Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tres Leches Cupcakes

Me, I'm not much of a fan of Tres Leches. But we live in a world where a lot of people are. And I sometimes do what people want cause it makes me happy. This was a request from the hubs...he likes tres leches. And I have to say - not bad, not bad. If you're a Tres Leches fan, you must try these! Oh, and that Dulce de Leche whipped cream...DIVINE. These definitely hit the spot!

For the Cake:

1 box French Vanilla cake mix

1 small box French Vanilla pudding

1 cup sour cream

1 cup buttermilk

4 eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup whole milk

1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup evaporated milk

Start by making the cake. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a cupcake pan by lining it with cupcake liners. Mix the cake mix, pudding, eggs, sour cream, milk and oil in a standing mixer and beat until well incorporated (about 2 minutes) while scraping the sides. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full. Place in preheated oven and bake for 18-20 minutes until tops spring back when touched.

While cupcakes are in the oven, prepare the Tres Leches mixture: mix the whole milk, evaporated milk, and condensed milk.

Remove cupcakes from oven. Immediately poke several holes in each cupcake with a skewer stick or knife.

Drizzle Tres Leches mixture over each cupcake, waiting for it to absorb, using all of the mixture evenly between eachcupcake.

Dulce de Leche Whipped Cream:

2 cups heavy whipping cream

1/4-1/2 cup dulce de leche (found in the mexican isle in the grocery store)

3 T powdered sugar (or more depending on how sweet you like it)

Combine all ingredients in a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk on medium-high until soft peaks form. Pipe over cooled cupcakes. Store extra cupcakes in the fridge.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Grilled Pizza

Oh boy. This is the death of me! If you've never tried grilled pizza you are DEFINITELY missing out! The perfect dough, with the perfect fresh mozzerella and a sprinkle of a little Italian seasoning...mmmm. Just thinking about eating this makes my mouth water. This pizza recipe is incredible. The best part about it is the options for toppings are endless, so it makes it easy to eat it 4-5 times a week:) Eat it. Then you'll die.

Pizza Dough:

1 1/2 cups warm (105-115 degrees) water

1 T sugar

1 T yeast

1/2 t salt

3-4 1/2 cups flour

In a large bowl (the bowl of a mixer, if you have one) combine water, sugar and yeast. Let sit for 10 minutes or until nice and bubbly.

Add salt and stir. Add 1 1/2 cups flour and mix well. Gradually add more flour (usually between 3-4 cups) until dough starts to pull away from the sides of the b0wl and it barely sticks to your finger.

Spray a glass or metal bowl with cooking spray and place dough in the bowl. Cover and allow to rise for 45 minutes or until doubles in bulk. Remove from bowl and separate into about 4 equal sized balls if you are making individual sized pizzas or into 2 for larger ones. Roll out.

The ladies at Our Best Bites do everything perfect in my mind. They are the masters! I'm not going to attemt to try and explain how to grill the perfect pizza when they've done it for me. For instructions on grilling the perfect pizza go to their site here.

*For the maximum yumminess pizza, it's a MUST to use fresh mozzerella. Try it once and you'll understand why:)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

One of my favorite things is eating cookie dough. I think I would rather eat the dough than the actual cookie. So when I saw these I knew I had to make them. It's a rich, fudgy brownie topped with straight cookie dough...uncooked. Now don't worry, there's no eggs in the dough so it's completely safe:) Wow, such a perfect combination!


1 cup butter

3/4 cup cocoa

2 1/4 cup sugar

1/2 t salt

3 eggs

1 t vanilla

1 1/4 cup flour

1/2 t baking powder

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Prepare 9x13 baking pan by spraying with cooking spray. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add cocoa, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Add sugar, salt, eggs and vanilla. Beat with a spoon until combined. Add flour and baking powder and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread batter into pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Allow brownies to cool completely before moving on to the next step.

Cookie Dough:

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

4 T milk

2 t vanilla

2 cups flour

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Combine first 5 ingredients in a mixing bowl and cream together. Add flour and stir until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread in an even layer on top of the cooled brownies. Chill before adding chocolate glaze.

Chocolate Glaze:

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 T oil

Melt chocolate with butter and stir until smooth. I do this in the microwave in 20 second increments. Spread the glaze over the chilled cookie dough layer.