Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Coffee Cake

Have I mentioned that I love breakfast? Well I do! This is my Mom's Coffee Cake recipe from when she was a little girl in her 4-H class.  I doubled the crumb topping in the recipe because I love it! I also love that this recipe is super cheap.  You could even double the recipe and put it in a 9x13 pan and feed a crowd for literally pennies.

And a closer pic.

Coffee Cake:
1 egg
3/4 c. milk
2 c. Bisquick
1/3 c. white sugar

3 T. butter
1/2 c. white sugar
2 T. flour
2 t. cinnamon
chopped walnuts (optional, I made mine with no walnuts)

Beat egg and milk.  Add Bisquick and sugar and mix until combined.  Pour batter into a 8x8 pan that's been greased with cooking spray.  For topping mix together sugar, flour, cinnamon and walnuts.  Drizzle butter over top and mix (the original recipe said to drizzle the butter over the cake and then mix the dry ingredients and walnuts together and sprinkle on top of cake but I accidentally did it this way and I liked it a lot!).  Crumble over top of cake.  Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.

Cut a big slice for yourself, pour a large glass of milk and relax!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Lime Coconut White Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies

I had a luau with my family the other night and I just felt like baking.  So I checked out Our Best Bites and found these delicious cookies.  I promise that you will feel like you have been transported to the Caribbean.  You can taste every flavor in these cookies and the combination is amazing! Highly recommend!

Lime Coconut White Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies:
2 c. flour
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
12 T. unsalted butter melted and cooled until luke warm
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
2 t. vanilla extract
1 c. white chocolate chips (I am telling you Ghirardelli is the best!)
1 c. toasted coconut
1 c. toasted macadamia nuts
1 T. grated lime zest (about 2 limes)

Heat oven to 325 degrees.  Melt butter so it has a chance to cool.  Combine flour, salt and baking soda together in medium bowl; set aside.

With electric mixer, mix butter and sugars until thoroughly blended.  Mix in egg, yolk and vanilla.  Add dry ingredients; mix until combined.

Add white chocolate chips, coconut, macadamia nuts and lime zest.  Mix to distribute.

Proceed to eat a spoonful of dough and sit back, relax and pretend you're on the beach.

Scoop cookie dough into balls and place on parchment lined baking sheets.  Bake until cookies are set around outer edges, yet centers are still soft and puffy and appear slightly under-baked, about 9-10 minutes (I think lesser is better).  Cool and then enjoy!

* Tip - To toast coconut and macadamia nuts spread out on cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees for 6-7 minutes.  Cool completely before mixing into cookie dough batter

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Peanut Butter Pizza

This is a family recipe.  I have had it for as long as I can remember.  It is definitely a keeper.  A slice of this with a cold glass of milk....heaven on earth my friends.

1/2 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 stick butter
1/2 t. vanilla
1 egg
1 1/2 c. flour
2 c. mini marshmallows (I use more then this to give it a good layer)
3/4 c. chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Pam a pizza pan. Combine everything but marshmallows and chocolate chips.  Press evenly over bottom of the pan, forming a rim around the edge.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Sprinkle with marshmallows and chocolate chips and bake for 5-8 minutes.  Enjoy a yummy slice of pizza with a glass of milk and sit back and enjoy life.  

Friday, June 15, 2012

Spinach Salad & Poppy Seed Dressing

This recipe comes from my Sister who got it from BYU-Idaho.  I remember when I went to school there and going to one of eateries on campus and getting this salad often.  IT IS AMAZING! Spinach, poppy seed salad dressing, candied almonds, mandarin oranges, cured turkey bits and swiss cheese.  Yummmmm.

Poppy Seed Dressing:
3/4 T. poppy seeds
3/4 c. vegetable oil
1/4 c. grated white onion
2 T. prepared yellow mustard
1/3 c. white vinegar
1/3 c. white sugar
3/4 t. salt

Mix all ingredients in blender until well blended.  Chill until ready to serve.

Spinach Salad:
grated swiss cheese
bacon, cooked and crumbled (you can also buy cured turkey bits that taste similar to bacon or you can also cut up some deli ham and cook it in a pan till it's cooked through)
mandarin oranges, chilled

I didn't put certain measurements on the salad ingredients because it's truly up to your own taste how much of everything you want.

Candied Almonds:
1 c. sliced almonds
7 T. sugar

Mix almonds and sugar together in pan and cook on medium heat.  Stir, stir, stir until sugar starts to melt and combine.  Keep a close eye on this or it will burn.

Combine salad ingredients, almonds and dressing and enjoy!