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The American Baking Competition Review

So I want to apologize I missed my update on the semi finals for The American Baking Competition. ¬†I was on vacation with my family ūüôā ¬†We had a fabulous time…thank you for asking. ¬†Now onto the Finals.

This week was the Finals for The American Baking Competition!  The final three bakers left in the competition are Brian, Francine and Darlene.  All the bakers will still be asked to complete three bakes.

The first bake is the signature bake and the bakers can make anything that they want, as long as they use Georgia’s¬†state crop, the peanut. ¬†Darlene makes a peanut cake roll, Brian makes a peanut vanilla chiffon roll and Francine makes a spiced peanut peanut butter torte. ¬† Brain and Darlene’s cake roll go over nicely with the judges but Francine’s¬†crazy peanut torte is not loved by the judges.

The technical bake for the finale is a dozen Boston cream donuts, which is judge’s Paul Hollywood’s recipe. Francine redeems herself by making good donuts, though Darlene gets the best donuts. ¬†Brian’s are a flat dud!

The showstopper bake is to make 72 miniature desserts (24 of three different kinds, meringue, pastry and cake) inspired by the American flag. Yikes.

Darlene goes with coconut mini-cakes, peach & grit tartlets and firework meringues. Brian makes raspberry white chocolate mini-cakes, mascarpone & berry tartlets and white chocolate popcorn meringues. And Francine makes coconut mini-cakes, peaches & cream choux puffs and blueberry cream meringues.

While the judges are deciding the winner of The American Baking Competition, the three bakers are led outside for a patriotic barbecue and they are joined by family, friends and the bakers who had been eliminated.

I will tell you I was very disappointed with who won the competition.  I think the competition should have been judged over the course of the whole show but it seems the judges only judged on the final show.  Oh well!  So the winner of The American Baking Competition was Brian.   He is the winner of $250,000 and a cook book deal.  I really wanted Francine or Darlene to win:(

This series was definitely a very short series and the semi finals and finals really snuck up on us. ¬†I feel we didn’t really get to know the bakers and their families and I really think the show would be better if there was a little conflict in the show. ¬†I mean it is a reality show!

The one thing we did get out of the show was the list of recipes.  The recipes are list here: http://www.cbs.com/shows/american-baking-competition/recipe-blog/.

Happy Baking!

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Brownie Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Icing

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Brownie Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Icing

I am not an icing person at all but I just had to try these cupcakes. ¬†My whole family loves brownies and my oldest has an obsession with cookie dough ūüôā ¬†Who doesn’t like to eat raw cookie dough very once in a while? ¬† I will admit that these cupcakes are very sweet! ¬†Eating just one was enough for me. ¬† I halved the recipe because I felt that these would taste better when fresh. ¬† The half batch made 6 cupcakes and was just perfect. ¬†Everyone had one the day they were baked and the boys each had one the next day. ¬† I could tell the icing wasn’t as fresh the next day but the boys said it tasted great! ¬†The icing is an egg free icing too. ¬†You could eat it right out of the bowl. ¬†In fact, you just might so you better make a double batch of the icing ūüôā

Recipe from: Cooking Classy

Yields: 12 cupcakes

Ingredients

    • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 tsp baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
    • 3/4 cup butter, melted
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 2 Tbsp milk
Cookie Dough Frosting
  • 10 Tbsp salted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 2-3 Tbsp cream or half and half
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt, set aside. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together granulated sugar, light-brown sugar and cocoa powder. Pour in melted butter and use a wood spoon to stir until combine. Mix in eggs and vanilla extract. Stir in milk. Add dry ingredients and mix just until combine (batter will be thick).

    Divide batter among 12 paper lined muffin cups filling each about 2/3 full (about 1/4 cup batter in each). Bake in preheated oven 16 – 20 minutes (lesser for gooier brownies). Allow to cool in muffin tin several minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Cool completely then frost with Cookie Dough Frosting. Store in an airtight container.

    Cookie Dough Frosting
    In a mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer, whip together butter and light-brown sugar until pale and fluffy, about 3 – 4 minutes. Mix in flour then add powdered sugar, vanilla, molasses and 2 Tbsp cream and blend together until smooth adding an additional 1 Tbsp of cream to thin if desired. Fold in chocolate chips.
    Note that if you want a pipe-able frosting you will have to leave the chocolate chips out then simply add some of them to the top for garnish, otherwise they’ll just get clogged in the piping tips.

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