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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Buttermilk Pancakes

I think these are the best pancakes I have ever eaten... No, seriously!! They are so good. After a brief conversation at work over what made the weird taste in the pancakes we were eating at the moment I decided that I would test a couple of recipes. So I went to Tasty Kitchen on Pioneer Woman's web site and found something I wanted to work with. To be honest, I haven't tried the second recipe yet, because these are soooooooo good!
Ingredients:
1 cup all purpose flour
4 tsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
2 tbsp melted butter
1 tsp lemon juice
Directions:
Mix dry ingredient in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, mix wet ingredients. Heat skillet or gridle over medium high heat. Once heated, mix wet and dry ingredients together until just combined. Pour pancake mix in pan and cook until lots of bubbles apear, then flip. Cook second side for just about a minute. Once you get one of the pancakes done... taste it. Seriously, sneek a bite, they are so good! Enjoy!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Cinnamon Pudding Cake

This is the second cake for the Cake Slice Bakers Blog. The cake chosen for November is a Cinnamon Pudding Cake.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this cake. The reviews thus far were not that great... but this one turned out well! I send sweets with my husband to work often and he said they would eat this up!! (That's a good thing)
Ingredients
For the Caramel Topping
1 cup plus 2 tbsp packed light brown sugar
¾ cup water
1 tbsp unsalted butter
½ tsp salt
For the Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
2½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup whole milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
MMMM, look at that hot caramel!!!
Directions
Topping
Heat the oven to 350F. Spray the bottom and sides of an 8 inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Combine the brown sugar, water, butter and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, whisking occasionally, then set aside to cool.

Cake
Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a medium mixing bowl.

Combine the butter and granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl and cream with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes.

With the mixer on medium-low speed, add a third of the flour mixture to the bowl. Add half of the milk and the vanilla. Add another third of the flour, followed by the remaining milk and the rest of the flour. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat on medium speed for 30 seconds.

Scrape the batter onto the prepared pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Pour the topping over the batter (the pan will be very full). Carefully transfer the pan to the oven and bake until set, 45 to 50 minutes.

Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, invert it onto a large rimmed serving platter and serve warm.

Let any leftover cake cool completely before storing in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 day or in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Buttermilk Pie

First, I would like to thank everyone for the wonderful compliments on this pie. The recipe was given to me by a dear friend a loooooong time ago. It is a simple recipe to make, and apparently, ahem… a forgiving recipe. Even with the help of a 2 year old!
We will just pretend, with all that help… that I didn’t originally forget to add the sugar… wonder why the filling didn’t fill two pie shells… put the pies in the oven… only to realize about three minutes into the cooking time what I had done… pull the pies out… spill filling all over the inside of the door and in the bottom of my oven… pour the filling back in the bowl… add the sugar… wash the cookie sheet… refill the pie shells… and back into the oven, to end up with some very pretty and tasty pies…. see, a very forgiving recipe! And, you totally don’t have to go thru all of that. In fact, it's much easier if you remember all of the ingredients the first time :o)

Ingredients:
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 stick butter, melted
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 regular pie crust

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix ingredients together. Pour in pie shell and bake 40 minutes. Let cool completely before serving.