Limoncello Trifle – Andy style of course

Trifle, this is a dessert I was brought up with, very traditional in England and my mother used to make it for a lot of her grown up events, by grown up events, I mean, it has alcohol so as kids we were only allowed a “taste” ❤ .

A good friend Lucy Henderson sent me a message yesterday asking me for my mother’s recipe, which of course I forwarded to her but was then left with this mmmmm feeling (you foodies know what I mean), so I decided to make it for dessert for tonight’s dinner.

Well as life has it, I got to the supermarket and of course, could not find lady’s fingers which are the main ingredient for this dessert (some people use pound cake or sponge cake but I like it better with lady’s fingers). Anyway, for a second there talking with my daughter, I thought I might have to come up with plan B (no plan B in my head at the time of course 🙂 ! )

Then I saw these new Lemon Nilla Wafer cookies and it suddenly occurred to me that why not go out of the box and make a Limoncello Trifle instead! We are huge lemon lovers in our house so that would work out perfectly!

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So below is a list of the regular ingredients and what I replaced them with:

  • Lady’s Fingers – used Lemon Nilla Wafers
  • Rum and coffee – used Pink Limoncello
  • Vanilla Pudding – used Lemon Pudding
  • Strawberry Jam – used Raspberry jam – decided that Lemon and Raspberry would be the perfect combination!
  • Whipping cream – oh look at that, this one is still the same! 🙂

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George Chang’s Cannoli Dip…

A good friend, Mr. George Chang, gave my a tub of his fabulous Cannoli Dip to see how I could incorporate it into my baking.

After a few days of pondering I settled on the following:

Sugar Cookie Bowls filled with cannoli dip, fresh strawberries and a drizzle of chocolate to finish them off! Don’t tell me that doesn’t sound good?

I have to confess I did not make my own cookies this time round, just used a pack of Betty Crocker Sugar cookies. Only change I made was I added 2/3 of a cup of flour to ensure that the dough was more manageable.

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I grabbed one of my muffin/cupcake pans, turned it upside down and sprayed all the bottoms with non stick cooking spray.

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I divided the dough into 12 kind of equal sized balls, flattened them with my hands and then lightly pressed them around each cupcake holder.

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Instructions say to bake for 9-10 minutes, I left them in for about 15-18 minutes as I needed them to hold their shape. I removed them from the oven and let them cool down before I popped them off the pan.

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And there we have them, some lovely sugar cookie bowls ready to be filled with this light, fluffy, tasty cannoli dip!

I piped some dip into each cookie bowl, topped them off with some chopped strawberries, a little drizzle of chocolate and they are now ready to be tested….. 🙂

Mr George Chang, hope you approve of the use of your fabulous cannoli dip ❤

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One Banana! Tonights Special treat

A month has gone by and we are still sticking to our healthier food lifestyle, yay for us right!

With that said for dinner tonight we had a tilapia filet cooked with lots of herbs, served with a few giant deliciously sweet shrimp and a sweet baked potato.

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But the star of the night was dessert! Yes dessert, that sweet satisfying treat that makes it all worth while. That sweet treat that we crave and shouldn’t have, but guess what?

Today’s sweet treat consisted in just a banana! Yes, believe it or not, it was the perfect heavenly ending to a great day at work, followed by a productive workout and a great small tasty dinner 🙂

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I started by chopping up some bananas this morning, placing them in a handy dandy ziploc bag and into the freezer they went!

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After dinner, I got my food processor out, put in the frozen banana pieces and whipped them up into a delicious banana ice-cream! Can you believe that, ice-cream out of just a banana, one ingredient, all natural, full of potassium and good for you! Imagine that 🙂

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So to wrap it all up, our night was all about a single banana and no, no dirty jokes allowed! lol and next time you have bananas that are about to die, don’t toss them out, chop them up, freeze them and use them for ice-cream, add to a smoothie or bake some banana bread ❤

National Waffle Iron Day

A very wise friend made me aware of the fact that June 29th is National Waffle Iron day which of course means, we need to make some waffles for dinner or dessert!

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Dessert won, I am technically half Belgium so Maple Belgium Waffles are in the making to celebrate such an amazing day :-), any excuse for waffles right?

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So I made this rich and light fluffy batter with the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 3 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 eggs (separate whites from yolks)
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or maple extract ( I used maple today)

Put all dry ingredients in a bowl, separate eggs and beat the yolks with the melted butter, milk and vanilla or maple extract. Add to dry ingredients until nicely combined. Beat the egg whites to a peak and gently fold into the batter!

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My son wanted a white and milk chocolate chips in his so he got a special one made just for him.

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I served mine with fresh strawberry syrup, fresh blueberries and a dusting of powdered sugar and a some mint leaves to make it pretty 🙂

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Anyway, there is nothing else left to say other than “Happy Waffle Iron Day” ❤

Salted Caramel Cappuccino Cheesecake……temptation at its best…..

A very very bad friend of mine posted this link for a Salted Caramel Cappuccino Cheesecake last week.

Now how can one resist, Salted Caramel and coffee all in the same bite?

So I had no other option than to give into temptation and  bake this wonderfulness!

Of course in true Andy’s style, I had to deviate from the recipe right?

I am sure the recipe posted was probably wonderful but here are the changes I made to it.

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Instead of using chocolate wafers, I used Oreo Cookies and used half the amount of butter.

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For the filling I followed the recipe as a good girl, you can’t go wrong by mixing cream cheese, brown sugar, Kahlua and espresso right?

  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup Kahlua (coffee liqueur)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten

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Once the filling was done, I poured it into the crust and into the oven it went in a hot bath (bain marie) for aprox 1 hour.

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Whilst the cheesecake was slowly baking, I once again deviated from the recipe. They used ready made Caramel Ice-cream topping and instead I made my fingerlicking homemade Salted Caramel Sauce.

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  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp salt

Once the cheesecake was ready, I let it cool in on a rack for 10 minutes before I took it out of the mold and placed it in the fridge.

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I finished it off by topping it with some of my freshly made salted caramel sauce and back into the fridge it went until dinner time 🙂

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Sweet Treats for Sweet Moments……

Its been a full day of baking, prepping dishes for thanksgiving dinner, for friends dinner and kids school thanksgiving celebration!

  • Started this morning with the PumPecApple Pie Cake which will be unveiled (sliced) tomorrow night after dinner!

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  • Made some plain and simple Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream icing for the JROTC Marksmanship team Thanksgiving lunch at school.

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  • Also made some Lemon Bars, loaded with lemon yumminess.

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  • Followed by some Pumpkin Spice bars topped with come buttercream icing and finished off with some roasted pecans!

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I think I am all baked out for today!

Caramel Apples…..and you thought Halloween was over!

Halloween has come and gone, that doesn’t mean that Halloween treats must be over.

Here is a request from a loving teenage boy who asked me kindly if I could make him some Caramel Apples :-).

Step one is to find the crunchiest apples available followed by buying some Caramel wraps.

Of course they couldn’t make it easier to make with the wonderful Caramel wraps! Peel caramel, wrap around apple, pat it down to cover and then slightly melt in over for 5 minutes and voila, we have Caramel covered apples!

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There is nothing nice than making people happy, especially if its as easy as making  Caramel Apples right?

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