Tuesday, April 12, 2011

strawberry pineapple crumble!

strawberry pineapple crumble.
source: joythebaker

i get joythebaker updates via email. i love them. i love her baking and i love the way she writes. i pretty much always love everything i make that comes from her website. as for this strawberry pineapple crumble- when i saw it come up in my email i was like oh my, i must make this. i'm glad i made it because i will share it with others but i wish i would have remembered i don't really like cooked strawberries!! fail. so, it was really good minus the cooked strawberry taste, for me! if you like the taste of cooked should totally make this!!! :) either way- i was happy to use strawberries and pineapples together. i love both very very much!!!!

what you need:

1 pound strawberries, hulled and cut in half
1 pound peeled and diced fresh pineapple
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
1 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup brown sugar

what you do:

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 350*.

Toss diced fruit together in an 8-inch square baking dish.

In a small dish, whisk together 3 tablespoons white sugar, cornstarch, 1/4 cup of flour and pinch of salt. Toss the mixture with the diced fruit. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together remaining flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Add the cold butter cubes. Use your fingers to break up the cold butter cubes into the flour mixture. Add the oats and toss together until the butter bits are about the size of the oat flakes.

Pour the oat mixture over the prepared fruit. Place in the oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until juices from the fruit bubble up around the sides of the pan.

Remove the crumble from the oven and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Buffalo Chicken Pizza
source: Rachel Ray

my husband loves all things spicy. every time he has to go out of town for work i end up making pesto mozz and tomato pizza. so, i had some dough left over the other night when he got back in town and decided to try to do a buffalo chicken pizza. i hadn't made it before and was a little worried about the taste. i just googled buffalo chicken pizza and this one from rachel ray came up! i thought it looked good and i love blue cheese so i decided to give it a go. SO glad i did- it was delish and bradley was in heaven. we will def make this one again soon!! :)

What you need:

Extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons of grill seasonings
Pizza dough & flour to handle
2 tablespoons of butter
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2-3 tablespoons of hot sauce
1 cup of shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
½ cup of blue cheese crumbles
tomato sauce

What you do:

Drizzle chicken with evoo and grill seasoning. Grill chicken. (I used George Foreman and it was fabulous!)

In a medium skillet on medium heat, melt butter. Once butter is melted, stir in Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and tomato sauce.

Form pizza dough using AP flour to handle. Roll out and have ready.

Add chicken to hot sauce mixture and fully coat.

Cover pizza dough with chicken mixture and cheeses.

Bake 18 minutes on 425* or until crisp (we baked about 25 minutes)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

strawberry swirl cream cheese pound cake!!

Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Source: Southern Living, March 2011

that is the picture from southern living because i for some reason forgot to take a picture of this fabulous cake. i plan on making it again soon so let's pray i remember to take a picture! haha. :)

as i have said before, i love getting my southern living magazine each month! in march they had this pound cake and i knew i had to make it since it was strawberry and cream cheese. it took a while to make but it was SO good when finished. bradley and i had some. i took some to work. i took some to my parents when we visited for the weekend. all the places i took it everyone LOVED it!! you should make it :)

what you need:

1 ½ cups butter, softened
3 cups sugar
1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
6 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. almond extract
½ tsp. vanilla extract
2/3 cup strawberry glaze
1 wooden skewer

what you do:

preheat oven to 350*. Beat butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add cream cheese, beating until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.

Gradually add flour to butter mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition, stopping to scrape bowl as needed. Stir in almond and vanilla extracts. Pour 1/3 of batter into a greased and floured 10 in tube pan. Dollop 8 rounded teaspoonfuls strawberry glaze over batter, and swirl with wooden skewer. Repeat procedure once, and top with remaining third of batter.

Bake at 350* for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10-15 minutes. Remove from pan to wire rack and cool completely (about 1 hour) .

Rave reviews on this one!! ☺