Thanksgiving @Andy’s Kandy

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Wishing all of my faithful customers and followers a very Happy Thanksgiving 2015 ❤

 

 

Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I know we are always complaining that we wish the world had more good people! Well I have to say that I am surrounded by quite a few of them and consider myself very lucky.

One of these good people recently played a very important part and helped me succeed in something I was totally new at! Although I made sure it was well known how helpful they had been I still thought I owed that person a little treat as an extended thank you.

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Now this person in particular can only eat gluten free treats and its not by choice. So I decided that I would bake their favourite cookies “Gluten Free Style”!

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So below is the recipe I used for these Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies…..

  • 14 tsp of butter (1 stick and 6 tsp)
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Cream the butter with the sugar and then add the eggs and vanilla and the I added all of the below.

So as you can see all I did is follow a regular oatmeal raisin cookie recipe and replaced regular flour with gluten free flour.

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Spoon the mixture by the spoon or tablespoon onto an ungreased baking sheet and back for 10 minutes. Let rest on sheet for a minute or so and then place on wire rack until they have completely cooled down.

So next time someone helps you out with something, no matter how little it is, why not go the extra mile to say thank you and make them feel real special ❤

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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies……

Having bought some Gluten Free Baking Flour I embarked on the mission of testing my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe replacing my regular flour with the gluten free one!

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So I mixed the below ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups of gluten free flour
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt

Screen Shot 2015-08-23 at 3.20.33 PMI got my dough together and then formed them into small balls, placed on to un-greased baking sheet and baked them for 10-12 minutes at 375 deg F

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My first batch which I baked for exactly 12 minutes came out a bit pale and they did not do the melty thingy that regular cookies do, so I had to smush them down with a spoon to flatten them a bit and I baked them for an extra 2 minutes.

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The second batch I left them in for 15 minutes and they came out with a more golden color but still had to apply the smushing technique!

They are very crumbly and have a different texture but they taste quite good.

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Not sure if this is something I would indulge in but for those of you who cannot eat gluten, they are the perfect treat to go with a cup of tea.

To wheat or not to wheat, that is the question…….

Since I have been in America (18 yrs and counting) I have come across a lot of people with dietary restrictions that I had never heard of or been exposed to for that fact!

One of them being Celiac disease which is an allergy to gluten which is a protein found in wheat, barley or rye. Also there is a new trend of people just eating gluten free as a healthier life style!

So with this in mind and finding 4 bananas in the kitchen in need of desperate attention, I decided to embark on the task of making a Gluten Free Banana Bread.

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I tried doing this a few years ago and was amazed about the amount of extra ingredients I had to buy to make up for the lack of gluten (including some strange stuff called Xantham Gum),  to the point that it became very expensive to just bake a cake!

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Nowadays you can find Pillsbury Gluten Free flour
that already has all the necessary ingredients to allow the baking magic to occur!

I put together my banana bread ingredients and just replaced the regular 2 cups of flour with the gluten flour, crossed my fingers and into the oven it went.

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I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised, not only was it very tasty but it came out nice and moist and lighter than the regular one 🙂

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Not sure if I will stick to this version forever, but right now, it means I can share it with people who eat gluten free as well as enjoy a slight gluten free moment in life with the family ❤

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Oh and here is my recipe if you want to give it a try:

  • 3-4 ripe bananas mashed
  • 120 grams of melted butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups of flour
  • dash of milk

Bake in a 350 Deg F oven for about an hour.

For a nice sweet and savory treat, try making banana bread sandwiches stuffed with ham and cheese 🙂

Butter Pecan Waffles the easy way…….

Yet another rainy Sunday and that 3:30-4pm time comes around when a nice treat and a cup of coffee would be perfect to go with the great book I am reading “Gone Girl”.

I pride myself for making all my cakes from scratch, sometimes I think it has nothing to do with pride, just the fact that boxed cakes don’t exist where I come from (or at least didn’t exist whilst I lived there).

Anyway, I came across a box of Butter Pecan cake mix box that I bought at some given time for whatever reason and obviously never used.

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I decided to get rid of it and experiment with my Waffle Maker, so I prepared the mix as per box directions, heated my waffle maker and presto, waffle were ready!

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Then comes the best part, building those waffles with extra flavors.

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I drizzled a layer of my homemade Salted Caramel Sauce. Then layered the waffles, drizzled a bit of Maple Syrup, topped with some sliced bananas and another drizzle of Salted Caramel Sauce, and finished them off with some whipped cream and some homemade candied pecans!

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Now its time for that cup of coffee and my book ❤

Salted Caramel Apple Crumble……Death By Chocolate Cake

Sunday afternoon, can you think of anything better than a cup of tea with a lovely slice of Salted Caramel Apple Crumble or maybe a slice of Devils Chocolate cake, filled with chocolate mousse and topped with chocolate ganache?

Well I got my cup of tea but made the Salted Caramel Apple Crumble and Death by Chocolate Cake for a customer, but the aroma in the house of cooking apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, butter and salted caramel and chocolate was to die for!

Started by making my pie dough, laying it in my pie pan and putting it in the fridge whilst I worked on the filling.

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The I peeled and chopped my apples, seasoned them well with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter and cooked them until they were nicely caramelized.

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Filled my pie crust with the nicely caramelized apples, added some salted caramel and then topped it off with the rich buttery crumble.

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Added a little bit more salted caramel and decorated it with some pastry rosettes.

Into the oven it went at 400 Deg F for about 15 minutes and voila! Salted Caramel Apple Crumble is ready.

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Now to pay attention to the luscious chocolate cake.

My Chocolate cake came out of the oven right before I put the Apple Pie in.

I let it cool down and sliced it in 3 layers. Then I filled each layer with some light chocolate mousse, not too sweet, just right!

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Finally, to wrap it all up, the entire cake got covered and decorated with chocolate ganache.

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Also made some Mini Rum Cake full of Caribbean Spiced Rum as well as Andy’s Rustic Cheesecake.

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Its been a busy day in the kitchen, now it’s time to get started on dinner……

Bye Bye Rotten Bananas – Hello Banana Bread

Came home late from work to cook dinner in a rush for a bunch of hungry teens!

Whilst making dinner (they got Cottage Pie) I bumped into my not so lovely bunch of bananas that would turn to total mush by tomorrow!

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Being one that doesn’t waste a grain of salt, I immediately turned these awfully yucky looking bananas into some lovely Banana Bread with a hint of Cinnamon!

And trust me, the picture above does not really show how bad they were, you know that moment when you grab the banana and it just collapses on you :-).

I made 2 banana breads and for each one I used:

  • 3 very very very ripe bananas
  • 120 grams of soft butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 2 cups of flour
  • a drizzle of milk

Mush the bananas up with a fork until they are nice and creamy, then add the sugar and eggs and butter, followed by all your dry ingredients. Finally if consistency is too thick, add a drizzle of milk ( I always do).

Preheat oven to 350 Deg F and place batter in a greased bread mold.

Bake for 55 minutes. Time may vary depending on your oven, check if cake is made by inserting a thin knife right in the middle, if it comes out clean, its ready!

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Say bye bye to rotten bananas and hello to yummy Banana Bread!