Monday, April 25, 2011

Stuffed French Toast

For Easter breakfast, I made Andrew and me Stuffed French Toast. I got the idea from The Pioneer Woman but she doesn't give exact ingredient measurements, so I improvised. I have a delicious strawberry crepe recipe with cream cheese as the filling. I used that recipe for the filling; and it was SCRUMPTIOUS! It was so sweet, no syrup was needed. 
Here are the ingredients I used:
1 cup sliced strawberries
2 table
spoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons powdered sugar
9 teaspoons heavy whipping cr

1 loaf of French Bread
  1. I set my elecrtic griddle to 350 degrees. 
  2. Cut French Bread into two-inch slices, then cut a deep pocket through the middle.
  3. With an electric mixer, mix the cream cheese, sugar and cream until nice and creamy. 
  4. Add the strawberries, sugar, and almond extract to the cream cheese mixture until combined.
  5. With a spatula, put the cream cheese mixture into the pocket of the bread slices. 
  6. Dip both sides of the bread into the french toast batter (see ingredients below) then put on the griddle. Flip the toast after about 1 minute or until golden brown. Then feel free to serve with cool whip, powdered sugar, and strawberries on top. 

    • French Toast batter:
      • 4 eggs, beaten
      • 1 cup milk
      • 2 tablespoons sugar
      • 2 teaspoons vanilla
      • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Homemade Onion Rings

Okay, I know that Onion Rings are not sweet, or a dessert by any means; but they were so good I just had to share!! I had an extra half onion to spare, and dried bread crumbs so I found a recipe online. It was so yummy!
Here is the recipe:


  • 1 large onion, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk, or as needed
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • seasoned salt to taste
  • 1 quart oil for frying, or as needed


  1. Heat the oil in a deep-fryer to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C).
  2. Separate the onion slices into rings, and set aside. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Dip the onion slices into the flour mixture until they are all coated; set aside. Whisk the egg and milk into the flour mixture using a fork. Dip the floured rings into the batter to coat, then place on a wire rack to drain until the batter stops dripping. The wire rack may be placed over a sheet of aluminum foil for easier clean up. Spread the bread crumbs out on a plate or shallow dish. Place rings one at a time into the crumbs, and scoop the crumbs up over the ring to coat. Give it a hard tap as you remove it from the crumbs. The coating should cling very well. Repeat with remaining rings.
  4. Deep fry the rings a few at a time for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove to paper towels to drain. Season with seasoning salt, and serve.

I don't have a candy thermometer, so I couldn't measure the temp. of the oil. I just turned the stovetop to medium, and turned the onions over when they were golden brown. It worked just fine. Enjoy! 


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tuxedo Strawberries

So I had left over chocolate from making the Chocolate covered peeps for the Pina Colada Cupcakes and Red Velvet Cake Balls as well as strawberries just sitting in my fridge, I just had to try to make Tuxedo Strawberries like the Tuxedo Peeps I saw online. It was so easy!! I just dipped some strawberries in white chocolate and put them in the freezer to harden. Later, I melted the semi-sweet chocolates and dipped the already-white chocolate dipped strawberries into the semi-sweet chocolate side ways on both sides. Then I took a bobby pin and used it to decorate the bow ties. And Ta-da!! Tuxedo strawberries! I had to make some regular chocolate-covered strawberries as well. Those are my favorite to eat!

Pina Colada Easter Cupcakes

My Mom recently sent me an amazing cupcake recipe book called, 100 Best Cupcake Recipes. It has a ton of recipes that I can't wait to try. A few days ago I made a recipe called, Tropical Luau Cupcakes, which basically were all the flavors used in a Pina Colada. And since it's the Easter season, I decorated the top of the cupcakes accordingly.
For the cupcakes, you will need:
2 cans (8 oz. each) crushed pineapple in juice
1 package yellow cake mix
1 package (4-serving size) banana cream instant pudding
4 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • Preheat oven to 350. Line 30 standard muffin cups with cupcake liners. Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Set pineapple aside.
  • Beat cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, reserved pineapple juice, oil and nutmeg in a large bowl with electric mixer at low speed 1 minute or until blended. Beat at medium speed 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth. Fold in pineapple. Spoon batter into cupcake liners, about 2/3 full. (I usually use a 1/3 measurement cup to scoop the batter in, not filling it, just scooping with it.)
  • Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool completely.
For the frosting you will need:
1 cube of butter, softened
2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream
Powder sugar
About 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
About 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract.
    The frosting was a little bit more experimental, so when making it, just make to your taste.
  • With an electric mixer, mix the butter, whipping cream, and about 1/4 cup powder sugar to start with. Keep adding powder sugar until it reaches the consistency you like.
  • Add the extracts as you go, as well, until you get the taste you like too.
  • I also added green food coloring so the frosting could help the roasted coconut to look like grass. See below.
For on top of the frosting I dyed half a bag of coconut green and then roasted it in the oven at 400 degrees, and mixing it every 5 minutes until it had a crunchy texture to it.

