Cherry Almond Danish

A slice of Cherry Almond Danish sits on a white plate with a fork to the side. The plate sits on a flowered cloth that is draped over a wooden tray with a cup of black coffee in the upper right corner.
Cherry Almond Danish
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    Servings Prep Time
    8 1 1/2" slices 40 minutes
    Cook Time
    25-28 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    8 1 1/2" slices 40 minutes
    Cook Time
    25-28 minutes
    A slice of Cherry Almond Danish sits on a white plate with a fork to the side. The plate sits on a flowered cloth that is draped over a wooden tray with a cup of black coffee in the upper right corner.
    Cherry Almond Danish
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      8 1 1/2" slices 40 minutes
      Cook Time
      25-28 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      8 1 1/2" slices 40 minutes
      Cook Time
      25-28 minutes
      Ingredients
      Danish
      Glaze
      Servings: 1 1/2" slices
      Instructions
      Danish
      1. Combine cherries and sugar in a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until cherries are soft and syrupy about 10 minutes.
      2. In a small bowl whisk together 1 tbsp of cornstarch and 1 tbsp cold water. Stir into cherries and whisk constantly over medium-high heat until mixture comes to a full boil.
      3. Remove from heat and stir in almond extract. Allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes.
      4. Preheat oven to 425℉ and line a heavy baking sheet with parchment.
      5. In a small bowl cream together cream cheese, 1 tbsp of powdered sugar and vanilla.
      6. Lay puff pastry sheet on parchment and stretch slightly in width and length to 11-12".
      7. Using a pastry scraper or knife cut 1" wide fingers on the top and bottom third of pastry (length of fingers will be 3-4") and the centre 4" portion will be uncut (see photo).
      8. Spread cream cheese evenly along the centre uncut 4" portion of pastry.
      9. Spread cherry filling evenly on top of the cream cheese filling, leaving the fingers uncovered.
      10. Pull fingers across filling, alternating sides as you go (it's ok to have some small spaces in the pastry). Tuck any excess pastry underneath.
      11. In a small bowl whisk together egg and 1 tbsp milk or cream. Brush generously onto pastry.
      12. Bake in preheated oven for 25-28 minutes until golden and puffed. Remove from oven to a cooling rack for 5 minutes.
      Glaze
      1. In a small bowl whisk together 1/2cup powdered sugar and 1 tbsp milk or cream. Drizzle over pastry while warm and sprinkle with toasted almonds.
      2. Serve warm, cutting into 1 1/2" slices.
      Recipe Notes

      -Toast almonds in a preheated 350℉ oven for 10-12 minutes, stirring once.

      -Using a pastry cutter to cut fingers allows a clean cut without cutting through the parchment.

      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
            Print Recipe
              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!

              Toasted Bran Muffins

              Toasted Bran Muffins
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                Servings Prep Time
                12 muffins 20 minutes
                Cook Time
                30 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                12 muffins 20 minutes
                Cook Time
                30 minutes
                Toasted Bran Muffins
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  12 muffins 20 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  30 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  12 muffins 20 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  30 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: muffins
                  Instructions
                  1. Preheat oven to 350℉ and line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. Spread wheat bran out on a large baking sheet and toast in oven for 6-8 minutes turning once.
                  2. While wheat bran is toasting and cooling, cook 1 cup of raisins and 1/2 cup of water in a small saucepan over medium heat until soft and the water has been absorbed, about 10 minutes. Puree raisins until smooth.
                  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together wheat bran, flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
                  4. In a large bowl whisk together oil and brown sugar. Add egg and egg white and whisk to combine. Stir in pureed raisins, remaining 3/4 cup water, buttermilk, orange juice and orange zest.
                  5. Add dry ingredients and stir just to combine. Stir in 1/2 cup of raisins. Scoop evenly into muffin cups, mounding the batter.
                  6. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove and allow to cool for 5-7 minutes before removing muffins from tin to cooling rack.
                  Recipe Notes

                  -it is highly recommended to weigh dry ingredients.

                  -when scooping the batter, the muffin cups will be very full.

                  -if you don't want whole raisins in the final muffin, cook all the raisins with 3/4 cup of water and blend, continue with recipe adding only 1/2 cup additional water (for 1 1/4 cup total) and omit raisins at the end.

                  Mini Cornmeal Sausages with Creamy Honey Mustard


                  Mini Cornmeal Sausages with Creamy Honey Mustard
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                    Servings Prep Time
                    48 pieces 30 minutes
                    Cook Time
                    30-40 minutes
                    Servings Prep Time
                    48 pieces 30 minutes
                    Cook Time
                    30-40 minutes
                    Mini Cornmeal Sausages with Creamy Honey Mustard
                    Print Recipe
                      Servings Prep Time
                      48 pieces 30 minutes
                      Cook Time
                      30-40 minutes
                      Servings Prep Time
                      48 pieces 30 minutes
                      Cook Time
                      30-40 minutes
                      Ingredients
                      Cornmeal Sausages
                      Creamy Honey Mustard
                      Servings: pieces
                      Instructions
                      Creamy Honey Mustard
                      1. Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl. Keep chilled until ready to use.
                      Cornmeal Sausages
                      1. Using a pot or dutch oven, add enough oil to come up at least 3". Clip a high-temperature thermometer to the side of the pot so the tip is submerged but not touching the bottom. Heat oil to 350℉.
                      2. While the oil is heating, skewer the cocktail sausages. Whisk together remaining ingredients for batter until just combined yet smooth. Pour batter into a large, tall glass to aid in dipping sausages. (see note)
                      3. When the oil is hot, dip sausages into batter one at a time, coating completely. Add to hot oil and cook for 2-2 1/2 minutes per side until golden. Repeat with remaining sausages. Depending on the size of your pot, you'll be able to cook 6-8 at a time.
                      4. Remove with tongs to a paper towel lined plate to drain excess fat. Serve immediately with Creamy Honey Mustard.
                      Recipe Notes

                      -use a deep fryer if desired.

                      -I found cocktail sausages at Costco.

                      -pour batter into a large, tall glass to aid in dipping the sausages if desired.  Because they're only 2" long, using a bowl will work fine.

                      -if you want to cook half now and half later in the day to always eat them fresh and crispy, simply cover and refrigerate unused batter and re-whisk prior to using.