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Energy-Boosting Breakfast Toast!
Check out these 21 great ideas for some energy-boosting slices of goodness for your morning meal. You could almost have a different combination every day for a month! 1. Sliced Avocado + Crumbled Feta + Pomegranates + Olive Oil 2. Raspberries + Blackberries + Basil + Light Cream Cheese 3. Ribboned Cantaloupe + Chopped Walnuts + Agave + Goat Cheese 4. Sliced Banana + Almond Butter + Chia Seeds 5. Thinly Sliced Celery + Raisins + Peanut Butter 6. Refried Beans + Salsa + Cilantro + Fried Egg 7. Goat Cheese + Sliced Strawberries + Shelled Edamame + Balsamic Vinegar + Sea Salt (Before adding them to the toast, in a bowl pour balsamic vinegar over sliced strawberries and macerate them. This way the bread won’t get soggy.) 8. Sliced Pineapple + Cottage Cheese + Chopped Cashews 9. Sauteed Kale + One-Egg Omelet + Grated Cheddar Cheese 10. Sliced Dried Figs + Ricotta Cheese + Sesame Seeds 11. Sliced Mango + Sliced Fresh Mozzarella + Lime Juice & Zest 12. Mashed Avocado + Shelled Edamame + Sprouts + Lemon Juice 13. Sliced Pear + Ricotta Cheese + Honey 14. Hummus + Chopped Walnuts + Pomegranates 15. Mashed Chickpeas + Tomato Slice + Fried Egg 16. Chopped Mejdool Dates + Sliced Feta + Sliced Almonds 17. Sliced Plums + Sunflower Seed Butter + Flaxseed 18. Sliced Apple + Honey + Blue Cheese 19. Marinara Sauce + Poached Egg + Parmesan + Basil 20. Kimchi + Sliced Hard-Boiled Egg + Black Sesame Seeds 21. Smoked Salmon + Ribboned Cucumber + Light Cream Cheese + Scallions
smores cupcake
Smores Cupcakes Yield: 12-14 cupcakes Ingredients Crust 1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs 5 tbsp butter, melted 5 tbsp sugar Chocolate Cupcakes 1 cup flour 1 cup sugar 1/4 + 1/8 cup Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 egg 1/2 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup vegetable oil 3/4 tsp vanilla 1/2 cup boiling water Marshmallow Frosting 4 eggs whites 1 cup sugar 1/2 tsp cream of tarter chocolate sauce (I used this one) graham cracker crumbs Instructions 1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. 2. In a small bowl, combine crust ingredients and mix well. 3. Press about 1 1/2 tbsp of the mixture into the bottom of each cupcake liner. 4. Bake crusts for 7 minutes then remove and set aside. 5. To make the cupcakes, add all dry ingredients to a large bowl and whisk together. 6. Add egg, buttermilk and vegetable oil to the dry ingredients and mix well. 7. Add vanilla to boiling water and add to mixture. Mix well. 8. Pour batter into cupcake pan, filling a little more than half way, and bake at 300 degrees for about 19-21 minutes. 9. When done, remove cupcakes from oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes. Then remove from cupcake tin and allow to cool. 10. While cupcakes cool, make the icing. Combine egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in a metal, heatproof mixer bowl. 11. Place over a saucepan with simmering water. 12. Whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved and whites are warm to the touch, 3 to 4 minutes. 13. Using the whisk attachment, beat on low speed, gradually increasing to high, until stiff, glossy peaks form, 5 to 7 minutes. 14. Ice cupcakes and top with chocolate sauce and graham cracker crumbs, if desired. Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by Zip Recipes Plugin
Cheesecake Cupcakes
Yield: 24 cupcakes Ingredients 2 cups finely crushed graham crackers (from 16 sheets) 3 Tbsp granulated sugar 7 Tbsp salted butter, melted 4 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour 4 large eggs 2 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 cup heavy cream Salted Caramel Sauce or Strawberry Sauce, recipes follow Make a Ginger Turkey Meatball Soup Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together crushed graham crackers with 3 Tbsp granulated sugar. Pour in melted butter and stir mixture until evenly coated. Divide graham cracker mixture among 24 paper lined muffin cups, adding about a heaping Tbsp to each. Press mixture into an even layer. Bake in preheated oven 5 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool while preparing filling. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar with 3 Tbsp flour until well blended. Add softened cream cheese to a separate mixing bowl and pour sugar mixture over top. Blend mixture on low speed until smooth. Mix in eggs one at a time and blend on low speed, while scrapping sides and bottom of bowl and mixing just until combined after each addition. Add vanilla, sour cream and heavy cream and mix just until combined. Tap mixing bowl against counter top about 30 times to release some of the air bubbles. Divide mixture among muffin cups filling each cup nearly full. Bake in preheated oven 20 - 23 minutes, centers should still jiggle slightly, don't overbake (if they begin to crack they are starting to become overbaked). Remove from oven and allow to cool 1 hour. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and transfer to refrigerator and chill 2 hours. Serve chilled with a spoonful of Salted Caramel Sauce or Strawberry Sauce (note: for best results spoon topping on just before serving). Store in an airtight container in refrigerator or freeze. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
Faking It On Valentine's Day
Here's a really cool idea for Valentine's Day: FAKE IT! For real! Guys can be either really lazy about V-Day or over-think it and determine to learn new skills, such as cooking, on one of the biggest hyped calendar dates in the year, February 14th. That's probably not the best approach to making the date night more than being memorable for being bad. Instead of trying to bake a cake or cookies, or dare yourself into making fudge, you could avoid a messy crisis and make your own Chocolate Dipped Strawberries. TRUST ME, IT'S EASY! You Will Need: Strawberries (washed and thoroughly dried) Candy Melts (pink and white) Chocolate chips (semi-sweet is best) Edible gold Edible glitter Edible embellishments (there's time to order from Amazon) Directions Melt the Candy Melts and chocolate (according to the package) in their own container/bowl. Dip strawberries into desired bowl and set aside. Drizzle a different color "melt" onto the dipped strawberries. Also, redip the strawberries in another "melt" at the tip and immediately dredge in edible glitter. Set these in a tray in the fridge and take out to de-chill a few moments before eating. These are fruity, gently sweetened with the chocolate and melts, and will look AMAZING with the edible embellishments! Who is going to do this for their Special Valentine!?!?!?! @InPlainSight @BeannachtOreibh @nicolejb @ChriSingularis @ButterflyBlu @Arellano1052 @alywoah @AkashBhojraj @jordanhamilton @MichelleHolly @caricakes @marshalledgar @VeronicaArtino @TessStevens @shannonl5 @NerukaWong @humairaa @buddyesd @TerrecaRiley @danidee @BluBear07 @thePinkPrincess @EasternShell @seouls @matildajgarrett @RobertMarsh @1FallenAngel @alyssastano @Adrienpie @RaquelArredondo @Luci546 @BivianaaChavez @Lushisushi @Danse @DeepakAswal @luna1171 @JPBenedetto @deefran @RogueLeigh @myguardian @Gacrus @MissB82 @Lizzeh @Kyokeo @Emealia @paulisadroid @ShinigamiSan @CurrySoop @baileykayleen @DestinaByrd @ChelseaAustin @xojuliettexox @netchtiBates @aabxo @KellyOConnor @Kamiamon @parktaemi @arnelli @NickySerban @visions2020 @JimTurpen @PrinceCampbell @2Distracted @Dynamo @VKookie47 @medley24 @ZackMcLaughlin @MoisEsGaray @KeziahWright @pppfittu13 @washmydishes @eoin8899 @amobigbang @LAVONYORK @orenshani7 @Alletaire @funnella @DamariusKelley @MariPili @InspirationalMe @Beeplzzz @SamratGolhar @MajahnNelson @hikaymm @AnimeLove300 @SeoInHan @TensaZangetsu98 @carmaa10 @cindystran @AshelyJewell @MaighdlinS @JamiMilsap @xDaisyDaysx @IMDEEPINIT @LisaMarissa @Emmeronsage @LemarDeco @Ash1998 @LessThanThree @TracyLynnn @KaiTakashima @saraortiz2002 @Zxenna @MelissaMae @atmi @Helixx @VanessaSimmons @JessicaChaney @mArshadKhan @MarvelTrashcan @MarkoKaRiambo @VarunNambiar
You'll Never Guess What People Eat At The Movies Across The Globe
