Posts tagged ‘Kid Pleaser’
I saw this recipe in my news feed last week posted by Cupcakes and Crinoline and I knew right away that I was going to bake it for Easter brunch! It was the right choice and we all loved it. It has made it’s way onto my permanent brunch list of recipes.
The cinnamon rolls that the recipe calls for were a bit hard to locate but I finally found them ~ they are different than the usual Pillsbury cinnamon rolls we throw in a pan and bake. These are rolled up like homemade cinnamon rolls.
To get this delicious recipe, click on this link ~ Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole.
Bananas are not my favorite fruit but I try to eat one a couple times a week since they are so good for you. Consequently, I have lots of bananas that are on their way to yucky.
I came across this recipe while going through some community cookbooks and it turned out to be a great choice. The muffins have great banana flavor and are nice and moist. There is nothing worse than dry muffins. I used cinnamon as my spice of choice since it’s my favorite and using a tablespoon did not make it too cinnamon-y. Mixing up some spices will work as well. Just use your favorite baking spices.
Mr. Meat Eater ate them for breakfast for several days so they do keep for a 3-4 days in a container. I think they would freeze well, too.
Banana Bread Muffins
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup sugar
3 ripe bananas, mashed
3/4 cup sour cream
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice or your choice of spice ~ you can also mix spices
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup melted butter
Preheat oven to 350º. Grease muffin tins with cooking spray.
Cream the butter, vanilla, and sugar in a large mixing bowl until fluffy. Beat in the eggs. In a small bowl, combine the smashed bananas and sour cream. In another bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, salt and whatever spice/spices you decide on. Blend the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, alternating with the banana mixture.
Spoon into prepared muffin tins. Sprinkle topping over the top.
Bake 20-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Topping: Mix all the ingredients together and sprinkle on tops of the muffins before baking.
Makes 12 muffins
Adapted from: Paws-itively Good Chow
Today is Pi Day (3.14) so I will post a pie. As I have said many, many times, I am challenged in photographing pies. I can’t cut them nicely to begin with and I just get mad and take a terrible picture. Oh well.
This pie is so good and it helps that chocolate pie is one of our favorites. Don’t leave out the coffee as it really adds to the chocolate flavor.
Chocolate Silk Pie
1 baked 9 in pie shell
1 jar marshmallow cream
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter, cubed
2 ozs unsweetened chocolate
2 tbsps strong brewed coffee
1 cup heavy cream, whipped
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tbsps confectioner’s sugar
In a heavy saucepan, combine the marshmallow cream, chocolate chips, butter, unsweetened chocolate, and coffee. Cook and stir over low heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Cool. Fold in whipped and pour into crust.
For the topping, beat cream in a large bowl until it starts to thicken. Add the confectioner’s sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
Spread over filling and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
Makes 6-8 servings.
Adapted from Taste of Home
I love any flavor of mousse but so many of them use raw eggs that I don’t usually make them. Yes, I know I can use pasteurized eggs but for some reason, I don’t. Anyway, this recipe doesn’t have any eggs at all. It tasted like fresh strawberries which I loved. I hate when I can’t taste the flavor. It is also very easy to make.
1 cup fresh strawberries
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup hot water
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 cup whipping cream
Place the strawberries and sugar in a blender and process until pureed. Let stand for 30 minutes.
In a bowl, soften the unflavored gelatin in cold water. Add the hot water and stir until the gelatin dissolves.
Add the gelatin mixture to the pureed strawberries and process in the blender to mix well. Add the whipping cream and whip for 5 minutes. The mixture will not whip up like whipping cream usually does.
Pour into 4 dessert dishes and chill for 2 to 3 hours or until set.
Makes 4 servings. I made 2 large servings instead of the 4.
Recipe adapted from Something’s Simmering
First of all, I love the deep fried mozzarella sticks and while the baked sticks don’t come anywhere close to tasting like the fried sticks, they are a wonderful substitute. Especially if you are counting calories or, like me, are too lazy to get the deep fryer out and mess with all that oil.
This recipe is easy but plan for all the freezing involved. These sticks MUST be watched in the oven or they will melt. I watched mine and couple melted very quickly so please keep an eye on them.
I found the recipe on Pinterest and it comes from a site called The Comfort of Cooking.
Baked Mozzarella Sticks
12 mozzarella sticks, cut in half to make 24 pieces
1/4 cup flour
1/4 Italian-style bread crumbs
1/4 cup panko
2 tsps grated Parmesan
1 tbsp dried parsley
Freeze the 24 pieces of mozzarella until hard ~ about 30 minutes.
Place the egg in a shallow dish and whisk. Place the flour in a separate dish. Place the breadcrumbs, panko, Parmesan, and parsley ~mixed~ in a third shallow dish.
