Cuban Habanero Eggs

Cuban Habanero Eggs

Cuban Habanero Eggs

We are lucky enough to have many different Latino/Hispanic/Cuban eateries around here. I am lucky enough to be able to eat at all of them! A few of them serve breakfast and since that’s my favorite meal of the day, we eat out on some mornings. It’s a treat. It rarely costs much and that makes me even happier. At one place, they had Habanero Eggs listed. I, being not too worldly, thought that was eggs with habanero peppers. Nope. It’s a reference to Havana, Cuba. Wiki explains. No super hot peppers were involved, so I ordered it. It was so good! Soft baked eggs, surrounded by sauteed onions, (not hot) peppers, tomatoes and garlic.  It was so good, that in fact, I got to craving it late one evening. I was out of luck. I couldn’t go get it made for take-away. It wasn’t breakfast time! Oh my. What to do, what to do. I went to the kitchen, got out my pans, some peppers and whatnots, then went to work on making it myself. I think it turned out pretty good.

The egg-citing line up!

Cuban Habanero eggs ingredients

Cuban Habanero eggs ingredients

We’re going to make a sofrito, so you’ll need and onion, garlic and some peppers. I used a red bell, a jalapeno and a poblano. You can use all bell peppers, all japaleno, or any combination of peppers that make you happy! Heck, use one of those uber hot, habanero peppers! You will also need some tomatoes, a bit of cumin, some white wine, butter and of course, some eggs. You’ll need some oil to saute those veggies in, too.

Get out the cutting board, we’ve got chopping to do! Dice up the onion. You want at least a cups worth, better to have 2 cups worth. Use a big onion!

diced onion

Dice the onion

Chop up the red pepper, discarding the seedy top.

red bell pepper dice

Dice the red pepper

Do the same for the poblano -

poblano pepper

Dice the poblano

I removed the veins and seeds from the jalapeno.

jalapeno

Devein the jalapeno

Then, it got diced up too.

jalapeno dice

dice the jalapeno

Now, add all those diced veggies to a big frying pan, that you’ve put a couple of tablespoons of oil in.

sofrito

Need a big skillet!

Set it on the stove over a medium heat and let it start cooking.

making sofrito

Saute the peppers and onion.

Time to preheat the oven to 350º F.  OK, back to the cutting board. It’s the tomatoes turn. I used roma tomatoes because they don’t have the high water content like the big, beef stake kind. We want tomato flavor, not tomato soup.

tomato dice

Dice the tomatoes

And, mince up the garlic.

minced garlic

mince the garlic

Measure out 2 tablespoons of white wine. The rest of the bottle can be used by the cook. We’ve got to keep the cook happy, you know!

southern white wine

2 tablespoons white wine

Cook the onion – pepper mixture until the onions are translucent, about 10 minutes, then, add in the tomatoes, garlic, cumin, and white wine.

add maters

add the tomatoes, garlic, white wine and cumin.

Cover the skillet and let it cook for around 5 minutes, stirring frequently. After the tomatoes have softened, remove the pan from the heat, then add some salt and pepper.

tomato sofrito

Tomato sofrito

Oil the inside of four, 12 ounce ramekins.

12 ounce ramekins

oil the ramekins

Divide the sauteed vegetables evenly among the ramekins.

divide sofrito among the ramekins

divide the mix among the ramekins

Smooth it out and lightly pack it down. Crack 2 eggs into each veggie filled ramekin.

2 eggs in sofrito

crack in 2 eggs

Top each dish with one tablespoon of melted butter.

topped with melted butter

top with melted butter

If you are not clumsy, slide the ramekins into the 350º F oven to bake. If you are clumsy (like me) put the ramekins on a baking sheet and place in the hot oven. Bake the eggs until they are soft set – the white is mostly done but the yolk is still soft – about 10 to 12 minutes. Rotate the ramekins halfway through the cooking time. They will continue to cook a bit after they are out of the oven. So, if you are unsure, pull them out. Better to have them underdone than over done. You can always bake them a minute or 2 more.

soft set baked eggs

Baked, soft set eggs

Mmmm, mmm. So good. I garnished mine with some cilantro and smoked paprika. A breakfast that is fitting to start the day with! Serve these with a nice, light fruit salad and some toast points. Or, dollop up a spoonful of grits and a big ole biscuit! You can even add some cheese to the ramekins, either under or over the eggs. That would make it really pop! Enjoy breakfast. Either for breakfast or, go wild – even for dinner!

Cuban Habanero Eggs

Cuban Habanero Eggs

Cuban Habanero Eggs
Author: 
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Cuban
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
 
Delicious, baked eggs, nestled in a spicy tomato, sofrito blend.
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper. Chopped
  • 1 poblano pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded, diced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 Tablespoons white wine
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 large eggs
  • 4 Tablespoons melted butter, divided
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Pour the oil to a large skillet. Using low heat, cook the onion, red bell pepper, pobalno and jalapeno until the onion is translucent, about 10 minutes. Add in the garlic, tomatoes, wine and cumin, mixing well. Cover and simmer on low heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Divide mixture between four lightly greased ramekins. Gently break two eggs into each dish. Top each dish with one tablespoon of the melted butter.
  4. Bake until the whites are set and the yolks are still soft, about 10 to 12 minutes. Rotate the ramekins halfway through the cooking time. Do not over bake. Garnish and serve on plate with toast points and a fruit salad.
  5. Garnish with cilantro and smoked paprika, if desired.
  6. NOTE: use no smaller than 12 ounce ramekins.
Cuban Habanero Eggs

Cuban Habanero Eggs

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Tofu Salsa Cocktail

tofu cocktail

Tofu Salsa Cocktail

I’m always looking for cool, delicious new salads to try. I like to experiment with things I’ve eaten or seen on restaurant menus. That’s what happened here. I picked this off a menu. We were in North Little Rock, visiting our son. He said that a local restaurant, the Casa Mexicana, had some good vegetarian options. So, we went there. On the menu was something called Mexican Cocktail. It was boiled shrimp served in a mixture of spicy tomato sauce, cilantro, avocado and pico de gallo. By the time we left, I was already thinking of a way to make it better. That’s how this recipe came about. Mix some up and have it for your July 4th celebrations. It’s cool and refreshing. And yummy. Oh so, yummy.

