Tag: DESSERT

Full Meal from the Grill

Full Meal from the Grill

— Using Kingsford Hardwood Pellets This post is sponsored by Kingsford. The opinion and text are mine. Cooking a whole family meal on the grill is not only a time-saver but also a very delicious way to prepare food. On top of that, you can create…

Nutella Rolls

Nutella Rolls

Nutella is an absolute favourite in my family, so I thought making Nutella Rolls would be appropriate as well as appreciated. I cannot say they are not. My family honestly licked two trays clean and asked for more. These rolls are soft, sweet, fluffy and…

Pineapple and Coconut Sheet Cake

Pineapple and Coconut Sheet Cake

Pineapple and Coconut Sheet Cake with a tasty frosting topped with toasted coconut flakes is a wonderfully rich cake, best if made one day ahead.

Pineapple and Coconut Sheet Cake

If your family is anything like mine, we have to have something sweet after dinner.

I am not a big cake baker. To be honest, I am not even close to being one, but every once in awhile I do make a tasty cake.

Well, I know it does not take a rocket scientist to make a cake, I get that. However, for me was like having two left hands.

It certainly is not the recipe because I would always pick the best-reviewed cake recipe to bake and mine would always come out more like a loaf of bread.

I could make anything with dough, but cake was this whole another dimension to me.

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Anyhow, with a bit of practice and numerous hours watching youtube, I have created my first cake that not only looked like a cake, but it tasted delicious. I was so excited!

Just to mention that cake excitement happen only a couple of years ago so it’s not like I was 15 and made my first cake. Haha!

Well, then I have had another problem. Yes! I could not decorate the cake for shit. I still cannot.

Pineapple and Coconut Sheet Cake

Thankfully, we have these sheet cakes that do not require fancy-schmancy decorating.

I think it looks so much better like this. Looks more homemade, don’t you think?!

This pineapple cake with the addition of coconut is just incredible. I really liked it.

Every recipe that I found to test had a crazy amount of sugar, and some just didn’t make any sense, so I tested and retested until I created a recipe that is mine.

The whole sheet pan was gone over one lazy weekend afternoon when we celebrated my husband’s birthday.

Pineapple and Coconut Sheet Cake

I decided to make this cake simply because he loves pineapple and coconut.

However, he did say if I only had a tub of chocolate with me. Ah! You can’t please them all the time.

Needless to say, all of us loved it so I wanted to finally share with you guys.

If you get inspired and make this tasty Pineapple and Coconut Sheet Cake, please tag me on Instagram.

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Dessert Recipe
Yield: Serves 12 to 14

Pineapple and Coconut Sheet Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Pineapple and Coconut Sheet Cake is delicious, moist and so easy to make a quick dessert.

Ingredients

CAKE

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 20-ounce crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1/4 cup coconut shreds
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

FROSTING

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract

TOPPING

  • 1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Coat all over a 10 x 15-inch baking sheet with butter, or you could use 9 x 13-inch metal baking sheet pan and line either with a sheet of parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, with a hand mixer, beat sugar, eggs, oils, and vanilla until well combined and fluffy.
  4. Add pineapple with juice, coconut shreds, flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; mix until well combined.
  5. Transfer the batter into well-greased baking dish and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until the top is golden brown and a toothpick can be inserted in the centre and removed without any batter sticking. Remove the cake once fully baked and let cool.
  6. To make the frosting, in a medium bowl, combine softened cream cheese, butter and confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread over cooled cake and sprinkle with coconut.

Notes

To toast the shredded coconut:

Add 1 cup of coconut flakes into a skillet and toast for about 2 to 3 minutes at medium heat. Be sure to watch it carefully, so it doesn't burn so keep stirring.

I used the baking pan for brownies (12.25 x 8.75 x 1.13) just because I wanted more hight to have when I take the pictures, but sheet pan is just perfect for this recipe.


