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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Phyllis’ Peanut Butter Fudge

My good friend, Phyllis Arnett, shared with me this delicious recipe for quick and easy peanut butter fudge. I was a little hesitant at first, but after making it, I became a firm believer in how delicious this fudge really is! It only calls for 4 ingredients and you should really already have all of them on hand. Try this recipe and let me know what you think! Email me at blaisethebaker@gmail.com

This recipe did not make it in time for it to be included in my upcoming cookbook “Blaise the Baker Dessert First” but I am sharing it here with everyone instead. Shout out and special thanks to everyone who has already preordered! I am so thankful. If you are interested in preordering my cookbook (available September 9th) please send $15 check or money order to:

Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351. Thanks in advance!

PB fudge

Phyllis’ Peanut Butter Fudge

1 pound butter
18 oz smooth peanut butter
2 pounds confectioner’s sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

In a large microwave safe bowl melt together the butter and smooth peanut butter.

Once melted, stir in carefully the confectioner’s sugar and pure vanilla extract.

Combine well. Place in desired size greased pan and smooth out the top.

Allow to cool to room temperature before cutting and enjoying.

Phyllis

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Chew This – Chocolate Chip Cookie In A Mug

Happy “Chew This!” Sunday! (And Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads!) As many of you already know, I have a food column in “The Courier-Times” on the 1st and 3rd Sunday’s each month. It is a place where I can share my stories and recipes, and I love it! I am always trying to think of new and different recipes to share with everyone – and this one takes the cake! Or, well, cookie! Ha! 

I spent longer than a person might think in developing this recipe, but the reward was well worth all the time, trouble and sink loads of dishes. The recipe produces a single chocolate chip cookie in less than two minutes. Two. Minutes! It is dangerous – it is fun – it is addictive – it is delicious! 

This recipe was tested in your average microwave. Do not try and bake this in the oven – or a convection oven. If the cookie is still gooey after your 50 seconds, microwave 10 seconds longer. If too dry, microwave less. 50 seconds worked for me. 



Chocolate Chip Cookie In A Mug

http://www.thecouriertimes.com/neighbors/neighbors_features/article_5a93a43a-6e25-572a-b383-8678dadc5cce.html

Enjoy! 

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Pineapple Icebox Pie

Since it has been so hot and humid here in Indiana, I have been experimenting with “Icebox Pies”. I have fallen in love! Some of them can be made with just simply a thin cookie and some layered whipped cream. They are simple, fun, easy to throw together and best of all – beyond delicious!

This recipe may sound “odd” – but trust me…it is so delicious you will not believe it! The sour cream adds a deliciously rich, back flavor and the vanilla pudding thickens it and adds an “icebox pie” taste that combines beautifully with the crushed pineapple! You can top this with homemade whipped cream (whipped heavy cream with a little white granulated sugar at the end), Cool-Whip or leave it plain and simple.

Pineapple Icebox Pie Blaise the Baker

Pineapple Icebox Pie

1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple in pineapple juice
1 cup sour cream
2 (3.4 oz.) packages vanilla instant pudding mix
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
Store bought (or homemade) shortbread pie crust

In a large bowl combine the crushed pineapple in pineapple juice, sour cream, vanilla instant pudding mixes, pure vanilla extract and salt. Pour into prepared shortbread pie crust and even out the top.

Place in refrigerator to chill for at least 3 hours.

If serving with whipped cream, top before serving.

Enjoy!

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Chew This – Unbelievable Meatloaf

Happy Easter Sunday! And Happy “CHEW THIS!” Sunday! Today’s recipe is a personal favorite of my Grandma Barbra… a FOUR ingredient meatloaf! Yes – you heard that right…only FOUR ingredients and it is so unbelievably delicious and easy to throw together… well – you just will not believe it!

Chew This Meatloaf Blaise Doubman

Unbelievable Meatloaf

http://www.thecouriertimes.com/neighbors/article_0d0fc30e-d7d1-11e4-af6b-530e6ce059ee.html

TRY IT and tell me what you think! It’s SO good…

Blaise

I have had a lot of questions about what type of “stuffing mix” to use.

Here is the box I use…

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Chew This – Shrimp Scampi and Angel Hair Pasta

HAPPY SUNDAY! Today’s the official publication of my “CHEW THIS!” column in “The Courier-Times”! I am SO excited to be sharing this delicious, quick AND easy MEAL with all of you!

