Samstag, 28. Juli 2012

Garlic Knots

"Take me to a picnic and I´m gonna bring some garlic knots."
These little pieces of art work are so cute.
I found these delicious bites on justataste.
I just made them yesterday and there were gone before I had the chance to decorate them on a plate. 
Watch out! Your family gonna snatch them away from you.

Photo by sabrina sue




Garlic Knots


Yield: 4 dozen
(adapted from justataste)

2 lbs. store-bought or homemade pizza dough
All purpose flour, for rolling out dough
1 Tablespoon olive oil
3 Tablespoons butter
2 garlic cloves
1 Tablespoon italian herbs
salt



Photo by sabrina sue

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Prepare baking sheets with baking paper.
  • Divide dough in half, keeping half covered under a kitchen towel. Roll out the other half on a lightly floured surface, creating a 10-inch square.
  • Cut the 10-inch square in half with a sharp knife to form two rectangles. Cut each rectangle into 12 strips 
  • Tie each strip into a knot and arrange them on the prepared baking sheets. 
  • Cover them with a kitchen towel while you repeat the rolling, cutting and tying process with the second half of the dough.Bake the knots for 5 minutes, then rotate the baking sheet and bake an additional 3-5 minutes until golden brown and fully cooked.
  • While knots bake, grate the garlic cloves using a microplane and combine with olive oil and butter in a small sauce pan over low heat. 
  • Cook just until butter has melted and mixture is warmed. Remove from heat and stir in chopped italian herbs.

Immediately after baking, brush the baked knots with the garlic mixture and 
sprinkle with salt. 

Serve warm



Mittwoch, 25. Juli 2012

Summer feeling

Summer means ice cream, sunshine, picnic...
There are a lot more things coming to my mind, when I think about summer time.
Today I had a little bit of summer on my small balcony.
The sun was shinning after days full of dark clouds and rain.
Finally...


Photo by sabrina sue




A nice decoration idea for a summer party is a vase with sliced lemons in the flower water.
It looks and smells fantastic.


What does summer means to you...?





Sonntag, 22. Juli 2012

Fried noodles with mango and chili meatballs

I can think of nothing easier to make, than an instant noodle soup.
Just tear of the package, read the directions and your almost done.
You can eat your soup like you did it about a 100 times ago, just a normal instant noodle soup with no mmmhhhhh´s and aaaaahhhh´s.
Or just go ahead and make yourself a dish which is going to be unbelievable.

There are no rules, just be creative and add what ever you want.
I made some fried noodles with mango and chili meatballs.
The spicy taste of the meatballs combined with the sweetness of the mango is incredible.


Photo by sabrina sue

Fried noodles with mango and chili meatballs

  • 1 instant noodle soup
  • 1/2 leek
  • soybean sprouts
  • 1/4 mango
  • oil for frying

Chili Meatballs

  • 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 small egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs (or use enough to hold the meat together)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh minced garlic or garlic powder
  • salt and pepper for seasoning
  • chopped herbs 
  • chopped chilli pepper

For the chili meatballs 

  • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl 
  • Shape into small meatballs and fry them in a large pan


For the fried noodles
  • cook instant noodle soup like direction (I use the spices in the package as well)
  • after cooking drip of the water and let the noodles chill 
  • weanwhile fry leek in a pan, add noodles and meatballs and soybean sprouts
Photo by sabrina sue


Serve with sliced mango on top.
For more spice you can spice up with soy sauce.


Montag, 16. Juli 2012

Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Yummy, yummy, yummy, they got love in their tummy.
Chocolate cupcakes with a peanut butter heart.
This recipe is a dream for everybody who loves chocolate and is addicted to peanut butter.
Reese´s cups are my favorite, I love them.

Photo by sabrina sue



Photo by sabrina sue

Photo by sabrina sue


Peanut butter cupcakes

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix (and whatever ingredients you need to make the cake)
  • 24 reese´s peanut butter cups (mini)
  • 24 muffin cups
  • chocolate candy melts or any kind of frosting

Photo by sabrina sue

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Prepare cake mix like description 
  • scoop 3-4 tablespoons of cake batter into the bottom of each muffin cup
  • Place a reese´s peanut butter cup into the center of each muffin cup and add 2-3 tablespoons of batter
  • Bake at 350°F for about 25-30 minutes
  • Remove from oven and let them chill out before you add any kind of frosting
Makes 24 peanut butter cupcakes.



Photo by sabrina sue

Photo by sabrina sue




Enjoy...

Donnerstag, 12. Juli 2012

Vintage tea cups

Be creative. Be more creative. I always think about it, when I see all these adorable DIY blogs.
So this time I tried something too and made these nice little vintage tea cups.
I want to use them for my next food recipe. 
Actually I don´t know which recipe it´s gonna be, but it was fun creating them.
The instruction for these tea cups I got from an awesome blog called annewood. Check it out...


Photo by sabrina sue

Photo by sabrina sue


Photo by sabrina sue



Get inspired and be creative...



