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Delicious Brownies

This recipe is from a friend of mine and it is absolutely delicious. I think I developed brownie overload after engorging myself on these heavenly brownies covered in vanilla ice-cream. Sooooooooo good… definitely not healthy but they are chemical free. Too good not to share 🙂

Ingredients

1 cup butter, melted
3 cups white sugar
4 eggs
T vanilla extract
1.5 cups flour
1 cup cocoa powder
tsp salt
chocolate chips, optional

Directions

1. Cream together sugar, butter and vanilla.
2. Beat in eggs one at a time.
3. Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
4. Add dry to wet ingredients gradually and stir.
5. Add chips if desired.
6. Bake in a 9X13 pan at 350 for 35-40 minutes.

Simple Vanilla Ice Cream

This recipe came with our Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker. I will post a picture next time we make it 🙂

Ingredients

1 cup whole milk (I have also used 1% and it turns out fine)
¾ cup granulated sugar
pinch salt
2 cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

1. In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer on low speed or whisk to combine the milk, sugar and salt until the sugar is dissolved.

2. Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla.

3.Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours, or overnight. (I have skipped this step before and still had good results)

4. Turn on the Cuisinart® ice cream maker; pour the mixture into the frozen freezer bowl and let mix until thickened, about 15 to 20 minutes.

 

*The ice cream will have a soft, creamy texture. If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours. Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving.

Servings
Makes about 5 cups (ten ½-cup servings)
Nutritional Information Per Serving
Nutritional information per serving (based on ½ cup): Calories 222 (73% from fat) • carb. 13g • pro. 2g • fat 18g • sat. fat 11g • chol. 69mg • sod. 45mg • calc. 61mg • fiber 0g

Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream

This recipe came with my Cuisinart ice-cream maker and I love it. I will post a picture the next time we make it.

Ingredients

3 cups fresh ripe strawberries, stemmed and sliced
4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1-1/2 cup sugar, divided
1-1/4 cups whole milk
2-3/4 cups heavy cream
1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Instructions

1. In a small bowl, combine the strawberries with the lemon juice and 1/2 cup of the sugar. Stir gently and allow the strawberries to macerate in the juices for 2 hours.

2. Strain the berries, reserving juices. Mash or purée half the berries.
3. In a medium mixing bowl, use a hand mixer on low speed to combine the milk and remaining granulated sugar until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 to 2 minutes.

4. Stir in the heavy cream, reserved strawberry juice, mashed strawberries, and vanilla.

5.Turn the machine on; pour the mixture into freezer bowl, and let mix until thickened, about 20 to 25 minutes. Five minutes before mixing is completed, add the reserved sliced strawberries and let mix in completely.

*The ice cream will have a soft, creamy texture. If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours. Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving.

Servings
Makes about fourteen 1/2-cup servings
Nutritional Information Per Serving
Calories 275 (58% from fat) · carb. 28g · pro. 2g · fat 18g · sat. fat 11g · chol. 67mg · sod. 29mg · calc. 64mg · fiber 1g

Chocolate Banana Cake with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

Yum! Topped with Vanilla Ice-cream

Chocolate Banana Cake

Ingredients

2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup butter at room temperature
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup very ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup buttermilk

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
2. Grease 13×9 cake pan or 2 9 inch round pans
3. In a medium bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and cocoa powder.
4. In a large bowl mix the butter and sugar then add the applesauce, eggs, vanilla, and bananas.
5. Then alternate between adding the flour mixture and the buttermilk
6. Bake for 35-40 mins for 13×9 pan (25-30 mins for round pans). Let cool for about 10-15 mins before removing from pans to finish cooling.

Peanut Butter Chocolate frosting

Ingredients

1/3 cup salted butter, softened
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup cocoa powder
4 to 5 cups powdered sugar
1/3 to 1/2 cup  milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

1. In medium bowl, combine butter and peanut butter and beat well.
2. Add cocoa powder and 1 cup of the powdered sugar; beat until fluffy.
3.Gradually add remaining powdered sugar and milk alternately until desired consistency is reached.
4. Add vanilla.
5. Frost your cake 🙂

 

*Also I am pretty sure it would be delicious to add chocolate chips to this cake and I plan I adding about a cup of chocolate chips the next time I make this.