Mini Chip Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s funny to see how quickly a toddler develops preferences. In my case my little girl has a distinct preference for chocolate chip cookies over all other cookies. This is not to say that she won’t eat other cookies, but she definitely likes chocolate chip cookies best. Because of this we tend to make a lot of chocolate chip cookies and experiment with various options.

This time I wanted a cookie using mini chocolate chips as I think you get a better chip to dough ratio when you use the small ones. I found a recipe for Doubletree Hotel Chocolate Chip cookies in a few places and everyone raved about them. I wondered if I could omit the oats – my husband doesn’t like them, and use my small chips and Ultra Gel to take what was obviously an amazing recipe to higher heights! Well…

It totally worked! This is a great cookie to add to your Christmas cookie exchanges and a great time of year to get those mini chips on sale!

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Mini Chip Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
2 large eggs
2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons Ultra Gel
2 cups semi-sweet miniature chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat together butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add vanilla, lemon juice and eggs and beat until well mixed. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt and Ultra Gel until well mixed. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture and mix until well combined but not tough. Fold in mini chips.

Drop by tablespoons full onto a baking sheet and bake 8-10 minutes until golden brown and delicious.

Apple Syrup

Fall and winter are wonderful times to find apple juice and ciders on great sale and a great time to make a batch of apple syrup. Apple syrup is wonderful on Dutch babies, pancakes and waffles, but it’s also a great glaze for ham and pork chops! Sweet and spicy with just a little kick and adding Ultra Gel keeps it thick and rich for weeks (if it lasts that long!).

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Apple Syrup

4 cups apple cider

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter

1 Tablespoon brown sugar mixed with 2 Tablespoons Ultra Gel (or 1 Tablespoon Thick Gel)

2 teaspoon vanilla

½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Mix together brown sugar and Ultra Gel until well combined.

In a heavy sauce pan combine all ingredients, whisking until smooth. Bring to a boil. Turn down heat to medium and cook for 20-25 minutes until cider reduces and desired thickness is reached. Serve warm or pour into a container and refrigerate.

Adding Ultra Gel to Cookie Dough

For many people Christmas is the time when cookies take over. There are cookie exchanges and count downs and family favorites shared with the ones we love. These days I never make a cookie without adding Ultra Gel. I’ve talked about the reasons for this before, but to review:

1: Adding Ultra Gel holds moisture in the baked cookies so they will last longer. This is very important with cookies which are being shipped, or made ahead of time for Christmas parties.

2: Adding Ultra Gel allows you to freeze baked cookies and have them thaw beautifully with a nice chew and good moisture.

3: Adding Ultra Gel allows you to freeze cookie dough to give as gifts or to have on hand for quick baking.

4: In some recipe Ultra Gel can fully replace the egg to help with allergies or other concerns, while keeping the dough balanced and tender.

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So there are all the reasons for using Ultra Gel in your cookies, or at least some of them. However, the bigger question is often how to figure out how MUCH Ultra Gel to add. It is true that too much Ultra Gel can actually steal moisture in a very dry cookie (such as lace cookies or shortbread), but a little practice and you’ll know exactly how much for each recipe. My general rule of thumb is that I add one Tablespoon of Ultra Gel and 1 teaspoon of additional water for each egg in the recipe. If the recipe has pumpkin, applesauce or other very wet ingredients in it then I do not add the additional water. If the recipe is a dry cookie like a shortbread then I add 2 teaspoons of water per Tablespoon of Ultra Gel. This isn’t a perfect measure for every recipe out there, I’m sure, but gives you a good place to start!

Now, I have cookie to make. Who’s with me?

 

Cornaby’s Newsletter – November 2015

Hot Off the Vine – Cornaby’s™ September Newsletter!

Life on the Farm

Fall and winter are an interesting time of year on the farm. After the whirlwind that is harvest you might think things slow down, but we move right into getting the fields ready for a long winter nap. We’re praying for a snowy season and a good chance to let the raspberries rest. Then we celebrate the holidays, and by the New Year we’re already working on next year.

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Happy Holidays from Cornaby’s™!

Here at Cornaby’s™ we love the holiday season. From the decked halls to the laden tables we are grateful for the many blessings in our lives and even more so for the many people, family, friends and customers. We hope you’ll make Cornaby’s™ a part of your holiday traditions and to make it even easier we are giving all our newsletter subscribers 5% off any order from November 11th through January 1st! Just use the coupon code Mistletoe when you order!