The ingredients -

ingredients

the ingredients

You’ll need firm tofu, an onion, 2 tomatoes, 2 avocados, a jalapeno, lime, cilantro, tamari sauce and ketchup. Yes, ketchup. The secret to a great salsa!

Open the tofu and drain out the water. Sandwich the tofu between 2, paper towel lined plates and put a weight on top. Press it for at least 30 minutes. You gotta get that excess water out.

press tofu

tofu press

Get out a big bowl. This makes 8 cups of cocktail, so go large. Core and chop the tomatoes.

chop tomatoes

chop tomatoes

You want at least 2 cups. 3 cups is better. If you love tomatoes, that is. We love tomatoes!

tomatoes

3 cups!

Dump them into the bowl. Dice up 1/2 cup of onion and add it to the bowl.

diced onion

half an onion

Chop up 1/4 cup of cilantro and dump it into the bowl.

cilantro

1/4 cup of cilantro

Now, about the jalapeno, if you like it hot, just dice up the whole thing. If you like flavor without the burning tongue, seed and devein the jalapeno. Dice it up and add to the bowl.

jalapeno dice

diced jalapeno

Measure out a tablespoon of tamari sauce (or Bragg’s liquid aminos, or soy sauce) and dump it in, too.

tamari sauce

tablespoon of tamari

Squeeze out 1 cup of ketchup and, guess what? Right, dump it in the bowl. We’re all about the excitement here.

ketchup

1 cup of ketchup

This is where we’re at so far.

salsa mix

Almost done

Now, because avocados are tricky – they like to turn brown on you – we waited to add them. So, dice up that avocado!

diced avocado

it’s avocado time!

And toss it in the bowl!

cocktail mix

add the avocado

Add in some salt and pepper, too. We haven’t stirred the mess up yet, because now, were going to squeeze the lime juice over the avocado, to keep it from browning. It’s lime time.

lime juice

Squeeze the juice over the avocado

Now, now, you can mix it up.

salsa cocktail

Mix it up!

Time for the block of tofu.

tofu

block of tofu

I know, I know, it doesn’t look like much, does it. But you just wait! It’s going to be amazing. OK, cut it in half, width-wise.

tofu halves

2 halves

Then, cut each half into 1 inch cubes.

tofu cubes

cube the tofu

And, add it to the bowl.

tofu cocktail

Here’s the tofu!

Mix it up, so that all the tofu is coated with the salsa cocktail mixture.

tofu salsa cocktail

fold in the tofu

Cover it up and chill it in the fridge for at least an hour. Longer is just fine. Remember, you squeezed that lime juice over the avocado, so it won’t turn brown. When you’re ready to serve, put 1 1/2 cups into a pretty glass, top with a cilantro leaf and eat! I used these margarita glasses. So cute! And there you have it. Tofu Salsa Cocktail. Created from a listing in a restaurant menu. Inspiration comes from everywhere. Enjoy!

Tofu Salsa Cocktail

Tofu Salsa Cocktails

Tofu Salsa Cocktail
Author: 
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6
 
A refreshing blend of spicy salsa and tofu for a perfect appetizer.
Ingredients
  • 1 – 16 ounce package of firm tofu
  • 2 – tomatoes
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 – jalapeno, seeded, diced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon tamari sauce
  • 2 – avocado, pitted, then cubed
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Drain the tofu and press between two plates for 30 minutes to remove excess moisture.
  2. Core the tomatoes and chop them. You want at least two cups. Place in a large bowl.
  3. To the bowl, add the diced onion, chopped cilantro, diced jalapeno, ketchup, tamari sauce, cubed avocado, and lime juice. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, combine well.
  4. Cut the tofu block into 1 inch cubes. Add to the bowl. Fold the tofu into the tomato mixture until all the tofu is coated and it is well blended. Cover and refrigerate for one hour. Makes 8 cups.
  5. Spoon cocktail mixture into pretty glasses, garnish with additional cilantro and serve.
Tofu Salsa Cocktail

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Gnocchi with Greens and Beans

Gnocchi, Greens and Beans

Gnocchi with Greens and Beans

Last year, I was in the hardware store and decided to pick up some plants for the garden. It’s Florida, we garden year around. On a whim, I grabbed 2 kale plants. This, I thought would give me a head start, while I waited to plant seeds. It gave me such a head start, that I never planted those seeds! Eight months later, those two plants still produce a boat load of leaves. I bought Lacinato or Dinosaur kale.

Lacinato or Dinosaur Kale

Lacinato or Dinosaur Kale

Get your kids into gardening. Go buy some fun Dinosaur kale! Your kids may be more open to trying new things, if they are active in choosing and growing their own food. So anyways, the kale grew. And grew! We have all kinds of kale to eat and the plants show no signs of slowing down!  That means it’s time to dig out all the kale recipes, because sauteed kale got old after the first 16 times we had it. Of course, we had scalloped potatoes and kale, all kinds of soups, kale chips and this dish with gnocchi. I’ve based my recipe on one I found at eatingwell.com.

What you’ll need -

ingredients

The ingredients

You’ll need a 16 ounce package of gnocchi, a can of cannellini beans,  a can of diced tomatoes, some dry Italian seasoning, garlic, onion, bell pepper, mozzarella cheese, and a bunch of kale. Enough to yield 8 cups of chopped leaves. I used about 20 leaves. The plant grew that many again, before I got to my front door.

Start by cleaning the kale. Pull off the stems and tear the leaves into smaller pieces.

cleaning kale

Get the kale ready

Time to cut up the veggies.

diced bell pepper

Chop chop

Cut the bell pepper into about 1 inch square pieces.

diced onion

chop chop, sniff sniff

Dice the onion into about 1/4 inch pieces.

minced garlic

mince mince

Mince the heck out of the garlic. Tiny, tiny pieces. Now, time to cook.

