Tag: sweet

Almond Cake

Almond Cake

Alert the media- cake doesn’t need flour. Or butter. Or milk. It needs eggs, though. Sorry vegans. And vanilla. But did you know that with almond flour, a bit of sugar, eggs, and vanilla, you can make the best, most moist, easiest cake in the […]

Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake

This is a foolproof cake. You can’t mess it up, no matter how hard you try. It’s a sweet cake that’s good whether it’s light or dense, browned or spongy, soaked or dry. You can substitute evaporated milk for condensed milk (which I would NOT […]

Cappuccino Cupcakes

Cappuccino Cupcakes

Let’s not talk about how long it took me to spell capuccino cappucino cappuccinno cappaccino cappuccino right. Let’s talk about these cupcakes. Personally, I’ve never been a fan of cappuccinos- I like lattes, mochas, and anything with vanilla in its name. In essence, I know what they are- all the times I’ve been in Starbucks, I’ve absorbed it through osmosis. I have no idea what osmosis is. No one tell my mom. I was making a batch of vanilla cupcakes recently, and as I am wont to do, I jazzed it up a bit. A cappuccino (you can call it a capp if you’re very cool, very obnoxious, or went to an Ivy League school. Chances are if you’re the last one, you’re also the first two) is essentially a shot of espresso topped with lots and lots of foamed milk. My doggy’s fur has a texture very similar to foamed milk, so it always put me off. Turns out, whipped cream was a good substitute. Whipped cream is a good substitute for a lot of things, including frosting, companionship, and chantilly creme!
INGREDIENTS
3/4 cup flour
1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup Greek yogurt
1 shot cold espresso
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
This recipe is a more detailed version of my earlier post . I loved these so much, I gave them their own recipe. No disrespect intended to my fiery fudge, berry galaxy swirl, or caramel pecan cupcakes.
Start by preheating the oven to 350 F. Whip up the eggs and sugar until they’re light and foamy- unless you actually have upper body strength, or want to get your daily workout in via baking, use a stand mixer, not a handheld whisk.
Add in the vanilla, and whip in the yogurt. Keep beating it til all the grainy particles of yogurt are mixed in. This has no impact on the final taste, it just looks better.
Add in half the flour, then half the milk, then the other flour, then the other milk, while the mixer is on medium high. Add in the flour slowly, otherwise you’ll have a massive flour cloud.
 Now grab the espresso (or heck, just use a shot of instant coffee),
and mix it into the batter. Ladle it into a tin (use wrappers if you want to be cutesy), and bake it at 350 for 18 minutes.
 Let them cool,
while you whip the cream.
Top the cooled cupcakes with the cream, and then sift the espresso powder on top. Let the powder sit for at least 10 minutes, so it settles in.
Blackberry Cobbler

Blackberry Cobbler

Blackberry cobbler Summer is ending. I mean, you wouldn’t know it from the temperature, the trees, or the seasonal decor at Marshalls, but summer is ending,  and I can hardly wait. The one thing I will miss from summer is all the gorgeous produce- like […]

Honey Cake-Kuwait

Honey Cake-Kuwait

Look, it doesn’t get much better than this. A light, fluffy, spongy cake, soaked in syrup and topped with honey and nuts.  INGREDIENTS Cake: 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons greek yogurt 1/4 cup flour Syrup: 2 tablespoons honey 1 […]

Ajvar- Kosovo

Ajvar- Kosovo

Ajvar is a type of pepper relish. It has garlic, roasted red peppers, and you can spread it on bread. I’m sold. It’s the simplest thing in the world to make, and barely takes 10 minutes. If you already have jarred roasted red peppers, it’ll take maybe 5 minutes. Perfect if you need to make something for company in a rush, or if you want a quick snack that’s not unhealthy for binge-watching The Good Wife. Can I be Diane Lockhart when I grow up?
INGREDIENTS
2 red peppers (I found these giant ones at Trader Joes!
3 cloves garlic (tame, I know)
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar (feel free to sub in white wine vinegar, sherry vinegar, or just plain old vinegar)
1 tablespoon sugar (I don’t have any comments, I just didn’t want to leave the sugar out)
tart by roasting the peppers. If you have a grill, and your mom doesn’t think you’ll make a giant fireball as soon as you turn it on, grill the peppers. If your mom has no faith in you (or, you know, if you don’t have a grill), roast them on the stovetop. Once they’re nicely charred and blackened, stick them in a zipper bag to sweat for about 10 minutes. The charred skin should slide right off. Carcinogens have no place in Ajvar!
Let them cool, then whir them in a food processor or blender with the vinegar, sugar, and a bit of salt.
Serve this hot or cold, on bread or crackers. You could even stir it with rice, or throw some into soups for an extra zip of flavor! It would also be good in pasta, with some parmesan and parsley.
Mandazith- Kenya

Mandazith- Kenya

It took me 5 minutes to type out “Mandazith”. It kept correcting to mandatory. See, autocorrect can turn Mandazithto mandatory, but can’t turn ronnirw into tomorrow? Really? Do better, autocorrect, or I’ll have to learn how to spell (if anyone who works at Yale is […]

Kheer-India

Kheer-India

Kheer is kind of like rice pudding- and is eaten all over India. Every state in India is like a different country, they all have their own languages and cuisines. I almost skipped this, because I didn’t want to take sides. But kheer? Kheer is […]

Meatball-Ravioli Soup

Meatball-Ravioli Soup

This soup is just plain ornery. You want soup? You want a light, refreshing soup? You think soup is broth-y and elegant? This soup isn’t. This soup is glorified tomato sauce. This soup has meatballs. This soup has ravioli. Ravioli! Make this soup. And you will enjoy this soup. This soup isn’t one of those soups that SAYS that it’s filling, but is actually just a bowl of lies that will make you lie awake at 2 in the morning, wondering how quietly you can go downstairs and eat cheetos. No. This soup is real food. I love this soup.

 

INGREDIENTS

 

½ pound frozen meatballs

17 raviolis- don’t you even think about using 16. Have some self respect!

2 cups frozen peas

2 cups frozen corn

1 tablespoon sugar

24 oz vegetable broth (use chicken or beef, if you must)

2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons paprika

1 ½ cups tomato sauce

Start by sizzling the paprika in some olive oil. It’ll darken the paprika and give it a smoky, sweet, spicy taste.

Then pour in the frozen peas and corn. When I cleaned out the freezer, I found 6 bags of each. It was weirdly foreboding.

Dump in the meatballs, and stir it around to get the frost off of everything. These are vegetarian meatballs, but they’re surprisingly edible! If you’re one of those people who has the patience, foresight, and wisdom to make meatballs from scratch and freeze them raw, cook the meatballs before putting them in. Boiled meat makes me sad.

Pour the tomato sauce over everything,

and add the worcestershire sauce and salt. Throw in the sugar, too. You can exclude it if you like, but I’m incapable of making anything that has tomato sauce without sugar.

Then pour the broth in,

, stir it all around, and let it come to a boil. Throw in the ravioli, put the lid on, and let it cook for about 15 minutes.

You really just want everything to thaw out! This is a super simple, quick, healthy, and delicious one pot meal. Oh, and it’s real food.

Microwave Chocolate Chip Cookies

Microwave Chocolate Chip Cookies

It started with regular chocolate chip cookies. I wanted cookies. I like cookies. But my oven is broken. So, I thought I’d make cookies on the stovetop! Back in my wild youth, we used to buy chocolate chip cookie pies- giant chocolate chip cookies covered […]