Brown Sugar-Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Brown Sugar-Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Brown Sugar-Vanilla Frozen Yogurt is actually the ingredient list. Brown sugar + vanilla + yogurt = creamy and tangy goodness.

As I am writing this the temperature outside is nearing 110°, and my entire duct system, furnace and air conditioner are being replaced. Considering the old Day and Night system was new when my parents bought this house 50 years ago, that is a pretty good run for a major appliance!

But, while everything is being installed, we have no AC during a brutal heat wave in the Western states. So, I decided I needed a cold treat for these hot days.

The yogurt I used was a full fat goat milk yogurt, but that can easily be substituted with a lower fat cow or sheep milk yogurt. Just make sure it is plain yogurt with nothing added, just pure yogurt. No sugar, no coloring, no cornstarch, no carrageenan, just pure yogurt.

 

Brown Sugar-Vanilla Frozen Yogurt
 
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Serves: 1 quart
Ingredients
  • 1 quart plain yogurt
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Follow the instructions from the manufacturer of your ice cream maker for preparing to freeze ice cream.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the yogurt, brown sugar and vanilla until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Pour the yogurt mixture into your prepared ice cream maker, and freeze until the desired consistency is achieved.
  4. Place yogurt into a sealed container and place into freezer until ready to use.

 

Sweet and Spicy Chipotle Kettle Corn

Sweet and Spicy Chipotle Kettle Corn

Popcorn is and always will be one of the best snacks around. It can be buttery, salty, spicy, sweet or savory.

You eat it the movies, you eat it at a bar, you eat it at home in front of the TV. My favorite place to eat popcorn is Disneyland, because they pipe the smell of the popping corn out into the crowd, enticing you to buy a bag. And we do.

I recently needed a snack for a cocktail party I was going to, and decided to make a flavored popcorn. I went back and forth between a cheese popcorn, a spiced popcorn or a sweet popcorn.

I thought “Oh what the heck, what about a spiced sweet popcorn?” And it was good, really good.

My friends asked for the recipe at the party, so I made another batch. And I actually wrote the recipe down this time.

 

 

Sweet and Spicy Chipotle Kettle Corn

Be sure to use raw or turbinado sugar. White sugar will not  give you the depth of sweetness needed to balance the heat.

 

Sweet and Spicy Chipotle Kettle Corn
 
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Serves: 8 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ cup popcorn kernels
  • ½ cup raw sugar
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the salt and chipotle pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a deep pot heat the oil and a couple of popcorn kernels over medium high heat.
  4. Listen for the test kernels to pop, indicating the oil is ready.
  5. Add the popcorn and sugar, quickly stirring to mix.
  6. Immediately cover the pan with a tight fitting lid.
  7. Shake and swirl the pot as the corn pops.
  8. Remove the pot from the heat as needed, but continue to shake it so the sugar does not burn.
  9. Once there is no more popping, pour the popcorn out onto the prepared baking sheet.
  10. Sprinkle the salt and chipotle over the popcorn, and let it cool.
  11. Once cooled, place the popcorn into a bowl and enjoy.

 

Dessert Hack Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cups

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cups

Who doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies? Who doesn’t like peanut butter cups? Put them together and you have these heavenly Dessert Hack Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cups!

I’m working with Nestle Toll House on this post, to tell you all about Speed Scratch baking. Speed what, you say? Speed Scratch, or utilizing a convenience product as a component in an otherwise from scratch recipe. I don’t know about you, but I am crazy busy most of the time. As much as I would like to cook and bake from scratch all the time, it is not going to happen. Nestle Toll House Refrigerated Cookie Bar Dough is the perfect dessert hack. It can be a base for a cookie bar, a crust, a topping and so much more. In this case, I transformed it into a peanut butter cup.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cups

Nestle Toll House Ultimates Chocolate Chip Lovers Cookie Bar Dough are pre-cut and easy to break apart, making it perfect for last minute desserts or just as a treat. I love that you can break off one or two cookies, bake them, eat them and not have to worry about eating too many cookies. If there are cookies to be eaten in my house, I eat them.  And my waistline is a testament to that.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cups

