Friday, March 29, 2013

Rolo Cupcakes

I am slowly trying to get some of my Easter dishes a head of that I am not swamped early Sunday morning.  I just made these cupcakes and stuck them in the freezer.  I think they will be a hit!  :)  They have a hidden rolo in the middle of the cupcake, caramel frosting and chocolate ganache drizzled over the top....oh and of course one more little rolo!! 

Rolo Cupcakes 

1 box Devil's food chocolate cake mix
1/2 cup warm water
 4 eggs, beaten
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sour cream
1 small package instant chocolate pudding
Mini Rolos candies, 2 per cupcake (one for inside, one for garnish on top)

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners. In stand mixer bowl, combine all ingredients except Rolos. Prepare cake mix as stated on cake mix box! Scoop batter into prepared cupcake pans, filling almost to the top of the liner. Press one Rolo into each cup of batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-23 minutes or until cupcakes spring back when lightly touched. Remove from oven and allow to cool 5 minutes. Remove from pans and allow to fully cool on wire racks.

 Caramel Butter Cream Frosting:
1cup chilled Heavy Whipping Cream
1 stick butter, softened
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
pinch of Kosher salt
5 tablespoons caramel sauce {double this recipe if you like a lot of frosting}

Whip until fluffy. Of course, don't forget to scrape the sides. I used my kitchen aid with the whisk attachment.

Chocolate Ganache:
1/4 cup Heavy Cream
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla

Heat cream and honey but do not boil. Stir in chocolate chips. Stir mixture until smooth. Allow to cool until almost room temperature.

 To assemble: Pipe frosting onto each cupcake. Chill frosted cupcakes so that the ganache does not melt frosting. Drizzle gananche on top of frosting and cupcake. Store in refrigerator..take out an hour or so before serving.  :)

Adapted from My Open Fridge

Happy Easter to all!  

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Cake Mix Caramel Rolls - great weekend breakfast!

This is my first time trying caramel rolls made with cake taste testers agree they turned out pretty good!  

Caramel Rolls with Cake Mix

2 1/2 cups warm water
4 1/2 teaspoons yeast
1 box yellow cake mix
4 1/2 cups flour
3 eggs
1/3 cup oil
dash of salt
brown sugar
whipping cream

Mix the yeast into the warm water.  Set aside and let proof.  In a large bowl ( I used my kitchen aid) mix cake mix,  flour  and salt.  Add 3 eggs, slightly beaten, oil and yeast mixture...mix well.  Let dough rise until doubled.  Roll it out and spread butter on the dough and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.  {Use as much butter, cinnamon and sugar as you like}  Roll up and cut the rolls.  Put brown sugar and cinnamon on the bottom of a large cookie sheet sprayed with Pam.  Lay rolls on top.  When ready to bake pour whipping cream on top.  Bake at 350 degrees until done.  I don't like to put a time for something such as caramel family likes the rolls just baked until done but not hard!  I also made a little extra caramel to add in case the rolls didn't have enough.  Just add whipping cream, brown sugar and a dash of salt to a sauce pan and cook until slightly thickened.  Add to the top of your rolls if it looks like you want more caramel!  

I know many of you will think this recipe is not detailed enough.  If you are a long time follower of mine you will know that I have said that recipes are really hard for me as most times I do not follow a recipe...I just add here and there!  If you have any questions...just ask! :) 


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Beauty around us.......

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Cowboy Cookies

I love Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks....ok well, actually I love everything Gooseberry Patch! Who is with me on that? :) Anyway, here is recipe From Gooseberry's Best Ever Cookies book...the recipe was submitted by their own JoAnn. I love these cookies...they are flavorful and chewy...everything a cookie deserves. :) This recipe makes a very large amount of cookies....great for our soon to be days of  hauling meals out to the field while the farmer and hiredhands are doing field work and seeding our crops. Spring cannot come soon enough for me!

3 c. shortening
6 eggs, beaten
3 c. sugar
3 c. brown sugar packed
2 t. vanilla extract
6 c. all-purpose flour
1-1/2 t. baking powder
1 T. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
6 c. long-cooking oats, uncooked
2 -12-oz. pkgs. semi-sweet chocolate chips
In a very large bowl, blend together shortening, eggs, sugars and vanilla; set aside.

In a separate large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; mix well.

Slowly stir flour mixture into shortening mixture. Add oats and chocolate chips; mix evenly. Form into walnut-size balls; place 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes, until edges are lightly golden. Cool on wire racks.

Go on now...mix up a batch!



Friday, March 1, 2013

Farm Photo Friday

Welcome to Farm Photo Friday!!!

{in search of breakfast}
I finally am posting Farm Photo Friday....I know it has been awhile...I hope you all will still join in on the fun....I know that after I have not posted it for awhile it takes awhile to get people back into the swing of things!  Happy Friday, everyone! 

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