Pomegranate Glazed Carrot Medley

Pomegranate Molasses Glazed Carrots - Candy Coated Culinista

Pomegranate Molasses Glazed Carrots – Candy Coated Culinista

If I can find a way to use pomegranate I will. I have always loved pomegranates and even though they are a mess to eat I enjoy cracking into it. I remember as a child when my mom gave me a pomegranate I would run upstairs to change into an old t-shirt and then have at it while sitting in front of the TV, enjoying my cartoons. This is still my routine to this day; but I also love finding different ways to incorporate pomegranate into dishes.

Yield/Serving: 4
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 35 – 40 min
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 150 ml pomegranate juice
• 2 tbsp pure fancy molasses
• 4 medium sized carrots
• 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• Pinch, sea salt
• Pinch black pepper
• ¼ cup cashews
• ¼ cup dried blueberries
• 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat; let pomegranate juice reduce (10 – 15 minutes) and then stir in the molasses.
3. Peel carrots and cut on the bias and place to the roasting pan and coat the carrots.
4. Bake for 15 minutes stirring occasionally.
5. Drizzle glaze over and bake for another 10 minutes.
6. Add in the blueberries and cashews and bake for another 5 minutes.
7. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve.

Tips
• You can make the glaze in advance if necessary.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
The taste of this dish was great. I loved the addition of it as a glaze and this is a great and healthy vegan dish. This would be a great side for Thanksgiving or Christmas and I will be adding this to my Holiday menu.

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Harvest Gluten Free Spiced Oatmeal Muffins

Harvest Gluten Free Spiced Oatmeal Muffins - Candy Coated Culinista

Harvest Gluten Free Spiced Oatmeal Muffins – Candy Coated Culinista

Yield/Serving: 12
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 25 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 1 cup gluten free flour
• ½ cup gluten free rolled oats, plus some for topping
• ½ tsp plus 1/8 tsp baking powder
• 1/8 tsp ground ginger
• 1/8 tsp ground cloves
• ¼ tsp cardamom
• 1 tsp mixed spice (cinnamon, coriander, caraway, nutmeg, ginger, cloves)
• 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 1 tbsp molasses
• ½ cup packed golden brown sugar
• 1 large egg, at room temperature
• ½ tsp vanilla paste
• ½ cup plus 1/3 cup canned pumpkin puree

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Line muffin cups into muffin pan.
3. In a medium sized bowl whisk flour, oats, baking powder and spices and set aside.
4. Using an electric mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed mix the molasses, butter and sugars for about 5 minutes.
5. Scrape down the sides and continue to mix adding the egg and vanilla paste for 30 more seconds on low speed.
6. Add half of the flour mixture and pumpkin and incorporate.
7. Repeat with the remaining flour mixture and pumpkin.
8. Scoop into muffin cups and bake for 25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean.
9. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then move to a wire cooling rack.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This recipe was intended to be cookies; but after I baked six cookies, the result was so fluffy that these really couldn’t be called cookies. I was hoping the batter would spread more than it did; so I grabbed the muffin pan and mad some muffins. This recipe tasted like everything autumn to me and its gluten-free.

Bouchon Bakery Chocolate Chunk and Chip Cookies

Bouchon Bakery Chocolate Chip & Chunk Cookies - Candy Coated Culinista

Bouchon Bakery Chocolate Chip & Chunk Cookies – Candy Coated Culinista

I pretty much have my own chocolate cookie recipe squared away, but it doesn’t mean I don’t mind trying others recipes. Sometimes other chefs and home chefs alike put in different ingredients that I wouldn’t think of and as I am always striving to learn and grow I gave this recipe a try.

From Bouchon bakery – Sebastien Rouxel & Thomas Keller

Yield/Serving: 12 cookies
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 16 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 238 grams all-purpose flour
• ½ tsp baking soda
• 1 tsp salt
• 134 grams dark brown sugar
• 1 3/4 tsp unsulfured blackstrap molasses
• 104 g sugar
• 167 grams unsalted butter, room temperature
• 2/3 cup bittersweet (70-72%) chocolate chunks
• 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Assembly
1. Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
2. Whisk together the brown sugar, molasses and granulated sugar breaking up any lumps.
3. Using a mixer with the paddle attachment cream the butter until it holds a peak when the paddle is lifted, and add in the sugar mixture and mix for 3 to 4 minutes on medium speed until fluffy. Don’t forget to scrape the sides of the bowl.
4. On low-speed add in the eggs and mix for 15-30 seconds. Don’t overmix or the cookies will spread out too much and scrape the sides of the bowl.
5. Add in half the dry ingredients and mix for 15-30 seconds and then add the remaining dry ingredients until just combined.
6. Cover with saran wrap and chill the dough for 30 minutes.
7. Preheat oven to 325°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
8. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions and place of the cookie sheets leaving space for spreading.
9. Bake for 16 minutes, until golden brown.
10. Let cool for five minutes on the pan and then transfer to a wire cooling rack.
11. Serve

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This was one of the few recipes I have done where a scale was required, but I learned Bouchon Bakery is all about exact measurement with certain ingredients. To be honest, I was a little underwhelmed with this recipe, as it was a Thomas Keller recipe and people rave about him I was expecting something out of this world. I personally like my cookies better as these weren’t anything special. This was a comment I heard from my testers. I will say though that these were the roundest cookies I’ve ever made. I was worried that the molasses was creating too much of a puddle in the oven, but they turned out perfectly round and cooked. I would use this as a base recipe just for the roundness of the cookie factor and put my spin on it to ramp up the flavour.

Bouchon Bakery Chocolate Chip & Chunk Cookies - Candy Coated Culinista

Bouchon Bakery Chocolate Chip & Chunk Cookies – Candy Coated Culinista

Salt-Free Irish Brown Bread

Salt-Free Irish Brown Bread - Candy Coated Culinista

Salt-Free Irish Brown Bread – Candy Coated Culinista

This new recipe was intended to be for St. Patrick’s Day, but then the recipe didn’t turn out and I was left very disappointed…then I said a week later I am going to try this one more time and I’m happy to say my Lemony Letdown turned into a fairly decent whole wheat bread. See my picture here apart of the Cooking Club Gallery.

Attempt #1

Yield/Serving: 14 slices
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 1 hr. 50 min.
Difficulty level is: Should be easy, or rather looks easy

From Chatelaine

Ingredients
• 1 ½ cups warm water, divided (about 110°F)
• 1 tbsp molasses
• 8g pkg active dry yeast
• 3 ½ cups whole wheat flour
• 1 tsp salt

Assembly
1. Spray a metal loaf pan with oil.
2. Stir ½ cup water with molasses and yeast into a large bowl until combined.
3. Let stand for ten minutes.
4. Stir in flour, remaining water and salt using a wooden spoon until combined.
5. Lightly flour the clean counter and transfer the dough.
6. Knead once or twice and shape into a log.
7. Place in the prepared pan and cover with a damp towel and let rise until doubled in size, about forty-five minutes.
8. Pre-heat oven to 400°F.
9. Bake in the centre of the oven until golden brown, about forty-five to fifty minutes.
10. Let stand for five minutes and then turn out the loaf and let cool completely, about one hour.
11. Slice and serve.

Attempt #2

Yield/Serving: 8 slices
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 1 hr. 50 min.
Difficulty level is: Medium, for me

Altered from Chatelaine

Ingredients
• 2 ½ – 3 cups warm water, divided (about 110°F)
• 8g pkg active dry yeast
• 1 tbsp molasses
• 1 tbsp honey
• 3 ½ cups whole wheat flour
• 1 tsp salt

Assembly
12. Spray a metal loaf pan with oil.
13. Stir ½ cup water with molasses, honey and yeast into a large bowl until combined.
14. Let stand for ten minutes.
15. Stir in flour, and add in the remaining water using a wooden spoon until combined. You may not need it all, but I did.
16. Lightly flour the clean counter and transfer the dough.
17. Knead once or twice and shape into a log.
18. Place in the prepared pan and cover with a damp towel and let rise until doubled in size, about forty-five minutes.
19. Pre-heat oven to 400°F.
20. Bake in the centre of the oven until golden brown, about forty-five to fifty minutes.
21. Let stand for five minutes and then turn out the loaf and let cool completely, about one hour.
22. Slice and serve.

Tips
• If the bread looks too crumbly and is not coming together, like the picture below; the dough is too dry and for some reason more water is needed.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
Attempt #1
What a disaster! Who would think such a simple recipe would have such a disastrous outcome. When I was mixing in the flour the dough was crumbly and not coming together at all. I still kept going hoping it would still rise and turn out ok. Of course it did not and I really don’t know what went wrong as I followed the recipe precisely. Usually I try to redo a recipe again, but I’m not wasting more flour. The recipe is what it is and once it baked the crust was rock hard but the inside wasn’t absolutely terrible, but still it was bad, you’d think I didn’t put yeast in at all and I made sure the active yeast wasn’t expired and it did bloom properly.

Attempt #2
I decided to suck it up and waste more flour to give this another go. My second try turned out much better, but I added a lot more water than listed in the recipe and I really don’t know why it was needed. I just went with my instincts and it turned out better, the crust may have been a touch hard, but compared to my first try it was leaps and bounds better. I omitted the salt as I don’t see the point to adding salt to bread because I can never detect the salt in the bread I consume regularly; butter and other food going on the bread will always have salt in it. I added honey on a whim to add another layer of flavour and I was debating adding some whole oats, but then I thought that would be too much experimenting when I don’t know what the outcome would be. I’m so happy I didn’t give up; sure I was up till 11:30pm making and sampling a slice of buttered bread but it was worth it. Truth is I probably will never make homemade bread again, unless I make a gluten-free or another other type of bread as I have never liked whole wheat bread since my childhood.

Salt-Free Irish Brown Bread Attempt #2- Candy Coated Culinista

Salt-Free Irish Brown Bread Attempt #2- Candy Coated Culinista

Irish Brown Bread - Candy Coated Culinista

Irish Brown Bread – Candy Coated Culinista

Irish Brown Bread Dough - Candy Coated Culinista

Irish Brown Bread Dough – Candy Coated Culinista

Cranberry Molasses Cake

Cranberry Molasses Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Cranberry Molasses Cake – Candy Coated Culinista

Yesterday was Thanksgiving dinner at the in-laws. As usual it was delicious and I filled up on appetizers and had little room left for the actual meal. I had planned to make three desserts for the day but after the wedding of two friends I grew up with on Friday (the DIY Towel Cake was for them); then a full day of work on Saturday I deemed three desserts to be a little too much. I did however manage to make another Thanksgiving themed dessert.

From Taste of Home

Yield/Serving: 12-15
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 40 min
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 3/4 cup sugar
• 3/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
• 2 eggs
• 1 cup molasses
• 3/4 cup water
• 2-1/4 cups fresh cranberries or frozen cranberries, thawed
Butter Sauce
• 1-1/2 cups sugar
• 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
• 3/4 cup butter, cubed

Assembly
1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and baking powder. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, molasses and water; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in cranberries.
2. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
3. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cut warm cake into squares; serve with butter sauce.

Tips
• Cranberries are in season right now and fresh is always better then frozen when available.

Please Enjoy

Reviews
My dad had two slices and asked for “more butter sauce please”.

My thoughts
There is sweetness and tartness to this cake which I loved; I am a huge fan of cranberries. When the butter sauce is added it gives an extra warmth and richness. The cake has a breadiness to it, like a Panettone sweet bread loaf that is served throughout the holidays. I will be making another version of molasses cake for sure around the holidays with my twist on it..

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