Festive Pink Lemonade

"Times Square's New Years Eve Ball - 1978 Technicians eye the new improved New Years ball. This version, which had halogen lamps for higher visibility, replaced a six-foot ball that had ordinary light bulbs. The lowering of the ball, which takes one minute, is down a 77-foot flagpole on top of One Times Square. (Photo by Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times Photo Archives)"

“Times Square’s New Years Eve Ball – 1978

So I’ve decided to start the tradition of always posting on New Year’s Eve, and including one tasty drink recipe.

funny-drinking-alcohol-gif-25

So here we go!

vector-clip-art-of-a-borderbanner-of-blue-coffee-cups-on-white-by-prawny-629cupsglassesdrinks

Thoughts Before Cooking:

So this recipe comes from my sister blog theCatWhoWroteaBlog.wordpress.comNow my big sister blog TheCatWhoWroteaBlog usually does this with all the recipes in one post. I prefer doing one at a time so I won’t be reposting the whole thing.

However if you are interested in all the recipes pulled from the second book, The Cat Who Turned On and Off, just follow this link.

Ingredients:

  • 8 Cups Water
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 Cup of Maraschino Cherry Juice

Directions:

  1. Bring two cups of water to a boil.
  2. Add sugar to the water and stir over a medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add the lemon and maraschino cherry juice to the sugar-water.
  4. Pour juice mixture and remaining water into a pitcher.
  5. Stir and chill.
  6. Serves 10-12.

Thoughts After Reading:

This was really good lemonade.

I can’t wait to make it again.

For more The Cat Who…Cookbook Recipes, go to French Strawberries

For more drinks, go to Triple Green Protein Smoothie

For more New Year’s Eve posts, go to B is for Blueberry Smoothie

For more holiday posts, go to Crazy Cantina Chili

Advertisements

Chocolate Crinkles

Thoughts Before Baking:

Christmas is coming and there were three families on my list who I wanted to give a gift to and thought what better way than by baking cookies!

I thought that instead of making three dozen of one cookie, I would do three different cookies. That way I would be sure to have something everyone would love. So I decided to do the Regency Ginger Cookie, as it was sweeter than gingerbread but still a Christmas-y cookie.

Then I thought I would do the Rice Krispies Cookies, as everyone loves chocolate chip.

But the third cookie I was stumped. I decided to look in my The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion: The Essential Cookie Cookbook and settled in Chocolate Crinkles.

From the Cookbook: “This classic cookie is beautiful. With its Appaloosa coating of confectioner’s sugar, the cracks that form the surface as it bakes, makes it a miniature work of art. Nevertheless, the true reward comes in the eating. Just barely a crisp at the edges, soft and almost brownie-like in the center, these cookies are sure to make a lasting impression.

Chocolate crinkles, a seeming standard in the cookie baker’s repertoire, actually don’t appear to have a long history. Though it feels as if they have been around forever, the earliest mention we find of them in any cookbook is 1965. This cookie is quick and easy to put together, and forgiving in the oven. If you want a crispier version, bake a few extra minutes. For a fudgier center, go with a shorter baking time.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 Cups of Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1.5 Cups of Sugar
  • 1.5 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • 3/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 6 Tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 Cup of Cocoa Powder, natural or Dutch
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 Cup of Confectioner’s Sugar (Powdered Sugar), for coating the cookies

Directions:

  1. Preheat the Oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Lightly grease two baking sheets.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. Combine the melted butter with the cocoa in a medium-sized bowl and stir until the mixture is smooth. Cool to lukewarm.
  5. Once cooled, add the eggs and the vanilla-stirring to combine.
  6. Add the wet to the dry mixture. The dough will seem dry at first, but keep mixing until it becomes the consistency of stiff brownie batter.
  7. Scoop the dough by tablespoonful and roll into balls.
  8. Roll in confectioner’s sugar to coat.
  9. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheets and bake for 12-14 minutes.
  10. The cookies will spread out and form cracks, the insides looking a little wet.
  11. Remove cookies from oven and cool for 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack.