I originally planned on just putting Starburst jelly beans on top to look like Easter eggs. But then I found an image on-line of Tuxedo Peeps, and decided to try to make SVU Baseball Peeps. So I went and bought my peeps and semi-sweet chocolate chips, and dipped half of the peeps into melted chocolate.
Melted chocolate recipe:
  • 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
Place the chocolate chips and oil in a heat-proof bowl and microwave it at 30 second intervals, stirring in between until you get an even consistency.

Then place them on parchment paper and put in the freezer to cool and harden.
After the chocolate had hardened, I pulled the peeps out and used a green icing pen to write SVU on the front of the peeps. I then place them in the freezer again to harden, which didn't really happen.

So a little bit later, I took them out individually and wrote the SVU Baseball team's jersey  numbers on the back and then placed them in the freezer on their sides so the frosting wouldn't smudge. 

Later, I put toothpicks on the bottom of the peeps and stuck the peeps in the frosted cupcakes. The green icing ended out melting, so I had to wipe the frosting off before I left for the game. I was very sad. Next time, I'll melt white chocolate, dye it green and pipe that onto the Peeps and let them freeze on both sides. 
I kept the Peeps out of the cupcakes and stuck them in slip-lock bags and into a cooler to keep the hard shell during the game. Once the game ended I stuck them back in the cupcakes and added the jelly beans on top, as well.
I still can't decide if I like the chocolate peeps, or the pina colada cupcakes the best!

Breakfast in Bed Muffins

Today I woke up and decided to make Andrew some muffins that he said looked really good, for breakfast in bed. They were really yummy! They're kind of a pancake consistency with chocolate chips, but in muffin form. The recipe that I found says to make mini muffins but I don't have a mini muffin pan. It also says to just line the pan with cooking oil (I call it "spray release"), but I was all out, so I used cupcake liners. Even though the cupcake liners worked, it would definitely be better to use spray release because the melted chocolate chips stick to the liners.

Here is the recipe:

1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 egg
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar in a medium bowl. Sift together with a wire whisk.
  • In another bowl, stir buttermilk, egg, maple syrup and melted butter until just combined.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir with a spoon until combined.
  • Stir in chocolate chips. Reserve a few chips to sprinkle on the tops.
  • Bake for 8-9 minutes.
I then poured some maple syrup in a bowl for the muffins to be dipped in. They were very scrumptious!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

My mom made marshmallow popcorn for my family growing up. She would make it for parties or just for fun. I made about a week ago for a baseball game, and I forgot how delicious it was! It's also so easy to make! Just make sure you have a large bowl handy!
Here is the recipe:
4 -5 quarts popped corn (3/4 to 1 cup of kernels)
1 cup butter
1 1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 bag mini marshmallows
Mix marshmallows in popped corn.  Mix rest of ingredients except for vanilla in stove pan.  Bring to a boil for 3 minutes.  Add vanilla, stir.  Pour over pop corn and stir until marshmallows melt.

To get the balls to look like baseballs I used Twizzlers ropes. Then I wrapped the ball in saran wrap so they wouldn't stick together.

Hi Hat Cupcakes

On Wednesday for the baseball team I made cupcakes that are called Hi Hat cupcakes. These were one of my favorites that I've made so far. The chocolate cupcake by itself was SCRUMPTIOUS! These cupcakes look like Chocolate-dipped ice cream cones minus the cones. I found this recipe on as well. I have been obsessed with the website ever since I found it about 2 weeks ago. It is heaven for a baker; in my opinion.

