Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Double Chocolate Mini Cakes

What do you do when you want a special dessert for your anniversary, but you are dieting and don't want to over indulge? You make these Double Chocolate Mini Cakes, use two of them and put the rest in the freezer! 
A couple weeks ago, a friend asked me to make a special dessert for her husband to go with the dinner she was preparing. Her only request-No leftovers! She only wanted enough dessert so that she and her husband would eat it after dinner, and there would be no more to snack on, so they could get right back to their dieting. I completely understood! 
So I came up with these Double Chocolate Mini Cakes, and they were a hit! These cakes might be mini, but they pack an incredibly indulgent punch that will satisfy any chocolate craving! I topped them with a double chocolate drizzled strawberry because, well, it's a double chocolate drizzled strawberry!!! Hope you like this!

Double Chocolate Mini Cakes
{printable recipe at end of post}  
 1 cup Butter
3 cups Sugar
4 Eggs-divided
1 cup Cocoa Powder
4 cups Flour
3 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 cups Buttermilk
2 teaspoon Vanilla
Strawberries (1 small berry for each cake)
Milk Chocolate (1 cup melted )
White Chocolate (1/2 cup chips)

Preheat oven to 350℉.

Prep your baking pan by applying shortening or pan prep to each individual cake cavity. The pan I used has bottoms that are removable, but this recipe will also work in a mini cupcake pan. You will not need to flour the pan.
Cream the butter until it is thick and creamy. Add sugar a little at a time, until it is light and fluffy.

Divide the eggs. Place the whites to the side. Whisk the yolks, then add to the mixing bowl and mix together.
Pour the cocoa powder into a separate bowl. A bowl that has measurements on it will work best. Add just enough water to make a thick paste. Mix together until smooth. The amount of water you will use will vary depending on the type of cocoa powder. Start off by using a very small amount, adding more until you are satisfied that it is thick and paste like.
Now add more water until you have 2 cups of the cocoa mix. 
Mix the cocoa mix in with the creamed butter, sugar and egg yolks. Take the egg whites that you set aside earlier, and beat until they have stiff peaks. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, add the vanilla and the buttermilk. Start adding the flour mix to the butter mixture, alternating with the buttermilk.  Mix thoroughly. Fold in the egg whites. 
 Fold batter into your prepared pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes. When done, remove from pan and cool completely.
Chop up chocolate and melt in a double boiler. Melt white chocolate also. I used Trader Joe's Milk Chocolate, and their white chocolate chips.
Wash and dry strawberries. Place on tray. Using a fork or knife, drizzle milk chocolate over strawberries. Place tray in fridge. Once milk chocolate has set, drizzle white chocolate over berries. Let set.
Once cakes are cooled, slice them in half as shown. Place a large spoonful of melted chocolate on top of the bottom piece. Top it, then place another large spoonful on top of it. Let it drizzle down the side.
Decorate the plate with drizzled chocolate and serve to those you love!
Thanks for joining me today!


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Double Chocolate Mini Cakes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup Butter
  • 3 cups Sugar
  • 4 Eggs-divided
  • 1 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 4 cups Flour
  • 3 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 cups Buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • Strawberries (1 small berry for each cake)
  • Milk Chocolate (1 cup melted )
  • White Chocolate (1/2 cup chips)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350℉.
  2. Prep your baking pan by applying shortening or pan prep to each individual cake cavity. The pan I used has bottoms that are removable, but this recipe will also work in a mini cupcake pan. You will not need to flour the pan.
  3. Cream the butter until it is thick and creamy. Add sugar a little at a time, until it is light and fluffy.
  4. Divide the eggs. Place the whites to the side. Whisk the yolks, then add to the mixing bowl and mix together.
  5. Pour the cocoa powder into a separate bowl. A bowl that has measurements on it will work best. Add just enough water to make a thick paste. Mix together until smooth. The amount of water you will use will vary depending on the type of cocoa powder. Start off by using a very small amount, adding more until you are satisfied that it is thick and paste like.
  6. Now add more water until you have 2 cups of the cocoa mix.
  7. Mix the cocoa mix in with the creamed butter, sugar and egg yolks. Take the egg whites that you set aside earlier, and beat until they have stiff peaks. Set aside.
  8. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, add the vanilla and the buttermilk. Start adding the flour mix to the butter mixture, alternating with the buttermilk. Mix thoroughly. Fold in the egg whites
  9. Fold batter into your prepared pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes. When done, remove from pan and cool completely.
  10. Chop up chocolate and melt in a double boiler. Melt white chocolate also. I used Trader Joe's Milk Chocolate, and their white chocolate chips.
  11. Wash and dry strawberries. Place on tray. Using a fork or knife, drizzle milk chocolate over strawberries. Place tray in fridge. Once milk chocolate has set, drizzle white chocolate over berries. Let set.
  12. Once cakes are cooled, slice them in half as shown. Place a large spoonful of melted chocolate on top of the bottom piece. Top it, then place another large spoonful on top of it. Let it drizzle down the side.
  13. Decorate the plate with drizzled chocolate and serve to those you love!
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Chicken and Shrimp Gumbo / #SundaySupper


