Banana Split Bites Banana Split Bites ~ A classic ice cream dessert gets mini for some bite size fun. And yes, there is actually a tiny scoop of ice cream tucked inside and underneath the whip cream of those little darlings. Banana Split Mini Bites For once I made something mini for portion control and not just for the cute factor. Keeping all things in mind what I served is what you see here. Here’s what wasn’t a hit and what I learned. Impromptu play dates with four kid’s ages 3-5 year olds after a full work day –not a good idea.Know in advance what other kids will and won’t eat. Luckily, dessert made all things right. No recipe just a few notes: Use firm bananas and cut into 1 inch sections. Leave a Comment
Cookie Dough Pie It’s a trick actually. There is no cookie dough in this pie at all. Just cookies made so they seem like cookie dough. Magical really. This pie could easily be named 1.2.3. Pie as there are only 3 ingredients, cookies are dipped at a super, quick count of three, and the whole thing takes about three minutes to make. My little niece, Mia ate this and said, “Hey did you put cookie dough in here?” Cookie Dough Pie 15.25 ounce package Chips Ahoy Cookies- Original kind8-12 ounces Cool Whip- I used 8 ounces2 cups milk* Quickly dip cookies in milk, shake off excess liquid, and layer in 9 inch pie plate, breaking cookies to fill any gaps. *Last night I used 1 C. strong coffee mixed with 1 C. milk for dipping instead of plain milk. Note- You must dip quickly or your pie will be very soggy. Can you imagine other cookie combinations? Top photo courtesy of Rob Klause (my brother.) Want another great pie…try this Banana Split Pie- WOW!
Kitchen Stories: Banana Cake A fruity banana cake you can enjoy with no butter, no oil, and with a minimum of calories, with characteristic flavor of this exotic fruit that appeals to most people and especially children. A cake with a soft "buttery" flesh, like the banana that dominates the taste. The addition of the Cranberries add flavor and intensifies the sweetness. If we want to have that shiny texture, heat (make it warm) a tablespoon of honey with one tablespoon water and brush the cake. A Simple Staple- Tuna Salad Sandwiches I almost feel silly making a post about something as simple as tuna salad. But honestly sometimes it is the little things that make all the difference. This one is yummy! 6 oz. can good quality water-packed tuna, drained and flaked 1/2 cup diced celery 1/4 cup diced red onion 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1-2 Tablespoons dijon mustard salt and ground black pepper to taste For on your sandwich radishes, thinly sliced (about 2-3) alfalfa sprouts romaine lettuce (cucumbers thinly sliced and tomatoes are also good additions) Place first 6 ingredients in a bowl and mix well to combine.
Tiramisu Cheesecake Bars May 17, 2011 | Print | E-mail | Filed under cheesecake, chocolate, coffee Every Easter, I try to come up with a new dessert to serve the family. The first year we hosted, it was fruit tartlets. The second year, I believe it was Oreo truffles. After that, things get a little fuzzy and I can’t remember exactly what I made each year…but this year, it was these tiramisu cheesecake bars. For the sugar cookie crust: 2 3/4 cups flour1 tsp baking soda1/2 tsp baking powder1/2 tsp salt1 1/2 cups granulated sugar2 sticks unsalted butter, softened1 egg1/2 tsp vanilla extract Recipes for filling and topping adapted from here. For the filling: 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened (I used reduced fat)1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk1 tbsp ground coffee or espresso2 tsp vanilla extract2 eggs1 cup dark chocolate chips For the topping: 6 ounces cream cheese, softened1/2 cup whipping creamShredded chocolate for decoration, if desired In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.
Frozen Banana Bites Frozen Banana Bites are coated in healthy things like peanut butter, ground flax seed or trail mix and then dipped in chocolate. A recipe that represents equilibrium: a perfect balance between health and flavor. All the ingredients are healthy. And all the ingredients rank high on flavor, especially when combined! Do you know the saying implying we should avoid “form over function”? We need a little form, don’t you think? I’ve been mulling a new saying lately, health over flavor. And I’ve tipped the scale when I’ve opted for too much flavor. I like it when I can find that perfect balance in a recipe. The inspiration for this one came from my mother-in-law, Diane. I elected to add a little bit of peanut butter to my sliced bananas. And then I started getting creative. Then I got really creative. A few years back in my non vegetarian/non vegan days, I used to love Skittles combined with M&Ms. Ingredients Directions: Place your chocolate in a small saucepan and melt over low heat.
The Pastry Affair - Home - Blueberry Hand Pies June passed by like a whirlwind for me. One minute it was here and the next, gone. July, ever so sneaky, crept up on me faster than a sunburn in the hot sun (and I unfortunately have a fair number to judge this against). Out here in the Midwest, summer is finally, finally hitting its stride. Spring coats have hesitantly been packed away. It wasn't until Thursday of this week that I even realized the Fourth of July was this weekend. Nevertheless, I did have a small moment of panic. But, more importantly, what was I going to bake? The Fourth of July is, no doubt, a holiday surrounding the grill. Like most holidays, I recognize them in the way my family chooses to eat. After a couple years, it became less of a surprise and more of a tradition, but the simple magic of a red, white, and blue dessert was never lost. And so, when it came time for me to decide on a Fourth of July dessert for this year, I asked you for help. But, I wanted to take my pie a step further. Blueberry Hand Pies
Chocolate Fudge Peanut Butter Cookie Stuffed Cookies Peanut Butter Cookie Centers 1 cup creamy peanut butter 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 egg 2 sticks softened butter 1 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar 2 large eggs 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips, I used semi-sweet 1 cup cocoa powder 1. 2. 3. 4. Makes 3 dozen cookies
Millionaires&Shortbread Since one half of the blue-eyed baking squad is currently blogging from waaaay across the pond in London, we figured we'd bake you lovely duckies a British treat. Shortbread. Millionaire's shortbread (ooooh aaaah). Don't get too excited. Right. So there's shortbread, which is rather tasty on its own, and v v British. Just go with it. And THEN to transform it into Millionaire's Shortbread (ooooh ahhhh), you slather the aforementioned crumbly deliciousness in caramel and chocolate. We know. It's ok, just go slow, eat some melted chocolate along the way to keep your strength up, and you'll do just fine. And then, you can have as many pieces of the crumbly deliciousness slathered in the caramel and the chocolate as you want. We totally hit the jackpot. Millionaire's Shortbread Print Recipe For the shortbread:1/2 pound unsalted butter, softened 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup sugar 2 cups flour 1/2 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch For the chocolate: 1 1/4 cups semi sweet chocolate, chopped