Vanilla Bean Scones

Hello every one! On this week’s post I want to share with all of you one of the most simple recipes you will ever find. I love vanilla bean scones, they are sweet but not too sweet, you can eat them with ice-cream and most importantly it takes no time to make them.

I hope you enjoy this recipes and if you have any suggestions please let me know in the comment section.

Happy baking,

Isa.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 of heavy cream
  • The seeds of 1 vanilla bean or 1 tbsp of vanilla bean paste
  • 8 tbsp of cold unsalted butter (1 stick)

Process:

1.Preheat the oven to 400˚F and butter a baking tray.

2.Dice the butter

3.Mix together the vanilla bean seeds or the paste and the heave cream. Let them sit for about 5 minutes.

4.On the bowl of a standing mixer combine all of the dry ingredients

5.Add the diced butter and mix it is evenly distributed through the dry ingredients and it has broken up.

      

6. Add the egg and vanilla/cream mix to the dry ingredients.

7.Mix until combined.

8.Shape the dough into a square and cut it into 8-16 triangles depending on how big you want them.

  

9.Bake for 15-17 minutes or until they are golden brown.

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Pure Vanilla Extract VS Vanilla Bean Paste

Hello everybody! The past few weeks I have been experimenting with some recipes and I started to notice that most of the recipes call for pure vanilla extract, but I really enjoy the flavor the vanilla bean paste gives. I had to make choices on where to add the paste because it can be pricey.

So I decided I want to share with you guys the things that I discovered on my research to see the differences between the two of them and when is the right moment to use each one.

I hope you guys enjoy this post,

Isa.

Pure vanilla extract:

Many people rely on vanilla extract because it is a much cheaper alternative than the pure vanilla beans or even the paste. Personally I’ve been experimenting with both of them for a while now and vanilla extract is perfect for simple recipes such as chocolate chip cookies or whenever a recipe calls for a very small amount of it.

My personal favorite is either the McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract or the Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract. They are both very affordable for the amount you get.

 

Vanilla Bean Paste:

I discovered vanilla bean paste existed throughout a YouTuber and I’ve been obsessed ever since. I had to beg my mom to get it for me since I could’t find it in Guatemala. The very first recipe I tried with this was a Vanilla and Nutella Semifreddo and it definitely makes a difference.

This can be used whenever you are doing something where vanilla is the falvor that stands out. Like semifreddo, ice cream or gelato, vanilla cookies, vanilla cake or any kind of filling.

My all time favorite one is Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste. It smells amazing and I have this weird habit of tasting every vanilla extract or paste by themselves. Trust me it is not a good idea, but with the vanilla bean paste it had a really good flavor by itself so in my opinion that is a really good sign.

I really like this alternative whenever you can’t find good quality vanilla beans and it is much cheaper. It will taste and look the same.

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Cinnamon Roll Pancake


Hello everybody!! This week I was watching those Facebook videos where they share those very quick and easy recipe videos I think the page is called Tasty and it is managed by Buzzfeed.

And I found a cinnamon roll pancake recipe and I decided I wanted to give it a try but I didn’t had any butter for the cinnamon filling so I came up with something else. I took about 1/4 of a cup of the pancake batter and added the cinnamon and brown sugar.

Happy cooking,

Isa.

Ingredients:

For the pancakes:

1 cup of all purpose flour

1 large egg slightly beaten

1 cup of milk

1/2 tsp of salt

2 tsp of baking powder

For the filling:

1/4 of a cup of pancake mix

4 tbsp of brown sugar

2 tsp of ground cinnamon

Process:

-Heat a pan to medium heat.

-Mix the dry ingredients from the pancake mix

-Add the wet ingredients and mix until combined! Do not overmix if you want soft and cakey pancakes.

-Take 1/4 of a cup of the pancake batter and add the cinnamon and sugar. Mix until combined.

-Using an ice-cream scoop pour pancake batter in the pan. and wait until bubbles start to form. With a small spoon grab a little of the cinnamon mix and drop it making a swirl.Make sure you don’t pour it too near to the edge of the pancake.


