Posts tagged ‘dessert’

Crustless Egg Custard

Have you ever found yourself craving something sweet and you want it sooner than later? You rummage through the cabinets and the fridge to realize you need to run to the store in order to make something good. Well, never fear, this recipe will solve your sugar-craving needs. You will find most of these ingredients are already in your kitchen.

I never ate this dessert, that I can remember, as a child, probably because I thought the word custard sounded gross. I can’t even remember the first time I ate it either, but when I do eat it, I think to the first time I ate it at my mother-in-law’s house. This would be a comfort food for me because it makes me happy and reminds me of my close connection with Brandon’s family. This recipe is from his mother’s collections. She published it a church cookbook, so I know she won’t mind me sharing with you.

Crustless Egg Custard

1 cup sugar
3 eggs
3 tsp flour
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients and mix with a blender. Pour into a greased and floured 9 inch pie plate. Bake for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.

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We ate most of the custard before I got a picture. It was that good. 🙂 So, I took a picture of one of the last pieces left. The best part of this dessert is you can eat it cold or warm. I prefer warm, especially fresh out of the oven after it has been slightly cooled and firm.

Note: When mixing ingredients, slowly add the eggs at the end while blending/stirring to prevent a scrambled egg pie.

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Apple Pie Bites with Cheesecake Pudding and Caramel Syrup

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I made this dessert Thursday night and I posted it on Facebook and Instagram. I had some people to take interest and want the recipe, so I am happy to share it.

This recipe is one of those throw-it-together-at-the-last-minute creations. We had eaten dinner Thursday night and I was still hungry, but I had a sweet craving. It happens a lot in this household, especially for me since I’ve been married. The inspiration behind this recipe was a single apple given to me by someone at work. Have you ever known of a recipe that uses one piece of fruit? Not this girl. So, I do what I do best – I went to Pinterest. And, you know, it is hard to find a recipe for one apple. I found several for 3 apples, but very few for one. But, after a couple of minutes of searching, I found this recipe that only had 4 ingredients and didn’t take long to cook. You will need to scroll down the page for the recipe called Apple Pie Bites.

All you need for this simple dessert is 1 apple, 1 can of crescent rolls, and a pinch of cinnamon and sugar. I am not exactly sure how much of a pinch of cinnamon and sugar that you should add, but I know I pinched a good bit on each roll and I felt it could use a little more flavor. But, that is your preference because I am a lover of cinnamon and I love that strong flavor.  The recipe calls for apple slices, but I chose to chop my apple.  The reason is my apple slices were not pretty nor evenly sliced, therefore the chopped apples were more appealing and easier to eat with a spoon.  I also ended up with more slices than crescent rolls and I hate to waste food, but I had almost exactly the same amount of chopped apples on each crescent roll.

These are what the bites look like.

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You can eat these bites by themselves.  You can even eat them for breakfast.  Too bad we don’t have any left or I know what I would be having for breakfast in the morning.  However, I chose to enhance the dessert because I already had the pudding and caramel syrup in the refrigerator.  For the pudding, I used JELL-O Cheesecake Pudding and followed the directions on the box, which was 2 cups of cold milk whisked with the pudding mix for 2 minutes.  The caramel syrup was Smucker’s Sugar Free Caramel Sundae Syrup. I was a little uncertain about this sugar free caramel syrup, but this has a really good sweet flavor.  I think it gives this recipe a little something extra.

Once the apple pie bites were finished, I grabbed 2 glass bowls, the pudding, and caramel syrup.  I layered the pudding on the bottom and topped it with the apple pie bites and caramel.  I believe my favorite part of this dish was the mixture of the cold pudding and caramel with the warm apple pie bites.  For Brandon, I served this dessert with a cup of hot chocolate, as you can tell in the picture below.

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Mini Boston Cream Pies

Tomorrow is my cousin’s birthday. This post is dedicated to him. It’s hard to believe that Hall will be 18 and that he’s been in my life for 18 years. I am blessed to have him and his sister in my life and I wouldn’t want it any other way. Here is a picture of Hall and I from a few Christmases ago.

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Hall is one of those kids who only wants money or gift cards as a present. Well, I wanted to do give him something that I know he would enjoy. And, he definitely enjoys food. So, I decided to make him miniature Boston Cream Pies. I made these a while back for a Christmas party and I remembered how much Hall loved eating them. They are very easy to make, but it just takes several steps to get to the final product. For the recipe, click here.

The only thing I did different was I used white chocolate pudding mix instead of vanilla because we didn’t have any vanilla in the kitchen. I placed the mini pies into a plastic container as I spread on the creamy center and chocolate top. It made it so much easier because the pudding mixture oozes out of the sides and it takes several minutes for the chocolate to harden.
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I want to say a special thank you to my neighbor, Karla, who let me borrow her cupcake pan so I would not have to cook and clean my pan twice. It definitely helped to cut my time in half. I need to put an extra cupcake pan on my wish list.

I had a few left over, so I shared some with Karla and we enjoyed the rest.
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It somewhat reminds me of a chocolate eclair. The center is not as sweet as an eclair, but it is a great partner with the chocolate top.

As soon as the mini pies were finished, I packed them up and carried them to Hall. He didn’t know I was making them, but he was very excited when I showed up with the container. I even got a hug from him. I hope he enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed making them. And, hopefully, he shared with his family since I gave him 15 cupcakes.

Brownie Pie

Have you ever sat down to watch tv and started craving something sweet? That is exactly what happened last night after dinner. So, Brandon asked me was there anything sweet in the kitchen. I replied, “Maybe, if you count a can of peaches as something sweet.” That was not the answer nor the solution he was wanting to hear.

Within a few minutes, he was gone to the kitchen in search for a recipe. He grabbed a local church’s cookbook that was given to me by his mother a few Christmases ago and flipped to the dessert section. He pulled out a recipe from his past that he cooked when he lived at home. That recipe was called Brownie Pie. And, I will say that it was everything brownie and everything pie. It was very delicious, chocolatey, and fluffy.

Since I already have your mouth watering (if I haven’t, then scroll down to the picture and you will get the same effect), here is the recipe:

Brownie Pie

2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
1/2 cup flour
3 Tbsp. cocoa
1 tsp. vanilla
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 325. Place eggs, sugar, butter flour, cocoa, vanilla, and salt in small mixing bowl. Beat with electric mixers or 4 minutes. Stir in nuts. Pour into greased pie plate. Bake for 30 minutes or until center poked with toothpick comes out clean. The pie will settle as it cooks. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

Brandon added some chocolate chips because we had about 2 Tablespoons of cocoa and he didn’t want to miss out on that good chocolate flavor. He also omitted the nuts because we were out of stock. Here are the ending results:
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Yes for whipped cream! The best part is that you can eat this pie any time of day. I had a piece for breakfast this morning with whipped cream and almond milk. It just made my morning that much brighter.