kns215 Recipe Reviews (Pg. 1) - Allrecipes.com (15597287)

cook's profile

kns215

Reviews

Menus

 
View All Reviews Learn more

Pastel de Tres Leches (Three Milk Cake)

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2012
Absolutely delicious! I've been itching to make this for some time and I am SO GLAD I made this! I know there were other recipes of this "three milk cake", and glad to pick this as well. I did few things differently: I whipped the egg whites and the other ingredients separately and at the end added the yolk+flour mixture into stiff egg white mixture (half the sugar amount was dissolved in the egg whites and the other half was in the yolk mixture). I also cut the sugar by half since I know sweetened condensed milk would be very sweet. (My family likes not-too-sweet desserts.) Also, instead of using heavy cream for the three milk mixture, I used light cream (5%) and to us it still tastes awesome with less calories. Lastly, I left the cake sit with milk mixture overnight so that it gives more time for the cake to absorb the milk mixture. Served with blueberries instead of strawberries and PERFECT! Next time I will try with coconut milk like others have suggested. I will definitely make these again and again!
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
12 users found this review helpful

Chef John's Scones

Reviewed: May 17, 2012
I know others didn't like the fact that these weren't so sweet, but that's the part I like about these. The only problem I had was the dough was waaaay too sticky to work with. I didn't watch the video before I made this (which I should have..then I wouldn't have dipped my hand like I did trying to form a "ball" like I do for other scones/biscuits). It was IMPOSSIBLE to get them off my hands without water!!! So I just had to drop spoonful of dough onto a bakings sheet. I tried to "knead", but of course I couldn't even do that.. :( And to make the situation even worse, I had put some blueberries to the dough, and you can imagine how purple the dough must have turned out! BEYOND messy I tell ya... Because it was so messy I coudn't even do the egg wash. So my purple "scones" with butter chunks tasted OK, but nothing too spectacular. Now that I watched the video and got a hang of how to handle the sticky mess better, I will try again with some dried current or something.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
5 users found this review helpful

Black Bean Brownies

Reviewed: May 13, 2012
Seriously, everyone who cares about their health MUST try this. Reading all the comments, I used 4T of unsweetened applesauce, 1/3C sugar, 2T honey, 1 tsp of baking powder, 1/2C of cocoa, about 1/3 of chopped walnuts. Try not to omit the coffee since it brings out the flavour. (We like our brownies with strong cocoa flavour and not as sweet.) They turned out so delicious and quite "fudgey"! Served with frozen raspberries and I'm sure fresh whipped cream would have made it a lot better. With or without the toppings I would still enjoy, and I am definitely making them again and again. If I really want to indulge, I would add chocolate chips (I omitted the chips because I wanted to see how it would turn out to be). Oh and I had to bake at least 10 minutes more than stated but that might be because I added extra cocoa and additional honey for part of sugar. Just keep checking until your tester comes out clean.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
5 users found this review helpful

Peanut Butter Banana Flax Seed Muffins

Reviewed: Apr. 24, 2012
I love peanut butter and I love banana. It was a brilliant idea to make muffin out of them! I was contemplating what I should make with my two large, almost-ready-to-be-tossed bananas and I'm glad to pick this one. I wanted something other than regular banana bread, and this fits the bill! Because I didn't have enough banana for 1 cup I just halved the recipe (6 muffins) and used more than 1/2 C of banana and about 1T more peanut butter (always use natural), and of course, less sugar. Omitted the dates and I'm sure I didn't miss out a lot. Very delicious muffins (they are dense) and I will for sure make them again. I can't believe it's got no oil or butter! Next time I will try adding oats. **Edit: So I forgot about adding oats, but made them again with cocoa powder. Decreased amount of flour (and used WW instead AP), and added about 1/4C of cocoa (eyeballed, not exact measurement). Also used 3 large bananas with 1t banana extract, and used chunky natural peanut butter, as well as almond milk. Added about 3/4 baking soda, while still leaving out the dates. Had to cook longer than 30 min because there was more liquid "I think".. Anyhow they turned out very yummy! ** Another time I made this with hazelnut butter (all natural) and apple pieces (no nuts/dates) and it was even BETTER than with peanut butter! Expensive, but worth it!!
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
5 users found this review helpful

Sugar-Free Frosting

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2012
Following the reviewers' advice, I put less milk and used big box of vanilla flavoured pudding mix. I got the consistency I wanted to be able to pipe them. It tasted wonderful and my family, who actually hates sugar-packed frosting, loved it. I will experiment with different flavours next time.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
5 users found this review helpful

Banana Sour Cream Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 20, 2012
Very rich and moist. I halved the recipe and followed the recipe exactly except few minor changes: 1. Sprinkled white sugar only after greasing the pan (next time I will do cinnamon). 2. Cut down sugar to half (I just prefer not too sweet). 4. Used half vegetable oil and half applesauce (no butter). 3. 10 minutes before taking out of the oven I sprinkled brown sugar, cinnamon, and cocoa on top (all of them in generous amount!). Oh and using half the recipe, I used 2 eggs instead of 1.5 (too lazy to get 2TBSP out of 1 egg). Now this one is quite important, I baked almost 1 hr and 15 minutes. (And I only used HALF of the recipe in ONE loaf pan, so timing may vary depending on the pan you use too.) Thank you for uploading this recipe. My family absolutely loved it! I will definitely make it again (as long as there are left over bananas around this house lol)
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
4 users found this review helpful

