Pumpkin Pie Frappe




Pumpkin Frape

Pumpkin Pie Frappe

Pumpkin season starts next month and I am Kicking it off with my Pumpkin Pie Frappe. My sister and I are pumpkin fanatics. We patiently wait all summer long for pumpkin season to come rolling in and when it does we are usually the first ones in line for some sort of pumpkin treat. Usually we start our long awaited pumpkin season out with a pumpkin coffee and a pumpkin muffin from Dunkin Donuts. I’m actually drooling now as I am typing this. I think they will start serving all their pumpkin treats the first week of September. I can’t wait!

Sugar spice and everything nice is the name of the game with this recipe. Pumpkin and vanilla ice cream add sweetness and a pinch of cloves for the spice. It tastes just like my moms homemade pumpkin pie. It is basically fall in a cup and the perfect treat for September when you have fall fever but it is still hot outside. I made these Pumpkin Pie Frappes a few weeks ago for my family and received rave reviews. My sister and I slurped this fall treat down like there was no tomorrow. I actually drank one before I went to their house.. and the day before. Hey! Quality control, right? =P  I am blessed to have such an amazing family that is always willing to test all my crazy recipe inventions, both the good and the bad. They give me lots of constructive criticism which I have always been grateful for. They are my biggest fans and I can always count on them for support.

If you try my Pumpkin Pie Frappes or any other recipes you see on BurlapKitchen.com I would love to hear back from you! You can leave a comment right here on this post or contact me via any of the following social media channels – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram. And, as always, thanks for stopping by! =)





Banana Whoopie Pie Cake




Banana Whoopie Pie Cake

Banana Whoopie Pie Cake 

While grocery shopping this past week I discovered that bananas were on sale for .19 cents a pound. I knew this would be a great time to stock up for recipe testing, so I did. Do you remember that delicious chocolate whoopie pie cake I posted a while back? Well, I thought, how good would a banana whoopie pie cake be? So I rearranged a few ingredients, and to my surprise, the recipe turned out perfectly on the very first try. That doesn’t happen often,but when it does I celebrate!

This banana whoopie pie cake is everything that it should be. The cake is moist and banana-ie (I know that’s not a word but it should be!). And the filling is sweet with a hint of vanilla. These cakes are so easy to make. The hardest part about making them is flipping the one cake on top of the other. It goes much more smoothly if you say a little cake flipping prayer. At least that’s how I do it! =)

If you make my Banana Whoopie Pie cake I would love to hear how it turned out for you! =)

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Chocolate Whoopie Pie Cake

Whoopie Pie cake



Chocolate Whoopie Pie Cake 

(This is a recipe my mother found in an old church cookbook when I was a child and she has been using it ever since)

If you are a fan of whoopie pies, like me, but not a fan of making them, then you are going to love this recipe. This Chocolate Whoopie Pie Cake is so easy to make and only bakes for about 15 minutes. The hardest part about making one of these cakes is flipping the one cake on top of the other. You have to wait until both cakes are cooled then spread the icing on one cake and flip the other cake evenly on top. It can be a little tricky! I usually say a prayer before doing this. It’s my whoopie pie cake prayer 😉

As a child, I remember my mom making this Chocolate Whoopie Pie Cake often, it was a family favorite. She told me that she wrote the recipe down from an old church cookbook years ago, so we are uncertain who this recipe belongs to. I remember her taking this chocolate whoopie pie cake to picnics and family gatherings and she almost always came home with an empty pan.

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I hope you enjoy this recipe for Chocolate Whoopie Pie Cake as much as my family and I do. If you decide to make this Chocolate Whoopie Pie Cake I would love to hear back from you! You can leave a comment here on the blog or message me through social media. I am currently on these outlets:  Facebook, twitter, pinterest, and instagram.

For more delicious cake recipes from Burlap Kitchen check these out: Orange Chiffon Cake ( recipe from the 1940’s), Nana’s Chocolate Pound Cake, Chocolate Banana Loaf Cake, Strawberry Crunch Cake Pound Cake,.





