Jun 112012
 

How to make your homemade doughnuts look more enticing:- cover them with homemade chocolate glaze.

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May 282012
 

Coconut-chocolate-banana muffins

Make this treat during the weekend so that you can enjoy great treats for breakfast, snack or a late afternoon tea any day of the week. They keep well if refrigerated and could last a week or more if properly stored in a sealed container. Continue reading »

Mar 132012
 

 I first had this all American bread two days before my wedding day. My hubbie’s math teacher was hosting my mother and I for a night after a 10 hour trip up north. When we came downstairs for breakfast, she had fresh, sweet and delicious banana bread waiting for us. What a nice welcome to Fulton. I have kept this recipe ever since and I always share it with family and friends for breakfast, midmorning snack or afternoon tea.

It’s easy to make and can be made just before guests arrive.

½ cup shortening or butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs well beaten

½ teason salt

½ cup butter milk or sour milk (milk plus 1 tsp vinegar)

1 tsp baking soda dissolved in the sour milk

2 cups flour – (I like to use the 100% stone ground whole wheat flour)

3 ripe bananas, mashed.

1/4 cup chocolate chips ( optional)

 Cream or beat together the butter and sugar.  In a cup beat eggs and salt. Add to creamed sugar.  Add sour milk/ butter milk and baking soda. Mix well.  Add flour and mix. Stir in the bananas and optional items on hand. I added chocolate chips in this one.

Meanwhile heat oven to 350°F.

Grease bottom of baking dish or loaf pan. Pour batter into dish or pan and bake for 50-60 min. Insert toothpick and if clean when removed, the banana bread is ready.

 

Make this and share.  It keeps well in your refrigerator if, you don’t finish eating it in one seating.

Feb 112012
 

Chocolate Truffles - for Valentine's Day!

Where would we be without love? God is love and He loves us unconditionally.

We are in February and Love is everywhere . February 14th is the biggest day for LOVE.  As the clock ticks by, every second, someone, somewhere falls in love. Romance and soft music fill the air. It’s time to tell the ones you know that you love them.

To celebrate, here are some ideas. No baking necessary. Just your creativity and a little bit of time. Hope you have as much fun as we did.

Treat #1 .  Make these very easy Chocolate Truffle treats and share.

You can definitely make truffles in many different ways.  I used only half the quantities in the recipe below and used the remaining chocolate to make two extra eye catching chocolate treats.

Inspired by this recipe.  Two Ingredients Only: Chocolate and Cream Cheese.

  • 1 1/4  pkg of Baker’s Semi Sweet Chocolate ( 10 squares).
  • ½  pkg cream cheese.
  1. Melt 4 of the chocolate squares and save 6.
  2. Beat cream cheese with mixer until creamy.
  3. Stir in melted chocolate and refrigerate until firm.
  4. Shape into balls and place each on a tray lined with wax paper.
  5. Melt the remaining 6 squares of chocolate.
  6. Dip the balls into melted chocolate and place on wax paper.
  7. Pour desired toppings like shredded coconut, ground almonds or drizzle icing for decorative effect.
  8. Refrigerate again until firm.

These truffles have a “creamy soft on the inside” delightful surprise.

Treat #2 :  You could simply add shredded coconut and crushed almonds into the remaining  dark chocolate. To make the red truffles, use white chocolate (almond bark).  Color with red food coloring,  roll into balls, coat with coconut  or almonds and chill.  No extra coating necessary.

Treat #3 : I used  triple double Oreo cookies and dipped them in the remaining dark chocolate. I added white chocolate to make the white Oreo cookie  treats.  Color some icing sugar with red food coloring and dot your treats over as you like. Decorating allows you to make a  stunning statement.

Another idea for Valentine’s are these treats, that the  Happy Baker  calls “Speed Dating Quickies”,  in her book on page 93.

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup butter

1 cup milk

**** I used ½ cup brown and 1/2 cup white sugar****

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

4 cups quick-cooking oats

1 cup flaked coconut

***** I would love to add these two ingredients next time :  ½ cup raisins  and ¼ cup nuts for different  flavor in every bite*****

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring sugars, butter and milk to boil over medium heat.
  2. Remove from heat; add vanilla.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips, mix until melted. Add oats and coconut; combine.
  4. Drop mixture by tablespoon onto lined cookie sheet.
  5. Refrigerate. Chocolate will firm up and be ready to eat.

To make exciting gifts out of  your treats, visit a local craft shop like Hobby Lobby and get beautiful packaging.

Package your treats to share as gifts. Your family and friends will love them.

Happy Valentine’s everyone.

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