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I’m Back! March 7, 2011

Filed under: Cake,Dessert — Aussies Kitchen @ 2:52 PM
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So I have kind of disappeared the last few months with my cooking. Not sure why, I just couldn’t be bothered with making anything wonderful. But, today I caught the cooking bug back. It was great to be back in my kitchen and making yummy things. So I hope you all enjoy!

I made a few substitutions with this cake. First of all mine was only two layers and not three. Didn’t really see the point in making a 3 layer cake and plus I only have 2 round pans, so there you go.  Secondly we all know Ms. Paula Deen and her 100 pound  butter fetish. So in my icing I only used about 1/4-1/3 of a stick of butter and cut the confectioners sugar down by half. The icing came out great and it’s not to sweet or over powering. And last but not least I don’t like using chopped pecans so I always use pecan chips. I like the smaller pieces and I think they work out better.

Banana Cream Cake:

Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Frosting:

  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 pound confectioners sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease and prepare 3 (9 inch) round cake pans. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl combine, flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add the eggs and oil and stir until incorporated. Stir in the bananas, pecans and vanilla. Divide the batter among the pans. Bake in preheated oven for 23-28 minutes, or until wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool the cakes in the pans for about 10 minutes and then turn out onto a rack and cool before frosting.

For the frosting blend together the cream cheese and butter. Gradually add the confectioners sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla. Either stir the pecans in or sprinkle them over the cake. Fill and frost the cake when cool.

Adapted from Paula Deen.

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Sticky and Sweet November 12, 2010

Filed under: Cake,Dessert — Aussies Kitchen @ 10:45 AM
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You would think that these little guys would be real sweet, but apart from the caramel on top they really aren’t that sweet. They have a nice spicy fruity flavour and then the nuts inside give a nice crunch factor.

I will warn you though, be prepared to get caramel stuck in your teeth 🙂

Caramel Apple Cupcakes:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup pecan chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and grated
  • About a handful of caramel chews
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream

Directions:

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.

Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners. In a large bowl mix the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, apple pie spice, pecan chips and salt. In another bowl combine the eggs, both sugars and mix until smooth. Whisk in the oil and the vanilla. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Add the grated apples and stir.

Spoon the batter into the cupcake liners. Bake until the top of the cupcake is golden brown. About 20-25 minutes. Allow cupcakes to cool before adding the caramel on top.

Place the caramels in a small bowl. Add the cream and microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval. Melt until smooth and runny. Take each cupcake and dip into the caramel.

Let cupcakes cool before devouring them.

Adapted from foodnetwork.com

 

Pumpkin Season Is Here November 11, 2010

Filed under: Dessert — Aussies Kitchen @ 3:53 PM
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Looking through Noble Pig’s blog I stumbled across a recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake. What really caught my taste buds was that it was made with a Gingersnap cookie crust. That just sounded wonderful right there! I gave this cheesecake recipe a try and it is absolutely sumptuous. The thing I really liked about it was that the cheesecake wasn’t too heavy tasting like most cheesecakes are. It was more light and fluffy and kind of like a mousse to me. This will be a great dessert to make for Thanksgiving and will for sure impress the guests.

 

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake:

 

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 2 cups gingersnap cookie crumbs
  • 1/2  cup chopped pecans (I used pecan chips)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Pumpkin Spice

Cheesecake Filling:

  • 3 8ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

Directions:

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease an 8 inch springform pan. Cover the outside of the pan with two layers of tin foil.  In a large bowl combine all the crust ingredients and mix well. Press the mixture into pan and a little up the sides. Place in the heated oven and bake for 10 minutes. Let cool.

In a large bowl add the cream cheese and both the sugars and beat with an electric mixer on medium, until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at time and beat a little more. Add the yolks one at a time and continue to beat the mixture. Beat in the pumpkin, sour cream and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and add the flour and pumpkin pie spice. Pour mixture into cooled crust.

Put the pan in a large roasting pan that will allow you to add hot water to surround the pie tin. Add enough water so that it reaches about half way up your pie tin.

Bake until the edges of your cheesecake start to separate from the tin pan and the cheesecake is still jiggly when you shake it. This will be about 50-55 minutes.

Once cheesecake is done, turn the oven off and leave it in there with the door closed for a few hours. This will help prevent your cheesecake from cracking on top when taken out of the oven. I left mine for about 4 hours.

Allow cheesecake to cool on the counter and then place it in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

 

Cupcakes September 7, 2010

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Woke up this morning and had a huge craving for some carrot cake. I decided to make the little mini cupcakes since I feel they are the perfect bite size snack. This recipe makes a whole bunch if you do the mini cupcakes. I did 24 mini and 12 regular sized cupcakes. I”m pretty sure I’ll end up freezing the majority of these fellas since I’ve already had two and my craving is totally satisfied.

Carrot Cupcakes:

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups shredded carrots and then chopped finely
  • 20 oz crushed pineapple, drained
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecan chips
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins, roughly chopped

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line cupcake trays with paper liners.

In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Remove a small amount of the flour mixture and toss in the nuts and raisins. Set aside.

Add the butter to the large dry ingredient bowl and beat until well combined.

In a medium bowl combine the carrots, pineapple and eggs. Beat the carrot mixture into the butter and flour mixture. Beat for about 2 minutes and then toss in the pecan/raisin mixture. Combine well.

Put the batter into the cupcake liners. Bake the cupcakes for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and a tester comes out clean.

Allow cupcakes to cool and then frost with cream cheese frosting.

Adapted from Chaos.

 

mmmm Cheesecake June 11, 2010

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Pecan Cheesecake:


Ingredients:

  • Graham Cracker pie crust
  • 8oz package cream cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 cup light corn syrup

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat cream cheese, 1 egg, 1/2 cup sugar, vanilla at medium speed until smooth. Pour cream cheese mixture into piecrust. Sprinkle chopped pecans evenly over top.

Whisk together corn syrup, 3 eggs, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla. Pour mixture over top of pecans.

Place pie on baking sheet and bake for 50-55 minutes or until the pie is set. Cool for at least 1 hour.

Adapted from myrecipes.