Archive for the ‘Desserts’ Category

watermelon ice cream with chocolate chip “seeds.”
August 4, 2008

Some friends brought over a watermelon for our Fourth of July party for a seed-spitting contest.  Unfortunately, a glance at the produce sticker revealed that the watermelon was actually seedless . . . so we didn’t end up cutting into it. . . and it sat on our counter for an entire month!  I finally decided that it had to be used, and I was really craving ice cream, so I went in search for a watermelon ice cream recipe.  Apparently, watermelon ice cream is a rarity, because the only real recipes I found were for “watermelon Bombes,” which are ice cream cakes that look like watermelons, but contain no actual watermelon . . . not exactly what I was looking for.  So, this is what I came up with!!

Watermelon Ice Cream with Chocolate Chip “Seeds”

Ingredients

I would . . .

You could . . .

4 cups watermelon (about half of a large watermelon)

 

1 cup half and half

Any combination of liquid dairy products,

up to 2 cups

1 cup light cream

½ cup sugar

 

¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

¼ cup white chocolate chips

Preparation

1.  Slice watermelon flesh away from the rind, and cut into cubes.

2.  In a blender, puree watermelon until smooth.

3.  Pour watermelon puree through sieve, and reserve two cups watermelon “juice.”

4.  Combine cream, half and half, and sugar in a bowl with a whisk.

5.  Add watermelon juice to cream mixture.

6.  Pour into the canister of an ice cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions.  Add chocolate chips to the ice cream for the last 5 minutes of freezing.

Servings

10 1/2 cup servings

Recipe Extras

Sex It Up By:

 

Adding

white and dark chocolate chips

Calling it

Icy Watermelon Cream with Chocolate Shavings

Cooking Tip:

Because of the high water content in watermelon, this ice cream is a little more icy than most, and it tastes best the day it’s made.  To achieve a creamier texture, use dairy products with a higher fat content (e.g., heavy cream in place of the half and half).

chocolate chip squash muffins.
July 27, 2008

My household is pretty keen on veggies, so I’ve never been one to have to sneak them in by pureeing them into pasta sauces or baked goods.  One thing we do have a problem with, though, is using up all of our summer squash.   I don’t personally like the flavor of plain squash all that much, but I like the sight of unused squash in my fridge even less.  These muffins are the perfect solution, and by swapping in some whole wehat flour and applesauce in place of some the white flour and oil, they’re healthier than some of the other muffins out there.

Chocolate Chip Squash Muffins

Ingredients

I would . . .

You could . . .

2 ½ cups flour

Any combination of flours, up to 3 cups

½ cup whole wheat flour

 

1 cup sugar

Any combination of sugars, up 1 ¾ cups

¾ cup brown sugar

 

1 teaspoon baking soda

 

¼ teaspoon baking powder

 

1 teaspoon salt

 

1 teaspoon cinnamon

 

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1 cup shredded zucchini

Any combination of squash, up to 2 cups

1 cup shredded yellow squash

 

1 medium carrot, shredded

 

1 cup applesauce

 

2 eggs

 

1/3 c oil

 

1 tablespoon vanilla

 

1/3 cup chocolate chips

 

Preparation

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 

2.  Mix dry ingredients (through nutmeg) in a bowl.

3.  In a separate bowl, mix applesauce, 2 eggs, 1/3 cup oil, and 1 tablespoon vanilla.  Once well mixed, add squash, zucchini, and carrot. Stir.

4.  Make a well in the flour mixture.  Add the squash mixture to the flour mixture.  Stir until just combined.  Fold in chocoloate chips.  (Try not to over-stir, as this can make your muffins too dense).

5.  Fill muffin cups coated with cooking spray 1/2-2/3 full with the batter.  Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean.

Recipe Extras

Sex It Up By:

 

Adding

1/3 c walnuts, chocolate drizzles on top

Calling it

Chocolate Chunk Walnut Zucchini Muffins

Cooking Tip:

Whole wheat flour, although healthy, can make baked goods pretty dense.  You can experiment by exchanging more of the white flour for whole wheat, but a complete exchange is not recommended!

blackberry frozen yogurt.
July 15, 2008

While walking the dogs today, Caleb and I noticed that there are a lot of wild blackberries in our neighborhood, particularly in the empty lot next to ours (I knew that living next to the well lot had to have some benefit).  So, we grabbed a bucket, and this was the result.  I pretty much made this one up, after consulting a lot of different online sources:

Blackberry Frozen Yogurt

Ingredients

I would . . . You could . . .
2 cups blackberries (food process and press through sieve) 2 cups any berries, including thawed frozen berries
2 cups nonfat vanilla yogurt 2 cups regular yogurt
1/3 c white sugar  
2 T brown sugar  
juice from half a lemon  

Preparation

Mix all ingredients in food processor and pour into ice cream maker.  Freeze according the manufacturer’s directions.

Recipe Extras 

Sex It Up By:  

Adding

Chocolate chips or chunks of high-quality chocolate

Calling it

Iced Yogurt with Fresh Blackberries and Chocolate Shavings  
Cooking Tip: Because of the lack of fat in this recipe, it’s likely to get icy with time-it tastes best right out of the ice cream maker.