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Birthday Desserts for Blueberry Lovers

Cake and ice cream are the traditional birthday dessert.  Except when it comes to my husband.  I’ve made blueberry pie for his birthday before since he is a huge blueberry lover.

This year he has requested an ice cream cake that contains blueberries, chocolate, and nuts.  So, I’ve been scanning through Pinterest looking for something to really wow him.  I’m a fan of the homemade meals, so here’s what I’ve come up with so far.

First up is a blueberry ice cream.  We’re missing the chocolate and cake with this one.  I’m putting it in the list though because finding blueberry ice cream in March is not easy.  I’m thinking I could make the blueberry ice cream and then layer it with homemade chocolate cake and frozen blueberries.  I’ve never really made ice cream before, so maybe I should keep looking.

Next up is a blueberry ice cream cake.  This one definitely has the ice cream covered.  It’s lacking in chocolate though, and cake for that matter.  I could improvise it to add both of the missing items.  I really like the look of this but I don’t think it’s going to fit the bill.  On to the next one.

Blueberry cupcake

It looks like we’re getting closer.  This is a chocolate cupcake filled with a blueberry cream.  Then it’s topped with chocolate ganache, although it looks a little thick for a ganache, and fresh blueberries.  I have an excellent homemade chocolate cake recipe, so the cupcake piece is covered.  It’s missing the ice cream part, so I’d need to improvise with the blueberry cream filling.  Potentially I could use vanilla ice cream and add blueberries to it.  We’ll see.

Hold on, I think we have a winner here!  A chocolate blueberry ice cream cake.  It has the main flavors he would like – blueberry, chocolate, and cake.  I can add nuts to this too.  Plus, it looks pretty easy to make.  Mainly it’s layering ice cream, blueberries, and crumbled chocolate cookies.  Instead of the cookies I will make a chocolate cake, cut it into cubes, and layer it.  Regardless, this looks perfect.

Well, it looks like I’ve got the blueberry dessert covered for my blueberry lover of a husband.  I can’t complain, they are a super fruit so it’s a healthy dessert.  That’s what I’m telling myself anyway.

Until next time!

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Posted by on March 19, 2014 in Desserts

 

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A Sweet Valentine’s Day

It’s February 14th and that means it’s time for some sweet treats!  Actually it’s always time for sweet treats, but today we’ll focus on the pink ones.  I have a few ideas for a little special treat for tonight.  Let’s jump right in.

First up the Cherry Chocolate Chip Cheeseball.  I made this one last weekend so I know it’s a winner.  It’s super easy too.  I do want to call out that mine did not set up like the picture.  I mixed it as directed and let it set overnight in the fridge, but it was still very soft the next day.  I ended up sprinkling the mini chocolate chips on the top of the mix rather than trying to shape it into a ball.

Regardless it is delicious.  I served it with graham crackers, but I think vanilla wafers or chocolate graham crackers would also be good choices.  It’s sweetly addictive; consider yourself warned.

Next up are Cherry Krispie Treats with Dark Chocolate.  These look so good.  They’re a traditional Krispie treat with cherry gelatin added for flavor and color.  Plus, they have a dark chocolate coating.  I am a fan of the improvised Krispie treat so I think this would be another quick and easy sweet treat to have as a go-to item.

As a third option let’s consider Strawberry Chocolate Chip cupcakes.  I wish I had a picture to share with you, so maybe these are what I’ll make so I can have a photo.  Regardless, these would be pretty simple to make.  I’ve had the cake variation for my birthday many times.  You’ll need a strawberry cake mix (boxed or homemade, it’s up to you), mini chocolate chips, and chocolate frosting.  I suggest going with my homemade chocolate frosting that I shared here.  You can make it as thick as you want based on how much cocoa you add.

The big thing to remember here is to go with the mini chocolate chips.  They won’t sink to the bottom of your cupcake as easily as the regular size chips.  The regular size seems to sink regardless of whether you add a little flour to them first.

So, hopefully after this you’re feeling inspired to whip up a little sweet treat today.  Regardless if it’s just for you or you’re sharing with others, a sweet treat is always needed.

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2014 in Desserts, Holidays

 

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New Recipes For A Winter Birthday Dinner

We recently had my parent’s over to celebrate my Mom’s birthday.  She had only requested fish, but beyond that I was free to create the menu as I chose.  I knew right away that my main course would be salmon.

