Blood Orange Chobani Pound Cake.

 

I’m a huge blood orange fan!  I was very excited when I saw them at my local farmer’s market and knew I had to buy them.  My mind was racing with what recipes I could create.  I think this one is a slam dunk!

I broke this recipe up into two distinct recipes so it’s easier to follow.  I LOVE what Chobani does for this pound cake.  Super moist & it just melts in your mouth.

Chobani Pound Cake:

1 1/2 c of all purpose flour
2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of salt
1 c of Chobani (lemon, blood orange or non or low fat plain yogurt)
1 c sugar
3 eggs
Zest of two blood oranges
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp of orange extract
1/2 c of vegetable oil

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350.  Non stick spray a glass loaf pan and set aside.

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl.  In your stand mixer with the whisk attachment, add Chobani, sugar, eggs, blood orange zest, vanilla and orange extracts.  Then slowly add the dry mixture to the wet and mix to incorporate.  Then add the vegetable oil and mix just until blended.  Avoid over mixing.  Pour into prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick insert comes out clean.

Glaze:

1 c of confectioners’ sugar (possibly more if you need to thicken the glaze up)
2 tbl of freshly squeezed blood orange juice
1 tsp of blood orange zest

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk.  Add additional sugar if you need to thicken the glaze.

Pour over a completely cooled pound cake.

 

— Knead to Cook

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars.

Okay these are NOT healthy & are quite indulgent!  But I made them because one of my daughter’s closest friends had knee surgery on Friday and had invited a bunch of girls over tonight for pizza & a movie.  I thought it would be fun to make these for a treat and they smell soooooo good!  Glad they are out of my house now :)

Ingredients:

2 c of packed brown sugar, light brown
1/2 c of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter (melted)
2 eggs, room temperature
1 tsp + 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract
2 c of all purpose, unbleached, flour (spooned in and leveled with a knife)
2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of salt
8 oz of chocolate chips
(optional) add peanut butter chips or butterscotch

Preheat oven to 350 and then spray a glass 13×9 pan with non stick spray or butter/flour and set aside.

In your mixer with the paddle attachment, blend butter and brown sugar.  Then add one egg at a time, mixing in between.  Add vanilla.  Then in 3rds add the flour and blend.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix until incorporated.  Avoid over mixing.  Spoon into the prepared pan, it doesn’t seem like a lot but it will rise quite a bit.  Bake for 35-45 minutes or until golden brown.  Let rest for about 15 minutes then cut into squares.

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Torta di Mele {Italian Apple Cake}

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/3 cups, all-purpose or any gluten-free flour will work (I used almond flour for this recipe)
2/3 c granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 c non fat milk, almond milk or low fat milk (whatever you have on hand)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
Zest of 2 lemons
6 medium apples, cored and peeled

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray your springform pan with non stick baking spray and set aside.

In your mixing bowl with the whisk attachment on, whisk the sugar and eggs.  Next, add in the flour, milk, baking powder, baking soda and zest. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.

Peel and core each of the apples. One apple will need to be diced up and dropped into the prepared batter.  The other apples can be sliced in 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices and placed along the top (spiral pattern).  The apples will sink into the batter a bit but the more apples you layer, they will become more visible.  Mist the top of the cake with some olive oil.  Then dust with granulated sugar (about a tablespoon).  This will caramelize on the top giving it a great texture.  Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

 

— Knead to Cook

Devilish Oreo Truffles.

Happy 100th Birthday Oreo!  Seriously, 100?

In honor of Oreo’s 100th, I decided to put my spicy, devilish side to work on transforming this simple, yet beloved cookie, into something a hot!

Meet the darker side of the Oreo ;)  (insert evil laugh here)

Ingredients:

1 package of Oreo cookies (I used the less fat version)
1 8 oz cream cheese brick (again, low fat), room temperature
6 oz of dark chocolate chips (for melting)
1-2 tsp of cayenne pepper

Directions:

To make the truffles –

In your food processor, blend all of the cookies down into a fine crumb mixture.  This takes about a minute or two.  When done, add the room temperature cream cheese brick and cayenne and blend again.  When it’s completely blended, it will form a ball inside your food processor (my visual clue it’s done).

Remove that and refrigerate for about 20-30 minutes.

