Croissant French Toast with Cranberry Apple Sauce

french toast (1 of 1)Like almost every stereotypical “basic bitch”, I love brunch.  Mimosas and breakfast/lunch combo food served until 3pm; my dream come true ad everyone’s dream, apparently. Almost every brunch place in Denver has ridiculously long wait time. I’m sorry, but if I have to wait an hour for food then I better have my mind blown not be served soggy undercooked potatoes, I am looking at you, Jelly. In the hour I am waiting in line, I could cook something equally if not better than these overrated brunch places and I don’t have to interact with strangers.

I offered to cook brunch for two of my friends’ birthdays and this recipe made an appearance at both. I have a firm belief that I can make any “guilty pleasure”dish more decadent, a gift from growing up in a Cajun French home. Elevate your French Toast by using croissants, it will be amazing! For a fall twist, I added some chai spices and topped it with  cranberry apple sauce.

 

 

 

French Toast Croissants:

Ingredients:

  • 6 whole croissants, I used almond croissants
  • 4 whole Eggs
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2-4 Tablespoons butter, for frying

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, whisk together all ingredients besides the butter.
  2. Place croissants in bowl,and coat each croissants with egg mixture. Let croissants sit in bowl for at 15 minutes.
  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, then melt a small amount of butter.
  4. Cook the croissants on each side for about 4-5 minutes, until they are golden brown.
  5. Remove from skillet and top with cranberry sauce or maple syrup.

Cranberry Apple Sauce:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cranberries (frozen/fresh)
  • 1 apple
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Heat a sauce on medium  heat.
  2. Add all ingredients, and stir to combine.
  3. Cook for about 30 minutes, add more water if the sauce dries out too quickly.

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Blueberry and Cherry Muffins

I took a pretty long hiatus from baking this winter. Maybe it was my new job or moving into my new apartment and never really unpacking all of my kitchen stuff, but for whatever reason, I stopped baking until about a week ago. I forgot how much of a rush I got off of cooking and baking and how much it helped with my stress. After a stressful Saturday, I decided I needed to bake something. With limited ingredients, I made these wonderful muffins, and they were pretty delicious too!

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Blueberry and Cherry Muffins:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk or half and half
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup cherries

Streusel Topping

  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil or melted butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line muffin tin with paper liners. Makes about 14-20 muffins.
  2. Prepare streusel topping by whisking together sugar, flour, cinnamon and oil. Mix until topping has sandy texture, then set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and lemon zest, then set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl with paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy on low medium (about 3 minutes). Add eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each egg. Then, add sour cream, milk and vanilla.
  5. Using a rubber spatula, add flour mixture and stir until just combined.
  6. Fold in blueberries and cherries.
  7. With an ice cream scooper, divide batter evenly into muffin cups. Sprinkle muffins with streusel topping.
  8. Bake at 350º for 20 to 25 min, to test, insert a tooth pick into the center to see if it comes out clean.
  9. Let muffins cool in the pan for about two minutes. Then, place on cooling rack for about ten minutes. Muffins are great to eat while they are still warm.

 

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The Kitchen

When I first moved to Boulder, everyone recommended The Kitchen and their many various restaurants (The Kitchen Next Door and The Kitchen Upstairs). I was a little hesitate, mostly because I was poor and the menu seemed kind of pricey. Then I discovered their happy hour menus and fell in love with their food. It was simple, clean and the menu was really transparent. The origins of most the food is listed on the menu and it’s mostly local ingredients.

I have eaten at the Kitchen (Upstairs and Next Door) many times, but have never eaten at their Denver location. Thankfully, it was very similar almost identical to the Kitchen in Boulder. Dining at The Kitchen is like dining a family farm, the decor is so earthy and eccentric.

My main reason for dining at the Kitchen is their dessert dish: the Sticky Toffee Pudding; it is the only non-chocolate that I adore. It is the perfect dessert. The cake is spiced beautifully and the brown sugar pecan sauce has so much flavor and provides the perfect amount of crunch. The warm pudding and cold vanilla gelato are a divine combination. If you haven’t tried this dessert, do so immediately, you are missing out on a masterpiece. Seriously, get in your car or a plan and get this dessert. I promise it will not disappoint.

