Cheesecake Cupcakes

Makes 12 to 15
cheesecake cupcakes, Varin @ flickr.com (2)
Prep time: 15-to-20 minutes; baking time: 20 minutes
Ingredients

  • 2 (8 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsps. Flour
  • 12 vanilla wafers
  • Favorite toppings — fresh or canned cherries, blueberries or strawberries, whipped cream

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Place a paper cupcake liner in each cup of muffin pan.
  3. Beat cream cheese w/handheld electric mixer until fluffy.
  4. Add sugar, vanilla, beating well.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Lay a vanilla wafer, flat side down, in each muffin cup.
  7. Spoon cream cheese mixture over wafers; fill to top.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes (don’t brown).
  9. Allow tarts to cool completely.
  10. Add favorite toppings.
  11. Refrigerate for an hour or two before serving to set.

*Photo courtesy: Varin @ flickr.com

Easy Sweet Potato Bread Pudding

*Photo courtesy of jules:stonesoup on Flickr bread pudding flickr jules: stonesoup

Serves 8 to 10
Ingredients

  • 4 cups white bread, cut into cubes (can substitute wheat bread)
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 egg yokes
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • ¾ cup sweet potato purée (aka mashed sweet potatoes)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. brandy
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. cloves, ground
  • 2 Tbsps. butter, cold, cut into pieces
  • Optional garnishes – vanilla ice cream or whipped topping

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Grease 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan (can substitute 2 bread loaf pans).
  3. Bake bread on cookie sheet for 10-to-15 minutes or until cubes dry out.
  4. Put cooked bread cubes in greased pan; set aside.
  5. In large mixing bowl, whisk rest of ingredients except butter; pour mixture over bread cubes (make sure cubes are evenly coated).
  6. Let bread sit for 10 minutes until egg mixture is soaked into cubes (may need to mash cubes down into custard).
  7. Dot butter on top of bread/egg mixture.
  8. Bake 40-to-50 minutes or until center is set.
  9. Garnish w/ice cream or whipped topping; serve.

 

Chef Tee’s Peach Compote A La Mode

Serves 2 to 4S n p logo
Prep time: 5 minutes; cooking time: 5 minutes
Ingredients

  • 5 ripe peaches w/skins, diced
  • 4 Tbsps. butter
  • ½ cup raw sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger (or to taste)
  • Vanilla ice cream (or substitute your favorite flavor)

Directions

  1. Add butter to cold large skillet; heat pan to medium high.
  2. Add sugar; when butter is melted, mixture looks like bubbling caramel, add peaches, salt, ginger.
  3. Cook until sugar crystals dissolve; remove from heat; spoon a few large spoonfuls over a scoop or two of ice cream.

 

Brian’s Grilled Fruit Sundaes

Serves 2-to-4S n p logo
Prep time: 5 minutes; cooking time: 5 minutes
Ingredients

  • 2-to-4 peaches, cut in halves
  • 2-to-4, ½-inch pineapple slices
  • Vanilla ice cream (or substitute your favorite flavor)
  • Garnishes – sprinkles, chocolate syrup, whipped cream and/or favorite toppings

Directions

  1. Heat grill to medium high.
  2. Grill fruit a few minutes.
  3. Top a scoop or two of ice cream w/fruit, favorite toppings.
  4. Enjoy!

Chef Tee’s Ginger Apples A La Mode

Serves 2 to 4S n p logo
Prep time: 5 minutes; cooking time: 5 minutes
Ingredients

  • 2 large Fuji apples, peeled, cored, diced into ¼-inch cubes
  • 4 Tbsps. butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsps. crystallized ginger, thinly sliced
  • Pinch of salt
  • Vanilla ice cream (or substitute your favorite flavor)

Directions

  • Add butter to cold large skillet; heat pan to medium high.
  • Add sugar; when butter is melted, mixture looks like bubbling caramel, add apples, salt, ginger.
  • Cook until sugar crystals dissolve; remove from heat; spoon a few large spoonfuls over a scoop or two of ice cream.

