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Monday
Nov282011

Friendsgiving: Chocolate Baileys Ice Cream Pudding Pie Recipe

Pudding pie is far more delicious when you make it with melted ice cream. But it's even TASTIER when you add Baileys to the mix, as I did for their Friendsgiving campaign.

Pairing decadent, creamy Baileys with chocolate ice cream and pudding will yield possibly the most luxuriant chocolate cream pie filling you've ever tasted. The thick, velvety chocolate mixture falls somewhere between pudding pop and mousse in texture, which is so deeply, darkly, completely chocolaty in flavor that you won't want the slice to stop.

Note: As for the pie crust, the style used is up to you. I used a chocolate wafer cookie crust, but you could easily swap it out for a graham cracker or cookie crust if desired. 

Baileys Ice Cream Pudding Pie

  • Pre-baked 9-inch pie crust 
  • 1 large package (5.9 oz) instant chocolate pudding 
  • 1 1/2 cups melted chocolate ice cream (yield after melting), with a nice pour of Baileys mixed in
  • 1/2 cup Baileyswhipped cream for topping (suggested)

Procedure

1. In a large bowl, beat pudding mix and Baileys and melted ice cream with a whisk until fully combined (about 2 minutes). 

2. Spoon mixture into your prepared pie crust (it will be rather thick). Using an offset spatula, smooth the filling so that it is evenly distributed. 

3. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours to let set before eating. If desired, top with a dollop of whipped cream before serving. 

Monday
Nov212011

You Say Nanaimo: Chocolate Cranberry Nanaimo Bars Recipe for Serious Eats

It's a fact: Nanaimo Bars are delicious. They're a decadent no-bake treat named for the Canadian city in which they were invented, comprised of a chocolate-graham-coconut crust, a custard-buttercream middle, and a chocolate topping.

But they also dress up nicely for Thanksgiving, as proven in this chocolate-cranberry variation.

The Canadian classic takes a tart-but-sweet Thanksgiving turn by adding dried cranberries to each of the three layers. The resulting seasonal variation is bound to delight family and friends at Thanksgiving festivities and start the holiday cookie season off sweetly.

For the full entry and recipe, visit Serious Eats!

Sunday
Nov202011

Gooey Peanut Butter Cake Recipe for Peanut Butter and Company

Gooey Butter Cake is the pride of St. Louis, MO and proof that sometimes a mistake in baking can lead to a beautiful new invention.

Now, for a long time I held the belief that “Gooey Butter Cake” was the most beautiful cake-name in the world, but now I know that it’s not true–the best one is Gooey Peanut Butter Cake.

This recipe is basically proof that a classic can sometimes get even better: adding White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter to both the crust and the filling adds a beautifully nutty note to this sweet, rich, and utterly indulgent treat.

Find the recipe I developed for Peanut Butter and Company on their website!

Wednesday
Nov162011

Baileys Friendsgiving: The Baileys Frothy Recipe

Baileys Frothy

Good morning, everyone!

It being Wednesday morning and all, I thought I'd help you get through the day (and week) with a super sweet and slightly intoxicating idea: The Baileys Frothy!

I came up with this recipe as part of the Friendsgiving campaign I'm participating in courtesy Baileys. 

This cocktail is the perfect way to kick off a party--inspired by the NYC classic, the Brooklyn Egg Cream, this frothy, sweet, nostalgic soda-fountain favorite is a wonderful way to kick off a festive evening.

Baileys Frothy

1 tablespoon chocolate syrup (u-bet is the best, if you can find it)
2 oz. Baileys, very cold
2 tablespoons milk, very cold
1/2 cup seltzer water (not club soda)

Pour the milk and Baileys in a tall (Collins) glass. Add the seltzer, and stir very gently. Add in the chocolate mixture very slowly, stirring with a tall spoon very gently, so that you disturb the foam as little as possible. You will end up with a 2-toned frothy drink, chocolaty on the bottom and frothy and light on top. 

This recipe contains no more than 0.6 fl. oz. of alcohol per serving. Join Baileys on Facebook for more recipes and inspiration to throw your own.

Tuesday
Nov082011

Sweet and Crunchy: Candied Yam Rice Krispie Treats Recipe for Serious Eats

It's time to combine two marvelous marshmallow-based recipes to form one delicious treat: the Candied Yam Rice Krispies Treat.

What's not to love about this seasonal mashup? Separately, both cereal treats and candied yam casseroles are delicious; both dishes rely on marshmallows for their sweet, signature taste. But the key to this combination is their contrasting crispy textures; when they come together, you're rewarded with a crispy-creamy-moist-and-chewy sort of marshmallow nirvana, sweetly spiced and perfect with hot chocolate or chai tea.

