simple valentine’s day trifles

Makes 2 servings

This is an extremely quick and easy treat to make for that special someone on Valentine’s Day. It is a dessert that won’t break the bank, nor will it cut into your already precious time. Place in champagne flutes for a special touch. It is impossible to mess up this recipe, and it is certified to be paid back in even sweeter kisses.

Simple Valentine’s Day Trifles

Ingredients:

¾ cups raspberries, fresh
½ cups Oreos, broken
Whipped cream

Steps:

1. Start by measuring the ingredients. You will need approximately five Oreos to amount to ½ cup of crushed cookies. Once the raspberries and cookies have been prepared, set aside.

2. Using the champagne flutes, fill each one with ¼ of the crushed Oreos. Place ¼ of the raspberries on top. Then add whipped cream. This should take you to the halfway point in the flute. Repeat once more. Then top with leftover crushed Oreos, and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Emory

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vegan almond + blueberry biscotti

This is a different take on a traditional biscotti. It contains no dairy or animal products, and is rather simple and easy to make! Serve with any hot beverage.

Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup almond milk
1 flax egg
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup blueberries
soy margarine (to grease)

Steps:

1. Combine the first 3 dry ingredients into a medium-sized bowl. Mix well.

2. Combine the sugar, almond milk, flax egg, vanilla, and blueberries into a large bowl. Stir until just combined. Slowly fold in the dry ingredients. Mix until a firm dough is formed.

3. Place the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

4. Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a baking sheet with soy margarine. Form the dough into a log, 6″ wide and 1″ tall.

5. Put the dough into the oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes. Remove and let cool for 20 minutes.

6. Turn the oven up to 350°F. Meanwhile, cut the log into ¾” pieces. Place the biscotti back in the oven and cook for approximately 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove and let cool before serving.

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recipe: apple and prune crumble

We are big connoisseurs of prunes in our household. Or perhaps I shouldn’t say “we” so much as Remy. We quickly discovered that if she didn’t consume prunes on a daily basis, she would not be able to do what prunes make you do that day. I realize that is too much information, but these things are important! As Stephen King wrote, “a regular man is a happy man.” Same thing goes for babies.

Remy ate pureed prunes on a daily basis from the time she started solids until she was a year old. It was dessert to her. Lately she hasn’t been enjoying baby food, and so we switched her to an all finger-food diet. Prunes are still too tough to eat when you only have four teeth, so we had to find a creative way to cook them for her. This recipe is the answer.

Apple and Prune Crumble:

Ingredients

1 cup rolled oats
⅔ cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 ½ cups prunes, sliced
1 cup apples, peeled and cubed
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp margarine
⅓ tsp salt

Steps

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine prunes, apples, ½ cup brown sugar, and 1 tsp cinnamon in a medium pot. Cook on low heat until apples are soft.

2. In a bowl, mix together flour, oats, 1 tsp cinnamon, margarine, salt, and remaining brown sugar. Set aside.

3. Pour the fruit mixture into a baking dish. Top with the crumble. Place into the oven and bake for 30 minutes.

Adding apples and turning it into a crumble ensures that babies and adults alike can enjoy it! Try it out for yourselves.

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Emory

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make these : donut muffins

Donut Muffins - 12Prior to giving birth to Remy, I went on a baking rampage. It was probably due entirely to my nesting instinct. It was during this time that I tried quite a few different recipes, especially when it came to muffins. One such recipe was donut muffins. I made them with my husband in mind, since he is a huge fan of donuts. He said that they were the best things that I had ever baked. I took that as a compliment.

Donut Muffins - 13This is how to make your own donut muffins. For the original recipe, click here.

Donut Muffins - 1Donut Muffins

Ingredients:

1 cup white sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup margarine, melted
3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Donut Muffins - 4Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease 12 muffin cups.

Donut Muffins - 22. Mix 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup margarine, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Stir in the milk, then mix in the baking powder and flour until just combined. Fill the prepared muffin cups about half full.

Donut Muffins - 63. Bake in the oven until the tops are lightly golden, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Donut Muffins - 84. While muffins are baking, place 1/4 cup of melted margarine in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together 1/2 cup of sugar with the cinnamon. Remove muffins from their cups, dip each muffin in the melted margarine, and roll in the sugar-cinnamon mixture. Let cool and serve.

Donut Muffins - 10<3

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chocolate cake cupcakes

ChocolateCake5This year for Geoffrey’s birthday, I promised to bake him a cake. I typed in the words “best chocolate cake recipes” into Google, clicked on the first page that came up, and promptly made a shopping list of ingredients that we were in need of. The night before his big day, we returned home from visiting his family, and I set out to make the cake.

We moved into The Little Barn only a few weeks ago, but between work, dogs, contractors, and life, we have yet to unpack absolutely every box. (We only just got our kitchen sink installed on Friday.) When I went to grease two 9″ cake pans, I realized that I only had one bread pan, a casserole dish, and two muffins trays. Pardon my French, but my first thought was, “Shit. Now what?” Never one to be deterred in the kitchen, I chose to turn this two-tiered chocolate cake into 29 muffins, given that he was turning that exact age this year.

This one decision turned an everyday chocolate cake recipe into a beautiful mountain of chocolate cupcakes. It was definitely a silver lining moment.

ChocolateCake1Chocolate Cake Cupcakes:

For the cake mixture:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

For the frosting:
2 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
6 tbsp butter
5 tbsp evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

ChocolateCake2Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare the muffin trays by buttering and lightly flouring.

2. Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. Whisk through to combine well.

3. Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla. Mix at medium speed until combined. Add boiling water, and beat at a high speed to add air to the batter.

4. Distribute mixture evenly to muffin trays, filling about 1/2 to 3/4 full. Bake for approximately 17 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean. Let cool.

ChocolateCake65. In a medium bowl, sift together the confectioners’ sugar and cocoa, and set aside.

6. In a large bowl, cream butter until smooth, then gradually beat in sugar mixture alternately with evaporated milk. Blend in vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. If necessary, adjust consistency with more milk or sugar.

7. Once cool, remove the cupcakes from the trays. Frost the tops of each cupcake. Place in the refrigerator.

8. After the frosting has hardened, build a tower of cupcakes. Then serve, and enjoy!

ChocolateCake10ChocolateCake8Because of time constraints, I had to use store-bought icing for Geoffrey’s Chocolate Cake Cupcakes. The next time that I make this, I will be sure to make it from scratch. BTW, I most definitely will be making this recipe again. The design and the taste were that extraordinary! Be sure to try it out for yourself!

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