Simplicity makes me smile!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Caramel Bundt

One day one of our families brought this to die for Caramel Cake for the nurses to eat. It was a rich dense butter pound cake covered in this delicious caramel fudgelike frosting. I mean covered!! Smothered.
I decided I needed to try to make this cake.......It was divine.
Recipe Search took me to...

Caramel Pound CakeCredit: Sarah Karnasiewicz
SERVES 10-12

Although this cake is denser than its classic cousin, the addition of brown sugar to the batter and icing lends it a delicious butterscotch flavor. The pound cake commandments still apply, however; follow them closely for the best results.

For the cake:
3 sticks butter, at room temperature, plus more for pan
3 1/2 cups flour, plus more for pan
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. fine salt
2 cups packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
6 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups whole milk, at room temperature

For the icing:
1 stick butter
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted

1. To make the cake: Heat oven to 325º. Butter and flour a light-colored 10-inch fluted tube pan, making sure there are no clumps of butter or exposed areas in pan; set aside. 

2. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt into large bowl and set aside. In the bowl of a standing mixer with a paddle set on medium speed, cream 3 sticks of butter until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the light brown and white sugars and mix, stopping and scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula occasionally, until lightened and smooth, about 5 minutes. Reduce speed to medium-low and add eggs, one at a time, beating for about 15 seconds after each addition and scraping down the bowl occasionally, until well blended. Do not overmix. Reduce speed to low and add the flour mixture and 11/2 cups milk alternately, in 3 batches, beginning and ending with flour; beat until smooth, about 3 minutes total.

3. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake in the center of the oven until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Do not overbake. Let cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes. Loosen edges with a small knife, then turn onto rack to let cool completely.

4. To make the icing: Melt remaining stick of butter in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add dark brown sugar and whisk constantly until mixture is bubbling and smooth and butter is completely incorporated, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in remaining 1/2 cup milk. Let mixture cool. Stir in the vanilla, then gradually add the confectioners' sugar and stir until well blended and smooth. Transfer cake to a cake plate and ice with frosting. Let stand for at least 2 hours before slicing. 

Puff Pastry Goodness

I have always wanted to make puff pastry. Just reading the recipe would turn me away. So many steps.So, so many steps. I decided to take one at a time. It turned out FABULOUS!! Best thing I have ever made, Ever!

Made into Cinnamon Rolls

Apricot Filling

First attempt was a success!

Recipe is by Martha Stewart  Baking Handbook
Danish Dough
She posts several pictures of each step.

Monday, May 7, 2012

A Day at the River

PreTZeLs!!! Big Soft Ones!

 Don't be afraid...really! They are Easy!
Hardest Part....Boil for 8 seconds 

Bake for 6 minutes and they look like this!

Pretzel shape or Knots?? Knots won! Hands down. The kids LOVE them!!

Cutest Faces Ever Awards!!

Sweet Ben!

What a smile!

Stinkin Cute!

So happy!

I could just squeeze this one!

Lanny, I could Just kiss him all day!

Most Beautiful 
His Many Moods!♥

Senior Prom

 Why does Prom seem like so much more fun than back in 1985? We had all of the cool music and dance moves back then. Haha! I think I had fun but it was so long ago I can barely remember. Going in a large group seems like the way to do it. Austin had so much fun!! Here are a few pics of he and his friends. 

Austin with Hannah

Cute expression on her lovely face!

Austin, Zane Ryder, Phoenix Johnson and Ian Clark

all the guys! Love this one!

 Great friends of Austins- Anna Claire and Phoenix

Austin and Zane friends since Kindergarten

The whole gang!

My happy Guy

Austin's Great Friend Gray and his date Taylor

Monday, March 19, 2012

Sweet Girl

I ♥ this girl!

St. Patricks Day Delights

Garlic Pasta for a Crowd

I love this dish! It can be vegetarian or add meat. My kids actually like it better without the meat. Its a hearty dish that sticks to your ribs. It gets better on day two or three for sure. I got this recipe from a hole in the wall diner. It's an all time favorite dish they serve up on their menu. I hope you like it!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Hidden Mint Cupcake

Again with the Girl Scout Cookies coming out I had to use them in a cupcake. Inside this chocolate cupcake is a Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookie. Yes BAKED inside the cupcake. Add Chocolate Icing and I embellished with another mint cookie for looks! YUM!