When it comes to great food one of the most overlooked aspect of the meal always seems to be, the fine desserts. There are so many wonderful sweets that can close a fantastic meal that it will be very difficult for you to actually settle on just one. The problem with this is that many of these sweets are just that, sweet. With divine cakes and decadent tarts and torts available on the back page of a fine menu, people often find themselves peeking prematurely just so they can get a sense of what is in store.

Like A Sugar Kiss


Fine desserts are like a sugar kiss, and they are made to tease and tempt your senses and love for all things yummy. Finding the right dessert for you may be a challenge, as there are just so many different types of treat that can be served at one time. Many restaurants today will have seasonal desserts which are sold at select times of the year. These are the best of the best, and knowing that they are only around for a brief time makes them far more necessary to be sampled. Good food can be found in many places today, yet it is the fine sweets at the end of this meal that are the most difficult for you to find. Not every restaurant is lucky enough to have their own pastry chef, so for this reason the ones that do have a distinct advantage.

Never At Home

If it is fine desserts that you are after, then you will need to keep in mind that they will not be found at home. You are going to need to go out, in order to taste what the great dessert chefs are offering for the evening. This is really nothing to someone that enjoys a good night out, and is always looking for the next big taste to come along. Good sweets are difficult to come by when you are dealing with many wonderful restaurants all vying to be the top dog on the block. What many of the owners fail to understand however, is that it is suppose to be the complete meal that sets the tone and that includes a solid dessert. If you are dining and you want to enjoy a nice cup of coffee after the meal, and the restaurant informs you that they are low on quality sweets this is definitely going to put a damper on the evening.

Try It All

In order for you to determine what is considered the king of the fine desserts, you are basically going to need to try them all. Try and get out and sample as much of these wonderful fares as you possibly can, and this will help you make an educated decision on what can be considered the best of the best. This may take a while as there are so many great eateries for you to explore, but you need to remind yourself that it is for the good of the dessert for there to be only one true king of sweets.

Fine Desserts

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Finding good diabetic desserts and foods that your doctor would approve of can be quite difficult. Because of the limited sugar and carbohydrates that my doctor advises me to have, it is quite difficult to find sugar free and low sugar desserts that work with my diabetes.

That is why I would like to share the possibilities that are opened with the use of Splenda. You can convert almost any dessert that you love into a Splenda dessert that won't be as high in sugar. You can do this by taking a cake recipe for example, and substituting the sugar with Splenda. This can be done with almost every dessert that you could think of. This could include brownies, cookies, and ice cream. Before trying these desserts you should consult your doctor in order to see if they are OK for you to consume. Once you get the go ahead it is also important to eat in moderation.


In my opinion, eating in moderation is the key to controlling diabetes. My dietitian and endocrinologist always preach to me about the importance of eating in moderation. They advised me that it was ok to have almost any food that I would like as long as I ate in small portions. This goes to the whole idea of eating more, small meals a day rather than a few large meals. I hope that by contacting your doctor and getting on the right meal plan will help you to find the right meals and desserts. I know that when I found a good sugar free dessert, it really brightened up my day.

Diabetes Dessert

I hope this article on Diabetes Dessert will help you to find a good sugar free dessert.

Strawberry Bread Pudding


Butter or margarine

Fresh strawberries


Whipped cream


1. Toast several pieces of bread and butter them.

2. Line a baking dish, butter side down, with the slices of bread. Toast enough bread to cover the bottom of whatever baking dish you are using.

3. Cover the slices of toast with a generous layer of fresh strawberries.

4. Place a few pieces of crumbled toast among the strawberries.

5. Sift sugar all through and over the strawberries.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. This dish is best when served cold with whipped cream on top.

Strawberry Tapioca

1/2 cup quick-cooking tapioca

1 1/2 cups crushed strawberries

1 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Cook tapioca according to box directions.

2. Add salt, sugar, and strawberry pulp and cook 5 minutes more.

3. Serve cold with whipped cream and additional strawberries which have been sliced and sugared.

Strawberry Fruit Beverage

1 quart strawberries, crushed

Juice of 1 lemon

Juice of 1 orange

2 cups crushed pineapple

2 cups sugar

6 cups water

1. Cook sugar with half of the water until the sugar is dissolved.

2. Add it with the remaining water and the orange and lemon juice to the fruit which has been crushed and placed in a bowl.

3. Set aside in a cool place for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

4. Strain into a pitcher or punch bowl and serve.

Add plenty of ice. Garnish, if desired, with extra halved strawberries. The pineapple may be either canned or fresh. If canned pineapple is used, substitute one cup of the juice from the can for one cup of water.

Strawberry Fruit Cocktail

1 cup diced canned or fresh pineapple

1 cup halved strawberries

2 oranges, divided into sections

2 tablespoons water

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

Whole and half strawberries for garnishing

1. Combine the pineapple and the cupful of halved berries with half of the orange sections - from which the pith and membrane have been removed - the sugar, water, and lemon juice.

