September 14, 2014

Apple & Raspberry Biscuits

Boise's Bakery

Today was the day for something vegan & delicious!
This is a scrumptious mixture of buttery, tart, and a little sweet all wrapped up in one turnover style pocket of goodness.
Even my non-vegan sister wanted me to save one for her.
 That is the best I can describe it for you, you should probably just mix this up and eat for yourself.

Boise's Bakery
Boise's Bakery

I found this recipe as a part of Joy the Baker's #bakingbootcamp on her blog and Instagram. Then I gave a different little spin and made the recipe vegan!

 Click => H E R E <= to get the classic recipe with all the butter and cream (wink, wink).

  • 2 Fuji apples peeled, cored & thinly sliced
  • 1 cup whole raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons butter replacement
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
Biscuit Dough
  • 2 cups unbleached self-rising flour
  • 1/4 cold butter replacement cut into small cubes
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cold unsweetened coconut milk
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons course granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • a small pinch of salt
R E C I P E  N O T E S
Click here for the recipe on how to make your own self-rising flour.
We've done lots of different tests with different types of "butter replacements" and Smart Balance (the vegan version) has been the best for us so far. It can be found in most grocery stores.
But you can also use what you like if you have something specific.
 Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment and set aside for later.
This recipe, with the size I made these biscuits makes about six. But if you want to make them smaller, just start the baking time at 8 minutes and work your way up. Try to avoid opening the oven often.

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1. Peel, core and thinly slice the apples.

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2. Melt butter in a large saucepan or cast iron skillet on medium heat.
3. Once butter is melted, pour in apples, sugar and cinnamon. Stir to coat all the apples and dissolve sugar.

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4. Cook on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. The apples should not be cooked all the way through.
 5. Take off heat and stir in raspberries. Set aside.

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1. Mix together self-rising flour and butter, quickly incorporate butter cubes into flour with your fingers leaving small bits of butter.
2. Pour in cold coconut milk, and gently mix with a spoon until just incorporated.

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 3. Flour a clean flat surface and roll out dough 1/4 of an inch thick and cut out 7" circles.
4. With a pastry brush, lightly brush coconut milk around the edge of the open circle of dough. This will help the dough stick when folded over to make the pocket.
5. Scoop in about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of the filling.

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6. Fold over and press around the edge with a fork.

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7. Once you've lined up all the biscuits on the pan, lightly brush the tops with more coconut milk.
8. Mix together sugar, cinnamon and salt and sprinkle over the biscuits.
9. Bake for 12 to 13 minutes until puffed up and golden.

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Vegan and delicious!

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August 16, 2014

Call it a "Vacation"

Boise's Bakery has officially out grown our tiny kitchen. So we started stirring up plans to remodel.
We took a week long "vacation" to remodel the bakery to have a bigger more spacious kitchen and counter.
We had 1 week to tear down the old counter, and rebuild the new.

And so it began.

+ Day 1 +
As a small business, we want to support other small businesses whenever possible. We try to find as much recycled material as we can. Most of the wood for the facing of the counter is from old pallets, the glass and counter top in recycled from Second Chance. Our refrigerator is from the 1950's, most of our storage is vintage or slat board with shelves.
We also kept the same look and feel with the pallet wood, just added more space.

+ last day on "vacation" +

So far it's been great!
We went from a miniscule 195 sq. ft. to a whopping 250 sq. ft.
The lack of space in our old kitchen taught me a lot of communication skills {when I say communication, I mean making sure to yell GET OUT OF THE WAY}. Because nobody likes smacking into each other and throwing a hot pan of cookies on the ground.

Finished and done!
Click this link to go see the difference between now and the Grand Opening in 2013.

As Bee Wise Goods and Boise's Bakery continue to thrive The Soda Works has had a huge difference in sales from last year to this year. A few large companies have been ordering a lot of the same type soda as us and selling them for wholesale {geez Albertsons what's with that?}. 
We have had to get rid of a lot of flavors that have been sitting on the shelves going nowhere.
Although we are now down to one shelf of soda {floor to ceiling} we kept the most popular. It may look sparce to those of you who have been in our shop in the beginning but we still have about 50 flavors.
Don't freak out when The Soda Works sign is gone and replaced with a Boise's Bakery sign. From now onward, Boise's Bakery with be offering the variety of soda drinks that will be unique and delicious. We're excited our business is growing and changing.
See you soon!

March 9, 2014

Our happy little shops...

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For those of you who don't know, we've changed Just Baked Boise to >> Boise's Bakery. Due to a few name complications with another bakery, but all is well now :).

I'm writing this blog post, not only because I haven't written one in about a month, :) but also because I want to tell you what we do, what we want to do and just to keep you up to date.
So here go's something! ;)

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Boise's Bakery has been very busy, as well as Bee Wise and The Soda Works. We are so blessed, and so thankful for all of Boise's support.
We had a few bakery orders throughout February.
We made mini Raspberry & Lime Fruit Tarts and Salted Caramel  Macarons for one of the Boise Art Museum's events. 
Also other things here and there. 

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What we do with our tips:
As our way to give back to the community, at the end of each month we give 75% of our tips collected to someone who our customers have nominated, someone {or family} who really need it. The other 25% goes toward my savings for Culinary School.

What we strive for as a small business:
We want to make a comfortable happy place to stop by, shop, and possibly get a unique snack or soda. We try to make our shops positive and unique, while at the same time treat you as our friend.

A bit of our future plans:
We are going to do the best we can to make our little business better and better each day, weather it's in a big way or in a small way. :) Somewhere in the unknown future we would also like to provide seating for those of you who want to sit and eat {or just hangout :)}. But that's all just an idea at the moment.

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Once again thank you to the people who support us and visit us often. 
Without you, none of this would be possible. Even though running the business is a huge part of everything we do, you are a huge part too. :)

Thank you!
- Head Red -