Sunday, March 13, 2016

No Churn Ice Cream

Did you know you could make your own ice cream at home?
With 2 ingredients (heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk) as a base, you can add in whatever extras you might want. 

Whip your cream into a fluffy cloud of goodness, mix your sweetened condensed milk with your favorite ingredients (think chocolate chips, fruit, nuts, cookies, cocoa powder - be creative!)  and wallah! 

I made a vanilla cinnamon ice cream to go over warm apple pie: 

* 1 pint (2 cups) heavy cream
* 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
* 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
* 3 tablespoons butter, melted
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Mix together sweetened condensed milk with vanilla, butter and cinnamon.  Whip heavy cream in a mixing bowl on high for several minutes until stiff peaks form. Turn the mixer on low and slowly add the milk/vanilla mixture to the heavy cream. Once combined, pour into a freezer-safe container and freeze at least 6 hours to overnight.

Saturday, March 12, 2016


My favorite cheesecake to make is a no bake cheesecake. 
I like the simple ingredients and how fresh it tastes with our favorite toppings.
If you prefer a thicker, rich bake cheesecake, I've listed a recipe for that as well. :)

No Bake Cheesecake

- 2 graham cracker pie crusts or 6 mini crusts
- 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup of sugar
- 1 cup (1/2 pint) sour cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 (8 oz.) container frozen whipped topping, mildly thawed
- Fruit or caramel sauce for garnish (optional)

Beat cream cheese until smooth; gradually beat in sugar.  Blend in sour cream and vanilla.  fold in whipped topping.  Spoon into two graham cracker crusts.  Chill until set for a few hours. 

Garnish with fruit or toppings as desired. 

Easy Bake Cheesecakes

- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 3/4 cup of sugar (plus 2 Tablespoons)
- 3 Tablespoons butter (melted)
- 3 packages (8 oz. each) softened cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup coconut (toasted)
-- 18 muffin paper cups

Heat oven to 325 degrees. 

Mix graham crumbs, butter and 2 tablespoons sugar.  Press cookie crumbs onto bottoms of muffin cups. 

Beat cream cheese, vanilla and sugar with mixer.  Add eggs, mixing at low speed until blended.  Spoon onto crusts.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes.  Cool completely.  Top with coconut or other desired toppings.  Store in refrigerator.

These were topped with coconut and m&m eggs for easter. :)