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Elegant CakesElegant Cakes http://pin.photosyd.com Life Should Be Cake Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:15:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.22 Let's Play Telephone http://pin.photosyd.com/uncategorized/lets-play-telephone http://pin.photosyd.com/uncategorized/lets-play-telephone#comments Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:15:09 +0000 http://pin.photosyd.com/uncategorized/lets-play-telephone Ever wonder what could possibly go wrong with a simple inscription on a basic cake? Well, WONDER NO MORE. 

Below I've listed the inscriptions some of my trusty Wreckporters ordered from professional bakeries, followed by the cakes they actually received:

 

"God Bless Neal"

I hear it's His middle name.

 

"Welcome Baby Arnold"

The spacing is what really sells it.

 

"Happy Birthday Mom"

Now that's a cake only a mother named Bob could love.

[Btw, I'm starting to wonder if a baker named Bob is doing these on purpose. And if so, I want to shake Bob's hand.]

 

"Congrats British Lit"

I hope this starts a trend; I want to see all the ways bakers butcher "Kyrgyzstanian."

 

"Happy Bandwidth Upgrade Day"

"Band With Upgrade" is the name of my retro Steam Powered Giraffe cover band.

(I realize only about 3 people will get that joke... and I'm ok with that.)

 

"Grats to Dad"

I like to think this is the baker's revenge on everyone who shortens "congratulations" to "grats." "CONGRATS" IS SHORT ENOUGH, PEOPLE.

 

"Old Dirty Thirty"

At some point you stop being surprised. Or so I'm told.

 

"When I'm 64"

That's actually how John says it when he's singing in his "drunk McCartney" voice, so maybe Kit sang her order over the phone. Drunk. While imitating Paul McCartney. 

(Don't keep us in suspense, now, Kit: did you?)

 

Thanks to Colleen C., Suzanne R., Morgan & Eric, Katie D., Ethan D., Leslie C., Becky L., & Kit K. for really phoning it in today. ;)

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This Ginger & Garlic Green Tea Stir Fry has a healthy mixture of veggies and tofu infused with a delicious garlic, ginger, and green tea sauce.




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You kick up the leaves and the Volvo is lost...

You tell me your blue skies fade to grey

Your baker still hates you, too, they say

But I don't need no carryin' on!


You fall in the line just to hit a new low

You pretend that you meant to, but everyone knows


You tell me it's hard working here offline

Your coworkers mock you all the time

But I don't need no carryin' on!


So you had a bad day

You're itching downtown,

You sing a sad song just to drown out the sound!


You say you must know,

You tell me don't lie,

Then you work on a smile and you opt for the pie.


You had a bad day!

Now that's a bad day.

 

Thanks to wreckporters Connie L., Deborah P., Melissa F., Fribby, Monique R., Anony M., & Rachel B. for inspiring a new CW policy: from now on, we want any and all apologies handwritten. ON CAKE.

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If you’re a peanut butter fan like me, you’ve eaten your fair share of Nutter Butter cookies. Crispy peanut butter wafers filled with a peanut butter creme center. Yes, please. I decided to make them when I opened BraveTart’s new book for the first time.

The pages fell open right to a picture of her Nutter Butters and I couldn’t get my mind off making them. And that’s after flipping through more than 300 glorious pages of her incredible book focusing on Iconic American Desserts. There’s so much yum to make. We’re talking tons of classic dessert recipes inside plus recipes (and their origin stories) to recreate your favorite American brands like Twinkies, Oreos, Cracker Jacks, Pop Tarts, Fig Newtons, Snickers, Thin Mints and so much more.

Bravetart: Iconic American Desserts is a classic itself from the seriously sweet-minded Stella Parks. Check out her book and if you’re on Twitter, I highly recommend following her there @bravetart. She is incredibly generous with her knowledge and she has the goodies to back it up, too!

Okay let’s get baking.

