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Cooking with Cassie: Matcha Muffins

Hi World!

I’m sorry about being MIA for a while. What can I say? Life is busy.

But I had some extra time tonight and decided to try something new.

I decided to make Matcha Muffins.

Say whaaaaat?

I didn’t feel like going to the grocery store to get flour, sugar and all that stuff to make it from scratch, so I cheated.

Plus, if these turn out ok then it is an easy recipe for all of you out there!

Because if I can make this work, so can you.

So I took an instant muffin mix from the cupboard and my favourite matcha from Teavana and went to work.12696745_10153142120220904_1291641171_o

 

The muffin mix only called for 1 cup of water but I added a little bit more because I added 2 tsp of matcha and didn’t want them to be dry.

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So far so good.

Matt just came home, and he says they smell good!

Anyway, back to making these muffins.

Once I mixed them up it looked like this:

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Looks soooo good right?

…not.

Ugh. Why does Matcha look so gross all the time but taste SO GOOD?

I mean look at that:

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Ew.

 

Anyway.

I also decided to add some chocolate chips I found in the cupboard into my muffins. (Just incase they don’t taste very good. Always got to have a back up right?)

Damn, I forgot to take a picture before they went into the oven.

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Oven photo! Can you see the chocolate chips?

No?

Me either.

But they’re there, I swear.

… I hope these turn out well.

I never follow baking and cooking recipes and just hope for the best.

Maybe that’s why everything I make is never that good.

Maybe Matt has something going there…

So the bag says to take them out when the muffins are golden brown.

…But they’re green?

HOW WILL I KNOW?

 

Matt says that some of them are looking a little brown on the outside so I’m going to say they are done.

 

Ok so the first batch is out of the oven and I’m putting the second one in. I remembered to take a picture this time!

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There!

Now you can see the chocolate chips right?

…In all honesty, these muffins look like something that came out of my dog once.

…Yum?

Ok here is what the finished product LOOKS like:

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They don’t look too bad right?

Slightly green, as if they ate something that didn’t agree with them but also a little golden as if they went to California for the week.

Ok.

Moment of truth.

Tasting.

They’re good!

They’re not too matcha-y and chocolate chips give it a little bit of more flavour.

I can’t say they that this is the best muffin I have ever had, because let’s be real, I made it. So that can’t be true.

But they’re good!

I’ll take good!

And I’ll consider this evening experiment a success.

…I just realized that the muffin bag I used expired in August.

… But I won’t say anything if I get sick.

I’m going to keep this as a win.

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And with that, I’m off to bed.

Goodnight world.

Cooking with Cassie – Crumbling Brownies

So after a few weeks of no baking, I thought today would be a good day to break that dry spell.

Or sweet spell.

Or I really don’t know what I’m talking about.

On to the baking!

Today I am baking brownies from a box.

Want to know how I bake such delicious good things from boxes?

It’s what I was taught in Home Economics in school.

No joke, we did muffins… from a box. Cookies… from a box. Mac and cheese…from the trusty KD box.

And that is all we did.

Anyway.

Until we get a tea cupboard for all of my teas, we don’t have room to keep flour and shit in the cupboards. So cooking from a box is all I can do!

And there is less of a chance that I can screw this up.

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My chosen box brownies.

I want to make two boxes of these so I just have to double the recipe right?

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So after pouring box of the mixes into the bowl, I realize that there is a lot of mix in this bowl.

Mixing this is not going to be fun.

So the eggs I’m using are all the way from when I made soupy Reese cupcakes. They expire on Friday, it’s a good thing I’m using them today!

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I doubled the water and oil for the recipe.

You can use canola oil for this right?

Because my coconut oil is finally running out after 2 years of having it so I don’t want to use that.

Canola oil it is!

Oh thank God.

I don’t have to use my mixer!

It says to stir. Approximately 50 stokes. (It literally says that.)

So stir with a spoon?

Like this one?

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Because that’s what I’m going to use!

50 strokes.

No problem.

….

I lost count.

Somewhere around 36. My phone dinged I lost count.

Damn it.

