Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

A couple of weeks ago I took the kids down to Jone's Tree Farm to go strawberry picking. I practically dragged them out of bed to get there bright and early. We found some gorgeous & delicious strawberries. A few nights later I had some family over and decided to serve strawberry shortcake cupcakes for dessert! They were a hit! I used the shortcake recipe from cupcake project. DELICIOUS!
Aren't they pretty??

Here's what ya need:
Part One:
1 lb fresh strawberries, cut, sliced..however you want them
1/2 cup sugar
Part Two:
2 1/4 cup flour
2 Tablespoons of baking powder
1/2 cup of unsalted butter
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 egg
2/3 cup buttermilk

Part Three:
Whipped Cream:
1 cup of heavy cream
1/4 cup of powdered sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla

Slice the strawberries, mix with the sugar and set aside

In a mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder 2 tablespoons of sugar, and salt.
Cut in the butter and mix by hand until the dough is crumbly. Make a well in the center of the mixture and add the egg (beaten) and buttermilk. Stir until mixture is combined. Line your cupcake pan. Fill the cupcake lines with the batter, divding batter equally.
Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool.

Whipped Cream:
In a cold mixer using a cold beater mix the cream, powdered sugar and vanilla together until whipped cream forms. Do not overbeat. It will curdle!

How to assemble:
Slice the cupcake in half, add a little strawberries and whipped cream, next put the cupcake top on. Now, put a dab of whipped cream on top and drizzle a little bit of strawberries and the sugary juice over the top!

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Peanut Butter Cookies

Usually I make these fantastic chocolate chip cookies to distribute to friends, teachers, neighbors, random drive bye's for those who "have to have a ccc"... but last weekend not only did I make those famous ccc's but I also made these DELICIOUS (my husband's ultimate favorite) peanut butter cookies! I found the recipe online and put a little kelli twist on it!
Here it is!

PB Cookies:

Here's what ya need...
3 cups of flour
1 tsp of baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
2 sticks of unsalted butter (softened)
2 eggs
1 cup of chunky pb ( I used organic chunky pb)
2 1/2 tsp of GOOD vanilla
1 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of sugar
1 bag of peanut butter chips

Oven temp: 350.
 Mix flour, baking powder & salt in a seperate mixing bowl.  In your mixer, beat butter, pb, & vanilla. Add sugars. Once that is mixed in well, begin mixing in half of the flour mixture...make sure none of that pb goodness is stuck to the side of your bowl. Have you spoonula ready! Add the eggs, one at a time. Finally, add the rest of the flour mixture. Easy Right??

You can use an ice cream scooper to scoop out and put on cookie sheet, then make criss cross fork marks by pressing the back part of your fork onto the top of the round dough ball. (this is what I did)
The recipe called for a tablespoon of dough, in a  1 3/4 inch ball form. Making about 4 dozen.
I used my ice cream scooper and had about 2 dozen cookies..maybe a little more.

Cook for about 14 minutes for the small balls & about 18 minutes for the larger ones. (I had to check on mine the first few times to make sure they were in long enough!)

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

One week away

Here we go again, just about a week away from my second half marathon. This week has been terribly crazy! But well worth all the chaos! Training has been difficult. I am convinced that anyone with kids who is training for any type of physical challenge, must also have the challenge of finding time to fit it in!! I am doing great.  I had my long run on Sunday and have been doing short-mid distance runs throughout the week. The goal was to reach over 20 miles...and I am almost there. Today will push me over that 20 mile mark! YEAH.
In between training and all the family activities that come about at the end of the school year, not to mention playdates and work...I've managed to bake 4 different types of cookies ( I have no idea how many dozens it works out to be..BUT IT IS ALOT!!) & a special cake for my daughter's friend!

It is a yellow vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream frosting (as requested!)

Hoping for some better pics!

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Well hello. This weekend I made a marble cake with a chocolate ganache filling, a buttercream frosting and some sugar paste/fondant embellishments.
Here it is!

DO you love chocolate ganache as much as I do??

Here's the recipe I use!

2 tablespoons of light corn syrup
1 cup of heavy cream
1 pound of semi sweet chocolate (chopped) (I have also used milk chocolate and LOVE IT!)
3 tablespoons of sugar
1/4 cup of unsalted butter

Chop the chocolate and set aside. Next, in a small saucepan bring cream, sugar and corn syrup to a boil using low heat. You will need to keep whisking the mixture until the sugar is dissolved. Remove the pan from the burner and add the chocolate in. Whisk the mixture until the chocolate is melted in and then add cut up pieces of butter. Continue whisking until the mixture is smooth.
ENJOY! I love this recipe!

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Cookies and Cream Cake or Cupcake Filling

Here is a really great recipe that I used this weekend on a oreo cookie cake for my sweet nieces. I think you will love it as much as I do!

Cookies N Cream Filling:
Here's what ya need...

14 stuffed cookies crushed (but not pulverized..you want some small chunks and definetely use those crumbs up)
1 cup of whipping cream (or heavy cream)
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla (real)
1/4 cup of confectioner sugar

Ok so it's super easy.
Make sure you mixing bowl and beater are nice & cold. (I place mine in the freezer for a few minutes or so.)

Put the whipping cream, vanilla and sugar in the bowl and mix away until you get a thick whipped cream..takes a few minutes...but be patient.
Then fold in the crushed cookies!

That's It!


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