Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Strawberry Butter

Last month Tomas and I went to dinner at Sweet Tomatoes. One of the things we always have there is the sourdough bread and butter. Well this time there was a new butter to choose from, it was strawberry butter. It was so good that I wanted to take some home with me so I can have it for breakfast on a bagel. I didn't take any home with me, however I started researching the web and I found a recipe by Martha Stewart. The recipe is very easy to make and taste very yummy. My strawberries are a little more chunky then they should be, but that's ok, because once the butter starts melting on my warm toasted bagel I am left with chunks of strawberries on top of my bagel. Enjoy :)

Strawberry Butter

1 cup (2 sticks butter)
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt (if butter is salted then don't add)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh strawberries (I think I did 3/4 cup:)

Beat the butter, powdered sugar and salt (if needed) into an electric mixer for about one minute. Add the strawberries and beat until combined. Chill until ready to serve.
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Friday, July 5, 2013

Baby Monkey Cake Pops

A lot has happened since the last time I was able to post something, one of those things being that my lil sis just had a baby girl named Marley. She is just so precious and all I want to do is buy and make things for her (which I will soon share some of the things I made for her). Before Marley arrived we threw my sister a monkey themed baby shower. I wanted to make a special extra treat so I made monkey cake pops. However, since they were a bit challenging and time consuming I only made 12 and I just splattered pink chocolate on the other 12. My cake truffles were very moist and since it is warm this time of year my cake pops didn't want to stay on the stick. After a lot of patience I was able to make it through making the 12 monkey pops. Everyone at the party loved them and thought they were cute.

To make the cake pops I used the same recipe I used to make my cake truffles, but if you decided to use the same recipe I suggest a lot of refrigeration. Since I was trying to get them done in a hurry they would hold on the stick. So I recommend placing them back in the fridge after you place the stick in them. Then after you finish decorating refrigerate again until ready to use.

To decorate  you will need 3 bags of melting chips (1 dark chocolate, 1 peanut butter flavor, and 1 pink) You will also need mini brown M&M's. First dip the cake pop into the dark chocolate. Before the chocolate dries place 2 brown M&M's on the sides as ears. Next take the peanut butter Melting chips and melt into a piping bag. Draw the shape of the face onto the front of the pop. Next take The melted dark chocolate and draw on a face. Next take the pink chocolate and make a circle and make a loop for the pacifier in the mouth area. Repeat for as many cake pops you want to make and enjoy.

Look at all those cute monkeys.
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