This is a simple one pot dish, so get out a big skillet! A covered one, please. Over medium heat, put a tablespoon of oil in the skillet and add the gnocchi.

gnocchi

gnocchi

Let them cook, stirring them around.

saute gnocchi

Get some color going

When they’re all nice and toasty, remove them to a platter and set aside. (just between us – I wiped that plate off and used it for dinner. who needs more dirty dishes?)

cooked gnocchi

Toasty gnocchi

Pour some more oil in the pan and dump in the bell pepper and onion.

cooking Bell pepper and onion

Bell pepper and onion

Cook these for a couple of minutes, just until they start to soften. Add in the minced garlic and cook 2 more minutes.

saute garlic

the garlic is surrounded

Push the pepper mix to the side of the pan and pile the kale in.

cooking kale

add the kale

Cover it and cook for 2 minutes.

pot lid

Cover it up

Open it up, give it a stir

wilted kale

it’s getting there

and then, cover it up and cook for 2 more minutes. While all the opening and covering is going on, drain and rinse the cannellini beans.

drained white beans

rinse the beans

Open the can of diced tomatoes and pour them into the skillet. Add in the white beans and the dry Italian seasoning. Sprinkle on some salt & pepper, too.

add the beans and tomatoes

add the beans and tomatoes

Give it a good mixing. Cover it and bring to a simmer, about 2 to 4 minutes.

combine the dish

mix it up

Time to grab the plate of sauteed gnocchi and add it to the mix.

gnocchi

little pillows of pasta goodness

gnocchi in the skillet

Almost dinner!

Combine all the skillet ingredients and return to simmering. After another couple of minutes, turn off the stove. Sprinkle the gnocchi mix with the shredded mozzarella.

topped with cheese

top with cheese

Cover and let the cheesy goodness melt all over. That’s it! All done. Pretty it up with some chopped parsley and serve it right from the skillet.

Gnocchi with greens and beans

Grab a spoon, it’s dinner!

We had ours with a simple salad featuring some green zebra tomatoes, fresh from the garden. Life’s simple pleasures.

Gnocchi with greens and beans

Gnocchi with greens and beans

Gnocchi with Greens and Beans
Author: 
Recipe type: casserole
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6
 
A simple, delicious, one pot meal that uses ready made gnocchi, canned white beans and fresh kale in a chunky tomato sauce.
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided.
  • 1 – 16 oz package of ready made gnocchi
  • 1 – bunch of fresh kale, stems removed and chopped, about 8 cups of leaves.
  • 1 cup diced white onion
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 – can diced tomatoes, 14 to 16oz.
  • 1 – can of cannellini beans, 14 to 16oz. Drained and rinsed.
  • 1 Tablespoon dried italian seasoning mix
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella
  • shredded parsley for garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Pour in 1 tablespoon of the extra virgin olive oil. Add in the gnocchi. Saute for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring often. When the gnocchi have browned, remove to a plate and set aside.
  2. Add the remaining tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil to skillet. Add in the red bell pepper and white onion. Cook, stirring, over medium heat for about 2 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook 2 more minutes. Move the garlic, onions and pepper mix to one side of the pan and add the kale, packing it in. Cover and cook for 2 minutes. Remove lid and stir kale. Return lid and cook an additional 2 minutes. Remove lid and add the canned tomatoes, rinsed and drained white beans, the dry Italian seasoning mix and salt & pepper. Combine well. Cover and simmer for 2 to 4 minutes. Remove lid, stir in the cooked gnocchi, return to simmer and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella and let melt. Garnish with shredded parsley. Serve directly from the skillet, family style.
Gnocchi with Greens and Beans

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Vegan Double Chocolate Brownies

Vegan Double Chocolate Brownies

Vegan Double Chocolate Brownies

My friend Kim introduced me to the Dandelion Communitea Cafe, a restaurant that calls itself ” your local, organic, eco-friendly eatery”. While not being too local to me, the rest fits them perfectly. They have the most delicious assortment of vegetarian, vegan, soy free or gluten free foods that I have seen. In addition to the healthful soups and wraps, the have yummy deserts. One of which, is, a vegan brownie. After eating one, I decided that my recipe collection needed this added to it. I already had a pretty good brownie recipe that I could start with. I just needed butter and egg replacements. I already new I could use applesauce to replace the oil and flax seeds to replace the eggs. However, that combo let me with some less than stellar brownies. That will not do, so back to the drawing board. After some reading, I decided to use chia seeds for the eggs and then, with much concern, I went with avocado for the butter replacement. You know what? This brownie rocks! It has a nice cake like texture without being too dense, too fudgy. If you didn’t already know that avocado was in it, you would never guess! This post is picture proof that you won’t end up with green brownies.

vegan brownies

Pretend you see sugar and baking soda in here.

You’ll need 2 ripe avocados, whole wheat flour, chia seeds, cocoa powder, vegan chocolate chips, vanilla, sugar, baking soda and powder and some salt.

First, if your chia seeds are not already ground, you’ll have to grind them. I use a coffee grinder that I found at a thrift store. Put 2 tablespoons of chia in the grinder.

chia seeds

Put the seeds into the grinder.

Snap the cap on and grind.

grinding chia

Whirrrrr.

All done.

ground chia seeds

ground chia seeds

Is it necessary to grind the seeds? No, not really. They’ll still gel up, but you’ll just have a little crunch in your brownies. Pour the ground chia in a little dish add 6 tablespoons of water, then mix it up.

Egg replacers

Egg replacers

Let them sit while you make the batter. They’ll set up into a nice, thick gel.

Preheat your oven to 350º.  Get both ripe avocados. Cut them in half, remove the pits and scoop the pulp into your mixer bowl.

avocado

Place pulp here.

Get a fork and smash the heck out of them.

smash pulp

Smashed up

Scrape the pulp off the sides of the bowl and attach the beater to the mixer.

scrape pulp

Scrape it down

Here’s that sugar that was missing from the ingredient photo. You’ll need 3/4 cup.

cane sugar

3/4 cup of sugar

Add the sugar, chia eggs and vanilla extract to the avocado in the mixer bowl.

add eggs sugar

There’s the chia seed eggs.

Mix this for about a minute. Then, add in the salt, baking soda and baking powder.

salt, baking powder and baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of each

Add in the whole wheat flour and baking cocoa, too.

dry mix

The dry ingredients.

Mix this until it’s well combined, about a minute.

add the vegan chips

add the vegan chips

Fold in the 1/3 cup of vegan chips. (nobody is looking, toss in another handful of chips. shhh, our secret.)

fold in the chips

What avocado?

Line a 9 x 9 inch pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.

Parchment lined pan

Parchment lined pan

Spread the brownie batter out evenly in the pan.

