Monday, February 22, 2010

Cheesy Broccoli Baked Potatoes


There is a new show on TV called The Best Recipes Ever. It is based on Canadian Living. I taped the show as I never remember it is on. This recipe caught my eye as you can have a whole meal in one. Without a doubt this will be a recipe that will be made again and Dan liked it as well. You can take it to work and heat it up.

Cheesy Broccoli Baked Potatoes

Preheat oven to 400º.

Ingredients:

2 baking potatoes (russett)
1 cup broccoli florets, chopped
4 slices bacon, sliced 1/2"
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 tsp all-purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions:

Take your potatoes and microwave them until just cooked. Use the potato setting.
Then place in oven for about 10 minutes until crisp.
Cook broccoli until tender, drain and set aside.
In medium size fry pan cook bacon until golden brown. Remove bacon from pan and place on paper towel to remove excess bacon fat.
Add onions to pan and cook until softened.
Add flour and cook until the flour is cooked out, 1/2 minute or so.
Whisk in milk, salt and pepper.
Stir until mixture thickens.
Remove from heat and add cheese, stir until cheese melts.
Add broccoli and bacon. Set aside.
When potatoes are done cut them in half and scoop out potato and put with broccoli and bacon mixture.
Combine the potato into the broccoli mixture.
Place the potato shells on baking sheet and fill with cheese broccoli mixture, over fill the shells with this mixture.
Top with the second grated cheese.

Bake for about 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.



Sunday, February 21, 2010

National Sticky Bun Day


Today February 21st. is National Sticky Bun Day. I have not ever made any kind of sticky bun with yeast, so when I found out it was sticky bun day today I decided to try them. On Bon Appetit page this recipe for Yukon Gold Cinnamon Rolls attracted my interest. This dough is amazing. It is so soft, tender and moist. Very easy to work with. This dough would be good for donuts as well I would think.

Yukon Gold Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients:

Dough:

1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 tablespoon coarse kosher salt
1/2 cup softened butter
3 large eggs
1 cup cake & pastry flour
3 1/2 cups (or more) unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 cup warm water (105°F to 115°F)
3 1/4-ounce envelopes active dry yeast (scant 2 tablespoons)
2 tablespoons sugar

Filling:

1 1/3 cups (packed) golden brown sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 cup softened butter

Cinnamon Butter Cream Icing:

1 cup softened butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. cinnamon
4 cups icing sugar
2 tbsp. milk

Directions:

For Dough:

Combine potatoes, 2 cups water, and 1 tablespoon coarse salt in large saucepan.
Boil until potatoes are very tender, about 18 minutes. Do Not Drain Water from Potatoes.
Mash potatoes with water in pan.
Add butter and mash until butter is melted.
Whisk in eggs, then 1 cup flour; mash until very smooth.
Let potatoes stand until barely lukewarm, about 10 minutes.

While the potato mixture is cooling, pour 1/2 cup warm water into large bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment; stir in yeast and sugar.
Let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.
Add potato mixture to yeast mixture; mix on low speed until well blended, 2 minutes. Mix in 3 cups flour, 1 cup at a time, beating well.
Beat until sticky dough forms.

Take the last 1/2 cup flour and spread on work surface.
Scrape dough out onto floured work surface.
Knead until dough is smooth and elastic, adding more flour by tablespoonfuls if dough is very sticky, about 8 minutes.


Coat large bowl with butter.
Transfer dough to bowl and turn to coat.
Cover bowl with plastic wrap, then kitchen towel.
Let dough rise in warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

Directions:

Filling:

Mix brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour in medium bowl.
Using fork, mix in butter.


Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 425°F.
Lightly grease two 9 X 13" baking pans.
Turn dough out onto well-floured work surface.
Roll out dough to 24x16-inch rectangle.
Sprinkle filling evenly over dough.
Starting at 1 long side, roll up dough jelly-roll style, enclosing filling.
Using large knife dipped in flour, cut roll crosswise into 24 pieces.
Transfer rolls into baking pan, spacing rolls about 3/4 inch apart.
Cover baking pans loosely with kitchen towel.
Let rise in warm draft-free area until almost doubled in volume, about 20 minutes (rolls will be very puffy).

Bake cinnamon rolls until golden, about 20 minutes.
Cool rolls 10 minutes on baking sheet.

Directions:

Cinnamon Butter Cream Icing:

In a bowl, cream butter with an electric mixer until fluffy.
Add vanilla, gradually add icing sugar one cup at at time, beating well on medium speed.
Scrape bowl often.
When fully mixed, the icing will appear dry.
Add milk and beat until light and fluffy.
Cover bowl with towel to keep it moist until ready to use.
Refrigerated is best (icing can be stored up to 2 weeks in an air-tight container).
Re-whip before using.


