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Glad to see you stop by! This is a collection of recipes I have developed, received from friends or was inspired by and altered somehow. While I try to post all food photos I just cannot help but share some of my Vintage clippings with you from my Gran's recipe drawer, my great Gran's tin and of course my Mum's treasure trove of her Gran's lovely publications all kept so prim, not to mention the cache my Mum also had and even mine too! They are all regularly used recipes, loved by my family, friends, and now you my treasured readers Enjoy!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Homemade Nutella

Homemade Nutella
The original recipe instructs to strain the spread at the very end.
1 1/2 cup whole hazelnuts
1 1/2 cups whole milk
3/4 cup powdered milk
1 Tbsp. mild-flavored honey
pinch salt
1 heaping cup chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, or chips
1 scant cup chopped milk chocolate, or chips
On a rimmed baking sheet, toast the nuts in a 400ยบF for 10 minutes, or until fragrant and their skins begin to pop. Transfer to a tea towel, gather into a bundle and rub together to remove as much of their skins as possible. While warm, transfer to the bowl of a food processor and blend until they go from finely ground to pasty and thick, like natural peanut butter.
Meanwhile, warm the milk, powdered milk, honey and salt in a small saucepan just until it starts to boil. Remove from heat. In a glass or stainless steel bowl set over a pan of simmering water (or in the microwave), melt the chocolates, stirring occasionally until smooth.
Add the melted chocolate to the ground nuts and continue to process the mixture, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add the warm milk mixture and process until everything is well blended and as smooth as you can get it. Makes about 2 cups.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Pig Cake by The Pioneer Woman ( my personal hero )

Recipe: Pig Cake by Ree Drummond Pioneer Woman

I saw Ree's recipe and by it's name I thought okay, I like pigs. Well this is one of the best of the bestiest pot luck kind of recipes I have used and tasted. I did not change a thing in this recipe It was absolutely perfect. I am even posting Ree's format and a link to her gorgeous, funny and outrageously tasty blog. CLICK HERE Ree has photo by photo instructions which is something I want to start but feel really silly taking pictures of me doing the baking. (silly huh) Cake mix, yeah, how about that I like those cake mixes when you add to them. Thanks Ree for the yumminess today.

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Ingredients

  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • 1 box (18.25 Oz. Box) Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 stick Margarine (softened) Ree says NO BUTTER!
  • 1 can (14 Oz. Can) Mandarin Oranges, Drained, 1/2 Cup Juice Reserved
  • 4 whole Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
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  • FOR THE TOPPING:
  • 1 package (4 Oz. Box) Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix
  • 1 can (20 Oz. Can) Crushed Pineapple, Juice Reserved
  • ½ cups Powdered Sugar
  • 4 ounces, fluid Frozen Whipped Topping (such As Cool Whip)
  • Extra Mandarin Orange Slices, For Garnish

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For the cake, combine cake mix, margarine, 1/2 cup juice from the mandarin oranges, eggs, and vanilla. Beat for four minutes on medium-high. Add drained oranges and beat again until pieces are broken up and small. Pour batter into greased and floured 9 x 13 inch baking pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown and set. Remove from oven and cool completely. If desired, turn out cake onto a large platter.
Once cake is cool, blend juice from drained pineapples with the vanilla pudding mix. Add powdered sugar and mix, then mix in whipped topping. Stir in drained pineapple. Spread on cooled cake and refrigerate several hours.
To serve, cut cake into squares and top each square with a mandarin orange slice.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Chocolate Sheet Cake

Chocolate Sheet Cake



FOR THE CAKE
1 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup + 3 tbsp brute cocoa powder
2 cups sugar
1 cup hot water
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup buttermilk (or 2 tablespoons powdered buttermilk, plus 1/2 cup water) I prefer the powder as it has a more defined taste
2 eggs
1 tbsp Vanilla bean paste

For cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in the cocoa powder, until incorporated and shiny (this was a brownie technique from Home Ec that has stuck with me) Whisk in the sugar and add the hot water, mixing until combined taking care not to splash yourself with eager whisking.
In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the saucepan, whisking until fully combined.
In a medium bowl  and your mixer on low with the whisk attachment gently whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla. Slowly pour the chocolate mixture into the buttermilk mixture, whisking constantly. Continue stirring until the mixture is fully incorporated.
Pour the cake batter into a lightly sprayed rimmed sheet pan. Bake for 20-22 minutes.

