Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini – Spice Up Your New Year – Blogger Recipe Challenge #sponsor

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Another year and another drink.  Wait, what, I thought this was a finicky kid blog?  Hey, hey, hey now, parents get finicky too!  And cranky, and overwhelmed, and well, we are human too.

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

So why not reward our humanity with some sweet and tangy spice.  Heck yea, now we’re talking.

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

So hey, I’m sure you caught a glimpse (or two or three) of that delicious martini up there, no?  Well Stirrings® has partnered up with several creative bloggers for a Blogger Recipe Challenge.  They have provided their delicious and wide variety of drink stir-ins and rimmers for fellow bloggers to create their own unique recipe.

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Stirrings® drink mixes and rimmers are made with natural ingredients like cane sugar and natural flavors.  Simple ingredients but never sacrificing taste.

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Stirrings® has a variety of flavors, like Simple Bloody Mary, Simple Peach Bellini and even 5 Calorie Margarita Mix!  I chose my favorites from their Simple Mojito mix AND Simple Lemon Drop Martini mix, with  Cosmopolitan AND Lemon Drop Rimmers.  Since I could only make one recipe for this challenge, I decided to share a sweet and tangy Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini.

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The inspiration for this recipe came from the candy section in the store, no lie.  I spied these yummy chile coated mango lollipops and I knew they would be the perfect “olives” for my martinis.

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

With a dash of chile lime salt and some thick mango nectar, this Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini is sure to ring in some spice to your New Year.

You can find all Stirrings® products in these stores: Bevmo, Total Wines & More, Draegers, Mollie Stones, Hi Time Liquors, Pacific Ranch Market, Daniels Market, and Bristol Farms.  There is still time to go grab some.  Happy New Year!!

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And don’t forget to follow Stirrings® on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for news, product updates and recipes.

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

 

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Number of servings: 2

Per Serving 337 calories

Fat 2 g

Carbs 61 g

Protein 4 g

2


Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini

Ingredients

    For the Drink

  • 6 Tb (3 oz.) Stirrings® Simple Lemon Drop Martini cocktail mix
  • 6 Tb (3 oz.) Mango Nectar
  • 6 Tb (3 oz) vodka (your favorite brand!)
  • 1/2 tsp chile lime salt
  • 1 cup ice
  • For the Rim

  • 1 tsp Stirrings® Lemon Drop Martini Rimmer®
  • 1 tsp chile lime salt
  • Garnish

  • 2 chile coated mango lollipops
  • 2 lime wedges or slices

Instructions

  1. Wipe the rims of TWO martini glasses with a paper towel dampened with water. Dip each glass into rim mixture, coating the rim well with salted sugar.
  2. Insert lime slice onto end of each mango lollipop stick and set into each glass.
  3. Add ice to a shaker glass. Add remaining drink ingredients. Shake well until cold and combined. Strain half of mixture into each garnished martini glass. Enjoy.

Notes

Can substitute like for like ingredients for branded ingredients.

*This post was sponsored by Stirrings®.  I received free product from the sponsor for participating in their Blogger Recipe Challenge.  No additional compensation was received by me.  All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own.  Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product.

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese – Blogger Recipe Challenge #sponsor

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I never thought I’d be able to bake a bread so fancy dancy and swirly dirly, let alone taste amazingly so!!!

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Simply Sesame has this awesome recipe contest going on right now and would you believe it!? I entered this gorgeous bread.

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Yes, this is what I have created to showcase the most decadent sesame butter I have ever tasted. And to boot-I created a savory goat cheese and Gorgonzola cranberry spread to serve with it.

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Of course, also laced with more Simply Sesame spread.

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This gem of a snowflake is baked with layers of Simply Sesame’s Pistachio and Cardamom flavored spread and then adorned with chopped pistachios and a snow cloud of confectioner sugar. It is simply stunning for Simply Sesame.

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I know, I know, there are a LOT of pictures, but I couldn’t get over how beautiful this bread turned out.  I literally did NOT want to cut it!

