Monday, September 17, 2012

Roasted Garlic and Red Pepper Hummus

I am a hummus lover, to say the least. I love to sample all different types of hummus, and although I have tried several varieties, roasted garlic and red pepper hummus is my favorite! Hands down! So when I was assigned Lynne's blog, 365 Days of Baking  as part of Secret Recipe Club, I started looking around and I knew what I was going to make. I found the hummus recipe, and I was done. I am sure you will love it too!

Roasted Garlic and Red Pepper Hummus

1-15 oz can of garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
5 cloves roasted garlic
1/3 cup diced roasted red pepper
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons tahini
juice of half a lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cumin
1-2 tablespoons water
The first thing I did was roast the five cloves of garlic in the oven.
Roasting your garlic cloves is easy and fun to do. It also smells great!
Chop off the top of 5 cloves of garlic. Place the garlic in a
piece of aluminum foil and sprinkle the garlic with
a drizzle of olive oil. Crumble the foil around the garlic,
and bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes, or until the 
garlic is soft. Let cool and use in recipe.
You can roast a pepper right on your gas stove top.
Otherwise, use a gas grill. Allow the pepper to sit on the 
grates while it is roasting. Keep an eye on the pepper
because it can catch fire. 
Turn the pepper with tongs until all of the
pepper is roasted. Pull the pepper off the flame
and place on a cutting board. 
Slice the pepper down the middle until it lays flat.
Discard the insides.
With a paring knife, scrape the majority , 
but not all of the black off of the pepper.
Place all of the ingredients in your blender or food processor.
I started with my blender, but it just wouldn't do the job,
so I transferred everything to my food processor.
Blend until well combined. You may need to add extra water.
This hummus is spectacular. My husband took it to a 
football party, and he said it was a hit. I would have
served this with pita chips, I think, but he thought they would 
like the scoops better, and I guess they did.
There wasn't one drop left.
Sounds like a winner to me!

Be sure to check out Lynne's blog, 365 Days of Baking.
It is a wonderful blog full of creative recipes!
Thanks Lynne, for making this fantastic recipe that I will
make over and over again!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Heartland Turtle Bars

Heartland Turtle Bars are on the menu today! These bars come courtesy of Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito and their fabulous dessert cookbook, Baked Explorations. They are part of a twice a month posting I participate in as a member of Club Baked. 

Heartland Turtle Bars
Our host this month is Julie from A Little Bit of Everything.
Drop by her wonderfully creative blog to find the
recipe for these delicious bars!
I buttered, 
and rubbed in,
combined well,
made a well,
and filled it with butter.
Then I mixed,
and spread,
baked,
and sprinkled.
After that I melted,
and boiled,
poured, 
 spread,
crumbled and refrigerated.
Enjoy!
You are going to love this recipe. 
It is a little on the sweet side, and if I make this again,
and I will; I will substitute raisins for the chocolate chips.
It will be like a caramel oatmeal cookie! Yum Yum!!
Thanks for joining me!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Birthday Cake Cookies!

A Birthday Cake Cookie! Today is Cookie Journey Thursday! This week we are learning how to make a birthday cake cookie! This cookie is a lot of fun and the colors are bright and happy like a birthday cake cookie should be!
Birthday Cake Cookie
  • White Frosting
  • Americolor Orange
  • Americolor Regal Purple
  • Americolor Electric Green
  • Americolor Super Black
  • Wilton Buttercup Yellow
  • Wilton Tips # 1, 2 and 5
  • Wilton Birthday Cake Cookie Cutter
 Outline the cookie with Wilton Tip #5. I switched to outlining with a 
tip 5, instead of my usual tip #2, because on this cookie
 we have a large area to fill in and it will be easier and quicker.
As you can see, using the # 5 tip gives us a more
even fill in of the area. Does that make any sense? 
What I am trying to say is that the filled in area has no 
sections that started to dry while we were still filling in.
Let this dry completely.
 Using a #2 tip, outline a scalloped edge for the bottom layer.
You could also make it a straight edge if you want.
Fill in the orange edge.
Outline the purple so it looks like a scalloped edge 
on the side of a cake. You could also have a straight line
 if you want.You should still be using the #2 tip.
Fill in the purple. 
Using the green and a #2 tip, pipe 5 little candles 
across the top of the cake.
Using a #1 tip and black frosting, make a tiny candle wick
 on the top of each candle.
Using the green frosting, squeeze little dots on the orange 
and purple cake edge. 
On the orange edge, add some purple dots
 in between the green ones.
On the purple edge, add some orange dots
 in between the green ones.
Using a #2 tip and your yellow frosting, pipe a little
flame on to the top of each wick. To do this, squeeze your bag
close to the top of the wick, and as you squeeze, slowly
lift your hand upward, creating a tip on the flame.
If the flame isn't as pointy as you would like, take a 
toothpick, and gently pull just a little icing into a point!
That's how you make a birthday cake cookie!
These would look so great if you slipped the cookie
into a little clear bag and tied orange, purple, and green
curly ribbon around it. So festive!

