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September 2020 - Pastry and Soul
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Ice Cream

Watermelon strawberry and basil sorbet

Be sure to try out this ultra refreshing watermelon strawberry and basil sorbet for a light sweet treat!

Yes, we’re nearing the end of summer 2020, but that doesn’t mean that we have to drop all of the melons and berries for pumpkin spice just yet! It’s definitely still pretty warm outside in Los Angeles, so this treat will keep you cool and help you hang on to summer just a little bit longer. This watermelon strawberry and basil sorbet is a wonderful cool treat for those of us who are vegan, lactose intolerant, and/or need a simple sweet treat to hit the spot.

One of the highlights of this dessert is that there is no added sugar! I definitely love sugar, but there’s no need for additional sugar in this recipe. The sweetness from the ripe watermelon and strawberries is just the right amount of sugar for this watermelon strawberry and basil sorbet.

The natural sugars from fruits are perfect for many recipes, so it’s not always necessary to add extra sugar to desserts with fruit fillings or toppings. If you have a sweet tooth, then feel free to add a tough of honey or a tiny spoonful of sugar for a hint of extra sweetness.

watermelon-strawberry and basil sorbet in a white ramekin with a white background.

What you’ll need for this refreshing watermelon strawberry and basil sorbet

  • Frozen watermelon
  • Frozen strawberries
  • Basil
  • Lemon juice

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Tools for this recipe

  • Blender or food processor
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Freezer-safe container
watermelon-strawberry and basil sorbet in a white ramekin with a white background.

Try out some other refreshing recipes!

These recipes are also fruity and fun recipes that keep you cool throughout the warm months. If you’re a fan of fruit recipes, the I highly recommend that you check out these recipes!

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Watermelon-strawberry and basil sorbet


  • Author: Samantha – Pastry & Soul
  • Total Time: 8 hours and 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

Perfectly refreshing dairy-free and low sugar treat!


Ingredients

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  • 4 cups frozen watermelon (ripe and seedless)
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 10 fresh basil leaves
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth. Depending on the appliance that you’re using, you may need to blend on low speed first, then gradually increase. It also helps to slightly thaw out the fruit or add 1/4 cup of liquid (water, dairy-free milk, or lemon juice) to help the fruit blend.
  2. Transfer the mixture into a freezer safe container with a lid and freeze for at least 4 hours.
  3. Remove the sorbet from the freezer and briefly whisk. It will have a bit of a slushy consistency.
  4. Put the sorbet back in the freezer for at least 4 more hours.
  5. Enjoy!

Notes

  • The sorbet will freeze well for about 2 weeks.
  • Allow the sorbet to slightly thaw, so that you can easily scoop it out of the container.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Category: sorbet, sherbert, ice cream

Keywords: sorbet, sherbert, ice cream, dairy-free, vegan, no added sugar

Categories
Breads Pizza

Asparagus, Jalapeño, and Prosciutto Cast Iron Skillet Pizza

Try out this asparagus, jalapeño , and prosciutto cast iron skillet pizza recipe!

I can’t get enough of pizza whether is a thin crust, thick crust, or herbed crust pizza. They all taste great to me! My ideal pizza needs to have a great crust and sauce. Those are the key elements to a perfect pizza. You can have the perfect toppings, but they can’t save a tough crust and bland pizza sauce.

The pizza sauce has just the right amount of tang and sweetness with a hint of heat. The pizza dough part of this recipe is credited to King Arthur’s Crispy Cheesy Pan Pizza Recipe. When I first made this recipe, I had recently purchased a cast iron skillet and wanted to try making a pizza dough that cooked perfectly in a cast iron skillet. It’s one of my favorite pizza dough recipes and paired well with my pizza sauce recipe!

The pizza sauce recipe yields enough sauce for about 5 pizzas (depending on how much sauce you like on your pizza), so don’t be surprised when you have left over pizza sauce.

The pizza dough recipe is the epitome of “Good things come to those who wait.” – it takes 16 hours to make the pizza dough. I advise you to not try to make this pizza when you’re hungry. The dough makes an excellent pizza crust and is definitely worth the wait!

