If you enjoy cooking and baking, every season is an opportunity for experimenting with the fruits, spices and types of food specific to that time of year. With that in mind, SCO will be bringing you monthly updates on seasonal and festive desserts.
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Brownies, red velvet cake and cheesecake – three scrumptious desserts that one would never imagine coming together do just that in this yummy treat, just in time for Valentine's Day!
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Valentine's Day is all about spending time with a special someone. Whether that person is a friend or a significant other, the pressure is on to give a present that shows how much you care. Chocolates, flowers and greeting cards make great gifts, but baking is a creative way to show your affection, bond with a loved one and satisfy that sweet tooth.
Pies are classic for any occasion. Their warm, flaky crust, which surrounds a sweet, smooth filling, is the ideal combination of firm and soft deliciousness. At Thanksgiving, many turn to a pumpkin pie for the culminating course. But pecan pie is also a tasty and seasonally appropriate choice.
With the holiday season arriving, how can anyone resist stuffing their faces into the delicious pies, cakes and sweets that accompany the festive times? Well, homemade cheesecake provides the mouth-watering solution for those holiday cravings! With a homemade crust and creamy topping, this expensive-looking cheesecake is sure to impress friends and family. So here's to a traditional homemade cheesecake that will be a delightful gift, desert or even main course for the upcoming holidays.
Fall is here, and winter seems just around the corner! The temperature is getting colder and visions of sunscreen and short-shorts are fading quickly. Though this time may be sad for some, autumn also brings beautiful scenery and food-filled festivities. Nothing hits the spot quite like the Thanksgiving classic, pumpkin pie, but if you're looking for something a little less caloric (but not by much, folks) with the same pumpkin punch, look no further than these delectable treats. A pumpkin-chocolate chip cookie hybrid, these squares of joy will warm your belly and make you forget that there are still eight more months left of school.
Few treats have managed to withstand the test of time so well as the terrifically tasty and absurdly simple-to-make rice pudding. In Scandinavia, the dessert is a festive Christmas dish. In Asia, where the goody originated, various recipes have come to include fruit, honey or other additions over hundreds of years. Ancient Romans used rice pudding with goat's milk as a medicinal remedy for certain health problems. Here in the good old U.S. of A, however, Silver Chips Online recipe-mongers can use the versatile pudding as a fabulous start, finish or centerpiece for your next meal in, out or on the go.
Readers have seen mango recipes from smoothies to salads, but Silver Chips is throwing another curveball of fruit-tacular eats: mango bread! This warm-weather treat is perfect for a picnic or at the pool to re-energize you for that day in the sun. Not only is this bread quick to whip up for guests, but the combination of mango, raisins and a hint of lemon leave eaters in a tropical bliss crazy for more! Be the first to introduce this fun and unique recipe to friends and family, you are sure to make a real splash!
Everyone loves the chocolate-y goodness of a scrumptious brownie. But if you're getting tired of eating plain old brownie after plain old brownie, a great way to jazz things up is by combing the traditional recipe with another favorite dessert. For those who love brownies and the sharp, refreshing taste of mint chocolate chip ice cream, here is something that will definitely add a little zing to an otherwise ordinary batch of brownies.
Playing with food is rude and generally frowned upon, but those rules don't apply when you're cooking in the kitchen. A delicious delight for anyone, these sticky rice balls from China are not only delicious, they're fun to make. Because nearly anything in a fridge can be used as filling – from the traditional sesame seeds to red bean paste to meat (if you're feeling adventurous) – sticky rice balls have a little something for everyone.
As winter soon draws to a close with no snowstorm in sight, the next best thing is a spring tea party celebration! But scones were never easy to make and stale store-bought cookies just don't cut it. The answer to this predicament: ice cream cone cupcakes. Fun to make and eat, ice cream cones cupcakes combine two of the most beloved childhood desserts - ice cream and cake.
