Thursday, January 30, 2014

Chocolate Glazed Donuts

I've had a chocolate craving for several days that I haven't been able to kick.   I kept going back to this recipe for Chocolate Glazed Donuts over and over again on Pinterest.   Finally this morning I broke out the donut pans.   I doubled the recipe, did half as regular donuts and the other half as mini donuts.    Absolutely no other changes to the recipe.     I love the way that the coffee in the glaze just enhances the chocolate flavor without tasting like coffee.    My chocolate craving is now satisified!  Lots of baked donut recipes turn out to be just donut shaped muffins.  Not these, they are dead on- the texture, the glaze, everything.  Thank you to Cat Davis at Food Family and Finds for sharing this great recipe  :)



                      
* Exported from MasterCook *

                         Chocolate Glazed Donuts


                        Donuts
  2                cup  all purpose flour
     1/2           cup  + 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
     1/2  cup  unsweetened cocoa powder (used King Arthur Double Dutch Cocoa)
     1      teaspoon  baking powder
     1     teaspoon  baking soda
     1     teaspoon  salt
     1/2           cup  + 6 tablespoons milk
2                    egg
     1      teaspoon  vanilla extract
  2         tablespoon  butter -- melted

                        Glaze
  4       tablespoons  Donut House Chocolate Glazed Donut Coffee -- brewed
  4        tablespoons  milk
  6   tablespoons  cocoa powder (used King Arthur Flour's Double Dutch Cocoa)
  4            cups  powdered sugar
                            
Heat oven to 325º.   Spray donut pans with Pam.

Mix together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, bp, bs, and salt.  Add milk, egg, vanilla and butter, blending until smooth.   Spoon mixture into a pastry bag or ziploc. Pipe the mixture into pans, about halfway up each.      Bake 12 – 14 minutes for the regular size donuts, 6 to 8 mins for the minis.   Test to make sure a toothpick comes out clean.


Mix together glaze ingredients.  Dip donuts, and place onto a baking rack.  Top with sprinkles and let harden.


Source:
  "http://foodfamilyfinds.com/donut-house-baked-chocolate-glazed-donuts-recipe/"

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Spicy Lemon Basil Chicken

I am on a roll this week with new recipes.   Chicken is our most consumed protein, and new ways to cook it are always something I'm searching for.    I found this recipe on the Pick Fresh Foods blog, and even though I couldn't get fresh basil, it was a big winner here tonight.

I dipped the chicken in beaten egg before dredging in the panko mixture.    Obviously dried basil in place of fresh.   My chicken was huge, so I removed the tenders and did them separately.    Still large, I knew that they would burn before the insides were cooked.  I started everything on the stovetop,  browning on both sides, then moved it to a 350º oven for about 15 mins.  An instant read thermometer that I got for Christmas made easy work of checking to make sure they'd reached 160º.   Carryover cooking took it the rest of the way to 165º.

For the sauce I used local honey and Frank's Red Hot along with the lemon juice.   I didn't measure the honey, just eyeballed it, and held back a bit on the hot stuff because too much will send the guys running.

Thank you to Cindy at Pick Fresh Foods, I look forward to checking out her blog and finding even more delicious stuff to make for my family!

 
                     
* Exported from MasterCook *


                        Spicy Lemon Basil Chicken


  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
  4                     boneless -- skinless chicken breast
     1/2      teaspoon  salt -- sprinkled on at end
     1/2      teaspoon  black pepper
     1/2           cup  panko bread crumbs
  1               Tbsp  fresh basil -- finely chopped- used Penzey's dried
  1                     garlic clove -- pressed- jarred minced
  3        Tablespoons  olive oil
     1/2           cup  fresh lemon juice
     1/2      teaspoon  Tabasco sauce -- used Frank's
  4        Tablespoons  honey




Prep chicken by removing any fat.  Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large ovenproof skillet.   Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine panko, basil, garlic and pepper in one shallow dish.   Beat an egg in another shallow dish.     Dip chicken in egg, then dredge in panko mixture.   Brown in oil on both sides until golden.  Sprinkle with salt to taste.   Move to the oven and cook approximately 10 to 15 mins, until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear.

Mix together lemon, honey and hot sauce.    Drizzle on top of chicken and serve.

Source:
  "http://pickfreshfoods.com/2013/09/14/spicy-lemon-basil-chicken/"

Hamburger Pie

Always looking for something new to do with ground beef.   Grilling is out right now, my grill is under several inches of snow with more on the way.   I ran across this recipe on Pinterest and thought I'd give it a run by the guys.   I made quite a few adjustments to get it by them, and it was mostly enjoyed by all.

They will not eat chunks of veggies, so I used minced dried onions, 1t celery salt and grated the carrots on a microplane.  I used Progresso Recipe Starter in Fire Roasted Tomato, and that hung Jake up a bit- next time I'll use something else or run it through the food processor.

I had debated making a potato side dish, but this turned out to be filling enough on it's own.  




                     
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                              Hamburger Pie


  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
  1         tablespoon  olive oil (omitted)
  1 1/2         pounds  ground beef
  1T minced dried onion
  6         baby  carrots - grated on microplane
  2               ribs  celery -- chopped (used 1t celery salt)
  2             cloves  garlic -- minced (used jarred)
  1         tablespoon  Worcestershire sauce
  8oz Progresso Recipe Starter Fire Roasted Tomato
     1/2           cup  shredded sharp Cheddar
                        Salt and pepper (omitted salt)
  1              large  egg + 1t water
                        Pastry for 1 double-crust 9-inch pie (homemade or store-bought)

Heat oven to 400º.   Brown ground beef with minced onion and celery salt until no longer pink.    Drain grease.   Add carrot, garlic, tomato sauce, worcestershire, cheese and pepper.   Let cool slightly.

Fit bottom crust into pie pan and set on lined baking sheet.   Add meat mixture.   Top with second crust, fold under and crimp.   Brush with egg wash.   Slit top to allow steam to escape. 

Bake for 15 mins, drop temperature to 350º.   Bake for an additional 20 to 25 mins, until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.


Can make ahead-
TO FREEZE: Let cool completely. Cover in plastic wrap and freeze. Cover in foil and place back in freezer.

TO SERVE: Unwrap, place pie on a baking sheet and bake at 400°F until heated through, 40 to 45 minutes.

All You
SEPTEMBER 2013


Source:
  "http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/hamburger-pie-50400000129607/"

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Banana Cinnamon Chip Bread

From time to time, my guys ask me to buy bananas.  They never seem to get eaten, they brown and soften, and I end up baking with them.    This morning I threw together a double batch of this Banana Cinnamon Chip Bread, and it is outstanding.     Slices are rapidly disappearing, and I'm starting to wonder if I'm being played when they ask me to buy bananas.   I can see them conspiring- "if we don't eat them, Mom will bake something delicious with them!"    Ok, maybe not  :)

I have noted that I got this recipe via Foodgawker from the Harried Housewife, but the link no longer works and a search of the site doesn't yield any results. 



  
               
* Exported from MasterCook *

                        BANANA CINNAMON CHIP BREAD

  1 1/2           cups  flour
     1/2      teaspoon  baking soda
     1/4      teaspoon  cinnamon
     1/4      teaspoon  salt
  2                     eggs
  2                     ripe medium bananas -- mashed
     3/4           cup  sugar
     1/2           cup  butter -- (1 stick) melted
     1/2      teaspoon  vanilla
     1/2           cup  cinnamon chips (used Hershey's)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom of an 8×4-inch loaf pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, bananas, sugar, butter, and vanilla. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Stir in cinnamon chips. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Makes 1 medium loaf.

Source:
  "http://www.wktvblogs.com/harriedhousewife/?p=362"





Friday, January 17, 2014

Maple Bacon Dijon Chicken

Been a while since I've tried a new main dish recipe.  Thin sliced chicken breast was on the menu and we've all worn thin on eating it breaded and pan fried.   I'd pinned this one a while back, and it was perfect for getting me back onto trying new recipes.  

I had a bag of cooked plain couscous in the freezer, so went with that instead of the quinoa.   I used a ratio of 2 parts syrup to 1 part dijon, hoping to entice Jake to try it, but no luck.   He sees those 'seeds' and it's all over.    He had his with just the bacon on it.     I microwaved my bacon on a paper towel lined plate, though I do want to try the oven method. 

Simple, fast, delicious.     Thanks to Ashley at Center Cut Cook for sharing the recipe, be sure to go and check out her blog & pics!



                     
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                        Maple Bacon Dijon Chicken


  4 thin sliced chicken breasts
                        Salt, pepper, garlic powder for seasoning the chicken
  6             slices  bacon -- cooked and crumbled
  1                cup  couscous cooked according to package directions
  2        tablespoons  extra virgin olive oil
                        SAUCE INGREDIENTS
     1/8          cup  dijon mustard
     1/4           cup  real maple syrup
  Salt and pepper to taste

Cook couscous according to package directions.   Mix together maple syrup, mustard, salt and pepper.

Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder.    Add oil to skillet on medium high.   Cook chicken for 3 mins per side or until done through and golden.   Remove to serving plate. 

Add half the sauce and cooked bacon to couscous.   Sprinkle remaining bacon over chicken and top with sauce. 


Source:
  "http://centercutcook.com/maple-bacon-dijon-chicken/"