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Scrumptious Strawberry Muffins and Bread

I bought some beautifully ripe strawberries this morning and was inspired to make strawberry muffins.

You will need the following ingredients:

3 cups of All-Purpose flour, 1 tablespoon baking  powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon, 1 1/4 cup milk, 2 large eggs lightly beaten, 1/2 pound (2 sticks) melted butter, 2 cups diced fresh strawberries, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Mix all dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl except sugar. Mix wet ingredients in a smaller bowl. Create a well in the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into the well. Mix until combined. Add sugar and strawberries and mix until combined. Pour batter into muffin tins and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown at 350 degrees. The batter made 12 muffins and I also used a medium sized bread pan to make bread as well.

The muffins and bread were so delicious and the strawberries were juicy and so full of flavor. The hints of cinnamon provided a warm comfort throughout every bite. I delivered them to a few friends today as a nice surprise on this warm California day.

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Fresh Fruit Galettes

I was watching The Barefoot Contessa the other day and was inspired to make her Fruit Galette.

The french pastry is super easy to make and I promise your home will smell amazing as they bake. You will need to purchase frozen puff pastry dough and fresh fruit of your choice. I used strawberries and Granny Smith apples. You will also need sugar, cinnamon and butter. I like to use unsalted butter for all of my baking needs. Apricot jam will be used to make a glaze. A knife, measuring cup or a regular spoon, and a cutting board are all needed.

You will need to thaw the puff pastry dough for about 30-45 mins until it is defrosted and ready to use. Then simply cut it into rectangular shapes. When I unfolded mine it naturally had lines to make three long sheets from where it was folded. I cut it along those lines and then halved those so I ended up with 6 small rectangles. Slice your fruit thinly and evenly spread onto the pastry dough in whatever pattern you like. Generously cover the top of the fruit with sugar. The sugar will sweeten the fruit and caramelize upon baking. I sprinkled a bit of cinnamon on the apples to add extra holiday flavor. Cut small bits of butter to dot on the top of the sugar. This will ensure richness and a beautiful color to the top of the pastry. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until the pastry is puffed and a nice golden brown color.

Take out of the oven and let cool. While they cool you can make the glaze. Take a cup of the apricot jam and add a bit of water to thin it out and mix in a saucepan to heat through. Take a pastry brush and gloss the tops of the treats with the glaze. The thin layer will leave your pastries looking store bought and add to the depth of flavor.

Let the glaze set and serve!

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Pecan Bars

I love all the recipes that I can make during the fall. Pecan bars are one of my favorites that my grandma made.

The recipe is easy to execute and the results are amazing. You will need a 9 x 13 pan, an electric hand mixer, and the following ingredients.

Crust:

In a large bowl, stir together 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/2 tsp salt. Cut in 1 cup of cold butter until mixure resembles coarse crumbs or the butter is smaller than the size of a pea. Press evenly into lightly greased pan. Bake at 350 degrees fro 20 minutes.

While the crust is baking, make the filling.

Filling:

In a large bowl, mix 4 eggs, 1 1/2 cup light white corn syrup, 1 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup light brown sugar, 3 tablespoons melted butter, 1 1/2 tsp vanilla, 2 1/2 cups chopped pecans. Pour mixture over crust and bake for 25 minutes and allow to cool completely on a wire rack. Cut and enjoy!

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Milk Jar Cookies- Cookie Heaven

My friend Light knows I love cookies. I love to bake them and eat them. He has even been lucky enough to be on my holiday cookie delivery list. Yes, I have a list and I actually drive them to each of my friend’s homes to personally deliver the little morsels of joy to them. 

Light had gone to a new cookie shop called Milk Jar Cookies. He ranted and raved about it and told me I must try it. I admit, I am a pretty tough critic when it comes to cookies, so I didn’t rush to get there. Well, a client of mine, Lindsey who works for E!, asked if we could have our meeting at Milk Jar Cookies. It is located near their offices on Wilshire and I decided it was the perfect excuse to try the cookies. 

Milk Jar Cookies is a small shop that is so cute and exactly what I would want a cookie shop to be. It is simple and sweet, with pretty little details that make all the difference. The color palette is pastels and natural wood, with chandeliers made out of old fashioned milk jars. This store is cute as a button and the cookies are amazing. I usually never like the cookies I try better than my own, so this really impressed me. 

The flavors are creative and the cookies are dense. They sell local roasted coffee and milk from a local dairy and serve the beverages in mason jars with colorful stripped paper straws. Ice cream from a local creamery is used for their ice cream sandwiches and can be ordered on the side. It is the perfect place to catch up with a girlfriend or bring your children for a special treat. They even deliver their cookies for gifts. I was so impressed I sent a dozen to a dear friend the next day. They have gift boxes starting at amounts of half a dozen up to four dozen. There is also a “Cookie of the Month” delivery option. Delivery is available to most destinations in the United States. 

My favorite flavor was the Chocolate Pecan Caramel. I have included a link to their website below where you can find the full list of flavors and ordering info. I recommend you drop by the shop if you find yourself in LA and enjoy these circle shaped sweet treats. 

Milk Jar Cookies 5466 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036  323-634-9800 http://www.milkjarcookies.com

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