French Silk Pie

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Spring is here, and when I think of spring desserts, I think PIE.

I haven’t made pie since the holidays (pumpkin and pecan), but I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE French Silk Pie and I had never attempted one of my own before so here we are.

This pie recipe turned out just like what you can buy at a restaurant, it was delicious.

Creamy with rich flavor, it set up nice, and I wished there was more. I also wish I had more pictures, but these will do. Please share your own if you make this recipe!

I found the recipe on Taste of Home’s website here. The recipe follows with some of my minor tweaks.

French Silk Pie

Prep: 40 minutes     Bake: 10 minutes     Chill: 6 hours     Yield: 8 servings

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  • 1 sheet refrigerated pie pastry
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons confectioners’ sugar
  • Whipped cream and chocolate curls, optional

Directions

French silk pie filling.

French silk pie filling.

  1. Put refrigerated pie pastry in pie pan. Flute edges.
  2. Line shell with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake at 450° for 4 minutes. Remove foil; bake 2 minutes longer or until crust is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. *I would have loved to have added pie weights to prevent bubbling, however I did not have this! You can poke tiny holes in the bottom to alleviate some of the bubbling before baking.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and eggs until well blended. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture reaches 160° and coats the back of a metal spoon. Remove from the heat. Stir in chocolate and vanilla until smooth. Cool to lukewarm (90°), stirring occasionally.
  4. In a small bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Add cooled chocolate mixture; beat on high speed for 5 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  5. In another large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners’ sugar; beat until stiff peaks form. Fold into chocolate mixture.
  6. Pour into crust. Chill for at least 6 hours before serving. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate curls if desired. Refrigerate leftovers.

 

Enjoy!

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Irish BOOZE Cake

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I know, I am a little behind in posting this delectable Irish treat, but better late than never!

Especially when it comes to this irresistibly rich and perfectly boozy dessert!

My dad brewed his own Irish Stout for St. Patrick’s Day, so of course I wanted to incorporate it in to the traditional family meal of corned beef and cabbage somehow, and what better way than mixed with chocolate in a cake!

I came across a food blog called Food Babbles which posted this amazing Irish Car Bomb cake recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen, and it was just too perfect to pass up!

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Jameson with my whiskey ganache.

 

It has all of the elements of the Irish Car Bomb beverage:

Irish Stout beer, Jameson Irish whiskey, and Bailey’s Irish Cream.

Isn’t the point of St. Patty’s day to get your drink on? This cake is the perfect compliment to whatever you find yourself sipping on.

Irish BOOZE Cake

Ingredients

Irish stout and butter with cocoa.

Irish stout and butter with cocoa.

Cake

  • 1 cup stout (such as Guinness, I used my dad’s home brewed Irish Stout)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-process)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup sour cream

Ganache

Chopped chocolate for the ganache.
Chopped chocolate for the ganache.
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons Irish whiskey (I used Jameson and at least doubled the recipe- add to taste)

Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare two 8″ cake pans with parchment circles on bottom. (I also sprayed with nonstick spray)
  2. Bring 1 cup stout and 1 cup butter to simmer in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add cocoa powder and whisk until smooth. Cool slightly.
  3. Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and 3/4 teaspoon salt in large bowl to blend. Using an electric mixer, beat eggs and sour cream in another large bowl to blend.
  4. Add the stout-chocolate mixture to egg mixture and beat just to combine. Add flour mixture and beat briefly on slow speed. Using a rubber spatula, fold batter until completely combined.
  5. Divide batter evenly among the two cake pans. Bake for 20 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees and bake until tester inserted in center come out clean, about 10 minutes longer. Cool completely on rack.

Ganache

Ready for the oven!

Ready for the oven!

  1. Chop the chocolate and transfer it to a heatproof bowl. Heat the cream until simmering and pour it over the chocolate. Let it sit for one minute and then stir until smooth.
  2. Add the butter and whiskey and stir until combined. Let cool to room temperature and until thickened a bit.

Frosting

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl using an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
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Fresh from the oven!

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Enjoy!

Baked Apples

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Last week, my theme for my preschool class was “Our Healthy Bodies”. We talked about things that we do to make our bodies healthy, happy, and strong (and also things that make our bodies sad and weak).

Apple Smiles

On Friday we did a snack craft where we made APPLE SMILES!

