Homemade Sourdough Loaf

Amandas Plate sourdough

Hussein loves bread and always prefers bakery fresh bread to anything in a plastic bag in the supermarket. I’ve made quick, no-knead loafs with yeast before but really wanted to try my hand at sourdough. Many of my blogger friends had posted about Artisan Sourdough Made Simple by Emilie Raffa. I ordered the book and began my journey.

Amandas Plate sourdough recipe, Amanda's Plate sourdough

Since ordering this cookbook, I’ve made three loaves of bread (two regular sourdough and one whole wheat). Each better than the previous. Getting the techniques down is critical and a part of the bread making journey. 

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Mashed Potatoes and Mushroom Gravy

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Mashed potatoes are essential for Thanksgiving and as important as the turkey. There are so many ways to mash and season your potatoes. I like this Mashed Potato and Mushroom gravy Recipe best, as it is the perfect texture and creaminess. I use chives, lots of butter and heavy cream, salt and pepper for seasoning and of course the rich mushroom gravy to pour on top. 

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Avocado Hummus and Zaatar Chips

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I absolutely love hummus. It is a staple in our home and kitchen and I have shared many different variations of this smashed chickpea dip! My super smooth hummus is a favorite. This recipe is for my avocado hummus and zaatar chips recipe. 

I love making big batches of my hummus and keeping it in an airtight container in the fridge for a healthy and quick snack!
    AVOCADO HUMMUS AND ZAATAR CHIPS

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Pumpkin Spice Pecan Muffins

Amandas Plate pumpkin spice pecan muffins

It’s pumpkin spice season and you either absolutely love it or you don’t. Pumpkin spice is no longer limited to pies and lattes; they now flavor cough drops with pumpkin spice. Yes, they really do exist. :D. I used this blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger, to create my Pumpkin Spice Pecan MuffinsAmanda's Plate Pumpkin Spice Pecan Muffins

I have memories of the pumpkin candies my grandmother makes. She would buy the biggest pumpkins available and boil them, simmer them in sugar and dry them out.

I was afraid of them as a kid. The only “pumpkin-y” thing I wanted to eat was pumpkin pie and this candy did not resemble a pie. But then I tried it! And to my surprise I loved it!

Amanda's Plate pumpkin spice muffins

When making these muffins, the batter will be thick. It is really important not to over mix it. I highly recommend using parchment muffin liners by Paperchef. You can purchase them here

It is also really important to check the dates on your baking soda and baking powder. Baking soda is good for baking for six months, once the container has been opened. Baking powder is good for about 9 months. I always write the date I opened the containers with a sharpie, to ensure my baked good turn out! 

Pumpkin Spice Pecan Muffins
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Ingredients
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoon vanilla bean pasta or vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted
Crumble
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter, unsalted
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Prep baking tins by spraying with non stick spray or lining with cupcake liners
  3. Make crumble my mixing melted butter, flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar and pecans. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger.
  5. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin, vegetable oil, eggs, brown sugar and vanilla.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. *Do NOT over mix*
  7. Gently fold in toasted pecans
  8. Divide muffin mix evenly between 12 cavities
  9. Sprinkle over the crumble and press down into the muffins
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean
  11. Allow to cool on a wire rack
  12. Enjoy 🙂

 You can use 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice inlace of the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. You can also make these muffins without the crumble topping, but I highly recommend it 😀

Make this dish? I’d love to see it! Tag me using #CreateAmandasPlate or @AmandasPlate

Xoxo, 

 

Amanda

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Easy Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie

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Over a month ago, I posted a snapchat photo of a smoothie I had made for Hussein and I and several of you had asked for the recipe! It is simple to put together and is packed with nutrients. This easy strawberry pineapple smoothie makes a great breakfast or snack! 

As we settle into parenthood and our new lives with our dear, sweet baby girl, Hannah, smoothies and quick nutrient and protein packed breakfasts are a must! 

I have raved about my love for Chobani Non-fat Greek Yogurt several times before. It has a ton of protein, is low calorie and tastes delicious. We use it almost exclusively in our smoothies. 

Amanda's Plate strawberry pineapple smoothie recipe, easy strawberry pineapple smoothie recipe

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Homemade Churro Smores

amanda's plate homemade churro smores, churro smores

An absolute favorite summer treat are Smores! But the traditional store bought version can get boring (at least for me). I’ve been making my own marshmallows for 2 years now and I love have the versatility in this homemade confection. When I learned of the Feed Feed and Ghirardellis smore contest, I wanted to create my homemade churro smores! 

