Thursday, May 23, 2013

Not over yet...

Let's Not Say Goodbye

      Well this cooking has taught me so much! Not only have I had to keep on task for blogging every week, but I now know so much more about cooking! I can make anything from plain cookies to a lazy daisy cake! We have made interesting desserts such as No Bake Bars and Cherry Tingles. We have also made really delicious desserts such as Cocoa Brownies and Magic Bars. Don't get me wrong, all the desserts we made were good in there own way, but some were better than others! I have loved cooking all of these desserts, although I most likely gained a few pounds.... 

     I hope that throughout my cooking time, you cooked some of my desserts, or while you looked through my blog you were drooling! If you didn't make any of the desserts, you better get on it! I still love you, kinda, but start making at least some of the desserts. It is way worth it to cook the desserts. You learn how to cook more desserts, and you get to learn some tricks. The tricks may be if the dessert says to cook for ten minutes you actually cook for seven. You might also learn how much a teaspoon is just by doing some guesstimating. No measuring, just a couple flicks of the wrist and you had a teaspoon! You didn't even measure, you devil. 

     As my title says, lets not say goodbye. I hope that I keep on cooking, and you keepreading. I will hopefully keep on blogging throughout summer, and maybe find some awesome summer desserts! I want to thank you for reading my blog, and commenting. It really shows that some of you are out there reading, and it keeps me posting! Well, it's been a solid year. Talk to you later.. (hopefully) :)




Very first dessert every made with this blog. The No Bake Bars. Started off kind of rough if I do say so myself.. but we all start somewhere!

Last cooking dessert I did for this blog. Looks pretty damn good. I ended on a good note.


Friday, May 17, 2013

Crepes

Crepes

This is a different type of a dessert. It is more of a not as sweet desert. It is kind of like a very thin and not as sweet pancake! I love crepes. I think that they are not very sweet and so that is why I like them. I can keep eating them! I filled my crepes with fruit, but you can really fill them with what you want! 
 Basically all you do is mix all of the ingredients together, and wa-la! You have crepe batter.

Here are the ingredients for the crepes. 

 Here is the fabulous batter for the crepes. All this is, is the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, butter, vanilla, and eggs mixed together.

 When you put the batter on the pan you quickly move the batter around. You must move quickly otherwise the batter forms in that shape. For example if you don't fill all the way then you have holes in your crepe and that is not good! So just move the pan around to fill the space completely and then you have a nice crepe! Like the one above!
 Here is that crepe once fully finished. It looks kinda like a tortilla, but it is not! Obviously it is a delicious crepe.
 These are the fillings I used for my crepes. Like I said before, you can use whatever fillings and ingredients you want to use, but I used fruit and yogurt.
The white stuff on the bottom is the yogurt, which acts kind of like a glue, and then put the fruit on the far side. 

Fold the insides in first, then start rolling from the top down and to the bottom. It ends up looking kind of like a burrito, but it tastes fabulous! I would definitely recommend this dessert because it is such a quick and easy bake. It can appeal to anyone, depending on what you put inside of the crepes. I hope that you like this dessert, and let me know what you put inside the crepes!

Let's go cook.


Friday, May 10, 2013

Cocoa Fudge

Cocoa Fudge

So this week I finally made one of my favorite desserts. Fudge! It is so delicious. It did take more time to make than other desserts, but it's worth it! This dessert is out of my Grandmas Dessert Book. 
Here is the directions how to cook Cocoa Fudge. As you can see, the bottom has peanut butter fudge. I didn't do that. I only did regular and I also left out the 1/3 cup chopped nuts. 

 Here are the ingredients, and the pan I used to put the fudge in. The pan size I would say is perfect. The fudge is about pinkie thick and depends how many you cut, but a pretty good amount.
Here is the sugar, cocoa, butter, milk and corn syrup. It is starting to boil and I am letting it sit for 1 minute. Then after this I will stir in the vanilla and powdered sugar until it is all stirred in and thick. 

This is after I took it out of the refrigerator. It looks kind of like a pan of thin brownies but trust me, these are delicious pieces of fudge. I hope you like this fudge because I thought it was so delicious. It is sweet so I wouldn't recommend eating all of it in one sitting, but you should still make this dessert!

Let's go cook.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Cocoa Brownies

Cocoa Brownies

This week I made Cocoa Brownies. Let me start off by saying these were devine!! They were gooey and chocolatey and overall delicious. I made them on Tuesday and they were gone by Thursday. My mom and I ate all of it. Oops. But it was worth it. 

So here is my grandmas recipe book. Not Great Grandma, but just Grandma. She has so many more recipes that are good than my Great Grandmas recipe book. The only deserts left in my Great Grandmas recipe book was all these different types of fruit cake. No thank you! So I found this recipe book and there are so many dessert in that look so good. I could make probably 10 different types of just brownies. Yum!
Here is the recipe of Cocoa Brownies. It is really simple and quick. That is good and bad. Bad because I will make more of these kinds of brownies because they are so  easy to make, but good because they are so yummy. 

Here are the ingredients. Not many, but somehow it turns out scrup-dili-umptious.

Basically the directions are mix all of your ingredients together. The only thing I did was mix everything together except the flour and cocoa. I added a little bit. Otherwise it gets really hard to mix. 

Here is before the oven. Slobber slobber. Yum yum. Slurp slurp.

Here is the after product of the brownies. Hey stop. If you lick the screen you won't taste it. You gotta make it! And I recommend you do! I hope you like this dessert because so far Grandmas recipe book is great!!

