nedelja, 30. december 2012

Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chunk Cookies / Piskoti polnjeni s karamelo

Christmas has already passed but still, I hope you had a nice Christmas! I think this year's Christmas was my favorite so far. This year, my family for the first time succeeded in sticking to our agreement, that we will not be buying gifts. Because if we are real (let's get real now) ... these are just things. And I do not need more new things, but I do need socializing in a pleasant home atmosphere, good food, cat who actually wants to cuddle with me and as few added pounds on my thighs as possible. This is my first December, when I didn't go overboard with eating everything that smells sweet. Well, I'm quite proud of myself... how did I managed to do this?! For the next few days I plan to post all the cookies  that I baked in December. Please don't be mad at me, I know I should published them earlier...I know, who needs recipes for cookies in January .. but you will get them anyway =)! Just be patient with me.  When I publish all these cookies, I'll transform this blog a bit, I think it's time for change, even though I just started, haha! Ideas grow, they click in my head at night when I can't sleep, I get some from very special people and yes, it is time for a change. Yep, these cookies are super good, try them, don't just look ;).


With love, Neja



Ingredients 
  • 3 sticks (1 1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chunks 
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 18 caramel candies, cut in half to give you 36

The process
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets.In a large bowl, add flours, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars for 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Then add in the eggs and vanilla extract and beat for 2 more minutes. 
Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until all combined and well-incorporated. Using a spatula, fold in the chocolate chunks and finely chopped dark chocolate. 
Take a scoop of cookie dough, roll it into a ball, then using your thumb, press into the center, put the caramel candy in the center, then re-roll the ball to cover the caramel candy. Repeat until all dough has been used up. 
Bake for 11-13 minutes. They will look super soft but they continue cooking after you remove them from the oven. Let cool on baking sheet COMPLETELY before you move them to a wire rack. If you move them too soon, they’re too delicate so they’ll break and the caramel will ooze out from beneath the cookie. Store in an airtight container.



Je že mimo pa vseeno, upam, da ste imeli lep Božič! Mislim, da je bil letošnji Božič moj najljubši do sedaj. Letos je moji družini prvič uspelo, da smo se res držali dogovora, da si ne bomo kupovali daril. Ker če smo realni (bodimo malo realni za sekundo)...to so samo stvari. In jaz ne potrebujem več novih stvari, ampak potrebujem druženje, v prijetni domači atmosferi, dobro hrano, mačka, ki se dejansko hoče crkljati z mano in čim manj dodanih kil na stegnih. Tole je zame prvi veseli december, ko se nisem prenažirala z vsem kar diši po sladkem. Hja, prav ponosna sem nase, kako mi je to sploh uspelo??! Za naslednje dni imam v planu objavo vseh piškotov, ki sem jih spekla decembra. Prosim, ne me kregat, vem, da bi jih morala prej objaviti, le kdo potrebuje januarja recepte za piškote..ampak vseeno jih boste dobili=)! Bodite potrpežljivi z mano. Ko bom objavila vse te piškote, bom obrnila nov list in malce preoblikovala tale blog, čas je za spremembe, pa čeprav sem komaj začela, haha! Ideje rastejo, klikajo mi ponoči, ko ne morem spati, nekaj jih dobim od posebnih ljudi in ja, čas je za spremembo. Jep, tile piškoti so super hudi, probajte, ne samo gledati ;).