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Ingredients that you’ll need for this pizza sauce

  • Canned crushed tomatoes
  • Canned whole peeled tomatoes in sauce
  • Garlic Powder
  • Granulated sugar
  • Ground black pepper
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt
  • Italian seasoning 
  • Oregano
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Minced onion
  • Garlic cloves
  • Olive oil

Ingredients that you’ll need for the pizza dough

  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Salt
  • Instant yeast or active dry yeast
  • Water
  • Olive oil

Toppings

  • Prosciutto
  • Jalapenos
  • Asparagus

Tools you will need for this pizza

Other cast recipes you’ll love!

Dutch baby with Caramel apples – perfect for breakfast or brunch!

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Asparagus, Jalapeño, and Prosciutto Cast Iron Skillet Pizza


  • Author: Samantha – Pastry & Soul
  • Total Time: 17 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: one 9” or 10” pan pizza 1x

Ingredients

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Pizza Crust (King Arthur Cheesy Pan Pizza)

  • 2 cups (240g) All-Purpose Flour
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon instant yeast or active dry yeast
  • ¾ cup (170g) lukewarm water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil plus 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil for the pan

Pizza Sauce

  • 128 ounce (800g)  can of crushed tomatoes in sauce
  • 114.5 ounce (400g) can of whole peeled tomatoes in sauce (400g)
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon (3g) ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon (3g) red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) oregano
  • 6 basil leaves, finely chopped
  • ½ cup of diced onions (approx. one medium onion)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 tablespoons (60 ml) olive oil

Toppings

  • 1 ¼ cups (170g) mozzarella cheese, grated  and loosely packed
  • ½ cup of my homemade pizza sauce
  • 3 oz prosciutto
  • 5 stalks of asparagus, washed and chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 jalapeno, washed and sliced into circles

 


Instructions

Pizza Sauce

  1. Pour the crushed tomatoes into a food processor or a blender.
  2. Crush the whole tomatoes with your hands or smash them with a potato masher, then add the tomatoes and the juices and tomatoes to the food processor/blender.
  3. Next, add the sugar, black pepper, Italian seasoning, oregano. Blend until smooth.
  4. Turn the stove on to medium heat and add olive oil a large pot.
  5. Add the onions and garlic to the pot and cook them for approximately 5 minutes until the onions are slightly translucent, stir occasionally.
  6. Next, pour the blended tomatoes into the pot and stir in to mix with the onions, garlic and oil.
  7. Season to taste with teaspoon of salt at a time. (optional)
  8. Stir the sauce and bring to a boil. Once you see the bubbles on top of the sauce, then turn down the stove to medium low or low heat and allow the sauce to simmer for 20 minutes.
  9. Stir the sauce every 5 minutes.
  10. Turn off the heat and allow the sauce to cool before adding the sauce to the pizza.
  11. This recipe makes approximately enough sauce for 5 or more pizzas (about 3-4 cups). 

Pizza Crust (King Arthur Cheesy Pan Pizza)

  • This pizza dough yields one 9″ or 10″ pizza.

Assemble Pizza

Follow the assembly instructions for the (King Arthur Cheesy Pan Pizza).

Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Storing the pizza sauce

  • Store the pizza sauce in a freezer safe container or freezer bags for 3 – 5 months.
  • You can also store the pizza sauce in an airtight container for 3 days, but I recommend the freezer option since this recipe yields quite a bit of sauce.
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 16 hours 25 minutes
  • Category: pizza
  • Method: Baking

Keywords: pizza, pizza sauce, homemade pizza

Categories
Brownies

S’more Brownies with Raspberries

These Ooey Gooey S’more brownies with raspberries are decadent, chocolaty, tart and scrumptious! You don’t need a camp-fire to have a delicious s’mores!

Summer is winding down, but it’s still pretty warm outside here in Los Angeles! S’mores are a childhood favorite of mine, so I’m excited to eat s’mores in any form. S’mores are even better with brownies! The inspiration for these brownies are the Ghiradelli dark chocolate raspberry squares.

These s’more brownies with raspberries are made with my Simple and Easy Brownie Recipe, so be sure to check it out since they’re a big part of this recipe! There’s four layers to these decadent brownies: a graham cracker, brownie, ooey gooey marshmallow and raspberry jam.

