Easy Italian Focaccia Bread

Easy Italian Foccacia Bread Recipe

Easy Italian Focaccia Bread Recipe
Easy Italian Focaccia Bread Recipe

I have been dying to make my own bread! I love bread and I love pizza. Don’t you? Actually I stand corrected I love good bread. None of that wonder bread stuff. I’m talking gooooooood homemade bread or at the very least fresh cut bread from the bakery. You know what I’m saying? I hope so because this focaccia bread recipe can be described in one word: fresh!

Easy Italian Focaccia Bread
Easy Italian Focaccia Bread

Easy Italian Foccacia Bread Recipe
 
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This easy Italian Focaccia bread recipe is perfect for all bread and pizza lovers.
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • 500g all purpose flour
  • 1 heaped tbsp corn meal
  • 2 × 7g sachets dried yeast
  • 50ml olive oil, plus a little extra
  • 75g pitted black olives, sliced
  • 150g sundried tomatoes
  • 2–3 rosemary sprigs, leaves only
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Thoroughly mix the flour, semolina and yeast with a couple of generous pinches of salt. Mix 320ml warm water with the olive oil. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and gradually add the liquid. (It’s easiest to mix this together with a fork to start with and then, when it is just coming together, use your hands to make it into a ball.) Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes until smooth, elastic and springy to touch.
  2. Place the dough in a large floured mixing bowl and leave to rise in a warm place for 30–60 minutes until doubled in size.
  3. Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas 6.
  4. Place the risen dough in an oiled baking tray (about 28 × 20cm) and sprinkle with a little salt. Grease your fingers with a little olive oil and prod out the dough to the edges of the tray.
  5. Press the olives and sundried tomatoes into the dough so that they are slightly poking above the surface. Season with salt and pepper and scatter over the rosemary leaves.
  6. Drizzle the bread with a little extra olive oil and place in the preheated oven for 30 minutes until golden and cooked through.
  7. Turn out of the tray, then transfer to a board, slice and serve.

 

Chocolate Covered Pretzels Recipe

Christmas Chocolate Covered Pretzels Recipe
Christmas Chocolate Covered Pretzels Recipe

Today’s Christmas day and I feel like winter hasn’t even started — Me: damn broski its 10 degrees right now. Broski: blessed! But you know what I really love about winter is the gifts — Broski: What did you get for Christmas? Me: FAT. I got FAT.

My new favourite cooking pal, Steph, took this picture and I just had to try and make these bad boys. To be honest, I knew this recipe was going to be a killer because I know Steph AND she knows her food (and baby names! *cough* *cough* Mackenzie-Blake). Also a big shout out to Jennifer (one of Steph’s friends who *cough* *cough* is an absolute QT!).

I love this recipe because its so simple! I mean really really really really did I say really simple. Like this recipe is so simple I could make a song about it: Boil em, melt em, stick em in melted chocolate. Okay. I was never good at musical things… OH did I mention I love sugar, sugar, sugar things!

Here is the recipe and my tips. Enjoy!

La dolce vita!

Tips

  • Be careful with white chocolate it burns easily!

Chocolate Covered Pretzels Recipe
 
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Chocolate Covered Pretzels are perfect for the holidays whether you celebrate christmas or don't you will love this recipe!
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 2 bags chocolate chips (white or milk chocolate)
  • 1 bag pretzels
  • Sprinkles, for garnish, optional
  • Coconut, for garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. Melt chocolate in double boiler over medium heat on stove top.
  2. Using a fork, quickly dip pretzels in chocolate allowing the excess to run off.
  3. Place dipped pretzels on waxed paper lined cookie sheets.
  4. Sprinkle with sprinkles or other toppings.
  5. Allow to harden. You may need to refrigerate for a while to help this along.
  6. Once hardened, remove from sheets and store in a cool location, with waxed paper between layers.

 

Gordon Ramsay Smoky Pork Sliders with BBQ Sauce

Gordon Ramsay Smoky Pork Sliders with BBQ Sauce
Gordon Ramsay Smoky Pork Sliders with BBQ Sauce

There is nothing more delicious than smoky pork sliders with a homemade BBQ sauce! I made these puppies for a company dinner and they came out great. Plus, if you are a big Gordon Ramsay fan like I am, you will LOVE these! So, go forth try these, their worth it!

