Sweets

Capital Grille-Inspired Coconut Cream Pie

capital grille coconut cream pie

Right or wrong, my husband and I are waaaaay past the getting-each-other-something-special-for -Valentine’s-Day stage. We had been growing more and more apathetic each year about our V Day gifts for one another and then a couple years ago, my husband put the final nail in the coffin when he came home with an arrangement that included featured fluorescent dip-dyed carnations. I about lost it and BEGGED him not to buy me anything for Valentine’s Day ever again. He has complied and I am happy to report that our marriage has recovered from the incident.

Anyway, while we don’t buy gifts for one another, I do try to go out of my way a little bit to show the guy that I love him, and usually that takes the form of cooking for him. His all time favorite dessert is the coconut cream pie at the Capital Grille. He loves it so much that we’ll sometimes make a special stop there after dining elsewhere to pick up this decadent dessert to take home. We’ll sit in bed, put on some crap show and chow down on the most coconutty pie you’ll ever taste. That’s romance right there. Read More

Nana’s Pumpkin & Raisin Muffins

pumpkin raisin muffins

My nana was a lot of wonderful things in her life, but a cook/baker she was not … with the exception of her perfecting precisely three recipes. The first being her Yorkshire pudding (she was born and raised in Yorkshire, so I think you kind of have to know how to make the pudding), the second being her oatmeal raisin cookies, and the third being these pumpkin and raisin muffins. While most of us don’t bust out the pumpkin recipes till September, October or November, Nana would make these all year round. She was famous for them. They’re unbelievably moist, probably because they call for FOUR eggs, and more vegetable oil than I’d care to acknowledge. Totally worth it though.

I see a lot of pumpkin recipes with chocolate incorporated and I’ve always had the hardest time wrapping my head around that concept. It just doesn’t sound right (or good) to me. Baked pumpkin goods, if made with an accompanying feature ingredient, should be made with raisins, NOT chocolate chips…..IMHO. Why? Because that’s how Nana did it and she never steered me wrong. Read More

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

These Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches are sooo yummy and perfect for a hot summer day. Vanilla Bean Ice Cream is sandwiched between fresh, homemade chocolate chip cookies, then rolled in mini chocolate chips. Tastes like cookies & milk. Say no more.

If you like to bake, you probably have a go-to Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. The beauty of these is that the combinations are endless. This recipe is tried and delicious and highly recommended. But I wouldn’t be offended if you used your own chocolate chip cookie recipe – once you’ve found a good one, it’s hard to stray!

If you have an ice cream maker, you can make your own ice cream (which I’m sure would make these guys even better!); however, I don’t have one so I settled for some store-bought, but good quality ice cream. Read More

Rainy Morning Blueberry Muffins

 streusel blueberry muffins

I’m not a big-time baker. But, if I’m baking, nine times out of ten, it’s going to involve blueberries (see here, here and here). And I have to be in a certain mood…usually a lazy, I-don’t-have-to-go-anywhere-today-and-I-will-wear-torn-and-stained-sweatpants-all-day kind of mood. And that mood struck last weekend, when we had two days in a row of heavy rain. Lounging on the couch, windows open, rain falling, Kicking Horse coffee in hand, chowing down on freshly baked muffins … heaven.

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Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

 Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies // Beckham & Belle

This recipe is quite the cheat but makes for a great dessert when you’re in a time crunch… and you can’t really go wrong when we’re talking about chocolate and cheesecake… Yes, it starts with a boxed brownie mix, but if you get a good box like Ghirardelli and take an extra minute to whip up homemade frosting, no one will be able to tell the difference.

Ingredients
 
1 Box Brownie mix, preferably Ghirardelli Triple Fudge + ingredients to prepare per the box instructions
Cheesecake Batter:
2, 8oz. pkgs cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. milk
2 eggs
Chocolate Frosting:
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 2/3 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 c. milk
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13″ baking pan.
Prepare the brownie batter according to the box directions. *Note: if given the option for cakey vs. fudgy, prepare the fudgy version. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan, reserving approximately 1/3 of the batter.
Prepare the cheesecake batter by beating the cream cheese and sugar in a bowl until smooth. Add the flour, vanilla, milk, and two eggs, beating until all ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.
Pour the cheesecake batter on top of the brownie batter. Spoon the remaining brownie batter on top of the cheesecake batter and cut through the batter of both to create swirls or a marbleized look.
Bake 35-40 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
While the brownies are baking, prepare the frosting. To prepare, cream the butter until smooth. Beat in the cocoa. With the hand mixer set to medium, add the powdered sugar and milk, alternating between the two. Finally, add the vanilla.
Once the brownies have cooled, frost, cut, and indulge.
Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies // Beckham & Belle
 Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies // Beckham & Belle
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