2. Cover and let stand in the refrigerator for several hours.

3. Arrange in small sherbet dishes, piling up the mixture in the center.

4. Decorate with the remaining sections of oranges and strawberries.

Strawberry Desserts

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This time of the year is full of all sorts of opportunities for celebrating the season. Entertaining family and friends during the holiday season does not have to be a challenging feat when you know how to make a fruit tray party dessert pizza recipe. They are so easy to make, although it may look like you spent many hours creating it. Actually, you might even want to let the kids help you make some of the dessert pizzas you make at home.

Dessert Pizza Recipes are Fun and Easy to Make


Since dessert pizza recipes are fun and easy to make, you can have them just about any time, whether you are entertaining guests or serving your family. Another great thing about them is you can add or take away any fruits you might want to include on your fruit tray pizza. For instance, you might like to try including bananas, blueberries, cherries, peaches and so much more. Add your family favorite fruits and you will have created a masterpiece. You can even experiment by adding different flavors of toppings to this pizza if you like.

Recipe for Fruit Tray Party Dessert Pizza

What You Need

  • 1 egg

  • 1/3 cup melted butter or margarine

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 2 cups Bisquick mix

  • 1 container whipped topping 8 ounce

  • 1 package cream cheese 8 ounce

  • 2/3 cup sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla flavoring

  • 1 cans mandarin oranges

  • 1 can cut up pineapple rings

  • 2 or 3 sliced kiwi fruit

  • 1 pint sliced strawberries

  • 1 cup orange juice

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch

  • ½ cup sugar

How to Make It

Prepare pizza pan by lightly applying cooking spray and then set aside until needed.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Using a medium to large size mixing bowl, you will add the egg and beat, then add the melted butter while mixing. Add the sugar and Bisquick mix and combine thoroughly.

Press this mixture onto the prepared pizza pan and place in the oven to bake for about 10 to 12 minutes, but do not allow to burn. Once done, remove from oven and allow the crust to completely cool.

Using a medium mixing bowl and electric mixer, you will add the whipped topping, cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla and beat until well blended to prepare the pizza filling.

Spread the filling mixture over the cooled pizza crust evenly, and then cover with mandarin oranges, pineapple chunks, kiwi, and strawberry slices by arranging the fruit in a decorative swirl pattern.

Using a small saucepan on a medium heat, you will add the orange juice, lemon juice, cornstarch, and sugar. Mix them together well by stirring and cooking for about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and drizzle this delicious topping over the fruit tray party dessert pizza you are preparing.

You can serve this pizza as it is or you can place it in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 4 or 5 hours before serving.

How To Make A Fruit Tray Party Dessert Pizza Recipe

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With the holidays fast approaching, we will all once again be faced with enough food to feed 20 families. The pressure is on for sure, but the questions I ask you are you ready to handle that pressure and be successful in your weight loss goals? To many times I have seen clients of mine and non-clients continually give up on their goals because they allowed themselves to give in to the sweet aroma of a succulent turkey, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, not to mention desserts like sweet potato pie, or peach cobbler and my particular favorite, oreo ice cream pie (I'm making you hungry, aren't I).

In any case, if you're serious about losing weight, and tons of unwanted fat, you are going to want to continue reading this article for my top 10 fat burning, metabolism boosting tips. By using this information and taking massive action this holiday season, you will surely discover a leaner, fitter body that will make you more attractive, improve your health, and provide you with a new lease on life.


Isn't that what you want?

To be totally honest with you, fat loss is simple. However, we are constantly tempted by friends, co-workers, and even ourselves to give in to our wants and desires, even though we feel bad about in the end because we know that once we step on the scale we're going to be five pounds heavier. So how do you make fat loss simple? By adhering to my ten rules of success to lose 10 pounds of fat or more and in less time than you think. If you use the information daily and apply constantly, there is no reason why you shouldn't lose at least 10 pounds of unwanted fat and 1-2 dress sizes before New Year's Day.

So if you want don't want blow up like a hot air balloon this holiday season, apply these tips to shape a new, leaner, sexier you.

1. Don't eat so much- This tip should be very obvious, but still needs to be addressed. 69% of Americans or overweight or obese, and it's not because we all have mutated genes or because we all just have big bones or anything that people like to use to make up excuses about being overweight.

Take more time to plan what you're going to eat on Thanksgiving and Christmas day, or any day for that matter. Try not to cover every inch of your plate with all the food you have available to you. Choose either the ham or the turkey, but never both. Choose two of your most favorite sides and make one is a starch and the other a vegetable. For example, you could have 4oz piece of ham along with whole grain stuffing and green bean casserole each being a serving the size of your fist.

Follow up with just a small piece of dessert and DO NOT GO BACK FOR SECONDS!

2. Don't starve yourself all day, only to gorge later on- I see this all the time. People will kill themselves by not eating the entire day just so they can do exactly what I told not to do in step 1.