 

Alice’s Sugar Cookie Pizza

Prep time: 15-to-20 minutes; cooking time: 15-to-20 minutesSugar Cookie Pizza
Serves 6 to 8
Ingredients

  • 1 roll (16.5 oz) refrigerated sugar cookie dough (can substitute chocolate chip or your favorite flavor)
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup marshmallow fluff (can substitute whipped cream topping)
  • 2 Tbsps. orange juice (or to taste)
  • 2 Tbsps. lemon juice (or to taste)
  • ½ cup apricot jam
  • 14-to-16 strawberries, halved
  • 4 kiwifruit, peeled, cut into ¼ -inch slices
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ½ cup blackberries
  • 1 banana, peeled, cut into ¼ -inch slices and dipped in little lemon juice to prevent browning
  • 1 orange, peeled, divided into segments

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spray 12-inch pizza pan w/cooking spray.
  3. Press cookie dough evenly in bottom of pan to form crust.
  4. Bake 15-to-20 minutes or until golden brown; cool (about 45 minutes to 1 hour).
  5. While cookie crust cools, in small bowl mix cream cheese, marshmallow fluff until smooth; evenly spread mixture over cooled cookie crust; arrange fruit over mixture like picture or create your own design.
  6. In small bowl, mix orange juice, lemon juice, jam until smooth; then brush mixture over fruit (if want sweet, use all of mixture, if not, just use half).
  7. Refrigerate cookie pizza until set (1-to-2 hours).
  8. Cut, serve.

 *Note: Fruit measurements are just guides.  Use as many pieces as you want and create your own design.

Bourbon Bread Pudding

Serves 6 to 8S n p logo
Prep time: 10 minutes; cooking time: 45 minutes – to – 1 hour
Ingredients

  • 1 loaf stale bread, crumbled (if bread is fresh, set it out a day or two before using)
  • 10 eggs
  • 1 quart milk
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsps. bourbon
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. salt

Directions

  1. In large bowl, mix ingredients except bread, set a side.
  2. Place crumbled bread in greased, shallow pan.
  3. Add egg mixture.
  4. Bake uncovered at 350°F for 45 minutes to an hour or until pudding is set and golden brown.

*Note: fold in chocolate chunks, your favorite berries or sliced apples to the pudding mixture before baking to mix things up.

Chef Tee’s Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate

Serves 4 to 6Strawberries dipped in choco
Prep time: 10-to-15 minutes; cooking time: 5-to-10 minutes
Ingredients

  • 12 large strawberries
  • 1 (12 ounce) bags semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Rinse strawberries under cool water; pat dry w/paper towel; let air dry completely.
  2. Melt chocolate in double boiler over medium-heat (use heat resistant spatula or wooden spoon to stir chocolate every minute or so while it melts).
  3. When melted, remove bowl filled w/chocolate from heat; stir chocolate every minute or so to lower chocolate temperature to warm (when bowl feels warm when you touch it w/hand, chocolate is done).
  4. Dip strawberries in melted chocolate, then set them on wax paper lined baking sheet; let sit at room temperature until chocolate is set (about 15-to-20 minutes).

 

Brian’s Caramel Apples

Serves 4 to 6Caramel apples.jpg
Prep time: 5 minutes; cooking time: 15 to 20 minutes
Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • Seeds from 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 to 4 Granny Smith apples, sliced, cored with skin (can substitute your favorite apple)
  • Garnishes – chopped nuts, chocolate chips (optional)

Directions

  1. In large pot, add sugar and water; bring to boil over medium-high heat; stir w/wooden spoon until sugar dissolves.
  2. Slowly stir in cream.
  3. Add vanilla seeds and lemon juice.
  4. Reduce heat to low; stir occasionally while simmering until mixture reduces to caramel consistency; turn off heat.
  5. Drizzle caramel on top of apple slices or dip slices in caramel until slices are well coated.
  6. Sprinkle nuts and chocolate chips on top of caramel apple slices (let your kids do this).
  7. Place slices on pan lined w/wax paper then chill slices in frig until caramel is set (at least 15 minutes).
  8. Enjoy!