Thursday, February 23, 2012

Beer cupcakes

Okay, Let's get the show on the road with the baking. Recently I made a batch cupcakes using Blue Moon and Corona. I found this fantastic recipe at Sweet Tooth. Check it out for fun other recipes. I will so be making these again.

Sorry for not having step by step photos this time. I'll update the next time I make them.

Ingredients for the cupcakes:
3/4 Cups butter
1 3/4 Cup sugar
2 1/2 Cups flour
2 Tsp baking powder
1/2 Tsp salt
3 Eggs
1 Tsp vanilla
1/2 Tsp orange or lime zest
1 Cup Blue Moon or Corona beer
1/4 Cup milk

12 oz cream cheese
6 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange/lime juice
1 Tsp orange/lime zest
4 Cups powdered sugar

Put it all together:
Preheat your oven to 375.

Starting with a large bowl, mix your dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt) and in a smaller bowl beat the sugar and melted butter with an electric mixer.

Add one egg at a time and beat between each one.

Add vanilla and zest of your choice. I, of course, used lime for Corona and orange for Blue Moon.

In a measuring cup, combine milk and beer.

While your mixer is still going, add a small portion of the flour mixture and then alternate with the beer mixture. Try and end with the last add-in being the flour mixture.

Line your muffin pan with cupcake liners and fill each one about 2/3 each.

Bake for about 18 minutes.

Once out of the oven, brush cupcakes with the particular beer you used and then let cool.

For your icing:

Combine the cream cheese and butter in the mixer until combined and smooth.

Add freshly squeezed juice and zest. Then, gradually combine the powdered sugar until fully blended.

Then it is time to ice the cakes.

And of course eat them all!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Let's get back on track

Alright...I have been absent for much too long. Xmas, New Years, School, excuse. A new post is very much needed.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Carrot Pumpkin Cake

New Favorite!! This was one of the desserts I made for thanksgiving. It was kind of an experiment, but it turned out awesome. This started from a couple of different recipes mashed together. I may have to make it again for Christmas.

2 Cups of flour
2 Cups of sugar
2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of baking soda
1 Cup of pumpkin puree
1 Cup of carrot puree
4 Eggs
3/4 Cup of extra virgin olive oil

And...frosting of your choice. :) I used cream cheese.

Put it all together:
Preheat your oven to 350.

Starting with a large bowl, mix your dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda) and in a smaller bowl mix beat eggs and oil.

Add the pumpkin and carrot purees to the egg/oil mixture.

And mix.
Add this mixture to the dry mixture and blend.

Grease two round cake pans and cook for 30 to 35 minutes.

Once finished in the oven, let cool. I let it cool in the pan, but a cooling rack works better.
Then it is time to ice. I, unfortunately, didn't have time to make my own frosting, so this lovely piece of goodness was completed thanks to Betty Crocker.

Don't forget to ice in between.

And then you have dessert!

You know you want to make this now, right?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Thanksgiving stuffing

Okay, well, I haven't been keeping up with my one recipe a week, have I?

This recipe is from Thanksgiving this year. I took a recipe that I have made every year, added some sausage, and ended up with better stuffing than usual.

Two loaves of bread
One medium red onion
Two sticks of butter
Sweet apple chicken sausage
Salt and pepper

Put it all together:
First, get to choppin'. I usually use three to four large celery sticks.

Now for some onion.

Cut up some sausage and add to the mix.

In a separate bowl start crumbling the bread. I usually take three pieces at a time, splash it under some water, and then tear it apart into the bowl.

Add melted butter.

Season to taste with salt and peper and start mixing in the veggies.

Bake with the rest of your turkey meal (add chicken broth if you choose) and serve with meal.

Hope you are all ready for some holiday eating.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Pumpkin muffins with chocolate covered raisins

What's my favorite fall baked good? Pumpkin muffins with chocolate covered raisins.

3 Cups of sugar
1 Cup of oil
4 Large eggs
3 1/3 Cup of flour
2 teaspoons of baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
2/3 Cup of water
1 Can of pumpkin
2 Cups of chocolate covered raisins.

Put it all together:
To start, put together ingredients. I like to put the spices (salt, cinnamon, baking soda, and nutmeg) in a small bowl first. Then combine your dry ingredients (sugar and flower) in a large bowl and in another small bowl mix oil, eggs, and water.

Next, mix together your dry ingredients and your spices.

With your hands, create a hole in the center of your dry mixture. Then add the small bowl of wet ingredients.

Once mixed, add your pumpkin.

Next add your chocolate covered raisins.

Add your mixture to a muffin pan.

And now you have yummy muffins.

Happy eating!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Raspberry tiramisu

This is super easy and super yummy! (and kind of bad for you)

1 Cup of heavy cream
1 Cup of mascarpone
4 Tbsp of sugar
1 Lemon
1 Cup of raspberry jam
1 Pt. of raspberries
About 3 boxes of ladyfingers

Put it all together:
Whip the heavy cream and sugar together. Then, fold in the mascarpone as well as some zest from the lemon.

In a separtate bowl, combine the raspberry jam and juice from the lemon.

Now comes the fun part.
Find a loaf pan and layer the bottom with ladyfingers. Once the ladyfingers are in, top with some of the raspberry jam mixture. Only enough to cover the ladyfingers. Then sprinkle on some of the raspberries.

Next, layer on the cream/mascarpone mixture. I may have been a little messy with mine.

Now repeat all the layers to the top and sprinkle on left over lady fingers.


Let me introduce...myself

Hello bloggers,

I've been told that I am one of the pickiest eaters on the planet. This I cannot deny. Everyone has a quark, right?

Anyway, it just so happens that I like to cook and bake. Most of the time it is stuff I enjoy eating, but sometimes not. Regardless of my eating preferences, I tend to get decent reviews and am often requested to provide the recipe. And that leads me to this very blog.

Here I will provide some of my favorite recipes. These are often very easy to make. I cook in a small, galley kitchen in my apartment with limited counter space. Trust me if I can manage to make these recipes you can too. And if I eat them, then it is a recipe bound to impress pretty much everyone. 

I wonder what will be first? hmmm....

Much love,