Sunday, February 26, 2012

Baked Sunday Mornings - Caramel Popcorn with Peanuts and Chocolate

I love caramel corn so I was anxious to make this Baked Exploration treat.  I have a really good recipe from Great Aunt Lucy so I wanted to see
how this one measured up. 
Great Aunt Lucy....move over, the Baked Boys got ya beat!

This treat will leave you looking for the surprise at the bottom of the box!!
So very yummy!


See how the other Baked bakers here

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Another season...another reason...for makin whoopie!

Baked Sunday Mornings is makin' whoopie (pies)!!  This treat is believed to have been started by the Amish in Pennsylvania.  It is said that the Amish women made these sandwich cake-cookies from left-over cake batter and put them in their husbands' lunch boxes.  They were so excited when they saw what their wives packed for them they yelled out "Whoopie!".   We have a good population of Amish in Indiana....and let me tell you, I holler out "Whoopie!" everytime I eat anything they bake!  Gotta love Amish baked goods.  I can't pass up the Amish hand pies at a local farmers market...they are soooo good!  I digress...back to the whoopie pies...gotta love Baked Explorations!  Each recipe I have made from this cookbook has turned out perfectly and these chocolate whoopie pies are no exception. 

I made a swiss buttercream raspberry with mini chocolate chip filling for mine to make them valentine suitable and besides raspberry and chocolate are one of my favorite flavor combinations.  This was fun.  I loved the way these little chocolate cake- cookies tasted.  The swiss buttercream was was my first making it... I guess I am more of just a regular old buttercream girl.  Check out what the other Baked Sunday Morning Bakers did here.  Maybe you will be inspired to make a batch yourself!

I can definitely see more whoopie pies in my future! 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

No white white flour...just somewhat healthy deliciousness.

100% Whole Wheat Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread
King Arthur Flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup molasses or honey
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour or Premium Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups shredded, unpeeled zucchini (about 1 small/medium zucchini)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, optional


1) Preheat the oven to 350°F; lightly grease a 9" x 5" loaf pan.
2) In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs, molasses or honey, oil, sugar, and vanilla until smooth.
3) Add the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon, mixing until well combined.
4) Stir in the zucchini, chocolate chips, and nuts.
5) Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
6) Bake the bread for 55 to 60 minutes, until the loaf tests done (a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center will come out clean, save for perhaps a smear of chocolate).
7) Remove the bread from the oven, and let it cool for 10 to 15 minutes before turning it out of the pan onto a rack.
8) Cool completely before slicing; store well-wrapped, at room temperature.
Yield: one 9" x 5" loaf.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Lemon Angel Pie

I have a collection of recipes from my Mother's recipe box (I love retro and vintage recipes!) and this Angel Pie is one of them.  I have always wanted to make it, but have put it on the back burner for too long now.  Today is my Aunt's birthday....I know she likes Lemon Meringue Pie, and since this Angel Pie is like an up-side-down version of Lemon Meringue Pie, I thought that I would make it for her celebration. 

It was easy to make but it took a long time because you have cook the meringue for an hour in a low oven....and then you have to wait for the filling to get thick.   Since you have to leave this pie in the fridge for 24 hours before serving be sure to plan to make it the day before!  If you don't care for lemon, I would think you could make any flavor you like....chocolate would be delicious! I hope you try this would be a
perfect Easter dessert. 


Angel Pie

For the crust:
3-4 egg whites
1 tsp vinegar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp water
1 cup sugar

In a large mixing bowl, beat first 5 ingredients until soft peaks form, add I cup sugar, one teaspoon at a time, beat until you have stiff peaks and sugar has almost dissolved.  Using a spoon or spatula, spread meringue in a 9" buttered pie plate, building the sides to form a shell.  Bake in a 275 degree oven for one hour.

For the filling:
3 egg yolks
1 whole egg
juice from 1 1/2 lemons
1/2 cup sugar

Beat ingredients until smooth then place in a double boiler and cook until thick, let cool and add 1 cup whipping cream to mixture.  Refrigerate overnight. Top with whipped cream if desired.

Serves 8

Thursday, February 2, 2012

ABC: Glazed Cinnamon Rolls

 It always amazes me how easy cinnamon rolls are to make each time I decide to bake them.  These rolls are not only simple but incredibly delicious!  Why in the world would anyone buy those refrigerated canned things when you can bake up a batch of something as easy and delicious as these.  The smells that fill your house are to die for.  You won't be able to wait to dig into one of these soft, fluffy, flavorful rolls.  These rolls are good with or with or without glaze...whatever you prefer!  Give them a can find the recipe here  

You can check out what the other bakers in the group did here 
We are baking from The Weekend Baker by Abby Dodge.