-Cook ir for 2 minutes on each side.


-Add cream cheese frosting or maple syrup.


Disclaimer: I did not have any butter so instead I made the cinnamon part of of more pancake mix but if you do want to use butter melt 1/4 of a cup (half a stick) and add the cinnamon and sugar and follow the same process.

 

Classic Crepes

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Hello everybody! On today’s post I am sharing with you my favorite crepe recipe. I’ve been using this one for quite a while now and I think it has a very neutral flavor to both sweet and salad crepes.

I hope you guys enjoy and forgive me if some measurements are weird but I learned the recipe by weighting the ingredients and I did my best to switch it.

Happy cooking,

Isa.

Ingredients:

*Makes 10 crepes*

1 cup all purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp of pure vanilla extract

1 cup of milk

2 eggs

Process:

On a bowl mix together the wet ingredients.

Add the dry ingredients 1 tbsp at a time and make sure there are no lump but do not over mix.

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If you have a crepe maker follow the instructions on the cooking time, if you don’t , before you begin the recipe make sure you preheat a medium pan to medium heat and add enough butter to grease it and cook for about 40 seconds on each side.

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Add your favorite filling and enjoy!

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Red Velvet Drink

 

Hello everybody! On this week’s post I want to share with you another recipe using red velvet cake mix! If you buy a box of cake mix you can use both the recipes I share on my blog to use the full box.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and please let me know if you guys want to see more recipes like this one!

Happy baking,

Isa.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of red velvet cake mix

3/4 cup of milk (you may use any milk)

6 ice cubes

1 tbsp Cream Cheese frosting

1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste

Process:

On a blender add the ice, milk, cake mix, frosting and vanilla bean paste.

On the ice crush setting mx everything together for 15 seconds.

Pour it on a mason jar and add whipped cream.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO HERE

Disclaimer: I tried to make a video this time to make things a bit different, but this being my very first time making one I erased over half of the footage! I am sorry and I promise to make better next week since I learned from my experience failing this week.

 

Red Velvet Pancakes

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Hello everybody! On this week’s post I will share with you a very simple and easy way to make red velvet pancakes. I love everything that is red velvet and this seemed like the right thing to do.

I will be using a pre-made cake mix to make the process way more simple, but if you want a full recipe please let me know!

Happy baking,

Isa.

Ingredients

-2 cups of red velvet cake mix (You can use any flavor of cake mix, I would recommend birthday cake)

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-1/2 cup of all purpose flour

-1 egg

-1 1/2 cups of milk

Process

-Grease a pan and heat it to low-medium heat so that we have time for it to have an even heat so that the pancakes won’t burn and loose the nice red color.

-On a big bowl mix the dry ingredients.

-Add the egg and the milk and mix until everything comes together. Make sure not to overmix!

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-Pour enough batter on the pan and let it cook for 2 minutes on each side.

-Add the topping of your choice. I personally liked cream cheese frosting because it melts on the warm pancakes.

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Cinnamon-sugar individual pizza

Hey everyone! On this week’s post I will show you how to make a very simple and quick dessert if you ever feel like having something in the afternoon. The ingredients are very basic and simple and I’m pretty sure you have most of them at home already.

I didn’t follow a recipe so I will do my best to write down one for you. As the topping I decided to use dulce de leche but that didn’t turn out well so I would recommend using a basic cream cheese frosting.

Happy baking,

Isa.

Ingredients:

-1 pre-made individual pizza dough

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-1 1/2 tbsp of white sugar

-1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

-1/2 tsp melted butter

Process:

-Preheat the oven to 350ºF and grease a small baking sheet

-Place the pizza dough in the greased sheet and spread the melted butter on top of the dough.

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-Mix together the sugar and cinnamon and spread it over the pizza dough.

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-Bake for 10-15 minutes or until te dough looks golden brown.

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French Toast Roll-Ups

 

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Hello everyone! On this week’s post I want to share with you one of my favorite Sunday breakfast. It’s super quick and easy to make and I am pretty sure you already have the ingredients needed at home.

