Saturday, October 31, 2009

Brown Sugar Toffee Snack Cake

I was searching around the blogs and came across this recipe at Culinary Concoctions by Peabody. While reading the recipe and it called for milk chocolate covered toffee bar, I knew I had to try them. My next trip to the store I bought Skor bars and Dan ate those. So the next trip I bought more and made the cake that day. The Snack Cake is delicious. The cake is moist and tender and great all on its own and with the addition of the Skor bars it is something everyone should try.

Brown Sugar Toffee Snack Cake


1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed (I used light)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 ¼ cup self rising flour
¼ cup sour cream
¼ cup buttermilk
1 cup & ½ cups Skor bar, divided


Preheat oven to 350ºF

Prepare an 8X8" baking pan.

Cream together the butter and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy in your stand up mixer this should take about 3 minutes.

Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until incorporated.

In a small bowl add the buttermilk and sour cream whisk this together until well mixed.

On low speed. Alternate the flour and buttermilk and end with flour.

Fold in ½ cup Skor bar pieces.

Pour into prepared pan, add the 1 cup Skor bar to top and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake

We have rhubarb in the garden and found this recipe on Good Housekeeping for an upside down cake. We loved the recipe the topping was jam like and the cake was moist and tender. We added Strawberries to this recipe.

Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake


3 tbsp. butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1/2 lb. rhubarb
1/2 lb. strawberries
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3 large eggs, separated
1 cup) granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk


Preheat oven to 350º .

In 12-inch nonstick skillet with oven-safe handle, melt 3 tablespoons butter on medium, swirling to coat side of pan. Sprinkle brown sugar over melted butter and continue to cook 1 to 2 minutes or until sugar begins to melt, stirring constantly.

Remove skillet from heat.

Trim tough stem ends from rhubarb stalks. Place rhubarb stalks in skillet in parallel rows across top of sugar mixture, cutting and piecing together stalks as necessary to almost completely cover bottom of skillet. Add your strawberries in this step as well.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.

In small bowl, with mixer on medium speed, beat egg whites until foamy.

Increase speed to medium-high, and beat until soft peaks form.

Beat in 1/4 cup granulated sugar, and beat until whites stand in stiff peaks when beaters are lifted.

In large bowl, with mixer on low speed, beat remaining 1/2 cup butter and remaining 3/4 cup granulated sugar until blended.

Increase speed to medium; beat 3 minutes or until light and fluffy and a pale lemon color, occasionally scraping bowl with rubber spatula.

Beat in egg yolks, 1 at a time, and vanilla until well blended.

Reduce speed to low. Beat in flour mixture alternately with milk just until blended, occasionally scraping bowl.

Stir in 1 large spoonful beaten whites to loosen batter slightly.

Then, with rubber spatula, fold in remaining whites, half at a time, just until blended.

Transfer batter to skillet and spread evenly.

Bake 38 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.

Cool cake in skillet on wire rack 10 minutes.

Invert cake onto platter and remove skillet; cool slightly, about 30 minutes, to serve warm, or cool completely, about 2 hours, to serve at room temperature.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Coconut Tartlets with Poached Pineapple and Mascarpone Cheese

I will be catching up on some of the dishes that we have made over the last few months. Our overtime is starting to slow down. Here is a Pineapple Tart that we found on My Recipes that is so good. It is the first time we have used Mascarpone Cheese due to the fact that is is very expensive. We found that the Mascarpone Cheese a bit bland compared to the tang of cream cheese, however the tarts were great. We did not use the pink peppercorns

Coconut Tartlets with Poached Pineapple and Mascarpone Cheese


3 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut (such as Baker's Angel Flake, which has a fine texture)
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 cups diced fresh pineapple (1/4-in. cubes)
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup mascarpone cheese
1/2 cup whipping cream


Preheat oven to 325°.

Put coconut and butter in a medium bowl and stir until coconut is moist.

Divide mixture evenly among tart pans and press into bottoms and up sides to form a thin shell. Put tart pans on a baking sheet and bake until shells are golden brown, rotating sheet halfway through, about 15 minutes.

Let cool 5 minutes, then gently remove shells from tart pans and cool fully on a cooling rack.

In a medium saucepan over high heat, combine diced pineapple, pineapple juice.

Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until pineapple is tender, about 5 minutes.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer pineapple to a bowl and refrigerate, uncovered, until cool, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, increase heat to high and boil remaining liquid until thick and syrupy and reduced to 1/2 cup, about 2 minutes.

Remove star anise and discard; refrigerate syrup, uncovered, until cooled to room temperature, about 20 minutes.

In a medium bowl, stir mascarpone and pineapple syrup together.

In a separate bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form.

Stir half the cream into mascarpone mixture to lighten it, then gently fold in remaining cream.

Divide cream filling evenly among tart shells, smoothing it with the back of a spoon or a small offset spatula.

Spoon diced pineapple over cream filling, dividing evenly.

Serve immediately.

Monday, October 19, 2009


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