Thursday, March 1, 2012

Nutella Scones [Club Baked]

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So about a month ago, I realized that it was going to be National Nutella Day. What was I going to make for it? I look and searched and found that we were making these Nutella Scones for Club: Baked so I figured that it would be a perfect match.

They were sweet and delicious at the same time. I think next time if I were to make them again, I wouldn't add the hazelnuts to my nutella on top. I had extra hazelnuts that I had already toasted and didn't know what to do with them. The hazelnuts in the scone were kind of weird too. I dont know if i like that extra crunch. The nutella that was supposed to be put into the center of the scone was also really messy to deal with. I think one thing would be to put the dough into the fridge before baking and cutting so it's a bit easier to deal with.

Nutella is a favorite among my friends and I. I let the boyfriend bring them to work and I think they enjoyed it.

Thanks to Lorraine for choosing this one and see how the other baker fared at Club Baked.
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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Cookie Dough Brownies

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About a week ago, I went on a double date with a friend and his girlfriend. It was great to see them both again. I hadn't seem the two of them for months, I want to say. Naturally, we caught up over Korean food (we do always seem to get Asian food). Since I hadn't baked anything for them recently, I figure I could make a whole batch this stuff and give some to the boyfriend and his coworkers. I tried a couple of bites and I was addicted. I cut them into bite sized portions to make it easier to store (because I apparently cannot cut straight) and I had 5 of them. RIGHT THERE.

They are really good. The cookie dough topping is great because it has no eggs in it, so anyone who is worried, no need to worry! Although the amount of chocolate chips said in the recipe was a bit ridiculous, I'm sure if I had actually added a cup of chocolate chips, the boyfriend's coworkers would have had sugar highs and lows. Probably not good for people who work in the hospital. All the boyfriend said was that the hospital how complain how I'm making them fat (their fault for eating them) and that it was too much sugar. I will agree, that was probably a little excessive, but I'm still going to make desserts. It's like a nice little thing to eat at work. I can't imagine college students complaining about free food.

I found the recipe while I was digging up recipes to pin on my board of things I want to bake. I've got some baking items, but also some cooking items. I've recently picked up cooking so eventually, I'll have post those things too!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Mini Raspberry Swirl Cheesecakes [MSCC]

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So yes, I've made many mini cheesecakes before, each of which have been super successful. This one, I didn't find as successful, but those people (Scott's coworkers) who have had it think that it's good. Okay, I guess so.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Creme Brulee

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A couple years ago, I tried my hand at making creme brulee. My first chance was not the best attempt. The cream was good, but the burning of sugar on top was hard with a broiler. This time around, I invested in a creme brulee torch which I can torch other things too...like marshmallows at work for smores.

Anyways, it's Alton Brown's creme brulee recipe with double the amount of sugar. My neighbor Elan used to make my roommate and me creme brulees and once he made a half recipe, but forgot to halve the sugar and it was our favorite one. Therefore he kept making us those. Super easy to make, super delicious. To be honest, I like mine without the sugar topping. The creme is all I need.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Peanut Butter Butterscotch Cookies

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So when I get super stressed out at work and don't want do anything except bake, I sometimes go looking for recipes. I know it's not the best thing to do, but 15 minutes and I'm back to work and much more concentrated. With stresses coming up soon with a whole bunch of deadlines, there will be a lot more baking on, unless I start having 12+ hour days again. Then it's just sleep when I get to my apartment.

Anyways, I promised that I would help a friend in any way that I could. Farah is a friend from high school. We met in sophomore year and to be honest we've never been super great friends, but we've always been there for the other person. We went to different colleges and have grown into our own. She has decided to be a producer for a great documentary coming out soon. I know this may mean nothing to you, but being an Asian American, I can see that her documentary meaning a lot to people who are in the same boat as I am.

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I made some brownies and decided to decorate one with her logo, to the best of my abilities. It didn't turn out so well, but I'll do better next time. Actually, next time I would make sugar cookies and decorate using royal icing. Back to the cookies, they were super delicious. They were like peanut butter cookies and I added some butterscotch chips. The added chips gave the cookies a great dimension that I didn't think would be amazing.

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Recipe:
(adapted from here)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (6-ounce package) butterscotch morsels


Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine sugar, brown sugar and butter. Beat with an electric hand mixer until fluffy.
Add the peanut butter, vanilla and egg, blend well. Add the flour, baking soda and salt to dough mixture and mix well.
With a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir in butterscotch chips. Take a tablespoon of dough and shape, with your hands.
Flatten the balls lightly with the fork in a crisscross pattern (like you would with a peanut butter cookie).
Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove cookies from cookie sheet immediately and place on wire racks to cool thoroughly.

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