Graveyard Brownie Bites

Graveyard Brownie Bites resting on crumbled cookie dirt scattered with sculls and bones.
Graveyard Brownie Bites
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    Servings Prep Time
    36 mini brownies 60-80 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    12 minutes 60 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    36 mini brownies 60-80 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    12 minutes 60 minutes
    Graveyard Brownie Bites resting on crumbled cookie dirt scattered with sculls and bones.
    Graveyard Brownie Bites
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      36 mini brownies 60-80 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      12 minutes 60 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      36 mini brownies 60-80 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      12 minutes 60 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: mini brownies
      Instructions
      1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
      2. Prep 36 non-stick mini muffin tin cups by either spraying generously with non-stick spray or greasing and flouring. See note.
      3. Chop the semi-sweet chocolate and measure out 4 ounces. In a large bowl combine the 4 ounces of chocolate with the butter and microwave at 30-second intervals until melted, stirring often.
      4. Whisk in the sugar, eggs, and vanilla until fully combined.
      5. Sift in the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt directly into the bowl. Whisk to combine just until the dry ingredients are incorporated.
      6. Scoop the batter into prepared mini muffin cups using a level 2 tbsp scoop.
      7. Bake on the centre rack for 12 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely in the pan.
      8. Meanwhile, prepare the tombstones but slicing each cookie wafer into thirds, tapering the bottom slightly inward toward the center piece to create a tombstone shape. Reserve the side pieces that have been cut off.
      9. Crush reserved cookie wafers that have been cut off the sides to a fine crumb that resembles dirt and set aside.
      10. Dust each tombstone piece with a small amount of powdered sugar by rubbing the sugar lightly onto the cookie wafer.
      11. Melt the remaining 3 ounces of chopped chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave using 30 second intervals and stirring often until melted.
      12. Remove brownie bites from the pan and spread the tops with a small teaspoon of melted chocolate. Immediately sprinkle with crumbled cookie wafers and press lightly to adhere.
      13. Push a tombstone wafer into each brownie bite, cutting a small slit in the brownie if needed to push in far enough to hold in place.
      14. Decorate with candy bones, spiders, or worms as desired. Drizzle with red decorating gel to mimic blood. Serve and enjoy!
      Recipe Notes

      - I have used both pan preparation methods with similar results.  The key is to allow the brownie bites to cool completely in the pan before trying to remove them.  Loosen the tops from the pan with a sharp knife if necessary. Twist the brownie lightly to loosen and the brownie should pop out.

      Parsnip Spice Cake

      Parsnip Spice Cake
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        Servings
        16-18
        Servings
        16-18
        Parsnip Spice Cake
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          Servings
          16-18
          Servings
          16-18
          Ingredients
          Cake
          Simple Syrup
          Cream Cheese Icing
          Servings:
          Instructions
          Cake
          1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare cake pans as per option 1 or option 2 below.
          2. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, spices and salt.
          3. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, oil, milk and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. Stir in parsnips.
          4. Option 1: Line the bottoms of 3 - 8" round cake pans with parchment and spray sides with non-stick spray. Divide batter evenly into each pan and spread out with a spatula (about 13 ounces per pan). Bake on centre rack for 17-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
          5. Remove cake from pans and peel off parchment. Brush each layer with the simple syrup. Arrange one layer on a serving plate and spread with approximately 1/4 of icing. Top with another layer and repeat with icing and top with the remaining cake layer. Ice the top, reserving a small amount of icing to fill in the layer sides. Run a bench scraper or long straight edge spatula around the outside of the cake to smear and flatten the icing into a "naked cake" look. Dust the top with cinnamon and cut into desired wedges.
          6. Option 2: Spray a 9"x13" pan with non-stick spray. Pour batter into the pan and spread out evenly with a spatula. Bake on centre rack for 25-28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Brush with simple syrup and spread evenly with frosting. Cut into desired squares and serve.
          Simple Syrup
          1. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil stirring until sugar is dissolved. Once at a boil, allow syrup to boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in brandy. Allow to cool completely before brushing on the cake.
          Cream Cheese Icing
          1. Beat butter and cream cheese together until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar, spices and vanilla. Beat until just combined. Frost cake as desired.

