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Ugly Maple Syrup Pie

Well guys, I’ve gone from a post here about Bright and Beautiful Recipes To Make Us Happy, to pie.  Ugly pie at that.  I’ve tortured myself over this pie post.  In fact, I was so mad at the filling for cracking and the pastry for shrinking, that I left the pie to sit for two days.  Uneaten for two whole days!  After which, I seriously got ahold of myself, and realized that this world has far bigger problems than an ugly pie.

Maple Syrup Pie via SweetRevelations

And guess what?  I make mistakes too.  And this blog is a great place to learn about them.  And from them.  I bet Ree, Nigella, and Ina have had a whole mess of ugly pies.  That doesn’t mean we’re idiots, it just means that in the kitchen, we’re…well…we’re human!

So here it is….my Ugly Maple Syrup Pie.  And friends I have to say, that this was a pretty tasty ugly pie.  The cracking and shrinking didn’t compromise the taste one bit.  As a matter of fact, I was slightly miffed at myself because we let it sit so long, because we love Maple Syrup Pie!   I seriously can’t make up my mind.  I’m mad at the pie, then I’m happy with the pie.  What gives?!

Maple Syrup Pie via SweetRevelations

I’ve written posts, like this one here, on making the perfect pastry.  And when I had the bake shop, my mom was chief pastry maker, because she’s seriously good at it.  It’s golden and tender and oh so flaky.  I’ve also made more pie fillings, than I can shake a stick at.  But some days, I’m just a complete distracted mess in the kitchen, and things don’t turn out picture perfect.  Oh man, I’ve had some doozies.  It happens to all of us.

Maple Syrup Pie via SweetRevelations

Case in point, the ugly pie.  I think I’m doing a public service here really, as I tell you and show you all of the things you shouldn’t be doing with a custard pie.  First off, you should chill the pastry well before baking.  You shouldn’t take pictures of your gorgeous pie crust, as I did here, until the pastry is nice and warm for your #PiDay2016 Instagram photo.  And then, don’t overbake that sweet Maple Syrup custard.  Because if it poofs up like a soufflé, well, you’ve gone too far.

And you’re well on your way to ugly pie.

Maple Syrup Pie via SweetRevelations

Now if mom was here, she would tell me not to fret.  “There’s nothing better than a scratch baked pie!” she always said.  Even in the bake shop, as I worried over fillings that may have oozed slightly, mom would assure me that people were going to be thrilled with their authentic, homemade pie.  And she was right.

So, ugly and all, I’m going to share my recipe for this sweet Maple Syrup Pie, using local Maple Syrup, that is the essence of spring around here when the maple sap is flowing.   It’s a custard pie with pure dark Maple Syrup, brown sugar and butter, that will satisfy any sweet tooth.  It’s a springtime favourite!  Our family all agree’s that the side of unsweetened whipped cream is essential with this dessert, to balance out the sweetness in the pie.

I hope you make this.  Because if you simply pay a little more attention than me, you’ll see how locally produced sweet Maple Syrup can bake into a beautiful, rich and smooth, sweet treat.

Just because I’m nosy and it would make me feel better, I would love to hear about your kitchen disasters in the comments below!

Happy Pie Baking friends,

Renee

xo

 

Maple Syrup Pie

  • unbaked 9 inch pastry shell
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup pure dark Maple Syrup
  • 1 tbsp. melted butter
  • 2 tsp flour

Unsweetened Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup of cold heavy whipping cream

Preheat oven to 350°

  1.  Whisk together the sugar, eggs and cream until well combined.  Whisk in the Maple Syrup, butter and flour.
  2. Pour filling into pastry shell and bake for 50 to 60 minutes.  Filling should still slightly jiggle in the center when moved.   Allow the pie to cool completely before serving.
  3. Whisk cream by hand or with a mixer until soft peaks form.  Serve the pie with the whipped cream.  Refrigerate any left over pie.

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Dutch Baby Pancake

We are a lazy Sunday morning kind of family.  Usually, we indulge in a brunch of some sort, that includes endless cups of premium coffee (because life is too short to drink bad coffee), crispy Canadian bacon and something sweet.  Sometimes,  it’s these doughnuts (insane) or these beignets (oh mercy) on the menu, depending on whether I was able to prep the night before.   More often than not, my husband will have pancake duty.  It’s entirely his job, always has been.  He’s good at it and I’m generally pretty useless until I’ve had a few servings of that premium coffee I was telling you about.

