Thoughts For Food

Insights into the Mind of a Culinary School Student


Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding


This is one of my new favorite recipes. It’s relatively simple to make and it tastes delicious. If you’re like me and love all things Pumpkin Spice, then you’re going to adore this recipe! Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups Pumpkin Puree (fresh made or canned)
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 2 Cups Heavy Cream
  • 2 Cups Brown Sugar
  • ½ Cup Sugar
  • 8 Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix
  • 1.5 Pounds Toasted Bread Cut into Small Chunks
  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees
  2. In a large pot, combine the Heavy Cream, Milk and Brown Sugar. Heat to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the Eggs and ½ Cup of Sugar. Whisk thoroughly until the sugar is dissolved and the eggs are lighter in color
  4. Using a ladle, temper the hot liquid into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. If you stop whisking, your eggs will curdle.
  5. When you’ve transferred half the liquid from the pot to the bowl, pour the whole thing back into the pot on low heat and keep whisking.
  6. Whisk in the Pumpkin Puree and remaining spices
  7. Fold in toasted bread until each chunk is fully soaked in the pumpkin egg mixture.
  8. Spray an oven-proof ramekin (or bundt pan) and pour the bread pudding mixture inside
  9. Place the pan in a larger container and fill with hot water until it comes up halfway the bundt pan or ramekin
  10. Cover the whole contraption with foil and bake for an hour and 15 minutes
  11. After that time, it should be set. Remove the foil and bake until the top is browned.
  12. Let cool and enjoy!

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Recipe: Chocolate Nutella Brownies


This is one of my favorite brownie recipes of all time. It’s incredibly simple and absolutely delicious. The end result are brownies that moist, chewy and absolutely addictive!

Chocolate Nutella Brownies – Makes 9 (fairly big) BrowniesNutella-Brownies

  • 1 ¼ C Cocoa Powder
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 1 C Brown Sugar
  • ½ C All-Purpose Flour
  • ½ Tsp. Salt
  • 8 oz. Melted Butter
  • 2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 4 – 5 Tablespoons of Nutella
  1. Preheat oven to 300-degrees
  2. Spray sides and bottom of an 8” Square Pan
  3. Sift together Cocoa Powder, Flour, both Sugars and the Salt. Set aside
  4. Whisk together Eggs, Butter and Vanilla, then mix in dry ingredients. Mix only until just combined
  5. Pour into pan
  6. Swirl Nutella into the Brownie mix
  7. Bake at 300-degrees for 45 – 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean
  8. Let stand for 5 minutes before removing from pan and cutting to serve


Cinnamon Pecan Coffeecake Muffins


404643_710425609406_699123801_nThis is my all-time favorite muffin recipe. I actually learned this recipe while I was on Externship and it quickly became my favorite item to make. They smell wonderful while they’re baking and they taste just as good. Whether for a party or just for the family, these muffins are most definitely a crowd-pleaser.

Cinnamon Pecan Coffeecake Muffins – Makes 24

Dry Team

  • 400g Flour
  • 290g Sugar
  • 9g Baking Powder
  • ½ Tsp Baking Soda
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 160g Butter

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  • 360g Sour Cream
  • 100g Eggs
  • 60g Egg Yolks
  • 15g Vanilla Extract
  • 30g Canola Oil

Topping

  • 120g Toasted Pecans
  • 100g Dark brown Sugar
  • 6g Cinnamon
  1. Preheat your oven to 400-degrees
  2. Combine the ingredients for the topping in the Food Processor and pulse until the Pecans are chopped small. Set aside.
  3. Cut the butter into small cubes and combine them with the rest of the Dry Team in the Food Processor until the texture is similar to wet sand. Set aside.
  4. Combine all the Wet Team ingredients in a large bowl, then mix in the Dry Team ingredients until only just combined. Try not to overmix.
  5. Fold in 2/3 of the Topping mixture. Leave the rest to top the muffins.
  6. Spray the muffin cups with a little bit of no-stick spray and then fill them about 2/3 of the way. Don’t over fill them or else they’ll flow everywhere in the oven.
  7. Bake for 400-degrees for 10 minutes, then drop the temperature to 350-degrees and bake for another 10 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Cool for 5 minutes before serving


“Souffle” Pancakes Recipe


ImageI’m going to be very honest, I was inspired to make this after I saw them on an episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” I didn’t pay attention to the recipe, so I couldn’t recreate it 100%, so what I did was fold in some whipped egg whites into a boxed pancake mix recipe. Turned out fantastic. Now, I’ve experimented and come up with a brilliant, scratch-made recipe with a couple of twists to make it stand out.

The “Souffle” part of this recipe stems from the Meringue that is folded into the pancake batter in order to lighten it and make it puff higher while cooking. It gives the pancakes a lighter texture, without sacrificing the opportunity to add in flavor. I hope you enjoy this recipe!

“Souffle” Pancakes (Makes 6 Pancakes)

Pancake Batter

  • 1 Cup of All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon of Nutmeg
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon of Brown Sugar
  • ½ Cup of Whole Milk
  • 3 Egg Yolks

Meringue

  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 2 Teaspoons of Sugar
  1. Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, milk and egg yolks until thoroughly emulsified.
  2. Using a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites and sugar together until you have stiff peaks, which means if you stick the whisk into the meringue and pull out a clump of it, the “peaks” that form should stay straight, even when you shake the whisk.
  3. Using a spatula, fold the meringue into the pancake batter until incorporated; just until you don’t see any white spots.
  4. Fry with a little butter in a pan or on a griddle until the bottom has become a toasty brown. Then, flip. Serve while still warm.

 

For a fresh take, just before you flip, you can add fresh fruits like Strawberries, Blueberries, Bananas or the like.