Thoughts After Baking:

What did I think?

You should defintely make them yourself.

For more cookies from the King Arthur Cookbook, go to 1-2-3-4 Peanut Butter Cookies

For more cookie recipes, go to REESE’S PIECES Peanut Butter Cookies

For more dessert recipes, go to Aunt Neal’s Old-Fashioned Tea Cakes

For more recipes, go to Crostini

 

REESE’S PIECES Peanut Butter Cookies

Thoughts Before Baking:

So I wanted to make a certain cookie, but it turns out that the baker’s chocolate I had was over a year past the due date.

I had a bunch of candy that was given to me and wanted to make cookies with them. After some searching I finally found REESE’S PIECES Peanut Butter Cookies from the website Hershey’s Kitchen.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup (1 Stick) of Butter
  • 1/2 Cup of Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup of Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup of Peanut Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup of Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 Cup of REESE’S PIECES Candies

Directions:

  1. Preheat the Oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Beat the butter, sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, egg, vanilla extract in a large bowl until fluffy.
  3. Stir together flour, baking soda, and salt; adding to the butter mixture and beating until blended.
  4. Stir in candies.
  5. Drop by a tablespoonful unto a greased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until brown.
  7. Cool slightly, then place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Thoughts After Baking:

It was pretty sticky trying to move from the tablespoon to the sheet, so just fair warning.

Now I’m not really a REESE’S PIECES person, but I really liked how they tasted. It was a good mix, and not too overpowering in peanut butter.

For more peanut butter cookies, go to 1-2-3-4 Peanut Butter Cookies

For more cookies, go to Aunt Neal’s Old-Fashioned Tea Cakes

For more desserts, go to Vanilla Crackle

For more peanut butter recipes, go to Rice Krispies Peanut Butter Banana

Aunt Neal’s Old-Fashioned Tea Cakes

Thoughts Before Cooking:

This recipe comes from the cookbook, Christmas Cookies. I was given this years ago for Christmas but never made anything from it.

My new resolution for Spring Cleaning, is use my cookbooks or get rid of them. So I decided to make a cookie from this, even though Christmas is eight months away.

Background on the Cookie:

“These delicious tea cakes were made by an Aunt Cornelia (“Neal) on special occasions and holidays, using hand-churned butter and eggs she gathered from the hen-house. This southern Georgia version dates back to the turn of the twentieth century. “

**Dough has to be chilled**

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of Butter, Softened
  • 1 Cup of Granulated (White) Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg, Lightly Beaten
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk
  • White Sparkling Sugar

Directions:

  1. Beat the butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
  2. Add one cup of sugar, beating well.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla; beat well.
  4. In a separate bowl: combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Add the flour mixture and the milk to butter mixture, alternating between the two. Begin with adding half the flour mixture, then add the milk, and finish with adding the flour mixture.
  6. Mix at a low speed after each addition, until just blended.
  7. Shape dough into two discs.
  8. Wrap the discs in wax paper and chill for at least one hour.
  9. After having chilled, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  10. Roll each disc to 1/4 inch thickness on a floured surface.
  11. Cut with a 3.5 inch round cookie cutter; and place one inch apart on lightly greased baking sheets.
  12. Sprinkle with sparkling sugar.
  13. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until lightly browned.
  14. Cool for one minute and then remove to wore racks to cool.
  15. Makes about two dozen.

Thoughts After Baking:

When I took it out of the fridge it was super hard and I was unsure if it would come out okay.

But after being in my hands it quickly became super sticky, so make sure you flour the rolling pin and the cutting board.

But after all that this cookies were super good. Not too sweet and perfect for tea time.

For more tea cakes, go to Cherry-Pistachio Tea Cakes

For more tea treats, go to Irish Apple Cake with Custard Sauce

For more cookie recipes, go to Rice Krispies Cookies

For more desserts, go to Vanilla Crackle

Vanilla Crackle

So I had a recipe on Gingerbread Wands which I thought would go perfect with Gingerbread Cookie Murder, but I lost the recipe and can’t make them.

