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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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Lemon Panna Cotta plated

As the grand finale for my Wish It Were Spring theme lunch, I went with Lemon Panna Cotta for dessert. That was a delicious decision. The smooth custard topped with the lemony curd and candied lemon peel created bursts of spring-time flavor with every bite.

It isn’t hard to make, but does take some time and planning ahead. I prepared everything the day before the gathering, because the Panna Cotta needs to sit for at least eight hours before serving.

lemon panna cotta ingred
The cast of characters
Begin by sprinkling gelatin over 1/4 cup cold milk.
Add sugar to the cream
Add in vanilla, stir well and cook for about four minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Sorry, I forgot to take photos of the next step, but you remove from heat, stir in gelatin then add in the milk. Pour into cups or forms and refrigerate, tightly covered with plastic wrap, at least eight hours or overnight.
Lemon Pavlova flowerI used a silicone pan shaped like a daisy for my mold. Although it is non-stick, I gave it a shot of non-stick spray to make sure I could get it out of the mold when I was ready to serve. Isn’t it pretty?
Next, make the lemon curd. Here are the ingredients.

Next, make the lemon curd. Here are the ingredients.

Zest half a lemon with a microplane. I'm lazy and did mine right in the pan.

Zest half a lemon with a microplane. I’m lazy and did mine right in the pan.

Then squeeze the lemons until you get a quarter cup of juice.

Then squeeze the lemons until you get a quarter cup of juice.

Put everything in a heavy saucepan and cook, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, until the mixture thickens.

Put everything in a heavy saucepan and cook, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, until the mixture thickens.
Remove from heat and spoon into a bowl or jar, ready to top the Panna Cotta. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.

Remove from heat and spoon into a bowl or jar, ready to top the Panna Cotta. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.

To make the candied lemon peel, I used the two lemons from the lemon curd and removed all pump and pith (the white part).

To make the candied lemon peel, I used the two lemons from the lemon curd and removed all pulp and pith (the white part).

Cut it into thin ribbons.

Cut it into thin ribbons.

Then boil with a cup of cold water and drain. Repeat this step.

Then boil with a cup of cold water and drain. Repeat this step.

Add 1/2 cup of sugar and another cup of cold water to the peel and bring to a boil, stirring with a wooden spoon to dissolve sugar.

Add 1/2 cup of sugar and another cup of cold water to the peel and bring to a boil, stirring with a wooden spoon to dissolve sugar.

Continue simmering until lemon peel is soft and translucent - about 15 to 20 minutes. It is better to overcook than undercook because you want to cook out any bitterness left in the peel.

Continue simmering until lemon peel is soft and translucent – about 15 to 20 minutes. It is better to overcook than undercook because you want to cook out any bitterness left in the peel.

Dry on a paper towel.

Dry on a paper towel.

Then dip into sugar, thoroughly coating.

Then dip into sugar, thoroughly coating.

Isn't it pretty?

Isn’t it pretty?

You'll have a bunch of sugary squiggles of lemony goodness when you're done. Place in a Ziploc bag or airtight container until you are ready to serve.

You’ll have a bunch of sugary squiggles of lemony goodness when you’re done. Place in a Ziploc bag or airtight container until you are ready to serve.

Vanilla Panna Cotta

A silky custard, made without egg…

1 3/4oz envelope unflavored gelatin

1 cup cold milk, divided

1 ¾ cups heavy cream

¼ cup granulated sugar

1½ tsp. vanilla extract

Sprinkle gelatin over ¼ cup milk in a small bowl. Stir until moistened. Let stand five minutes (it will be lumpy).

Cook heavy cream, granulated sugar and vanilla in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally for about four minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and add gelatin mixture, stirring until completely dissolved. Add in  remaining ¾ cup milk. Stir in then pour mixture into six 4-ounce dessert glasses or wineglasses. Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least eight hours. If you have some forms that are easy to get treats out of, you can pour panna cotta into them. I would recommend silicone or something that is easy to work with.

Lemon Curd

2 Lemons

3 egg yolks

6 tbsp. sugar

1/4 cup butter

Roll lemons around on the counter to get the juice flowing. Slice in half and zest one half using a microplane.

Squeeze lemons until you have 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice.

Cook egg yolks, lemon juice, eggs, sugar and butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly with a   wooden spoon, until the mixture is thick. Spoon into a bowl or jar, cover tightly and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Candied Lemon Peel

2 Lemons

1/2 cup sugar plus 1 tbsp.

water

You need the peels off approximately two lemons. I used the same lemons from my lemon curd, so for this entire recipe, you would need two lemons. If you don’t want to use the ones you’ve squeezed into oblivion to render the juice, you can get two fresh lemons.

Take a knife and remove the pulp from the peel then carefully cut away all the white pith. This is the bitter part of the lemon and you want it all gone.

Slice the peel into thin ribbons and add to a saucepan with one cup of cold water. Bring to a boil, drain, and repeat.

After you have drained the lemon peel for the second time, add another cup of cold water and 1/2 cup sugar to the peels in the saucepan and bring to boil. Continue simmering until the peels are translucent and soft. (I let mine go about twenty minutes. It is better to overcook than undercook.)

Remove from heat and drain then let dry on a paper towel. When dry, dip each lemon ribbon in a small dish with sugar, coating thoroughly. Store in an air-tight container until ready to use. These are so, so yummy!

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To serve the Lemon Panna Cotta, simply add a dollop of curd with a few pieces of Candied Lemon Peel to the Panna Cotta. If you made it in a big mold like I did, cut the Panna Cotta into individual servings before adding the lemon.

She Who Loves the Spring Flavor of Lemon

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bubbly-dessertIf you’re looking for an elegant show-stopping dessert to ring in the new year, this one definitely fits the bill.

Simple and beautiful, your guests will be wowed!

Bubbly Dessert

1 tbsp. unflavored gelatin

2 cups cold white grape juice, divided

2 tbsp. sugar

2 cups club soda or champagne

8 fresh strawberries or raspberries

In a small saucepan, sprinkled gelatin over 1 cup of the cold grape juice. Let stand for one minute. Heat over low heat stirring until gelatin is completely dissolved. Stir in sugar. Remove from heat, stir in remaining grape juice. Cool to room temperature.

Transfer gelatin mixture to a large bowl. Slowly stir in soda or champagne. Pour half of the mixture into eight champagne or parfait glasses. Add a berry to each glass (if using a strawberry, remove hulls first). Chill glasses and remaining gelatin mixture until almost set, about an hour.

Place the reserved gelatin mixture in a blender, cover and process until foamy. Pour into glasses. Chill for three hours or until set.

Makes 8 servings.

 

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choc icebox platdWhen the weather is hot and I’m feeling lazy, I like to focus as little attention as possible on spending time in the kitchen.

That’s one reason I love good old-fashioned ice-box desserts. They come together in a snap, can be made the night before, and taste wonderful

My latest version involves chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate!

Ingredients ... and out of the 396 packages of Oreos at the store, of course I grab the one with birthday sprinkles in the filling!

Ingredients … and out of the 396 packages of Oreos at the store, of course I grab the one with birthday sprinkles in the filling!

 

Start by crushing the cookies into small, obliterated chunks. You can do this in the food processor, with a meat tenderizer, or have your husband beat them to death. Captain Cavedweller happened to wander into the kitchen at just the right time and got put into service as the cookie pounder.

Start by crushing the cookies into small, obliterated chunks. You can do this in the food processor, with a meat tenderizer, or have your husband beat them to death. Captain Cavedweller happened to wander into the kitchen at just the right time and got put into service as the cookie pounder.

 

While the cookies are being pulverized, whip the cream until thick and luscious. I added about a half-cup of powdered sugar, to give it a little sweetness. Just stir in gently once the whipping cream is thoroughly whipped.

While the cookies are being pulverized, whip the cream until thick and luscious. I added about a half-cup of powdered sugar, to give it a little sweetness. Just stir in gently once the whipping cream is thoroughly whipped.

 

Spread the cookies into the bottom of a 9x13 pan and press down.

Spread the cookies into the bottom of a 9×13 pan and press down.

Beat the cream cheese until smooth and creamy.

Beat the cream cheese until smooth and creamy.

Then add in pudding and milk, blending well.

Then add in pudding and milk, blending well.

 

Pour half the mixture over the top of the cookie crumbs. Work with some sense of urgency at this point because it won't take long for the pudding to begin to set.

Pour half the mixture over the top of the cookie crumbs. Work with some sense of urgency at this point because it won’t take long for the pudding to begin to set.

 

Fold half the whipping cream into the remainder of the pudding mixture.

Fold half the whipping cream into the remainder of the pudding mixture.

 

Spoon on top of pudding mixture already in the pan, then top with remaining whipping cream.

Spoon on top of pudding mixture already in the pan, then top with remaining whipping cream.

 

Spread whipping cream evenly over the top. You can get all fancy and make designs... or not.

Spread whipping cream evenly over the top. You can get all fancy and make designs… or not.

 

I sprinkled mini chocolate chips all over the top of mine. You can add shaved chocolate, toasted coconut, drizzle it with caramel sauce. Whatever strikes your fancy.

