(Not so fat) Fat Tuesday Beignets and Boozy Cafe Au Lait Sauce

It’s not ironic that I haven’t blogged in what feels like a lifetime, yet still I poke my chubby cheeks through on Fat Tuesday.

Happy Fat Tuesday Y’all!!

… what’s that, I’ve been back 5 seconds and I’m already annoying you?!?

You’ll forget when I show you these bad boys!!

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HELLO – LICK YOUR LIPS – OH MY YUM – STICK TO YOUR HIPS- DELICIOUSNESS

Baby, I’m back!! And I’ve revamped this recipe slightly so it’s still lick your lips – oh my yum … but not so much stick to your hips.

Baked instead of fried … that’s my only real change. I added orange zest too – because let’s be honest, dark chocolate coffee and orange zest ….. HOLY MOLY  – seriously, you rock my world!!

… I also added a bit of alcohol.

Let’s be honest, you missed me — I missed you, so I’m trying to butter you up with fluffy dough, chocolate, coffee and booze. The love … it’s mutual.

So, shall we get carried away with a little soft-pillow-action

If that last sentence sounded strange to anyone else … sorry… awkward. I have a bad habit of taking it too far…

… and create a diversion with deliciousness … NOW!!

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Beignets and Cafe Au Lait Sauce

Beignet Recipe
Ingredients:

1/4 Cup Warm Water

1 package of Dry Active Yeast

1/4 Cup of Granulated Sugar

3 Cups of Flour

1 Tbsp Fresh Orange Zest

1 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder

1/2 Tsp Baking Soda

1/2 Tsp Sea Salt

1/4 Cup Cold Butter ( the colder, the better)

3/4 Cup Buttermilk

1 Large Egg

1/4 Cup Icing Sugar ( or more… depending on how snowy, you want your beignets)

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Directions:

1) In a small bowl, combine warm water, 1 tbsp sugar ( of the 1/4 cup you measured out), and dry active yeast. Set aside and allow to get foamy — approximately 5 minuets.

2) In an other small bowl, combine the remaining sugar and orange zest.

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3) In a medium sized bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt and your sugar mixture. Mix to combine, trying to get rid of any lumps.

4) With a large fork or pastry cutter, cut in cold butter. You want the dough to resemble fine crumbs ( kind of like you’re making scones, or biscuits)

5) Add your buttermilk, egg and yeast mixture to your dry ingredients. Mix until a soft dough forms — the dough will be sticky, don’t be alarmed .. you’re doing just perfect :)

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6) On a floured surface, knead your dough until it is smooth to touch.

7) Lightly spray the dough bowl (no need to clean), and add your smooth dough back into the bowl to rise for 15 minutes.

8) Spray and prepare 2 large cookie sheets to bake your beignets. Once dough has risen, transfer back on to a floured surface. punch down and roll into a 1 inch thick square.

9) Using a floured knife cut your square into 2 inch wide strips, and then each 2 inch wide strips int 2 inch squares.

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10) Gently place each square onto your prepared baking try, leaving 1 inch between each. Next, gently spray 2 sheets of plastic wrap and recover your shaped beignets. Allow to rise one more time for 30 minutest.

11) Preheat oven to 350 oc. Once the second rise has taken place, bake your beignets for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

12) While still warm, dust ( or bury ) in incing sugar.

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Boozy Cafe Au Lait Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:

1/3 Cup Granulated Sugar

1 Tbsp Ground Instant Espresso Powder

1 Tbsp Ground Instant Coffee

1 1/4 Tbsp Corn Starch

2 Cups of whole Milk

1 Tbsp Kahlua ( feel free to use any liqueur of your choice, or omit, or your favourite extract … hazelnut would be fantastic!!)

1/2 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips

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Directions:

1) In a large pan, over medium heat whisk together sugar, espresso, coffee, cornstarch, milk and kahlua.

2) Heat to a boil.

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3) Reduce and simmer until thickened – the sauce, should coat the back of your spoon and not drip off.

4) Remove from heat and quickly whisk in chocolate chips, until smooth.

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Get your warm beignets and …  Laissez les bons temps rouler!! 

Stay sweet, and please — let me know how you’re celebrating today’s Fat Tuesday!!

Double Chocolate Chip Nutella Guinness Bread

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Chocolate + Booze + the weekend.

This is my kinda paaarr-taaayy!!

Cheers to the weekend sweethearts …

After a long week of hustling through the rat race … all a girl wants to do is get reacquainted with some chocolate – a splash ( or two ) of alcohol doesn’t hurt and carbs make it all better.

Technically, I need this bread in my life. I don’t even know if I can call it a bread to be honest, it’s quite cake-like. But, I’m of course thinking ahead … if I call it bread, and due to the fact that I added oats … it’s TOTALLY breakfast food …. or something like that. Can I convince you it’s healthy ? pushing it? – sorry.

But breakfast, that works!! Oh yess …. chocolate and booze before 9:00 am. We got a deal :)

I originally made this bread for St. Patty’s day … and then I had to make it twice since. Can I let you in on a little secret ? – Papa LTSL is like a chocolate Hoover Vacuum … he sniffs it out, and consumes it in the blink of an eye. Truth is, I love that man – – I suggest I keep him around for a while.

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My dad and I we have a pretty good thing going, I bake … experiment to my hearts desire and he eats. Even the unsuccessful recipes, he’ll at least try. I remember when I was a lot younger, I burnt scrambled eggs ( yes it’s possible … stop laughing) and he ate every bit of it. I’m sure it was the most disgusting thing ever … but he did. If that doesn’t qualify for him to be my superhero … I don’t know what will.

So, shall we get a slice on what all the jazz is about? – Let’s bake!!

Double Chocolate Chip Nutella Guinness Bread

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2 1/4 Cups Flour

1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder

1/2 Tsp Sea Salt

4 Tsp Baking Powder

1/4 Cup Quick Oats + 1 Tbsp ( keep separate)

2/3 Cups Brown Sugar

1 1/2 Cups Dark Guinness

1/4 Cup Nutella

1/2 Cup White Chocolate Chips

1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 oc – prepare loaf pan.

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In a large bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, sea salt, 1/4 cup of oats and brown sugar.

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In a small bowl, whisk together Guinness and Nutella.

Add your Guinness mixture to your dry ingredients. Mix well.

Add both kinds of chocolate chips. Fill prepared pan, top with 1 tbsp Oats and bake for 45 minuets.

Allow to cool and enjoy!!

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Have a fantastic weekend Ladies and Gents – – stay sweet

xox