Beach Town Baking

Does your MOM like to bake?

Are you frantically trying to figure out what to get your MOM,  GRANDMOTHER or any SPECIAL WOMAN in your life for Mother’s Day?

THIS IS WHAT YOU SHOULD GET HER!

 

My latest cookbook FARM TO TABLE DESSERTS hits stores today and it’s full of 80 sweet organic recipes broken down by seasons so you know exactly what to bake and when. Every recipe has a beautiful color photograph that accompanies it, too. It’s a nice gift that anyone will love.

Purchase on Amazon here.

Happy Tuesday!

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Farm to Table Desserts Goodreads Giveaway ends at midnight!

Hi everyone!

Just a quick note to let you know that the Goodreads Giveaway for my upcoming cookbook Farm to Table Desserts ends at midnight today. We have over 1600 entries so far (woohoo!). Click here to enter the Goodreads giveaway. You can also order my cookbook on Amazon here!

Good luck!

 

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The book that started it all…

Big day folks! The book that started it all, Beach House Baking, is released today into the ethereal world of paperback reprint! This newly updated reprint has TEN new recipes that are perfect for the start of summer. Order your fresh copy on Amazon here.

Happy Baking!

 

BLUEBERRY ZUCCHINI BREAD

In the mood to bake something delicious today, but don’t have a lot of time? This is the answer: Blueberry Zucchini Bread!

Every time I bake this delicious blueberry zucchini bread, I’m always blown away by how good it is. The sweet blueberry flavor really shines through – so much that people often don’t realize there’s zucchini in it. It’s super moist and keeps well for days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It’s great any time of the day, morning or night.

Now go, bake, and enjoy!

 

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BLUEBERRY ZUCCHINI BREAD

Ingredients

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cup zucchini (grated)
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease one 9x5x3-inch loaf pan.
Pile the blueberries and half the sugar on a large cutting board. Using a sharp knife, chop the blueberries into small pieces, working the sugar into the blueberries. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the remaining sugar, eggs and oil until incorporated. Stir in the grated zucchini and the chopped blueberries. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon and mix until incorporated. Pour into prepared pan and bake 1 hour.

STRAWBERRY DAIQUIRI CUPCAKES

 

A strawberry daiquiri was the first cocktail I ever tried. I was vacationing in Saint Thomas recklessly laying on the beach without sun block (ah to be 21 again) and snorkeling the clear blue waters of the U.S. Virgin Islands.   At the end of each full day of water adventure, I treated myself to one of the most refreshing blended cocktails out there.

Just like its cocktail version, these strawberry daiquiri cupcakes combine strawberries, sugar, lime and rum to make a sweet treat that can be enjoyed any time of day. Roasting the strawberries ahead of time intensifies not only their sweet flavor but also their beautiful red color eliminating the need for any artificial coloring or additives.

This recipe yields 14 booze infused cupcakes topped with a heaping mound of vanilla whipped cream.

Btw, this recipe can also be found in the upcoming reprint of my first cookbook Beach House Baking. You can pre-order it on Amazon here!

Enjoy!

 

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STRAWBERRY DAIQUIRI CUPCAKES

Ingredients

  • 12oz strawberries (hulled and quartered)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup cake flour (sifted)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3oz unsalted butter (soft)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Medium lime (zested)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons rum (i prefer bacardi)
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two cupcake pans with 14 paper liners and set aside.
Combine the strawberries and 1 teaspoon sugar in a large bowl. Transfer to a 9-inch pie plate and roast in the oven for 45 minutes, stirring once halfway. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Puree in a blender until smooth and set aside.
Sift the cake flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, sugar, lime zest and vanilla on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in the eggs one at a time, scraping well after each addition. With the mixer on low speed, add the milk and dry ingredients alternately, beginning with the milk and ending with the flour. Mix in the rum and the strawberry puree. Scrape bowl well.
Scoop the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them up to the rim. (I use a 2.6-ounce ice cream scoop.) Bake in the center of the oven for 20 to 22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, remove from the pan, and allow to cool completely before frosting.
Make the frosting: Combine all ingredients in a mixer fitted with the whip attachment. Beat on low speed until the mixture begins to thicken. Increase speed to medium and continue mixing until cream is stiff yet smooth. Transfer to a piping bag and frost the cooled cupcakes.

Fall Off the Bone Pot Roast

Happy 2017 everyone!

I decided to spend the day bumming around the beach loft, reorganizing my closet, watching football and you guessed it, cooking some dang good fall off the bone pot roast. Now, to be clear, I used a boneless roast but the meat turned out so soft and tender the only way to describe it is fall off the bone.

