Lately I have been a little obsessed with pistachios (do you see this beautiful green color?) and roses. I blame the British Baking Show for the rose part, watching it has expanded the flavors I want to use. Rose. More lavender. I have also really been itching to make something with a passion fruit curd. Those British used a lot of passion fruit!
Last week I also dived into some cardamom stuff. WOW! That’s all I can say about this divine spice. I also am kind of embarrassed to say how many people I made smell my jar of cardamom. I basically wanted to bake 10 things using it. Which led to a lot of rose and pistachio parings. The very first recipe had me pulsing rose petals and maple sugar. If you have never baked with maple sugar, do yourself a favor and go get some. Another divine flavor, it blows cane sugar out of the water. Then I added the cardamom to this. And a blood orange glaze. The smell. The flavors. I was sad that it didn’t sell at market. I live in the Terre Haute though and not New York or France or some place with fancy food, and I get it. You want me to eat flowers? Baking with flowers can be delicate, you don’t want someone to feel like they are eating potpourri, you dig? So a light touch is very necessary. I almost wanted to give it away so people would step out of their comfort zone and give it a taste. I would have been the same way 15 years ago. BUT it had spectacular, like off the charts flavors. Buy some cardamom. Get some food grade rose petals. Also purchase the maple sugar I mentioned. That’s all I’m saying.
Last fall I also started my journey into toffee making. I wanted to make these crazy Coffee Toffee Truffle Cupcakes for a coffee shop. They clearly are some bosses. I was surprised how easy it was to make toffee. I wanted to put it in everything as well. Brown butter cookies with toffee, mind-blowing. Simply good.
A few months ago I was adventuring into the world of match a baking (green tea that obviously colors food green). I started with a tart crust because pie baking is my thing. I was a totally newbie, though, on matching flavors with the matcha flavor (another items that takes a light hand). I made a ricotta cheesecake filling, but felt it needed more flavors and textures. Toffee. But it needed to be different than a coffee hazelnut. Growing up, I have always been kind of a matchy-matchy person. So I wanted something green to go with the matcha, cue in the pistachio. And then I needed one more color to add. Now enter in the roses. Pistachio and rose is actually a classic combo.
I gave my mom the extra toffee I had and she text me pretty much immediately to let me know it was AMAZING, her enthusiasm was very much an all-caps response. And I didn’t answer her text quick enough, she had to call me and tell me how good it was.
It also did end up pairing nicely with the tart (which I will be sharing Thursday). But it is good just for munching too. Or maybe put it on a pretty naked cake with white roses or in shortbread cookies. Just ideas that pop into my head right away.
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Hello Wednesday! Hope you are all having a bright and blessed day. I tell you what, it is getting hard to choose what recipes to share. I have a stock pile of ones to share with you all and I can’t decide on an order. Do I post savory? Do I post sweet? Decisions. Decisions.
Today I opted for savory. I was prepping food a couple of weeks ago (something I’ve done a lot of lately, I’ve already spent at least 5 hours this week prepping meals to just bake or veggies to just cook) and I was staring at some asparagus. What am I going to do with this asparagus. Quiche. It just popped in my mind. It seemed so natural and sounded incredibly delicious.
As I was making the crust, I was further prompted, add Parmesan. I am not going to argue with that! Granted, I was slightly worried about adding another fat, how that may effect the crust and bake. I was so geeked when the crust turned out beautiful. What a great flavor it had. I actually filled a whole pie pan and I have 3 mini tart shells in my freezer waiting on me to fill as well. Spinach pies? That is my current mood for them potentially.
I had plenty of taste-testers on this one. Our roofer friends agreed to share in the quiche with us one afternoon. They had never eaten quiche, let alone a gluten-free one. They praised the taste. I get a lot that many would never know my pie crust is gluten-free if I didn’t tell them. Which to me is a huge compliment. A few weeks ago when I took tarts to Bible Study, they said the same thing. That is my goal always, to make something gluten-free that tastes as good as the real thing (or better, that is an even bigger goal).
As always, that beauty of a quiche is that you can fill it however YOU like. This week I made another quiche (with a shredded sweet potato crust) with spinach, mushroom and bacon. On this Parmesan one, I put asparagus, garlic, and bacon. You can do butternut and goat cheese. Broccoli. Peppers. This list is ongoing. Have fun and be creative with it.