Gordon Ramsay Smoky Pork Sliders with BBQ Sauce
 
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This Gordon Ramsay Smoky Pork Sliders with BBQ Sauce recipe is delicious and impressive. The recipe is from Gordon Ramsay's TV show, Ultimate Cooking Course.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 rashers of skinless smoked back bacon, finely chopped
  • Olive oil, for frying
  • 1 banana shallot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 500g minced pork
  • FOR THE BARBECUE SAUCE:
  • Olive oil, for frying
  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 2–3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • TO SERVE:
  • Mini burger buns/bread rolls
  • Baby gem lettuce leaves, shredded
  • Slices of smoked Cheddar cheese, e.g. apple wood smoked
  • Slices of tomato
Instructions
  1. First make the barbecue sauce. Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the onion and garlic with some seasoning and the sugar, and fry for 5 minutes until softened. Add the paprika and stir to combine. Cook for 10–15 minutes until the onion is caramelising, then add the vinegar and let it cook out for a couple of minutes. Add the Worcestershire sauce and tomato ketchup, mix well and continue to cook for about 8 minutes until the sauce has reduced to a dropping consistency. Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  2. While the barbecue sauce is reducing, start preparing the burger mince. Fry the bacon in an oiled pan for about 5 minutes until almost cooked through. Add the shallot and continue to cook for 5 minutes until the shallot is tender and the bacon crisp. Sprinkle in the smoked paprika and mix well. Continue to cook for 1–2 minutes, then remove from the heat, draining off any excess fat on kitchen paper.
  3. Season the minced pork and mix well with the cooked shallots and bacon. Shape into balls the size of golf balls and flatten into patties.
  4. Heat a large, heavy-based frying pan with a little oil. Season the patties and cook them for 1–2 minutes on each side, basting with the juices until cooked through and coloured. Turn off the heat and leave them to rest in the pan. Top each patty with a slice of cheese, allowing it to melt slightly.
  5. Assemble your sliders in mini buns, layered with the barbecue sauce, lettuce and slices of tomato. Any remaining barbecue sauce will keep in the fridge very well. Serve immediately.

 

Simple Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip

Simple Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip

Simple Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip
Simple Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip

I love making dip in my slow cooker and so one weekend my girlfriend and I made dip. This is my Simple Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip! Being University students the motivation behind this recipe is to be healthy while cost effective. The recipe costs around $14, but can last for a week or two!

Simple Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip Ingredients
Simple Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip Ingredients

The traditional Spinach Artichoke Dip uses parmesan cheese but this recipe uses less expensive cheddar cheese. But you can use any type of cost effective cheese.

Simple Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip Mix
Simple Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip Mix

Simple Spinach Artichoke Dip
 
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Here is an easy and simple Spinach Artichoke Dip which is comforting, healthy and delicious. The all in one dip for any occasion.
Serves: 3 - 6
Ingredients
  • 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ¾ cup herb and garlic cheddar cheese (or any cheese you like)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • Ground black pepper and salt to taste
  • Optional: ¼ cup of chopped green onions
Instructions
  1. Place artichoke hearts, spinach, sour cream, garlic, herb and garlic cheddar cheese, salt and pepper into a slow cooker. Stir until well combined. Top with cream cheese.
  2. Cover and cook on low heat for 2.5 hours.
  3. Uncover and stir until cream cheese is well combined.

 

Chocolate Marshmallow Snowballs Recipe

Chocolate Marshmallow Snowballs Recipe

Chocolate Marshmallow Snowballs Recipe
Chocolate Marshmallow Snowballs Recipe

Watch out, you will be popping these snowball cookies straight into your mouth. These cookies are a lot of fun to make. My family and I all joined in coating the marshmallows in chocolate and dipping it in coconut shreds.

Chocolate Marshmallow Snowballs Recipe
Chocolate Marshmallow Snowballs Recipe

Chocolate Marshmallow Snowballs Recipe
 
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Delish chocolate treats with a marshmallow centre, covered in coconut. So yummy! if you have ever tried a 'hedgehog' slice this is similar but wrapped around a marshmallow. So easy to make.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 36
Ingredients
  • 125g butter
  • 1 (400g) tin sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 (250g) packet plain malt biscuits
  • 3½ cups (300g) dessicated coconut
  • 32 large marshmellows
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper; set aside. In a saucepan, combine the butter, milk, cocoa and vanilla. Cook and stir over medium heat until butter is melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat; stir in malt biscuits and 1½ cups coconut. Let stand until cool enough to handle.
  2. Using moistened hands, wrap about 1 tablespoon of mixture around each marshmallow (dip hands in water often to prevent sticking). Roll in remaining coconut; place on prepared baking sheet. Cover and freeze until firm. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer. May be frozen for up to 2 months.

 

Star Jam Cookies

Star Jam Cookies Recipe

Star Jam Cookies
Star Jam Cookies

When Christmas comes one of our favourite things to do is make a cookies! We literally spend two whole days just making cookies as a family. This year we decided to make six different types including Peppermint Hersey Kisses Cookies, Marshmallow Snowball Cookies, Peppermint Bark, Star Jam Cookies and Christmas M&M Rice Krispies. We packaged them up in Christmas tins and delivered them to friends and family to enjoy!

Star Jam Cookies Recipe
 
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Star Jam Cookies are perfect to enjoy with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate this winter.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 11
Ingredients
  • 2½ sticks lightly salted butter, plus more for greasing the baking sheet
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2⅓ cups all-purpose flour, plus more flour for rolling the cookies
  • ½ cup slivered almonds, ground
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting cookies, optional
  • Special equipment: two star-shaped (or round) cookie cutters, one about 1½ inches and one about ¾ inch
Instructions
  1. For the cookie batter: In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip the butter until smooth. Add the granulated sugar and continue mixing until the mixture becomes light and fluffy, 5 to 8 minutes.
  2. In another bowl, combine and mix the flour, almonds, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. Mix and roll the cookies: Because this dough has a good amount of butter, it needs resting time and it needs to be rolled fairly quickly. Lay three large pieces of wax paper in a single layer on a flat surface. Sprinkle each one with a light coating of flour. Remove the bowl from the mixer and, using a rubber spatula, blend the flour mixture in with the butter. When the ingredients are fully integrated, place one third of the batter on each of the pieces of wax paper. Coat with another light layer of flour and top with another piece of wax paper of the same length to make three dough "sandwiches." Press these wax-paper-and-dough-sandwiches down with your hands until the dough is fairly thin. This will save a lot of time on rolling later on. Place two of them in the refrigerator and work with them one at a time. Roll the first batch into as neat a shape as possible. What matters most is avoiding creases or cracks and getting it to about ⅛ inch in thickness. When the first is rolled, refrigerate it and repeat the same process for the other two. Let them chill at least 10 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Make the cookie bottoms: Remove the first rolled sheet from the refrigerator and cut as many 1½-inch stars (or rounds) as you can. Reserve the scraps in the refrigerator. Arrange the stars neatly in a single layer on a greased baking sheet. Repeat with the other two sheets, reserving any scraps.
  6. Make the cookie tops: Cut a star, with the smaller cutter, out of the center of half of all the cookies. Roll the scraps in between two of the pieces of wax paper and cut additional stars, if desired.
  7. Bake and assemble the cookie sandwiches: Bake the cookies until they are lightly brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove the trays from the oven and allow them to cool slightly on the trays for a few minutes before gently transferring them to a flat surface.
  8. Place the raspberry jam in a small pot and bring it to a light simmer. Remove from the heat to cool slightly. Spoon ¼ to ½ teaspoon raspberry jam on each bottom and place a top star squarely on each. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired.
  9. Recipe courtesy Alex Guarnaschelli

 

M&M Rice Krispies Treats

M&M Rice Krispies Treats

M&M Rice Krispies Treats
M&M Rice Krispies Treats

I actually have never made Rice Krispies Treats until now! They are actually one of the easiest things to make. You basically just melt marshmallows and butter, than you combine that with Rice Krispies and your snack is ready to go!

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M&M Rice Krispies Treats are delicious for kids or adults especially for Christmas.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • 1 (10 ounce) package marshmallows
  • 6 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 (12 ounce) bag M&M's (regular or mini)
Instructions
  1. Measure out cereal into a large bowl and set aside. Coat a 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray or butter and set aside.
  2. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Stir in vanilla. Remove from heat.
  3. Add cereal. Stir until well coated. Let cool for several minutes. Stir in M&M's, very gently! They will have a tendency to melt. Pour them over the mixture as spread out as possible so you don't have to stir much.
  4. Using wax paper press mixture evenly into prepared pan. Let cool for 15 minutes or until set.

