No-Bake Creme Brulee

by kristen massad on April 24, 2015

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Fancy dessert recipes tend to scare us out of the kitchen, but with only a few ingredients, no oven and no water bath, stovetop crème brûlée makes it easy to recreate a favorite restaurant dessert at home. With its rich and silky texture and crunchy caramelized sugar topping, this will be your go-to dessert.

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No Bake Creme Brulee
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
  2. 1 vanilla bean, split
  3. 4 large egg yolks
  4. ½ cup granulated sugar
  5. 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  6. Turbinado sugar or granulated sugar (to brulee)
Instructions
  1. 1. In a medium saucepan, combine cream and vanilla bean (scrape seeds out of pod) and bring to a simmer.
  2. 2. While cream is heating, whisk egg yolks, sugar and cornstarch in a bowl.
  3. 3. Slowly add hot cream to the egg mixture and continue whisking until fully combined.
  4. 4. Pour mixture back into the saucepan and cook until it starts to thicken (do not bring it to a boil).
  5. 5. Once the custard is thick, remove the pan from the heat and transfer to a bowl.
  6. 6. Continue whisking for 2-3 minutes to make the custard extra silky.
  7. 7. Spoon custard into individual glass ramekins and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  8. 8. When ready to serve, sprinkle the top of the custard with sugar and torch until sugar is caramelized.
  9. 9. Serve immediately!
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Easter Bread

by kristen massad on March 31, 2015

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCComing from a large family with so many traditions, some of my favorite memories are all the recipes my Nanny made for the holidays. Easter has a sweet spot in my heart and there is not one that has gone by without her famous Easter Bread. Rich sweet bread, similar to brioche, flavored with orange and braided to perfection. For a special Easter touch, eggs are nestled into the dough and glazed with a thin sugar coating topped with colorful sprinkles. From my family to yours, Enjoy!

 

Nanny's Easter Bread
Yields 1
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Dough
  1. 4 cups all purpose flour
  2. ¼ cup granulated sugar
  3. ½ cup vegetable shortening
  4. ½ cup whole milk
  5. 1 envelope active dry yeast (2 ¼ tsp)
  6. 4 eggs
  7. 1 orange, zest and juice
  8. ½ tsp salt
  9. ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  10. 4 eggs (for decoration)
Glaze
  1. 2 cups powdered sugar
  2. ¼ cup whole milk
  3. Sprinkles
Dough
  1. 1. Place flour and sugar in a large mixing bowl with dough hook attachment and add shortening until a course crumb forms. Heat milk in a saucepan until warm to the touch (110 degrees F) and add yeast.
  2. 2. Combine eggs, orange zest and juice, vanilla extract and salt in a mixing bowl and whisk until combined. Slowly add yeast mixture to the flour mixture and knead until it comes together (it will be dry at this point). Add egg mixture a little at a time until fully combined.
  3. 3. Knead the dough in the mixer or by hand until dough is soft and elastic. Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rise until doubled in size (approximately 1 hour).
  4. 4. Divide dough into two pieces and roll each piece into 24-inch-long pieces. Twist the two pieces together. Form the rope into a 12” round circle, pinching the ends together to seal, and nestle 4 eggs into the dough. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size (approx 45 minutes).
  5. 5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F; once the bread is ready, bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown on top. Allow the bread to cool completely before glazing and adding sprinkles.
Glaze
  1. Whisk together powdered sugar and milk, adding more of either ingredient to achieve the desired consistency. Use a pastry brush to glaze the top of the Easter Bread.
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Dressing the Table…Monkey Style

by admin on March 9, 2015

Last weekend, we celebrated Adele’s 2nd birthday…time goes so fast!  One of my favorite times of the year is when I get to plan my girl’s birthday party.  I know planning a party is not always easy and so much time and effort goes into a few hours that is over before you know it, but it is all worth it when you see the excitement of the birthday girl or boy and all the guest that have come to celebrate!  To make party planning a little easier, I have several of my go to places to get some of the cutest supplies that will make your table a piece of art.  Here are some of favorites that made Adele’s Curious George birthday party a success.  Curious George Birthday Party

 silly yellow bananas, Red Glitter Number, Felt Fetti, Polkadot Napkin, Balloon Table Runner, Polkadot Plates, Balloon Table Confetti, Confetti Balloon, Felt Yellow Hat, Curious George Book
 Party Menu 
Monkey Bread
Monkey & Banana Shortbread Cookies
Banana Nut Muffins
Banana Pudding Shots
Pigs in a Blanket
Donut Holes
Birthday Cake
Water Bottles and Table Cards by Joy Creative Shop

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Finger Food that Pops-Herb Goat Cheese Poppers

by kristen massad on March 3, 2015

SONY DSCHappy March!!  It’s hard to believe that Spring is quickly approaching but I have to say, I am looking forward to a little sunshine around here!  We have had such a mild winter in Texas, but the past few weeks have made me want spring more than ever…now lets start planning our warm weather parties!

 A table covered in gourmet appetizers provides the perfect setting for a spring gathering. At the beginning of this new season, freshen up your menus with bite-size finger food, ideal for sharing or passing. With only five ingredients, herb goat cheese poppers keep it simple and small but full of flavor.

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Herb Goat Cheese Poppers
Yields 24
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Ingredients
  1. 1 (8 ounce) log soft herb goat cheese
  2. 1 large egg
  3. ½ cup flour
  4. ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  5. 2 cups canola oil
Instructions
  1. 1. Place flour, whisked egg and panko breadcrumbs each in individual bowls (do not mix together). Roll goat cheese into 24 balls (1 heaping teaspoon each).
  2. 2. Dip each goat cheese ball in flour, dip in egg and roll in panko; place each ball on a baking sheet and refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes.
  3. 3. Heat oil in a small deep saucepan until it reaches 350 degrees F. Drop goat cheese balls into oil in batches of 4-6 at a time until golden and crisp on the outside. Remove balls with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel to drain.
  4. 4. Serve goat cheese poppers immediately with your choice of dipping sauce.
Notes
  1. Dipping Sauce (optional)
  2. Blackberry honey (pictured)
  3. Marinara sauce
  4. Balsamic reduction
  5. Sweet chili sauce
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Almond Butter & Jelly Bars

by kristen massad on February 9, 2015

SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCFeeling very excited over here…I have come up with a recipe that I love as much as my kids do and it can be eaten at breakfast or dessert and I don’t feel bad about it!  

If you are like our family, we have a serious love for “PEANUT BUTTER AND  jelly” (we like to sing it around here:) and sometimes it is a battle to get Sophie to want anything else for lunch.  So I have been working on a recipe that she will love just as much, but could be a healthy addition to her breakfast routine…and I did it! Yay!  Although, for this recipe I have removed the peanut butter and replaced it with almond butter for so many more wonderful benefits.  

After teaming up with Nuts.com and learning all the  health benefits that go along with almonds (and they taste amazing as well), these bars got even better.

The addition of almond butter, to replace peanut butter and almond flour, to replace all purpose flour,  you are treating yourself to a high protein and gluten free treat…and your kids will love it as well!!

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Almond Butter & Jelly Bars
Yields 15
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Bar Recipe
  1. 1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter
  2. 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 1 large eggs
  5. 1 cup almond butter
  6. 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  7. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
  9. 1 cup strawberry jam (or flavor of your choice)
Crumble Recipe
  1. 1 cup almond flour
  2. 2 tbsp sugar
  3. 1 tsp salt
  4. 4 tbsp butter, melted
  5. 1/3 cup almonds, slivered
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper
  3. In a large bowl with paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy
  4. Add vanilla extract, eggs and almond butter and mix until combined
  5. Slowly add almond flour, baking powder and salt to almond butter mixture and mix just until combined
  6. Spread the 3/4 of the batter evenly into prepared pan with a spatula
  7. Spread the strawberry jam over batter
  8. Drop small globs of the remaining dough over the strawberry jam
  9. Make the crumble topping and sprinkle to cover top of jam
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden
  11. Cool in pan before cutting into squares or hearts
Crumble Topping
  1. In a small bowl combine the almond flour, sugar, salt and melted butter and stir until it comes together
  2. Stir in the slivered almonds
  3. Sprinkle over jam
  4. Make crumble topping and sprinkle to cover the top
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