Since the baseball team consists of about 24 people, including the coaches I always have to double recipes. I advise not to double the frosting, but rather to make it twice because you have to get it to reach a certain temperature on the stove. It takes longer when there's more batter.
Here is the recipe! Enjoy :)

    • For The Batter

      • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate chopped
      • 1 cup all-purpose flour
      • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
      • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
      • 1/4 teaspoon salt
      • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter softened
      • 1 1/4 cups sugar
      • 2 large eggs
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • For The Chocolate Coating

      • 2 cups chopped (about 12 ounces) semisweet chocolate
      • 3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
    • For The Frosting

      • 1 3/4 cups sugar
      • 3 large egg whites
      • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Snickerdoodle Duo

Today the SVU baseball team played EMU and won 7-5, with a homerun from my husband. I made a treat called "Snickerdoodle Duo" that I found on It consists of a snickerdoodle cupcake and a snickerdoodle cookie sandwiched in between the frosting on top. It is very yummy!!
I was slightly disappointed in the frosting while making it, so I added about a teaspoon of vanilla extract and a very little bit of almond extract to it while mixing. 
Here is the recipe for the cookie:

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup pure vegetable shortening
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar, plus more if needed
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, plus more if needed
  • 2 large eggs


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, with one rack in top third and one rack in bottom third of oven. Line baking sheets with Silpat baking mats or parchment paper; set aside.
  2. Sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine butter, shortening, and 1 1/2 cups sugar. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add eggs, and beat to combine. Add dry ingredients, and beat to combine.
  3. In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the ground cinnamon. Use a small (1 1/4-ounce) ice-cream scoop to form balls of the dough, and roll in cinnamon sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake until the cookies are set in center and begin to crack (they will not brown), about 10 minutes, rotating the baking sheets after 5 minutes. Transfer the sheets to a wire rack to cool about 5 minutes before transferring the cookies to the rack. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.
    Here is the recipe for the cupcakes:
    I doubled the recipe and got 38 cupcakes when spooning about 1/4 cup-full in to each cupcake liner.
    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 cups cake flour (not self- rising), sifted
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, plus 1/2 teaspoon for dusting
    • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 1 3/4 cups sugar, plus 2 tablespoons for dusting
    • 4 large eggs, room temperature
    • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    • 1 1/4 cups milk
    • Seven-Minute Frosting


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Sift together both flours, baking powder, salt, and 1 tablespoon cinnamon.
    2. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of milk, and beating until combined after each.
    3. Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each three-quarters full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool completely before removing cupcakes. Cupcakes can be stored up to 2 days at room temperature, or frozen up to 2 months, in airtight containers.
    4. To finish, combine remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 2 tablespoons sugar. Using a pastry bag fitted with a large plain tip (Ateco No. 809 or Wilton No. 1A), pipe frosting on each cupcake: Hold bag over cupcake with tip just above top, and squeeze to create a dome of frosting, then release pressure and pull up to form a peak. Using a small, fine sieve, dust peaks with cinnamon-sugar. Cupcakes are best eaten the day they are frosted; keep at room temperature until ready to serve.
      And here is the recipe for the frosting:
      Like I said before, I added about a teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1/8 teaspoon of almond extract.
      • 1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
      • 2/3 cup water
      • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
      • 6 large egg whites, room temperature
    5. For Coconut Variation

      • Add 1/2 teaspoon pure coconut extract at the end of step 3, whisking to combine.
    6. For Coffee Variation

      • Add 2 tablespoons pure coffee extract at the end of step 3, whisking to combine.


    1. Combine 1 1/2 cups sugar with the water and corn syrup in a small saucepan; clip a candy thermometer to side of pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves. Continue boiling, without stirring, until syrup reaches 230 degrees.
    2. Meanwhile, in the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with the
      whisk attachment, whisk egg whites on medium-high speed until soft peaks form. With mixer running, add remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, beating to combine.
    3. As soon as sugar syrup reaches 230 degrees, remove from heat. With mixer on medium-low speed, pour syrup down side of bowl in a slow, steady stream. Raise speed to medium-high; whisk until mixture is completely cool (test by touching the bottom of the bowl) and stiff (but not dry) peaks form, about 7 minutes. Use immediately.