Strawberries and Yogurt Brûlée

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Hey, there! While I am away snuggling this brand new babe and trying to navigate parenthood (aka keep him alive) I’ve asked a few friendly bloggers to share a recipe with you. First up is a recipe from Nicole of Dula Notes.

Enjoy!! -Cindy

Strawberries and Yogurt Brûlée

Hey Hungry Girl Por Vida readers! Cindy’s blog constantly inspires me, so I’m honored she asked me to share a recipe with you.

Strawberry Yogurt Strawberries and Yogurt BrûléeSummer is in full swing and I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to do is turn on my oven. Dinner is usually grilled outside or a big easy salad these days. Thankfully seasonal summer produce hardly needs to be tinkered with for delicious meals.

The smell of strawberries at the farmers market has been particularly intoxicating lately. My favorite way to eat strawberries is fresh, right off the stem, but sometimes I crave dessert with extra flair. Insert this recipe for fresh strawberries, a good dollop of creamy yogurt and a crunchy brûlée topping. It only has 4 ingredients, comes together really quickly and ends up looking so fancy that it will kill at any summer party. It’s also pretty guilt-free and you get to use a blow torch, which is pretty cool.

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Strawberries and Yogurt Brûlée

Serves 2, adapted from Lottie+Doof

Notes: If your ramekins are larger, adjust the ingredients accordingly. If you don’t have a blow torch, place the ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet and place right under your preheated broiler for 2-3 minutes. Watch carefully.

10 medium-large strawberries, quartered

1/2 cup plain greek yogurt, 2% or whole

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoons + 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar, divided

1. In two – 3 1/2 inch ramekins, fill each about 3/4 of the way up with strawberries.

2. In a small bowl mix together greek yogurt, vanilla extract and 2 teaspoons tubinado sugar. Divide yogurt mixture between both ramekins and cover the strawberries. Make sure no strawberries are poking out or they will char. At this point, you can cover the ramekins with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge until you’re ready to add the brûlée topping and serve, 1-2 days ahead of time.

3. When you’re ready to serve, sprinkle each ramekin with 1 tablespoon of turbinado sugar in an even layer over the yogurt. Use a blow torch or culinary torch to heat the sugar until bubbling and dark brown, but be careful not to burn it. Serve immediately.[/recipe]

 

S’mores Cheesecake Parfaits

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Happy Saturday! Can I just tell you how relieved I am that it’s the weekend? We’ve moved into our house and things are starting to bear some semblance of normalcy around here…of course that is all going to change any day now with the arrival of the baby (insert happy-face-and-confetti-emojis)! My mom’s plane lands in a few hours and we are so happy that she’ll be able to be here to help out and enjoy her grandson. Plus, she plans on stocking our fridge with Korean things like her famous kimchi and some kimbap, per my request. Which I am pretty excited about. Mom’s are the best!

Anyway, just checking in to share these super-easy S’mores Cheesecake Parfaits with you all while we wait (with much anticipation and impatience) for this babe to make his appearance.

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This S’mores situation includes brownie chunks, no-bake cheesecake, graham sprinkles, and ganache. It’s an indulgence of the best sort.

For the Recipe and How-To click on over to Betty Crocker!

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Double Berry Swirl Amaretti Ice Cream

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I felt like it was only fitting to leave you with (yet another) frozen treat before things get real cray around here and I take a little break to move into our new place (we signed closing last night!) and prepare for the birth of our son(!!!). I mean, ice cream always feels celebratory, right?

In the spirit of celebration, I know that the question I ALWAYS want to know when someone is having a baby is the name and I’ve totally been holding out on you all. I mean, we’ve had it picked out since before we knew the gender, I just wasn’t ready to share it with everyone we know, plus the internet. There’s a lot of judgement and suggestion coming in from every direction when you are trying to name a baby, and well…it can be SO OVRHWHELMING. But, I’m totally ready and confident to share now. So…without further ado…

Casper Hart!

