11 8 / 2011

Mini Maple Chocolate Chip Pancake Muffins (Recipe)
I’ve been swamped with work lately, but I finally found a spare moment to bake something!  Not only are these mini  muffins easy to make, but they’re also tasty and super adorable.  Here’s  hoping I don’t eat them all in one sitting!

Mini Maple Chocolate Chip Pancake Muffins (Recipe)

I’ve been swamped with work lately, but I finally found a spare moment to bake something!  Not only are these mini muffins easy to make, but they’re also tasty and super adorable.  Here’s hoping I don’t eat them all in one sitting!

02 8 / 2011

fattiesdelight:

White Sangria Sparkler
You’ll need:
1-2 bottles of crisp white wine, I used 1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc and 1 bottle of sparkling Vino Verde
2 ripe local peaches, sliced
1 pint raspberries
2 kiwis
several sprigs of mint
Stevia 
Simply add the sliced fruit and mint to the wine and add several squirts of Stevia until desired sweetness is reached. Let sit for at least an hour in the fridge to let the flavors infuse. In the summertime it’s also nice to freeze half of the fruit and add right before serving so they act as ice cubes in the Sangria.


Oooh…a drink for the next patio party, perhaps?

fattiesdelight:

White Sangria Sparkler

You’ll need:

  • 1-2 bottles of crisp white wine, I used 1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc and 1 bottle of sparkling Vino Verde
  • 2 ripe local peaches, sliced
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • 2 kiwis
  • several sprigs of mint
  • Stevia 

Simply add the sliced fruit and mint to the wine and add several squirts of Stevia until desired sweetness is reached. Let sit for at least an hour in the fridge to let the flavors infuse. In the summertime it’s also nice to freeze half of the fruit and add right before serving so they act as ice cubes in the Sangria.

Oooh…a drink for the next patio party, perhaps?

08 7 / 2011

fantasticedibles:

Loaded Baked Potato Soup with bacon, cheddar cheese, and sour cream
Recipe

Much like a poutine, this looks like a heart attack in a bowl.…I WANT :P

fantasticedibles:

Loaded Baked Potato Soup with bacon, cheddar cheese, and sour cream

Recipe

Much like a poutine, this looks like a heart attack in a bowl.
…I WANT :P

08 7 / 2011

sweetveganista:

Strawberry Sunflower Pops
These seem a bit labor intensive for my lazy summer attitude, but they do look delicious and healthy.
INGREDIENTS 1/3 cup shelled unsalted sunflower seeds 3 cups hulled and halved strawberries 3/4 cup strawberry juice 3/4 cup pineapple juice 3 tablespoons sugar 1 ripe banana
PREPARATION Heat oven to 300°. Roast sunflower seeds in a shallow pan for 6 minutes; stir and roast 4 minutes more. Simmer berries, juices and sugar in a medium saucepan for 5 minutes. Let cool. Transfer mixture to a blender; add banana; blend until smooth. Stir in seeds. Fill molds and add sticks. Freeze 6 hours.
(via Pop stars: Food & Diet: Self.com)

Ooh, a healthy way to beat the heat!

sweetveganista:

Strawberry Sunflower Pops

These seem a bit labor intensive for my lazy summer attitude, but they do look delicious and healthy.

INGREDIENTS 1/3 cup shelled unsalted sunflower seeds 3 cups hulled and halved strawberries 3/4 cup strawberry juice 3/4 cup pineapple juice 3 tablespoons sugar 1 ripe banana

PREPARATION Heat oven to 300°. Roast sunflower seeds in a shallow pan for 6 minutes; stir and roast 4 minutes more. Simmer berries, juices and sugar in a medium saucepan for 5 minutes. Let cool. Transfer mixture to a blender; add banana; blend until smooth. Stir in seeds. Fill molds and add sticks. Freeze 6 hours.

(via Pop stars: Food & Diet: Self.com)

Ooh, a healthy way to beat the heat!

