Sweets / Desserts

Easy Does It # 36 – Oreo And Yogurt Pie With Honey & Fresh Berries

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Oreo And Yogurt Pie With Honey & Fresh Berries

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Dear  Friend’s,
Although most of the followers of ChefsOpinion are culinary professionals who visit here and are subscribed via LinkedIn, there is also a large segment of direct subscribers via wordpress who are just starting to enjoy cooking on a basic or slightly higher than basic level.
I have therefore decided to publish, under the moniker “Easy Does It“,  from time to time some very basic recipe variations of dishes (and even partially pre-cooked dishes) which otherwise might seem too complicated to some beginners.
I will break them down to the easiest, most simple instructions, so that those of you who are intimidated by elaborate recipes will be able to prepare these dishes properly, adjusted to your taste and liking, right from the get-go.
After all, just because you are not (yet ?) a professional chef should not prevent you from enjoying great food at home. 🙂
Enjoy !

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The header of this post could also be  “One For The Kid’s” – Oreo And Yogurt Pie With Honey & Fresh Berries,  because most kid’s with a knack to help in the kitchen could do this delicious pie all by themself, especially with a pre-baked orio crust as I have used here (or with any pre-baked pie crust for that matter).  🙂
Although as simple and easy to prepare as can be, the flavor of this pie is exquisite, not too sweet and a bit tart at the same time, and the yogurt filling is as light, smooth and creamy as no other.
Very special indeed.

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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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P.S.
See the full recipe at the bottom of this page…..
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Oreo And Yogurt Pie With Honey & Fresh Berries

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Oreo And Yogurt Pie With Honey & Fresh Berries

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Oreo And Yogurt Pie With Honey & Fresh Berries

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Oreo And Yogurt Pie With Honey & Fresh Berries

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Oreo And Yogurt Pie With Honey & Fresh Berries

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Preparation :
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Oreo And Yogurt Pie With Honey & Fresh Berries Recipe :
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Crust
Store-bought orio crust
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Filling
3 large eggs
1/2 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2cups full fat Greek yogurt
1 egg yolk, whisked with a tiny pinch of salt
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Garnish
Honey, to taste
Whipped cream
Berries or other fruit of your choice
Chocolate powder to dust
Castor sugar to dust
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Prep
First – whisk the eggs and vanilla.
Then – whisk in the yogurt.
Brush the bottom of the crust thinly with a beaten egg yolk (moisture-proofing)
Bake the crust 3 minutes ( setting the egg for moisture proofing)
Add the filling to the crust
Place the pie into a pre-heated 375F oven and bake until the filling is set around the edges, but, when the pan is nudged, still quivers like soft Jell-O in the center, 15 to 20 minutes.
Check often in the last few minutes, as over-baking will destroy the silky-smooth texture of the filling.
Cool the tart on a rack.
Garnish as pictured or use your own imagination and/or personal preference 😊

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Mango, Pineapple And Chocolate Chip Cake

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Mango, Pineapple And Chocolate Chip Cake

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A couple of days ago, one of my neighbors asked me if I could make “something sweet” to add to the offerings at their kid’s birthday party. (A usual request from my neighbors) 🙂 As I had some fresh fruit at hand, (gifts from other neighbors) in the form of a pineapple and a few very sweet mangos, and because I  am not a very passionate baker/pastry cook, I came up with this simple yet stunning and absolutely delicious “cake”. It uses a foolproof and easy to prepare batter, store-bought chocolate chip cookies and the aforementioned fruits.
When it came out of the oven, I tried some, (as did Bella, of course,) but even if the craving nearly drives me nuts, I still can’t eat stuff like that. (Too much acid in the fruit and the chocolate, a nasty aftermath of chemo and radiation which still badly affects my throat and my taste buds) 🙂  
Bella on the other hand, couldn’t get enough 
I will definitely keep this as one of my “go-to” recipes in the future, when my ability to eat everything will be back, to be used with a variety of fruit and /or berries, accompanied by mountains of whipped cream, vanilla sauce, ice cream…………… (I am salivating as I write this) 🙂 

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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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P.S.
Serve this cake by itself or with vanilla sauce,vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or, better yet, with all three 🙂 
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Mango, Pineapple And Chocolate Chip Cake

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Mango, Pineapple And Chocolate Chip Cake

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Mango, Pineapple And Chocolate Chip Cake

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Mango, Pineapple And Chocolate Chip Cake

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Mango, Pineapple And Chocolate Chip Cake

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Mango, Pineapple And Chocolate Chip Cake

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Preparation :
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Agua De Sandia