          Whole Wheat Peach Streusel Muffins

          Peach Streusel Muffins
          Whole Wheat Peach Streusel Muffins
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            Servings Prep Time
            12 muffins 30 minutes
            Cook Time
            18-22 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            12 muffins 30 minutes
            Cook Time
            18-22 minutes
            Peach Streusel Muffins
            Whole Wheat Peach Streusel Muffins
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              Servings Prep Time
              12 muffins 30 minutes
              Cook Time
              18-22 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              12 muffins 30 minutes
              Cook Time
              18-22 minutes
              Ingredients
              Streusel Topping
              Muffins
              Servings: muffins
              Instructions
              Streusel Topping
              1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until combined and crumbly. Set aside.
              Muffins
              1. Set oven rack to the centre and preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or line a 12 cup muffin tin.
              2. Peel peaches and remove stone. Chop two of the peaches into 1/2" chunks and set aside. Puree the remaining two peaches using a blender or food processor until smooth. Set aside.
              3. In a small bowl whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
              4. In a large bowl whisk together oil and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, whisking after each until incorporated.
              5. Stir in sour cream, pureed peaches and vanilla. Whisk in dry ingredients until just combined (do not overmix). Fold in chopped peaches.
              6. Divide batter evenly into prepared muffin tin. Sprinkle each muffin with a generous tbsp of streusel topping.
              7. Bake for 18-22 minutes or a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
              8. Allow to cool at least 5-10 minutes prior to removing from muffin tin. Remove to a cooling rack to cool completely or eat while warm.

              Easy Homemade Baguettes


              Three Easy Homemade Baguettes are baked golden and resting on a wooden board with a linen kitchen towel.
              Easy Homemade Baguettes
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                Servings Prep Time
                3 baguettes 4 hours
                Cook Time
                25 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                3 baguettes 4 hours
                Cook Time
                25 minutes
                Three Easy Homemade Baguettes are baked golden and resting on a wooden board with a linen kitchen towel.
                Easy Homemade Baguettes
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  3 baguettes 4 hours
                  Cook Time
                  25 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  3 baguettes 4 hours
                  Cook Time
                  25 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: baguettes
                  Instructions
                  1. In a large bowl stir together water and yeast and allow to ferment for about 10 minutes until foamy.
                  2. Add 2 3/4 cups of flour and stir until moisture is absorbed. Cover with plastic wrap or clean kitchen towel and allow to rest for 20-30 minutes to allow the flour to hydrate.
                  3. Flour your work surface with a sprinkle of the remaining flour. Dump out dough onto your work surface and sprinkle with salt and a tablespoon of flour to knead the dough without it being too sticky. Continue kneading the dough and adding flour by the tablespoon until dough is smooth but still a little tacky, about 8 minutes. Using a bench scraper to lift the dough off the counter helps until it becomes less sticky. The exact amount of flour is dependant on your working conditions and existing moisture in the flour you are using.
                  4. Place dough in a large lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or clean kitchen towel and allow to rise in a warm, draft-free area for 60 minutes until double in size.
                  5. Remove dough to your work surface and using your fingers push and spread dough to remove air pockets and to shape into an approximate 8"x 6" rectangle. Fold the long sides of the dough into the centre and then fold the top and bottom into the centre. Place the folded dough back into the bowl, seam side down. Cover and allow to rise for 60 minutes.
                  6. Preheat oven to 475℉ and place a heatproof pan or cast iron skillet on the rack below your centre baking rack. If using a baking stone, place it in the oven to preheat as well.
                  7. Divide dough into 3 equal portions and roll each into an approximate 14" log. Allowing the dough to rest for 60-second pauses between rolling will help the dough relax and hold its shape when rolled. Place shaped logs onto a baguette pan. Alternatively, you can lay logs onto lightly floured parchment that sits on a rimless baking tray. Leave enough space between the logs to pinch the parchment and lift up, creating pleats between the logs. Place rolled kitchen towels on both ends of the parchment to provide support. Cover and allow to rise for 50 minutes.
                  8. Using a sharp knife or bread lame, make at least four 4" slashes across each loaf. Add ice cubes to the hot pan in the oven and place baguettes on centre rack above. Bake for about 25 minutes until golden and baguettes sound hollow when tapped. If using parchment, remove towels and pull parchment by the corners to flatten. Place pan in the oven as indicated above onto your preheated baking stone or simply on the middle rack if not using a stone.
                  Recipe Notes

                  -The exact amount of flour needed is dependent on many factors such as humidity and type of flour. Keep a small portion of flour aside and add by the tablespoon until the dough is smooth yet still tacky.  By all means, use a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook to knead the dough if desired.

