Thursday, August 25, 2011

Chocolate Frosting

Today I have for you a super simple chocolate frosting recipe. It is great for cake, cupcakes, and of course my personal favorite, a bowl and spoon. The great thing about this recipe besides being super easy is that you can make it light, medium, or heavy on the chocolate!
You will need:
1/2 C butter, softened (you can use margarine but it will not taste the same)
2 1/2 C powdered sugar, sifted
1/3 C milk, half-and-half, or unwhipped whipping cream.
1 1/s tsp vanilla
Then choose one of the following amounts of sifted unsweetened cocoa powder:
1/3C for light chocolate flavor
1/2 C for medium chocolate flavor
3/4 C for heavy chocolate flavor

 Go ahead and measure out the powdered sugar and the unsweetened cocoa powder and then place into your sifter. This helps get out any lumps that may be in either ingredient so you can mix it better when you add the liquids. Now it is also helpful to take the bottom cover off the sifter when you go to sift or you sit there wondering why nothing is coming out....yeah I did that.
 Next in a large mixing bowl beat the butter until smooth and creamy. Mix in the cocoa sugar mixture, vanilla and cream alternating between the sugar/cocoa and vanilla mix and the cream until it is all combined. If you added extra cocoa powder you might need to add another few tsp of cream to make it the right consistency  Just add one teaspoon at a time.
 Once it is all in the bowl just beat the bajeebers out of it until it is the consistency you want. You can even throw on the whisk attachment if you have one to add in more air and make it lighter. Now at this point you can frost your cake or cupcakes or grab the spoon. Either way enjoy!
As you can see I made cupcakes this time...though I will say there was extra frosting. There was no spoon involved as I already had frosting in the pastry bag so I just used that! Yeah be jealous!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Easy pancake syrup

So my kids have an obsession with pancakes and waffles. Because of this we go through a lot of syrup. One morning I was getting ready to serve up pancakes when I realized I was out of syrup. I needed a quick and easy recipe and I found this one.
You will need:
1 C sugar
1 C brown sugar
1 C water
1 tsp maple flavoring
1-2 tsp butter optional

Take a small saucepan and put in the sugars and water. Slowly heat it up and stir till all the sugar is dissolved. Bring up to a boil, and boil for 2-3 minutes stirring to prevent burning. Turn the heat down so it is no longer boiling and add the maple flavoring and butter if you want. Go ahead and turn it off at this point. It is not ready to pour over your breakfast! If you want it a little thicker you can boil it longer but it will thicken a bit when it cools.

Go ahead and put it in a container to store in the fridge. I have been making this for months now and it super easy. I no longer buy syrup in the store. I have made it without the maple flavoring if I am out and it does taste different but the kids do not seem to mind.