Archive for March, 2012

March 30th, 2012

Bunny Bread



So what exactly is bunny bread?  You might say it’s monkey bread with an Easter makeover!  Same fun pull-apart bread, but we’ve traded out the caramel gooey topping for a marshmallow gooey topping (made with Easter peeps of course!) Next we dressed up the plate with some edible Easter grass (found it at Target), filled the center with more grass so we could create a cute little nest for our Easter Bunny Peeps, and finally we dressed it up with a few Easter sprinkles to top it off!  A fun treat for your little peeps!

Bunny Bread

Ingredients:

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March 29th, 2012

Cinnamon Roll Cake

I love Cinnamon Rolls.  I always have and I always will.  The smell of Cinnamon Rolls is just as addictive to me.  I often crave Cinnamon Rolls and this cake can offer me the same flavors.  All the deliciousness of cinnamon rolls in a much simpler and quicker form.  What’s not to love?   This Cinnamon Roll Cake is perfect for dessert, brunch or even breakfast. 

Cinnamon Roll Cake

Cake:

3 cups flour ¼ teaspoon salt 1 cup sugar 4 teaspoons baking powder 1 ½ cups milk 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 1/2 cup (1 stick) real butter, melted Topping: 1 cup (2 sticks) real butter, softened 1 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons flour 1 tablespoon cinnamon 3/4 cup chopped pecans, (optional) (always measure the nuts first then chop them)   Glaze: 2 cups powdered sugar 5 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon vanilla   Directions:   Preheat oven to 350 degrees.   In an electric or stand mixer mix the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, milk, eggs and vanilla. Once combined well, slowly stir in the 1/2 cup melted butter. Pour batter into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan.    In a large bowl, mix the 2 sticks of softened butter, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and pecans until well combined. Drop evenly over cake batter by the tablespoonfuls and use a knife to marble/swirl through the cake.   Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out nearly clean from center. You want to make sure it’s done.   Place powdered sugar, milk and vanilla in a large bowl. Whisk until smooth. Drizzle over warm cake. Serve warm or at room temperature.   *Recipe from thegirlwhoateeverything.com

 

March 28th, 2012

Scalloped Sweet Potato Stacks



Easter is right around the corner.  Here is a great way to add something new to your table.  These Sweet Potato Stacks would be a delicious addition to your dinner table or buffet - layers of melted mozzarella with cream and a hint of fresh thyme.  They will go perfect with your Easer Ham, or anytime with marinated chicken from the grill.   Just bake them in a muffin tin – they really are quite simple to make, but you can just imagine how impressed your company will be!

Scalloped Sweet Potato Stacks

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds small sweet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, divided
1 cup (4 oz.) freshly shredded mozzarella cheese, divided*
2/3 cup heavy cream
1 garlic clove, pressed
1/2 to 3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Garnish: fresh thyme (optional)

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March 27th, 2012

Sugar Cookie Bars

True Confession: I really do not like the big soft sugar cookies sold in the grocery stores.  I know you know which ones I am talking about-the big round ones that have a big glob of frosting and usually some sprinkles.  I know I am probably one of the few people on the planet that do not enjoy one of those cookies, but I never have.  My husband and kids on the other hand love them.  I know if my hubby sets foot in a grocery store we may soon have a package of sugar cookies at home.

Homemade sugar cookies, on the other hand are a love of mine.  But again another true confession:  I don’t always want or have time to roll out the dough and cut out several shaped cookies.  So, when I came across this recipe I knew it was meant to be.  These sugar cookie bars and I were to never be apart again.  These are the easiest sugar cookies ever.   Simply mix the dough and spread into a jelly roll pan and bake.  There is no rolling pin necessary.  LOVE!!!   They are so moist and just the right amount of sweet.  The cream cheese helps them to stay soft even the next day.  So make them to share or not, because these are sure to be a hit!

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March 26th, 2012

Corner Bakery’s Anaheim Breakfast Panini


Thanks to everyone who entered our Breville Panini Press Giveaway!   We loved all your panini favorites! {If you want to try a dangerous activity, scroll through the entries and read all the panini favorites – you’ll be drooling soon!}

It was a hard choice, but  we decided to feature this Corner Bakery Anaheim Panini (thanks Katy for suggesting this great sandwich!)  Not only is this panini delicious,  it’s a great reminder that paninis make a wonderful hot, easy and yummy breakfast!! {Although I’d eat this panini for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!}  A few others of your breakfast favorites are:  Ham and Cheese; Apple, Brie, and Bacon; Sharp Cheddar, Apple and Cinnamon; Banana Nutella; Pear and Brie; Peanut Butter and Banana.

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