Lemon, Coconut Sweet Bread

I have a little bone to pick … with life that is.

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Why is Meyer lemon season seriously .0823123 seconds long?!?! And how the heck to I get my hands on some without them going bad?!

See, originally I wanted to make this recipe using Meyer lemons – because they’re so little and cute and lemony, but not super tart. So I bought a bag ( I could have bought a car for less … by.the.way. – not the point) I ended up keeping them on my counter for a couple of days – and poof – they turned.

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Heartbreak.

So I used regular lemons. And this bread came out spectacular however if you have Meyer lemons, please use them instead and kindly send me a slice of bread … and a box of tissues.

Rant over.

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Also, why do people say, I have a bone to pick .. that’s gross – I’m kind of wishing I didn’t say that now. But what’s done is done – when life gives you lemons – make bread … okay, now I’m definitely wishing I didn’t say that. Although, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t on the floor laughing.

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Normally, I share what I bake for the blog with family, friends and co-workers – this bread though, it didn’t even make it out of our home … the top gets so crusty and it smells so lemony as it bakes. I’m clearly welcoming spring with open arms with the combination of lemon and coconut – it was a gamble with the citrus and sweet coconut buuuttt Daaaamn, Daniel!

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Lemon, Coconut Sweet Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Zest
  • ½ cup dried coconut
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp Malibu rum
  • 2 c milk
  • ⅔ c olive oil

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine brown and granulated sugar, flour, baking powder, sea salt, lemon zest and dried coconut.

In a separate bowl, beat eggs, lemon juice, milk, Rum and olive oil.

Combine, the wet and dry ingredients.

Pour into a well-greased loaf pan and bake for 1 hour ( it should pass the crumb test by this point)

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Mocha Melting Moments Cookies

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There’s two more days until Christmas!! WOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!

Tell me, you’re done all of your Christmas shopping?! – if not, I vote homemade gifts for everyone.

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Sooo this year I went a little overboard on cookies … I mean yes, for the holiday season in real life, but also on the blog…. Annnndd while you can never have too many cookies – I feel like I may have saved the best for last… not that I’m playing favourites, I can’t be biased when it comes to snacking on santa’s favourite treat.

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Buuuuuuuuuutt … don’t these cookies remind you of snowy mountains?!?  In other news I can pretty much guarantee it will be snowing in July around town since it’s way too warm right now for us to be having a white Christmas.

February is going to hit us hard isn’t it?! I’ll be dreaming of these days in a couple weeks won’t I?! My only issue is how the heck am I going to have a magical snowy white Christmas morning, sipping hot chocolate by the fireplace … you know, like how Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen did in To Grandmother’s House we go!! Ahhh the plights of my life … rooooof-stooouufff.

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Mocha Melting Moments Cookies

Ingredients

1/2 cup flour

3/4 cup cocoa powder

¾ cup cornstarch

¼ tsp salt

1/2 tsp instant coffee powder ( or expresso powder)

⅓ cup confectioners sugar + 1 cup confectioners sugar, sifted ( once cooled)

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 tsp Baileys Liquor

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Directions:

In a medium sized bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, salt and instant coffee powder.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar. Add Baileys. Mix in flour mixture.

Divide dough into two. Shape into 1 inch log – flatten slightly. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350º F.

Take out the refrigerated dough and scoop into 1 inch balls. Bake for 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool, once cooled, dust the tops with remaining confectioners’ sugar.

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Merry Christmas everyone, I hope you have a beautiful season filled with love, family, food and of course lots to laugh about – I’ll be sure to be back next week xox

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap : Cranberry Orange Dark and Stormy Cookies

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Guuuuuuuuuuuuuuyyyyyysssss….. first, I have to apologize — the site was down and I’m suuuuuuuppppeerrr late in posting this recipe!! Unless, we can all rewind and pretend we’re back at last wednesday?!?!

I’m sure we can all use a couple extra hours around this time of year – do we have a deal, or do we have a deal?!?! Gooooooooooodddddd deal.

I have booze to convince you if I already haven’t:).

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But first, take a gander at these amazing cookies I received as part of this year’s Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap!!

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I received a gorgeous dozen Chocolate pistachio sables from the amazing Stacy of The Little Red Button … 4 words – Melt.In.Your.Mouth … seriously soon good!! And I also received a dozen scrumptious dozen Chewy Maple Syrup Fudge Cookies from Marie of Food Nouveau …. they totally had this Canadian Girl smitten!! Thank you thank you thank you to both of you!!

