Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Perfect Popovers


I love popovers and have always made Martha Stewart's recipe. I found this recipe on Melissa d'Arabian's show. I tried them and we ate the first batch in 5 minutes. I have another batch in the oven and will probably make more tonight. She has great tips and puff so big! Here is the recipe:


  • 3 tablespoons melted butter, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk, warmed for 30 seconds in the microwave (should be lukewarm to warm)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Using a pastry brush, coat 8 muffin cups with 1 tablespoon of the melted butter and put the tin in the oven for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, mix the eggs in a blender until light yellow. Add the warmed milk and blend. Add the flour, salt and remaining melted butter, and blend until smooth. Pour the batter into the warmed muffin tin and return it to the oven to bake until golden, about 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve warm.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Fudge Brownies with Macadamia Nuts


I found this recipe in Family Circle - tried it and loved it and will make it over and over. I love dark chocolate, so I used Ghiridelli dark chocolate chips in the recipe - they are not those sugery sweet store bought brownies. But if you like a sweeter taste, I would use milk chocolate chips.

1 bag (12 oz) chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 plus 3 TB chopped macadamia nuts
1 tsp. vanilla

Heat oven to 350. Line an 8-inch baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.

Melt 1 cup of the chocolate chips and the butter until smooth (microwave or stovetop). Whisk in sugar, then eggs. Stire in flour and salt until smooth. Fold in 2/3 cup of the nuts and the vanilla. Spread in prepared pan.

Bake at 350 for 25 to 29 minutes.

Sprinkle remaining 1 cup chocolate chips over brownies and return to oven for 2 minutes. Remove from oven and spread melted chips until smooth. Sprinkle with 3 TB chopped nuts. Regrigerate 1 hour until firm.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Eggnog Muffins

I know Christmas is long gone, I am finally getting around to baking with eggnog which is a taste I love! I tried these muffins tonight and am blogging about them the same night - so they must be good!

2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp nutmeg
1 1/4 cup eggnog
1/3 cup oil
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp rum flavoring
dried cranberries, walnuts

Combine dry ingredients, combine wet ingredients, add wet to dry and fold in cranberries and nuts. Place in muffin pan. Top with sugar crystals and additional nutmeg. Bake at 400 for 15 minutes.