Who is done with their holiday shopping? Christmas is a mere 3 days away and I just started mine! I am officially in rush and panic mode. But don’t worry I do have an appetizer that is great for the holidays. Warm, light, fruity with that tang of brie cheese! YUM! They are very quick and easy and isn’t that what we all are looking for during the holidays? Shopping done, or not.
Blackberry and Brie Pastry Puffs
- 1 pound of Puff Pastry Dough, cut into 18 rectangles (thawed according to instructions on box)
- egg wash (1 egg whisked with 2 Tablespoons water)
- 8 ounces Brie cheese
- 1 pint blackberries
- 1/2 cup toasted pinenuts or hazelnuts
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
After you have cut pastry dough into 18 rectangles, brush around the perimeter of each rectangle with the egg wash. At one side of the rectangle, place one blackberry, 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoon of brie cheese and a sprinkle of nuts, Fold the pastry over to cover the filling. Then press edges of the dough together with your fingertips to seal. Brush the tops of the pastry with eggs wash. Bake on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet for 15-20 minutes, until tops are golden brown. Let cool about 10 minutes, the filling is extremely hot! **TIP: The colder the pastry dough, the more “puff” you will get. So work quickly and make sure to get those babies in the oven still nice and cold!
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The sweet tooth is still going strong everyone! ‘Tis the season! I absolutely love caramel. This recipe is so easy because it is done in the microwave! Yes, the microwave. So just in case you need a last minute neighbor gift, or a sweet treat for your kids teacher, these sea salt carmels will surely delight!
Easy Sea Salt Carmels
- 6 Tablespoons of butter cut into 6 pieces
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup light corn syrup
- 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
- coarse sea salt
Place a sheet of aluminum foil in a 9×13 pan. Spray the foil with cooking spray, making sure to coat sides as well.
In microwave safe bowl (at least 2 quart), add butter, white and brown sugar, syrup, sweetened condensed milk, & vanilla. Stir together and place in microwave, uncovered. Cook in microwave on full power for 8 and a half minutes, stopping and stirring thoroughly twice during the cooking time (about every 2-3 minutes). Remove from microwave and stir until well mixed. Pour hot caramel into a prepared 9×13 pan. Place in fridge until firm enough to remove & cut (about 60 minutes). Pull up on sides of aluminum foil and remove the whole slab of caramel at one time. Place caramel slab on cutting board covered with parchment or waxed paper and cut into pieces of desired size. Then sprinkle a dash of sea salt on each individual caramel. On my next batch I am going to drizzle dark chocolate over the caramels! ( At this point I wrapped each individual carmel in parchment paper to give to friends and loved ones!)
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I’m about to let you in on a little secret. The recipe to my hot fudge sauce. Around these parts it’s known as Shannon’s Secret Hot Fudge Sauce. I give jars of this yummy sauce out as Christmas gifts to our friends and neighbors each year. It’s become known as my “secret hot fudge sauce”, not because the recipe is so earth shattering (although, it really is), but because I don’t give out the recipe on a matter of principle… I want people to look forward to getting this from me each year!
But alas, the blogging world is much bigger than my little world, and I want all of you to have the same opportunity to enjoy this delicious hot fudge sauce. You’ll have to work a little harder to taste it than my lucky friends who just get a jar delivered to their door, but it is worth the effort my friends! And who knows? Maybe you’ll like it so much that you’ll pass jars of it along to your friends and neighbors. (The recipe is easily doubled, tripled, etc. Each recipe makes a little over 3 pint jars worth of sauce) ENJOY!
Secret Hot Fudge Sauce
- 12 ounces semi sweet premium chocolate chips (I use Guittard)
- 2 cubes butter, chopped into 1 tablespoon chunks
- 2 2/3 cups heavy cream
- 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla
In a medium sized saucepan, over medium-low heat, melt the butter and chocolate chips together. When melted, add heavy cream and powdered sugar. Stir and bring to a slow boil. Only turn the heat up to medium high, as anything higher will scorch the chocolate. Stir constantly until mixture comes to a boil. Allow to boil for 8 minutes. Remove from heat and add the vanilla. Stir thoroughly.
Pour into an airtight container. I use canning jars.
Refrigerate after opening.
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We really enjoyed Cookie Week here at Lucy Jane’s and we hoped you liked it, too. With all the holiday baking going on, my sweet tooth is in full effect! How about you? So imagine my delight when my mom brought over this Brownie Cake for dessert when we all got together for a family dinner. She has been making this for years, and it is one of my all time favorites. It is moist and chocolatey and definitely a crowd pleaser. You will be loved and adored if you bring this to your next family dinner, I promise!
- 1 cup butter
- 2 squares (1 ounce each) unsweetened chocolate
- 1 cup hot water
- 2 cups flour, sifted
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Melt butter and chocolate in a saucepan. Add water and boil for 2 minutes. In a mixing bowl sift together flour, sugar, salt and baking soda. Combine sifted ingredients with chocolate mixture, eggs, milk and vanilla. Beat with a mixer for several minutes until creamy. (batter will be thin) Pour into a 9×13 greased pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool and frost!
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 squares (1 ounce each) unsweetened chocolate
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 package (16 ounce) powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Melt butter and chocolate in a saucepan. Add milk and boil until it thickens and begins to separate. Add this powdered sugar, and mix with electric mixer until very creamy. Stir in vanilla.
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We officially started Lucy Jane’s Best in August 2011. We wanted to hit 300 “Likes” on Facebook by the end of the year. With your help, and love, and support, we hit 300 last week! To show our appreciation we would like to do a giveaway! It’s our 300 Likes Giveaway and we want YOU to win! And what is it that we are giving away? How about a $50 gift card to Williams Sonoma? Yes, that’s right. One of our favorite stores!
I know I could use some new kitchen towels and have you seen that cookie holiday baking gift set? So cute and it happens to be $49.95!
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