Posts Tagged ‘Dessert’

Black Forest Pie

We went down to my parent’s house to visit recently and my mom requested that we bring a dessert that Gabriel had helped make. My first thought was the recent recipe that she had sent me for oatmeal raisin cookies that came from my Grammy. However it turns out that my dad does not like raisins so that idea was scratched. As I was sitting there thinking, the term “Black Forest” just popped into my mind. I’m not sure why as I have never made “Black Forest” anything and I never order it as a dessert, but never the less it did. My dad also doesn’t like cake which is the typical way one makes “Black Forest”. I decided that I thought that it might also make a good pie and be simple enough that Gabriel could help. So Black Forest Pie it was, only after making sure Dad liked cherries of course. This was incredibly simple to make and tasted very good. If you are looking for something quick and easy one day, or a variation of Black Forest cake, you might just want to give it a try. Unfortunately I have no picture but please don’t let that stop you!!!

Black Forest Pie by Me

1 premade chocolate graham cracker pie crust
1 box of chocolate pudding – I used the cooked kind but I imagine instant would work just as well as long as you split the mix and made each half seperately so the top layer was not already set prior to pouring
1 can of cherry pie filling

Cook pudding per package directions. Pour half the pudding into the pie crust, then spoon on the cherry pie filling (I didn’t quite use the whole can), and finally pour on the remaining pudding.

Allow to set for 3 hours. Top with whipped cream if you like.


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Lemon Lime Bars

I saw a recipe for a lime bar that looked really easy and yummy. I love all things tart so I really wanted to try it. I then thought if a lime bar is good I bet a lemon lime bar might be even better. Then I thought that it is Easter time and it might be fun to dye the different layers yellow and green. Then I thought, and here’s where I went wrong, that it would be even prettier if I sprinkled it with powdered sugar and pink sugar crystals. Well the bars were delicious, the yellow and green layers were fun but the powdered sugar and pink sugar crystals were a total failure. When I first covered the bars it looked pretty but an hour later when I looked at them again the powdered sugar had all dissolved into the lime mixture and just left the pink crystals laying there looking pretty bad and sorta gross. Don’t worry I still ate them. So here they are. Give them a try, just leave off the topping (in fact I’m not even going to mention it in the recipe).

lemon lime bars

Lemon Lime Bars
adapted from Evil Shenanigans

1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (best when prepared in a food processor)
6 tablespoons salted butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
zest of one lime
2 large egg yolks
1-14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk separated into 2 7oz portions
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
green and yellow food coloring

Preheat the oven to 350F and spray an 8″ square pan with butter flavored cooking spray. Line it with parchment paper that hangs over the edge of the pan by a few inches (so you can remove the bars from the pan more easily).

Combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar, and zest. Press into the prepared pan, pressing the crust mixture one inch up the side of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

Once the crust is cooled in one bowl combine the 1 egg yolk and 7oz condensed milk until well mixed. Stir in the lime juice and 10 drops of green food coloring and mix thoroughly. It will begin to thicken slightly. In another bowl repeat the process using the lemon juice and yellow food coloring.

Pour the green mixture into the crust, making sure the filling reaches the edges and then carefully pour the yellow mixture on top of the green. Bake for 15 minutes, or until just set.

Cool to room temperature, then chill for at least one hour, overnight is better. Pull the bars out of the pan using the parchment paper and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into 16 squares with a serrated knife. To make cutting cleaner wipe the knife with a damp cloth between cuts.

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An Impromptu Dessert

After I was done making the Salmon and Goat Cheese wrapped in Phyllo Dough I had 3 sheets of phyllo left over. It seemed a shame to waste them so I decided to make a little dessert. I first thought of just sprinkling them with cinnamon and sugar and rolling them up cigar like but then Ed mentioned apples. As it turns out we actually had an apple laying around so dessert was a go. We only used 3 sheets of phyllo because that’s all we had but it left the dough really thin so you might want to consider using a few more. This was really yummy and such a nice little treat.

Apples in Phyllo by Me

3 sheets (or more) phyllo dough
1 apple cored and peeled and sliced
2 tbsps melted butter

preheat oven to 400 degrees

lay a sheet of phyllo on a flat work surface, we used a plastic cutting board to protect the table, carefully brush the sheet with butter and then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Repeat this process til you have layed all your dough. Place your apples about a third of the way down the dough and sprinkle with more cinnamon and sugar. Roll the top 1/3 of the phyllo over the apples, fold in the sides of the dough and continue rolling up the apples keeping the sides in.

bake for 25 mins or until phyllo is a nice golden brown


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