Mini Brownie Cookie Sandwiches Stuffed with Salted Caramel Ice Cream

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It’s taken me ages to post this recipe. If you follow me on Snapchat, you’ve probably already seen it last month. I love the combination of the salted caramel in the ice cream with the brownie cookies. They make great little treats which would be very welcome in this heat.

While I was testing this ice cream recipe, on the first batch I didn’t add enough salt but that (not salty) ice cream was great to make affogato. So if you feel like making normal caramel ice cream, just skip on the salt and enjoy it with some espresso.

This recipe makes about 20 mini ice cream sandwiches.

Ingredients:

For the salted caramel ice cream:

For the salted caramel:

1 cup of sugar (212grs)

2 teaspoons of sea salt like Maldon

2 tablespoons of butter

1 cup of cream (250ml)

For the ice cream base:

2 ½ cups of whole milk (470ml)

1 cup of cream (250ml)

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

¼ cup of sugar

4 egg yolks

For the cookies:

100grs of dark chocolate, chopped

113grs of butter

1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour

2 eggs

1 egg yolk

¾ of a cup of brown sugar, packed

½ cup of sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

2 teaspoons of cornstarch

1 teaspoon of baking soda

Pinch of salt

¼ cup of cocoa powder

 

Start by making the salted caramel. Melt the sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat until it becomes amber in color. Swirl the pan around to avoid the edges from burning. This will take about 9 minutes. Off the heat add the butter, salt and cream. Over medium-low heat, stir until the caramel dissolves again and there are no lumps. This will take about 10 minutes. Then carefully pour the caramel into a large bowl. Be slow so if there are any chunks of caramel, they will stay at the button of the pan and then discard them. Allow it to cool down while you make the ice cream base.

To make the ice cream base, place the egg yolks in a bowl and whisk them with the sugar.

Place the milk, cream and vanilla essence in a saucepan over medium heat. Once it comes to a simmer, slowly pour it into the yolk mixture while whisking. Then transfer it back to the saucepan over medium heat and stir for about 5 minutes until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon. You know it’s ready when you draw a line with your finger on the back of a spoon and it stays.

Place a fine sieve over the bowl with the caramel. Carefully pour the ice cream base over the caramel. Remove the sieve. Whisk so that the caramel is well combined with the ice cream base. Allow it to come to room temperature and the place it in the fridge until it is completely cold. Once it is cold, freeze it in an ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and freeze for at least 4 hours or better overnight.

To make the cookies, place the butter and chopped dark chocolate in a small bowl. Melt it in the microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring in between until the chocolate has melted completely. Then allow it to cool down.

Mix the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, salt and cocoa powder in another bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, egg yolk, sugars and vanilla. Then slowly whisk in the cooled melted chocolate.

Then add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture in batches. Mix until everything is combined.

Then allow the dough to chill in the fridge for 2 hours.

Once the cookie dough has chilled, preheat your oven to 180C/350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Take the cookie dough out of the fridge and grab about 1 tablespoon of cookie dough and roll it into a ball using your hands. Place it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat for the rest, leaving some space in between each ball. Bake the cookies for 9 minutes. While a batch is baking, keep the remaining cookie dough in the fridge.

Let the cookies rest in the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

Once your cookies are cooled, start making the ice cream sandwiches. To store them, just wrapped them separately in plastic wrap and freeze them. Enjoy!

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Mini Poke Ramen Cups

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I was going through my food pictures a couple of days ago and saw a pic of two sushi bowls (or poke) that I made last month and I started to crave fresh tuna again. I thought of making it into appetizer sizes, perfect to share at a dinner party. I seasoned some ramen noodles with sushi vinegar and wasabi Furikake. And made it into tiny cups, by baking them in a muffin pan. They turned out so good, crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Just make sure to not make them too thick and use parchment paper as muffin liners to prevent them from sticking to the pan. I tried greasing the pan, parchment paper and cupcake liners. Parchment paper worked the best. Thank you to Vanessa from Pickmeadaisy.com for giving me the tip to add pomegranate seeds to my poke. It goes really well with the tuna!

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This recipe makes 12 mini cups.

Ingredients:

For the ramen cups:

120grs of ramen noodles

1 egg

2 tablespoons of sushi vinegar

Pinch of salt

2 tablespoons of wasabi Furikake

1 ½ tablespoons of vegetable oil

For the tuna poke:

400gr of fresh tuna, cut into small cubes

2 tablespoons of finely chopped ginger

5 tablespoons of soy sauce

1 teaspoon of togarashi

1 avocado, cut into very small cubes

1 teaspoon of lime juice

2 teaspoons of sesame oil

2 tablespoons of chopped chives

2 teaspoons of yuzu powder

¼ cup + 1 tablespoon of pomegranate seeds

1 1/2 tablespoons of sesame seeds

 

Start by making the ramen cups; cook the ramen noodles as instructed on the package. Then drain them and place them in a bowl with the sushi vinegar, Furikake, salt and vegetable oil. Mix well. Allow it to cool down for 5 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 180C/350F. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with parchment paper squares in each cup. If you only grease the muffin pan with oil, the ramen will stick to the pan, so better use parchment paper as muffin liners.

Then place the noodles in the food processor and add the egg. Pulse a few times to get it chopped and mixed through. Don’t over chop it as it is nice to still be able to see that it is ramen noodles.

To make each ramen cup, place about 2 ½ tablespoons of the ramen mixture into each muffin cup, press well to try to create a cup. Repeat for all 12.

Bake them for 30 minutes, until golden and crispy on the outside.

To make the poke, just place all of the ingredients in a medium bowl except for the avocado and mix well. Once everything is mixed through, add the avocado and mix it carefully. Especially if the avocado is very ripe, so it keeps its shape.

Spoon some of the poke into each ramen cup and enjoy!

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Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Gorgonzola – Greek Yogurt Sauce

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A bottle of Frank’s Buffalo wings sauce from my pantry was calling my name. So I made these slicers with a blue cheese sauce. This sauce is a bit lighter because I used Greek yogurt instead of mayo. Perfect to share, or not!

This recipe makes 12 sliders.

Ingredients:

For the patties:

450gr of minced chicken

1/3 of a teaspoon of garlic powder

½ teaspoon onion powder

Pinch of celery salt

1 cup f panko

¾ cup of breadcrumbs

1 egg yolk

For the buffalo sauce:

1 bottle of Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wings Sauce

1 tablespoon of honey

For the gorgonzola – Greek yogurt sauce:

100grs of gorgonzola, crumbled

Juice of half a lime

2 tablespoons of sour cream

1 cup of Greek yogurt

¼ of a cup of buttermilk

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

Celery salt to taste

Extras:

Vegetable oil for frying the patties

12 mini buns

Celery sticks

Lamb’s lettuce or any other lettuce of your choice

A simple vinaigrette (optional)

 

To make the Greek yogurt – gorgonzola sauce, whisk the lime juice, sour cream, Greek yogurt and buttermilk in a medium bowl. Then add the gorgonzola, and blend it slightly with an immersion blender. This is just to get rid of big chunks of cheese. Add salt, celery salt and pepper to taste. Keep it in the fridge until ready to serve.

To make the patties, just mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Then grab about ¼ of a cup of the chicken mixture and form it into patties.

Pour about 1/3 of a cup of vegetable oil into a large pan, over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, start frying the patties until browned on both sides and cooked through. This will take about 3 minutes per side.

In a medium saucepan, add the buffalo sauce and honey. Mix it well over medium heat. Once the patties are cooked, coat them in this sauce.

I like to serve them with some lamb’s lettuce tossed in a simple vinaigrette, a bit of the gorgonzola sauce on top and some celery sticks on the side.

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Sweet Potato & Lentil Sliders on Homemade Mini Pretzel Buns

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I have been craving a veggie burger lately. I am a sucker for small food so I made sliders. Since my husband doesn’t love lentils, I made these with red lentils which don’t hold their shape. This makes it easier to mix them with other ingredients, therefore hiding them a bit. I cooked the lentils in vegetable stock to add more flavor. A panko coating makes this sliders super crunchy. The result was a delicious treat. My husband loved them. I only told him about the lentils afterwards.

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It’s hard to find good sliders buns here, so most of the times I just make my own. I used my Soft Pretzel Twists to make these mini pretzel buns. The ingredients are the same; there are just a few different steps.  Once the dough has risen, divide it into 16 equal pieces.  Then form each piece into a ball. Place the balls in the baking soda/water bath for 30 seconds. Then place them on a prepared baking tray (lined with parchment paper and lightly greased with vegetable oil).  Cut a cross in the middle of each bun, brush the tops with an egg wash and sprinkle with some sea salt. Bake for 8 minutes at 230C/450F. For the recipe of the pretzels just click here.

This recipe makes 14 sliders.

Ingredients:

For the sliders:

600gs of sweet potatoes

½ cup of red lentils

2 cups of vegetable stock

40grs of grated Parmesan

Pinch of onion powder

Pinch of garlic powder

Pinch of lemon pepper

Pinch of celery salt

Pinch of cayenne

Pinch of pepper

1/3 cup of breadcrumbs

2 sprigs of fresh thyme

For the breading:

1 ½ cups of panko

½ cup of breadcrumbs

¼ teaspoon of Salt

¼ teaspoon of Celery salt

¼ teaspoon of Paprika

For the lime mayo:

7 tablespoons of mayonnaise

Juice of ½ a lime

Celery salt to taste

Extras:

2 avocados, sliced

A handful of frisse

Garden cress

Olive oil for pan-frying the sliders

 

Roast the sweet potatoes for 1 hour at 180C/350F.

While the sweet potatoes are in the oven, start cooking the lentils. Place the lentils and vegetable stock in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook until soft, stirring from time to time. This will take about 15 minutes. Once they are cooked, turn off the heat and let them dry out in the saucepan for 30 minutes.  Once the 30 minutes are up, mash them with the back of a wooden spoon.

To make the lime mayo, mix the mayo with the lime juice and celery salt. Set aside.

Once the sweet potatoes are done, peel them and place them in a large bowl. Mash them with a fork. Add the lentils and the rest of the ingredients for the sliders. Mix well.

Mix all of the ingredients for the breading in a bowl.

Grab about 2 tablespoons of the sweet potato mixture and form it into a ball. Coat the ball in the breading. Apply some pressure so it sticks. Repeat for all of the mixture.

Pour about 6 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, place 7 balls in the pan. With the help of a spatula, press each ball a bit to create a hamburger shape. Cook until they are evenly brown on each side.  Repeat for the rest of the sliders.

Serve on the mini pretzel buns, with some frisee on the bottom and top them with avocado, lime mayo and garden cress.

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Burger sliders stuffed with Bacon Jam

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A while ago I saw a recipe for bacon jam on Food52. It just looked too good not to try it out. And OMG is it good.  You can eat it with toast or about anything else (I also like to top a soft boiled egg with it). I decided to stuff some hamburger sliders with it. It’s a nice, salty and sweet surprise to find once you take a bite of what it looks like a normal mini burger.  And now that summer weather is coming our way and BBQ season is starting, this is a nice dish to have in mind for entertaining friends.

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This recipe makes 8 sliders.

Ingredients for the bacon jam:

300gr of smoked bacon slices, diced

2 medium white onions, diced

½ teaspoon of paprika powder

4 cloves of garlic, minced

3 tablespoons of maple syrup

1 tablespoon of brown sugar

¼ cup of apple cider vinegar

¾ cup of Guinness beer

Ingredients for the burger:

500gr of minced beef

1 white onion, grated

2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon of dried oregano

1 teaspoon of olive oil

Salt

Pepper

1 egg yolk

Toppings for the burger:

150gr gorgonzola

2 avocados

Ketchup

 

For the bacon jam:

Cook the bacon pieces in a pan until they are crispy. This will take about 8 minutes. Reserve only 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat to cook the onions.

Cook the onions over medium heat in the bacon fat until they become translucent, about 8 to 10 minutes.  Then add the paprika powder, garlic and maple syrup.  Add the sugar and stir, until it dissolves.  Then add the vinegar and beer.  Bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium. Add the bacon and allow it to simmer for about 15 minutes, until the liquid has started to reduce and thicken.

Turn off the heat and allow it to cool down in the pan.  Once it has cooled down, place it in the blender and blend to your desired consistency. I like it with still a bite to it. You can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month, even though I doubt it will last that long. It’s too good not to finish it in a few days.