Let's go cook.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Hazelnut Cake

Hazelnut Cake


So this week I made Hazelnut Cake. In reality it is called walnut cake, but I don't like walnuts at all, I don't even like nuts, but I had to add some sort of nuts. So I decided to do Hazelnuts. To me walnuts are very dark tasting. Not like dark as in like you can taste the night, or black paper, but as in dark chocolate compared to milk chocolate. Dark chocolate is the walnuts and milk chocolate is the hazelnuts. Anyways, do any kind of nuts you like because I think any kind of nut would taste great. This dessert is a almost not a dessert, more classified as a coffee cake. It is not very sweet, and would be great to have a slice of this and a cup of coffee or tea
Walnut Cake (or Hazelnut)
1/2 cups butter   -   cream till fluffy)
1 1/2 cups sugar - (cream till fluffy)
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups flour
3/4 cups cold water add flour and add flour add water alternately
1 cup walnuts (hazelnuts)
4 eggs whites - beating egg whites
Bake in 8 in layers - 350 degrees oven
about 30 to 35 minutes

Here all the ingredients Not many except for eggs nuts flour and sugar.

Inside this bowl is butter and sugar and whipped and baking powder. Then I added flour and water alternating. Last I added the egg whites. After that was all mixed together I put in the nuts and used a wooden spoon to fold in the nuts.

Once all of your ingredients are mixed together, then separate your batter evenly into two separate pans and bake. This dessert makes your house smell delicious.

Here is the final product of our Hazelnut Cake. I hope that if you make this dessert you enjoy it and continue to make it! I think that dessert is very good if you don't have a major sweet tooth. Also, just to inform you I might start adding recipes from my grandmas recipe book. So you will have some recipes from my Great Grandma and my Grandma!

Let's go cook.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Frozen Oatmeal Cookies

Frozen Oatmeal Cookies

This week I made Frozen Oatmeal Cookies. They were, well, interesting! They were delicious in flavor, but the way you made them was different than I am used to. But, I suppose it would be different when you compare everyday recipes to Grandma Min's old fashion recipes. 

Here is how to cook the cookies. As you can see all it has is ingredients and it says to chop it up, freeze it, and put it in the oven.  Not a lot of information is it?

Here is all of the ingredients mixed together. As you can see there are chocolate chips in the mix instead of nuts or anything else. I wanted to add a bit of flavor instead of all oats. I must admit, it was a pretty smart idea!

In there directions it says to put in rolls or pack in a coffee cake pan and freeze over night. Divide in half. Take out of pan and slice. Bake at 375 degrees. I don't know if this is put into rolls, but I did get one part right. I put it in the freezer, and bake at 375. I baked them for about 6-7 minutes and that was perfect. 

I then cut up the frozen pieces of cookie dough and put them in the oven. It didn't work too well because when I started cutting up the cookie dough it started to fall apart. But, you gotta make it work so I did by smooshing all of the leftover cookie dough together. 

Here is the final product! How delicious does this look! It tastes so good. The oats are not very sweet but yet all of the ingredients added together, makes rainbows and unicorns in your mouth. Basically to sum it up, deliciousness in every bite. I hope you like this dessert because I think that this dessert could fit every taste bud liking! If you like chocolate chips, something sweet, then add them. If you want something not as sweet, then do nuts! It is the perfect combo. 

Let's go cook.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Rhubarb Kuchen



Rhubarb Kuchen

This dessert was so delicious! I made a Rhubarb Kuchen. It was tart because of the rhubarb but sweet at the same time because of the sugary bottom and crust.  I have a background story for you about the word Kuchen. We are really good friends with someone named Clare Kuchen. Kuchen means some sort of German cooker. And Clare was a German cooker! I thought that was some neat "family" history for you. Not much info about how Grandma Min made this dessert, but my mom said it was probably for a celebration than more just to eat everyday. I would definitely recommend this dessert for anyone that likes a dessert a bit tart and not too sweet. I love this dessert!

Here are the directions and ingredients for Rhubarb Kuchen. Usually when Grandam Min hand writes the recipe, it is really hard to read, but this time it isn't too bad!

 Here is the bottom layer of this dessert. It is 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 3/4 cup margarine. Cut with a pastry blender till well blended. We don't have a pastry blender so we were inventive and we took two butter knives and cut up the butter in a fancy way. 

This is your bottom layer made of 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 3/4 cup margarine combined together and pressed into a 9x13 pan. Then bake at 350 for 5 - 10 minutes. Make sure you watch it in the oven so it doesn't brown or burn too quickly. 

Here is the 3 eggs in a bowl, 1 cup sugar (we only did one cup sugar instead of 1 1/2 because we like it tart!) 1/4 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 tsp vanilla, cinnamon to taste, 3-4 cups diced rhubarb. I did 3 1/2 cups of rhubarb because I like tart desserts. I thought that 3 1/2 cups was the perfect amount.

Here is the all of the ingredients mixed together.

Then add the rhubarb. Yes, the rhubarb looks like a kind of like meat, but it isn't! Then spread this on top of the bottom layer. Make sure when you spread it on top of the bottom layer that you don't smoosh it around. If you do smoosh it around, it will tear up your bottom layer. 

Here is the dessert baking it up in the oven.

I would recommend this dessert for anyone who likes not super sweet desserts. This dessert is very good and I love it! Hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.

Let's go cook.