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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Blaise the Baker Celebrates! Cover Reveal, Release Date and Preorder Information

Cover Blaise the Baker Celebrates

I am so excited to reveal the cover for my upcoming second cookbook, “Blaise the Baker Celebrates”! I wanted the cover and theme to be “scrapbook” and I wanted it to match in format with my previous cookbook, “Blaise the Baker Dessert First”, which theme was “chalkboard”. I am so incredibly happy with how things turned out with this! Inside there are 200 fabulous recipes that were tested time and time again by myself as well as my family, friends and recipe testers. In addition to the recipes there are family memories I share, kitchen tips and tricks, ingredients and kitchen tool lists and a “Blaise the Baker PRAISE” page which I am SO EXCITED to share with everyone! So many new features with this cookbook!

I have included some of my most popular “Blaise the Baker” blog recipes, as well as some of my most popular and talked about “Chew This!” recipe features, PLUS a ton of recipes never before published anywhere else. There are recipes for appetizers, drinks, side dishes, main dishes, breads, desserts and just about anything and everything else you can think of, all perfect for celebrating! There are recipes for Chinese-inspired favorites, Italian-inspired favorites, Southern-inspired favorites and so much more! There are so many family recipes and memories that I share here with everyone and I am confident that you will love each and every recipe and story. AND your purchase of this cookbook comes with a FREE e-book version! I mean, how fun and fabulous is that!? Love it!

The official release date is JULY 19th, 2018!

You can preorder your autographed copy NOW! How? Simply send $15 total ($12 for the cookbook and $3 shipping and handling) to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351. You can also pay via http://paypal.com and use the email blaisejdx@gmail.com when sending your payment. I can also send you an invoice if you provide me your email address. If you want multiple copies, simply send payment for $12 for each cookbook and $3 total for the shipping and handling. If you order FOUR or more copies, shipping and handling is FREE! If you have any questions PLEASE reach out to me. Send me an email, text, message, etc. You can text 765-520-8332 for more information.

Your preorders now mean that you are guaranteed your orders NO LATER than two days after the publication date, July 19th, 2018. Your preorders now possibly even mean you may get your orders before the publication date, according to publishing processes, dates, shipment, etc.

THANK YOU ALL for your continued dedication and support.

I am SO EXCITED to finally be able to share these recipes with you!

CELEBRATE!

Blaise

CookbooksETC GIVEAWAY 

To celebrate the new SURGE in the fabulous Facebook group “CookbooksETC” I am offering a GIVEAWAY!!!

Two vintage “Southern Heritage” cookbooks – “Just Desserts” and “Family Gatherings”.

Enter to win – can enter once a day – by clicking this link –

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c78809ee15/?

Good luck!

Questions!? Email me at blaisethebaker@gmail.com

Blaise

UPDATE: (07/10/2017) The giveaway is now closed. THANK YOU to everyone that participated! A winner will be announced shortly! Watch your emails…

-Blaise

Where to buy!?

COOKBOOK REMINDER: My cookbook, “Blaise the Baker Dessert First” is available to purchase at Carousel Flowers and Gifts in Shirley, Indiana! Limited supply – so make sure and stop in and get yours TODAY! Shoutout and special thanks to Janice Jessop Burton for giving me this opportunity!

ALSO

My cookbook 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’.

You can also stop by Glen Oaks Health Campus in New Castle, Indiana – room 112 to buy your copy from my Grandma Deloris. She loves seeing everyone and selling them for me. She is a good business woman! Ha! Stop in and chat awhile…

You can also order my cookbook directly through me by sending $15 total ($12 for the cookbook / $3 shipping and handling) to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351. You can also pay online through http://paypal.com Use the email blaisejdx@gmail.com when sending money. If ordering 4 or more cookbooks – shipping and handling is FREE!

Message me, text me, call me, email me for any further questions. I would be happy to send invoice also for preorders, etc.

Thank you all again for the dedication and support!

Blaise 

A sweet GIVEAWAY!

Time for a GIVEAWAY!!!


Click the link below to enter for your chance to win “Hand-Crafted Candy Bars” By: Susie Norris and Susan Heeger AND “Red Velvet Lover’s Cookbook” By: Deborah Harroun! These books are two of my personal favorites and I think you will love them too! They are so much fun!

Enter to win – click below – 

http://m.gvwy.io/?scale=0.9328&raflid=c78809ee14&template=&previous_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.rafflecopter.com%2Frafl%2Fpreview%2F14%2F&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.rafflecopter.com%2Frafl%2Fedit%2F14%2F

Good luck! 

Blaise 

UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed and the winner is Gigi Cuccaro! Congratulations Gigi! I will be in contact with you shortly. Everybody else – thank you for entering and stay tuned for more future giveaways! 

