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Bourbon Caramel Popcorn

Bourbon Caramel Popcorn at 1840 FarmThis week marks the opening of our baseball season. Opening day has been rescheduled from yesterday to today due to snow. That means we’ll be celebrating opening day and the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the same day. It also means that I’ll be making another batch of our homemade caramel corn for snacking.

Popcorn is a perfect pairing for baseball and movies.  If you’ve ever stood in your team’s stadium and sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”, you have uttered the iconic lyrics:

BourbonCaramelCornTrayWM“Take me out to the ball game;
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack,
I don’t care if I never get back.”

Like so many families, we eat around food allergies, particularly peanuts.  So, buying peanuts or cracker jack when we’re at the ballgame isn’t an option.  When my son was little, he just couldn’t understand why he couldn’t have the treats that were mentioned in the song.  Somehow, he felt like they must be paramount to enjoying the ballgame if they were included in the song that an entire stadium full of fans stood up to sing together. 

It was hard for me to argue that point with him. For a little boy, dressed in his team’s hat, swaying to the music with the crowd, those treats seemed like part of the experience, a part that he wasn’t able to enjoy.  Suddenly, I knew that I was going to be spending time in our farmhouse kitchen doing my best to recreate the taste of cracker jack without a peanut or nut in sight.

I searched cookbooks, blogs, magazines, and anywhere I could find reference to a homemade caramel corn.  I tried many of them.  Some were complete disasters.  I burnt more caramel than I would care to admit, filling the farmhouse with the acrid aroma of burnt sugar.  Other batches were good, but difficult to make and not quite what I was hoping for.     

I wanted to create a caramel that added that crisp texture and hint of sweetness to a batch of popcorn.  I also wanted a recipe that was simple to make so that we could enjoy it whenever we wanted to.  So, I kept working, trying new recipes and altering them in the hopes that I would discover one that was just right.BourbonCaramelCorn

It required a lot of experimenting and many batches of popcorn being thrown away before I had landed right where I wanted to be.  When my son took a handful of that caramel corn, I couldn’t wait to see his reaction.  I watched as he tasted it and smiled from ear to ear.  When that happened, I knew that it was perfect.

Since then, I have made this recipe for Bourbon Caramel Popcorn countless times.  The caramel is crisp and filled with earthy sweetness of fresh caramel.  There’s just enough salt to balance the sweetness without overpowering it.  It tastes so much better than the old cracker jack mentioned in the song that started me on my quest to perfect caramel corn.

We’ll be enjoying a few batches of this popcorn this week.  We’ve got opening day for our hometown Red Sox to celebrate and Star Wars: The Force Awakens to watch on movie night.  You can be sure that we’ll all be snacking on this crunchy treat on both counts.  While my son has long forgotten about his disappointment over not being able to enjoy cracker jack at the ballgame all those years ago, I haven’t.  With each bite that he takes, I’ll be smiling at the thought of him having his very own homemade version to enjoy year after year and replacing that memory with a happy food memory that will last a lifetime.

 

 

Bourbon Caramel Popcorn
Making homemade caramel is simple, but some precautions should be taken to ensure your safety. Take care when making this or any other candy that involves boiled sugar. Use a large, deep pot that will allow the mixture to come to a full boil without boiling over. Do not touch the mixture when stirring to coat the popcorn as it will be incredibly hot and could easily burn your skin.
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Ingredients
  1. 12 cups plain popcorn, popped
  2. ½ - 1 cup nuts or Nadanut nut free pieces*
  3. 6 Tablespoons butter
  4. ¾ cup brown sugar
  5. 1 Tablespoon corn syrup
  6. ½ teaspoon salt
  7. 2 Tablespoons bourbon
  8. ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  9. ½ teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat liner. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. I like to use our air popper to pop the popcorn, but you can use whatever method you prefer. After popping, carefully sort through the popcorn to remove any unpopped kernels. Transfer the popcorn to a very large bowl or pot. If you are adding Nadanut pecan or walnut pieces or traditional nuts, mix them into the popcorn.
  3. In a small bowl or cup, measure out the bourbon. In a second small bowl or cup, combine the baking soda and cinnamon. These ingredients will be added to the caramel very quickly and premeasuring is necessary for success. When the bourbon and baking soda mixture are added to the hot caramel, it will bubble violently (hence the need for a large pot to make a small batch of caramel). Take care to stir these ingredients fully without touching the mixture.
  4. Place the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt in a large, deep pot over medium heat. Stir as the butter melts to mix the ingredients. Once the mixture begins to bubble, set a timer for four minutes. Adjust the heat as needed to gently boil the caramel. Do not stir the caramel during the four minute time period.
  5. When the four minutes have elapsed, remove the pan from the heat. Add the bourbon all at once, stirring as it bubbles violently to combine. Add the baking soda and cinnamon, stirring again as the mixture begins to lighten in color and expand. As soon as the soda and cinnamon are fully incorporated into the caramel, pour the caramel over the popcorn. Using two wooden spoons or spatulas, toss the popcorn and caramel until it is evenly coated with the caramel mixture.
  6. Transfer the caramel coated popcorn (and nuts if using) to the lined baking sheets, dividing evenly between the two sheets. Move the baking sheets to the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the caramel corn from the oven and allow it to cool to room temperature. As the caramel cools, it will become crisp.
  7. This caramel corn is best on the day it is made. It can be stored in an airtight container for a day or two before losing its crisp texture.
Notes
  1. *The version we make often includes nut free "pecan" or “walnut” pieces from Nadanut - Nut Free Snacks. They deliver that delicious nutty flavor and are made in a nut free facility so that we can enjoy the flavor of nuts without any worry of causing an allergic reaction. You can learn more about them at www.nadanut.com.
  2. If you don't have nut allergies to contend with, you can easily add in your favorite nuts to the popcorn with equally delicious results.
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Farmhouse Style Valentine’s Day Favorites

ValentineBasket Card RecipeHere at 1840 Farm, we’re counting down the days until Valentine’s Day.  We’ve been making dozens of our heart shaped baskets and sending them on their way to customers from coast to coast.  We’ve also been dreaming of getting into the farmhouse kitchen to make up a few of our favorite Valentine’s Day treats.   Now I just have to decide which recipe to make first!