So instead I will post a recipe from Joanne Fluke, but if you are interested in Gingerbread cookies, check this recipe out.

Appleturnovermurderjoannflukehannahswenson

Thoughts Prior to Cooking:

So the recipe comes from Apple Turnover Murder. This recipe intrigued me as it only had a few ingredients and seemed incredibly easy to make.

She calls it Vanilla Crack, but that has negative connotations so I changed the name.

baking banner

Ingredients:

  • Non-stick Cooking Spray or Butter
  • 1 Box of Soda Crackers ( I used saltines)
  • 2 Sticks of Salted Butter (1 Cup, 8 oz, 1/2 lb)
  • 1 Cup of White Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup of Salted Nuts (optional)

Directions:

  1. Line a 10 by 15-inch cookie sheet with foil.
  2. Spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray or rub with butter.
  3. Cover the pan completely with a single layer of crackers, salt side up. Set aside
  4. Preheat oven at 350° Fahrenheit.
  5. Combine the butter, sugar, and vanilla in a heavy saucepan. Bring it to a full boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  6. Boil for five minutes, stirring constantly. Don’t stop stirring.
  7. Pour the mixture over the crackers as evenly as possible. Spread it about if needed.
  8. Sprinkle the nuts on top.
  9. Slide the pan into the oven for ten minutes.
  10. Remove pan from oven and let it cool. When they have thoroughly cooled, peel off foil, and break into pieces.

baking banner

VanillaCrackle

Thoughts After Cooking:

When I ate the first piece I thought they were okay. But then, I had to have another, and another, and another…you see why they are called crack. They are addicting! But there is no drugs in it, it is that toffee taste that is so good it destroys your self-control.

These were really good, and there is a chocolate version that I am eager to try.

For more Hannah Swensen recipes, go to Too Easy Hotdish

For more dessert, go to Cherry-Pistachio Tea Cakes

For more recipes, go to How to Make a London Fog

Irish Apple Cake with Custard Sauce

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Thoughts Before Baking:

So I had thought I was making a pie for Saint Patrick’s Day as I posted Tuesday, but I realized that I had it wrong, I had a cake recipe, not a pie.

Oh well. Here we go. I got this recipe from The Kitchen McCabe.

Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 3 Cups of Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Ground Cloves
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Ground Nutmeg
  • 12 Tablespoons of Butter
  • 3/4 Cup of Sugar
  • 4 Large Granny Smith Apples
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3/4 Cup of Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons of Sugar (For sprinkling on top of the cake.)

Custard:

  • 6 Large Egg Yolks
  • 6 Tablespoons of Sugar
  • 1.5 Cups of Whole Milk
  • 1.5 Teaspoons of Vanilla

Directions:

Cake:

  1. Grease and flour an 8″ or 9″ springform pan. If you do not have a springform pan then cover a pan with foil and grease it.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, cloves, and nutmeg into a large mixing bowl. (Make sure the bowl is very large as everything will later be combined into it.)
  4. Cut the butter into the flour using your fingers or a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  5. Add the 3/4 cup of sugar to the flour mixture and mix in.
  6. Peel the apples and slice them into uniform pieces (about 1/4″ wide and then cut into three pieces.)
  7. Toss the apples into the flour mixture and combine thoroughly.
  8. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and milk together. Add this to the flour mixture and mix. The batter should be thick and dough-like.
  9. Transfer the dough to the pan and fatten the top with the back of a spatula.
  10. Sprinkle sugar over the top of the cake.
  11. Bake for 45-50 mins. Test the center for doneness. The top of the cake should be a golden brown.
  12. Serve slices with the custard sauce.

