Simple Crusty Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ tablespoons yeast
  • 1 ½ tablespoons kosher salt
  • 6 ½ cups unbleached, all-purpose flour, more for dusting dough
  • Cornmeal

Directions

  1. In a large bowl or plastic container, mix yeast and salt into 3 cups lukewarm water (about 100 degrees). Stir in flour, mixing until there are no dry patches. Dough will be quite loose. Cover, but not with an airtight lid. Let dough rise at room temperature 2 hours (or up to 5 hours).
  2. Bake at this point or refrigerate, covered, for as long as two weeks. When ready to bake, sprinkle a little flour on dough and cut off a grapefruit-size piece with serrated knife. Turn dough in hands to lightly stretch surface, creating a rounded top and a lumpy bottom. Put dough on pizza peel sprinkled with cornmeal; let rest 40 minutes. Repeat with remaining dough or refrigerate it.
  3. Place broiler pan on bottom of oven. Place baking stone on middle rack and turn oven to 450 degrees; heat stone at that temperature for 20 minutes.
  4. Dust dough with flour, slash top with serrated or very sharp knife three times. Slide onto stone. Pour one cup hot water into broiler pan and shut oven quickly to trap steam. Bake until well browned, about 30 minutes. Cool completely.

Ramen Chicken Noodle

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 c. Thinly sliced green onions
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 c. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 packages ramen noodles (seasoning packets discarded)
  • 2 c. shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1/4 c. freshly chopped cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime, plus lime wedges for serving

Directions

  1. In a large soup pot, heat oil. Add bell peppers, carrots, green onions, and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cook until soft, 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. Add chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Add ramen noodles and cook until tender, 2 to 3 minutes, then stir in chicken, cilantro, and lime juice. Simmer until heated through.
  3. Serve with lime.

Peanut Butter Snowballs

Ingredients

  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 1/3 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 c. butter, melted
  • 2/3 c. graham crackers crumbs
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 c. white chocolate, melted
  • 2 tsp. coconut oil
  • Sprinkles, for garnish

Directions

  1. Place a wire cooling rack on a large baking sheet. In a large bowl, combine powdered sugar, peanut butter, butter, graham cracker crumbs, maple syrup and salt.
  2. Using a whisk or hand mixer, mix ingredients until smooth and fully incorporated.
    Using a small cookie scoop, form mixture into balls and place on prepared baking sheet.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine melted white chocolate and coconut oil and stir until smooth. Dip peanut butter balls in white chocolate and place on cooling rack (excess chocolate will drop off).
  4. Top with sprinkles, then refrigerate until set, about 10 minutes.

Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

FOR THE COOKIE DOUGH
  • 3 c. all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 c. (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. milk
FOR THE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
  • 1 c. (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 5 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/4 c. heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. pure almond extract
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • Food coloring

Flourless Chocolate-Almond Cake

Ingredients

  • Whipped Creme Fraiche
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 4 ounces creme fraiche, stirred until loose and smooth
    Cake
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature, separated
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour or finely ground raw whole almonds
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
  • Fresh raspberries, for serving (optional)

Ice Cream in a Bag

Ingredients

  • 1 c. half-and-half
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 c. ice
  • 1/3 c. kosher salt
  • Toppings of your choice

Directions

  1. In a small Ziploc bag, combine half-and-half, sugar and vanilla. Push out excess air and seal.
  2. Into a larger Ziploc bag, combine ice and salt.
  3. Place small bag inside the bigger bag and shake vigorously, 7 to 10 minutes, until ice cream has hardened.
  4. Remove from bag and enjoy with your favorite ice cream toppings.