Casper, because I suggested it months ago on a super-long list of potentials and it really grew on both Sean and I. We wanted a real, not-made-up name, but also one that was a little different. Hart–which means stag–because I was sort of stuck on a whimsical, woodland theme for the middle name, but still wanted it to be masculine. It’s a nod to my late grandfather who was instrumental in my up brining, since my own father (his son) was killed in an accident when I was really young. He instilled a love of the woods in me and had a woodland nickname himself (Old Grizz), never made me feel like I was missing something growing up without a dad, and was generally my favorite person on the whole planet. Anyway, that’s the deal with the name.

In the next few weeks, I will not be posting any recipes (I may throw in a round-up or two, and a baby update), but I do have some guest posts planned with some of my super-awesome blogger friends. I am really excited to share the delicious bites they’ve come up with and hope you enjoy them as much as I do while I’m away! If you follow me on Instagram (there’s a peach-icon to the left if you want to follow!), I have no doubt there will be baby photos and updates there, as well.

Finally, let’s talk ice cream!

This ice cream is a simple vanilla bean flecked base with swirls of boysenberry–my grandfather’s favorite berry (which are kind of like blackberries)–and raspberry throughout, plus crunchy, almond-y amaretti cookies sprankled in there for good measure. I am a nut for texture and amaretti are one of my favorite treats–plus they pair so nicely with berries and vanilla.

So, that’s it! House buying, baby things, and ice cream. You know, life stuff.

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Double Berry Swirl Amaretti Ice Cream

Makes about 2 pints of ice cream.

Adapted from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home

You can use any berries you’d like for this recipe. I went with boysenberries and raspberries. You can also combine the berries instead of keeping them separate when making the syrups. Amaretti cookies are crunchy, almond Italian meringue cookies.

Berry Swirls:

1 cup each raspberries and  boysenberries

1/2 cup sugar, divided

Ice Cream Base:

2 cups milk

1 tablespoon cornstarch plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch

1 1/4 cups cream

1 vanilla bean, split and scraped (or 1-2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract)

2/3 cup sugar

1/4 cup corn syrup

3 tablespoons softened cream cheese

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Other:

crushed amaretti cookies

In a saucepan combine the raspberries and 1/4 cup of the sugar. Heat over medium high until the berries release their juices and begin to boil. Boil about 2 minutes and remove from the heat. Press the raspberries through a fine mesh strainer into a heatproof bowl, extracting as much juice as possible. Discard the solids.

Repeat the same method with the boysenberries. Allow the berry syrups to cool to room temperature. Store the berry syrups in separate jars in the refrigerator until ready to use.

In a small bowl combine 1/4 cup of the milk with the cornstarch, to create a slurry. Set aside.

In a saucepan, combine the remaining milk, cream, and vanilla seeds + bean pod. Heat over medium-high until scalded (when small bubbles form around the edges of the milk mixture and it begins to steam), remove from the heat, cover, and allow to steep for 15 minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk together the cream cheese and salt, set a fine mesh strainer over the top of the bowl. Set aside.

Prepare an ice bath in a large bowl or clean sink basin.

Remove the vanilla bean pod from the milk mixture and stir in the cornstarch slurry you prepared earlier. Return the milk mixture back to medium-high heat and stir in the sugar and corn syrup. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently, until thickened. Boil about 4 minutes. Remove the mixture from the heat and strain through the fine mesh strainer into the bowl of cream cheese and salt. Whisk to combine well. Pour the ice cream base into a gallon sized, zip-top, freezer bag and seal. Place the bag in the ice bath to cool. Once cooled completely, place in refrigerator up to 24 hours and churn in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions, or churn immediately.

Once the ice cream is churned, layer it into a freezer safe container, 1/3 at a time, drizzling with the berry syrups and sprinkling with crushed amaretti cookies. Repeat with remaining ice cream, syrups, and cookies. Place the ice cream in the freezer for several hours, until firm, before serving.

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