Warm Toasted Marshmallow S'more Bars lemon blueberry scones It is time, once again, for me to give in to my cravings… I’ve been craving something cakey, something flakey, something sweet but not too sweet… I’ve been craving a scone! After doing my recipe research, I decided to use the basic bones of this recipe but I changed it to be lemon blueberry flavor and to have icing on top instead of sprinkled sugar (I like sprinkled sugar on scones a lot but I had a whole lemon full of juice that couldn’t be wasted). Scones are great because they are super easy (pretty much like the basic biscuits) and they can be made into just about any flavor that you’d like. Add dried fruit and nuts, fresh fruit, spices, WHATEVER! Lemon Blueberry Scones lemon blueberry scones Total Cost: $2.16 Cost Per Serving: $0.27 Serves: 8 Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour $0.172 Tbsp granulated sugar $0.022 tsp baking powder $0.04½ tsp salt $0.055 Tbsp butter $0.443 Tbsp milk $0.082 lg eggs $0.241 med lemon $0.501 cup powdered sugar $0.18½ cup blueberries (frozen or fresh) $0.44
The Gonzo Gourmet The Brownie That Will Change Your Life Let me start off by saying that viewer discretion is advised for today’s post. OK now with the story that preludes possibly the greatest brownie I have ever sunk my teeth in thus far in my life. Last Saturday Mrs. Zesty had a baby shower to attend and she was designated for a dessert/sweet treat for the girls. Last week was a bit of a zoo and I think I forgot about prepping this dessert until Friday afternoon at work. I knew time was tight and I didn’t want to spend all night Friday night to prep a dessert. This recipe, I cannot take any credit for and nor will I try as it is compliments of Nestle Toll House and as you can see from the reviews…. Ingredients 1 pkg. (18.25 oz.) chocolate cake mix1 cup chopped nuts ( Optional )1 cup Evaporated Milk1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted35 (10-oz. pkg.) caramels, unwrapped2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Method Preheat oven to 350° F.Combine cake mix and nuts in large bowl. Drop remaining batter by heaping teaspoon over caramel mixture. Thanks zesty
Lemon Bars Lemon Bars These are the lemon bars indeed. I just baked them in a tart pan. This is an adaptation of Alice Medrich’s recipe. Makes about 14 bars For the crust: 8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted¼ cup sugar¾ tsp pure vanilla extract¼ tsp salt1 cup all-purpose flour For the filling: 1 cup sugar3 tbsp all-purpose flour3 large eggsFinely grated zest of 1 lemon on lime, preferably organic½ cup strained fresh lime or lemon juicePowdered sugar for dusting (optional) Make the crust: Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 F. In a bowl, combine the melted butter with the sugar, vanilla, and salt. Place the tart pan on a cookie sheet and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until the crust is fully baked and deep golden brown; press it down with the back of a spoon or prick it with a fork if it bubbles up. Make the filling: While the crust is baking, make the filling. When the crust is ready, turn the oven down to 300 F. Unmold the tart. You might also like:
Tomato Cheddar Soup Tomato Cheddar Soup I had an insane amount of tomatoes this weekend. Yellow and orange tomatoes! Pia’s favorite soup is tomato lately. So I thought I would try to combine the tomato soup with the grilled cheese. My solution was to add sharp cheddar cheese to the soup, and then sprinkle crispy, buttery croutons to the top. Tomato Cheddar Soup, makes 10 cups -½ cup butter -½ yellow onion, rough chopped -8 cups orange tomatoes, cut in half -4 cups chicken broth (or vegetable) -2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded -Kosher Salt to taste -Croutons and chives to garnish 1) In a large heavy pot, melt the butter over medium heat 2) Add the yellow onion and sweat for about 5 minutes or until the onion is soft and translucent. 3) Add the tomatoes and toss them with the butter and onions. 4) Let them steam for about 5 minutes. 5) Add the broth and bring to a simmer. 6) Put the lid on the soup and let everything simmer for about 20 minutes. 7) Puree the soup to smooth in a blender or with a hand blender.
