Browned Butter Caramel Cake Bars

Browned Butter Caramel Cake Bars
The name say’s it all….these bars are super moist! They are perfect to take along to the next home town football game. However you might want to make a double batch so you will have enough to share.

Browned Butter Caramel Cake Bars
1 (15.25oz) Caramel Cake Mix
2 Tablespoons Butter
1/3 C. Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup Water
2 Eggs, beaten
1/2 cup Mini Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degree’s.
In a small sauce pan melt butter and brown sugar together over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Combine the cake mix, eggs, and water in a mixing bowl. Slowly pour in butter mixture, mixing well until smooth. Stir in chocolate ships. Evenly spread batter into a lightly greased 9″x13″ baking pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Let bars cool completely before cutting. Happy Baking, Lark

Veggie Quiche

Veggie Quiche

One of my pet peeves is having to buy a larger amount of a ingredient than you actually need for a given recipe. For instance mushrooms and celery. If you are as frugal of a shopper as I am, than I know you hate to waste the remaining ingredients. This veggie quiche is an excellent way to use up any of those veggies you might have on hand. Feel free to substitute any variety of vegetables you want. 

Veggie Quiche
1(9″inch) Pie Shell, uncooked

1/2 Cup Onion, diced
2 Tablespoons Butter
1/4 Cup Green Bell Pepper, diced
1 Cup Fresh Mushrooms, sliced
1/4 Cup Celery, chopped
4 Egg’s, beaten
3/4 Cup Half and Half
2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
1 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Saute onion, bell pepper, mushrooms and celery in the butter until tender, transfer to a large mixing bowl. Stir in the eggs, half and half, mustard, cheese, salt and pepper to the sauteed veggies. Pour mixture into the unbaked pie shell and place on a baking sheet. Cook for 45-50 minutes or until center is set. Let quiche cool for 10 minutes before you cut and serve. Enjoy, Lark

Dutch Oven Chicken

Lark’s Country Heart    Dutch Oven Chicken

Oh I LOVE Dutch Oven Cooking! I don’t get to do it often, due to the time it takes to cook. However it it SO WORTH THE TIME!  And it is fairly simple to put together, here is MY recipe for this crispy, full of flavor Dutch Oven Chicken.

Now if you have never cooked in a Dutch Oven before, you always start by getting those BBQ briquettes HOT! I next place 6 slices of raw bacon in the bottom of the dutch oven. *I do this just to grease the bottom of the pan so the chicken wont stick.
Some just  coat  their dutch oven with shortening*

Make sure to rinse chicken and place in a large bowl.
Pour 1 quart of Buttermilk over chicken. 
Let set while coals are getting hot.

Chicken Coating
You can double this mixture accordingly to how much
chicken you are cooking.

2 C. Flour
1 tsp. Pepper
1 tsp. Paprika
1/2 tsp. Poultry Seasoning
1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
1 tsp. Salt
 Mix together well.

When coals are hot and bacon semi-cooked, take each piece of chicken and coat in flour mix. Place Skin side down in pan. Then just start layering on top.(skin side up)  Place lid on dutch oven.


Place hot coals into a pit, or hole in the ground. Place dutch oven on top of them. And more hot coals on the lid. And let it cook. I usually check on it after about 1 hour….however my Dad says this is a NO-NO! (I just have to make sure it’s not burning)  A LARGE batch of chicken will take about 1 1/2 hrs.- 2 hours to cook. (around 20-25 pieces) 
If you can find the time, it is well worth it.
Nothing like the taste of Dutch Oven Cooking, Lark

 

Cran-Raisin Bran Morning Muffins

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could serve your family fresh baked muffins every morning at a moments notice? Well your dreams have come true! These Cran-Raisin Muffins will keep your morning on schedule.  Each muffin is loaded with cranberries and raisins in every bite. The batter keeps for up to 6 weeks in your fridge! Yes, I said 6 weeks!! The trick is to try not to eat them all in the first day or two. 

Cran-Raisin Bran Morning Muffins

Cran-Raisin Bran Morning Muffins
1 Quart Buttermilk
1 Cup Vegetable Oil
5 Cups All Purpose Flour
3 Cups Sugar
5 teaspoons Baking Soda
2 teaspoons Salt
1 (15oz) Raisin Bran Cereal
1 Cup Dried Cranberries
1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 teaspoons Vanilla

In a large mixing bowl combine the buttermilk and oil together. Add in the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt and mix together.  Then add in the remaining ingredients, the batter will be thick. Store in a airtight container in the fridge. When you are ready to bake the muffins, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Scoop batter  3/4 full into lined muffin tins.
Bake for 25 minutes. 
**You can also bake the muffins and freeze them for up to 4 weeks. Then all you need to do is thaw and serve. Happy Baking, Lark

 

Beef and Been Burrito’s~ Freezer Friendly

Beef and Bean Burritos

I’m getting back into the swing of things now that school has begun. With juggling my work schedule, my daughters school and sports schedule, as well as my husbands work routine, some days get a little chaotic. On those such days I reach for these fast and easy Beef and Bean Burrito’s. You can use any leftover roast beef or ground beef you have might have. These are flavorful as well as filling. **Bonus that these are freezer friendly for up to 3 weeks!  

Beef and Bean Burritos
1 lb. Cooked Shredded or Ground Beef
1 (15oz) Refried Beans
8 Flour Tortillas
2 Cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded
*
Toppings~ Sour Cream, Onions, Spanish Rice,Salsa 

Start by heating up your meat and beans. Once they are both warm, start layering. I like to place the flour tortilla on a flat surface spreading on the beans first, then sour cream. In the center of each tortilla add your meat, cheese, and any other toppings you desire. *If you are planning on freezing them, I recommend you refrain from adding fresh lettuce or tomatoes. They will become a soggy mess when you thaw and reheat them later.  To fold, I like to start on the sides (right and left) folding 1/4 of the way. Then take the bottom of the tortilla and fold over the row of filling, tucking the tortilla under filling. Continue rolling to the top.  They are ready to serve!  For freezing~ Place seam side down onto a piece of plastic and wrap tightly. Place wrapped burritos into a freezer safe plastic bag, these will keep in the freezer for up to 3 weeks. 

Crumb Topped Coffee Cake

 
I have been working on this recipe for over 6 months,
I am NOT kidding you!  I think I have made this
recipe more than I want to admit! (lol)
(I am thinking around 10 times!)
 I just kept thinking it was missing something.
So I am very happy to share with you the 
FINALLY approved version!
I hope you will enjoy it along side your
morning Hot chocolate or Coffee soon.
 
Crumb Topped Coffee Cake
Cake Batter:
2 C. All Purpose Flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Salt
2/3 C. Brown Sugar
3/4 C. Sugar
3 Eggs
3 TBSP. Oil
1 1/2 C. Sour Cream
 
Crumb Topping:
1/2 C. Brown Sugar
1/2 C. Quick Rolled Oats~Blended
1/3 C. All Purpose Flour
1 tsp. Cinnamon
3 TBSP. Butter~cold
*1/3 C. chopped nuts~* optional
 
Preheat oven to 350
Start by sifting the flour,baking powder,
baking soda, cinnamon, salt and sugar’s.
To the sifted ingredients stir in the egg’s,
oil and sour cream. Beat until smooth.
Pour this into a lightly greased 9×13 pan.
Set aside and proceed to make the topping.
In a bowl combine all  dry ingredients,
dice the cold butter and cut into mixture.
You want a mixture of sized crumbs.
Sprinkle 3/4 of the crumbs over the batter.
Reserving the 1/4 left over for later.
Bake for 35 minutes or until cake is cooked
all the way through the center.
Remove from oven, sprinkle the remaining
topping over the cake.
 Lightly press topping into the baked cake.
Let cake cool completely before cutting.
Perfect for crisp mornings,
Lark
 

Lark’s Creamy Blackberry Syrup

I Have been wanting to share this 
recipe with Y’all for a while now.
I am SURE it will be worth the wait! 
No matter how you choose to serve it,
on morning pancakes, 
over Ice Cream, or tossed with
fresh fruit for a salad.
You are going to want to share it 
with everyone…(or maybe not!)
 
CREAMY BLACKBERRY SYRUP
3 C. Fresh Blackberries
3 C. Sugar
4 TBSP. Lime juice
2 C. Cran-Grape Juice
1 C. Buttermilk
2 C. Heavy Cream
1 tsp. Almond Extract
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
3/4 C. Light Corn Syrup
 
Start by placing the berries and sugar
in a large sauce pan. Let them sit for 30 minutes.
Stir in the Lime Juice and rest again 
for another 15 minutes.
Pour in the cran-grape juice, 
place on medium heat. Stirring constantly
until sugar is dissolved. 
Remove from heat.
Place in blender 2 cups at a
time, blend until smooth.
*Be careful not to close the lid of
the blender to tight. The steam with want 
somewhere to escape.
After all the mixture has been
blended, place back into the sauce pan.
Turn on med.-high heat. Whisk in
the buttermilk, cream, nutmeg
and almond extract.
Bring to a boil for 1 minute.
Turn off heat, stir in the corn syrup. 
At this point I like to strain out the seeds.
Let cool completely before
pouring into jars.
*Will keep in fridge for 4 weeks*
The Berry Best,
Lark