Operation Baking GALS Roundup From Round 10!

July 30, 2009 at 12:52 am | Posted in Bars, bread, Brownies, Cakes, chocolate, Cinnamon, Cookies, Dessert, Fun, Operation Baking Gals | 3 Comments

I am finally getting around to doing a blog roundup from round 10 of Operation Baking GALS in which I was a team leader.  I ended up with I think 20 people who sent baked goods to my brother and his fellow troops!  I was beyond thankful and so excited to be a part of this group.  I plan on trying to do this every month now – maybe not team leader every month, but at least baking every month.

Round 11 is NOW open so if anyone would like to join a team and bake for our troops who are serving overseas, it’s very easy.  Bake a box of baked goods or any kind of goodies and ship it.  Viola!  You have put a smile on a soldier’s face for the day.  🙂  If you would like to join a team go here ——> Operation Baking GALS and sign up – what are you waiting for?! 

As I said, I had so many people join my team and it was awesome!  My brother was so excited to receive all of the baked goods.  He said that it was like Christmas which put a big smile on my face. 🙂 He said he took some boxes to their commons area and it was like “birds on a full feeder”.  HA  Knowing that I helped give them a little  piece of home makes me feel good.  They do so much for us so sending a box of cookies is the VERY least I can do every month.  Thank you to EVERYONE who joined my team!

As for the roundup, there are a lot of baked goods here so feel free to stop reading or continue reading if you want to see them all! 

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Vanilla Pudding Cinnamon Rolls w/Cream Cheese Icing

March 9, 2009 at 11:07 pm | Posted in bread, Breakfast, Cinnamon, Dessert | 4 Comments

So, I’ve said before, I’m not a huge “sweets” person.  If you give me the choice between a brownie and a plate of french fries, I’m going for the fries.  Salty is my thing.  However, I saw this recipe not too long ago on My Kitchen Cafe’s blog and it looked amazing.  I love cinnamon rolls – I always have!  I don’t eat them often at all.  In fact, before yesterday I probably hadn’t had one in years, but I really wanted to make these.  Everyone loves a good cinnamon roll!  I was a little nervous because baking with yeast scares me.  It shouldn’t, but it does.  You just never know how it is going to go, yet if that one little inredient doesn’t work, then the recipe is screwed.  These didn’t rise QUITE as much as I would have liked but they still did rise and they were so pretty when they came out of the oven!

Ingredients

Rolls:
½ cup warm water
2 tablespoons active dry yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
3 ½ ounce package instant vanilla pudding
½ cup butter, melted
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
6+ cups flour

Filling:
1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
2 cups brown sugar
4 teaspoons cinnamon

Frosting:
8 ounces cream cheese
½ cup butter, softened to room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups confectioner’s sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk
Directions

In a small bowl combine water, yeast and sugar. Stir until dissolved. Set aside. In large bowl, take pudding mix and prepare according to package directions. Add butter, eggs and salt. Mix well. Then add yeast mixture. Blend. Gradually add flour; knead until smooth. Do not overflour the dough! It should be very soft but not sticky. Place in a greased bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled. Then roll out on floured board to 34 X 21 inches in size. Take 1 cup soft butter and spread over surface. In bowl, mix 2 cups brown sugar and 4 teaspoons cinnamon. Sprinkle over the top. Roll up very tightly. With knife put a notch every 1 1/2 inches. Cut with thread or serrated knife. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet 1 inch apart. Cover and let rise until double again. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Remove when they start to turn golden (don’t overbake). Frost warm rolls with cream cheese frosting (combine butter and cream cheese and mix well, then add vanilla and sugar and mix again, then add milk for desired consistency). Makes about 24 very large rolls.

Pig Rating:  The Pig isn’t a huge “sweets” person either so I was surprised he even wanted one but he loved it!  He said it was awesome – he had one for dessert last night even after the initial “trying the baked good”. 

Mrs. Pig Rating:  If you like cinnamon rolls, then you HAVE to make these.  They are a little work and lots of clean up (well, I’m messy…) but so worth it!  Warm them up in the microwave and they are perfection!!!

 

Pumpkin Mufcakes with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting

November 17, 2008 at 12:27 am | Posted in bread, Cupcakes, Dessert, Muffins, Pumpkin | 1 Comment

Mufcakes is a word I just made up.  Don’t you like it?  It was either that or cuffins.  I liked mufcakes much better.  You see, the reason I am calling these mufcakes is because I actually  used a muffin/bread recipe to make these, but I put icing on them so I’m not sure they were really a muffin anymore…?  I’m overthinking this.  🙂  Sheridan and I made these last weekend to take to my parents and my grandparents and we had a good time making them as always. 

I used this pumpkin bread recipe for the muffins and this icing recipe for the homemade vanilla bean cream cheese icing.  I figured it would turn out okay and boy was I right! 

This is a yummy fall recipe to make – it makes about 32-ish mufcakes.  I remembered I needed to take a picture after I had already taken a bite out of the last one so excuse the picture  🙂

Mrs. Pig Rating:  The combination of the most amazing pumpkin bread recipe ever and this to die for frosting made these SO FREAKING GOOD.  I definitely will be making these every year now.

Mrs. Pig Co-Worker Rating:  One of my co-workers said these were right up there with the apple spice cookie bars and those are her favorite thing ever so that was a great compliment!

