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The_Swedish_Chef rated and reviewed the recipe Blackberry Coffee Cake
Blackberry Coffee Cake
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"Absolutely phenomenal!!! I had NEVER considered blackberries for a cake, using them instead in pies and jams. So, I was very curious how this coffee cake would turn out. First, BAKERS...have you forgotten about the ubiquitous BUNDT PAN??!!?? When I saw "Angel Food Cake Pan", I thought, "Nope! Not gonna happen!" Instead, I grabbed my 1970 Burnt Orange NordicWare Bundt Pan and it turned out flawless!50 minutes at 350 degrees. I followed one person's suggestion of using 2 cups of blackberries vs. 1 cup; 2 was too much so I used 1.5 cups instead and it turned out exactly like the photos. No one in the family likes pecans so I subbed chopped almonds instead, which was a perfect choice. A tip for anyone who wants it: when you spoon the batter into the pan and are laying the layer of berries onto the batter, use the back of the berry spoon to PUSH the berries INTO the batter! It makes it much easier to spoon the second layer of batter on top and the berries stay put. I took a lemon and grated the zest and used the juice to make the drizzled topping; WHAT A COMBINATION! Changed nothing else and came away with a light, fluffy, NOT OVERLY SWEET confection that pleased the entire family. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!"
Posted on 8/4/2013
The_Swedish_Chef rated and reviewed the recipe Corn Dog Casserole
Corn Dog Casserole
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"I've been eating this tasty casserole for over 55 years, since it was introduced to me as a kid in the '50's. Our neighbor, who was from Kentucky, had a daughter my age and she'd serve this to us all Summer long. However, this is how she did it: cut up the hotdogs into coins, brown them in butter/ketchup (I'm not kidding!)in a fry pan, and THEN add them to the baked beans/sauteed onions, topping with cornbread and baking in a cast iron skillet. I have the BEST memories of hot August afternoons, sipping Kool Aid out of Mason Jars and eating this on their picnic table under a big ol' elm tree. <3"
Posted on 7/18/2013
The_Swedish_Chef rated and reviewed the recipe Pink Champagne Cupcakes
Pink Champagne Cupcakes
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"There is a tiny, incredible bakery near me that makes Pink Champagne cupcakes but at $3.50 apiece...wow!, I can only afford one per week and certainly NOT afford any to give away. As soon as I saw this recipe for them, I hauled out the baking pans and made my OWN!!! They taste identical to the bakeries and I am beyond happy! Now, for those of you that like cream cheese frosting, I have the recipe for the frosting that both the bakery uses and I used on my cupcakes. My family does NOT like tons of frosting so this amount is fine by us, but if you like tons of frosting, just double the amounts. :) Pink Champagne Cream Cheese Frosting: 1 -8oz packages Cream Cheese 1/2 Stick Butter 2 1/2--3 Cups Powdered Sugar 1/8 to 1/4 Champagne or Spumante In medium bowl, beat frosting ingredients with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth."
Posted on 2/7/2013
The_Swedish_Chef rated and reviewed the recipe Upside-Down Caramel Latte Bake
Upside-Down Caramel Latte Bake
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"Fabulous, fabulous DESSERT!!!! Note, I said "dessert", not "breakfast". I used an artisan bread that had raisins, apricots and pecans baked into it. Ditched the maple syrup and used Karo syrup, instead. I skipped the step with the added butter, brown sugar and pecans. Made the custard but allowed it to come to room temperature with a slight "set" and then poured the cooled custard on top of the espresso bread mix. I then tossed some cubes of torn bread on top, that had been dusted with a sugar/espresso powder mixture. Baked it, made standard whipped cream/espesso powder (minus the butter!). Allowed the "bake" to become warmish after taking out of the oven and served in tiny slivers with the whipped cream and almonds on top. Folks went INSANE for it...as a dessert, mind you! Everyone wanted the recipe so I shared my version. Think of it as a bread pudding, folks, and you won't object so strongly. And delete layers, substitute items to make it your own. :)"
Posted on 1/4/2013
The_Swedish_Chef rated and reviewed the recipe Huevos Rancheros Tarts
Huevos Rancheros Tarts
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"I always make sure to read a recipe at least three times before putting items on my grocery list, simply to see "What are the ingredients making?" When I realized that the cheese was simply garnish and that you're making "from scratch" a salsa, I decided to use the recipe as ONLY a template. I made the egg/pastry per instructions but used my own salsa that I can in Autumn. Made refried beans and used crumbled goat cheese rather than the queso fresco because I like more "kick" with my cheese. EXCELLENT meal, so fast to put together if you don't make the salsa from scratch. You can toss this together in 30 minutes!"
