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.

 

 

“Latte” Coffee Cake

 

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Don’t you just love it when your local barista makes that beautiful heart on top of your latte.  It’s like beautiful art that’s almost too pretty to drink…almost:).

I made this coffee cake last weekend.  I was craving cake with a good crumb topping and this treat was created (inspired by Tasty).   I shared a piece with my dear neighbor.   She sent me a text the next day and said it was a keeper.  Not only is she a great neighbor and friend, turns out, she is also a willing participant and taste tester.  Thanks Carol:)!

Ingredients for crumb topping:

  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar (125 grams)
  • 1/2 cup (melted and cooled) unsalted butter (113 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (190 grams)

Instructions for crumb topping:

Combine the granulated sugar, melted butter, espresso powder, and salt in a medium bowl.  Stir until smooth.

 

Add the flour and stir with a fork until mixture is crumbly.  Refrigerate topping until ready to use.

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Ingredients for Cake:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (280 grams)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (200 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (melted and cooled) unsalted butter (113 grams)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sour cream, room temperature (77 grams)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting (optional)

Instructions for Cake:

Coat a 9″ springform pan with baking spray and line with parchment paper.  Coat parchment paper with baking spray.

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Preheat oven to 325° F.

In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, espresso powder, and salt until combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the coffee, melted butter, sour cream, vanilla and eggs until combined.

Pour the butter mixture over the flour mixture and gently whisk, just until combined.

Pour cake batter into the prepared springform pan.

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Sprinkle the chilled crumb topping over the top.

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Bake for an hour and 15 minutes.  Insert a toothpick into the center of the cake and remove from the oven if it comes out clean.  If cake isn’t done, bake at 5 minute intervals until toothpick comes out clean.

Transfer the cake to a wire rack to cool.  When cake has cooled for an hour, unmold the cake and transfer to dessert plate.  Dust top with confectioners’ sugar (optional).  I topped mine with the traditional latte “heart”.  Enjoy!!

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Looks good enough to drink…I mean, eat:)

I hope you make this delicious “latte” coffee cake.  If you do, please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to hear from you and see your pictures:).

 

 

 

 

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:)!

 

 

 

 

 

Blueberry Coffee Cake

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I have always enjoyed coffee cake.  There’s something comforting in sitting down with a nice hot cup of coffee (or tea), and a slice of mouthwatering blueberry coffee cake.  The lemon juice and zest are a pleasant choice along with the plump blueberries .  Don’t even get me started on the scrumptious streusel topping.  That extra little crunch in every bite…oh dear!  You need to make this!  In these different and difficult times, this cake will be like a little “hug” (who couldn’t use one of those right about now?).

You could replace the blueberries with any fruit of your liking.  Trust me, this coffee cake is delish:)!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (190 grams)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (150 grams)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (57 grams), room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons fine kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (220 grams) + 1 tablespoon flour
  • Zest of 1 lemon (approx. 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk (120 grams) + 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Ingredients for Crumb Topping:

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour (42 grams)
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter (70 grams)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (57 grams)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (50 grams)
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions:

Toss blueberries with a tablespoon of flour and set aside.

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Blueberries coated with flour

Zest one lemon.  Squeeze 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and add it to 1/2 cup of milk.  The milk will be added alternately with flour mixture.

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Zest of one medium lemon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 8″ square pan with baking spray, set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar on high speed for one minute.  Scrape down sides of bowl and paddle.  Add egg, lemon zest, and vanilla bean extract.  Mix until fully combined.

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In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to butter and sugar mixture alternating with milk.  Beginning and ending with flour mixture.  Mixing just until combined.

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Fold blueberries into batter and spread in prepared pan.


Combine all topping ingredients in a small bowl. Mix until crumbly.  Sprinkle over batter and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Place pan on cooling rack and cool completely.  Store any leftovers in an airtight container.  Enjoy!!

I hope you make this, and if you do, please tag me @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to see your photos:)!

