Raspberry Jam and Frosting Pinwheels

My daughter loves to bake, and in fact she probably asks every weekend if she can bake something. You seen, I’m not a baker. Sure, I make breads but that’s about it unless I am feeling up to it, which is rarely the case. But my daughter has my heart, and as much as I know how much she loves baking, I decided to prompt her last weekend to see if she wanted to make something with me. Sure enough, her hands were washed and she was waiting for me in the kitchen. This is what we came up with. The Raspberry Jam and Frosting Pinwheel.

Raspberry Jam and Frosting Pinwheels
Raspberry Jam and Frosting Pinwheels

Was this a bit of a crazy concoction? Yes, of course it was, but it was a great time baking with my daughter. After rummaging through our refrigerator, this is what we came up with. A little too sweet for my tooth, but she surely loved them.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 roll of Crescent rolls
  • Rainbow Chip Frosting
  • 1 cup Red Raspberry Preserves
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Parchment paper on a baking sheet

Start by laying out the parchment paper, long enough to fit your baking sheet. Open the crescent rolls, and gently roll out onto the parchment paper. To each of the lined divisions of the rolls, pinch them together to make a seal.

Next, spread on a thin layer of the frosting, enough to coast the rolls. Next, spread on the red raspberry preserves.

Raspberry Jam and Frosting Pinwheels
Raspberry Jam and Frosting Pinwheels

Carefully roll the crescent rolls into a log, then pinch and seal both ends. Brush the log with the beaten egg.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and cook for about 12 minutes or until the log is nice and golden. Keep an eye on it as well, as some of our filling leaking out. Remove from the oven, let cool, then slice into rounds.

Were we happy with the results? Yes, but again this one is pretty darn sweet so I could only eat one. The best part was time in the kitchen with my daughter. So if you want something sweet, give this one a try. Hope you enjoy!

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Mexican Chorizo Egg McMuffin

One of my favorite breakfast sandwiches is probably the egg McMuffin, and I make them at home all of the time. I’ve made everything from a corned beef mcmuffin, my son’s favorite sausage and egg mcmuffin, and my favorite, the classic egg mcmuffin. But then came along this one, the Mexican chorizo egg mcmufffin. See another one of my favorite breakfasts is chorizo and eggs, mixed together and served with warm tortillas. To me that is a very comforting and filling breakfast, and hence why I came up with this recipe.

This is everything I love about both breakfast items, turned into one, and if you like chorizo, you are going to love this one as well.

Mexican Chorizo Egg McMuffin Recipe
Mexican Chorizo Egg McMuffin Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole English muffin, toasted
  • 1 slice of American cheese
  • 1 whole egg, cooked in a metal round
  • 1/4 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • 1/2 cup of Mexican chorizo (beef or pork), cooked, oil strained

Start by cooking your chorizo. To a small skillet, remove the chorizo from the casing, and cook on medium heat for about 6-8 minutes until it gets fully cooked and a bit crisp. Strain all of the oil. This is the tricky one, and trust me a lot of oil gets released when cooking Mexican chorizo. Once strained, set the chorizo to the side in a small bowl, wipe out the skillet, and let’s start cooking the egg.

One of my favorite things I purchased years ago were these round cutter sets from Amazon.  If you have these, lightly butter the inside of the round, place inside of the skillet, drizzle the oil inside of it, and crack the egg into it. Cook on medium heat, and when the edges, and top begin to cook through, take a butter knife and work your way around the inside of the round, and loosen the egg. The round may just lift up, but the knife is used just in case it does not.

Carefully flip the egg, and cook another minute or two.

How to make a Mexican chorizo  egg mcmuffin
How to make a Mexican chorizo egg mcmuffin

Now it is time to build the Mexican chorizo egg McMuffin.

Take the bottom half of the toasted English muffin and place it on your serving dish. Add the slice of American cheese, then the cooked egg, then the warm Mexican chorizo. Top with the top of the English muffin and get ready to dig in.

This is everything you love in an egg McMuffin but the real surprise is when you get that awesome smokiness from the Mexican chorizo. It is a little sloppy, I’ll admit, but not overly sloppy. Will I put this into my array of breakfast items? You bet. I hope you enjoy!

