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Apple Cheddar Beer Bread

Posted by cuppiecakes on July 15, 2009

A while back I really wanted to make bread, but didn’t want the kind that my bread machine produced and I didn’t feel like waiting for anything to rise etc.. 

So one I adapted this recipe from one on the blog http://blog.kitchenkapers.biz/  (it’s the blog for the store where I work!)  Thanks Jackie!  I used a different beer than she did and I added some sharp cheddar cheese.  It turned out great!

Apple Cheddar Beer Bread

Apple Cheddar Beer Bread

 

Beer  Bread
3 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
12 ounces beer (I used Lindeman’s Apple Lambic, but feel free to experiment!)
1/4 to 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

4 tbsps butter, melted and cooled (optional)

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Lightly butter an 8-inch loaf pan and set it aside. In a mixing bowl, combine your flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cheese and give it a little bit of a mix to incorporate all your dry ingredients together. Add the beer and mix slowly until just combined. (Try not to overmix it, as this will make the bread tough.)

Transfer the mix to an 8 inch loaf pan.

Drizzle the top with the melted butter and transfer to the oven. (You might want to put a baking sheet under your loaf pan, just to make sure the butter doesn’t bubble over and make a mess while baking.)

Bake for 45 minutes, or until the loaf is golden brown and a toothpick insterted in the center comes out clean. Remove the pan from the oven and transfer it to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes.

Remove the bread from the pan and cool an additional 10 minutes.

This bread can be served warm or at room temperature. Makes 1 loaf.

I was really pleased with the results. The bread turned out beautifully, with a crunchy, chewy crust, and a distinctive flavor.  Try your favorite specailty beer and various mix-ins (nuts, dried fruit etc…)

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Roasted Garlic and Onion Jam Pizza

Posted by cuppiecakes on July 14, 2009

One of the great things about working in a kitchen store (www.kitchenkapers.com)  is that we get to try out a lot of the products that we carry.  We carry a great variety of products by Stonewall Kitchen.  If you are not familiar with them, they are a specialty foods company that makes all sorts of jams, jellies, mustards, sauces, dressings and baking mixes.  Very often when we get their products into the store, they send us samples to use and demo in the store. 

Visit www.kitchenkapers.com for other goodies from Stonewall Kitchen!

Visit http://www.kitchenkapers.com for other goodies from Stonewall Kitchen!

This particular tastyliciousness is extremely easy to make and is great as an appetizer, but also good enough to be eaten as a meal.  To make this pizza you will need the following:

1 jar Stonewall Kitchen Roasted Garlic and Onion Jam (available at www.kitchenkapers.com)

1 pizza crust of your choice (I used Pillsbury’s pizza crust in the poppy tube)

your favorite creamy, salty cheese (I used goat cheese crumbles)

 

To assemble:

–line cookie sheet with non-stick aluminum foil.

–unroll the pizza crust (if you are using the kind from the tube…otherwise take the crust you chose, out of the packaging) and place on the foil.

–spread an even layer of the jam on the crust, leaving about a 1-inch crust.

–sprinkle with cheese.

the pizza --all assembled, before baking

the pizza --all assembled, before baking

–bake in a 350-degree oven until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melty and bubbly.

–allow the pizza to rest about 5 minutes before cutting.

–ENJOY!

Here’s what the finished product looks like…

Roasted Garlic and Onion Jam Pizza

Roasted Garlic and Onion Jam Pizza

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Whoopie Pies!

Posted by cuppiecakes on March 16, 2009

I am originally from PA, not too far from Lancaster County and Amish Country.  So, growing up I was fortunate to be able to eat all of the great food that comes from that area.  Now that I live in NJ I do not have regular access to those great foods.  So I either have to drive a goodly distance or find a recipe and make it myself.  I found this recipe for Whoopie Pies online and decided to give it a try, because Whoopie Pies are so yummy!  They were very easy to make and delicious!  For those of you who have never had or heard of a Whoopie Pie, think Oreo Cakester or Devil Dog, only BETTER!  Here’s a pic and the recipe:  YUMMY!!

Whoopie Pies!
Whoopie Pies!

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Ingredients:
1 (18.25 oz.) package Devil’s Food cake mix
5 tbsp.  AP flour
1 cup milk
1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
Directions:
1)  To make the cakes:  Prepare cake mix as directed on package, EXCEPT using only 3/4 cup water.
      Drop batter onto parchment lined cookie sheets, in 2 1/2 to 3 inch circles.  Bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.  Cool completely.
2)  To make the filling:  In a saucepan, combine milk and flour and cook stirring constantly until it forms into a thick paste.  Let cool.
3)  In a medium bowl, beast sugar and shortening until fluffy.  Add vanilla.  Add cooled flour mixture and beat until double in volume.
4)  Turn the little cakes over on their backs.  Spoon or pipe using a pastry bag and large filling tip**, put a dollup of filling onto one little cake.  Place another little cake on top of filling to form a sandwich.
5) To prevent Whoopie Pies from sticking together, individually wrap pies in plastic wrap.
**I used Ateco Extra Wide Pastry Decorating Tip set of 3. 
     You can purchase it at www.kitchenkapers.com
      It’s $9.99 and great for filling cannoli, manicotti and a lot more!

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Philadelphia Flyers cake

Posted by cuppiecakes on January 8, 2009

Philadelphia Flyers cake

Philadelphia Flyers cake

My friend Kat is obsessed with the Philadelphia Flyers and pretty much hockey in general.  So for her birthday I decided to make her some mini cakes and “Flyer” them up as best I could.  I am pretty happy with how they turned out.  Kat absolutely LOVED them!  Her and the boyfriend, Kevin took them with them to the hockey game and ate some cake while they were tailgating!  Mmmm cake and beer:)  I made the cakes in my mini springform pans that I got at work (www.kitchenkapers.com )  I stacked two cakes together and it made a really cute little cake!

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A funny gift for the baker in your life!

Posted by cuppiecakes on December 18, 2008

I work at a culinary shop (www.kitchenkapers.com )that sells all sorts of kitchenware (cutlery, cookware, gadgets etc.)  So you can only imagine all of the fun gadgets that I have in my kitchen!  One day last November or December, my mom called me and asked me a rather strange question…she asked me if the store where I work sold any “non-traditional” egg separators.  I let her know that we just had the standard issue egg separators.  So from her strange question, I deduced that I was going to be getting an egg separator for Christmas.  Christmas Day was here and I had forgotten about our strange egg separator conversation only to open a gift from my mom…the Peter Petrie Egg Separator!  Check it out in action in my kitchen. (I have actually used it quite a lot lately since the cinnamon-sugar pecans I’ve been making call for egg whites)

Peter Petrie Egg Separator

Peter Petrie Egg Separator

This lovely little guy is both disgusting and so much fun!  You can get it at a bunch of websites ( www.wonderfullywacky.com, www.stupid.com, www.whateverworks.com )–to name a few.  Crack the egg into the cup and tip it forward to separate the whites from the yolks.  Happy Baking!

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French cupcakes

Posted by cuppiecakes on November 10, 2008

I made these for my friend Chris’ birthday.  She loves all things French, so I did my best to decorate up some cute French cupcakes!

French cupcakes

French cupcakes

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Hello Kitty Cupcakes

Posted by cuppiecakes on October 21, 2008

Super cute Hello Kitty cupcakes!
Super cute Hello Kitty cupcakes!

I made these for a friend’s birthday this week.  She really likes Hello Kitty and I found this idea online and decided to surprise her with some cute cupcakes!  She loved them!

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