If you need to butter someone up-HOMEMADE BUTTER

Hi,

Do you need to butter someone up? Like your husband, your boss…

or do you want to make magic in your kitchen that will help you lose 20 lbs . (You will learn more about it in my next post).

Yes,  I am talking about making homemade butter. Do you even remember what kind of butter it is?

Pure, unadulterated, rich and creamy and fatty, and above all, your own creation.

If you want your butter to be “the best one” you need and you must pay attention to the quality of the milk.

So, my tip number one: Buy the high quality milk (the best one you can find and afford).

I like to say I want milk from happy cows-cows that have been happily munching grass. It will produce richer, sweeter tasting milk and cream—which translates into better butter.

For this recipe you need only one ingredient:

Whipping Cream (2 cups). It has to be room-temperature cream.

2 cups cream
2 cups cream

Put 2 cups of cream into mixer and  whip it on high speed for about 10 min.

 

5 star cookies whip cream
whip cream

It will initially whip up into whipped cream but keep going.

The whipped cream will get thicker and thicker, like whipped butter. Keep whipping. You will see sudden change

when the milk fat and solids separate out dramatically, leaving thin liquid behind.

What you see is the butter fat separating from the buttermilk.

Be sure to use your kitchen towel to cover up any open areas to avoid splashing.

Very important: Please drain away all of that buttermilk and use it for your favorite recipe.

5 star cookies - homemade butter milk
5 star cookies – homemade butter milk

To finish the butter, pour 2 cups of your ice water over the butter, into the mixer, and rinse the remaining buttermilk out of the butter by running mixer on medium speed.

Once again, drain the excess water at the bottom of the mixing bowl

Repeat the cold water rinse (3 or 4 times), until water is clear after mixing. Drain any remaining water into sink.

The more thoroughly you rinse, the longer your butter will last.

Using your spatula, loosen the butter from the whisk and press butter fat onto the side of the mixing bowl to remove any excess water.

Then pack it into an airtight container or into some plastic wrap. It can store it in the fridge for up to 2-4 weeks.

5 star cookies - butter in jar
5 star cookies –
butter in jar

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My Top 5 Tips for Making Cream Puffs

5 star cookies cream puffs does not puff
5 star cookies cream puffs does not puff

Have you ever had this problem when “cream puffs” collapse in front of your eyes and you have no idea why?

Well, I will give you 5 top tips to create successful cream puffs.

  1. DO NOT OPEN OVEN DOOR TO EARLY IN THE BAKING, when the structure of the puffs wasn’t yet solidified.
  2. DO NOT OVERLOAD YOUR BAKING SHEET.
  3. BE SURE TO HAVE AT LEAST 2 INCHES OF SPACE BETWEEN THE PUFFS WHEN YOU PIPE THEM.
  4. BAKE CREAM PUFFS USING TEMPERATURE OF 400F. THE HIGH HEAT PROVIDES A RAPID RISE WITH A HOLLOW CENTER.
  5. TURN THE OVEN OFF AND LET THEM COOL WITH THE DOOR AJAR FOR 10 MIN.

Your Inbox Questions

1.What is choux paste?

Choux paste is one of the foundational doughs of pastry making. It is used for eclairs, classic French cakes, profiteroles.

The preparation of the dough is unique and starts on top of the stove. Flour, butter and water are heated until the mixture resembles mashed potatoes.

Off the heat, eggs are stirred in until the mixture is enough soft to pipe through a pastry bag.

2. My cream puffs have points when I finish piping? What should I do?

Dampen your index finger into cold water and just smooth it. This step is important because if you don’t smooth them, little peaks will burn black before the puffs are baked through.

Also, you need to improve your piping technique. Hold the pastry bag about 1 inch from the parchment paper and squeeze out a round of pastry. When it is size you want , stop squeezing the bag before you lift it away.

3. How do I store cream puffs?

If you will be using them in 24 hrs you can store unfilled puffs in a resealable plastic bag at room temperature.

You can freeze them for up to 2 weeks.

5 star cookies cream puffs icing sugar
5 star cookies cream puffs icing sugar

The last tip for this post is:

Use a large saucepan to cook the batter. You will need plenty of room for vigorous stirring. 

