Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Brazilian Cheese Bread!!

With my new obsession on Pinterest, I've come across so many new and exciting recipes, so today I decided to try one of those intriguing recipes and see how it'll turn out. Something simple and easy but sounds delicious.

Brazilian Cheese Bread!

Really simple to make but hunting down that one ingredient (tapioca flour) took a few of trips to a couple of different grocery stores before I found it. I came across this recipe here. However in case you don't feel like clicking the link, it'd be provided here as well:

ingredients:
  • 1 egg (room temperature, approx 30 minutes sitting out)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil (I personally thought it was a little too oily, so I'm sure 1/4 will work just fine)
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • scant 1 1/2 cup tapioca flour (I got mine at Nugget, but I heard Whole Foods has them. Also Asian markets sell tapioca starch which is the same thing)
  • 1/2 cup (packed) grated cheese of your choice ( I used pepperjack)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (for taste and yes it matters, I skipped it thinking the cheese will take care of it, nope)

A blender will be useful but I don't think its absolutely necessary. I used a mini cupcake pan but a regular one is fine too. Extra batter can be stored in the fridge.
  1. Mix ingredients together first then mix in blender until smooth
  2. Grease (or PAM) pan and load it up.
  3. Bake in 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until puffy and lightly brown on top.

** I learned the hard way thinking I'll just mix everything in the blender... tapioca flour gets really gooey and the blades actually gets stuck. I had to take everything out (all gooey) and remix then stick back into the blender to further mix the batter.

*** Also note that because tapioca flour is used, this bread is airy and chewy instead of traditional breads being more dense and soild. The cheese flavor is actually very subtle so the salt will actually help bring it out some more.

Enjoy!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Avocado Spinach Dip!

Lovely Saturday afternoon and what better way to spend it than to make something new and delicious. I'm currently in this spinach phase where a 3 pound bag of spinach can be finished in 1 week. Gotta love that green stuff! Since I only had a little left of the 3lb bag (certainly not enough to be used as a side dish to a meal) and some Greek yogurt sitting around, I thought it was time to meld the 2 items together and kill 2 birds with one stone.

My creation: Avocado Spinach Dip!

Instead of the traditional ingredients of sour cream and mayo, I replaced it with Greek yogurt and avocados (hoping the creamy texture will cover the mayo aspect).

What I used:
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 cup of spinach
  • 4oz of Greek yogurt
  • 1 bunch of green onions
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (for a kick, except unfortunately my jalapeno had zero kick...disappointed)
for flavoring: (a pinch or so of each and adjust for taste if needed)
  • garlic salt
  • onion powder
  • dill
  • basil
  • cayenne pepper
  • paprika
  • black pepper

Overall, I enjoyed it but somehow I feel like something was missing... maybe someone can figure that one out for me if they ever make this...or until I try this recipe again next time.


Monday, February 20, 2012

Another Cake Story: Strawberry Shortcake with Strawberry Mousse!

Strawberry Shortcake with Strawberry Mousse

Doesn't that look yum!
It's been months since I've been in the kitchen baking anything so I thought since I had this 3 day weekend, I'm busting out my equipment and make something delicious...also work's been stressful again so I need my outlet.

These actually were suppose to be chiffon cupcakes with strawberry mousse frosting...

Clearly it wasn't a complete success story...the mousse wouldn't hold/set so I had to modify the entire thing so that it'd look somewhat presentable when I bring it to work. I got this picture because I froze the sample :P and so it held long enough for me to snap a picture. All the others were turned into shortcakes with strawberry mousse. Nonetheless still very yum (I personally quality controlled it!). Next time it'd be perfect (I hope)!


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ocassions Mini 2012: Gnome Sweet Gnome

Its been a while since I posted anything new and creative, so here's a little something I made with one of the new SU stamp sets in the Occasions Mini 2012: Gnome Sweet Gnome and Gnomenclature.

Simple, but I really like how simplistic it turned out yet functional.