Eggnog Pudding Parfaits #SundaySupper

Eggnog Pudding Parfaits

The holidays can be a lot of pressure.  Decorate the house perfectly … more specifically better than your neighbors.  Buy the best gifts that don’t end up being returned or hated … and gift cards don’t count.  Host parties … that people remember year after year for all their awesomeness.  Cook and bake … picture perfect recipes that make it seem like you should be on Top Chef.

Oh and keep up with all the other things you do on a normal basis.

Eggnog Pudding Parfaits

It’s all a lot.  Too much.  I don’t know about you, but I am not Supergirl and I cannot do all of these things, at least not well, all at the same time.

Plus, those things, they are so not what the holidays are about.  Like not even a little.

The holidays are about being thankful and enjoying life.  They are about taking extra time with your loved ones, and no the computer for online shopping definitely doesn’t count.

Eggnog Pudding Parfaits

Don’t get me wrong, I am so looking forward to opening gifts on Christmas morning.  And I love our Christmas tree.  But I just don’t need everything to be the biggest and best, I don’t need everything to be perfect, which is good, because it’s never going to be.

For me in some ways the holidays are just other days that fall into place among the normal Thursday and Saturdays of the year.  I think this is a good thing because it means I try to take time most of those days to be extra thankful, bake a fun treat for a friend, give Mom and extra tight hug, or plug in the Christmas tree we leave up year round.  Why should we save those things for one or two days a year?

Eggnog Pudding Parfaits

We do save to save eggnog treats, like these Eggnog Pudding Parfaits because nog is only around at the holidays.  Eggnog isn’t exactly my thing, so I picked up some Califa Farms Almondmilk Nog and am kind of obsessed with it.  I’ve been putting it in my morning oatmeal and it’s kind of life changing.

So is the homemade eggnog pudding that is the star of these parfaits.  Pudding is one of my favorite homemade treats because it is easy to make and never too heavy.  The kick of bourbon really rounds out the flavor of this creamy pudding.

Because I wanted to make something extra special, I layered the pudding with homemade cranberry sauce and whipped cream, plus a dash of cinnamon.  I will happily devour this parfait any time of year.

Eggnog Pudding Parfaits

Eggnog Pudding Parfaits #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
2 ¼ cups eggnog
3 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons bourbon
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
Cranberry sauce, for serving
Cinnamon, for serving

Instructions

  1. Make the pudding. In a medium sauce pan, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Whisk in the eggnog and egg yolks. Place over medium heat and cook, whisking continuously until mixture comes to a boil and thickens to pudding consistency. Remove from the heat and whisk in the bourbon. Pour into a heat proof bowl and refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 4 hours.
  2. When ready to assemble, make the whipped cream. In a large bowl, whip the cream until it forms stiff peaks. I did this by hand but a hand or stand mixer will work. Beat in the confectioners’ sugar.
  3. Layer eggnog pudding, whipped cream, and cranberry sauce in your serving vessels. Top with a pinch of cinnamon and serve.
  4. Components of parfaits may be made 1 day ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator.

Notes

Pudding recipe adapted from Pillsbury

Additional chilling time is necessary

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Don’t forget to check out this week’s Sunday Supper dishes!  Thanks to Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures for hosting!

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Mexican Chocolate Pudding #SundaySupper

Mexican Chocolate Pudding

A few weeks ago we had a Sunday Supper celebrating Greek cuisine.  I already ate all the leftovers of the walnut cake in the freezer.  So good!

We were talking about the new movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, and I mentioned that I saw the first movie in the theater years ago and wasn’t the biggest fan.

Mexican Chocolate Pudding

However, all the talk about the movie made me want to revisit it.  I wanted to see what made it the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time.  So I recorded it on my TiVo (yes I still have a TiVo and love it) and Mom and I watched it over a couple evenings.

I have to say I really enjoyed it.  I’m so glad I gave it another try and with fifteen or so years of perspective, I really got and appreciated it.  I may also have related just a little too much to Toula.

The story was funny, touching, and for the most part not too over the top like I thought it would be and remembered.  It is really a simple love story that lacks a lot of the glitz, glamour, and cheesiness of a lot of the rom coms out there.  Not that I don’t like a great rom com sometimes.

It just goes to show that sometimes things are worth revisiting with an open mind.  Like the combination of sweet and spicy.  I’ve tried it before and it’s not really my thing, but with this Sunday Supper’s theme of Spice is Nice and Some Like it Hot, I knew I had to give that whole sweet and spicy thing another go.

Mexican Chocolate Pudding

So I made Mexican Chocolate Pudding.  Pudding is such a great thing to make – it’s easy, gluten free, and relatively healthy.  And I loved this.

Well … I loved it cold when the chili powder mellowed.  Warm the chili powder was the predominant flavor and overpowered everything else.  But after being chilled, I kind of wanted to eat the entire batch of pudding.  Seriously … all of it.

The chocolate (or in my case carob) shines through in the silky smooth pudding with a hint of cinnamon and chili powder.  I loved the cinnamon on top too.  Today we should all revisit something maybe we didn’t give enough of a chance in the past.

Mexican Chocolate Pudding

Mexican Chocolate Pudding #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

½ cup granulated sugar

¼ cup cocoa or carob powder

2 tablespoons cornstarch

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ - ½ teaspoon chili powder

1 large egg

¼ cup carob or dark chocolate chips

2 cups milk (I used skim – use what you love)

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cubed

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Cinnamon, for garnish

Instructions

In a medium saucepan, whisk together sugar, cocoa or carob powder, cornstarch, cinnamon, chili powder, egg, and carob or chocolate chips.

Place the pan over medium heat and whisk in the milk. Continue whisking until the mixture comes to a boil. Allow to boil for 1-2 minutes, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens significantly.

Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter and vanilla. Continue whisking until the butter is completely melted.

Pour into serving vessels and place into the refrigerator until chilled, at least 4 hours. You may cover it with plastic wrap if you wish to prevent a skin from forming. Garnish with additional cinnamon or chili powder if you’re adventurous and serve. Pudding may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Notes

Additional chilling time is necessary Recipe adapted from The Kitchen Paper

http://piesandplots.net/mexican-chocolate-pudding-sundaysupper/

Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!

Aromatic Appetizers

Distinctive Drinks

Daring Desserts

Masterful Mains

Seasoned Sides

Plus Homemade Ginger Ale and Spice is Nice Recipes from Sunday Supper Movement

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No Bake Pot de Creme

No Bake Pot de Creme

Do you watch Top Chef or Next Food Network Star?  If you do, I bet you remember Arnold Myint.  He has a fun, energetic, and infectious personality and even has an alter ego: drag queen Suzy Wong.

I had the opportunity to chat with Arnold about his career in food last week.  He’s a super nice guy.  I want to be friends with him and go out to dinner with him and cook with him.  Arnold, if you’re ever in the Detroit area, I can show you around the culinary scene here 🙂

Arnold Myint

Of course we talked a lot about Top Chef and Next Food Network Star.  Since I have never missed an episode of either show, it’s nice to hear about them, including some behind the scenes information that’s perfect for super fans like me.

He said the days of filming can be very long, but he loved his time on the competition circuit.  He has a competitive nature from his days of ice skating, so these reality shows were a natural fit.  He noted that while he didn’t win Next Food Network Star, he feels like a winner … kind of like the Jennifer Hudson of the show … because now “people get who I am,” he said.

No Bake Pot de Creme

Being cast in the shows was one of the most difficult parts of the process according to Arnold.  And though he loved being on the shows, he thinks his reality show days are over.

We also talked about Suzy Wong who came about from his summers in Thailand as a kid as well as all the glitz and glamour of ice skating costumes.  Now Suzy is part of his brand, and people love her because of the way Arnold presents her.  Suzy does a lot of charity work, hosting dinners and is a “good ambassador to merging gay and straight worlds.”

No Bake Pot de Creme

Now Arnold has several restaurants, but he’s focusing more on learning to cook in smaller quantities instead of on a restaurant scale.  He tries to cook 4 recipes a day when he’s not in a restaurant and is also working on the Downtown LA Dinner Club.

I also have no doubt we will see more of Arnold on TV soon too. We can all keep our eyes peeled!

Arnold also provided me with an awesome pot de crème recipe that was super easy to make; it doesn’t even require baking!  I changed the recipe a little, swapping the cream for almond milk and the whole milk for a lesser amount of coffee.  It turned out perfectly and is an awesome dessert that is sure to impress anyone without a ton of calories.

