Showing posts with label fruit. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fruit. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

No Cook, Refreshing Tropical Torte

The heat of the summer is starting to wear on me a little. How about you? I am definitely looking forward to fall! But it is still summer, and I needed a little after dinner dessert for a party I hosted last week. The entire meal was grilled, and I didn't want to heat up the kitchen with the oven, so I made this No Cook, Refreshing Tropical Torte! I used some fun fruit, like carambola (star fruit), kiwi, and mango, a favorite pound cake, and some yummy whipping cream. Sprinkle it with a bit of toasted coconut and dessert is in the fridge!
 Tropical Torte 
Makes 1 cake

2 Star Fish
2 Kiwi 
1 Mango
2 cups Heavy Duty Whipping Cream
1/4 cup Powdered Sugar
1 Pound Cake
1/4 cup Sweetened Coconut Flakes

Use a veggie peeler to cut the edges off of the star fruit, then use a sharp knife to cut thin slices of the star fruit.
Cut the ends off the kiwi, then peel it and cut into thin slices.
Mangos are slippery, so using a corn cob holder as a handle helps to stabilize them a little while they are peeled. Once peeled, cut around the center seed to get the fruit off. Cut the pieces of fruit into small bite sized pieces.
Pour heavy whipping cream into mixer. Add sugar. Mix cream on high until whipping cream becomes thick and becomes slightly stiff. You want it spreadable. Often when I am mixing liquid on high speed, it can splash out of the bowl. To fix the problem, I cover the mixer with a couple pieces of saran wrap,and the splash hits the wrap instead of the wall!
Cut the pound cake into three long slices.
Spread whipped cream onto the top of the bottom slice of cake. 
Place coconut in small pan on medium heat. Swirl coconut around in the pan until the desired color is reached.
Place a mix of the fruit on top of the whipped cream. Double stack the fruit to make it even, so the next layer will be flat. Repeat with the middle layer, and then cover with top layer of cake. 
Decorate top of cake with pieces of fruit. Sprinkle coconut on top. Refrigerate until ready to use, at least 2-3 hours.


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Grilled Peaches and Shrimp Shish Kabobs / #SundaySupper

These Grilled Peaches and Shrimp Shish Kabobs are the perfect summer #SundaySupper! Fresh grilled peaches are the star of the show, but everything is fresh including the grilled shrimp and the lime drizzle to round it out. With everything but the rice cooked on the grill, make the rice in the microwave and your kitchen stays cool and comfortable. This meal grills up easily and quick. You're gonna love it!

Grilled Peaches and Shrimp Shish Kabobs

(printable recipe)
 Makes 8 skewers

2 cups of Jasmine Rice
Teriyaki Sauce
16 Raw Shrimp
4 Fresh Peaches
1 Fresh Lime



 Cook Jasmine rice.
Rinse shrimp. Devein the top and the underside of the shrimp. Many people don't worry about cleaning the underside of the shrimp, but I like to clean both sides. I am very picky about it, and even if the shrimp comes cleaned on the top side, I clean it again if needed. You don't need a special tool to clean the shrimp. I use a paring knife and it works great.
Cut peaches in half, take out the pit, and cut each half into quarters. Leave the skin on, which makes it much easier to grill. 
Put kabobs together. I used 2 peach quarters and 2 shrimp on each skewer. Also, leave a little space between the shrimp and the peaches as you build your kabobs. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the raw shrimp.
Place skewers on the grill. Set the peaches so one edge is on the grates of the grill. Make sure the shrimp are flat and directly on the grill also. Grill for 3 minutes. Move the shish kabobs so that the other side of the quartered peach is now on the grill. Flip the shrimp over. Grill for 3 more minutes. If more time is needed, continue flipping, but for only a minute of two at a time. 
Add some teriyaki sauce to the rice, and place the peach and shrimp kabobs on top of the rice.