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A Magic Brew – My Italian Lover as the Parsley Tea

I heard so many times:”Parsley is a miracle! It helps you drop the pounds. ”

Whaaat? Parsley suppose to help you drop the pounds? Is that true?

I want to believe in miracle and one of my favorite quote is  “Always believe that something wonderful will happen”.

So,  I went to the local organic store and as soon as my eyes caught him I whisper:

“Hello my Italian lover known to the world as the Italian parsley.I am going to test you and drink you because I want  to lose 5 lbs.”

So, I paid for my lover (only $2.99) and I brought him to my home. Soon I will be ready for my vicious testing….

5 Star Cookies - Parsley tea Maria Sharapova
parsley tea Maria Sharapova

On a serious note are there any benefits of parsley other than to lose a few pounds ?

Parsley contains high amounts of potassium and vitamin A, calcium, vitamin C and phosphorus.

It is an excellent ally in the fight against urinary problems, kidney disease, a strong diuretic and very rich source of cancer-fighting antioxidants.

So spending $2.99 was well wort it. Don’t you think?

My recipe is the following:

Boil 4 cups of water.(1L)

5 star cookies boiling water for pursley tea
5 star cookies boiling water for pursley tea

Add 5 TBSP parsley

5 star cookies 5 TBSP parsley tea
5 star cookies 5 TBSP pursley tea

Let steep for 20 min.

You can drink with chopped parsley or strain the tea.

5 star cookies parsley tea with spoon
5 star cookies parsley tea with spoon

You can drink it in any day except late at night (you don’t want to go at night to urinate)

Do not drink more than a 4 cups per day.

5 star cookies parsley tea inside
5 star cookies parsley tea inside

A Magic Brew - My Italian Lover as the Parsley Tea
 
It’s very useful and effective in fighting all types of kidney diseases and urinary tract problems. It removes and eliminates all harmful bacteria, toxins and other harmful substances from the organism – through the urine.
Ingredients
  • 4 cups water (1L)
  • 5 TBSP Organic Italian Parsley
Instructions
  1. Boil 4 cups of water.
  2. Add 5 TBSP chopped parsley.
  3. Leave it on for 20 min.
  4. After 20 min you can strain or you can drink with the chopped parsley.
  5. The tea can be served hot or cold.
  6. Do not drink more than 4 cups per day.

I will report back to you next Monday….if the Magic Brew is really the magic

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Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan…and cream puffs – Part 2

5 star cookies creampuffs
5 star cookies cream puffs

She has been spotted yesterday leaving her New York house and caring the book.

The book was Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.

Poor Kelly, she only makes 20 millions (apparently). And she is upset because her co-worker, Michael is leaving the show,  “Live with Kelly and Michael ” for Good Morning America.

And nobody told her …so she is hurt…

My question is: Do you think she will finish like “Successful  Cream Puff” or “Bad Cream Puff”.

For us, there is no dilemma. We will make successful “Cream Puffs”. If you follow the link below you will find the recipe for making Classic Cream Puffs

http://www.5starcookies.com/2016/04/22/kelly-ripa-michael-strahan-cream-puffs-part

Now, we are ready to make vanilla cream + some Nutella.

Use 1 cup heavy cream and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and mix on low, until combined.

Increase the speed and whisk until soft peaks form.

Cut puff horizontally, spoon some whipped cream, add some Nutella (optional) and top with more whipped cream.

 

Serve immediately.  LIKE NOW…AND ENJOY!

5 star cookies cream puffs
5 star cookies cream puffs

If you fancy top with some icing sugar …

5 star cookies cream puffs
5 star cookies cream puffs

And because you are visiting my blog, I want to say huge “THANK YOU TO THE UNIVERSE FOR SENDING YOU TO MY BLOG, MY BABY, 5 STAR COOKIES”.

I am sending you so much love and more hugs and kisses than Kelly’s and Michael’s salary together!

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Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan and Cream Puffs Part 1

Hello,

It may be the end of an era…Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan may never host again. Together.

So, my post today is for Kelly and Michael. It is French, very light and easy to make.

The name is Cream Puffs.

cream puffs good decission
cream puffs good decission

For this recipe you need the following ingredients: unsalted butter, salt, all-purpose flour, eggs,heavy cream, vanilla extract.

So, let’s start our cooking show.

Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan and Cream Puffs Part 1
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. In a medium saucepan, on medium-high heat bring water,salt and butter to boil.
  3. Quickly stir in the flour with a wooden spoon.
  4. Continue to stir until mixture until mixture pull away from walls of the pan. (3 to 5 min)
  5. Remove from heat and transfer into a bowl to cool slightly, about 5 min.
  6. Add eggs, one at the time, stirring vigorously (think mad Kelly) until well incorporate into batter.
  7. Transfer the pate a choux to a large pastry bag. Pipe 2 inch rounds each into prepared pan.
  8. (I was able to make 11)
  9. Bake puffs for 30 min, until they rise, and golden brown in color.
  10. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.
  11. Puffs can be stored at room temperature for up to 1 day.

The visual instructions:

When you follow step 2, 3, 4, 5  and 6 in our recipe box you will see the following mixture:

cream puffs bowl
cream puffs bowl

Step 7 – Transfer dough into a pastry bag

Pipe puffs into prepared baking sheet. The size I used is 2 inch rounds (I was able to make 11)

cream puffs piped in baking
cream puffs piped in baking

Bake for 30 min at 375 F. Let puffs cool.

I hope you will try to make this classic cream puffs…When I serve this at parties people comment that they look difficult to make, but really

they are quite easy to make…

The part 2 is coming tomorrow. Until then take a little time and enjoy my blog.

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My question is:”Will Kelly Ripa finish like the puff below?”

cream puffs bad decission
cream puffs bad decission

 

Coffee Chocolate Walnut Cookies

5 star cookies coffee cookies
5 star cookies coffee cookies

It is rainy and windy outside and I need something to make me feel good…something that will say “life is a piece of cake”..

And it is…That’s why I need to make some cookies.

Cookies with freshly grounded coffee beans, chocolate and walnuts. Cookies that will enter your life and make you feel special.

So, let’s make the Coffee Chocolate Walnut Cookies.

5 star cookies coffee cookies
5 star cookies coffee cookies 2

What ingredients do we need?

butter, white and brown sugar, egg, finely ground roast dark coffee beans, chocolate, walnuts, flour, baking soda, salt, vanilla extract,chocolate and yogurt covered raisin

Coffee Chocolate Walnut Cookies
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • 9 TBSP unsalted butter (127 gr)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 TBSP finely ground coffee beans
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup AP flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup chocolate covered raisins
  • ¼ cup yogurt covered raising
  • 5 oz or 140 gr dark good quality chocolate (chopped into small pcs)
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt .
  2. In the bowl of electric mixer beat the butter for 2 min.
  3. Gradually add the sugars and beat at high speed for 2 min.
  4. Add the egg, vanilla, ground coffee and mix until blended.
  5. Reduce the speed and add the flour mixture.
  6. Mix until completely blended.
  7. Add the walnuts, chocolate, chocolate chips, chocolate and yogurt covered raisins and mix it using wooden spoon.
  8. Refrigerate the dough overnight.
  9. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  10. Scoop the dough (capacity 1¾oz) onto the prepared baking sheet.
  11. Bake for 11 min.
  12. Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

If you are a visual human being check pictures below…

5 star cookies coffee cookies3
5 star cookies coffee cookies3
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5 star cookies coffee cookies8

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Almond Bars

5 star cookies-almond bars
5 star cookies-almond bars

I wanted to make something that is healthy, delicious and gluten free.

But do you know what is gluten?

Gluten is the protein component found in wheat, rye and barley. If our body can’t digest or break down the gluten protein we have a gluten allergy.

It can range from a mild sensitivity to full-blown celiac disease.

If you want complete control (even if you are not controlling freak), cooking from scratch is the easiest way to avoid gluten.

So, let’s start baking from scratch.

What ingredients do you need for Almond Bars?

-Apricot Jam

-Almond

-Sugar

-Rum

-Chocolate

Almond Bars
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup apricot jam
  • 2½ cups almond
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 TBSP rum or gluten free vanilla
  • 150 gr chocolate (your choice)
Instructions
  1. Line 8x8 inch baking pan with parchment, waxed paper. (or Aluminum Foil)
  2. In a small saucepan warm the apricot jam until it is hot.
  3. In a food processor, grind together almond and sugar until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Add the jam and rum (or vanilla) and process until smooth.
  5. The dough is very thick and if it is hard to process add more rum or vanilla.
  6. Spread the dough into baking pan. Refrigerate for a few hours.
  7. Melt the chocolate and spread over the almond base.
  8. Refrigerate for an hour.
  9. Enjoy!
  10. Simple and easy!

