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How to Make the Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs For Easter 2018

How to Make the Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs For Easter 2018

With Easter just around the corner, the matter of perfectly hard-boiled eggs arises by default. Preparing hard boiled eggs might seem like the easiest thing to do. All you need is a few eggs, a saucepan, and some water, so how hard can it be? Place the eggs in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then immediately remove from heat. Cover the eggs and let them stand. After about 10 minutes, transfer the eggs to a bowl filled with cold water. After they have cooled, crack the eggs shells and peel. Sounds simple.

Eggs and Easter

If you are planning to honor the long-established tradition of dyeing Easter eggs, you are going to need perfectly hard-boiled eggs to serve you as a canvas.

The tradition of dyeing eggs for Easter has its roots in the ancient customs of decorating eggshells as a part of spring rituals. The Christian custom began in the days of early Christianity, when eggs used to be colored red in order to commemorate the blood of Christ, shed at the time of his crucifixion. Eggsshells also symbolized the tomb of Christ and their cracking symbolized his resurrection from the dead.

This custom is believed to have originated in Mesopotamia and became so popular among Christian people, that the Church officially adopted it with the publication of the Roman Ritual in 1610.

Today, Easter eggs are dyed and decorated using special artificial colors and commercial dyeing kits. They are often placed in colorful baskets to serve as decoration or in various Easter games like egg hunt, egg rolling, and egg tapping.

However, during the Easter period, eggs will be also used in a variety of recipes like salads, deviled eggs, or egg casseroles, so they should look good both on the inside as well as on the outside.

How many times have you had difficulties peeling your boiled eggs? The white comes out together with the shell, resulting in a shapeless used-to-be egg. Also, overcooked eggs have some greenish-gray color around the yolks, a slightly bitter-y taste and give out a somewhat sulfuric smell. All this is due to over-boiling. If eggs are cooked too long, the whites become rubbery and the yolks dehydrated. There is a science behind this – eggs are mostly built of water and protein. During the process of cooking, the water evaporates, whereas the proteins coagulate. High heat also causes the iron-sulfuric reaction, which produces the unwanted color and smell. Another important thing to take into consideration is that high heat over a long time damages the proteins and destroys almost all vitamins, especially the B group vitamins. However, moderate heat over a shorter time does not alter the eggs’ nutritive values.

The task of boiling eggs involves making a number of right choices, but once you master it you will always get ideally cooked eggs with firm but not rubbery whites, as well as slightly creamy yolks.

This post suggests three different methods for boiling eggs, revealing all the secrets you need to know, as well as some gadgets that will make the process much easier. But first, let’s go through a few key issues.

How to Hard Boil Eggs

Should you add salt to the water?

Half a teaspoon of salt will prevent the eggs from cracking. It is also useful in case the eggs crack while cooking. It will help the egg white solidify quicker and seal up the crack, thus minimizing the mess in the pot.  Vinegar and baking soda added to the water have the same effect.

Is there any particular type of eggs you should use?

How to tell if an egg is fresh

Yes, older eggs are best because they are easier to peel than the fresh ones. The secret is in the acidity – the fresher the eggs, the more acidic they are. As the time passes, the acidic content decreases, making the eggs easier to peel.

You can keep the eggs for two weeks in the fridge before boiling them. Don’t worry, they won’t spoil. In case you only have fresh eggs, the solution is to steam them in order to make them less acidic. Pour about an inch of water into a saucepan and insert a steamer basket. Bring to a boil, then place the eggs in the basket. Cover and steam for about 15 minutes. The steam penetrates the shell, causing the carbon dioxide to leak out through the shell pores.

Should you make a hole in the shell before cooking?

Some people make a small hole in the shell with a pin before they put the egg in water. If you are going for perfectly ellipsoidal eggs, pierce the large end of the egg. Piercing will allow some of the air to escape and some water to enter under the egg shell during cooking, which may make peeling easier and contribute for smoothly rounded ends.

However, there are some concerns that piercing can make the eggs more prone to cracking as they cook because it makes the shell weaker.

Should you use hot or cold water?

This question remains without a definite answer. Some of us put the eggs in cold water, others wait for the water to boil before adding the eggs. There is no right or wrong here; both methods have advantages and disadvantages. Let’s look at them separately.

3 Best Methods How to Hard Boil Eggs

Hard Boil Eggs

Method 1: Hard Boiling the Eggs in Cold Water

Advantages: Putting the eggs in cold water allows heating the eggs more slowly, which prevents the eggs from becoming rubbery. This method also gives the air in the egg more time to escape as the egg heats up.

Disadvantages: The cold-water method takes longer time and you don’t have as much control over the time of cooking, i.e. it is difficult to know the exact moment when the water comes to a boil. Unless you decide to watch over the saucepan.

Step 1: Arrange the eggs in a single layer at the bottom of a heavy medium saucepan (first the eggs, then the water because they might crack while falling to the bottom of the pan). Cover with 1-2 inches of cold water. The more eggs there are in the saucepan, the more water you should add.

Tip: Avoid overcrowding the saucepan with eggs because when the water starts boiling they will hit against each other and crack.

Step 2: Heat over high heat and bring the water to a boil (rolling boil, not a simmer).

Tip: Add ½ teaspoon of salt, baking soda, or vinegar before the water boils to prevent cracking.

Step 3: Turn off the heat, but don’t remove the saucepan from the hot burner. Cover and let it sit for 10-12 minutes. This period of 10-12 minutes is generally considered a timespan that yields perfectly boiled eggs every time.

Tip: Depending on numerous factors, including your personal preferences, this time may vary. I recommend adding an extra test-egg to the originally planned number of eggs to boil. This egg will be cracked to check if the doneness is to your taste.  If you are going for eggs that are slightly soft in the center, crack the test-egg after 6 minutes, but, if you want harder boiled eggs, crack the test-egg at the 10th minute. If the test-egg is still too soft for you, keep the rest of the eggs in the water for a bit longer. The recommended maximum period for hard boiled eggs is 15-18 minutes, in order to avoid overcooking.

Step 4: Strain the water from the saucepan and “shock” the eggs with cold water to stop the process of cooking.

Tip: You can also just transfer the eggs into a bowl of cold water using a slotted spoon, especially if there is a larger number of eggs in the saucepan.

Method 2: Boiling the Eggs in Hot Water

Advantages: “Hard boiled eggs cook best if they are not boiled at all.” With this method, you have more control over the cooking process because you know the exact moment the eggs hit the boiling water and you can measure the time with confidence. The method ensures consistent results every time.

Disadvantages: The eggs are very likely to crack if you are not careful enough when dropping them into the saucepan.