Z ljubeznijo, Neja



Sestavine
  • 340g nesoljenega masla (zmehčan)
  • 300g rjavega sladkorja
  • 100g kristalnega sladkorja
  • 2 jajci
  • 4 žličke vanilijevega ekstrakta
  • 500g vse namenske moke
  • 4 žličke gustina
  • 2 žličke soda bikarbone
  • 1 čajno žličko soli
  • 265g čokoladnih solzic
  • 90g temne čokolade, drobno sesekljane
  • karamelni bonboni (mehki)


Postopek
Pečico segrejte na 180 Stopinj C in položite peki papir na pekač. V veliki skledi zmešajte moko, gustin, sodo bikarbono in sol.
V skledi z mešalnikom zmešajte maslo in sladkor, do kremastega. Nato dodajte jajca in vanilijo ter miksajte 2 min.
V mikser počasi dodajajte mešanico z moko in miksajte dokler niso vse sestavine združene.
Z lopatico dodajte vso čokolado. Vzemite kepo mase in jo zrolate v kroglico, pritisnite nanjo s palcem, položite karamelo v center in jo prekrijte z maso.
Pečemo 11-13 minut. Na pogled bodo po tem času iugledali mehki, vendar se še naprej pečejo, ko jih malo pustite zunaj. Piškoti se naj popolnoma ohladijo, preden jih odstranite iz pekača, saj so drugače premehki in lahko razpadejo.


sreda, 19. december 2012

Cupcakes with Nutella / Cupcakes z Nutello


Did you miss me? I'm baking cookies and enjoying in my sparkly, freshly cleaned apartment. I love order and cleanliness! Today was suuuuuch a nice day. It reminded me of the beginning of spring. Neja please be patient, it will be here soon. When I went to the store to buy the ingredients for the cookies, I had the biggest smile on my face because of the sun. And then what happened? Horror, I'm kinda  ashamed to say. Smiling I walked, I imagined how birds fly around my head and then I almost fell! Yep! On the sidewalk...there it was, a wire circle on the pavement  and I got myself tangle in it! I barely managed not to fall on the asphalt! It happened so quick! But it lasted long enough to made me feel like shit. I was so embarrassed. And it happened to me next to  the most busy road. I hope that only few people saw me, on the other hand ... if I made them  laugh, then it's not that bad. This is worth something :). I don't know why this happens to me  all the time. Once I fell during running. It was in the spring or summer, I know that it was already dark. I was listening my ipod, jogging and all of a sudden I was on the floor! What the hell! Two women asked me if I was okay, I was so happy that it was dark outside, so they couldn't see my red face. I said, that 'I'm cool and started to run again. Nothing upsets me more than not reaching the goal that I had set. Then the next time I fell was in a parking lot next to a building where I live. I ran because I wanted to catch the bus. I fell pretty hard  and today I have a scar on my knee. So today I didn't fell because I caught myself, but I later hit the edge of  something at home and ... yep, I had a bloody knee. Everything is fine, let's go to today's recipe :). I always wanted to try a  cupcake, they look so stunning! They made me feel so full and even I could eat only one at a time. I was looking for the recipe for the glaze quite some time and only the third day I was able to do exactly as I imagine it. It's totally UNhealthy and if you will do it, do not apply so much as I did, because  I did that just because of  photos.

With love, Neja

Ingredients for muffins
  • 220 g of flour
  • 1 bag of baking powder
  • 200 ml milk
  • 80 g cocoa
  • 100 g of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla sugar
  • 90 g melted butter
  • Nutella

The process

In a large bowl place the flour, sugar, baking powder, cocoa and vanilla sugar. Stir. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, milk and melted butter. Each one thoroughly, then pour the liquid mass to the first mass and mix well to remove lumps.

Take baking molds for muffins and add  in to 1/2 mass, then add a teaspoon of Nutella, which Iyou heated a little, so it is more liquid. Then add the reat od mass to cover Nutella.

Bake 15 minutes at 180 ° C.

Allow the muffins to cool, make frosting and decorate cupcakes with it.

Ingredients for buttercream icing
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter - room temperature
  • 1/2 stick salted butter - room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of margarine
  • 1 tablespoon Clear Vanilla extract
  • 1 pound of powdered sugar 
  • 2-3 tablespoons very cold milk
  • Coloring for food (I used  raspberry)

The process

Cream the butter and margarine in the bowl of an electric or stand mixer. Add the clear vanilla extract and combine well. Begin adding in the sugar and mixing thoroughly after each addition, add coloring for food. After all of the sugar has been added and mixed thoroughly, begin adding the very cold milk... one tablespoon at a time, combining very well after each addition (mixer on medium-high to high speed) until you reach the desired consistency.

Ku-ku, ste me kaj pogrešali? Ravno pečem piškote in uživam v sveže pospravljenem stanovanju. Obožujem red in čistočo! Danes je bil takooo zelo, zelo lep dan. Malo me je spominjal na začetek pomladi. Še malo potrpi Neja, saj bo kmalu tu. Ko sem šla v trgovino po sestavine za piškote, sem imela zaradi sončnega vremena  največji nasmeh na obrazu. In kaj se je potem zgodilo? Groza, kar sram me je povedati. Nasmejano sem hodila, domišljala sem si kako ptički letajo okoli moje glave in potem sem se lovila po pločniku in skoraj padla! Jep! Na pločniku je ležal žičnat krog in jaz sem se zapletla vanj! Komaj mi je uspelo, da se res nisem raztreščila po asfaltu! Vsega skupaj je bilo seveda konec v parih sekundah, dovolj, da bi se najraje ugreznila v zemljo. In to se mi je zgodilo ravno ob najbolj prometni cesti. Upam, da me je videlo čim manj ljudi, po drugi strani pa...če sem jih nasmejala, je tudi to nekaj vredno :). Ne vem zakaj se mi to stalno dogaja. Enkrat sem se podričala po vseh štirih sredi teka. Bilo je enkrat spomladi ali poleti, vem da je bilo že temno. Poslušala sem ipod, tekla in kar naenkrat sem bila na tleh! Nič mi ni bilo jasno! Dve ženski sta me vprašali, če sem v redu, še dobro, da je bilo temno, da se ni videlo mojega rdečega obraza. Odvrnila sem, da sem kul in odlaufala naprej. Nič me ne razjezi bolj kot nedoseganje cilja, ki sem si ga zastavila. Potem naslednjič sem odletela na parkirišču pri bloku. Tekla sem, ker sem lovila trolo. Padla seveda in še danes imam brazgotino na kolenu. Danes torej nisem padla, ker sem se ujela, sem se pa kasneje doma udarila v rob in...jep, imela sem krvavo koleno. Vse je v redu, raje pojdimo k današnjemu receptu :). Vedno gledam te cupcakes, tako omamno izgledajo! Super nasitne so in celo jaz sem lahko pojedla le eno naenkrat. Kar nekaj časa sem iskala recept za glazuro in šele tretji dan mi je uspelo narediti točno tako, kot sem si jo zamislila. Je totalno NEzdrava in če jo boste delali, je ne nanesite tako veliko, kot sem jo jaz, ker to sem naredila samo zaradi fotografij.

Z ljubeznijo, Neja


Sestavine za mufine
  • 220 g moke  
  • 1 vrečka  pecilnega praška 
  • 200 ml mleka
  • 80 g kakava
  • 100 g sladkorja 
  • 2 jajci
  • 2 žlički vanilijevega sladkorja 
  • 90 g stopljenega masla
  • Nutella
Postopek

V večjo skledo damo moko, sladkor, pecilni prašek, kakav in vanilijev sladkor. Premešamo. V posebni skledi zmešamo jajca, mleko in stopljeno maslo. Vsako posebej premešamo, nato tekočo maso zlijemo k prvi masi in dobro premešamo, da odpravimo grudice.

V pekač za mafine zložimo modelčke in v njih do 1/2 nadevamo maso, nato dodamo čajno žličko nutelle, ki jo prej malo segrejemo, da je bolj tekoča. Nato nadevamo maso tako, da napolnimo modelček do 4/5.

Pečemo 15 minut pri 180 °C.

Počakamo, da se muffini ohladijo, naredimo glazuro in z njo okrasimo cupcakes.


