Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Healthy Sweet Treat: Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Oat Bran Muffin

I go through phases of baking healthy items and baking not so healthy items. For example, I was into cinnamon rolls and pound cake a few weeks ago but I have opted for a healthier option today. I have been looking how to optimize grains and different healthy foods into my daily nutrition. These muffins are an excellent choice. Want to know why?

Baking Success: Sponge Cake

8 extra large eggs
1 c. sugar
1 c. all-purpose flour, sifted
1/3 c. oil
1/3 c. milk (any kind is fine)
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla


Sunday, April 3, 2011

On a Cinnamon Roll: Cinnamon Bun Pancakes

I must confess my little current little obsession with cinnamon. There is something addictive about the smell, especially when it is basked in the oven. I could not wait to make these pancakes when I came across this recipe. These pancakes are great without the ciing because it's essentially a cinnamon pancake but the icing makes it taste like a cinnamon bun. Why is that so great? Because it tastes like a cinnamon bun without all the guilt. I love a cinnamon bun every once in awhile but this recipe will definitely satisfy my cinnamon bun cravings. It's not like I have these cravings that often but when I do, I know what to do. Even if you are not addicted to cinnamon, this is a great change of pace from your typical breakfast pancake. But for all you cinnamon lovers out there, I dedicate this one to you!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Joining the Cupccake Family: Red Velvet Cupcakes

There is something catchy about red velvet color. It's probably the vibrant red color that grabs your attention to pick one up and try one. Afterall, we eat with our eyes first! Upon biting into a red velvet cupcake, it is irresistible to not love it because it is essentially a chocolate cupcake that is not brown. I have made red velvet cupcakes several times but this my first time blogging about my red velvety experience. I typically use Johnnie Gabriel's recipe featured on Paula Deen's show but I felt like experimenting with different red velvet recipes and opted for a recipe from Joy of Baking. I remember when I first stumbled upon this website, it had an excellent of repetoire of recipes but the recipes have been updated and improved since then. Everything I have made from this website has not disappoint. Recently, videos have been added on how to make certain sweet treats like red velvet cake. The results of my experiment? 

A great little concoction of a cupcake! It was moist on the inside with a great balance of cocoa flavor. The cream cheese was of course delicious, if I do say so myself. This recipe keeps the integrity of the cream cheese flavor which compliments the cupcake perfectly. It's annoying when I eat a red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting that is so sweet that I don't taste the cream cheese. I can definitely taste the cream cheese in this frosting which makes this recipe a winner in my eyes.

 Before the cream cheese frosting!
The finished product!
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