Baileys Chocolate Cheesecake

With St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching, I wanted to make a decadent recipe to go with our corned beef and cabbage dinner.  Yes, I’m an Irish girl…through and through!!  I’m from a large family, too (I’m one of eight children).  My Mom always made corned beef and cabbage every year on St. Patrick’s Day.  I have always been a lover of this yummy meal.  After I got married and had children, I didn’t make it (my children were NOT a fan!), but my mom did, and I always knew I could go there and get my fix!  Well, my children are grown, married and have children of their own now so I can make corned beef and cabbage again without any moans or groans:).

This delicious chocolate Baileys cheesecake with smooth and creamy ganache is the perfect way to finish your St. Patrick’s Day celebration…Yummy!!!

Ingredients for Cookie Crust:

15 Loftus Filled Cookies (150 grams)

8 Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread Cookies (150 grams)

⅓ cup (76 grams) unsalted butter, melted

Instructions for Cookie Crust:

Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.  Wrap the outsides of a 9″ spring form pan with heavy duty aluminum foil.  Lightly spray the 9″ springform pan with non-stick spray.
In a food processor combine the cookies and melted butter, pulse until well combined.

Press the mixture into the bottom and slightly up the sides of the prepared pan.  I like to use the bottom of a measuring cup to help make it smooth.
  • Bake the crust in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove the crust from the oven and set aside on a cooling rack until needed.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 325° F.

Cheesecake Ingredients:

  • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon espresso powder
  • ½ cup (84 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted and slightly cooled
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (110 grams) plain full fat Greek yogurt*
  • 1/2 cup (138 grams) Baileys Irish Cream

*The taste will be similar to sour cream. Greek yogurt does have a slight tangy taste which works well with all of the sweet ingredients in the cheesecake batter (I always have a container of Greek yogurt in my refrigerator).

Instructions for Baileys Chocolate Cheesecake:

In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, granulated sugar, espresso powder and melted chocolate chips.  Mix on medium speed until blended and smooth. (Try not to over-mix!)  Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Blend in the Greek yogurt and the Baileys Irish cream; mixing on low speed until blended. Pour filling over baked crust and smooth with an offset spatula.

Optional: To prevent cracking in the cheesecake, I’m a big fan of water baths! Just fill a 9×13 (or any large pan) halfway with water and place it on the bottom rack while the oven preheats, and then leave it there while the cheesecake cooks.

Place the cheesecake in the oven on the shelf above the water bath and bake at 325° F. for 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Shut the oven off and leave the cheesecake in the oven for another hour.

Take the cheesecake out the oven and allow it to cool, and then cover with foil and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.

Remove the rim of the pan and cover top of cheesecake with Baileys chocolate ganache.

 

Ingredients for Baileys Chocolate Ganache:

  • 12 ounces (340 grams) semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup (180 grams) heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup (70 grams) Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur

Instructions for Baileys Ganache:

Combine cream and Baileys together in a medium saucepan, and gently heat until nearly at boiling point

Remove from heat and pour over the chocolate chips.

Let this sit for a couple of minutes, and the begin to stir until the ganache comes together and is smooth.

The ganache will begin to firm up after a few minutes.  At this time, you will put in on top of the cheesecake and spread it to the sides.  Then put the extra ganache in a bag with a large star tip and make swirls on top and add chocolate balls.  Enjoy!!

I hope you make this delicious cheesecake, and if you do, please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to hear from you and see your photos!

Delicious Mardi Gras King Cake

                                                      Do you see the baby?

“King cake is one of New Orleans’ local delicacies, an oval braided confection smothered with white icing and sugar sprinkles that salute the official colors of Mardi Gras: Green for faith, purple for justice, and gold for power. There’s a trinket, usually a plastic baby, hidden inside each one.

King cake typically tastes like a decadent breakfast Danish; a brioche bread swirled with cinnamon, it’s made of ingredients including eggs, flour, butter, sugar, and yeast.” ∼ Oprah Daily

This recipe is not only a decadent brioche bread swirled with delicious brown sugar and cinnamon, but also topped with an incredible brown sugar icing, too!!!!

