PRAISE PRAISE PRAISE PRAISE!

When I first started planning my second cookbook a friend of mine suggested a “Praise Page” where some of my biggest influences, fans and followers could write a little something about me. I LOVED the idea and went about thinking of who I could ask. Several people came to mind and I am so grateful and thankful for their kind, supportive and loving words. For the next few days I will be sharing my “Praise Page” here on social media. Look for the full official version in my upcoming cookbook “Blaise the Baker Celebrates”! To purchase your copy simply send $15 total to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351 or PayPal using the email blaisejdx@gmail.com ❤️🎉

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PRAISE DAY SIX

When I first started planning my second cookbook a friend of mine suggested a “Praise Page” where some of my biggest influences, fans and followers could write a little something about me. I LOVED the idea and went about thinking of who I could ask. Several people came to mind and I am so grateful and thankful for their kind, supportive and loving words. For the next few days I will be sharing my “Praise Page” here on social media. Look for the full official version in my upcoming cookbook “Blaise the Baker Celebrates”! To purchase your copy simply send $15 total to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351 or PayPal using the email blaisejdx@gmail.com ❤️🎉

PRAISE DAY FIVE

When I first started planning my second cookbook a friend of mine suggested a “Praise Page” where some of my biggest influences, fans and followers could write a little something about me. I LOVED the idea and went about thinking of who I could ask. Several people came to mind and I am so grateful and thankful for their kind, supportive and loving words. For the next few days I will be sharing my “Praise Page” here on social media. Look for the full official version in my upcoming cookbook “Blaise the Baker Celebrates”! To purchase your copy simply send $15 total to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351 or PayPal using the email blaisejdx@gmail.com ❤️🎉

PRAISE DAY FOUR

When I first started planning my second cookbook a friend of mine suggested a “Praise Page” where some of my biggest influences, fans and followers could write a little something about me. I LOVED the idea and went about thinking of who I could ask. Several people came to mind and I am so grateful and thankful for their kind, supportive and loving words. For the next few days I will be sharing my “Praise Page” here on social media. Look for the full official version in my upcoming cookbook “Blaise the Baker Celebrates”! To purchase your copy simply send $15 total to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351 or PayPal using the email blaisejdx@gmail.com ❤️🎉

PRAISE DAY THREE

When I first started planning my second cookbook a friend of mine suggested a “Praise Page” where some of my biggest influences, fans and followers could write a little something about me. I LOVED the idea and went about thinking of who I could ask. Several people came to mind and I am so grateful and thankful for their kind, supportive and loving words. For the next few days I will be sharing my “Praise Page” here on social media. Look for the full official version in my upcoming cookbook “Blaise the Baker Celebrates”! To purchase your copy simply send $15 total to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351 or PayPal using the email blaisejdx@gmail.com ❤️🎉

PRAISE DAY TWO

When I first started planning my second cookbook a friend of mine suggested a “Praise Page” where some of my biggest influences, fans and followers could write a little something about me. I LOVED the idea and went about thinking of who I could ask. Several people came to mind and I am so grateful and thankful for their kind, supportive and loving words. For the next few days I will be sharing my “Praise Page” here on social media. Look for the full official version in my upcoming cookbook “Blaise the Baker Celebrates”! To purchase your copy simply send $15 total to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351 or PayPal using the email blaisejdx@gmail.com ❤️🎉

PRAISE DAY ONE

When I first started planning my second cookbook a friend of mine suggested a “Praise Page” where some of my biggest influences, fans and followers could write a little something about me. I LOVED the idea and went about thinking of who I could ask. Several people came to mind and I am so grateful and thankful for their kind, supportive and loving words. For the next 10 days I will be sharing my “Praise Page” here on social media. Look for the full official version in my upcoming cookbook “Blaise the Baker Celebrates”! To purchase your copy simply send $15 total to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351 or PayPal using the email blaisejdx@gmail.com ❤️🎉

Chew This! Shredded BBQ Sandwiches

Shredded BBQ Beef Sandwiches

Thank you to all of those who picked up a copy of “The Courier-Times” last Sunday to check out my newest “CHEW THIS!” column feature and recipe. Your support and dedication really means everything to me!

The following “Chew This!” column has been reprinted from “The Courier-Times”, Sunday, July 1st 2018 edition. By: Blaise Doubman

Shredded BBQ Beef Sandwiches
Blaise Doubman

I love recipes that are not only simple but flavorful and versatile too, which is exactly what the recipe is that I am sharing with you today. Simply replace the boneless beef chuck roast with a boneless pork roast and you will have my “Shredded BBQ Pork Sandwiches”. Forgot the BBQ sauce for both recipes and add your favorite Italian salad dressing and you will have two very different and very delicious recipes to add to your recipe files! Recipes that can be changed and made a totally different way, with some of the same basic ingredients, are what people nowadays are looking for. A basic recipe that can be changed, easily and still be just as equally delicious, if not more so, than the original recipe that you started from.

