Handmade Butternut Squash Gnocchi

Handmade Butternut Squash Gnocchii

Handmade Butternut Squash Gnocchi

Handmade Butternut Squash Gnocchi was an idea built upon our original Handmade Potato Gnocchi.  Oven roasted butternut squash is added into the potatoes, for both colour and flavour, in this recipe.

This gnocchi is not only a feast for the eyes, it taste delicious too! Stock your pantry with Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend!

Handmade Butternut Squash Gnocchi

Handmade Butternut Squash Gnocchi

Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Russet potatoes, skinon medium, skin on
  • 1 ½ cup Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend plus more for the counter top
  • 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg freshly grated
  • 1 butternut squash large
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 eggs large, Omega-3

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Add the potatoes to a pot filled with cold water.
  • Bring to a boil and then simmer for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • To see when potatoes are cooked, test with a skewer or fork. It should be tender
  • . Drain potatoes and leave to cool.
  • Meanwhile, cut the squash in half and remove the seeds.
  • Place the squash in a roasting pan.
  • Drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Roast the squash in the oven for 30-40 minutes, until tender.
  • Remove the squash from the oven and allow to cool.
  • Next, scoop the squash out of the skin and place in a blender.
  • Sprinkle with fresh nutmeg. Pulse until pureed. Set aside.
  • Peel the potatoes. Throw away the skins.
  • Place potatoes in a large bowl and mash well.
  • Press through a potato ricer to remove lumps.
  • Add the squash puree into the potatoes ¼ cup add a time to add colour.
  • In another large bowl, whisk together the eggs and the salt.
  • Sprinkle in Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend.
  • Add potato and squash mixture.Mix until a dough forms.
  • Divide the dough into three equal rounds.
  • Roll each round into a series of ropes about 1 inch wide.
  • Cut each rope into 1-inch pieces to make gnocchi.
  • Dust a fork with a bit of Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend.
  • Press fork gently on each side on the gnocchi to mark.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Add the gnocchi and cook 3-4 minutes.
  • Strain before serving with your favourite sauce.

Cooking Tips and Tricks for Handmade Butternut Squash Gnocchi

Why does this recipe ask specifically for Omega-3 eggs?

Omega-3 eggs have a rich orange yolk. This helps to incorporate more of the colour we are looking for in the butternut squash  gnocchi.

Why do so many gnocchi recipes call for Russet potatoes?

A Russet potato is light and fluffy inside. It doesn’t hold as much water as other varieties of potatoes. This makes  the Russet potato perfect for gnocchi dough.

How do I fix gnocchi, if the dough is too soft?

Simple! Just sprinkle in a little more Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend, until you achieve the texture you want.

Which kind of wine can I serve with this for dinner?

We like the idea of a nice Pinot Noir!

Can I freeze this gnocchi?

Yes, you can. Once the gnocchi dough is made and shaped, place it in one layer on a baking sheet.  Next, freeze it the freezer. Then, once solid, place the gnocchi in Ziplock freezer bags. The gnocchi remains frozen, without being lumped and frozen together, by using this method.

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Handmade Butternut Squash Gnocchi

Handmade Potato Gnocchi

Handmade Potato Gnocchi

Handmade Potato Gnocchi

Handmade Potato Gnocchi ( pronounced NYOH-kee) is one of the many savoury dishes that you can make using our ever- adaptable  Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend. So, this recipes is gluten free and wheat free!

And like all Italian food, this recipe for gnocchi is a crowd pleaser!

Gnocchi originated in northern Italy, where the climate is perfect for growing potatoes.  In Italy, you’ll find these beloved dumplings all over the country.  Made with semolina, or all-purpose flour, or maybe even cornmeal, everyone has their own secret recipe. This is ours!

The word gnocchi comes from the word nocca. It means knuckles or knot. We are sure it means delicious!

