Everything Bagels

Everything Bagels (on Spoon University

Confession: I have made two batches of these bagels in one week. One week. Granted, one batch was for Ben’s lab, but still, it’s embarrassing how addicting these things are, mainly due to their incredible texture and their addicting garlicky scent.

Check out the recipe on Spoon University here.

Everything Bagels

Chocolate Raspberry Coconut Scones

Chocolate Raspberry Coconut Scones

These scones make me emotional. Not because they have any sentimental value to them, necessarily, but because I look at them and feel simultaneously:

  1. Guilty for making them chock-full of chocolate chips, raspberries, and coconut. And I mean chock. full.
  2. Impatient because I have to take photos of them first before eating them.
  3. Excited because I can’t deal with how ready I am to eat one (two? three…?)
  4. Happy with the way they turned out, because I was worried that the coconut milk wouldn’t be thick/fat enough for the recipe.

Long story short, these scones are magical. Not too sweet (the sweetness comes from the semi-sweet chocolate chips), perfectly tart (fresh raspberries), and delightfully coconutty. Is coconutty a word? Pretty sure it isn’t.

New development: I purchased a kitchen scale and have totally converted (haha… measuring joke) to measuring by weight instead of by volume. The precision is just so much better and I’ve noticed a change in my results.

Ingredients

250 g all-purpose flour
28 g white granulated sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
85 g unsalted butter, cut into small pieces (cold)
170 g raspberries, frozen
85 g semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
75 ml full-fat coconut milk

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Whisk dry ingredients together in a bowl.
2. Using a pastry cutter or your hands, work butter into the flour mixture until incorporated.
3. Add raspberries and chocolate chips to the mix. Toss slightly, but don’t overmix, otherwise the raspberries will melt and stain the batter.
4. Whisk egg, vanilla, and coconut milk together in a separate bowl.
5. Add egg mixture into the rest of the ingredients. Use a spatula to mix together.
6. Dump mixture onto a greased, foil-lined tray and mold into a round disc. Cut into 8 wedges and slightly separate the wedges from each other.
7. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and no longer sticky.

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Blueberry Sour Cream Scones

I wish I could say I had a good reason for not posting anything new for months now. I mean, I have several little reasons. Things like exams and newspaper duties. Things like a new job for the summer (administrative duties). And then another job.

I know what you’re thinking. Why on earth would you pick up another job when you’re already exhausted every day after your first job?

Because the new job… is as a pastry assistant.

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Gluten Free Maple Walnut Bars

Gluten-Free Maple Walnut Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

I have been so full all week. Ben and I went on a road trip, hitting Boston, Providence, and New York, and it should come as no surprise that our days were planned largely around our food excursions. We’ve been eating some amazing things, but let’s just say that I feel like my skinny jeans are feeling a little tighter than usual.

One thing that can be tricky about a food trip as someone who has a gluten sensitivity is that it can be very hard to turn down delicious-looking dishes and desserts when everyone else seems to be enjoying them so much. I’m very grateful and lucky that I don’t have Celiac’s, but eating gluten does give me some stomach troubles, so ultimately I have to ask myself whether or not eating the food in question will be worth the tummy ache later on.

And with a food trip? It usually was. Yikes.

Gluten Free Maple Walnut Bars

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Oatmeal Craisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Craisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m on vacation. Thank goodness for vacation.

So far, on our roadtrip, we’ve hit Boston (+Cambridge), Providence, and now we’re in New Haven. It’s so weird to be in all these college towns after applying to and attending college. I feel like I’m three years late to my college campus tour. But these campuses have all been super gorgeous and Ben and I have been eating so much great food. Definitely going to need to cut back a little when we get home…

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Dark Chocolate Brownies

Dark Chocolate Brownies

Let’s talk about decisions for a second.

Decisions are hard. And life is always filled with them—the most difficult kinds. And the worst part is, avoiding them typically only makes things worse.

I have a thousand and one different things I should be doing right now, and one of them is studying (as per usual). The other is baking for a bake sale that I promised to help with. And another is preparing for an interview I have tonight. One that could potentially mean a lot of big changes in my forthcoming life. But the thing is, that’s barely scratching the surface of my to-do list. So what’s the decision? What do I deal with first?

I opted for baking first. Mostly because I think it uses my time best with my wacky schedule today, but also because baking is calming. And so what to bake?

That decision was easy.

BROWNIES.

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Cinnamon Babka

Valentine’s Day has never been a big deal in my books, but my attitude toward it has changed quite a bit since high school. In high school, I rejected it upfront, convinced that it was a soul-sucking holiday that tried to force-feed everyone pink hearts and chocolate. I was a pretty jaded high schooler, I’m not gonna lie.

But for the past year or so, I’ve felt my feelings toward February 14th shift. Even though I’m still not big on the flowers or excess of pink and red, I do feel like Valentine’s Day is a fantastic opportunity for people to remind themselves about the people they love. We’re so busy all the time now that it’s easy to prioritize school, work, and stress, but on Valentine’s Day, people all over the world set aside a bit of time to appreciate and be with the people they love. Now ideally, everyone would be able to do this no matter what day of the year it was, but the reality of life is that it’s busy.

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