Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Frozen Strawberry Fluffy Stuff

I just love Paula Deen...and all her yummy buttery recipes. I also love Sam's club when strawberries are in season. Our fridge is always stocked with fresh strawberries. I wanted to make something "light" and fruity and found this in her chocolate magazine. Hope you enjoy!

Strawberry Frozen Fluffy Stuff
Paula Deen

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts (i didn't have any so I used toasted pecans)
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
6 tbsp butter, melted
1 (10 oz.) package frozen sweetened sliced strawberries, thawed or fresh strawberries
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar
Fresh strawberries and chocolate syrup for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl combine flour, hazelnuts, brown sugar and cocoa. Add butter, stir to combine. Spoon mixture into ungreased baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Let cool.

In a large bowl combine strawberries, cream, and sugar. Beat a medium-high speed with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Stir in liqueur.

Sprinkle 2/3 of flour mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 10-inch spring form pan. Spoon strawberry mixture over flour mixture. Sprinkle evenly with remaining flour mixture. Cover and freeze overnight. Slice and garnish with fresh strawberries and drizzle with syrup to serve.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thin Mints

Here is another homemade girl scout recipe! This recipe is from Baking Bites, the same place the Do-Si-Do recipe came from. I have been so "disciplined" about saying no to those cute little girls selling cookies at Wal-Mart. I just knew if I bought a box of thin mints I would not be able to excercise self control, and eat the entire box before we made it home. So instead, I made an entire batch of cookies. ha ha. I did manage to eat a few before I gave them away. I was eating one when I gave half of it to Landon. He didn't know I had baked them, and thought they were girl scout cookies. Success! The only change I made to this recipe was the coating. I had some chocolate mint candy discs on hand that I melted to coat these instead.

Homemade Thin Mints
Makes 3-4 dozen cookies

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/3 cup milk (any kind)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp peppermint extract

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, cocoa powder and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. With the mixer on low speed, add in the milk and the extracts. Mixture will look curdled. Gradually, add in the flour mixture until fully incorporated.
Shape dough into two logs, about 1 1/2 inches (or about 4 cm) in diameter, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for at least 1-2 hours, until dough is very firm.
Preheat oven to 375F.
Slice dough into rounds not more than 1/4 inch thick – if they are too thick, they will not be as crisp – and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cookies will not spread very much, so you can put them quite close together.
Bake for 13-15 minutes, until cookies are firm at the edges. Cool cookies completely on a wire rack before dipping in chocolate.

Dark Chocolate Coating
10-oz dark or semisweet chocolate
1/2 cup butter, room temperature

In a microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate and butter. Melt on high power in the microwave, stirring every 45-60 seconds, until chocolate is smooth. Chocolate should have a consistency somewhere between chocolate syrup and fudge for a thin coating.
Dip each cookie in melted chocolate, turn with a fork to coat, then transfer to a piece of parchment paper or wax paper to set up for at least 30 minutes, or until chocolate is cool and firm.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Raisin Bran Muffins

Lately I Have had an obsession with Raisin Bran Cereal. Our grocery store recently had a HUGE sale on Kellog's cereal so I stocked up! I wanted to make a semi-healthy muffin out of here is the recipe I came up with. Next time I will add more raisins, but other than that I loved the muffin! Brooke is a huge fan so I will be freezing some and hiding them away for breakfast. Hope you enjoy!

Raisin Bran Muffins
1 1/2 c flour
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1/3 c sugar
3 T brown sugar
2 1/2 c. raisin bran cereal
1/3 c canola or vegetable oil
1 egg
1 1/4 c buttermilk (don't have any? make our simple...go HERE)
1/2 t. vanilla extract
1/4 c raisins (optional)
Raw Sugar or White Sugar for sprinkling before baking (optional)
Preheat oven to 375. Line a muffin pan with liners, or spray with cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, sift flour, soda, salt, sugars and cereal (and extra raisins if using). In a separate bowl stir together oil, egg, buttermilk and vanilla.

Add the wet to the dry ingredients and stir. Let sit for about 30 minutes to soften the cereal.

Divide batter between 12 muffin cups. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake 15-20 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies with a "surprise" center! I made mine mini stuffed cookies...I used some mini oreos, and mini reese's cups. I love using things I have on hand. You can use any kind of candy or brownie. I have made these with brownies, reese's snickers and rolos. They were all good....but then again, what is better than a chocolate chip cookie stuffed with your favorite candy?!? Enjoy!

Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 sticks butter, softened
1 c sugar
3/4 c brown sugar
2 eggs
1 T vanilla
3 1/2 c flour
1 t salt
1 t baking soda
bag of mini chocolate chips
Your choice of "stuffing"....oreos, brownies, snickers, reese's....

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix butter and sugars until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, and vanilla until combined.

In another bowl, mix the flour, salt and baking soda. Slowly add to the wet ingredients until combined. Add the chips. Use a cookie scoop (use a smaller one for bite sized candy and a larger one for big oreos) to scoop out equal amount sof dough. Place the "goodie" in the middle of two scoops and seal the edges together by working it with yoru hands. Place onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment or silpat liner. Bake 8-11 minutes! Let cool for a few minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack.


Friday, March 4, 2011

Paula Deen's French Coconut Pie

Coconut Pie...Oh My!

The birthday boy and his special dinner

Chicken Fried Steak - GO HERE to make this now! Thank you PW!

French Coconut Pie (paula deen)

4 T butter, melted
2 eggs beaten
1 T flour
3/4 c sugar
1 c shredded sweetened coconut
1 c milk
1 unbaked pie crust

Preheat oven to 350. Combine all the ingredients and pour into the pie crust. Bake until firm, about 45-60 minutes.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Light Banana Bread

I have tried many banana bread recipes in the last couple months. This is by far my favorite. It is a cooking light recipe, and there is very little added fat. I usually freeze most of it in individual portions for later. Brooke loves it for is wonderful! Hope you enjoy it!

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt (i used light and active vanilla)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Handful of chocolate chips, optional
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium sized bowl.

Place sugar and butter in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 1 minute). Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add banana, yogurt, and vanilla; beat until blended. Add flour mixture; beat at low speed just until moist. Spoon batter into an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.