Easiest Bread EVER

This is No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread- AKA the easiest bread you’ve ever baked in your entire life. No kidding. If you’ve been following me for any length of time you know how much I love cooking and mixing cocktails, but HATE, yes with all caps, HATE baking. It never works for me, it makes a mess, it’s complicated, it’s time consuming…… But this recipe has made me into a convert. Thanks to Girl Versus Dough I will have fresh, homemade bread whenever I want. And just think of how impressed all your guests/host will be when they find out they are using HOMEMADE bread slices to mop up that delicious HOMEMADE dip- you’ll be the hero of the party. Easiest Bread Ever | GlitterItGold

This recipe is from Girl Versus Dough, I have only made the slightest change by adding roasted garlic. Check out How to Roast Garlic for instructions and throw some in there. Try it with, try it without, try other tasty additions, but just promise me you will make this. Pinky promise. You won’t regret it. Also, if you throw in any other wonderful flavors please share. Thanks.

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Easiest Bread EVER
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This is No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread- AKA the easiest bread you've ever baked in your entire life. Just mix it up, let it sit overnight, then drop it in a dutch oven and bake. Easy peasy.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
55 minutes 10 hours
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
55 minutes 10 hours
Easiest Bread Ever | GlitterItGold
Easiest Bread EVER
Print Recipe
This is No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread- AKA the easiest bread you've ever baked in your entire life. Just mix it up, let it sit overnight, then drop it in a dutch oven and bake. Easy peasy.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
55 minutes 10 hours
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
55 minutes 10 hours
Ingredients
Servings: loaf
Instructions
  1. Mix all the dry ingredients, then add the warm water and mix with a wooden spoon until a wet, sticky dough forms.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set in a warm place for 8-18 hours. (It would work well to mix up in the morning before leaving for work). When it's ready it will have risen, be flat on top, and have lots of bubbles visible.
  3. Pre-heat oven to 450 F and place a 6 qt Dutch Oven inside.
  4. Flour hands, punch down the dough. Dump it out onto a floured square of parchment paper. Shape into a ball, dust with flour. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes while the Dutch Oven pre-heats in the oven.
  5. Carefully lift the parchment paper and set the dough in the Dutch oven. Cover and bake for 45 minutes. Then bake an additional 10 minutes without the lid until the top is golden.
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Rosemary Whiskey Sour

I think rosemary is one of my favorite herbs. It grows just about everywhere in abundance. It is a hardy, drought resistant plant that also has pest resistant properties and is widely used in landscaping as a result of this. I never buy rosemary. At my first apartment it was all over the place and I just picked some when I needed it. It is also at work, and covers most of the front yard of our current rental home. I love keeping a rosemary simple syrup on hand. I add it to lemonade for an earthy, herbal twist. It also pairs really well with several alcohols. Flavor combos I have been loving lately is: Gin, Grapefruit, rosemary simple syrup, St. Germaine, and Angostura bitters; bourbon, lemon, rosemary simple syrup and spiced cherry bitters; and mezcal, lemon, orange, rosemary simple syrup and Angostura bitters.

Today I am sharing the recipe for the Rosemary Whiskey Sour. It’s a pretty simple, classic cocktail that will impress and perfect for a summer night. Serve in a rocks glass with a large ice sphere or whiskey stones and garnish with a lemon slice or maraschino cherry if desired. I actually prefer no garnish on mine, or a simple lemon twist.

Make the simple syrup in advance so it can cool completely. You can store it in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to a month. Try experimenting with it on other cocktails too. If you come up with any winning recipes please share them, I would love to get some new ideas.

Rosemary Whiskey Sour | Glitter It Gold
Rosemary Whiskey Sour
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A pretty, simple, and classic cocktail that will impress. Perfect for a summer night.
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Rosemary Whiskey Sour | Glitter It Gold
Rosemary Whiskey Sour
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A pretty, simple, and classic cocktail that will impress. Perfect for a summer night.
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cocktail
Instructions
Rosemary Whiskey Sour
  1. Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, shake vigorously for 10 seconds and stain into a rocks glass.
Rosemary Simple Syrup
  1. To make the Rosemary Simple Syrup bring 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, and 3-5 washed rosemary sprigs to a boil. Boil for 1 minute until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes, then strain out or remove the rosemary sprigs. Keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Recipe Notes

**Woodford Reserve Spiced Cherry Bitters can be purchased at BevMo, or on Amazon (affiliate link)

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Jalapeno, Peach, Pancetta and Basil Baked Brie

Every woman needs a handful of recipes that are flexible, easy to pull off and yet beautiful and tasty to impress guests or hostesses. Whether you are hosting a party or attending and bringing a dish you want people talking about what you brought. A good dip recipe is great to have, especially once you master the basics of it and can start improvising with flavors like swapping out parmesan for gouda, chard for spinach or adding jalapeno or thai chilis. Once you have the basics down you can get super creative and create something specialized to your event, or just something that will help you clean out the fridge.

Baked brie is one of those things for me. It’s really pretty hard to mess it up and the options are almost endless when it comes to flavors and fillings. This Jalapeno, Peach and Pancetta on is one of my favorites because I am such a sucker for mixing sweet and savory and spicy all into one. This dish nails that combo. But the beauty of this is that you could just use bacon, or get fancy with proscuitto,  ditch the jalapeno and add some balsamic, or use pineapple instead of peach- whatever your little heart desires. Or you could jump over to my Spicy Cranberry and Cream Cheese Dip and make that too.

I almost always have puff pastry in the freezer because it has so many uses. You can use it as pizza crust, cover pot pies with it, make homemade toaster strudels, a pie, beef wellington…just stuff something inside and bake and viola! Use whatever jam or preserve you want, or just simmer some fresh fruit and sugar to make your own. Just make sure that you take the puff pastry out of the freezer and move it to the fridge the night before and don’t try to force it when it’s still frozen or you will crack it and ruin the prettiness. Also, brushing with egg wash is a must, it is what gives it that shiny golden  and crispy finish instead of dull and soft one.

I like to cut a strip off the side of the sheet before wrapping up the brie and make it into a flower for decoration, it’s not entirely necessary, but adds such a nice touch…

One last thing- I am currently obsessed with this Ayers Body Butter in Patagonia. It smells heavenly and is nice and thick and creamy but doesn’t leave hands too oily. What is your can’t live without moisturizer?

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Jalapeno, Peach, Pancetta and Basil Baked Brie
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This Jalapeno, Peach, Basil, and Pancetta Baked Brie perfectly combines sweet, savory, and spicy all into one texture lovers dream of an appetizer.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Jalapeno, Peach, Bacon and Basil Baked Brie | Glitter It Gold
Jalapeno, Peach, Pancetta and Basil Baked Brie
Print Recipe
This Jalapeno, Peach, Basil, and Pancetta Baked Brie perfectly combines sweet, savory, and spicy all into one texture lovers dream of an appetizer.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: loaf
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Saute pancetta or bacon in a non stick pan over medium heat until it begins to brown and crisp, drain on a paper towel.
  3. Roll out the pastry dough a little, cut 1/2" off the side of the sheet and set aside.
  4. Spread 1/2 of the peach preserves onto the center of the pastry, sprinkle with 1/2 of the pancetta, 1/2 of the jalapeno, and 1/2 of the basil.
  5. Place the full wheel of brie in the center of the pastry, top with the other half of the peach preserves, pancetta, basil and jalapeno.
  6. Beginning at the end, roll the reserved piece of puff pastry dough at a slight angle and pull out portions so that it resembles a rose. Place the rose in the center of the brie wheel and begin pulling the dough corners up over the brie and tucking into and under the rose, pinching to seal.
  7. Using a pastry brush, brush the entire pastry with the egg wash. Bake 20-25 minutes until golden.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Your Homebased Mom.

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Sour Cream Lemon Cookies

Eric hates lemon desserts. I love them. They seem lighter and cleaner than many other types of desserts but are still sweet and indulgent. These cookies are light, fluffy, and almost cake-like, and are perfect for spring. This recipe is adapted from Taste and Tell blog, who adapted it from Christina Tosi’s cookbook Milk Bar Life: Recipes & Stories.Sour Cream Lemon Cookies | Glitter It Gold

This recipe is a great way to use up leftover sour cream, because I am sure I am not the only one that buys a tub of it and find that I only use a few tablespoons of it. Say you serve tacos or enchiladas and only use 1/4c of sour cream, what do you do with the rest? You make these cookies!!! Sour Cream Lemon Cookies | Glitter It Gold

I used 2 cups of flour in my cookies and they turned out perfect, but you may want to check the consistency of the batter before adding another 1/2 cup if needed. The dough is not like normal cookie dough, it looks more wet and is very sticky. It is easiest to use a small cookie scoop like this one to drop the dough on the cookie sheet. If you don’t have one you can use a teaspoon and your finger to scrape it off and pat it down into a ball.Sour Cream Lemon Cookies | Glitter It Gold