Sestavine za glazuro
  • 57g nesoljenega masla - sobna temperatura
  • 57g soljenega masla - sobna temperatura
  • 108g  margarine
  • 1 žlica vanilijevega ekstrakta 
  • 450g sladkorja v prahu
  • 2-3 žlici zelo mrzlega mleka
  • Barvilo za hrano (jaz sem uporabilo malino)
Postopek

V mikserju zmešajte maslo in margarino. Dodajte ekstrakt vanilije. Dodajte sladkor v prahu in temeljito zmešajte, dodajte barvilo. Ko je vse temeljito zmešano dodajte žlico mleka, nato spet sladkor in spet žlico mleka. Masa ne sme biti preveč mokra zato bodite res previdni z mlekom.


Original recipe for muffins
Original recipe for buttercream icing

sreda, 12. december 2012

Panna cotta / Panakota


Wuu-hoo, December is literally flying by and Christmas will be here in less than two weeks! Holy moly! During the weekend I downloaded 300 most popular Christmas songs and yes, I've been annoying people with them =). I haven't decorated the apartment, because I have no space and I don't know where to put all these ornaments, but I have my thoughts "decorated" with Christmas, haha. I didn't made this panna cotta for myself, but for Truflle because he loves it. I think it's boring, it reminds me of pudding, which I also don't like, but that didn't stop me from making it, because I want to do everything at least once. Preparation is so simple that even I'm not sure if I really prepared it, because it was all so quickly done=). You can make dressing from your favorite fruit, I think the berries are most appropriate. I used persimmon, because I had them at home. I put them in a blender and I added a little powdered sugar.

With love, Neja



Ingredients
  • 5 dl heavy cream
  • 1 dl milk
  • 100 g sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean or vanilla powder
  • 6  gelatine sheets 



The process

Soak gelatin for 10 minutes in a small amount of water (about 1 dl). Sratche the inside of vanilla with knife.Pour in the pot cream, milk, 50 g sugar, and vanilla. Cook on low heat for about 5 minutes, until the sugar dissolves, then remove. Add gelatin (you have to squeeze gelatin with your fingers, so you remove all water) and stir until everthing blends together.

Molds or cups rinse with cold water and fill with the prepared mixture. Cover them with a transparent foil and put them in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

Chilled panna cotta turn over on a plate and top with sauce.



Wuu-huuu, december dobesedno leti mimo in Božič bo tukaj čez manj kot dva tedna! Holly moly! Med vikendom sem naložila 300 najbolj popularnih božičnih pesmi in ja, sem že začela najedati z njimi =). Stanovanja niti nisem krasila, ker nimam prostora in ne vem kam bi vtaknila vse te okraske, so pa zato moje misli "okrašene" prav lepo božično, hih. Tole panakoto nisem naredila zase, ampak za Tartufka, ker jo obožuje. Meni se zdi dolgočasna, spominja me na puding, ki ga prav tako ne maram, ampak to me ni odvrnilo od tega, da jo pripravim, ker hočem vse narediti vsaj 1x. Priprava je tako preprosta, da sploh nisem prepričana, če sem jo res pripravila, ker je bilo vsega tako hitro konec=). Preliv lahko naredite iz najljubšega sadja, mislim da je jagodičevje še najbolj primerno. Sama sem uporabila kakije, ker sem imela domače iz Strunjana. Samo spasirala sem jih in dodala malo sladkorja v prahu.

Z ljubeznijo, Neja


Sestavine

  • 5 dl sladke smetane
  • 1 dl mleka
  • 100 g sladkorja
  • 1 vanilijev strok ali vanilija v prahu
  • 1 vrečka želatine v lističih (6 lističev)


Postopek

Želatino za 10 minut namočimo v manjši količini vode (približno 1 dl), da nabrekne. Vanilijev strok podolžno razpolovimo in z noževo konico izpraskamo stržen. V posodo nalijemo sladko smetano, mleko, 50 g sladkorja in vanilijo. Na zmernem ognju kuhamo približno 5 minut, da se sladkor raztopi, nato odstavimo. Dodamo ožeto želatino in mešamo, da se le-ta povsem razpusti.

