Lavender Earl Grey Tea Shortbread Cookies

So in A Fragile Design, they have tea time quite a few times throughout the book. That made me think I need a tea recipe, and I decided on borrowing this one from my sister blog, JaneAustenRunsMyLife

Ingredients:

  • 3.5 Cups of Flour
  • 3/4 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp of Lavender Earl Grey Loose Leaf Tea
  • 1/2 Tsp of Salt
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1.5 Cups of Unsalted Butter

Directions:

  1. Pulse flour, sugar, tea, and salt together for one minute in a bowl or food processor.
  2. Add butter and vanilla extract.
  3. Pulse until shaggy dough is formed, about two mins.
  4. Remove blade and transfer dough to a working surface.
  5. Work dough until it comes together and shape it into two discs.
  6. Place each disc on parchment paper and transfer to refrigerator for 30 mins.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  8. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  9. Roll dough out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut out cookies using a 1 inch wide cookie cutter.
  10. Transfer cookies to baking sheet.
  11. Bake for 15 minutes or until edges are a light golden brown.

Thoughts After Baking:

Like my sister blog, JaneAustenRunsMyLife, I too over chilled the dough and the dough was too hard that the cookies came out small. But they were extremely delicious and I couldn’t stop eating them!

For more recipes from JaneAustenRunsMyLife, go to Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

For more cookie recipes, go to Ginger Cardamom Meyer Lemon Crinkle Cookies

For more Earl Grey Tea recipes, go to Earl Grey Infused Blueberry Smoothie

For more shortbread recipes, go to Basic Shortbread

For more desserts, go to Meyer Lemon Poppyseed Cake

Scottish Oat Scones

So on Tuesday we had a Scottish mystery, so I needed a Scottish recipe to go with it. The only problem is, I don’t like a lot of Scottish recipes. They are just not to my taste when I’m looking through the ingredients.

No thank you.

But my sister blog, JaneAustenRunsMyLife, has recently posted a scone recipe so I’m going to just borrow from her. 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 Cups of Flour
  • 2 Cups of Rolled or Steel Cut Oats
  • 1/4 Cup of Sugar
  • 4 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of salt
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/2 Cup of Unsalted Butter (1 stick), melted
  • 1/3 Cup of Milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and grease or line a baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
  4. In small bowl, beat the egg until frothy.
  5. Now add butter and milk to egg, and whisk to combine.
  6. Pour into dry ingredients and mix together until you have a soft dough.
  7. Shape and pat the dough into two 6-7 inch circles.
  8. Cut into 6-8 pie shaped wedges and bake 10-15 mins, or until golden brown.
  9. Let cool for a few minutes.
  10. Serve with butter and/or jam.

Thoughts After Reading:

These were extremely delicious! I saw that my sister blog had a trouble with it being a little dry, but I just added a little more milk and I was good to go.

For more Scone recipes, go to Irish Blueberry Scones

For more Scottish recipes, go to Scottish Oatcakes

For more recipes from my sister blog JaneAustenRunsMyLife, go to Ginger Cardamom Meyer Lemon Crinkle Cookies

For more oat recipes, go to Amish Baked Oatmeal

Ginger Cardamom Meyer Lemon Crinkle Cookies

So a Miss Marple mystery was on Tuesday, we need something perfect for tea to go with it. Today’s recipe is borrowed from JaneAustenRunsMyLife.

Ingredients:

Cookies:

  • 2 Cups + 2 Tbsps of Flour
  • 1.5 Tsp of Ground Ginger
  • 1.5 Tsp of Cardamom
  • 2 Tsp of Baking Powder
  • 3/4 Tsp of Salt
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 4 Tbsp of Meyer Lemon’s Zest
  • 10 Tbsp of Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
  • 2 Large Eggs, Room Temperature
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tbsp of Meyer Lemon’s Juice

Topping:

  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 Cup of Powdered Sugar (Confectioners Sugar)

