Sunday, April 07, 2019

Apple Crisp

4 cup of sliced Apples
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup oatmeal
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup butter or melted margarine
Salt as necessary


Put sliced apples in a baking pan and sprinkle with lemon juice.

Combine all dry ingredients with butter or melted margarine and mix with a fork until crumbly.

Sprinkle all this over apples and bake at 350 degrees F for at least 30 minutes.

Serves: 4-6 person

Source: Mouth Watering Apple Recipes cookbook

Hotel del Coronado's Red Velvet Cupcakes

Cream cheese icing:

3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened
1 pound cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon lemon oil extract

In the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl using a hand mixer, cream the softened butter. Add the cream cheese and beat, scraping the bowl once or twice, until fully
incorporated but still a little stiff. Add the sugar and beat until somewhat fluffy and spreadable. Beat in the vanilla and lemon oil, careful not to overmix. This makes about 4½ cups frosting. You may
not use all of the frosting for the cupcakes; the remaining will keep, covered and refrigerated, up to 1 week (soften at room temperature and beat again before using).

Red velvet cupcakes:

2 3/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon (12 ounces) flour
2 cups (14 ounces) sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon (1½ ounces) cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
3/4 teaspoon red food coloring, or as needed to achieve desired color
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon coffee extract or strong coffee
Simple syrup (3/4 cup sugar dissolved in 1 1/2 cups water), optional
Prepared cream cheese icing


Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with 24 paper liners.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder and cinnamon. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, vanilla and coffee extract or coffee. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet, stirring just until combined to form a smooth batter. Add additional food coloring if needed to achieve the desired shade of red.

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pans. Bake until the cupcakes are puffed and spring back when touched, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Remove the cupcakes and cool on a rack.

If desired, gently brush the tops of the cooled cupcakes with simple syrup to keep them very moist (the hotel places the syrup in a squeeze bottle and inserts the tip into the top of each cupcake to add a little syrup). Frost the cupcakes with the cream cheese icing and decorate as desired.

Makes: 14 Cupcakes

Source: LA Times

Banana Cocoa Smoothie

1 banana, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup cherries, pitted and halved
4 bok choy leaves, chopped
1-inch slice of fresh ginger
1 cup nut milk (almond milk)
1 tablespoon cocoa powder

Mix all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. 
You can add honey to sweeten the drink. 
Serve immediately.

Serves: 1 person

Source: Sensational Smoothies cookbook