the baker upstairs

7.21.2017

Thai Peanut Chicken Skewers

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These thai peanut chicken skewers are so delicious and flavorful! They are a quick and easy weeknight dinner that everyone will love!

These thai peanut chicken skewers are so delicious and flavorful! They are a quick and easy weeknight dinner that everyone will love!

If I want my kids to eat something, all I have to do is smother it in thai peanut sauce. Everyone in my family is crazy about that sauce! We use it to make thai chicken pizza, thai peanut noodles, and drizzle it over steamed vegetables for an easy and healthy dinner. These thai peanut chicken skewers are another fantastic way to enjoy that amazing sauce, and they are fantastic! They're super easy to make, and everyone in my family loved them. I served them with some coconut rice on the side, and they went perfectly together!
Thai Peanut Chicken Skewers

1 cup chicken broth
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon sriracha (more or less to taste)
3 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons minced garlic
juice of 1/2 lime
2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into one inch pieces
2 tablespoons chopped peanuts

Whisk together the chicken broth, peanut butter, sriracha, honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and lime juice in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until thickened and starting to bubble. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

Place the chicken in a large ziplock bag and pour half of the peanut sauce over the top of the chicken. Close the bag and toss to coat the chicken in the sauce. Refrigerate 30 minutes, or until ready to cook. When you're ready to cook the chicken, preheat the oven to 400. Stack the chicken pieces on wooden or metal skewers, and place them on a wire rack on top of a cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes, flip, and bake another 10 minutes, or until cooked through. Brush with remaining peanut sauce and sprinkle with chopped peanuts.
These thai peanut chicken skewers are so delicious and flavorful! They are a quick and easy weeknight dinner that everyone will love!

7.19.2017

17 Magical Unicorn Treats

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17 magical and whimsical unicorn desserts. All things unicorn, from macarons to muddy buddies!

17 magical and whimsical unicorn desserts. All things unicorn, from macarons to muddy buddies!

My kids are obsessed with unicorns. Like, Agnes from Despicable Me-level obsessed. They've been known to make horns out of paper and tie them around their stuffed animals' heads with curling ribbon. As such, they are also completely obsessed with this new unicorn dessert trend. If it has sprinkles and rainbow colors, they are in! I've been seeing unicorn desserts all over Pinterest, and thought it was high time to make a list of all the amazing recipes I've seen. (And who knows, maybe I will actually be a good mom and make a unicorn dessert or two for my kiddos!) Hope you find something fun to make as well!

Unicorn Frappe from Cheeky Kitchen

17 magical and whimsical unicorn desserts. All things unicorn, from macarons to muddy buddies!

Unicorn Fudge from Kara's Party Ideas

17 magical and whimsical unicorn desserts. All things unicorn, from macarons to muddy buddies!

Unicorn Banana Bread from Deliciously Sprinkled

17 magical and whimsical unicorn desserts. All things unicorn, from macarons to muddy buddies!

Unicorn Cupcakes from Best Friends for Frosting

17 magical and whimsical unicorn desserts. All things unicorn, from macarons to muddy buddies!

Magical Unicorn Donuts from Savvy Saving Couple

17 magical and whimsical unicorn desserts. All things unicorn, from macarons to muddy buddies!

Unicorn Horns from A Bajillian Recipes

17 magical and whimsical unicorn desserts. All things unicorn, from macarons to muddy buddies!

Unicorn Hot Chocolate from Favorite Family Recipes

17 magical and whimsical unicorn desserts. All things unicorn, from macarons to muddy buddies!

Unicorn Ice Cream from Bread Booze Bacon

17 magical and whimsical unicorn desserts. All things unicorn, from macarons to muddy buddies!

Unicorn Ice Cream Cones from Just a Taste

17 magical and whimsical unicorn desserts. All things unicorn, from macarons to muddy buddies!

Unicorn Macarons from Southern Fatty

17 magical and whimsical unicorn desserts. All things unicorn, from macarons to muddy buddies!

Unicorn Marshmallow Pops from The Decorated Cookie

17 magical and whimsical unicorn desserts. All things unicorn, from macarons to muddy buddies!

Unicorn Milkshakes from Sugar Hero

17 magical and whimsical unicorn desserts. All things unicorn, from macarons to muddy buddies!

Unicorn Popcorn from Life Love Liz

17 magical and whimsical unicorn desserts. All things unicorn, from macarons to muddy buddies!

Unicorn Pretzels from Lady Behind the Curtain

17 magical and whimsical unicorn desserts. All things unicorn, from macarons to muddy buddies!

Unicorn Meringues from MomDot

17 magical and whimsical unicorn desserts. All things unicorn, from macarons to muddy buddies!

Unicorn Muddy Buddies from The Baker Upstairs

17 magical and whimsical unicorn desserts. All things unicorn, from macarons to muddy buddies!

Unicorn Angel Cake from Sweetapolita

17 magical and whimsical unicorn desserts. All things unicorn, from macarons to muddy buddies!

Have a magical baking day!

7.17.2017

Crusty Artisan Bread

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This homemade crusty artisan bread is better than the bakery, and so easy to make!

This homemade crusty artisan bread is better than the bakery, and so easy to make!

If there is anything better than a hot slice of bread, fresh out of the oven, and spread with butter and honey, I haven't found it! I bake bread all the time, and this bread recipe is one of my favorites. It has a crisp and chewy crust, a tender, soft middle, and the perfect texture throughout. It's the perfect loaf to make when you want to impress your guests, or bring something special to a dinner party, but it's incredibly easy to make, too! You just stir all the ingredients together, let it rise, then bake, and it comes out perfect. I love a bread recipe that doesn't require kneading!  

This homemade crusty artisan bread is better than the bakery, and so easy to make!
Crusty Artisan Bread

1 1/2 tablespoons instant yeast
3 cups warm water
1 tablespoon salt
6 1/2 cups flour, plus more for dusting dough

In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Mix in the salt and flour, stirring until there are no dry patches. The dough will be very soft and not like a typical bread dough. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place for 2 hours. After rising, divide dough into two pieces and shape each into a round ball. Place each ball of dough on a piece of parchment paper, and let rest 40 minutes.

During the second rise, preheat oven to 450. Place a baking stone or overturned baking sheet on the upper oven rack, and a broiler pan or metal cake pan on the lower shelf. Heat the baking stone at least 20 minutes before baking. When the dough is ready to bake, dust it with flour and cut three deep slashes across the top. Slide the dough on the parchment paper onto the baking stone using a pizza peel (or a thin cutting board). Pour a cup of water into the broiler pan/cake pan and shut the oven door quickly. Bake until golden brown, 24-28 minutes.
This homemade crusty artisan bread is better than the bakery, and so easy to make!
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