Chocolate Caramels with Sea Salt

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Everyone getting ready for New Years Eve? Picked out your dress, got your booze, got all these parties to go to? Yeah?? 

Well, not for me. I'm going to stay at home by myself and probably read over my new baking books (again) and maybe fiddle around with my new light setup. Exciting, I know.
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80% Biga Bread

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"What the heck is a biga?" is most likely what you're thinking right now. Simple - a type of preferment for bread. If you've read my basic bread dough recipe, you should know what a preferment is, but if your memory is a little foggy, no worries. A preferment is a portion of water and flour and yeast that are allowed to ferment for 12-18 hours, then more flour and water are added to make the final dough. It improves flavour, acidity, and texture. A great way to improve the taste of your bread with minimal effort, essentially. Usually preferments are a small percentage of the final bread, maybe 20% or so. But it doesn't always have to be, as with this one. 

Before this, I had never made a bread with this much of a preferment. I was a little worried about it, especially since I've never tried this method of bread making before. But I have to say that this is some excellent bread. This is my ideal bread right here. Super crunchy crust, moist interior, lots of fermentation bubbles. I could eat it all day long. And I did.
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Hot Buttered Rum Apple Pie

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I know I already mentioned this in the last post, but Merry Christmas! I hope you had a sweet ol' time with your family and/or friends. I hope you over-ate and then did not feel a smidgen of guilt cause it's Christmas!! It's the one time you get to overeat (well, maybe Thanksgiving... and your birthday... and when you're sad). I hope your holidays were filled with pie and chocolate and ice cream and cookies. Cause really, deep down, that's what Christmas is all about.

Just kidding. I think.
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Bourbon Pecan Pie

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This will just be a quick little post - it's Christmas Eve after all! Actually, since it's past midnight, it's CHRISTMAS! Merry Christmas everybody and happy holidays! It's a bit late for you to make this pie for Christmas dinner, unless you're not the one cooking the dinner, but it is a stellar pie nonetheless.
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Hazelnut Brittle

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Another quick, easy, and super tasty stocking stuffer! You can add whatever nuts or seeds you want to this recipe, just keep it all within the weight limits. This makes a good-sized batch, so if you're only making it for one person, go with half of a recipe. 
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Snowflake Sugar Cookies

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Christmas is right around the corner, everybody! Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you already know this. Are you prepared? I... sort of am.


I have gifts for almost everybody. These cookies were part of a little goodie bag for my friends, including these marshmallowsthese cookies, and hazelnut brittle (which will be on the blog in a couple days). They're easier to make than they look, but they taste and look amazing.
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Hot Chocolate Three Ways

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Have you been running around, doing your last-minute Christmas shopping in the freezing cold and crazy crowds? Have you been wrapping presents all day long and have the paper cuts and two empty rolls of tape to prove it? Have you been figuring out your Christmas menu and are freaking out at all the ingredients you have to buy? 

You need a break. You need some proper hot chocolate, a couple marshmallows, and a comfy blanket. 
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Peppermint and Chocolate Swirl Marshmallows

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When I was a kid, my brother told me that marshmallows were made out of ground up hooves, horns, tails, and bones of cows and pigs. I hardly ever ate marshmallows as a kid, to no surprise. To be honest, I never bothered to actually look up what marshmallows were made of or how they were made until about 6 months ago. Embarrassing.

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Maple Chai Cookies

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I am a huge fan of Christmas. I look forward to Christmas the whole year and as soon as December hits, I'm in heaven. I love seeing the lights everyone puts on their houses and the Christmas displays in stores. I love hearing Christmas music wherever I go and I love the all-around cozy and kind atmosphere of Christmastime! 

While I haven't had much time to do any Christmas shopping (which is stressing me out a little bit), I'm still quietly loving Christmas when I have a spare moment. If I'm on the bus and I see someone with a large shopping bag, I imagine that it's a gift for someone special and how it's probably the perfect gift and they're so happy they found the right gift for that person. Is that weird? 
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