Archive for July, 2012

I’d do anything for love or Nutella

July 27, 2012

My hubby recently requested this nutella cupcake recipe. I thought it sounded and looked good and what a great idea to swirl the Nutella into your batter. Honestly though the cupcakes came out very dry (even with the modification the blogger gave to help it not be so dry) so next time I would make my own buttermilk vanilla cupcake recipe and then just use the tip I learned to swirl the Nutella in. I usually don’t post recipes that don’t work but I think the Nutella tip is a handy one that could enhance any recipe. The cupcakes came out very pretty and the bites with Nutella in them were quite tasty, just the vanilla cupcake part was not my favorite. I think you could also use a box mix (gasp) and this trick would work well with that or even a brownie, poundcake or sheet cake recipe. Using the delicious hazelnut spread is sort of like making a marble cake out of any batter in a new way. I know any batters I make in the future are pretty much guaranteed to get a Nutella swirl in them since I am a Nutella advocate (that sounds better than addict).

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Straw-ba-ba-ba Berry Shortcake

July 25, 2012

This summer is the best time of year to get your strawberry shortcake on. Each year I experiment and try new recipes. I go back and forth between the biscuit style and the sponge cake style. Please don’t buy those processed “cakes” in your produce section. Both styles are so easy to make from scratch and so worth it. Lately I have been on a biscuit kick so I googled and found this new strawberry shortcake recipe.  I was really happy with how it turned out. I had a flat of delicious ripe strawberries that were just calling for me to use them.

I also made my usual homemade whipped cream (hearing a chant of my mom in my head saying why buy that frozen crap when you can make your own with 3 ingredients) with heavy cream, vanilla and confectionary sugar. The biscuits came out great, we had some left over that we had with jam for breakfast. So if you are looking for a new twist on your typical summer dessert try this southern version from a northern girl.