Tag Archives: Baking

Caramel Apple Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

26 Sep

I made these cupcakes for my friend Arantha’s birthday!

The husband helped me decorate. I had another decoration idea but it failed miserably so I am going to work on that and perfect it before I post about it. . .

This is such a great, delicious and fun treat! I LOVE LOVE LOVE caramel apples and basically anything that has caramel! And these did not disappoint.

I did a semi homemade recipe for this to save some time – but please feel free to use your favorite cake recipe.

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Adapted from Something Shiny

What You Need:

1 box of yellow or spice cake mix

Two peeled and sliced up apples

1 Tablespoon sugar

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Half a lemon

35 caramels (I use the ones you can microwave and make caramel apples)

1 teaspoon heavy cream or milk

Instructions

Make the cake according to the instructions on the box.

In a small bowl combine the apples, sugar, cinnamon and lemon. Mix it well and let it rest while you make the caramel

Melt half the caramel with the heavy cream (adding the cream will make the caramel not hard when the cupcakes cool.

After you have poured the cupcakes in the cupcake tins put the apples
in the middle then spoon the caramel on top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 18 – 22 min

Let them cool for 15 min in the cupcake tins on a cooling rack then take them out and let them cool all the way before you frost.

Use the left over frosting to decorate

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

What You Need:

4 oz (1/2 block) cream cheese, room temperature

1 stick (4 oz) butter, room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla

3-4 cups powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions

Beat butter thoroughly until smooth. Scrape bowl and add 1 cup sugar beating thoroughly. Add vanilla; beat. Add remaining 2 more cups sugar and cream cheese – mix until combined.

Add heavy cream and beat on high until light and fluffy. This will take a few minutes and you’ll need to scrape the bowl a few times during the process. If the mix seems too thin, add more sugar a little at a time until it reaches piping consistency. If it’s too thick, add more cream (or milk).

Enjoy

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Caramel Apple Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

Caramel Apple Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

National Culinarians Day

25 Jun

Yes, that’s right today is National Culinarians (not sure if that’s a word but I totally dig it – I also dig saying the word “dig” it) Day!

Which basically means today is a day to honor cooks, chefs, bakers and anyone who likes to cook. And the best way to honor a cook is to eat, and love, what they make!

Also, Just in case you care the patron saint of cooks is St. Martha which was my Mimi’s (grandma) name and coincidently is my middle name. And not to go all religious on you guys, but I really love the story of St. Martha – I am sometimes a Martha and her story is a great reminder to have fun, enjoy life and not feel sorry for yourself. You can read her story here.

So back to honoring cooks – My favorite cook is obviously my husband. He is an amazing cook and makes the best Mac Cheese ever! The only thing about Shane’s cooking is I can never share recipes with you because he just cooks. He does not measure, or use recipes he just makes them up as he goes!

Since one of my new hobbies is to cook more (which I have not been doing a good job of) but when I do cook – you can find my husband hovering around making sure I am cooking correctly! Which is a love hate issue for me (and my mother-in-law since Shane’s dad does the same thing to his wife)

I love that he helps me and answers any questions I have and eats my food even if maybe the rice did come out a little crunchy – totally happened!

So tell the cooks in your life “Thank You” today – maybe get them a kitchen gadget they have wanted! Do something special for them.

And – if you are a cook – Thank You! My taste buds thank you, my stomach thanks you and my waist line hates you!

Who are your favorite cooks – and what are your favorite dishes they make?

Steak, mashed potatoes and mac cheese! This is so unhealthy but it was my birthday dinner. Shane made all my favorites! Then he got a fork lift and took me to the movies!

Steak, mashed potatoes and mac cheese! This is so unhealthy but it was my birthday dinner. Shane made all my favorites! Then he got a fork lift and took me to the movies!

A Cheese Cake Shane made. He makes the BEST cheese cakes!

A Cheese Cake Shane made. He makes the BEST cheese cakes!

Shane also makes great bread

Shane makes the best rolls!

Shane makes the best rolls!

Pub Risotto

Pub Risotto with Chicken, Pretzels and Green Onions

Blueberry Cream French Toast – Shane made this Sunday morning!

Blueberry Cream French Toast – Shane made this Sunday morning!

PS – as I am writing this I am watching the end of Blood Diamond and it’s such an amazing and sad movie! Even though I am writing about food, I am crying my eyes out because this movie is so good. Why must Leo die at the end of all his movies? I am going to write a blog post with lists of all the movies he has died in! Sorry – just a random thought!

Nutella Pull Apart

31 May

I believe I have said this before but my husband is amazing!

He came up with this recipe a few weeks ago and made it for a bake sale at his work. I asked him to show me how to make them so I could eat them we could have something to take to a couple Memorial Day parties we were going to.

These are easy, semi homemade and can be adapted. Shane’s mom is allergic to Chocolate (Sherry I will give you $20 if you mention this post to me before Sunday! She sometimes has a problem with Google! ) so we used Jelly instead of the Nutella on some of them. You can use peanut butter, frosting anything your heart desires. Shane and I are going to come up with a savory version of this. Nutella has been my favorite so far. And now you can try it out!

