Monday, May 31, 2010

Ooey Gooey Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

Happy Memorial Day! Today has been such a great day with great food! My dad had found this recipe which was in Southern Living and I had to try it because lets face it who wouldn't like ice cream, brownie, and snickers bars together? It turned out really well and everyone liked it but I do have a few adjustments that I would make when I make it next time. In the recipe it calls for 6 whole snickers but I used half a bag of mini snickers and cut them in half. Next time I'm going to cut them into fourths because they were too big to eat. It was a little hard to get out of the spring form pan so you might want to run a knife around the inside before you lift it out. In case you couldn't tell by the name, this cake is ooey, gooey, and very messy to deal with. As soon as you take it out of the pan it was messy. Definitely need to take it off the pan and put it on a serving plate before cutting into it. But after all that it is still a dessert that needs to be made! It's sooo good!

Ooey Gooey Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

1 cup butter
8 (1 ounce) squares semi-sweet chocolate (I used Baker's)
I cup Sugar
5 large eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, softened
6 Snickers bars or 1 bag of mini Snickers
3/4 cup of chocolate sauce
Garnish: chocolate sauce and caramel sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine butter and chocolate. Microwave at high in 30 second intervals, stirring after each, until chocolate is melted and smooth.Whisk in sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Whisk in flour until smooth. Pour batter into an ungreased 10-inch springform pan. Place pan on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 25-35 minutes. It will look gooey in the center but it turns out fine! Let cool completely.
In a large bowl, combine ice cream and half of the chopped Snickers bars. Spread chocolate sauce evenly over cake layer. Spread ice cream mixture over chocolate sauce. Cover and freeze for 4 hours, or until firm. Drizzle cake with chocolate sauce and caramel sauce, if desired. Sprinkle with the remaining chopped Snickers bars.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Monkey Bread Muffins

First recipe of the blog! These are delicious...I could eat the whole batch by myself. You have to try these!
Monkey Bread Muffins
1 12 oz can of biscuits (1o biscuits)
3 Tblsp. Maple Syrup
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
2/3 cup sugar
1 Tblsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place cupcake liners in a 12-cup pan and spray with non-stick spray. Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces and set aside. In a small bowl mix maple syrup and melted butter. In a another seperate bowl mix sugar and cinnamon. Dip each piece of biscuit in the maple butter mixture and then roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place 4 pieces in each muffin cup. Place chopped pecans on top and cover with the rest of the maple butter mixture. Bake muffins for 15-20 minutes until they are golden brown on top. Serve warm.
Makes 10-12

First Post!

This could be interesting. I've never blogged before! I've always thought that blogs were for people to hash out their feelings and try to solve the worlds problems. Oh how I was wrong! As you saw in my About Me, I'm a little obssessed with food. In fact, I'm probably obssessed with it a little too much. I pretty much talk about it all the time. My friends will definitely attest to that! I love to experiment with all kinds of food and see what works and what doesn't. I like to think that I'm brave when it comes to things in the kitchen. I've definitely had my share of food disasters but it's taught me a lot about myself. Sounds weird but it's true. I'm in nursing school which can be really stressful and cooking is my way of detox after being at the hospital all day or bombing a test. It's the best kind of relaxation on this planet! I hope to get to the point where I can make up my own recipes without using a base recipe. It's gonna happen! Enjoy the blog!