Modelčke ali skodelice splaknemo s hladno vodo in napolnimo s pripravljeno zmesjo. Prekrijemo jih s prozorno folijo in za 1 do 2 uri damo v hladilnik, da se želatina strdi.

Ohlajeno strjenko zvrnemo na krožnik in prelijemo s prelivom.

sreda, 05. december 2012

Sushi / Susi


Wiiinteeeer! This year I actually like winter, despite the fact that I was driving yesterday with the bus from one station to the other instead of 2 minutes 15 minutes and  the bus almost collapsed from all the people in it. While I waited at the bus station, I stared at the sky and the snowflakes that were falling from the sky were so big! AAhhhh, it's nice to be a child for a moment. Even better was the time before that, I was in Lolita drinking tea and I chatted for three hours. All that positivity! I don't like negativity, pessimism, and I really started to avoid anything that steals my energy. At some point in your live you realize who's worth your time and who is in it for nothing. My life is mine alone, I'm responsible for it and I'll choose people who are  worth my time :). Hmm, it's not only winter time but also sushi time! I know that there are many people who don't like sushi, or have never eaten sushi, in fact, first time I ate it was only two years ago. Yes, dipping sushi in soy sauce, to which is added wasabi is something I really like. That's why I absolutely had to make it at home! :) I just had to! It was okay just the rice was too wet and not salty enough.  It would be ideally, if I had that thing in which you can cook rice. I am confident that I will succeed next time ;).

With love, Neja


Ingredients

  • Nori (dried seaweed)
  • 1.5 cups of rice for sushi
  • 30 g fresh fish (salmon, tuna)
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 avocado
  • 115 ml rice vinegar (white one)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 0.5 teaspoon salt


The process

Pour rice in a strainer and rinse under running water . Pour the washed rice in a pot and add water. Right ratio of water to rice is 1.25: 1. Cook the rice to boiling. Every minute or two rice mix well. When the water boils, reduce the heat to the lowest level, stop mixing rice and cover the pot. After eight minutes of cooking look at how much water is in the pot. Rice cook until it softens and absorbs all the water in the pot.

Remove  cooked rice. Rice, sticking to the bottom leave in the pot. In a saucepan heat the rice vinegar, sugar and salt and stir until the salt and sugar is completely dissolved. The prepared liquid pour over rice and mix well. Allow to cool to room temperature.

Peel carrot and using a sharp knife cut into long, square sticks. Peel cucumber, cut in half and remove seeds. Cucumber cut into long sticks. Wash piece of fish, wipe and cut into thicker, about 0.5 cm thick and long strips. Peel avocado and cut into long sticks.

Spread bamboo rolling basis. Moisten your hands and take full palm of rice and spread it on algae leaving about 2 inches above edge algae empty.

At the center of the rice in a straight line arrange fish / avocado / cucumber / carrot strips. Use your fingers to push the bottom edge of the rice with your hands and shape roll tightly.

Put the roll on a wooden board and with a sharp knife, dip it in cold water, cut into bite-sized pieces.

Repeat this procedure until you used up all the rice and ingredients.