We have highlighted our favorite Valentine’s Day recipes in the photo gallery below.  These are the recipes we love to share with friends and family to celebrate the holiday that is all about taking time to tell those people near and dear to you just how important they are.  From dark chocolate butter cookies and brownies to delicious buttercream frosting flavored with a bit of a great stout beer, you’re sure to find something to put a smile on your Valentine’s face.

You can access any of the posts by clicking on the photos below. Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

 

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Jelly Doughnut Muffins

Jelly Doughnut Muffins at 1840 FarmThe other day, my son mentioned that he would love to have jelly donuts for breakfast over the weekend. It’s a seemingly simple request with a delicious treat for the whole family. Unfortunately, his food request isn’t quite that simple here at our house.

With food allergies to contend with, certain foods are incredibly difficult for us to purchase. We’re incredibly fortunate to have discovered what I think are the most delicious donuts on earth at Holy Donut. We’re even luckier that they don’t use any peanuts or other nuts in their bakery, so we can safely enjoy their amazing donuts here at home. Of course, it isn’t always possible for us to take a two and a half hour road trip to pick up donuts. If Portland, Maine was a little closer to home, their donuts might be on our breakfast table every weekend.

I have made homemade donuts before, but this time I decided to move in a different direction. I remembered having an old recipe from Fine Cooking Magazine for a doughnut muffin from Downtown Bakery & Creamery in California. I had been holding on to that recipe for several years. These muffins are often talked about in food magazines and television shows. I’ve seen them chosen as the “favorite” bite of many famous foodies. Now it was my turn to try them.

JellyDonutMuffinWMEverything I read mentioned that these muffins had the taste and texture of a great cinnamon sugar cake doughnut without the need for me to roll out the dough, cut out the doughnuts, and fry them in oil before serving. Better yet, the batter could be prepared and stored in the refrigerator for several days, allowing me to bake fresh muffins for days to come.

I reasoned that the muffins could only be made better by adding a spoonful of homemade jelly inside before serving. My son would enjoy the flavor of jelly donuts and we’d get to try out a recipe for a muffin that is so beloved by those who line up to buy them at Downtown Bakery.

The recipe was simple to prepare. I baked them each day for four days. The fresh muffins on the fourth day were every bit as delicious as those prepared on day one. Each morning, my family couldn’t stop commenting about how amazing they were. Without jelly, they taste like the world’s best coffeecake in muffin form. With a bit of our homemade jelly, jam, or marmalade spooned into the center, they deliver jelly doughnut flavor with every single bite.

My son loved these muffins as much as I hoped he would. This recipe is definitely the path to a sweeter weekend for the whole family and an easy treat for me to add to our farmhouse table at breakfast time. Because the batter can be made ahead of time, I can prepare the batter on Friday and then bake them each weekend morning for our breakfast.  While they bake in the oven, I can accomplish my morning farm chores and start enjoying my first cup of coffee. As they cool on the counter, I’ll struggle to decide what sort of filling I want to enjoy. No matter what I chose, they’re bound to be delicious!

Jelly Doughnut Muffins
Yields 16
I love to bake these muffins in my extra-large muffin pan. The large, fluffy muffins are beautiful and perfect for filling with our favorite homemade jam, jelly, or marmalade. I bake enough for the crowd and serve them with a full array of our homemade preserves, allowing each person to choose their favorite filling. If you prefer, you could bake your muffins in a standard sized muffin pan. Simply reduce the baking time, checking the muffins after fifteen minutes to ensure that they don’t overbake.
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For the muffins
  1. 8 ounces (2 sticks) butter, softened and cubed
  2. 1 ¾ cup granulated sugar
  3. 4 ounces (1/2 cup) oil (any neutral tasting oil will do)
  4. 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  5. 4 large eggs
  6. 6 cups All-purpose flour
  7. 5 teaspoons baking powder
  8. ½ teaspoon baking soda
  9. 1 ¾ teaspoon salt
  10. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  11. 1/3 cup buttermilk
  12. 1 2/3 cup whole milk
For the topping
  1. melted butter for brushing on warm muffins
  2. ½ cup granulated sugar
  3. 1-2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line the cavities of a muffin tin with paper liners. You can also use silicone cupcake liners if you prefer. Set aside as you prepare the batter.
  2. Using a mixer, beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl until creamy. Add the oil and vanilla extract, mixing briefly to incorporate. Add the eggs and beat until the mixture is smooth.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Use a whisk to blend and aerate the dry ingredients.
  4. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the buttermilk and whole milk.
  5. Add approximately one third of the dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Slowly mix to incorporate. Add half of the milk/buttermilk and mix gently. Repeat until all of the dry and wet ingredients have been fully incorporated. Take care not to overmix. Stop the mixer as soon as the batter is smooth. Overmixing will encourage the gluten in the flour to develop, creating a chewy muffin rather than the flaky, light muffin we’re trying to create.
  6. Scoop around ½ to 2/3 cup batter into each lined muffin tin. I use an ice cream scoop, adding two scoops of batter to each liner. The batter should be almost even with the top of the liner.
  7. Transfer the muffin pan to the preheated oven. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the muffins are firm to the touch and a toothpick inserted into the middle of the muffin comes out with small crumbs attached.
  8. Remove the baked muffins from the oven. Allow them to cool for a few minutes as you prepare the cinnamon sugar topping.
  9. In a small bowl, melt a few tablespoons of butter. In a second small bowl, combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon, adjusting the amount of cinnamon based on your preferences.
  10. Brush or dip each warm muffin in the melted butter. Dip the butter topped muffins in the cinnamon sugar or spoon the cinnamon sugar on top, allowing the cinnamon sugar to adhere to the top of each muffin. Set the muffins aside to cool slightly.
  11. At this point, the muffins can be allowed to cool to room temperature and stored in an airtight container before serving. The batter can also be held for several days in the refrigerator, baking fresh muffins for breakfast each morning.
  12. Right before serving, use a small paring knife or apple corer to remove a small portion of the center of the muffin. Spoon a teaspoon of your favorite jam, jelly, or marmalade into the cavity before serving your Jelly Doughnut Muffins. Enjoy!
Adapted from Fine Cooking Magazine
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Brown Butter Marshmallow Rice Cereal Treats

Brown Butter Marshmallow Rice Cereal Treats at 1840 Farm

Who doesn’t love a rice cereal treat? It’s the perfect blend of sweet, gooey marshmallow and crisp rice cereal. From children to adults alike, the sight of a pan of these treats puts a smile on everyone’s face.

