Sunday, June 27, 2010

Banana Cream Pie.

This is the easiest banana cream pie out there. And if you were to ask, I'd tell you it was the best banana cream pie out there! Another great thing about this pie recipe - it makes two pies! You can make one for a friend and keep one for yourself. Although, I bet you friend wouldn't complain about having two!

Banana Cream Pie

2 1/2 cups crushed pretzels
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup butter (melted)

Combine all ingredients and divide for two pies. Grease the bottom and up the sides of a pie plate. Press the mixture on the bottom and up the sides of prepared pie plate. Refrigerate while preparing the pie filling.

1 small box of vanilla instant pudding
1 cup cold water
1 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
Piles and piles of slices banana (about 4 small or 3 large)
1/2 pint whipping cream (whipped)

Combine vanilla pudding mix, water, and milk. Fold in whipped cream until well combined.

Remove pie crusts from the refrigerator and place banana slides evenly between the two pies. Top each with half of the prepared filling.

1/2 pint whipping cream
1/3 cup powdered sugar

Whip cream and sugar until peaks from. Top each pie with half the topping.

Looking to make this easier? Buy a pre-made pie crust (graham, chocolate, etc). Buy cool whip instead of heavy whipping cream.

It will be enjoyed any way you decide to make it. So go ahead, enjoy some dessert in this steamy heat without turning the oven on!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Chicken Burgers Milanese.

As you can probably guess, I collect recipes. I collect them from blogs, food websites, friends, family, and magazines. Every now and then I go through my files and toss/delete things that are no longer of interest, things I've made, but didn't fall in love with, and anything that is duplicate. At the same time I am reminded of recipes I want to try...

Chicken Burgers Milanese is one such recipe. It seemed easy enough for a week night supper and it had been a while since I'd actually gotten to do something productive in the kitchen. I was so set on making these that I went to the grocery store specifically for the ingredients - something I very rarely do. My special trip - worth it!

Chicken Burgers Milanese
(adapted from Red Book Magazine)
1 lb ground chicken
1 cup shredded zucchini
1 cup grated parmesan
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons dried italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
cooking spray
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon garlic infused oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
salt & pepper
3 cups mixed baby greens
1 tomato (diced)

Mix chicken, zucchini, cheese, oregano, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Once mixed, form 4-5 patties. Sprinkle one side of the burgers with breadcrumbs.

Spray a skillet with oil spray over medium heat. Lightly spray the breadcrumb side of the burger and place in skillet breadcrumb/spray side down. Cook for about 5 minutes or until golden. Flip burgers and repeat with the other side.

Prepare salad by tossing the mixed greens, tomatoes, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper. Put each burger on half a bun, top with salad and remaining half of bun.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sugarplum's Mayan Mudslide Brownies.

The wait for a recipe is so worth it today. These amazing little things are so good - even better paired with vanilla ice cream. Mmmm.

Mayan Mudslide Brownies
(adapted from Emily @ Sugar Plum)
1/4 cup butter
4 ounces Baker's semi-sweet chocolate (chopped)
1 teaspoon instant coffee mix
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons Hershey's unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt + 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1 avocado (peeled & pitted) - trust me - it's OK!
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup salted cashews
3/4 cup canned dulce de leche (I really hope you can find this ingredient. I could not, so I made my own "dulce de leche" with sweetened condensed milk. I tried baking it - it worked OK. I tried microwaving it - it worked GOOD but was a mess!! I think you could also use a caramel sauce....

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line an 8x8-inch baking dish with parchment paper.

Melt butter in saucepan over medium; turn heat off, add chopped chocolate and instant coffee. Stir until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a separate bowl, stir together dry ingredients (including only 1/4 salt and excluding the sugars) until well combined. Use a mixer on medium speed to beat the avocado until creamy. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar. Beat until well combined. Beat in vanilla and egg then beat in the melted chocolate mixture until well combined. Slowly beat in dry flour mixture.

Spread batter in baking dish. Sprinkle half of the chocolate chips and half of the cashews over the the batter. Bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven and drizzle with warmed dulce de leche. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips and cashews. Sprinkle with remaining salt. Return to the over for an additional 10-15 minutes. Cool and

I really hope you try these!!! I know the avocado might be intimidating, but it is so worth it!!! So, so, so worth it! The sweetness, the saltiness, the chewiness. Yum.