Yuck. There are hundreds of countries around the world sitting in movie theaters across the globe. One big difference is the food they eat while in the audience. From dried bugs to salted candies, world customs really have their own distinct palette. Though Americans believe there's nothing in the world that could be better than a nice bag full of buttery popcorn, they are in for a huge surprise. Check out the movie theater snacks from around the world. You're going to be shocked. USA: Salted, Buttery, Popcorn It's crunchy. It's addicting. It's SO American. Popcorn is a very traditional snack without a ton of calories...that is, if you don't drench it in a pool of butter and salt. Popcorn has had a long standing reservation in our culture, primarily since corn is such in abundance within our country. We've muti-purposed corn to be just about anything but popcorn is still our favorite creation. Just remember, a small popcorn won't get you through intermission. A large popcorn will make you feel fat. But who cares, right? Great Britain: Sugared Popcorn Why am I not surprised that Great Britain would have a seamlessly more proper snack? Compared to American, the Brits always seem to do the exact opposite. From my personal view, I just don't understand the thrill of sugary popcorn. However then again, kettle corn and caramel corn is a huge success in the States. Brits are notorious for their bitter drinks such as coffee and tea paired with a very decadent and sweet dessert. I guess it's only fitting, pinkies up. Japan: Iwashi Senbei The first idea that popped into your mind was probably not that these are sardine rice crackers. The crisps are baked in sugar and soy sauce to give them their distinct taste. Rice is a very traditional food within the country so it's no surprise it is a snack as well. And with Japan being a very dependent country on its seafood industry, it's obvious that a leading snack brand would be fish based. Still interesting. Brazil: Roasted Ants Okay GROSS. As an American, I will never understand the love for eating bugs. We get it, they are packed with a ton of protein and have a nice crunch. But it's so taboo in American culture. On the other hand, Brazilians loves them. It's an aphrodisiac, or food that stimulates sexual desire, which could be the reason for why Brazilians are such a fan. Talk about a passive aggressive way to show your date that you want to hook up. Norway: Dried Reindeer Meat Somewhere in the North Pole, Santa is crying. This food seems so fitting though for the region. Reindeer meat is cut and then dried for a chewy taste. Very similar to beef jerky in the States. Reindeer meat boasts very low fat and high protein. However, I can't seem to feel sympathy for Rudolph & his gang once they find out that the Norwegians are snacking on their friends. Guess Norway is going to become the land of misfits toys soon enough... South Korea: Dried Cuttlefish I guess this goes hand in hand with popcorn in the Asian nation. With a meaty texture and briny flavor, apparently South Koreans can't get enough. It can be seasoned in a variety of flavors. Though they're also fans of roasted chestnuts, dried cuttlefish still frequently comes out as the fan favorite. I still don't know what a cuttlefish is. Russia: Beluga Caviar This is reserved for the rich and only the rich but a very common wealthy delicacy. Though the average folk may not be accustomed to eating the beluga caviar themselves, they know exactly who is receiving it when they attend the movie theater. Apparently movies in Russia are a more fancy affair, something Americans and other world countries would gawk at. With Russia being known to have extreme customs, this one tops the cake. Greece: Souvlaki Okay, this looks delicious. Lamb or beef souvlaki will be a fit for an Grecian attending an outdoor movie. They're tender and savory and it's already making my mouth water. Grecians are notorious for having the best food in the world and it's no surprise that their movie theaters also come with a wide delicious variety of choices. Please fly me to Greece because I'm starving. Netherlands: Salty Licorice This could be the most hated snack in America. Black licorice is a very distinct taste that very few people enjoy. In America, our black licorice contains a lot of sugar. However in the Netherlands, they salt their licorice with ammonium chloride which gives eaters a tongue-numbing sensation. Is this candy a drug? No thank you. India: Samosas This is my favorite. Look how good that looks! Bollywood theaters are all the rage in India far more popular than any Western movie. Samosas are potato stuffed pastries that taste as good as they look. With Bollywood movies comes a delicious combo of chutney and cheese sandwiches and vada pav, potato fritters in a bread bun. I could definitely ship this idea in the USA.
Strawberry Cinnamon Rolls with Lemon cheese glaze
Strawberry Cinnamon Rolls with Lemon Cream Cheese Glaze AUTHOR: ALYSSA PREP TIME:  40 MINS COOK TIME:  30 MINS TOTAL TIME:  1 HOUR 10 MINS SERVES: 9-12   Delicious strawberry cinnamon rolls made with Lucky Leaf Pie filling and a quick and easy dough recipe! These will be in the oven in no time at all! INGREDIENTS Dough Ingredients:3¼ cups flour 2 tsp instant yeast ¼ cup white sugar ½ teaspoon salt 1 egg ¼ cup water ¾ cup milk ⅓ cup butter, softened Filling Ingredients: 21 ounce can Lucky Leaf Strawberry Pie Filling 2 teaspoons cinnamon ½ teaspoon sugar Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting: 4 ounce cream cheese, softened 3 Tablespoons butter, softened 1 cup powdered sugar ¼ cup half and half 2 teaspoons lemon juice 1 Tablespoon lemon zest (one lemon) 1 teaspoon vanilla INSTRUCTIONS To make the dough: In a small saucepan over medium low heat add the milk and butter. Stir until the butter has melted and remove from heat. Let stand until luke warm temperature.In a large mixing bowl whisk together 2¼ cups flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Add to the stand mixer with dough hook attached. (You can also make this by hand, just knead until smooth once all of the ingredients are added.) Add the egg and water and mix until just starting to combine. Slowly add in the milk mixture and 1 cup of flour until the dough starts to form and become smooth. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a large 9x15 square. About ¼-1/2 inch thick. Spread strawberry pie filling evenly on top of the dough. In a small bowl combine the cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle on top of the strawberry filling. Roll up the 15 inch side into a log and pinch the seams. Cut into 9-12 slices depending on how thick you want your cinnamon rolls. Place in a greased 9x13 inch pan and cover with a damp cloth and let rise for 30 minutes.Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 30 minutes or until just golden brown on the tops.To make the glaze: Beat together the cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar until smooth. Add the half and half, vanilla, lemon juice and lemon zest until combined. Frost over warm cinnamon rolls and enjoy!
White Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake
Caramel Sauce: 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 3/4 teaspoons lemon juice 1 pint heavy cream 4 tablespoons unsalted butter Before I get into making the sauce, let me note that this isn't the easiest way for most home cooks to go about making caramel sauce. Melting almost pure sugar in a pan is pesky and it can burn quite easily. If you're not feeling up to attempting this part of the recipe, feel free to buy your favorite caramel sauce and warm it gently to glaze the cheesecake. In a medium sauce pan over medium high heat (I'm using non-stick for this), combine the sugar and lemon juice. Stir with a wooden spoon until the sugar is mostly melted then set aside the spoon and swirl the pan over the heat to keep the color even throughout. Continue to cook and swirl until it sugar turns a medium amber color. Watch it carefully, the sugar will quickly darken and should it become dark brown or black it will taste bitter and unpleasant. When the sauce turns the right color slowly whisk in the cream. If the caramel hardens with the addition of the cream, do not worry. Just continue to add the cream and bring the mixture back to a a boil over medium heat. Continue to stir until the sugar has remelted. Allow to boil for 5 minutes then remove from heat and stir in the butter. Pour into a heat safe container and chill until ready to use. Crust: 10 ounces graham crackers, crushed into crumbs 7 tablespoons unsalted butter Cheesecake Filling: 3 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, room temperature 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar 1/2 cup heavy cream 8 ounces good quality white chocolate, chopped 5 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract pinch salt boiling water Pre-heat the oven to 375°F. Combine the graham cracker crumbs with the melted butter and press into the bottom and 1 1/2 inches up the side of a 10 inch spring form pan. Bake for 10 minutes and then allow to cool completely on a wire rack. Reduce the heat to 325°F and prepare the cheesecake batter. Place the chopped white chocolate into a heat safe bowl and set aside. Bring the 1/2 cup of cream to a simmer over medium heat in a small sauce pan. Pour the hot cream over the white chocolate, jiggle the bowl to submerge it and allow to stand for one minute. Stir the chocolate gently until melted completely. In your mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese until smooth and lump free. Add the sugar and mix, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. On medium speed, slowly add the white chocolate ganache. Once combined you can add the eggs, one at a time, beating on low speed until each egg is incorporated. Once you've added all the eggs, mix in the vanilla and salt and pour into your prepared pan. Set the pan onto a couple large sheets of aluminum foil and smooth them up the sides of the pan to waterproof. Set the cheesecake into a large roasting pan and then place in the oven. Pour the boiling water into the roasting pan, filling to about one inch (no higher than the lowest edge of aluminum foil). Allow to make at 325°F for one hour then reduce heat and bake at 300°F for an additional 60-90 minutes until the center is just set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack. Once cool chill for at least 4 hours before serving. To glaze, gently warm the 1 cup of the caramel sauce on the stove or in the microwave until slightly runny and then pour onto the cheesecake. Smooth the caramel over the cake and you're ready to serve. Enjoy.
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Editor Comment 뜨거운 뙤약볕이 내리쬐며 더워진 날씨, 어느덧 한 여름이 가까워지는 신호가 울렸다. 이른 더위 덕분인지 예년에 비해 빙수의 계절도 훌쩍 당겨진 모습이다. 순백의 얼음을 곱게 갈아 그 위에 가지각색 토핑을 듬뿍 얹은 시원한 빙수 한 그릇. 단언컨대, 여름철 별미는 누가 뭐래도 ‘빙수’가 최고다. <아이즈매거진>이 당신의 오감을 만족시킬 2019 여름 빙수 라인업을 총정리해봤다. 길거리에 흔히 볼 수 있는 프랜차이즈 빙수부터 럭셔리하게 즐기는 호텔 빙수 그리고 개성만점 SNS 인기 빙수까지. 후덥지근한 날, 가슴이 펑 뚫리는 빙수의 세계로 안내한다. 프랜차이즈 올해 프랜차이즈 빙수는 저마다 브랜드의 기술력을 얹은 독특한 모양과 이름으로 마케팅에 나섰다. 빙수의 명가 설빙은 시즌 한정 메뉴로 달콤하면서도 바삭한 식감의 쿠키초코링설빙을, 파스쿠찌는 ‘크림 덮인 빙산’을 주제로 빙수 속 숨겨진 젤라또를 찾아 먹는 재미를 더했으며, 맘스터치는 주머니가 가벼운 학생들을 위해 큐브치즈, 딸기크림 컵빙수를 전격 출시했다. 이어 탐앤탐스는 부드러운 식감의 얼음이 입안에서 눈처럼 사르르 녹는다는 점에서 착안한 썸머 스노우 빙수를, 할리스커피는 야심 차게 준비한 신메뉴로 ‘망고가득치즈케익빙수’와 ‘쿠키앤크림빙수’를 선보였다. 설빙 쿠키초코링설빙 10,900원 순수생딸기케이크설빙 15,500원 쿠키앤크구슬설빙 11.900원 벚꽃피치설빙 12,500원 딸기마카롱설빙 13,500원 파스쿠찌 망고딸기동산빙수 13,000원 요거딸기빙산빙수 14,000원 인절미팥동산빙수 11,000원 피치얼그레이빙산빙수 14,000원 흑당이달고나빙산빙수 14,000원 맘스터치 큐브치즈빙수 3,900원 큐브치즈빙수 컵빙 2,900원 딸기크림빙수 3,800원 딸키크림빙수 컵빙 2,800원 탐앤탐스 밀크스노우 12,000원 망고스노우 13,000원 베리스노우 12,000원 할리스커피 우리눈꽃팥빙수 10800원 딸기치즈케익빙수 11,800원 쿠키앤크림빙수 11,800원 망고가득치즈케익빙수 12,800원 호텔 매년 비싼 가격 때문에 논란의 중심에 서고 있는 호텔 빙수. 하지만, 우려와 달리 몇몇 인기 호텔은 작은 사치를 즐기려는 이들로 인산인해를 이루고 있다. 통장 잔액이 여유가 있다면, 한 번쯤은 조금 더 특별하고 프라이빗하게 즐길 수 있는 호텔 빙수를 초이스 해보는 것도 나쁘지 않겠다. 가격은 3만 원대에서 5만 원대를 형성하고 있으며, 그중 망고 빙수가 소비자들에게 제일 큰 반응을 얻고 있다. 이색적이고 색다른 빙수를 찾고 있다면, 반얀트리 클럽 앤 스파 서울의 토마토 빙수, 파크 하얏트 서울의 크렘 브륄레 빙수, 그랜드 인터컨티넨탈 서울 파르나스의 레트로 쑥빙수를 추천한다. 그랜드 워커힐 서울 더파빌리온 서울 광진구 워커힐로 177 OPEN 07:30 / CLOSE 22:00 연중무휴 애플망고빙수 57,000원 밀크빙수 35,000원 콩가루빙수 40,000원 어린이 빙수 40,000원 그랜드 인터컨티넨탈 서울 파르나스 서울 강남구 테헤란로 521 OPEN 08:00 / CLOSE 13:00 레트로 쑥빙수 38,000원 클라우드 망고빙수 48,000원 반얀트리 클럽 앤 스파 서울 그라넘 다이닝 라운지 서울 중구 장충단로 60 OPEN 06:30 / CLOSE 22:00 (비운영시간 10:30 ~ 12:00) 토마토 빙수 33,000원 체리 빙수 33,000원 팥빙수 30,000원 쉐라톤 서울 디큐브시티 호텔 라운지바 서울 구로구 경인로 662 디큐브시티 OPEN 06:00 / CLOSE 13:00 망고빙수 34,000원 파크 하얏트 서울 더라운지 서울 강남구 테헤란로 606 OPEN 09:00 / CLOSE 24:00 연중무휴 크렘 브륄레 빙수 38,000원 SNS 인기 빙수 SNS 인증샷으로 화제가 된 개인 빙수 가게도 빼놓을 수 없다. 먹기 아까운 비주얼과 가성비가 차별화된 메리트이지 않을까 싶다. 수박을 동그란 구슬 모양으로 만들어 얼린 카페 헤이쥬, 말차 가루를 소복이 얹은 메르시네코, 빙수 마니아라면 한 번쯤은 방문했을 부빙, 30CM 높이의 파인애플 빙수로 유명한 반전형제, 제주도에 위치한 레몬칸타타의 칼로 썰어 먹는 실타래 빙수를 꼽아봤다. 카페 헤이쥬 충남 천안시 서북구 불당15길 15 OPEN 12:00 / CLOSE 21:00 (월요일 휴무, 일요일 18:00까지) 수박빙수 15,000원 메르시네코 서울 마포구 토정로 39 OPEN 13:00 / CLOSE 22:00 (매주 월,화 휴무) 눈내린 말차산 케이크 7,500원 부빙 서울 종로구 창의문로 136 OPEN 13:00 / CLOSE 20:00 (금,토,일 22:00) 단호박빙수 1인 8,000원 / 2인 14,000원 반전형제 서울 용산구 회나무로 28 OPEN 12:00 / CLOSE 22:00 (연중무휴) 파인애플 빙수 15,000원 레몬칸타타 제주 제주시 구남동4길 47 OPEN 11:00 / CLOSE 22:00 (월요일 휴무) 실타래빙수 12,000원 Source:@heyju_cafe/@ko_diva11/@securityletter/@detectivemeli/@jejureigh 더 자세한 내용은 <아이즈매거진> 링크에서
White Velvet Layer Cake with Strawberry-Raspberry Buttercream
Ingredients For the Cake 2½ cups (280 grams) sifted White Lily® Self-Rising Flour 2 cups (400 grams) granulated sugar ½ cup (1 stick/113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature ¼ cup (48 grams) organic palm shortening ¼ cup (56 grams) organic almond oil, or favorite vegetable oil 1 cup (240 ml) organic buttermilk, at room temperature ¾ cup (180 grams) egg whites (about 6), at room temperature 2 teaspoons (10 ml) pure almond extract 1 teaspoon (5 ml) pure vanilla extract All-purpose flour and shortening or vegetable oil to prepare cake pans For the Frosting 2 cups (4 sticks/452 grams) unsalted butter, softened ½ 8-ounce container (113 grams) chilled fine-quality mascarpone cheese 6 tablespoons (113 grams) Strawberry-Raspberry Sauce (recipe below) 2 teaspoons (10 ml) pure vanilla extract 4 to 4½ cups (480 to 540 grams) confectioners’ sugar Natural pink food coloring For the Cake Adornments Fresh red raspberries and/or strawberries, optional Special Equipment Three 8-inch by 1½- to 2-inch round cake pans Four wire cooling racks, with the fourth being used to flip cake layers right side up Cake Preparation Arrange oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease three 8-inch round cake pans with shortening or oil. Line bottoms with parchment or wax paper circles. Grease paper linings and dust lined pans with flour, tapping out the excess. Set aside. Using an electric stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, mix self-rising flour and suga on low speed (stir) until well combined and aerated, about 1 minute. Add butter, shortening and oil and mix on slow speed until thoroughly combined. Mixture will be very thick. In a 2-cup glass liquid measuring cup, whisk together buttermilk, egg whites and extracts using a fork until well blended. Slowly add half of the liquid mixture to the batter and mix on low speed. Increase mixer speed to medium and beat until thoroughly combined, scraping down the sides of bowl as necessary with rubber spatula, about 2 minutes. Add remaining liquid mixture and beat just until smooth and thoroughly combined, again scraping down the sides of bowl as necessary, about 1 minute. Using rubber spatula, scrape and pour batter into prepared pans dividing evenly (a little over 2 cups of batter per cake pan). Smooth tops evenly with rubber spatula and then rap each pan on counter surface 2 to 3 times to expel any air bubbles. This step will create a nice level cake.Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 25 to 30 minutes. (I have found that 28 minutes is perfect.) Cool cakes in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Run thin metal spatula around edges of each cake to loosen, then invert onto wire rack and peel away parchment or wax paper. Turn right side up onto wire racks (using an additional rack to flip) and cool completely or wrap while still warm to retain moisture. Wrap each cake layer tightly in plastic food wrap and keep at room temperature until ready to fill and frost. To frost and fill cake, use a scant ¾ cup frosting between each layer and then proceed to frost the cake as desired with remaining buttercream. Icing Preparation Using an electric stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, or handheld mixer and large bowl, beat butter on medium speed until creamy. Add mascarpone cheese, Strawberry-Raspberry Sauce and vanilla, if desired; beat until fully incorporated. Gradually increase mixer speed to high and continue beating until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides of bowl as necessary with rubber spatula. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating on low speed (stir), until well combined. Beat on high speed until well combined and smooth while scraping down sides of bowl as necessary, about 2 minutes. If desired, tint buttercream with pink food coloring. Strawberry-Raspberry Sauce Ingredients 8 ounces (227 grams) hulled fresh strawberries, about 1½ cups quartered 8 ounces (227 grams) fresh red raspberries, about 1½ generous cups ½ cup (100 grams) organic granulated cane sugar 1 teaspoon (5 