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Frozen Dessert Ideas Recipe

Frozen Dessert Ideas

07.23.11 by Jackie

According to Wikipedia, Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month in 1984. He also appointed the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day. Reagan recognized the popularity of ice cream in the United States (90% of the nation's population consumes ice cream).

Mother Nature is finally smiling on us in Northern California, let's hope she'll continue to supply us with a good excuse to consume our favorite frozen treat.


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No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe (Egg Free Dessert) Recipe

If you're searching for a no bake cheesecake recipe, look no more. It looks fancy but it's ultra easy to assemble. As a bonus, it's an egg-free dessert. So what's not to love? Give this mascarpone cheese dessert a try.

I flavored the cheesecake filling with strawberries and added bananas for a thicker texture. Instead of placing the cheesecake in a spring-form pan, I decided this time to shape the dessert in a long triangular mold I usually use for making terrines (French jellied meatloaf). I first covered the molds with store-bought Italian-style lady finger puffs and completed it with the strawberry-and-banana-flavored cheesecake filling. The presentation turned out pretty spectacular. You know the saying: you eat with your eyes first! 


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Goat Milk Ice Cream with Molasses Syrup Swirl Recipe

You've probably noticed, I'm addicted to anything and everything goat. Whether it's goat ricotta cheese, goat cheese Gouda or simple chèvre, I cannot get enough of goat’s milk unique flavor profile. I often use goat dairy products in savory dishes, but I thought it would be fun to experiment with goat milk in desserts. After some thought, it occurred to me that there is no better showcase for goat milk than making ice cream.

I made a simple custard using goat milk and chilled it overnight. I churned the ice cream and finished it with swirls of molasses and raisin syrup. The result was silky, delicious and not too rich. I've heard that goat milk is more easily digestible than regular cow's milk, which is good for the lactose-intolerant members of my family. The only downside: there wasn't enough to feed everyone! 


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July 4th Dessert: Peach Pie Recipe (Lattice-Top Pie) Recipe

We have been blessed with an abundance of insanely juicy and delicious doughnut peaches this year, and best of all, we got to them before the squirrels did! Like the more traditional apples, peaches  also symbolise America, summer and the 4th of July and I thought it would be fun to use them in a dessert. As an added bonus, doughnut peaches represent our family really well, as they are also Asian "immigrants" to the land of the free.

I prepared a traditional peach pie, but for a twist, I added a touch of ginger. I also decided to top the pie with a lattice pastry dough. I watched Disney movies over and over again during my childhood and I always dreamed of making a pie as beautiful as the one Snow White made.

What's better with warm pie than ice cream? Since I made a fairly traditional pie, I paired it with a surprisingly rich goat milk ice cream. The sweetness from the peach pie filling and the light tartness of the goat milk are wonderful foils. Stay tuned for the goat milk ice cream recipe!


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Apple Crostata Recipe Recipe

Apple Crostata Recipe

06.24.11 by Jackie

I really enjoy baking apple desserts. There is something so enticing about the smell of fresh baked apple goods that I just can’t get enough of. Today, I made an apple crostata, which is not your average apple pie.

First, I made an apple pie filling flavored with raisins, cinnamon and vanilla. Unlike last time for my blueberry crostata, I didn't use polenta for the dough, but instead I used regular all-purpose flour, cold butter and ice water. Once the dough rounds are formed, I nested a little of the pie filling in the center, then folded each edge inward. The finishing touch is a brush of egg wash along with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar.

I usually serve apple desserts with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to top them off. I think the warm apples and cold ice cream complement each other so well. Next time you're planning a tea party or a get-together with your friends or family, serve these apple crostatas and your guests will be in for a treat.

Apple Raisin Pie Recipe with Picture
Note: The first picture is when the crostata is formed, right before going into the oven.


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