St. Patrick’s Day comes just a few days before the beginning of spring, and is one of our last opportunities to cook up winter comfort foods. Soups, stews, biscuits, scones and all baked goods will soon give way to the fruity delights of warmer seasons.
This hearty Irish Stew is chock full of goodness with potatoes, carrots, onions and of course your choice of meat; beef, pork or lamb. Flavored with garlic, thyme and Worcestershire sauce, you will find this recipe is a spectacular way to celebrate the Irish! Serve some Irish Soda Bread alongside.
Don’t forget dessert – How about some Irish Cream Bundt Cake with a touch of Irish Cream Liquor or Irish Pub Brownies, with a hint of Irish stout beer, such as Guinness® Beer.
Last weekend, I invited guests for Sunday brunch and then wondered what to serve that could be ready quickly after church. I turned to Perfect Party Food, All the Recipes and Tips You’ll Ever Need for Stress-Free Entertaining,* from the Diva of Do-Ahead Diane Phillips. Diane is noted for her do-ahead recipes and having taken several of her cooking classes, I knew that her recipes were “can’t miss.” There were several options for brunch casseroles in the cookbook – I had a difficult time making a selection.
A sweet treat is always popular, so I chose to make Amaretto-Peach French Toast. It was absolutely delicious and quite a hit with my guests. It was sweet, but not too sweet. It uses baking powder as the leavener which is a plus since I work at Clabber Girl and we manufacture Clabber Girl and Rumford Baking Powders. I used Rumford Reduced Sodium Baking Powder and the toast rose beautifully. Since I had blueberries and peaches in my freezer, I used both, and the flavor combination was great.
The French toast was easy to assemble, and took very little time to prepare. I did add a bit more amaretto than the recipe called for and that additional flavor boost was nice. Otherwise, I made the recipe exactly as directed. (One of the best things about this particular cookbook is that EVERY recipe is Do-Ahead! Diane gives tips for freezing, using a crockpot, recipe variations, and serving suggestions including garnishes. It’s a great resource for those who like to entertain.)
My guests raved over the dish and asked for the recipe, which I think is the true test of a recipe’s success. I can’t wait to try out other recipes from Diane’s book….brunch anyone?
*Perfect Party Food is a James Beard Foundation Book Award Nominee and published by The Harvard Press, 2005.
Here are the top 10 best recipes from Clabber Girl for 2013.
Orange Cinnamon Rolls with Eggnog Glaze by Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack
My kiddos are early birds and on Christmas morning they wake up even earlier. I’m pretty sure our household isn’t the only one — every child is excited to see what Santa delivered.
These citrus-flavored cinnamon rolls drizzled with a festive eggnog glaze were inspired by Christmas morning. They are the perfect warm treat to enjoy with a hot cup of coffee while watching your children’s eyes light up as they open all their gifts.
The holidays can be fun and festive, but they can also be stressful. Once I see the smiling faces and gleaming eyes on my kiddos Christmas morning all the stress melts away. This Christmas my goal is to relax and enjoy the moment, and now I will be able to with this recipe. This simple dough does not require a mixer and can be made the night before and refrigerated. In the morning all that will be needed to do is fill, roll, and bake.
I have so many fond memories of Christmas mornings as a child, and those memories were not about the gifts, but instead of the delicious aromas that lingered in the air. I have no doubt that my kiddos will also have special memories of these cinnamon rolls baking and filling the air with robust and sweet scents. These warm, soft, fluffy, and gooey orange cinnamon rolls drizzled with an eggnog glaze will surely be memorable making this dish ideal for Christmas. Get the Recipe!
Everyone seems to be in the baking spirit when the holidays roll around. Here at Clabber Girl we are busy looking into new recipes, working with bloggers to add new and exciting ways to bake AND teach you what we learn!
Bakers Royale blogger Naomi worked with our Cherries and Cream Quick Bread recipe to vamp it up and improve the flavor. As usual she did not disappoint! Mini chocolate chips and sliced almonds added to the batter gives that special touch that helps incorporate a chocolate covered cherry flavor to this recipe. The beautiful vanilla-chocolate glaze is topped with whipped cream and maraschino cherries, making this a creation worthy of any banquet or buffet! Get the updated Cherries and Cream Quickbread Recipe here.
Read Naomi’s blog post here
Cooking and baking at home from scratch can save you money compared to dining out, and it can also be much healthier than using pre-packaged foods, since you are in control of the ingredients you use. There are no added preservatives, and the foods taste better when home made. That being said, it is good to note that the preparation of the baking season can help ensure you get off to a good start with fresh ingredients, a well-stocked pantry and a quick check of basic ingredients.
Once you are stocked and ready to go, try some of our best biscuit recipes we have listed! Personal favorites are Strawberry Muffin Tops and Old Fashioned Biscuits. One sweet, one savory but both are quick and easy! For quick tips and pointers on how to make biscuits, see the photos and information on our blog: Biscuit Techniques
Blogger Naomi at Bakers Royale took our Hot Chocolate Brownie Torte recipe for a spin. She added her own touch to the original recipe, the special marbled topping. The marbled topping makes this easy dessert look as elegant as it tastes.
“How can you go wrong with a hot chocolate brownie torte? You can’t, but you can make it better with a hint of cayenne for a little bit of spice…Of course I couldn’t turn down making it—one can never have too many brownie recipes and variations. And even more so, once I saw that it was a one-bowl brownie recipe—fast and easy.”
Read Naomi’s article at Bakers Royale or get the recipe for Hot Chocolate Brownie Torte with Marbled Frosting here from Clabber Girl! Happy baking!
Pumpkin Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
Naomi Robinson of Bakers Royale cooked up our Pumpkin Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting, and found it to be an easy recipe with a surprise twist. the Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting added a wonderful taste in contrast to the pumpkin spice.
- From her Blog:
“A few notes:
The cake can be made two days in advance and kept covered and refrigerated.
- The frosting can be made up to five days in advance and kept covered and refrigerated.
- Make sure to bring the frosting to room temperature before icing the cake.
- To assemble the cake as seen in the picture, I halved the batter and poured one half into a 9 inch pan and then halved the second half and poured it into two 6 inch pans. To crumb the top of the bottom layer, I sliced off the slight domed top from each cake layer and then processed it to a fine crumb with a food processor.”
Read the article at Bakers Royale
This easy apple cobbler will be one of your favorite desserts after you try it! Fresh sliced apples, butter and cinnamon tucked under a crunchy crumb crust is topped with a scoop of ice cream for a delicious fall dessert.
Friends and family will love the sweet-tart goodness of this old-fashioned dessert, and the best part is that it’s a snap to make!
Equipment needed – two 5-inch or one 10-inch oven-safe skillet such as cast iron or stainless steel. This recipe can also be baked in an 8×8-inch square baking pan if skillets are not readily available.
Thanks to Jen Farley of savorysimple.net for conspiring with us to bring you this wonderful Fall treat!
2012 has been a busy baking year for all of us! Here we are listing the best recipes for 2012 according to the number of hits by you, our favorite customers. Some old, some new – a nice mixture of biscuits, muffins and main dishes!
#10 – Beef Tamale Casserole - a main dish, baked in the oven and topped with cornbread!
#9 – Best Biscuits - One of the easiest biscuit recipes we have!
#8 – Sweet and Sour North Country Coleslaw - Colorful and tasty side dish, perfect for picnics!
#7 – Cornbread - several variations exist in this, including corny bread and green chile corn bread
#6 – Irish Cream Bundt Cake – this recipe was very popular on St. Patrick’s Day and continues to be a Fan Favorite!
#5 – Smokey Cola Basted BBQ Brisket
#4 – Basic Biscuits - Sugar and honey in the dough!
#3 – Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins with Streusel Topping – Delicious AND beautiful!
#2 – Old Fashioned Biscuits (as on the back of the Clabber Girl can)
Happy Baking and have a very happy 2013 from Clabber Girl!