PUMPKIN AND CREAM CHEESE MUFFINS

My mini chef and I experimented with pumpkin muffins today and it was quick and super easy! They are moist and yummy, can’t wait to have another for breakfast!

Filling Ingredients

8-ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon vanilla

Muffin Ingredients

1 package spice cake mix
15-ounces canned pumpkin

Optional: confectioners sugar to sprinkle on top 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put muffin liners into pan.

2. Beat filling ingredients together until combined.

3. Beat muffin ingredients together until combined. (only use the mix and the pumpkin, nothing else) Batter will be thick.

4. Drop about 1 tablespoon of the batter into each muffin cup, spreading it to cover the bottom.


5. Drop in a level tablespoon of filling.

6. Cover with enough batter to fill the muffin cups full.

7. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes

Makes 12 muffins

THE BEST CINNAMON ROLLS EVER!!

So today was the first day of my diet….. and I made cinnamon rolls 😂😂😂 The universe was trying to tell me something because this recipe from twopeasandtheirpod kept appearing on my news feed! You must try this recipe! It’s so delicious!

yield: 30 CINNAMON ROLLS

cook time: 17 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE CINNAMON ROLLS:

  • 2 packages yeast (4 1/2 teaspoons), dissolved in 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 6 tablespoons shortening (Crisco)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (you might need more if the dough is sticky, up to 9-10 cups)
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Softened butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Raisins
  • Cinnamon

FOR THE FROSTING:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    DIRECTIONS:


    1. 1. Add yeast to cup of lukewarm water and sprinkle in a little sugar. Set aside for about five minutes.
      2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add shortening, sugar, and salt to hot water and beat for 30 seconds, using the beater blade. Let cool to lukewarm temperature. Stir in 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture and mix until well combined. Mix in the beaten eggs.
      3. Gradually stir in the remaining flour and mix with the dough hook for about 2 minutes. Remove dough from the bowl and place on a lightly floured counter. Knead by hand, add a little flour if the dough is still sticky. Knead until dough feels satiny and smooth.
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4. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes. After the dough has doubled in size, remove it from the bowl and divide it in half. With a rolling pin, roll one half of the dough into a rectangular shape. Spread dough evenly with softened butter. Sprinkle dough with brown sugar, raisins, and cinnamon. Make sure you use LOTS of brown sugar…you can omit the raisins, but my family loves them, and sprinkle on loads of cinnamon.

 


5. Roll up dough into one long roll. Cut rolls, using a piece of dental floss or thread, about two inches thick. Place rolls in greased 9X13 baking pans. Now follow the exact same steps with the other half of the dough.

 

6. Let the rolls rise until double in bulk. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake until brown-only about 5-7 more minutes. Remove from the oven and let the rolls cool to room temperature.

7. While the rolls are cooling, make the frosting. In a medium bowl, whisk together butter, sugar, milk, and vanilla. Frost the cooled cinnamon rolls generously!




GOOLAB JAMOON

Here we have my favorite Indian sweet with a Caribbean twist, goolab jamoon. The fragrant, rich dough is heavenly. It’s the second sweet that I learned make from my mama *grandmother*. Now I’ve visited a couple Indian restaurants in the US and whenever I order the goolab jamoon I get something totally different! It’s these round balls soaked in syrup. Which leads me to believe that the recipe must have changed on its way to the Caribbean from India.

Nevertheless both are deliciously sweet and I can easily eat them all in one sitting 😂😂

INGREDIENTS

1 cup butter
4 cups flour
1 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 cup powdered milk
1 can condensed milk
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 cup oil for frying
2 cups white sugar
1 tsp grated ginger
4 cups water

DIRECTIONS

1. Rub butter into the flour, cardamom and powdered milk until crumbly

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2. Add the other milks to the flour and knead lightly to combine. * Or use a food processor with dough blade*

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3. Form almond shapes about 2 inches long and deep fry until golden brown

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4. Boil sugar, ginger and water to a thick syrup (it should spin a thread when the spoon is raised)
5. Pour syrup over the fried goolab jamoon and stir continuously until the sugar crystallizes .