We are days away from Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and because food plays such a big part of the celebration it only seems natural to celebrate with food! You are going to want to make this Chicken and Shrimp Gumbo a part of your party!! It is full of flavor, with sausage and potatoes in the mix too, and it's so easy to make. It takes some time, but it is well worth the time! 
 Chicken and Shrimp Gumbo

1 large Onion, coarsely chopped
1 Red Bell Pepper, coarsely chopped
1 cup Celery, thinly sliced
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
2 teaspoons mild Cajun Seasoning 
1/2 cup Peanut Oil
3/4 cup Flour
1 (48 oz) container Chicken Broth
2 pounds boneless Chicken Breasts
1 pound Andouille Sausage
1 pound Shrimp (med size)
3 pounds Red Potatoes
1 tablespoon Peanut Oil
1 teaspoon Salt
1/4 cup crumbled Bacon



 
Chop the onion, red pepper and celery. It can be a rough chop. I used a mandoline to slice the celery, and it worked great. 
Heat the oil in a large pot. Add the flour a little at a time, whisking constantly as you add it. Continue whisking for 15-18 minutes until the flour mix turns to a caramel color. Then reduce the heat to low, still whisking continuously until the mix turns to a milk chocolate color and becomes smooth. 
Take temperature back to medium. Add the onions, peppers, celery minced garlic and seasoning. Mix together. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
Cut chicken into chunks. Slice sausage into 1/4" wide pieces.

Add chicken broth, sausage and chicken to pot. Increase to medium high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally for 1 hour 30 minutes or until chicken is done.
The chicken needs to be shredded. You can do it by leaving the chicken in the pot, or you can pull it out, shred it and return it to the pan. Using two forks pulling opposite one another makes it easy to shred.
Peel and devein the shrimp. Add to the pot to cook for 3-4 minutes. Mix the red potatoes, oil, and salt together in a bowl. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Quarter the potatoes and place on baking sheet to cook for 40-45 minutes.
Place potatoes into bottom of bowl.
Spoon in gumbo. Top with chopped bacon.
Enjoy your tasty gumbo!

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Prosciutto Wrapped Brie and Onion Stuffed Pork Chops / #SundaySupper

Today we are talking about and cooking with pork! Pork chops that is! I am excited because pork has been my favorite meat for a long time. It is easy to cook, bursting with flavor, and it won't break your grocery budget! 
These Prosciutto Wrapped Brie and Onion Stuffed Pork Chops fit that description perfectly. They are easy to cook. We will cook these on the stove top, using just one frying pan. Add in the prosciutto wrapped brie and onion, top it  with a pineapple glaze and the flavors are unforgettable! And talk about budget! These boneless pork chops were cut from a larger boneless pork loin, making these chops very inexpensive, and giving you more pork for several other meals!

Prosciutto Wrapped Brie and Onion Stuffed Pork Chops
(printable recipe at end of post)

small wheel of Brie Cheese
1 small Onion
4 pieces of thinly sliced Prosciutto
2-2" wide pieces of Boneless Pork Loin
Butter
1 cup Pineapple Juice
2 tablespoon Dark Brown Sugar 
1 tablespoon Cornstarch


Cut a small wedge from the wheel of brie. Cut a small piece of onion in to small slices pieces as shown.
Often when prosciutto is cut in the deli, it is not in a full piece, so use two pieces on top of one another to wrap the onion and brie. Set aside.
Cut 2" wide pieces of boneless pork chop off of the boneless pork loin.
Season with a sprinkle of garlic powder and pepper on each pork chop. Cut a slit in to the center top of the chop. Use a paring knife , or something similar to cut to within a 1/4" of the bottom. Use your knife to open the cut a little more by moving the knife side to side, in all four directions.
The opening looks like this. Push the prosciutto wrapped brie and onion into the opening, like above.
 Use toothpicks to hold the pork chop closed.
Begin cooking the pork chops by melting butter in a frying pan set on medium high heat. Sear all the sides of the pork.
Turn the heat to medium and continue to cook the pork until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees. Keep turning the pork so it does not cook too long on one side. Make sure to temp the chop in the thickest part of the meat.
Remove pork chops from pan and let rest for approx. 5 minutes. This allows the fiber of the meat to relax, resulting in a more tender and juicer piece of meat.
While the meat is resting, put together your glaze. Pour pineapple juice in a skillet. Turn heat to medium high. add dark brown sugar. Stir often, keeping a close eye on it.
Make a roux to help the mix thicken by mixing 1 tablespoon of cornstarch into a small bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of cold water and stir together forming a paste. Pour into sauce and continue to stir until it thickens and the glaze become thick and beautiful. 
Pour glaze over stuffed pork chop. Enjoy! 