If you’re looking for some other fun desserts, then try out my Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe!

What you’ll need for these s’more brownies with raspberry jam

  • Marshmallows: I used jumbo marshmallows, but if you want less marshmallow (WHY?!), then you can use smaller marshmallows.
  • Graham Crackers: Used for the bottom layer of this dessert.
  • Raspberries: They give this dessert some fruity tang!
  • Lemon juice: Lemon juice is used for the raspberry jam.
  • Butter: Butter makes everything better.
  • Vegetable oil: Vegetable oil gives these brownies their chewiness.
  • Granulated sugar: This is where the sweet goodness comes from! This is used for both the raspberry jam and the brownies.
  • Brown sugar: Brown sugar adds a layer of rich flavor to this recipe from the molasses, but you can use all granulated sugar if you do not have brown sugar.
  • Eggs: Eggs are the leavening agent in this recipe.
  • Vanilla: Yes, these are brownies made with chocolate, but vanilla adds a nice additional layer of flavor to the brownies.
  • Flour: I used all purpose flour for this recipe.
  • Cocoa powder: This is where the majority of the chocolate flavor comes from.
  • Salt: Don’t leave out the salt. This is enhances the flavors in the brownies and keeps the brownies from being ridiculously sweet.
  • Chocolate Chunks: You can use any kind of mix in or omit the chocolate, but why wouldn’t you want to leave out extra chocolate? The more chocolate, the better! You can definitely use chocolate chips or chopped chocolate from a quality chocolate bar as well!
  • Espresso powder: Espresso powder is optional, but it enhances the chocolate in these brownies and makes the brownies extra chocolaty!

Can’t have s’mores without graham crackers! The first layer of these brownies has a graham cracker crust.

The second layer is the brownie! Be sure to try out my simple brownie recipe! It’s extra chocolaty and pairs well with the chocolate component of the s’more inspiration of the dessert.

Pour the brownie batter on top of the graham cracker crust then bake at 350F.

Next, add marshmallows over the baked brownie. I used jumbo marshmallows for extra gooiness! Brown the marshmallows in the broiler or by using a blow torch.

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Recommended tools for this recipe

  • 8 x 8 baking pan
  • Parchment Paper
  • Spatula
  • Whisk
  • Food Processor
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S’more Brownies with Raspberries


  • Author: Samantha – Pastry & Soul
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 9 squares 1x

Description

These fun ooey gooey brownie dessert can easily made at home in the kitchen or around a camp fire with your friends and family! 


Ingredients

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Graham Cracker Crust

  • 170 grahams of graham cracker crumbs, about 9 graham full-size graham crackers
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter

Brownie layer

Use my easy brownie recipe for this dessert!

Raspberry jam

  • 1/2 pound fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • pinch of salt

Marshmallow Topping

  • 9 jumbo marshmallows

 


Instructions

Graham Crackers

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350F and line an 8-in square baking pan with parchment paper.

    Crush the graham crackers with a food processor or by crushing the graham crackers in a ziplock bag and rolling a rolling pin over the bag until the graham crackers are completely crushed.

    In a large bowl, whisk together the graham cracker crumbs and sugar together. Pour in the butter, then whisk to combine.

    Pour the graham cracker mixture into the prepared pan and use a rubber spatula, the bottom of a drinking glass or measuring cup to pack the crust into a solid layer. Bake the crust for 10 minutes at 350F. Prepare the brownies while the while the crust is baking.

Brownies

  1. Use my easy brownie recipe for this dessert!
  2. Pour the brownie batter over the graham cracker crust.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean with a few crumbs from the center of the brownie.

 

Marshmallow Topping

  1. After the brownies are baked, allow them to slightly cool, then cut into squares. Add one jumbo marshmallow on top of each square. If you’re using smaller marshmallows, then sprinkle them all over the top of the brownies. Turn on the broiler on low and place the brownies under the heat. Watch the brownies CAREFULLY so that they do not burn. This will take 5 minutes or less.
  2. You can also use a blow torch brown the marshmallows.
  3. Allow the brownies to cool completely.
  4. Clean cuts can be achieved by running hot water on a knife and cleaning the knife after each cut.

