Monday, August 29, 2011

Red Velvet Cupcakes!

The other day was my little sister's birthday so we had a party for her and some of her friends. As the one who likes to bake in the family, I took on the responsibility of making the birthday treat of her choice, as you can see, she chose red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.  I have never made red velvet cupcakes before and thought that they would be a challenging recipe to take on, but surprisingly it was quite simple.  I am personally not the biggest fan of red velvet cupcakes (I like a cupcake with a lot more sweetness and flavor) so I am not the best judge on the flavor, but all I can say is that there was not one cupcake left over. Cream cheese frosting is a different story, it is my favorite frosting hands down.  This recipe for cream cheese frosting was basic but turned out delicious and in my opinion complimented the cupcakes very well.  If you like red velvet cupcakes (which most people do) I would definitely try this recipe out because by the look of the empty serving platter, they were pretty tasty! Here is the recipe!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Madeleine Cookies

I recently started working at Starbucks where they sell these shell shaped cookies in packs of three.  These cookies sparked my interest when a customer came in and was willing to purchase a whole flat of the spongy delights, could they really be that tasty? Before baking these adorable cookies I had yet to try them, but have had the desire to bake them since realizing their popularity.  I got my hands on a recipe but never had the right mold to make them, so when I received a mold for my birthday I was eager to bake up a batch. I was very surprised by the simplicity of the recipe, it consisted of every day baking ingredients that most people have at home, but was even more surprised by the great tasting dessert that came out of it.  The cookies came out in spongy, lemony, lightly sweet perfection.  I decided to bake half of the batter as the recipe called and half of it with the addition of min chocolate chips, the simple nature of the recipe allowed me the freedom to customize flavors whichever way I wanted.  Both ways came out delicious and I cant wait to make more variations of this recipe. Here is the recipe, I hope you like it!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Key To A Perfect Sandwich!

The other day I visited my local bakery for some sandwiches and inspiration, I happily received everything I was looking for!  When eating my sandwich I could not help but notice how delicious and fresh the baguette was, so I decided to try my hand at making bread, the result was great.  I don't have a bread maker so i needed to find a recipe for making bread on a baking sheet, I found this recipe and am more than happy that I did.  The bread came out perfectly crunchy on the outside, amazingly soft on the inside and had great flavor.  Store bought french bread cant compare to how delicious home made bread is and the key to a perfect sandwich is always in the bread. I hope you get the chance to try this recipe!

P.S. After reading some of the reviews I decided to slightly alter the recipe.  I used only 5.5 cups of flour to make the bread less dense and 2 teaspoons of salt to add a little more flavor!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Chocolate Chip Muesli Cookies

As a sweets lover, I am usually turned off by the idea of health conscious desserts, but when I was shown this recipe and was given the chance to try these cookies, my feelings began to change.  They may look like a messy pile of ingredients, but the combination is delicious! The cookies are called muesli cookies and can be found on the side of Bob's Red Mill Old Country Style Muesli.  Muesli is usually used as a cold or hot cereal, but on the side of the bag there is a delicious recipe called Chocolate Chip Muesli Cookies. Like I said, I was skeptical to try the cookies but once I did there was no question that they were a winning cookie.  They are a soft, chunky cookie with tons of delicious flavor!
Here is the recipe!

1 cup Bob's Red Mill Muesli
3/4 cup sifted Whole Wheat Flour
2/3 Cup Applesauce
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
6 oz. Package Chocolate Chips
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
1 Egg

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Sift flour, baking soda and salt together and set aside. Blend applesauce, sugar and vanilla together. Beat in egg. Add flour mixture and mix. Stir in Muesli and chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoonfuls (i did teaspoonfuls for bite sized cookies) on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.