Posted in Baking, Children's Clothes, Cooking, Desserts, Eating/Dining, Fall, Just for Fun, Le Top, le•top, le•top Chef Series, Recipes, Summer, tagged butterscotch pudding, Cooking with kids, crystallized ginger, from summer to fall, kid-friendly recipes, kids food, le top blog, letop, Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes, pumpkin puree, quick and easy recipes, recipes for fall on September 16, 2010 |
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This delicious snack/dessert helps ease us from those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer into the chill of an early fall. Change out some of the butter with applesauce for a slightly healthier cupcake that still tastes great!
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 1 Hr 30 Minutes
Servings 24 cupcakes
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant butterscotch pudding mix
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/3 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
- Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 24 muffin cups, or line with paper muffin liners. Whisk together the flour, pudding mix, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ground ginger, allspice, cloves, and crystallized ginger in a bowl; set aside.
- Beat the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color. Add the room-temperature eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Beat in the vanilla and pumpkin puree with the last egg. Stir in the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin cups.
- Bake in the preheated oven until golden and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 20 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.
- Frost as you like.
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Posted in Activities for Children, Baking, Childhood, Children, Cooking, Daughter, Desserts, Family, le•top, Mom, Toddler, tagged baking skills, baking with children, building memories, childhood fun, childhood memories, Children, children's activities, Children's Clothing, Cooking with kids, cupcakes, le top baby, le top model, mother-daughter bonding, mother-daughter time on July 16, 2009 |
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Kristin's Ready to Bake
Baking…a fun activity with a built in reward! Although I am not an expert cook I just LOVE to bake! My mom always created ‘special time’ for the two of us by inviting me into the kitchen when she was cooking; and although I didn’t pick up on her cooking skills, I thankfully did pick up on her baking skills. These were great bonding moments for us – mom would dress me up in my own little apron, and gave me the important job of letting me read from the cookbook and pour in the ingredients that she had carefully measured out:
Mom: “a teaspoon of salt”
Little Kristin: “like this mommy?”
Mom: “yes – very good!”
I think many people share similar memories in the kitchen with their mom. Robyn, our Assistant Credit Manager here at le top, has a beautiful daughter – Kira. (Kira has been a “le top baby” for a very, very long time! The announcement of Kira’s upcoming birth came very soon after Robyn began working with us ten years ago! She modeled clothes in our ads from the time she was a baby until she outgrew our sizes!) Robyn and Kira were baking cupcakes (and building memories together) in the kitchen, and as usual Kira was “Chief Decorator.” Robyn left the kitchen for a few moments and came back to find that Kira had made a present for her – a custom cupcake proudly exhibiting mommy’s company logo “le•top!” Robyn was in awe at the quality and accuracy of the logo…she just had to take a picture to share with us! We knew we had to pass on this work of art to our loyal bloggers, so…TAT DAA! We present Kira’s le•top cupcake masterpiece.
Kira's Surprise for Mom
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Posted in Activities for Children, Children, Cooking, Eating/Dining, Grilling, le•top, le•top Chef Series, Recipes, tagged Cooking with kids, Easy and Quick Recipes, Easy broil chicken recipe, Easy cooking, easy ground beef recipes, Easy main course recipes, easy recipes, Grilling, kids in the kitchen, le•top Chef Series, letop chef series, mini burgers, mini cheddar burgers, Parents.com, Quick recipes in under 30 minutes, recipe, Recipes, recipes for busy moms and dads, recipes for cooking with kids on June 5, 2009 |
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Perfect activity for little hands, and perfect to eat for little mouths!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Grill: 8 minutes
Makes 12 mini burgers
- 1-1/2 pounds ground beef (90 percent lean)
- 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 12 small round dinner rolls (such as potato rolls or dollar rolls)
- 24 leaves fresh arugula or other leafy green, cleaned
- 12 slices sharp cheddar cheese (about 3 ounces total)
- 12 slices plum tomato
- Heat gas grill to medium-high or prepare charcoal grill with medium-hot coals. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, onion flakes, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, Italian seasoning and black pepper. Mix until well combined.
- Shape seasoned beef into 12 small patties, about 1/4-cup mixture for each, forming patties that are 2-1/2 inches across and 1/2 inch thick.
- Split the rolls in half and toast the cut side on the grill, about 1 minute. Transfer to a large platter. Top buns with arugula leaves.
- Transfer hamburger patties to the grill and cook 2 minutes. Flip and cook 2 additional minutes or until cooked through. Top burgers with cheese. Slice should be roughly the size of the burger; if not, cut or fold it to fit. Grill until slightly melted, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Transfer burgers to lettuce-topped buns and place a plum tomato slice on each. Serve warm.
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