Monday, April 14, 2014

Simple Supper Tuesday #59 ~Featuring Easter

Welcome back to Simple Supper Tuesday, the party featuring QUICK, EASY recipes, perfect for those busy weeknights. So, please share your crock pot, 30 minutes or 5 ingredient recipes (easy desserts are also welcome)!!


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Recipe with the MOST CLICKS




Seafood Casserole- Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Recipes that CAUGHT MY EYE


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Peeps Houses- Yesterfood
Easy Easter Cookies- Spaceships and Laser Beams
Jello Easter Eggs- ButterYum
Easter Sweet Morsels- Southern Distinctions 
Peeps S'mores Bars- Love Food, Will Share



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Apple Fritter Muffins- Secret Recipe Club

These moist muffins are studded with tender spiced apples and dipped into a sweet glaze. You'll think you're eating an apple fritter.


Hun... What's for Dinner?: Apple Fritter Muffins- These moist muffins are studded with tender spiced apples and dipped into a sweet glaze.


It's time for this month's Secret Recipe Club reveal! I love being part of a group of bloggers, who cook from each other's blogs and then blog about it. It's so exciting to see who had my blog every month and to see what recipe they chose to make! This month I was assigned to Colleen's blog, Secrets from the Cookie Princess. I immediately went to Colleen's blog to check out her recipes, since I had an inkling that her blog would centre around desserts. I was pleasantly surprised to find tons of sweet recipes, along with wonderful savoury recipes. I sure do love my sweets! Right away I found a handful of recipes I wanted to make like M&M Pretzel Cashew Bites, Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Meatloaf and these Apple Fritter Muffins. I mentioned all three recipes to the kiddos and hubby, and they voted for the muffins. I have the other recipes bookmarked to try in the future.

These muffins are awesome!! I love that the apples are cooked down before adding them to the batter. It's like muffin meets caramel apple pie filling. And dipping it in that glaze? OMG the kids and I were swooning, as I was dipping the warm muffins. The bonus was that they are peanut free, so I was able to send them to school with the kids. We had them devoured in the matter of days. How could we not? The muffins were moist and tender, studded with these wonderfully spiced apples and dipped in glaze. The spices were perfect, not over powering and the sweet glaze added just the right amount of sweetness. These muffins will be going into my school muffin rotation, for the kids lunches.


Hun... What's for Dinner?: Apple Fritter Muffins- These moist muffins are studded with tender spiced apples and dipped into a sweet glaze.





Apple Fritter Muffins
adapted from Secrets from the Cookie Princess
via Sweet Pea's Kitchen
printable version

Apples:
6 Tablespoons butter, divided
3 medium cooking apples ( I went with 2 McIntosh and 1 Red Delicious)
1/3 C brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves 
2 Tbs water

1/4 C flour

Muffins: 
2 1/3 C flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda

3 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cloves
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 C unsweetened apple sauce
1/4 C canola oil
1 tsp vanilla

1 C sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs, room temperature
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature (or 1 Tablespoon vinegar plus 1 cup milk)


Glaze:
2 Tbs butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar 

1 Tbs hot water


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 16 muffin cups with paper liners.

In a large cast iron skillet melt the butter over medium low heat.  Add in the sugar, apples, cinnamon, cloves and 1 Tbs hot water. Cook, stirring occasionally until apples are tender; about 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and gradually stir in 1/4 C flour. Let cool.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a separate large mixing bowl, combine the apple sauce, sugar, brown sugar, oil and vanilla. Whisk in eggs, one at a time; until combined. Add in flour alternately with the buttermilk, starting and finishing with the flour; stirring until the ingredients are just combined. Gently fold in the apples, ensuring to not over mix.

Divide batter equally among muffin cups and smooth the tops. Bake 14-16 minutes; until the tips are pale golden brown and springy to the touch. Remove from oven to a wired rack, letting muffins cool for 5 minutes before removing from the muffin tins. Cool slightly before dipping in into the glaze.

To make the glaze, mix together the melted butter, vanilla, powdered sugar and hot water until smooth. Holding warm muffins upside down, dip tops into the glaze, letting any access drip off. Return to wired rack to let the glaze harder. Dip muffins, into the glaze, a second time. Let harden before serving.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Lady Bugs

Who wouldn't fall in love with these super cute strawberries, which have been dipped in chocolate and transformed into lady bugs!

Hun... What's for Dinner?: Chocolate Covered Strawberry Lady Bugs Tutorial


This month, a few bloggers and I decided to get together to create recipes featuring chocolate. This time of year, every where you turn is chocolate. Chocolate bunnies, eggs, cartoon characters. They all taunt me, in pretty much every store I enter. So, we thought it would be a great month to do a chocolate series (although I'd say any time is a good time for chocolate, lol).

At first I had planned to make a chocolate silk pie. I LOVE chocolate silk pie and have asked Hubby countless times to make one. He never seems to have the time, so I figured this would be a great way to get my pie. Then Queenie's birthday came around and as I was planning snacks for her party. I thought of making lady bug chocolate covered strawberries, so I did a search on line to see what ideas I could find. I decided to combine a few idea I saw into these super cute, delicious snacks. The girls at Queenie's party LOVED the strawberries, so I decided they would be much cuter than a chocolate silk pie.