On my Facebook fan page, Blaise the Baker, I surveyed about 900 people on what they looked for when selecting recipes. The number one answer across the board was “Ease of recipe”. Nobody is looking for a recipe with a hundred different ingredients. People are wanting short, simple recipes that have flavor with just a few flavorful ingredients. The second answer on what people were looking for was “Quick”. People are working more and more and seemingly spending less time at home so quick meals are very important. I believe that is why slow cooker meals are so popular anymore. People are wanting to throw something in a slow cooker, leave and have the slow cooker do all the work and come home to a finished meal. Among other things people are looking for in recipes are “familiar ingredients” as well as “flavorful meals”. I hope the recipe I am sharing here today will fit all of the categories you look for when selecting a recipe and I really hope you will try these and they will become a family favorite.

Shredded BBQ Beef Sandwiches

You can make this recipe by simply replacing my list of ingredients for BBQ sauce with your favorite BBQ sauce recipe or favorite bottled BBQ sauce. Add a little more light brown sugar to my recipe for a sweeter BBQ flavor or add a little more Worcestershire sauce for a more savory BBQ sauce flavor. Whatever you desire.

4 pounds boneless beef chuck roast
1 large yellow onion, sliced thin
1 ½ cups light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 ½ cups ketchup
½ cup red wine vinegar
½ cup water
2 tablespoons dry mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons salt
1 ½ teaspoons black pepper
2-4 dashes hot sauce, optional

Start by lining a slow cooker with a plastic slow cooker liner.

Cut the boneless beef chuck roast in half and place inside the slow cooker.

Sprinkle the prepared onions on top of the roast evenly.

In a large bowl whisk together the light brown sugar, ketchup, red wine vinegar, water, dry mustard, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, salt, black pepper and hot sauce, if using.

Pour this mixture evenly over everything and cover the slow cooker. Cook on low for 9 hours.

Remove the roast to a shallow dish and allow to cool slightly.

Once cooled slightly, shred the beef with 2 large forks. Place the meat into a large sauce pot over medium heat and add a little of the slow cooker BBQ sauce to the mixture and stir.

Serve warm on toasted buns.

Ask and Answer: I have been getting questions concerning what to do with fresh Indiana strawberries. I have a couple of recipes on my blog for strawberry jam that I always recommend, as well as a recipe for pavlova sprinkled with fresh strawberries and drizzled with strawberry jam. I also have recipes for a delicious strawberry pie that people always go crazy for, as well as a strawberry cake. Visit blaisethebaker.com for recipe inspirations.

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Chew This! Celebration Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

Blaise the Baker Celebrates Cover

Thank you to all of those who picked up a copy of “The Courier-Times” last Sunday to check out my newest “CHEW THIS!” column feature and recipe. Your support and dedication really means everything to me!

The following “Chew This!” column has been reprinted from “The Courier-Times”, Sunday, June 17th 2018 edition. By: Blaise Doubman

Blaise the Baker Celebrates!
Blaise Doubman

Well, here we go again and it is official! My second cookbook, “Blaise the Baker Celebrates” will be released on July 19th, 2018! In just a few short weeks. I am so excited about this and can not possibly put into words my thankfulness and gratitude that I get to do this all over again. This cookbook is all about celebrations and celebrating even the small things in life. Preorders start now. If you are interested in buying a copy, simply send $15 total, $12 for the cookbook and $3 shipping and handling, to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351. You can also purchase through PayPal. When sending payment though PayPal, use the email address blaisejdx@gmail.com If you buy 4 or more copies, shipping and handling is free!

“Blaise the Baker Celebrates” is filled with 200 recipes! I have selected a few of my most popular blog recipes to include in the cookbook as well as some of my most popular “Chew This!” columns. However, lots of the recipes that you will find inside have never before been published anywhere before! I am so excited to share recipes such as Brownie Batter Cheesecake, Broccoli Mac and Cheese Bake, Southern Style Corn Casserole, Delicious Chicken, Chicken Noodle Soup, Creamy Tomato Soup, Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Treats, Brownie Thins, Slow Cooker Cola Roast, Slow Cooker Salsa Treat and Quick Chicken Stir Fry. My Quick Chicken Stir Fry was one of the most talked about recipes between my recipe testers. Some loved it, some hated it, some took their own liberties with it and added what they liked but everyone agreed that it was really something to talk about. They could not believe it! Not all of the recipes I developed though could be used, which leads me to the recipe I am sharing today. These cupcakes are the perfect thing for a celebration and I highly recommend you try them!

