Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Caramel Apple Cider

Caramel Apple Cider
1/4 c. heavy cream
1/4 c. brown sugar
3 c. apple juice
1/2 c. water

Boil cream and brown sugar in a saucepan. Add cider and water and heat until cider begins to steam. Divide into four mugs and top with whipped cream., if desired.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

More muffins. More pumpkin muffins. And these ones are even better. I got the recipe from Baking Bites, but I didn't follow it (shocking). I will add more of the original spices once they're available to me, because John thought they needed more spice.

Pumpkin Streusel Muffins
1/2 c. butter, melted
3/4 c. pumpkin
1/2 c. yogurt or milk (yes, I used milk once and it was fine)
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla
2 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
1 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. cloves (didn't have)
pinch nutmeg
1/4 t. allspice (didn't have)
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar

Streusel Topping
1/2 c. soft butter
1/2 c. sugar
3/4 c. flour
pinch salt
1/2 t. cinnamon

The usual muffin-making deal: Mix dry ingredients. Mix wet ingredients. Blend together just until moist. Mix up topping into a crumb. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Add topping. Bake at 400 16-19 minutes. Yum.

Taco Ring

I got the idea for a Taco Ring here, but I wanted something to cover the meat completely (and also I wouldn't use Pillsbury crescent rolls even if I had them). I used a full recipe of pizza dough, divided in half and rolled into two ovals, with the centers cut out. Pile on cooked taco meat and some cheese...
Add the top layer and bake! Ours baked at 375 for 20-25 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve with taco toppings, salsa, or (in our case) Ranch dressing.
This would be even easier if you had cooked ground beef already in your freezer.