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Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes

Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes
YUM...brown sugar topping with pineapples and cake...brings back so many childhood memories. My mom made the best pineapple upside down cake. She would always use a cast iron skillet so the topping was nice and caramelized on top. This is my mom's tried and true recipe. I just used muffin tins instead of a cast iron skillet. I really like individual little desserts. 2 eggs2/3 cup white sugar4 Tbsp pineapple juice2/3 cup all purpose flour1 tsp baking powder1/4 tsp salt Topping:1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick or 4 Tbsp)2/3 cup brown sugar (packed)1-can pineapple rings6-maraschino cherries Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, add eggs, white sugar, and pineapple juice. In a small sauce pan, melt the butter and add the brown sugar. Spoon a layer of the warm brown sugar mixture into the bottom of each muffin tin, then place a pineapple ring on top. Bake jumbo cakes for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven. Place wire rack of cakes on sheet tray to cool. Now it's time to Enjoy!

Tres Leches Cake I first made Tres Leches cake about five years ago, when my baby was still a baby and I was trying to find something yummy to make for my friend Ana for her birthday. Ana’s from Mexico and taught me how to make pico de gallo and guacamole, and I asked her what her favorite kind of cake was. “Tres Leches,” she said in her sweet Spanish accent. “Tres Leches?” Ana went on to explain to me what Tres Leches Cake is: a light, airy sponge cake soaked with a mixture of three milks: evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and heavy cream. To die for. I did some digging and some reading and wound up making this very cake for Ana’s birthday. Throw flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl… And add a little salt. Now, separate 5 eggs. Whites in the other. Now, throw the yolks and some sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix on high until the yolks are pale yellow in color and doubled in volume. Next add 1/3 cup of whole milk… And 1 teaspoon vanilla. Pour the egg yolk mixture into the flour mixture.

Mini Peach Cobblers Well hello fellow foodies! I’m Melissa from SugarDerby and I am so super excited to be guest posting on Allison’s awesome blog. She is definitely a “go to gal” in my book of food bloggers. Let’s talk food! Oh man!!! Preheat oven to 350 degrees. You will need: 1 cup sugar1 cup flour2 tsp baking powdera dash of salt3/4 cup milk1 stick of melted butterbrown sugarcinnamon1 can diced peaches I had a difficult time finding diced peaches… I literally went to 3 different stores in search of diced peaches… and then I remembered something… I own a knife! So, to begin… I used a a regular cupcake tin and a mini muffin tin. Put 1 tsp of melted butter into each regular size muffin tin. Now make your batter. Put 2 tbsp of batter into each regular size muffin tin… on top of the melted butter. Then put 1 tbsp diced peaches on top of the batter. (Just 1 little diced peach per mini muffin tin) Sprinkle with brown sugar and then cinnamon. Bake the regular size muffin tins for 12 minutes. Thanks again Allison!

Microwave Coffee Cake in a Mug I've been seeing alot of easy "mug desserts" on Pinterest lately and figured I should try one out. I chose the coffee cake, which I found on Prudent Baby. She gives step by step directions, but I have also included the recipe on this post. We liked it! It was warm and comforting. I found a regular sized mug was perfect for this. I cooked it on high only 1 minute, and did the toothpick test. It was alot of fun making this and I'm sure I'll make it again. Microwave Coffee Cup In A Mug 1 T. butter, softened 2 T. sugar 1 T. egg beaters 2 T. sour cream a drop of vanilla 1/4 c. flour 1/8 tsp. baking powder Topping 1 T. butter 2 T. flour 1 T. brown sugar 1 tsp. cinnamon In the mug, cream the butter and sugar, add the rest of the ingredients and stir well.

Bang Bang Shrimp Time for another delicious football snack! This one would be good for a nice dinner too though! So this is supposed to be like the Bonefish dish with the same name but I’ve never had the dish so I can’t really say how close it is to the real thing. I can, however, say that it is amazing. Not going to lie, it was quite a bit of work because you have to deep fry the shrimp but seriously worth all the time spent staring into the pot of oil. Ingredients 1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined For the sauce: ½ cup mayonnaise 4-5 teaspoons chili garlic sauce, such as Sriracha sauce 1 teaspoon granulated sugar 1 teaspoon rice vinegar For the egg mixture: 1 egg, beaten 1 cup milk For the breading mixture: ½ cup all-purpose flour ½ cup panko breadcrumbs 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground black pepper ¼ teaspoon onion powder ¼ teaspoon garlic powder ¼ teaspoon dried basil For frying: 8 to 12 cups vegetable oil Instructions Combine all ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl; cover and set aside.

