Lazy Daisy Cake

Lazy Daisy Cake

A single-layer, square yellow cake with a broiled brown sugar, coconut and pecan topping that tastes like candy. . . kind of like a praline. It has an old-fashioned, Southern-inspired feel to it that I find charming.

The cake is unlike any I’ve made before because after beating the eggs, sugar and dry ingredients together it’s time to beat in the boiling hot milk and butter(?). The method is weird but the result is not.

Moist, sturdy and tender, it’s one of the best yellow cakes I ever tasted.

Once the cake is baked the topping ingredients are melted together in a sauce pan with butter and slathered over the top of the cake. A few minutes under the broiler and you have a golden brown, gooey topping that tastes like some of the best candy ever.

Best yellow cake + best candy topping.

I’m sensing a theme here. … 

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Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad with Apples & Bacon

Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad

A hearty salad that will fill you up and won’t leave you feeling hungry! With pecan crusted chicken breasts, diced apples, dried cranberries and crumbled bacon over a bed of romaine lettuce all gussied up with the easiest honey mustard dressing in the world. The salad of my dreams.

Let’s talk honey mustard. Have you figured out I’m completely crazy for it by how many times it shows up in my recipes?! It’s my go-to dressing and dipping sauce and one of the simplest things to make using your favorite Dijon mustard and honey. That’s it. Two ingredients. Mix equal parts together to start, with a little drizzle of water to thin it out, and there’s your life-changing dressing. 
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Caramel Pecan Pie Bars

Caramel Pecan Pie Bars

Pecan pie meets blondies in one of the easiest bar recipes I ever made. They have sweet, caramel middles packed with crunchy pecans and crackly tops that remind me of brownies.

It takes all of ten minutes, maybe fifteen to mix the batter together. They start out just like blondies with melting butter and brown sugar together then beating it into eggs and vanilla followed by flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

A full two cups of chopped pecans are mixed in by hand then it’s poured into the baking pan and off to the oven it goes.  Fast and easy enough to make in a pinch but delicious enough that no one will ever know how easy they were.

They taste like you spent hours baking only to emerge from the kitchen covered in flour from head to toe with sticky caramel in your hair.

They didn’t feel complete without a frosting or topping of some kind but after one bite I realized they didn’t need it. It’d be too much. Cloying, even for the most demanding sweet tooth. They’re plenty sweet enough being they have more sugar than flour in them. All that brown sugar gives them a rich, caramel-butterscotch flavor that dominates every bite in a totally moreish kind of way.

They’re completely satisfying all on their own but turning them into a pecan pie sundae by topping them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of butterscotch or caramel sauce plus a spattering of nuts is a mighty good idea too.

They taste like a million bucks.

A fair trade-off for ten minutes of your time.

Pecan Pie Bars

Caramel Pecan Pie Bars

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 1 (9x13-inch) pan

Caramel Pecan Pie Bars

Pecan pie meets blondies in one of the easiest bar recipes I ever made. They have sweet, caramel middles packed with crunchy pecans and crackly tops that remind me of brownies.

Ingredients:

1 cup (16 tablespoons) butter, cubed
2 + 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups chopped pecans
confectioners' sugar, for sprinkling on top

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan or line with parchment paper.
  2. In a large saucepan melt the butter and brown sugar together over medium-low heat, stirring to combine. Turn off heat.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large mixing bowl beat the eggs and vanilla together. Slowly add the hot sugar with mixer on low.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together. Add it gradually to the sugar mixture beating on low just until combined.
  5. Stir in the pecans by hand.
  6. Bake 20 - 25 minutes until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs and the edges are slightly browned. For a "fudgier" bar lean toward the 20 - 22 minute mark. For a cakey bar cook the full 25 minutes and add on a minute or two.
  7. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars and dust with confectioners' sugar.

Notes:

Recipe from Taste of Home

Copyright ©2013 Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice by Reeni Pisano All Rights Reserved

http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/caramel-pecan-pie-bars/

Caramel Pecan Bars

Vanilla Pecan Pie

This is a sponsored post for McCormick. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Vanilla Pecan Pie

Pecan pie gets an exciting new twist! This double-decker pie features a layer of cream cheese topped with sticky pecans. It’s like two desserts in one. Pie meets cheesecake. The best of both worlds.

It may look complicated to make but in reality it’s ridiculously simple to put together. You can use a premade crust to save time – I’ve included a pie crust recipe if you prefer homemade or if you have a favorite you can use that.

The cheesecake layer comes together easily by beating cream cheese, eggs, sugar and vanilla together then spreading it over the bottom of the crust. It’s baked for 15 minutes giving you time to make the pecan topping. The sticky sweet glue that holds the nuts together comes together just as easily as the first layer by combining eggs, sugar, corn syrup, butter and more of that lovely vanilla extract. The flavor of the day.

The pecans are piled on top of the cream cheese and the buttery syrup is poured over it. Another, longer trip to the oven and out comes one of the most delicious pies of the season.

Vanilla Cream Cheese Pecan Pie

It’s the perfect holiday pie with vanilla infusing both layers and that nutty, crunchy topping balanced by the rich creaminess of the cheesecake. Vanilla is one of the most sought after flavors of the season along with pumpkin spice, ginger, peppermint, sage, cinnamon and nutmeg. Here are some of my favorite McCormick recipes for bringing more of those flavors into your life:

Vanilla Cheesecake Pecan Pie

Vanilla Pecan Pie

Rating: 51

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 1 (9-inch) pie

Vanilla Pecan Pie

Pecan pie gets an exciting new twist! This double-decker pie features a layer of cream cheese topped with sticky pecans. It's like two desserts in one. Pie meets cheesecake. The best of both worlds.

Ingredients:

Crust: (or use 1 refrigerated pie crust)
1 + 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into cubes
4 tablespoons shortening
3 - 5 tablespoons ice water
Filling:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
3 eggs, divided
3/4 cup sugar, divided
4 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract, divided
1/2 cup light corn syrup
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups pecan pieces, toasted
For serving:
whip cream

Instructions:

    If using premade crust skip steps 1 and 2.
  1. In a large mixing bowl whisk the flour and salt together. Use a pastry blender or two forks used scissor fashion to cut the butter into the flour until you get coarse crumbs. Repeat with the shortening. Drizzle with ice water 1 tablespoon at a time (you may not need it all) and toss to combine with a fork, once it starts sticking together use your hands to form it into a ball. Press it into a disk, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1/2 hour.
  2. Dust a flat surface with flour and roll the dough out to an 11-inch circle. Press it into the pan and flute the edges or use a fork to make a design.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Skip this next step if you made your own crust - Prepare crust as directed on package for one-crust pie using 9-inch deep dish pie plate.
  4. Beat cream cheese, 1 of the eggs, 1/4 cup of the sugar and 2 teaspoons of the vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended and smooth.
  5. Spread evenly on bottom of crust. Bake 15 minutes.
  6. Beat remaining 2 eggs and 1/2 cup sugar in large bowl with wire whisk until smooth. Add corn syrup, butter, remaining 2 teaspoons vanilla and salt; stir until well blended.
  7. Sprinkle pecans evenly over baked cream cheese layer. Slowly pour corn syrup mixture over nuts.
  8. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until just set in center. Cool completely on wire rack. Refrigerate leftovers.

Notes:

Adapted from McCormick

Copyright ©2013 Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice by Reeni Pisano All Rights Reserved

http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/vanilla-pecan-pie/

This is a sponsored post for McCormick. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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