For Christmas my husband had given me the newest Barefoot Contessa cookbook, Foolproof.  In it she has a recipe called “hot smoked salmon” which I had tried recently.  It is delicious!  I knew it would be a hit.

Foolproof - Ina Garten

The salmon recipe is just the right balance between sweet and hot.  It calls for both white and brown sugar along with lemon zest and a healthy amount of fresh ground black pepper.  We have a cedar grilling plank, so the salmon was baked on that in the oven.  So good!

To round out the menu I had a traditional vegetable salad with chopped spinach, tomatoes, and cucumbers and rice pilaf with sauteed mushrooms made from scratch.  I used a basic Rice Pilaf recipe, then sauteed an 8 oz. package of fresh, sliced baby Bella mushrooms and incorporated it into the Pilaf.  I didn’t go overboard with my side dishes for the dinner because I wanted everyone to have room for this…

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I had pinned this Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte recipe a while ago.  I knew I didn’t want to go with traditional cake and ice cream.  Then, as I was going through my recipe boards I saw this pin and knew it was the right choice.  Plus, my mom is a huge peanut butter and chocolate fan.  Let’s be real though, who isn’t?

I ended up making this dessert the day of the dinner, which means I was putting it in the freezer to set.  Luckily that worked out.  It was close though.  I was putting on the ganache topping only minutes before my parents arrived.  In the freezer it went again and it was perfectly set by the time we finished dinner.

This was one of my more favorite recent menus.   I would make any of these recipes again as they were all fairly easy and turned out wonderfully.  Let’s recap on the final menu.

Winter Birthday Dinner Menu

Dinner: Hot Smoked Salmon, Rice Pilaf With Sauteed Mushrooms, Garden Salad

Dessert: Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2014 in Desserts, Meals

 

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Dessert Choices For Christmas

There’s something about the holiday season that makes you want to pull out all the stops.  You want to show up with a dessert that makes everyone “ooh and ahh” about it.  Plus, you want it to taste as delicious as it looks.

I’ve run the gamut from super-rich, chocolatey cheesecakes to dense almond tortes with fresh cranberry sauce.  Each fit the occasion perfectly and was well worth effort.

Almond Torte with Cranberry Jam

Almond torte, yum!

This year I’m on the hunt for a really awesome dessert.  I’ve thought about making something I’ve already made, and know that the taste is guaranteed amazing.  Or, I could pick something new that looks like it could be awesome.  Like a croquembouche!

Croquembouche

So fun!

I have a recipe for an eggnog cream-filled version, using white chocolate as the “glue” and drizzled over the tops of the pastries.  It’s in the “Southern Living Big Book of Christmas” holiday book.  It looks amazing!

It’s going on the shortlist for now.  I’m still on the fence about adding anything I’ve done before.  If I did it would have to be the “Black Forest Tart” from the Taste of Home Holiday magazine I mentioned here.  It was so rich and chocolatey.  We’ll have to see!

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2013 in Holidays

 

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Toffee Apple Cookie

Wow, we’re already halfway through the weekend!  I started my weekend early and had a great time with friends at our alma maters Homecoming!  Tonight I’m back home and it’s kind of cold and rainy.  The perfect night to try a new dessert.

Toffee apple cookies cooling.

I wanted to try something new and have been seeing a lot of caramel apple cookie recipes.  I wasn’t in the mood for something as sweet as caramel but liked the idea of an apple cookie.  So, since I happened to have toffee bits, I decided to adapt them to a toffee apple cookie.

I made a couple of changes to this recipe, Caramel Apple Cookies at Midwest Living.  One of them was to dice the apples rather than shred them.

Diced Apples - Toffee Apple Cookies

Dicing the apples

I also added toffee bits.  I wanted the sweetness along with the candy crunch.  I didn’t do the caramel topping as I didn’t want an overly sweet cookie.  Good thing I didn’t either, because the toffee bits added plenty of sweetness.

Toffe Bits_Toffee Apple Cookie

I’ll keep these in rotation going forward for a nice fall dessert.  I think they’d also be good with some chopped pecans, which I’ll add next time.

Halloween is coming quickly and I have a couple of events that I’ll need to plan for.  So we’re going to be planning and making some Halloween themed desserts plus one savory dish.  I’m pretty excited about them, so get ready for some scary good recipes!

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2013 in Desserts

 

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