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For the burgers:

Pour the olive oil into a pan over medium heat. Add the grated onions, oregano and balsamic vinegar. Cook until the liquid starts to reduce, about 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper. Set aside.

Place the minced beef in a large bowl. Add salt, pepper and the egg yolk. Then add the onion mixture and mix it well. Form mini burger patties with your hands.  Grab some of the minced meat mixture, make a ball with your hands and then flatten it. Place about one teaspoon of the bacon jam in the middle and then form the meat mixture into a ball again.  Repeat until all your patties are formed. This will make about 8 mini patties.

Pour a bit of olive oil on a pan over medium-high heat. Cook the sliders for about 4 minutes on each side for medium rare, or more time if you prefer them well done.   Serve the patties with the buns and top with some gorgonzola, avocado and ketchup.

I also made the mini hamburger buns from scratch, just click here to check out the recipe.

Mini Hamburger Buns

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I love making sliders. I actually love making mini versions of any kind of food. Most of the times, I just buy the mini buns. But when I wanted to make some sliders a while ago, I couldn’t find them at my supermarket. I found out they are a seasonal thing here, pretty much only for the summer months. So I was “forced” to make the mini buns myself. And by forced, I mean, I didn’t feel like biking through the city looking for mini buns on other stores.  Plus bread is very easy to make, you just need to have the time for it to rise and luckily that day, I was in no rush.

This recipe makes 8 mini buns.

Ingredients:

2 cups of all-purpose flour

¼ cup of warm water

¼ cup of milk

3.5gr of dry yeast

2 tablespoons of butter, melted

1 tablespoon of sugar

½ teaspoon of salt

1 egg

2 tablespoons of black sesame seeds

Egg wash

 

Place the warm water and the yeast in the bowl of the stand mixer. Let it stand for 5 minutes. Then add the flour, milk, butter, sugar, salt and the egg. Knead the dough with a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment. Do it on low speed for about 5 minutes, until it stops sticking to the edges and it forms a ball. You can also knead it by hand.

Remove the dough from the bowl. Clean the bowl and then grease it with some vegetable oil. Place the dough back in the greased bowl and cover with plastic film. Let it rise in a warm place for 1 hour, until it has doubled in size.

Once the hour is up, place the dough on a lightly floured working area. Punch the dough and divide it into 8 equal pieces. Form each piece into a ball with your hands. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Place the buns on the prepared baking tray. Grease with vegetable oil a large piece of plastic wrap.  Cover the buns with the plastic wrap, greased side touching the buns.  This will prevent them from sticking to the plastic.  Let the buns rise for another hour in a warm place.

Before the dough has finished rising for the second time, preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

Once the buns have finished rising, brush them with some of the egg wash and sprinkle some of the black sesame seeds on top of each bun.

Bake for 15 minutes until golden.

 

 

Mini Matcha Rolls Filled With Dulce De Leche

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I love eating mini versions of food. It kind of cheats your brain into thinking that you can eat more. I made these mini matcha rolls on a stormy Sunday a while ago. Because of course, what do I do when it’s cold and crappy outside? Stay cozy inside, bake and binge watch TV with my hubby. I love dulce de leche and as a kid, I sometimes would spread it over bread as if it was butter. So I decided to fill these mini rolls with it. The result: yummy goodness!

This recipe makes 36 mini rolls. This is a small batch but you can double the recipe.

Ingredients:

For the rolls:

1 ¾ cup of all-purpose flour

3,5 grams of dry yeast

¼ cup warm water

¼ cup warm milk

1 tablespoon of matcha

½ teaspoon of salt

2 tablespoons of melted butter

¼ cup of sugar

½ of an egg

For the filling:

400gr of dulce de leche

 

Place the yeast and the warm water in the bowl of the stand mixer. Let it stand for 5 minutes.

Warm up the milk in the microwave and then add the matcha powder. Mix well.

After the 5 minutes for the yeast and water are done, add matcha milk and the rest of the ingredients for the rolls. Knead on low speed for 5 minutes, using the dough hook attachment.  You can also just knead it by hand.

Then remove the dough from the bowl. Clean the bowl and then grease it with a bit of vegetable oil.  Form the dough into a ball and place it back into the greased bowl. Cover with plastic film and let it rise for 1 hour in a warm place.

