Saturday, October 24, 2009

productive Saturday evening

Well,really it's been a productive afternoon and evening.I was in the kitchen from about 4pm until now as I type this it's almost 7pm....I wanted to try out a couple of recipes.One for our party saturday which I'm not sure I'll use now.And another that I thought about using as xmas gifts for the few people we will be gifting this year.I tried out something called a HIDDEN TREASURE BROWNIE CAKE-from one of Land O Lakes special edition recipe mags.The recipe showed it baked as cupcakes.I couldn't find my larger cupcake pan and didn't have any of the mini size liners so I went ahead and made it like a brownie.

Hidden Treasure Brownie Cakes
1/2 cup land o lakes butter (GASP! I used generic butter)
2 (1 ounce each) squares of semi sweet baking chocolate (I only had unsweet)
3/4 cup sugar (I used 1 cup of generic "spenda" type blend)
1TSP vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup AP flour
1/4 TSP salt
HERSHEY kisses
**heat oven to 350*F

you're supposed to pour the batter into liners like you're making cupcakes and then put a kiss into the middle "hiding it" and bake them like regular cupcakes

It didn't turn out like I had thought but it's still good---just DIFFERENT than what I expected from what the pic in the mag shows.LOL

I think for our party I will just use a regular chocolate cake mix and add a kiss in the middle--easy,quick,foolproof! And once frosted I think I'll either sprinkle some halloween type sprinkles on and maybe add another kiss on top.

Another recipe I tried today was one for CANDY APPLE JELLY from a TOH holiday recipe mag.It calls for using apple juice but I thought it would be fabulous with another type of juice so I got cran-grape juice.

4 cups cranberry-grape juice
1 package of powdered fruit pectin

In a saucepan,bring juice and pectin to a full rolling boil-stirring constantly.Let boil for 2 minutes.Remove from heat,skim off any foam on top.Pour into containers.

In the recipe it calls for using jelly jars and sterilizing them but it was just for our home use so I could test it out so I just used a plastic "jar" type container.I'm hoping to have it for breakfast in the morning.I hope it turns out LOL.