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Agua De Sandia

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Last  Friday, the only “solid” food I was still able to eat was watermelon, so yesterday I bought some seedless watermelon (Sandia) to enjoy today. Well it did not work out that way. I almost choked to death from the first piece I tried to swallow. After about 20 minutes of trying to breathe normal again, my first reaction was to throw the fruit away. Then I remembered one of my favorite drinks when I was living in Mexico – “Agua De Sandia” with vodka 🙂
Obviously, no vodka for me now, but the “Agua Fresca” was a great change from my regular, room temperature plain water I have to drink nowadays.
(And Bella enjoyed the pulp).
So, when life gives you melons,……………. 
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Cheers !   Life Is Good !
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Agua De Sandia Recipe :
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Wash one large seedless watermelon thoroughly, peel, remove any seeds  (Sometimes there are a few seeds, even if you specifically buy “Seedless”).
Cut fruit into cubes, add 3 tablespoon organic honey and the juice of 2 limes. Blend until very smooth. Strain through a fine mesh strainer, chill. If you like to add ice to your drink, freeze some of the Agua Fresca in an ice cube tray, so when it melts in your drink, it adds juice, not water.
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Banana And Cranberry Salad With Homemade Sugar-Free Banana Ice Cream

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Banana And Cranberry Salad With Homemade Sugar-Free Banana Ice Cream

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If you are prepared, life (cooking) is easy ! 🙂
I usually have some sort of frozen dessert in my freezer for my (too frequently happening) sweets-craving-attacks.
More often than not, it’s some sort of frozen banana dessert, as it was this afternoon. I always have fresh bananas and dried cranberries in my cupboard, so this dish was an easy decision, and thanks to the ice cream in the freezer, a matter of a few minutes to execute 🙂
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P.S.
Obviously, there is natural fruit sugar in the ice cream and the banana/cranberry salad, but, besides the organic honey, there is no added sugar.
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P.P.S.
The ratios of fructose and glucose are pretty much the same in both fruit and table sugar.
Generally, there’s no advantage to substituting honey for sugar in a diabetes eating plan. Both honey and sugar will affect your blood sugar level. Honey is sweeter than granulated sugar, so you might use  a smaller amount of honey  for sugar in some recipes.
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Click here for  Sugar Free Banana Ice Cream Recipe   on  ChefsOpinion
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Banana And Cranberry Salad With Homemade Sugar-Free Banana Ice Cream

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Banana And Cranberry Salad With Homemade Sugar-Free Banana Ice Cream

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Banana And Cranberry Salad With Homemade Sugar-Free Banana Ice Cream

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Preparation :
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Buttermilk Pancake With Merlot-Poached Pears And Merlot Cream

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Buttermilk Pancake With Merlot-Poached Pears And Merlot Cream

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While I have used the traditional ingredients for this pancake, I have changed the ratio of eggs to flour considerably. This resulted in what I think is a “real” pancake, by which I mean it is a cake, baked in a pan 🙂 If you look at the close-up of the cut pancake, you can clearly see the texture of a cake, not a traditional pancake, which is much lighter and fluffier in texture and therefore tends to deflate very quickly after being removed from the heat. This one you see here did not deflate and maintained the same light texture after it had cooled down and spent the night (half-eaten) in the fridge.
Makes you wonder why one goes through the trouble of making a complicated cake………. 🙂 ?
I know, I know, many folks enjoy baking and love to prepare cake in any form, shape, and taste – but if you don’t, (me), this easy recipe might just be the solution you’ve been looking for to have your pancake cake and eat it too 🙂
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Buttermilk Pancake With Merlot-Poached Pears And Merlot Cream

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Buttermilk Pancake With Merlot-Poached Pears And Merlot Cream

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Buttermilk Pancake With Merlot-Poached Pears And Merlot Cream

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Buttermilk Pancake With Merlot-Poached Pears And Merlot Cream

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Buttermilk Pancake With Merlot-Poached Pears And Merlot Cream

Buttermilk Pancake With Merlot-Poached Pears And Merlot Cream

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Preparation :
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See you again in 2018……….

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Dear Friends,
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.I am spending the next three weeks in Argentina, visiting friends, eating (mostly) parilla and drinking (mostly) red wine.
Since I am living with friends who keep me busy 24/7 🙂 , I will not post my usual three or four posts per week during this time.
However, I have a surplus of about 50 dishes/post’s I have cooked and photographed in the past few months, which I will post as soon as I’ll return to Florida in mid- January, together with the new stuff I’ll produce when I will be back in my own kitchen.
Until then, here is a preview of a small selection of dishes waiting to be published. Hope to see you all again in 2018 🙂
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Roast Cornish Hen With Caramelized Onions And Potatoes (Best Potatoes EVER?)

