Dinner-Time Favorites from Betty Crocker

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It’s no secret that I make a LOT of sweet treats on this blog, but truth-be-told, I make dinner several times a week and sometimes I love it even more than dessert.

Sometimes.

Lately I’ve been cooking up a lot of savory fare for my friends at Betty Crocker and below are just a few of my favorites from the past few months. To all of my recipes for Betty Crocker, visit my Betty Blogger profile!

Beef Stroganoff Cup Pies–these little pies have all the things I love about beef stroganoff in a handy little pie. Sean took these to lunch every day the week I made them!

Lentil and White Bean Sloppy Joes–Anytime I have a craving for some nostalgic comfort food that can be made quickly, these meat-free sloppy joes happen.

Lighter Buffalo Chicken Salads–We love buffalo wings in our house and could eat them any day of the week. This salad combines the spicy goodness of one of our favorite bar-snacks with the fresh crunch of a salad.

Crunchy Italian Salad with Pita Croutons–if the above salad is any indication, we love a loaded-salad in this house. This one hits all the flavor and textural contrasts I look for in a meal: salty and sharp, sweet and tangy, crunchy, savory, crisp, fresh…it has it all!

Cowboy Spaghetti Bake–As a kid, my hands-down favorite meal was spaghetti. This version is decidedly western with chili powder, bacon, jalapenos, and a melty layer of cheddar.

Cheeseburger Skillet Fries–The day I made these skillet fries was a very good day…I mean, it’s everything you love about a burger and fries, but in a skillet.

 

Disclosure: I was compensated by Betty Crocker for the development of these recipes. As usual, all opinions are my own. 

Raspberry Donut Cakes

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I’m back!

…and I come bearing donuts. Donuts masquerading as shortcakes, topped with juicy, sweetened raspberries and lots of whipped cream.

This is the very first post I’ve prepared for you from our new apartment. I’m hoping to do a quick tour of the place once things get a little less crazy lookin’ around here, but for now just know that it has a great, south-facing window and a cozy kitchen, both of which I plan to utilize for much posting in the future.

But, for now, let’s talk these donuts. They’re the springy and tender like the best of cupcakes and scented with vanilla and almond. I love almond, especially with raspberries. So fragrant and delicious! The berries are simply macerated with some sugar and the cream is whipped and unsweetened. I actually over whipped my cream, which kinda drives me nuts but it was all I had so I went with it. Pay attention and whip that cream to the softest of peaks, don’t be like me.

Regardless of the over-whipped-cream debacle, these cakes were reminiscent of those shortcakes that don’t actually involve a biscuit-y shortcake but those spongey, little yellow cakes you find at the store near the strawberries…except, way better, ovbs, since they’re DONUTS and we’re baking them fresh.

 

Raspberry Donut Cakes

Adapted from THIS recipe, originally from Saveur.

Makes 12 baked donuts.

1 1/4 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

scant 1/2 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup canola oil or other neutral oil

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 egg

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Lightly coat a donut pan with cooking spray (I like coconut oil spray).

In a mixing bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl whisk together the canola, buttermilk, egg, and extracts. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and fold until just combined. Spoon (or pipe) batter about 1/2 way up each donut well and bake in the center of the oven for 8-9 minutes, or until the donuts spring back to the touch. Remove from the oven, cool in the pan about 1 minute before flipping out onto a cooling rack. Repeat with remaining batter.

For the raspberries:

3 cups raspberries, rinsed and dried

sugar to taste ( I used a scant 1/4 cup)

In a bowl mix the raspberries with the sugar and set aside until the sugar dissolves and the raspberries begin to slump. You can expedite this process by placing everything in a saucepan over low heat until the sugar dissolves.

For the cream:

1 cup cream

sugar and a dash of vanilla, if desired

Whip the cream using a hand mixer, immersion blender, or whisk until soft peaks form.

To assemble the cakes:

Place 1 donut on a plate, top with a generous amount of cream and berries, repeat on top with another donut, cream, and berries.

 

 

 

Pumpkin Brown Butter Malt Donuts

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I’ve had the idea for these donuts rolling around in my brain for days, ya’ll. And I JUST got to making them yesterday and jeeeeez…what took me so long?! These donuts are the baked variety making them a touch less indulgent than their fried brothers, but also a little easier to execute. BONUS. They are soft and spiced and laced with delicious brown butter and the subtle-sweet maltiness of malted milk powder.

I’ve smashed pumpkin with brown butter and malt before (with these amazeballs cookies) and let me tell you, it’s a winning combination. Brown butter goes into the batter AND gets brushed onto theses babies…which makes the perfect glue for a glittering of spiced sugar. And, not to get all braggy on you, but that picture of those butter drenched donuts above makes my heart melt…donut swoon! So, basically, I urge you to make these and honor pumpkin season with donuts. It’s only the logical thing to do.

 

Pumpkin Brown Butter Malt Donuts

Adapted from Take A Megabite

Makes 4-5 dozen minis

These donuts can be baked in a standard size donut pan as well, or even a mini muffin tin. When shopping for the malt powder, I usually find it near the hot cocoa mixes or near the powdered and evaporated milk. I find it easier to brown the butter for the donuts seperately from the butter for the coating. Don’t bother to use a different skillet, just brown the butter for coating in the same skillet while the donuts bake.

1 cup all-purpose flour

5 tablespoons malted milk powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, browned

For the Spiced Sugar + Brown Butter Coating:

2/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, browned

Preheat the oven to 325˚F and spray a mini donut pan lightly with cooking spray.

Brown the butter for the donuts in a skillet over medium heat until the butter separates and the solids become a deep, toffee brown and smell nutty and fragrant. Pour the browned butter into a ramekin and set aside to cool.

In a mixing bowl combine the flour, malt powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, and sugar. Whisk to blend. In another bowl whisk together the pumpkin puree, egg, and vanilla until well combined. Add the pumpkin mixture to the flour mixture, followed by the brown butter, fold until just combined. Either spoon or pipe the batter about halfway up the donut pan molds and bake in the center of the oven for 6-7 minutes. Donuts are done when the tops are dry and spring back to the touch. Remove from oven and cool on a rack slightly before turning out. Repeat the process with the remaining batter. Brown the butter for coating while the donuts bake.

In a wide dish whisk together the sugar and spices for the coating, brush the baked donuts with browned butter and roll in the spiced sugar to coat completely.