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Chef Jacy’s Sweet Sweet Cupcakes

Has the cold and snowy weather given you a sweet tooth for yummies of various flavors?  Colors that make you think “I can’t wait for spring”?  Well, when the weather is YUK I want something “BEYOND THE YUM” so into the kitchen I go to create favorites.

As a little girl at age 12 who made the entire Thanksgiving dinner for a family of seven, I have always loved cooking and baking.  One of my favorite things to bake was cupcakes of every flavor, color, kind and to share them with my neighbor friends and family.  Thus my title “Chef Jacy” that stuck.  Pictured are yummy but simple cupcakes for a grab and eat treat, no fancy decorating but BEYOND THE YUM in creamy sweet flavor.  Pictured: Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Almond Coconut, Orange, Lemon.

These are a great project for you with your family or friends to share together on inclement weather days (or any day really) and enjoy the work of your hands in creating and enjoying them.  My recipe created at age 12 is just like the recipes in the project book I used for this batch.  It’s a great little book to add to your cookbook library.  Here is the cover and it is available online.

Enjoy!!!

 

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Heavenly Baked Apple Raisin Caramel Pudding

This bears repeating!! So you love apples, caramel, pudding cakes, sweet & creamy that are so delish it makes you yell out in your loudest outdoor voice”YUM”!!! This is a definite recipe to add to your favorites. It is so versatile you can serve it plain for breakfast with cream or powdered sugar; for an outrageous dessert to serve your family and friends, or high tea sliced in bars and/or change it up with other yummy ingredients* and make it your own.  This is my favorite version of all the variations I create.  >>>

Baked Apple Raisin Caramel Pudding

Ingredients

1/3 cup raisins
2 tablespoons cognac or dark rum
3 tablespoons Amaretto or other liqueur
2-3 cups peeled apple wedges (about 4 whole fruits)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups cream
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsalted sweet butter cut into pieces
Confectioners’ Sugar for sprinkling
Caramel Sauce*
Whipped Cream (optional)

Instructions:

1. Soak raisins in cognac or rum and Amaretto for 30 minutes. Drain and set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F, with a rack in the upper third. Butter a shallow casserole or baking dish.

3. Toss the apple wedges with lemon juice and drained raisins and then spread in prepared dish.

4. In bowl, combine flour, sugar until no lumps. In another bowl, whisk milk, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Add to dry ingredients. Whisk until smooth. Pour batter over fruit, dot top with butter.

5. Bake the pudding until he custard sets, about 30 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool.

6. Drizzle Confectioner’s Sugar on top and place under broiler for less than minute to glaze. Remove and set on wire rack.

7. Drizzle Caramel Sauce over top and add dollop of whipped cream.

*Caramel Sauce: I create this recipe with several different caramel recipes. The one pictured is my very own creation from my cookbook. You can use any caramel sauce from simple to store-bought or serve with warm Maple Syrup.

Enjoy and as always, this recipe is “beyond the yum“!

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Note:  This dessert is heavenly and you will make it often changing out various fruits. The recipe is based in part on an original recipe by Richard Sax “Classic Home Desserts” – a must-own dessert cookbook

Yummy Pumpkin Almond Sweet Rolls

Pumpkin Almond Sweet Rolls

Ingredients

3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
5 tablespoons butter, divided
1 teaspoon salt
2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
2 to 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions for Rolls

In a small saucepan, heat the milk, brown sugar, sugar, 4 tablespoons butter and salt to 110°-115°; set aside.
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in the milk mixture. Add 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, wheat flour, pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Beat until smooth. Add enough remaining all-purpose flour to form a soft dough.

Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down. Divide into 10 to 20 pieces (for small or large rolls); shape into balls. Place on large greased cookie sheet. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes or until doubled.

Melt remaining butter; brush over dough. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack and set aside for glazing.

Almond Glaze

Ingredients
3 tablespoons hot water
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 3/4 cups (about) powdered sugar
Sliced Almonds

Preparation
Mix water, extracts and salt in small bowl. Whisk in enough powdered sugar to form icing thick enough to pipe over rolls. Sprinkle with sliced almonds. Serve warm. Yield: 10-20 rolls.

These are totally yum and you can glaze, sprinkle with powdered sugar or eat plain. Anyway you have them, they are truly yummy, tender, sweet and will become a staple roll recipe in your kitchen. It is also delish as a plain dinner roll and a holiday favorite. At our house, we like them big and dripping with lots of glaze for breakfast!

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