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Sunday Sweet #4 January 31, 2010

Filed under: Breakfast — fattybear @ 5:02 pm
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If your Valentine’s day sweetheart is a pancake addict like me this recipe is certain to have them swooning at the breakfast table or in bed (breakfast in bed, oh so cozy, makes you wish all activities could be brought to bed). These pancakes are super rich and decadant so make sure you serve up a big glass of milk to go with them.

The recipe for these pancakes came to me in my sleep. Some people solve math problems in their sleep, I solve problems of wanting more delicious food to eat.  And I’m not alone in this whole solving problems in my sleep, no matter how bizarre it sounds, check out this article. I also find the shower to be a good place of inspiration, but I may be alone on this one 😉 Anyways, prior to going to sleep my foody consultant and muse Sir Awesome, also an amazing cook/baker, mentioned his triple chocolate orange cookies to me and furthermore there was discussion of pancakes. So it is no wonder that when I woke up this morning I instantly had a recipe in my head for Triple Chocolate Orange Pecan Pancakes. I figure if you can’t have the cookie instantly why not make it a pancake! So without further ado I give to you…

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE ORANGE PECAN PANCAKES!!!

Nothing says "I love you" like a pancake

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup pancake mix

1/2 cup vanilla soymilk or regular milk

1 egg

2 teaspoons orange zest

1 teaspoon orange extract

1/4 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup milk chocolate chips

1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/4 cup white chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

Whisk together pancake mix, egg, milk, orange extract, and orange zest. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans.

Butter your griddle. I’m not going to tell you how large to make your pancakes, but if you make them about 1/3 cup size you will get 6 from this mix. To cook your pancakes cook it until the edges look firm and there are little bubbles starting to form in the center. Flip and finish cooking the other side.

To serve, I recommend butter and powdered sugar OR you can look back at the ricotta pancakes recipe and make that delicious honey syrup. To enhance the orangeiness add some orange zest to that as well. Don’t let that orange you use go to waste; peel it and use it as a side of fruit with your pancakes 🙂 Enjoy!

 

Going on a Nut hunt… January 20, 2010

So this post isn’t really much of a recipe, more like a lesson on saving money! Which next to eating is one of my favorite activities especially when I am saving money grocery shopping. I don’t know about you, but I’m the type of person that collects the free club cards almost everywhere I go. It’s like collecting beanie babies or pogs (0kay…I know these are dated examples, but I’m out of touch of what people collect these days.)

Anyways on this food mission I was curious to see if making your own trail mix at home really saves you money. Because when you are standing in the aisle looking at individual prices of cashews ($4.99), dried pineapple ($4.69), sunflower seeds ($1.99), dried cherries ($3.69), pepitas ($4.39), almond slivers ($3.49), and milk chocolate chips ($2.39) you don’t really feel like you are saving money especially when you ring it all up and start shelling out $26.00 for nuts, seeds and dried fruit. There you are spending $26.00 because you want trail mix and you think back to the already made trail mix for $2.69 and momentarily think what am I doing with all this stuff! Well I’ve got good news for you… according to my calculations you are saving money! Anywhere from 35-45%! Now that is bargain shopping!

So here you have it, the break down of how much each ingredient in my trail mix costs. (Cost is per 1/2 cup). To make this trail mix just mix a half cup of each of the ingredients listed below in a large bowl and place in snack bags as 1/3 cup servings. You can decide how salty you want it based on your selection of nuts and seeds. Most of them you can get unsalted or salted. I find having one salty is just the right amount of salt.

Sunflower seeds: $0.27

Cashews: $0.67

almond slivers: $1.16 ( you can save more money if you use whole almonds, $0.60)

pepitas: $0.60

dried cherries: $0.67

dried pineapple: $0.78

milk chocolate chips: $0.60

GRAND TOTAL: $5.01–> approximately 9  1/3 cups servings at $0.56/serving

Now I know you are thinking back… ummmm didn’t that pre-made mix you told us about earlier only cost $2.69. Yesssss, BUT! You only get about 3   1/3 cup servings bringing your cost to $0.89/serving.

And if you are a bulk online shopper, such as at Amazon buying 12 bags of that 6oz planters trail mix, you are still saving money making your own.