 

Candy Cane Kiss Cookie Recipe

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies Recipe

Candy Cane Kiss Cookie Recipe
Candy Cane Kiss Cookie Recipe

When Christmas comes one of our favourite things to do is make a cookies! We literally spend two whole days just making cookies as a family. This year we decided to make six different types including Candy Cane Kiss Cookies, Marshmallow Snowball Cookies, Peppermint Bark, Shortbread Jam Sandwich Cookies and Christmas M&M Rice Krispies. We packaged them up in Christmas tins and delivered them to friends and family to enjoy!

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies Recipe
 
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Candy Cane Kiss Cookies is a perfect way to embrace the holidays with this delicious flavour by Hershey's chocolates.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 48
Ingredients
  • 48 HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Candy Cane Mint Candies
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Optional: Red or green sugar crystals, granulated sugar or powdered sugar (garnish)
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Remove wrappers from candies.
  2. Beat butter, granulated sugar, egg and vanilla in large bowl until well blended. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add alternately with milk to butter mixture, beating until well blended.
  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in red sugar, granulated sugar, powdered sugar or a combination of any of the sugars. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and cookie is set. Remove from oven; cool 2 to 3 minutes. Press a candy piece into center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Makes about 48 cookies.

 

Peppermint Bark Cookie Recipe

Peppermint Bark Cookie Recipe
Peppermint Bark Cookie Recipe

Some foods you only see around Christmas time like egg nog, candy canes, gingerbread and my personal favourite Peppermint Bark. This recipe is perfect to serve at your next Christmas party or to place in a tin as a gift. It is a rich blend of cookies, carmel, chocolate and candy canes. Peppermint bark is a treat sure to enjoy!

Peppermint Bark Cookie Recipe
 
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Peppermint Bark is two layers; one dark chocolate one graham crackers, all covered with crushed candy canes. It is delicious for christmas or any time of the year!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 40
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 box of graham crackers
  • 1 ½ milk chocolate chips
  • 4 candy canes, crushed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Layer the bottom of TWO 9x13-inch baking pans with graham crackers.
  3. Melt butter and sugar over medium heat in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and continue to cook for another minute. Stir constantly.
  4. Pour over graham crackers and spread evenly.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes in the oven.
  6. Remove from oven and pour chocolate chips over graham crackers. Let rest for a minute while chocolate chips melt. With a spatula spread melted chocolate chips evenly.
  7. Finely crush candy canes and sprinkle on top of bark.
  8. Let cool completely and enjoy. (If preferred cold, put in fridge).

 

Soft Chewy M&M Christmas Cookie Recipe

Soft Chewy M&M Christmas Cookie Recipe

Soft Chewy M&M Christmas Cookie Recipe
Soft Chewy M&M Christmas Cookie Recipe

Chocolate chip cookies are one of those things everyone loves, but why not make them more festive for the Christmas season? This recipe for some chewy M&M cookies is a great match for hot chocolate and a cold day.

Soft Chewy M&M Christmas Cookie Recipe
Soft Chewy M&M Christmas Cookie Recipe

 

Soft and Chewy M&M Christmas Cookies
 
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An easy soft and chewy M&M christmas cookie recipe that kids and adults will both love.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • ½ cup of butter (softened)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp granulated white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 ¾ cup of all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ salt
  • 1 ½ tsp espresso
  • 1 bag of Christmas M&Ms
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300. Line a large baking pan with baking sheet.
  2. Blend butter, sugar, egg and vanilla in a medium bowl, on medium speed until well combined, about 2 minutes.
  3. Gradually add flour, keeping speed at medium until dough is formed. Then, add baking powder, salt and espresso.
  4. With your hands knead in M&Ms until equally incorporated into dough.
  5. Separate dough into 1 ½ inch balls and place on baking sheet at least 1 ½ inches apart. Press down centre of cookie dough balls to flatten slightly.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until sides are lightly golden.
  7. Let cool and enjoy.