Three Fancy Toasts

RECIPE

I have a problem, personally, with it being OK to go out and purchase a $15 slice of toast. I'm not saying I never do it, but I'm saying I think it's a problem. I'm an enormous fan of the artisanal bread movement, but when they'll sell you one slice of toast with some avocado on it for the same price, or even more frequently, a higher price than the entire loaf, that seems excessive . Toast is SUCH an easy and fun thing to make at home, and when it's done well it's impressive (as you've seen) and extremely comforting. I hope you'll try these three recipes and find the joy in sharing a meal at home and having people feast on your fancy toast!

PLEASE NOTE - I think it's best to try each of these toasts on different days, no need to stress, try em out when you feel like it and find your favorite!

[EACH TOAST SERVES 4-6]

Cinnamon Crunch Toast: "SF STYLE"

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons room temperature salted butter
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-6 thick slices of bread
  • sea salt

Directions:

  1. Heat a large pan over a medium heat
  2. Beat together the butter, cinnamon, sugar and vanilla
  3. Spread a 1/4th inch layer of butter mixture onto one side of the toast
  4. Place the buttered side down onto the pan and cook for 3 minutes until a crust begins to form and it’s golden brown with some caramelized areas
  5. Flip and lightly toast the 2nd side for minute or so
  6. If the toast isn’t as crispy as you want when you take it out of the pan fear not!  It can take a few minutes to really crisp up once it’s removed from the pan
  7. Sprinkle with sea salt (and if you like a touch more cinnamon and sugar)

Avocado Toast: "LA STYLE"

Ingredients:

  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (heaping if you like it spicy)
  • ½ teaspoon chives, thinly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil + extra olive oil for making the toast
  • Zest from ½ lemon
  • 4 thick slices of bread
  • 2 ripe avocados, with pit and skin removed
  • Sea salt for sprinkling

Directions:

  1. In a small mixing bowl (or mug) combine the red pepper flakes, chives, 1 tablespoon olive oil and lemon zest
  2. Pour a very thin layer of olive oil into your pan over a medium heat (about a teaspoon)
  3. Toast bread for about 2 minutes on each side until they’re crispy and just a little bit golden
  4. Throw your avocado into a mixing bowl and use the back of a fork to smash them
  5. Smash until their aren’t any chunks larger than a 1/2 inch (if you’re concerned at all about browning toss in a good squeeze  of lemon juice from the lemon that you zested earlier)
  6. Layer 1/4th of a cup of avocado onto each toast, followed by a nice spoonful of the olive oil mixture and a generous sprinkling of sea salt

Everything Bagel Toast: "NY STYLE"

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces block cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons of chives, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of red onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 thick slices of bread
  • 2 teaspoons capers (divided evenly between toasts)
  • 2 Persian cucumbers, sliced into thin ribbons (using a mandoline or a veggie peeler)
  • Everything Bagel Seasoning (from Trader Joes)
  • Sea salt

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl beat together the cream cheese, chives and red onion
  2. Pour a very thin layer of olive oil into your pan over a medium heat (about a teaspoon)
  3. Toast bread for about 3 minutes on each side until they’re crispy and just a little bit golden
  4. Give the toasts a few minutes to cool off, otherwise the cream cheese will run
  5. Spread 2 (ish) tablespoons of cream cheese onto each toast
  6. Toss a few capers onto each toast, followed by a few ribbons of cucumber
  7. Top each toast with a generous sprinkling of everything bagel seasoning and sea salt

 

Olive Oil and Summer Strawberry Breakfast Cake

RECIPE

How come you can have pancakes for breakfast, but not cake? I think we bring back cake for breakfast. Who is with me?

This guy here is one of my favorites because it's incredibly moist, easy to make, and the fruit can be swapped out based on the season.