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, cardamom, ginger, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl combine sugar and lemon zest. Rub the zest between your fingers until it is fully mixed in with the sugar.
  3. Cream butter and sugar-zest mixture together on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3-4 mins.
  4. Add eggs in one at a tim, mixing well.
  5. Add in vanilla extract and lemon juice, and mix again.
  6. Add flour and mix slowly until combined, do not over mix.
  7. Chill dough 3-4 hours.
  8. Preheat the oven 350 degrees F.
  9. Place the sugar in one bowl and powdered sugar in the other.
  10. Take the chilled dough and roll into 1.5 Tbsp sized balls.
  11. Roll in sugar first, then roll in powdered sugar-making sure it is completely covered.
  12. Place dough on prepared sheets about two inches apart.
  13. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until edges are golden.

Thoughts After Baking:

These were delicious!!! I loved them and couldn’t stop eating them.

For more Crinkle Cookies, go to Chocolate Crinkles

For more from JaneAustenRunsMyLife, go to Meyer Lemon Poppyseed Cake

For more cookies, go to King Arthur Fudgy Brownies

For more desserts, go to Meyer Lemon Poppyseed Cake

For more lemon recipes, go to Creamy Sour Cream Lemon Pie

Meyer Lemon Poppyseed Cake

So we had a Pride and Prejudice themed mystery on Tuesday, we need something perfect for tea to go with it. Tuesday’s mystery I borrowed from my sister blog JaneAustenRunsMyLife, and I am borrowing today’s recipe from her as well.

Cake Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup of Unsalted Butter at Room Temperature
  • 1 Cup + 1 Tbsp of Sugar
  • 3 Large Eggs at Room Temperature
  • 1.5 Tbsps of Meyer Lemon Zest
  • 2 Tbsps of Meyer Lemon Juice
  • 1.5 Tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 1.5 Cups + 2 Tbsp of Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp of Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp of Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Tsp of Baking Powder
  • 1.5 Tbsp of Poppyseeds
  • 1/2 Cup of Plain Greek Yogurt at Room Temperature

Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of Confectioner’s Sugar (Powdered Sugar)
  • 3-4 Tbsps of Whole Milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray a 9 x 4 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
  4. Use an electric mixer to beat the sugar and butter together.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well after each egg.
  6. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla. Mix until combined.
  7. With the mixer on low add some of the flour mixture, and mix.
  8. Then add the yogurt and mix. Repeat alternating between flour mixture and yogurt.
  9. Remove from mixer and mix in poppyseeds, but just until they are incorporated. Do not over mix.
  10. Pour batter into pan and cook for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  11. Remove from oven and cool for 10 mins.
  12. While cake is cooling, whisk confectioner’s sugar and milk together.
  13. While cake is warm, spoon the glaze over the top.
  14. Sprinkle with poppyseeds if desired.

Thoughts After Baking:

This was absolutely delicious!

Perfect for tea or to eat when reading a mystery.

For more recipes from JaneAustenRunsMyLife, go to Skinny Chai Tea Latte

For more lemon cake recipes, go to Lemon Meringue Chiffon Cake

For more cake recipes, go to Flag Cake

For more desserts, go to King Arthur Fudgy Brownies

Super Easy Naan Bread

I LOVE bread!

So on Tuesday we had the book The Satapur Moonstone, and I thought what better time than now to share this naan recipe with you all (If I can, I really try to have the mysteries and recipes match up).

This recipe comes from Food.com

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 Cups of Warm Water
  • 1 Package of Yeast
  • 1 Tbsp of Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 3 Cups of Flour

Directions:

  1. Combine water, yeast, and sugar in a bowl.
  2. Let stand for 5 mins until foamy.
  3. Add salt and flour-mix together.
  4. Knead about 20 times on a floured workspace, and the form into a ball.
  5. Place in a well oiled bowl and cover with a towel. Let sit for 30-45 mins.
  6. Turn dough out on floured cutting board, cut into 8 pieces and roll them out.
  7. Grill on a grill, electric griddle, or on a comal
  8. Grill until brown.

Thoughts after cooking:

These were super easy to make and absolutely delicious. I just kept eating them and eating them…

I know I will be making this a lot in the future.

