That's the result of dating my boyfriend for 5 months now. Good food, bottles of wine, and a partner in crime who will indulge in ice cream and sweets with you daily will do that to you. That's 1 lb. per month. At the rate I'm going, I might need a new wardrobe every few months!
Therefore, I'm in detox. Two weeks of no drinking or eating baked goods.
But I have an itch to bake. It's quite a predicament...I want to bake gooey, chocolately, buttery cookies, tender-crumbed cupcakes and rich creamy pies, but what's the point? I can't enjoy these devilish treats since I'm in detox.
When my friend Wendy invited me to her block party, my ears perked up. Party = party food. Party food includes sweet treats. Sweet treats = baked goods.... Idea! Pawn off food to others. This gives me an excuse to bake those cupcakes I've always wanted to try!
I made Billy's vanilla, vanilla cupcakes from marthastewart.com. They are terrific! The cupcakes have a perfectly domed top and the texture is both light and rich at the same time. (And the raw batter is the best I've ever licked!)
I definitely recommend using Billy's buttercream frosting recipe with them too. It's a fluffy frosting that's not overly stiff. My butter was a bit too soft and my kitchen was warm, so my frosting was lacking a bit of its stiffness, but once I popped it into the fridge for a bit, it was A-ok. I used a 1 1/2 Tbs. cookie scoop to plop on a dollop of frosting on each cupcake and used a offset spatula to swirl the frosting around.
And just for good measure, I made some Crack Rock too. (Aka. The toffee bark in the top photo.)
Here's the recipe:
1 sleeve of saltine crackers
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups of chocolate chips
couple handfuls of chopped walnuts (or nut of your choice)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Arrange saltine crackers on an edged cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- In a small saucepan, bring the butter and brown sugar to a boil. Boil for 5 min or so
- Pour sugar mixture over the saltines.
- Bake for 5 min, remove from oven.
- Sprinkle on the choc. chips and let sit until chocolate melts.
- Spread chocolate evenly over toffee layer. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts.