504 Main by Holly Lefevre: bake
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Showing posts with label bake. Show all posts


Quick Apple Crisp for One (in a Mug)

My family has a sweet tooth.
I don't always want to make a huge batch of cookies, cake, whatever...
because I will eat them...ALL!
I am also trying to healthy up our kitchen (I am always doing that)...
so the other day me son was asking for a treat...
and I decided to try this out...and he loved it (and so do I)...
so naturally I want to share our new recipe for Quick Apple Crisp in a Mug!
Quick Apple Crisp in a Mug by 504 Main


Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

I really try to not talk about "the holidays" this early,
but last year I made homemade vanilla extract and it was a huge hit.
Thing is, you gotta make it now!
Those vanilla beans need to flavor that vodka for weeks and weeks.
So I will break my rule and share this one super easy
and much appreciated DIY Holiday Gift now!

Vanilla Apothecary Label from The Graphics Fairy
I go through Pure Vanilla Extract by the gallons..or so it seems. 
I put it in everything...pancake batter, waffle batter, coffee, oatmeal- you name it!
It is a pricey little habit...and I had no idea until about one year ago that you could make it yourself! DREAM ON! This is the best Vanilla Extract EVER (and you can make it for a GREAT price


Soda Fountain Cupcakes: 2 Delightful Flavors and the Easiest Recipe..EVER!

This post is about birthdays.
It is about cupcakes...really good cupcakes.
The recipe is really easy.
Trust me...don't skip it!

My birthday was a few weeks ago, but I was doing a cleanse detox
and I was determined to stick to it - 
seriously I cannot say no to cake - so on the actual day we had berries!
My kids thought I was C-R-A-Z-Y!
They were also a bit disappointed...
they really wanted to make me my birthday dessert.
So I promised them that after I finished the detox,
they would get their chance to create a special dessert for me.

Don't miss the super easy, super amazing recipe...click on READ MORE!


Sweet Vanilla Goodness: How to Make Vanilla Syrup

I have never made it a secret that I L-O-V-E my coffee...
but I need to change my ways a bit.
I have been cutting down a lot...
and switching from my (super sugary) mochas to another drink,
a P.G. Bowl of Soul, that was created at our local coffee bar Crema.
Now neither the mocha or the Bowl of Soul were on the detox...
but I just cannot give up my Wednesday morning
coffee "meeting" with the ladies and a Bowl of Soul. 

But of course...I like a challenge...
so I decided to make to figure out how to make the drink myself
at home where it costs a lot less than $5.00 a pop! 
And in my quest to perfect this cup of coffee,
I started to make my own Vanilla syrup which I use for baking as well!

I will share the recipe for the P.G. Bowl of Soul soon...
but one major component in the drink is the Vanilla Syrup...
and I decided to make it myself rather than buy it.
It is much less expensive and much tastier!

Seriously this is super easy!
Essentially you are making vanilla flavored simple syrup.


(easily doubled for more sweet vanilla goodness!)

Make It!
  • Place the water, sugar, vanilla, and vanilla bean (slit lengthwise) in a medium sauce pan and slowly bring the mixture to a boil until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Let cool, and transfer  the mixture and the bean to am airtight container (I use a mason jar).
  • Store in the refrigerator. I cannot quite give you a time frame for how long it will keep because we use it up quickly...a month or two is my guess!

And...folks that is it all done!
Perfect for

What do you put in your coffee?

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre


Oatmeal Crunch Cookies in a Mug! (recipe)

Yesterday I shared a recipe for Molten Marshmallow Fudge Cake in a Mug.
While I remember something similar from my childhood,
I had forgotten how yummy and fun these are to make...
 and now I am kind of hooked on these easy peasy
single serving fresh from the (microwave) oven treats!

So, of course, I had to try more!
But this time a cookie!
Oatmeal Crunch Cookie in a Cup


Spicy Cinnamon Brownies (recipe)

Let's stop and dream for a minute abut a world of chocolatey brownie goodness.
OK...back to reality.
I have sort of been obsessed with playing with spices
and introducing savory elements into sweet dishes.
spicy cinnamon brownies

I made these brownies on Superbowl Sunday and they were a hit. I think I may even like them more than regular brownies!
And, yes...maybe even more than s'mores!

Better yet..this is so simple to do.
I actually used a box mix for these brownies
(I have yet to make brownies from scratch still...shhh...don't tell!)
but of course you can add the spices to a homemade mix! 
spicy cinnamon brownies and ghirardelli mix

If you want even spicier brownies, feel free to increase the "heat."
For us this was just enough of a kick - you can still taste the yummy dark chocolate brownie but get a little surprise from the added spices!


1 box of Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix. I used Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix
1/4 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon chili powder
3/4 teaspoon red cayenne pepper, ground
1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
1 9 x 9 pan

Preheat oven to 325F
Prepare baking pan by spraying with cooking spray.
Prepare mix; place the mix in a bowl.
Add the chili powder, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon to the dry mix and combine thoroughly.
Add the water, vegetable oil, and egg to the mix.
Stir until fully mixed.
Place batter in prepared pan.
Bake for 40-45 minutes.
Cool completely. 
Cut into 2 inch squares and serve.

