Get Baked!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
originally from cleaneatingonline.com

    3/4 cup sugar substitute (or 1 cup sugar!)
    1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
    2 eggs
    3/4 cup pumpkin
    1/4 cup water
    1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
    3/4 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1/4 tsp ground cloves
    1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
    1/2 tsp cinnamon
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400F. Line muffin tin. (I spray mine as I find the muffins stick to the paper too much!)

Mix sugar, applesauce & eggs in a medium bowl. Add pumpkin and water. (I do ALL the mixing in my mixer bowl because I hate dishes and it works just as well.)
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In a separate bowl (unless you’re like me) mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices and salt. Add to dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
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Stir in chocolate chips.
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Fill muffin cups 2/3 full (I use a 1/4 measuring cup.) Bake 20 minutes.
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Tada! Super delicious, semi healthy and very fall with the pumpkin and spices! Enjoy, try not to eat them all in one sitting.
Note: I doubled the recipe for my pictures, in case anything looks funny. There is no point in me only cooking one batch at a time!
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Yum 🙂

Cake Boss I’m Not!

It was my oldest daughters 7th birthday yesterday. And aside from having a heart attack that I, do indeed, have a 7 year old it was a good day! Okay, in reality it poured rain all afternoon, causing her party to be moved from the lake to in town last minute. Then her brother had a fit because none of the presents were for him. Aside from that tho, it was great.

The day before her birthday I was browsing Pinterest and it hit me. Why not try and make her a fancy cake?! I had bought her cake from Safeway the year before and she seemed very upset that I hadn’t made her a cake. Being very into Monster High, I searched for pictures of cakes with a MH theme. This is where I got in over my head. Well actually, I got in over my head in the baking aisle at Walmart.

I would like to preface this by letting you all know I have never decorated a cake with fondant ever in my life. I have also never successfully layered a cake. But for some reason I thought it would be perfect with less than 24 hours notice to bake a 2 tiered cake, each tier being 3 layers, buttercream frost it and them cover it in fondant. Yes, I am crazy. Not to mention I hate boxed cake so I made all 6 cakes from scratch, and made my own buttercream from scratch too. I did however buy the fondant pre made in white so I could colour it whatever to meet my fancy.

Without further ado, the layers of her cake:
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Top layer

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Bottom layer

And here is the whole thing stacked together:
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She loved it, thank god! And after she blew out the candles we all dug in and everyone seemed to like it, so yay me. I think for the next birthday I would like to figure this all out a little more in advance so that I am not quite so rushed or stressed or asking myself “What have I gotten myself into?” at 11 pm the night before.

Artisan Bread

I tested out a new bread recipe this weekend. I don’t get a whole lot of free time with little Mr. Rémi needing me so much, so I wanted to find something very easy and quick. I had found this recipe on Pinterest a while ago and decided I should give it a try.

Ingredients:
3 cups lukewarm water
1-1/2 tablespoons granulated fast acting (instant) yeast (2 packets)
1-1/2 tablespoons kosher or other coarse salt
6-1/2 cups unsifted, unbleached all purpose white flour

For the directions please visit THIS link to The Italian Dish blog. It really is super easy and takes very little actual time on your part.

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My dough in the bowl doing its initial rise.

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Dough formed and doing the 40 minute rise before it bakes.

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The finished bread.

I managed to get 3 loaves of bread, not 4, but it tastes delicious and worked well. Also, I used a baking sheet and parchment paper because I don’t have a pizza stone and everything baked up fine. Artisan bread is a lot more crunchy on the outer layer, similar to French bread. So if you don’t like that kind of crust then this probably isn’t the recipe for you.