Thursday, June 11, 2015

Lemon Buttermilk Cake

This Cake is delicious served with a dollop of lemon curd on top.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for greasing, at room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 5 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar, plus more as needed
  • Preparation

    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Generously grease and flour a (9-inch) Bundt pan or line 36 muffin tins with paper liners.
    3. Add the eggs to the butter-sugar mixture, one at a time, beating well and scraping down the bowl after each addition. In 3 additions, alternate adding the sifted dry ingredients and the wet ingredients to the butter-sugar mixture, stirring on low until just incorporated.
    4. Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt pan or fill each muffin cup two-thirds full with batter. Bake until the center of cake springs back when touched and a skewer inserted near the center comes out clean, 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Bake cupcakes until they rise in a dome shape and spring back when lightly pressed with a fingertip, 16 to 20 minutes.
    5. Remove the cake from the oven and let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Release the sides and bottom of the cake from the pan with a narrow metal spatula or knife. Invert the pan and turn out the cake. Place a wire rack in a baking pan and set the cake, right side up, on the rack.
    6. In a small bowl, combine the confectioner's sugar, the remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon cold water and stir until very smooth. Add a little more confectioners' sugar or water as necessary to achieve a glaze consistency (similar to that of honey). Spoon the glaze evenly over the cake. When the glaze has firmed, transfer the cake to a plate. Slice and serve at room temperature.
  • 2. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter and sugar and beat on medium speed until the mixture is smooth and light in texture, about 5 minutes. While the butter is beating, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt, and set aside. In a small bowl, combine the buttermilk, lemon zest, and 4 tablespoons of the lemon juice and set aside.
  • From Epicurious.com

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Buttermilk Rosemary chicken

2 chicken breasts
3/4 c buttermilk 
1/3 c olive oil
1 1/2t  Worcestershire 
1/4-1/2 t onion & garlic powder 
1/2 t dill weed 
2 sprigs of Rosemary, diced 
S&P 

Marinate chicken 30min- 1 hour. Grill. We made kebobs. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Topping for the cinnamon coconut muffins

I posted a cinnamon coconut muffin on here from Mel's kitchen cafe. I've slightly changed it up. 

Coconut crumb topping for the cinnamon coconut muffins:

1 T butter, cold
1 T flour
1 t cinnamon
6 T granulated sugar 
1/8-1/4 shredded coconut (depending on how much you want) 

I added in a zucchini shredded and squeezed out the water. 
(Had some I needed to get rid of) it made a nice change to regular zucchini bread. Coconut and zucchini go great together!! Yummy! 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Spinach balls

10 oz frozen spinach, thawed
3 T minced red onion 
7 tbs Italian bread crumbs 
1/2 c Parmesan cheese
1/4c butter
1 tsp garlic pwd
1/4 tsp onion pwd
3 eggs 

Ring all the water out of the thawed spinach with paper towels. 
Melt butter in sauté pan and sauté onion. Let cool slightly. Mix all ingredients together. 
With a cookie/ice cream scoop into balls. Place on a parchment sheet. 
Bake 350 for 15 min. Or until slightly brown. 
Serve as an appetizer with tooth picks or over spaghetti. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Honey coconut granola

Recipe adapted from Mel's coconut granola

1 1/2c old fashioned oats
1/2 c chopped almonds
1/2 c chopped cashews
1/2c shredded coconut
3 T brown sugar
2 T coconut oil
2 T honey
1/4 tsp salt 
1/2 c raisins or Crasins 

Preheat 250*
Toss oats, nuts, coconut & brown sugar together. 
In a small bowl melt the oil & honey together. Stir in the salt. 
Pour over oat mixture. Toss well & coat everything.
Pour & spread onto a cookie sheet that's covered with parchment!! 
Bake for 45 min stirring half way through. Bake until golden brown. 
Keep an eye on it. The honey will turn it brown quick. 
Let cool on tray. Scoop into a bowl. Break up any big clumps, toss in dried fruit. 

Yummy!! 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Cilantro sauce

I love the cilantro ranch recipe on here but it makes a ton and calls for a ton ingredients. I have been searching for an alternative to use for my small little family. This is it! Easy and not that many ingredients. And you can scale it up or down for your needs. 

Adapted from this recipe: http://lovelylittlekitchen.com/baked-honey-lime-chicken-taquitos/

P.s. The taquitos are amazing. So are Mel's version in enchilada style!! 

1 cup sour cream
1/3 cup La Victoria Green Taco sauce 
1-2 tsp Fresh lime juice
1/4 c cilantro 
Garlic powder 
Onion pwd
Cumin 
S&p 

Blend all ingredients. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Chicken bacon ranch braid

1 cup chicken, diced
6 bacon slices cooked and diced 
8 oz cream cheese
1 T ranch dip powder
S&p
Cheddar cheese
Pillsbury crescent sheet dough or 1 batch of Mel's French bread roll dough 

Mix cheese, meat and seasonings together. 
Spread out dough into a rectangle. Smear filling out down the center. 
On the left and right sides of the filling make 1" cuts down the dough. Cris cross the dough "tabs" to make a braid effect. Tuck the 2 ends under and seal it up. 
Bake 350 for 15-20 min until golden brown.