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Apple Bacon Caramel Cronuts

Crescent + Doughnut = Cronuts
Ingredients

  • 1 Package Refrigerated Pillsbury Uncut Crescent Sheet
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Apples, Diced
  • ⅓ cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon All Spice
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ cup Bacon Bits
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 ½ tablespoons milk
  • ¼ cup Caramel Sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Unwrap the crescent roll sheet and fold it on top of itself. On a floured surface, roll out this dough. Then take a 4-inch cookie cutter, or something similar in size, and cut out the donuts, laying them on a greased cookie sheet. From here, remove the center of the circles using a 1-inch cutter or a water bottle cap. Place them in the oven for 10 minutes or until they’re a light brown on top.
  2. In a small pan, combine butter, apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and bacon. Let this caramelize on a medium-low setting.
  3. Mix powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. Add the caramel sauce and continue mixing until smooth.
  4. After the Cronuts have cooled, dip them into the caramel glaze. Top with caramelized apples and bacon.

 

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Momofuku Birthday Cake Balls + Cake Fail Story

I was planning on sharing a recipe and a few pictures of a bomb Momofuku Milk Bar inspired cake that I was going to make for New Years. The only issue is that it didn’t turn out so well. Everything was looking good until I baked the first of three cakes in my six-inch spring pan. The recipe didn’t create a lot of batter to start off with, but I still followed through with the directions thinking that I’d just have thinner layers or that they would rise in the oven. Secondly, the recipe I followed used a seven-inch pan, so I thought I would need to let the cake bake longer than the time stated. Each layer came out about 1/6 of an inch and baked for only half of the time. After baking the three thin layers, they cooled as I created the icing and topping. Next came the assembly. I started off with placing down the first layer and painting on a milk and vanilla mixture to keep it moist. Then, I frosted on a thick layer of icing with some of the rainbow streusel topping on top. When I repeated this step, the following layer of the cake crumbled into pieces when I tried to pick it up. Trying not to panic, I tried to jigsaw it back together on the cake plate. With semi-success, I moved on to the frosting. The dense icing didn’t pair well with the crumbly layer beneath it, creating a clumpy mess. Next, I added another layer of topping and moved on to the final layer. Again, the cake fell apart as I added on the icing and streusel. It was a hot mess. I’d already spent two and a half hours making this cake, so I wasn’t going to give up just yet. One thing I learned from many years of unsuccessful baking is when in doubt, just dump it in a mixer. In my standing mixer, I tossed in the cake and combined it with the remaining icing and topping. After mixing it on a medium setting for a minute, I found myself with a fantastic recipe for cake balls. Below, I’ll list my recipe I used, but to make it easier on yourself, just bake the cake in a 9×13 pan and bake it for somewhere between 30 to 45 minutes. I haven’t tried this, but make sure to watch your cake and use the toothpick test to make sure it’s done. 

Momofuku Birthday Cake Balls Recipe 

Ingredients 

For Cake

  • 1 stick butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar, tightly packed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cups rainbow sprinkles

For Cake Soak

  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For Frosting 

  • 8 tablespoon butter, at room temperature
  • 2 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

For Crumb Topping 

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons rainbow sprinkles
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Starting with the cake ingredients, cream together the butter and sugars for two minutes on a medium setting. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the eggs, then mix again for two minutes on medium. Scrape the edges of the bowl and make sure everything is combined. Add in buttermilk, oil, and vanilla, and mix on medium for seven to eight minutes or until it’s white. This part took almost 15 minutes for me. Don’t rush this part!
  2. Add in the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, and sprinkles) a little at a time. Make sure you mix this on a low setting so the flour doesn’t fly everywhere. Mix this for about one to two minutes or until everything is combined. Bake this in a greased 9×13 pan for 30 to 45 minutes or until the toothpick comes out.
  3. While this is in the oven, start on the frosting. Cream together the butter and cream cheese for two minutes on a low setting. After this, pour in corn syrup and vanilla and continue to mix for two to three minutes. By now this should be smooth and glossy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then add in the remaining ingredients (confectioners’ sugar, salt, and baking powder). On a low setting, mix this until it’s incorporated. Set this to the side for now.
  4. After the cake is finished or if you have double ovens, heat the oven to 300°F. For the crumb topping, combine the sugars, flour, baking powder, salt, and sprinkles in a bowl. Pour in the oil and vanilla, and mix with a fork until crumbs form. Bake this for 15 minutes on a baking sheet.
  5. From here, either you can make a layered cake like I was attempting, or combine the cooled cake into a mixture with the frosting and topping on a low setting. Then roll them into 1 inch balls. Place them onto a wax paper lined baking sheet and put them into the freezer for an hour. 
  6. Melt down a bag of chocolate chips by placing them in a microwave-safe bowl and melting them on 30 second intervals. Then, drizzle this on the frozen cake balls.
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November Favorites

THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS HERE! (Cue All I Want For Christmas) It’s the time of gift giving, family arguments, and overpriced ugly sweaters. This year couldn’t be over fast enough because a lot of amazing things are happening in 2017. Not to name everything, but I have graduation, my Chicago trip, my sister’s wedding, my moving out, and gtolley.com launching on January 1st. You heard it first; I’m changing up my blog and getting my own domain name. It’s going to be a busy year, but I still have one month left. So let’s get right into my monthly favorites!

What to listen to…
DNCE
I’m a child of the 00s, so of course I grew up on Disney Channel. Unlike my older sister, I wasn’t in distress when the Jonas Brothers called it quits in 2013. Under recommendation from a Snapchat story, I listened to the whole DNCE album in one sitting. Nothing this year compared to this. Joe Jonas’s R&B vocals mixed with the bubblegum pop and funk indie vibe the band gives off makes it the best album of the year.

What to wear…

UA Blitzing II Stretch Fit- Under Armour Hat

https://www.underarmour.com/en-us/mens-ua-blitzing-ii-stretch-fit-cap/pid1254123-001

I’m always trying new fashion trends, and one I’ve been loving is the sporty/athleisure look. (It gives me an excuse to wear workout pants at school.) During my trip to Indianapolis this month, I was dragged into an Under Armour store and found the perfect hat. Sure, I look like a 34 year old soccer mom or Luke from Gilmore Girls, but I’ve embraced it.

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The Crown

The Crown covers Queen Elizabeth following her marriage to Prince Philip and taking on the throne. Claire Foy and Matt Smith are the perfect castings for the royal couple, and their chemistry is phenomenal. Just a heads up: the first episode has more drama in it than every episode of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars combined.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

Fantastic Beasts is a different perspective into the world of witches and wizards, taking place in 1920’s New York. We are no longer stuck behind a desk for seven years, as we are apparated straight into the action. I wasn’t old enough to understand the awe and wonder Harry Potter had on its viewers when it was first released. The breathtaking visuals and brilliant screenplay, written by J.K. Rowling, caused me to have this feeling for the first time in many years. 2016 was filled with many rehashes of films we’ve already seen. Even being a reboot/ spin-off of the Potter franchise, Beasts is equally unique and brilliant as its predecessors. Although the Goldstein sisters stole the show for me, Newt Scamander played by Eddie Redmayne is an interesting enough lead to carry the inevitable following sequels.

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What to eat…

Pecan Pie

http://houseofyumm.com/pecan-pie/

‘Tis the season of eating endless amounts of leftovers from your holiday meal. As always for Thanksgiving, I was in charge of bringing dessert. This year I spiced the typical pies by making them miniature. My favorite of the three types I made was the pecan, hands down. The recipe I used liked to stick to the pan, so I would recommend making this in a normal sized pie crust.

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What to buy for the house…

Little Christmas Tree- Target

My favorite place in the world is Target’s Dollar Spot. You never know what junk you might find there. Of course during my weekly trip there, I found this cute little tree for $3. It’s the perfect size for a dining room table or in an office.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fall is upon us! It seems like every product is getting a pumpkin makeover for the month of October. These pumpkin chocolate chip cookies might be the simplest and yummiest way to celebrate the season.
Start off by preheating the oven to 350 F, and coat a cookie sheet with cooking oil.

In a medium bowl, mix one can of pumpkin filling and a box of spice cake mix together. Add in a whole 10 oz bag of chocolate chips, and continue to mix.


When combined, place the dough on a baking sheet. Top them off by sprinkling brown sugar on top, and bake for seven to eight minutes.
After baked, let the cookies set on the sheet for a few minutes. This makes sure that they won’t break since they are still soft at this point.

Red Velvet Popcorn

There is nothing more perfect for a movie night than a decent flick, good company, and popcorn. This week’s recipe comes from Michael at Inspired by Charm. It’s a little late to make this for the 4th of July, but it’s still an easy party snack.

http://inspiredbycharm.com/2014/01/red-velvet-popcorn.html

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Red Velvet Popcorn

Ingredients

  • 8 cups or 2 bags of popcorn
  • 3 cups of Red Velvet cake crumbs or about ⅓ of a 9×13
  • 22 oz white chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoons Crisco
  • Blue sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Lay down wax paper on a table, pour out popcorn on top of it.
  2. Melt chocolate chips with Crisco in the microwave or double broiler, until smooth.
  3. Drizzle chocolate on top of popcorn.
  4. Add cake crumbs and sprinkles, then let cool.
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June Favorites + Watermelon Slushy

My summer vacation is flying by so fast. I’m having a super busy week in prep for 4th of July. So this week I’m going to try something different. I’m slightly addicted to people’s monthly favorites posts and videos, so let’s take a look inside what I was obsessed with this month.