Zimaaaa! Letos mi je zima prav všeč in to kljub temu, da sem se včeraj z busom od ene postaje do druge vozila  namesto 2 minuti 15 minut in da se je bus skoraj sesedel od vseh ljudi na njemu. Medtem, ko sem čakala na avtobusni postaji, sem gledala v nebo in iz njega niso padale snežinke ampak cele krpice, tako velike so bile! AAhhhh, lepo je biti otrok za trenutek. Še lepše je bilo pred tem, v Loliti klepetati ob čaju tri ure. Sama pozitivnost! Ne maram negativnosti, pesimizma in resnično sem se začela oddaljevati od vsega, kar mi krade energijo. Na neki točki v življenju dojameš, kdo je vreden tvojega časa in kdo je v njemu za brezveze. Življenje je moje, sama sem odgovorna zanj in sama bom izbirala ljudi, ki mi dobro denejo :). Hmm, ni samo zimski čas ampak tudi suši čas! Verjamem, da je veliko takih, ki sušija ne marajo ali pa ga niso še nikoli jedli, tudi sama sem ga pozno odkrila, šele dve leti nazaj. Da, pomakanje sušija v sojino omako, v katero je dodan wasabi hren, mi je priraslo k srcu. Zato sem ga absolutno morala pripraviti doma! Preprosto morala sem :)! Saj mi je kar uspel, edino pri rižu sem ga pobiksala, bil je preveč moker in premalo slan. Idealno bi bilo, če bi imela tisto zadevo za kuhanje riža. No, naslednjič bo sigurno popoln ;).

Z ljubeznijo, Neja pa veselega Miklavžka želim:)

Sestavine

  • Nori alge
  • 1,5 skodelice riža za sushi
  • 30 dag sveže ribe (losos, tuna)
  • 1 korenček
  • 1 kumara
  • 1 avokado
  • 115 ml riževega kisa (prozornega)
  • 1 žlica sladkorja
  • 0,5 žličke soli



Postopek

Riž stresemo na cedilo in pod tekočo vodo spiramo toliko časa, dokler izpod cedila ne priteče čista voda. Opran riž stresemo v lonec in ga zalijemo z vodo. Vode mora biti toliko, da je riž malo prekrit; pravo razmerje med vodo in rižem pa je 1,25 : 1. Lonec pristavimo na močen ogenj in riž kuhamo do vretja. Vsako minuto ali dve riž dobro premešamo. Ko voda zavre, zmanjšamo ogenj na najnižjo stopnjo, riž nehamo mešati in lonec pokrijemo. Po osmih minutah kuhanja pogledamo, koliko je še vode v loncu. Riž kuhamo, dokler se ne zmehča in posrka vso vodo v loncu.

Kuhan riž odstavimo in ga s pomočjo lesene kuhalnice predevamo v skledo. Riž, ki se je oprijel dna posode, pustimo v loncu. V kozici segrejemo rižev kis, sladkor in sol ter mešamo toliko časa, da se sol in sladkor povsem raztopita. S pripravljeno tekočino prelijemo riž in ga dobro premešamo. Pustimo, da se ohladi na sobno temperaturo.

Korenček operemo, olupimo in s pomočjo ostrega noža razrežemo na daljše, enakomerne kvadratne palčke. Kumaro olupimo, operemo, razrežemo na pol in odstranimo semena. Tudi kumaro razrežemo na daljše palčke. Kos ribe operemo, obrišemo in razrežemo na debelejše, približno 0,5 cm debele in dolge trakove. Avokado olupimo in razrežemo na daljše palčke.

Na delovno površimo razgrnemo bambusovo podlago za zvijanje shushija. Na podlago položimo nori algo tako, da je groba stran obrnjena navzgor. Navlažimo si roke, s katerimi iz sklede zajemamo za polno dlan riža, ki ga položimo na algo. Riž s prsti enakomerno razprostremo po algi, tako da ostane približno 2 cm zgornjega roba alge praznega.

Na sredino riža v ravni vrsti razporedimo najprej trakove ribe, nato pa še palčke korenčka in kumare. Sushi začnemo zvijati na spodnjem robu, ki ga s pomočjo podlage preložimo čez ribo in zelenjavo. S prsti potisnemo spodnji rob ob riž in z rokami oblikujemo tesno rolo. Rolo s pomočjo podlage zvijemo do konca in znova z rokami učvrstimo, da dobimo čvrsto rolo. Rolo preložimo na leseno desko in z ostrim nožem, ki ga pomočimo v hladno vodo, razrežemo na grižljaj velike kose.

Postopek ponavljamo toliko časa, dokler ne porabimo vsega riža in vseh sestavin.