Hun... What's for Dinner?: Chocolate Covered Strawberry Lady Bugs Tutorial




Chocolate Covered Strawberry Lady Bugs
printable version

15-20 large fresh strawberries
1 C dark chocolate wafers
1/4 C red chocolate wafers
30 to 40 candy covered chocolate chips

Hun... What's for Dinner?: Chocolate Covered Strawberry Lady Bugs Tutorial
 Cut berries in half and cut a small triangle in the larger end.



Hun... What's for Dinner?: Chocolate Covered Strawberry Lady Bugs Tutorial
Melt the chocolate wafers in a microwave safe bowl, until melted; stirring every 30 seconds. Dip pointed tips of each strawberry half and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Hun... What's for Dinner?: Chocolate Covered Strawberry Lady Bugs Tutorial
Pour remaining melted chocolate into a disposable piping bag, or zip top freezer bag. Snip a tiny piece from the corner and pipe chocolate lines in the centre of each berry, and along the edges, to create wings. Pipe tiny dots onto the wing portion of the strawberry, and two dots of chocolate onto the heads. Using the candy covered chocolate chips, create eyes.



Hun... What's for Dinner?: Chocolate Covered Strawberry Lady Bugs Tutorial
Microwave red chocolate melts, until melted; stirring every 30 seconds. Place melted chocolate into a zip top sandwich bag, and snip off a tiny corner. Pipe smiles onto your lady bugs. Let set and enjoy!


For more fabulous Celebrating Chocolate in April recipes visit these wonderful bloggers below!

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Chocolate Croissant Puffs from Rowdy Baker
Double Chocolate Cheesecake Pie from Baking In A Tornado
Iced Mocha Latte Chocolate Cake from Tampa Cake Girl
Raspberry Candied Bacon Dark Chocolate Brownies from Cooking from a Stay at Home Mom




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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Maple Glazed Turkey Breast

A gorgeous roast turkey breast, basted with maple syrup. Perfect for Easter, or any special holiday.


Hun... What's for Dinner?: Maple Glazed Turkey Breast- A gorgeous roast turkey breast, basted with maple syrup. Perfect for Easter, or any special holiday.


Easter is just around the corner, and the big question is Ham, or Turkey? We usually do ham. This year we'll be visiting my mother in law, and I think she's making ham too. But sometimes I just crave turkey, especially around the holidays. It recreates a connection to family, even though we can not be together. I lucked out last week and found a turkey breast for a steal at the local grocery store. I've mentioned it before, but you should really check your local grocery store, for the discounted meat section. These meats are still perfectly fine, they just need to be sold quickly, before they reach their Expiration date. As long as you cook them the day you buy them, or freeze them immediately; there is nothing wrong with discounted meat. You can find wonderful bargains for up to 40% off the original price. In today's economy, this is a way for my family to enjoy expensive cuts of meats, for less.

For those who prefer turkey to ham, or who even want to make both, this recipe would be perfect for Easter. Using wonderful maple syrup, which is in season, this turkey is sweet and savoury all in one. The skin gets all crisp and the glaze add a wonderful wow factor to the dish. I decided to roast my turkey breast with sweet potatoes, because I knew the maple syrup would be great with them. I just seasoned them with salt and pepper, thyme and a bit of rosemary. I made a simple gravy with the turkey drippings, adding a few more herbs and spices and it was a spectacular meal. Roasting one turkey breast is a great way to enjoy turkey, for smaller families, or for empty nesters who are now only cooking for two. Make your Easter special this year, with a fabulous recipe, no matter how many people you are celebrating with!


Hun... What's for Dinner?: Maple Glazed Turkey Breast- A gorgeous roast turkey breast, basted with maple syrup. Perfect for Easter, or any special holiday.




Maple Glazed Turkey Breast
printable version

1 turkey breast (ours was about 7 lbs)
1/2 C pure maple syrup
1/2 ground thyme
1/2 tsp rubbed sage
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

For gravy:
a pinch of nutmeg
1/4 tsp rubbed sage
1/4 tsp ground thyme
1 C chicken stock
1 C water, divided
2 Tbs cornstarch
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Season turkey breast with 1/2 tsp of thyme and sage, salt and pepper. Place into small roasting pan, or large baking dish, with about 1/2 C of water. Bake, 20 minutes per pound, basting with maple syrup every 30 minutes; internal temperature should read 160 degrees F. Let rest 15 minutes, before serving.

For gravy: skim fat from roasting pan drippings and pour into a sauce pot. Add chicken stock, 3/4 C water, 1/4 tsp of sage and thyme and a pinch of nutmeg. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to med-low. Simmer for 5-10 minutes. Combine the cornstarch with remaining 1/4 C of water. Remove gravy from heat and whisk in cornstarch. Return to heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until gravy has reached desired consistency. Check for seasonings, adding salt and pepper if needed. Serve with the turkey.


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