The cookie dough is quick to whip up with flour, butter, sugar, salt, peanut butter, egg whites and baking soda. Once you’ve formed a soft dough, you’ll knead it into two discs for rolling and cutting out cookies.

Stella recommends a bikini-shaped cookie cutter, but I didn’t have one. I did have this similar shape from Sweet Sugarbelle (above) that I made work though. I could have just stuck with the shape as is, but instead I made one cut and then rotated the cookie cutter 180 degrees and made a second cut right on top. The shape in the center then ends up being symmetrical and much more like a peanut. This method did leave me with a lot more scraps to use for re-rolling but I didn’t mind.

Once I had my cutouts made and transferred to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet it was time to make an impression. I found a plastic potato masher that coincidentally ended up being the exact size of my cut out cookies. The grid on the masher made the perfect design by gently pressing into the dough.

All lined up and ready for the oven.

Bake the cookies for about 15 minutes and let them cool completely before piping the middles with peanut butter cream.

Pipe swirls of peanut butter creme on half of the cookies filling in each domed end of the peanut.

Sandwich them together for a classic cookie treat.

Bravetart’s Homemade Nutter Butter® Cookies

Ingredients:

Cookies
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, creamy and soft about 68 degrees F
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt (half as much if iodized)
  • 2 large egg whites
Peanut Butter Creme
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, creamy and soft about 68 degrees F
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt (half as much if iodized)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted

Directions:

Prepare the dough: 
  1. Sift 2 cups flour into a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and adjust oven rack to middle position.
  3. Combine butter, peanut butter, sugar, baking soda and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on low to moisten, then increase to medium and cream until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  4. Beat the egg whites with a fork until foamy and thin, then add to the butter and sugar in four additions, letting each incorporate before adding the next. Scrape the bowl and beater with a flexible spatula, then resume mixing on low.
  5. Sprinkle in the flour, and mix to form a soft dough.
  6. Knead dough against sides of the bowl to form a smooth ball. Divide in half and flatten into two discs.
  7. On a flour-dusted work surface, roll the dough until 1/2 inch thick. Sprinkle with flour, flip, sprinkle again, and roll just shy of 1/8 inch.
  8. Cut into peanuts with a 3-inch bikini cutter or simple 2 1/4 inch rounds. Gently lift with an offset spatula and arrange cutouts on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Gently score the cutouts in a criss-cross pattern. Gather scraps, re-roll and cut as before. Bake wafers until firm and dry, about 13-15 minutes. Cool completely on the baking sheet.
Make the creme:
  1. Combine butter, peanut butter, honey, vanilla and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on low speed to moisten, then sprinkle in the powdered sugar a little at a time. Once incorporated, increase to medium and beat until the creme is soft and light, about 5 minutes.
  2. Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2 inch plain tip. Pipe two teaspoons creme onto half of the cookies, filling each lobe of the peanut shape. Sandwich with remaining wafers.
  3. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until the filling is set, about 15 minutes. Store up to one week at room temperature or a month in the fridge. Serve at room temperature.
Shared with permission from © BRAVETART: Iconic American Desserts by Stella Parks, 2017

 

 

Hope you enjoy these perfectly peanutty cookies!



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I first posted these vegan pumpkin muffins in 2014 (and called them vegan pumpkin donuts) but wanted to repost them to include a gluten-free option. I never post pumpkin recipes this early but it was either these muffins or nothing, so I chose the muffins. :)

If you want something that’s grain-free, check out my paleo pumpkin donuts and just make them with a regular-sized muffin pan!

If you make the gluten-free version and they’re a little weird or gummy straight out of the oven, just let them sit a while (maybe 1-3 hours) and they’ll somehow magically straighten themselves out!

Something I discovered when remaking them is that dipping them in butter or coconut oil is totally unnecessary to get the cinnamon sugar to stick. When you use butter, it’s like you actually have to dip them twice in the sugar because the first go around, the butter absorbs it all and it kind of disappears.