I roasted the meat in a Dutch oven for 3 long, hunger-inducing hours. The aroma filling the loft was ridunculous! When the roast was finally done I found that I had snacked on every chip and cracker  in my cabinet. The most challenging part is waiting for the roast to cook. But believe me it’s worth it as the result is fall off the bone delicious!

The ingredients are easy to find. In fact, you probably have them in your cupboard ready to be used.

I used a 4 to 5 pound boneless chuck roast which was enough for 3 servings.

To start, I made a mixture of salt, garlic powder and freshly ground pepper and rubbed it all over the meat.

I then seared both sides of the meat in a Dutch oven over medium high heat.

While the meat seared, I combined Lipton onion soup mix, water, red wine vinegar, 2 garlic cloves, 2 bay leaves and a touch of ketchup in a small bowl and poured it over the meat.  I immediately transferred the pot to a preheated 350 degree oven and baked it covered on the middle rack. After cooking it for 3 hours, I opened the lid and this beauty was staring right back at me.

Mmmmmmm, fall off the bone pot roast!

Wondering what to serve this with? I opted for a baked potato, sauteed turnip and mustard leaves from my garden and a delicious horseradish cream sauce. What a delicious way to start the New Year!

Enjoy!

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Fall Off The Bone Pot Roast

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 1 Medium boneless pot roast (about 4 to 5 pounds)
  • 1 packet lipton onion soup mix
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 Small bay leaves
  • 2 Large garlic cloves (smashed and de-skinned)
  • 1 Small beef or chicken boullion cube

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Warm 2 tablespoons olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium high heat.
Mix the garlic powder, salt and pepper together and rub the mixture all over the roast.
Sear the meat until nicely browned on each side, about 3 minutes per side.
While meat is searing, combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl.
After meat is seared on both sides, remove from heat and pour the soup mixture over the meat. Cover with lid and place on middle rack in oven for 3 hours.
That's it!

 

Holiday Gift Ideas 2016

I can’t believe it’s that time of the year again. I decided to start Holiday gift shopping as soon as possible this year and spent the weekend finding fabulous and affordable gifts that I’m going to get my friends this season. I’ve gathered all my ideas and put together a list of my favorite Holiday Gift Ideas 2016.

1) Bombas Ski and Snowboard Socks

If you’ve never heard of Bombas, take note. Bombas is all about comfortable socks and paying it forward. For every pair of socks purchased, a pair is donated.  Cool, right? They also have an awesome ‘happiness guaranteed’ return policy. I’m in love with these ski and snowboard socks designed by Olympic Gold Medal snowboarder Hannah Teter. They are midweight performance socks made with high-grade merino wool. Buy a pair for your best girlfriend and while you’re at it, pick up one for yourself.

2) J.Jill Textured Wrap Scarf

092761_essThis lightweight fashionable scarf comes in 3 colors to choose from and is sold online at J.Jill. With chunky stitching and an oh so soft texture this scarf will keep you cozy through the winter months.

 

 

 

3) Kate Spade Thermal Mug

Save some paper cups this season and buy your friends this gold stripe thermal mug from Kate Spade. Made with  BPA-, phthalate-, and lead-free construction, this beautiful mug allows you to sip and savor safely. I love that the lid has an open/close feature!

 

 

4) Escali Primo Digital Kitchen Scale

I think these scales are the most reliable, economical kitchen scales around. I use them at my bakery as well as at the beach loft. They come in a variety of colors and are readily available on amazon.com.

 

 

 

5) Voluspa Spruce Cuttings Candle

This is one of my favorite candles to burn over the Holidays. I love the Spruce Cuttings scent and the two wicks. Not only is it pleasant, but it really permeates nicely throughout my loft.

 

6) Beach House Brunch cookbook

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Well of course I had to recommend my cookbook Beach House Brunch! It’s perfect for anytime of the year – whether you’re dreaming of warmer weather or wanting to bake up brunch favorites like Italian Sausage Casserole, Blueberry Pancakes, Omelets, and Cranbery Walnut French Toast. Purchase my book on Amazon.

Oh and while you’re on Amazon, pre-order my third cookbook Farm to Table Desserts!

 

7) Ellie Alexander’s Caught Bread Handed

I recently came across this fantastic bakeshop mystery series by author Ellie Alexander.  Ellie currently has four titles out, Meet Your Baker, A Batter of Life and Death, On Thin Icing, Caught Bread Handed, and soon to be a fifth with Fudge and Jury (January 3, 2017). The story’s protagonist is Baker Jules Capshaw. Looking for some reprieve from a busy career as a cruise ship pastry chef, Jules retreats to her hometown of Ashland, Oregon to help out at her mother’s bakery Torte. But her dream of peace and quiet quickly dissipates into a cloud of murder, mystery, drama and love.

