Sunday, November 10, 2013

Carnival Cruise Line's Warm Chocolate Melting Cake

I got this recipe off of a blog called Family Favorites who got it off of Carnival Cruise line's site.
I have made this easy recipe twice.  I am addicted!  It is sooo fattening and so delicious.  It is so easy to make.  Here it is:
  • 3/4 c. (6 oz.) dark chocolate chips
  • 3/4 c. (6 oz.) butter
  • 4 eggs (room temperature)
  • 3/4 c. (6 oz.) sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c. (2 oz.) flour
  • Preheat oven to 375-degrees. Melt chocolate and butter in a small saucepan, cool 10 minutes. In the meantime, in a separate bowl, whisk eggs and sugar together. Add flour and whisk until flour is well mixed in. When chocolate has cooled stir in egg mixture.
  • Fill 7oz. ramekins about 3/4 of the way full with chocolate batter. Bake for 14 minutes. You may need to add an extra few minutes of baking time depending on your elevation.
  • The cake should be cake-like and spongy on the top but the middle of the cake should be melty and gooey-- the consistency of pudding, not too runny. Do not let it overcook--watch these babies closely! Serve with ice cream. (makes 4 servings)
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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Coconut Lime Chicken with Thai Garnishes

You must all try this chicken recipe.  I've made it once as written, but since then, I've switched to skinless or boneless, skinless chicken breasts (easier!), and I always add a ton more veggies onto the garnishes plate (radishes, salad mix, sliced raw zucchini, flaked coconut) to make it both healthier and to make the chicken go further.  I love to slice the chicken thinly and heap it in the middle of my largest serving platter and make rows of each of the other garnishes next to it.  (So pretty!  So delicious!  So fresh!)  Since I've been hearing reports of a shortage of exclamation points in the country, I think I'd better stop here before I use up my year's supply.  But seriously--you have to try this!


Last summer, we were more than a little obsessed with homemade popsicles around here.  Now that spring weather has finally shown up, we're back in the mode.  Here are some of our favorites:

4 cups fresh fruit (honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon, or strawberries are the ones we've tested)
2 tbsp. sugar (if the strawberries are super sour, you might need a touch more)
juice of one lime or half a lemon

Blend like crazy and fill the popsicle molds.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pops
2 cups milk (I used 1-3/4 cups skim plus 1/4 cup half-and-half to make it delicious)
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp. flour
1 tsp. vanilla
chocolate chips

Blend the first four ingredients in the blender.  Put 1 tsp. chocolate chips in the bottom of every popsicle mold and fill with the milk mixture.  Freeze.  (Seriously, these taste just like chocolate chip cookie dough, except cold and refreshing and nearly guilt free.)

1/2 cup orange juice concentrate
1/2 tsp. vanilla
3 tbsp. sugar
2 cups plain yogurt

Blend up.  Fill molds.  Freeze.

Pudding Pops
1 small instant pudding mix
3 cups milk

Blend.  Freeze.

Plus, anytime I make a smoothie, I pour the extra into the popsicle molds and freeze it.  This year, I'm going to not use the plastic sticks that came with the mold, but use wooden sticks instead.  That way, when the popsicles are frozen, I can unmold them, put them in plastic bags, and always have a stash in the freezer.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Cocoa Syrup

I made this Cocoa Syrup to drizzle over some Banana Split Cake and it was FANTASTIC!! It can go on anything and be used for Chocolate Milk.