Chewy Chai Blondies Recipe

Chewy Chai Blondies

As someone who’s not a huge fan of chocolate, I love blondies. They give you the same satisfaction as a good brownie, but sans chocolate. Perfect.

Chewy Chai Blondies

These Chewy Chai Blondies come together quickly and easily, producing a decadent, butterscotchy bar with great, warm flavours coming from all of the chai spices.

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Chai Blondies

Chai Blondies

Chai Cinnamon Rolls

Chai Cinnamon Rolls!

Blogging can be such a funny thing.

When it comes to writing recipes out, I have no difficulty putting words to paper… err, screen. I have my little hand scrawled notes on ingredients that made it into the dish, and I write down what I did to turn them into the food in the photos. It’s very straightforward – “Do this. Then, do this..”. Not a whole lot of thought or effort, I get kind of robotic about it.

When it comes to writing the blurbs that precede the recipes, sometimes I run into a bit of writer’s block. For some recipes, I have a funny story, or recollection of something to do with that recipe, or I can wax poetic on one of the ingredients. It’s more creative writing than the technical-type writing of the recipes themselves, so I kind of have to be in the mood for it.

However, here I am, with little to say about this recipe. I dreamed it up while I slept, woke, and made it a reality for breakfast. That’s… about it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fantastic – cinnamon buns are always great, and chai was always my most popular cake offering back in the day, of COURSE marrying the two will be fantastic – my brain is just elsewhere. I mean really, Convergence is just a couple days away, and I’m loading up a few blog entries to post in my absence, haha!

So yes. Make these. They’re awesome. Excuse my lack of focus on this blurb … Nerd Camp is almost here!

Enjoy!

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Chai Cinnamon Rolls

Chai Cinnamon Rolls

Chai Cinnamon Rolls

Gluten-Free Chai Doughnut Holes

Gluten-Free Chai Doughnut Holes

So…. it took a while, but I think I’m finally starting to get the hang of this whole “living without gluten” nonsense.

This weekend, we held our annual “St Pi-trick’s Day” party. We combined my husband’s favorite day (Pi Day), with mine – St Patrick’s Day. The entire menu consists of foods that are either round/spherical, include the word “pi” (Pizza, Pineapple punch), and are also Irish themed. Normally, it’s a very gluten-y spread, and I’ll have something on the side for myself – a store bought gluten free pie, some caulcannon left over from the pizza, etc.

This year, I decided to take on an additional challenge with the menu: Aside from the pizza, everything I served was additionally gluten free!

I was a bit worried about how it would all go over, as I’m the only one in the group with the allergy. I know that I would definitely pick gluten over gluten free, if I could do so without… um.. unpleasant repercussions! So, I was a little concerned that I was sentencing our guests to a less than stellar menu.

WELL. Guess I didn’t need to worry – the gluten free stuff flew off the plates even faster than the full-gluten pizza! These doughnuts, in particular, were a huge hit. My husband had missed the part about them being gluten free, tried one, and immediately felt bad that I created something THAT tasty, and would “be missing out”. He couldn’t tell they were GF, and that seemed to be a common theme.

These were super easy to make, whipping up in just a few minutes. They incorporate my favorite chai spices, and they taste amazing. The texture was great, too! With these, I think I CAN handle living without wheat, without losing my mind!

Enjoy!

Gluten-Free Chai Doughnut Holes

Gluten-Free Chai Doughnut Holes

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Milk Chocolate Chai Truffles Recipe

If you’re looking for a little pre-Thanksgiving dinner treat, a hostess gift to bring along with you, an after dinner sweet…. or just want to get your chocolate on – here’s a great recipe for you – Milk Chocolate Chai Truffles!

These truffles are based on our famous Chai cake flavor. The warmth of the spices – cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and nutmeg – pair fabulously with creamy milk chocolate, for a super satisfying sugar rush.

Truffles are easy to make – much easier than their retail cachet would have you think! Even a novice cook can turn these babies out, with very little effort, stress, or cost.

Chocolate chips may be an unusual medium for truffle making, but they are easy to find, and lack the sticker shock that comes with the more traditional chocolate options. Anyone can make these truffles at home, with common ingredients, for only about $4.00/30 truffles!

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Milk Chocolate Chai Truffles

Milk Chocolate Chai Truffles

Interested in Gluten-free cooking and baking? You’ll LOVE Beyond Flour: A Fresh Approach to Gluten-Free Cooking and Baking!

How many times have you come across a gluten-free recipe claiming to be “just as good as the normal version!”, only to wind up with weird textures, aftertastes, etc? Most gluten-free recipes are developed by taking a “normal” recipe, and swapping in a simulated “all purpose” gluten-free flour… whether store bought, or a homemade version. “Beyond Flour” takes a different approach: developing the recipe from scratch. Rather than swapping out the flour for an “all purpose” mix, I use various alternative flours as individual ingredients – skillfully blending flavours, textures, and other properties unique to each flour. Supporting ingredients and different techniques are also utilized to achieve the perfect end goal … not just a “reasonable facsimile”. Order your copy here.

Looking for even MORE fantastic gluten-free recipes? Beyond Flour now has a sequel: Beyond Flour 2: A Fresh Approach to Gluten-Free Cooking and Baking!

Imagine gluten-free foods that are as good – or better! – than their traditional, gluten-filled counterparts. Imagine no longer settling for foods with bizarre after-tastes, gummy consistency, and/or cardboard texture. Imagine graham crackers that taste just like the real thing. Crisp, flaky crackers…without the sandy texture. Hybrid tortillas that: look and act like flour tortillas, with the taste of fresh roasted corn! Imagine chewy, delicious cookies that *everyone* will want to eat! Imagine BAGELS. If you’ve cooked from “Beyond Flour”, you already know that these fantasies can be reality – it’s all in the development of the recipes. Order your copy here.

Chai Shortbread Recipe

Remember back when I used to offer non-caffeinated baking mixes? This Chai Shortbread recipe was the basis for the Chai Shortbread cookie mixes! Absolutely delicious, and super easy to make.

A note about shortbread: The secret to great shortbread is to NOT develop the gluten. This is the reason for the cornstarch in the recipe – a “secret” ingredient for many families of shortbread makers. Cornstarch does not develop gluten.

Additionally, this is why you should be very careful not to over beat the mixture once the dry ingredients have been incorporated! Much like how kneading bread dough is to develop the gluten – giving bread structure – over beating the mixture will do the same to these cookies. In this case, you don’t want developed protein, and strong structure – you want tender, flaky, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread – so Mix JUST until combined!

The fact that there isn’t a lot of developed gluten is also why these cookies are incredibly delicate when warm, so be GENTLE handling them!

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Chai Shortbread

Chai Shortbread