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My kids could not stop eating it. I HAD to stop eating due to carb overload. But….you better believe I went and ordered MORE Simply Sesame so I can make this for CHRISTMAS!!! I mean, yum!!!

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The bread alone is delightfully soft and subtly sweet, adapted from Taste of Home’s star bread. Anyone can make it.

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

If you’ve ever thought you can’t make fancy bread, think again. I’ve even got pictures for you!!  So when you read the recipe, refer to this pic and your bread will be gorgeous-I promise!

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Thank you Simply Sesame for introducing to me the simplicity of roasted organic Sesame seeds and GMO free oils with one of a kind flavors. Move over chocolate hazelnut spread, there’s a new guy in the kitchen!! Holla!

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

For more about Simply Sesame, visit their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.  For ordering direct, please check out their webpage.

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Number of servings: 16

Per Serving 297 calories

Fat 14 g

Carbs 35 g

Protein 10 g

16


Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese

A warm sweet bread with layers of sweet sesame paste and sweet cranberries with a sprinkling of pistachios and powdered sugar. Serve this beautiful snowflake with savory goat cheese spread and watch it soften over the bread.

Ingredients

    For the Bread

  • 1 package or 1/4 oz active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water, 110F-115F
  • 3/4 cup warm milk, 110F-115F
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cardamom (optional)
  • 3 3/4 cups flour, divided
  • 3/4 cup Simply Sesame Pistachio and Cardamom flavor
  • 3/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries
  • 2 Tb unsalted sweet cream butter, melted
  • 2 Tb finely chopped pistachios
  • powdered sugar for dusting
  • For the Savory Goat Cheese

  • 8 oz soft goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Simply Sesame Pure Roasted Sesame flavor
  • 1 Tb lightly dried or fresh parsley
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom

Instructions

  1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water in a small bowl or glass until foamy, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, warm the milk in the microwave or stovetop and gather the remaining ingredients, bowls, pizza pan and silicone mat/rolling pin for rolling dough, and 2 1/2" round cookie cutter or similar marker.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the milk, softened butter, sugar, salt and optional cardamom. Mix well and then add yeast mixture and 3 cups flour. Mix until smooth.
  3. Turn dough out onto floured surface. Carefully knead in 1/4 cup flour, using more or less depending on humidity. Knead for 6-8 minutes until smooth and elastic, to allow the gluten to develop. Place dough into a lightly greased bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  4. Meanwhile, combine the ingredients for the goat cheese in a large bowl. Using a mixer, combine well. Transfer to a dip or spread bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  5. After dough has double in size, turn dough out onto floured surface. Using remaining 1/4 cup flour and adding as needed, continue as follows:
  6. Divide dough into 4 equal portions.
  7. Roll out one dough ball into a 12" circle, dusting as needing so dough does not stick.
  8. Transfer dough to greased pizza pan.
  9. Carefully spoon 4 Tb of Simply Sesame Pistachio and Cardamom flavor over dough and spread with back of spoon, being careful not to tear the dough. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries.
  10. Repeat with remaining 3 dough balls, ending with a layer of dough.
  11. Use a 2 1/2" round cookie cutter, place in the center over dough layers; do not press down. With the cookie cutter as a guide, use a sharp knife to make 16 even cuts from cookie cutter to outside of circle. Remove cookie cutter. Carefully take two strands and twist two times outwards. Pinch the two ends together. Repeat around the circle, two strands at a time, making 8 twists. After pressing seams together, tuck the outer corners of each pair down to bring each twist to a triangle, making the whole bread resemble a star, or snowflake.
  12. Preheat the oven to 375F. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes. Remove plastic wrap and bake for 18-22 minutes until golden brown.
  13. Brush tops gently with melted butter. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios and dust with powdered sugar.
  14. Serve warm with cold goat cheese spread.

Notes

Prep time includes, prep, rest, and rise. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients with like for like products.

*This post was sponsored by Bonelli Fine Food®, the makers of Simply Sesame.  I received free product from the sponsor for participating in their Blogger Recipe Challenge.  No additional compensation was received by me.  All opinions, text, images, and adapted recipe are my own.  Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product.