Any time you starve yourself your body goes into fat storage mode. This is bad because when this occurs your body is not only storing fat, it is also dumping lean muscle tissue; which sends your metabolism crashing down worse than jet whose engines has gone out. If you think this is fun doing this to yourself then by all means keep at it, but don't be frustrated when you step on scale later and have buy bigger jeans because of your inability to resist eating so much.

3. Follow a MRT (metabolic resistance training) program- If you're not doing any resistance training then you are really doing yourself a disservice. Those with the best bodies have gotten them from following a well balanced resistance training program. You will do even better by following a MRT program. These programs focus on boosting your metabolism, strength, and cardiovascular health all at once. As a fitness professional and expert on fat loss I have had great success with many of clients by following the same system as opposed to traditional fitness programs. Here is an example of a program I would use at home with no equipment:

Warmup-5-10min (30 seconds on all exercises)

Run in place

Drop Squats

Walk out pushups

Supine 90 degree hip Crossovers

Shoulder Scaption

Repeat warm-up one more time after resting 1 minute

Ab Superset- 5 minutes (Perform each exercise for 30 seconds)

Side Plank w/ knee lift

Cross body Mountain Climbers

Rest 1min before repeating one more time

Strength Circuit-10min (Perform each exercise for 50 seconds, 10 seconds of rest in between exercises)

Overhead Sumo Squats

Grasshopper Pushups

Step up to lift on sturdy table or step

Rows in pushup position

Cross Country Skiers

Rest 1min and repeat 1-2 more times

Cooldown- 5 minutes

Corrective Static Stretching, (Stretch only your tightest muscles for 30 seconds each)



IT Bands

Low Back

This workout should take you no more than 30 minutes to complete, but it will send your metabolism through the roof for days! Science has proven the efficiency of MRT workouts time and time again. So I would suggest you following this program if fat loss is your goal.

These simple, yet effective steps will help you start the process of achieving the body you want. If you are committed to your health and ultimately yourself you'll do more to achieve yours of being leaner, more attractive, and more confident than ever before. On the flip side, you could be heavier, less attractive, and less confident. What's your choice?

3 Steps to Beating the Holiday Weight Gain Blues and Burn 10 Pounds of Fat Before New Year's Day

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Desserts are everyone's favorite and we all love indulging in sweets. However, you may have to skip your share of dessert in order to stay fit and healthy. This is because, desserts are usually considered to be a prime source of fat, sugar and calories. But, what if I tell you that you can concentrate on your fitness and enjoy the bite of desserts at the same time? Yes, it is very much possible. You can always try making some healthy dessert recipes at home. There are a number of healthy dessert recipes that can be deliciously sweet and healthy also. These dessert recipes are actually prepared by using natural sugars that are not fattening at all. So, we bring to you some healthy dessert recipes to improve the overall health. Following are some of the ideas that one should try:

1. Yogurt and Fruit Parfait: This is one of the best and healthiest dessert choices one could ever make. It might not taste like a cookie, but this fruity treat is equally delicious and satisfying. The combination of yogurt and fruits is always healthy and less in calories. You can add any of your favorite fruits to double the pleasure.

2. Frozen yogurt: We all like to have frozen yogurt with toppings, which is very easily found in the market. But, if you are aiming for healthy desserts, then you must learn to make frozen yogurt at home. Making frozen yogurt is probably the easiest thing one can do in the kitchen. You just need to pick some yogurt and keep it inside the freezer. This will give you a fresh, homemade and unadulterated dessert easily.

3. Frozen banana bites: Bananas are very healthy for everyone. So, one can anytime use this healthy fruit banana to create some healthy desserts. Frozen banana bites are extremely popular all across the world for its delicious flavor. You just need to cut the banana into bite size pieces and cover them using regular peanut butter. After that, roll each piece of banana in crushed nuts and put them into the freezer.

4. Baked apples: Baked apple is again a very healthy dessert choice. It is healthy, it is delicious and it is extremely simple to make. Simply core and slice an apple in to two slices. After that, sprinkle some cinnamon, natural sugar and granola on the top of the apple. Then, bake it for about 10-15 minutes. And your healthy baked apple is ready to be served.


Easy Healthy Dessert Recipes to Improve Health

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A family camping menu should be:

  1. Easy and quick to prepare.
  2. Requires only a few ingredients and
  3. Those ingredients are easy to store at camp (not prone to spilling, spoiling, space-hogging).

Here is our family's 4-Day Camping menu plan. We have tweaked it over the years and I'm sure you will tweak it some more for your family's style and needs.

    4-Day Camping Food Menu Plan

    1st Night: Lloyds BBQ Ribs, corn, coleslaw and potato salad

    Wrap ribs in heavy-duty foil, heat, open a can of corn and serve with ready-made coleslaw and potato salad. First night is celebration night. You've put up the tent, you've build a campfire, you've unpacked your gear. So kick back and relax. By the way, Costco is my favorite place to get a big tub of potato salad and coleslaw.

