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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5 baking tips

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Hello everybody! On this post I am sharing with you 5 different tips that have helped me while baking. Many times I’ve had to start all over because a made a mistake so here are 5 tips to help you avoid that.

see ya,

Isa.

#1

Whenever you are using butter make sure you are using room temperature unsalted butter. If you use cold butter (unless you are making something like scones or something flaky)  you sill get terrible lumps of butter and you will not get a homogeneous mixture.

And if you used salted butter chances are it might be a little too salty since usually recipes already call for salt.

#2

Buy a good set of measuring cups and spoons. I have seen many people use spoons from their cutlery and their recular mugs as measuring cups.

Do not do this! Every spoon is different and every mug is different. You can find really good measuring utensiles at a great price online, Target, you local baking supply store etc.

#3

Do not open the oven door while you are baking something. Did you know you can loose up to 10ºF for every second the door is open?

If you really need to open it make sure to make it as quick as possible while still being careful not to burn shourself.

#4

Do not overmix once you add the flour. If you do you will end up with a really tough dough and that cookie or cake will end up feeling like you are chewing a rock.

#5

Have a thermometer inside the oven. Each oven is different and it may heat up to a different temperature. This will ensure that you are actually baking it the right temperature.

 

 

 

S’more Mason Jar

 

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Hello everyone!  On this week’s post I am sharing with you something I had never personally tried but was totally worth it. I started off by making brownies and the started experimenting with Mason Jars.

I really like Mason Jars because they are very useful. You can make milkshakes in them or like I did try making parfaits with your own personal dessert. Remember to leave a comment if you have any suggestions.

Happy baking,

Isa.

 

Before I te started with the recipe I need to tell you that it will depend on the amount you want in each layer. This is a very personalized dessert, I will do my best to try and make an estimate of the ingredients I am using. Remember this is a single serve dessert.

I am personally using a pint size Mason Jar because I feel like that is the right amount for a dessert. Although it is single serve I do recommend sharing ti.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of crumbled brownie (I baked a brownie and took about 1/2 cup and

1 tbsp of melted butter

1/4 cup of crushed graham crackers

5 marshmallows

Process:

-Mix together the graham crackers and the melted butter like you were making a basic pie crust

-Spray inside the Mason Jar with a little bit of baking spray

-Pour the graham cracker crust at the bottom and make sure to pack it

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-Add the brownie crumbles (do not pack this)

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-Add the marshmallows. I personally used a torch to make them look a lot more like actual s’mores.

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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.

 

 

Funfetti Cookies

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Hello everyone! On this post I want to share with all of you a very quick and easy recipe. I found myself Wednesday afternoon craving birthday cake. But making a cake would take too long, even if it was made from a box. You would have to make the mix, bake it for about 30 minutes, let it cool and frost it.

I had no time for that. So I decided to experiment with the cake mix I found in my kitchen and make some cookies from it. It took no time to make the mix and the baking time was less than 10 minutes. It was ridiculously easy!

I hope you enjoy this recipe and give it a try yourself. You can also experiment with other flavors.

Happy baking,

Isa.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of cake mix. (You can use your favorite flavor)
  • 1 stick of room temperature unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract (This is optional depending of the brand and flavor of your cake mix)

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Process:

-Preheat your oven to 375°F

-On a bowl mix together the butter and the eggs.

-On medium speed add 1 cup of the cake mix at a time. You may also add the vanilla extract right now.

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-Grease or place parchment paper of 2 baking sheets. With a small ice cream scoop place the dough in the baking sheets and bake for about 9 minutes or until the edges look nice and golden brown.

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Sweet Reasons Cupcake Wars Review

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Hello everybody! On this post I will be sharing with you my very last review from my trip. The place is called Sweet Reasons and they were the first runner ups in Cupcake Wars in 2013.

The shop itself is very small. It smells so good in there. They have a big variety of cupcakes, cakes and cold desserts like cheesecake and tiramisu. They also have a lot of promo from the time they participated in Cupcake Wars.

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The cupcakes look good, not something that you would drool over, but good enough. As usual I didn’t risk it and tried a Cookies’n Cream cupcake. The cupcake was moist but is wasn’t anything out of the norm. It was just a basic vanilla cupcake with crumbles of oreo running though.

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Basically the cupcakes were nothing special, I would not recommend for you to go find them. Here is just a little more info from them:

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NutriBullet Review

 

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Picture Credit: Amazon.com

Hello everyone! On this post I want to share with all of you a review on the NutriBullet. I’ve had it for quite some time now and so far it’s been cool.

When I first decided to get it I was in my “turning vegetarian/vegan” phase (which totally didn’t happen), so I wanted to give this a try to make my life easier. The price is around $60-$75. It is a little pricey considering what it does.

Ever since I’ve had it I have used it to make smoothies, crush nuts, I even tried crushing ice in it (don’t do this). It does not have any sharp blades so you do have to be careful what you crush in it.

Now I will answer 3 question that I believe would’ve been useful before I bought it:

Is it easy to clean?

Since the blades are not sharp they are very easy to clean.

Is it any different than a regular blender?

It does it job really well. I love that it includes 2 different sizes of cups and 2 different blades. Usually when you try to do smoothies in a regular blender (that does not have the smoothie setting) it turn out very watery, the NutriBullet manages to not crush the fruit to the point where you no longer feel it.

Can you crush anything else in it?

As I said before, I have crushed nuts and ice in it. The nuts turned out pretty well, but the ice wasn’t as crushed as I wanted it to and as I was crushing it the NutriBullet started struggling.

Overall I would say that before you get the NutriBullet try making what you would do in a blender. If you still feel like your blender can’t do the job right then I do recommend the NutriBullet.

Sugar Shack Donuts Review

 

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Hello everyone! This week I am sharing with you guys another review from my trip to VA. Let’s get right into it!

During the trip I got to visit small cities, one of them was Fredericksburg, VA. My friend kept saying she wanted to try this donut place which she claimed was very popular. We finally got the chance to go there and I can tell you that those donuts are hands down the BEST donuts I have ever tried!!

The place smells amazing and it’s filled with souvenirs. They have a good variety of donuts and they all look good. Again I went for the basics. I got the Vanilla Sprinkles and my friend bought the classic Glazed, and the Tastes like a Samoa.

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Cinnamon Sugar                      Vanilla Sprinkle                   Bacon-Maple

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Chocolate Sweet Coconut       Sea-Salt Caramel           Tastes Like a Samoa

(Picture Credit: Sugar Shack official website)

They were all really good. We spent about $8.00 on 6 donuts and I can’t think of a better way to spend $8.00!

The donuts are incredibly soft and moist. You can tell they are very fresh. I totally recommend you get your hands on this donuts. They also offer amazing costumer service, they tell you their personal favorites and why they like them.

I would totally recommend for you to check out their website here.

Where can you find them?

Currently they have store mostly in VA, they have one in FL (about to open more), and coming soon in NC.

You can find the exact address  in their website!