Mini Brownie S’mores Bites

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Mini Brownie S’mores Bites


It’s almost 80 degrees here in central Pennsylvania, this means it is perfectly acceptable to talk  S’mores or, in this case, Mini Brownie S’mores Bites. And with S’mores, comes two types of people, those who like their marshmallows burnt, and those who like them perfectly golden brown. I happen to be one of those who like my marshmallows burnt.. to a crisp.. but for the sake of this recipe, the majority rules. Which means nice little golden brown marshmallows to keep everyone happy. =)

These Mini Brownie S’more Bites are unbelievably easy to make and equally delicious. They have a soft chewy brownie crust and are topped with marshmallows that taste as if they were fresh from the campfire. And let’s not forget the slight crunch from the graham cracker and the rich burst of chocolate from the candy bar. Take these to your next picnic or get together, they will surely be a hit! I do have to set out a warning, these are highly addictive. I dare you to just eat one. I couldn’t, I had to stop myself at 6! =0

*At the bottom of this page, under the recipe, I have left a few helpful notes on making these Mini S’mores Brownie Bites. Please make sure to spray the top of your mini muffin pans with cooking spray! If you don’t do this the marshmallow may stick to the top of your pan and that would be a mess! I also want to add that I bought my mini muffin liners at Walmart and found a cuter selection over by the cake decorating supplies than by the actual cake mixes. If you try this recipe I would LOVE to hear back from you!

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Chocolate Banana Loaf Cake

Chocolate Banana Cake

Chocolate Banana Loaf Cake 

I sort of have a thing for cake box desserts such as this Chocolate Banana Loaf Cake. They are just so easy to make and usually only require a few ingredients. I especially love this recipe because it makes 2 cakes. Keep one for yourself and give one away to a friend or neighbor. This is also a great recipe to use up those last few bananas before they go bad, which is rare in our house because my son LOVES bananas. Not to mention the way these cakes make the house smell while they are cooking! No need for fancy potpourris when you are cooking this.

 Chocolate Banana Loaf Cake

Ingredients:

1 – Box Devils Food Cake Mix

1 – Box Instant Chocolate pudding (3.9 oz.)

2 – Bananas (Ripe, how they look when you make banana bread)

2 – tsp. Instant Coffee

1 – Cup Milk

4 – eggs

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

First mash the bananas. Next, pour in the cake mix, instant pudding, instant coffee, and milk, mix well. In a separate bowl add 4 eggs and give them a few whisks; pour whisked eggs in with the rest of ingredients. Mix well. Split the batter between 2 well-greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let loaf cakes cool for about 10 minutes then turn out on a clean surface to let them finish cooling. Once cakes are completely cool glaze them.

 


Nana’s Chocolate Pound Cake

chocolate bundt cake

December was a difficult month for me to say the least. I lost a grandparent to cancer, which I talked about in my previous blog post, Orange Chiffon cake from 1948, but I also lost a job. I only had the job for a few months. I started out as part time and somehow ended up assistant manager… whoa! Although I liked the job, it wasn’t where my heart was. My heart belongs here, at home, with my baby boy ( he is now 4 =) ) and my blog. So when things started to get rough at work I saw it as a way out and took it.

It’s funny how sometimes God puts you in a situation to teach you more about yourself, isn’t it? Although I quit my job and was feeling guilty and worthless, I learned 3 very important things about myself:

#1 People are going to let you down sometimes – People are going to hurt you, it’s part of life. Sometimes people choose to hurt you on purpose and sometimes it’s just an accident. In the end, we are all people, we all make mistakes, and we all have our own struggles. So I’m slowly learning that I need to forgive and forget, let go and let God.

#2 Stick up for yourself, you’re worth it! –  I have learned that I need to stick up for myself, I’m worth it. This is something that I have struggled with my entire life. I feel like God has big plans for me and learning to stick up for myself is a must for the next door to open. I will tell you this much if that job was a test from God, to see if I would stick up for myself, I failed. I got a big F for failure on that one. But the good news is that we serve a God of second chances, a forgiving God. So I guess if God can forgive me then I need to forgive myself  and make sure I am prepared to pass the next text.

