Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Barbecue Sauce in Texas is a staple condiment and everyone has their own personal, favorite recipe.
As a Vegetarian, I use Vegetarian Chicken Stock and Vegetarian Worcestershire Sauce.

I'm posting a picture of 3 different Chile Powders because there's a difference between Chile and Chili Powder.
A Chile Powder is a Dried Chile that's been ground into a Powder. A Chili Powder is a mix of Spices that includes a Dried Chile Powder in it.
This recipe includes your choice of a Chile Powder.

You can make your own Ancho Chile Powder:
Choose some Dried Ancho Chiles, remove the stems and seeds. Tear the Chiles into small pieces.
Put them in a small Coffee or Herb Grinder and pulverize. You can also use a small Food Processor.

Ancho Chile Powder is made from Sweet Ancho Chiles and has a moderately Spicy and Rich flavor.
Chipotle Chile Powder is made from Dried, Smoky Jalapeño Chiles and has a Smoky, Sweet and Spicy flavor.



Ancho Chile Powder.


New Mexico's Hatch Chile Powder.


I use a Chile Powder from Chimayo, New Mexico.
We first discovered it while visiting the incredible town of Chimayo.




In a Large Saucepan on Medium High Heat:

1/2 C Chicken Stock
2 1/2 C Apple Cider Vinegar
3/4 C Ketchup
5 TBS Granulated Sugar
2 1/2 TBS Light Brown Sugar
1 TBS Smoked Paprika
3/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Onion Powder
1/4 tsp Chile Powder (not Chili Powder)
1 TBS Dry Mustard
1 TBS Worcestershire Sauce
1 TBS Lemon Juice
Mix well.

Simmer uncovered for 1 hour.
Stirring occasionally as it reduces.
Refrigerate in a Jar until ready to use.

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Pear and Walnut Chutney

This is a great Christmas as an accompaniment to Crackers and Cheddar Cheese for an appetizer. It would be good on a Croque Monsieur Sandwich too.


Seckel Pears

Bosc Pears


Pear and Walnut Chutney

Here's what you'll need:
Canning Jars

2 1/2 Pounds Firm Pears, peeled, cored and cut into 1" pieces. Bosc or Seckel Pears.
8 oz.  Tart Apple, Granny Smith
8 oz.  Yellow Onion, peeled and cut into 1" pieces.
2 C Apple Cider Vinegar
1 C Golden Raisins
The Zest of 1 Orange
The Juice of the Orange
2 C Granulated Sugar
1 C Chopped Walnuts, toasted in a dry Skillet on Medium Heat for 5 minutes. Stirring.
1/2 tsp Cinnamon

In a Saucepan on medium Heat:
Apple
Onion
Vinegar
Slowly bring to a Boil.
Reduce heat to Low and Simmer 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In a Small Bowl:
Raisins
Orange Juice
Set aside to soak for 30 minutes.

In the Saucepan:
Add:
Sugar
Raisins
Orange Zest
Heat just until the Sugar is dissolved, stirring often and then Simmer for 30 minutes.
It should begin to thicken as the liquid reduces.
Stir often.

Add:
Walnuts
Cinnamon
Stir to combine well.

Spoon into Sterilized Canning Jars, cover and seal the lids according to Canning Directions.
Set aside in a Cool, Dark place for 1 Month prior to serving.

Enjoy!
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Monday, August 22, 2016

Corn Pie

Corn Pie:
This is one of my Best of the Best recipes!




Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
1 - 9" Pie Pan
I make 2 at a time. I don't double the recipe. I measure
all of the ingredients and prepare them for each pie simultaneously.

1 1/4 C  finely crushed Ritz Crackers
8 TBS Butter, melted
2 TBS Butter
1 1/4 C Whole Milk, divided.
2 C Corn, fresh or frozen
1/2 tsp Salt
2 TBS Flour
1/2 tsp Onion Salt or Onion Powder
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
2 Eggs, beaten
1 TBS fresh chopped Rosemary

Combine Cracker Crumbs and 1/2 C melted Butter and mix well.
Reserve 1/2 C of this mixture for the topping and press the remaining into the Pie Pan.

In a Saucepan on Medium High Heat:
2 TBS butter
1 C Milk
Corn
Salt.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and cook for 3 minutes.

In a small bowl:
Flour
Cayenne Pepper
1/4 C Milk
Whisk well until Smooth.

Slowly Add the Flour mixture to the Corn mixture stirring constantly.
Cook 3 minutes until it thickens.
Cool slightly.

Add:
Onion Salt
Rosemary
Eggs, stirring constantly.
Whisk well.
Pour into Pie Pan.

Sprinkle the Top with remaining Crumbs.

Bake for 30 minutes!

Enjoy!
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Cast Iron Breakfast Cakes

I make these in a Lodge Cast Iron Mini Cake Pan. You can also use a Shallow 12 Well Muffin Pan.


Cast Iron Breakfast Cakes

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
1 - Lodge Cast Iron Mini Cake Pan or a Shallow 12 Well Muffin Pan.
The recipe makes about 24 Cakes.

1 1/2 C Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1 C Whole Milk
11 TBS Butter, melted.
3 Large Eggs, separated.
2 TBS Granulated Sugar
5 TBS Vegetable Oil

Garnish:
Confectioner's Sugar
Warm Maple Syrup

Preheat the Pan for 30 minutes.

