Sunday, October 26, 2014

S’More-Style Chocolate Whiskey Pudding

Let's start with the end. Above you see the end result of this week's (and last one of the book!) assignment. Some of the comments: "This is a restaurant dessert!" , "so rich",  "sweeet! 
It really was all those things. 

Here's what it looked like before the spoon hit it. The s'mores effect on the marshmallow topping came out sort of funny looking but the idea and taste were certainly on spot. Rich, creamy chocolate pudding with a dash of brandy( no whiskey in the house at the moment). In  the middle a crunchy layer of crushed, baked lotus cookies ( can't get decent tasting graham crackers here, just off-brands and not worth it). The lotus or Biscoff cookies added a wonderful flavor.
 I didn't have any dessert cups ( now on the list of "need to buy") so I used wine glasses. Nice idea- wrong size glass. These were way too big. This dish is so rich and sweet that it really calls for a much smaller portion. OK, at least now I know what to look for when I shop for the dessert cups..
 Halfway through and shared by more than one!

What a sweet way to end the journey through "Baked Elements"! On to "Baked Occasions" ( as soon as it arrives in the mail...ergggg , it takes so long to go over the ocean!)

Get the recipe here at Baked Sunday Mornings.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin is good. In anything. With anything. In any form. That's just me though. Th earthy flavor goes so well with the spices- cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger. 

I'm not sure exactly what the issue is, but these come together a bit too soft for proper rolling. I had to use a lot of flour to be able to get it out of the bowl and then roll it on a heavily floured surface. Not that it affected the taste. They are scrumptious! Next time (which there definitely will be), I will do a few things differently than called for in the recipe. One; I think using a dough hook instead of the paddle attachment might be better- we'll see. Two; bake it a bit longer than I did- the middle was JUST done, but could have been even more so. It was hard to tell until I cut into it.

waiting to go in the oven

Hot out of the oven!

pouring on the icing

wish I knew how do make a gif file

Worth the effort! Give them a try; the recipe's here at Baked Sunday Mornings.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes


Ok, so I think there are times when some things are better left unsaid. Like the name of these cupcakes. It's fine for the baker to know, but the eater? Well, I can tell you that every person I mentioned the name to, made that scrunchy nose face. You know, the one that says "eych, what did you say? Not for me, thanks."  I have cooked and baked many a dish with odd combinations of food and when asked about the ingredients , I make out like it's some big secret that I prefer not to reveal. Yeah, right, like since when do I hold back on recipes? There's the chicken drenched in maple syrup 
(for some that might not be appalling at all but there are those that can't imagine sweet with their chicken)- I mean, maple syrup's for pancakes and french toast , right? I have a few others like that which don't come to mind at  the moment, but this cupcake recipe definitely falls into the same category. 

Not to worry though. These can be presented simply as chocolate cupcakes- or rather the BEST chocolate cupcakes EVER! If you think about it, mayo is simply eggs and oil. So in this recipe, thats where the eggs and oil come from. The consistency of the mayonnaise makes for a moist, delicious cake that doesn't crumble and just melts in your mouth. Nice and chocolatey with a simple, yet delicious chocolate frosting. So good!! (as I write, the hubby just inhaled one and said he has never eaten such a delicious chocolate cupcake!!)

Couldn't resist the adorable cupcake plates. Too perfect... so me!

You can find the easy recipe at Baked Sunday Mornings. Two more recipes to go before we finish book number 3. I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of book number 4 ,"Baked Occasions" ,which promises to be just as amazing as the previous 3!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Pumpkin Harvest Dunking Cookies

MIA- missing in action.... that's what I've been lately as far as this blog is concerned I couldn't believe it when I saw the date of my last post! Actually, I've made a lot of the recipes from the list, just never had time to photograph  or write a post. Vacation, school starting, blah, blah , blah.....

Fall seems to finally be finding it's way to Israel (slowly and with many days of sharp reminders of the hot summer) and that cool evening breeze makes me long for the falling leaves and autumn colors of Upstate New York. None of that here.

So these cookies, called Pumpkin Harvest Dunking Cookies ( in my opinion, a long name for pumpkin oatmeal cookies) were just the thing to get back into the swing of writing. Simple, quick to prepare (I used canned pumpkin- not the pie filling, just pure pureed pumpkin) and delicious enough to eat unbaked (for me that is!)

The addition of chocolate chips was an option but .. hello, who would leave out chocolate chips when they are an option!?
Not the most elegant looking cookies in the world but just right alongside of a cup of tea or coffee- to dunk in, of course!

You can find the recipe at Baked Sunday Mornings.