Posted on 1/4/2013

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Posted 8/4/2013 2:31:05 PM REPORT ABUSE
Blackberry Coffee Cake
Blackberry Coffee Cake
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Absolutely phenomenal!!! I had NEVER considered blackberries for a cake, using them instead in pies and jams. So, I was very curious how this coffee cake would turn out. First, BAKERS...have you forgotten about the ubiquitous BUNDT PAN??!!?? When I saw "Angel Food Cake Pan", I thought, "Nope! Not gonna happen!" Instead, I grabbed my 1970 Burnt Orange NordicWare Bundt Pan and it turned out flawless!50 minutes at 350 degrees. I followed one person's suggestion of using 2 cups of blackberries vs. 1 cup; 2 was too much so I used 1.5 cups instead and it turned out exactly like the photos. No one in the family likes pecans so I subbed chopped almonds instead, which was a perfect choice. A tip for anyone who wants it: when you spoon the batter into the pan and are laying the layer of berries onto the batter, use the back of the berry spoon to PUSH the berries INTO the batter! It makes it much easier to spoon the second layer of batter on top and the berries stay put. I took a lemon and grated the zest and used the juice to make the drizzled topping; WHAT A COMBINATION! Changed nothing else and came away with a light, fluffy, NOT OVERLY SWEET confection that pleased the entire family. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!
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Posted 7/18/2013 5:58:28 PM REPORT ABUSE
Corn Dog Casserole
Corn Dog Casserole
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I've been eating this tasty casserole for over 55 years, since it was introduced to me as a kid in the '50's. Our neighbor, who was from Kentucky, had a daughter my age and she'd serve this to us all Summer long. However, this is how she did it: cut up the hotdogs into coins, brown them in butter/ketchup (I'm not kidding!)in a fry pan, and THEN add them to the baked beans/sauteed onions, topping with cornbread and baking in a cast iron skillet. I have the BEST memories of hot August afternoons, sipping Kool Aid out of Mason Jars and eating this on their picnic table under a big ol' elm tree. <3
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Posted 2/7/2013 5:43:57 PM REPORT ABUSE
Pink Champagne Cupcakes
Pink Champagne Cupcakes
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There is a tiny, incredible bakery near me that makes Pink Champagne cupcakes but at $3.50 apiece...wow!, I can only afford one per week and certainly NOT afford any to give away. As soon as I saw this recipe for them, I hauled out the baking pans and made my OWN!!! They taste identical to the bakeries and I am beyond happy! Now, for those of you that like cream cheese frosting, I have the recipe for the frosting that both the bakery uses and I used on my cupcakes. My family does NOT like tons of frosting so this amount is fine by us, but if you like tons of frosting, just double the amounts. :) Pink Champagne Cream Cheese Frosting: 1 -8oz packages Cream Cheese 1/2 Stick Butter 2 1/2--3 Cups Powdered Sugar 1/8 to 1/4 Champagne or Spumante In medium bowl, beat frosting ingredients with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.