Visual Instructions are below

Your final product:

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Some famous gluten – free celebrities

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Keith Olbermann, Drew Brees, Miley Cyrus, Novak Djokovic

My Written Selfie Continued…finally!

5 star cookies pumpkin
5 star cookies pumpkin

Sorry guys when I said I’d leave you in suspense I didn’t mean for it take this long! Life has thrown a lot my way since I rang in 2016!

But I will continue where I left off…or not. To be completely honest with you I’m not too terribly motivated to write this.

I much prefer to write fiction, or write about fiction. I like tall tales, making up stories and telling everyone who is willing to listen about all the amazing books

out there and the fact that a lot of these amazing books I read come from home grown talent!

This just thrills me to my core! Prairie authors abound and I don’t want to tell you anymore about myself, other than

I wish to be one someday but am also extraordinarily happy and fulfilled with my career in childcare.

Starting where I am and pursuing my passions from this place is just as thrilling and I want to tell you about these amazing authors.

I don’t want to go back any longer. I just want to move forward! Let’s move forward together!

With that some hilarious things a child in my daycare centre told me today:
It was someone’s birthday, which in world of most children is a BIG DEAL! Then this adorable little guy piped up and said, “My mommy made me have a birthday!” I said “Oh yeah, she made you?” He looked up at me with the funniest angry face ever and said grudgingly “Yes she did!” Okay…he’s an old soul I guess :p
I’ve found that children really like to hear themselves talk and will say anything that comes to mind. One little boy announced to his friends as he was building a Lego house, “I have a penis! And play dough!” Two very important things to a three-year-old boy!
One of the girls is convinced that there is a store in her tummy and when she eats, the food goes shopping for baby stuff…if only I had half that child’simagination…maybe she’ll be the next J.K. Rowling and I can say I was her daycare teacher
I love looking after children. Their imaginations never fail to surprise and amaze me and their (most of the time) sweet gestures that they have no idea mean so much. Like wiping a child’s jacket off when they fell down, older children getting a Kleenex and wiping a younger child’s tears or giving them a hug, or just smiling for no apparent reason. I often try to remember my mind set at that age but it remains one of life’s greatest mysteries. Jesus has told us to be child like in faith, trusting, which goes against everything we are taught as we grow older. But what a lovely way to live don’t you think?

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5 star cookies written selfie

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Sandwich Threesome-Oreo Reese’s Oreo

Welcome to my food porn experience. We are making 69-19=50 shades of grey Sandwich Threesome.

The main characters are Two Oreos (imagine black) + Reese’s in between. (not the Reese Witherspoon, chocolate Reese’s cups)

Everything starts slow… Oreo 1 + Nutella + Reese’s + Nutella + Oreo 2

And while 69 – 19 = 50 shades of grey is happening the naked butler just enter the scene. In his hand he carries a bowl of melted dark chocolate.

He discretely brings that to the table and he leaves. Our sandwich threesome is slowly moving towards the chocolate bath.

They are kissing and touching as they slowly enters the chocolate bath …and as a camera is rolling my face is dark red and

I need to go to church.

So let me show you traditional way to make this sweet sandwich.

5 star cookies-peanut butter threesome
5 star cookies – chocolate threesome

Sandwich Threesome-Oreo Reese's Oreo
 
Ingredients
  • 10 oreos
  • 5 Reese's
  • 10 tsp Nutella
  • 1 Cup Chocolate chips, melted
Instructions
  1. Place a Reese's peanut butter cup between 2 Oreos using 1 tsp Nutella to keep them together
  2. Dip and cover the Reese's Oreo sandwich completely in chocolate.
  3. Place them on a tray lined with parchment paper.
  4. Sprinkle crushed Oreos on top of each sandwich and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  5. Enjoy

 

5 star cookies-Oreo Sandwich
5 star cookies-Oreo Sandwich

And please don’t judge…just do it.

If you never had threesome and you secretly wanted to try…well what can I say…

I am not going to judge …specially I did it. It was part of this food porn experience.

Two Oreos and Reese’s …

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