April 2013 Recipes

April came and went in the blink of an eye for me. Here’s what I made, along with noteworthy events, and my reflections on the month.

Slice-and-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Salted Caramel Pretzel Blondies

Cinnamon and Spice Sweet Potato Bread

MY OTHER RECIPES

Honey Roasted Butterscotch White Chocolate Peanut Butter (GF)

Trail Mix Peanut Butter Cookies (GF)

Soft and Fluffy Sandwich Bread (vegan)

Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Dough Crumble Bars

10-Minute Homemade Hot Fudge

20 Fast and Easy Desserts in Under 30 Minutes

Nutella Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Blueberry and Jam Buttermilk Coffee Cake with Buttery Vanilla Glaze

White Chocolate Buttery Waffles Snack Mix

Chocolate-Covered 7-Minute Microwave Caramels (GF)

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Scotchies Cookies

Milky Way Chocolate Cookie Crumble Bars

Cinnamon-Sugar Crust Cinnamon-Ribbon Bread

Mango Coconut Water Tropical Martini

Soft and Chewy Spiced Carrot Cake Cookies

Fluffy Vegan Coconut Oil Banana Muffins

Notable Events:

24 Hours of Peanuts Cookbook – Nearly a year ago, the National Peanut Board approached me and wanted to know if I could submit some peanut butter recipes for an upcoming cookbook they were publishing and it just came out. My own cookbook, Peanut Butter Comfort, comes out on June 4!

The Big Potluck – I met up with 75 of my closest blogging friends for a fun-filled event in Temecula (Southern California’s wine country). About an hour away from my in San Diego, but breathtaking, calming, centering and I love it there.

It was great to connect with so many bloggers whom I’ve known for years but had never met. Here are some shots I posted to Instagram (or FollowGram)

The wine flowed, and so the the laughter, fun, and sisterhood.

Ree is exactly like I thought she’d be in person and it was awesome to see her. She was holding this little girl and just loving on her like she was her own daughter, and it was so sweet and tender.

It was such a special time and I hope to attend again next year!

Reflections:

I’ve always loved the chewy nature and texture oatmeal lends, but this month was especially smitten with it. I made 4 different cookie recipes with oatmeal. Slice-and-Bake Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter Trail Mix, Oatmeal Scotchies, and Carrot Cake Cookies.

I’m especially proud of the Oatmeal Scotchies and Carrot Cake Cookies. The oatmeal cookie dough base is the one I foresee using forever because it’s soft, chewy, thick but not too thick, and everything I want. After going through 4 other dough bases in the past 4 years, the fifth one is the charm.

The Carrot Cake Cookies were a feat because they are soft, chewy, and dense without being cakey. I didn’t want a carrot cake cookie that was like a carrot muffintop or a carrot whoopie pie that was softer, flimsy, and cakey. I wanted cake, in a non-cakey cookie form, easier said than done. After years of tinkering with the recipe, I’m finally happy. I started tinkering with it 2+ years ago and included a Carrot and Cream Cheese Cookie recipe in my cookbook.

I made 3 recipes with butterscotch. The Honey Roasted Butterscotch White Chocolate Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Scotchies, and Carrot Cake Cookies. I love the sweet zing of butterscotch, and vowed to use it more, and I did.

The Honey Roasted Butterscotch White Chocolate Peanut Butter is my favorite peanut butter I’ve ever made or had, and I wrote a book about peanut butter, so that’s saying something. I love, love, love it. The 10-Minute Hot Fudge is also straight-off-the-spoon-worthy and my ice-cream loving husband was in fudgy heaven.

I made three breads; all different and all new favorites. Sweet potato, Fluffy Sandwich, and Cinnamon-Sugar Crust. I almost didn’t post the Sweet Potato because it’s reminiscent of pumpkin and uses ‘fall’ flavors, but am so glad I did because many people have written to say they’ve made it and loved it. Sweet potatoes are season-less for us. The sandwich bread has gotten some glowing comments from long-time breadmakers saying it’s the best sandwich bread recipe they’ve tried, which makes me happy.

It’s harder posting yeast recipes because they do take time to write about in detail and I like to be as clear as I can so no one has a bread failure, so when people write to tell me they’ve made a yeast bread of mine and they’re pleased, it’s extra nice and makes it all feel worthwhile.

I also post bread recipes because, in general, I love the relaxing aspect of working with dough, and then of taking pictures of the finished bread. It doesn’t always hold true, but when the light is bouncing off a golden piece of bread just so perfectly, there is very little more satisfying than capturing it.

I made two cookie bar recipes that I will dream about for the rest of the year, Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Dough Crumble Bars and Milky Way Chocolate Cookie Crumble Bars. Both are amazing, but the Peanut Butter version is just music to my peanut butter loving ways.