Best Pumpkin Bread Ever

October 7, 2008 at 2:06 pm | Posted in bread, Muffins, Pumpkin | 10 Comments

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  I LOVE LOVE fall baking.  I love apple and pumpkin things the most.  I have been wanting to find a really good pumpkin bread recipe and I found this one on allrecipes.com and had great reviews so I gave it a shot.  This recipe as it reads makes enough for a normal size loaf of bread as well as about 12 muffins.  This was perfect timing because my best friend had her wedding this past weekend so I took the muffins for our getting ready Saturday morning breakfast. 

Recipe from www.allrecipes.com; picture from my kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 7×3 inch loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.
  3. Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Mrs. Pig Rating:  This is THE best pumpkin bread I have ever made.  It is so moist you will not believe it.  And it tastes so good in muffin form.  Make this recipe – you will NOT be disappointed!!!!

Mrs. Pig Co-Worker’s Rating:  My co-workers really liked this one as well.  They kept talking about how moist it was.  : ) 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 18, 2008 at 1:50 am | Posted in bread, Cookies, Fun | 5 Comments

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!  I found out this weekend that I am 1/3 Irish (I’m a mutt basically…LOL) so that means I must celebrate even if it means not going out and getting drunk and stupid (I’ve certainly NEVER done that on St. Patty’s day….Umm……errr…..).

We had a “food day” today at my work.  Everyone brought in something – kind of a pot luck for St. Patrick’s day.  I made a cheese dip and the now famous “Erin’s sugar cookies” in the shape of shamrock’s of course.  🙂 Everyone brought so many awesome dishes to work….quite the mish mash of things.  On my plate at lunch were lasagna, barbecue chicken, cajun chicken, pickles, cheese and chips….um….LOL  Totally not my  healthiest day.  I went to the gym beforehand…does that count for something?!

Here are my festive St. Patty’s Day cookies….

And this was super funny.  One of my coworkers brought in green snake bread that she bought at our local grocery store.  LOL  : )

And finally tonight, Tommy and I finished off the day with our green beverages of choice.  : )

Yummy Banana Bread

February 28, 2008 at 2:49 am | Posted in bread | 10 Comments

I have been looking for the perfect banana bread recipe for quite some time.  It seems like every one I make is too dry, or not flavorful enough, or too this or too that.  When I saw a recipe on Katie’s blog at Good Things Catered, I thought I would give it a shot because she always has such great things on her blog.  Hers is one of my faves to check up on every day  : ). 

I had 3 bananas that were looking quite pitiful hanging from my banana tree this past weekend so I just let them hang and look more pitiful and more pitiful every day until finally today they were ready for banana bread!  You know the type – so pitiful and sad that they look like they might just literally fall off of the banana tree at any given moment?  Those are perfect for banana bread!  And with Tommy coming home tomorrow night I thought a treat would be nice for him.  : )

 Copied directly from Katie’s blog:

Ingredients:
1/2 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 c. mashed bananas (about 3 medium; the browner, the better!)
3 Tbsp sour cream
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-In bowl of stand mixer, cream shortening and sugar.
-Beat in eggs one at a time; then bananas, sour cream, and lemon juice.
-Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
-Slowly add dry ingredients to mixture.
-Pour into greased and floured 9x5x3 loaf pan.
-Bake for 60 minutes.

 Mrs. Pig Rating:  This is a REALLY good banana bread.  It is really moist and has a great flavor.  I definitely think this is the best one that I have made so far!  Thank you Katie!

Recipe from Good Things Catered, Picture from my kitchen

"Best Ever Banana Bread"…supposedly

November 13, 2007 at 2:23 am | Posted in bread | 1 Comment

I had 3 bananas this past weekend that were beyond ripe and I didn’t want to waste them. So, I thought I would look for a good banana bread recipe and see what happened. Tommy and I both like bananas, so why not? I looked on my “go to” www.allrecipes.com and found “Best Ever Banana Bread.” See ratings for how it turned out…

Ingredients

2 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup mashed bananas
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Directions
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Spray one 9×5 inch loaf pan with non-stick spray coating.
Blend together the eggs, buttermilk, oil and bananas.
Sift together the sugar, flour, baking soda and salt. Add to banana mixture and stir in pecans. Mix well.
Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

Pig Rating: He said this was not moist enough and that there was something missing that usually gave banana bread a little “kick”

Mrs. Pig Rating: I agree with the Pig. I don’t know why this was tagged as “Best” because I didn’t think it was moist enough at all and not near flavorful (is that a word?! LOL) enough for me. I won’t make this one again. : ( Boo! I had looked so forward to a good banana bread!

Recipe from allrecipes.com, picture from my kitchen

My Fave Bread Bowl

October 23, 2007 at 11:41 pm | Posted in bread, kitchen utensils | Leave a comment

I loved getting cool new stuff for the kitchen for our wedding – even if I didn’t really NEED it. 🙂 One of our gifts was an awesome biscuit basket made by Eucalyptus Stoneware (http://www.eucalyptus-stoneware.com/).

This basket is awesome if you eat a lot of bread, biscuits, etc. You put it in the oven for about 15 minutes on 350 degrees. Then you wrap your bread, biscuits, etc. in a cloth napkin, place them in the basket and serve. The “ropes” on the basket will cool off in a few minutes, but the base stays hot for a really long time. It’s a great way to keep bread warm on the table!

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