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Berries And Cream Pound Cake

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Berries And Cream Pound Cake

Berries And Cream Pound Cake

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So  I woke up early today and the first thing that came to my mind was food – sweet food with lots of fruit, to be precise.
I went to the store to see what’s available and got home with some great raspberries and blueberries. First I was thinking pancakes, but I had those a few times in the past month, so something different was called for. Since I did not feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen, pound cake seemed easy and fast enough and it went into the oven in a flash 🙂
Two hours (and a good movie) later, the baked, cooled down and halved cake was in front of me. First I drizzled the cake with fresh-squeezed orange juice for flavor and moistness, then covered one-half with nutella, the other half with raspberry jam. Topped that with the washed and dried berries, drizzled the berries with melted apricot jam and finished it all with a sinful amount of whipped cream and castor sugar. As usual I ate too much and I am sure I’ll pay for it with a day of my life.
But, at the time, it seemed well worth it………..
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Pound Cake Recipe :
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Ingredients:

  1. – 8 oz unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  2. – 2 cups cake flour, plus extra to dust the pan
  3. – 2 cups granulated sugar
  4. – 2 tsp organic vanilla extract
  5. – 1 tsp kosher salt
  6. – 4 whole, large eggs
  7. – ½ cup soft cream cheese
Method:
  1. Heat oven to 325° F. Butter a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan, line the bottom with parchment, butter again, and dust with flour.
  2. Beat the butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Mix in the cream cheese until smooth.
  3. Add the flour and mix just until combined (do not overmix). Transfer the batter to the pan, smooth the top, bake until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Cool the cake in the pan for 20 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.

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Topping:
Juice of 1 orange, 2 pint raspberries, 2 pint blueberries, 1/2 cup nutella,
1/2 cup melted apricot jam,  1/4 cup raspberry jam, 1 cup whipped heavy cream, castor sugar.
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P.S.
Serve one piece each of raspberry jam covered cake and one each piece of nutella covered cake per portion.
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Berries And Cream Pound Cake

Berries And Cream Pound Cake

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Berries And Cream Pound Cake

Berries And Cream Pound Cake

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Berries And Cream Pound Cake

Berries And Cream Pound Cake

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One For The Kids # 2 – Banana/Nutella Tortilla Roll With Fresh Raspberries And Blueberries

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Yesterday  afternoon my friend Ralf came by with his four-year old son Justin.
Ralf and I had some Chili Noodles which were fantastic, but would have been way too spicy for a four-year old, so I made this dish for him. I made this for him before, so I knew he would love it. Heck, so did Ralf and I. (Of course I prepared way too much, so we ate the rest) 🙂
While this is a simple, quick and easy dessert or snack, it is yummy and pretty enough to serve on any informal occasion.
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Click here for  Vanilla Cream  recipe
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Click here for  Tortilla Dulce recipe
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Click here for more  Tortilla recipes on  ChefsOpinion
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One For The Kids - Banana/Nutella Tortilla Roll With Fresh Raspberries And Blueberries

One For The Kids – Banana/Nutella Tortilla Roll With Fresh Raspberries And Blueberries

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One For The Kids - Banana/Nutella Tortilla Roll With Fresh Raspberries And Blueberries

One For The Kids – Banana/Nutella Tortilla Roll With Fresh Raspberries And Blueberries

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One For The Kids - Banana/Nutella Tortilla Roll With Fresh Raspberries And Blueberries

One For The Kids – Banana/Nutella Tortilla Roll With Fresh Raspberries And Blueberries

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Preparation :
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P.S.
I just know that somebody out there will be inspired by the look of these tortillas and serve a variation of them as a whimsy “Marrow Bone Dessert” 🙂
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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 49 – Dutch Buttermilk-Pancake With Fresh Raspberries

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If ! I would NOT be an overweight, diabetic old man,  I would have me one of these at least three times a week for breakfast 🙂
Of course I would change the fruit often – I would rotate such fruit as apples, rhubarb, strawberries, carambola, bananas, lychees, pears, pitaya, grapes and many more, but the concept would always be the same. This wonderful dish can be prepared in less than 10 minutes, is extremely easy to whip-up and, if you use the less-exotic fruits, is also very cosy on your wallet 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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P.S.
If you don’t have buttermilk at hand, regular milk or half&half will do the trick.
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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 48 – Dutch Buttermilk Pancake With Fresh Raspberries

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 48 – Dutch Buttermilk Pancake With Fresh Raspberries

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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 48 – Dutch Buttermilk Pancake With Fresh Raspberries

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 48 – Dutch Buttermilk Pancake With Fresh Raspberries

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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 48 – Dutch Buttermilk Pancake With Fresh Raspberries

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 48 – Dutch Buttermilk Pancake With Fresh Raspberries

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Preparation :
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Crustless No Bake Cheese Cake Dessert

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My  intention was to prepare a healthy, no refined-sugar containing, tasty and simple to prepare dessert. I started out on track, replacing the sugar in the cheese-cream filling with organic honey. But then, after I plated the first half of the cheese cake cream in a glass, topped it with honey-enriched strawberries and sugar-free whipped cream, I slipped and piled on the sugar in the form of a oh-so delicious, strawberry-jam filled, sugar-coated doughnut. Now, I will surely go to diet hell for this, but it was absolutely worth it !
And by the way, this particular cream cheese cake filling is the bomb, best I ever had.
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Bon Appetit !  See You In (Dessert) Hell 😦 🙂
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Link to Crustless Apple & Pear Pie
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Crustless No Bake Cheese Cake Dessert

Crustless No Bake Cheese Cake Dessert


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Crustless No Bake Cheese Cake

Crustless No Bake Cheese Cake

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Crustless No Bake Cheese Cake

Crustless No Bake Cheese Cake

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Preparation :
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Guilt Free Banana Icecream

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Guilt Free Banana Ice Cream

Guilt Free Banana Ice Cream

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Guilt Free Banana Ice Cream With Sugar-Free Whipped Cream And Sugar-Free Strawberry Coulis

Guilt Free Banana Ice Cream With Sugar-Free Whipped Cream And Sugar-Free Strawberry Coulis

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Since I have started to live a healthier life style, my one problem is how to satisfy my sweet tooth without feeling guilty. The solution to my dilemma are sweets without refined or artificial sugar/sweetener, which are increasingly hard to find. So I took to thinking about new recipes which will make me happy with their natural sweetness and are not too offensive to my diabetic restrictions. The following one is definitely a keeper ! 🙂
An added bonus to this recipe is that you don’t need an ice cream machine for its preparation. I used to have one, but I threw it away after a while because the churning cylinder took up too much space in the freezer department of my fridge.
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P.S. :
This Ice cream is ready for consumption after about 4.5 hours in the freezer. If you freeze it longer or overnight, you might want to put it from the freezer into the cooler for 15 -20 minutes to facilitate easier spooning (That’s spooning of the ice cream kind, not the other one – although….. 🙂 )
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P.P.S. :
If I would still drink alcohol, I would have added a shot of brandy or dark rum to this baby 🙂
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