cream cheese, blackberry & rolled oat muffins

You know those moments where you’re sitting, looking at a recipe & thinking to yourself “my god that’s a lot of butter”.

You sit there scratching your head & wondering about whether or not you should reduce it, replace it with oil, or maybe find some other substitute for it.

Don’t. Just don’t to it.

Instead what you should do is take out a calculator & divide it by the number of portions the recipe says it’s going to make & just plane realize that realistically speaking, when it comes right down to it, it really isn’t all that much.

I tried to do that earlier in the week. I was looking at one of my old recipes thinking about how I could adapt it into something new & gluten-free, maybe even put a healthy spin on it by throwing in some whole oats, so I cut out almost half of the butter & sugar.

Big mistake. I should have taken my own advice.

Actually, I sat there looking at the by product & wondering “what in the world have I done?!”.

I can’t accept failures as failures though. They down-right irritate the living daylights out of me. So I worked myself up into a fluster, went out & topped up on all the ingredients I’d run out of, & today I finally got my butt back in the kitchen to make things right!

Oh, and did I ever make them right!!!! I even threw in some fresh blackberries… mmm mmm mmm.

……all gone! 

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mini chocolate cheese cakes

It is all about recycling. Do you have any idea how expensive chocolate can get when you screw up a recipe that calls for a kilo of it? Yea, ouch. It just so happens I screwed up a double batch of chocolate, chocolate chip cookies that I was making for an order. That’s not one dose, but two, two whole doses. Technically, it’s not really my fault since I didn’t really do anything wrong. I suppose blaming the weather would be more appropriate. Yes, did you know weather can play a role in how your baked goods, well, bake? Because it’s been so cold & damp, the baking powder has gone off & the flour is a little more dense than usual, so my cookies didn’t rise. Of course you can’t sell cookies that look like melted puddles, but throw them away? Seriously? No, I think not. One option was to just eat them all…. but nobody wants to see the size my derrière will get if I do that. So, I thought on my feet. What can cookies be used for? Well, they can be used as a base. A base for cheese cakes. We all like things in mini, so, mini cheesecakes was the next logical step in my thought pattern. And seeing as the cookies were chocolaty, I didn’t want to go against that….. so mini chocolate cheesecakes were born. Oh my good gracious, YES!

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chewy gingerbread & white chocolate cookies

We’re back to cookies. What can I say, they are completely & utterly comfort food, and man, do I need something comforting.

I’ve been back in Athens for a week & a half now, almost two. That’s 13 days. 312 hours. 18,720 minutes. I wont tell you the seconds, that’s far too obsessive (1,123,200…. in case you were wondering). Yea, I’ve been counting.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Greece. Like, I love Greece. We’re involved. Right now though, right this very minute, I think it’s falling apart. You know, just like a force of destruction caving in on itself. Not to mention that I’ve been away from my sisters for one million, one hundred twenty-three, two-hundred seconds. Give or take a few thousand.

What can I say, I’m lost without them.

Still, there is always a positive side. There’s Mel(anie). There’s my fantastic job where I make things that taste incredible & look even better. Of course, there’s also mountains, sea-side, islands, and as of late, extreme weather conditions. So yea, Greece and I have a long lasting love affair. I’m just home sick for my sisters.

In times like this, I do what the rest of the world does. I turn to DIY projects & cookies right out of the oven. Chewy cookies. Warm, chewy cookies. Warm, chewy, gingery cookies. Oh my days… cookies. Sorry, I’m getting carried away. A recipe is in order, perhaps.

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pumpkin & spice bites

I’m going to ignore the current holiday. I already showed you how I celebrated it on cupcakes. That’s all you get.

Instead of something red & covered in love & hearts, I’m sharing something orange & filled with pumpkin. Bite sized, more-ish snacks for those of us who will be silently protesting the holiday by watching zombie flicks on the couch & stuffing our faces full of these.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not against love, or holidays. I love both actually. I’m not even against valentines day. I just don’t feel like celebrating it this year. Maybe next year, ay?

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traditional pumpkin pie

I’ve got two sets of pictures for everyone today. The first was the pumpkin pie I made at home for mel & I. Pretty standard, nothing too out of the ordinary.

The second time I made this though, was for an order at work. Now, I know the first pie looks pretty, but at the bakery I don’t want things to just look pretty, I want them to look professional. This is why I did something funky with the crust. Shame I didn’t have a proper camera with me for it. Still, the basic recipe is exactly the same. The only real difference here, is that the second pie shell took me double the time to assemble, was completely worth it though. Unfortunately I wasn’t around to see the customers face, but my boss gave me some pretty good feed back.

Here you can see the assembly of the shell, not too complicated. Below is what it looked like filled & baked.

Pretty neat huh?

– nickey

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