Pull on your chaps and grab your lasso; it's time for cowboy cookies! The name makes no sense but the great flavor of these cookies makes it irrelevant. Cowboy cookies are just oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with a cooler name. These easy to make cookies are perfect for an afternoon snack, a bake sale or the ideal end to a delicious meal.
In India and other parts of South Asia, "kulfi" is a dessert used to stave off the heat of summer. Children are often seen licking calorie-rich kulfi that has been molded into popsicles, but this dessert is often served as a finale at the end of a full-course meal. Cold and creamy, this dish is similar to ice cream but contains no air. Kulfi can come in many flavors, if the right fruit purees and spices are added, but the best kulfi is sweet, rich and plain.
March 14, or 3/14, celebrates the Archimedes constant, better known as the notorious pi, by sporting the first three digits with its month and year. As for its other lesser-known digits, at 1:59:26 p.m. today, loud choruses of the irrational number may be heard throughout excited math classrooms. Of course, there are other ways to commemorate pi without memorizing hundreds of its infinite decimals. One way, perhaps the favorite way, is to eat pie. Pie is significant not only because it sounds like the Greek letter pi, but also because it physically embodies the notable constant that represents the ratio between the circumference and the diameter of a perfect circle. But please, no thinking about math is required; only chewing and savoring is absolutely necessary when eating this delightful lemon meringue pie. And, of course, don't forget to swallow.
Everyone knows when it is time for Halloween, it is time for caramel apples. Enjoy this seasonal treat with a little Butterfinger twist!
Think pizza and you'll probably think of a delicious Italian pie, dripping with tomato sauce and cheese. But think again — this pizza has a tropical twist. The fruit pizza is a refreshing dessert that is simple to make and a delight to stare at. Fruit pizza can be made with any type of fruit and your guests will surely be impressed by its eyecatching display.
For many party-going Blazers, there is but one epic question that is all but unanswerable: cookies or brownies? Now, an answer has finally descended from the heavens. These chocolate chip cookie bars present the perfect balance between cookies and brownies. Whatever you decide to call them, they are perfect for parties as well as after-school and late-night snacking.
Already feeling overwhelmed by school? Do you miss the carefree days of summer? Are you wondering what to do with your surplus of summer peaches? Reminisce about those sweet summer nights over a delicious peach cobbler.
Nearly every Blazer has had at least one chance to enjoy the sticky sweetness of a just-roasted marshmallow, the crunchy taste of graham crackers and the creamy warmth of chocolate. But for many, this taste is only available in the wilderness, where campfires are legal, or in the microwave, where the result is often explosive. Fortunately, the taste of S'mores can be easily replicated in the form of a cake. A sticky but sweet treat, the cake has the flavor of both marshmallows and chocolate, with the added zest of sponge cake. This S'more cake is a perfect way to recreate your favorite rustic treat in the warm, bear-free environment of your own kitchen.
If you want a taste of mouth-melting cuisine, here is your chance. Halva, which is literally translated as "sweet meat," is a dessert that originated in the Mediterranean. It is very delicious and very easy to make.
When it comes to chocolate cookies, certain recipes set the standard for what can be called "great." This ultimate chocolate fix leaves all these cookies in the dust — even the original chocolate chip cookie. Not only are they easy to make, but the taste will astound even the most hesitant chocolate lover. Though they require a lot of ingredients considering the number of cookies you end up with, they are undoubtedly worth it.
Who would have thought that mashed potatoes and candy could be used in the same recipe, or even the same sentence? But don't be fooled by the strange mix of ingredients; this dessert is truly tasty. Mashed potato candy has a uniquely smooth and creamy texture that is absolutely sensational.
This showy dessert is just one of those extra little details that makes your baked goods stand out from the rest. Lemon sherbet, any ice cream that blends well with chocolate, whipped cream, custard and mousse are all examples are very good fillings. The success of this recipe depends on using semisweet chocolate as indicated with no substitutions.
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