Truffle Torte with a Spiked Blackberry Coulis

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Line one 9 inch spring form pan with parchment paper, spray lightly with non stick spray. Cover outside of spring for pan with heavy duty aluminium foil and place in a deep roasting pan, set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

TRUFFLE TORTE

8 ounces Dark chocolate (roughly 1-1/3 cups) chopped

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (roughly 1-1/3 cups) chopped

3/4 cup unsalted butter, chopped into 1/4 inch pieces

1-1/3 cups sugar

2/3 cups water

1/2 tsp salt

7 large eggs

1/4 cup dark rum

Chop the chocolate and the butter and set in a medium size bowl. Pour sugar and salt into a saucepan and add water, bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to make sure sugar dissolves. Remove the sugar water from the heat and pour over the chocolate and butter. Stir until completely melted and smooth. Let cool for about 10 minutes so that you don’t scramble your eggs when you add them. Lightly beat eggs and add dark rum stirring till combined. Add egg mixture to cooled chocolate mixture and blend with rubber spatula till combined, you want you torte to be dense so don’t over mix and add too much air. Pour into prepared pan.

Boil water in a sauce pan for your water bath. You will need as much water as it takes to fill roasting pan and half way up your spring form pan. Place roasting pan with your torte on oven rack and slowly pour boiling water into roasting pan. Carefully push back the oven rack you do not want to splash and bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes center should be set and torte edges should be starting to pull away from the sides of pan. Remove torte from oven and let cool on rack for 1 hour. Cover and place in fridge for 3 hours-overnight before removing from pan. Once cake has been “set” in the fridge carefully remove sides of your spring form pan, tip over on to a cake board carefully remove the pan bottom and then peel off parchment paper.

SPIKED BLACKBERRY COULIS

1 pound frozen blackberries, thawed

1 cup red wine

4 Tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp dark rum

Place berries, wine and sugar in a blender, puree. Pour into a sauce pan. Add Cinnamon. Bring to a simmer, turn down heat and simmer 8 minutes, covered.

Strain into a medium bowl, discard the solids in your strainer. Whisk in rum and place into a squeeze bottle and chill before using.

GARNISH

whipping cream

fresh blackberries

Slice each piece top with whipping cream and a couple blackberries and then drizzle with your blackberry coulis. ENJOY!!

 

 

Bottoms Up Brownie Peanut Butter Pie

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray one tart pan with nonstick spray and set aside.

FUDGY BROWNIE CRUST

1/2 cup butter melted

1 cup sugar

2 cold eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

1/4 cup peanut butter chips

Melt butter and stir sugar into butter. In a medium bowl add eggs and then add a little bit of your sugar mixture to eggs and beat with a wooden spoon so not to temper your eggs. Add rest of your butter and sugar mixture and stir till combined. Pour in vanilla and then add cocoa powder, flour, salt, baking powder and chips. Stir till combined and then place into your already prepared Tart pan and bake at 350 degrees for 33-38 minutes. Once toothpick removes from center of brownie tart clean let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely.

PEANUT BUTTER FLUFF

1 package cream cheese softened

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1 cup powdered sugar

1 (8 ounce) tub cool whip

In bowl of stand mixer beat cream cheese, peanut butter and powdered sugar  on medium speed until smooth. Fold in cool whip. Spread on top of your brownie tart crust and place in fridge while you make you whipped cream

WHIPPED CREAM

 

In a cold bowl with cold whisk attachment add

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1 Tbsp powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

beat until stiff peaks form

DECORATIONS

2 reeses peanut butter cup candy bars

1/4 semi sweet tiny chocolate chips

1/4 peanut butter chips

Decorate your tart and then place in fridge for at least 4 hours before serving. ENJOY :)

Chocolate Raspberry Roll

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Once again it is time for a monthly group posted with 5 other crazy bloggers!! This time we bring you March Madness!! Where anything goes!! Please make sure to check out the links to the other wonderful recipes included in MARCH MADNESS they are located at the bottom of my recipe for CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY ROLL CAKE.

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees. Spray one 10″x 15″ Jelly roll pan lightly with non stick spray. place parchment paper in bottom of pan and lightly spray again with nonstick spray. Set aside.

Cake

6 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1 cup flour

4 Tbsp cocoa powder

Whisk eggs and sugar together in eggs double in volume.  In a separate bowl sift flour and cocoa powder together. In thirds using a rubber spatula fold flour and cocoa mixture into the egg mixture. Pour batter into already prepared and pan and bake at 350 degrees for 12-16 minutes.

While cake is baking spread one tea towel out on counter and dust with powdered sugar.

Once cake is baked, cool for 5 minutes then turn out of pan onto prepared tea towel. Remove parchment paper and roll up cake starting with shorter side in tea towel. Let cool completely.

Raspberry Filling and Raspberry whipped cream

3 cups mashed raspberries

1 cup whole raspberries

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1/2 tsp raspberry extract

2 Tbsp powdered sugar

In a small bowl mash the 3 cups of raspberries I used my potato masher. Unroll cake and then spread on mashed raspberries.

In cold bowl and with cold whisk attachment to stand mixer add heavy cream, raspberry extract and powdered sugar. Whisk until stiff peaks form. Spread on top of mashed raspberries. Sprinkle 1 cup of fresh raspberries over the top and roll cake back up.

Chocolate Ganache

4 ounces chopped semi sweet chocolate

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1 Tbsp butter

Chop chocolate and place in a heat safe bowl. In a small pot add heavy cream and butter bring to a slow boil and then pour over chopped chocolate. let set for 2 minutes before stirring. let thicken and cool to room temperature. Pour cooled ganache and spread over rolled cake. Keep in fridge until ready to serve. ENJOY!!

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Strawberry Pie with a Sugar Cookie Crust

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray one deep dish 9inch pie pan with nonstick spray and set aside

 

Sugar Cookie Crust

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/3 cup sugar

2 Tbsp heavy cream

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp almond extract

1-1/4 cup flour

1/4 tsp salt

In a stand mixer cream butter and sugar together. Add heavy cream, vanilla and almond extract mix until combined. Add flour and salt and beat until your sugar cookie dough comes together.  Press into the bottom and up the sides of your already prepared pie pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-14 minutes or until lightly browned and middle becomes puffy. Let cool completely.

Fresh Strawberry Filling

2 cups water

2 cups sugar

1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp cornstarch

1 (6oz) package strawberry jello

48 ounces fresh strawberries, cleaned and sliced

In a pot place water, sugar and cornstarch. Bring to a boil while stirring. Continue stirring until mixture becomes thick. Add strawberry jello and continue to stir until dissolved and combined while, remove from heat and place into a bowl, let cool to room temperature. Fold in sliced strawberries with a rubber spatula and then pour into prepared and cooled pie crust. Place in fridge and let set for at least 4 hours before serving. Enjoy with a dallop of whipped cream. :)

Mesquite Kabobs

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Mesquite Marinade

2-3Lbs of petite sirloin roast

1/2 cup ketchup

1/4 cup water

3 Tbsp brown sugar

2 Tbsp white vinegar

1/4 tsp liquid smoke

1 gallon ziplock storage bag

First, cut up your roast into 1 inch cubes. In a small bowl mix ketchup, water, brown sugar, white vinegar and liquid smoke. Stir to combine. Place cubed meat in ziplock bag and pour marinade over meat. Let side sit in fridge for a couple hours before making kabobs.

Kabobs

1 large yellow onion, quartered

2 green bell peppers cut into square pieces

2 red bell peppers cut into square pieces

2 zucchini cut into rounds

6 kabob skewers

Once you have cut up all your veggies, take your meat out of the fridge and start building your kabobs on your skewers. Once you have all your kabobs made start up your bbq and grill. We like ours medium so it takes about 15 minutes on the grill. ENJOY :)

 

Artichoke Heart Mushroom Risotto

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4 Tbsp Butter, divided

4 cloves of garlic, diced and divided

1-1/2 cups uncooked arborio rice

3-1/2 cups chicken broth

2 Tbsp white wine, divided

8 Artichoke hearts, quartered

1-1/2 cups sliced crimini mushrooms

1/2 cup shaved fresh Parmesan Cheese

In a small skillet melt 2 Tbsp of butter on Medium high heat add diced garlic and cook for about 2 minutes. Add Mushrooms and let them saute for about 5 minutes, Add Artichoke hearts and 1 Tbsp of wine toss to coat. Turn heat down to low and let rest while you cook your rice.

In a large saute pan Melt 2 Tbsp butter over medium high heat.  Add last 2 Tbsp of Garlic and cook for about 2 minutes. Add rice and toss to coat with butter and garlic. Add 1 Tbsp of white wine and toss to coat once again. Add 1 cup of chicken broth and gently stir with a wooden spoon, letting it begin to simmer. When most of the chicken broth has evaporated, add another 1/2 cup. Repeat the process over the next 15-20 minutes until the rice has cooked to almost soft and creamy and liquid has evaporated.

Place risotto in a bowl and top with Artichoke hearts and Mushrooms mixture. Top with Parmesan Cheese and ENJOY!! :)

Strawberry Shortcake Cake

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Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 3 nine inch round pans with parchment paper. Do NOT grease and flour.

 

CAKE

7 eggs, separated

1/2 tsp cream of tater

1-1/2 cups sugar divided

2 cups flour

2-1/2 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup veggie oil

3/4 cup whole milk

2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp almond extract

Separate eggs carefully saving your yolks in a separate bowl.

In bowl of stand mixer place egg white and cream of tater. Whisk  until foamy. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar and whisk until stiff. Set aside

Mix together remaining 1 cup sugar, flour,  baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Set aside. In bowl of stand mixer beat oil,milk, eggs yolks, vanilla and almond extract until pale yellow in color.  Add your dry ingredients that you set aside and continue beating for 2 minutes. Gently fold in your egg whites. Pour into prepared pans and bake at 325 degrees for 40 minutes and then turn oven up to 350 degrees for 10 minutes. It is very important that you do NOT open your oven door during cooking time at all. Your cake is done when finger gently pressed in center does not leave a finger print.

Remove from oven and let cool in pan upside down for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes remove pan and let cool completely.

FROSTING/FILLING/TOPPING

3 cups heavy cream

5 Tbsp sugar

1-1/2 tsp vanilla

2 pints strawberries, cleaned and hulled and then sliced

1 Tbsp sugar

Place bowl and whisk of stand mixer in the freezer for at least 15 minutes.

Clean and cut strawberries and place in a small bowl toss with 1 Tbsp of sugar, set aside.

In cold bowl of mixer place heavy cream, sugar and vanilla, whisk until stiff.

ASSEMBLY

Place one layer of cake on cake board fill with whipping cream and 1/3 of strawberries.

Place second layer of cake on top and fill with whipping cream and half of the strawberries left in your bowl.

Place third layer of cake on top and then frost cake with whipping cream. Place the last of the strawberries on top and ENJOY!! :)