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Brazilian Cheese Bread – Pao de Queijo

Back in the day, my colleagues and I would go out for a holiday dinner at one of our local Brazilian Churrasco . You know the ones, where you sit down and the servers come out with delicious swords of beef, chicken, and pork? Lord we loved that place, and we often referred to it as a ‘meat faucet’. With that said, the servers would bring out these awesome cheese rolls, rice, and beans. The bread, the bread is all I have to say. I could have been happy just with the bread! If you never had these tender cheese rolls, well now is your chance. The ingredients are way too simple, and the real trick is to use tapioca flour.

I wish I would have made a double batch of these Pao de Queijo as once my kids got a hold of them, well they were pretty much gone in minutes.

Brazilian Cheese Bread - Pao de Queijo
Brazilian Cheese Bread – Pao de Queijo

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup Tapioca flour
  • 1 whole egg, beaten
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese
  • cooking spray
  • muffin tin
  • grated parmesan cheese, optional

Trust me, it does not get any better than these cheese breads. If you want, you could brush a bit of garlic butter, a gentle brush and enhance them even more.

Start by preheating your oven to 360 degrees.

Next, spray the inside of your muffin tin with cooking spray.

Toss the ingredients inside of a mixing bowl, folding, and mixing until you have a nice batter. Keep stirring for about 5 minutes. If you have a mixer, with bread attachment, feel free to use it, on low-medium speed.

Once you have a nice batter, fill each muffin tin up to about half way, maybe 2-3 tablespoons of the batter.

Place the tray in the oven, and cook for about 20-25 minutes, or until the top is a nice light-golden brown. Carefully remove, and get ready to dig in.

Slip the Brazilian Cheese Bread out of the tins, place on a plate, grate with parmesan cheese (optional) and grab one really quickly, and watch them be gone in about 2 minutes.

Soft, warm, cheesey. Sounds like me in a couple of ways; at least the warm and cheesy part. Anyway, hunt for tapioca flour, and get this bread started. Next, figuring out where to find the meat sword!

Have a great weekend everyone, enjoy!

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Broccoli Cheese Bites

Often times I hear my wife say how much she loves broccoli and cheese soup. I do to for that matter, but in all honesty it is something that I have never made. I know how to make it, but again, something I have never made. I think that is in my very near future now that I mention it. I love cooking for my wife, it’s one of the things that probably drives me to cook on a daily basis, that and my kids. Have I mentioned how the kids are eating my out of my house? I often joke that I need to be raising a farmer’s plot full of vegetables, apple trees, and cattle and pigs. They are literally eating me out of my house. Regardless, back to the broccoli and cheese soup…

As I knew my wife loved that soup, I decided to come up with the flavors of that soup and come up with some finger food for some pregame football watching. What turned out as the broccoli and cheese cheddar bites, turned out to be something super yummy.

Broccoli and Cheese Bites Recipe
Broccoli and Cheese Bites Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz Frozen Chopped Broccoli, thawed, and strained
  • 1 cup of Italian bread crumbs
  • 2 whole eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup of shredded Monterray Pepper Jack cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt, to taste

Really simple ingredients make this finger food a real treat, plus it’s way too easy to make.

Start by adding everything to a mixing bowl, and with your hands, make sure everything is nicely incorporated. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to let everything set up.

Next, preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

How to make broccoli and cheese bites
How to make broccoli and cheese bites

Next, take the mixture out of the refrigerator, and with an ice cream scoop, make your scoops and place them onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Continue scooping until everything is gone. I think this batch made about 16 bites.

Place into the oven, and bake for about 20 minutes. Remove and serve.

Broccoli and Cheddar Bites
Broccoli and Cheddar Bites

Gosh these were so good. I probably ate three of them right away and had to walk away from them (then returned pretty quickly). My wife fell in love with them right away. Not only are these a perfect bite for a game day appetizer, but they are everything you would expect in a broccoli and cheese recipe, with just the right heat from that pepper jack cheese. Hope you enjoy!

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