Ingredients for Cranberry Orange Muffins with Apple and Pecans:
1 extra large egg
1/2 C. sour cream
1/2 C. buttermilk
1/3 C. vegetable oil
3/4 C. sugar
1 C. rough chop pecans
1 peeled and grated fresh apple
1 whole fresh orange washed and cut into 1/8ths then chopped in the food processor
1 C. dried cranberries (or grind fresh)
2 1/4 C. all purpose flour
1 T. baking powder
2 t. Vietnamese cinnamon (or other cinnamon on hand)
1 pinch salt
1/2 t. orange flavoring
1/2 t. vanilla bean paste (or 1 t. vanilla)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and place rack so tops of muffins are in alignment with the center of the oven. Lightly butter 9 Texas size muffin cups or 12 large muffin cups.
1 C. soft butter
2 T, honey
2 T, grated fresh orange zest
Whip the butter and honey until light and fluffy. Fold in the orange zest. Serve on muffins toast, or biscuits.
Switiching My Diet Plan to Alton Brown's Today and Here is Why......Plus I took a Brisk Walk This Morning and Enjoyed the Blooms of Spring!
|If you are going to walk this is my ideal time to start with the dogwoods blooming in our neighborhood!|
|I do love a good salad.|
List 1: Foods to Eat Daily
Dark leafy greens
List 2 Foods to Eat Three Times a Week
List 3 Foods to Eat Once a Week
List 4 Foods to NEVER Eat and Avoid at all Times
There are several sites online if you want more information. Just Google Alton Brown's Diet Lists as I did. I did see him on TV some time back talking about this and giving the food lists so there is plenty of information out there if you are interested.
So after my banana and raisin bran breakfast and a walk I think it is time for a cup of that green tea I normally don't drink but gonna give it a try. Later!
|Delicious and Easy as Pie!|
The recipe from the King Arthur Flour website combines instant mashed potato flakes in the recipe for the soft feather light characteristics of potato bread. It uses the one bowl dump the dry then the wet ingredients and allows for a 7-8 minute knead on a dough hook from your electric mixer.
The rolls are easy to form and rise beautifully. Just a great great recipe and dinner roll!
Ingredients for Parker House Rolls:
3 C. all purpose flour (I used King Arthur)
3 T. sugar
1 1/4 t. kosher salt
3/4 C instant potato flakes
2 1/2 t. instant yeast
1 C. warm milk
1 large egg
3 T. soft butter
3-4 T. melted butter for tops
Compile all of the dry ingredients in a large mixer bowl and whisk together. Add the egg to the warm milk and whisk. (The milk needs only to be warmed enough not to be cold and not cook the egg!)
Add the wet mix and the butter to the dry ingredients and mix together to form a shaggy dough. I used the dough hook. Then knead with dough hook for 7-8 minutes until smooth and elastic. I added a little additional flour so the dough did not continue to drag the bottom of the bowl as I had an extra large egg!
|This step is borrowed from the English who lave long used heavy pottery type bowls warmed and used to enhance the rise of bread dough.|
Cut the dough in half and butter a clean work surface lightly. Pat or roll the dough into a 8" x 12" rectangle. Butter the top of the dough. Cut the rectangle in half longways forming two 4" x 12" rectangles. Fold over longways about 1/4" from the edge. Cut into 4, 3" portions and place side by side longways in a buttered 9" x 13" pan. Do the same for the remaining strip of dough then repeat with the other half of the remaining dough. Cover and let rise one hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Brush tops of rolls with melted butter. Bake the rolls for 20-25 minutes until browned and serve warm.
Yield 16 rolls.
I would recommend using a spring form pan and parchment paper just for the sake of ease. Or you could use saran or other strong plastic wrap.
You can bake your own cake or cookie layer in the spring form pan as directed or use a purchased cake you can trim to fit! I recommend removing the cake from the spring form pan after it is totally cool and then putting it back when you start to assemble!
Make either a tall collar around the inside perimeter of the spring form pan or place layers of plastic wrap tall enough to drape over the outside but pull up around the layers as they become taller than the sides of the pan. After the cakes freeze solid they will be easy to pull away from the sides. I would NOT put anything under the actual cake or cookie layer as you will leave the whole cake on the removable disk bottom of the spring form pan to serve from. Just place the whole thing on a decorative flat cake plate to serve. I found it easiest to cut with a large serrated bread knife.
1 box brownie mix baked in a 10" spring form pan (or your choice)
1/2 gallon each Bryer's Chocolate, Strawberry, and Vanilla ice cream (or your choice)
1/2 pint heavy whipping cream
2-3 T. sugar
After baking and cooling the brownie layer and removing it from the pan, reassemble the spring form pan and place the color around the perimeter and return the layer to the bottom. Snap securely shut.
Using an electric mixer whip the cream adding the sugar a tablespoon at a time until it forms soft peaks. Set aside.
Cut the cartons away from the ice cream one at a time. Cut the rectangle into thick slices, about 5/8" thick or thereabouts. Place the large slices down over the brownie first then cut smaller triangles and shapes to fit. By now the ice cream has softened somewhat and you can press it out to seal the edges somewhat.
My first layer was chocolate. Repeat the layers as above. Next I used vanilla and then strawberry.
Be sure to add additional parchment as needed to form a tall tube as you go. Frost the top with the whipped cream. Drape plastic wrap across the entire top of the tube and set in the freezer at least overnight. Longer is fine too!
|A few years ago I made the twins these Easter baskets. They make me smile.|
|God and country and the right to bear arms, free speech, freedom of religion, and the pursuit of happiness.|
|I will be watching for the lilacs to bloom!|
Baked Easter Ham (Baked last night and will slice in the morning to heat up for Easter dinner.)
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Fresh Green Beans
Fruit and Cheese tray
Ice Cream Cake (Love this make ahead dessert.)
Happy Spring One and All. Have a Blessed Easter too.