Food For Thought — January 25, 2017 at 11:45 am

Dunkin’ Donuts Teamed Up With Real Simple To Bring Us Tasty Recipes



Need some new recipes to add to your repertoire?? We recently stopped by Time Inc. to join Real Simple‘s Food Editor, Dawn Perry, to learn how to whip up some very tasty treats. Thanks to Dunkin’ Donuts, we were able to pair each dish with their Pumpkin Spice Coffee. The charismatic Dawn Perry was the perfect person to lead the demos — she playfully showed us tricks of the trade, her favorite kitchen tools, and then we got to try her delicious recipes! We fell in loooove with the ginger chocolate chip bars (we recommend them right out of the oven when they are super ooey gooey) and the avocado toast (because who doesn’t like avocado toast?).



Ginger Chocolate Chip Bars
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, + more for pan
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
12 oz semisweet chocolate chips

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking pan and line it with 2 crisscrossed pieces of parchment paper, leaving an overhang on all sides. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda and salt.
2. In a separate bowl, beat the butter and sugars, using an electric mixer, until fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat to combine. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Mix in the chocolate chips.
3. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Cool completely in the pan, then cut into 32 bars (8 rows by 4 rows).
4. Serve with Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin Spice Coffee.


Apple-Molasses Spice Cake
1/2 cup vegetable oil, + more for the pan
2 cups all-purpose flour, + more for the pan
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
2 Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
confectioners’ sugar, for serving

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Oil a 9-inch round cake pan, line the bottom with a parchment circle, oil again, and dust with flour, tapping out the excess.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, molasses, brown sugar, egg, ginger and 1/2 boiling water. Add to the flour mixture and whisk until just combined (do not overmix). Fold in the apples.
3. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool in the pan for 30 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely. Before serving, dust with the confectioners’ sugar.
4. Serve with Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin Spice Coffee.


Avocado Toast
2 slices whole-grain bread, toasted
1 avocado, sliced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
kosher salt
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes

1. Top the bread with the avocado.
2. Mash the avocado lightly with a fork.
3. Drizzle with the oil and lemon juice.
4. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. salt and red pepper.
5. Serve with Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin Spice Coffee.


Maple-Glazed Ham
1/2 bone-in cured and smoked country ham (about 8 lbs)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp cayenne papper
black pepper
biscuits, for serving (store-bought or homemade)
assorted mustards & fruit chutneys, for serving

1. Heat over to 350 degrees. Trim the ham, leaving a 1/2-inch thick layer of fat. Place the ham in a roasting pan, cover with foil, and bake for 40 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together the maple syrup, brown sugar, cayenne, and 1/2 tsp black pepper.
3. Uncover the ham and bake, brushing twice with the glaze, until heated through (internal temperature registers 140 degrees), 35 to 40 minutes more. Slice and serve with the biscuits, mustards and chutneys.
4. Serve with Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin Spice Coffee.



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