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!

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Strawberry Pie

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Strawberry Pie

Ingredients:
2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts
1 1/4 cups white sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 cups fresh strawberries
2 tablespoons butter
Half and half

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place one crust in a nine inch pie pan.

2) Mix together sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Mix lightly through the berries. Pour filling into pastry lined pan, and dot fruit with butter or margarine. Cover with top crust, and cut slits in the top. Seal and flute the edges.

3) Brush half and half onto top crust and sprinkle with sugar (about 1 tablespoon).

4) Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the crust is slightly browned.

Inspired by: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Old-Fashioned-Strawberry-Pie/

Whole Wheat Sugar-Free Waffles with Pomegranate Syrup

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Whole Wheat Sugar-Free Waffles with Pomegranate Syrup

Waffle Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsps baking powder
2 Tbs Splenda
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
3 Tbs melted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions:

Mix all the dry ingredients while your waffle iron heats up. Beat the wet ingredients in a separate bowl, then combine and mix well. Ladle about a half a cup of batter for each waffle, depending on your waffle iron of course. Makes about 5 waffles, perfect for two people or one waffle addict.

Adapted from: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/classic-waffles/

Pomegranate Syrup Ingredients:

2 cups pomegranate juice
1/3 cup sugar

Directions:

Bring the juice and sugar to a boil, then let it simmer down until it gets thicker. This takes about a half hour or so.

Commentary: Waffles love you. Give them some love back.

Mini King Cakes

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Mini King Cakes

Ingredients:

Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls
6 Tbsp sugar
Food coloring

Directions:

Roll and elongate each individual roll between your hands until it’s about 6 inches long and thick straw-looking. Take two of these “ropes” of dough and wind them together before forming them into a closed circle. Bake according to roll directions and top when done with included icing.

To make the colored sugar, just add 2 drops of food coloring into individual bowls with 2 tablespoons of sugar each. For purple, use one drop of blue and one drop of red. Sprinkle the festive colored sugar on top of the icing to your liking.

Commentary: Making your own king cakes probably doesn’t get any easier than this. Happy Carnival!

Inspired by: http://www.plainchicken.com/2011/03/easy-king-cake-knots.html

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.

Swedish Creme Cookies

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Swedish Creme Cookies

Cookie Dough Ingredients:

1/2 pound softened butter
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 cups flour

Mix together, chill in fridge for at least an hour. When dough is cold, roll out with rolling pin to about 1/8 inch thick. Cut out round cookies, Oreo size, with a round cookie cutter or small glass.

Dip one side in granulated sugar (we colored ours green first with some food coloring) and place on ungreased cookie sheet sugar side up. Prick rounds with fork and bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Frosting Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp vanilla
food coloring (optional)

Mix together frosting ingredients in bowl. Use some food coloring if you like. Spread frosting onto a cookie round and top with another round. End result should look like a Double Stuf Oreo.

Commentary: We used green and red food coloring in the frosting, and various Christmas cookie cutter shapes to make trees, bells, and stars, along with the rounds.