 

 

 

 

Strawberry Shortcake – Two Ways!

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Strawberry Shortcake Trifle

This is such an easy dessert, AND it can be made two ways.  You can make it in trifle form, or rustic and beautiful on a plate.  The choice is yours, but I promise you,  either way,  you will not be disappointed:)!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (190 grams)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar (130 grams)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter,  (57 grams) room temperature
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean extract
  • 1/2 cup whole milk (120 grams), room temperature
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.   Prepare 8″ (or 9″) square pan with baking spray.
  2. Whisk dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  3. Cream butter and sugar on high speed for 2 minutes.  Scrape sides of bowl and paddle. Add the egg and vanilla bean extract and mix well.  Alternate the dry ingredients and the milk (beginning and ending with the dry ingredients).  Mix just until combined.  DO NOT OVERMIX!
  4. Spread batter in prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes.
  5. While cake is baking, whip heavy cream and confectioners’ sugar until soft peaks form. Refrigerate until you are ready to assemble your trifle (or shortcake).
  6. Remove cake from oven when finished baking and place on cooling rack (in the pan), and cool completely.
  7. Cut cake into 9 pieces.  Split cake and cut into chunks.  Place 1/2 of the cake chunks in the bottom of trifle glass.  Top with some of the strawberries and a dollop of the whipped cream.  Repeat again with cake, strawberries and whipped cream.  Enjoy!

You can also make a strawberry shortcake dessert.  Split cake and fill with a dollop of whipped cream and strawberries.  Top with more cake, whipped cream and strawberries.  Either way, this is a refreshing and comforting dessert.

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Strawberry Shortcake

I hope you make this delicious dessert.  Please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi if you do.  I would love to see your pictures!

 

 

 

Sprinkle Cupcakes

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When I was making my sister’s birthday cake last week  I got a FaceTime call from my daughter.  I look forward to any connection I can have with my children and grandchildren, especially during these strange and difficult times.  My grandson (who is almost 6 years old)  heard my mixer running.  He immediately asked what I was making.  I told him it was a birthday cake for Aunt Kathy.  When I told him it was a “sprinkle”  cake;  he said he wanted to have a piece.  Well, my heart was breaking because I knew that wasn’t going to happen.  I told him I would make him some sprinkle cupcakes, and he was satisfied and very pleased with that compromise.

I took the ingredients out to come to room temperature just before lunch.  I was very happy to be making cupcakes for my grandchildren (Seth, Kory, Emerson and Evie).  Just typing their names puts a smile on my face.  Our children and grandchildren all live within a mile of us,  and this lockdown is so difficult.  I understand the importance of social distancing, but this “new normal” feels anything but normal.  This too shall pass:).

As I was taking the cupcakes out of the oven I received a FaceTime call from my daughter-in-love Melissa.  She was pretty excited about the cupcakes too.  My children and grandchildren are my biggest fans.  They understand my passion for baking…they get me:)!

If you follow the instructions as written and use the proper ingredients (no substitutions),  your cupcake will be moist and flavorful.  This recipe is very similar to my vanilla cupcake recipe.  Adding the sprinkles just adds to the fun!!  Enjoy!

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 and 3/4 cups (200 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (115 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (120 grams) full fat sour cream, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (123 grams) *buttermilk room temperature
  • 1/3 cup Sprinkles

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with paper liners. This batter makes 16 medium cupcakes.

Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a bowl. Set aside.

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In a large mixing bowl (or stand mixer with whisk attachment), cream the butter and sugar together on high speed until light and fluffy (about two minutes).

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Mix in the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. Mix in the sour cream and mix until incorporated (about 30 seconds). Scrape down bowl and paddle as needed.

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Add the flour mixture and mix just until flour is incorporated. With your mixer on low, slowly pour the buttermilk into the batter.  Mix on low (or you can use a spatula at this point).  Make sure to get any batter that isn’t completely mixed on the bottom of your mixing bowl. IMG_3894  Add the sprinkles and gently fold into batter.  Do not overmix!

