Recipe: Baked Buttery Pretzels

Buttery PretzelsGrowing up in Milwaukee, one of my fondest memories was the constant smell of yeast from the breweries that just permeated the air.

But one of the best yeast smells from the Brew City was whenever we drove on I-94 going toward downtown Milwaukee. Just east of County Stadium, what now is Miller Park, there was a little brown brick factory nestled next to one of the off-ramps. I remember driving by with my mom, who would always have her window cracked just a bit whenever we drove (a little thing I need to do now whenever I’m in the car), but as we got to this brown building – with its towering chimney and the white plumes of smoke hovering over the Menomonee Valley, she would open all of the car windows to let in the vibrant scent of yeast. It just filled the entire car and I inhaled the effervescence with pure joy.

That brown factory building was home to Red Star Yeast company. In 2001, the company was sold to a French firm and in 2004 a joint-venture took it over. Today, while Red Star Yeast no longer is manufactured in Milwaukee, there are still factories in Alabama and Iowa. But the Red Star corporate headquarters remains on Milwaukee’s west side near Wisconsin State Fair Park.

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Recipe: Mini Dutch Babies

Mini Dutch BabiesGoing along with my recent German Pancake or Dutch Baby obsession (see this last post about a mug-version of this baked pancake), I found this great recipe recently for mini Dutch Babies. Perfect if you have a mini cupcake pan!

So now, you can whip up this baked delight and share it with others or just have some smaller versions for a different breakfast, brunch or dinner option.

Let’s take a look at this recipe that originally showed up on the Momathon Blog.

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Safe-to-Eat No Egg Cookie Dough

File this under the recipes you’ll hate me for again (like the easy peanut butter cups and the vanilla cupcakes for two). We all know that eating regular cookie dough (containing eggs) is a no-no because of salmonella. But here’s a great replacement that you easily can make to get that cookie dough taste.

Because this is so simple to make, even I felt guilty. So how did I eat it? While sitting on my balance ball. It totally negated any of the bad carbs that I ingested (ha!) My husband said it tasted just like the cookie dough in Ben & Jerry’s ice cream so that must be a good thing, right?

Egg free cookie dough

What You Need

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed, light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons milk (I substituted almond milk in place of regular milk and it worked just fine)
  • Mix-ins of your choice (I used about two cups of mini semisweet chocolate chip morsels but you could add nuts, white chocolate chips, just about anything…)

What You Do

Stir everything together. Eat.

Now, you could put these in other baking items – like stuffed cupcakes, crumble over ice cream, make a parfait or any other creation. But, I was perfectly fine with it on its own.

This was just another recipe that I found thanks to Pinterest. (Follow my boards on Pinterest here.) This one originally came from the Cupcake Project so head over there to see some more great ideas!

Recipe: Disney’s Twinkie Tiramisu

Lots of TwinkiesEditor’s Note: This blog post is featured on the Disney Blog Carnival No. 42. Check out more posts about all things Disney.

It has been quite a while since I cracked open my copy of “Cooking with Mickey and the Disney Chefs.” My last adventure was this key lime pie. But, let me rewind a bit. The whole story began one morning a few weeks ago when I heard on the news that Hostess, maker of the famed Twinkie, was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

I got to thinking…I have never had a Twinkie in my 31 years. How is that possible, let alone for a so-called food blogger? Of course, I’ve had Ding Dongs and Ho-Hos, but somehow that yellow cake filled with cream had eluded me. How, with a mascot like Twinkie the Kid, could this atrocity be possible? I accessed my brain full of memories as a child, what was in my lunchbox in grade school? Fig Newtons, Oreos, the occasional Nutter Butter or the curly-cued Hostess Cupcake. But, no Twinkie. My dear hubby Brett, in disbelief, quickly went to the store and bought a 10-pack of the treats for me to try once I got home from work that evening.

My First TwinkieWith a smile on my face (and a rerun of “The Big Bang Theory” playing in the background), I scarfed down my first Twinkie with the giddiness of a toddler. Creamy frosting all over my face and hands, and a cheek-to-cheek grin.

And with that Twinkie, now deep inside my happy belly, I recalled a recipe in my Disney cookbook for Twinkie Tiramisu, a dish that’s served at the Pop Century Resort’s food court. As Hostess is fighting for its future, I trekked to the store to bulk up on more boxes of the lunchbox staple (it was buy 1 get 1 free!) and make this twist on the classic Italian dessert.

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Crazy Simple Cupcakes for Two

OK, you’re either going to love me or hate me that I’m sharing this recipe with you.

You’ll love me because it’s SO simple to make that you could easily do this every night of the week – even those nights where you come home too tired to cook.

You’ll hate me because it’s SO simple to make that you could easily do this every night of the week – and you’re trying to be good since it’s the new year and you made that resolution to try to lose weight.

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Recipe: Easy Cinnamon Rolls with Icing

Quick cinnamon rolls with buttermilk icingI have only used yeast once in my life – way back in my 7th grade home economics class when we baked pretzels. Since then, I have had a fear of using yeast on my own, which has left me feeling guilty whenever I see a recipe for breads, buns and some cakes.

So, when I saw a Tweet before the New Year from America’s Test Kitchen about a quick cinnamon bun with buttermilk icing, I was enticed to try it. It didn’t call for any yeast so I wouldn’t be toiling away for hours on New Year’s Day making these for our houseguests.

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Recipe: Mini Pumpkin Pies

Who doesn’t like easy when it comes to baking during the holiday season? And, who doesn’t love the taste of pumpkin pie? Mini pumpkin piesWell, this recipe (from Bakerella) is super easy if you want a little taste of pumpkin pie in one quick bite.

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