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    Coconut-Orange Tiger Tails

    In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together ½ cup (120 grams) warm water, 1 tablespoon (12 grams) sugar, and yeast by hand; let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.Add 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour, whole milk, melted butter, bread flour, coconut milk, eggs, salt, extracts, and remaining 3 tablespoons (36 grams) sugar to yeast mixture; using the paddle attachment, beat at low speed just until combined. Increase mixer speed to medium; beat until well combined, about 1 minute. Add 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour; beat at low speed just until combined. Increase mixer speed to medium; beat until well combined, about 1 minute.Switch to the dough hook attachment. Beat at medium speed just until dough starts to pull away from sides of bowl, 3 to 4 minutes; add up to remaining ¼ cup (31 grams) all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon (8 grams) at a time, if needed. (Dough will still be quite soft and slightly sticky but should not seem excessively wet.)Spray a large bowl with cooking spray. Place dough in bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until doubled in size, 40 minutes to 1 hour. (Alternatively, cover and refrigerate overnight. When ready to use, proceed as directed.)Place 3 large baking sheets upside down, and spray with cooking spray. Cut 14 (6-inch) squares of parchment paper, and place on prepared pans. Spray parchment with cooking spray. Spray 3 large sheets of plastic wrap with cooking spray.Punch down dough. Lightly dust a work surface with all-purpose flour; turn out dough onto prepared surface, and divide into 14 portions (about 80 grams each). Roll 1 portion of dough into an 18-inch-long log of equal thickness. (Keep remaining dough covered with plastic wrap, spray side down.) Place a finger in center of dough log, and fold log in half crosswise. Twist dough 4 to 5 times to look like a rope, and pinch ends together. Repeat with remaining dough.Gently transfer doughnuts to prepared parchment squares, spacing 2 to 3 inches apart. Cover doughnuts with plastic wrap, spray side down, and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until puffed, 40 minutes to 1 hour.In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, pour oil to a depth of 2 inches, and heat over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 365°F (185°C).Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with paper towels.Working in batches, use parchment paper to gently pick up doughnuts and add to oil. (Do not place parchment paper in oil.) Fry until golden brown, about 1 minute per side. Remove doughnuts from oil using a spider strainer, and place on prepared pans. Let cool completely.Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper; place wire racks on top.Dip cooled doughnuts halfway into Coconut-Orange Glaze; lift straight up and gently swirl in a circular motion to let excess drip off. Place doughnuts, glaze side up on prepared rack, and let stand until glaze is set, 20 to 30 minutes. Best served same day as made. LEGGI TUTTO

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    Coconut Skoleboller

    Skoleboller, or school buns, earned their name from the Norwegian tradition of including them in children’s school lunch boxes as a treat.

    Coconut Skoleboller

    Makes 12 buns

    3⅔ cups (458 grams) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting½ cup (100 grams) granulated sugar1 (0.25-ounce) package (7 grams) active dry yeast*1 teaspoon (3 grams) kosher salt½ teaspoon (1 gram) ground cardamom½ cup (120 grams) warm whole milk (120°F/49°C to 130°F/54°C)½ cup (120 grams) warm canned unsweetened coconut milk (120°F/49°C to 130°F/54°C)2 large eggs (100 grams), room temperature and divided⅓ cup (76 grams) unsalted butter, cubed and softenedCoconut Pastry Cream (recipe follows)1 cup (120 grams) confectioners’ sugar2 tablespoons (30 grams) water, room temperatureGarnish: sweetened coconut flakes

    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine 2 cups (250 grams) flour, granulated sugar, yeast, salt, and cardamom. Add warm milks, and beat at low speed until combined. Add 1 egg (50 grams), and beat until combined. Gradually add remaining 1⅔ cups (208 grams) flour, beating just until dough comes together and stopping to scrape sides of bowl.Switch to the dough hook attachment. With mixer on low speed, add butter, one cube at a time, beating until combined after each addition. Beat until dough is elastic and smooth, 8 to 10 minutes.Spray a large bowl with cooking spray. Place dough in bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until doubled in size, 2 to 2½ hours. (Alternatively, cover and refrigerate dough overnight. Let it come to room temperature and then let rise in a warm, draft-free place [75°F/24°C] until doubled in size, 2 to 2½ hours, before proceeding.)Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Spray 2 large sheets of plastic wrap with cooking spray.Lightly punch down dough. Cover and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, and divide into 12 portions (about 74 grams each). Using the palm of your hands, gently shape each portion into a round, smooth ball, lightly flouring your hands as needed. Place 3 to 4 inches apart on prepared pans. Cover with plastic wrap, spray side down, and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until doubled in size, 1½ to 2 hours.Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).Place Coconut Pastry Cream in a pastry bag fitted with a medium round piping tip.Using your fingers or a ¼-cup measuring cup, gently press an indentation into center of each bun. Pipe pastry cream into indentations. (Do not overfill; pastry cream will expand during baking.)In a small bowl, whisk remaining 1 egg (50 grams) until well combined. Using a pastry brush, brush egg all over top and sides of dough, avoiding pastry cream.Bake until golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted near center registers 190°F (88°C), 9 to 11 minutes. Let cool completely on pans on wire racks.In another small bowl, whisk together confectioners’ sugar and 2 tablespoons (30 grams) room temperature water until well combined. Using a pastry brush, brush glaze on sides of buns, and immediately garnish with coconut flakes, if desired. Serve immediately. Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 3 days.

    *We used Red Star Active Dry Yeast.
    pro tip
    Give your can of coconut milk a good shake before you open it since it naturally separates a bit.

    Coconut Pastry Cream

    Makes 2 cups

    1 cup (240 grams) whole milk½ cup (120 grams) unsweetened coconut milk½ cup (100 grams) granulated sugar, divided4 large egg yolks (74 grams)3¼ tablespoons (26 grams) cornstarch⅛ teaspoon kosher salt1½ teaspoons (6 grams) vanilla extract⅛ teaspoon coconut extract2 tablespoons (28 grams) unsalted butter, softened

    In a medium saucepan, heat milks and ¼ cup (50 grams) sugar over medium heat, whisking frequently, until steaming. (Do not boil.)In a medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks, cornstarch, salt, and remaining ¼ cup (50 grams) sugar. Slowly add warm milk mixture, whisking constantly. Pour mixture into saucepan; cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until thickened and boiling, 4 to 5 minutes. Whisk in extracts.Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl. Whisk in butter until melted and well combined. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap, pressing wrap directly onto surface of pastry cream to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until an instant-read thermometer registers 65°F (18°C) to 70°F (21°C), 2½ to 3 hours. LEGGI TUTTO

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    Our 12 Best Bakes for Easter Weekend

    Easter weekend is almost upon us and we’re egg-cited to share 12 marvelous bakes perfect for any gathering. Whether you’re gearing up to host a lavish Easter feast, searching for a standout recipe to impress your family, or simply eager to try something new, we’ve got you covered. These bakes are guaranteed to steal the spotlight at any celebration, be it brunch, lunch, dinner, or even a simple snack time. With flavors that sing of spring and festive touches like colorful mini eggs, get ready to discover a new recipe that will become a cherished tradition in your holiday lineup for years to come.

    There’s no reinventing the lemon meringue pie, so why not reimagine it—as Lemon Meringue Nests? Taking flavor cues from its classic inspiration, this recipe puts delicate, crunchy meringue in the spotlight with a sweet-tart lemon curd centerpiece.

    Yes, from its banana-and-Vanilla Wafer base to its toasted Swiss Meringue topping, this decadent Chocolate-Hazelnut-Banana Pudding is made completely from scratch—but with a chocolate-hazelnut twist.

    If you love lemon bars, you will LOVE this Meyer Lemon-Olive Oil Coffee Cake. Meyer lemons are less acidic and slightly sweeter than the standard lemons found in the grocery store, and provide a perfect balance against the tart lemon curd swirled into this silky batter.

    With spring officially sprung, there’s no better recipe to celebrate with than this light yet luscious Hummingbird Pie with Pecan Crust. This pie’s crust may look like any other, but it packs a surprising punch of Schermer Pecans, lending a light, toasted crunch to the deliciously flaky and buttery base of this pie. The nutty, slightly rich notes of pecan act as the perfect counterpoint to the sweet, fruity flavors of the filling. Slices of fresh banana are layered on top of the crisp pecan crust and then blanketed in a smooth pineapple coconut cream. Topped with a cloud of light and fluffy Whipped Cream, this pie is a cool treat sure to satisfy all through spring and even into the dog days of summer.

    Simple, elegant, and a touch whimsical, this Almond Bundt Cake with Coconut Glaze was made with Easter in mind. Nordic Ware’s 6 Cup Heritage Bundt Pan lends a mesmerizing swirl to this sour cream pound cake, forming the perfect canvas for our rich Coconut Glaze. Plus, the pan’s 6-cup capacity also offers a perfect portion of cake for a cozy family dinner. Finish the cake off with toasted coconut and candied chocolate eggs to make a centerpiece-worthy Easter egg nest.

    With just a touch of aromatic orange zest mixed in with the creamy condensed milk and flaked coconut base, these classic macaroons pair notes of chocolate and citrus within their sweet snowball packages.

    This sheet cake is our answer to those Italian Cream Cake cravings when time is short. Each bite crunches with buttery pecans and sweet coconut flakes, complemented by a swooping layer of whipped cream on top. 

    Triple your berry intake in the morning with these richly frosted buns. Slathered with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting and packed with poppy seeds and Strawberry Cream Cheese, these Strawberry Poppy Seed Buns are the splurge that you—and your strawberries—deserve.

    Who needs cream cheese frosting when you’ve got a layer of cheesecake filling? These bars combine two of our favorite cakes in one: crumbly chunks of carrot cake baked into a velvety layer of cheesecake. Fair warning: you may not be able to have one without the other again.

    A nostalgic ode to Easter candy, this Cadbury egg-studded cookie is all about the texture. Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and with a boost of crunch from the candy-coated chocolate eggs, it’s a new and improved way to indulge in the iconic Easter treat.

    A true Easter delight, these Resurrection Rolls are meant to represent the empty tomb of Christ after being resurrected. The magic of these rolls lies in the marshmallow. Surrounded by a soft, sweet dough, as these rolls bake, the cinnamon sugar-coated marshmallow placed inside melts away, leaving a pocket of air in its place. They’re sweet, warmly spiced with cinnamon, and incredibly fun to bake for adults and kids alike.

    This recipe for Chocolate Cherry Hot Cross Buns supports the claim that chocolate does, in fact, make everything better. Add in tangy dried cherries, apple juice, and a finishing touch of our just-tart-enough apricot glaze, and this chocolate twist on the hot cross bun gives a whole new meaning to the word “irresistible.” LEGGI TUTTO

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    5 Recipes You Should Be Baking to Celebrate the Lunar New Year

    February 10 kicks off the Lunar New Year, a 15-day-long celebration of the beginning of the new year in the traditional Chinese calendar. For those who celebrate, the very light takes on a bright red hue. For these 15 days in China and all other countries that celebrate the Lunar New Year, the cheery glow of red lanterns illuminate the roads, with red paper pasted over windowpanes and doorways for good measure. At night, fireworks shout across the horizon in rapid succession and burst in dazzling, rhythmic fashion—an unsurpassed spectacle considering the Chinese invented fireworks. At the close, thousands of lanterns are lit and sent to the sky, with hopes and dreams scrolled on the paper that will soon be consumed by the growing internal flame. 
    But perhaps the quietest tradition is the most important: the reunion dinner, held on Lunar New Year’s Eve. The entire extended family gathers around the dinner table to dine on an multicourse meal made up of dumplings, rice cakes, and more. Food plays an integral part in welcoming the new year, and there is much to feast on. Start this new year, the Year of the Dragon, in sweet fashion with our five home baker-friendly recipes featured in our January/February 2020 issue. 

    Walnut Cookies (hup toh soh)
    A common treat found in pastry shops in China year-round, during Chinese New Year, home bakers often make hup toh soh as a crunchy treat to welcome visitors and family to their home. Supposedly, the original walnut cookies contained no walnuts in the dough. The “walnut” in the name might have been used to refer to the cookie’s crunchy texture, or its wrinkly, golden appearance. 

    Pineapple Buns (bolo bao)
    Instantly recognizable with its crosshatch design on top, pineapple buns are a treasure to have come out of Hong Kong bakeries in the 20th century. Contrary to what its name would have you think, no pineapple is used in making these buns. Instead, the title refers to its similarity in appearance between the crispy top and a pineapple’s bumpy exterior. The base bun is made of a milk bread dough—sweet and fantastically fluffy.

    Coconut Almond Rice Cake (nian gao)
    For Chinese New Year, a number of rituals ensure luck and fortune: wearing red, not cleaning, burning fake money and coins, and, most deliciously, eating nian gao. This traditionally steamed sticky rice cake is almost 2,000 years old, first coming to prominence around AD 200. The cake’s potential luck is due to being a homonym, with nian gao sounding similar to the Chinese characters for “higher year,” meaning you’ll have a bountiful year by eating a slice of this iconic rice cake. Of course, consuming cake is always lucky in our book. Click here for our recipe!