I like these treats, but I’ve always felt that they needed a little something. So many of them have but one flavor: sweet. I love marshmallow flavor as much as the next person, but I wanted something to balance it out, give it more depth and make me want more.

One day as I was making a batch of these treats, I left the butter on a bit too long. Suddenly, the farmhouse kitchen was filled with the delightful aroma of brown butter. I wondered if brown butter might be exactly the flavor I was looking for and continued on, making a pan of treats and cutting one immediately to see if I had happened upon a delicious combination by pure luck.

One bite later, I knew that I had. The flavor was sweet and slightly salty, with the rich buttery flavor that brown butter is famous for. This was a treat that was greater than the sum of its parts. It was perfect and I couldn’t wait for my family to have a bite and weigh in.

They loved the combination just as much as I did, so a new family favorite recipe was born. I haven’t made marshmallow rice cereal treats any other way since then. Here’s hoping that you won’t dream of making them any other way once your friends and family have had a bite of your first pan of these!

Brown Butter Marshmallow Rice Cereal Treats
Serves 8
Forget about the standard marshmallow rice squares. These are just as easy to make and so much more flavorful. Grownups will clamor for seconds right along with the kids. They're really that delicious!
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Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. ½ cup butter (1 stick) divided into two equal portions
  2. 10 ounces mini marshmallows (1 cup reserved)
  3. 5 cups crisp rice cereal
  4. 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  5. 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, measure out 1 cup of the mini marshmallows and 5 cups of crisp rice cereal. Line a 9x9 baking pan with parchment paper or waxed paper to prevent the treats from sticking to the pan. Set aside.
  2. Make the brown butter by adding half of the stick of butter to a large pot over medium heat. After the butter melts, you will notice that the milk solids will begin to separate. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally to allow those solids to brown slightly. You will notice a slight change in color and aroma. Brown butter has a slightly nutty aroma which will signal that the solids have caramelized and that the brown butter has finished cooking.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and add the remaining butter. This will cool the pan and stop the brown butter from cooking, preventing the solids from burning. Once all of the butter has melted, add the bag of marshmallows (less the cup that has been removed) to the pan. Stir until the marshmallows and butter have combined to create a melted, smooth mixture. Add the vanilla extract and salt, stirring to fully combine. Remove the pan from the heat.
  4. Add the crisp rice cereal and reserved mini marshmallows in a single addition, stirring with a spatula until it is fully combined and the melted butter marshmallow mixture evenly coats the cereal. Transfer the entire mix to the lined pan. Using the back of the spatula, press the warm mixture to the edges of the pan, smoothing the top to create an even pan of treats.
  5. Allow the treats to cool slightly before cutting into squares and serving. They’re delicious on their own or paired with coffee or hot chocolate.
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Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie – Nut Free

Nut Free Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie As a child, every Thanksgiving and Christmas was celebrated with my paternal grandmother’s homemade pies. She always had a collection of them fresh out of the oven, ready to mark the end of another family meal. I could always count on finding some sort of seasonal pie along with pecan and her famous schwatzenberry.

ChocolateBourbonPecanPieTopThose warm memories have stayed with me over the years. They’ve also ensured that we mark Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations with homemade pies at our farmhouse table.   Because of the food allergies we cook and bake around, we haven’t always been able to enjoy the flavor of a pecan pie at our family table. I missed the earthy, nutty flavor of pecan pie, but there was simply no safe way to enjoy the flavor without worry of cross contamination and allergic reactions.

It was almost five years ago that I first discovered that I could create completely nut free baked goods in our farmhouse kitchen that had the delicious nutty flavor we were missing due to nut allergies.  Wheat Nuts® became a pantry staple, allowing me to bring back a few flavors from my past without introducing nuts into our home.

Sadly, Wheat Nuts® products disappeared from the market in 2013, leaving us without the ingredient and snack we loved so much. Earlier this year, I received the wonderful news that these nut free and tasty snacks were being produced and were available to purchase. It was a moment worth celebrating in our nut free kitchen. When we discovered that there was an entirely new collection of nut free snacks and ingredients being offered, I couldn’t wait to place my order and start creating new recipes to enjoy during the holiday season and beyond.

You can order the following varieties which are all manufactured in a 100% nut free facility:Wheat Nuts and Nadanut

Wheat Nuts®
Nadanut® Salted Pecans
Nadanut® Unsalted Pecans
Nadanut® Salted Cashews
Nadanut® small chopped pecan pieces
Nadanut® medium chopped pecan pieces
Nadanut® small chopped walnut pieces
Nadanut® small chopped pistachio pieces

For the first time in far too many years, I will be serving this nut free pecan pie at our Thanksgiving table.  I hope that you will join us in serving this delicious pie to your friends and family and that they will enjoy it as much as we do.

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

In our nut free home, we use Nadanut® snacks to add the flavor of pecans without any worry of allergens paying a visit to our family table. If you aren’t baking with nut allergies in mind, you can easily substitute 2 cups of pecans in this recipe with delicious results. If you find yourself struggling when making homemade pie crust, read my simple pie crust tips and make flaky, delicious pie crust like a pro.

1 ½ cups (180 grams) All-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
4 ounces (1 stick) butter, grated
4-6 Tablespoons ice water

2 Tablespoons butter
¾ cup bittersweet chocolate chips or chunks
2 Tablespoons heavy cream
2 large eggs
1 cup (120 grams) dark brown sugar
¼ cup maple syrup
2 Tablespoons bourbon
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup Nadanut® small chopped pecan pieces
½ cup Nadanut® Unsalted Pecans
½ cup Nadanut® medium chopped pecan pieces

To make the crust, place flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor.  Pulse the dry ingredients to combine.  Add the grated butter and pulse until the butter has begun to incorporate into the flour and resembles small grains of rice.

With the motor running, add ice water one Tablespoon at a time until the dough forms a ball.  Take care not to over process the dough.  Over processing will help to develop the gluten in the flour and lead to a crust that is chewy and tough.  Less is more when it comes to working pie crust and will result in a flaky, light crust.

