Note: Whole Wheat Flour

Whether it’s whole wheat or white whole wheat flour, you are going to have to be careful while using it when baking.

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This flour is tricky and sticky. If you are making a batter, ensure that you DO NOT OVERMIX. The best way to make certain you don’t is to only mix until you can’t see any loose flour. If its all blended, STOP. I avoid using a hand or stand mixer. Use that “I LIFT” arm strength and mix it by hand.

What will overmixing do?

If you overmix your batter, whatever is being made will be edible…. it just won’t be that good. The product will be stiff and without fluffiness. It may be too dense, especially in the case of bread.

Snickerdoodle Cake

People are obsessed with this cake when I make it. To be fair, its absolutely delicious.

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Just to be clear, I didn’t originally write this recipe, but I totally don’t even mind. This Snickerdoodle Cake is out of this world delicious; it’s comparable to a trip in the enterprise or the tardis. I changed the recipe a little, but I’d like to post the link to the blog I got it from and give her a shout-out before diving into what I did.

Always with Butter is the original creator of the Snickerdoodle Cake I’ve made. Her/His recipe is near flawless, but I did change some things for the better because I didn’t make as many layers. Also, my adaptions made it a better cupcake batter too.

Here is Always with Butter‘s recipe with my adaptions, and the frosting recipe as well.

Ingredients :

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbls baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tbls cinnamon
  • 2 sticks butter, softened at room temp
  • 1 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Instructions :

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  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Mix so that everything is evenly dispersed. Set aside.
  3. Take a large bowl and beat the butter on medium high with an electric mixer until the butter is whipped. Add the sugar and continue to beat so as to make a fluffy mix.
  4. Add each egg, one at a time. Add the vanilla. Scrape the sides with a rubber spatula to make sure everything is combined.
  5. Now, alternate adding the flour mixture and milk in small amounts until everything has been added to the large bowl. The batter may be a bit thick, but it’s so good. (All I wanted to do was eat the batter. I probably ate a whole cupcake worth.)
  6. Pour batter into 9″ baking pans, cupcake tins, or whatever you’ve got.
  7. If you’re making cupcakes, bake for 15-17 minutes. If making with the 9″ baking pans, about 40-45 minutes. It takes a bit longer, but the cake is perfectly moist

I didn’t change anything about the frosting recipe, so I just feel like I should post the link right here to let you visit it if you want to make it!

Enjoy the f*ck out of this cake. It’s so good.

Maximum Yogurt Deliciousness

I have trouble making decisions, about everything. Whether it was choosing my major or which carton of eggs (because they’re all so different right?). Sometimes, there are just too many options to choose from. I’m not complaining! I’d rather have variety than be limited, but choosing the right… anything? can be difficult.

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If you shop at a grocery store, you’ve probably seen the wall or isle of yogurt options. Fruit in the bottom, fat-free, sugar-free, candy add ins, all types of Greek yogurt, and so it goes. I probably haven’t even covered half the choices. With all of these brands, types, and “healthy” claims, I used to be lost and confused on what the hell I should buy. “Greek yogurt is so good for you! With probiotics, antibiotics, holy water, golden flakes, it’s all great!” If you look at a standard container of flavored Greek yogurt though, the sugar content is comparable to a serving of ice cream. Fruit-in-the-bottom yogurt is even worse. Health claims scream from the labels, making empty promises a lot of the time.

I love what Michael Pollan said about labels with health claims in his book and documentary In Defense of Food.  “If you’re concerned about your health, you should probably avoid products that make health claims. Why? Because a health claim on a food product is a strong indication it’s not really food, and food is what you want to eat.” I live by this advice. When I grocery shop, I buy food without labels or with little to say if it has a label.

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I recommend following this advice with all of your food shopping, but especially yogurt. Buy plain and simple. Every time I shop for food, I buy a large container of plain, low-fat Greek yogurt. I don’t listen to the health claims; I just now it has added protein and I like the thickness of it. Plain Greek yogurt sounds bland as hell if you aren’t used to flavoring things on your own, but that’s what I’m here for! You can eat healthy and enjoy it too.

Okay, so first, buy the plain Greek yogurt (or regular yogurt. Just make sure it’s plain).

Decide how you want to eat it. Do you want to have yogurt for breakfast? Is it a snack? How about savory options? I have a few recipes for each.

Breakfast

  • Take some yoYogurt with cinnamon + honey + vanilla + blueberriesgurt and add honey + cinnamon + fresh fruit. Don’t add the fruit till you’re happy with the sweetness. I don’t want to tell you how much to add because I’m weird and sweetness isn’t a priority. Only add around 1/8 tsp cinnamon for each 1/3 cup yogurt. You can make this a day or two ahead.

 

 

 

  • Greek yogurt with maple syrup + toasted walnuts + ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract per 1/3 cup yogurt.
    • I love this on an autumn morning. The maple syrup may make it a bit thinner if you use a larger amount. I recommend having this with an apple or waffles, but don’t add the syrup to the waffles! You’ve already got it.
  • Yogurt + vanilla extract + almond extract + toasted almonds + fresh blueberries
    • Both extracts ¼ teaspoon per 1/3 cup yogurt
  • Add your favorite cereal (low in sugar I hope) to yogurt for a longer lasting full feeling

Sweet Snack

I usually just add a spoonful of each ingredient (besides extracts and spices) for a few spoonfuls of yogurt

Yogurt 2

  • Yogurt + natural peanut butter + jam
    • Add more jam than peanut butter.
  • Yogurt + natural peanut butter + honey + cinnamon + Nutella OR chocolate chips (unless you’re a rebel)
  • Yogurt + Nutella + peanut butter chips (this is enough sugar, I promise)
  • Yogurt + lemon juice + honey
  • Yogurt + jam + chocolate chips or toasted, crushed nuts
    • Any type of jam will do, but I love blueberry
  • Yogurt + pumpkin puree + cinnamon + toasted walnuts
  • Yogurt + orange juice + orange zest + vanilla extract
  • Yogurt + broiled strawberries + brown sugar

Savory

  • Dips for chips and veggies
    • Yogurt + toasted sunflower seeds + lemon juice + thyme
    • Yogurt + chopped green onion + minced garlic or garlic powder + salt + olive oil
  • Sandwich or pita spread
    • yogurt + fresh dill + lemon juice + salt + little bit of garlic

IF YOU WANT SPECIFIC RECIPES WITH AMOUNTS AND ALL THAT JAZZ, POST A COMMENT AND LET ME KNOW.

Other Uses

Greek yogurt can be used as a substitute for sour cream, which is less calories if you’re into that. I just like the way it tastes.

Probably works as a good calking agent if you leave it out in the sun

It can help you live to 100 if you rub it on your elbows each morning

It can turn you into a time lord for a split second if you close your eyes. You’d have to each five tubs of it though for this to occur.

Greek yogurt is a great hair gel. Wear it to all family get-togethers and especially on dates.