[SERVES 8]

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon orange zest

  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice

  • ¾ cup organic whole milk vanilla yogurt

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

  • seeds from 1 vanilla bean

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • 5-6 strawberries, cut into quarters

  • loaf, cake or bundt pan

  • whipped cream with maple syrup and orange zest for serving (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  2. Coat your baking pan with a bit of olive oil, and if you have the time, line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper

  3. Place the cut strawberries in the bottom of the pan

  4. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt and whisk

  5. In another medium bowl combine 1 cup sugar and orange zest, use your hands to incorporate the zest into the sugar  

  6. Add orange juice, yogurt, eggs and vanilla extract

  7. Scrape all the goodness out of the insides of vanilla bean and add that to the party

  8. Mix until well combined

  9. Gently stir dry ingredients into wet

  10. Once the ingredients look fully incorporated add the olive oil and gently fold it in  

  11. Pour batter into baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes

  12. Cool for 20 minutes, then invert onto a serving platter for added drama

  13. If you’d like this would be a great time to whip up some cream or serve with extra strawberries and powdered sugar

 

The Easiest Pancakes Ever

 
 
 
 

Pancakes are a magical food in that they basically taste good with everything. You could probably put a shoe on top of a pancake and it would taste alright.  These pancakes here are awesome because they can be made in a blender and kept in the fridge overnight for easy morning pancake action. So if you’re in a huge rush you CAN cook them ASAP, but if you wait until the next day they will be SO VERY fluffy and spectacular.  And make your morning easier.

These pancakes are adaptable and can go sweet or savory.  Top with maple syrup/bananas, blueberry compote/whipped cream, with a fried egg on top, with a little cinnamon and sugar or anything else that you have hanging out around your house.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons  vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon hemp hearts

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in your blender and mix until smooth
  2. Oil or butter a pan over a medium-low heat
  3. Cook until small bubbles appear on top
  4. Flip and cook until golden brown on both sides
  5. Top with whatever you want

“Subway” Style M+M Cookies

RECIPE

When I was a kid the theater by my house had a Subway next to it so I’d always sneak in a 6 inch sub and a gooey cookie. I know Subway isn’t generally the pinnacle of culinary success but you KNOW that is a delicious cookie. Although this cookie isn’t identical, as they use ingredients that are hard to aquire for home cooks these cookies ARE super delicious and when cooked properly hit that perfect intersection of cooked, but ssssuuuuuperr soft and chewy.

[16 COOKIES]

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups and 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅔ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup milk chocolate M+M’s (plus a few extra for placing on top of the cookies for aesthetic reasons only)

Directions:

  1. In a stand mixer (or using brute force) cream the butter, oil and two types of sugar for 2 minutes
  2. Once the mixture is fluffy and a pale yellow add in the egg and mix for another minute
  3. Pour in the vanilla and give it another mix
  4. In a mixing bowl combine the flour, baking soda and salt
  5. Add the flour mix to the creamed butter slowly and mix until just incorporated
  6. Using a spatula fold in the chocolate chips and M+M’s
  7. If at all possible you’re going to want to rest your dough, they do this at Subway, so you gotta do it too
  8. Rest the dough for at least an hour (ideally 24 hours) in the fridge
  9. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  10. Scoop out the cookie dough into golf ball sized portions and flatten on a cookie sheet. If you’re feeling really fancy sprinkle with a touch of sea salt and add a few extra M+M’s on the top
  11. Bake for 8 minutes or so until just set, you don’t want any browning
  12. Rest for 10 minutes before serving

Chocolate Chip Sprinkle Party

RECIPE

Originally I made this recipe for Passover since it's sans dairy and made with almond flour, but I've had so many people enjoy making it year round that I've decided to let it break free from the chains of Holiday oppression. From now on, it's just called a Chocolate Chip Sprinkle Party and you can eat it whenever. you. like!

I usually finish the cake with whatever kind of vanilla frosting I have the ingredients for (a.k.a a little powdered sugar, vanilla and water) and toss some additional sprinkles around the edges of the cake.