 

8) Chewbacca Slippers with Sound

Okay, okay, I know this one’s a bit silly but gosh it’s fun. These Chewbacca slippers emit two different Wookiee roars when you walk. Stay warm and entertain your friends and family at the same time! These are available on thinkgeek.com.

 

 

9) Alex and Ani Personalized Charm Initial Bracelet

These personalized charm bracelets make such a nice gift because of their distinctive quality.  Offered by Alex and Ani, they are available in gold or silver finishes. The charms are stamped with script lettering giving the bracelet an elegant, timeless look.

 

 

10) Holiday Gingerbread Leggings by ModCloth

 

One of my favorite online clothing shops is ModCloth. I’m a big fan of all their clothes, but especially their leggings. These Holiday leggings have super cute gingerbread printed on them making them perfect Christmas morning attire. Your friends will love them!

 

 

 

Happy Holidays!

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VEGAN CHOCOLATE BLACKOUT COOKIE

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One of the most-loved treats at my bakeshop Sugar Blossom in San Clemente, CA is our Vegan Chocolate Blackout Cookie. It’s a soft, moist cookie with a slight bite thanks to a thin coat of sugar on the outside.

Ingredients such as almond milk and vegetable oil replace the slew of normal dairy and non-vegan items like butter and eggs.

The key to making our Blackout cookie outstanding is to use a high quality cocoa powder – we use a dark Valrhona cocoa. Another important step is to not overbake them, ensuring they stay moist for days.

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This recipe makes approximately 15 cookies. If that’s too much sweet for one day, place the cooled cookies in a Ziploc bag and stick them in your freezer before coating with sugar. When you’re ready to serve (or eat) them, remove the cookies from the freezer and toss them in some sugar. Let them thaw for 30 minutes before enjoying.

Enjoy!

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VEGAN CHOCOLATE BLACKOUT COOKIES

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup cake flour (sifted)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (sifted)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar for coating

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the sugars, oil, almond milk and vanilla on medium speed for one minute.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix on low speed until mixture comes together. Scrape bowl well.
Use a 1-oz scoop to portion out the cookie dough (it will be soft) onto a parchment lined sheet tray. You should get about 15 cookies.
Bake cookies for 8 minutes. Do not overbake. Let cool completely.
Toss cookies in sugar and serve.

 

KETTLE CORN

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market-kettle-popcorn-3With the final Presidential debate nearing, I think we all need something delicious to sweeten up the evening.

Kettle corn is a popular treat at markets and fairs across the country. Kernals of corn are cooked with oil, sugar and salt at high temperature resulting in sweet salty popcorn with a barely visible sugary crust. It’s an irresistible snack that’s delicious served warm or at room temperature.

This snack is best eaten the day it’s popped.

Enjoy!

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KETTLE CORN

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup corn kernals
  • 1/4 cup peanut or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Directions

Combine the kernals, oil and salt in a medium pot over high heat. When the oil begins to sizzle, sprinkle the sugar over the kernals and cover with the lid. Shake the pot frequently until all the kernals have popped, about 3 minutes.

BUTTERY ALMOND SQUARES

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I have some great news. My first cookbook, Beach House Baking, has been queued up for a reprint!

I’ve been asked to create 10 delicious new recipes for the reprint to make it even bigger, badder and beachier!

These buttery almond squares have definitely made the cut, and I’m excited for all of you to try them.

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They are quite easy to make and quick to bake. They keep well in an airtight container stored in the refrigerator but trust me, they won’t last very long because it’s hard to stop eating them.

While the cake bakes, you cook a butter almond sauce over the stove until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture thickens. The sauce is then poured over the warm, just-baked cake and broiled until the almond topping caramelizes to perfection.

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When the cake has cooled, cut it into squares and enjoy!

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Almond Squares

Ingredients

  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup unsalted butter (soft)
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x13x2-inch pan and set aside.
Combine the eggs, 3/4 cup sugar, vanilla and salt in a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat until thick, about 2 minutes. Mix in 1 cup melted butter and 1 cup flour until incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes.
Combine 1/2 cup soft butter, almonds, 1 tablespoon flour and milk in a small pot and cook over low heat. Stir constantly until sugar is dissolved and mixture thickens. Spread the mixture over the cake right after it comes out of the oven. Adjust the oven to high broil and caramelize the topping for 6 minutes, rotating every couple minutes. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

 

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