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    Chocolate Rosemary Pots de Crème

    Chocolate pots de crème are deeply chocolaty with luxurious texture. This recipe adds a note of woodsy pine with the addition of rosemary.I recently mentioned how much I value make-ahead desserts during the holiday season. This is yet another that I love. Like most French desserts, it is rich and decadent. This version has a note of pine that seems so fitting for winter. Traditionally, pots de crème are baked in a water bath. This recipe is made on the stove top and skips baking entirely, which speeds up the process but doesn't compromise any of the texture or flavor this dessert is know for.Continued, click to read more… LEGGI TUTTO

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    Spiced Rum Cake Mini Trifles

    These elegant mini trifles have big holiday flavor! Layers of rum-soaked cake and spiked vanilla bean custard are layered in small glasses and topped with fluffy whipped cream. 

    No matter what size your guest list is this year, it always helps to have recipes that can be made ahead. There’s so much to do even with a small dinner gathering – mains and sides to arrange on the buffet, glasses to fill, naughty little pugs to shoo out of the kitchen – it always helps to have a trick or two up your sleeve (and in the refrigerator).
    The components of this dessert can be made up to 3 days ahead and then assembled before serving. They are appropriately bold and rich for their small size. It’s like having the flavors of the holidays condensed into your own single serving. 

    The cake portion is studded with plumped dried fruit. Figs and apricots give it some heft, and even though it is rum-soaked I hesitate to call it ‘fruitcake’. It is not dense or tough, and it fluffs up when crumbled for the trifles. 

    Vanilla bean-rum custard is smooth and boozy, and just perfect with the cake. I think this dessert looks best serve in stemmed or footed glasses. It’s an elegant touch without being the least bit fussy.

    Whipped cream can be dolloped or piped on – whatever fits your time constraints and tools. Here I’ve used a large open star pastry tube.

    The cake portion of this recipe makes slightly more than you’ll need for the trifles. I used this as an opportunity to add an extra crumble on top of each dessert. A small sprig of rosemary will add a note of evergreen, but it’s completely optional and mostly just makes them look pretty. Serve these on a fancy tray and your guests are sure to feel special!

    Spiced Rum Cake Mini Trifles[Click for Printable Version]
    Yields about eight 4 oz. trifles
    Adapted from Christmas with Southern Living 2011Spiced rum cake
    1/2 cup (75 grams) chopped pitted dates
    1/2 cup (75 grams) golden raisins
    1/2 cup (75 grams) chopped figs
    1/2 cup (75 grams) chopped dried apricots
    1/2 cup (120 ml) orange juice
    1/2 cup (113 grams) butter, softened
    1/2 cup (90 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
    3 large eggs
    1 1/4 cups (156 grams) all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup (75 grams) chopped pecans
    2 teaspoons orange zest
    1/2 cup (120 ml) spiced rumVanilla bean-rum custard
    1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
    3 tablespoons cornstarch
    2 1/4 cups whole milk
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    3 egg yolks
    3 tablespoons spiced rum
    1 tablespoon butter
    1 teaspoon vanilla bean pasteToppings
    1 1/4 cups heavy cream, whipped to stiff peaks
    8 rosemary sprigs, optionalCombine the dates, raisins, figs, and apricots in a medium bowl; pour orange juice over the fruit and stir to evenly coat. Cover and let stand at least 30 minutes.Coat the inside of an 8-inch square pan with flour-based cooking spray and set aside. Preheat oven to 325°F.In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter at medium speed until creamy; gradually add sugar. Add eggs one at time, beating until well blended after each addition.In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Mixing on low speed, gradually add flour to the butter mixture, scraping down sides and bottom of the bowl to make sure ingredients are well blended. Stir in pecans and orange zest.Drain the fruit mixture and discard orange juice. Fold fruit into the batter and spread evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.Let cake cool slightly in the pan; do not turn out. Poke holes in the cake with a wooden skewer while it is still warm. Pour rum evenly over cake, allowing it to seep into holes. Cool completely in the pan on wire rack, about 1 hour.Vanilla bean-rum custard
    Combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a large saucepan; whisk in milk. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, for about 7 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 1 minute while whisking.In a separate mixing bowl, break egg yolks with a whisk and beat until consistently smooth. Gradually stir about 1/4 of hot milk mixture into eggs; then add yolk mixture to remaining hot milk mixture, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil and cook for 3 minutes, or until well-thickened, whisking constantly.Remove from heat and stir in rum, butter and vanilla. Cover and chill 2 to 24 hours. Whisk custard smooth before assembling desserts.To assemble the trifles, coarsely crumble about 3/4 of the fruitcake in the pan (you will have leftover fruitcake). Layer a spoonful of custard in the bottom of 4 oz. glasses. crumbled fruitcake in the bottom of 4 oz. trifle glasses. Top with a layer of crumbled fruitcake. Repeat custard and fruitcake layering so that you have two layers of custard and two layers of cake in each glass. Place whipped cream in a piping bag fitted with a large star tip and pipe whipped on top of trifles; add a few cake crumbles on top just before serving, and rosemary sprigs if using.Make ahead: The cake, custard, and whipped cream can be made ahead and stored airtight in the refrigerator for up to three days. Stir custard well before layering in the Spiced Rum Cake Mini Trifles By Heather Baird Published: Tuesday, December 15, 2020Tuesday, December 15, 2020Spiced Rum Cake Mini Trifles Recipe LEGGI TUTTO