So unless you want them buttery and full of sugar, then just forget about the butter!

When these pumpkin muffins come out of the oven, they look kind of funky texturally but they’re perfectly moist and have an awesome texture. A lot of the reviewers have commented on their fluffiness, but for me… they’ve always come out a little dense! But dense in a good way.

If you need convincing to make these, just read some of the reviews. Everyone seems to love them! These pumpkin cream cheese muffins have also been a big hit (but they’re not vegan)!

You know how you normally just plop the batter in the pan and if it’s not very even, neat or pretty, it straightens itself out while baking? That doesn’t happen here. How they look in the pan is pretty much how they look after baking.

I adapted this vegan pumpkin muffins recipe from these maple pumpkin donuts on My Darling Vegan. If you don’t have a mini muffin pan or if you want some spiced glaze instead of cinnamon sugar, go check it out!

Looking for more great gluten-free and vegan recipes for fall? I’ve got you covered! Try my Swedish apple pie, paleo and vegan pumpkin pie, or gluten-free apple crisp!

These No-bake Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes from Lauren Kelly Nutrition also sound super interesting! I’ll definitely have to try them out.

Here’s the old picture for those of you who have made these before and are confused by the new pictures!

Vegan Pumpkin Muffins (gluten-free, whole wheat options)



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It’s that time of year again!

If you’ve been a BEB reader for some time, then you know that once a year (give or take), I like to invite readers to take a short survey that helps me gauge what you’re loving and what you might be needing here on the site. I love sharing food, stories, and content that I personally enjoy, but I want to make sure it’s benefitting you, as well!

This survey is an opportunity for you to share your thoughts, ideas, and feedback, and it will help me tailor the types of recipes and blog posts that I create. It is 100% anonymous, so I’ll have no idea whether or not you respond, or what you’ve said, so please feel free to share your thoughts honestly and openly.

You can click here to take the survey (it should take less than 10 minutes!) >> 2017 BEB READER SURVEY

Or, if it’s easier for you, you can fill it out right here on the page by using the form below.

Thank you all SO much, for being here, for loving food and stories as much as I do, and for sharing your life with me! I so appreciate your feedback! xo

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A very happy weekend to you!

This week was going swimmingly until Joseph woke up on Wednesday morning sneezing up a storm. Within a couple of hours, it was evident he had himself a full-blown cold, and by the time he went to bed, also had a croupy cough. I woke up on Thursday morning with a sore throat and now have a nasty cold, and Dominic woke up yesterday totally stuffed up, coughing, sneezing, and with a runny nose. So far my husband has managed to remain the last man standing, hopefully he holds up! So needless to say, it’s been an exhausting second half of the week and we’ll be spending the weekend recuperating.

So let me live vicariously through you! How was your week? What are you up to this weekend?

As always, you’ll find a recap of what was posted to the site this week, the most shared recipes, my Sunday dinner menu, and recipes I’ve bookmarked from other blogs. Enjoy!

On Brown Eyed Baker This Week

Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies – One special ingredient and a few easy tweaks make these the softest chocolate chip cookies you’ll ever eat!

Jewish Apple Cake – This Jewish Apple Cake is a wonderfully dense and moist cake batter studded with tons of cinnamon-sugar coated apples. It’s the perfect fall dessert for any occasion!

Friday Things – My boys, a post about shy kids, Instagram comments, new phones, cutting cakes, and more!

This Week’s New Recipe Video!

These are, without a doubt, the absolute best Rice Krispies treats I’ve ever had. They are huge, packed full of ooey, gooey marshmallows, and a hit whenever I bust them out!

To see the full recipe, head over to the blog post >> ULTIMATE RICE KRISPIES TREATS

Top 5 Most Popular Posts This Week:

1. Buffalo Chicken Dip

2. Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles

3. Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

4. My Favorite White Bread Recipe

5. Garlic-Herb & Parmesan Roasted Red Potatoes

Sunday Dinner Menu

We’re a house full of sickies, so it’s looking like we’re just going to be convalescing tomorrow and no Sunday dinner.

