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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Out of sweetened condensed milk? No fear...



Why would one need to make their own sweetened condensed milk? Maybe you ran out...Or maybe you are trying to save money... Maybe you prefer to make your foods from scratch. Whatever your reason, here is a super simple recipe:


Just Like You Buy In The Store, Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 2 Tbsp. powdered milk
Add all ingredients into a non-stick pan.
Heat until it boils.
Cook until thick, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Use right away or store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to use.

This recipe is equivalent to 1 store-bought can.

Use your homemade sweetened condensed milk in these recipes:

Amazing 7 layer bars

Limes, limes, limes...Key lime pie




Wednesday, March 18, 2020

New recipes: My little part in bringing joy to the world



Hello, everyone! I have some recipes I have shared on Medium.com that I would love to share with you.

With everything going on with businesses closing down and the health risk of the virus, I was thinking about how food tends to make us happy.

So, to do my little part in bringing some joy to the world, I am going to share some of my favorite recipes...

Nanaimo Bar Recipe

How to Bake a Cheesecake

Apple Cinnamon Sweet Bread Recipe

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Chocolate Pudding Cookie Recipe

My Interview with Chef Duff Goldman

Easter Candy: Caramel Coconut Candy Recipe

Monkey Bread Recipe

Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Hot Drinks: Caramel Coffee or Tea Recipe

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

I'm not one bit Irish, but I will definitely do my part for St. Patricks Day by baking up Irish Soda Bread! (Spotted Dog?)

I am going to share my recipe with you, as I have it baking in the oven...

Irish Soda Bread

4 cups flour
1 tbsp. baking soda
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt

6 tbsp. salted butter, cut into pieces

1 cup raisins
1 3/4 cup buttermilk*

*You can make buttermilk by mixing .25 cup lemon juice in with a cup of milk.

Preheat oven to 400*.
Line jelly roll (cookie sheet with sides) pan with no stick foil.
In a large bowl, whisk first 4 ingredients.
Add butter and cut it in with a pastry cutter until mixture is crumbly.
Add raisins and milk and combine.

Form dough into a ball. You will need to add a bit of flour to do this.
Separate into 2 balls and place on prepared sheet.
Use a knife to score each ball with a cross.

Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until light brown and bread feels more hollow than heavy.

Coat with sugar water by brushing it over the tops.
Microwave 1/3 cup sugar with 2 tbsp. water.

Cover with damp towel to keep moist and eat within 24 hours of baking!


Sunday, December 22, 2019

Customize your sprinkle cookies for any Holiday...



Problem: I love lemon sprinkle cookies, but want to serve them for Thanksgiving. How could I make them festive for this Holiday?

Answer: Use different colored sprinkles to make these lemon sprinkle cookies suitable for any Holiday!


Lemon sprinkle cookies always catch the eye because of the various colors of sprinkles that surround each one.


For Christmas, use red and green sprinkles.
For birthday sprinkle cookies, use multiple colored sprinkles.
You can also use chocolate sprinkles for a Thanksgiving look or orange and brown sprinkles for a Halloween themed cookie.

Go beyond the sprinkle! Try using small Holiday shaped candies to roll your cookies!



Lemon sprinkle cookies

         ¾ cup margarine

         1 cup sugar

         2 eggs

         ½ tsp salt

         ½ tsp baking powder

         2 to 2 ½ cups flour

         1 ½ tsp vanilla

         1 box instant lemon pudding mix

         Colored sprinkles


Preheat oven to 350*.

Line 2 cookie sheets with non-stick foil.

Cream together margarine and sugar.

Add eggs one at a time.

Add flour, salt and baking powder.

Add vanilla and pudding mix.
Pour sprinkles onto a paper plate.

Spoon a teaspoon at a time into sprinkles and coat each cookie.

Place on cookie sheets about 1 inch apart.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes.

Check out these Christmas themed sprinkles!

Alcoholic drinks: Coquito


Coquito = Puerto Rican eggnog

Coquito is a Christmas drink that originated in Pueto Rico and is similar to eggnog. Coquito means little coconut in Spanish and as you can see, this recipe is loaded with coconut flavor!

A friend of mine served this during the Holiday season several years ago and I fell in love… so much that I had to have her recipe.

Not only do I make this during the Holidays, I make it any time I have a taste for it.


Coquito recipe
  • 1 1/2 cups rum
  • 1 can cream of coconut
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 can coconut milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients together in a blender.

Serve over ice.

Refrigerate leftovers and drink within several days.


Tips:

Coquito is best served cold. Refrigerate before serving if time permit, otherwise serve over ice..

Top with grated nutmeg for an extra spicy treat. Top with a dollop of fresh whipped cream for more creaminess.

More articles from me:

Eggnog: Oh, how we love thee 

White Russian Kahlua shake recipe

Cranberry Vodka drink: perfect for any Holiday

Christmas cookie rules


Top 10 Christmas cookie rules (taken off the Internet)

If you eat a Christmas cookie fresh out of the oven, it has no calories because everyone knows that the first cookie is the test and thus calorie free.

If you drink a diet soda after eating your second cookie, it also has no calories because the diet soda cancels out the cookie calories.

If a friend comes over while you are making your Christmas cookies and needs to sample, you must sample with your friend. Because your friend's first cookie is calorie free (see rule #1). It would be rude to let your friend sample alone, and being the friend that you are, makes your cookie calorie free as well.

Any cookie calories consumed while walking around will fall to your feet and eventually fall off as you move. This is due to gravity and the density of the caloric mass.

Any calories consumed during the frosting of the Christmas cookies will be used up because it takes many calories to lick excess frosting from a knife without cutting your tongue.

Cookies colored red or green have very few calories. Red ones have 3 and green ones have 5 - one calorie for each letter. Make more red ones!

Cookies eaten while watching Miracle on 34th Street have no calories because they are part of the entertainment package and not part of one's personal fuel. As always, cookie pieces contain no calories because the process of breaking causes calorie leakage.

Any cookies consumed from a plate belonging to someone else has no calories since the calories rightfully belong to the other person and will cling to their plate. We all know how calories like to CLING!

And finally...Any cookies consumed while feeling stressed have no calories because cookies used for medicinal purposes NEVER have calories. It's a rule!

Christmas cookie recipes:

Mounds bite recipe

Holiday truffle recipes

Eggnog crisp recipe

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Are parchment paper sheets good for baking?




Msphebs reached out to me and asked if I was interested in trying their non-stick, pre-cut, unbleached parchment paper sheets and I agreed!


The sheets come 120 per package, are easy to use and truly are non-stick! I love using them. They saved me time by allowing me to easily line my cookie sheets and baking dishes. Clean up was a breeze and now I am hooked.

To take a look at the parchment sheets, click here. Be sure to enter the code fierywhisk by December 25th, 2019 for a 10% discount on your order!



More reviews from The Fiery Whisk:

Bite Club: Extract Review

Zyliss product review

Tovolo product review