Tag Archives: Dessert

Speaking of Ice Cream Sandwiches

I was at our local “Wally World” the other day and spied something different in the freezer case.  I recall there being three flavors of house brand Ice Cream Sandwiches, but the Cherry one was calling my name, no really! “Auntie, you need to try this, AUNTIE!!  Even my cashier commented on my purchase, “Uuuuhhhhh, what’s this?  I don’t think I’ve seen this before, this is looks delicious!”  RIGHT?!  Cherries and Chocolate, such a fabulous combination.

That night, DH was poking around the kitchen, as he will do on occasion, looking for something sweet.

DH: Uuuuuhhhh, what’s this?  This looks delicious!

Me: Right?!  That’s what my cashier said too, HA!!!

So it was unanimous, these cuties are superb!

I Need More Dessert!

I have no clue why I just can’t get enough sweets lately, but I do.

Recently, I finally  found Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa.  I have a couple of recipes that suggest using this product.  Now I can make Hershey’s Best Brownies with this.

Hershey's Best Brownies with Pistachios

I had some Pistachios leftover from the Cannoli Ice Cream Cake that I made, so in they went.

I thought it best to make only a half batch.  Some how they mysteriously disappeared before the next morning.  HMMM…

ENJOY!

What’s For Dessert?

The other day I was in a quandary as to what to serve for dessert.  On Sundays I make a nice big supper, usually something in the Italian style and then finish off the meal with a sweet.

I was rooting around in my kitchen cupboard and found a stray box of Fruit Punch Flavored Jello®.  This called for a quick trip to our local market for a can of Reddi Wip®.

Fruit Punch Jello with Reddi wip

COME ON!  When was the last time you had

J-E-L-L-O !!

ENJOY!

Dessert In Chino Valley Arizona

On our most recent visit in Prescott Arizona, we had dinner, yet again, at Bonn-Fire in Chino Valley Arizona, love this place!  Our dinner choices were pretty much the usual stuff we each order, but dessert for the table this time was beyond good.

I Needed A Dessert

I had a couple of 4 small apples that were a bit too tart to eat out of hand, so what to do?

Apple Tart

What about a tart?

This can’t be any easier to do.

Take out a sheet of frozen puff pastry and let it rest on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 420⁰. In the meantime, simply peel, core, half and slice the fruit. As you finish each apple, put the slices into a bowl of water with some lemon juice in it so that they don’t turn brown on you. Drain the water off, mix in a squirt of fresh lemon juice, ½ cup of brown sugar and your favorite apple pie spices (I used freshly grated nutmeg, cinnamon and ground ginger). Give it a good stir and then line the fruit up on the pastry, leaving about an inch boarder all the way around. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until the pastry is nicely browned.

Apple Tart ala mode

Allow to cool and serve with your favorite topping, we chose vanilla ice cream, but powdered sugar would be nice as well.  This didn’t come out super pretty, but man, it sure did taste good.

Enjoy!

ALOHA

Let’s Try This Again

I’ve tried to replicate the cake pop that I had a few months back in Scottsdale, but…

This time I had a Rum Cake in the freezer, why not give it another shot. I had a package of vanilla flavored Candy Melts and more sprinkles.

DH loved these, me, not so much. WAY  too sweet for me.

Oh well.

Cotton Candy WHAT?

I was in the green grocers again the other day, and this familiar scent went past me, what the heck was that? So I followed my nose to a small display off to one side of grapes, GRAPES? Yup, Cotton Candy Grapes, I KNOW RIGHT?

Cotton Candy Grapes

If you smell, I mean see this varietal of grapes, BUY THEM!  They even taste like that sweet, sticky, yummy stuff you had as a kid, well, maybe as an adult too.

SURPRISE! Brownies

We have been so good that I felt that DH and I needed a treat. I try harder than is humanly possible to keep temptation out of the house. Sometimes though, it’s okay to give in to your desires. Sugar is the downfall for both of us.