Thanks for your time and the recipe, Arnold.  Good luck in the future!

No Bake Pot de Creme

No Bake Pot de Creme

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8-10 servings

Ingredients

9 ounces carob or dark chocolate chips

1 ½ cups almond milk

½ cup iced coffee beverage (in the refrigerator section at the store)

6 large egg yolks

5 tablespoons granulated sugar

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

In a medium saucepan bring the almond milk, coffee, sugar, and salt to a simmer.

Add the carob or chocolate in three installments, whisking each in fully before adding more.

Remove the pot from the heat. In a medium bowl, place the egg yolks. Slowly whisk in about ½ cup of the hot chocolate mixture.

Return the pot to low heat and add the egg mixture to the pot. Whisk until the mixture thickens, about 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat and pour into serving vessels. Chill until thickened and set, about 2 hours. Pot de crème may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Arnold Myint Additional chilling time is necessary

http://piesandplots.net/no-bake-pot-de-creme/

Carob Brooklyn Blackout Cake

Carob Brooklyn Blackout Cake

This is what I made for Easter. Along with a slow braised leg of lamb.

You should be jealous. Very jealous.

Yes, I know this cake is make with carob. And everyone thinks carob is weird and gross.

Carob Brooklyn Blackout Cake

Rest assured this cake is far from weird or gross. In fact, if you gave this cake to even the most verdant chocoholic, they’d never know the difference. EVER!

Even Mom was leery of the rich, almost black pudding, the chocolatey looking cake, and the fluffy frosting that left us in a cloud of carob. But once she tasted them, she was converted instantly.

Be careful not to overbake the cake. Mine was the tiniest bit dry, but once the pudding soaked into it, any dryness vanished into a distant memory. My favorite part of the cake was the bites where the cake and pudding became one.

Carob Brooklyn Blackout Cake

Traditionally the pudding is used as filling and frosting, but I stuck with Half Baked Harvest’s idea to add buttercream to the outside. Best decision EVER! It’s an inspired and totally necessary addition.

I have never had a cake slice as beautifully as this one. It rivals any bakery or restaurant slice in look and certainly taste. I may not have ever had a cake taste this good either.

Carob Brooklyn Blackout Cake

The fluffy cake. The rich pudding soaking into the cake. The sweet frosting. My oh my, this is pretty much the perfect cake.

I can’t stop thinking about it. I’m just going to have to make it again ASAP. You should make it too!

Carob Brooklyn Blackout Cake

Carob Brooklyn Blackout Cake

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 50 minutes

Yield: 10-12 servings

Ingredients

Cake

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

¼ cup canola oil

1 ½ cups granulated sugar

3 large eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

¾ cup carob powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon kosher salt

2 cups all-purpose flour

¼ cup cornstarch

1 cup milk (I used almond, use what you love!)

Pudding

3 cups water, divided

2 ½ cups granulated sugar

1 tablespoon honey

1 cup carob powder

Scant 2/3 cup cornstarch

5 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cubed

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Frosting

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

¼ cup carob powder

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1-2 tablespoons milk, if necessary

Instructions

Make the cake. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter 2 8 or 9 inch cake pans. Line the bottom with parchment and butter the parchment.

Cream the butter, oil, and sugar until light and fluffy. I did this by hand, but a hand or stand mixer will work as well. Add the eggs one at a time, making sure each is mixed in before adding another.

Beat in the vanilla, carob, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour and milk alternately, beginning and ending with the flour.

Divided batter between the two pans and bake for about 25 minutes, until set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only a few moist crumbs. Cool in pans about 15 minutes, before carefully inverting onto plates to cool completely.

Make the pudding. In a large saucepan, bring 2 ½ cups water, sugar, honey, and carob to a boil, whisking occasionally. Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk together cornstarch and remaining ½ cup of water. Once the sugar mixture comes to a boil, whisk in the cornstarch mixture.

Bring to a boil and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens substantially, 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter one piece at a time, followed by the vanilla. Pour into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow to chill until completely cool.

Make the frosting when ready to assemble the cake. Beat butter and sugar using a hand or stand mixer until light and fluffy. Add carob and vanilla and beat until fluffy and combined. My frosting was creamy and spreadable at this point, but if yours is not, add milk 1 tablespoon, at a time until it is.

Assemble the cake. Slice once of the cakes in half horizontally. Place on a cake stand. Cover with a generous amount of pudding. Place the other half of the cake on top. Cover that with a generous amount of pudding. Slice the other cake in half horizontally. Place the nicer of the two halves on top. Cover the cake with the frosting. I poured some additional pudding on top too.

Take the final, unused layer of cake and crumble it up with your hands. Push the crumbs into the frosting on the top and sides of the cake. Refrigerate for at least two hours before serving. Cake may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Half Baked Harvest Additional chilling time is necessary

http://piesandplots.net/carob-brooklyn-blackout-cake/

Layered Easter Pudding Cups

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Layered Easter Pudding Cups

I’ve told you before how I’m obsessed with candy, especially at Easter. While a handful of jelly beans puts a huge smile on my face, I’m even happier when they are mixed with other ingredients and Snack Pack pudding for some #SnackPackMixins.

Whoever said you shouldn’t play with your food is totally and completely wrong. Food should be fun! The kitchen is the best place to get creative and let your unique personality shine through. It’s also a wonderful time to get kids involved, especially with these fun, easy to make pudding cups.

Pudding Cup Ingredients

Vanilla SUPER Snack Packs are the perfect vehicle for some fun family time in the kitchen. I picked them up at Walmart and had to resist buying one of every Snack Pack flavor – there are so many and they all sound so good. Because they don’t need to be refrigerated and have an easy open lid, they are also great for school lunches and parties. Oh, and it’s pretty awesome they have as much calcium as an 8 ounce glass of milk! I am not a milk drinker and am always looking for sources of calcium.  Walmart even has a coupon available now!

Buying the Pudding

The vanilla pudding itself is so creamy and has a really great flavor. I happily enjoyed it plain. That great vanilla flavor means that other flavors pair well with it too.

I started these fun pudding cups by stuffing a Mega Stuf Golden Oreo (or two) into the pudding. I loved how it absorbed the pudding and softened, blending in perfectly.

Layered Easter Pudding Cups

Layered Easter Pudding Cups

Then, I got creative with the toppings to create springtime scenes. I crushed some Honey Maid Teddy Grahams to create “sand” and used blue jelly beans for “water.” In another scene some of the Teddy Grahams frolicked with gummy bunnies under a yellow and orange jelly bean “sun.”

Layered Easter Pudding Cups

It was fun to color coordinate jelly beans to create the landscape, as well as use animal shaped gummies. The variety of candies you can use to create the scene is virtually endless. All of the fruit flavors really popped against the vanilla flavor and the cookies added a welcome crunch. Peanut butter and chocolate candies would definitely work as well.  The mix in possibilities are endless!

Making these Pudding Cups would be an awesome Easter festivity for kids since they can all create their own delicious masterpiece.

Layered Easter Pudding Cups

Layered Easter Pudding Cups

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

Vanilla SUPER Snack Packs

Mega Stuf Golden Oreos

Cinnamon Teddy Grahams

Blue, yellow, and orange jelly beans

Gummy bunnies

Gummy butterflies

Instructions

Push an Oreo into each of the pudding cups so that it is in the middle, totally surrounded by pudding.

Crush some of the Teddy Grahams. An easy way to do this is to put them in a zipper bag and then smash them with a spoon.

Sprinkle Teddy Grahams on top of the pudding cups as desired. Decorate with more whole Teddy Grahams, jelly beans, and gummies. Use your creativity and whatever candies you like!

Notes

Make as many pudding cups as you like using whatever toppings you want. My ideas are only the beginning of the possibilities!

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Old Fashioned Banana Pudding #SundaySupper

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding

Some people may say I’m old fashioned.

I always dress up. Even when I’m just going to the grocery store. In fact, other than my tennis shoes that are just for working out, I only own heels. I’m all about wearing skirts and doing my hair and makeup and looking presentable every time I leave the house.

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding

Writing cards and thank you notes is one of my favorite things to do. And I’m not talking about emailed ones. I love having a pen in my hand and writing out an actual card that gets a stamp (and usually stickers) before being sent off in the mail box to the people who mean the most to me.

I take pictures with my actual camera. Yes, I love my camera phone. It is so useful when I’m out and about and don’t have my camera with me. But when I want awesome pictures before, during, or after an event, I use my camera. It’s not just for taking food photos.

