Category: Desserts


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Cake:

1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for pans

3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder, plus more for pans

1/2 cup boiling water

2 1/4 cups sugar

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

4 large eggs, lightly beaten

3 cups sifted cake flour (not self-rising)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup milk

 

 

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange two racks in center of oven. Butter three 8-by-2-inch round cake pans; line bottoms with parchment. Dust bottoms and sides of pans with cocoa powder; tap out any excess. Sift cocoa into a medium bowl, and whisk in boiling water. Set aside to cool.

 

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter on low speed until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, scraping down sides twice. Beat in vanilla. Drizzle in eggs, a little at a time, beating between each addition until the batter is no longer slick, scraping down the sides twice.

 

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk milk into reserved cocoa mixture. With mixer on low speed, alternately add flour and cocoa mixtures to the batter, a little of each at a time, starting and ending with flour mixture.

 

 Divide batter evenly among the three prepared pans. Bake until a cake tester inserted into center of each layer comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes, rotating the pans for even baking. Transfer layers to wire racks; let cool, 15 minutes. Turn out cakes, and return to racks, tops up, until completely cool.

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Remove parchment from bottoms of cakes. Reserve the prettiest layer for the top.

Place one cake layer on a serving platter; spread 1 1/2 cups peanut butter buttercream frosting over the top.  Add chopped mini peanut butter cups. Add the second cake layer, and spread with another 1 1/2 cups frosting.  Add chopped mini peanut butter cups. Top with third cake layer. Cover outside of cake with the remaining 3 cups frosting. Pour chocolate ganache over top and let drizzel down the sides.  Garnish with mini chocolate peanut butter cups.  Serve.

Frosting:

3 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 cup milk
1/3 cup peanut butter

Stir together powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. Stir in peanut butter. Beat until smooth and spreadable.

Ganache:

8 oz good quality semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup heavy cream

Cook the chocolate chips and heavy cream in the top of a double boiler over simmering water until smooth and warm, stirring occasionally.

Molly the Baker is home for a visit with equally talented baker Lein!  The girls made some amazing cupcakes for us tonight as we celebrated.

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Cupcakes:

1 c. unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

2 c. sugar

4 eggs at room temperature

4 tsp. vanilla extract

3 c. flour

4 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 c. buttermilk

2 lemons for zest and juice

Blueberry Filling:

2 c. frozen blueberries

3/4 Tbsp. water

1/4 c. sugar

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350F.  Line 2 muffin pans (12 each) with cupcake liners.  Set aside.

Beat butter and sugar on medium high until creamed (about 3 minutes) scraping down sides of bowl as needed.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Beat on medium high until combined about 2 minutes, again scraping down sides of bowl as needed.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.  Slowly add dry ingredient mixture into wet ingredients over 3 additions, beating on low.  The batter is thick!  Beat in buttermilk, lemon juice and zest, and continue to blend on low until combined.  Avoid overworking the batter, being sure to stop as soon as it appears uniform.

Spoon batter into cupcake liners.  Bake 18-20 minutes.  Test with toothpick for doneness.

Cool completely before filling and frosting.

Meanwhile make compote by 1 cup of the blueberries, water, sugar, and lemon juice in a saucepan.  Cook for about 10 minutes over medium heat.  Add in remaining blueberries and cook an additional 8 minutes.

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

2 blocks cream cheese, softened

1 stick unsalted butter, softened

4 c. sifted confectioner’s sugar

Zest of 2 lemons and juice of 1

Beat cream cheese, butter and sugar until smooth, about 5 minutes. Beat in lemon zest and juice.

Carefully cut center of cupcake to make room for the filling, careful to save a “lid” to put on top of filling.

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Pipe cream cheese frosting on top.

Watch everyone’s delight when they reach the yummy center!

Thank you Molly and Lein!

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1 1/4 c. milk  – I used coconut almond milk

1/2 c. agave syrup – the recipe called for sugar, but I prefer agave

1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice – I left this out, since I used pumpkin butter that was seasoned

3 large eggs, slightly beaten

1 can pumpkin (15 oz.)  – I actually used up the pumpkin butter instead!

4 1/2 c. cubed  bread  – I used a seedy whole wheat and the seeds gave it a nice crunch!

Cooking spray

Combine first five ingredients in a large bowl.  Whisk until frothy.  Add bread and toss gently to coat.  Spoon into an 8 inch square baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.

Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes, or up to overnight.

Preheat oven to 350.  Place baking dish in a larger dish with an inch of water.  Cook covered for 25 minutes.  Remove foil and bake an additional 10 – 15 minutes until knife in enter comes out clean.

I served it warm topped with vanilla yogurt and some stewed strawberries.

Got a hankering for cheesecake and chocolate chips and cookie dough and squares? Do I have a fabulous recipe for you! Chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake squares are the ultimate in desserts – gooey and crunchy and soft and moreish and more!

via Cookie dough chocolate chip cheesecake squares — the hungry mum

Pecan Pie

Donnie is going to make a pecan pie.  This is actually a picture of one Molly made a few years back that had chocolate chips along the bottom of the crust.  We’ll see if he wants to add chocolate into his.

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1 unbaked pie crust
1 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup corn syrup
1/3 cup melted butter (regular, salted)
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1 heaping cup chopped pecans

Mix sugar, brown sugar, salt, corn syrup, butter, eggs, and vanilla together in a bowl. Pour chopped pecans in the bottom of the pie shell. Pour syrup mixture over the top. Bake pie at 350 degrees for 50 minutes, being careful not to burn pecans and crust.

I’m also going to make my mom’s famous apple cake for Thanksgiving.  This time, though, I will add some dried cranberries and pistachios in with the apples to give it some pizzazz.  The two cakes can bake side by side.  While they are baking, Donnie and I will be making pies, too.

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3              C. flour

2              C. sugar

1              C. oil

4              Unbeaten eggs

½             tsp. salt

7              Tbsp. orange juice

2 ½         tsp. vanilla

3              tsp. baking powder

Combine cake ingredients.

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Filling:

Mix together 4 to 5 (or more!) sliced peeled apples, 2 tsp. cinnamon and ¼ C. sugar.

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Pour half of dough into 13 x 9 dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

Layer apples over dough

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and top with remaining dough.

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350° oven 60 minutes until golden.

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Sprinkle with powdered sugar, top with whipped cream, and serve!

 

We are going to my daughter’s for Thanksgiving.  I’m bringing a Pumpkin Pie Cake and other desserts and am making my famous crock pot spinach dip.

I’ve never made the Pumpkin Pie Cake, so the picture is from Allrecipes.com.

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(Picture from ChristyJ on Allrecipes.com)

I’m adapting the recipe to fit what I have on hand.  Some recipes say to use evaporated milk.  The original recipe called for yellow cake mix.

1 29 oz. can pumpkin

4 eggs

1 c. milk

1 1/2 c. sugar

2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp. salt

1 box butter pecan cake mix

1 c. chopped pecans

1 c. melted butter

Mix first 6 ingredients and pour into 13 x 9 baking dish sprayed with baking spray.

Sprinkle dry cake mix.

Drizzle with butter.

Sprinkle with nuts.

Bake at 350 F for one hour.

Top with whipped cream.

 

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My Aunt Harriet used to bake the most amazing cookies.  These are my favorite because there are no unusual ingredients, so any time the mood strikes, you can make them!

2 C. flour (I used a blend of regular flour and coconut flour)
2 C. quick cooking oats (I used old fashioned)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 C. shortening
1 tsp. salt
1/2 C. brown sugar
1 ½ tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 C. granulated sugar
2 Eggs 
1/3 C. milk (I used almond milk)
1 tsp. vanilla
Raisins to taste

Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add oats, shortening, sugars, eggs, milk and vanilla.
Beat until blended.

You can drop the dough by tablespoonfuls on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  I made these a little bigger and formed them into patties.
375° oven 10-12 minutes until golden.

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My daughter, Andrea, saw the recipe for these crescent apple roses and wanted to try them.

Wash core and thinly slice 3 apples.

Boil apple slices in 4 cups of water 4 Tbsp. of sugar and 2 Tbsp. of lemon juice until apples are soft (about 3 minutes).  You want to be able to bend them without breaking.  Drain and place on paper towels to completely dry and cool.

Flour surface.  Roll out one tube crescent dough.  Sprinkle with 5 Tbsp. sugar and 2 tsp. cinnamon.

Cut into 9 strips about 1 inch wide.

Lay apple slices end to end along each strip.

Roll up and place in muffin cup sprayed with cooking spray.

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Bake at 400 F 20-25 minutes.

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Glaze with simple powdered sugar and water glaze.  Enjoy!!

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1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
8 sandwich cookies
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
Heat oven to 350.
Line baking sheet with parchment or foil.
Separate crescent dough into 8 triangles.
Place cookie on wide end of the triangle and wrap dough around cookie to completely seal it in.
Sprinkle with chips.
Bake approximately 12 minutes until golden brown.
There are so many things you can wrap in a crescent.  My daughter Olivia made treats the other day filling them with nutella and marshmallows, cookie butter and marshmallows, and pumpkin pie filling and marshmallows!
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