What I Bookmarked This Week

Recipes and posts from other blogs that I thought looked especially delicious and that I thought you would like, too:

I want to devour this Halloween Chex Mix Muddy Buddies… give me all the candy corn and Reese’s Pieces, please.

Total comfort food >> Chicken Alfredo Roll-Ups

I have loved strawberry pretzel salad my entire life, so I’m shocked that I never thought to turn it into a dip (genius!).

Great spin on a classic >> Tropical Hawaiian Monkey Bread

I’ve never made a gnocchi soup, so adding this Italian Sausage, Gnocchi and Tomato Soup to my fall and winter cooking list!

Have a delicious weekend!

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Thanks to Natalia R., Anony M., Sandra B., Lisa S., and Vicky G. for sparking the idea.

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I know that fall doesn’t OFFICIALLY begin until next Friday (September 22nd), but I’m totally in the camp that once Labor Day is in the rearview mirror, all bets are off on apple and cinnamon and hot chocolate and jeans, hoodies, and blankets. Bring it all on!

I’m ringing in apple season this year with this absolutely spectacular Jewish apple cake. It was sent to me last summer by a reader, Linda, who said she had been making it for years and that it’s a big family favorite. Thank you, Linda, for sending this amazing recipe over! There are countless recipes for Jewish apple cakes floating around online, and you may have your own version, but if you’ve never tried one, this is an absolutely phenomenal apple cake that’s perfect for any fall occasion.

You start with a TON of granny smith apples (perfect if you plan an apple picking trip!) and toss them in sugar and cinnamon. While they’re taking a cinnamon-sugar bath, mix up the cake batter. The mixing method is a little different, as you add the eggs last, and it’s a thick batter, but trust me, this works!

When Linda emailed me the recipe, she said that she intentionally “ribbons” her batter in layers over the apples without covering them completely so that the cake has apples all throughout and not distinct layers of cake and apple. It totally worked with mine (as you can see), and I just loved having chunks of apples in every single bite!

The crumb of this cake is compact but OH SO velvety smooth and super moist. Linda talked about how much her family loved the crust on this cake and I agree – I think it was my favorite part! The texture of the cake really reminded me of the Russian pound cake that my aunt and grandma used to make around the holidays (I need to resurrect that cake!).

Linda said that this particular recipe is from Chef Robert Bennett of Classic Bakery in Cherry Hill, New Jersey; when I Googled “Jewish apple cake” I found tons of recipes nearly identical to this one, so it may be one of those recipes that has been floating around in grandmas’ kitchens for decades!

If you need something a little extra special in the dessert department this fall, give this Jewish apple a try – it’s dessert comfort food at its best.

And if you have your own recipe for Jewish apple cake, I’d love to hear how it’s similar or different to this one! Tell me all about it!

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Jewish Apple Cake

This Jewish Apple Cake is a wonderfully dense and moist cake batter studded with tons of cinnamon-sugar coated apples. It’s the perfect fall dessert for any occasion!

Ingredients:

For the Apples

  • 6 medium granny smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped (about ½-inch pieces)
  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

For the Cake

  • 2¾ cups (390 grams) all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (397 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (198 grams) vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) orange juice
  • 2½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs

Special Equipment

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan.
  2. Prepare the Apples: In a large bowl, toss the chopped apples with the sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. Prepare the Cake Batter: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, vegetable oil, orange juice, and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and stir to combine with a spatula or wooden spoon.
  5. Add the eggs to the mixture one at a time, mixing well after each addition (the batter will start out very thick, but will get looser and easier to mix as you continue to add the eggs). Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure that all of the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  6. Add a thin layer of the cake batter to the bottom of the pan, then add one-quarter of the apples on top of the batter. Ribbon one-quarter of the remaining cake batter over top of the apples; the batter should not completely cover all of the apples (it will spread when baking). Repeat three more times with the remaining apples and cake batter, ending with a layer of cake batter, but again it will not totally cover the apples, that’s okay!
  7. Bake for 1 hour 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool to room temperature before serving. Leftovers can be stored at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Recipe Notes:

  • I used a slotted spoon to transfer the apples so that not too much juice transferred, but there still was some and it didn’t appear to negatively affect the cake at all.
  • You could also use a standard-size Bundt pan if you do not have a tube pan.

