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coconut tart platedI made these fast, easy, and unbelievably scrumptious lovelies for a dessert potluck last week. Judging by how few were left I think they were a hit!

If you like coconut, you’ll love these simple to make bites.

Ingredients

Ingredients

Mix the pudding with milk and set aside.

Mix the pudding with milk and set aside.

Whip the heavy cream, adding in powdered sugar at the end. You want it to form fairly stiff peaks.

Whip the heavy cream, adding in powdered sugar at the end. You want it to form fairly stiff peaks.

Add softened cream cheese to the pudding and blend.

Add softened cream cheese to the pudding and blend.

Divide the whipping cream in half and add pudding mixture to one half.

Divide the whipping cream in half and add pudding mixture to one half. Blend carefully.

 

You can cover and refrigerate the filling overnight or serve immediately.

You can cover and refrigerate the filling overnight or serve immediately.

Fill mini tart shells. These came in a package of 12 - so you'd need four boxes. You can also use a graham cracker pie crust. Either way is tasty!

Fill mini tart shells. These came in a package of 12 – so you’d need four boxes. You can also use a graham cracker pie crust. Either way is tasty! Just fill tarts with filling and top with whipped cream.

If you like, you can toast some coconut to put in the top. I nuked this for 12 seconds  and it got a little too crispy, so 8 would probably be sufficient.

If you like, you can toast some coconut to put in the top. I nuked this for 12 seconds and it got a little too crispy, so 8 would probably be sufficient.

Coconut Cream Pie Bites

1 small box Coconut instant pudding

2 cups milk

3-4 ounces cream cheese

2 cups heavy cream

1/2 cup powdered sugar

coconut

48 mini fillo shells (or a 9-inch graham cracker pie crust)

* Note – You can use tart shells or a pie crust, your choice.

Mix the pudding and milk together. Let pudding set.

Use softened cream cheese (if you have a small package, great, if not, use half of a large package) and mix it into the pudding until thoroughly blended in medium speed. (You don’t want to beat the pudding to death). Set aside.

Whip the heavy cream until it forms stiff peaks, add the powdered sugar and stir it in. Add half the cream to the pudding mixture and carefully blend.

My preference is to cover this tightly and refrigerate overnight before serving. If you are in a hurry, you don’t have to wait.

Fill tarts or pie crust. Top with remaining whipped cream.

Sprinkle with coconut. You can toast it or not, whatever floats your boat. You could also add slivered almonds or a drizzle of chocolate. I chose to add dark chocolate curls. That turned out to be a good decision.

Makes 48 mini tarts or one yummy pie.

She Who Loves Creamy, Cool Coconut Treats

 

 

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impossible banana pie plated

I remember my mom used to make Impossible Coconut Pie way back when I was full of youthful exuberance. It seemed amazing the way you could pour everything into one pan and there would magically appear a crust, filling and topping.

I decided to see what would happen if I took the same basic idea and tried it with bananas, since Captain Cavedweller loves banana desserts.

The result turned out quite tasty and it was so super easy!

Ingredients for Impossible Banana Pie

Ingredients for Impossible Banana Pie

Here's the super-hard part... dump everything in a blender and mix until smooth.

Here’s the super-hard part… dump everything in a blender and mix until smooth.

Pour into a 10-inch pie pan and bake at 350 degrees for about an hour, until the center is set.

Pour into a 10-inch pie pan and bake at 350 degrees for about an hour, until the center is set. That’s it!

 

Impossible Banana Pie

1 1/2 cups milk

3 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup baking mix

1/2 cup butter

1 tsp. cinnamon

2 medium-sized bananas (the riper the better)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into a pie pan (I gave mine a quick shot of non-stick cooking spray).

Bake for 65 minutes (or so) or until the center is set (it will have a custardy texture). If you like the smell of banana bread, this will make your mouth water!

Remove from oven and let cool slightly (or completely).

I served  it with a swirl of caramel sauce and a bit of whipped cream. You could add slices of fresh banana or some chocolate. Whatever strikes your fancy!

She Who Will Be Making This Again

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pavlova plated

If you’re looking for an easy dessert that appears to take a lot of effort to create, Pavlova is a great choice. It uses a few simple ingredients and is topped with berries and whipped cream.

How could you go wrong?

Ingredients

Ingredients

 

Start by beating egg whites and salt until they form glossy peaks.

Start by beating egg whites and salt until they form soft peaks.

 

Slowly add in sugar, a tablespoon at a time until well blended. Then add in remaining ingredients.

Slowly add in sugar, a tablespoon at a time until well blended and glossy, stiff peaks form. Then add in remaining ingredients.

 

Line a baking sheet with parchment. Form a heart, using a spoon to spread out the meringue (or a circle). You want the edges to be higher than the middle.

Line a baking sheet with parchment. Form a heart, using a spoon to spread out the meringue (or a circle). You want the edges to be higher than the middle.

 

Bake in a 250 degree oven for one hour and 15 minutes. Turn off the oven and let cool completely before removing.

Bake in a 250 degree oven for one hour and 15 minutes. Turn off the oven and let cool completely before removing.

 

Top with whipped cream and berries (or cherries) for a beautiful dessert your sweetheart will love.

Top with whipped cream and berries (or cherries) for a beautiful dessert your sweetheart will love.

Raspberry Pavlova

2 egg whites

pinch of salt

1/2 cup plus one tbsp. sugar

1/2 tsp. corn starch

1 tsp. white vinegar

1/2 tsp. vanilla

Berries

Whipped Cream

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Beat egg whites and salt in a metal bowl on medium speed until soft peaks form.

Gently sprinkle the sugar into the egg whites, one tablespoon at a time. The mixture should now be glossy  stiff peaks.

Gently fold in the cornstarch, vinegar and vanilla.

Line a baking sheet with parchment and use a spoon to shape the meringue into a heart (or circle). Make sure the edges are higher than the middle.

Turn the oven down to 250 degrees and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. The meringue should be very pale. Turn off the oven and let the meringue cool completely.

Just before serving, remove the meringue from the oven and top with whipped cream and berries.

Serve and enjoy!

She Who Wishes You All a Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

 

 

 

 

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Cherry Bars plated

If your sweetheart is a cherry fan (or dessert lover in general) these bars are easy to make and taste so good, especially warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Make your sweetie smile and make up a batch for Valentine’s Day.

Cast of cherry bar characters

Cast of cherry bar characters

Cream butter and sugar then add eggs, extracts and mix. Blend in dry ingredients.

Cream butter and sugar then add eggs, extracts and mix. Blend in dry ingredients.

Grease pan and spoon half the dough into the bottom.

Grease pan and spoon half the dough into the bottom.

Spoon in cherries.

Spoon in cherries.

Spread them out to every corner.

Spread them out to every corner.

Top with remaining dough by dropping on top. Don't try to spread. You want blobs and globs.

Top with remaining dough by dropping on top. Don’t try to spread. You want blobs and globs.

While the bars are baking, mix your glaze. Add milk, almond and vanilla extract to powdered sugar.

While the bars are baking, mix your glaze. Add milk, almond and vanilla extract to powdered sugar.

cherry bars glaze

Then when the bars and done and still hot, pour glaze over the top.

Then when the bars and done and still hot, pour glaze over the top.

And try not to eat the whole pan before you can share with the one who makes your heart pitter-patter.

And try not to eat the whole pan before you can share with the one who makes your heart pitter-patter.

Cherry Bars

1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. almond extract

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 tsp. slat

1 (21-oz.) can cherry pie filling

Glaze

1 cup powered sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. almond extract

2 tbsp. milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease an 8 x 8 baking pan. (You can double the recipe and bake in a large 15 x 10 baking pan).

Cream butter and sugar until well blended. Add eggs and mix. Add extracts and blend then stir in dry ingredients.

Spoon half the dough into the baking pan, pressing down lightly. It will be sticky.

Pour pie filling over the dough and spread out.

Drop remaining dough by the spoonful on top of filling.

Bake for 40 minutes, until top is golden brown. Drizzle with the glaze and serve warm. A scoop of vanilla ice cream makes it even better.

To make the glaze – combine sugar with extracts and milk. It should be very thin and pourable and smell deliciously of almond.

She Who Made Her Sweetheart Happy with These Bars

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banana pie plated

Yesterday was National Pie Day.

On Facebook, I asked the question “What’s your favorite pie?” and got so many yummy responses, I had to make a pie.

Captain Cavedweller loves banana cream pie, so I decided to make one for him (and I may have eaten a piece, too).

This recipe has a few steps to it, but it is easy to make.

 

Ingredients

Ingredients

Melt butter and stir in graham cracker crumbs.

Melt butter and stir in graham cracker crumbs.

Press into a pie pan and bake at 375 for about eight minutes.

Press into a pie pan and bake at 375 for about eight minutes. (Be prepared for your family to wander into the kitchen looking for cookies because the crust does create a warm cookie-like aroma as it bakes.)

Whip two cups of heavy cream with a little vanilla and sugar until peaks form. Set aside.

Whip two cups of heavy cream with a little vanilla and sugar until peaks form. Set aside.

Blend pudding mix with one cup of milk and set aside.

Blend pudding mix with one cup of milk and set aside.

Whip cream cheese until fluffy.

Whip cream cheese until fluffy.

Then mix in sweetened condensed milk and pudding.

Then mix in sweetened condensed milk and pudding.

Gently fold in half of the whipped cream.

Gently fold in half of the whipped cream.

 

Spread a thin layer of filling in the cooled pie crust.

Spread a thin layer of filling in the cooled pie crust.

Top with sliced bananas. (If you want more bananas, cut them into chunks and double the amount.)

Top with sliced bananas. (If you want more bananas, cut them into chunks and double the amount.)

Add remaining filling.

Add remaining filling.

Then top with the remaining whipped cream. Chill for at least an hour. Overnight would be even better.