 

Handmade Potato Gnocchi

Handmade Potato Gnocchi

Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Russet potatoes medium, skin on
  • 1 1/2 cup Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend plus extra for the counter top
  • 3 eggs large
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Add the potatoes to a pot filled with cold water.
  • Bring to a boil. Then, simmer for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Test to see that the potatoes are soft, by inserting a fork or skewer.
  • When potatoes are ready, drain.
  • Next, cut the potatoes in half lengthwise, to allow the steam to escape. Cool slightly.
  • Next, peel the potatoes. Discard the skins.
  • Next, push through a potato ricer, to eliminate lumps.
  • In another large bowl, whisk together the eggs and salt.
  • Sprinkle in the Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend.
  • Add the potatoes. Mix until a dough forms.
  • Divide the dough into three equal rounds.
  • Throw a bit on Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend on the counter. Knead the dough together slightly, until combined.
  • Roll each round into a series of long ropes, about 1 inch thick.
  • Cut each rope into 1-inch pieces to make gnocchi.
  • Dust a fork with a bit of Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend.
  • Press fork gently on each side on the gnocchi to mark.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Add the gnocchi and cook 3-4 minutes.
  • Strain before serving with your favourite sauce.

 

Why does this recipe call for russet potatoes?

Russet potatoes produce the lightest gnocchi. The interior is fluffy and the potatoes do not hold as much liquid as other varieties.

What is a potato ricer? How do I use it?

A potato ricer looks like a metal basket, full of holes, with two long handles. The boiled potatoes fits inside and are crushed by pressing the handles together. Fluffy potatoes emerge from the holes in the basket.

Can I use a potato masher instead of a ricer?

A potato ricer makes the very fluffiest mashed potatoes. It removes all of the lumps. A potato masher just cannot accomplish the same thing.

How do I serve this recipe for Handmade Potato Gnocchi? 

That’s a great question! It also has a lot of different answers.

Bake gnocchi in a tomato sauce, sprinkled with parmesan cheese.  Or roast some vegetables in the oven, with olive oil and salt and pepper. Cook the gnocchi, strain and toss together with roast veg. Delicious!

As for sauces, think roasted red pepper, or brown butter and sage sauce.

Which kind of wine should I serve with gnocchi?

We would suggest a light pinot grigio. Delightful! And Italian!

What about dessert with this potato gnocchi dish? Do you have any suggestion?

We certainly do! Pair this with an authentic Italian dessert. We think you will love our recipe for Lemon Olive Oil Cake.

Can I freeze gnocchi?

Yes, you can.

Once the gnocchi is cut and formed, place it on a baking sheet, spread in one layer. Next, put it in the freezer to freeze completely. Then, simply store in zip lock bags and save for another time.

Freezing in this way prevents the gnocchi from sticking together, like it would if you just tossed the gnocchi into a bag and then into the freezer.  A simple trick!

Handmade Potato Gnocchi

Blueberry Oatmeal Banana Muffins

Blueberry Oatmeal Banana Muffins

Blueberry Oatmeal Banana Muffins

Blueberry Oatmeal Banana Muffins are delicious! Made with two ingredients that are indigenous to Canada—maple syrup and blueberries—these muffins will soon be on your weekly breakfast menu.

We love these muffins packed for a winter hike, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing adventure.

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Blueberry Oatmeal Banana Muffins

Blueberry Oatmeal Banana Muffins

Servings 12 muffins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 3/4 cups Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend
  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 eggs large
  • 1 egg yolk large
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil melted
  • 3/4 cup almond milk unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup real Canadian maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 small bananas very ripe
  • 1 cup dried blueberries

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Prepare a 12-cup muffin tin with liners.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend, oatmeal, baking soda and cinnamon.
  • In another large bowl, whisk together 2 eggs and 1 egg yolk.
  • Then, whisk the coconut oil, almond milk, and maple syrup and vanilla.
  • In a small bowl, mash the bananas well, using a fork or potato masher.
  • Add the bananas to the wet ingredients and stir well.
  • Next, add the wet ingredient to the dry and stir just until everything is incorporated
  • Fold in dried blueberries using a rubber spatula.
  • Scoop the batter for Blueberry Oatmeal Banana Muffins into the muffin cups. 
  • Bake in the oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Immediately unmold onto a wire baking rack.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Eat plain or serve with butter or jam.

Tips and Tricks for Baking Muffins

How to Bake Perfect Muffins

A. Leavening

Muffins rely on a good leavening to help them rise. Unlike cupcakes, muffins are not beaten to incorporate air.