With Monsoon season in full swing, sometimes we get trapped in the house because of flash floods; yesterday was one of those days and I was getting bored.

brownies

SURPRISE!

I can not resist a good, fudgy, chew, chocolate-y, brownie.

Since moving here to the continental United States, I make brownies using Hershey’s Best Brownie recipe. My sister had given me a Hershey’s Cookbook a long time ago; I only just started to use it, but with my own twist. I add a packette of Starbuck’s® Via Ready Brew Italian Roast coffee into the batter. This intensifies the chocolate flavor, such a difference.

My husband likes his plain with icing on top; I like all different kinds of goodies in or on mine.

brownies with peanut butter cups in the middle, suprise!

What I did this time was took mini dark chocolate peanut butter cups and pushed them into the four corners of the pan to bake into the bar.  SUPRISE!

one brownie has chocolate chips and the other nuts

Then down the middle of the pan, I made one row of dark chocolate chips and another of crushed nuts, leaving two rows just plain. So we wound up with 4 different flavored brownies in one batch.  SUPRISE!

DH looks at the pan when it came out of the oven and was cooling on the counter and says “is that’s all you made?”  (Try the recipe for the Creamy Brownie Frosting, it is good)

THEY’RE GONE ALREADY!!

ALOHA!

Talking About Cake

A few weeks ago, DH took me to the greater Phoenix area for a mini vacation (I’ll catch you up to speed on that later). One of the places that we went to was Scottsdale Fashion Square, and I found Caketini. We had our very first Cake Pop, well, they call them truffles.

Caketini Coconut Truffle or Cake Pop

This is Coconut flavored cake mixed with buttercream and then dipped in chocolate ganache, WOW!  I mean WOW!

I got to thinking, why does it have to have a stick and can I freeze them (for quantity control, otherwise we’d eat them all in a single go) ?

Ginger Bread-Cake, too dry

I had made my great grandmother’s old fashion ginger bread, using cake flour that I had left in the cupboard, instead of AP flour. It came out way too dry, so I thought, HMMM, this would make a great Cakeball.

the kit

I had been at our local supermarket, and I saw they had a Cake Pop kit for sale, cheap.

So here we go…

I crumbled the cake into a bowl; added 2 heaping tablespoons of canned, yes I said prepared buttercream frosting and gave it a good mix.

I didn’t want it too mushy, I wanted that truffle-like quality. I used a 1 ½ tablespoon disher to create even cakeballs and then into the freezer for about a half hour. There was my first mistake I found later after watching some You Tube ‘how-to-s’, they should have gone into the `fridge over night instead, oh well.

dipped and ready to chill

I melted some chocolate flavored Candy Melts in a double boiler, but it was awfully thick, but hard headed as I am, I plowed forward and dipped the icy cold balls into the candy and placed them onto a sheet pan covered in plastic wrap.

differest sprinkles

Some of them got some assorted sprinkles, cute. Then back into the chill box to firm up.

the finished product, YUM!

Not bad, though the candy coating is a bit thick. That was the second mistake. On the video that I watched AFTER I was done, you’re suppose to thin out the candy melts with some vegetable oil, did it say that on the box the kit came in? NO! Now I know for the next time. I got 14 little darlings to munch on later.

Was Someone Talking About A Birthday?

 

Yup, even at my age, I still like to celebrate my birthday. My mother likes to take us out to a nice meal for, well any occasion, she just plain likes to go out to eat. DH made the arrangements with her and off we went. Back home in Hawaii on your birthday, someone, or everyone, would give you flower leis or garlands.

leis of all types

Sorrowfully, that is no longer the case for us now that we live in the middle of the desert. I remember my parents’ 25th wedding anniversary, my Dad gave my Mom 25 strands of Pikake or Hawaiian Jasmine flowers. The fragrance is so heady, very distinct and different from other jasmine flowers.

three strands of pikake lei

This year it was just a nice dinner out…

Hauoli la hanau, Happy Birthday to me

ALOHA!