Thursday, October 17, 2013

Raspberry Sauce

Raspberry Sauce

Hi everybody :)
I love a simply easy recipe. That's what this raspberry sauce recipe is all about, it's simple, easy and quick. Let's get it started... 

Raspberry Sauce partly adapted Allrecipes
1 bag frozen raspberries
1/4 cup white sugar, or more if needed
 2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup cold water 
2 teaspoons lemon juice 
1 teaspoon raspberry extract, optional 
Combine the raspberries, sugar, and juice in a saucepan. Whisk the cornstarch into the cold water until smooth. Add the mixture to the saucepan and bring to a boil.
Simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until the desired consistency is reached. The sauce will thicken further as it cools.
Strain sauce through a fine sieve. (You may have to use a spatula or the back of a spoon to help push the sauce through.)
Serve warm or cold. Pour into plastic container and label it. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Serve over cakes or ice cream, if desired.
The Taste: This sauce was delicious, I served it with pound cake and whipped cream. Definitely a winner in my book and a tasty REPEAT! 
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Granola Bars with Raspberry Jammy Bits

Granola Bars with Raspberry Jammy Bits

Hi everybody :)
My daughter, Patrina, raided my freezer and discovered 2 bags of Raspberry Jammy Bits I had stored away. She looked online, found a recipe, and made these bars a few days ago. She been so busy that she asked me to share them with you all. Well, let's get it started...
Granola Bars with Raspberry Jammy Bits adapted from King Arthur Flour
1 2/3 cups quick-cooking rolled oats (I used Old-Fashioned)
3/4 cup Sticky Bun Sugar (1/2 cup brown sugar)
1/3 cup oat flour, or finely ground rolled oats (I used King Arthur Whole Wheat flour)
1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional
1 1/2 cups nuts*
1 cup Raspberry Jammy Bits (I used 3/4 cup)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup melted butter or vegetable oil ( I used coconut oil)
1/4 cup honey, maple syrup, or corn syrup( I used corn syrup but, think agave would work fine too)
1 tablespoon water
*3/4 cup sliced almonds and 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut.
 

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Lightly grease (I used parchment paper instead of greasing the pan to make cutting the bars and lifting them out easier) a 9" x 13" pan. (Bars were thin, for thicker bars use a 7"x12" pan.)
 

Stir together the dry ingredients, including the nuts and Jammy Bits.
 

In a separate bowl, whisk together the vanilla, melted butter or oil, honey or syrup, and water.
 

Toss the wet ingredients with the dry until the mixture is evenly crumbly.
 

Spread in the prepared pan, shaking the pan to evenly cover the bottom, and pressing in firmly (I used plastic wrap to help press the bars down).
 

Bake the bars for 25 to 30 minutes (It only took me 22 min.), until they're just starting to brown, and are bubbly around the edges.
 

Remove them from the oven and cool for 10 minutes.

Use a knife to cut the bars while they're still warm. Let cool completely before removing from the pan.  (I removed the parchment paper from the pan in order to cut the bars, and placed the paper and bars back in the pan to finish cooling.)
 
Yield: about 1 dozen 2" x 4 1/2" bars

What She Did and/or Thinks:
The changes she made are in Italic and Purple.  
The  Taste: Although she used less brown sugar and less jammy bits, I think the sweet taste should be cut down a little more. But all in all these were delicious, and we would definitely REPEAT this using agave or honey in the place of the corn syrup and 1/3 cup brown sugar. 
ENJOY! Come again...
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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Brownies In Minutes, Turtle Styled with Marshmallow Creme

Brownies In Minutes, Turtle Styled with Marshmallow Creme


Hi everybody :)
I know it's been a while since my last post. I've been kind of busy around the house lately. But I do have a nice treat to share with you all today. My daughter and I were having some fun tweaking this recipe. This brownie was prepared in a microwave in less than 2 minutes. If you follow my blog, you'll know that I normally shy away from "microwave cooking," but today I'm taking the plunge. Seeing that the recipe didn't required eggs makes it so much easier for me to accept the challenge. (Cooking eggs, meats, or fish in the microwave is still taking me some time getting accustomed to.)   

