Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter Brunch

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Max's Birthday-April 15th The Beagle Cake

Max loves See's candy, so for his birthday, I made a cake with layers of butterchew (brown sugar buttercream), butterscotch (butterscotch buttercream) and milk chocolate frostings. The whole cake is covered in chocolate sprinkles, which is the hallmark of See's Bordeaux, whenever you are trying to find one in the box. The cake is topped with brownies.

I can't give you the full recipe for this cake, because it's top secret! :P But I can give you the recipe for indisputably the BEST part of the cake: the brown sugar buttercream. You will want to eat it with a spoon!

Brown Sugar Buttercream
From How to Cook Like Your Grandmother

1 cup milk
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1½ cup brown sugar
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt (if you use unsalted butter)
Stir the milk and flour together and mix over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, until it thickens. It changes suddenly, so don’t walk away from it.Set the milk aside to cool, and combine the sugar, butter and vanilla in a mixer.Beat on medium speed for 5-10 minutes — colder butter will take longer — until the sugar is dissolved and you don’t taste the graininess of it any more.Add the milk mixture to the butter mixture and stir until smooth.The finished texture is light and fluffy.


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Babysitting Snacks

Such a great way to keep the kids happy and busy!

You'll need a bag of pretzels, sprinkles and white chocolate chips.

Melt half a bag of white chocolate chips in the microwave. Stir until creamy and slowly keep adding more chips, stirring all the while to melt the rest in.
Then, I just set the kids up with a bowl of chocolate to dip and trays to sprinkle over (so they don't end up ALL over the floor!)
We let them cool on some parchment paper for a few minutes, then they're ready to eat.

The final product is super delicious and disappears quickly!