And I love old fashioned foods. Pecan pie. Apple pie. Sugar cookies. Vanilla cake. Banana Pudding. I’ll take any of these things over cookie butter any day.

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding

Speaking of old fashioned foods, I made Banana Pudding for today’s Old Fashioned Sunday Supper because Mom always talks about how her Aunt Rose made it when she was a kid. I’d never had banana pudding until I made this. How did I wait so long??? It is a delightful combination of homemade vanilla bean pudding, ripe bananas, and Nilla Wafers.

Together the flavors and textures blend together perfectly. Mom and Dad loved it – I think it brought them back to childhood. I really liked it, but I think I would have liked it better with homemade vanilla wafers – no surprise there. All in all though, it’s another old fashioned recipe I’m glad to have in my repertoire.

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 10-12 servings

Ingredients

¾ cup granulated sugar

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1 large egg

1 large egg yolk

2 cups milk (I used almond, use what you love)

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cubed

1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

4 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced into ¼ inch slices

Juice of 1 lemon

50-60 Nilla Wafers

Instructions

In a medium saucepan, stir together sugar and cornstarch. Whisk in egg and egg yolk. Whisk in milk until fully combined, about 30 seconds. Place the pan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture starts to bubble and thickens considerably. Think about what consistency you would like pudding to be.

Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the butter, 1 piece at a time, making sure each piece is incorporated before adding another. Whisk in the vanilla bean paste.

Pour the pudding into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, placing the plastic directly on the surface of the pudding. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

After the pudding has chilled, combine the sliced bananas and lemon juice in a bowl.

In a medium sized glass bowl, place a small portion of pudding. Cover with a layer of Wafers, followed by a layer of bananas, and a layer of pudding. Continue until you have used all the bananas, Wafers, and pudding. Be sure to end with a layer of pudding. Decorate the top with a few more Wafers. Cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Pudding may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Alton Brown Additional chilling time is necessary

http://piesandplots.net/old-fashioned-banana-pudding-sundaysupper/

Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!

Bodacious Breakfasts and Appetizers:

Made in the Shade Main Dishes:

Swell Side Dishes:

Dreamy Desserts:

The Bee’s Knees Beverages:

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Rice Pudding Ice Cream

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Rice Pudding Ice Cream

We’re in the home stretch. Christmas is nearly here. How is that even possible? We just celebrated Thanksgiving! Nevertheless, whether we’re ready or not, it’s time to get festive with friends and family and try to have a great time. After all, life is short, and we shouldn’t be stressed at such a joyous time of year.

Easy to prepare, yet elegant meals are the best way to go this time of year. Minute® Rice is here to help! It is so easy to have in the pantry as part of a go-to dinner. Whether you cook up a pot of rice to go alongside your favorite quick to prepare protein, turn some into a skillet full of vegetable filled fried rice or combine it with leftover vegetables and protein from the night before, Minute® Rice is the perfect solution to those busy nights.

Rice Pudding Ice Cream

I’ve always been a big fan of white rice, and Minute® White Rice cooks in only five minutes! We all have time for that, especially because then we can make a healthy, wholesome meal so we don’t turn to fast food. They also have Minute® Brown Rice and Minute® Multi-Grain Medley that cook in ten minutes. They are a great way to keep dinner time from getting boring.

But, let’s be real, I’m all about desserts, so I knew I wanted to turn Minute® White Rice into a dessert no one would be able to resist. We’ve all had rice pudding. But have you ever had Rice Pudding Ice Cream? I didn’t think so.

Rice Pudding Ice Cream

I know you’re thinking this is super complicated to make, but rest assured, it’s not. You’ll only need about ten minutes to make the rice pudding itself. Then it will need to chill. I mean, tasting while it’s warm is encouraged, but most of it will need to chill 🙂 That’s another great thing about this recipe – it can be made ahead of time.

Once the pudding has chilled, stir in some more milk and spin it in your ice cream maker. I think this would be fun to do at a party. Everyone will love that it’s an interactive dessert! Because the mixture is thick, the ice cream doesn’t even need additional time in the freezer, but it can be stored in there. It is sure to be one of your new favorite desserts! Plus, it’s vegan and gluten free, so everyone can enjoy it. Woo hoo!

