Laurie's Kitchen

A cooking blog of some of my favorites

Watermelon and Tomato Salad June 3, 2012

I participated in a recipe swap where the theme was summer salads. I made the following salad and it was a hit. It was out at dinner and left out for dessert. It worked well for both courses. The only change I made was using the plain feta and skipping the onion entirely.

Summer Salad

Serves 6 -8 people

Ingredients
1 8oz package of tomato/basil feta cheese crumbled or you can use plain feta cheese if you can’t find it
4 cups of tomatoes cut into chunks (I use different colors / kinds, yellow heirloom, some grape tomatoes, you can use whatever kind you like)
¼ cup of fresh basil shredded
2 cups of watermelon chopped
1 cup of strawberries sliced
1 red onion sliced thin
½ teaspoon salt
3 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp of olive oil

Directions:
1. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar and salt set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl add tomatoes, cheese, basil, watermelon, strawberries and onion. Gently toss together.
3. Pour vinegar mixture on top of salad and gently toss. Refrigerate for  at least one hour serve cold.

 

Irish Soda Bread March 13, 2012

Filed under: Bread,Breakfast,Brunch,Spring — laurms15 @ 11:06 pm
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5 cups of flour
1 1nd 1/3 cups of sugar
1tbs of salt
6 teaspoons of Baking Powder
2 cps of Whole Milk
1 egg
1 stick of margarine or butter melted
1 cup of raisins (or more if you want)

Scald raisins and rinse with cold water.
Mix dry ingredients and add chilled raisins.
Add one/half of the milk with the egg beat into it ( 1 cup)
Keep adding the rest of the milk gradually.
Add one half of the margarine.
Pour batter  into a greased tube pan or two loaf pans.
Pour the rest of the margarine on top of the batter.
Bake at 350 for 55 min. to one hour. (Check to see if it is dry in the center) .
Loaf pans about 45 min. and muffins about 30 min.

 

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes April 15, 2011

Filed under: Cake,Chocolate,Dessert,Spring — laurms15 @ 8:07 pm

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Prep Time: 40 minutes | Bake Time: 17 minutes

For the Cupcakes:
1 cup Guinness stout
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1½ teaspoons baking soda
¾ teaspoons salt
2 eggs
2/3 cup sour cream

For the Whiskey Ganache Filling:
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
2-4 teaspoons Irish whiskey

For the Baileys Frosting:
2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
5 cups powdered sugar
8 GENEROUS tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream

1. To Make the Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 24 cupcake cups with liners. Bring the Guinness and butter to a simmer in a heavy, medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the cocoa powder and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Cool slightly.

2. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a large bowl to combine. Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sour cream on medium speed until combined. Add the Guinness-chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and beat just to combine. Reduce the speed to low, add the flour mixture and beat briefly. Using a rubber spatula, fold the batter until completely combined. Divide the batter among the cupcake liners. Bake until a thin knife inserted into the center comes out clean, about 17 minutes. Cool the cupcakes on a rack.

3. To Make the Whiskey Ganache Filling: Finely chop the chocolate and transfer it to a heatproof bowl. Heat the cream until simmering and pour it over the chocolate. Let it sit for one minute and then, using a rubber spatula, stir it from the center outward until smooth. Add the butter and whiskey and stir until combined. Let the ganache cool until thick but still soft enough to be piped.

4. To Fill the Cupcakes: Using a 1-inch round cookie cutter (or the bottom of a large decorating tip), cut the centers out of the cooled cupcakes, going about two-thirds of the way down. Transfer the ganache to a piping back with a wide tip and fill the holes in each cupcake to the top.

5. To Make the Baileys Frosting: Using the whisk attachment of a stand mixer, whip the butter on medium-high speed for 5 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally. Reduce the speed to medium-low and gradually add the powdered sugar until all of it is incorporated. Add the Baileys, increase the speed to medium-high and whip for another 2 to 3 minutes, until it is light and fluffy.

6. Using your favorite decorating tip, or an offset spatula, frost the cupcakes and decorate with sprinkles, if desired. Store the cupcakes in an airtight container.

(Recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker who adapted it from Smitten Kitchen)