Yum

For more Pinterest recipes, go to Lemon Tree Dwelling’s Minestrone Soup

For more recipes from Food.com, go to No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

For more bread recipes, go to Saucy Spider with Hairy Leg Sticks

Heart Shaped Pizza with Homemade Pizza Dough

Valentine’s Day is upon us and you know I love to eat heart-shaped pizza, it’s my yearly tradition. Last year I decided to make my own, as I had everything I needed, and wanted to share it with you all this year.

This recipe comes from Teaspoon of Goodness.

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Ingredients:

Pizza Dough

  • 1 Cup of Warm Water
  • 1 Package of Yeast
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 2-3 Cups of Flour

Pizza:

  • Olive Oil
  • Pepperoni Slices (Or topping you desire)
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Spaghetti Sauce

Directions:

  1. Combine yeast and warm water. Let sit for one min.
  2. Add salt and flour and mix
  3. Knead until mixed and dough pulls away from the side of the bowl. (If dough is too wet, add flour. If dry add more water until the consistency is perfect).
  4. Let the dough rest 15-30 mins in a warm area about 20 mins.
  5. Seperate the dough into two balls.
  6. Flour a surface, wood cutting boards work best.
  7. Take one dough ball and flour it and the rolling pin.
  8. Roll the dough out to the amount of thickness desired.
  9. Top with sauce, cheese, and toppings.
  10. Cook at 450 degrees F for about 15-20 mins or until crust is brown.
  11. Cut into heart-shape.

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Thoughts After Baking:

This was very good, better than the 15 Minute Pizza Dough.

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Dao’s Egg Rolls

Happy Chinese New Year!

Thoughts Before Cooking:

So I have been bugging my friend Dao for years about teaching me to make eggs rolls. We finally were able to match up our schedules and this is her recipe, just in time for the Lunar New Year!

Dao’s Notes: Here is the recipe (but add to it as you like). Honestly I eye ball everything but I’m trying to break it down so you can make it at home. 

Ingredients:

Egg Roll Filling

  • 1 Cabbage, finely chopped
  • 3 Onions, finely sliced and diced
  • 6 Carrots, peeled and grated
  • 1 Package of Glass Noodles
  • 1-2 Packages of Egg Roll Wrappers
  • 1/2 Cup of Oyster Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup of Soy Sauce
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Salt and Pepper
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 lb of ground turkey (or meat of your choice)

Egg Roll Paste

  • 1-2 Tablespoons of All Purpose Flour
  • Water

Dipping Sauce

  • Cilantro, chopped finely
  • Red Thai Pepper, chopped finely (The more you add the spicier it will be)
  • Peanut Butter
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1-2 Cups of Sweet Chili Spring Roll Sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Water

Egg Roll Directions:

  1. Soak the noodles in hot water at least an hour before, so they can soften.
  2. Drain the water and cut the noodles a inch to 2 inches long.
  3. Combine all the ingredients and mix well.
  4. Make the paste by combining the water and flour, but make sure it isn’t too runny.
  5. Take an egg roll wrapper and lay it diagnolly, like a diamond.
  6. Spoon some of the egg roll mixture into the middle.
  7. Fold bottom corner over filling, roll snugly halfway to cover filling.
  8. Fold both sides in, creating like an envelope and roll, sealing edge with paste. It is very similar to rolling a burrito.
  9. Fry the egg rolls in oil, making sure the wok or pot is deep enough so they are completely covered.
  10. Fry until egg rolls are brown and crunchy, lay on paper towl to drain oil.

Sauce:

  1. Heat up 1 cup of water for one minute in the microwave and then add 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter, mix until melted.
  2. Add cilantro, chili peppers, lemon, Sweet Chili Spring Roll Sauce, salt, and pepper.
  3. Mix well.

Enjoy!

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Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo goood! I wanted to eat them alll!

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For more Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year recipes, go to Chicken Cashew Wrap

For more holiday posts, go to Matcha Green Tea Blast Smoothie

King Arthur Fudgy Brownies

Thoughts Before Baking:

So I had originally wanted to post a Christmas mystery, but I just didn’t have very many-I’ll have to step it up next year, so you are all getting a recipe instead.

