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Raspberry Coconut Truffles

April 18, 2009

Raspberry Coconut Truffles

 

 Ingredients

 

1    Homemade Gourmet® Basic Cheesecake Mix

 

32 oz  powdered sugar

 

1  14-ounce  package flaked coconut  

 

1  package (10 ounces) frozen raspberries in syrup, thawed and undrained  

 

1  stick  butter, softened (use butter for best results)  

 

1  24-ounce  package chocolate almond bark  

 

Red Food Coloring

 

 

 Directions

 

1. Place raspberries with syrup in blender, process until smooth. Stain raspberry mixture through fine-mesh stainer. Discard seeds and pulp

 

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine cheesecake mix, 4 cups powdered sugar, coconut, raspberries and butter. Using stand mixer or heavy duty spoon, combine ingredients until well blended. Dough will be thick and firm.

 

3. Dust a large serving platter with powdered sugar, roll truffle dough into 1 inch balls (if dough is too sticky to roll into balls easily, add powdered sugar in ½ cup increments and work into dough). Place balls on prepared platter. Repeat until all truffle dough is used. Freeze for 30 minutes or until truffle balls are firm. ** To give a professional appearance, use a 1 tablespoon scoop with release, as the scoop is drawn through the truffle mixture, forms a rough ball shape.  The truffle only needs a little additional shaping in your pals to make a perfect ball before coating, this also makes your truffles more uniform.

 

  

4. Break almond bark into large pieces and place in small deep microwave safe bowl. Melt bark on high for 45 seconds; stir. Microwave on high in 15 second increments until bark is completely melted.

 

 

 

5. Lay out a long sheet of wax paper on countertop. Remove truffles from freezer. Insert toothpick in truffle, dip into melted bark until coated, tap the side of the bowl to remove excess bark. Place coated truffle on wax paper and twist toothpick to release truffle; using a small spoon, dab small amount of melted bark on truffle to cover toothpick hole. Repeat with remaining truffles. Allow truffles to dry at room temperature until bark has hardened, about 30 minutes. Store coated truffles in airtight container.

 

Lemon Coconut Truffles

April 18, 2009

Lemon Coconut Truffles

 

 Ingredients

 

1    Homemade Gourmet® Cool Lemonade Cheesecake Mix

 

32 oz  powdered sugar

 

1 tsp Lemon Extract

 

1  14-ounce  package flaked coconut  

 

1  14-ounce  can sweetened condensed milk  

 

1  stick  butter, softened (use butter for best results)  

 

1  24-ounce  package vanilla almond bark  

 

Yellow Food Coloring

 

 

 Directions

 

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine cheesecake mix, 4 cups powdered sugar, coconut, condensed milk, lemon extract and butter. Using stand mixer or heavy duty spoon, combine ingredients until well blended. Dough will be thick and firm.

 

 

 

2. Dust a large serving platter with powdered sugar, roll truffle dough into 1 inch balls (if dough is too sticky to roll into balls easily, add powdered sugar in ½ cup increments and work into dough). Place balls on prepared platter. Repeat until all truffle dough is used. Freeze for 30 minutes or until truffle balls are firm. ** To give a professional appearance, use a 1 tablespoon scoop with release, as the scoop is drawn through the truffle mixture, forms a rough ball shape.  The truffle only needs a little additional shaping in your pals to make a perfect ball before coating, this also makes your truffles more uniform.

 

 

 

3. Break almond bark into large pieces and place in small deep microwave safe bowl. Melt bark on high for 45 seconds; stir. Microwave on high in 15 second increments until bark is completely melted. Add a few drops of yellow food coloring and 1 tsp lemon extract

 

 

 

4. Lay out a long sheet of wax paper on countertop. Remove truffles from freezer. Insert toothpick in truffle, dip into melted bark until coated, tap the side of the bowl to remove excess bark. Place coated truffle on wax paper and twist toothpick to release truffle; using a small spoon, dab small amount of melted bark on truffle to cover toothpick hole. Repeat with remaining truffles. Allow truffles to dry at room temperature until bark has hardened, about 30 minutes. Store coated truffles in airtight container.

