How to make Unicorn Macarons

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Unicorn macarons are beyond beautiful to bring to your next family gathering. Simple to make, but time consuming. Prepare to decorate these beauties for at least 2 hours to make sure they’re perfect.

Begin by making your go-to recipe for macarons. Use any recipe that works well for you. You’ll want to have a few batches of macarons behind you that have turned out great before attempting these cute cookies!

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Making these special macarons isn’t as difficult as they may seem. The hardest part of creating macarons is mastering the shells. Once you have a few perfect batches behind you, you’re ready to take on a macaron challenge!

You will dazzle your friends and family with these adorable desserts. When I brought them to my friend’s birthday, a few of them said they didn’t want to eat them because they were too special!!

When you start piping your macarons, leave a little extra room. Once you’re ready to pipe your macarons, pipe your regular 1.5″ circle for the head of the unicorn.

Pipe 2 tiny ears, and 1 larger circle for the horn. Pipe all of your macarons this way. After you’re finished, add a few sprinkles below the horn. I like to use rainbow sprinkles. The pop of colour really makes it stand out and creates that beautiful unicorn that will impress your guests.

To create the horn shape, simply use a tooth pick to shape the horn into a sharp point.

Let them dry for about 30 min until a skin forms.

Bake your macarons for the same amount of time your recipe calls for.

Let your macarons cool completely.

Take a pinch of gold dust and a few drops of almond extract (any extract is fine, just be aware of your flavor choice). Swirl the dust until it’s mixed together. Use a food safe painting brush, or a silicone brush to paint the ears and horn of the unicorn. I ended up using vanilla extract when I made these, so the gold color is a little bit darker.

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Next, use an edible marker to draw on the eye lashes.

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Assemble with your favourite filling and enjoy! I like to use vanilla buttercream for the center. Vanilla is a classic flavour that everyone will love!

Easy Herb Focaccia Bread Recipe

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Making focaccia bread is easier than you ever could have imagined. But once you make it at home, it’s very hard to buy it in the grocery store. Nothing tastes more fresh than warm focaccia bread right out of the oven. Dip the bread in a mixture of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic reduction.

You never knew what you were missing in life until eating foccacia bread right out of the oven.

Bread is life.

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Easy Herb Focaccia Bread Recipe

How to make focaccia bread with olive oil infused with herbs at home in only 2 hours.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Rising Time 1 hr 20 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Servings 10 slices

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Saucepan
  • 13" x 9" Pan

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp thyme dried
  • 1 tsp rosemary dried
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 tsp instant yeast
  • 1/4 tsp honey
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch finishing salt optional

Instructions
 

  • In a small saucepan on low heat combine olive oil, garlic, thyme, rosemary and pepper. Cook for 5-10 min until fragrant stirring occasionally.
  • In a large glass bowl combine warm water, yeast, and honey. Let sit for 5 min until frothy.
  • Add the flour, salt and ¼ cup of the herb olive oil to the yeast mixture. Mix only until just combined and knead only 10-15 times. Don’t overwork the dough.
  • Cover the bowl with a towel and let sit for 1 hour to rise.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Pour 2 tbsp of the herbed oil into a 9×13’’ pan. Use a paper towel to spread the oil to the entire bottom of the pan, and into the corners. Transfer the risen dough to the baking pan and use your fingers to dimple the dough all over. Pour the remaining oil over the dough. Spread the oil all over using the back of a spoon. 
  • Let rise for 20 min.
  • Bake focaccia bread for 15-20 min. Let cool on a wire rack. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container. Place the container in the fridge to make it last longer. Best served the day of or use within 2 days.
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Party Chip Dip

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Best Cream Cheese Chip Dip Recipe

How to make a cream cheese dip recipe for your next party.
Prep Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Servings 12 people

Equipment

  • Large serving platter
  • hand mixer/stand mixer

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pkg cream cheese softened
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 medium tomato diced
  • 3-4 green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 bag tortilla chips

Instructions
 

  • Beat together cream cheese and mayonnaise until fully combined.
  • Spread cream cheese mixture with the back of a spoon onto large serving plated until ~ 1/3 – 1/2 cm thick.
  • Pour salsa onto cream cheese mixture and spread with the back of a spoon until it fully covers the edges.
  • Sprinkle green onions and tomatoes all over the salsa.
  • Cover the whole dip in cheddar cheese.
  • Serve immediately with tortilla chips or store covered in fridge until ready to serve.
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Best Espresso Ice Cream Recipe

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Best Espresso Ice Cream Recipe

How to make espresso ice cream using an espresso maker and an ice cream maker.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Fridge/Freezer time 9 hrs
Total Time 9 hrs 55 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 10 people

Equipment

  • espresso maker
  • Ice Cream Maker
  • Saucepan
  • mesh sieve

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 shots freshly brewed espresso

Instructions
 

  • In a medium saucepan over low to medium heat add the  heavy cream, whole milk, sugar and salt. Whisk to fully dissolve the sugar ~ 4 to 5 minutes.
  • In a large glass bowl add the egg yolks. Whisk the yolks together.
  • Whisk 1 cup of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolks while whisking the milk mixture until fully combined. 
  • Add the egg yolk mixture to the saucepan. Whisk until it comes to a simmer.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and mix in the vanilla and espresso. 
  • Pour the mixture through a sieve and place in fridge until chilled (about 6 hours, but leave it overnight in the fridge to make it easy).
  • Add mixture to ice cream maker and churn for 20-25 min.
  • Freeze mixture for another 3 hours until fully chilled for ice cream and not just soft serve.