Chocolate Cupcakes with Flaming Strawberries Call me easily amused, but these little torch-topped cupcakes delight me. Besides being a cute novelty item for a party, I think they would add a little drama to the end of a romantic meal. I've been looking for something different to serve for Valentine's dessert, and this is definitely different. For the cake portion, I chose a One Bowl Chocolate Cupcake recipe because 1. it's quick 2. it is easy, and 3. it fits my prerequisite for a light ending on date night. I should say, a light ending provided you don't eat too many. The cakes are just sweet enough, and have a light, fluffy crumb - the perfect vehicle for rich chocolate buttercream. Notes for flaming strawberries:Any alcohol below 80 proof will not ignite well. Shaina made a margarita version of this on Babble Food. Chocolate Cupcakes with Flaming Strawberries Yield: About 20 cupcakes [click to print]Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tin with cupcake papers and set aside. Hollow the strawberries carefully.
Princess cake demystified (prinsesstårta) On my first trip to Sweden in 1998 I fell in love with prinsesstårta (PRIN-sess-TOHR-tuh). The spongy layers of cake alternating with jam, vanilla custard and whipped cream topped with a thin layer of bright green marzipan had me hooked from the first bite. But it wasn’t until recently that I really started to wonder about this cake and it’s origins. Is it Swedish? Why is it called princess cake? So the search began for more information on prinsesstårta. I wasn’t able to find any definitive information about why the books were called the princess cookbooks or why the princesses agreed to have their images on the cover other than the fact that Jenny Åkerström was their teacher and the princesses were seen as role models. Being a preservation gal at heart, I couldn’t resist going online and finding a first edition of the Prinsessornas Kokbok. As far as the name of prinsesstårta, it’s certainly more appealing than “green cake.” The cake is built up out of several layers. Make the cake 1.
Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs Sunday, May 10, 2009 Chinese Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs This Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs dish is a mouth-watering appetizer and goes-great-with-cold-beer type of dish from China. Normally, the ribs are deep fried, but I wanted to cook a version that didn’t require me to waste 3 cups of cooking oil. If you do want to deep fry the ribs, Curiously Ravenous has a recipe from Ye Ye (Grandfather). And I found the perfect recipe in Fushia Dunlop’s Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook: Recipes from Hunan Province. Land of Plenty: A Treasury of Authentic Sichuan Cooking. Dark Soy Sauce is not regular soy sauce. it’s labeled Thick or Dark Soy Sauce and it’s more intense, sweeter and less salty than regular soy sauce as it contain molasses. Chinese Black Vinegar is an essential ingredient that adds the “sour” to the Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs recipe. I used baby back ribs, but any type of pork ribs are fine. I cut about half of my ribs – each rib took like 3 big whacks. So I quit whackin’. Adapted from serves 4
espresso chocolate chip shortbread cookie recipe Recipe: espresso chocolate chip shortbread What new views through the lens? I went leaf hunting today and found… tall trees leftover snow on the mountains the big kahuna The rest of the sampler from today’s jaunt is on the photo blog. Right, so the title of today’s post should read “to the dogs(‘ sitters)”. espresso to batter mini chocolate chips Of course, I don’t want any hard feelings to be taken out on my girl. everyone likes some dough roll it out I have made one hundred million billion of these cookies to date. measure the slices slap it on a baking sheet and go I made a double batch of these today. this cookie will solve our energy crisis Espresso Chocolate Chip Shortbread[print recipe]from Smitten Kitchen *Note: I didn’t follow all of the instructions in Deb’s version because I am a lazy bum. Dissolve espresso powder in boiling water.
Vanilla Heat Beignets Today I am sharing with you a recipe I made as part of the Secret Recipe Club - and I'm also going to be sharing a piece of my heart with all of you, all of my blogging friends, some I have known since the beginning of my (and your) blogging days, and you, my readers. My match today is someone I have known from the beginning of our blogging days. She may not realize what she means to me. But today, she will know. Today, I want everyone to know that our blog friends, our internet friends, those people we never may meet but get to know so personally from our blogs really do mean something to me. I became very emotional when I had to go back to Holly's blog to decide what recipe of hers I was going to make for SRC. I really love these Beignets I made from her blog. One more thing before you get to the recipe and the links to other SRC posts for this week. Vanilla Heat Beignets recipe slightly adapted from Phemomenon Remove dough from bowl and place on lightly floured board.