Holy Macroons :)

So… I have been wanting to bake and I recently got some wonderful inspiration.  A new friend. A real friend. I haven’t always had people who I can fully count on… And trust.
This guy… Just met him and already having my back. So how do I repay him? Bake something for him of course! 🙂

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So here I have how I made these delicious coconut Macrons 🙂

I first got my sugar and my egg white and heated until sugar dissolved. Then I added my dehydrated coconut
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Then scoop and bake! Suuuper easy.
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And of course you can do what I did and dip them in chocolate 🙂
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And then here is the recipe from my book. 🙂
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So… I hope he likes them! 🙂 and I hope that you like them as well. They are definitely a favorite of mine :):)

If it has fruit it has to be healthy.. right?

Hello there! So yesterday when I made that delicious water.. I also made some fruit tarts! 🙂
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Now fruit tarts are my weakness. I can pass up the ooey gooey chocolate brownies and chocolate pot de cremes

But you put down a fruit tart in front of me and you wont see it again haha.

So I have made these in class and boy did they look pretty… If course I had the correct pan and I also had the glaze
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Step 1: so I first started with my tart shell… Now these recipes are from my book that I bought from school
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So I will get the tart shell reicpe and type that one up later 🙂

So once your dough is in the frige resting you can move on to..

step 2:start your pasty cream
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So this recipe is actually from a small book that my teacher put together and I had to buy for class

So I first gathered all my ingredients
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Then I put my cream, vanilla brand and half my sugar in a pot and let come to a boil.

Meanwhile I whisked my eggs and remaining sugar

As soon as my cream reached a boil I slowly incorporated it into my eggs and then put it back over the heat to reach a boil and thicken.

I keep the stove on medium high and whisk continuously to avoid burning and help thickening.

As soon as it thickens, toss into the mixer with a whisk attachment and whisk until cooled
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While your cream is cooling go ahead and cut out your dough
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I then put the shells into a muffin pan. And baked for about ten minutes.

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Once my shells cooled I added some pastry cream and fruit 🙂
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So my mom and I have both come to the conclusion that we need to up out water intake to help get us a little on the healthier side 🙂
Now I absolutely love water. So that’s an easy one for me… But my mom? It’s like her sworn enemy. She could go all day without a drink. She we started experimenting with flavored water.
We started with cucumber lemon.. but yesterday… We tried something super special 🙂
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Bad picture sorry… But I threw in some oranges raspberries and blackberries.
I let it steep for a few hours tried it.. liked the flavor but wanted something more… So I threw in some pineapple 🙂

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And out came this beauty 🙂
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I got this fancy little pitcher at Starbucks… I’m sure teevana probably has something of this sort. But its amazing. No seeds in my drink but delicious flavors that’s for sure 🙂

Oh my pasta!

So yesterday I decided to use up some heavy cream and make some pasta 🙂
So I started off by making a rue.

Melt down some butter and add some flour . Then cook down your rue. This will act as a thickening agent as well as make site the flour dissolves and doesn’t clump

Meanwhile.. I boiled my noodles with some olive oil to prevent sticking and salt to add flavor

Then I added some fresh chicken broth salt and pepper.
Once I got the flavor I wanted I added my heavy cream and cheese.

Then to add some inclusions 🙂 I put some oven dried tomatoes and sausage over a flame and let them cook in their own oils and added it to the sauce.
From there I just tossed the sauce and noodles in a pan, thre more cheese on top, and broiled it to get a nice crunch on top! 🙂

But unfortunately I didn’t think of taking pics until the very end. sorry!

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Coconut cream pie!

Well hello there!

Several years ago I found this awesome recipe for coconut cream pie.. okay let’s back track. First I tasted one at this small town cafe. It was like something my tastebuds had never experienced. Up until this point the only coconut I liked was a virgin pina colada haha

So I decided I had to make my own..

*tip: it does not tell you to whip the heavy cream. but it is important to whip before folding in.

recipe:
Ingredients
3 1/2 cups whole, 2 percent fat, or 1 percent fat milk
1/2 cup canned cream of coconut (recommended: Coco Lopez)
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
8 egg yolks
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
3/8 cup chilled heavy cream
3/4 cup flaked or shredded coconut
Directions

In the top half of a double boiler set over barely simmering water, stir the chocolate until melted. Using a pastry brush, brush the baked pie shell up to the rim with the melted chocolate. Set aside to cool and harden at room temperature or, uncovered, in the refrigerator. In a large saucepan, bring the milk, cream of coconut, and vanilla bean to a simmer over medium heat. Immediately turn off the heat and set aside to infuse for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (or using a hand mixer), whip the egg yolks and sugar together until pale yellow and fluffy. With the mixer running at low speed, mix in the cornstarch, then gradually pour in the hot milk mixture.

Strain the mixture back into the saucepan to smooth it and remove the vanilla bean. Whisking constantly, cook over medium-high heat until thick and just boiling. When the mixture thickens, the whisk will leave trail marks on the bottom of the pot and the mixture will have a few large bubbles boiling up to the top. Pour the mixture into a medium bowl and stir in the butter. Half-fill a large bowl with ice water. Rest the bowl containing the custard in the ice water and let cool, stirring frequently to cool the mixture. When the custard is cool, whip the cream until stiff. Fold the whipped cream and coconut into the custard. Pour the mixture into the chocolate-coated pie shell and smooth the top. Refrigerate uncovered at least 2 hours. (Or refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 24 hours.) Serve cold.

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gale-gand/coconut-cream-pie-with-chocolate-painted-crust-recipe/index.html?oc=linkback

Step 1: I gathered all my ingredients before starting
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Above are some of the ingredients. As well as a vanilla bean slit and I scraped the inside.

I then put my milk vanilla bean and cream of coconut in a saucepan and let come to a simmer over medium high heat.
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Meanwhile… I threw my pie shells into the oven to brown. Normally I would make my own pie shell but I had some frozen ones so I just used those and they worked just fine 🙂
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After the milk mixture has come to a simmer I set it aside for 15 min to let the vanilla infuse.

Step 2: whip your egg yolks with your sugar until fluffy and pale yellow. Add your cornstarch while mixer is on low.
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Step 3:Then slowly had milk mixture. After fully mixed, take vanilla bean out and discard. put back over heat and bring to boil where it will thicken.
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Step 4: Once its boiled take it off the heat and pour into bowl. Add butter and put over ice. Stir quickly to cool. Then fold in whipped cream and coconut and pour into pie shells.

Optional: make whipped cream and toast coconut to top
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Yumm

Chicken sandwich

So after a long yet wonderful day at work i came home with an appetite! So I made myself a chicken sandwich!

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I’m in a baking class and had some bread rolls in the freezer that I just thawed.. and my mom made some killer chicken!

Step one:  boil chicken with dill. The flavor of the dill infuses with the chicken. Yumm

Step two: break down the chicken and mix with some mayo for moisture. My mom added a little fresh dill just for color 🙂

Step three: get some delicious bread. Homemade or just find some really good store bought ones. Toast your bread and as soon as it comes out put a tad bit of butter mayo and mustard on the bread.

Step four: load that baby with as much chicken as your little heart desires!

Step five: optional… I put a tiny bit of butter on the outside of the bread and heated it on a pan to get a nice crispy outer layer

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