I then melt the chocolate chips in a microwaveable safe bowl.  My microwave has a melting chocolate setting so I follow that option.  You can melt them slowly over a double-boiler or melt them in your microwave, checking often so it doesn’t burn.

Give that a good stir and set aside.

I line my cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper and then use my tiny scooper to scoop out the truffle filling and roll into balls.  Once complete, I toss them into the yummy chocolate pool for a coating and then place on the cookie sheet. If you opt to top your truffles with additional cayenne, as I did, dust them while they are wet from the chocolate.  This is my indicator for which type of truffle I’ve made – if I make a variety of flavors.  Then they head back into the fridge or freezer to set up for 15 minutes.  They can be served right after that or stored in a tupperware container for 3-4 days.

Watch out… they’re spicy!

 

 

— Knead to Cook

Cranberry Orange Chobani Pound Cake.

My lovely friend Mia just reminded me that today is National Pound Cake day and YES I have a lovely recipe I wanted to share with you all.  This is a delectable & super moist (thanks to the Chobani) cake that is perfect for breakfast or with your afternoon cup of tea.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

2 c all purpose, unbleached flour
1 c sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 c freshly squeezed orange juice
Zest from one orange
1 tsp orange extract
2 tbl melted butter
2 tbl hot water
3/4 c of non fat or 2% Chobani
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/2 c chopped walnuts

Directions:
In a large mixing bowl combine all of your dry ingredients. In your mixer bowl beat the egg, orange juice, zest, orange extract, butter and hot water together. Add the flour mixture to the wet batter and beat only until incorporated. Add the Chobani yogurt. Mix until blended. Add by hand the cranberries and walnuts. Spoon mixture into mini loaf pans or muffin tins that have been sprayed and floured. Bake at 325 for 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. I also dusted a few loaves with turbinado sugar from a crunchy top. Cool in the loaf pan for about 10 minutes then remove. Cool the remaining time on a wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar.

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Chocolate Tart Cherry Bread.

Okay seriously… dark chocolate and tart cherries – how can you go wrong?  I thought it would be fun to create a dessert bread for my girls.  I was right – they love it!  Perfect to slice and eat or top with Nutella or peanut butter.

Ingredients:

4 c of bread flour, plus extra for dusting
2 tsp of salt
2 tbl of olive oil
1.5 tbl yeast
1/2 c of warm water (use only enough to achieve a nice dough consistency)
4 oz of canned tart cherries (drained)
5 oz of dark chocolate chips

Directions:

In a large bowl combine flour, salt, olive oil and the yeast.  Then slowly pour in the warm water.  You will only use as much as you need to make the dough pliable.  Then on a floured surface, take the dough and knead it for about 8 minutes.  Cover and let rest for one hour.

You can divide the dough into two balls or for a larger loaf, use one.  Incorporate the cherries and then the chocolate into the dough.  The dough will become quite messy due to the juiciness of the cherries.  Add enough flour to make the dough pliable.  Press the dough down into more of a disk shape (about 2 inches thick).  Let rest for 45 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400.  Before placing the bread on a cookie sheet, score the bread with diagonal lines (using a filet knife).  Bake for 25-35 minutes or until nicely browned.

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Meyer Lemon Cake.

This cake is UNBELIEVABLY delicious.  I bought many boxes of Meyer lemons yesterday, because I admittedly love them so, and I thought I better get my creative juices (no pun intended) flowing to use them up.  I’m so happy with how fabulous this turned out.  I hope you give it a try :)
Ingredients:

1 c of cake flour (I used King Arthur’s)
1/3 c of almond flour* (see below how to make your own)
1/2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of baking soda
1/8 tsp of table salt
1.5 sticks of I can’t believe it’s not butter (or regular butter)
1 c of sugar
2 eggs, @ room temperature
2 tbl of Meyer Lemon juice, freshly squeezed
Zest from those two lemons
1 tsp of vanilla extract
2/3 c of plain Chobani yogurt
Powdered sugar, for dusting

*To make the almond flour:  Simply grind up 1/3 c of raw almonds (with or without skins) in your blender.  A food processor will work but the blender yields a more delicate flour texture.  Process on high until a fine powder is achieved.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

I used a springform pan but you can use any round cake pan.  Spray with baking spray w/flour or butter/flour your pan and set aside.

Combine all of your dry ingredients and whisk.  Set aside.