Christmas is coming and I continued my yearly tradition of baking cookies for certain families as their Christmas gift!

I thought that instead of making three dozen of one cookie, I would do three different cookies. That way I would be sure to have something everyone would love. So of course I did Rice Krispies Cookies, as everyone loves them.

The second cookie I decided on the Crispy, Chewy Matcha Green Tea Cookies

With the third cookie I decided to consult my The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion: The Essential Cookie Cookbook and settled on Fudgy Brownies.

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Yes Brownies are cookies, they are called bar cookies.

From the Cookbook: “Many of us here at King Arthur decided that our perfect brownie should be fudgy but not gooey, and rich enough to satisfy on its own. It should be assertively flavored and able to stand up to hot fudge sauce and vanilla ice cream. Also, it needs to have a crisp top layer-as one of the kids said, “Just like the ones from a box.” The following recipe fills the bill. Chocolate Chips will provide tiny molten pockets of chocolate within the greater brownie landscape. Add them if your desire for fudginess is limitless.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 Cup (1.5 sticks) of Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Cups of Sugar
  • 1 Cup of Dutch Process Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup of Unbleached Flour
  • 1 Cup of Chopped Walnuts or Pecans
  • 1 Cup of Chocolate Chips

Directions:

    1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
    2. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch pan
    3. In a medium microwave safe bowl, or medium saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter.
    4. Add the sugar and stir to combine.
    5. Return mixture to heat, or microwave, briefly until it is hot, but not bubbling-it will become shiny when you stir it. Heating the mixture the second time will dissolve more of the sugar, which give the brownies a shiny top.
    6. Stir in cocoa, salt, baking powder, and vanilla.
    7. Whisk in the eggs, stirring until smooth.
    8. Add the flour, nuts, and chocolate chips-stirring until smooth. 
    9. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.
    10. Bake the brownies for 29-32 mins, or until a cake tester/knife is inserted and comes out clean or with only a few amounts of crumb clinging to it.
    11. The edges of the brownies should be set, but the center still soft.
    12. Remove brownies from the oven and cool on rack before cutting and serving.

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Thoughts After Reading:

These brownies are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

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I wanted to eat them ALL!!!!!!!

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Merry Christmas!!!!!

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For more from the King Arthur Cookie Companion, go to Sugar Puffs

For more brownies, go to The “Best” Brownies

For more Bar Cookies, go to Lemon Bars

For more cookies, go to Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix in a Mason Jar

Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix in a Mason Jar

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Have you ever wanted to make cookies, but want the work to be mostly done for you? Have you ever loved those mason jar cookie dough starter gifts but don’t want to shell out $20 for something you can easily do at home? Well then, this recipe is great for you.

When I was eight I received one of those cookie dough in a jar starter and thought they were just so cool. Years later, I wanted to make them for my coworkers as they are easy and in expensive, and I thought I would share how to do it with you.

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This how-to comes from D***Delicious

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Pint Sized Mason Jar
  • 3/4 Cup of All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp of Baking Soda
  • 1/8 Tsp of Salt
  • 1/2 Cup of Old-Fashioned Oats
  • 1/3 Cup of M&Ms or Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 Cup of Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1/4 Cup of Sugar

Directions:

  • In  the mason jar, (using a funnel if you have one), layer flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, oats, M&Ms or chocolate chips, brown sugar, and sugar. Be sure to pack each layer down tightly.
  • Add a ribbon or cloth, or both.
  • Add a note or tag with the following instructions:
    • To Make Cookies
      • 1/4 Cup of Butter or Margarine, melted
      • 1 Beaten Egg
      • 1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla
    • Directions:
      • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
      • Empty jar of cookie mix into a large mixing bowl, mix well.
      • Add in butter, egg, vanilla, and mix until blended.
      • Roll into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
      • Bake for 12-14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
      • Cool on cookie sheets for about 5 minutes and then transfer to wire rack.
      • Makes ~1 dozen cookies.

