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Louis Remolde: The Single Baker

Chocolate-Crackle-Cookies 

What can I say I am a sucker for classic cookies! These chocolate crackle cookies are not only easy, but fun to make. 

Grab the crew and make an assembly line.  Getting others involved not only makes them feel like they helped,but also takes some of the pressure/stress off the baker. 

Always Remember Baking especially around the holidays should be fun….not extra work you are not looking forward to doing.  

Happy baking 

Oh I added a twist to these classic lovers…. Cinnamon! Again HAVE FUN .


Ingredients 

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
2 cups granulated sugar 

4 eggs (large and room temp) 

1/2 cup Vegetable oil 

2 teaspoons real Vanilla extract 

2 cups of all purpose flour 

2 teaspoons baking powder 

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup Confectionery Sugar

2 teaspoons Cinnamon 

Directions

Sift together Confectionery Sugar and Cinnamon set aside.

In a medium bowl Sift the Cocoa powder*. Add sugar and Vegetable oil, mix. Beat in eggs one at a time ( I used a handmixer but wooden spoon works fine). Stir in vanilla.

Whisk Flour , baking powder and salt. Stir into the cocoa mix. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill up to 4 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350°F 

Line sheet trays with Parchment paper. Lightly spray the paper.

Roll dough in one inch balls. Coat each with Confectionery Mix*. Place on sheet one inch apart. I was able to get four across and five lengthwise.  Bake 10 -12 minutes.Let them set on tray 1 minute before transferring onto wire rack . 

*I find sifting cocoa and Confectionery Sugar gets rid of the lumps and makes for smoother mixing. 

* when coating  cover completely with Confectionery/Cinnamon mix.
Happy baking 



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Polvorones 

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I love these little nutty nuggets! 

You definitely had them before in another version I am sure! 

A few other names: snowballs, pecan balls,Russian tea cookies, & Mexican wedding cookies.

This version uses gound almonds, cinnamon & nutmeg.  I simply love how quick and easy these cookies are to make. The dough can be frozen .And the baked cookies last a few days in an air tight container. 

Try this version for the Holidays ! 
Ingredients

2 sticks of unsalted  butter, room temperature

1 1/4 cup confectioners sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup ground almonds

touch of nutmeg

Ready

In a mixing bowl beat butter on high speed, until fluffy and pale yellow.

Add 1/2 cup confectioners sugar. continue beating until light and fluffy again. Reduce speed to low. Add vanilla and salt, mix until blended .

Over a sheet of parchment paper, sift together flour cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Add flour mixture to butter and mix on low speed just until blended.

Stir in almonds.

Cover and refrigerate until dough is chilled about 15mins.

Meanwhile

Preheat oven 350. sift remaining 3/4 cups of confectioners sugar in a shallow bowl.

Shape the dough into 1 inch balls. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake until cookies are just golden on the bottom 12-14 minutes. Transfer the baking sheets to wire racks.

 Let cool 5 minutes. remove the cookies one at a time, roll them in confectioners sugar. let cookies cool completely on wire racks image

Eat and Share

These cookies can be made a few days ahead of time and kept in an airtight container.

 

Blondies


What can I say I am a huge fan of these  underrated treats. The Blondie is a cross between a brownie and a chocolate cookie.  They usually are, to  me, too bland, cakey or have way too much butter making them super rich and greasy.

I checked in with America’s test Kitchen. I know this crew has taking the time and effort to test many many Blondie recipes and give the reasons for their testing. (check them out if you haven’t) 

So this recipe is adapted with changings. Their recipe called for nuts and white chocolate. I opted out for both, and added butterscotch chips, and Chopped chocolate pieces on top . 

Another great thing about this recipe NO mixer NEEDED!!!!! Yep its great. I promise these will become a quick fix, or a new cookie item on your list. And they store well ! 
 Ingridents

1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour (unbleached)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

12 tablespoons unsalted buter, melted and cooled (1 1/2sticks)*

1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar**

2 large eggs 

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup butterscotch chips 

1/4 cup chopped chocolate pieces***

* reason for melted buttered cooled, makes for a dense bar rather then creamed butter which adds air and makes for a cakelike bar. And the other reson, because it makes it easier to do this by hand and without a mixer. 

