Fairy Bread

Fairy Bread ParkerFairy Bread has been a popular children’s birthday treat for generations in Australia. Simple as can be. So as you prepare for the Memorial Day weekend and the onslaught of family members, you may want to try this special and yummy treat!
Simply spread softened, room temperature butter on fresh bread (That acts as the glue). Top with any sprinkles or colored sugar desired…or let the children decorate their own! That’s what we did in the RockDamKitchen a couple of weekends ago. My grands LOVED making it and eating it! “Art doesn’t always fit in a frame”…nor do sprinkles! PS It was a sugary mess on the kitchen counter! Enjoy.

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Chocolate Lava Cakes

dessert-chocolate-lava-cakes-iBusiness Class with Turkish Airlines is kinda sweet. And on our return flight from Istanbul back to the Great USofA this past weekend, one of the sweets served was a warm chocolate cake. I knew better than to be tempted by that offer…but i will share this authentic offering! Back in the winter of 2007, the don and I took a wee respite at the Ritz Carlton in Cancun. Whoa…that’s been a decade! They had just reopened after the devastation of Hurricane Wilma, and they were thrilled to have guests back in the hotel. As part of the major renovation, the Ritz added an all Viking Culinary Center. What a beautiful atmosphere in which to cook; added bonus, it overlooks the Caribbean Sea. That’s right. One of the courses I took with Chef Rory that week included this show stopper.  I was a bit afraid initially of my results, but it was perfection on a plate; and it has turned out perfectly in my home kitchen time and time again! Sharing the Love!

8 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped or broken into pieces
2 1/2 sticks butter
5 egg yolks
5 whole eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
6 Tbs all-purpose flour, sifted

Preheat oven to 425°.
In a small sauce pan, melt the chocolate and butter together over very low heat.
*Do not allow chocolate to get too hot.
Remove from heat and keep warm.
In a large bowl whisk together the egg yolks, whole eggs, and sugar.
Pour warm chocolate into egg mixture.
While stirring chocolate mixture add sifted flour slowly to avoid lumps.
Spray 6 soufflé cups with cooking spray.
Pour mixture into cups and place on a sheet pan and bake for 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to rest 3 minutes.

To serve:
Go around edges of soufflé cup with a knife to loosen the cake.
Invert on to a plate.
Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on side of cake.

Makes 6 mid-size ramekins, or 8 small ramekins.

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Cinnamon Sugar Crisps (Mexican Toast)

A little sweetness for your morning or evening. Here’s the perfect little “pick me up” after a long day of errands that is inherent this time of year. And the bonus…your smallest children and grandchildren can participate in the creating. Spread the joy. Share the love.

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1/2 stick butter
6  7 inch tortillas
2 Tbs sugar
1/4 t cinnamon
Pinch of salt

Place oven rack in center position of oven.
Preheat oven to 500°.
Melt butter in shallow baking pan in oven, about 2 minutes.
Spread tortillas in baking pan, overlapping slightly and turning each to coat both sides with butter.
Stir together sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
Sprinkle evenly over tortillas.
Bake until golden and puffed in spots, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Watch carefully!dessert-mexican-cinnamon-toast-iv

Slice into wedges and watch them disappear.

Raspberry Brut Rosé Ice Cream Float

Well, bless Pat…whoever that is! That’s what my grandmother Smith used to say back in the day to express shock and awe. So, I give you a “back in the day” treat. Warning, this is an adults only float! Tomorrow is hump-day, so add this to your evening and celebrate making it through the first half of the work week. Just keeping it fresh for you.Dessert Raspberry Rose Ice Cream Float

Here’s the what and how to:

1/2 cup raspberries, plus more for garnish
2 Tbs sugar
4 large scoops vanilla ice cream, softened a few minutes
1/4 cup raspberry liqueur
Rosé brut champagne

In blender, purée raspberries and sugar.
Pour in glass.
Rinse blender.
Add ice cream to blender.
Purée until smooth.
Place ice cream in 2 short glasses.
Pour liqueur over ice cream.
Pour raspberry purée over ice cream.
Top with champagne.
Garnish with a few fresh raspberries.
Serve with a straw.

Makes 2 floats.

Strawberry Crumble

A word from the kitchen…As guaranteed…here tis the berry best thing you’ll pop in your mouth this weekend. Get your self out to a strawberry field, or just to your local grocery. It is prime berry season and here’s the scoop on a singularly delicious little dessert.

Berries...sliced sugared, and juiced.

Berries…Sliced, Sugared, and Juiced.

6 cups fresh strawberries, rinsed, dried, hulled, and quartered
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar, divided
2 t lemon juice
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 t kosher salt
1 cup quick cooking (not instant) oatmeal
1 1/2 sticks cold cutter, diced
Vanilla ice cream, for serving

Crumble Mixture...Crumbled, Mixed, and Ready to Top the Berries.

Crumble Mixture…Crumbled, Mixed, and Ready to Top the Berries.

Preheat oven to 350°.
Place berries in baking dish.
Sprinkle with 3/4 cup sugar and the lemon.
Toss to combine.

In bowl of electric mixer (fitted with paddle attachment) combine flour, remaining 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar, salt, and oatmeal.
Add diced butter to mixing bowl.
Mix on low speed until mixture is in crumbles.
Sprinkle topping over berries, covering berries completely.
Bake uncovered 1 hour, until topping is golden brown, and fruit is bubbling.

Out of the Oven, Waiting to be Consumed.

Out of the Oven, Waiting to be Consumed.

Topped with Ice Cream, Yummy!

Topped with Ice Cream, Yummy!

Stove Top Cinnamon Apples

Fruit Stove Top ApplesSimple old fashioned goodness here! The fresh fall apples are abundant and we need a little fruit with our turkey, right?! This recipe is ages old, but some things are just worth passing down. I added fresh Beelicious honey, nod to Judy and Matt, and loved the difference it made. Top it with vanilla bean ice cream and call it dessert. Gobble Gobble good people of the world wide web!

8 apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup honey
1 t cinnamon
1 t vanilla extract

Place apple chunks in soup pot.
Separately heat sugars, butter, honey, and cinnamon over medium heat 4 minutes until everything is dissolved.
Remove from heat and add vanilla extract.
Pour over apples.
Simmer on medium low 30 minutes, until apples are tender.

Granita di Caffè

Desserts Granita di Cafe IIt’s hot out there folks. Here’s a little something to bring on the chill. If this may cause you to dance on the walls, feel free to use decaf! Perhaps they serve a frozen treat at Fenway; just saying ’cause that’s where I’ll be Sunday afternoon. My first ever Red Sox game. Can I hear a WHOOP!!

Here’s what you’ll need:
4 cups freshly brewed coffee
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup Frangelico (optional)
8 oz container of fat free Cool Whip
Dash of vanilla extract
Chocolate shavings, if desired for topping

Desserts Granita di Cafe IIBrew 4 cups of coffee.
Add sugar to coffee while hot.
Stir to dissolve, and let cool to room temperature.
Pour cooled coffee into a freezer proof glass pan and place in freezer.
When edges begin to freeze, after about 30 minutes, stir with a fork and replace in freezer.
Stir again about every half hour until large crystals begin to form.
Then stir more frequently, about every 15 minutes.
The total freezing time is from 2 to 6 hours.

Finished granita should resemble shaved ice, with no liquid visible on the bottom.
*Finished granita to this point can be frozen overnight if desired.
If so, take out of freezer 2 hours prior to serving.

Place Cool Whip in a small bowl.
Gently stir in dash of vanilla.

In parfait glass or coffee mug, layer granita then cool whip and serve immediately.

Serves 8.