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Rice Pudding Ice Cream

Rice Pudding Ice Cream

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

1 cup Minute® White Rice

4 ½ cups milk, divided (I used almond, use what you love)

¼ cup granulated sugar

½ cup jumbo raisins

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

Instructions

In a large pot stir together rice, 3 cups milk, and sugar. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook 6 minutes, until the mixture has thickened, stirring frequently.

Add the raisins and cook for 2 more minutes, continuing to stir. Remove from the heat and stir in the cinnamon and vanilla bean paste.

Pour into a heat safe container and place in the refrigerator to chill at least 4 hour and up to overnight.

Once chilled, stir in the remaining 1 ½ cups milk. Churn in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Because the mixture is so thick, it may not take the full time to churn. Serve immediately or store in freezer containers in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Notes

Additional chilling time is necessary.

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Vanilla Bean Chia Seed Pudding #SundaySupper

Vanilla Bean Chia Seed Pudding

I caved. I am the proud new owner of a Netflix subscription. I’ve debated the issue for awhile now with everyone talking about House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. Finally one night when I didn’t have anything to watch and didn’t want to start a movie, I signed up for my free trial, knowing once that happened and I began watching the shows, I would be hooked forever.

It’s not as though I don’t have enough summer TV to watch. The days of repeats and boring specials are gone. My nights are filled with Rookie Blue, Suits, Covert Affairs, Royal Pains, Masterchef, Big Brother, Perception, and more. Sometimes I think I have more summer shows than fall ones! But those few moments of wanting something new and exciting to watch led me to figure out how to sign up for my Netflix trial, activate it on my TiVo, and put some shows in My List, all without leaving the comfort of my couch.

Vanilla Bean Chia Seed Pudding

Vanilla Bean Chia Seed Pudding

It seems Netflix doesn’t have much to offer in terms of movies, particularly new ones, meaning my OnDemand addiction isn’t likely to go anywhere, but that’s okay because within a few moments of having Orange is the New Black on my TV, and getting used to occasional pauses for “Retrieving” I was hooked. I finished season 1 and am now working my way through House of Cards season 1, trying to spread out the awesomeness. I also plan on working my way through Breaking Bad and Dexter. How did I miss out on Netflix this long?

In between all my Netflix viewing, I have definitely been enjoying the summer weather and summer foods. I love lighter, more refreshing foods that are often served cold in the summer, which is a good thing, as this week’s Sunday Supper is all about foods served chilled. While I still love a nice, hot bowl of oatmeal in the mornings, sometimes I crave something nice and cool. That’s why I’ve recently become obsessed with Vanilla Bean Chia Seed Pudding.

Vanilla Bean Chia Seed Pudding

It is so easy to make and best served straight from the refrigerator. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, but the texture is rather comforting, quite creamy and smooth. The chia seeds don’t really stand out but are packing a stealthy nutritional punch. Vanilla bean paste is the secret ingredient that offers a pleasant scent and even better flavor. To further celebrate summer, I like topping it with fresh berries. If you’re looking for a light, healthy dessert, this would also fit the bill and keep you cool!  Regardless this is one tasty treat that also happens to be easy to make, healthy, gluten free, and vegan.  If I make this more, I’ll have plenty of time to watch Netflix!

Vanilla Bean Chia Seed Pudding

Vanilla Bean Chia Seed Pudding #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

2 cups milk (I used almond, use what you love)

¼ cup chia seeds

1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

Instructions

In a medium bowl stir together milk, chia seeds, and vanilla bean paste until well combined. Refrigerate for about 12 hours, stirring once during the process. I prefer the flavor when I leave the pudding uncovered, but you may cover it with plastic wrap. Serve cold with fresh fruit.

Notes

Additional chilling time is necessary

http://piesandplots.net/vanilla-bean-chia-seed-pudding-sundaysupper/

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Chilled Starters

Snappy Salads and Sides

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Cool Confections

 

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Fluffernutter Pie

Fluffernutter Pie

Finally spring is starting to take hold.  Hopefully it’s doing some serious weightlifting because it needs to be crazy strong to kick winter all the way to the curb and keep it there.

All the springtime signs are like a weight lifted from my shoulders.  The birds are singing, the chipmunks have come out of hibernation, the days are so much longer, the snow is almost melted (yeah, some of it’s still hanging on), and I didn’t even have to wear my coat the other day!

