Tag Archives: desserts

Butterscotch Brownies

Butterscotch Brownies

Butterscotch Brownies

Favorite brownies are not brown at all!

As I was looking through the food communities, I have to say I would like to have the inclination to do “pretty” fancy cake decorating, or super ornamental cupcakes.  However, it was a Butterscotch Brownie which spoke to me,.   Like “pick me” and “bake me, I’m delicious.” And I did and they were.

The recipe which caught my eye was by Linda Larsen of Busy Cooks Expert.  As she described the Butterscotch Brownies as an easy and super quick dessert.  I did add a cup of whole pecans to be broken up by the mixer.  Instead of icing, when brownies were done, I dotted the top with 1/4 cup of chocolate chips, put back into the oven for a few minutes, then used a spatula to spread the chocolate over the Butterscotch Brownies.  The edges were thick, crunchy and chewy and an extra treat without the chocolate icing.  The biggest problem – they didn’t last long.

A great snack or dessert for all ages –  Butterscotch Brownies.

Butterscotch Brownies

A chewy Butterscotch Brownie, easy and quick bar cookie to be enjoyed for snacks, desserts and in lunch boxes.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Servings: 36 bars
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup whole pecans or break into pieces.
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven 350 F. Grease a 9 x 13" cake pan or put parchment paper on the bottom of pan and grease. (This protects the pan from knife scratches when using a coated baking pan.)
  • Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a small bowl.
  • Whisk to blend, set aside.
  • Melt the butter in a sauce pan or microwave.
  • Pour melted butter into mixer bowl.
  • Add the brown sugar and beat until blended.
  • Add eggs and vanilla, beating until combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients, beating to blend.
  • Stir in the whole pecans, breaking with the mixer.
  • After brownies are baked, sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.
  • Return to hot oven for 5 minutes or until chocolate begins to melt.
  • Spread the melted chips over the brownies.
  • Cool and cut into squares.

Notes

This is a recipe is by Linda Larsen, Busy Cooks Expert. --------Julia Ann and cookbookinabox® in partnership with Netta Belle’s Choice® bring you great recipes for your cooking experience. ©2007-2018 Netta Belle’s Choice® cookbookinabox® “Reg. U.S. Pat. & Trdmk.Off.” Reg. “Trade-marks Canadian Intellectual Property Office.” nettabelleschoice.com and cookbookinabox.com. All rights reserved.

 

Butterscotch Brownies

Butterscotch Brownies

Just add a glass of cold milk………

See Also         Netta Belle’s Choice Chocolate Cake

                         Skillet Chocolate Fudge/

 

Netta Belle's Choice cookbookinabox

Julia Ann and cookbookinabox® in partnership with Netta Belle’s Choice®  bring you great recipes for your cooking experience. ©2007-20 18 Netta Belle’s Choice® cookbookinabox® “Reg. U.S. Pat. & Trdmk.Off.” Reg. “Trade-marks Canadian Intellectual Property Office.” nettabelleschoice.com and cookbookinabox.com. All rights reserved.

 

Coconut Layer Cake with Fluffy Coconut Icing

 

Coconut Layer Cake with Fluffy Coconut Icing under goes some changes.

Coconut Cake made with Coconut Oil

Coconut Cake made with Coconut Oil

Sometimes I do not want to create, adapt or be inspired for recipes.  This was one of those times when I reviewed some of my own desserts.  So Coconut Layer Cake with Fluffy Coconut Icing was the treat of the week.  I am now  using more Coconut Oil  and less butter and  shortening.  Olive oil is still my ‘go-to’ oil for much of my cooking and baking.

Coconut Oil 360

I did adapt my own recipe, I did not have coconut extract, so I added 1/2 cup of shredded coconut.  The other change I made was in the jam  between layers.  In the original recipe that follows below, I used apricot preserves.  Since I did not have the preserves, I used strawberry jam between the layers.    The jam shows up in the serving of cake.

Strawberry Jam Between layers of Coconut Cake

Strawberry Jam between layers of Coconut Cake

The “Original” Coconut Layer Cake with Fluffy Coconut Icing

Coconut Layer Cake with Fluffy Coconut Icing

Coconut Layer Cake with Fluffy Coconut Icing

This is a yummy cake for the coconut lovers out there.   Instead of vanilla extract, I have used coconut extract to get more of the coconut taste.  Another idea, which I have not tried, would be to use coconut milk instead of regular milk.  The recipe makes a small cake, best to  bake in the older 8″x 1″ cake pans.

My aunt loved to cook and bake saving recipes from booklets put out by companies.  Two booklets I have are of about the same vintage, 1922: The New Royal Cook Book by Royal Baking Powder Co. and “The Rumford Way of Cookery and Household Economy”.

Serve a luncheon of Ham Salad Spread and Vegetable Fusilli Salad and a sweet dessert of Coconut Layer Cake with Fluffy Coconut Icing.

 

A serving of Coconut Cake _580

Coconut Layer Cake with Fluffy Coconut Icing

A light and moist yellow coconut layer cake with a hint of apricot preserves under the fluffy white boiled icing and toasted coconut.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time42 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea Salt
  • 3 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 jar apricot preserves
  • COCONUT FILLING and ICING
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 egg whites at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup sweet shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup toasted coconut

Instructions

  • Preheat oven 350 F.
  • Grease and line 2 9-inch cake pans with parchment paper; grease the parchment paper.
  • Measure the flour, salt and baking powder together in a small bowl; whisk to blend.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  • Add the coconut extract and beaten eggs; beat just to blend.
  • Add the dry ingredients alternating with the milk.
  • Mix well after each addition and until smooth.
  • Pour the batter into prepared cake pans.
  • Bake 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Insert toothpick in the middle of the cake, when done, the toothpick will come out clean.
  • (This is a small batter.)
  • Cool on a rack for 5 minutes before turning out of the pans.
  • _______________________________________________________________
  • COCONUT FILLING AND ICING
  • Put sugar and water in heavy saucepan; cook until it is 238 F or soft ball stage.
  • Meanwhile beat the egg whites and cream of tartar in a large bowl until stiff.
  • When the sugar syrup has reached the correct temperature, dip the bottom of the pan in cold water for 1 second to stop the cooking.
  • Beat the stiff egg whites at high speed while pouring in a stream of sugar syrup.
  • Add the vanilla.
  • Continue beating until icing has cooked, about 5 minutes.
  • Spread the apricot preserves between the 2 layers before adding icing.
  • Put icing between layers, sides and top.
  • While icing is soft sprinkle with grated coconut and toasted coconut.

