8/19/10

Apple Toffee Dip

Are you in need of a new tasty recipe? Of course you are. :)
A few weeks ago a friend of mine shared this delicous dip with me. I had to have the recipe! I got it and have made it several times and every time I make this everyone loves it. 

This dip is so delicous. And it kind of makes me feel like I'm eating something somewhat healthy....don't the apples make it healthy??? Who knows, but I really don't care because it's too good to worry how fattening it is. :)
This is the perfect dish to take to a potluck or a BBQ or any party. And I promise it won't disappoint! Everyone will be asking you for this recipe. So, here it is....Enjoy!!


Toffee Apple Dip
1 (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, room temperature
3/4 C. Brown Sugar
1/4 C. Granulated Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
4 oz. (1/2 bag) Toffee Bits (other recipes I have seen ask for the whole 8 oz. bag, but I never use the whole bag. Just personal preference)
Caramel Syrup

Cream together the Cream Cheese and sugar until smooth and creamy. Add the vanilla until combined. Then add your toffee bits and mix well. Transfer the dip to a plate or a bowl. If you want to you can drizzle some caramel syrup on top of the dip and then sprinkle some toffee bits on top. Enjoy!!

8/10/10

My Weakness!!

Molten Chocolate Cake & Chili's Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie

A few weeks ago my cousin Amber came to visit. I decided to have a Girl's Night In. We went out to dinner and then came back to my house for dessert and games. We had alot of fun talking, laughing & of course eating.
I have to confess...I LOVE chocolate! It is truly my weakness. I don't think there is anything chocolate that I don't like. So, when I decided to make desserts for our 'Girl's Night In' I knew I wanted something chocolatey. I remember my Mom telling me about a recipe she had for Molten Lava cake, but unfortunately she was hiking in the Colorado Mountains so I wasn't able to call her. So I searched the internet and found my recipe.

I don't know about anyone else, but I thought this was delicious! Exactly what a Chocoholic is looking for to get her fix. I have been craving this little cake ever since I made them that night. I haven't made these because I know my Husband won't eat them, so you know who will end up eating the whole batch...that's righ, me. Enough with the talking...get in the kitchen and make these. If you are a chocoholic like me, you will be glad you did.

Molten Chocolate Cake

4 pieces (squares) Semi-sweet Baking Chocolate
½ cups Butter
1 cup Powdered Sugar
2 whole Eggs
2 whole Egg Yolks
6 Tablespoons Flour
*2 cups Real Whipping Cream (seriously It's So Much Better!)
*2 Tablespoons Sugar
*(I decided to just use canned Whipped Cream)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Spray 4 custard cups with Pam and place on a cookie sheet.
Microwave chocolate and butter in large bowl on high for about 1 minute, until butter is melted. whisk until
chocolate is also melted.
Stir in sugar until well blended. Whisk in eggs and egg yolks. Stir in flour.
Divide between cups.
Bake 13-14 minutes until sides are firm and center is soft. (Do Not overcook, or else you won't get the gooey center)
Let stand 1 minute.
Combine sugar and heavy cream and whip until stiff.
Invert cakes on dishes and top with whipped cream.


  Chili's Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie
For our other dessert that night, I decided to make this yummy dessert.
 
What's better than a Chocolate Chip Blondie with ice cream drizzled with chocolate and caramel? Nothing! And to make it even better add some whipped cream and walnuts on top. Mmm....now I'm hungry for some dessert. Maybe it's time for another 'Girl's Night In' so I have an excuse to make these again.
You've got to try these, you won't be disappointed!


Chili's Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie

1 1/2 cup butter, melted
3 cups firmly packed brown sugar
6 eggs
3 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup coconut
2 cups milk chocolate chips
Caramel sauce
Hot fudge sauce
More chopped walnuts (optional, I only had enough to make the pie but more to go on top would have been fabulous)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a jelly roll pan (this is the bakers half sheet size - it’s like 11 1/2 inch x 16 1/2 x 1 or you could use 2 9×13 inch pans. The pie may be a little thicker and may take a little longer to cook).
In a large bowl, combine sugar and melted butter; beat with electric mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla; mix well.
Combine flour and baking powder in a separate bowl. Add to the sugar mixture; mix well.
Stir in nuts, coconut, and chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake 40+ minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Serve warm, or reheat individual servings in the microwave (10 seconds for a serving). Top with ice cream drizzled with caramel sauce and hot fudge sauce then sprinkled with chopped walnuts . Or just eat them like a brownie or bar cookie. They are also excellent that way too.
Makes 24.

8/3/10

Silhouette Giveaway!!

Alright I have another great giveaway to pass on to all of you. Right now there are several websites having an amaing giveaway! Have any of you heard of the Silhouette? I hadn't until I saw this giveaway...Now I want one...really bad!!

So, what is a Silhouette?
The Silhouette is a digital cutting tool for personal use. It connects to your computer just like a printer, but instead of printing designs it cuts them with a small blade. With the machine connected to your computer, you'll get access to all of the fonts on your PC plus the thousands of cuttable designs found on the Silhouette Online Store.
I'm sure you have all heard of a very similar machine known as the Cricut. So, what's the difference? Here's a chart that can help you compare the Silhouette and the Cricut.
This machine can do so many things. You don't have to be a scrapbooker to enjoy this machine. Click here to see what the Silhouette can do.
I really really want one of these. There are so many things I am already planning on doing if I am lucky enough to win this.
So head on over to Sugardoodle, The Idea Room or Cupcake Project for more information on these giveaways and for your chance to win!!

Nice Buns!!!

Sorry...I had to use that I my post title. :) Yesterday we had hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken burgers. I had some hamburger buns, but they were looking pretty sad. I remembered seeing a recipe for Hamburger buns, so I got on the computer and searched.
I am so glad that I did, because these were great!!

I don't know what it is about homemade bread, but isn't it wonderful? These buns were really easy to put together, and it was nice because I had everything in my pantry (no special trip to the store). Well, the only thing I didn't have was sesame seeds, but those are optional.
We cut each bun and then grilled them for a little bit to give them a little crispiness. Mmmmm....soo yummy!
 
There was a suggestion to add garlic or onion salt to the dough. I'll probably try that next time and see how that tastes.
Well, it's definitely hamburger season so next time you are having burgers please make these buns! You won't be dissappointed, I promise.

Hamburger Buns
from Rosa's Yummy Yums

1 Cup Water, lukewarm
2 tbsp. Unsalted butter, room temp.
1 Egg
3 1/4 Cups Plain White Flour
1/4 Cup Sugar
1 tsp. Salt
1 tbsp. Instant yeast

1 Egg Yolk + 1 tsp. Water
Sesame Seeds

Sprinkle the yeast into the water and leave for 5-10 minutes, until frothy. Stir to dissolve.
In a big bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well.
Turn the dough out onto a floured working surface and knead for about 10 minutes  until you've made a soft, smooth dough. (Or be lazy like me and use your kitchenaid) :)
Place the dough in a clean and lightly greased bowl. Cover witha  towel and let rise for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until doubled in size.
Divide the dough into 8 pieces and shape each piece into a flattened ball. (I weighed each piece of dough, they were about 4 1/2 oz. each). Place the buns onto a greased baking sheet, cover with a towel and let rise another 30-40 minutes, until they're quite puffy and doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Glaze the buns with the egg yolk and water mixture, then sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake the buns for 12-15 minutes, until they are golden brown. (I probably took mine out a little too early, we were in a hurry. Next time I'll cook them for 15 minutes).
Remove them from the oven and cool them on a wire rack.