Gingerbread English Muffins

I don’t think there’s anything I love more than bread.

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And breakfast.

And cookies.

But dear I say, that bread trumps it all. And the smell of home-made bread … ahhhhhhhhhh I just want to burry my face in hot buns!! … Hi, welcome to the land of awkward … and a little weird … don’t be scared, I’ve got bread to share with you!!

Seriously – when I’m on death row .. I’m asking for homemade bread – smothered in butter.

Real butter.

Not margarine.

Buutttaaahhh!!

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I am. And, we’ve returned to the land of a-ca-awkward. And that has nothing to do with my death row comment, mostly just referring to my talk about margarine.

So I made English muffins, combining my love affair with all things bread and all things breakfast ( I can’t stand eggs though .. random, but true … I lie, I can … just not all the time – and eggs Benedict .. stop, I can’t. it’s a consistency thing).

And of course they’re Christmas-y and gingerbready and buttah …. There’s butter!!

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Gingerbread English muffins

1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

1/4 cup warm water

2 1/4 cups bread flour

1/2 tablespoon brown sugar + ¼ tsp

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

¼ tps ginger powder

¼ tsp cinnamon powder

¼ tsp ground clove

¼ tsp fresh nutmeg

1 tablespoon shortening (or butter at room temperature)

3/4 cup milk

1 Tbsp molasses

1 Tbsp Coconut Oil + 1 Tsp

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 Directions:

Combine the yeast with the warm water sprinkle ¼ tsp brown sugar on top.

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, remaining brown sugar, sea salt, ginger powder, cinnamon, ground clove & nutmeg. Stir in the shortening. Now pour in the yeast mixture, molasses and milk.

Stir until a dough ball forms.

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Place in a lightly 1 tbsp coconut oiled bowl, cover and allow to rise until doubled in size—approximately an hour and a half to two hours.

Divide the dough into eight equal parts. Roll each muffin into a ball. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and a little bit of cornmeal (or flour). Cover, and allow to rise for an additional hour.

Heat a cast iron skillet (or other oven safe pan) over medium heat. Add a teaspoon of coconut oil. Cook for 7 minutes on each side.

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Once you’ve cooked each side place into the oven at 400°F for 10-12 minutes until the English muffins are cooked through and golden brown.

Remove from the oven, and bring on the butter!! These would also taste amazing with marmalade.

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White chocolate chunk Smoked Sea Salt Chocolate Cookies

Happy first day of national Cookie month … err not really, but  something like that.

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December 1st – it might as well be known as the first day of national cookie month. Welcome to a world where twitter, Instagram, pinterest, facebook, restaurants, grocery stores and every bakery will be bursting at its seams with cookies … and obviously, it’s only right that I do my part.

There are only nine million reasons I love this time of year, and way up there on that list is the excessive amount of cookies that can be found. Today, I have the fudgiest most adult cookies I’ve probably ever made. Smoked Sea Salt will do that to a cookie … make it grow up lickity-spilt.

And it’s gooooooooooooooooooooooood. And superfudgy. And HELLOO … white chocolate Chunks – we’re not talking chips, we’re talking CHUNKS!! … And it’s sophisticated. Something I would serve on fine china, with flutes of milk as I prance around wearing paper crowns from firecrackers … Class with a capital “C”

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White chocolate chunk Smoked Sea Salt Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients

1/2 cup olive oil

3/4 cup granulated sugar

¼ cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup flour

1 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp smoked sea salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp instant coffee powder

1 tbsp hot water

1 tsp vanilla

1 cups white chocolate chunks

Smoked sea salt to sprinkle

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Instructions

In a bowl, add the olive oil and sugars and mix until well combined.

Add the eggs.

Add the cocoa powder, flour, smoked salt and beat until a dough forms

In a small bowl, dissolve the baking soda, and coffee into the hot water. Add dissolved baking soda and vanilla and beat until well combined.

Stir in the chocolate chunks.

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Preheat oven to 350

Use a cookie scoop to scoop out heaping tablespoons onto your prepared baking sheets and sprinkle with sea salt.

Bake for 10 minutes for a chewy cookie, or 13 for a slightly crunchier one.

 Let cool completely on the baking sheets then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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Let the cookie craze begin!! … I want to know, what’s your favourite holiday cookies to make?