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Recipe: two (exactly two!) chocolate cupcakes

Recipe: two (exactly two!) chocolate cupcakes
I have a strange relationship with sweets. I’m kind of obsessed with making them, but I’m not really that much into eating them. I don’t have a big sweet tooth (I’ll take wine and cheese over cookies almost any day of the week). And when I do get hit with a sweets craving, it’s usually short-lived. Like, if I bake a batch of something sweet, I usually take one bite of it and I’m done. And since I live alone, that usually means I’m left with a whole lot of something sweet on my hands. It has always been my dream to come up with a recipe that would bake just a teeny tiny something, just a single serving of a delicious homemade treat–just enough to scratch the itch and nothing more, nothing less. This seemed like an impossible dream, but I decided to give it a try. I believe this may be the greatest thing I have ever done in my life. First things first, don’t even bother getting out your measuring cups. While you’re at it, leave the mixing bowl in the cupboard too. Related:  Baking/Sweets

Stylish Cuisine « Sugar Donut Muffins One of my sons had a friend sleep over the other night. He’s a huge fan of my baking, so I knew I had to make something really good for breakfast. I decided on Cinnamon Bun Loaf. Doesn’t that sound good? Well, so much for my baking failure. The directions call for rolling the entire muffin in sugar. Sugar Donut Muffins Recipe from Nicole at Baking Bites3/4 cup sugar 1 large egg 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 2 tsp baking power 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg 1/4 cup vegetable oil 3/4 cup milk (low fat is fine) 1 tsp vanilla extract2 tbsp butter, melted 1/2 cup sugar, for rollingPreheat oven to 350F. Print This Recipe

Braided Nutella Bread Making a delicious desert is so hard because you are tempted to eat it before you actually finish the product. Take this test of patience and skill, in order to enjoy a slice of delicious chocolate bread. It’s a lot easier to make than it looks and even if you’re not a specialist in the kitchen, you will surely make your friends drool when they see what tasty bread you made. Make sure you have: 450g /1lb of Bread Flour70g / 1/3 of a cup of Sugar2 Teaspoons of Active Dried YeastA pinch of Salt30g / 1oz of melted Unsalted Butter180ml / 3/4 of a cup of warmed Milk2 Egg Yolks (keep the whites to glaze the bread)1 cup of Nutella 1.Start by dissolving yeast in ¼ cup warm water in a small bowl. while you let the yeast rest for 10 minutes. 2. Video –> Braided Nutella Bread

A Birthday Trip to Narnia: White Witch Cake and Turkish Delight Every now and then I will get an email from a young aspiring baker who gets a real kick-start from this blog. Shealey is one such person. She's a dessert enthusiast who loves photography, puppy dogs and painting pictures - sound familiar? She's definitely a kindred spirit. Last Christmas she emailed me to share how much she enjoys reading Sprinkle Bakes, and I thought that was so very nice of her. I recently received another email from Shealey saying that she is turning 13 years old this month, and asked if I would consider featuring Turkish Delight on my blog. "It is dull, Son of Adam, to drink without eating," said the Queen presently. "Turkish Delight, please, your Majesty," said Edmund. The Queen let another drop fall from her bottle on to the snow, and instantly there appeared a round box, tied with green silk ribbon, which, when opened, turned out to contain several pounds of the best Turkish Delight. --excerpt, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Add sugar and corn syrup.

How To Entertain For Outdoor Parties: Spoon Fork Bacon’s Blueberry Slab Pie. (‘Nough Said.) | Blog | The Fix We’re so excited that summer is finally here, and that the Fourth of July is upon us. What a fun and amazing holiday, right?! Nothing screams Fourth of July to us like a fresh blueberry pie with a light and flaky crust. We’ve turned our favorite cream cheese dough into a super easy slab pie, with a delicious blueberry/lemon-kissed filling. Blueberry Slab Pie Makes 1 Ingredients cream cheese pie dough: 1 cup all purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon baking powder 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes 1/4 cup (2 ounces) cream cheese, cold and cut into small cubes 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 1-2 teaspoons ice cold water filling: 2 cups blueberries 1/4 cup superfine sugar (granulated is fine) 1 tablespoon tapioca starch 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon pinch salt 1 lemon, zested and juiced 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 teaspoon white sanding sugar 1. (Talk about a perfect summer dessert recipe. More on how to entertain for outdoor parties: *Warm weather dinner party ideas.