  • Step 1: Fill a heavy-bottom saucepan with water and heat it until it boils (rolling boil again).
  • Step 2: Remove the boiled water from the hot burner.
  • Step 3: Immediately drop the eggs one by one into the hot water. Do this gently, using a slotted spoon to avoid cracking as well as burning your hands with splashes of hot water.

Repeat steps 4 and 5 from the previous method.

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Method 3: Baking the Eggs in the Oven

Advantages: This method is a minimum mess and minimum stress, no splashing hot water, no timers, no checking if the water is boiling.

Disadvantages: It takes more time than the boiling stovetop methods. Also, baked eggs might have small reddish-brown spots on the shell and on the egg white. Another possible downside is that the yolk might shift from the center. So, if you want your eggs to have the perfect appearance, this method is not for you.

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Tip: If your oven is a bit weaker or you are preparing a large number of eggs, you can increase the heat to 350 degrees F.

Step 2: Place the whole (unbroken) eggs in a muffin tin.

Tip: The smaller the muffin tin, the better. If you use mini tin cups, the eggs won’t roll around too much and the possibility of cracks will be reduced. If the tin is not completely filled with eggs, arrange them in the center so that you can easily balance it.

Step 3: Place the muffin tin into the oven and set bake for half an hour.

Step 4: When the eggs are done, don’t wait for them to cool, but place them at once in a previously prepared bowl filled with ice cold water. Let them there for 10 minutes.

Warning! The eggs will be very hot, so use tongs to avoid burning your fingers.

Tip: Baked eggs usually get brown dots. These dots will disappear when you soak them in ice water.

Tools that Will Facilitate the Process of Hard Boiling Eggs

Besides the basic kitchenware used to make the perfect hard boiled eggs, namely a heavy bottom saucepan or muffin tins, as well as a slotted spoon or tongs (depending on the method of preparation you choose), there are a few helpful egg-boiling toys and gadgets you can introduce to your kitchen.

–    Egg cooker. This electric appliance is an alternative to all the above-mentioned methods of egg boiling. It uses steam to cook the eggs in their shells and it can be adjusted to the desired level of doneness, i.e. to yield soft, medium, or hard boiled eggs. Some cookers allow up to seven eggs at a time and many of them have an automatic shut-off option that saves energy. Another upside of these kitchen devices is that some versions include additional inserts for poaching and frying eggs, measuring cups, piercers, etc. Bonus: they will keep the eggs warm while you prepare the rest of the food.

–    Applications for smartphones. Whether you have an iPhone or an Android phone, you can download these timer apps that will assist you in your cook-the-perfect-egg mission. These timers are based on scientific research and calculate the time needed for the egg to reach the desired doneness. The best part is – they are free.

–    Timers. You can go for a standard timer that will be positioned anywhere in the house you want, but there is one timer that can be placed inside the saucepan, together with the eggs. The egg-shaped color-changing boiled egg timer is very convenient to use due to its size and material (it is plastic and easily hand-washed). It reacts to heat just as a regular egg does and darkens as it heats up, indicating the level of doneness.

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How to Peel a Hard Boiled Egg

Now that you have mastered the art of how to make the perfect hard boiled eggs, the only thing to do is to peel them. But how do you peel a boiled egg quickly, without making a mess and mutilating them? Peeling perfection is a mix of the method of boiling the eggs, the manner of cooling them, and, finally, the way you crack the shell. Most people do this under a cold running water, but there are a few more methods you can deploy.

  1. Crack the egg, roll with one hand on the counter (use a paper towel to reduce the mess to a minimum), then remove the shell while the egg is submerged in cold water.
  2. Fill a smaller pot or a glass with just a little bit of water. Add the eggs one by one, cover the pot with a plate and shake. Only a small portion of the shell will remain on the egg and it will be removed easily. You can also use a glass jar with a lid, but this method is even faster and easier if you have a larger deli container with a lid. Fill the container with water, place several eggs, cover with the lid and shake.
  3. Crack the top and bottom, remove the shell at these points and then blow the egg out. Yes, blow with your mouth, just make sure the egg doesn’t fly away across the kitchen.
  4. Crack shell, then insert a teaspoon under it and rotate the egg to remove the shell (the teaspoon remains under the shell all the time, i.e. until the shell falls off).

One last tip: The best way to store hard boiled eggs is in a covered container in the fridge. Eggs tend to give out specific smells, that is why it is wise to cover them. They should be eaten within five days.

 

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Top Food Ideas for Easter 2018

Top Food Ideas for Easter 2018

As sure as the tunes of ‘Hot Cross Buns’ and ‘Peter Cottontail’ will rage in your head for days in a row, colored eggs, chocolate rabbits, hot cross buns, baked ham, and roasted lamb will be an inevitable part of your Easter menu. Easter feasts are colorful, delicious, and full of symbolism. Have you ever wondered how these traditions came to be and why we eat certain foods at Easter?

Let’s make Easter cooking fun, not just by learning a few fun facts, but also by focusing on recipes that will reduce the time you spend in the kitchen, allowing you to spend more time with your loved ones. Because, after all, Easter is a family celebration!

Easter Breakfast and Brunch

Go out there and hunt for eggs instead of cooking in the kitchen! Choose one of these easy Easter breakfast and brunch ideas that can be made in advance.

Egg Recipes

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There will be lots of eggs on Easter, so you’d better be prepared to put them to good use!

Eggs are a symbol of rebirth and immortality, but there is also a practical explanation of why they are so widely used on Easter. Christian tradition forbids eggs and all other animal-derived foods during the Lent so, in the past, people would end up with a bunch of unused eggs from their hens, very eager to re-include them in their everyday diet after 40 days of restraint!

Today, Easter eggs are decorated with bright colors to symbolize joy, but also to honor spring. They are hunted for, exchanged among friends and family, taken to church to be blessed, and offered on the festive table!

Easy Egg and Asparagus

This creamy and dreamy brunch recipe is made super-healthy with the use of asparagus and extra fulfilling from the eggs and cheese. Let’s not forget the ham!

Blue Cheese Stuffed Eggs

There is nothing easier to make than stuffed (deviled) eggs and the possibilities for varying the filling are endless! Blue cheese is just one of them.

Easter Breads

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Bread has always been part of religious rites and ceremonies. It symbolizes renewal and because of that it is associated with Christ’s resurrection. It is also prepared in commemoration of the Last Supper, when Christ shared bread with the disciples.

Easter breads are often made in symbolic shapes or with special ingredients. For instance, they often call for raisins or include decorated eggs on top.

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns are rich, spiced tea cakes usually served on Good Friday. In the past, they were made without dairy products and consumed throughout the whole period of Lent. They were even believed to have medicinal purposes! Hot cross buns are made with raisins or currants, with a cross on the top to represent the crucifixion of Christ. The spices used in the buns represent the spices used to embalm Christ’s body before the burial.

