October 2008


Chocolate Chip Cookie #10 from I’m Just Here for More Food (Alton Brown)

Mix and set aside:
2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 t baking soda
1 t salt

Now mix together the wet ingredients:
3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 c. unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled [I used salted butter because I love the combination of salty and sweet together and also it’s what I usually have on hand]
2 large egg yolks
1 t. vanilla extract

Now add the dry to the wet and mix gently with a wooden spoon. Do not over mix!! The one time this recipe didn’t work out was when we overmixed it (and they turned out flat and greasy). While there is still some flour showing, add 2 c. chocolate chips and mix the rest of the way.

Bake 10-11 minutes or until golden at 375.

Source: Salt and Chocolate

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S’mores Bars
(from: Hershey’s)

1/2 cup of butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (smashing the graham crackers was the coveted job on Saturday night!)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 Hershey’s chocolate bars
1 cup marshmallow creame (we used large marshmallows cut in half- it makes the bars taste more like the real thing)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8 inch baking pan

Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add the egg and vanilla and beat well. Stir together the dry ingredients (flour, graham crackers, baking powder and salt) and add them to the wet ingredients until well blended.

Press half the dough into the pan. Layer chocolate bars over the dough and then spread the marshmallow creame (or marshmallows) over the chocolate. Pat the rest of the cookie dough on the top.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the top of the cookie is lightly browned. Allow to cool (we did not–gooey chocolate and marshmallows are why you eat s’mores-right?). Cut into bars and enjoy!

Source: Turkeycookies

Claire’s Elusive Granola Recipe
10 c. rolled oats
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. wheat bran
1 c. chopped nuts
1 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
Then mix together
1 c. olive oil
1/3 c. maple syrup
t tsp. vanilla
Stir well, spread out on a baking sheet and bake while checking every ten minutes (and stirring!). About 30 minutes or so. Make sure it does n0t burn. Take out and let cool before placing in a bag with a spoon.

Source: Turkeycookies

Makes 12 cupcakes

For the cupcake
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick (8 tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled (I used 1oz bittersweet & 1oz semi-sweet instead)

For the glaze
3 oz bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (Valrhona bittersweet 70%)
1 tbsp confectioners’ sugar, sifted
2 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces

INSTRUCTIONS

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Fit the 12 molds in a regular-size muffin pan with paper muffin cups, or butter them with flour and tap out the excess.

To make the cupcakes—
Whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter at medium speed until soft and creamy. Add the sugar and beat for about 2 minutes, until it is blended into the butter. Add the egg, then the yolk, beating 1 minute after each addition and scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Beat in the vanilla, then reduce the mixer speed to low and add half the dry ingredients, mixing only until they disappear. Scrape down the bowl and add the buttermilk, mixing until incorporated, then mix in the remaining dry ingredients. Scrape down the bowl, add the melted chocolate and mix it in with the rubber spatula. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin molds.

Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, or until the tops of the cakes are dry and springy to the touch and a knife inserted into their centers comes out clean. Transfer the muffin pan to a rack and let the cakes cool for 5 minutes before unmolding. Cool to room temperature on the rack before glazing.

To make the glaze—
Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of shimmering water. Transfer the bowl to the counter and let stand for 5 minutes.

Using a small whisk or rubber spatula, stir the confectioners’ sugar into the chocolate, followed by the pieces of cold butter. The glaze may be very thin at this point or may be perfectly spreadable. If it is too thin to spread or use as a dip (I often dip the tops of the cakes into the ganache, then give the cakes a little twirl as I pull them out, so they have a squiggle of glaze in the center), stir it over ice water for a few seconds – really less than a minute. With a small metal icing spatula, give each cupcake a crown of shiny ganache, and let the glaze set at room temperature (or in the fridge if you are in a hurry). If the ganache loses its gloss and you miss it, give the tops of the cakes a puff of hot air from a hairdryer right before serving.

Playing around: Before glazing the cakes, you can fill the centers of these with store bought Marshmallow Fluff, Bittersweet Ganache, Nutella or jelly. Just fit a pastry bag with a tip, fill the bag with the goody of your choice, plunge and squeeze away.

[NOTES: I filled mine with marshmallow fluff using a Wilton #12 round tip.]