Saturday, February 20, 2010

Toasted Oatmeal Cookies



On my tours of the thrift stores I have been finding some good cookbooks. The Latest one Betty Crocker's Ultimate Cookie Book has some great looking recipes in it. This one caught my attention because you toast the nuts and oatmeal. The cookie is outstanding. I will be making them again.

Toasted Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups large flake oatmeal
1 cup walnuts
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 cup softened butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 egg
1 cup unbleached flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350º.
Spread oats and nuts onto a jelly roll pan (15 1/2 X 10 1/2 X 1"). Bake 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Cool.

In your mixer mix brown sugar, butter until light and smooth.
Add vanilla and egg, beat until well blended.
In small bowl whisk flour, baking soda and salt.
Stir in oat mixture and flour mixture.

Using a medium ice cream scoop, drop onto un-greased cookie sheet, 2" space between cookies.
Bake for 8 to 12 minutes until golden brown. Cool slightly and place on cooling rack.
Makes about 3 1/2 dozen.




Friday, February 19, 2010

White Cake with Chocolate Frosting


When I got up Sunday morning I decided to look for a white cake recipe and then add a Chocolate Frosting. I found a white cake recipe on allrecipes. It calls for milk, I used buttermilk instead. The chocolate Frosting follows the cake recipe. The cake is very nice, moist and light. Would definitely make this cake again. Due to adding the sour cream the cake should be kept in the frig.
A round plate does not really fit the square cake, I will be looking for a square cake plate.

White Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1 3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup buttermilk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350º.

Grease and flour 9x9" baking pan.

In mixer bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and creamy.

Beat eggs in one at a time.

Add vanilla.

In small bowl whisk flour and baking powder.

Add flour to creamed mixture until combined.

Stir in milk until batter is smooth.

Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes.


Chocolate Frosting

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter
1 cup icing sugar
1/4 cup sour cream
pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract or dark rum
4 tbsp. cocoa
3 tbsp. very strong coffee

Directions:

In your mixer combine butter, icing sugar and sour cream together until smooth and creamy.

Add vanilla(rum) and beat again until combined.

Then add cocoa slowly until this is combined.

Add the coffee until the frosting is the desired consistency.

When cake is cooled Ice and serve.





Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Chicken Casserole

This recipe came from a lady I worked with a few years ago. It is a good way to use left over chicken. I replace 1/2 the mayonnaise with yogurt. I have looked through my photos and could not find the picture...sigh. When we make the second casserole in the freezer I will post a picture.

Chicken Casserole

Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped up
2 cups cooked broccoli
1 cup mayonnaise (1/2 cup mayonnaise & 1/2 plain yogurt)
1 can cream of chicken soup (or mushroom)
juice from 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp. curry powder
1 cup shredded cheese
1 cup bread crumbs, toasted
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. parsley

Directions:

In a 2 quart casserole dish place cooked chicken.
Add the cooked broccoli on top of chicken

In small mixing bowl combine: Mayonnaise (& yogurt), cream of chicken (mushroom) soup, lemon juice, & curry powder, Mix until combined.

Pour over chicken and broccoli.
Put a layer of shredded cheese
Then add bread crumbs
Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the bread crumbs

Bake 350º for 1 hour.

Can be made in advance and freezes well.




Monday, February 15, 2010

Ultimate Double Chocolate Cookies with Marshmallows


Dan wanted a cookie that had white chocolate and marshmallows in it. I used the Ghiradelli's cookie recipe and added the white chocolate and marshmallows. These cookies are very very rich very much like a brownie.

Ultimate Double Chocolate Cookies with Marshmallows

Ingredients:

11.5 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips(used semi-sweet)
6 tbsp. softened butter
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup unbleached flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup marshmallows
1 cup chopped nuts, (used walnuts, toasted)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375º.

Prepare cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside

Over double boiler melt the semi-sweet chocolate and butter.

In mixer bowl beat eggs and sugar until smooth and creamy. Add the melted chocolate to this.

In small bowl whisk flour and baking powder.

Add the flour to the chocolate mixture.

Stir in the semi-sweet chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, nuts and marshmallows.

Refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour.

Using a medium ice cream scoop and place on baking sheet leaving 1 " space between.

Bake for 12 to 14 minutes. The center should still be soft.

Makes 24 cookies.


Sunday, February 14, 2010

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