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  • Espresso Blondies | Loyal Olive Oil

    ESPRESSO BROWN BUTTER BLONDIES Active Time: 15 minutes Start to Eat: 1 hour Makes: 16 blondies INTRODUCTION Ever had the brown sugar shaken espresso at Starbucks? Think of that in dessert form! ​ This is a soft, chewy, decadent blondie with big bold espresso flavor balanced with the nuttiness of the brown butter and the sweetness from the granulated and brown sugars. ​ You might not need that second cup of coffee! These are packed with espresso powder and real espresso to give you that extra boost of energy. ​ Adapted and Modified from Curly Girl Kitchen Espresso yourself INGREDIENTS 1 cup (2 sticks / 227g)) of unsalted butter 1 1/3 (290g) cups granulated sugar 1 tablespoon vanilla 2 large eggs, room temperature 2 tablespoons espresso powder 2 1/2 cups (300g) of flour (spooned and leveled) 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt ​ 2 tablespoons espresso, hot and fresh and extra strong! 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (82g) packed brown sugar 1/4 cup (30g) all-purpose flour INSTRUCTIONS Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Now, let's brown that butter! In a small saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the butter begins to foam and you start to see little brown specks. Cook for another minute then take butter off the heat and allow to cool for 1-2 minutes. In a large mixing bowl with whisk, combine the slightly cooled brown butter and granulated sugar (it will look like wet sand). Next, add the vanilla and eggs and mix until well combined and smooth. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and espresso powder together. Then add that flour mixture to the butter mixture and using a spatula fold it in gently until combined. Prepare your 8x8 brownie pan with parchment paper hanging over the edge for easy removal. Then pour your batter into the pan. Next, mix your hot espresso, brown sugar, and flour together until combined and smooth. Pour this over your blondie batter and using a knife or chopstick (that's what I use) gently swirl it into the blondie batter then level the top. Bake for 23-26 minutes or until the edges are set but the blondies themselves may seem underdone and undercooked. This is fine! Do not overbake these or they will end up dry and cakey instead of that heavenly chewy, gooey blondie that you want! Set the pan on a cooling rack, and cool completely in the pan before removing and cutting into squares. BON APPETIT! BACK TO SWEETS

  • Blueberry Tart | Loyal Olive Oil

    Blueberry Tart Active Time: 35 Minutes Start to Eat: 3 Hours (Including Chill Time) Serves: 8-10 INTRODUCTION Blueberry tarts and pies are some of my favorite spring and summer desserts. Cool, tangy, and refreshing lemony blueberry tart comes together quick and easy! The simple bright berry filling sits in a flaky buttery crust. This is a perfect recipe for spring and summer celebrations like Easter, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, and 4th of July! ​ Tart Crust from Silver Palette : Sweet, Buttery Tart Crust. DON'T GO BREAKING MY TART INGREDIENTS Crust (from Silver Palate Cookbook): ​ 1 ⅔ cups all-purpose flour ¼ cup granulated sugar ½ teaspoon salt 10 tablespoons (1 ¼ sticks) unsalted butter, chilled 2 egg yolks 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 teaspoons cold water Filling: ​ 5 cups of fresh blueberries ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp water 2 tablespoons cornstarch 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest 3 tablespoons lemon juice ½ cup sugar Pinch of salt INSTRUCTIONS Sift flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor or mixing bowl if using your hands or a pastry blender. Cut the chilled butter into pieces and add to the food processor. Pulse the processor until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Mix the egg yolks, vanilla, and water together in a small bowl, then add to the flour mixture. Pulse until JUST combined. Dump the dough on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough, then form into a ball. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for 2-3 hours. Preheat the oven to 425° F. Place chilled dough on a lightly floured surface and, using a rolling pin, roll into a large circle (big enough to line your removable-bottom tart pan). Place the dough in the pan and form to the edges. Line the dough with foil or parchment paper, and fill with weights or beans. Bake for 8 minutes, remove the foil and weights. Prick the dough with a fork in several places. Bake for 4 minutes more. Remove from the oven, set aside to cool. For the filling: In a medium saucepan, bring 1/4 cup water and 1 1/2 cups berries to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat; simmer, stirring occasionally until berries begin to break down, 3 to 4 minutes. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water; stir into the simmering. Add lemon zest and juice, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, stirring, just until mixture begins to thicken, 30 to 60 seconds. Remove from heat. Stir in the remaining 3 1/2 cups of fresh berries. Immediately pour the hot berry mixture into the cooled tart shell, and smooth with a spatula. Bake the tart at 425°F for 10 minutes. Remove, let cool. This is also delicious cold! BON APPETIT! BACK TO SWEETS

  • Spicy Dry Rub Wings | Loyal Olive Oil

    SPICY DRY RUB WINGS Active Time: 15 Minutes Start to Eat: 1 Hour Makes: 40 wings, 6 wings per serving so 8 servings! (or 2 servings for us) INTRODUCTION Spicy dry rub wings that come out moist and flavorful every time. These are seriously foolproof and are so quick and easy, they are perfect for hosting a game, an appetizer for game night or for a full meal! ​ Don't be intimidated by the amount of ingredients, all of them will maximize your flavor but if you don't have a couple of them...not big deal - it'll still taste great! Just put that amount of spice that you're missing and add it onto your favorites spices. JUST WINGIN' IT INGREDIENTS 4 lbs wings 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil ½ tablespoon salt ½ tablespoon ancho chili powder ½ tablespoon smoked paprika ½ tablespoon paprika ½ tablespoon garlic powder ½ tablespoon onion powder 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon cayenne powder (or more for spice preference) ½ teaspoon dried mustard powder ½ teaspoon pepper ½ teaspoon oregano ½ teaspoon thyme *Optional: ½ teaspoon malt vinegar powder INSTRUCTIONS Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Top that with an oven-safe rack and spray it with nonstick spray. Set aside. In a small bowl, combine all of the spice ingredients (all ingredients minus the chicken and oil). In a large bowl, toss the wings in the oil. Add the rub to the wings and toss (or use your hands) to coat all of the wings. Add the wings to the baking sheet, they can be close together but shouldn’t be touching. Bake for 45 minutes, turning them over halfway through. Remove from the oven, garnish with some chive or scallion if you want, and serve immediately - but be careful, they are hot! BON APPETIT! ** They are great with a ranch or blue cheese dip! BON APPETIT! BACK TO SALTY

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