Spread the batter out

Spread the batter out

Bake at 350º for 30 to 35 minutes. Test the brownie for doneness with a couple of toothpicks. Stick them in and if they come out clean, it’s done. If something gooey is stuck to the pick, test again in a different spot, just to make sure you haven’t hit a melted chocolate chip. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then lift the brownie out, using the parchment paper. Remove the outer paper and set the brownies on a wire rack to cool some more.

let cool some more

let cool some more

Remove the last paper and cool completely.

let cool completly

let cool completely

Remove to a cutting board and cut into 12 pieces. Or, if your a brownie nut, cut it into 9 honking big pieces. Yeah, that’s better. Put a spoon of powdered sugar into a small sieve and tap the sugar over the brownies.

We call this= Making it snow!

We call this- Making it snow!

I take a little cocoa powder and sift it over them, too.

Vegan Double Chocolate Brownies

Vegan Double Chocolate Brownies

See, they’re not green from the avocado. They’re delicious from the avocado. Those little green things are packed with fiber, potassium, folate, magnesium, vitamins K and C. The chia seeds have omega 3′s and 6′s and calcium. Plus, theres all the fiber in the whole wheat flour (use whole wheat flour, please). This, my friends, is a healthy brownie. Yes, I said it – healthy!  It’s delicious, too. Make these!

Vegan Double Chocolate Brownies

Vegan Double Chocolate Brownies

Vegan Double Chocolate Brownies
Author: 
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12
 
A delightful, chocolaty, healthy treat with a surprise ingredient!
Ingredients
  • For the egg replacement:
  • 2 Tablespoons ground chia seeds
  • 6 Tablespoons water
  • For the brownies:
  • 2 whole ripe avocados
  • ¾ cup natural sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour – I used a soft white.
  • ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup vegan chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 º
  2. To make the egg replacement – place the 2 tablespoons of ground chia in a small dish. Add 6 tablespoons of water and stir to combine. Let mixture gel for 5 minutes before using.
  3. Halve the avocados and remove the pit. Spoon the avocado pulp into a medium sized bowl. The work bowl of your mixer is perfect for this. Mash the avocado on the sides of the bowl, using a fork. Scrape the sides down. Add in the sugar, egg replacement and vanilla extract. Mix to combine.
  4. Next, add in the baking cocoa, whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix at medium speed for 2 minutes or well combined. Some green flecks will be visible. Fold in the vegan chocolate chips.
  5. Line a 9 inch square baking pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking oil.
  6. Spoon batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a tester comes out clean and the brownie surface appears dry and not glossy. Test brownie for doneness in several places to ensure that the tester did not go through a melted chip. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes. Using the parchment paper as handles, remove brownie from pan to wire rack and cool completely. Remove parchment paper and cut into 12 regular sized brownies or 9 come to momma sized brownies. Dust with powdered sugar and cocoa before serving, if desired.

Funny thing happened during this photo shoot. I went to go let the cat out and came back to this. It’s not safe to leave these brownies out.

Who did that?

Who did that?

 

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Tomato and White Bean Salad

Tomato and white bean salad

Tomato and white bean salad

Spring has sprung. Although most of the country is still covered up with snow, the calender says that Spring is here. I know it has sprung here in Florida. Everything has a golden layer of pollen on it. Allergy season is here. Flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing, I’m sniffling and sneezing. Yup, it’s Spring.

To welcome the change in seasons, I made this light and refreshing salad. It’s been a particularly hot past couple of days and I wanted something easy. Something I could whip up and let chill in the fridge while I was out mowing the grass. That, is this bean and tomato salad. So, while I’m waiting for my allergy pills to kick in, I’ll teach you how to make it for yourselves.

White bean and tomato salad

Tomato and white bean salad

Here’s the fixings.

white bean and tomato salad

Let’s get started!

You’ll need 2 cans of cannellini beans, a pint of cherry type tomatoes, fresh basil, feta cheese, extra virgin olive oil, agave sweetener (or honey or any sweetener), some salt and pepper, and some white balsamic vinegar. If you don’t have any white balsamic vinegar, got ahead and get some. This stuff is so good. Sprinkle a little bit in with the yolk mix, the next time you make deviled eggs! You’ll be amazed at how good this stuff makes them. If you’re sure you don’t want to go out and buy the white balsamic vinegar, use a white wine vinegar, or rice vinegar. Stick with something clear. Regular balsamic vinegar will make the salad an unpleasant dark color. We don’t want that.

Start off by draining the cannellini beans. Rinse them off, if they have a lot of bean starch in the can.

drain beans

Drain the beans

While they drip dry, get out your cutting board. Time to cut the tomatoes in half.

halving the tomatoes

Slice the tomatoes in half

Get out a large bowl and dump the drained beans into it.

Bowl of beans

Put the beans into a bowl

Dump the tomato halves in there, too.

add the maters

Add the tomatoes

Measure out a half cup of feta cheese and dump it in also!

adding feta

Add in the feta

Stack up about 20 basil leaves, roll them up and slice them thinly. That’s called a chiffonade.  I learned this from the television cooking shows. They love to chiffonade things!

Chiffonade the basil

Chiffonade the basil

You know what’s next, don’t you? That’s right, add them to the bowl.

salad

Pretty colors!

Now, to make the dressing. You’ll need a small jar. I just reuse an old salad dressing jar. Measure out the white balsamic vinegar.

making dressing

White balsamic vinegar

Then, pour it into the jar. Measure out the extra virgin olive oil. Oh, do yourself a favor. Find one of these tiny measuring cups. They make measuring multiple table/teaspoons so much easier. They’re easy to find. I found this one at my grocery store.

evoo

EVOO!

Pour it into the dressing jar, too. Measure out the agave sweetener.

agave

agave syrup

Pour it into the dressing jar, too. Measure out the salt and pepper. I’m into Pink Himalayan salt right now. Why? It’s pretty to look at. That’s why. It’s supposed to have more minerals and be better for you than regular table salt, but, salt is salt, use it sparingly. Too much salt is a bad thing. I also use a four color peppercorn blend. It’s pretty, too.

salt and pepper

pretend this picture is in focus

Add it to the dressing jar. It makes a cool glop in the bottom. Hey, I’m easily amused!

dressing mix

See the salt & pepper glop?

Close it up and shake it up!