Grandma Marian’s Placek

Alternatively, you can make Placek, a sweet yeast bread with golden raisins and topped with sugar crumble, traditionally served on Easter.

Easter Main Courses

Ham and lamb are the traditional choices, so the following meal ideas are sure to bring back lots of memories. Spring provides fresh seasonal ingredients to combine them with, but also gives you an opportunity to get playful and informal if you wish. So, instead of setting up a formal dinner table decorated with your best China and crystal glasses, why not arrange a buffet-style table in the backyard and make it cheerful with simple Easter decorations?

Whatever you decide to do, remember to keep things simple and prepare everything you can the day before.

Ham

While the rest of the world enjoys lamb and chicken, people in the States opt for pink, salty, cured ham, smothered in a glaze. The tradition to eat ham is explained by the fact that the meat from pigs slaughtered during the winter (cured in salt and smoked) was ready to be consumed in spring, i.e. immediately after the Lent.  Being salted and smoked, the ham is already completely cooked and only need so be reheated, which gives us another reason to love it!

Sweet Glazed Ham

Give this traditional dish a modern twist by preparing a glaze with a fizzy cola, sugar, and onion. Make it stand out by decorating with pineapple slices and cherries on top!

Country Roast Ham

Or keep the dish old-fashioned by preparing it with a gold mustard crust!

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Lamb

A large portion of the Christian world prepares lamb on Easter or substitutes this meat with edible lamb figures made of buttery pastry. Lamb is a symbol of purity and innocence and has always been associated with Christianity. Even the pope has adopted it as a part of his Easter Dinner, so it is only logical that it appears as a centerpiece of Easter festive tables.

Marinated Lamb Chops

Enhance the delicate flavor of lamb with a marinade made with lemon juice and herbs, complemented with a simple mint sauce on top!

Crusted Rack of Lamb

Elegant, but easy-to-prepare dish, perfect for special occasions. The bread crumb contributes subtle crunchiness and captivates the juices!

If you prefer lighter and whiter meat variations, you will probably choose to prepare chicken.

Sunshine Chicken Roast

A perfect mix of colorful veggies and crisp chicken, perfect for outdoor feasting during warm days!

Rosemary Roasted Chicken

Juiciness from the lemon, freshness from the rosemary and beautiful aroma from the onion, blend in this moist and tender roast.

Easter Desserts

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Here comes the part that kids love. Chocolate rabbits, chicks, and eggs became popular in the 19th century and remain so today, but instead going for candies from the Easter basket, treat your kids with amazing holiday desserts – cakes, pies, tarts, cookies and more! Any kind of dessert you decide to make can be easily turned into a festive delight with a few simple Easter-appropriate decorations. Here is a quick suggestion:

Make a frosting by microwaving 3oz. of broken milk chocolate for about a minute or so. In a bowl, beat together 5oz. of butter and 5oz. of powdered sugar, then add the melted chocolate. Spread on your dessert and decorate with chocolate eggs or Maltesers, chocolate bunnies, or colorful M&M’s. Arrange in small baskets for presentation.

Cakes

When it comes to cakes, Simnel cake is THE cake to make for Easter. It is a light fruit cake, made with layers of marzipan and almond paste at the top and in the middle, and eaten toasted during the Easter period in England and Ireland. The cake is usually decorated with 12 marzipan balls to symbolize the twelve apostles.

If you don’t feel like preparing a Simnel cake, here are two more easy suggestions:

Chocolate Marble Cake

Easy ring cake which combines two batters – chocolate and almond for an amazing marbled effect!

Classic Carrot Cake

Tender and moist cake filled with raisins and walnuts, and topped with cream cheese frosting.

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Biscuits

Easter biscuits are a traditional Easter food gift in the UK, where it is given to guests on Easter Sunday. They are very simple to make from flour, baking powder, sugar, egg yolk, and butter. Use cookie molds to shape them into bunnies, chicks, eggs, or butterflies and decorate with a simple frosting divided into several batches and made colorful with the use of different food colorings.

Bonus: Chocolate Nest Cookies

Make a chocolate cookie dough, shape it into little nests and fill it with miniature colorful eggs.

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Fun Easter Treats to Prepare with Your Kids

Fun Easter Treats to Prepare with Your Kids

Easter is just around the corner and we are sure you have already started planning the menu. But, an important question to think about is: does it include recipes that will stir your kids’ imagination? If you still haven’t found a way to include your kids in the Easter food preparations, have a look at this post and you will be able to pull the Easter Bunny out of the hat just in time for Sunday!

Easter Bunny Treats

When not busy helping your kids in the egg hunt, the Easter Bunny is nibbling carrots. So, why not prepare some delicious carrot-resembling treats to surprise him with? Your kids will enjoy helping around the kitchen and the fun for the whole family is guaranteed!

Strawberry Carrots

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To prepare these cute strawberry carrots you will need a pint of strawberries and a bag of orange candy melts. If you are planning on making lighter stripes to decorate them with, though, you will need an extra bag of lighter orange color melts.

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There is definitely no Easter treat easier to prepare than these. Wash the strawberries, place them on a paper towel to dry. In the meantime, place the melts in a pan on low heat and stir constantly for around 5 minutes with a rubber spatula. If you are not so keen on stirring, then the alternative would be placing the melts in a microwave safe bowl and melt the chocolate in 1-minute intervals, stirring (sorry you still have to stir from time to time) after each interval. Repeat this until the wafers are completely melted and make a smooth coating.

Once the strawberries have completely dried, and the chocolate is melted, you can let the fun begin! Get your kids around the table and start dipping the strawberries into the candy coating all the way to the top, then carefully place them on a parchment paper to dry. Once they have dried proceed to melt the lighter color chocolate melts. Get a squeeze bottle and pour the melted chocolate in. Drizzle the “carrots” with it.

Extra: Because we all know presentation counts, you can always go all the way and plate the “carrots” in a bowl filled with dirt. To prepare the dirt, get around 15 Oreo cookies and make sure you scrape the cream center out. Place them in a zipper bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Your kids will enjoy doing this, so let them!

Bunny Ears

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The bunny ears are becoming more and more popular these days. And no wonder! Creating them is as easy as ABC! Prepare the colorful and fun polka dot cupcakes and proceed to decorate them with cute bunny ears.