Dough

  • 4 1/2 cups (568 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons fine kosher salt 
  • 3/4 cup (180 grams) warm milk
  • 1/4 cup (84 grams) warm honey
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (7 grams) instant yeast
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 10 tablespoons (140 grams) unsalted butter cut into ten pieces

Cinnamon Filling

  • 1 cup (110 grams) brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (8 grams) ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons (28 grams) salted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons (30 grams) heavy cream

Icing & Sprinkles

  • 6 tablespoons (85 grams) unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces (113 grams) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups (240 grams) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons (38 grams) milk
  • 1/4 cup (60 grams) heavy cream, for brushing on top after baking
  • sanding sugar or sprinkles (purple, green, gold)

Directions for Dough:

  • Warm the honey and milk in a large glass measuring cup to 105°-110°.
  • Add the yeast and mix it in. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes until foamy.
Yeast mixture after resting for 10 minutes.
  • When foamy, add the eggs (room temp), and whisk to combine.
  • Mix flour and salt in a stand mixer. Pour the wet ingredients into the flour on low speed. Add the room temp butter one piece at a time.
  • When the butter is all in, increase the speed to medium, and beat for about 1 minute until the butter is fully incorporated and the dough is stringy and very sticky.
  • Use a spatula to spoon the sticky dough into a large, greased bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rest and rise for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, apply the first fold by placing your fingers under one edge of the proofed dough, pulling the dough up, and folding it back over itself. Repeat this around the entire perimeter (about 6 times).
  • Cover the bowl again and rise for another 30 minutes. Repeat this folding step 3 more times, waiting 30 minutes in between each fold for a total of 2 hours (4 folds).
  • Cover the bowl tightly and refrigerate overnight (or up to 72 hours).

Browning Butter for Icing:

  • Melt unsalted butter over medium heat. It will make crackling sounds as the water evaporates from the butter. Simmer until the crackling sounds reduce and the butter turns golden brown (about 5-8 minutes).

  • Remove from heat and pour into a heat-safe bowl.  Cover and allow to solidify at room temperature.  This can be done the night before.

Rolling and Shaping the Dough:

  • On the day of, punch down the cold dough and knead about 10 times to wake up the yeast. Roll out the dough into a 14-inch by 18-inch-wide rectangle. Use a fork to gently poke holes all throughout the dough to help with even baking. Brush the melted butter and then the heavy cream on top of the dough.  Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture evenly over the top and press with your hands to adhere.
  • To roll, start with one of the long edges, and roll into a tight log and stop when you’ve reached the middle of the rectangle. Do the same on the other side to create two logs in a scroll shape. Carefully transfer the dough log to a lined baking sheet, scroll-side down, and shape into a U. If you’d like it to be a full oval, pinch the two ends together. Use a knife to cut 1.5-inch slits about 1.5 inches apart around the entire perimeter of the cake.

  • Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let the cake rise in a warm spot one last time (90 minutes).
  • Preheat oven to 350º F.

Making Brown Butter Icing:

  • To make icing, cream the room temperature brown butter and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl for about two minutes on medium speed.  Add sifted confectioners’ sugar and milk. Mix just until combined, you’re not looking to whip it too much. Add more powdered sugar or milk as needed for desired consistency.

  • Bake the cake uncovered for 32-38 minutes at 350º F, rotating the pan halfway through, until golden brown on top.
  • When cake is done baking and still warm, brush 1/4 cup of heavy cream all over the cake. This is what prevents a hard crust from forming and adds extra moisture to the cake.  Yummm!!

  • When the cake is completely cooled, spread on the icing and top with sprinkles.

This can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for a couple of days but is best when eaten the same day.  Enjoy!!

This recipe is inspired by Maria Do @murmursofricottta.

I hope you make this fluffy and delicious dessert.  If you do, please tag me @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to hear from you and see your photos!!

 

 

Petit Fours

These little dessert bites are the perfect way to celebrate any special occasion (I made these for Mother’s Day this past weekend).  I started with my Italian Rainbow cookie recipe.  Instead of coloring the batter with food coloring, I left it as is.  My daughter-in-love Melissa (I call her Missy) has a lot of chickens, and she is so gracious to share some of the many eggs with me.  Fresh eggs are so delicious and they make baked goods taste amazing!!  You could add a little gel food coloring to the batter if you would like, but the beautiful color of my egg yolks actually made the cakes a pretty peach color.

Missy and my son David are traveling across the country with their sons, Seth and Kory (our adorable grandsons…just saying), in an RV that was gifted to them by Missy’s parents.  They are having an amazing time!  With this past year gradually in the rear view mirror, they are finally able to have some fun family quality time:)!!  They’ll be home tomorrow and I can’t wait to hear all about their adventures!