Dressing mix

Dressing mix

Pour the dressing over the tomato & bean mix.

dressing the salad

Mix in the dressing

Pour the salad into a pretty serving bowl. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

put into serving bowl

Put into a serving bowl.

This mix travels well, if you have a covered dish dinner to go to. To serve, place a few lettuce leaves on a plate and add about a cup of tomato bean salad mix over it.

tomato and white bean salad

Tomato and white bean salad

Tomato and White Bean Salad
Author: 
Recipe type: salad
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6
 
A light and fresh salad. Perfect for lunch, brunch or a light dinner.
Ingredients
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes
  • 2 -15 ounce or 19 ounce cans of cannellini beans, drained
  • ¼ cup shredded fresh basil
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ¼ cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 ½ Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon agave
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Cut the cherry tomatoes in halves. Place halves in a bowl. Add in the drained cannellini beans, basil and crumbled feta cheese.
  2. Pour vinegar and extra virgin olive oil into a small jar. Add in the salt and pepper. Cover and shake vigorously. Pour over bean and tomato mixture. Combine well. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Arrange a few lettuce leaves on a plate. Top with ¾ cup of the tomato and white bean salad.

This tomato and white bean salad also pairs will with fresh cooked orzo pasta. That makes a tasty dinner.

 

 

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Stuffed Portobello Caps

Portobello Caps stuffed

Stuffed Portobello Caps

We like mushrooms. They have a wonderful, earthy flavor and they give you something that you can bite into. Their versatility is neverending. Just think of how many different dishes you’ve made, that start out with a can of cream of mushroom soup! By they way, you can make your own, much more flavorful, mushroom soup. But, that’s a post for another time. One of my favorite breakfasts is a simple sauteed mushroom and egg white omelette. Yum! These stuffed caps are made with easy to find ingredients and are a snap to make. The ingredient list -

ingredients

The fixin’s

portobello mushroom caps, spinach, onion, roma tomato, goat cheese (for creamy yumminess), panko crumbs, red pepper flakes (for a little kick) and some herbes de provence. I like using herbs de provence. It makes me feel swanky. Next thing you know, I’ll be putting truffle oil on everything. If you don’t have herbes de provence, plain old italian seasoning mix will work just fine. You can still feel swanky, too. First thing to do, is to scrape the gills off the mushrooms. You don’t have to, but you can pile in more stuffing if they’re gone, so get them out of there.

removing stems and gills

Snap off the stems and scrape out the gills.

Snap the stems off, too. I don’t use them in the stuffing. Save them for making a vegetable stock. After the caps are clean, set them aside.

cleaned mushrooms

Clean mushrooms.

Now, dice up half an onion. You want about 1/2 a cup.

diced onion

choppity chop chop

Swirl about a tablespoon of olive oil into a large saute pan. Using a medium low heat, cook the onions til tender, about 2 to 3 minutes.

sauteed onion

cooking the onion

Add in the chopped spinach so it can wilt down.

satuee spinach

add the spinach to the pan

It will just take a couple of minutes for it to wilt.

wilted spinach

wilted spinach

Turn the heat off and set the pan to the side. Now, preheat your oven to 375º. Line a baking sheet with foil and set it by the mushroom caps. Time to make the stuffing. Give a roma tomato a rough dice.

roma tomato diced

diced roma tomato

I used a roma, because they are a meatier, less juicy, tomato. If you have to use a regular tomato, dice it, then, blot excess moisture up with a paper towel. Crumble the goat cheese into a medium sized bowl.

goat cheese

crumble with a fork

Combine with the diced tomato, panko crumbs, red pepper flakes and the herbes de provence. Add salt and pepper.

stuffing mix

Stuffing mix

Add in the spinach onion mixture.

stuffing mix

add the spinach onion mix

Mix it well.

mix it up

Combine well

Divide the mixture among the portobello caps.

stuffed caps

Stuff the caps.

Drizzle the caps with a little olive oil. This adds an extra layer of flavor!

oil drizzled caps

Drizzle caps with olive oil.

Bake for about 30 minutes. I roasted some carrots alongside of the mushrooms and served them both with a nice, creamy risotto. A delicious, easy dinner!

Stuffed Portobello Caps

Dinner is served!

Stuffed Portobello Caps

Stuffed Portobello Caps

Stuffed Portobello Caps
Author: 
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
 
Flavorful portobello caps, stuffed with a savory blend of spinach, tomatoes and goat cheese.
Ingredients
  • 4 portobello caps, stems and gills removed
  • 4 cups raw spinach, coarsely chopped and lightly packed
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 2 TBL olive oil - divided
  • 1 diced roma tomato
  • 4 oz goat cheese, crumbled
  • ½ cup panko crumbs
  • 1 tsp herbes de provence
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375º. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Saute the diced onion in 1 tablespoon of olive oil for 2 to 3 minutes. Add spinach to wilt, another 2 minutes. Place the goat cheese in a medium bowl. To it, add in the diced tomato, panko crumbs, red pepper flakes and herbes de provence. Pour the spinach and onion mix over the tomato cheese mixture and combine. Divide mixture among 4 portobello caps. Drizzle remaining tablespoon of olive oil.
  3. Place caps on baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.

 

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Walnut and Date Stuffed Mushrooms

date and walnut stuffed mushrooms

Walnut and Date Stuffed Mushrooms

This isn’t your ordinary stuffed mushroom. It’s extraordinary! This is a vegan alternative to those cheese stuffed globs that everyone else makes. Make this and you’ll be extraordinary, too. The crunch of the walnuts, the savory tarragon and the sweetness of the dates will tantalize your taste buds. Your mouth will love you for it.

The ingredients:

stuffed mushroom ingredients

Stuffed mushroom stuff

You’ll need a couple dozen whole mushrooms, walnuts, some onion, panko bread crumbs, tarragon and some diced dates. You’ll need some wine, too. The kind really isn’t important, so get what you like. I’m using Marsala just because it’s what I had.