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I have been really excited to make these. I few weeks ago I attempted my first go with some extra cherry filling and pie dough. I learned that you don’t want to overfill the, as I had cherries trying to escape over the edge of the crust. And initially I was planning on just making regular raspberry pies, but when I made the chocolate crust for my market it was so beautiful and perfect, I HAD to make them chocolate raspberry.
Learning my lesson from the first attempt, I stuck with just pressing the crust to the side and not up and out to flute. Although, this could be an option, just make sure to fill below the lid brim. I wanted to attempt some lattice work though, so I stuck with keeping it simple.
The lattice work? With regular pie dough I can do some phenomenal stuff. I am known for my braided borders and some pretty weaving and work. This gluten-free dough is delicious and the best I’ve ever made and worked with, but a lack of gluten, also means a lack of elasticity. I am getting better at working with it. For instance I’ve learned that freezing is my friend, as well as cookie cutters. I’ll cut out letters, put them on parchment, freeze them and then put them directly on the pie when I’m ready to bake. Works beautifully. Same with my pie pops and turn-overs. I’ll make my dough up ahead of time, cut it out. Freeze and then bake. But I really want to do some lattice work. And I want to braid. So this was my first attempt.
And……..it wasn’t perfect. The sticks were wanting to crack and were not easy to layer. They’re still cute, and absolutely delicious, but not up to par yet. So I will keep working on this braiding and lattice idea, but until then I would suggest cutting out little hearts for the center. Easy but cute and effective.
What I also love about baking into a mason jar lid beside the cuteness and perfect size, is that the bottoms are removable. I love all the tart pans I have because they have removable bottoms. So the outside of my crust and bottom come right out flawlessly and I’m not stuck trying to use a knife to shimmy something out of a pan. I paid a nice price for these pans too, so thank you mason jars for having this built in feature.
These are adorable and sure to be a crowd pleaser. Plus they’re a perfect little treat for yourself and your lover. So enjoy!
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Today I have the final 9 recipes, of my all-time favorites. If you missed the first 20 click->this link<- and ->this link<- right here. I highly recommend it, there are some really good ones on there. Make sure to read through this to the end. At the bottom I have included my newest recipes, surely to be a favorite as well. At least my husband tells me every time he eats it that it is ‘so good’.
Almond Butter Caramel Brownie Pie
This is one of my favorite pictures to use ever! Pretty proud of myself, it looks like a perfect slice. There is a great amount of crust to filling. And the caramel drips perfectly down the sides. Plus taste, as I’ve already expressed this week, I am a fan of all things chocolate and peanut butter (now almond or cashew butter or sunbutter). Plus caramel! Come on.
Clearly I love pizza. It is part of my brand name and website name. Not to mention my goal of a commercial kitchen to make topped gluten-free pizzas to sell (maybe at a Whole Foods, I never shared that before, but it’s what up, BIG goal of mine). This particular pizza is in my top because 1. I love breakfast (we eat breakfast for dinner frequently here at the Polifroni home) 2. It was so much easier to make than the vegetable crusts. That is the truth. Vegetable ones usually require peeling and cubing and boiling and mashing or shredding. And you run the risk of moisture, so the crust doesn’t crisp up. But cooking an egg in a cast iron and topping it accordingly, which makes life easier, without sacrificing taste.
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Yesterday I shared 10 of my favorite all-time recipes I have posted (click the link to check it). I have posted so many ->170<- so I couldn’t just pick 10! I have selected 29 of my favorites, plus one of my brand new favorites.
Today I will share with you 10 MORE of my favorites! I hope you enjoy and of course stayed tune later this week for even more.
This recipe actually fueled my fire to start my own business. I had had an awakening hike in Colorado, revealing my calling to have my own cooking business. A month later, I brought this pie to Thanksgiving. Everyone raved about it, “why are you training those kettlebells, you should have your own bakery?” This was the encouragement I needed. A nod to go for it. So I started posting recipes. Then I got into our local farmer’s market. I have been gradually building it ever since.
