The Pioneer Woman Rocks

It was my turn to host book club this month, and I was looking for some new, fabulous, fun recipes to try on some of my best girlfriends. One of my favorite websites to peruse for entertainment as well as great baking ideas is The Pioneer Woman.  thepioneerwoman.com

These were so well-received and enjoyed that my book club friends wanted the recipes and I thought I’d share them with anyone else looking for a new recipe to try!

I’ll start with the dessert, as it was the favorite of the night.

The Pioneer Woman’s Chocolate Nutella Strawberry Cake

Ingredients

  • Chocolate Strawberry Nutella Cake
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes Cook Time: 18 Minutes Difficulty: Easy Servings: 12
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  • Ingredients
  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • 2 sticks Butter
  • 4 Tablespoons (heaping) Cocoa Powder
  • 1 cup Boiling Water
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cup Nutella
  • FOR THE STRAWBERRIES:
  • 2 pints Strawberries, Hulled And Sliced
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • FOR THE WHIPPED CREAM:
  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar

Instructions

  1. Preparation Instructions
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 round baking pans with parchment, then spray the parchment with baking spray.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Add the cocoa and stir it until smooth. Pour in the boiling water, let the mixture bubble up for 20 seconds or so, then turn it off and set it aside.
  4. In a measuring pitcher or bowl, mix together the buttermilk, baking soda, eggs, and vanilla. Set aside.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, and salt. Stir in the hot chocolate mixture, stirring gently until it’s halfway combined and less hot. Pour in the buttermilk mixture and continue stirring gently until the batter is all combined.
  6. Pour the batter into the pans and bake them for 17-20 minute, until they’re just set. Remove them from the pans and set them aside to cool completely.
  7. Meanwhile, prepare the strawberries by stirring them with the sugar and the vanilla. Let them macerate for 15 minutes, then drain off the excess juice.
  8. Whip the cream with the powdered sugar.
  9. To assemble, turn one layer upside down on a serving platter. Spread half the Nutella all over the surface. Spread on half the whipped cream and top with half the strawberries Place the other layer upside down on top and repeat with the rest of the Nutella, whipped cream, and strawberries. Keep chilled until serving. Cut with a serrated knife!
  10. Note: Don’t assemble more than an hour before serving.
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This next one was good and had some “kick.”

 

The Pioneer Woman’s Hot Crab Dip

Ingredients

  • Ingredients
  • 2 packages 8 Ounce Cream Cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 2 cans (7-ounce Each) Crabmeat (or Use Fresh Or Frozen)
  • 4 whole Green Onions, Sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons Whole Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Horseradish (more To Taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 5 dashes Tabasco (more Or Less To Taste)

Instructions

  1. Preparation Instructions
  2. Place cream cheese and mayonnaise in a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat to combine. Add remaining ingredients except almonds and beat gently until just combined. Spoon into a heatproof baking dish. Sprinkle with slivered almonds, then bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden and bubbly on top. Serve with corn chips or crackers.
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And finally, the one that was my favorite (and that I’m eating for lunch today!).

The Pioneer Woman’s Cheddar Puffs

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf Crusty French Bread, Cut Into 1-inch Cubes
  • 1/2 stick Butter
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 whole Shallot, Minced *(I used Green Onion instead)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 8 ounces, weight Cream Cheese, Sliced
  • 1-1/2 cup Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • Salt And Freshly Ground Black Pepper, To Taste
  • 2 whole Egg Whites, Beaten

Instructions

  1. Preparation Instructions
  2. Heat butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and shallots and saute for 1 minute. Add Dijon and stir to combine. Reduce heat to low.
  3. Add cream cheese and stir until melted. Add grated cheddar and stir until melted. Turn off heat. Add salt and pepper to taste. Fold in egg whites.
  4. Dunk bread cubes in cheese, coating thoroughly. Place on a nonstick baking mat or sheet of waxed paper and freeze for 20 minutes, uncovered. Remove frozen chunks from tray and place into a Ziploc bag. Store in the freezer.
  5. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place frozen cheese puffs on a baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat or parchment paper, and bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately or at room temperature.
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All credit (and glory) goes to The Pioneer Woman and her creative, deliciously-talented brain.  Enjoy!

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