In your mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together.  This will take several minutes to yield a fluffy combination.  Add eggs, one at a time, until incorporated.  Then add the juice, zest and vanilla.  Mix until incorporated.  Then in 3rds add the dry mixture.  Add, mix and then repeat.  Add the Chobani and mix until just combined.  Avoid over mixing.  Pour into your prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Cool completely.  Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy!

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Valentine sweetheart cake.

This cake is so much fun & quite the surprise for your Valentine!  My daughter helped me make this one and it turned out great.  I’m not a baking connoisseur but I think this is quite fitting for tomorrow’s big day ♥.

I admit *gasp* that I used a boxed cake mix but I did make my own icing.  I was more concerned with form than taste (function).  :)  I normally never cut corners when cooking but I was more stressed with getting this right.

I did take a photo tour of the how-to.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

First you need two boxes of white cake mix.  I made one box to start according to directions.  From there I removed about 60% of the batter from my mixing bowl and reserved it for later.  The 40% I dyed with crushed strawberries (3) but you can use food coloring (pink or red).  Mix it well until fully colored.  I then poured this into a 9×9 square pan lined with parchment paper (or you can spray it with non stick spray).  It won’t be a lot of batter in the pan but you don’t need it super thick.  Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Let this fully cool.  Once cooled, insert your heart cookie cutter into the cake.  Cut as many hearts out as you can.

Now set all of those hearts aside and take a loaf pan and spray it with nonstick spray.  Pour the 60% of the white cake batter into the bottom of the pan.  Then line the hearts up down the middle butting up against one another.

Then make the second box of cake mix.  Pour that on top of the hearts and the other batter anchoring them down.  Try not to overfill or you will have spillage when baking.

Bake according to the package.  I did notice that I had to add about 12-15 extra minutes to the baking time. Just keep a watchful eye on it.  Once a toothpick inserted comes out clean, it’s done.  Remove it and let it fully cool.

I trimmed any irregularities off the cake and then prepared the icing.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup shortening
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons warm water
16 oz confectioners’ sugar

Add to your mixing bowl and beat until fluffy.  I added additional strawberries for color but you can use food coloring.

Ice the cake and decorate.  Slice and enjoy!

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Cannoli cream.

 

 

Calling all cannoli fans!!!  This cannoli cream can be served in individual ramekins, as filling for your favorite cannoli shells or in little cups for shooters.

If making it to serve in ramekins, it can be made in advance and are always well-received!  You can opt to use berries instead of chocolate as well.  This is a super easy recipe with a lot of impact :)

For the cannoli cream:

Ingredients:

16 oz of low fat ricotta cheese
3 tbl of granulated sugar
3 tbl of powdered sugar
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 tsp of almond extract
1/4 c of chocolate chunks

In a food processor, add the ricotta cheese and blend until creamy.  This step takes about 2-4 minutes.  It should look like this – very creamy and smooth.

Then add the remaining ingredients till almond extract.  Pulse till blended.  Then you can hand mix in the chips/chunks of chocolate or process until well-blended, like I did in the photo above.  Spoon into individual glasses or ramekins OR if filling cannoli shells – spoon the mixture into a ziploc baggie and store in the refrigerator.  Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour or more.  Just before serving, cut a tip off the bottom of the bag and pipe the filling in to the cannoli shells.

To make the chocolate bowls…   
To make chocolate bowls (yum) – blow up however many balloons (for the bowls) that you need.  I made 5 bowls and used the extra chocolate to cover some pretzel rods.  Okay back on task… I melted about 1 c of chocolate chips in the microwave (on the melting chocolate setting).  Once melted, whisk the chocolate and let it cool down to warm to room temperature.  DO NOT try this with hot chocolate or the balloons will explode and chocolate will go everywhere!

While I wait, line your baking sheet with wax paper.  Then when you’re ready, dip the bottom of the balloon in the chocolate.  Go over it a few times and then place the balloon on the wax paper.  Repeat until all of your balloons have been used.  I then placed my tray in the freezer for about an hour.  Once they were solid, I poked each balloon with a pin and let the air deflate  Work carefully and remove the balloon from each bowl (this takes a careful hand).  Then I placed the bowls back in the freezer until I needed them.  You can fill these with fruit, pudding, ice cream or whatever your heart’s desire.  Super fun!

 

 

— Knead to Cook