Sunday, March 28, 2010

Trouble in Sticky Bun Form

I'm not sure I should share this recipe. It's an obesity disaster just waiting to happen. I made this as an extra side for tonight's dinner, and even through all of the "I'm so stuffed" groans, Rob and I could not stop shoving these down. The worst part is that they're unbelievably easy to make. On The up side, you have to spend a lot of the day letting these rise, so they won't be there for an immediate sweet-treat. I generally leave out any and all nuts from my recipes, but the pecans absolutely complete the experience.

Shopping List
1 Frozen Bread dough loaf (1 lb) --or 16 frozen rhodes dinner rolls
Chopped Pecans
Brown Sugar
1 (3.5 oz) Cook and Serve Butterscotch Pudding Mix

Follow thawing directions on dough package (this will probably vary with different brands and/or whether you use the loaf or the rolls). Personally, I placed the frozen loaf in a standard sized, greased, bread pan overnight. In the morning it had thawed, but had not risen at all.

Grease a bundt pan, and sprinkle 1/2 cup of chopped pecans on the bottom of the pan.

Once the loaf is thawed, slice in half, and then slice each half into 8 pieces. Roll the pieces into 16 balls, and place in the bundt pan on top of the pecans.

Sprinkle entire package of dry pudding mix on top of the dough, and then sprinkle 2 tsp ground cinnamon on top of that.

Combine 1/2 cup melted butter with 1/2 cup packed brown sugar. Pour mixture over rolls.

Let the rolls rise the slow-way (in the fridge 6-8 hours) or at room temperature (3-5 hours). If at any point you feel that the rolls are not rising as fast as you'd like, turn the oven to 200 degrees F. Place the rolls in the oven, and then turn it off. This will get them moving faster.

Once the rolls have risen close to the top of the bundt pan, bake 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.

When the rolls are done cooking, immediately invert pan, and dump rolls onto baking sheet (preferably one with sides so the goo doesn't pour over).

Eat until you're ready to vomit. Then eat some more.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


If you're a fan of Rice Krispy Treats (and honestly, who isn't?) give scotcheroos a try. They're almost as easy as the original treats, but these will satisfy that chocolate-peanut butter craving in a way that Rice Krispy Treats never could!

Shopping List
Rice Krispies
Creamy Peanut Butter
Light Corn Syrup
Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Butterscotch Chips

Mix 1 cup sugar and 1.5 C Karo syrup in a saucepan over medium heat. Once the mixture begins to boil, remove from heat, and add 1.25 C creamy peanut butter.

In a large bowl, add 6 C Rice Krispies and then peanut butter mixture. Stir Rice Krispies until all are evenly coated with peanut butter mixture.

Press Rice Krispies into a 9 x 13 pan. Some people suggest buttering your fingers so the mixture won't stick. I, however, do this close to the sink, and keep my hands fairly wet with cold water. I find that it helps me to avoid the "butter-fingers" drama that may later ensue. (I drop enough AS IS!)

Melt 1 C. chocolate chips, and 1 C. butterscotch chips in microwave (2-3 minutes depending on microwave). Stir until smooth, and pour on top of Rice Krispies. Let them cool completely before cutting.

**Ever have drama when it comes to melting chocolate? Here's the key. NEVER put anything into the melted chocolate mix after you have microwaved it. If you ever need melted chocolate to be thinner than it's normal consistency, add the milk BEFORE melting chocolate. If the melted chocolate changes temperature too quickly, it turns thick and chalky.

Good luck - and enjoy!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Sour Cream Pound Cake

This cake was so tasty. I even forgot it was in the oven and over cooked it, which left the outside a bit crunchy. However, the next day (when I literally ate it for breakfast) the moisture from the cake had softened the outside, and I ended up eating a LOT more cake than I'd advise anyone to do in one sitting! It was pure, buttery, golden cake divinity.

Shopping List
1 box yellow cake mix (butter recipe)
sour cream

Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Mix cake mix, one stick of melted butter, 8 oz sour cream, 3 eggs, and 1/3 cup water with a hand mixer.
Add one cup of flour and 1 cup of sugar.
Mix until batter is smooth.

Spray bundt cake pan liberally with cooking spray, and pour batter in.

Bake for 1 hour, then cool for five minutes. Remove cake from pan and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

*Recipe courtesy of Mary Wilde

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Try These

They are DELISH!

Banana Crumble Muffins

Shopping List
Baking Soda
Baking Powder
Granulated Sugar
Brown Sugar
Preheat Oven to 375 degrees F

In a large bowl combine:
1.5 C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

In second large bowl:
3/4 C Granulated Sugar
1 egg
1/3 C melted butter
3 mashed bananas

Pour wet into dry and stir just until all ingredients are moist. Do not over stir. Pour batter into greased muffin tin. (Will make about ten muffins)

1/3 C packed brown sugar
2 Tbs flour
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbs butter

Mix all the dry ingredients together, and then pour melted butter in. Use a fork to cut in the butter.
Sprinkle on top of uncooked muffin generous; the muffins will get bigger, and the topping needs to cover most of the top.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Minnie Mouse Cupcakes

I made my son a Mickey cake for his birthday back in January. Since then my daughter has been talking about the Minnie cake she'd get for her birthday. I didn't want to do the same cake again, and I wanted something simple - so I came up with these.

I followed the cake mix directions and then added the following ingredients to moisten the cake up a bit:

1 cup sour cream
1 small packet of chocolate instant Jello (because my cupcakes were chocolate)
1 cup of sugar

I then baked according to the cake directions.

To decorate:
2 cans vanilla frosting
1 jar red professional food coloring (can usually be found at party stores)
1 pack of oreos
small (sandwich size) plastic bag

Empty contents of 1 jar of vanilla frosting into medium sized mixing bowl. Add entire jar of food coloring - mix well, cover, and let sit overnight. It takes a while for the true red to come through. It will look dark pink at first.

The next day - frost the cupcakes with red frosting. Take small scoop of vanilla frosting (from second can) and place in plastic baggie. Snip off very small corner of the bag, and squeeze white frosting for polka dots. They will look pointy at first. Allow them to dry before pushing down tips.

Take Oreos and twist open. Push down through frosting and into cupcakes. Don't worry about removing the frosting from the back of the Oreos - people like that part anyway!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Dreamsicle Pie

I found this recipe a few days ago - and it reminded me of something my roommates and I used to make in college. Technically it's not considered baking - but it is sweet, and it makes for a perfect 4th of July treat.

Shopping List
Orange Sherbet
Sweetened Condensed Milk
Cool Whip
Orange Juice
Cream Cheese

Prep: Soften sherbet and cream cheese

Line a loaf pan with foil extending foil past the edges (this make lifting pie out easier). Spread two cups of softened sherbet into pan. Put in freezer.

In medium mixing bowl beat 8 oz. softened cream cheese until smooth. Add 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk, 1/2 cup orange juice, and 1 tub (8 oz) cool whip, and stir until creamy.

Pull sherbet out of freezer and pour cream mixture on top. Freeze for three hours.

To serve invert dreamsicle pie onto large platter and slice.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Buttermilk Belgian Waffles with Vanilla Syrup

If you're a local, you've probably been to Magleby's Fresh for their all-you-can-eat french toast breakfast.  The french toast is fantastic, but it's the syrup that really makes the meal.  My recipe might not be exact, but it's pretty darn close.  If you don't have a waffle maker, try the syrup over buttermilk pancakes.

Shopping List
Corn Syrup
Baking Soda
Baking Powder
Waffles: (makes about 5 waffles)
In a medium sized bowl combine the following ingredients:
2 C. flour
2 eggs
2 C. buttermilk
2.5 tsp baking powder
1.5 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbs sugar
1/4 C + 2 Tbs oil

The order of the ingredients really doesn't matter in this recipe.  With morning cooking laziness, I generally throw everything in before I even mix the ingredients.  Stir until all ingredients are wet - but do not over mix.  
Cook batter in waffle maker, using your specific waffle maker instructions.

Vanilla Syrup:
In a small pot combine
1 stick (1/2 C.) butter
1 C. sugar
1 C. buttermilk
1 Tbs. vanilla
1 Tbs corn syrup

Bring ingredients to a boil - and let them boil for ten seconds.  Remove from heat and add 1/2 tsp baking soda.  Syrup will be very foamy.

***Serving Suggestion
This meal is fantastic with fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream.