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Gluten Free and Vegan Chocolate Chip Scones

I was presented with a challenge of turning a quick bread recipe that I enjoyed into gluten free.  While making changes to the recipe I had and enjoyed, I thought, why not make these vegan as well?  The adjustments were easy and the required ingredients I already had on hand.  Anytime I can make or eat something that is all plant-based, I go for it! I really liked chocolate chip scones that I made awhile back so those were one…

Gluten Free Baking Tips and Thoughts

‘Gluten Free’ is a phrase that more and more ingredients, recipes and restaurants are using. People with Celiac Disease and gluten intolerances seem more prevalent than years ago and these people deserve to eat delicious baked goods just like the rest of us. Gluten free foods have come a long way in terms of taste and texture. Breads used to be rock hard and crumbly with a high price accompaniment. Through experimentation and trial and error, there are now ways…

Profiteroles with Chocolate Mousse Filling

Delicious, airy, fluffy baked dough filled with a smooth, chocolate mousse cream?...Yes please! Pastry items are one of my all time favorite goodies. I love the buttery taste, the flakey texture, the creamy and fruit fillings.   Pastries, especially puff pastry, are rather difficult to produce. You can buy pre made puff pastry that tastes very similar to homemade. My goal is to try out making my own puff pastry and make turn overs, streusels, etc. I haven’t done this yet,…

Frangelico Chocolate Truffles

These truffles have few ingredients and steps, which makes them seem deceivingly easy to make. If the right kind of chocolate, cream and proper refrigeration aren’t used and done, however, things can go wrong rather quickly! This recipe and experience fall into three of the categories I have on this blog right now-recipes, alternative recipes (I will discuss chocolate in more detail; some chocolate is quite natural and starts off plant-based) along with some oops’. Once you get the correct…

Healthy/Alternative Baking Thoughts

I love good food and eating is one of my favorite things to do. I also love going to the gym, lifting weights and trying my best to eat a balanced and overall healthy-ish diet. (I do get off track, especially around the holidays. It really is all about balance, though). I believe health, taking care of and respecting our bodies are essential to living our lives to their fullest potentials. Living a more balanced and wholesome life can extend…

A Bit More About Me

HI, MY NAME IS JEN AND I’M BEGINNING A QUEST. A QUEST TO NOT ONLY BETTER MY SKILLS AT BAKING, BUT TO ULTIMATELY HONE THE CRAFT OF BAKING TREATS AND GOODIES THAT INCORPORATE HEALTHIER, ALTERNATIVE INGREDIENTS.I’M PRETTY MUCH STARTING FROM THE BEGINNING, TAKING CLASSES TO LEARN PROPER BAKING TECHNIQUES AND FUNDAMENTALS AND THEN TRANSITIONING IN LEARNING ABOUT HEALTHIER, 21ST CENTURY STYLE BAKING TECHNIQUES AND RECIPES. I WOULD LOVE FOR ANY OF YOU TO FOLLOW ME ALONG ON THIS JOURNEY! (more…)

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

RED VELVET CUPCAKES WITH BUTTERCREAM FROSTING, NOT ONE OF THE HEALTHY RECIPES, BUT LET ME SAY YUM!  THESE WERE THE FIRST ITEM THAT I BAKED FOR MY FIRST BAKING ASSIGNMENT WITH MY BAKING FUNDAMENTALS PROGRAM.   AS I'VE MENTIONED BEFORE, MY ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO START BAKING WITH HEALTHIER/ALTERNATIVE INGREDIENTS, BUT I AM STILL A FAIRLY NOVICE BAKER AND WANTED TO LEARN CORRECT BAKING FUNDAMENTALS ANd TECHNIQUES.  AND WITH LEARNING THOSE THINGS COMES WITH FIRST BAKING WITH THE NORMAL, FAT…