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Thoughts:

I love this. It is so easy to do and makes a cute gift, especially if you pair it with cocoa.

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For more cookie recipes, go to Crispy, Chewy, Matcha Green Tea Cookies

For more from  D***Delicious, go to Crock-Pot Sausage, Spinach, and White Bean Soup

For more Chocolate Chip Cookies, go to Eggless Cookie Dough

For more desserts, go to Glazed Sugar Cookies

Glazed Sugar Cookies

Merry Christmas!

For our first Christmas recipe we have a sugar cookie from the cookbook Christmas Cookies.

Cookie Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of Butter Softened
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1 16-oz Package of Powdered Sugar
  • 4-6 Tablespoons of Hot Water

Royal Icing:

  • 1 16-oz Package of Powdered Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Meringue Powder
  • 6 Tablespoons Hot Water
  • Liquid Food Coloring (Optional)
  • Edible Gold Dust
  • Clear Vanilla Extract

Directions for Cookies:

  1. Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy.
  2. Add egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla, beating until blended.
  3. Gradually add flour and salt, beating just until blended.
  4. Divide dough in half; cover and chill for 1 hour.
  5. Roll each portion of dough to 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface.
  6. Cut dough into desired shapes with a 3.5 inch cutter, and place on lightly greased baking sheets.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned.
  8. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  9. Dip cookies in glaze; place on wax paper to dry.
  10. Decorate with Royal Icing.
  11. Combine 1/4 Teaspoon gold dust and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract with a small paintbrush.
  12. Working quickly, brush on gold accents, add 1 drop of clear vanilla extract at a time, as needed, to moisten gold dust.
  13. Sprinkle on more gold dust if desired.
  14. Yields about 16 cookies

Directions for Glaze:

  1. Whisk powdered sugar and hot water until smooth. Yields 1 1/3 cups.

Royal Icing:

  1. Stir together the powdered sugar, meringue powder, and hot water until smooth.
  2. Add in food coloring, if desired.
  3. Pour into a decorating bag or zip-top freezer bag.
  4. Snip a tiny hole in the corner of the bag and decorate if desired.
  5. Yields about 3 cups.

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Thoughts After Baking:

So first of all, I didn’t decorate these, I had 3-5 year olds do it so they don’t look as nice as they would have, if I had done it. They were delicious, and the kids loved them.

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For more Christmas Cookies, go to Braided Candy Canes

For more Sugar Cookies, go to Sugar Puffs

For more cookie recipes, go to Eggless Cookie Dough

For more desserts, go to The “Best” Brownies

How to Make Meatballs With Rice

So Raleys does their $5 Mondays and they had two 1lb containers of ground turkey for $5.

A deal like that, I can’t resist. I bought them and cooked one while putting the other in the freezer. I had forgotten about it, but then was reminded and needed to cook the meat up before it went bad.

I decided to make meatballs as I hadn’t ever made them before-but I was missing breadcrumbs and it was late so I didn’t feel like going out to buy some.

So in the spirit of the 1940s (Tuesday’s post on The Secret Keeper), “Make it do… Or do without”, I searched the internet for a recipe that had a substitute for breadcrumbs.

This recipe comes from Delishably

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 to 2 lbs of Ground Turkey (or Ground Beef)
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 3 Tablespoons of Uncooked Rice
  • 2 Tablespoons of White Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons of Fresh Parsley or Basil (I prefer basil)
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon of Black Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons of Minced Fresh Garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon of Paprika
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Cooking

Directions:

  1. In a bowl combine the meat with all the spices.
  2. Add the egg, and mix.
  3. Mix in uncooked rice and flour.
  4. Continue to mix until it is uniformly blended.
  5. Shape into balls.
  6. In a skillet, coated with olive oil, saute the meatballs and allow them to cook until browned.

Thoughts After Cooking:

So I thought this was pretty good, although if I were to make it again I would try using something else as a substitute-the rice made them a little chewy.

But otherwise delicious!

