Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Easy Dutch Baby

A simplistic method to make a sophisticated pancake, this dutch baby is as delicious as it is easy to make.


Easy Dutch Baby

The thought of making a dutch baby intimidated me at first, but after experimenting around with it found it to be so easy! It is almost like a pancake and bread pudding combined. A beautiful fluffy yet flaky crust, with eggy, moist, and sweet inside.

The r-e-a-l-l-y nice thing about it is that it only takes two dishes to make!
Easy Dutch Baby
There are many recipes you can only make once in a while. This recipe is one that I will most definitely frequent on weekend mornings. The dutch baby is a perfect breakup of pancake monotony without adding complexity and additional time.

I'm excited to make this one over and over again!

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Monday, December 11, 2017

3-Ingredient Perfect Shortbread

With just three, simple ingredients you can make a delicious, traditional shortbread. Dip it in chocolate and add sprinkles to make it extra festive!

With just three, simple ingredients you can make a delicious, traditional shortbread. Dip it in chocolate and add sprinkles to make it extra festive!

I just hosted a cookie exchange last week, and I made FIVE different kinds of cookies for the party. These simple shortbread cookies were by far my favorite.

And the best part? It only takes 3 ingredients and about 30 minutes to throw these together. Doesn't get much better than that :)

With just three, simple ingredients you can make a delicious, traditional shortbread. Dip it in chocolate and add sprinkles to make it extra festive!

A few things to note about this recipe before you hit the kitchen:
  • I highly suggest using a stand mixer to make this dough. It's quite crumbly for a little bit, and the stand mixer pushes through that phase and creates a pliable dough that is perfect for rolling out.
  • Remember to treat the dough gently while you're rolling it. It's a lot like a homemade pie crust-- with a tendency to crack towards the edges. Just be sure to keep your work surface floured and use a light hand with the rolling pin.
  • I used Ghirardelli melting chocolates for dipping. I like melting chocolates because the chocolate is already tempered and ready for candy making. Once you dip the cookies, it's a matter of seconds before the chocolate is set! Which is just right for me :) You can buy this kind of chocolate in most grocery stores. I buy it at Target, Sam's, or Michaels.
Enjoy!

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Gordon Ramsay's Perfect Scrambled Eggs

Gordon Ramsay's revealed way to execute a perfectly creamy and fluffy batch of scrambled eggs.

Gordon Ramsay's revealed way to execute a perfectly creamy and fluffy batch of scrambled eggs.

Our Dad's answer to make anything delicious is a considerate amount of cheese, and then triple that amount. If it were up to my Dad, any egg recipe would be 1 part egg and 10 parts cheese. Now don't get me wrong, this method is not flawed when it comes to taste and it results in some serious good eggs. HOWEVER, there is a much healthier way to concoct a great batch of scrambled eggs.

Gordon Ramsay's "Master Chef" is an on and off favorite of my wife and I's. Sometimes we won't watch it for a year or two, but then we watch one episode and end up binging the rest of that season. In a recent season, one of his challenges was to match his perfectly executed scrambled eggs. He showed the entire world his technique and I couldn't wait to try it. Scrambled eggs are one of my favorite breakfast foods.

Gordon Ramsay's revealed way to execute a perfectly creamy and fluffy batch of scrambled eggs.

It took me a few times to really figure out how to make them correctly with my stove top, but what I can tell you from experimenting is that timing and temperature are everything for these eggs! The process is a bit tedious, but it still takes about the same amount of time to make as "lazy" scrambled eggs.

As I really figured out how to work his recipe and technique, I discovered there is no way I could go back to "lazy" scrambled eggs. Ramsay's eggs are just too good! Enjoy the process of figuring these out!

Keaton

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Creamy Sweet Potato Soup

Creamy and delicious smooth with just enough sweet & heat.
Creamy Sweet Potato Soup


There is a soup that has been running around our family the last couple of years of which we can't get enough! It is a butternut squash soup that Ashton posted a while ago you can get to by clicking here . It has sweetness from the squash, creaminess from the cream cheese, and a little heat from cayenne. I'm not a soup guy in the least bit, but I L- O- V- E this soup and could seriously eat it whenever.

 The other great thing I love about the butternut squash recipe is its simplicity! It only takes a few minutes to prepare and not too many dishes. This soup is filling, creamy, and warming. It is the perfect soup for a winter night, but so good you'll want it in the heat of summer.

