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Mixed Berry Cream Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

Mixed Berry Cream Pie
It’s easy and inexpensive to get hold of locally grown fresh berries this time of the year so I’m taking advantage of it.  To make this cream pie, you will need a few recipes.

Graham Cracker Pie Crust
French Pastry Cream
Whipped Cream
Fresh Strawberries and Blueberries (or any berry you want)

Make your own stabilized  whipped cream
1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
4 teaspoons cold water
1/4 cup confectioners sugar, sifted
1 cup cold heavy whipping cream

Combine gelatin and water in a small pot.  Heat on low, stirring just until gelatin is dissolved.  Remove from heat and cool.

In a mixer, on medium to high speed, beat the sugar and cream until it begins to thicken.  Continue to beat and slowly add in the gelatin.  Beat until whipped.

Trader Joe’s Coffee Flour and How to Use It

Coffee Flour
A little while ago I read about coffee flour but never knew what it was or anything about it.  My first thought was that the woman who wrote it was referring to coffee powder.  She wasn’t.  In fact coffee powder and coffee flour have nothing in common except for the fact they both come from the same plant.  However, the flour comes from a different part of the plant than the actual coffee bean and therefore has different qualities.

What I didn’t mention in the above video is that coffee flour is very sustainable in addition to being healthy for you.  Check out my Chocolate Mocha Cookies and in the future, I plan on using coffee flour in more recipes so you might want to subscribe to my Youtube channel as well.

For a quick, easy and delicious cookie recipe using coffee flour check out Chocolate Mocha Cookies

Peace/Love Sunglasses Decorated Cookies

Decorated Cookies
Summer is just around the corner and who wouldn’t love these cool sunglasses?  I used a sunglasses cookie cutter and designed my own Peace and Love graffiti on a plastic template.

To learn how I make templates and all about icing consistency check out my Birdhouse Cookies

Jazz up Coconut Water With This Apple Cinnamon Recipe

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Water

Folks, plain coconut water is horrible!  No one likes it but there are health benefits, nutrients, and electrolytes that make it tolerable to hold your nose and drink it up.  It’s a much healthier alternative to Gatorade which has sodium, sugar and artificial flavors and colors. The store shelves also sell flavored coconut water.  Some of it is good, such as the mango flavor, but the pineapple flavor is not much better than plain.

To flavor coconut water, manufacturers add in fruit juice which is made up of sugar and water.  Most if not all of the vitamins, nutrients, and fiber are taken out.  Here is my recipe to flavor coconut water and make it even healthier.  In a blender, blend together:

6-8 ounces plain coconut water
1 medium apple
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Optional: If you are using apples that are not very sweet, you could add in a pinch of stevia

 

Chocolate Fudge Cookies

 

Chocolate Fudge Cookies
Wanna impress someone bigly?  Make them these cookies.  This recipe uses 3 different kinds of chocolate and they taste great.

Makes 3 to 3 1/2 dozen so you will have enough for a lot of people

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (all purpose can also be used)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, broken into 1/2-ounce pieces
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, broken into 1/2 ounce pieces
1 1/2 cups tightly packed brown sugar
12 tablespoons unsalted butter (I used Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 eggs
I used a medium size cookie scoop and these cookies came out huge.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie French Toast

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie French Toast.  That is both a mouthful to say and to eat.  It’s both clean eating and so delicious.  In this recipe I use one of my favorite health food products – Suzanne’s Specialties Ricemellow.  If you can’t find it locally, you can but it here

Ricemellow is a healthier version of marshmallow fluff.  It’s widely available in health food stores and many grocery stores now stock it as well.  In Wegman’s it’s in the health food section.  In the Shop Rite near me, it’s right next to the marshmallow fluff.

To make this recipe you will need:

2 slices bread (I used a multigrain bread)
1/2 cup milk (I used unsweetened almond milk but any will work)
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp coconut sugar or raw sugar (you can use any natural sweetener)

1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract


For the filling:

1 tbsp peanut butter
3 tbsp Ricemellow

My Q and A with Tube Consumption

A few weeks ago I was on a long distance Google Hangout with Karl from Tube Consumption.  He is in Australia, I am in Pennsylvania.  It was the most awesome experience.  Karl asked me to do a Q and A collaboration for his web site at www.tubeconsumption.com 

I filmed the video at the Garden of Reflection in Lower Makefield.  Watch the video below.

 

25 Random Things About Me

Well, this isn’t really a baking post but it’s a video I’ve been meaning to make for a while.  So many of my viewers ask me questions about my personal life – interests, location, and other things.  Generally I’m a very private person but thought I’d share more about me –  with you.  I also added this to the About Me section above where I have other videos and photos of my creations so check that out as well.  After I filmed this I thought of at least 10 more facts about me that I would have liked to include so some day in the future, when I get around to it, I’ll do another updated list.

I filmed this video in 5 locations within Tyler State Park in Newtown, PA.  Here are two “memorable” pictures from the filming of this video

Safe bridge? I cross this bridge all of the time and it’s only recently that it got to be this warped and twisted.  I wonder if they’ll fix it anytime soon.

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Good thing horses don’t fly huh?  This was only a few feet away from where I filmed at Schofield covered bridge.  I had to film at that exact location for technical reasons so I endured the smell for a few moments.  What us content creators have to endure.

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Pineapple Almond Shake

I love pineapples and this creamy easy to make, and healthy, shake is perfect as a snack, dessert, or for a quick pre or post workout drink.  You could add a scoop or two of protein powder if you want.

This will make 3 servings.  In the video I cut the recipe in half.

1/4 cup blanched almonds
1 cup roughly chopped fresh pineapple
1/2 cup ice, crushed or cubes (If you want, you can freeze the pineapple first and leave out the ice)
1/2 teaspoon pure maple syrup
1/4 cup rice, almond, or soy milk (I used cashew milk because it’s creamier)
1/2 cup pineapple juice

Greek Yogurt Brownies – Clean Eating

It was a snowing like mad and a great day to get some baking done.  Just by switching a few ingredients around, I made these clean eating.

2 tbs coconut oil
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup cacao powder
3/4 to 1 cup coconut palm sugar
3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1  cup plain Greek  yogurt (room temp.)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips