Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Baked Donuts

Who doesn't love donuts or is it doughnuts. I guess it all depends on where you're from and what you prefer.
 I remember as a kid my mother bringing home Dunkin Donuts and couldn't wait to dig into that box. What a treat.  I'd eat them for breakfast or for a desert didn't matter much to me as long as they were covered in a sweet glaze and covered with sprinkles. 
Today... having to watch those fat and calorie intake ugh I was very happily surprised to find this recipe for baked donuts. These do not require the dough to rise or to fry in grease. And actually there is only 2 Tablespoons of oil used in this recipe.



2 Cups Flour
3/4 Cup Sugar
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 large eggs
3/4 milk
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
If chocolate is what you're after decrease flour to 1 1/2 Cups and add 1/2 cocoa
and add 2 Tablespoons extra milk
In a large bowl combine all dry ingrediants give them a good stir. In a small bowl beat eggs until light in color add milk, vanilla and oil.. Add the wet ingrediants to the dry. Mix just until combined. Fill your donut pan about 3/4 full and bake 8-10 minutes.
These are so light and tasty you wont feel guilty about having 2. 
Dust with powdered sugar or with a glaze.

1 Cup powdered sugar
3-4 Tablespoons milk-depending on how thick or thin you want it.
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

This is a donut pan I bought at WalMart but you can purchase them at any cake supply store like Micheals or Joann Fabrics.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Peanut Butter and Banana Cookies with Nutella Cream Filling

I got the idea for these from a post a friend of mine put
up about Elvis Presleys' death. And so I  in his honor I made these extremely tender and delicious Peanut Butter and Banana Cookies.
   Adding a banana gives this cookie not only an extra boost of
vitamin C and fiber it gives it a soft moist texture.  If you are looking for a crisp cookie this may not be the one for you.  It reminds me of a thin whoopie pie. Although Elvis didn't add chocolate to his fried PB and banana sandwich  I thought it added a nice touch. Hey..if my kids like it that says something..I cant get them try anything ha!

The recipe for these cookies is one I adapted from a Better Homes and Garden cook book. I omitted 1/2 the butter and added the banana. Try to use a small to medium banana any larger makes the dough difficult to work with.

Pre Heat oven 350

1/2 Cup  butter
1 small to med. banana
1/2 Cup peanut butter-or chucky
1/2 Cup sugar
3/4 Cup brown sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

In a large bowl cream sugars and butter. Chop or dice banana then add. Mix well. Add egg and vanilla. In a small bowl combine flour, baking powder and baking soda and give a good stir. Add the dry to the sugar mixture and stir until well combine. Using a scoop or a  spoon measure out about a Tablespoon per cookie on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
Bake 8-10 minutes depending on your oven

Remove and cool on a wire rack.
These are great alone or add some Nutella for a filling or make a Nutella frosting.

1 Cup nutella
2 Cups powdered sugar
8oz cream cheese at room temperature
1-2 Tablespoons of milk-sometimes I'll use a little to thin it out just a bit

Sift Powdered Sugar
Cream nutella and cheese slowly add sugar-if it's too thick for you to spread add a little milk.

A few for the kids  

And a few for my uncle...


Raspberry Cake

Raspberry Cake

Little Minis

Little Minis

Chocolate Valentine Cupcakes

Chocolate Valentine Cupcakes