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Monday, December 31, 2012

Perfect Pancakes

Ingredients
2 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
2 Tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
2 cups milk

Directions
Mix dry ingredients, add eggs and milk and mix well. Cook until bubbly on top, then turn and cook another minute. This recipe makes a lot of pancakes and can be halved.


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas Crack


Ingredients:
1 sleve club crackers
1 1/4 - cups butter, not margarine
1 1/4 - cup light brown sugar
1 - 12 oz package milk chocolate chips
1 - cup chopped pecans

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.

Lay crackers out on sheet in one layer. In a medium sized saucepan melt the butter and the brown sugar.

Stir often and bring to a full rolling boil. After the mixture comes to a full rolling boil set your timer and boil the mixture for exactly 3 minutes.

Pour over the crackers and bake for 5 minutes.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips and wait until they are almost melted then spread the chocolate evenly all over all the saltines.

Sprinkle on the pecans all over the top as evenly as possible. Refrigerate for two hours and then break up into pieces and store in a air tight container.

Peanut Brittle


Ingredients
1 Tbsp Baking Soda
1 tsp vanilla
1Tbsp butter
1/2 cup water
1 cup light corn syrup
2 cups sugar
dash salt
2 cups raw peanuts

Directions
Lightly butter two cookie sheets
In a small bowl, place baking soda and butter and set aside.
In a medium sauce pan over med-high heat, bring the water, corn syrup, sugar, salt and peanuts to a boil stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. once boiling, clamp candy thermometer to side of pan making sure it doesn't touch the bottom. Stir occationally to make sure the peanuts do not stick to the bottom of the pan. Cook until the temp reaches 296 degrees F.

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, butter and baking soda, stir for about 30 seconds. Pour out onto cookie sheets and spread out with spoon. Let cool then store in a air tight container for up to two weeks... not that it'll last that long ;)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Cinnamon Roll Cake

When I saw this recipe on Pinterest, I knew, I just knew I had to try it :) and am I ever glad I did! It's good, almost like a cinnamon roll... without all the work!!

Cake:
3 c. flour
1/4 tsp.salt
1 c. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 c. milk
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. butter, melted

Topping:
1 c. butter, softened
1 c. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
1 Tbsp. cinnamon

Mix everything together except for the butter. Slowly stir in the melted butter and pour into a greased 9x13 pan. For the topping, mix all the ingredients together until well combined. Drop evenly over the batter and swirl with a knife. Bake at 350 for 28-32 minutes.

Glaze:
2 c. powdered sugar
5 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla


While warm drizzle the glaze over the cake.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips

Directions

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or silpat.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Using a mixer, beat the butter and sugars until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time, then mix in the vanilla and pumpkin puree. . Slowly beat the flour mixture into the batter in thirds. Stir in the chips. Scoop the cookie dough by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared cookie sheets and bake for 15 minutes, or until the cookies are browned around the edges. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them rest for 2 minutes. Take the cookies off with a spatula and cool them on wire racks.

Monday, November 7, 2011

PW's Cinnamon Rolls

I DID IT!! Yep, I finally got around to making PW's cinnamon rolls. You see, I have a fear of yeast. A great big, I don't know what's wrong, why doesn't this stuff ever, ever, ever work kind of fear. And that isn't an exaggeration.
Well, fear no more! I discovered rapid rise yeast. AWESOME! Not only does it save time, it works! And I don't need to tell you how good these are, because they are by PW... right! Well, lets get to cookin'!

Ingredients:
dough
2 cups milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 pkg rapid rise yeast
4 1/2 cups flour
1/2 heaping tsp baking powder
1/2 scant tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
filling
1 cup melted butter
1/8 cup cinnamon
1 cup sugar
maple icing
1 lb powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
3 tbsp butter, melted
1/8 cup strong coffee
dash salt
1 1/2 tsp maple extract
Directions:
Heat the milk, oil and sugar in a sauce pan over medium heat, do not allow to boil. Set aside and cool to lukewarm (120 - 130 degrees). Mix yeast and 4 cups of flour. Pour milk mixture over flour and stir until just combined.  Cover with a clean towel and let sit for 10 minutes (This replaces the first rise). Remove towel and add baking powder, soda, salt and remaining 1/2 cup flour. Stir to thoroughly combine. Pour dough onto floured surface and roll into a large rectangle about 30 x 10 inches.
To make filling pour melted butter over dough and spread to edges with your fingers. Mix cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle over the dough. Now start at the end farthest away and roll tightly toward you. When you get to the end pinch the seam together. Take a knife and mark your roll so that they will all be even. Now take a piece of floss, yes dental floss, about a foot long and cut the rolls. Slide the floss under the dough and bring it up to the first mark. Cross the floss at the top and pull. It will make a beautiful cut and all of the filling stays inside!! Pour a couple of tablespoons of melted butter in a baking dish and place rolls in the pan being careful not to overcrowd. Cover with a towel and let sit for 20 minutes; while they are resting preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Bake 13 - 17 minutes.
**I got 22 rolls out of this recipe and used a 9x13 and a pie pan. The larger pan took the full time and then some...
While the rolls are baking, make the icing. Mix the powdered sugar, milk, butter, coffee, salt and maple flavoring together until all of the sugar is dissolved and there are no lumps. When the rolls are done, pour on the icing and let it soak in. Now, thank PW for sharing such a wonderful recipe. I did, though I'm not sure she heard me. Thank you Ree!!!
Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman Cooks Cookbook

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Banana Bread

WOW... it's been a while :o) It's not that I've been out of the kitchen, I've just been busy with life, you know how it goes. It's always crazy here and I rarely get a chance to get on here. Well, enough chit chat, lets get on to the good stuff! Banana Bread!! I love banana bread, and this is by far my favorite recipe. It comes from my great aunt, and it is unbelievably easy to make.
Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1 cup mashed bananas
1/2 cup sour milk
1/2 cup nuts

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a loaf pan. Mix all ingredients well, pour into pan and bake 1 hour. Let cool 10 min, then remove from pan to cool completely. Store in an air tight container to keep moist.