Gooey Chocolate Bread Pudding

There was not another name I could think of to name this dessert. Soft croissants soak up the egg custard mixture and the three kinds of chocolate chips. So good and ooey gooey chocolaty.

Ingredients:

Nonstick cooking spray

1 10 ounce package of croissants (I used all but 3 from the box) from your store bakery, cut into cubes

1 cup milk, I recommend whole milk

1/4 cup sugar

1 cup white chocolate morsels

1/2 cup milk chocolate morsels

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate morsels

4 large eggs beaten, or 1 cup egg substitute

1/4 cup chocolate sauce, warm

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9 pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Cut croissants into small cubes. Place croissants in a large bowl. Set aside. Pour milk into a microwave safe bowl (I used a glass measuring cup) and microwave for 60 seconds until very warm. Add sugar and white chocolate chips and milk chocolate chips to warm milk and blend well. Whisk eggs into milk mixture. Sprinkle semisweet chocolate chips on top of croissants.

Pour into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle semisweet chocolate chips on top of croissants. Bake 40-45 minutes until liquid is absorbed and custard is not runny. Drizzle with warm chocolate sauce right after the bread pudding comes out of the oven. Cut, serve and enjoy! Can be served with whipped cream or ice cream. Or both! 😉.

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Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

My friend Lizz, usually comes to Tampa to visit in July. When she does, I always celebrate her birthday. This year I threw her a flamingo party. She had no idea, I just told her to wear something flamingos. I created these Pink Lemonade Cupcakes to celebrate this year. The frosting had to be pink to match the flamingos. These cupcakes are super moist, light flavored with lemon, they are not pungent. The cream cheese frosting adds a light creamy taste to these wonderful cupcakes.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 egg

1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon lemon extract

1/2 cup water

Lemon curd, jar or homemade

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake pan with liners.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Whisk until combined.

In a separate bowl, add buttermilk, oil, egg and vanilla extract and lemon extract. Combine liquids. Combine wet ingredients (except the water) to the dry ingredients and mix till combined. On low speed, slowly add the water to the batter. Scrape your mixing bowl to make sure everything is combined. Batter is thin but that’s what makes it so moist and yummy. Fill cupcake liners to about half full. Bake 16 minutes or until toothpick comes out with crumbs. Do not overbake. Cool completely to fill and frost.

I am going to be honest, I used store bought lemon curd in the jar. I have made it before and since this recipe uses so little jar is just fine. I found jar lemon curd in the jam/jelly section of the grocery store.

To fill cupcakes, I used a piping tip to make a hole. I filled the hole with the lemon curd and covered the hole with the top I cut out of the cupcake. It doesn’t have to be pretty because you are going to frost the top of the cupcake.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 8 ounce block cream cheese, chilled

1 stick butter, room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Red or pink food coloring, optional

1 pound of powdered sugar

Combine cold cream cheese and room temperature butter. I use cold cream cheese to keep the frosting stiff for the cupcakes. The frosting gets very soft when adding drops of food coloring. However, if you choose not to add food coloring, you would have lemonade cupcakes which is just as delicious. Combine with one pound powdered sugar. I used a 1M tip to pipe the cupcakes. Yields 12-13 cupcakes, recipe can be doubled. Enjoy!

Key Lime Pound Cake

I love key lime anything. It was only a matter of time before I made a Key Lime Pound Cake to my blog. I never use bottled key lime juice but I know a lot of people cannot get their hands on key limes. There is a difference between key limes and regular limes.

Ingredients:

2 sticks of butter, room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 teaspoons key lime extract (Available through Amazon)

1/4 cup key lime juice, fresh or bottled

2 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 cups sugar

6 eggs, room temperature

1 cup sour cream

Zest of 2 limes optional (I used zest in the glaze)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 12 cup bundt pan with nonstick and flour combination.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking powder.

In a mixing bowl, beat butter, eggs, sugar and extracts. Once combined add juice and zest if you are adding zest to your cake batter. Add eggs one at a time. Add one half of the flour mixture, next add sour cream, ending with the remaining flour. Pour into your bundt pan and bake 60-70 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in bundt pan for 25 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on a cooling rack until cake is completely cooled before adding glaze.

Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon key lime extract

2-3 Tablespoons milk or half and half

Lime zest, optional

Mix well and pour over cooked cake

Strawberry White Chocolate Bread Pudding

Sometimes when you are grocery shopping, a nice lady will hand you a sample of a new recipe the stores chefs have made. This is the story behind this delicious recipe. I sampled this recipe while shopping at my local Publix grocery store. This recipe was so good, I had to remake it and share with you. I made this for my Dad. He absolutely loved it and he is a bread pudding snob. It has to be really good, or he won’t eat it. Knowing this, I have never made him bread pudding until this recipe. This was a huge success!