Mittwoch, 11. Juli 2012

grandma´s german apple crumble pie

Today I want to show you how good a german apple crumble pie can taste and look like.
My friend told me about his grandma´s apple pie and his memories about it.
The smile on his face while he was talking about his childhood and the memories about these special sunday´s when his grandma baked that apple pie  touched my heart.
I just had to try this pie.


Photo by sabrina sue


grandma´s german apple crumble pie

crumbles

240g          flour
120g          butter
150g          white sugar



Photo by sabrina sue



Dough

500g          flour
180g          butter
180g          white sugar
2               eggs
10g            baking powder
10g            vanilla sugar

6-8             apples

If you don´t have any vanilla sugar you can make your own. It´s a nice recipe and you can also use vanilla sugar for other cakes, pies, cookies and desserts. Just have a look here.




Photo by sabrina sue

1.          For the crumbles place flour, butter and sugar in a large bowl and 
             blend them together.
             It´s much easier using your hands. Coninue mixing until it get´s           
             crumbly.

2.          For the dough add flour, butter, sugar, eggs, baking powder and 
             vanilla sugar in a large bowl and mix them until you get a smooth 
             dough.

3.          Roll dough to a uniform thickness on a large cookie sheet.
             
4.          Peel 4-5 apples and shred them. I prefer using about 6-8 apples 
             to make the pie more juicy.
             
6.          Place the shred apples on the dough and cover immediately with the
             crumbles.

7.          Preheat oven to 425°F and bake for about 35-45 minutes.


I hope you enjoy grandma´s recipe as much as I do... 







Freitag, 6. Juli 2012

Tiny little brownie cake balls


Is there anybody who don´t like cake balls?
I don´t think so.
Cake balls are sooooo tiny and soooooo delicious.
For my brownie cake balls I used a brownie mix from Duncan Hines.
You can use any cake or brownie mix you like or you can also use my Chocolate Chip Walnut Brownies recipe.
Most of the recipes want you to use a cake for the cake balls, but I like to use a brownie mix, because the brownie gets more juicy and you don´t need that much frosting.

Photo by sabrina sue

Brownie cake balls

  • 1 box brownie mix (and whatever ingredients you need to make the brownie)
  • 1 container frosting (I used chocolate fudge frosting)
  • 2 packages of candy dips ( I used vanilla and chocolate)
  • all kind of sprinkles and toppings for the cake balls



1. Bake the brownie.

Just follow the discription on the back of the box. Let the brownies cool completely down.
 2. Crumble the cake and mix in the frosting.

Now attack the poor little brownie. It´s hard but we have to do that.
Crumble the brownie before you add the frosting or its gonna be a big mess.
Add as much frosting until it gets sticky and you can roll balls or any shape you like.
3. Roll the cake/frosting mixture to balls.

Roll the mixture to the shape you would like them to look like.
I tried to create a muffin look alike.
Place them on a cookie sheet or plate and let them chill in the refrigerator.


Photo by sabrina sue


4. Melt the chocolate and cover the cake pops.

Melt the candy melts following the directions on the back of the package.
Get the cake balls out of the refrigerator and dip them into the melted candy.
If you use two different candy melt, you maybe have to store your cake balls after the first chocolate coating in the fridge again, to let the coating cool down, before running the next chocolate coating.

For the creamy surface of my cake pops I placed the white coating with a spoon instead of dipping them into the candy melt.

Caution: Be careful than after the first cake ball you´re gonna be addicted
            to them.


5. Decorate them with all kind of sprinkles and colors.

Place the cake balls on a cookie sheet to dry and decorate them.

Cake balls are a nice eye catcher for every party. Just wrap into foil with a colored ribbon and you´ve got the nicest gift ever.



Have fun and let me know how the came out. Maybe you want to send me pictures of your cake balls...












Sonntag, 1. Juli 2012

Petit Apple Pies

Mmmmmmhhhhhh Apple Pie.
There is nothing better than the crunchy crust and the caramelized apples of a warm, home made Apple Pie.
I just made some mini ones.
Served with vanilla ice you can´t beat it.

Photo by sabrina sue
Photo by sabrina sue








Apple Pie Crust

(about 6 servings)

1 1/2 cups Flour
1 1/2 tbs white sugar
3 tbs cold water
1/2 cup salted real butter


1.          Combine flour and sugar in a large bowl.
2.          Cut the butter and add to the dry ingredients.
3.          Stir in cold water, until the crust mixture forms a ball.  
4.          Wrap dough into plastic and let it chill for at least half in hour in the
             refrigerator.
5.          Roll dough to a uniform thickness and cut out small circles for the
             mini tart or mini-muffin pan. 
6.          Place one dough circle into pie plate and press into form. 
             trim excess dough around the edges.




        
 Apple Filling:


3 apples
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tbs lemon juice
1/2 tbs cinnamon

7.          Peel and cut apples into small cubes.
8.          Mix apples with white sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon in a bowl.
9.          Place apple mixture in the pie shells.















10.        Place horizontal and vertical strips, of dough on top of the pies.
















11.        Preheat the oven to 425° F and bake for 25-35 minutes.

Photo by sabrina sue