Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Strawberries and Cream Pie

These babies are in season. That means that there was no way I could pass them up and not use them in my baking. So I found this to make on a hot Friday afternoon. No bake, sweet, rich, yet somehow light. It was the perfect summery dessert.

What you'll need:
-1 graham cracker pie crust
- 2 8 oz packages of cream cheese, room temperature
- 2 cups heavy cream + 1 tablespoon
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 carton of strawberries, sliced
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips.

To Make:

- In a mixer, beat cream until it peaks.
- In a separate bowl, cream together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla
- Fold in about 1/3 of the cream into the cream cheese mixture to mix, then fold in the rest.

I would recommend you taste this mixture. Only because it's delicious and you might not be able to stop eating it. Noah and I had issues when we made this. Just look at it. Doesn't it look yummy?
-Okay, now that you've hopefully tested this, pour the mixture into the pie crust, then top with strawberries.

One could stop right there. You would have a delicious strawberry pie and have no regrets. But since I'm a chocoholic, I had to melt chocolate chips and top the pie. The only issue was that they didn't get liquidy enough to really drizzle over the pie, so it would be smart to melt them with a tablespoon of cream.

The final product may have not been beautiful, but it was delicious. The Couets enjoyed it, and Noah and I had fun making it. We even had time for a pie fight.
Happy summer and enjoy!

Cupcakes, Cupcakes and... Oh Yeah, Cupcakes

So as of late, I haven't exactly been trying out new recipes to share on here. I've been baking lots and lots of simple cupcakes. First I had my cousin's wedding party, and I made her more of those seashell cupcakes*. Then Noah had a grad party... Then my friend Erin had a beginning of the summer party. You'd think I'd be all cupcaked out. You're wrong. I'm just looking forward to spending the summer trying out different kinds of cupcakes. I'm ready to experiment and I'd love suggestions!

So here are some pictures of cupcakes I've made or helped make recently.

Noah's grad party

Erin's party. 

*Not pictured, seashell cupcakes.

S'mores Pizza

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I don't think that I need to say anything more after showing you that. Seriously. If you don't think that looks delicious, then there's something wrong with you.

So this little experiment happened almost a month ago, but I decided to finally blog about it now, because it's crappy out and I need something to do before I stuff my face with pizza. I wish I was stuffing my face with this pizza.

What you'll need:

  • One tube of Pillsbury pizza dough, or whatever brand you prefer
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips
  • Mini marshmallows
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
To make:

- Prepare the pizza dough according to directions on tube.
-Dump the entire bag of chocolate chips on top of prepared crust, following with as many marshmallows as you'd like.
-In a bowl combine the brown sugar, oats, butter and flour. Sprinkle mixture on top of pizza.
- Bake for ten minutes, then enjoy!


After. With a bite taken.