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Recipe: Easy Cinnamon Rolls with Icing

Quick cinnamon rolls with buttermilk icingI have only used yeast once in my life – way back in my 7th grade home economics class when we baked pretzels. Since then, I have had a fear of using yeast on my own, which has left me feeling guilty whenever I see a recipe for breads, buns and some cakes.

So, when I saw a Tweet before the New Year from America’s Test Kitchen about a quick cinnamon bun with buttermilk icing, I was enticed to try it. It didn’t call for any yeast so I wouldn’t be toiling away for hours on New Year’s Day making these for our houseguests.

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My First Apple Pie

My first apple pieA few weeks ago, I conquered making my first cheesecake – with a few surprise accidents thrown in for good measure. This time, I attempted to make my first pie crusts and apple pie. Not wanting to do this alone since I have a huge fear of messing up pie crusts, I enlisted the assistance of Stacey from “Boston Sweetie Blog.”

We decided to have a baking afternoon last Sunday while the boys watched the Patriots game. So, we tackled the apple pie as well as some ridiculously awesome fall-inspired cupcakes stuffed with cupcakes.

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Recipe: Neopolitan Cupcakes

Neopolitan cupcakes - chocolate, vanilla and strawberryI’m submitting this to the America’s Test Kitchen/Cook’s Country “Dish It Your Way” Blogger Challenge for Cupcakes.

Neopolitan ice cream has long been a favorite of mine – with strawberry, vanilla and chocolate. I guess that’s the indecisive person in me and how you can get the best of the entire ice cream world in one scoop.

The history of Neopolitan ice cream goes back to the late 19th Century when Italian immigrants introduced their revolutionary way to make ice cream from Naples (hence, Neopolitan) to Americans. Now back then, the flavors were probably more like lemon, pistachio, vanilla and chocolate or cherry (think along the lines of a spumoni), but through the years the U.S. palate developed a liking for vanilla, strawberry and chocolate.

I got to thinking one day, “Why can’t I make a Neopolitan cupcake?”

During Hurricane Irene I scoured the internet and some recipe books I had at home but couldn’t find any recipes out there specifically for this dessert. So, I pulled together some basic recipes for vanilla cake, chocolate frosting and strawberry frosting, and voila! The Neopolitan Cupcake has been born.

The result is a moist, vanilla cake stuffed with chocolate frosting, then topped with a strawberry buttercream. If you’re indecisive like me, then I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in this cuppie with three of America’s favorite flavors all in one bite!

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Recipe: Apple Sauce Pork Chops

This is a really simple recipe that I created with ingredients we already had in the fridge and cupboard for a delicious meal using that other white meat. This is designed for two people but you could easily double it for a family dinner for four.

Ingredients

  • 2 thick, boneless pork chops
  • 1/3 cup light, brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (I used Trader Joe’s Maple Agave Syrup)
  • 1 cup unsweetened, natural apple sauce (I like Musselman’s, but this would be really good with homemade apple sauce, too.)
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • salt and pepper, to taste

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Recipe: Bourbon-Cranberry Bread Pudding

I first made this recipe for Thanksgiving, but it also works for Christmas and other holiday meals or special occasions. The rich bread pudding spiked with a little bit of bourbon and a baked, crispy top is the perfect addition to any holiday table.

This is a recipe I tweaked from America’s Test Kitchen’s “The New Best Recipe” cookbook. (Side note: This cookbook is like a food Bible to me – it has saved me on several occasions from kitchen disasters.) As an extra, I included cranberries and walnuts to give it a little bit more flair and flavor. Top it off with some fresh whipped cream or some vanilla bean ice cream for the perfect ending to your meal, or snack on while unwrapping presents by the roaring fire with some egg nog.

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