Transfer the pie crust dough to a pie plate.  Using your fingers, press the dough into shape gently until it is a uniform thickness and completely covers the bottom and sides of the pie plate. Work around the plate, rolling any excess crust underneath to form a thick ridge along the edge of the pie.  Using your fingers, flute the edge of the crust or use a fork to crimp along the edge.  Continue until the entire perimeter has been sealed. Transfer the pie plate to the refrigerator to chill while the oven warms and the filling is prepared.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil to catch any pie filling that may bubble over during baking.  Set aside.

In a small pan set over low heat, warm the butter and chocolate until melted and smooth, stirring often to prevent scorching. Remove the pan from the heat and add the heavy cream, stirring until completely smooth.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, and maple syrup. Whisk until smooth. Add the bourbon, vanilla, and salt. Stir to combine before adding the Nadanut® pieces (or pecans). Add the melted chocolate mixture to the bowl and stir until the filling is well combined.

Remove the pie plate from the refrigerator. Transfer the filling to the pie plate, spreading evenly. Place the pie on top of the prepared baking sheet and transfer it to the preheated oven.  Bake for 55 minutes or until the top of the filling has developed a crisp golden brown shell and the pie crust is evenly brown.  Rotating the pie midway through the baking time will help to ensure that your pie is evenly baked.

Remove the pie from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.  Serve warm or at room temperature.  Top with vanilla ice cream or freshly whipped cream if desired.


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Nut Free Pecanless Pie Bars

It was almost five years ago that I first discovered that I could create completely nut free baked goods in our farmhouse kitchen that had the delicious nutty flavor we were missing due to nut allergies.  Our home has been nut free for nearly a decade since we discovered that our son has food allergies.  Suddenly, the peanuts and tree nuts that we had turned to as nutritious snacks and baking ingredients were off limits.

I learned to enjoy brownies and cookies that didn’t contain nuts.  I even experimented until I found a peanut butter replacement that could be used to create a tasty substitute for peanut butter cookies.  But there were a few recipes that I just couldn’t seem to create nut free versions of.  Pecan pie, peanut brittle, and trail mix were eventually written off as something that we just couldn’t make in our kitchen.

Then I discovered a product called Wheat Nuts®.  I doubted that they would have the nutty flavor we missed so much, but I couldn’t help but give them a hopeful taste.  I was so happy to be wrong after taking the first bite and enjoying the flavor of nuts all over again.

I came to learn that Wheat Nuts® had been developed in the late 1970s, well before nut allergies became such a common issue for so many families.  I was so grateful to be able to keep our pantry stocked with them and set to work on recipes for the elusive pecan pie and peanut brittle.

As I was working to perfect my pecan pie filling in time for Thanksgiving that year, I decided to try my hand at creating a recipe for a nut free pecan pie bar.  The recipe became an immediate hit with our family and was a staple in our farmhouse kitchen during the colder months of the year when fresh berries for pies and crumbles weren’t being harvested from our gardens.

Sadly, Wheat Nuts® were pulled from the market in 2013, leaving us to meter out our remaining supply until it was gone.  We used the last of our stash to make a pan of these bars and then returned to the reality of not being able to enjoy the flavor of nuts in our nut free home.

Since that time, I have received countless messages and comments from nut free families just like ours who were desperate to find Wheat Nuts® again.  We shared in the disappointment of not being able to enjoy their delicious flavor in our homes without worry of cross contamination or allergic reactions.Wheat Nuts and Nadanut

On a morning a few months ago, I received a comment that changed my disappointment into sheer excitement.  Imagine my surprise when I read a message sharing the happy news that the product we loved was back!  Even better, there were several new products to try that were also nut free.

You can order the following varieties which are all manufactured in a 100% nut free facility:

Wheat Nuts®
Nadanut® Salted Pecans
Nadanut® Unsalted Pecans
Nadanut® Salted Cashews
Nadanut® small chopped pecan pieces
Nadanut® medium chopped pecan pieces
Nadanut® small chopped walnut pieces
Nadanut® small chopped pistachio pieces

For the first time in far too many years, we will be enjoying the flavor of pecan pie at our Thanksgiving table.  We couldn’t bear to wait until Thanksgiving dinner to enjoy the flavor that we have missed so much, so a celebratory batch of these completely nut free pecanless pie bars is definitely in order!

Nut Free Pecanless Pie Bars
makes 24 bars

Shortbread Crust
240 grams (2 cups) All-purpose flour
72 grams (6 Tablespoons) brown sugar
6 ounces butter, cubed

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 13 x 9 inch pan with parchment paper.

Place all ingredients in food processor.  Process using on/off turns until the mixture has just formed small clumps.  Do not over process.  Sprinkle mixture over the bottom of prepared pan.  Lightly press the mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan.  Bake for 20 minutes until light golden brown.  Prepare filling as the crust is baking.

Nut Free Pecanless Pie Filling
168 grams (2 cups) Nadanut® medium chopped pecan pieces
144 grams (3/4 cup) brown sugar
4 ounces butter
63 grams (3 Tablespoons) honey
1 ounce (2 Tablespoons) half and half

Melt butter in heavy saucepan over medium heat.  Stir in brown sugar, honey, and half and half.  Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and stir in chopped Wheat Nuts.

When the shortbread crust is finished baking, remove it from the oven and  immediately pour warm filling over the top.  If necessary, spread filling evenly over the crust.  Return pan to the oven and bake for 20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and cool completely.

Run a sharp knife or spatula around the edges of the pan to loosen the cooled bars.  Use the edges of the parchment paper to lift cooled bars from the pan to a cutting board.  Using serrated knife, cut into bars.  Serve warm or at room temperature.


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Oat Scones with Fresh Strawberries

SconeIngredieStrawberry Oat Scone at 1840 FarmntsWMWhen fresh strawberries are in season, we take full advantage and work them into a variety of baking recipes and canned goods.  These Oat Scones studded with chunks of juicy, fresh strawberries find their way to our breakfast table every year.  They’re delicious and a reminder of why we love strawberry season so much.  While the scones are always best if eaten the day they are baked, I find that any leftovers are great when used as a base for a strawberry shortcake dessert that evening.  Enjoy!