Custard Sauce:

  1. Place the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl and whisk until pale yellow, 2-3 mins.
  2. Place the milk in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Slowly whisk the hot milk into the egg/sugar mixture.
  4. Transfer the mixture back into the saucepan and stir over a medium heat until the custard thickens, about 4 minutes. Custard should be thick enough to coat the back of the spoon.
  5. Mix in the vanilla and then transfer to a bowl or serving saucer.
  6. Serve warm or cold over the apple cake.

 

Thoughts After Baking:

So I tried making the custard, but the eggs cooked too fast and this is what they ended up being:

So I instead went with the glaze from A is for Applesauce Cake.

Otherwise, the cake was good. It wasn’t really sweet, but I enjoyed it. Good with tea or coffee.

For more Saint Patrick’s Day recipes, go to Irish Soda Bread

For more cake, go to Pumpkin Spice Cake

For more desserts, go to Rice Krispies Cookies

For more holiday recipes, go to Chicken Cashew Wrap

For more pinterest recipes, go to Blueberry Sour Cream Pie

Chocolate Covered Cherry Delights

cherry-clipart-black-and-white-Cherry-clip-art-29

When ever I try to review something that has a titular recipe, such as in Joanne Fluke’s work; I try to do a recipe that matches the title. For instance I made chocolate chip cookies to go with Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, strawberry shortcake to go with Strawberry Shortcake Murder, etc. But sometimes when I find myself with a book title of a food I don’t like I find myself in an awkward position trying to search for another recipe to use.

In this case, I HATE cheesecake of all kinds.

yuck_pirates_of_the_caribbean

So instead of that I decided to do something different, but still had to do with cherries as that was the theme of the book. I choose the recipes Chocolate Covered Cherry Delights from Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder.

chocolatechipcookiemurder

Thoughts Before Baking:

This recipe appealed to me because I like chocolate covered cherries. I figured they must be as equally good in a cookie.

baking banner

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of Melted Butter
  • 2 Cups of White Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup of Cocoa Powder
  • 3 Cups of Flour
  • 2 small 10-oz jars of
  • 1 package of chocolate chips
  • 1/3 Cup of condensed sweetened milk
  1. Melt Butter and mix in sugar.
  2. Let mixture cool and add eggs.
  3. Mix it thoroughly and then add baking powder, baking soda, salt, vanilla, and cocoa, stirring after each addition.
  4. Add flour and mix well.
  5. Drain cherries and remove stems, reserving juice.
  6. Roll dough into walnut size balls with your fingers.
  7. Place on a greased cookie sheet.
  8. Press down the on the center of the cookie with your thumb to make an indentation, placing the cherry inside.
  9. In a saucepan over simmering water, combine the chocolate chips and condensed milk. Heat on low until chips are melted.
  10. Add ~1/8 cup of cherry juice and stir into a thick sauce.
  11. Spoon sauce over the center of each cookie, covering the cherry.
  12. Bake at 350 for 10-12 mins. Let it cool.

baking banner

Chocolate Covered Cherry Delights

baking banner

This was really good but a little too sweet for my taste.

joker-yum

I ended up having to half the syrup drizzle as I only had one cup of chocolate chips instead of a whole package, but it worked out pretty well. I only missed a few cookies.

gotthis

My biggest problem in making these was that there was no picture as to see how much chocolate should I drizzle. I had to guess with some cookies having a little chocolate and others having a whole lot.

idon'tknowwhatI'mdoing

But everyone else loved them and thought they were fantastic. In fact I took them to a party and they were gobbled up instantly.

fantastic

baking banner

For more recipes from Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, go to Regency Ginger Cookies

For more Hannah Swenson recipes, go to Apple Orchard Bars

For more cookie recipes, go to Cocoa M&M Cookies

For more desserts, go to Sour Cream Lemon Pie

For more recipes, go to Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

St.Patrick

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Even though I already celebrated a holiday earlier this week, I just couldn’t resist doing something for Saint Patrick’s day.

eatinghobbyilovelucy

baking banner

celebratebettycrocker

Thoughts Before Baking:

I received this Betty Crocker Celebrate! cookbook several years ago for Christmas. Since then I have made a few different recipes from it, this being the first I have done for Saint Patrick’s Day.