[SERVES 6-8]

Ingredients:

  • 5 eggs (separated)
  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups almond flour (also called almond meal)
  • 1/8th teaspoon salt
  • 1/4th cup chocolate chips (preferably mini)
  • 1/4th cup rainbow sprinkles (plus extra for the top)
  • frosting ingredients

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Separate the eggs
  3. Whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks
  4. Set aside the egg whites
  5. Beat together the egg yolks and the sugar until the color of the yolks turn pale yellow, about 2-3 minutes
  6. Add the vanilla
  7. Add in the almond flour and salt
  8. Slowly fold in the egg whites until the batter is uniform (by folding the batter you avoid deflating the cake by un-whipping the egg whites)
  9. Lastly, fold in the chocolate chips and the sprinkles
  10. Bake for 35-40 minutes until fully cooked through (you can poke a toothpick through the cake, and if the stick is covered in any batter you know it isn't finished baking)

 

Actually Delicious GF Chocolate Chip Cookies

 
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RECIPE

It took me a long time to create a satisfying gluten free and dairy free cookie that I actually wanted to eat. This. Is. The. One.

The dough will be best if you let it rest in the fridge overnight, so put on your big girl pants and don’t eat the raw cookie dough! It’s worth it! Resting the dough is the only way to get your gluten free cookie to have the height of a regular cookie.

[MAKES 16 COOKIES]

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup honey
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 6 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 egg, room temperature 
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a mixing bowl combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and salt 
  3. In a stand mixer, or another bowl if you’re mixerless, cream the honey and coconut oil 
  4. Add almond butter, egg and vanilla 
  5. Carefully mix the flour mixture into the wet ingredients
  6. Stir in chocolate chips and mix just until combined
  7. Roll the dough into balls the size of golf balls 
  8. Sprinkle with a touch of sea salt 
  9. Bake for 12 minutes or so
     

Literally the NYT Chocolate Chip Cookies

RECIPE

This recipe is from The New York Times. It's the best chocolate chip cookie recipe that I've ever found and I thought you should have it. You MUST follow the step about resting the dough. It's the real secret to the crisp perfect outside and the doughy/chewy/creamy interior. 

https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1015819-chocolate-chip-cookies

Super-California-licious-excellent-for-brunch cake

RECIPE

Why such an extravagant name? Because there's a whole lot of magic happening in this cake inspired by some of my favorite California ingredients.

My friends at California Olive Ranch have been posting some seriously incredible olive oil cake recipes, so I was inspired to make my own using fresh California citrus, whole-wheat flour and some of my favorite vanilla yogurt (Siggi's… you’re a shining star). This cake has a great combination of grassy, rich notes from the olive oil, bright zest from the citrus and all the holiday warmth from the yogurt and vanilla bean. If you can’t find blood oranges feel free to use your favorite seasonal citrus (lemons, oranges, limes all OK). I highly recommend scouring your neighborhood for low hanging fruit.

Serve this up as a simple dessert, with coffee, or as a healthy(ish) breakfast treat!

[SERVES 8]

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons blood orange zest
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed blood orange juice
  • ¾ cup organic whole milk vanilla yogurt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • seeds from 1 vanilla bean
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • loaf, cake or bundt pan
  • whipped cream with maple syrup and orange zest for serving (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Coat your baking pan with a bit of olive oil
  3. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt and whisk
  4. In another medium bowl combine 1 cup sugar and orange zest  
  5. Add orange juice, yogurt, eggs and vanilla extract 
  6. Scrape all the goodness out of the insides of vanilla bean and add that to the party
  7. Mix until well combined
  8. Gently stir dry ingredients into wet
  9. Once the ingredients look fully incorporated add the olive oil and gently fold it in  
  10. Pour batter into baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes 
  11. Cool for 20 minutes, then invert onto a serving platter for added drama
  12. If you’d like this would be a great time to whip up some cream and add in a touch of maple syrup and blood orange zest to serve on the side.