FiftyTwo Treats

Archive for November 2011

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! What a wonderful day it was yesterday! I have so much to be thankful for this year and it was wonderful to be able to spend the day with the ones I love. I know I mentioned before that I wanted to go to culinary school for pastry and baking arts. Well…I decided I’m going to go for it. Starting January 23rd I will be going to culinary school. I could not have done it without my family and amazing boyfriend. So obviously I have a lot to thankful for.

Obviously for Thanksgiving I wanted to bake a little something to take with me to my grandma’s house. I thought, pumpkin pie bites that I saw on Bakerella would be perfect! Flash forward to the supermarket and there were NO PUMPKINS. Not a pumpkin in sight, not even canned pumpkin. I could not believe it. So instead I made mini pecan pies:

Mini Pecan Pies!

(pardon the picture taking, I was taking these as I was running out the door to Thanksgiving dinner)

    • I used store bought dough molded them to mini muffin pans. Roll it out so that you can get double the amount of pie dough, plus the dough is pretty thick straight from the box and you don’t need all that dough for one mini pie.
    • Then mixed 1 1/2 cups pecans, 1 cup brown sugar, 2 tbsps butter, 2 eggs, 1 tsp of cinnamon, and 1/2 tbsp of vanilla extract.
    • Brush some egg white onto the crust rim
    • Put the mix in the little pies then bake in a oven heated to 350° for 20 minutes.
Enjoy!
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Happy Monday!

Treat #8 from this weekend is called Elvis Presley bread:

Banana bread with chocolate chips and a peanut butter glaze

I had banana bread mix that was about to expire so I mixed that with chocolate chips and made this peanut butter glaze. Not sure if I’d recommend that recipe but I did try to take a shortcut and make the glaze in the microwave. Admittedly not my best move. Either way, the bread was delicious and I ate way too much of it.

Oh my goodness this weather has been crazy!

Two weekends ago it was a beautiful fall weekend here in New York. It was Alumni weekend at my alma mater, Fairfield University, so I got to see most of my college friends which was wonderful. I only graduated a little over a year ago, but so much can change in that time. It was nice to see old friends and feel at home at Fairfield again. Then Dave and I got to enjoy the weekend on that Sunday and hiked Bear Mountain. Obviously a busy weekend, so there was no baking involved.

Hiking Bear Mountain 10/23

See how gorgeous the weather was!

But last weekend Mother Nature decided to play a Halloween trick on us and send a Nor’easter our way.  Some of my friends joked that October was going as January for Halloween. We got roughly 8-10 inches of snow. It was incredible. I have never seen snow in New York in October. Ever. And because the trees still have their leaves on them there were downed trees EVERYWHERE. All the streets by my house looked like a war zone. And of course we lost power in the midst of it all. Some towns had to “cancel” Halloween because they feared it was not safe for kids to be trick or treating with so many trees and power lines down.

October Snowstorm from my backyard

What a difference a week makes.

We finally got power back Thursday morning and this is the first time I’ve had a chance to post. So here is treat #7! In the middle of the snowstorm I was making snickerdoodle cookies. In the middle of making snickerdoodle cookies, we lost power. Did I still eat them even though they were half cooked? Yes.

Snickerdoodle cookies.

Now that it’s the weekend again I am hoping I’ll have time to bake something later. Hopefully we won’t lose power again, wish me luck!


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