I bought a big sack of red apples and encouraged my kiddos to gobble them up!

Apples and beer.

Apples and beer.

 

However, even after my 30 students ate their snack, I still had 6 apples left over! These red apples aren’t my preferred choice in apple for snacking consumption, so I decided to bake them in to something more delicious!

Now, I will apologize for my horrible attempt at documenting the ‘recipe’ I created.

Honestly, I sliced the apples, then sprinkled my ingredients over the top without measuring. My recipe below is my best attempt at recreating this dish (with some slight changes) that would create an even better outcome!

It was delicious.

Baked Apples

Prep: 20 minutes     Bake: 45 minutes

Ingredients

Phew, done peeling and chopping.

Phew, done peeling and chopping.

  • 6 red apples
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 3 tablespoons whole grain oats

Directions

Ready for the oven.

Ready for the oven.

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray shallow glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Peel and slice apples.
  3. Combine all dry ingredients in large bowl, toss apples in mixture to coat evenly.
  4. Pour apples in to baking dish, cover with slices of butter.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes stirring occasionally.
Fresh from the oven!

Fresh from the oven!

Enjoy!

Classic White Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

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Okay so the other day when I baked Chocolate Cupcakes for my staff, I also baked some Classic White Cupcakes per Wills request. When I asked him what his favorite kind of cake was, he said white. WHITE of all things. I thought HOW BORING.

But my god these cupcakes are good.

I came across a Simple White Cake Recipe on http://www.allrecipes.com that just got rave reviews, so I decided to give it a whirl- and let me tell you these little nuggets are the bomb-diggity (Yes. Yes. I just said ‘bomb-diggity).

I got so many compliments on these cupcakes, “Oh My God did you make these?”, “My whole family was fighting over these”, “They’re the best cupcakes I’ve ever had” – you get the picture.

The buttercream recipe was also divine and can be found at the bottom of my Chocolate Cupcakes post 🙂

Classic White Cupcakes

Prep: 20 minutes     Bake: 30 minutes     Yield: 12 cupcakes

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  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes. Cupcakes are done when it springs back to the touch.
  4. Finish with buttercream frosting!

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Enjoy!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting!

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Oh my goodness.

I have not posted in nearly a week, and I am NOT happy with myself about that!

However… I do have good reason: I interviewed for a special education preschool position last Monday, started Thursday, and am still trying to wrap my head around my new students, classroom, curriculum, staff, and school!

I TEACH PRESCHOOL NOW.

Hilarious. We sing a lot of songs. Like A LOT.

I wanted to get back to my baking basics and make something that can show my appreciation to my support staff for being so amazing this week, so I decided to gift them some thank you cupcakes! I really don’t know what I would have done without them.

I decided to follow Martha Stewart’s recipe for her Chocolate Cupcakes, and Savory Sweet Life’s recipe for Classic Buttercream Frosting.

The cupcakes themselves are dense and intensely rich little nuggets. The consistency is between a brownie and a cake as these babies are moist but heavy. They are also somewhat bitter so the buttercream frosting helps balance the flavor.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Prep: 30 minutes     Bake: 20-25 minutes     Yield: 12 cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. Into a medium bowl, sift together cocoa, flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each, then beat in vanilla. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with sour cream and beginning and ending with flour.
  3. Pour batter into cups, filling each 3/4 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. Cool in pan 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, then finish with buttercream frosting!

Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Prep: 5 minutes     Yield: 2.5 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks or 1/2 pound), softened (but not melted!) Ideal texture should be like ice cream.
  • 3-4 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar, SIFTED
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • up to 4 tablespoons milk or heavy cream

Directions

  1. Beat butter for a few minutes with a mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed. Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and turn your mixer on the lowest speed (so the sugar doesn’t blow everywhere) until the sugar has been incorporated with the butter. Increase mixer speed to medium and add vanilla extract, salt, and 2 tablespoons of milk/cream and beat for 3 minutes. If your frosting needs a more stiff consistency, add remaining sugar. If your frosting needs to be thinned out, add remaining milk 1 tablespoons at a time.

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Enjoy!

Fat Tuesday Paczki

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Happy Fat Tuesday!

Or better yet…

HAPPY PACZKI DAY!

It is Polish tradition to indulge in these delectable donuts on the last Tuesday before Ash Wedensday, which is also the last day of Mardi Gras!