 

 

 

 

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze #TastyParTea #InspiredByNature

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Decisions, decisions.  Just yesterday I saw a friend trying to decide which picture of her kids she should copy for Christmas.  I mean, they were ALL cute!

I couldn’t even decide which delicious picture to choose from of these gorgeous brunch displays I get to share with you!

 

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And what kind of tea do make with these?

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Do I do cardamom, or cinnamon, earl grey, or raspberry?  Loose leaf or tea bags??  Oh my goodness, I can’t decide!!!!!

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Except I did decide.  And I brought you this delicious meal.  Well, okay, I brought it for you to look at, but by all means, please make it, because you know who was sampling this deliciousness while the family was in snooze land.  It may or not may not have been me.

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Because the orange tea infused into every bite of this meal was perfection!  I’m sure you can use any other kind.  But this worked!

I’m talking about tea in the salad dressing.

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Tea in the biscuits.

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Tea ON the biscuits.

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And tea on the side.

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Did you know there are many cooking uses for tea?  That’s why myself and 11 other bloggers are sharing our tips for cooking with tea-with a giveaway to boot!  Check it out here!

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Oh, and if you are waiting for a reipe, you can find it below!  And don’t forget to visit our sponsors!!  Charles Viancin and The Replublic of Tea!!!

The Giveaway…

Our generous sponsors have contributed prizes for this event.

The giveaway will begin on November 12th and end on November 21st

and is open to US residents only.

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Our Sponsors*…

and how you can find them around the internet

 

Charles Viancin

on the web, on Twitter, on Facebook, on Instagram, on Pinterest

 

 

 

The Republic of Tea

on the web, on Twitter, on Facebook, on Pinterest, on Instagram

 

The trick to these biscuits is letting the dough rest while you prepare the salad dressing, then gently folding in the blueberries as you knead the dough.

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

See, layer after layer the berries are folded in.

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Then ever so carefully, cut the biscuits into rounds.  It’s okay if some berries get cut too.  They will still taste wonderful!

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Place the biscuits on a baking sheet and bake for 10-14 minutes at 425F.

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

They look like this after baking…

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

But after a double dunk in powdered sugar and warm tea, they look like this…

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And we enjoy them with this…(or just eat three in one sitting like my finicky shark did!)

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Enjoy!!!  And I hope you win, because the prizes are just way cool!!!!

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze #TastyParTea #InspiredByNature

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Number of servings: 6

Per Serving 682 calories

Fat 34 g

Carbs 86 g

Protein 12 g

6


Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze #TastyParTea #InspiredByNature

A delicious brunch infused with tea throughout.

Ingredients

    For the Biscuits

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tb baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 Tb orange zest
  • 6 Tb vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup orange spice tea (brewed liquid)
  • 1 Tb honey
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, rinsed and dried
  • For the Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tb orange spice tea (brewed liquid)
  • For the Orange Vinaigrette

  • 6 Tb light olive oil
  • 2 Tb orange juice
  • 2 Tb white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tb orange spice tea (brewed liquid)
  • 1 clove garlic, grated on a microplane
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch pepper
  • 2 pinches thyme
  • For the Salad

