Sweets

Strawberry Marshmallow Pie  

Blue Ribbon Baker Marjorie Johnson is, without a doubt, a Twin Cities Live favorite!  It’s been a while since she has been here – we are excited to have her back to show us how to make a perfect summer dessert.

Frozen Treats  

Katy Gerdes knows a thing or two about sweet treats.  She’s the co-owner of Angel Food Bakery in Minneapolis and has won the Donut Showdown on the Cooking Channel.  Her newest venture is of the frozen kind!

Affogato

Affogato
Serves 4
 
To learn more about Tig and her recipes, check out her blog A Pinch of Lemon and her restaurant, Kafe 421.
 
Ingredients
Good Vanilla Ice Cream or Vanilla Gelato
4 Shoots, Hot Espresso
Optional Add-In’s:  Baileys, Kahlua, Godiva Liqueur, or any other creamy liqueur that you enjoy
Little store bought cookies, or a biscotti, to serve on the side
 
Directions 
Lay out 4 small bowls and place one scoop of ice cream into each bowl.  Place the bowls in the freezer until you are ready for dessert. 
 
When it’s time to serve dessert prepare 4 espresso shoots.  This can be done in so many different ways.  If you have an espresso machine use that.  If you have a stove top espresso maker, go for it!  A Nespresso Machine? Terrific, that works too!! None of the above, instant espresso works great as well, simply follow the instructions on the jar for how to prepare it.  
 
Once your hot shots of espresso are ready, pour one shoot over each dish of ice cream.  Place a little cookie on the side of each scoop and dessert is served!!
 
NOTE:
You absolutely do not have to pre-scoop your ice cream, I only recommend this for people who are concerned about the ice cream melting while you are making the espresso, but the idea of this is simple, simple, simple!!  This is a dessert that is intended to be totally stress free!
 

Frozen Peanut Butter and Banana Buttons

Frozen Peanut Butter and Banana Buttons
 
To learn more about Tig and her recipes, check out her blog A Pinch of Lemon and her restaurant, Kafe 421.
 
INGREDIENTS
2 Large Bananas
3- 4 Tbsp. Creamy Peanut Butter, or Nut Butter of your choice
¼ - ½ tsp. Fine Sea Salt (taste how salty your peanut butter easy before adding too much)
½ tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp. Ground Flax Seed (optional)
1 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips, or 8 oz. of your favorite Dark Chocolate Bar, or Chocolate Syrup like Hershey’s works great too
 
OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:
Coconut Flakes, Ground Oats, Crushed Nuts, Nutmeg, Granola or Milk Chocolate!  Really, anything you like with Chocolate and Peanut Butter works here!!
 
DIRECTIONS
 
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
 
Peel and slice the bananas into ¼” sized coins.  Using a butter knife or sandwich spreader top each banana coin with a bit of the peanut butter and spread it across the surface of the banana coin.  Place the peanut butter topped banana on your baking sheet, peanut butter side facing up.  Do this for the remaining pieces of banana and the peanut butter, you may need a little less or a little more peanut butter depending on how much you top the banana with, you can play with the ratio that you like here.
 
Once all the bananas are lined up on the baking sheet sprinkle them gingerly with the sea salt (if you are using it), the cinnamon and the ground flax seed.
 
Next, melt the chocolate.  The quickest way is to do this in the microwave, heating it in 1 minute intervals and then stirring it.  Repeat this until the chocolate is glossy and melted.  If you prefer to do this on the stove you can melt the chocolate by using a double boiler.  
Once the chocolate is melted use a small spoon or a butter knife and drizzle the chocolate all over the peanut butter topped bananas.  I like to do various zigzags and twirls, making it as artistic as possible!  Have fun with it.
 
Once the chocolate has been drizzled onto the bananas place the baking sheet into your freezer, uncovered.  After about 3 or 4 hours the buttons will be frozen.  To store them pop them off of the parchment paper and put them into a freezer safe storage container or event a zip-lock bag and return them to the freezer.
 
These are best eaten right away from the freezer because the banana starts to thaw relatively quickly.
 
While I think these taste like peanut butter cups – yay – they are really quite healthy and a perfect after school snack, or even breakfast if you are in a pinch.  If they can put chocolate in granola and call it breakfast, why not drizzle it on a banana and do the same!
 
Enjoy!
 

Grilled Peach and Cherry Trifle

Grilled Peach and Cherry Trifle
 
To learn more about Tig and her recipes, check out her blog A Pinch of Lemon and her restaurant, Kafe 421.
 
 
Fills 1 – 2.5 Liter Trifle Bowl; 8 – 12 Individual Trifles
 
Ingredients For Trifle
5 Whole Peaches, Cut in half and pit removed
1 – Store Bought Pound Cakes, sliced into 1” cubes
2 Tbsp. Butter, melted
¼ Cup of Light Brown Sugar
Juice from half of 1 Lemon
2 Cups Ginger Snap Cookies, broken into ½” pieces (I use Nabisco Ginger Snaps)
½ - ¾ Cup Candied Ginger, chopped into tiny pieces
2 Tbsp. Amaretto Liqueur or Almond Syrup Flavoring such as Tironi, optional
1 ½ - 13.oz Jars of Cherry Preserves (I like Bonne Maman)
 
Garnish the top with:  Finely chopped candied ginger, broken ginger cookies, remaining peaches, fresh cherry halves
 
Ingredients For Whipped Filling
2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
1/4 Cup Honey
1 tsp. Almond Extract
1 ¼ Cup Greek Yogurt
Juice from Half a Lemon
Zest from 1 Whole Lemon
 
Directions 
Heat your outdoor grill or a stove top grill pan over medium-high heat.  Brush the flat side of the peaches with melted butter and place flat side down onto the grates of the grill or grill pan and cook for about 5 – 10 minutes each, you want the peaches to soften slightly and get some nice grill marks on them.  Once you have grill marks on the flat side of the peach, flip the peaches and grill for another five minutes on the skin side.  Next, remove the peaches from the grill, slice into ¼” cubes, toss into a large bowl, sprinkle the brown sugar and the lemon juice, stir, and set aside, stirring every now and then so that the flavors nicely combine.
 
While the peaches are grilling and then marinating in brown sugar and lemon you can prepare your other ingredients, including the whipped filling.  For the whipped filling use an electric mixture, beat the heavy whipping cream and the honey together until stiff peaks form, this will take a couple of minutes.  Next, fold in the yogurt, almond extract, lemon juice, and lemon zest.  You can make this a day or two ahead of time to save time, this is less airy then regular whipped cream and the yogurt stabilizes the whipped filling, so you can make it an advance and not worry about it deflating.  Once it is ready set it aside until ready to assemble the trifle.
 
Now you can begin to assemble the trifle.  If you have a trifle bow, terrific!  If you do not, don’t worry!  It is great if you have some sort of clear bowl so you can show off the layers, however, it will still be delicious if don’t!  First, spread a layer of pound cake cubes on the bottom of your bowl.  Next brush the pound cake some of the Amaretto - if you are using it, dollop about ¼ cup of Cherry Preserves onto the cake layer and spread all over, sprinkle generously with minced candied ginger, spread about 2 – 3 cups of peaches over the ginger, followed by 2 – 3 cups of whipped topping and then sprinkle generously with ginger snap cookie pieces.  At this point I like to press down on the cookie pieces, making the layers a little bit tighter and making more room in your bowl.  Repeat this process until you have no room left in your bowl, being sure that the final layer is a thick finishing layer of whipped topping. Smooth the whipped topping out so that is flat and then garnish with remaining cookie pieces, candied ginger, peaches, and fresh cherries.  You can wait to garnish until you are ready to serve as well. The trifle can be served right away, but it is even better if it can sit in the fridge overnight or even a few hours, allowing all the flavors to meld together, creating a peachy summery treat!
 
NOTE:
You can make these in individual portions as well!!  You can use martini glasses, wine glasses, ice cream dishes, anything that you have handy.  Simply follow the same steps as with the larger trifle but on a smaller scale.  Depending on how many you are making you may want to decrease the amount of ingredients you are preparing, but this is a recipe that is very flexible, you can modify very easily for more or less people!
 
The whipped topping makes a lot, but each person’s bowl is going to be a little bit different, so it’s better to have too much rather than not enough.  Be sure you save any leftover that you have and serve it with some fresh fruit another day, that’s an even easier summer dessert!
 

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