                  -Use an upside-down baking tray if you do not have a rimless one.

                  -A baguette pan is an inexpensive investment that allows the loaves to brown evenly on all sides.

                  Grilled Prosciutto and Asparagus Flatbread

                  Grilled Prosciutto and Asparagus Flatbread cut into wedges on a wooden cutting board.
                  Grilled Prosciutto and Asparagus Flatbread
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                    Servings Prep Time
                    2 12x8 flatbreads 50 minutes
                    Cook Time Passive Time
                    10 minutes 70-80 minutes
                    Servings Prep Time
                    2 12x8 flatbreads 50 minutes
                    Cook Time Passive Time
                    10 minutes 70-80 minutes
                    Grilled Prosciutto and Asparagus Flatbread cut into wedges on a wooden cutting board.
                    Grilled Prosciutto and Asparagus Flatbread
                    Print Recipe
                      Servings Prep Time
                      2 12x8 flatbreads 50 minutes
                      Cook Time Passive Time
                      10 minutes 70-80 minutes
                      Servings Prep Time
                      2 12x8 flatbreads 50 minutes
                      Cook Time Passive Time
                      10 minutes 70-80 minutes
                      Ingredients
                      Dough
                      Flatbread
                      Servings: 12x8 flatbreads
                      Instructions
                      Dough
                      1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, stir together water, honey and yeast. Allow to ferment for 6-8 minutes.
                      2. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of flour, olive oil and salt. Begin kneading, allowing all the flour to be absorbed before adding more. Add additional flour gradually until dough is soft, subtle and no longer sticky to the touch, about 8 minutes. The exact amount of flour will vary.
                      3. Lightly coat a large bowl with olive oil. Shape dough into a ball and place in bowl. Cover and allow to rise in a warm, draft free area until double in size, about 1 hour.
                      Flatbread
                      1. Slice prosciutto into 1/4" strips. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high and cook prosciutto until crisp, stirring often. This will take 8-10 minutes. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate.
                      2. Preheat grill to medium.
                      3. Cut the woody 1-2" off the bottom of the asparagus spears. If they are thick spears, shave the bottoms lightly with a vegetable peeler to make them uniform in width. Rub spears lightly with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
                      4. Place asparagus directly on grill against the grain of the grills. Grill for 4-6 minutes until crisp-tender, turning once or twice. Remove from grill and set aside.
                      5. In a small bowl whisk together 1 tbsp olive oil, lemon juice, basil, salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Cut asparagus into 1" pieces and toss with a drizzle of lemon and oil, saving the remainder for finished flatbread.
                      6. Deflate the dough by kneading 3-4 times and divide the dough into two portions. Cover lightly and allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes. This will help relax the dough and make it easier to flatten. Spread and press one portion out to an approximate 13"x8" rectangle on a flat, movable surface like a cutting board or back of a baking tray.
                      7. Peel dough off of surface in one motion if possible and lay on preheated grill. Spread out corners slightly if possible. Close lid and cook for about 5-6 minutes until golden and crisp on the bottom. The time will vary depending on your grill and heat setting. Poke any large air bubbles and flip dough over.
                      8. Immediately scatter on half of the asparagus, prosciutto and crumbled goat cheese. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of parmesan and close the lid. Allow to cook for 3-4 more minutes to warm toppings and finish cooking the dough. Remove to a cutting board and cut into wedges. Drizzle with remaining olive oil and lemon juice and serve immediately.
                      Recipe Notes

                      -The dough will shrink up some when transferred to the grill, there's no stopping this, don't fight it!  I can usually grab and stretch out a couple corners once it is on the grill, but once it's on I don't mess with it much.