Of course these are yummy and fun if you bake them in a jar too!
You may want to label your brownies so people know they have a kick! 
spicy cinnamon brownies

See how easy that is!?
Whatcha think?
Ready to try some spicy brownies?
If sweet brownies are more your thing...yesterday I had a
 amazing guest post for Caramel Brownies (you must go check it out!),

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre
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Caramel Loves Brownies (Guest Post: Will Cook For Smiles)

Do I have a treat for you...Brownies.
Even more than s'mores, Brownies are my favorite dessert.
(I do have a very long list though)
If I could, I would live on Pizza and brownies...
but that would not be a long life I am guessing.

This delicious treat is is compliments of Lyuba from Will Cook for Smiles.
Here are her Caramel Loves Brownies!
Big "Hug Hello" to all Holly's fans! I'm Lyuba from Will Cook for Smiles where I mostly blog about food and share great recipes. I say "mostly"' because an occasional craftspiration strikes and I sometimes post a craft project. I am a mom, a wife and a full time grad student. Life is busy but fun. Today, I'm sharing one of our favorite brownie recipes: Caramel Gooey Brownies! I actually named them "Caramel Loves Gooey Brownies" to go with the Valentine's theme.

4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 2/3 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbs caramel
1 1/2 cups caramel bits

1. Preheat the oven to 325. Grease a 9x13 baking dish.
2. In a sauce pot, melt the butter and sugar, take off head and let cool, so it's not hot.
3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs until smooth, slowly add the melted butter/sugar mixture (that is why we cooled the butter because if it's too hot, it will cook the eggs). Add vanilla and caramel and mix until all combined.
4. Sift in the cocoa powder, whisk until combined. Sift in the flour and salt and whisk until just combined.
5. Fold in the caramel bits.
6. Spread the brownie batter in the  baking dish, evenly. Bake for 35-40 minutes.

And if you think these look good..come take a peek at my
 Nutella Brownies

Thanks for giving me the "floor", Holly and I hope you feel better soon!
If you like what you see, make sure to visit me on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!


  Thank you Lyuba! Your recipes always put a smile on my face! 
Now, go visit Will Cook for Smiles...you will smile too!

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre


Green Tea and Orange Infused Vanilla Cake

I have been wanting to try my hand at cooking or baking with tea for awhile.
It just intrigues me...and I like to try new things.
And of course I like to eat!
(I like that part a little too much sometimes).

 Honestly I was not sure exactly how to cook with tea,
but the other day I did a shop for Bigelow Tea and
while perusing their website saw they had a recipe section.
I looked over the many ways they used tea in their recipes
and then decided to try my own hand at baking with tea.

Now I have to tell you...it was delightful! And I cannot wait to try more ideas!

Green Tea and Orange Infused Vanilla Cake
Bake at 350F
Pan, 9x9 or try muffin or mini muffins

1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Butter, softened
2 Eggs
2 Tablespoons Pure Vanilla Extract 
2 teaspoons (or capfuls) Almond Extract, optional
1 1/2 Cups Flour (I used White Whole Wheat)
1 3/4 teaspoons Baking powder 
1/2 Cup milk (I used Fat Free Organic, next time I will try Almond Milk)
4 Bigelow Green Tea Bags 
One can mandarin oranges, strained with the juice reserved.

1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar 
1-2 Tablespoons juice/syrup from the mandarin oranges
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

For Garnish
1/4 (or less) cup powdered sugar
Orange zest

Pre-heat oven to 350F
Butter your pan

  • Heat the milk on low in a saucepan; Place three-four tea bags in the milk; Heat until the milk begins to bubble. It took about 8 minutes on my stove; Let cool.
    • NOTE: Be careful with those tags on the tea bags - OOPS! I burnt them - then I cut the tags off.

  • Cream softened butter with sugar in a mixer.
  • Add eggs; mix until incorporated.
  • Add the Vanilla Extract. 
  • And the Almond Extract, if you wish (go ahead and skip it if you don't like Almond).
  • Mix to incorporate.
  • Squeeze the liquid out of the tea bags and add the cooled milk to the mixer. Mix to incorporate. 
  • Mix together the flour and baking powder. 
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  • Fold in the mandarin oranges.
  • Place in the prepared pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Set your timer for 30 and check for doneness.
  • Let cool. 

Finish Cake:
  • Poke holes in the cake using a skewer. 

Prepare your Glaze:
  • Combine powdered sugar, mandarin orange juice and vanilla in mixer and mix until blended. If it is too runny, add more sugar, one Tablespoon at a time.
  • Pour glaze over the cake.
    • NOTE: you may not choose to use all of your glaze at this stage. It depends on the level of sweetness you desire.

When complete, sprinkle with powdered sugar
and garnish with a bit of orange zest...
then ENJOY!

I made this cake for my friends when they came to craft...they loved it.
My hubby is enjoying it too much...My son also thinks this is amazing.
It is moist and, well, just delicious!

Have you ever cooked or baked with tea? 

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre


504 Main Sweet Treats Gallery

Enjoy this Gallery of Sweeter Treats from 504 Main
Cakes, Pies, Ice Cream, Cookies, Muffins, Candy - you name it!

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre