Matcha Cake Pops

I’m kind of a flake (whoops). Not the good kind of flake, like a sugary frosted corn flake or the kind that comes with a good biscuit, but the kind of flake that always cancels plan. And as in ‘always’, I mean almost every other time outings are planned with friends…IMG_1684

But I swear I’m not a bad person! I don’t purposefully ruin plans with people for the fun of it, or because I want to spite my friends. They’re my friends, I’m supposed to like them! It’s just that things always seem to pop up all of a sudden and they always get in the way. Whether it be last minute ride issues or family events that just cannot be missed, the universe somehow always gets in the way of me hanging out with friends.

This spring break, however, there was a date that I definitely did not flake out on. Unfortunately, it wasn’t with a boy, no. It was even better than a boy! It was a baking session with the one and only, Angie! We had been planning to get together and bake something for the blog for ages, but never got around to it. But we finally made it happen 🙂IMG_1686IMG_1678

It was an absolute dilemma deciding what to make, but since I had always wanted to make cake pops, we decided on that. Angie had recently picked up some matcha powder as well, and seeing that we were both green tea fans, matcha cake pops were born!

MATCHA CAKE POPS

 

2 cups flour

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

2 tablespoons matcha green tea powder

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup (8oz) sour ceam

3 large eggs

1/3 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)

1 cup buttercream frosting (homemade or store bought)

2 1/2 cup melting white chocolate, for dipping

lollipop or cake pop sticks

 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Lightly grease cake pan

2. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Whisk or sift ingredients together. Set aside.

3. In another bowl, beat the eggs with the sour cream just until combined. Pour the oil and the extracts and mix together.

4. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry. Fold it all in together. (can be done by hand or with a mixer, do not overbeat)

5. Transfer batter to the prepared pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes 0r until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

6. Let it cool completely before taking out of the pan.

7. Crumble up the cake in a bowl and add the frosting. Mix together to create a dough.

8. Roll the cake and create golf ball size cake balls. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let the cake set.

9. Take the cake balls out of the refrigerator and melt the white chocolate in a bowl, preferably one that is narrow and tall, so that you can submerge the entire cake ball in chocolate when dipping.

10. Take a stick, dip the tip in chocolate, and then stick in about halfway into a cake ball. Then dip the whole cake ball into the chocolate and evenly coat it. Place on wax paper to dry. Repeat with the rest of the cake balls.

NOTE:

– Do not skip the refrigeration. Trust me, it will save you from many broken cake balls.

– Work fast with the cake balls, they will start to get dry after a while.

 

 

 

Naan Flatbread Pizza

ITS FINALLY SPRING BREAK!!!! I needed this break so badly, I’m more than ecstatic that it’s finally here! Time to do fun things like beach trips and adventuring as Nature unleashes her beauty on everything around us. Or, if you’re me it’s time to finally clean the mountain of clothes that you’ve been ignoring for the past month. Heh.IMG_1634

But spring has sprung, the flowers are blooming, and it’s time for some good ol’ spring cleaning. As cliche as it is, I really do set out to clean and reorganize all my junk. During the hustle and bustle of the school year, I get really busy, and one “I’ll put it back later” becomes a hot mess of my stuff being strewn all across my room and the rest of the house. So, every year, during spring break, I go through a massive clean-up.  My yearly clean-up schedule starts with cleaning my room, then clearing my closet and dresser of old clothes, and finishes up with a reorganization of my desk and backpack. It may not seem like much, but due to the amount of negligence I give all of this during the year, it becomes a three day endeavor. I absolutely hate cleaning, but I’m also scared in being buried alive in my trash, so I always up doing it. IMG_1643

However, this year I’m going to spice things up a bit. Not only am I going to do physical cleaning, I’m going to do some emotional cleansing as well. I tend to be the type of person to forgive but never forget, and as hard as I try not to, I do hold things against people. And I’ve realized it makes me overly resentful towards people, and that the negativity seeps into other parts of my life as well. So in lieu of spring being the time of new beginnings, I’m going to wipe the slate clean, forget about past faults, and face people with new optimism and kindness.IMG_1639