Make sure the baking soda you use is fresh. Here’s an easy test! Add 1 teaspoon to 1/4 cup vinegar. It should sizzle and foam up. This ensures the ingredients are active.

B. Keep Dry and Wet Ingredients in Separate Bowls

Do not mix together until everything is ready. Then, make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients.  From there, pour in the wet. This ensures even distribution of the wet ingredients into the dry.

C. Fold in Blueberries at the End

You don’t want to over mix muffins. Gently fold blueberries in at the end.

Can I use fresh blueberries in the Blueberry Oatmeal Banana Muffins?

Yes! We suggest waiting until small wild blueberries are in season. Not only will it give you a better final product, but it will taste better to.

Can I use frozen blueberries?

Unfortunately no. Frozen berries will clump up the batter and turn the batter purple.

Baking for the entire family? Or maybe you just love to bake? Our Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend healthy alternative flours is available in 10 kilogram bags, with FREE shipping across Canada.

You may also enjoy our recipe for Gluten Free Pancakes.

 

Blueberry Oatmeal Banana Muffins

Chocolate Belgian Waffles

Chocolate Belgian Waffles

Chocolate Belgian Waffles

Chocolate Belgian waffles are even more decadent then our original, and oh so classic, Homemade Belgian Waffles. Sweet brunch dreams, for a plate of these scrumptious treats begin for us, every Friday night.

Our Chocolate Belgium Waffles are divine and are made with our Peetz S.M.A.R.T.  Blend. This means they are entirely gluten free.! Serve with Canadian maple syrup, fresh berries. Turn this into a dessert by adding ice cream on top.

Did you know?

And here is a little bit of trivia for you! Did you know Belgian waffles made their North American debut during the 1962 World’s Fair, in Seattle, Washington?

Chocolate Belgian Waffles

Chocolate Belgian Waffles

Servings 4 Wafffles

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cup Peetz S.M.A.R.T. Blend
  • 1/4 cup. plus 1 tablespoon Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons honey

Instructions
 

  •  In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, coco powder, baking powder, and salt.
  • In another large bowl whisk together the eggs.
  • Add milk, vegetable oil and honey. Whisk again.
  •  Pour wet ingredients into the dry.
  • Mix until smooth.
  • Bake in a waffle iron according to manufacturers directions.

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Raspberry Chocolate Cake Dairy Free

Raspberry Chocolate Cake Dairy Free

Raspberry Chocolate Cake Dairy Free

Raspberry Chocolate Cake Dairy Free is not only dairy free, but wheat free and gluten free too. Do you know what it is not free of? Great taste!

This cake is prettied-up with a frosting made with chocolate ganache. Traditionally, chocolate ganache is made with 35% cream. But, in this dairy free cake, we have replaced the cream with coconut milk. Adding a touch of pure vanilla intensifies the taste.

This deep, dark, delicious cake is a must for any chocolate lover. Bake it up and give it to your Valentine as the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Or any day in fact!

Try the original recipe for Raspberry Chocolate Truffle Cake.

Raspberry Chocolate Cake Dairy Free

Raspberry Chocolate Cake Dairy Free

Servings 1 8 inch Cake

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cup Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend
  • 1 cup stevia
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs large
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1 1/2 cup coconut milk canned
  • 3/4 cup cup Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup freshly brewed coffee warm

Chocolate Ganache

  • 2 cups dark chocolate chopped fine
  • 1 cup coconut milk canned and not low fat
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Grease the bottom and sides of two 8-inch cake pans.
  • Cut two pieces of parchment into 8-inch rounds.
  • Insert one in the bottom of each pan.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend, stevia, baking powder and salt.
  • In another large bowl, whisk together the eggs.
  • Then add in the coconut oil and coconut milk to the egg mixture. Whisk well.
  • Add the cocoa powder into a medium bowl. Pour in coffee and whisk.
  • Slowly pour the liquid into the egg mixture, while whisking.
  • Sprinkle 1 cup of the dry ingredients over and stir to combine.
  • Continue to add dry ingredients, 1 cup at a time, while stirring after each addition.
  • Then, using an electric mixer, beat on high speed for two minutes.
  • Divide batter evenly between two pans and smooth the tops with a spoon.
  • Bake the cakes for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Place cakes on a wire rack and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Once cool, unmold and set cakes back on rack.

