Monday, February 28, 2011

Lemon Meringue Cookies

I like meringues. With the main ingredients being just egg whites and sugar you don't feel too guilty eating them. They are light and satisfying.

I haven't made them in awhile- my standby is chocolate meringues- but I saw Raspberry Meringues on Created by Diane and thought I'd give them a try.

I had a craving for something lemon though so I went with that for my flavoring. I used the same recipe linked above except I substituted lemon extract for the raspberry extract.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sweet Potato Date Scones

We still had a few sweet potatoes left from last year's garden. So today's recipe was intended to be a sweetener-free snack that also satisfies your sweet tooth.

Sweet Potato-Date Scones

2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter
3/4 cup mashed sweet potato
1/2 cup dates- divided
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 425 F

In the bowl of a large food processor combine the flour, spice, baking soda, baking powder, salt and 1/4 cup of the dates. Pulse to mix and chop up the dates a bit.

Add the butter and pulse briefly to break up the butter.
Add the sweet potato and dates. Pulse to incorporate.
Add pour in the vanilla and buttermilk and pulse just until everything is wet.

You can either drop by spoonfuls on to your baking sheet or you can turn out onto a lightly floured surface and pat into a rectangle and cut into triangle with a pizza cutter or use a biscuit cutter to cut out the scones.

Bake for about 12 min until lightly browned.

My boys gobbled these up straight from the oven. I think they would be wonderful for breakfast too.

This recipe was created for the Sweet N' Healthy Blogger Contest

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Cadbury Creme Egg Inspired Cupcakes

My Mother-in-Law gave me this contraption for Christmas this year. It's supposed to make baking filled cupcakes easier.

So today I decided to try it out using one of my favorite Easter Candies as inspiration. The Cadbury Creme Egg. I don't eat them anymore due to not eating some of the ingredients, but I loved them as a kid.

Step 1: BAKE

use your favorite chocolate cupcake recipe. I use one similar to this one.

Step 2: FILL

I was going for a gooey creme filling like the candy. The closest thing I could think of to that consistency was condensed milk. So I mixed half a can of sweetened condensed milk, 2 T of softened butter and powdered sugar until it reached the right consistency. I tinted some yellow for the yolk.

Step 3: TOP

I used a chocolate cream cheese frosting since it isn't quite as sweet as others. You could use butter cream if you wanted to though.

Step 4: EAT

Here's the inside.

Happy Baking!

Monday, February 14, 2011