Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Delightful Blueberry Crisp

I really wanted to make a recipe with blueberries since we've got local u-pick blueberries that we froze for baking use.So what uses lots of delicious berries and is super easy to make, BLUEBERRY CRISP, that is.

Whats funny is I didn't even know that I have never made a crisp or even a cobbler since I started this blog.Well for everyone that has been deprived of crisps and cobbler I have got one down and another to go :). Here are a few pictures I took during my baking.Enjoy

Berries are mixed with ingredients while frozen. Place in a casserole dish.
Bringing topping ingredients together to make crumbs
Sprinkling that yummy crumb topping on the filling.
Fully covered with topping and about to be baked!
 Trying out a large yelping of blueberry crisp.So yummy!:)

I really do love crisps and cobblers especially the variety of toppings used.This blueberry crisp has a great crunchy, buttery, flaky crust and absorbs a lot of the fillings flavor. The oatmeal is the best part of this topping and gives great texture.This topping holds up really well overtime and next time I make this I'll add more topping because its so good.

The filling is however the most important part to this kind of dessert.The right fruits and ingredients need to be used for the best results.For this filling it was quite tart because very little sugar is use for a large amount of berries.So you have to expect some natural flavor to peek through.However don't fear if your someone that prefers sweeter because you can add more sugar if you like.But I can say it's still rather sweet overall and quite smooth as well.

For the berries I do recommend using fresh blueberries for the best flavor,but frozen is just as good especially when berries are not in season or you need them right away.For frozen you do need to know that the filling will come out a little watery;however if you put in the extra cornstarch the recipe recommends for a thicker sauce then everything will be fine.Also the cooler the crisp gets the more it absorbs the liquid and its ten times better with all it flavor from the juices.

For this recipe I did change up the pan being used and chose a large casserole dish.This fit really well for 6 cups of berries and I had no problems with bubbling over;however I did put a pan under the dish to prevent any mess. I baked this crisp for about 1 hour, when it was golden crisp on top and bubbling berries juice on top.

As you can see the berries bring great color to this dish and makes it number one in this dessert. I only wish I had whip cream or vanilla ice cream then. It would of gone so well with this crisp.Its a great summer dessert and quick to make.Now cobbler is on the list to make, Yum!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Summer Strawberry Cake

This is the best Strawberry Cake I have ever eaten and I didn't even use fresh strawberries. They were actually local strawberries we picked and then froze for baking.These are of course ten times better then any frozen fruit or strawberries found in the stores.I would highly recommend using  fresh strawberries for this cake for the best flavor;however frozen is just as good because it helps keep the fruit from going bad and you always have fruit on hand for baking.Yes, it will compromises the flavor a bit, but not enough to have your fruit go all mushy and gross, Yuck!. So freeze your strawberries, blueberries, bananas etc especially big batches.

Anyways,this cake was super simple to make and uses very little ingredient.I really like simple homemade baking with lots of flavor and some fun thrown into it. That's what you get in this recipe and nobody will be disappointed if you bake this beautiful cake.This would be a great recipe for someone that's never baked before to learn from or just for a beginner.There is very little prior preparing besides, cutting strawberries and greasing a pan.

I highly recommend this cake for special occasions like BBQ s,picnics,potlucks, and parties etc.Its a very moist and fluffy cake with great strawberry flavor.The aroma is excellent when freshly baked and when cooled. It smells exactly like strawberry jam and the cake gets even better once it sits in the fridge to absorb its flavors.Its definitely best to add as many cut up strawberries face down as you can to the cake for flavor and color. Its a elegant and bright summer cake, which will intrigue all eaters to try some.So check out the recipe and try it out for yourselves. You already heard my opinion, now go out and bake this delicious cake :)

    Friday, August 19, 2011

    6 Bittersweets Digital Kitchen Scale Giveaway!

    6 bittersweet is having a great giveaway for someone to win a red Escali Primo Multifunctional Kitchen Scale.This scale would be an awesome gift for a passionate cook, baker or to keep for yourself. This scale is a great size and switches between grams and ounces, which is useful for baking recipes that measure ingredients by weight. If your interested, you should definitely check out her giveaway and get your entry's in before August 20th. Its coming up close!Good luck. Open to U.S.A And Canada.

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    Thursday, August 18, 2011

    Robin Hood Baking Cookbook Giveaway at Leslie Loves Veggies

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    Win a Robin Hood Baking Cookbook at $29.95 value.Its great for beginners and experts!Robin Hood has great baking ingredients and books :).This would be a great gift for someone that loves to bake or keep it all to yourself.Whatever the case maybe, if your excited about this giveaway.Head on over and place your entries.Lots of ways to enter!

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    Beautiful Feather Earrings!

    I received a lovely giveaway winning in the mail yesterday. I got a pair of feather earrings from Crazy Fox Studios. I am in love with all her pieces and this is one of them. I love the blue colors and I think my friend Krysta is going to be jealous of them because her favorite color is blue :).I have really started to get into feather earring since I got pair of beautiful dark purple feather earring from Dave as a gift.I'm excited to add more to my earring collection.

    These earrings are beautiful and very well made.I have to give a big thank you to Linda who put so much work and creativity into her jewelry. Your gift wrapping and message were so sweet. I am also glad you loved the comments I gave on the giveaway. You deserve it!. I will definitely enjoy these earrings and show them off as much as I can.