We ate a lot of potatoes growing up, but I haven’t eaten them in years. I do enjoy playing around with alternatives. I had never eaten or heard of a rutabaga before I started really experimenting and playing around with new foods and recipes. And to this day rutabaga make my favorite fries! Sometimes I’ll use my crinkle cutter and make them look legit.
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I have been doing some major updating on my websites and brand lately. 2017 is the year of P3. It has my undivided attention and focus. No distracting job or bs to deal with. I can give it the time it needs to be nourished and to grow. For all the creative ideas brimming inside me to come into the light.
With that being said, I have been updating some of my different pages. Someone gave me the wonderful suggestion of labeling my recipes as dairy-free, vegan, etc. This required me going back through and clicking each recipe to give the ingredients a quick check. Man I have posted a lot of recipes over the past 3 ½ years. My first post was a spiced apple cake (scroll down for the recipe) on June 3, 2013. Since then I have posted nearly 170 recipes, plus even more posts on my thoughts, exercise, and travel.
It was quite nostalgic going back through and I forgot about a lot of them. And I forgot how good some of them are. So I started saving them as I went, I figured I’d do a post of my all-time favorite recipes before I dive into the future and post more. I ended up saving 29 of them! I decided to break this down into 10 a day, plus a new recipe added to Thursday post.
So today we begin! Here are 10 of my all-time-favorite P3 recipes!
Blueberry Basil Goat Cheese Tart
This is quite possibly my very-all-time-favorite. I was so pumped when I made it. All market I had been eyeing some fresh blueberries. My head kept whirling with ideas. I don’t eat desserts often, but cheesecake is my personal favorite sweet treat (for our wedding reception I made 9 made from scratch). Replace the cream cheese with goat cheese. My market neighbor gave me some basil. My grandma had given me some quinoa flour. It was a perfect blend of sweet, with a touch of savory. Plus I will never forget inviting my mother and nephew Trenton over to taste-test for me (thank goodness for such willing taste-testers). They plopped down right on the floor next to my table and ate their entire slices and then some. Devoured. I thought they would take it home. But it was too good to even make it out the door.
Sweet Potato Taco Bowls
Being a baker, people give you a lot of baking pans and accessories. I am so blessed to have so many people invest in my passion. Somehow I ended up with some taco bowl pans. My sister-in-law had requested tacos for dinner. It was the perfect time to use the bowls for my husband and I (granted we were still dating at this point). We loved sweet potatoes. So I definitely wanted to use them. They were so beautiful when I took them out of the pan. We had a date to go biking out at Terre Haute’s new bike park, first though. That didn’t stop Zach from munching on the crust. He was content and loved just eating the crust. Then we filled them and it was one of the best meals we’ve made together.
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I love some Fall. I love some hiking. I NEED some nature time. I love camping. I love climbing mountains. I love traveling. I love the cooler temperatures. The changing colors. I love wearing hoodies. I love cozying up with a hot coffee on a crisp morning. I love fall flavors. I love baking with apples and butternut and pumpkin and pears. And making caramel to go with it all. And lately I have been loving some soup. This is new. I am not typically a soup kind of girl. I think, like most things, this comes from my up-bringing. We were always eating a family meal, but chili was about it on the soup front.
So I have been sweetly surprised by this soup craving. I come home from work or post walk and want soup. It’s a fun new avenue for me to explore. My mind lights up with potential flavors I can use. Butternut…definitely going to have to use that. My own version of chili, definitely. Some kind of vegetable. Some kind of chicken and ‘noodle’? Probably going to go there last.
The first thing that popped into my head was a loaded potato soup. Growing up my mother was a big potato fan. We had baked potatoes all the time. And one year she made some awesome loaded baked potato soup. Loaded sweet potato soup. I was determined last week to make this.
This was SO good. Plus I had leftovers to last me the week! It was hearty and filling. But most importantly, it was freaking delicious. The perfect amount of sweet potato chunks left out. The bacon. it was on point to say the least, and something I will definitely make again in the future.
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My husband loves some bananas. I made him a banana cream pie last year at this time, before we were even dating. Naturally, when a recipe pops up on my Pinterest with bananas, I pause, and usually pin.
A month ago I saw a recipe for banana brownies. Clearly a no-brainer, they were also undeniably pretty, which further had me yearning to tweak the recipe. Finally, a month later I have made them! This living between two cities, and five days in a frat house has been challenging for me to experiment in the kitchen. I have equipment and baking materials scattered between the two cities. And the fact that it is not like baking at home. That is my happy place. An idea will pop into my head or work or Pinterest will inspire me or a walk will fill my head with deliciousness, and I will just go in the kitchen and make it. Not as easy lately, plus planning a reception and writing thank you cards. Life has had my attention and my business has not been on the forefront of my thoughts.
But wedding things our done. We have guidance and direction. We are going to be moving into a new apartment in November. Our dogs will be here. I can bake whenever I want. I can shower without Zach standing guard. Our stuff won’t be in boxes and will be in one place. And I will be able to focus here, on my baby, my P3. It is my creative outlet and I miss it. I miss writing. I miss creating. Not to mention being able to make a little space feel like ours. To fill it with good vibes and positivity and love. I look forward to the privacy and freedom again of having something of our own.
Since I finished thank-you cards on Sunday, I promised myself this week, no matter what I would post something. That I will make new recipes. And that I will share them here. So I hope you enjoy, and keep checking this week for more recipes and thoughts to come! These were fudgey perfection! I made the mistake of baking them in little bite-size portions too, which made them a little too easy to pop.
- 2 Bananas
- 1 pasture-raised, local egg
- 1 cup almond flour
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla or banana extract
- 4 oz. white chocolate (check out the Civilized Cavemans recipe for this)
- ¼ cup ghee
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Sunbutter can be one of my favorite nut butters to use. I like to make sunbutter cookies. Sometimes (most of the time) at home I just put things in a bowl and hope it turns out. Sometimes that doesn’t work and a batch of cookies turn out flat or crumbly. When this happens, I am just stubborn and hard-headed enough not to give up yet. I am going to make this work. Actually, fuck that, I am going to make something better! Clearly I am a strong-headed little thing.
So one day I was making a batch of my favorite sunbutter cookies. They were ugly (note to self, space better next time). I can’t present these to anyone. My brain races for a creative solution. Cheesecake. It is one of my favorite desserts to make. My granny made me cherry cheesecake growing up rather than cake on my birthday. I am into making cheesecake in jar form the last year. This time I opted for a mug. And I had 10 pounds of sunbutter, so I figured I could add some to the batter. I am told that this was absolutely delicious in spite of the muted color, the taste was on point. And it was easy to make!
- 2 cups sunbutter
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 1 local, pasture-raised eggs
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 8 oz. Cream Cheese
- 1/3 cup sunbutter
- 1/4 cup local honey
Let’s Make it Happen: Preheat oven to 350. Stir all the cookie ingredients. Roll into balls. Press down. Bake until slightly browned like 8 or 10 minutes.
For the filling just process it all.
Once the cookies have cooled. Assemble. Crumble cookies into the bottom of a mug. Layer cheesecake. Crumble more cookies. Repeat until you’ve reached the top! Sprinkling a little more cookie on the top.
I have been working on HARD to bring you this recipe.
I work at this local joint called Fifi’s Lunchbox. I absolutely adore it. I am the baker (yep the one and only) and catering assistant. I get to bake fresh baked goods to fill a beautiful case. I also make all of the pretzel buns we use on our burgers, fresh everyday. As a creative soul, this job is kind of a dream. Add that I also have amazing bosses, who give me quite a bit of creative freedom. Plus I get to art and paint on the windows too. Do I need to explain my adoration anymore?
So I feel like that last paragraph should have got some wheels turning as to today’s post. I make hundreds of pretzel buns a week. Naturally I wanted a gluten-free adaption.
My first trial bred the picture above. It was actually pretty freaking delicious and I was so stunned and pumped that it actually tasted like a pretzel. I can’t tell you the last time I had a pretzel (maybe high school if not longer). However, I used all tapioca flour. That made my baking soda bath a fragile moment. I wasn’t sure if they were going to make it out alive. They were slightly flat. And the tapioca made for a slightly stretchy bun. For although I loved them and didn’t mind this texture, I knew I needed to make some adjustments.
And so here is round number 2. Much better consistency. Don’t they look legit? Plus I even got fancy and sprinkled a little salt on the top.
With this basic bun you can fill with your wildest burger fantasies.
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