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Oh chocolate chip cookies. Truly the one and only cookie for me. When I see cookie trays or dessert tables, rarely does anything else tempt me the way a chocolate chip cookie does. Well, that’s a partial lie… I am equally drawn to peanut butter cookies of all shapes and sizes, but since they are currently off limits here because of Joseph’s allergies, it’s me and chocolate chip cookies for life.

My friend Sally from Sally’s Baking Addiction has a new cookbook coming out next Tuesday, Sally’s Cookie Addiction, and it’s ALL cookies! I was able to get my hands on an advanced copy and I was going crazy with the doggy ears… there are SO MANY fantastic cookie recipes in this book. But the one I really couldn’t wait to try was a new-to-me soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe with one little secret ingredient (spoiler alert: it’s cornstarch!), and they were absolutely, positively as good as advertised.

It seems that every few years I find a new best chocolate chip cookie recipe… first it was the thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies (still a household favorite!), then it was the NY Times chocolate chip cookie (good but too big for everyday consumption), then I made my own favorite version from the NY Times recipe (but my husband didn’t love them), and now here we are at Sally’s soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies.

I had read about adding cornstarch to cookie dough before, but had never experimented with it myself.

All of the other tricks in this recipe to keep the cookies soft and chewy were old hat to me – melted butter, more brown sugar than white sugar, and adding an extra egg yolk.

But that cornstarch was new! I was interested to see what type of affect it would have on the cookies.

The result? Supremely soft cookies that are a dream. Even my favorite soft, thick and chewy cookies have some crisp edges, but not these… they are soft through and through, even after being stored for over three days, which typically never happens with my other recipes – they’ll start to harden a bit unless I wrap them individually in plastic wrap from the get-go.

The only place that I veered from the recipe was in the chocolate chip department. My favorite “store-bought” chocolate chip cookies come from a small bakery near my in-laws’ house – they are large-ish, super thick and very chewy. They use mini chocolate chips instead of regular size ones and I had an epiphany the first time I had one of their cookies; so many more chocolate chips in every bite that way! Genius! I had been meaning to try it the next time I made chocolate chip cookies, and this was my test batch. Absolutely perfect. Of course, you can totally use regular chocolate chips, but if you have minis on hand, give them a try!

These soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies were a rousing success at our house and at Sunday dinner, and are definitely going on my list of top 3 chocolate chip cookies. I love, love, love Sally’s new book, and if you love cookies, you will too. You can pre-order it on Amazon, and it will be for sale a week from today. I absolutely, positively cannot wait to make the Rainbow Kiss Cookies for Christmas this year!

If you have a favorite chocolate chip cookie, I would love to know how you make them!

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Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

One special ingredient and a few easy tweaks make these the softest chocolate chip cookies you’ll ever eat!

Ingredients:

  • 2¼ cups (270 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup (180 grams) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • ¾ cup (170 grams) packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1⅓ cups miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Whisk the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until combined and no brown sugar lumps remain. Whisk in the egg and egg yolk, then whisk in the vanilla extract until combined.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until the cookie dough comes together. Stir in the chocolate chips. The dough will be very soft and even a little wet. Cover and chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours (and up to 4 days). If chilling for longer than 3 hours, allow it to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before rolling and baking the dough will be quite hard.
  4. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  5. Roll balls of dough, 2 scant tablespoons of dough per cookie, and place 3 inches (7.5 cm) apart on the baking sheets. Bake for 12 to 13 minutes, or until lightly browned on the sides. The center will look soft.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Cookies will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Recipe Notes:

  • The original recipe called for regular semisweet chocolate chips, but I substituted mini chocolate chips. Either would be delicious!
  • I used a medium cookie scoop for portioning out the dough, which is approximately 2 tablespoons, so these might be just a teeny tiny smidge larger than the scant 2 tablespoons called for in the recipe.

