Monthly Archives: February 2012

Snickerdoodle Donuts

Donut Day!!!!  I know yesterday was all about being ‘healthier’ but today is donut day.  I enlisted more testers and really these were made for my husband who always complains he doesn’t get any donuts he likes (he’s not the biggest fan of chocolate, which works out because that means more chocolate for me).  They are cinnamon and there is no chocolate in sight so I only tasted them and didn’t inhale them. 

The donuts are really cinnamonny with cinnamon in the donuts and cinnamon in the glaze.  Reminiscent of my husband’s favorite Snickerdoodle cookies these donuts have been added to the favorite list in the family.  May they help start your sweet mornings!

Baked Snickerdoodle Donuts
inspired by Wilton


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2 cups flour
½ tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 egg
¾ cup low fat plain yogurt (I used Stoneyfield Farm Organic)
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup milk
Cinnamon Glaze

Preheat oven to 375.
Spray a doughnut pan with cooking spray.

Mix together all dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, granulated sugar. Combine wet ingredients: melted butter, egg, yogurt, vanilla, and milk.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mix.

Spoon or pipe batter into pan.
Bake for 12-15 minutes.

Remove from pan and let cool a few minutes on wire rack.

Top with cinnamon glaze.

Cinnamon Glaze
Combine ½ cup confectioners sugar with 2 Tbsp of water and 1 tsp cinnamon.
Top donuts with glaze.

Makes 12 doughnuts

Salsa Tunafish Sandwich

I apologize for the lack of posts in the last week.  I am in the midst of a crisis and trying to figure it out.  I LOVE writing this blog and finding/adapting/creating/making new recipes but I have discovered something.  Writing a food blog leads to this equation:

Making recipes+ tasting + tweaking recipes + tasting + tasting = putting on 10 pounds in 3 months

So I have been struggling with how to make this work (plus zipping my jeans) and am going to try this equation:

Make new recipe + small taste + enlisting other tasters + walking + bike riding + ‘healthy’ meals

Hopefully the result will be my pants zipping :))

Whenever I feel like eating ‘healthy’ for some reason I crave this recipe for lunch (my husband and daughters think I’m nuts and make faces but I enjoy this).  It makes me feel like I am making a small step and leads to me eating healthier all day.

 

Salsa Tunafish Sandwich
1 can of  Chunk Light Tuna in Water, drained
1 Tbsp Nonfat Plain Yogurt
2 or more Tbsp of salsa
2 Slices of cheese
4 slices of bread of choice, toasted (I like wheat bread)
Mix together tuna, yogurt, and salsa (add as much salsa as you like to increase heat).
Divide the tuna to make 2 sandwiches.

TWD:BWJ Chocolate Truffle Tartlets

This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was Chocolate Truffle Tartlets.  The hosts this week are Steph of A Whisk and a Spoon, Spike of Spike Bakes, Jaime of Good Eats and Sweet Treats, Jessica of Cookbookhabit .  Check out their blogs for the recipe or buy the book Baking With Julia (recipe on pg. 382).

I made these for Valentine’s Day in a mini heart tartlet pan which worked fine.  The crust was a disaster!!  After chilling it was too stiff and hard to work with and I almost gave up.  My daughter insisted I make them so I ended up just pulling and pressing the dough into the pan.  The tart itself mixed up nice but there were A LOT of egg yolks in it.  I ended up using the chocolate I had on hand (semi-sweet and milk chocolate) which suited my family.  The tarts were chocolatey and good.  If I make them again I think I will serve them with sliced strawberries and a little whipped cream.

Stovetop Cookies

 

Do you have a go to cookie recipe?  That recipe that is quick, easy and yields the delicious treat you are craving?  You know the one, the recipe that you make so often that you have the recipe memorized?  Well these are that cookie for me. 
I have made these cookies almost as long as I can remember and it seems that everyone has a version of this cookie.  It is the cookie that no matter how busy I am I am willing to make when I am craving something chocolate.  It is the cookie that my daughter now makes when she is craving a cookie (this is what happened yesterday, she wanted cookies and neither of us felt like making them so we made these).  We call them Stovetop Cookies, but they go by many different names.  They combine all that is good: chocolate, peanut butter, and oatmeal into a candy-like cookie that is made on the stovetop.  Enjoy and may you have a Sweet Morning!

