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Recipe: Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts

Recipe: Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts

Ingredients

Pastry Dough
2 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
½ tsp Kosher salt
1 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
½ cup ice water
Strawberry Filling
1 lb fresh strawberries, stems removed and quartered
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 pinch Kosher salt
For Assembly
1 large egg
1 tbsp milk
¼ tsp Kosher salt
1 tbsp strawberry filling for each pop tart
Vanilla Frosting
1 cup powdered sugar
34 tbsp milk
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
food coloring and sprinkles if desired

Directions

Pastry Dough

Place the flour salt and salt in the bowl of a food processor, pulse briefly to combine. Add the butter and water. Pulse until just combined. At this point you should be able to pinch the dough together with your fingers. If it’s too crumbly add the tiniest bits of ice water until the dough just sticks together. Transfer the dough to a large, clean work area. Divide dough into two portions and press into flat disks. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least one hour or up to two days.

Strawberry Filling

In a medium saucepan combine the strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla and salt. Heat over medium high heat, stirring constantly with a spatula or wooden spoon until the strawberries start to sizzle. Reduce heat to medium low and continue to cook and mix for 10-15 minutes, until the berries release their juices and become saucy. Transfer the strawberries to a heat proof container and let cool to room temperature. Once cool, place in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Assemble the Pop Tarts

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line two sheet trays with parchment paper or spray with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

Remove the dough one disk at a time from the fridge. Remove the plastic wrap and let the dough sit out a few minutes on a lightly floured work surface. Roll the dough to 1/8 inch thick. With a sharp knife or pizza cutter, trim the dough to 4 X 2 1/2 inch rectangles. Save any scraps and continue to roll until you don’t have enough dough left to continue. Do the same process with the second disk. You should end up with 22 rectangles.

Make the egg wash: whisk together the egg with the milk and salt.

Spread one tablespoon of the strawberry filling onto the center of eleven rectangles. Brush some egg wash on the edges of the dough. Place the other eleven pieces of dough over the ones with the filling. Crimp the edges with a fork to seal the tarts. Using a paring knife, cut three small slits or “X’s” in the top of each pop tart. This will ensure that the pop tarts don’t explode while baking. Place the filled pop tarts onto the baking sheets with and inch in between each tart.

Brush the egg wash on the tops of each pop tart. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Frosting the Pop Tarts

While the pop tarts are cooling make the frosting. Whisk together the powdered sugar with milk and vanilla. Add a few drops of food coloring if desired. Drizzle the frosting over the pop tarts and add sprinkles while the frosting is still runny. Let the frosting set for a few minutes. Serve at room temperature.
Store at room temperature in an airtight container. Enjoy within 3 days.

~ Marla Meridith

Cranberry Hand Pies

Cranberry Hand Pies

Ingredients

For the Pastry
2 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tbsp granulated sugar
½ tsp salt
20 tbsp cold unsalted butter, preferably a high-fat, European-style butter, chilled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
4-6 tbsp ice cold water
Filling and Assembly
1 lb fresh cranberries
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
2 tbsp orange juice
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
½ tsp corn starch or instant tapioca
1 egg, beaten
coarse sanding sugar for topping

Directions

For the Crust

Pie crust: In a food processor, briefly pulse together the flour, sugar and salt. Add the butter and pulse until mixture forms chickpea-size pieces (3 to 5 one-second pulses). Be sure the butter is cold at this step. Add ice water 1 tablespoon at a time, and pulse until mixture is just moist enough to hold together. You should be able to pinch it & it stays together.

Form dough into two balls, wrap with plastic and flatten into disks. Refrigerate at least 1 hour to 24 hours before rolling out and baking.

For the filling

Combine the cranberries, sugar, orange juice, vanilla and starch in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the mixture comes to a simmer. Cook another 6 minutes, some cranberries will burst and mixture will start to thicken. Transfer the cranberries to a bowl and cool to room temperature. Sauce will thicken as it cools. DO AHEAD: You can make this filling up to 5 days ahead of when you want to use it.

