Am I the only one that goes to macaroni grill and gets like 4 loaves of bread!? Ha I reeally hope not. I’m not going to lie, the first time I tried their bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar it was the most interesting concept I had ever heard of. Granted I was much younger and had a sheltered food life. Ha but now as a foodie… I challenged myself to make my own ๐Ÿ™‚

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Flavor…. Amazing.
But the recipe wasn’t exactly my favorite. When Iย  got to the flour…. It said 2 3/4 cups to 4 cups.
Personally, I like exact. So for my first batch I threw all 4 cups in. It could be better … So I plan on playing with the recipe a little more and once it’s perfect I will have an updated post so all of you can try it ๐Ÿ™‚

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so ive been curious as to just how hard making madeleines would be… and to my surprise it was extremely easy!

just very, very, very time consuming as i only have one small pan. (and i accidentally made a giant batch)

good thing its not hard to get rid of some extra baked goods ๐Ÿ™‚

for this recipe, i used Ina Gartens recipe. however i opted out of using coconut. although i adore coconut, i wanted to try a simple vanilla flavor as my base since it was my first time experimenting with these little guys.

Ingredients
1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter, to grease the pans, plus 1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
Confectioners’ sugar, optional
Directions
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Thoroughly butter and flour the madeleine pans.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs, sugar, and vanilla on medium speed for 3 minutes, or until light yellow and fluffy. Add 1/4 pound of butter and mix. Sift together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt, and stir into the batter with a rubber spatula. Stir in the coconut.

With a soup spoon, drop the batter into the pans, filling each shell almost full. Bake the madeleines for 10 to 12 minutes, until they spring back when pressed. Tap the madeleines out onto a baking pan lined with parchment paper and allow to cool. Dust with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.

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i must say these cookies are just delightful ๐Ÿ™‚

they can be eaten while lounging around the house or something as cute as a tea party!

You can leave them simple or you can dress them up with chocolate, sprinkles, coconut, etc.

crazy for caramel

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okay so lets be honest here… im kind of addicted to caramel.

i try to stay away, but truth is.. its my weakness. so i finally made a tiny investment and bought myself a wonderful little candy mold from hobby lobby! ๐Ÿ™‚

its adorable if i may say so myself, and quite inexpensive when you add on a 40% off coupon! ๐Ÿ™‚

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caramel is super easy to make and doesnt take much time, and with a silicone mold theres hardly any mess.

For this occasion i used Martha Stewarts recipe.. minus the salt

 

Classic Caramel Candies

INGREDIENTS

  • Vegetable oil, for baking sheet
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 1/4 cups light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pureย vanillaย extract

DIRECTIONS

  1. STEP 1

    Lightly brush bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch rimmed baking sheet with oil. Line with parchment, leaving a 2-inch overhang on long sides; lightly brush parchment with oil.

  2. STEP 2

    Bring cream, sugar, butter, and corn syrup to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium-high; cook, stirring occasionally, until caramel reaches 248 degrees on a candy thermometer, about 15 minutes.

  3. STEP 3

    Immediately remove caramel from heat, and stir in salt andvanilla. Pour caramel onto baking sheet, and let stand, uncovered, at room temperature at least 8 hours and up to 1 day.

  4. STEP 4

    Lifting by parchment overhang, transfer caramel to a large cutting board. Cut into 3/4-by-1 1/4-inch pieces; wrap each piece in waxed paper or cellophane.

SOURCE

Martha Stewart Living, December 2012

then i decided to play around and add some chocolate.. because why not? ๐Ÿ™‚

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