Monday, July 30, 2012

Poppyseed Cake

I've had a can of poppyseed filling in my pantry for what seems like a sweet forever, so I was really excited to find this recipe. I love poppyseed stuff, and mostly you'll find it paired with lemon flavored cakes, muffins, etc. but I like that this cake lets just the flavor of poppyseed shine through.

Start by combining the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda in a large bowl.

In another bowl, or large measuring cup, lightly beat the eggs. Then add the oil, yogurt,

poppyseed filling,


and vanilla. Now pour the wet ingredients into the dry

and stir just until combined. Pour the batter into a greased bundt pan.

Bake for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Let cool in the pan, on a wire rack, for 15 minutes or so, then carefully remove from the pan and cool completely on the rack.

This cake is wonderful unadorned, or you can make a simple glaze for it by whisking together the powdered sugar and milk and adding a drop or two of almond extract. Pour the glaze over the cake

until it is completely covered and the glaze drips wonderfully down the sides of the cake!

You can slice this cake kind of thinly cause it is rich!

One year ago: Basmati Rice and Chicken Salad
Two years ago: Canteloupe Sorbet
Three years ago: Oat Waffles

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Poppyseed Cake

3 C flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 3/4 C sugar
4 eggs
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 can or jar poppyseed filling

1/2 cup powdered sugar
2-3 tsp. milk
a couple drops almond extract

Mix together the flour, salt, baking soda and sugar; set aside. In a large bowl, lightly beat eggs. Stir in the oil, yogurt, vanilla and evaporated milk. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir just until combined.

Mix in the poppyseed filling. Pour batter into a greased bundt pan and bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes, then carefully remove from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.

For the glaze, whisk together powdered sugar with the milk, one teaspoon at a time, until a nice glaze (thick pouring) consistency. Add the almond extract and stir well. Pour over cool cake. Serves 12-16.

Recipe Source: Adapted from Flour me with Love

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Roasted Banana Ice Cream

My love of all things banana is well documented on this blog, so I couldn't not make this delicious ice cream - and not only is it banana but it's ROASTED banana - like a bananas foster ice cream. (Just this year, I've also made bananas foster bread and bananas foster souffles - must be the year of bananas foster "stuff"!)

This ice cream is absolutely delicious on its own, and absolutely spectacular paired with hot fudge sauce and strawberries...

Make some today!

Start by slicing the bananas and tossing them with brown sugar and butter in a baking dish or on a baking pan.

Roast the bananas for about 30 minutes, stirring once after 15 minutes, until the bananas are a beautiful brown and the sugar is nice and caramelized.

Transfer the bananas to a food processor, making sure you get all the good caramel and any crispy bits. Add the sugar,

lemon juice,

cream and milk,

vanilla and salt. Puree the mixture until smooth.

Transfer the mixture to a large measuring bowl and cover with plastic wrap.

Refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight. Whisk the mixture well to help thin it slightly, (you can add a little more milk if you think it's way too thick, but it will be thicker than normal ice cream batter)

then pour into your ice cream maker and process.

Remove to a freezer safe container and freeze until firm. Yum.

One year ago: Curried Chicken Salad with Blackberries
Two years ago: Peach and Blackberry Tart
Three years ago: Strawberry Banana Trifle

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Roasted Banana Ice Cream

3 medium ripe bananas
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp. butter, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup milk
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. coarse salt

Peel bananas and slice them into 1/2-inch pieces. In a 2-quart baking dish or on a small baking sheet, toss the banana slices with brown sugar and butter. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes, stirring once halfway through, until the bananas are browned.

Scrape the bananas and syrup (and crispy sugary bits) from the baking dish into a blender or food processor. Add the milk, sugar, vanilla, lemon juice and salt, and purée until smooth.

Chill the mixture for at least 8 hours (or overnight) in the refrigerator. Whisk it well then pour it into your ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer’s instructions. It will be very thick; freeze an additional couple of hours or until it reaches a desired consistency.

Recipe Source: Adapted from David Lebovitz

Monday, July 23, 2012

Double Chocolate Caramel Brownies

It's Reveal Day again! Mondays are usually a drag, but not on Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day!! This month I was assigned to Julie's Eats and Treats, and it was so fun to learn that Julie and I are practically neighbors - well, at least that we share the same great state. Too fun.

I have had an appreciation for these delicious (dangerously so) brownies since high school, when a friend of my mom's made them for the first time. I have always enjoyed eating them but (gasp) I had never made them. So, when I saw them on Julie's blog, I knew the time had come.

I shared these with my colleagues, who couldn't get enough of them. They're that good. Get yourself some caramels and make these today!

Start by melting the caramels. Place the unwrapped caramels (this is the most time consuming part - unwrapping the caramels!) in a medium saucepan and add 1/3 cup of evaporated milk.

Cook over medium-low heat, stirring really often, until the caramels are nice and melted.

Set that aside. For the brownie base, add the melted butter

and remaining evaporated milk to the cake mix in a large mixing bowl. 

Spread half of this batter into a greased cake pan.

Bake for 6 minutes, then remove from the oven and sprinkle with the chocolate chips.

Top with the caramel mixture.

Dollop the remaining cake batter over the caramel. You can spread it out a little as I did here, or you can just leave it dolloped.

Bake for about 15 minutes. You don't want to overbake them - they'll look fluffy and loose but that's ok - the bars will set up as they cool.

Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack. Don't cut them until they cool - and in my opinion, they're best straight from the fridge - or even the freezer if you're not concerned about expensive dental work (ahem).

Thanks, Julie, for the inspiration!

One year ago: Strawberry White Chocolate Ice Cream
Two years ago: Rhubarb Berry Cheesecake Pie
Three years ago: Strawberry Banana Trifle

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Double Chocolate Caramel Brownies

2/3 cup evaporated milk, divided
1 - 14 oz. package caramels
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 box German Chocolate or Devil's Food cake Mix
1 cup chocolate chips

Over low heat, melt caramels with 1/3 cup evaporated milk in a medium saucepan.

Mix cake mix, melted butter and remaining 1/3 cup evaporated milk. Spread half of the cake mixture on the bottom of a greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 6 minutes.

Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over the batter. Pour the caramel mixture over chocolate chips. Dollop the remaining cake mixture in small spoonfuls over the caramel. Bake for another 15-18 minutes, but do not overbake - the brownies will be puffy and seem un-done, but do not let them cook longer.

Remove and cool on a wire rack. For best results, refrigerate before serving. Leftovers should be refrigerated.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Shrimp and Goat Cheese Corn Cakes

Summertime is the perfect time for corn on the cob, and that's why Kristen chose corn and butter for this month's Improv Challenge. (At least, that's my assumption!) I can't wait to see all the creative ideas today - and I couldn't be more pleased with the recipe I tried.

I spied this dish a long time ago over at Greens and Chocolate, and this was my perfect opportunity. I added shrimp to the corn cakes to kick it up a notch, and made my new favorite dipping sauce (ranch and sriracha!) to accompany these morsels.

To start, pour half of the corn into the bowl of a food processor, then add the basil

and the shrimp.

Pulse 4-5 times until the mixture is slightly pureed, but still a bit chunky. Then add this mixture to a large mixing bowl along with the onions,

remaining corn,

baking powder,

baking soda, flour, salt and pepper and panko.

Stir this mixture well. Combine the eggs, milk and melted butter, and add it to the corn cake mixture.

Stir just until combined, but do not overmix or the batter will get too tough. Now fold in the goat cheese.

Heat about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When it's hot, drop large spoonfuls of batter onto the oil.

Cook for 2-3 minutes or until cakes are golden brown, then carefully flip over.

Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes on this side. Remove to a paper-towel lined plate and then continue with the additional batter. You may need to add more oil to the pan to ensure the cakes won't stick.

You can serve these with traditional Mexican-food fixings or with any dipping sauce that you like. Hooray for corn and butter!

One year ago: Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Two years ago: Spicy Grilled Pork Tenderloin
Three years ago: Summer Cucumber Salad

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Shrimp and Goat Cheese Corn Cakes

2 cups cooked shrimp
1 - 14.5 oz can corn, drained
1 cup flour
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup thinly sliced basil
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 Tbsp. milk
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
olive oil

Place shrimp, basil and half of corn in food processor and pulse until corn is slightly pureed, but still chunky.

In a large bowl, combine corn and shrimp mixture, remaining corn, flour, breadcrumbs, onion, baking powder, baking soda, goat cheese, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Add eggs, milk, and butter, and mix until just combined. Don't over mix.

In large skillet, heat about 2 Tbsp. olive oil over medium heat, making sure the oil is spread evenly among the pan. Once heated, cook about four corn cakes at a time, scooping with a 1/4 cup measuring spoon. Let cook 2-3 minutes then flip to the other side, cooking until each side is golden brown. Remove to a paper-towel lined plate. Continue until all of the batter is used, adding more olive oil to the pan as necessary. Makes about 10 corn cakes.

Recipe Source: Adapted from Greens and Chocolate

Monday, July 16, 2012

Chocolate Ice Cream

Boy, this has been a hot summer - and we're only half way through July. Lucky for us, we can make ice cream! There's something special about cooling down with a delicious frozen treat during the dog days of summer.

This chocolate ice cream truly chocolatey - and also rich and creamy and absolutely delectable. And it doesn't require any cooking, so you can have a frozen treat without heating up the kitchen.

Very few ingredients are needed - although note that I did forget the sweetened condensed milk in this picture!

Pour the half and half and whipping cream into a large batter bowl or measuring cup (I like the container to have a spout so it's easy to pour into the ice cream maker). Add the sweetened condensed milk

Whisk to combine the milks, then add the cocoa

vanilla and chocolate syrup.

Whisk again to combine all the ingredients until you have a smooth batter.

Pour into your ice cream maker

and process. Transfer the soft ice cream to a freezer safe container and freeze until the ice cream is at your desired consistency. Happy summer!

One year ago: Shrimp with Orzo
Two years ago: Chicken and Black Bean Tostadas
Three years ago: Raspberry Cake

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Chocolate Ice Cream

1/2 cup cocoa powder
2/3 cup chocolate syrup
1 - 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milke
2 cups half and half
1 cup heavy cream
1 Tbsp. vanilla

Combine all ingredients in a large measuring cup or batter bowl and whisk well to combine. Pour into an ice cream freezer and process. Transfer mixture to a freezer safe container and freeze until firm, or your desired consistency. Makes 1 quart.

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