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This week-end we threw a Dutch Baby Pancake  into the oven.  Sometimes called a German Pancake or a Bismarck, this is literally one giant egg-y, custard-y pan of Sunday morning awesomeness.  With only 5 ingredients, that virtually every household has, there really is no excuse for not making one.  If nothing else, get the kids involved and watch how delighted they are when the magic happens with this seemingly plain and boring batter.  Once fully baked, this Dutch Baby Pancake is a giant puff of sweetness that deflates moments after being out of the oven.

Have I mentioned that this takes only twenty-five minutes from start to finish?  And that it’s made in a blender?  That makes this totally doable on a weekday morning too.

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Some seasonal fruit, a handful of nuts and a sprinkling of powdered sugar is really all that is needed for garnish (a dollop of whipped topping also never hurt anyone).   For something so simple, the results are deliciously outstanding and a great way to showcase some of our sweet, local peaches!

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We’re gearing up for a hectic week of back to school routines here.  I hope you’re all enjoying the last few lazy days of summer too!

Renee

xo

Dutch Baby Pancake

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • splash of vanilla
  • fruit, powdered sugar or maple syrup for serving

Preheat oven to 425°

  1.  Put the butter in the bottom of a 9″ pie plate or cast iron pan.  Set the pan in the hot oven to melt the butter while you mix the rest of the ingredients.
  2. In a blender, mix the eggs for about 1 minute.  Add the flour, milk and vanilla and mix for an additional 30 seconds to combine.
  3. Pour the batter into the pie plate with the hot melted butter.  Bake for 20 minutes, until the edge of the pancake is lightly toasted brown and the pancake is puffed up.  Resist the urge to open the oven door during baking.  Serve immediately with fresh fruit, maple syrup or powdered sugar.

 

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Ultimate Salted Caramel and Pretzel Icebox Cake {NO Bake}

It’s hard to believe that the base of this cake is essentially made with two ingredients.  It’s a wafer cookie and whipped cream dream that is the perfect summer time treat because it’s a quick no bake dessert.

It’s kind of the perfect canvas for some over the top toppings.  A few salted pretzels, some Godiva Chocolate pieces and life changing Salted Caramel Sauce.   Perhaps even world-changing Salted Caramel Sauce.  It’s seriously that good.

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Something kind of magical happens with this cake.  It goes into the fridge as a stack of layered cookies and whipped cream and comes out as a soft and sweet cake.  It takes merely minutes to assemble, is a make ahead dessert and looks like a million bucks.  All of this chocolate loving goodness and I didn’t spend a moment near the oven.  This seems too good to be true friends, but I assure you, you will be as gobsmacked as me the first time I made this, at the ease with which this cake is prepared.

Impress your guests with it and we’ll keep this information just between us.

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There are so many possibilities with this confection that I had a hard time deciding on a flavor this time.  It’s the Salted Caramel Sauce that got me.   Drizzled atop fluffy whipped cream, chocolate chunks and salty pretzels? I’m in! I have to limit the times that I make this sauce because I absolutely obsess about it until every drop is gone.  Perhaps the caramel sauce drizzled on my breakfast toast was my first indication that I may have a problem.  Or the kids staring at me, mouth agape as I did so, that was a bit of an eye opener.  Oh but that sauce!

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The cake can be layered individually as mini cakes, in a rectangular pan or on a platter as I’ve done here.  I simply layer cookies and cream, kind of eye-balling for level layers, until I run out of ingredients.  The whole cake can be iced, once chilled, with a layer of whipped cream but I usually choose to skip this step.   It is also equally as good with fresh seasonal fruit on top.  Think of digestive cookies with brown sugar whipped cream and fresh peaches.  Or vanilla wafers with mascarpone whipped cream and dark sweet cherries.   How about more chocolate layers with a mocha whipped cream and chocolate shavings? Ginger cookies with cinnamon whipped cream and pears?

Friends, I do believe I have an Icebox Cake book in me just dying to get out.

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Happy summer everyone,

Renee

xo

 

Icebox Cake

  • 3 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • approx. 2 packages of chocolate wafer cookies
  • salted pretzels for garnish
  • Godiva Milk Chocolate Bar, 100 gr, broken into pieces
  • Salted Caramel Sauce for drizzle (recipe below)

1.  In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the whipping cream and whip until foamy.  Add the powdered sugar and whip until soft and billowy and soft peaks form.  Add the vanilla and mix thoroughly.