Orange Candy

April 17, 2009

Orange Candy

Adapted from Homemade Gourmet

 

 

 Ingredients

4  tablespoons  butter or margarine, softened  

1  16-ounce  box powdered sugar  

2  tablespoons  Homemade Gourmet® Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie Mix  

4  tablespoons  milk  

2  tablespoons  light corn syrup  

1  7-ounce  package shredded coconut  

 

 Directions

1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter, 3 cups sugar, and smoothie mix; add milk, and corn syrup. Stir until well blended.

 

2. Add remaining sugar and coconut. Cover and chill for 1 hour.

 

3. Shape into 1-inch balls. Store chilled in airtight container.

Coconut Truffles

April 17, 2009

coconut truffles

Coconut Truffles

Adapted from Homemade Gourmet

 

 Ingredients

1    Homemade Gourmet® Basic Cheesecake Mix (or 1 cup of pantry staple) 

8  cups  powdered sugar, divided  

1  14-ounce  package flaked coconut  

1  14-ounce  can sweetened condensed milk  

1  stick  butter, softened (use butter for best results)  

1  24-ounce  package chocolate almond bark  

 

 Directions

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine cheesecake mix, 6 cups powdered sugar, coconut, condensed milk, and butter. Using stand mixer or heavy duty spoon, combine ingredients until well blended. Dough will be thick and firm.

 

2. Dust a large serving platter with powdered sugar, roll truffle dough into 1 inch balls (if dough is too sticky to roll into balls easily, add powdered sugar in ½ cup increments and work into dough). Place balls on prepared platter. Repeat until all truffle dough is used. Freeze for 30 minutes or until truffle balls are firm.

 

3. Break almond bark into large pieces and place in small deep microwave safe bowl. Melt bark on high for 45 seconds; stir. Microwave on high in 15 second increments until bark is completely melted.

 

4. Lay out a long sheet of wax paper on countertop. Remove truffles from freezer. Insert toothpick in truffle, dip into melted bark until coated, tap the side of the bowl to remove excess bark. Place coated truffle on wax paper and twist toothpick to release truffle; using a small spoon, dab small amount of melted bark on truffle to cover toothpick hole. Repeat with remaining truffles. Allow truffles to dry at room temperature until bark has hardened, about 30 minutes. Store coated truffles in airtight container.

 

Lemon Marshmallow Eggs

April 10, 2009

Lemon Marshmellow Eggs

Lemon Marshmellow Eggs

 

 

Lemon Marshmallow Eggs

Adapted From Homemade Gourmet

 

 Ingredients

2    Homemade Gourmet® Cool Lemonade Cheesecake Mixes  

1  cup  graham cracker crumbs 

1    stick butter, softened 

1  7-ounce  jar marshmallow cream 

  12 ounces  vanilla almond bark 

 

 Directions

1. In a mixing bowl, combine first 4 ingredients and, using a stand mixer, beat until well blended. Place bowl in refrigerator and chill until dough is formable – about 15 minutes.

 

2. Form dough into small egg shapes, return to refrigerator and chill for 30 minutes.

 

3. While eggs chill, melt white chocolate almond bark in microwave according to package instructions; allow to cool to touch.

 

4. Dip chilled eggs into chocolate to coat. Place on wax paper and immediately top with decorative sprinkles or other decorative items. Allow to dry completely. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

 

TIP: Eggs can be placed into mini cupcake wrappers to give individually or create a box of homemade chocolate eggs to give as a gift to that special someone!

 

Cupcake Upgrade

April 10, 2009

 

Cupcake Upgrade

Adapted from Martha Stewart

Give cupcakes an Easter upgrade by borrowing a tool from German baking: a springerle mold. With a quick press, you can imprint a bunny design in circles of fondant. Then, set the disks atop Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.

 

Tools and Materials

Cornstarch

Fondant, room temperature (available at baking-supply stores)

Springerle mold with bunny design (available at houseonthehill.net)

Round cookie cutter

 

Springerle Easter Bunny Cupcakes How-To

1. Dust a work surface lightly with cornstarch. Knead fondant until soft and pliable. Roll out to 1/8 inch thick.

 

2. Slide springerle mold, face up, under fondant. Press fondant into mold. Slide mold out from under the fondant; flip fondant over so raised image faces up.

