Flat Belly Mini Muffins

Here’s the exact recipe created by the USDA and tested at the University of Maryland

Preheat Oven to 325 degrees F.

Ingredients

1 Cup Safflower Oil

½ Cup Packed Brown Sugar

½ Cup Sugar

½ Cup Egg Beaters or 2 Large Eggs

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

2 Cups All Purpose Flour

1 ¼ tsp Baking Soda

¼ tsp Salt

½ Cup Mini Chocolate Chips

¼ Cup chopped nuts (Almonds, Walnuts or Pecans)

 

Directions:

Lightly coat two mini muffins pans with cooking spray or use mini muffin liners.

Mix all ingredients together.  Fill each muffin cup with 1 Tbsp batter.  Bake 10-12 minutes or until baked through.

Cool.  To maximize freshness, use doubled storage bags to freeze any muffins you won’t consume within 2 days.

Defrost in wrapping at room temperature overnight.  Makes about 48 mini muffins.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 18 g
Amount Per Serving

Calories

89

Calories from Fat

51
% Daily Value*

Total Fat

5.7g
9%

Saturated Fat

0.7g
4%

Cholesterol

8mg
3%

Sodium

49mg
2%

Potassium

20mg
1%

Total Carbohydrates

8.7g
3%

Sugars

4.5g

Protein

1.1g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% Iron 2%
Nutrition Grade D
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet
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Biggest Softest Ginger Cookies

Biggest Softest Ginger Cookies

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup margarine, softened

1 cup white sugar

1 egg

1 tablespoon water

1/4 cup molasses

2 tablespoons white sugar

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Sift together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg then stir in the water and molasses. Gradually stir the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture. Shape dough into walnut sized balls, and roll them in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten slightly.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Peanut Cup Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Ingredients

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons milk

40 mini chocolate covered peanut butter cups, unwrapped

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda; set aside.

Cream together the butter, sugar, peanut butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla and milk. Add the flour mixture; mix well. Shape into 40 balls and place each into an ungreased mini muffin pan.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into each ball. Cool and carefully remove from pan.

Dewberry Dumplings

Dewberry Dumplings

Ingredients 

For the Berries

1 Quart Berries

2 Cups Sugar

2 Cups Water

½ Stick Butter

1 tsp Vanilla

For the Dumplings

½ Cup Flour

½ Cup Sugar

¼ tsp Salt

2 Tbsp Crisco

2 tsp Baking Powder

1 Egg

Directions

Wash berries. Cook berries with sugar and water on medium heat for 45 minutes.

Mix dry ingredients for dumplings; add egg and enough water to make a soft dough. Roll thin and cut into 1 inch squares. Drop on top of cooking berries cover and cook gently 10 to 12 minutes. Continue until all dumplings are cooked. As dumplings are cooked, remove from berries and place on a large platter. After all dumplings are cooked, add margarine and vanilla to berries and pour over dumplings. Serve with Vanilla Ice Cream and Redi Whip.

Sweet Tea Pie

Sweet Tea Pie

Ingredients

6 oz cream cheese, softened

2 cups unsalted butter, softened and divided

2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus 2 tablespoons

2 cups sugar

8 large egg yolks

3/4 cup strong steeped orange pekoe tea, cooled

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 1/2 teaspoons cornmeal

1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

For the crust:

In a medium bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and 1 cup butter until well combined. Add 2 1/2 cup flour and mix until the dough forms a ball. Pat the dough into a 9-inch pie pan. Chill until ready to use.

For the filling:

In a medium bowl, with an electric mixer, beat 1 cup butter and sugar at medium speed until light. Add the yolks 1 at a time, beating at low speed until well incorporated. Slowly add the tea. Add lemon zest and lemon juice. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the 2 tablespoons flour, cornmeal, and salt and mix well.

Pour the mixture into the prepared crust. Bake until set, about 45 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack, and then chill for 2 hours before serving.

Sourdough Waffles with Fried Chicken

fried chicken and waffles

For a great breakfast, brunch or dinner, make these Sourdough Waffles with some Golden Fried Chicken.  There is nothing like good Southern Comfort Food to hit the spot when you  crave something sweet and savory!

Ingredients

Waffles

1 cup all purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

8 ounces sourdough starter (Sourdough Starter Recipe is in this blog Bread Section)

3 tablespoons butter, melted

Chicken

Whole Chicken, (3 pounds or less)

1 cup self-rising flour

Milk

2 Eggs beaten

Seasoned Salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder

Vegetable oil for frying

Directions

For the Waffles

In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Whisk until well combined.

In separate medium bowl, whisk eggs and milk until combined. Add sourdough starter and whisk until completely blended. Add flour mixture and butter and stir until combined. Depending on thickness of starter, you might need to adjust batter. It should be the consistency of pancake batter. Add flour or milk as needed to reach that consistency.

Cook in waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions.

For the Chicken

Cut chicken into eight pieces.  Rinse pieces in cold water and let them soak in fresh cold milk and egg for at least 30 minutes. Mix thoroughly flour, seasoned salt, pepper and garlic powder to make the fried chicken flour.