2.  On a platter, start with a thin layer of whipped cream.  Top with a layer of wafer cookies.  Continue to layer whipped cream and cookies, making sure to leave enough whipped cream for the top layer.  Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, or overnight for best results.   Before serving top with pretzels, chocolate pieces and caramel sauce.

 

Easy Salted Caramel Sauce

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  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp sea salt

1.  In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and water over medium-low heat and stir until the sugar dissolves.  Increase the heat to medium- high and bring to a boil, without stirring.  Use a wet pastry brush to wash down any sugar crystals on the side of the pan if you need to.  Boil until the syrup is a deep amber color, about 7 minutes.

2  Remove mixture from the heat and very carefully whisk in the heavy cream. The mixture will bubble a lot but keep mixing. Stir in the unsalted butter, and salt. Bring back to the stove on low heat and stir until you have a smooth sauce.  Allow the caramel to cool.   The salted caramel sauce will keep in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.  Reheat for a few seconds before drizzling.

 

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Dreamy Rhubarb Ice Cream Tarts

Summer is fast approaching friends, and I couldn’t be happier.   I’m sure I’m not alone when I say it’s by far, my favourite time of year.   It’s BBQ season and time for visiting with friends.  It’s beach time.  Pool time.  S’mores time.

Dreamy Rhubarb Ice Cream Tarts time.

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I want to make dishes to share with my friends and family, that don’t leave me stranded in the kitchen.   I love this recipe for Rhubarb Ice Cream because it requires no ice cream maker or custard base at all.  But it tastes churned people!  It tastes creamy and sweet just as it should, with only minutes to prepare.

Each bite is slightly tart and sugary sweet.   There are ribbons of roasted pink rhubarb throughout.  The addition of a graham tart shell, pistachios, whipped cream and strawberries just simply put this over the top.   But don’t stress, this is just as sublime and refreshing when scooped into a cone or bowl.

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Did I mention that this only takes moments to prepare?

Make it, and I have the feeling you might just break up with your ice cream maker for the summer.

Happy summer friends,

Renee, xo

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 Dreamy Rhubarb Ice Cream Tarts

*ice cream recipe adapted from Taste of Home

*makes 9 3″ tarts or about 4 cups of ice cream

Ingredients:

  •  3 cups sliced fresh rhubarb
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 9- 3 inch graham tart shells
  • 1 cup chopped pistachios
  • strawberries for garnish
  • whipped cream or whipped topping for garnish

Preheat oven to 375°

1.  Mix the rhubarb and sugar and place in a shallow baking dish (lined with parchment for easy cleanup!).  Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.  Allow to cool slightly and then puree or mash. I prefer slightly chunky.  refrigerate until cool.  Stir lemon juice into rhubarb mixture.  Set aside.

2.  Beat the cream until stiff peaks form (I also added a drop of pink food gel colour here); fold into rhubarb mixture.  Freeze for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.  Pipe or spoon into ready-made tart shells.  Freeze overnight or until firm.  Garnish with whipped cream, strawberries and chopped pistachios Allow to sit for 5 minutes to soften slightly before serving.

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Epic Double Chocolate Glazed Tart

This tart is so simple yet so rich and decadent.  A chocolate lovers dream!  Insanity on a plate!

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It’s so ridiculously simple and the presentation is fabulous!  It’s almost embarrassing to say how little time this takes to make.  I challenge you to skip that tired old apple pie and serve one of these tarts this holiday season.  You’re family and guests will thank you.

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Listen, if you’ve been hanging out with me for a while you know about my love affair with chocolate.  In all forms.  I’ve yet to meet a chocolate I didn’t like.

I would wrestle my own babies down the for last piece of dessert.  I used to steal the mini chocolate bars from their Halloween bags.  I have been carrying around a bag of Lindt Truffles in my purse for two weeks and I sneak pieces when I’m driving to work.  I hoard it.

I have no shame.

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I topped mine off with an easy Pistachio Brittle and some sweetened whipped cream but you could easily skip the candy and opt for some fresh berries instead.  The sweetened cream cuts the richness of the chocolate.   It’s essentially a truffle tart with a chocolate crust that gets even better the next day.   Quality chocolate is a must here dessert lovers.  When I had the bakeshop, we used the best we could get.  In brownies, cakes and ganaches it makes all the difference in the world.

