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Top 10 of 2013

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas (if you celebrate) and a happy holiday! 

I can’t believe how fast the year has gone by! I feel that the more conscious I am of time, the faster it passes. But if I don’t keep track of time, I get nothing done. See my dilemma? 

2013 has been really good to me. I still can’t believe how lucky I have been. This year started off with a bang when I won my first ever kitchenaid mixer . Then I gained a ton of experience through two new jobs that I have never ever done before. I stepped out of my usual hostessing routine and got a job as an event coordinator and another as a project assistant for the student health department at my university. It wasn’t easy, I was challenged everyday to use new skills, think outside of the box, and monitor my own pace to make sure that I was meeting all the deadlines. In May, I fulfilled a long-time goal of mine which was to earn a spot in the dietetics program. It has changed my life and I have never been happier. In October, I made it a priority of mine to hone out my baking skills. So, armed with passion but ZERO formal training, I applied to a couple bakeries in Vancouver and eventually got a job at a cakery! Being surrounded by sugar, butter, chocolate and cake all the time has been quite the dream. Then in November, something totally unexpected happened. I won a second kitchenaid mixer, this time from Simple Bites. Along the way, I’ve met and befriended some fantastic people who are as inspiring as they are talented. The combination of new experiences and meeting new people has helped me to grow into a better person. I feel more self-assured than I ever was, but I’ll admit that I still have a long way to go until I feel self-confident. I have finally kicked the habit of food guilt. I used to hate myself if I ate more than I should have. I extremely hated my body and was always criticising myself while pinching my fat in front of the mirror. Now, I can eat whatever I want whenever I want and not feel the slightest amount of guilt. 500g of chocolate chips at 4am? Sure! Hash browns cooked in bacon fat? Gimme some of that with a side of ham please! Though I have gained some weight from doing this, a load of mental weight has been lifted off my mind.

Thank YOU, for being my readers and friends (if I may). You guys motivate me to find the time to bake no matter how exhausted I am from school and work. Without you guys, this blog would be nothing. I know that I’m not the most consistent, nor adventurous, nor exciting blogger. I’m just a girl in her 20s with a gigantic sweet tooth and a camera. I don’t post pictures of me conquering Mount Everest or setting world records or backpacking through Europe. I only post white unbalanced pictures of the things that I bake in my modest kitchen. Somehow, you guys are still here and have stuck by my side through it all. Thank you again for being the greatest audience of my life.

Without further ado, let’s count down the list of top 10 recipes from 2013!

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10. Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes

I made these for C for his 20th birthday and they were a hit! But did we expect anything less from the dynamic duo of PB and chocolate though?

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9. Red Velvet Brownies

And the red velvet reign continues! Seriously, can someone tell me why red velvet is so popular? It tastes like watered down chocolate to me. This is the second appearance of these brownies in the top 10 ranking!

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8. Peppermint Chocolate Cupcakes

I only posted the recipe for these cupcakes about 2 weeks ago and already they have become a hit!

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7. Ninjago (Orange Creamsicle Cake)

Some of my most creative projects happen when people ask for them! (I, on my own, am not a very creative person). One of my coworkers asked me to bake a cake for her son who is absolutely obsessed with Ninjago. I knew nothing about ninjago nor character cakes, but I agreed to it anyway! When in doubt, always say yes right? You should’ve seen the face on him when I delivered the cake and he realized that it was all his to eat!

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6. Caramel Cream Pastry Cream Cake

“I want to take a straw and drink the pastry cream” is what a friend said to me after he had this cake. 

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5. Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

If you’re a chocolate chip cookie fan, you must try it in skillet form! But please, don’t make my mistake. I forgot to eat it with ice cream. It is still one of my biggest regrets to this day.

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4. Black Magic Cake

My go to chocolate cake. Hershey naaaaailed it.

3. Rainbow Zebra Cake

Just like the red velvet brownies, this is also the second time that rainbow zebra cake has made an appearance in the top 10!

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2. Tuxedo Truffle Cake 

I made this cake last year when I was going through my chocolate collar addiction phase. You have no idea how much fun I had making the chocolate decor. I’m odd.

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1. Hazelnut Praline Ganache Chocolate Cake

This cake. Bueno. Won by a landslide. In just a couple months, this cake earned the spot of greatest views of all time on my blog! It has 800 views more than the second most popular recipe. I created this recipe by just following my insatiable cravings and tastebuds. Had no idea this would be so well received!

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Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

There’s a pile of papers and textbooks waiting for me to read, but I just have to share this cookie with you. I was going to wait until the weekend to share, but that would just be way too selfish of me. I can’t make you guys wait until the weekend, could never do that to you, that would just be cruel. You need to know about this nooowwww.

Look at it. Isn’t it beautiful?

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Best part: it was made and baked in ONE skillet. If you hate doing dishes like I do, this is the cookie for you!

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I have always always always wanted to make a skillet cookie. They just look so much better than the average baking sheet cookie. So much chewier, and thicker and chocolatey-er. The result? Faaaaantasical. Every bit as delightful as I imagined, except I may or may not have burnt the roof of  my mouth… Yea, don’t be like me. Let the cookie cool before digging in. I hope someone benefits from my dumb mistake :P

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I realized (after I ate the entire cookie) that I forgot some crucial crucial ingredients: ice cream, chocolate sauce, and caramel sauce. I was banging my head against the wall and holding the empty skillet in my hand. How could I forget?!

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Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Ingredients

  • 1 stick Butter (salted/unsalted will work here)
  • ½ cups Granulated Sugar
  • ½ cups Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 1-½ cup All-purpose Flour
  • ½ teaspoons Baking Soda
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • 1 cup Semi-sweet Chocolate, Cut In Chunks

How To

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt butter in an 8 inch cast iron skillet set over medium-low heat. Stir in sugars and vanilla and remove from heat. Let rest until pan is warm, but no longer very hot, about 5 minutes.

2. Crack an egg onto the butter and sugar mixture, and use a fork to whisk it into the mixture. Place flour, baking soda, and salt on top, and very carefully stir into the mixture until smooth and well-mixed. Stir in chocolate chunks. Place in the oven for 15-25 minutes, or until starting to turn golden on the top and around the edges, but still soft in the center. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Source: How Sweet Eats

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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies… thus far

sea salted ccc

 

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I’m always hesitant to use superlatives to describe food. I mean, how do I know that it is indeed the best of the best in the whole entire world? 

Like every other baker, I’m on the hunt for THE chocolate chip cookie. I have 3 simple criteria: chewy, soft, and a subtle hint of a caramel undertone. The closest that I’ve ever come to finding my favourite CCC was the cook’s illustrated recipe and a browned butter ccc recipe. Those were good recipes and they satisfied my undying craving for CCCs… but then I came across Alice’s recipe. I saw her recipe over at Two Peas and Their Pod a couple years back when Maria, a fellow cookie monster, featured it on her blog. I knew it must be good to get a feature, but I never tried it out because the recipe says to weigh out the ingredients… ain’t nobody got time fo dat! 

So I kept the recipe bookmarked for a couple of years before I finally tried it out. I didn’t weigh out the ingredients even though it was recommended (rebel status) but fortunately the cookies turned out nothing less than fantastical! Seriously, these cookies changed my life! I think I may have found THE chocolate chip cookie recipe for me. I don’t know how you did it Alice, but your cookies sure do live up to the “best ccc” title. It might have been the salted butter or the touch of sea salt instead of regular table salt. Or maybe because I used chocolate chunks instead of chocolate chips, but dayummmm these cookies were thebomb.com. 

If you’re on the hunt for a good ccc, I highly recommend this one! 

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