Saturday, July 26, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Finnegan's Market - Hudson

Great and fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon! Love this market!!

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Lime Cupcakes

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It has been a while. I have been baking but not posting much on my blog. Made these cupcakes for Father's Day a couple of weekends ago.

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They were amazing!!! Made my regular buttercream frosting and added some lemon zest. Mmmmmm!!

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I think my dad enjoyed them because he kept the leftovers!! :)

I took the recipe from the book Butter-Baked-Goods.

Here's the recipe:

Lime Cupcakes (makes 18 cupcakes)

2 cups pastry flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
3/4 cup whole milk (used low fat)
1/4 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed (about two limes) (used more!)
Zest of 4 limes (reserve the zest of 1 for sprinkling)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla

Lime Syrup
1/4 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed (about 2 limes)
1/4 cup granulated sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Sift together both flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

3. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium to high speed until light and fluffly. Scrape down the sides of the bowl several times.

4. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl several times.

5. In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together the milk, lime juice, two-thirds of the lime zest and vanilla to combine.

6. turn the mixer to low and add the dry ingredients in two parts (begin and end with the dry). Scrape down the sides of teh bowl several times to make sure everything is fully combined.

7. Use an ice cream scoop to fill each paper liner about three-quarters full with batter.

8. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.

9. Meanwhile, prepare the lime syrup: in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the lime juice and sugar to a boil. Boil for 1 minute, then remove from the heat and allow to cool.

10. Remove the cupcakes from the oven. use a wooden skewer to poke several holes in the top of each warm cupcake, then use the pastry brush to gently coat the top with syrup. Transfder to wire racks and cool completely.

11. Frost with your favorite frosting :)

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Chocolate Blossoms

I have started my Christmas baking a couple of weekends ago. Decided not to wait until the last minute to do everything this year!

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Made Bake at 350 Chocolate Blossoms cookies today. Mmmmmmmmm! Had one before I put them in the freezer and oh my they are good!!

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I didn't use peppermint as I am not a big fan - I used almond extract instead. I also love the look of the cookies with powdered sugar instead of regular sugar.

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Chocolate Blossoms
from bakeat350

1 and 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa (such as Hershey's Special Dark)

1 and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter, cut into chunks
1 and 1/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon peppermint extract (used almond extract)
1/2 cup powdered sugar for rolling
Hershey's Kisses (used chocolate rosettes)

Line cookie sheets with parchment. Preheat oven to 350.

Whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

With an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and extracts, beating until combined and scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
Gradually, add the flour mixture, beating on low just until combined. The mixture will be very sticky.
Place the bowl in the refrigerator and chill for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Use a teaspoon cookie scoop (or a spoon) to scoop generous teaspoons of dough onto the prepared cookie sheets. Place the powdered sugar on a plate.
Gently roll each ball of dough through the powdered sugar until coated. Place back on the cookie sheet.  
Bake for 12 minutes, until puffed and crinkly. (Meanwhile, unwrap the Kisses.)

 Remove from the oven and immediately press a Hershey's Kiss on top of each hot cookie. Press firmly, so that it doesn't pop off. Let the cookies sit on the sheet for 1-2 minutes, then remove to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.


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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Muffins Triple Chocolat - Triple Chocolate Muffins

It has been a while. I haven't blogged in more than 3 months... Will try to get back at posting more!!

Decided to come back with a yummy muffin recipe... ;) There is a secret ingredient... Mayo!! ;) Makes for very moist muffins!

The recipe is in French - can translate it if anyone is interested to try this yummy recipe!

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Triple Chocolate Muffins
from recettesdepixel.blogspot.ca/

1 1/2 tasse (180 g) farine
3/4 tasse (150 g) sucre
1/3 tasse (35 g) cacao
3/4 c. à thé de bicarbonate de sodium
3/4 c. à thé de poudre à pâte
3/4 tasse (75 ml) mayonnaise
3/4 tasse (75 ml) eau
1 oeuf
3/4 tasse (135 g) de pépites de chocolat mi-sucré (moi 210 g)
3/4 tasse (135 g) de pépites de chocolat blanc (moi 60 g haché grossièrement, j'ai pris ce qui me restait et compensé ce qui manquait avec plus de chocolat mi-sucré)

Méthode :
Mettre les ingrédients secs ensemble et ceux liquides ensemble et mélanger délicatement les 2 préparations. Cuire à 350°F (180 °C), 15 à 20 mn, vérifier avec un cure-dent, s'il sort propre ils sont prêts !



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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Update

I haven't updated in a while.

4 weeks ago, I did a 10km for the Firemen of Laval.
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At around 6.5 km, I hit a hole with my left foot - I walked a bit and finally finished the race. I was a bit in pain but not too bad. I put some ice when I got home and wrapped it up. IMG_1721

Went to the clinic the next day. IMG_1723

After an x-ray - was sent to the hospital as I had broken a little bone in my foot :( IMG_1726

Saw a specialist the day after and was prescribed a "sexy" boot!! IMG_1728

This explains my absence in the last month! I am in no pain - but I hate this boot! I can't run which makes me very sad - but I started going back to the gym last week to do some weights and a bit of elliptical. I have two more weeks to go then I get another x-ray - hope it is all healed!!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Hell's Kitchen Flea Market

My third time going to this flea market - bought an old camera the first time I went - still hoping to find cheap ones - but not this time! But still a fun place to look at old stuff!

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