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    Six Spooky Cocktails for a Spirited Halloween!

    Bring the boo(ze) this Halloween with a sweet, spirited cocktail! These six sips are easy to concoct for an evening of magic and mischief.I can’t believe Halloween is this weekend! It’s one of my favorite holidays, and my excitement always escalates the closer we get to Trick-or-Treat time. We’re celebrating in low-key fashion this year, but I’m still planning to make our night extra-special with a triple feature of Beetlejuice, Frankenweenie, and Corpse Bride. And! I’m mixing up some scary good cocktails to go with our feast of sweets!All of these cocktails were developed especially for, and all of the recipes are linked in this blog post. Let’s dig in!Continued, click to read more… LEGGI TUTTO

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    No Churn Malted Milk Ball Ice Cream

    No ice cream maker? No problem! This ice cream is brimming with nostalgic chocolate malt flavor and whips up in about 10 minutes.I made this ice cream for my husband because he loves an ice cream parlor-style chocolate malt better than just about any other dessert. He also loves malted milk balls, and when Sconza sent me a big bag of them, I knew they were destined for an extra-special treat for him.

    No-churn ice cream is a boon to those who don’t have an ice cream maker (or the storage space to house one). And! It’s the shortest distance between you and homemade ice cream!You’ll need four ingredients to create the ice cream base, and it all starts with a can of sweetened condensed milk. Whisk in unsweet cocoa powder and malted milk powder.
    The chocolate mixture is folded into a big bowl of whipped heavy cream.

    Chopped milk chocolate malted milk balls are folded in for some candy crunch!

    Waiting is the hardest part of this recipe. Chill the mixture in a loaf pan for 4-6 hours, or until it’s firm enough to scoop.
    If you’re ever in the summer doldrums, this ice cream could be the remedy!Sconza Chocolates puts a lot of care into each product they make. This year I’m proud to be partnering with them as a brand ambassador. If you’d like to try some of their products, you can use the discount code SPRINKLEBAKES10 for 10% off your order (coupon is repeatable).
    Happy Summer! xo

    No-Churn Malted Milk Ball Ice Cream10 servings, one 9-inch loaf pan1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk1/3 cup (40g) malted milk powder1/3 cup (35g) unsweet cocoa power2 cups (1 pint) heavy whipping cream, cold1 cup chopped malted milk balls, plus more for garnishIn a large bowl, place the sweetened condensed milk, milk powder, and unsweet cocoa. Whisk together until smooth.In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Partially fold about 1/3 of the chocolate mixture into the whipped cream with a rubber spatula. Fold in the remaining chocolate mixture until the color is consistent and no white streaks of cream or dark streaks of chocolate remain. Fold in the chopped malted milk balls.Pour the mixture into a 9×5-inch loaf pan and top with more chopped malted milk balls, if desired. Freeze until firm, about 4-6 hours or overnight.Scoop ice cream into bowls, sugar cones or classic cake cones and serve.