FROSTING
3/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup cocoa powder
4 tablespoons cream
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups confectioners’ sugar

Beat butter and cocoa then stream in cream on low mixer setting. Stream in vanilla and optional chocolate or raspberry extract. (We have also used hazelnut extract yummie) Beat in salt and make sure everything is very smooth. Beat in 2 cups of confectioners sugar until fluffy and add sour cream. Then beat in final sugar measurement until smooth and fluffy. You will use a spatula to spread on warm cake so add ins can be used at this time. (marshmallows, bits of quality street hazelnut triangles, pecans, English black walnuts, cherries or whatever you want really) Just be sure your add ins match your flavourings. The frosting should be light and fluffy so it melts nicely on your cake, it reminds me of a very rich ganache. Enjoy

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cream Cheese Cookie Bars

YIELD Makes about 2 dozen bars
INGREDIENTS
2 packages (18 ounces each) refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
PREPARATION:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 13X9-inch baking pan. Let both packages of dough stand at room temperature about 15 minutes.
  2. Reserve three-fourths of one package of dough. Press remaining 1-1/4 packages of dough evenly onto bottom of prepared pan.
  3. Combine cream cheese, sugar and eggs in large bowl; beat until well blended and smooth. Spread cream cheese mixture over dough in pan. Break reserved dough into small pieces; sprinkle over cream cheese mixture.
  4. Bake 35 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Simple Butter Cake

Simple Butter Cake

from Modern Classics Book 2: Cookies, Biscuits, Slices, Small Cakes, Cakes, Desserts, Hot Puddings, Pies and Tarts (Morrow Cookbooks)

Cake
½ cup + 1 tablespoon (127g) unsalted butter, very well softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup + 1 ½ tablespoons (218g) berry sugar
3 eggs
1 ½ cups + 1 ½ tablespoons (225g) all purpose flour, sifted
½ teaspoon baking powder, sifted
¼ teaspoon baking soda, sifted
pinch of salt
½ cup (120ml) whole milk, room temperature

Icing:
1 cup (140g) icing sugar, sifted
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 160°C; butter a 20cm (8in) round cake pan, line the bottom with baking paper and butter the paper as well.
Place the butter, vanilla, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and milk in the large bowl of an electric mixer and beat on low speed until combined.
Scrape the sides of the bowl, then beat in high speed until the mixture is just smooth.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour or until risen, golden and cooked through when tested with a toothpick. Allow to cool in the pan, on a wire rack, for 5 minutes, then carefully unmold onto the rack. Let cool completely.
Make the icing: place the sugar in a small bowl and gradually add the juice/water, mixing until smooth (add more liquid if necessary). Drizzle over the cake.

Serves 8

Friday, February 18, 2011

Cherry Almond Cheesecake No Bake

Cherry Almond Cheesecake No Bake, Sweet Cuppin Cakes Bakery 


Ingredients: 

1 1/2 digestive biscuit broken into bits or crushed hob nobs (you can also use Mcvites chocolate digestives which is my fave)

1/2 soft butter

1 1/2 cups cream cheese 

1/2  cup icing sugar 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 tsp almond extract

1 tsp teaspoon lemon juice 

1 cup whipping cream

1 10 oz jar Black Cherry Jam (St Dalfour Rhapsodie de fruits; try to be brand name specific it counts)

mixed with 1 cup thawed dole black cherries

clotted cream to taste

1/2 cup finely chopped and lightly toasted almonds

optional 1/4 cup finely grated milk chocolate as garnish when using Mcvites or 3 crushed Penguins wafers

Method:
  • Whirl the biscuits in a food processor until beginning to turn to crumbs, then add the butter and whirl again to make the mixture moist and hold together lightly
  • Press this mixture into a 8 inch springform tin; press mixture up the sides one inch as best you can
  • Beat together the cream cheese, icing sugar, vanilla and almond extracts and lemon juice in a bowl until smooth.
  • Lightly whip the whipping cream, and then fold it into the cream cheese mixture.
  • Spoon the cheesecake filling on top of the biscuit base and smooth with a spatula. Put it in the fridge for 3 hours or overnight.
  • At the time to serve the cheesecake, unmould it and spread with the cherry topping. **
Serves: 6-8 
** Cherry topping, fold thawed cherries into your French black cherry preserves, use immediately when serving. Top with 1 tbsp clotted cream per slice and finish with 1 tsp toasted almonds finely chopped and chocolate bits

