Sunday, April 29, 2012

Lemon Chiffon Cake with Lemon Butter Icing

Lemon Chiffon Cake
This week I baked a Lemon Chiffon Cake with Lemon Butter Icing.  I love the look chiffon cakes—they bake up big and tall like a sponge cake, yet are still moist, rich, and flavorful like a butter cake.  As with my last chiffon cake, Butterscotch Chiffon Cake with Penuche Frosting, this recipe is adapted from my grandma’s cookbook which has lots of variations of flavors, sizes, etc. for chiffon cakes. Chiffon cakes were popular during the 1950’s and 60’s, but seem to have gone out of fashion.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Special Dark Cocoa Truffle Brownies

Special Dark Cocoa Truffle Brownies
I love dark chocolate!  Give me a bag of Hershey’s Miniatures and I pass on the Mr. Goodbars and Krackels and go right for the Special Dark Chocolate Bars.  So when I saw Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa at the grocery store, I wondered why I had never tried this blend of natural and Dutch-processed cocoas.  I checked out recipes on Hershey’s website and decided to use my new cocoa in this brownie recipe.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Cinnamon Buttermilk Muffins

Cinnamon-Buttermilk-Muffins
When I was a kid, my mom used to make muffins very similar to these Cinnamon Buttermilk Muffins.  My brother, sister, and I loved those muffins.  We used to call them “Pink Panther” muffins.  If I remember correctly, they got their name when we begged mom to make “those muffins”.  Not knowing what muffins we were talking about, mom asked us, “What muffins?”  Of course we had absolutely no idea what the muffins were called.  What do you call muffins that don't have blueberries, chocolate chips, or bananas in them?  We couldn't come up with a name, so one of us responded with, “Those muffins that you made while we were watching ‘Pink Panther’!”

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Lemon Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies

Lemon-Cream-Cheese-Cookies
One of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes to make is a Classic Spritz Cookies recipe.  This past Christmas when I made these spritz cookies, I checked out all the disks included with my cookie press—hearts, ovals, pinwheels, and flowers!  I decided that I needed to make spritz cookies more often than just at Christmas time.  I came across this Lemon Cream Cheese Spritz Cookie recipe in Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book, and I knew I had to make them shaped as pretty flowers for Easter.
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