Showing posts with label Cherries. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cherries. Show all posts

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Cherry and Sliced Almond Mini Bundt Cakes/#BundtBakers

Today at #BundtBakers we are showing off our fruit and nut inspired bundt cakes! For me, my cake had to be a Cherry and Sliced Almond Mini Bundt Cake! Cherries are my summertime obsession this year! I am loving them!! I also added a fun, tasty cherry sauce that is so easy to make, it's ridiculous! You will want to make this!
 Cherry and Sliced Almond Mini Bundt Cakes

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread

Every couple months I try to send a little care package to my former neighbor in Utah. He loves getting small loaves of bread that he can eat a little bit at a time, so I included this Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread! He is the best neighbor we have ever had, and the sweetest man I have ever met, and my family misses him dearly. He is making plans to visit us here in North Carolina, and we are eagerly anticipating his visit. In the meantime I want to make sure he has his full allotment of treats, and I think this Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread will satisfy that craving!

Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Chocolate and Cherry Bread Pudding!

Today I am visiting over at Kristen's blog, Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker! Stop by and visit! I brought my Chocolate and Cherry Bread Pudding today as part of Kristen's "Solid Month of Chocolate"! I am a lover of all things bread pudding and chocolate, and this is one of the tastiest I have ever eaten!
 I love baking bread pudding in individual dishes!
I used Challah bread for a rich taste.....
and Callebaut milk chocolate !

To get the recipe for this Chocolate and Cherry Bread Pudding
stop by and visit at Kristen's blog,
While you are there, check out all the other
 incredible, yummy recipes for Kristen's 
Solid Month of Chocolate!
You can never have too much chocolate,
or recipes that use it!

Thanks for joining me today!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Black Forest Mini Cupcakes and a Giveaway!

It's Tuesday of our "Mini Week" and today we having Black Forest Mini Cupcakes for dessert! It's also Day 2 of our giveaway. You can sign up everyday until the drawing on Sunday! There is a picture of the giveaway at the end of this post! Check it out and enter everyday! Leave me a comment telling me what your favorite mini dessert is, and for 2 extra entries, like us on facebook, and follow The Freshman Cook. Leave me a comment about that too. Enter every day this week until Sunday!
Black Forest Mini Cupcakes 
(cake from Cake Dr)
1 box Duncan Hines Devil's Food Cake Mix
3 tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 1/3 cups Buttermilk
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
3 Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Fresh Cherries 

Chocolate Frosting
8 tablespoons Butter
2/3 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
3 cups Confectioner's Sugar
1/3 cup Milk
2 teaspoons Vanilla
1/4 teaspoon Salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Pit your cherries. You will need 2 cherries per cupcake 
for the filling, and 1 cherry, pitted, but with the stem on
for the garnish on top.
Combine the mix, 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder,
buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla in mixing bowl. 
Mix for 1 minute on low. 
Scrape the bowl, and mix again on medium for 2 minutes.
I used 2 ounce souffle cups for cupcake wrappers.
Put a small spoonful of batter in the bottom of the cup.
Place 2 pitted cherries on top of the batter.
Cover the cherries with more batter.
Fill the cups about 3/4 full.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Cool on a cooling rack.
While your cupcakes are cooling, make your frosting.
Place 8 tablespoons butter and 
2/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa in bowl. 
Blend on low until combined.
Add confectioners' sugar, milk, vanilla and salt.
Beat on low for 2-3 minutes. If the icing is too thick, add
more milk. If it is too thin, add confectioners' sugar.
Using a Wilton #5 tip, pipe the chocolate frosting
on top. Garnish by pitting the cherry, but keeping it
in as good a shape as possible. Top cupcake with cherry.

Thanks for joining me today!

Stop by tomorrow and see what we are making
for tomorrow's mini!
This is our mini giveaway I mentioned above.
You can enter every day until Sunday. The giveaway 
ends Sunday at 11:59 pm PST.
Enter by leaving me a comment telling me what your favorite
mini dessert is. You can enter once a day! Get 2 extra entries
by liking us on facebook, and following The Freshman Cook.
If you enter everyday, and like us on facebook, and follow us
you will have 9 entries!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Chocolate Cake w/ Cherry Filling and Cream Cheese Frosting

It's time again for the Crazy Cooking Challenge! This is such a fun challenge. Each month we are assigned a featured food. This month it is chocolate cake! Yum! Our job is to go out into blog land and find a chocolate cake made on a fellow bloggers blog. Then make the cake, and post it on your blog. There are some rules, of course, so once you join, you'll have to read the fine print. But you are going to join, right? It easy, fun, tasty, and really interesting! You will love it!! You should join!
I found my chocolate cake on a blog called Chef in Training. This blog is so incredible! I love it. It is authored by Nikki, who has the most incredible recipes ever! Her chocolate cake is the BEST! EVER! I am in love with her Copycat Wingers Sticky Fingers recipe. I love Wingers, so I can't wait to make them.  Her Navajo Tacos recipe looks incredible and honestly, I never met a Navajo Taco that I didn't devour! But wait until you try the chocolate cake!! Here it is:

1 box Devil's Food cake mix 
1 small pkg Jello instant chocolate pudding mix 
1 cup sour cream 
1 cup vegetable oil 
4 eggs, beaten 
1/2 cup milk 
1 tsp vanilla 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 
Put all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well.
The batter will be thick.
Pour the batter into your prepared pans.
Let cook until done, about 20-30 minutes.
Let cool on a cooling rack.
  Cream Cheese Icing
2  8 ounce Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup Butter, softened
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 cup Confectioners Sugar

Make your icing by creaming the cream cheese 
and the butter together. Add the vanilla.
Slowly add the confectioners sugar.
Make sure it incorporates and mix well.

Cut the two layers in half, widthwise.
Cover each inside half with a thin layer
of cream cheese frosting.
Then on top of the bottom cream cheese
frosting, place a layer of cherry filling.
Put the top on the cake.
Frost bottom layer.
Do the same thing to the top layer. 
Add top layer to cake before frosting. 
Frost top.
Decorate how you wish. 
Because it is the season of love I 
thought this cake was begging to be decorated with a heart!
Happy Valentine's Day!

Some changes:
I changed a couple things from the original recipe.
Nikki used chocolate chips in her cake. I omitted them.
In Nikki's recipe she decorated with chocolate icing and
Skor candy bars. It looked beautiful, and I'm sure it 
tastes heavenly. But when my husband discovered that I was 
baking a chocolate cake, he asked if I would make cream cheese
icing and add cherries to the layers.
Because I can't say no to him, I honored his request.
It was delicious!
My husband swears that this cake is 
the moistest, unbelievably best chocolate cake he has ever had!!
He is right! You will love this!
Here is the original recipe.

Thanks Nikki for making this such a great
Crazy Cooking Challenge!


Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Amaretto Purses with Mascarpone & Fontina

This week we are all about fruit. Each recipe featuring a different one. Today's appetizer is about cherries. The recipe calls for dried cherries, but you could use chopped fresh ones also.
 Amaretto Purses with Mascarpone & Fontina
(adapted from Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board)
(Makes 8 appetizers)
1 cup Fontina Cheese
1 cup Mascarpone Cheese
1/4 cup Almonds
1 1/2 teaspoons Amaretto Syrup
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
1/4 cup dried Tart Cherries
12 sheets Fillo Dough
4-5 tablespoons Butter
I could not find Amaretto syrup anywhere, so I made
my own. You should make the syrup first. You only need:
2 teaspoons Almond Extract
2 cups Sugar
1 cup Water
Combine 2 cups of sugar and 1 cup of water  in a saucepan.
Put it on medium heat. 
Bring to a boil, then add 2 teaspoons almond flavoring.
Turn down to medium heat and let the mix thicken. 
 Let cool.
Now, to the mix.
Combine the Fontina and Mascarpone cheeses.
The Fontina cheese should be grated, but if it becomes
too soft, just chop it in small pieces and it will blend 
easily with the Mascarpone.
Add the almonds, Amaretto, pepper, and cherries.
Mix well. Chill for at least 1 hour, or up to overnight.
After the mix is ready, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Defrost the fillo sheets. When they are totally soft,
open the roll and cut in half. 
Lay the fillo sheet out. Make sure to cover the rest with
plastic because it dries out very quickly. Try to limit the
amount of air that gets to the filo.
Brush the first sheet of fillo dough with butter,
then cover the first sheet with a second sheet,
and butter it with butter also.
 Put a tablespoon of the mix in the middle
of the dough.
Bring each corner of the dough to it's opposite corner.
Pinch the middle.
Place in the oven and cook for 8-10 minutes.
Serve hot.

Thanks for joining me today!
Tomorrow we will be making our salad dish for the 
Week of Fruit~Strawberry Avocado Salad!

Hope you will join us!