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Trompe l'oeil Cookies

Tested Till Perfect

Orange Slice Cookies 

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen and adapted by Lyndsay Zoratti


Orange Slice Cookies



























Monday, February 14, 2011

Little Bitty Bakes (Liz) Dark Chocolate Dipped POM Orange Cocoa Cupcakes

Dark Chocolate Dipped POM-Orange Cocoa Cupcakes

Before I lose you in a sea of melted chocolate and pomegranate juice… I need your help!  I entered these cupcakes in the POM Wonderful Valentine Cupcake Contest.  To vote for my recipe, all you need to do is click this link and “like” my cupcakes. 
Since you can only vote once, I encourage you to spread the word. Winking smile
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After getting permission to link this to my blog I figured after you link up to the recipe HERE You could go to the top link above these gorgeous cupcakes and Vote for my pal Liz! Afterall she is sharing her delightful recipe with all of us. =o) Good Luck Liz, this is an awesome recipe xox

Valentine’s Mini Suksesskake


My darling friend Manuela in Norway always delights me each day with a new recipe and photos! I am not sure how she does it, but I am so grateful to her to try her Norwegian culinary expertise. The translation is quite simple but you do have to be aware of the deciliter =o) Happy Valentines day!
The recipes that Manuela makes are often very versatile and this one is fabulous for cake truffles or pops on a stick. Look at those roses LOVE!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sugar Cookies by the Busy Baker Bunny and my daughter Jen aka "Cookie Face"

 We ordered these cookie cutters and can hardly wait to make them, I think they are perfect for weddings what do you think?

Sugar Cookies by the Busy Baker Bunny and my daughter Jen aka "Cookie Face"

Ingredients:
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (190 degrees C). Sift together flour, baking soda, and baking powder on parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto parchment paper covered cookie sheets. OR divide dough in half and flatten into 2 disks easy for quick chilling and rolling.
  3. Roll dough out to 1/4 inch think no thinner or the cookie edges will burn and you will be sad =o(  The high heat allows the cookie to "puff" and the crumb is very tender and flaky and that is a good thing.
  4. Bake 5 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven, or until light golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.
  5. Decorate using your favourite technique or just use sprinkles on balls rolled before baking.
  6. Be certain to have all your frosting tubes, tips, colours ready before you start to decorate or it just won't be fun =o)

Best Ever Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies or Pecan Maple You decide

 Ingredients

2/3 2/3cup cup(150 mL) (150 mL) butter, softened
1cup cup(250 mL) (250 mL) packed brown sugar
1eggeggs
2tsp tsp(10 mL) (10 mL) vanilla
1-1/2 1-1/2cups cups(375 mL) (375 mL) large-flake rolled oats
1cup cup(250 mL) (250 mL) all-purpose flour
1/2 1/2tsp tsp(2 mL) (2 mL) baking powder
1/2 1/2tsp tsp(2 mL) (2 mL) baking soda
1/4 1/4tsp tsp(1 mL) (1 mL) salt
1-1/2 1-1/2cups cups(375 mL) (375 mL) chocolate chips
    * you can substitute vanilla for 1 tsp maple flavouring and switch choc chips for chopped pecans for a real Canadian Cookie.

Preparation:

Line rimless baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together rolled oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt - stir into butter mixture until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop by heaping 1 tbsp (15 mL), about 2 inches (5 cm) apart, onto prepared pans. Bake in top and bottom thirds of 375°F (190°C) oven, rotating and switching pans halfway through, until golden, about 12 minutes. Transfer to rack; let cool.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Alton Brown's Yummy Marshmallow recipe

After I saw a post for a certain yummy Valentine's day treat on twitter by Paula from Just a bite desserts 
I was completely inspired and ready to go! Oh no wait, we do not have heart shaped Strawberry flavoured marshmallows by Kraft here in Canada! So being deprived I decided maybe next year. Then my new friend April from Apple Loves Orange told me all about Alton Brown's Marshmallow recipe. Okay so now no excuses after all I told my daughter I was on it and my good pal Lisa gave me a thumbs up and everything. Soooo I am off to find two accommodating cookie cutters in my overly vast collection of cookie cutters and will blog all about my Marshmallow event on my other blog where I ramble about everything else, other than my recipes. Cheers! and thanks to Paula and April and Alton!!

