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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Samoa Ice Cream Pie

I Love Girl Scout Cookies! And I think that the Samoa's have won. There's just something about the shortbread, coconut, caramel and chocolate that just makes my mouth sing with delight. To celebrate that delight, I've made a Samoa Ice Cream Pie that is filled with all the same great flavors! 

It's so easy to make and all Samoa lovers will enjoy it.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Two Cup Tuesday No.112

This past week, I left the bitter cold of the Mid-Atlantic and headed west to California! My husband and I left the kid with the grandparents and we enjoyed three wonderful days in beautiful Napa Valley! We've been several times before, but it's always so good to enjoy some great food, wine, and weather! 

We drank way too much wine and ate too much food, however, I'm  not complaining. If you are a wine connoisseur you've got to make a trip to Napa. It's a great vacation destination!

Have you been before? 

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Cherry Pie Aebleskiver

I heard that today is National Cherry Pie Day! I hope that's true, however, even if it's not, you can still enjoy these Cherry Pie Aebleskiver. Ever had Aebleskiver before? No, that's okay, don't worry. They are little Danish Pancakes cooked in a special pan that gives them this round sphere shape. 

I've filled them with yummy cherry pie filling and they were wonderful. Then I added a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream and turned them into dessert!

First off, I want to let you know that I've started working with Lucky Leaf Pie Filling and I'm excited to have this dessert be my first post for them. You'll be seeing a few more posts in the coming months featuring Lucky Leaf products. 

To make aebleskiver you'll need to get this special pan. The pan has six cavities that you add the batter to and then gradually flip the pancake inside to give it a sphere shape. I found that I got a better circle with just flipping it once instead of trying to make multiple turns. 

I also preferred to add half the batter then a cherry, then the remaining batter instead of all the batter followed by the cherry. By covering the cherry it helped to seal it inside of the pancake. 

Danish Pancakes are really a breakfast treat and I've seen them with other seasonal fruits and nuts. Over on Dieter's Downfall, I stuffed them with peanut butter cups! Talk about decadent!

To see photos of turning them, check out THIS POST.

I guarantee that if your family loves pancakes, they'll really enjoy Aebleskiver.

Cherry Pie Aebleskiver

by Karyn Granrud
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Keywords: breakfast
  • 1 can Lucky Leaf Cherry Pie Filling
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
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  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Cherry Pie Glaze
  • Cherry
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl stir together the milk and egg yolks until well combined. Add to flour mixture and stir until combines, smooth, and no lumps remain.
In a small bowl beat egg whites with an electric whisk until stiff peaks form. Gently fold whipped egg whites into batter, leaving a few puffs of egg white. Do not over-beat.
Place an Aebleskiver pan over medium heat; lightly brush each cup with oil. When the oil sizzles, fill the cavities half way, add a cherry to the center, then top off with more batter. With chopsticks or a fork, gently pull the cooked side to the side allowing the raw batter to pool to the bottom of the cavity to cook. Try to completely turn the dough ball in half to get a good sphere shaped ball. You can turn them in three increments, but when I did that I ended up with more of an open clam shell looking ball. Continue rotating and cooking until they are evenly golden brown and a wooden toothpick inserted in their centers comes out clean.
When the aebleskiver is cooked through, remove from the pan and store in a 200 oven until ready to serve. Add more oil to the cavities before each addition of batter.
To turn this breakfast treat into dessert, top a bowl of warm aebleskiver with ice cream, cherry glaze and a top it with a cherry.
For the Cherry Glaze, mix equal parts milk, cherry pie filling (without the cherries) and powdered sugar over low heat to melt. Whisk until it’s thoroughly mixed and at a thin consistency.
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookie Cake Pops

I should have just dubbed this Girl Scout Cookie Week! I've used some more Thin Mint Cookies to make these Cake Pop! I loved them! If you are failure with the Oreo truffles, you can totally make these Thin Mint Pops into truffles as well. 

They have the delicious chocolate mint flavor that everyone loves plus it's on a stick!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Girl Scout Samoa S'mores

I told ya the Girl Scouts are out in force and so am I! I made a yummy Thin Mint treat yesterday, and today I've got my other favorite Girl Scout Cookie - the Samoa! Yummy Girl Scout Samoa S'mores!

Toast up some marshmallows and sandwich them between some Samoas. It's so easy and so, so yummy!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookie Milkshakes

Fair Warning! It's Girl Scout Cookie Season! My daughter and her Brownie Troop are making the rounds in the neighborhoods and will soon be at every Wal-Mart, mini-mall, and most grocery store areas. When you see them, grab an extra box of Thin Mints to make some yummy Thin Mint Cookie Milkshakes! 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Two Cup Tuesday No.111

Ugh! It's snowing and we are expected to get anywhere from 3 to 8 inches overnight. It's a good thing that I have all the makings for Hot Chocolate! I'm out of Amaretto Ice Cream, but I've got some yummy Graeter's Ice Cream in the freezer I can use. However, I'm 99.9% sure that if I take the chocolate gelato and hot chocolate and spike it with the amaretto, it'll be fabulous! It's gonna be a long cold night and I need some warming up! 

I can't wait to head off to Sunny California on Wednesday to head to Napa Valley. Three days drinking good wine, hanging with my family and thawing out a little bit. I love going to Napa and we haven't been for a few years now. Watch for highlights on Instagram!

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