Heat 1 inch of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat (375 in an electric skillet).

Dredge chicken through the breading, coating well on all surfaces. Pat off excess breading and place chicken in hot oil, making sure pieces are not touching each other. When the chicken is browned (approximately 5 minutes), turn pieces over and reduce heat to medium (300). Cover and cook for 20 minutes. Then remove lid, bring heat back to medium high and turn chicken, cooking an additional 5-7 minutes. Let chicken drain on a paper towel before eating.

Serve the chicken with the waffles along with butter and warm maple syrup.

Chocolate Icebox Cake

Chocolate-Icebox-Cake

Ingredients

2 cups cold heavy cream

12 ounces Italian mascarpone cheese

½ cup sugar

2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 (8 ounce) packages chocolate chip cookies

Shaved semisweet chocolate for garnish

Directions

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the heavy cream, mascarpone, sugar, coffee liqueur, cocoa powder, espresso powder, and vanilla. Mix on low speed to combine and then slowly raise the speed, until it forms firm peaks.

To assemble the cake, arrange chocolate chip cookies flat in an 8-inch spring form pan, covering the bottom as much as possible. (I break some cookies to fill in the spaces.) Spread a fifth of the mocha whipped cream evenly over the cookies. Place another layer of cookies on top, lying flat and touching, followed by another fifth of the cream. Continue layering cookies and cream until there are 5 layers of each, ending with a layer of cream. Smooth the top, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.

Run a small sharp knife around the outside of the cake and remove the sides of the pan. Sprinkle the top with the chocolate, cut in wedges, and serve cold.

Strawberry Scones with Lemon Glaze Recipe

strawberry scones with lemon glaze

 

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour

2 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

5 tbsp cold butter, but into ¼ inch cubes

1 ¼ cups plus 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream divided

1 cup frozen unsweetened strawberries

Glaze

2 cups confectioner’s sugar

3 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp butter, melted

1 tbsp 2% milk

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 1-1/4 cups cream just until moistened. Fold in strawberries. Turn onto a floured surface; knead 10 times.
  2. Pat into a 9-in. x 7-in. rectangle. Cut in half horizontally. Cut each half into four rectangles; separate and place on a greased baking sheet. Brush with remaining cream.
  3. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. For glaze, in a small bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, lemon juice, butter and milk; drizzle over warm scones. Serve warm.

Chocolate Crossiants

Chocolate Crossaint 

 

INGREDIENTS

1 pkg. (17.3 ounces) Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets, thawed

1 1/2 cups Ghirardelli® semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 egg, beaten

2 tbsp. butter

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

2 tbsp. hot water

DIRECTIONS

Heat the oven to 350°F. Unfold the pastry sheets on a lightly floured surface.  Roll each into a 10-inch square.  Cut each into 4 (5-inch) squares, making 8 in all.

Place 2 tablespoons chocolate chips in the center of each pastry square. Brush the edges of the pastry with the egg.  Fold each pastry over the chocolate chips and press to seal. Place the filled pastries onto baking sheets.  Brush the pastries with the egg.

Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown.  Let the pastries cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes.  Remove the pastries from the baking sheets and let cool completely on wire racks.  Cook and stir the remaining chocolate chips and the butter in a heavy 1-quart saucepan over low heat until the mixture is melted and smooth.  Stir in the confectioners’ sugar.  Stir in the water, adding additional water, if necessary, until desired consistency. Drizzle the icing over the pastries.

Chocolate Easter Candy Eggs

Chocolate Easter Candy Eggs

These moist chocolate cake eggs harbor a delicious secret: caramel candy.

Cake

2 cups sugar

2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

2 tablespoons cornstarch

3/4 cup Double-Dutch Dark Cocoa or Dutch- process cocoa

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons espresso powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

4 large eggs

3/4 cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups water

Filling

1 cup caramel from a block; or 3 dozen unwrapped caramel candies

Topping

3/4 cup caramel from a block, or unwrapped candies and 1 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream or half and half
Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease the wells of an egg pan. Or line a muffin pan with papers, and grease the papers. Whisk together the dry ingredients. Add the eggs, oil, and vanilla, beating until smooth. Gradually add the water, beating until smooth. Pour the batter into each cup of the prepared pan, bringing it to within 5/8″ of the rim of the pan. While the cakes are baking, prepare the caramel. If you’re using block caramel, scoop 1″ balls and roll them smooth between your palms. Place them in the freezer. Bake the cakes for 14 minutes. Place one ball of caramel (or 2 unwrapped caramel candies) atop each egg or muffin; it’ll sink in. Continue baking for an additional 12 minutes until cake is set and springs back when lightly touched. Remove from the oven, and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Loosen cakes, and gently slip them out of the pan onto a cooling rack. Repeat with the remaining batter and caramel. When all the cakes are baked and cooled, combine the 3/4 cup caramel and cream, and heat in the microwave till very hot. Remove, and stir till smooth. Drizzle over the cakes, reheating as necessary.