Simple Scones

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2012
Melt-in-your-mouth kind of scone! I've made many biscuits but it was my first time making "scones", and I have to say, it wasn't as messy as others have described it. (I followed the recipe exactly, except I used half wholewheat flour and cut the sugar to 1/4 instead of 1/3.) Comparing to the biscuits I make, the dough wasn't sticky (or messy) at all!!! (I've done a lot worse/messy work.) Instead of using food processor like others mentioned, I cut cold butter into cubes and started mixing with the dry ingredients using pastry blender (just the way I do when making savoury biscuits). As mentioned in the instruction, I thought the dough was waaay too dry at first, but as I was working with my hand(kind of "kneading" in a way I guess?), everything came together and although I was a bit worried that the scones would turn out dry, they didn't turn out dry at all! Moist and flakey, the way my family like them! I put vanilla extract and half dried raspberries and half dried blueberries. I wish I had orange or lemon, but I didn't.. I will make them again with chocolate chips, dried cranberries and orange zest, raisins, dried cherries, etc!
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
4 users found this review helpful

Apple Squares

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2012
Sweet and delicious. I doubled the amount of apple (seemed like a "must" after reading some reviews), used toasted walnuts, only used 1/2 C of white sugar (and some more to sprinkle at the end), and used half applesauce+half butter. I just mixed 1 full teaspoon of cinnamon to the batter and skipped sprinkling part. The end result is sweet enough (at least for me and my family) and delicious. I might try adding dried cranberries or raisin next time.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
3 users found this review helpful

Double Chocolate Cherry Muffins

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2012
Very good, but I think mine turned out more of a cupcake than muffin. Few changes I made: First I halved the recipe so that I can make 12, not 24 regular sized muffins. I didn't have sour cream so used milk+vinegar. Instead of milk, I used coffee to bring out chocolate flavour more. Decreased the flour by few TBSP's and added more cocoa powder by few TBSP's. Used half oil half applesauce. As for cherries, mine weren't all that sweet (quite bland in fact), so I soaked them in red wine+sugar (about two TBSP?) while I prepare other ingredients. Also added tid bit more baking soda than called for. Also added 1t of vanilla (probably didn't make too mcuh difference though). The result was absolutely delicious! Moist and very chocolately with yummy cherries inside! (And tastes much better the next day) I will definitely try again with sourcream. Thx for sharing the recipe!
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
3 users found this review helpful

Beat and Bake Orange Cake

Reviewed: May 8, 2012
Tasty cake. After reading the reviews, I used sour cream isntead of milk and the cake wasn't dry at all. Also used whole orange zest and bit more fresh orange juice than called for. Otherwise followed the recipe exactly and used orange glaze rather than the regular icing. Though probably not often, I would make this again.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
3 users found this review helpful

Cilantro-Lime Dressing

Reviewed: May 3, 2012
It had very interesting taste (in a good way of course). I didn't remove the seeds from the pepper because I love spicy food. I used ground ginger and didn't measure out the ingredients (just dumped them all in my blender), so mine turned out a little bit thick (less honey and oil, more lime juice, vinegar, and cilantro). I had this dressing with salad (black bean, corn, lettuce, tomato, avocado, red onion), but I think it will make a really good sauce for grilled chicken main dish. (I will try with my leftover dressing!) ***Edit: So with leftover dressing I made cilantro-lime chicken sandwich. Basically mix what you would use in salad (tomatos, avocado, red onion, black bean, etc) with the dressing and bit of mayo and add shredded/chopped chicken breast. Mix well until well coated. Toast 2 pcs of bread and put shredded cheese (I used cheddar) on both right away so it melts a little and put the sandwich filling in between the pcs of bread. Very yummy and my brother asked for a second! Freeze the leftover dressing so you can make this quick sandwich!
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
3 users found this review helpful
Photo by kns215

Heavenly Angel Food Cake

Reviewed: May 2, 2012
My first angel food cake from scratch and I couldn't have been more satisfied! (given it was literally my first atempt to separate and beat 9 whole eggs) I used less sugar for both flour and egg white mixture and it still tasted "heavenly" enough. I cut half of the cake in slices and stacked them with white chocolate vanilla "filling" (blended melted white chocolate, milk, vanilla instant pudding mix, and ricotta cheese [because I ran out of cream cheese]) and strawberries/blueberries (that was all I had in hand). Not only was it so pretty to look at, but tasted amazing!!! I even added a photo! :-) I probably won't bother finding another angel food cake when I have this wonderful recipe! Thank you for sharing!
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
3 users found this review helpful

PHILLY Bavarian Apple Torte

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2012
Wonderful dessert! I'm sure the recipe is great as is, but still made following changes: Added ground flax seed and ground almond to the crust, and added ricotta cheese to the filling. I only used 3 granny smith apples as I cut them very thinly. I baked at lower temperature for longer time to get the apples more tender. Still not fully cooked, but good enough. Great presentation for sure! Oh and I baked in 8" pan to get the sides go up a little bit more. Both the filling and crust are delicious!
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
3 users found this review helpful

German Apple Cake I

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2012
The cake was moist, dense, and tasty! I used two 8" round cake pan and it only took about 25 min to bake. I guess because it was meant to be so dense that despite my additional 1 tsp of baking powder, the cake was still quite flat. I chopped the apples into really small pieces so they they don't sink too much. I used 1/2 c of oil and 1/2 cup of applesauce and cut sugar 0.5 cup (because I used some additoinal filling and frosting, they kept the cake sweet enough). Layered the cake with apple pie filling (apple pieces + lemon juice + sugar + raisins) and topped with cream cheese frosting (cream cheese + butter + cream + sugar) with sprinkle of toasted walnut pieces. What a wonderful cake it turned out to be!
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
3 users found this review helpful

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Reviewed: Mar. 16, 2012
Following the top reviewers' comments, I added orange zest to the batter (used one whole orange) and added vanilla instead of almond (just because I didn't have one on hand). The taste was amazing! BUT I had two problems (MY fault I'm sure since I'm a very beginner in baking): 1) the log cracked while slicing and I ended up with a big bowl of crumbles (fine, several large chunks were there too); 2) the "crust" (or edges) didn't turn nice brown when done baking. Like I said, it was probably my fault (though I don't know where I went wrong!), so I'm definitely gonna try again and again till I get it right because I love the taste of these biscotti's!!! :D -----Edit: I made these again with CHOPPED pistachio (chopped for easier slicing) and this time they turned out perfect! Of course few crumbs fell off while slicing, but not one single piece was ruined. I didn't have orange this time but had almond extract on hand. The taste was still amazing PLUS no crack, no crumbling. I didn't even cover my log when I took it out of oven. I am very happy with the result but next time I'll try egg wash just for the look. Went from 4 stars to 5!
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
3 users found this review helpful

Black Magic Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2012
Rich and moist cake! I cut sugar by 1/3 and got slightly bitter taste -- the way my family likes. I also replaced half of vegetable oil with applesauce. Because I didn't have buttermilk on hand, I put 1 T of vinegar to a cup of milk. I used half on the same day, and the other half the next day (covered, room temperature). The one that had been out for a day tasted BETTER -- it was firm (not too firm) and had richer taste! I will make it again and again, with different type of frosting!
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
3 users found this review helpful

Zucchini Brownies

Reviewed: Aug. 20, 2012
Great brownies! Here are my changes: I used a little bit less flour and a little bit more cocoa powder. I also added 1t instant coffee dissolved in 1T water and it turned very chocolatey. Added only about 1-2T of oil and appplesauce was used to make up the 1/2C of oil. Like other reviewers said the batter is dry, but the brownies turned quite moist. Mine was done in 20 min in 8 x 8 pan, so watch your baking time. People will never know that zucchinis were used in these brownies!
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
2 users found this review helpful

Best Ever Banana Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2012
Great banana bread! I reduced the sugar to 1 cup and used evaporated milk (with 1 t of vinegar to make "sour milk") since I didn't have the buttermilk or regular milk. Also added about 3/4C of toasted, chopped walnut and about 1t of cinnamon and vanilla. Also substitued applesauce for 1/2 of oil for less fat. Baked it for 1 hr and 15 min but it came out a little dry at the bottom and edges, so next time I will bake for 1 hr and see. I will definitely use this recipe again, probably with choc chips next time.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
2 users found this review helpful

Oatmeal Date Bars

Reviewed: May 22, 2012
Pretty good considering how little butter goes in these squares. On top of that for the crust I've used half applesauce half butter and only 1/2C of sugar, and added 1/2C of coconut (next time I will put 1C since I can't really taste the coconut at all). I also added orange zest + juice to the date mixture (omitted sugar). Before I put it in the oven I sprinkled some cinnamon on top but still a little bland. And I will definitely use more than 1 C of dates next time since I want there to be more filling.. :-) If you are willing to sacrifice the texture and all that buttery taste for your health(I AM!), this is the right recipe for you! Oh, and I used the entire egg (too lazy to separate) and the crust wasn't dry AT ALL. The taste is much better the next day!
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
2 users found this review helpful

Prune and Raisin Filled Cookies

Reviewed: May 6, 2012
It was just okay. Not that I didn't like it, but nothing too spectacular. But maybe that's because I put less sugar. I made orange glaze instead of regular icing.
Was this review helpful? [ YES ]
2 users found this review helpful

Displaying results 1-20 (of 57) reviews
 
ADVERTISEMENT
Go Pro!

In Season

Speedy Weeknight Meals
Speedy Weeknight Meals

We’ll help you get dinner on the table in no time flat.

Back-to-School Eats
Back-to-School Eats

Get recipes that work for your busiest days.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and helpful cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for just $7.99!

Most Popular Blogs

Recently Viewed Recipes

You haven't looked at any recipes lately. Get clicking!
Quick Links: Recipe Box | Shopping List | More »
 
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States