Enjoying some dehydrated strawberries,
Oh! Thank yous go out to the uber-talented Ree, creator of yummy recipes and recipe sites like Tasty Kitchen , for this most delicious recipe: Mocha Silk Pie Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! I made it three times in one week… my children vowed that my wish was their command, my husband did the dishes, I served it to my parents and they increased my inheritance! Rich and silky, I topped a slice with real whipped cream… and discovered my new weakness.
1 cup Pecans, Finely Chopped
½ cups Packed Brown Sugar
2 ounces Semi-Sweet Chocolate Grated
2 Tablespoons Kahlua (I used Amaretto)
Dash Of Salt
2 sticks Butter (salted)
1-½ cup Sugar
2 teaspoons Instant Coffee Granules
1 teaspoon Kahlua (I used Amaretto)
3 ounces, weight Semi-sweet (or Bittersweet) Chocolate
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
4 whole Large Eggs
To make the crust, combine chopped pecans, brown sugar, grated chocolate, and salt. Stir with a fork to combine, then drizzle in Kahlua, stirring until combined. Press mixture into a pie pan, bringing it up the sides a bit. *Do not bake* Set aside or refrigerate until needed.
In small microwave safe bowl, melt 3 ounces of unsweetened baking chocolate until stirrable (about 45 seconds on high). Set aside to cool.
In a large bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat butter, sugar, 2 teaspoons instant coffee, and 1 teaspoon Kahlua until fluffy, about 1 1/2 minutes. When melted chocolate is cooled, drizzle it into the butter/sugar mixture as it beats on medium speed; use a rubber spatula to get it all out. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Beat the mixture thoroughly until combined, scraping the sides if necessary.
On medium speed, add the four eggs, one at a time, over a period of 20 minutes; leave about 5 minutes between each egg addition. Scrape sides of bowl halfway through this process. Pour filling into the pie crust. You might have a little filling leftover.
Smooth out the pie filling and place pie in the refrigerator to chill for at least two hours (preferably longer).
Top with whipped cream and chocolate curls.
Dear Andrea L., or anyone who may be trying to avoid that white, fluffy gluten containing stuff, AKA: wheat flour,
Here is the chocolate cake recipe I promised… a little later than I’d hoped to get it posted, but I think you’ll find it was well worth the wait! Prepare your taste buds for a velvety, chocolately scrumptious experience.
This fudge-like cake is so easy, my two fifth graders prepared it during school – Cooking Class. Later (in between coaching math problems), I enjoyed my helping of the chocolate cake (half), in the teacher’s lounge (anywhere where there is no kids!)
16 oz. good quality semi-sweet or dark chocolate (ie. Scharffen Berger, Dagoba, etc.)
5 large eggs, separated
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 TBSP vanilla
1/2 cup unsalted butter
Powdered cocoa (to dust pan)
Preheat the oven to 250. Use butter or margarine to grease a nine-inch spring form pan, then dust it with the powdered cocoa.
Melt the chocolate (the kids used inexpensive chips by Ambrosia) with the butter completely in a double boiler, or the microwave.
Separate the eggs.
Beat the egg yolks with the vanilla in a large bowl, then very gradually add the warm chocolate-butter mixture, stirring constantly.
In a clean, large bowl, whip the egg whites with an electric mixer until they are stiff and form soft peaks.
Slowly add the powdered sugar to them, still beating until it is well blended. The egg whites should appear a little shiny and stiff. Fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture a little at a time.
Pour the batter into the prepared springform pan and bake for approximately an hour. The top of the cake should appear dry and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake should have crumbs stuck to it, but not appear gooey. Serve when it is completely cooled. You may dust it with cocoa, powdered sugar, or serve with whipped cream.
.. if you’re feeling really naughty, prepare a yummy ganache frosting for your flourless chocolate cake, a dangerously delicious combination indeed!
8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoons cognac or brandy (optional)
Place the chocolate in a medium sized stainless steel bowl. Set aside. Heat the cream and butter in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Bring just to a boil. Immediately pour the boiling cream over the chocolate and allow to stand for 5 minutes. Stir with a whisk until smooth. If desired, add the liquer.
To cover cake: First brush any loose crumbs from the cake and place cake on a wire rack. Put rack on a baking sheet, so that ganach has a place to drip, making cleanup easier. Using a cake spatula, cover the sides and top of the cake with a thin layer of ganache. This is called a crumb coat. Refrigerate for 5 min. To cover cake, pour the remaining ganache onto the center of the cake. Working quickly, spread with a spatula using big strokes to push the ganache over the sides of the cake, creating an even coating.