Now, let’s get started making these treats!  These petit fours can definitely be made in one day, just make sure you get started early.  I like to make them over two days.  I make them up to the point of the first refrigeration, with the cans on top, and finish them the second day by cutting and covering them with the pourable fondant.  They can be decorated as fancy or plain as you would like.  I topped these with royal icing leaves, rosebuds and roses, but you could top them with sprinkles or chocolate drizzles too.  Hey, they’re your petit fours, and you can decorate them any way you want:)!!

Ingredients for petit fours:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar (200 grams)
  • One 8-ounce can almond paste
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, softened and divided (339 grams)
  • 4 eggs, separated (room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup milk, room temperature (61 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (279 grams)
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam, divided (160 grams)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325° and grease three 9-by-13-inch quarter sheet pans with cooking spray, then line each with parchment. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the sugar, almond paste and 1 stick of butter. Mix until smooth and lump free, being sure to break down the almond paste as best you can. Add the remaining 2 sticks of butter and continue to mix until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

 

Gradually add the egg yolks, followed by the milk and almond extract. Mix until combined. Add the flour and slowly mix until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Once the flour is combined, set aside.

In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites until they form stiff, fluffy peaks. Fold the whipped egg whites into the flour mixture to form a smooth batter, then divide equally between the three pans.

Evenly spread the batter into the greased and parchment-lined quarter sheet pans, and bake, rotating halfway through, until set, 10 to 12 minutes. Let them cool completely.

Once cooled, spread half of the jam to cover the surface of one the cakes.  Making sure the parchment is discarded, place another cake directly on top, sandwiching the jam.

Repeat this step by spreading the remaining jam on top, and placing the last layer directly on top of it, discarding the parchment.

Remove the weights and plastic wrap.  You can now cut the cake into any shape you like. I like to trim the cake into a 7 1/2″ X 10 1/2″ rectangle (remember to keep those scraps for snacking…yum!). Now, using a ruler, cut the cake into 1 1/2 inch squares. Place cakes on a cooling rack and return them to the refrigerator. Chill for 30 minutes, until set.

Ingredients for the poured fondant:

  • 8 ounces chopped white chocolate (226 grams)
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup (88 grams)
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar (420 grams)
  • 1/3 cup very hot water (79 grams)

Instructions for coating and decorating the petit fours:

  • While the petit fours are chilling, chop the white chocolate and place it in a bowl set over a pot of simmering water, stirring occasionally. While the chocolate melts, sift the confectioners’ sugar into a large bowl and then add the hot water and corn syrup, folding together with a spatula until combined. Stir in the melted white chocolate until smooth if the consistency of the fondant is a bit thick, you can mix in more hot water a teaspoon at a time. If you keep the bowl over the simmering water (over a very low heat), it will keep the icing at a nice pourable consistency.

  • Remove the cake cubes from the freezer, place one on a fork then dip the bottom into the fondant. Lift and spoon more fondant over the top until the sides are coated. Tap the fork on the bowl’s edge to remove excess fondant, then return to the wire cooling rack (placed over a baking sheet) to set. Repeat the process for the remaining cubes. The petit fours will take an hour or two to set.
  • Decorate with a drizzle of melted white chocolate, icing, or you can use some royal icing to pipe little roses on top using a small petal tip (102) and leaf tip (349).

I hope you make these for your next special occasion, or maybe a fancy tea party…ohhhh that sounds fun!!

If you do make these, please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to hear from you and see your photos!

Tiramisu Cake

 

I am a huge tiramisu fan, and so is my husband.  So much, that he requests it for his birthday every year.  This cake is made with a delicious homemade sponge cake that is soaked with strong sweetened coffee, filled (and frosted) with a mascarpone cream that melts in your mouth, and dusted with unsweetened cocoa powder….Yummmm!!!

Let’s get started by making the sponge cakes.  I like to make 2-9 inch cakes that I cut in half giving you four layers.

Ingredients for Sponge Cake:

  • 6 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (200 grams)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (130 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • *2 cups strong black coffee (I sweetened mine with 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar.  You can omit the sugar if you want, it’s just a preference)
  • 1/4 cup Ghiradelli unsweetened cocoa (28 grams) for dusting on cake

*The coffee isn’t in the cake recipe.  It is used for soaking the layers, and 3 tablespoons is in the mascarpone cream filling.