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Posted 1/4/2013 12:00:31 PM REPORT ABUSE
Upside-Down Caramel Latte Bake
Upside-Down Caramel Latte Bake
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Fabulous, fabulous DESSERT!!!! Note, I said "dessert", not "breakfast". I used an artisan bread that had raisins, apricots and pecans baked into it. Ditched the maple syrup and used Karo syrup, instead. I skipped the step with the added butter, brown sugar and pecans. Made the custard but allowed it to come to room temperature with a slight "set" and then poured the cooled custard on top of the espresso bread mix. I then tossed some cubes of torn bread on top, that had been dusted with a sugar/espresso powder mixture. Baked it, made standard whipped cream/espesso powder (minus the butter!). Allowed the "bake" to become warmish after taking out of the oven and served in tiny slivers with the whipped cream and almonds on top. Folks went INSANE for it...as a dessert, mind you! Everyone wanted the recipe so I shared my version. Think of it as a bread pudding, folks, and you won't object so strongly. And delete layers, substitute items to make it your own. :)
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Posted 1/4/2013 11:34:20 AM REPORT ABUSE
Huevos Rancheros Tarts
Huevos Rancheros Tarts
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I always make sure to read a recipe at least three times before putting items on my grocery list, simply to see "What are the ingredients making?" When I realized that the cheese was simply garnish and that you're making "from scratch" a salsa, I decided to use the recipe as ONLY a template. I made the egg/pastry per instructions but used my own salsa that I can in Autumn. Made refried beans and used crumbled goat cheese rather than the queso fresco because I like more "kick" with my cheese. EXCELLENT meal, so fast to put together if you don't make the salsa from scratch. You can toss this together in 30 minutes!
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Posted 10/21/2012 3:32:00 PM REPORT ABUSE
Double Almond Wedding Cupcakes
Double Almond Wedding Cupcakes
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I already reviewed this recipe back in April but this site doesn't allow for editing, so here comes an addendum. I have made this recipe no less than TWENTY times since I received the recipe in a Betty Crocker email! These cupcakes have become a Legend within my friend's minds and is the MOST requested baked good that I make. I continue to add 1/2 milk/water and have also discovered that adding 1 teaspoon of vanilla to BOTH the cake mix and frosting really amplifies the almond flavouring. I've made it with and without the vanilla and the reaction is much more favourable to the vanilla version. Just passing on this Field Tested info.
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Posted 8/16/2012 7:10:42 PM REPORT ABUSE
Mango-Blueberry Champagne Cocktail
Mango-Blueberry Champagne Cocktail
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I've been making mimosas like this for decades! Champagne is my favourite alcoholic beverage and I've tried every combination of juice possible. The blueberries are a beautiful touch in this drink and when I added them THIS time, my husband gave me an official "Thumb's Up". :)
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Posted 8/16/2012 7:02:22 PM REPORT ABUSE
Peachy Orange Cream Cocktail
Peachy Orange Cream Cocktail
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~sigh~ Well, I guess I like this recipe if for no other reason, it inspired me to make a cocktail for my husband and myself that actually TASTED like a Peachy Orange CREAM cocktail! Rather than muddling a peach and orange together, I simply used peach nectar and squeezed a fresh orange, then added a tablespoon of Half & Half to get a creamy flavour and blend the tastes. And, rather than using a Lemon-Lime soda, I used plain flavoured Perrier. The juices and simple syrup made the cocktail sweet enough to enjoy. We loved my version, not so much the original one which was like a boozy fruit salad with fizz. :(
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Posted 7/19/2012 4:24:34 PM REPORT ABUSE
Caramel Mudslide Pie
Caramel Mudslide Pie
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My husband is Scottish so when I read this recipe, the British Banoffee Pie immediately came to mind! So, used a pre-made Oreo crust, placed a thin layer of microwaved caramel on the bottom crust, cut up two bananas into coins, and then placed the boozy ice cream on top, topping off with the whipped cream, swirls of caramel and some espresso dust. Ratio? 1 Pie + 4 people = NO LEFTOVERS!!! :) Thanks, Betty Crocker, I never would have thought of making this with ice cream.
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Posted 7/7/2012 8:33:35 AM REPORT ABUSE
Strawberry-Orange Smoothies
Strawberry-Orange Smoothies
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I received the email featuring this recipe at 11:22 a.m. on Friday and by 11:32, I was grinning from ear to ear, sipping this most delightful and tasty treat!!! We have been experiencing a killer heat wave in Chicago (3 days of 103 degree heat) and my appetite has been destroyed because of it. I've been living on iced tea and yogurt so THIS recipe came in the nick of time! I didn't change a thing and was so pleasantly surprised at the *pop* of flavour the orange juice made! My next attempt had me using honey-flavoured Greek Yogurt instead of plain and orange-mango juice instead of regular; it was equally enjoyed. I highly recommend this simple, tasty, and in my case, life-saving recipe. :)
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