Chocolate Zucchini Bread

My mom was going away for awhile and gave me this absolutely massive zucchini. I was racking my brain to think of all the possible recipes I could try to use up this monster of a vegetable. I used my hibachi recipe and I still had more to use, then it hit me. ZUCCHINI BREAD. So moist (ew) and delicious, I had to make some. I prefer chocolate zucchini bread, it packs more flavor, at least I think so. The recipe is used from Chocolate Covered Katie, I changed a few things but she gets all the credit, check out her site!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 Cup + 2 TBSP Hersey’s Cocoa powder
  • 3/4 TSP Baking Powder
  • 1/2 TSP Baking Soda
  • 1/4 TSP Salt
  • 2/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup grated Zucchini
  • 3/4 Cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil, or Canola/Vegetable
  • 1 TBSP Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/3 Cup Regular Chocolate Chips + extra for on top

Let’s Get Bakin’

Start off with grating the zucchini, it takes the longest. Grate on a cheese grater or food processor, whatever you have.

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Add all the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Add in the zucchini + greek yogurt + coconut oil + vanilla + chocolate chips and stir until well combined.

Place the mixture into a greased 9×5 loaf pan. Press additional chocolate chips on top and bake for 35 minutes. Turn the oven off and let the loaf sit in the closed oven for another 5 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let cool for slicing in. It gets even better the next day so if you can resist temptations wait a day before trying.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Homemade Bagels

I’ve said this so many times but it’s so true, bread is so much easier to make at home than people make it out to be. Your simple bagel and white bread is so much closer than the grocery store. Feel free to add cheese on top or do whatever you like, go crazy. These bagels take no time at all to make and you can enjoy them for breakfast or for whatever you please! I used the recipe from Finding Silver Linings!

Ingredients

  • One Packet of Dry Active Yeast
  • 1 1/2 TBSP Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/4 Cups Warm Water
  • 3 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour + extra for kneading
  • 1 1/2 TSP Salt
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Egg White for the egg wash

Lets Get Cooking

In a large measuring cup, add 1/2 cup warm water + sugar + yeast. DO NOT STIR. Let this sit for about 5 minutes to least the yeast build. After the five minutes, stir everything until it all dissolves.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour + salt. Make a well in the middle and add in the yeast mixture.

Pour the final 1/3 Cup of warm water into the flour mixture as well. Mix until you have a moist and firm dough. If you need to add water to achieve this add in a little at a time.

Flour a surface and knead the dough for about 7 minutes until it’s smooth and elastic. Clean the bowl that the dough was mixed in and lightly oil the sides. Add in the kneaded dough and turn it until it is covered in the oil. Cover the dough and let rise in a warm spot for 1 hour. Punch the dough down and let rest for another 10 min.

Divide the dough into 8 pieces and round the pieces making them as smooth as possible. Press your finger into the center of each dough ball and form a ring. Stretch the ring out slightly and place on an oiled cookie sheet, cover and let rest for 10 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 425F and bring a large pot of water to boil. Boil about 4 bagels at a time for about 2 min each side. Remove from the water and place back on the sheet.

Once all the bagels have been boiled, brush with an egg wash and bake for 20 min.

Once they are golden brown, take them out, & enjoy!

Always Hungry,

Hannah

Sourdough Starter

We all have so much time on our hands that it’s the perfect time to try new things. Sourdough bread has been something that is on my mind, but it always seemed out of reach, the starter, the fermentation process. I did not understand anything about it. I figured now was the perfect time to figure out this whole process. King Arthur Flour has the BEST guide for making your own starter, so that is what I am going to share with you. I think the best possible thing you can have in your kitchen when making a starter is a kitchen scale, this thing saved me! Now you can always get some starter from a friend, or beg a bakery for a bit of theirs, but truly what fun is that. Here is the guide that I used to make my starter and eventually, my own bread. My best advice is be patient, this is going to take some time!

Ingredients

To Begin the starter:

  • 1 Cup/113g whole rye or whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 Cup/113g cool water

To Feed starter

  • 1 Cup/113g unbleached All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Cup/113g cool water (if the house is warm) or lukewarm water (if house is cold)

Let’s Get Fermenting

Day 1: start the process by combining the whole wheat flour with cool water in a non-reactive container. Glass is recommended & what I used as well. Be sure that whatever you store it in the starter has room to grow. Stir all the ingredients together and cover. Let the container sit at room temperature/70 degrees for 24 hours.

Day 2: Some bubbling my start appearing on the sides of the container. Now discard about 1/2 cup/4oz of the starter. Add what is left of the starter to 1 cup/113g of unbleached all-purpose and 1/2 cup/113g cool or lukewarm water depending on your house temperature. Mix well & let the mixture rest again for 24 hours.

Day 3: MORE ACTIVITY, there should be some bubbling and it may even start to smell a little bit differently now, THIS IS GOOD! This is soon going to get repetitive, but you are now going to move to 2 feedings in a day. This starter is now your new pet!

Discard all but 1/2 cup/4oz and combine with the 113g unbleached and 113g water. Mix & cover like usual. This time however, you are going to repeat the step in 12 hours.

Day 4: Discard all but 4oz/1/2 cup and combine with 113g of unbleached flour and water. Feed again in 12 hours

Day 5: At this point your starter should have doubled in volume, there will be lots of bubbles, and a very different smell than when you started. Repeat the same steps you completed in Day 4 until the starter has risen enough.

If your starter has risen enough feed it one more time before using what you need to make the bread. One thing I have to say is do not worry about this being perfect. There were times that I forgot to feed the starter twice, or I didn’t do it at the same time. Trust me it all works out, it will just make the process a little longer! Store the starter in its permanent container and place in the fridge. Feed once a week with the 113g flour and water.

I hope this guide is helpful, please check out King Arthur’s guide as well for any extra tips! This process is very rewarding once you realize that you were able to make your own sourdough at home! It’s no easy task & you should be proud!

Made with Love,

Hannah

Macaroons

I have been wanting to make macaroons for a long time. However, people have mentioned to me how difficult they can be to make, so I strayed away. My pinterest feed recently has betrayed me, bringing up all sorts of different macaroon recipes. I decided to finally cave, despite the warnings people gave me, and attempt to make my own macaroons. I went with another internet recipe from Delish. I am so happy with the way they came out. With the success of these and my croissants last Sunday, I think I might just quit my job and open a bakery.

Ingredients

  • Parchment paper
  • 1 3/4 Powdered Sugar, spooned
  • 1 cup Super-fine Almond Flour, spooned
  • 3 Large Egg Whites, room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp. Cream of Tartar
  • Pinch of Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Superfine Sugar
  • 8 Drops Pink Food Coloring

Butter Cream

  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter, room temp
  • 3/4 Cup Powder Sugar, spooned
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Let’s Get Cooking

Set a sieve over a bowl and sift powder sugar + almond flour. Press through until only solids remain.

Separate egg white and add into a mixing bowl. Add cream of tartar + salt to the egg whites. Beat the egg whites until frothy (it starts forming bubbles). Increase the speed to medium high & add the sugar. Beat until egg whites are stiff & glossy about 2-3 minutes.

Beat in the food coloring to make whatever color you desire. I went with pink like the recipe called for because I think they look so cute!

Carefully fold the dry ingredients into the whipped egg whites. Fill a pastry bag with the mixture.

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Pipe the batter into about 1 inch circles. Mine were not all exactly 1 inch circles so don’t stress about the measurements, I mean really who has time for that.

Tap the baking sheet on the counter a few times to release air bubbles, let sit for 45 minutes.

When your 45 minutes has passed, preheat the oven to 300F. Bake for 13 minutes, and turn the pan halfway through.

While you are waiting for your cookies to cool, make the buttercream!

When I made the buttercream I added a bit more vanilla and powdered sugar to the recipe, so you might have to adjust to your personal taste.

Place butter + powdered sugar + vanilla in a mixing bowl and whip until fluffy.

Spread icing on the cookie + top with remaining half.

Once you’re done don’t forget to share your cute & colorful little french cookies with the world. You will feel like a real baking pro after completing this, trust me!

Made with Love,

Hannah

P.S it’s all about how you whip the egg whites

Croissants You Don’t Want To Drop

We have all seen the food videos on Facebook. They always look so delicious, we repost them to our page, but do we ever follow through and make them? This time, after watching a video for Chocolate Croissants, I finally decided to follow the recipe from Tasty. If you decide to follow through after reading and make this recipe, be sure to have a full day open to make them.

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups of Flour
  • 1/2 Cup of Water
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk
  • 1/4 Cup of Sugar
  • 2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 packet of Dry Instant Yeast
  • 3 TBSP unsalted Butter
  • 1 1/4 cup cold unsalted Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 bars sweetened Chocolate

Let’s Get Cooking

Mix together Flour + Water + Milk + Sugar + Salt + Yeast + 3 TBSP Butter in a large bowl. Once the dough starts to mold together, turn it onto a clean counter and lightly knead to form a ball. Refrigerate the dough for an hour.

Cut the cold butter into thirds and place it on parchment paper. Put another piece of paper over the butter and pound out to 1/2 inch. Place the butter sheet into the refrigerator.

Flour the counter and roll out the dough into a square. Put the butter layer on the rolled out dough and fold over the sides of the dough to enclose the butter.

Roll out the dough length wise. Place on a baking sheet and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Flour the surface and roll out the dough length wise. Book-fold [ fold the top half to the middle, fold the bottom half over the top fold] the dough and turn clockwise. Cover and refrigerate for an hour.

Roll the dough and fold 2 more times. After the final turn refrigerate over night.

WHEN IT’S FINALLY THE NEXT MORNING…

Cut the dough in half and roll out the dough, trim off the edges, and cut into rectangles.

Place chocolate on the edge and roll to enclose the chocolate.

Brush the croissants with a beaten egg.

YOU THOUGHT IT WAS TIME TO BAKE?! NOT YET

Let the dough proof for about an hour. Preheat the oven to 400F

Brush with egg one more time & finally BAKE for 15 min.

Time to Plate

Now after all this exhausting work (trust me you gotta have some arms to roll out cold butter) your house will now smell like a bakery. Take those bad boys out and enjoy immediately, after taking many pictures to brag to your friends on social media. I genuinely had a good time making these and I will again, just make sure you don’t forget how many turns you completed, like I did.

Please enjoy and don’t get scared while carrying your croissant.

Made with Love,

Hannah