** light brown over dark brown sugar. Dark brown sugar can have a way of overpowering the flavors . Light brown sugar enhances caramel like flavors I want in a Blondie bar. 

*** honestly Trader Joes sells semi sweet chocolate pieces that are are ammmmazing and afforable to have in your pantry all the time . I took a hand full and placed them on top right before baking. 

Directions

Set oven 350°. Spray a 13×9 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Cut two pieces of foil. One lengthwise, palce in pan and press into the corner. Do the same for the width, spray and press leaving a hang over at all sides. This will help with removal. 

Whisk flour, baking powder, and brown sugar in a medium bowl, set aside. Whisk the cooled melted butter and light brown sugar in medium bowl until combined. Add the eggs and vanilla; mix well. Using a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture until just combined. You dont want to over mix. Fold in the two types of chips. place the batter into prepared pan and smooth out with a rubber spatula. (it looks like very thin bars but they rise )

Bake 20-25 minutes. You are looking for a shiny top with a firm touch , a craked top is also normal so dont be dicourgared. cool completely on a wire rack, remove from the pan using the foil handles . cut and serve .

I did let the blondies set  to room temparture, then I placed them in the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes, you get a clean cut this way. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the recipe and they become a staple in your house. Share and Post .

Thanks for reading and taking the time 

Spinach-Ricotta-Gnocchi 


I love this recipe for many reasons. It reminds me of a quick version of Gnudi. Light, airy pillows of herbs, garlic, cheeses and spinach dumplings.
And to finish these tender gems, a sage butter sauce.

Ingredients 

4 cloves of garlic unpeeled

8-10 oz fresh spinach leaves

1 cup of ricotta cheese 

1 egg yolk 

2/3 grated Parmesan cheese 

2/3 cup all purpose flour 

Mix of herbs fresh Italian parsley, dried oregano and basil 

Salt and pepper 

1/4 cup butter 
Fresh bunch of sage, chopped.
Directions

In a small pot boil water. Cook the unpeeled garlic cloves for 4 minutes. Drain and pop from skins. Place the cloves, oregano, basil, parsley, salt and pepper in food processor and blend to puŕee. 
Rinse the Spinach. Drain well. Place the Spinach in a large pan and cook until wilted. Let cool, squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Chop finely.

In a bowl, place the ricotta and beat in the egg yolk, spinach, herb garlic mixture. Stir in Parmesan cheese. SIFT in flour and mix well. 

Note: chill the mixture for an hour. This makes it  easier to handle.

With floured hands,  break off small to medium pieces of the mixture.  Roll into small balls. 

Bring a large pot  of salted water to a boil. Carefully add the gnocchi. When they all have risen to the top of pot they are cooked. Around  3-4 mins (test one). Drain well . Melt the butter in pan and add sage. Simmer on low for 1 minute. Add the gnocchi to the pan toss gently for 1 minute.

Place in a Bowl add Parmesan andMore fresh Italian parsley leaves. 

Enjoy this Dish .

Apple-Spiced-Cake

Simple, Easy, No Fuss Apple Cake

I love this recipe. Its packed with all the warm spices of Fall, clove,cinnamon,nutmeg,and ginger.

The reason this cake is so tender, is from the Apples. I used three small to medium Galas, that I shredded with a cheese grater. I used Galas only because I had them in my house and they were on sale For a whole bag. Use whichever apples you have. I bet one granny smith with two red apples would be Mouth watering. (Next time)

I always love to have a simple treat that gives me comfort but not the guilt.

I promise this recipe is 123 easy and can be made ahead of time. The next day this cake has even more flavor so make sure you cut and save alittle slice for your morning/ mid afternoon treat! 
Ingredients 

1/2 cup of softened butter

 3/4 cup granulated sugar 

1/4 cup light brown sugar 

2 large eggs room temperature 

1 1/4 cup all purpose flour 

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda 

1 teaspoon cinnamon 

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon clove

1/2 ground ginger

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2cups peeled, shredded apples ( about 3 medium)

Zest from one Orange

Directions
 Preheat oven to 350°. Spray and flour 9″ round pan. In a bowl whisk  flour, baking soda, salt and spices, set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl place softened butter. With your hand mixer blend butter until whipped. Add both Sugars, on medium speed combine until light and fluffy.  Add Eggs one at a time,mix. With a wooden spoon, stir in vanilla. Then mix half of the flour mixture into batter (do not over mix) add the rest. When mixed all together add shredded apples and orange zest.stir into batter. Spoon into greased, floured pan. Use the spoon to smooth and even out the batter. Sprinkle with raw Sugar.