(via sweetveganista)

16 6 / 2011

Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies (Recipe)
Just to prove that I ended the cupcake spree, I made these for the ride up to the cottage :P  Last time I made these, my boyfriend ate five in one sitting!I think the best part of this recipe is that you don’t need to use the electric mixer at all…there’s just something gratifying about using a good ol’ wooden spoon.  That and it makes washing dishes far less complicated!

Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies (Recipe)

Just to prove that I ended the cupcake spree, I made these for the ride up to the cottage :P  Last time I made these, my boyfriend ate five in one sitting!

I think the best part of this recipe is that you don’t need to use the electric mixer at all…there’s just something gratifying about using a good ol’ wooden spoon.  That and it makes washing dishes far less complicated!

16 6 / 2011

S’more Cupcakes (Recipe)

Day 3 of the cupcake spree commemorates cottage weekends! (Don’t worry, Mom and Dad — I promise I’ll stop now lol.)

Apparently, my boyfriend’s cottage isn’t quite bonfire-ready, so I thought I’d make s’more cupcakes so we don’t miss out on a tasty cottage weekend tradition.  I’ve made these in huge quantities before (I think I managed to make a batch of 36 the first time around) and they’ve always been a big hit among my boyfriend and his roommates.

Confession: I copped out and bought Betty Crocker Whipped Vanilla Frosting.  To be honest, I’ve never actually made the icing detailed in the recipe — I either didn’t have an electric mixer on me or didn’t have/want to use so many eggs.  And I sure as hell don’t have a kitchen torch (not sure I trust myself with one either)!  If anyone does make the icing, let me know how it tastes!

15 6 / 2011

Spiced Apple Cupcakes with Brie Frosting (Recipe)

Day 2 of the cupcake spree! 

Grating the apples was kind of messy and I had some scruples with buying the cloves and nutmeg when the recipe called for so little of the spices, but just sniffing these cupcakes fresh out of the oven made it totally worth it.  Seriously, if only I could convey the aroma to you over the Internet (à la scratch-and-sniff stickers…man, I miss my childhood lol).

So, funny story: five days after scrutinizing the cheese labels to figure out what the difference between the red one and the blue one was (the amount, I discovered after ten minutes), I pulled the cheese out of the fridge, only to realize that I’d bought camembert instead of brie. :$  Of course, I’d already mixed half of the icing ingredients, so I used it anyway (a bit less than called for though, since camembert has a stronger taste than brie) and it turned out great!

Oh, and I used safflower oil instead of vegetable oil again.  I really ought to add vegetable oil to my grocery list.

14 6 / 2011

Churro Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting (Recipe)

These cupcakes mark Day 1 of my cupcake/baking spree this week.  I was bored and upon stumbling across this recipe and realizing that I had all the ingredients, I thought, “Hey, why not?” (at 10 pm, mind you — I’m a fan of late night baking)  The appeal of churros (man, do I ever miss Spain) was a plus too.

Seeing the amazing handiwork of my friend Meg, I was inspired to get my own cupcake decorating set a few days before making these and this was my first time using it!  It was also my first time making my own icing, so in my excitement to frost the cupcakes, I forgot to wait for them to cool completely, so the icing kind of just melted :(  It still tasted okay though!

For the batter, I substituted vegetable oil with safflower oil, which I find to be a little lighter…. That and I didn’t have any vegetable oil left haha.  I also didn’t have dulce de leche, so I just melted down some chocolate to drizzle on top (in the hope of reliving my experience at Chocolateria San Gines).  Overall, the cupcakes were good, but maybe next time I’ll make actual churros.

14 6 / 2011

Pop-Up Pancakes (Recipe)

A super easy-to-make (not to mention light) breakfast treat!  I actually made these for dessert after dinner last weekend.  My parents don’t have as much of a sweet tooth as I do, but they thought these were delicious.  The original recipe seems to have been made with strawberries, but I’m more of a blueberry person.  I’m sure they taste great with any kind of berry you prefer though, so substitute away! 

Disclaimer: Make sure you have company to eat with when you make these.  If you’re anything like me and left alone with two muffin pans full of them, you won’t be able to help from yourself from eating one.  Or two.  Or five. :$