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Basic black bread

140 minutes - 1 loaf 2w1s

Introducing, my basic black bread recipe. This bread is super light and fluffy, it's great great for morning toast or sandwiches.

I've been reading up a lot about bread, there's so many kinds out there. I wanted to understand how the ingredients we add, can change the texture of the bread. Also read about the differences in temperature, to knead or not to knead etc.

Truth is, it depends on the type of bread you want.

I wanted to make a sandwich bread with a light crumb, the kind that bounces back when touched.

The one I made this time has more fat, which in turn makes it softer and fluffier. The fat that you use will also change the texture/taste of the bread. A lot of people wont like the idea of adding 'fat' to a recipe, know that fat isn't synonymous with unhealthy. Too much of it can be bad, but in moderation there really isn't anything to worry about. It also depends on what fat you choose, there are good and bad kinds of fat.

There are many things you can do to help soften your bread, like brushing the outside with a little oil or fat. Do this as soon as you take it out of the oven, it will make the outside less crunchy. You can also substitute nut milk for the water, if you want a richer taste. There are so many different things to think about when baking!

I made this loaf for a brunch I had with friends, we wanted to have fondue with a set I got as a gift during the holidays. We cut the loaf into cubes, and dunked them in! Soft bread is perfect for fondue!

So there you have it! A basic black bread!

Savoury turmeric cookies

30 minutes - 16 servings 1w

Sweet and savoury turmeric spiced cookies, are as delicious as they sound. These yellow treats will help brighten up cold, and grey winter days.

I did say I liked cooking by colour, this is what motivated this recipe.

Turmeric powder is often used as a dye for clothes, and thusly will make your cookies very yellow!

These cookies have the right amount of sweet.

I had some leftover spelt flour in my cupboard, a lonely portion that had been forgotten, hidden away under bags of rice flour. Of course, this recipe can be made without it, or by replacing it with whole wheat flour.

I suggest pairing these with tea, i always drink a ton of it come February. It's the toughest month to go through, temperature is still in the -15C average here in Montreal. Can't go grocery shopping without my hands and feet freezing over.

Hopefully these tea-side treats will help brighten your day!

Chili pomegranate brownies

60 minutes - 24 servings 1ov2s1of

Making brownies has been on my mind for some time, i finally settled for spicy brownies, with sweet and spicy pomegranate syrup!

It took me a LONG time to decide on a mix of ingredients/flavours; I've had recipe notes lying around on my desktop for ages now, with ingredients added, or scratched off.

I would still be in brownie rut, if it hadn't been for Devine ; his birthday was coming up, when I asked him what he wanted as a dessert he said, 'BROWNIES!'

The recipe was adapted from Joanne Gallagher's fantastic blog, Inspired taste. I'm not good enough to freestyle brownies, using her recipe as a base - for quantities especially - helped me out a lot. At least, i can get a good idea of how many wet, fat and sweet elements I need.

Spent time thinking about what i wanted it to look like, and how i wanted to present it. I didn't a chocolate topping - i've never been a fan of double-chocolate anything. I, at least, knew i wanted a fruit topping.

I wanted to make the brownies in a round cake pan, and decorate it with powdered sugar patterns, using stencils. Then, I stumbled upon a recipe online for a fish-based dish (they used a pomegranate syrup as garnish.) I'd never made syrup before, but i knew that's what i wanted as a coulis over my brownies.

I scrapped the round cake pan idea, as well as the powdered sugar. Devine's birthday brownies were going to be topped with fresh pomegranate seeds, and a pomegranate syrup coulis!

Again, something was missing...

I had some really good, spicy chocolate fleur de sel cookies at my old studio. The idea of putting chili peppers in cookies (or cake) had never ocurred to me before. I thought it was brilliant - and the chocolate and chili mix is just insane (in a good way.) Lindt makes dark chocolate with chili peppers, I guess it was inspired by those 2 things.

I put a LOT of chili pepper flakes in these, i have a higher tolerance to it but if you don't feel free to use less. The syrup has a fair amount in it too, if you're worried about the level of spicy, you can actually not put it in the brownie batter. But, be sure to infuse it in the pomegranate syrup, won't be the same without it.

These were a big success, Devine loved them! I cut them into 24 small squares, but feel free to make larger blocks. Smaller portions means you can have some longer, i like that idea.

In this recipe I substituted half of the fat for pureed pumpkin. In brownies you can only substitute half the amount, before it effects the texture. Hope you like it!

Black french toast

20 minutes - 4 servings 2of

I baked a beautiful loaf of black sandwich bread, just to use in this recipe. Doesn't the idea of black french toast sound amazing? With a banana-base, and topped with freshly cut kiwi slices no less!

It was my first time baking black bread in a bread pan; usually I just opt for free-form loaves. But for sandwich and french toast purposes, it would work better if it was in that shape. You can make your own black bread, using my basic black bread recipe - it's very easy to make.

Usually when I make french toast, i'll use a soy milk as a base. I made some recently, using The simple veganista's Banana french toast recipe. I thought the idea was brilliant - i do love bananas in my breakfasts. By the way, she has a great 'orange french toast' recipe on her blog - you should make that too.

