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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Thanksgiving @Andy’s Kandy

To all of my blog followers, check out my baking page if you haven’t yet done so 🙂

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Wishing all of my faithful customers and followers a very Happy Thanksgiving 2015 ❤

 

 

Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I know we are always complaining that we wish the world had more good people! Well I have to say that I am surrounded by quite a few of them and consider myself very lucky.

One of these good people recently played a very important part and helped me succeed in something I was totally new at! Although I made sure it was well known how helpful they had been I still thought I owed that person a little treat as an extended thank you.

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Now this person in particular can only eat gluten free treats and its not by choice. So I decided that I would bake their favourite cookies “Gluten Free Style”!

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So below is the recipe I used for these Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies…..

  • 14 tsp of butter (1 stick and 6 tsp)
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Cream the butter with the sugar and then add the eggs and vanilla and the I added all of the below.

So as you can see all I did is follow a regular oatmeal raisin cookie recipe and replaced regular flour with gluten free flour.

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Spoon the mixture by the spoon or tablespoon onto an ungreased baking sheet and back for 10 minutes. Let rest on sheet for a minute or so and then place on wire rack until they have completely cooled down.

So next time someone helps you out with something, no matter how little it is, why not go the extra mile to say thank you and make them feel real special ❤

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A little piece of Ice-Cream History, Aurora, Illinois

During a short visit to the state of Illinois, one of my co-workers stated that we had to go to “this” ice-cream place that was walking distance from the location where we were dining in Schaumburg, Illinois.

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So after a fabulous dinner at Bonefish Grill of some good ‘ole Bang Bang Shrimp , Coconut Shrimp, etc, which of course had to be accompanied by a lovely Fresh Watermelon Icicle Aphrodisiac™ Martini, the time finally arrived to go and visit “The” ice-cream place which is actually called Oberweis Ice Cream and Dairy Store.

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As you walk up to it, the store front has this lovely candy stripe red and white decor that already makes you feel kind of mushy but in a good way if you know what I mean.

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In we walked and for some reason it make me think of an old ice-cream parlor, all we needed were some roller blades and appropriate music and we were all set!

I settled for a Double Scoop, Dulce de Leche and their seasonal Pumpkin Ice Cream which turned out to be delish! There were a lot of other tempting options and if “fall” had been the season, the Apple Crisp Sundae might have been the one to go for ❤

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I wouldn’t say its the best ice cream I ever had, but what I really liked is the family history behind a place like this.

It all began in 1915 when a dairy farmer called Peter J. Oberweis began selling is extra milk to friends and neighbors. Check out the entire story by clicking on “How it Began”.

In 1951 the first Oberweis Dairy store opened in Aurora, Illinois and they have been in business every since…:-)

So next time you find yourself in the state of Illinois, swing by and have a little refreshing taste of Ice-Cream History!

Here are some fun facts that I found interesting about James D. “Jim” Oberweis, an American businessman, investment manager and politician from the state of Illinois. The owner of Oberweis Dairy, in North Aurora near Chicago, he is currently a member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 25th district since January 2013….

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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 ❤

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies……

Having bought some Gluten Free Baking Flour I embarked on the mission of testing my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe replacing my regular flour with the gluten free one!

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So I mixed the below ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups of gluten free flour
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt

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My first batch which I baked for exactly 12 minutes came out a bit pale and they did not do the melty thingy that regular cookies do, so I had to smush them down with a spoon to flatten them a bit and I baked them for an extra 2 minutes.

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The second batch I left them in for 15 minutes and they came out with a more golden color but still had to apply the smushing technique!

They are very crumbly and have a different texture but they taste quite good.

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Not sure if this is something I would indulge in but for those of you who cannot eat gluten, they are the perfect treat to go with a cup of tea.

Butter Pecan Waffles the easy way…….

Yet another rainy Sunday and that 3:30-4pm time comes around when a nice treat and a cup of coffee would be perfect to go with the great book I am reading “Gone Girl”.

I pride myself for making all my cakes from scratch, sometimes I think it has nothing to do with pride, just the fact that boxed cakes don’t exist where I come from (or at least didn’t exist whilst I lived there).

Anyway, I came across a box of Butter Pecan cake mix box that I bought at some given time for whatever reason and obviously never used.

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I decided to get rid of it and experiment with my Waffle Maker, so I prepared the mix as per box directions, heated my waffle maker and presto, waffle were ready!

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Then comes the best part, building those waffles with extra flavors.

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I drizzled a layer of my homemade Salted Caramel Sauce. Then layered the waffles, drizzled a bit of Maple Syrup, topped with some sliced bananas and another drizzle of Salted Caramel Sauce, and finished them off with some whipped cream and some homemade candied pecans!

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Now its time for that cup of coffee and my book ❤