Monday, August 27, 2012

Blueberry Swirl Cupcakes

Blueberry Swirl Cupcakes

             These cupcakes are not your normal blueberry muffins. The blueberries are baked in a vanilla cupcake topped with a cinnamon-brown sugar streusel and then topped off with a cream cheese blueberry frosting.

Blueberry Swirl Cupcakes

         I made these for dinner to complete our dinner - baked Creole tilapia with pasta salad. My family enjoyed these. With or without the frosting these are scrumptious.


Blueberry Swirl Cupcakes


1 tsp ground cinnamon
6 tblsp granulated sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar

1 2/3 cups cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter (room temperature)
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup sour cream
1 1/4 cups blueberries

8 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)
1 1/4 sticks unsalted butter (room temperature)
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 2/3 cups sifted confectioner's sugar
3 tblsps high-quality blueberry jam

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line muffin tin with baking cups.  For the topping combine the sugars and cinnamon.  Set aside.

2.  To make the cupcakes, sift the cake flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and the 2/3 cups granulated sugar on medium speed until pale and fluffy for 3 minutes.  Add in eggs one at a time, scraping down sides of the bowl after each egg is mixed in.  Add vanilla extract.

3.  Reduce electric mixer speed to low, and beat in flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour.  Do not over mix, just mix until incorporated.  Stop mixer and fold in blueberries.

4. Divide batter in baking cups.  Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar topping and press to adhere to batter.  Bake until golden brown, for 20-21 minutes and a toothpick when inserted comes out with moist crumbs attached.

5.  To make the frosting beat the cream cheese and butter in electric mixer on medium-high speed for 2 minutes.  Reduce speed to low and add sifted confectioners sugar and vanilla.  Raise speed back to medium-speed and beat for 1 minute.  Stop mixer and spoon jam onto icing without stirring.

6.  Transfer icing to pastry bag with a large round frosting tip and swirl mounds of icing on top of each cupcake. 

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart Living, August 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday Cocktail: Berries in White Zinfandel Gelée

Friday Cocktail Berries in White Zinfandel Gelee
   So glad today is Friday. The weather is nice outside, perfect to sit on the beach with a good cocktail drink, and just enjoy the view. Snap! Back to reality there are no beaches in Atlanta, GA. Sorry Savannah, GA beach does not count. Yep, I am making comparisons to the Caribbean.

   But cocktails and chocolate always go together. This gelee would make perfect for a cocktail party with friends. Serve fruit, cheese, crackers, and some good red wine, you would have a hit party. Summer is not over yet so these summer berries are a nice way to serve and still have a cocktail all in one.

  Don't drink? You could use your favorite fruit drink or a frozen concentrate drink (thawed) and it would be perfect also. Kids would love this too. Don’t be afraid to add pineapple, kiwi, and peaches.

Berries in White Zinfandel Gelée

1 bottle Pink White Zinfandel, chilled
2 pks. unflavored powdered gelatin (I used Knox)
1 1⁄2 cups sugar
Vegetable or canola oil, for greasing
Fresh raspberries
Fresh strawberries cut into squares

1. Pour 1⁄2 cup of the wine into a bowl, sprinkle in the gelatin and let it sit for 5 minutes. In a saucepan heat the remaining wine and sugar over medium-high heat. Make sure you stir occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from stove and sir in the gelatin mixture. Set aside and let fool for 10 minutes.
2. Grease mold or 4-oz ramekins. Pour 2 tblsp. into each mold. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Put desired amount of strawberries in each mold. Pour just enough wine mixture to cover half of the berries. Return to refrigerator and chill for another 30 min. Add about 6 raspberries. Add remaining wine mixture. Chill until set for about 4 hours. * If you are using more than one fruit repeat steps to add layers.
3. When set, run a knife along the edge of each mold and set mold in a bowl of hot water for 5 seconds. Invert on plate.
Recipe slightly adapted from Saveur

Thursday, August 23, 2012

I Scream.....You Scream....

Dulce De Leche Ice Cream Recipe
We all Scream for Ice Cream!!!! 

