Chocolate Glazed Donut Muffins

Posted March 31, 2009 by elleskitchen
Categories: Breakfast, Desserts, Muffins, Snacks, Sweet

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Chocolate Glazed Donut Muffins

makes about 9 muffins

2 cup flour
scant 1 cup sugar
1 Tbs baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp
Cake Spice + 1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 eggs
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup melted butter
3/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
Mix in the eggs, oil, butter, milk and vanilla.
Grease the muffin pans. Divide the batter between the muffin cups–an ice cream scoop works great!
Bake for about 18 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
Cool in pan on rack for about 5 minutes, then turn on out on rack to cool.
Cool completely before glazing.

Chocolate Glaze

1/2 cup (3 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) butter
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon light corn syrup (I use Golden Syrup)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt the ingredients together over low heat or in the microwave, stirring often. Add extra corn syrup if needed to make a smooth, shiny glaze. Yield: about ½ cup glaze.

If you’re using sprinkles, get them on there right after glazing the muffins so they’ll stick.  And then let the muffins sit for a bit so the glaze can set up.  The easiest way (for me) to glaze them was to put the glaze in a bowl that’s kind of narrow at the bottom, so the glaze isn’t too shallow.  If it is, you’ll be bumping the muffins on the bottom of the bowl and won’t get a pretty glaze.    

Bucatini with Tuna and Baby Peas and an Announcement

Posted March 27, 2009 by elleskitchen
Categories: Fish/Shellfish, Main Dishes, Pasta


Bucatini with Tuna and Baby Peas

This comes together very quickly—so have everything ready to go and right on hand.  Because you don’t want to burn the garlic while running around looking for the broth and peas.  That would completely ruin this, or any dish!    

    * 16 oz. bucatini, spaghetti, or your favorite pasta
    * 3 tbsp. olive oil
    * 6 cloves garlic, minced
    * 1 cup chicken broth (or vegetable broth, if you prefer)
    * 1 1/2 -2 cups frozen baby peas
    * 2 cans tuna packed in oil, drained and flaked
    * 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper, or to taste
    * 1/8 tsp. salt, or to taste
    * 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    * olive oil to drizzle over



   1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions is a large pot of salted boiling water.
   2. While the spaghetti is cooking, heat the oil in a large nonstick sauté pan over medium-high heat.
   3. Add the garlic; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds–don’t let it burn!
   4. Add the chicken broth, peas, tuna, salt, and pepper; stir gently until heated through, about 1 minute.
   5. Remove from the heat.
   6. When the spaghetti is done, drain well and put it in a large bowl, then add the tuna mixture; toss gently to coat the noodles.
   7. Add the Parmesan, and toss it all together.
   8. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
   9. Garnish with more parmesan, and add a drizzle of olive oil and some fresh black pepper.



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Sautéed Beet Greens with White Bean Mash on Toasted Baguette Slices

Posted March 20, 2009 by elleskitchen
Categories: Appetizers, Bread, Lunch/Sandwiches, Main Dishes, Meat Free, Savory, Snacks

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Sautéed Beet Greens

Beet greens from 3-4 large beets, rinsed well and drained, then roughly chopped
2 shallots, minced
3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup chicken broth (or vegetable broth, if you prefer)
1/2 a lemon
salt and pepper

Sauté shallots with garlic in a little olive oil over medium heat–don’t burn!
Add the beet greens and toss them in the oil mixture, after about a  minute, add the broth.
Cover and simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
Remove the lid, and squeeze in the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.

Bean Mash inspired by Pithy and Cleaver

1/4 cup olive oil
4-5 cloves garlic, minced
1 can white beans (don’t drain!)
about 1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/2 a lemon
salt and pepper

In a pan, heat the oil over medium low heat.  when it’s heated, add the garlic and cook slowly, to infuse the oil with the garlic flavor.
Add the beans and cook for about 3-4 minutes.
Begin to mash them with a fork, or a potato masher–even the back of a spoon.
Add the basil, lemon and salt and pepper to taste.

Serve the greens and the bean mash on toasted whole grain baguette slices.

Fig Nut Bread

Posted March 17, 2009 by elleskitchen
Categories: Bread, Breakfast, Quick Breads, Snacks, Sweet

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Makes one loaf

1 1/2 cups Erewhon Raisin Bran
3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp Cake Spice
1 egg
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup agave or honey
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup applesauce
3/4 cup diced dried figs
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Heat oven to 350.
Pour the boiling water over the figs and set aside.
Grease a loaf pan.
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
In a medium bowl, blend the egg, oil, agave, vanilla and applesauce together.
Add to the dry ingredients and stir; fold in the figs (and any leftover water from the figs) and nuts.
Pour into loaf pan and bake for about 45 minutes or until tester comes out clean.

Chunky Monkey Muffins

Posted March 17, 2009 by elleskitchen
Categories: Breakfast, Muffins, Snacks, Sweet

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Makes 2 dozen

3 1/2 cups Uncle Sam Cereal (Original)
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 smallish bananas (1 cup total mashed banana)
2 cups milk
2 eggs
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375.
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Combine wet ingredients in a medium bowl.
Add the wet stuff to the dry stuff, fold in chocolate chips.
Fill muffin cups 3/4 full.
Bake for about 18 minutes, until tester comes out clean.
Cool in pans for a few minutes, then remove to a rack to cool.

Perfect Chocolate Frosting

Posted March 14, 2009 by elleskitchen
Categories: Cakes, Desserts, Icing/Frosting

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6 oz. semisweet chocolate
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup butter, cut into tablespoon sizes
2-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

Place a large bowl, filled halfway with ice, in the sink (a bowl that is large enough to hold the pot that you will cook the frosting in).
In a medium size pot over med low heat; melt chocolate, cream, and butter.
Stirring constantly, cook the mixture until all of the butter and chocolate melts and thickens, about 5-6 minutes. Do not boil.
Remove pot from heat.
Whisk in the sifted confectioners’ sugar until mixture becomes smooth (approximately 1 minute). Put the pot on top of the bowl of ice. (Be careful to not allow any ice from the larger bowl to get into pot with the chocolate mixture.)
Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 4-5 minutes until frosting becomes smooth, thick, and fudgy. Remove from ice.
Spread onto cooled cake layers.
The frosting will thicken as it sets up.
If the frosting gets too hard to spread, put back on low heat and stir constantly until you get the spreading consistency desired.

Chocolate Truffles

Posted March 14, 2009 by elleskitchen
Categories: Desserts, Snacks, Sweet

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by Donna Hay
1/2 cup heavy cream
10 1/2 oz dark chocolate, chopped
cocoa powder for dusting
if you’re adding another flavoring, like the Chambord–about 3 TBSP

In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the cream to almost a boil.
Add the chopped chocolate and stir for one minute.
Remove from heat and stir until completely smooth.
Stir in the Chambord, or your choice of liqueur. This is optional, but so, so good in the finished truffles!
Pour into a square pan (her recipe says 6", but I only had and 8" pan, and it was fine) that you’ve greased and lined with parchment paper. Don’t grease the paper. I cut two sheets of parchment to fit, one sheet going one way, the other going the opposite way, so there were "handles" for lifting on each side.
Refrigerate for two hours or until firm.
To serve, lift the truffles out with the paper, cut into squares, and dust with cocoa powder.

Let them come to room temp for about 20 minutes before you serve.
Will keep in fridge for 10 days.