Easy S’mores Sweet Pizza

Easy S’mores Sweet Pizza

The first time I tried Easy S’mores, Sweet Pizza, I knew that I would love it. It is sweet, delicious, chocolaty, and most definitely a crowd-pleaser. So, it all started when my son’s girlfriend brought home a similar sweet pizza from our local pizzeria. Then,…

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Jellied Cranberry Sauce is not something that I was eating my whole life. My kids did have this sauce every Thanksgiving, for instance. My husband and I learned to enjoy it. It is one of those dishes that both of us have not grown up…

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Baked Sweet Potatoes are one of my favorite Autumn treats. It warms your heart and soul, and the pleasant aroma is just enchanting.

I did not grow up with sweet potatoes. The first time I tried sweet potatoes I was 18 or 19 years old.

That being mentioned, when I tried them I instantly fell in love with the taste, texture, and aroma.

It reminded me of these delightful winter squash that we had every fall season. It was not a pumpkin, but not a butternut squash either, somewhere in between.

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Baked Sweet Potatoes

I dearly savored it when I was a little girl. I could not wait until squash slices come out of the wood-burning oven. Mmhmm! It was all I wanted and more. The 80s were special in every possible way.

Nevertheless, my kids are not enormous fans of the sweet potatoes, but they would eat a spoon or two. Well, I heartily enjoyed them mostly by myself through the season and I am entirely fine with it.

Typically, I carefully wrap them with alum foil and roast a couple of them to last me a few days. However, since many do not like to use aluminum making them just like this is just fine as well.

Baked Sweet Potatoes

I would recommend making them both ways; sweet and savory. As I said before, I make many of them for later.

I love adding a pat of butter in the hot sweet potato and drizzle with delicious maple syrup. I would rather have that over any dessert, plus it is quite healthy.

Sweet Potato Casserole is coming soon. I cannot wait to share my tasty recipes in two ways, and just before Thanksgiving!

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If you get inspired and make these delightful Baked Sweet Potatoes, please tag me on Instagram. @sandraseasycooking using hashtag #sandraseasycooking. Thank you so much in advance!

Baked Sweet Potatoes
Yield: Serves 4

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Bake Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

An easy and tasty recipe for delicious Baked Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 3-4 pounds organic sweet potatoes

Savory Topping

  • sea salt butter, a tablespoon of each potato
  • dash of salt
  • dash of ground black pepper
  • a sprinkle of dried parsley
  • A drizzle of olive oil

Sweet Toppings:

  • sea salt butter
  • Maple syrup or honey
  • chopped nuts

Instructions

1. Wash them.

The worst way to ruin a sweet potato casserole or stuffed sweet potatoes is with a gritty texture. Scrub the skins lightly before preparing. Pat dry after with kitchen paper towel or just regular kitchen towel.

2. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mats.

Sweet potatoes tend to get a little juicy while baking, so lining the baking sheet first ensures easy cleanup. From time to time I forgot to do it or don't have any parchment paper on hand, but it is so much easier to clean up when you do have it.

3. Poke holes!

The pricking technique is always used when baking regular or sweet potatoes—it reduces the baking time and ensures the potatoes won't burst while baking. Poke the potato skin with a fork or knife in a few places before you bake it. We can't predict which potato might burst so this is always a wise idea.

4. Bake until tender.

How can you tell when they’re done? Stick a fork into the thickest part of the potato, if there’s no resistance it’s good to go.

  1. Preheat oven to 425º. On a baking sheet, prick sweet potatoes all over with a fork.
  2. Bake until tender, 50 to 60 minutes, depending on the size of the potatoes.
  3. Let cool, then split the top open with a knife and top with a pat of butter.
  4. Season with salt and pepper dried parsley and serve. You may drizzle with olive oil just before serving.
  5. For the sweet option, add a pat of butter in each potato, then drizzle with maple syrup or honey, perhaps some chopped nuts or even chocolate and marshmallows.

