Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Scrumptious Sorbet (Unless you like the term 'sherbet' better; then we shall call it Scrumptious Sherbet)

I was recently introduced to a dessert that originated in Texas with no given name, which seems really insensitive considering how shockingly delicious the treat is. So, being of many words and little brain, I have come to the conclusion that no-name Texas dessert will be donned, "Scrumptious Sorbet"*
*see post title for further information
Point of fact, I am snacking on said sorbet as we speak...er, as I write. And really, it is as simple as it is incredible.
Here we go, ladies (and possibly gentleman):

Scrumptious Sorbet

1 package macaroon cookies, crumbled (use a rolling pin and make sure to leave some good ol' chunks)
1 regular sized tub whipped topping
Any flavor sorbet/sherbet, slightly thawed (a combination works best...like raspberry and pineapple or lime and orange, peach and pineapple ((what I am currently licking off the spoon))

Combine whipped topping and cookie crumbles in a large bowl. Press half into the bottom of an 8x8 glass pan or any similar sized dish you have. Take gooey, but not too gooey, sorbet by the heaping spatula-full and slop together your sorbet into a rainbow of deliciousness! The gal that made this for me the first time had spent eons making a spectacular checker-board of four flavors...I am far too lazy to do that but you can if you have the gumption. It gets a little runny around the edges by now so you might want to put it in the freezer for a few minutes and refrigerate the cookie bits and whipped topping while it stiffens back up. Once it is capable of holding the roof, slap on that last half of macaroon goodness and freeze until firm all the way through. (Or, if you are like me, when the edges are firm but the middle still semi-molten.)

No kidding you, this will please a crowd. Double the recipe and fill up a cake pan for a party because it goes fast!
Alas, my favorite part of this recipe...the Wal-mart sneak;
Great Value Brand macaroon cookies; ninety eight cents for an entire package.
Great Value Brand whipped topping; ninety eight cents for a regular size tub.
Great Value Brand Sherbet; two dollars forty four cents for a half gallon, any flavor.
For just over six dollars, you can make a two-flavor knock-out with this scrumptious dessert.

Happy cooking!
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Boston Cream Pie

Erin here!! As many of you know, I am the cake baker of the family. This past Saturday night, my brother and sister-in-law had a get together at their house and I offered to bring a Boston Cream Pie.... Unfortunately, I do not have any pictures of it as it was smashed on the way to the get together....but I will share the recipe as it was AMAZING. And, if yours happens to ge smashed on the way, it still tastes good. :-)

Boston Cream Pie

1 12.5 oz bag Ghiradelli Milk Chocolate Chips
2 pints heavy whipping cream, halved
1 small box french vanilla pudding
1 cup crushed oreos
1 box butter recipe cake
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup butter
3 eggs
1 small box pudding (vanilla or white chocolate)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour 2 9" round pans.

Empty chocolate chips into a bowl. Heat 1 pint of heavy whipping cream almost to boiling point. Pour over chocolate chips and whip with whisk until smooth. I sometimes add about 1 tbsp butter to the mixture as well. Set aside and cool.

Crush oreos. Set aside. Pour dry pudding into bowl. Add 1 pint of heavy cream. Mix on low speed until almost set. Fold in oreos by hand and refrigerate.

Cream butter in mixer. Sift cake mix and pudding into bowl. Add water and mix on low speed, adding eggs one at a time until incorporated. Add sour cream and mix until well blended. Do not overmix.

Pour cake batter into pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Release from pan and cool completely.

Place one cake layer on serving plate. Top with oreo cookie/pudding mixture. Top with second cake layer. Poor cooled ganache over entire cake. Chill, if desired. Refridgerate any leftovers.

As a tip, I used about 3/4 of the ganache to cover the cake and then took the rest and drizzled it on the cake as we served it. Yummy!! Enjoy!!
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