    link No Churn Malted Milk Ball Ice Cream By Heather Baird Published: Wednesday, July 08, 2020Wednesday, July 08, 2020No Churn Malted Milk Ball Ice Cream Recipe LEGGI TUTTO

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    Banoffee Ice Cream Pie

    Banoffee Ice Cream Pie is a sweet way to beat summer’s heat! Layers of milk caramel, whipped banana cream, nuts, and shaved chocolate are layered together atop a buttery graham cracker crust.Tomorrow we say hello to July, and with it comes hot and humid weather here in the southern states. We won’t be hosting any July Fourth picnics this year, but we’ll still be looking for ways to celebrate – and cool off! This Banoffee Ice Cream Pie has been our preferred way to chill out as temperatures outside soar. It’s simple to make and so refreshing!
    Ripe bananas are an absolute must for the cream filling, because it’s the only sweetener added to this part of the recipe – there’s no added sugar. I strongly suggest bananas that are on the verge of being over-ripe. Only use bananas that have significant brown spotting on their peels.
    Who doesn’t love a buttery graham cracker crust?! The use of melted butter in the crust helps to stiffen and firm it when chilled, and most importantly it gives the pie rich flavor. There is no substitute for real butter here – margarine or other substitutes will not yield an end result that is sturdy enough to hold the filling. Using real butter makes the crust pack firmly and evenly into a 9-inch pie pan.
    The cream filling uses just three(ish) ingredients, freshly whipped cream, lemon juice, and mashed bananas. Use a fork to mash the bananas, or even a potato masher (this one is my favorite).
    Once the pie crust is chilled, a layer of prepared dulce de leche is spread in the bottom of the crust and the banana cream layered on top.
    For a quick chocolate garnish, grate about 2 oz. of bar chocolate onto a plate using a vegetable peeler. These shavings will melt with body temperature, so don’t handle them – scoop them with a spoon and sprinkle over the pie.
    In addition to the chocolate shavings, the pie is covered with more dulce de leche and delicious toasted hazelnuts.

    Plan ahead because this pie needs to freeze for 4-6 hours. When you’re ready to serve the pie, slice it with a warm knife. I found that leaving the pie to stand for 5-7 minutes at room temperature made it soft enough to slice without much resistance.There’s something so wonderful about the combination of caramel, bananas and rich graham cracker crust. I would say it’s a nice alternative to ice cream on a hot day, but that would be an understatement!This recipe is sponsored by Go Bold With Butter!  Learn how butter can make your baking better on their website!

    Banoffee Ice Cream PieYields one 9-inch pie2 cups (200g) graham cracker crumbs8 tablespoons (113g) unsalted butter, melted3 large very ripe bananas1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice2 cups (480ml) heavy cream, whipped to firm peaks1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 can (13.4 oz.) dulce de leche1/2 cup (75g) hazelnuts, roughly chopped2 oz. grated dark chocolateCombine the graham cracker crumbs and butter in a large mixing bowl. Stir together until the crumbs are well coated with the butter and the mixture resembles wet sand. Pour the crumbs into a 9-inch pie dish and press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides. Freeze until firm, about 25 minutes.Meanwhile, mash the bananas with the lemon juice in a large mixing bowl using a fork or potato masher. When the mixture is finely mashed, fold in the whipped heavy cream and vanilla extract. Mix until the mashed bananas are well dispersed throughout the cream. (Note: I recommend taste-testing here. The mixture should be lightly sweet with very ripe bananas. If you find the mixture not sweet enough – or if you used under-ripe bananas – fold in 2-3 tablespoons powdered sugar to taste. And remember – this is layered with very sweet dulce de leche so be judicious with the extra sugar.)Remove the pie crust from the freezer and spread 1/2 of the dulce de leche on the bottom of the crust evenly. Top with the whipped banana mixture. Transfer the remaining dulce de leche to a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds at 100% power to loosen. Stir well and transfer the caramel to a zip-top bag with a corner snipped. Pipe the caramel on top of the cream in sweeping stripes. Garnish with hazelnuts and grated chocolate.Freeze the pie uncovered for 2 hours. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for an additional 4 hours or overnight before serving.For easy serving, slice the pie using a large chef’s knife dipped in hot water and wiped dry.
    link Banoffee Ice Cream Pie By Heather Baird Published: Tuesday, June 30, 2020Tuesday, June 30, 2020Banoffee Ice Cream Pie Recipe LEGGI TUTTO

