Hearts and Stars…..

February 19th, 2014 § Comments Off § permalink

Hearts, stars, and chocolate! Oh my!!! I have been making the Half Hearted Valentine Cookies for many years now and every year, I learn something new. This year, I learned that the thicker cookies hold up better and are easier to release from the cookie cutters. The thinner cookies are harder to pick up and put on the cookie sheets. They also brown faster than the thicker cookies. You notice there are a few star shaped cookies too! I got a set of star shaped cookie cutters on clearance at Crate and Barrel right after Christmas. Enjoy!!!

Lime Cream Cheese Pound Cake

December 28th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

I started making this cake a couple of years ago after having a slice of Charlie Frank’s Key Lime Pound Cake.

I adapted this recipe from this Lime Cream Cheese Pound Cake recipe. The 10 cup Fleur-de-Lis cake bundt pan makes for a lovely presentation but the 12 cup bundt will hold all the batter. I used 3 sticks of butter instead of 2 1/4 sticks. I also doubled the amount of sugar and lime juice for the glaze because I am a little heavy handed with my brush.

Lime Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Ingredients:

For the Pound Cake:

3 1/4 cups cake flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3 sticks of unsalted butter
8 oz. cream cheese
3 cups granulated sugar
6 large eggs
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3 tbsp. lime juice
2 tsp. very finely grated lime zest

For the Glaze:

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup fresh lime juice

Garnish:

Confectioners’ sugar (optional)

Instructions:

Have all ingredients at room temperature. Position oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat to 325 degrees F (160 C). Grease and flour a 9 or 12-inch bundt pan or Fleur-de-Lis* cake pan.

Sift together flour, baking soda and salt, set aside.

With an electric mixer, fitted with a flat beater, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed until creamy and smooth, about 30-40 seconds. Add 3 cups of the sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes, stop mixer and scrape bowl occasionally. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla and 3 tbsp. lime juice (or regular fresh squeezed lime juice). Reduce speed to low. Fold in flour, baking soda, and salt mixture in 3 additions, blending each addition just until smooth, stop mixer and scrape bowl occasionally. Fold in lime zest.

Spoon batter into prepared pan, making sides higher than in center. Bake until cake is golden, and a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 1/2 hours. Cool upright in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Invert cake onto cooling rack with waxed or parchment paper placed underneath rack, and glaze.

Makes 12-16 servings.

Lime Glaze:

In a small bowl, whisk 1/2 cup fresh lime juice and 1 1/2 cups sugar until blended. Set rack over a sheet of waxed paper, Generously brush cooled cake with glaze. After glaze has set; approximately 10 minutes, lightly sprinkle cake with confectioners’ sugar.

Notes:

Nordic Ware’s Fleur-de-Lis cake pan can be purchased at Nordic Ware’s website at: http://www.nordicware.com.

Lemon Icebox Pie

November 20th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

The last Lemon Icebox Pie of the season.

I made a couple of pound cakes for a friend’s mom in late winter. I delivered them and she told me that I needed to learn how to make a lemon icebox pie. Being a baker who does love a challenge, I researched on the internet and found a recipe that I liked. It was really simple to make and no baking was required. I made a couple for Easter and a few during the summer. However, the photo above is the last lemon icebox pie for the year. I made it for my friend’s mom who inspired me to learn about lemon icebox pie. I took it over to her and she was totally surprised and quite pleased. She said it was her favorite dessert. That truly warmed my heart.

I used Emeril Lagasse’s Lemon Icebox Pie recipe as shown below.

Ingredients

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
1 (14-ounce) can condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 prepared graham cracker crust

Directions

Combine the cream cheese, milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla in a large bowl. Mix on medium speed until smooth. Pour into the pie crust. Refrigerate overnight.

Note: I actually froze mine overnight then put it in refrigerator a few hours before serving so it would still be firm. I want to try it with limes too!

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/lemon-icebox-pie-recipe/index.html?oc=linkback

Sock It To Me Cake

November 25th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Sock It To Me Cake

Sock It To Me Cake

Sock It To Me Cake

2 sticks unsalted butter (at room temperature)
2 cups sugar
3 cups sifted cake flour
4 eggs (at room temperature)
1 cup milk (whole or low fat)
1 cup sour cream
3 tsps baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp almond extract
2 tsps cinnamon
2 tbsps brown sugar
1 cup finely chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a separate bowl, mix together your filling of cinnamon, brown sugar, and finely chopped pecans and set aside.

