Organic Buttermilk Biscuit Bread

 

 

There is nothing better than a buttery Buttermilk Biscuit! (well.. almost 😉

Needless to say, I am OBSESSED with buttermilk biscuits.. My absolute favorite buttermilk beauties are from The Morning Glory Cafe at The Farm at South Mountain. So whether I need to use up left over buttermilk or get my craving for “The Farm Biscuits,” this is what I have come up with in bread form! It’s dense, buttery, perfect for a Sunday brunch and amazing topped with honey butter!

Ingredients

2 Cups Organic AP Flour

1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour

1/3 Cup (scant) Organic Sugar

1 Teaspoon Sea Salt

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Organic Egg, beaten

2 Cups Organic Buttermilk

1/4 Cup Organic Sweet Cream Butter, melted

Directions

Pre heat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter a 9×5 inch loaf pan. In a bowl, mix together the butter and sugar. Then add the egg and buttermilk to the sugar mixture. In another bowl Combine the flour, baking soda, sugar and salt. Whisk well, then combine the flour and sugar mixtures. Bake 45-60 minutes. Test with a toothpick… when it comes out clean its done 🙂

Enjoy warm and topped with honey butter! (my favorite)

 

 

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Organic Chocolate Cake with a Strawberry Acai Buttercream

I just got these fabulous cookbook, “Organic and Chic,” By: Sarah Magid. I was so excited to find this because I LOVE her philosophy being Organic and local as possible! This is completely up my ally… I must admit though, the only little thing that I was disappointed about was the food coloring she uses. It is the generic “chemical” kind. But for my recipes I want ALL of my ingredients to be as pure and chemical free as possible. Therefore, I have discovered this amazing naturally made  food coloring by “India Tree.” I paid $19 for it, but to me it’s worth it 🙂

 I made the Pink Macarons with an Organic Strawberry Acai Buttercream I had left over buttercream so I wanted to make a cake… and Since I love ANYTHING Chocolate, I made Sarah’s “Easiest Chocolate Cake…”

Ingredients

(This is the recipe cut in half for a smaller cake)

1 Cup + 2 Tablespoons Organic AP Flour

1 Cup scant Organic Cane Sugar

1/2 Cup Organic Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt

1/2 Tablespoon ALMOND EXTRACT (This is a change I made; Original recipe called for Vanilla Extract)

1/3 Cup Organic Canola Oil

1 Teaspoon Organic White Vinegar (Apple Cider is what I used)

1 Cup Cold Water

Directions

Preheat the oven to 35o degrees F. Butter and flour a 8 or 9-inch round cake pan. In a large bowl, sift the dry ingredients together. Set aside. In a medium bowl, mix the extract, oil, vinegar, and cold water. Slowly whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, 

being careful not to overmix. The mixture will be quite wet, but this is okay. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20-24 minutes.

Allow cake to cool then frost it with the Strawberry Acai Buttercream.

Strawberry Rhubarb Galette

The last time my husband and I had Rhubarb was in Paris and his Aunt had made a homemade Rhubarb Marmalade… it was insanely good! Since I have been craving that sweet tart flavor I had to make this beautiful vegetable one of my favorite ways, Galette. My favorite thing about any Galette, is how organic and free flowing it looks (and you can pick which edge has the most crust… wink wink).

Ingredients

Dough

1 3/4 Cups Organic AP flour

1/3 Cup Organic Sugar

1/4 Cup Semolina Flour

1/4 teaspoon Himalayan Sea Salt

1/2 Cup cold Organic Unsalted Butter, cut into small pieces

1/3 Cup Organic Cream, Milk or Half & Half

Strawberry Rhubarb Filling

2 1/2 cups sliced Organic Strawberries

1 cup chopped Rhubarb

1/3 cup Organic Sugar

3 Tablespoons Arrowroot Starch

1 Organic Egg, beaten

2 Tablespoons Raw Turbinado Sugar

Directions

1. To make the dough, combine flour, sugar, semolina, and salt in a processor; pulse 2-3 times. Add butter and pulse 4-5 times, or until mixture resembles coarse meal. With the processor running, slowing pour the cream through the chute, processing until the dough forms a ball. Remove the dough ball and adhere any remaining pieces of dough to it, then wrap in plastic wrap or parchment paper. Refrigerate for at least 45 minutes before rolling out.

2. Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.

3. To make the strawberry rhubarb filling, combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, and toss gently, making sure that the arrowroot is coating the fruit. Set aside.

4. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and place on a sheet of parchment paper. Starting at the center of the dough, roll out, forming a 14-15-inch wide circle. Place the dough with parchment paper on a baking sheet. Add the fruit mixture to the center of the dough, leaving a 2-inch border. Fold the border over the filling, overlapping where necessary and pressing gently to adhere the folds.

5.  Lightly brush the edge of the dough with the egg and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.  You don’t need to use the whole egg, just enough to brush the edge of the galette.

6. Bake for 1 hour, or until crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack to cool for 

at least 20 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Note-you can make the galette dough in advance. It will keep in the refrigerator for 3 days. Try serving the galette with vanilla ice cream for an extra special dessert.

Serves 6

Recipe was adapted from here I just changed some ingredients 🙂

Organic Açaí Berry Cupcakes topped with Roasted Cocoa Nibs

With my rising obsession with Cupcakes, I am adapting “Anti-Aging and Healthy” ways to completely indulge in these sweet treats… Therefore, the well known Superfood, Açaí, was next on my list! I paired the cakes with Roasted Cocoa Nibs, so it would compliment the taste of this luscious berry and it turned out AMAZING!!

So what is Açaí?…
Açaí is the high-energy berry of a special Amazon palm tree. It contains a remarkable concentration of antioxidants that help combat premature aging, with 10 times more antioxidants than red grapes and 10 to 30 times the anthocyanins of red wine. Also, Açaí has the synergy of monounsaturated (healthy) fats, dietary fiber and phytosterols to help promote cardiovascular and digestive health. As well as an almost perfect essential amino acid complex in conjunction with valuable trace minerals, vital to proper muscle contraction and regeneration.

To make these lovely little cakes you will need:

1 1/2 Cups Organic AP Flour

1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan Sea Salt

1/2 Cup Organic Cream

1 Tablespoon Organic Açaí Berry Powder

1 stick Organic Butter, unsalted & room tempurature

3/4 Cup Organic Sugar

2 Organic Eggs

For the Frosting:

1/2 stick Butter

1 Cup Organic Powdered Sugar

1/4 Cup Organic Cream

1/2 teaspoon Açaí Powder

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line the cups of a standard 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. With mixer on low, add half of dry ingredients, followed by the cream and Açaí. Divide batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean. Cool cupcakes completely before frosting.

Frosting:

In a medium bowl, with an electric mixture, beat the butter, powdered sugar, milk and Açaí until smooth.

The frosted Cupcakes are best eaten within 1 day.

Your taste buds, body, health and skin will LOVE the benefits of these decadent cakes!!

Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with a Vanilla Bean Chocolate Ganache

Guinness is one of my FAVORITE beers. So I couldn’t wait to pair it with chocolate in this exotic cupcake! The Guinness hits your palate subtly but lingers in your mouth like a taste of wine. Its deep coffee-cocoa flavor is a perfect match with the chocolate and vanilla bean ganache. So if you enjoy a good brew you will LOVE these little cakes!!

Ingredients (makes 12 cupcakes)

1/4 Cup + 2 Tablespoons Organic Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

1 Cup Organic Sugar

1 Cup Organic AP Flour

1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan Sea Salt

6oz (half a bottle) Guinness Stout

1/2 stick Organic Butter, unsalted and melted

1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Beans

1 Large Organic Egg

1/4 Cup + 2 Tablespoons Organic Sour Cream

Ganache

4oz Dark Chocolate, Valhorna 70%

4oz Organic Heavy Cream

1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Beans

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa, sugar, vanilla beans, flour, baking soda and salt.

In another medium bowl, combine the Guinness and melted butter. Beat in the egg. Mix in sour cream until thoroughly combined and smooth. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet mixture.

Dived the batter equally between 12 lined muffin tins, filling each 3/4 full. Bake for about 12 minutes and then rotate the pan. Bake another 12 minutes until risen and toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool cupcakes on a rack or in the muffin tin.

To make the Ganache

In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and cream together. Once melted, stir in the vanilla beans. Set aside to cool. Once cooled at room temperature, dip the cupcakes into the ganache and sprinkle with cocoa powder to finish!

Caramel, Chocolate and Salted Almond Tart

I got inspired for this recipe when I was looking through “The Art and Soul of Baking,” by Cindy Mushet. I came across this insanely gorgeous “Baci Tart with Frangelico Cream” which, the photo itself is stunning and the ingredients were delectable. So I had to take on this recipe… with a few changes I came up with this decadent Chocolate, Caramel and Salted Almond Tart.

Ingredients

Chocolate Dough Recipe

1/2 Cup Organic Heavy Cream

1/2 Stick Organic Butter

1/4 Cup Water

2 Tablespoons Almond Flavored Syrup or 1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract

1 Cup Salted Almonds, chopped

2 ounces Dark Chocolate, chopped

Coarse Sea Salt for garnish

Chocolate Dough Recipe Ingredients

1 stick Organic Butter

1/2 Cup Sugar

1 Egg Yolk

1 Cup Organic AP Flour

2 1/2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (Valhorna is what I use)

Directions:

1: Cream together the butter and sugar. Then add the egg yolk and beat well.

