Wednesday, June 29, 2016

No Bake Turtle Tarts

Just because it's summer does't mean the end to sweet treats, I simply find ways to make things without the oven. I have been making this No bake turtle tart for about 10 years and everyone loves it, especially me because it is so easy and looks great. It is a great addition to the dessert table at any party or bbq.

No Bake Turtle Tart(s)

1/2 cups pecans toasted and chopped
1 chocolate crumb crust either purchased or made homemade
1 bag caramels (34 unwrapped)
1/2 cup evaporated milk
11/2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream
3 Tablespoons butter
Garnish, chopped nuts, berries or whipped cream.

Place pecans on the purchase or crust that you made. Then heat the caramels and the evaporated milk over low heat, until melted and smooth. Pour over pecans. Heat cream, chocolate chips and butter in a pan over low heat until melted and smooth. Pour over caramel layer. Refrigerate 4 hours. Top with whipped cream and berries if you wish or just more chopped nuts.

NOTE: The original recipe is for 1 9inch pie. I made one pie and used a little of the ingredients to make these 3 little tarts.


Friday, June 3, 2016

Fudgy Cocoa Brownies

Brownies are one of my favorite things to bake because they are easy, fast and the batter is always so good. Not to mention the fact that they are easy to transport and seem to be the favorite of many.

I am a fan of fudge brownies, I don't like cake brownies because I often find them dry. I'm not sure why that is but that has been my experience. For the most part brownies that I have made have been made using chocolate chunks, or chips mixed with some or no cocoa powder. This recipe is new to me because the only chocolate is the cocoa powder. The brownies still come out moist, fudgy and delicious though. Note: My brownies were not as sweet as others that I have made because I used extra brute cocoa powder.

Fudgy Coco Brownies
Recipe from Inspired Taste

10 tablespoons unsalted butter
11/4 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs, cold
1/2 cup all purpose flour


Place oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 325. Prepare an 8 inch pan with foil or parchment and then spray with cooking spray and set aside. 

In a bowl placed over a double boiler with water barely simmering, add sugar, butter and cocoa powder, and salt. Mix until the butter is melted and mixture is combined. Remove bowl from heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Then add the vanilla and mix, then eggs one at a time and stir vigorously after each and the mixture is smooth. Add the flour and mix until incorporated, 40-50 strokes. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth the top.

Bake for 20-30 minutes. Mine took 30 minutes, but do test for done-ness starting at 20 minutes, test with a toothpick so that it comes out almost clean.

Cool completely and then cut. If you want clean cutting lines freeze for 20 minutes and then cut. 

Do you have a favorite brownie recipe? If so I would love to hear about it!