Now I LOVE soda bread. This was my first time baking it myself.

So I’m not Irish, but I did take an Irish history class and was declared an honorary Irishwoman. So here I go.

baking banner

Ingredients:

  • Shortening
  • 2.5 Cups of All-Purpose Flour, plus extra for later
  • 2 Tablespoons of Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 3 Tablespoons of Butter
  • About 1 Cup of Buttermilk
  • Additional Butter, Softened

Directions:

  1. Heat Oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Grease cookie sheet with shortening.
  3. Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  4. Cut in 3 tablespoons of butter, using a pastry blender or crisscrossing two knives, until mixture looks like fine crumbs.
  5. Stir in just enough buttermilk so dough leaves the side of the bowl.
  6. Place dough on a lightly floured surface, gently roll the dough to coat.
  7. Knead 1 to 2 mins, or until smooth.
  8. Shape into a round loaf, about 6.5 inches in diameter.
  9. Place on the cookie sheet. Cut an X shape about 1/2 inch deep through loaf with floured knife.
  10. ***Holiday History*** The traditional X on top represents a cross, which is supposed to keep the devil away.
  11. Bake 35-45 mins or until golden brown.
  12. Remove from cookie sheet.
  13. Brush with additional softened butter.
  14. Cool completely, about 30 mins, before cutting.

baking banner

irishsodabread

baking banner

Thoughts After Baking:

It was sooooooo good!

joker-yum

I wanted to eat the whole thing. 🙂

bread

baking banner

For more bread recipes, go to Cheesy Pesto Pull Apart Bread

For more Betty Crocker recipes, go to Lemon Meringue Chiffon Cake

For more holiday posts, go to Sour Cream Lemon Pie

baking banner

12821614_496042687258874_6783904926915474271_n

Sour Cream Lemon Pie

Happy Pi Day!

piPie

Thoughts Before Baking:

As you see above, today is Pi day so I decided to make a pie. I’ve been wanting to make a lemon pie, but was looking for something other than lemon meringue, as I’m not a huge fan of meringue. So I looked around on pinterest until I found this one. I had never had it before, but thought why not test it out?

The recipe comes from allrecipes.com for the crust and Bunny’s Warm Oven for the pie filling.

baking banner

Graham Cracker Crust

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 Cups of Finely Ground Graham Crackers (~9 crackers)
  • 1/3 Cup of White Sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons of Butter, Melted

Directions:

  1. Mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter.
  2. Press mixture into an 8 or 9 inch pie pan.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees F for 7 mins. Cool.

 

Sour Cream Lemon Pie Filling

Ingredients:

  • One 9 inch Pie Shell Baked, or 9 inch Graham Cracker Crust
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 3.5 Tablespoons of Cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Zest
  • 1/2 Cup of Lemon Juice
  • 3 Egg Yolks, slightly beaten
  • 1 Cup of Milk
  • 1/4 Cup of Butter
  • 1 Cup of Sour Cream
  • Whipped Cream for Garnish

Directions:

  1. Combine sugar, cornstarch, lemon zest, lemon juice, beaten egg yolks, and milk in a heavy duty metal saucepan.
  2. Stir.
  3. Cook the ingredients on medium heat, stirring constantly, until filling thickens. This takes about 10 mins.
  4. The filling will thicken and then boil. As soon as it boils remove from heat and add the butter.
  5. Stir until butter is well incorporated.
  6. Let it cool for 10 mins in the pan and then add the sour cream.
  7. Stir until incorporated.
  8. Pour filling into baked pie shell.
  9. Refrigerate until firm, about 3 hours.
  10. Garnish with whipped cream and serve.

baking banner

a767db12-5bcd-423a-b4b2-9aa526a9a4c7 155d0edc-cef2-473c-b9e5-8d72874bf479

baking banner

Thoughts After Reading:

The graham cracker crust didn’t come out right, it just fell apart. I think the next time I make it I would do a regular crust.