  • 12 cups mixed baby greens
  • 1 red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 orange, peeled and cut into cubes
  • ¾ cup walnuts, lightly chopped
  • ¾ cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and orange zest. Cut in the shortening with a pastry cutter until mixture resembles small peas. Stir the buttermilk and spiced tea together with the honey in a small bowl and add to the flour mixture. Stir gently to combine, just until incorporated. Set aside to rest, covered with a paper towel.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425F.
  3. In a small glass jar fitted with a tight lid, or a glass bowl with a whisk, combine all dressing ingredients. Shake or whisk to combine until emulsified (thickened).
  4. Prepare the salad ingredients and set aside for plating.
  5. Prepare the biscuits. Dust a bread board with about ¼ cup flour and turn dough out. Pat gently. Add about ¼ cup of the blueberries on top and press gently. Fold the berries into the dough while turning one quarter turn to knead. Repeat until all berries and flour are folded in, about 6 turns. Pat dough gently to 3/4” high. Cut into 2 1/2” rounds with a biscuit cutter, making up to 12 biscuits.
  6. Place biscuits onto an ungreased baking sheet, spacing evenly and bake for 10-14 minutes until just golden brown and berries are somewhat bursting. Cool just slightly on the baking sheet.
  7. Meanwhile prepare glaze by combing the powdered sugar and spiced tea. Carefully dip tops of warm biscuits into warm glaze, using all the glaze. Transfer to a cooling rack or immediately to a bread basket.
  8. Plate the salad, dividing the ingredients among six salad plates or tossing together in a large salad bowl. Drizzle with dressing (2 Tb per serving) and serve with 1 or 2 biscuits.

*Disclosure: Bloggers received complimentary products from sponsors for the creation of this event. This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links.

Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are our own.*

It’s a Tasty ParTea Giveaway Inspired by Nature

Inspired by Nature | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

We are here to paaaartaaaay!  Ladies.  Gentlemen.  Ring the alarm.  Ring the alarm.

The tea bell that is!  Because it is time for tea service.  With Charles Viancin and his gorgeous line of kitchen products that is Inspired by Nature.  My first thought to the gorgeous tea pot and cup pictured here was when could I fill it with piping hot tea!

Because November speaks of cozy sweaters, kindling fires and steeping tea.  Well, in most places.  Over here in Cali you sometimes have to close the windows and blast the a/c just to feel like it is remotely fall.  Ha!  (In fact, I think my a/c is actually running right now!)

Inspired by Nature | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

But back to this kitchen product line.  Charles Viancin brings nature to his creative and artistic kitchen products and these ceramic tea pots are no different.  I love the unique magnetic tea filter that can hold any lose leaf tea with no trace of tea dust left behind.  The silicone plant cutely blooms over the top of the tea cup as it steeps your favorite tea. The tea pot hold it’s very own tea filter too!  Try the delicious assortment of teas by The Republic of Tea.

The Republic of Tea has joined in with Charles Viancin in a relaxing giveaway for our most deserving readers.  The readers of the twelve bloggers below.  Check it out!

A baker’s dozen bloggers have come together to share different recipes that use tea during the month of November. Whether you’re a fan of sweet or savory #TastyParTEA’s creations will make your mouth water.


See all the posts on our Facebook page, check out the pins on our Pinterest board, or follow the conversation on social media with hashtag #TastyParTEA.

 

 

We Are the #TastyParTEA Bloggers…

listed alphabetically by blog name

 

 


Our Blog Tour Schedule…

 

The Giveaway…

Our generous sponsors have contributed prizes for this event.

The giveaway will begin on November 12th and end on November 21st

and is open to US residents only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Our Sponsors*…

and how you can find them around the internet

 

Charles Viancin

on the web, on Twitter, on Facebook, on Instagram, on Pinterest

 

 

 

The Republic of Tea

on the web, on Twitter, on Facebook, on Pinterest, on Instagram

 

*Disclosure: Bloggers received complimentary products from sponsors for the creation of this event. This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links.

Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are our own.*

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies for Golden Girl Granola 2nd Annual Recipe Challenge

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The Second Annual Golden Girl Granola® Recipe Challenge is here! I was pleased with the opportunity to be able to create a delicious sweet treat for this year’s challenge.

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Golden Girl Granola® has 7 fresh and healthy flavors with all natural ingredients, from Chocolate Decadence to Forest Maple to Home Sweet Honey. I chose Bluesberry for this challenge, because it instantly made me think of summer and sweets.

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I knew I wanted to make ice cream. I could imagine my kids walking along the beach boardwalk with huge waffle cones piled high with luscious blueberry cheesecake ice cream that was dripping down to their elbows. (Heck, I wanted to be the kid with the drippy ice cream cone.) I needed to recreate those flavors right away.

