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Brit Wolfe

  • Brownies & Bars FOOD

    Chocolate Chip Sourdough Blondies

    Three things I love: chocolate (preferably in chip form), blondies, and sourdough. So honestly this recipe is heaven to me. Actually, let’s add a fourth thing: I love being able to use up sourdough starter discard in recipes.

    It makes me really happy to see how many people are making sourdough starters during this period of quarantine. And it makes me even happier to see people looking for recipes to use up starter discard instead of just throwing it in the trash. Food waste is dumb.

    If you’re looking for a new and unique recipe to use up that sourdough starter, keep reading because I have the best recipe for you.

    These blondies are thick, buttery, and full of melty chocolate chips. And on top of all that, they’ve got just a hint of a sourdough taste, which adds a whole new depth of flavor.

    But my favorite thing about these blondies is the texture. They’re light and fluffy, almost like a mix between a typical chewy blondie and a slice of buttery, fluffy cake. So good.

    Chocolate Chip Sourdough Blondies

    How to make Chocolate Chip Sourdough Blondies

    These blondies are super easy to throw together and baked to perfection in under 30 minutes. The only slightly tricky part is making sure that the sourdough starter is completely incorporated, because otherwise they’ll bake unevenly and have some doughy spots throughout. Once you add the sourdough starter, be sure to mix the batter for a full 5 minutes so everything gets fully blended together.

    Looking for more sourdough recipes?

    Chocolate Chip Sourdough Blondies

    Chocolate Chip Sourdough Blondies

    Prep Time 10 mins
    Cook Time 25 mins
    Total Time 35 mins
    Course Dessert
    Servings 9

    Ingredients
      

    • 6 Tbsp. vegan butter such as Earth Balance
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 1 Tbsp. white vinegar
    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 tsp. baking soda
    • 2 tsp. cornstarch
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 1 cup sourdough starter discard
    • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

    Instructions
     

    • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
    • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
    • Add the vanilla extract and vinegar and mix an additional 2 minutes.
    • Sift together the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt. Fold into the wet ingredients.
    • Add the sourdough starter and let the mixer run for 3-5 minutes until the sourdough starter is fully incorporated. Make sure the starter is FULLY incorporated or else the blondies could end up doughy in some parts.
    • Fold in the chocolate chips.
    • Pour the blondie batter into a parchment-lined 8"x8" baking pan and spread the mixture evenly. Bake for 23-25 minutes until golden brown across the whole top.

    Notes

    These blondies tend to sink a tiny bit right in the middle of the pan. But if they sink too much, they’re underbaked.
    Chocolate Chip Sourdough Blondies

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  • FOOD Recipe Roundup

    15 Recipes for When You’re Stuck at Home (Social Distancing Pantry Recipes)

    If you’re making the decision to social distance yourself, I’m sure you’re starting to go a little stir-crazy right about now. It’s a great time to pick up a new hobby or spend a little extra time in the kitchen. I’ve put together a list of my favorite pantry recipes (recipes using only ingredients from your pantry, meaning no trips to the grocery store!) to bake during quarantine. Enjoy!

    1. The Best Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

    Pantry Recipes: The Best Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

    Everybody needs a good banana bread recipe, and this one is delicious. Soft inside, slightly crispy on the edges, and packed full of chocolate chips and walnuts!

    2. Kitchen Sink Blondies

    Pantry Recipes: Kitchen Sink Blondies

    This recipe for Kitchen Sink Blondies is the perfect pantry recipe. Once you make the base blondie recipe, you can add in literally anything you find in the cupboard. Cereal, chocolate, nuts, whatever you want!

    3. Bakery-Style Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Pantry Recipes: Bakery-Style Chocolate Chip Cookies

    This is the quintessential chocolate chip cookie recipe. Buttery, crispy, and full of melty chocolate chips.

    4. Peanut Butter Mug Cake

    Pantry Recipes: Peanut Butter Mug Cake

    Mug cakes are one of my favorite stay-at-home recipes. Especially when they involve peanut butter and chocolate!

    5. English Muffin Bread

    Pantry Recipes: English Muffin Bread

    6. Snickerdoodle Blondie Cake

    Pantry Recipes: Snickerdoodle Blondie Cake

    Warm, fluffy, cinnamon-filled snickerdoodle cookies in cake form. What could be better?