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Sticky Toffee Pudding – $8

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kitchen (1 of 1)-2Roasted Organic Beet Salad – $11

Pumpkin Pancakes (Gluten Free)

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On Thanksgiving, I tried this gluten free pumpkin pancakes recipe, and I was surprised how much I loved it, plus my gluten loving friend was wowed by these pancakes . I have also made these vegan by using chia seeds instead of eggs. This recipe is from Cookie and Kate, and I only made a couple of changes, but it’s definitely a must try and making the oat flour is pretty simple.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup oat milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (about 1 small lemon, juiced)
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup (or honey)
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs or 2 tablespoons soaked chia seeds.
  • 1 cup oat flour (Add about two cups of old fashion oats (not instant) to a food processor and mix until preferred consistency. I made the flour a little chunky.
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves or allspice
Instructions
  1. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the pumpkin puree, milk, coconut oil (or butter), lemon juice and maple syrup (or honey). Beat in the eggs. (If your coconut oil goes back to its solid state like mine did at this point, just warm the mixture for short 20 second bursts in the microwave, stirring between each, until it is melted again.)
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oat flour, baking soda, salt and spices.
  3. Form a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. With a big spoon, stir just until the dry ingredients are thoroughly moistened. Do not overmix! Let the batter sit for 10 minutes.
  4. Heat a heavy cast iron skillet/non-stick pan over medium-low heat, or heat an electric griddle to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly oil the surface of your pan with coconut oil, butter or cooking spray. If you’re using a non-stick electric griddle like mine, you might not need any oil at all.
  5. Once the surface of the pan is hot enough that a drop of water sizzles on it, pour ¼ cup of batter onto the pan. Let the pancake cook for about 3 minutes, until bubbles begin to form around the edges of the cake.
  6. Once the underside is lightly golden, flip it with a spatula and cook for another 90 seconds or so, until golden brown on both sides. You may need to adjust the heat up or down at this point.
  7. Serve the pancakes immediately or keep warm in a 200 degree Fahrenheit oven.

Yellow Watermelon

 

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No, this photograph is not photoshopped.. I found a yellow watermelon; I had never tasted one before. It was definitely sweeter than the pink watermelons and tasted thicker like honey, maybe the color is playing tricks on me like when eating mint ice cream it taste more minty when it is colored green!

Red Velvet Smoothie

I saw a Pinterest photo about using beets to make a red velvet smoothie. Here is my recipe and it is definitely worth a try. I thought it was amazing!

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Ingredients

Directions:

  1. Put all ingredients except water and blend until smooth.
  2. If mixture is too thick add more water.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Easy Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

I posted this photo on one of my Project 365 posts, but did not have time to post the recipe. I am new to gluten free baking and I feel like I am relearning how to bake again! This recipe is very easy and is easily adaptable. I saw a version of this recipe on Facebook, unfortunately, I did not save the recipe, so I had to work off of my memory.

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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 cup of nut butter ( I used peanut butter)

  • ¼ cup honey/maple syrup (you can use more or less)

  • 1 egg

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

  • ½ cup chocolate chips

 

Directions:

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with silicone pads or parchment paper.

  2. Combine nut butter and honey.

  3. Add egg and stir until everything is smooth.

  4. Stir in baking soda, salt, nutmeg and vanilla bean paste

  5. Fold in chocolate chips

  6. Using an ice cream scoop, drop cookies dough on lined baking sheets.

  7. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes

  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes

  9. Let stand on baking sheet for five minutes, then move to cooling rack.

Day 260-262-The Present Cake

I made this cake for a wedding shower. Even though I love the way fondant looks on a cake, I absolutely hate the taste and there really is no easy way to peel it off. So, I tried to make a combination of the fondant and buttercream. I wish I could have the gotten the edges straighter, but I did not have time.

 

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