Irish Cream Cupcakes

A single Irish Cream Cupcakes sits in focus in the foreground. It sits on a black cooling rack draped with a green and white checkered towel. The background is blurry.
Irish Cream Cupcakes
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    Servings Prep Time
    24 cupcakes 60 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    16-18 minutes 4+ hours
    Servings Prep Time
    24 cupcakes 60 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    16-18 minutes 4+ hours
    A single Irish Cream Cupcakes sits in focus in the foreground. It sits on a black cooling rack draped with a green and white checkered towel. The background is blurry.
    Irish Cream Cupcakes
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      24 cupcakes 60 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      16-18 minutes 4+ hours
      Servings Prep Time
      24 cupcakes 60 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      16-18 minutes 4+ hours
      Ingredients
      White Chocolate Ganache
      Chocolate Cupcakes
      Servings: cupcakes
      Instructions
      White Chocolate Ganache
      1. Heat cream and Irish cream in a small pot until just at a simmer.
      2. Add chopped white chocolate and butter to a medium size bowl. Pour hot cream over white chocolate and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface and chill until cold, about 4 hours or up to 24 hours in advance.
      3. Using an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with a whip, whisk ganache until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Use immediately or chill until ready to use.
      Chocolate Cupcakes
      1. Preheat oven to 350℉ and line 24 muffin tins with paper liners.
      2. Using an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with a whip attachment combine all ingredients EXCEPT the water and whisk until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add boiling water and stir to combine.
      3. Pour or scoop 1/4 cup of batter into prepared tins. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool enough to handle, then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.
      4. Frost with white chocolate ganache frosting.

      Cinnamon Raisin Challah

      Baked and golden Cinnamon Raisin Challah braid rests on a wooden trivet that is draped with a navy and brown napkin. The loaf has two slices cut and resting at the front of the loaf. A knife and apricot jam sit to the side.
      Cinnamon Raisin Challah
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        Servings
        1 large loaf
        Servings
        1 large loaf
        Baked and golden Cinnamon Raisin Challah braid rests on a wooden trivet that is draped with a navy and brown napkin. The loaf has two slices cut and resting at the front of the loaf. A knife and apricot jam sit to the side.
        Cinnamon Raisin Challah
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          Servings
          1 large loaf
          Servings
          1 large loaf
          Ingredients
          Servings: large loaf
          Instructions
          1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook stir together water, brown sugar and yeast. Allow to proof for 7-8 minutes.
          2. Stir in 2 whole eggs, egg yolks, oil, and raisins. To this mixture add 2 cups of flour, cinnamon, cardamom and salt. Begin kneading, allowing all the flour to be absorbed. Add remaining flour gradually until dough begins to pull away from the sides and is smooth about 7-8 minutes. The dough will be a little sticky but you should be able to handle it without additional flour.
          3. Lightly oil a large bowl and turn out dough into bowl flipping to coat sides. Cover loosely with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise in a draft-free area for 90 minutes. (It will not appear to be double in size)
          4. Remove dough and knead a few times to punch out the air. Divide dough into 3 equal portions of approximately 300g each. Allow dough to rest for about 5 minutes. This helps relax the dough and will make it easier to roll into logs.
          5. Line a large baking tray with parchment.
          6. Roll each third into a 14" long log. Lay the 3 logs parallel to each other on the baking tray. Braid dough tightly, pinching the ends together and tucking under slightly.
          7. Cover loaf with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise in a draft free area for 45 minutes.
          8. Preheat oven to 350℉. In a small bowl whisk together 1 large egg and cream. Brush generously on the loaf and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake for approximately 32 minutes until golden and an internal temperature of 195℉ is reached.
          9. Remove from oven to a cooling rack and allow to cool prior to slicing.
          Recipe Notes

          For extra plump raisins, soak them in hot water for 10-15 minutes and drain well prior to adding to dough.

          This bread is wonderful toasted with a little apricot jam.

          It toasts quickly because of the sugar content.

          Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets

          Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets are cut into strips in the foreground, while whole cutlets remain on a parchment lined tray in the background. A black kitchen towel, knife, fresh basil and pesto adorn the scene.
          Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets
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            Servings Prep Time
            8 cutlets 35 minutes
            Cook Time
            12-15 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            8 cutlets 35 minutes
            Cook Time
            12-15 minutes
            Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets are cut into strips in the foreground, while whole cutlets remain on a parchment lined tray in the background. A black kitchen towel, knife, fresh basil and pesto adorn the scene.
            Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets
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              Servings Prep Time
              8 cutlets 35 minutes
              Cook Time
              12-15 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              8 cutlets 35 minutes
              Cook Time
              12-15 minutes
              Ingredients
              Servings: cutlets
              Instructions
              1. Using a blender or mini processor combine the first 7 ingredients and blend until combined but still has some texture. Set aside.
              2. Using three shallow bowls, combine flour and 1/2 tsp salt in one, breadcrumbs and 1/2 tsp salt in the second and the eggs whisked with the milk in the third.
              3. Pat chicken breasts dry with a paper towel. Cut each breast in half horizontally and then cut each half into half vertically, giving you 4 pieces per breast.
              4. Place chicken pieces between 2 pieces of parchment. Pound to about a 1/4" thick (no thinner).
              5. Dredge chicken cutlets with flour, shaking off excess.
              6. Dunk floured cutlets into egg wash and then into bread crumbs, turning to coat evenly. Arrange prepared cutlets onto a clean plate or tray.
              7. Add enough oil to a large skillet to come up about an 1/8" of an inch. Heat over medium until hot. Add 4 cutlets and cook approximately 2 1/2 minutes per side depending on thickness. Remove to a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with remaining cutlets.
              8. Turn oven to broil, with rack 8-10" from heat.
              9. Arrange cutlets on a foil lined tray. Spread 1 tbsp of pesto onto each cutlet and sprinkle lightly with grated parmesan cheese. Broil for 1-2 minutes until cheese is bubbly. Remove from oven and serve immediately.
              Recipe Notes

              -You can use any pesto you'd like here, however, the one included with this recipe contains less oil than regular pesto.  I found regular pesto makes the cutlets too oily.  This slightly drier version gives the same great flavour but less oil and better results. If you'd like to use a classic pesto, here's the recipe Classic Pesto

              -These cutlets are also great on top of pasta drizzled with extra pesto or in a sandwich.

              Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

              Coconut Oatmeal Cookies rest on a blue and white striped napkin that is draped through a white wooden tray. A small glass bottle of milk sits to the side and a canister of cookies lays in the background.
              Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
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                Servings Prep Time
                54 cookies 20 minutes
                Cook Time
                10-12 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                54 cookies 20 minutes
                Cook Time
                10-12 minutes
                Coconut Oatmeal Cookies rest on a blue and white striped napkin that is draped through a white wooden tray. A small glass bottle of milk sits to the side and a canister of cookies lays in the background.
                Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  54 cookies 20 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  10-12 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  54 cookies 20 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  10-12 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: cookies
                  Instructions
                  1. Preheat oven to 350℉.
                  2. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt. Set aside.
                  3. Using an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars.
                  4. Add egg and molasses and beat to fully incorporate. Stir in vanilla.
                  5. Add flour mixture, oatmeal and coconut. Mix until just combined and dough comes together.
                  6. Line baking trays with parchment or silpat mat. Using a 1 ounce cookie scoop, scoop out dough, spacing 2 inches apart.
                  7. Bake one tray at a time on the middle rack for 10-12 minutes.
                  8. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool on tray for 2-3 minutes before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely.

                  Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies

                  Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies
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                    Servings Prep Time
                    30 Cookies 60-70 minutes
                    Cook Time Passive Time
                    7-8 minutes per tray 3-24 hours
                    Servings Prep Time
                    30 Cookies 60-70 minutes
                    Cook Time Passive Time
                    7-8 minutes per tray 3-24 hours
                    Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies
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                      Servings Prep Time
                      30 Cookies 60-70 minutes
                      Cook Time Passive Time
                      7-8 minutes per tray 3-24 hours
                      Servings Prep Time
                      30 Cookies 60-70 minutes
                      Cook Time Passive Time
                      7-8 minutes per tray 3-24 hours
                      Ingredients
                      Servings: Cookies
                      Instructions
                      1. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
                      2. Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or electric mixer beat butter until fluffy.
                      3. Add granulated sugar and beat until incorporated. Add egg and vanilla and continue to beat on medium until egg is incorporated and the mixture is fluffy.
                      4. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and blend together until just incorporated.
                      5. Divide dough in two, scooping out onto sheets of plastic wrap. Fold over plastic wrap to seal and press each into a 1" flat disk. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
                      6. Heat heavy cream and pour over 8 ounces of chopped chocolate and 3 tsp corn syrup. Allow to sit for 5 minutes. Whisk together until smooth and glossy. Cover with plastic wrap directly on chocolate. Allow to sit and set at room temperature (see note), this will take several hours.
                      7. Preheat oven to 350℉ and line baking trays with parchment.
                      8. Remove dough from fridge and allow to rest at room temperature for about 10 minutes. Flour your work surface and roll out one disk at a time, dusting your work surface underneath and the top of the dough as you roll. Roll out to 1/8" thickness. Cut into desired shapes and place 1" apart on baking trays.
                      9. Re-roll remaining dough, dusting with flour as needed. Repeat with the second disk of dough.
                      10. Bake cookies for 7-8 minutes, allowing to cool slightly on trays before removing to a cooling rack.
                      11. Once completely cooled, spread or pipe 2-3 tsp of ganache onto the bottom of a cookie. Top with another cookie, bottom side down.
                      12. Melt 2 ounces of chopped chocolate with 1 tsp corn syrup. Pour into a disposable piping bag cut with a very small hole or use a #4 round tip to drizzle chocolate over the cookie tops.
                      13. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days, in the fridge for 3-4 or the freezer for up to a month.
                      Recipe Notes

                      -Ganache takes several hours to cool to room temperature, make first if planning to bake and assemble cookies the same day.

                      -Allowing ganache to set at room temperature allows it to be more spreadable and pipeable.  If you do chill it, allow it to come to room temperature and beat with 1-2 tbsp of heavy cream for about 30 seconds to soften it enough to pipe.

                      -I re-rolled the dough 3 times with no ill effect to the final cookie.

                      -Cookies are slightly crisp but soften when sandwiched together with the ganache.

                      -The recipe yield will vary with the thickness of your dough, and cookie cutter used.  I yielded 30 sandwiched cookies using a 2" heart shape cutter.

                      -The cookie wafers can be made in advance and frozen until ready to assemble.

                      -If you happen to have any ganache left over, chill, roll into small balls and dust with cocoa for a homemade truffle!