    7. Bakery-Style Blueberry Muffins

    Pantry Recipes: Bakery-Style Blueberry Muffins

    Buttery, crumbly muffins packed with blueberries. This recipe is even easier if you have a bag of blueberries in the freezer!

    8. Vanilla Bean Espresso Scones

    Pantry Recipes: Vanilla Bean Espresso Scones

    9. The Best Vegan Brownies

    Pantry Recipes: The Best Vegan Brownies

    These brownies are fudgy, chocolatey, and topped with a peanut butter swirl. The perfect brownie!

    10. Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

    Pantry Recipes: Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

    Using store-bought orange juice makes these muffins super easy.

    11. Marbled Chocolate Banana Bread

    Pantry Recipes: Marbled Chocolate Banana Bread

    12. Coffee Cake Donuts

    Pantry Recipes: Coffee Cake Donuts

    13. Compost Cookies

    Pantry Recipes: Compost Cookies

    Like the Kitchen Sink Blondies, these cookies are totally customizable to whatever you have on hand.

    14. Vanilla Bean Cinnamon Swirl Bread

    Vanilla Bean Cinnamon Swirl Bread

    15. Peanut Butter & Chocolate Graham Sandwiches

    Peanut Butter & Chocolate Graham Sandwiches

    Bonus Recipes: Sourdough

    I’ve seen a toooooon of people spending their quarantine making their own sourdough starters (love). However, managing to use up that sourdough starter discard can be a little stressful. Here are a few recipes to help you out!

    Sourdough Chocolate Cake

    Sourdough Chocolate Cake

    Blueberry Sourdough Scones

    Blueberry Sourdough Scones

    Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

    Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

    How to Make a Sourdough Starter from Scratch

    How to Make a Sourdough Starter from Scratch

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  • Skin & Hair STYLE

    My 3 Essentials for Perfect Summer Hair

    Looking for a foolproof way to get that just-left-the-beach summer hair? I’m sharing my three favorite (cruelty-free, duh) products to give you the perfect hair every time.

    My 3 Essentials for Perfect Summer Hair

    Sea Salt Spray

    What is sea salt spray? Sea salt spray is a sprayable styling product made from salt water that gives your hair the perfect spent-all-day-at-the-beach texture.

    Sea salt spray is my newly-discovered secret for perfect summer waves. I don’t know about you guys, but my “beach hair” never looks the way I want it to. I never get the perfect wavy hair, I always end up with streaks of crunchy, damp, slightly bent hair. Sea salt spray gives you the texture and shape you’re hoping for: perfectly wavy with just enough grip from the salt to keep it in place.

    My favorite? Not Your Mother’s Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

    My 3 Essentials for Perfect Summer Hair

    Dry Shampoo

    What is dry shampoo? Dry shampoo is a sprayable “shampoo” that absorbs the grease in your hair and keeps it clean between washes. It also adds volume to your roots and a nice texture to the ends of your hair.

    Dry shampoo has been my secret weapon for years now. It was my savior through the days of brightly colored hair (I’m looking at you, only-washed-twice-a-month pink hair), and nowadays it gives me the perfect texture and volume that my hair needs.

    My favorite? Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo

    My 3 Essentials for Perfect Summer Hair

    Deep Conditioner

    What is a deep conditioner? A deep conditioner is a hair conditioning treatment that’s a little more intense than a normal, everyday conditioner.

    Deep conditioner is a life-saver during the summer. Not only does it help reverse all the sun damage and chlorine damage from spending all day at the pool, but it also helps protect against the sea salt spray drying out your hair. Salt attracts moisture, so when you use the salt spray everyday, it can take a toll on the health of your hair. Using a deep conditioner is the best way to counteract that!