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

But come on, do we all have waffle irons and ice cream makers at home? Probably not. I have an ice cream maker, but half the time I forget to chill my ice cream barrel and then I have to wait even longer to eat my ice cream. And I was not going to go out and buy a waffle maker. But I just could not get the idea of those drippy ice cream cones out of my head.

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

So I thought of how I was going to recreate these flavors AND show off the sweet natural ingredients of Golden Girl Granola’s® Bluesberry Granola. The Bluesberry flavor features sweet maple oats with crunchy almonds, flakes of natural coconut and of course blueberries!

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I decided to make oatmeal lace cookies, using the granola, as my “waffle cone” to add the sweet crunch to my ice cream. These cookies can be made into rounds and use as ice cream sandwich bases or pretty cookie garnish.

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

But if you are feeling hungry and don’t have any patience for making individual cookies, you can spread it out thinly onto the pan and bake it, and then crumble it into a brittle crunch topping. I made them both ways.

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

For the ice cream, I started with chunks of fresh cheesecake pieces with granola “crust” swirled in. Then those chunks of cheesecake were folded into the cheesecake ice cream, to make it doubly delicious! Finished off with twirls of blueberry pie filling, this Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream is the peak of rich creamy perfection. And you can definitely pick up on the little bits of granola throughout.

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This dessert is a three step process, but it is totally simple and worth the wait. Serve it up to your party guests for a fancy treat or for a fun Sunday dinner delight.

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I love the simplicity of this recipe. And you can definitely get the kids to help!

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Thank you Golden Girl Granola® for the opportunity to showcase your sweet granola once again!

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Last year’s challenge was a main dish entrée, in which I created Chorizo Meatballs with Sweet Mole Sauce. I believe the uniqueness and flavors are what helped me earn Second Place for that recipe! Check it out!

And here’s what you’ve been waiting for…!

A creamy double cheesecake no churn needed ice cream full of blueberry pie swirls and sweet granola served with thin granola laced brittle cookies.

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies

Prep Time: 6 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 6 hours, 45 minutes

Number of servings: 16

Per Serving 585 calories

Fat 40 g

Carbs 54 g

Protein 6 g

16


No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies

A creamy double cheesecake ice cream with no churning required with swirls of blueberry pie and crunchy granola brittle cookies, this dessert will remind you of a summery boardwalk ice cream cone. Most of the time includes chilling and baking. Total hands on time is about 45 minutes. Make this a day in advance for entertaining.

Ingredients

    For the Cheesecake Bits

  • 8 oz. Neufchatel cream cheese
  • 4 Tb unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup Golden Girl Granola® Bluesberry Granola (see notes)
  • For the Granola Lace Cookies

  • 1 1/3 cups unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 Tb milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 2/3 cups Golden Girl Granola® Bluesberry Granola (see notes)
  • 2 Tb flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted almonds (optional-see notes)
  • For the Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream (one recipe cheesecake bits, plus below)

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 - 3.4 oz package cheesecake pudding mix
  • 1 - 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup blueberry pie filling from a can