Raspberry Topping

  1. Wash and clean raspberries, then cut them into even pieces and add berries into a saucepan.
  2. Add sugar to the saucepan and mash the berries with the fruit using a potato masher or muddler.
  3. Add the lemon juice.
  4. Boil the berries for 20 minutes over medium heat while stirring occasionally. 
  5. Take a bit of the hot jam and put it on a frozen spoon then wait for it to cool. If you’re able to run your finger through the jam and you can clearly see the back of the spoon, then your jam is set. The jam should no longer be in a liquid state.
  6. Remove the jam from the heat and transfer it to a clean jar. 
  7. All the jam to cool completely.
  8. Add a spoonful of raspberry jam on top of each brownie and enjoy!

Notes

You may strain the raspberries if you do not like seeds in your jam.

  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: brownies, dessert
  • Method: Baking

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 9 brownies

Keywords: brownies, s’mores, raspberry jam, jam, fruit dessert, dessert

Categories
Brownies Desserts

Simple and Easy Brownies

Try out this simple and easy brownie recipe!

Brownies are one of those desserts that are on my list of comfort foods. They’re perfect any time of the year and pair well with many different kinds of flavors. Brownies are amazing with ice cream, whipped cream, nuts, chocolate chips, gummy worms, caramel or simply by themselves! I think it’s important to have a basic brownie recipe up your sleeve for a quick dinner party dessert, bake sale, office potluck or a late night snack!

These brownies are more on the cakey side with a slightly fudgy center. What’s your favorite kind of brownie? Cakey? Fudgey? Or a mix of both?

Need another quick dessert for your repertoire?

Try out these easy recipes!

What you’ll need for these amazing, easy and simple brownies!

  • Butter: Butter makes everything better.
  • Vegetable oil: Vegetable oil gives these brownies their chewiness.
  • Granulated sugar: This is where the sweet goodness comes from!
  • Brown sugar: Brown sugar adds a layer of rich flavor to this recipe from the molasses, but you can use all granulated sugar if you do not have brown sugar.
  • Eggs: Eggs are the leavening agent in this recipe.
  • Vanilla: Yes, these are brownies made with chocolate, but vanilla adds a nice additional layer of flavor to the brownies.
  • Flour: I used all purpose flour for this recipe.
  • Cocoa powder: This is where the majority of the chocolate flavor comes from.
  • Salt: Don’t leave out the salt. This is enhances the flavors in the brownies and keeps the brownies from being ridiculously sweet.
  • Chocolate Chunks: You can use any kind of mix in or omit the chocolate, but why wouldn’t you want to leave out extra chocolate? The more chocolate, the better! You can definitely use chocolate chips or chopped chocolate from a quality chocolate bar as well!
  • Espresso powder: Espresso powder is optional, but it enhances the chocolate in these brownies and makes the brownies extra chocolaty!

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Recommended tools for this easy brownie recipe

  • 8×8 baking pan
  • Parchment Paper
  • Spatula
  • Whisk

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Simple and Easy Brownie Recipe


  • Author: Samantha – Pastry & Soul
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 9 squares 1x

Description

You always need a quick, easy and delicious brownie recipe to run to! This is the one!


Ingredients

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  • 3/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 11/2 cup chocolate chunks 
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper. 
  2. Melt butter over medium heat in a sauce pan or in the microwave in a heat proof bowl. If you are going to melt the butter in the microwave, then be sure to melt the butter in 10-15 second intervals.
  3. Set the butter aside and allow it to cool in the pan or in a heatproof bowl.
  4. In a large bowl combine the cooled butter, vegetable oil, brown sugar, and white sugar. Whisk together. Add in the egg, and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
  5. In another bowl whisk together the cocoa powder, flour, salt, and espresso powder. Add in half of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, then mix together. Fold in the chocolate chunks and be sure that you do not over mix the batter.
  6. Pour the batter into the lined baking pan and bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until a toothpick poked into the brownies comes out clean.
  7. Allow the brownies to cool and set before cutting them into squares (or whatever shape your heart desires!)
  8. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: dessert

Keywords: brownies, dessert, easy dessert recipe