SO DEVOUR EVERYTHING! GORGE YOURSELF! EAT LIKE A COW!

Now here I should clear one thing up…

I don’t exactly honor Lent, and I’m not Polish.

But…

I do love honoring other cultures food traditions, obviously.

I found this Pączki recipe on this Eastern European Food site posted by Barbara Rolek. She explains her busia, or grandmother, used to make this Pączki recipe without a filling, and dusted with granulated sugar.

Her recipe is easy to follow, and is typed below.

Blackberry filling

Blackberry filling

I did find this dough to be extremely tacky and hard to work with, so where it says ‘lightly floured’ be a little generous. My dough kept sticking to my lightly floured non-stick mats, and to my floured fingers. Hence why some of my pączki are not the prettiest. I also used a 3 1/2 inch biscuit cutter (aka my English Muffin rings), so my  pączki ended up a little larger than her recipe describes. The rises also only took me 2 hours total.

I made most of mine with a Blackberry filling (I let Wills pick it out), and dusted with powdered sugar. I also dusted some in granulated sugar and cinnamon. YUM.

Polish Pączki

Prep: 45 minutes     Cook: 6 minutes     Rises: 3 hours     Total: 3 hours, 51 minutes     Yield: 2 dozen

Ingredients

Before the third rise!

Before the third rise!

  • 1 1/2 cups warm milk (no warmer than 110 degrees)
  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 ounces (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 3 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon brandy or rum
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 gallon oil for deep frying
  • Granulated sugar (optional)
  • Confectioner’s sugar (optional)
  • Fruit paste for filling (optional)

Directions

Into the fryer!

Into the fryer!

  1. Add yeast to warm milk, stir to dissolve and set aside. In a large bowl or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together sugar and butter until fluffy. Beat in eggs, brandy and salt until well-incorporated.
  2. Still using the paddle attachment, add 4 1/2 cups flour alternately with the milk-yeast mixture and beat for 5 or more minutes by machine and longer by hand until smooth. My grandmother used to beat the dough with a wooden spoon until it blistered. Dough will be very slack. If too soft, add remaining 1/2 cup flour, but no more.
  3. Place dough in a greased bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk, anywhere from 1 to 2 1/2 hours. Punch down and let rise again (about 30 minutes).
  4. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface. Pat or roll to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut rounds with 3-inch biscuit cutter. Remove scraps, and re-roll and re-cut. Cover and let rounds rise until doubled in bulk, 30 minutes or longer.

    Fresh from the fryer!

    Fresh from the fryer!

  5. Heat oil to 350 degrees in large skillet or Dutch oven. Place pączki top-side down (the dry side) in the oil a few at a time and fry 2 to 3 minutes or until bottom is golden brown. Flip them over and fry another 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown. Make sure the oil doesn’t get too hot so the exterior doesn’t brown before the interior is done. Test a cool one to make sure it’s cooked through. Adjust cooking time and oil heat accordingly.
  6. Drain pączki on paper towels or brown paper bags, and roll in granulated sugar while still warm. Note: You can poke a hole in the side of the pączki and, using a pastry bag, squeeze in a dollop of the filling of choice. Then dust filled pączki with granulated sugar, confectioners’ sugar or glaze.

Enjoy while still warm!

  • Pączki don’t keep well, which is the perfect excuse to gorge yourself on them!IMG_5952
Cinnamon and sugar

Cinnamon and sugar

Enjoy!

Chocolate STOUT Cake

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Happy 24th Birthday to my little sister!

She has been a little depressed about this birthday, moping around the house, saying things like “I can’t believe I’m so old”, “it’s all downhill from here”, “look at my grey hairs” etc.

I wanted to surprise her today with a very special cake, one that combines the celebration of her birthday with her love of stout beer. (A love we don’t share)

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Mission accomplished. It was almost too obvious, right?

Chocolate STOUT Cake!

I found this recipe on http://www.epicurious.com that was originally published in Bon Appetit by Barrington Brewery, MA in 2002. I used the Chocolate Bunny Stout from Rhinelander Brewing Co. instead of Guinness! YUM.