The easiest way to create the ears is slice a strawberry in two halves and place them on top of the cupcake’s frosting. If you are up for it, there is a slightly more complicated way to do this, but the results will be even more interesting! For this purpose, you will need jumbo marshmallows. Using your kitchen shears cut them in half on the diagonal, making sure the sticky center is visible. In separate bowls pour different colored sanding sugar and press each “ear” down into the bowl of sanding sugar with the sticky side. Be warned, though, there is a high chance your kids refuse to eat their own adorable creation! 🙂

Chic Chick Treats

Now that we’ve seen all the recipes inspired by the Easter bunny, it is time to give another cute animal a fair mention. The little chicks should definitely make their way on your Easter table, and here are some suggestions on how to do it in style!

Chick cupcakes

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Prepare these delicious Orange cupcakes, but leave the orange buttercream and orange zest out. Instead, prepare a yellow-ish creamy frosting and make the cutest chick cupcakes.

You will need:

1 cup of granulated sugar

2 egg whites

1 ½ teaspoons of cream of tartar

1 teaspoon of lemon juice

1/3 cup of water

½ teaspoon of extract (almond, lemon or vanilla)

Food coloring (Yellow Gel Paste)

This is a really simple frosting, made in only 10 minutes. What you have to do is just stir the sugar, water, and cream of tartar together in a saucepan over medium-high heat until the sugar is dissolved. In a mixing bowl, whip the egg whites and the extract until soft peaks are formed. Proceed to add the sugar mixture while constantly whipping. Whip for around 7 minutes, until stiff peaks form.

Using cream of tartar is of vital importance for this meringue-like frosting to hold its shape well. You can read all there is to know about cream of tartar here.

Now, off to the interesting part: assembling the cupcakes and turning them into cute little chicks! Pour the frosting into a piping bag. Let your kids handle the first layer of frosting since you will need to put another one on top for the chick’s head so any messy result can be covered J. For the chick’s head, pipe a dollop of the frosting on top of the first layer. You can use chocolate chips for the chick’s eyes, and use any leftover of the chocolate melts used for your carrot strawberries to create the beak and the feet. It is for the best if you first prepare these and let them harden on a baking sheet, and then start decorating the cupcakes with a pair of tweezers. (a friendly advice: always keep a pair of tweezers around the kitchen and use them solely for culinary purposes)

Chick Cookies

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You can also prepare the incredibly tasty lemon buttermilk cookies, and use a modified form of the strawberry meringue cookies recipe to make cute little puffy chicks. Before you start asking yourselves how in the world could strawberry cookies be used for a yellow figure, you should pay attention to the word “modified”. You will only have to add yellow food coloring instead of the red one and use lemon extract instead of the strawberry flavoring. A very important step and one that shouldn’t be omitted is that the piping tip should be round for the preparation of the chicks!

The best part about preparing these fun looking cookies is not the fact that they are easy to prepare, but that decorating them is a breeze! They don’t have to be perfect, it is where the beauty lies!

Note: Very useful tools that will surely come in handy whenever you are decorating, but especially for holidays like Christmas and Easter are the icing pen and the icing tube. You can buy them in literally any color you like, and the best part is their expiration date is two years after being made (regardless of when you’ve opened them).

Bunny and Chick Oreo pops

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Change these Valentine’s Day Oreo Pops to fit the Easter Story. You can make them in both bunny and chick shapes, by using white and yellow candy melt. To make the pops you should buy the pop sticks and dip each stick in the candy melt and wedge it inside the Oreo so that the pop sticks together. Get a bit of the chocolate melt and use it as a glue for the M&M eyes and nose. You can be creative and use whatever you please to decorate these. Say, the beak can be orange zest, the eyes can be chocolate chips, there are no constraints really! 🙂

Egg-cellent Easter Treats

It won’t be Easter if your table isn’t filled with colorful eggs, and of course, egg-shaped treats! Make it a true Easter feast with one of the following suggestions.

Colorful Deviled Eggs

Colorful Deviled Eggs

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To prepare the perfect deviled eggs you will first need to know how to prepare the perfect hard boiled eggs and to make them coolest deviled eggs anyone has seen, the egg whites should be colorful! You can either use food coloring or egg dye. Add a teaspoonful of cider vinegar in several bowls (wide enough to put at least three egg white halves). Only 3 drops of food coloring in each bowl would do. As soon as the eggs get a pretty pastel color, get them out of the bowl and drain them on a paper towel.

Now it is time for the delicious filling, and we have a little something that everyone will love! Get the egg yolks and prepare the filling. In a bowl place the egg yolks and mash them, add mayonnaise, pickle juice, sour cream, green onions, pimiento, salt and black pepper to and the secret ingredient that will leave everyone in awe- almonds! (slivered and toasted) Spoon or pipe equal portions of the mixture into the egg white halves. And garnish with red pepper powder.

Egg-shaped Savory Pancakes

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Spinach Potato Pancakes

These tasty savory pancakes would make a delicious Easter brunch. The instructions are pretty straight forward, so we won’t go into any particularities of the recipe itself. You will, however, need to pay attention to the frying part. You will have to use an egg-shaped cookie cutter to get the desired egg shape. Coat a large non-stick frying pan with vegetable oil and heat until it reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray the cookie cutter well with cooking spray and using tongs place it in the pan. Pour a ¼ inch thick layer of the batter and fry until the pancake is browned on one side, lift the cookie cutter off (again using the tongs), flip as you usually would and cook until the other side gets golden brown as well. To get the most uniform results, make sure you clean the cookie cutter in between each pancake and re-spray with more cooking spray. A little dull task, but definitely worth the final outcome!

Now that you have your savory egg-shaped pancakes ready, it is time to DECORATE! Since the coloring part isn’t as straight forward as with the sweet pancakes (where you simply add a drop or two of food coloring into the batter), here’s what you can do: Buy powder, gel, or paste food coloring and color some sour cream. Get as many different squeeze bottles as the number of colors you would want to use and you are good to go! (you can even prepare these beforehand and refrigerate). Handle the squeeze bottles to your children and let the games begin J. You can make dots, stripes, zig-zag forms, whatever you please!

Note: Don’t be tempted to use liquid food coloring because it will result in a thin and runny sour cream.

Egg-shaped Sweet Pancakes

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Sour Cream Pancakes

You can either use the recipe above (which never fails to deliver scrumptious results) or, simply use your favorite pancake recipe instead. The key here is to distribute the batter into several bowls and add a few drops of food coloring (preferably gel coloring) in each one and whisk the batter until well blended.

As for the frying part, you can either go for the egg-shaped cookie cutter or omit it altogether. See, you can pour the colored batter into different squeeze bottles, and then use them to draw the pancakes directly on the griddle. The latter might be a better choice since you won’t be confined in terms of size and you can easily prepare small or large eggs, make them more colorful and of course, decorate their inside as you please! Feel free to use toppings such as strawberry slices, blueberries, grapes, chocolate chips, liquorice etc.