Once the hour has passed, lightly butter the oven dish in which you are going to bake the rolls. Warm up a bit the dulce de leche in the microwave. This will make it easier to spread it over the dough.

Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces and lightly flour your working area. Roll out one piece into a rectangle. I rolled it out as thin as I could. Spread some dulce de leche on top. Then roll the dough tight lengthwise. Cut the uneven edges and set them aside (you can choose to bake them or discard them; I baked them on a separate tray). Now that you have an even rolled dough, cut it into 9 even pieces. Place the pieces on the prepared oven dish. Repeat for the remaining dough.

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Once all of the dough has been rolled and filled, cover with plastic film and let it rise for 1 hour.

About 10 or 15 minutes before the timer is up for the second rise, preheat your oven to 180C/350F.

Once the hour is up, remove the plastic wrap from the oven dish and bake for about 15 minutes.

They are best when served right away while they are still warm.

Pork Sliders with Caramelized Pineapple on a Mini Pretzel Bun

Pork Sliders with Caramelized Pineapple on a Mini Pretzel Bun

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I have been craving burgers and BBQ sauce lately. I think it has to do with the fact that I am very much looking forward to summer. Going to the park, having barbecues and actually feeling the sun on my skin! And right now the weather feels more like we are entering winter instead of spring.

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To satisfy my burger cravings, I made these sliders. I went for minced pork instead of beef. The patties are seasoned with cooked shallots, garlic, oregano, thyme and smoky BBQ sauce. So they are full of flavor just by themselves.  And because pork and pineapple are a marriage made in heaven, I added it too. Top it with some Emmental cheese and some mini pretzel buns and you’ve got some food porn right there.  I was in a make everything from scratch mood that day so I also made the mini pretzel buns. They are super easy to make. It is the same recipe as my Soft pretzel twists, just shaped differently. I have added the different instructions below. This recipe makes about 13 sliders.

Ingredients:

For the patties:

500gr minced pork

2 tablespoons of smoky BBQ sauce

3 shallots, chopped

1 teaspoon of dried thyme

1 teaspoon of dried oregano

1 tablespoon of olive oil

2 cloves of garlic, minced

Salt

Pepper

1 egg yolk

1/3 cup of panko

1/3 cup of breadcrumbs

For the caramelized pineapple:

½ fresh pineapple, thinly sliced

4 tablespoons of sugar

Pepper

For the toppings:

150gr of Emmental cheese, thinly sliced

Lettuce of your choice

 

First start making the mini pretzel buns, for the whole recipe check out my Soft Pretzel Twists Post.  The ingredients are the same; there are just a few different steps.  Once the dough has risen, divide it into 16 equal pieces.  Then form each piece into a ball. Place the balls in the baking soda/water bath for 30 seconds.  Then place them on a prepared baking tray (lined with parchment paper and lightly greased with vegetable oil).  Cut a cross in the middle of each bun, brush the tops with an egg wash and sprinkle with some sea salt. Bake for 8 minutes at 230C/450F.

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To make the caramelized pineapple, place the sugar and sliced pineapple in a large pan.  Sprinkle some pepper and let it cook over medium-high heat until it has caramelized. This will take about 6 minutes, turning the pineapples half way through.  Place the caramelized pineapple slices on a lightly greased plate and set aside.

To make the patties, over medium heat add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a small pan. Add the shallots, dried thyme, dried oregano and garlic.  Cook for a few minutes until the shallots are translucent.

Place the minced pork in a large bowl. Add the shallot mixture, BBQ sauce, egg yolk, panko, breadcrumbs and some salt and pepper.  Mix it all until well combined. Grab about 1/4 of a cup of the mixture and make a ball, repeat until all the mixture is done. This will give you about 13 meatballs.

Pour some olive oil into a large pan, over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, place the meatballs in the pan and press a bit with a spatula so they become mini burgers. Cook them for about 4 minutes on each side until they are all cooked through.  Take the pan off the heat. Place a slice of cheese on top of each patty. The heat of the patties will melt it.

To serve the sliders, slice the mini pretzel buns in half and place some lettuce on the bottom. Then place a patty and some slices of the caramelized pineapple.  Cover with the top parts of the bun. Serve right away.