And to help with the cleaning process, what would be better than Naan Flatbread Pizza? It may not help with keeping your kitchen clean, but the result is worth it! It’s an super easy entree idea, and since it’s such a versatile dish, you can vary it in so many different ways. Enjoy, and best of luck with your spring cleaning!IMG_1638

NAAN FLATBREAD PIZZA

Veggie:

1 naan flatbread

a generous 1/4 cup of shredded mozerella, jack, and parmesan cheese mix

1/4 cup of diced bell peppers1/4 cup of spinach

1/3 cup of pizza sauce

1. Pre- heat oven to 375 degrees Fahreinheit

2. Get the naan and spread pizza sauce evenly over it, leaving a half-inch borde to create a crust.

3. Sprinkle cheese evenly over the sauce, then add chopped peppers and top with spinach.

4. Put on a cookie sheet and cook in oven for 10 minutes or until the crust is crispy and cheese is melted.

5. Take out of oven, slice, and serve hot

BBQ Steak

1 naan flatbread

a generous 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella, jack, and parmesan cheese mix

1/4 cup of argula

1/4 cup of steak, cooked and sliced

1/3 of your favorite BBQ sauce

1. Pre- heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit

2. Get the naan and spread BBQ sauce evenly over it, leaving a half-inch border to create a crust.

3. Sprinkle cheese evenly over the sauce, then add steak and top with arugula.

4. Put on a cookie sheet and cook in oven for 10 minutes or until the crust is crispy and cheese is melted.

5. Take out of oven, slice, and serve hot.

NOTES:

– I literally made these with whatever I had leftover in my fridge, be creative and concoct your own variations!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rocky Road Brownies

This one’s for you Leo.

For those of you who watched the Oscars last night, you all witnessed yet another episode of ‘Leonardo DiCaprio and

the Elusive Gold Man’. Poor Leo. For someone who has been in the industry for as long as he has and has been in so many iconic movies and roles, you would think he would have at least one of those little men under his wing. But sadly, that is not the case.

But don’t you fret Leo, I’ve got the perfect little pick-me-up to help you get through this difficult time. Rocky Road Brownies.

A classic ice cream flavor turned baked good that will serve as a perfect complement to your disappointed tears and piles of crumpled tissues. Whip up one of these babies, and eat it right out of the oven, piping hot. By slice, or by spoonful, the method doesn’t matter. As long as you get that warm brownie with crunchy pecans, topped with gooey marshmallow in your system, you’ll get through this. Personal experience. (just kidding….maybe….possibly.)IMG_1311

Okay, so maybe not all of us have to cope with losing yet another coveted award that we’ve been waiting for all our lives, but I’m there’s been some ups and downs. Maybe you got yet another bad grade on a chemistry test (how relevant!), or maybe it just one of ‘those’ days. Nevertheless, when you’re in a rut, a little sugar and butter never fails.

ROCKY ROAD BROWNIES

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for pan
  • 1 bag (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts, such as cashews, pecans, or walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch-square baking pan. Line bottom with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides; butter paper.

2. In a heatproof bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of simmering water, combine butter and 1 cup chocolate chips. Heat, stirring occasionally, just until melted, 3 to 5 minute

3. Remove mixture from heat; stir in sugars and salt, then eggs, then flour, and finally the nuts, stirring just until combined. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs attached, 30 to 35 minutes.

4. Then remove from oven and top with marshmallows. Bake until marshmallows are puffed and browned, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving. Using paper overhang, remove from pan and cut into pieces.

Adapted from: http://www.marthastewart.com/337331/rocky-road-brownies

NOTE:

– Feel free to add more nuts and marshmallows depending on personal preference

And that’s it! Hope you enjoy it and leave any comments, concerns, and questions below!