That is all I heard in my house this past week because my family wanted homemade Ice Cream.  The day I made my Raspberry White Chocolate Swirl Ice Cream with my new ice cream maker, I had them hook.
I decided to go with one of my favorite flavors - Dulce de Leche.  I suggest adding roasted peaches with a kick of bourbon, melted chocolate, or chopped nuts, if you are not a fan of dulce de leche.  Trust me it would be equally delicious.
Dulce de leche ice cream recipe

1 14-ounce sweetened condensed milk
1 3/4 cups heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract or 1 tsp. vanilla paste


Homemade Dulce De Leche
1.  Remove the label from can milk.  Using the triangular point of the can opener, pierce 2 holes on the opposite edge of the can.  This releases the pressure from the heat to avoid it exploding.
2.  Place the can in a large pot on the stovetop, standing upright.  Fill the sauce pan with enough water, leaving about 1/2 inch of the can exposed.
3.  Bring the water to a simmer and cook for 3 hours.  If you want a thicker consistence cook more to 4 hours.
4.  When finished, use tongs to remove the can from the water and let it cool for an hour.  Open the can and pour the caramel milk in an airtight container.  Refrigerate.

Ice Cream Base
1.  Simmer milk and cream in a saucepan.  Remove from heat and whisk in refrigerated dulce de leche until completely dissolved.  Add vanilla and transfer to a bowl.
2.  Place bowl into an ice-water bath.  Stir occasionally until cooled about 15-20 minutes.
3.  Transfer cooled mixture in ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer instructions to churn into a soft serving consistency.
4.  Transfer ice cream to an airtight container.  Cover and freeze until firm. If adding nuts or candy add before it gets firm.  Serve.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

NDY Healthy Desserts: Fruit Tart

Healthy Fruit Tart Recipe

We already know how addictive desserts can be.  Our doctors always emphasize exercise, and eat healthy.  Desserts can be healthy also and still scrumptious.  Once a week, NDY will be doing healthy desserts, that way you can have your cake and eat it too.

Fruits are very low in energy and are filled with minerals, and vitamins, which produces a great source of nutrients that is very beneficial for a healthy diet.  Eating lots of fruits can reduce heart disease and some cancer.

As you already know my family loves fruits.  I wanted to create a quick dessert to enjoy with last night dinner, but do not have my kids bouncing off the wall and could not go to sleep early.  Waking them up for school is another story by itself.

This fruit tart is very quick, easy and only involves 10 minutes of baking.  It is not sweet but sill haves that OMG feeling when you bite into it. It indulges your sweet tooth desire, and it’s full of fruit, so it’s healthy right? 

Healthy Fruity Tart Recipe

The recipe is also adaptable to whatever fruit you choose.  I thought I had blueberries but I guessed someone ate them all.  Next time I am going to use peaches, apricots, nectarines, and maybe I will get to use my blueberries.

Remember pick up a fruit today and improve your health.
Fruit Tart

1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese (room temperature)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Favorite fruits of the season
1 (6-ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
1 tblsp. cornstarch
1 tblsp. fresh lime juice
1/4 cup granulated sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
For the crust: In a food processor, combine the confectioners' sugar, flour, and butter, and process until the mixture forms a ball. With your fingers, press the dough into a tart pan. Push the crust into the indentations in the sides. Pat until the crust is even. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until very lightly browned. Set aside to cool.

For the filling and topping: Beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla together until smooth. Spread over the cooled crust.  Per your desired preference assort fruits.

For the glaze: Combine the limeade, cornstarch, lime juice, and sugar in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until clear and thick, about 2 minutes.  When cool using a pasty brush glaze the tart.

Recipe Adapted from Paula Deen

Friday, August 17, 2012

Custom Chocolate by Never Dessert You

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Do you have a logo, monogram or design you want displayed on chocolate? Did you know NDY specializes in chocolate treats?

One of my talents in the food field is creating chocolate heaven treats for my clients from chocolate disks, chocolate covered Oreos, molded chocolate designs, and chocolate graham. Even though I am not a die hard fan of chocolate, there is no other candy than be portrayed more beautiful. I present you some of my work that I have done for weddings, parties, corporate events, or just for a chocolate lover special treat.

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If you are interested in placing an order feel free to contact me or check out my Etsy store.
Stay tuned for more awesome chocolate treats by NDY!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

BlueBerry Granita

blueberry granita

I had some blueberries in my refrigerator and wanted to create a dish with them before they go bad.  I am surprised they were still inside of my fridge.  If you live in my household no type of fruit last more than a day in my house.  My kids love and fight each other over fruits. 

