Some Of Our Favorite Indulgent Pastry Recipes

For all those that love to bake we have got a few pastry recipes that might tempt your tastebuds. Perfect for parties, bake sales or just to surprise your family, there is nothing as putting a smile a someone’s face as you offer them some freshly prepared pastry dishes.

Muffin Madness

Sizzle up your everyday muffins with these great mix of flavors.

Ingredients:

470 gm Wheat flour
450 gm Sugar
1 and 1/2 tsp Baking powder
250 gm Water
130 gm Sunflower oil
1 tsp Vanilla essence
2 Zest of limes

[Raspberry Butter cream]

500 gm Icing sugar
220 gm Margarine
3 tsp Raspberry pulp
3 Almonds (sliced)
9 Raspberries (whole)

Instructions to follow:

For the cake add wheat, baking powder and sugar in a bowl. Mix the ingredients thoroughly to make a mixture of all the dry ingredients. In another bowl, mix sunflower oil, vanilla essence, zest of limes and water to make a solution of all the liquid ingredients. Next, pour the dry mixture slowly into the liquid mixture while beating continuously until a smooth and even texture is reached.

Next, take a muffin tray and grease it with butter. Divide the muffin batter into equal parts onto the tray and insert it into a pre-heated oven at 180 degree. Let the muffins bake for 10 to 15 minutes if you are using a mini muffin tray or 20 to 40 minutes if you’re using a jumbo muffin tray. Once done, insert a toothpick into the center of the muffins. If the toothpick comes out clean the muffins are done, otherwise, bake them for 5 more minutes. Let the muffins cool before applying the icing on top.

Raspberry Butter Cream

In a blender, take the margarine and pour in sugar slowly while beating at medium speed. Then add in pulp of raspberries gradually while beating continuously until the mixture is smooth. With the help of a pasty bag decorate the muffins and top it off with sliced almonds and whole raspberries.

Mini Cheesecake

Very easy recipe to make before guests arrive.

Ingredients:

Crust

1/3 cup Graham cracker crumbs
1 tbs sugar
1 tbs Margarine (melted)

Filling

8 ounce Cream cheese (softened)
1 Egg
1/4 cup Sugar
1 and 1/2 tsp Lemon juice
1/4 tsp Vanilla extract
1/2 Lemon zest (grated)

Instructions to follow:

In a bowl, mix the crackers, margarine and sugar until properly mixed. Grease a muffin tray with butter and put one heaping tablespoon of the resulting mixture into each cup of the muffin tray (press firmly on the mixture so that it goes completely flat). Insert the tray into a pre-heated oven at 325 degrees and let it bake for 5 minutes.

While the crust cools, mix the cream cheese, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla essence until the mixture gets fluffy. When that’s done, mix in the egg slowly. Pour this mixture into the muffin tray (fill it up to 3/4th of the cups on the tray). Bake it for 25 minutes at 325 degrees. Let it cool while it’s still in the tray. Once cooled, remove from tray and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Blueberry Cheese Danish Pastry

It can be a bit of a hassle to make but the results are worth the effort.
Ingredients:

5 tsp Active dry yeast
2/3 cup Sugar
1 tsp Salt
3 Egg yolks
2 tsp Vanilla essence
2/3 cup Milk
3 and 3/4 cups Flour
1 and 1/2 cup Butter (unsalted)

Filling

8 ounces Cream cheese
1/4 cup Sugar
1 Egg yolk
1 tsp Vanilla essence
1/4 tsp Salt
2 tsp Orange zest (grated)
1 tsp Lemon zest (grated)
2 tbs Flour

Glaze

1 and 1/4 cup Confectioner’s sugar
3 tbs Lemon juice

Instructions to follow:

Dough

In a large bowl pour 1/4 cup of warm water and add sugar and yeast to it. Let it sit for 5 minutes. When it gets foamy, stir in salt, yolks, vanilla, and milk. Next, add flour to the mixture until it turns into a soft and sticky dough. Cover this dough for an hour. Make sure to keep it somewhere cool.

Butter mixture

Take the butter on a cool surface, roll it with a rolling pin until it softens. At this point add 1/2 cup of flour while blending the mixture until it’s fully combined. Take this butter mixture and cut into 6 inch squares; wrap it in a plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Proceed to take the dough and roll it into 12 inch squares. Put the butter mixture diagonally in the middle. Enclose the butter mixture using the dough like an envelope. Seal it by pinching the edges of the dough. Roll it from the center and do it in such a way that is forms an 18 by 8 inch rectangle. Fold the dough like a book and refrigerate it by wrapping it in a plastic wrapper for 1 hour before rolling it out again. Repeat this procedure twice or more to make the pastries crispier.