    My favorite? L’Oreal Ever Pure Repair Remedy Balm

    My 3 Essentials for Perfect Summer Hair

    How I style my summer hair:

    1. Braid it.
      My first step in styling my summer hair is to spray a little bit of the sea salt spray in my hair, scrunch it through with my fingers, then braid my hair into a loose, messy braid. I sleep with my hair in the braid overnight to get really defined waves.
    2. Loosen it up.
      In the morning, I take my hair out of the braid and loosen up the waves with my fingers. I usually brush out just the ends of my hair (the bottom 1 inch or so) because it makes it look neater than having stringy ends. If the waves aren’t as defined as I would like, I spray just a tiny bit more sea salt spray and scrunch it through with my fingers.
    3. Spray it.
      My last step is to spray my roots with dry shampoo and work it through. This gives my roots the volume that I want while adding a little extra texture!
    4. Keep it going.
      I usually repeat these steps for 3-4 days, depending on the weather and how my hair looks (if it’s flat, greasy, etc.). I’ve found that spraying the salt spray every other day works best because it keeps the texture without completely drying out your hair. Once I feel that my hair stops looking great, I’ll shampoo and do a deep conditioning treatment to put moisture back in my hair.
    My 3 Essentials for Perfect Summer Hair

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  • STYLE

    5 Essentials for the Perfect Style Uniform (Summer Edition)

    I’ve seen more and more people putting together their ‘style uniform’, which is just a fun way to describe your everyday outfit. I remember reading about this for the first time on A Beautiful Mess where Elsie talked about her everyday uniform . I’ve done this for a looong time (I tend to find an outfit I like and wear it to death), but I’ve never thought of it as my uniform before…. until summer hit and I realized that I’ve created my perfect summer uniform without even realizing it! Here are 2 of my favorite reasons to have a style uniform:

    1. It makes it easy to get dressed in the morning.
    2. It’s something that makes you feel confident, so you don’t have to try on a million things before deciding.

    I’m obsessed with the idea of a style uniform. It’s quick, easy, and totally customizable, plus anything that cuts down on my decision making is a plus in my book. Here are the 5 essentials of my perfect summer uniform:

    A band tee or t-shirt

    Band tees have been my go-to since high school. They’re easy to style, super comfortable, and pretty unique (especially if you find vintage band tees!). I tend to wear band tees from more “modern” bands, but this look will work with literally any t-shirt you can find. I like my t-shirts a little baggier, and then I tuck in just the front edge.

    5 Essentials for the Perfect Style Uniform (Summer Edition)
    Parkway Drive t-shirt – thrifted // high-waisted shorts – thrifted // flannel – thrifted // shoes – Vans

    Cute bralette

    Let’s just be real here: nobody wants to wear a bra during the summer. My solution: a cute, comfy bralette. They go with literally any outfit, are comfortable to wear all day, and best of all you can wear them with any type of shirt because you don’t have to worry about hiding the straps. This is my favorite bralette, and it’s only $15 from Target. Plus it comes in tons of colors!

    5 Essentials for the Perfect Style Uniform (Summer Edition)
    Descendents t-shirt – thirfted // pink bralette – Target // hat – Forever 21 // high-waisted shorts – thrifted // flannel – thrifted // shoes – Vans

    High-waisted shorts

    To be honest, I wear high-waisted things all year round (I’m looking at you, Gaiam leggings). I feel that they give my body a better shape and usually look cuter with my style. But especially in summer, high-waisted shorts are a must. Tucking the t-shirt in the front gives a little extra style and shows off any cute details of the shorts!

    5 Essentials for the Perfect Style Uniform (Summer Edition)

    Comfy shoes

    Comfy shoes are so important for summer. Flip-flops are perfect for the beach or pool, but comfy sneakers are my go-to for day-to-day life. I’m a Vans girl at heart, so Vans are what I’m usually (always) wearing.

    Here’s a Tip: instead of heading straight to the Vans store, check out Nordstrom Rack first. They carry all the unique, special edition Vans at great prices. I just recently found these classic black and white checkered Vans at Nordstrom Rack for only $25!

    5 Essentials for the Perfect Style Uniform (Summer Edition)

    An oversized flannel

    Tying a flannel around your waist not only defines your body shape, but is also super handy for chilly late-night barbecues or beach trips. Thrift stores are the first place I check for flannels because they’re a good price, there’s always a ton of them (don’t be afraid to shop in the men’s section!), and you can find some really unique colors. This flannel (my absolute favorite) was a thrift store find. Not only is it in perfect condition, but it was only $5.

    What’s your perfect summer style uniform? Let me know in the comments!