Celebration Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

These are a fabulous addition to any summer party! Make these ahead and place them in the refrigerator to chill for up to 2 days before serving. These are fabulous served chilled and even better slightly frozen. They can also be served at room temperature but I find people like them better served cold. I love the looks of the pink frosting with the rainbow sprinkles decorating the tops. Fun, festive and perfect for a celebration!

For the cupcakes…
1 box vanilla cake mix
¾ cup thawed pink lemonade concentrate
½ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup water
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt

For the frosting…
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons thawed pink lemonade concentrate
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
Few drops of pink food coloring
Rainbow sprinkles for decorating

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.

Line 2 12-cup cupcake tins with paper cupcake wrappers.

In a large bowl beat together the vanilla cake mix, thawed pink lemonade concentrate, vegetable oil, water, large eggs, pure vanilla extract and salt. Beat until the ingredients are thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth and glossy.

Divide the batter, evenly, between the prepared cupcake cavities. Place into preheated oven and bake for 22 minutes. Remove and allow to cool before frosting.

To make the frosting, combine the melted unsalted butter, thawed pink lemonade concentrate, pure vanilla extract and salt. Slowly beat in the confectioners’ sugar. Add in the pink food coloring. Just a couple of drops depending on the color of frosting you are wanting.

Frost the cupcakes generously and sprinkle the tops with rainbow sprinkles.

Ask and Answer: I have been getting a lot of messages from people curious as to if my first cookbook, “Blaise the Baker Dessert First” can still be purchased. Yes! Send $15 total to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351. My cookbook is also available to purchase at Carousel Flowers and Gifts in Shirley, Indiana as well as The Book Nook, Glen Oaks Health Campus and Temptations in New Castle, Indiana. Also available at Warm Glow Candle Outlet in Centerville, Indiana. Thank you for the continued dedication and support, I really appreciate all of you.

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Chew This! Chocolate Chip Gooey Butter Cake

Chocolate Chip Gooey Butter Cake

Thank you to all of those who picked up a copy of “The Courier-Times” last Sunday to check out my newest “CHEW THIS!” column feature and recipe. Your support and dedication really means everything to me!

The following “Chew This!” column has been reprinted from “The Courier-Times”, Sunday, June 3rd 2018 edition. By: Blaise Doubman

A Chocoholics Dream Come True!
Blaise Doubman

I have made a confession here before and today I am making it again. I am a chocoholic! There is not a day that goes by that I do not eat something chocolate. It could be a piece of candy, a piece of cake, a brownie, a handful of chocolate chips or my latest favorites, these chocolate chip butter cake squares! Gooey butter cakes, or butter cream cakes as they are sometimes called among other things, actually originated years and years ago. The original recipe started off with a fermented dough, believe it or not, but has progressed throughout the years for added convenience and flavor. The most popular method of making this delicious dessert is with a cake mix. Paula Deen started the cake mix method of this dessert and its popularity has risen rapidly over the years. I love the original recipe but wanted to turn things up a notch.

Like I said before, I am a chocoholic, so I wanted to create a chocolate version of the original gooey butter cake recipe. Sure I would have to use a chocolate cake mix, that is a given, but I wanted to go beyond just that particular chocolate flavor. I added chocolate fudge to the base, which did not work out. I added chocolate syrup in with the cream cheese mixture and that did not work out too well either. Then I tried sprinkling on some chocolate chips to the base of the dessert, before adding on the topping and guess what? It was wonderful! The chocolate chips melt slightly and create a layer of chocolate in between the chocolate base and the chocolate topping, it was perfect! I highly recommend you give this recipe a try! Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Gooey Butter Cake

This recipe can be made ahead and stored, covered, in the refrigerator overnight. When serving these you can sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar, drizzle with additional chocolate or serve as is. These are best served chilled but can be kept at room temperature for several hours. Use a sharp knife when cutting these for serving.

2 sticks (8 oz) unsalted butter, melted and divided
1 box chocolate cake mix
3 large eggs
8 oz cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
3 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray containing flour.

In a large bowl beat together the chocolate cake mix, 1 large egg and 1 stick of the unsalted melted butter. Pour this mixture into the prepared pan and smooth out smooth and even. Sprinkle the crust with the semi-sweet chocolate chips.

In another large bowl beat together the softened cream cheese with the remaining 2 large eggs. Add in the unsweetened cocoa powder and beat until combined. Add in the confectioners’ sugar and pure vanilla extract, beating everything together well. Add in the remaining 1 cup unsalted melted butter and mix everything together until combined.

Pour this mixture over the crust in the prepared pan and smooth out the top.

Place into preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes. Remove and allow to cool before cutting.

Ask and Answer: I have received a lot of emails from people wondering how they could be a part of my “recipe testing” group for my upcoming second cookbook. Unfortunately, the deadline for this particular request has passed. However, if you still would like to become a recipe tester for my other upcoming projects please send me an email. Thank you!

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