Lemon Meringue Pie Macarons

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“Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world,” Brene Brown.

I was looking for a beautiful quote to share about how creativity makes me feel and right away I was drawn to this one. And of course it was Brene Brown, she writes some truly wonderful things.

Creativity has been one of the best blessings of my life. The creativity that flows through me is literally overwhelming sometimes. And it spills. It spills out into different areas of my life. Growing up it manifested in the form of art and drawing, notably portraits. Then It took the form of writing. Eventually the art became food. It can be seen sometimes in the way I do my hair (there was a time in my life when I used to braid a lot of hair in very unique patterns). In my clothes. In my home. It used to even show up in my kettlebells, as I used to dream up new ways to move and challenge my body.

And it comes out of nowhere sometimes. I can be on a walk and recipes ideas and flavor combos will just download in my mind. Or I will write an entire post in my head. Editing and rewriting as I go. These meringues. Same thing.

I was at work making lemon meringue pies as I often do, when I started pondering on the simplicity of a meringue. And for some reason I was also thinking about macarons. And I was remembering this pic I had seen on Instagram of a coconut macaron that had a meringue on top. I watched the video of them making it like 5 times. And I started to image the lemon meringue pie as a macaron. Lemon curd filling. A beautiful meringue on top. Maybe brush some yellow coloring in the bag to be fun. I had to make it. I had envisioned and tasted it already. It had to come to life. Luckily I had a meeting to go to where they like my macarons.

It didn’t even stop there. I’m thinking of all the curds I’ve made. Grapefruit. Cranberry. Mango. I really want to make a pineapple one, because pineapple is delicious (duh). Then I was thinking I could use a macadamia nut base for the macarons instead of almond. And I could do a toasted coconut meringue on top. Yum. Maybe some lime zest in the curd? Maybe that’s too much going. Oh well, you may have this recipe coming sometime.

I praise God for this creativity and what a blessing it is. Because sometimes I look at something I made in awe and I can’t believe I’ve made it. It is more than me. It brings me joy, but I love more that it has the potential to bring others joy. What good is it to have a talent or gift and not share it with others? That’s why we have it no? This dynamic world where we all have something we can contribute. And food. Food is such a way for me to share and express the love I have in my heart. Each pie is truly from a place of love. Plus a passion and fervor for it to bless others. That is my main desire in all this baking and striving with my business, and that is to share joy and love. And beautiful food, that hopefully tastes as equally good.

Lemon Meringue Pie Macarons

Macarons:

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3/4 cup organic powdered sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup maple sugar
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest

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Gluten-Free Birthday Cake Scones

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I love food that is colorful and fun. Like this photo above makes my heart so happy.

When I first started baking and making gluten-free goodies is was very monochromatic. Aesthically I truthfully kind of hated it. I was using almond meal, which made it all very dark in color and kind of gritty looking. I felt the same with coconut sugar, I loved the flavor but it really is great for replacing brown sugar, not regular sugar. It is just too dark and I don’t get the bakes I want. I want the things I make to look like their traditional counter parts. That is why I have fallen in love with maple sugar as well, it is lighter in color and it has AMAZING flavor. So the things I’ve been baking truly look like conventional baked goods. Truthfully I typically don’t tell people until later that things are gluten-free until after they eat them because they’ll go in presuming it tastes differently. So if it doesn’t look different, I’m not telling.

Recently I have been playing with someĀ  all-natural sprinkles. They are so fun. So colorful.

And I personally really liked the flavor of these scones. And they are cute.

Gluten-Free Birthday Cake Scones

  • 3 cups almond flour
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup maple sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter, cold & cubed (You can try cold spectrum as well to make it dairy-free but I personally have not tried it)
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles (plus more to garnish)

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Gluten-Free Naked Blackberry Upside Down Cake

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Last week I was kind of excited because I had used up my stock pile of recipes. That meant I got to experiment and make some new recipes. This is what I truly love.

Honestly it is hard to go to work where I make the same things everyday and creativity is stifled (mostly feeling as if my talents are not being utilized can be frustrating at times, especially when I feel I have so much to offer). The kitchen is a playground for me. Creativity overflows and overwhelms me. I have to try new things. I have to push myself. Try new techniques. New flavors. Routine makes my creativity groan in exasperation.

And so I love days when I get to just bake. Bake for sheer creativities sake. Pretty little samples I can just give away. Plus I mass produce and bake so much at one time these days, it is nice to just make one batch of cake.

I can just crank up my worship music. Take my time mixing it, no thoughts of all the other things I must bake in the back of my mind. I can enjoy the intoxicatingly good smell of a fresh cake baking.

I can take my time and try to get a little fancier than usual with my pictures, rather than trying to snap something between bakes or before something gets packaged.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE baking every week for my market. It brings me the most joy to be able to do something that hopefully can bring others joy. Food is my FAVORITE way to serve people.

But sometimes it is nice to just focus on making one really good thing, that can just be given away.

And I love blackberries. There are some really good blackberries at our farmer’s market. I had seen a recipe for a blackberry upside down cake that I thought was beautiful and sounded delightful. I had also seen a recipe for some naked bundt cakes. So I wanted to kind of combine the ideas together. Plus I love minis, so I baked mini bundts.

They were so beautiful! When people comment on pics that they look like something out of a food magazine, that is a supreme compliment. I also heard by my taste testers that they were good, very rich in taste because of the white chocolate frosting, but good.

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Gluten-Free Rosemary Sweet Potato Rolls

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I am excited today, because today’s recipe is the last one I’ve had saved in a draft form. For about 3 months I’ve had a stock pile of recipes I tried but needed to post. Today I am caught up!

That means I get to try new recipes. I currently have some mini blackberry upside down bundts chilling in my kitchen. And later today I am going to make a meringue roulade. A banoffee roulade to be exact and I am pumped to surprise my husband with it when he gets home because he loves banana.

These sweet potato rolls have amazing flavor! I think I made them back in like February. I occasionally get requests for nut-free options so I have a experimented with cassava flour quite a bitt this last year.

These would be delicious with loads of meals. I would want them with a steak, asparagus and mashed cauliflower. But that’s me personally, skies the limit.

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Mousse Domes

20180314_125251So I worked at this bake house in Champagne, Illinois where I learned the beauty of silicon molds. How beautiful and professional things look once you take them out of the molds. I have been gradually increasing my inventory of molds ever since. Last year I acquired some dome shaped one.

My initial inclination was to make cheesecakes. And I have made some delicious domed cheesecakes served on top of a variety of shortbread (rose pistachio is super awesome). Last year, though, I gave the British Baking Show a rest and watched Zumbo’s Desserts on Netflix. I did like it (not as well), but it was a different kind of influence. I wanted to make mousse cakes. I had it set in my heart.

So that was my initial goal, make a mousse dome. About the same time I learned about the value of silicon molds, I learned about glazes. So I had my heart set on making a shiny chocolate glaze. Which I think I rocked, it totally glossy.

Once I got into the process though, I kind of began to dream of more. How about a sphere rather than just a dome? What if I make a meringue dome for the bottom? I’d kind of seen some on my Instagram. And I could fill that with another mousse. I found a delicious keto mascarpone mousse that I used. So good.

With the meringue, though, I would suggest eating them quickly! But also they taste so good and are so refreshing you’re going to want to.

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Gluten-Free Waffle Bites

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For Christmas I got a baby waffle maker from my grandma Paulin. It is completely adorable. My nephews have really grown fawn of my mother’s and making up an assortment of candy-inspired waffles.

I was inspired by something I saw for some bite-sized waffles. Put them in a little wax paper bag. Eat them on the go.

I really enjoy small, miniature popable food. I don’t know I just find it fun.

Zach, however, popped these ones before me. His verdict? Good.

Also props to my friend Chelsey for the cool wares, she’s amazing and knows what up.

And that’s all I got to say about this, nice and simple and short for my last post of the week.

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Lemon Zucchini Pistachio Muffins

36364548_871370169740275_2441581847126212608_o.jpgI have really enjoyed playing with some unique flavor combos this summer. One week I got especially excited to make some different flavored quick breads. Orange Rhubarb. Espresso Banana. Rose Cardamom. And a Lime Zucchini Pistachio Loaf. This last one especially intrigued me and market goers alike. So I saw something for some similar muffins and had to give them a go.