Instructions for Sponge Cake:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray 2 – 9″ pans with baking spray and line bottoms with parchment paper.

  1. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, fitted with whisk attachment, beat 6 large eggs for 1 minute on high speed.  Gradually add 1 cup of sugar (while the mixer is running), and continue beating on high for 8 minutes.  The batter will almost triple in size and will be very thick and fluffy.
  2. Whisk together 1 cup of flour and 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder.  Sift this mixture into egg mixture one third at a time. Fold with a spatula after each addition just until incorporated.  Be sure to scrape spatula from the bottom to catch any pockets of flour.  Stop mixing when no streaks of flour remain.  Do not overmix or it will deflate the batter.
  3. Divide evenly between prepared cake pans.  It helps if you have a kitchen scale to weigh the pans.   Bake cakes at 350˚F for 25-28 minutes or until top is golden brown. Let cakes rest in pan for 10 minutes then remove from pan and transfer to a cooling rack.  Immediately remove parchment paper.  Cool cakes to room temperature then slice layers equally in half with a serrated knife.

Ingredients for Mascarpone Cream Filling:

  • 4 cups BelGioioso mascarpone cheese (906 grams)
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar (240 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons sweetened coffee
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream (360 grams)

Instructions for Mascarpone Cream Filling:

Place mascarpone in a large mixing bowl and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.  It will be so smooth and creamy.

Add the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and sweetened coffee in the bowl with the mascarpone cheese.  Beat on medium/high for a minute.  Set aside.

Mix heavy whipping cream to soft peaks.  Add to the mascarpone mixture and mix until fully incorporated and very smooth!

Set filling aside while you slice cake layers and soak them with the sweetened coffee mixture.

Place about a cup and a half of the cream filling on the coffee soaked layer and spread evenly.

Continue filling, soaking, and layering the cakes.  Frost the top and sides of the cake with the remaining filling (frosting).

The top can be decorated any way you would like.  I put whipped cream in a bag with a large tip with a 1/2″ circle, then I dusted it with unsweetened cocoa.

I cut pieces of parchment paper and placed it around the bottom of the cake to catch most of the cocoa.  This was just a preference for me, but it isn’t necessary.  I think one of the charms of a tiramisu cake is how rustic it is :).

I hope you make this yummy cake, and if you do, please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to hear from you and see your photos!!

 

 

 

Linzer Cookies

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I have been in full on Christmas baking mode all week.  Holiday baking has always been my favorite!  I make at least one new cookie recipe every year. Some make the cut, and some don’t.  I started making linzer cookies many years ago and they are on my cookie list every year:)!  Shortbread cookies with jam in middle…yum!

I make my own Jammie Dodgers too (FYI they are waaaay better than store bought…just saying wink wink).  Check out my Jammie Dodgers post!

Now let’s get started on these melt in your mouth cookies!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened (226g)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted (120g)
  • 2 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 vanilla bean extract
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (30ml)
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour (349g)
  • 1 cup almond flour (110g)
  • ½ cup raspberry jam (or one of your choice)

Instructions:

  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a whisk or paddle attachment, mix butter on medium speed until creamy (about 2 minutes). Scrape sides of bowl and paddle.  Add sugar and mix to combine. Add egg yolks and mix until combined. Mix in lemon juice, zest and extract.  Whisk flours, cinnamon and salt together.  Add to wet ingredients and mix just until incorporated.
  • Divide the dough into two and form into 1 inch thick discs. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour (or up to 2 days).
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface (or between two sheets of parchment) roll out dough into 1/4 inch thickness.  Cut out cookies with a 2-inch cookie cutter of your choice and place on the prepared baking sheets allowing at least a one inch space between each cookie.  You should end up with about 48 cookies (24 cookies after they are put together).  Chill the dough in the freezer for 8-10 minutes after cutting and before baking.  The dough will get a little soft while you’re  rolling and cutting the cookies.  Chilling the dough will help the cookies hold their shape:).
  • Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes or until they are golden brown around the edges. Cool cookies on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. 
  • Fill cooled cookies by spreading jam on the bottom of one cookie and place another on top. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week. Freeze for up to a month. Enjoy!

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I hope you make these delicacies, and if you do, please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to hear from you and see your photos!