Then top with the remaining whipped cream. Chill for at least an hour. Overnight would be even better.

And enjoy! We may have cut into this one before it was quite ready, but it was really tasty!

And enjoy! We may have cut into this one before it was quite ready, but it was really tasty!

Banana Cream Pie

For the Crust:

1 cup graham cracker crumbs

4 Tbsp. melted butter

2 Tbsp. sugar

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

For the Filling:

2 cups heavy cream, whipped

3 Tbsp. sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 3.4oz box instant banana cream pudding

1 cup cold milk

8 oz. cream cheese

1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk

2 ripe bananas, sliced

toasted coconut (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix the graham crackers with sugar and cinnamon then blend with the melted butter. When the crumbs are moist and you can pinch them together, they are well blended. If they still seem a little dry, add a dash of water. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a pie pan. (I cheated and melted the butter in the pie pan then mixed the crumbs with the butter directly in the pan. One less dish to wash and the pan doesn’t lose any of the butter in transfer.) Bake the crust for approximately 8 minutes then cool completely.

Using a mixer, whip the cream with sugar and vanilla until peaks form. Set aside.

Mix the pudding mix with one cup of milk and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until fluffy then add the pudding and sweetened condensed milk, scraping the bowl and beating until smooth. Using a spatula or spoon, gently fold in half of the whipped cream.

In the cooled crust, spread a thin layer of the filling. Top with banana slices. If you like more banana, cut into chunks rather than slices and use three or four, instead of two. Spoon in the rest of the filling then top with the remaining whipped cream.

Carefully cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour (overnight is even better).

To serve, decorate the top with toasted coconut and banana chunks (or a drizzle of caramel or chocolate).

She Who Had a Very Happy Husband When He Tasted This Pie

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Drizzle on some caramel sauce and enjoy!

It’s National Pie Day!

A yummy hooray to that!

My dad always says he only likes two kinds of pie – hot and cold. So for all you pie lovers out there, here are a few of my favorite pie recipes.

I was nearly giddy at this point in the game because the crust was so easy to handle. Mine would have been in about 10 pieces or flaky messiness at this point with my old stand-by pie crust recipe.

Let’s start with a recipe for the flakiest, best pie crust.

Apple Pie Bite platedApple Pie Bites

 

slice-of-pieOld Fashioned Apple Pie

RF pie platedCream Pie

choc-rasp pie with berries up closeChocolate Raspberry Ritzy Pie

 

raspberry pie bakedRaspberry Cream Pie

Pumpkin Pie Bites

Zest a fresh lemon. As the scent fills your kitchen with a divine fragrance that makes your knees week, try not to pass out on the floor. Spouses, children and pets may find that disturbing.

Lemon Meringue Pie

orange pie finishedOrange Dream Pie (great in the summer!)

She Who Will Be Making a Pie Today

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Drizzle on some caramel sauce and enjoy!

Because my dad has never met a pie he hasn’t liked  – I’m sharing this easy pie crust recipe. It is the best ever!

Ingredients for the best pie dough ever!

Combine dry ingredients until coarse and crumbly.

After adding liquid, let the dough rest covered in the fridge for 45 minutes. Then roll out on a well-floured surface.

Ready for a pan.

I was nearly giddy at this point in the game because the crust was so easy to handle. Mine would have been in about 10 pieces of flaky messiness at this point with my old stand-by pie crust recipe.

Here’s what the bottom layer looks like with a beautiful berry filling. Did I mention we made three pies?

And the top crust goes on so easily. Yes, I am a big believer that a little butter is good and another pat or two is even better! There are no finished photos of the berry pie because Miz Sunshine grabbed it hot out of the oven and ran off to pick up little Miss Sunshine!

Vodka Pie Crust

2 1/2 cups  flour

1 tsp. salt

2 tbsp. sugar

1 1/2 sticks cold butter, cut into 1/4 inch slices

1/2 cup vegetable shortening, cut into 4 pieces

1/4 cup cold vodka

1/4 cup cold water

Process 1 1/2 cups flour, salt, and sugar in food processor until combined, about 2 one-second pulses. Add butter and shortening and process until dough just starts to collect in uneven clumps, about 15 seconds (dough will resemble coarse crumbs ). Scrape bowl with rubber spatula and redistribute dough evenly around processor blade. Add remaining cup flour and pulse until mixture is evenly distributed around bowl and mass of dough has been broken up, 4 to 6 quick pulses. Empty mixture into medium bowl.

If, like me, you do not have a food processor, get ready to apply some arm muscle and work the dough together with either a fork or pastry cutter until all flour is mixed in and it is crumbly.

Sprinkle vodka and water over mixture. With rubber spatula, use folding motion to mix, pressing down on dough until dough is slightly tacky and sticks together.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 45 minutes or up to 2 days.

Generously flour a clean, flat surface and your rolling pin. Divide dough in half and roll out one half, turning dough over between rolls to keep from sticking to counter or surface. Place in a pie pan and fill with favorite filling or prick with a fork and bake shell until golden brown then fill.

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