Sunday, November 13, 2011

Ice Cream Cake--but not like you think!

As of right now my little Pie a la Apple is just shy of 6,000 views!

Holy Cow!

I just had to share that little bit of information with you because it's just mind blowing to me.

 But, that's not why you are here.

Today, I've got an ice cream cake for you guys. 

And not the kind you are used to. 
We're going to bake this one!

Not long ago I made Ice Cream Bread and we all really liked it but it doesn't compare to this cake.

This cake is so moist. 

So, moist it is almost wet.

It's simple, only uses a few ingredients, and there are boo koo's of options.

This cake uses a cake mix. I know a lot of you may not be to keen on that.  My first choice usually isn't a cake mix either. There is just something about a cake made from scratch. I'm with ya...but this cake is worth the exception.

I suggest using an ice cream rich in flavor.  I made the cake using Cotton Candy flavored ice cream and a white cake mix.  It just didn't have the flavor that the other two did.
 It was however, a very pretty light purple!

The below photo is made with white chocolate macadamia nut ice cream and a white cake mix. I also threw in a cup of white chocolate chips and 1 cup of macadamia nuts too.

And here we have one made with red velvet ice cream and a red velvet cake mix!

Let's Get Started:

Ice Cream Cake
recipe from Omnomicon

1 box cake mix (any flavor)
1 pint ice cream (any flavor)-softened
3 eggs
1 cup water
nuts, chocolate chips, or fruit

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Grease 9 x 13 pan or bunt pan very well

Mix all four ingredients for 4 minutes (yes 4 whole minutes).

Pour into prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes.

Allow to cool before adding any frosting (optional).

  I used a powdered sugar/milk glaze. You can frost with whatever icing or glaze you'd like. Powdered sugar is a great option too!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Spinach Balls

Life has gotten in the way lately. 

I haven't had the time I'd like to spend in the kitchen or sit down with my laptop and share my adventures with all of you.

Between working with a catering company and being a wife and mother the hours in the day seem to escape me.

I haven't forgotten about you my friends.  My posts may be short and to point until after the holidays but, I promise to share something yummy with you when I can.

I made these spinach balls this weekend and they were a big hit!

They are so simple and tasty.

Spinach Balls

3 (6 ounce) boxes of stuffing mix--I used Stove Top Stuffing-your choice of flavor
2 (10 ounce) boxes frozen spinach--thawed and drained
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons of margarine-melted
3/4-1 cup of water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Grease baking sheet-set aside

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined and stuffing mix is soft. Add more water if needed to make stuffing soft.

Scoop out 1-2 tablespoons of mixture and roll into a ball shape.

Place spinach balls on prepared baking sheet about 1/2 inch apart.

Bake for 35-40 minutes.

Should make 60-75 balls depending on size.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Beer Cheese Dip with Pretzel Bites

I made this for the World Series game last night. 

 Did anyone else stay up late to watch the two extra innings?

 I did not want to get out of bed this all!

My husband grew up near St. Louis and is an avid supporter of the Cardinals.  So, one way or another I'm watching my last baseball game of the year tonight! 

You see, I'm not a baseball fan. 

My heart belongs to football!

Even though I'm not into baseball I can get into some yummy snacks to munch on while Pujols does his thing.


Beer Cheese Dip

16 ounces American processed cheese (like Velveeta)-cut into pieces
8 ounces cream cheese
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 (12 ounces) bottle or can beer (I highly recommend a dark beer)
2 teaspoons hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Add American cheese pieces, cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, beer, hot sauce, paprika, and cayenne pepper to a slow cooker (crock pot).  Heat on low until cheeses are melted; stir occasionally.

The pretzel bites are the same recipe I used for my pretzel rolled hot dogs. But, I used water instead of beer this time.

Pretzel Bites

12 ounces of water
1 tablespoon white sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
4 1/2 cups bread flour
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons ground mustard
1-2 teaspoon cayanne pepper
1 large egg yolk
1 tablespoon water
10 cups water
2/3 cup baking soda

Heat the water in a saucepan (or microwave) over low heat until it reaches 110 degrees F.
Combine the warm water, sugar, and 2 teaspoons kosher salt in a bowl.
Sprinkle the yeast on top, and let stand for 5 minutes until the yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam.

In a large bowl add bread flour and melted butter.
Add water/yeast mixture to bread flour. Mix with a wooden spoon or use dough hook attachment with a mixer.

Once combined shape into a ball and place in an oiled bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size (about 1 hour).

Preheat an oven to 450 degrees.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, or grease with vegetable oil.

Beat the egg yolk in a small bowl with 1 tablespoon water; set aside.

Bring 10 cups of water to a boil in a large pot over medium-high heat, and stir in baking soda until dissolved.

Meanwhile, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured or oiled surface, and roll into a 10x20-inch rectangle.
Cut long horizontal lines about an inch wide.  Cut long vertical lines about an inch wide to make bite size pieces.

Drop several piecesat a time into the boiling baking soda water for about 20 seconds.  Don't worry, your pretzel bites won't taste like boiled dough.  This helps them achieve that dark golden brown color.

Reserve baking soda water.

Place boiled dough on cookie sheets at least 1/2 inch apart. If you're baking pans are thin you may want to double stack them so the bottom of the bites don't become too crispy.

Bake in preheated oven.