Cranberry Meringue Tart

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This tangy tart is delicious and is going to be a wonderful new addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table.  It not only tastes good, it is visually appealing too…win, win!!

Although there are several components to this scrumptious dessert, trust me, it is worth every step!

Traditionally, curd is made by cooking citrus juice with sugar, eggs and butter until it becomes glossy and thick (lemon is the classic curd flavor).

When curd is being used as a filling, cornstarch is added as a thickening agent to ensure a firm texture.  However, because of it’s pectin rich skin and flesh, cranberry curd is made using the whole fruit.  They are so loaded with pectin (which forms a gel in the presence of sugar and acid) that the curd practically thickens itself!  This cranberry curd only needs 3 large egg yolks and 2 teaspoons of cornstarch to set up into a sliceable tart!!

Cranberry Curd Filling Ingredients:

  • 4 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar (250 grams)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice (120 grams)
  • zest of one orange
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine kosher salt
  • 3 large egg yolks, room temperature (save egg whites for meringue)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 4 tablespoons softened unsalted butter, cubed (57 grams)

Instructions for Curd Filling:

Bring cranberries, sugar, water, zest and salt to boil in a medium saucepan over medium/high heat, stirring occasionally.  Adjust heat and maintain a gentle simmer.  Cover and cook until the cranberries burst and start to shrivel.  This takes about 10 minutes.

While the cranberries are cooking, whisk the egg yolks and cornstarch together in a small bowl until smooth.  Place the ramekin (or small bowl) in a slightly larger bowl filled with warm water.  This helps to slightly warm (not cook) the yolks so they don’t curdle when you put them in the hot cranberry mixture.

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Transfer the hot cranberry mixture and egg yolk mixture to a food processor until smooth (about 1 minute).  Scrape down sides as needed.

Add softened butter and process for another 30 seconds. Strain curd through a fine sieve (this will make the curd so silky smooth!).  Set aside while you make the crust.

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Let’s get started with the nutty, buttery almond crust.

Ingredients for crust:

  • 1 cup almond flour (112 grams)
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch (64 grams)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar (67 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled (85 grams)
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions for crust:

Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Whisk the flour, cornstarch, sugar and salt in a bowl until combined.  Add the cooled melted butter and almond extract and stir until uniform dough forms.

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Press dough evenly over the bottom and up the sides of an 8″ or 9″ tart pan.  Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Place pan with chilled dough on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes until crust is golden brown, rotating half way through baking process.

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Remove crust from the oven.

While crust is cooling, make meringue topping:).

Meringue ingredients:

3 large egg whites

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/4 cup fine granulated sugar (50 grams)

Instructions for Meringue:

Make sure mixing bowl and whisk beater are clean and free from any grease.

Whip the egg whites until they are foamy.  Add the cream of tartar and continue to mix on medium speed.  Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time until smooth and glossy.  Increase speed and mix until stiff peaks form.  Don’t overmix or your meringue will be dry.

Place strained cranberry curd in slightly cooled crust and top with meringue.

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Place in 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and cool completely before serving.  Enjoy!!

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I hope you make this delicious “Queen of Tarts”, and if you do, please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to hear from you and see your beautiful creations!!

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

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Who was the originator of the Whoopie Pie?

No one is quite sure where whoopie pies originated.  At least four states, (Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania) lay claim to the yummy tidbit.

Some say it was invented by Amish wives, using scraps of cake batter and leftover frosting.  According to legend, the name started when Amish men and children would shout, “Whoopie!”, when these treats were found in their lunch box. 

The first known commercially produced whoopie pies were sold by Labadie’s Bakery in Lewiston, Maine, home of the Farmer’s Almanac, in 1925 (some say 1918).

Maine is also notable for officially acknowledging the third Saturday in June official “Whoopie Pie Day”.  That’s my kind of day:)!!  This day is set aside to celebrate these sweet treats, which happens to be the official state treat…yumm!!

Although it is still a mystery where whoopie pies came from, one thing is clear; you can easily make your own, no matter where you live.

I’ve made chocolate and red velvet whoopie pies in the past.  Both are equally amazing, and I promise these pumpkin whoopie pies are exquisite too!!!

Ingredients for Pumpkin Whoopie Pies (makes 1 dozen)

  • 1 cup brown sugar (170 grams)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (110 grams)
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin (180 grams)
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (210 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions for Whoopie Pies:

Heat oven to 350° Farenheit.  Line baking sheet with a silicone pad or nonstick parchment paper.