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[Excerpted with permission from Sally’s Cookie Addiction by Sally McKenney. Copyright © 2017]

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First of all – if you’re after a grain-free apple crisp, check out my vegan and paleo apple crisp!

Today’s gluten-free apple crisp is a much more traditional version with oats and oat flour making up the topping. Because it’s oat-based, it’s both gluten-free and 100% whole grain. Make sure to use gluten-free oats and oat flour if you need the crisp to be gluten-free.

And if you don’t have oat flour on hand, you can whirl some quick or rolled oats in a food processor, high-powered blender like a Blendtec or Vitamix or an electric coffee grinder until it’s very fine and powdery.

My favorite way for small amounts is the coffee grinder. Then the high-powered blender. Those both get the oat flour really fine.

If you have a large food processor, you’ll probably need to grind more oats than you need for this recipe to get it to grind the oats finely enough. And even then, the oat flour won’t be as fine as with the other two methods. But it’ll still work!

I have a large food processor and need at least a cup or two of oats to even get it over the blade.

If you’re wondering what to then do with all that oat flour, you could try my gluten-free banana pancakes. My walnut chocolate chip cookies and Swedish apple pie, which are both gluten-free + vegan, would also be excellent choices!

But back to this crisp. You can use butter or for a vegan and dairy-free version, coconut oil.

Every time I make this gluten-free apple crisp, I wonder if I’m making a mistake while putting on the topping. The recipe calls for an 8″x8″ but I start wondering if I wrote down the wrong pan size. There’s SO much topping!

But it always works out and once it bakes, it doesn’t turn out to be an absurd amount of topping. I think it’s just perfect.

No crisp would be complete without a little extra something on top! I highly recommend this maple ice cream for the dairy-eaters or this paleo and vegan vanilla sauce.

Wanting something a little different? Try these cinnamon caramel apple energy bites or these baked apple cider donuts (both of which are also gluten-free)!

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Gluten-free Apple Crisp (vegan, whole grain, dairy-free options)



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Happy happy weekend to you!

To all of you in Florida, I hope that you’ve evacuated safely by now; you and your families and your homes will be in my thoughts and prayers as the state braces for Hurricane Irma. I hope you all are spared any significant damage; we have several family and friends there who have stayed, so we’re keeping a close eye on the storm.

Whether you’re prepping for a hurricane or are somewhere in another part of the country or world, are you doing any baking this weekend? Fill me in on your week and your plans for the next couple of days!

As always, you’ll find a recap of what was posted to the site this week, the most shared recipes, my Sunday dinner menu, and recipes I’ve bookmarked from other blogs. Enjoy!

On Brown Eyed Baker This Week

Classic Beef Chili – This classic beef chili recipe is extremely easy, does not require any fancy ingredients, and freezes exceptionally well. Perfect cold-weather comfort food!

Brown Sugar Bacon Buttermilk Waffles – These Brown Sugar-Bacon Buttermilk Waffles are light and fluffy, and include bits of brown sugar-glazed bacon in the batter. Breakfast of champions!

80 of My Favorite Football Food Recipes – This collection of my favorite football foods includes dips, appetizers, snacks, main meals, slow cooker recipes, and of course, sweets!

Friday Things – Preschool, Dominic turning 11 months, coloring book, baking, TV, sports, and more!

This Week’s New Recipe Video!

