Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Vote for which bread I should bake next!

You can't call yourself a baker, if you don't bake your own bread every now and then - I've been told.
So for my culinary self-image, this is obligatory and I need your help on deciding which option to go for.
I'm leaning towards an Irish soda bread, because I've never made one before.

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Glazed Orange Scones

Glazed Orange Scones

I can't tell you how long I've been meaning to bake scones. Ever since I had a Mickey-shaped funfetti scone at Disneyworld last September. Actually, even before that. My favorite type of scone is without a doubt, orange scones. You can eat them without jam or clotted cream. I did glaze these, but honestly, you don't even have to. They're ridiciously good! Make sure you don't overwork the dough.

Taste: 5 out of 5
Consistency: 5 out of 5
Overall appeal: 5 out of 5

Glazed Orange Scones

Fresh Orange Scones: Sprinkle Some Sugar

Ingredients: makes 8
1/3 cup sugar
zest of one large orange or two medium oranges
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, frozen
1/2 cup sour cream
1 large egg

Orange Glaze:
3 tbs unsalted butter, melted
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2-4 tbs freshly squeezed orange juice

- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and set oven rack to the middle position. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.

- In a medium-sized bowl, gently toss flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a separate small bowl, whisk sour cream and egg until completely smooth. Set aside.

- In a large bowl, stir sugar and orange zest together until sugar is moistened and zest is evenly distributed. Pour in flour mixture and toss to combine. Grate frozen butter into mixture. Using your hands, work in the butter until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Gently stir in sour cream mixture until just about combined. Do not over work the dough! Again, very gently press the dough against the sides of the bowl a few times and form a ball. The dough will be sticky at first but will come together as you form it.

- Place dough on a lightly floured surface and lightly pat into an 8" circle about 3/4" thick. Use a very sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles (like a pizza). Transfer triangles onto prepared baking sheet. You can arrange them in two rows, 4 in each row, or arrange them in a circle shape - leaving about 1" between each one.

- Bake scones for 15-17 minutes or until the tops begin to golden. Don't take them out too early or they will be too soft. Allow them to cool for 10 minutes on the pan before transferring onto a wire rack to finish cooling completely. During this time, prepare glaze. Stir together melted butter, confectioner's sugar, vanilla and orange juice until smooth. Once completely cooled, go ahead and either dip the tops of the scones into the glaze or drizzle it on top with a spoon.

Glazed Orange Scones

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Banana Blueberry Muffins

Banana Blueberry Muffins

So I had these bananas in my kitchen that were so ripe, the skin literally peeled off. With ripe bananas, you have two obvious choices: 1. banana bread, or 2. banana muffins for breakfast. Since breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, I went with the latter. I also had some blueberries that I was saving for blueberry buttermilk pancakes (instead I made buttermilk Nutella pancakes, better right?). I found this great recipe with amazing reviews so I went at it! It's not really a typical muffin-recipe because it requires quite some sugar and butter, but that made them really delicious. I put them into the oven right before eating, so they are always warm.

Taste: 4 out of 5
Consistency: 4 out of 5
Overall appeal: 4 out of 5

Banana Blueberry Muffins: GeniusKitchen

- 3 large ripe bananas
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups flour

- Mash bananas in a large mixing bowl. Add sugar and egg. Combine dry ingredients and gently stir into banana mixture.
- Pour into a 12 well-greased muffin cups.
- Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.

Banana Blueberry Muffins

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread

Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread

Okay, okay. I know what you're thinking. Again a cornflour recipe?!

I know. I'm obsessed with cornbread! And I finally found the perfect recipe, so my journey to find the ultimate cornbread can rest. Introducing: Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread. Not my grandmother's recipe, but someone's grandmother's recipe. This recipe has a cake-like bite to it, but savory enough to present it at dinner. The recipe came in highly recommended at AllRecipes. It's sweet and moist!

Taste: 5 out of 5
Consistency: 5- out of 5
Overall appeal: 4.5 out of 5

Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread: All Recipes

- 1/2 cup butter
- 2/3 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt

- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8 inch square pan.
- Melt butter in large skillet. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Quickly add eggs and beat until well blended. Combine buttermilk with baking soda and stir into mixture in pan. Stir in cornmeal, flour, and salt until well blended and few lumps remain. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day! Nutella Banana Quesadillas

Nutella Banana Quesadillas

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Galentine's Day!

Yes. I just learned today what Galentine's Day means. Anyway, I am just so full of love today. My best friend, also my maid-of-honour surprised me with the sweetest breakfast delivery this morning. It included a heart-shaped sweet bread, similar to a brioche with marzipan in the middle. Heart-shaped butter, heart-shaped cheesecake, chocolate-covered strawberries, love-tea and a homemade jam! That made my whole day.

After a sweet, sweet breakfast, you'd think I had enough sweet for the day?! Think again. I'm Paris Loves Pastry, and I love... well... pastries! I picked up a Valentine's Day cake for my valentine. It's a vanilla cake with Nutella and strawberries in the middle. I'm saving it for dessert.

At lunch I made myself Nutella banana quesadillas. I love cooking with leftovers, and I had some tortillas laying around. I normally don't eat this much Nutella. In fact, I always buy a very small jar, and can't quite finish it by myself. But today is the day for Nutella I guess. And bananas. So here's the recipe. It's fabulous!

Taste: 4.5 out of 5
Consistency: 5 out of 5
Overall appeal: 4 out of 5

Yes that is a heart-shaped butter on top.

Nutella Banana Quesadillas

Banana Nutella Quesadillas: Inside Bru Crew Life

Ingredients: serves 2
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 2 large tortillas
- 2 bananas
- 1/4 cup Nutella
- Butter for frying

- Heat butter a large skillet on medium heat.
- Butter one side of the tortillas and sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar.
- Spread Nutella on the other side of the tortillas and place banana slices on half.
- Fold the tortillas in half and place in the warm skillet. Fry each side until golden brown.

So this is the fabulous cake I got for Valentine's Day from Piece of Cake in Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Valentine's Day Cake

I can't wait to eat it!!! Gotta control myself for a few more hours until my Valentine comes home.
It's a vanilla cake with Nutella and strawberries inside.
They wrapped it in the prettiest box. I love the card they added.

Valentine's Day Cake

And then the sweetest gift from my maid-of-honour. A Valentine's Day breakfast.

Valentine's Day Breakfast

Valentine's Day Breakfast

It included a heart-shaped sweet bread, heart-shaped butter, heart-shaped cheesecakes, chocolate-covered strawberries, love-tea and home-made jam.
How cute!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Valentine's Day Dessert Recipes

Valentine's Day Cake Pops

Cream Puff Cake

Rose Bundt Cake

Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Champagne Macarons

Rosebud Madeleines

Valentine's Day Recipe

Chocolate Raspberry Éclairs - 7th Blogoversary!

Red Rose Tartlets

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

Rose Macarons

Passionately Chocolate Tartlet

Rose Cupcakes

Chocolate Truffle Cakes

Luscious Chocolate Raspberry Cake


Valentine's Day Cupcakes

Valentine's Day Recipe

Moelleux au Chocolat avec Caramel Salé

Valentine's Day Recipe

Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Glaze

Valentine's Day Recipe

Chocolate Heart Scones with Strawberry Glaze

Here's a look back on romance-inspired recipes from previous years!
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