Place in the oven 40mins. Test with a toothpick, comes out clean finished. If batter is on the toothpick leave in oven 5 more minutes.  When complete let cool in pan 10mins, then remove from pan and cool 10 more minutes. 

Enjoy whenever and however you like!

No Egg Dark Chocolate Brownies

I love these dark, rich, brownies. So easy to make. A one bowl recipe with a Surprise for the egg replacement! 

I happen to alwayyyyys be craving Two Foods Spaghetti #8 and Brownies. Brownies are one of the childhood treat that can be brought up to an adult level and is accepted in the “grown up world”.

I recently wanted to make some Brownies but as I approached my pantry I realized I had no eggs in house. Bummed I of course googled eggless brownie recipe. I found one that used canned Pure Pumpkin, wait I know what your thinking ,,,,no way am I using pumpkin for anything . But, it works and doesn’t have a flavor. Mostly in part because it doesn’t have that “pumpkin Spice”added to the puree its just plain flavorless pumkin. Which actually makes the brownies extremely tender and moist. Honestly someone would never know these brownies were egg free unless you told them ,and you will because its pretty amazing .

I found this recipe on www.southerplate.com and adapted it with a few changes.

Another great site for ideas is http://www.pumpkincan.com 

So example.

1/4cup of pumpkin = 1 egg

For this recipe 3/4 cups pumpkin = 3 eggs

Ingredients

1 1/2 sticks of butter (3/4 cups)

1/3 cup All purpose flour

1 cup cocoa powder (sifted)*

1 cup granulated white sugar

1 cup brown sugar loosely packed

3/4 canned pumpkin

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup butterscotch chips***

Preheat oven 350°. Spray or butter 8×8 brownie pan. Line the pan with aluminum foil, letting foil hang over sides of the pan.  Grease foil and litely press down into corners of pan. This trick makes it easier to get the brownies out of the pan to cut and serve. You could also just grease the pan skipping the foil step.

Melt the butter in a small sauce pan under low flame. When the butter is melted take off stove to cool . While the butter is cooling start getting your other ingredients in order.

In a large mixing bowl, add ingredients. I like to start with the dry ingredients, flour, sifted cocoa*, salt, then sugars ,give them a stir. Then add pumkin, ( instead of one clump,I like to place large tablespoons on top of the dry ingriedients).

Add Vanilla and pouring  butter over the all ingredients not just in one place.

Stir by hand using a wooden spoon, until well combined. Stir in butterscotch chips.***

Spread the mixture into the greased 8×8 pan bake for about 30 -35 minutes use a toothpick to test doneness. The brownies will be firm in the center but still soft.

**Allow to cool in pan .remove, cut, and enjoy.

* sifting the cocoa before hand gets rid of the clumps and makes it easier to mix.

** after about 15mins cooling on work area, i removed the brownies from the pan in foil and placed on the wire rack. I then placed the wire rack with the brownies in my refrigerator to firm up .

*** use any chips or nuts you like I happen to have these in my pantry. 

PB & J Streusel Coffee Cake

There is something About Coffee cake that brings a Huge Smile to my Face.

Honestly even if I see a packaged brand of Coffee Cake, I brings me back to so many Memories. All good and surrounded by coffee, tea, good friends, family, conversation and alittle silly gossip….

I always remember family and friends gathering on special occasions or Sunday nights after Dinner for this ritual of cake and coffee . Birthdays, the children had the cakes,and when they went away from the table the adults would relax with fresh baked Coffee cake and hot beverages.

I recently was walking through the Italian Market in Philadelphia. I came across a pile of cookbooks, mostly from the 1960’s – 70’s ,80’s. One was ” Betty Crockers Cookbook ” new and revised. Besides the Amazing Foreword,that explains Betty Crocker understands “your days are fuller and time conscious.” 

This recipe was adapted from ” Betty Crocker Cookbook New and Revised” some changes were made from original.

