Thursday, December 18, 2014

EUROPEAN HOT CHOCOLATE

European Hot Chocolate | So thick it's practically fondue--perfect for dunking churros!

Oh, friends, let me introduce you to this bliss that is European Hot Chocolate! It can hardly even be called mere hot chocolate--it is more akin to a lovely bowl of rich chocolate fondue. Only you can drink the whole cup! 

It also goes perfectly with the Mini Churro Muffins I shared yesterday. Like, maybe I made a batch expressly to dunk in this chocolate paradise. 

Chocolate Bar

It all starts with a bar of dark chocolate. But of course we also cut the bitter dark chocolate with a generous handful of semi sweet chocolate chips. And then you pour lots of whole milk on that business for some serious goodness.

The trick to getting this to its fondue-esque stage, is corn starch. Yes, it sounds odd but it works. Promise.

European Hot Chocolate Ingredients

And then all you have to do is dust your churro muffins in cinnamon sugar and Go To Town.

European Hot Chocolate | So thick it's practically fondue--perfect for dunking churros!

 Like so:

European Hot Chocolate | So thick it's practically fondue--perfect for dunking churros!

Forever and ever. Until you are left with the saddest sight in the world: an empty mug. 

European Hot Chocolate | So thick it's practically fondue--perfect for dunking churros!

I'm so excited to share this European Hot Chocolate recipe on The Collaboreat today! 

Finally, we're getting ready to head off for our annual Florida trip to visit family. While things will be a little quiet here until 2015, I'll still be around a bit next week and afterwards on Instagram and Pinterest.

P.S. 2015! Can you even believe it? I was supposed to have a hoverboard right about now...



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

MINI CHURRO MUFFINS

Mini Churro Muffins

Churros. They're my favorite. In fact, I would go to Disneyland just to get one of their churros (these churros are pretty much the Platonic ideal of what a churro should be). Forget the rides, the parades, the giant pickles, the Dole whips--I'm just there for the churros! 

However, since we don't have a season pass to the Land of Perfect Churros, I make these adorably mini Churro Muffins whenever the craving hits.

Mini Churro Muffins

They are a pretty great substitute for the real thing. Plus, since they're baked I can pretend that they're, like, healthy. Which of course, they are not. But dang, are they delicious!

Mini Churro Muffins

Okay, so this isn't your traditional baked churro muffin, as it includes club soda, but all that lovely carbonation makes these little treats crisp on the outside and airy on the inside. And that's a downright winning combination. 

Side note: Warren knows of my deep devotion to the churro and once used his Fry Daddy skills to whip me up a homemade batch when I was having a bad day. He's a good one, that Warren. 

Mini Churro Muffins

I bet these guys would taste great dunked in chocolate and popped on a stick. Churros on a stick! As I learned at the Iowa State Fair, all food--be it porkchops, fried cheese, or watermelon--tastes better on a stick.

These churro muffins would obviously fall in that camp, but I only have so much discipline and it's all I can do to keep myself from scarfing down the entire batch fresh from the oven, let alone waiting for chocolate to set and putting them on sticks!

Mini Churro Muffins

So the best way to eat these little sugary nuggets is with a mug of hot chocolate. Which you can make while these bake so you don't have to wait a single second before dunking them. 

I can't wait to share this fabulously thick hot chocolate recipe with you tomorrow! They will make your Churro Muffin experience all the more perfect.

Mini Churro Muffins & Hot Chocolate

Mini Churro Muffins

Adapted from Blackjack Bake House

3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 teaspoon table salt
1/2 cup canola oil
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons club soda
1/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 475 and grease a 24-cup mini muffin pan. Combine flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Use a fork to whisk oil and egg together in a separate bowl. Add the egg mixture and club soda to the dry ingredients. Use a fork to whisk everything together very quickly. The batter will be a little lumpy but don't worry--just don't over mix!

