Sunday, January 23, 2011
Recipes... The Two Desserts
Recipe time... Here's a couple of recipes from my personal collection, both desserts. I realized that most of my written recipes are desserts, for the simple fact that I hardly ever eat them, and I don't have the brainspace to memorize them like I've memorized my favorite pasta dish (spaghetti, olive oil, sun dried tomatoes, minced garlic, salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese, in whatever quantities you want. Booyah.) So, I write my favorite ones down with the hopes of impressing a member of the opposite sex... or at least putting them in a sugar coma to lower their inhibitions... You'd be surprised how well a well made dessert works when accompanied with booze...
The first one is pure decadence. I mean, cheesecake and brownies on one plate? Are you kidding?
½ cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup AP flour
1/3 cup cocoa
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
8 oz. Cream cheese
1 egg yolk
2 tbsp sugar
Stir butter, sugar, and vanilla together.
Add eggs and beat well.
Separately mix flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt.
Add flour mixture to egg mixture, stir well.
Spread batter evenly into greased 9x9 Pyrex pan.
Beat together cream cheese, egg, and sugar until smooth.
Dollop cream cheese mixture on top of the brownie batter. Swirl together using a knife or skewer to produce a marble effect.
Bake 40 minutes at 325 degrees or until knife comes out clean.
Cool in the pan, cut into bars and serve.
The second one would be perfect for a light dessert that you want to make into breakfast the next day. And I know you want that.
By the way, the muffin method is simple. Mix all the dry ingredients together, mix all the wet ingredients together IN A SEPARATE BOWL, pour the wet onto the dry, and mix until just brought together. It will look like a shaggy mess, but limit yourself to about 10 to 15 stirs ONLY.
ORANGE WALNUT QUICKBREAD
12 oz Cake flour
1 oz powdered milk
½ oz baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
6 oz sugar
5 oz orange juice
6 oz water
1 ¼ oz oil
½ oz orange zest
6 oz chopped walnuts
Mix using muffin method.
Fold in walnuts.
Bake in 2 8 x 4 loaf pans, greased and floured, at 375 degrees for 50 minutes.
So there ya go... Enjoy! And let me know how these worked out for ya!