Saturday, June 20, 2009

Hot Fudge Sundae Cake

Ok, I know there was just a post for chocolate cake, but I had to post this. It's as easy as pouring everything directly into the pan, stirring, and pouring hot water on top! My mother in law makes this probably every other time we get together. It's delicious with lots of sundae syrup all around and on the bottom of the cake...just try it... :)

Hot Fudge Sundae Cake
1 cup flour
¾ cup sugar
2 TBS cocoa
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
½ cup milk
2 TBS vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup cocoa
1 ¾ cup hottest tap water
Ice cream

Heat oven to 350*. Mix flour, granulated sugar, 2 TBS cocoa, baking powder, and salt in ungreased square pan (9x9 or 8x8). Mix in milk, oil and vanilla with fork until smooth. Stir in nuts. Spread batter throughout pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar and ¼ cup cocoa. Pour hot-hot water gently over all batter.

Bake 35-40 minutes. While warm, spoon into dessert dishes and top with ice cream. Spoon the sauce from pan onto each serving.

Oh, and this easily doubles, just bake in a 13x9 or larger. Bake time stays the same. (We always end up doubling :)
Baked Tilapia
4 4oz Tilapia fillets (you can do more, you can do less.)
2 teaspoons butter (more or less)
Old Bay seasoning
garlic salt
1 lemon, sliced
Preheat the oven to 375. Grease a 9x13 baking dish. Place the tilapia fillets in the baking dish and dot the top with butter. Season with Old Bay seasoning and Garlic Salt to taste. Top with sliced lemon. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Cover and bake for 25-40 minutes(depending if the fish is frozen) or until flakey.
I am not a big tarter sauce fan so I just had it plain and loved it but here is a recipe for the sauce recipie
Tartar Sauce
dill pickle relish (if you don't have relish you can finely chop a dill pickle and then add a little of the juice.)
dried dill
lemon pepper seasoning
Mix together all the ingredients, add things slowly and taste as you go until you get it how you like it. I actually used an all-purpose dill mix from the pampered chef. It turned out very tasty.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Red Hot Jell-O.

1 lg. package lemon Jell-O
2 c. boiling water
1/4 c. red hots
2 c. applesauce
1 c. cottage cheese

Sounds weird, but really yummy. Mix water, Jell-O and red hots together and let dissolve for about 15 minutes. Stir in applesauce and cottage cheese and chill for a few hours. MMMMM.

**I used fresh pineapple in mine, that's what you see poking through, I think the big rolls is how it is suppose to look, I had some small pieces of dough that I used and it didn't quite fold over the inside ingredients :) **

Stuffed Pizza Rolls
I found this recipe from OurBestBites

1 roll refrigerated pizza dough or your own dough (I'll post a recipe below)
marinara/pizza sauce
2T grated Parmesan cheese
1 T olive oil or melted butter
1/2 t garlic powder
1 t dried Italian seasoning
mozzerella cheese, diced or grated
Pizza toppings of your choice: ie, ham and pineapple, pepperoni slices, sausage, etc.

Preheat oven to heat specified on pizza dough package. Usually it's 400 degrees. If you make your own dough, 400 is usually a good heat as well.

Unroll your pizza dough onto a lightly floured surface. Pat or roll the dough so it's about 12" by 8". Cut it into 24 squares. Use a pizza cutter to slice the dough into 24 squares.

Place cheese and desired toppings on each square. (Note that you're not putting the marinara sauce on the dough- it's for dipping after) You just need to be able to enclose the toppings in the dough so keep that in mind.

When all of your dough squares have cheese and toppings on them, carefully lift up each square and wrap the dough around the toppings. Pinch to make sure each ball is sealed shut and then place them seam side down in a lightly sprayed pie pan (or similar sized dish).

Brush the tops of the dough balls with olive oil or melted butter and then sprinkle with the garlic and Italian seasoning and top with Parmesan cheese.

