Friday, August 5, 2011

Rocky Road Brownies

This is literally an award winning 4 layer recipe. Our family has personally won baking contests for this sinfully decadent and deadly dish. Once you make these and try them, you will know why. WARNING: One 2x2 square could fix your tastebuds after any meal for long periods of time and leave you craving more for days to come!

Set oven at 350 degrees and spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray.

Brownie Layer:
1/2 C. Butter
1 square unsweetened chocolate
1 C. Sugar
1 C. Flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 Eggs
Melt butter and chocolate; add other ingredients and mix well. Spread in prepared dish. Layer with
6 oz. Cream Cheese
1/2 C. Sugar
2 Tbsp. Flour
1/4 C. Butter
1 Egg
1 tsp. Vanilla
Mix all ingredients in mixer till smooth. Layer over brownie mixture and bake for 25-30 min. until cream cheese filling is golden brown around the edges. 
Meanwhile mix frosting:
1/4 C. Butter 
1 Square Unsweetened Chocolate
2oz. Cream Cheese
1/4 C. Milk
1 lb. Powdered Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla 
1/2 C. Chopped Nuts (optional)
Layer #4:
1 Bag Mini Marshmallows
Layer top of filling with mini marshmallows (enough to cover top). Bake another 3-5 min. When soft and puffy, swirl frosting onto marshmallow layer and let cool.
When taking this recipe to any occassion, be prepared to take copies. You will need them!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Yummy Crepes

1 C. Milk
1/2 C. Water
2 Eggs
2 T. Butter, melted
2 T. Oil
1 C. Flour
1/4 tsp. Salt
Mix all ingredients in bowl and cover. Let sit 30 min. Butter or oil crepe pan, heat till butter sizzles or oil is hot. Add 2 T. oil or butter & tilt from side to side till bottom is covered. Cook aprox. 1 1/2 min. or till crepe is lightly browned on one side. Turn out onto paper towl. Repeat.
Crepes freeze well, stacked w/ wax paper between layers. Wrap stack in moisture proof bag. Thaw one hour before using.
ideas for filling:
applesauce, yogurt, sausage gravy, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, bananas and cream, pie filling, spaghetti sauce and cheese. The possibilities are endless!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

My Favorite Bundt Cake

Over the years this recipe has been tried and true over and over, epitomizing the name it was given. Across the board, it is always the favorite and I never go home with even so much as a CRUMB left!

1pkg. Chocolate cake mix (the fudgier, the better)
1 small pkg. instant choc. pudding
4 eggs
1/2 C canola oil
1/2 C. water
1 C. sour cream or plain yogurt
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks
powdered sugar, to sprinkle

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350 & spray bundt pan with baking spray. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except chips & powdered sugar. Beat until well blended. Stir in choc. chips and turn into bundt pan. Bake 50-60 minutes. Let cool 10-15 mins. in pan, then place on serving plate and cool completely.  Sift powdered sugar over the top. *Do NOT over bake!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Creamy Fruit Salad

One of the children asked me to start making more fresh fruit salads. With Spring on it's way and Conference weekend upon us, I created this yummy dish as tempting side. I'm happy to say it was a healthy success!

1 C red grapes
1 pkg. honey glazed almond slivers
1 honeydew melon (or melon of choice)
1 pint fresh stawberries
1 C blueberries
1 apple, peeled, sectioned and sliced into chuncks
3/4 C nonfat sour cream
2 tsp. truvia or splenda (sugar substitute)

Combine fruit in large bowl. Mix sugar substitute to sour cream and fold into fruit mixture. Add sliced almonds and serve cold. Best with sandwiches.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

This is by far the BEST oatmeal cookie I've found! A personal favorite--

Oven: 350 degrees F
1/2 C Shortening
1/2 C Butter (not margarine)
3/4 C packed brown sugar
3/4 C granular sugar
2 eggs
1-1/2 C all-purpose flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 C rolled oats
2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions: Preheat oven to 350. Cream shortening, butter, and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix thoroughly. Combine baking soda, salt, and flour. Stir into creamed mixture.
Mix in oatmeal then chocolate chips. Stir until well blended. Drop teaspoon fulls onto greased cookie sheet & bake for 15 min.
*Caution: may not be able to refrain from eating too many! ;)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Creamy Soup Base

A good friend of mine gave me this recipe. It has been a family favorite for years now and we NEVER tire of it. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Great soup to take to someone for dinner, or serve at a dinner party as well. It's THAT good!
(read recipe through to understand well)
1/2 C butter
1/2 C flour
1 qt. chicken broth (more if needed)
3 C milk (OR cream OR evaporated milk OR 1/2 and 1/2 OR any combination of them)
2 tsp. onion powder (or to taste) or 1/4 minced dry onion
1/4 tsp. garlic powder OR 1tsp. minced garlic
1tsp. salt or to taste
peeled, cubed potatoes; as many as you need (4 or 5 med/large for a family of 4)

2 C shredded cheddar cheese (more if desired)
1 can corn (you can use packaged frozen peas or broccoli, or any other variation of vegetables to your liking)
For potatoe based soup, cook cubed potatoes in chicken broth. Otherwise just bring broth to a boil with spices, garlic and onions. When just tender, drain/strain the broth into a bowl and set aside potatoes.
Melt butter in a pot. Add flour then whisk till smooth and bubbling. Slowly pour in the chicken broth (that was used to cook the potatoes) whisking as it thickens. When mixture has thickened, whisk in enough milk until you get the consistency you like.  Add cheese and whisk until melted. Add potatoes and corn. Gently stir until combined. Add more spices/salt as needed. Keep warm and covered.

The butter/flour/broth/milk part of the recipe is the universal key. You can add anything to it and make any yummy soup you like:

Broccoli Cheese soup- Add more cheese and cooked broccoli and bacon bits if you like.
Clam Chowder- Add some canned, chopped clams, bacon,
Corn Chowder - Add creamed corn and whole Kernal corn.
Creamy Vegetable soup- Add cooked vegetables of all sort.
Add artichoke hearts and shredded chicken and more garlic for another variety.

Anything your family likes you can throw in, then watch them DEVOUR it!!! No. Seriously!