Peanut Butter Brownies

Peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven, and one of my favourite combinations. So, you know I had to make it happen again. These brownies are super sweet, fudgey, and the sprinkled peanuts give them a nice crunchy texture. And they are ridiculously easy to make, requiring only five ingredients. So, here’s the recipe for these irresistible Peanut Butter Brownies.

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Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Apple and cinnamon, the ultimate sweet ‘n spice combination is back in the form of these enrapturing Apple Cinnamon Muffins. The soft, melt-in-the-mouth consistency as well as the embedded apple soupçons buried like treasures, bringing with them the charm of fall. They’re basically small apple pies, and nothing evokes the emergence of fall like the aroma of crushed cinnamon. So, here’s the recipe for these decadent Apple Cinnamon Muffins.

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Banana Bread

Banana bread is something that everyone should try at least once. The rich, soft texture and especially the lucid aroma that fills the house when it’s baking is an amazing experience. It’s quite simple, not a lot of work and a delectable loaf awaits you on the other side of the process. So, here’s the recipe for this enrapturing Banana Bread.

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Sizzle & Sear

The Terrified Amateur

Food is why this journal exists, of course, yet the voyage only begins with taste.  By the time the plate is brought to the table, at least two of the senses are engaged, followed by a third and a fourth when the dish is sampled.  In a few cases, even the fifth perception, that of sound, comes into play.

One of today’s submissions, Sizzling Chard, sparks all five.  When oils are heated and drizzled over lightly-steamed vegetables just before service, the greens pop, almost effervesce, as the hot liquid finishes the cooking process and seals in the flavors, both of the chard and of the scallions, peppers and ginger that supplement it.

This is a typically Cantonese preparation and when Milk Street provided instructions in its Fall 2018 issue, it intrigued.  Do the greens actually sizzle?  Yes they do!

Of course, the sound show is the chard’s party piece, but…

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Homemade Thin Crust Pizza

When making a thin crust pizza, the dough needs to be near perfect. And I think mine comes pretty close, thanks to long but fruitful experiments. This recipe is quick and easy, taking only about an hour or so to make. As for the toppings, there’s nothing specific, of course. I usually add onions, tomatoes, peppers and cooked chicken, with a combination of cheddar and mozzarella cheese, but by all means, get creative.

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Chocolate Brioche

This French delicacy is a light and tender pastry, usually cooked with either fruits or chocolate. They are served on their own, and sometimes used as a basis for other desserts. The first time I tried these, they came out well enough, but practice brings improvement and before you know, you’re baking a fantastic loaf of brioche with a lovely rich and crumbly texture inside and a dark-golden, flaky crust. Here’s the recipe for some mouthwatering Chocolate Brioche.

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