No. 9 Cocktail

With Valentines Day right around the corner this pretty in pink "love potion" cocktail is great to share with your sweetie. 

No 9 Cocktail

This cocktail may be short on ingredients but definitely isn't short on flavor. Blood oranges are a great bright winter citrus that taste like a cross between oranges and raspberries and the pink color is perfect for Valentines Day. 

No 9 Cocktail

No. 9 Cocktail

No 9 Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz blood orange juice
  • 1 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liquor 
  • champagne to top
  • garnish: blood orange wedge

Instructions:

Add blood orange juice and St. Germain to a cocktail shaker full with ice. Shake until combined and cold and poor into a coupe and top with champagne. 

 

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Skillet Brownie Sundae for Two

This Skillet Brownie Sundae for Two (or one if you really need your chocolate fix ;) ) has a warm dark chocolate brownie topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. 

Skillet Brownie Sundae for Two

These brownies are a great for Valentines Day! Add some heart sprinkles and you have a festive and yummy dessert for you and your Valentine. This recipe makes two skillets ( I used these) but if you would like to share one you can add all of the batter to one skillet. This will result in a thick brownie so, add a few more minutes to the cooking time and then you can enjoy a brownie sundae together :) 

Skillet Brownie Sundae for Two

Skillet Brownie Sundae for Two

Skillet Brownie Sundae for Two
  • 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup dark cocoa
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • ice cream
  • caramel sauce (recipe to follow)
  • flaked sea salt to top

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and sugar together until the butter is completely melted and the sugar begins to dissolve, about 2 minutes. (do not boil) 

Remove from the heat and sit to cool slightly. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl stir together cocoa, flour, baking powder, espresso powder and salt. 

Once the butter mixture has cooled, mix in the vanilla and egg until just combined. Then add the mixture to the dry ingredients. Once the batter comes together mix in the chocolate chips. Have fun here, you don't have to stop at chocolate ships. You can add any mix ins you like. Caramel candy pieces, toffee pieces, let your imagination run wild ;)

Divide the batter between two 6 inch small cast iron skillets. Bake for 20 minutes. Then, move to a wire rack to cool.  

Once they have cooled for about 5 minutes and are still warm, top with ice cream, caramel sauce (recipe to follow), and flaked sea salt. 

Caramel Sauce

Caramel Sauce
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoon butter

In a small sauce pan over medium heat, bring the sugar, water, and corn syrup to a boil. Continue to boil until the sugar reaches a nice caramel color. I like to bring my caramel to a nice dark color almost to the brink of burning. It takes some practice to find the perfect color but is the key to a great flavorful caramel. Immediately remove the sugar from the heat when it reaches that color. Then, add in the cream and butter. This will cause the caramel to vigorously boil so be aware. Stir the caramel until the butter is melted and the cream is incorporated. 

Enjoy! -B

 

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Puppy Chow "Christmas Crack" Cake

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"Puppy Chow" or "Muddy Buddies" are a popular sweet no bake snack. In my family we make the treat for Christmas, sonwe affectionately refer to it as "Christmas Crack" because of how addictive the snack can be. The Puppy Chow I grew up with combines crispix cereal, powdered sugar, peanut butter and butterscotch morsels. I decided to up the ante and make a cake based off of those flavors and then top it with the yummy snack. 

Puppy Chow Cake - b. sweet

Puppy Chow Cake

Vanilla Butter Cake

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk  

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and add parchment circles to three 6 inch round cake pans. 

Using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. 

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 

Add eggs to the butter mixture one at a time. Then alternatively add flour mixture and buttermilk to butter mixture (beginning and ending with flour) and beat until just combined.  

Divide the batter into three 6 inch cake pans. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Then, move to a wire rack to cool.  

Peanut Butter Butterscotch Cream Cheese Icing

  • 8 oz cream cheese 
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butterscotch morsels, melted

Microwave the butterscotch morsels in 30 second intervals until melted and smooth. Then let cool before adding to Icing.

Using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer cream together the softened butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Then, mix in cream cheese, peanut butter, and melted butterscotch morsels until smooth. If you desire a stiffer consistency you may want to add more powdered sugar. 

Puppy Chow (half of a recipe)

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch morsels
  • 3 cup crispix cereal
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the peanut butter and butterscotch morsels together until smooth. Then, scoop the crispix into a large bowl or tupperware container, then pour the melted butterscotch and peanut butter mixture over the cereal. Gently fold the mixture into the cereal until every piece is coated. Then comes the fun part. I use a container that has a secure fitting lid. I pour the powdered sugar in the bowl with the coated cereal. Then, cover with the lid and shake until all the pieces are covered. If you are not into shaking the powdered sugar on you can always just fold the mixture until coated but wheres the fun in that ;). 

 

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