Molten Chocolate Cake PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 01:00

I know its a bit early in the day to be thinking about chocolate... but oh dear heavens. This is by far one of the best things in the whole wide world. I got this recipe off the Tasty Kitchen website, and it is amazing. You have GOT to make this. Immediately.

Gather up your ingredients. You will need some baking chocolate, butter, eggs, egg yolk, powdered sugar and flour.

Toss a sick of butter and four squares of baking chocolate into a big mixing bowl. Microwave it for about a minute. (You can find a box of baking chocolates on the baking isle of just about any grocery store.)

The butter will be mostly melted, but the chocolate will not. Slowly whisk it together. The chocolate will start melting. If your butter is not super de duper soft, put the bowl back in the microwave for another 25 seconds. That should be enough to get it whisk-able.

After a short time of whisking the butter blends in nicely with the chocolate. The picture on the left shows chunks of chocolate still left. You do NOT want that. Keep whisking until you get the perfect, smooth goodness that is picture to the right.

When the chocolate is done being whisked, add 1 cup of powdered sugar to the chocolate. Stir until its well blended.

Now take two whole eggs and two egg yolks and dump them into the bowl. Whisk (or stir. whatever floats your boat) together until combined.

Now all that is left is to throw in 6 tablespoons of flour and stir that together nicely.

Grab four custard cups and spray them with cooking spray. Don't be a wimp about it. Coat them really good!

And now distribute the mixture evenly among the cute little custard bowls.

Place all four custard cups onto a baking tray and pop them into an oven (that has been preheated to 425 degrees) and bake them for 13-14 minutes.

After 13-ish minutes, you pull out these beauties! You want the edges to be firm, but the middle to be soft.

I love individual cakes. They are just so cute!

Ok, now you are going to want to invert this onto a plate. Because I don't have three hands, I just put the plate on top of the custard cup to show you. You are going to want to hold the custard cup in a dish towel (they are piping hot!) and put the plate over it.

Then flip it over! The cake will just slide right out of the custard cup. Yay for cooking spray!

And this is the final result. How adorable is this dessert? I mean, seriously. Add some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream and you can pretty much call this heaven on earth.

Oh man. Look at all of that chocolaty goodness. So amazing. So delicious. So darn good. Make this now. You will thank me (and the tasty kitchen member who came up with this) later.

Molten Chocolate Cake

4 pieces (squares) Semi-sweet Baking Chocolate
½ cups Butter
1 cup Powdered Sugar
2 whole Eggs
2 whole Egg Yolks
6 Tablespoons Flour

Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray 4 custard cups with Pam and place on cookie sheet. Microwave chocolate and butter in large bowl on high for about 1 minute, until butter is melted. whisk until chocolate is also melted. Stir in sugar until well blended. Whisk in eggs and egg yolks. Stir in flour. Divide between cups. Bake 13-14 minutes until sides are firm and center is soft. Let stand 1 minute. Invert cakes on dishes and top with whipped cream.

Blackberry Cobbler PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 January 2010 13:08

Mmmm. Desserts. I love desserts. And I love cobbler. Peach cobbler is my favorite, but my hubby happens to favor blackberry cobbler. So since I love desserts, cobbler and my husband, I decided to go ahead and make some blackberry cobbler. Courtesy of The Pioneer Woman.

I have never made a cobbler before, so I was a bit nervous. But this recipe was super easy, so I decided to give it a go. And I documented it, step by step, for you all to see.

Your welcome. :)

The ingredients consist of milk, sugar, self rising flour, butter and blackberries (fresh or frozen).

First, place half a cup (1 stick) of butter in a microwave safe dish. Nuke it for 30-45 seconds, or until melted.

Whisk together 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of self rising flour and 1 cup of milk. Mix well.

Then take your melted butter, poor it into the bowl and whisk together.

Now, butter a 3 quart baking dish. My 3 quart baking dish was being used to hold leftover baked lemon pasta (another PW recipe), so I had to settle for my 2.5 quart dish. It worked fine, but my cobbler would have turned out a little better if I had used a 3 quart. Just so ya know. :)

Now rinse and pat dry two cups of blackberries. Fresh would be fabulous, but all I had was frozen. So that's what I used. And they tasted fabulous. Just so ya know.

Poor the batter into your baking dish and drop the blackberries evenly over the top of the batter.

Once you have evenly distributed the berries, sprinkle 1/4 cup of sugar over the berries. If you are trying to take pictures during this process, the sugar may not sprinkle evenly. So, if you can help it, try not to take pictures while baking. It causes sugar to pile up unnecessarily. Ahem.

