Fluffy Vanilla Cake with Whipped Vanilla Bean Frosting 8640 minutes, 144 hours, 25 loads of dishes, 7 recipes, 8 pounds of butter, a few tears, a couple of happy children, and 1 relieved husband later, I have finally found it: a new favourite classic vanilla cake recipe! The perfect fluffy vanilla cake and creamy vanilla frosting–sounds simple, right? Well, yes and no. Or no and yes. Or not at all. As a matter of fact, I think I need a hug. After I baked, frosted, and then ate some (it’s been known to happen) of each cake, I thought I’d succeeded in finding a really light and fluffy cake, but, then upon second taste, I was a bit disappointed with them and I wasn’t inspired to share them with you for that reason. The thing is, I couldn’t help but wonder if there was a recipe out there that yields a fluffy vanilla cake, you know, one that is as close as can be to the boxed white cake we all love so much (yep, I said it!). This method is found in many of the cakes in Rose Levy Beranbaum’s book entitled The Cake Bible Transporting Cakes 1. . 2.
Strawberry Baked Oatmeal with Chocolate This extra easy baked oatmeal recipe with fresh strawberries, bananas and rich chocolate is one of our favorites. Make this the morning of or, if you’re short on time, prepare it the night before and bake in the morning. Feel free to play with the add-ins to our recipe. We love adding strawberries, banana and chocolate, but add whatever you love. Or, add that odd amount of nuts, raisins or cranberries left in your pantry from another recipe. It’s up to you! This oatmeal casserole was so popular, we created another version: Hop on over to our Blackberry Baked Oatmeal drizzled with a quick caramel sauce. There’s something special about entertaining in the morning — it’s casual, laid back and really can start the off right. If you take a read through the comments below, you’ll see so many who have shared this baked oatmeal recipe with family or friends (some have even taken it to work). Make Ahead and Freezer Friendly Baked Oatmeal Easy and Adaptable: So Many Recipe Substitutions! Serve warm.
Raspberry White Chocolate Scones As adventurous as I've tried to become in the kitchen, I've only very recently made scones for the first time. It was an extra-special occasion, a brunchy baby shower for my friend Shelby (she gave birth to her beautiful little guy last week...yay!). I'm not going to lie, these scones were a little high maintenance. I think I used every bowl and utensil in my kitchen, and every square foot of our house was dusted in flour by the time I was done. But offsetting the effort was the fact that these were the most delicious scones I've ever had. Raspberry White Chocolate SconesAdapted from Picky CookMakes 8 sconesPrintable Recipe 16 tablespoons unsalted butter (2 sticks), frozen whole (you'll only wind up using 10 tbsp, but need all 16 for this to work. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. To Make Ahead:After placing the scones on the baking sheet, either refrigerate them overnight or freeze.
Guilt Free Egg Fried 'Rice' Ok, I'm going to level with you. This recipe doesn't look... or sound particularly good. But c'mon, you can't judge a book on its cover or on it's, erm...description. You have to judge it on its taste! It's possible I may have gotten my metaphors mixed up, but trust me this is a goood recipe. Serious thigh slapping, head nodding, mmmmhhmmm inducing tastiness. Best of all? It's crazy low cal, low carb and effectively just a bowl of vegetables that make you feel like you've just eaten a big fat chinese takeaway, minus the inevitable regret. That delicious fluffy looking (and tasting) rice you see there? Yea, that's not rice. Woah woah woah. To feed 3 or 4 you'll need... 2 tbsp coconut oil, 2 tbsp sesame oil, 2 cloves of garlic, crushed, 2 or 3 fresh chillies, chopped, 1 cauliflower, 2 handfuls of cooked king prawns, 2 eggs, 2 spring onions, chopped, 1 handful fresh coriander (cilantro), chopped Tear off the leaves and cut it into tree-like sections. You'll want to grate these pretty finely.
