Monthly Archives: December 2012

A Winter Walk

Nothing is prettier than a white Christmas in Colorado!

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Peppermint Patty Brownies

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I love peppermint patties, the mint creme inside is so deliciously fresh and crisp. These brownies perfectly duplicate the texture and taste of the inside of a peppermint patty. This is dangerous because I could eat it by the spoonful. Knowing the insane amount of sugar that goes into making it does not make peppermint patty creme any less appealing. I had to intensely bandage the mixture in plastic wrap to avoid the temptation.

These are the perfect winter treat and I got many compliments on the exact replication of the famous candy’s flavors. I find that anything with a brownie base is a total crowd pleaser. I mean who could hate a brownie?

However, I had a few problems with this recipe. First, I would highly recommend you line the pan with wax or parchment paper because PAM is not enough. Unless you like loosing half your brownies to your pan or enjoy battling with your spatula to get a whole one out. If either of those sound like fun by all means use some PAM. Also in the recipe it says 1/4 tsp of oil but I actually used 1/4 cup. And I used 2 TPS milk to make the texture a little less greasy. With these changes I’d say it was a great recipe.

Enjoy and happy holidays!!

 

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Pear Gingerbread Upside Down Cake

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Pineapple upside down cake is my favorite dessert in the world, and has been since as long as I can remember. When I was a little girl my mom used to make it every year for my birthday. A couple of years ago I told my boyfriend this and he searched endlessly for a restaurant that served this specific cake. Unfortunately the one he found was out that day… he still earned major points for looking though.

This year I found out that my birthday actually falls on national pineapple upside down cake day! I think this was one of the best realizations of my life. (If you follow me on twitter you might remember my incessant tweets from the day I discovered this miracle). I called everyone in my family actually. I mean, what are the chances??

Anyways I wanted to make a holiday version this year and settled on pear gingerbread upside down cake. This combination is delicious. Not overly sweet, and with plenty of fragrant spices. I love upside down cakes because they are so incredibly moist. The brown sugar, butter and pear juice drip down from the top and keep the cake from getting dry. Definitely something to add to your holiday dinner table!

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Ice Skating

Ice skating is just something you have to do during the holidays. And lucky the new and improved Georgetown Waterfront has a rink built in for the winter. And a major bonus is that the surrounding restaurants are offering outdoor seating areas and heated patios. So if you are afraid to skate, you can drink some liquid courage at Farmer, Fishers and Bakers outdoor bar. Or reward yourself with dessert from Saquoia after skating around the rink three times without falling.

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Fudge

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I’m trying to use up the ingredients in my fridge before I pack up and leave for study abroad in Paris! Unfortunately I can’t use it all so if someone wants absurd amounts of baking supplies or half used condiments send a message my way. (I was kidding about the last one unless someone actually has a desire for an opened bottle of general taos).

This week I made peanut butter and chocolate fudge. This recipe literally uses 2 pounds (8 cups) of powdered sugar which could either be a really amazing thing if you love sugar like me, or a really horrible thing if you are trying to prevent holiday weight gain (just give in already you only live once).

The outcome was delicious, creamy and incredibly easy fudge! Nothing beats the combination of peanut butter and chocolate.

I would definitely make this again because it uses household ingredients instead of marshmallow fluff or condensed milk like other recipes. My parents don’t necessarily appreciate all the money I have spent on baking ingredients, so I felt obligated to use up what I had (you’re welcome mom and dad). You just have to make sure to keep the fudge refrigerated because the butter can melt, that’s the only down side.

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Holiday Baking

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With leftover eggnog and one hundred miniature cupcakes tins from my recent trip to Peppercorn, the natural thing to do this weekend was get baking immediately. I made a chocolate bite sized cupcake and frosted it with this recipe I found for eggnog frosting. (By the way the frosting is delicious, I would just add slightly more eggnog, although I’m addicted to any sugary festive drinks). In hindsight I wished I had made bite sized frosted brownies but I can save that for my next trip home when I can get more mini tins.

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This week I also made caramel frosted brownies. This is my own recipe that I am modifying and selling for midnight bite! I am going to put up more pictures of the next batch and the recipe (both with much more caramel) when they are sold next weekend.

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You may be wondering how I have time to bake with finals week fast approaching. Basically many hours of sleep and much of my social live have been sacrificed… sugar is better than friends and rest through right….

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