Fluffernutter Pie

Fluffernutter Pie

If winter comes back again, I swear I’m gonna barricade myself in the house.  And maybe have a load of dirt and some flowers delivered to start a garden in the house because you can have anything delivered today.  Just ask my BFF, the UPS man.

There may have been some talk on the local news that snow is meteorologically possible until June.  But I put my fingers in my ears and chanted “la, la, la” like a five year old, so we’ll pretend like it didn’t happen.

Fluffernutter Pie

This Fluffernutter Pie definitely happened.  And I’m so glad it did.  I mean does it get better than a thick graham cracker crust, silky smooth peanut butter pastry cream, and homemade marshmallow fluff?  Um . . . no.  You’ll be tempted to eat the peanut butter pastry cream straight from the pot with a spoon, but save some for the pie.  You’ll thank me later!

Fluffernutter Pie

Fluffernutter Pie

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 8 slices

Ingredients

Crust

2 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs

¼ cup granulated sugar

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Peanut Butter Pastry Cream

2 cups milk or cream, divided (I used almond milk, use what you love)

¼ cup cornstarch

¾ cup granulated sugar

2 whole large eggs

4 large egg yolks

¾ cup creamy peanut butter (I used Skippy Natural, use what you love)

1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

Marshmallow Fluff

½ cup water

1 ½ cups granulated sugar

2 tablespoons light corn syrup

5 large egg whites

½ plus ⅛ teaspoon cream of tartar

1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

Instructions

Make the crust. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter. Pour into a pie pan and press in firmly with your hands, going all the way up the sides. Using a measuring cup press the bottom in very firmly. Bake for 15-25 minutes until golden brown. Cool completely.

Make the marshmallow fluff. In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar, and corn syrup over medium heat. Stir frequently until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is clear. Once this happens, attach a candy thermometer, raise the heat to medium-high, and stop stirring. Allow the mixture to come to 240 degrees F on the candy thermometer.

In the meantime, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium-high until frothy. Add the cream of tartar. Continue beating on medium-high until the egg whites form stiff peaks.

When the egg whites have formed stiff peaks and the sugar mixture has reached 240, remove the syrup from the heat and turn the mixer to medium-low. Slowly and immediately begin drizzling the syrup into the egg whites, trying not to get it on the sides of the bowl. If the whites are done whipping before the syrup is done, turn them off until the syrup reaches 235, then turn them back on to make sure they are fluffy. If the syrup is done before the whites, turn the heat down or remove it from the heat for a minute or so.

Once the syrup is drizzled into the whites, turn the mixer back up to medium-high and beat for about 7 minutes, until the bottom of the bowl is cool and the marshmallow is thick, glossy, and voluminous. Add the vanilla bean paste and mix about 1 minute more. Marshmallow may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. I recommend doing this as it makes assembling the pie easier.

Make the pastry cream. In a medium bowl, whisk together ½ cup milk and cornstarch. Place the remaining milk and the sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the mixture just starts to bubble.

Whisk the eggs and egg yolks into the milk and cornstarch mixture until well combined. Slowly add about 1/3 of the hot milk mixture to the egg mixture while whisking. Then pour the egg mixture into the remaining hot milk in the saucepan and place over medium low heat. It is important to keep the heat low so the mixture does not curdle. Whisk constantly until the mixture starts to thicken. Remove from the heat and whisk in the peanut butter and vanilla bean paste until fully combined.

Assemble the pie. Preheat the broiler. Pour pastry cream immediately into the baked and cooled crust. Top immediately with the marshmallow fluff. Make peaks in the marshmallow using the back of a spoon or a knife. Place under the broiler for 1-2 minutes until the marshmallow is golden brown. Do not walk away during this process, as it will burn quickly.

Allow the pie to chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours before serving. Pie may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Sprinkle Bakes

Additional cooling and chilling time is necessary

http://piesandplots.net/fluffernutter-pie/

Emeril’s Famous Banana Cream Pie

Emeril's Famous Banana Cream Pie

When I mention Edie Falco, you probably think of Carmela Soprano.  I’ve barely seen more than the pilot and finale of The Sopranos, an embarrassing fact for a TV addict like me.  I have to watch it one day.  Since I’m a Sopranos novice, I think of Jackie Peyton, the main character on Nurse Jackie, when I think of Edie Falco.