Now, pop this baby into the oven (preheated to 350 degrees) and bake for 1 hour. Or until golden brown. I kind of didn't hear my timer go off, so mine was a little closer to brown instead of golden. Luckily it didn't burn, but it should definitely be pulled out before this point.

Just so ya know. Oh, and if you want, sprinkle two tablespoons of sugar on the cobber about 10 min. till its done. A little extra sugar never hurt anyone, right?

Wala! You now have a tasty blackberry cobbler ready to serve to your hungry friends or family. Or just keep it for yourself. I will not judge.

(Note: If I would have used the 3 quart dish the crust would have risen more evenly. Again, did not affect the taste, just the presentation. Which I was not to concerned about.)

And beware. Your husband may not wait for you to dish it onto a plate. It is very likely that he will just grab a spoon and dig in. Yes, it is that good. Next time I am going to substitute peaches for blackberries! I cant wait! Hope you enjoy!

Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler

1/4 pound (1 stick) butter, melted
1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup milk
2 cups fresh (or frozen) blackberries (or blueberries, peaches, raspberries)

Preparation Instructions:
Melt butter in a microwavable dish. Pour 1 cup of sugar and flour into a mixing bowl, whisking in milk. Mix well. Then, pour in melted butter and whisk it all well together. Butter a baking dish.

Rinse and pat dry the blackberries. Pour the batter into the buttered baking dish. Sprinkle blackberries over the top of the batter; distributing evenly. Sprinkle ¼ cup sugar over the top.

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 1 hour, or until golden and bubbly. If you desire, sprinkle an additional teaspoon of sugar over the cobbler 10 minutes before it’s done.

Dr. Pepper Pork Chops PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 January 2010 12:56

I forgot to mention this a few posts ago, but I have officially hit the 500 post mark! This is post number 504, so I am a little late. Happy Belated 500th blog posts to me! :)

Ok. Now onto the reason for my 504th post. Dr. Pepper pork chops. Yes. You read correctly. I am about to share with you my mother in law's recipe for Dr. Pepper pork chops. It is SUPER easy and oh so yummy. Lets dive in, shall we?


You need a whopping three ingredients. Pork chops, ketchup and Dr. Pepper (duh). Easy peasy.

Place your pork chops in a skillet. And make sure to coat it with cooking spray first. You don't want them to stick! (Side note: Normally I would be able to get 4-6 pork chops in the skillet. But Daniel was in charge of the meat on grocery night and got the wrong one. So I was stuck with these whoppers. They tasted fabulous, but just bigger than what I was used to.)

Lightly sear the chops until they turn white, then flip them over and sear the other side.

See? Nice and pretty. :)

Now, take one cup of ketchup...

and one cup of Dr. Pepper...

and combine them together in a bowl.

Then pour the mixture over the seared pork chops.

Don't be afraid. Drown the pork chops in this stuff. It is definitely worth it.

Now, cover your skillet and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour. I usually let them simmer for closer to an hour. I really like it when the meat just falls apart on your fork.

And that is it folks! I would have one last picture showing you the finished product, but my husband and son inhaled these things as soon as they were done. So here I am with no picture. Its a rough life I live.

Dr. Pepper Pork Chops

4-6 chops
1 cup ketchup
1 cup Dr. Pepper

Spray skillet Salt and pepper chops Lightly sear chops just till white in skillet Combine ketchup and Dr Pepper and pour over chops. Simmer about 45min. - 1 hr. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Gung-Gung PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 January 2010 12:38

Does everyone remember Zachariah's giraffe blanket? Well, I call it a giraffe blanket. Zachariah named it "gung-gung". I have no clue how that name came into existence, but sure enough that is what he calls it. A while back I just thought that he could not pronounce the word giraffe, but turns out that was not the issue. In fact, we were in a store the other day and we saw a giraffe blanket almost exactly like "gung-gung". It was just a little furrier and had brighter colors. Zachariah looked at it and said "Look, giraffe!". Then he picked up "gung-gung" and hugged it. He didn't even consider the two things similar!

And just in case you are wondering, he is just as attached to it as ever.

He honestly believe that he considers "gung-gung" his friend. He will include that giraffe blanket in everything that he does. Coloring, reading, watching the Christmas train, watching tv, playing with Daddy (he even makes Daniel "talk" for "gung-gung". It is HILARIOUS.) In the picture above he is showing "gung-gung" the squirrels outside. How cute is that?

I am going to cry when the day comes where Zachariah doesn't need "gung-gung". That and his paci are about the only things that constantly remind me of his baby days. *tear*

And yes, I am aware that I have the cutest kid on the face of the earth. Thanks for the reminder though. :)

Us Four And No More PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 January 2010 16:09

My siblings and I were in the same town... at the same time... for three whole days.

I love when that happens. :)

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