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Peach Pizza, Salted Caramel Tart and More at Morris East

26 Sep

I visited Morris East tonight because I wanted to make sure I participated in Yelp Eats – Halifax this week and I am so glad I did!

I had never been there before, but had always heard people rave about it –  so this was a great excuse for me to “need to go” this week (and also help support FEED NOVA SCOTIA).

We started with the Vinaigrette Caeser – it was one of the best salads I’ve ever had, and no – that’s not just because I don’t eat salads a whole lot! Fresh greens mixed with a very light vinaigrette, topped with house-made sour dough croutons and thick bacon pieces that were still hot! So good! I don’t normally gush about a salad this way, it’s got me all excited!

After salad – we had pizza, and not just your regular, 2am craving,  pizza corner pizza either!

We ordered Peach Pizza – a pizza with grilled peaches, goat cheese, shallots, prosciutto and rosemary aiol.

Ok – let me just say, right off the bat – peaches and goat cheese – why have I not been combining these two before?! Two of my favourite things on one pizza with the added bonus of prosciutto joining them!

They tell me it is only on the menu for the summer season – so if you’d like a taste – get in there this week!

And now for the desserts, last but certainly not least!

The Peanut Butter Tart with Honeysponge caught my eye, as a huge fan of combining peanut butter and chocolate! It is a chocolate tart filled with peanut butter ice cream, drizzled with ganache and housemade honeycomb.

The peanut butter ice cream was the highlight for me in this dessert.  While I really liked the chocolate tart too, the whole thing was frozen together, and by frozen, I mean – like a rock, you need to cut it with a knife, frozen. (yes, I know ice cream needs to be frozen) This was too bad because it took away from the overall taste of the dessert – it was just so cold and the frozen texture took away from the actual taste of the chocolate and peanut butter.

That said, it was still very tasty and I’m glad to have picked it.

Rating: 7 out of 10

We had a hard time with the lighting and getting pictures right, but here are a few shots of it…

Since it was important for me to fully review this restaurant, we decided to order two desserts! (Sound reasoning, I think!)

Our second choice was the Salted Caramel Tart – a lovely light crust filled with liquid caramel – a thick, sticky caramel that explodes with sweet and salty flavour in each bite!

We liked this very much, but I would highly recommend it it for sharing, definitely between 2 people, but you could even share between 4 because that’s how sweet this caramel is! This is the kind of dessert that a small taste of is just right, too much and you could be “over-sweetened”

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

I am so pleased with my first visit to Morris East, and it will certainly not be my last! Already looking forward to visiting again!

Have you been? – tell me about your experience!
Have you been to any of the other Yelp Eats- Halifax locations?

Here’s to a Low Stress Baking Adventure!

23 Sep

Sugar Cookies, Turtle Cookies and Caramel Apple Slices

Ok – so you all remember the stress and exhaustion that was last week’s baking adventure? No? Enlighten yourself… The Great Carrot Cake Meltdown of 2012

Now that we’re all caught up, I can tell you about this weekend and you will understand how, on Friday afternoon, I was telling John, “Maybe I need to take a break from the baking for a week, I am really tired out, and we only just finished doing the dishes from last week.”

But I persevered, ever onward, toward the delicious taste of Turtle Cookies and Sugar Cookies, and I am happy to report that this weekend’s experience was, overall, so much better! (less burnt cakes, no tears, no fighting, less freaking out my friends – you get the picture)

I had a new baking assistant, Erin, (since last week’s is still out on stress leave – get well soon Niki), and she was fabulous!

So here goes explaining how we successfully made three delicious desserts in less than 3 hours!

Sugar Cookie Squares

We started with the sugar cookie base because I knew it would be easy and need to cool off for a while, allowing us to move onto the new recipe. *I should note that this is the second time I’ve made these bars – you know they’re good when you go back for a second taste!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 egg white
1 1/2 Tbsp sour cream (I just do 1 heaping Tbsp)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 recipe vanilla frosting, recipe follows

Vanilla Frosting
Ingredients:
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
2-3 Tbsp half and half
1/2 tsp vanilla
Pinch of salt
Several drop food coloring (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 13″ x 9″ baking dish, set aside. In a mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt, set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy about 3-4 minutes. Stir in egg and egg white. Add sour cream and vanilla and mix until blended. Slowly add dry mixture and stir until well combine. With buttered hands, gently press (so gently almost patting) mixture into buttered baking dish. Bake 17 – 20 minutes until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and edges are lightly golden. Cool completely, then frost and cut into squares.
Taken from Cooking Classy

A few notes on the recipe – it will tell you to mix the sugar and butter with a mixer – maybe it’s my mixer or the butter isn’t soft enough, but I usually end up doing this with my hands to get the right consistency.

When spreading dough  over bottom of pan –  you might think there is no way there is enough dough to spread and cover the whole pan – but it works, just keep pressing and patting it out.

 Turtle Cookies

These were a little more involved than the sugar cookies, because there were a few steps to them. Taken from Pixelated Crumb

Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 large egg, separated, plus 1 egg white
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups pecans, chopped fine
14 soft caramel candies
3 tablespoons heavy cream

Directions:
  1. Combine flour, cocoa, and salt in bowl. With electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 2 minutes. Add egg yolk, milk, and vanilla and mix until incorporated. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture until just combined. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, 1 hour.
  2. Adjust oven rack to upper-middle and lower-middle positions and heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk egg whites in bowl until frothy. Place pecans in another bowl. Roll dough into 1-inch balls, dip in egg whites, then roll in pecans. Place balls 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Using 1/2-teaspoon measure, make indentation in center of each ball. Bake until set, about 12 minutes, switching and rotating sheets halfway through baking.
  3. Microwave caramels and cream in bowl, stirring occasionally, until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Once cookies are removed from oven, gently re-press existing indentations. Fill each with 1/2 teaspoon caramel mixture. Cool 10 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Try not to devour them all at once.

Caramel Apple Slices

If you are like me, and made a lot of extra caramel  – cut up an apple and drizzle the sauce over it – yum!

Yelp Eats – Halifax!

21 Sep

Hi Everyone! This is a special post to let you all know about a very foodie-friendly fundraiser that will be happening in Halifax, NS all next week – Yelp Eats!

From Sept 23-29, seven local Halifax restaurants will be participating in Yelp Eats. If you go to any of them during this time and spend $30 or more (before tax and tip) you can put your bill in the official Yelp box at the counter – for each bill submitted, the restaurant will donate $10 to FEED NOVA SCOTIA.

Click Here for more info – Yelp Eats – Halifax

I’m very happy to share it with you and hope you can all make it out to show support to local Halifax restaurants as well as contribute to FEED NOVA SCOTIA. If you’d like to join me or organize a group to go – I’m all for that – leave me a comment!

I’ll certainly make an effort to get out to a few, and will, (as usual) post my dessert reviews for you to read!

Feel free to take pictures of your desserts or dishes this week and send them to me!

My Sweet Weekend Plans – Mini Cake Bites and Pecan Pie Bites

7 Sep

In my last post I asked you what Pinterest recipe I should actually try to make instead of just dreaming it would show up on my door step (which would be weird, but well received!)

You responded and nominated:

Reese Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie

Sugar Cookie Squares

Pecan Pie Balls

Thanks for the suggestions – keep’em coming!
(Email: thegoodiegirlhfx@gmail.com or facebook.com/TheHfxGoodieGirl)

I plan to make all of these at some point, but – I have chosen the Pecan Pie Bites (I know the recipe says ‘balls’ but I prefer the daintiness of ‘bites’) because I think they’d be great to take to a party I am going this weekend!

Also – for a baby shower on Monday – I’m thinking making these

Cute, right?  I’ll get to those if I’m feeling really ambitious!

I’ll make sure to document my baking adventure this weekend and post soon!

In the mean time, what are your dessert plans for the weekend?

The Best ‘Keep Calm’ Meme…and Pinterest!

6 Sep

My new favourite motto!

I am so excited to be pinning on Pinterest as The Goodie Girl – check out my boards!

So… you know when you post the most delicious looking desserts that are so elaborate and secretly hope someone else will make it for you so you could just taste it without having to put in all the work? Be honest… Yea, me too!

To make things interesting though I’m going to try to actually make a few of the things I pin.

So… what should I make?  I’ll give it my best shot and post a photo review of the whole thing! (This is gonna be hilarious)

In case you don’t “pin” – take a look at my Tasty board for ideas.

Ever made anything from Pinterest? Was it a success or did you get a hilarious story out of it?

Suggest pins for me to make – tell me your Pinterest stories – leave a comment!