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 have 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

Round Two 

Guess what!? My cookbook is OFFICIALLY IN ITS SECOND PRINTING!!! I am so excited about this and want to say THANK YOU to all of you for your dedication and support! Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought the first printing of my cookbook would have went so fast! It has only been 6 months since the release and my stock has been depleted almost completely. “Blaise the Baker Dessert First” (in its second printing) will be officially available THE FIRST PART OF MAY! I am still taking orders – and preorders – so GRAB YOUR COPY TODAY by sending $15 total ($12 for the cookbook and $3 shipping and handling) to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351. Or pay online with PayPal at http://paypal.com and use the email blaisejdx@gmail.com when sending money. Order 4 or more cookbooks and the shipping and handling is FREE! I am so excited about this and can not thank you all enough! Round two! Here we go!!!

Blaise

Cookbooks full of Recipes – and Memories 

There were 7 main cookbooks that my Grandma Barbra and I cooked and baked from when I was growing up – and actually still to this day. These 7 cookbooks have been apart of my life for as long as I can remember. My cookbook now joins those 7 and words can not express or even begin to describe the emotion I feel over this. From the very second that my cookbook “idea” came to me, I told myself I wanted it to be spiral bound, resembling those special cookbooks from my childhood, and I wanted it to be personal, familiar, warm and accessible. I absolutely love this picture and thought I would share it with all of you! Thank you all for the continued love and support.

Blaise 

TWO Blaise the Baker GIVEAWAYS!

Guess what?! I am offering TWO “Blaise the Baker” giveaways!

I am so excited about this…

You can enter to win both – or just one or the other. It is completely up to you! Both run for the same amount of time (about a week), and the more ways you enter, the more chances you get! (Check the links for more info.)

Both of these are fabulous cookbooks – but how bad could a book about decadent chocolate – and a book about amazing pies – be!?

Enter to win by clicking the link under each picture…

Blaise The Baker Giveaway ONE

ENTER TO WIN CHOCOLATE COOKBOOK HERE – a Rafflecopter giveaway

Blaise The Baker GIVEAWAY TWO

ENTER TO WIN PIE COOKBOOK HERE – a Rafflecopter giveaway

Just click the link or links and follow the instructions. It is really very easy. If you have any questions please email me at blaisethebaker@gmail.com GOOD LUCK!

Blaise

UPDATE: (08/02/2015) The giveaway is now closed. THANK YOU to everyone that participated! A winner will be announced shortly! Watch your emails…


-Blaise

Favorite Things Friday – Pie Books and My Personal Pie Quest

I am on a QUEST to become a “master pie baker”. That is no joke… Ok – maybe I will never be a MASTER pie baker – but I at least want to be a very good one.

I have taken “pie lessons” with my Grandma Barbra – on several occasions (and even wrote a “CHEW THIS” column piece about one here – https://blaisethebaker.com/2015/01/18/chew-this-comedy-of-errors-apple-pie/) and let me tell you – pies are HAND MADE and HARD WORK. You can not throw some things in a bowl – make a batter (cookies, brownies, fudge) and bake – you have to MAKE the pie crust (yes I am aware you can buy one – but what fun is that!?) and you have to MAKE the filling – and then most times – BAKE the pie! There is a LOT involved. Pie crust, filling, crimping, rolling, etc.

And the crust!? Whew…do you use butter? Shortening? Both? Do you add ice water? Buttermilk? Vinegar and water? Confusing!

And – do not get me wrong – I know there is no “ONE correct recipe”. That is what I love about cooking and baking – the diversity of recipes – and I genuinely appreciate that. But I want to make (and create) some of the best PIES that’s ever hit your lips.

So – on my quest – I have also been hoarding pie cookbooks and reading through them like novels.

So far some that I have been reading – 

Pie Lesson Pie Books Blaise the Baker Blog

“Me, Myself, and Pie” By: Sherry Gore. This book is fabulous! Sherry takes readers on a trip through amazingly delicious Amish recipes and stories. Also included are delicious looking photographs of each pie – and let me tell you…I stopped marking recipes halfway through because for one thing – I was out of Post-It’s – and besides, I figured I might as well save time and just write “bake through this” on one Post-It and slap it on the cover. Sherry shares how to “blind bake” (page 10) and also shares her pie crimping techniques (page 12) which I found very appreciative – because I will be the first to admit – I can not crimp. She even covers “wash recipes” – egg wash techniques – on page 14. Comparing the different techniques with different “brownness” of the crust. Let me stop right here. THANK YOU SHERRY!!! That is genius. Just genius. Also genius – is how Sherry talks about different pie plates (page 16) and which ones work best for which pies. Recipes for different crusts start the book off – ️chocolate shortbread crust, chocolate cookie crust, all butter crust, shortbread crust, etc. Even offering a gluten free pie crust and a pretzel pie crust – delicious! I loved Sherry’s story (page 29) – her “pie story”. It really helped the book come to life. And I know what she means about the rubber cement – it has happened to me before too… Ha! What do I mean!? You will have to buy the book to find out… The book contains delicious recipes for “Orange Pie” (page 39), “Lemon Blueberry Cream Pie” (page 48), “Praline Cream Pie” (page 60), “Raisin Cream Pie” (page 67), “Apple Skillet Pie” (page 80), “Concord Grape Pie” (page 91), “Sour Cherry Crunch Pie” (page 100), “Lemon Sponge Pie” (page 123), “Double Chocolate Chess Pie” (page 154), “Bob Andy Pie” (page 170) and even “Blueberry Turnovers” (page 205) and “Pie Parfaits” (page 209). Like savory pies? Quiches? Hand pies? Homemade caramel candy!? Yep – Sherry’s got you covered. I highly recommend this book for those who love great recipes, great stories, and Amish history of their culture and pies. AND the “pie contest” piece she wrote (starting on page 113), was one of the many highlights in this delightful book.

“Vintage Pies” By: Anne Haynie Collins. This is a wonderful book filled with deliciously “old-fashioned” recipes. I loved looking over this book and seeing all of the pies I remembered from my childhood. Pies like “Pecan Pie” (page 35), “Boiled Cider Pie” (page 40), “Buttermilk Pie” (page 47), “Tears on Your Pillow Pie” (page 48), “Stack Pie” (page 54 – possibly one of my favorite pie recipes of all time), “Crumb Pie” (page 66), “Union Pie” (page 84), “Chocolate Cream Pie” (page 102), “Huckleberry Pie” (page 130) and “Mock Apple Pie” (page 148) all bring back delicious memories of watching my Grandma Barbra in the kitchen when I was younger. I recommend this book for those who want to add a perfect collection of old-fashioned and homespun pie recipes. This book is stained (chocolate cream pie) and will continue to get stained because it’s staying in my kitchen. Anne did a fabulous job putting together this delicious book of memorable pie recipes that will sure to be cherished.

“Ms. American Pie” By: Beth M. Howard. I loved this book from start to finish – which is how I read it – like a novel. Beth is a beautifully talented writer (I highly recommend reading her memoir “Love, Loss and Pie”) and her writing, along with the delicious recipes and beautiful photographs combined to make a beautiful – almost perfect – book. The beginning of the book “Make Your Own Damn Pie!” was a personal favorite of mine. She shares her personal journey – and anyone willing to share their journey gets a thumbs up in my book. Beth continues on with her “Pie-Deology” (page 14) and I agree with each and every one. Bravo! I also LOVED the part entitled “My Pie Principles” (page 16). Another part I LOVED!? Yes – I loved this book… Beth’s “Pie Myths, Busted” (page 19). My mouth literally dropped open – three times – when reading her myths – that she busted wide open. EVERYONE on a “pie journey” (like myself) needs to READ THIS! Buy the book – start on page 19… And continue right into page 21 – “Frequently Asked Questions” – also – life changing (at least to me) in the world of pie baking! Something else that changed my pie baking began on page 25. A section all about pie dough. Tips, tricks, tools needed, crusts, lattice variations and crimp crusting techniques – and all with pictures of each step – which I greatly appreciated for ease of use. Just a few of the delicious recipes that fill this book are “Cinnamon” (page 54), “Toffee Pecan” (page 62), “Mississippi Mud” (page 70), “Strawberry Rhubarb” (page 83), “Shaker Lemon” (page 90), “Avocado” (page 107), “Venison” (page 111), “Tomato Basil” (page 131), “French Silk” (page 156), “Banana Cream” (page 160), “Blueberry Crumble” (page 173) and “Pecan Oatmeal” (page 178). OH – and I can’t wait to try the “slab pies” (page 196) – I had not even thought of making a pie like that before! Genius! I highly recommend this cookbook to those who want good quality, simple, delicious, sweet AND savory pies – AND love a cookbook with a delicious story of love, loss and healing. Beth’s book not only warmed my heart and soul – but warmed and filled my stomach. Congratulations Beth on such a deliciously fabulous book!