In a bowl mix in all the filling ingredients until it smooths and refrigerate it for an hour or more. Take the refrigerated 18 by 8 inch rolled out dough and cut it into 4 inch squares. Stretch two corners of the square (that are opposite to each other) to form flaps.

Take one heaping tablespoon of the filling and put it in the middle of the square. Top it with blueberries. Brush the flaps with egg wash and seal the filling carefully within the square by overlapping the flaps. Brush the entire pastry with egg wash.

Put the pastries on a baking sheet (3 inches apart) and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until the pastries turn golden.

For the glaze, whisk in sifted confectioner’s sugar and lemon juice until thickened. Serve the danish pastry with drizzled glaze on top.

Buttercrust Dough Recipe

Want to see how to make the perfect buttercrust pastry dough? We found this video below that gives easy to follow directions and provides a great illustration of the steps involved.

Juicing Recipes For Those Vitamin Rich Greens

If you are looking for a great way to transform your diet and start the new year off on the right foot then getting a juicer is a must. You can easily get all of your daily fruits and veggies down to juice one large glass. The bad news is if you are not fond of vegetables, it might need a lot of effort to stay on the path. The good news is, juicing makes taking vegetables easier than having to spend all that time eating.

Green vegetables are some of the best foods to include in your juicing recipes because of their wide range of vitamins and minerals. Leafy greens are some of the trickier veggies to juice, but the provide the most health benefits. To get a clear understanding what this means, here are some of the top best green juice recipes that will make your diet healthier than before.

1. Honeydew and Watercress Green Juice Recipe

If you are looking for better remedies for lung cancer, eye disease, oxidation of DNA and more, then you will be better off preparing this tasty treat. This green juice comes with several healthy ingredients that will not only protect you from dangerous diseases but also enhance the way that you feel. Among the ingredients are, Creamy zucchini, sweet honeydew and lastly a small touch of watercress.

What you need:

  • 1/3 bunch watercress (a handful)
  • 1 cup of honeydew melon that is cubed
  • Bottomless Celery stalk (3 to 4)
  • 1/8 teaspoonful of salt
  • A handful of coriander leaves from approximately three stems

Directions:

Ensure that the watercress, celery, zucchini and coriander leaves are properly washed. Place all the ingredients in your juicer and proceed with the juicing. You can then season with salt that is optional and then serve

2. Kale-Aide

Kale is one of the more nutrient dense leafy green vegetables out there that gives the perfect vitamin kick to any recipe. Among its benefits are, cardiovascular support, the building of bones, healing of skin, detoxification and more. It also among the easiest green juices to repair. Here are the ingredients what you need

Ingredients

  • Five kale leaves (large ones)
  • One peeled lemon
  • Two ribs celery (large)
  • One peeled knob ginger
  • One apple

How to prepare

Wash the kale leaves and apple. Wash and peel the lemon and the ginger. You can then cut the vegetables, two ribs celery and the apple for efficiency. Place the ingredients all to gather in the juicer, do some juicing and serve.

3. Sweet Cucumber Juice

Cucumber is among the less popular yet among the healthiest vegetables you can find on earth. It works well in preventing complications related to inflammation as well as reducing chances of cancer getting into the body. It is also among the vegetable juices that you can easily prepare in no time.

What you need

  • Two cucumbers
  • For handfuls of spinach or Swiss chard as a substitute
  • Four small Fuji Apples

Directions

Wash the cucumbers, spinach and the Fuji apples. Cut them into small pieces (optional) for convenience. You can then mix them together in a juicer, do some juicing and then serve.

4. Spinach-Carrot-Apple

If you are looking for the best answer for detoxification, then Spinach Carrot Apple Juice has all it take. The juice is not only healthier but unlike other vegetables, it is sweet and satisfying for those who have more than enough excuses not to include spinach in their diets. Spinach itself is high in vitamin A, B, C as well as K. Combines with carrot and apple (known to contain high calcium); you get the best detoxifying recipe ever made. Here is what you need.

What you need

  • Five Carrots
  • Two cups of spinach
  • Two cups of apples

Directions

Ensure that all the vegetables and fruits are clean enough by washing. Ensure that there are no traces of dirt left behind on the spinach and carrots. Removes the ends of the carrots. Cut the spinach into small sizes for a better juicing experience. Having done all that, you can then mix all the ingredients in one juicer and do some juicing then serve.

5. The Incredible Hulk of Green Juice

The best trick to staying healthy is minding how many calories you are putting in your system, but at the same time time considering about the nutritive value of what you chose to put in your system. Meet the healthiest Kale Spinach Lettuce Apple juice. It is not only the healthiest juice ever but also among the sweetest green juices you can find.

