Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche

This Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche is tender and buttery. With a hint of citrus and plenty of bittersweet chocolate, you won’t want to stop eating it. Bake some up soon. You’ll love it.

Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I try to keep it light here at Awesome on 20. People come for cheese and chocolate and other assorted carbs. And yet there’s so much more to life than just what we eat. Granted, we can’t actually have one without the other, but somehow I just can’t find it in me to be totally lighthearted at the moment.

It seems every day the world grows a bit heavier. There’s some new terror to contend with. And while I am immensely privileged that none of this affects me directly, I still feel the weight of it. I’m thousands of miles away from wildfires and bombs, and I feel powerless in the face of such devastation and cruelty. I notice it in the kids at my school as well. They’re scared, and I don’t know how to realistically reassure them.

Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I know we can give. I know we can vote. I know we can be more conscientious about how we spend our money. But beyond that, the one thing I’ve always clung to is compassion. We’ve got to hold onto each other more fiercely than ever. And not just the people who are close to us, but to every single other. We are all precious and worthy of love.

So even though the world seems to be falling apart at the moment, maybe it is still okay to get in the kitchen and bake. I can’t think of anything more cozy and comforting than this loaf of Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche. It fills your home with the scent of citrus and fresh baked bread. Could there be a more heavenly combination? This bread is buttery and light. Eat it warm so the chocolate is slightly melted. It’s pure heaven.

Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

This is another recipe from the incomparable Paul Hollywood. The first time I tried it, I had no idea if it was going to turn out. This was my first brioche loaf. It was more than fine. I couldn’t stop eating it.

The great thing about this recipe is that you can mix up the dough the night before and let it rise in the fridge overnight. I actually think it’s much easier to do it this way. There’s also no complicated shaping. Just divide the dough up into eight balls and place them strategically in your loaf pan.

Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I also happen to know that if you bake this and then have to go out of town for a few days and leave it in your fridge, it will go a bit stale. Don’t worry. Make it into French toast. It’s unbelievable.

The world is very uncertain. Find what you know to be true. Make something beautiful and share it with others. Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche is a good place to start.

If you want to try your hand at more yeasted bread, try this pillow soft Potato Bread.

Ultimate Awesome Holiday Recipes | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Ultimate Awesome Holiday Recipes

Ultimate Awesome Holiday Recipes | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve gone through my archives and put together the ultimate list of close to a hundred totally awesome holiday recipes. There’s everything you’ll need for brunch, dinner, parties, and more. I’ve got your holiday cooking sorted.

Pumpkin Pancakes | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Breakfast & Brunch

Do you do a big breakfast spread on Christmas morning? I actually prefer it to Christmas dinner. All of these recipes would be a hit.

Honey Whole Wheat Pancakes

Pancetta & Goat Cheese Quiche

Brown Sugar Bacon Biscuits

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Breakfast Pizza

Cheesy Sausage Squares

Herbed Biscuits & Creamy Sausage Gravy

Mini Chocolate Cinnamon Croissants

Breakfast Pot Pie

Pumpkin Pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes

Blender Pancakes

Brown Sugar Syrup

Spicy Potato Cakes

Maple Bacon Pancake Syrup

Savoury Sausage Bread Pudding

Dutch Baby Bunny

Croissant French Toast with Maple Bacon Whipped Cream

Cayenne Candied Bacon

Holiday Brie from Awesome on 20

Starters, Snacks & Nibbles

If you’re hosting an open house or a holiday cocktail party, these recipes are sure to impress your guests.

Wheaten Biscuits

Whipped Ricotta

Bacon Parmesan Cheese Ball

Garlic & Thyme Baked Camembert

Swiss & Bacon Dip

Brie en Croute

Cranberry Brie Bites

Goat Cheese Crostini with Macadamia Nuts & Honey

Cranberry Soy Sausages

Holiday Brie

White Hot Chocolate | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cocktails & Drinks

There’s something to drink for grown ups and kids alike in this collection.