Brush pretzels with reserved baking soda water starting at about 7-8 minutes of cook time. Continue to brush each pretzel with baking soda water every 2 minutes until.
Bake for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Candied Popcorn

I may never eat regular popcorn again!

No, I'm just kidding but this is definietly tasty enough to make again....and again.

There are so many possiblites too.

Let's Get Started:

Candied Popcorn
recipe from

12 cups of popped popcorn
1 (14 ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 (3 ounce) package flavored gelatin

Heat oven to 300ºF. Line large shallow roasting pan with heavy foil, extending foil over edges of pan.

Butter foil.

Remove all unpopped popcorn.

Pour popcorn into prepared pan. Keep warm in oven.

Combine sweetened condensed milk and dry gelatin in medium saucepan. Heat and stir over low heat until mixture is slightly thickened and bubbly, 4 to 5 minutes.

Pour mixture over popcorn. Stir gently to coat using a long-handled wooden spoon.
Bake 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.

 Carefully turn out onto large piece of lightly buttered foil.
Break into pieces or clusters.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Frisco Patty Melt--Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

Let's Get Started:

Frisco Patty Melt
Copycat version of Steak 'n Shake
Slightly adapted from here

1 lb ground beef or 1 lb chuck
8 slices sourdough bread
1 tablespoon butter 
2 tablespoons onions diced fine
8 slices American cheese
4 slices swiss cheese

Frisco Sauce-2 versions

4 Tablespoons Thousand Island Salad Dressing
2 Tablespoons Ketchup


4 Tablespoons Thousand Island Dressing
2 Tablespoons French Salad Dressing

I made both and we like the Thousand Island and French Salad dressing combo best.

Combine Thousand Island Dressing and ketchup or French Dressing thoroughly, set aside.
Form ground beef into 8 thin patties.
Pan fry to desired doneness, set patties aside.

While patties are cooking, lightly toast all 8 slices of bread.
Drain the excess fat from the skillet, add 1/2 tablespoon butter or margarine to the skillet (medium heat) and add all the onions when butter has melted.
Cook onions 2-3 minutes or until softened, remove and set aside- do not drain skillet.
Place 4 slices of bread in the skillet (or as many as you can at once; repeat the following steps in smaller increments if necessary).
Cook 1-2 minutes, or until the bread is lightly toasted. Flip bread and toast other side.
Remove from the skillet, melt the remaining butter and repeat the toasting with the remaining slices of bread.
Top bottom slices of bread with one slice of American cheese.
Layer one beef patty on top of cheese, then a slice of Swiss cheese, another beef patty, another slice of American cheese.
Distribute grilled onions evenly on all four sandwiches.
Spread top slices of bread with the dressing mixture, and close sandwiches.

Reserve any additional sauce for dipping.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Twice as Nice Twice Baked Potatoes

As you may know, I have a new found love for sweet potatoes. 

Specifically for savory sweet potatoes.

So, I'm here to share another wonderful recipe with you.

My dear friend Jennifer, told me all about these delicious potaotes that offer the best of both worlds.

And aren't they the cutest things?

Let's Get Started:

Twice as Nice Twice Baked Potatoes

1 large sweet potato
1 large baking potato
1/2 cup sour cream
2-3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup crumbled cooked bacon
2 tablespoons chopped chives
salt and pepper

Wash potaotes.

Poke potatoes with the tines of a  fork a few times--so they don't explode.

 Bake potatoes at 375 degrees F for about an hour or until soft. I usually coat my baking potatoes with olive oil and season with a little salt before baking.

You can also microwave your potatoes instead of baking.

Cut 1/4 of the potato off from the top--lengthwise.

Scoop out the inside of each potato and place in separate bowls. The potatoes should look kind of like little boats now.

Mash potatoes with a fork.

Add half of the sour cream, butter, cheese, bacon and chives to each bowl of scooped out potatoes.

You may want more or less sour cream, cheese, butter, and bacon.
I didn't use bacon or chives--just a personal preference.

Stir to combine well.

Season with salt and pepper if desired-Stir

Spoon half of the white baking potato mixture into one side of the white baking potato "boat" and the other half into one side of the sweet potato "boat".

Spoon half of the sweet potato mixture into the other side of white baking potato. Spoon remaining half of sweet potato mixture into the other side of the sweet potato.

Place on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Homemade Mounds Candy Bars

There is that saying..."you always want what you can't have".

I spent several days without an oven and all I wanted to do was bake!

Without an oven I'm left with my microwave and crockpot. 

Here's what I made instead.

This little copy cat version of the Mounds candy bar has been on my list of things to make for awhile.

No baking required for these yummys!

We all thought that they tasted pretty close to the real thing.

I've got a couple of crockpot recipes I'll share with you in the next post!

Let's Get Started:

Homemade Mounds Candy Bars

7 ounces sweetened condensed milk
2 cups powered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (14 ounce) bag flaked coconut
24 ounces dark chocolate chips

Mix the first four ingredients together.  The mixture will be very firm.

Form into desired shape (I formed mine into an oval shape). Place on cookie sheet and cover with plastic wrap. 

Refrigerate for about an hour.

Melt chocolate chips in the microwave on 10 second intervals in a microwave safe bowl.

Dip coconut bars into melted chocolate.  After covering each bar with chocolate I placed them on the end of a fork and tapped them on the side of the bowl to remove the excess chocolate.

Place each bar on wax paper and allow chocolate to harden.

I got 25 candy bars out of this mixture.