Monthly Archives: April 2011

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins With Light Lemon Frosting

I haven’t blogged in a while! Last week was a long time ago so I know you have all been craving some more baked goods. This next concoction of lemon and poppy seed was on my craving list for quite some time. Every time I thought about this recipe I couldn’t help but to imagine a light and fluffy muffin that carried no guilt along with it. This recipe is no different. The muffin has a strong lemon taste and the poppy seeds give it a little crunch. To top it all off I created a light lemon frosting that adds a bit of sweetness to the whole muffin experience. These muffins are the best in the morning with a cup of joe. Enjoy my friends.

This recipe is adapted from the Brown Eyed Baker

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Buttermilk Waffles With Caramelized Bananas and Maple Syrup

So here is a little breakfast treat for you to try. These Buttermilk Waffles with Caramelized Bananas and Maple Syrup will absolutely blow you away. The smell alone from these waffles will make your taste buds dance! There is a little history behind waffles for me and I can’t help but to think of these memories every time I make them, so here it goes. Back in the old days when I was living at home, Saturdays were my sleep in days. The only advocate against my sleeping in was my mom, so she came up with a brilliant way to awake me. Instead of just waking me up and saying that I was sleeping the day away, my mom would make home made waffles around 9 in the morning. As soon as the scent got down into my bedroom I would bolt upstairs and be treated to waffles with all sorts of toppings. From chopped fresh fruit, fruit puree, whip cream and maple syrup. I would eat to my hearts delight and I wouldn’t even think of why I was up so early. Turns out it ain’t a bad way to be woken up by your mom on a Saturday morning!

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Sweet n’ Salty Chocolate Caramel Brownies

This is a treat among all treats. Even when you are down and out from sickness, like I am right now, these Sweet and Salty Brownies hit the spot. They have just the right amount of sea salt on top to counter the amazing sweetness of the brownie inside! It is definitely one of those comfort foods that make you feel better when you are at your worst. There is a caramel layer in the middle that is subtle enough to not overpower the rest of the taste. It was the first time that I made caramel and it was kind of fun. The corn syrup bubbles like none other and the only hard part is taking the caramel off the heat before it burns in a matter of second’s right before your eyes. Luckily, my first effort paid off even though I was pretty sure that I botched it. In which case I probably would have had a temper tantrum and thrown the hot caramel out the door (only because I am sick of course)! These brownies are best enjoyed the day after they are baked, but you can eat them whenever you feel like it.

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Marble Bundt Cake with Simple Sugar Frosting

For all of you cake lovers, here is a recipe that you will not want to put on the shelves to get dusty! It is so good that you will make everyone tremendously happy that you decided to bake it. A lot of people have nightmares when I talk to them about Marble Bundt Cake. When I bring up this sore subject I get a lot of “it was o.k.,” “it was a bit bland for me,” and “no seconds that’s for sure.” I was inspired to bake a cake that reversed all of those thoughts into a resounding “gimme some mo!” This Marble Bundt Cake has a delicious chocolate layer that is sandwiched in between two angel-like vanilla layers and topped with a basic sugar frosting and powdered sugar for presentation. Adding a few pieces of fruit to pair with this cake would not be a mistake and I would even recommend it. So take off your hats for this Marble “of a Bundt” Cake and jump right in as soon as you can!

Adapted from Baked: New Frontiers In Baking

Yields one 9-inch Bundt Pan of Amazing-ness

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Chocolate Whoopie Pies with White Cream Cheese Filling

Now that I have officially got the new Baked cookbook I had to indulge right away. Within ten minutes of owning this new book I started to make these Chocolate Whoopie Pies. I have changed around quite a few things from the recipe, but the idea is what is essential here. For quite some time I have wanted to bake this style of cookie because the pictures around other blogs and baking books look so amazing! They looked like a little taste of heaven so I had to partake.

The actual cookie or cake or whatever you want to call it is fluffy, chocolaty, and tasty, whereas the filling I created is sweet and delicious. This kind of combo excites me because it is just the right amount of everything. The reason I created my own icing was because the recommended Baked icing was not good at all. It is very rare for me to have anything bad to say about Baked since it is one of my favourite baking books, but this time they did not hit any good standards. Continue reading

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and Honey Cookies

I just got back from a run around Discovery Park in Seattle and could not help myself but to blog with my new found energy surge. I don’t know how I woke up so early to go a run but I did. I haven’t done that since I was training for the Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon in Seattle last June! When I first turned the corner to see the Olympic Mountain Range sitting right there in front of me, waking up so early didn’t feel so hard after all. The only bad part about seeing such beauty is that my legs almost stopped to say, “enjoy the view because the rain will be coming soon!”

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