Enjoy!
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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Fruit and Cheese Platter/#SundaySupper

Do you know what the best thing is about a Fruit and Cheese Platter? They are quick and easy to put together, with pretty much no work at all! That's what we are celebrating today for #SundaySupper! No Labor Recipes! There really is NO work involved in putting this plate together. Yes, I had to go shopping, but I was going anyway for something else. Plus, I love to shop, so it's not work for me! I picked out four different cheeses and 4 different fruits to make this tray. I didn't use any fancy fruits or exotic cheeses, but I did buy a cheese that I hadn't had before. Making a fruit and cheese platter is the perfect opportunity to try products you may have wanted to try, but were waiting for a reason. Now you have one!

fruit, cheese, grapes, pears, apples, cheddar, havarti,
Fruit and Cheese Plate

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, June 2, 2012

Grilled Fruit Sundae!

If you are grilling this weekend, add this quick and simple dessert to your menu. I grilled strawberries and banana, but you could use any fruit you like, such as peaches, plums, oranges, pineapple, or even watermelon. The heat from the grill really brings out the sugar in the fruit. So good!
Grilled Fruit Sundae 
(adapted from Ellie Krieger)

Cooking Spray
1 Banana
2 Strawberries
2 cups Vanilla Ice Cream
Strawberry Sauce

Spray your grill with cooking spray.
Cut the tops off of your strawberries, and slice in half lengthwise.
Slice banana in half lengthwise.
Place on grill. 
Turn when they begin to get brown. It only takes
a few minutes.
A week or so ago, I made this 
Strawberry Coulis. Now I will use it for this dessert.
Scoop the ice cream into your dish, and top with
strawberry sauce.
Place strawberry and banana pieces in your sundae.
Super simple~Super delicious!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Blueberry Bars are now Blueberry Crumbs!

I went shopping to get some granola. Or maybe just to see what was available. I'm not sure. I wanted to make some homemade granola bars to send to my son at school. But I saw this box of Organic Cascadian Farm French Vanilla Almond Granola and it had this great sounding recipe on the back.  There was even a picture for this recipe called Vanilla Almond Blueberry Bars. So I brought it home and I couldn't wait to try this out. They turned out delicious, but not so pretty. :(

Blueberry Crumbs
1 Egg White
1/2 cup Butter, softened
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract
1 1/4 cup Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 1/2 cups French Vanilla Almond Granola
8 oz Frozen Blueberries
1/4 cup Sugar

Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Grease an 8" square pan.
Beat your egg white, butter, brown sugar, and almond extract
in a bowl until creamy.
Mix the baking soda, baking powder, and flour together,
and then mix it into the wet mixture.
Stir the granola by hand.
It should look like this.
Take 2/3 of the mix and spread it into the bottom of your pan.
I used this Dollar Store spatula to flatten the mix in the pan.
I thought it was pretty handy for $1!! The perfect size to fit in
the pan. 
In a separate bowl, mix the blueberries and the sugar.
Pour the blueberries over the dough.
Here's where I think I made my big error. I didn't think
there were enough berries, so I added a 1/2 cup more.
Sprinkle the rest of the dough over the blueberries.
Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Let cool completely on cooling rack.
I let them cool for 45 minutes.
When I went to cut these bars, they started to fall apart.
So, I put them in the refrigerator for about an hour.
When I took them out and started to cut them, they fell apart again.
That's when I decided that they would have to be
blueberry crumbs instead of blueberry bars.

They were actually delicious as crumbs. I think the extra blueberries
may have added additional juices that the bottom crust just could not handle.

Next time I will not go hog wild on the blueberries~even though they are sooo good!

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Very Berry Parfait

Our salad this week is a Very Berry Parfait. These are great for picnics, for parties, or for a quick snack. They can be made a few hours ahead of time, and refrigerated. To take on a picnic, or to transport anywhere, cover the top with plastic and use a rubber band to hold it on. Oh, and they taste great!


 Very Berry Parfaits
Oatmeal Raisin Granola
Strawberries
Blueberries
Raspberries
Vanilla Cherry Yogurt
I used 8 ounce plastic cups to construct the parfaits.
Place granola in the bottom of each.
Add a scoop of yogurt on top of the granola.
Add a layer of raspberries.
Add a layer of yogurt and then a layer of blueberries.
Add a layer of granola.
Add more yogurt.
Add a layer of strawberries.
Top the strawberries with some granola.
Add another layer of yogurt, then add 2 pieces of each 
berry as a topper.
Enjoy!


Thanks for joining me today for this weeks salad!

Tomorrow we will be cooking a Turkey Breast, so we
can make fresh Turkey Breast Sandwiches for our picnic.

I hope you will join me!