Instructions

  1. Make the Cheesecake Bits: Prepare a 2 qt 8x8" baking dish by lining it with foil and spraying with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer or with a handheld mixer, beat the cream cheese 2 Tb at a time until smooth. Beat in the butter and mix until combined well.
  3. Beat in the vanilla bean paste or vanilla and mix well. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time and mix until fully incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Finally beat in the granola until it breaks down a little. Spread the mixture into the prepared pan. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for two hours.
  5. Prepare the Granola Lace Cookies: Line baking sheets with parchment paper, silicone baking mats, or foil. Place the oven rack at the one-third height in the oven. Preheat oven to 375F.
  6. In a heavy bottom saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat. Bring it to a slow boil and reduce heat, cooking and stirring until the butter begins to brown, about 3-4 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat. Stir in the corn syrup and brown sugar and mix well. The butter sugar mixture should resemble a smooth caramel.
  8. Gently stir in the granola, flour, salt and vanilla. Mix until combined. Then fold in the optional almonds. (If not using almonds, add 2 Tb extra of granola.)
  9. Spoon the batter onto the prepared cookie sheets ONE TEASPOON at a time, spaced 3" apart. The cookies will spread a lot. Bake for 5 minutes and remove. If cookies are stuck together, they can be separated while warm with the side of a fork. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring mat to a cooling rack. When completely cooled, carefully remove from mats by peeling the cookie off and transfer to a plate, stacking carefully. If cooled completely, they should not stick to each other. Be sure not to overbake, or they will crumble to easily.
  10. Alternately, you can make a granola brittle. Spoon a thin layer onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes and then transfer to cooling rack. When completely cooled, break into pieces for a topping.
  11. Repeat the process for remaining batter, cooling one batch while baking another.
  12. Make the No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream: Remove the Cheesecake Bits from the freezer to thaw slightly.
  13. In a stand mixer, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
  14. While the cream is whipping, combine the sweetened condensed milk, pudding mix and vanilla in a small bowl. Mix thoroughly until pudding mix is mostly dissolved into condensed milk.
  15. Gently fold the condensed milk mixture into the whipped cream.
  16. Cut the Cheesecake Bits into 1/2" squares, by lifting the foil out of the pan and cutting straight down with a sharp knife. Gently fold into ice cream mixture. Spread the ice cream mixture into the same 2 qt 8x8" baking pan from the cheesecake bits. You do not need to line the pan.
  17. Spoon the blueberry pie filling onto the ice cream mixture and fold in gently to create blueberry swirls. Cover tightly and freeze for four hours, or until firm.
  18. Scoop the ice cream onto granola lace cookie rounds, or scoop into a bowl and crumble granola brittle over the top. Enjoy!

Notes

Can substitute any blueberry granola or your favorite granola here. Makes 16 ice cream servings and 56 cookie servings. If not using almonds in the cookies, add 2 Tb extra of granola.

*This post was sponsored by Golden Girl Granola®. I received free product from the sponsor for participating in their Blogger Recipe Challenge. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product.

Grilled Corn Guacamole on Sofritos Tacos #GuacSquad12

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Casabella, Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices and Melissa’s Produce.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Please don’t miss the Giveaway here and other amazing Guacamole recipes below!

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This week my husband and I went out on our weekly date night (toting along the two littlest ones of course).  We had our usual no-idea-what-to-eat dilemma, him no longer eating red meat and myself very rarely eating any meat.  We went to the food court at our local mall as I was off on a search for new shoes to fit my finally repaired and healing broken toe.  (Can you believe how much pain one little broken toe can produce!?)

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

After almost ordering a walnut and goat cheese salad from the sandwich place, I spotted a well know Mexican grill that sells the famous sofritos which inspired this meal.  Actually their entire menu inspired this dish of Tofu Sofritos Tacos with Citrus Cilantro Coleslaw and Grilled Corn Guacamole.  We used to order from this grill at least once a month during our company lunch meals at my workplace.

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Despite the fact that I never actually had the sofritos from this popular place (I used to get the chicken), I wanted to make them because of a) my craving for tacos and b) my desire to remove meat from my diet.  Let me just say that I LOVED my sofritos at least 10 times more.  I braised mine to perfection, ridding all traces of “soy” taste from these tacos.  And the guacamole…okay that is what we are here for.

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The guacamole at this famous Mexican grill is so delicious that they charge nearly $2 more to add it to your meal.  I love that they give large portions, so that’s good.  They also serve this wonderful corn pico de gallo.  These two toppings together make any taco or burrito bowl supreme.

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

So when I was given the opportunity to create a recipe for Casabella’s newest innovation, the Guac-Lock guacamole container, I knew I had to make a Grilled Corn Guacamole.  The fresh avocados shipped direct to me from Melissa’s Produce went divinely with the purees and dried herbs from Gourmet Garden.

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And love the Guac-Lock I did!  I ate guacamole for a week.  On everything!  This photo was actually taken on day 5 of storing this guacamole.

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Please note the freshness!  And it didn’t even taste sour or overwhelmed with onion, as most avocado dips do when they contact air.  I didn’t have to scrape off any grey unappealing discoloration from the top of the guacamole each day I ate it.

I just spooned out what I wanted and smoothed out the top.  The handy pusher tool provided made it simple to “squeeze” all the air out and seal the lid.

Love this thing!!

Grilled Corn Guacamole on Sofritos Tacos #GuacSquad12

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 12

Per Serving 106 calories

Fat 8 g

Carbs 10 g

Protein 2 g

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Grilled Corn Guacamole on Sofritos Tacos #GuacSquad12

Ingredients

  • 3 avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 2 ears corn
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • juice of one lime
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic salt (or 1 tsp Gourmet Garden garlic puree)
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder (or pinch Gourmet Garden red chili flakes)

Instructions

  1. Spray a griddle with nonstick cooking spray. Place 2 shucked ears of corn on the grill, sprinkling with salt and pepper if desired. Grill over medium heat, rotating to grill each side, about 10-15 minutes until corn is tender. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Place diced avocado in a medium bowl and smash lightly with a fork or masher.
  3. Cut corn kernels off cob using a sharp knife, catching the kernels into a medium bowl.
  4. Add corn and remaining ingredients to mashed avocadoes and mix well, mashing while mixing.
  5. Transfer mixture to an airtight container (such as the Guac-Lock) and store up to 6 days in the refrigerator.

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This post was sponsored by Casabella, Gourmet Garden, and Melissa’s Produce. I received a Guac-Lock container, fresh herbs and pastes, and fresh avocados from the sponsors for participating in #GuacSquad12. All opinions, text, images, and recipes are my own. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product. *This post contains affiliate links.

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Summertime, Summertime…and Guacamole-Wait, Did you say Giveaway??!!!! #GuacSquad12

You know those girls that take for-ev-er to get ready?! Those ones that make their grand entrance walking down the stairs while all her guests await. The guests that are checking their watches thinking they could be somewhere else?

Well you aren’t that guest, cuz this was worth the wait! So stay right here! Cuz I might be late to the party (due to some unforeseen circumstances and hospital visits) but you are not late to the giveaway!

Between now and July 20th, I will be sharing 3, yes 3, mouthwatering recipes all leading up to my guacamole reveal. Guacamole reveal??? Yes! Read below and stay tuned!!!

It’s summertime! And that means ripe avocados and lots and lots of guacamole. Do you adore guacamole? If so, then #GuacSquad12 – a multi-day, multi-blogger event – is for you. Follow the conversation on social media with our event hashtag and visit the participating bloggers for some amazing twists on guac.

A dozen bloggers have come together to share fourteen different guacamole recipes during the month of July. Whether you’re a guacamole purist – think avocado, cilantro and lime – or you get a little more creative – think of some fabulous fold-ins such as pineapple or olives – the #GuacSquad12’s creations will make your mouth water.

Here’s are the GuacSquad Bloggers…

listed alphabetically by blog name

 

Here’s the blog tour schedule…

Join Us On Twitter…

Join us for a live Twitter chat on Saturday, July 16th at

7am Pacific/10am Eastern. We’ll be talking guac for an hour!

Here are Our Sponsors*…

and how you can find them around the internet

Casabella

on the web, on Twitter, on Facebook, on Instagram, on Pinterest

Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices

on the web, on Twitter, on Facebook, on Pinterest, on Instagram, on Google+

Melissa’s Produce

on the web, on Twitter, on Facebook, on Pinterest, on Instagram

 

Here are Our Prizes…

We are giving away a dozen – yes, twelve! – Guac-Lock™s from Casabella.

And we have an amazing prize package from Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices that includes their entire collection of stir in pastes and their lightly dried herbs.

