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An Amazing Patriotic Dessert!

 

First I want to say this is not my recipe. It is by Cakes Cottage and I found it on the internet but boy oh boy is it good!

berry-icebox-da

 

Even better there is no baking so it’s perfect for summer, it is light which is also perfect for summer, and it is red, white and blue which is perfect for summer 4th of July celebrations!

I made this for my book club this past week because my book selection was based at West Point and I had a Patriotic theme. It was a beautiful summer night so this light dessert was perfect and looked so pretty.

One warning: you can eat the whole pan! Seriously!! The creamy sweetness offset by the fresh fruit just makes it too yummy to stop.

My pieces didn’t sit up pretty like this, they were softer and less formed but I used a bit smaller pan so the layers may have been thicker. It really didn’t matter though as it got devoured quickly.

 

berry-icebox-close up

 

Here you go:

NO BAKE SUMMER BERRY ICEBOX CAKE

Ingredients

19 oz graham crackers
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 (3.4 oz) packages Vanilla Instant Pudding 2-1/2 cups cold milk
12 oz Cool whip (or homemade whipped cream) 3 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
1-1/2 cups fresh blueberries
2 oz white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Beat cream cheese and dry pudding mixes in large bowl with mixer until blended.
  2. Gradually beat in milk.
  3. Gently stir in Cool Whip or homemade whipped cream, reserving 1⁄2 cup.
  4. Spread a thin layer of cool whip in a 9×13 pan just to coat the bottom.
  5. Layer 5 graham crackers across the center of the pan, then 2 more, breaking them as needed to fit around the top and bottom edges.
  6. Spread a layer of pudding mixture over grahams and top with a layer of blueberries and sliced strawberries.
  7. Place graham crackers on top of berries, then pudding mixture, then layer of berries again.
  8. Repeat the graham-pudding-berries layers 1 more time (3 times total) and you should reach the top of thepan.
  9. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight until the graham crackers have softened completely.
  10. When ready to serve, melt white chocolate chips in a bowl as directed on package and drizzle over dessert.
  11. You can use a spoon to drizzle it over the tops of the berries or you can put it into a small zip-top bag and snip of the corner for an easy “piping bag.”                                                                                                                                                                             Recipe by Cakescottage at https://cakescottage.com/2016/05/11/no-bake-summer-berry-icebox-cake/

 

A Yummy Cookie Recipe with my Least Favorite (Hated) Ingredient! :-)

I just want to go on the record and say I hate coconut. And this includes anything with coconut in it. Almond Joy candy bars. Coconut Cream Chocolates. Just not for me.

Now fresh coconut is another story but how often do you really eat fresh coconut unless you are on a Caribbean Island. LOL

I love to bake and it would never have crossed my mind to ever make Coconut Macaroons. Until now!

I took a baking class at Kitchen Window in Minneapolis to learn how to make French Macaroons. Fabulous! Since it was a holiday baking class they also taught us how to make a few other classics of which Coconut Macaroons was one of them. I thought okay, I will make them in class and never make them again. I WAS SO WRONG.  

The secret is the coconut. Don’t use the sweetened shredded stuff you find in grocery stores that’s all sugar coated and doesn’t actually taste like fresh coconut. Use real Unsweetened Coconut Flakes or Chips. I used the Chips which are bigger and I think creamier.

 

 

 

I bought my chips online as I couldn’t find them even in the premium high end grocery stores. I bought dried chips and also Organic. FYI…..they make a super healthy snack.