Did I mention last week my new found love of cardamom?

After watching it on baking shows the past year, I finally purchased it. The smell alone is intoxicating. The flavor is even better.

So these muffins have it all virtually. Zucchini. Tangy Lemon. Pistachios. Cardamom. But they all compliment each other wonderfully. At least that is my opinion. And they are lovely, I have really grown found of adding pistachios and injecting some color with it’s beautiful green hues.

If you are feeling adventure, try this. It is PACKED with flavor.

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Matcha Ricotta Tart with Pistachio Rose Toffee

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What?! This is my third post in week! That hasn’t happened in a while. And I have finally made some progress on all the recipes I’ve had stocked up. Which means I get to make new ones! That excites me. Got to brainstorm summer flavors. Cherries. Berries. Really want to get some passion fruit and do some cool stuff. Loaves. Cheesecake. Tarts maybe, who knows where I’ll be taken.

As you will recall, Tuesday I posted a recipe for Pistachio Rose Toffee <—–click for the recipe, which came about because of this tart. I had it on my agenda to make a purple crust using freeze-dried blueberries, but that wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to make more colors of crust. I had found some reasonably priced matcha powder and had been waiting on the perfect moment to use it. This was my moment. A lovely green crust.

I expressed Tuesday my concern for what flavors to pair with the tea. I ended up using a ricotta filling that I had made with a delicious blackberry tart <——–click for recipe. And the toffee got added for more depth of flavor and texture and color.

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Double Banana Caramel Espresso Tart

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I was onĀ  a bit of a pie kick a few weeks ago. As you will recall, I posted a recipe for a Chocolate Cherry Pie <——– click link here to get it. Well, as I was making this beautiful pie, another recipe came to mind. I should put bananas in the crust. My wonderful husband loves banana. He also really liked a banoffee pie I made once for the frat house. So let’s put some caramel in there somehow. Some chocolate. Maybe add some espresso for fun. Add more bananas. More caramel. And some whipped cream to keep it refreshing.

This was DELICIOUS. The caramel cream is where it’s at. And the espresso in the chocolate was enough that you are wondering about all the flavors you’re getting. It was a big hit and my husband loved them, which is the most important thing. Said they were one of the best things and although he is complimentary, he is also honest with my baking because he worked in a kitchen for 15 years and knows to be truthful so I can make the food better.

Stick around tomorrow I will be posting something savory: Taco Meatloaf, which has been a hit a few times around here.

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Cherry Pie

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I love pie. I think that is pretty evident in the name of my brand and by the plethora of pies I make. I just enjoy the rusticness of them. I am a recovering perfectionist, so when I did cakes before it was easy to slip up (minus naked cakes, I am falling back into intrigue with cakes now that naked cakes have made a way. They have that rusticness too). Cakes are smooth and perfect and tedious. And pies, pie is okay for a little fruit to leak out. To me it adds color. They don’t have to be as perfect. And you can fill them with so much yumminess. I also like to eat pie. My whole life I have never liked cake. I spent a week when I was like 10 baking assortments of pie for fun, so they have always kind of had a pull over me.

I also have a thing of scrolling through food on my Instagram. One day I was stopped by a beautiful purple-crusted pie, made with blueberry powder. I had to do it. I began searching and seeking out blueberry powder or freeze-dried blueberries to pulse down.

When I finally found them, I realized there were a larger selection of fruit I could try too. I was almost giddy when I realized there was a cherry. Cherries are my all-time-favorite food. I may have eaten cherries today. How I wish their season was longer. So as always happens, my mind began racing with ideas on what to do with a cherry pie crust.

Chocolate + Cherry

You really can’t go wrong with that combo. A pinkish cherry pie crust. A cherry pie filling base. A chocolate cream pie. Whipped Cream. Shaved Enjoy Life Chocolate. WOW!

So good. This is one of those things I make that can really tempt me, so I give them away for others to sample. I think this pie ended up at my Bible Study and Zach’s Monday night men’s group. I made three pies that day and this was hands down my favorite. The whip topping adds a freshness. And as I said you can’t go wrong with chocolate and cherries together.

This pie went on to inspire the tasty banana pie I will be sharing tomorrow.

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