    Rocky Road Brownies And Monkey Bread

    I made some sticky sweet treats and they are super easy to make, plus a lot of fun to decorate.I haven't made rocky road brownies in a long time. I actually think It was one of my first few recipes I did for this blog. If I look back I can imagine my photo taking skills are a whole lot different.From this picture you can see that the brownies are very dense and fudgy, while chewy and crunchy.A picture can say something 10 times better then any of the words that I could use.That's why I love taking food pictures.

    These are very sweet brownies and that basically controls your intake.They are one of those once in a blue moon recipes to make.Great summer recipe ,especially for picnics. So if you crave marshmallows, chocolate and nuts, this brownie is for you.Lots of fun to make, very little ingredient and children will love to sprinkle on the toppings.

    • Rocky Road Nut Brownies ( Adapted From Rocky Road Brownies, Martha Stewart)

      1/2 cup margarine(soft or hard)
    • 1 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 large eggs
    • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup mini marshmallows or cut up large marshmallow to equal same amount

    • 1 cup salted mixed nuts, chopped

    • Turn on oven to 350F. Grease and flour an 9 inch glass square pan.
    • Full a medium size pot with water, less then half way. Heat at medium- high. Once simmering, set a large glass bowl over top of pot. Be sure bottom of bowl is not touching the water, will ruin the melting process if it is.
    • Add margarine and 1 cup of chocolate cups to bowl. Stir off and on until melted and smooth about 5 minutes.
    • Remove bowl from heat. Stir in white sugar, brown sugar and salt. Then add eggs and stir in the flour. Stir in ½ cup of the salted nuts, chopped. Be sure to stir just until combined. Pour batter into glass pan and evenly spread it using  a rubber spatula. Bake brownies for 35 minutes, until firm and shows moist crumbs when inserting a toothpick.
    • Remove from oven. Cut up the large marshmallows to measure out one 1 cup or use miniature marshmallows. Sprinkle on marshmallows, then the leftover chopped nuts and  lastly the remaining chocolate chips.
    • Bake until marshmallows are puffed  and chocolate is shiny. Don’t let marshmallows get golden. About 4-5 minutes. Cool completely in pan and cut right away.

    I have finally made monkey bread and it was a complete, delicious success.Now all of you that are reading this are probably thinking why is she calling it monkey bread?, (insert confused face here). Well to answer your question no one exactly knows why its called that and I guess everyone just makes up their own assumption.For me I just came up with the idea that the swirls throughout the cake could represent the tails of monkeys. Its a silly thought I know, but might as well have fun with it. Does anyone actually know where the origin of the name came from or like to share their own take on it.Comment below,I love to hear all your ideas and silly ones are very welcome.

    Anyways back to the serious stuff of recipes :).All of you want to hear how this cake tastes right? Well I say its between a cinnamon bun and a sticky bun. How can you go wrong with that pair. Its a really dense and moist cake with a lot of intense flavor and has a really nice sticky, slightly crunchy outside.Its not to sweet and has a great balance.It has a lovely appearance and its a delightful comfort food.I can see myself putting raisins and nuts the next time I make this cake.

    Its a really fun recipe and you definitely get your hands dirty in the process.And what I mean by that is you get to soak dough in butter and roll it in cinnamon and sugar.Also the layering of the dough is the best part and its amazing what you create in the end.This recipe is well worth the time and effort put into it, to have a piece of this delightful cake.Two thumbs up to Micheal Smith Monkey Bread. He is by far my favorite chef on food network Canada and I love his shows.

    Friday, August 12, 2011

    Summer Weather And Candy In The Mail,Makes A Happy Day!

    Woo! Back to blogging again.Its super nice out today and summer has finally showing it self in the middle of august. Maybe this means it will be warmer in September, cross fingers. Just recently went swimming with Dave and my good friend Krysta, that was a lot of fun and the lake was so warm :). B.C summer weather can be so nice if it shows it self more. In other news I've been working on a couple recipe posts that will be up as soon as I get my writing groove back for reviewing.

    Also, mail was pretty obsolete all last week and this week has been pretty dry as well, except today I received something pretty awesome. I got my sample promotion from Maynard's Face book Page. They gave me a 170g bag of Maynard blush berries.I love their candy and my favorite from them is the Swedish berries, but these berries are now my second favorite :). They are so yummy and incredibly addicting that its hard to control not eating the whole bag for yourself.They are strawberry flavored and shape like the fruit. They are made with real fruit juice and are fat free. I love their candy. I give two thumbs up to their product. I would say though the only downside is I wish they gave me a coupon so I could buy their delicious candy again.Maybe they have a coupon on their website that I can look into.Now the mailing week has ended and I have to wait for Monday to roll around,depressing :(.

    Wednesday, August 03, 2011

    No new posts till I get back.

    Hey Followers, friends and viewers,

    If anyone's noticed that I haven't been making any recent post, its because I am house sitting right now with my sister for our older sister from august 1st-august 7th. I will be back blogging as soon as possible and I have a baking treat already lined up to share. So just wanted to keep everyone up to date on everything and everyone have a great day!.