Mistletoe Mocktail

White Hot Chocolate

Cran-Orange-Apple Juice

Chocolate Candy Cane Cocktail

Cranberry Mule

Cranberry Margarita

Vanilla Hot Chocolate for One

Chaitini

Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail

Brown Elephant Cocktail

Pomegranate Margaritas

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail

Red Currant Glazed Ham | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

For Dinner

Are you cooking for a crowd? Just having a quiet dinner with just the family or your partner? Either way, you’re gonna want to go all out. These recipes are well-loved in our home.

Basically Awesome Roast Chicken

Red Currant Glazed Ham

Brined & Roasted Turkey Breast with Herb Gravy

Ginger-Glazed Gammon Steaks

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf

English Potato Gratin

All-American Sweet Potato Casserole

Ridiculously Awesome Mashed Potatoes

Glazed Carrots

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Maple Butter

Sweet Potato Gratin

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Sweet Potato Rolls

Rosemary Potato Rolls

Buche de Noel | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Desserts and Sweet Treats

The holidays are the perfect excuse to have dessert or linger over an afternoon cup of tea or coffee with a sweet treat. There are plenty of options here, from simple to showstopper.

Chocolate Orange Scones

Cinnamon Pull-Apart Cake with Lemon Glaze

Baci di Ricotta

Orange Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Vanilla Ice Cream

Cranberry Bakewell Tart

Buche de Noel

Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

Vanilla Bean Bundt Cake

White Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake

Chocolate Orange Cake

Chocolate Kahlua Bread Pudding

Winter-Spiced Flourless Chocolate Cake

No-Churn Two Ingredient Ice Cream

Maple Cheesecake

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Pure Pumpkin Cheesecake

Double-Glazed Chai Spice Muffins

Chocolate Orange Mousse

White Chocolate Chip Brownies

Chocolate Cinnamon Bread

Toffee Muffins

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cookies & Sweets

It’s probably not a holiday party in America without cookies. I think we should spread this tradition around the world. Make some cookies as favors for your holiday parties.

Stem Ginger Biscuits

Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

Triple Chocolate Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blossoms

Gingerbread Dudes

Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

Giant Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies

No-Fail Sugar Cookies

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Classic Fudge

Jam Tarts

Caramel-Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies

Peanut Butter Fudge

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies

Don’t forget to share photos of your awesome recipes on Instagram with the hashtag #awesomeon20!

Easy Chili Cheese Dip | How to Be Awesome o $20 a Day

Easy Chili Cheese Dip

Easy Chili Cheese Dip | How to Be Awesome o $20 a Day

This Easy Chili Cheese Dip is so simple, absolutely anyone can make it. It’s also impossible to stop eating. Perfect for game day, game night, or any gathering. Get your friends together, and dig in.

I’ve lived with a proper football (aka soccer) fan for so long, I don’t even know if people still watch American football. I have fond memories of everyone getting together at the weekend to watch what seemed like endless football. I was never really interested in the games, but the food was always pretty awesome.

Because it’s all supposed to be “man food,” whatever that means, you don’t have to pretend to be healthy, which I love. Though I’m guessing there are probably plenty of vegan football fans these days. And that’s cool, too. Not gonna lie, though, I’m here for the hot cheese dips consumed with an endless mountain of tortilla chips.

Easy Chili Cheese Dip | How to Be Awesome o $20 a Day

This Easy Chili Cheese Dip is exactly that kind of food. People don’t really get together to watch the game here, so we just sometimes eat this for dinner because we’re horrible people. And by horrible, I mean awesome. It’s spicy, cheesy, gooey, and irresistible.

And as the name suggests, Easy Chili Cheese Dip is unbelievably simple to make. Spread a baking dish with some cream cheese. Mix together a can of your favorite chili with a jar of your favorite salsa. Scatter some shredded cheese over the top. Bake. Eat with chips. Live your best life.

Easy Chili Cheese Dip | How to Be Awesome o $20 a Day

Make Easy Chili Cheese Dip any time you get together with friends. Football, basketball, board games, book club, heck break this out at a baby shower and watch everyone lose their minds. This is the food you really want to eat. Let’s do it.

Recipe adapted from Circle of Friends Cookbook – 25 Dip and Spread Recipes.