“First Prize Pies” By: Allison Kave. The first part of this beautiful book is filled with techniques, crust recipes, ingredient lists, tools of the trade and other essential information in making the perfect pie – which I really appreciated. You know – so many pie books just jump right into the recipes. And – I am sure that’s fine for some – but I would prefer some instructors – some tips and tricks – to ensure that for one thing – I know what I am doing – and for another – to help give me the piece of mind that I will  end up with (using their recipe) the “perfect” pie. The book is sorted out into different seasons – love this! It gives you a “starting idea” of what to make just by simply looking it up BY MONTH! How genius is that!? March, for example, contains my favorite pie – “Samantha Bee’s Salty Caramel” (page 70). Why!? Delicious combination of sweet and salty and crunchy and indulgent – perfect! Some highlights from the book are – April’s “Avocado Cream” (page 82), May’s “Mint Julep Cream” (page 94), June’s “Hawaiian Delight” (page 106 and amazing!), July’s “Raspberry Vinegar Tart” (page 120), August’s “Banoffee” (page 136), September’s “Candy Apple” (page 144), October’s “Buttercrunch” (page 162), November’s “Sweet Potato” (page 179), December’s “Salty Dog Chess” (page 183), January’s “Oatmeal Molasses” (page 196) and February’s “Elvis” (page 208 – and a personal favorite of mine). And – of course – there are more recipes per month – I only listed my favorite recipe from each month…and that was hard to narrow down. This book had some of the most unique recipes I remember seeing in a pie book… I recommend this book for those who want to learn more about “pie stacks” and want a recipe outside the realms of “classic recipes”. This book thinks outside the box – and I appreciate that.

“The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book” By: Emily Elsen and Melissa Elsen. This book. Wow! It completely blew away all expectations I had about what a pie book is supposed to be about in terms of techniques and recipes. This book is filled with delicious looking pictures and way WAY out of the box recipes – which I immediately fell in love with. The book is divided into “seasons” and for each season there are a slew of amazingly delicious and “out of the box” pies. Here are some examples.

Spring – “Rhubarb Custard Pie” (page 79), “Wild Ginger Strawberry Pie” (page 82), “Chamomile Buttermilk Custard Pie” (page 84), “Derby Pie” (page 91), “Apple Rose Pie” (page 94), “Lemon Verbena Raspberry Galette” (page 97) and “Farmer Cheese with Thyme Pie” (page 101).

Summer – “Black and Blueberry Upside Down Pie” (page 111), “Lavender Blueberry Pie” (page 117), “Paprika Peach Pie” (page 120), “White Nectarine and Red Currant Pie” (page 126), “Muskmelon Chiffon Pie” (page 139) and “Sweet Corn Custard Pie” (page 142).

Fall – “Bourbon Pear Crumble Pie” (page 152), “Honeyed Fig Crumble Pie” (page 158), “Maple Buttermilk Custard Pie” (page 161), “Pear Anise Pie” (page 164), “Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie” (page 168) and “Rosemary Honey Shoofly Pie” (page 173).

Winter – “Egg ‘n’ Grogg Pie” (page 185), “Malted Chocolate Pecan Pie” (page 188), “Salt Pork Apple Pie” (page 192), “Black Bottom Lemon Pie” (page 199) and “Green Chili Chocolate Pie” (page 204).

AND listen to these crust recipes… How delicious do these sound…
“Lard and Butter Crust” (page 208), “Animal Cracker Crumb Crust” (page 209 and genius! Why didn’t I think of that!?), “Cornmeal Crust” (page 211), “Pecan Biscotti Crust” (page 214) and “Saltine Crust” (page 215).

I loved this book – and highly highly recommend it for those who want a pie book with “out of the box” delicious recipes… Buy it! You will be so glad that you did.

So – all in all – that sums up my latest “pie lesson / research” information. I am always finding new pie books, new pie techniques, etc. I am well on my way – but from what I have read and from what I have heard – experience matters most. So…I will get there – with just a little more practice.

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To buy these books or to find out more information, please click on the links below…

“Me, Myself, and Pie”http://www.amazon.com/Myself-Pie-The-Pinecraft-Collection/dp/0310335566

“Vintage Pies”http://www.amazon.com/Vintage-Pies-Classic-American-Todays/dp/1581572646

“Ms. American Pie”http://www.amazon.com/Ms-American-Pie-Buttery-Recipes/dp/1937994686

“First Prize Pies”http://www.amazon.com/First-Prize-Pies-Deliciously-Inventive/dp/161769102X

“The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book”http://www.birdsblack.com/the-pie-book/

The personal views and reviews of this blog are mine and mine alone. Any opinion or thought expressed are strictly my own. More information can be found by emailing me your questions. Shout out and special thanks to The Pinecraft Collection, Sherry Gore, Countryman Press, Anne Collins, Stewart – Tabori and Chang, Allison Kave, Race Point Publishing, Beth Howard, Grand Central Life & Style and Emily and Melissa Elsen for the amazing opportunity to review these wonderful books, as I continue my pie quest.

Blaise