Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Great Harvest Cinnaburst Bread Copycat Bread

This bread is amazing!  And it made my house smell fantastic!  We enjoyed it warm out of the oven, toasted with some butter and we even made some into french toast--so good!


Recipe from: raegun Ramblings

1 cup warm water
1 cup warm milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbsp yeast
1/3 cup oil (I used veggie oil)
1/2 T salt
1 egg
4 1/2 to 5 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup cinnamon chips

In mixer combine yeast, sugar, and warm water and milk; let bubble for about 5 minutes.
Add in oil and egg.
Slowly add 2 cups flour, mix and then add salt.
Add 1/2 cup flour at a time until it comes away from side of bowl. Add the cinnamon chips when it gets close to the right consistency. The dough will be very sticky but the softer the dough the lighter the bread. So use the least amount of flour you can handle.
Let rise in mixing bowl for about 30 minutes.
Form into loaf (or whatever shape you want).
Let rise and additional 30 minutes.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.
* Makes 2 loaves

Monday, December 8, 2014

Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookes, with Sprinkles

These cookies are super festive, filled with colorful sprinkles.  They had a wonderful cake batter flavor and the sprinkles added a fun texture to the cookie.  

 Recipe from: Sally's Baking Addiction 

1 and 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 and 1/4 cup yellow or vanilla boxed cake mix (I used yellow cake mix)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips (I used a blend of white and semi-sweet chocolate chips)
1/2 cup sprinkles (I used a little less, still turned out very colorful)

In a large bowl, sift together flour, cake mix, and baking soda. Set aside.
Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream the softened butter and both sugars together on medium speed until smooth. Add the egg and mix on high until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla and beat on high until combined. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix on low-medium speed until just combined. Add the chocolate chips and sprinkles. Mix on low until the add-ins are evenly disbursed.
Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours, or up to 3-4 days. This step is mandatory. The dough is fairly sticky, so chilling the dough is required in order to avoid the cookies from spreading too much. If you chill longer than 2 hours, make sure you roll the cookie dough into balls after the 2 hour mark. Place dough balls on a plate, cover tightly, and store in the refrigerator until ready to bake. You may also freeze the balls at this point for up to 3 months. (Then bake as directed adding 1 minute to the bake time without thawing.)
Once dough has been chilled, preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
Scoop rounded balls of the cold dough onto an ungreased baking sheet, use about 1.5 Tablespoons of cookie dough per cookie.
Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes (mine took 11 minutes using my purple handled cookie scoop) until edges are slightly browned.  The centers will still appear very soft, but the cookies will set as they cool. You may also press a few more chips into the tops of the cookies at this point (the chips will melt down and stick from the warm cookies).
Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 4 minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

*I got 37 cookies from this recipe.  

Friday, October 31, 2014

Twinkie Mummies

I made some homemade Twinkies and made them into mummies by drizzling white chocolate on them and adding some candy eyeballs.  My kids loved them! 

Twinkie Recipe here.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Cilantro Jalapeno Dip

This dip is seriously addicting!  It has a spicy kick from the jalapenos, a creamy coolness from the ranch and a wonderful Mexican flavor from the cilantro.  It's best chilled for an hour or two before eating to let the flavors blend. 

Recipe adapted from: I save A to Z

6 jalapenos, seeds removed
1/2  a bunch of cilantro (meaning a huge handful)
1 packet of dry Ranch dressing mix
1 cup Sour Cream
1 cup Mayonnaise

Puree the jalapenos and cilantro in a food processor until it looks like a paste.
Mix together the cilantro and jalapeno puree mixture with 1 cup of mayonnaise and 1 cup of sour cream mix.  Chill for about an hour and serve

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pasta Shells with Zucchini

Recipe from:

1 lb jumbo pasta shells
1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
FILLING 1/4 cup unsalted butter
2 onions, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
3 medium zucchini
1 bunch spinach (about 1/2 lb)
1 lb ricotta cheese
1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or 1/4 cup basil
1/4 cup unsalted butter or 1/4 cup olive oil
2 onions, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 (28 ounce) cans plum tomatoes, undrained
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 FILLING: Melt butter over medium heat in a large, heavy dutch oven.
2 Add onions& garlic; cook until onions are tender& wilted, stirring occasionally.
3 PREPARE ZUCCHINI: Wash well, taste a bit of the skin from each& peel only if it tastes bitter.
4 Grate& place in a colander in the sink.
5 sprinkle with about 2 tsps of salt& let excess liquid drain for 30 minutes.
6 Rinse with cold water to remove most of the salt& then toss on a clean tea towel (or paper towels) to dry before cooking.
7 Add drained zucchini to dutch oven& cook until any moisture evaporates.
8 PREPARE SPINACH: Wash well& trim off tough stems.
9 Place leaves, with water from washing still clinging to them, in a large pot.
10 Cook for a few minutes or just until leaves have wilted.
11 Let cool, then wring dry in a clean tea towel& chop.
12 Add spinach to the dutch oven and combine thoroughly.
13 Remove from heat& allow the mixture to cool.
14 Drain off excess liquid.
15 Beat eggs in a medium sized bowl; add ricotta& beat until smooth.
16 Add Parmesan and seasonings; mix well.
17 Combine with vegetable mixture in the dutch oven, mix thoroughly; set aside.
18 SAUCE: Melt butter in large, heavy pot; cook onions& garlic until tender and wilted.
19 Add tomatoes, including their liquid, breaking up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon.
20 Cook for 30- 45 minutes or until sauce has thickened.
21 Purée and test for seasonings.
22 Set aside.
23 Pasta: Cook shells in a large pot of salted water, according to package directions until"el dente".
24 Drain well and rinse with cold water to stop cooking and prevent sticking.
25 Using a colander, gently shake shells to drain excess water.
26 Lightly grease a 13 x 9 inch casserole dish.
27 Spoon some of the filling into each shell& arrange, stuffed side up, in the casserole dish.
28 Pour sauce over the shells& sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
29 (If you can only find small shells, just layer them on the bottom of the casserole dish, cover with a layer of filling, a layer of sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan).
30 Bake at 350°F for 40-50 minutes or until heated through and bubbling.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Copycat Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad

We've enjoyed this salad a couple of times this summer.  I love how light and refreshing it is. The dressing is so good!  I used cabbage from our garden, so I used green cabbage for all the cabbage in the salad.  This made enough for us to eat for 2 meals, but there were no complaints here.

Recipe adapted from: Tastes Better from Scratch

Honey Oriental Dressing

6 Tbsp honey
3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tsp Dijon Mustard
1/4 tsp sesame oil
For the Chicken

1 egg
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1 cup cornflake crumbs
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 chicken breasts
oil, for frying
For the Salad

4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1/2 cup chopped red cabbage
1/2 cup chopped napa cabbage
2 carrot, shredded
2 green onion, chopped
2 Tbsp sliced almonds
Blend together all ingredients for the dressing. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Prepare the salad: Combine the romaine, red cabbage, napa cabbage, carrots, and green onions.

Preheat oil for frying.  In a small bowl beat the egg and milk together. In another bowl combine the flour, cornflake crumbs and salt and pepper.
Cut chicken breast into several long thin strips. Dip the strips in the egg mixture, and then into the flour mixture, coating completely. Add chicken strips to the hot oil and fry for 3-4 minutes or until cooked through and coating is dark golden brown.
Add chicken pieces on top of salad and sprinkle with almonds. Serve with the honey oriental dressing. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Skinny version of Wendy'd frosty...

3/4 cup Almond Milk
about 15 ice cubes
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1-2 Tbsp unsweetened Cocoa powder
1/3 of a Banana