In a Large Mixing Bowl:
Flour
Baking Powder
Salt
Cinnamon
Whisk well.

In a Small Bowl:
Milk
1/2 C Melted Butter
Egg Yolks
Sugar
Whisk well.

Make a well in the Flour Mixture.
Add Wet ingredients at one time.
Toss the mixture together with a blending fork just until moistened.

In a Mixing Bowl:
Egg Whites.
Whisk to Stiff Peak.
Fold 1/4 of the Meringue into the Batter just to combine with a Silicone Spatula.
Fold in remaining Meringue.

In a measuring Cup:
Remaining Melted Butter
Vegetable Oil.
Mix well.

Keep the Pan in the oven.
Brush each well the Butter/Oil mixture.
Spoon a generous Table Spoon of Batter in each well.

Bake for 4 minutes.
Flip with a Spatula and continue baking for 2 minutes.
Transfer the Cakes to a rack to cool.
Continue baking the remaining Cakes.

Serve Dusted with Confectioner's Sugar and Warm Maple Syrup.

Enjoy!
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Cheddar Spoon Bread

I have an incredible Terra Cotta Bram that I use for this Spoon Bread.



Cheddar Spoon Bread

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
1 - 2 Quart Baking Dish or Soufflé Dish.

3 C Whole Milk
1 C Yellow Corn Meal
1 C Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper
1/8 tsp Tabasco Sauce
3 TBS Finely Chopped Fresh Chives.
3 TBS Finely Chopped Green Onion, White part only.
2 TBS Drained Pimentos
3 Large Eggs, Separated.

In a Large Saucepan on Medium Heat:
Milk
Heat until it Simmers.
Gradually Whisk in Corn Meal.
Whisk constantly until it begins to thicken, about 5 minutes.

Remove from Heat.
Stir in Cheese.
Mix until it's melted and completed incorporated.

In a Mixing Bowl with an Electric Hand Mixer:
Egg Whites
Beat until Stiff Peak, but not Dry.
Fold gently into the Corn Meal Mixture with a Silicone Spatula.

Spoon into the Baking Dish.

Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, until Light Golden Brown.

Remove Dish to a Rack to Cool for 10 minutes.
Serve Warm.

Enjoy!
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Holiday Apple Cake in a Loaf Pan

This is the perfect recipe for Breakfast, Brunch or to share with Friends during the Holidays.
I make this in a Cast Iron Loaf Pan.




Holiday Apple Cake in a Loaf Pan

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
1 -  9" X 5" Loaf Pan brushed generously with Pan Release Mix. (equal parts of Crisco, Vegetable Oil and Flour) I start with 1 C of each mixed well and refrigerated in a Jar. I always have it available for all of my baking needs.

2 C Flour
2 TBS Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
8 TBS Butter, room temperature
1 C Granulated Sugar
2 C Finely Chopped Jonagold Apples that have been peeled and cored.

In a Medium Mixing Bowl:
Flour
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Baking Powder
Baking Soda
Salt
Whisk well.

In a Large Mixing Bowl with an Electric Hand Mixer:
Butter
Sugar
Mix for 3 - 5 minutes until Creamy Smooth.
Fold in Apples with a Silicone Spatula.

Gradually Add:
Flour Mixture to the Apple Mixture just until incorporated.

Spoon Batter into the Pan.

Bake for 1 Hour, until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.

Remove Pan to a Rack and cool 10 minutes.
Invert the Cake, right side up, onto the Rack to cool completely.

Enjoy!
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Applesauce in a Crockpot

Fall is approaching and that means Apples. I know we can get them year round now, but I think of them as a Fall Fruit. I love Applesauce and when it's homemade, it's even better.
This recipe makes it easy to enjoy delicious Homemade Apple Sauce.




Here's what you'll need:
1 - Crockpot
1 - Potato Masher

12 Medium Size Jonagold or Braeburn Apples, peeled, cored and sliced. I use an Amish Peeler, Corer, Slicer.
1 TBS Lemon Juice
1/2 C Packed Dark Brown Sugar
1 C Water
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Allspice
1/2 tsp  Ground Nutmeg
1/4 tsp Ground Cloves

In a Large Mixing Bowl:
Apples
Lemon Juice.
Toss to coat well.

In another Small Bowl:
Brown Sugar
Cinnamon
Allspice
Nutmeg
Clove
Whisk well.

Transfer Apples to the Crockpot.
Add:
Water
Spice Mix
Gently stir to combine.

Cook on High for 3 hours.
Mash occasionally with the Potato Masher as they continue to cook.

Reduce to Low and continue to cook for an additional 2 hours.
Continue Mashing as they cook.

Enjoy!
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Pineapple Upside Down Cake in a Bundt Pan

I love Pineapple Cake and I love Pineapple Desserts.  I bought a Nordic Cake Pan specifically designed for Pineapple Upside Down Cake but this Bundt Pan is more common and you may already have one.



Pineapple Upside Down Cake in a Bundt Pan

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
1 - Bundt Pan brush well with Pan Release Mix. (equal parts f Crisco, Vegetable Oil and Flour( I start with 1 C of each mixed well and refrigerated in a jar. I always have it available for all of my baking needs. It's the only foolproof release for any intricately designed Bundt Pan.

This is the Bundt Pan you need.
The design allows for the placement
of Pineapple Slices alternating
with Maraschino Cherries.