Thanks for joining me today!



Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Rice Krispie Ice Cream Sandwiches!

I want it to be fall so bad! It is my favorite season, after all. But, it is still so darn hot. I am just tired of the heat! Anyway, since I can't change the weather, I might as well eat ice cream. These Rice Krispie Ice Cream Sandwiches are super simple, and yet, so refreshing and good. Basically, you make rice krispie treats, cut out circles for the sandwiches, make sandwiches with ice cream, add sprinkles, freeze, and eat!
Rice Krispie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Treats recipe taken from the rice krispie treats web site
3 tablespoons Butter
4 cups Mini Marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies
Mini Chocolate Chips
Ice Cream
Chocolate Sprinkles
On low heat, melt your butter in a large pot.
Spray your pan that you want to put the treats in
 and a spatula with pan spray. Spraying the spatula
helps the rice krispies not stick. 
Add your marshmallows,
and stir until completely melted. 
Remove the pan from the heat.
Add the rice krispies and the chocolate chips and stir all together.
Place in your pan, and then go around the entire top
of the treats and press with a spatula. We are just trying to 
make sure the treats are compressed together and 
don't leave any open spaces. 
Remove the treats from your pan. I used a 2 1/4" cutter,
and cut circles out of the treats. 
Split each circle with a knife.
Using a scoop, place a scoop of ice cream on each side.
I used a 1" diameter scoop. 
Place the two sides together, and then sprinkle the 
sprinkles on top of the ice cream until it sticks. I
tried rolling the sandwich in the sprinkles, but it 
didn't work as well as just dropping the sprinkles 
over the ice cream.
Wrap the ice cream sandwich in plastic and then freeze!
Cool and refreshing on a hot day!
Enjoy!

Thanks for joining me today at
The Freshman Cook
where you can
learn to cook and learn to bake!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Nectresse Sweetener~The Sweet Without The Sugar

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I have been searching for a good natural sweetener for a while now. Don't get me wrong. I love sugar!! But I know it isn't that good for me.  I have been rather picky about the sweetener I have been searching for. I don't want that chemical like taste, and I need something that is perfect for cooking and baking.

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As I stated, one of the things I was looking for in a sweetener was the ability to use it for cooking. I have a favorite Tiramisu Mousse that I make for parties and get togethers, so I made it with Nectresse to try it out.  Oh my goodness!  It is delicious and everyone loved it.

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Tiramisu Mousse

(makes 4 individual mousse)

1/2 cup Mascarpone Cheese

4 teaspoons NECTRESSE

1/8 cup Coffee

1 Egg Yolk, beaten

Cocoa Powder

6 Lady Fingers

Whipping Cream

1 cup whipping cream

1 teaspoon NECTRESSE

 

1. Make your whipped cream first. Place the whipping cream in a bowl, and begin beating it on high. About 2 minutes into mixing the whipping cream, add the NECTRESSE, and continue whipping the cream until soft peaks form. Set aside.

2. Combine the mascarpone, NECTRESSE, coffee, and egg. Set aside.

3. Gently fold in 1/2 cup of the whipped cream into the mascarpone mix. Set aside.

4. Crush 4 of the 6 lady fingers, by placing them in a zip lock bag and rolling over them with a rolling pin.

5. Distribute the crushed lady fingers evenly over the 4 glasses.

6. Using a pastry bag with a large round tip, fill your glasses with the mousse. Fill to about 1/4" from the top.

7. Chill the mousse for approximately 30 minutes. Refrigerate the leftover whipped cream while the mousse is chilling.

8. Using a Wilton 1A tip, fill a pastry bag with the other 1/2 cup of whipped cream. Pipe the whipped cream on to the top of the mousse filling.

9. Dust the top of the whipped cream with cocoa powder.

10. Cut the remaining 2 lady fingers in half, so you have 4 short cookies. Place a cookie in each glass.

11. Chill the desserts until ready to serve. Enjoy!

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