For some reason, I have been on a doughnut kick lately. I usually bake my doughnuts, but frying anything is always better. And it’s not bad if you do not do it often..or at least I like to tell myself.
I like doughnuts because they are a sweet treat that you can eat at any time. They are also relatively easy to make, especially if you have a doughnut cutter. Buying a doughnut cutter is worth it if you like to make homemade doughnuts.
Once the dough is made, you are already halfway finished with the recipe. After the dough has stiffened a bit make sure you have a well floured surface ready. This dough can stick. Cut the doughnuts out and then they are ready to fry. See I told you…Easy!
A couple of weeks ago, I went to New Orleans for a quick getaway. All the way there, I kept thinking about getting a beignet from Café Du Monde. I love these things! Beignets are French deep fried pastries with powdered sugar on top. They are very popular in New Orleans.
Here is a look at my beignet from Café Du Monde….Doesn’t it look heavenly.
Have you ever had a pie out of a jar? If not, you have to try these Peach and Raspberry Mason Jar Pies. If you look into my pantry, you will see that everything is in some sort of glass jar. As I have moved more towards glass and not plastic in my home, plastic containers were some of the first things to go. So…I went out and bought all new glass containers, including a ton of mason jars. Mason jars are great for storage and in my opinion it looks more organized. I use mason jars for a lot of things, hence this recipe!
This is a standard fruit pie recipe, but it is just placed in a mason jar. For this recipe, I used 6 oz wide mouth mason jars. The only place I was able to find these jars was at Cost Plus World Market. I am surprised that Ball does not sell this size, at least not in my area. I’m sure you can find these online though.
A few weeks ago, I went to a dessert place with my friend On the menu, they had a apple cobbler topped with a chocolate sauce. Now, I am not a very big fan of combining apple and chocolate flavors. I feel the two items should remain separate. I want my chocolate in things like cake and brownies and my apple in things like pie and cobbler. I never really thought about combining the two. But now you are starting to see more apples covered in chocolate and apples and chocolate mixed together in recipes. Needless to say, I tasted the apple cobbler in chocolate sauce and WOW it was very good. The two flavors welded together very nicely. So, I thought…I am going to try an apple and chocolate recipe at home and I came up with Apple Crumble Brownies.
Who doesn’t love a nice apple crumble? And who doesn’t love a chocolaty brownie? I cannot resist both. Combining the two really create a delectable and tasty treat in your mouth. When you bite into the apple crumble brownie, you get a nice sweet apple flavor with chocolate in every single bite. It is absolute heaven! This brownie tastes better warm in my opinion and even better with vanilla ice cream.
I love mini desserts. For me in keeps me in check, so I do not go over board. I am also not a big fan of sugar. I like to eat sweets, but in moderation. Mini desserts are great to indulge my sweet tooth with small servings, hence the mini cookies.
These mini cookies use a prepackaged sugar cookie mix. This is great if you do not have the ingredients to make cookies or you do not want to go through the hassle. Add a couple of ingredients to the sugar mix and your good to go. If you prefer to use your own sugar cookie recipe, you can do that also. Just follow the directions after the dough is mixed. You can also change the color depending on your purpose.
I used a 1 3/4-inch cookie cutter to make these mini cookies. These cookies are soft with just the right crumble. You will not be disappointed.
I eat a lot of potatoes. I like all types: sweet, red, purple, russet, creamers, gold. You name the potato, I probably have some in my pantry. But potatoes can be heavy and sometimes I want something a little lighter. As I was watching, Dr. Oz a few weeks ago, Chef Mario Batali was on there making these delicious carrot cakes. He called them Carrot Frittelle. I modified this recipe based on what I prefer in my hash browns and they came out great. You can use fresh grated carrots or you can buy prepackaged grated carrots to save some time. I used the prepackaged carrots.
If you take a quick look, you would think these were regular hash browns. However, they are low carb with the use of carrots instead of potatoes. They are crispy, yet soft in the middle.
I top these cakes with goat cheese….and YUM…the creamy goat cheese adds a nice brightness to the cakes.
It smells like the holidays in my kitchen, it smells like yeast rolls! Whenever I smell these rolls baking it, always reminds of the holidays. Why? Because this is my mother’s homemade rolls recipe. She has been making these rolls for as long as I can remember for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Everyone in my family LOVES these rolls. And you will too!
These rolls are light, buttery, and tender. What’s great about these rolls is that they are no knead. Once you mix the flour mixture, you are done to let the dough rise. Once risen, you divide the dough in half and roll out each half into a circle. Then you cut into 16 pieces to make the crescents. This is also the part where you add melted butter on top of the dough before you cut them into triangles. You can save some calories on this step by adding less butter. Or you can add more ;).
Once rolled, you can use whatever greased pan you like. I used a half-sized baking sheet. Once they rise, they are good to go in the oven.
If you love sweets, but aren’t fond of gaining weight, there are various recipes that you can try on your airfryer to minimize the fat found in your sweet food. Here are two cake recipes that will satisfy your sweet tooth sans the guilt.