Thursday, October 31, 2013

Birthday Lollipops!

 Sugartown Sweets is 2 Today! 
What else would I make but Jolly Rancher Lollipops? *wink*
I'm still thrilled to be here..still loving making crafty little treats..and most of all, love when y'all stop by to see "what's cooking"! I may spend a little too much time checking out all the amazing edible crafts other bloggers are posting on their sites and of course on Pinterest (what did we do without it), but how can you blame me? I have so many favorites. I absolutely consider myself blessed to have just a small part in Bloggerland! 
I love embossed fondant. See my Embossed Cookies.
 So today I am embossing lollipops! I ordered my stamps from Purple Cupcakes. 

As the photo above instructs, remove melted candy from oven and wait 5-6 minutes before impressing candy. Removing lollipop from pan just keeps the candy from melting any further.

A huge Thank You to Edible Crafts, and Beth at Hungry Happenings 
for featuring my sweets & treats. Both are big inspirations for me!
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Caramel Apple Brownies!

Caramel Apple Desserts For Fall..I'm Kinda Hooked On Them Lately!
I didn't know if I would be able to even post these yummy brownies as my favorite camera may have bitten the dust. Then again, I've had it for nearly ten months. That seems to be the going rate for me anyways. 
But let's get back to sweeter my grandson's birthday brownies. He really loved them although maybe not as much as his Mama! It seems his Mom is even more of a sugar nut than her Mom!
We have a brand new ready made icing flavor..Pillsbury Caramel Apple! Oh boy is it good. Like you can eat it with a spoon good. No kidding, this stuff is addictive. My oldest grandson has already put his order in for his birthday next year. I'm assuming this will be a seasonal flavor, so I'm going to stock up. 
 Pillsbury and Ghirardelli brownie mixes are my favorite packaged mixes.

Whichever brand you use, just substitute buttermilk for the water and add vanilla and butterscotch chips. Follow package directions for eggs and oil measurement. I add all wet ingredients to a bowl, whisk together and then stir in dry brownie mix.
 Stir in the butterscotch chips. I used a very generous cup. Probably more like 1 1/4 cups.
 Bake according to package directions.
 Let brownies cool for about 10 minutes. Heat icing for 30 seconds in microwave. 
Pour warm icing over warm brownies. Now see how long you can wait before digging into these..
 Caramel Apple Wonderfulness..
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Friday, October 11, 2013

Jack-o'-Lantern Cookies!

It's pumpkin season! Time to carve those Jack-0'-Lanterns!
I've seen some really cute ones already! Every year at our town square, the local school children decorate theirs and place them in "Pumpkin Patches" around the court house. I've been taking my grandbabies to see them for several years now..only a couple more weeks to go. Back in the day, my own children used to carve the pumpkins and then we would roast the seeds..ahh..those were the days.
Click here to see my Pumpkin Patch Lollipops!

For the recipe I used, click here.

Well..before you bake them, crush and fill with lemon Jolly Ranchers.

Now bake them @ 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes. Remove from oven and cool cookies before decorating.
I use Wilton ready made fondant. 
I used silver and ended up going with the blue. You might like the silver better..?

Attach candy eyes and mask strings with corn syrup.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Apple Bread

Moist Apple Bread you say? Why yes it is..thank you!
Hubby and I have a favorite apple house in North Carolina that we have been visiting for over 20 years..Barber's Orchard! The Golden Delicious apples have always been my go to, but I decided to add Honeycrisp to the list this time. I love them. And while Barber's makes many delicious apple treats, today I am making my own yummy and moist Apple Bread by adapting my Banana Bread recipe. 
Next week it's..Caramel Apple Cookies!

 Saigon cinnamon is the variety I use to make Cinnamon sugar. One sniff and you'll know why! 
I used half of the Cinnamon sugar to coat the loaf pan and the other half to mix into shredded apples.
I used one Golden Delicious and one Honeycrisp..just to be fair ya know.. ;o) 
I also gently pressed out just some of the juice from the shredded apples.
Stir half of the cinnamon sugar into apples and set aside.
I love butter flavor Crisco to grease my cake pans. 
Use the remaining half of Cinnamon sugar to coat the baking pan.
Add all dry ingredients in mixing bowl whisking to combine.
 In a separate bowl, add eggs, buttermilk, oil and vanilla. 
Gently whisk together and add to flour mixture stirring just till moistened.
Fold in shredded apples.
Pour batter into prepared pan.
 Bake @ 325 degrees for 55-60 minutes.
I'm baking mine for 58 minutes or just until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

 Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan...
 and enjoy!
Apple Bread Recipe
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 teaspoon allspice 
*(homemade allspice recipe=1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg & 1/4  teaspoon cloves)*
1/2 cup canola oil
2 large eggs
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 medium apples peeled, cored and shredded. Gently press out just some of the juice.

Cinnamon Sugar Recipe
1/4 cup sugar mixed with 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Grease 9x5 inch loaf pan. (I use butter flavor Crisco)
Coat with half the Cinnamon sugar.
Stir remaining half of Cinnamon sugar into shredded apples and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and allspice. In a separate bowl, gently whisk together oil, eggs, buttermilk and vanilla. Add to flour mixture just till moistened.
Fold in shredded apples. Pour into prepared loaf pan. 
Bake @ 325 degrees for 55-60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan.

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