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

Breakfast of Champions, Snack Attack, Sweet Treats

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!!

Sunday’s With Joy : Pineapple Upside Down Earl Grey Tea Cake

Snack Attack, Sweet Treats, Taking The Cake

 Pineapple Upside Down Earl Grey Tea Cake

Cake.

It’s a magical thing. Some how it’s able to celebrate, cure, be delicious, be a good friend and do it all looking oh-so-sassy!!

I need this cake today, I feel like I need cake every day – and if I could, trust me, I would. But today’s different, I need a slice ( or two). It’s been a rough week. Work has been nuts, after hours I’m meeting with potential clients, filling orders, planning a wedding, recipe testing and all in that mix, I manage to get some sleep.

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Speaking of sleep … you know that person you see every single morning sleeping on the train – – that’s me. Two things, first – you know I’m the sleeping lady … DO NOT sit next to me if you plan on talking on your cell phone at 6:45 am. Who’s up and needs to chat every.single.day at 6:45?! Second, thank you kind people who gently tap me when we get to my stop … I love you. And if possible, I would share this cake with you. You deserve a slice or two.

And so, my plans for this weekend … nada!! I want to kick back, do nothing at all and eat cake. Will it happen? –  Doubtful … but I’ll try my best. Let’s start with the cake :)

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Joy did her funky magic and added tea to cake. Remember when I did that to muffins? And then I did it again? Joy is cooler, she made petite cakes and then dunked them in frosting … her’s are pretty … delicate and delicious looking. Buy her book, make her cakes, and you’ll see.  I took her idea and did my funky magic.

I added earl grey instead of chamomile, skipped the honey frosting but added some extra butter – brown sugar – pineapple and cherries. It’s a beast of beauty. One that I will get to know at least once ( maybe twice … or thrice ..) this weekend.

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Adjustments:

Earl grey tea used.

Didn’t make, or add the frosting.

Additions:

1/4 Cup Butter

2/3 Cup Brown Sugar

3 Slices of Fresh Pineapple, cut into 1/4 segments

15 cherries ( or enough to make a pretty circle)

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Melt 1/4 cup butter and pour into cake pan. Sprinkle brown sugar over melted butter. Arrange your pineapple and cherries in a pretty pattern. Cake – it should be simple, and pretty.

The rest, was all Joy.

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Enjoy darlings, have a great weekend … eat some cake … be merry… make magic <3