Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Cinnamon Roll Cake

Our fridge and pantry are almost bare here in our house so I was on a mission to find a sweet treat to make that included ingredients that I still had on hand.

I recently discovered Stephanie over on her blog Macaroni and Cheesecake and it's become another favorite of mine. As soon as I saw this cake I just knew I had to give it a shot.

We ate ours still slightly warm out of the oven and it literally melted in my mouth. It's like a cross between regular ol' cake and a good coffee cake and it will definitely be made again. This would be awesome served for a brunch on a holiday such as Easter and/or Christmas.

Cinnamon Roll Cake
Source: Six Sister’s Stuff

3 cups flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 cups milk
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
4 tbsp. butter, melted
2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tbsp. flour
1 tbsp. cinnamon

2 cups confectioner’s sugar
5 tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray, set aside.

2.) In the bowl of a stand mixer, add 3 cups flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, milk, eggs, & vanilla.  Mix until fully incorporated.  Reduce speed to low and slowly pour in the 4 tbsp. melted butter.

3.)Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly.

4.) Clean your stand mixer bowl and once clean, add in the 2 sticks softened butter, brown sugar, 2 tbsp. flour, and cinnamon.  Beat until fully incorporated.  Mixture will be thick.

5.) Spoon dollops of the cinnamon butter mixture on top of the cake batter.  Use a knife to swirl the cinnamon butter mixture into the cake.

6.) Bake for approximately 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove cake from oven and place in pan on a cooling rack.

Meanwhile mix together your glaze.  In medium sized bowl, whisk together the confectioner’s sugar, milk and vanilla. Pour over cake while it is still warm and carefully swirl the pan around or spread the glaze around so that it is evenly distributed over the cake.  Serve cake warm or at room temperature.  Store leftovers in airtight container.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Katie's 3 Bean Whole Hog Chili

I'm going to ignore the simple fact that I haven't posted a new recipe here on the ol' blog since October and get straight to the point! I just hope someone is still out there willing to follow along with me...lol.

The point is my three bean whole hog chili. Daniel had a sales guy from work give him probably three pounds of whole hog sausage. The sausage was extremely fresh, as in the pig had been slaughtered, butchered, and processed the day before Daniel got a hold of it. It's a very bland sausage that is very smokey in flavor. You could smell the smoke with the sausage still in the bag.

I decided to try to whip him up a chili to take for his lunches and this is the masterpiece that I came up with. It's smokey and delicious with a kick of heat in the back of your throat. It's not for the faint of heart and perfect for this dreary, cold weather that just doesn't seem to want to leave Ohio! I'm ready for spring for crying out loud!!

Katie's Three Bean Whole Hog Chili
Source: Katie's Korner

1 lb. whole hog sausage, browned
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 md. onion, diced
1 tsp. garlic, finely chopped
1 7oz. can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 29 oz. can tomato sauce
29 oz. water
1 14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15.5 oz. can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 15.5 oz. can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. kosher salt

1.) In a large stock pot brown whole hog sausage with diced red peppers, diced onions, and garlic. Brown until no more red meat is showing.
2.) Add in chipotle peppers with the adobo sauce and mash in with the meat mixture.
3.) Add tomato sauce, water, diced tomatoes, black beans, pinto beans, and kidney beans. Stir until everything is evenly mixed.
4.) Add black pepper, chili powder, cumin, and kosher salt. Allow chili to boil for about ten minutes and then reduce heat to low and allow it to simmer for one to two hours to allow flavors to combine.

Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, and onion.