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sugar cookies

2 cups white sugar4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

5 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely and decorate.

note: I made half a batch and used small cookie cutters and it made approx. 80

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red velvet cupcakes

In a few days is my best friend’s birthday but she is having her party this weekend. I wanted to make something but didn’t have much time so I resorted to my favourite cupcakes. Betty Crocker’s red velvet cupcake mix

.imgresI feel badly putting this on here but these are my favourite cupcakes and they are soooo fluffy. Although I haven’t given homemade cupcakes much of a go because the last time it took me 2 hours to make them. Although I now have lots of experience using a piping bag and making homemade chocolate decorations.

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Guess who made biscuits!

You know those really good cheddar bay biscuits from red lobster? Yeah those, that’s what I made. The only reason I really made these was because my sister and her best friend were craving them the night before at 11p.m. They were a lot easier to make than i thought they would be.

ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 Tbsp garlic powder
¾ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 ½ sticks (¾ cup) unsalted butter (divided)
1 cup whole milk (I didn’t have whole milk so i used regular milk and they worked fine)
1 (8 oz) package shredded mild cheddar cheese
½ teaspoon dried parsley

instructions


Preheat oven to 450°F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Add 1 stick of butter to a small microwave safe mixing bowl.  Microwave for 30 seconds or until butter is melted.  Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, sugar, garlic and ½ tsp salt.  Whisk until well combined.  Add butter and milk and whisk just until flour is all wet, do not over mix.  Add cheese and fold in with a spoon.

Drop heaping spoonfuls onto baking sheet.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, until biscuits are golden brown.

Meanwhile melt remaining ½ stick of butter in small mixing bowl.  Microwave for 30 seconds or until butter is melted.  Add ¼ teaspoon salt and parsley.  Stir with pastry brush.

Remove biscuits from oven, brush with melted butter mixture and enjoy!

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strawberry sidewalks??

So we made these things that in french my teacher called “des pavés aux fraises” which to me kind of translate to strawberry sidewalks. Asides from having a strange name and being kind of messy they were delicious!

We started of by making “crème pâtissière” or custard then putting it on puff pastry sidewalks. We got a little crazy and also put Nutella on ours. Then strawberries on top.

for the puff pastry we cut a wider slice and poked lots of holes in it with a fork then we cut two smaller slices and placed them on each side so that there is a space in between still. We didn’t put holes in the smaller side slices because we want the edges to puff up lots so our custard will stay. we then cooked them according to the instructions.

custard

1/2 litre of milk

100g of sugar

5 egg yolks

60g of flour

1/2 a tea spoon of vanilla

a little chunk of butter

In a pot, pour in the milk and vanilla and bring to a boil. In a bowl separate the eggs and keep the yolks. Add the sugar to the egg yolks and beat until the sugar is mostly dissolved. Slowly, while mixing, add the flour. Once it is all mixed in add half of the milk slowly while mixing. Then put all the mix into the rest of the milk in the pot. Put the pot back on the stove and mix continuously until the mix thickens. Once it is thick enough put it in a bowl so it doesn’t continue to cook and put your little chunk of butter in and mix. The butter will give it a nice shine.

Once your puff pastry is finished baking and you’ve finished your custard and let it all cool, you can start filling your sidewalk. We thought it was really good with a layer of Nutella,then custard and then strawberries on top.

bad bananas?

when life gives you bananas, make banana rum bread! This one is my favourite banana bread recipes. It’s one that my step-mom makes and is really delicious.

 

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas, sieved
  •  cup melted salted butter
  • ¾ light brown sugar (depending on the level of sweetness you prefer
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tea spoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 ½ cup flour

directions

1.Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2.Mash the bananas in a bowl, then press the mash through a sieve to get out every last lump. 

3.In a large bowl (or using your mixer) cream together sugar and butter then add egg, vanilla, rum and bananas.

4.Add the spices, b. soda and salt combine until smooth

5.Add the flour last, stir until just combined.

6.Pour mixture into a buttered 4×8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes to one hour, or until a tester comes out clean. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

easy bun recipe

in cooking class our teacher will randomly have us make ourselves a little meal or snack. He told us we were going to make buns and all I could think was that it was going to take a while and we would only get to eat them the next day. But in the hour long class we had we were able to make buns, make a salad, do all the clean up and eat.

3 ¾ cups of flower

2 tea spoons of sugar

2 ¼ tea spoons of yeast

1 ½ cups of lukewarm water

coat in oil. let rise in bowl. Make into bun shapes. Butter top and bake @400˚for ten minutes on top rack then ten minutes on bottom rack.

pie just like grandma’s

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yesterday after school i found a container of strawberries in the fridge that were starting to look a little over ripe. so i decided to make a pie with them. i started with a graham wafer crumbs crust.

graham wafer crumbs crust

ingredients

1 cup graham wafer crumbs

1/3 cup melted butter

2 table spoons sugar

1 table spoon cinnamon

mix all the dry ingredients together then add in melted butter. pack it in to the pan and bake for 10 minutes at 350°.

 

For the filling you can use any kind of fruit and jello. But don’t follow the instructions for making the jello or else it will end up being a very liquidy pie.

Jello filling

1 cup sugar

2 table spoons corn starch

1 cup water

3oz package of jello

put everything together in a pot on the stove and bring to a boil. once boiled let it cool until its room temperature. Once it has cooled and you have placed your fruit in your crust you can pour it in to the pie crust. let it set until it is hard and serve with whipped cream.

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famous cookies

choco chip cookie
I have made these cookies several time and have brought them to school. I have had several people ask for the recipe and even offer to pay me for a batch of these cookies. They are as easy as any other chocolate chip cookies i’ve ever made and are twice as good.
INGREDIENTS
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (about 12 ounces) semisweet and/or milk chocolate chips
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, mix together the flour and baking soda; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, but still soft in the center, 10 to 13 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely.