Sugar Crusted Popovers

If you’re like me you’re always looking for something a little different when it comes to cooking.  I will be the first to admit I’m not a huge bread fan, but when I do make bread, biscuits, or rolls, I like to go outside of the box and look for unique.  I started playing with popovers  changing the texture and taste and of course experimenting on my family 🙂

Popovers are basically dinner roles that “POP OVER” the baking pan. The batter will be very thin, almost liquid like, but I promise you this recipe will work out perfectly.  After several batches, I decided it needed a touch of sugar in the batter for my taste.  Keep in mind, this recipe is PERFECT as a sweet OR savory bread.  There are two important tips to creating perfect popovers:  First,  use a POPOVER pan to create this delicious treat. The pan is high on the sides, deep, and allows air to flow properly so the bread will rise. You can use a muffin tin, but you may not experience the same height.

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 Second PRE-HEAT the popover tin, BEFORE you fill the tins with the batter. This will ensure a beautifully tall popover!

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Ingredients:

  • 4 large eggs, warmed in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes before cracking
  • 1 ½ C. milk (skim, low-fat, or full-fat), lukewarm
  • 1 ½ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ C. all purpose flour
  • Tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 C. sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Position a rack on a lower shelf. The top of the fully risen popovers should be about midway up the oven.
  2.  Grease the pan thoroughly, covering the area between the cups as well as the cups themselves. Make sure the oven is up to temperature before you begin to make the popover batter.
  3. Place the tin in the oven to get it warm.
  4.  Use an immersion blender OR use a blender to beat together the eggs, milk, sugar and salt until well combined, with no streaks of yolk showing.
  5.  Add the flour all at once, and beat until frothy; there shouldn’t be any large lumps in the batter, but smaller lumps are OK.
  6.  Stir in the melted butter, combining quickly.

  7. Pour the batter into the muffin cups, filling them to  3/4 full.

  8.  Make absolutely certain your oven is at 450°F. Place the pan on a lower shelf of the oven .

  9. Bake the popovers for 20 minutes without opening the oven door. Reduce the heat to 350°F (again without opening the door), and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until they’re a deep, golden brown. If the popovers seem to be browning too quickly, position an oven rack at the very top of the oven, and put a cookie sheet on it, to shield the popovers’ tops from direct heat.

  10. If you plan on serving the popovers immediately, remove them from the oven, and stick the tip of a knife into the top of each, to release steam and help prevent soggy rolls.

  11.  If you want the popovers to hold their shape longer without deflating and settling quite as much, bake them for an additional 5 minutes (for a total of 40 minutes) IF you can do so without them becoming too dark. This will make them a bit sturdier, and able to hold their “popped” shape a bit longer.

  12. Mix the extra 1 cup of sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon in a mixing bowl.
  13. Toss each popover in the cinnamon and sugar mixture to coat and serve.
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Meyer Lemon Pound Cake

Everyone thinks their food is good, but nothing boost your ego like a 16 year old boy. I began making this cake over 7 years ago. The first cake, awesome and gone in less than a week. The second cake, same thing! Before I know it, I was baking a cake a week for just one person…yeah it got old quick, but I appreciated the compliment 🙂

I’m not a huge sweets eater, but when I do it’s a POUND CAKE or some type of  fruit dessert. So this cake is the best of BOTH worlds! You’ll love the moist cake, but most of all you’ll love the Lemon syrup as the perfect glaze! If you’d really like to intensify the lemon taste, you may want to double the glaze recipe.

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Ingredients:

Pound Cake:

  • 3 C. all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 C. sugar
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Grated zest of 2 Meyer  lemons
  • 1 C. sour cream, room temperature

Lemon Glaze:

  • 1 C. fresh squeezed Meyer Lemon juice
  • 2/3 C.  sugar
  • ¼ C.  water
  • Zest of 1 Meyers lemon

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and position the rack to the center of the oven.
  2. Butter and flour a 10 inch Bundt pan removing excess flour.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl and set aside.
  4. Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl on high speed for 3 minutes, until fluffy.
  5. Beat in the eggs one at a time, careful not to over mix the batter.
  6. Add the vanilla and zest to the batter.
  7. Lower the speed on the mixer and add 1 cup of flour until blended
  8. Add ½ cup sour cream until mixed
  9. Continue adding flour and sour cream alternatively ending with the flour beating until smooth.
  10. Spread the batter in the pan.
  11. Bake for 75-80 minutes or until the wooden skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  12. When done, transfer the cake to a wire rack and cool for 10 minutes while it is still in the pan.
  13. Bring the lemon juice, zest, water and sugar to a boil over high heat until the sauce is reduced to ½ cup, 18-20 minutes.
  14. Cool the syrup.
  15. When cooled, drizzle half of the syrup over the top of the cake while it is still in the pan.
  16. Invert the cake onto the rack and brush the remaining syrup over the rest of the cake.

Serving: 12

Adapted from Art Smith

WOW! I can’t pass up the opportunity to share this fantastic looking recipe by On Sugar Mountain. I’ not a huge sweets fan, BUT this is one recipe I will put on my to do list!

On Sugar Mountain

Hello friends!

It’s that time of year again….

….no not Christmas, silly. It’s the end of February. 😉

It’s that time of year when those adorable girls in their badge-covered, green sashes proudly extort millions of dollars from us in the form of Girl Scout Cookies.

Samoa Donuts - On Sugar Mountain

Extortion? Really, Jess, isn’t that a little harsh?

No friends, it is absolutely, without a doubt, the most accurate word to describe the sale of Girl Scout Cookies. You know why? THERE”S NEVER ENOUGH COOKIES IN ONE BOX.  I don’t care if you’d have to cram them in, but I demand more Samoas (ahem, Caramel D-Lites) in my precious purple box of cookies.

Do you know how terribly fat I feel eating an entire box of cookies?! Well, maybe you do, since I always see people buying multiple boxes of the same kind of cookie outside the grocery store.

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Tis the Season to make Cake Pops

Let them eat CAKE! Who doesn’t like cake? AND it’s on a stick! I’m IN! Take a peek at this adorable recipe by Daisy and the Fox

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As Christmas whirls at us at a rapid pace the days continue to become warmer, the presents begin to make an appearance under the tree and the carols continue to play louder and louder as we sing along to our favorite songs.
One of these holidays fun baking experiments was Cake Pops! Seeing these everywhere I couldn’t wait to whip up a batch of these bad boys myself!
They are such a yummy and mouthful perfect size – easy to pop in and enjoy.
You can easily customize these delicious bites to your own most loved flavors and to suit any occasion!
So here you are! Daisy and the Foxes…

CAKE POPSCake Popsmakes around 40 cake pops (you can easily half the recipe and use one cake to make 20)

Ingredients:
2 x 440g cake packet mix (I used butter and chocolate cake mix which both worked superbly)
3 tablespoons…

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