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Chocolate Fudge Pie

5 Aug

If I were to retire from using Real Simple recipes, this would be the one to go out on.

Where are my laurels? I’m ready to rest on them, dammit!

I made this dessert for a mini housewarming party we attended at our friends’ house the other weekend. It turned out absolutely decadent and divine. To top it off, the recipe called for easy ingredients and was a cinch to put together.

Steve’s review? “This might beat out my favorite [lemon meringue]. I think I’ll request this for my birthday.”

Awesome. Considering I’ll have a newborn and grad school to contend with around his birthday, I can easily manage this pie.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACheck out that pie dish – isn’t it adorable? It was a gift from my in-laws a few Christmases ago. I normally keep it out on display (it would be a crime to hide it in a cabinet) but thought the dish suited the occasion. It did the job well!

Chocolate Fudge Pie, c/o Real Simple

Ingredients
1 store-bought piecrust, fitted into a 9-inch pie plate
6 OZ semisweet chocolate, chopped. Plus more shaved for topping.
1/2 C unsalted butter
3 eggs
1/8 tsp kosher salt
1/2 C plus 3 TBSP granulated sugar
1 1/2 C heavy cream

Preparation
Heat oven to 375º F. Place the pie plate on a baking sheet. Prick crust with a fork and line with foil. Fill to top with dried beans. Bake until the edges are firm, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the foil and weights and bake until just golden, 8 to 10 minutes.

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Reduce oven temperature to 325º F. In a heatproof bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of simmering water, melt the chocolate and butter.

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Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs, salt, and ½ cup of the sugar until fluffy, 4 to 5 minutes.

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Fold a third of the egg mixture into the chocolate mixture, then fold in the remainder.

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Pour the combined mixture into the crust and bake until puffed and beginning to crack, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool for 1 hour, then chill.

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Beat the cream with the remaining sugar until soft peaks form. Spread over the pie and sprinkle with the shaved chocolate.*

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*I recommend having the chocolate at least at room temperature to create really good shavings. A potato peeler will do the trick nicely.

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Lemon Bread

1 Aug

Oh CSA packages. Here they are, meant to make me a healthier person.

And yet, I take their bounty and douse them in sugar, butter, and other life-shortening ingredients.

The lemons we had from our last package were the only things left from the shipment. I know! It only took us three weeks to work our way to the bottom of the box.

So, of course the occasion calls for lemon bread.

Don’t question it. ANY occasion calls for lemon bread. Obviously.

Lemon Bread,c/o tasteofhome.com

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Ingredients
1 TBSP lemon rind
2 TBSP lemon juice
1 C sugar
1/2 C butter
2 eggs
1/2 C milk
1 1/2 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt

Powdered sugar
Lemon juice

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together sugar and butter. Add eggs, rind, and juice. Add baking powder and salt. Alternate adding flour and milk until dough is well mixed.

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Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes or until center is cooked all the way through. Cool for 10 minutes and then remove from pan.

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Prepare glaze with powdered sugar and lemon juice. Pour glaze over bread and serve.

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Dessert Kebabs

15 Jul

Looking for an easy, delicious, healthy dessert for a group gathering?

Look no further.

May I present to you – dessert kebabs!

*Does elaborate jazz hands sequence *

Fun to eat and good(ish) for you.

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Dessert Kebabs

Ingredients/Tools

Pound cake mix, plus ingredients called for in mix
StrawberriesBlueberries
Raspberries
Skewers
Whipped cream, if preferred

Preparation

Prepare pound cake as directed on box. Allow to completely cool before cutting cake into hearty squares.

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Cut Strawberries and other fruit to bite size, if necessary.

Alternate cake and fruit on skewers.

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Serve.

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