Baking update...

I had every intention of trying out my Lightened-Up Monkey Bread recipe... I just realized I bought regular yeast instead of quick-rise. Ugh! I did whip up 3 batches of cookies last Friday. Frosted Ginger, Ultimates (named by Bro. Regnier), and Chocolate Chocolate chip. The Frosted Ginger are my new ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!!! I think I ate all but 2 out of the 10 or so that we didn't give away. I LOVE THEM!! They have cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and molasses and are topped off with a powdered sugar frosting that has a hint of lemon! SO YUM!

Don't they look delish!!!?

I'm probably rethinking the nutella cookies also. I hate recipes that look simple but require a lot of menial work. I refuse to knead dough after mixing it in the mixer. I might try it over Christmas break when I have more time on my hands or next time I'm super bored and want to spend time kneading dough. :(
Anyhow, back to the market to exchange my yeast. I guess I'll make the bread saturday... I'll let you know if it's super yum!

UPDATE: 11/15/11 Okay, I tried my Monkey Bread recipe! I've actually made it twice so far! 1st time... I don't think I let it rise enough. The completed product was really short out of the pan... It still tasted yummy, just looked funny. 2nd attempt was AWESOME! The bread rose beautifully... I made it my way instead of all the steps they put you through. I mixed the butter & milk w/ the 2 sugars and cinnamon and just used additional cinnamon/sugar mix to roll the bread in. It's much quicker and easier! It's sooo good I can't believe it's light!!!]


I LOVE this month!! Seriously! I love that the nights start to get oh so cold and I just wanna snuggle deeper into my warm, comfy bed... [only on weekends :( ] I recently had an offer for a free trial of Cooking Light magazine and I have so many NEW recipes that I want to try! Since it's cooler I can bake away to my hearts content since I don't have to worry about the house getting hot or myself getting hot!! (Have I mentioned how much I hate being hot?)

New recipes that I want to try this month:

  1. PB and Dark Chocolate fudge
  2. Triple Chocolate Cake (Chocolate cake, chocolate mousse filling and chocolate ganche to top it off... YUM!)
  3. Nutella Sandwich Cookies (I recently discovered Nutella and how yummy it is!!)
  4. Lightened-Up Monkey Bread (This is already a favorite! This is made w/ homemade wheat dough only 2g of fat/serving as opposed to 13! Can't wait!)
5. 14-layer chocolate cake... (Have had this recipe for awhile courtesy of and she makes it look so easy... you should look at the picture it looks AMAZING!)* I pasted it here for you, so you don't have to do any work except maybe wipe the drool off your face!

That's it for now. I'll let you know when I bake all these... Once I find the time and money!