I sprinkled mini chocolate chips all over the top of mine. You can add shaved chocolate, toasted coconut, drizzle it with caramel sauce. Whatever strikes your fancy.

The end result is a delicious layered dessert that tastes divine and only takes about 15-20 minutes to whip up.

The end result is a delicious layered dessert that tastes divine and only takes about 15-20 minutes to whip up.

 

Chocolate Icebox Dessert

2 small boxes of instant chocolate pudding

3 1/2 cups milk

1 8oz. package of cream cheese

1 15.5oz. package of Oreo cookies

1 pint of heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup powdered sugar

Optional toppings (mini chocolate chips, shaved chocolate, coconut, caramel sauce)

Crush cookies until cookies and filling and blended into a crumbly mass (or mess, depending on who you ask).  Press into the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish and set aside.

Whip cream until peaks form. I like mine sweet, so I add about 1/2 cup of powered sugar and stir in gently.

In another bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth then add in pudding mixes and milk. Beat until well blended.

Immediately pour of the pudding mixture over the cookie crumbs in pan. Add half whipping cream to the remaining pudding mixture and stir until blended. Spoon over top of crust and filling in pan.

Top with remaining whipped cream.

Add whatever toppings you like then cover tightly with plastic wrap and let sit over night in fridge. You can serve immediately, but it tastes so much better the next day. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

She Who Needs to Not Make This Again for Self-Preservation Purposes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Captain Cavedweller loves custard and I love pumpkin so the other day I decided to see what would happen if I combined the two.

Good things happened. Very good things.

This recipe comes together quickly and is so easy (and yummy).

Enjoy!

Ingredients

 

Mix pumpkin, eggs, cream, sugar and spice.

You need 1/2 inch of boiling water in a baking dish. You can pour it in or, if you are lazy like me, nuke the pan and water in the microwave.

 

Pour custard into 8-ounce cups sitting in the boiling water.

 

While the custard is baking, mix up topping. Melt butter.

Add sugar and vanilla and mix well.

 

Drizzle on top of custard that has baked about 20 minutes (or until tops are set).

 

Remove from oven when a knife inserted in the center comes out clean (about 40-50 minutes total).

Garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon! Yum!

 

Pumpkin Custard

1 can (15 ounces)  pumpkin

2 eggs

1 cup heavy cream

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1-1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1/2 teaspoon salt

Topping

1/4 cup turbinado (raw) sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon butter, melted

Whipped cream and ground cinnamon, optional
Preheat oven to 350.

Beat eggs lightly then add in pumpkin, cream, sugar and spice.

Pour into 8-ounce custard cups set in a baking dish with 1/2 inch of boiling water. I boil the water right in the dish in the microwave, but you can also put the cups in the pan, fill them, then pour in water around them. The point is that you want the cups to be setting in 1/2 inch of boiling water while they bake.

Once the custard is in the oven, bake about 20 minutes, until the tops are set, then drizzle on topping.

To make the topping, melt butter, stir in vanilla, sugar. This gives the custard an almost brulée taste and texture.

Continue baking another 20-30 minutes until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove from oven and let cool.

Top with whipped cream dusted with cinnamon (if you so desire, which I greatly did) and devour!

She Who Must Get Over Her Pumpkin Obsession

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Here is a fast and easy dessert that tastes so yummy yet does not require cooking.

That means your house doesn’t have to reach the internal temperature of an inferno to enjoy something delicious wonderful and sweet!

Ingredients

 

Whip cream until it forms peaks. Add a little confectioner’s sugar to sweeten. Set aside.

Whip cream cheese until smooth.

Add milk and pudding mix to cream cheese and mix well.

 

Add whipping cream to pudding mix and blend gently with a spoon.

 

Line pan with graham crackers then spoon in pudding mix.

 

Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

 

Leave in fridge for an hour (or overnight) before serving. Then indulge!

Chocolate Icebox No-Bake Dessert
1 3-ounce package cream cheese, softened (or cut an 8-ounce package in half)
1 1/2 cups milk
1 large package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup whipping cream
chocolate shavings or mini chocolate chips
Graham Crackers

Line the bottom of a 9×13 inch pan with Graham Crackers and set aside. Whip cream, add a dash of confectioner’s sugar to lightly sweeten.
In another bowl, mix cream cheese and milk until smooth. Add pudding mix and beat one minute. Fold in half of the whipped cream. Pour over Graham Crackers and chill for one hour.
Once chilled, spread rest of whipped cream on top and garnish with shaved chocolate or mini chocolate chips.

Restrain yourself from eating the whole pan and force yourself to share.

She Who Loves Easy Desserts that Don’t Require Turning on the Oven

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