Friday, February 26, 2016

How To Sift Powdered Sugar - The Easy Way

I love to bake, but anytime a recipe called for powdered sugar to be sifted, I used to think nooooo! I've always found it too time consuming and frustrating in that I make a huge mess in the process.
And I mean who wants lumpy icing, right?
So I've found an easier way to sift powdered sugar, and I want to share it with you. All you need to do is use a whisk with it to break up any lumps. It's as easy as that.

And please keep checking back as I am sharing my sheet cake recipe in the near future.

Happy Baking!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Homemade Turtle Candies

These turtle candies are super easy to make, and taste so good. They're downright delicate and oh so gooey.

They're perfect for holiday gift giving, or just hoard them all for yourself.

So let's get started, shall we? Here's how:

1 cup pecan halves
24 caramels (I use Kraft)
1/4 cup heavy cream
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 block Paraffin Wax

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper. Add pecans in a single layer onto cookie sheet.
  3. Place pecans in the oven for 10 minutes. (Roasting releases the oil in the pecans and gives them a nice added flavor, but this step may be omitted).
  4. Remove pecans from oven.
  5. Once cool, stack 5-6 pecan halves in each grouping.
  6. Place caramels and heavy cream together in microwave safe bowl, (or you may melt them in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring continuously).
  7. Microwave until melted, stopping to stir every 30 seconds.
  8. Once melted, drizzle the caramel over each group of pecans.
  9. Using a double-broiler, melt paraffin wax and chocolate chips on low heat, stirring continuously.
  10. Once melted, drizzle chocolate over the pecan-caramel clusters. (The chocolate cools quickly and I had a little remaining chocolate, so I drizzled it over them for the added decorative effect).
  11. Let the candies sit to firm up. (I found putting them (cookie sheet and all) in the freezer for 10-15 minutes helps speed up the process tremendously).
Once removed from the freezer, I place each piece of candy in a cupcake liner.

Store in an airtight container, or freeze.

I enjoyed dressing these lil' candies up and giving them away for Random Acts of Kindness day last Wednesday!