For the Ganache

  • To make the ganache, bring the coconut milk to a boil.
  • Place chopped chocolate in a medium bowl.
  • Pour hot coconut milk over the chocolate. Let set for 2 minutes.
  • Then, whisk to combine.
  • Add vanilla and whisk again until smooth.
  • Place the ganache in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Then, it is time to assemble the cakes.

To Assemble

  • Using a serrated knife, cut the domes off the top of each cake.
  • Place the first cake, cut side down, on a plate or cake wheel.
  • Heat the jam in a small pot until warm.
  • Spread the jam on the cake, keeping it an inch away from the edge.
  • Repeat the process with the second cake.
  • Once the cake layers are assembled, remove the ganache from the refrigerator.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the ganache into a frosting.
  • Swirl the frosting over the top and sides of the cake.
  • Top with raspberries or a combination of raspberries and other berries.

Read below for our tip on baking Raspberry Chocolate Cake Dairy Free

How do you make a cake super moist?

Fat! Yes, that is right. Fat contains moisture.

When baking with Peetz S.M.A.R.T blend, remember, you are baking with whole grains. Whole grains contain a lot of healthy fibre. This absorbs liquid, so you will need extra liquid and fat in your baking.

What kinds of fat should I use?

There are a few different fats you can add.

Egg yolks add extra moisture.  This recipe originally had just two eggs. We added two additional yolks.

Since this cake is dairy free, we eliminated milk. Then, we added coconut milk instead.

The coconut oil is our cake recipe, also creates a lighter crumb.

This cake also contains oil, which creates a lighter crumb.

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Raspberry Chocolate Truffle Cake

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Raspberry Chocolate Truffle Cake

Raspberry Chocolate Truffle Cake

Raspberry Chocolate Truffle Cake

Raspberry Chocolate Truffle Cake is wheat free and gluten free. What it is not free of is taste! A deep rich chocolate cake, that will satisfy any chocolate lover.

This cake is baked in two pans. Once cooled, this Raspberry Chocolate Truffle Cake is cut and layered with raspberry jam. Then, it is iced with dark chocolate ganache. The result is a cake that tastes just like a raspberry filled chocolate truffle!

If you are looking for a dairy free option, we have also create the Raspberry Chocolate Cake Dairy Free. It is adapted from this original recipe.

Raspberry Chocolate Truffle Cake

Raspberry Chocolate Truffle Cake

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cup Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs large
  • 2 egg yolks large
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cup homogenized milk
  • 3/4 cup Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup coffee freshly brewed, warm

Chocolate Ganache

  • 2 cups dark chocolate chopped fine
  • 1 cup 35 % cream

To Assemble

  • raspberry jam seedless
  • fresh raspberries or a mix of fresh raspberries and other berries

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Grease the bottom and sides of two 8-inch cake pans.
  • Place a round of parchment paper in each.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • In a separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs.
  • Add oil and milk. Whisk again.
  • In a medium bowl, add the coco powder.
  • Pour the coffee over the cocoa powder and whisk.
  • Next, pour the mixture over the eggs and whisk to combine.
  • Add 1 cup of dry ingredients into the wet and whisk until combined.
  • Continue to add the dry ingredients, a cup at a time and whisking afterwards.
  • Once all ingredients are combined, beat the mix together, with an electric mixer, on high speed for two minutes.
  • Divide the cake mix evenly, between the two pans.
  • Smooth down the top on each cake with a spoon or a reverse spatula.
  •  Bake the cakes for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let cakes cool for 10 minutes on a wire baking rack.
  • Then, unmold and place on rack until fully cooled.
  • To make the ganache, bring the cream to a boil.
  • Place chopped chocolate in a medium bowl.
  • Pour hot cream over the chocolate.
  • Let set for 2 minutes. Then, whisk to combine.
  • Place the ganache in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Then, it is time to assemble the cakes.
  • Using a serrated knife, cut the domes of the top of each cake.
  • Place the first cake, cut side down, on a plate or cake wheel.
  • Heat the jam in a small pot until warm.
  • Using a small butter knife, or a small reverse spatula, spread the jam on the cake,keeping it an inch away from the edge.
  • Repeat the process with the second cake, until all four layers are stacked.
  • Remove the ganache from the refrigerator.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the ganache until a whipped frosting forms.
  • Swirl the frosting over the top and sides of the cake.
  • Top with raspberries or a combination of raspberries and other berries.

