Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Lazy Daisy Cake

 There are times when I want or need to make a dessert, but I struggle with what to make because I just get tired of the same old recipes, or nothing sounds good, or I just want to make a simple cake that doesnt require the making of frosting.  So sometimes I will make a recipe just to test it out for next time I need to bring dessert somewhere.  This cake is definitely going on my list of easy, quick and yummy desserts that are worthy of sharing with others.
It starts with a simple yellow cake.  While it cools a smidge you whip up the topping.
 The topping is spread on and ready to go.  Look how pale and blah it looks.
 But after a couple minutes under the broiler it transforms into golden, toasty, caramelly goodness.  Hmm...well it looks much more golden in real life.  Although next time I think I will leave it in a bit longer because the coconut that got a little crunchy was my favorite part.

Lazy Daisy Cake

cake
2 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 T. butter

topping
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup plus 2 T brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 cup coconut

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease and flour a 9 inch square baking pan.

*Beat eggs in a large bowl until frothy then add the sugar and beat on high until thickened and lemon colored.
*Stir in flour, baking powder and salt.
*Heat the milk and butter in a small saucepan until boiling then pour into the mix and beat to combine.
*Pour into prepared pan and bake about 30 min.
*Allow to cool on a rack about 10 min.

*Prepare the topping by melting the butter in a small saucepan then stir in the brown sugar, milk and coconut.
*Spread over the warm cake and place under the broiler for 2-3 min until it is golden and bubbling.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

I made these muffins as a last minute coffee time treat for church and I didnt get a chance to try them out before serving them.  I NEVER do that.  Im way too paranoid about making sure food tastes good if Im serving it to anyone but my family.  I was especially nervous about these guys because half the flour is whole wheat and I was worried they were going to be dry.  I worried for nothing.  They were delicious!  Moist and light and sweet.  Yum!  Plus with the added whole wheat, fruit, and less sugar than most muffins, I can pretend they are healthy!

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup mashed banana (about 2 medium ones)
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup milk
 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour (I used white whole wheat)
3/4 cup chocolate chips

-Beat the butter and sugar until smooth in a large mixing bowl
-Beat in the mashed banana, then the egg, vanilla and milk
-Add the baking powder, baking soda, salt and flours and mixing until combined
-Stir in the chocolate chips
-Fill muffin liners about 2/3 full and bake at 350 degrees about 20 min or until a tester comes out clean
-Remove muffins from pan as soon as you can handle them and allow them to cool on a rack

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Rye Bread Recipe?

My hubby loves rye bread.  It is pretty common for him to order a rueben when we go out for lunch.  This past week I bought some corned beef when it was on sale.  I plan on making rueben sandwiches with the leftover and was wondering if anyone had a great Rye Bread Recipe.  I've tried a couple lately and they are all fine, but not fantastic.  Hoping one of you can help!!  Thanks!