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Dessert Stromboli

dessert stromboli

My baby girl turned 5 the other day and it is custom in our home for the birthday boy/girl to decide what they want for dinner. She opted for make your own pizzas! This is a fun way to get everyone involved and enjoy some pizza together.

After everyone made their pizza, we ended up with extra dough (I buy mine from the bakery at my grocery store!). Somebody said dessert pizza so I decided to experiment and make this dessert stromboli!. It was sweet and delicious.

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 10min; Cook Time – 20 min

Ingredients:

8 oz Pizza Dough
2T brown sugar
1T white sugar
2T white chocolate chips
2T milk chocolate chips
4T butter, melted

Special Equipment and Other Items Needed:

You’ll need a pastry brush to brush the butter on the dough

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Roll out the pizza dough nice and thin.

Brush it with 1/2 of the melted butter.

Sprinkle it with the sugars and chocolate chips.

Roll it up, place on a baking sheet (lined with parchment for easy cleanup) and shape it into a crescent. Brush the top with the remaining butter and then poke some holes in it with a knife.

dessert stromboli

Place in oven and cook about 20 minutes or until golden brown on top. Slice and serve!

dessert stromboli

I apologize for the not so fantastic photo 🙂

Chocolate Bourbon Bundt Cake

bourbon cake

For Bourbonfest, I opted to bring this chocolate bourbon bundt cake I had made several years back. It is absolutely delicious and pretty easy to make even if it requires……BAKING!

I found it originally in Gourmet magazine in September 2005.

Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Time Required: Prep Time – 30min; Cook Time – 40 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder plus 3T for dusting bundt pan

1 1/2 cup brewed coffee

1/2 cup bourbon (something like Maker’s Mark)

1 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1 inch pieces

2 cups sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/4 t baking soda

1/2 t salt

2 large eggs

1 t vanilla

Special Equipment and Other Items Needed:

Bundt pan (10 inch, 3 1/4 inch deep, 3 qt capacity)

How to make chocolate bourbon bundt cake:

Put oven rack in middle of oven. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Butter bundt pan then dust with 3 T cocoa powder, extra powder can be removed.

Heat coffee, bourbon, butter and 1 cup cocoa powder in saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until butter is melted. Remove from heat, add sugar and whisk until dissolved. Pour mixture in a large mixing bowl and let cool for about 5 minutes.

In separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt.

In a small bowl (see this is why baking is annoying, all these bowls!!), whisk eggs and vanilla together. Pour eggs into cooled chocolate mixture. Add the flour mixture and whisk until combined (it will be bubbly). Pour the batter into the bundt pan and bake for about 40 minutes. Insert a wooden pick to know when it is done (it will come out clean).

whiskey cake

Cool cake completely on a rack. When cool, loosen the cake from the pan with a knife (don’t forget the inner ring) and say a quick prayer. Then turn out the cake onto a plate.

chocolate cake

Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

bourbon cake

This cake does best when made a couple of days in advance.

Important Tips:

Butter and dusting the pan should not be rushed. This won’t work if it doesn’t come out of the pan.

Chocolate Sport Lollipops

Sports themed pops

A few years ago, I was trying to find something new and different to make for my son’s birthday. I was tired of buying ice cream or making cupcakes so I looked at Party City for some ideas. I came across these Chocolate Sport Lollipops. I thought they would be perfect. He loves sports and I can make a unique treat without having to bake ( you will see that most of my desserts do not require much, if any, baking). Also, he doesn’t like chocolate much and only the football tasted “chocolatey”!

PREP TIME: 5 minutes per tray SET TIME: 20 minutes per tray ADDITIONAL SET TIME: 15 Minutes

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Easy – Moderate

Ingredients:

2-3 plastic mold trays of sports (bought at Party City). The more trays you have, the less time it will take since you don’t have to wait as long for the molds to set before reusing the tray.

Various colors of chocolate candy melts (you can find these at Hobby Lobby or Party City). You will need orange and brown for basketball, white and red for baseball, brown and white for football.

Candy making sticks (you can find these at Hobby Lobby or Party City).

Toothpick or clean thin paintbrush

Wax paper

Preparing Chocolate Sport Lollipops:

Melt the primary color of one ball at a time. Try to only melt what you will need for the amount of balls you can make in a short time because you don’t want the chocolate to harden. Pour the melted chocolate into the mold and place a candy making stick into the mold (there is a place cut out for this, so you don’t have to worry about where to place it). Once  you have a tray done, immediately place in the refrigerator to set. It will take about 20 minutes. If you find that the stick is tipping when you place it in the refrigerator, don’t worry…just roll up a couple of napkins to stick underneath the end to make it level.

Once the chocolate is set, carefully remove lollipops from the tray and place on wax paper. You will know they are ready when they can be easily removed from the tray. Melt the chocolate for the seams of the balls (you will use very little so make sure you don’t waste the chocolate). Using a toothpick or a paintbrush, put the appropriate color of chocolate in the seam of each ball and let set on wax paper. Repeat the process to make as many as you need and enjoy!!!