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Cranberry Orange Bread

23 Nov

by Katy

Being pregnant is the best excuse in the world to eat what you want, and also the worst.  Of course you want to feed the little bugger only organic vegetables and fruits with a side of free range eggs and meat but sometimes the hormones will only allow you to eat what appeals to you right then.  I go back and forth between eating healthy smoothies and drinking vegetable juice to indulging in cookies and ice cream.  People ask about cravings a lot when you’re pregnant.  For the most part, aside from that time when I drove way out of the way to Sweet Potatoes to get their Thursday Fried Chicken lunch special (and it was so worth it), I have been craving fruit, all kinds of fruit, and more fruit.

In the spirit of the season, and my extreme love of fruit, I decided to experiment with cranberries and my favorite fruit of late, oranges.  I wanted a sweet bread but not too sweet, just enough to balance out the tartness of the cranberries.  I hope I succeeded, let us know what you think!

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup light brown sugar

1.5 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 bag (12 ounce) of fresh cranberries (you could use less if you’re not big on cranberries but they cook up nicely)

zest of 1 small orange (or half a large one)

juice of 1 small orange (or 1/2 cup of orange juice)

1 cup milk (whole or 2%)

1 egg, lightly beaten

4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350.  Mix your dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda) together in one bowl.

2. Mix your wet ingredients together in mixer (by hand works too).  Add in the dry ingredients, mix lightly, until dry ingredients are incorporated.

3. Coarsely chop the cranberries.   Fold the cranberries into the batter.  Pour batter into a buttered and floured bread pan.

4. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

I highly suggest enjoying this bread with butter and large steaming mug of tea.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I think there’s some more fruit I need to eat.

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Utter Decadence- Grand Marnier Truffles

21 Dec

by Green Gourmet L

I’ve never met a chocolate I didn’t like- milk, white, dark; whatever you have on hand, I will eat. It’s just hard to have alot of rich desserts, especially when you have a buffet or Christmas table full of them. Not to worry, Green Gourmets are here to help! You can have your cake (or chocolate) and eat it too with this decadent recipe. A few of these and your sweet tooth will be satisfied. And guess what, dark chocolate is healthy! Antioxidants are good for you, right?

Grand Marnier (which is an orange liqueur) can be found in single serving bottles at any liquor store.

Grand Marnier

There is another liqueur called Gioia Luisa Orangecello, which is cheaper than Grand Marnier and tastes just as good (especially when used for cooking). The price difference is $5 for small bottle ($38 for 750ml) of  “Grand Ma” vs. $1 for Orangecello ($20 for 750ml). That way, you can get a lot of flavor for a little money. You can even make your own (recipe to come)! Decadent chocolate treats on a budget? Who doesn’t love that?

Grand Marnier Truffles

Makes approximately 15 truffles

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound dark chocolate (I used 1/2 bag of Ghirardelli 60% percent chocolate chips)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 TB orange peel
  • 1 TB orange flavored liqueur (Grand Marnier or Orangecello)
  • 1/3 tp vanilla extract
  • Confectioners’ sugar

Directions

Place chocolate chips into heat-proof mixing bowl. Use a peeler to take the orange peel (but not the white pith) from the outside of an orange. Heat the cream and orange peel in a small pan until just scalded (but not boiling).

Grand Marnier

Turn off heat and allow to sit for 15 seconds. Pour cream through sieve (to separate from orange peel) into bowl with chocolate. Whisk together until the chocolate is completely incorporated. If need be, place in microwave for 30 second intervals to melt completely. Whisk in orange liqueur and vanilla. Place in fridge for at least an hour.

Grand Marnier

Once chocolate mixture has cooled, use small ice cream scoop or tablespoon to scoop 1 inch balls. Roll ball in your hands to make it roughly round (this is a messy job, I won’t tell if you lick your fingers afterwards). Then roll in confectioners sugar and serve.

Grand Marnier

If not using immediately, keep in refrigerator until ready to serve, then bring to room temperature. These will keep for a few weeks in the fridge.

Grand Marnier

To print this recipe visit: https://sites.google.com/site/greengourmetsprintablerecipes/grand-marnier-truffles

Enjoy your decadent treat and don’t forget you read about it on Green Gourmets!