In the kitchen this evening, trying out a new recipe I picked up from a local community GF meeting a few months ago. My little gluten-free fella found these cookies pleasing.
Gluten Free Sugar Cookies
1 cup butter (or Earth Balance)
1 cup sugar
1 large egg (or egg replacer)
1 tsp vanilla
Cream butter and sugar, beat in egg and vanilla.
1 cup white rice flour
1 cup brown rice flour
¼ cup starch (potato, tapioca, or corn – I used tapioca)
1 tblsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp soda
2 tsp xanthan gum
Mix together dry ingredients in separate bowl. Add dry mixture, one cup at a time to butter mixture. The dough will be stiff. Scoop by spoonfuls, roll in sugar or a sugar/cinnamon mixture, place onto cookie sheet and bake about 7 minutes or until golden.
We’ve been harvesting some monstrous zucchini from our garden this year! Thus, we’ve been eating lots and lots of this scrumptious bread.
As potato salad is to summer, so Butterscotch Zucchini Bread is to autumn.
As sure as the turning of the leaves on the trees every autumn, so shall the pages in my recipe book turn… to this delightful concoction:
Butterscotch Zucchini Bread
As found at www.cdkitchen.com
1 cup oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups sugar
2 cups grated zucchini
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ginger
½ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon baking powder
½ cup rolled oats
1 package (3.4 oz) butterscotch *instant pudding mix (*amended later to add instant)
Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. In separate bowl, mix wet ingredients.
Stir both mixtures together and then pour into 2 greased and floured bread pans (8×4)
Bake at 350 for about one hour.
If you haven’t had a slice for yourself, you don’t know what you’re missing!
My friend Wendy makes the most delicious pulled pork sandwiches ever. ever! EVER!! This coming from someone who doesn’t care for pork. She served them to us for dinner one evening a few months ago and I made a complete PIG of myself! ;) (pun intended) She served the pulled pork inside the most delicious homemade wheat rolls, and I think I gained 5.8 lbs. that very night. I guess you could say I love Wendy’s pulled pork sandwiches. So, you can imagine my delight when she showed up to our monthly cooking session this month with her spices and a few pork shoulders, if I were a gymnast I would have done a hand-stand right on the spot! Needless to say, I’ve served pulled pork sandwiches for two dinners this month, last night being one of them. Here’s a picture for you, and the recipe just in case you feel like doing a couple hand-stands yourself. You could serve them up for your 4th of July celebration, they’ll be the hit of the party, guaranteed!
Pulled Pork Sandwhiches (adapted from America’s Test Kitchen)
3-4 lb. pork shoulder
Enough dry rub to cover pork shoulder (½ of recipe below)
Dry Rub for Barbeque Pork
4 tablespoons sweet paprika
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon ground white pepper
1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (if you don’t like spicy, just reduce or eliminate this one)
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
Makes enough rub for at least two medium roasts. Rub entire roast down, place in crockpot on low, cook all day. When done, shred pork using two forks. Shredded meat will absorb liquid in bottom of pot. Serve on warm rolls, and top with barbeque sauce (we love Sweet Baby Ray’s.) Coleslaw is always yummy on the side.
I dare you to make this for dessert … you’ll never be the same. and neither will your thighs!
I discovered this recipe last night on a box of puff pastry in my freezer, my sweet tooth was screaming out for some satisfaction. I made the recipe, and then adapted it for you(see below) to build individual desserts, rather than a big one that you have to slice (like the one in this picture.) Better for presentation… and much less messy.
1 package of puff pastry sheets
1 pkg. (3 ½ oz) vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix
1 cup milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
½ cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tsp. milk
1 ½ cups fresh or frozen sliced strawberries
1 square (1 oz) semi-sweet chocolate
Thaw pastry sheets at room temperature 40 min. Heat oven to
400 degrees. Lightly grease baking sheet.
unfold pastry sheets on lightly floured surface. Cut into 3 strips
along fold marks. Then cut each strip into three squares.
Place on baking sheets. Bake 15 min or till golden brown.
Remove from baking sheets and cool on wire racks.
Prepare pudding mix according to package directions with 1 cup of
milk in large bowl. Fold in whipped cream (after you’ve whipped it.) Cover and refrigerate.
Stir confectioners’ sugar and 2 tsp. milk in small bowl. Spread
confectioners’ sugar mixture on six pastry squares.
Spread a large spoonful of pudding mixture on 1 pastry square.
Top with a handful of strawberry slices. Repeat layers. Top with
iced pastry square. Repeat to make six desserts. Drizzle desserts
with melted chocolate. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate up to 4 hr.
So…. what are you waiting for???