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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Valentine's Day Treat


To get in the Valentine's Day mood this past weekend,  I made some lemon cupcakes with tea infused buttercream frosting.  A sort of Arnold Palmer cake...The cake was just a box cake but I did make the frosting from scratch.  The frosting was really just an improvisation but it turned out pretty nice.  I really liked the consistency.  The  tea flavor was subtle.  I think I would try to go a little heavier on the tea next time.

Tea Infused Buttercream Frosting
2 Black Tea Bags soaking in a about 1/4 cup of boiling water to make a strong tea flavor
1 stick unsalted butter (1/2 cup)
Approximately 2 - 2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar

Cream the butter with an electric mixer.  Add in the tea.
Slowly add the powdered sugar (about 1/2 cup at a time).

Honestly, I just poured the powdered sugar out of the bag, so I am not sure how much I used.  Just keep adding the sugar until your icing is the desired consistency.



Sunday, February 3, 2013

Super Bowl Roll Ups!



Whenever I think of Super Bowl party foods, I think of some sort of taco dip creation which typically involves cream cheese and some chili/taco flavoring.  This year I decided to make some salsa rolls up inspired by a recipe I saw on the Kraft Foods Recipe website. Of course, I improvised a bit to make it fall more in line with my "taco dip" theme.

Note that this is a party food recipe, so it makes a decent amount.  I got about 35 nice slices with about 10 uneven end pieces.  If you want less, just cut the recipe in half....

1 package of Burrito size flour tortillas
2  8 oz packages of cream cheese
1 package of shredded cheddar or mixed cheese (cheddar, colby, jack, etc...)
10 tablespoons of medium Pico de Gallo
1 package or taco seasoning mix

Put the cream cheese in a medium sized bowl.    Add the pico de gallo and taco seasoning.  Mix until thoroughly combined.

Spread a layer of of the cream cheese mixture onto a tortilla and sprinkle with the shredded cheese.  Although it is not in the "preparation" photo, I also added a bit of shredded lettuce for crunch...I think chopped onions would also work well in the regard.  Anyway, once your ingredients are on the tortilla, roll the tortilla as tightly as possible.  After it is rolled, simply cut into about 1 -  1 1/2 inch sized slices.  Continue until you run out of the cream cheese mixture.  I ended up using 5 tortillas.