    DAY 1 ==========
    Blueberry Pancakes, sausage and eggs
    Lunch: Chili dog and leftover coleslaw/potato salad
    Grilled marinated steak tips, baked potatoes & camping onions. If no grill: Easy Pork Chops and bread rolls

    DAY 2
    Cereal and fruit, corny cakes
    Tortellini and tomato sauce
    Meat loaf sandwich & Italian Wedding Soup (canned)
    Dessert: Mini Camping Pies

    DAY 3 ==========

    French Toast, sausage and eggs
    Lunch: Chowder in bread bowl or grill burgers and hot dogs
    Ham, beans and baked sweet potatoes
    Peach Mallows

    DAY 4
    Pancakes, sausage and eggs
    Foil-wrapped Surprise (Whatever's left in camp kitchen)
    Do we stick religiously to this menu plan?
    Of course not. But being prepared gives me the freedom to be more creative and flexible.

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Due to the incredible amount of requests for my peanut butter balls, I've decided to make my recipe available to all!

If you're like me, and you enjoy the finer things in life, like a dessert based off of peanut butter, than you are going to enjoy this.


This dessert is great for parties as well as the family. You will end up with around 25-50 -- leaving you with enough to to go around.

Here is my take on How to Make Peanut Butter Balls

  1. Mix 2 cups of peanut butter with 1 1/4 stick of softened butter until you get a smooth consistency.

  2. Slowly add in 4 cups of powdered sugar until it's well mixed -- roll the mixture into 1 inch balls and then refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

  3. Melt your favorite chocolate and dip or pour the chocolate onto the balls -- I recommend placing a sheet of wax paper under the peanut butter balls to keep them from sticking to the plate.

  4. Refrigerate till chocolate creates a hard shell.

Sounds pretty easy, right? Well it is!

These don't have to be -- and in my opinion, shouldn't be -- over complicated. I've seen many different variations of these out there. Some recipes call for some vanilla, cereal, flaked coconut, honey and even chopped nuts -- you name it, someone will attempt to stuff them into these poor little balls of goodness.

Sometimes, Simple is Better

Personally, I prefer the more simple approach. In the end, they just turn out better.

How to Make Peanut Butter Balls - The Best Way

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There are varieties of cake icing recipes to choose from. If you are someone who loves cake, you will enjoy this cream cheese buttercream recipe. This is one of my favorite cake icing recipes. Cream cheese buttercream icing can be used on a variety of different cakes such as, carrot cake, red velvet cake, a basic vanilla or whatever you decide best fits you personally. It is a very simple recipe that anyone can make. All you need are the right ingredients and you are all set and ready to go. You can use this cream cheese buttercream icing recipe for any occasion. Whether it's a birthday cake, holiday cake or a batch of cupcakes anytime is good. Here are the ingredients and the direction for creating this easy to make cake.


1 16oz block of cream cheese

1 stick of softened butter

1 tsp. salt

2 to 4 tablespoons milk or cream, as needed

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 bag of confectioner's sugar



Step number one: Place the softened butter and cream cheese into a large mixing bowl. Blend it with an electric mixer on low-speed until it is fluffy or has peaks. This may take about thirty seconds.

Step number two: Add vanilla salt and milk or cream to the mixture and blend well until it is completely incorporated.

Step number three: Stop the machine and begin adding one cup of confectioner's sugar at a time and blend until sugar is completely incorporated with the cream cheese and butter. Increase blender speed as icing thickens. If the icing is too thick, add milk or cream to thin it out a little. The icing should be thin enough to spread on cake smoothly, but not runny.

After baking your cake or cupcakes, let the cake cool first before adding the icing. This icing will store in the refrigerator for about four or five days. You can store this icing up to several months in the freezer. If you keep it in the freezer, make sure you double bag it in two zip lock bags to keep the freezer taste out. Also, to thaw out the icing simply place in a room temperature environment for an hour or two and it should be ready to use.

I have tried many different variations of buttercream icings from chocolate, strawberry to banana. I am a true butter cream icing lover and cream cheese frosting is absolutely one of my favorites.

Cream Cheese Buttercream Icing


Baking has been many cultures' favorite technique for creating snacks, desserts, and accompaniments to meals for many years. Now, it is very well-known as the method for creating sweets and all sorts of wondrous mouthwatering pastries. In ancient history, the first evidence of baking occurred when humans took wild grass grains, soaked it in water, and mixed everything together, mashing it into a kind of broth-like paste. Then, the paste was cooked by pouring it onto a flat, hot rock, resulting in a bread-like substance. Later, this paste was roasted on hot embers, which made bread-making easier, as it could now be made anytime fire was created. Around 2500 B.C., records show that the Egyptians already had bread, and may have actually learned the process from the Babylonians. The Greek Aristophanes, around 400 B.C., also recorded information that showed that tortes with patterns and honey flans existed in Greek cuisine. Dispyrus was also created by the Greeks around that time and widely popular; was a donut-like bread made from flour and honey and shaped in a ring; soaked in wine, it was eaten when hot.

