Sunday, January 19, 2014

This Blog has MOVED~~~

This blog has been changed to my own domain name of Food, Flowers and Family
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*I was having technical problems with Blogger, and this just seemed like a good idea.  I hope to bring even more consistent, quality content, so please stay tuned!


Monday, January 13, 2014

Starlight Mint Pink Hot Chocolate

Chase away winter's chill with yummy hot chocolate that tastes just like Starlight mint candies! This is a great way to use up some leftover candy you might have from Christmas.  This pretty beverage would be wonderful to serve the youngsters on Valentine's Day! 

*Check out the adult cocktail version below~

Starlight Mint Pink Hot Chocolate 

3 C milk
20 Starlight mints, unwrapped
1 C white chocolate chips
1/2 C half-and-half
1/4 C instant fat-free dry milk powder
1 tsp. cornstarch
Corn syrup, crushed Starlight mints, peppermint OR regular miniature marshmallows OR whipped cream, candy cane sticks, maraschino cherries, miniature candy bars like Twix (or your favorite) or cookies for garnish~

In pot, combine milk, mints, chocolate chips, half-and-half, milk powder and cornstarch.  Cook over medium-low heat, whisking, until mints have melted and mixture is smooth.  For extra frothy, pour into blender; cover and blend.  If desired, brush rims of 4 mugs with syrup; dip into crushed mints.  Divide hot chocolate among mugs; top with marshmallows or other desired toppings.  Serve with candy cane sticks, if you like. 

Makes 4 servings

Make it a cocktail:  Add 2 Tablespoons clear chocolate vodka to each serving.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Pecan-Berry Coffee Cake

It's still "coffee cake" weather, in my humble opinion, so here's a terrific one.  What I love about this recipe is that you can use FRESH blueberries NOW and change it to raspberries (or your favorite berry) later in the year. Having said that, it is ok to use frozen berries in this recipe, just do NOT that them first! 

The apple replaces some of the butter found in most coffee cake recipes and adds a sweet taste and moist cake!

This is from the Eating Well magazine, June 2013 edition~

Tip:  Make this ahead by baking, cooling and then covering in the pan.  Hold at room temperature for up to 1 day.  Before serving, unwrap and heat at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Now that I'm sharing, I've got the sudden itch to make this; maybe next shopping trip!

Pecan-Berry Coffee Cake


1 C all-purpose flour + 1-1/2 tsp., divided
3 Tbsp. cornmeal
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. butter, softened
3 Tbsp. canola oil
3/4 C sugar
2 large eggs
1/3 C low-fat milk
3 Tbsp. lemon zest
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1-1/2 C blueberries or raspberries, fresh OR frozen (NOT thawed)


2 Tbsp. cold butter
1/4 C sugar
1 C chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line an 8-inch square pan with foil, leaving an over-hang on all sides.  Lightly coat the foil with cooking spray.

To prepare cake: Whisk 1 cup flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.  Beat softened butter and oil in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed for 2 minutes.  Scrape down the sides.  Add 3/4 cup sugar and beat on medium-high until smooth, about 2 minutes.  Add eggs, milk, lemon zest and vanilla and beat on medium-high until smooth, about 1 minute.  Scrape down the sides.  Add the flour mixture and beat on low speed just until incorporated.

Place berries and apple in a small bowl, sprinkle with the remaining 1-1/2 teaspoons flour and toss very gently to coat.  Sprinkle the fruit over the batter and very gently fold in until just combined.  Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top.

To prepare topping:

Combine cold butter and 1/4 cup sugar in a bowl.  With a pastry blender, cut them together until the butter is in small pieces and uniform crumbles form.  Add pecans and toss until evenly incorporated.  Sprinkle the topping over the batter.

Bake the cake until a test inserted in the center comes out clean and the nuts are a deep brown, 50-55 minutes.

Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 2 hours.  Lift it out of the pan, using the edges of the foil, onto a cutting board, and cut into 16 squares.  Use a spatula to lift the cake from the foil.

Makes 16 servings, 2-inch squares