recipe

Add the olive oil to the pepperoni oil. In another small bowl, combine Parmesan and oregano.

pepperoni pizza monkey bread recipe

Brush a Bundt pan with a little of the pepperoni oil.

pepperoni pizza monkey bread recipe

Roll out the pizza dough into an 18×9 inch rectangle. Let it rest for 15 minutes. Lay a row of pepperoni 2 inches from the edge. Lay 4 mozzarella sticks across. Sprinkle half of the Parmesan cheese mixture over the top.

pepperoni pizza monkey bread recipe

Roll up and seal the edges.

pepperoni pizza monkey bread recipe

Using a sharp knife, cut in half. Pinch the sides, and then cut the log into thirds and pinch those edges. (Mine didn’t stay shut, but I didn’t try very hard. I kind of like the idea of them being all gooey and melty.)

pepperoni pizza monkey bread recipe

Place the dough balls into the Bundt pan. Brush on more of the pepperoni oil.

pepperoni pizza monkey bread recipe

Do the same thing with the second ball of dough and remaining ingredients. I sort of smooched them down a little. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 30 minutes. Adjust your oven rack to the lower-middle position and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

pepperoni pizza monkey bread

Bake until brown, about 40 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, let stand for 10 minutes.

pepperoni pizza monkey bread recipe

Place the serving dish on top and carefully flip over. Sprinkle with a little extra Parmesan, why not? Serve with tomato sauce.

Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread

Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 balls pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)
  • 4 ounce package Applegate Natural Uncured Mini Pork Pepperoni
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 8 mozzarella cheese sticks
  • Tomato sauce for dipping

Instructions

  1. Microwave pepperoni in a bowl until it gives off some fat, 60 to 90 seconds. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate using tongs, and reserve the oil. Pat the pepperoni dry.
  2. Add the olive oil to the pepperoni oil. In another small bowl, combine Parmesan and oregano.
  3. Brush a Bundt pan with a little of the pepperoni oil.
  4. Roll out the pizza dough into an 18x9 inch rectangle. Let it rest for 15 minutes. Lay a row of pepperoni 2 inches from the edge. Lay 4 mozzarella sticks across. Sprinkle half of the Parmesan cheese mixture over the top.
  5. Roll up and seal the edges. Using a sharp knife, cut in half. Pinch the sides, and then cut the log into thirds and pinch those edges.
  6. Place the dough balls into the Bundt pan. Brush on more of the pepperoni oil. Do the same thing with the second ball of dough and remaining ingredients. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 30 minutes. Adjust your oven rack to the lower-middle position and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  7. Bake until brown, about 40 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, let stand for 10 minutes. Place the serving dish on top and carefully flip over. Serve with tomato sauce.
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Albion Fit Giveaway http://bakedbree.com/albion-fit-giveaway http://bakedbree.com/albion-fit-giveaway#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 04:01:08 +0000 http://bakedbree.com/?p=14937 It’s a fact. If you look cute while working out, you burn more calories. Okay, that is not really a fact, but I do think that it is true that working out is a lot more fun if you look cute while doing it. Today I am partnering with Albion Fit to offer Baked Bree readers a $100 gift [...]

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It’s a fact. If you look cute while working out, you burn more calories.

Okay, that is not really a fact, but I do think that it is true that working out is a lot more fun if you look cute while doing it.

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Today I am partnering with Albion Fit to offer Baked Bree readers a $100 gift card to buy yourself something cute to move your body in. Clothes that are comfortable to do yoga, run, swim, or hang out by the pool in.

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Albion’s mission is to provide women with the most luxurious, flattering, and hassle-free fitness and leisure apparel on the market. Not only that, but they use fair labor practices, and strive to make their facility greener each day by recycling plant waste and by using earth friendly materials in their products. I can get behind that.

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Can you say om? I love the Serenity tank. Comfy, long enough, and flattering.

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And Albion carries a wide range of sizes. I don’t understand why companies that supposedly support active women only make sizes for women that are a size tiny and below. Shouldn’t they make clothes for women that want to be healthy and move their bodies in all shapes and sizes?

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My new favorite shirt is the Go Long Crew. One of the biggest challenges is finding a shirt that is long enough to cover my behind. This shirt is super soft, stretchy, incredibly comfortable, AND covers my tush. I will own every color.

ruffle-suit-boatI personally prefer to buy my bathing suits online. I like to try them on in the privacy of my own home instead of the harsh lighting of a dressing room. There are so many cute ones to choose from.

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Albion was nice enough to offer a discount code for Baked Bree fans: 15% off any albionfit.com purchase with code bree15 at checkout (valid through 3/24)

To enter this contest, pin an image from the Albion website, and then come back and add the URL to to comments section.

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A few days a week, I take my laptop and set up shop at the coffee shop down the road. Grounded Coffee has the best soup. Soup is my favorite thing to eat, and their soup never disappoints. They have the normal kinds like chicken noodle, tortilla, and black bean. But every now and again they have Chicken Peanut Soup. I almost didn’t order it the first time I saw it on the menu, it sounded weird. But I am so glad that I did. It reminds of Chicken Satay in soup form.

My version of this soup is based off of my favorite chicken satay recipe, so I am calling it Chicken Satay Soup. I am thrilled with how this recipe turned out. It exceeded my expectations, and Wes declared it the “best soup ever made”.  This soup is hearty, sweet, spicy, and tart all at the same time. I’ve made it twice in a week.

Do not let the size of the ingredient list turn you off. It is mostly spices and a few cans that you need to open. No sweat. I had my food processor out for another recipe while I was making this so I let it do the dirty work with the onions, garlic, and ginger.

This is the type of recipe that you need to taste as you go to check for seasoning. I did not add any salt or pepper because there is a lot of soy sauce in there. But at the end, I took a taste and needed to add a little more acid and a splash more soy sauce. You are looking for a balance between tart, salty, spicy, and sweet.

chicken satay soup recipe

1 Tablespoon oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 Tablespoon ginger, minced
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 (16 oz.) can diced tomatoes
3 carrots, peeled and cubed
1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1 quart chicken stock
1 cup peanut butter
1 can coconut milk
2 Tablespoons sesame oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup soy sauce
4 Tablespoons sherry
2 cups shredded chicken breast
3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

chicken satay soup recipe

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium high heat, add oil. Add onions, garlic, and ginger. Cook until translucent.

spice mix

How beautiful are these spices? They smell even better.

chicken satay soup recipe

Add the spices and cook for another minute.

chicken satay soup recipe

Add the canned tomatoes, carrots, and sweet potato.

chicken satay soup recipe

Pour in chicken stock and bring to a bubble.

chicken satay soup recipe

Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are soft.

chicken satay soup recipe

Add peanut butter, coconut milk, sesame oil, brown sugar, soy sauce and sherry. Puree until smooth. I use an immersion blender, but you could use a regular blender or food processor.

chicken satay soup recipe

Add the shredded chicken.

chicken satay soup recipe

Add lime juice and cilantro. Taste for seasoning.

chicken satay soup recipe

Chicken Satay Soup

Chicken Satay Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 (16 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cubed
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame oil
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 4 Tablespoons sherry
  • 2 cups shredded chicken breast
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

Instructions

  1. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium high heat, add oil. Add onions, garlic, and ginger. Cook until translucent. Add the spices and cook for another minute. Add the canned tomatoes, carrots, and sweet potato.
  2. Pour in chicken stock and bring to a bubble. Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are soft. Add peanut butter, coconut milk, sesame oil, brown sugar, soy sauce and sherry. Puree until smooth. I use an immersion blender, but you could use a regular blender or food processor.
  3. Add the shredded chicken. Add lime juice and cilantro. Taste for seasoning.
  4. Garnish with chopped peanuts and cilantro.
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Milk Chocolate Irish Cream Pots de Creme http://bakedbree.com/milk-chocolate-irish-cream-pots-de-creme http://bakedbree.com/milk-chocolate-irish-cream-pots-de-creme#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:25:37 +0000 http://bakedbree.com/?p=14927 Happy Friday! This week whizzed by me, but I got so much done. It was a very productive week. Yeah! We are heading to Cape Cod next week, Wes needs to go up to do some of his changeover stuff so the kids and I decided to tag along. It is kind of weird, we have never checked out a [...]

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Happy Friday! This week whizzed by me, but I got so much done. It was a very productive week. Yeah! We are heading to Cape Cod next week, Wes needs to go up to do some of his changeover stuff so the kids and I decided to tag along. It is kind of weird, we have never checked out a place before we actually moved there. We have moved into our last 3 houses sight unseen. We haven’t taken a family trip in a long time. I travel a lot and Wes travels a lot, and sometimes we take the kids, but we haven’t gone all 5 of us in a long time. It should be a lot of fun.

