Monday, September 28, 2009

Home-Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Spice up your favorite childhood meal with a delicious grown up taste with this easy remake of macaroni and cheese.

1 package of Kraft deluxe macaroni & cheese (or you can use the generic brand, or I've even used the Velveeta shells as well)
1 cup cubed ham pieces or Canadian bacon (optional)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 tsp. ground pepper (red, if you have it- if not- use whatever you like!)
8 RITZ crackers

Make it:
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare the macaroni and cheese as directed on package.

Stir in 1/2 cup of grated cheese, the sour cream, ham and pepper.

Spoon into greased 1-1/2 quart baking dish.

Sprinkle remaining cheese. Crush and sprinkle the crackers on top.

Bake 20 minutes- let stand for 5 before serving.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Brownie Candy Cups

These are another awesome sweet treat from Bakerella. Be warned. They are like super duper amazing Reeses Pieces Cups. So if you like Reeses, you'll love these. I guarantee it.

These are much easier than the last post, so be relieved. They only take a mere 35 minutes.

I tweaked Bakerella's recipe a bit to fit my normal person's list of house cooking items. I don't have mini cupcake pans or foil liners. So, I just used what I had. And here's what I did. And here's how to make them. Oh, and they turned out amazing. Did I mention that yet?

Items Needed:

1 box of Duncan Hines Chocolate Lovers Double Fudge Brownie Mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
20 regular sized Reeses cups unwrapped
20 cup cake liners

How to Create Deliciousness:
1. Preheat oven to 350

2. Place liners in your cupcake pan, or use free-standing liners like my beautifully colored silicone liners.

3. Combine brownie mix, contents from fudge packet in mix, eggs, water and oil.

4. Stir with spoon until blended.

5. Fill each liner about one third of the way. You can fill them higher if you want more brownie, but you'll make a less amount. The brownie mix doesn't raise very high like regular cupcakes do.

6. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes and remove from oven

7. Push 1 Reeses in center of each “brownie cupcake” until even with surface of the batter.

8. Bake 5 more minutes.

9. Remove pan and allow pan to cool for about 5 minutes. I placed them into the fridge to harden up the melted chocolate, and then removed them from the liners once they were cooled.

10. Serve and eat!!