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Homemade Marshmallow Fluff

 

I remember as a kid, I loved, loved the marshmallow crème in a jar.  I thought it was the most amazing invention .  I loved the taste, the texture and almost everything about it.

I came across this recipe one day and thought I would give it a try.  It is amazing and I now have a whole new taste for the stuff.  I think I have upgraded some since my youth and developed a much more sophisticated palate!!!!

Need a fast snack, spread a little of this on a graham cracker and sprinkle some chocolate chips on top.  Or make some “no fire” s’mores.   Just spread some fluff on a graham cracker and sprinkle with chocolate chips.  Use a kitchen torch to melt the chocolate and give the marshmallows a wonderful just out of the fire look.  Place another graham cracker on top.

Or just grab a spoon and dig in!!

 

Homemade Marshmallow Fluff

 

1 egg white at room temperature

¾ cup light corn syrup

¼ tsp salt

¾ cup shifted powdered sugar

2 ¼ tsp vanilla

 

Beat egg white, corn syrup, and salt in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until mixture is thick and doubled in volume, about 5 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in confectioners’ sugar until thoroughly combined. Beat vanilla extract into marshmallow creme just until incorporated. Can be refrigerated in a covered container up to 2 weeks or frozen for 1 month.

 

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2017 in Recipes, Uncategorized

 

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Strawberry Chocolate Mousse Cake

strawberry-cake

I have been wanting to try this cake for some time.  I found it on pinterest and it looked so good.  I am a sucker for chocolate mousse and strawberries.  I tried it yesterday for Sunday dinner and it was a huge hit.  Even for Dave who is a dessert sceptic.  Making it is a little time consuming and mine didn’t quite look like the picture–a little more rustic, but well worth the time.

Cake:

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup + 2 TB. flour

1/4 cup +2 TB cocoa

3/4 tsp. baking soda

3/4 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 egg

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup boiling water

 

Mousse:

6 TB unsalted butter

12 oz. good quality semisweet chocolate

3.5 oz. white chocolate

1 3/4 cup whipping cream

2/3 cup powdered sugar

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

2 tsp. unflavored gelatin

2.5 TB. cool water

2 quarts strawberries

Alternate Mousse.  I did not like the recipe above as well as my go to mousse, but some may not like the raw eggs in the recipe.  If you want to try that one, go to Rocky Road Cake and follow that recipe.

Ganache:

2/3 cup cream

5.5 oz. semisweet chocolate

I would double this as I did not think there was enough to pour over and make smooth

 Chocolate Curls:

3.5 oz. semisweet chocolate

1 TB shortening.

To make the cake:

Preheat oven to 350. , grease a 9 inch round baking and line the bottom with paper. In a large bowl, stir together the dry ingredients. Add egg, milk, oil and vanilla.

Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup boiling water and mix until combined. Bake for 25-35 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes and then remove from the pan and place on wire racks upside down.

To make the Mouse   

In a small dish, soften 2 tsp. gelatin in 2.5 TB water, set aside. In a heat proof bowl, combine chopped semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate and butter. Melt over double boiler until smooth. Set aside and cool. Heat softened gelatin and stir to dissolve and free of lumps. Set aside. Mix 1 3/4 cup whipping cream and vanilla until medium peaks form, gradually adding powdered sugar. Mix in gelatin. Pour a little of the whipping cream into chocolate to lighten it and then add back to whipped cream, folding in until incorporated.

To make the ganache:

Heat the cream and pour over the chocolate, mixing until smooth.

How to assemble the cake:

Place the cake into a 9 inch spring form pan. Spoon some mousse over the cake (about ¼ inch). Cut stem off strawberries and slice in half vertically. Place around the edges of the cake with the pointed edge up. Spoon or pipe the remaining mousse over the cake. Place in refrigerator until set.   I added more strawberries over the top of the cake before adding the mousse. After set, pour over the ganache and place back in refrigerator until set.

In the meantime you will make the curls by melting the chocolate and the shortening and pouring it on to a cookie sheet. Spread thinly and place in the freezer for about 6-8 minutes. Take out and using a small spatula, start at the bottom and scrape the chocolate into curls about 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Place on top of the cake and add strawberries if desired.

When ready to serve, run a knife around the edges and lift out of spring form pan. Marvel at your masterpiece!!!!

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2017 in Recipes, Uncategorized

 

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Bruschetta Flatbread

bruschetta

I love anything with tomatoes, basil and balsalmic vinegar.  I mean anything.  But my favorite is flatbread.  There is a restaurant in Farmington (Twigs) that serves this as an appetizer and it is so good.

Well I found the best recipe for grilled bruschetta flatbread and I am somewhat infatuated with it.  I could eat this every night.  It is fast, simple and so delicious.

    • 1 pound whole-wheat pizza dough  ( white is great too)
    • 2 ½ cups chopped tomatoes
    • 3 teaspoons basil, chopped plus more for garnish
    • 1 ½ garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 ½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar, plus more to drizzle
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • Pinch of pepper
    • ½ cup pesto
    • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into chunks
    • For the drizzle, I use balsamic glaze.  You can make your own or it can be found at most supermarkets.  The store bought stuff is really as good as the homemade without the whole house smelling like vinegar!!
Instructions
  1. Heat grill.
  2. In a medium bowl toss, tomatoes, basil, garlic, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Divide dough into three equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rectangle. (It’s easier to grill this way)
  4. Soak a paper towel in a bit of olive oil, quickly run the towel on the grates to prevent the dough from sticking. Using your hands or a pizza wheel, place pizza dough directly onto the grates of the grill. Cook until slightly charred, about 2-3 minutes. Flip dough over.
  5. Spread a ⅓ of the pesto over the pizza then dot with ⅓ of the cheese. Close the lid and cook until the dough is cooked and the cheese is melted, another 4-5 minutes.
  6. Remove flatbread from grill and spoon tomato mixture over. Sprinkle with extra basil and drizzle with balsamic glaze

This would be great for Super Bowl Sunday!!

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2017 in Recipes, Uncategorized

 

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New Year-New Resolutions and a Quiet Book

This past year has brought many struggles and triumphs as we have dealt with Dave’s diagnosis and treatments.  We have grown more this past year than any other time in our lives.  I am so grateful to a wonderful husband that I have learned so much from.

As this new year starts, one of the things that I have decided to be better at is this blog.  Not that anyone really cares about it , but that it is therapy for me.  A place I can share my thoughts and also some of the successes in my life.  I need to do that at this time as I feel so dependent on outside factors.  It  is really hard to not live from one MRI to another.  This outlet helps me so much and I need to carry on with it.

As some of you know I have the most beautiful, intelligent, funny , sweet grandbaby in the world.  A sweet little spirit straight from God that has pulled us through some very dark times.  I always know when Dave needs an EM fix and she can sure cheer him up!!  She has him wrapped around her little finger and I am sure there will be nothing that she wants that he will not move mountains to give her.

I have spent the last six months working on a quiet book for her.  I really should have thought this one through.  I can’t say how many hours I have spent on this or what it finally cost me.  Also it really set a precedent and I know I will be making more of these in the future.

I think it turned out pretty cute and she loves it.    Just a little slide show to show off the pages .

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Posted by on January 23, 2017 in DIY, My Favorite Things, Uncategorized

 

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