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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Stovetop Blueberry Crisp

This recipe was cobbled together by my sister Mara. She was inspired by this recipe from William-Sonoma.


4 cups frozen blueberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons butter
2 packets instant oatmeal (I used maple brown sugar flavor)


Cook the blueberries in a little water until the juices start to come out. Pour into serving dish.'
Melt the butter. Add the remaining ingredients and cook until the sugar is melted. Stir to combine. Pour over the blueberries and serve hot.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Microwave Cake Experiment: Part 1- The Chocolate S'more Cake

As you know, I have been without an oven for about 9 months now. This means I've done a lot of experimenting with stovetop and no bake desserts.

I've whipped up a plethora of yogurt flavors, a few of which I've blogged about here. I also like making cinnamon apples.

Last week, I had an epic fail trying out a stove top cobbler. The bottom was burnt, the top dough was raw.

Soon after, a friend brought by some muffins she made in the microwave. They were delicious! So it got me thinking back to the mug cakes I'd seen floating around the interwebs.

Today, I tried making the 5 Minute Chocolate S'mores cake from How Sweet Eats.

I didn't have graham crackers but I did have a few shortbread cookies leftover so I crumbled them to use as the crumb. In the future, I think if you don't have the graham crackers, just skip the crumb crust.

I layered the batter with marshmallows, as suggested, and it filled about 3/4 of the mug. I was concerned that it was too high, but I also thought that the marshmallows might melt down a bit, like they do when baked in the oven.

I was wrong.  After a minute and twenty seconds in the microwave, the top of the cake exploded out of the mug and all over the microwave.

Once, I got that cleaned up, the cake tasted pretty darn good. It was rich and chocoaltely. Towards the bottom, it was a little dry, but the rest of the cake was great. Maybe next time, I'll omit the cookie crust and start with a layer of marshmallows, to help keep the cake most.

Oh, and unless you are able to torch or broil them there is no need to top the cake with additional marshmallows, they don't get gooey enough.

I drizzled the top of the cake with shortbread cookie chunks rolled in leftover melted chocolate. mmmm----mmmmm good!

That cake on the side of the mug? It's leftover from the explosion!
Next week I'm planning on trying a blueberry coffee mug cake.
Here's to happy baking!
PS: Have you had any experiences with microwave baking?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Plum Yummy

I mentioned in this post that I was experimenting with turning my yogurt into dessert to compensate for my lack of oven.

Plums are in season now and are going for much cheaper than my usual summer favorite, peaches. So, I decided to play around.

I peeled, pitted and chopped 4 small plums.
I put them in a pot with a cup of water,  2 tablespoons of sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

I let the mixture boil until the plums broke down.
I strained the mixture, retaining the liquid in a separate container.

I chopped and additional small plum or two and mixed with some plain or Greek style yogurt. I added the puree and stirred it in. In the future, I would leave out the extra chopped plum and just relish the creaminess.

The puree is totally delicious enough to eat on its own. It's warm and comforting. It's almost like the plum version of apple sauce.  But, as I mentioned before, I like the melty effect you get when you mix warm fruit and cold yogurt.

If you are using regular sized plums, I would only use two. These were real babies.

I retained the syrup with the intention of pouring it warm over my next yogurt. In the end, I drank it straight from the Tupperware container....mmmm!

As a side note, I also like chopped fresh plums mixed in with plain yogurt. It gives you a nice crisp taste, much like peaches and cream...but with er..plums.


How do you like your yogurt?

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Girl Scout Cookie Challenge

Long overdue, but here is a picture of my Girl Scout Cookie Challenge, for which I decided to make (drumroll)....Samoas Brownies! I used the recipe posted on the Back for Seconds website, and the brownies were super easy and delicious. My friend and her fiance had us over for dinner that day, and usually when we have dinner dates I try to make time to bake something...and then end up running out of time and having to run to the store and buy some yucky pre-made dessert, and then rearrange it on a nice platter to pretend I might have made it...but everyone always knows when they bite into something whether it was store bought or made from scratch at home ;) SO, it was really nice to actually show up with something that I had made with love and care, and that turned out delicious as well. This pictures shows the ganache, which was heavy but still very good. The only thing I might do differently next time is add a little bit more coconut as well....

Friday, February 7, 2014

It's Cookie Time!!!


Your beignets look delicious! I think I'll be trying my hand at some form of fried dough in the near future. 

Your next challenge is to make a dessert incorporating Girl Scout Cookies.

You can make a homemade version of a beloved cookie or use a cookie to add extra oomph to another sweet treat. The choice is yours!

GirlScoutCookiesKeepCalm, alannageorge

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PS: What's my next challenge to be?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Long Overdue Breakfast Baking Challenge!

In honor of these slightly ridiculous but much appreciated snow days I figured I would go ahead and get caught up on my last baking challenge! What's also nice about this last challenge is that I had some extra help in the kitchen by my cousin, who has moved back in to live with my family and I for a while and is also a natural when it comes to baking!

My challenge was to make a breakfast food...and it took me a long time to figure out what to make! But as I was browsing some options on Pinterest I came across of picture of Beignets, which are kind of like a deep fried donut, French style...and yay recipe! These also remind me of Princess and the Frog, which I just really love! Now, they traditionally considered a dessert food...but really, I think I would eat these for breakfast too!

The recipe was very simple, I followed this New Orleans Beignet Recipe  from Souther Living which had step by step PICTURES which is always much appreciated because I am a very visual learner. The only slight mishap we had was that the flour was somewhat more sticky than expected, but after a while we just started balling up dough in whatever shape we could get. Fried dough is just that, regardless of what form its in ;) They traditionally are eaten right after being fried, so I made my parents sit at the table and stuff their faces as we made them. Here are some pictures of our adventures...and a special extra one in honor of "snow day 2014".

My special helper, Jenn! She helped me make the batter while I was at work, which was way helpful!
My interpretation of a snowman. #idon'tknowhowtoreallymakeone

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Deconstructed Apple Pie a la Mode

As you know, I love to bake.

I also love pie.

Chocolate pie. Blackberry pie. Cold blueberry pie. Peach pie. Chocolate Rum Pecan Pie. Peanut butter pie.
I think you get the picture.

I found some recipes for fried hand pies- apple, pecan and otherwise that I may try later.

To satisfy my craving I concocted this recipe:

I cook apples with butter, sugar and cinnamon until they are tender. I usually make enough apples for two servings.

I crumble either a graham cracker, cookie or brown sugar cinnamon Poptart to give me the crust feeling. I've considered crushing them fine, dousing in butter and making a legit cracker crust but it seemed like too much effort at the time.

I layer the apples on top of the "crust".

Top with plain yogurt while the apples are still hot. This makes for a gooey  melted ice cream effect.

For an extra kick, I sprinkle either cocoa powder or cinnamon or a combination of the two on top.

There is sugar in this treat but you can control how much to your liking. You can also omit the crust altogether, or chose the lighter alternative.  Overall, I'd say it's still a fairly healthy treat, especially compared with the real deal holy field apple pie.