Be sure to pick up a copy TODAY and let me know what you think of my “LESS than 30 minute meal…”

For STEP BY STEP pictures (to show you how quick and easy it really is, visit my Facebook page – http://facebook.com/blaisethebaker)

Chew This Shrimp and Pasta Blaise Doubman

Shrimp Scampi and Angel Hair Pasta

http://www.thecouriertimes.com/neighbors/article_77f329a8-7b11-11e4-9034-ebd262ce1f0e.html

Also – let me just send out a big SHOUT OUT to everyone for the AMAZING responses I got from my last column about Thanksgiving traditions! I loved hearing and reading about all of your favorite traditions and recipes! Keep that wonderful feedback coming – I thank you for it!

Blaise

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Chew This – Lemon and Butter Oven Pancakes

Today is the official publication day of my “CHEW THIS!” column in “The Courier-Times” and I am so excited to be sharing this recipe with everyone! These pancakes bring to me, a load of childhood memories. My Great Grandma Flora and I would eat pancakes down at my Grandma Barbra’s house EVERY DAY! I do not think we missed a day (or a pancake) for several years.

It was almost like a tradition – and something that I still remember fondly today…

Make sure and pick up a copy of “The Courier-Times” TODAY and let me know what you think! These pancakes are delicious topped with butter and maple syrup – or even powdered sugar and fresh berries!

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Lemon and Butter Oven Pancakes

http://www.thecouriertimes.com/neighbors/article_8bb1d9fc-53e9-11e4-bc69-6f7b6d39681c.html

Blaise

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2-Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

Yesterday, I made an AMAZING chocolate cake…in a MUG…in the microwave! Yes – you read that right!

I am not sure I had ever had anything like this before. AND I admit that I was (at first) a little…against the fact of making a cake in the microwave. I figured – why make a cake in a MUG when you could make a regular size cake and eat on it for days!?

Well, I am “seeing the light” now, and I understand why people would want a “mug cake”. It is easy, fast, individual sized, and so delicious!

The recipe I used came from “Lucky Peach”. I have included the recipe below – but here is their official posting, recipe and story… http://lky.ph/post/43087441437/mug-cake-for-lonelyhearts

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Lucky Peach’s Two-Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons white all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons white granulated sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 small or medium coffee mug (microwave safe)

Add the egg, milk and vegetable oil to a small or medium coffee mug and whisk together. Next, add the white all-purpose flour, white granulated sugar, and unsweetened cocoa powder, and mix thoroughly until everything is combined. Finally, add in the chocolate chips, pure vanilla extract and salt and mix again.

Put your mug into a 1000-watt microwave for 2 minutes.

The cake might rise over the top of the mug, but do not be alarmed.

Allow to cool and tip out onto a plate if desired.

EAT! This can serve two. 

Note: Mine served one – me. 

Enjoy!

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Lightning Fast Desserts

There is nothing I love more than making desserts from scratch…expect maybe aside from eating them! πŸ˜‰

I love taking the time to ensure that everything is done correctly and I love seeing (and tasting) the final outcome! In making desserts from scratch YOU control the quality of the ingredients – which I love.

BUT – I know that everyone does not have the time to make homemade desserts from scratch, so I am going to share FIVE of my favorite “lightning fast desserts”! TWO of these desserts have already been featured on my blog and they are the recipes for my “Any Flavor Chip Fudge” (which has just been updated) and my “Turbinado Peanut Butter Cookies”. You can find them here…

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Lightning Fast Fudge recipe https://blaisethebaker.wordpress.com/2014/03/02/fudge-favorite-chocolate-fudge-and-favorite-peanut-butter-fudge/

Lightning Fast Cookie recipe https://blaisethebaker.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/peanut-butter-cookies-with-turbinado-sugar/

The other three recipes I am going to share are super simple and super delicious! I have made them a LOT over the years, and I hope that you will to. They are…

Lightning Fast Biscuits and Jam

1 cup self-rising flour
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Combine and turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface.

Knead the dough lightly for about a minute.

Roll the dough to 3/4 inch thickness and cut with a biscuit cutter. My biscuit cutter is approximately 2 inches.

Bake at 425 degrees on a lightly greased cookie sheet for 14 minutes exactly.

Top with your favorite jam and serve!

Makes about 6 large biscuits.

Enjoy!

Lightning Fast Banana Bread Cookies

2 overripe bananas
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Mash the 2 bananas in a bowl with a fork or potato masher.

Add the oats and walnuts and stir to combine.

Drop tablespoons of batter onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Makes about 12 cookies.

Enjoy!

Lightning Fast Cupcakes

1 box of chocolate cake mix
1 can room temperature soda

Any flavor of cake mix and any flavor of soda will work! Experiment! Try them all! My favorite though is chocolate cake mix and “Coca-Cola” – so delicious!)

Combine cake mix and soda and whisk together until smooth.

Pour the batter into a cupcake paper lined tin and bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes exactly.

Let them cool completely and then frost as desired! I really like “frosting” them with whipped cream!

This makes 12 regular size cupcakes.

Enjoy!

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