Where world is Cornaby’s™?

Dicken’s Christmas Festival From December 2-5 come and find us at the Dicken’s Christmas Festival in Saint George, Utah! The festival takes place at the Dixie Convention Center and features a Victorian London brought to life. We’ll have special holiday gift packs, cinnaberry spice jams and rich fruit syrups!

Winter Fancy Food Show From January 17-19 see us at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, California! We love the Fancy Food Show and the opportunity to get out there and see what’s hot while introducing our products to the nation!

We continue to work with great new companies including Christensen’s Department Stores who will be features our jams, syrups and sauces in their new stores! And we’ve added many schools to our smoothie program. We love being able to be part of providing nutritious breakfast options to our kids!

Product Tip: Cornaby’s™ Spicy Sauces

With many a gathering coming up in the next six weeks Cornaby’s™ Spicy Sauces are great to keep on hand. They serve as a great glaze on meats such as chicken, turkey and ham, and can be easily poured over cream cheese for an easy appetizer. Check out the Cornaby’s™ blog or homepage for more recipe ideas, tips and tricks!

Employee Spotlight!

Here at Cornaby’s™ we have an awesome group of employees that have done so much toward the success of the company and the love of great products. So we’re turning the Spotlight on our VP of Sales, Wendell Lawton!

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Name: Wendell Lawton

Position at Cornaby’s™:VP of Sales

How long with Cornaby’s™:1 year

Favorite Cornaby’s™ Product:Raspberry Spreadable Fruit and Jam in a Jiffy

Hobbies when not eating Raspberries:FISHING, camping, hiking, playing saxophone in jazz band

Background and Experience: Foodservice and retail food sales, food broker, manufacturer’s rep, national account exec, district manager and Western regional manager.

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From the Blog:

Recipes you might have missed!

Cherry Pie Filling

Savory Dinner Rolls

Brown Sugar Banana Bread

Killer Chocolate Cake

Cooked Peach Jam

Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Sweet and Sour Sauce

Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Honey Wheat Bread

A Tasty Blast from the Past

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Pumpkin Cake!

Yield: 12 servings

Crust:

1 white or yellow cake mix (reserve 1 cup)

1 egg

1 Tablespoon Ultra Gel

¼ cup milk

½ cup melted butter

Filling:

1 (29 oz) can 100% pure pumpkin

¾ cups sugar

¼ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon ground cloves

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

3 large eggs, slightly beaten

2 Tablespoons Ultra Gel

1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk

Topping:

1 cup reserved cake mix

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

¼ cup softened butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the crust ingredients and press mixture on the bottom of a 9×13 inch cake pan.

Combine pumpkin, sugar, salt and spices in large bowl. Mix with electric mixer on low speed until combined. Add eggs and mix on low speed for an additional 1 minute. Gradually mix in Ultra Gel and evaporated milk. Pour pumpkin mixture over unbaked crust.

Combine dry ingredients for topping mixture together in small bowl. Add butter and mix together until crumbly. Sprinkle topping over pumpkin mixture.

Bake for 1 hour until the pumpkin cake tests done in the center. Allow to cool and serve with sweetened whipped cream. Refrigerate leftovers.

Ultra Gel Whipping Cream

1 pint whipping cream

2 teaspoons Ultra Gel

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cup powdered sugar (to taste)

Whip cream until frothy. Add other ingredients and whip until thick. Serve. Store remainder of whipped cream in refrigerator for upto 5 days.

Cherry Pie Filling!

So I’ve had some requests for pie filling recipes, which I’m happy to share. Today we’ll start with our luscious Cherry Pie Filling! This Cherry Pie Filling is fantastic in pies, or as a topping on ice cream or cheese cake. I like a lattice crust on my cherry pies so that the color shows through, but it works well with a double crust as well.

When making cherry pie filling you’ll want to consider what kind of cherry you want. Tart cherries are traditional and give the pie it’s pop and bright color, but I’ve had success doing mixtures of tart and bing cherries as well.

