Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

I had some good little helpers in the kitchen last week. We made a yummy dessert that was easy and delicious! The kids were so proud of their final product.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

2 cups flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened

3 (8oz) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar, plus 2 tbsp divided
3 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

3 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup butter, softened

caramel topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a med bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter until mixture is crumbly. Press evenly into 9x13 baking pan, lined with foil. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
In a bowl, beat cream cheese with 3/4 cup sugar at med speed until smooth. Then add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition, and vanilla. Pour over warm crust.
In a small bowl, stir sliced apples, cinnamon, 2 tbsp sugar, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture.
In a small bowl, combine topping ingredients until crumbly and sprinkle evenly over apples. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until filling is set. Drizzle with caramel topping while warm or once cooled. Let cheesecake cool completely. Serve cold and enjoy!

source: thegirlwhoateeverything

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Brown Sugar Chicken

Loved this recipe! Fast and easy if you prep ahead!
Brown Sugar Chicken
1cup brown sugar
2 tbsp dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, grated
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 cup Sprite
1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenders

In a gallon size bag, combine sugar, mustard, seasonings and soda. Seal bag and mix around until combined. Add chicken to bag and seal. Place in refrigerator and marinade at least 4 hours. (The longer the better.)
Remove chicken from marinade and place in greased 9x13 baking dish and bake at 350* for 30-35 minutes or until fully cooked.


adapted from real mom kitchen

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Caramel Popcorn

I love this time of year! I especially love cooking and baking this time of year! I have had a long list of fall recipes to make for about 2 weeks and things have been so crazy lately, I have only made a couple. We love popcorn at our house and we really love caramel corn! Here is one of our favorite caramel corn treats.
Caramel Corn
2 bags microwave popcorn-salted (do your best to get all the seeds popped or separated)
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
1 tsp baking soda

Pop popcorn (removing as many seeds as you can) and place in large bowl. In a microwave safe bowl, combine butter, sugar, and corn syrup. Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. Stir and microwave for another 1 1/2 minutes. Remove and add baking soda, stir. Pour over popcorn and toss or stir until popcorn is coated. Let cool a bit before serving.