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Are you a chocolate lover like me?  What’s your epic chocolate dessert?  Enjoy,

Renee

Chocolate Glazed Tart

*adapted from Epicurious.com

 

For the Crust:

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups chocolate graham crumbs

For the filling:

  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

For the glaze:

  • 4 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 3 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons warm strong coffee

Equipment:

  • a 9-inch round fluted tart pan or a springform pan
Preheat oven to 350°F .

  1.  Stir together the melted butter and chocolate crumbs and press evenly onto bottom and 1 inch up side of pan.  Bake until firm, about 10 minutes. Cool on a rack while you prepare the filling.
  2. Bring the cream for the filling almost to a boil, then pour over chocolate in a bowl and let stand 5 minutes. Gently stir until smooth. Whisk together eggs, vanilla, and salt in another bowl, then stir into melted chocolate.
  3. Pour the filling into crust and bake for about 25 minutes – the center will be slightly wobbly but the outside will feel set.Cool completely in pan (about 2 hours).
  4. Bring cream for the glaze almost to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in chocolate until smooth. Stir in corn syrup and coffee.  Immediately pour glaze onto tart and rotate tart so glaze coats top evenly. Let stand until glaze is set, about 1 hour.
  5. Serve with sweetened whipped cream and berries.

 

I found the easy Pistachio Brittle recipe here.

 

 

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Pumpkin Custard {with Brownie Croutons}

I am a complete sucker for fall recipes.  I spend most week-ends in the fall baking.  Breads and pies, cakes and cookies.   I’m sort of ridiculous about it.   Possibly slightly obsessed.

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Pumpkin is right up there at the top.  My most favoured fall ingredient.  I’ve already shared with you that my mom makes the best pumpkin pie ever.   EVER.  And when I was in the bake shop, I baked a lot of these Brown Butter Pumpkin Cakes.  So moist.  So good.

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Most recently, I’ve been consumed with Pumpkin Custard and pudding recipes.   Which tastes exactly like pumpkin pie without the crust.   It’s literally five ingredients.   Topped off with some  whipped cream and the most delectable dark chocolate little brownie croutons ever.

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It feels sort of criminal to toast off brownie pieces until they’re in crouton form.  My family thought I was losing my grip on reality when I was putting the brownie pieces in the oven.  Until we took that first crunchie bite and realized there’s no need to feel conflicted!  They taste amazing and offer some rich chocolatey contrast to the smooth pudding.

So good and SO easy!

What’s your favourite fall dessert?

Pumpkin Custard

* taken from Blue Apron Blog
1 3/4 c pumpkin puree
2 eggs
1 1/2 c heavy cream (reserve 1/2 cup for whipped cream)
1 c light brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp Chinese Five-Spice

Pre-heat the oven to 300°F.

1.  In a medium mixing bowl combine all ingredients (except the reserved cream) and whisk until smooth.

2.  Divide the batter between four jars or ramekins.    Place jars on a cookie sheet and bake for 35 minutes, or until the middle is just set.  Serve slightly warm or let them cool and refrigerate until needed.  This is a great make ahead dessert!

3.   Whip the remaining whipped cream until soft peaks form and top the custards just before serving.  Garnish with croutons if desired.

 

Brownie Croutons

1.  Very little brownie is needed to make the croutons.  I used a brownie square, approximately 3″ x 3″ and cut it into small cubes.  Spread the cubes on a baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes at 275° , until toasted.   yum!

 

 

 

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Fresh Strawberry Pie { And A Sweet New Beginning}

This week-end is a celebration of sorts in our house.  It’s a period of huge transition and we’re all really excited.

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Let me set the scene for you.  For almost 20 years I have been working with elementary children.  Some with challenges far larger than I or you will ever face.  But they are some of the happiest, brightest and most endearing people I have ever met.   They have taught me huge lessons about myself and the world around me.  And I adore each one of them.

I also own a bakery that I have been running for the last few years in the evenings out of a local warehouse.  A different kind of love for me, but a passion that I’ve had for a long time.  It started as merely a challenge for me.  Could I start a community bakery, sharing my passion for locally produced food, and have it be a success?  Well it certainly was.

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Let me tell you, I have full appreciation for anyone who is running their own business.  It’s such a huge personal investment that comes with amazing rewards and scary challenges.

But I did it and it was embraced by the community.  I’ve met some pretty awesome people and been a part of some amazing celebrations.  And I’ve grown a huge appreciation for  buying locally produced foods and seen the businesses in my community in an entirely different way.

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My children are in their teens so initially I thought that being away from home for so many hours wouldn’t phase them at all.  They are the independent, smart kids that I’ve raised them to be and my husband never complained at doing double duty.   Dinner was often on the fly, running out the door between jobs, always answering calls and emails and checking the to-do list.  I often got in the door at bedtime and poked my head in their rooms to say goodnight.  They were fine, good kids and no worse off for the crazy busy life we were living now.

But I missed them.  I missed our dinners and lazy Saturday mornings.  I missed our camping trips and after school discussions and their sports.  I cherished our Sundays at home.  My babes seemed to be growing up before my eyes and I felt like I was missing out.  So I made the decision recently to close up the bake shop and keep working my day job.  It’s been a bittersweet decision but one this whole house is excited about!  After my announcement the kids seemed relieved and told me they missed me too.

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So today is our Sunday at home.  We have eight more days until we close the bakery doors for good.  I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to show my children that taking a risk can have such a positive pay off.  And I’m so thankful that I get the opportunity to be at home with them again for the next few years until they head out the door for their own adventures.   I already feel far more happy and fulfilled and the best part is that I can still share my love of all things sweet with all of you.

What a sweet new beginning!

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We are celebrating our final week with this Fresh Strawberry Pie using locally grown sweet berries.  Literally 15 minutes to make and no baking required.  Use the strawberries in tarts, a larger pie, or in sundae cups with sweetened whipped cream.  This is hands down my favourite all time summer pie.  Yum!  Happy summer everyone!

 

Fresh Strawberry Pie

  • 1 pre-baked 9″ tart shell or 24 small tart shells
  • 1 1/2 quarts of strawberries (about 6 cups), rinsed and hulled
  • 1 1/4 c sugar
  • 1 tbsp. corn starch
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 pkg clear gelatin (or 1 tbsp.)
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp. powdered sugar

1.  Place 4 cups of whole berries into the pie shell (or however much of a quart that you can neatly fit).

2.  Place gelatin in the cold water and let it sit while you prepare the filling.  Crush the rest of the berries and place them in a small pot.  Add sugar, lemon juice and corn starch.  Cook on medium heat until mixture begins to thicken, stirring often.  Remove from heat and add gelatin mixture.  Mix well.  Poor over berries in shell.  Chill until set.

3.  Whip the heavy cream and powdered sugar with a hand mixer until soft peaks form (best to use a chilled bowl).  Serve with the pie.

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Easy Summer Whipped Parfait

Well I sure have missed this place!  Been a while since I posted a recipe, but it’s not for lack of baking!   Things sure are busy in this house and summer is here in full swing.

I love today’s post for many reasons..

 

1.   It takes less than 15 minutes and looks like a million bucks.

2.  I made this this morning  and let it chill for the rest of the day until our company arrived for dinner which meant I had no dessert hassle.  Just placed it on the table and looked like the wife and hostess of the year (as I wiped my brow…).

 

3.  It’s disposable.  I’m still using that package of disposable wine glasses I got a month ago for this post here.  Then I realised that I also used these cups here, both of which are my last two posts!  I am not for filling the landfills with plastic, but I do have a package of glasses to use up.

4.  It tastes ridiculously summery good.

A lady from our local market shared a similar recipe with me.  I added the jello bottom and couldn’t resist the beautiful cherries for garnish.    For the cream cheese whip I used some frozen mixed berries with pomegranate.  I threw in some of my own frozen summer strawberries too.  Its light and delicious!

 

Easy Summer Whipped Parfait

  • 1 pkg jello, any berry flavour prepared and poured into the bottom of serving glasses ( I did this the night before)
  • 250 gr cream cheese at room temperature
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups mashed berries
  • 1 litre container of frozen whipped topping thawed

1.  Beat sugar and cream cheese until smooth.  Add berries and mix well.  Fold in whipped topping.  Pour over jello that has set.