In the Roman Empire, baking flourished widely. In about 300 B.C., the pastry cook became an occupation for Romans (known as the pastillarium). This became a very highly respected profession because pastries were considered decadent, and Romans loved festivity and celebration. Thus, pastries were often cooked especially for large banquets, and any pastry cook who could invent new types of tasty treats, unseen at any other banquet, was highly prized. Around 1 A.D., there were more than three hundred pastry chefs in Rome alone, and Cato wrote about how they created all sorts of diverse foods, and flourished because of those foods. Cato speaks of an enormous amount of breads; included amongst these are the libum (sacrificial cakes made with flour), placenta (groats and cress), spira (our modern day flour pretzels), scibilata (tortes), savaillum (sweet cake), and globus apherica (fritters). A great selection of these, with many different variations, different ingredients, and varied patterns, were often found at banquets and dining halls. To bake bread, the Romans used an oven with its own chimney and had grain mills to grind grain into flour.


Eventually, because of Rome, the art of baking became widely known throughout Europe, and eventually spread to the eastern parts of Asia. Bakers often baked goods at home and then sold them in the streets-children loved their goods. In fact, this scene was so common that Rembrandt illustrated a work that depicted a pastry chef selling pancakes in the streets of Germany, and young children surrounding him, clamoring to get a sample. In London, pastry chef sold their goods in handcarts, which were very convenient shops on wheels. This way, they developed a system of "delivery" baked goods to people's households, and the demand for baked goods increased greatly as a result. Finally, in Paris, the first open-air café of baked goods was developed, and baking became an established art throughout the entire world.

History of Baking

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Are you looking for a super easy chocolate dessert recipe that is rich and satisfying? I think you will love these 10-minute mocha pots de creme from one of my favorite baking books - The Weekend Baker: Irresistible Recipes, Simple Techniques, and Stress-Free Strategies for Busy People by Abigail Johnson Dodge. I discovered the recipe back in 2008 when I was putting together the menu for a private baking/dessert class I was teaching and have made it many times since.

As Abby explains in the book, Pot de creme is the French version of American pudding. This recipe is particularly simple - you just whip the ingredients together in a blender. It really is a 10 minute easy chocolate dessert recipe with just 6 ingredients.


What's a weight loss coach doing posting blogs about easy chocolate desserts? Good question. Let me explain.

After years of struggling with deprivation based diets and driving myself crazy searching for the one perfect approach to healthy eating, I've finally waved the white flag realizing there is no such thing as a perfect diet. Constantly seeking the "perfect diet" is obsessive, exhausting and a huge waste of precious life energy. I now practice and encourage a balanced approach to weight loss and healthy eating that combines lots of variety with large doses of pleasure. For me that means indulging in small amounts of deliciously decadent desserts, like this one, when I want them.

If you are on the lookout for a recipe for a chocolate dessert that is both easy and impressive, I hope you give this wonderfully satisfying one a try.

10-Minute Mocha Pots de Crme

Makes four 1/2 cup servings

The French version of American pudding, this is a no-bake version that whips up in minutes with the help of your blender. The key is to use really good chocolate. The recipe says to chill this at least 45 minutes, but I've found it takes at least a couple of hours to cool off and firm up in my fridge.

1 cup (8 fl ounces/233 ml) heavy cream

4 ounces (113 grams) bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

3 tablespoons sugar

teaspoon instant espresso powder or instant coffee granules

2 tablespoons coffee-flavored liqueur

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Have out 4 small ramekins or classic pot de crme pots (little cups with lids) or pretty tea cups just slightly larger than 1/2 cup each. (Since this is a no bake recipe the dishes don't have to be ovenproof.)

In a small saucepan, heat the cream just until boiling. Meanwhile, add the chopped chocolate, sugar, and espresso powder or coffee granules into a blender. When the cream is just boiling, pour it into the blender. Place the lid on the blender and blend on medium high speed until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is frothy and smooth. Add the liqueur and vanilla and process until blended, about 10 seconds.

Using a spoon, skim off the foam from the top of the custard and discard. Pour the chocolate cream into the ramekins or cups, dividing evenly. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and a few chocolate shavings, if desired.

Flavor variations: Bourbon and dark rum work well in place of the coffee liqueur. For fruit flavored liqueurs such as orange or raspberry, omit the coffee granules.

Easy Chocolate Dessert Recipe - 10 Minute Mocha Pots De Creme

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If you are looking for a tasty and fast recipe that is authentic Italian, this quick Italian dessert recipe is for you. There is no better way to finish off a delicious Italian dinner than with a tasty and light dessert. This recipe is great to serve your guests after a pasta dinner and wine. You can also serve this as a social dessert with coffee at any time. Tiramisu is a favorite among Italian food lovers.

Ingredients for this Tiramisu Quick Italian Dessert Recipe:

o 30 Italian lady fingers that are divided

o 2 ½ cups of strong warm espresso

o 2 ounces of chopped chocolate

o Unsweetened cocoa used for dusting the dessert

o 6 egg yolks

o ¾ cup of white sugar

o 1 ¼ pounds of mascarpone cheese

o 2 cups of heavy cream

o 1/3 cup of white sugar

o 1 ½ tablespoons of dark rum


Directions for making Tiramisu Quick Italian Dessert Recipe:

o Dip the first 18 Italian ladyfingers into the espresso

o Line the bottom of a 12 x 9 pan with the ladyfingers

o Sprinkle half of the chopped chocolate over the mixture

o Add a generous dusting of the cocoa on the mixture

o Set this aside

o Combine the egg yolks and ¾ cup of the sugar

o Mix this on high in a mixer for about ten minutes

o Mix the mascarpone by hand until it is completely mixed and lump free

o Set this aside

o Mix by a mixer or by hand the cream, 1/3 cup of sugar and the rum until it forms stiff peaks

o Add the mascarpone mix and whip this again until completely homogenous

o Spread half of the egg and cheese filling onto the ladyfingers in the pan

o Soak the rest of the ladyfingers in espresso and make a second layer over them

o Leave some spaces in between the ladyfingers and sprinkle the remaining filling evenly over the ladyfingers

o Lightly sprinkle this with more cocoa

o Wrap and refrigerate for about four to six hours

o When this is chilled, sprinkle it again with a light dusting of the cocoa

o Slice and serve with a spoon or spatula

This quick Italian dessert recipe for tiramisu will delight your taste buds and you will love how light and tasty this dessert is. You can serve small servings after a big dinner, or a little bit larger pieces as an afternoon social treat. Some prefer to serve this dessert with espresso, coffee or if you and your guests prefer to enjoy the richness, try with a nice glass of red wine.

Quick Italian Dessert Recipe - Tiramisu

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Diet dessert recipes can help you succeed with your weight loss goals. Traditional desserts and store-bought goodies are frequently so high in fat, calories and sugar that they have no place on a healthy eating plan. Instead of just saying goodbye to sweet treats forever, give some diet dessert recipes a try. You can have your cake and eat it, too - every delicious bite.

Here's a diet dessert recipe that's sure to please the sweetest tooth. Peachy Keen Cake is sweet and moist, and has a fraction of the fat, calories and sugar found in most cakes. The peaches lend a warm flavor, and artificial sweetener works with a small amount of sugar to make a diet dessert which will have you wanting seconds. At roughly 120 calories a slice, you can indulge your senses without adding to your waistline.


Diet Dessert Recipes: Peachy Keen Cake

6 large peaches, fresh

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup artificial sweetener

2 tablespoons butter

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon oil

1 egg OR 1 ripe banana, mashed with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 cup lowfat buttermilk OR 1/2 cup milk, any lower calorie variety, mixed with 1 teaspoon white vinegar


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Make cross-cuts on the stem end of each peach with a sharp knife and place the peaches in the boiling water. Boil for about 1 minute, or until the skins start to become soft. Drain boiling water and transfer peaches to a bowl of cold water to cool. Peel, halve and pit the peaches and set aside.

In a medium skillet, combine 1/3 cup of sugar and one tablespoon of butter. Cook together over medium heat for three to five minutes, or until the sugar begins to melt.

Coat an 8x8 square baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Arrange the peaches inside, cut side up. Pour the melted sugar over the peaches and set all aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt; set aside.

In a large bowl, beat 1/3 cup artificial sweetener, 1 tablespoon butter and oil with an electric mixer until combined. Add the egg or egg replacer, beating until smooth, then beat in the vanilla and almond extract. With the mixer at low speed, add the buttermilk or buttermilk replacement and the flour mixture, beating until just combined. Do not overbeat.

Spoon the batter evenly over the peaches in the pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool for a few minutes. Loosen the edges of the cake with a knife, and invert the cake onto a serving plate. If any of the peaches stick to the pan, remove them with a knife and replace them on the cake.

Diet Dessert Recipes: Peachy Keen Cake

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There is no need to fret and spend hours making a dessert when you can make tasty desserts quickly and easily. Some quick and easy desserts require chilling time but we are talking here about something that doesn't require a lot of time to put together. How about a No Bake Lime Pie, Quick and Easy Cherry Crisp Dessert, or Sunshine Pudding?


1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

1 1/4 cups milk (evaporated milk makes a richer pie)

3 large egg yolks

2/3 cup lime juice

1/2 stick of butter, cut up

2 teaspoons lime zest

1 cup sour cream

1 (6-oz) ready-made graham cracker crust

Whipped cream for garnish

Thin lime slices for garnish


In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan mix sugar and cornstarch together. Whisk in the milk until smooth; add egg yolks and continue to blend until blended in. Stir in the lime juice. Add butter and whisk constantly over medium heat 7 to 9 minutes, just until boiling. Remove from the heat and stir for 1 minute. Stir in the zest until blended. Cover filling with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour. Gently whisk in the sour cream until well blended. Pour filling into the pie shell. Cover with plastic wrap or the lid from crust and refrigerate at least 6 hours. Before serving, garnish with whipped cream and thin lime slices if desired.