8 TBS Butter, melted
1/2 C Dark Brown Sugar
1 - 20 oz. can of  Sliced Pineapple Rings, reserve the Juice.
1 jar of Maraschino Cherries
1 Box of Duncan Hines Yellow Cae Mix
1 - 3.4 oz box of Vanilla Pudding Mix
3 Large Eggs
1/3 C Vegetable Oil
1/3 C Whole Milk + more as needed. (Pour the Juice from the Pineapple Rings into a 1 C Glass Measuring Cup and add enough Milk to equal 1 C of Liquid)

In the Bundt Pan:
Butter
Sprinkle evenly with Sugar, Do Not Stir.

Cut the Pineapple Rings in Half.
Alternate Pineapple Halves ( cut side up) and Cherries into the indentations of the Pan on top of the Sugar.
1  Pineapple Slice, 1 Cherry, until the entire Pan is filled.

In a Large Mixing Bowl:
Cake Mix
Pudding Mix
Whisk well.

Add:
Liquid from the Measuring Cup.
Whisk well.

Add:
Eggs
Vegetable Oil
Whisk well until completely combined.

Carefully Spoon Batter into the Pan.

Bake 30 minutes.
A toothpick in the center should come out clean.

Remove pan to a rack to cool 10 minutes.
Invert cake onto a rack to cool completely.

Enjoy!
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Cookie Brittle

This is an interesting recipe. It makes a Cookie Dough , Chocolate and Nut Brittle that's broken into pieces and served as a Dessert or Snack.
This is an adaptation of several recipes.



Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
1- 12" X 17" Rimmed Sheet Pan.

In a Saucepan on Medium Heat:
16 TBS (2 sticks) Butter, melted and set aside to cool completely.
1 C Granulated Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Sea Salt
2 C Flour
3/4 C Toasted Cashews
3/4 C Toasted Pecans
I toast them together in a dry Cast Iron Skillet for 3 - 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
1 C  Chocolate Chips. Your favorites with at least %60 Cacao. I use Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate Chips.



Read the following directions before starting. These steps are important to the success of the Brittle.

When the Butter has Cooled Completely, add the Sugar, Whisk just to combine and return the pan to the heat.
Heat just until the Butter begins to melt again, but not completely. Don't allow it to get too hot and never boil.
Remove from heat and Whisk constantly for 2 minutes, until the Mixture becomes Smooth and starts to Thicken.

Add:
Vanilla
Salt
Whisk just until combined.

Add:
Flour
Stir with a Wooden Spoon until well combined.

Fold in half of the Nut Mixture.

Transfer the Dough to the Sheet Pan.
Spread out evenly to cover the entire Pan.
Make sure the layer is an even thickness.
Smooth the top with a Silicone Spatula or an Offset Spatula.

Sprinkle the top evenly with Chocolate Chips and remaining Nut Mixture.
Pat Gently into the Dough.
Bake 25 minutes until Golden Brown.

This step is also important so read carefully before removing the Pan from the oven.

When the Brittle is done baking , remove and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
Have a Rack lined with Parchment Paper ready.

Invert the Paper lined Rack onto the Brittle, Paper Side Down.
Flip it right side up so the Brittle is now on the Paper.
Allow it to sit until completely cooled.

Break into pieces and store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

Enjoy!
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Baked Broccoli Patties

I've had Corn Patties and Zucchini Patties and now there's a tasty recipe for Broccoli Patties. I serve these as an Entrée with a Side Salad or cut them in half and serve them as an Appetizer.



Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
A Sheet Pan lined with crumpled Foil and sprayed with a Vegetable Cooking Spray.

2 tsp Olive Oil
2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
1/2 C Chopped Onion
1 - 12 oz. Bag of Frozen Broccoli, defrosted and drain well. Squeeze out excess liquid with Paper Towels.
1 C Italian Herb Bread Crumbs
1/2 C Shredded Sharp Cheese
1/3 C Grated Parmesan Cheese
2 Eggs
Salt and Pepper to taste.


In a small Skillet on Medium Heat:
Oil, until hot.
Add:
Garlic
Onion
Stir and Sauté for 3 - 5 minutes until Onions are tender.
Remove and set aside until completely cooled.

In a Large Mixing Bowl:
Broccoli
Onion Mixture
Toss gently to coat well.

Add:
Cheddar Cheese
Parmesan Cheese
Egg
Salt and Pepper
Toss gently to combine well.
Scoop out a ball of the mixture and form into a Patty. ( it should make 8 Patties)

Transfer them to the Sheet Pan.
Bake 15 minutes.
Flip and continue Baking another 15 minutes. (until Golden Brown and Crispy)

Enjoy!
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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Christmas Chocolate Chip Peppermint Cookies

Wow, Christmas, Chocolate, Peppermint........... needs no introduction!






Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
A Sheet Pan lined with a Silicone Silpat Mat.

1 - Box of White Cake Mix. (I use Duncan Hines)
8 TBS Butter, melted.
1 Large Egg
1/2 tsp Peppermint Extract
1/2 tsp Vanilla
4 oz. Cream Cheese, room temperature.
1 C Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips
1/2 C  Milk Chocolate Morsels
1 C Chopped Oreo Cookie Pieces

In a Stand Mixer with a Paddle Attachment:
Cake Mix
Butter
Egg
Peppermint Extract
Vanilla
Mix until it forms a Dough.