Using bananas, makes for a more consistent morning meal. Most french toast recipes add nutmeg and cinnamon, but I prefer to just taste the fruit - Devine isn't a huge nutmeg fan anyway.

Made these on a weekday, tuesday morning french toast is great - fun breakfasts shouldn't only be reserved for weekends.

Flautas de coliflor

30 minutes - 5 servings 2ov1of1c2rv

Flautas de coliflor or 'Cauliflower flutes'; a delicious treat, consisting of curried cauliflower wrapped in corn tortillas, and draped with an avocado-coriander sauce. The flutes are also topped with some roasted, thyme-pumpkin bits.

Typically, this type of dish is fried in oil; i thought they would be just as delicious as cold wraps. For a hot version, place in pan with a bit of vegetable oil (canola or corn oil) and fry until browned on both sides. Then, add the sauce and toppings.

It's best to steam the tortillas, before spooning in the filling to help soften them. That way they can be folded easily, with no risk of tearing - No one wants torn tortillas.

Most people steam the tortillas beforehand with a microwave; to do this, put your tortillas in a bag, and heat for 30 seconds. Note that I don't have a microwave at home, it's an appliance I don't care to own. - i've always done well without it. If like me, you don't have one, you can use a big pot with a basket steamer, or a colander - it works just fine. Just make sure the water doesn't touch the bottom of your steamer, or colander; because what you will get are wet tortillas - much unpleasantness.

Made these on a lazy sunday afternoon, it's quick and very delicious!

Anise bread with sweet pear sauce

40 minutes - 2 mini loaves 1s1of

It's mini loaf craze, love baking with the mini pans I bought. Been making mini everything. This time, i made some anise bread topped with a sweet sauce, loaded with caramelized pear chunks.

My bag of anise seeds has been sitting in my pantry, for way too long, begging to be given a purpose.

I'm sorry I neglected you for so long anise seeds, you're delicious, and you smell so so nice. No hard feelings? We're good you and I right?

Right.

This recipe was inspired by a Pineapple and anise seed 'pudding chomeur' recipe on Will travel for food! I ended up making little cake breads, instead of pudding. Making them egg-free worked out nicely too! My cake breads have a less sugar than the pinapple pudding chomeur too.

You guys should pay 'Will travel for food' a visit! It's a Montreal blog too, how cool is that? More montreal cooking friends!

Halloween pumpkin cookies

30 minutes - 15 cookies 1w1ov1s

Halloween is coming up, this blog has a lot of recipes that are perfect for it. Here is a short list of my favourite ones - Black yaki gyoza Basic black bread and Black pasta. Those recipes weren't holiday-specific, but these cute pumpkin cookies sure are! They're super soft, and easy to prepare.

Been a while since i've baked cookies.

I felt like making sweets, and since it's pumpkin season I decided to get one and make something with it.

I like these a lot, because they're not too sweet - I have coconut sugar to thank for that. Coconut sugar has a more complex taste, caramel-like. I would suggest using that if you have it, if you don't you can substitute it with any other sugar. Coconut sugar will make your cookies a darker shade of orange, almost brown. I think it fits nicely with the toned-down colour of the pumpkin seeds. If you want a bold orange colour, use white cane sugar instead.

I'm going to a themed halloween party this year, don't think these will fit with it. I'll be eating these all week instead!

Roasted yellow pepper pasta

30 minutes - 2 servings 1ov2rv

This weekend, I decided to make a batch of black pasta, and served it with some roasted yellow pepper sauce. The contrast between the yellow and black is so fun, i feel like a mad scientist when i add bamboo charcoal in my food.

The sauce is simple to prepare, and will look just as good over regular pasta. It would also look great over some spinach pasta, be creative with it!

Please refer to my black pasta recipe to learn how to make your own!

Salted caramel carob chip cookies

20 minutes - 20 cookies 3of1s1w

Got up early sunday morning, with cookies on my mind. When I peeked into my fridge, I spotted a lonely jar of leftover date caramel. I decided to make some salted caramel cookies with unsweetened carob chips!

The kind people at Daybreak Mill sent me a bag of einkorn flour last week, i'd never heard of it before. After researching, I learned that einkorn wheat is pretty damn grea, it's very nutritious. Einkorn was one of the first domesticated and cultivated plants. It has a higher percentage of protein than regular wheat, with high levels of fat, phosphorus, potassium, pyridoxine (a form of vitamin b6) and beta-carotene. Another great thing about it, is that it isn't as toxic to people on gluten-free diets. This wasn't proven, but it's worth looking into!

I tried baking bread with it this week, it did not rise all that well. While it is a dense loaf, the texture is quite nice! It has a strong nutty taste, making it more flavourful than regular wheat. Einkorn bread is filling, I don't think i would use it to make a sandwich but it makes nice breakfast toast.

After my bread experiment, I decided to try and make something sweet. The dates, coconut sugar and carob chips create a strong caramel taste; the fleur de sel sprinkled overtop brings out the flavour nicely.

I can't thank Daybreak mill enough for sending me this gift, and for introducing me to einkorn flour! Their products are organic, and made with the utmost care. You can get your own einkorn flour from their website, they also have a ton of other great products. Encouraging companies that share your outlook on food and life is important. This recipe was adapted from 'Food Loves Writing'

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