Amandas Plate Homemade churro smores

This dessert does take some effort, but it is TOTALLY worth it! You really can’t get any better than sandwiching a gooey, toasted marshmallow in between a fried sweet dough thats rolled in cinnamon sugar! Also, don’t forget the chocolate. I used a salted caramel dark chocolate in these smores, but feel free to use whatever it is you like 🙂 

 

amanda's plate churro smores, churro recipe

Homemade Churro Smores
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Serves: 6-8 servings
 
Ingredients
Marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons gelatin (can use agar agar)
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon good quality vanilla
  • 1 cup cold water, divided
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
Churro
  • 1½ tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 quarts oil for frying
Cinnamon Sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
Marshmallows
  1. Place gelatin and ½ cup cold water in bowl of stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment; this allows the gelatin to bloom.
  2. In a heavy bottom sauce pan, mix together sugar, salt, corn syrup, and remaining ½ cup water.
  3. Stir the mixture and heat to a temperature of 240 degrees.
  4. Begin whisking gelatin and slowly stream in sugar mixture.
  5. Add in vanilla extract
  6. Continue whisking until light and fluffy; about 15 minutes.
  7. Once the mixture resembles marshmallow fluff, turn off mixture
  8. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Dust it with powdered sugar.
  9. Spread marshmallow fluff evenly across pan
  10. Allow to set for a minimum of an hour.
  11. Remove from pan and cut into desired shape.
  12. Dust with more powdered sugar
Cinnamon Sugar
  1. Combine ½ cup sugar with the cinnamon in a shallow bowl. Set aside.
  2. Line a plate with paper towels.
Churros
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, mix together the water, 1½ tablespoons sugar, salt and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil then remove it from the heat.
  3. Stir in the flour. Mix until it forms a ball.
  4. Heat vegetable oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot set over medium-high heat until it reaches 350 degrees.
  5. Transfer the dough to a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip.
  6. Pipe the dough into pinwheels (about 5 inches wide). Press the pinwheels down gently until they are flat.
  7. Fry the churros in oil until golden brown.
  8. Transfer the churros to the paper towel-lined plate to drain, then roll them in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Assemble
  1. Build your smores
  2. Enjoy 🙂

 

You will need a candy thermometer to make the marshmallows. They are easily found at kitchen stores and on amazon. For the churros, you will need a star icing tip. These are also readily available. 

Homemade churro smores

 

Make this recipe? I’d love to see! Tag me using #CreateAmandasPlate

 

Xoxo, 

 

Amanda

 

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Cucumber Mint Yogurt Salad

cucumber mint yogurt salad

One of my favorite salads on a hot summer day, is this refreshing cucumber mint yogurt salad. This recipe is a traditional Lebanese dish, typically served as part of a Mezze plater. It is called ‘Khayr bi Laban’, which translates to cucumbers in yogurt. The traditional yogurt used is laban, but I prefer the greek yogurt, to provide more protein 😀

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Roasted Apricots with Mascarpone and Pistachios

Stone fruit is a summer favorite in our home! I am always looking for ways to incorporate fruit into our desserts (and meals too). Roasted apricots with mascarpone and pistachios is the perfect blend of sweet, summer goodness. 

 apricots with mascarpone and pistachios

And this dessert is so easy to make! I absolutely love summer desserts that only take a short time. Especially, when they do not require turning on the oven. This recipe can be made on the grill and with any other stone fruit you like! 

roasted apricots with mascarpone and pistachios

When prepping your apricot, place your edible flowers and mint in cold water to keep them fresh and prevent wilting. 

The apricots can also be prepared in advance and then assembled before eating. It can be served warm (my favorite), at room temperature or cool. 

Roasted Apricots with Mascarpone and Pistachios
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Ingredients
  • 6 apricots, halved and pitted
  • 4 ounces mascarpone
  • ⅙ teaspoon freshly ground cardamom
  • ⅙ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons ground salted pistachios
  • honey, to drizzle over the top
  • fresh mint and edible flowers, for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, combine mascarpone with cardamom, cinnamon, whipping cream, and powdered sugar. Place mascarpone in a pipping bag. Set aside.
  2. In a grill pan, heat the coconut oil on medium heat and place the apricots cut side down.
  3. Cook the apricots for 3-5 minutes, until softened and slightly caramelized. Remove from heat.
  4. Place apricots on serving platter.
  5. Pipe the mascarpone onto the apricots.
  6. Sprinkle the pistachios over the top and drizzle with honey.
  7. Garnish with fresh mint and edible flowers.
  8. Enjoy

 

 

Make this recipe? I’d love to see! Tag me using #CreateAmandasPlate 🙂 

 

Hope you’re having a great summer! 😀

Xoxo, 

 

Amanda

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Unicorn Marshmallow Recipe

Eid is just around the corner and I love sharing treats as a gift! My friend Summar at the The Cozy Home Chronicles had the  idea to create a unicorn marshmallow recipe and a Eid gift tag. Head over to her site for a free download! 

I love making homemade marshmallows. It is so simple and gratifying to make a novelty item. With the Unicorn craze, these pink, blue and purple swirled treats are the perfect party or celebration food. While my marshmallows are vanilla flavored, you may want to purchase a cotton candy oil to really achieve the unicorn yumminess. 😀

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