Minecraft Story Mode

Every other weekend, I’ve been traveling 5 hours back and forth to go to the lake. I’m a huge fan of the Telltale games, and I finally got around to playing Minecraft Story Mode. It’s a simple family friendly point-and-click adventure game with a fun plot and doesn’t require much thought. I played it on IOS and bought it through the app store. The first episode is free, but I recommend buying it in a bundle if you’re going to play all 8 episodes. Otherwise, it can get pricey.  

https://www.telltalegames.com/minecraftstorymode/

6ft long iPhone cord

I’m lazy, and my phone is always dead. Having an extra long phone cord is kind of a must for me, since it seems like the charger that comes in the box is always a foot too short.

https://www.amazon.com/Extended-Lightning-Cable-Charging-Lenmar/dp/B00CLGZZR4

Maybelline Expertwear Eyeshadow Quad in Luminous Lilacs

To tell the truth, I only bought this because it had purple eyeshadow in it. Turns out it’s a really nice quad and creates a couple different fun summer looks. All four colors are pigmented and can be worn on their own. They’re really shimmery and a bit of a mess, but it’s kind of worth it.

http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=513229&catid=183538&cmbProdBrandFilter=3197&aid=338666&aparam=513229&kpid=513229&CAWELAID=120142990000013896&CAGPSPN=pla&CAAGID=15436301413&CATCI=pla-112544150893

Escape the Night

YouTuber Joey Graceffa created and released a show for YouTube’s premium service, Youtube Red, titled Escape the Night. It’s kind of a mashup of Clue, Real Housewives, and The Amazing Race. It stars Graceffa and a dozen other YouTubers. By the time I upload this post, the first three episodes will be out. The first episode is free to watch and there’s also a free trial for the service.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS2vhgnFddU

Watermelon Slushy

Every summer I tell myself I’m going to eat healthy, but that usually lasts about a week. I’m not a big breakfast eater since I tend to sleep in,  So I’ve been drinking a lot of juices and smoothies.  One I tried last week was a watermelon slushy. It’s pretty simple- just 4 cups of watermelon and a packet of Splenda mixed in a blender until it has the consistency of a smoothie. The first time I tried it, the texture was unbearable. Instead, I froze the mixture overnight and blended it up for an icy version.

Crosley CR8005A-OR Cruiser Portable 3-Speed Turntable, Orange

This was a late Birthday present, and probably my favorite thing of the month. Earlier in the month, I got over a hundred 33-records from my Grandpa. They were mostly country and rock music from the 50s and 60s. I’m not a musical snob, but it works well for what I need it to do. Which is playing the Guardians of the Galaxy album at 2am.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00990Z20U/ref=twister_B01CTY18B4?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

Butternut Squash Cookies

Butternut Squash Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 C unbleached, all purpose flour
  • ⅓ C raw cane sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 rounded tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • healthy pinch of cloves
  • ¼ C cold, salted butter, cubed
  • 1 C buttermilk
  • ¼ C smooth peanut butter
  • ½ C butternut squash puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ C mini chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a mixing bowl (or a stand mixer), combine dry ingredients and butter. With the paddle attachment, run your mixer on medium-low until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. This takes about 5 minutes.
  3. Add in peanut butter, squash, vanilla, and buttermilk in the mixer. Continue to mix until combined.
  4. With the mixer running on low, add the chocolate chips. Be careful not to overmix.
  5. Put dough out onto a floured surface and fold into a ball.
  6. Pat dough into a circle about 2 inches deep and cut into 8 triangles.
  7. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 18-20 minutes.
  8. Allow scones to cool on a wire rack.

**During my first attempt at making these, it turned into cookie dough. (I think I let my butter set out too long.) I then rolled the dough into 2.5 inch balls instead, baking them at 350ºF for 16 minutes.**

Twinkie Cupcakes


Twinkie Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • A Dozen Vanilla Cupcakes, either from scratch or box

Filing

  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 c whole milk
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1/2 c granulated sugar
  • 1 t vanilla extract

Frosting

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup marshmallow spread
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Starting with the filling, whisk together flour and milk. Set on medium heat in a sauce pan. Whisk until consistency of pudding, set to the side until completely cool.
  2. With mixer, beat in butter and sugar until well combined and fluffy. While beating, add in milk mixture and vanilla. Continue beating until mixture is light and fluffy. About 7-8 minutes.
  3. Take filling and put into a ziplock baggie, and snip a corner off.
  4. For the Frosting. Beat butter and marshmallow until light and fluffy, for about 5 minutes in a large bowl.
  5. Add the sugar, beating until just combined.
  6. Stir in 1 tablespoon of cream and the vanilla, then beat on high speed for 4 minutes.
  7. To finish them off, take a knife and cut out a little hole in the center of the cupcake.
  8. Pipe a small amount of  filling inside.
  9. By using a cupcake spatula or piping bag frost the tops of the cupcakes.