Sunday, May 26, 2013

Blueberry Galette

Blueberries are my favorite snack food.

I'm not saying I'm opposed to the occasional [bag full of] Sour Cream and Onion Lay's, but I think blueberries are a little better for your breath [and your hips] than those delicious chips.

My family buys our berries at Sam's club-- partly because we eat them so quickly that we'd have to take out a mortgage to buy them at Central Market-- and partly because they sell really stinking tasty berries.

I'm telling you, nothing compares to Sam's Club's blueberries. They're so big and fresh. Yum!

The first time I tried a blueberry, I spat it out [I was about 4]. Now I can't get enough of 'em!

Blueberry Galette

Yields: 9 inch galette

1 recipe Flakiest Pie Crust

3 cups fresh blueberries
3 tbsp flour
1/3 cup sugar

1 egg
Sugar for sprinkling

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.

2. Roll out the raw pie crust dough to about a 13 inch circle. Don't try to make it perfect-- it just needs to roughly be a circle. Imperfection is what makes it a galette!

3. Transfer the raw dough to a cookie sheet lined with silpat or parchment paper.

4. Put the blueberries in a medium bowl. Top with flour and sugar. Mix so that all of the blueberries are coated. If you need to add more flour and sugar, do so.

5. Put the coated blueberries in the center of the rolled-out dough and fold up the edges of the dough over the outer edges of the berries. Brush the beaten egg with a pastry brush on the dough that's folded up. Sprinkle the sugar on the egg washed dough.

6. Bake at 350 for about 25-30 minutes, or until crust turns golden.

Bon appétit!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies

Yields: 3 dozen scrumptious cookies

  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup Cranraisins
  • 1/2 cup lightly toasted coconut
  • 1/4 cup toasted pecans (I only put pecans in half my batch)

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until it's light and fluffy. Taste a little. That's the best stuff in the whole world. Mix in the egg and the vanilla and scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. 

In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients slowly until it's incorporated. Add the white chocolate chips, Cranraisins, and coconut and mix until they're evenly distributed. 

Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (It's worth it-- they come out in better shape and texture). 

Drop in 1 tablespoon scoops on a cookie sheet lined with silpat or parchment paper. Bake at 350 for 8-9 minutes and DO NOT BAKE THEM FOR MORE THAN 10 MINUTES or you will regret it and be sad forever. They may look like they're not done, but they are! I promise!

Eat all you can, and if there are any left, store them in an airtight container for up to 10 days. I doubt they'll last that long!

Bon Appétit!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Lemon Blackberry Cupcakes

I have some pretty awesome friends. After driving for about four days from Provo to Idaho, then Idaho to Denver, then Denver to Texas, I'm finally home! Yesterday was my friend Haidyn's birthday. She's the best. We've been friends forever. We fluently speak in movie quotes, ride elephants together, and eat ridiculous amounts of food from her family's catering business. 

I love that Haidyn is not at all a picky eater. She loves the weird food I like, so when I knew I'd be making her cupcakes for her birthday, I knew I could be as creative as I wanted to be. 

I wanted something with berries, and when I came home, there were some scrumptious-looking blackberries in the fridge that I just couldn't resist. 

We had some lemons and I immediately knew I wanted a light lemony cupcake filled with sweetened mascarpone. The frosting would be lemony blackberry cream cheese buttercream topped with a blackberry. I love dreaming up cupcakes. 

Lemon Cupcakes

Yields 18-20 deliciously full-sized cupcakes

  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour (I used 1 cup minus 2 tbsp all purpose flour, then added 2 tbsp corn starch. This is my go-to cake flour recipe. Make sure to mix the flour and corn starch together really well.)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 large egg whites, room temperature (I put my cold eggs soaking in warm water for 3 minutes or so)
  • 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • zest of one lemon
1. Preheat oven to 375 fahrenheit (If you're at high altitude, preheat to 385). Line cupcake tins with adorable cupcake liners.

2. Mix together flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk until incorporated.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together sour cream, milk, and egg whites. Set aside. 

4. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar for about 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy.

5. Add the vanilla extract to the butter mixture. While the mixer is on low, add the flour mixture in 3 parts alternating with the milk/sour cream mixture. (You'll start and end with flour mixture).

6. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. (If you make mini cupcakes, they take about 13 minutes.)

Mascarpone Filling

1/2 cup (4 oz) mascarpone cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp lemon juice

Beat it all together and pipe into cupcakes.

Blackberry Cream Cheese Buttercream

4 oz cream cheese
6 tbsp butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp clear vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 cup blackberries plus some for topping

Heat the blackberries in the microwave to help release the juices. Mash them through a sieve to get the seeds out. Beat the cream cheese and butter in a mixer. Add the powdered sugar until it's smooth. Add vanilla and lemon and beat until it's fluffy. Add the blackberry juice and make sure it's beaten until it's fully incorporated. Pipe onto cupcakes and top with a blackberry and some sugar crystal sprinkles. 

Bon appétit!