I have been head over heels in love with homemade salted caramel sauce ever since coming up with this recipe. It comes out phenomenal every single time, and is perfect for ice cream toppings, adding to recipes, eating with a spoon, or giving as gifts!

To see the full recipe, head over to the blog post >> HOMEMADE SALTED CARAMEL SAUCE

Top 5 Most Popular Posts This Week:

1. Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles

2. Buffalo Chicken Dip

3. Best Ever Potato Salad

4. My Favorite White Bread Recipe

5. Garlic-Herb & Parmesan Roasted Red Potatoes

Sunday Dinner Menu

Eggplant parmesan
Garlic bread
Salad

What I Bookmarked This Week

Recipes and posts from other blogs that I thought looked especially delicious and that I thought you would like, too:

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this recipe for steak fajitas before, but I’ve made them a few times now (they were dinner last night!) and they ALWAYS get rave reviews. Definitely a favorite recipe of ours (and it’s crazy easy!).

Totally snatching up some peaches on sale and making this peach crisp before the season is officially over.

These caramel crunch bars are the perfect combination of salty and sweet!

Snickers. Caramel. Tart. ::mic drop::

Oh, I could eat SO MUCH of this restaurant-style olive oil and herb bread dip.

Have a delicious weekend!

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Ladies, if you could just give us a minute? Thanks.

[tapping foot while 99.6% of readership leaves the room]

[whispering] Right, then. Listen, guys. I know some of you might be "concerned" that your bride-to-be has had wedding cake in the past. And yes, she probably has!

Hey, some girls have had lots of wedding cake.

 

And sure, ok, maybe they were fairly large cakes.

Maybe they were even huge cakes.

 

But that doesn't mean she won't be satisfied with a perfectly average-sized cake!

(Ok, you can't see her face - but I'm sure she's thrilled.)

 

So even if your wedding cake seems a bit small and overgrown...

 

Or perhaps leans to the right...

 

Or even has a little trouble staying upright...

 

...the important thing is to remember that your bride loves you, no matter what. The cakes of the past are the cakes of the past! No matter how massive and sweeping and awe-inspiring they may have been.

Er...

And if all else fails, you can always buy a Ferrari.

 

Thanks to Kimber M., Anony M., Julia H., Tessa D., Adrienne H., Jamie, Rachel O., and Anony M., who can come back in now.

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Read More http://pin.photosyd.com]]> http://pin.photosyd.com/uncategorized/yellow-cake-with-chocolate-buttercream/feed 0 I Think I Get The Picture http://pin.photosyd.com/uncategorized/i-think-i-get-the-picture http://pin.photosyd.com/uncategorized/i-think-i-get-the-picture#comments Thu, 07 Sep 2017 15:15:05 +0000 http://pin.photosyd.com/uncategorized/i-think-i-get-the-picture "Hi, I'd like to order a monkey cake for my son, but I want to make sure there won't be any mix-ups like what happened last week."

"Oh? What happened last week?"

"Well, I brought in a reference for my nephew's monkey cake - a paper party plate -  and you guys just took a picture of it and glued the picture to the cake!"  

 "I see. And that's bad because....?"

"Because I just wanted the monkey! Not the paper plate!!"

"OH! Oh, yes! Of course. Sorry, I thought that was some kind of a pun."

[silence]

"So...look, this time, just to be extra clear, I brought you a picture of the actual cake I want you to make. Here:"

 

 

"So you want a cake that looks just like this?"

"That's right, a cake that looks JUST LIKE THAT."

[silence]

"I think we can do that."

"Good. Thank you. I'm so glad we got that cleared up."

 

****

 

 

 

Poor 2nd Devon. (Or is that 2rd Devon?) Although I guess it IS kind of fitting that the Devon copy gets a cake copy (complete with copied candles!). Hey, how much do you wanna bet his presents were all just pictures of toys? :D

 

Thanks for the monkey business,  Kee & Erin M.

