Mini Vanilla Cupcakes with Mango Buttercream

Ingredients:     1      box vanilla cake mix    1     cup water    1/2     cup vegetable oil    3     eggs Preheat oven to 325°F. Line mini muffin tins with cupcake liners. Instructions: In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil and eggs with electric mixer on low speed about 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium and mix until smooth, about 2 ;Pour into prepared pans and bake until a toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean, 15 to 18 minutes. Cool in pans for 5 minutes then cool completely on wire rack. Mango Buttercream Ingredients:     2…
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Easter Basket Cupcakes

Ingredients White Standard Baking Cups 1 package (about 18 ounces) cake mix, any flavor Water, vegetable oil and eggs to prepare cake mix Picket Fence Cupcake Wraps or Basket Cupcake Wraps 1 can (16 ounces) White Decorator Icing Leaf Green Icing Color Royal Icing Nests with Jelly Beans, Pink and Purple Posies or Multi-Colored Flower Icing Decorations Preparation 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place baking cups in standard muffin pan. 2. Prepare cake mix following package instructions; place batter in prepared pan. 3. Bake 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean; cool completely. Insert cooled cupcakes…
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Lemon Pastry Cream Recipe

Fresh lemon zest gives this lemon pastry cream recipe a sweet, invigorating vibe. If you can’t find lemon liquor to complete the recipe, use 1/2 teaspoon of lemon extract as a substitute. For a traditional flavor, pair the lemon cream with fresh berries. For a classic European combination, simply glaze the filled pastry with a bittersweet chocolate frosting. Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups whole milk 1 teaspoon lemon zest 3 egg yolks 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2…
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Edible Paper

How Edible Paper is Made Also known as “wafer paper,” rice paper is a traditional form of edible paper first popularized in Asia. Unlike icing sheets, which are another form of edible paper, rice paper can be used in savory recipes, such as spring rolls as well as confectionary craft projects. The art of using rice paper and other delicate foods, such as phyllo dough, is part of the curriculum taught to those studying to become a pastry ; Things You’ll Need Rice Flour (1 cup) Water Cheesecloth Oversized Stockpot Quilting Hoop Rolling Pin Cooling Rack Spatula Instructions 1. Pour a…
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Croquembouche

Prep Time: 5 hours, 30 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour Total Time: 6 hours, 30 minutes Ingredients: Vanilla Pastry Cream: 1 ¼ cups whole milk 3 egg yolks ¼ cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Choux: 1 cup butter 2 cups water 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups all-purpose flour 8 eggs Caramel: 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar 2/3 cup water Preparation: To make pastry cream: In a small saucepan, warm the milk over low heat until it is just hot enough to steam. While the milk is warming, whisk together the…
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Croquembouche

Prep Time: 5 hours, 30 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour Total Time: 6 hours, 30 minutes Ingredients: Vanilla Pastry Cream: 1 ¼ cups whole milk 3 egg yolks ¼ cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Choux: 1 cup butter 2 cups water 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups all-purpose flour 8 eggs Caramel: 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar 2/3 cup water Preparation: To make pastry cream: In a small saucepan, warm the milk over low heat until it is just hot enough to steam. While the milk is warming, whisk together the…
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Cream Puff Choux Pastry Recipe

•    1 cup water •    6 tablespoons butter •    pinch of salt •    1 teaspoon sugar •    1 cup flour, sifted after measuring •    3 large eggs In a saucepan mix the butter, salt and sugar with the water, and heat until the water boils. Remove from heat and immediately add all of the flour. Beat with a wooden spoon until the dough forms a ball and detaches from the sides of the pan. Add the eggs one at a time, fully incorporating each before adding the next one. (This is a workout by the way!) To make cream puffs, work with two tablespoons, one…
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Chocolate Truffle Tart

Makes 8 servings. Estimated Times Preparation Time: 15 mins Cooking Time: 20 mins Cooling Time: 45 mins refrigerating Crust:2/3 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1/2 cup ground walnuts 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened 1/3 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa Filling: 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 (12-ounce) package NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels 2 tablespoons seedless raspberry jam 1 cup sweetened whipped cream, (optional) 1 cup fresh raspberries, (optional) ;   For Crust: Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). ;   Beat flour, powdered sugar, nuts, butter and cocoa in large mixer bowl until soft dough forms. Press dough onto bottom and up side of ungreased 9 or…
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Chocolate Ganache Torte Recipe

INGREDIENTSThe Shell•    One box “Nabisco’s Famous” chocolate wafers, or your favorite chocolate nut cookies•    2/3 cup pecans•    Melted butter (1/4 cup or less)•    9 inch spring-form panThe Filling•    1 1/2 to 2 pounds of the best available semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, well chopped into small pieces (use brick chocolate, not chips)•    More melted butter (up to one stick or 1/2 cup)•    1 cup (or more) heavy whipping creamThe Sauce•    Melted butter (one stick, a 1/2 cup, or a bit more)•    Cane sugar (a pound or less)•    Heavy whipping cream (1 cup - or more) METHOD1 Prepare the crust. Chop/process the…
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Black Raspberry Pastry Cream Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups whole milk 3 egg yolks 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1/4 cup strained black raspberry puree 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 teaspoons Chambord Preparation: In a small saucepan, warm the milk over low heat until it is just hot enough to steam. While the milk is warming, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, flour, and cornstarch until the mixture is completely smooth. Once the milk is steaming, add half of it, whisking constantly, to the egg mixture.…
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Bavarian Cream