How to make Oreo lasagna Colin Joliat Oreo lasagna is a perfect alternative to cake, or lasagna, or pretty much any food. It’s easy enough that even I could figure out how to make it. Step your food game up with this dish fit for the internet. I come across a lot of things that make me say, “I should definitely try that.” Let the fun begin. Layer 2 is a crazy concoction of cream cheese, milk, sugar, and cool whip. The third layer is where things started to go wrong. The penultimate layer is fancy talk for next-to-last. Finally, just add chocolate chips. Throw the whole thing in the freezer for an hour, have a few cocktails, and in no time you’re ready for the finest Oreo lasagna the internet has to offer. The one question you’ll probably have is, “What aisle is Cool Whip in?” DIRECTIONS 1. The recipe has been all over, but the oldest place I can find to credit is FoodAddict.

Lookie at my Cookies: Peanut Butter Cup Brownies | NOSH AND TELL April 1, 2009 • Ariel and Whitney Eat your heart out Reese’s, there’s a new peanut butter cup in town. I am convinced peanut butter and chocolate were made for each other, like Charlie and Claire on LOST–I’m only on Season 2 right now but someone please tell me they have gotten together. I find that a lot of my baked creations involve these two perfect ingredients because they are two of my favorite foods…they actually might be my MOST favorite foods. Needless to say, the combination of flavors when peanut butter and chocolate meet is heavenly. Salty meets sweet, mmm delicious. My Peanut Butter Cup Brownies were adapted from a recipe found on Bake or Break, I opted to use milk chocolate chips instead of the peanut butter chips for a little different flavor. Peanut Butter Cup Brownies Makes 1 dozen brownies 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup butter, softened 1 tablespoon water 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips, plus about 1/3 cup more for garnishing 1 large egg* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla Bon Eating,

Blueberry Dessert Pizza Dessert Pizza. I get it, it may seem strange to some people. It is, its a weird idea, but I think its a glorious one. The closest thing I can think of is Pizza Huts (or maybe Dominos?) has these cinnamon sugar bread sticks. Now, while I dislike having to compare this recipe to those pizza places, I am doing so in an attempt to get you into your comfort zone. Blueberry Dessert Pizza Makes 1 Ingredients:1 12” ready-made pizza crust4 ounces cream cheese, softened1 teaspoon cinnamon1/3 cup blueberry jam1 cup grated part-skim mozzarella cheese1 cup fresh blueberries**You can definitely make your own pizza dough for this recipe. Directions: 1. Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries. What? Yes! - SugarBlog - SugarDerby Um... ok. Why didn't I think of this?!?!?! Of course you can hollow out a strawberry and stuff it full of cheesecake. Of course you can!!! And just in time for Valentine's Day... perfect excuse to make them! Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries Here's what you need: About 20 strawberries... this was a little over one carton for me. 8 oz pkg softened cream cheese 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla 1 sleeve of graham crackers 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (optional) First you will want to wash the strawberries and cut off the tops. Now core them! A thin ended apple peeler.... And a small knife.... I liked the knife better! The easiest way to core the strawberries is to hold the entire berry in your hand (wrap your fingers around it) and literally just core out the center. Um... Now to make the filling.... Beat the cream cheese. Now to fill the strawberries!!! I didn't want to hurt my zip lock baggies feelings so I used one to crush the graham crackers in. Oh man.... these are so cute. So......