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College football has already kicked off and the NFL officially starts tonight, which means we have many, many weekends of football-watching ahead of us. Whether you get together with family and friends each Saturday and/or Sunday, or hang out with immediate family, good food is key!

Whether you’re just looking for snack, an easy dinner, or food to feed a crowd, you’ll find tons of ideas in this list… I’ve rounded up all of my very favorite recipes that are perfect for serving during football games.

Here’s to good eats and tons of great games!

Appetizers and Dips

One of my favorite food groups!

1. Buffalo Chicken Dip
2. Dill Pickle Dip
3. Antipasto Appetizer Squares
4. An Epic Cheese Plate
5. Jalapeno Poppers
6. Cheesy Chili Dip
7. Oven-Fried Onion Rings
8. Loaded Baked Potato Dip
9. Homemade Restaurant Style Salsa
10. Jalapeno Popper Dip
11. Hissy Fit Dip
12. Seven Layer Dip
13. Cheesy Pepperoni Bites
14. Cheesy Bacon-Wrapped Dates
15. Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread
16. My Favorite Guacamole Recipe
17. Taco Dip
18. Harry & David Dip
19. Chicken Spread
20. Slow Cooker Spicy Beef Queso Dip
21. Soft Pretzel Nuggets with Spicy Cheese Dipping Sauce
22. Pepperoni Bread
23. Spinach Dip
24. Sun-Dried Tomato Dip
25. Sweet Onion and Parmesan Dip
26. Veggie Pizza Appetizer
27. Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread
28. Warm Black Bean Dip
29. Potato Skins
30. Hot Corn and Cheese Dip
31. Pizza Dip
32. Sausage Dip
33. Hot Reuben Dip
34. Spinach Artichoke Dip

Snacky Snacks

Grab ’em by the handful!

35. Spicy Southern Cheese Crackers
36. Malted Pretzel Crunch
37. Nuts and Bolts Homemade Snack Mix
38. Homemade Chex Mix
39. Homemade Cheez-Its
40. Homemade Cracker Jack

Real Food

If dips and snacks won’t cut it…

41. Classic Beef Chili
42. Slow Cooker Kielbasa and Sauerkraut with Beer & Brown Sugar
43. Copycat Chipotle Chicken Recipe (burrito/taco bar?!)
44. Cast Iron Skillet Cheeseburgers
45. Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs
46. My Favorite Meatloaf Recipe
47. Beef Enchiladas
48. Homemade Sloppy Joes
49. Greek Lamb Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce
50. Frito Pie
51. Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches
52. Chipped Ham BBQ Sandwiches
53. Homemade Primanti Bros. Sandwich

Mac and Cheese

Because, mac and cheeeeeeeese…

54. Creamy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese
55. The Ultimate Baked Macaroni and Cheese
56. Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese
57. Butternut Squash & Bacon Mac and Cheese

Sunday Classics

My favorite saucy dishes for keeping Sundays traditional…

58. The Best Italian Meatballs
59. Cheesy Baked Ziti with Sausage
60. The Best Meat Sauce. Ever.
61. Cheesy Lasagna Bolognese

Sweets!

It wouldn’t be a party without a cookie, brownie, or sweet snack!

62. Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars
Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
63. Seven Layer Bars
64. Monster Cookie Bars
65. Avalanche Bark
66. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
67. Peanut Butter Cup Bars
68. Marshmallow Crunch Brownie Bars
69. Sweet and Salty Brownies
70. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies
71. Chocolate Frosted Brownies
72. Better-Than-Box-Mix Brownies
73. The Baked Brownie
74. Ina’s Outrageous Brownies
75. Cook’s Illustrated Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
76. Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes
77. Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes
78. Ultimate Bakery Style Rice Krispie Treats
79. Poppy Chow (Chocolate & Peanut Butter Covered Popcorn)
80. Muddy Buddies

That list should keep you busy throughout football season, especially if you plan your weekends around both college and pro football!

TELL ME! What are some of your all-time favorite recipes for serving on game day?

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