Storing: The cakes will keep in a well-sealed tin overnight. They can also be wrapped airtight – glazed or unglazed – and frozen for up to 2 months.

Vanilla Cream Filling
from Baking Bites

3 tbsp all purpose flour
1/2 cup milk (low fat is fine) (I used skim)
1/2 cup butter (or trans fat-free shortening)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 scraped vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla extract

Whisk together the flour and milk and cook in a small saucepan over medium heat until thick (this will only take a few minutes). Stir continuously to prevent the mixture from clumping and do not bring it all the way to a boil. (Do not walk away from it! It will be slightly clumpy as it thickens but you should not get large clumps if you stir continuously.) When thickened (consistency will be that of a thin pudding or custard), strain with a mesh strainer into a small bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let cool completely to room temperature.

When the milk mixture is cool, cream the butter (or shortening) and sugar together in a medium bowl until light. Add in the milk/flour mixture and the scraped vanilla bean seeds (or vanilla extract) and beat at high speed with an electric mixer for 7 minutes, until light and fluffy.

Scrape into a pastry bag fitted with a plain tip, or a large ziplock bag with the corner cut off, and set aside until ready to fill your cupcakes.

*A few recipe notes:
– The baking time is still 22-25 minutes if you halve the recipe. Mine was finished after 24 minutes.
– Many bakers found these cupcakes to be too dry. There was much debate as to whether this was due to overbaking, or too much flour. Part of this debate was due to the ambiguity as to how much 1 cup of flour weighs… Heidi over at Suburban Food found that Dorie uses the dip and sweep method of measuring and one cup of flour using this method weighs 4.8 ounces).

– Make sure you melt your chocolate first. That way it is completely cool by the time you need it (at the end).
– I used semisweet chocolate instead of bittersweet.
– I only have one muffin pan so I had to bake these in two batches. I hate not knowing how full to fill each muffin cup (“divide the batter evenly” is so vague). So I weighed it out for next time. Each muffin cup should be filled with approximately 1.75 ounces of batter (that weight is including the weight of the liner as well).
– There was just barely enough ganache to frost these cupcakes lightly. If you like to frost your cupcakes heavily, I would recommend doubling the recipe.
– Wrapped airtight (glazed or unglazed), these can be frozen for up to 2 months.

Source: Good Eats N’ Sweets

Big Brownie Cookies

1 (19.5 to 21.5-ounce size) box fudge brownie mix
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup oil
3 tablespoons water
2 eggs

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir until all dry ingredients are incorporated, but do not overmix. Drop by rounded tablespoons (I use a #40 scoop) onto the greased baking sheet. Leave at least 2 inches between cookies as these will spread.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, (I baked mine for 8-9 minutes) until cookies appear set and do not look “wet” in the middle. Let cookies sit on baking sheet for 3 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool. To serve, sprinkle with powdered sugar. Makes about 2 dozen cookies
*If desired, you can stir in 1 cup of white chocolate, semisweet chocolate, or peanut butter chips; 1 cup of chopped almonds or pecans; or 1 cup of M&MS or Reese’s Pieces before scooping and dropping onto cookie sheet.*
Source: PriscillaBakes

“Pumpkin Sheet Cake”

1 15 oz. can pumpkin
2 cup sugar
1 cup oil
4 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cup flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
DIRECTIONS:
In a large bowl, beat pumpkin, sugar, and oil. Add beaten eggs; mix well. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Mix. Add to pumpkin mixture and beat until well blended. Pour cake batter into a greased 10×15 in. cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Cool. Frost when cooled.

Frosting:
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
10 tbsp. butter, softened
2 tsp. vanilla
3 1/2 cup powdered sugar
6-8 tsp. milk
DIRECTIONS:
Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until smooth. Gradually add sugar, mix well. Add 3-4 tsp. milk until frosting reaches spreading consistency.

Source: PriscillaBakes

“Pumpkin Harvest Dip”
Ingredients:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Apple and pear slices
DIRECTIONS:
In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar. Gradually add the pumpkin, pie spice, vanilla and ginger; beat until smooth. Serve with fruit. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 3-1/2 cups.
*specially lovely on buttered toast
Source: PriscillaBakes

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