Mouthfools Mardi Gras King Cheesecake

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Mouthfools Mardi Gras King Cheesecake

Ingredients:

Filling:
3 packages cream cheese (room temp)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup Bailey’s Vanilla Cinnamon liqueur
2 Tbs lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
4 eggs (room temp)
Food coloring
6 tsps sugar (for topping)

Crust:
1 package cinnamon graham crackers
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/3 cup melted butter

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Crumble the graham crackers. Mix together crushed graham crackers, brown sugar, flour, and melted butter. Press mixture into the bottom of a springform pan. Bake 10 minutes; remove from oven and set aside. Keep the oven on.

Beat cream cheese and sugar in a large separate bowl until smooth. Then add Greek yogurt, Bailey’s, cinnamon, lemon juice, and vanilla. Beat eggs into mixture one at a time.

Separate filling equally into 3 bowls. Add food coloring to make one green, one purple, and one gold.

Pour filling into prepped crust as 3 different layers.

Bake for 1 hour with water bath placed beneath. (I just fill a pie tin with water)

At 1-hour mark turn off oven, but leave the cake inside with door cracked open for another hour.

Cool cheesecake in the refrigerator for a few hours before attainment of bliss.

After cheesecake has cooled, put 2 teaspoons sugar in a cup along with green food coloring and mix to color sugar. Sprinkle as topping. Repeat process with purple and gold.

HAPPY MARDI GRAS!

Almond Flour Waffles

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Almond Flour Waffles

Ingredients:

1/2 cup almond flour
1/4 cup milk
1 egg
1 Tb brown sugar (Splenda blend optional)
1 Tb wheat germ
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp baking soda
Pinch salt

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes while your waffle iron heats up. Cook them the way you like them. If you don’t know how long that is, try going until they stop releasing steam.

Commentary: This will make about 3 waffles. You might need to at least double this recipe but this works for us as part of a complete breakfast. We use Splenda brown sugar blend to keep these low in carbs.

Rhubarb Cream Pie

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Rhubarb Cream Pie

Ingredients:

3 cups rhubarb
3 eggs (separate out the white of one)
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup flour
3 Tbsp heavy cream
1 Tbsp orange juice (preferably from an actual orange)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 unbaked pie crusts

Directions:

Mix all ingredients except the rhubarb really REALLY well. Then fold in the rhubarb. Pour into a pie crust, then top with another pie crust. Brush the egg white onto the top pie crust, then sprinkle it with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Reduce temp to 325 degrees and bake for another 20 minutes.

Hot Buttered Brandy Milk Punch

Hot Buttered Brandy Milk Punch

Hot Buttered Brandy Milk Punch

Ingredients:

1 pint Brandy Milk Punch flavored New Orleans Ice Cream
1/2 pound softened butter
1/2 pound brown sugar
1/2 pound powdered sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Directions:

Combine ingredients and mix until smooth. Store in freezer. For each mug of holiday night time goodness prepared, add 3 teaspoons of mix with one shot of brandy or rum in a mug of hot water.

Commentary: If you don’t love this, Santa stole your soul.

Sweet Potato Pie

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Sweet Potato Pie

Ingredients:

1.25 lbs of sweet potato
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 unbaked pie crust

Directions:

Boil sweet potato(es) until done, approximately 45 minutes. Use cold water on them to help peel the skins off. Mash potatoes in bowl with melted butter, then stir in remaining ingredients. Beat until smooth and pour into unbaked pie crust. Bake at 350 degrees for an hour or until toothpick comes out clean.

Commentary: We used local organic sweet potatoes courtesy of Hollygrove Market’s weekly basket.

Recipe used: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sweet-potato-pie-i/