Speaking of travel, I am going to Rome and Perugia, Italy in a few weeks. To say that I am excited is a complete understatement. I am going with my best friend for a few days to Rome then heading a business retreat in Perugia to finish the trip. I haven’t been to Rome since I was in high school. Anywhere that we can’t miss or a place that we need to eat? Let me know in the comments, I am ALL ears.

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1. St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching. Need some recipe ideas? My Milk Chocolate Irish Creme Pots de Creme is amazing. Deep and rich and topped with Bailey’s whipped cream. Head over the Dixie Crystals site to grab the recipe. These need to be chilled for a few hours, so a natural make ahead dessert.

2. It is National Pi Day. I didn’t make a new one to share, but you can’t go wrong with the pie that started it all for me - Peanut Butter Pie. Or Lemon Meringue. Maybe Coconut Cream? I know, Apple and Cheddar.

3. I am big fan of the podcast, and a new favorite is The Lively Show. If you are interested in living with more intention, give this a listen. I am a big fan of Jess and everything she does.

4. I just finished the most amazing course, A Course About Copy. I write every single day, but I am always looking to improve. Writing for business is always hard for me and this course rocked my world. I updated every single page on breehester.com.

5. I get a lot of questions about what tools I use to run my business and how I make it work. One of the pages that I wrote for the course answers those questions. You can find out here.

6. This is the cutest interview ever. Love so many things about it.

I still have two giveaways going on this week. A gorgeous Journey Shawl from KOOSHOO and a copy of I am Baker’s new book, Surprise-Inside Cakes! Have you entered yet?

Have a great weekend!

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Surprise Inside Cakes Cookbook Giveaway [closed] http://bakedbree.com/surprise-inside-cakes http://bakedbree.com/surprise-inside-cakes#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:00:09 +0000 http://bakedbree.com/?p=14913 This might look like a plain white cake, but inside there is a surprise. Are you ready for it? A rainbow of frosting! My super sweet friend Amanda Rettke of I am Baker just published her first cookbook, Surprise-Inside Cakes!!! You guys, I knew that Amanda was crazy creative and talented, but really – this book [...]

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This might look like a plain white cake, but inside there is a surprise. Are you ready for it?

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A rainbow of frosting! My super sweet friend Amanda Rettke of I am Baker just published her first cookbook, Surprise-Inside Cakes!!!

You guys, I knew that Amanda was crazy creative and talented, but really – this book blew my mind. How she came up with so many different ways to put things inside of cake is nothing short of amazing. My children have flipped through this book many times over the last few days and ooh and ahh every time. Sidenote, they also like to remind me that I never thought to put a candle inside a pumpkin cake. Or anything inside a cake for that matter.

This book shares step-by-step images so that you can make these amazing cakes too. There are lots of gorgeous pictures (most step-by-step) and lots of detailed instructions. Whether you are a brand new baker, or have been baking for years, you can make these cakes and impress all of your friends and family.

And even cooler, she has a brand spankin’ new class on Craftsy. I love a Craftsy class, and I cannot wait to watch Amanda make some cakes. I have been lucky enough to watch her make a rose cake in person, and that girl knows her way around a piping bag. Her double piping bag trick changed my life when I was decorating cookies this Christmas.

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I decided to make a variation of the Maypole Cake in the book. I wanted something that was simple to make but has serious wow factor. And wow it does.

I made two boxes of cake mix and baked them in 9-inch cake pans. I cooled them, and then froze them for a few hours. I cut each layer in half. You will have one extra layer. Snack time!

Now, I am sure Amanda is probably a pro at even layers, but I am not. But maybe the biggest surprise is that it didn’t really matter. Lopsided cake tastes just as good as even cake does, promise.

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I added a generous layer of colored frosting in between each cake layer. Then I gave it a thin crumb coat and froze it for about an hour or so. It makes frosting so much easier. After the thin layer has chilled, I then frost it completely.

surprise inside cakeWhen you slice into the plain white cake and a stack of beautiful colors land on your plate how can you be anything but happy? Seriously, how pretty is the inside of this cake?

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To celebrate Amanda’s new book you can win your own copy of Surprise-Inside Cakes. To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me who you think deserves a surprise! This giveaway closes Wednesday, March 19th 2014. Winner will be chosen at random and will be notified through email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

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Congratulations to #154! Sabrina said, “My twin sister loves cooking and cannot get her hands on enough cook books. She would adore this as a gift for getting into the university of her dreams. Also, in all honesty, I would LOVE to enjoy her creations. <3″

Seriously, you are some of the nicest people around. I loved reading your comments. I think that everyone here deserves a surprise!

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Berry Coconut Smoothie http://bakedbree.com/berry-coconut-smoothie http://bakedbree.com/berry-coconut-smoothie#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:56:00 +0000 http://bakedbree.com/?p=14711 I am a big fan of the smoothie, and this one happens to be my favorite right now. I love coconut anything, and add some pineapple and berries, and I am in heaven. Berry Coconut smoothies are refreshing and you would never know that there is a generous handful of healthy greens in there. This [...]

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I am a big fan of the smoothie, and this one happens to be my favorite right now. I love coconut anything, and add some pineapple and berries, and I am in heaven. Berry Coconut smoothies are refreshing and you would never know that there is a generous handful of healthy greens in there. This is a great one if you are trying to get your kids on the green smoothie train. It keeps its pinky-purple color and they will have no idea that they are drinking bunches of spinach. Any extras are really good frozen in popsicle molds for an after school snack.

If you don’t have or cannot find coconut butter, no worries –  you can skip it altogether and add some shredded coconut or a few Tablespoons of coconut oil at the end of blending. I happen to love coconut butter (sometimes called manna) and use it on my toast. It is delicious and worth trying. I really happen to like the little packets of coconut butter, and buy them whenever I see them.

Just a quick reminder that I have 2 amazing giveaways going on right now. $75 gift card to Whole Foods and a Journey Shawl from KOOSHOO! Click on over and enter!

berry coconut smoothie recipe

1 cup coconut water
1 cup fresh pineapple (frozen is fine)
1 bag frozen mixed berries
1 handful spinach
2 Tablespoons coconut manna (or coconut butter)

berry coconut smoothie recipe

Coconut manna can solidify, so I put the container in some hot water for about 10 minutes until it loosens up and is scoopable. I love this stuff.

berry coconut smoothie recipe

Add the coconut water, pineapple, spinach and berries to the blender.

berry coconut smoothie recipe

Process until smooth.

berry coconut smoothie recipe

Add the coconut manna right before you are ready to pour.

berry coconut smoothie recipe

Top with some shredded coconut and garnish with some pineapple.

Berry Coconut Smoothie

Berry Coconut Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple (frozen is fine)
  • 1 bag frozen mixed berries
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut manna (or coconut butter)

Instructions

  1. Coconut manna can solidify, so I put the container in some hot water for about 10 minutes until it loosens up and is scoopable. I love this stuff.
  2. Add the coconut water, pineapple, spinach and berries to the blender. Process until smooth. Add the coconut manna right before you are ready to pour.
  3. Top with some shredded coconut and garnish with some pineapple.
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KOOSHOO Journey Shawl Giveaway [closed] http://bakedbree.com/kooshoo-journey-shawl-giveaway http://bakedbree.com/kooshoo-journey-shawl-giveaway#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 04:01:26 +0000 http://bakedbree.com/?p=14897 I may have mentioned before, but I am a big fan of podcasts. I listen to them when I am in the car and almost always when I am cooking in the kitchen. I listen to all different kinds – parenting, business, life, food. One day I was listening to the With Purpose podcast and Jesse Schiller and [...]

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I may have mentioned before, but I am a big fan of podcasts. I listen to them when I am in the car and almost always when I am cooking in the kitchen. I listen to all different kinds – parenting, business, life, food. One day I was listening to the With Purpose podcast and Jesse Schiller and Rachel Evans, the owners of KOOSHOO were the guests. I so was inspired by the two of them. They run their business intentionally and with one goal: to help others feel good. The people that buy their products and the people that make them. They operate their business based on their core values – honesty, transparency, and love.

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A few days after I listened to the podcast, Jesse randomly contacted me. He noticed that I had liked their Facebook page and he reached out to introduce himself. I was so flattered that he took the time to say hello. I love their products (and what they stand for) and when Jesse asked if I would be interested in running a giveaway, I obviously was thrilled. They recently began a Kickstarter project (it ends April 3rd) to take their business to the next level. I am happy to help spread the word.

The goal is to raise funds to launch the Journey shawl. This shawl is designed to be worn 12 different ways.

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How amazing is that? It is made from 100% Tencel, a soft-as-silk fiber from sustainably-harvested eucalyptus trees and hand-dyed in LA in an ethically operated family business. kooshoo giveaway

You can read more about their mission and their products on their Kickstarter page. Would you like to win Package #6 from their Kirckstarter campaign? I would.

