Pies, Tia's Treat of the Week

Individual Makes It Sweeter

Thanksgiving means pie.  Don’t try to deny it.  You’re guests are expecting pumpkin and probably apple.  How can you surprise them with something different, but sticking to traditions?  Make it individual.

Tia made this little goodie as a Treat of the Week and vowed to never do it again.  It’s a popular post 0n Pinterest and has it’s good points.  It’s something different when an apple pie is pretty expected.  It presents well on a prepare plate.  You do need to have a pretty good crust recipe because there is a lot of it.

In the comments let us know how it turns out for you.

Cupcakes

TTW: Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes

These were delicious cupcakes.  The creamy filling keeps the cake moist and compliments the chocolate nicely.  If you’d like to try it, here’s the recipe she used.  Tia said, “This was my first experience with filled cupcakes and I am proud to say it was a successful venture!  These were very, very good!  Rave reviews all around.”

Rating: Creamy Cake Yums

Cupcakes, Tia's Treat of the Week

TTW: Gingerbread Cupcakes

When Tia said she was going to make a gingerbread cupcake, I sneered.  I scoffed.  I huffed and said “Who likes gingerbread?  I mean you’re forced to at Christmas time, but why would someone choose to eat it?”  Boy, was I wrong.

People couldn’t get enough of it.  People who usually pass up sweets and baked treats, were grabbing for this spiced creation.  They were raving about the moistness of the cake and how the frosting wasn’t “too sweet.”  Even when I followed it up with “You’d choose this over a classic chocolate cake?”  There response was quick and a unanimous “hands down.”  (I have to admit it was a pretty good cupcake.  And I love chocolate.)

If you are trying to find a different cake to serve your friends who aren’t into desserts, you might want to try this one.

Rating: Surprisingly (to me) Delish

Tia’s Note:  I doubled this recipe as I was making it for my team, but there really was no need as it made a TON!  Also, don’t fill all the way to the top like the recipe says, I would recommend 1/2 to 3/4.  Other than that, they turned out great and very yummy!  They were a BIG hit!

Bars, Tia's Treat of the Week

TTW: The Pantry Brownie

The official name to this is the Ultimate Pretzel Crusted Peanut Butter Cookie Candy Brownie Bars.  Seriously?  How is anyone supposed to wait around for you to get out the title before you dive into this awesome brownie?  So, I changed the name.  Yeah, I did it just like that.

With all the ingredients being common pantry items (well, awesome junk food pantry items), I thought this would be as good a title as any.  It’s a pretty rich brownie and might be too much for some people.  Pretzels are used for the bottom crust so you get that salty taste mixed with the sweet smooshed-in-the-middle candy bar only to be topped by the chocolate brownie masterpiece.  It’s a nice treat to spoil yourself when you feel like splurging.

Rating:  Spoil Yourself Delish

Tia’s Note:  I made these for my team today.  I may have overcooked just slightly in my quest to make sure they didn’t turn out a gooey mess, but still got reviews they were OMGood!

Bars, Tia's Treat of the Week

TTW: Lemon Bars

It should be a crime to use lemons for anything but Lemondrop martinis.  Okay, maybe that’s a little drastic.  If you do end up having tons of lemons you aren’t sure what to do with them, here is a great, easy, summer recipe.

These lemon bars are a fabulous combination of tart and sweet.  They have the traditional smooth insides with a flakey texture from the crust.  Lemon bars are one of my favorite desserts.  With looking at how easy they are to whip up, they will be one of yours too.

2 c flour
½ c plus 2 tbsp, confectioner’s sugar, divided
1 c butter
4 eggs
2 c sugar
1/3 c fresh lemon juice

  1. Preheat oven to 350o F. Mix flour and ½ c confectioner’s sugar in a bowl.  Cut in butter using a pastry blender or 2 knives until crumbly.
  2. Pat mixture gently into a 9×13-inch baking dish.  Bake for 15 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned.
  3. Beat eggs, sugar and lemon juice in bowl until smooth.  Pour over crust.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes longer or until set.  Cool on a wire rack.  Sprinkle with remaining confectioner’s sugar.  Cut into bars.

Rating: Lemon Fresh Delish

Cakes, Tia's Treat of the Week

TTW: Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake

This is a perfect treat for a 4th of July morning.  And it’s super good, too!  I’m not a big fan of the blueberry muffin, but this cake is so much more.  The cake is moist, light and a nice ratio of blueberries to cake.  The crust on top has a crunch and a beautiful brown color.  The buttermilk does something to it to give it that something different.  But it’s the lemon zest that steals the show.  It gives a refreshing taste to the small blue fruit.

Tia served it warm and it was blueberry goodness.

The recipe is found here:  http://www.alexandracooks.com/2011/06/29/buttermilk-blueberry-breakfast-cake/  It has beautiful photos to take you through the steps and make even the most novice baker create something delish!

Rating: Patriotic Delish

Scones

TTW: Raspberry and White Chocolate Scone

Breakfast is one of those meals where it’s hard not to go with one of the regulars such as bagels, donuts, or cinnamon rolls.  Anything outside of that and you are likely to start a riot.  Tia was bold and went for an english classic.  While it’s true, if you add white chocolate and raspberries to anything, you’re making it a safer bet. But there is still a chance a scone won’t cut it.

After fielding tons of questions about “what is a scone?” the group gave it a favorable rating.  This biscuit like, handheld, breakfast treat had a nice crust on the outside and was soft in the middle.  Some scones have the tendency to be dry, but this stayed moist.  Almost like a well-baked muffin.  It didn’t require any of the traditional toppings such as butter or honey because it held up all on its own.

Scones are some of the easiest breakfast treats to whip up.  Go ahead.  Be brave.  Break the breakfast mold and try this delicious treat.  If you’re not sure where to start, here’s the recipe for this one: http://www.rockrecipes.blogspot.com/2012/02/raspberry-white-chocolate-scones.html  Then try your own variation.

Rating: Flaky Delish