Ingredients 1 vanilla bean 1 1/4 cups heavy cream 1 tablespoon powdered gelatin 3 tablespoons milk 1/4 cup sugar 5 egg yolks 1 1/4 cups whipped cream 6 sliced strawberries Directions Put the split vanilla bean in cream and slowly bring to a boil. Turn off heat and let sit for 1 hour. Remove bean and scrape out seeds, add them to the cream and discard the pod. Sprinkle the gelatin nto the milk and set aside. Whisk the sugar and egg yolks together. Warm the cream mixture back up and slowly whisk into eggs. Place mixture over simmering water and…
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Almond Pastry Cream Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 10 minutesTotal Time: 15 minutesYield: Fills a standard pastry recipe. Ingredients:•    1 ¼ cups whole milk•    3 egg yolks•    ¼ cup granulated sugar•    1/8 cup all-purpose flour•    2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch•    1 teaspoon almond extract Preparation:In a small saucepan, warm the milk over low heat until it is just hot enough to steam. While the milk is warming, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, flour, and cornstarch until the mixture is completely smooth. Once the milk is steaming, add half of it, whisking constantly, to the egg mixture. Add the milk and eggs back into the hot…
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Perfect Pie Crust (nice and flaky)

Makes two 9-inch pie crusts Ingredients:2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup butter, chilled and diced 1/2 cup ice water ;   Combine the flour and salt in a large ;    Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse ;   Stir in the ice water, a Tablespoon at a time, until the crust mixture forms a ;   Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours or ; Do not over work the dough or it will become tough and ;;   Sprinkle flour onto rolling surface. Roll dough out, then divide in half. Roll each half to fit…
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Amazing Apple Pie

Ingredients: 8 cups sliced, peeled assorted baking apples - about 3 ; (Granny Smith, Cortland, Jonathan) 2 Tablespoons lemon juice 3/4 cup white sugar 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 2 Tablespoons butter 1 egg yolk 1 Tablespoon milk Directions:  (use the pastry shell from the Perfect Pie Crust recipe);   In a large bowl, toss the sliced apples with lemon ;   Combine sugars, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg; add to apples and toss well to ;    Fill pastry lined 9 inch pie pan with apple mixture. Dot with ;   …
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Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe with a Molasses Cookie Crust

•    1/4 recipe of Soft Molasses Cookie dough (see below)•    1 pound 8 ounces (three 8 ounces packages) cream cheese, room temperature•    1 cup sugar•    1/4 cup brown sugar•    2 Tablespoons cornstarch•    2 large eggs•    1 3/4 cups pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)•    1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon•    1/2 teaspoon nutmeg•    2/3 cup evaporated milk Sour Cream Topping•    1 pound (2 cups) sour cream•    1/3 cup sugar•    1 teaspoon vanilla How to Make a Perfect Pumpkin ;   Preheat oven to 350 degrees ;   Take a 9 inch springform pan apart, line the bottom plate with aluminum foil, then reassemble…
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Cherry Cheesecake Recipe with Graham Cracker Crust

Graham Cracker Crust Recipe 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs, finely ground 1 Tablespoon sugar 1/4 cup butter, melted Cherry Cheesecake Filling 2 pounds (four - 8 ounce packages) cream cheese, room temperature 1 2/3 cups sugar 1/4 cup cornstarch 1 Tablespoon lemon zest 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract 2 large eggs 3/4 cup heavy cream Sour cream topping (optional, see below) 1 can Comstock Cherry Pie Filling Directions: How To Make a Cherry Cheesecake Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Take a 9 inch springform pan apart, line the bottom plate with aluminum foil, then reassemble the pan. Pull the…
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Cherry Cheesecake Recipe with Graham Cracker Crust

Graham Cracker Crust Recipe 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs, finely ground 1 Tablespoon sugar 1/4 cup butter, melted Cherry Cheesecake Filling 2 pounds (four - 8 ounce packages) cream cheese, room temperature 1 2/3 cups sugar 1/4 cup cornstarch 1 Tablespoon lemon zest 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract 2 large eggs 3/4 cup heavy cream Sour cream topping (optional, see below) 1 can Comstock Cherry Pie Filling Directions: How To Make a Cherry Cheesecake Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Take a 9 inch springform pan apart, line the bottom plate with aluminum foil, then reassemble the pan. Pull the…
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Banana Cream Cheesecake

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups vanilla wafer cookies, finely crushed1/2 cup melted butter2 lbs. cream cheese, softened2/3 cup sugar2 Tablespoons cornstarch3 eggs3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas3/4 cup heavy whipping cream2 teaspoons vanilla extract   Banana Cream Cheesecake Directions: 1. Combine butter and cookie crumbs; press evenly into the bottom of a greased springform pan, chill. 2. Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. 3. Beat in sugar and cornstarch. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. 4. Add the bananas, whipping cream, and vanilla. Pour mixture over prepared crust. 5. Bake in a…
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Bistro Mousse au Chocolat

Serves 6 (1/2 cup per person) Ingredients: •    5 ounces of dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa)•    1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar•    3 egg yolks•    5 egg whites ;   Melt chocolate in a double broiler (or pan set over another pan of simmering water) on medium ;   Remove chocolate from heat and add sugar. Stir ;   Add egg yolks one at a ;   Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Slowly fold whites into the chocolate mixture. Blend ;   Pour the mousse into parfait or champagne glasses and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight
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Misc. Recipes

Pumpkin Beer Bread

Happy November!!! {I can't believe I just said that.}You know what November needs?  More pumpkin.  Kinda like more cowbell.  I mean, you have too much?If you've never made beer bread, now is the time.  It's about the easiest thing you'll ever make.  Click here for my mom's recipe and a few variations. This (more…)
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