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Dessert Special!

May 3, 2013

Foodie Friday

Welcome to Kitsune’s Kitchen, where this food snob prepares awesome foods like pizza, Sloppy Joes, chimichurri chicken and more! Today is a special day for me as us Pagans celebrate the midway point of our second High Holy day, Beltane. So in honor of the festivities, I offer a whole bunch of sweets! CLICK THE PICTURES for more great stuff (and also the sources of the pictures).

How about we start off with some Peanut Butter Balls?

Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut Butter Balls

1 — 18 oz. jar of smooth or chunky peanut butter — I prefer smooth
1 — 16 oz. bag of confectioners sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
chocolate almond bark
or
chocolate candy melts
or
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips & 2 tsp. shortening

In a large bowl, stir together the peanut butter, confectioners sugar and melted butter until the mixture is crumbly. For the next step, the best way that I’ve found to make a smooth filling is to use your hands to mix everything together.

Line a baking sheet with foil. Roll the peanut butter filling into 1 inch balls and line the baking sheet with rows of the balls. Set the baking sheet in the freezer for 5-7 minutes to chill the peanut butter balls for easier dipping.

While the peanut butter balls are chilling, melt the chocolate in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl that is deep enough for dipping. I melted 6 blocks of chocolate almond bark at a time, stirring at 45 second intervals until smooth.

Remove the baking sheet from the freezer. Insert a toothpick or wooden skewer into a peanut butter ball and then dip it into the chocolate, turning quickly to cover the entire candy. Place onto a second baking tray that has also been lined with foil. Swirl the chocolate on the top of each candy for a pretty design. Refrigerate until the chocolate has completely dried.

Store the candies in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

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For this next recipe, I actually saw one of my Facebook friends post this up for her daughter’s birthday party. She used cake batter instead of cupcakes, and icing instead of whipped cream. I bet you could even do this with brownies! These would be fun party favors or even a late night snack for the family.

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The next recipe is something I have recently fallen in love with: cake pops! Oh, they are so delicious and are so gone in a heartbeat. Starbucks sells them, but you can make your own much cheaper! This would also be good if you have to organize fundraisers.

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What about a fresh fruit smoothie? These are very delicious and can be easily made up for hanging outside by the pool (or sprinklers!). There is a great variety to suit your tastes.

For these, I like to use ice cream or milk, but you can easily change it to ice or fruit juice if you are lactose intolerant. I recommend V8 Fruit Fusion because the taste is amazing (psst, they also make great mixers for adult beverages!).

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How about some cheesecake? Who doesn’t love cheesecake. How about a White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake, a Chocolate Cappuccino Cheesecake, or the famous Mississippi Mud Cheesecake. Not a fan of chocolate or want to try something different? How about a Sopapilla Cheesecake Pie or a Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake. If you like simple, then there is the Philly New York Cheesecake and the Chantal’s New York Cheesecake. Yum!

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Who can forget the cobblers. Peach, Blackberry, Mountain Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, even Pumpkin!

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Tiramisu is a wonder dessert given to us by the Italians and is “made of ladyfingers (Italian: Savoiardi) dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of egg yolks and mascarpone cheese, and flavored with Marsala wine and cocoa.” It is one of my favorites and I heartily recommend trying it. There is the adult version and the kid version.
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This next recipe is from a friend of mine. It is her favorite dessert!
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 (16 oz) can pumpkin
1 1/2 cup oil
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
2 cups semi-sweet choc chips

Mix dry ingredients in lg bowl. In another bowl, beat eggs, sugar, pumpkin, and oil. Pour pumpkin mixture into dry ingredients and mix until moistened. Stir in choc chips. Fill muffin tins lined with paper 2/3 full. (makes about 30 muffins). Bake at 400 degrees for 16 to 18 min. Cool in pan 5 min, and remove from pan to cool on rack.
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Some other ideas are Louisiana Sweet Potato Pancakes with maple syrup (and/or whipped cream, fruit, butter); strawberry cake (completely without dyes, artificial flavoring, or jello) with homemade strawberry icing; cream puffs; Pavlova (whoa I need to try this); Nanaimo bars (these too!); Chocolate Dream Ice Cream Cake (possibly with ganache on top?).
Or if you need a little more bacon in your life, how about a Devil’s Donut?
If you need more food porn, go here please!
And now that everyone is probably all drooling, how about you offer some of your own favorite desserts?

Kitsune Yokai

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Duckie permalink
    May 3, 2013 11:43 am

    A sub-cultural perspective: There’s an Ohio tradition very much like your peanut butter balls, except that the peanut butter is not fully coated by the chocolate, leaving a small circle of the peanut butter showing. This makes them look like buckeyes (that come off the tree of the same name) and as Ohio is the buckeye state, it is virtually required for those of us who grew up there to be able to make them for the holidays! I no longer live in Ohio, but I still make them as one of my favorite treats!

  2. Lauren C. permalink
    May 3, 2013 2:59 pm

    I love quickie rice crispies treats.

    1 jar marshmallow fluff
    1 box of rice crosiers
    1 bowl
    1 spoon

    Pour cereal in bowl. Open jar of marshmallow fluff. Dip spoon in fluff then cereal. Then eat! This is kinda fun when camping or power outage. I first found this recipe in my dorm room.

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