Rhubarb Ice Cream

Rhubarb Ice Cream – Candy Coated Culinista

A seasonally flavoured ice cream that hits the spot if you love the tart flavours of rhubarb like myself.

Yield/Serving: 1 pint
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: approx. 30 min.
Inactive Time: 2-3 hours for a creamy ice cream
Freeze Time: Overnight
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 1 ½ cups rhubarb chopped
• 1 cup 2% milk
• 6 egg yolks
• ¾ cup granulated sugar
• Pinch of salt
• 2 cup heavy cream
• 1 vanilla bean, sliced in half and insides scrapped out

Assembly
1. Using a small saucepan; boil rhubarb and don’t add water over medium-high heat until tender and all the liquid has evaporated, about 10 min.
2. Chill rhubarb until cooled completely in the refrigerator.
3. Using medium saucepan add egg yolks and sugar and whisk until mixture turns a pale yellow and is smooth.
4. In a small saucepan heat milk over medium-low heat until it begins to simmer and do not stir.
5. Slowly add milk to egg and sugar mixture stirring constantly and then return to heat until it reaches 165°F.
6. Immediately remove from heat once it reaches back up to 165°F. (The mixture should have thickened up and coats the back of the spoon.)
7. Pour custard base into a container and allow to chill in the refrigerator until it reaches 65°F. Once custard has chilled pour into the ice cream maker and process accordingly to your machine.
8. Add the rhubarb pieces in the last few 5 minutes of churning.
9. Transfer ice cream to a chilled container and let firm.

Tips
• The longer the custard base is allowed to chill; the creamier the ice cream will be.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I never purchase ice cream any more. If I’m having ice cream it is homemade because it tastes that much better. It takes more time; but it’s worth the effort every single time.

Dia de Muertos: Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate

Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate - Candy Coated Culinista

Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate – Candy Coated Culinista

Dia de Muertos or Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated to remember your friends and family who have passed on. Now I don’t need a special day to remember my mom or any of my loved ones who have gone on to a better place; but I do like the idea of this day as people celebrate the lives that the dead lived and it’s not about grieving. I have been looking for Mexican chocolate for over a year now, but I wasn’t going to make a trip or purposefully look for a Mexican grocery store in Toronto. I was shopping in the Detox Market and found Mexican Chocolate here of all places and that means I can make my spiked Mexican hot chocolate.

Yield/Serving: 2
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 10 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
Hot Chocolate
• 3 cups 2% milk
• 2/3 oz tequila
• Chipotle chocolate bar, chopped into pieces
• 2 tbsp Dutch-processed Cocoa powder
Whipped Topping
• 1/2 cup heavy cream
• Cinnamon, garnish
• Nutmeg, garnish
• Cayenne pepper, garnish
• Shaved chocolate, garnish
• 2 cinnamon stick, garnish

Assembly
Hot Chocolate
1. In a small saucepan heat up the milk over medium heat.
2. Whisk in the tequila and chocolate pieces and combine until melted and frothy.
Whipped Topping
3. Using an electric mixer, or by hand whip heavy cream.
4. Top with whipped cream and grate cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, chipotle chocolate and put a cinnamon stick in.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This had some heat thanks to the chipotle and cayenne on my lips which I enjoyed. On a cold night curled up watching a movie this is a great a different spin on a traditional hot chocolate.

Fruity & Nutty Milk Chocolate Bark

Paleo Fruity Nutty Chocolate Bark - Candy Coated Culinista

Paleo Fruity Nutty Chocolate Bark – Candy Coated Culinista

Prep Time: 15 min.
Set Time: 30 min
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 1 ½ cups milk chocolate
• ¼ cup shredded coconut
• ¼ cup mini white chocolate chips
• ¼ cup almonds
• ¼ cup dark chocolate bits
• ¼ cup walnuts
• ¼ cup cranberries
• ¼ cup goji berries

Assembly
1. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or non-stick silicone sheet.
2. Rough chop all the chocolate and put into a microwave safe bowl.
3. Heat in thirty second intervals until all the chocolate has melted.
4. Pour chocolate onto the silpat and spread evenly with a spatula.
5. Tap the pan on the counter to remove any air bubbles.
6. Sprinkle the nuts, dried fruits onto the chocolate and tap the pan once again on the counter.
7. Let the chocolate set in the fridge for thirty minutes.
8. Break the chocolate bark into pieces.
9. Serve

Tips
• Set the chocolate in the fridge or freezer. I left the chocolate out to set in the kitchen and it just wouldn’t set for me until I chilled it.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
Even though I am not a fan of chocolate and then incorporating fruits and nuts into said chocolate seems like a horrible idea to me. This was quite tasty and no two bites were the same which added a nice dimension to the bark. It also feels healthier than having a regular chocolate bar.

Halloween Fudge

Halloween Fudge - Candy Coated Culinista

Halloween Fudge – Candy Coated Culinista

Orange & black are the colours of Halloween and I need a Halloween themed treat. These chocolatey melt in your hand fudge is decadent and scream Halloween to me.

Yield/Serving: 24 -30 pieces, depending on how big the squares
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
• 1 can sweetened condensed milk, divided
• 8 oz. white candy melts
• 2 to 4 drops orange paste food colouring

Assembly
1. Line an 8” square pan with foil/wax paper and let over hang and set aside.
Bottom Brown Layer
2. Using a microwave-safe bowl, heat chocolate chips and 1 cup of milk on high for 30 seconds and stir.
3. Repeat for another 30 seconds until smooth.
4. Pour into the pan and chill for 10 minutes.
Top Orange Layer
5. In another microwave-safe bowl, melt candy melts with the remaining milk and stir until smooth.
6. Add in the extract and food colouring and spread over the chocolate layer.
7. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour until firm.
8. Remove the fudge using the foil.
9. Cut into squares and serve.

Tips
• If your orange chocolate layer is a little stiff add a tablespoon of 2% milk to loosen it up.

My thoughts
Mr. C’s co-workers enjoyed them and Mr. C. was munching on these at home for the next few days. If you need a quick last minute Halloween treat make these.

Please Enjoy

Muchos Tres Leches Cake

Muchos Tres Leches Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Muchos Tres Leches Cake – Candy Coated Culinista

A spongy light cake with tiny air bubbles to soak up the three types of milk how can one resist. This is a super easy and deliciously light dessert. This was another fun cooking club challenge I did and see my picture here in the Chatelaine gallery.

Yield/Serving: 9 big slices or 12 regular size slices
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 30 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Recipe from Chatelaine

Tres Leches Cake

Ingredients
Cake

• 1 cup all purpose flour
• 1 ½ tsp baking powder
• 5 eggs, separated
• 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
• 1/3 cup 2% milk
• ½ tsp vanilla extract
Coconut Syrup
• ½ of a 400 ml can of coconut milk
• ½ of a 300 ml can of sweetened condensed milk
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 tbsp rum (optional)

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Spray a cake pan with vegetable oil.
3. Line the bottom with parchment paper.
4. Using a medium sized bowl, stir flour and baking powder together.
5. Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites on high until foamy.
6. Slowly add ¼ cup of granulated sugar and continue beating until whites are glossy and stiff peaks have formed, about 2 to 3 min.
7. Remove egg whites to another bowl.
8. Now beat the egg yolks (using the same beaters, no need to wash) with the remaining ¾ cup of sugar until they are a pale yellow in colour, 1 to 2 min.
9. Reduce speed to low and gradually beat in the flour mixture.
10. Add in milk and ½ tsp vanilla and mix until smooth.
11. Stir one third of the egg whites into the yolk mixture, using a rubber spatula and then carefully fold in the remaining egg whites until no streaks remain.
12. Pour into the prepared pan.
13. Bake cake in the centre of the oven until springy and a cake tester comes out clean, about 30 to 35 minutes.
14. While the cake is in the oven: In a small bowl whisk coconut milk, condensed milk, 1 tsp vanilla and rum if desired in a small bowl until combined.
15. Using a skewer, poke the top of the cake and pour half the coconut syrup over the cake and let stand for 5 minutes.
16. Run a spatula knife along the edges of the cake pan and add ½ of the remaining coconut syrup remaining.
17. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours until fully chilled before serving.
18. Cut into squares and drizzle the remaining syrup and serve.

Tips (my additions)
• Toast shredded coconut over a medium-high heat and sprinkle over top of cake.

Chocolate Tres Leches Cake

Yield/Serving: 9 big slices or 12 regular size slices
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 30 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Altered from Chatelaine recipe

Ingredients

Cake
• 1 cup all purpose flour
• 1 ½ tsp baking powder
• 2 tsp cocoa powder
• 5 eggs, separated
• 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
• 1/3 cup soy milk
• ½ tsp coconut extract
Coconut Syrup
• ½ of a 400 ml can of coconut milk
• ½ of a 300 ml can of sweetened condensed milk
• 2 tsp chocolate syrup
• Dark chocolate shavings, to garnish

Tips (my additions)
• Sprinkle dark chocolate shavings overtop.

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Spray a cake pan with vegetable oil.
3. Line the bottom with parchment paper.
4. Using a medium sized bowl, stir flour, baking powder and cocoa powder together.
5. Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites on high until foamy.
6. Slowly add ¼ cup of granulated sugar and continue beating until white are glossy and stiff peaks have formed, about 2 to 3 min.
7. Now add the egg yolks to the mixer with the remaining ¾ cup of sugar until they are a pale yellow in colour, 1 to 2 min.
8. Reduce speed to low and gradually beat in the flour mixture.
9. Add in soy milk and ½ tsp vanilla until smooth.
10. Pour into the prepared pan.
11. Bake cake in the centre of the oven until springy and a cake tester comes out clean, about 30 to 35 minutes.
12. While the cake is baking: In a small bowl whisk coconut milk, condensed milk, and chocolate syrup until combined.
13. When the cake comes out of the oven: Using a skewer, poke the top of the cake and pour half the coconut syrup over the cake and let stand for 5 minutes, until absorbed and pour little more.
14. Run a spatula knife along the edges of the cake pan and add ½ of the remaining coconut syrup remaining.
15. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours until fully chilled before serving.
16. Cut into squares and drizzle the remaining syrup and serve.
17. Sprinkle chocolate shavings overtop.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
The original recipes instructions were confusing as it didn’t say where the egg whites went. I continued to read the recipe and realized they needed to be set aside, but that was not said in the recipe. With the damage done I quickly made the decision to make a chocolate version. I found that my messed up chocolate recipe created a smoother spongier batter; which I preferred as it could absorb more liquid. I also poured the coconut syrup over immediately after the cake came out of the oven as pouring liquid over a cold cake and expecting it to absorb doesn’t add up to me. The rate of absorption on a hot cake would make more sense to me and I didn’t want a huge puddle of coconut milk on the plate. (I altered the recipe accordingly above) Overall I found the original instruction to be a little overly complicated for the same results. The taste between the two was practically the same, but I give mine a slight edge and I’m no chocolate fan.

Muchos Tres Leches Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Muchos Tres Leches Cake – Candy Coated Culinista

Cookie Diaries: Moo Milk Bar

Moo Milk Bar - Candy Coated Culinista

Moo Milk Bar – Candy Coated Culinista

One hot Saturday afternoon after a workshop I was in the area of Moo Milk Bar; according to Google maps and I decided to Explore Queen Street East. Well Google maps lied to me again and the travel time was off. I was told a 30 minute walk which was fine, but when I’ve been walking for one hour I get a little peeved, as I’m not a slow walker at all. I would have turned around and tried another day but I ventured on as I have a long quest list and I need to start tackling it.

Place: Moo Milk Bar
Location: 1918 Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4L 1H5
Phone: 647-343-4272
Hours: Monday Closed; Tuesday -Saturday 11:00 am – 7 pm; Sunday 12 pm-6 pm

My Selections:

Toffee Bit & Vanilla Ice Cream Sammie – $3.10 – This was sweet but delicious, and the ice cream was the perfect consistency, it was firm and didn’t melt out of the cookie as I ate it. I have cut a significant amount of sugar from my diet in the last few months and I think everything is too sugary now. Granted I have had their cookies twice before from Petite & Sweet Bakes before I cut my sugar content and I didn’t find it to be sugary..

Peanut Butter Coconut Cookie – $1.90 – I’m going to say that this is their healthiest cookie looking at the menu. There is a natural sweetness to this cookies and I could taste the coconut. It felt less like a dessert cookie to me.

Cookies & Cream Cookie – $1.90 – The hubby said this tasted like cookies & cream, which is one of his favourite flavours.

Red Velvet Cookie Dough – $9.50 for a 6 pack –I selected these as a dough batch because I have tried this flavour a couple of times at Petite & Sweet Bakes. Following the directions given these tasted exactly like the store bought, which made me very happy. I can now purchase the dough when I am in the area and save them for a later date.

Vanilla Bean Milk – $3.33 -355ml – I could see vanilla bean flecks in the milk and it only tasted a tad bit like vanilla flavored milk. I am comparing this to the best vanilla milk I have ever had in Barbados. In Barbados Vanilla flavoured milk comes in the litre cartons and taste amazing and are packed with the vanilla flavour.

Banana Chocolate Milk – $3.33 -355ml – Mr. C. said “I can taste the banana.” I grabbed this as this is also one of his favourite flavour combo’s, but I get the feeling it was just okay for him.

When I visit again I will stick to the sammie’s, cookies and give the bars a try perhaps.

Moo Milk Bar - Toffee Bit Sammie - Candy Coated Culinista

Moo Milk Bar – Toffee Bit Sammie – Candy Coated Culinista

Moo Milk Bar - Toffee Bit Sammie - Candy Coated Culinista

Moo Milk Bar – Toffee Bit Sammie – Candy Coated Culinista

Moo Milk Bar - Cookie Dough - Candy Coated Culinista

Moo Milk Bar – Cookie Dough – Candy Coated Culinista

Moo Milk Bar - Red Velvet Cookies - Candy Coated Culinista

Moo Milk Bar – Red Velvet Cookies – Candy Coated Culinista

Moo Milk Bar - Candy Coated Culinista

Moo Milk Bar – Candy Coated Culinista

Vanilla Almond Milk

Vanilla Almond Milk - Candy Coated Culinista

Vanilla Almond Milk – Candy Coated Culinista

I have a theory that I can make Mr. C. a vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian or a flexitarian and he wouldn’t even notice. When I met Mr. C. vegetables barely touched his lips and I slowly started adding vegetables to his diet and even hid them in sauces; like my homemade tomato sauce. Now here we are 4 years later and we both are many pounds lighter and have alot more muscle on us, because we both are eating so much healthier and it make me so proud of us. This is a great feeling because when we do choose to eat something a little unhealthier we aren’t breaking the bank, and there is no guilt. I have never been a dieter as I am a firm believer in moderation since I was a child and I have never had any issues with my weight. Since I’m a huge foodie I am always reading, researching, purchasing new cookbooks and looking into new things to try and eat. I have been trying to add almond milk to my diet, which wasn’t the problem. The problem was sneaking it into Mr. C.’s food unbeknownst to him. For about a week I put vanilla almond milk into our smoothies (I hid the almond milk carton behind the Orange Juice in the very back of the fridge) and I finally asked him “how do you like the smoothies with almond milk” He proceeded to say “I knew some different was going on with the smoothies.” I realized he was a fan and he even emailed me a homemade recipe for almond milk. This made me proud and he even found a recipe from one of my favourite food sites I research from; the kitchen – http://www.thekitchn.com. With this new knowledge I went on my merry way to retrieve the components to make fresh almond milk at home, and purchased my first weck jar I have been pining to buy but had no real use for until today.

Yield/Serving: almost 1 litre
Prep Time: 24 soaking over night
Cook Time: 5 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 1 cup raw almonds
• 2 cups water, for soaking
• 4 cups filtered water
• 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
• 2 tbsp agave nectar

Assembly
1. Soak almond in 1 cup of water covered for 24 hours.
2. After 24 hours, drain the water through a strainer from the almonds and pour almonds into a blender.
3. Add 4 cups of filtered water and blend for 2 minutes.
4. Line a strainer with a cheesecloth and pour the almond meal through and allow almond milk to pass through strainer.
5. Twist and squeeze the cheesecloth to extract the remaining amounts of almond milk.
6. Add the sweetener and extract if so desired.
7. Pour in a container with a cap and use within 3 days.

Tips
• Sweeteners used can be: sugar, honey, agave nectar, maple syrup all to taste or optional.
• There is only a 3 days shelf life on homemade almond milk so be aware of that.
• Leftover meal, can be used in smoothies, oatmeal, baked goods like cookies or muffins, hummus, granola, crackers, butter and you can freeze it.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
The almond milk was very good. I didn’t taste like the vanilla almond milk from the carton though. That may be attributed to their process and whatever else goes into to it to extend the shelf life. I added too much vanilla, because I never thought to let the vanilla sit overnight and taste it in the morning. I adjusted the recipe above as I added way too much and didn’t give the vanilla a chance to marry with the almond milk. Next time I think I will soak the almonds longer to get a creamier consistency and filter it more as I still got some almond chunks. I think I need to invest in a proper nut milk bag since I plan on making more almond milk at home.

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