Thursday, July 29, 2010
Summer feels like it is never going to stay in Southern California. But since it is supposed to be really warm this weekend I decided to make some ice-cream. I have a couple of recipes that I have wanted to try - so many recipes, so little time! I started off with a Nutella Ice-cream that was super easy and delicious! Unfortunately the hubby ate it all before I got a good pic! I guess I'll have to make it again :)
I saw this recipe for Vanilla Bean Gelato on Tasty Kitchen and decided to go for it - I have some vanilla beans in my cupboard that have been begging me to work with! I am usually a chocolate girl but since trying and becoming obessed with the Trader Joe's Vanilla Bean Yogurt I have started to love vanilla!
This recipe was my first attempt at making gelato and it was wonderful! I did only make half of the recipe because it seemed like a lot! I decided to strain mine because I always get nervous when tempering eggs. Try some this weekend!
Vanilla Bean Gelato
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups half and half
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 vanilla bean
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
You could tell it was summer this weekend! I decided to try out some popsicles based on the Firecracker Popsicles that were in the July/August issue of Everyday Food. I have a big flat of strawberries from Costco and needed to find some ways to use them up before they went bad. It can be hard with two people! This was a delicious and refreshing way to use them up! You can substitute any fruit - next I think I'm going to try blueberry and lemon! YUM!
Strawberry and Vanilla Popsicles
Adapted from Everyday Food
1 cup of strawberries
1 - 2 Tablespoons sugar, depending on how sweet your strawberries are
1 cup vanilla bean yogurt
Puree the strawberries and sugar until smooth. You can strain the seeds out if you want, I left them in.
Alternately layer the strawberries and yogurt in the popsicle molds. Take a knife and swirl in the mold. Freeze 2 -3 hours or until frozen. Enjoy!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
My Aunt made these a couple of weeks ago and my mom was raving about them, so I decided to whip up a batch and I am so glad that I did! The recipe is super easy and the result was fantastic! The office claimed that they were the best cupcakes that I had ever made! The cupcake is your favorite chocolate cake recipe with a surprise center of cheesecakey goodness! Whip up a batch and enjoy!
Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes
8 oz room temperature cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
8 oz. mini chocolate chips
Beat together cream cheese, egg and sugar until well incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips.
Fill cupcake cups half way with your favorite chocolate cake mix. Add a tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture to the cupcakes.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes. Cool completely on a rack and once fully cooled topped with your favorite frosting, I used a combination of creamcheese frosting and chocolate.