2: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and cocoa powder. Add to the butter mixture all at once. Blend just until the dough comes together.

3: Scrape the dough in a tart pan. Use the heel of your hand to press the dough into an even layer across the bottom and up the side of the pan. Press from the center of the pan outward, building up some extra dough where the bottom meets the side. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to use

1: BAKE THE SHELL– (You can use a tart pan or 6 small tart pans)Preheat the oven to 35o degrees F. Bake the tart shell(s) for 20-30 minutes. Allow to cool on a rack while you prepare the filling. You may leave the oven on.

2: MAKE THE FILLING– Combine the cream, butter and chocolate in small saucepan and heat just until the cream begins to simmer and the butter and chocolate is fully melted. Remove from heat and let the mixture sit while you make the caramel.

3: Combine the water and syrup in a medium saucepan. Sprinkle the sugar and almond syrup over the top. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally with a heatproof silicone spatula, until the sugar is dissolved and the liquid is clear. Turn the heat to high and boil rapidly, swilring the pan occcasionally (do not stir) to cook the sugar evenly, until it turns a golden honey color. Then remove from the heat and immediately add the warm cream and butter mixture. Be careful!

4: Stir with a spatula to blend the caramel and cream. If there are any bits of hardened caramel, put the pan over the lowest possible heat and stir gently until the caramel melts. Add the almonds to the caramel and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the caramel turns a light golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Immediately pour the filling into the cooled tart shells.

5: Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown and bubbling. Transfer to a cooling rack. Cool completely. Then sprinkle with the coarse sea salt for garnish.

… and oh my goodness!

Chocolate Chip Shortbread

One of my favorite treats ever… Chocolate Chip Shortbread. In this new recipe I used semolina flour instead of arrowroot starch and it creates the perfect texture. Just wait.. you’ll see what I mean!

Ingredients

6oz Organic Salted Butter

2 Cups Organic AP Flour

1/3 Cup Semolina Flour

1/4 teaspoon Himalayan Sea Salt

1/4 Cup + 2 Tablespoons Organic Sugar

1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Beans or Vanilla Extract

1/4 cup 60% Bittersweet Chocolate Chips

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a cake or tart pan with parchment and butter the bottom. Combine the butter and sugar in a bowl and cream together, then add the vanilla. Mix well. In another bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and whisk together. Combine the dry ingredients with the butter mixture and press in the bottom of the prepared pan. Press the chocolate chips on the top on the shortbread. Bake for 40-45 minutes until golden brown.

Cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Just remember… There are nutrients in butter, so there should be NO guilt here 😉

Dark Chocolate Chunk Almond Cookies

Almond Paste-Butter-Dark Chocolate… These cookies are sinfully AMAZING!

Ingredients

1 Cup All Purpose Flour

1/4 Cup Almond Flour

1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt

1/2 Cup Butter, Softened

3/4 Cup Sugar

1 Egg

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

2 oz Almond Paste

3oz Dark Chocolate, Chopped

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream together the butter and sugar, then add the egg, vanilla and mix. In another bowl combine the dry ingredients and chocolate chunks. Drop a spoonful of dough on a cookie sheet with parchment. Chop the almond paste into small chunks and place on top of the cookies. (I did it this way so you have different textures to bite into, but you may add it with the chocolate chunks if you prefer.)

Bake 12-14 minutes and cool on a wire rack.

Organic Dog Biscuits “Mambo Italiano”

So my darling husband was at Barns n Noble the other day and can home with a prize for me.. not necessarily for me, but for our French Bulldog. It the “Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook from the Bubba Rose Biscuit Company.” Its an all organic doggie treat cookbook! It came with 3 cookie cutters and for this “Mambo Italiano,” I chose to use the dog bone shape. Doggies deserve yummy organic treats too 😉

Organic Ingredients

3/4 Cup Oat Flour

3/4 Cup Brown Rice Flour

3oz Tomato Paste

1/4 Cup Fresh Mozzarella, Finely Chopped

1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

1/2 teaspoon Rosemary

1/2 teaspoon Dried Oregano

1/2 teaspoon Dried Basil

1 Egg

 

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

COmbine all ingredients and mix throughly until a dough forms. *If the dough is to dry add 1 Tablespoon of water.* Roll the dough out a lightly floured surface to 1/4″ thickness. Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes on an ungreased cookie sheet (they can be close together as they don’t spread while cooking).

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

“Bone” Appétit!

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Another simple peanut butter chocolate recipe… This time flourless and of course incredible!!

Ingredients

1 Cup Organic Peanut Butter (Smooth or Crunchy)

1/2 Cup Raw Sugar

1 Organic Egg

1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda

1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Measure out cookies and place on a buttered baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack. These cookies are crumbly so they make fall apart and melt in your mouth!