Ingredients

  • 3 packages unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup ice cold water, divided
  • 12 ounces granulated sugar, approximately 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • Nonstick spray

Directions

Place the gelatin into the bowl of a stand mixer along with 1/2 cup of the water. Have the whisk attachment standing by.
In a small saucepan combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over medium high heat, cover and allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Uncover, clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Once the mixture reaches this temperature, immediately remove from the heat.
Turn the mixer on low speed and, while running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture. Once you have added all of the syrup, increase the speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is lukewarm, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Add the vanilla during the last minute of whipping. While the mixture is whipping prepare the pans as follows.

For regular marshmallows:

Combine the confectioners' sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Lightly spray a 13 by 9-inch metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the sugar and cornstarch mixture and move around to completely coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl for later use.
When ready, pour the mixture into the prepared pan, using a lightly oiled spatula for spreading evenly into the pan. Dust the top with enough of the remaining sugar and cornstarch mixture to lightly cover. Reserve the rest for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.
Turn the marshmallows out onto a cutting board and cut into 1-inch squares using a pizza wheel dusted with the confectioners' sugar mixture. Once cut, lightly dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining mixture, using additional if necessary. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

For miniature marshmallows:

Combine the confectioners' sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Line 4 half sheet pans with parchment paper, spray the paper with nonstick cooking spray and dust with the confectioners' sugar mixture.
Scoop the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a 1/2-inch round piping tip. Pipe the mixture onto the prepared sheet pans lengthwise, leaving about 1-inch between each strip. Sprinkle the tops with enough of the remaining cornstarch and sugar mixture to lightly cover. Let the strips set for 4 hours or up to overnight.
Cut into 1/2 inch pieces using a pizza wheel or scissors dusted with the confectioners' sugar mixture. Once cut, lightly dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining sugar mixture and store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Brownie Pie



Bakers Chocolate put out quite a few recipe leaflets over the years and one I particularly enjoy is  Love Brownies. Mostly because it is full of new beginnings taken from old twists of baking. So a brownie pie can of course lent itself to a LOT of pretty fabtastical tasting treaties for your sweeties! I think of my friend City Down when I say treaties. She runs the Craft Bomb way down under in New Zealand but you can find her on Etsy too. So back to brownies and pie!







So according to Bakers you start with a basic brownie recipe and theirs is very good but I use canola oil in the place of the melted butter.You can click on each image to see a much larger version. ( I knew you would like that )








Then several add in and mix ins are suggested. Things like dates and raisin and cherries and coconut and chocolate chips. I am quite fond of dates but was on the fence when combined with chocolate but the brownies were sure moist just very sweet.








Then finally Bakers discusses the art of filling brownies. Lots of ideas in there for that too. Over the course of the last six months I have seen brownie pops inspired by Bakerella's cake pops that are literally popping up all over the nation. Really food on a stick is pretty awesome. I still remember talking to her online when she got her first new camera and was blogging camera hints Pretty awesome.

SO here goes, do you have a pet brownie project, something you are dying to share? If you do leave us a comment and send us your idea, If we love it we will contact you with the rest of our master plan! Love to hear from everyone Uploads of your brownies are permitted always to Our Baking Scene. Please use "Love Brownies" in your subject line so we know you want to be contacted. Have a great Brownie event in your life soon cos we want to know all about it. Cheers!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Chocolate No Bake Cookies/Cupcake Filling by Sweet Cuppin Cakes

Chocolate No Bake Cookies

 We use these was a cupcake filling that surprises most everyone who bites into our sweet Cuppin Choc Chipper Stuffed Cupcakes. *



Ingredients:

  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows (about half of 10 1/2 ounce package)
  • 1 cup (6 ounce package) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 cups quick or old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla, rum extract or orange blossom water
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans

Preparation:

In saucepan over low heat, melt marshmallows, chocolate chips, and butter, stirring frequently, until smooth. Stir in oats and flavoring. Spread mixture into a buttered 8-inch square pan; sprinkle with the chopped pecans. Chill thoroughly until set.
Store wee cookies in a cool dry place in covered container.* if using for cupcakes when almost set roll into balls.
** If you use as a filling DO NOT BAKE IN THE CUPCAKE! Hollow out the cupcake and place a 3/4 inch ball inside tuck half a maraschino cherry on top with a slight sprinkle of orange zest if you use orange blossom water, and a sprinkle of toasted coconut if you use rum or just plain old grated chocolate if you use vanilla Then frost over that with Italian butter cream. We garnished with a sour cherry ball candy for cuteness.