$24.04–>$0.67/ a third cup serving.

Okay, so perhaps you don’t care about saving money, but here’s the other great thing about making your own trail mix…you can put whatever you want in it! No having to buy 3 different trail mixes to fulfill your mango, cherry, banana chip, raisin, almond, cashew, peanut, walnut, date, sunflower, pumpkin seed fix.

I hope this post has inspired you to go out, save money, and get creative with your trial mix combination. The sky is the limit! Enjoy!

Money Saving Trail Mix!

PsssT.. Just wanted to share a link to another really good nut recipe from my foodie crush Alton Brown, without further ado GINGER ALMONDS. I took one commentator’s recommendation and substituted the arbol chili for 1 1/2 tsp chili powder. I also did 2 tablespoons soy sauce to make it vegetarian since I couldn’t find the vegetarian friendly Worcestershire sauce. Great for a mid-day/post-run snack. Enjoy!

 

Chocolate Fantastic!! December 15, 2008

Filed under: Sweets — fattybear @ 11:49 am
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This past weekend I had a little birthday celebration and for most people no birthday is ever complete unless there is birthday cake. Ordinarly, I have a chocolatey fantastic chocolate ice cream resees pieces cake, but this year I decided that was not nearly enough chocolate for my choco-diction. I’ve had a recipe in holding for a loooong time that I have been dying to try, but unfortunately have not had enough of a crowd to feed until this weekend. So I’ll quit my blathering now and share with you this amazing cake.

Aunt J’s Chocolate Pudding Cake

eat it up, yum!

eat it up, yum!

Picture to be provided by a cake fan at some point in time, Thanks Scruffy! 🙂

INGREDIENTS

1 box of your favorite chocolate cake mix (don’t worry if it already has pudding in the mix, it just adds to the amazingness)

1 box of instant chocolate pudding

1 bag of chocolate chips

1 3/4 cup milk

2 eggs

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees farenheit. Grease bundt pan. (I just use vegetable spray.)
  2. Stir all the ingredients together until well mixed. Pour into bundt pan.
  3. Cook for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick when inserted comes out clean.
  4. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

Garnish the cake as you desire. It is fantastic as is or you can follow my example and give a nice powdering with powdered sugar and add some raspberries. I’ve been comptemplating some variations on this cake, such as a lemon version or vanilla white chocolate version. Let me know if you come up with any other creative variations.

So the next time you are heading out to a party make this cake, it’s quick, easy, and you will receive unending praise 😉

Enjoy!

 

Cookie?? Brownie??? How about both! October 6, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — fattybear @ 8:14 pm
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You don’t have to bake from scratch to make amazingly tasty treats. One of my favorite cookbooks uses brownie mix in all of its recipes and that is where this following recipe comes from. If you love this recipe please check out the cookbook, Brownie Mix Bliss by Camilla V. Saulsbury. It doesn’t have pictures which is usually a must for me, but I don’t think you will have difficulties imagining the brownies just by reading the titles. So without further ado…

Oatmeal Cookie-Bottomed Brownies

INGREDIENTS:

2 1/2 cups quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 cup butter, softened

1 19.5 to 19.8 ounce package brownie mix

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/4 water

2 large eggs

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven. Spray the bottom only of a 13×9 inch baking pan (you can use any pan size really it just changes the thickness of your brownie) with nonstick cooking spray or line with foil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl mix oats, flour, brown sugar, and baking soda; mix in softened butter with wooden spoon or electric mixer set on low until well blended (I recommend the electric mixer or a pastry cutter if you have one). Reserve 1 cup of the oat mixture; press remaining oat mixture into prepared pan. Bake 10 minutes; transfer to wire rack to cool 5 minutes. Leave oven on.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl mix the brownie mix, oil, water and eggs with a wooden spoon until just blended and all dry ingredients are moistened; stir in chocolate chips. Spread batter over partially baked crust; sprinkle with reserved oat mixture.Bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted 2 inches from side of pan comes out clean or almost clean. Transfer brownies to wire rack to cool completely. Cut into squares. Makes 24 large or 36 small brownies.