First off, wipe the mushrooms off with a damp paper towel. Then, break the stems off and set them aside.

stemming mushrooms

remove the stems

Get out a large skillet and heat it over medium. Toss in the walnut halves.

toasting walnuts

toast the walnuts

Toast them for a couple of minutes. Then, remove them to a cutting board. Let them cool a bit, then chop them into smaller pieces. Dump the pieces into a large bowl.

chopped walnuts

chopped walnuts

Dice up that sweet onion.

diced onions

diced onion

Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet and scrape the onions into the pan.

cooking onions

cook the onions

Cook them a couple of minutes, while you are chopping up the mushroom stems.

chopped mushroom stems

chop the stems

Now, add the chopped stems, along with that wine, to the cooking onion.

cooking stems

add stems and wine

Let the whole simmer for 2 or 3 minutes until most of the liquid had evaporated and the stems have cooked.

cooked stems

stems are done

Turn the stove off and let the pan cool a bit. While you’re waiting, chop up some tarragon,

tarragon

chop up the tarragon

and add it to the walnuts bowl.

walnuts and tarragon

walnuts and tarragon

Pile in a half cup of date pieces, some panko, salt and pepper. Pour the mushroom stem mix into the bowl, too.

stuffed mushroom mix

stuffed mushroom mix

Mix it all up.

Preheat the oven to 375º. Get out a 9 x 13 baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. Or foil. Whatever you have, is what works best.

baking sheet

get the pan ready

Stuff the mushroom caps with a very generous tablespoon if filling. Mound it up and pack it tight.

stuffing mushrooms

stuffin’ the ‘shrooms

Line them up on the baking sheet until you run out of mushrooms or stuffing, whichever comes first. This is when I notice Punky, the kitchen kitty is here to supervise. Am I doing a good job, Punky?

kitchen kitty

Punky cat supervises.

When your tray is ready to bake, drizzle the mushrooms with a little olive oil.

oil topped mushrooms

drizzle with olive oil

Bake for around 20 minutes. You want the mushroom cooked but still firm.

baked mushrooms

all baked.

Take them off and arrange on a pretty tray. Garnish with some chopped parsley, if you are so inclined. I was so inclined.

Walnut and date stuffed mushrooms

Walnut and date stuffed mushrooms

They’re slightly sweet, a little savory, a bit crunchy and a whole lotta good!

Walnut and Date Stuffed Mushrooms
Author: 
Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 18 to 24
 
A full of flavor, vegan stuffed mushroom that's easy to prepare.
Ingredients
  • 2 – 10 ounce packages of whole white mushrooms
  • 1 cup walnut halves
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil - divided
  • ¼ cup diced sweet onion
  • ¼ cup Marsala or other wine.
  • ½ cup chopped dates
  • ¾ cup panko crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Cover a 9 x13 rimmed sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Remove the stem ends of the mushrooms. Chop stems and set aside.
  3. Toast walnuts in a dry skillet over medium heat for 2 to 4 minutes or until golden brown, stirring constantly. Remove and spread out on a cutting board and let cool slightly. Chop walnuts into smaller pieces and place in a large bowl. Add the chopped tarragon to the walnuts.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet. Add in the diced sweet onion and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in the ¼ cup of Marsala and the chopped mushroom stems. Cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Pour the mushroom mix to the walnuts in the bowl. Blend in the dates, panko, salt and pepper.
  6. Place a generous tablespoon of stuffing into each mushroom cap.
  7. Place stuffed mushrooms onto prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the mushrooms are tender. Remove to platter. Garnish with chopped parsley, if desired.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sesame Ginger Slaw

Sesame Ginger Slaw

Sesame Ginger Slaw

Cole slaw. I love it. When we go out for dinner and I’m offered the choice of a side salad or slaw? I’m going with the slaw. Maybe, I just love cabbage. What I don’t love, is a mayonnaise based dressing, all-the-time! Change it up. Give me something different. Something that will make me go – wow! I like wow. Wow is good. This sesame ginger slaw is wow. Try it, you’ll be hooked. I needed something to serve to my vegan friends, and that left mayonnaise out of the question. I know there are vegan options available. But, the store was so far away, and I’m kinda lazy, so I went with what I had on hand. The result was a light, refreshing, simple to make slaw, that will make you go wow!

The ingredients:

sesame slaw ingred

The line up

You’ll need 8 cups of shredded cabbage. There’s also 4 scallions, a knob of ginger for grating, some dijon, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, black sesame seeds and agave syrup. There’s no need to haul out the heavy food processor. All you need is a cutting board and a knife. Turn the cabbage upside down, cut through the cabbage on each side of the core. Next, cut the core out of the center silce and toss it (the core) away. Lay one half, face down and slice it into thin strips.

shredding cabbage

Shredding the cabbage

Then, cut in half in the opposite direction.

shredded cabbage

cut,cut,cut it up

Cut up the rest of the cabbage in the same manner. Dump it all in a large bowl. Take your scallions and slice them on the diagonal, very thinly.

slice scallions

slice, slice, slice it up.

Throw them in the bowl with the cabbage.

cabbage

Use a big bowl!

Time to make the dressing. Get out a nonstick fry pan. Use at least a 10 inch pan. Heat it over medium for a bit, then, add the black sesame seeds. I used black because the color contrasts against the cabbage nicely.

toasted sesame seeds

Toasting the black sesame seeds.

Don’t walk off! This only takes 2 to 3 minutes. Stir them around and when you smell the toasty goodness, they’re done. Pull them off the stove. Save a teaspoon for garnish, just before you serve the salad. Time to grate the ginger.

grated ginger

grate ginger

I don’t waste time peeling it. I keep the ginger in the freezer and just pull out a chunk when I need it. I just run it across the grater and the brown peel just stays on the top. Nothing but great, grated ginger on the other side!

Get out a small bowl. To it, add the dijon, toasted sesame oil, grated ginger, agave syrup and rice vinegar.

sesame slaw dressing

sesame slaw dressing

Add in the toasted sesame seeds and whisk it all together.

sesame slaw dressing

Dressing is done

Now, if you’re not going to serve the slaw right away or you’re going to take it somewhere, cover up the dressing and stuff it in the fridge. You don’t want to dress the slaw until you’re ready to serve it. Cabbage does funky stuff to dressings. It makes them all watery and yucky. So, wait to dress. The slaw, not yourself. Unless, that’s how you roll. When you’re ready to serve the slaw, pour the dressing over the cabbage scallion mix and toss to coat. Sprinkle those reserved toasted sesame seeds over the top to purty it up.

Sesame Ginger Slaw 2

It’s right purty!

You can eat this by itself, like I did, right after I took it’s picture or serve it as a side for sandwiches, grilled tofu, dinner omelettes, or whatever! It’s a wow slaw, so wow somebody with it!

Sesame Ginger Slaw
Author: 
Recipe type: salad
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8
 
A simple, refreshing vegan slaw that's easy to make.
Ingredients
  • 8 cups of chopped cabbage
  • 4 scallions
  • 1 Tablespoon black sesame seeds – divided.
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tablespoon agave syrup
Instructions
  1. Place chopped cabbage in a large bowl.
  2. Slice the scallions on the diagonal. Add to the cabbage and toss to combine.
  3. Using a dry, nonstick fry pan over medium heat, toast the black sesame seeds. Stir occasionally 2 to 3 minutes or until fragrant.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the rice vinegar, Dijon mustard, grated fresh ginger, toasted sesame oil and the agave syrup. Add in the toasted black sesame seeds, reserving 1 teaspoon for garnish. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. When ready to serve, whisk dressing and pour over cabbage mix, tossing to coat. Sprinkle top with reserved sesame seeds and serve.
  5. NOTE: If you are not serving to vegans, honey may be substituted for the agave syrup.

 

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Kale Chips

Southwest Chipotle Kale Chips

Southwest Chipotle Kale Chips

Chips, or actually, crisps made from Kale. Light, airy, little, wisps of flavor. Flavor that costs a ton of money. Look at these prices! Well, now. We don’t have to pay those kind of prices, do we. Nope! We don’t. I have a dehydrator. Sure, you have the initial output of cash to buy the dehydrator, but you can do so much with it. Careful shopping can get you one on sale, or use one of those 20% off coupons that Bed Bath & Beyond are always sending out. Still not willing to put out the cash? Look at it this way. You’ll be saving all that money and more, simply by reducing your waste. Parsley about to go bad? Dry it. Far, too many jalapenos in your harvest? Dry them. Freeze coming and your pretty, purple basil plant is loaded with leaves? Dry them! Make the kid’s some fruit roll ups. That way, you’ll know for sure what they are made of. Just fill the dehydrator, turn it on and go read a book. It’s that easy. The savings will really add up. I paid $2.50 for a pound of organic kale and it made a gallon baggie full of crisps. Those are real savings.

Let’s make some kale chips, ok?

Southwest Chipotle Kale Chips

Simple ingredients, great flavors.

The special equipment needed? The dehydrator and a salad spinner. That’s it. This is going to be easy. Open the salad spinner and set it beside you and the kale. Fold a kale stem in half and hold it in one hand, using the stem and a handle. Use the other hand and tear handfuls of kale off and drop them into the spinner basket.

kale

Tear off chunks.

You want the pieces of kale to be around 3 inches wide. They shrink up quite a bit, so bigger is better. Keep going until all the kale is torn. Then, carry the spinner basket to the sink and rinse the kale off.

Rinsing off kale

Give it a shower.

Shake off the water and pop the basket back into the spinner and spin it!

Spin dry kale

Spin dry

Spread out a clean kitchen towel on your counter and rump the kale out onto it. Grab a paper towel and blot up the excess moisture from the leaves.

drying kale chips

Blot dry.

Take that same paper towel and dry out the salad spinner bowl.

dry bowl

I have a new photo editor. Can you tell? lol

Place half the kale into the spinner bowl.

kale in bowl

Half in the bowl

Drizzle them with 2 teaspoons of olive oil

kale kale kale

Drizzle with oil

and rub it into the leaves with your fingers.

oiled kale

Give your kale a massage.

Then, here’s the tricky part. You have to decide what to flavor them with. Yes, I understand that this is tough, but I have faith. You can do it! Pick something that you like. Curry powder, garlic salt, Old Bay seafood seasoning, lemon pepper, herbs de provence, or, even, ranch salad dressing mix! If your seasoning mix is salt free, add a shake or two of salt, or just leave it off. There is no limit to what you can add for flavor! I am using a southwest chipotle blend because I like it. So, sprinkle on 2 teaspoons of seasoning blend and hand toss to mix.

spicy kale

Sprinkle with spices

Get out your dehydrator.

dehydrator

My dry guy

Open it up and set a tray beside your kale bowl. Start laying the kale out on the trays, keeping them in a single layer.

layer 1

1st layer

Keep on layering.

loading th edehydrator with kale

keep on layering

When you run out of seasoned kale, start the flavoring process again using the other half. Don’t bother to wipe out the bowl, that’s just extra flavor!

Repeat oil & seasoning with the last half

Repeat oil & seasoning with the last half.

Hopefully, you run out of kale and empty trays at the same time.

Dehydrator is full

All full

Pop on the top and start it up. Mine has direction printed right on top. Those are what I use, too. Can’t argue with brilliance. Check your kale about halfway through the cooking time. I like to rotate the trays at the time. Maybe it helps them dry evenly. I don’t know why I do it, but it make me feel better. Any how, after cooking time has passed, you’ll find that your kale has shrunk quite a bit.

kale chips

All dehydrated up.

It’s supposed to. You did everyting right. You’ve made kale chips! Clean up is a breeze, too. One dirty salad spinner and a couple of dehydrator trays. Easy as can be. So, keep your money in your pocket and make your own kale chips. And fruit leathers, and dried fruits, and dried herbs, and oh,oh,oh, your own sun dried tomatoes!!!

Southwest Chipotle Kale Chips

Southwest Chipotle Kale Chips

Here’s the recipe.

Kale Chips
Author: 
Recipe type: Snacks
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12
 
Kale is seasoned and then dehydrated into light, airy, flavorful crisps.
Ingredients
  • 12 to 15 stems of fresh kale
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil - divided
  • 4 teaspoons seasoning, such as curry powder, garlic salt or southwest chipotle – divided
  • Salt, if necessary.
Instructions
  1. Special equipment needed – a dehydrator.
  2. Get out a salad spinner. With the kale leaf folded in half, hold the stem in one hand, and with the other, tear off handfuls of kale. You want pieces about 3 inches wide. Place the torn kale pieces into the salad spinner. Rinse and spin dry. Dump the kale out onto a clean towel and blot off excess water with paper towels. Using the same paper towels, dry out the salad spinner bowl. Place half the kale inside. Drizzle with 2 teaspoons of the olive oil and massage the oil into the leaves with your hands. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of the seasoning powder over the leaves. If your spice mix doesn't contain salt, sprinkle a little salt over the leaves, also. Toss in bowl using your hands.
  3. Place a dehydrator tray beside your kale bowl. Spread out the kale, in a single layer. Repeat with additional trays. When the first bowl of kale is used up, repeat the oil and seasoning steps from above. When mixed, fill remaining dehydrator trays.
  4. Assemble the dehydrator and process the kale according to your machines directions. For my Nesco model, it was 135º for 7 hours. Always check and rotate the trays halfway through the drying time.
  5. It's done when it as crispy as you want it to be!

 

 

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Pumpkin Cider Baked Donuts with an Apple Cider Glaze

Pumpkin Cider Baked Donuts with an Apple Cider Glaze

Pumpkin Cider Baked Donuts with an Apple Cider Glaze

Can we talk? Come on, pull out a chair and sit a spell. Look, I’ve already made you a plate. Let’s sip a cuppa joe and munch on a donut or two and chat. I have a confession. This food blog thing? I’m not so good at it. Oh, you’ve noticed? Well, I’m sorry. I have every good intention of updating it more often. But, then, you know, life happens. Work, kids, friends, parents, holidays, rain, sleet, snow, the flu, you kno LOOK, A SQUIRREL. I am lousy with my time management. I want to do a post, but the next thing I know – I’m out of time. I’m never out of excuses, though. Here’s my New Years Resolution – I’m gonna try my durndest to post more. I’m still learning. So, bear with me, it’s going to get better! Did you enjoy your donut?

Pumpkin cider donut

Yum!

Here’s the recipe –  Gather the ingredients and set the oven for 350º.

Baked donut ingredients

Baked donut ingredients, missing 3 eggs.

Pretend you see 3 eggs in that picture. They were still in the fridge. Whoopsie. Anyhow, crack 3 eggs into the work bowl of your mixer. Add in 1 cup of sucanat.

eggs and sucanat

Look! The missing eggs.

Sucanat is just dried sugar cane syrup. I use it for most my sugar needs. Don’t have it? No matter, just use 1/2 cup each of white and brown sugar. Start up the mixer. When that’s blended, add in the pumpkin puree and vanilla.

pumpkin puree

add pumpkin

If you have homemade pumpkin puree, that will work. Just adjust the flour amounts so you end up with a thick batter. Mix it up. Now, combine the flour – I used a soft white whole wheat – the spices, salt and baking powder.

dry mix

the dry mix

Stir it up, so it’s all combined.

dry mix combined

mixed up

Take a cup of apple cider and pour it into the mixer bowl.

add apple cider

add the cider

Then, add the dry mix and blend it all together.

batter is ready

All blended together.

Grab your donut/muffin pans and coat them with spray oil.

coat pans with oil

coat pans with oil

Here’s a neat trick. When you have to get a thick batter into a small or unique shape, put it into a zip top bag.

zippe bag

zip top bag

Fill it with the batter -

batter in a baggie

bag the batter

squeeze out the air and seal it up.

in the bag

all bagged

Squish the batter away from a bottom corner and snip it off.

about an inch wide

about an inch wide

Carefully squeeze the batter out into the pans, filling them about halfway full.

fill the pans

fill the pans

Place them into the oven, you can stagger the trays to cook. Rotate them after half the baking time has passed.

stack them

stack them

Bake from 12 to 14 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in one comes out clean. Remove and cool in the pans for a couple of minutes.

Hot!

Hot!

Then, flip them out on racks to cool completely.

Cool completely

Cool completely

While they cool, let’s make the apple cider glaze.

for the glaze

for the glaze

You need apple cider, a tablespoon of unsalted butter and powdered sugar. I just whizzed up some sucanat in my vitamix to make powdered sugar. Pour a 1/4 cup of cider in a small sauce pan with the butter.

cider and butter

cider and butter

Bring it to a boil,

reduce the cider

reduce the cider

lower the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until the cider has reduced by half. Let it cool. When cool, put into a shallow dish and mix in 1 tablespoon of fresh cider. We want the flavor of the cider reduction without trying to mix the powdered sugar into that goo. So, thin it out a bit.

Don't worry about the little specks. They're good!

Don’t worry about the little specks. They’re good!

Add in the powdered sugar, until you have a thick glaze.

It's ready!

It’s ready!

Now, dip the donuts in the glaze, coating halfway up.

Use a small dish.

Use a small dish.

Stand your racks over some wax paper or paper towels, cause it’s going to get messy! Set the donuts/donut holes on the racks to dry.

Oh, Oh, Oh!

oh, Oh, OH!

Oh yeah, baby!

Oh yeah, baby!

Then, simply plate them up.

Pumpkin Cider Baked Donuts with an Apple Cider Glaze

Pumpkin Cider Baked Donuts with an Apple Cider Glaze

Resist the urge to lick the excess glaze off the waxed paper. Oh, no one is looking, do it!

Pumpkin Cider Baked Donuts with an Apple Cider Glaze
Author: 
Recipe type: snack
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12
 
A delicious blend of whole wheat flour, pumpkin, apple cider and spices, baked into a tasty donut.
Ingredients
  • For the Donuts:
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1 cup sucanat sugar or ½ cup each of white and brown sugars
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 4 cups whole wheat flour, I used a soft white wheat
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • For the Apple cider glaze:
  • ¼ cup apple cider, plus 2 Tablespoons – divided, use as needed.
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray donut pans and mini muffin pan with oil.
  2. Crack three eggs into the work bowl of your mixer. Add in the sucanat (sugars). Mix until blended. Mix in the pumpkin puree and vanilla extract. Pour in the cup of apple cider.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients together: flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, salt and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix until smooth.
  4. Spoon the batter into a zip top bag, snip a hole in a bottom corner, and pipe the batter into the donut pan and mini muffin pan, filling each about halfway full.
  5. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted, comes out clean. Cool on wire racks for 5 minutes, then remove from pans and cool completely.
  6. For the apple cider glaze – Pour the ¼ cup apple cider into a small sauce pan. Add in the tablespoon of unsalted butter. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until reduced by half, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely. When cool, blend with 1 tablespoon of reserved cider. Stir in the powdered sugar until dissolved, adding additional cider, if needed. Dip cooled donuts halfway into the glaze, then set the donuts on a wire rack to allow the glaze to set.

Fresh donuts & coffee!

Fresh donuts & coffee!

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