Want a deliciously moist fudge brownie in less than 2 minutes? Well, let's get it started...   

Brownie In Minutes 


Modified from: Brownie In A Cup 

3 Tablespoons hot water
1/4 teaspoon instant coffee  (optional)
2 Tablespoons oil
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder (I used 1 Tbsp. Special Dark & 1 Tbsp. Regular)
2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon Jif Mocha Cappuccino Spread or chocolate chips (optional)
1 - 2 Tablespoon chopped pecans, toasted  (optional)
4 Tablespoons All Purpose Flour (I used 2 Tbsp. all-purpose & 2 Tbsp. White Lily Self-Rising, to give it a little lift.) 

Topping  (optional)
Marshmallow Creme
Smucker's Caramel Ice Cream Topping or Homemade Caramel
Smucker's Fudge Ice Cream Topping  (I used Jif Mocha Cappuccino Spread) 
Toasted Pecans, chopped
 
Whisk together water, coffee, oil, and vanilla in a medium bowl. (You can use the microwaveable mug or dish you're cooking it in.  If you want to turn it out onto a dish after cooking, mix in a bowl and spray the mug or dish nonstick cooking spray before pouring in the mixture.)


Add the cocoa powder, sugars, mocha spread, and flour; stir until smooth. 


Place in a microwaveable mug or dish. Cook in microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. (It took me 1 minute and 15 seconds) Check after the 1 minute mark. Center should still be soft. (The picture below is how it looked when finished cooking.)


 Top with marshmallow creme, drizzle with caramel and fudge and sprinkle with nuts.

The Taste: AMAZING! REPEAT, if you dare!! :)
ENJOY! Come again...
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Friday, September 6, 2013

Mini Cherry Crisp Pies: Farewell Summer

Mini Cherry Crisp Pies 

Hi everybody :)
Summer is almost over and Fall is very near, YES :) This recipe is my celebration to the end of the sunny days, until we meet again Summer... Farewell. 
Since I had so many views on the Mini Peach Cobblers ,  I decided to make another mini dessert, Mini Cherry Crisp Pies. These little pies have a flaky buttery bottom crust, a crunchy topping, with a sweet and tart goodness in the middle. 

I wanted the taste of a crispy crunchy topping like in the Cinnamon Apple Crisp but with a buttery flaky crust like in the Praline Liqueur Pecan Pie, so I came up with a combination of both. Let's get it started... 

What I did...
 
Mini Cherry Crisp Pies 

Filling:
 4  cups sweet cherries, pitted 
1/2 cup Cherry Berry Blend (a mixture of dried cherries, blueberries, and cranberries)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray

Topping:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (about 2 1/4 ounces)
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
1/3 cup sliced almonds or pecans

Pastry:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup shortening, chilled
1/3 cup unsalted butter, chilled; cut into small pieces
5 to 7 tablespoons cold water  

To Prepare the Pastry:
In a large bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening and butter until crumbly. Gradually add cold water, tossing with a fork until a ball forms. Divide pastry in thirds. On a lightly floured surface, roll out ball to fit three 8 - 9 oz ceramic ramekins baking dishes. Transfer pastry to baking dishes; trim even the edges. 

Add filling. Roll out remaining pastry;
Preheat oven to 375°.

To Prepare the Filling: 
Combine cherries, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, cornstarch, juice, almond extract, and salt in a large bowl; toss gently. Spoon cherry mixture into  pastry shells.
To Prepare Topping: 
Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, oats, brown sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Cut in chilled butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in sliced almonds. 

Sprinkle oat mixture evenly over cherry mixture.

Bake at 375° for 45 minutes or until filling is bubbly and topping is crisp. Let stand 5 minutes; serve warm.
What I Think:
The Taste:
I love the sweet/tart balance of the cherry filling. The dried sour cherries and the cranberries help offset the sweetness of the others cherries just right. The dried blueberries added a  nice touch too.  Like I mention before the topping and the crust were AMAZING!!! REPEAT AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE!
ENJOY! Come again...
 
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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hi everybody :)
My daughter, Patrina, is stepping in once again to for me, since she had so much fun sharing the Oatmeal Scotchies  with you. This time she made these deliciously chewy oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips sprinkled about. The perfect after school snack with a glass of milk on the side. Once again, Patrina...

Hi, everyone.  I found the recipe for these cookies on the back of a bag of flour; the recipe is also available here.  I made the cookie dough one night around midnight and decided to bake the first batch the next morning, because the heat of the kitchen was too much, even at midnight.  I refrigerated the dough until morning.
Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
2 cups quick-cooking oats

1 1/2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose or unbleached flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (6 oz)
1
cup chopped nuts, if desired

Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, stir brown sugar and butter until blended. Stir in vanilla and egg until light and fluffy. Stir in oats, flour, baking soda and salt; stir in chocolate chips and nuts.

Onto ungreased cookie sheet, drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart. 

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack

Tip: Cookie dough can be covered and refrigerated for up to 24 hours before baking. If it becomes too firm, let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before using.
Cookie dough can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 9 months. Thaw just until soft enough to handle.
  
What I Did and/or Think: I didn't add any chopped nuts.  I really wanted to add pecans, but looking through the freezer for them made my hands numb.  

Like before (I know my mom hates this), I did not measure the baking soda, salt, or vanilla.  I was beginning to feel tired at this point, and did not want to bother with the teaspoons.

I used margarine.  I also combined quick-cooking oats with old fashioned (about half quick and half old-fashioned).  Finally, I added extra chocolate chips to the dough, since the bag was nearly empty after I added the cup.
These cookies were very tasty!  I would love to make them again (but with pecans next time).  

ENJOY! Come again... 
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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Mini Peach Cobblers: Sweet Georgia Pride

Mini Peach Cobblers: Sweet Georgia Pride

Hi everybody :)

As you may know August is Peach Month, and since we Georgians pride ourselves on our peaches and are well- known for our peach cobblers, this recipe is so fitting for the occasion. 

I so love baking in large batches, but I have such a small family with a member or two MIA (missing in action) more often than not.  I'm starting to rethink my baking habits. I spotted this recipe for Southern Peach Cobbler on Allrecipes, and made a few changes and adjustments here and there to make mini cobblers. Here's what I did...

Mini Peach Cobblers
Filling:
6 fresh peaches - peeled, pitted and sliced into wedges (Ga. grown; of course)
2 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 1/2 tablespoons Peach Schnapps (optional)
Crust:
1 cup all-purpose flour

2 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
1/4 cup boiling water

Topping:
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
   
In a large bowl, combine the filling ingredients.  Toss to coat evenly, mashing slightly.  Cover, refrigerate, and let sit for about 2 - 3 hours. (This will allow the peaches to release more juice and the flavors to blend.)

Pour into three 8 ounces ceramic ramekin baking dishes. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. (filling will start to thicken)
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients for the crust. Blend in butter with your fingertips, or a pastry blender, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until just combined. (The hot water will start to melt the butter somewhat.)
Remove peaches from oven and drop spoonfuls of topping over them. Sprinkle cobblers with the sugar and cinnamon mixture. 
Bake until topping is golden, about 15 - 20 minutes. (It took me 18 minutes.)
What I Think:
The cobblers were delicious; spiced just right!! The smell of them baking was amazing. These are surely going on the REPEAT list :)   
BTW: a small bit of advice, if your are going to make the recipe as stated on Allrecipes, I would double the crust by 1/2 ( using 1 1/2 cup flour, 9 tablespoons butter, leaving the baking powder, salt as is and sweeten with sugars to taste  and 1/4 plus 2 Tbsp. water .)
ENJOY! Come again... 
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