Chocolate STOUT Cake

Ingredients

Cake

  • 2 cups stout (such as Guinness)
  • 2 cups unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-process)
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups sour cream

Icing

  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 pound bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • * I added 1 single-serve pack of Starbucks Via instant coffee

Directions

Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter three 8-inch round cake pans with 2-inch-high sides. Line with parchment paper. Butter paper. Bring 2 cups stout and 2 cups butter to simmer in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add cocoa powder and whisk until mixture is smooth. Cool slightly.
    Butter and beer.
    Butter and beer.
  2. Bring cream to simmer in heavy medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Add chopped chocolate and whisk until melted and smooth. Refrigerate until icing is spreadable, stirring frequently, about 2 hours.
  3. Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in large bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat eggs and sour cream in another large bowl to blend. Add stout-chocolate mixture to egg mixture and beat just to combine. Add flour mixture and beat briefly on slow speed. Using rubber spatula, fold batter until completely combined. Divide batter equally among prepared pans. Bake cakes until tester inserted into center of cakes comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Transfer cakes to rack; cool 10 minutes. Turn cakes out onto rack and cool completely.

Icing

  1. Bring cream to simmer in heavy medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Add chopped chocolate (and instant coffee) and whisk until melted and smooth. Refrigerate until icing is spreadable, stirring frequently, about 2 hours.
  2. Place 1 cake layer on plate. Spread 2/3 cup icing over. Top with second cake layer. Spread 2/3 cup icing over. Top with third cake layer. Spread remaining icing over top and sides of cake.
Cooling cakes

Cooling cakes

The cake looked and smelled beautiful throughout the creating process. However, after reading some of the responses to the original recipe posting, I decided to let the cakes cool almost completely in the pans before transferring them to a wire rack. MY CAKES STILL STUCK! The parchment on the bottom of the cake pans is a MUST! I had a nightmare trying to frost the cakes back together. Also, the three tiered cake was a little tall, when making this recipe again I will either do 2 cakes or a bundt cake.

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Enjoy!

Chocolate Chippers – A Sugarless Cookie

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A sugarless cookie? Now you have my attention!

I found this recipe in the same magazine that gave me my beloved Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cheesecake that I posted earlier this week. It was the Better Homes and Gardens Best-Loved Reader Recipes issue (2012). Chocolate Chipper Cookies (p. 144) are the cover star! How could I resist?

This recipe was submitted in 1947 and uses corn syrup instead of sugar. The corn syrup makes these cookies a crisp version of the classic Chocolate Chip Cookie. 

If you love a crispy crunchy yummy cookie, this is definitely for you! These little gems are just delicious! Oh, and did I mention they’re super easy to make?

Chocolate Chippers

Prep: 30 minutes     Bake: 15 minutes    Yield: 48 cookies

Ingredients

  • ½ cup shortening
  • ¾ cup light-color corn syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
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    Fresh out of the oven
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped, or semisweet chocolate baking pieces
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl beat shortening with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add corn syrup, vanilla, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of the bowl occasionally. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Stir in chocolate and nuts.
  2. Drop by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheets. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until edges are just light brown. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Transfer to wire racks.
YUM

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Enjoy! 

Best Ever Banana Bread (kinda)

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Everyone has been there before. You buy a bunch of bananas, nobody eats them, then they end up looking like this:

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The obvious solution? Whip up some banana bread. I did a Google search for “Best Banana Bread Ever” and found this recipe for Best-Ever Banana Bread (honestly!) from http://www.food.com and thought I’d give it a whirl.

This banana bread was NOT the best ever for a couple of reasons.

  1. The banana bread itself turned out so moist that it was almost mushy.
    1. EDIT- http://www.food.com has this nifty little feature where you can scale down (or up) a recipe. I had scaled the recipe down from 2 loaves of banana bread to 1 loaf. The comment of 1 3/4 cups of bananas in the ingredients list was not scaled down! No wonder it took me so many more bananas than the recipe suggested! Also, no wonder why my bread was mushy! WHOOPS! Live and learn 🙂
  2. The topping directions needed to be more clear. I kept my mixture going on low for some time and it never really reached honey consistency, but without an approximate time that it should be cooking, and without a recommended temperature I was kind of in the dark on what this was supposed to look like.
  3. The topping when dry becomes hard and crumbles when cut.

This recipe was disappointing. My first one that I was not entirely thrilled with! I couldn’t even get a really good picture of the bread after I sliced it because the topping crumbled so bad! It is yummy and tastes like caramel, but looks so unappealing.

