Friday, May 9, 2014

April Showers...

...Bring May Flowers.  :)

I hope everyone is having a lovely Spring so far...I know I'm enjoying watching the leaves unfurl and the grass turn green again.  These little violets pop up in a corner of our yard every year, and they always bring a smile to my face.  I hope this one made you smile too.

Happy Friday!  :)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

No Bake Creamy Nutella Cheesecake Pie

If you're a fan of Nutella, then you may enjoy this recipe - it's quick, delicious, and SUPER easy!  In fact, it's so easy that you may only need to look at this recipe once or twice before you get the idea.  :)

Here's what you need: 

-Pie Crust (I used graham, but any kind you like)
-One 8-oz. brick Cream Cheese
-One 8-oz. tub Whipped Topping
-One jar Nutella (I believe the jar is around 13 oz.)

For a garnish, you can pick from the following options: more whipped cream (pictured), hazelnut truffles (pictured), ice cream, drizzled chocolate, drizzled Nutella, whole hazelnuts, chopped hazelnuts, chocolate chips...need I go on?  :)

Soften the cream cheese in the microwave.

Add the Nutella - the whole jar!!  You have my permission to lick the spoon.

Mix the cream cheese and the Nutella together, using a hand or stand mixer, until smooth and creamy.  You can lick the beaters, too - although I recommend detaching them from the mixer first.  ;)

Plunk in the whole tub of whipped cream and fold it in.  Folding in the whipped cream will take a couple minutes; when it's done, it'll look like this:

Spread the mixture into a pie crust.  I used a store-bought graham crust, which was very good.  I think that an Oreo crust would also be yummy, and undoubtedly a homemade crust would be even better, if you don't mind making one.

Cover the pie and refrigerate for at least a couple hours or overnight.  It will firm up a bit (I cut the piece below before the pie was chilled, and you can see that it was NOT firm!), and the flavors will all blend together nicely.  I do think it's better the second day.

 Yummy!  The pie turned out extremely rich, creamy and decadent.  You'll want to start out with a SMALL piece of this stuff - it's powerful!

So there you have it - Creamy Nutella Cheesecake Pie!  :)  

One really nice thing about this recipe is its adaptability - last week, I used the same formula, except that instead of Nutella, I used a jar of Pumpkin Caramel sauce, which was also an amazing pie.  Probably you could substitute any number of other things - peanut butter, pumpkin puree, raspberry jam, etc. I want to experiment more!  :)

Well, I hope I've given you some food for thought (Ooh, a pun!  No applause necessary, thank you).  Until next time, happy baking!!

*Note - I am not affiliated with whoever makes Nutella; I'm just using their product.  :)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A Coconut Treat: Grandma Inez's Impossible Pie

I've made this recipe two or three times - if you're a coconut fan, you'll really like this!  It's similar to a coconut cream pie, but SO much easier!

To give credit where credit is due, I got this recipe from Tasty Kitchen - follow this link to see the original.

I do make one slight modification - I add quite a bit more coconut than the recipe calls for.  You'll have to experiment and see which way you prefer it.  :) are the ingredients probably have most of these already!  Eggs, sugar, butter (or margarine), vanilla, milk, Bisquick (or generic baking mix) and sweetened coconut flakes.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, and mix all the ingredients together.  

Pour into a greased 9" pie plate (my pie plate was 9.5").

Bake for 30 minutes.  It shouldn't be jiggly, and a knife should come out clean.  Broil for 2-3 minutes if you want the top to be toasted. 

This is yummy eaten right away, but a zillion times better the next day.  (I know, because I tried it both ways!)  It has a slightly creamy, custardy texture that goes super well with whipped cream.

So, the main modification that I made was to add more coconut than the recipe calls for.  I put in 3 cups, and it may have increased the baking time and made the pie not keep its shape as well - but it was still absolutely delicious!

Here's the full recipe:

Grandma Inez's Impossible Pie

2 eggs, beaten
1 c sugar
3 T butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c milk
4 T Bisquick
3 1/2 oz. sweetened coconut flakes (I used 3 cups)

Mix ingredients well.  Pour into a greased 9" pie plate.  Bake at 350 deg. F for 30 minutes, then broil for 2-3 minutes if desired.  Cool and serve with whipped cream.

Enjoy!!  :D