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.

Top 19 of 2019 | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Top 19 of 2019

Top 19 of 2019 | How to Be Aweome on $20 a Day

I’m so excited to share the top 19 recipes of 2019. You know how much I love a list, so I always look forward to this. Let’s see what you’ve been cooking up this year.

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

19. Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf – I hope my Thanksgiving tradition is finally starting to find it’s way into other people’s homes.

Spaghetti Quesadilla | How to be Awesome n $20 a Day

18. Spaghetti Quesadilla – I haven’t eaten this in forever, and that’s making me sad because this is my favorite way to use up leftover spaghetti bolognese.

Frito Chili Cheese Wrap from Awesome on 20

17. Frito Chili Cheese Wrap – Another delicious thing I’m sad I haven’t eaten lately. Someone send me some Fritos from America so I can remedy this.

Chili with Gnocchi from Awesome on 20

16. Chili with Gnocchi – It’s the perfect time of year for this big pot of goodness.

Buttery Nipple Milkshake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

15. Buttery Nipple Milkshake – Perfect for when you can’t decide if you want a cocktail or dessert.

14. Spam Mac & Cheese – I was surprised to see this one on the list. I was also surprised by how much I still liked this when I made it recently.

13. Mint Brownies – Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day with the pop of minty green in these fudgy brownies.

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

12. Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta – This recipe makes a huge batch of pasta, so perfect for feeding a crowd.

Chicken Parmesan from Awesome on 20

11. Chicken Parmesan – I still remember when my husband said this was the best chicken he’d ever had.

Passion Fruit Green Tea | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

10. Passion Fruit Green Tea – Takes me back to Taiwan every time.

Brown Elephant Cocktail from Awesome on 20

9. Brown Elephant Cocktail – If you’ve never tried Amarula, you definitely need to change that in 2020.

White Cheddar Fondue | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

8. White Cheddar Fondue – You can’t go wrong with a big bowl of melty cheese.

Amaretto Sour | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

7. Amaretto Sour – I love that this doesn’t need a store-bought sour mix.

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi from Awesome on 20

6. Parmesan Fried Gnocchi – The best five-minute side dish ever.

Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

5. Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail – Another one of my holiday traditions conquering the world.

Whipped Ricotta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

4. Whipped Ricotta – I love how you guys are as crazy about cheese as I am.

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

3. Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels – Party food extraordinaire.

Peanut Butter Fudge from Awesome on 20

2. Peanut Butter Fudge – Always a favorite.

Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
  1. Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies – Another classic recipe that reminds me of my mom.

This list is making me so hungry for 2020. Let me know what kind of recipes and posts you’d like to see more of in the comments. And don’t forget to tag me in your creations on Instagram or use #awesomeon20.

Hint of Cinnamon Chocolate Cake | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Hint of Cinnamon Chocolate Cake

This Hint of Cinnamon Chocolate Cake is the softest, fluffiest cake I’ve ever made. Take some help from a boxed cake mix, but make it extra. Then add some rich chocolate frosting and simple decorations for a pretty little dessert people won’t be able to get enough of.

Hint of Cinnamon Chocolate Cake | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

We’re nearly there, kids. I finished work, I’ve probably forgotten to buy a bunch of stuff, and I still don’t know if I’m supposed to be cooking or baking anything for Christmas. But I’ve got something to wear for 70’s-themed Christmas day at my sister-in-law’s house, and hopefully a secret plan to not drink too much. I was off my Christmas game this year, but right now, my Christmas lights are on, She & Him is singing to me, and I’m starting to feel it.

Most importantly, I’ve gotten to spend lots of time this past week walking hand in hand with my love. When we’re together, all is well. Any challenge can be faced. Finding the right person to be on your team is so big. I don’t want to ever forget how grateful I am to be loved by someone so wonderful.

Hint of Cinnamon Chocolate Cake | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Right. Enough of that nonsense. Let’s talk about cake. That’s why you’re here. People kind of freak out when I serve this Hint of Cinnamon Chocolate Cake. It’s so incredibly soft and fluffy. The cinnamon flavor is subtle, just enough to make it a little bit more interesting than regular chocolate cake. I’ve known people to sneak a second piece because they can’t get enough.

The good news is, this cake is s simple to make, you could easily fit it in before Christmas if you’re still looking for a great dessert. We’re taking it easy on the measuring front by starting with a cake mix. But we’re gonna ignore the instructions on the box (for the most part) and go rogue by adding mayo. Don’t worry, it doesn’t make your cake taste like a ham sandwich. Instead it gives it an incredible moisture and lightness that make this cake stand out.

Hint of Cinnamon Chocolate Cake | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m no cake decorator, so I kept things simple. I made a rich chocolate frosting and covered the whole cake in it. My one tip is to use an offset spatula to spread your frosting to keep your knuckles out of the way. I found a packet of cute speculaas biscuits at my grocery store to cover up my ragged border at the bottom of my cake. Then I placed a star cookie cutter on the top of the cake, sprinkled in some gold sprinkles, gave the sprinkles a gentle press with a tooth pick so they wouldn’t rolls away, and took the cookie cutter away. Voila. That’s it.

Hint of Cinnamon Chocolate Cake | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

No matter what your plans this week, I hope you get to spend time with your favorite people. And if you get a chance, make this Hint of Cinnamon Chocolate Cake, and share it with them. Everyone will love it.

This recipe first appeared on Awesome on 20 in 2013.

Caramel Swirl Cheesecake Bars | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Caramel Swirl Cheesecake Bars

Caramel Swirl Cheesecake Bars | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Caramel Swirl Cheesecake bars are rich and creamy with a crisp cookie crust. Swirled through with salted caramel, they’re beautiful and sweet at the same time. Make these for your next celebration. Everyone will love them.

I’m in the last minute Christmas panic, trying to figure out how to rearrange my schedule to fit in everything I still need to do before the holidays. I swear someday I’m going to get myself a time turner. Can one of you people who have this whole holiday thing all figured out please come and take over my life? I’m in the weeds.

Caramel Swirl Cheesecake Bars | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

The crazy thing about it is that I’m more stressed out this year than I’ve been in ages, and I’m not even hosting. We’re traveling to my sister-in-law’s house. I don’t even know if I’m cooking anything. You’d think I’d be nice and relaxed. Turns out, manifesting your dream job is kind of all-consuming.

Maybe we should just all drop everything and bake. I wish cheesecake was a socially acceptable Christmas gift. I’d have it made because these Caramel Swirl Cheesecake Bars are absolutely swoon-worthy. The crust is buttery and crisp, and the cheesecake layer is so creamy and smooth. Most of the sweetness comes from the salted caramel that’s swirled throughout. The swirls also look amazing, so you could easily serve this as dessert for Christmas dinner. I made it for Thanksgiving this year, and it was a huge hit.

Caramel Swirl Cheesecake Bars | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

This recipe is also much less stressful than a traditional cheesecake. We’re pressing a buttery cookie dough into the base of our pan and pre-baking it until golden. While that’s cooling, we mix up our cheesecake mixture. Pour that over the crust, then swirl in your caramel. You can make your own if you want, but I used a thick and delicious store bought salted caramel sauce that I love, and it worked great. I just popped it into the microwave for about 30 seconds to thin it out before swirling it through.

Because we’re not baking a huge layer of cheesecake, we don’t have to worry as much about cracks. Just make sure you don’t overbake it. Pull it out of the oven when there’s still a slight wobble in the center. It will continue to cook for a few minutes out of the oven and firm up when it chills.

Caramel Swirl Cheesecake Bars | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Soon we’ll be ready to sink deep into that holiday cheer. If there are Caramel Swirl Cheesecake Bars involved, all the better for everyone. It’s gonna be awesome.

Recipe adapted from Shauna Sever.

Looking for more awesome caramel cheesecake ideas? Try this Caramel Toffee Cheesecake.

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies are filled with all the good stuff. They’re buttery and crisp and full of texture. Crunchy nuts, tart cranberries and sweet white chocolate make a practically perfect cookie.

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve been writing this blog off an on for over six years. I’ve shared hundreds of easy, approachable, affordable recipes completely for free. Delicious recipes that are totally achievable even by inexperienced cooks and bakers. And yet people still want me to bake things for them. I don’t get it.

Freshly baked homemade cookies are better than anything you can get from those ubiquitous shopping mall cookie places. They require minimal effort and skill. Okay, they do take a bit of time to make at home because, especially if your oven sucks as much as mine, you can only bake 8 cookies at a time. But you can just chill out rewatching Friends on Netflix for the hundredth time. I’m starting to think I need to set up an online cookie shop.

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

These White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies would definitely be a big seller in my imaginary cookie shop. They got tons of compliments from my co-workers, even from people who said they don’t normally like cranberry or had never eaten macadamia nuts. These cookies are all about texture and contrast. Buttery crispy edges and a chewy center. Crunchy nuts and sticky fruit. Sweet white chocolate chips and tart cranberries. These cookies have it all.

The only slight twist to the cookie-making process here is that the cranberries need to be soaked in hot water while you’re mixing up the rest of your dough just to soften them a bit. Everything else is pretty standard. Cream together butter and sugar, add egg, mix in dry ingredients, then toss in your add-ins. Bake. Done. Simple. Awesome.

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Hopefully, you’re up for making your own cookies this holiday season. White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies are an awesome place to start.

This recipe originally appeared on How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day in September, 2013.

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