That’s all folks! (as Bugs Bunny would say) We hope we’ve inspired you to prepare something EGGSTRORDINARY!

 

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The Ultimate Guide to Making the Perfect Pancakes for Pancake Day 2018

The Ultimate Guide to Making the Perfect Pancakes for Pancake Day 2018

Everybody knows how to make pancakes. You can prepare a fairly decent stack of pancakes even if you are a first-time cook. There is nothing simpler than making pancakes from scratch. Or is there? Have you ever wondered why your first pancake never works? Or why instead of the fluffy, tall pancakes yours look like flat discs?

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This post is about pancake PERFECTION. It will show you how to make easy fluffy golden pancakes in no time, with a minimum mess in the kitchen.

Kitchen Arsenal

To make perfect pancakes, you need to own high-quality kitchenware elements. Here are the basics.

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Frying Pan

The first and most important cookware element is the frying pan. An unsuitable, sticky pan will ruin even the best pancake recipe. The three rules for pans are non-stick, wide enough, and no hot spots. If you have a griddle or a skillet, feel free to use them.

Avoid pans with sloped sides and choose a heavy-bottomed pan. If the pan’s bottom is too thin, your pancakes will burn. You will need a pan that is wide enough to allow you easy flipping. I recommend a ceramic coated pan that is nonstick and can be heated to very high temperatures. Another upside is that ceramic pans don’t rust. The ceramic coating conducts heat very well so there will be no hot spots.

Buying a high-quality pancake pan will pay off. If you buy a bargain-cheap, non-stick pan at the supermarket you might end up with flakes from the non-stick coat in your sweet treat. A more expensive pan will last forever!

Spatula

Second on the list is the spatula. This tool is essential for easy and efficient flipping. I have tried to do it with a spoon once, trust me, it is impossible. That is unless you are a flipping master and you can turn your pancakes by tossing them into the air, like that guy who holds the world record for most tosses (140) in one minute.

The perfect spatula should have a thin edge to let you get under the pancake and flip it easily, without any tearing or wrinkling. You can use a metal one, but if you have a nonstick pan or skillet you can choose a silicone or rubber spatula.

Cups, bowls, spoons, and more

Besides the two above mentioned key elements, you will need a few more to have on hand to prepare a standard easy pancake recipe.

  • Two cups (for flour and milk)
  • A teaspoon (for raising agents and salt)
  • A tablespoon (for sugar and butter)
  • Two bowls (one big and one medium, preferably metal, ceramic, or glass, not plastic)
  • Whisker (for mixing the ingredients)
  • Brush (for applying fat to the pan)

The Fluff Factor

If the pancakes don’t look fabulous, I won’t bother eating them. I want to fall in love with the pancakes at first sight. I want them to be tall, soft, and fluffy. When it comes to texture, the first commandment is: choose easy pancake recipes. Easy equals foolproof. Check out our pancake collection with over 200 of the best American pancake recipes!

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Let’s talk about the ingredients first. In an easy pancake recipe, there are dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt, and wet ingredients: milk, egg, and butter.

Dry Ingredients

  1. Rule number one for fluffy pancakes: your raising agents (baking powder and baking soda) must be fresh. The shelf life is 6-12 months from opening date, but if you’re not sure, apply this simple test: add ½ teaspoon of baking powder or baking soda in 2-3 tablespoons of white vinegar. If the raising agent is fresh, it will bubble and fizz.

If you have forgotten to buy baking powder and have already started to make the pancakes, you can prepare a homemade baking powder, by mixing 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar and a teaspoon of baking soda in a small bowl. Store this powder airtight, in a dark and dry place at room temperature, for up to 6 weeks.

Wet Ingredients

The wet ingredients should be at room temperature. If they are cold the pancakes will be sultry.

1.Use buttermilk instead of milk for lighter and more tender & fluffy pancakes. If you don’t have buttermilk at hand, know this: acidity equals fluffiness. Create a home-made “buttermilk” by adding a tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice into a cup of milk (any type of milk will do, even non-dairy).

You can also use Greek yogurt or mix the milk with plain Greek yogurt (1-part milk + 2 parts yogurt).

Another secret ingredient for fluffiness is carbonation. The fizziness in carbonated beverages, like beer or sodas (e.g. seven up) is responsible for making the pancakes extra fluffy. Did you know that beer pancakes are called “mancakes”?

  1. Separate the egg white from the egg yolk. Beat the whites separately and fold it into the batter to make it lighter. It’s a science thing: egg whites are made almost entirely of protein, so when whipping them, the proteins unfold and recombine in rigid structures, i.e. they transform into a mass of foamy bubbles.
  2. For best results, use all-purpose flour in the batter because it won’t affect the structure of the pancakes. Other good alternatives are whole wheat, buckwheat, or cornmeal. Mix and match any of these flours and find what works best for you.
  3. Make your pancakes immediately after mixing the batter. The fresher the batter, the better the pancakes. The raising agents start working immediately after coming into contact with the wet ingredients and their effect decreases with the time. So, if you want you can mix the dry ingredients in advance, but once you add the wet ones, you’d better start cooking!
  4. Leave the batter lumpy. The more you mix the batter, the chewier the pancakes will be, due to gluten development in the flour. You don’t want that. Stir the ingredients until they are just combined, but make sure there are quite a few lumps inside.
  5. Another idea to speed up the mixing process is to use a blender. First, add the wet ingredients. Once they are foamy, add the dry ingredients and keep mixing until smooth.

The Art of Cooking

Once you’ve prepared the best pancake batter it is time to learn how to cook perfect small golden pillows that simply melt in your mouth.

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Test batch

I recommend that you treat the first few pancakes as a test batch. Use them to adjust the heat and practice your flipping skills. Make sure the pan is not too hot to avoid burning the pancakes. On the other hand, if it is not hot enough, the batter will smear. Sprinkle a few drops of water before you start cooking. If they are shimmering, you’re good to go.

Fat

Use vegetable oil for frying, not butter. Butter burns easily, due to the milk solids contained inside. Especially when your pan is on medium heat for a longer time.

If you insist on using butter, chose either the clarified version, in which milk solids have been separated beforehand or the unsalted version which has a lower whey content and doesn’t burn as easily. The last option is to mix the butter with oil.

Use a heat-proof silicon pastry brush to apply the chosen fat onto the surface of the pan.

If you use too much oil, your pancakes will fry. Wipe the excess oil before you pour the batter into the hot pan or griddle using a paper towel.

Frying and Flipping

Do not flatten the pancakes with the spatula, even if you are tempted to do so, in order to cook them faster. They will cook faster but they won’t be fluffy.

How to avoid smearing the batter because of a sloppy flip? The problem is that you’re using the whole arm, instead only the hand. Slide the spatula under the pancake, lift slightly, and then turn it using your wrist.

Flip the pancake when bubbles appear on the surface and the edges have set. Don’t wait for the bubbles to burst, it will be too late! The bottom of the pancake should be light brown. It should take you about 2-3 minutes to cook the first side and 1-2 minutes more for the opposite side.

Your awesome & easy pancakes are now ready. All you need to do is choose a splendid topping to match these expert-made pancakes and enjoy.

Add-ins and Toppings

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Add-ins, like berries or chocolate chips, can be easily burnt. That is why it is best to add them as late as possible. First pour the batter into the pan, then add the chips or berries (distribute evenly). Bananas, on the other hand, caramelize during cooking so you can add them directly to the batter, mashed or in slices.

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Standard picture perfect pancakes require a perfect topping. Out of respect for the perfect fluffy pancakes you’ve just prepared, choose pure maple syrup instead of the pancake syrups sold in plastic bottles that are full of sugar and God knows what else. Add a pat of butter on top and dive in!

 

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How to Make Pancakes from Scratch – 15 Super Easy Recipes for Pancake Day 2018

How to Make Pancakes from Scratch – 15 Super Easy Recipes for Pancake Day 2018

Pancakes for breakfast, now that’s a great idea, right? And while a pre-ready pancake mix might be considered a godsend by some, it is safe to say homemade pancakes will beat a store-bought mix any day of the year. There are three reasons behind this: Preparing your own pancakes from scratch is way more fun, less expensive and what’s more, you can let your imagination go wild.

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Mastering The Art of Making Pancakes

If you are a newbie in the cooking world, you should first know some of the pancake preparation basics, then choose a pancake recipe from the Best American Pancake Recipes – Quick, Easy and Delicious, and put your knowledge to the test J. While there is not ONE particular tip on making the perfect pancake recipe because tips will vary depending on the recipe, there are a few things that apply to all of them:

  • A non-stick skillet is a must!
  • Use fresh raising agents (baking soda and baking powder).
  • Make sure the wet ingredients you are using are at room temperature.
  • Make a test batch (it will help you find the right cooking temperature, and see when is the best time to flip).

Fruity Pancake Recipes

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Regardless of whether they are a part of the batter itself, or are used as toppings or add-ins, fruits are always a great way of making pancakes taste even better! With flavors that vary from sweet to tangy, here are some of the best and easiest recipes you will ever need!

  1. Banana Pancakes

We start off with a pancake recipe that only calls for three ingredients (ok, and a pinch of salt, and some oil for cooking). This pancake recipe will only take up 5 minutes of your time, and the result will be delicious pancakes that you will want to prepare day in day out.

Extra: Bananas will not only make the pancakes tastier, but they come along with a wide range of health benefits. First off, they are rich in potassium, a mineral crucial for maintaining a good heart health. Second, they contain a fair amount of fiber (which means they will satiate your hunger faster), and last, but certainly not least, bananas come with a moderate amount of protein.

  1. Blueberry Pancakes

Made with Greek yogurt and whole wheat flour, these hotcakes are the definition of fluffy. Mastering them? Piece of cake, just follow the step-by-step instructions and you are good to go. A sweet and tangy forkful of pillowy soft awesomeness is what you will get.

Extra: Apart from the freshness they provide, blueberries will enhance the health-factor of any batter. See, the vibrant blue color that makes them so appealing to the eye comes as a result of the pigments they contain: anthocyanins. These are also responsible for a large part of the blueberries’ health-promoting features, including their antioxidant power. All in all, blueberries play the role of guards of the cardiovascular system and regulators of the blood sugar levels.

  1. Apple Pancakes

These hotcakes with grated apples are definitely going to become a regular item on your breakfast menu. If you have 5 minutes on your hand, put all the ingredients in a blender and you will get a tasty sweet batter with a note of tartness. There is also a downside tough, you will need 10 minutes to fry them, and only 10 seconds to devour a stack.

Extra: You know the good old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. This only goes to show apples are not only tasty but filled to the brim with health-promoting features that make these delicious fruits great aids when it comes to reducing the risk of diabetes and stroke and promoting neurological health.

Nutty Pancake Recipes

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Crunchy and tasty, nuts are the ultimate snacks, but, much like fruits, they are also great toppings and add-ins. A general rule to follow whenever you want to implement them in a pancake recipe is ROAST them. This will enhance their nutty flavor and will increase their crunchiness.

  1. Almond Pancakes

With two whole tablespoons of ground almonds, half a teaspoon of almond extract, ¼ cup of slivered almonds, and 6 tablespoons of almond milk, these will definitely be a hit with almond lovers. And, even if you are partial to almonds, once you’ve tasted a bite of these pancakes, you will definitely turn “team almonds”.

All the more reason to prepare this recipe: Almonds, like other nuts, come with a palette of health benefits. Healthy brain and heart function and a healthy skin are results of consuming them on a daily basis. Being rich in riboflavin and L-carnitine is what makes almonds great for the neurological system, whereas, the healthy monounsaturated fatty acids are “to blame” for the health benefits. Last, a hydrated and non-wrinkled skin will be a result of the Vitamin E they contain.

  1. Pecan Pancakes

These fluffy pancakes with half a cup of pumpkin puree and cinnamon will make your kitchen smell like heaven. Warm and sweet, the aroma will definitely bring a smile on your face, and the nutty flavor will only be enhanced by replacing the regular vegetable oil with two tablespoons of walnut oil. Yum!

All the more reason to prepare this recipe: Pecans are known for their power to reduce the LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increase the HDL or “good cholesterol” in the blood, which means they are great for the overall cardiovascular system. What’s more, they abound with minerals (manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium) and vitamins A, B, C, and E.

Savory Pancake Recipes

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Be it as a side dish, brunch, or breakfast for dinner, every cook should have a recipe for savory pancakes handy whenever the need for it arises. And while some recipes, like that for the okonomiyaki, require a more experienced cook, the following are super easy and equally tasty J

  1. Potato Pancakes

A satiating and scrumptious recipe that will certainly make you go for seconds, and what’s more, can be prepared in five simple steps. What else does one need? Maybe a boost of iron, calcium and vitamins A and K will do? If you didn’t get around to opening the link above, this recipe also calls for 10 ounces of spinach. And, since it is likely you’ve seen Popeye, you surely know that this translates into healthier muscles, but also a glowing skin and impeccable vision.

  1. Sweet Potato Pancakes

If you are looking for a flapjack recipe that is easy to handle, will take you no longer than half an hour, and it is still worthy of being dubbed lunch-appropriate, then this is the recipe you are looking for. Beside the sweet potatoes, it also calls for chives and an onion. And we all know that this is a combination that is going to please the taste buds, and fill the tummy.