What I love most about this is that you can add different fillings  for every member of the family, for example you can use Nutella, dulce de leche, any type of jam or even peanut butter. Get creative!

I hope you enjoy making this,

Isa.

Ingredients:

7-8 slices of bread without the edges

1 cup of milk

1 egg

1 tbsp of white granulated sugar

1 tsp of ground cinnamon

For the filling and topping:

For the filling you may use whatever you desire, like I said before get creative! I personally like using Nutella and dulce de leche.

And for the topping combine 4 tbsp of white sugar and 2 tsp of ground cinnamon and cover the cooked french toas rolls in them.

Process:

-Trim the edges of the slices of bread and stretch them with a rolling pin.

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-Add the filling of your choice (about 1 tbsp) from top to bottom in a single line.

-Roll the bread slice with the filling tightly.

-Mix the milk, egg, sugar and cinnamon together. (Make sure you are not using the sugar and cinnamon from the topping.)

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-Grease a pan a heat it in medium/high heat.

-Coat the bread in the egg and milk mixture and cook them for about 3 minutes.

-Coat them immediately after the come out of the pan so the topping sticks to it.

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P.S My personal favorite was the dulce de leche one! Definitely recommend that one.

 

Alfajor Recipe

 

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Hello everyone! On this post I want to share with all of you one of my favorites, alfajor. Alfajor is a traditional pastry from Southern America, specifically Argentina. It is widely known all around Latin America.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, if you have any questions or suggestions for my blog please let me know in the comment section.

Happy baking,

Isa.

Ingredients:

-1 2/3 cups of all purpose flour

-2 1/2 cups of cornstarch

-1/2 tsp of baking soda

-2 tsp of baking powder

-1 cup of unsalted room temperature butter (2 sticks)

-3/4 cup of white sugar

-3 egg yolks (Tip: It is easier to separate de egg yolk from the egg white while the egg is cold)

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-2 tsp of pure vanilla extract

-1 jar of dulce de leche (You could also use Nutella)

Process:

  • On a bowl mix together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

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  • Add one egg yolk at a time. Let the egg yolk fully blend in before adding another one.

 

  • Add the vanilla extract.

 

  • Mix together all of the dry ingredients until in look put together. It might look a bit crumbly but it’s fine.

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  • Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour.

 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and put parchment paper or grease baking sheets.

 

  • Stretch out the dough and with a small-medium cookie cutter cut off the dough. Continue stretching and cutting until you no longer have dough.

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  • Place the cookies 1/4 inch apart in the baking sheet and bake for 7-10 minutes. They should look cooked but not golden brown.

 

  • Remove cookies immediately to cool off in a wire rack. Be careful not to break them.

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  • Spread dulce de leche in one cookie and put another one on top and so on.

 

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Oreo chunk cookies

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Hello everyone! I’m back to sharing recipes with you all. This week I foind myself craving chocolate chip cookies but I didn’t had any chocolate chips so instead I used crushed oreos.

I add oreos to pretty much everything, but when it comes to eating oreos by themselves I do not like them at all. So I though it would be a great alternative to the classic cookie! I hopoe you enjoy it!

Happy baking,

Isa.

Ingredients:

1 cup of room temperature unsalted butter (2 sticks)

3/4 cup of white sugar

1/2 cup + 2 tbsp of brown sugar

2 eggs (Make sure to always crack them in a separate bowl in case they are bad eggs)

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1 1/2 tsp of pure vanilla extract

1 tsp of baking soda

2 1/4 cups  of all purpose flour

16 crushed oreos (make sure there are still some chuncks on oreo)

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Process:

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Beat together the butter and both sugars until you can no longer see the sugar granules.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla extract until it becomes smooth.
  • Mix all of the dry ingredients and add 1/4 cup at a time and mix. Remember to not overmix otherwhise the dough will become very hard and won’t have the right consistency.
  • Add the crushed oreos.
  • Place them in a greased baking sheet, make sure to leave enough room between each cookie

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  • Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.