Whisk brown sugar, vegetable oil, canned pumpkin, egg, and extract in a large mixing bowl.

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In a separate bowl, stir the dry ingredients together until combined.

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Add the dry ingredients to the wet batter and mix until completely combined.

Place batter onto prepared baking sheet using a medium sized scoop (or spoon).  

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This recipe makes 24 cakes (12 whoopie pies).  I baked 12 on a baking sheet, and did this twice.

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Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool completely before filling with cream cheese icing (see recipe below).

Cream Cheese Filling Ingredients:

1/2 cup cream cheese (120 grams)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (85 grams)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar (180 grams)

Directions:
Using a mixer, beat together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla extract at medium speed. Switch to low speed and gradually mix in powdered sugar until combined, then switch to high speed and beat until light and fluffy.

Pipe filling on one of the cakes and top with another cake.  Gently press together.  These whoopie pies are soooo delicious!  They can be eaten immediately or you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

I hope you make these delectable treats, and if you do, please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to hear from you and see photos of your confections!

 

 

 

 

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Lavender Lemon Loaf

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I love lemons!  I gravitate to any recipe, sweet or savory that has lemon in the ingredients.

My husband and I love to visit Delaware, especially Lewes!  We love to hop on the ferry and take mini trips (usually day trips or weekend getaways).  Since the pandemic started, we haven’t been able to go there.

Last Fall, we went to the Lewes farm market when we were there.  It was one of the last weekends they were having it.  We love to stroll around, buying different or unusual fruits and vegetables.  I purchased some culinary lavender (pictured below).  My mind immediately started thinking about different recipes that these bits of goodness could enhance.  I’ve used them in macarons, scones and blueberry lemon muffins.

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This smells and tastes so good! A little bit goes a long way:)!

I think the taste of lemon and lavender is heavenly!  This lemon lavender loaf is the perfect dessert.  It’s so refreshing!  My hubby and I had this for dessert tonight, and to be honest, I will be having this with my coffee tomorrow morning:).

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter (226 grams), room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar (400 grams)
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup grated lemon zest (about 3 large lemons)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (370 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (60 grams)
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, (180 grams), room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Ingredients for the Syrup:
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon dried culinary lavender

Ingredients for Honey Lemon Glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar (120 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 2 (8½ by 4¼ by 2½-inch) loaf pans. You may also line the bottom with parchment paper, if desired.

Zest and juice lemons.  Put aside until ready to use.

Cream the butter and 2 cups granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. With the mixer on medium speed, add the eggs, 1 at a time, and then the lemon zest.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. In another bowl, combine ¼ cup lemon juice, the buttermilk, and vanilla. Add the flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately to the batter, beginning and ending with the flour.

Divide the batter evenly between the pans, smooth the tops, and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until a cake tester comes out clean.

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Add the honey and lemon juice to a medium-sized saucepan. Stir to combine and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce the heat and add the lavender. Simmer for about 10 minutes, until the mixture starts to thicken. Let cool slightly then pour through a strainer to remove lavender.

When the cakes are done, allow to cool for 10 minutes. Remove the cakes from the pans and set them on a rack set over a tray or sheet pan; spoon the lemon honey syrup over them. Allow the cakes to cool completely.

For the glaze, combine the confectioners’ sugar, lemon zest, honey and lemon juice in a bowl.  Mix with a wire whisk until smooth.  Pour over the tops of the cakes.  Allow the glaze to drip down the sides of the cakes.

I hope you make this delicious lemon loaf.  If you do, please tag me @goodeatsbymimi on Instagram.  I would love to hear from you and see your pictures.

 

 

Zucchini Streusel Muffins

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Look at all of that beautiful streusel!

This recipe is great way to use up some of that zucchini abundance from your garden, or your neighbor’s garden, maybe a family member?…You get the idea (wink wink)!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup shredded zucchini (about 1 medium zucchini)
  • 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour (210 grams)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (123 grams), room temperature
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted (110 grams) *
  • 1/4 cup milk (61 grams), room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (50 grams) **

*You can also use canola, vegetable or baking olive oil

**You can also use granulated sugar

Streusel Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour (120 grams)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (50 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter, grated (85 grams)

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with cupcake liners or grease with cooking spray.  Grate the very cold butter and place it in the freezer until ready to use (this is for the streusel topping).
Shred the zucchini and lay it on a tea towel until ready to use.  This will remove some of the excess water.
Meanwhile, combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.
In a small bowl whisk together the yogurt, coconut oil, milk, eggs, vanilla, brown sugar and sugar.
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Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just combined.  Stir in the zucchini just until it is incorporated.  Do not overmix!!
Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups.
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To make the streusel: In a small bowl, add the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and  cold butter.
Mix together with your hands, until you have a crumbly mixture. Sprinkle the muffins evenly with the streusel topping.  There’s a lot of streusel, but that’s how I like mine:)!!  Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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Yummy!!