  1. Canadian Bacon Pancakes

This is a recipe for those who want their savory flapjacks to be on the “heavier” side. Although vegetables and herbs like chives, thyme, and watercress are present, the crispy bacon cubes play the main role in this recipe.

Luscious Pancake Recipes

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Now, pancakes wouldn’t be in the category somewhere in between breakfast and dessert if they were not a great base for experimenting. This is why recipes like the following are a must for every pancake lover out there.

A great way you can go about if you want an out-of-the-ordinary recipe is implement your favorite store-bought treats into the batter, use them as toppings, or better still, use them both ways. And, don’t worry, we’ve got the experimenting part covered, so all you have to do is just follow the instructions. Literally, the only thing you should worry about is decide whether you want to share them with others.

  1. Oreo Pancakes

The Double Stuff Oreo Hotcakes are a dream come true. Half a cup of Oreos goes into the batter, making it taste like the real deal, and a whole cup goes in the stuffing, which means double the trouble. One can say that this is more of a spread, but either way, it is as scrumptious as ever. Whipped cream, vanilla extract, sugar, and Oreos comprise an equation that results in perfection.

A tip: Get some of the Oreos that you were to use for the spread, put them in a plastic zip bag and crush them. Top the stack with them.

  1. Reese’s Pancakes

If you love peanut butter, then this recipe will surely be up your alley. Although the batter itself contains cocoa and chocolate chips, the famous Reese’s are reserved for the syrup. Be careful, though, the peanut butter cups should be stirred into the pan only after you’ve turned the heat off.

A tip: Get some extra Reese’s (the smallest ones) and use them to top each stack for the ultimate Reese’s pleasure.

  1. Nutella Stuffed Pancakes

Well, we have all been there, staring at a jar of Nutella and wondering whether to get a spoon and get it over with. Well, this recipe is an even better idea. The process of making it will require a lot of patience, though, because, let’s face it, you will be more than tempted to eat the whole Nutella jar even before you prepare the pancakes. But, be still, as another old saying goes: “Good things come to those who wait” and these are definitely worth it!

A tip: to make these beauties even more scrumptious and more fun, top them with whipped cream and colorful sprinkles.

Different Pancake Shapes and Forms

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There is no shortage of pancake recipes that are unusual and fun. If you are looking for a recipe that will make everyone forget all about the old round pancake, then try one of the following ideas.

  1. Pancake Muffins

Grab your muffin tins, and instead of putting an effort of greasing and re-greasing the pan, just pour the batter into each indention of the mini muffin tin. In 15 minutes the mini muffins will be ready for you to devour.

  1. Mini Pancakes

These hotcakes, also known as silver dollars, are the cutest form in which a batter can come. they are great for parties and social gatherings, as their petite form is found irresistible.

  1. Mini Puffed Pancakes

Being bite-sized is the feature that sets these apart from the others. Although this might be perceived as both a good and a bad thing, (because you might eat one too many) the mini puffed pancakes are definitely a recipe every pancake lover should give a try to.

  1. Donut Pancakes

The last recipe for today is reserved for the fun glazed donuts. Prepare the pancakes as you usually would, and as soon as they start to cool, cut the center out of the hotcakes with a donut hole cutter, or a simple bottle cap.

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We hope that you have found a recipe that sparked your interest. Give at least one of them a try and you will see that making pancakes from scratch is no rocket science at all. Quite the contrary, if you carefully follow the individual instructions, it will be as easy as ABC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Food of Love – 28 Valentine’s Day Suggestions

Food of Love – 28 Valentine’s Day Suggestions

“I think careful cooking is love, don’t you? The loveliest thing you can cook for someone who’s close to you is about as nice a valentine as you can give.” – Julia Child

Valentine’s Day Traditional Foods

How February 14 became associated with love remains unclear. Most Historians believe that it was a physician by the name of Valentine who started the frenzy of sending love cards on this day. Namely, the poor man fell in love with one of his patients, the daughter of an emperor. Before being executed because of his religious beliefs, he sent his beloved a note signed with “Your Valentine.”

And while cards are a must when it comes to this holiday, food doesn’t fall behind either. When we think of foods associated with Valentine, most of us immediately think of the most popular love food – chocolate. Chocolates became a common gift during the Victorian era when people were greatly inspired by medieval courtly love and chivalry. So, if you are looking for a chocolate recipe, you’ll find it difficult to select just one. Our suggestion is Chocolate Pots de Crème. Looks good and tastes divine.

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Still, there are a few more traditional foods used to celebrate love and for each and every one of them, there is a logical explanation.

Wine. The feeling that one gets when enjoying a glass of wine is often compared to the feeling of being in love. Don’t forget to buy a high-quality wine to serve on this day. If you and your loved one don’t fancy that euphoric feeling wine creates, use it in recipes like the one for Creamy Pistachio Chicken. This dish is made with white wine which gives it incredible depth and flavor and the alcohol evaporates during the cooking process so there is no need to worry.

Strawberries are heart-shaped and red colored so it’s no wonder they were considered a symbol of Venus by the ancient Romans. Dip them in melted chocolate, or even better, incorporate them into an amazing recipe just like the Strawberry Cream Cake.

Honey. As a symbol of love, bees were associated with Cupid during the Renaissance and are often depicted stinging Cupid, the god of love, in paintings. Honey is a symbol of procreation and contains boron, which provides an energy boost and helps regulate testosterone and estrogen levels. This natural aphrodisiac can be incorporated in savory recipes, but it definitely works best in sweet ones, like Honey Fudge Parfaits.

Herbs. There are three herbs often associated with the day of love –  lavender, basil, and rosemary.  With its scent and beautiful purple color, lavender relaxes the senses. Basil is a traditional symbol of fertility and boosts sexual desire by increasing the heart rate and improving circulation, whereas rosemary has been associated with wedding ceremonies since the Middle Ages and is often incorporated in wedding bouquets. Use lavender and rosemary in a single delightfully fragranced and delicate recipe – Scented Cupcake Trio.

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Valentine Breakfast in Bed

Valentine’s Day is a perfect way to show your love, but also a great excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast. If love and devotion do not offer a sufficient justification for such a guilty pleasure, here is a little extra: Chocolate is absolutely sensual, from its aroma to its taste, but it has also been known to cause a spike in dopamine, which induces feelings of pleasure. This fact makes chocolate a powerful aphrodisiac which is sure to get you in the mood for love.

In addition, chocolate is really good for you – it lowers the ‘bad’ cholesterol levels, boosts brain function, and acts as a powerful antioxidant.

