Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Oh Betty!

Betty Crocker, you sure do know when a girl is hankering for something sweet!

Snickerdoodle Bars
2 1/3 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cinnamon Filling
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 cup powdered sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

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Heat oven to 350° F. Spray or grease bottom only of a 13x9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.  In large bowl, beat butter with electric mixer on high speed until creamy. Beat in sugars. Gradually beat in eggs and vanilla into sugar mixture until combined. On low speed, beat in dry ingredients until combined.  Spoon half the batter into pan; spread evenly. Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar mixture evenly over batter.  Dollop teaspoon size amounts of remaining batter evenly over cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour. In small bowl, stir glaze ingredients until smooth and thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle over bars. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows
I'm trying to think of a way to make these a little more sinful!  I think i may have an idea, but I'll save it for after I've tested it!! tee hee!

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Pennsylvania Dutch Funny Cake

My 30th birthday is right around the corner!  I thought that I would like a party with my twinnie, but her hubs is most likely taking her away somewhere...and frankly, my mom sissy and I would probably end up doing most of the cooking, planning, decorating, etc.  That's no fun.  So hubs had a pow wow with my mom, and decided that I deserve to go away too!  Of course I do!  tee hee!   Hubs told me I could go anywhere I wanted.  mmkk...let's see...we are on a budget and we always go to Cape May...that was out.  Massachusetts is too long of a drive for just a 3 day trip.  So where to?  How about Lancaster, PA?  Its peaceful, quiet, we've never been there, and they have great shopping...SOLD!!  Doing my research for places to stay and things to do, I discovered that the PA dutch are some good cooks!   In honor of my upcoming trip, here is a recipe for:
Pennsylvania Dutch Funny Cake
Bake 350 degrees for 1 hour
2- 9 inch unbaked pie shells

2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup crisco
1 cup of milk
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp vanilla
Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Add other ingredients alternatly. Divide the cake mixture in two unbaked pie shells

Coca Mixture
1 cup sugar plus 2 TBS.
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup water plus 2 TBS.
1 tsp. vanilla
Pour cocoa mixture over top of cake mixture and bake.

* Do NOT, I repeat, Do NOT open the oven door while this is baking!!  If you do, the magic will not happen!!  The chocolate mixture should filter its way down to the bottom of the vanilla cake leaving a yummy, gooey, pudding-like layer.  Yum!

Being the sweets lover that I am, I thought that this wouldn't be complete without some frosting.  You can't have cake without frosting, right??  I used the a strawberry frosting from Sprinkles' Cupcakes via Martha Stewart.  While is is a yummy frosting, I did find it a tad too sweet...yes, sometimes things are too sweet for even me!
Trust me...this cake does not even need the was a hit!!

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

i wish it was love...

i tried a new vanilla cake recipe today, and really was not all that thrilled with it. :o(  i haven't quite found the right one yet.  it may be time to start combining recipes to see what i can come up with!! 

on the up side...i tried the "ruffle" technique, and it looked awesome!   found the idea over @ sweetapolita.  she has a link to a youtube video that perfectly explains how to do it!   i tinted my butter cream with some red food coloring--it is almost valentine's day after all!! 

a couple of notes for next time--- *make enough butter cream!!  doh!!  nothing a few sprinkles couldn't fix though!!  ;o)  also... *watch where you stick your fingers! 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Welcome to The Bedtime Baker!  Being the mom of two kids, I find that most of my baking occurs after the kiddos are in bed.  Hence the name of this blog!  I love baking!  It is a way to be creative as well as ease the stresses of everyday life!  I enjoy trying new sweet treats and techniques...and we all know that practice makes perfect!   Most of all, I love to share!  What fun would it be to keep all of these yummies for myself?  I hope you enjoy!  Here are some samples of my past creations...