Sunday, February 15, 2009

Mmmm.... nutella :)

Nutella Croissants
adapted from Vintage Victuals

1 tube Pillsbury crescent rolls (I used reduced fat, 8 to a can)
8 tablespoons of Nutella

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.

Open the tube of crescent rolls, and unroll and separate your triangles of dough. Place 1 tablespoon full of Nutella at the base of each triangle.

Roll the dough into a crescent shape and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Blog Awards!

I'm so excited. I've been given 2 awesome blog awards from fellow blogger, Vintage Victuals. Go over and check out her blog - it's got some seriously amazing food! I was given the Lemonade Award and the Your Blog is Fabulous Award because she thinks my blog is fabulous and refreshing, like lemonade! How sweet is that!!
Here are the rules:
First, add the logo in your blog.
Next, add a link to the person who gave you the award.
Then, nominate 5 other (refreshing…like lemonade) blogs of your choice.
Finally, leave a message for your nominees in their blogs, informing them about the award.
So my nominees are:
1. A Year in the Kitchen - this blog is packed full of awesome recipes along with tips and tricks to keep them low fat and low cost. She also does recipes based upon their country.
2. Good Things Catered - this has got to be a favorite blog of mine. I envy her clean home, classy meals, and love for all things good. Her other blog, is great too - Hyper Homemaker
3. Carrie's Sweet Life - first, her name is Carrie - and that's just the best! But really - her home is classic food that inspires me to get in the kitchen!
4. Food alla Puttanesca - like her blog title says, she cooks fast, cheap and easy meals - my favorites!
5. Proceed with Caution - her food is freakin' amazing. But really, check our her recipe organization post. She gets major props for that!
Go check out all these amazing blogs. They are fantastic.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Oreo Cupcakes

Each and every time I go to Annie's blog, I get hungry. Her food always looks amazing! This oreo recipe really caught my eye - so when the husband and I had his family over for lunch Saturday, I knew I had to make them.

Oreo Cupcakes
Source: Annie's Eats, she adapted from Dinner with Danielle

Yield: 24 cupcakes
For the cake:
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup unsweetend cocoa powder, sifted
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
12 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk, at room temperature

For the frosting:
1 3/4 cups plus 2 tbsp. whipping cream
3 tbsp. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
6 tbsp. Oreo cookie crumbs

For garnish:
24 Oreo cookie halves

Directions:To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two cupcake pans with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth. Gradually add the brown sugar and continue beating until fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the vanilla. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Mix just until all the dry ingredients have been incorporated, being careful not to overmix.

Divide the batter between the prepared cupcake liners. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 18-20 minutes. Transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature.

To prepare the frosting, in the clean bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Beat on medium-high speed until the whipped cream holds stiff peaks. Gently fold in the cookie crumbs with a spatula.
Scoop the mixture into a pastry bag and pipe frosting decoratively on top of the cupcakes. Garnish with Oreo cookie halves.

Rainbow Cake

I wanted to bring something fun to my parent's house for Superbowl, and when I saw this cake I knew I had to try it!
Get detailed directions at The Omnomicon Blog!