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Do You Want To Make Fluffy Pancakes?

pancakes

Pancakes.

Pancakes that have the butter melt and the syrup drip onto the plate.

Not just any pancakes, but fluffy pancakes.

Did I make your mouth water yet?

It’s really not that hard to make fluffy pancakes and I am about to give you some pancake hacks, so you can make your own fluffy pancakes:

  1. First you need to use the shake and pour pancake batter. I buy the store brand because simply pancakes are the same, and I spend less money with the store brand than the name brand.
  2. Next you need to add powder buttermilk to the batter in the container before you add any liquid. It’s the buttermilk that makes the pancakes fluffy!
  3. Next add a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the batter in the container.
  4. Now you add your water.  Don’t follow the directions on the container. I just add the water I want for the consistency of the pancake I like. If you want thin pancakes, you add a good amount of water. If you want thick pancakes you add less water.

Now  you get your griddle on the stove and heat it up and smother butter on it to melt. I put the butter all over the entire griddle.   After the butter starts to bubble it’s time to pour the batter on to it.
Here’s a trick as to when to flip the pancakes, courtesy of my mom: When the pancakes on the griddle start to bubble, you can flip it.

When the pancakes comes off the griddle, I add a pat of butter to each and have the butter melt.  Then serve it with your favorite syrup.  My dad likes to warm up his syrup in the microwave for about 10 seconds.

You can also serve them with fresh fruit or chocolate chips.  I don’t put it in the batter because it makes the batter’s consistency too thick and it takes away from the fluffiness.

However you like them, Enjoy!

 

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St. Patty’s Day Brownies With A Twist

St. Patrick’s Day is just about here and you will see everyone adding the color “green” to just about every drink and food they make. Not for nothing, but I find that mostly not appetizing.

Instead of making your brownies green, how about we add a little Bailey’s Irish Cream to the batter and also to the frosting?  We can add green sprinkles that look appetizing to top it off.

Here’s the recipe:

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder  and I add about 2 tablespoons of sweetened cocoa.
1 tsp. instant coffee powder 
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
heaping 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup Baileys Irish Cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8-inch pan with aluminum foil and lightly spritz with cooking spray; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, instant coffee powder, baking soda, and salt until combined. Set aside. Place butter in a large microwave-proof bowl and melt in 30 second spurts, stirring in between each interval until completely melted. Set aside to cool a bit. Once the butter is warm (not hot!), add eggs one at a time, whisking constantly to incorporate. Whisk vigorously for about 10 seconds to incorporate fully. Add sugar, vanilla, and Bailey’s and whisk until combined. Add the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture, folding until just combined. Coat the chocolate chips with a little bit of flour and then add them to the batter. The flour will help the chocolate chips not sink to the bottom of the pan while baking. 
Pour batter into the prepared pan, using a spatula to smooth out the top. Bake at for about 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs attached.
Let cool.  You can make a chocolate glaze to go onto the brownies by getting a can of your favorite icing, melting it in the microwave at about 20 seconds and then add about 1 tablespoon of the Bailey’s Irish Cream and stir.  Then pour over the mixture.   This of course is optional.  Then sprinkle the green sprinkles…..  and enjoy! 
You can also top the brownies with just a dusting of powdered sugar instead.
Tip: To cut brownies with clean lines, lightly spray your (sharp) knife with cooking spray
Baily's Irish Cream Brownies

 

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Comfort Toast – a new twist

Toast is supposed to be a “comforting” food.  You eat it when you are sick, you eat it when you need something quick and you eat it with so many different toppings (not just butter!)

guamole toast

Guacamole is becoming eaten more and more these days. So I decided to use it for my guacamole mozzarella toast.

