Monday, March 28, 2022

Sourdough Waffles


We love waffles at our house. They are a traditional Saturday or Sunday brunch (or lunch) item. (When you have teenagers, they call it breakfast. For me, it's lunch. Ha!) I almost always make my favorite oat waffles, and sometimes I change it up with bananas or pumpkin, but these.  These sourdough waffles.

These waffles are SO good. They truly melt in your mouth. And the overnight sponge gives them just enough sour flavor to be SO incredibly delicious. How many times can I capitalize SO? 

These do take an extra little bit of effort, since you prepare the sponge the night before, then let it sit out on the counter all night. This seems weird, especially with two cups of milk included, but it's what gives these waffles their outrageous lightness and flavor.

These also only work if you have a sourdough starter. I know. I really try to refrain from posting recipes that are too specialized, and this is one. However, if you don't have a friend to give you some starter, you can make your own. I assure you that it will be worth it! Plus once your starter is activated and ready to go, you can make bread, too! I've been making our sourdough bread and it's SO good. (There I go again with the capital SO.)

Make these waffles and have a great day, or weekend. You'll still be thinking about them hours and days later, I promise!

Sourdough Waffles

2 cups flour
2 cups buttermilk
1 cup sourdough starter (discard is fine too!)
2 Tbsp. sugar

2 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda

For the sponge, in a large bowl or batter bowl, combing the flour, sugar and buttermilk and whisk well. Stir in the starter, then cover and let sit in a cool place (or on the counter if your house is not above 70!) for 8-12 hours. 

(If there is a time lapse between the 12 hours and making the waffles, it's ok to stick the batter in the fridge. For example, I made the sponge on Saturday night, put in the fridge 12 hours later, then returned from church to finish the recipe.)

Add the eggs, oil, salt and baking soda to the sponge and stir well to combine. It will also "grow" because of the baking soda, so hopefully your bowl was big enough!  

Pour the batter onto a preheated waffle iron. Note that sourdough waffles spread quite a bit, so you might want to use less than "normal."  Cook according to your waffle maker's guidance.  Enjoy with syrup, berries and cream, or your favorite toppings!

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Korean Beef Sloppy Joes


At our house, we love Asian flavors and I'm always game for a fusion - combining two different styles into one food. These Korean Beef Sloppy Joes are just the ticket! Similar to a regular sloppy joe in substance, but with a much tangier, kickier flavor.(Kickier is not technically a word, however it is a great descriptor here, so I'm going to go with it.) 

I also liked that these sloppy joes were not as, well, sloppy, as the traditional recipe that I make. And let's be clear, I love sloppy joes. They are often my request at our family birthday dinner! But this year, these Korean Beef Sloppy Joes won the day. And everyone at the party agreed that they are fantastic.

We enjoyed these at home with sweet potato fries and roasted broccoli, and at the birthday party the Asian Coleslaw (or try this one with mangoes!) was the perfect accompaniment. Followed by cake, of course!

So whether you're having a party, or it's just a regular day, these Korean Beef Sloppy Joes are sure to be a hit. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Korean Beef Sloppy Joes

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. sesame oil
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup water
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
1 tsp. chili garlic sauce
2 green onions, thinly sliced
6 hamburger buns, lightly toasted

In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef, breaking it up slightly with a spoon or spatula. Be sure to leave some larger chunks of meat, so don't break it up entirely. Drain any fat.

Add the garlic, sesame oil, ketchup, hoisin sauce, water, soy sauce, vinegar and chili garlic sauce. Stir well to combine, then bring to a light simmer and let simmer for 5 minutes to combine the flavors. If it's not sloppy enough, add up to 1/4 cup more water. 

Spoon the meat mixture onto the bottom half of the buns, and then garnish with green onions. Top with the other half of the buns.  Serves 6. 

Monday, March 14, 2022

Bailey's Brownies

Thursday this week is St. Patrick's Day. And if you like to get in the spirit with what you cook and bake, you should definitely consider Irish Stew, Beer Bread, Lucky Charms snack mix, or other traditional foods like Corned Beef and Cabbage or Soda Bread. You should consider those. That makes sense. 

But you should DEFINITELY make these Bailey's brownies for dessert! These nearly defy description. But I will try. Fudgy brownies that you make from scratch are the base for all the Irish Cream goodness. Now, these are super simple to make from scratch, but if you wanted to, you could easily just whip up a box mix. Don't let the from scratch deter you.

A thick layer of Irish Cream frosting is next, topped by a glossy ganache, again laced with Irish Cream. 

These brownies are SO good. It's likely that you will dance an Irish jig or break out into O Danny Boy or something like that, you just won't be able to help yourself. 

And I promise, you won't need the luck of the Irish when these brownies are in your life. 

Bailey's Brownies

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup flour

6 Tbsp. butter, softened
1/4 cup Bailey's Irish Cream
2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup Bailey's Irish Cream
2 Tbsp. half and half or cream

For the brownies, place the butter in a large glass bowl or batter bowl and cook at 50% power in the microwave until the butter is melted. Let cool slightly, then add the sugar and mix well. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each, then stir in the cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt. Finally, add the flour and beat vigorously until the batter pulls away from the side of the bowl. 

Line an 8" pan with foil or parchment paper, then grease the foil. Scrape the batter into the pan and spread it out evenly. Bake at 325 for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with some crumbs attached. You want them to be fudgy but not dry.  

Cool the brownies completely before adding the frosting and ganache.

For the ganache, using an electric mixer, beat the butter and Bailey's together until smooth. Gradually add the powdered sugar until it is thick and creamy. Spread the frosting over the brownies and then put in the freezer while you make the ganache.

For the ganache, place the chocolate chips in a small heat-proof bowl. Heat the Bailey's and the half and half in the microwave or in a small saucepan on the stove until it just starts to boil. Remove from the heat and pour over the chocolate chips. Let stand for 5 minutes, then stir well until glossy. Remove the brownies from the freezer and pour ganache over. Let them sit at room temperature for half hour, then refrigerate for several hours before serving. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Sour Cream Coffeecake

Coffeecake is such a luxurious breakfast or morning treat. Especially when it's layered and topped with streusel. This cake, that you can eat for breakfast because of its clever name, will get your day off on the right foot. Paired with a steaming hot cup of coffee, and maybe even scrambled eggs if you're fancy, you will feel like you can tackle the world.

Just look at those yummy layers - it even makes the bird on the plate jealous! ha! Seriously though, a super tender crumb with sugary, buttery streusel in the middle, topped with more cake and streusel - every bite is a marvel. I usually don't use a lot of flowery language here, but sour cream coffeecake deserves every accolade.

I hope you will make this soon - you probably have the ingredients already! - and that your family and friends will love it as much as we do.

Sour Cream Coffeecake

1/2 cup butter 
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda

1 cup pecans, chopped
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add egg and mix again, then add sour cream and vanilla and beat until combined. 

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and baking soda. Gradually add this mixture to the butter mixture and mix just until combined.

Spoon half of the batter into a greased 8" pan. Smooth into an even layer.

In a small bowl, combine pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle half of this streusel over the batter.  Spoon remaining batter on top of the streusel, and smooth as well as you can. Then sprinkle remaining streusel over the top.

Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes.  Tent with foil if the cake is browning too much after about 25 minutes. (Mine did not need the foil.)

Cool for at least 10 minutes. Leftovers can be frozen or stored in an airtight container. 


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