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Prosciutto Wrapped Brie and Onion Stuffed Pork Chops

INGREDIENTS:

  • small wheel of Brie Cheese
  • 1 small Onion
  • 4 pieces of thinly sliced Prosciutto
  • 2-2" wide pieces of Boneless Pork Loin
  • Butter
  • 1 cup Pineapple Juice
  • 2 tablespoon Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Cornstarch

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut a small wedge from the wheel of brie. Cut a small piece of onion in to small slices pieces as shown.
  2. Often when prosciutto is cut in the deli, it is not in a full piece, so use two pieces on top of one another to wrap the onion and brie. Set aside.
  3. Cut 2" wide pieces of boneless pork chop off of the boneless pork loin.
  4. Season with a sprinkle of garlic powder and pepper on each pork chop. Cut a slit in to the center top of the chop. Use a paring knife , or something similar to cut to within a 1/4" of the bottom. Use your knife to open the cut a little more by moving the knife side to side, in all four directions.
  5. The opening looks like this. Push the prosciutto wrapped brie and onion into the opening, like above.
  6. Use toothpicks to hold the pork chop closed.
  7. Begin cooking the pork chops by melting butter in a frying pan set on medium high heat. Sear all the sides of the pork.
  8. Turn the heat to medium and continue to cook the pork until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees. Keep turning the pork so it does not cook too long on one side. Make sure to temp the chop in the thickest part of the meat.
  9. Remove pork chops from pan and let rest for approx. 5 minutes. This allows the fiber of the meat to relax, resulting in a more tender and juicer piece of meat.
  10. While the meat is resting, put together your glaze. Pour pineapple juice in a skillet. Turn heat to medium high. add dark brown sugar. Stir often, keeping a close eye on it.
  11. Make a roux to help the mix thicken by mixing 1 tablespoon of cornstarch into a small bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of cold water and stir together forming a paste. Pour into sauce and continue to stir until it thickens and the glaze become thick and beautiful.
  12. Pour glaze over stuffed pork chop. Enjoy!
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Chicken Enchiladas / #FoodBloggerLove

Today I made these Chicken Enchiladas from the blog, Jane's Adventures in Dinner. I am participating in a fun recipe swap called #FoodBloggerLove! I was assigned a blog and I was to pick a recipe to make from that blog and post about it here at The Freshman Cook! 

Once I pulled up my assigned bloggers page, it took me all of 2 minutes to decide what I was going to make. All of the recipes look amazing, and the pictures are awesome, and when I saw the recipe for Chicken Enchiladas, I had to make it! 

I have been trying to come up with a recipe I liked for Chicken Enchiladas, but I have not had much luck. I keep putting in too much of this or too little of that, and I just can not get it right. So when I saw the Chicken Enchiladas recipe I knew it was fate! Oh my, IT IS AWESOME! I am in love with this recipe! I know you will love it too! I did make a few minor changes to accommodate my family and their likes and dislikes, and it is still awesome! Check out the recipe I made below, and then visit Jane's Adventures in Dinner and check out her original recipe too!

 Chicken Enchiladas
(printable recipe at end of post)
(makes 4)

Enchilada Sauce
1/2 tablespoon Cumin
1 tablespoon Chili Powder
1 1/2 tablespoons Flour
1 mashed Garlic Clove
1/2 tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 1/2 tablespoon Oil
3/4 cup Water
2 cups chopped Tomatoes

Chicken Mix 
1 1/2 cups shredded, cooked Chicken
1 teaspoon Cumin
1 teaspoon Chili Powder
1 tablespoon chopped Cilantro
4 Tortilla
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese


Mix together the Enchilada Sauce ingredients, except for the water. Heat for 30 seconds on medium heat. Slowly add the water, whisking as you add it, to avoid creating any lumps. 
Add tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes to allow tomatoes to soften.
Mix all the chicken ingredients together. For the chicken I pan grilled 2 good sized chicken breasts, let them cool, and then shredded the chicken. I had a little extra chicken, but it was quickly eaten! Spread a little bit of cheese on each tortilla. Divide the chicken filling between the four tortillas. Add additional cheese to each one. 
Spoon sauce into an oven safe baking dish. Use enough to cover the bottom. Roll the tortillas and place in dish. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spoon more sauce over top of tortillas. Cover with cheese.
Bake for approx. 20 minutes, until hot and bubbly.
Serve and enjoy!
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Chicken Enchiladas

INGREDIENTS:

Enchilada Sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Flour
  • 1 mashed Garlic Clove
  • 1/2 tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Oil
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 2 cups chopped Tomatoes
Chicken Mix
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded, cooked Chicken
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Cilantro
  • 4 Flour Tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Mix together the Enchilada Sauce ingredients, except for the water. Heat for 30 seconds on medium heat. Slowly add the water, whisking as you add it, to avoid creating any lumps.
  2. Add tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes to allow tomatoes to soften.
  3. Mix all the chicken ingredients together. For the chicken I pan grilled 2 good sized chicken breasts, let them cool, and then shredded the chicken. I had a little extra chicken, but it was quickly eaten! Spread a little bit of cheese on each tortilla. Divide the chicken filling between the four tortillas. Add additional cheese to each one.
  4. Spoon sauce into an oven safe baking dish. Use enough to cover the bottom. Roll the tortillas and place in dish. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Spoon more sauce over top of tortillas. Cover with cheese.
  6. Bake for approx. 20 minutes, until hot and bubbly. Serve and Enjoy!
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