Strawberry Sorbet Recipe (Dairy Free)

Recently I’ve been on an ice cream making frenzy. This is due to the fact that the bf went crazy at the supermarket a while back and bought a lot of cream – much of which he did not use… Although this recipe does not require the use of cream (perfect for those who are lactose intolerant), it was part of my ice cream making marathon as I made Vietnamese Coffee and Hong Kong Style Milk Tea Ice cream a few weeks ago.

Strawberry was on sale last week which was rare considering fruits are super expensive during the winter time. We bought 2 quarts worth and since I knew we couldn’t possibly finish it all in time before it spoils, we decided to make sorbet.

strawberry sorbet

But why sorbet and not ice cream? Well truth be told we found it quite challenging to make good strawberry ice cream due to some of the recipes we found online. The main challenge people encountered with strawberry ice cream was the inability to bring out the vibrant red colour of the strawberry or fully extract its flavour. Since our strawberries weren’t exactly the highest of quality, this sorbet was least likely to jeopardize the results.

This recipe is super easy to make and only requires 4 ingredients – all of which are likely to be found in your household as they are generally staples in the kitchen.

Make sure to let the sorbet set a bit before you serve it and store it properly. For tips on how to store homemade ice cream or sorbet, see here.

Strawberry Sorbet Recipe (Dairy Free)

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts strawberries, washed (about 2 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Remove tops from strawberries and purée in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  2. Add sugar and blend for 30 seconds. Add lemon juice and salt and blend to incorporate. Taste the mixture and adjust to taste accordingly
  3. Strain purée and transfer to refrigerator to chill for at least 12 hours
  4. Churn sorbet in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer sorbet to freezer to firm up for 2 to 3 hours before serving.
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This recipe was adapted from Serious Eats.

 

The best brownie recipe!

Hello everyone!

Hope you all had a great weekend. I spent all of Sunday cooped up in the apartment with not much to do. After doing as much cleaning as I could tolerate, I decided to do some baking. Originally I wanted to create some Domo brownies but those didn’t turn out as well as I planned 🙁

I’ll include a picture of it anyways just for laughs but needless to say, I probably won’t be using buttercream frosting next time to make the mouth

-_-

Domo

I found this brownie recipe online a while back and fell in love with it ever since. Unlike the other brownie recipes I’ve had in the past, this one actually tastes like real chocolate and not like the ones you make out of cocoa powder. It’s also not overly sweet which is good for people who are watching their sugar consumption. Needless to say, I’ve made modifications to this recipe over time 🙂

Brownies

These brownies are cakey, chewy, and fudgey all at the same time! Best of all, they’re not super dense which is the way I like it. I didn’t make a frosting for this as I feel that would be overkill on the sweetness. In my opinion, this is the best brownie recipe I’ve found so far to date.

I brought this into the office the next day and they were a total hit! So if you want to be a hit among your family and friends, you have to try this.

The best brownie recipe!

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 oz bittersweet chocolate
  • 4 oz semisweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup + 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Whisk flour, salt, and baking powder into a small bowl. Set aside. Meanwhile, spray an 8 inch baking pan with some cooking spray.
  3. Melt chocolate and butter over a double boiler, stirring constantly to prevent the chocolate from burning. Once completely melted, remove from the heat and whisk in the sugar and vanilla. Allow to cool for a few minutes until chocolate is no longer super hot.
  4. Whisk in eggs once at a time, fully incorporating each one before adding the next. Continue to whisk until the mixture is completely smooth and glossy.
  5. Slowly add dry ingredients 1/3 at a time and whisk until it's all incorporated.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick comes out with wet crumbs. If it comes out completely clean, you've overcooked it! This will take approximately 25-30 mins depending on your oven. Always check before your anticipated cooking time to prevent over baking.
  7. Cool brownies over a wire rack for at least 3 hours to allow the brownie to set. Cut into squares when ready to serve.
  8. Be sure to wrap these up in saran wrap or put them in an airtight container or else they will dry up.
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Apple hand pies

Happy New Years everyone! Last night we celebrated new years eve with  a few friends and I decided to make some apple hand pies for everyone as a dessert. They’re definitely more convenient to eat than slicing an entire pie and it’s already portioned for everyone!

Apple Hand Pies

They’re surprisingly easy to make but it does require a bit of prep time. It’s also a bit tricky working with the pie crust because it needs to consistently be cold or it will be hard to work with.

Let’s begin by talking about how to make the pie crust. We followed a recipe by Alton Brown as we were looking for one that required the use of lard since we had some lying around. I cut up my butter and lard into small pieces and placed them in the freezer for 15 minutes to ensure that they’re super cold. In the meantime, I also prepared a bit of ice water in preparation of putting together the dough.

When the time was ready, I threw all the dough ingredients into a food processor. Yes a pastry cutter would’ve sufficed but this was easier. I pulsed the lard with the flour and salt first until it broke down into smaller pieces. I then added the cold butter and pulsed it until the mixture looked lumpy. I added the cold water in a little at a time and continued to pulse while ensuring I don’t overmix it. The end result should be something that looks like coarse meal.

Pie Crust

You’ll know when your crust is ready when you try to squeeze the mixture into a ball and everything holds together. Once it holds together, you can stop and shape the dough into a disc and saran wrap it to chill in the fridge for approx 30 mins.