#3 Do what makes YOU happy – After losing my job, I had a long talk with my mom about everything. I told her how I felt like a failure and that my blog was not near as good as other ones I have seen. She said to me ” Emily, do you like to blog?” I said “Yes! I love it!” “so do it!” she said. Then she said to me ” Do what makes you happy! You don’t have to be good at it as long as it makes YOU happy. You will become good over time.” That kinda stuck with me. And it is so true. I have seen a huge improvement in my blog from when I first started till now. So I guess that means I am slowly starting to get good at it?? 😉

well, you know what they say. You live, you learn, and you eat cake… lots of cake. So enough with the life lessons and lets get to this cake recipe. This is another recipe of Nana’s. Last week was Orange Chiffon Cake from 1948 and this week is Chocolate Pound cake. This was one of my Nana’s specialties and also my sister and I’s favorite.

Chocolate Pound Cake

3 sticks butter (softened)

3 cups of sugar

3 Cups of Flour ( sifted)

5 heaping Tablespoons of cocoa (sifted twice)

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 Cup Milk

2 teaspoons vanilla

5 eggs

10X sugar to dust cake with ( optional)

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees In a mixing bowl

In a mixing bowl, add sifted flour and cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Whisk together and set aside. Using a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar. While stand mixer is still running add one egg at a time. Once eggs are mixed in slowly add mixing bowl of dry ingredients alternately with milk; add vanilla. Bake in a greased and lined bundt cake pan or angel food cake pan at 325 for 1 hour and 15 minutes. When cake is finished baking it will look slightly moist on the top, like it should continue baking for another 5-10 minutes, you want it to look like this. Allow cake to cool. Go around the edges of the cake with a butter knife and turn cake out on a plate, top side up if using an angel food cake pan. Dust cake with 10X sugar

* Instead of lining the pan you could grease the pan and dust it with cocoa, that’s how I did it.


Orange Chiffon Cake ~ Recipe from 1948

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Orange Chiffon Cake ~ Recipe from 1948

I lost my Nana 3 weeks ago. After a 4 year battle with cancer, cancer finally won. When you know where you are going, death doesn’t have to be a sad or scary thing but rather a celebration. I use the word celebration because I know my Nana is no longer suffering. In fact, I bet she is up in heaven horseback riding this very moment… she loved horses. Cancer may have taken her flesh  but it couldn’t take her soul. No. that belonged to Jesus. I fully believe that she took her last breath here on earth and her very next breath in heaven, in the presence of our Saviour.

My Pap has been going through some of Nana’s things and came across her cookbooks that she had gathered over the years. Along with the cookbooks came a manilla envelope filled with old, old, hand written recipes. He passed them all to me. I am so honored. So I will be cooking my way through them, one by one, for the next year and sharing them with you all.

The first recipe that really caught my eye was a recipe for orange chiffon cake. The index card that it was written on is so old and discoloured that I couldn’t help but to make this recipe first. Oh, and did I mention the date on the card? 1948!! It’s funny how a little slip of paper can have such huge history behind it. My sweet Aunt Kat (Nana’s sister) told me that this cake was a recipe that my great, great, grandma used to make. Aunt Kat also told me that Gladys ( My great, great grandma) made this cake for the actor Cliff Robertson and he ate 5 pieces!! I wasn’t sure who cliff Roberston was so I had to look him up, but I was sure that it wouldn’t be difficult to eat 5 pieces of this cake. It is seriously amazing! It is kind of a cross between an angel food cake and a bundt cake. It has a vibrant orange flavor and a light and fluffy texture. And to ice the cake, a thick glaze that is entangled with orange zest.

Orange Chiffon Final

I made this cake a few times already. I am going to explain to you what I have found to be the easiest way to make it. The first thing I did was split the ingredient list into 3 groups, they are as follows: Dry ingredients, wet ingredients, and egg whites.

1.) First I took the dry ingredient group and mixed them together in a bowl.