Read On for Our Baking Tip

How do you make a cake super moist?

The first answer is fat. Chefs often say more fat, more flavour!

Egg yolks add extra moisture. So, in addition to the two eggs in the recipe, we have added two additional yolks.

Then, there is full fat, homogenized milk added. Although, you can also add fat through coconut milk, as in our Dairy Free Chocolate Cake,

This cake also contains oil, which creates a lighter crumb.

Peetz S.M.A.R.T blend gets a hint more lighter, when cocoa powder is added.

Can you taste coffee in chocolate cake?

Coffee plus cocoa helps to bring out the richness in our chocolate.  You should not be able to taste the coffee at all, instead it will just enhance the over all flavour.

What is the best way to chop chocolate?

Any pastry chef will tell you, it is best to choose a long serrated knife. You’ll want to make sure the chocolate is chopped fine when making chocolate ganache. The chocolate needs to melt quickly and easily.

Chop chocolate on an angle, instead of straight across. This enables cutting smaller, fiver sections.

Hold the knife by the handle and apply pressure on the end with the other hand.

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Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies lets your tongue double its chocolate pleasure! First the cocoa powder infused cookie dough is crafted to be extra chewy. Next, we fold in real chocolate chips.

This cookie is a must in every cookie lover’s repertoire. It’s the recipe you will reach for again and again!

For gift giving wrap the box up in a big red bow and watch the receiver’s eyes light up as they unwrap it.

Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Servings 24 Cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 1 3/4 cup Peetz S.M.A.R.T. Blend
  • 1/2 cup Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup 1 cup light-brown sugar packed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract pure
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups chocolate chips semi sweet

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl,whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Set up a stand mixer with bowl and paddle or hand-held mixer with beaters and large bowl.
  • Add butter,granulated sugar, and brown sugar.
  • Beat on medium speed for 5 minutes, until well combined.
  • Add vanilla and 1egg. Beat for 1 minutes.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add 1 egg yolk. Beat 1 minute more.
  • Add the next yolk and beat for a final minute.
  • Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • Fold in chocolate chips by hand, using a rubber spatula.
  • Refrigerate dough until lightly chilled.
  • Roll into 1-inchball and place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  •  Meanwhile, preheat oven to 325 F.
  • Place cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet. Keep 2-inches between the cookies to allow for spreading.
      
  •  Bake until golden around the edges for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let rest for 2 minutes.
  • Transfer cookies to a wire rack until cool.
  • Place in an airtight container for up to 1 week. If you don't eat them first!

What is the secret to chewy cookies?

The secret? Moisture! Let’s explore how the ingredients in these cookies help to make them chewy.

Brown Sugar

Our Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe contains brown sugar. This holds in  more moisture. You can feel the moisture in brown sugar when you touch it.

Baking Powder

In this recipe there is baking powder in this recipe as opposed to baking soda. Why? Baking powder is more acid, which helps to prevent spread. Thin cookies are crunchy not chewy!

Egg Yolks

We have added extra egg yolks because egg yolks contain more fat than the whites. Fat contains moisture.

Why does the recipe for Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies call for call for Dutch-processed cocoa powder?

Dutch-processed cocoa powder is specially prepared so that its natural acids are neutralized. This also helps to give the cocoa powder its dark colour. So perfect for these cookies!

We also wanted to use baking powder in the recipe to keep the cookie chewy. And Dutch-processed cocoa powder pairs perfecting with baking powder, as it takes care of the acid component in leavening.

Can I use regular cocoa powder in this recipe instead?

You can, but the recipe will produce a less chewy cookie. And if you do use regular cocoa powder, replace the baking powder in equal amounts with baking soda. The two ingredients will react with one another to create a rise.

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Bake it the S.M.A.R.T way!

Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies were invented through a happy accident that occurred in the late 1930’s, or so rumour has it.

The story goes that Ruth Wakefield, who ran the Toll House Restaurant in Whitman, Massachusetts, forgot to purchase nuts to add to her cookies mix, that would ultimately be used to make ice cream sandwiches. Instead, in a pinch, she cut small pieces of chocolate and added these instead.

