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I know I can always count on my friend, Liz, over at That Skinny Chick Can Bake and I can tell you that this recipe did not disappoint! I must admit that I did find the Biscoff a wee bit odd (I can’t imagine smearing it on toast) but it did give the cookies a fabulous background flavour. I am sure glad that I initiated my freeze the cookies raw and bake as required to avoid overindulging because these cookies are very easy to overindulge. I had to make a couple of small alterations as well as turning the recipe into metric because that is how I like to bake. Thank you, Liz, for another wonderful addition to my cookie repertoire!

Liz’s Biscoff Cookies

For Liz’s original recipe, please click here.

Makes about 60 cookies, depending on size.

Ingredients: 

  • 400 g flour
  • 10 g baking soda
  • 5 g baking powder
  • 3 g salt
  • 215 g cup sugar
  • 115 g brown sugar
  • 300 g Biscoff Spread (crunchy or creamy)
  • 113 g shortening
  • 113 g butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 200 g Skor bits
  • 200 g dark Chocolate Chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line baking sheets with parchment.
  2. Using a mixer, combine sugar, brown sugar, Biscoff, shortening, and butter and mix until well combined. Add egg and vanilla and beat until well combined. 
  3. Mix in baking soda, baking powder, then salt. Mix in flour just till incorporated, then stir in toffee chunks.
  4. Roll about 1 1/2-2 tablespoons of dough into balls, then place on prepared pans, about 2 inches apart. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool completely on wire cooling racks.

Notes:

  • These cookies freeze very well. Freeze before baking on a large sheet and then put them into a ziplock bag. Bake from frozen for 10 minutes in a preheated 350° F oven..

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My brother loaned us his cottage for the last week of January. Yes, it is a lot colder up there but it is extremely beautiful with the pristine, sparkling snow and the occasional visit from wildlife. I needed to clean out the fridge before we left and created this tasty and satisfying soup. Pair it with a scone or grilled cheese and you have the perfect winter-time lunch. The measurements are not important here because I was just using up some less-than-perfect produce, it’s just an inspiration for future soups.

JT bought me the KitchenAid Vegetable Sheet Cutter to help me cut down our carbs so I had a lot of zucchini cores leftover which played right into this delicately flavoured soup. I was going to add cream but then I had a very ripe avocado that would meld perfectly into this winter meal.

Celery, Zucchini, and Avocado Cream Soup

A KitchenInspirations Original Recipe

Makes 1.45 L soup

Ingredients:

  • 15 mL EVOO
  • ~ 1/2 a bunch of celery, roughly chopped
  • ~ 1 zucchini, roughly chopped
  • ~ 1 small Vidalia onion, roughly chopped
  • 5-10 sprigs of parsley
  • 1 L chicken stock
  • 1 small Avocado, peeled and pitted
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large pot, heat the EVOO, add the celery, zucchini, onion, and parsley, and cook until softened. Add the stock and simmer for 30 minutes or until all of the vegetables are very soft. Add the avocado.
  2. Blitz with your immersion blender or allow to cool and purée with a Nutri Bullet or VitaMix for a smooth and creamy soup. Strain through a fine sieve to remove the celery ‘hairs’.
  3. Serve hot.

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I started watching a couple of Ontario-guys on Facebook who try to prove or disprove crazy videos they’ve seen, mostly of food but it can also be science or cleaning and such. They are a bit goofy which makes them rather charming. Their girlfriends sometimes participate in these videos by making some outlandish foods. This traditional Georgian potato, cheese-stuffed bread was one of them. The recipe looked so good, I had to do a little research and make my own. Their recipe was fairly straight forward using baking powder and not yeast bread dough, but the research showed that most of the recipes were yeasted bread dough, so I went with that. Then I found a few that had egg in them which gives the bread a wonderful, chewy texture. Then there is the mashed potato and cheese stuffed inside. OMG, so good. My recipe makes four disks about 20 cm in diametre, cut into eight portions.  The bread freezes very well. Remember to put it in the refrigerator overnight to defrost, then allow it to come to room temperature before baking. We went through two bad boys in two days and I sent a third one to a friend who was going to visit her parents! The fourth one is under lock and key in the freezer, I’m saving it for a special time! I will definitely be making this recipe again and again!

