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Cream Cheese Pancakes

11 Oct

I’ve been missing my American pancakes, crepes are great and all, but there is nothing like a fluffy pancake to start my day.  I knew that IHOP has a cream cheese pancake, and I figure if they could do it I could too!  I needed some help with the recipe so I found this from myrecipes, which turned out to be exactly what I was looking for.  Of course I didn’t have bisquick so I added  baking powder and salt to my flour.

Clockwise from noon: two mixing bowls, cream cheese, vanilla sugar, egg, strawberries, butter, baking powder, sugar, milk

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar (optional, I had vanilla sugar, so I used that)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups milk, you want the consistency to be kind of soupy so start with 1 1/2 and if you need it add in some more
  • 3oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 tablespoon butter (softened)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract/1 packet vanilla sugar
  • Some cut strawberries
1. Start with the dry ingredients, if your feeling it sift the flour, if not stir in the baking powder and sugar
2. Mix together the egg, milk, cream cheese, butter and vanilla
3.  Add it to the flour

If yours has swirls like this, add more milk!

4.  Check the consistency, and if need be add more milk
5.  Throw some strawberries in there
6.  Butter a skillet and spoon out your first pancake, we found that ours had a much thicker consistency than we were used to and we had a little trouble cooking the first couple, but we figured it out by the end
Et Voilà, le petit déjeuner americain!
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Chocolate Sorbet

3 Aug

Before I work this morning, I decided to try making a chocolate sorbet.  This is nothing like chocolate ice cream, so only try this if you like very dark chocolate.  I used the recipe straight from the Cuisinart booklet, but I halved it.  It turned out that the ice cream machine didn’t work so well with the halved recipe so I wrote up the original:

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar (this is what the recipe calls for, but I used only 1/2 a cup)
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 2/3 cups sifted cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.  Combine water, sugar, and salt in a saucepan at low heat.  Stir often until the sugar is fully dissolved.

2.  Once sugar is dissolved, gradually add cocoa powder and vanilla, whisk until smooth.  Taste the mix and make sure it tastes to your liking

4.  Let the mixture cool in the fridge or freezer, depending on how long you want to wait

The spatula you see taped up there was my solution to not having enough liquid for the paddle to be effective

5.  When it’s cooled down turn on the ice cream maker and pour the chocolate base in for 15-20 minutes.  The sorbet should come out soft and creamy

So far this is one of the best things I’ve made with the ice cream maker, I’m a sucker for dark chocolate and we ate so much of it when it first came out that I didn’t get a chance to show the final product.

Ice Cream Fix

1 Aug

Last week I bought and ice cream machine and so, in my free time I have been making tons of ice cream!  I started with mint tea, then peach graham cracker, and raspberry mint.  So today I thought I would experiment and make a flavor I have always wanted, but never been able to find in stores, strawberry cheesecake!  I made up the recipe and it turned out much better than I was expecting, so if you have an ice cream maker I definitely recommend trying it out

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 80z. whipped cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • spoon full of strawberry jam
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • handful of quartered strawberries

I forgot to show the vanilla, but that's really important!!

1. Pour the milk, cream, and half-and-half into a large bowl

2.  Add in the sugar and whisk it until the sugar disintegrates

3. Beat the egg and then throw it in the mix

4. Scoop out the cream cheese and plop it in, add the vanilla and whisk it until it’s smooth I noticed that whenever I stopped whisking it would clump up a little, but not to worry, once it gets in the ice cream maker it stays smooth

5.  Then I put in a dollop of strawberry jam, this is not essential, I just thought it would add some more flavor

6. Chill in the freezer for 20ish minutes

7.  After it’s cold give it another whisk then pour it into the ice cream machine

8. I let it run for 15 minutes, and accidentally ate all my strawberries before I sliced them.  So if you have strawberries left over I would put them into the machine once the ice cream begins to freeze so they don’t all sink to the bottom

9.  Get a bowl ready and taste the masterpiece!

Nom nom nom nom

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