Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lemon Peeps Cookie Pizza- #CrazyIngredientChallenge

It's time for the Crazy Ingredient Challenge, where bloggers are assigned two ingredients that wouldn't necessarily go together, and we have to create something wonderful with them. I'd like to say a BIG thank you to Dawn, from Spatulas on Parade, for gettting us organized this month!!

This month we've been given Lemons and PEEPS to work with. At first I wasn't sure what I was going to make, but then I got a great idea. I'd melt the PEEPS into some cream, and add it to a dessert somehow. Then I though of PEEPS ganache, but decided to so a cookie pizza, mixing the melted PEEPS mixture with some white chocolate and cream cheese, as the sauce for the pizza. 

It totally worked perfectly. The PEEPS melted in the cream and turned it a beautiful light yellow colour. I decided to add lemon to the sauce as well and it was spectacular. I went with a sugar cookie crust and the flavour was totally awesome. The sauce added a nice pop of freshness to the cookie and fruit. The kids LOVED this cookie pizza. I wasn't sure they'd go for a cookie and fruit, but they loved the lemony sauce. Even hubby had a few slices, after I convinced him to try it. This would be a gorgeous addition to an Easter Brunch and a lovely way to end Easter dinner. The best part is, you can make this any time of the year, if you can get your hands on PEEPS.

Lemon PEEPS Cookie Pizza

1/2 C butter, softened
3/4 C sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1-8 oz package of light cream cheese
juice and zest of 1 lemon
1/2 C cream
1 pkg yellow PEEPS chicks (2 rows of 5)
1 pkg white chocolate chips
1 C powdered sugar
assorted sliced fruit (strawberries, kiwi)
black berries
1/2 C toasted coconut
2 PEEPS chicks
candy eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a bowl cream the butter and sugar, until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, until well combined. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix until a soft dough forms. Pat dough out onto a pizza stone, 1/2 inch from the edge (dough will grow and over flow if you don't leave room for it to spread out while baking). Bake 8-10 minutes, until the dough begins to brown slightly. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

Taking a dip in the hot tub!

In a small sauce pot, add the cream and PEEPS and heat over med-low heat. Stir occasionally until the PEEPS have completely melted; about 5-10 minutes. Pour PEEPS cream over the white chocolate chips, in a bowl and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir to combine. Let cool completely.

In a clean bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Beat in the lemon zest and juice, and the cooled white chocolate mixture; beating until smooth. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar and beat an additional 3 minutes. Spread onto the cookie, in an even layer.

Place the toasted coconut in a mound, in the centre of the cookie. Place fruit onto pizza, in a circular pattern, starting with strawberries, then black berries, followed by kiwi and more black berries. Chop remaining strawberries, and sprinkle around the outer edge of the pizza. Place two PEEPS onto the toasted coconut, along with a few candy eggs.

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

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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

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 ground cloves 
2 Tbs water

1/4 C flour

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

3 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground 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)

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!

Celebrating Chocolate in April Blogger Round-Up

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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