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A simple no bake ” Eclair” January 31, 2012

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Recently one of the 4h homework assignments was to find a no bake desert recipe.  This one was made by my sister in law and it is really good.  Its super simple and quick – and the kids loved it and the hubby had 3rd’s.  

Eclair Cake 

  • 2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 (16 ounce) package graham cracker squares
  • 1 (16 ounce) package prepared chocolate frosting

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, thoroughly blend the pudding mix, whipped topping, and milk.
  2. Arrange a single layer of graham cracker squares in the bottom of a 13×9 inch baking pan. Evenly spread half of the pudding mixture over the crackers. Top with another layer of crackers and the remaining pudding mixture. Top with a final layer of graham crackers.
  3. Spread the frosting over the whole cake up to the edges of the pan. Cover, and chill at least 4 hours before serving.
This is a fun kids can help make recipe – its also a sneak in sugar free pudding, low fat whipped topping, and for a alternative to the chocolate frosting – try it with chocolate dream whip.  
 

Fudge makes everything better momentarily January 30, 2012

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So today’s pick was not mine – but one of the kids.  I told Carley to go find a recipe for something that she likes that I make.  Her choice was chocolate fudge.  This is not my normal fudge recipe but it’s still a good one – its quick and easy – has ingredients we all have around the house and I made this for the Fair this year and it took a blue!!!  So it can’t be all that bad……

 Blue Ribbon Chocolate Fudge 

3 cups semi sweet chocolate chips ( you really want a good quality chip for best flavor)

1 (14 ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk

1/4 cup salted butter

1 cup chopped walnuts(optional)

Place chips, milk, and butter  in a microwave safe dish – yes this is a microwave fudge recipe and it still took a blue ribbon ( I am sure all the old biddies would fall over if they knew that).  Cook until chips are melted about 4 to 5 minutes.  Stir every 2 minutes during cooking – do not over cook.  Remove and stir in nuts if you desire to do so – pour into a well-greased 8 x 8 glass baking dish and place in refrigerator until set.

 

And there you have it one of the easiest fudge recipes that you will ever find and you can make pb fudge also – just substitute pb chips !!!!  

 

Who doesn’t love the smell of apples and cinnamon baking…… January 29, 2012

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I am a sucker for the smells of autumn…..anything related to fall – apples, pumpkin,squash, really anything.  This is a great go to quick recipe that is quite versatile – it makes a great after dinner dessert – a quick whip together for a coffee session…. or just a great snack.  It’s a small slice of heavenly aroma during the cold winter months…..

Apple Squares

1 C Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 1/4 C Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
2 Eggs
3/4 C Chopped Nuts
3 Macintosh Apples, diced
Preheat the oven to 375º F.

Grease a 8”x8” pan.

Mix all the ingredients together and pour into the pan.

Bake for 35-40 minutes.

Cool and cut into squares.

Another great idea with this recipe is to replace the diced apples with applesauce.  

 

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner – these cards are fun and easy!!! January 28, 2012

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 Ahh the memories of being in elementary school and its valentines day – my girls enjoy making their valentines – and well boys are boys!!!  But I stumbled across this and thought it was a great idea….who doesn’t have a hundred things of broken crayons floating around their house.  We have and this is no lie at least 6 huge things of discarded crayons.  And every time I turn around I am hearing that they need new ones.  So this would make a great rainy day project for the kids and mommy.  Hope you enjoy it – will post pics when we complete this – I am thinking tomorrow is going to be a great day to try this out!!!

A Colorful Valentine’s Day Card.

 

A world of crazy…..and a little chocolate makes it all better!!! January 27, 2012

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So today’s recipe is one that I have gone to many many times since finding it – These are the most moist chewy choc chip cookies that I have ever had… And I am forever going to use this recipe and its variations….The kids and the hubby will eat a whole batch of these overnight with no problem….   

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 c. butter softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 (3.4) package instant vanilla pudding
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla 2 cups choc chips
1 cup walnut(optional)
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350
In small bowl sift together flour and soda.
In large mixing bowl cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Beat in the instant pudding mix. Add eggs and vanilla. Add flour mixture. Stir in chips. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased sheets. Bake 12 – 14 minutes – cool on a wire rack – these will seem a little doughy still when you pull them out – that is the way you want them they will finish off on the pan…..