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice Preparation Sort, rinse and dry berries before measuring and using in recipe. Using a food processor, purée the berries. Press berry purée through a fine mesh sieve into medium saucepan; discard the seeds. Stir in sugar and lemon juice. Bring fruit pulp and juices to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes while skimming foam from sides of saucepan using a slotted spoon. Once the foam has been skimmed, reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook stirring frequently until bright in color, thickened and reduced by half, about 10 minutes. When done, there should be ¾ cup of sauce or about 225 grams. Set sauce aside to cool completely before using.
Smores Cheesecake
Yield: 9 inch cheesecake Ingredients Crust 1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs 5 tbsp butter, melted 5 tbsp sugar Cheesecake filling 24 ounces packages of cream cheese, softened (three 8 ounce packages) 1 cup sugar 2 tbsp flour 3/4 cup cocoa (I use Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa) 4 eggs, room temperature 1 cup sour cream 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows 1/2 cup hot fudge topping, warm, plus more for topping (I used most of this 12.8 oz jar) 45-50 large marshmallows (for topping) Instructions Crust 1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. 2. In a small bowl, combine crust ingredients and mix well. 3. Press mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper in the bottom. 4. Bake crust for 10 minutes then remove. 5. Cover the outsides of the pan with aluminum foil so that water from the water bath cannot get in, and set aside. Cheesecake filling 1. Reduce oven to 300 degrees. 2. In a large bowl, blend the cream cheese, sugar, flour and cocoa with an electric mixer until combined (Use low speed to keep less air from getting into the batter, which can cause cracks). Scrape down the sides of the bowl. 3. Add eggs one at a time, beating slowly and scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition. 4. Add the sour cream and vanilla extract. Beat on low speed until well combined. 5. Add marshmallows in an even layer in the bottom of the pan, on top of crust. 6. Pour hot fudge topping over marshmallows. 7. Pour the cheesecake filling into the pan. 8. Place springform pan inside another pan. Fill outside pan with enough warm water to go about halfway up the sides of the springform pan. The water should not go above the top edge of the aluminum foil on the springform pan. 9. Bake for 1 hour and 35 minutes. Marshmallows may boil up through the top. 10. Turn off heat and leave cheesecake in oven with door closed for 20 minutes. 11. Crack oven door and leave the cheesecake in the oven for another 20 minutes or until set. 12. Remove from oven and chill. 13. Once completely chilled, preheat oven to 350 degrees on convection bake. 14. Remove springform pan sides from cheesecake and place cheesecake on a cookie sheet. 15. Top cheesecake with a layer of marshmallows. 16. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until marshmallows begin to brown. 17. Remove cheesecake from oven and drizzle with more hot fudge and graham cracker crumbs. 18. Cheesecake can be served warm out of the oven (which I recommend), or refrigerated and served cold.
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