Wheaten Biscuits | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Wheaten Biscuits

Wheaten Biscuits | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

It’s well-established that I am extremely lazy. I’m also the absolute worst at arts and crafts. I can’t even draw stick people. The idea of making my own home decor is absolutely abhorrent. Who has the time and energy to make macrame pot holders? Most of the time, I’d much rather buy something than make it myself.

Food is the one exception. And still I’m far from making everything from scratch. I have no shame around serving store bought stuff. One of the best ways to entertain friends is with a gorgeous cheese board, and that can be nothing but good shopping and careful arranging. It’s delicious, and everybody is happy.

Wheaten Biscuits | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

But if you did want to make something from scratch to make your cheese eating experience a bit more special, I highly recommend these Wheaten Biscuits. They come together really quickly in the food processor, and they have great texture and flavor. I actually just ate most of these plain.

These are a great accompaniment for any kind of cheese, but I feel like a great, locally-made sharp cheddar would be ideal. And a cold cider. And lots of friends and laughter. Maybe in front of a fireplace. How could life get any better?

Wheaten Biscuits | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Do what you can with what you have, and be grateful for every moment. And when you have a few minutes to spare, make Wheaten Biscuits to eat with some great cheese and some great people.

Recipe from The Great British Book of Baking by Linda Collister.

Oozy Risotto Balls

Oozy Risotto Balls| How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Things are getting a little personal today, so if you’re just here for those delicious Oozy Risotto Balls, keep scrolling. I won’t be offended. This recipe is awesome.

I started out writing this post with the usual trite nonsense, then I deleted that because I was already bored with myself. Is the world bored with this whole blogging thing in general? Everyone seems to be getting their need met by 17 year-olds on YouTube or 25 year-olds on InstaGram. Is there even a point to having my 40 year-old voice here on this static page on your screen? This question sounds like self-pity, but that’s really not what I’m getting at. I promise

I’ve been embarking on something that’s had me thinking a lot about what I really want. Most of the time the answer to that question is just a cheeseburger, but I’ve been trying to take the question a little more seriously. In many ways, I’m content. I’m in a relationship that is beautifully imperfect, but I never doubt it. While we’re far from rich, I’m more financially stable than I’ve ever been, though sometimes my gut forgets and still tells me to panic.

My job is fine. I’m good at it. It’s pretty easy. It’s insanely stressful sometimes, but I’ve even gotten good at managing that. I guess there are a few benefits to being 40. But when I close my eyes and imagine my perfect life, I’m not daydreaming about sitting behind a desk. The kids I work with are amazing, and I’m glad I get to help them, but when I picture myself as truly happy, I’m baking cookies and cake and, well, whatever I want. People are drinking tea and coffee and reading books, some of which they’ve bought from the books I sell. Maybe we host events with local artists, and it’s a true community space. Everyone is smiling because you can’t be unhappy while you’re eating brownies. There’s a cat, and it’s cozy, and it’s filled with love. Maybe I want to bring my food into the real world. But that’s a dream. Can it be real?

Oozy Risotto Balls| How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

While we’re thinking out loud about our heart’s desire, we should probably share some Oozy Risotto Balls. Remember that White Risotto that we made last week, and how I told you we’d transform it into something awesome? This is that. We turned leftover risotto into crispy croquettes stuffed with oozy fresh mozzarella. These are the perfect mixture of crunchy, chewy, and creamy. You can dip them in marinara if you want, but I think they’re great as they are, fresh from the fryer and just cooled down enough to avoid burning your fingers off.

These are actually relatively easy to make as well. It’s a bit of a sticky mess forming the actual balls, then we get messy again using a standard three-step breading technique with flour, egg, and seasoned breadcrumbs, but it’s all totally worth it. These fry up perfectly is seven minutes. Let them cool a big, then dig in while the cheese in the center is still gooey.

Oozy Risotto Balls | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Things are stirring in our souls, friends, and we’re open to it. We’re asking questions and listening for answers. And of course, eating well along the way. It’s gonna be awesome.

Recipe from Jamie Cooks Italy by Jamie Oliver.

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