 

 

Here is the recipe:

Coconut Macaroons

Yield

36 Cookies

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Butter, unsalted
  • 1 pound Sugar, granulated
  • 6 eggs
  • 18 ounces coconut flakes, unsweetened
  • Dark coating chocolate, melted (optional)

Method

  1. Place the butter and sugar in a sauce pan and heat to 150 degrees F while stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and beat in eggs a few at a time. Stir in Coconut.
  2. Return to the stove and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture pulls away from the sides of the plan (this happens around the 170 degree F range).
  3. Let the batter cool to room temperature. (I googled this and room temp is around 70 degrees).
  4. Scoop the batter onto the baking mat, using an ice cream scoop.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 15 minutes.
  6. Brush simple syrup over the cookies as soon as they come out of oven. (See Simple Syrup recipe below).
  7. If you would like to add chocolate to your macaroons, wait until the cookies have completely cooked, dip half of each cookie in chocolate and return to the baking mat to set.

Simple Syrup:

Equal parts sugar and water, brought to a boil and allowed to cool. Could be infused with a flavor as well.

My Tips:

  • I used chips not flakes
  • I would not advise using an ice cream scoop. The cookies would be huge and they are so rich. I used the smallest cookie dough scoop from Pampered Chef.
  • I made a double batch so with the smaller scoop I ended up with 150 cookies!! A single batch next time will be best. 🙂
  • If you press them together when forming them it will help in them not falling apart and being so fragile.
  • I baked mine 12-13 minutes. Watch your oven because if it runs hot the cookies may burn.

 

 

 

 

*Recipe by Kitchen Window~3001 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN ~ www.KitchenWindow.com

 

If you like Coconut you will love these!! If you hate Coconut like me I think you will LOVE these!

Enjoy!

 

 

A Fabulous Turkey Recipe!

I know you may be thinking…..who needs a recipe to make a turkey? You put some butter on the top, salt and pepper and stick it in the oven. Well that is what I thought until I actually made a turkey for the first time and wanted some help.

I found this recipe from watching a local cooking show with a top chef in Minneapolis and I have used it ever since. I don’t know what it is (maybe the fresh spices vs the powdered) that makes it so tasty but tasty it is!

Herb-Roasted Turkey

  • 1 – 14 lb Turkey (mine was larger and I used proportionately more spices)
  • 1 TB salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 18 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 medium onions, peeled and sliced
  • 1 large leek, chopped (white and tender green only)
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 TB peppercorns
  • 1 1/2 cups butter (3 sticks) melted
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh chives

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash turkey and reserve giblets. Carefully rinse and dry bird inside and out. Rub all surfaces with salt and butter, including cavity. Place 12 sprigs of thyme in the cavity.

Put onions, leek, carrots, celery, bay leaves, six thyme sprigs, peppercorns and giblets on bottom of large heavy roasting pan. Place bird on top of vegetables. Cover opening of cavity with foil. Pour butter over all surfaces of turkey. Sprinkle on sage, thyme and chives. Cover loosely with tent of aluminum foil. Roast 2 1/2 hours, undisturbed.

Remove foil to let skin brown. Baste every 20 minutes for an hour. The bird should cook to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Remove from oven. Transfer to platter and cover with foil. Let rest 20-60 minutes before carving.

 

And here is a bonus! This gravy is a definite must with the turkey!

Shallot Herb Gravy

  •  1 1/2 cups defatted turkey stock from pan drippings
  • 1 TB fat from pan drippings
  • 3 TBS minced shallots
  • 3 TBS flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 TB fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 TB fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh sage, chopped

Strain vegetables and pan drippings into bowl to catch liquids. Discard bay leaves and peppercorns but reserve rest of vegetables for dressing recipe.

Set bowl of strained liquid in to larger bowl of ice water to help separate fat. Skim off fat. Reserve 1 TB of fat to cook shallots, and discard the rest. You should have about 1 1/2 Cups of defatted turkey stock.

In medium saucepan, saute shallots in 1 TB reserved fat. Add flour, mix ell and cook, stirring constantly, 3-4 minutes or until four lightly browns. Slowly add 1 1/2 cups stock and 1 cup broth, stirring frequently. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly until slightly thickened. Add fresh herbs and serve hot. Makes about 3 cups.

 

Enjoy! And have a very blessed and yummy Thanksgiving!