Also, can we talk about these flowers? Trader Joe’s is the best for flowers. I love that you can get a small bouquet for under $4.00 and they usually last at least a week. The only reason I don’t have flowers in my house 24/7 is because the closest Trader Joe’s is 25 minutes away and there is no way I am buying 3 stems of sun flowers at Von’s for $9.99 (the cheapest I have ever seen a bouquet at any other grocer). Flowers make me so happy, and they brighten up the house so much, I wish all grocery stores understood this and had them available at a low price.Sour Cream Lemon Cookies | Glitter It Gold

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Sour Cream Lemon Cookies
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These delicious Sour Cream Lemon Cookies are light, fluffy, almost cake-like, and are the perfect treat for brunches, bridal or baby showers, or anytime.
Servings Prep Time
12 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 25 minutes
Sour Cream Lemon Cookies | Glitter It Gold
Sour Cream Lemon Cookies
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These delicious Sour Cream Lemon Cookies are light, fluffy, almost cake-like, and are the perfect treat for brunches, bridal or baby showers, or anytime.
Servings Prep Time
12 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 25 minutes
Ingredients
Cookie
Glaze
Servings: cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add in the egg, vanilla, and the sour cream and mix until combined, about 1 more minute.
  4. Add the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda and mix just until combined. They dough will be wet - not like typical cookie dough.
  5. Use the cookie scoop to drop onto a lined or greased cookie sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes, 10 worked for me. Let them cool for at least 5 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack. While they cool mix together the ingredients for the glaze in a small bowl
  6. Dip the tops of the cookies in the glaze, or drizzle with a spoon and place back on the cooling rack, top with sprinkles and let set for the glaze to dry.
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Spicy Cranberry Sauce and Cream Cheese Dip

This holiday season feels so chaotic to me. I don’t feel prepared for it at all, even as it is happening all around me it still doesn’t feel real yet. Even our annual Rowland family Christmas party didn’t really make it sink in that Christmas is 5 days away! What the heck? It was JUST Thanksgiving like a week ago. I was planning on sharing all these holiday things with you, but time has really just gotten away from me. Finally, though, I have a minute to share at least this one appetizer recipe with you.Spicy Cranberry Sauce Appetizer | Glitter It Gold

For the family Christmas party I was put in charge of coordinating all the appetizers so I felt compelled to make sure the ones I contributed were good ones. This recipe is from my Aunt Lisa and is one of my favorites. It’s cool and spicy and bright and tangy, delicious and addicting. Seriously, if you want to stop eating it you either have to finish the whole thing or go to a completely different room. You could use canned or pre-packaged cranberry sauce for this and skip 1 below, but the fresh cranberries are prettier and taste much better. Jalapenos vary so much in spice level, sometimes I use 2 and sometimes just 1. This last time I only used 1/2 because they were so spicy so add a little at a time and taste test until you get to the spiciness level you like. I also really like the red onion, but feel free to cut back on it if it’s too much for you. Spicy Cranberry Sauce Appetizer | Glitter It Gold

 

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Spicy Cranberry Sauce and Cream Cheese Dip
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This ultra flavorful cranberry sauce turned dip is a perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years or any party or gathering.
Servings Prep Time
1 platter 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 2 Hours
Servings Prep Time
1 platter 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 2 Hours
Spicy Cranberry Sauce Appetizer | Glitter It Gold
Spicy Cranberry Sauce and Cream Cheese Dip
Print Recipe
This ultra flavorful cranberry sauce turned dip is a perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years or any party or gathering.
Servings Prep Time
1 platter 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 2 Hours
Servings Prep Time
1 platter 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 2 Hours
Ingredients
Basic Cranberry Sauce
Dip
Servings: platter
Instructions
Basic Cranberry Sauce
  1. Wash cranberries and place them in a saucepan with water and sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
Assemble the Dip
  1. Place the whole jalapeno in a pot of water, covering completely. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute. Remove and let cool.
  2. Remove the stem and seeds from the jalapenos (you may want to use gloves) and mince them.
  3. Add cranberry sauce, cilantro, jalapenos, lemon juice, green onion, and salt to a bowl and mix well. Let sit for 2 hours or so in the fridge for flavors to incorporate.
  4. Pour over 1/2 the sauce over a block of cream cheese, serve with pita chips.
Recipe Notes

I like to make this cranberry sauce an appetizer by pouring it over a block of cream cheese and serving with pita chips, but it would also be delicious on turkey or even wrapped up in baked brie. If you find a new use for it, please share with me!

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