Blood Orange & Poppy Sherbet

ORANGE IS THE HAPPIEST COLOR.”  Frank Sinatra

Blood Orange & Poppy Sherbet | From My Sweet Heart

I agree!  Orange is such a cheerful color!

As fruits go, I love oranges.  And I especially crave them right around now.  The holidays are over.  My months of decadent eating are a fading memory.  And I’m excited for recipes that include bright, tangy citrus.  AND, blood oranges are now in season!

What I love about blood oranges is that they are sweet and tangy and vary so much in their unique color.  I decided to use some to create this lovely blood orange and poppy seed sherbet.  Combining the juice with cream lends this beautiful peachy pink color.  The sherbet is both sweet and tart.  And the contrasting black poppy seeds provide such a delicate crunch.  [Read more...]

Milk Chocolate & Vanilla Pudding Pops

IN EVERY REAL MAN A CHILD IS HIDDEN THAT WANTS TO PLAY.”  Friedrich Nietzsche

Milk Chocolate & Vanilla Pudding Pops | From My Sweet Heart

Oh to be a kid again!

I never had the opportunity to travel in my childhood.  But summers still felt very carefree.  And it was the very simple, little things that brought the greatest pleasure.  Like running through the sprinkler in the backyard on a hot day, going to the county fair, or running frantically for my money when I heard the ice cream truck approaching the neighborhood!

Well those days of chasing down the ice cream man are over!  Not only do I enjoy making my own ice cream.  I’ve now ventured into making a variation on a home made ‘fudgesicle’.  These sweet and creamy frozen pops are made with milk chocolate and vanilla puddings.  It’s my contribution to the Improv Cooking Challenge this month.  Once a month, Kristen of The Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker challenges us to put two ingredients together in any recipe of our choice.  This month, we were to combine chocolate and vanilla.  Two flavors near and dear to my heart!  And here’s my chilly spin on it all. [Read more...]

Frozen Chocolate Tiramisu

“€œWHEN I’M DOWN DOWN DOWN DOWN DOWN CAN YOU PICK ME UP?” Isak Strand

Frozen Chocolate Tiramisu | From My Sweet Heart

We can all use a little pick me up now and then. And so I think that tiramisu, in any form, was aptly named. This Frozen Chocolate Tiramisu is my ‘€˜pick-me-up’€™ contribution to The Chocolate Party; where this month we were asked to pair chocolate and coffee! . A light chocolate sponge cake is drenched in an espresso and Kahlua syrup and layered with coffee chip and stracciatella gelato.

The Chocolate Party was created by Roxana, of Roxana’s Home Baking. It’s a fun and fabulous party that anyone may join. Once a month Roxana pairs an ingredient with chocolate. And we all get to do our thing with it. This month I am happy to incorporate coffee, in the form of ice cream, into this recipe.   [Read more...]

Mexican Ice Cream for a Special Birthday

A BIRTHDAY IS JUST THE FIRST DAY OF ANOTHER 365-DAY JOURNEY AROUND THE SUN.  ENJOY THE TRIP!”  Anonymous

Mexican Ice Cream | From My Sweet Heart

No birthday celebration is ever complete without ice cream!  Today, I’m participating in a virtual surprise party for one of the ‘Theme Weavers’.  (That great group of women who, once a month, bring you a week long event celebrating a particular food theme.)   And in honor of the birthday girl, I consulted a Texas cookbook for this one.  This Mexican ice cream has a sweet vanilla base, but is studded with maraschino cherries, caramelized sugar bits and toasted pecans!  It’s almost as sweet as the birthday girl herself.  Whose birthday is it? . . . . . [Read more...]

Berry Smoothie Ice Cream Pie

PIE IS A SYMBOL OF SOMETHING BIGGER THAN MOM AND HER WAY WITH DESSERTS.”  Pascale le Draoulec

Berry Smoothie Ice Cream Pie | From My Sweet Heart

Well if this mom has a way with desserts, her kids would never know.  They don’t eat them much!  I don’t know what to say other than I can’t believe they’re mine.  But my kids just aren’t sweet eaters.  Birthday cakes?  Unless it’s plain vanilla, no icing, with a slight sprinkling of powdered sugar…..maybe.  Ice cream?  Now we’re talking!  So when the “fabulous 14”, the fun loving, creative and talented women who brought you Crêpe Week, Beer Week and Soup Week decided on Sweets Week, my head went straight to this recipe. 

It has been a really fun week of Sweets for Your Sweetie Pies.  The true sweetie pies in my life are my boys (now young men).  So I decided on this incredible Berry Smoothie Ice Cream Pie.  Every luscious layer of this ice cream pie blends together to have you feeling like you are enjoying your favorite smoothiePureed strawberries, bananas and blueberries are combined with vanilla frozen yogurt and stacked on a sweet granola pie crust.  Your spoon may not be fast enough and you’ll be wishing you had a straw!  And I’ve put together a Pie Package for one lucky winner. . . . . [Read more...]