Add:
Cream Cheese
Continue mixing just until combined.

Fold in, by hand, with a Wooden Spoon or a Silicone Spatula:
Peppermint Crunch
then:
Chocolate Morsels
then:
Oreo Cookie Pieces

Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Use a 1 1/2" Cookie Scoop and drop dough onto the Sheet Pan.
Bake for 9 minutes.
Remove the Pan to a Rack to cool for 15 minutes.
Transfer to the Rack to cool completely.

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!













Saturday, August 20, 2016

Brownies Plus!

These are Brownies taken to another level!

Brownies Plus!

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven according to the instructions on the box of Brownie Mix.
1 Box of your favorite Brownie Mix, prepared according to the directions on the box. (I always use Ghirardelli.)
1 - 9" X 9" Baking Pan lined with Foil cut 2" extending of all 4 sides. I cut two separate pieces, the size of the interior of the pan.  It's easier to release.

1/2 C Chopped Roasted Peanuts
12 Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups, chopped.
2 C Dark Chocolate Chips
1 TBS Butter
1 1/4 C Creamy Peanut Butter
2 C Rice Krispies Cereal
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Salt

Prepare the Brownie Mix.
Bake according to the directions on the box, but remove them 5 minutes before they are finished baking.
Evenly distribute the Reese's Cups over the Batter.
Sprinkle evenly with Peanuts.
Return the pan to continue baking for the last 5 minutes.
Remove the pan to a rack and smooth the top with an offset spatula.
Allow to cool completely on the rack.

In a Large Glass Heatproof Bowl for a Microwave:
Chocolate Chips
Peanut Butter
Heat for 30 seconds in a Microwave, stir and return to continue heating until melted and creamy smooth.

Add:
Rice Krispies
Vanilla
Salt
Gently stir to combine well with a Silicone Spatula.
Spread evenly over the Peanut Butter layer.
Refrigerate for 1 1/2 - 2 hours until completely set.

Lift the Brownies out of the Pan using the Foil.
Transfer to a Cutting Board and cut into squares or bars.

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Brownies, A collection of favorites!


I decided to post a collection of my favorite Brownie recipes. My memory of Brownies starts with my Grandmother, Aunt and Mother's Brownies that were served at most family celebrations. They were not necessarily saved for special occasions. We had them often. They were easy to make and everyone loved them. They were pretty simple and basic. I also remember my Junior High School Cafeteria Brownies and I have that recipe in this post. They were basically the same as our family recipes. The next phase of Brownies introduced us to the Brownie Mix sold in a box and had a couple of ingredients added to make them. As an adult, the Brownie has taken on an entirely new look and taste.  They are filled with add ons and they can be quite daunting in size, like the new recipe I'm starting with here. Most bakers have their favorite Brownie recipe but, step out and try a new one! Here are some great options.

I'm starting with the newest one and then I'll post that childhood favorite recipe.







My first choice for Dark Chocolate Chips.

I have a Square Pan with straight sides.
I like them better that slanted sides.


Brownies Plus!

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven according to the instructions on the bow of Brownie Mix.
1 Box of your favorite Brownie Mix, prepared according to the directions on the bow. (I always use Ghirardelli.)
1 - 9" X 9" Baking Pan lined with Foil cut 2" extending of all 4 sides. I cut two separate pieces, the size of the interior of the pan.  It's easier to release.

1/2 C Chopped Roasted Peanuts
12 Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups, chopped.
2 C Dark Chocolate Chips
1 TBS Butter
1 1/4 C Creamy Peanut Butter
2 C Rice Krispies Cereal
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Salt

Prepare the Brownie Mix.
Bake according to the directions on the bow, but remove them 5 minutes before they are finished baking.
Evenly distribute the Reese's Cups over the Batter.
Sprinkle evenly with Peanuts.
Return the pan to continue baking for the last 5 minutes.
Remove the pan to a rack and smooth the top with an offset spatula.
Allow to cool completely on the rack.

In a Large Glass Heatproof Bowl for a Microwave:
Chocolate Chips
Peanut Butter
Heat for 30 seconds in a Microwave, stir and return to continue heating until melted and creamy smooth.

Add:
Rice Krispies
Vanilla
Salt
Gently stir to combine well with a Silicone Spatula.
Spread evenly over the Peanut Butter layer.
Refrigerate for 1 1/2 - 2 hours until completely set.

Lift the Brownies out of the Pan using the Foil.
Transfer to a Cutting Board and cut into squares or bars.

Enjoy!
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Vintage School Brownie Recipe...... 50 years old.

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
1 - 9" X 13" Baking Pan.

1 C Butter
1/2 C Cocoa
2 C Flour
2 C Sugar
4 Large Eggs
4 tsp Vanilla
1 C Chopped Pecans
Mix all ingredients in a Mixing Bowl until well combined.
Spoon into the Pan and smooth the top with a Spatula.

Bake for 20 - 25 minutes.
Remove the Pan to a Rack to cool completely while making the Frosting.

Make the Frosting.

In a Medium Mixing Bowl:
1/4 C Butter, room temperature
1/4 C Whole Milk
3 C Confectioner's Sugar
1/8 tsp Salt
Mix well until creamy smooth.

Frost the Cooled Brownies.

Enjoy!
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Many years ago I discovered the Ultimate Brownies. It was a creation from a company called Moose Munch. We carried the product at Macy's when I was working there. It was a simple recipe. Buy a box of your favorite brownie mix, bake it according to the instructions on the box and as soon as you took it out of the oven, you gently pressed and entire box of Moose Munch into the warm Brownie base. It made an amazing recipe and consequently, the Ultimate Brownies were born. If you're not familiar with Moose Munch it's sort of like Cracker Jack coated in either Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate or White Chocolate. The recipe became a favorite at our house.
I have since discovered many other ways to create amazing Brownies and here's my latest!





I added this picture if you decide
to make Moose Munch Brownies.

The Ultimate Brownies

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
1 - 9" X 13" Glass Casserole Pan brushed well with Pan Release Mix. (Equal parts of Crisco, Vegetable Oil and Flour) I start with 1 C of each mixed well and refrigerated in a jar. I always have it available for all of my baking needs. If you need something to come out of a pan without sticking...... this is foolproof. I highly recommend it for the most detailed designed Bundt Pans.

Brownie batter:

16 TBS Butter, melted
2 C Granulated Sugar
3/4 C Cocoa Powder (I use Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa)
4 Eggs
2 tsp Vanilla
1 C Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Medaglia d'Oro Espresso Coffee Powder
1 C  Chocolate Chips (regular size) I use Hershey's Special Dark or Ghirardelli.
1 1/2 C Chopped Pecans, divided
3/4 C Caramel Sauce, divided (The kind you buy in a jar for Hot Fudge Sundaes)
1/2 C Mini Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

Icing:

6 TBS Butter, room temperature
1/4 C + 2 TBS Cocoa Powder (I use Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa)
2 TBS Lyle's Golden Syrup
1 tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 C Confectioner's Sugar, sifted.
2 - 3 TBS Whole Milk

Brownie batter instructions:

In a Stand Mixer with a Paddle Attachment:
Butter
Sugar
Cocoa Powder
Mix for 3 minutes.

Add:
Eggs
Vanilla
Mix until incorporated.

In a medium mixing bowl:
Flour
Baking Powder
Salt
Cinnamon
Espresso
Whisk well.
Gradually add this to the mixer.
Mix just to combine well.

Add:
1 C Chocolate Chips
1 C Pecans
Mix just to combine.
Spoon batter into the pan.
Bake 30 - 35 minutes.

Remove the pan to a rack to cool for 5 minutes.

Use the handle of a Wooden Spoon and polk holes evenly throughout the Brownies.
Evenly spread 1/2 C of the Caramel over the entire surface and force some of the Caramel into the holes using a Silicone Spatula.
Cover with Plastic Wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Make the Icing.

In a medium mixing bowl with a hand mixer:
Butter
Cocoa Powder
Golden Syrup
Vanilla
Beat until creamy smooth.

Add:
Confectioner's Sugar
2 TBS Milk
Mix until completely incorporated.

Add:
Additional Milk (1 TBS) if it needs it to be a spreadable consistency)

Remove the pan from the refrigerator.
Evenly spread on the Icing.
Sprinkle it with remaining Pecans and the Mini Chocolate Chips.
Drizzle evenly with remaining Caramel Sauce.

Enjoy!
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This is not a new recipe, it's been around for a long time. I just discovered it. I love Buckeyes, the Truffle like candy made from Peanut Butter and Chocolate.








Buckeye Brownies

Here's what you'll need:


Layer #1:
 A Box of your favorite Brownie Mix. (I only use Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix)
Made according to package directions.
Brush the pan well with Pan Release Mix. (equal amounts of Crisco, Vegetable Oil and Flour) I start with 1 C of each mixed well and refrigerated in a jar. I always have it available for all of my baking needs. It's a foolproof method of release.

Bake according to package directions.
Remove to a rack to cool completely.

Layer #2:
8 TBS Butter, room temperature
1 C Creamy Peanut Butter
2 1/2 C Confectioner's Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla (the best you can afford)
2 TBS Heavy Cream, divided
A Pinch of Salt

In a large bowl with an electric hand mixer:
Butter
Peanut Butter
Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.

Slowly Add:
Confectioner's Sugar
Beat to incorporate well.

Add:
Vanilla
1 TBS Cream
Salt
Beat until Creamy Smooth.
If it appears to be too thick, gradually add remaining Cream until desired consistency.
Spread evenly over the Brownie layer.

Top Layer:
1 C Dark Chocolate Chips
1/4 C Creamy Peanut Butter

In a saucepan on medium heat:
Chocolate Chips
Peanut Butter
Heat until completely melted and creamy smooth. (do not over cook)
Stirring constantly.
Remove from heat.
Allow to cool for a few minutes.

Pour over the 2nd. layer.
Spread evenly with an offset spatula.

Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Cut into squares to serve.
Transfer to a serving platter.

Enjoy!
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I recently saw a recipe from a very well known Bakery in New York City for these Cookie Brownies.  Their recipe was totally made from scratch and I understand that, when it's a well known Bakery. For the average baker, I put together this easier version that is virtually the same. I did some research and discovered that it was probably and adaptation from a Betty Crocker recipe. I usually do a lot of research before posting some recipes, to find out the origin or to adapt several recipes and create my own.
This recipe is an adaptation of two.
This is not an exact recipe so you can use any Brownie Mix, any Chocolate Chips Cookie Dough recipe and any pans you may already have, including muffin tins.

NOTE:
Now that I've made these, here's my recommendation. Use a straight sided tin, even a Muffin Tin would work well. The Bakery recipe uses individual 4" Pie Tins and I like that idea too. As you can imagine, these were difficult to release. But, they are delicious!
And, I highly recommend using the Pan Release Mix to grease the pans.








This is just another Tart Pan option.




Tart Pan Brownies Baked with a Chocolate Chip Cookie on top.

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
4" Pie Tart Pans, sprayed with a vegetable oil cooking spray or brush them well with the Pan Release Mix. (equal parts of Crisco, Vegetable Oil and Flour) I start with 1 C of each mixed well and refrigerated in a jar. I always have it available for all of my baking needs.

1 Box (1lb. 2.4oz.) Betty Crocker Original Supreme Premium Brownie Mix. Make batter according to package directions.

1 Pouch (1lb. 1.5oz.) Betty Crocker Chocolate Cookie Mix. Make dough according to package directions.

Fill each Tart Pan just under 1/2 full. Refrigerate for 3 hours.
Refrigerate the Cookie Dough for 3 hours.

Use a Cookie Scoop to create Cookie Dough Balls. Flatten each one in the palm of your hand into a disk, just smaller that the diameter of the Tart Pan.
Gently press it into the Brownie Batter.

Bake 20 - 25 minutes. (We baked the first pan for 14 minutes) Just check them and you can tell when they're done. Baking time will vary according to the size of your pan.

Remove the pan to a rack to cool completely.

Serve with Vanilla Ice Cream or Whipped Cream.

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!



It doesn't get much easier than this.

Pumpkin Brownies

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
1 - 9" X 9" baking pan, completely lined with foil and sprayed with a cooking spray.

1- Family Size box (19.5oz.) Brownie Mix I use 1 bag of Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix. It's the only brownie mix I ever use for all of my brownie recipes.
1 - (15oz.) can of  100% Pure Pumpkin

Frosting:
1/2 C Butter
2 C Confectioner's Sugar
1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

In a medium mixing bowl:
Brownie Mix
Pumpkin
Mix by hand just until incorporated, don't over mix.
Spread batter into the pan.
Bake for 25 - 30 minutes until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.
Remove pan to a rack and cool completely.

Make the Frosting:
In a large bowl with an hand mixer:
Butter
Pumpkin
Beat until smooth.
Gradually add Confectioner's sugar in a few batches, on low speed.
Increase the speed and beat until fluffy.

Remove the brownies from the pan onto a flat surface.
Spread  Frosting evenly over the brownies.
Cut into squares.

Enjoy!
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I don't think these need any introduction.
They are simply another tasty treat.

Shortbread and Caramel Brownies

Here's what you'll need:
1 - 9"X13" baking dish, sprayed with a vegetable cooking spray.


The First Layer:

1 C Butter, softened
2 C Granulated Sugar
4 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 C Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 1/3 C Flour


The Second Layer:

1 (10oz.) box of Lorna Doone Shortbread Cookies
6 oz. Cream Cheese, room temperature
1/2 C Granulated Sugar


The Third Layer:

1 -(14oz.) bag of Caramel Candies, unwrapped.
2 TBS Heavy Cream

The fourth layer:

1 1/2 C Milk Chocolate Chips
1/2 C Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 TBS Crisco Shortening


Let's put these bars together.

The First Layer:
In a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer:
Butter
Sugar
Beat until creamy smooth.
Add:
Vanilla
Eggs
Beat until well incorporated.
Add:
Salt
Cocoa Powder
Flour
Stir by hand to incorporate.
Do not over mix.

Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 22 - 25 minutes.
Transfer the pan to a rack and cool completely.

The Second Layer:
In a Food Processor:
Pulse all of the Cookies to a time powder.
Add Cream Cheese and Sugar and pulse just until well combined.
Press evenly over the First Layer.

The Third Layer:
In a Microwave safe bowl:
Caramel Candy
Heavy Cream
Microwave 30 seconds at a time, stirring until melted.
Evenly pour over the Second Layer.
Refrigerate to cool completely.

The Fourth Layer:
In a Microwave safe bowl:
Milk Chocolate Chips
Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
Shortening
Microwave 30 seconds at a time stirring until smooth.
Evenly spread the chocolate over the Third Layer.
Refrigerate until cooled.

Cut into squares to serve.

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!



One of my favorite Bakeries in NYC is called Baked. I've always wanted to get their first cookbook and haven't yet. It looks like they have 3 books now, so I need to catch up. I found this recipe for one of their iconic desserts, Spicy Brownies. Brownies started it all for Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito and this is their variation on the basic Brownie.

This sounds and looks amazing. I wish I had the rights to publish some pictures, but you'll have to either get the books or wait until I bake some of these amazing brownies.

Spicy Brownies from Baked in NYC

1 1/4 C all-purpose Flour
2 TBS dark unsweetened Cocoa Powder (such as Valrhona)
1 TBS Ancho Chile Powder
2 tsp freshly grated Cinnamon
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp ground Ginger
9 oz. of good quality Dark Chocolate (60% to 72%) coarsely chopped
2 oz. good quality Milk Chocolate, coarsely chopped
8 oz. (2 sticks) unsalted Butter, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 1/2 C granulated Sugar
1/2 C firmly packed Light Brown Sugar
5 large Eggs, room temperature

Heat oven to 350 degrees
Butter the sides and bottom of a 9"X 13" glass or light colored Baking Pan.
Line Pan with Parchment Paper and Butter the paper.

