Posts Tagged ‘treats’

The best dessert I ever made

January 29, 2017

 

img_0300I have had this blog for a while so I should comb back through my posts to see if this title is worthy. But I really don’t think I need to, as I think it was the best dessert I have ever made. It was simple to make and it combined my two favorite things, chocolate and marshmallows. My mom and I try to make each other amazing desserts on our birthdays. So yesterday I made her this wonderful treat in honor of her birthday. I started off with one word in mind – chocolate, as this is my mom’s favorite type of treat. I looked for decadent chocolate desserts, but did not come up with anything that seemed just right. So I went to my favorite website for desserts – King Arthur Flour, and I hit a home run when I typed in “chocolate desserts” and found triple treat hot chocolate cake. I know my mom likes chocolate and marshmallow just as much as me, so I knew this would hit the spot.

Triple treat hot chocolate cake was incredibly easy to make, which is rare for a decadent chocolate dessert, and it had ingredients I had in my kitchen. The bottom layer is a melted chocolate sauce – I used 60% cacao Ghirardelli chocolate chips (the only ones I like to buy), which you melt in the microwave with half and half. The middle layer seems to be a very liquid cake batter, but trust me it sets and makes the perfect fluffy cake. The top is made of big marshmallows you add on for the last few minutes, just to soften, and it is the perfect topping. If you like hot chocolate with marshmallows, this dessert embodies that in a bowl. The rich chocolate sauce, moist cake and melted marshmallows sang a happy song in my mouth and my belly. My daughter and husband said it was too rich but for me it had all the elements of a perfect dessert. I think my mom was pretty pleased too as I saw her sneak a few more spoonfuls when she went back through the kitchen. Please excuse the messy picture but I didn’t snap one before we all dug in. It says with the leftovers to nuke them a bit before enjoying, to warm up all the melty layers. So if you have liked the sweat treats I have posted before you have to try this!

Triple Treat Hot Chocolate Cake

Ingredients
BOTTOM
2/3 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup half & half or cream
MIDDLE
1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup Double-Dutch Dark Cocoa or other Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons espresso powder (I used instant coffee powder)
2 1/4 cups water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter, melted
TOP
24 full-size marshmallows (I might not have counted these, lol)
Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9″ round or 8″ square pan (I used a 9.5 inch pie dish). Make sure whichever you use is full-sized — at least 2″ deep.
To make the bottom: Combine the chocolate chips and half & half or cream in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat until the chips are soft and the cream is very hot.
Remove from the microwave, and stir until you’ve made a smooth, dark sauce; just keep stirring, you’ll get there. If any unmelted chips remain, reheat briefly.
Spread the sauce in the bottom of the prepared pan.
To make the middle: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cocoa, sugar, and espresso powder. If the mixture is lumpy, sift it.
Stir in the water, vanilla, and melted butter.
Gently stir until everything is just combined.
Pour the batter over the sauce in the pan.
Bake the cake for 40 minutes, until the top appears set and the bottom is bubbling (and making the top jiggle).
Remove the cake from the oven, arrange the marshmallows evenly over the surface, and return to the oven for 3 minutes, just to soften the marshmallows.
Remove from the oven, wait 2 minutes, and serve immediately.
This cake is best enjoyed within 30 minutes of baking. For any leftovers, reheat briefly in the microwave.

Brown Butter Sugar Cookies

January 30, 2016

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Sugar cookies are always a delicious treat. From just plain ones dipped in milk, to ones dipped in chocolate, to ones frosted with all sorts of decorations, it is a very versatile cookie. As a kid I remember making my mom’s sugar cookies that were thick and buttery. The best part was the butter dipped glass pressed in a mixture of sugar and nutmeg, that you used to smash down the cookie before baking. My mom is a phenomenal baker, her pantry is always stocked with the best quality ingredients. Even if she is on a tight budget you won’t see anything but Ghirardelli chips in her chocolate chip cookies, she would never skimp on her cooking ingredients.

As the years went by she switched to a new favorite sugar cookie recipe, her brown butter sugar cookies. Anytime she made it for me we ate up the cookies in record time. But I never tried making them myself until recently. These brown butter sugar cookies are delectable. They are sweet and savory and the brown sugar adds a whole other level of flavor, with rich molasses and maple notes. I made them for a recent visit from our best friends to our new ranch, we recently relocated and that is why I have not posted in a bit. So if you are a sugar cookie fan and you want to try something new, you need to check these out!

