Sunday, October 20, 2013

Cinnamon Roll Cake

Several months ago one of the ladies in our Creating Heartstrings group made this dessert!  We cook dinner for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Dallas every other month.  It is always fun to see what people make for dessert.  We have to make everything there from the main course to the dessert, they have a wonderful commercial kitchen! 

One of our ladies, Jan made this dessert and it was a hit, everyone wanted the recipe!

This is pretty easy to put together and they really look like cinnamon rolls!  What you do is drop a butter mixture that has cinnamon and sugar onto the cake batter and swirl with your knife giving you the look of a cinnamon rolls!

This is a great recipe for Company during the Holidays...... this also reminds me a lot like coffee cake!  I didn't even use a mixer it just mixed it by hand, easy peasy!

mix everything together except the butter
Stir in melted butter and pour into a greased pan
make the topping mixture then drop by the spoonful it onto the batter and swirl with a knife
this is what it should look like after you make the in a 350 degree oven and bake for 28-32 mintues
make the glaze
pour glaze over warm cake

looks like cinnamon rolls!
goes well with coffee :)

Cinnamon Roll Cake

3 c. flour
1/4 tsp.salt
1 c. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 c. milk
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. butter, melted

1 c. butter, softened
1 c. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
1 Tbsp. cinnamon

Mix everything together except for the butter. Slowly stir in the melted butter and pour into a greased 9x13 pan. For the topping, mix all the ingredients together until well combined. Drop evenly over the batter and swirl with a knife. Bake at 350 for 28-32 minutes.

2 c. powdered sugar
5 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

While warm drizzle the glaze over the cake.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Soup....Glorious Soup!

This weather has got me making soup!  I thought I would share links to some of the soups I have on my blog so they would just be a click away!

Tomato Basil Soup is one of my favorites for sure!
Goes so well with a grill cheese sandwich! I also make Seasoned Crackers often when I make this soup. 

Chicken Tortilla Soup is another favorite!  The picture I am going to attach isn't the best but this is a great soup! 

Taco Soup with Cheese Tortellini is a great soup!  I don't have any pictures of this soup but I have made it several times!  I got this recipe from my friend Shari in Minnesota!  I do not like beans and most taco soups has beans, but not this one!!!  I need to make this again so I can get some pictures!
Italian Chicken Soup makes a lot of soup!!!  I got this recipe from The Pioneer Women's website several years ago.  This is a great pasta soup with a chicken broth base splashed with some heavy cream.  Great flavor and goes along way.
La Madeleine's A L'Oignon Gratinee aka French Onion Soup, if you like French Onion Soup this is a great recipe!  I don't have any pictures of this recipe but have made is several times!  The key to the recipe lies in the slow cooking of the onions.. really!  Once they caramelize they flavor the soup so nicely! 
I am going to post Creamy Tortilla Soup this week!  I thought I had it on here but I do not!!  It is another favorite of mine!!
I can't post soup without post my favorite Cornbread , I found this on pinterest last year and WOW, it's really good!  I don't ever eat cornbread the next day but this cornbread I do!!! 



Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tomato Basil Soup

Today I made one of my favorite soups, Tomato Basil!  I found this recipes 6 to 8 years ago, it truly is one of my favorites!  I added this to the blog a couple of years ago but I didn't have pictures so I thought I would add it again.

This is La Madelines "copy" recipe, the only thing I different is about 4 years ago I started using half and half instead of heavy whipping cream.  It cuts out a lot of fat and now I actually like it better!  You can  make it either way with heavy cream or half and half.

I also make Seasoned Crackers (click for recipe) when I make this soup, with my seasoned crackers I don't even bake but you would think I did!  They are delicious and keep in an airtight container for 4 to 6 weeks!  Actually one time I forgot about them and they were still good several months later! 

This goes well with a grill cheese sandwich or a Hot Turkey or Ham Sandwich on a Croissant which is also on my blog.  Tonight I had a hot turkey on croissant sandwich with my soup!

Also, I double this recipe a lot!  Earlier today I doubled it and was able to make 10 -12oz portions.  I made it for dinner since I still had tomato juice left and because I didn't get any from the first batch I made! 

Combine tomatoes, juice & chicken broth in saucepan; and simmer for 30 minutes.

Add basil then puree with hand held blender or you can put in a regular blender
add butter, season with salt & pepper then add whip cream (or I use half and half)
keep on low until you are ready to eat!

 I got this cup and the tablecloth when I was in France.  Perfect to eat soup in.....reminds me of being in France!


La Madeline’s Tomato Basil soup


4 cups (8to10) can tomatoes in juice

2 cups of tomato juice

2 cups of chicken broth

12 to 14 washed fresh basil leaves (or the one in the tube which you get by the fresh basil)

1 cup of heavy cream  (or I use half and half instead)

1/4 lb unsalted butter

Salt to taste

¼ t cracked black pepper

Combine tomatoes, juice & stock in saucepan; and simmer for 30 minutes.

Puree, along with the basil leaves in small batches in blender, food processor (or better yet, one of those handy hand held Blenders right in the cooking pan (that is what I do)).

Return to saucepan & add cream & butter, while stirring over low heat.

Garnish with basil leaves and serve with favorite bread

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Nutella Hot Chocolate

 Today here in Texas we are having a nice cool day, for us anyway (low 70's)! I wanted something warm to drink after lunch so I quickly thought hmmmm hot chocolate!  I made this for the first time about a month ago and as I was drinking it, thought this reminds me of drinking liquid chocolate!!!

 I don't even remember where I found this recipe, I was searching for Nutella Hot Chocolate and found many variations.  The first recipe listed  is for about 4 to 6 people and the one below that is for 1.  If you need a chocolate fix, this is it!!!  Next time I will make some homemade whip cream.  The first time I made this I added marshmallows!

You can add less chocolate chips or add more milk to tone down the rich chocolate if you would like!! 

Nutella Hot Chocolate
Serves 4-6

2 cups whole milk
2 cups half-and-half
10 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup Nutella
marshmallows or whip cream for garnishing

Combine the milk and half-and-half in a saucepan and bring to a low boil. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate and Nutella. Whisk until the chocolate is melted and the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Cover to keep hot.  Pour the hot chocolate into small coffee mugs, top with the marshmallows or whip cream, serve hot.
2nd Recipe for 1
1 cup milk
2 Tbsp Nutella
1/2 tsp cocoa
In a small saucepan, melt Nutella on low heat.
Add milk and cocoa powder.
Stir frequently until desired temperature is reached



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