What I Want to Bake Next

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Jam Thumbprint Cookies

I got this recipe from The Food Network and they are literally addicting. Below is the recipe with a few adjustments.

Credit: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/butter-and-jam-thumbprints-recipe2-2009046

Thumbprint Cookie Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cups unsalted butter, softened (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 2/3 cups sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 jar of strawberry jam (or whatever flavor)

Thumbprint Cookie Recipe:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
  • In a bowl, whisk together 1 3/4 cups flour, 1/4 tsp baking soda, and 1/2 tsp salt
  • In another bowl, cream the 1 1/2 sticks butter and 2/3 cups sugar until fluffy
  • Beat the egg and 1 tsp vanilla into the butter and sugar mixture until just combined
  • Thoroughly combine the wet and dry ingredients
  • Scoop the dough into 1-inch balls and roll in sugar
  • Space the cookie balls about 2 inches apart on the lined baking sheet
  • Make a thumbprint in each cookie, about 1/3 the way down
  • Fill each cookie with 1/2 tsp jam
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 mins
  • Allow to cool

Enjoy! 🙂 ❤ xoxoxo

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Lemon Bars

Here is a recipe from Taste of Home on how to make lemon bars. I re-wrote the recipe the way I like to follow it.

Credit: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/lemon-bars/

Lemon Bar Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

Lemon Bar Filling Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 TBS flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • Juice of a whole lemon (or 2 TBS, whatever is more)
  • Zest of a whole lemon
  • Confectioners’ sugar for sprinkling

Lemon Bar Recipe:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • In a bowl, combine 1 cup flour and 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • Dice up the 1/2 cup softened butter and rug the butter into the mixture until crumbs form
  • Pat into an un-greased pan
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 mins
  • While that bakes, get started on the filling
  • Beat 2 eggs in a bowl
  • Then add 1 cup sugar, 2 TBS flour, 1/4 tsp baking soda, juice of one lemon, and zest of one lemon and beat until frothy
  • Pour over crust and bake at 350 degrees F for another 25 mins, or until light golden brown (shouldn’t wobble too much)
  • Once cool, dust with confectioners’ sugar

Enjoy! 🙂 ❤ xoxoxo

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How to ACTUALLY Make Ciabatta

I scoured the internet for a good ciabatta recipe, but couldn’t find one that worked. I just wanted it to look the same as Paul Hollywood’s. So, I figured it out all on my lonesome. Below is the best recipe I could come up with.

Ingredients:

  • 1tsp yeast
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • olive oil (just enough to brush over the loaves once they go in the oven)
  • a spray bottle full of water
  • a whole lot of patience and time

Recipe Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F and line a baking dish with parchment paper
  • Add 1tsp yeast, 1tsp salt, and 1 cup of lukewarm water to a bowl
  • Stir until the yeast dissolves and the mixture smells yeasty
  • Add 2 cups of flour to the wet mixture and stir until just combined
  • Cover with plastic wrap and place on top of the preheated oven to proof for a total of 2 hours
  • Uncover the dough every 30 mins and fold it over itself for 8 folds; do this a total of 3 times within the 2 hours of proofing, and make sure to cover with the plastic wrap after each set of folding
  • After the full 2 hours of proofing and folding, tip the bowl over and let the dough gently fall unto a heavily floured surface
  • Separate the dough into 4 even pieces
  • Gently stretch each piece of dough into a rectangle and then roll it in on itself, being careful to maintain air bubbles
  • Shape the four pieces of dough into squares (use a lot of flour so it doesn’t stick to your hands)
  • Cover with a cloth and let proof for a final 45 mins
  • After the final proofing, transfer the dough to the lined baking dish
  • Lightly brush the dough with olive oil
  • Place the loaves in the 450 degree F oven and immediately spritz with water before closing, so as to create steam
  • Bake for 20 mins
  • After 20 mins, open the oven and spritz again with water
  • Bake an additional 10 mins
  • Remove from the oven and tap the bottom of the bread to make sure it’s done
  • Allow to cool
  • Enjoy! 🙂 ❤ xoxoxo

Throwback Thursday: 5 Previously Published Poems 2/25/2021

Below are five poems that I have previously published on this blog, along with my interpretation of each poem.

wallflower

you have to make them  
make room for you  
or you'll never learn  
how to fly 

You deserve a seat at the table. Don’t wait for others to make space for you. You need to make room for yourself because you deserve it, and you deserve it now. You are enough, and you deserve to be accepted. Once you realize this, you will excel immensely.

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mothers and sisters

I find myself constantly searching  
for mothers and sisters in the women around me  
and being let down all over again  
when the wires don’t connect  
it’s hard  being disappointed by family 

I’m someone who is always looking for mother-figures and sister-figures in my life. I grew up in a male-dominant household, so from a young age I’ve craved the guidance of female role models. Much like a child, I look at these role models through rose-colored glasses. Conversely, unlike a child, I am mature enough to recognize when these women don’t live up to the unrealistic standard I have set for them. Therefore, I set myself up for disappointment when the women I view as my mothers and sisters can’t fulfill my emotional needs.

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meditation

 close your eyes  
until you bleed out roots of light  
and sink into the earth  
and fall asleep 

I began practicing meditation to deal with my anxiety and depression. When I practice visualization techniques during meditation, I like to envision light that sparks from the center of my body and moves outward in the form of roots. When I become especially relaxed through meditation, I sleep incredibly well.

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your thoughts

my thoughts are not bad  
just because you don’t like them  
and your god doesn’t like them  
my god  
likes me enough  
just fine  
just the way I am  
who are  
you 
to tell me differently? 

Your thoughts aren’t bad, even if you don’t like them; even if they can be unpleasant, sometimes. You and your whole self need to love who you are, no matter what others think of you.

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universe

your chest is the earth 
your fingers are the roots 

your breath is the air 
your mouth is the ocean 

your cells are the creatures 
and your hair is the jungle   

you create our own world 
your very own universe

I wrote this about my Significant Other. He is my whole world; every part of him is a part of that world. We’re creating our life together, and I love it.

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