 

Oat Scones with Fresh Strawberries
makes 8 sconesStrawberry Oat Scone at 1840 Farm

I was inspired to add fresh strawberries to my family’s favorite scone recipe after reading Honey & Oats: Everyday Favorites Baked with Whole Grains and Natural Sweeteners by Jennifer Katzinger. The results were delicious. In fact, these scones were such a hit that they have become our favorite scone recipe.

I like to grate the butter for recipes that require butter to be cut into the flour. Using tiny grated bits of butter makes mixing the dough a breeze. It also yields an incredibly tender scone as much less mixing is needed.

2 cups (160 grams) old fashioned oats
1 cup (80 grams) oat flour
½ cup (60 grams) whole wheat flour
¼ cup (30 grams) All-purpose flour
¼ cup (48 grams) brown sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
8 Tablespoons (4 ounces) butter, grated
¼ cup (2 ounces) heavy cream
1 large egg
1 cup chopped strawberries
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat liner.

Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the grated butter and gently toss with your hands to fully coat the butter and evenly distribute it throughout the dry ingredients.

In a small bowl, combine the cream and egg and whisk to combine. Add the cream and egg to the bowl with the flour and stir gently to moisten the dry ingredients. Reserve the small bowl as the remnants from the cream and egg mixture can be used to brush the scones before they are transferred to the oven. Add the chopped strawberries to the batter and fold gently to combine.

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Gently pat the dough into a circle approximately 8 inches in diameter. Cut the dough into eight wedges. Transfer each wedge to the prepared baking sheet. Using a pastry brush, gently brush each scone with the remaining cream and egg mixture. Sprinkle a bit of the granulated sugar on top of each scone.

Transfer the baking sheet to the preheated oven. Bake the scones 18 to 20 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through the baking time. When fully baked, the scones will be lightly browned and firm to the touch.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven to a wire rack to cool. Scones are most delicious served the day they are made, so serve them immediately and enjoy every last bite!


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The WonderMix Kitchen Mixer GIVEAWAY and My Multigrain Brioche Bread Recipe

WonderMix Kitchen MixerWhen I was offered the opportunity to try out the new WonderMix Kitchen Mixer in our farmhouse kitchen, I was thrilled. I have been using the company’s WonderMill Electric Grain Mill for several years now.  No matter how many times I use it, I am always astounded at how simple it is to use and how quickly it transforms the organic wheat berries I purchase through my local food co-op into beautiful, freshly milled flour. I couldn’t wait to see their new WonderMix stand mixer and put it through its paces in our farmhouse kitchen.

When the WonderMix arrived, I was taken with its unique design. I loved its square base and covered mixing bowl, knowing that dry ingredients would remain inside the bowl when mixing rather than ending up on the countertop.   After carefully measuring my ingredients with my food scale for a recipe, it can be so frustrating to watch as dry ingredients are flung from a mixer’s bowl and deposited all over the countertop.

The mixing bowl is large, with a capacity of 5.5 quarts or 22 cups. I don’t have a single recipe in my arsenal that requires that much capacity, but I’m glad to know that I can easily mix a double batch of bread dough with room to spare. Not only does this mixer have a high-capacity mixing bowl, it has the motor strength to handle heavy doughs and mixtures. The WonderMix has an impressive 900 watt motor. To put that in perspective, my current stand mixer has a 325 watt motor. The WonderMix has the capacity and the power to handle even the most grueling tasks in my kitchen and yours. With its innovative dough hook and dough divider attachment combination, I knew right away that this was a bread baker’s dream machine.

The WonderMix offers two different sets of whisk type attachments available for the WonderMix. A whisk is often the ideal tool for a recipe, but whisking egg whites into a fluffy meringue is quite a different task than mixing a batch of buttercream or cookie dough. I often find with my other stand mixer that the dough paddle doesn’t adequately beat a batch of buttercream or cookie dough into the smooth, silky texture I desire while the whisk isn’t strong enough to handle the thicker mixture. Having two different pairs of whisk attachments means that I’ll always have one that is well suited for the task at hand.

The WonderMix boasts a wide assortment of other attachments and accessories. They offer a full function blender, slicer/shredder, and meat grinder attachments. If you are interested in working with grain, both a grain flaker and grain mill attachment are also available. This sturdy, powerful unit can do the work of a multitude of appliances. Its rectangular footprint also makes it much easier for me to easily store it in our kitchen.

The helpful owner’s manual that accompanied my WonderMix was filled with helpful instructions for using the machine along with more than 40 recipes. I turned immediately to the section of bread recipes and learned that this mixer promised to fully develop the gluten in a batch of bread dough in five minutes. I couldn’t wait to put that promise to the test.

I make several types of bread for our family. My favorite bread to bake and to eat is brioche. I enjoy brioche’s texture and rich flavor. IMultigrain Brioche loaves at 1840 Farm love to toast a slice of homemade brioche, knowing that the enriched dough will yield the lovely browned surface that I enjoy so much. My family enjoys it just as much as I do, so I make a batch of two loaves every week or so.

The prospect of making a traditional brioche can be daunting for the baker and taxing for the baker’s mixer. Traditional brioche is baked from dough enriched by fresh eggs and butter. Each addition must be perfectly timed before advancing to the next step. If these steps are rushed, the dough will break apart, forming several small clumps that will resist coming back together into one congruous ball of dough. Yet care must be taken not to over mix the dough as too much mixing can ruin the airy texture that makes brioche so wonderful.

Once the eggs have been successfully integrated into the dough, butter must be added in much the same way. It is added a bit at a time, allowing the butter to fully blend with the dough. This process can take thirty minutes or more. All of this kneading puts a heavy toll on a mixer. As the dough is kneaded, the mixer must be monitored to ensure that it does not overheat or, worse yet, burn out completely. Kneading this dough for such a long time is a herculean task for a typical residential kitchen mixer.

Over the years, I have worked to develop my own brioche recipe. It delivers the same delicious flavor and airy texture without requiring so much precision from the bread baker.

In the past few months, I attempted to adapt my recipe to incorporate some of our freshly milled whole wheat flour into the recipe. I didn’t have much luck. The loaves lacked the airy texture I love. No matter how I adjusted the recipe, the resulting loaves were too dense. It seemed that no matter how long I worked the dough using my mixer, I fell short of creating that lovely smooth characteristic that my Farmhouse Brioche always delivers.

