Dessert


If you’ve ever been to the Magic Kingdom at Disney World you may have had a Dole Pineapple Whip.  It’s one of those things that you won’t find anywhere but at Disney.  It’s so refreshing, a slushy whipped frozen pineapple with pineapple juice pooled around the bottom.  I took my version a step further and ran it through the ice cream maker to make it more like the texture of a sorbet.  Either way it’s delicious!!
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Way back in 2011 I posted “Dessert Egg Rolls” which became on of my most popular desserts.  I hope these apple pie egg rolls will be a big hit too.  I made them individually so they are always hot and crisp. Paired with salted caramel sauce to dip or drizzle over top makes them even more delectable.  It’s apple season and you’ll find an abundance of apples to choose from this time of year.  My favorite cooked apple pie filling made up approximately 12 egg rolls.  Using cooked pie filling allows you to keep any unused filling in the refrigerator and cook the egg rolls up fresh. They are easy to roll and pan fry in just a few minutes.  Hope you enjoy these egg rolls as much as we did!
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With Autumn upon us you might be thinking it’s time for pumpkin and apples but I’ve still got a little Summer left in me with some late ripened berries.  If you like crumb cake you are going to love this blackberry crumb pie.  The consistency is similar to pie bars but I chose to bake it in a pie crust and it turned out scrumptious.  It’s layered with berries on the bottom swimming in a cake like batter with a golden crisp topping.  I’m thinking this would be a great pie to freeze and serve for the holidays, providing I can find these luscious berries again.
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There’s nothing better than a ripe juicy peach in the summertime, at least I think so.  The only thing better is maybe a peach pie.  This summer I made fried pies and they couldn’t have turned out better. Smelling the freshly fried pastry dough with vanilla glaze took me back in time to when my Mom used to make glazed doughnuts.  She would fry them up and while they were still warm dip them in a glaze which tasted out of this world!!  I remember stuffing my face with them as fast as she could make them.  I don’t mean to say fried pies are like doughnuts but the aroma is very similar. I found some locally grown peaches that were ripe and so sweet, perfect for a pie filling.  I can’t wait to make more, maybe try some with berries, cinnamon apples or lemon curd.
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I made these cookies for a good friend of mine.  On a recent trip to Florida she found these delectable Calypso cookies at Publix Bakery which is a popular chain in the South.  They are oatmeal based with coconut and pecans.  She wanted to recreate these cookies and asked if I would give it a try.  After researching online I found many copycat recipes with which to work with.  Now I have to say I’m not really a coconut person and usually avoid it but after trying these cookies I was pleasantly surprised.  The flavors are well balanced without the strong coconut flavor that usually overwhelms me.  I think they taste pretty close to the original Publix cookies.  Let me know what you think!
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Ever since I made my first Tres Leches Cake I’ve dreamed of a coffee infused version.  I’m a big fan of coffee flavored desserts and this tops my list.  The three milks that are soaked into the cake have been infused with Espresso beans to give it that coffee taste. Unless you’ve had it you just can’t imagine how cool and moist this cake is.  It’s a little slice of heaven with a cloud of whipped cream over top.  Enough said . . . Enjoy!
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This is one of my favorite bundt cakes.  It’s also a Birthday cake for my youngest son Cameron who just turned 26.  That sure does make me feel old!  It’s always hard to make something sweet for Cam because he doesn’t like very many desserts.  But the one thing I can count on is his love for carrot or zucchini or banana cake.  Sometimes I make cupcakes so he can just pick up one on the go but this year I wanted to make something a little different.  This cake is healthier with natural applesauce replacing the oil to make a very moist cake.  And it has a layer of cream cheese filling that makes the cake so yummy as well as a pretty swirl in every slice.
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