Archive for July, 2010
With Prep Time Included, This Homemade Ice Cream Is Ready
In 15 Minutes MAX!
With the summer heat finally here, it’s nice to make a dessert that is refreshing and doesn’t involve slaving over a hot stove. I was excited to find this recipe at Lifestyle.ca that claims to take less than 15 minutes in total! Basically it involves using a blender, or food processor and mixing up strawberries, sugar and whipping cream in about 5 minutes…talk about a dessert that’s easy and quick. I just don’t see how you can go wrong with this sweet ingredient combination. If you’re patient, you might want to freeze it before serving. But either way, it’s going to be cool and creamy…perfect for a hot summer’s day. Enjoy!
5-MINUTE STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM
2 ½ cups frozen strawberries
½ cup sugar
2/3 cup whipping cream
In a food processor (or blender), combine the frozen strawberries and the sugar. Process until the fruit is roughly chopped — the mixture will look dry and chunky. Now, with the processor running, add the whipping cream through the chute in the lid until the mixture is thick, smooth and creamy. You may have to stop the machine once or twice to scrape down the sides.
Serve immediately (it will be soft but incredibly delicious), or transfer to a container and place in the freezer so that it firms up slightly before serving. Any leftovers (ha!) can be kept in the freezer for up to a week.
Start to Finish, These Moist Muffins Take Only 30 Minutes To Make!
I was at my sister’s house last week and noticed 3 very ripe bananas sitting on her kitchen counter. When she told me that they would probably end up in the trash can, I quickly jumped into action, searching for recipes online. However, I had a big challenge…my sister isn’t a baker so she doesn’t have some essentials like baking soda and baking powder. Actually, I don’t think she even had any flour! Needless to say, my options were slim but I did find this dessert that’s super easy and quick to make, using pancake mix! It’s from Allrecipes.com and takes only 30 minutes from start to finish. My sister raved about these because they’re extremely moist and delicious. It’s a perfect recipe for those ripe bananas or for those who don’t know what to do with extra pancake mix. Enjoy!
EASY BANANA PRALINE MUFFINS
1/3 cup chopped pecans
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon sour cream
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 small ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups packaged pancake mix
In a small bowl, combine pecans, brown sugar and sour cream; set aside. Combine egg, bananas, sugar and oil; mix well. Stir in pancake mix just until moistened. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Drop 1 teaspoon of pecan mixture into center of each muffin. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until muffins test done.
These Adorable ‘No-Bake’ Treats Take Minutes To Prepare!
In honour of Canada Day and Independence Day, I wanted to share this dessert that is perfect for a summer party and doesn’t involve baking in a hot kitchen. These are called Brownie and Fruit Kabobs and they look amazingly tempting on a dessert platter and best of all they’re easy and quick to make. This recipe, as posted on LifeMadeDelicious.ca uses packaged brownies that require baking, but I recommend skipping this step and using store bought mini-brownies. This will cut down your preparation time and also avoid having to use a hot oven. Feel free to get creative with the ingredients. If you’re not a chocolate fan, maybe use marshmallows instead…imagine using strawberries and marshmallows for a patriotic Canada Day look! Have fun making these adorable kabobs and enjoy this festive weekend!
EASY BROWNIE & FRUIT KABOBS
1 pkg (roll type) Pillsbury Refrigerated Brownies OR a package of prepared brownie bites
4 cups (1 L) fresh pineapple chunks
5 cups (1.25 L) halved fresh strawberries
10 large bananas, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup (125 mL) semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup (50 mL) butter or margarine
20 (10-inch) bamboo skewers
Make brownies as directed on package. Cool completely, then cut into 1 1/4-inch squares.
Line cookie sheets with waxed paper. Alternately, thread 3 brownie pieces, 2 pineapple chunks, 2 strawberry halves and 2 banana slices on each skewer. Place kabobs on waxed paper.
In small microwaveable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and butter uncovered on High 1 to 2 minutes, stirring once until chocolate is melted. Drizzle over kabobs. Makes 20 kabobs.