I did finally determine that I could use my stand mixer to work the dough for several minutes and then knead the dough by hand for between 5 to 10 minutes in order to create a dough that was smooth and elastic enough to pass the windowpane test.

I had almost given up any hope of creating a multigrain brioche recipe that could be worked entirely by a mixer. Then the WonderMix arrived and I returned to the farmhouse kitchen, hopeful that this powerful machine would have the muscle I needed to fully develop the gluten and create a loaf that was exactly what I was looking for.

As the dough came together, I set my kitchen timer for five minutes. The WonderMix worked the dough without straining. When the timer sounded, I turned off the mixer and removed the dough. It was smooth and elastic, easily passing the windowpane test. The WonderMix had delivered on its promise to fully develop the gluten in five minutes.

I have made several batches of bread since then. Each batch has been just as beautiful and delicious. From now on, I will be using the WonderMix to make this multigrain brioche and all of our other homemade breads.

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1840 Farm Multigrain Brioche
Makes two loaves

12 ounces (1 ¾ cup) warm water
21 grams (1 Tablespoon) honey
4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 Tablespoon salt
1 Tablespoon Dough Enhancer (optional)
600 grams (5 cups) All-purpose flour
240 grams (2 cups) whole wheat flour
3 large eggs, room temperature
4 ounces (1 stick) butter, grated

If you are using a dough proofer, preheat the proofer following the manufacturer’s instructions as you prepare the dough.   Whisk the warm water and honey in the bowl of a large stand mixer. Sprinkle the yeast over the top of the liquid. Allow the yeast to rest as you prepare the remaining ingredients.

In a medium bowl, combine the salt, dough enhancer (if using), and flour. Grate the butter and set aside. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs until smooth.

Add the eggs to the bowl with the warm water and honey. Whisk until combined. Mount the bowl on the mixer’s base and attach the dough hook and dough divider. Add the dry ingredients all in one addition before turning the mixer’s motor on low speed.

Mix for a few minutes, until the dough begins to take shape. The dough will appear to be slightly dry. With the motor running, begin adding the grated butter a bit at a time, allowing the butter to be incorporated into the dough before adding more. Continue this process until all of the butter has been added.

Stop the mixer and asses the dough. It should be shiny and moist, but not excessively sticky. The ball of dough should be smooth and elastic. If it is too sticky, simply start the mixer and gradually add up to ½ cup of All-purpose flour to the dough. Take care not to add too much flour as it will yield a finished loaf that is too dry. Increase the speed of the mixer slightly and work the dough until it passes the windowpane test, approximately five to ten minutes.

If you are unfamiliar with the windowpane test, the technique is quite simple but incredibly helpful when making a loaf of bread.  This windowpane test will help you to determine if your dough has been kneaded sufficiently to yield a wonderful finished loaf.  By using this technique, you will be certain that your homemade bread dough will produce a beautiful loaf of bread.

Conducting the windowpane test is simple.  After you have kneaded the dough to the point when you think that it has been worked sufficiently, take a small ball of dough and stretch it between your fingers until it is thin and translucent, allowing light to pass through it (much like a window).  If the dough stretches without breaking, it has been kneaded long enough to develop the gluten and is ready to prepare for its rise.  If the dough breaks, continue kneading until it passes the test.

Once your dough passes the windowpane test, transfer the dough to a large buttered bowl to rise in a dough proofer or a warm, draft free location.  Allow the dough to rise until it has nearly doubled in size. Using my dough proofer set at 82 degrees, this takes approximately 45 to 60 minutes.

Once the dough has nearly doubled in size, divide it into two equal sections. Form each section into a loaf and place in a buttered or oiled loaf pan. Be sure to oil the top rim of the loaf pan as this dough has a tendency to rise well above the top of the pan. Oiling the top rim of the pan will make releasing the baked loaf from the pan much easier.

Transfer the two loaves back to the proofing chamber or warm, draft free location for rising. Allow the loaves to rise until they have reached a height of more than one inch above the top edge of the loaf pans.  Using my dough proofer, this takes about one 60 – 90 minutes.

As the dough nears the end of its rise, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  If you have a pizza stone, this is a great time to put it to use.  I like to use stones when baking bread in order to deliver even heat to the bottom of the loaf as it bakes.  I find that my loaves bake more evenly when I have the stones in the oven during preheating and baking.

Once the loaves have risen sufficiently and the oven has reached the proper temperature, transfer the loaves to the oven.  Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, turning near the halfway mark to ensure even browning.  When the loaves are fully baked, they will be golden brown and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.  Remove the baked loaves from their pans to a wire rack. Allow them to cool completely before slicing or storing.

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Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate and Divine Desserts Spice Blend

For the past few months, I have been participating in the  Fennel Friday series with a group of food bloggers.  Delicious smelling packages arrive in the mailbox from Pollen Ranch and then the fun begins.  It has been a great experience, working to create and share delicious recipes that incorporate the different fennel pollen varieties.

When Divine Desserts arrived in the mail,  I was stumped.  I hadn’t thought of fennel pollen as a dessert component.  The ingredient list for Divine Desserts includes orange peel, plum powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, clove, and a host of spices and flavors perfect for accenting a sweet preparation.

I struggled to find just the right recipe to make with Divine Desserts.  I wanted the beautiful flavors of this spice blend to shine through.  I added this spice blend to a batch of my family’s favorite Pumpkin Bars with Dark Chocolate Chips in place of the cinnamon that the recipe calls for.  The flavor was incredible, but Ii was still in search of a recipe that would really highlight the flavor.

One night, as I was scooping vanilla bean ice cream to serve as dessert for my family, the answer was literally staring me in the face. Days earlier, I had made a batch of my dark chocolate “magic” ice cream topping.  Suddenly, I knew exactly what to do with this Divine Desserts blend.

A scoop of vanilla bean ice cream was drizzled with the homemade magic shell topping.  As the dark chocolate began to harden, I sprinkled the Divine Desserts on top of the chocolate.  In seconds, the chill from the ice cream had hardened the magic shell and the spice blend was held firmly in place.