Assembly

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit with the racks in the middle. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. Remove the dough from the refrigerator & let it sit out a few minutes until just pliable. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one dough disk into 1/8 inch thickness. Punch out heart or round shapes I used a 4 inch heart cookie cutter.

Spoon 1 heaping tablespoon of the cranberry mixture onto the middle of a dough heart. Wet the rim of the disk with some egg wash Place another heart on top. Crimp the edges with a fork or your fingers. Continue with the rest of the dough and filling. Place shapes on 2 cookie sheets. Refrigerate pies for 45 minutes.
You will likely have filling left over, it’s great on pancakes or mixed into oatmeal.

Remove pastry With a sharp knife, make a X on the top to vent. Brush on egg wash and dust with some sugar.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the edges are golden brown. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes, transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

~ Marla Meridith

Skillet Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Walnut Crumble

Skillet Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Walnut Crumble

Ingredients

For the Cake
¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup light brown sugar
¾ cup full fat sour cream
2 large eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 ¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
For the crumble
½ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
½ cup light brown sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
4 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 pinch salt

Directions

For the coffee cake

Pre heat oven to 350˚ Fahrenheit. Grease a 10 inch cast iron skillet with butter or vegetable oil.

Using a stand mixer and the paddle attachment, beat the butter, granulated and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the sour cream, eggs one at a time and vanilla.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and the salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in 3 additions. Combine well but don’t over-mix.

Spread 1/2 of the batter into the prepared pan, smooth with a knife or offset spatula. Sprinkle 1/2 of the crumble onto the batter. Spread and smooth the rest of the batter over the crumble. Top with the rest of the crumble, pressing in very gently.

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a wooden skewer comes out virtually crumb free.

For the crumble

Whisk together the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Add in the butter and mix with clean hands or a pastry cutter. The crumble should stick together and the pieces of butter should be no larger than peas.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Recipe: 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with a silicone liner or parchment paper.

Place the peanut butter, sugar and egg in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on medium speed with the paddle attachment until well combine.

Make small balls (about 1 1/2 inches) with your hands and evenly space apart on the baking sheet. Using the back of a fork make a criss- cross pattern on each cookie.

Bake for 10 minutes. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes before enjoying.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Skillet Banana Bread with Double-Crumb Topping

Recipe: Skillet Banana Bread with Double-Crumb Topping

Ingredients

Banana Bread
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
1 large egg, room temperature
3 medium sized very ripe bananas, mashed (to equal 1 1/4 cups)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp salt
Double-Crumble Topping
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
½ cup granulated sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
2 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350˚ with the rack in the middle.
Grease a 10″ cast iron skillet (or any heatproof skillet) with butter or vegetable oil.

For the Banana Bread

Melt the butter and let it cool to room temperature. Mix the cooled butter with the brown sugar in a large bowl. Mix in the egg, mashed banana and vanilla.

Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together in another bowl.

Add the banana mixture into the flour mixture, combining well. Do not over mix.

Transfer the batter into the prepared skillet, smooth with top with the back of a spoon or spatula. Top with the crumble, pressing the crumble gently down into the batter with your fingers. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a wooden skewer comes out virtually crumb free. Let cool completely before slicing and serving.

For the Double-Crumble Topping

Combine the sugars, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Add the flour and stir with a rubber spatula until mostly combine. Using clean fingers, mix until everything is well combined.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Homemade Blueberry Pop Tarts

Recipe: Homemade Blueberry Pop Tarts

Ingredients

Pastry Dough
3 ¼ cups AP unbleached flour
1 tbsp baking powder
¼ tsp Kosher salt
¼ cup granulated sugar
8 oz unsalted butter
½ cup corn syrup
Fruit Filling
850 g fresh, frozen, chunks, sliced fruit
cup (75 g) light brown sugar or granulated sugar
¼ tsp ground cinnamon or ginger
1 pinch Kosher salt
2 tbsp (25 g) cornstarch
Egg Wash
1 large egg
2 tsp water
Glaze / Royal Icing
1 ¾ cups powdered sugar
34 tbsp milk
tsp Kosher salt
1 tsp any extract flavor (vanilla, lemon, orange, etc)
of color if desired

Directions

In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, add the sifted dry ingredients. Add the butter and mix until it combines with the dry ingredients. Add the corn syrup and mix until a ball is formed. Let the dough rest for 2 hours in a cool place.

Make the filling while the dough rests. In a saucepot, bring the fruit to a boil. Combine the dry ingredients. Once the fruit has released its juices and has come to a boil, add the dry ingredients. While whisking, bring the mixture to a boil and hold at a boil for 3 minutes. Let cool.

Roll the dough onto a floured surface until it is 3 mm thick. Cut the rolled dough in half. Cut one half of the dough into the 3 x 5 inch rectangles. Cut the second half of the dough into 3¼ inch x 5¼ inch rectangles – these slightly larger rectangles will be the top of the pop tarts. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Place the bottom pop tart dough rectangles on a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet. With a pastry brush, paint the egg wash around the outside edge of the dough. Put the cooled pop tart filling inside of the egg wash rectangle. Add the larger rectangle dough on top of the filling. On one side of the rectangle, press the two pieces of the dough together, fastening them with a fork. Brush the top of the pop tart with egg wash.

Combine the egg and water with a fork or a whisk.

Bake until a light golden brown 15-20 minutes. Let cool. Using a spoon, knife, brush, palette knife or hands, spread or dip the cooled pop tart. Let dry and enjoy.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Cream Cheese Lemon Coconut Cookies

Recipe: Cream Cheese Lemon Coconut Cookies

Ingredients

4 oz full fat cream cheese, room temperature
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus zest from 1 lemon (about 1 tbsp)
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp Kosher salt
2 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
½ cup sweetened shredded coconut

Directions

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add in the sugar and mix on medium speed for 5 minutes until fluffy and lighter in color.

Mix in the egg, vanilla, zest, lemon juice, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Mix for one minute until well combined, scarping down the bowl as needed. Mix in the coconut.

Turn the mixer to low and mix in the flour until just combined.

Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350˚ Fahrenheit with the racks in the middle.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and place scoop 2 inches pieces of dough, rolling them into balls. Place onto the baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minuets or until the edges are lightly brown. Do not over bake.

Remove from the oven and let cool a few minutes before transferring to cooling racks to cool completely.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Austrian Linzer Tart Cookies

Recipe: Austrian Linzer Tart Cookies

Ingredients

3 cups (375 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup (96 g) blanched almond flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp Kosher salt
1 ½ cups unsalted butter, room temperature
1 ¼ cups (250 g) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup rasberry, fig, cherry, lingonberry or cranberry jam
powdered sugar for dusting the tops of cookies

Directions

In a bowl whisk together the flour, almond flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, with the paddle attachment, combine the butter and granulated sugar on medium-high speed. Mix for a few minutes until well combined and pale in color, scraping down the sides when necessary. Add in the eggs one at a time; mix again until well combined. Mix in the vanilla. Turn off the mixer and add in all of the flour mixture, then mix on low speed until it’s just incorporated.

Working on a floured work surface, divide the dough into two equal portions. Flatten into 1-inch (2.5-cm)-thick disks. Wrap separately in plastic wrap. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours up to 5 days.

Remove the dough from the fridge 15 minutes before you are ready to roll it. Roll in between two sheets of parchment paper to ⅛ to ¼ inch (3 to 6 mm) thick. If the dough cracks, just press it back together. If the dough gets too sticky, you can add more flour to it as you roll. You can also place it back in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to firm back up.

Preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C) with the rack in the middle. Cut shapes from the dough with a 2½-inch (6-cm) cookie cutter (I love hearts for these), cutting an equal amount of tops and bottoms. Cut a hole in the middle of the tops. Carefully move the cookies with a spatula to parchment-lined baking sheets. When all the dough is rolled out and cut, place in the refrigerator for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from the fridge and bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes; they should be lightly golden brown on the edges. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to cooling racks.

