Wednesday, July 23, 2014

White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Ice Cream


July is National Ice Cream Month, so what a perfect excuse for me to share an ice cream recipe! Sunday was also National Ice Cream Day. I completely forgot about it, but I guess my heart knew, since I went and got some Bi-Rite Creamery ice cream that day. Three scoops of ice cream! I am an ice cream lover after all.

I regret not making more ice cream this summer. Of course, that`s not stopping me from eating my far share of it. There are many so creative ways to make and eat ice cream. Where I live, I love going to this place that makes ice cream using liquid nitrogen. Another popular place has ice cream sandwiched between two buns similar to donuts! They`re called milky buns. Plus, gelato in popsicle form! As an ice cream obsessed foodie, I die from excitement each time I visit these trendy places. Haha! Do you have anything similar where you live?

I`ve been dreaming of making this ice cream for over a year. I love the Haagen-Dazs version of it, so I wanted to make my own at home. It took me so long since there are so many steps. You need to make the white chocolate ice cream base, the raspberry swirl, and the truffles. But, after making everything, it didn`t even take that long! You make everything a day ahead to chill, so it`s painless work!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Roasted Strawberry Yogurt Muffins


Yes, more roasted strawberries! :) I fell in love with them the first time, so I decided to up its factor into another baked good: muffins! For these muffins, I roasted the strawberries, then squeezed half of them to get their juices. Then, I added their juices into the muffin batter. So, not only will the roasted strawberries enhance the strawberry smell and flavor, their juices will, too! The yogurt in the muffins also makes them nice and moist, with a little tang!

These were definitely well received by my family! I mean, who doesn`t love a good muffin with some crumb topping? ;)

Today, I am guest posting for Meriem, over at Culinary Couture. We became acquainted when she asked me to be a guest in the Mystery Dish Challenge at the end of last year. If you remember my puff pastry apple pie, that was my entry for the challenge!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Brown Butter Roasted Strawberry Banana Bread


How was everyone`s weekend? If you live in America, hopefully, you had a good weekend celebrating the 4th. If you were lucky, you even got a 3 day weekend! :)

I`ve been waiting for last weekend to come for awhile. Since my sisters are all over the place, it`s hard to get all our schedules to match as a family. This is the sad truth as we grow older. This past weekend, we were all able to be together and visit some family in Arizona, so I was happy we could all hang out. In all my years of living, my family has never set off fireworks but, this weekend we were able to for the first time! I got some nice pictures, too! :) Also, I was eating all sorts of delicious foods last week because I was trying to take my sister to all these must-eats places! What, summer beach body?!!

Okay, let`s talk about this totally awesome banana bread. You might not be intrigued since banana bread is pretty "ordinary" compared to other fancier desserts. Not to mention that everyone has their own collection of banana bread recipes. But first, look at these pictures and tell me you`ll say no to a slice of this. Can`t? Thought so. ;)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Candied Pecan Almond Butter Cookies


I hope I`m not the only one who thinks 'pecan' is a weird word. I guess it has to do with the fact that there are two pronunciations for the word. Growing up, I never knew which way was correct, so whenever the word comes up in a conversation, I would always say, "Pee-can, or puh-khan, however you say it!" immediately after. How do you pronounce it? I say pee-can. (Haha, I typed pee in a post about food. *coughs* Ahem.)

Please excuse my immaturity and believe me when I say how fantastic these cookies are. They`re the only reason why I bought a gigantic jar of almond butter from Costco! I don`t like eating almond butter, but they are super delicious in cookies.

For the past two years, I`ve participated in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. (This happens around the Holidays, so if you want to join, sign up to get notifications to join this year! These were my contributions. ) One of the most memorable cookies I`ve received were these cookies from Icing On A Cake. I was mind-blown at how great they were! My friends who tried them, loved them too! I mean, seriously. I bake a lot of cookies, so it`s rare when I get mind-blown with cookies.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream Bonbons


I hope you aren`t tired of me posting dulce de leche recipes, yet! Even if you are, it`s okay. This recipe will work with any ice cream. Even store-bought ice cream. :)

These bonbons were on my mind for months. Literally!! It just took me so long to get to making them because I`m always hesitant to work with melted chocolate. All the tempering... I like easy and no-fuss recipes. I`m sure you all do, too!

I`ve seen ice cream bonbons made a few ways, but I think this way is the easiest. At least, in my opinion. I used those plastic candy/chocolate molds. A popular method is to scoop ice cream into balls and freeze them until they`re rock solid. Then, you melt your chocolate and quickly dip each ice cream ball into the chocolate and then into the freezer they go again.  

Since I have candy molds, I thought it`ll be much easier and cleaner to use them instead. If you have peanut butter cup molds, or any similar size molds, feel free to use them. As long as each mold capacity is deep enough for the ice cream, you`re good to go!