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Spring Jamming

In high school, after watching an episode of Good Eats, I became obsessed with making jam but stopped, for obvious reasons, when I got to college.

Two weeks ago, with two pounds of ripe strawberries, I decided to pay homage to my favorite Food Network chef, Alton Brown, by making fresh strawberry jam! Even though it’s been almost four years, the jam turned out even better than expected!

And the best part? Strawberries are naturally high in pectin, a key gelling agent in making jam, so I only needed three ingredients–strawberries, sugar and lemons.

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Here is my Strawberry Jam Recipe (adapted from Alton Brown)

2 lbs strawberries
2 cups of sugar
juice from 1/2 lemon
2 tsp lemon zest

1. Mix all ingredients in a pot over med-low heat

2. Place a plate in the freezer. Once your jam mixture begins to foam (approximately 10-15 minutes in), start testing your jam by placing a little bit of it on the plate. If it turns into gel, your jam is done! Test about every 5 minutes or so.

3. Germs are a big concern when it comes to making jam. So make sure you properly sanitize everything you use to make it. Boil your jars in hot boiling water for a couple of minutes before you use them.

4. While it can be tempting to eat your jam immediately, let it cool for at least 2-3 hours before eating. This will give it time to develop the perfect consistency–otherwise you’ll end up with a delicious strawberry sauce.

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The Ultimate Dessert: Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

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Ooey Gooey Butter Cake is the dessert connoisseur’s dream. I think its the perfect, but slightly sweeter, substitute for a slice of cheesecake.It is perfect straight out of the oven and even after a week in the refrigerator. The crunchy buttery crust is complimented perfectly by the rich gooey center.

If you have never been had Gooey Butter Cake before, this recipe is definitely a must try. It is extremely easy and simple, so make it for your next dinner party or just as a casual afternoon snack.

Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

1 box yellow cake mix
2 sticks of unsalted butter
1 – 8oz box of cream cheese (softened)
1 – 16oz box powdered sugar (4 cups) + 1/2 cup for decoration
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2.  Melt one stick of butter in a medium-sized bowl
3.  Mix in 1 box of yellow cake mix until there are no clumps.
4.  Press into a 13×9 inch baking pan.
5.  Melt 1 stick of butter
6.  Whisk in the cream cheese, egg and vanilla until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
7.  Stir in the powdered sugar until thoroughly combined
8.  Pour over the crust
9.  Bake for 30-45 minutes, until the crust is golden and the center jiggles when the pan is shaken. If you prefer a gooyer center   then bake for less time.
10.  Let the cake cook for 30 min.
11.   Dust cake with the remaining powdered sugar.
12.   Cut into small squares and enjoy (warm or cold)!

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