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I know every year, amazing cookies are created for this special event, and in the past I’ve stuck with familiar holiday season flavours and to be frank, why fix something if it aint broke ( that’s probably not close to the saying, but you know what I mean). The base of my cookie was the flavour of ginger beer … a HUGE trinidadian classic around this time of year.

And it got me thinking/googling for cocktails with a ginger beer base…. hence the dark and stormy – throw in some orange and cranberry for a little zing and we have ourselves a killer cookie!!

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I will warn you, this recipe yields a lot of cookies … like A LOT … I originally needed to only make at least 36 … let’s just say I made over 75 cookies with this recipe – you could easily make the cookies larger ooooorrrr cut the recipe in half.

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Cranberry Orange Dark and Stormy Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 ½  cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 ½  cup brown sugar
  • 2 large egg yolk
  • 2/3  cup gingerbeer
  • 1 tsp rum extract
  • ½ tsp orange extract
  • 2 ½  cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cup bread flour
  • 2 ½  tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp orange zest
  • 1 tbsp mixed peel
  • ¼ cup crystalized ginger, diced
  • 1 cup diced cranberries

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Directions: 

  •  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • In a stand mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar. Add egg yolks and rum extract and mix until just combined.
  • Add beer and mix again until just combined.
  • Add flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cornstarch, cinnamon, ground ginger, and orange zest mix until just combined.
  • Add in mixed peel, crystalized ginger and cranberries.
  • Scoop out cookie dough by the rounded tablespoon full onto prepared cookie sheets – note the cookies will spread.
  • Bake at 325 for 14 minutes.

I hope you all have a beautiful holiday season …. I’m sure I’ll be back with a couple more posts before the new year😉

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Butterscotch Coconut Cookies

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Are you sick of cookies yet?! Hah, as if there’s such a thing as being sick of cookies … ppaaalleeeaassse! I do think this year, I’m on an all time record of the amount of cookies that have come out of my kitchen .. what can I say, I’m trying to get into santa’s goodbooks and a little extra snacks on Christmas eve can’t hurt … also, all the snacking that happens – Christmas-ing and holiday partying is hard work … aka sitting around in comfy socks, sipping on hot toddys!!

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In other anxiety-inducing news, have you finished your Christmas shopping?!?! Have you started?!?! I can officially answer no and no to the above. HELP ME … Why do the malls turn into hunger games around this time of year … can’t we all just be nice and STOP bumping into me – it’s NOT cool … and Santa is watching, so is the creepy elf on the shelf … p.s I’m SO doing that when I have kids … anything to help them with getting a therapist when they’re older.  Isn’t that what the holiday season is all about … *creepy smiley emoticon

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These little nuggets of joy are crispy, and boozy, and sweet!! They’re a mix of a macaroon and a rum ball … kind of.

Butterscotch Coconut Cookies

Ingredients:

½ cup coconut oil

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 tablespoon malibu rum

1 cup all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder

1/2 cup butterscotch chips

1 1/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut

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Directions

Preheat oven to 325º F.

Cream coconut oil and sugars. Add egg, and rum. Set aside.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, sea salt and cinnamon. Add to coconut oil mixture. Stir in butterscotch chips and shredded coconut.

Spoon onto a prepared cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes.

 

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Apple Cinnamon Beer Bread

It seems we’re having a boozy week over at LTSL!!

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Cheers to eating your alcohol.

Cheers to October ( also .. WHAT?!?!)

Cheers to fall fashion and carbs.

Thank all that is warm and cozy for carbs!!

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I think I also deserve some what of a medal ( or an extra slice of this booze laden bread) for not having a Pumpkin Spice Latte for the year … yet. I’m actually seeing how long I can hold on … at least to thanksgiving?!

With me writting this, I’ll probably get a whiff on my way home and cave.

But for now … wooo hooo goooo me!! The ironic part is I’ve had my fair share of pumpkin/ pumpkin spice goodies.

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And because you’re probably sick of all of the pumpkin pizzazz I’m brining you another fall favourite … beer. Kidding … apppppplllleeesss … even though there’s no actual apples in this recipe … okay … let’s just go back to beeeeeeeerrr then.

Apple beer.

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Not drunk … I promise.

Apple Cinnamon Beer Bread

Ingredients:

3 cups flour (sifted)

3 teaspoons baking powder

1-teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ cup sugar

1 tablespoon apple sauce

1 teaspoon apple juice

¼ cup butter, melted

1 1/2 cups bottle Apple Beer

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Sift flour into large bowl with baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger and sugar, making sure they’re mixed well.
  3. Add apple sauce, apple juice, and beer. Stir until just combined.
  4. Pour into greased loaf pan and pour melted butter right over the top.
  5. Bake for 1 hour  minutes or until gold brown.

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Also, because we have a friendship based on trust … I trust that you will toast a slice ( or 7) slater it with butter and sprinkle it with cinnamon sugar.

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Your life is now complete.

Speculoos Pumpkin Spice Pancakes with Whiskey Maple Syrup

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Booze and breakfast.

YES!

Also, Monday.

And Happy 4th birthday Living The Sweet Life:) wooo hoooo!!

It’s crazy to think that I’ve been blogging for 4 years already.

If you could eat any meal for the rest of your life what would it be?

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Mine, breakfast/brunch. Seriously – it outweighs lunch, dinner and dessert any day … and that says a lot!!

It’s all the pancakes, waffles, smoked salmon, bagels, dooooouuuughnuts. I want it all.

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These pancakes are fluffy and full of fall spices, and the syrup – I could drink it.

Also, it’s totally kiddo friendly as all of the alcohol burns away ( wink wink… kidding, it does). Or you know, this could totally just be a parents only meal … if I catch anyone with a straw in the syrup … I’ll have no choice but to high-five you!!

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Speculoos Pumpkin Spice Pancakes with Whiskey Maple Syrup

Speculoos Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

1 3/4 cups flour

1/4 cup ground Speculoos cookies

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp pumpkin spice

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 egg

2 cups milk

2 tbsp room temperature butter ( or margarine)

1 Tbsp Vanilla extract

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In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients.

Add egg, milk, butter and vanilla.

Whisk until smooth.

Using 1/2 cup scoop batter into a hot frying pan / griddle.

Cook until you begin to see small bubbles – flip and cook an additional 2 minutes.

Repeat for the remaining batter.

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Whiskey Maple Syrup

1 Cup Water

1 Cup Granulated Sugar

1/3 Cup Brown Sugar

1 Tbsp Whiskey

1 Tsp Maple Extract

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In a small sauce pan, whisk together all of the ingredients. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook until thickened – approximately 30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

Serve warm over pancakes.

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Raspberry Rose Gin Lemonade

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I’m back from Cuba… and if I’m being honest real life is so blah compared to vacation life.

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Real life = responsibilities. Waking up early. Eating healthy. working out. Grocery shopping. Doctors appointments. Aka BLLLAAAAHHH … as compared to vacation life where my most pressing decisions were; pool or ocean ? What colour bikini should I wear? To nap, or not to nap? Let’s eat French fries at 3:00 am with Cuban ketchup that tastes like barbecue sauce!!

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Is there a world, where real life could equal vacation life? If so, can someone show me the magic door … I’ll race you to it.

In case anyone was wondering, the trip was amazing … the beach was BEAUTIFUL … the food was surprisingly pretty good ( I honestly had absolutely no expectations for good food)… and the drinks were mehh; for those who know me, I’m a Gin girl. The gin in cuba was just different, I couldn’t drink it …. So I had Vodka and OJ / Lemonade all week … I know snnnnooorreee.

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And while they tasted incredibly strong, they weren’t … there were at least a dozen times I should have been drunk… and I just wasn’t.

Soooo … in a way, I’m glad to be back … and to have my gin (how much of a lush do I sound like?!?)

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 Raspberry Rose Gin Lemonade

6 cups water

2/3 cups sugar

1 cup lemonade concentrate

1/4 tsp salt

1 tbsps rose water

¼ cup Gin

1/2 cup crushed raspberries

Sprigs of fresh Thyme ( it just makes things pretty… and it’s completely optional)

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Directions: 

Place 2 cups of water and the sugar in a large saucepan and bring to a boil.

Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Mix the lemon concentrate, salt, and cooled simple syrup together.

Add remaining water to taste. Stir in rose water.

In a large pitcher add crushed raspberries & gin.

Add lemonade. Mix well.

Chill for 2 hours, or serve immediately over ice.

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So Fresh, So Clean, So Summer!! Cheers❤

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