~Apple Pie Cookies! You know when you bake an Apple Pie, or any fruit pie for that matter, and you get those oozy baked sugar, chewy-ish bits of leaked fruit that gets all caramelized to the crust? They’re kind of hard to explain..I think they need a name, I’m open to suggestions! Watch them being made right >>HERE! Anyway, that’s my absolute favorite part of a fruit pie! Now I can maintain a pretense of manners, since I have my very own caramelly, fruity, chewy & sticky Apple Pie Cookie all to myself! These Apple Pie-like Cookies are made of real Pie Crust layered with sticky Caramel, and a slathering of Apple Pie Filling, topped with a flaky and adorable Cinnamon & Nutmeg lattice crust..HELLO Fall! Each and every bite offers the very best part of an actual Apple Pie, with all of the convenience of a Cookie! Seriously the best cookie I’ve ever had! To. What you’ll need for 6-8 good sized Pie Cookies: 1 Box of frozen Pillsbury Pie Crust (2 sheets per box) 1 Egg..for egg-wash 2 tbsp. 1 tbsp. Directions:
Cilantro Lime Shrimp I don’t know what happened to me last Sunday. I suddenly got this huge burst of energy and all I wanted to do was cook! I got started right after noon and by the end of the day I had cooked and photographed five recipes. That means I have lots of good food to share with you in the next few weeks. When supper time came around I was still going strong in the kitchen but had to start thinking about getting something ready for our dinner. I started out by chopping a couple of cloves of garlic, a medium onion and a fresh jalapeno that I ran outside and cut from the garden. Next you’ll need to grab a heavy skillet, heat it over medium-high heat and add the butter and olive oil. When the butter and oil are melted, add in the garlic, onion and jalapeno. Next, add the red pepper flakes and oregano. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook, stirring again, until they’re nicely wilted. When the shrimp have turned opaque, add the salt, pepper and juice and zest of a lime. Enjoy! Ingredients Instructions
Rugelach I rarely buy cookbooks. That probably comes as a surprise, considering how much I love to cook, and how pretty cookbooks can be — but I just don’t buy them that often. That’s partly because I tend to browse for recipes online, and partly because, not being able to help myself, I take all the pretty ones of the shelf at Barnes and Noble and before I know it, I’ve already looked at every pretty picture and no longer have any interest in buying the darn things. On the rare occasion that I actually shell out the cash for one, the self control and patience I’ve been cultivating for years run out in a matter of seconds. Regarding the fillers between the pictures: sometimes I read those. Right of the bat, a couple recipes will jump out at me. Long story short: Rugelach seem ordinary, and they have a few annoying steps involved, but oh, they are so very worth the extra effort. Email Print
Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries and Bananas Start your day off right with this warm, satisfying heart-healthy breakfast your family will love. Oatmeal baked with ripe bananas, blueberries, cinnamon, honey and walnuts... need I say more? Yes! this IS as good as it sounds, I promise!! You can make this with any combination of nuts and fruit you like, the possibilities are endless! Your family will thank you for this one, and you'll feel good knowing they are eating a healthy breakfast. Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries and Bananas Modified from Ambrosia Baking Skinnytaste.comServings: 6 • Serving Size: 1/6th • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 6 pts Calories: 211.7 • Fat: 5.4 g • Protein: 5.6 g • Carb: 38.1 g • Fiber: 3.8 g • Sugar: 22.8 g Sodium: 76.9 mg (without salt) Ingredients: Preheat the oven to 375° F. Arrange the banana slices in a single layer on the bottom of the ceramic dish. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the oats, half of nuts, baking powder, remaining cinnamon, and salt; stir together.
Spring Battenburg Cake This was my first time making Battenburg cake, and it certainly will not be my last. I'm smitten! I love the bright almond flavor the cake imparts, and I can't help but smile at the colorful two-by-two checked pattern. I had a difficult time finding good step-by-step instructions for this recipe, so I am including my own in this post. I didn't have the two 7" square pans called for in the original recipe, so I had to work around that. I ended up using a 10 x7 stoneware dish with the parchment divider and it worked great. As a final touch, I dressed the cake in white fondant and added pearl dragees. Spring Battenburg Cake [click to print] Serves 6-8 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the pan: Fold a piece of parchment paper in half, then, while folded, trim the edges to fit the length of the pan. Bake the cakes: Cream butter and sugar together in the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment. Assemble the cake: Using a serrated knife, trim each cake evenly into two long cuboid cakes.
Tomato Sauce From Scratch August 1, 2008 Tomato Sauce From Scratch by IsaChandra At the end of the summer you might notice your Italian American friends unable to play croquet with you for an entire weekend because they’re “making sauce.” I was always really jealous of this ritual. Homemade tomato sauce in all its glory While looking for some info on this here internet, I didn’t really find any really good directions for from scratch tomato sauce, so hopefully this little photo essay will be helpful. Michelle and I were painfully naive when we thought we would actually make enough sauce to jar it for the winter. Okay, make with the sauce! At least three big mixing bowls since there will be lots of transferring and prepping going on.A lot of ice for shocking the tomatoes once they’ve been blanched.An immersion blender or just a regular old blender.A big gigantic pot, or what I call a “soup kitchen pot.”A slotted spoon. First you’ll need to boil a huge pot of water. Michelle was working at lightening speed!