Cannabidiol oil, also known as CBD, comes from the same plant as marijuana but has now gained legalization in most countries of the world. Thanks to this, products containing CBD have begun to find their way in many bars and eateries everywhere.
If you are yearning to sink your teeth in a CBD-infused treat, here is what you need to know about baking with this source of blissful calm.
Getting CBD Into Your Baked Food
Simply speaking, if you want to bake with CBD, it first needs to be extracted into fat. The best way of doing this is by purchasing an over-the-counter full spectrum CBD tincture, one that has other cannabinoids other than CBD, having a coconut-based base and mixing a bit with the recipe you want.
You can also extract CBD at home and infuse it into oil or butter, however, this is a tedious task. The effort, though, is rewarding as the homemade CBD extract is more potent than the outsourced tincture. Especially if you use hemp flowers of the highest quality which are easily available online.
The crystals of CBD are easily soluble in butter and cooking oils. Begin by heating your desired fatty base at low heat and add the required amount of CBD crystals, stirring gently all the time. Once dissolved, they can then be used in any baking dish you wish to create.
Common Mistakes to Avoid
If you want to make the most of your CBD baking experience, there are some common beginner mistakes that need to be avoided. First and foremost, you need to ensure you have the best quality CBD oil. There are plenty of choices when it comes to CBD hemp oil in the UK so be careful to pick a good one.
Ensure that baking temperature needs to be strictly regulated to under 350°F. The terpenes present inside the cannabis are extremely volatile which make them burn off if the temperature goes beyond 340°F. By controlling the heat, the terpenes will not burn off and retain their potency in the highest state. One should however be careful with the CBD product you work with and check whether it is pesticide-free and lab tested before using it.
You can incorporate CBD into most recipes, but it is advisable to start with something you are familiar with at the beginning. The CBD oil is known to work better in some recipes than in others, especially recipes with high acidity as this can cause the CBD to break down.
Other Things to Consider
Keep these important things in mind when incorporating CBD into your baking dishes:
The size of the serving is important if you want to use CBD in baking. For best results, make sure that your recipe contains the desired amount of CBD to provide the right milligram content you want in each of your baked items.
For retaining potency and freshness, it is paramount to store your CBD baked goods in the right way. As CBD is very sensitive to heat and light, a cool and dark place like the cupboard in your pantry will be an ideal choice. Keep them inside an airtight container and your CBD goodies will maintain their quality and taste for a long time.
Recipes to Try Out
Once you are ready to begin your CBD baking, here are some easy to make recipes you can try at home.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
This recipe makes thirty chocolate chip cookies, each containing 25mg of CBD.
- Half cup softened butter
- ¾ cup sugar
- Two large eggs
- 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar
- 2 ¼ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- 750mg of CBD oil
Preheat the oven at 300°F.
Mix the sugar and butter in an electric mixer for three minutes till soft and fluffy.
Add eggs and mix well.
Add the CBD oil and the vanilla extract and blend the mixture on low heat until all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
Add salt, baking soda and flour and mix with a wooden spoon till smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Scoop out 30 tablespoon-sized dollops of the cookie dough. Place them two inches apart on a cookie sheet and bake in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes till they turn golden brown.
Take them out with a spatula and allow them to cool. Keep in an airtight jar to retain freshness for up to five days.
Chocolate CBD Brownies
CBD and chocolate are a perfect match as far as baked goods are concerned. This recipe is easy enough to make on your own.
- Four cups of flour
- Three cups of granulated sugar
- 2 and a half cups cocoa powder
- One tablespoon baking powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon of salt
- ½ cup of agave syrup
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups of vegetable oil
- Two cups apple sauce
- One cup chocolate chips
- 3 tablespoons of CBD hemp oil.
Preheat the oven to 325°F.
Lightly oil two baking pans.
Whisk all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In another bowl mix all the wet ingredients.
Add the wet mix to the dry mix with a spatula. Using a hand mixer till it is smooth. Gently fold in the chocolate chips.
Pour the brownie batter into the two baking pans and add extra chocolate chips if desired.
Bake for twelve minutes.
Allow it to cool.
Some More Recipes
If you are looking for other delicious recipes which easily incorporate CBD oil into your diet then you are in for a treat. Consider some of the following easy tips:
- Enjoy a toast topped with fried egg drizzled with CBD oil
- Mix CBD into fresh salsa
- Serve fried fish with tartar sauce infused with CBD oil
- Mash boiled potatoes with CBD oil, butter and cream.
- You can combine CBD oil with coconut butter to use as a sugarless icing for muffins (or melt some CBD chocolate and drizzle that instead).
Baking with CBD oil can be an extremely rewarding cooking experience that offers untold wellness and health benefits. The use of quality ingredients and CBD is a great way to infuse cannabinoids into your system. So good luck and Bon Appetit!