    Sweet Egg Tarts (dan tan)
    Hailing from the city of Guangzhou in the 1920s, the Chinese variation of the egg tart features a crisp, crumbly shortcrust made with lard and a luminous, egg-rich custard. Once the dish came to Hong Kong, it transformed again, getting a tender cookie-like pâte sucrée crust but keeping the reflective custard. Though a relatively new addition to the Lunar New Year feasting, the egg tart is one more sweet way to celebrate the new year. 

    Barbecue Pork Buns (char siu bao)
    A Cantonese and dim sum classic, this bao is special because it is steamed rather than baked, making it both fluffy and sturdy. Once steamed, the dough will form a chewy skin while staying snowy white and gently heating a tender filling of barbecue-style pork (or char siu). Pork is symbolic during the Chinese New Year, standing for strength, wealth, and blessings. Click here for our version of this dum sum classic. LEGGI TUTTO

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    Homemade Crescent Rolls

    Homemade Crescent Rolls are so much better than canned! Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or any meal. Freezer-friendly and overnight options make this recipe a keeper.

    Who doesn’t love delicious, buttery crescent rolls? They range from flaky and crusty to soft and pillowy. These homemade crescent rolls fall into the latter category, with soft texture, rich buttery flavor, and a kiss of sweetness. This is my favorite recipe for crescent rolls – and I’ve tried many! The yeasty flavor really comes through. And the addition of honey in the dough is a simple touch of genius. It gives the rolls a honey-butter note – without being overpowering. They’re not complicated to make, and as long as you follow a few simple steps, they turn out perfectly every time.

    Why Make Homemade Crescent Rolls?
    Sure, you could buy a tube of canned refrigerated crescent rolls. But homemade crescent rolls are a thousand times better. Read the label on the can and you’ll find some strange ingredients, including palm oil (and NO butter). For all the compliments and wows at the Sunday dinner table, buttery scratch-made crescent rolls win every time. They’re made with staple pantry and refrigerated ingredients. And if it’s convenience you’re looking for, there are plenty of make-ahead options.

    Make the Crescent Roll Dough
    Mix together 1 1/2 cups of flour, 2 packages instant or active dry yeast, and a little fine grain salt in the bowl of an electric mixer. If you don’t have an electric mixer – no worries. These rolls can be made without a stand mixer. Whisk the mixture together and set aside temporarily.

    Combine butter, milk, and honey in a small saucepan and heat on low while stirring until melted. Let the mixture cool down to 115°F to 120°F.

    Pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl. Mix together with your mixer’s paddle attachment, or with a big wooden spoon by hand, until the ingredients are well incorporated. Make sure to scrape down the bowl. Especially the bottom, to make sure there are no pockets of flour hiding there.

    The dough is enriched with egg yolks. This gives the dough a golden hue and promotes browning. Add the egg yolks to the bowl. And mix well to combine.

    Add Additional Flour
    Critical point: Add in just enough additional flour to the batter to form a soft dough, about 1 cup to start. The dough should be sticky. Too much flour will make the baked rolls firm and not fluffy – as they bake they are likely to unfurl. Like most yeast dough recipes, this one has a flour range: 3 3/4 to 4 1/4 cups. You may not use all of the flour.

    Knead the Crescent Roll Dough
    Switch from the paddle attachment to the dough hook. (Or turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface to knead by hand.) Turn the mixer on low and knead for 6-8 minutes. The dough should be slightly lax and a little sticky. While mixing it should clean the sides of the bowl but not the bottom of the bowl. If dough sticks to the upper sides of the bowl while mixing, add just a little more flour and mix again. When you raise the dough hook from the bowl, the dough should be soft and slightly sticky. It should drape from the hook. And it should slowly, and partially ease itself back into the bowl. Transfer the dough to a greased bowl and turn over once. Then, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled. About 45 minutes.
    Overnight Option
    After the dough has risen, punch it down. Then cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough overnight. The next morning, turn the chilled dough out onto a lightly floured surface and shape as directed.