The filling was amazing, it was very thick and rich. Although I felt the whipped cream on top was overkill and it was better without.

baking banner

For more lemon recipes, go to Lemon Meringue Chiffon Cake

For more pies, go to With the 4th of July Comes Apple Pie

For more holiday posts, go to Cocoa M&M Cookies

For more pinterest recipes, go to Mozzarella Tomato Toast

For more desserts, go to Apple Orchard Bars

Apple Orchard Bars

Fudge Cupcake Murder

Thoughts Before Baking:

I got this recipe from the Hannah Swensen mystery, Fudge Cupcake Murder. It sounded really tasty so I thought I would try it out.

baking banner

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup of Melted Butter (1 Stick)
  • 1/2 Cup of White Sugar
  • 1 Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 2 Beaten Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup of Rolled Oats
  • 1 Cup of Chopped Apples
  • 1.5 Cups of Flour

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Melt butter, add the sugars, and stir.
  3. Add baking soda, salt, baking powder, vanilla, cinnamon, and beaten eggs.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Add the chopped apple.
  6. Add the flour and mix it thoroughly.
  7. Add the Oats and mix well.
  8. Grease a 9-inch by 13-inch cake pan. Spoon the dough in and smooth it with a rubber spatula.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until slightly brown on top.
  10. Let it cool and cut into bars like brownie.

baking banner

AppleBars

baking banner

Thoughts After Baking:

I LOVED it! They were just the best tasting thing that I consumed almost the entire pan. Just one fantastic recipe!

fantastic

baking banner

For more recipes from Fudge Cupcake Murder, go to Hole in One

For more Hannah Swensen recipes, go to Misdemeanor Mushrooms

For more recipes, go to Polka Dot Macaroni and Cheese

Brioche French Toast

cupcake_kisses-valentine's_day_cards_for_kids-nancy_kubo-daiquiri-pink

Happy Valentine’s Day

I know you all are thinking, what? Valetine’s Day is Sunday. Yes, you are right, but I thought that I would post a great recipe to make for your loved one today, just in case anyone out there needed any ideas.

My-Fathers-Daughter-by-Gwyneth-Paltrow

Thoughts before Cooking:

Ever since I have heard the word “brioche” uttered by Hugh Jackman in Kate & Leopold I have wanted to sample some of my own. I was like yes, give me some.

And later in the film he makes this yummy dish for her breakfast:

kate&leopoldStrawberrieontoasts

I don’t know what it was, but when I looked through this cookbook and I saw Challah or Brioche French Toast, I just heard Hugh Jackman’s voice in my head saying “brioche” with that amazing accent and had to make it.

Of course it is not exact as I am on a budget and can’t get the same things Gwyneth Paltrow can afford to buy

baking banner

Ingredients:

  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup of Milk
  • 1 Loaf of Brioche or Challah Bread
  • 2 Tablespoons of Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Teaspoon of Sugar
  • 1 Banana Peeled, or 1 case of Strawberries
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Maple Syrup

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk the vanilla and eggs.
  2. Add the milk, and whisk the whole mixture
  3. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat
  4. Dip the bread in the egg mixture and place in the pan.
  5. Sprinkle the top with a little bit of sugar.
  6. Cook for 2 minutes, or until brown, and flip over.
  7. Repeat step 5.
  8. Remove toast to plate and top with fruit and powdered sugar
  9. Add maple syrup and enjoy.

baking banner

BriocheFrenchToast

baking banner

Thoughts After Cooking:

I loved this.

fantastic

It was so good I’ve made it three more times since then. Just absolutely delicious.

baking banner

For more recipes from My Father’s Daughter, go to Spaghetti Limone Parmeggiano

For more French Toast, go to Pumpkin French Toast

For more breakfast dishes, go to Breakfast Puffin Muffins

For more holiday recipes, go to Oven-Crispy Creole Seasoned French Fries

Lemon Meringue Chiffon Cake

lemon

So the title recipe of this book is Lemon Meringue Pie, something I was planning on making. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to do that recipe or any other from Lemon Meringue Pie Murderso instead I decided to use this delicious recipe.

