Archive for June, 2013

Mug Cake Mania

June 28, 2013

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After my recent post on delicious Nutella mug cake I decided to delve further into the world of mug cakes. I found a great link that had every flavor of mug cake you can imagine, including some healthier options. When looking at some of the other sites, a chocolate and caramel recipe caught my attention. The first reason I like mug cakes is because they require little ingredients and little effort. The second reason is that it is just a few spoonfuls of deliciousness and then you don’t feel like you overindulged, especially when you share with a spouse, like I did. This recipe was perfect because I had all the ingredients in the house, I hate having to run to the store for last minute missing ingredients. It usually kills my baking mojo. Also, I used some Marzetti caramel apple dip for the caramel ingredient listed. This cake was amazing, so moist and warm, like a brownie straight out of the oven, but in under 2 minutes time! The caramel was like a surprise filling that made the cake taste even more decadent. So if you need just a few spoonfuls of something sweet get out your favorite jumbo mug and try this recipe

Chocolate Caramel Mug Cake

ingredients:

4 tablespoons all purpose flour
4 tablespoons white granulated sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 egg
2 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 1/2 tablespoons milk
splash of vanilla extract
3 1/2 tablespoons oil
1 1/2 tbsp caramel (or 2 caramel candy squares)

directions:

Combine all ingredients except caramel in an oversized coffee mug. Whisk well with a fork until smooth. Microwave on high for 50 seconds. Cake should have started to turn solid form but still somewhat liquidy. Remove cup from microwave and add in caramel to the center of the cake. Push it slightly down so that the chocolate batter covers the caramel, but you don’t want to push it too far down as the caramel will sink while cooking. Cook for an additional 40 seconds and check if batter is done. If it is is still gooey, cook for an additional 30 seconds. Mine was done at 1 min 45 seconds (total cook time including 50 seconds before adding caramel sauce). Cool for a few minutes before serving while still warm.

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Coffeecake Conundrum

June 15, 2013

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The main issue I have with coffeecake is how delicious it is. It is pretty hard not to eat seconds or thirds. Lately we have been on a crumb coffeecake bender. I usually make my mom’s delicious sour cream coffee cake but this time I decided to venture out and try a new recipe she passed along. It is called a New York crumb cake and it is more crumbs than cake, my husband’s perfect ratio. Upon tasting it I was pretty stoked because it tastes just like Entenmann’s famous crumb cake, but instead of $6.99 it costs free ninety nine to make at home. Crumb cakes are easy to make and so incredibly tasty. So if you like to make stuff from scratch that tastes like a knockoff of the real thing or even better, then make this recipe!

New York Crumb Cake

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons canola  or vegetable oil, plus more for pan
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

DIRECTIONS

  1. STEP 1

    Place rack in center of oven, and heat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly brush a 9-by-12 1/2-inch baking pan with canola oil, dust with flour, and tap to remove excess. Set aside. In a medium bowl, sift together 1 1/2 cups flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a second bowl, whisk together egg, milk, canola oil, and vanilla. Using a rubber spatula, fold dry ingredients into egg mixture.

  2. STEP 2

    Spread batter evenly into prepared pan, and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine remaining 2 1/2 cups flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Pour melted butter over flour mixture, and toss with a rubber spatula until large crumbs form. Sprinkle crumbs over batter.

  3. STEP 3

    Transfer pan to oven, and bake, rotating pan after 10 minutes. Continue baking until a cake tester comes out clean, about 10 minutes more. – Check this, mine was way underdone even with the cake tester clean at the second 10 minute mark. I think it needed an additional 5 or 10 minutes, or 25-30 mins total

  4. STEP 4

    Transfer baking pan to a wire rack to cool. Dust with confectioners’ sugar. Using a serrated knife or bench scraper, cut into 3-inch squares. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Who’s coming to Sunday Dinner?

June 10, 2013

I love trying new recipes, especially when I don’t plan to. I asked my hubby to pick up a pot roast at the grocery store, if you haven’t checked it out yet, try my amazing pot roast recipe I posted on here. I am very thankful when he does the grocery shopping for me so I don’t complain when he doesn’t get the exact item on my list. He brought home a beef bottom round roast so I typed that into google and viola, I found a Sunday roast beef dinner. I had always wanted to make a Sunday roast and never knew what cut of meat you needed to do that, I assumed it was some pricey sort of prime rib or something, but the bottom round roast was just as affordable as the pot roast I had put on the list. By the way, for pot roast you usually use a chuck roast. I was pretty sure the leaner and tougher bottom round roast would not turn into a tender pot roast, so I am glad I found the recipe below. My Sunday roast turned out amazing, as did my gravy, which I have never had success with before. The marinating before baking with the worcestershire sauce and also the rub really made the flavors sing. Also I made it with some homemade whipped mashed potatoes, the perfect accompaniment. So if you are planning a tasty Sunday dinner, check out my recipe and enjoy!

Sunday Roast Beef with Pan Gravy

Roast Beef:

  • 1 (4-to-5-pound) Boneless Beef Bottom Round Roast Or Rump Roast
  • 2 tablespoon(s) Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon(s) Powdered Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon(s) Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon(s) Paprika
  • 1 tablespoon(s) (plus 1/4 teaspoon) Coarsely Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon(s) Coarse Salt

Pan Gravy:

  • 3 tablespoon(s) All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 cup(s) Beef Broth

Directions

  1. Prepare the Roast: Adjust the rack to the bottom of the oven and heat to 425 degrees F. Blot any excess moisture from the roast, rub the Worcestershire sauce over the entire roast, and allow to marinate for 30 minutes, turning it twice.
  2. Combine the powdered garlic, onion powder, paprika, and 1 tablespoon coarse-ground pepper in a small bowl; sprinkle the seasoning mixture evenly over the roast, pressing it, and let the roast stand for 20 to 30 minutes. Rub the meat with 2 teaspoons salt, place fat side up in a shallow roasting pan, and roast for 15 minutes.
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F and continue to roast until the meat’s internal temperature reaches 130 degrees F — about 2 hours. Let the roast stand for 20 minutes before slicing.
  4. Prepare the Gravy: Skim any fat from the liquid that remains in the roasting pan. Whisk the flour and 1/2 cup water together to a paste; set aside.
  5. Scrape the drippings from the bottom of the roasting pan, add the beef broth, and stir over medium heat until the mixture begins to simmer. While continuously whisking, add the flour paste and bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 4 to 5 minutes. If needed, add a little water to thin the gravy. Add remaining salt and pepper; serve warm.