Cornaby’s Cherry Pie Filling

3 1/3 cup sour cherries

Upto 1 cup of sugar

2/3 cup Ultra Gel

1 1/3 cup water or juice

1 Tbsp + 1 tsp lemon juice (bottled)

1/8 tsp cinnamon

Rinse and pit cherries.  Combine sugar and Ultra Gel in a large saucepan and add water or juice.   Add spices.  Stir mixture and cook over medium high heat until mixture thickens and begins to bubble.  Add lemon juice and boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Fold in cherries and cook for 5-10 minutes until fruit is tender. Pour into a pie crust and top with a second crust or lattice. Brush top with egg wash and a little sugar for a wonderful crunch. Bake at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

*Note: Depending on how juicy your berries are or how thick you want your final filling you may need a little additional Ultra Gel or to add a little extra water. Ultra Gel is very forgiving that way, so don’t hesitate to adjust to get exactly the thickness you desire.

Savory Garlic Dinner Rolls

When I was very young we had a neighbor who would sometimes come to visit and bring a big basket of dinner rolls with Parmesan cheese on top. While we made a lot of rolls at home her rolls were always a fun treat. Over the years I’ve occasionally thought of that neighbor and her savory rolls and I’ve poked at a recipe or two, but never really found something which encapsulated those lovely rolls. Well…at least not until today!

I found a savory roll recipe from Handle the Heat and messed around with it a bit, including adding Ultra Gel for a better moisture balance. I love that this is a single bowl recipe which does not require proofing the yeast separately, but means you do want to be careful not to overheat the liquids.

This recipe is a killer savory dinner roll with spices and minced garlic baked right in and Parmesan cheese (not the stuff from the green can!) spread on top. They’re great with butter, or for sandwiches and we’re looking forward to bringing them to the Thanksgiving table. A slice of turkey and a little cranberry sauce on these rolls is going to be divine!

Savory Garlic Dinner Rolls

1/4 cup warm water (not scalding)

1 cup warm 2% milk (100-110 degrees)

2 Tablespoons olive oil

2 large eggs

2 Tablespoons sugar

2 Tablespoons Ultra Gel

1 1/2 – 2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon garlic powder

2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic

1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary (1 Tablespoon fresh)

1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme (1 Tablespoon fresh)

1 Tablespoon yeast

3 cups bread flour

2-3 cups white wheat flour (If you don’t have white wheat flour, you can use additional bread flour)

1/4-1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Combine water, milk, oil, eggs, sugar, Ultra Gel, salt, spices and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add bread flour and beat until smooth. Switch to the dough hook. Add additional flour 1/2 cup at a time until you have a smooth, soft dough, which is lightly tacky to the touch. Knead an additional 5-10 minutes.

Remove dough to a lightly greased bowl and cover. Place in a warm location and allow to rise until double 45-60 minutes.

Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking pan and set aside.

Split dough into 12 pieces and shape into rolls. Brush with oil and sprinkle on cheese. Allow to rise until double.

While bread is rising preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake rolls for 15-20 minutes until golden brown (internal temperature should be about 200 degrees). Serve.

Brown Sugar Banana Bread

When one has a toddler it’s often hard to figure out exactly what they’ll eat on any given day. For example one day bananas may be all the rage and the next day they’re just, well, in the words of my toddler, “No nana, mama.” Naturally this happens the most when I’ve purchased a big bunch of bananas.

Now there are lots of things you can do with a bunch of bananas which are quickly getting overly ripe. We’ve looked at a few of those options including banana cake and muffins, but I realized I haven’t shared my favorite recipe for banana bread! And so in the spirit of saving toddler rejected bananas here is one of my favorite banana bread recipes, brown sugar banana bread, rich and thick and decadent, and even a little bit healthy. Who could ask for more?

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Brown Sugar Banana Bread

2 eggs

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup oil

1 cup mashed bananas (about 3-4 medium bananas)

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 3/4 cups flour

2 Tablespoons Ultra Gel

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 325 and prepare a 9×5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray. I often split this into two smaller pans as well. If your oven is known for spotty temperature this helps keep the cooking even.

In a large bowl (or stand mixer) combine eggs, buttermilk and oil until creamy yellow. Add in banana, sugars and vanilla and mix until incorporated. In a second bowl combine dry ingredients and mix well before adding into creamed mixture. Combine until just mixed, do not over beat. Pour into greased pans and bake for 60 minutes. Start checking at 55 minutes using a toothpick. When baked through remove from oven and allow to sit for 10 minutes before tipping out.