Scoop into paper cups filling them 2/3 full. You can use a large ice cream scoop or two spoons, whichever you prefer.  This recipe makes 16 medium size cupcakes.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 17-20 minutes.  All ovens are different, so begin checking for doneness at 17 minutes.  If the toothpick has a few crumbs attached, remove from oven. The cupcakes will continue baking after they are removed from the oven. You don’t want to over bake them or you will end up with a dry cupcake!

Allow cupcakes to cool for 2 minutes in the cupcake tin then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.

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I frost these with my buttercream frosting.  You can find the recipe on my vanilla cupcake post Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes.

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I hope you make this recipe,  and if you do, please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to see your photos:)!

*If you don’t have buttermilk (I never seem to have it when I come across a recipe that calls for it), you can make your own by adding 1/2 tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice to your milk.  Let it sit for 5 minutes.  It will become thick as it sits.

 

 

 

 

 

Really Soft Pretzels

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Happy National Pretzel Day my friends!  I hope you enjoy this delicious recipe inspired by the Food Network.  These things are just so dang good!  If you like Auntie Anne pretzels, you are going to love these!  These are best when eaten fresh out of the oven.

Be sure to make the dipping sauce.  These pretzels are delicious all by themselves, but the sauce just takes them to a whole new level.

My daughter made homemade beer cheese and she gave us some.  I heated it for 10 seconds in the microwave and dipped one of the pretzels from my second batch today (this recipe makes 6 pretzels).  It was soooo good!  Thanks Baby Girl:)!

Soft Pretzel Ingredients:

1 cup milk warmed to 110° F (240 grams)

2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (7 grams)

3 tablespoons light brown sugar (42 grams)

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (280 grams) plus more for kneading

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed and softened (28 grams) -This is for the dough.

1 teaspoon fine kosher salt

1/3 cup baking soda (78 grams)

3 cups very hot tap water

2 tablespoons course salt

10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (140 grams)-This is for greasing baking sheet and dipping pretzels in after they are baked.

Instructions for Pretzels:

Place warm milk in a large bowl.  Sprinkle yeast over top and let sit for 2 minutes.

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Stir in 1 cup of the flour and the brown sugar with a wooden spoon.

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Stir in the 2 tablespoons softened butter.

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Add in the remaining flour and teaspoon of fine salt.

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Stir into a sticky dough.

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Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and a little tacky (for about 5 minutes and add a little more flour if needed).

Lightly grease the bottom and sides of the bowl you mixed the dough in.  Shape dough into a ball and place in greased bowl.  Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm place for about and hour, or until the dough doubles in size.

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This is my dough after raising for 1 hour

While dough is raising; preheat oven to 450°F.

Melt 10 tablespoons of butter.  This will be for brushing on the bottom of your baking sheet and dipping your pretzels in when they come out of the oven.  I like to make brown butter, but it isn’t necessary.

After your dough has risen, press it down to deflate, then turn out onto a lightly floured surface.

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Divide the dough into 6 even pieces (I like to use my kitchen scale for this.  My pieces are around 100 grams each).  You don’t need to be so precise, it’s just my preference:).

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I like to let the dough rest for about 5 minutes.  It helps the gluten relax and makes rolling and stretching them easier.

While the dough is relaxing, place the baking powder in a shallow bowl and add very warm tap water.  You are going to gently dip your pretzels in this after you shape them and before you put them on the baking sheet.

Roll and stretch the dough with your hands to 30″.  I measure and mark my counter with blue painters tape.  This helps me have a guide in this process.

Hold the ends and slap on the counter as you stretch it.  Fold over into a pretzel shape. Delicious Everything Pretzels . Gently dip into baking soda solution and place on baking sheet.  Sprinkle with course salt and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

Remove pretzels from oven and dip in butter.  Place on baking sheet topped with a cooling rack.

Cool slightly and enjoy while they are warm.  That is when they taste best!  Make dipping sauce and enjoy!