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    Strawberry Delight

    This creamy layered strawberry dessert sits atop a crumbly pecan crust. It’s quickly assembled in a 13×9-inch casserole dish and best served chilled on a hot day.If this recipe looks familiar, it’s because it has been around for ages. Different versions of it can usually be found in small town church cookbooks in the southern US. My strawberry iteration is inspired by a recipe from my friend Bobbie who passed away last year. She was an elderly lady famous for her desserts – especially Cherry Yum Yum. This dessert has the best parts of her recipe and swaps out the cherries for strawberries.
    Bobbie’s recipe comes from a time when food trends were geared towards convenience and shelf stability. I’ve sympathetically adapted this recipe to swap out the margarine for real butter and replaced the packets of “Dream Whip” with freshly whipped cream. I did concede to keep the cans of ready-made pie filling because they keep this recipe simple, and if you purchase a premium brand of pie filling, then you’ll have an excellent end result. (I like Comstock.)
    The crust reminds me of Pecan Sandies cookies. It uses few ingredients and not even a sprinkle of sugar. It’s just flour, butter, salt and chopped pecans. This unsweet crust contrasts and balances the other sweet components of the dessert.
    The crust mixture will be quite crumbly, and should pack when you squeeze it in your hand. Pour it into the bottom of a 13×9 pan and press evenly. As the crust bakes, the pecans become toasty and delectable.
    The cream filling is much like a light no-bake cheesecake, with a large ratio of whipped cream to the single package of cream cheese.
    Two cans of pie filling are dolloped on top of the cloud-like cream layer. Bobbie always used cherry pie filling, and I use it too when I want to remember her and feel her presence. This time I used strawberry pie filling, because it’s what I had on hand!You could use practically ANY kind of pie filling you’d like. I’ve made this in autumn months adding cinnamon to the pecan crust, and canned homemade apple pie filling instead of commercially prepared pie filling. It’s so versatile.
    You could end assembly after the addition of the pie filling and call the dessert done, but I like to add another layer of whipped cream and a few pecans to make it pretty.
    I will admit, scooping out the first piece is always an untidy job, so most of the time when I’m serving this, I just stick a spoon in the casserole dish. It can be cut into pieces, though. Chill the dessert well for the neatest slices.
    This dessert can be served year-round, and even at Christmastime (the red berry filling looks so festive!). But I have to say, it’s my personal favorite to serve in hot months when you’re feeling wilted and need refreshed.

    Strawberry DelightYields one 13×9-inch pan1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, softened2 cups (300g) all-purpose flour1/4 teaspoon salt1 cup (4 oz.) chopped pecans8 oz. (1 package) cream cheese, softened3 cups (400g) powdered sugar1 1/2 cups (360 ml) heavy cream, whipped2 cans (21 oz. each) strawberry pie filling (tested with Comstock)Optional toppings3/4 cup (180 ml) heavy cream, whipped1/4 cup (1 oz.) chopped pecansFresh mint leavesPreheat oven to 350°F.In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter, flour, and salt. The mixture will be crumbly. Mix in the pecans. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 13×9-inch pan. Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until lightly golden. Allow the crust to cool completely.In a separate bowl, combine the cream cheese and powdered sugar and beat well. Mixture will be thick. Fold in 1/3 of the whipped cream to loosen the cream cheese mixture, then fold in the remaining whipped cream. Spread this mixture on top of the cooled crust. Spoon the contents of two cans of ready-made pie filling on top of the cream.Cover the strawberry pie filling with the optional whipped cream, pecans and mint leaves, if using. Cover and chill until firm, about 2 hours. Slice into pieces or spoon onto a plate.Notes:Use any ready-made pie filling you prefer: apple, cherry, and blueberry are all very good in this recipe.This recipe was adapted from Ms. Bobbie Goins’ Cherry Yum Yum recipe, famous in her East TN hometown.
    link Strawberry Delight By Heather Baird Published: Wednesday, June 10, 2020Wednesday, June 10, 2020Strawberry Delight Dessert Recipe LEGGI TUTTO