Monthly Archives: September 2012

old fashioned pancakes with peaches

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My sister and I made breakfast together yesterday. It was pretty rare for us since we never wake up at the same time. She wakes up early and I sleep in 🙂 We decided to make pancakes because my mom keeps buying milk and no one is drinking it. I did some browsing on allrecipes.com and found a delicious recipe. I was a bit surprised because the pancakes were very fluffy and not as dense as I thought it would be. The batter was also very thick which is a little different than other pancake recipes I’ve tried. This one is definitely a keeper because it makes pancake flipping easy for people like me who make pancakes look like scrambled eggs. I’m not joking either.
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Here’s the recipe..
Good Old Fashioned Pancakes (adapted from allrecipes.com)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 cups milk
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon oil OR 1/2 tablespoon butter for frying

1. Sift all dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. You don’t want lumps in your batter because they won’t cook and you could easily get a clump of baking powder in your cooked pancake..which is gross!
2. Pour milk and oil into your dry ingredients and mix until smooth. The batter will be thick.
3. Whisk in the egg.
4. On medium heat, heat a griddle or a pan with a large surface area with a teaspoon of oil or 1/2 tablespoon of butter. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, pour the batter onto the heated griddle or pan. Flip pancake when the batter starts to boil (you’ll see bubbles in the batter as it cooks). Each pancake should take about 1 minute per side. Cooking time VARIES depending on the size of the pancakes you want. The ones I made were medium sized but if you want large ones like Denny’s and such then you need to cook them longer.

These were the fluffiest pancakes I’ve tried so far. They were also very filling. I added peach slices to mine to spice it up a bit. If I had orange juice I would have poached my peaches and my pancakes would be even more delicious! 🙂 Oh and because my mom is celebrating the mooncake festival, I have a picture of a red bean mooncake. I’m not sure which brand is it but it was pretty darn tasty.
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Fail Sweetly,
Justina

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updated blog roll page

Hey all! So finally after a year and forever, I got the links to show up on my Blog Roll page. I will fix my Shop Stops page once I have the time to revise everything. I haven’t decided what I wanted to do with that page yet. If you happen to cruise by it, make sure to take a look at the Bake It Pretty website. Their stuff is so darn cute! I wanted to buy everything when I started browsing. More recipes to come! And they will most likely be baked goods. I don’t do much cooking if any at all since my parents hog the kitchen. Once in awhile, if my mom gets lazy she’ll ask me to cook. See ya soon.

**EDIT**
I’ve finally added a recipe page! FINALLY! 🙂 So my blog is finally coming together after being lazy for over a year. My blogroll and recipe pages are completed to the latest blogs and recipes I follow/posted. I might delete my shop stop page just because I don’t have much to write about under there…we’ll see! Thanks for reading 🙂

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

chocolate peanut butter cup cupcakes

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Hey all! Sorry for the lack of postings. I have been quite consumed with resume writing, job applications, and diploma paper work. I was browsing My Baking Addiction the other day and noticed this cupcake that had crushed peanut butter cups sprinkled on top. The moment I saw it, I wanted to reach through my laptop screen and take one. Okay maybe two or three. I took a break from my job hunting and went to the grocery store for some mini reese’s peanut butter cups. I also got a box of triple chocolate chip cake mix. I know some people are super anal about using boxed cake mix or “from scratch” methods to make their baked goods. To be honest, I love all the boxed mixes that I’ved tried so far. The only ingredients I usually need to go along with the mix are water, eggs, and oil and I always have those ingredients on hand. Personally, I don’t give a hoot if it’s from scratch or boxed mix. I’ve tried plenty of from scratch recipes for cupcakes and they came out having the texture of cornbread. Some people said I mixed too long so I switched to a whisk and did it by hand with the same results. Maybe I just can’t make cupcakes from scratch. My taste buds must be off because I’ve always liked the boxed mix cupcakes a lot better. At least I know they taste will always be the same! 🙂
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Here’s the recipe..
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes
1 box cake mix (I used triple chocolate chip)
1 small box instant chocolate pudding mix
1 8oz container of sour cream
4 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup water
1 bag mini reese’s peanut butter cups

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients except for the mini peanut butter cups together. Once it’s mixed, spoon the batter into a lined cupcake pan. I use a ice cream scoop for same sized cupcakes.
3. Once the cupcake liners are filled with batter, unwrap one peanut butter cup per cupcake and put it in the middle of the batter and push down.
4. Bake the cupcakes for about 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool before icing.
5. I iced them with the dark chocolate peanut butter icing from a previous post. I also unwrapped about 15-18 more peanut butter cups and cut each into four pieces. I sprinkled the cut peanut butter cups on top for garnish.

If you’re not a peanut butter lover like I am, you can opt to leave out the peanut butter cups in the batter or use a different type of icing. This cupcake is indeed a chocolate lover’s dream. I suggest eating it with a glass of milk! 🙂 Enjoy em.

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

neighbors with pets

I was excited to move back home because it’s a lot cheaper than renting a room in Irvine and it meant I didn’t have to cook for myself everyday. However, when I moved home my next door neighbor decided to get pit bulls. I don’t know too much about dogs because my parents never let me have a pet as I was growing up but holy cow, these pit bulls are LOUD! They bark at 5am, 6am, midnight..whenever they feel necessary apparently. I don’t mind neighbors who have pets because my other next door neighbor has several dogs and that hasn’t been an issue. I’ve lived next door to them for at least 15 years too. These two pit bulls are something else. One time one of them started barking at 6am and I looked out my window. I saw he/she barking at the door that leads into the house. The dog turned it’s head and looked at me and then continued to bark. I mean really?! It would make sense if they barked if someone that was a stranger was in the vicinity or something but there was no one there! I’m sleep deprived because they keep barking. The saddest/funniest part is that they drive my neighbor crazy too. YET HE STILL HAS THEM! It seems like he doesn’t know how/can’t control them or something. He’s not very good with them is all I’m going to say. Does anyone who has a dog or a pit bull have any suggestions? I’ve already tried ear plugs. They didn’t work. My neighbor is seriously becoming the title “the neighbor from hell.” I would appreciate any helpful suggestions! Sorry for the lack of postings. I haven’t made anything recently. I’m going to scope out a bakery near where I live so I’ll be blogging about that soon.

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

dark chocolate peanut butter icing

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For my cousins birthday last week I made devil’s food cupcakes with dark chocolate peanut butter icing. They tasted like peanut butter cups but in cupcake form. I think they might taste better with a moist chocolate cupcake instead of devil’s food. Either way, I ate em up.

Here’s the recipe..
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Icing
half a jar of organic dark chocolate peanut butter (I used peanut butter co.)
1 stick of butter
2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream
2 cups confectioners sugar

1. Using a stand mixer, mix the butter and sugar together. You should get a very thick and dough like mixture.
2. Add heavy whipping cream and mix on 4.
3. Add peanut butter and mix on 6. You want to make sure it whips the icing into a smooth and creamy mixture. Mixing on 2 will not fold all ingredients together and you’ll have a broken mixture that looks like half chocolate icing and half butter. So remember, mix on high speed please!

This icing recipe is not overwhelmingly sweet. It might be because of the peanut butter but I think it would taste great with a dark chocolate cake. Maybe a truffle chocolate cake. It works great for frosting brownies and cakes too. I decided to pipe mine since it was a gift for my cousin. You can garnish it with crushed or chopped peanuts. Enjoy 🙂

Photo courtesy of my cousin Steph

Fail Sweetly,
Justina