Monday, April 23, 2012

Butterscotch Square - See's Candies

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The Butterscotch Square is another one of my favorite See's Candies goodies. Go here for my post about the Scotch Kisses. I also like Scotch Mallows...and pretty much any of their caramel truffles.

To me, it tastes pretty much like butter and brown sugar and has a sandy texture. I know that texture part might sound gross, but I love it!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Banana Cupcake w/ Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Frosting - Butter Lane Cupcakes (New York, NY)

Butter Lane Cupcakes
123 East Seventh Street
New York, New York 10009


The inside of the cute little cupcakery

First of all, I have to say that I am VERY picky about banana-flavored things. I only like some banana breads, for instance. They are usually better with nuts. Anyway, this banana cupcake was delicious and not too banana-y or fake tasting at all (I do love real bananas!). And that frosting!! Not overwhelmingly chocolate-y or caramel-y or salty. The sea salt perfectly balanced the sweetness of the frosting. The cake was soft, fluffy, and tasty. According to this blogger, Butter Lane uses real butter and real banana in the base of this cupcake. Plus the guy working there (pictured below) was helpful and friendly. Bonus points! I'd definitely go there again. Thank you, Ted Allen of the Food Network, for recommending their banana cupcake. He talked about it on The Best Thing I Ever Ate on their episode on "The Classics."

Puttin' the caramel on top!

Mia, Melissa, and I split it three ways! We were trying to save money, but we seriously could have each had three. SO GOOD.

Cute! On their window

Monday, April 2, 2012

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

I finally found a soft/chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe that I like! I've tried a few times alone and with others to make cookies that STAY SOFT the next day, and these are it! At first I was worried because Catherine and I used Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips (not everyone likes darker chocolate), but they were SO good, and a lot of people liked them! They're soft and small. Pretty excited to try more soft/chewy cookie recipes.

Just out of the oven:


Soft/Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
(from Apple a Day, who adapted it slightly from Anna Olson of Food Network Canada)
Makes ~3 dozen

3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened 
3/4 c. brown sugar 
1/4 c. granulated sugar 
1 egg 
2 tsp. vanilla extract 
2 c. all purpose flour 
2 tsp. cornstarch 
1 tsp. baking soda 
1/2 tsp. salt 
1 c. bittersweet chocolate chips

(1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
(2) In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (we just used a hand mixer), cream together butter & sugars until fluffy & light in color. Add egg & vanilla & blend in.
(3) Mix in flour, cornstarch, baking soda & salt. Stir in chocolate chunks.
(4) Using a standard-sized cookie scoop or tablespoon (we used tablespoons and regular spoons), drop dough onto a baking sheet (we didn't spray them or anything)
(5) Bake for 8-10 minutes until barely golden brown around the edges (tops will not brown but do NOT cook longer than ten minutes)
(6) Let cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes
(7) Remove from baking sheet & let cool completely