This has been the most bizarre summer I have seen for a while. It hadn’t stopped snowing in the mountains here in Colorado until about last week. After the snow stopped, a serious heat wave hit and took everyone by surprise. Lucky for me, I was puppy sitting at my parents’ house during this heat wave. This meant access to all of my mom’s cooking appliances, including an ice cream maker. I took full advantage of this and decided to make a nice cold treat for the heat.
Since I began blogging, less than a year ago, I have been following a blog called EFC Cooking on Tumblr. It is a great blog for East, Fast and Cheap recipes for any occasion. This past fall I stumbled across this recipe on the EFC blog.
These muffins are so simple, but so addicting. They are really just plain muffins dipped in butter and cinnamon sugar, but what could be better than butter and cinnamon sugar?! These are a quick way to become everybody’s new best friend at a party or hang out.
This week’s throwback recipe is a delicious sweet treat from France- eclairs. Last fall I was asked if I could make a friend eclairs and, at the time, I had no idea what they even were! I did my research and attempted to make my own. I ended up just cutting the tops off mine to fill them, but looking back I should have used a pastry bag. I would recommend a pastry bag for anyone who tries this recipe. I am looking forward to the baking classes when I begin culinary school because I think my baking skills could use some work!
It was recently one of my best friend, Kevin’s, 21st birthday. We have been friends since the 6th grade, so I felt the need to bake him very special birthday treats! I don’t really like to mess with all sorts of baking flour, so I just bought packaged cupcake mix. I think that you can still get creative by making your own frosting and adding your own twist to cupcakes- such as filling them with little tasty surprises like cookie dough and raspberries!
These cupcakes were devil’s food cupcakes with a homemade buttercream frosting that is to die for. For an extra treat, I cut out a small circle of each and filled half of the cupcakes with cookie dough and the other half with raspberries and strawberry syrup. These cupcakes are easy to make for those of you who don’t feel that you are a baking expert, but still are a bit above your average cupcake.
I am really excited about this Thursday, not because of the throwback recipe, but instead for my new piece of cooking equipment- a Kitchen Aid mixer! Anybody who loves to cook feels the excitement that I have been experiencing. I keep telling my friends and they don’t quite seem to get it, but they will taste it once I go off on my baking spree… Good news for my readers, possibly bad news for me-lots of delicious desserts. With the excitement of desserts I decided to post my first creme brulee recipe. Even though it doesn’t use a Kitchen Aid mixer, it is still a delicious dessert.
Before I made it, I always thought of creme brulee as a fancy and difficult dessert to make. Turns out, it really isn’t that hard to make. It is a delicious and rich dessert that I think everybody should try at some point. I also think it would be really good with fruit topping, if anybody is up to it let me know how it tastes!
This week’s Throwback Thursday recipe is probably my favorite pie recipe that I have made to this day. The plums have the perfect amount of tartness that makes this pie so amazing. Also, if you ever have the opportunity to pick your own plums, take advantage of it, you’d be surprised how many plums you can get from even just one tree! =)
I have finally made my first sugar-free, gluten-free dessert! Well, except for the vanilla frozen yogurt that I ate with it…I have to say it was amazing! This recipe shows how easy it is to cut out white sugar and gluten from your desserts without sacrificing any flavor. Of course, you can always make the dessert the old fashioned way if you want.
I was given two bins of blueberries this week by my mom, so of course dessert was on the menu. Conveniently, I saw multiple blueberry dessert recipe posts the day I came home, including one for blueberry cobbler. Cobbler is a great dessert for a small kitchen, because it doesn’t require the rolling of any dough. It is a great dessert for the winter because of the warm gooey fruit. Even in winter, adding vanilla ice cream is definitely recommended.
For Christmas this year, my Mom hadn’t planned on having a dessert. Since I am giving up excess processed sugars for my New Year’s resolution (no more sugary drinks or desserts… yikes!), I insisted that we have dessert on Christmas. We decided to go with a recipe that my Mom makes all of the time, the classic apple tart. This tart is easy to make and so delicious, definitely one to try!
To add to the holiday festivities, I decided to make something with gingerbread. I sat around for a while trying to think what else I could do with gingerbread other than make cookies or a house. Eventually, I decided on gingerbread cheesecake. I had never made homemade cheesecake before, but am very proud of the outcome. I used fat-free cream cheese too, which makes this dessert pretty healthy as far as desserts go!
It’s almost Christmas, which means sweets and treats. I wanted to give a few of my good friends something homemade for the holidays and found this little gift idea. They are fairly simple to make and make great presents, not to mention they taste amazing!