Roast Cornish Hen With Caramelized Onions And Potatoes

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Upon first glance, one’s impression would be that the Cornish Hen is the star of this dish.
While this is certainly the case in the looks-department, when it comes to taste, these potatoes do steal the show. (But of course, the Cornish Hen is awesome as well) 🙂
First, the potatoes and onions are coated in duck fat, seasoned with rosemary sprigs, kosher salt, and fresh-cracked black pepper, then slowly roasted until golden brown. Next, duck stock (or chicken stock)  is added,  topped with a whole Cornish Hen and roasted for another 45 minutes, during which time all the rendered fat from the Cornish Hen, together with its richly seasoned juices, oozes into the potatoes and combine to produce the best potatoes you will find this side of culinary heaven 🙂
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Roast Cornish Hen With Caramelized Onions And Potatoes

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Best Potatoes EVER?

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Roast Cornish Hen With Caramelized Onions And Potatoes

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Preparation :
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Easy Does It # 35 – Torrejas

Torrejas

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Like most groups of lovers of traditional, old and beloved dishes, Torrejas have their fans divided into two main parts: on one side of the fence you’ll find the traditionalist’s, who don’t want to change a thing and believe that only the original recipe and ingredients are worthy of  their love, and, on the other side of the fence, the folks who believe that nowadays we have access to better and more varied ingredients and therefore should try to improve recipes whenever possible, as long as the character of a dish is respected.
I personally respect both sides, depending on the dish involved. However, when it comes to Torrejas, I am a big fan of improving the original, which is just stale bread, dipped in milk or wine, then dipped in whole whisked eggs, sautéed and finally sprinkled with sugar. While there is nothing at all wrong with that, I believe you can agree that the version on this page outshines those simple, traditional Torrejas by a mile. (I can imagine the steadfast traditionalist’s reaching for their cannons right now……. 🙂
But anyway, don’t knock it until you try it. I am sure you too will become a convert, at least as far as Torrejas are concerned.
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Torrejas

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Torrejas

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Torrejas

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Torrejas

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Preparation :
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Easy Does It # 34 – Angel Cake With Vanilla Cream And Blueberry Compote

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Easy Does It # 34 – Angel Cake With Vanilla Cream And Blueberry Compote

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I prepped  this beauty, and a few more, a couple of days before I took off for Germany, thinking that I can keep posting at least twice weekly while on the road. Oooops, that did not work out as planned. But, this here little gem deserves the extra time spent on the computer when I could be exploring my old/new country.
Without further ado, here is the easiest to prepare, prettiest to look at and most important, “yummiest” sweet dish of the month 🙂
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Vanilla Cream Recipe :
Ingredients:
I cup heavy cream, 1/2 cup milk, 1 dash organic vanilla extract (or seeds from 1 vanilla bean), 1 tblsp honey.
Method :
Scrape seeds from vanilla bean with tip of a knife into a bowl. Bring cream, honey, and vanilla to a simmer, add 1 tblsp cornstarch slurry, simmer a few seconds, remove from heat, check/adjust taste and texture, let cool to room temperature.

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!!!!! If you use other than edible flowers, wrap the stems tightly in plastic film, then in aluminum foil, so that they don’t come into contact with the edible part of the dish. !!!!! Remove before cutting the cake  !!!!!
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Easy Does It # 34 – Angel Cake With Vanilla Cream And Blueberry Compote

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Easy Does It # 34 – Angel Cake With Vanilla C And Blueberry Compote

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Easy Does It # 34 – Angel Cake With Vanilla C And Blueberry Compote

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Preparation :
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One For The Kid’s # 6 – Banana/Walnut Cake With Figs, Raspberry Jam & Nutella

One For The Kid’s # 6 – Banana/Walnut Cake With Figs, Raspberry Jam & Nutella

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“ONE FOR THE KIDS”  is a series of Goodies which are wonderful treats for kids of all ages . They are super easy to prepare so you can ask your little ones to give you a helping hand in the production, which will make them proud and add even more happiness to a wonderful treat 🙂
(Here I used a store-bought banana walnut cake, because you don’t want to have the little ones to labor over the elaborate cake preparations).
In my area, there are many grocery chains and bakeries who sell great banana walnut cake. However, if you prefer to make your own, below is a link to a super easy recipe I’ve used in the past and which I found to give excellent results.
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !

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One For The Kid’s # 6 – Banana/Walnut Cake With Figs, Raspberry Jam & Nutella

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One For The Kid’s # 6 – Banana/Walnut Cake With Figs, Raspberry Jam & Nutella

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Preparation :
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