Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Pastries

Things are just getting too real for me.

Michael started his new job Sunday (which....he hates). In 2 weeks we'll be moving to Ohio. And my stress levels are through the roooof. So...in times of great stress...you sometimes just need to revert to childhood. That's where these breakfast pastries come in. They're like the poptarts I so loved from my youth but...homemade. From scratch. And filled with delicious chocolate peanut butter instead of that weird chemical-y strawberry filling that I adored for some reason (ok...cuz it's tasty. But when I read what's in it I fuhreeeak out!)
Comfort. With less guilt (cuz I mean...they're still full of butter and all that good stuff.)

These pastries are incredibly flaky and melt in your mouth. And then...obviously...chocolate peanut butter is heaven on earth. Michael had some of these before he left and he said he really liked them (he just wishes the choc pb had been spread throughout the pastry a little more evenly. I agree. So keep that in mind when assembling these lovelies.)
Now...I know making pastries from scratch might sound intimidating and time intensive. But these really weren't. They were ridiculously simple to throw together-the hardest part was rolling them out and assembling them, but that still wasn't difficult. So impress your friends. Impress your S.O. Impress your mom (Mother's Day is in less than a month!). Impress that random dude on the corner. Impress whoever you choose to share these with! And if you don't want to share?

Impress yourself!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Pastries
Makes 9 pastries.
Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup (or 16 tbsp. or 2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp. cold water
  • 3/4 cup chocolate peanut butter (such as Dark Chocolate Dreams), chilled
  • Optional-icing, powdered sugar, coarse sugar, etc. to top
Preparation:
  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Add in the butter and use your hands to crumble/cut it in until the mixture is dry and crumbly, resembling coarse crumbs.
  • Add the egg and water and knead the dough until just combined. 
  • Divide the dough in half. Move on half to a floured surface and roll out into a large, 6"x10.5" rectangle that is about 1/8" thick. Slice off uneven edges and cut into 9 equal rectangles. Transfer the rectangles to the lined baking sheet. Repeat with the other half of dough, but don't transfer the second set of 9 rectangles yet.
  • Spoon 2 tbsp. chocolate peanut butter over the 9 rectangles of dough on the baking sheet. Spread it evenly, leaving a small border of dough around the edges. Top with the other 9 dough rectangles. Use a fork to pinch the pastries closed around all the edges. Poke holes in the tops of the pastries with the fork to vent. Optional-sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  • Bake 20-22 minutes, until golden brown. Cool 15 minutes. If desired, pipe on frosting or sprinkle with powdered sugar. 
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
So flaky and buttery!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Baked French Fries with Rosemary

I LOVE FRENCH FRIES!!! I love 'em! They're crunchy and salty and you just wanna eat em and eat em up! But um...they're fried. So I know they're not good for me. *sigh* It's a very sad truth.

But hey...psst....guess what? You can make homemade, baked (NOT FRIED!), fries that are crispy and flavorful and PERFECT!
Lately I've also really been loving the combo of rosemary with fries, it's just a really yummy addition (especially if you've got an aioli dipping sauce--or a bearnaise...ooooh that sounds gooood!): I just so happened to have some rosemary olive oil hanging out in my pantry, so I used that for these fries. You totally can use normal oil but OH MAN it was a wonderfully tasty decision to use it!
Actually, now that I think about it, this recipe is crazy versatile. Instead of olive oil you could drizzle these fries with truffle oil. You can season them any way you want! And, of course, you can dip them in a number of sauces (including, of course, ketchup!). You can even put these in a sandwich, I hear that's a thing.
Omgee that just reminded me: there's this restaurant back home where they serve french fries with butter. At first you're all like "whaaaa? CRAZY!" But then...you remember. They're potatoes. And then you take a bite. And it's like "mmmmmm." So...I forgot about that. Now I want to make these fries again and try them with butter. And garlic aioli. And Parmesan cheese. And paprika...

The french fry sky is the limit!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Something Saturdays (4/12/14)

Well. I'm alone. *le sigh* Michael is back in Ohio-he starts his new job tomorrow so he'll be there and I'll be here until the big move. And to make my sadness worse-I found out my favorite wedding photographer is booked for our wedding date (there are others that I love too but they're all much more expensive :() and I had to get a new credit card issued because my old one was compromised (luckily Chase caught it before anything happened and it's all fine but still...ugh.)--these are fairly minor things but they only compounded my missing Michael.

ANYWAYYY.

Nancy, one of my most favoritest blog friends, posted in her "random crap" post about something called a "Things I Don't Do" list. The idea is-there's a lot of social media envy going on these days. People always seem perfect and together and like their lives are awesome because...um...they're only posting the good stuff. So this list is to give a little reality check. So here are my Things I Don't Do:
  1. I don't exercise (aside from walking out of necessity). It's not good. I should. I've put on weight. I know I need to exercise buuuut....I HATE IT.
  2. Don't judge me....I don't shower often. Like...I only shower usually if I have something I really want to look nice for (or sometimes if that time never comes...once a week). I know this sounds gross but I swear-it's not that bad! I don't really seem to smell (I promise people have vouched for this) and I don't really sweat (again, I have people to corroborate my story) and it takes about 3 days for my hair to get greasy (I have dry skin so...you get the idea)-and then I just wear it in a bun. So yeah. There. I said it.
  3. I also don't wash the sheets, etc. very often. Having a washer/dryer in my home may change this.
  4. I don't think before I speak nearly often enough. Sometimes this makes me adorable and charming and unique. Sometimes it makes me annoying and obnoxious and suffering from "foot in mouth" syndrome.
  5. I don't go shopping (for clothes or accessories etc.) I WANT to go shopping but my life is one where I do not have a disposable income. I am consistently not having enough money-and that is because it all pays for our home and food and things we need. It sucks and I hope this changes in the not too distant future and my wardrobe hopes so too.
  6. I don't do a good job with twitter. I know. I'm sorry. 
  7. I don't do Google+. I have enough social media going on and I'm really not interested. I do, however, have an account. Against my will. My youtube account asked me if I wanted to make my username my actual name (Kayle Blogna) and I was like "Yeah, great. Make me even more legit for the acting stuffs." Um apparently that created me a google+ account I did not want and deleting said account would delete my youtube. Ughhhh. So I have it but I do not use it. So yeah.
  8. I don't go out. Like ever. Currently I've been making an effort due to the fact that I'm leaving NYC but uhhhhh I'm a big old homebody.
  9. I don't do cool. I am so not a cool girl. I'm jealous of the cool girls-the ones who drink beer and are chill and not like "girly and annoying n stuff" and wear band T-shirts but look crazy sexy in them. Ya know? I'm unapologetically loud and girly and emotional and usually overdressed and I don't even drink and I'm just...so....not cool. And it kind of makes me sad sometimes. I envy the "cool girls". But, I also like me so *shrug*
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