For the full entry and recipe, visit Serious Eats!

Thursday
Nov032011

Sweetheart Mini Cherry Pies Recipe from Mini Empire Bakery

 Totally sweet! In addition to my interview(s) with Morgan and Christy of Mini Empire Bakery, wherein we discuss their adorable new book Mini Pies: Adorable and Delicious Recipes for Your Favorite Treats, they were also kind enough to let me share one of the sweetest recipes from the book: Sweetheart Cherry Pies! Now, you know my feelings about fruit in dessert (too much like health food!), but in this case, as the buttery crust-to-filling ratio is high, they have a cute upgrade from hearts being placed on top, and there is the chance of topping them with ice cream, I find them beyond acceptable--I find them excellent.

Sweetheart Cherry Pies

  • 1 pound fresh sweet cherries, pitted and diced in 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Pie crust (for one pie)
  • 1/4 cup soy milk

Procedure 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease a 12-cup muffin tin with butter or cooking spray.
  2. Combine the cherries, 1/4 cup sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice in a large bowl.
  3. On a floured surface, roll out the pie crust to thickness of 3/16 inch. Using a 4-inch diameter round cutter, cut 12 crusts. Re-form and re-roll dough as necessary, keeping plenty of flour on the work surface.
  4. Using a mini cookie cutter of your choice, use leftover dough to cut out 12 small shapes as pie toppers (suggested: hearts).
  5. Carefully shape crusts into the wells of the tin, crimping the edges with your fingers.
  6. Fill each mini pie with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the cherry mixture. Don't fill in too much juice with the cherries, or they will bubble over. Top each pie with one of the toppers.
  7. With a pastry brush, brush the crusts with soy milk, then sprinkle with sugar.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. Allow to cool for several minutes in the tin, then carefully remove from the tin and allow to cool fully on a wire rack. To remove, try first to spin the pies in the muffin wells. If they need some help, run a butter knife along the edge of the crusts to pop them out of the in.
  9. Serve, or store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
Thursday
Nov032011

Pizzelle Recipe: Breakfast of Champions, from Cake Gumshoe Rachel

Photo: Not Just SweetsCakeSpy Note: This delicious recipe comes from Cake Gumshoe Rachel, who writes the website Not Just Sweets.

My grandpa, whose family was from the Abruzzi region of Italy,  believed in starting the day with his favorite breakfast: pizzelle cookies dunked in his morning coffee.  He always kept an empty coffee tin filled with pizzelles by the front door so when friends or family walked in they could help themselves to a cookie.  At least once a week we would make pizzelles using his recipe:

Pizzelles

  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon anise extract*

Procedure

  1. Add in the order listed. Drop by spoonful onto center of pre-heated pizzelle iron.
  2. Close lid and cook until steaming stops, about 45 seconds.
  3. Place a towel on the side of the iron and place pizzelles on towel and allow to cool.

*If you prefer a more mild anise flavor, use 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon of anise extract. These cookies are easy to make and will stay fresh for 3 days in an airtight container. You can serve plain or sprinkle with powdered sugar or shape into ice cream cones and cups. Pizzelle irons are available online or at your local Williams-Sonoma store.

Tuesday
Nov012011

Happy Hour: Eggnog With Brandy and Rum from Ice Cream Happy Hour

Photo courtesy of Ulysses Press; recipe reprinted with permission from Ice Cream Happy Hour (Ulysses Press).

Everyone knows that the happiest hour is one that involves ice cream...but what about when the weather gets cold and you want to keep toasty?

The natural solution is Eggnog. And now that it's after Halloween, I say "it's time." As the book says,

One of the joys of egg nog is that it seems so innocent, with its egg yolks and spiced cream, and yet it has an almost devilish side of dark rum and brandy. This ice cream is as rich as it is flavorful, and it has enough rum and brandy to keep you happy through the holidays. And like any good egg nog, freshly grated nutmeg adds a special touch.

 Eggnog with Brandy and Rum

 Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1¾ cups heavy cream
  • pinch of salt
  • 6 egg yolks
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 packet (1 tablespoon) gelatin
  • ⅓ cup cold water
  • ⅓ cup cold (refrigerated) brandy
  • ⅓ cup cold (refrigerated) dark rum

 

Makes about 1 quart

1. Scald the milk and cream with the salt; don’t add the sugar yet. Mix the milk, cream, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium low heat until the salt is dissolved. Continue heating until the mixture is steamy and makes a slight sizzling noise when you move the pan. This is called scalding.

2. Whisk the egg yolks and temper. Whisk the egg yolks with the sugar and temper with ⅓ cup of the scalding milk mixture. Gently stream about one-third of the hot milk mixture into the eggs while whisking continuously. This is called tempering. It’s important to whisk while streaming the hot milk. If you just pour in the hot milk and then whisk, you may get scrambled eggs.

3. Thicken the custard over low heat. Pour the egg and milk mixture into the rest of the milk mixture in the saucepan and stir continuously on low heat with a heatproof spatula. Make sure you scrape the bottom evenly while you continuously stir. The custard is thick enough when you can draw a line on the back of the spoon with your finger and the line retains its shape.

4. Whisk in the vanilla extract and nutmeg.

5. Strain, cover, and chill the custard for at least 8 hours. Strain the custard through a fine-mesh strainer into a heatproof container. Cover with plastic wrap so that it’s directly touching the entire surface of the custard and none of it is exposed to air. This prevents a skin from developing. Transfer the container to an ice bath and let it cool for about 30 minutes to stop the cooking process. Transfer the container to the refrigerator. Chill until the custard is completely cold, at least 8 hours. Once the custard is completely cold…

6. Dissolve the gelatin in the cold water. When the custard is cold and you’re ready to churn the ice cream, dissolve the gelatin. Pour the water into a small saucepan or microwave-safe container and evenly sprinkle the gelatin on top. Allow to sit until the gelatin appears to have absorbed as much water as it can, about 2 minutes. This is called blooming. Gently warm over low heat and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved into the liquid, about 3 minutes. If using a microwave, heat on medium power and check every 30 seconds until the gelatin is completely dissolved. The total time will depend on the microwave’s voltage.

Note: It’s important that the gelatin gets completely dissolved at this stage. Once the alcohol is mixed in, the gelatin denatures and will never fully dissolve. However, once the alcohol is added, clumps may form. This is fine since in most cases you strain the gelatin mixture before adding it to the custard. Do not try to reheat the gelatin mixture once you’ve added the alcohol; this will only denature the gelatin further, making it unable to solidify the ice cream, and it will also cook off the alcohol.

7. Spike the custard with the cold brandy, dark rum, and gelatin mixture. Refrigerate the alcohol until completely cold. Do not speed up the process by putting it in the freezer, which may make the gelatin set up too much before it is added to the custard. Pour the gelatin into a medium bowl and whisk in the cold alcohol until combined. Do not attempt to skip this step by pouring the alcohol directly into the saucepan or microwave-safe container with the gelatin. There might be enough residual heat to heat up the custard and prevent it from thickening in the ice cream maker (we learned this the hard way). Pour the cold custard into a large bowl. Stream the alcohol and gelatin mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into the custard and whisk until thoroughly blended.

8. Churn the ice cream for at least 20 minutes. Pour the cold custard immediately into the ice cream maker and churn for at least 20 minutes, or as directed. Due to the alcohol content, you may wish to churn it longer to get the desired thickness. If you don’t want to serve the ice cream immediately, or you want a firmer texture, transfer it to a freezer-proof container and freeze for several hours before serving.

Monday
Oct312011

Trick or Sweet: Fun-Size Candy Bar Studded Cheesecake Recipe for Serious Eats

What's so "fun" about Fun-Size candy bars, anyway? Those paltry portions taste like deprivation to me—unless we're talking about eating five or six, all at once. But I digress.

For a sweet treat that embraces the excessive sweetness of the Halloween spirit but also takes advantage of surplus candy (or the cheap prices of Halloween candy the day after), try your hand at this Fun-Size Candy Studded Cheesecake. A rich and creamy cheesecake gets a chocolatey upgrade from coarsely chopped candy in a variety of your choosing. Lucky enough to have extra Snickers bars? Go for it, or make it a mix; mine included a melange of Nestle favorites, including about 15 assorted mini Nestle Crunch, Baby Ruth, and Butterfinger bars. One thing's for sure: the size of this cake makes for mega-fun.

For the full entry and recipe, visit Serious Eats!

Monday
Oct312011

Bake a Cake In It: Cake Baked in a Pumpkin Recipe for Serious Eats

It's been proven time and time again that stuff is better when it's baked inside of a cake. For example: cupcake-stuffed cupcakestruffle-stuffed cupcakes, the entire website Bake it in a Cake.

But what happens when you do the reverse, and bake a cake inside something unexpected? Like a pumpkin?

The original idea here was to make mini cakes in cored-out small pumpkins, but the baking was irregular; baking a batch of cake in one large pumpkin yielded a far more delicious (and good-looking) result.

The moisture of the pumpkin yields a cake that had a texture something like a baked pudding—very dense and flavorful. To keep things from getting too pumpkin-heavy I tried this recipe with carrot cake; the flavors and spices worked beautifully with the pumpkin scent and flavor. It's even better when generously frosted and served with ice cream.

For the full entry and recipe, visit Serious Eats!

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