Saturday, February 22, 2014

Homemade Biscuits

I do live in the South




Believe it or not, I am pretty sure I had never tried biscuits and gravy for breakfast until this past year. We rarely go out for breakfast and when we do it is almost a sure bet I am going to get pancakes despite growing up in the south.  Zack, Noble and I went to brunch with my family not too long ago at a local place called Joy Cafe and Zack ordered biscuits and gravy.....OMG it was incredible!  They were amazing!  It definitely had something to do with the restaurant we were at because I have now ordered it for myself at a few places and none quite compare to the original.  I decided we were going to have it for dinner one night and I made my version.  Still not quite as good as Joy Cafe, but very tasty.

Homemade Biscuits
recipe from Allrecipes.com

makes 12 biscuits

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baling powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 dash salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup buttermilk

Preaheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  

In a bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Cut in 1/2 cup butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Mix in the buttermilk. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead 2 minutes. Roll to approximately 1 inch thick and use a biscuit cutter to cut rounds.

Bake 15 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes for Valentine's Day

Flowers and cupcakes.


Valentines Day is right around the corner.  You could give your sweetie cupcakes, chocolate, or even flowers, but how about giving them all of those in one.  These are double chocolate cupcakes with Chocolate frosting lined in adorable flower wrappers.   I must admit that I did not actually make these for Valentine's Day, I made them for a friend when she delivered her sweet baby girl, but since I never got around to posting them i figured they would be perfect for Valentine's Day. The cake recipe uses a box mix (I know, hate if you want), but they are incredibly moist and delicious and easy to make.  Now I want one!


Triple Chocolate Cupcakes for Valentine's Day
Chocolate Cupcakes recipe slightly adapted from allrecipes.com
 
Makes 24 cupcakes

1 package chocolate cake mix
1 package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 tablespoon instant espresso dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water 
2 cups chocolate chips (dark chocolate or semi-sweet), dusted in 1 tablespoon flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mix, sour cream, oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and espresso dissolved in water.  Gently stir in the chocolate chips  Bake for 20 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting with chocolate frosting.

Chocolate Frosting
recipe from Baked Perfection

For the Frosting:
1 cup butter, softened
6 cups confectioner's sugar
2/3 cup  cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup heavy cream (or milk)
generous pinch of salt 

Cream the butter on medium speed until it is very light in texture, add salt and vanilla.  Slowly add the cocoa powder.  Add the confectioner's sugar alternating with the cream until the sugar and butter are blended and you reach the desired consistency.  Adjust the amount of cream as needed.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Peanut Butter Heart Cookies

Be still my heart.


























It is no secret that I love peanut butter and chocolate, especially when combined.  I was at Target the other week (also another one of my loves, Target), and picked up a bag of Reese's Hearts for some Valentine's Day Baking.  These cookies are delicious!  I know my Valentine would love them, in fact he did.  I had to take the cookies to work and ration him just a few because he could not stop eating them.

Peanut Butter Heart Cookies
recipe adapted from Betty Crocker

makes 2 1/2 dozen

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup cream peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 bag Reese's Peanut Butter Hearts, unwrapped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  Beat together the granulated sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla and egg.  Gently mix in the flour, baking soda, and baking powder.

Shape dough into 1 /1/2 in balls. Place about two inched apart on ungreased cookie sheet.  baked 8-10 minutes until edges are light brown.  Remove from oven and cool on pan 1-2 minutes before placing peanut butter hear firmly in the center of each cookie.  Cool completely on wire rack.


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Superbowl Sunday - Go Broncos - Cupcakes

We are cheering for the Broncos today!






































No recipe here for you today.  Just wanted to share some cupcakes I made for the Super Bowl. Smucker's was nice enough to send me some of their new products to try and they just so happened to send the mix and frosting for these Bronco's cupcakes.  I hope they are as tasty as they look!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Classic Vanilla Gender Reveal Cake

I love sprinkles...and surprises.


Boy has it been a while since I have blogged. I have not really made blogging a priority and have decided that I want to change that.  I used to love sharing weekly recipes and stories with all of you and it seems I have forgotten about that joy.  Part of my distraction is because of the adorable one and a half year old boy I have running around the house.  He is the best part of my day and I am so thankful for him.  The other distraction has to do with this cake....the gender reveal is for the baby I have been cooking up and is due this April.  I know, it will be here before you know it!    If you ever visit Pinterest or know somebody how has had a baby recently or is pregnant, you know Gender Reveal Parties are all the rage.  We did not want to have a party or anything like that, but figured we could share the gender a fun way with my family.  This cake is a classic, vanilla cake with vanilla frosting. My personal favorite, but you could really make any flavor cake you like as long as you can tint the frosting pink or blue in the middle.  (scroll to end for the reveal)

Classic Vanilla Gender Reveal Cake 
recipe from Baked Perfection

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sour cream
Prepare two 8 or 9 inch round cake pans by greasing, lining with parchment, and flouring.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a separate mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla; mix well. Add the flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream (batter will be thick). Divide batter evenly between the two cake pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean, the cake springs back when touched, and golden on top. Cool completely before removing from pan and frosting.  When frosting center later, do not get too close to the edge of the cake to ensure the colored frosting does not bleed into the white frosting.


Very Vanilla Frostingrecipe by Baked Perfection


2 sticks of butter, softened
6 cups powdered sugar
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons vanilla extract
3-6 tablespoons milk
pink or blue food coloring
Beat butter and vanilla until creamy. Add salt. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating until combined. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach desired consistency.  Remove 1/4 of the frosting and tint to desired shade of pink or blue.  



It's a girl!