    Shaping the Crescent Rolls
    Of course, if you’re looking to enjoy these rolls right away, you can immediately shape the dough after punching it down – here’s how.
    Cut the dough in two pieces. Working with one piece at a time, roll a half out to a 12-inch circle. Cut the dough into 12 wedges.
    If you prefer, you can make slightly smaller rolls by cutting the dough into 16 triangles instead of 12. (I prefer the larger rolls.)

    Roll the triangles up from the large end, tucking the point underneath the roll.
    Freezer-Friendly Option
    Immediately after shaping, freeze the rolls on parchment-lined baking sheets until firm. Transfer to a freezer bag or other freezer container. Return to the freezer and store for up to 4 weeks. To bake, allow them to rise, increasing the rise time to 2 1/2 to 3 hours and bake as directed.

    If you’re not freezing the rolls, place them on parchment-lined baking sheets, cover, and let rise until doubled and puffy. About 45 minutes. Bake at 375°F for 9-11 minutes, or until the rolls are puffy, golden brown, and fragrant.

    Brush the Rolls with Butter while Hot
    Yum, I could eat this picture! While the crescent rolls are piping hot on the baking sheet, brush each with a little melted butter. Or a lot of melted butter -ha!

    The end result? Gorgeous, puffy, buttery, yeasty, homemade crescent rolls. Pile them up on a platter and serve them for any meal. They’re excellent in the morning, split and stuffed with butter and jam. Fill them with chicken salad for lunch, or have them with a garden salad.
    However, I think they are best with a savory dinner. And they’d be so good with the Easter ham or Thanksgiving turkey. My husband eats them for dessert, warmed up in the oven, then stuffed with butter and drizzled with honey.

    After testing and re-testing, and eating my weight in these buttery delights, I couldn’t wait to share my holy grail recipe with you. Some crescent roll recipes have flaky crusts, bordering on croissant territory. Don’t expect that from these. These are pure dinner roll heaven. Soft and pillowy, and cottony on the inside. There are many ways to enjoy these, as I’ve mentioned. But there’s nothing like the simple joy of unfurling a hot crescent roll straight from the oven and eating it as-is.
    You can follow along the making of these rolls with my video tutorial below.
    Related recipe: Perfect Buttermilk Dinner Rolls

    Homemade Crescent Rolls

    Heather Baird

    These dinner roll-style crescents are buttery and soft with pillowy texture and a kiss of honey sweetness. Serve them for any meal! See the recipe notes for overnight instructions, which allows you to make the dough ahead one day and refrigerate it overnight for shaping and baking the next day. Or, use the instructions for freezing the shaped rolls for up to 4 weeks, which makes it easy to have homemade crescent rolls at a moment’s notice.

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    Prep Time 30 minutes minsCook Time 12 minutes mins2 hours rise time 2 hours hrsTotal Time 2 hours hrs 42 minutes mins

