Thursday, March 21, 2013

Fruit Pizza!

This week I decided to make a dish that was passed down to me by my aunt. I remember eating this at all the family gatherings when I was little. Once I was old enough she gave me the recipe so that I could make on my own. It's a fun easy recipe that will give you a finished product that everyone will love! This dish also includes my goal for this week of using fresh fruit (strawberries).

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Take your butter and put it in a pan on low heat. Let simmer until it melts. 

Next, crush up the frosted flakes into very small pieces.
I used a food processor, but you could use anything.

Now you will mix together the  frosted flakes and the melted butter. Stir until the frosted flakes have an even coating of butter. Once you have done that, spread the frosted flakes mixture evenly into your pan. After that, place the pan into the oven. Let it bake for about 15 minutes or until the crust creates a golden brown color. When it's finished, let the crust cool completely.

Next you will mix together marshmallow fluff and cream cheese. 
You may not need to use the entire jar of marshmallow fluff.
 It all depends on how sweet you want the mix to be. 
Once the crust is completely cool you can spread the mix onto the crust. 

Lastly, cut up the strawberries (or fruit of choice) into thin slices. 
Spread evenly onto the marshmallow fluff mix. This dish is best served chilled. 

You now have a quick and easy dish that I'm sure everyone will love! Enjoy!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

More Bananas!

For this week I have a very basic recipe which involves fresh fruit (yet again). Instead of baking something complicated I simply wanted to bake a quick loaf of banana bread. It falls into the theme of using fresh fruit. Where do the bananas come in? Well in order to make this bread, you need to mash up about 4-5 bananas (depending on the size of the pan). You also need other ingredients such as nutmeg, cinnamon, flour, butter, and baking powder. Be cautious about the amount of time you leave the bread in the oven, if left too long your bread could come out very dry.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Food Coloring

This week, I wanted to focus on the use of food coloring. I thought that this would be a nice finishing touch to the cookies that I made last week. However, instead of using cookies I decided to bake cupcakes in honor of my best friend's birthday. I also brought back the use of sprinkles to accompany the food coloring. I was never really big on decorating things that I baked but if done correctly, this could be a great skill to have. 

As you can see in the picture below, the food coloring didn't really even out too well. Instead of the icing coming out red, the icing came out with red patches. This had a lot to do with the type of food coloring I purchased. The food coloring I bought came in a can where you are supposed to spray it on which would explain why the coloring came out the way it did. In the future, I want to get the food coloring that you mix in and in assorted colors. Stay tuned :) 


Today I wanted to try to make something involving fresh fruit. With that being said, I decided to make banana pudding which is made using fresh bananas. Along with that, you also need cream cheese, butter, condensed milk, whipped cream, and chessman cookies (optional).

The hardest part to the banana pudding would be the technique of smoothing out the cream cheese and sweet condensed milk using a wooden spoon. It was also very hard working with the fresh fruit because you had to wait until the bananas were ripe so that they will not change the taste of the pudding in the end.