Ingredients:

Nonstick cooking spray

1 10 ounce package of croissants (I used all but 3 from the box) from your store bakery, cut into cubes

2 cups of fresh strawberries, roughly chopped

1 cup milk, I recommend whole milk

1/4 cup sugar

1 cup white chocolate morsels

4 large eggs beaten, or 1 cup egg substitute

1/4 cup caramel sauce, I used salted caramel sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9 pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Cut croissants into small cubes. Rough chop the strawberries. Place croissants and strawberries in a large bowl. Set aside. Pour milk into a microwave safe bowl (I used a glass measuring cup) and microwave for 60 seconds until very warm. Add sugar and white chocolate chips to warm milk and blend well. Whisk eggs into milk mixture.

Add liquid mixture to croissants and berries in the bowl. Stir until all croissants are wet with the milk mixture. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Bake 40-45 minutes until the liquid is absorbed and the custard is not runny. Drizzle with caramel sauce right after you take baking dish out of the oven. Enjoy!

This bread pudding is also delicious topped with whipped cream.

*Recipe courtesy of Publix Aprons.

Nana’s Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

I grew up believing my Dad’s favorite cookie was chocolate chip. My Dad loves those too but his mothers (my Nana) oatmeal cookies were his favorite. Recently I dug up her recipe and made a batch for my Dad. They were delicious, raisins and all. I am not a huge raisin fan so I did use my preference, golden raisins. I admit, I loved them too.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups packed brown

2 1/2 sticks butter, room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 egg, room temperature

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 cups of rolled oats oats

1 cup of raisins, I used golden raisins*

1 cup of chocolate chips, optional if you do not to use raisins

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Add vanilla and eggs. In a separate mixing bowl, combine flour, soda and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to wet ingredients. Stir in oats and raisins or chocolate chips if you are not using raisins. Drop by tablespoons on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 -10 minutes. Eight minutes will give you a chewy cookie and 10 minutes will give you a crunchy cookie. Cool for a minute on the cookie sheet and cool completely on a cooling rack before storing in an air tight container.

*Golden raisins are my personal preference. I think they are not as dried out as brown raisins. However, when golden raisins are baked, they do turn brown. 😊

Flipped Out Peach Cake

Some of you might refer to this as a Peach Upside Down Cake but in my kitchen, it’s a Flipped Out Peach Cake. Yummy ripe peaches and a light vanilla cake will make you flip! This cake is best served warm but is also great room temperature.

Ingredients:

1 stick butter plus 4 Tablespoons, melted

1 cup brown sugar

2 cups about 5 fresh peaches sliced

Maraschino cherries, optional

Mix melted butter and brown sugar together. Pour into a 9″ cake pan.

Arrange about 2 cups of sliced peaches on top of the melted butter/sugar. Add cherries if desired.

Dry Ingredients:

1 1/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

Whisk dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Set aside.

Wet Ingredients:

1 egg

2 teaspoons vanilla

3/4 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, blend egg vanilla and buttermilk. Gradually add dry ingredients and combine. Pour over sliced peaches and bake 40-50 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Let cake rest 10 minutes before flipping it out in a serving plate. Serve warm or room temperature.

Peaches and Cream Cupcakes

I love and adore peaches. My Dad does too. I think I have purchased 15 pounds this summer. My Dad asked me to make another dessert with peaches, so I decided on cupcakes. The cupcakes are full of chopped sweet peaches and topped with delicious cream cheese frosting. The cupcakes on their own without frosting would be great as peach muffins. This recipe is for you Daddy.

These cupcakes are delicious without frosting. Would make a great peach muffin.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 flour

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup whole milk

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon peach extract, or peach schnapps

1 egg

1/2 cup water

2-3 peaches chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.

Whisk together all dry ingredients. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, combine milk, oil, extracts and egg. Add liquid ingredients to the dry, scraping down the sides as needed. Slowly add the water. Fold in chopped peaches. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full. This recipe will make 14-16 cupcakes. The cupcakes are are so moist, fluffy and so full of peach flavor. These cupcakes vanished right before my eyes.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 stick of butter

1 8 ounce page cream cheese

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 pound of powdered sugar

Garnish with sliced peaches, optional

Cream butter and cream cheese together. Add extract and incorporate powdered sugar. Pipe frosting on cupcakes (I used a 1M tip). Enjoy!