I decided to create a refreshing dish that did not involve baking, just a blender and a freezer.  This recipe has a sweet essence of the blueberry and lemon, which makes a great combination.   If you never had a granita it’s an Italian semi-frozen dessert, originated in Sicily.  It’s similar to a sorbet or Italian Ice with a coarse and flaky texture made from sugar, and fruit flavorings.   There are also variants with coffee that I have seen.  The trick with granita is during the freezing process, in intervals you have to continually scrape the mixture with a fork, resulting in small ice crystals.

Blueberry Granita

3 cups fresh blueberries, washed and sorted
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
¾ cup sugar
1 cup water

1. Combine the sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan over medium-low heat until the sugar is completely.
2. Combine blueberries and lemon juice in blender pulse until smooth.
3.  Pour the syrup (make sure it's cooled) into the strawberry and lemon mixture and blend to combine.
4.  Pour the mixture through strainer into an 8-inch or 9 x 13 metal pan to remove any solid bits.  Freeze for 3-4 hours, scraping the mixture with a fork every 20 to 30 minutes.
5. Serve immediately with mint. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Mango Cheesecake

Have you ever been to the Cheesecake Factory?  They have some of the most eye catching cheesecakes.  You know when you see something that looks good but when you go try it out it not what you imagine.  Well that’s not the case with the Cheesecake Factory.  Not only they look good but they taste off the chain.  I was looking through one of my favorite magazine subscriptions and came across their Mango Key Lime cheesecake.  Oh boy that had my mouth watering. 
When I saw the ad from Cheesecake Factory and I know my mother-in law is visiting us, I knew right there and there what I was going to create. - Mango Cheesecake. 

Mango Cheesecake
You must be asking what my mother-in-law has to do with cheesecake.  Well, my mother-in-law lives where I am originally from, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.  Mangoes are one of the sweetest things about living in the Virgin Islands.    They are juicier, plump, sweet, and words can’t even express how good they are.   When they are yellow, red, or orange you know right there it is ripe and ready to be devoured.  Plus since it is summertime, this is when mangoes are everywhere.  One of the joys is if your family or you know someone who has mango tree in their yard, you never have to go to market or miss out.  I remember the days I got in so much trouble for climbing other people trees and taking their mangoes. 
Well, my fiancé was talking to his mom the day before she arrives and I told him to tell him to tell her bring some mangoes.  I lighted up when she agreed.  Now keep in mind I was the one to ask for mangoes, the day she arrived she brought four and my fiancé ate all four that same night.  My heart was crushed.  But I did not deviate from the plan, so I had no other choice but head to Farmer’s Market.
This month Crazy Cooking Challenge is all about Cheesecake. I did my Mango Cheesecake with a Mango Glaze topped with fresh fruit.  Even though the mangoes from Farmers Market was not as sweet as I envisioned them when I ate one,I brought back the flavor when I puree them with sugar and vanilla bean.
Mango Cheesecake

I used Grace’s Sweet LifeRecipe.  I altered the crust by using half of almond flour and honey graham crackers mixed together with sugar and melted butter.  For the filling instead of ricotta cheese I used mascarpone cheese. 
What you think of my Mango Cheesecake.  I wish you was here to try it with me.  Yum! 

Mango Cheesecake

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Cocoa Colada Cupcakes

Last week I had a case of migraines back to back.  I have a lot on my plate and this was a sign I needed to relax myself.  I wish I could go back to my birthplace St. Thomas, Virgin Islands to relax on the beach.   But since that was not happening anytime soon, I decided to bring the islands back to me. 

For those who know me I love a good drink and I remember my first alcoholic drink was a Pina Colada.  Well, not true I think it was a Coors Light I took up to taste that my father had left on the kitchen table when I was around six.  Boy that was nasty.  Hey don’t judge my daddy for being careless, I was just being fast.  Truth be told if my father was alive he would say I would beg to taste his alcoholic drinks, I guess that’s why I love a good drink.

Well back to the Pina Colada.  I wanted to take that Pina Colada and incorporate it into a scrumptious dessert.  What about a cheesecake?  Hmm, maybe next time.  I decided to do a cupcake instead.  So I know you have seen or maybe tasted a Pina Colada Cupcake.  But what about a Cocoa Colada Cupcake with a subtle flavor combination of chocolate, pineapple and coconut rum. 

Cocoa Colada Cupcakes

If you not a fan of alcohol stay away, because I promise, you would taste the alcohol.  Not only there is alcohol in the batter, but in the cream cheese frosting, and in the chocolate glaze. 

