One of my favorite things about social media is learning about new recipes. A couple of months ago, a recipe for something called a Tornado Cake, came across my feed. As I researched it further, I discovered that there are so many different versions and edits to this recipe. As I read over the recipes, I realized that they were all essentially the same. Certainly, the cake sounded SO delicious that I was practically drooling. I had to make it!
I’m such a lover of frozen fruit. Have you ever tried freezing grapes, melon and bananas? They are a fave around here and this past week, I wanted to create a delicious, healthier, summer treat for the kids. Instead of calorie-filled ice cream, these frozen chocolate banana pops were a breeze to make. When I was little my Mom used to freeze the bananas that were on the edge of tossing. Later, she’d give them to us frozen or use them for banana bread. Nothing ever went to waste in our household. Last week, my daughter had a sleepover with her friend, little did she know that I had popped in some bananas the night before. While they slept the bananas were freezing.
Galettes are delicious. They are also incredibly versatile and can be filled with meats, cheeses, vegetables, and fruits. Right now berries are plentiful and we had a surplus of strawberries and blueberries. Today, the youngest one and I made an improvised galette. This dish is so simple to make and it comes together in no time. Even non-bakers can pull this one off! The best part is it looks rustic and tastes delicious.
I was inspired to get baking when I came across a cake on Pinterest from The Novice Chef. I changed the recipe up a little bit to decrease the sugar and suit my family’s needs. This cake is dense and moist. What came out of the oven was something so delicious and life altering, it would not be fair for me of me not to share.
Each year, the kids and I look forward to baking for Easter. Last year, we made cupcakes with Peeps sitting in nests filled with candy eggs. This year, I have seen so many variations of cakes with pastel colored M & Ms and an assortment of Peeps marshmallow candy on Pinterest and Facebook, that this was on my list to make with the kids this year. Today we made the cake. From start to finish, working with my 8 year old and 5 year old helpers, it took about 2 hours. This cake may not be perfect, but it sure is filled with love and the kids were thrilled with their accomplishment.
My husband named this recipe. It is so incredibly addictive that it is hard to pull yourself away from it and stop eating. Delicious and not too sweet, this recipe is amazing. I make it during the holidays every year. Now, you too can make it and share in our tradition.
I confess, I am not the best baker, but I am a great cook. Some tell me it is because I eyeball everything when I cook, rarely taking the time to accurately measure things out or follow a recipe. Well, this pie I made this past weekend was absolutely one of the easiest things that I have ever created and tasted equally delicious. This is a great dessert to take to an upcoming Holiday party. Believe me, everyone will be asking for your recipe!
1 ready made pie crust~ I prefer Pillsbury
1 box Pillsbury fudge brownies
1 tablespoon water
3 tablespoons sugar
1 package of cream cheese (8oz.)
1/4 cup oil
1 can of Pillsbury hot fudge frosting
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line a pie plate with your crust.
In your mixer, combine the cream cheese, sugar and 1 egg. Mix until well incorporated and then set aside in a separate bowl.
Next in a large bowl, combine the brownie mix, 2 eggs, oil and 1 tablespoon of water.
Spread a 1/4 cup of the brownie mixture into the bottom of the pie crust. Next gently spread the cream cheese mixture on top of that brownie mix. Finally, evenly spread the remainder of the brownie mix on top.
Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 50 minutes until an inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean. The pie top may have cracks.
While pie is beginning to cool, place a 1/2 cup of frosting into the microwave for 15 seconds. Drizzle the frosting on top of the pie in a gridlike pattern.
We serve this pie with vanilla ice cream. You could also add a variety of chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, candy bars, chopped nuts to the brownie batter prior to baking to customize this pie as well. The possibilities are endless.
This pie requires refrigeration. Cool 3 hours prior to serving.
Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest
I have had so many friends and family members ask me for this recipe over the years, that I just had to finally share it. My delicious secret is out and I hope that you enjoy this pie served warm ala mode! It is incredibly easy and everyone will be asking you to share your secret.