Raspberry Magic Shell

One of my personal joys as a food blogger is linking up with brands that I actually love. In my earlier days – I’ll admit – I did the ol’ “I’ll accept this free product which I don’t really like and make a recipe with it in order to boost my exposure” thing. Hence quite a few recipes that made some of my friends scratch their heads. “I know you hate spicy foods, soooo…did you actually EAT that dish you made with the green sriracha?”

Those days are long gone. *phew* Cheers to autonomy! 😆

Recently, I linked up with the fine folks at GoodPop® out of Austin, Texas. Read more about them here! I love their products and I love their values, which you can read about HERE. I’d type out more, but they’ve already said it better on their website than I can.😉Long story short: They responsibly source their ingredients and partner with various non-profits to make this lil’ world of ours a little bit better. Being one of their Brand Ambassadors is truly fulfilling for me.

Plus, if you have their vegan organic Orange N’ Cream pop, you might keel over and die of happiness! But I hope you don’t, because you need to try their other flavors as well. HA!

Of course, I’ve been itching to try something fun with these pops. As I looked at the Cookies N’ Cream, I felt inspiration. It’s such wonderful blank palate!

Raspberry Magic Shell
Raspberry Magic Shell

I didn’t realize how easy it is to make magic shell until I investigated some more. I experimented a bit until I found the ratio of ingredients that worked for me. It would have been easy for me to just whip up a quick chocolate concoction, but, of course, I had to be extra.

Freeze-dried fruit is your friend here. You can order it online, though if you are near a Trader Joe’s, you will have your share of fruits to pick from. Raspberry called out to me.

This took me less than 10 minutes to make; I spent the most time grinding my raspberries in my mortar & pestle!

I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you make it, please be sure to tag #seeksatiation on Instagram so I can see your own version of this fruity goodness.

Raspberry Magic Shell
Raspberry Magic Shell

NOTE: I am a compensated Brand Ambassador for GoodPop® from June – August 2019, but all opinions are my own!

Raspberry Magic Shell
(Makes roughly 2 cups)

Ingredients:

– 1 & 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
– 2 tablespoons refined coconut oil
– 1/2 cup freeze-dried raspberries, ground down to roughly 2 – 3 tablespoons
– Pinch of salt

Before We Get Started…

– You can use unrefined coconut oil, if you choose. I opted for refined for less of a prominent coconut flavor in the dip.

Directions:

1.) In a microwave-safe bowl, add white chocolate and coconut oil; melt for 30 seconds, then stir. Heat in 15 seconds increments and stir until combined and smooth; this entire process should not take more than 60 seconds. Conversely, white chocolate and coconut oil can be melted together in a double-boiler.

2.) With a mortar & pestle, grind raspberries until they resemble a fine powder. Conversely, blitz raspberries in a blender or food processor until it resembles a fine powder.

3.) Stir raspberry powder into chocolate and stir until uniform. Add salt and stir.

4.) Dip ice pop into mix and allow to harder, or spoon over ice cream or frozen dessert of choice.

5.) Leftovers can be saved in fridge in a microwave-safe container; to reuse, reheat until melted and stir until smooth.

golden milk baked donuts

Golden Milk Baked Donuts

I GOT A DONUT PAN FOR MY BIRTHDAY! LET THE DONUT BAKING BEGIN!

As I get older, it’s more about the quality and thoughtfulness of the gifts I receive, not the quantity or trendiness of it. As I just turned 32 two weeks ago (I know, I know, these old bones here), a few friends and family got me appreciated and lovely gifts. My parents got me a food garnishing tool kit. One of my aunts bought me some new work pants from Loft. Dione and Caitlin bought me, respectively, potent alcohol and luscious mac & cheese at The Milton on my birthday night. Adam, however, bought me a donut pan. I literally screamed and punched him in the arm when I saw it, I was so freakin’ happy!

golden milk baked donuts

I’ve wanted to jump into donut-making for a long time; the Internet is rife with amazing recipes. I’m the first to admit that, right now, I’m not about developing any original donut recipes, as I need to run through my personal list of donut recipes I’ve found around my favorite food blogs! One such recipe I’ve been dying to make are Giselle’s Vegan Baked Golden Milk Donuts from Diary of an ExSloth! I love turmeric. I really love making myself a hot cup of turmeric tea a few times a week in the colder months. As I woke up yesterday morning, the 80°F degree temperatures that enveloped Manhattan on Tuesday and Wednesday turned into a rain-soaked 48°F. (C’monnnn! Too stark, too fast, Mother Nature! Give us some time to adjust!) A chilly Saturday, indeed! I glanced at the donut pan on my counter, and I suddenly knew what my first batch of donuts would be.

golden milk baked donuts

I worked with what I had and followed her recipe as closely to a T as the items in my pantry would allow. Ha! While her donut recipe is completely vegan, I am without flaxseed, so I used a plain ol’ egg. Also, I used all-purpose flour instead of spelt flour. I have a feeling these changes were fine, because I pulled some delicious, moist, springy baked donuts from my oven. Oh my! I had to restrain myself from not eating all six at once! I really wish I had the coconut cream to make the luscious frosting from her recipe (next time!), but you can’t go wrong with a simple glaze, conversely. Turmeric is a fairly polarizing flavor, and most people are used to it in savory dishes, not in a pastry or a dessert. In my opinion, it’s worth the exploration. The flavor of this donut is warm with the slightest bit of a citrus kick, thanks to the fresh-squeezed orange juice. I might even add some orange zest to my batter the next time I make these! Hmmmmmm…

golden milk baked donuts

Thanks for creating such an awesome donut recipe, Giselle! I’m currently bowing down to you, my mouth full of donuts.

