Saturday, May 21, 2016

Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice cream sandwiches, anyone?
I made delicious Orange Whoopie Pies that look like orange slices and  then  I sandwiched super creamy vanilly ice cream rounds between them. So good.

Orange Slice Whoopie Pies (make six sandwiches)

1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 tbl room temperature butter
1 large egg
1tsp vanilla extract
1 cup  flour
3/4tsp baking powder
1/4tsp salt
1/2cup buttermilk( if you don't have buttermilk on hand make your own : to 1/2 cup whole milk add 1/2tsp white distilled vinegar, let sit for 5 minutes, then gently stir and use in the recipe as directed)
Zest of one large orange
Food Coloring - orange
Preheat oven to 350F.
Stir flour baking powder and salt, set a side.
Whisk egg vanilla and orange zest.
Beat butter and sugar until creamy and fluffy, add egg mixture, beat until doubled in volume and creamy, pale in color.
Add 1/2 of the flour mixture into the butter mixture, stir on low speed, add 1/2 of the buttermilk, then add rest of the flour, stir and add rest of the buttermilk.
Divide batter into 3 portions. Color largest portions with light orange and one smaller portion with orange- achieving darker shade of orange. Keep one portion uncolored.
Fill the piping bags with the batter.
Spray whoopie pie pan with nonstick spray.
Pipe orange slice pattern on the pan. See the video for instructions
Bake at 350F for 12-14 minutes.
Let cool on the baking sheet for couple minutes then transfer to a cooling rack. Cook completely before filling.

Ice Cream Filling - vanilla ice cream
Soften the ice cream, spread onto the small baking sheet, freeze. Using a metal cutter cut out rounds.
Sandwich ice cream rounds between 2 orange slice cakes.
Store in the freezer until ready to use.

You will need  Piping Bags and  Whoopie Pie Pan

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Apple Cream Cheese Meringue Cakes

Today I'm making delicious Apple Dessert.

Apple Cream Cheese Meringue Cakes(can be made as a sheet cake style, makes 12 small cakes/cupcakes)

Cake Batter
10tbl room temperature butter, unsalted
4egg yolks
1/2 cup room temperature milk
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

4egg whites
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup granulated sugar
pinch of salt

Cream Cheese Filling
1/2 cup cream cheese
1/2 cup powdered sugar, use more as desired
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Apple Filling
3apples, grated
sugar to taste
freshly squeezed lemon juice from 1/2 of the lemon

Preheat oven to 375F. Spray silicone cups with non stick spray, place cups on the baking sheet, set side.
Prepare apple filling :  shred apples, season with cinnamon, sugar and lemon juice. Add sugar to taste. Set aside.
Prepare cream cheese filling : beat cream cheese until creamy, add powdered sugar, beat in vanilla and egg, set aside.
Prepare cake batter : Cream butter, add powdered sugar, gradually add egg yolks, beat in vanilla.
Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Then alternatively add flour mix and milk into the butter egg yolk mixture.

Fill the cakes or alternatively use a jelly roll or a square pan to make the cake.
Layer cake batter, cream cheese filling, apple filling, topping the cakes with cake batter.
Bake at 375F for 20-22 minutes.
5 minutes before you take the cakes out of the oven make the meringue: beat egg whites with a pinch of salt, granulated sugar over a pot with simmering water. Beat until meringue is glossy and thick and holds the peak. Take the cakes  out of the oven and pipe a meringue swirl on the top of the hot cakes, return to the oven and baked until meringue is golden brown.

Layered cakes

Watch me how I made this delicious Apple Dessert.


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