Ingredients

  • Two large kale leaves
  • One green apple (medium sized)
  • Four heart and two outer leaves of romaine
  • One medium stalks of celery
  • One slice of ginger
  • Half a lemon with the pith and rind removed
  • Cucumber (Half medium)

Directions

Ensure that all the fruits and vegetables are clean. Cut the spinach and the kale into small pieces for better juicing. Mix all the ingredients in the juicer and proceed with the juicing. You can then serve.R

Endless Possibilities

One of the great things about juicing is that there are so many delicious and health recipes to choose from. Whether you like to juice only fruits or kale juice is your main squeeze, ou will never get bored trying to find the next great recipe to give you the energy boost that you desire. It also helps juicing feel less like a chore which increases your chances of sticking with it. Start off the new year right and load up on something green.

Why You Should Be Consuming More Vegetables

Eating veggies, or any type of food that is good for you, is usually not a tasty experience unless it is covered in some type of thick sauce. However, not only are these types of foods good for your heart, they can also help lower the risk of certain types of cancers. The American Cancer Society recommends the eating of at least five servings of the vegetables and fruits on a daily basis. It also recommends the consumption of the right amount of food so as to maintain a healthy weight. There are lots of vegetables that are useful in the fight of cancer. It is, therefore, important to include some of these foods in your diet.

Leafy Green Vegetables

Leafy green vegetables like kale, lettuce, and spinach are good sources of the antioxidants lutein and beta-carotene. These antioxidants can be found in the vegetables that are traditionally eaten cooked like mustard greens, kale, cabbages, and collard greens. The American Institute for Cancer Research has found out that these foods contain chemicals that prevent the multiplication of various kinds of cancer cells. They help in the prevention of prostate and colon cancer.

Garlic

A number of studies have been done and it has been established that people who eat more garlic are less likely to develop different types of cancer, especially the cancers that affect different digestive organs like the stomach, colon, and the esophagus. Garlic has active ingredients that make the cancer-causing substances inactive or keeps the cancer cells from multiplying. Food nutritionists advise that eating one clove a day may be helpful in the prevention of cancer.

Grapes

The grapes are crucial in the prevention and the suppressing of cancer. The outer covering of the grapes is a rich source of an antioxidant called resveratrol. This oxidant is also contained in the red wine and the grape juice. According to the National Cancer Institute, resveratrol is very useful in the fight against skin cancer as it kills the cancer cells and prevents them from spreading. Lower risks of prostate cancer have been found in men who drink the red wine and grape juice.

Green Tea

Green tea contains an active antioxidant called the catechins. Catechins help in the suppressing and prevention of cancer that affects the digestive organs in a number of ways. One such way is preventing the free radicals from damaging the cells. Medical research has found out that the catechins that are contained in green tea shrinks tumors and reduces growth rates. Both black and green tea contain catechins, however, green tea has more.

Beans

Some types of beans particularly the red kidney and pinto beans are good sources of antioxidants. These antioxidants suppress the growth of the cancer cells and prevent them from multiplying. Beans are also rich in fiber. A high fiber diet also helps reduce the risk of cancer in human beings according to the National Cancer Institute. Beans are also very nutritious as they contain iron and proteins that help fight the opportunistic infections.

Berries

The tasty treat of the berries makes them one if the best foods to fight thyroid cancer. Not only are berries delicious and nutritious, but also juicy as well. The berries contain very powerful antioxidants that are imperative in the prevention of cancer. The powerful antioxidants can help stop the naturally occurring process that creates free radicals in the body that can destroy the cells; the ingredients in berries will also help prevent cancer from spreading or growing. Strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries are great examples of these power packed fruits.

Tomatoes

Medical research has found that the eating of tomatoes can keep prostate cancer at bay in men. Tomatoes have the juicy red orbs that guard the DNA in the cells against being damaged. Moreover, the tomatoes contain an effective and powerful antioxidant called lycopene. The human body absorbs lycopene better from the processed tomato foods such as the jam and sauce.

Cruciferous Vegetables

These types of veggies include; cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli. Medical research has found that these cruciferous vegetables have components that protect the human body from free radicals that can alter the DNA of the cells. They also shield the human body from the prostate and thyroid cancer causing chemicals and help in the slow growth of the tumors. They may help lead to the reduction of cancer cell growth rate. Given the right recipe, these vegetables can even be a tasty treat that you can actually enjoy.

It may not be fun or appetizing to always eat your vegetables, but for your long term health, it is something of a necessity. There are creative ways to prepare foods that are good for you without sapping them of their vitamins and minerals. We will cover some great ways to add more fruits and veggies into your diet in later articles, but it is something that you should definitely be thinking about.