Yum

For more recipes, go to Baked Tomatoes With Mozzarella & Parmesan

Saucy Spider with Hairy Leg Sticks

So I wanted to make sure you all had a Halloween-y recipe for whatever parties or events you may be having this year. My tia shared this recipe on facebook, and I decided I HAD to make it.

This recipe for how to make the spider comes from Woman’s Day and calls for 2 balls of pizza dough. I decided to make it myself and instead of trying the Sicilian pizza recipe, I got this pizza dough recipe from Bigger Bolder Baking’s 15-Minute Pizza Dough Recipe (No Yeast)

Pizza Dough Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 Cups of Flour
  • 3 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 3/4 Cup + 2 Tablespoons of Water
  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil

Pizza Dough Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F
  2. In a mixing bowl-combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Whisk until thoroughly combined and set aside.
  4. Combine the water and oil in a separate jug or cup.
  5. Slowly add the water and oil mixture to the flour mixture, holding back a little in case you don’t need it all.
  6. Using a wooden spoon, or your hands, mix until the dough is combined. It should be soft, but not sticky.
  7. Add a splash more water if you dough is dry.

Saucy Spider Ingredients:

  • 2 Balls of Pizza Dough
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/4 Cup + 2 Tbsp of Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Large Pitted Black Olive
  • 2 Cups of Marinara Sauce

Spider Directions:

  1. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Make the spider by cutting one ball of dough in half.
  3. Shape one half into a 5-inch ball to make the spider body.
  4. Cut a 1 1/2 inch strip from the remaining half and shape into a 2 1/2 inch ball to make the head.
  5. Cut the remaining dough into 8 strips and roll each strip into a 6 inch rope to make the legs.
  6. Arrange the body, legs, and head on one of the prepared baking sheets to resemble a spider, gently pressing all of the pieces of dough together.
  7. Brush the spider with some of the egg.
  8. Sprinkle the legs 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese.
  9. Place 2 of the olive slices on the top of the head for eyes and 2 on the bottom for pincers.
  10. Bake until golden brown, 25-30 mins. (Cover the legs with foil if they brown too quickly).
  11. Meanwhile, make the spider leg sticks. Cut the remaining ball of dough into into 8 pieces.
  12. Roll each piece into a 3/4 inch thick rope.
  13. Cut each rope into various lengths.
  14. Taper one end of each piece and slightly bend the others to resemble legs.
  15. Place on the second baking sheet, brush with the remaining egg and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese.
  16. Bake until golden brown-15-20 minutes.
  17. Meanwhile, warm marinara sauce.
  18. Using a knife, hollow out the body of the spider and fill with the warm sauce.
  19. Serve with the leg sticks.

The Pizza Dough:

The Spider Before Baking-I Didn’t Have Any Olives:

Spider After Baking:

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Thoughts After Reading:

So the dough was okay, but too salty for me. I don’t think I would make it again. It also only made one ball of dough so I didn’t get any spider legs out of it.

The spider was so cute. I ended up making White Bean and Barley Soup with Tomatoes and Greens and filled my spider with it.

It was easy to make too, and I’m going to try and do it for a future party.

Soo good!

For more Halloween recipes, go to Pumpkin French Toast

For more pizza dough recipes, go to Pizza Siciliana

 

Easy Tomato Soup

Thoughts Before Cooking:

So true, right? So I love tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches paired together. I have shared a few grilled cheese sandwich recipes, but now it is time to share a tomato soup recipe. I don’t know exactly where it comes from, but it was shared with me from my mother.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Minced Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Tablespoons of Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons of All-Purpose Flour
  • 4 Cups of Chicken Broth
  • 1 6-oz Can of Tomato Paste
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Cup of Half and Half
  • Chopped Fresh Tomatoes, Optional

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, saute garlic in butter for 1 minute.
  2. Stir in flour, until blended.
  3. Gradually add the chicken broth.
  4. Stir in tomato paste and cayenne until well blended.
  5. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 mins or until thickened.
  6. Reduce heat and gradually stir in cream. (Do not boil)
  7. Garnish with chopped tomatoes if desired.

Thoughts After Cooking:

I LOVED it! This soup was so good, especially with grilled cheese sandwiches. I recommend it.

