I’m super pumped to bring on a new contributor, ME Hammond, who specializes in all things baked. Welcome ME! I’m so excited to have these donut macarons just in time for National Donut Day (ahem, tomorrow!) And macarons are the perfect alternative to real donuts for those who can’t eat gluten. Bonus!
I have spent the last couple of weeks practicing and practicing the art of making French macarons. After a few dozen egg whites and a couple pounds of almond flour I am proud to say that I have found a recipe that works well. I’ve had to adapt it slightly but after many tests, it works! Hallelujah! There are only a few ingredients in macarons, so you think that they would be simple but just the opposite is true. There are so many things that can ruin macarons! For instance, it is better to use all metal bowls because the oils in other bowls can affect the egg whites. Also the humidity in the weather can stop them from properly drying out.
The two most popular macaron methods are the French meringue and the Italian meringue method. French meringue is made when egg whites are whipped with sugar until thick and glossy. Italian meringue is made when sugar is cooked to the softball stage and beaten into whipped whites. The Italian meringue is a little trickier but pays off, as it is also more stable. This tried and true method is adapted from Chef Kathryn Gordon and is publish in the Les Petits Macarons. (It’s in grams for more accuracy. It’s very important to be precise with macaron making!)
As we all know, National Donut Day is coming up on Friday, June 6th. And since donuts are the new…well, everything*, I thought you might enjoy a spin on the traditional donut. These mini donuts are not only adorable, but they are healthy! No processed sugar! No fried! Now, I know the joy of donuts is that they are not healthy, but these guys are so yum that you can eat 1,000 of them and feel great about yourself still. Kind of. Ok, you might have control issues.
As we were trying to think of recipes that would be totally Lars we thought it would be natural to incorporate some flowers. Of course! So Karlee and I came up with this healthy version (no sugar!) of an idea we spotted on Martha Stewart made with chocolate granola and yogurt. We thought it would be the perfect gift for mom for Mother’s Day. Just include a sweet note on the tag and you’re good to go!
Lars Flowers / edible flowers (check out some tutorials here)
signage / banner
12 ounces greek yogurt (vanilla, honey, or plain)
1 Tbs cocoa powder (or desired amount– don’t want to make it too cocoa-y)
½ tsp almond extract
(If using plain greek yogurt you can mix in honey to your desired sweetness)
Mix together all ingredients in medium size bowl and set aside.
1 cup granola (homemade works too 😉
1/2 Tbs coconut oil
2 tsp cocoa powder
⅛ cup chopped almonds
⅛ cup coconut
Mix granola with chopped almonds and coconut. Set aside. In another bowl- melt coconut oil and then mix in cocoa powder until even consistency. Stir over granola until covered in chocolate mixture. Let cool.
Spoon chocolate yogurt in your jar. Place chocolate granola on top. Stick in flowers to create your mother her very own edible (healthy) garden! Enjoy! glass vase from BHLDN
GASP! “Brittany, there’s food on the blog? What’s going on?” I know you must be thinking that you came to the wrong site today, but wonder no more. This IS food. It’s edible. And it’s awesome! I’m horrific in the kitchen but I love to eat so the the big question was, how to combine the two? I’ve teamed up with the wonderful Karlee Bronson and food photographer Laura Sumrak to start featuring more recipes that will make your mouth drool. We’re focusing on more healthy choices because uh, my skirts don’t fit like they used to and I thought it would be nice to create dishes that are gorgeous, delectable and mostly guilt-free. Good combo, right?
I’m not the biggest fan of the idea of bringing food parcels into bed, but this one is pretty crumb free so I’m all over the idea of a crepe cake with layers of creme and hints of lavender. Basically anything with creme I’m a fan of. Karlee got the recipe from some friends who lived in Russia and came up with the perfect crepe recipe from their Russian friends. We topped off the meal with a bowl of fresh fruit and blackberry lemonade sweetened with honey. AND, there’s NO SUGAR!
I’m thrilled to announce Jennifer Hagler from the impeccable A Merry Mishap as day 21 of My Scandinavian Christmas. If you’re just joining us, My Scandinavian Christmas is a series of guest posts from my favorite Scandinavian bloggers sharing how they celebrate the holiday season. A Merry Mishap is Jennifer’s blog and shop where she sells her beautiful, geometric and Scandinavian-inspired jewelry. Welcome, Jennifer!
I wanted to share one of our Christmas traditions, something we look forward to making every Christmas morning. For the last few years I’ve made Aebelskivers for Christmas breakfast after my husband and I decided we needed to start a holiday tradition for our new little family of 3. We are not from Scandinavia but have a fondness for the culture and design so this just seemed like a natural solution.
Of course Aebelskivers are great with fruit preserves and Nutella but you can also stuff them with ham & cheese or even bacon, I love that they are so versatile. I prefer the buttermilk version of this recipe, this one works fine!
They’re easy to make and delicious but more importantly remind us that Christmas is here. I hope you give them a try, and of course you can make them any time of the year, not only in December!
Thank you, Jennifer for participating in My Scandinavian Christmas. Check out her lovely blog and shop. Check out more of My Scandinavian Christmas here.