The dessert looked beautiful, but I wondered how it would taste.  I delivered the cups of topped ice cream to our family table and waited for my taste testers to share their opinions.  They were too busy enjoying their dessert to register an opinion.

I took their empty bowls as a compliment.  Then they went on to remark about what a delicious, unique flavor the spice blend had added to a seemingly simple dish of vanilla ice cream topped with dark chocolate.  Since then, Divine Desserts has become a favorite ice cream topping here at 1840 Farm.  One taste of this flavor combination and it just might become a favorite in your house!

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate Topping and Divine Desserts Spice Blend

vanilla bean ice cream
1 recipe Homemade Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping
Divine Desserts Spice Blend

Place a generous scoop of vanilla bean ice cream in the bottom of a bowl or cup.  Stir the homemade magic shell topping until smooth before pouring several spoonfuls over the ice cream.  Before the topping has fully set, sprinkle liberally with Divine Desserts Spice Blend.  Serve and enjoy!

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Farmhouse Country Loaf

I have already admitted to you how much I love to make bread.  I enjoy making the simplest of quick breads to brioche loaves and babkas that require a full day of preparation and baking.  I also enjoy making rustic, everyday loaves.

This farmhouse country loaf is a staple here at 1840 Farm.   It incorporates the fresh eggs and goat’s milk that we collect from the heritage breed hens and Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats each day.  I also use our freshly ground whole wheat flour and corn meal in the dough.  In my opinion, a loaf of homemade bread made with freshly collected eggs, goat’s milk, and home milled grains can proudly wear the name “farmhouse country loaf.”

A few months ago, I had the good fortune to be asked by our sponsor Kitchen Kneads to review a few of their products.  One of them was Grandma Eloise’s Dough Enhancer.   The product promised to help produce a whole wheat loaf with a lighter texture and longer shelf life.  It was hard for me to believe that a mere Tablespoon of the dough enhancer would make much of a difference in a batch of bread dough big enough to produce two loaves.

Yet, I was curious, so I followed the instructions on the package for dough enhancer and made a batch of our farmhouse country loaf dough.  I didn’t make any other changes to the ingredients or technique in order to test the difference the dough enhancer would make in the finished loaf.

To say that I was impressed is an understatement.  The dough enhancer made an incredible difference in the texture of the finished loaf.  The exterior was firm with an interior that was smooth and even.  As far as the shelf life was concerned, one full week later, the loaf was still just as delicious as the day it came out of the oven.

We enjoy this bread for breakfast each morning lightly toasted, topped with a bit of butter and fresh homemade preserves.   The loaf has the wonderful texture that is the hallmark of a wholegrain bread without being too dense.  When toasted, the cornmeal in the loaf delivers a lovely toasty crunch that makes this our favorite way to start our mornings on the farm.

This country farmhouse loaf is my family’s favorite homemade bread recipe.  I hope that you will give it a try and make it yours.

Farmhouse Country Loaf
makes 2 loaves

I like to use freshly ground Hard Winter Wheat flour and home ground cornmeal ground using our WonderMill in this recipe.  If you don’t have access to freshly ground flour or cornmeal, you can substitute high quality whole wheat flour and  cornmeal.  If you don’t have Grandma Eloise’s Dough Enhancer, you can omit it from the recipe.  The resulting loaf will still be delicious, but the texture will be slightly more dense and the shelf life will be several days shorter.

2 cups (240 grams) All-purpose or bread flour
1 1/4 cups (150 grams) whole wheat flour
1 cup (120 grams) cornmeal
1 Tablespoon Grandma Eloise Dough Enhancer
4 teaspoons vital wheat gluten
2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 Tablespoons butter
1 Tablespoon honey
1/4 cup (2 ounces) milk
1 1/4 cup (10 ounces) warm water
1 large egg

If you are using a dough proofer, preheat the proofer following the manufacturer’s instructions as you prepare the dough.

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.  Use a whisk to mix the dry ingredients.  Set aside.

In a microwave safe bowl or small saucepan, combine the butter, honey, milk, and water.  Heat the mixture until it is warm but not hot.  If you have an instant read thermometer, you can use it to determine the exact temperature.  An ideal temperature for the liquids is between 105° F–115° F.  Stir to combine, ensuring that the honey has been incorporated into the warm liquid.  Add the egg and stir until the liquid is thoroughly combined.

Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients, stirring until a dough begins to form.  Remove the ball of shaggy dough from the bowl to a floured surface.  Knead the dough, adding more flour if necessary, until it passes the windowpane test, approximately ten minutes.

If you are unfamiliar with the windowpane test, the technique is quite simple but incredibly helpful when making a loaf of bread.  This windowpane test will help you to determine if your dough has been kneaded sufficiently to yield a wonderful finished loaf.  By using this technique, you will be certain that your homemade bread dough will produce a beautiful loaf of bread.

Conducting the windowpane test is simple.  After you have kneaded the dough to the point when you think that it is ready to be shaped into loaves, take a small ball of dough and stretch it between your fingers until it is thin and translucent (much like a window).  If the dough stretches without breaking, it has been kneaded long enough to develop the gluten and is ready to prepare for its rise.  If the dough breaks, continue kneading until it passes the test.

Once your dough passes the windowpane test, divide the dough into two even balls.  Shape each ball into a loaf and place in a lightly oiled loaf pan.  Using a sharp knife, make several slits in the surface of the loaf.  Scoring the loaf will allow the dough to rise and bake evenly without breaking the beautiful top crust.  Set aside to rise in a proofing chamber or a warm, draft free location.  Allow the loaves to rise until they have reached a height of an inch above the top edge of the loaf pans.

As the dough nears the end of its rise, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  If you have a pizza stone, this is a great time to put it to use.  I like to use stones when baking bread in order to deliver even heat to the bottom of the loaf as it bakes.  I find that my loaves bake more evenly when I have the stones in the oven during preheating and baking.

Once the loaf has risen sufficiently and the oven has reached temperature, transfer the loaves to the oven.  Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, turning at the halfway mark to ensure even browning.  When the loaves are fully baked, they will sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.  Remove the fully baked loaves from their pans to a wire rack.  Brush the tops of the loaves with melted butter if desired.  Allow them to cool completely before storing.