Jello Cloud Parfait What you will need: 2 packages of Berry Blue Jello2 cups of whipping cream1/4 cup sugar2 cups of iceparfait glasses or any clear containers that you can see through Start by placing your whipping cream in a large bowl, beat on high speed until just starting to thicken. As you continue to whip the cream slowly pour in your sugar, continue whipping cream until it forms super stiff peaks. You want to make sure that it is good and stiff so that if will hold it’s shape later in the jello. Keep chilled in fridge until needed. Now it’s time to get your jello ready. Stir the ice around in the bowl for about 5 minutes until the jello has thickened and remove any left over ice that didn’t melt. Now the fun begins! Continue layering the jello and whip cream alternating where you place your cream clouds so that you get a nice staggered effect. Voila!

Kitchen scoop: Cobbler's soft crust perfect complement to sweet berries Mmmm, fresh strawberries. The kid in me still loves going to the pick your own fields, filling baskets with the fruit. At home, the freshly picked berries go into freezer jam, cakes, pies, smoothies and Strawberry Feta Salad, my favorite summer salad. (All of these recipes and more can be found on This year, I have more than a few quarts of berries that are almost too ripe. The secret to this cobbler is the crust that is perfectly soft and sweet, leaving the berries (or other fruit) to peek through. Strawberry Cream Cheese Cobbler will rescue your wilting fruit and prove to be a winning recipe again next year when the berries are brimming. Strawberry Cream Cheese CobblerStart to finish: 10 minutes prep; 45 to 50 minutes bake Yield: 10 servings Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add the strawberries, arranging in a single layer as much as possible. Serve hot out of the oven with choice of topping, if desired. Alicia Ross is the co-author of "Desperation Dinners!"

My Own Sweet Thyme: Bourbon Spiced Pecans Recipe Traditions With March Madness behind us and May fast approaching what is on the minds of folks in the Bluegrass State? Derby Day, of course. The Kentucky Derby is run the first Saturday in May and with spring blossoming across the state to dress the landscape in its Sunday best, it’s no wonder that many take pause to celebrate. Like with most celebrations, there is no scarcity of recipes tradition has linked to the event. I have a collection of Kentucky cookbooks and most include recipes suggestions for Derby Day. A Taste of Kentucky Hospitality All delicious, these recipes can easily seem like too much for a smaller take on Derby Day at my adopted home in the Pacific Northwest. This recipe is just the thing for introducing a touch of Kentucky hospitality to any occasion. Bourbon Spiced Pecans Simmer the bourbon in a small saucepan to reduce it by half, to 3 Tablespoons. In a bowl, combine the warm bourbon, sugar, Worcestershire sauce and oil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.

Shore Is Good Seafood Dip Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the bell pepper, onion, and celery, and saute for 2 minutes. Baked Hot Chocolate desserts Random thoughts as I attempt to cobble together a blog post at 12:39 AM: 1. I considered titling this recipe Special Brownies, but realized that would have a different implication than what I intended. 2. 3. 4. 5. This recipe makes 15 super dark, super rich brownies. Here's what you'll need: For the brownies: 1 cup salted butter, melted 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 4 eggs 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4 cup black cocoa powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips For the pecan topping: 1 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup water 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup heavy cream 1 vanilla bean, contents scraped 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups pecans, coarsely chopped and toasted Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and spray a 9x13 metal baking pan with nonstick spray. In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugars, and vanilla extract with a spoon until thoroughly combined. Bake for 35-40 minutes.

Carrot Cake baked in a Jar Do you need a last-minute dessert? Or just craving something sweet and want instant gratification? Do you like Carrot Cake? Well this is for YOU. You know we’re coo coo for baking in jars around the Family Kitchen lately. My microwave is pretty much just used to reheat food or melt/soften butter but now you bet it will be used far more often ; ). I used a boxed carrot cake mix and jazzed it up by adding in some grated carrot for texture {you can omit if you’d like}. NOTE: again, all of MY dessert in jars recipes have not been tested for long term storage. What you’ll need: 1 box of carrot cake cake mix {+ ingredients to make} cream cheese frosting caramel sauce What to do: 1. 2. 3. For even more treats in a jar, check out: “Contain Yourself: 15 beyond-exciting desserts in a jar!”