Archive | February, 2012

Maple French Toast and Bacon Cupcakes

26 Feb

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s official. The Food Network has driven me completely insane. I’ve done the unthinkable. I’ve put bacon into a cupcake. It feels so weird to even say that. But, I have. My friend, Stacia, sent me a link to some bacon cupcakes a while back and said they looked interesting. I agreed they sounded interesting….but was it really a good kind of interesting? Or was it just plain weird? I wasn’t sure.

But….since then they’ve been in the back of mind. So I decided there was only one way to find out what I thought about them. Just try them. Yikes. I didn’t save the link she sent me, so I’m not sure if itw as the Food Network recipe or not, but I figured this would be close enough. You can find the full recipe here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/maple-french-toast-and-bacon-cupcakes-recipe/index.htmlย I made a couple of changes. I left out the potato starch completely. I wasn’t entirely sure what that even is, and I certainly didn’t have any on hand. I also used milk instead of half and half because I already had milk in the fridge.

The batter starts out looking pretty normal. It smells REALLY good from the cinnamon and nutmeg. Have I ever mentioned on this blog that I’m kind of obsessed with baking things with cinnamon? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Up to this point, I was confident that all was going well. Then I did it. I folded in pieces of bacon. The first time I’ve ever put bacon into a cake batter. Would it be the last? We’ll see. In some weird way, I felt like I was betraying “normal” cupcake recipes. When the recipes end with folding in something, it’s usually something like chocolate chips. Or whipped cream. Or walnuts. But folding in bacon? Eh. I wasn’t sure I loved the idea.

 

 

 

 

While these were in the oven I mixed together the icing. Cream cheese, butter,ย  powdered sugar, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Smelled like french toast. ๐Ÿ™‚

Once the cupcakes cooled, I topped them with the icing and added crumbled bacon on top.

Confession: I haven’t actually tried these yet! I’m running late for lunch with someone and I wanted to post them before I left. But I’m still unsure about these, so I think I’ll eat lunch and then try one after I get back home.

Random Thought of the Day: What do you think? Have you ever had a bacon cupcake? Would you try one? Does it just seem really gross?

Up Next: Not sure…the next thing I’m actually baking is key lime cupcakes. But I’ve already posted those here. So I’ll put something new up. A friend of mine did give me a starter bag from some Amish Friendship Bread. Maybe I’ll post that. It does have cinnamon, after all. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Tastes-Like-Chocolate-Ice-Cream Pie

5 Feb

A few months ago my sister gave me a great idea for a blog post. “Chocolate Pie 3 Ways.” She thought it would be cool to make the same basic chocolate pie, with different variations: graham cracker crust and a marshmallow topping for a Smores tasting pie, some type of peanut butter added for a Reese’s pie, etc. I loved the idea….but this weekend I wasn’t feeling industrious enoughย to make 3 different kinds of pie. So don’t worry Jessica, I haven’t forgotten your great idea. I just took the easy route this time…..keep your eyes out for that post in the future.

But I DID want to make some kind of chocolate pie. Just one kind. I searched allrecipes.com and thanks to someone named Bonnie Scott I found a no bake, frozen chocolate pie. Sounded like just the right amount of effort I was willing to put into it this weekend. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Click here to see/print the full recipe.

Here’s what you need:

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Cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, cocoa, milk, cool whip, and a pie shell. The recipe just called for a regular pie shell, but I decided to try it with an Oreo one instead. ๐Ÿ™‚ It was good, but very rich.

Start by beating together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla.

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Add the cocoa and milk. Looks like chocolate pudding at this point, but smells even better because of the cream cheese. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Then just fold in the cool whip and freeze overnight. You can also add chocolate chips to make itย prettier. For some reason I was thinking I should add the chocolate chips after it froze. Then I realized that didn’t make any sense because they wouldn’t set into the filling. They would just kind of fall off onto the plate since the pie was frozen. Don’t know what I was thinking?!?

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Since mie didn’t have any chocolate chips, I added a little chocolate syrup once it was cut to make it look nicer. I had to let this sit out for just a couple of minutes to be able to slice it. But you don’t want to let it thaw out completely! The filling starts to melt pretty quickly. Let it sit just long enough to be able to cut it with a knife, and serve right away. ๐Ÿ™‚ Tastes like chocolate ice cream in a pie. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Random Thought of the Day: I couldn’t care less who wins the Super Bowl tonight. But if you’re planning on watching it, have fun. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Up Next: Nothing for a couple of weeks. I’m lucky enough to have 2 baby showers back to back in the next 2 weekends! They are both out of town, so I won’tย  be around to make something new and post it. But I’ll come up with something good for 3 weeks from now. ๐Ÿ™‚