Dust the tops of the cookies with powdered sugar. Spread the bottoms with some jam. Make cookie sandwiches and serve.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Cast Iron Skillet Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Recipe: Cast Iron Skillet Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Ingredients

¼ cup unsalted butter
¾ cup light brown sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
3 medium ripe bananas, mashed (to equal 1 1/4 cups)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, divided

Directions

Pre heat the oven to 350˚ with the rack in the middle.
Grease a 10″ cast iron skillet (or any heatproof skillet) with butter or vegetable oil.

Make the brown butter. In a small skillet, heat the butter over medium high heat until it starts bubbling. Swirl the pan and continue to cook and swirl. After a few minutes the butter will begin to foam. Reduce the heat to medium. This will subside and you will start te see brown flecks and you will smell a nutty aroma. Cook about one more minute, more flecks will appear. Continue to swirl the pan so the butter doesn’t burn too quickly. Transfer the butter to a heat proof bowl. Let cool to room temperature.

Mix the cooled butter with the brown sugar in a large bowl. Mix in the egg, mashed banana and vanilla.

Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together in another bowl.

Add the flour mixture into the banana mixture in two additions, combining well. Do not over mix. Fold in one-half of the chocolate chips.

Transfer the batter into the prepared skillet, smooth with top with the back of a spoon or spatula. Top with the remainder of the chocolate chips.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until a wooden skewer comes out virtually crumb free.

Remove the banana bread from the oven and let cool at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Scones

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Scones

Ingredients

3 ¼ cups whole wheat pastry flour
cup pure maple syrup
2 ½ tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
¾ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
cup buttermilk
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 ripe bananas, mashed
¾ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F with the rack in the middle.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, soda, salt and cinnamon until combined. Add butter and using a food processor mix together until the butter forms coarse little crumbs.

Add in maple syrup, buttermilk, vanilla extract and bananas. Mix until a dough forms and comes together.

Remove the dough from the processor bowl and place on a clean, floured work surface. Flour you hands and fold in the chocolate chips.

Pat the dough into a large circle and cut into 6 or 8 wedges.

Place scones on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Sheet Pan Red Miso Glazed Chicken with Mushrooms

Looking for that perfect one-pan dish? Try this delicious Sheet Pan Red Miso Glazed Chicken with Mushrooms recipe. Minimal fuss and clean-up required!

Ingredients

1/2 cup unseasoned rice wine vinegar
5 tbsp red miso paste
2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce (use tamari for gluten free)
1 tbsp finely grated ginger
2 1/2 tsp light brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
3 pounds bone in chicken thighs and drumsticks, trimmed and pat dry
8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
8 ounces Shitake mushrooms, sliced
1 bunch scallions, cut to 1 inch length

Directions

Pre heat the oven to 450˚ F with the rack in the middle.

Line a baking sheet with tin foil.

Make a few slits on the top of the chicken, slicing though the skin to the bone.

In a large bowl whisk together the rice wine vinegar, miso, soy sauce, ginger, sugar and pepper.

Place the chicken into the sauce mixture and rub to coat on all sides, being sure to get the sauce into the slits.

Place the chicken skin side up on the baking sheet. with the sauce.

In the empty (do not rinse) bowl add the mushrooms and the whites of the scallions. Toss to coat with sauce residue.

Add this mixture to the sheet pan, scattering around the chicken.

Roast until the chicken and mushrooms are browned and the internal temperature of the thickest parts of the thighs and drumsticks reads 175˚F ~ about 30-40 minutes.

With tongs, transfer the chicken to a serving plate and sauce with the mushroom mixture and the pan drippings.

Top with the green parts of the scallions.

Serve with rice, conscous, quinoa or pasta.

~ Marla Meridith

Sheet Pan Red Miso Glazed Chicken with Mushrooms

Ingredients

Directions

~ Marla Meridith