So, why wait for dessert? Feel free to start the day in a decadent fashion.

The easiest option is to make chocolate pancakes. However, in order to capture some of the love that is in the air, cook these fluffy flapjacks in a heart-shaped mold.

The beauty of pancakes is their versatility and flexibility; for instance

  • you can stack them on top of each other, adding vanilla frosting in between the pancakes and on top, to create a delicious cake;
  • you can pour the batter into muffin tins to create cute chocolate muffins; or
  • slice cooked pancakes and incorporate them in various trifles and parfaits that look absolutely tempting!

Another option is to add some red food coloring to the batter and prepare luscious red velvet pancakes. They make use of cocoa powder as well, but for additional chocolatey flavor, serve them with Nutella cream.

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Here are some other chocolate morning options:

–    Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

–    Triple Chocolate Banana Bread

–    Pecan Chocolate Chip Maple French Toast Bake

–    Chocolate Waffles a La Mode

–    Dark Chocolate Granola + Valentine’s Twist

–    Double Chocolate Oatmeal

Valentine’s Date Night Dinner

As Jay Leno once pointed out, men call this day ‘Extortion Day’. So, if your significant half doesn’t feel like putting on their fancy outfit and leave the comfort and safety of your home on a chilly night, why not stay at home and cook? This decision has another upside – your joint bank account will remain intact, allowing you to save some money for a romantic weekend getaway once the weather decides to improve a bit.

Invest your time and energy in really fancy dishes packed with aphrodisiac food that really spark the romance. By definition, an aphrodisiac is a food or drink that increases the sexual desire. Aphrodisiac foods reduce the stress levels, increase circulation, or affect neurotransmitters.

Do aphrodisiacs work? Try these 10 recipes with your baby and see if scientists are right:

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#1 Chili Lime Tacos with Mango Salsa

Besides the passionate red color and the fiery taste, chili peppers stimulate endorphins which are responsible for good moods. Their hotness increases circulation and stimulates the nerve endings, making you feel more aroused.

This spicy dish can be served wrapped in tortillas or turned into a main dish salad by swapping the tortillas with romaine.

#2 Oyster Mushrooms, Garlic, and Green Onion Sautee

Besides being very easy to make, this recipe is also paleo and gluten-free. Oysters are one of the most well-known aphrodisiacs due to the fact that they are full of zinc and amino acids that support the production of sex hormones and increase the sex drive.

#3 Spicy Tuna and Avocado Sushi Bites

Avocado’ reputation as an aphrodisiac goes as far as the Aztec times. This silky and creamy fruit is filled with vitamin E, which helps the body produce sex hormones and stimulates vigor and energy levels.

#4 Creamy Chicken Alfredo Pasta with Bell Peppers, Asparagus, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Asparagus is rich in folate, which aids the production of dopamine, the feel-good neurotransmitter, and histamine, which is released in the body during orgasm. In addition, this green veggie contains B vitamins which have been known to boost the libido.

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#5 Saffron Shrimp and Peach Rice Bowls

Studies have confirmed that saffron increases the sexual performance. Moreover, this tasty spice is very healthy; it is packed with Vitamins B6 and C, as well as minerals like manganese, magnesium, potassium, and iron.

#6 Pesto Pizza with Pine Nuts and Feta

If you are not ready to give up great pizza even on days like this, that’s OK. You can simply upgrade it to a new tastier and sexier level.

Pine nuts abound in energizing zinc, which is essential for producing testosterone. They have been popular aphrodisiacs since the Middle Ages.

#7 Mushroom Gnocchi with Arugula and Walnut Pesto

Arugula is yet another libido-boosting food that has been used for a long time; to be more precise, since the first century A.D. This green leafy plant is packed with antioxidants that prevent negative effects of contaminants on your libido.

This recipe contains another aphrodisiac – walnuts, which contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids needed to boost the production of sex hormones.

#8 Asian Pan Seared Salmon Salad with Honey Sesame Dressing

Much like walnuts, salmon also contains omega-3 fatty acids that balance the hormones. Plus, it is combined with another powerful aphrodisiac in this recipe-honey.

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#9 Spinach and Artichoke Quiche Cups

These tiny veggies come in handy to feed each other when you don’t have strawberries. Besides this convenient feature, artichokes contain antioxidants and vitamins needed for healthy blood circulation and overall health.

#10 Cashew Chicken Ding with Jicama, Celery and Red Bell Pepper

Celery is a crunchy, aromatic veggie that contains androstenol and androsterone, pheromones that are secreted by women and men when they sweat and serve to create sexual attraction. Consider replacing the cashews with another powerful attractant – almonds.

All of these amazing dishes can be complemented with libido-boosting spices, herbs, and add-ins such as:

–    Olive oil

–    Cardamom

–    Garlic

–    Carrot

–    Coriander

–    Aniseed

Valentine Lovable Desserts

No meal is complete without a dessert! Whether you are inspired by the infamous food scene in “9 ½ Weeks” or just want to share a tasty sweet treat, ask your boo to join you in the kitchen and prepare these delicious aphrodisiac-packed recipes together.

#1 Banana Pudding

It’s not just the phallic shape! Bananas also contain bromelain, an enzyme which boosts testosterone production, as well as vitamin B and potassium that increase the energy levels. This recipe also contains whipped cream…in case you want to recreate the above-mentioned movie scene.

#2 Mexican Coffee Ice Cream Pie

In addition to caffeine, which increases the heart rate and makes the blood flow, this recipe contains two additional feel-good ingredients – cinnamon, which heats up the body and normalizes the blood sugar levels, and vanilla, which stimulates the nerves, thus enhancing your sexual drive.

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#3 Gingerbread Cookie Dough Truffles

Ginger is very similar to chili peppers in boosting the blood flow and body temperature. This fact was well known by French courtesans in the past, who gave ginger to their lovers to boost their pleasure and desire. The recipe also contains nutmeg, a spice that has been used as a libido-booster in Hindu cultures for centuries.

If you need a little something to boost your confidence and liven up the atmosphere, prepare these hot cocktails. Remember, consume in moderation – you don’t want to end up to stewed for love.

Valentine’s Day Cocktails

Watermelon White Sangria

Believe it or not, watermelon is said to have a ‘Viagra’ effect on the body! This is due to the high content of lycopene which relaxes the blood vessels and improves blood flow, which causes you to feel aroused very quickly.

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Pomegranate and Orange Champagne Punch

Pomegranate is a powerful antioxidant which supports circulation. Studies have shown that these red gems also help with erectile dysfunction.

We hope that you have found a recipe that sparked your interest. All you need to do is find the perfect scented candles and create a sexy playlist.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

 

 

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