Roll out each biscuit separately (make sure you flour the surface you are working on so you the biscuit does not get stuck)

Once the biscuit is rolled out, spread a tablespoon of Nutella on the rolled out biscuit

Once you spread the Nutella, roll the biscuit in to a cigar shape

Take a pair of kitchen scissors and cut the biscuit into thirds

What you need

One jar of Nutella

Two packages of refrigerated biscuits (Grands! Refrigerated Biscuits)

Four tablespoons melted butter

Four tablespoons sugar

Cream Cheese Frosting

What you need

4 ounces unsalted butter, softened

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pull Apart Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Get your cupcake pans ready

Lightly flour the surface you are working on

Pop open the refrigerated biscuits (I love doing that)

Roll out each biscuit separately (make sure you flour the surface you are working on so you the biscuit does not get stuck

Once the biscuit is rolled out, spread a tablespoon of Nutella on the rolled out biscuit

Once you spread the Nutella, roll the biscuit in to a cigar shape

Take a pair of kitchen scissors and cut the biscuit into thirds

Take the three pieces and place them into cupcake liners. Make sure you put the seams in the middle so you can see them

Melt the butter and add the sugar – brush the tops of the pull aparts before you bake them

Bake at 350 for 30 min or until golden brown

Once cool – top with a cute dollop of cream cheese frosting. I find it easier to work with the cream cheese frosting when it’s cold – so put it in the fridge to firm up a bit before you put on the pull aparts.

Cream Cheese Frosting Directions

In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract

Enjoy!

Cooking, Baking and all that JAZZ!

24 Apr

I am going to add another hobby to my life. It’s not new, just something I need to do more.

My running hobby attempt is going well and although my knees are mad at me I have been running for a few weeks. I won’t say I am “addicted” to it, or that its become a habit – but I am working on it. And sometimes I look forward to running – and much like homework and church – I am always happy when it’s over!

My next hobby will be cooking more! Like I said before I love to bake and I am actually pretty good at it. However, my cooking skills need a little help.

I also want to cook healthy yummy food which is not always easy. So I am going to TRY and cook healthy versions of food – but that’s not always possible or fun. So if I can find or come up with an alternative version of what I am cooking or baking I will include both versions of the recipe.

My first recipe is one I got from another blogger I adore called Dashing Dish.

I made the Lasagna Roll-Ups and they were indeed delicious! And what’s great about them is they are so good and healthy and it’s just Shane, my brother and me so I had plenty left over for a healthy lunch.

Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

6 whole wheat (or fiber plus) lasagna sheets

1 cup cooked ground chicken or cooked lean ground turkey/ lean ground beef

1 cup low fat cottage cheese, blended in a blender or food processor until smooth, (or low fat ricotta)

1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry (don’t like frozen spinach so I left it out)

1/2 cup parmesan, separated

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp italian seasoning (or 1/4 tsp basil + 1/4 tsp oregano)

1 jar spaghetti sauce (I used)

Optional: 1 cup mozzarella sprinkled on top

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Pour 1 cup of spaghetti sauce on the bottom of the baking dish. Set aside.

2. In a large pot, bring water to a boil, and cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. (I recommend cooking a few more than 6, just in case one breaks or tears. With any left overs I threw them in another baking dish and made “messy lasagna”)

3. Meanwhile, in a medium size bowl, mix together meat, 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce, cottage cheese, spinach, 1/4 cup parmesan, and spices.

4. When noodles are cooked, drain in a colander, and lay on a kitchen towel to dry. Start assembling lasagna roll ups by spreading 1/6 of the meat mixture over each individual lasagna noodle.

Each roll only has 224 calories – and if you care it’s 6 Weight Watchers Points.

You can easily make this recipe not healthy by using regular noodles and non-organic sauce. But why would you want to? This is seriously so good you will think it’s bad. And I used ground turkey and it was delicious. Even my picky brother liked it!

Enjoy

I NEED A HOBBY!

21 Mar

So I need a hobby. I find that as I get older (ugh) – I do less and less.  I go to work, go home and watch TV. Sometimes I find the energy to cook dinner – or as my husband would say “assemble dinner” since I rarely cook. I mostly “assemble” tacos or a salad. I am only a good cook in my head. However I like to think I am an amazing baker!  Which is a great hobby for some but not my waist line, or my husbands or my brothers (who is also my roommate – I know but that is another post for another time) So I guess my baking hobby is not that great for everyone – it’s something that I really should limit myself to doing for special occasions only. And since I have so few hobbies I will document each baked good creation I make for your viewing pleasure and because you care so much!

I love to read! That is definitely my number one hobby. But, I need an active hobby. I need something that gets me off the couch and out into the world. I need to have experience and fun stories to bore my future kids with when I am old. Also, I read for pleasure not for educational purposes. I don’t care that a book won an award or if it’s a classic. So basically if there is some equivalent of magic, vampires, witches, wizards, some kind of murder mystery, ghosts, or Chelsea Handler in the book I am reading it! I will occasionally read a book that does not have anything listed previously if a trusted friend or Oprah recommends it.

But back to an active hobby – I need one. So I started this blog to try new activities that I can potentially make the ultimate commitment to and dub a hobby – i.e. brag about, put on a resume, and talk obnoxiously about to friends, family and coworkers (your welcome) – I will document my hobby trials and tell you what I think and what hobby will get a second chance/date. I am basically dating hobbies.  If you want to join let me know and we can make this a group effort!  Hopefully this will inspire others to get off the couch and live a little.