    Course Bread, Breakfast, BrunchCuisine American

    Servings 24

    Equipmentlarge baking sheets (2)parchment papersharp chef’s knife or pizza cutterPastry brush
    Ingredients US CustomaryMetric 3 3/4 to 4 cups all-purpose flour plus more for rolling dough4 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast or two 1/4 oz. packages active dry yeast1 teaspoon fine grain salt1 cup whole milk1/2 cup unsalted butter1/4 cup wildflower honey or other local honey3 egg yolks from large eggs room temp.1/2 cup melted butter salted or unsalted
    Instructions In the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups of the flour, the yeast, and the salt. Whisk to combine.In a small saucepan, add the milk, butter, and honey. Cook while stirring over low heat until melted. Cook to 115 °F-120 °F. If the mixture exceeds this temperature, let it cool to 115 °F-120 °F.Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients, and stir together on medium-low speed with the paddle attachment (or stir together with a wooden spoon by hand) about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and mix again briefly.Add the egg yolks and mix on medium speed to combine, another 2 minutes.Critical point: Stir in just enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough. Begin with one cup, and add more as needed (about 1/4 cup at a time) while stirring on low speed to form a consistent, sticky, soft dough.Switch from the paddle attachment to the dough hook (Or turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand). Knead for 6-8 minutes on medium-low speed. The dough should clean the sides of the bowl while mixing. It’s totally fine if the dough sticks in the bottom of the bowl a little. If the dough sticks to the top sides of the bowl, gently tap in a little extra flour 1 tablespoon at a time, until it cleans the top sides of the bowl. Remember: aim for soft and slightly sticky dough. When the dough hook is lifted from the bowl, it should drape from the hook. As it hangs there, the dough should partially relax back into the bowl.Spritz a large bowl with cooking spray, or butter the bowl. Place the dough into the bowl and turn over once to coat; cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes, or until doubled.Punch down the risen dough. Turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into two pieces.Roll each portion to a 12-inch circle. Cut each circle into 12 wedges. (Cut the circle crosswise in the center to create 4 pieces; then cut each quarter into 3 triangles to make 12 wedges).Lightly brush each triangle with melted butter; save leftover melted butter. Roll up the triangles from the wide ends. Tuck the points underneath the rolls and gently curve the ends to form crescent shapes.Place the rolls 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Cover and let rise until puffy and nearly doubled, 30-45 minutes.Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.Bake for 9-12 minutes, or until the rolls are golden brown and fragrant. Remove from the oven and immediately brush with the reserved melted butter. Serve warm.Store rolls in an airtight container or zip top bag. Reheat rolls on parchment-lined baking sheets in a preheated 350°F oven for 6-8 minutes.See recipe notes for overnight refrigerator method, and for freezing instructions.
    NotesOvernight Refrigerator Method: After the dough has risen, punch it down. Then cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough overnight. The next morning, turn the chilled dough out onto a lightly floured surface and shape as directed. The rise time may increase to 1 hour.
    Freezer-Friendly Method: Immediately after shaping, freeze the rolls on parchment-lined baking sheets until firm. Transfer to a freezer bag or other freezer container. Return to the freezer and store for up to 4 weeks. To bake, allow them to rise, increasing the rise time to 2 1/2 to 3 hours and bake as directed.
    Increase Yield Size: Increase the roll count from 24 to 32 by rolling each dough piece to 14-inches instead of 12-inces. Cut each dough circle into 16 wedges instead of 12. Let rise and bake as directed.
    Cranberry-Orange Variation: (Great for the holidays!) In a medium bowl, toss 1/3 cup sugar with 2 tablespoons fine orange zest from 3-4 large oranges. Rub together with fingers. Stir in 1 cup finely chopped dried cranberries. Brush dough circles with butter. Divide mixture between the two dough circles; cut, roll, rise, and bake as directed.

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    Photo and recipe by Linda Lomelino Semlor, or the singular semla, are soft, almond- and cream-filled cardamom buns traditionally eaten on fettisdagen or Fat Tuesday as a celebration before the fasting period of Lent. These are best served the day they are made, but if you have any leftover buns, soak them in warm milk. […] LEGGI TUTTO

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    Buckeye Brownie Bites

    These Buckeye Brownie Bites are a delicious mashup of two classic desserts – brownies and peanut butter buckeyes! They’ll add a festive touch to your Christmas celebrations.

    As we move through this holiday season, I can’t help but get excited about sharing my baking with family on Christmas Day (I’m hosting!). One recipe that’s been a surprise standout in my current repertoire is Buckeye Brownie Bites. How do I love them? Let me count the ways!
    First, they combine two wonderful desserts – brownies and buckeyes – into one perfect bite. Second, they’re a true crowd-pleaser. Everyone loves the soft, chewy brownie and creamy peanut butter middle. Third, one recipe makes 32 brownie bites. That’s a bunch! Which means there’s plenty to share. Last (but certainly not least) they are excellent for holiday gifting. If you’re looking for something to bring to a Christmas party, then this could be your go-to.

    Make the Brownie Batter.
    Begin with 1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter and 1/2 cup of semisweet chocolate chips. Place them in a large microwave-safe bowl an heat on high for 1 minute. Stir until well combined and let cool slightly.

    Next, add some vanilla extract, brown sugar, and eggs. Beat together with an electric mixer. I used a hand mixer. Which is perfect for a small job like this.

    Add the flour and baking powder, and mix until just combined.

    You’ll need a mini cupcake pan. I use and recommend this one that bakes two dozen at once! Use a cookie scoop to fill the cups about 3/4 full. If you don’t have a cookie scoop, use a tablespoon instead.

    Bake the brownie cups for about 15 minutes. While they are still warm, use the back of a teaspoon measure to create divots in the tops. The mini buckeyes will rest in those concave areas. While the brownies cool, make the buckeyes.

    Make the Buckeyes.
    Combine peanut butter, powdered sugar, and a little butter in a mixing bowl. Again, I used and hand mixer because it’s a small job. Beat together until smooth and creamy. The dough shouldn’t be very sticky. If it is sticky, then refrigerate it for 10 minutes.

