Sunday, October 30, 2011

Great Idea for Presentation of Cheese Plate at Christmas

Festive Cheddar Tree
Source:  Cabot

Monkey Business Cupcake

Source of Recipe -
I might make these for my grandaughter's birthday (she likes monkeys)

1 2/3 cups white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed bananas, about 2 large
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2/3 cup chocolate chips (mini chips ideal)
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
18 gingersnap cookies
18 mini Oreos
1 4 1/4 ounce tube white decorating frosting
36 mini brown M&M's

Make It
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 18 muffin cups. Combine first four ingredients in a bowl. In another bowl, blend bananas, buttermilk, and vanilla. Beat in oil and sugar. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in 2/3 cup chocolate chips.

2. Fill cups. Bake 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.

3. To Decorate: Heat cream and corn syrup in a saucepan until mixture begins to boil. Remove from heat; add 1-1/2 cups chocolate chips. Cover; let stand 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. Glaze cupcakes with chocolate. Spoon extra into a plastic bag and refrigerate.

4. Cut gingersnaps to make a mouth. For ears, separate Oreo tops and bottoms and remove filling. Pipe on white frosting for eyes and top with M&M's. Snip a small corner from bag of chocolate; pipe on hair and nostrils.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sunday, October 9, 2011