Soft, pillowy mashed potatoes with the sharp feta (or goat) and gooey mozzarella makes for a more-ish starter.

Kartofdzhyn (Cheese and Potato Stuffed Bread)

A KitchenInspirations Original Recipe

Makes 4 stuffed bread rounds about 20 cm (8 inches) each

Ingredients for the Bread:

  • 6 g quick yeast
  • 8 g granulated sugar
  • 120 mL milk, at 110F
  • 460 g bread flour
  • 6 g salt
  • 215 g Greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • Olive oil for the dough
  • 1 egg yolk, whisked for brushing the dough

Directions:

  1. Combine the yeast and sugar with the warm milk and allow to proof for about 10 minutes (it should froth up)
  2. Add the flour and salt to the large bowl of your stand mixer and mix lightly.
  3. Combine the Greek yogurt and eggs with the frothy yeast mixture and whisk until well combined.
  4. Add the liquid ingredients to the flour and knead with the hook for 10 minutes. Stop the mixer and allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes, then resume kneading for about 15 minutes or until the dough comes away from the bowl.
  5. Coat the dough with olive oil and allow to proof for about an hour, or until doubled in size.

Ingredients for the Filling:

  • 2 medium yellow potatoes (about 230 g), boiled
  • 30 g butter
  • 30 g roasted garlic purée
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 100 g feta cheese or goats cheese
  • 230 g mozzarella
  • 6 g salt

Directions:

  1. Mash the potatoes with butter and roasted garlic, then beat with a whisk beater until light and fluffy. Fold in the scallions, cheeses, and salt and set aside.

Directions for the dough disks:

  1. Divide the dough into four equal portions. Roll out each portion evenly to a circle about 25 cm (10 inches). 
  2. Add one-quarter of the filling to the centre of each round and pull in each side to form a sealed disk. Flip over and gently roll out to about 20 cm (8 inches). Pierce the top of the disk with a fork and brush each dough disk with the egg yolk. Set aside while the oven preheats or freeze on a baking sheet and transfer to a plastic zip-lock bag for the future.
  3. If baking at the moment, put a cast-iron pan into the oven and pre-heat the oven to 400° F. Add one disk to the hot pan and bake for 20 minutes. When done, remove from the heat and brush the top with some more olive oil. Serve warm.

 

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I usually make my scones and biscuits with my handy food processor but I have to say that these freehand scones will change my method for all my future scones. For what I save in time, I sacrifice in cleaning time and most importantly, texture of the scones. These scones are light, airy, filled with gooey cheese and scallions. They are great with soup or a stew. Serve them warm with fresh butter.

This post was created on a blistery, cold day in latter January. We just had received about 50 cm (20 inches) of snow in a period of 24 hours. We must have a VIP living on our street because the damn snowplow came down our street four times, depositing a heavy mess of snow at the end of the driveway. Honestly, the last two times were ridiculous, there was hardly any new snow on the road! This was one of the sunniest days we’ve had so far, the sun reflected in the new white snow and  I just had to take advantage with the photos.

Freehand Kefir, Scallion, and Cheese Scones

Original recipe from Jean Paré’s Company’s Coming Muffins and More cookbook

Makes 8 large wedges

Ingredients:

  • 240 g All-Purpose Flour
  • 16 g baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 scallions, roughly chopped
  • 150 g cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
  • 57 g cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 egg
  • 100 mL kefir (and extra kefir for brushing tops)
  • Parmesan, finely grated for sprinkling on top

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425° F.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, with the butter and manually cut like you would pastry dough. When it is slightly smaller than pea-sized bits, add the shallots and cheese and mix.
  3. Combine the kefir and the egg and whisk until frothy. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix well. Turn dough out to a lightly floured surface and knead once or twice, just enough to pull it together. Roll out to a round shape and cut 8 wedges to make. Brush tops with kefir and sprinkle the parmesan on top.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Serve warm with butter.

Tender and delicate scone with lots of cheese and scallions.

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