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SUPER QUICK CHOCOLATE CAKE IN THE MICROWAVE! YES!

SOOOO… no dessert?! what to do? Chocolate cake in the microwave in less than five minutes and minimal clean up?!? What?!? YES PLEASE PASS IT OVER HERE!

I stumbled across this recipe from A Table for Two and I just had to try it as the chocolate cravings were stabbing me in head! You have to try this! Mix it up, add more stuff, I used chocolate and peanut butter chips!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup AP flour
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp white sugar (I added an extra tsp)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp hazelnut chocolate spread

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl
  2. Mix in oil and milk until batter is smooth with no lumps
  3. Pour into a microwave safe mug with enough space for the cake to rise without pouring over
  4. Drop chocolate spread or chips or whatever floats your boat in the middle, no need to push it down.
  5. Put a paper towel in the microwave and place mug on top of paper. Microwave on high for 70 seconds.

And that’s it folks! Warm, moist chocolate cake in under 5 mins! Your tummy will thank you! 😀

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CHOCOLATE RICE KRISPY TREATS

I’ve realised that inviting people over and telling me 20 minutes before they arrive is a genetic trait of my husband and it’s now presenting itself in my son *slaps forehead* *mutters curses*

Yesterday I had to come up with a very quick dinner and a treat for his little friends. Baking a cake or cookies would take too long, jello takes forever to set and pie takes even longer than forever. As I stood there staring into my pantry I noticed a box of rice krispies in the corner! EUREKA! Rice krispy treats! Quick, easy and done in less than 10 minutes, perfect!

I fancied it up a little with some left over Reese’s Pieces from Easter * Ok ok I keep a secret stash in my underwear draw because that’s the only place none of my kids or the hubs would look in 😀 You can try adding sprinkles, m&m’s, or whatever you have on hand….well….maybe not sardines.

Here’s my quick recipe!

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 16 oz mini marshmellows
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 6 cups rice krispies ( rice cereal)
  • chocolate chips
  • reese’s pieces or m&m’s or chocolate chips for toppings

DIRECTIONS

  1. Melt butter over medium heat.
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  3. Add vanilla and stir.
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  6. Spray hands with cooking spray or a little oil (this keeps it from sticking to your skin) and press until flat and smooth.11163111_10155462627320431_3282940358116024881_o
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 I’m bringing this treat to fiesta Friday with the dynamite duo of J & J! That’s Justine @ Eclectic odds n sods andJhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook

BANANA WALNUT BREAD

Lucky me! All of my bananas went soft and the skins were starting to turn brown and as I was about to throw them out my hubs ran into the kitchen in slow motion screaming “NOOOOO MAKE BANANA BREAD!!”… ok maybe it wasn’t that dramatic.
I really just wanted to lay in bed and finish dying from this flu, but I pulled out the old recipe book and whipped this up. It’s so good with a lot of butter * I also put cheese on mine, don’t judge me, I love cheese <3*  Man am I glad I thought to make this 😉
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 1cups sugar
  • 12cup butter or 12 cupmargarine, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1cups mashed very ripe bananas (3-4 medium)
  • 1cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, if desired

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottoms only of 2 (8X4 inch) loaf pans.
  2. In large bowl, mix sugar and butter. Add eggs, bananas, buttermilk and vanilla; beat with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.
  3. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt and nuts (if using) just until moistened. Pour batter into pans.
  4. Bake for one hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Loosen sides of loaves from pans; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool about 1 hour before slicing.

TIP : If you don’t have buttermilk, you can add 1 tbsp of lemon juice or white vinegar to 1 cup of milk and let it sit for 10 minutes before using in your recipe 🙂

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I’m bringing this yummy warm bread toFiesta Friday, a party by Angie of the Novice Gardener. This week it’s co-hosted by the lovely Julianna @Foodie On Board and Hilda @Along The Grapevine

EGG CUSTARD

I grew up in a small village in south Trinidad. Most people in that area are really close-knit but my immediate neighbors are like my family. It feels like I spent as much time in their house as I did in mine!

Aaron *my neighbor closest in age* and I have been buddies forever! He loves my mom’s sweetbread and cakes and I love his mom’s pholourie and egg custard.