To Make:

I used oatmeal bread but you can use any type of bread your heart desires.  Then I toast it in the toaster lightly.  When it is done, I put about 2 tablespoons butter in a frying pan and wait until the butter is just about melted, then I add the toast.  I let them “toast” for about 3 minutes each side.  When I take it out, I spread the guacamole, add the cheese, and then place it again in the toaster just to melt the cheese somewhat.  When it starts to melt, I take it out, and sprinkle a little garlic salt with parsley and some pepper.

Delicious!

salad toast
Using the same bread above, I made an open salad toast. I toast it in the toaster lightly.  When it is done, I put about 2 tablespoons butter in a frying pan and wait until the butter is just about melted, then I add the toast.  I let them “toast” for about 3 minutes each side.  Then I place pepper jack cheese on the toast, put it back in the toaster to melt the cheese. When the cheese is melted, I take it out and place the lettuce on top, crunchy onions, some pepper, and top it with avocado ranch dressing.

Another comforting toast recipe complete.

 

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Valentine’s Day Treats

valentines day cakes

Pictured above: Raspberry-filled golden butter heart cakes. ( Not iced…yet)

Golden Butter Cake:

 

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Baking Spray

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.  Pour into your heart pans which have been sprayed with baking spray.  Bake at 325° until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 21 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Invert pan onto a wire rack over waxed paper and hit the hearts with a spoon to loosen the cakes to fall out.

Raspberry Filling:

Combine raspberries, sugar, 3/4 cup water, and lemon juice in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until reduced, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl. Pour mixture back into the saucepan.  Mix remaining water and cornstarch together in a bowl until dissolved; add to raspberry mixture. Bring mixture to a boil; cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Cool filling in refrigerator, at least 30 minutes.

OR… here’s a HACK: Get a can of raspberry pit filling in your grocery store. ( It’s easier and no one will know!)

I then used a small heart cookie cutter to cut a hole into each cake and fill it with the fruit filling. Then I placed the heart I cut out back inside.

Go to my Facebook page tomorrow and see the finished cake!

 

valentines day cookies

Another treat that you can make that is much easier than the cakes, are sugar cookie hearts.  It’s your simple sugar cookie recipe and then frosting is a cinch!  Frosting hack: Get a tub of vanilla or white icing and melt it in the microwave. You don’t want it to be soupy. Melt it at 21 seconds, check and then add 5 seconds until you get a good consistency.  Then I scoop it into a pastry bag and design the cookies. I have heart sprinkles and place those on the cookies.  Oh, how did I get pink cookies? Simply, separate the dough and with half the dough I add some pink or red food coloring and mix.

Check my Facebook page tomorrow for how I created the DIY bags to put these lovely cookies in.

 

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Let’s Party!

pita chips

Homemade Pita Chips – Part 1:

There’s nothing quite like making your own chips! First off, it’s healthier. Secondly, it’s fun! With the AFC/NFC Championships this today and then the Superbowl in 2 weeks, it’s a great time to start thinking about snacks for your football parties!

First you need to buy pita bread. You can buy whichever you prefer.

Secondly you will need to cut each pita into wedges OR if you don’t want to be that creative, you can just cut the pita bread into pieces.

Next, Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

Then you need to place the chips in a large plastic bag so you can coat each pita slice/piece with olive oil. I use grilling/Sautéing Olive Oil.  There’s real no “exact” measurement of how much, since I just eyeball it into the bag, seal it shut and then massage the chips on the counter ( the pita bread gets a spa treatment!) until I see that each piece is coated. If I have to add a little more oil, I do. BUT you don’t want to soak the bread, just coat it.

Then I place them on the baking sheet and sprinkle my spices. I make a mixture of Garlic, Parmesan Cheese, Salt and Pepper.    I make sure BOTH sides get coated with the spices. If you want them plain, then you skip this step and follow the next one.

Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until crispy and browned. Cool completely.

Part2: Then I like to serve mine with salsa and melted cheese. OR you can Serve them with your favorite dips or eat them plain! The choice is yours and it’s endless!

pita recipe

Happy Snacking!