I have not posted in forever! Like all year. However, as many hopefully know, we are expecting a baby any day now (tomorrow is our 41 week mark). Therefore, in the beginning of the year my appetite was way down and cooking/baking was not at the forefront of my mind. Nothing sounding good in my first trimester, even though, praise the Lord I hardly got sick. The nausea was enough to deter my taste buds from many foods. Then as May hit, my focus weekly is on the market, plus working full-time. While also getting progressively pregnant and more tired.
Lately, I have felt more of my creativeness come back in as I don’t have to make huge quantities of food all the time. Plus once baby comes, I will be a stay-at-mom, running my own business. So my focus is turning back around to P3 and the vision I have for it. Creating new recipes and playing in the kitchen is at the top of the list. So hopefully later this Fall (after some healing time) and into 2020 you will be seeing a lot more recipes.
I do get asked often my pregnancy cravings, but that answer is hard to pin down. What I want is ever changing. I may really want something for 2 weeks and then I am over it and I never want to have it again. For a while my cravings were salty, lately they’ve been sweet. Recently I watched the British Baking Show (again for like the 4th time which is probably sparked some of my inspiration). Normally I can watch shows and cook all day and never be tempted, but not so much while 9 months pregnant. I used to bake and cook for other people while I’d be on a several day fast. No temptation, no problem. Now I watch a baking show and I want whatever I see on t.v. (or whatever I see scrolling through my Pinterest feed, I made some super amazing cassava flour pancakes a few weeks ago after an afternoon browse). What I’ve wanted most lately: cheesecakes.
Cheesecakes are my favorite. I am the girl who made 9 cheesecakes for our wedding recipe (I am the weird baker who hates cake). I have had A LOT of requests for Keto products this summer at the market. The 24th was my last market before baby comes, but I still had 2 packages of cream cheese left. And some Lily’s chocolate. And some Swerve. Why not make cheesecakes? I pretty much had to with the ingredients in my fridge and pantry. I also had to make them in mini spring pans, because I like miniature food. It’s adorable. And it’s perfect for one or two people. A lot of the time the people I bake for our on their own eating program separate from others, so it’s nice to have an individual item just for them. Plus, in this case, they take less time to bake.
I did use pistachios in this recipe (because that’s what I had in my pantry), but I think hazelnuts or almonds would be my top choice. Continue reading “Triple Chocolate Keto Cheesecake”
These have by-far been my favorite cookies I have made this December! Or maybe some of my favorite cookies in general, they are that good.
And I have to admit, I was terrified when I was making them. The batter smelled so strongly of peppermint, I was worried it would be over-the-top. In reality they were perfect, refreshing, and the perfect amount of peppermint.
Give them a try!
Gluten-Free Hot Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
- 12 oz. Enjoy Life Chocolate
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup maple sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- 24, all-natural marshmallows (or make your own)
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Meringue is only something I have recently started to embrace. Mostly I think that I have discovered meringue done right. Meringue is really so simple. Pretty much egg whites and sugar. But they are packed with not only a beautiful flavor, but really the texture is what drives this home for me. A slight crunchy outside, but they just melt and dissolve in your mouth.
I have gotten many people hooked on the meringue cookie fan bus, who really didn’t know what they were before hand. Cookies are just perfect little pop-able sized goodness.
I wanted to push myself a little bit further than cookies. (I will note here that pavlovas are a great way to experiment and use meringue as well. Click this link -> Polifroni Pavlovas <- for a link to some I made two years ago which were divine. )
Roulade. I have made cake based roulades before. I actually worked at a bake house where we made pumpkin roulades all Fall long. And I have played with some gluten-free cake roulades, but on my Pinterest I have seen some recipes for meringue roulades. They sounded fun. They looked beautiful and delicious.
Plus, as always, you can play with flavors. Once you have the meringue, you can be bold and courageous with flavors. I made a banoffee one because I like caramel. And coffee. And chocolate. And because bananas are like my husbands favorite thing.
It was delicious. But you can try other flavors as well. My second-runner up option would have been a summer berry one with fresh cream too. Caramel apple would be great in the Fall. in winter I would make one with cranberry curd, whip and fresh and orange zest. For Valentines Day I would try a chocolate one with raspberries and chocolate curls.
Banoffee Meringue Roulade Continue reading “Banoffee Meringue Roulade”
I was on 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.
Continue reading “Double Banana Caramel Espresso Tart”
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.
Chocolate Cherry Pie Continue reading “Gluten-Free Chocolate Cherry Pie”
Finally, we are here! The grand finale. We are going to put all the components I’ve been posting together into one show-stopping cake. A combo of chocolate-pumpkin-honeycomb-meringue-awesomeness!
I think the cream cheese frosting is also a crowd-pleaser as well.
I’ll keep the writing short and simple on this one, because frankly we’ve talked about it for a week, so let’s get to the good stuff.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake
- 1 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 1/2 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
Cream Cheese Frosting Continue reading “Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake”
Back to yet another component of the delicious Thanksgiving cake I made. I recently started my adventures into truffle making. It all began with a coffee toffee truffle (see the picture below).
For the Thanksgiving cake, however, I wanted something simple, not to over-power the other elements. These were SO easy to make.
The plus of truffles, besides being gorgeous, is that you can make a variety of flavors. Next I really want to make a caramel truffle. All chocolate is a little too rich for my personal taste, but adding other flavors, that would be my style. Maybe a lemon white chocolate. Or chocolate cherry. Or chocolate raspberry. Or a coconut. Or an Almond Joy inspired truffle. Or an orange chocolate, just zest some orange into the ganache. So many options.
Super Simple Truffles
- 8 oz. Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
- 3/4 cup coconut milk
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp maple
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp organic powdered sugar
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