2.  Refrigerate several hours.  Garnish with more whipped cream, chocolate shavings, berries, etc.

Note:  You can also pour the whipped mixture over a 9×13 graham crust and refrigerate.

Enjoy!

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Chocolate Tiramisu Cupcakes

Company’s coming!  Today my sister-in-law is coming with her boys for dinner and a swim.  I am sooo looking forward to some adult company this afternoon!  Now that summer is here our house is constantly full of kids and I have become a full time lifeguard in our pool (not that I’m complaining about sitting poolside all day long…)!  So we’ve made a lovely summer BBQ dinner and of course a decadent dessert.  These are Chocolate Tiramisu Cupcakes.  Boozy Kahlua cupcakes topped with mascarpone cheese and whipped cream…hello!  Screaming your name yet??

Ok, so here’s what I did…these are actually a recipe from Pampered Chef.  They use mini cakes for theirs, but me?  Go big or go home that’s what I say.  I did not use a cake mix, I made this decadent dark chocolate cake from Sweetapolita (who I LOVE and am secretly obssessed with), then I topped it with a mascarpone cheese mixture and whipped cream on top of that.  Okay, I must confess, I cheated on the whipped cream and went and bought some (gasp!).  Next time however, I would whip my own as it would probably be more stable and last longer.  I literally had to top one with the mascarpone and cream and then take pictures as the whipped cream was melting.  This isn’t a dessert you could throw on a picnic table and leave (it wouldn’t last that long anyway).

Make the cupcakes and let cool in the pan for 15 minutes.  Then, brush (LIBERALLY I say…) with some Kahlua or coffee liqueur.  Allow cupcakes to cool completely.  Top with mascarpone mixture and then whipped cream.  Sprinkle some cocoa on top.

Here’s the mascarpone mixture:

  • 250 grams mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

1.  Mix thoroughly and pipe onto cooled cupcakes.

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Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fond

My girlfriend moved to England a few years ago.  I cried like a baby when she left.  Although I was so happy for her courage to move far away, I was devastated at what I thought was my loss.  I’ve been to visit and she took me to Paris for my birthday ( SOOO NICE).  She has been home to visit many times since then.  We talk every Sunday on the phone and it’s as though she still lives 10 minutes away.  I do still have times when I really miss the girl time.  The distance makes movie night a little difficult and I sure would love to go have dinner (in Paris again would be awesome!).   Really, not a lot has changed though, we still argue over movies and books and we always seem to talk about food.  She recently sent me a recipe for Genoise Sponge Cake that she made at a dinner party and it looked amazing!   Below is my version, just a simple 2 layer with lemon whipped cream, raspberry preserves and fresh raspberries.   As I make it, I have a little smile on my face, thinking of my good friend.  Enjoy,

Sponge Cake

*adapted from Gourmet Magazine

preheat oven to 350 degrees

6 eggs room temperature

2/3 cup vanilla sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup sifted cake  flour

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/3 cup melted unsalted butter, cooled

Lemon Whipped Cream Frosting (see below)

3/4 cup raspberry preserves for serving

2 pints fresh raspberries for serving

1.  Butter and flour a 10″ round pan.  In stand mixer with whisk attachment combine eggs, vanilla and sugar.  Beat on high speed for 10 minutes (mixture should triple in volume).  In a separate bowl, sift flour and salt together.

2.  Remove bowl from stand mixer and very gently fold flour and salt in with spatula (1/3 at a time).  In a small bowl, mix some of the cake mixture with the melted butter until incorporated.  Add this to the cake mixture, again gently folding.

3.  Pour mixture into cake pan and bake for 30-35 minutes until golden.  Cake will begin to pull away from sides of pan.   Unmold onto wire rack for cooling.

*Sponge cake is easier to work with on the 2nd day, so make the night before if you plan on cutting layers.

4.  Cut cooled cake into 2 layers.  Place bottom layer on a cake platter and spread with raspberry preserves.  Spread a layer of frosting on top of preserves.  Put 2nd layer on top of frosting.  Frost top with remaining frosting and cover top with fresh raspberries.

Lemon Whipped Cream Frosting

*Better Homes and Gardens Recipe

In large chilled bowl beat 2 cups whipping cream, 2 Tbps. powdered sugar, and 1 Tbsp. instant vanilla pudding on medium-high until stiff peaks form. Fold in 1 Tbsp. grated lemon peel.

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