Notes

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Best Broccoli and Cheese Soup Ever

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Best Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe Ever

How to make the best broccoli and cheese soup for your family
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course, Soup
Servings 8 servings

Equipment

  • Saucepan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 crown broccoli cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 carrots sliced
  • 1/2 small onion diced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Pinch salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese grated
  • 2 cups milk 2%
  • 2 cups chicken broth

Instructions
 

  • Add butter to medium heat frying pan. Saute carrots and broccoli for 3-4 min. Add onions and saute for 1-2 min. Add flour to pan to make a roux.
  • Pour chicken broth into pan and cook vegetables until fork tender ~5 min.
  • Slowly pour milk into pan and cook until gently simmering. 
  • Add grated cheese and whisk until fully combined.
  • Remove from heat and serve immediately.
  • Store in fridge for up to 3 days.
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Chocolate Covered Cornflakes

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  • 1 cup chocolate melting wafers
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest (~2 oranges)
  • 4 cups corn flakes
  1. Melt chocolate in a large glass bowl in the microwave for 1 min. Stir chocolate, microwave again in 20 second intervals until chocolate is fully melted.
  2. Grate orange zest and add it to the melted chocolate.
  3. Mix orange zest into chocolate until fully combined.
  4. Add corn flakes 1 cup/time until fully covered in chocolate.
  5. Place muffin liners onto a large plate. Fill muffin liners with chocolate covered cornflakes.
  6. Place in fridge for 1 hour until fully hardened. Keep in fridge until ready to serve.

Garlic Breadsticks from Scratch

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Garlic Breadsticks from Scratch

How to bake garlic bread sticks from scratch using yeast.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Rising time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 7 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Servings 12 Breadsticks

Equipment

  • Oven

Ingredients
  

  • 280 mL warm water
  • 1 1/2 tsp instant yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups bread flour

Topping

  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan grated

Instructions
 

  • Combine water, yeast, sugar, 3 tbsp butter and salt into a large glass bowl. Slowly add bread flour until fully combined. Knead dough until smooth ~5-7 min.
  • Cover with a towel and let rise for 1 ½ hours.
  • Separate dough into 12 equal portions. Roll each piece to approximately 7’’ long.
  • Let rise for 1 hour on a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 12 min at 400 degrees F.
  • Mix together melted butter, salt, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning in a bowl.
  • Brush mixture onto breadsticks when they come out of the oven and top with Parmesan. Serve immediately. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
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Bread Maker Pizza Pretzels Recipe

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Bread machines can do much more than just bake loaves of bread. You can use you bread machine to make pretzel bread dough, and then top your pretzels how you like them. If you’re making regular pretzels, give them an egg wash with a bit of salt before baking them. For our bread machine pretzel bread we’ll be making pizza pretzels. Pizza pretzels are topped with pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese. Yum!

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Bread Maker Pizza Pretzels Recipe

How to use your bread maker to make pizza pretzel dough. Bake your pizza pretzels in the oven with pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Bread Maker Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Course Snack
Servings 8 Pretzels

Equipment

  • bread maker
  • Oven

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 7/8 cup water

Topping

  • 1/3 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese grated

Instructions
 

  • Pour water into bread pan.
  • Place flour into bread pan covering all the water.
  • Add salt and sugar to bread pan.
  • Make a well in the center of the flour and put yeast into the well.
  • Select dough setting on bread machine.
  • Once dough is finished, preheat oven to 450˚F.
  • Separate dough into 8 even pieces.
  • Roll each dough into a long rope shape ~6” long.
  • Twist each dough into a knot shape. Place knots onto a baking sheet.
  • Brush each knot with pizza sauce. Cover the entire knot in pizza sauce, bringing the sauce right down to the bottom of each knot. If you don’t fully cover the knot this will result in a dry pizza pretzel.
  • Sprinkle grated mozzarella cheese onto each knot.
  • Bake at 450˚F for 12 to 15 minutes. Serve immediately. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
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Roasted Tomato Bruschetta Recipe

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Step by step guide how to make roasted tomato bruschetta recipe in about 30 minutes. Roast your tomatoes in the oven with drizzled olive oil. Mix with fresh basil when it comes out of the oven. Make your own crostini breads by brushing your baguette with olive oil and toasting them on high heat. When they come out of the oven, rub the breads with garlic to give them a hint of garlic flavor that won’t be overpowering.

Our roasted tomato bruschetta recipe is a restaurant style bruschetta that is to die for!

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Roasted Tomato Bruschetta Recipe

How to make roasted tomato bruschetta with fresh basil, restaurant style
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 22 mins
Total Time 52 mins
Course Appetizer
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • Oven
  • brush

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pkg grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Pinch pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil cut into strips
  • 1/2 baguette sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil for brushing bread
  • 1 garlic clove cut in half
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated

Instructions
 

  • Place grape tomatoes into a small bowl and drizzle olive oil on top. Add salt and pepper. Mix gently with a spoon until all the tomatoes are covered in oil.
  • On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place grapes evenly dispersed on the pan.
  • Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 min.
  • While the tomatoes are baking, slice half of the baguette. Brush each piece of baguette with olive oil on one side.
  • Once the tomatoes are finished baking, preheat the oven to broil on high.
  • Broil the bread for 1-2 min, watch carefully. Only toast them until your desired doneness.
  • Place the tomatoes into a small bowl and add fresh cut basil. Mix them together with a spoon.
  • After the bread has finished toasting, rub each piece of bread with the ½ garlic. This gives it just a hint of garlic flavor, without being overpowering.
  • Add tomato mixture onto the bread pieces.
  • Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Notes

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