Nurse Jackie is one of my favorite shows on TV.  It’s smart, touching, and one of the few shows that actually makes me laugh out loud, typically multiple times each episode.  The thirty minutes fly by, as I forget to even glance at the clock.  The credits roll far too soon, leaving me hungry for another episode.

Emeril's Famous Banana Cream Pie

Emeril's Famous Banana Cream Pie

Jackie is, of course, a nurse.  She is great at her job and cares about her patients as she does her family, fighting for the best for those around her.  She is a flawed person, having battled drug addiction which left her marriage in shambles.  Her desire to be a good person and do the right thing despite her flaws is inspiring and quite relatable.  She, like all of us, is just trying to do the best she can, which isn’t always good enough.

If you haven’t watched Nurse Jackie, perhaps you can catch up on Netflix or OnDemand.  It is definitely worth seeking out.  I would actually love to start watching from the beginning again.

Emeril's Famous Banana Cream Pie

Mom also loves the show, even if she hates to admit a Showtime show, full of swearing and adult situations, is one of her favorites.  It’s one of the many things we bond over.  Another is this Banana Cream Pie.  She has always loved banana cream pie and wanted to make it, and I’ve never had it before!  Ever!  Can you believe that?  Some high quality graham crackers from Zingerman’s inspired me to get in the kitchen and make one.

I used the famous recipe from Emeril’s New Orleans, as featured by Wolfgang Puck on the Best Thing I Ever Ate.  Since I’ll unfortunately probably never get to New Orleans, I figured I’d make it to see what all the fuss is about.  Let me tell you, this did not disappoint one bit.  I loved every bite and can’t wait to make it again . . . maybe with some peanut butter.  I made my first ever graham cracker crust, which was perfectly thick, crunchy, and slightly grainy, providing structure and texture to the layered bananas and thick, velvety vanilla bean pastry cream.  And then because it’s my favorite thing on Earth, I topped it with Italian meringue, which is lighter and a little sweeter than whipped cream.  Together the flavors and textures are a pretty unspeakably amazing combination.  My prescription: make this pie and watch Nurse Jackie.

Emeril's Famous Banana Cream Pie

Emeril's Famous Banana Cream Pie

Emeril’s Famous Banana Cream Pie

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes

Yield: 8 slices

Ingredients

Crust

2 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs

¼ cup granulated sugar

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Pie

2 cups heavy cream

1 ½ cups milk (I used almond milk)

1 ½ cups granulated sugar

½ vanilla bean, split and scraped, pod and beans reserved

3 large egg yolks

2 large eggs

½ cup cornstarch

9 medium bananas, ripe but firm, sliced into ½ inch thick slices

1 recipe Italian meringue

Instructions

Make the pastry cream. In a large saucepan, combine cream, milk, ½ cup sugar, and vanilla bean pod and seeds. Bring to a slow boil, whisking frequently. Remove from heat.

In a medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks, eggs, cornstarch, and 1 cup sugar until lightened in color and texture. Slowly whisk 1 cup of the hot cream mixture into the egg mixture. Do not stop whisking. Then, slowly add the egg mixture to the hot cream mixture in the pan, whisking constantly. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly until the cream has thickened substantially, about 5 minutes. Pour into a medium bowl. Allow to cool at room temperature about 30 minutes, before covering with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the cream to prevent a skin from forming and refrigerating for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.

Make the crust. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter. Pour into a pie pan and press in firmly with your hands, going all the way up the sides. Using a measuring cup press the bottom in very firmly. Bake for 15-25 minutes until golden brown. Cool completely.

Assemble the pie. Remove the vanilla bean pod from the pastry cream. Spread ½ cup pastry cream over the bottom of the cooled crust, smoothing into an even layer with a rubber spatula. Cover with bananas in a circular pattern. Press down on the bananas firmly but gently. Spread ¾ cup cream over the bananas, then cover with another layer of bananas and press down on them. Spread another ¾ cup cream over this layer of bananas and layer remaining bananas over the top, leaving about ½ inch border. Press down on bananas before topping with remaining cream. Cover the bananas entirely with the cream or they will brown. Cover the pie tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours and up to overnight.

When ready to serve the pie, top with Italian meringue. Do not top more than 30 minutes in advance or it will slide off. Alternatively, top individual pieces with meringue.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Emeril Lagasse

http://piesandplots.net/emerils-famous-banana-cream-pie/

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