Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Dark Chocolate and Cinnamon Frozen Custard

I have been making homemade ice cream this past year. I vowed to never again purchase ice cream for the store. Once you make homemade ice cream using a great recipe, you can never really go back to purchasing store bought.




I have been using a couple of great recipes from AllRecipes.com , but I have made enough ice cream by now to venture out on my own and come up with my own creations. I don't quite have all of the time I would like right now to devote to my desserts, but hopefully within the next few months that will change. I did manage to create my newest recipe a few night ago called Dark Chocolate and Cinnamon Frozen Custard.


Dark Chocolate and Cinnamon Frozen Custard


2 1/2 Cups Heavy Cream
1/2 Cup Milk
3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
2 Tablespoons Dark Cocoa Powder
1 Ounce of 85% Dark Chocolate, finely chopped
5 Egg Yolks
1/2 Tablespoon Cinnamon
Directions

1.) On medium heat whisk heavy cream, milk, and sugar together until well blended. Add dark cocoa powder and continue to whisk until well blended. Add finely chopped chocolate and stir until melted. Add egg yolks and stir in using a whisk and a rubber spatula to continuously stir until the mixture has begun to thicken slightly. Remove from heat and pour into a container and allow mixture to cool for at least six hours.
2.) Remove cooled mixture from the fridge and add cinnamon and mix until well blended.
Pour the cooled mixture into your ice cream maker as per directions of your unit.
3.) You can garnish by sprinkling extra cinnamon on top if your custard just before serving and/or garnish with a wedge of dark chocolate. Store in a tightly covered container in the freezer.




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Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Calico Bean Market

These are some of the goodies up and close that I bought from The Calico Bean Market in my hometown of Dubuque, Iowa.
There is also a website which you can order from:



I recommend the candy coated chips. They are super tasty and I already have used them as a mix in for our homemade ice cream and I also sprinkled some on top of milk chocolate dipped strawberries.


I am looking forward to using these jumbo hearts!



I highly recommend the milk chocolate caramel cups. The Calico Bean Market also offers peanut butter, and raspberry chocolate cups. I am mixing these into my homemade ice cream at home.


My four year old is enjoying colorful marshmallows because they are just like Lucky Charms marshmallows. I am planning to use the mini vanilla marshmallows in my homemade milk chocolate spice hot cocoa this fall and winter.


I am loving this organic cinnamon and I will be ordering more when I run out. So far I have been adding it to my applesauce and to my chai tea lattes that I make at home.
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Snack Pack Lunches On The Go

I was at our local farmers market last weekend and I stopped by the Tupperware booth. I picked up this cute pink sandwich container and a tiny matching pink container than will hold an ounce.



I have a four year old, so when we are browsing the stores or running errands she will often get hungry. I needed to mix it up a bit because the same Clif Bars and fruit leathers were getting old. I have used this container almost everyday since I bought it. I make these little snacks/lunches and we take it with us on the go. Besides controlling what you are eating, you are also saving money.




Everything you see is organic except the peanut butter sandwich. For that I used natural Skippy honey roasted peanut butter on a Sara Lee whole wheat thin hot dog bun. I put some organic ranch dressing in the tiny bowl that holds an ounce to dip our carrots in. I also started buying the chocolate milk bulk at Costco again recently. It is cheaper than buying one everytime we go to Starbucks. We will switch up our snack packs, but overall this is what you can find in my bag when we are on the go. My four year old and I share this together.
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Friday, August 13, 2010

So Simple Milk Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Craving something sweet and easy?



Pull your strawberries out of the fridge and grab a bag of milk chocolate chips from your pantry. It is easy to make chocolate covered strawberries. Whenever I make these to bring to a party I get a lot of oooohs and ahhhhs. It is something so simple and always a fall back recipe when I need to bring something to a last minute party and I don't have much time.

I dipped these organic babies into Hershey's milk chocolate chips which I tempered first. My bottoms began to melt because I placed them on this warm bowl freshly washed from the dishwasher in the photos.




Finally, they don't keep long so if you are going to make these, make sure they will all the consumed. I sprinkled my milk chocolate covered strawberries in these photos from candy coated mini chocolate chips. I purchased these colorful and tasty chips from The Calico Bean Market which has a website where you order from.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

How Do You Get That Cream In The Middle Of A Cupcake?

Have you ever wondered how the cream gets into the middle of a cupcake?



I have learned there are two ways you can do this at home. The first way is to fill a pastry bag with cream and a long point tip. Stick the tip through the middle of the cupcake from the top and pipe the cream into the middle. I found with this method, I get less cream.
The second way is to use an apple corer and plunge it into the middle of the cupcake. As you can see below, the corer makes a nice round space for cream.



Pipe the cream into the center of the cupcake and then remove the cupcake from the apple corer and place over the hole to plug the top. After that, just frost as desired!





The recipes for these cupcakes as shown can be found here.




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Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Calico Bean Market - Sprinkles Galore

While visiting my family in Dubuque, Iowa each summer I make a point to stop at this wonderful and welcoming store called The Calico Bean Market. It is located downtown Dubuque, Iowa in the historic Fourth Street Elevator Cable Car Square area.



There is a large selection of fresh spices, soup mixes, sauces, snacks, candy, baking supplies, sprinkles and much more. My passion is baking. I browsed the store but I saved sprinkle section for last. I promise you will not walk out of this store empty handed.



There is just about every sprinkle, sugar, and peril you could imagine.




I met owner, Teri Connely who is a very warm and outgoing. When you walk into her store you can tell she put forth a lot of throught and effort. The store is neatly organized. Every product is weighed and clearly priced. I love this place so much that I asked the owner if it would be okay to photograph the sprinkles and share them with others on my blog. You really have to see this place!


The best news is The Calico Bean Market has a website where you can place an order and have it shipped to you!

http://calicobeanmarket.com/catalog/




Please check out my YouTube video where I share the products I purchased from this store!
The Calico Bean Market
352 Bluff Street
Dubuque, Iowa 52001
563-557-8159
MySweetCreations



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