February 10, 2011 § 4 Comments
Hello Dolly Bars
These are soooo sweet!
1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, cut into large pieces
1 1/2 cups graham crackers crumbs (about 8 graham crackers, pulsed in a food processor)
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
¼ white chocolate chips
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt butter in microwave in heatproof bowl until just melted when stirred. Add graham cracker crumbs. Mix and then press evenly into the bottom of 8×8 baking pan.
Layer coconut, pecans, butterscotch and chocolate chips, white chocolate chips on top of graham cracker base. Pour sweetened condensed milk over whole mixture.
Bake in oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top is light brown.
30 day challenge I think I’m going to start this! But I’m just going to do multiple days at the time since I don’t blog every day.
Day 1: Currently single. I have horrible luck with boys. All the ones I meet seem to be too immature or already taken. I did have a boy friend this yea though it only lasted about 3 months…
I mentioned aw few weeks ago how I failed my license test. Well I passed this time! I had the same guy and I pretty much peed in my pants when I saw I had the same person.
Random question: Does anyone have some tips or ideas to improve my blog?
-I know my pictures need work:p
February 6, 2011 § 3 Comments
Ultimate Cocoa Brownies
From The Essential Baker
2 sticks of butter
¾ cup all purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
1 tablespoon water
2 extra large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup walnuts- chopped
Preheat oven to 325
Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat
Sift together the flour and cocoa powder into a large bowl. Add the salt and toss to mix.
Add the granulated sugar and brown sugar and stir to mix well
And the melted butter and stir until very well combined
In a small bowl, stir together the espresso powder and water until the mixture is thoroughly blended and forms a thick paste
Using a fork lightly beat the eggs together in a small bowl and the vanilla and espresso paste and whisk together well. Add this mixture to the butter mixture and stir together until shiny and well blended
Spread the batter into a lined baking pan
Bake for 27 minutes
I bought cinnamon chips at wegmans yesterday to try them out and let me tell you I thought they were disgusting. I even tried the recipe on the back and it did not work at all. Ick I don’t suggest trying them. They don’t even have cinnamon in the ingredients!
So this is entirely random but do any of you have 2 blogs? I love baking but I can only do it on weekend while I live a very healthy life style every day and I could blog about that every day. I know I would enjoy that all. So what do you think, would having 2 blog be too hard to manage?
January 30, 2011 § 8 Comments
My Grandmas Zebra Cake
1 ½ cup of sugar
3 cups of flour
3/4th vegetable oil
3/4ths warm water
2 big tablespoons flour
2 tablespoon cocoa ( not Dutch)
2 tablespoons baking powder
Spanish of scent ( I used arakowy aroma) (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350
- Beat all the eggs then add in sugar
- Add flour
- Mix the water and the oil then add into mixture
- Add aroma and baking powder
- Divide dough into two equal pieces ( dough will be very liquidy)
- Into one pieces of the dough had in the cocoa
- Into the other piece add the flour
- Butter a circle pan
- In the pan you just buttered start with two putting 2 big spoonfuls of one cocoa dough into the pan and then add a big spoonful of the flour mixture
11. keep alternating until it all is gone
12. Bake for 1 hour
My grandma used to live with us. When she did I would always helped her and we use to baked this cake called zebra. When my grandma left to go back to Poland she left me this recipe. Unfortunately the recipe was in polish and in Poland a lot of people don’t use actual measuring cups they use something called szkło which means a water glass. But because no one who reads this understands polish I had to do a lot of changes. After a few phone calls to my grandma I finally got it!:) If you feel like something here is confusing or needs work just let me know.
January 28, 2011 § 7 Comments
Bon Appétit Cocoa Brownies with Browned Butter and Walnuts
- PREP TIME: 20 minutes
- TOTAL TIME: 4 hour 50 minutes (includes cooling time)
- Nonstick vegetable oil spray
- 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder (spooned into cup to measure, then leveled)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs, chilled
- 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon unbleached all purpose flour
- 1 cup walnut pieces
- Position rack in bottom third of oven; preheat to 325°F. Line 8x8x2-inch metal baking pan with foil, pressing foil firmly against pan sides and leaving 2-inch overhang. Coat foil with nonstick spray. Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Continue cooking until butter stops foaming and browned bits form at bottom of pan, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; immediately add sugar, cocoa, 2 teaspoons water, vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon (generous) salt. Stir to blend. Let cool 5 minutes (mixture will still be hot). Add eggs to hot mixture 1 at a time, beating vigorously to blend after each addition. When mixture looks thick and shiny, add flour and stir until blended. Beat vigorously 60 strokes. Stir in nuts. Transfer batter to prepared pan.
- Bake brownies until toothpick inserted into center comes out almost clean (with a few moist crumbs attached), about 25 minutes. Cool in pan on rack. Using foil overhang, lift brownies from pan. Cut into 4 strips. Cut each strip crosswise into 4 brownies. DO AHEAD Can be made 2 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.
I failed my driving test. PLUS I have 3 days in school suspension for huge mix up at school. I have never been in trouble and these few days have been the worst.
January 20, 2011 § 3 Comments
I think I mentioned before that I went to Poland to play volleyball. Well me and this one girl Asia became pretty good friends so we both sent each other boxes filled with stuff from each country. I finally got the box today!
In it is one club volleyball shirt, a sweatshirt that’s super cute, and A LOT of candy and chocolate. Candy in Poland is so much better! They don’t use corn syrup so the sweetness is different and I think the chocolate is just richer. The food that I sent her seems so crappy compared to this but she wanted what real “americans eat”. So i sent her.. chewy bars, pop tarts, Hershey bars, pancake mix/ maple syrup, Oreos, marshmallows, and gram crackers. Along with a sweatshirt and prewrap ( they think prewrap is so cool) Did you know in Poland they don’t make smores! Weird right!? They usually just roast kielbasa and bread over the fire. I love different customs.
January 18, 2011 § 5 Comments
So in the tournament we didn’t play to great. We weren’t ready but we have a lot of potential. Anyway wasnt suppose to break this week because of midterms but lucky me we got a snow day!:) which means I procrastinated and made cookies instead! http://www.completelydelicious.com/2011/01/brown-butter-chocolate-chip–cookies.html
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies
1 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups (1 pound) semi-sweet chocolate chips
In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Once melted, continue to cook until it turns golden brown. Swirl the pan occasionally if needed so that it browns evenly. Watch it fairly closely, as it can go from brown to burned quickly. When the color has turned golden, small flecks speckle the butter, and it has a nutty aroma, remove from heat and poor into a shallow dish. Chill in the fridge until it becomes solid. You want it to be soft, but not melted. If it cool too hard, let it come back to room temperature before using.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
Beat the brown butter, sugar, and brown sugar on medium high speed with an electric mixer until light and creamy, about 4 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each. Add the vanilla.
Add the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix until just combined on medium speed. Add the chocolate chips and mix until incorporated.
Spoon by the tablespoon onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving 2 inches in between each cookie. Bake until golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
Something went wrong with these cookies they were good but very pale compared to the sites cookies. I think it was the browning of the butter. Does anyone know easier instructions from browning butter?