March My Bakers Box- All about Brunch!

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Our March box features our favorite brunch items and recipes!  We hope you try some of our favorite recipes below!  Please make sure to share your pictures with us!  #mybakersbox and #madewithmybakersbox

~Happy Baking!

Pecan Sticky Buns

Baked Doughnuts

Old Fashioned Cake Doughnuts

Baked French Toast Muffins

Homemade Cinnamon Swirl Bread

 

 

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Marshmallow Fondant

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You Will Need:

  •    1/4 cup butter or Crisco (for your hands while kneading)
  •    1 (16 ounce) package miniature marshmallows
  •    1/4 cup water
  •    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •    2 pounds confectioners’ sugar, divided (1 cup reserved for work surface and kneading)

Directions:

Place the butter or Crisco within reach of your work space (a bowl works well). In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave marshmallows on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute just so marshmallows start to melt. Carefully stir the water and vanilla extract into the hot marshmallows, and stir until the mixture is smooth. Slowly beat in the confectioners’ sugar, one cup at a time, until you have a sticky dough. The dough will be very stiff. Dust your work surface with confectioners sugar. Apply some of the butter or Crisco to your hands and begin kneading the sticky dough. As you knead, the dough will become workable and pliable. Turn the dough out onto the dusted work surface and continue kneading until the fondant is smooth and no longer sticky to the touch, about 5 to 10 minutes. Form the fondant into a ball, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight. To use, allow the fondant to come to room temperature, and roll it out onto a flat surface dusted with confectioners’ sugar. Store in an airtight container for 2 weeks.

 

We need YOUR help!

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We are putting the final touches on our September boxes!  We are having a hard time deciding on 2 flavors!  Please comment with what 2 flavors you would like to see!

 

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Surprise Coffin Cookies

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Looking for a last minute Halloween treat?  Our Surprise Coffin Cookies are fun and easy to make!  These start out as a basic sugar cookie, with a fun treat inside!

You will need:

  • Your favorite sugar cookie recipe, try ours here
  • Coffin Cookie Cutter (featured in our September box)
  • Your favorite small candy, we used Reese’s Pieces and M&M’s- the mini’s work great!
  • Your favorite frosting, we used store bought chocolate
  • Food Coloring of choice- we used black gel
  • Icing pens, writers or royal icing

How to:

Make your favorite sugar cookie dough and cut out cookies.  We used our Coffin Cookie cutter.  These surprise cookies are actually 3 cookies in one, you will need to cut out the middle on the cookies you would like to have the surprise inside.  You can use a smaller cookie cutter, or we just used a knife to cut out center.  To keep edges smooth, try dusting knife and cookie cutter in flour!

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Bake according to recipe and let cool.  Once cooled, it’s time to assemble the surprise cookies!  We used store bought chocolate frosting and added black gel food coloring to achieve our desired black.  Chocolate frosting is easier to get a nice black color with, and will not get gray or ashy!  Start with a few drops, adding more until the perfect black is achieved!  Start out with 1 normal cut cookie, then take a cookie where the center was removed and carefully frost the back edges.  The sides are thin, so be careful not to apply too much pressure or cookie will break.  “Glue” to top of cookie.

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As you can see the cookies were not all the same sizes after baking.  It’s okay!  Next add a few pieces of your favorite candy.  The mini candies will work the best.  You can also add sprinkles!

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Next, frost the back of another full cookie and place on top.  Using an icing spatula or knife, frost entire cookie sides and top and smooth out.  Let dry, then you can use an icing pen, writer or even royal icing to decorate top of cookie.  We used our CK Writers that we have featured in the past.  We also made scary faces with the eyes from our September box.  Have fun getting creative!  My boys loved these!!!

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Peach Cupcakes

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Summer is coming to an end, what a better way to end summer than with some Peach Cupcakes!

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You will need:

For cupcakes-

– White box cake mix

-eggs, water and oil per box directions

-1/4 cup peach preserves

-2 peaches, peeled and chopped

-cupcake liners or cups from our August box

For frosting-

-red and yellow food coloring

-1 cup butter, softened

-1 packet Taylor & Colledge Vanilla Bean paste from August box (or about 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)

-5 tablespoons peach preserves

-3 cups confectioners sugar

-peach slices, or jam for garnish

Mix cake mix according to package directions for cupcakes, fold in peach preserves and fresh peaches.  Fill cups or a muffin tin with liners 2/3 of the way full.  Using the cups from our box?  Just place on a cookie sheet and bake right in them!  Bake according to box, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool completely.  For frosting, combine all ingredients and mix on medium speed until combined.  Add 1 drop of yellow food coloring, and 1 drop of red and mix.  Continue to add food coloring one drop at a time until desired color is achieved.  Add frosting to a piping bag and frost cupcakes.  Garnish with fresh peach slices.  You can even create a cavity in frosting and fill with remaining peach preserves! 

Don’t forget if you need more cups, you can purchase in our store or in our Etsy shop!

We hope you enjoy the rest of your Summer!  Happy Baking!

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Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

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Who doesn’t love fresh whipped cream?  It is so easy to make!  I loved the Taylor & Colledge Vanilla Bean Paste from our August box and thought it would be perfect in whipped cream!   Add this fresh whipped cream to your favorite fresh fruit, ice cream and more!  You can even layer in push pops for a fun treat, try with fruit or mini cupcakes!

You will need:

~ 1 cup heavy whipping cream

~ 1 heaping tablespoon confectioners sugar (add more if you prefer)

~ 1 packet Taylor and Colledge Vanilla Bean Paste (you can also use a little extract if you do not have paste)

Directions:

In a bowl, beat whipping cream with an electric mixer (or a stand mixer) on high until soft peaks form.

  Add in sugar and vanilla bean paste, beat until fully mixed.  Look at how pretty all those little black vanilla specks are!  Store in refrigerator.

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~Happy Baking!

Want more ideas on what to make with your Vanilla Bean Paste?  Visit Taylor & Colledge here

S’Mores Push Pops

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I love push pops!  They are so fun and there are so many things you can do with them.  We all know S’Mores can be pretty messy so I thought why not try them in a push pop?  They were delicious!  My boys helped make them, and they didn’t last more than a day!

You will need:

-Push Pop Tubes – included in our July box

-graham crackers- about 1/2 a package

-chocolate pudding – we used Hershey’s

-Marshmallow Creme- we used the whole 7 oz. jar!

-3 tablespoons butter

-bite sized chocolate for garnishing

Optional:

– foam or some type of stand to set push pops in

-Piping bags and tip

Directions:

Make pudding according to package directions and set aside.  We did not refrigerate since that will be done later.

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  In a plastic bag, or food processor crush graham cracker.  Melt butter and mix with graham cracker till crumbly.

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Assemble push pops, and put in stand so you can start filling them.  Start out with a layer of graham cracker and butter mixture.

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Press down with a spoon so it will create a crust.  Fill two piping bags, one with pudding and the other with marshmallow creme.  Pipe a layer of marshmallow creme, then a layer of pudding.

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Repeat with graham crackers, marshmallow creme and pudding till filled.  Garnish with chocolate bar.  Let set in refrigerator for about an hour for pudding to set.  Enjoy!!!

Keala with a Recipe for a Sweet Life made push pops but used brownies and her marshmallow frosting– yum!  Make sure to visit her blog here for her recipes!

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The possibilities are endless!  You can even use mini cupcakes!  Save your push pops for more recipes.  They can also be filled with candy for a fun party favor, or fill with confetti for your next celebration!!!!  If you need more push pops, they can be purchased here!

~Happy Baking!