I remade 7-Minute Microwave Caramels and dipped them in chocolate. The original post never really took off and I think it’s such a unique recipe and wanted to do everything I could to help boost it, so I remade them with chocolate and sprinkles. It’s seems to have done the trick because in the last two weeks, the post has been pinned about 10k times.

I made vegan banana muffins that are light, airy, fluffy, puffy, and nothing like the vegan banana muffins I’ve made 4 years ago or that I’ve ever tried. They’re so light and remind me of mini-donuts.

I hit a milestone on Foodgawker with over 300 recipes/photos accepted. It’s hard for me to believe that I have 300 different recipes, and that 300 of them were pretty enough to make it onto their site. My first year of blogging, and the first 100 recipes or so, don’t get any pretty-food awards and those never made it.

From Special K Bars, my first accept

to French Almond Cookie Cake with Apricot Cream Cheese Glaze, accept #302 – It’s been quite a journey on so many levels; from the kind of recipes I post to the photography. I couldn’t imagine my life without blogging, food, and photography, nd I am grateful for anyone who reads my blog. Thank you!

Previous Recaps:

January 2013 Recipes

February 2013 Recipes

March 2013 Recipes

What did you do or make in this month that was memorable?

 

63 comments on “April 2013 Recipes”

  1. Congratulations, girlfriend! So happy for you that you hit the 300+ range at Foodgawker! AMAZING. Averie, you have truly outdone yourself. I don’t know how you do it, but you keep doing it! I may never leave this page…gazing and drooling over all your baked goodie goodness. Cannot wait for PB Comfort to be released next month, too! Looks like so much fun at the potluck. Wish I could have been there. It needs to travel more often. :) Happy Cinco de Mayo (early)! xo

  2. what an incredibly delicious month Averie! I can’t wait to see what lovely goodies you whip up this month! And congrats on food gawker! that’s amazing!

  3. Couldn’t have said it better my self April did go by in the blink of an eye! You had such amazing recipes, definitely caused some hunger pain for me! I was such a jelly belly of all of you going to the pot luck event last week- and I was so close! Oh well next year!

    I can’t wait to see what May brings- so far it’s been super hot 95 here in the oc I bet you guys in sd had it better ;) Congrats of FG! WOOOO HOOO!

  4. Your pictures are amazing! Congrats on having over 300 accepted on Foodgawker! I am particularly found of the martini picture above…it looks so refreshing!

  5. gorgeous recipes as always! isn’t it crazy how fast april went?! crazy!!!

  6. Averie, your output is incredible – congrats on your upcoming cookbook. I feel sick that I missed the potluck gathering – I won’t next year! Love your tropical mango martini, btw…

    • The potluck sold out in a DAY. I bought my ticket the day they went on sale at like 2pm. I was #69 out of 75. Within an hour after I bought mine, they were gone. It was even random that I found out about it; a friend/reader told me and then a half hour later I saw some things on FB about it, but honestly had I not been at my desk that particular day (it was like 6 mos ago they went on sale) I would have missed it too. So don’t feel bad! There’s always next year :)

  7. What a busy-tasty month! I’m ready for May, but not for how fast things are going to go now that the weather is wonderful and kind. (Is it possible to lasso summer and tie it to a fence for an extra month, or two?)

  8. My goodness April did fly by, I can’t believe it! Great recipes :)

  9. What an amazing month for you Averie. I love reading your reflections at the end of the month. Seeing everything together, all at once – is truly inspiring. I wish I could do it all! And do it all so beautifully. Congrats on getting over the 300 photo hump on FG! I remember when I first started to get accepted and the joy and thrill it brought me. They are so picky about their photography and yours is always easy to spot on there. It stands out, truly it does. I loved seeing all of this butterscotch. Butterscotch is one of my favorite flavors and I wish I baked with it more often. Each month gets better and better. And with the cookbook coming out oh-so-soon, I have a feeling the best is still yet to come! Way to go, so excited for this success!

  10. Wow! Congrats on over 300 recipes on Foodgawker. I’m still working on #1! Your cookie recipes are so wonderful…I haven’t made one yet we don’t adore. I’m so happy to have found your blog. Wishing you many more acceptances!

    • Thanks for your support Dana & so glad to hear you’ve enjoyed my cookie recipes — so nice to know. And just keeping plugging along on #1. It’s actually much more memorable than the next 299 :)

  11. April was very productive for you, so many delicious recipes.

  12. I love to go through your posts like this one, and I definitely envy The Big Putlock and meeting Matt Armendariz :)

  13. I remember the days when getting on FG was like the sole purpose of my life haha. 300 photos is a huge milestone! There’s something about all your photos that just makes me happy and hungry, and honestly I can always spot yours before I see your name in the corner! You baked up some delicious stuff this month, as always!

    • Thanks for LMK that my pics are always recognizable! That’s a cool feeling to have! And yes, being ‘owned’ by trying to get your pics on the food sites…we’ve all been there!

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