It’s The Cherry On Top

by kristen massad on May 27, 2015

As we are dreaming of warmer weather and sunny skies (here in Texas), this oh so simple and kid approved Ice Cream recipe will brighten your days and fill your bellies with joy!

Pouring silky custard into a churning ice cream machine will be the start to one of the most rewarding recipes you make in your kitchen. Begin with the perfect ice cream base, and the flavor combinations are endless. This recipe will bring out the creative side of your whole family with flavors of lavender and honey or traditional cookies and cream. You will be enjoying your favorite frozen treat all summer long. SONY DSC SONY DSC

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Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Base
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  2. 1 ½ Cups Whole Milk
  3. ¾ Cup Granulated Sugar
  4. 5 Egg Yolks
  5. 1 Vanilla Bean, halved and seeds scraped
Instructions
  1. 1. In a medium saucepan whisk together cream, milk, half of the sugar and the vanilla bean seeds; bring to a boil
  2. 2. While the cream mixture is heating up, whisk the egg yolks and remaining sugar in a bowl until thick and pale in color
  3. 3. Once the cream mixture has come to a slight boil, add about 1/3 of the mixture to the egg mixture and whisk until fully combined
  4. 4. Slowly add the egg mixture to the remaining cream and stir until mixture becomes thick (do not bring cream/egg mixture to a boil); immediately strain custard
  5. 5. Cover and allow the ice cream base to cool at room temperature and then refrigerate for at least four hours or overnight
  6. 6. Pour ice cream base into ice cream machine and churn (follow manufactures directions)
  7. 7. Once ice cream is frozen, slowly add your choice of ingredients
Notes
  1. Flavor Add In
  2. Cookies and Cream
  3. Add 1 cup crushed chocolate cookie sandwiches
  4. Birthday Cake
  5. Add 1 cup crumbled baked vanilla cake and ½ cup rainbow sprinkles
  6. Honey Lavender
  7. Remove ¼ cup granulated sugar from recipe
  8. Once ice cream is frozen, drizzle in ¼ cup of honey and 2 Tbsp dried lavender
  9. Salted Peanut Butter Crunch
  10. Add 1 Cup creamy peanut butter to the egg and sugar mixture
  11. Once frozen, add ½ cup crushed pretzel pieces and 1 cup mini peanut butter cups
  12. Mint Brownie Chunk
  13. Once cream/milk mixture has come to a boil, add in ½ cup fresh mint leave and allow the cream to steep for 30 minutes. Pour the mint infused
  14. cream into a blender and then bring back to a boil before tempering into egg mixture
  15. Fold 1½ cup of baked brownie chunks into mint ice cream
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Ink Foodie Finds

by admin on May 8, 2015

may must haves

1. Green Tea Cuticle and Lip Balm 2. Honey Comb 3. DIY Cheese Making Kit 4. Endless Summer Cookbook 5. Mast Brothers Chocolate 6. Quince Jam

With my love for all things food and specialty kitchen items I am always on the look look out for new products.  I am excited to share with you monthly list of curated small batch, artisan and unique products.  Although it is always fun to shop the markets, we don’t always have time to travel the world to find all the specialty items that we would want in our own kitchen.  I hope you love the products I find and come back each month for more!

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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
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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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