Thoughts Before Baking:

This recipe comes from a 1971 Betty Crocker cookbook. One year my sister and I made dinner and dessert for my mother’s birthday, and when I asked what cake she wanted, she said this one.

lemoncake

The picture looked great, and as I love lemon cake too, I thought this would be a winner.

baking banner

Ingredients:

Cake:

  • Betty Crocker Lemon Cake Mix

Lemon Filling:

  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons of Cornstarch
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 Can (6 oz) Frozen Lemonade Concentrate, Thawed
  • 4 Egg Yolks, slightly Beaten

Meringue

  • 4 Egg Whites
  • 1 Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon of Grated Lemon Peel
  • 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice

Directions:

Cake:

  1. Bake the lemon cake according to package directions.
  2. Split the batter to make three layers.

Filling:

  1. In a medium saucepan mix the sugar, cornstarch, and salt.
  2. Add enough water to the lemonade concentrate to measure 2 cups.
  3. Gradually stir the lemonade into the sugar mixture.
  4. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir for 1 minute.
  5. Gradually stir at least half of the hot mixture into the egg yolks. Stir the remaining half into the hot mixture in saucepan.
  6. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly.
  7. Boil and stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat; and cool completely.
  8. Reserve about 1/4 cup of the lemon filling, setting it aside.
  9. Use the rest of the lemon filling to fill the layers.

Meringue:

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Beat the 4 egg whites until foamy.
  3. Beat in 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time as you continue to beat until stiff and glossy. Do not under beat
  4. Fold in 1 teaspoon of grated lemon peel and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.
  5. Frost the sides and top of cake with the meringue.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until light brown.
  7. Thin reserved filling with hot water, and spoon over cake allowing some to drizzle down the side.

baking banner

Thoughts After Baking:

This recipe is long, complicated, hot, and quite a lot of work. But you know what? It is all worth it. This cake is so delicious, once a piece passes your lips you will forget how tired you are. And how many dishes you need to wash.

eatingcake

baking banner

For more cakes, go to Strawberry Shortcake

For more desserts, go to Pumpkin Rice Krispies

For more recipes, go to Dinomite’s Fluffy Bites

Dinomite’s Fluffy Bites

Alligator-Eating-Cookies-Clip-Art-Image3

So as I just reviewed Blueberry Muffin Murder, I was going to do my favorite recipe for blueberry muffins. I wasn’t going to use the one in the book as I didn’t like it. It was too sweet and sugary.

Unfortunately, just as I was getting ready to post my recipe, I couldn’t find it anywhere.

Blog-Child-Support-Oh-No

So I’m going to do a fun cookie recipe instead.

cookies

This is a cute dinosaur head shaped cookie filled with marshmallow. I made this recipe for a challenge, and I think you’ll enjoy it.

baking banner

Ingredients:

  • 7-8 Marshmallows cut into thirds
  • 2 Cups of Flour
  • 2/3 Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup of Crisco
  • 2 Unbeaten Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Cup of sugar to roll the dough in
  • Almond slivers

Directions:

  1. Cut the marshmallows into thirds and place them in the freezer.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  3. Sift together with a whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. In a  large, separate, bowl; cream together sugar, brown sugar, and crisco.
  5. Blend the two unbeaten eggs and vanilla into the sugar and crisco mixture.
  6. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  7. Take the marshmallows out of the freezer
  8. Take 1-2 tablespoons of dough and flatten it in your hand.
  9. Place a marshmallow third into the center of the dough. Roll the dough around the marshmallow, creating a ball.
  10. Take that ball of dough and role it into an oval. On one side of the oval, pinch it with your fingers to create the snout of the T-Rex head.
  11. Fill a bowl with 1/4 cup of sugar and roll the T-Rex head dough in it.
  12. Place it on the baking sheet. Put an almond sliver on it for an eye.
  13. Bake for 5-7 minutes.
  14. Let the cookies cool. When they have cooled, cut a triangle out the pinched side so that the T-Rex has an open mouth.
  15. Eat & enjoy!

baking banner

DinomiteCookiesbite

baking banner

Thoughts After Baking:

So these are fantastic. I have never been a fan of “stuffed” cookies, but these definitely changed all that.