Use a rubber spatula to put batter in a large ziplock bag. Seal the bag and snip a corner off. Fill each muffin cup almost all the way (you will exactly 24 mini muffins). Alternatively, you can just pour the batter directly from the bowl. Bake for 15 minutes until muffins are crisp on the outside. 

As the muffins bake, mix sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl. Take the muffins out of the oven and cool for 1 minute. Turn out into the cinnamon sugar and toss to coat. Serve immediately with a cup of extra thick hot chocolate for dunking!

P.S. If you love cinnamon as much as I do, you will LOVE this Pumpkin Bread with Streusel!

Pumpkin Bread with Streusel



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

THE MAKERS NO. 47

 


Yikes, can you believe Christmas is a week away?! I did most of my holiday shopping online this year and it saved my life, especially now that I don't have to pack a bunch of gifts to haul to my family in Florida. Warren and I decided not to exchange gifts this year since we traveled to all sorts of fun places

I think I'll still try to bust out our photo yearbook (which we've made every year since we started dating) but it might not be done until next year. Sigh. Isn't that how the holiday season always goes? 

While I didn't manage to bake treats to mail to our family this year, I'm glad I got to share my Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti in the Great Facebook Cookie Swap. Do you have a go-to holiday treat? 

I can't wait to see all the fun stuff you have to share with us (oh, and we will be taking the next three weeks off from The Makers party to spend time with our families). See you on January 13th--2015!

Follow Your Hosts

Corey @ TinySidekick
Alexis @ Persia Lou
Katie @ Upcycled Treasures
Ursula @ Homemade by Carmona
Amy @ Club Narwhal
Anu @ Nalle's House

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The Makers Collage 47
TinySidekick week 47
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Our featured blogger this week is Jamie from So Much Better with Age who shared her absolutely inspiring, and beautiful neutral Holiday Home Tour!
Holiday House Tour - So Much Better with Age
Jamie's decorating style is infused with french and vintage decor, and she loves incorporating neutrals throughout their home. You are going to LOVE her DIY projects, organization tips, and don't forget to follow along as they spruce up their not-so-rustic cabin.
Here is a sampling of what you will find when you visit her:
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Stay in touch with Jamie so you don't miss any of her other fabulous ideas!

Now onto the party features! There were so many inspiring posts linked up last week that it made it very difficult to narrow it down to just 5 favorites. Here they are in no particular order, and please remember to PIN from the original source :)
Featured at The Makers Link Party
If you are in need of some holiday gift tags this year be sure to head on over to Brepurposed where you can download these adorable gift tags for FREE! She even has some matching prints that you can download and frame.
FREE Printable Holiday Gift Tags - Brepurposed
Looking for some wintery cookie recipe ideas? These chocolate hazelnut crinkle cookies from Baking a Moment are sure to be a hit!
Chocolate Hazelnut Crinkle Cookies - Baking a Moment Want to add a touch of Christmas to your home without breaking the bank? I love how festive these enamel inspired Christmas tree pots from Fynne's Designs turned out! Rustic Christmas Tree Pots Aniko from Place of My Taste shared her updated living room, which is filled with beautiful touches and DIY decor. She created such a beautiful and personal space that is sure to inspire! Christmas Living Room Decor - Place of My Taste Ann from My Nearest and Dearest recently updated her front porch and nearly everything you see was created, transformed or thrifted! I absolutely LOVE how she incorporated her father-in-law's red lantern and the wreath on her front door is wintery perfection! Plus you will want to check out her new Etsy shop where she sells her creations. Red White and Blue Christmas Front Porch
Don't forget to grab a button if you were featured!
Persia Lou
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Wanna be featured? Don’t forget to follow your hosts in some way and link back to the party on either your party page or post!
 
>Link up to 3 specific posts on your blog, not your blog’s homepage
(anything you’ve created, but no etsy shops or giveaways)
>Please link only posts that you haven’t shared here before
 
>Grab The Makers Link Party Button and link back somewhere on your blog
(must link back to be featured)
>Pin the Featured Bloggers winning post
>Visit some other links and let them know you stopped by
 

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