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Spiced White Hot Chocolate

spiced white hot chocolate

If you’re in the mood for something festive, delicious and spicy, then I think you might really like this recipe.

 

spiced white hot chocolate

I invite you to celebrate the most beautiful time of year with a super-indulgent cup of cinnamon infused white hot chocolate. Yum!

 

spiced white hot chocolate

Cheers to all of you!

Love,
Petra

(This recipe was inspired by www.momontimeout.com.)

Spiced White Hot Chocolate
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Serves: 6.5 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 6 oz (170 grams) white chocolate
  • 1¾ cups (400 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 4 cups (950 ml) milk
  • 10 oz (300 grams) sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 sticks cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil and let simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Serve hot. Remove cinnamon sticks before serving.

 

Huggy Bear Cookies

huggy bear cookie recipe

Yesterday I found myself in the mood for some festive baking.

Wanting to do so, I remembered a picture that I accidentally found in the deep deep waters of the internet a couple of weeks ago. It was a picture of cute bear cookies with each little bear holding a treat in its arms. How adorable!

To replicate the cookies I used a very simple sugar cookie dough that does not change the shape that much while baking. As an item for the bears to hug :) I chose almonds and golden jumbo raisins (I have to admit that I liked the latter a little better).

Here’s all that followed…

 

huggy bear cookie recipe

1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).

2. In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth.

3. Beat in vanilla extract and egg.

4. In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be rather stiff. If it becomes too stiff for your mixer, turn out the dough onto a countertop surface. Wet your hands and finish off kneading the dough by hand.

 

huggy bear cookie recipe

5. Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface into about 1/8 inch
(0.3 cm) thickness.

 

huggy bear cookie recipe

6. Cut out bear cookie shapes and place them on a cookie sheet that you’ve lined with parchment paper. Insert an almond or a raisin on top of each cookie.
 

huggy bear cookie recipe

Here’s a selection of the treats I’ve chosen – almonds and golden jumbo raisins.

 

huggy bear cookie recipe

7. Finally fold the arms into a hugging position (press the arms firmer so they don’t open while baking). You can use a wooden skewer to indent eyes and nose for each bear.

 

huggy bear cookie recipe

8. Bake at 350 °F (175 °C) for 6-8 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.

Enjoy!

And cheers to Holiday baking!

With love,
Petra

(This amazing recipe was inspired by www.neol.jp and www.inkatrinaskitchen.com.)

Huggy Bear Cookies
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Serves: 60 cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (226 grams) butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups (420 grams) all-purpose flour
  • almonds and jumbo raisins
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).
  2. In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth.
  3. Beat in vanilla extract and egg.
  4. In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be rather stiff. If it becomes too stiff for your mixer, turn out the dough onto a countertop surface. Wet your hands and finish off kneading the dough by hand.
  5. Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface into about ⅛ inch (0.3 cm) thickness.
  6. Cut out bear cookie shapes and place them on a cookie sheet that you've lined with parchment paper. Insert an almond or a raisin on top of each cookie.
  7. Fold the arms into a hugging position (press the arms firmer so they don't open while baking). You can use a wooden skewer to indent eyes and nose for each bear.
  8. Bake at 350 °F (175 °C) for 6-8 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.

 

Baked Apples With Brown Sugar And Cinnamon

baked apples with brown sugar and cinnamon recipe

I have a dessert idea for you today. The simplest, easiest, quickest dessert in the whole universe. And it might be the most delicious one as well… It’s Baked Apples with Brown Sugar and Cinnamon – a very sweet way how to welcome the first days of Autumn.

 

baked apples with brown sugar and cinnamon recipe

1. To make the recipe, first cut an apple in half and core it. You can peel the apples beforehand but it’s not necessary really, the decision depends solely on your preference. I like all the good and healthy stuff that the peel offers, so I decided to keep it.

I am using Gala apples here because they are one of my favorites. Of course, any other kind of apple can be used for this recipe.

 
 

baked apples with brown sugar and cinnamon recipe

2. Next, slice each half into very thin slices – approximately 20 slices for each half.

You will end up with a rather large pile of apple slices.

 
 

baked apples with brown sugar and cinnamon recipe

3. Working in layers, place the slices in the center of an aluminum foil rectangle (make sure that the foil is big enough to wrap around all the apples), sprinkling each layer with brown sugar and cinnamon.