There are many variations to these that we have tried – butterscotch pudding and butterscotch chips                                                                                           chocolate pudding and choc or peanut butter chips  , choc pudding with creme de men the chips – really use your imagination and enjoy!!!!!    

 

Homemade Caramel Delights – and so much better than the GS ones!!! January 26, 2012

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I see that every where you look right now there is someone wanting you to buy girl scout cookies – we all have our favorites of course.  And I am guilty of loving Caramel Delights – Samoas ….or whatever name they may decide to call them .  So last year as I have previous years I ordered some – they were horrible.  They were thin – had nothing on them and were not the amazing memory of a cookie that I enjoy soo much…  So I started looking and found a copy cat recipe that is amazing!!!     And its in bar form – so less work!!!!

Homemade Samoas Bars
Cookie Base:
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt

First, make the crust.
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan, or line with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter, until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Working at a low-speed, gradually beat in flour and salt until mixture is crumbly, like wet sand. The dough does not need to come together. Pour crumbly dough into prepared pan and press into an even layer.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until base is set and edges are lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack before topping.

Topping
3 cups shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
12-oz good-quality chewy caramel
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp milk
10 oz. dark or semisweet chocolate (chocolate chips are ok)

Preheat oven to 300. Spread coconut evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet (preferably one with sides) and toast 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until coconut is golden. Cool on baking sheet, stirring occasionally. Set aside.

Unwrap the caramels and place in a large microwave-safe bowl with milk and salt. Cook on high for 3-4 minutes, stopping to stir a few times to help the caramel melt. When smooth, fold in toasted coconut with a spatula.
Put dollops of the topping all over the shortbread base. Using the spatula, spread topping into an even layer. Let topping set until cooled.
When cooled, cut into 30 bars with a large knife or a pizza cutter (it’s easy to get it through the topping).
Once bars are cut, melt chocolate in a small bowl. Heat on high in the microwave in 45 second intervals, stirring thoroughly to prevent scorching. Dip the base of each bar into the chocolate and place on a clean piece of parchment or wax paper. Transfer all remaining chocolate (or melt a bit of additional chocolate, if necessary) into a piping bag or a Ziploc bag with the corner snipped off and drizzle bars with chocolate to finish.
Let chocolate set completely before storing in an airtight container.

Makes 30 bar cookies.

Note: You can simply drizzle chocolate on top of the bars before slicing them up if you’re looking for yet an easier way to finish these off. You won’t need quite as much chocolate as noted above, and you won’t quite get the Samoas look, but the results will still be tasty.

 

Hello world! January 25, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — bakingmommyof3 @ 5:24 am

Where to start …..  I have been on a baking kick lately and that got me thinking that I really should share some of the recipes I have come across…and steer people from the ones that were complete flops ( which I rarely come across – but there have been a few).  This morning and yes I realize it is 5:01 am – I found a great muffin recipe for the kids to try out today – and it uses bran cereal.  Something that I know if I was to put in a bowl and set in front of them this morning they would all refuse to eat….  And I was a little skeptical but all in all the nutritional value and the I can hide that this is a “healthy” thing won….I did not follow the recipe completely – I rarely do ….. I tend to switch a little here and there….so this is the version that I made – 

Banana Choc Chip Muffins

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  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups Bran Flakes Cereal
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup very ripe mashed bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup softened butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts*optional
  • 1/4 cup choc chips 

In a large bowl combine mashed bananas, bran flakes, and milk – let set 2 minutes until cereal is softened.   Add to that the softened margarine and 1 egg – mix well.  Add flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg – again mix well.  Add nuts and chop chips.  I used pecan chips due to that is what I had available.  Pour even amount of batter into 12 pre greased muffin tins.  No need to flour – cooking spray worked just fine.  Bake 14 – 20 minutes 

The end result is well worth this recipe – the smell is amazing as its baking and they are a soft, moist muffin.  I have a bad habit of 1 bowl baking.  I hate washing more dishes than needed – this recipe did well as a 1 bowl version.  The original called for 4 different bowl – that is just too much for me.  And I ended up with 15 muffins using a standard muffin/cupcake pan.   The original recipe also called for 20 minutes – mine were done @ 14.     I thought about playing around with an apple version of these.  I make my own applesauce each year and love to use it in breads and muffins.  I will let you all know how that one turns out.  

 

 
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