2 cups white cake mix

2 cups canned cherry pie filling

1 box coconut pecan frosting mix

1/2 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease and flour (or spray with a baking nonstick spray)a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Spread the pie filling evenly over the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle the dry cake mix over the pie filling. Sprinkle the frosting mix over the cake mix. Pour the melted butter evenly over the top of the frosting mix. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until light golden brown.

Serve topped with ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.


1 pkg (4-serving size)vanilla instant pudding mix

1 1/2 cups cold milk

1/2 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed

1 pkg (4-serving size)orange flavored gelatin

3/4 cup boiling water

1/2 cup cold water

ice cubes

Prepare the pudding mix according to the package directions using only 1 1/2 cups of milk. Let stand 5 minutes. Fold into the whipped topping. Spoon into 8 dessert glasses or cups. Chill.

Dissolve the orange gelatin in the boiling water, stirring until gelatin is completely dissolved. Combine the cold water and enough ice cubes to make 1 1/4 cups. Add the ice water to the gelatin; stir until thickened. Remove any remaining ice.

Beat the gelatin with an electric mixer until doubled in volume. Spoon over the pudding.

Note: Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a thin orange slice, if desired.


Quick and Easy Recipes for Desserts: No Bake Lime Pie, Cherry Crisp Dessert, and Sunshine Pudding

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You need to plan your food storage in terms of what you can actually MAKE out of the items. Wheat will do you no good if you don't have other baking items necessary to make edible food out of it. Using the information from the book Marlene's Magic with Food Storage as a general guideline, I have compiled a list of different food items you can cook depending on what items you currently have in your food storage. This should be a starting point for anyone when determining which items to begin accumulating or to see what items you should add to really enhance your meal options.

I would suggest getting a 3 month supply of all of these items first, and then moving on to a full year's worth of food. You don't want to end up with a year's supply of wheat and unable to make even a loaf of bread because you don't have the other ingredients.


Foods You Can Make Using Common Food Storage Items

If You ONLY Have: Water, Wheat, Salt, Shortening or Oil

You Can Make:

  • Sprouted wheat
  • Cooked cracked wheat
  • Cooked whole wheat
  • Wheat grass
  • Gluten (a strange bread-type food that has a very high protein content)
  • Tortillas

Just Add: Powdered Milk, Powdered Eggs, Honey or Sugar, Flour

And You Can Make the Items Above PLUS:

  • Wheat pudding
  • German pancakes
  • Crepes
  • Pasta

Just Add: Yeast, Baking Powder, Baking Soda

And You Can Make the Items Above PLUS:

  • Puddings/custards
  • Pancakes
  • Some varieties of cookies
  • Waffles
  • Muffins/English muffins
  • Breads
  • Biscuits
  • Some varieties of crackers

Just Add: Tomatoes, Powdered Butter and Cheese, Unflavored Gelatin, Canned Milk, Canned Fruits

And You Can Make the Items Above PLUS:

  • Meatless dinners
  • Meatless casseroles
  • Cream sauces
  • Jello salads
  • Whipped cream desserts
  • Baby formula

Just Add: Rice, Legumes, Beef/Chicken Broth, Canned Meats, Dried Potatoes, Dehydrated Vegetables

And You Can Make the Items Above PLUS:

  • Lots of great chunky soups
  • Chili
  • Refried beans
  • Rice dinners
  • Rice puddings
  • Sandwiches
  • Many different dinners and casseroles

Just Add: Extras such as Oats, Raisins, Nuts, Spices, Juice, Peanut Butter, Cream of Tarter, etc.

And You Can Make the Items Above PLUS:

  • A wide variety of almost any type of food you would want to cook


As you can see, with a bit of planning (and a fabulous food storage recipe book on hand), you can be confident that you will be able to create healthy, filling, comforting meals for your family should a true emergency occur. It will also be helpful to start using and rotating through these foods in your every day cooking so that you can find the recipes your family likes, get them used to eating these foods, and ensure that all of your storage retains its maximum freshness.

What Can You Do With Your Food Storage?

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Every individual has his/her own preferences when it comes to food. Carrots are one of mine and I have used and misused carrots in all possible ways in my kitchen. Be it in baking, curries, raitas, desserts, or just plain carrots. I make sure my refrigerator is loaded with these little wonders, round the year.

Few years back my co-sister let me know of this carrot recipe, since then I am hooked on to this irresistible classy carrot rice.


Over the years I have developed countless ways to make this dish, each one tasting better than the other. My personal favorite is the one I am going to write about, reason being it is the quickest and simplest to make when I am at loggerheads with time.