It’s funny how we would always know to show up when food was ready! With as much as we ate I’m surprised we don’t weigh 2000lbs! Miss Nelly makes lots of yummy things but her egg custard is the best! It’s so easy to make and you just need a few ingredients. The texture is smooth and light and not too sweet.

I’ve been homesick recently so I decided to make this to ease the heartache a little 💜

Ingredients

  • 5 eggs
  • 2 cans evaporated milk
  • 1 can condensed milk (add a little more if you like a little more sweetness)
  • 1 1/2 tsp finely grated ginger (you can use more or less)
  • 1-2 tsps lemon or lime zest
  • A pinch of nutmeg

Beat all the ingredients together until combined, bake at 375 F for about 45 mins or until the center sets. ( If you used the whole peel like I did, remove it before baking)

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I’m bringing this dish to FiestaFriday.net @ Fiesta Friday #62 ! Let’s party with Jess @Cooking Is My Sport! And Prudy @Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs! 🍻🍻🎉

FIFTY SHADES OF CHEESECAKE

OK..so maybe it’s not really 50 shades of cheesecakes but I’m making 50 cheesecakes today in two scrumptious flavors!

As usual my lovely husband came in the door yesterday saying “Ummm honey can you make a couple cheesecakes for my lovely friend who is NOT paying for them!? Thanks you’re the best!!”

Me “Ummm really!? REALLY”

WHY DO MEN ALWAYS DO THIS!!! GRRRR!!

*OK happy thoughts, happy thoughts, breathe ooooosaahhhhh*

So now I’m up at 8 am *not a morning person* prepping my pans and ingredients. I decided to do a classic cherry and a spicy chocolate cheesecake with raspberries. I love making mini cheesecakes, because it keeps us * meaning my husband* from eating too big of a slice! Portion control is key around here, as we say in Trinidad, his eyes are bigger than his belly, and that means he tries to eat too much! 😀

What’s your favorite cheesecake flavor? Below I put the basic recipe I use, play with the flavors, try different extracts and crusts, you can make so many variations!

  • 1 1⁄2 cups graham cracker crumbs(your preference) or 1 1⁄2 cups chocolate wafer crumbs (your preference) or 1 1⁄2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs (your preference)
  • 1⁄4 cup sugar
  • 1⁄4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14 ounce) condensed milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Line cupcake tin with cupcake papers (24).
  3. Combine crumbs, sugar and butter; press equal portions onto bottom of cupcake papers.
  4. In large mixing bowl beat cheese until fluffy.
  5. Gradually beat in condensed milk until smooth.
  6. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well.
  7. Spoon equal amounts into prepared cups (about 3 tbl per cup).
  8. Bake 20 minutes or until cakes spring back when touched lightly.
  9. Cool and chill.
  10. Garnish with fresh berries or sliced fruits; chocolate shavings; toasted coconut; or cake sprinkles for a festive look.

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I am bringing these little beauties to Fiesta Friday! I am feeling better and ready to party with all the guests and the co-hosts this week are Effie @Food Daydreaming and Jhuls @The Not So Creative Cook

PEACH COBBLER

Peach cobbler is probably the easiest dessert I make and it’s just perfect for a treat on a warm afternoon. My poor peach tree is struggling, so I used canned peaches this time around. But I have some hope because I spied a couple rosy pink buds forming!

Try this recipe, I’m sure it will fall into your regular recipe rotation 🙂

Ingredients

Batter

      • 1/2 cup melted butter
      • 1 cup flour
      • 1 cup sugar
      • 2 teaspoons baking powder
      • 1/4 teaspoon salt
      • 2/3 cup room temperature milk
      • 1 room temperature egg

Filling

    • 1 (28 ounce) cans sliced peaches, drained
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a 9 x 13 inch pan.
  2. Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder & salt.
  3. Stir in milk & egg.
  4. Pour evenly over melted butter.
  5. Combine peaches, sugar & spices and spread over batter-DO NOT STIR!
  6. Bake 35-45 minutes at 350°F until batter comes to the top and is golden brown.
  7. Serve warm with ice cream.

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