For more soup recipes, go to Iron-Rich Black Bean Soup

For more tomato soup recipes, go to One-Pot Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

For more recipes, go to Hillshire Farm Crustless Quiche

Vegetable Tempura

So I found this book at the library, A Flash in the Pan: 100 Fast and Furious Recipes for Wok and Stir Fry by Shirley Gill and Liz Trigg. I had never had tempura before, but I always heard people ordering it in film or reading about it in books. So I decided to try it out.

“These deep-fried fritters are based on Kaki-age, a Japanese dish that often incorporates fish and shrimp as well as vegetables.”

Ingredients:

  • 2 Medium Zucchini
  • 1/2 Medium Eggplant
  • 1 Large Carrot
  • 1/2 Small Spanish Onion
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup of Ice Water
  • 1 Cup of All-Purpose Flour
  • Salt
  • Ground Pepper
  • Vegetable Oil for deep frying
  • Sea Salt Flakes
  • Lemon Slices
  • Japanese Soy Sauce (Shoyu)

Directions:

  1. Using a potato peeler, pare strips of peel from the zucchini and eggplant to give it a striped effect. *Peeling strips of peel from the zucchini and eggplant will avoid too much tough skin in the finished dish.
  2. Cut the zucchini, eggplant, and carrot into strips about 3-4 inches long and 1/8 inch wide.
  3. Put the eggplant, zucchini, and carrot in a colander and sprinkle liberally with salt.
  4. Let stand for 30 mins, then rinse thoroughly under cold running water.
  5. Drain well.
  6. Thinly slice the onion from top to base, discarding the plump pieces in the middle.
  7. Seperate the layers so that there are lots of fine long strips.
  8. Mix all the vegetables together and season with salt and pepper.
  9. Make the batter immediately before frying: mix the egg and iced water in a bowl-then sift in flour. Mix briefly using a fork or chopsticks. Do not overmix-the batter should remain lumpy. Add the vegetables to the batter and mix to combine.
  10. Fry vegetables in wok or pan.

Thoughts After Reading:

So when I made this, all the mixture came off the vegetables and fell into the pan and burned to the pan. I guess my vegetables were too wet or something.

The ones that did fry tasted good, but the others were okay. If I were to do this again, I would dry them off with a paper towel.

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So I needed a regency-type recipe to go with Tuesday’s post. Hmm, where to look? I know! My sister blog! So like I said MysteriousEats.wordpress.com isn’t lazy, but if my older sister blog  JaneAustenRunsMyLife.wordpress.comhas already reviewed or posted something, I like to just copy and paste it here (usually without asking)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of Rolled Oats
  • 1/3 Cup of Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp of Sugar
  • 1/4 Tsp of Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp of Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Cup of Unsalted Butter, Cut into Pieces
  • 2-3 Tbsps of Water
  • Honey (Optional)
  • Marmalade (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat Oven to 325 degrees F
  2. In a food processor fitted with metal blades, process oats to a fine meal.
  3. Add the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and butter.
  4. Process briefly to mix well.
  5. With motor running add 2-3 tbsps of water and process 20 seconds to form a crumbly dough.
  6. Add as much water as needed to achieve the desired texture.
  7. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface.
  8. Knead a couple of times to incorporate any crumbs, then form into a ball.
  9. Cut in half.
  10. Using a rolling pin, roll out each half into rounds 6 inches wide an 1/4 inch thick.
  11. Crimp edges with your finger and thumb to make a fluted border.
  12. Using a metal spatula, transfer the rounds to a baking sheet and cut into four equal wedges. separate the wedges slightly then prick the top of each one 3 or 4 times with a fork.
  13. Bake until pale and tan and no longer soft (about 25-30 mins)
  14. Transfer the oatcakes to a wire rack to cool.
  15. Serve with honey or marmalade, if desired.
  16. Makes about 8.

Thoughts After Baking:

These were fantastic! So good, and perfect with your tea!

I would ground the oats in the processor or blender, but when you get to the water just put it in a bowl and use your hands.  Otherwise, delicious!

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