Peasant Bread, Take 1

18 11 2012

Its not very often I come across a recipe that makes me excited.  Okay, since discovering Pinterest it is kind of often, but I don’t usually make anything.

Well last night I was browsing my Pinterest and homemade bread seemed to be a pretty recurring pin.  With winter rolling in swiftly it’s really not surprising.  Anyway, a couple of the pictures caught my eye but this one gained my full attention.

I’m sure you understand why.

The problem is, I haven’t exactly mastered the art of bread making.  There is only one other bread recipe I have cooked before, and it’s not a perfected art.

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies

9 09 2012

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup unsalted butter
    1 cup  peanut butter
    1 cup white sugar
    1 cup packed brown sugar
    2 eggs
    2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
    jelly for topping.
     
    Directions:
    Cream together butter, peanut butter, white sugar, and brown sugar.
    Beat in the eggs.
    Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
    Mix powder into the egg mixture.
    Refrigerate for 45 minutes.
    Roll 1” balls and place onto a baking sheet. 
    Flatten with a fork in a criss cross pattern.
    Bake in 375* for 7 minutes. 
    Put dots of jelly into the center of each cookie.  Try to flatten it a little bit.
    Bake again for 5-8 minutes, until cookies are done.
    THe jelly should be soft enough to spread a little better, so do that.
    Refrigerate for another 10-20 minutes to harden the jelly!
     
    Enjoy!
     
    *I used this recipe for the cookie portion.




Chocolate Filled Crescent Rolls

14 04 2012
I have a confession to make.  I have one of the biggest sweet tooth’s ever.  No, seriously.  I was inspired to create these after walking into a local bakery and seeing theirs.  Of course I am not going to spend the money to buy these delicious treats when I can go home and create them myself.  Okay, okay… so I bought five a few and ate them on the spot.  Regardless, I think my version of these are just as good, if not better, than any bakery, and they are a hell of a lot cheaper!  I hope you enjoy.  Even if you don’t, I did!  😉

Ingredients:

  • 1 tube of refrigerated crescent roll dough.
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chunks
  • 2 TBSP butter, melted
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 TBSP water
  • powdered sugar for topping

Directions:

  1. Open tube of crescent rolls, separated into individual triangles and lay them out flat onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.
  2. Brush crescent roll dough with melted butter.  Sprinkle chocolate chunks on top.  Personally I think I used too much, so I wouldn’t recommend a heavy sprinkle.
  3. Roll up as you would a plain crescent roll.  Mix water into egg white and whisk until bubbles start to form on top.  Brush crescent rolls with egg white.
  4. Bake in oven, preheated to 375 degrees, for 15 minutes or until crescent rolls are a golden brown color and slightly  crispy to the touch
  5. Take out of oven and sprinkle powdered sugar on top.
  6. Let crescent rolls cool slightly, but serve before the chocolate hardens.  I suppose you could microwave them or reheat them in the oven, but I didn’t try that so don’t quote me.
Enjoy!




Fresh Raspberry Muffins

25 01 2012

Don’t those look scrumptious?  That’s because they are!  I went to Safeway today and they were having a buy one get one free on raspberries.  I was instantly inspired.  I came up with a whole slew of ideas for what I could do with them:  chocolate raspberry muffins, chocolate raspberry muffins with a cream cheese filling, chocolate cupcakes with a raspberry filling and raspberry frosting vanilla raspberry marble cake…. the list goes on and on.  I finally settled on just a simple muffin with a light sugar coating.  We all taste tested them, but I saved a few for Lance and I to have our morning coffee. 

Ingredients:

  •  2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners or coat it with cooking spray, vegetable oil, or butter.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine 1 3/4 cups of the flour, 1/2 cup of the sugar, the baking powder, and salt. Add the butter and combine. In a second bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, and vanilla. Gradually add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined; the batter will be lumpy. Toss the berries with the remaining flour in a bowl. Gently fold the berry mixture into the batter.
  3. Fill each muffin cup 3/4 full. Sprinkle the batter with the remaining sugar. Bake for 17 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Serve warm.

This recipe is from Real Simple