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**all photos are from KOOSHOO** 

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Almond Breakfast Rolls http://bakedbree.com/almond-breakfast-rolls http://bakedbree.com/almond-breakfast-rolls#comments Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:00:38 +0000 http://bakedbree.com/?p=14873 Almond croissants are my most favorite thing in the world. It is really hard for me to pass one up, and I have had my fair share. The one in the picture below was particularly delicious. Wes and I had a very rare day date on President’s Day. He was off (federal employee) and the kid’s had a snow make [...]

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bread machine almond breakfast rolls recipe

Almond croissants are my most favorite thing in the world. It is really hard for me to pass one up, and I have had my fair share. The one in the picture below was particularly delicious. Wes and I had a very rare day date on President’s Day. He was off (federal employee) and the kid’s had a snow make up day. We got the great idea to see a non-kid movie while they were at school. The night before we bought tickets and we had the pick of the theater when we picked out our seats.

We stopped for fancy coffee at the shop in front of the theater and I had the most flaky, almond-y, glorious almond croissant ever. We get to the theater about 15 minutes before the movie starts (I can’t miss the previews) and wouldn’t you know it, the place filled completely with other parents sneaking in a date while the kids were at school. It was sort of hilarious. Lots of parents saw American Hustle on President’s Day.

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As I was eating my croissant it occurred to me that I should try to make them myself. And…. then I thought better of it. I’m ambitious, but not that ambitious.

Then I got the bright idea to combine two of my favorite things – cinnamon rolls and almond croissants. Meet bread machine almond breakfast rolls! Sometimes I love how my twisted brain works.

And I really love how these turned out. I used my bread machine to make a sweet dough and then an a simple almond filling. I rolled them up, baked them, and drizzled them with almond glaze and sliced almonds. Heaven on a plate. Not exactly an almond croissant, but it does the trick.

edited to add – I have been using the King Arthur Flour Easy-Roll Dough Improver lately, and love how easy rolling dough is. I bought it for a kid’s pizza party that I had, thinking that it would help with the rolling of the dough. It did, and now I use it all the time. Not necessary, but worth giving a try. Also, if you do not have a bread machine, no fear, use the dough recipe from my traditional cinnamon rolls

bread machine almond breakfast rolls recipe

Bread Machine Sweet Dough:

1 cup warm milk
2 eggs
1/3 cup room temperature butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour
4 Tablespoons easy dough roller (optional)
2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) yeast

Almond Filling:

1 (7-ounce) tube almond paste
2 cups ground almonds
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons room temperature butter
2 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 teaspoons amaretto (optional)

Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar
2-3 Tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup sliced almonds

bread machine almond breakfast rolls recipe

Add the ingredients to a bread machine in the order listed. Run on the dough cycle.

bread machine almond breakfast rolls recipe

While the dough is working, start the filling. Add the almond paste, ground almonds, sugar, and salt to the bowl of a mixer or food processor.

bread machine almond breakfast rolls recipe

Add butter, egg whites, almond extract, and amaretto.

bread machine almond breakfast rolls recipe

Beat on medium-high heat until fluffy, about 3 minutes.

bread machine almond breakfast rolls recipe

When the dough has risen, roll it out on a lightly floured board. Roll into a large rectangle, about 16 x 10 inches. Spread the almond filling evenly over the dough. If it is hard to spread, you can warm it up in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds.

bread machine almond breakfast rolls recipe

Roll the dough up on the long side. Use a serrated knife and cut into about 1-inch slices.

bread machine almond breakfast rolls recipe

Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown.

almond glaze recipe

Let cool slightly and make the glaze. Whisk together powdered sugar, milk, and almond extract. If the glaze is too thick, add more milk as needed.

bread machine almond breakfast rolls recipe

Drizzle the glaze over the rolls and sprinkle with sliced almonds.

bread machine almond breakfast rolls recipe

Almond Breakfast Rolls

Almond Breakfast Rolls

Ingredients

    Bread Machine Sweet Dough:
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup room temperature butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 Tablespoons easy dough roller (optional)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) yeast
  • Almond Filling:
  • 1 (7-ounce) tube almond paste
  • 2 cups ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons room temperature butter
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons amaretto (optional)
  • Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

Instructions

  1. Add the ingredients to a bread machine in the order listed. Run on the dough cycle.
  2. While the dough is working, start the filling. Add the almond paste, ground almonds, sugar, and salt to the bowl of a mixer or food processor. Mix until the almond paste breaks up and everything is fairly combined. Add butter, egg whites, almond extract, and amaretto. Beat on medium-high heat until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  3. When the dough has risen, roll it out on a lightly floured board. Roll into a large rectangle, about 16 x 10 inches. Spread the almond filling evenly over the dough. If it is hard to spread, you can warm it up in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds. Roll the dough up on the long side. Use a serrated knife and cut into about 1-inch slices.
  4. Place in a 9x13 pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Cover with a towel and let rest for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown.
  5. Let cool slightly and make the glaze. Whisk together powdered sugar, milk, and almond extract. If the glaze is too thick, add more milk as needed.
  6. Drizzle the glaze over the rolls and sprinkle with sliced almonds.
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Roasted Broccoli with Shaved Parmesan http://bakedbree.com/roasted-broccoli-shaved-parmesan http://bakedbree.com/roasted-broccoli-shaved-parmesan#comments Wed, 05 Mar 2014 05:01:09 +0000 http://bakedbree.com/?p=14858 Broccoli is a hard sell at my house. I am the only one that likes it, but I am determined to get the rest of my family to eat it. I have tried lots and lots of different ways to make it, and I have been happy to get anyone to eat more than a bite. They still don’t love [...]

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Roasted Broccoli with Shaved Parmesan

Broccoli is a hard sell at my house. I am the only one that likes it, but I am determined to get the rest of my family to eat it. I have tried lots and lots of different ways to make it, and I have been happy to get anyone to eat more than a bite. They still don’t love broccoli, but roasted broccoli has been my biggest success. Roasting vegetables brings out the natural sweetness in the vegetables. I never thought that I liked beets until I ate a roasted one. Now, if I think that a veg might be tough to get my family to eat, I try it roasted first. If that doesn’t work, cover it in cheese. And leftovers make amazing soup the next day.

Last year, Ava and I happened to be shopping in our local Whole Foods and we were asked to be a witness to a Guinness World Record event. Whole Foods was reclaiming the world record for the most Parmigiano Reggiano wheels simultaneously cracked. They cracked a huge wheel of cheese (85 pounds to be exact) with a special knife just for this job, then there was a celebration of all things Parmesan. Fresh slivers of Parmesan from the wheel and lots of passed snacks featuring Parm. It was a fortuitous time to be in the store. We had a lot of fun. In total, they cracked 426 wheels of cheese, setting the new world record.

I love cheese, but Parmigiano Reggiano holds a special place in my heart. I always have some in my fridge. I buy the real deal from Whole Foods, and it is worth every extra penny. You know that it is the real thing because it has a studded rind that is numbered. Whole Foods ages their wheels for 24 months for the best flavor and texture. The result is nutty, toasty, salty, and has a subtle crystal texture. I like to use a vegetable peeler and shave ribbons on top of salad, pasta, soup, or vegetables.

This weekend, Whole Foods is celebrating “the king of cheese” by simultaneously cracking wheels at their stores coast-to-coast. The “Crack Heard Around The World” is taking place at the Old Town Alexandria Whole Foods, March 8th at 3pm. Call your local store for more information. To celebrate, Whole Foods is giving away a $75 gift card to a Baked Bree reader. You can enter at the end of this post.

Roasted Broccoli with Shaved Parmesan

3 heads broccoli
4 cloves garlic, sliced
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 lemon
3 Tablespoons pine nuts
Freshly shaved Parmigiano Reggiano

Roasted Broccoli with Shaved Parmesan

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. Cut the broccoli into florets and spread out on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic. Toss to coat.

Roasted Broccoli with Shaved Parmesan

Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender and brown.

how to toast pine nuts

While the broccoli is roasting, toast the pine nuts in a dry skillet.

Roasted Broccoli with Shaved Parmesan

Add the zest from the lemon, then squeeze the juice over.

Roasted Broccoli with Shaved Parmesan

Transfer to a platter and add pine nuts and Parmesan shavings.

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Roasted Broccoli with Shaved Parmesan

Roasted Broccoli with Shaved Parmesan

Ingredients

  • 3 heads broccoli
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 Tablespoons pine nuts
  • Freshly shaved Parmigiano Reggiano

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. Cut the broccoli into florets and spread out on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic. Toss to coat.
  2. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender and brown.
  3. While the broccoli is roasting, toast the pine nuts in a dry skillet.
  4. Add the zest from the lemon, then squeeze the juice over. Transfer to a platter and add pine nuts and Parmesan shavings.
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