Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Mocha Stout Brownies #CreativeCookieExchange

Mocha Stout brownies are rich and chocolaty with a subtle deep flavor from the stout. I used Bateman’s Mocha Stout which is available in Dubai, but you can substitute your own favorite local brew.

Food Lust People Love: Mocha Stout brownies are rich and chocolaty with a subtle deep flavor from the stout. I used Bateman’s Mocha Stout which is available here in Dubai, but you can substitute your own favorite local brew.


Here in Dubai, as I’ve mentioned before, one must have a liquor license in order to purchase alcohol, including beer and wine. Because my husband travels a lot, always picking up bottles at duty free on the way home, we don’t go to the actual liquor stores that often. When we do go, I love browsing through the selection looking for odd bottles to use in cooking or baking. (Or cocktails!) This bottle of Mocha Stout was one such bottle. When I purchased it, I had no plans so it has been in the beer fridge for a while.

This month our Creative Cookie Exchange leader, Laura from The Spiced Life, put forward Beer Cookies as our theme, saying maybe it’s “too out there.” A little weird, yes, but just search “beer cookies” and you get: About 320,000,000 results. I was game for the challenge. My daughter reminded me of that mocha stout and I got busy!

Curious about the mocha stout? Here are the beer notes from the Bateman website.
Mocha (6% ABV) - Winner of the Sainsbury’s Great British Beer Hunt, our Mocha is a coffee and chocolate stout sensation. It’s brewed with genuine Arabica coffee, fine Belgian chocolate and locally grown, roasted barley malt. Rich, enticing and well rounded, the coffee and cocoa notes are certain to give your nose and taste buds a welcome wake-up call. 

Food Lust People Love: Mocha Stout brownies are rich and chocolaty with a subtle deep flavor from the stout. I used Bateman’s Mocha Stout which is available here in Dubai, but you can substitute your own favorite local brew.

Note: Just to be clear, I bought the mocha stout myself. This is not a sponsored post. Details included just for informational purposes.

Mocha Stout Brownies

When it comes to brownies, there’s chewy vs cakey. I prefer chewy. My first batch of these turned out a bit dry aka cakey so I doubled down and added another egg yolk and less flour. Ahh, much better! If you like yours cakey, omit the egg yolk and add an additional 1/4 cup or 31g more flour.


Ingredientsfor 2 dozen brownies
3/4 cup or 170g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup or 150g sugar
1/2 cup or 100g brown sugar
2/3 cup or 53g unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup or 120ml coffee stout beer
1 3/4 cups or 220g all-purpose flour

Optional for decoration: Chocolate “coffee beans”
I bought mine at Waitrose here in Dubai. UK readers, here’s the link. In the US, Walmart has something similar. I tried to find them on the actual Bayside Candy website without any luck. You could probably also use actual chocolate covered coffee beans sold all over the place.

Method
Preheat oven to 325°F or 163°C. Line your 9x13 in or 22.5x33cm pan with baking parchment. I put a little butter on the pan under the parchment which keeps it from slipping around.

Measure your sugars, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.



Add in the melted butter and whisk again to combine.



In another smaller bowl, whisk your whole egg and yolk. Add the egg and stout to the large mixing bowl and stir until well combined.



Fold in the flour, stirring until just combined.



Spoon the batter into your prepared baking pan and smooth the top out with a clean knife. Sprinkle on the chocolate coffee beans, if using.



Bake in the preheated oven for 25-27 minutes or until the top is slightly firm to the touch. Allow to cool completely. Cut into 24 even squares.

Food Lust People Love: Mocha Stout brownies are rich and chocolaty with a subtle deep flavor from the stout. I used Bateman’s Mocha Stout which is available here in Dubai, but you can substitute your own favorite local brew.


Enjoy!

Food Lust People Love: Mocha Stout brownies are rich and chocolaty with a subtle deep flavor from the stout. I used Bateman’s Mocha Stout which is available here in Dubai, but you can substitute your own favorite local brew.


It's October, a month well-known for a rise in beer consumption! At Creative Cookie Exchange we couldn't resist doing our part to help. Check out the other beery cookies and bars we have for you today!



You can also use us as a great resource for cookie recipes. Be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them here at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! If you are a blogger and want to join in the fun, contact Laura at thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com and she will get you added to our Facebook group, where we discuss our cookies and share links.


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Food Lust People Love: Mocha Stout brownies are rich and chocolaty with a subtle deep flavor from the stout. I used Bateman’s Mocha Stout which is available here in Dubai, but you can substitute your own favorite local brew.
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Friday, October 19, 2018

Spicy Shrimp Stuffed Squid Salad #FishFridayFoodies

Spicy shrimp stuffed squid salad says it all. Shrimp, chili peppers, garlic and cheese are stuffed into clean squid and baked! Once sliced, these beauties make a tasty colorful addition to a fresh tomato salad. This salad looks fancy, if you have special guests that need impressing, but it’s really quite easy to make.

Food Lust People Love: Spicy shrimp stuffed squid salad says it all. Shrimp, chili peppers, garlic and cheese are stuffed into clean squid and baked! Once sliced, these beauties make a tasty colorful addition to a fresh tomato salad. This salad looks fancy, if you have special guests that need impressing, but it’s really quite easy to make.