Creamy Sweet Potato Soup
Now that I've sold the butternut squash soup, what about this actual recipe? I went to the store a few days before Thanksgiving and saw sweet potatoes selling for crazy cheap. It instantly clicked in my head that maybe I could make our butternut squash soup and just substitute the squash with the sweet potatoes to add a more Thanksgivingy flavor. 

We did so and it turned out perfect. A little sweeter than the butternut squash and just as creamy and flavorful. This is the perfect recipe to add to a sweet potato recipe collection typically including baked sweet potatoes and sweet potato soufflé. To add a little more smokey, rich flavor, add my favorite bacon recipe you can find by clicking here . Enjoy!

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Sugared Cranberries

These sweet cranberries are as easy to make as they are beautiful. The perfect topping for a beautiful holiday cake or drink, or even to serve as an appetizer.

These sweet cranberries are as easy to make as they are beautiful. The perfect topping for a beautiful holiday cake or drink, or even to serve as an appetizer.

The idea of making my own sugared cranberries intimidated me for a long time. I just thought they looked way too fancy and way too time-consuming for me to even consider making in my own kitchen. Most of my recipes on Something Swanky focus on "realistic" recipes for the modern home baker.

And, in my mind, there was no way these cranberries would meet my requirement for a "realistic" and attainable recipe.

But I'm happy to report that I was very, very wrong. Sugared cranberries couldn't be easier! Here's how it works.

These sweet cranberries are as easy to make as they are beautiful. The perfect topping for a beautiful holiday cake or drink, or even to serve as an appetizer.

Start by making a simple syrup. This does NOT require a candy thermometer or boiling until you hit the softball stage. This just means you'll cook equal parts of water and sugar over the stove until the sugar dissolves and it looks like water again. It just took me a few minutes.

Then you'll pour it into a bowl and let it cool for a few minutes. Once it's not boiling lava temps anymore, you can add the cranberries.

You have two options at this point:
A) you can leave the berries in the simple syrup for up to a few days in the fridge. This will make them sweet, perfect for snacking on. Or,
B) you can transfer them to a wire rack to dry and get a little sticky (they'll stay tart, but I didn't mind that since I was using them mostly for decoration).

These sweet cranberries are as easy to make as they are beautiful. The perfect topping for a beautiful holiday cake or drink, or even to serve as an appetizer.

Whether you leave them in the syrup for three days or three minutes, the next step is letting them dry off a little bit. Use a slatted spoon to transfer the cranberries to a cooling rack.

As they dry, they'll become slightly tacky.

These sweet cranberries are as easy to make as they are beautiful. The perfect topping for a beautiful holiday cake or drink, or even to serve as an appetizer.

These sweet cranberries are as easy to make as they are beautiful. The perfect topping for a beautiful holiday cake or drink, or even to serve as an appetizer.

Once they're dry and sticky, they are ready for a sugar bath! After a quick mix in the sugar, they look beautifully frosted and are ready to top your cakes and holiday confections.

Tip: if you're storing these for a few days, place them in an airtight container with rice to absorb any moisture.

These sweet cranberries are as easy to make as they are beautiful. The perfect topping for a beautiful holiday cake or drink, or even to serve as an appetizer.


Enjoy!!

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Grilled Brie & Jam

A simple but harmonious combination of flavors with soft and smooth brie and rich jam.


Grilled Brie & Jam Sandwich

For the first 90% of my life, I don't think I ever heard of, saw, and definitely did not taste brie. The most recent 10% I hear about brie, see it all over menus, and have tasted it in several different variations which my wife and other members of my family have concocted. 

Most recently I saw my wife putting brie and jam on a sandwich and grilling it. I know I am late to the brie and jam party, but it sounded like such a weird combination to me. However, I'll try just about anything, regardless of how off-flavored it sounds to me. I tried my wife's sandwich and promptly asked how she made them and to keep them coming!
Grilled Brie & Cheese Sandwich
Such a simple combination, but sophisticated flavor and texture profile of which I can't get enough! It couldn't be more simple, same concept as a grilled cheese. Get your favorite bread, brie cheese, and your favorite jam (we like blackberry), and you're ready to go to town! Slice the brie and place it on one side, spread jam generously on other side, place together and grill over a medium-heated and buttered pan for a few minutes and voila!

This has become an instant staple as a quick and easy meal for our family. I know I'm late to the brie and jam party, and if you are in the same boat, wait no longer!

Keaton

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