 

3. Punch out a circle around image using the cookie cutter. Frost cupcakes. Lay fondant circles on top.

 

Tips: If you don’t have a cookie cutter, you can use a juice glass. Fondant circles can be made up to 2 days ahead and stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

Carrot Cake/White Chocolate Icing

April 10, 2009

Carrot Cake/White Chocolate Icing

Adapted from: Homemade Gourmet

 

 

 

 Ingredients

1    Homemade Gourmet® Carrot Cake Mix/White Chocolate Icing Mix  

1-1/4  cup  vegetable oil  

4    eggs  

2  4-ounce jars  strained baby food carrots  

1  8-ounce can  crushed pineapple, undrained  

1  8- ounce  package cream cheese, softened  

1  stick  butter or margarine, softened  

 

 Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove icing packet from mix and set aside. Spray a 13x9x2 baking pan with flour based cooking spray; set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine oil, eggs, carrots,and pineapple; stir until well blended. Add cake mix, ½ cup at a time, mixing on medium speed for 2 to 4 minutes until thoroughly blended. Pour batter into prepared baking pan.

3. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

4. With an electric mixer, blend icing mix with cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy. Spread icing on cooled cake.

Peanut Butter Eggs

April 10, 2009
Peanut Butter Eggs

Peanut Butter Eggs

Peanut Butter Eggs

Adapted by: Homemade Gourmet

 

 

 Ingredients

2    Homemade Gourmet® Basic Cheesecake Mixes 

1  cup  graham cracker crumbs 

1    stick butter, softened 

1/2  cup  creamy peanut butter 

  12 ounces  chocolate almond bark 

 

 Directions

1. In a mixing bowl, combine first 4 ingredients and, using a stand mixer, beat until mixture forms a ball.

 

2. Form into small egg shapes and chill for 30 minutes.

 

3. While eggs chill, melt chocolate almond bark in microwave according to package instructions; allow to cool to touch.

 

4. Dip chilled eggs into chocolate to coat. Place on wax paper and immediately top with decorative sprinkles or other decorative items. Allow to dry completely. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

 

TIP: Eggs can be placed into mini cupcake wrappers to give individually or create a box of homemade chocolate peanut butter eggs to give as a gift to that special someone!

Mom’s Fresh Fruit Salad

March 24, 2009

Mom’s Fresh Fruit Salad

Adapted from Homemade Gourmet

 

14 cups fresh fruit of choice (try any combination of the following: apples, peaches, mandarin orange sections, various color of seedless grapes, pineapple, apricots, plums or cherries)

2 jars maraschino cherries without stems, drained

1 cup chopped pecans

Homemade Gourmet® Cool Lemonade Cheesecake Mix

1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

1 8-ounce container whipped topping, thawed and divided

 

1. Using a mixer, beat the cheesecake mix with the sweetened condensed milk until mix is dissolved and texture is smooth.

2. Add the whipped topping, folding it in gently.

3. Cut your chosen fresh fruit into bite sized pieces (grapes may be halved, cherries pitted and halved, others can be diced).

4. Add it to the cheesecake mixture, along with the maraschino cherries and optional pecans. Toss and chill for at least an hour and serve cold. Serves 24.

Cool Lemonade Cheesecake

March 4, 2009

Cool Lemonade Cheesecake

Cool Lemonade Cheesecake

Cool Lemonade Cheesecake

Adapted by Homemade Gourmet

 

 

 Ingredients

1    Homemade Gourmet® Cool Lemonade Cheesecake Mix  

2  8-ounce  packages cream cheese, softened  

1  8-ounce  tub whipped topping, thawed and divided  

1    graham cracker pie crust  

    lemon slices (optional garnish)  

 

 Directions

1. In a bowl, beat mix and cream cheese until smooth and creamy, then gently fold in 4 ounces whipped topping. Spoon mixture into crust.

 

2. Chill at least 2 hours. If desired, top with remaining whipped topping.