Monday, February 27, 2012

Broccoli Cheese Soup in Bread Bowls




This has always been my favorite soup! So creamy and "healthy", okay maybe not so healthy but it sure is creamy and cheesy. It is starting to look like Spring on Beaty's Creek but I still think old man Winter is going to come a knocking. I made this soup on the last cold spell that we had and everyone thought I was a boss, yes, a Boss! Email me and I can tell you why this is funny. Raine liked dipping her bread and Raven ate her bread bowl up before her second bowl. Give this a try before Spring has sprung and soup will be the last thing you want until next Fall. This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek!

Needed:


1 stick butter
2 cloves garlic-smashed
1 small onion-chopped
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups half-and-half
6 cups chicken broth
2 bay leaves
salt and pepper to taste
8 cups broccoli florets (about 2 heads)
2 large carrots-diced
4 cups cheddar cheese-grated

Melt the butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Now add the onion and garlic and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the flour and cook until just golden, then gradually whisk in the chicken broth until smooth. Now add bay leaves , salt and pepper. Add the broccoli and carrot to the broth mixture and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, uncovered, until thickened, about 20 minutes. Take out the bay leaves. Puree the soup in the pot with a immersion blender until smooth, you'll still have flecks of carrot and broccoli. Now add the cheese and half and half to the soup and whisk over medium heat until melted and the consistency you want . Add up to 3/4 cup water if the soup is too thick. Serve in bread bowls. Recipe for bread bowls follows.

Bread Bowls

Needed:

2 T yeast
2 1/2 cups warm water
2 t salt
2 T canola oil
7 cups flour


Mix yeast, salt, and warm water together in your Kitchen Aid Mixer. Let sit for 3 minutes. Now add in your oil and begin adding in your flour a cup at a time. Now knead in your mixer for 10 minutes. Cover and let rise for 1 hour. Once double in size cut dough in to 8 equal pieces of dough. Roll into balls and place in a parchment lined baking sheet. Let them rise for 30 minutes. Place in a 400' oven and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool slightly and then cut top off and scoop out some of the bread so you can fill with soup. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cinnamon Roll Cake




I am addicited to Pinterest and I am NOT ashamed...... Maybe I should be.... But I am not! A friend of mine pinned this recipe and I thought I would try it. I changed it a little here and there. This is so easy to make in the morning and is good reheated in the microwave for these cold February afternoons on Beaty's Creek. This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek today.

Needed:

Cake
3 cups flour
1 t salt
1 cup sugar
4 t. baking powder
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 eggs
2 vanilla beans-scraped
1/2 cup butter-melted

Topping
1 cup butter-softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 1/2 T cinnamon

Mix everything together except for the butter. Slowly stir in the melted butter and pour into a greased 9x13 pan. For the topping, mix all the ingredients together until well combined. Drop evenly over the batter and swirl with a knife. Bake at 350 for 28-32 minutes.

Glaze:
2 c. powdered sugar
5 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla


While warm drizzle the glaze over the cake.



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Sunday, February 12, 2012

King's Cake


I have always wanted to make a King's Cake but never had until 2 years ago. The kiddos loved it and so did I. It is not that hard to make but finding all of the colored sugar around Beaty's Creek was not an easy thing to do. I colored plain granulated sugar for the yellow with gel food coloring and it worked just fine though. You can eat King's cake from January 6th until Fat Tuesday, not a day before or after. You must place a baby somewhere in your King's Cake. Raine was more than a little skeptical about the baby part but was okay with it once we explained it to her. If you are lucky enough to find the baby in your slice of King's Cake, you must throw a party next year. This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek this Fat Tuesday!


Needed:


2 T active dry yeast
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
1 cup warm milk
5 large egg yolks
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 t salt
1 t canola oil
2 T cinnamon
2 cups sugar
1 plastic king cake baby or a pecan half
4 cups powdered sugar
5 T milk
2 vanilla beans-scraped
Purple-, green-, and gold-tinted sugar sprinkles

Combine the yeast and granulated sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add the melted butter and warm milk. Beat for 1 minute. With the mixer running, add the egg yolks one at a time, then beat for 1 minute. Add the flour, salt, vanilla and beat until everything is mixed well. Increase the speed to high and beat until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and forms a ball.
Remove the dough from the bowl. Using your hands, form the dough into a smooth ball. Lightly oil a bowl with the canola oil. Place the dough in the bowl and turn it to oil all sides. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 2 hours.

Meanwhile, make the filling. In a large mixing bowl, combine the 2 cups of sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Using your rolling pin roll
into a rectangle about 24x6.


Filling:
2 cups sugar
2 T cinnamon

Sprinkle the filling lengthwise over the bottom half of the dough, then flip the top half of the dough over the filling. Seal the edges, pinching the dough together. Shape the dough into a circle and place it on the prepared baking sheet with seam side down. Shape the dough into a ring and pinch the ends together so there isn't a seam. Insert the king cake baby or pecan half into the ring from the bottom so that it is completely hidden by the dough.

Cover the ring with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel and place in a warm, draft-free place. Let the dough rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour in my kitchen.


Brush the top of the risen cake with 2 tablespoons of the milk. Bake until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes at 350'. Cool completely on a cooling rack.

Icing:
Take the 4 cups of powdered sugar, vanilla bean scrapings, and milk and stir until thick and creamy. Ice cake evenly and then sprinkle with purple, gold, and green sugar.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Peanut Butter Cookies




I have decided to not buy anymore store/boxed cookies this year. Have you looked at what is in their list of ingredients? Well I did and wished I had not, so I decided to make all of our cookies this year. Sounded good at the time.....Well it is still good but I am rather busy hee hee. Ransome is a little cookie monster to say the least and Raine loves cupcakes, so when I bake cookies, I then have to bake cupcakes. I forgot to mention Raven no longer likes store sliced bread and wants homemade bread for toast and sandwiches. NO problem right??? I have two really great recipes for sandwich bread that I will be sharing soon. Now back to the cookie post. I seem to always have peanut butter in my pantry, as I am sure many of you do, so peanut butter cookies it is. This time I added chocolate bells I had left from Christmas so these are extra good! This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek!


Needed:

1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup shortening
1 t baking soda
2 1/2 cups flour
2 eggs
2 bags of kisses


Mix both sugars, peanut butter, and shortening. Now add baking soda to mixture. Stir well.
Stir in the eggs one at a time. Now add the flour. Roll dough into balls.
Place balls on ungreased cookie sheet. Press with fork to make criss-cross design. Bake at 350' for about 8-10 minutes. As soon as you take the cookies out place a chocolate kiss or in my case chocolate bell in the center.