Posts Tagged ‘recipe’


I got some awesome gingerdead men cookie cutter/press from my “bestie” of many years (don’t ask how many “many” is, I try not to think about it).

Not having any good, fresh ginger around, I got a recipe from a cousin for chocolate gingerbread. I figured the chocolate would make up for the stale ginger powder, right?

Ah, if only that had been the worst of my problems.

I made a few changes to the recipe. I used special dark chocolate chips, demerara sugar, dark molasses. Otherwise I left it alone.

Let me say that the world can breathe a sigh of relief that I am not involved in any kind of medical care. The carnage is pretty ugly.

The results…the cookie cutters are great. The recipe was pretty good, with my adjustments.
The baker…could really use some work.

Banana mini muffins - Swiped from another site, modified a bit to suit my whims.

Ingredients

1 cup demerara sugar
1/2 cup margarine, at room temp
3 very ripe bananas, mashed well
1 cup bread flour
1 cup unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup plain soy milk, mixed with 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray your mini-muffin pan with cooking spray.  Or a muffin-top pan, which I also used.  Or I suppose you can use a bread pan, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and spices.

Cream together the margarine and sugars. Add bananas, soy milk and vanilla.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry. Mix well. Pour batter into pan. Bake for…a while.  I wasn’t really paying attention.

I got the recipe from the Betty Crocker website.  First thing I thought was OOOH that looks so good.  Second thing, why did they use peanuts instead of walnuts?

Therefor, I waited until I could get to the store and buy walnuts before I made them.

Let me say this: I am not a wimp when it comes to rich foods.  I love ‘em.  A little too much, perhaps.  But this right here…it’s borderline death.  Mostly because of the 4 cups of powdered sugar used just for the filling.  Really good, but really, really sweet and rich.

It was like someone took the best parts of a maple bar and shoveled it onto a brownie.  Maybe with a backhoe or something.

Here’s what I ended up with:

Verdict: good stuff, but if I were to make them again, I’d make some modifications.

I’d decrease the amount of filling.  There has got to be a better way than using 4 cups of sugar to make it thick, I just have to figure it out.

I’d probably make it in a 9×9 pan or a regular brownie pan, instead of the 9×13 it calls for.  Even with a reduced amount of filling, I think it sort of overwhelms the chocolaty happiness of the brownies.

I’d stick with walnuts.  Save the peanuts for…dunno, squirrels or something.

But overall, not a bad brownie.