Group 1: Dry Ingredients 

2 1/4 Cup flour

1 1/2 Cup sugar

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

2.) Next, in a separate bowl, I added all the wet ingredients

Group 2: Wet Ingredients 

3 oranges ( zest and juice all 3. Make sure there are no seeds in the juice!)

1/2 Cup oil

7 egg yolks ( put the whites in a separate bowl, you will be using them)

3/4 cup of water or juice ( Now, let me explain this to you. What you want to do first is zest all 3 oranges and set the zest aside. Next juice the oranges. If you can get 3/4 of a cup from the oranges that’s great, use it! But if not and you fall just under 3/4 cup of juice then fill your measuring cup the rest of the way up with water. That’s how I usually have to do it.)

2 teaspoons vanilla

Now combine the wet and dry ingredients. Mix well with a whisk.

3.) In a third bowl ( I use my kitchen aid mixer) add the egg whites 

Group 3: egg whites 

7 egg whites

1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter

Beat egg whites and cream of tarter on high for 4 minutes, until stiff and fluffy.

gently fold in the zest from all three oranges, which is about 2 teaspoons of zest.

Gently fold the egg white mixture in with the batter.

How to bake it:

Pour into a greased angel food cake pan or chiffon pan. Take the middle oven rack out, and place the other oven rack 2 up from the bottom. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and bake for 55 minutes. Let cool for 10-15 minutes. Gently take a knife around the cake, then turn out onto a tea cloth. Let cake finish cooling. Once the cake is completely cool, ice the cake.


Peanut Butter & Hazelnut Cookies

peanut Butter Hazelnut cookies Final

Ingredients:

1- Cup butter

1/4- Cup shortening ( I use crisco)

3/4- Cup Peanut Butter

1/2- Cup Hazelnut spread ( Nutella)

3/4- Cup Brown Sugar

2- eggs

1- teaspoon vanilla

1- Cup sugar

1- teaspoon baking soda

1- teaspoon salt

3- Cups Flour

1- Cup of sugar for rolling

For the Icing :

1- bag of semi sweet chocolate chips ( 2 cups)

4- Tablespoons Hazelnut spread ( Nutella)

1/2- Cup hazelnuts ( Crushed)


Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

In a medium sized mixing bowl add the first 10 ingredients ( everything except the flour).  Mix well with a wooden spoon. Add in all 3 cups of flour and mix till it looks like cookie dough. ( I am not one to separate the wet and dry ingredients so, when making cookies, I always add the flour last.) Chill cookie dough for about 20 minutes. Roll cookie dough into balls using half tablespoons. Roll into sugar and place cookies on a GREASED cookie sheet. Make the cute little crisscross on the cookies with a fork. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until cookies are cooked all the way (Mine were perfect at 8 minutes). Let cookies cool completely.

Icing Directions:

Pour chocolate chips and 1 cap full of vegetable oil into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring the chocolate chips after every 30 seconds. When the chocolate chips are almost completely melted add 4 tablespoons of hazelnut spread ( Nutella) and heat for an additional 30 seconds. Stir well. Place about 1/2 teaspoon of chocolate onto each cookie and smooth with a spoon, top with crushed hazelnuts. Cool in the refrigerator until chocolate hardens. Store in a cool place.

Monster Chocolate Chip Cookies

Monster Chocolate chip cookies

 

 

Sometimes it’s just fun to eat an obnoxiously big cookie. These cookies are just that! There is no rule that says you HAVE to make them this big, but why wouldn’t you? Sometimes you have to break the rules and make big cookies =P

I have been experimenting with these cookies a lot! Here is what I discovered.. If you bake them on an air-bake cookie sheet they get flat, still good, but flat. If you bake them on a dark cookie sheet that is NOT an air-bake they get more on the fluffy side. So it is up to you, do you like flat cookies or fluffy cookies? I like all cookies! flat, fluffy, big, little, I like them all. LOL. These cookies are also great to hand out as gifts. I like to make them and wrap them individually in plastic wrap.

Monster Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

2 Cups (4 sticks) Butter

1/3 Cup crisco

1 3/4 Cup brown sugar

1 3/4 Cup sugar

4 eggs

3 tsp. vanilla

5 1/2 Cups flour

2 tsp. baking soda

1 1/2 tsp. salt

2 bags chocolate chips

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees

In a large mixing bowl add butter, crisco, brown sugar, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Use a hand mixer to cream together. Once creamed together, add flour, baking soda, and salt; mix well with a wooden spoon. Once everything is mixed well and it looks like cookie dough, add both bags of chocolate chips, mix well. Chill dough in the fridge for about 20 minutes. For monster cookies, drop by ice cream scoops full. Depending on the size of your cookie sheets, you may only be able to make 2-4 cookies at a time. For normal sized cookies drop by tablespoons full.

Monster cookies bake at 375 degrees for 14-16 minutes or until edges are brown and center is cooked.

* I always make the monster cookies, but for normal sized cookies bake at 375 degrees but reduce the cooking time. I would try 8 minutes. =)

Peanut Butter Lovers Crispy Treats

Peant Butter Lovers Crispy treats

 

I am so in love with this recipe. If you are a peanut butter fan, like me, then you will love this recipe too.  These treats are crunchy, ooey gooey, and loaded with peanut butter goodness. I ate an entire row of these babies by myself yesterday… that’s when I decided I needed to get them out of the house before one row became two, then three, then the entire pan. I decided the best thing to do was to take them over to my neighbor’s house. They were having a small pool party, perfect way to get this pan of ooey, gooey, goodness out of the house.

I ate an entire row of these babies by myself yesterday… that’s when I decided I needed to get them out of the house before one row became two, then three, then the entire pan. I decided the best thing to do was to take them over to my neighbors house. They were having a small pool party; a perfect way to get this pan of ooey gooey goodness out of my house. They were a hit! My neighbors loved them and told me they didn’t last long. SCORE! =)

Peanut Butter Lovers Crispy Treats

Ingredients:

4 Cups mini marshmallows

1/2 stick of butter

1/2 tsp. vanilla

6 & 1/2  cups peanut butter puff cereal ( I used Reese peanut butter puffs)

1 –  (4 oz) box of chocolate peanut butter candies ( I used Reese pieces. I bought one of the $1 boxes)

1/2 Cup peanut butter

1/2 Cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions

  • Take a stick of butter and peel the paper back. Rub the butter all over the bottom and sides of a 13 X 9 cake pan and the end of a second wooden spoon. Set both aside
  • Get another wooden spoon; in a large saucepan, over medium/low heat,  melt 1/2 stick of butter.
  • Once the butter has melted add 4 cups of mini marshmallows. Stir until butter and marshmallow melt together.
  • stir in 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  •  Add 6 & 1/2 cups of peanut butter puff cereal to the melted butter and marshmallow, mix with a wooden spoon until all the cereal is coated in the melted butter/marshmallow sauce.
  • wait 5 -7 minutes, until slightly cool.
  • Add the entire box of peanut butter candies to the crispy treats, RESERVING 1/4 cup for the top. Gently mix the candies into the mixture with a wooden spoon.
  • Switch to your buttered wooden spoon and scrape the crispy treats out of the saucepan and into a cake pan. Use your buttered wooden spoon to press them evenly in the pan.
  • Once crispy treats have been pressed into the cake pan,  put 1/2 Cup of peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds, or until the peanut butter has melted ( do this in 15 second intervals)
  • pour the melted peanut butter in a zig-zag shape over the top of crispy treats.
  • Now do the same thing with the chocolate. Put 1/2 cup chocolate in a microwavable- safe bowl and microwave 15 seconds at a time, until chocolate is melted.
  • Pour the melted chocolate in a zig-zag shape over the top of the crispy treats.
  • sprinkle with 1/4 cup of reserved chocolate peanut butter candies
  • Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until the melted peanut butter and chocolate are set.
  • store in fridge or in a cool room

Peanut Butter Lovers Crispy Treats

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