Cocoa Colada Cupcakes

After I devour this cupcake, my headache was all gone and had nothing but a smile on my face all day. 

Cocoa Colada Cupcakes

Cocoa Colada Cupcakes
Yields 24-27 cupcakes

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
¾ cup cocoa powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 large egg
2/3 cup vegetable oil
¾ cup buttermilk
¼ cup Irish cream liqueur
1 cup crushed canned pineapple, drained
½ cup coconut rum

Chocolate Glaze
1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips
6 tablesppons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 tablesppons coconut rum
1/2 cup toasted coconut for topping

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
½ cup (1 stick/8 Tablespoons) butter (cool)
8 oz. cream cheese (directly from fridge)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (always use pure vanilla extract if possible)
1 1/2 teaspoons coconut extract (you may want to start with just 1 teaspoon of coconut extract, you can always add more, but you can’t take it out!)
4 cups powdered confectioner’s sugar
1 Tablespoon Dark Rum
1 Tablespoon Coconut Rum

Cupcake Directions:

1.      Preheat the oven to 350*F.  Line a cupcake pan with 24 cupcake liners.  Set aside.

2.      In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda.  Set aside.

3.      In a large bowl, use and electric mixer on medium speed to beat together the egg, oil, buttermilk, Irish cream liqueur, pineapple, and rum until well combined.  Turn the mixer to low and add the flour mixture, beating well just until combined.

4.      Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake liners and bake for 16 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes or until cool enough to handle.  Remove the cupcakes from the pan and cool completely.

Frosting Directions:

1.      Place butter in a large mixing bowl and blend until smooth. Add cream cheese and blend until well combined, about 30 seconds.

2.      Add vanilla extract, coconut extract and powdered sugar (1 cup at a time) and blend on low speed until combined. Increase to medium speed and beat until it begins to get fluffy. Slowly add the rum. Beat until fluffy, about 1 minute. 

Chocolate Glaze Directions:

1.      Heat the chocolate chips, butter and corn syrup atop a double boiler set at low heat. 

2.      Stir continuously until the chocolate melts, and the remove from the heat.

3.      Add the rum and stir until smooth.

Frost the cooled cupcakes and then drizzle the glaze atop the frosting.   For added flavor and texture add a touch of shredded coconut.  Feel free to decorate with maraschino cherries and paper umbrellas to get the full island feeling. 

Cupcake recipe updated from Intoxicated Cupcake, Frosting Adapted Glorious Treats

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Nutella Swirl Blondies

I made these blondies last week and totally forgot to blog about them. 

Nutella Swirl Blondies

I love that this recipe does not ask for much chocolate and is so gooey, and rich.  It is sweet and full of the butterscotch flavor.  And the best part is it is topped with Nutella and cream cheese.  

Nutella Swirl Blondies

I cut them up into small squares, and served at my job. These bad boys went fast.  Everyone loved the sweet breakfast treat that quenched their sweet tooth desire.

Nutella Swirl Blondies

Nutella-Swirl Blondies

1 ½ cups packed light brown sugar

2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

2 large eggs plus 1 large yolk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour (I used unbleached flour)

½ tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. salt

1 ½ cups butterscotch chip

4 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature

¾ cup Nutella


1.       Preheat oven to 375F.  Grease a 9-by-13 inch baking pan and line with foil, letting ends of foil hang 3 inches over the 2 long edges.  Grease foil.

2.      Combine sugar and butter in a large pan over medium heat.  Cook, stirring often, until butter has melted and sugar has dissolved (mixture will not look combined).  Remove from heat and let cool slightly.  Whisk in 2 whole eggs and vanilla.

3.       A bowl, whisk flour with baking powder and salt.  Gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture: mix until smooth.  Fold in butterscotch chips. Spread evenly in pan.

4.      Using an electric mix on medium speed, beat cream cheese with egg yolk and Nutella until smooth.  Drop spoonfuls’s of Nutella mixture over batter in pan and use the tip of a small knife to swirl it in, making a decorative pattern.  Be careful not to scrape bottom of pan.

5.      Bake until blondies are just set in the center and a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.  Let cool in pan on a wire rack, then cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 2 hours.  Run a sharp knife along edges of pan to loosen, and then remove blondies from pan using foil handles.  Cut into squares and serve at room temperature. 

Recipe adapted from ALL You Magazine
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