Way back circa 2005, we had a lovely gentleman builder named Dave Price supervising renovation work on our house in the Channel Islands. As I spent more time with Dave, I found out that master construction was not his only skill; he also did a lot of the cooking in his family. We’d discuss recipes and what memorable dish we’d made for dinner recently over many cups of strong tea.

When Dave told me about one of his specialties, stuffed squid, I couldn’t wait to write it down and try it. Squid are so perfectly stuff-able! Why hadn’t I thought of that?

This month I am the host of Fish Friday Foodies and our theme is seafood stuffing. When I created the event, I was thinking along the lines of seafood that would be stuffed into something else, like a crepe, taco or baked potato. But as I shuffled through my old files, I knew I had to share Dave’s recipe. I can’t recall if he said what he served the stuffed squid with but I decided to add it into a fresh tomato salad.

Spicy Shrimp Stuffed Squid Salad

Dave’s original instructions called for one 6-inch squid per person. Mine were much smaller so I bought eight, but the size really doesn’t matter that much since we are going to slice them anyway. Use what you can find. This serves 2-3 people as a main or 4-5 as a starter or side dish.

Ingredients
For the stuffed squid:
8 medium squid
25 medium shrimp (peeled and cleaned weight = 9 1/3 oz or 266g)
2 oz or 57g extra sharp cheddar, grated
1/4 cup or 56g sour cream
2 small red chili peppers, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil

For the salad:
3 ripe but firm tomatoes, sliced
1 small bunch cilantro, hard stems removed

Method
Clean each squid, first removing the head, tentacles and cartilage (cuttlebone)  from the tube. Use a sharp knife to cut the head away from the tentacles and discard it. Remove the beak from the tentacles and discard. Rub the outer colored film off of the tube with a dry paper towel. It should rub off quite easily.


Run the tubes under cool water and make sure they are clean inside. Set aside to drain.  If you need visuals of the cleaning process, check out this thorough post on The Spruce Eats.

Preheat your oven to 400°F or 200°C.

Chop the tentacles and shrimp into small bits then mix them with the chili peppers, garlic, salt and a few good grinds of black pepper.



Add in the cheese and stir well. Mix in the sour cream.



Stuff this mixture into your cleaned squid tubes.



Sew up the opening with poultry string and tie a knot to keep it from coming open. I use a semi circular needle, which makes it easy to catch both sides of the squid as you stitch.



Put the shrimp stuffed squid in a baking pan and drizzle them with the olive oil.

Bake them in your preheated oven for about 20 minutes. They will release a lot of beautifully flavored liquid. Remove the squid to a cutting board and leave to cool. Save any bits of shrimp that managed to escape.



Strain the juice from the cooking pan and put it in a small jar or jug. Once whisked, this makes a gorgeous dressing for the salad. Taste it and add a pinch more salt if necessary.

Once the squid are cool enough to handle, use a sharp knife to cut them into circles.

Arrange these on your sliced tomatoes, along with the cilantro and any salvaged shrimp bits.

Food Lust People Love: Spicy shrimp stuffed squid salad says it all. Shrimp, chili peppers, garlic and cheese are stuffed into clean squid and baked! Once sliced, these beauties make a tasty colorful addition to a fresh tomato salad. This salad looks fancy, if you have special guests that need impressing, but it’s really quite easy to make.
Whisk the dressing again and drizzle it over the tomatoes and squid.

Enjoy!

Food Lust People Love: Spicy shrimp stuffed squid salad says it all. Shrimp, chili peppers, garlic and cheese are stuffed into clean squid and baked! Once sliced, these beauties make a tasty colorful addition to a fresh tomato salad. This salad looks fancy, if you have special guests that need impressing, but it’s really quite easy to make.


Check out the other seafood stuffing recipes my Fish Friday Foodie friends are sharing today!



Would you like to join Fish Friday Foodies? We post and share new seafood/fish recipes on the third Friday of the month. To join our group please email Wendy at wendyklik1517 (at) gmail.com. Visit our Facebook page and Pinterest page for more wonderful fish and seafood recipe ideas.

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Food Lust People Love: Spicy shrimp stuffed squid salad says it all. Shrimp, chili peppers, garlic and cheese are stuffed into clean squid and baked! Once sliced, these beauties make a tasty colorful addition to a fresh tomato salad. This salad looks fancy, if you have special guests that need impressing, but it’s really quite easy to make.
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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Lemon Raspberry Marble Bundt #BundtBakers

Layer a tangy lemon batter with a zippy pink raspberry batter and give them a swirl to create this lemon raspberry marble Bundt cake. The crumb is light but buttery. The lemon raspberry glaze adds a delightfully tart sweetness, or just sprinkle with a little powdered sugar to serve.

Food Lust People Love: Layer a tangy lemon batter with a zippy pink raspberry batter and give them a swirl to create this lemon raspberry marble Bundt cake. The crumb is light buttery. The lemon raspberry glaze adds even more tart sweetness, or just sprinkle with a little powdered sugar to serve.


This month’s Bundt Baker theme is marble cakes which, in case you are not familiar, means two (or even three) batters, all swirled together in one cake pan. Ideally the cut cake shows off the different colors when baked and cut. The trick, I think, is not to swirl too vigorously and to make sure your batters are contrasting colors.

The most popular recipes when one searches for marble cake are vanilla and chocolate, which surely provide the most definitive contrast but I wanted to go a different direction. For the last week or so, my mind has been mulling the problem in the background, even as I get other things done. I’m special that way.

The fresh raspberries available at my nearby supermarket clinched the deal. Lemon and raspberry it would be.

Lemon Raspberry Marble Bundt

The basic yellow cake batter recipe comes from my old favorite standby, Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook, 1980 edition. As both of my flavor additions are acidic, I also added baking soda, to help lighten the cake crumb.

Ingredients
For the batter:
2 cups or 250g flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups or 300g sugar
3/4 cup or 170g butter, softened
3 large eggs
2/3 cup whole milk

For the raspberry flavoring:
1/4 cup or 80g raspberry preserves
1/4 cup or 45g fresh raspberries (about 10), plus extra for decoration, if desired
1/4 teaspoon no taste red food coloring gel - optional

For the lemon flavoring:
1/4 cup or 60ml fresh lemon juice
grated zest 1/2 lemon (grate the whole lemon and save half for decorating the cake)

For the glaze:
1 1/2 cups or 187g powdered sugar
2 tablespoons raspberry mixture (as explained below)*
3-4 teaspoons lemon juice

Method
Preheat oven to 350°F or 180°C. Grease a 10-cup Bundt pan with butter and then coat it with flour.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. In a small bowl, mash the fresh raspberries thoroughly with a fork and then mix in the raspberries preserves.*
Once mixed, set aside two tablespoons to use later for the glaze.



In large bowl, with your mixer on low speed, beat the sugar and butter just until blended. Increase the speed to high and beat 3 minutes or until creamy, occasionally scraping bowl with rubber spatula. Reduce speed to low again and the add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.



Beat in flour mixture alternately with milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture just until blended, scraping bowl occasionally.



Spoon half of the batter into another large mixing bowl. (You can just eyeball this but if you are a scale-using baker, half of mine weighed 514g. Depending on the exact weight of your eggs, this might vary a little bit but it should be a good estimate of half. )

To one bowl of batter, add your raspberry mixture and fold it in till it’s completely combined.

Since a marbled look is our goal, I also added about a 1/4 teaspoon of Wilton No Taste Red coloring gel. Without it, the batter was a soft purple-y grey. No doubt it would be tasty but not necessarily attractive.



I used a clean toothpick to scoop the gel out of the little bottle because it’s so sticky, then I put the gel-coated end of the toothpick into the little bowl with the raspberry mixture that will flavor the glaze.

Add the fresh lemon juice and lemon zest to the second bowl of batter and fold them in till completely combined.



Using two tablespoons, alternate dropping spoonfuls of batter into your prepared Bundt pan.



Keep layering the different batters, raspberry on top of lemon, on top of raspberry, etc. until they are both finished.



Using a wooden skewer or chopstick, gently swirl the batter from the middle to the outside and back again, around the Bundt pan.



The batter is light and fluffy so it doesn’t take long to bake. About 35-40 minutes should do it or when the sides start to pull away from the pan and a wooden skewer comes out of the center clean. Set the Bundt pan on a wire rack to cool for about 20 minutes. Use the tip of your wooden skewer to loosen the edges of the cake from the pan then invert it onto the wire rack to cool completely before glazing.


For the glaze, mix the powdered sugar with the reserved raspberry mixture and add the lemon juice a teaspoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency.



I stopped at 3 teaspoons but really should have added more. As you can see, my glaze was very thick. But I’ve got to tell you, the raspberry flavor shone through! I was very, very pleased with that.

Food Lust People Love: Layer a tangy lemon batter with a zippy pink raspberry batter and give them a swirl to create this lemon raspberry marble Bundt cake. The crumb is light buttery. The lemon raspberry glaze adds even more tart sweetness, or just sprinkle with a little powdered sugar to serve.


Enjoy!

Food Lust People Love: Layer a tangy lemon batter with a zippy pink raspberry batter and give them a swirl to create this lemon raspberry marble Bundt cake. The crumb is light buttery. The lemon raspberry glaze adds even more tart sweetness, or just sprinkle with a little powdered sugar to serve.


Many thanks to this month’s Bundt Bakers host, Sue of Palatable Pastime, for the great theme and challenge as well as her behind the scenes work. Have you ever made a marble aka swirl cake? We are hoping this fabulous list of recipes will motivate you to try:

BundtBakers

#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest board. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about BundtBakers, can be found on our home page.

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Food Lust People Love: Layer a tangy lemon batter with a zippy pink raspberry batter and give them a swirl to create this lemon raspberry marble Bundt cake. The crumb is light buttery. The lemon raspberry glaze adds even more tart sweetness, or just sprinkle with a little powdered sugar to serve.
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