Posts Tagged ‘butter’


Maravilhas (Custard Pastries)

June 14, 2011

This recipe brings back so many wonderful memories.A Portuguese classic, creamy and sweet “bet you can’t eat just one even though you should” recipe.If you are looking for low calorie or low fat this is not it,but  once in a while these warm the soul.Courtesy of my longtime friend,Fatima,who is pure Portuguese,this recipe has been passed on for many generations in  her family.She was kind enough to make a batch and take some photos for me to blog them. Maravilhas translates to “marvelous”. And they are,as is my longtime friend.Thank you Fatima,not just for doing this but for being there for me always.I love you!

  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 ¾ Cup suagr
  • 9 1/4 T. Flour
  • 1 1/2 T.Cornstarch
  • 6 T.stick butter melted, minus 1/8 one line(then cool or chill in frig a few minutes) ok to sub margerine
  • 3 eggs

Blend all ingredients.

Grease & Flour 2 trays of cup cake tins. The best thing to use is Baker’s Joy, which is basically PAM that includes four…the best!
Make sure you spray the bottom & all away around the sides,or they will be difficult to remove.

Pour into greased and floured cup cake tins.Bake in pre-heated 350 oven for 35 – 45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

Remove, and use a knife to go around each tin to loosen them.Allow to cool a few minutes, then remove and serve or chill.
They are “marvelous” chilled, if not served warm.(You will not want to pass up one right out of the oven!R.) They look pretty with just a bit of powdered sugar on them.

Fatima also suggests for when they are being served “fancy” a fresh raspberry coulis and fresh rapberries on top to contrast with the sweetness. After blogging these tonight,I know I will be making them soon. Enjoy one of my favorite desserts from one of my favorite friends ❤

Hope you get to make some soon.


Gooey Butter Cookies

December 13, 2010

I call these cheats because it uses a  cake mix as a base. This is a Paula Deen recipe,and though I didn’t play with the ingredients I did play with the shaping. The original recipe is called Chocolate  Gooey Butter Cookies.  Thinking they would turn out like her butter cake,they did not.Very good nonetheless and certainly a tasty and easy sweet to add to your holiday gift tray. Also a nice one to involve the kids as they can roll the dough into balls and dip in sugar. (with clean hands!!) .I made them with another mix as well called Funfetti.It’s a white mix with confetti candies mixed in it. Any cake mix will do, and combinations are endless (which I like!).If you are going to add anthing like chips or nuts,add them to the dry mix and then combine with wet ingredients. The dough is too stiff at the end to be adding anything at that time. These were better the next day,stored in a wax paper lined airtight tin.

  • 1 14 oz. moist chocolate cake mix
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • confectioner’s sugar to coat

Beat butter and cream cheese until evenly combined.Don’t over beat.

Add one egg, vanilla, and beat until smooth.

Begin adding cake mix, a half cup at a time. This became too stiff to do with my handmixer so I used a fork to incorporate the rest of the mix evenly.

Cover tightly and refigerate at least two hours.

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Form one tablespoon of batter into a smooth ball, continuing until mix is gone- about 48 one inch balls. Roll in confectioner’s sugar to coat.

 Place in mini muffin pans, or on a parchment lined cookie sheet. I dipped a glass in the powdered sugar and flattened the ones on the cookie sheet slightly. (My thoughts being one would be rounded – the other flat- thereby looking like I made two different cookies 😉 )

Bake 12 minutes in a 350 degree oven. If you bake any longer, the cookies become more cake like rather than gooey. It  was suggested to dust with more powdered sugar when cooled. I chose not to as they were sweet enough as is. If using a  plain white cake mix, dusting with high quality cocoa powder would be a nice finishing touch.

A simple and versatile cookie to add to your holiday – or anyday reportoire.