Posts tagged ‘brown sugar’

September 2, 2011

This Summer

I’ve eaten food.

I’ve made food.

I’ve enjoyed it.

Really.

I just haven’t written about it. At all. Oh, how I’ve missed writing about it. It’s been two months! A lot has happened. I watched and celebrated my best friend getting married; I started a new job; I’ve been in the hospital waiting room for an entire day while someone very close had surgery. Boy, that’s an exhausting process to go through. I’m here!!

Here’s an overview.

Perfected hummus.

I also really enjoyed remaking a favorite.

Then there was the season’s tomato to enjoy. And what better pairing than mozzarella??

And now I’m looking forward to getting back in to the swing of things. Let’s do it!

I’ll try desperately hard to never miss half of a season ever again.

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November 28, 2010

Ginger Snap Cupcakes

Inspiration comes in all forms– music, a passing phrase, a “mis”interpreted glance from the corner of your eye, or a tub of delicious, wonderful, incredible cookies.

Ginger snaps. With three forms of ginger– candied, ground, and fresh. And Thanksgiving just passed. And it was an evening for cupcakes.

I made up a recipe from nothing. Oh, how I love doing this. I consulted quite a few sources. However, this recipe– all me and our house’s need for cupcake. And good ol’ ginger snap.

Ginger Snap Cupcakes

For the batter::
2 c cake flour
2 t baking powder
3/4 t salt
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t ground ginger
1/4 t groung cloves

3/4 c plus a little more milk

1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c granulated sugar
1/2 c (1 stick) unsalted butter

3 large eggs, room temperature
2 t vanilla extract

For the frosting::
**Note: There was twice as much frosting as I needed. If you don’t want extra frosting, halve this recipe.

1/4 c brown sugar
1 c powdered sugar
2 (8-oz) packages cream cheese
1/4 c butter
2 t cinnamon
1 t vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

The dry team:: Sift it all together– cake flour, baking powder, salt, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, and ground cloves.

Next, cream the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and butter together.

Cream, cream, cream.

It’ll start to look crumbly. Don’t stop yet.

Then, it’ll look a little smoother. Keep on mixing.

Ahh. Smooth sailing. Now, you’ll mix in one egg at a time. Crack the egg into the bowl, then mix until completely incorporated. Repeat. Repeat.

Now, I have a confession to make. The second egg was twins!!!

I wasn’t sure what to do at first. So, I thought of all the friends I have who are twins. What would they do in a situation like this? As a twin, it is important to be treated as an individual. Instead of counting this egg as one egg, I thought I need to count it as two. What would you have done in this situation?? Did I do the right thing?

As soon as I got past the soul delving, I went on with cooking. We can go on, too.

Add a portion of the dry into the wet ingredients. Mix until completely incorporated.

Add a splash of milk. Mix until completely incorporated.

Repeat.

Keep repeating until dry mix and milk are gone:: dry, mix, milk, mix, dry, mix, milk, mix, dry, mix, milk, mix.

Now dollop batter into prepared muffin tins. Fill 3/4 to the top.

Cook for 20 minutes. But start checking on them at 15 minutes.

While they are baking, make the caramel!!!

For the Caramel Sauce::

4 T butter
1/2 c brown sugar

In a sauce pan, melt butter with heat on medium. Add brown sugar, stir until everything is all mixed up. Allow to cook for two minutes, continuing to stir the whole time. Then, set aside.

Then continue on to the frosting.

Put sugars and cinnamon into mixing bowl.

Add cream cheeses and butter. And cream all together. Oh, yeah. Add vanilla extract, too.

Look! It’s all creamed together. Oh, man. Look at that cinnamon. Place in the refrigerator, covered until you’re ready to use it.

Core out the cupcakes once they get a chance to cool a bit. I just used a knife. I don’t have one of those neato cupcake corers, but I didn’t need one. I just used a knife to core the cupcakes and then added the caramel to the center.

Smush up some ginger snap cookies.

Top with frosting and smushed ginger snaps.

Enjoy!

Make sure you put the frosting away really quickly. Before you discover how delicious the frosting is with ginger snaps. Store it in the refrigerator. And have someone else put it in there so he or she knows where it is but you don’t… just so you don’t eat all of it by yourself.

 

November 14, 2010

Cranberry Blueberry Coffee Cake

I almost didn’t create this post. Almost. I don’t know how I feel about nearly repeats. What do you think? This is a variation of a certain Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake which you might remember. Click here if memory needs jogging (I know my memory and I both need a little bit of that.)

Okay, okay. So that was that. Now, I have autumnized the recipe a bit and made it Thanksgiving-appropriate. Just around the corner; isn’t that crazy?

Cranberries! I added cranberries. And I could eat the whole coffee cake all by myself. But after that I’d probably jog. Probably. Maybe. Or just make this cake again.

Blueberry Cranberry Coffee Cake
Inspired by Atlanta Journal Constitution, June 2010

1/2 c packed brown sugar
1/2 c chopped pecans
1 t ground cinnamon
1 c fresh or frozen blueberries
1 c fresh or frozen cranberries
1 1/2 c plus 2 T A-P flour, divided
1 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1 1/2 c granulated sugar, and then a bit more for dusting the pan
1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
Zest of 1 lemon
2 eggs
8 oz sour cream
2 t vanilla extract
Confectioners’ sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, combine sugar, pecans, and cinnamon, then set aside.

In a second small bowl, combine blueberries and cranberries with 2 T flour.

In the third small bowl, stir the rest of the flour, salt, and baking powder; set aside. Grease and dust (with granulated sugar) a 9-inch fluted or tube pan.

In a mixing bowl, cream sugar and butter. Add lemon zest, then add the eggs one at a time. Beat in the sour cream and vanilla extract. Mix well. Add half the flour mixture, mix, repeat. Beat until combined. Beat for an additional 30 seconds. Then, fold in the blueberries and cranberries. Gently.

Spread half the batter in the pan. Sprinkle half the brown sugar mixture. Swirl the brown sugar mix with a knife or small spatula. Pour second half then top with the remaining brown sugar mixture.

Cook for about an hour or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow it to cool in the pan for 20 to 30 minutes. Then run a knife around the edge, carefully separating any renegade blueberries that might have stuck to the sides of the pan. Invert the cake onto the serving platter. Just before serving, sprinkle with powdered sugar. The powdered sugar will cover up any rips or tears and help you embrace mistakes as delicious.

Slice it up to share.

Try not to eat it in one sitting.

September 26, 2010

Apple Streusel Muffins

**Disclaimer::: These are muffins that I made. I’m not entirely sure why they weren’t the GREATEST MUFFINS EVER. But they weren’t. If you can think of ways to make them better, I’d love to know. ***

Streusel. Mm. I guess it’s a thing with me. Maybe it’s partly because I know the practice of spelling streusel correctly. “U” after the “e”!! Maybe it’s also because I like new and more complex things, and I’m still getting the handle of it.

I intended for the muffins to work for my preschoolers, hoping the three year olds would delight in the slightly sweet but not overly sugary concoction. And also enjoy being introduced to new textures. (See My Opinion About Textures) Ugh. What was I thinking?? I made these muffins, but did not take them into school. I like the textures. I like the subtly sweet. I like the crumbly streusel. I like the small apple chunklettes. (There’s got to be a nicer word for that.)

Apple Streusel Muffins
Inspired by Emeril Lagasse

Muffin
1 1/2 c A-P flour
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1 1/2 t ground cinnamon
2 large eggs
1/2 c plain Greek yogurt
4 T melted butter
1 c packed light brown sugar
1 c chopped golden delicious apple

Streusel Topping
1/4 c rolled oats
1/4 light brown sugar
1/8 c A-P flour
1/2 t ground cinnamon
2 T melted unsalted butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. In another bowl, whisk eggs, yogurt, and melted butter. Add the sugar and whisk to combine. Add to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in the apples.

Spray a 12-cup muffin tin (I splurged! I have one now.) with cooking spray and divide the batter amongst the tins. Only fill about 2/3 full or less if you think you’re going to be serving them to three year olds and you also have an extra 6-cup muffin tin you’d like to use for the extra.

Streusel topping: Combine all the ingredients and mix until combined and crumbly.

Sprinkle about 1 T of streusel over each muffin.

Bake about 25 minutes or until tester comes out clean. Let them cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Continue cooling on wire rack before serving.

September 1, 2010

Peach Cupcakes, Brown Sugar Frosting

This recipe is nearly directly from Deb at SmittenKitchen.com. Oh, goodness. She might be my favorite food blogger out there. I usually try to twist and change recipes to my liking or for the sake of experimentation. However, her recipes…. How can you change a masterpiece??

I give it to you with minor adjustments based on what I had on hand (and I don’t like nutmeg). And I will also link you to her exact version of it.


Peach Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Frosting

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Pinch of cinnamon
3/4 cup (or 1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup dark or light brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) Greek yogurt (I think I used half plain and half vanilla flavored.)
3 large peaches cored and chopped into fairly small bits (Not too small!)

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare about 28 muffin tins– line them with paper or spray them with cooking spray.**

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and set aside. Cream the butter and sugars together, beating until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl between each addition, and then the vanilla. Gently mix in the yogurt. Stir in the dry ingredients and fold in the peach bits. (That’s a “b,” not a “p.” Be careful, people.)

Divide the batter evenly among the prepared cupcake tins. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the center of cupcakes comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes for five minutes in the tin, then turn them out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

**I have to cook muffins and cupcakes in batches, because we only have 2 six muffin pans. If you, too, can only bake twelve cupcakes at a time, cover the cupcake batter and place in fridge until you’re ready for it. Make sure that you wash your cupcake tin and use cool water to bring the pan back to normal temperatures before baking your next batch.

Brown Sugar Frosting (a.k.a. The Best Frosting Ever, a.k.a. The Most Dangerous Delicious to Have Just Sitting In Your Fridge, a.k.a. Dinner)

1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup (4 ounces or 8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, cornstarch and powdered sugar. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add the sugar-cornstarch mixture and vanilla, beat until frosting is smooth and light. Chill the bowl in the refrigerator about 30 minutes, then spread on cooled cupcakes.

[Deb, If you read this, then thank you for brown sugar frosting. And for peach cupcakes. Who would’ve thought?]