4.21.2014

Browned Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting


How's THAT for a recipe title? I was going to add the word "whipped" before peanut butter frosting, because of how light and fluffy and dreamy it is, but I held myself back. I think you guys get the point. There is A LOT of good stuff going on in this cake.


Originally, this was going to be a plain Jane banana cake with peanut butter frosting, as requested by one of my good friends. But I randomnly got the urge to transform it into something more, and I definitely do not regret that decision.


Bananas, chocolate and peanut butter are already a well-known killer combination. But throw in browned butter, and be still my heart.

4.16.2014

Fluffernutter Blondies


Have you ever had a Fluffernutter sandwich? If the answer to that question is no, then you haven't lived my friend. If the answer to that question is yes, then you are going to freak out about this recipe. You know firsthand the glorious concotion that is a fluffernutter sandwich, so now, imagine that concoction in a blondie. Oh. yeah.


For those of you that have not yet been acquainted with a fluffernutter sandwich and have no idea what I'm talking about, allow me to do the honors. A fluffernutter sandwich is a sandwich made out of peanut butter and marsmallow fluff. It is the state sandwich of Massachusetts and even has a day in it's honor. And now, it has blondies in it's honor.


Soft, chewy, rich peanut butter blondies swirled with dollops of marshmallow creme. Truly encapsulating the essence of a fluffernutter sandwich, all the way down to it's addictiveness.

4.10.2014

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna Roll-Ups


Hello and welcome to part 2923349 of how to sneak vegetables into your own food. In our last episode, we snuck some broccoli into these patties. Today, we'll be concealing carrots, zucchini, and peppers in lasagna roll-ups. And with us today to help us along is none other than my favorite ingredient, CHEESE.


Actually, we've got THREE cheeses today! One for each vegetable. The first thing you'll do is roast your vegetables. Basically, what this does is make them smaller, so they'll be easy to hide. Then, you'll mix the vegetables in with your ricotta cheese mixture. At this point, they'll just look like specks of color in your cheese. Nobody will be able to tell their true identity.

Next, what you'll do is spread this ricotta mixture over your lasagna sheets. And then you'll sprinkle a bunch of mozzarella cheese on top to cover those "specks" up real well. After that, you'll roll the lasagna sheet up and place it seam-side down in your baking dish.


4.07.2014

Coconut Cake


Finally, a layer cake that I can show you the inside of! The struggle is real, man. I only ever make layer cakes for other people that have usually paid me for them, and you know, as a common courtesy, I don't cut into the cakes first. Although that might make them happy, it means I have to leave you guys hanging, which isn't fun. But smile, because it's your turn to be happy today! I made a coconut layer cake, just for YOU.


Coconut seems to be a pretty popular flavor this time of the year so I figured I'd go along with the trend. I looked through lots of recipes online before I found the one. I hate recipes that call for too much of one ingredient, especially when that ingredient is butter or egg whites. With this recipe, I found a very happy medium.


I also found a very moist, very fluffy, and very delicious coconut cake. I don't think I'll be trying any other other coconut cake recipes because this...this is top notch. Also, that 7-minute frosting? Perfect pairing. So many recipes online call for a cream cheese frosting but the original Southern coconut cake is actually made with a 7-minute frosting, AKA marshmallow frosting in more or less words. I thought it was odd at first, but it totally works. 

Also, can I just say that this particular frosting is a dream to work with. I obviously gave this cake a rustic look, but before that, I was able to smooth it out so nicely. I didn't even need to do a crumb coat!

4.03.2014

Single-Serving Oreo Banana Cream Pie

 
Some food bloggers are lucky enough to have creativity running through their veins at all times. The moment they come up with one awesome recipe idea, another one soon follows. Even food bloggers who don't have this natural talent can usually find inspiration from family and friends. Me? I don't fit into either category.


Wanna know why? Because every time I ask my brother what to make, he says banana cream pie. That's his brilliant idea. So, I gave up and made a banana cream pie. But, I put a little twist on it to make it blog worthy.

 
First off, I made it into a small single-serving pie so that he can eat it and it can be out of my life and I won't have to be tempted by it. And secondly, instead of a traditional pie crust, I made an Oreo crust, because that's his favorite. Aren't I just the greatest sister ever?