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1840 Farm Multigrain Waffles

I began making these waffles a few years ago. When I came across a recipe for “Waffles of Insane Greatness”, I couldn’t help myself. My curiosity simply got the best of me. I had to know. Were these waffles really that good?

My entire family was a bit skeptical. We already had a favorite recipe for homemade waffles. We didn’t think that this recipe would win us over. We were so wrong.  After the first bite, we were sold. It was crispy on the outside with a light interior and wonderful flavor. It was official: we had a new favorite recipe for homemade waffles.

A few months ago, I was invited to take part in the Grain Mill Wagon Challenge to create a series of recipes using freshly ground flours and meals using a WonderMill Electric Grain Mill.  Our tried and true recipe for waffles was one of the first recipes I incorporated our home ground flour and meal into.

I wouldn’t have believed that it was possible to improve upon our waffle recipe, but I was wrong again.  The fresh flour and meal added such a fantastic, earthy flavor to the batter.  Once the waffles were topped with butter and our favorite maple syrup from Lowell’s Sugar Shack, they were better than great.  They were perfect.

1840 Farm Multigrain Waffles
adapted from Aretha Frankenstein’s Waffles of Insane Greatness
Makes 6 large Belgian waffles

Our version of the original recipe has evolved quite a bit since that infamous first bite.  I substitute our freshly milled wholegrain flour for much of the All-purpose flour called for in the original recipe.  Adding a bit of our freshly ground cornmeal helps to create a waffle with fantastic texture.  If you don’t have access to freshly ground flour or cornmeal, you can substitute whole wheat flour and standard cornmeal.

I also like to use both butter and vegetable oil in the batter.  I find that the butter delivers a crispier crust while the oil keeps the interior of the waffle moist.  Instead of using sugar to sweeten the batter, I like to substitute real maple syrup.  When combined with our home brewed vanilla extract, it lends a sweet, earthy flavor to the batter.

¾ cup (90 grams) freshly milled whole wheat flour
½ cup (60 grams) freshly ground cornmeal
¼ cup (30 grams) All-purpose flour
½ cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
6 Tablespoons butter
1 ¾ cup (14 ounces) milk
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

In a large bowl, combine the flours, cornmeal, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Gently whisk to combine.

In a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup, melt the butter by microwaving in 20 second intervals.  Add milk, apple cider vinegar, and oil to the butter and whisk to combine.  Add the eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla to this mixture and whisk until smooth.

Add the liquid ingredients to the dry and whisk until completely smooth.  Allow the batter to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Near the end of the half hour, preheat your waffle maker.  Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once they come to temperature, oil the plates of the waffle iron using oil or pan spray.  Follow the guidelines for your waffle maker to fill and cook the waffles.

Keep the cooked waffles warm by placing them on a wire rack in the preheated oven.  Continue preparing the waffles until you have used all of the batter.  Serve hot with butter and pure maple syrup.

Leftover waffles can be frozen for later use.  Allow the waffles to cool to room temperature before freezing.  Frozen waffles can be reheated in a toaster, toaster oven, or waffle maker.


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Chocolate Mocha Zucchini Cake

Chocolae Zucchini Cake at 1840 FarmDuring gardening season, we celebrate every piece of fresh fruit and vegetable grown at 1840 Farm.  We eat as much as we can while it is at its fresh best.  We also can, pickle, and freeze our garden harvest so that we can enjoy the fruits of our labor during the long, cold winter.  It’s a constant race against time trying to make sure that not a single morsel goes to waste.

During summers that include a bumper harvest of zucchini, I like to find ways to include it in savory and sweet dishes.  Incorporating shredded zucchini into baked goods isn’t anything new.  My mother made zucchini bread every summer when I was a child.  Making a zucchini cake with chocolate and mocha flavor puts a new spin on an old favorite.

Zucchini adds an unbelievable moist texture to baked goods without altering the flavor.  It can be used as a substitute for oil in cakes and breads with excellent, delicious results.  This cake is no exception.  The flavor is rich, full of chocolate and espresso flavor.  The texture is moist and evenly dense.

Chocolate Mocha Zucchini Cake is  delicious served warm with a small scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.  When fresh berries are available, I love to serve it topped with whipped cream and fresh berries straight from our garden.  No matter how you serve it, this cake is sure to be a hit with the chocolate lovers at your family table.

Chocolate Mocha Zucchini Cake
makes 12 servings

I like to use espresso powder in this recipe to deliver a wonderfully rich coffee flavor.  If you don’t have espresso powder on hand, you can substitute 4 ounces of strong coffee for part of the milk called for in the recipe.

The water content in zucchini can vary wildly, so the baking time for this recipe is a guideline.  You may find that your cake needs 10-15 minutes of additional time in the oven if your zucchini was particularly moist.  If you use frozen zucchini, I have found that defrosting the zucchini and draining it before adding it to the recipe yields more consistent results.

I like to use my silicone bundt pan when baking this recipe.  I find that it helps the cake to remain moist as it bakes and cools.  A metal bundt pan or a standard cake pan could also be used.  If using a different pan, simply adjust the cooking time as needed, removing the cake from the oven as soon as a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out cleanly.

2 ounces (1/2 stick) butter, melted
2 ounces oil
2 ounces plain yogurt
1/2 cup (96 grams) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (96 grams) brown sugar
1 1/2 cups (120 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tablespoon espresso powder
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
8 ounces shredded zucchini (see note above)
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups (180 grams) All-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
7 1/2 ounces (1 cup minus 1 Tablespoon) milk
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a bundt pan by spraying lightly with pan spray or brushing with melted butter.  Place the bundt pan on a baking sheet and set aside as you prepare the batter.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the melted butter, oil, yogurt, sugar, and brown sugar.  Mix until  smooth before adding cocoa powder, vanilla, espresso powder, eggs, and zucchini.  Stir until the zucchini and cocoa are fully incorporated and the batter is smooth.  Add the flour, baking soda, baking, powder, and sea salt and stir until just combined.  Add the milk and vinegar and mix until the batter is completely smooth.

Transfer the batter to the prepared bundt pan.  Place the cake in the middle of the oven and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, adjusting baking time as needed .  The cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean or with small crumbs attached.

Allow the cake to cool at least 10 minutes in the pan before inverting on a wire rack to cool completely.  Serve warm or at room temperature.


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