 

 

Stovetop Cookies

 

2 cups sugar
3 Tbsp cocoa
½ cup milk
1 stick butter
3 cups quick oats
½ cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract

Cover 2 baking sheets with wax paper.

In a bowl combine quick oats, peanut butter, and vanilla extract.

In a saucepan combine sugar, cocoa, milk, and butter. Cook over low heat stirring frequently. Bring to a rolling boil and allow to boil, stirring constantly for 1 minute.

Pour the boiling mixture into the bowl and stir well.

Use a tablespoon and scoop onto wax paper covered cookie sheets. Allow cookies to set. (If it is hot you might need to refrigerate cookies) 

Chocolate M&M giant cookie

Chocolate MandM Valentine Cookie

Chocolate and M&Ms together in a giant cookie.  Yum!!   I was looking for an easy, quick dessert for Valentine’s Day and thought of a giant heart shaped cookie (I have the pan 🙂 but I wanted something other than a chocolate chip cookie.  I had made an Autumn Cookie Torte in the Fall that I found on Baking Bites that substituted M&Ms for chocolate chips and it was good but I wanted chocolate.  So I added cocoa to the recipe to make it chocolate.  I also had a bag of Mint M&Ms that I had bought on clearance after Christmas so I substituted those for regular M&Ms (I also picked out all of the green ones since they didn’t correspond to the theme). 

I baked it in the heart shaped pan and it was an excellent, quick and easy dessert. 

To make it look more dessert like I edged it with whipped cream and you can serve it with ice cream. If you don’t have a heart shaped pan you can bake it in a springform pan or even a pizza pan and use any type of M&Ms you choose. Cookies for dessert always lead to sweet mornings.

Giant Chocolate M&M Cookie
slightly adapted from Baking Bites

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1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
½ cup cocoa
1 cup M&Ms (I used Mint but pick your favorite flavor)

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a pizza pan or giant cookie pan.

Mix butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla extract.
In a separate bowl mix remaining dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa. Add together and mix.
Stir in M&Ms.
Spread in prepared pan.

Bake 26-30 minutes.

Baked Chocolate Chocolate Chip Donuts

Donuts.  Chocolate donuts.  With mini chocolate chips melting and oozing more chocolate inside.  Need I say more?

It is donut day and today’s donut is a basic chocolate donut with some mini chocolate chips added in just to take it up a chocolate notch.  Sweet enough to satisfy your afternoon chocolate craving these donuts don’t need anything more than a cup of coffee, tea, or milk.  Enjoy and may your mornings be sweet.

 

Baked Chocolate Chocolate Chip Donuts
inspired by Wilton

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1 cup flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
¾ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup cocoa
¾ cup mini chocolate chips
2 tbsp butter, melted
2 eggs
¾ cup low fat vanilla yogurt (I used Stoneyfield Farm Organic)
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup milk

Preheat oven to 375.
Spray a doughnut pan with cooking spray.

Mix together all dry ingredients: flour, wheat flour, salt, baking powder, granulated sugar, cocoa, and mini chocolate chips.
Combine wet ingredients: melted butter, eggs, yogurt, vanilla, and milk.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mix.

Spoon or pipe batter into pan.
Bake for 12-15 minutes.

Remove from pan and let cool a few minutes on wire rack.

Makes 12 doughnuts

White Loaves – Tuesdays With Dorie, Baking with Julia

Today is the first Tuesday for the new Tuesdays with Dorie (TWD).  This group is baking through the cookbook Baking With Julia.  I had this cookbook and loved browsing through it but in the years I have owned it I never once tried anything from it.  I really don’t know why I hadn’t baked from it, but it was long past time so when I saw that there was a group baking through it I signed up.

