So I asked the crew what dessert they would like to have on this fabulous holiday. Now I'm thinking that there shouldn't be any calories in talking about the desserts. And looking at them. And maybe just giving them a sniff. Oh heck--life is short. Have an extra dessert.
So -- here's the dessert I would like to have--Creme Brulee! I love custard and this always brings back memories of sharing the dessert with my sisters and my mother. I love to crack the crust!
|Flourless chocolate cake|
While my daughter was in high school, one of her friends even created a Facebook page for them. (Seriously...you can find the recipe there.)
The best thing about baking cookies--or anything really--is the smell. It's wonderful walking back into the house. My mouth is watering for some melty chocolate. Here's a tip: always double the recipe so you can give some EXTRA away. Wrap them in heavy duty foil, but fold those edges and crease creating a foil pouch. I used to keep shoe boxes to slip the cookies in for traveling. (Don't gross out...clean aluminum foil lined the boxes.) The fresh from the oven cookies would stay warm for hours.
ENJOY AN EXTRA DESERT THIS WEEKEND ! And if you need something to read . . .
Oooh, I love the sound of Eat an Extra Dessert day - and I have so many favorites to choose from. I'm probably mostly a cake person, though, and I am also very into retro food, so I'm going to go with Pineapple Upside Down Cake. I made this for my husband for his last birthday, and if I say so myself, it was quite, quite delicious. I love the fact you have to turn the cake upside down to find the divine gooey pineapple and cherry layer - although there were some tense moments, hoping it actually worked!
From Memorial Weekend to the 4th of July, the Schliesman clan is addicted to fresh strawberry pie! (We've been known to eat it for supper!) The recipe is really easy:
--1 qt strawberries, cleaned & halved
Boil until clear:
--1 cup water
--1 cup of sugar
--2 T corn starch
Then add 1 small box of strawberry jello
Pour jello mixture over the berries and refrigerate 2-3 hours.
My hubby makes this better than me, so I let him. This picture was taken in June when we were making a special delivery to our oldest daughter. She was overdue with our first grandchild and needed a little pick-me-up. Of course, she shared it with us:)
What I'll go with is my family's homemade chocolate sauce. It's super simple; you'll never find anything remotely close in any jar or can or store; and you can put it over anything from ice cream to brownies to angel food cake to strawberries. Plus, when it's cold from the fridge, you can eat it with a spoon, and it's just like fudge. I don't even remember where the recipe came from--I copied it early in my marriage onto a piece of small notebook paper and have been using the tiny scrap ever since (even though after so many years I do know it by heart). Here's what the recipe looks like these days:
And here it is translated:
4 squares (4 oz.) baking chocolate
2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. (use 1 sm. can) evaporated milk
1/4 t. salt
1/4 c. butter
1/2 t. vanilla
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, add sugar, milk, salt & butter. Let butter melt and then cook together for 10 minutes. Add vanilla. Serve.
Seriously try it sometime and enjoy it by the spoonful. If you'd like it more traditionally with ice cream here's my hint: it's scrumptious with Vanilla Bean!And it's even better if you put the Vanilla Bean on a brownie first!
And along with the amazing books from all my other GLIAS sisters--you can also eat brownies and chocolate sauce while reading my current "Seven Brides for Seven Cowboys" series--or fall back to the "Love From Kennison Falls" series, too (which actually features quite a bit of chocolate!) Hope you enjoy!
Eat an Extra Dessert day? I might as well apply those calories directly to my hips! Seriously, though, I have a big sweet tooth and I can't name just one favorite! Pies, cakes, cookies...bring 'em on!
I have three daughters and one of our favorite things to do together is bake. I think that's primarily because we like to eat what we fix!
Our current favorite is something called a Key Lime Poke Cake. It's a very moist cake with lots of tartness from the key lime and smooth, sweet cream cheese icing. I found the recipe online, so if you'd like to try it, here's the link.
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What is your favorite dessert?
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