Cream the butter in large bowl. Gradually add sugar, creaming until light and fluffy. Sift the already sifted cake flour with baking powder and salt. Add eggs one at a time to cream mixture, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and almond extracts. Add flour mixture alternately with milk, blending after each addition until smooth. Add sour cream. (Do not overbeat as this will yield a dry cake.)

Pour 1/2 of batter into your greased Bundt or tube pan. Pour dry mixture on top of your batter. Pour remaining batter over the dry mixture.

Bake for 1 hour. Test with a toothpick and make sure it comes out dry. Let cake cool for 25 minutes then invert onto wire rack to continue cooling.

Glaze

1 cup confectioner’s sugar
2-3 tbsps milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix together and drizzle and brush over cake. Adjust glaze to your liking.

Editor’s Note: This recipe is special to me because my mother made this cake for our family when I was child. It is also one of the first cakes I made when I was a teen. We used boxed cake mix for this cake originally. I was unable to find a Sock It To Me cake recipe from scratch that I liked so now you have one! Enjoy!!!

McNannygocious Pound Cake

November 10th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

McNannygocious Pound Cake

McNannygocious Pound Cake

1 8oz Philly Cream Cheese
1 1/2 cups Butter (3 sticks)
3 cups Flour (Triple Sifted)
3 Cups Sugar
6 Eggs
2 teas. Vanilla Butter and Nut Flavoring *
1 teas. Imitation Butter Extract
1 teas. Pure Vanilla Extract
1 teas. Pure Lemon Extract

Cream butter, cream cheese, and sugar. Add eggs, flavorings. Triple sift flour and remeasure 3 cups. Blend into creamed mixture. Bake in a tube pan or angel food pan at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. Easy, huh? One more thing, after you have your batter in the pan, take a butter knife and make a circle around the center if you using an angel food pan or a straight line in the center if using a tube pan.

* If Vanilla Butter and Nut Flavoring is not available in your area, use 1 extra teaspoon of Vanilla and 1 extra teaspoon of Butter flavoring instead. Also, for a change, you can substitute the 1 teaspoon Lemon extract with any extract of your choice like rum, brandy, almond, pineapple, coconut or orange.

This recipe was passed down to me from my co-worker, Mary.

Lemon Cream Cheese Pound Cake

February 17th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Edge Brownie Pan

January 12th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Edge Brownie Pan

I got the Edge Brownie Pan for Christmas. I have made Banana Heath Bar brownies twice and they turned out really well. Very moist and chewy brownies with lots of edges.. Baker’s Edge also makes a Simple Lasagna Pan which I may eventually purchase.

Cold Oven Pound Cake

January 12th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Cold Oven Pound Cake

southernfood.about.com/od/poundcakes/r/blbb681.htm

This was my first cake of 2010. The cold oven pound cake gets its name because you do not preheat the oven as you normally would for most cakes. You combine our ingredients, poured them into a tube pan, place it in the oven, set the oven to 325 degrees, and bake for 1 hour and 25 minutes. It turned out well but next time I will use room temperature eggs so the cake will rise better.

Lunchroom Butter Cookies

December 22nd, 2009 § 3 comments § permalink

Lunchroom Butter Cookies

Just in time for the holidays. This recipe is really simple to prepare and the taste takes you back to your elementary school lunchroom.

www.j-notes.com/recipes/buttercookies.htm

Butter Cookies (the yummy lunchroom kind!!!)

2 sticks of butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 3/4 cup of plain flour

Cream butter and sugar together. Add flour a little a time. Form dough into small balls and flatten with a fork or by hand. Bake at 325º until lightly brown…. About 15-20 minutes. Recipe provided by my baking buddy, Billy.

The Making of a Peach Cobbler

August 27th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

The Making of Peach Cobbler

Baking is one of my passions. I can make some desserts really well but my peach cobbler has never quite been to my liking. My dad made a much better cobbler. I think I first tried to make a peach cobbler when I was about 13 years old and try again every few years but have not mastered it yet.

I contacted my friend, pastry chef David Benton, to teach me how to make a really good peach cobbler. It turned out amazing and it was much less difficult than I expected. Everyone has a take on how to make peach cobbler but David made it look simple. I look forward to making a peach cobbler on my own very soon. I will definitely take photos when I do.

Please check out David’s baking at www.sugarsweetsf.com. Your taste buds will thank you!

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