Mix things up! Yeehaaa… yum yum… it’s Cowboy Cookies. Or, in this case, Cowgirl Cookies. A friend introduced these to me and I love them. Especially the name. Cowboy Cookies. But why stop there. They’re smooth Ball jars made especially for crafts. But which one should I give her? Oh and note to self: Use a ruler when attaching labels next time. Luckily, the first test batch I made, worked. So, here’s the recipe: Cowgirl Cookies 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup & leveled1 teaspoon baking powder1 teaspoon baking soda1/4 teaspoon salt1 cup cooking oats3/4 cup m&ms3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips1/2 cup brown sugar, packed1/2 cup white sugar1/3 – 1/2 cup chopped pecans Stir all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add 1 slightly beaten egg1/2 cup butter (melted slightly in the microwave)1 teaspoon vanilla Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Here’s how they came out. Pretty and tasty. Want to make some cute cookie mix gifts, too? Start with a 1 quart smooth Ball jar. See.

PPQ: Blackberry Pie Bars It's my turn again for Project Pastry Queen. I flipped through the book and chose these bars immediately. I had actually made them two years ago, but adapted them to be Raspberry Pie Bars. While these are called "pie" bars, I don't really think they were like pie. While I was tempted to recreate the raspberry bars from before, I stuck with blackberries this time. Check out Project Pastry Queen to see how everyone else liked these bars, and come back next week - we are making another bar recipe - one that I've been drooling over for years now! Crust and Topping 3 cups all-purpose flour1 1/2 cups sugar1/4 tsp salt1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, chilledFruit Filling4 large eggs2 cups sugar1 cup sour cream3/4 cup flourpinch saltzest of 1/2 lemon1 tsp almond extract2 (16-oz) packages frozen blackberries, thawed and drainedTo make the crust and topping, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor.

How to Make a Rose Apple Tart I love pie. Love it. LOVE it. I was inspired by classic French apple tarts. This was more of a technique than a recipe, really, but I'll list out the ingredients I used, too. Rose Apple Tart Recipe single pie crust recipe Four or five large apples, sliced thinly 1/3 cup sugar 1 t cinnamon 2 t lemon juice 2 T butter, melted First thing's first: make your dough. Press the dough into your tart pan and brush with melted butter. Pin It Next up, core and slice your apples. Use this technique for coring your apples. Pin It Slice your apples thinly. Pin It Now it's time to start forming the roses. To create the center of the rose, roll one apple slice in a tight coil. Pin It Do you see what I mean about using the coring technique I linked to above? Pin It Fill in any gaps between the large roses with little rosebuds--just one or two apple slices coiled exactly like the centers of the large roses. Pin It This apple tart was delicious just as it was.

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie I’m officially in love. A giant size chocolate chip cookie, YES! And the whole thing is just for me, YES! Hands off =). This thing is out of this world good, especially when it’s served warm with a creamy scoop of ice cream and drizzled with silky caramel and fudge sauce. Words don’t describe it’s goodness. Not sure why I wanted to do two different pics, I wanted to use my new antique wood prop and test out some recycled packaging paper I guess. Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie Ingredients 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp cornstarch 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/8 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 cup minus 2 Tbsp granulated sugar 1 1/2 tsp molasses* 2 1/2 Tbsp original or french vanilla coffee creamer powder 1 large egg 1 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste, or substitute 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread Looks yummy, right? And let me tell you, this cinnamon bread really is yummy! Immensely! I am actually so impressed by it that I would call it a gift from heaven. Okay, maybe not exactly from heaven since the original recipe was born in Joy the Baker’s kitchen. Dear friends, please prepare this delicious, finger-licking, soft, yeasty, cinnamony bread over the weekend for your family. If you wonder how, I’ll show you… Here’s the list of ingredients. 1. 2. 3. You can also melt the butter in milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. 4. 5. I kneaded the dough by hand for about 10 minutes. You can, of course, use an electric mixer and have the job done in about half the time. 6. O-oh, we have a serious case of yeastafalitis here. Or, in other words, this is what happened after I let the dough rest for one hour. 7. 8. 9. 10. Melt the butter (in the microwave oven or in a saucepan). 11. 12. 13. I went horizontally, it’s the rebel in me. Joy said she drooled at this phase. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18.

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