Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cranberry Muffins

A freshly baked muffin slathered with butter might just be one of my favorite things to eat. The sweet burst of fresh cranberries in these Cranberry Muffins is quite delightful.

Cranberry Muffins _ La Phemme Phoodie 3-2

I’ve made this recipe several times. For my first two batches I used dried cranberries and the muffins were very bland. Dried cranberries simply don’t work for this recipe. If you can’t find fresh cranberries look for frozen cranberries or simply substitute with blueberries until cranberries come back in season. While using fresh cranberries can be a bit labor intensive the end result is totally worth it.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Congo Bars (Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars)

The large package from our family in South Carolina arrives a few days before Christmas. It’s a family tradition to send everyone’s presents in one large box to share on Christmas morning. Stashed among the presents is a tin containing one of my favorite desserts. Congo Bars a/k/a Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars have been a staple among our Christmas presents from my family in South Carolina for as long as I can remember.

Blondies 4r _ La Phemme Phoodie

I’ve seen recipes referring to them as Congo Bars, Blondies and/or Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars. It appears that they are all relatively the same recipe with the exception that Congo Bars typically contain coconut. As referenced by America’s Test Kitchen, blondes are first cousins to both brownies and chocolate chip cookies. This recipe does not contain coconut but it can easily be added if you are a coconut lover.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Yellow Cake with Creamy Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate Cake - Overview

As the only baker in my family, I am responsible for making everyone’s birthday treats. I find the process of baking so relaxing. I really enjoy tweaking various recipes to play around with the ingredients. I’ve made these One Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes on countless occasions. They are always a hit. While I will never turn down a chocolate cake, I’ve been craving a yellow cake. I have to admit I gave a few boxed cake mixes a try out of desperation. They were pretty awful. They tasted nothing like the traditional yellow cake I remember before going gluten free.