Affogato & Honey Almond Gelato

“AH! HOW SWEET COFFEE TASTES!  LOVELIER THAN A THOUSAND KISSES, SWEETER FAR THAN MUSCATEL WINE!”  J.S. Bach (Coffee Cantata)

Affogato & Honey Almond Gelato | From My Sweet Heart

It’s good to be back after a couple of weeks of recuperating from a back injury and adjusting to some eye surgery.  I can say with gusto. . . . . TGIF!  Another reason to shout TGIF?  Why, it’s Coffee Friday!  I’d like to introduce you to a new friend.  Paloma is the lovely creator of The Coffee Shop.  She writes a wonderful blog where she shares stories about her life, her beautiful family, baking and cooking tips, decorating ideas, fabulous recipes and everything coffee!!!  She is also the new fearless leader of The Cake Slice Bakers, of which I am very proud to be a new member! Every Friday, she invites readers and fellow bloggers to link up to a Coffee Friday party!  Follow the link for the fun details!  Today, I will be visiting and sharing this recipe for . . . . . [Read more...]

Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream

YES!  Peanut butter and Jelly in ice cream!  Because…..it’s the Improv Cooking Challenge!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream | From My Sweet Heart

I took a short break and some much needed time to catch my breath; and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to participate in this month’s challenge.  But I just love this group.  And I couldn’t resist!  And so I admit…..I kept it simple for myself this time.  What I came up with is SIMPLY DELICIOUS and almost addictive!  Thanks so much to Kristen from the Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker for being the wonderful hostess for such a great group of food fanatics!  I am looking forward to seeing what everyone did with our two key ingredients this month….peanut butter and jelly!  These ingredients were likely suspects for an ice cream because not only do I like my ice cream sweet…..but oddly, I prefer it salty, too!  My PB & J’s are always made with my favorite, strawberry jam, and it’s so easy to make from scratch.  Come try this!  It’s rich, creamy, sweet and salty.  And it couldn’t be easier….. [Read more...]

Cappuccino Crunch Ice Cream

“HE WAS MY CREAM, AND I WAS HIS COFFEE – AND WHEN YOU POURED US TOGETHER IT WAS SOMETHING.”  Josephine Baker

Cappuccino Crunch Ice Cream | From My Sweet Heart

 

I love my coffee with lots of cream.  Actually, to say I like a little coffee with my cream may be more accurate!  But to pour my coffee flavored cream in an ice cream maker and then freeze it…..now that is something!  I love this cappuccino ice cream.  Just a hint of cocoa and cinnamon give it depth and richness.  And chopped chocolate covered coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate pieces lend a sweet, soft crunch to this cool creamy treat!  So good as an after dinner treat.  But I can hardly wait to…… [Read more...]

Pink Grapefruit and Pomegranate Sorbet

“IF I COULD BE GRANTED A WISH, I’D SHINE IN YOUR EYE LIKE A JEWEL.”  Bette Midler

Pink Grapefruit and Pomegranate Sorbet | From My Sweet Heart

Don’t these pomegranate seeds look like pretty polished rubies?  I just love the color of them.  And they add such an elegant and special flair to just about anything!  This tartly sweet sorbet is a perfect example.

It is featured on Yummly in this article:   Super Pomegranate Recipes to Brighten Up Winter.  (You’ll find other great pomegranate recipes, too!)

In this sorbet, you will taste more of the tart pucker of the grapefruit juice mellowed by the slightly sweet hint of the pomegranate.  And of course, the special, delicate crunch of nature’s perfect little jewels!  This is by far, the most refreshing sorbet I’ve ever had and it would simply be the perfect sparkle at the end of any meal!  And speaking of sparkle……. [Read more...]

Toasted Mochalaska

“EVERY GREAT ACHIEVEMENT IS THE VICTORY OF A FLAMING HEAT.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Toasted Mochalaska | From My Sweet Heart

Well I decided what to do with the leftover coffee ice cream from the Baked Sunday Mornings.  As you may recall, I felt that the ice cream had an unusual, but tasty, salty quality to it.  So I felt pairing it with something sweeter might help round it out a bit.  And what better sweet thing than chocolate!  The traditional baked alaska is such a ’50s dessert.  But sometimes nostalgia is a good thing if we can put a slightly new twist on it.  So I decided to use brownies studded with toffee bits in place of cake.  And coffee ice cream covered in sweet meringue that is not baked, but toasted with my kitchen blowtorch!  (I’ve been dying to pull that out again).  You know…this can be a quick weeknight dessert by using your favorite bakery or store bought brownie; and your favorite flavor of ice cream from your grocer’s freezer.  (I sound like a commercial here!)  And all you would have to do is whip up the meringue and torch it.  All in all….a pretty quick assembly.  But here’s what to do if you want to make this yummy treat from scratch….. [Read more...]