Cook them in the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown on top. Keep an eye on them! Doughs vary, so I'd check them after even 10 minutes.

Serve warm with warmed marinara sauce on the side for dipping.

Pizza Dough

My mom gave me this recipe and I love it cause it's easy and yummy

1 Package active dry yeast
1 C warm water (105-115)
2 1/2 C flour
2 T olive or vegetable oil
1 t sugar
1 t salt

Dissolve yeast in warm water in medium bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients. Beat vigorously 20 strokes. Let rest 5 minutes. ( I usually end up dumping it out on the counter and kneading it a few times to make sure it's mixed) The either roll it out and cut for pizza rolls or put on pizza pan and top it with your favorite toppings. Bake at 425 for 15 to 20 minutes for pizza, for rolls anywhere from 12 to 20 minutes just check on it until they are golden brown on the outside and the middle pieces aren't doughy.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

True Love Chocolate Cake

I made this for my family and they really liked it. I hope you enjoy.

1/4 cup butter, softened
1-2/3 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup baking cocoa
1-1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1-1/4 cups water
1 cup (6 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips

1 pkg. (8 oz.) reduces-fat cream cheese
1/3 tsp. vanilla extract
1 carton (8 oz.) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed

3/4 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup candy hearts
(I topped some of mine with sprinkles and some with raspberries. I made them as cupcakes instead of cake.)

1. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in applesauce.

2. Combine the flour, cocoa, bakiing powder, salt and baking soda. Add to the butter mixture alternately with water, beating well after each addition. Fold in chips. Pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray.

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

4. For frosting, in a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Fold whipped topping. Frost cake. Refrigerate until serving. Just before serving, sprinkle with coconut and candy.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Zucchini Bread

I am always looking for ways to sneak vegetables into my kids little bodies. 
 This is a great way, they loved this bread (and so did I)!

Zucchini Bread
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3 tsp ground cinnamon
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil (I did 1/2 c. oil and 1/2 c. applesauce)
2 1/4 cup white sugar (I did 1 cup brown sugar and 1 1/4 cup white sugar)
3 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups grated zucchini (I actually did about 3 and it was yummy!)
1 cup chopped walnuts (I left these out so that my kids would eat it)

Grease and flour 2 8x4 bread pans.  Preheat oven to 325 deg.  Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda and cinnamon together in a bowl.  Beat eggs, oil vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl.  Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well.  Stir in zucchini and add nuts until well combined.  Pour batter into prepared pans.  Bake for 40-60 mins (Mine took a little longer than this about 1 hour 10 min) until toothpick comes out clean from the middle.  Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes.  Remove bread from pan and cool completely.  Will store well in the fridge for a week or two, or it freezes well also.  

Monday, June 8, 2009

Black and White Pound Cake

I found this one on YUMMY YUMMY YUM!


3 Tbs granulated white sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
¾ cup chocolate syrup
¼ tsp baking soda
1 Tbs unsweetened cocoa
8 ounces chopped chocolate (chips are fine)
¾ cup heavy whipping cream
2 Tbs granulated sugar
2 Tbs butter

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat bundt pan with cooking spray and dust with 3 Tbsp. granulated sugar.
2. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
3. Beat butter in a large bowl with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar and vanilla, beating until blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with milk, beating at a low speed, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Beat just until blended.
4. Spoon 2/3 of the batter (about 4 cups) into the prepared pan. Add syrup and baking soda to the remaining batter in the bowl, stirring just until blended; spoon on top of batter in pan.
5. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour & 15 minutes, until cake pulls away from sides of pan and toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
6. Cool in pan for about 15 minutes; gently remove cake from pan and cool completely on wire rack.
7. When ready to serve, prepare ganache: Place chocolate in stainless steel or glass bowl and set aside. Bring cream & sugar just to a boil in a small saucepan (or microwave) then pour over chocolate. Whisk together until smooth, and then stir in butter until melted.
8. Drizzle ganache over the cake, or you can choose to drizzle ganache over individual servings instead.