(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!!

New Years Revolution

Happy New Year!!

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While 2013 was quite the year

– one filled with

laughs

cookies

tears

mistakes

retakes

mounds of ice cream

Ending Chapters

New Beginnings

Lots of cake

And happily ever afters

A  year that caused me to fall in love, but one that also broke my heart in so many ways

– one thing  is for sure, it will definitely go down in my books as a memorable year.

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 And now …

I have a brand spanking new year to play with!!

I have big plans for this year – while the title of this post may incite that I will be overthrowing the government, or something crazy like making it rain chocolate chip cookies – I won’t be doing either!! However the chocolate chip cookie plan sounds wicked-awesome if anyone finds a way to do it .. PLEASE CALL ME!!

my plans, are just the normal stuff … to take over the world.

Wait – what?! – too pinky and the brain for you?! … I’d apologize but this is not a new mantra that I’m bringing into 2014, taking over MY little world has always fluffed my feathers and caused me to walk with a little pep in my step.

I don’t set new year’s resolutions … I can’t, I won’t – if I do, I’d probably fall short.

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Instead I have revolutions … they last longer … at least for me. 

And so, what is part of my continuing revolution?

  • Finding a reason to laugh every day. Even if I’m laughing at myself.
  • Being confident in my thoughts and actions .. even if I later realize I’m making a mistake
  • To love deep, with no further expectations nor strings attached.
  • To eat and treat my body well … it’s been good to me, I should be good to it. Work out, fuel it, educate my mind, let it be – trust it – love it  … it’s about to go down
  • Smile. A lot and often … even if my cheeks begin to hurt – I’ll take it as a good sign
  • Say thank you more … especially to my friends and family, but particularly to strangers.
  • Dance more in my kitchen while making pancakes … or cookies … or cake … or whatever else I may be concocting.
  • Hug and kiss the ones that complete my life, as much as possible – maybe even until they become annoyed with me.
  • Sing loud and obnoxiously as often as possible, because … it makes me laugh.
  • Never stop trying … trying to be better, smarter, kinder, stronger.
  • Being humble and modest and thankful and simple.   

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What will you be up to in the next foreseeable future?– do you set resolutions, or revolutions?

I can’t wait to hear from you – my wish for you all is for this year to be exactly what you want it to be, sealed with a bow.

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Work hard, play hard and eat cookies !!

Xox