Dessert Hack Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cups
 
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Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 1 (16 ounce) package Nestle Toll House Ultimates Chocolate Lovers Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 325° F.
  2. Separate the cookie dough into 12 cookies.
  3. Cut each cookie into quarters. You will have 48 pieces of cookie dough.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together the powdered sugar and peanut butter, until the mixture becomes a crumbly paste.
  5. Using clean hands, form 24 balls from the peanut butter filling.
  6. Spray a 24 cup mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  7. Place one piece of cookie dough into each cup, pressing the dough flat and up the sides of the muffin pan.
  8. Place one peanut butter ball into each cup of the muffin pan.
  9. Slightly flatten another piece of the cookie dough, then gently press it over the peanut butter ball.
  10. Repeat with the remaining cookie dough.
  11. Bake the cookies for 13-15 minutes, until cookie is browned and done.
  12. Remove the pan from the oven and place on a cooling rack.
  13. Cool the cookies at least 20 minutes, then carefully remove from the pan.
  14. Cool the cookies completely on the rack.

 

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cups

Back to School Time

Back to School Time

It’s that time again. Back to school time. Time for parents and guardians everywhere to start packing lunches. Time to plan easy dinners because homework will take up a good chunk of evening time. Not to mention hungry  children arriving home from school declaring they are starving.

Over at Mom.me I have compiled some fantastic back to school recipes and ideas, to help ease this transition along smoothly. Please click the links below to read the articles.

A few tips, tricks and recipe hacks for making those back-to-school lunches easier.

Back to School Lunch Box Hacks

School is back in session and the kids come home hungry! Here’s how to feed them a healthier snack to keep their energy and spirits up.

Easy After School Snacks

When they kids bring home hours of homework, these fast and easy dinners will free you up to help out rather than get stuck in the kitchen.

“Too Much Homework” Dinners

Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Yoghurt Sauce

Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Mountain High Yoghurt Sauce

It always amazes me how something so simple can become something so incredible. That is what I feel when I make this Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Yoghurt Sauce.

Quite a few years ago I whipped up a batch of this sauce to  serve with a platter of ripe and juicy peach and nectarine slices. I took them over my friend Holland’s house for a summer BBQ, and it was a huge hit! I was even asked for the recipe, to which I replied “ummmm, yoghurt and brown sugar. Maybe some cinnamon, but I can’t remember.”

That’s how I cook if I am not developing a recipe for publication. A little bit of this, a little bit of that, taste, adjust, bada boom, bada bing! Which means I often have to go back and re-develop a recipe if I make something for dinner and decide I want to share it with my readers. You would think after being a recipe developer for 15+ years that I would just write things down no matter what?! Yeah, that would be to easy.

I recently trotted the recipe out for my daughter’s Brownie Troop when they needed to earn their snack badge. I cut a large platter of assorted fruits, and brought the sauce and bamboo skewers for them to make Fruit Kebabs. These girls are only 8, and I brought a really large platter of fruit, thinking I would be taking about half home. Like cute little locusts they descended upon the fruit and yoghurt sauce, leaving a platter with only a few seeds and a wee bit of juice.

But the most profound thing that afternoon was that the girls all raved about the yoghurt sauce. Even a few extremely picky eaters ate a good amount. Kids who didn’t like yoghurt ate the yoghurt sauce. Had the world gone mad?

Nah, the girls had just discovered something really tasty and had absolutely no idea how healthy it was for them. Or how easy it was for their parents to make it for them.

 

Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Mountain High Yoghurt Sauce

 

I tend to use yoghurt in place of sour cream, or other higher fat forms of dairy. One of the brands I like to eat is Mountain High Yoghurt, which is free from all the additives you often find in other brands of yoghurt. No preservatives, no artificial flavors and colors, just simple goodness.

If you are a fan of Mountain High Yoghurt or whether you have never tried it, I urge you to click here to get a coupon to try Mountain High Yogurt for yourself.

 

Mountain High Yoghurt

Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Yoghurt Sauce
 
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Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups plain Mountain High Yoghurt
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Assorted fruits, such as berries, sliced melon, sliced apples, sliced mango, sliced peaches or sliced nectarines
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the yoghurt, brown sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Place your chosen fruit onto a plate or platter.
  3. Drizzle the yoghurt sauce over the fruit or offer it in a bowl for dipping.
  4. Refrigerate any unused portion.

 

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