Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Nutella Brownies


Wow - these things are seriously delicious! Or comically delicious.

Either way'll do.
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NUTELLA BROWNIES


INGREDIENTS:
  • 4 ounces chocolate, semisweet or dark chocolate chunks
  • 3/4 cups (1 1/2 sticks) butter, cubed
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 1 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line and grease a 9-by-9 inch pan.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter together until smooth. This can be done on a stove top or in the microwave (making sure to stir between 30-second intervals).
  3. Meanwhile, whisk together the sugar and salt in a large bowl.
  4. When the chocolate is melted and smooth, pour into the bowl with sugar and salt. Stir together.
  5. Mix in the vanilla and eggs.
  6. Stir in the flour. 
  7. Add the Nutella.
  8. When the batter is smooth, mix in the chocolate chips. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  9. Bake until a toothpick comes out almost clean (several crumbs is fine, but not batter), or about 55 minutes.
Recipe adapted from Crazy for Crust.
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Apple Cider Donuts



These things are delicious, especially when it's donut season.

(And it's always donut season.)
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APPLE CIDER DONUTS

One of the prettiest donuts :)
INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 (3 inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, divided
  • 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • Approx. 4 cups vegetable oil
  • Flour for dusting

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle flour over the top.
  2. Put the cinnamon sticks and apple cider in a large pan and bring to boil. Continue boiling for about 20 to 30 minutes, or until it's approximately 1/3 cup and thick.
  3. Pour into a bowl and whisk in the apple butter, buttermilk, and vanilla.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, 3 1/2 cups flour and the teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
  5. Beat together the butter and sugars in an electric mixer.
  6. Individually, add the eggs and beat in well.
  7. Slowly incorporate half of the whisked flour mixture. Stir in half of the apple cider/cinnamon mixture. Repeat.h
  8. Turn the dough onto the prepared cookie sheet. With floured hands, press the dough until it's approx. 3/4 inch thick.
  9. Sprinkle the dough with more flour. Chill in the fridge for a minimum of 3 hours, or overnight.
  10. When it's time to fry the dough, fill the pan with oil until it comes up to 3 inches. Put a thermometer inside.
  11. In a bowl, stir the rest of the sugar and cinnamon together.
  12. Cut the dough into 3 1/4 inch circles, and then cut 1 1/4 holes out of the centers.
  13. Re-roll the leftover dough and cut out more donuts, until there's about 18 of each in total.
  14. Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Place a cooling rack on top.
  15. When the oil is 350, fry the donuts (about 3 minutes each side) and donut holes (about 2 minutes each side).
  16. After each donut is cooked, take it out of the oil and set on a cooling rack. After some of the excess oil has dripped of, toss them well in the prepared cinnamon sugar. Yum!
Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit.

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