But wait.

I have to double the recipe.

So 100 strokes?

My arm is getting sore.

It was arm day at the gym.

Oi.

Ok so I’m just giving up. The mix looks mixed to me and I don’t want to stir anymore.

Uh oh.

I’m supposed to grease and coat the bottom of an 8×8 pan with flour or something.

I don’t have any flour or grease!

Or a pan that is 8×8!

….

So I’m going to use parchment paper and our pan we cook chicken in.

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Hmmm. I hope this works.

Ok, the batter is getting all over the parchment.

Gaaahhhh.

This doesn’t look right.

Do brownies rise like cake?

Will this get to tall?

I have no idea

THEY’RE STILL DRY MIX IN HERE!

I should have counted to 100.

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So here’s what it looks like. I  cut off the extra parchment with mix all over it and into the oven they go!

Wait a minute.

It gives me baking times for 8×8 and 9×9. What about my pan?

I’m going to put it in for 25 and go from there.

Ok so they aren’t done yet. The tooth pick is still covered in batter.

So back in for 5 minutes?

Sure why not.

Omg they smell SO GOOD. FINISH ALREADY!

They’re done!

Well, done enough.

Just a little bit on the bottom that didn’t come out clean.

But I don’t want them to burn.

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They look a little messed up and they didn’t rise!

Good to know.

Or else we would have had overflowing brownies on our hands.

I’ll let them cool off then cut them up and taste!

Holy, these are rich.

And maybe I should have left them in for a little bit longer. They’re falling apart!

Why do all of my baking adventures end up falling apart?

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So they’re ok. They’d probably be better if I made them from scratch or put icing on them.

I have icing in the cupboard!

I’m too lazy to ice them now. Save it for another time.

Brownies for dessert!

Cooking with Cassie – Easy Cherry Chip Cookies

Two Cooking with Cassie’s in less than a week?

Man, are you guys lucky.

Or rather, Matt and I are lucky because we get to eat said food.

Or maybe no one is lucky because Matt and I get to eat said food.

Yeah, it’s probably the last one.

Well, I finished everything that I wanted to do early today so I thought I would whip up some cookies. (I’m turning into a housewife. Yikes.)

But no one will catch me walking around my apartment in heels, an apron and pearls.

No one.

Anyway, I decided to make cookies out of the Cherry Chip Cake Batter I bought in the massive sale the other day.

I found a simple recipe on Pinterest to make any cake mix into cookies.

1 Box of Cake mix

1/2 of vegetable oil or canola oil

2 eggs

 

Then you mix everything up, let it chill in the fridge for an hour, then roll the batter into little balls on a cookie sheet and bake for 7-9 minutes.

Simple right?

Ok.

Here’s what I need:

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That’s all!

How awesome.

I can’t mess this up. Can I?

So now I add the mix.

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Then the 2 eggs

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No egg shell this time!

I’m on a roll!

 

Now the oil.

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Just as I dumped the oil in there, I realized I could have used coconut oil.

…Ah well. So they might be a little worse for me. But hopefully they’ll taste good?

Now I mix it all up with my new beater.

I love this new beater. The little prong-thingy’s don’t keep a ton of batter on them so there’s more in the bowl to use. How clever.

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Look! It’s kind of like a doughy texture!

I would have never thought of this by myself.

Who knew? Eggs and oil?

Ok, in to the fridge they go. For one hour.

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…I guess I didn’t need to set the oven to 350. I got a little a head of myself there.

An hour had passed and the batter is thick!

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My spoon stands up straight! Crazy.

Well I’ve spooned them onto the cookie sheet but I didn’t want to get my fingers dirty so they’re not really ‘ball’ shaped.

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Ah well. It’s the taste that matters right?

Now they bake for 8 minutes. (There are two other batches I have to bake after this because I don’t have enough cookie sheets.)

 

So I put them in for an extra minute and look how fluffy they are!

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Wow. They’re like little cakes!

 

 

Ok, wait a minute. By the time I put them on the cooling rack, they have shrunk!

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What is this sorcery??

They are pretty good! They aren’t really cookie-texture and they kind of fall apart but they taste good!

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So if you’re looking for an easy cookie recipe, this is the one for you!

And maybe yours will turn out actual cookie shaped and cookie texture.

 

I didn’t mess this one up though!

The cookie messed up. It’s their fault.

Success!

Cooking with Cassie – Soupy Reese Cupcakes!

So I decided to make some brownies with pumpkin cream cheese frosting this week.

Matt’s friends from the restaurant might be doing a Thanksgiving potluck for those of us with no family in the area to spend it with. And I thought I could bake something for the occasion!

But I wanted to try making it this week first.

Don’t want to poison the professional cooks.

So I went to the grocery store to get the baking supplies and GUESS WHAT?

All of the cake mixes and baking stuff were on sale.

ALL OF THEM.

I should have taken a photo…it was glorious.

I was a kid in a candy store. Or should I say, a kid in the baking store.

….That doesn’t work as well does it?

So I went into the store looking for brownie mix and pumpkin puree and came out with this:

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IT’S GLORIOUS!

And no pumpkin puree. Because they were all out.

But Matt wanted some cake (And let’s be honest, I did too) So I decided to make this:

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Yuuuummmmmm.

So let’s start.

Pre-heat oven and put cupcake wrappers in cupcake tin.

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Aren’t they pretty?

I didn’t screw up on that! Onto the next!

Stir cake mix, eggs, veggie oil and water in bowl.

I’m going to use coconut oil instead of veggie oil because no one tells me what to do.

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I bought a giant jar of coconut oil at Costco more than two years ago and I still have this much left.

Ah coconut oil. My best friend.

I use it to take off my make up, oil pulling, as a moisturizer and cooking.

Maybe I’ll write a post about the wonders of coconut oil.

Anyway.

 

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So while cracking the eggs, I might have gotten a little piece of shell in it… I tried to use that spoon to get it out but it brought and alas, it is gone.

So I’m sorry Matt if there is any egg-shell in your cupcake!

I mix it up with my new hand blender from my Aunt. Thanks Auntie Bernie!

After I mix everything up and scoop it into the wrappers (With only getting a little on the sides) It’s into the oven they go!

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Yummmm

Now it’s time to make the peanut butter filling (Yes, that comes in the box!)

Aaaand I need butter.

I chose not to pick up butter from the grocery store because the brownies I was going to make didn’t need it.

GAH.

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter it is then!

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Still tastes good though! Maybe I won’t screw anything up this time.

Now onto the chocolate frosting (Also in the box! What isn’t in this box… I do need some money for our honeymoon…)

 

Alas, no honeymoon money in the magic Reese box.

 

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Frosting is all done! And there goes the timer for the cupcakes.

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Yay! They look kind of good!

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Except for this one, it looks like a walrus.

It will be my walrus cupcake.

 

While I’m waiting for the cupcakes to cool, I have to put the filling into this nifty piping bag THAT ALSO CAME IN THE BOX.

They really thought of everything!

 

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I only slightly made a mess while doing this.

Matt also tells me after I start shoving the filling in, that it would be easier if I rolled down the sides. Less of a mess that way.

People really need to tell me these things before I attempt them.

Seriously.

 

 

Now I have cut off the tip of the piping bag and-

OMG IT’S COMING OUT SO FAST!

I didn’t even have time to think. I just shoved it into the first cupcake.

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I think I’m doing this right?

Now onto the frosting.

It’s super thin.

Crap.

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It’s like frosting soup.

It was pretty easy to make this frosting soup.

I guess I’m really good at that. (Note to self, next time you want to make soup, just make frosting soup.)

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Well, they are pretty deformed and soupy cupcakes. I’ll let them cool in the fridge and see if that helps.

 

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Looks like the fridge didn’t help with the soupy-ness.

Crap.

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Well, despite the soupy frosting and the hunchback shape of them, these cupcakes are pretty good!

But I wish I could just bake something that looks somewhat satisfying.

Ah well. You win some and you lose some.

Haven’t found that egg-shell yet…