Sunday, March 30, 2008

Best brownies ever


We're having a primary party at my house. Brownies, Ice Cream and homemade Hot Fudge sauce. Yum!

3 C sugar
3 squares of butter-softened
6 eggs
3 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 C flour
3/4 C cocoa
dash of salt

Combine butter and sugar. Beat in eggs. Add vanilla. Mix dry ingredients together and then combine with batter. Spread batter into greased cookie sheet (This is a large recipe).

Bake @ 350° for 20 mins

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Sorry for all the pumpkin recipes! I have a big can of pumpkin, and made these tonight to use up the rest. Yummy(:

1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, 1 stick melted, 1/2 stick softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
1 cup canned pure pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon plus 2 pinches salt
1 2/3 cups flour
4 ounces cream cheese, chilled
1 cup confectioners' sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and brown sugar until smooth. Whisk in the eggs, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, 1 teaspoon vanilla, the baking powder, the baking soda and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the flour.
3. Using an ice cream scoop or tablespoon, drop 12 generous mounds of batter, spaced evenly, onto each baking sheet. Bake until springy to the touch, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.
4. Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, cream the softened butter with the cream cheese. Add the confectioners' sugar and the remaining 2 pinches salt and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla; mix on low speed until blended, then beat on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
5. Spread the flat side of 12 cakes with the cream cheese frosting. Top each with another cake.
Recipe from: Everyday with Rachel Ray

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Apple Pumpkin Muffins

I made a batch of these muffins for a playdate with Tara, Allegra and the kitties. They requested it, so here it is...
Strange combo apples and pumpkin, but it seems to come together and taste yummy.
I didnt have some of the ingredients, so in parenthesis()are my substitutions and it still turned out good.

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I used whole wheat flour)
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (I used nutmeg, ground cloves and cinnamon combo)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup canned or cooked pumpkin
1/2 cup vegetable oil (I used half cup melted butter)
2 cups finely chopped peeled apples
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 teaspoons cold butter or margarine

In a bowl, combine the first five ingredients. In another bowl, combine the eggs, pumpkin and oil; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in apples. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. In a small bowl, combine sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over batter.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Shrimp Scampi

I wasn't ever really a fan of shrimp, but being married to D i guess I've grown to like it more.

6 T butter
1/4 C. Olive Oil
2 T. chopped parsley
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp. salt
2 T. lemon juice
1 lb. shrimp- 1 g raw
1 lb. Fettucini

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Melt the butter and add olive oil, parsley, garlic, salt and lemon juice. mix well.

Shell and De-vein shrimp leaving tails attached. (or get rid of tails.) split down inside lengthwise... be careful not to cut through. Spread open to simulate butterflies.

Place in shallow baking pan, tail end up. Pour sauce over all.

Bake for 5 minutes. Place under broiler for 5 more minutes to brown.

Cook fettucini while shrimp are cooking. Mix shrimp and fettucini and serve.

*picture found on {}, although the recipe is actually one from Dan's mom.