Sep 302013
 

Georgia Pecan Brownie (1) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

I must confess that I am not a big fan of brownies…maybe because they are usually overly sweet…on the other hand my husband loves brownies. As a matter of fact he stops quite frequently at the local bakery just to get a piece of brownie…I always think to myself, brownies usually are so simple to make and I could bake brownies that are less sweet with more nuts, this way I could satisfy him (he loves nuts) and me…

After searching many issues of Desserts Magazine, I decided to make a very simple recipe of brownie that was featured on the issue # 6…I made half of the indicated recipe, and yes, I did cut the sugar and increased the amount of pecan…in spite of cutting the sugar they came out sweeter than I expected, but much better than the store bought, and I love the extra pecans in it. No need to say, my husband loved it!

Georgia Pecan Brownie (2) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

Ingredients:

½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup + 1 tablespoons cocoa powder
¾ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 large eggs at room temperature
½ tablespoon vanilla extract
6 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup toasted pecan, pieces

Method:

Preheat oven to 350F and butter a 9 x 6 inch baking pan.

In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat and stir in the sugar to dissolves. Keep the mixture warm.

Add the warm butter and sugar mixture to the dry ingredients mix, stir to combine. Add the eggs, vanilla extract, chocolate and the nuts.

Stir until the chocolate is almost all melted and the ingredients are combined into a thick batter.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread the top to even.

Bake for 25 to 35 minutes until set.

Remove from the rack to cool. Cut into pieces and serve. Store into an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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Georgia Pecan Brownie (5) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

Enjoy this simple recipe for brownie with a cup of coffee or tea!

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Aug 262013
 

Banana Jam Crescent (1) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

Don’t you always have bananas on your counter that are screaming to be used? Well, somehow I always find them looking at me and begging to be used…as a matter of fact we are not buying them at Costco anymore because it is too many for us, so we just buy by units at Trader Joe’s. Once in a while I find myself stuck with a couple of them…

This time I decided to make banana jam, sort of, with some cinnamon and fill the crescent rolls with it…and if you have left over, these are delicious over vanilla ice cream, on a toast, pancake…almost like banana foster.

Ingredients:

2 ripe bananas
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tube of crescent rolls

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Method:

Cut the banana into approximately ½ inch size.

In a small pan place all the ingredients except for the crescent and turn the stove to medium low heat. Stir occasionally until the banana mix is slightly thick, cook for about 6 minutes.

Remove from the heat and let it cool.

In the meantime, preheat oven to 350F.

Remove the crescent dough from the tube and gently separate the triangles.

Place about 2 to 3 tablespoon of the banana jam on the crescent roll, spreading evenly.

Roll from the wider side of the triangle tip.

Place the rolls on a silicon mat and bake for approximately 14 minutes or until slightly golden brown.

Serve warm or cold.

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Banana Jam Crescent (6) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

I hope you give a try to this simple and delicious recipe for banana jam. If you have lots of ripe banana, you might want to try Light Banana Loaf or Banana Muffins with Walnuts.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that banana contains dietary fibers? And it is a good source of vitamin C, potassium and manganese, but the majority of the calories are derived from sugars.

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Aug 192013
 

Salad Candied Pecan ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

Somehow I love candied pecan on my salad, especially when using dark green leaves. This recipe is quite similar to the Roasted Cinnamon Almond, which I like to munch on as a snack, but do not like on my salad since the texture of almond is kind of “hardy” as compared to pecan or walnut.

This is a very simple recipe and it is always good to have it handy so you can add a handful of these candied pecans to your salad, on your ice cream or just as it is…delicious!

Ingredients:

4 ½ cups pecan
1 egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

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Method:

Preheat the oven at 250F.

Add the vanilla extract to egg white and mix until slightly frothy. In another bowl mix the sugar, salt and the cinnamon, set aside.

Add the mix of egg white to the pecans and mix until all the pecans are covered with the egg white.

Add the sugar mix to the almonds covered with egg white and mix gently until all the almonds are covered with sugar.

Spread the almonds in prepared trays (I used 2 baking sheet) and bake for 1 hour at 250F, flipping the almonds every 30 minutes, so the pecans do not stick to the baking sheet.

Remove the pecans from the oven, let them cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Salad Candied Pecan (6) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe for candied pecans…if you like this, you might want to check on Maple Candied Walnut or Roasted Cinnamon Almonds.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that adding pecans to your diet might protect your nervous system? Moreover, pecans contain vitamin E and phenolic substances, which are antioxidants that contribute to the well-being of your cardiovascular system.

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Jul 282013
 

Oatmeal Cookies (1) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

There are hundreds, if not thousands of different recipes for oatmeal cookies…I cannot for sure tell you where I came up with this recipe. Of course by mixing, matching and trying different proportions from many recipes…and this is the recipe that I like to use when it comes to oatmeal cookies. I like my cookies chewy and my husband like them crunchy, so I bake the ones for him for a couple of minutes longer.

In spite of a big list of different ingredients required for this recipe, most of them, if not all, are ingredients that we all have available, so here it is…

Ingredients:

½ cup butter
½ cup brown sugar
1 egg
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cup oat
2/3 cup raisin
2/3 cup chopped walnut

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Method:

In a bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together, except the oatmeal. Set aside.

In a bowl, beat the butter and the sugar, until creamy and light, add the egg and continue to beat until light and fluffy.

Fold in the flour mix, mix gently, add the oat and then the raisin and walnut.

Spoon the dough in a cookie sheet and bake in a pre-heated oven for 12 minutes at 350F.

