Chocolate Brioche Pretzels

brioche pretzels

 

A labour of love… the time it takes to make these is so very worth it! Recipe from the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. Makes 8 pretzels.

Dough

  • 1/3 C Milk
  • 1 tsp Instant yeast
  • 2 1/4 C All-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp Granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 C Butter, room temperature
  • ~1 C Dark chocolate, chopped finely

Glaze

  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Water

Whisk together milk and yeast in a small bowl. In an electric mixer, use the paddle to stir together the flour, sugar and salt. Add eggs and yeast mixture, and stir on low until dough comes together. Turn up speed to medium, and mix for 10 minutes. Add butter, 1/3 at a time, mixing in between. Once well mixed, switch to the dough hook and knead on low speed for 5 minutes. Add chocolate and continue to knead until evenly distributed. Let dough rise in greased bowl covered with plastic wrap in a warm spot for 2 hours.

Pre-heat oven to 350. Split dough evenly into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into a long (~18 inch) rope, and twist into a pretzel. Place on cookie sheet, brush with glaze, and let rise again for 15 minutes. Brush with glaze again and bake for 12-14 minutes, until lightly browned.

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Cinnamon Scones

cinnamon scones

These scones have been making the rounds on pinterest lately. I made them this morning and they are delicious! I opted not to glaze them, but served them warm with butter instead. I hope you enjoy! Adapted from here.

  • 2 C flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C cold butter or margarine
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/3 C buttermilk
  • Cinnamon & sugar to sprinkle on top

Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter. In a separate bowl, mix together the egg yolk, honey and buttermilk. Add to dry ingredients and mix until combined. Knead together lightly until dough holds together and forms a ball. Roll out on a floured surface until about 1/2 inch thick. Whisk egg white until bubbly and brush over dough, then sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top. Cut into wedges and bake on a baking pan for 10-12 min at 400F.

Oat & Banana Pancakes

My favourite part about these is the sliced banana: no mashing required. Adapted from here.

  • 1/2 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 C quick oats
  • 1/4 C chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 C milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 banana, sliced

Whisk all ingredients, except the bananas, in a bowl. Add sliced bananas and stir. Use a 1/4 C or 1/3 C measure to scoop batter onto a hot, lightly greased frying pan. Cook until bubbles form in the middle of the pancake, and the edges become matte. Flip over and cook other side for a few minutes (check to make sure it’s not burning!) Makes about 6 pancakes.

 

Fresh Veggie Omelettes

So healthy, so yummy, so filling. Top with salsa or Sriracha for a little more kick.

  • 1/2 orange or yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 5-10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 4 large eggs
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tsp olive oil

Lightly saute the peppers and green onion in olive oil. Set aside. Beat two eggs in a small bowl until frothy, and and pour into an oiled frying pan on medium heat. Add a little salt and pepper. Once the eggs are almost cooked through, add half of the sauteed veggies, half of the tomatoes, half of the sliced avocado, and half of the cilantro to one side of the omelette, and fold the other side on top. Cook for a few more minutes on each side. Repeat with the other 2 eggs and other half of the veggies. Makes two omelettes (obviously, haha). Adapted from here.

Farmer Sausage Quiche

Not going to lie, this is not the healthiest thing you could be eating. But it is delicious. And you can make it the night before, refrigerate, and bake in the morning!

  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1 1/4 C frozen hashbrowns (small cubed work best)
  • 1/2 C grated cheese
  • 1 C cooked farmer’s sausage, sliced or cubed
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 C green onions, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Add milk to eggs and blend well. Add all other ingredients and stir. Pour into a well greased 8″x8″ baking pan. Bake at 350F for 30 min, or until knife comes out clean (it can take up to 40 min sometimes). Original recipe can be found here.

Power Oatmeal

Best. Breakfast. Ever. Keeps my tummy happy and full for hours.

  • 1/3 C porridge oats (I use Rogers, which also contains wheat bran and flax seeds)
  • 2/3 C cold water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 10 raw almonds
  • drizzle of honey

Add oats, water and salt to microwavable bowl and stir. Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes. Top with banana slices, almonds and a drizzle of honey.