Thursday, April 28, 2011

Rhubarb Bread

Next time, I'll make two because this is all
that's left after everyone's breakfast.
Makes 1 Loaf

1 orange, zest only
2 1/2 c rhubarb, diced
1 1/4 c sugar
1/2 c oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 1/2 c flour, a.p. or white whole wheat
1 c oats (or walnuts if your not in our house)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Microwave rhubarb until it is fully cooked and falling apart.  Cool.  Mix in zest, sugar, oil, vanilla, and eggs.  In a separate bowl, whisk flour, oats, soda, and salt.  Combine wet with dry and pour in a greased 9"x5" bread pan.  Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour at 350F until baked through.  Let rest overnight, before eating.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Post Egg Hunt Magic Bars

Makes a 9x13 Pan

Preheat oven to 350F
Place 1 stick butter in a 9x13 dish.
Stick the dish in the oven until butter melts.
Stir in 2 c graham cracker crumbs and flatten.
In a separate bowl, mix 5 cups of chocolate, nuts, and coconut with ratios of your choice.  (I used 1 c M&Ms, 1 c chopped chocolate eggs, 1 c chopped peanut butter cups, 1 c white chips, and 1 c coconut.)
Spread all but 1/2 c of mixture over graham crackers.
Drizzle over 1 can sweetened condensed milk.
Sprinkle last bit of mix over top.
Press down on gently with palms.
Bake 25 minutes.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Homemade Oreos

Adapted from MyBakingAddiction

Next time, I might make a double batch of the cookie dough because I had way too much filling.  I used the extra filling with graham crackers.  Whatever you do, you have to use the filling right away.

I refuse to use Crisco or any other form of shortening.  So I came up with this filling recipe.  It has a very similar texture store bought.

Makes 24 Cookies

Cookie Dough
10 T unsalted butter
Charlie's reaction, "Wow!  These are my favorite thing ever!"
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 c sugar

1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c cocoa powder
1 1/4 c flour

Using a mixer, cream butter, soda, powder, salt and sugar until light and fluffy on medium-high speed.  Beat in egg and vanilla.  With mixer on low, stir in cocoa powder, then flour.  Using rounded teaspoons of dough, roll in balls and place on baking sheets.  Bake 9 minutes at 350F.

10 T unsalted butter
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 c powdered sugar
2 T cold water
1 1/4 tsp gelatin

Place 2 T water in a small metal measuring cup.  Sprinkle gelatin over and let sit 5 minutes.  Beat butter, salt, vanilla, and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.  If it is too dry, add a little more butter.  Place the measuring cup on a stove burner, gently stirring until the gelatin just melts.  Remove from heat and let the mixture cool back to room temp.  With mixer running, slowly pour gelatin into butter mixture.  Put in a piping bag and squeeze onto cookies, immediately sandwiching together.  

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Corn Buns

These are light and soft. A really good sandwich bun.
Makes 18 Large Buns

1 can corn, drained
2 c milk
1 c corn meal
1/2 c warm water
2 T yeast
1/2 c butter
1/2 c sugar
3 large eggs
2 1/2 tsp salt
1 c whole wheat flour
2 c white whole wheat flour
2 c ap flour

In a medium saucepan, cook corn meal with milk until it thickens.  Remove from heat.  Add butter, stir briefly to melt.

In a mixer bowl, combine yeast and warm water.  Let sit to bubble.

If you do not want whole corn kernels, add canned corn, sugar, salt, and eggs to the corn meal mixture.  Puree with a hand blender.  If you prefer whole kernels, skip the pureeing.  Add to the yeast mixture.

Using a dough hook, add flours and knead 5 to 8 minutes.  Let dough rise 2 hours.  Divide into 18 pieces.  On a floured surface roll pieces into ovals.  Place on baking sheets dusted with corn meal.  Cover with towels and let rise 30 to 40 minutes.  Bake 20 minutes at 350F.  Remove from sheets and cool on racks.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

PW Strawberry Shortcake Cake

This is really good.  Click here for recipe.  I used to 8" pans because I didn't have one with high enough sides.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Chocolate Chip Bars

One bowl.  Very easy. Very good.  Enough said.
Makes a 9"x13" or 10"x15" Pan

2/3 c unsalted butter
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/4 c light brown sugar
3 eggs
1 T vanilla
2 1/2 baking powder
2 3/4 c flour

In a 2 quart pot, melt butter over medium heat.  Remove from stove.  Stir in salt and sugar.  Stir in eggs one at a time and vanilla.  Stir in baking powder, then flour.  Add chips.  Spread in preferred pan.  Bake 9"x13" for 35 to 40 minutes at 350F or jelly roll for 25 minutes.