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Entries in Recipes (22)

Wednesday
Dec042013

Chai Tea Cupcake Recipe

 

Chai tea lattes are my favorite coffee shop treat. Hot, creamy, spicey and perfect for cold mornings when I need a little pick-me-up. For other chai tea lovers out there, these are perfect for an after dinner treat (or maybe even a quick breakfast!)

Chai Tea Cupcakes

Yield 12 cupcakes

  • 2 tsp loose chai tea or 2 chai tea bags
  • If using loose tea, you'll need a fine mesh strainer
  • 3/4c milk
  • 2c flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • 8 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1c sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Simmer milk and tea over low/medium heat for 5 minutes or until milk is a caramel color. If using loose tea, pour mixture through a fine mesh strainer and set aside.

Beat butter and sugar until fluffy and combined. Add each egg, one at a time.

In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. Add this dry mixture to the butter mixture, alternating between the dry and milk/tea mixtures. Only mix until combined so you don't overmix. Overmixing=dry cupcakes.

Fill each cupcake liner with until 3/4 full. Bake for 15-17 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.

Vanilla Buttercream

Yields enough for 12 cupcakes

  • 8 tbsp butter, softened
  • 2c confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp milk, as needed
  • cinnamon sugar, optional 

Begin by beating butter until fluffy, then slowly add sugar. Once combined, add vanilla and tbsp milk. If the buttercream is still too thick, add more milk in small increments.

I frosted these cupcakes with a piping bag and a large circle piping tip. Top with a pinch of cinnamon sugar and enjoy.

Break this recipe out the next time you are looking for something a little different to serve!

Wednesday
Nov062013

Apple Pie Crescents Recipe

If I had to pick one type of dessert to eat for the rest of my life, it would be pie. I'm not really a big cake fan, and cookies are okay, but pie is pretty much perfection to me. Especially if it's pumpkin, or coconut custard, or apple. Like everything else in my life, I'm very particular about my favorite pies.

These little crescents are a perfect treat for those of us who can't to control themselves around pie. They're everything you want in a piece of apple pie: buttery crust, sweet appley filling, hint of cinnamon. The best thing is this recipe can be as easy or as homemade as you want. I used jazzed-up canned pie filling and refrigerated pie crust, but you could just as easily swap out your favorite crust or filling recipe to control the flavors.

Apple Pie Crescents

Makes 24 crescents

  • 1 can of apple pie filling
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 box of refrigerated pie crust (2 crusts)
  • 1 egg
  • extra cinnamon and sugar for topping

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Open your pie crust and mix in cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a large saucepan, add the apples and caramelize for 5-10 minutes. Add into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the apples are broken down, but still have a few chunks. Set aside.

Unroll your pie crust and cut into fourths. Cut each fourth into three pieces. Take one slice and begin stretching out the widest side so it is about a half inch wider on both sides. Spoon a tablespoon of filling on the widest end and roll the crust down to the narrowest point. Once rolled up, turn the ends towards each other to create a crescent shape.

Place crescents on a parchment- or Silpat-lined baking sheet and brush lightly with an egg wash. Top with cinnamon and sugar and bake for 7-10 minutes. Once the edges begin to brown, remove from oven and let cool on a cooling rack. Enjoy.

Like little apple pie two-bite cookies! Great with a cup of tea as an after-dinner snack.

Tuesday
Oct292013

Semi-Homemade Oatmeal Recipe

Can we just stop for a minute and talk about oatmeal? I think oatmeal gets a bad rap. People don't like the texture, think it's a old person's breakfast, don't want to take the time to make it. But whatever their beef with oatmeal is, I don't get it. I love it, always have and always will.

The trouble with oatmeal is that the instant is decent, but the good stuff takes time. Time that I would rather spend doing anything else except stirring oatmeal cooking on the stove top. That's where the "semi" in semi-homemade comes in. Get yourself some quick-cooking oats and you have the best of both worlds. The recipe is also super easy, which is a bonus.