And everyone knows what a hit the Chocolate Chip Cookie became!

Wakefield never revealed what really happened. Food historians note that the inventor had a degree in household arts, and as a perfectionist would have never allowed for her restaurant to run out of nuts.

Read the full story in The New Yorker.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 2 1/4 cups Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter unsalted, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs large
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips semi sweet

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl,whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • Set up a stand mixer with bowl and paddle or hand-held mixer with beaters and large bowl.
  • Add butter,granulated sugar, and brown sugar.
  • Beat on medium speed for 5 minutes until well combined.
  • Add vanilla and 1 egg. Beat for 1 minutes.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add another egg. Beat 1 minute more.
  • Add Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend and mix until just combined.
  • Stir in chocolate chips in by hand.
  • Refrigerate dough until lightly chilled.
  • Roll into 1-inch balls.
  • Place cookie on a parchment lined baking sheet, 2-inches apart to allow for spread.
  • Set trays in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 325 F.
  •  Bake until golden around the edges for 8 to 10minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let rest for 2 minutes.
  • Transfer cookies to a wire rack until cool.
  • Place in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Why did my chocolate chip cookies spread?

This can sometimes happen if home bakers skip a step in the recipe. Oh, my! Sometimes in a mad rush to bake and most importantly EAT these scrumptious cookies, bakers can compromise the success of the final cookie.

Keep these tips in mind when baking Chocolate Chip Cookies, or any other type of drop cookie.

Tip Number One

The first tip is to forget about greasing the cookie tray. That’s right! It’s Old School! Just eliminate this step all together. Why? Greasing the cookie sheet is one of the leading causes of cookies with too much spread. As the oil, or butter, or vegetable spray heats and spreads in the oven, so does the cookie.

Instead, line a baking sheet with Silpat or parchment paper.

Tip Number Two

Rest the cookie dough in the refrigerator until slightly chilled. Why? Beating causes friction and friction causes the dough to warm up. This makes cookies harder to handle. Then, once in the oven, the cookie quickly looses shape and spreads.

Tip Number Three

Once dough is rolled into balls by hand, or scooped out with a small ice cream scoop, set the cookies on the lined cookie sheet. Then pop into the fridge for a good 15 minutes.  Next, put the cookies into the pre-heated oven and bake.

Cookies baked from a chilled dough, take that much longer to warm up in the oven. This enables these drop-style cookies to keep the shape longer. The result is cookies that are all the same size and do not spread out.

How do you make cookies more chewy?

Moisture makes cookies more chewy.  So, let’s explore what gives a cookie more moisture content.

Brown Sugar, Baking Powder

Our Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe contains brown sugar, which holds more moisture than. (It is also what gives the beautiful, caramelized cookie colour.)

You’ll also find baking powder in this recipe as opposed to baking soda. Why? Baking powder is more acid, which helps to prevent spread. And we already know, a thinner cookie is more crunchy than chewy!

Egg Yolks

If you would like a cookie that is even more chewy you can replace the butter with vegetable shortening. Shortening is made up entirely of fat, whereas butter has milk solids, fat, and butter. Evaporation is a result of steam once the cookie begins to bake.

Another quick fix is to eliminate the egg whites and add an additional yolk instead. The yolk is the fat part of the egg and therefore contains more moisture.

In this recipe, feel free to replace the two egg white and add an additional two yolks.

Let us know how your Chocolate Chip Cookies turn out.

Most of all, enjoy baking the S.M.A.R.T way!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

 

Gluten Free Pancakes

Gluten Free Pancakes

Gluten Free Pancakes

Gluten Free Pancakes are made with Peetz S.M.A.R.T. Blend, a healthy alternative to many gluten free flours on the market. This flour was designed by our founder and holistic nutritionist, Peter de Hoog.

Our Gluten Free Pancakes bake up light and fluffy, just the way you like them!

Gluten Free Pancakes

Gluten Free Pancakes

Servings 12 small pancakes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoon butter melted and cooled slightly
  • vegetable oil or other cooking oil for the pan as needed
  • real Canadian maple syrup for the pancakes warmed
  • fresh berries for garnish optional

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, crack the eggs and whisk together.
  • Pour in the milk and melted butter. Whisk again.
  • Pour liquid ingredients into the dry.
  • Stir until just combined.
  • Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat.
  • Scoop the batter onto the griddle, using 1/4 cup for each pancake.
  • Cook until golden brown on both sides and serve hot.
  • Drizzle with real Canadian maple syrup and fresh berries if desired.

Keep Reading for More Information and Tricks Below:

What is in Peetz S.M.A.R.T. Blend?

Our flour is a unique blend of healthy ingredients. Let’s give a shout out!

Gluten Free Pancakes

S stands for Sorghum a healthy ancient cereal grain.

M is for Millet a tiny, milled grain that is high in protein.

A is for Arrowroot an easily digestible flour used as a thickening agent.

R stands for Rice. The brown nutrition packed kind!

T is for Tapioca a flour made from the Brazilian cassava root.

How can I tell when it is time to flip the pancakes over?

The pancake will develop tiny bubbles along the edges. This is the indicator that it is time to flip the pancake over.

Why do you suggest that I use a ¼ cup measuring cup for scooping the pancakes into the pan?

Using a ¼ cup measuring cup, ensure these pancakes bake evenly and at the same time. Chef quality pancakes that are all one size! Perfect for brunch and photo ops!

Can I add ingredients to the Gluten Free Pancakes to change up the flavour?

Yes! Try adding 1 cup of mini chocolate chips to the dry ingredients. Or sprinkle wild blueberries on top of each pancake, after first placing in the pan.

Why do you suggest Canadian maple syrup?

We are Canadian and our company is Canadian. So, we are singing the praises of the good things in Canada!

Gluten Free Pancakes

Orange Almond Scones

Orange Almond Scones

Orange Almond Scones

Orange Almond Scones are full of protein with the addition of Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend combined with ground almonds.

These scones are so easy to make. Leave your cookie cutters in the cupboard! Just, roll dough into a round. Flatten slightly. Then cut into eight pieces, just like you would a pie. In fact, it’s as easy as pie!

Once baked, these scones pull apart into perfect triangles. Delicious goodness in every bite!

Be sure to read our Baking Tip below.

Orange Almond Scones

Orange Almond Scones

Servings 8 Large Scones

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup almonds blanched and toasted
  • 1/2 cup Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 egg large
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil melted
  • 1/4 cup orange juice    freshly squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons zest, chopped fine chopped fine

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Line the bottom of an 8-inch round cake pan with parchment paper
  • Place the almonds in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until a fine flour forms.
  • Pour ground almonds into a large bowl.
  • Add arrowroot and baking powder. Whisk to combine.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, coconut oil, orange juice and zest.
  • Add the liquid ingredients into the dry.
  • Mix until well combined.
  • Place scones dough in the cake pan lined with a round of parchment paper.
  • Flatten and shape into a round approximately the size of the pan.

Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend Baking Tips for Orange Almond Scones

Can I buy almond flour in store?

Yes, but it will be more expensive and not nearly as fresh as making your own.

How do I blanch almonds?

You can buy blanched almonds, or almonds without the skin at the grocery or specialty store.

To blanch almonds, bring a pot of water to a boil. Then, add the almonds and let boil for 1 minute. Remove the pot from the stovetop and strain almonds.

Rinse the almonds in cold water. Then, place in a tea towel and rub almonds to completely remove the skin.

How do I roast almonds?

Almond can be roasted in the oven or toasted on the stovetop,

To roast almonds in the oven, preheat to 375 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place almonds on top. Roast in the oven for 8 to 12 minutes, stirring every few minutes to prevent burning.

To toast almonds on the stovetop, heat a saucepan over medium high heat. Add almond and stir until the almonds release their nutty aroma. Then, remove from the heat and place in a bowl.

So, is it necessary to roast the almonds in the recipe?

Not at all! But, it does intensify the flavour of the almonds.

Is almond meal different?

Yes, almond meal is made from almonds with the skin on. The almonds are then ground resulting in a coarser textured product. You can use almond meal both store bought or homemade, if you want a bit more bite to your scones.

You may also like Homemade Belgium Waffles.

Orange Almond Scones