Sunday, November 30, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Pear and Cranberry Gallette:
- 4 Pears (anjou, barlett, or bosc)
- 1/4 Cup dried unsweetened Cranberries (not craisins)
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 1/8 Cup Cranberry Jam (I used Red Currant due to availability) melted
- 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
- One 9" Pie Crust (Homemade or Store Bought)
- Peel, core and thinly slice pears. In a mixing bowl, combine first five ingredients until well combined.
- Place a silpat onto a baking sheet and layout pie dough. Layer or pile pear mixture in the center of dough, leaving enough room to pull crust over.
- Gather first section of dough and fold, keep doing this until all dough is folded. Brush crust with egg wash and sprinkle glazed dough with course sugar.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes or until golden.
Apple Crumb Pie:
Apple Filling Ingredients:
- 6 Granny Smith Apples, peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 Gala Apples, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar (this is what makes mine more caramel like, usually you only put
- granulated sugar)
- 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon flour
- 1/2 Craisins or fresh cranberries (optional)
- Mix all ingredients together and pack filling into pie crust.
For Crumb Topping:
- 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into cubes
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup chopped Pecans (optional)
- In food processor or using pastry blender combine all ingredients until it consists of a crumbly mixture. Place pie on a foil lined baking sheet. Top apples with crumb topping.
- Bake at 350 for 50 minutes
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Mini oriole chocolate bites. Perfectly chocolaty, perfectly sized!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Did I mention this month's prizes?
The Iron Cupcake: Cranberry prizes this month are from Etsy artists Lollipop Workshop, Cookie Sunshine, Lots of Sprinkles and Cakespy. Corporate prizes are from Fiesta Products, Hello, Cupcake, Jesse Steele, Cupcake Courier, and Taste of Home. For this month only we have an added bonus from Sweet Cuppin Cakes Bakery and Cupcakery Supply.
Iron Cupcake: Earth is sponsored in part by 1-800-Flowers.
Recipe: Sweet Potato Kŭp’kāks with Cranberry-White Chocolate Frosting
(Cake Recipe from: Karen Harris, Castle Rock, Colorado, Southern Living, OCTOBER 2006: ADAPTED)
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 sweet potatoes, mashed (roughly 1 1/3 cup)
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted (optional)
Cranberry-White Chocolate Frosting
- 8 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped
- 6 cups powdered sugar
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 1/4 cup whole cranberry sauce (fresh or canned)
- 3/4 cup craisins, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
1. Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until blended after each addition.
2. Combine flour and baking soda. Gradually add half of flour mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed until blended, and stopping to scrape bottom and down sides of bowl. Add remaining half of flour mixture, and beat until blended. Add vanilla and next five ingredients, beating at medium speed until smooth. Spoon batter into 20 muffin cups, filling two-thirds full.
3. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 5 minutes.
4. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Stir until smooth. Let cool until room temperature.
5. Cream butter until smooth. Add in cranberry sauce and craisins until well combined. Mix in one cup of powdered sugar at a time until well combined and to obtain your desired consistency. Add in melted chocolate. Refrigerate for 1o minutes.
6. In a pastry bag fitted with your desired tip (I used ateco 827), pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes. Dust with chocolate shavings and fresh cranberries.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
- One Box White Cake Mix
- 1 cup Buttermilk
- 4 Eggs
- 1/2 cup Oil
- Red and Blue Food Coloring
- Combine cake mix, buttermilk, eggs and oil. Separate equal amounts of batter into two bowls. Color red and blue.
- Layer Half red, half blue. Bake at 325 degrees for 18 minutes.
Easy as Pie Frosting:
- 1 1/4 Stick Unsalted Butter
- 1/2 Stick Shortening
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla
- 2 Tablespoons Milk
- 3 cups Powdered Sugar
- Cream shortening and butter until pale and fluffy.
- Add in powdered sugar, alternating with milk. Add in vanilla.
- Pipe cupcakes with desired tip. (1m)
I had originally made chocolate words saying "Vote or Die", "McCain" and "Obama". Obama was the only one that didn't fall a part in my rushed design.
Disclaimer: The coloring came out a little lighter than I wanted. We joked saying that they were Miami Dolphins Cupcakes in support of their victorious win over the much hated Denver Broncos. he he.
Cranberry Apple Cupcakes with Maple Pecan Frosting
Apple Crumb Cupcakes with Cranberry Frosting
Pumkin Spice Cake with White Chocolate Cranberry Frosting
Cranberry Pecan cupcakes with Patron Citronage infused frosting
I love cranberries and my favorite dessert is my apple cranberry streusel pie. I am trying to go into the same direction. But also enjoy the thought of using marscapone and fresh orange.
All suggestions welcome!
Monday, November 3, 2008
- 2 cups sifted Cake Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 squares unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
- 1 cup Buttermilk
- Combine Flour, Baking Soda and Salt and set aside.
- Cream together shortening, vanilla and sugar. Add in eggs and cream until mixture is light and fluffy.
- Add in melted chocolate.
- Add dry ingredients and buttermilk. Alternating until well combined.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
- One Package Cream Cheese at Room Temperature
- 3/4 stick of butter
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 3 cups Powdered Sugar
- Cream butter and cream cheese together until fluffy. Add in Vanilla.
- Mix in one cup of sugar at a time until well combined.
- Frost to your liking.