Saturday, May 28, 2011

Pie Pops- Cake Pops simple country cousin

Pie Pops-
After my last post I swore I would never make cake pops again. But, I did want to make something easy for all the little kids that will be at the Indy 500 post race party tomorrow. I love giving the triplets little treats on a stick (less chance for dirty sticky hands). So, pies on a stick it is. I have made this recipe before and there are many variation you can do to jazz these up. With Memorial day being Monday I thought it best to stick (ha ha) with good ol American apple pie.

All you need for these is Pie dough (you can make your own if you like)
Pie Filling (mine was a bit chunky so I cut the apple pieces smaller)
Cinnamon and Sugar
egg white
and some Popsicle sticks
Next you want to roll out your dough. I used a drinking glass to cut out my dough. But you could use a cookie cutter (heart shapes would be fun). Reroll any left-over scraps for maximum dough utilization.

Now, you want to set up your dough pieces with their partners -ravioli making style. Fill one side with your filling. Be careful not to overfill, you do not want leaky pies (alhough, not nearly as bad as a leaky diaper)

Now it is time for the stick. Make sure to put the sticks high enough to prevent the pies from becoming detached (physically, not emotionally) after they bake. Now put your pies together. You can use an extra stick or a fork to seal the edges. Make sure to seal in around the stick. I started with the stick and then switched to the fork because it was much faster. Once they are cooked it is hard to tell which one were sealed with a stick and which ones with the fork.

Put, them on a baking sheet. Brush with a little egg wash and then sprinkle with cinnamin and sugar. Bake at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes.

Yum, can't beat them with a stick.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Cake-pops are the new cupcakes

Have you heard the news? Cupcakes are like so 5 minutes ago. Cake-pops are all the rage. I actually first saw these on Bakerella website. She has really good directions on how to make these and some super creative ideas. In fact, my Mom ended up seeing her book in Target and buying it for me, yeah. Oh, and also they are now selling 3 different varieties of cake-pops at Starbucks. So needless to say I had to hop on this trend and try making these little gems.

Okay, so make sure you have a lot of time and patience before attempting these. Bakerella suggests making a box cake and crumbling it to make the cake balls. I just did not have thetime to make a cake and wait for it to cool, come on now. So I bought a pre-made birthday cake at the store. I removed about half the frosting and crumbled up the cake and frosting. Btw, the cake I bought said it was chocolate, but was actually yellow cake inside, so sad. But, I just went with it, because I did not want to have to take it back, I wanted to get started. Okay, so I shaped the cake into balls and put on a foiled covered sheet. I think the key here is to keep the balls small so they are not to heavy on the stick.
Next, I put these in the freezer over night, because I was sleepy and figured it would be good to get these firmed up. Today, Baby C and I heated up some chocolate melts and stuck the sticks in. The chocolate helps the sticks adhere to the cakeballs.
Do not turn your back on these for even a moment, or baby C might just grab one.
Okay, so this is the labor intensive part. Dip in chocolate and tap tap tap off the excess. Then sprinkle with any fun jimmies you can find.
Now Bakerella suggests put these babies in styrofoam to harden up. I did not have any styrofoam so I had to get all crafty and come up with this.

Well, this was fun and I hope everyone enjoys them because I am not sure I will be taking the time to make them again soon....... I mean I am sure the ones from Starbucks are just as tasty:)