Saturday, December 20, 2014

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

These pancakes were really good. I used my regular pancake batter recipe, and made a cream cheese glaze to go on top. Just mix the filling up in a squirt bottle.

Cinnamon Filling
1/2 c. Butter, melted
3/4 c. Brown sugar
1 T cinnamon

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sour Cream Enchilada Sauce

I made an enchilada sauce that was really good. I didn't actually make enchiladas with it, just layered cooked chicken, cheese, and torn up corn tortillas.

3 T. butter
3 T. flour
2 c. green enchilada sauce (mild)
1 cup sour cream

Mix the butter and flour together in a sauce pan. Slowly add the enchilada sauce and bring to a boil. Stir in the sour cream and heat, but don't boil.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Ariel Birthday Cake

Possibly the worst cake I've made yet. Storebought strawberry cake with storebought frosting (it was even already blue).  We used leftover pearls and sixlets from Sienna's first birthday cake, and graham cracker crumbs to make bubbles and a beach. The crumbs were easy to make in the single serve jar on my Ninja blender.

Sienna wanted an Ariel cake. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a mermaid Ariel doll, and the one I used was very difficult to clean off after. She came with a flounder and Dalton added assorted sea creature toys from around the house.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

BYU Mint Brownies/Monsters Inc Birthday Cake

Dalton looked over my shoulder at Pinterest while I defined the type of cake mommy can't make and we picked out a simple frosted Mike Wazowski circle cake. He wanted a chocolate cake though, and I am tired of buttercream on chocolate cake (bleh) so I was trying to think of something else when John suggested mint. Oooh, mint brownies! I used the BYU mint brownie recipe, baking it in two circular cake pans. I greased and floured the pans first, baked the cakes about 20-22 minutes (instead of the 25 the recipe called for) and they popped right out when cool.

BYU Mint Brownies Recipe
1 c. butter
1/2 c. cocoa
2 T. honey
4 eggs
2 c. sugar
1 3/4 c. flour
1/2 T. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 c. chopped walnuts (optional)

Melt the butter and mix with the cocoa. Allow to cool.  Mix chocolate mixture with honey, eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder and salt.  Stir in the nuts.  Grease and flour a 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

Mint Icing Recipe
5 T. butter, softened
dash of salt
1 T. light corn syrup.
2 1/3 c. powdered sugar
1/2 t. mint extract.
3 T. milk

Mix the butter, salt, corn syrup, powdered sugar and mint extract. Slowly add the milk until the icing is the right consistency.

The BYU mint brownies also have a layer of chocolate icing. I didn't do this for aesthetics, but if I did, I would sift 1/3 c. cocoa in with the powdered sugar, and leave out the mint extract.

Monday, August 25, 2014

First Grade Lunch

What Maggie mainly ate for lunch every day of first grade. 
 Homemade bean and cheese tortillas.

Cheese and ham slices rolled up. She made me peel the brown edge of the ham off.

Also still a hummus and pretzels fan.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Pizza Pretzels

I began making pizza for dinner last night and the kids ran in and asked if I was making pretzels. Well, why not? Pizza pretzels were born. We've had these at Wetzel's Pretzels, so it wasn't an original idea, but I'd never made them before.

Also, I recently discovered that my pizza dough and pretzel dough recipes are exactly the same. Embarrassingly, they are printed right above each other on the paper I've been reading them off for four years. Here's the recipe again:

1 T. yeast
1 c. warm water
1 T. sugar
2 T. oil
2 1/2-3 c. flour

For the pizza (and pizza pretzels), I add a couple teaspoons of minced garlic. I don't usually let my pizza dough rise, but I usually go through the double rising process with pretzels. However, since I had planned on making pizza, I didn't have time. So I skipped it and they were fine. The dough was actually amazing and I think it's because I added a squirt of the soy lecithin that's been lying around my kitchen unused for several years. It made the dough really stretchy, satiny, and it looked like the pretzel dough the bakeries use.  If you're interested in this, I found a helpful article on dough enhancers.

Once the dough was mixed, I made the usual pretzel shapes, skipping both rising steps.

Boil them in baking soda water for 10 seconds on each side. Sprinkle plenty of mozzarella cheese and add some pepperoni slices.

Bake the pizza pretzels at 425 for 10-12 minutes. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes

I've wanted to make homemade donuts for a long time, but not badly enough to invest in a donut pan. I tried this recipe and baked the donuts in balls on a cookie sheet.  Boom - donut holes.

Adapted by a friend from Baker Bettie.

5 T. butter
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 c. sour cream
1 t. vanilla
2 t. baking powder
1 1/2 c. flour

Cinnamon Sugar Topping:
1/4 c melted butter
1/4 c. sugar mixed with 1/2 t. cinnamon

Cream butter and sugar, stir in remaining dry ingredients. Form balls and bake at 325 for 8-10 minutes (I THINK I had to bake them quite a bit longer).

Cool slightly, then dip in butter and then sugar mixture. Yum...