The first recipe, White Loaves, was a great place to start.  I wanted to find a recipe for sandwich bread for my family and this recipe is it.  It mixes up in a mixer (my KitchenAide was up to the challenge but the bowl got stuck) and is easy to make.  The results are well worth the effort, an excellent loaf of bread (well actually 2 loaves) that is perfect for toast or sandwiches.  The day I made it we even ate it with dinner (we couldn’t wait) and I think we ate half a loaf. 

I have already made it twice, it is replacing purchased loaves of bread for lunches in my house.

Recipe Note:  The recipe for TWD:BWJ may be found on the hosts site.  You can find the recipe on the blog Slush or Someone’s In the Kitchen.  Or better yet go buy the book Baking With Julia and join us as we bake.  This recipe is on pgs. 81-82.

Meatless Monday-Fried Rice

Today’s Meatless Monday post is going to be very short because quite honestly dinner was a fail.  Not an epic fail, dinner was edible but a fail nonetheless.  I attempted Vegetable Fried Rice.  I like Fried Rice and so does my family but my attempt fell short.  The problem was my rice.  It was WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY to sticky.  I like sticky rice but IT DOES NOT WORK for Fried Rice.  No matter how long I fried it the texture didn’t change if anything it got stickier.  It looked like glop.  Or dog food.  Needless to say I am not sharing the pictures.

I have to give my family credit, they ate it and didn’t complain.  But no one wants the leftovers.  Hopefully next week will be more successful.

Pretzel Rolls

SO I am totally obsessed with Pinterest (are you on Pinterest? I got my daughter obsessed- she’s into the hair and nail stuff) and pin a lot of recipes to try.  Finally this weekend I tried one and it was sooooooooooo good!!!!!!!   I made Pretzel Rolls!! 

Pretzel Rolls have all the best qualities of a pretzel, the beautiful brown, salty outside and the tender inside.  They are unbelievably good for sandwiches (we had a ham so there was lots left for sandwiches and pretzel rolls are the perfect compliment to the ham).  They are also easy to make.  I really like dropping them in the water for a minute- look at all the steam in this picture J  Thant steam makes them pretzely.

They are definitely a keeper (my daughter’s already after me to make them again), I think they were better than the ones I purchased a few months ago.  Here’s the link to the recipe from The Dutch Baker’s Daughter.

Have you found anything amazing on Pinterest?

Baked Lemon Donuts

 Lemon donuts!!!!!!  Light, refreshing, just the right amount of lemon-not too much so as to give you a permanent pucker but enough to let you taste the lemon, moist and oh so yummy!!!!!!! 

 This week we left the chocolate behind, not really sure what was up with that decision since I am usually all about chocolate but sometimes change is good.  

Maybe it was the warm weather and sunshine that made me crave something light and sunny but whatever it was I decided that this was the week to say yes to a little lemon in a baked good.  Tossed with a little powdered sugar these are an excellent start to a sweet morning 

The powdered sugar absorbs quickly into the moist donuts so if you make them ahead of time (I like them best cold) you might have to toss them in the powdered sugar again.

Linked to Crazy Sweet Tuesday,  Mrs. Fox’s Sweet Party, Taste This Thursday, It’s a Keeper, Creative Juice Thursday, Latest & Greatest, Anything Goes, Saturday Link & Greet

Baked Lemon Donuts


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2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp butter, melted
2 eggs
¾ cup low fat plain yogurt (I used Stoneyfield Farm Organic)
6Tbsp lemon juice (juice of a 2 medium lemons)
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼- ½ cup confectioner sugar

Preheat oven to 375.
Spray a doughnut pan with cooking spray.

Mix together all dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking powder, sugar.
Combine wet ingredients: melted butter, eggs, yogurt, lemon juice, and vanilla extract.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mix.

Spoon (I find it easier to spoon the dough) or pipe batter into pan.
Bake for 12-15 minutes.

Remove from pan and let cool a few minutes on wire rack.

Place confectioner sugar in a brown lunch bag. Add donuts 1 at a time and toss to coat with sugar.

Makes 12 doughnuts