Saturday, July 28, 2012

Zucchini and Potato Pancakes

Pancakes for dinner are a wonderful thing. As much as I love pancakes for dinner, sometimes they don't necessarily feel like dinner....but these guys are perfect for dinner and would be amazing for brunch.

I had them for dinner, largely because I wanted to have them with beer. Not that beer and brunch should not be combined.

Taken from Joy the Baker Cookbook

4 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup finely diced yellow onion
1 garlic clove
2 cups grated zucchini
2 cups peeled and grated potato
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
sour cream for serving
paprika for dusting

1) Using a medium sized pan over medium heat heat the olive oil and add onions. Cook until the onion is transparent, then add the garlic and continue cooking for one more minute. Place onions and garlic in a small bowl.

2) Place zucchini and potato along with 1/2 tsp of salt in a colander over a medium bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes then press down with a clean towel, squeezing out the excess water.

3) In a medium bowl, whisk eggs. Whisk in the flour, baking powder and remaining salt. Add the onions and garlic, zucchini, potato and stir together until well combined.

4) Over medium heat, using the same pan as you used for the onions, heat olive oil, and drop the batter in by rounded tablespoon. Flatten gently with a fork and cook for about 2 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Flip and cook for another 2 minutes. Place on a plate and keep warm in the oven until ready to serve.

5) Serve with sour cream and paprika. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sauce

It's too hot outside. Have a sundae.

This ice cream sauce is a fantastic way to dress up any sundae and help you to cool down and fill up.

Recipe: From Joy the Baker Cookbook

2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (I used natural)
1/4 cup powdered sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 Tbsp milk or cream.


1) Combine all of the ingredients in a medium sauce pan over medium heat and stir until smooth and well combined.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Muffins

Chocolate is good....muffins are usually pretty good.  So you would assume that three kinds of chocolate combined with some other stuff and turned into muffins would be amazing.

You would be wrong...but you do get a pretty decent afternoon snack though. 

Recipe: Taken from Joy the Baker Cookbook

1/2 cup unsalted butter
5 ounces of semisweet chocolate
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 cup semisweet dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

1) Place butter and semisweet chocolate in a heat proof bowl over simmering water, once melted remove the bowl from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

2) In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

3) Whisk the brown sugar into the melted chocolate. Whisk the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla into the mixture until well blended.

4) Add the flour mixture all at once and fold in. Fold in the dark chocolate chips.

5) Divide the batter between 12 muffin cups and bake for 18 to 20 minutes (mine took 18).

6) While the muffins cool melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave and drizzle over the muffins.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Peanut Butter and Jam Milkshake

Drink this.

It will solve all of your problems, particularly if your problems revolve around you being a hot sweaty mess.

Adapted from: Joy the Baker Cookbook

Peanut butter milkshake:
3/4 cup vanilla ice cream
2 Tbs natural peanut butter
Splash of pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole milk

 Strawberry milkshake
3/4 cup vanilla ice cream
2 Tbs strawberry jam
1/3 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup whole milk


1) Make the peanut butter milk shake first. Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend on high until smooth. Pour the milkshake into a large measuring bowl and place in the freezer.

2) Using the same blender, mix together all of the ingredients for the strawberry milkshake.

3) Pour the milkshakes alternately in a large glass. Garnish with a strawberry.