Sunday, September 27, 2009

Cookie Carnival: Black Bottom Coconut Bars

This is going to be super quick but I needed to get this posted. We are headed to El Paso this morning (need to leave in the next 15 minutes) and I am not sure when we will have internet access. I know you have all been getting used to no posts from me, but I promise that once we get a house and all of our stuff gets delivered, Cooking with Cristine will be up and running again!

These bars were easy to make and oh so delicious! Thanks to Kate of The Clean Plate Club for hosting the Cookie Carnival! The recipe can be found here.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

SMS: Orange Scented Scones

It's no secret that I love scones. I make them so often and enjoy them so much! I was happy that a scone recipe was chosen for this week. I love any chance I get to try a new scone recipe!

These scones were different than others I have made because of the homemade oat flour. The recipe calls for ground oatmeal. I loved what it did for the texture of these scones. The orange flavor was subtle, but definately there. Overall, these were good scones and I will definately make them again. Hmmmm.... maybe with the addition of mini chocolate chips. YUM!

Thanks to Robin of Lady Craddock's Bakery for hosting this week. The recipe can be found at her blog.

Monday, September 14, 2009

TWD: Flaky Apple Turnovers

This will be short and sweet. We are in California right now and heading to Disneyland today. :)

These turnovers were easy to make and incredibly delicious. I didn't roll them out thin enough, so I ended up with a thicker pastry. I'm not complaining, though, because the dough is probably my favorite part!

Thanks to Julie of Someone's in the Kitchen for hosting this week. The recipe can be found at her blog.

Martha Stewart Cupcake Club: Zucchini Spice Cupcakes

This is a perfect recipe to post today because it is my birthday! Happy 27th birthday to me! We will be celebrating in Disneyland with the kids today and then off to Sea World tomorrow. I am so excited!

This month's Martha Stewart Cupcake Club recipe is Zucchini Spice Cupcakes. I have said many times before how much I love baked goods with either carrots or zucchini, so I was thrilled to make these.

They were super easy to make and smelled great while baking. I made half with nuts and half without. I think both were amazing! The cupcake itself was pretty much zucchini bread in cupcake form and very delicious plain. But then I added the cream cheese frosting and I was in heaven! These cupcakes are AWESOME!!!

Thanks to Sugar B for starting this wonderful club! I can't wait to see what we are baking up for October!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

SMS: Perfect Pound Cake

Just in case anyone was worried, I am alive. Busy but alive. We are enjoying being stateside, but it is so weird knowing that we are staying and that we aren't flying back to Germany in a couple weeks. There is so much to get used to and we aren't even in Texas yet. I know everything will fall into place, but it is all VERY weird!

We are leaving for California in the morning and will be there for 4 days. I am really excited about our trip but I am pretty sure Anya is even more excited. She wanted to make a construction paper chain to hang up counting down the days until we go to Disneyland. It should be a great trip!

Now let's get to the good stuff... SMS! This week's recipe choice was Perfect Pound Cake. I accidentally grabbed the 1/3 cup instead of the 1/4 cup, so I added a little extra flour than the cake called for. I think it made my cake a tad drier than it would've been, but it was still great. I took Melissa Murphy's suggestion and grilled the pound cake and topped it with grilled pineapple, vanilla ice cream, and, instead of butterscotch sauce, I topped it all with Nutella. :) Yum!!!!

Thanks to Michelle of Veggie Num Nums for hosting this week.

Friday, September 4, 2009

I want to bake

That's all. I just REALLY want to bake something. Anything. Just put me in a kitchen so I can! Who knew that the biggest pitfall of moving is being without your kitchen?

Mom... make sure you have plenty of flour in preparation for my arrival.


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Limited internet for a while....

This afternoon we are headed to the hotel. I will be checking my email and trying my best to stop by blogs and comment, but internet access will be very limited for a little bit.

I do have my baking group posts scheduled, so there will be some posts popping up this month. I hope you will all stick around and I promise that things will be up and running again once we get to El Paso!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Coconut Mini-Muffins with Lime Glaze

You put the lime in the coconut and.... Make these muffins! :) Lame, I know. But they are amazing, so go and make them!

Coconut Mini-Muffins with Lime Glaze

Recipe from DYLN

1 & 1/2 cups all purpose unbleached white flour
1/2 cup slow cooking oats
1 cup sweetened, flaked coconut
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 & 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 eggs
4 tablespoons melted butter
1 cup 1% or skim milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 & 1/2 cups confectionary sugar
4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon freshly grated lime zest

In a medium bowl, combine flour through nutmeg. In a seperate bowl (or measuring cup) mix eggs through vanilla. Mix wet into dry and stir to combine. Divide evenly in the muffin tin.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until toothpick comes out with just a few moist crumbs. While the muffins are baking, mix glaze ingredients.
When the muffins test done, remove from the tin immediately and cool for about 15 minutes.

Dip each muffin in the glaze and allow to dry on the cooling rack

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