Notes

Baked Sweet Potatoes

French Toast Casserole

French Toast Casserole

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Holiday Baking at Publix. All opinions are entirely my own. French Toast Casserole is most definitely a staple food to bake during the joyous holiday season at my house. We use so many amazingly appetizing…

No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Ritz Bars

No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Ritz Bars

This post is sponsored by RITZ Crackers. All opinions are entirely my own. No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter RITZ Bars are easy, tasty and fantastic to serve over the holiday season. I have made this type of no-bake bar many times. What I love about this…

Matcha Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate

Matcha Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate

Matcha Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate

You either love matcha or despise it. I love matcha, aka green tea powder. One of my favorite ice creams is Matcha Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate.

We all know green tea powder is very healthy. It gives us energy without the anxiety, crash or jitters. Make us all younger as well as calms the mind and relaxes the body.

Not to mention that green tea powder is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. I mean it is a powder house, so I do not have to add all the other matcha benefits.

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Matcha Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate

When I made this ice cream, I had in mind healthy summer treat as well as matcha and chocolates caving satisfaction.

My family was blown away with the pleasant taste of this homemade ice cream, especially my husband who is a matcha enthusiast as much as I am.

I love the cross between mild sweetness and a slight bitterness from both matcha and dark chocolate.

Matcha Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate

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Before glorious summer is over I genuinely wanted to share one more delightful ice cream. It is very simple, and all the ingredients accessible.

I use keto-friendly sweetener which is a sugar alternative if you are following a low-carb lifestyle. We were supplementing three types of sweeteners for the last year or so;

Monkfruit 1:1 Sugar Substitute by LakantoTruvia Baking Blend Sweetener, Swerve Granular Sugar Replacement. You may use regular sugar, of course.

ice cream

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Matcha Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate
Yield: 2 Quarts

Matcha Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Churn Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Simple and easy green tea (matcha) ice cream. It is very delicious and perfect ice cream for hot summer days.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups heavy whipped cream (700 g)
  • 1 cups half & half (230 g)
  • 2 tbsp matcha, green tea powder (12 g)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (I used keto-friendly sweetener) (200 g)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chunks (or chips), you may use chocolate shreds as well (175 g)

Garnish

  • Dash of Matcha Powder
  • Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping 

Instructions

    1. Freeze the ice cream container for at least one hour.
    2. Heat 1 cup of half & half with 2 tablespoons of green tea powder and sugar. Stir and simmer until everything is dissolved.
      Use a fine strainer and drain matcha and sugar milk in the bowl. This is just in case if there are any leftover matcha lumps.
    3. Now to that add whipped cream, vanilla extract, and salt. Place the mixture to the fridge for about 30 minutes to up to one hour. The ice cream mixture should be cold before transferring it to the ice cream machine container.
    4. After the mixture is cold enough, mix it well and transfer to a frozen ice-cream machine container.
    5. Follow instructions of your ice cream maker; mine is an old fashioned ice cream maker so I use ice and ice cream salt.
    6. Allow it to churn for 30 minutes, turn off the machine, then stir in chocolate chunks, shaved chocolate or chocolate chips.
    7. Transfer ice cream to a freezer-safe container with a lid and freeze for a couple of hours before serving.

Notes

You may add any chocolate you prefer. Sometimes I use dark and sometimes milk chocolate.

I added additional time for freezing the container and ice cream before it gets completely done. Technically you would need about 40 minutes to finish it, but freezing the container is important to step to start your ice cream, chilling ingredients as well as freezing finished product.

Brownies and Yogurt Summer Parfait

Brownies and Yogurt Summer Parfait

This post is sponsored by General Mills. All opinions are entirely my own. Brownies — a scrumptious, mouthwatering, enticing dessert that leaves all with nothing but a smile. The chocolaty goodness bestowed by this sweet treat is definitely a personal favorite in my family! Not…