Thursday, September 19, 2013

Bear Hug

I like to call it a bear hug. It's basically spiced cocoa taken to a whole new level, a dangerous level. Yep, that's right. You will be tempted to drink this for breakfast, lunch, dinner, mid-afternoon snack, midnight snack, after-school snack, and, well you get the point. I combined a splash of chai tea with hot cocoa to create this drink. It couldn't be much simpler or more delicious. Here we go:

Recipe: Bear Hug
Serves 2

1/4 cup chocolate chips (milk or semisweet)
1 1/2 cups milk
3/4 to 1 cup boiling water (How spicy you want it)
1 chai tea bag

Put the chocolate and the milk in a glass measuring cup. Melt in the microwave in 12 second intervals, stirring in between, until the milk is warm and the chocolate is melted. Pour the boiling water over the tea bag and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Combine 1/2 the chocolate and 1/2 the Chai in a mug, and repeat with a second. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes:

-I used a mix of semisweet and milk chocolate, but it depends how sweet you want it.

-I think you could use 1/2 a cup of heated Chai concentrate if you have that instead, but I haven't tried that yet.

-The milk shouldn't be hot when you heat it, just warm, because you don't want to burn the chocolate.

-It's totally fine if there is still chocolate at the bottom of the milk that won't combine, it makes for a wonderful surprise later!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

These bars, are beautiful, inside and out! They have a cake-like, dense texture, and are perfect with a glass of milk. The swirl on top makes these a sure favourite at a bake sale, or party, and it's surprisingly simple to do! When the bars have baked for a couple minutes,  the chocolate chips set on top have become melty ribbons, perfect for swirling through the batter with a butter knife. The bars have a delicious golden colour, and the chocolate is still all gooey! Just try to resist "sampling" one :)

You can see here that some of the chocolate didn't get completely swirled, which is totally fine!

This side view let's you see the inside of the bar. There isn't any chocolate in the bar, only on top, but you can definitely still taste it!

Don't worry about the swirl. I'm definitely not a professional food stylist, and I had no problem making these look pretty!

Here they are at a party. These are so quick to whip up, and so beautiful, they are perfect for any party or bake sale (reminder: these are peanut butter bars, so they aren't nut allergy friendly).

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies:
Adapted from PS Heart

1/3 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup sweetened peanut butter (if you use unsweetened, add 4 T sugar and  2 T milk)
3/4 cup brown or golden sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 t vanilla
1/4 t salt
1 t baking powder

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 by 13 baking dish. Combine butter, peanut butter, and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix in the flour, salt, and baking powder. Spread the batter into the greased 9 by 13 and bake for 5 minutes until the chocolate chips are melted. Run a butter knife through the batter and chocolate creating a swirl. Bake for another 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean (if there is some chocolate on the toothpick, don't worry :)

Monday, September 2, 2013

Frothy Limeade

It's been hot lately, like really hot, so refreshing, cold drinks are very welcome. This drink definitely falls in the refreshing category! I love how this recipe really uses the entire lime, which gives it amazing flavour. A splash of milk gives it a beautiful colour and the froth!
Start with two fresh limes. Since you're going to be using the whole thing, wash it really well. 

Juice them! I like to cut my limes into quarters to juice.

Toss the remaining pieces of the lime, rind and all, into a blender with some water.

Give it 10-12 pulses. It's totally fine if there is still pieces of lime left, those will get tossed.

Strain the lime juice out of the blender using a fine sieve and add it to the juice from before.

Add the milk, sugar, lime mixture, and water. Once you give it a good 10 seconds,  the milk will make it all frothy and delicious!


They were gone pretty quickly! :)

Adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe- Makes 4 Tall Glasses

2 large limes
2 cups water
1 cup cold water
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons milk

Juice the limes, this should yield about 1/2  cup of liquid. Toss the remaining pieces of lime into a blender with the 2 cups water and pulse 10-12 times. Strain the juice out of this mixture with a fine sieve, and add in lime juice. You can discard any remaining lime pieces in the sieve. Add the lime mixture, cold water, sugar, desired amount of ice, and milk into a blender. Puree for 10 seconds, or until the milk is frothy. Pour into 4 tall glasses over ice. Enjoy!