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Gooseberry Patch Early Bird Review Number 2

foryourpostsfrom Gooseberry Patch’s Cupcake, Cookie & Brownie Recipes.  I really intended to wait a few days between reviews but these cupcakes were so wonderful I just couldn’t wait!! They are easy, delicious and just adorable!

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Don’t you agree? Just beautiful!  And they were a hit. The kids LOVED them.  And yes, I made a gluten free version just for me.  You will find info on that at the end of this post.  Before I get to the recipe, I just want to say I LOVE this cookbook.  I am not kidding when I tell you I have trouble deciding which recipe to review because they are all so appealing.  And on top of the great recipes, I really appreciate the baking tips as well as the helpful equivalency charts in the back.  And I love the double spiral bound style ~ very sturdy! Thanks to Vickie and Jo Ann for another great book and thanks to all those who contributed 🙂

Pineapple Upside-Down Cupcakes

  • 20 ounce can pineapple chunk, drained and 1/2 cup juice reserved
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Garnish: maraschino cherries

Pat pineapple dry with paper towels.  In a bowl, combine brown sugar and melted butter, divide evenly into 12 greased muffin cups.  Arrange pineapple chunks over brown sugar mixture.  In a bowl, combine flour, sugar and baking powder.  Mix in softened butter and reserved pineapple juice; beat for 2 minutes.  Beat in egg.  Spoon batter over pineapple, filling each cup 3/4 full.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until toothpick tests clean.  Cool in pan for 5 minutes.  Place a wire rack on top of muffin tin and invert cupcakes onto rack so pineapple is on top.  Cool completely and top with a cherry.  Makes one dozen.



Now as promised…


Can’t wait to share the next one…it’s lovely!  In case you haven’t entered to win a copy of this lovely cookbook here’s how from an earlier post:

Entering to win is super simple.  After every recipe review you can leave a comment so there will be three chances for you to get your name in.  Sound good so far?  Yeah, I thought so :)I love this little gem! When I signed on as an Early Bird Reviewer I agreed to test 2-3 recipes from each book.  Well that proved harder than I thought!  How was I going to pick JUST 2-3??? But I managed and you will love them.  They passed my recipe trial with flying colors AND the taste test of my panel of experts! Then on January 11, 2011 I will pick a winner!  YAY!

Happy Baking Peeps! And best of luck – I wish you could all win!  However since that’s not possible, as soon as we all congratulate the winner on January 11, and if you are not that lucky duck, zip over to Gooseberry Patch and get yourself a copy of 101 Cookie, Cupcake & Brownie Recipes.  Oh heck ~ go ahead and order several – they make great gifts for all your foodie friends!  Now leave me a comment and get your name in!

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January Desktop Calendar is here!

I cannot wait for January 1, 2011!  I am starting off the year with a giveaway!  One you will LOVE!  So stay tuned.  Until then I am going to busy myself getting my house back in order, putting away decorations, cleaning and starting 2011 off on the right foot!  Until the new year, here is your desktop calendar a few days early.  Enjoy!


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ahhhh…the blessed bakewell tart

Today was another baking day.  Bakewell Tarts.  Precious, scrumptious Bakewell Tarts.  I’m not supposed to eat them but I surely love seeing other people enjoy them.  You may find the story of how I came to be acquainted with these little darlings and also the recipe here.  And now a little pictorial of today’s baking.










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