I thought I should try a dessert for once - and actually this is the first dessert for Vegetarianized! If you cook, you probably don't bake and vice versa. Well, I cook with a side of 'I can make cookies, bars and ice cream because I have an ice cream maker.' These little lovelies are my latest obsession because they mix up quicker than your oven can preheat and they taste just like warm pancakes with butter, maple syrup and nuts - I promise! Here I use a mix of pecans and almonds, but I bet you could use whatever is your favorite nut.
Lavender Goat Cheesecake with Almond Brittle
February 10, 2013
The perfect romantic dessert for two this Valentine's Day. Tangy goat cheese and marscapone blend beautifully together with dried lavender and lemon zest for a velvety sweet ending note. A crunch of salty almond brittle makes sure this dessert is not too smooth and sappy. Best to make this Wednesday night to ensure a cooled and perfectly set cheesecake. Did I mention that it's really fattening? Best to skip the nutrition facts and go right to the recipe. If you want to lighten it up, skip the brittle and use low fat goat cheese.
Espresso Cream Pie
July 19, 2009
Not the best picture of the final product. I wanted to get a shot up as soon as possible and it wasn't quite set enough to cut. I'll try and get a replacement tomorrow...My Pancake Bars were such a hit that I thought I'd try another dessert. Although I didn't plan it that way, this one is almost a vegan dessert, except for the half and half and probably the chocolate wafers have butter in them - oh right and the eggs. In any case I used soy milk and plant oil-based butter instead of the real stuff and adjusted down on the bad ingredients by using half and half instead of cream. But don't worry, this Espresso Cream Pie comes out chill, silky and heavenly. Unfortunately this is a recipe that uses both the oven and stove, so plan to make this earlier in the morning or late at night. Oh and don't let the number of ingredients scare you off. This comes together pretty quick...the hard part will be waiting for the pie to chill completely because you’ll want to eat it as soon as the custard hits the crust!
Chocolate Covered “Bacon”
July 18, 2010
Well I know I said I'd be off today, but I was doing my weekly post for Davis Life Magazine (called the Early Girl Foodie Weekend) and I covered the California State Fair that opened last Wednesday. Every year they announce a new food item, usually a greasy, fried abomination. This year was no different (for example, fried scorpions are a new menu item), but I was quite intrigued by the chocolate covered bacon. I had heard of people making bacon ice cream so this seemed interesting. I made my own, veggie style, and I have to say the results were not that bad. I added some creative enhancements - freshly cracked salt, red pepper flakes, brown sugar and banana. I would have to say, remembering what bacon used to taste like, that unless you are a veggie, go with the real stuff. The fakin' bacon just doesn't have the fat and salt punch. Nevertheless, it's a fun little dessert.
Grandmother Borden’s Peach Custard Pie (if she was southern!)
August 20, 2014
I took some liberties with this recipe my step-mom generously passed along for her mother's peach custard pie. I've learned a lot of new pastry techniques that I wanted to show off (mainly the patience to chill the dough at every stage, which helps to make it flaky) and for some reason, I always pull recipes southern. Perhaps it was my many summers spent on the North Carolina coast, or maybe just the southern blood from my own mother (she was born in Kentucky).
Despite it being dessert, a slice of this heaven does have some redeeming nutritional qualities, including being a Good Source (that's 10-19% of your Daily Value) of fiber, vitamins A and C, thiamin, riboflavin and niacin.
January 27, 2015
You may not think that a fancy French chocolate could be a game day winning dessert, but trust me. Four ingredients, 25 minutes active, low carb, kid-friendly to make...have I got your attention now?! You might recognize the name Rocher because of "Ferrero Rocher" that is made similar to this recipe, but with hazelnuts instead of almonds. Feel free to sub any nut or type of chocolate, and even add new ingredients, such as dried fruit, to the mix. Game on!
Meyer Lemon & Rosemary Granita
February 27, 2011
I've had a few citrus donors in the past few weeks, and the latest was a student from my cooking class who brought me bunches of beautiful Meyer lemons. These lemons are a bit sweeter than regular lemons so I had a brainstorm to turn the very popular Rosemary Lemonade into a dessert. A granita is sort of like a sorbet, but instead of using an ice cream maker you place the liquid in a shallow pan and as it freezes, you scrape it. The result is light and fluffy, and resembles a snow cone with a bit more creamy texture.
Greek Yogurt ‘Nanna Pudding
June 2, 2013
Did you know that Greek yogurt is just strained regular yogurt? Save more than 55% per ounce when you buy the regular stuff, and spend literally seconds straining it yourself (I show you how below). In this Southern dessert, I use the strained low fat vanilla yogurt as a healthier (and easier!) pudding alternative. Salted almonds are a savory, crunchy addition, but of course, optional.
August 2, 2009
A colleague from work, Lee O., gave me this family recipe for when the summer zucchini is overflowing. She says they call it "brake" because it's a cross between bread and cake - a great dense consistency with a sweet bite. I'm calling it a dessert - perhaps an icing is in order?! It's terribly easy to put together. Just plan to bake in the morning or late at night - this recipe calls for a 350 degree oven for an hour.
Grape Lemon Ice
May 20, 2012
In this recipe I wanted to use up two pints of grape jelly I made last fall from our concord grape vines, but you could use any fruit jelly, jam or preserves in your fridge to make this easy, low fat dessert. I mixed the jelly with Meyer lemon, but lime would work just as well.
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