Ingridents

Cake batter

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup sugar

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup Crunchy Peanut Butter

1 1/3 cup milk, room temperature

1 large egg, room temperature

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup jelly

Streusel

1/2 cup pecans

2 tablespoons chopped nuts 

1/3 cup plus packed brown sugar, plus 2 tablespoons

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 tablespoon firm butter

Heat oven 350°. Grease and flour 13x9x2 inches pan.

Mix all streusel ingredients until crumbly. ( I used a Pastry Cutter) Set aside.

In the large bowl of your stand mixer with paddle attachment, place flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.  Mix. 

Place the egg with the milk in the measuring cup, whisk.  Add vanilla stir.

 Add Peanut Butter by the tablespoon to the flour mixture. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Then up the speed to Medium high slowly add the milk/egg mixture, blend for one minute.  Srape down the bowl, mix on medium high for an additional one minute.

Spread half of the batter in the greased, floured pan.  Sprinkle half of the streusel . Top and spread the remaining batter, sprinkle with remaining Streusel. Drop 1/4 cup of jelly by teaspoonful onto top. Bake 30-35 minutes. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into desired square size ( use ruler).  Serve warm or whenever. Store in an air tight container up to 3days or wrap in foil and freeze.

I hope you enjoy this recipe .Keep baking and smile.

 Olive-Oil-Poppy-Seed-Crisps 

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon sugar

3 Tablespoons olive oil

6-9 Tablespoons of Cold Water

3 teaspoons poopy seeds

Sea Salt And Black Pepper

Directions
Set oven 425
In a food Processor blend flour, sugar, 3/4 teaspoon finr salt and poppy seeds.
Add 3 Tablespoons oil and 6-9 Tablespoons of Water ( add 5-6 to start) .Pulse until dough forms. On a lightly floured surface, divide the dough in half. Roll out each half thinly with rolling pin. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper.brush the parchment with oilve oil and place the dough on the sheet.brush the top with olive oil and sea salt and pepper. Bake for 15mins.rotating pans halfway. Let cool. Break or cut.

Enjoy the dips , salads, for on the go snacks !

Cardamom-Olive-Oil-Cake

I love olive oil anything especially when it’s used in cake! 

The key to using olive oil when baking is Good Quality Oil. Never extra virgin and not the oil you use for everyday cooking.  You want floral and grassy hints.I promise its worth it .I have used all kinds and learned that everyday olive oil makes the cake very greasy and overpowered by oil.

I have made olive oil cakes with many different spices and citrus. I couldn’t wait to use one of my new favorites Cardamom.

I have a few different olive oil cake recipes. All are different and have a different texture and flavor. This one fell into my lap when I was searching for another recipe altogether. Of course I switched a few things to make it my own . The original is  from City Spoonful by Rachel Harkman.

Check it out. In their version they do not use cornmeal or lemon juice. Harkman also uses a glaze and candied citrus slices. As you know I like simple and more savory then sweet. http://www.reciperachel.com

Sugar and eggs, dry ingredients separated. 

Cardamom. Store bought ground cardamom is expensive and loses its aroma if not used n a certain amount of time.  I used the whole pods. Place a handful into a hot pan for 30 second-one minute, moving around. This opens the aroma. Place into mortar and crush. On your workspace separate and discard the pods . The cardamom seeds get put into your spice/coffee grinder, pulse and unleash the floral scent.

Ingredients 

4 eggs room temperature 

1 cup all natural granulated 

3/4 cup Olive oil ( non extra virgin)

3/4 cup all purpuse flour

1/4 cup cormeal

1/2 teaspoon baking powder 

1/4 salt 

Lemon zest and juice from half

Ground cardamom start with 1/2 teaspoon if new to the spice

Directions 

Preheat oven 350

Grease a 9 ” cake pan 

Pour lemon juice into olive oil. Set aside.  Combine Flour, baking powder, salt, cardamom, lemon zest. Whisk, Set aside.

In a mixing bowl add eggs and sugar. Beat together unitl pale in color and fluffy.( if it seems thick don’t panic). Slowly pour olive oil/lemon juice into egg- sugar mixture, then beat together gently.( on lowest mixer speed).

Gently fold dry ingridents into the wet, mixing completely. Pour into pan. Bake for 30mins. Test with a toothpick, clean pick, good, batter on pick leave in longer. Let the cake cool in pan before removing.

ENJOY with fruit, whipped cream, yogurt or like me with a Good Cup of Coffee. 

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