Showing posts with label dessert. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dessert. Show all posts

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Chocolate Bacon Banana Bundt Cake/#BundtBakers


Do you think that a Chocolate Bacon Banana Bundt Cake is a strange but good/weird flavor combination? So do I! Which is why I made the exact cake for this months #BundtBakers theme of "Strange but good/weird flavor combinations"! At the bottom of this post you will find many others that fit the description, so you can find the perfect one that fits you!
chocolate, bacon, banana, cake, drizzled, cream cheese frosting, bacon pieces, banana slices
Chocolate Bacon Banana Bundt Cake

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Mini Cranberry Orange Bundt Muffins

These little Mini Cranberry Orange Bundt Muffins are a great way to start your day. Of course, they are just as tasty as a dessert also.  I used the Orange flavored Cranberries from Trader Joes to make these cuties. The orange mixed with the cranberry flavor gives these muffins a great taste with a little less tartness. I dressed up three of the muffins for dessert by adding an orange juice drizzle, fresh whipped cream and some orange zest. I left the others for breakfast and snacks!
breakfast, dessert, or snack
Cranberry Orange Bundt Muffins

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Peppermint Candy Cane Bundt Cake/#BundtBakers

This month for the Bundt Bakers group the theme is "Naughty or Nice". Isn't that cute? I was tempted to do a naughty cake just for fun, but I baked a "nice" cake because I already had everything! Yes, sometimes I am that boring and practical! This Peppermint Candy Cane Bundt Cake is fun and tasty and cute, so I think it hits all the marks for something you would enjoy!

peppermint, cake, bundt cake, candy cane
I found this plate at Target and I thought it was cute, and so perfect for this bundt cake theme!
bundt cake, crushed candy canes, white drizzle frosting
Peppermint Candy Cane Bundt Cake

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Cranberry Panna Cotta/#SundaySupper


 This year's Annual Holiday Bash menu is set. The dishes have been taken down from the high shelves and washed, the silverware has been polished and is looking shiny and new, the linens have been pressed, the wine glasses have been washed and the invitations have been delivered. I have decorated the tree, strung some lights, and put a wreath on the door. Every year, I plan a menu with at least one new entrĂ©e or dessert for my guests to enjoy. This year the menu includes this Cranberry Panna Cotta for dessert, and I will be serving it with two Gallo Family Vineyards wines: a crisp Moscato and a tasty Pinot Grigio. The Cranberry Panna Cotta with the light bodied, refreshing Moscato and the citrus flavor of the Pinot Grigio are the perfect pairing for the big bash.

cranberry, panna cotta, dessert, wine pairing, moscato, pinot grigio

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Pumpkin Tiramisu

If you are looking for a wonderful and tasty fall or Thanksgiving dessert, I have one for you! Actually, this Pumpkin Tiramisu is delectable anytime! They are made in individual dishes for ease of serving, and they can be made ahead of time, for the most part, for all around dessert easiness! You will love these!


Pumpkin Tiramisu

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Pumpkin Apple Harvest Parfait

This Pumpkin Apple Harvest Parfait takes the best flavors of fall and puts them together in a way that celebrates each taste on it's own, yet brings the house down with the flavor combination! They really are the perfect pairing! The spicy flavor of the pumpkin roll and the tart, but sweet flavor of the sauteed apples makes this parfait the perfect ending to your fall meals!

As we are getting closer and closer to Thanksgiving and the holidays, our thoughts turn to family dinners, neighborhood parties, and spending special time with special people. These parfaits are an easy, make ahead desserts your family and guests will love.

I used small 12 ounce jars to serve these parfaits. I bought the Pumpkin Spice Biscuits from the refrigerated section of the grocery where they sell biscuits. If you can't find the pumpkin biscuits, you could substitute cinnamon rolls, or even caramel rolls.They will be just as yummy!



pumpkin, apple, rolls, whipped cream, pumpkin spice
Pumpkin Apple Harvest Parfait

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Apple Cider Bundt Cake w/ Carmelized Apples/#BundtBakers

 I don't think fall would be the same without apples, do you? I know this bundt cake wouldn't be! This Apple Cider Bundt Cake with Carmelized Apples is the taste of the season in a mini cake! With cider in the cake and apples in the topping how can you go wrong!