Dough Ready

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s been a long hiatus and it’s good to be back. Ever since we moved downtown I feel as though I haven’t had as much time to bake as I used to. I kept coming up with excuses such as not having time after work or being too busy during the weekends to do so. Ultimately I think I just got lazy. That’s when I decided to get back to the blog as that was when I was most motivated to bake because I enjoyed taking pictures of my creations and sharing it with others.

The last creation I made was chocolate chip cookies and it was quite the hit! I remember having an itch to bake something sweet and seeing as what I already had in the pantry, one of the things I could easily make was chocolate chip cookies. It took me less than 30 mins to make and the result was chewy but soft cookies as that is how we prefer them.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

The recipe I’m about to share with you is a personal favourite. You can adjust the baking time depending on whether you want your cookies to be on the crispier side or the softer/chewier side. The thickness of the cookies will affect the cooking time as well so if you make thinner cookies, they will cook faster and likely be more crispy. If you make them thicker, they’ll be chewier but also take longer as well.

Here’s how it’s done:

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 12

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg (room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon hot water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and stir in the vanilla.
  3. Dissolve the baking soda in hot water and add it to the batter along with salt.
  4. Stir in flour in thirds to ensure even mixing and that you don't have dry pockets of flour. When all combined slowly stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Drop the cookie batter by lhe spoonful onto a silpat or some parchment paper
  6. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned. Adjust baking time according to how soft you want the cookies to be. It's always best to undercook than overcook.
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Raspberry Sorbet Recipe

One of our annual traditions is to go berry picking at one of our local farms. We typically just pick strawberries but seeing as we were catching the tail end of Strawberry picking season, we decided to pick Raspberries as well.

The strawberries were in scarce supply but we were still able to get some decent ones. They’re so small compared to the GM ones you find at the supermarket but boy do they taste so much better!

The raspberries on the other hand were in abundant supply. They were so easy to pick off since they were so ripe – they literally just fell off the vines.

raspberries

With close to 2 lbs of raspberries, we had to come up with a game plan as to what to do with them. Making jam seems kinda boring. Seeing as it is so hot outside right now, making ice cream seemed like the best idea. In fact, raspberry sorbet would be perfect!

Raspberry Sorbet

Sorbets are super easy to make but I personally find them a bit annoying because once you freeze them, since they don’t have the cream to make it easier to scoop, it tends to freeze over like ice. As a result, I often find myself having to thaw it out a bit first before I can easily scoop it. However, it still tastes amazing! It just requires a bit of patience if you want to eat it right away 🙂

To make sorbet, make sure you quickly rinse the berries to get rid of any impurities. Then, place it all in a food processor and puree. Just look at how gorgeous and red these raspberries are 🙂

Raspberries

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Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

This is by far one of my most popular and most requested desserts of all time. Everyone whose tried it has loved it and are always asking me to make it again! The great thing about this recipe is that it’s super versatile as you can basically change up the flavour of the coffee cake to whatever you want just by changing the toppings! It can be a Strawberry Coffee Cake, Blackberry Coffee cake, you name it!

Coffee Cake

Most people think that since this is called a coffee cake, it naturally tastes like coffee right? WRONG. This cake got its name because it is commonly eaten alongside coffee but it tastes great by itself.

If you’re looking for a dish to impress, look no further!

On another note, we’ll be heading to Japan this Friday for 2 weeks and we’re super excited! So there will be some radio silence for a while 🙂

Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup half & half cream
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 Empire Apple, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tbsp water
    For the Crumble Topping:
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F and grease an 8 inch square baking dish with PAM or brush with vegetable oil
  2. In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder
  3. In another mixing bowl, whisk together egg, half & half cream, pure vanilla extract, and melted butter
  4. Slowly stir in your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients a little bit at a time while whisking to incorporate. Mix until the batter is smooth and there are no more pockets of dry flour.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together your brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle the mixture over your thinly sliced apples and toss to coat. Add in the 1/2 tbsp of water and toss to coat further to help give the apples a bit of moisture. Set aside until ready to assemble.
  6. In a separate bowl, combine all ingredients for the crumble topping and cut in the cold butter using a pastry cutter until you have a crumbly mixture.
  7. To assemble your coffee cake, pour your cake batter into the square baking pan. Top the cake with a thin layer of the sliced apples mixture and pour over any remaining cinnamon sugar mixture you may have left over. Finally, cover the apples with the crumble topping mixture. Make sure the crumble topping mixture isn't too thick as this will prevent the crumble from browning
  8. Bake in the oven for 30-35 mins or until a toothpick comes out clean
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London Fog Ice Cream

I never really drank Earl Grey Tea as I often prefer Orange Pekoe or Green Tea. It’s not that I don’t like it.. it’s more like I never had a strong interest for it.

My opinion for Earl Grey Tea changed when I went to Bang Bang Ice Cream recently and got the London Fog ice cream as I was trying to order something different from what I normally get. I’m typically not the adventurous type but since this place was famous for its wide range of ice cream flavours, I thought why not. Boy was I glad I did because it tasted so good! This prompted me to figure out how I could replicate this ice cream flavour at home using my ice cream maker.

Ice Cream

The ice cream making process was actually quite simple.

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