Chew This! Make Ahead Streusel Coffee Cakes

Happy “Chew This!” Sunday! As many of you know, I write a food column for “The Courier-Times” on the first and third Sundays of each month called “Chew This!” I absolutely love it and love sharing my family recipes, stories and memories. If you are in the Henry County, Indiana area – pick up a copy of the newspaper today and let me know what you think! If you are not, but would still like to take a look, sign up for an online subscription at http://thecouriertimes.com Need help with the online signing up!? Write to me and I’ll be happy to help! blaisethebaker@gmail.com

My newest recipe is a make ahead wonder! Make my “Make Ahead Streusel Coffee Cakes” TODAY and have them all week for a quick grab and go breakfast or snack! They are deliciously easy to whip up and store beautifully in an air tight container at room temperature. These are portable, flavorful and lets be honest – fun to make! I love making streusel and how bad could it be really – sugar and butter!? 

Also my “Ask and Answer” feature is about the use of coffee with chocolate and how it brings out all the flavors of the chocolate without any flavor of the coffee! 

Pick up a copy of “The Courier-Times” TODAY and let me know what you think!


Make Ahead Streusel Coffee Cakes

http://www.thecouriertimes.com/neighbors/neighbors_features/article_34e59df5-812e-5e50-97da-4d0f076ba4ec.html

Enjoy! 

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Mrs. Bennett’s Peanut Butter Cookies

I have a collection of around 10,000 cookbooks or so – I refuse to know the exact amount because I refuse to count them – and I am always on the lookout for more. I love the history of food and the history of recipes and how and where they originated. I always tell people once I am retired I will become a “Food Historian”.

Back to the cookbooks though…

Browsing over a old Church cookbook I found a peanut butter cookie recipe, from Mrs. Bennett, that caught my eye. I decided to try it and after taste testing, I was immediately taken back to my childhood and the local “Egg Farm” where my family and I visited for cookies, cakes and pies. This recipe is a keeper! I went back and adjusted a few things, including the bake time, to get the finished results I wanted.

This recipe produces a light, crunchy almost “brittle” type cookie. Trust me – these are FABULOUS! 

Thank you Mrs. Bennett!

Mrs. Bennett’s Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup white granulated sugar
1 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups white all-purpose flour

Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl combine the white granulated sugar, light brown sugar, smooth peanut butter and solid vegetable shortening until light in color and fluffy in texture.

Beat in the 2 large eggs.

Add in the baking soda, pure vanilla extract and salt. Stir to combine.

Gently fold in the white all-purpose flour.

Roll teaspoon size amounts of the dough into balls and place on prepared baking sheets. Gently press down making a cross mark on each cookie with a fork.

Bake, one sheet at a time, in preheated oven for 14 minutes.

Remove and allow to cool slightly.

Enjoy!

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Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

I LOVE sweetened condensed milk and will admit to eating it straight from the can. During my recipe research I found a few recipes for making your own, which always sounded too difficult. Why make your own when you can buy it already made? After experimenting I found that it does not have to be complicated to make your own – and can even be fun! Save this recipe to try – and if nothing else – save it for when you are out of the canned variety.

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

3/4 cup white granulated sugar
1/3 cup boiling water
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup powdered milk

In a large bowl combine the white granulated sugar, boiling water, melted unsalted butter and pure vanilla extract. Using an electric whisk beat until combined.

Add in the powdered milk and beat until thick and smooth. This will take, at high beating speed, about 7 minutes. 

Using a clean spoon taste the sweetened condensed milk. If there are sugar crystals you can taste on your tongue place bowl in microwave for one minute and beat again. Sugar needs to be completely dissolved. 

Cool to warm room temperature and store in refrigerator or use right away. 

Enjoy! 

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THANK YOU ALL

Thank you all so much for the orders for the second printing of my cookbook! This makes me so happy!!! If you’ve sent me a check I will have them all cleared by tomorrow evening. If I have sent you an invoice and you have any questions please let me know. Also be aware that you can purchase my cookbook at “Carousel Flowers and Gifts” in Shirley, Indiana and “The Book Nook” in New Castle, Indiana. Stay tuned for more locations to carry my cookbook – so exciting! If you would like to order directly from me – send $15 total ($12 for the cookbook and $3 shipping and handling) to Blaise Doubman – Box 47 – Kennard, IN 47351. If you order FOUR OR MORE the shipping and handling is free! You can also request I send you an invoice through http://paypal.com or just send me a payment there at the email blaisejdx@gmail.com As always – contact me with questions and thank you all so much for the dedication and support!!!

Blaise

The Book Nook! 

Guess what!? My cookbook, “Blaise the Baker Dessert First” is once again back in stock at “The Book Nook” in New Castle, Indiana! Stop by 1325 G. Ave. and pick up your copy TODAY! Call ahead at 765-521-2188. All copies available to purchase outside of my personal address are pre-autographed with my signature as well as Grandma Barbra’s and Grandma Deloris’. Thank you all again for the dedication and support!

Blaise 

Sand Dollar Snickerdoodles

I have a recipe for “Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodles” so I wanted to develop a recipe for those who loved the Snickerdoodle flavor of cinnamon-sugar but wanted a cookie that was crumbly and sandy in texture instead of soft and chewy. This recipe is a home run! It’s easy – flavorful and hits the crumbly and sandy texture so well that I named them my “Sand Dollar Snickerdoodles”. These are fabulous!

Sand Dollar Snickerdoodles

2 sticks (8 oz.) unsalted butter, soft
1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups + 3 tablespoons white all-purpose flour
Cinnamon and Sugar for rolling (below)

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl combine the soft unsalted butter and white granulated sugar until light in color and fluffy in texture.

Beat in the large egg.

Beat in the pure vanilla extract, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

Finally fold in the white all-purpose flour.

Roll tablespoon sized balls into a mixture of 1/2 cup white granuated sugar and 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon. Place on prepared baking sheets.

Lightly press down on each ball.

Place in preheated oven for exactly 18 minutes. Remove and allow to cool at room temperature before serving.

Enjoy!

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Pretzel Candy Buttons

Anyone ever had these!? Delicious!

“Pretzel Candy Buttons”

Place dark salted round pretzels on a parchment lined baking sheet. Place a HERSHEY’S KISS in the middle. Bake at 275 degree F. for 3 minutes. Remove and place a M&M’s candy in the center. Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes. 

Remove and enjoy!

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Sour Cream – Banana Cake

This is the best banana cake I have ever had! The bananas – the sour cream – the cinnamon – the frosting! Delicious!

Sour Cream – Banana Cake

For the cake…
1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
4 large bananas, mashed
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups white all-purpose flour

For the frosting…
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F and spraying a 9×13-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray containing flour. 

In a large bowl mix together the white granulated sugar, softened unsalted butter and sour cream until light and fluffy. 

Beat in the two large eggs. 

Mix in the mashed bananas, pure vanilla extract, baking soda, salt and ground cinnamon. 

Gently fold in the white all-purpose flour. The batter may still have white steaks throughout – this is desirable. 

Pour batter into prepared pan and spread out the top to ensure the cake is even. 

Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes. 

To make the frosting, combine the melted unsalted butter and confectioners’ sugar. Halfway through the mixing add in the whole milk and pure vanilla extract. 

Once cake is baked, remove and cool completely before frosting. 

Cut and enjoy! 

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Getting orders ready!

Getting the orders ready! Thank you all so much for the continued dedication and support – means everything to me!

I’ve been stamping Grandma Deloris’ name on her recipe – page 5. She really wanted to autograph them all but she’s weak and her stamina is not the best – so I had a stamp made. She loves that she’s been a part of this journey with me!


Grandma Barbra has been signing boxes and boxes and boxes of books – and not complaining one bit! She wrote the foreword for my cookbook and loves signing the page that has her printed words. Such a special moment. Said she can’t believe she’s doing this ROUND TWO! Hahaha


To order your copy – send $15 total ($12 for the cookbook and $3 shipping and handling) to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351. Or pay online through http://paypal.com Use my email blaisejdx@gmail.com when paying. Or – send me a message, text or email and I can forward you an invoice. Remember – if you order 4 or more copies – shipping and handling is free! Contact me with any questions.

Thanks again!!!

Blaise

Here we go! Again…

Guess what!? The second printing of my cookbook just arrived!!! I’m so excited about this! For those who have preordered – your orders will ship before Saturday. THANK YOU ALL for your dedication and support. Just a little over 6 months ago my cookbook came out – and the first supplies are gone already! I’m so thankful. Here we go for ROUND TWO! To order your copy – send $15 total ($12 for the cookbook and $3 shipping and handling) to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351. Or pay online through http://paypal.com Use my email blaisejdx@gmail.com when paying. Or – send me a message, text or email and I can forward you an invoice. Remember – if you order 4 or more copies – shipping and handling is free! Contact me with any questions.

Thanks again!!!

Blaise