Friday, May 27, 2011

Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies are truly the universal cookie, you can make them to suit any occasion. Roll them into cutouts, make drop cookies, fill them, frost them or add your favorite extract to change up the flavor, the possibilities are really endless.

Add confectionery sugar rather than crystal sugar which will give you a more tender flaky type cookie. If you add baking powder and baking soda you get a slightly puffier cookie. 


Pre heat your oven 350
  •   3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Cream your butter and sugar.
Add 1 egg at a time. Beat well after each.
Add Vanilla
Add flour and baking soda 1 cup at a time. Do not over mix. Mix just till all combined

Chill your dough for at least an hour. This will help you roll them out with out sticking too much.
Once chilled-Dust your counter lightly with flour and roll out to 1/8 to 1/4 in and use whatever cutter you'd like. After you place the cookies on your cookie sheet sticky the tray in your refrigerator for a few minutes. This will help prevent them from spreading while cooking.
Bake for 12-15min- Of course it will depend on your oven. I start checking after 10 min.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Banana Muffins and Bread


I love love Bananas but by the end of a week I just can seem to get rid of the last few in a bunch. Instead of chucking them into a composed pile I try to use them up in muffins and bread. 
This recipe is really simple. You can use it to make both muffins and bread. I sometimes will add mini chocolate chips or walnuts to the batch but this time I kept it simple.


Pre heat oven 375
1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Butter or Shortening
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup Sour Cream or Butter Milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
2-3 Ripe Bannans
Optional Walnuts or Chocolate Chips
Cream together butter and sugar 
Cut Banana into chucks and add to sugar mixture. I like mine a little chunky so I just mix slightly.
Add vanilla
Add Eggs and blend well
Alternate flour and sour cream
1 Cup flour -blend slightly then add 1/4 sour cream
Repeat flour and sour cream
Mix just till combine. Should almost resemble a cake batter.

Try not to over mix or the muffins and bread will not rise properly.
Place in muffin tins - fill about 3/4 full and bake for 10-12 minute depending on your oven-always double check the center.
In a bread pan bake for 20-30 minutes. Double check the center to make sure it isn't gooey. Ovens do vary in temperature.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mothers Day

Just wanted to post a few ideas for Mothers Day.

Cookie pops are always a quick and easy treat to make. I like using a flower cutter but of course you can use whatever you like.

Putting them in a cute vase and adding pretty ribbon puts a nice touch on the gift.

If you are short on time making a plate of your moms favorite cookies always makes a great gift. Wrap in cellophane and a pretty ribbon.

If you have time to make cupcakes they can be made into a unique and sophisticated gift. Here I put them in planter but placing them on decorative platter then wrapping in cellophane always looks good.

When making a food gift for someone keep in mind what they like. Maybe use a plate with their favorite color or perhaps a certain picture. So many possibilities have fun.

Raspberry Cake

Raspberry Cake

Little Minis

Little Minis

Chocolate Valentine Cupcakes

Chocolate Valentine Cupcakes