Apple Cider Bundt Cake w/ Carmelized Apple Topping

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Caramel Apple Pie Bundles/#SundaySupper

It is time for #SundaySupper and this week we are celebrating fall and all the wonderful flavors of the season. For me, that means apples and caramel and Caramel Apple Pie Bundles!

Like many people, fall is my favorite time of year, and what's not to love? The crisp, cooler weather to wake up to, beautiful leaves tripping across the yard, breathtaking sunsets, less crowded beaches, Friday night football, roaring fire pits in the evenings, and food flavors that I look forward to from the end of fall until it starts all over again. There is nothing like food to evoke wonderful memories and  I hope these Caramel Apple Pie Bundles bring some to you.


Caramel Apple Pie Bundles

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Banana Split Cheesecake Bars

There is just something about a bar dessert that I love. They are less time consuming to make, they are easy to serve, and they present themselves as just a little bit fancier than a cookie. I had been throwing around an idea in my head of a banana split type bar for some time, but I kept getting stuck on what to use for the base. I couldn't use ice cream. (But as I am writing this, I am asking myself, why not?)  So I kept thinking about it. I usually think about my ideas for a time before I bring them to fruition, or toss them.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Grandma's Lemon Meringue Pie/#SundaySupper

Today at #SundaySupper we are honoring our grandparents by celebrating Grandparent's Day!
My grandmother passed away many years ago, but she was a wonderful cook, and I always remember her making Lemon Meringue Pie. I don't have the recipe that my Grandma used to make her creamy, luscious pie, but I found one that taste very close, and just a bite of one piece sent me back in time to another life! I love how food brings wonderful memories flooding back.  I think Grandma would like this pie!

Grandma's Lemon Meringue Pie

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Summer Bread Pudding

I am a huge fan of bread pudding, but I have to say, I don't think I have ever made it or eaten it during the summer. It has always seemed to be a fall or winter type of dessert. Until today! I made this Summer Bread Pudding with angel food cake, so it's a bit lighter, and fresh peaches because well,  fresh peaches!! I baked the bread pudding in individual dishes, but it would be great in a large pyrex dish too! The next time I make this I might add a light drizzle of vanilla sauce over the top right before serving. That would be good!
Summer Bread Pudding w/ angel food cake and peaches
Summer Bread Pudding

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Chocolate and Rice Pudding Cups/#SummerofPudding

Summer is still going strong in The Freshman Cook household, and so is the #SummerofPudding! We like to spend time hanging around the house cooking and entertaining friends and out of town visitors, barbecueing, grilling, and just celebrating life in our own little piece of paradise. We love to eat well, and last weekend I included Kozy Shack ® Rice Pudding as part of our menu. It was  awesome! It is elegant while being simple, and it has a flavor that is fresh, rich, creamy, and oh, so good! I made milk chocolate bowls, filled them with Kozy Shack ® Rice Pudding ®, and topped each one with a chocolate drizzled strawberry. Heaven! The recipe definitely shined the spotlight on the pudding and it was the star. Simple, elegant and yummy!
Elegant Rice Pudding Cups

(makes 4)
1 1/3 cup of Milk Chocolate
Kozy Shack ® Rice Pudding
1 Strawberry per bowl 
1/4 cup of Dark Chocolate Chips
2-3 tablespoons of Heavy Whipping Cream
1 bowl mold



 Chop your milk chocolate into small even pieces. Place in a double boiler and melt.

 Fill each mold 1/3 of the way up with the melted chocolate.
Put the top on the mold. You can see how it pushes the chocolate around the mold to form a bowl. Some of the chocolate overflowed, but you just cut it off later. Put the mold in the fridge for about 30 minutes, then in the freezer for 2 minutes.
The two molds on the right were overflowed with chocolate, so you just unmold them and use a paring knife to cut the edges off. After cutting, return to the fridge.
Place the dark chocolate chips and a little bit of the whipping cream into a pot and melt on low. You are making a ganache to drizzle over the strawberries. If it is too thick after melting, add just a little more cream, but make sure it is not cold. Refrigerate.
 Put the #ricepudding in the chocolate bowl, add your strawberry, and enjoy!
Looking for a reason to enjoy this recipe and some yummy #ricepudding?
August 9th is National Rice Pudding Day! Let's Celebrate with some Kozy Shack ® Rice Pudding!