Line a baking sheet with foil and spray foil with cooking spray.
Working quickly, dip frozen mozzarella halves into the flour, then egg, then breadcrumb mixture and place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all pieces are coated. Freeze on the cookie sheet for 15-20 minutes until frozen.
While the coated cheese is freezing, preheat the oven to 400º.
When the coated cheese is ready, place in oven and bake 4-5 minutes. Remove from oven and turn pieces over. Return to oven for an additional 4-5 minutes.
WATCH STICKS CLOSELY because they will melt quickly.
Serve immediately with warm marinara sauce.
Makes 24 mozzarella sticks.
Mr. Meat Eater and I are pie people. We like cake, too, but almost always choose pie over cake. Even though we love pie, I don’t make it very often because we would eat too much. Last week I had some apples that were well on their way to spoiling so the first thing that came to my mind was…pie!
I searched around and found a recipe on Allrecipes that I changed up to suit us. It’s easy and delicious. I used MUCH less sugar than the recipe called for ~ I used barely 1/4 cup since my apples were sweet and 3/4 cup just seemed like too much sugar to me.
Apple Crumb Pie
1 pie shell, unbaked
6 cups sliced apples
1 tbps lemon juice
2/4 cup sugar ~ I used less than 1/4 cup
2 tbsps flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 tbsp cold butter
Preheat oven to 375º.
Place sliced apples in a large bowl and sprinkle lemon juice over the apples. Mix the rest of the pie ingredients (except crust) in a small bowl and sprinkle it over the top of the apples and mix until all the apples are coated evenly. Spoon into unbaked shell.
In another small bowl, mix together the flour and brown sugar. Cut in the butter until the mixture looks crumbly. Sprinkle over filling in the pie shell. Cover loosely with aluminum foil.
Bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes until the top is golden brown.
Cool and serve.
Makes 8 servings.
I’ve been spending lots of time on Tasty Kitchen and found this delicious and easy recipe. Tasty Kitchen is affiliated with the Pioneer Woman and has tons of wonderful, user-submitted recipes so if you have some time, have a look!
This recipe is super easy and can be probably made up and on the table in 30 minutes.
Chicken and Farfalle Alfredo
12 ounces farfalle pasta (Bowties)
4 tbsps butter
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
salt and pepper to taste
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup white wine
1/2 cup half and half
3 tbsps heavy cream
chicken broth ~ may need of sauce becomes too thick
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsps fresh parsley, minced
Cook pasta according to pkg directions. Drain and set aside.
Salt and pepper chicken breasts on both sides. In a large skillet, heat 2 tbsps butter. Add the chicken breasts and cook until golden on both sides and cooked through so that no pink remains. Remove from the skillet and slice into thin strips. Set aside.
Add additional 2 tbsps butter to skillet and then add the minced garlic. Stir the garlic to avoid burning. If it burns, start over. Pour in the wine and let it bubble and reduce for 2 minutes. Add the half and half, cream, and extra salt and pepper, if desired. Whisk until all combined. Allow to heat up and thicken for a few minutes. If it gets too thick, use some chicken broth to thin.
When the sauce looks good, remove from the heat and add the Parmesan to the sauce then put the farfalle i right on top of it. Toss to combine. Add the chicken and continue tossing until it is all combined. If it’s too thick for oyur taste, add a bit of chicken broth to thin.
Adjust seasonings if needed. Top with the minced parsley and serve while hot.
I had some leftover and Mr. Meat Eater heated it up the next day and said it tasted just as good.
Makes 4 servings.
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love jello. It’s weird, I know, but I crave the stuff. At one of my daughter’s bridal showers, this salad was on the table and I was in heaven. I didn’t get the recipe right them so I searched around until I found it.
It’s easy to make but takes a little planning. I made it with sugar-free jello and less fat sour cream so it was not full of sugar and fat. Mr. Meat Eater loved it, too, and I think it would be great for picnics or BBQs.
Strawberry Sour Cream Jello Salad
1 large box strawberry jello ~ I used sugar-free
1 small box strawberry jello ~ I used sugar-free
2 cups boiling water
2 (10 oz) boxes frozen strawberries ~ I used berries in light syrup
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple
1 (16 oz) container sour cream ~ I used less fat
Mix boiling water with jello in a large bowl. Add strawberries (Frozen is fine) and pineapple ~ all the juices from the fruit go in too.
Pour half this mixture in a 13×9 pan and leave the other half in the bowl. Put both in the refrigerator. When the bottom layer has jelled, spread sour cream over it. Pour thickened jello from the bowl carefully over the sour cream.
Chill until the all the jello is firm.
Makes 8-10 servings