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Sunday, October 30, 2011

mangia mondays 34: pumpkin cupcakes with maple frosting

happy halloween, guys & ghouls!
welcome to another edition of


a spook-tacular food blog the wonderful
lisa from shine your light
& i co-host each week.

this week i'm sharing:

pumpkin cupcakes with maple frosting


for cupcakes:
1 C all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground allspice
pinch of nutmeg
1 C pumpkin puree
1 C sugar
1/2 C vegetable oil
2 large eggs, at room temperature

1. preheat oven to 350 f. line or grease a standard 12-cup muffin pan.

2. in a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, allspice & nutmeg. in another bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, sugar, oil & eggs. add the flour mixture & whisk to combine completely.

3. divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full. bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 22-24 minutes. let the cupcakes cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. transfer the cupcakes to the wire rack & let cool completely, about 1 hour, before frosting.

for frosting:
1/2 C butter
1/4 C maple syrup
2 C powdered sugar

1. in a large bowl, beat syrup & butter until combined. add the sugar, a bit at a time, & whip until combined.



these cupcakes pretty much sum up fall to me.
i decorated them with some frosting i dyed purple...
& a couple of quickly made, cutesy spiders.

are you doing anything fun for halloween!?
i have class...
yay!

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

mangia mondays 33: butternut squash braid

howdy, ya'll!
welcome to another


in case you're not hip with mangia mondays,
it's a super-mega-awesome-neat-to-the-max foodie blog hop
that my dear, sweet bloggy bff
lisa from shine your light
& i co-host each week!

this week i'm sharing:
butternut squash braid

.25 oz active dry yeast
2 TBS warm water
1 C cooked, mashed squash
{i peeled & cut up one squash into large chunks, tossed it in canola oil & roasted it at 400 f for about 40 minutes, until tender then "mashed" with an electric beater}
1/3 C warm milk
1/4 C butter, softened
1 egg
3 TBS brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3 C all purpose flour
glaze:
1 egg, beaten
1 TBS water

1. in a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water.

2. in a mixing bowl, combine squash, milk, butter, egg, brown sugar & salt; mix well. add yeast mixture & half the flour; mix well. add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. 

3. turn dough onto a floured surface & knead until smooth, about 6-8 minutes. place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. cover & let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

4. punch down dough. divide into thirds {or fourths, if you wanna get crazy with your braiding skills!}; roll each third into an 18 inch rope. place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. braid ropes together & pinch the ends. {you can kind of fold them under so you have nice looking ends} cover & let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes.

5. combine glaze ingredients & brush over the braid.

6. bake at 350 f for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. remove from pan & cool on a wire rack.



yummy in my tummy!
this bread is especially yummy with some honey...
& if you're lucky like me, your brothers-in-law have their own beehive
which means you have delicious raw honey on hand.
awesome.

i have my culinary lab midterm today...
& boy am i nervous!
cross your fingers & wish me luck!

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

mangia mondays 32: green chile cornmeal cupcakes

howdy, folks!
welcome to


a blog hop that the super-clever & talented
lisa from shine your light
& i co-host each week!

this week i'm sharing:

green chile cornmeal cupcakes

for frosting:
12 oz. white cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 C extra sharp cheddar, grated
8 oz. pimentos, drained & finely chopped
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
3/4 C mayo
1/2 TBS paprika
1 tsp onion powder
2 tsp sugar
4 scallions, chopped for garnish
4 strips bacon cooked & chopped for garnish

1. combine all ingredients, except for scallions & bacon, in a medium bowl & mix well. cover & refrigerate for 2 hours.

for cupcakes:
1 C cornmeal
1 C all-purpose flour
1 TBS baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 TBS sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/4 C sour cream
3 TBS melted butter + 1/4 TBS cold butter
1/2 C onion, finely chopped
1 tsp jalapeno, seeded & chopped
7 oz. green chiles, drained & chopped
salt & pepper, to taste

1. preheat oven to 375 f.

2. in a large bowl add the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, sugar, eggs, sour cream & the 3 TBS of melted butter. mix well to combine.

3. saute onions & jalapenos using 1/4 TBS butter, about 2 minutes. add salt, pepper, & green chiles. remove from heat, cool slightly & add to the batter.

4. prepare a standard muffin tin by lining with paper liners or spraying with nonstick spray. fill the pans 3/4 full with the batter. bake 12-15 minutes until golden. let cool & "frost" with pimento cheese mixture. garnish with chopped bacon & scallions.




alright... i didn't even know what a pimento was,
but i was convinced i didn't like them.
turns out, it's just a super-delicious red pepper!

these "cupcakes" are SO good!
they're savory & delicious...
& who doesn't love something topped with bacon?!

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

mangia mondays 31: pumpkin ravioli

hiya, friends!
so glad you made it to another edition of


a food-centric blog hop i co-host each week with the amazing
lisa from shine your light.

this week i'm sharing

pumpkin ravioli filled with chorizo


for pasta:
20 oz. all purpose flour
3 eggs
1 C pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
1 TBS extra-virgin olive oil

1. combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer. knead with a dough hook until smooth, 7-8 minutes. {you may need to add more flour or olive oil.}

2. remove dough from bowl & wrap in plastic wrap. let sit at room temperature for an hour if you plan to use it right away, if not, refrigerate. remove from refrigeration 1 hour before you're ready to use it.

3. divide dough into 4 equal pieces to start rolling out. with your pasta roller on the thickest setting, pass a piece of dough through it a few times, until it is a smooth sheet. adjust roller to the next setting, making your sheet a little thinner. repeat this process until you get to the fifth setting. for ravioli, you want your dough to be about 1/8" thick.

for filling:
chorizo, cooked
asiago cheese, grated

1. combine ingredients in a bowl.

2. scoop about a TBS of filling onto your sheets of pasta, leaving a couple inches of space between each scoop. cover with another sheet of pasta, making sure to seal around each scoop of filling very well. you can use a decorative cutting wheel or a round cookie cutter to make the ravioli.

3. boil for about 2 minutes; fresh pasta takes no time to cook!

for cream sauce:
1 batch of alfredo sauce
2 TBS chipotle sauce {found in the mexican food aisle}

1. combine chipotle sauce with alfredo sauce.


i don't think i can even begin to tell you how delicious this dish was!
if you've never made your own pasta,
it's definitely worth the extra effort!

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

mangia mondays 30: chai cupcakes

howdy, folks!
welcome to the 30th edition of


a blog hop that lovely
lisa from shine your light
& i have been co-hosting for the past thirty weeks!
can you believe it?!

this week, i'm sharing

chai cupcakes with vanilla cream cheese frosting



for cupcakes:
3 chai-spice tea bags
2/3 C boiling water
1 1/4 C all-purpose flour
3/4 C light brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 C honey
4 TBS unsalted butter, melted
1/4 C buttermilk
1 lg egg, at room temperature

1. position a rack in the middle of the oven & preheat to 350 f. line or grease a standard muffin pan.

2. in a small bowl, steep the tea bags in the boiling water for 5 minutes. discard the tea bags & let the tea cool to room temperature.

3. in a bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, & salt. in a large bowl, combine the honey, melted butter, buttermilk, & egg. add the flour mixture &, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat until just combined, about 2 minutes. add the cooled tea & beat until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

4. divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full. bake 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

5. let the cupcakes cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. transfer the cupcakes to the wire rack & let cool completely, about 1 hour.

for frosting:
12 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
6 TBS unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 C confectioners' sugar, sifted
{i used more sugar because i wanted a stiffer frosting}

1. in a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the cream cheese, butter, & vanilla together until light & fluffy, about 2 minutes. gradually beat in the sugar & mix until thoroughly combined; scraped down the sides of the bowl as needed.


i had a whole lot of fun making beautiful fondant flowers to decorate with!
i made close to 200... i have a problem!

would you guys like a basic fondant tutorial?
let me know!

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