Semi-Homemade Oatmeal

Serves 2

Adapted from this recipe

  • 3/4 c milk (I use 2% milk)
  • 1 c water
  • 3/4 c quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • maple syrup and sliced bananas (optional, but highly recommended)

Heat milk and water in a medium pot until heated through and just starting to simmer. Make sure to stir often so it doesn't burn. Add oats and salt, and continue to simmer/just barely boiling for 4-5 minutes. Oatmeal should be thickened, but will continue to thickened when cooling. 

The goal is to not overcook. You still want to get that little bite of the oats that you don't get with mushy instant oatmeal, but without taking the time to make full-on oatmeal.

Once finished, top with a tablespoon of brown sugar, and maybe some maple syrup and sliced bananas. Any kind of fruit will work, but that's my favorite combo. Sliced apples are delicious too!

If you don't like oatmeal, then I don't think there's any hope for you (sorry!). But if you love it, this is a simple way to get the best of both worlds. It makes a great weekend breakfast treat, or maybe even a late night snack.

Monday
Oct072013

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

In celebration of Tim's birthday weekend last weekend, I made some Peanut Butter Chocolate cupcakes for a family birthday party. Chocolate and peanut butter are a classic combination and usually, quite a crowd pleaser. Making cupcakes from scratch is really just as simple as making them from a box, but they taste a thousand times better. And this peanut butter frosting is a killer.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Yields 24 cupcakes

  • 1 1/2c granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 2c flour
  • 3/4c cocoa powder
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/8tsp salt
  • 2tsp vanilla
  • 1c buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350 and place liners in a cupcake pan.

Cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, Combine. Add vanilla.

In a separate bowl, sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add dry mixture to the butter mixture, alternating between dry and buttermilk. Only mix until combined so you don't overmix. Overmixing=dry cupcakes.

Fill each cupcake liner with until 3/4 full. Bake for 15-17 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.

Peanut Butter Buttercream

Yields enough for 24 cupcakes 

  • 1 1/4c creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2c softened butter
  • 2c confectioners sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp milk, as needed 

Cream together peanut butter and butter until fluffy. Slowly add sugar and vanilla until combined and there are no more lumps. Add milk as needed to thin frosting until it's smooth enought to easily pipe through a piping bag. Be carefully not to thin too much.

You can either apply frosting with an offset spatula, or pipe onto cakes. I used a large star tip to pipe these.

If you wanted to make these extra special, cut out the center of each cupcake and pipe the peanut butter buttercream into the center. Then, top with a chocolate buttercream! Easy peanut butter cup cupcakes!

Happy celebrating!

Monday
Sep302013

A Fun Fall Round-Up

Now that my scarves and boots are out from their boxes, I'm ready to fully embrace fall in all it's jean-jacket, pumpkin-spice, sock-wearing goodness. I wanted to throw together a little round-up of a bunch of recipes that are perfect for chilly fall nights and DIYs that are great for getting into that fall spirit! 

I feel like I need to add a disclaimer that some of these posts include photos that are just awful. Happily, my photography has gotten much better since I started this blog and that is very apparent when you look back at some past posts. 

Creamy Pumpkin Pie! What else do you need. You can just stop reading here.

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes. These are perfect coupled with a cup of tea and some great TV.

These Chalkboard Speech Bubble Mugs make all hot beverages better. Truth.

Apple Cranberry Pie is a great dessert to take for Thanksgiving or any other family/friend dinner-gathering. A great twist on a traditional apple pie.

These Tile Coasters are so simple to make, you can make a set for every time of year! Black and orange stripes/chevron for Halloween?!

Spiced Hot Apple Cider is one of my go-to warm drinks while it starts getting chilly out.

Applesauce Cupcakes are my serious addiction. I can't even make them anymore because I'll eat the whole batch. Bake at your own risk.

Make your own Heart Teabags (or any shaped teabags) with some loose tea and coffee filters. Perfect for the fall weather or for a fun hostess gift!

Candy Corn Felt Garland is super easy and really cute. 

Happy Fall!