Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake

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Cake:
1 cup butter
1 cup Guinness stout
¾ cup extra-dark unsweetened cocoa powder
2 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 TBSP vanilla extract
2 cups ap flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 ½ tsp baking soda
¾ tsp salt

Frosting:
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
8 oz cream cheese (softened)
½ cup heavy cream

Preheat the oven to 325, Butter a 9-inch springform pan.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the Guinness and bring to a simmer. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the cocoa and white sugar. Cool 10 mins. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Add the cocoa-beer mixture to the egg mixture. Add the cooled cocoa mixture to the egg mixture and whisk until smooth. Slowly add the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Whisk until well-combined. Pour the batter into the prepared springform pan. Bake until the cake springs back when pressed in the middle or a toothpick, inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 1-2 hours. Remove the cake and place on a platter or cake stand. Beat all the frosting ingredients until smooth and spread on the top of the cake. Enjoy!

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Raspberry Cheesecake Layered Lush

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Crust:

1 1/2 cups finely chopped pecans

1 cup flour (you can use GF flour also)

½ cup butter, melted

Mix together and press into a 9×13 baking dish. Bake at 350 for 15 mins. Cool completely.

2nd layer:

8oz cream cheese (softened)

1 cup powdered sugar

1 cup Cool Whip, thawed

Beat the cream cheese and sugar together til smooth, fold in the Cool Whip, spread evenly over the crust. Refrigerate for 30-40 mins.

3rd layer:

2 boxes 3.4 ox cheesecake pudding mix

2 cups milk

1 cup heavy cream

2 pints of fresh raspberries

Whisk the pudding mix, cream and milk together, fold in the raspberries, layer on top of the cream cheese layer. Refrigerate for another 20 mins.

Topping:

1 pint raspberries

8oz of Cool Whip, thawed

Top the 3rd layer with the pint of raspberries, and smooth the remaining cool whip over the top. Refrigerate until serving.

Homemade Strawberry Sauce

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1 pint fresh strawberries

1/3 cup sugar

2 tsp vanilla

Wash, remove stems and ¼ the strawberries. Combine all 3 ingredients in a saucepan and cook over med heat, stirring often. Cook until sauce thickens, about 15 mins. Place ½ of the mixture in your blender (or use your immersion blender) and puree. No blender? Use a potato masher, works just fine:) Mix the puree in with the remaining ½ and refrigerate until serving.

Dark Caramel Sauce

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Dark Caramel Sauce

½ cup butter

3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/2 cup heavy cream

2 tsp vanilla

Bring the sugar, butter and cream to a gentle boil and cook until thickened, about 7-8 mins. Remove from heat and add the vanilla. Cool and store in an airtight container. When serving, warm in the microwave for 30-40 seconds, til nice and pour-able:) So much better homemade than the store-bought stuff, and simple to make!

Brown Sugar Peach Crisp

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Brown Sugar Peach Crisp

You know that first bite into a ripe and succulent yellow peach, where the peach juice runs down your chin? There is nothing like it! I’ve always thought of peaches as a luscious treat, whether they are baked or grilled or my preference: being picked from the tree and eaten fresh. Summer is peachy-yum time! This peach crisp is one of my favorites and a super easy dessert to make and pair with a pouring of heavy cream, a scoop of vanilla ice cream or cold whipping cream. In all honesty, I add all three!!

4-5 cups sliced fresh peaches

½ cup all-purpose flour

½ cup brown sugar (packed)

1 ½ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp salt

1 cup of rolled oats

½ cup cold butter

Preheat oven to 350. Throw those sliced peaches into a greased 8×8 baking dish. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, oats and cut in the cold butter. Sprinkle over the peaches and press topping into peaches. Bake in the preheated oven until topping is lightly browned, about 45 mins.

Note #1-To make this recipe GF is easy, just switch out to GF flour, or Almond flour and there are GF rolled oats available in practically every market.

Note #2-Most people detest the peeling of peaches: here’s a trick, bring a large pot of water to boil, place the fresh peaches in and set your timer for 70 seconds, scoop them out and place in a large bowl of ice water, after a few seconds, pull them out, cut the peach in half and where the slice is, peal the skin right off!

White Chocolate Blondies

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Ahhh…summer is HERE! School is out (thank heavens) and the kiddos get to sleep in, something we adults don’t get to take advantage of unfortunately. But that’s okay, because we all have accepted that part of adulthood, more or less… Highlight is, they have to go back to school eventually and we don’t! So to celebrate, let’s all eat Blondie’s!

For those that aren’t familiar with Blondies…they’re like brownies, but blond. Not too complicated of an explanation. We all know the saying: “blondes have more fun” but I happen to be a brunette, so I tend to disagree with that saying, because I have plenty of fun!

White Chocolate Blondies

8 oz. white chocolate chips

½ cup butter, softened

1 TBSP vanilla extract

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

1/8 tsp baking soda

2 eggs

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup sugar

1 ¼ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 9×9 inch baking pan. Melt white chocolate chips and butter in a double boiler (which is a glass bowl that sits over a larger saucepan that has about 1 1/2 cups of simmering water) Whisk until smooth and set aside to cool.

In a mixing bowl, beat eggs on high speed until foamy, with the mixer still running at medium speed, slowly add the sugar and vanilla, and then drizzle the melted white chocolate mixture. Turn your mixer to slow speed, mix in the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda, til evenly mixed and then fold in the chocolate chips. Spread evenly into the prepared pan. Bake 25-27 minutes, until the middle comes out clean with a knife. Cool before cutting into bars. This recipe can also be baked more thin and crisp in a 9×13 pan with a shorter baking time of 15-17 mins and used for the “cookie” part of ice cream sandwiches, pair with chocolate ice cream in the center? YUM!

Strawberry Shortcake

One of the things I love so much about living here in California, is the year-round supply of fresh strawberries! This recipe is a little twist on the standard shortcake recipe and my friends and family are big fans of this, leftovers do not exist. It’s perfect for pot-lucks or family dinners. Serves about 8, unless you’re related to me, then about 4:) Best part? Super easy and quick to make.

Shortcake:

1/4 cup sour cream

1-1/4 cups cold milk, divided

4 Tbsp. sugar

2-1/4 cups all-purpose baking mix (Bisquick)

Filling:

1 pkg. 3.4 oz. vanilla instant pudding

1 container of whipped topping, thawed

Topping:

4 cups sliced fresh strawberries

1/3 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 425°F. Whisk sour cream, 1/2 cup milk and 3 Tbsp. sugar in large bowl until blended. Add baking mix; stir just until moistened. Lumpy is okay! Spread onto the base of 9-inch round cake pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 12 to 15 min. or until golden brown. Cool 10 min, remove to a wire rack. Cool completely.

Whisk pudding mix and remaining milk in medium bowl for about 2 min. Whip in the whipped topping. In a separate bowl, toss strawberries with the 1/3 cup sugar. (Before assembly, drain a little of the strawberry juice out to prevent sogginess) Cut cake horizontally in half; place 1 layer on your serving dish, Spread ½ of the whipped topping/vanilla mix, the place ½ of the strawberry mixture. Repeat the layers again! Enjoy your berrylicious!

Note: for those Gluten-free, they do make a gluten-free baking mix, Bisquick brand is pretty darn awesome. Same with the pudding mix, Jell-O brand is gluten-free. Enjoy!

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