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« on: April 28, 2007 10:45:59 AM »

Anybody have any recipes for quick and easy desserts? Cookies, brownies...anything?
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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2007 07:08:39 PM »

These aren't baked, but they make very good very simple dessert items by themselves or with fresh fruit.

white chocolate "mousse"

4 oz. white chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup warm water
1/4 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup heavy cream

Melt chocolate in water over a double boiler. When chocolate is melted, add the vanilla. Cool to room temperature. Whip the cream to soft peaks. Fold 1/4 of cream into the chocolate. Then fold into the rest of the cream. Chill for 2+ hours.

semisweet chocolate "mousse"
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup warm water
3 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup heavy cream

Same process as above except you add the sugar in with the water and chocolate.
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2007 08:29:01 AM »

I could think of two I have made before that is quite easy and tasty:

Fruit Scones: http://windyscorner.info/windy/?p=10
Sultana Flapjacks: http://windyscorner.info/windy/?p=177

Hope it helps.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2007 10:07:19 PM »

Thanks you two! I would appreciate any other ideas, preferably for cookies or brownies.
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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2007 04:22:05 PM »

These aren't baked, but they make very good very simple dessert items by themselves or with fresh fruit.

white chocolate "mousse"

4 oz. white chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup warm water
1/4 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup heavy cream

Melt chocolate in water over a double boiler. When chocolate is melted, add the vanilla. Cool to room temperature. Whip the cream to soft peaks. Fold 1/4 of cream into the chocolate. Then fold into the rest of the cream. Chill for 2+ hours.

semisweet chocolate "mousse"
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup warm water
3 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup heavy cream

Same process as above except you add the sugar in with the water and chocolate.

what is folding? please explain? Undecided
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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2007 09:47:37 PM »

It's a method of mixing a heavier liquid into a lighter whipped mixture to prevent losing all the air that was whipped in.

Basically, when you add the chocolate to the whipped cream, it's going to sink to the bottom.  If you just stir it like you would normally, you'll lose some of the air in the whipped cream.  So, to keep as much air as possible, you sort of cut through the whipped cream scrape the chocolate off the bottom and bring it up the side of the bowl to fold it back in over top.  It's kind of like stirring more vertically than horizontally.

I'm not always the best at explaining this sort of thing, but if you search the internet for "cooking terms fold" you'll find more info.
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« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2007 05:43:09 AM »

thanx!
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« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2007 11:52:49 AM »

Melt some chocolate - I like Wilton Candy Melts but other types of melting chocolate would work.  (Candy bars and/or choc chips really don't seem to work as well for melting and re-hardening).

Then stir something into the chocolate - like broken up pretzels, snack mix, cereal (cheerios, chex, graham squares, etc), nuts, or a combination - basically something crunchy.

Stir it together until everything is coated well then drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper and let cool.  You can put them in the fridge or freezer if you're in a hurry.
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« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2007 05:53:14 AM »

I understand that a lot of people use store bought mixes/pastries/cake mix/icing etc.
I personally make everything from scratch Cheesy
There's a really nice raspberry upside down cake that I make sometimes. However you need fresh raspberries because frozen ones go goopy. Basically you make a butter cake batter (you can use packet mix if you insist but I can do one pretty quickly) and then you get a muffin tin, grease it and slip some raspberries on the bottom.
Pour the cake mixture on top of that and stick it in the oven
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