Friday, April 10, 2015

ABC - Fudgy No-Butter Brownies

I'm late, late, late, but better late than never, I suppose. These Fudgy No-Butter Brownies were awesome! I was skeptical at first but I have to admit, it worked.

The ABC bakers had interesting challenge this month. Bake a gluten free brownie without butter. Mission impossible, you say? Not so much.

These delicious gluten free brownies were baked about a month ago for the Pi(e) Day celebration at work. I baked the batter in a 9" Pyrex pie pan and so the "Brownie Pie' was born :o)

"Brownie Pie"

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TBB - Cran-Apple Upside Down Cake

Although I'm super late with this post, I couldn't get myself to not blog about it. It will be a brief post though.

Hubby doesn't like sour things. So I knew he wouldn't like the fresh cranberries in this recipe, so I split up the cake in two: one half with cranberries for yours truly, and one half with thinly sliced Gala apples.

Cranberry-Apple Upside Down Cake. Why choose when you can have both? :o)

Monday, March 23, 2015

TBB - Luxury Oatmeal Cookies

This week, Rose's Alpha Bakers are baking oatmeal cookies. Not just any oatmeal cookies. Luxury Oatmeal Cookies. What could be luxurious about a plain ol' oatmeal cookie, you ask? These are made with homemade granola.

To be honest, I already have a favorite oatmeal cookie recipe that I've tweaked to "perfection" and have been using for many years. Rose's recipe has several steps, including making your own granola which is one of the ingredients in this cookie recipe. Since the oatmeal cookie is hubby's favorite cookie, I wanted to give it a try.

After I tasted the granola, I knew my efforts weren't in vain. Even if the cookie is a dud, I'd still be extremely happy (luckily the cookie wasn't).

Chock full of raisins, toasty almonds, and butterscotch chips! And oats of course :)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

TBB - Caramel Buns

Due to allergies, I would normally omit pecans from a recipe, if possible, and continue my merry way. But since my husband LOVES sticky buns, and he hadn't had any since before we got married, AND because it was our anniversary last week, I decided to put the pecans on one half of the dough, and make these Caramel Buns our anniversary treat.

Caramel Bun Fondue, anyone?

Fully dressed Caramel Bun for hubby. Look at that fluffy texture!

This will be a short and quick post. I've been really busy and additionally I'm participating in a club-level Toastmasters speech contest tomorrow (for which I have to practice just a little bit more tonight).

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

ABC - Lemoniest Little Lemon Muffins with Chocolate Ganache

With so much citrus available this time of year, I had to pick something citrus-y for this month's ABC recipe. I absolutely love lemon (with orange as a close second). This recipe for Lemoniest Little Lemon Loaf had both lemon zest and lemon juice, so I knew it would deliver on the lemon flavor.

Instead of baking the batter into a loaf, I followed Karin's muffin example. One of my favorite cakes growing up was a lemon pound cake with a dark chocolate glaze on all four sides. I thought I'd bring back some of those memories by putting a chocolate ganache glaze on some of my muffins.

Lemon cornmeal muffin with chocolate ganache glaze!

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