Ingredients for Dipping Sauce:

1/2 cup Dijon mustard

1/2 cup mayonnaise (you can also use whole fat Greek yogurt)

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Whisk all ingredients together in a medium bowl.  Refrigerate any leftover dip.  It will keep up to a week in the refrigerator.

If you like cinnamon pretzels, dip your pretzel in cinnamon sugar after removing from the oven and dipping in butter.

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

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Sprinkle Cake

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Everybody loves sprinkles!  Celebrating with a cake loaded with sprinkles is FUN!!  Come on, you have to admit, they are just so darn pretty!

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I made this cake for myself this year for my birthday.  I usually ask my husband for an ice cream cake from Dairy Queen, but not this year:).

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Happy Birthday to me:)!

This cake is inspired by Sally’s funfetti cake (from @sallysbakingaddiction).  It has a nice crumb and just the right amount of sprinkles.  I think confetti cakes look so pretty when you cut into them.  The inside looks fun!!

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Look at those beautiful sprinkles!

I made this cake for my sister Kathy’s 70th birthday today.  Because of the pandemic and having to be quarantined, we couldn’t all celebrate together.  I’m so glad we were all able to drive by her house this afternoon, honk our horns, blow kisses and wave.  We all love you so much Kathy, and hope you enjoyed your birthday parade! XOXO

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Ingredients:

  • 3 3/4 cups cake flour (430 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter (345 grams) room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar (350 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk (360 grams) room temperature
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice (or vinegar) Add to the milk to make buttermilk

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.  Prepare 3 pans (8 or 9 inches) with baking spray and line with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk flour baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.
  3. Add lemon juice or vinegar to milk.  Set aside.
  4. Beat butter on high speed for 1 minute.  Add sugar and beat on high speed for 5 minutes.  Scrape down sides of bowl and paddle as needed.
  5. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition (don’t add egg whites yet).  Mix in vanilla extract.
  6. Add the dry ingredients alternating with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the flour (flour, buttermilk, flour, buttermilk, flour, buttermilk).  Mix just until incorporated. DO NOT OVERMIX!
  7. Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form (about 2 minutes).  Gently fold into the cake batter just until incorporated.
  8. Gently fold the sprinkles into the batter and pour evenly into the pans.  I like to use my scale for this.
  9. Bakes cakes for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool cakes in pan for 10 minutes.  Finish cooling completely on a wire rack before frosting.

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter (345 grams) room temperature
  • 6 cups confectioners’ sugar sifted (720 gram)
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 5-6 Tablespoons milk (use more or less for desired consistency)

Frosting Instructions:

Whisk butter in large bowl on high speed for 5-7 minutes.  Scrape bowl and add vanilla extract and salt.  Mix until combined.

Start to add sugar one cup at a time.  Slowly adding sugar and milk to desired consistency.  Frosting will be light and creamy…yum!

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If you would like, cake can be soaked with a simple syrup to keep it moist.

Place first layer on platter and top with about 1 1/2 cups frosting.  Spread evenly with offset spatula.  Continue with next two layers.  Decorate as desired.  Use your imagination and have fun with it!

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

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

 

 

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It’s National Banana Day, so of course, I had to make banana bread.  Yum!!

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour (280 grams)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted (113 grams)
1 cup granulated sugar (200 grams) You can use brown sugar if you would like:)
2 large eggs
1/4 cup sour cream (57 grams)
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (84 grams) Plus extra to sprinkle on top…this is optional

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°.  Prepare 9×15 loaf pan with parchment paper and cooking spray.

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Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a medium size bowl and set aside.

Place  melted butter, sugar, eggs, sour cream and vanilla in mixing bowl.  Place on stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.  Mix just until ingredients are combined.

Add flour mixture and mix until combined (do not overmix).  Stir in bananas and chocolate chips with a wooden spoon.

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Pour batter into loaf pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top (optional) and bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes.  Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.

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Enjoy!  I hope you make this banana bread, and if you do, please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to see your pictures:).