This is perfect for anyone who loves dinosaurs or marshmallows.

baking banner

For more cookie recipes, go to Regency Ginger Cookies

For more desserts, go to Dark Choco Almond Butter Cookies

For more recipes, go to Pumpkin French Toast

Regency Ginger Cookies

cookies

Thoughts Before Baking:

So what could go better with a supernatural, Austen inspired novel, than some cookies in Regency style?

Pride&Prescience

Not much! So this recipe comes from Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder.

chocolatechipcookiemurder

When I saw it was Regency inspired I thought I might give it a go. Hopefully they won’t taste bad.

baking banner

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 Cup of Melted Butter
  • 1 Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 4 Tablespoons of Molasses
  • 2 Teaspoons of Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons of Ground Ginger
  • 2 1/4 Cups of Flour
  • 1/2 Cup of White Sugar in a Small Bowl

Directions:

  1. Melt butter and mix in brown sugar.
  2. Let mixture cool and then add egg.
  3. Add baking soda, molasses, salt, and ginger. Stir.
  4. Add flour and mix it in.
  5. Chill for at least 1 hour
  6. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. Roll the dough into balls, rolling them in the white sugar.
  8. Place them on a greased cookie sheet.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until brown.

baking banner

regencygingercookies

baking banner

Thoughts After Baking:

So I’m sure you have noticed my earlier writing that I hoped they would taste good. You see I don’t like molasses. I hate how it tastes and smells.

So how did I like it? I loved the cookies. They tasted a bit like gingerbread, but not quite; lighter and fluffier. I loved them and will most likely make them again in the future.

baking banner

For more Hannah Swenson Recipes, go to Butter Berry Cookies

For more cookie recipes, go to Dark Choco Almond Butter Cookies

For more desserts, go to Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

strawberry-shortcake-clip-art

Thoughts before cooking:

In Strawberry Shortcake Murder, they give a recipe for Hannah’s shortcake. But like in Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, I didn’t like the recipe they gave for their titular treat. It just wasn’t how I like my shortcake. So here is recipe my family likes to use.

baking banner

Ingredients:

  • 3 Boxes of Fresh Strawberries
  • 1-2 Cans of spray Whipped Cream
  • 2 1/4 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
  • 4 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons of White Sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/3 Cup of Shortening
  • 1 Beaten Egg
  • 2/3 Cup of Milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease and flour one 8-inch round cake pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour; baking powder, and salt.
  4. With a pastry blender, cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  5. Make a well in the center and add the beaten egg and milk.
  6. Stir until combined.
  7. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until brown.
  9. Let it cool.
  10. Wash and slice your strawberries
  11. Slice cake in half, horizontally, making two layers.
  12. One one layer, place strawberries, covering them with whipped cream, and another layer of strawberries.
  13. Place the second layer of  cake on top of the strawberry/whipped cream. Cover in whipped cream, and top with strawberries.

baking banner

Thoughts after cooking:

It was my first time making this cake and I loved it. I made for my niece’s birthday, and our only problem was that her birthday party occurred on cake one of the hottest days of the year. The cake melted, but it was so good we ate the whole thing.

eatingcake

baking banner

For more recipes inspired by the Hannah Swenson Mysteries, go to Butter Berry Cookies

For more dessert recipes, go to Peppermint Bark Chocolate Cupcakes

For more recipes, go to Broccoli & Tortellini Salad with Pesto