Don't forget to celebrate with Kozy Shack ® !

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Swim Ring Cakes for #SundaySupper

It is Pool Party time today at #SundaySupper! Everyone is bringing something yummy to eat, so I  brought some Swim Ring Cakes! These cakes are made using a cake doughnut recipe and are frosted with royal icing for a sweet treat! I made several versions of the cake before deciding on one of them. I tried using a white cake recipe, and it was very tasty, like white cakes are, but it was not as dense as I thought this dessert needed. Then I tried a couple different version of a cake doughnut recipe, and I liked how the cakes were thicker, but I wasn't crazy for the taste. I finally decided to mix the denseness of the doughnut recipe with the flavor of the white cake recipe, and I think know you are going to like it!
Swim Ring Cakes

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Banana Pudding Icebox Cake

I think know it is Banana Pudding Icebox Cake time! Why?
 Because It is HOT, HOT, HOT!
I grew up eating vanilla wafers and pudding, as I am sure, you probably did too. It is the first recipe I remember learning from my mom, and I make a birthday cake version of it for every one of my son's birthdays. So, my mind went to making a Banana Pudding Icebox Cake as we enjoy another heat wave here in the south, and I only want to cook if an oven or stove are not involved! 

This Banana Pudding Icebox Cake recipe is so close to the original. The only major difference is that you mix the pudding with whipping cream instead of milk. 
bananas, vanilla pudding, icebox cake, whipped cream
Banana Pudding Icebox Cake

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

Monday, June 29, 2015

Easy Cherry Pie Stars

To call this recipe Easy Cherry Pie Stars is really an understatement. If you have the ingredients on hand, this recipe will not take you 30 minutes, and most of that time is spent waiting for the stars to bake! This is a great little meal ender for a last minute get together, and it is wonderful for a large group because it is so easily put together! Of course, I think it's a natural for the 4th of July also!!
cherries, easy to make,pie, blueberries, confectioner's sugar, lemon
Easy Cherry Pie Stars

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Chocolate Pudding Party on the Porch!~#Summer of Pudding

Did you know that yesterday was National Chocolate Pudding Day?! So what better day to have a Chocolate Pudding Party and celebrate! We had such a great time enjoying toppings, fruits, and a chocolate mousse that tasted amazing! We were slightly interrupted by a rather nasty afternoon thunderstorm, but the food was fantastic, the company was wonderful, and everyone had fun!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Lemon Filled Mini Bundt Cake w/ a Lemon Yogurt Glaze

It is officially summertime! So that means it is also lemontime! Which is why I have a Lemon Filled Mini Bundt Cake w/a Lemon Yogurt Glaze  for you today! These little bundts are yellow cakes stuffed with a ring of lemon curd, and topped with a lemon drizzle. Lemon is the perfect fruit to represent summer, don't you think?

lemon, bundt cake, mini bundt

Lemon Filled Mini Bundt Cake w/ a Lemon Yogurt Glaze

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Strawberry Mango Popsicles

 This Strawberry Mango Homemade Popsicle is the perfect way to get some relief from the sometimes sweltering heat of summer. And they are so easy to make!  Bursting with strawberry goodness, with just a hint of mango, the hardest part is waiting for them to freeze!!
strawberry, mango, fruit, fruit pops, popsicles
Strawberry Mango Popsicles

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Patriotic Panna Cotta for #SundaySupper

I love celebrating with red, white and blue during the summer. From the invitations, to the decor, from the flowers to the tablescape, red, white and blue is the color of summer. Which makes this Red, White and Blue Panna Cotta the perfect summer party dessert!












Patriotic Panna Cotta