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    Brownies Everyone Can Enjoy!

    Brownies Everyone Can Enjoy!

    Our family has a range of healthy eating requirements, which makes finding recipes for the whole family challenging.  However I have just found a fantastic recipe on the back of the Kirkland Signature Almond Flour bag.  The recipe is gluten free but with two small tweaks everyone in our home can enjoy this.  

    I replaced the dairy butter with a Miyokos European Style Cultured Vegan Butter and the egg with a Flax Seed egg replacement. Check your cocoa powder and chocolate chips to ensure they fit your dietary requirements.  We used Kirkland Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips and Ghirardellie Premium Baking Cocoa.  

    Our 3 Piece Mixing Bowl Sets are awesome tools for this bake. If you are looking for a value our 11 Piece Bakeware Set comes with the 3 stainless steel bowls, valued separately $18.99  (regularly for $30.00) plus the stainless steel measuring spoon valued separately for $13.99, which means the 3 stainless steel colanders are a steal at $8.01! 

    I thought I would mention again my high school Home Economic teachers training of assembling all of the ingredients and equipment before baking. Our equipment list is below the recipe. This combined with reading the recipe throughly before beginning really helps for an efficient, no mistakes bake.  

    Gluten Free Almond Brownies recipe as written by Kirkland Signature:

    INGREDIENTS 

    2 tablespoons butter, softened 
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 egg
    1/4 cup almond beverage
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 cup Kirkland Signature Almond Flour
    1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    1/8 teaspoon sea salt
    1 tsp baking powder
    1/4 cup chopped whole natural almonds
    1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
    more almonds for garnish

    PREPARATION 

    Heat oven to 350F

    Cream together butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Blend in egg. Blend in almond milk and vanilla

    In a medium bowl, whisk together almond flour, cocoa powder, sea salt, and baking powder.  Add to butter mixture and blend just until mixed. Stir in chopped almond and chocolate chips. 

    Coat an 8”x8” baking pan with non stick cooking spray. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake 30-35 minutes

    Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before slicing and serving.

    Garnish with more chopped almonds or with sliced almonds toasted.  

     HusMait Equipment suggested for this recipe:

    Set of 3 Melamine Mixing Bowls or Set of 3 Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls 
    11 Piece Bakeware Set
    Stainless Steel Measuring Cups 
    Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
    Set of 2 Flour Scraper
    Side Tang Cooks Knife or Classic 4 Piece Knife Set
    12” Silicone Whisk with Stainless Steel Handle

     

     

    Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

    Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

    It’s rhubarb season, which lasts from April to July in most places. The warmer the climate the shorter the season.

    My memories of rhubarb go back to spring and my teenage years when I picked rhubarb from the back garden, where I recall it growing all summer long. Rhubarb pie is one of the first pies I learned to bake and was my dad’s favorite. 

    Fast forward to heart-healthy eating and fewer people at home to eat a pie and I need my rhubarb fix in a different way.  I was really pleased to find this recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp from  Once Upon a Chef.  I decided to try her recipe because of the simplicity of the ingredients and the added pecans and oats in the topping. 

    I was also very excited that this was a quick recipe to assemble and would be easy to transport to a picnic or beautifully elegant to serve at a dinner party. 

    I did make two changes - first I substituted gluten-free Namaste Perfect Flour Blend and second Miyoko’s European-style vegan butter. This recipe calls for a 2-quart baking dish, I used my 9.5 inch Pyrex pie dish which worked fantastically.

    The two-part method is easy. First, wash and cut your fruit. Then mix the fruit well with granulated sugar, cornstarch, and vanilla in a large bowl. Transfer this to the baking dish. 

    Second, create the topping by combining flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt, and cold butter in a medium bowl using a pastry cutter. Then stir in the oats and chopped pecans. Spoon this mixture over the fruit. 

    The crumble smelled delicious as it baked and the topping came out crispy and browned with lovely bubbly fruit beneath.  We ate it simply as it was. Adding whipped cream or ice cream would have been heavenly! 

    Equipment used: Our Bowl Sets are currently on SALE June 2021

    Measuring spoons
    Measuring cups
    Bowls - Set of 3 Melamine Bowls or Set of 3 Stainless Steel Bowls
    7” Santoku knife
    Wire Cooling Rack
    Cutting Board
    Pastry Cutter

     




     

    Spotlight on Melamine Mixing Bowls

    Today the Spotlight is on husMait's Set of 3 Melamine Mixing Bowls.

    This set has become my go-to mixing bowls. I love the comfortable feel, versatility, and ease of use. These bowls have been designed for prepping and serving. They are space-saving with a stackable and nesting design which helps de-clutter kitchen cupboards. They have an easy-grip lip that makes for easy handling and allows ingredients to flow evenly when pouring. There is a rubber foot on the base to keep the bowl from slipping. They are easy to clean, dishwasher safe, refrigerator safe, freezer safe, and non-stick. The bowls come in 1.5L / 1.5 quarts, 2L / 2 quarts, and 3L / 3 quarts sizes.


    Many recipes call for separate bowls for prepping wet ingredients, or dry ingredients, or ingredients that need to be added in a certain order, and these three bowls are perfect for this.


    The tall sides and bowl shape is perfect when beating ingredients, it minimizes splatter and mess, and the shape allows for good aeration when whipping cream or egg whites. The Silicone Flour Scraper pairs perfectly with the shape of these bowls; making mixing and removing batter a breeze.

    You can purchase these bowls in their Set of 3 Melamine Mixing Bowls or in the Ultimate 14 Piece Bakeware Set which is an outstanding value. 

    Let us know how you are using this set of mixing bowls and what you like best about them in the comments and reviews.  

    With warm wishes for your home,
    from the husMait home kitchen.

     

    Cookie Cutters as Cookie Molds

    We lived in Hong Kong for 30 years, longer than I lived in the United States!         In that time Chinese New Year became a traditional holiday for our family, rivaling the festivities of Christmas. This year Chinese New Year falls on Feb 12, 2021, and it begins on the evening before is celebrated for at least 3 days and often longer. It is a time of elaborate dinners, gift-giving, trips to the Victoria Park Flower Market, Dim Sum, and Lion Dances. 

    Food is central to Chinese New Year traditions in the way it is created, gifted, and consumed.  There are customs and traditions going back generations in regards to the variety, shape, and color of the food. So when I saw Helen Au’s Vegan Chinese Almond Cookies I knew I had to make them. 

    Unfortunately, I do not have traditional wooden almond cookie molds. A quick google search will show you what I am talking about. However, as I was contemplating this challenge I came up with an amazing cheat! The basic premise of a cookie mold is to compress the sandy texture dough into a solid shape that can be turned out onto a baking surface. While living in HK for 30 years I became very adept at substitution and ingenuity- So I just reverse-engineered, and used what I have to create a mold - the base of the 1/3 cup Stainless Steel Measuring Cup fits perfectly into the second smallest Stainless Steel Cookie Cutters and the 1/8 Stainless Steel Cup can be used in the smallest Stainless Steel Cookie Cutter. 

      
    I assembled my ingredients and equipment.
    I prepared the recipe according to directions and then put 1/4 cup of mixture into the second largest cookie cutter and took the 1/3 cup and pressed very hard into the dough. Turning the cookie cutter over and gently released the cookie onto the husMait baking mat. 
       
    So while I did not end up with the lovely traditional design on the top of the cookies, this method gave the cookies the lovely scalloped edges of a traditional Chinese Almond Cookie. This recipe is amazingly simple and delicious. The batch I baked yesterday is nearly finished and a good friend said “They taste very authentic. Yummy.  They go well with coffee.”

    恭喜發財  Kung Hei Fat Choi!

    With warm wishes for your home,
    from the husMait home kitchen.

    husMait products used:

    Stainless Steel Cookie Cutters - Set of 6Stainless Steel Measuring Cups,

    Essential Bakeware Set 5 Piece Set - also available individually: Silicone Baking Mat, Silicone Rolling Mat, Set of 2 Flour ScraperStainless Steel Measuring Spoons, Set of 3 Melamine Mixing Bowl

    English Scones

    A great English Scone starts with a great recipe- I used Nigella Lawson’s, Lily Scone recipe. I love that her website translates British to US measure with the click of a button - Thank you! There are two reasons I choose this recipe - one is the leavening agent and the second is the cold butter method. 

    Assemble everything you need first, equipment and ingredients. 

    Turn on the oven and prepare baking pans. I find it very helpful to read the directions thoroughly before beginning to assemble the ingredients. 

    I used a scale to weigh my ingredients. As directed I cut the butter, then returned it to the refrigerator until it went into the bowl. I think cold butter creates less gluten and allows the flour to stay loose and airy, which helps with the rise during baking.

    The recipe calls for two leavening agents Baking Powder and Cream of Tartar. Did you know that Baking Powder is simply 1 part Baking Soda plus 2 parts Cream of Tartar? When you use a part Cream of Tartar you create a better flavor in your Scone.  

    A few technical tips I have learned across the years, first do not over mix or over handle the dough, mix it just until the flour is incorporated. Second, after turning the dough out, knead it by folding and turning to allow the lamination to remain intact and only a few turns. Third, when cutting, push straight down and lift straight up with a lightly floured cutter, this allows for that puffy rise in the oven.

    This cookie cutter set will be a go to set for my kitchen with it’s versatility in sizing, easy clean up, and ease of use.  They are well weighted and comfortable in my hand.  

    An Instagram video of this recipe will be posted on Saturday Jan 30, 2021 come have a look at the process. 

    With warm wishes for your home,
    from the husMait home kitchen.

    husMait products used: 

    Stainless Steel Cookie Cutters - Set of 6.  This will be a go to set for my kitchen with it’s versatility in sizing, easy clean up, and ease of use.  They are well weighted and comfortable in my hand.  
    Signature Bakeware 5 Piece Set -currently the Silicone Pastry Brush & Stainless Steel Cooling Rack are only available in this bundle.