Sunday, March 13, 2016

Sweet Potato Cornbread [VIDEO]

I was on spring break all last week, and I was able to try out a couple of different recipes that I've wanted to make for a long time. My mom saw this recipe on facebook, and it was actually really really easy to make. Being my first official youtube video, these food videos will be a series of recipes that I'll be trying out on camera for the first time, and you'll get to see if they turned out or not. 
My mom absolutely loved the cornbread, but commented that more sweet potato should be added next time. With the leftovers, these tasted AMAZING if warmed in the microwave for a couple of seconds and topped with some butter + cinnamon. I hope you enjoy the video, and I highly recommend you try this out! I absolutely loved filming and editing this video and definitely plan on making more. 
The original recipe can be found here.

- 1 cup mashed sweet potato (I would add a bit more than this)
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup + 2 1/2 tablespoons yellow corn meal (I love Bob's Red Mill)
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 sugar (I used raw cane sugar)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 cup butter chilled + diced 
1. Preheat oven to 375 F and grease a 9 inch diameter pan/skillet
2. Cook and mash sweet potato. I used one medium potato, and that was enough for over 1 cup mashed. To cook potato, pierce holes all around the potato to let the steam out, and microwave each side for 3 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes. To peel the skin off easily, make scores with a knife and just use your hands!
3. Whisk the potato, buttermilk, and eggs together. 
4. Combine cornmeal, sugar, flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and ginger. There are three options to combine: a pastry cutter, your hands, or food processor. (The pastry cutter takes the longest but still worked for me)
5. Mix the wet and dry ingredients and pour into prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes until the top is golden brown and enjoy!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Glazed + Confused

Last weekend my friend Jess and I went to explore downtown Lansing, and I definitely underestimated the city. There were so many cute shops and restaurants that we visited, but there was one that we knew we HAD to visit. It was an urban bakery called Glazed + Confused, and oh my it was one of the cutest places I've ever been to. Being in college, I miss going to my favorite local place sin Grand Rapids (shoutout to Nantucket Bakery), and finding this place definitely reminded me of home. 

They call themselves and "urban bakery", and had many flavors of donuts and scones that were new to me. Jess got an almond joy cake donut, and I tried the black forest flavor which was light and airy. Each donut runs from $1.20-2.50, and they also have lots and lots of food other than sweets. There was a whole menu with breakfast and lunch options that looked amazing as well.

Jess and I did our homework there for a couple of hours, and people were streaming in and out the whole time: families, college students, and kids. It's only two blocks from the capitol, and the whole atmosphere and ambiance of the shop was what made this such a great place. If you're ever in the area, I highly recommend checking this place out, but be sure to look at their hours before you go! 
-their website