A Simple Holiday Dessert

 

Are you planning your holiday festivities yet?  Or are you playing the role of the Grinch this season?  I’ve been thinking ahead and I’ve come up with a few delicious dessert ideas.  The tough part is picking just one sinful dessert to make and share on Christmas.

For those of you that are pressed for time, or don’t consider yourself very proficient at baking from scratch, I have a great alternative for you. 

This cake is made from a box mix but know one will ever know – unless you tell them!  And when it’s topped with peppermint ice cream it can only get better. 

Chocolate Bundt Cake

1 chocolate cake mix

4 large eggs

1/2 c. plain Greek yogurt

1/4 c. warm water

1/2 c. hot coffee

1/4 c. olive oil

1 package of instant chocolate pudding/pie filling

1/2 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Heavily grease a Bundt cake pan.

In a large bowl, add all ingredients except chocolate chips and beat with electric mixer until all ingredients are completely blended.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Pour batter into prepared Bundt pan and bake for about 50 minutes.  Check for to make sure the cake is done by inserting a toothpick into it in several places before removing from the oven.  Allow cake to cool for 30 minutes before removing it from the pan.

Once cooled, store in an airtight container.  When ready to serve, top with your favorite ice cream, whipped cream, toppings, etc.

Oh, and did I forget to mention that there are only 17 days left until Christmas?  I thought so…

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Independence Day, Simply Vanilla Ice Cream, and More

Tomorrow is Independence Day, and at this point, I have no idea how we will celebrate it.  I’m not usually a big plan in advance kind of girl.  I’d much rather act on spontaneity.  Last minute barbeques, campfires, a trip to the lake, and road trips are so much for fun when they aren’t over-thought. 

Regardless of what we might decide to do on the 4th, I am sure of one thing, we will need to eat.    I’m thinking that this Bacon, Ranch, and Onion Dip will get the party started.  I’ve made this before, but it’s worth mentioning again, especially since I just made a bowl of it.

And then there are those fat slices of my Sinful Midnight Cake resting peacefully in the freezer; right next to a quart of this Simply Vanilla Ice Cream that I made.  So, I’ve got an appetizer and dessert covered.  Hey, it’s a start!

This ice cream requires no cooking or eggs.  And it’s delicious!  I found it in a booklet that came with my Crofton ice cream maker.

Simply Vanilla Ice Cream

2 c. heavy cream

1 c. whole milk (I use skim)

3/4 c. sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

In a large bowl, mix milk, cream, sugar and vanilla.  Stir until sugar has dissolved.  Follow the instructions that came with your ice cream maker.

Do you have plans made to celebrate Independence Day? Or are you like me, flying by the seat of your pants?

Happy Fourth of July!!!

FV

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TGIF – In Case You Missed Any of Them

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I thought I’d recap this week.  Just in case you didn’t have a chance to catch one of my posts, here is what you might have missed. 

A  recipe for Frozen Vanilla Peach Yogurt, and photo’s of pretty little flowers.

The start of a new baking project featuring a sourdough bread starter recipe.  And hopefully, I’ll be sharing my an update on the sourdough adventure with you this weekend.

And one of the best darned Kahlua Hot Fudge recipes that your ever going to get your hands on.

Happy Friday everyone! 

Frozen Vanilla Peach Yogurt

Lately, I have been pinning ice cream recipes galore on Pinterest.  My goal this summer is to make, and perfect, as many batches of homemade ice cream as humanly possible.  And do it, without gaining a single pound.  Okay, you can stop laughing now because I can see you!

I admit that when it comes to making homemade ice cream I haven’t strayed far from the beaten path.  I make a simple (no-cook) vanilla and a simple (no-cook) Strawberry Bliss, but you all know that I can’t leave well enough alone where recipes are concerned, so once again, I’ve been playing mad scientist. 

I created this recipe, and made it using my ice cream machine, which by the way, I’ve come to believe is practically worthless.  The bottom freezes and the sides freeze slightly and that’s it.  You still have to freeze the ice cream for a considerable amount of time in the freezer to actually consider it ice cream.  Is that normal?  So, what am I getting at here?  I would dare say that if you make this, and pour it into a freezer safe container, and then freeze it, you will get the same results that I got using a worthless ice cream maker. 

Frozen Vanilla Peach Yogurt

1  14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk

1 1/2 c. skim milk

1 6oz. container of non-fat peach yogurt

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/8 tsp. cinnamon

1 dash of nutmeg

Put all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix completely using an electric mixer.  Make according to your ice cream makers instructions (hopefully yours works much better than mine).  This  recipe makes about 1 1/4 quarts of ice cream.

This yogurt is super sweet and super rich, so don’t let the word yogurt trick you into believing it is a whole lot healthier for you.  Using the sweetened condensed milk knocks that theory right out the window.  I found the peach flavor in this batch to be more subtle than I had expected.  That’s because the vanilla and cinnamon are vying to be the winning flavors – which they succeeded quite well at.  I’ve decided when I make this again I’m going to tone down the vanilla and cinnamon just a little, and I’m going to add baked pie crust to the next batch because the flavor reminds me of a homemade peach pie.  And who will be able to resist frozen peach pie yogurt?

Are you ready for a season of homemade ice cream and frozen yogurt recipes?

FV

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