    Honestly, I wondered how tedious this would be when I first started. But the work went quickly! Roll the peanut butter mixture into teaspoon-sized balls. The mixture should yield about 32 peanut butter balls. Chill them in the refrigerator or freezer for 10 minutes so they’re nice and firm.

    Next, whip up a small bowl of ganache with heavy cream and semisweet chips. I do this in the microwave because it’s really fast. Skewer each peanut butter ball with a toothpick and dip about 3/4 of the ball in the ganache.

    Use the toothpick to transfer the buckeye to the cooled brownie cups.

    Add some festive, Christmassy nonpareils before the chocolate ganache sets. You can remove the toothpicks, but I left them in. If you have some extra time and red ribbon, you can tie little ribbon flags on each toothpick.

    This is such a fun dessert mashup of classic buckeyes and brownies. Such big flavors for a miniature dessert!

    The duo of rich, cakey brownie with the creamy texture of peanut butter buckeyes is an experience you won’t want to miss. Whether you’re creating a thoughtful homemade gift basket or looking for something to bring for Christmas dessert, these little treats will make the holiday season even more special.
    Related recipe: Toasted Sesame Peanut Butter Balls

    Buckeye Brownie Bites

    Heather Baird

    These miniature treats are ideal for any occasion, from holiday gatherings to everyday sweet cravings. The combination of rich, cakey brownie and creamy peanut butter is a real crowd-pleaser. This makes them perfect for holiday gifting, parties, and other festive occasions.

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    Prep Time 35 minutes minsCook Time 15 minutes mins1 hour cooling time 1 hour hrTotal Time 1 hour hr 50 minutes mins

    Course DessertCuisine American

    Servings 32

    Ingredients US CustomaryMetric Brownie bites1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips1/2 cup unsalted butter1 teaspoon vanilla extract1/4 cup light brown sugar2 large eggs1/2 cup all-purpose flour1/4 teaspoon baking powderBuckeyes1/2 cup creamy peanut butter1/2 cup powdered sugar2 tablespoons butter at room temperature1/2 teaspoon vanilla extractChocolate ganache and decors1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips1/4 cup heavy cream2 tablespoons nonpareils in holiday colors
    Instructions Brownie bitesPreheat the oven to 350°F. Line a mini cupcake pan with the miniature paper liners.In a microwave-safe bowl, combine 1/2 cup of semisweet chocolate chips with 1/2 cup butter. Place in the microwave and heat on high for 1 minute. Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir until the chocolate and butter are completely melted and combined. Add the vanilla extract, brown sugar, and the eggs. Beat with an electric hand mixer until thoroughly combined.Add in the flour and baking powder. Mix until well combined. Spoon the batter into the mini cupcake liners about 3/4 full. Bake for 13-15 minutes. Transfer the brownies to a wire rack to cool completely.BuckeyesUsing an electric hand mixer, blend together the ingredients for the peanut butter balls in a large bowl. Beat until smooth. Scoop the mixture by the level teaspoons and roll into about 32 small balls. Place the balls on a baking sheet and refrigerate 10 minutes.Chocolate ganacheIn a small microwave-safe glass bowl, combine the chocolate chips and heavy cream. Heat at 100% power in the microwave for 1 minute. Allow the mixture to stand for 1 minute, then whisk together until a thick shiny ganache forms. Let cool slightly.AssembleSkewer each chilled peanut butter ball with a toothpick and dip each 3/4 into the chocolate ganache. Transfer each dipped buckeye to a brownie bite. (Remove the toothpick or keep them in – it’s up to you!) Sprinkle with the nonpareils while the chocolate is still tacky. Allow brownie bites to set at room temperature, about 30 minutes, or speed setting by refrigerating them for 10-15 minutes.
    NotesThe peanut butter mixture for the buckeyes should be soft, yet unsticky. If your mixture is too soft, add more powdered sugar. If it seems dry or crumbles, add a little more peanut butter.
    You will have a little leftover chocolate ganache. Refrigerate the leftovers and then scoop the mixture into truffles. Roll them in unsweet cocoa powder and enjoy for a cook’s treat.

    Keyword brownies, buckeye brownie bites, buckeyes, christmas candy, creamy peanut butter, peanut butter balls, powdered sugar, rainbow nonpareils, unsweet cocoa powder

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