Recipes to make during quarantine

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Finished product of the salted brownie cookies. Photo courtesy of Tutti Dolci.

Cristina Robles, Entertainment and Class Sections Reporter

Quarantine has freed the schedules and left the days with nothing to do. 

These are some fun recipes to try during quarantine.  

 

Salted Brownie Cookies 

Whenever the craving comes for something chewy and chocolaty, calm that craving with this delicious salted brownie cookie recipe. 

Recipe by: Tutti Dolci 

Ingredients 

  • ⅔ cup flour 
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted 
  • 1 tsp baking powder 
  • ¼ tsp salt 
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped 
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature 
  • ½ cup sugar 
  • ½ cup light brown sugar 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Place chopped chocolate and butter in a double boiler or in a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Slowly melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally until smooth. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.
  • Combine eggs, sugars, and vanilla in a large mixer bowl fitted with a whisk attachment and whisk together on medium speed for 5 minutes. Reduce speed to low and beat in melted chocolate for 1 minute. Add flour mixture and mix on low speed for 20 seconds, just until combined. Fold in chocolate chips (dough will resemble a gooey brownie batter) 
  • Use a cookie scoop coated lightly with nonstick spray to form the cookies – invert the scoop just above the baking sheets, spacing cookies 3 inches apart. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, for 12 to 14 minutes, until tops are shiny and crackly. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with flaky salt. Let cookies cool for 10 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Baked Beignets Recipe

Beignets are a very popular dessert in New Orleans, so whenever quarantine becomes too much, make this recipe to transport you to somewhere else.  

Recipe from Make your Meals 

Ingredients:  

  • ¾ cup lukewarm water approximately 110F 
  • ¼ cup superfine sugar 
  • 1 ½ tsp active dry yeast 
  • 1 egg beaten 
  • ½ cup buttermilk 
  • 3 Tbsp butter melted
  • ½ tsp salt 
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 3 ¾ cup flour more as needed 
  • ⅛ cup milk 
  • 1 Tbsp butter melted for brushing 
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar for dusting 

Instructions 

  1. In a large mixing bowl, using the whisk attachment, combine water, sugar, and yeast and stir to combine. Let sit for about 10 minutes until it starts to get foamy on the surface.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°F. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. To the mixing bowl add egg, buttermilk, 3 tbsp butter, salt and vanilla and whisk to combine.
  4. If available, replace whisk attachment with a dough hook. Slowly add in the flour and stir on medium-low speed until the dough begins to remove itself from the sides of the bowl. If needed add in additional flour in 1 Tbsp. increments until the dough pulls itself away from the bowl.
  5. Knead dough on medium speed for 5 minutes.
  6. Transfer dough to a lightly greased bowl. Turn off the preheated oven and place the bowl in the oven with the door slightly ajar to rise for 15 minutes. *Cover bowl with a towel that has no danger of touching the heating elements of the oven.
  7. Remove bowl from the oven, close the door and preheat to 200°F.
  8. On a lightly floured surface roll dough out into a rectangle or square, about 1/4 inch thick.
  9. Cut 2-inch squares with a pizza cutter.
  10. Place dough on prepared baking sheets. Turn off the preheated oven and place the baking sheets in the oven with the door slightly ajar to rise for 30 minutes. *Cover the baking sheets with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with baking spray.
  11. Remove baking sheets from the oven, close the door and preheat to 375°F. Brush the tops lightly with milk.
  12. Bake individual baking sheets for 10-12 minutes until light golden brown. Let cool for about 5 minutes then brush the beignets tops lightly with 1 Tbsp. melted butter and generously dust with powdered sugar.
  13. Beignets are best eaten warm and fresh.

 

These are some delicious recipes to make when bored during quarantine!