7.12.2013

Welcome to Baked Love's Blog

Welcome to my blog! Here I share recipes, my experience from pastry school, and a little about myself. You can also take a look at my sample Menu of items that can be ordered throughout the city of San Francisco, CA. I happily cater to local offices and for any home or office celebration. My favorite celebrations happen to be birthdays and bridal showers. I specialize in delicious gluten free and vegan baked items. I'm so happy you stumbled upon my little space online. Take a moment and look around.

Some of my favorite recipes I share are, Vegan Banana Bread (you can search for both my regular recipe and a gluten free recipe), Vegan Pancakes, Tartine Morning Bun Recipe (for the more advanced), and Healthy Home-Made Flour Tortillas.

Cheers,
Joanna

2.01.2013

Banana Bread Gluten Free




I was just searching through my blog entries, and I can't believe I haven't posted a gluten free banana bread recipe, especially since I make it all of the time. If you do a search for "banana" in my blog, you'll find a wealth of recipes, many of which are actually vegan recipes I've tried out, and they are all delicious!

I'm very excited to share this recipe with you now. Honestly, banana bread is so forgiving, you can just sub a gluten-free flour blend right out with the AP flour in the a recipe. Here's one of my favorite gluten free banana bread recipes:

Ingredients:
1 cup almond flour
1 cup gluten free flour blend (Bob's Red Mill has a good one, and now even my local Trader Joe's has one!)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 salt

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
3 large very ripe bananas
1/3 cup milk (any percent will do)
1 tsp distilled vinegar or lemon juice
optional add ins: 1/2 cup nuts or chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour a 9 x 5 x 3 inch pan. 

Sift the flour with the baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and set aside. Combine the milk and lemon juice in a cup or small bowl. Mash the bananas very well together in a medium bowl.

In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or with a hand mixer), cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Slowely and alternately mix in the flour mixture (in 3 parts) and milk mixture (in 2 parts), beginning and ending with flour. Blend well after each addition. Pour into pan and bake for about an hour until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Other recipes you might enjoy:
Vegan Banana Bread
Banana Maple Bread (vegan and gluten free)
Peanut butter banana cookies with peanut butter cups and walnuts

1.11.2013

Chocolate Mousse Bites





TruMaker recently moved in to an office just down the street from me and they have been getting my baking flops; recipes that are not quite perfect, but still delicious. However, these chocolate mousse bites are far from flops but they do come out a little messy. No one will care what they look like once they pop one in their mouth. Seriously, these are so good. They are soft, airy and deeply chocolaty.

Though, the recipe requires dirtying a few pots and bowls, it's an easy recipe. These bites are perfect for a Super Bowl party or for an Academy Award viewing party.

I hesitate to say this but these are an enlightened version of a chocolate torte (i.e. no butter, no cream). They are so rich you'd never guess. This recipe is completely inspired from Alice Medrich's recipe for Chocolate Decadence in Chocolate and the Art of Low Fat Desserts. Alice Medrich gives thoughtful insight in to her experiments in baking, specifically her process for discovering how to lighten up her most delicious chocolate recipes.



You'll need 2, 24-cup mini cupcake pans or 1 to 2 regular cupcake pans as the batter can not sit, it must be immediately poured in to the pan and put in the oven since the batter is lightened with whipped egg whites. These can also be made gluten free.

Chocolate Mousse Bites

Ingredients:
5 ounces bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate (I used 72%), finely chopped
1 egg
1 egg separated
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg white
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
2 oz (1/2 cup) unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp instant espresso powder
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour or gluten free flour blend
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup 1% milk

Line your cupcake pans with papers. Positions your racks on the lower and upper third of the oven (unless both pans will fit on one rack, then place that rack on the lower third of your oven). Preheat the oven to 325 F.

Put the chocolate in a large bowl. Combine 1 whole egg, 1 yolk and vanilla in a small bowl. Put the egg whites and cream of tartar in a medium bowl.

In a heavy bottom sauce pot, combine the cocoa, flour, instant espresso powder and 2/3 cup sugar. Whisk in 1/2 of the milk until it becomes a paste. Then whisk in the remaining milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a spatula to prevent the chocolate from burning, until it reaches a simmer, then continue cooking and stirring for another 90 seconds.

Pour the hot mixture over the chopped chocolate and stir until it's completely melted. Whisk in the yolk mixture. Set this aside.

Beat the egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. With the mixer/beaters running on high, slowly pour in the 1/4 cup sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form. Fold in 1/4 of the egg whites into the chocolate to lighten the batter. Than fold in the rest.

Use a tablespoon to scoop the batter into the mini cupcake pan or use a soup spoon or ice cream scoop if using regular cupcake pans. Bake for about 18-24 minutes depending on the size of mousse bites. They are done when the top of it springs back when touched. Don't over cook them. Cool on a rack.

These are best eaten after being covered with plastic wrap and stored in the fridge for a day.

Ganache

Ingredients:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup (2oz) unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp low-fat buttermilk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp instant espresso powder

In a heavy bottom sauce pan, combine the sugar, cocoa, and espresso powder. Stir in 1/4 cup of the buttermilk and whisk to form a smooth paste. Whisk in the rest of the buttermilk. Cook over medium heat until the mixture begins to boil, stirring constantly with a spatula to prevent it from burning. Cook for two minutes while still stirring. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Allow to cool. Cover the mixture with  plastic wrap placed directly on to the surface to prevent a skin from forming (from the dairy.)

Once cooled, spoon the ganache on to each bite with a tablespoon. You only need a thin layer of the ganache on each mousse bite, otherwise it will overwhelm the other chocolate flavor of the cake. These cakes can stay for three days, covered in the fridge.

12.22.2012

Saturday Surfing

Hi! I'm dropping in right before the Christmas holiday to wish everyone a belated happy Hanukkah, merry Christmas, and a very happy new year celebration. We actually just finished wrapping a turkey in bacon for our annual turkey potluck, which we with friends every year just before Christmas. (I'll spare you the bird picture.) Today I thought I'd share some great recent blog posts from my favorite bloggers. Enjoy surfing through these awesome links...

Perhaps now you also want to gather your friends that are home for the holidays to eat, drink and be merry. Spoon Fork Bacon shows you how to put together a quick and easy cheese board.

For simple hosting tips, check out Kim's Kitchen Sink. There have also been some delicious holiday inspired drink recipes circulating, like Dying For Chocolate's chocolate eggnog round-up. And Choosing Raw has a wonderful raw vegan chai spiced hot chocolate recipe.

And last but not least, a delicious sweet recipes. The first from Dessert First. I just made this cranberry curd tart recipe but used chocolate cream cookies for the tart shell and it is so good and perfect for the holidays. Lastly, Vanilla Sugar Blog posts fun, sometimes wacky recipes that are beginner friendly. Here's her recipe for Salty S'mores Bark.

I love sharing my favorite blogs with you and I have many more to share with you soon. 

12.04.2012

cut-out ginger sugar cookies



Happy National Cookie Day!

This cut-out brown sugar cookie dough is lightly flavored with molasses and spices and though they require a bit of patience rolling out like most cut-out cookies, the final flavor of the cookie is of butter and brown sugar with a little bit of sweet and spicy....Also there are no eggs in this batter so you can eat as much dough as you want! (you know, if you're in to that.) These cookies are soft and chewy, not crunchy at all like your usual holiday ginger cut-out cookie. Instead of decorating each cookie with icing or chocolate, I sprinkled cinnamon sugar on each cookie before baking, then spread chocolate ganache or a cinnamon cream cheese filling in between two cookies for a delicious holiday cookie sandwich.







Cut-out Ginger Sugar Cookie
Recipe adapted from America's Test Kitchen 

Ingredients:

2 3/4-3 cups flour
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp salt


1 1/3 cup brown sugar
2 sticks butter (softened to room temp.)
2 tbsp cream cheese (softened to room temp.)
1/4 cup molasses



In a medium size bowl, mix together the flour, spices and salt.

In a mixer, fitted withe the paddle attachment cream the brown sugar, butter, and cream cheese on medium speed until light, about 3 minutes. Add the molasses and mix until combined.

Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed just until combined. Form the dough into two round patties about 6" in diameter, wrap in plastic wrap. Pat the dough down again to tighten the plastic wrap around it. Place the dough in the fridge for at least one hour.

Take one dough round out of the fridge, roll out the dough to about 1/8" thick between two sheets of parchment paper. Slide the rolled dough in parchment paper onto a baking sheet and refrigerate again until firm. Repeat with the other dough round.

Make sure your oven rack is in the middle of the oven and turn the oven to 375F.

Take the first sheet out of the fridge and cut out shapes with cookie cutters and transfer to another parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the other round. Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes. They won't deepen in color very much. Cool the cookie sheets on racks.

Once the cookies are cool, either decorate with royal icing, chocolate, or sandwich with chocolate ganache or this cream cheese filling.

Cream cheese filling recipe

Ingredients
8 ounces cream cheese
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
heaping tablespoon cinnamon

Mix together with a hand mixer or a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.