Archive | June, 2011

Dessert Pizza

28 Jun

I had a few friends over last Saturday night for Pizza and Vino. I made a Dessert Pizza for a sweet climax! It was fun to make and fun to eat too! A sugar cookie crust topped with sweetened whipped cream and  fresh fruits. This dessert is simple, light and delicious! Not so light on the calories though 🙂

Here is what you need:

Pizza Crust
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Method:

  1. Lightly grease a 12 inch pizza pan or cookie sheet and pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. In a mixer cream butter, shortening and sugar. Then add eggs.
  3. In a separate bowl combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
  4. Beat flour mixture into butter mixture until it forms a dough.
  5. Press out dough onto pizza pan.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes.
Topping
8 oz whipping cream
1/4 cup sugar
Fresh fruits
Method:
  1. Whip cream with sugar to soft peaks
  2. Spread over cooled pizza crust
  3. Arrange fruits over whipped cream


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Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

16 Jun

The summer heat is on!  Keep your  cool with these yummy home made ice cream sandwiches.

You will need a batch of chocolate chips cookies and store bought ice cream of course. See recipe below for cookies. We will do ice cream in another post.

You should get about 20 cookies from the batch for a total of ten sandwiches.

Once cookies are baked and cool, lay 10 cookies out on a tray with the bottom side up. Using an ice cream scoop or large tablespoon, place a scoop of  ice cream on to each cookie and then cover with another cookie right side up.

You can leave them plain or roll the sandwiches  in sprinkles, chocolate, chopped nut,  dried fruit, gummy bears – you name it!  Freeze them for an hour or so until they firm up.

Include the kids and make this a fun family project!

 

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

2 ¼ Cups Flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 cup butter

¾ cup granulated sugar

¾ cup brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

1 ¾ cup chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Combine flour, soda and salt in bowl
  3. Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla in a mixer until creamy
  4. Add eggs one at a time
  5. Gradually beat in flour mixture
  6. Stir in chips
  7. Drop teaspoons of dough on the baking sheet
  8. Bake for 10 minutes

Frozen Chocolate Mousse

12 Jun

So today I opened my freezer only to discover some chocolate mousse that I had forgotten from yesterday.  It was now  frozen, but it turned out to be a great treat on a hot, hot day!   I topped it off with some creamy chocolate ganache and chocolate shavings. Yummy!

Here is a simple recipe for chocolate mousse

9 oz. bittersweet or semi-sweet  chocolate
1/4 cup coffee liqueur or rum
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups heavy cream

Method:

  1. Melt chocolate over a water bath. Remove from heat and add liqueur, oil and vanilla. Stir to combine. Then cool to room temperature.
  2. Whip heavy cream in bowl until soft peaks form. Gently fold whipped cream into chocolate mixture.
  3. Pipe or spoon mousse into shot glasses, ramekin or your favourite dessert bowl.
  4. Freeze for 3 hours or overnight
Have it for supper tonight!

 

 

Cherries Jubilee

11 Jun

I was supermarket shopping this week and could not resist the fresh dark cherries that were just being packed on the shelf.  How about Cherries Jubilee I thought to myself. With my cherries in hand, I headed for the frozen section to pickup some vanilla ice cream to complete my dessert!

The great French Chef Auguste Esscofier created this dessert in honour of  Queen Victoria’s Jubilee celebration who loved cherries. Its a simple recipe of cherries simmered in syrup which is then flambeed with kirsh and served with vanilla ice cream.  Flambeing caramelizes sugars and deepens flavors.

It makes for a cool dessert on a hot summer evening. Give it a try!

Cherries Jubilee

1 lb. fresh dark cherries, pitted

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup orange juice

1/4 cup kirsh

2 tablespoons cornstarch

Method

  1. In a skillet, whisk together the sugar and cornstarch.
  2. Stir in the water and orange juice . Continue to whisk over medium heat until thickened.
  3. Add the cherries and simmer for 5  minutes or until cherries warm through.
  4. Remove the skillet from the heat and pour in the kirsh.  Ignite and allow alcohol to burn off.
  5. Spoon the cherries over ice cream and top with a dollop of whipped cream.