Brown Butter Sugar Cookies

14 Tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) unsalted butter

1/4 Cup granulated sugar

2 Cups packed dark brown sugar (fresh brown sugar is best, older sugar will make a drier cookie)

2 Cups plus 2 tablespoons unbleached all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon table salt

1 large egg

1 large egg yolk

1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

  1. Heat 10 tablespoons of butter in a 10 inch skillet (if you use a dark non-stick skillet it will be hard to see when the butter browns) over medium-high heat until melted, about 2 minutes. Continue to cook, swirling pan constantly until butter is a dark golden brown color and has a nutty aroma, 1 to 3 minutes. This is an easy way to make the brown butter you see in many recipes. Remove skillet from heat and transfer browned butter to large heatproof bowl. Stir in remaining 4 tablespoons of butter into hot butter to melt; set aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 large, 12×18, baking sheets with parchment paper. In a shallow baking dish or pie plate, mix granulated sugar and 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, rubbing between finders, until well combined, then set aside. Whisk flour, baking soda and baking powder together in a medium bowl; set aside.
  3. Add remaining 1 3/4 Cups brown sugar and salt to the bowl with the cooled butter; mix until no sugar lumps remain, about 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl with rubber spatula; add egg, yolk, and vanilla and mix until fully incorporated, about 30 seconds. Scrape down bowl. Add flour mixture and mix just until combined, about 1 minute. Give dough final stir with rubber spatula to ensure no flour pockets remain and ingredients are evenly distributed.
  4. Divide dough into 24 portions, each about 2 Tablespoons, rolling between hands into balls about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Working in batches, toss balls in reserved sugar mixture to coat and set on prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart, 12 dough balls per sheet. (Smaller baking sheets can be uses but it will take 3 batches).
  5. Bake ONE sheet at a time until cookies are browned still puffy and the edges have begun o set but centers are still soft (cookies will look raw between cracks and seem underdone; see photo), 12-14 minutes (depends on oven, I did mine 10), rotating baking sheet halfway through baking. Do not overtake.
  6. Cool cookies on baking sheet for 5 minutes, use wide metal spatula to transfer cookie to wire rack to cool to room temperature. Then pour a big glass of milk and enjoy!

 

 

Pumpkin Crumb Cake

September 21, 2014

photoIt’s fall and pumpkin stuff is everywhere. From Starbucks to cheesy store fall decor, pumpkins make the fall season merry.  I saw a friend post a link to this recipe on FB and I knew I had to try it. I love crumb cake and adding the pumpkin gives it a new twist. We had company visiting which always gives me a reason to bake for our guests. The motive is less selfish when I can say I am making it for someone else and then I feel less guilt about eating the whole thing myself. I think it came out quite tasty. The crumb topping pairs well with the pumpkin flavor. The cake is more dense from the richness of the pumpkin pie filling, sort of like a pumpkin bar.So if you are craving fall flavors and want some coffeecake that doesn’t cost $5 a slice at Starbucks, check this out.

Pumpkin Crumb Cake

Ingredients

Cake
2 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
1 cup whole milk
Crumb
1/2 cup cold butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
How to Make

Preheat oven to 350°
Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray, set aside.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
In large bowl beat sugar and butter together until combined. Add in eggs, vanilla and pumpkin mixing until smooth.
Add dry ingredients in thirds, alternating with milk, starting and ending with dry mixture. Beat for 1 more minute until smooth, scraping sides as necessary.
Spread batter into pan evenly.
To make crumb mixture, cut together all ingredients using a pastry cutter or fork. I like to get in with my hands and combine the ingredients once they are all mixed, and form larger clumps of crumb.
Spread this mixture on top of cake batter.
Bake for 45-55 minutes until center is set and toothpick comes out clean.
Can be served warm or at room temperature.

Crowd Pleasin’ Coffeecake

November 24, 2012

Every time I know we will have company, I whip this recipe out. Luckily I didn’t have to make it this time, as my mom made it and saved me a slice. My mom has been making it for years. It is her Raspberry Cream Coffeecake and it looks so fancy and impressive but it is easy to make and also delicious. Think cheescake and raspberry preserves and almond coffeecake combined into one tasty confection. So if you have a sunday brunch to attend, holiday company, or you just want to have a weekend breakfast treat, check this recipe out:

Margie’s Raspberry Cream Coffeecake

Combine 2  1/4 C of flour  & 3/4 C of sugar, cut in 3/4 C of butter until crumbly. Reserve 1 C of this crumbly mixture and set aside. To the rest add 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp almond extract, 3/4 C of sour cream, 1 egg and blend in mixer. Spread on the bottom and up the 2″ of the sides of a greased and floured 9 1/2″ cheesecake pan. Next combine 8 oz of cream cheese, 1/4 C sugar, and 2 eggs, mix well. Spoon over crust. Then carefully spoon 1/3 C raspberry preserves over the cheesecake filling (in small dots). Combine your reserved 1 C of crumbs from earlier with 1/2 C sliced almonds and sprinkle over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes. Cool 15 minutes. Then remove sides of pan and cool completely. (can be made the night before) Slice into this delightful treat and enjoy a gourmet breakfast in the comfort of your own kitchen

 

Slutty Brownies

April 22, 2012

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When I heard from a girlfriend about a recipe called slutty brownies imagine my surprise when I googled it and it popped up on Duncan Hines’ site? The family friendly brand has a wild side I guess. But the intriguing name caught my attention so of course I had to research this further. What is a “slutty brownie” you may ask? Well it is the combination of the most amazing ingredients. They are called slutty brownies because they are “dirty and sinful.” Think super indulgent and gluttonous. A layer of cookie dough covered in whole Oreos, topped with brownie batter. I found the Duncan Hines pre-made version and the version from scratch, either way me and my girlfriend are gonna dig in when we whip these up today!