I hope you make these delicious muffins, and if you do, tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to hear from you and see your pictures.  Enjoy!

 

S’mores Macaron

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One of my favorite things to do with my grandchildren is to sit around a fire, roast marshmallows, and make s’mores!!  It puts a smile on my face just thinking about it:).

I hope you try these macarons.  They are my all time favorite.  Yes, they have a few different components, but they are worth all the effort…trust me!

Ingredients for Macarons:

  • 2/3 cup almond flour (75 grams)*
  • 1 and a 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar (160 grams)
  • 1/2 cup Graham Crackers, finely-grounded (60 grams) (I use a food processor)**
  • 4 tbsp. granulated sugar (50 grams)
  • 3 large egg whites, room temperature (99 grams)
  • 1/4 tsp. Cream of Tartar

Instructions for Macarons:

*Tip – I keep my almond flour in the refrigerator to keep it fresh.  The oil in the almonds can turn rancid and it will spoil your whole bag of flour (I keep all my nuts either in the freezer or refrigerator to keep them fresh, and they also keep longer).  Because it is very humid where I live my almond flour gets moist because I keep it in the refrigerator.  To dry it out I like to place it on a parchment lined baking sheet and put it into a preheated 200° F oven for about 20 minutes.  Stir it every 5 minutes to keep it moving and so it doesn’t burn.

**Tip – Use a food processer to make sure the crackers are super fine.  It will almost be powder form.  This helps to give your macs a beautiful and smooth top!

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After the almond flour cools, place it the bowl with the confectioners’ sugar and finely ground graham crackers.

  • Whisk the finely ground graham crackers, almond flour, and powdered sugar into a large bowl. Sift 3 times to remove any lumps.  Please don’t skip this step…you don’t want bumpy macarons do you?  I didn’t think so:).

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After sifting the dry ingredients. See the difference? Please don’t skip this step. You’ll thank me later:).

  • In a separate large bowl, add together the egg whites and cane sugar. Place the bowl over a small pot of simmering water. Use an electric hand mixer to whisk together the egg whites and sugar for 2 minutes.  I know I don’t normally do this when making my macarons, but this really helps to stabilize the egg whites (and it doesn’t dry them out in the process).

  • Remove the bowl from the heat, add the cream of tartar, and whisk with the hand mixer for 5-8 minutes, or until stiff peaks form.

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  • Fold the flour mix into the egg white mix with a spatula until fully incorporated and the batter flows smoothly from the spatula and can form a figure 8 (about 1-2 minutes).  See video here in my macaron post.

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I transfer the meringue to a larger bowl so I can properly fold the dry ingredients into the meringue.

  • Using a pastry bag, pipe 1″ diameter circles onto a pan lined with parchment paper. Tap the pan on top of your countertop hard to release air bubbles.  Set aside for about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the humidity.  The shells should be dry to the touch.  If your macaron shells are cracking, not drying your shells properly could be one of the culprits!

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  • Preheat oven to 300° F.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes.  Remove from oven once your macarons have sturdy “feet”.
  • Allow to cool completely.
  • While your macs are drying, baking and cooling, prepare the marshmallow fluff and chocolate ganache.

Assemble S’more Macarons:

Place the marshmallow fluff in a pastry bag with a 1/2 round tip, and pipe a small amount on one of the shells.

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I love when I get to use my kitchen torch, and this is one of those times!

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Lightly toast the marshmallow using the torch.

Place the ganache in a piping bag fitted with a 1/4″ circle tip.  Pipe a small amount on the other shell.

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After preparing the toasted meringue shells and chocolate ganache shells, sandwich them together.

These are by far my favorite macarons, and I’m pretty sure they’ll be yours too!

I hope you make these, and if you do, please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi. I would love to hear from you and see your pictures too:)!