In a medium bowl:
Flour
Cocoa Powder
Chile Powder
Cinnamon
Salt
Ginger
Whisk Well
Set aside

Place chopped Chocolate and Butter in a bowl over water in a double boiler, over medium heat and stir occasionally until completely melted and combined.

Turn off the heat but keep the bowl over water in the double boiler.
Add both sugars and whisk well.
Do not overbeat or the brownies will be cakey.

Sprinkle Flour mixture over Chocolate.
Using a spatula, fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients until there's just a trace amount of Flour mixture visible.
Pour batter into the pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Rotate the pan half way through baking time.
A toothpick inserted in the center should come out with a few crumbs.

Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack and cool completely.

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!



These are incredible. They are perfect for Fall.
I'll make them for Halloween.

Chocolate Pumpkin Brownies:

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 TBS butter, softened
1/2 C sugar
1 egg
1 C pumpkin ( you know!, not Pumpkin Pie Filling)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 TBS flour
1 1/4 C flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
8 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3/4 C butter, cut into pieces
2 1/4 C sugar
4 eggs
1/4 C whole milk
2 tsp vanilla
3/4 C coarsely chopped pecans

Pre heat oven to 325 degrees
Line a 9"X 13" baking dish with foil extending over all 4 sides
Spray the foil with a vegetable cooking spray
Set Aside

In a medium bowl, with a hand mixer:
cream cheese
1 TBS butter
Beat 30 seconds
Add 1/2 C sugar, beat well
Add:
1 egg
pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla
cinnamon
ginger
Mix until well combines
Stir in 1 TBS flour
Set Aside

In a small bowl:
1 1/4 C flour
baking powder
salt
Whisk well, Set Aside

In a saucepan:
melt chocolate and 3/4 C butter just until melted and smooth
Remove from heat
Gradually add 2 1/4 C sugar
Add:
4 eggs, one at a time
Beat in:
milk
2 tsp vanilla
Gradually mix in flour mixture and combine well

Spread Chocolate Mixture evenly in the pan

Spoon mounds of Cream Cheese Mixture evenly over Chocolate
Use a narrow offset spatula and gently swirl the Cream Cheese into the Chocolate
Sprinkle with Walnuts

Bake 1 hour
Cool in the pan on a wire rack
Remove by lifting the foil edges and place on a flat surface
Cut into squares

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!




If you haven't seen this recipe, you're in for a treat.
I originally posted this recipe in February 2013. Today is November 29th 2014. I just discovered the name of this dessert and the name of it's creator. The idea came from Amanda Green Bottom from Kevin and Amanda's Recipes. She called them" Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n' Oreo Fudge Brownie Bars." I challenged her in an email because I saw where someone else claims to have created them. I believe that as a food blogger we need to give credit for all original recipes. I post if my recipe is original, which means that I created it. I wanted to make the correction here and give credit to Amanda.

Oreo Cookie Brownies:

350 degree oven
Bake these for 47 minutes, not 46 or 48!
9"X 9" aluminum baking pan, or whatever you have that's 9"X 9"


Some Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, you're choice, we use the stuff in a bucket
A good Fudge Brownie Mix, mixed according to package directions, we use Ghirardelli
16 Oreo Cookies, double stuffed, if you can get them. ( we've used the Red filled for Christmas and Orange filled for Halloween, Mint is great too!

Press the Dough about 1/2" thick in the bottom of the pan
Top the Cookie Dough with the Oreo's  4 X 4  (16 Cookies)
Pour the Brownie batter over the cookies and spread evenly

Bake for 47 minutes at 350 degrees
Remove and cool completely on a rack ( make sure to cool completely, it will make the brownies easier to cut. We cut them in the middle of the cookie so the center is visible. You can also cut them so 1 cookie is a single serving.

You can see a picture of them under the post, Christmas is Sharing, search it!

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!



I'm going to start with Moose Munch Brownies. I discovered this "non recipe" recipe at a Harry and David Store during the Holidays many years ago. Harry and David makes Moose Munch. For those that aren't familiar with Moose Munch, it's a popcorn that's coated with chocolate, either Milk or Dark and it has caramelized nuts and caramel corn mixed in with the chocolate covered popcorn.
They have recipe cards and the brownie recipe  is great.
Buy your favorite box of Brownie Mix and bake it according to the package directions. As soon as you remove the baked brownies from the oven, open a bag of Moose Munch and evenly distribute it over the top of the brownies and gently press it into the brownies. The Moose Munch will begin to melt. Cool completely in the pan. Cut into squares and serve. It's that simple. They're always a hit when we make them. We prefer Ghirardelli Brownie Mix.




I've already posted a story about Biscoff Cookies and Biscoff Spread and posted a couple of recipes.
Here's another great Biscoff recipe.




Chocolate Brownies with Biscoff Balls.

I'm going to give you the shortcut version of the original recipe. The brownies are similar to the Moose Munch Brownies. This time you're going to bake Biscoff Balls in the Brownie Mix. Buy your favorite Brownie Mix and mix the batter according to package directions, do not bake until you make the Biscoff Balls that will be baked into the brownies.
I use Ghirardelli Brownie Mix for this recipe too. Here's the recipe and directions for the Biscoff Balls.

Biscoff Balls:

1/2 C Biscoff Spread
1/2 C minus 1 TBS of Confectioner's Sugar. (Powdered Sugar)

To make the balls:
Sift the sugar into a bowl.
Add the Biscoff Spread an mix well until a soft dough is formed. It should not be sticky.
Form 1" balls and place on a parchment paper lined sheet pan and freeze. Or place them in any container in a single level to freeze.
After the brownie mix is made, pour it into  the appripriate sized pan, according to package directions and evenly distribute the Biscoff Balls in the brownie batter and gently press them in, leaving the top 1/3 of the balls exposed.
Bake as directed.
Remove from the oven and cool completely in the pan .
Refrigerate the brownies for at least and hour and up to two hours before serving.
This makes cutting the brownies easier.



Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!







Lunch Room Brownies

Vintage School Brownie Recipe...... 50 years old.

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
1 - 9" X 13" Baking Pan.

1 C Butter
1/2 C Cocoa
2 C Flour
2 C Sugar
4 Large Eggs
4 tsp Vanilla
1 C Chopped Pecans
Mix all ingredients in a Mixing Bowl until well combined.
Spoon into the Pan and smooth the top with a Spatula.

Bake for 20 - 25 minutes.
Remove the Pan to a Rack to cool completely while making the Frosting.

Make the Frosting.

In a Medium Mixing Bowl:
1/4 C Butter, room temperature
1/4 C Whole Milk
3 C Confectioner's Sugar
1/8 tsp Salt
Mix well until creamy smooth.

Frost the Cooled Brownies.

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!









Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Baked Vegetarian Taquitos and my Original Recipe for Crockpot Refried Beans

Here are two of my favorite Vegetarian Taquito recipes. I like the fact that they're Baked and not Deep Fried in Oil.
I created a recipe for Homemade Refried Beans. I prefer them to canned beans.
My recipe is at the end of this post.
Once you've tasted Homemade Refried Beans, it's difficult to go back to canned.






Baked Roasted Green Chile, Cheese and Corn Taquitos

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
1 - Sheet Pan lined with crinkled Foil.


12 Flour Tortillas
1- 4 oz. Can of Diced Hatch Green Chiles, drained.
1/2 C Corn
1 C Shredded Queso Quesadilla Cheese
1 tsp Cumin
1/4 tsp Adobo Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
Vegetable Oil

In a Medium Mixing Bowl:
Chiles
Corn
Cheese
Cumin
Adobo
Salt
Mix well.

Heat 2 Tortillas at a time, for 30 seconds in a Microwave, between two layers of Paper Towels.

After 2 are heated:
Spoon 2 TBS of the Mixture off to the side of each Tortilla and roll tightly.
Transfer them seam side down on the Sheet Pan.
Continue preparing all of the Tortillas.

Brush the tops with Vegetable Oil.
Bake for 25 minutes.

Serve Hot with Sides of:
Salsa
Guacamole
Sour Cream

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!







Baked Refried Beans and Sweet Potato Taquitos.

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
1 - Sheet Pan lined with crinkled Foil.

3 Small Sweet Potatoes, peeled and cut into 1" pieces.
(place them in a large pot of boiling water (enough to completely cover them)
Boil for 25 minutes.
Drain and set aside to cool completely, in the Saucepan.
When completely cooled, mash them with a Potato Masher.

Add:
1 tsp Chili Powder
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
Mix well.

You'll need:
3 Green Onions, sliced thin. Use the entire Onion.

Assembly:

Heat 2 Tortillas at a time, for 30 seconds in a Microwave, between two layers of Paper Towels.
After 2 are heated:
Spread a layer of Beans topped with a layer of Sweet Potatoes on each Tortilla.
Sprinkle with some Onion.
Roll tightly.
Transfer them seam side down on the Sheet Pan.
Continue preparing all of the Tortillas.

Brush the tops with Vegetable Oil.
Bake for 25 minutes.


Serve Hot with Sides of:
Salsa
Guacamole
Sour Cream

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!



We eat a lot of refried beans in Texas. It's a staple ingredient on every Tex - Mex dinner plate.
As a Vegetarian, I'm never sure if the Refried Beans in a restaurant are Vegetarian. Traditionally they're made with Lard. I make my own at home. These are easy Vegetarian Crock Pot Beans.
We're planning to have a Tamale Christmas Dinner this year and I'll make these to accompany the meal.
These turned out perfectly. I don't think I'll ever buy canned Refried Beans again.




Pinto Beans






Crock Pot Refried Beans

1 - 2 lb. bag of Dried Pinto Beans
2 Onions, peeled and shredded in a Food Processor with the Shredding Blade.
8 Cloves of Garlic, minced. (I used 4 very large cloves)
2 TBS Cumin
The packet of Seasoning from the Bag of Beans
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
11 C Water

Place the Beans in the Crock Pot.
Layer in the following order:
Onion
Garlic
Cumin
The Packet of Seasoning
Salt
Cayenne Pepper
Water
Do not stir!

Cover, cook 12 hours overnight on low. (8 - 10) hours on high.
I didn't stir them until after 2 hours.

Blend the Beans with an immersion blender until creamy smooth.

Serve with the following garnishes:

Pickled Jalapeno Nacho Slices
Shredded Queso Quesadilla Cheese
Sliced Green Onions
Sour Cream
Cayenne Pepper

Enjoy!
Peace in the Kitchen!