 
 

baked apples with brown sugar and cinnamon recipe

Just like this. Looks promising already.

 
 

baked apples with brown sugar and cinnamon recipe

4. Gather each corner of the foil up and pinch it together to keep all of the gorgeous brown sugar and cinnamon sauce in the packet while baking.

 
 

baked apples with brown sugar and cinnamon recipe

5. Place the packet on a baking sheet and bake at 400 °F (200 °C) for about 30 minutes or until nicely cooked through.

 
 

baked apples with brown sugar and cinnamon recipe

And here we go!

The smell? Pure Fall! Just amazing!

I really loved how the brown sugar and cinnamon combined with the juices of the apple making their very own divine sauce.

 
 

baked apples with brown sugar and cinnamon recipe

I recommend serving this delightful dessert immediately, while still warm. It can be served as is or with a some vanilla ice cream. Mmmmmmmm, so good!

Enjoy!

With love,

Petra

(This gorgeous recipe was adapted from www.wenderly.com.)

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Baked Apples With Brown Sugar And Cinnamon
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Ingredients
  • 1 apple, halved and cored,
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 piece aluminum foil
Instructions
  1. Cut an apple in half and core it.
  2. Slice each half into very thin slices - approximately 20 slices for each half.
  3. Working in layers, place the slices in the center of an aluminum foil rectangle, sprinkling each layer with brown sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Gather each corner of the foil up and pinch it together to keep the juices in the packet while baking.
  5. Place the packet on a baking sheet and bake at 400 °F (200 °C) for about 30 minutes or until nicely cooked through.
  6. Serve warm.

 

The Best Tomato Pasta Sauce Ever

best tomato sauce ever recipe

After making this tomato sauce a couple of days ago, all I can say is that I am really thankful that I have found another wonderful and delicious pasta sauce recipe.

This sauce offers the purest tomato taste which is wonderfully accompanied by some luscious cream and seasoning. Truly yummy! Just try it, you’ll love it!

Here’s how…

 

best tomato sauce ever recipe

1. Pour 2 tbsp olive oil in a saucepan. Place over medium heat.

2. Chop up 1 shallot, 1/2 onion and 2 cloves of garlic. Brown them in olive oil for about 5 minutes.

3. Add the canned tomatoes and the peeled fresh tomatoes in the pan (if you wonder how to peel tomatoes, you can find the steps in one of my recipes here.)

4. Add the seasonings – crushed red pepper pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 – 10 minutes.

 
 

best tomato sauce ever recipe

5. In a separate bowl, combine the cream with about 1 tbsp of flour and whisk together. Then add the creamy mixture to the saucepan, stirring constantly. Cook for another 5 – 10 minutes until the mixture thickens slightly.

6. Remove from the heat and add more salt to taste, if necessary.

 
 

best tomato sauce ever recipe

7. Finally prepare your favorite pasta and serve all together while still warm.

As a bonus, I added a little sauteed mushrooms and a few chopped spinach leaves in my sauce. We loved it. In fact, you can stir in any vegetables that you like in your sauce, I am sure it will taste just lovely.
 
 

best tomato sauce ever recipe

Mmmm, gorgeous.

Enjoy!

With love,
Petra

(This lovely recipe was inspired by www.chewonthatblog.com.)

The Best Tomato Pasta Sauce Ever
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Serves: 6 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot
  • ½ onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 14.5 oz (410 grams) can tomatoes
  • 3 fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • ⅛ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt (or more to taste)
  • ⅛ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Pour 2 tbsp olive oil in a saucepan. Place over medium heat.
  2. Chop up 1 shallot, ½ onion and 2 cloves of garlic. Brown them in olive oil for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the canned tomatoes and the peeled fresh tomatoes in the pan.
  4. Add the seasonings – crushed red pepper pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 – 10 minutes.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine the cream with about 1 tbsp of flour and whisk together. Then add the creamy mixture to the saucepan, stirring constantly. Cook for another 5 – 10 minutes until the mixture thickens slightly.
  6. Remove from the heat and add more salt to taste, if necessary.
  7. Finally prepare your favorite pasta and serve all together while still warm.
  8. Enjoy!