For the recipe : one serving,

Ingredients :

* One cup cooked rice

* 1/2 cup grated carrots

* 1/2 tsp coriander powder

* 1/2 tsp garam masala

* 1/2 tsp mustard

* white urad dal (de-skinned black gram)

* a pinch of salt

* 2 tsp oil

* a pinch of asafoetida (hing).

* 1 tbsp fresh coriander

Method : Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard & urad dal and let it splutter. Add carrots and all the dry powder, stir it for a minute and take off the flame. Mix-in the rice, decorate with fresh coriander.

Note : Do not let the carrot cook for long to retain the crunch in it.

Carrot rice has become a regular in my kids' lunch boxes. When packed along with a few homemade chips the dish is polished off quickly leaving no traces behind!! Try this classy carrot rice, you will be in for a surprise.

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I love dessert and so do my kids. Often times I purchase one rather than make my own. Since I have been trying to keep my grocery bill down, I have been making my own more often but it does take time. Bill and Rosemary Haley writing in their book Haley's Hints have some wonderful ideas about easy desserts for kids. Here are some of Haley's ideas and some of my own:

Stuffed fruit - For a great dessert kids will love, first core an apple or pear. Replace the core with some fresh marshmallows.


Banana Pops - For a quick dessert that's also good for your kids, put bananas in the freezer and make Popsicles (peel bananas first and insert popsicle stick lengthwise). If you want to go gourmet, dip the banana in melted chocolate, place on wax paper and then freeze).

Easter fondue - Once Easter is over and your child is left with all that chocolate, why not use it all up at once? For a tasty chocolate fondue, melt the chocolate eggs and bunnies in a fondue pot (or you do this in the microwave) and add some milk. Cut up chunks of different fruits and let your kids dip the fruit in the melted chocolate. You can also use small graham snacks, marshmallows and pretzel sticks.

Easiest pie - Buy or make a graham cracker crust Graham cracker crusts come in chocolate now too. Fill the crust with any flavor of instant pudding, chill and top with whipped topping. Alternately you can fold the whipped topping into the pudding and fill the crust with the mixture. Decorate with sprinkles or any kind of candy (gummy worms are very popular with kids) or chips (chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter)

Brownie sundae - Buy or make brownies. Place brownie in bottom of a small dish, top with a scoop of ice cream. Pour hot fudge or chocolate sauce over ice cream and top with whipped topping and sprinkles.

Homemade ice cream sandwiches - Buy or make chocolate chip cookies. Depending on size of cookie scoop about a 1/4 cup (small cookies) to 1/2 cup of ice cream on bottom of the first cookie and top with

another cookie. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze until firm.

Easy Desserts Kids Love

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Everyone loves a good dessert. Decadent chocolates, luscious fruits, supreme custards. However, making such succulent desserts can be a daunting task to the novice baker. Luckily for the cooking-impaired, all is not lost. There are a great number of simple dessert recipes that not only produce beautiful and delicious desserts but are approachable even for those who may not be as familiar with their oven.

The key is to look for the right kind of recipes. For these purposes, it is not so much important to consider the end product, but the cooking skill required to arrive there. So, when considering what recipe to use, keep the following guidelines in mind.


1. Ingredients. When picking a recipe, first look at the list of ingredients needed to complete the recipe. Some recipes have over ten required ingredients while others may only have five or six. Usually, the more ingredients used in a recipe, the more complex the recipe is to make. Additionally, recipes with long lists of ingredients will likely include some lesser known and more rarely used ingredients, which might require an extra trip to the store. Recipes with fewer ingredients are often easier to make because they have less steps to complete, though often the end result is just as delicious.

2. Preparation time. For inexperienced cooks, it might be advisable to look at how long it will take to complete the recipe. A large amount of prep time not only cuts into a busy day more, but it also suggests that a recipe is more complicated and therefore have more possibility for error. The preparation of a dessert is critical; one misstep can spell disaster for the end result. So keeping the preparation time to a minimum reduces that risk. It is important to remember that even simple dessert recipes can be the perfect treat.

3. Baking terminology. Look carefully at each step of the recipe. If there are words and terms that are unfamiliar, then this recipe may not be simple enough to consider. There are various methods of preparing foods that unskilled cooks may not be familiar with. Unless you are willing to put in extra time to research just what these terms mean, it may be wise to select a recipe with more basic steps.

4. Mixes. While making a dessert from scratch can be a gratifying experience, today there are a multitude of baking mixes that produce food that is just as yummy. The baking aisle of any supermarket will have a wide variety of mixes for cakes and brownies or even cookies and pies. To truly simplify baking a good dessert, try a mix. Most mixes will even have small recipes on the box to enhance the mix and create a more tasty treat.

Whatever the occasion, be it a dinner party or just a snack for yourself, it is easy to find simple dessert recipes that will work for you.

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