golden milk baked donuts

Golden Milk Baked Donuts
(Adapted from Diary of an ExSloth’s recipe for Vegan Baked Golden Milk Donuts)
(Makes 6 Donuts)

Ingredients:

Donuts:

– 1 egg
– 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
– 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
– 1 tablespoon orange juice (preferably freshly squeezed)
– 1 cup flour, sifted
– 2 teaspoons baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
– 1 teaspoon turmeric
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 2 tablespoons coconut oil, softened (not liquified)
– 1/3 cup agave nectar
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Glaze:

– 2 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
– 3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Before We Get Started…

– For a fully vegan-friendly recipe, use 1 tablespoon ground flax mixed with 3 tablespoons of water to make a “flax egg”, per the original recipe (link below recipe title).

– If you do not have almond milk or another plant-based milk, dairy milk can be used in both the batter and the glaze.

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease the inside of the donut pan’s cavities. Set aside.

2.) In a small bowl, whisk together almond milk, apple cider vinegar, and orange juice. Set aside; it is okay if it takes on a slightly curdled appearance!

3.) Sift flour into a large bowl. Whisk baking powder, salt, turmeric, and cinnamon into the flour until thoroughly combined.

4.) In another large bowl, whisk together egg and softened coconut oil. Slowly add in  agave while continuing to whisk. Pour in vanilla extract and whisk in until combined.

5.) Whisk in the milk mixture into the egg mixture, then pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until incorporated The dough should take on a very light springy texture. Do not overmix!

6.) Carefully spoon dough into a medium or large zip-top plastic bag or a pastry bag; if using a zip-top bag, carefully cut out one corner for piping out the dough. Carefully pipe the dough into the donut pan’s cavities, filling up to just below the top.

7.) Bake donuts for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove pan from oven and place on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove donuts from pan and continue to cool on wire until room temperature.

8.) In a shallow bowl, mix together confectioner’s sugar, almond milk, and vanilla extract to create the glaze. Set a wire rack over a baking sheet or other easily washable surface; dipping donuts into glaze will cause a considerable amount of glaze runoff! Gently dip the tops of the donuts into the glaze, carefully turn over, and placed the unglazed side on the wire rack. Repeat until all donuts are glazed. Allow glaze to dry before eating…but if you’re really hungry, I will not judge you for eating one (or two) early! 😉

cranberry apple sauce

Cranberry Apple Sauce

Autumn is in full swing, with crisper mornings, darker evenings, and the near-daily HELL I face while trying to match the perfect pair of skinny pants with coordinating ankle boots. (The WORST, amirite?) One of my favorite parts of fall? All of my local farmers’ markets are laden with apples! I feel that I am a traditionalist, with my favorite kind of apple being a Macintosh. However, I enjoy walking past barrels and crates overloaded with Mutsus, Jonagolds, Honey Crisps, and Paula Reds. I get damn near overwhelmed at my options, on occasion, and just grab four or five of the best looking ones of any type.

apple sauce

New York City farmers’ markets are full of virtually anything you can think of from the agricultural world. Besides apples, I see veggies, eggs, and meats of all sorts. (One day, I’ll buy that organic duck breast from western Pennsylvania, too!) This past Sunday, however, I had to do a double take after I walked past barrel of something that I can not recall ever seeing at a farmers’ market: cranberries! Beautiful, fresh, Massachusetts-bred cranberries! The heart of this native New Englander fluttered. I had a bag full of apples in my left hand, with full intentions of making some plain ol’ applesauce. Cranberry applesauce is a recipe I enjoy making around Thanksgiving. Still, why not now?! I excitedly shuffled over and ran my hands through these ruby-esque pearls of tart fruit. I looked at the prices…and, at $6 per pound, I quickly carted myself up to my local Fine Fine and bought a pound of Ocean Spray cranberries for $2.29.

cranberries

I strongly support small businesses and the agriculture industry. I just need to cook on the cheap sometimes, just like any other Millennial in NYC with an steep rent and massive student loan payments. Haaa. Next time. Next time…

cranberry apple sauce

Cranberry Apple Sauce is such a wonderful autumnal recipe. It makes a great side dish when eating pork, turkey, or chicken. It makes a great snack to keep in the fridge. Pro Tip: I love to eat it warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Try it. Thank me later.

cranberry apple sauce

Cranberry Apple Sauce
(Serves 4)

Ingredients:
– 3 pounds cooking apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2″ chunks
– 1 cup fresh cranberries
– 3 tablespoons sugar
– 1 cup water
– 1 cinnamon stick
– Juice of 1/2 lemon or two teaspoons orange juice

Before We Get Started…

– In lieu of a cinnamon stick, 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of dried cinnamon can be substituted, depending on how much of a prevalent cinnamon flavor you prefer.

– Frozen cranberries can be used in lieu of fresh ones, but I can not emphasize enough: do not use canned cranberry sauce as a substitute!

Directions:

1.) Place all ingredients into a large sauce pan; bring to a boil.

2.) Reduce to a simmer and cook until apples are tender and cranberries have burst, approximately 30 – 40 minutes. Use a fork to mash any larger chunks of fruit still remaining.

3.) Remove from heat; discard cinnamon stick.

4.) Serve immediately or cool to room temperature and store in refrigerator; this will stay fresh for about a week.