    5 Essentials for the Perfect Style Uniform (Summer Edition)
    The Wonder Years tank – thrifted // high-waisted shorts – thrifted // flannel – thrifted // shoes – thrifted

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  • Brownies & Bars FOOD

    Blueberry Peach Crumble Bars (Vegan)

    Blueberry Peach Crumble Bars – a delicious layer of blueberry and peach filling sitting on top a buttery crust, topped with a crumbly streusel

    Overhead shot of blueberry crumble bars on a marble surface

    Summer is in full swing here. That means the bathing suits have been purchased, books are being read next to the pool, my tan is getting better day by day (I’m still white as a ghost, but I’m trying), and my list of to-make summer recipes keeps on growing. I’m obsessed with fruit in the summer: fruit salad, fruit desserts, fruit as breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But when it comes to making a fruit dessert, what screams summer more than peaches and blueberries?

    Blueberry peach crumble bars drizzled with glaze sitting on parchment paper

    The combination of peach and blueberry is one of my favorite flavor combos of all time. It just works so well together! Light and refreshing but full of flavor, these crumble bars are the perfect summer dessert.

    Blueberry peach crumble bars drizzled with glaze sitting on parchment paper

    How to make Blueberry Peach Crumble Bars:

    These bars are a little bit of work, but so worth it. Plus they look fancy, like you’ve been slaving away in the kitchen for hours and hours. But all it comes down to is three simple steps: the crust, the filling, and the crumble topping. The optional fourth step is to add a glaze on top, which is totally optional but I highly recommend it.

    First, make the crust. The method for making this crust is just like a scone or pie crust: sift together the dry ingredients, add the cold butter, stir in the wet ingredients, chill. Once the crust is made, pour about 2/3 of it into a parchment-lined pan and bake until slightly golden. Then, add the blueberries and peaches to a bowl with sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon and let sit until the fruit starts releasing juices. Pour this fruit filling over the baked crust, top with the crumble topping, then bake until bubbling and lightly golden brown.

    Overhead shot of blueberry crumble bars on a marble surface

    Looking for more summer recipes?

    Overhead shot of blueberry crumble bars on a marble surface

    Blueberry Peach Crumble Bars (Vegan)

    Brit Wolfe
    A delicious layer of blueberry and peach filling sitting on top a buttery crust, topped with a crumbly streusel
    Prep Time 20 mins
    Cook Time 50 mins
    Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
    Course Dessert
    Cuisine American
    Servings 12

    Ingredients
      

    Crust & Crumble

    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
    • pinch of salt
    • 1 1/2 tsp. ground flaxseed
    • 1/2 cup vegan butter, such as Earth Balance cold and cubed
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 1/3 cup chopped pecans

    Blueberry & Peach Filling

    • 2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
    • 1 heaping cup peaches, peeled and chopped
    • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
    • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
    • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
    • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch

    Instructions
     

    For the crust:

    • In a small bowl, combine the ground flaxseed with 1 1/2 Tbsp. of water. Mix well, then set aside until thickened, about 5-7 minutes.
    • Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt), then add the sugar and mix well to make sure there are no lumps. Add the cold, cubed butter and mix with your hands until the mixture resembles course crumbs. Add the flax and vanilla and mix well. If this mixture starts to get warm at any point, throw it in the fridge to chill for 5-10 minutes. Just like a pie crust, you want it to stay cold!
    • Press about 2/3 of the crust mixture into a parchment-lined 8"x8" baking pan. Make sure to really press the mixture into the corners or else the fruit juice could seep down and make the crust soggy. Chill the crust for 15 minutes. While the crust is chilling, preheat the oven to 375ºF.
    • Once the 15 minutes has passed, bake the bottom crust for 15 minutes until set and slightly golden brown. In a separate bowl, add the chopped pecans to the remaining 1/3 of the crust, then set aside (this will become the top crumble!).

    For the filling:

    • In a large bowl, combine the blueberries and peaches. Sprinkle the sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice over top, and let sit for 15 minutes until the fruit has started to release some of its juice. After 15 minutes, drain some of the juice from the bottom of the bowl, then add the cornstarch to the fruit and mix well.
    • Pour the blueberry filling over the baked crust. Sprinkle the remaining crust over top and gently pat into the filling. Bake 35 minutes until bubbling and light golden brown.

    For the glaze:

    • In a small bowl, mix 1 cup of powdered sugar with 1 Tbsp. of nondairy milk. Mix until smooth, then drizzle over the fruit bars.
    Keyword bar dessert, bars, blueberry, peach

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