Monday, December 21, 2009

Winner-Winner-Chicken Dinner!

Tis' the season for LOTS of Christmas parties. I attended two in the past week, and my desserts were a hit. I won 'Best Dessert' at the party on Saturday night, a whole $50. WooHoo!

Since I LOVE to share good recipes, I thought I'd share them with you. Don't plan on cutting calories this week. As a matter of fact, wear your elastic pants for these tasty treats. And in January, you can join me on the treadmill!

Chocolate Kahlua Cheesecake

Yields: 1 cake
Preparation 20 minutes
Cooking 1 hours
Ready In 1 hours
1 1/2 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
1/4 cup butter melted
2 tablespoons sugar
1 3/4 cups chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup liqueur coffee flavor, such as kahlua
24 ounces cream cheese softened
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon powdered sugar

Mix crumbs, butter, and sugar.
Press onto bottom and up the sides partway of a 9-inch springform pan.
Freeze 5 minutes, then bake at 350 degrees F for ten minutes and allow to cool.

Heat in a bowl or pan over boiling water 2/4 cup chocolate chunks until melted and smooth. Add 1/4 cup whipping cream and 1/4 cup Kahlua and stir until blended.

In another bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until fluffy.
Add first mixture to the second and blend well.
Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition, and vanilla.
Pour over prepared crust and bake 10 minutes at 400 degrees F.
Decrease to 275 degrees F and bake another 45 minutes.
Remove from oven to cool: loosen cake from rim of pan and remove.

Melt remaining chocolate. Then add 1/4 cup whipping cream and the 2 Tbsp Kahlua, mixing well. Spread on top of cake and refrigerate six or so hours.

Grandgirl's Fresh Apple Cake from Georgia
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

Prep Time: 30 min Inactive Prep Time: 1 hr 0 min Cook Time: 1 hr 30 min Level:
Easy Serves:
16 to 20 servings Ingredients
Butter, for greasing pan
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1/4 cup orange juice
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups peeled and finely chopped apples
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Generously grease a tube pan.

For the cake: in a large bowl, combine the sugar, eggs, oil, orange juice, flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and vanilla extract; and mix well. Fold apples, coconut, and pecans into batter.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a tester comes out clean, about 1 1/2 hours.

Shortly before the cake is done, make the sauce: Melt the butter in a large saucepan, stir in the sugar, buttermilk, and baking soda, and bring to a good rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute. Pour the sauce over the hot cake in the pan as soon as you remove it from the oven. Let stand 1 hour, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.

**Growing-UP Monday! Will resume next week.**


The Real Me! said...

Oh have mercy girl!!! I had to put on my elastic shorts just to read those! LOL.
Congrats on your tasty win!!

Andrea said...

Merry Christmas and GOD BLESS!

Mari said...

Yummy! That cheesecake is calling my name. Congrats on winning too!

Growin' with it! said...

don't mind me...i'm just licking my computer screen at the moment! ☺

Paula (SweetPea) said...

The length of the ingredients and the details are too much for me wee lil brain and exceed my five ingredient rule. haha.

I'd gladly eat it though...just ship me a piece, ay?

Denise said...

Now, I am very hungry.

A Stone Gatherer said...

Oh yummm!!! yummmmm!!!! yummmm!!!!

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

YUM. That is all. Well, that and why didn't you drive on down here and bring me some - LOL? :)


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