Notes

This was adapted from The New Royal Cook Book, Royal Baking Powder Co., New York, U.S.A., 1922, p 15...................... Julia Ann and cookbookinabox® in partnership with Netta Belle’s Choice® brings you great recipes for your cooking experience. ©2007-2018 Netta Belle’s Choice® The Art of Gourmet Cookery®
cookbookinabox® “Reg. U.S. Pat. & Trdmk. Off.” Reg. “Trade-marks Canadian Intellectual Property Office. “ Netta Belle’s Choice® The Art of Gourmet Cookery® cookbookinabox® All rights reserved.
Coconut Layer Cake with Fluffy Coconut Icing

Coconut Layer Cake with Fluffy Coconut Icing

Netta Belle's Choice cookbookinaboxJulia Ann and cookbookinabox® in partnership with Netta Belle’s Choice® Spices, bring you great recipes, outstanding herbs and spices for your cooking experience.©2007-2015 Netta Belle’s Choice® The Art of Gourmet Cookery® cookbookinabox® “Reg. U.S. Pat. & Trdmk. Off.” Reg. “Trade-marks Canadian Intellectual Property Office. “ Netta Belle’s Choice® The Art of Gourmet Cookery® cookbookinabox®. All rights reserved.

 

Simply Salads by cookbookinabox

cookbookinabox trip to the Farmer's Market

cookbookinabox trip to the Farmer’s Market

Simply Salads of fresh vegetables and fruit combined can be the center of lunch or part of an elaborate dinner.  Fresh vegetables and fruit can show up in the whole meal or menu.  Check out the menu below.

A trip to the local farmer’s market makes a bountiful supply of fresh vegetables and fruit for gourmet and ordinary cooking.  Road side stands, city markets, farmer’s markets, co-operative groceries and big name grocery stores are teeming with produce. Check out your community to find the foods for healthy eating.

Which recipe would you like to make?  Look for the heading “Recent Recipes” in the right column for these dishes listed below. Or use the category search.

       Select a recipe from each of the following list of foods to plan a menu for dinner.

Appetizer:  Celery and carrot sticks, pineapple chunks and strawberries

    Bread:  Sweet Potato & Cranberry Nut Bread or Sweet Wheat Bread

       Soup:  Summer Vegetable Soup or Corn and Mushroom Chowder

           Salad:  Cabbage Apple Slaw  or Vegetable Fusilli Salad

               Entree:  Asparagus Tart or Collard Greens, Corn and Tortilla Strata

                   Vegetable:  Braised Carrots & Fennel,   Savory Baked Corn

                        Dessert:  Chocolate Cake or Apple Cobbler

                            Snack:  Molasses Cookies or Grand Canyon Hermit Cookies

How about quick and easy salads?

                                 Simply Salads by cookbookinabox®

Tomato avacado simple salad_0953Tomato, avocado and large pitted black olives are sprinkled with lime juice. To add more color serve it on a bed of romaine lettuce or spinach.  Need more veggies, try chopping scallions on top. Serve with your favorite salad dressing. Asparagus Tart and this simple salad would make a good luncheon or brunch meal.

Pear orange simple salad _3797Red Bartlett pear and a naval orange are diced with chopped red onion, feta cheese and chopped walnuts on top.  Anjou or Bosc pears, pecans or even add dried cranberries or cherries for another quick simple salad.  Use a sweet vinaigrette dressing. The Microwaved Steamed Salmon with Bok Choy is an easy entree to serve with Simply Salads by cookbookinabox.

Orange almond simple salad_3727Salad or dessert, a little of each,  a layered fruit salad of green grapes halves, pineapple chunks, diced navel oranges and sprinkling of toast almonds and coconut flakes on top.  The juice provide its own dressing.  This simple salad would be a sweet ending to the Corn and Mushroom Chowder.

As cooks, we sometimes get so caught up trying to give the best tasting gourmet dinner and an stunning  eye-appealing  presentation we get overwhelmed and frazzled.  Try some of the suggested Simply Salads by cookbookinabox® with any of the Recent Recipes listed on the side.

Recipes are free online.  You may reach it by www.cookbookinabox.com/blog or cookbookinabox.com.  Also follow us and Like us on Facebook.   Give us a a like on G+.

You can subscribe to receive new recipe posts as they are published, remove Juliaann @cookbookinabox.com and insert your e-mail address in the box on the right.  E-mails are not used by any other blogger and are for receiving these recipe notices only.

                                                              

Julia Ann and cookbookinabox® in partnership with Netta Belle’s Choice® bring you great recipes for your cooking experience. ©2007-2018 Netta Belle’s Choice® The Art of Gourmet Cookery® cookbookinabox® “Reg. U.S. Pat. & Trdmk. Off. Reg. “Trade-marks Canadian Intellectual Property Office.  “Netta Belle’s Choice® The Art of Gourmet Cookery® cookbookinabox® All rights reserved.