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I hope you enjoy this simple recipe for oatmeal cookies. If you like this cookie recipe, you might want to check the Peanut Butter Cookies and Chocolate Chips Cookies out.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that oat contain a lot of soluble fiber? Therefore, it helps to lower cholesterol. The sticky and viscous texture of oat when cooked is due to its soluble fiber referred as beta-glucan.

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Apr 222013
 

Maple Candied Walnut from Simple Recipes

Again, I see myself stuck with lots and lots of walnut…yes, they are from Costco. So in order to make them more attractive I coated them with a layer of sweet using maple syrup. They turned out delicious, crunchy and slightly sweet. These walnuts are great by itself or on top of any salad.

Ingredients:

1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup sugar
4 cups walnuts (approximately 14oz)
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

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Method:

Preheat oven to 300F.

In a small pan, place the maple syrup, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Turn the heat to medium low until all the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla extract, stir gently.

Pour the maple syrup mixture over the walnut. Spread the walnut on the silicone liner, making sure that the walnuts are not clustered. Bake for approximately 25 to 30 minutes.

Remove from the oven. Let it cool completely and store in an air tied container.

Maple Candied Walnut from Simple Recipes Dot  Me

Maple Candied Walnut from Simple Recipes Dot Me

If you like this simple recipe for Maple Candied Walnut you might want to check on Roasted Cinnamon Almonds.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that consumption of walnuts has been well evaluated for the wellbeing of the heart? It has been published in many studies that walnut can lower your overall cholesterol and LDL (bad cholesterol).

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Apr 082013
 

Green Bean Soup with Mochi Balls from Simple Recipes Dot Me (6)

This is one of the food that I love and amazes me that my husband enjoys it… very much…I say that because this is so “Asian”…even many Asian people do not care for it, let alone people that was never exposed to it…

I must admit that the concept of sweet bean soup with mochi. Mochi? Yes, this gooey sticky little balls floating in a not so appealing murky, brownish, greenish color soup…and served iced, cold or warm? Yes, it might be troublesome for some people to accept hehehe! That is why I was so surprised that my husband embraced this dessert/snack so fast and often asks me to make it.

I have been cooking this for a while and it is perfect at any season of the year…I serve it cold/iced during summer and warm during winter. I often have the little mochi balls in the freezer…so when need I boiled them for a few minutes and it is ready to go.

In this particular recipe I added barley and use coconut sugar to sweeten the green bean soup, but you are free to use whatever kind of grains and sugar.

Ingredients:

1 ½ cup dry green beans (mung beans)
1/3 cup barley
Coconut sugar to taste

Mochi Balls (fresh or frozen) recipe at Simple Ideas

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Method:

Wash the green beans and soak in water overnight. Do the same with the barley.

Place the bean and the barley in a thermo cooker and follow the instruction, making sure that the beans are fully cooked and soft. In case you do not have a thermo cooker please do the following:

In a big pot add the green bean and barley with water, about 1 ½ in above the bean. Cook until the beans have soften.

Add more water and coconut sugar to your taste. You can adjust the thickness of the soup according to your taste.

Cook the mochi balls accordingly, drain and put in the bean soup, or if you want to serve them cold, rinse the mocha balls with cold water and then add to the bean soup.

I hope you are dare enough to try this simple recipe for Green Bean Soup with Mochi…and hey, you might find out that you like this.

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Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that the bean sprouts that you often see in Asian groceries are germinated from mung beans? Moreover, the starch extracted from these beans is used to make the bean thread or glass noodles, which are popular in Asian cuisine

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Jan 282013
 

Blueberry Muffin from Simple Recipes

This is one of the lightest texture of blueberry muffins that I ever baked…it is so light that tastes almost like a cake…some people like heavy and robust muffins, I like the delicate and melt in your mouth ones, so if you are like me you sure will enjoy this simple recipe for blueberry muffins…you can adapt by replacing the blueberries with chocolate chips, cranberries, strawberries or whatever you are in the mood for.

Please try this recipe, it is more laborious than the conventional muffins, because you will need to beat the egg whites to stiff peaks, but well worth it. I was very generous with the portion of blueberries, therefore the muffins/cake were exploding in flavors…only one word to describe them…YUM!

Ingredients:

½ cup or 1 stick unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
¾ cup sugar
2 eggs, separated
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ½ all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
½ cup milk
2 ½ cups fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 to 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar or any sugar in crystal form

BLueberry Muffin from Simple Recipes

Blueberry Muffin from Simple Recipes

Blueberry Muffin from Simple Recipes

Method:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare the muffins cups.

In a small bowl sift the flour, salt and the baking powder together.

In a large bowl, beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar until foamy, add approximately ½ of the sugar and beat until stiff peaks form, set aside.

In another bowl, cream together the butter and remaining of the sugar. Add egg yolks, vanilla, and mix until creamy until the cream turn slightly pale.

Add the flour mix to the butter cream alternating with the milk, mix just enough so the flour mix is incorporated to the butter cream.

Fold in the egg white into the batter, add the blueberries by mixing gently.

Spoon batter in the prepared muffins cups. Sprinkle with the turbinado sugar and bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 375F or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean.

Let the muffins/cake cool on the rack and serve.

Blueberry Muffin from Simple Recipes

Blueberry Muffin from Simple Recipes

If you enjoy this simple recipe for blueberry muffin/cake you might want to check on Lemon Blueberry Muffins or Banana Muffins with Walnuts.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that blueberries do not ripe once they are picked? Blueberries are packed with vitamin C and iron and are good source of fibers.

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