Maybe others out there will have better luck with it than I did! Let me know how it turns out if you try it!

Here it is:

Best Ever Banana Bread (kinda)

Prep: 20 minutes     Cook: 1 hour

Topping Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 5 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted*

Batter Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 eggs
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed (or 1 3/4 c, the bananas have to be so ripe that they’re nearly black!)**

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    Ready to go in the oven

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract ***
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cream butter and sugar. Mash bananas, beat egg and add to the bananas. Add vanilla and buttermilk to banana mixture. Mix well and add to creamed butter and sugar. Sift together flour, soda and salt; add to banana mixture, beat well.
  3. Pour into a greased and floured 9x5x3-inch loaf pan; bake 45 to 50 minutes (I find this bread needs over an hour) or until bread pulls away from sides of pan; add topping.
  4. To prepare Topping: Melt butter in saucepan; add sugar and milk; cook until syrupy (like honey); remove from heat and add chopped pecans. Pour over bread**** spreading to all the corners and place under broiler until bubbly and brown.
  5. Watch closely (this takes around 1 minute- maybe even less!).
Banana Bread with topping

Banana Bread with topping

*To toast pecans, grease a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes, or until pecans become aromatic, at 350 degrees

**I actually had to mash 5 bananas to make 1 3/4 cups!

*** I used 1 teaspoon vanilla

**** Use immediately or this topping will harden!

Slice of Banana Bread

Slice of Banana Bread

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

My sister just turned 18 and all she wanted for her birthday was to get her ears double pierced, sushi for dinner, and CUPCAKES for dessert.

I began my search looking for donut cupcakes, only to find that donut cupcakes are not iced! What fun is a cupcake without icing!? (Though donuts + cupcakes = yummm so I will try this at some point) This donut cupcake search led me to search for a cinnamon and sugar cupcake. After scouring the Internet for the perfect cinnamon and sugar cupcake recipe, I landed on this SNICKERDOODLE CUPCAKE recipe from Martha Stewart (http://www.marthastewart.com/316419/snickerdoodle-cupcakes) and it sounded so yummy, I had to give it a whirl.

Here is the recipe for the Snickerdoodle cupcake, followed by the recipe for the Seven-Minute Frosting- also from Martha Stewart (http://www.marthastewart.com/343280/seven-minute-frosting)

Ingredients for Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour (not self-rising), sifted
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with paper liners. Sift together flours, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  2. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping sides of bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of milk, beating until combined after each.
  3. Divide batter evenly in lined cups, filling each three-quarters full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and cool completely before removing cupcakes. Cupcakes can be stored up to 2 days at room temperature or frozen up to 2 months in airtight containers.

Ingredients for Seven-Minute Frosting

  • 1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 6 large egg whites, room temperature

Directions

  1. Combine 1 1/2 cups sugar with the water and corn syrup in a small saucepan; clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves. Continue boiling, without stirring until syrup reaches 230 degrees.
  2. Meanwhile, in the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk egg whites on medium-high speed until soft peaks form. With mixer running, add remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, beating to combine.
  3. As soon as sugar syrup reaches 230 degrees, remove from heat. With mixer on medium-low speed, pour syrup down side of bowl in a slow, steady stream. Raise speed to medium-high; whisk until mixture is completely cool (tested by touching bottom of bowl) and stiff (but not dry) peaks form, about 7 minutes. Use immediately.

To finish cupcakes

  1. Spoon Seven-Minute Frosting in to a pastry bag fitted with a large plain tip (Wilton No. 1A), and pipe frosting on to each cupcake. Hold the bag directly over cupcake with tip just above the top and squeeze to create a dome of frosting, release pressure and pull up to form a peak.
  2. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over the cupcakes and enjoy!

These cupcakes were fun and easy! They were not too sweet, so if you desire a more bold flavor I recommend adding more cinnamon (maybe even a little more sugar). These cupcakes also have a lot of potential for embellishing with a filling (a maple creme would be divine).

I had never made this frosting before and was excited about how it turned out. It made the cupcakes whimsical and fun. The dusting of cinnamon with the large coarse sugar ‘sprinkles’ really made these cupcakes seem festive and special.

These were a big hit, I even fit 18 candles in to one of them so we could sing “Happy Birthday”.

Enjoy!