HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

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HAPPY ALMOST THANKSGIVING!! We’re so incredibly thankful to have such wonderful support from all of our fans! This year, we’d like to have a FEAST in honor of all the wonderful Rodelle friends, partnerships, and fans, we’ve made this year!!

We know creating an elegant meal for the entire family can be quite a daunting task, so we’ve created easy recipes to use this Thursday! After all, Thanksgiving should be focused on creating wonderful memories with friends and family you’re surrounded with over a delicious meal! So let’s all focus on the  fun, and not the hassle!

Step one- be sure to start thawing out your turkey today! Depending on the size of your bird, the longer it can take. Come Thursday morning, start your feast preparations with our Herbes de Provence Turkey stuffing and rub. Once you’ve followed the directions to prepare the turkey, start roasting it while you prepare the rest of your meal. We roasted our turkey for about 3 1/2 hours.

Normally, we’d be getting hard at work for creating all of the tasty sides that come with Thanksgiving… but we thought of anWEBPumpkin-Liqueur important part that most people forget about…. the drinks! Why not have a little fun with cocktails and a drink variety for all of your guests?! May we suggest some Vanilla Bean Pumpkin Liqueur? You can make this one the night before and keep it in the fridge. Another fun refreshment idea is are vanilla bean mulling spices… you can add to apple cider or wine for some variety! This one only takes 15 minutes, and WALA you’ll have a festive, holiday flavored refreshment!

Next, we gave a lot of our focus to all of the delicious and festive sides we could think of! Potatoes are obviously a MUST HAVE. We’ve roasted wedges of them, you might mash them, some might bake them, etc…. but we are adding an extra touch to our potatoes this year- SRIRACHA BUTTER!! It adds that little kick of flavor to any recipe you use it on. Melt onto your potato dish, melt over a green bean casserole, or even have at the dinner table to put onto those fresh, gooey rolls that everyone loves to gobble down! It’s a simple, unique way to add another element of delicious flavor to all the hard work you’ve put into your recipes!

WebCranberry-Kale-SaladDon’t forget to have some healthy and vegetarian options for those who aren’t feeling like having just turkey! We suggest a delicious and festive salad recipe that tastes as good as it looks… Rodelle Cranberry Kale Salad with Vanilla Cranberry Vinaigrette!! It has beautiful coloring to it thanks to the bright carrot slices and tart cranberries, not to mention a one-of-a-kind vanilla bean vinaigrette. Best part? It only takes 10 minutes!

Alright, enough healthy, lets indulge a little…. needless to say, DESSERT is our FAVORITE part of Thanksgiving dinner… our dessert options are a feast all in them selves. We know everyone has a different variety of dessert they prefer so take your pick!! Vanilla Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, Vanilla Bean Raspberry Bars, Vanilla Bean Apple Crisp, Tiramisu, and of course a classic pumpkin pie!

To top off this feast extravaganza, we recommend thinking about the following day! Now, we know that you’ll be set for your meals for WEB-Vanilla-Cinnamon-Rolldays with all of the incredible leftovers. And as much as we LOVE turkey for days, you might consider a delicious and easy-to-make breakfast recipe for all of your leftover guests and family… may we recommend some Vanilla Cinnamon Rolls with Vanilla Bean Glaze!!? It only takes a bit over an hour, and you’ll have a homemade breakfast masterpiece that will taste just like the ones you had growing up!!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! We hope you had as much fun as we did with this Thanksgiving dinner!! Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

2013 Rodelle Challenge – Chocolate Brownie Donuts

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We received another INCREDIBLE post today for the Rodelle Challenge with a delicious Chocolate Brownie Donut recipe inside… MMMM!!!

We are having so much fun reading all of the wonderful Rodelle Moments and seeing all of the scrumptious recipes that you all have to share!! Be sure to tell your friends and family to enter their moment for a chance to win a KitchenAid® Artisan® Series 5-Quart Stand Mixer and a year supply of Rodelle Goodies!! Don’t shy about sharing the challenge, because there will be SIX WINNERS!

Today’s wonderful entry comes to us from Carolyn in Massachusetts! She reminds us that sometimes it’s good to take a risk in your baking adventures, because even though it may not “look” like a HUGE success, the taste can be worth it!!

“Sometimes I have what seems like a brilliant idea for a new recipe. I think it’s a slam dunk, a sure thing, a can’t miss. And I get very pleased with myself and think I am oh-so-clever. Until my brilliant idea has slightly less than brilliant results.

Like my Chocolate Brownie Donuts. I had recently developed a recipe for flourless brownies that were utterly delectable. I figured that baking them in a donut pan was the next logical step. I mean, who doesn’t want brownies for breakfast? Donuts made with brownie batter! That is really quite clever, you must admit.

I put the pan in the oven and kept my eye on them, as all good bakers do. And that’s when I realize my brilliant idea might have not-so-brilliant results. The batter against the sides of the tin rose nicely but the rest did not. It just stayed sunk in the pan and I ended up with donuts that were entirely concave on one side. But they tasted as good as the original brownies so I threw some glaze on them and declared them a semi-success. My kids didn’t complain, not even a little bit. And I assumed my fall-back position: “Well, at least they taste good!” And they really, really do!”

Chocolate Brownie Donuts:

Brownies/Donuts:
12 tbsp butter
4 oz unsweetened chocolate
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup erythritol or sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
5 large eggs
Chocolate Ganache:
2 tbsp butter
3.5 oz high % cacao chocolate bar, chopped

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325°F and grease a donut pan or an 8×8 inch baking pan.

Melt butter, chocolate and cocoa powder together in a medium saucepan, stirring until smooth. Stir in erythritol or sugar, and vanilla extract. Let cool 5 minutes.

Whisk in eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Spread mixture in prepared pan or choice (for donuts, you will need to do 2 batches, as it makes about 12 donuts).

Bake 8 to 11 minutes for donuts, and 15 to 18 minutes for brownies, until just set. Watch them carefully as they can get quite dry if overdone.

Let cool in pan 10 minutes. For the donuts, gently loosen from pan with a knife and transfer to a wire rack to cook completely.

For the brownies, cut off edges while brownies are still in the pan, then flip out onto a serving plate.

For the glaze, melt butter and chocolate together in small saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth.

Drizzle over donuts or spread over the top of the brownies.

We hope this has inspired you to put in your entry!! We can’t wait to hear about your Rodelle Moment!!