 

 

The Giveaway…

Our generous sponsors have contributed prizes for this event. The giveaway runs from July 8th through July 25th when we will select thirteen winners who will be notified by email. The first twelve winners will receive the Guac-Lock™ by Casabella; the thirteenth winner will receive a generous prize package from Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices. No purchase necessary. Winners will have 48 hours to reply with contact information or new winner will be chosen. Good luck!

 

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This Will Make Your Kids Smile From the Inside Out – Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The a2 Milk Company™ for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I let my daughter eat a Popsicle for breakfast today. Gasp! Crazy right!?

Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I let her get full on covered in Popsicle from her pretty little mouth down to her teeny dimpled elbows.

Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Normally a child covered in a sticky mess would drive me bananas. But not if it’s a clean sticky mess. (Oxymoron much?)

Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I didn’t let the drips bother me. These pops are as gentle to my baby’s skin as they are to her tummy!

Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’m talking about these homemade fruit and cream bars made with fresh fruit and lowfat milk. With just a bit of sugar and cornstarch and your favorite flavored extract-which is totally optional-you can make these creamy dreamy fruit bars too!

Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’m talking about NO artificial colors or sticky high fructose corn syrup. With all the goodness of natural lowfat milk. a2 Milk® helps put the goodness in these fruit and cream bars.

Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

a2 Milk® is gentle on the digestive system so it is the perfect milk to use in these freezer pops. Those with milk sensitivities can have their ice cream without all the tummy pain. I myself suffer from IBS and have a hard time digesting milk and ice cream, but with a2 Milk®,I don’t have to worry about that.

Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The a2 Milk Company™, founded in New Zealand, discovered after independent research, that milk from ordinary cows contains a1 and a2 proteins. a1 protein has been found to cause discomfort in some people and can sometimes even lead to issues such as diabetes and digestive problems. Over time, the a1 protein had developed due to a genetic mutation in cows. The a2 Milk Company™ found a way to naturally select only cows producing the a2 protein to bring to us  a2 Milk®.

Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Certified in the humane treatment of animals, The a2 Milk Company™ feeds their cows a vegetarian diet and never gives them hormones. Their milk is antibiotic free with no artificial ingredients or additives.

My kids love this milk and we find it tastes no different that the regular milk we buy in the market. In fact, you can find it for yourself at these locations here using this Product Locator, and even get this a2 Milk® $1 Off Coupon!

Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This milk is just like any other cow’s milk too. You can use in it casseroles like this Creamy Cauliflower Gratin, in your breakfast cereal like these Overnight Oats, and even in baking such as this Fiesta Black Bean Quiche. I especially love it in these Fruit & Cream Bars.

You definitely can’t get bars this creamy and milky with almond or soy milk! And cow’s milk gives you 6 times the calcium of soy milk and 8 times the protein of almond milk. No more cooking and baking with fake milk, get the good stuff.

Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

You can find more recipes like these by following The a2 Milk Company™ on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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For now, make these Fruit & Cream Bars. Your kids will thank you and so will their tummies!

Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

For the creamiest Raspberry White Chocolate and Kiwi Strawberry Fruit & Cream Bars, look no further.

Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars-Kiwi Strawberry and Raspberry White Chocolate

Total Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Number of servings: 16

Per Serving 96 calories

Fat 3 g

Carbs 16 g

Protein 2 g

16


Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars-Kiwi Strawberry and Raspberry White Chocolate

Ingredients

    For the Kiwi Strawberry Bars

  • 2 cups a2 Milk®
  • 2 Tb cornstarch
  • 4 Tb sugar
  • 2 tsp strawberry extract (optional)
  • 2 kiwis sliced
  • 3/4 cup strawberries, chopped
  • For the Raspberry White Chocolate Bars

  • 2 cups a2 Milk®
  • 2 Tb cornstarch
  • 3 1/2 Tb sugar
  • 2 tsp raspberry extract (optional)
  • 3/4-1 cup raspberries
  • 2 oz white baking chocolate, chopped

Instructions

  1. In one medium saucepan, combine the strawberries, cornstarch, sugar and extract. Stir to combine. Add the milk and mix until smooth.
  2. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly to prevent the milk from scorching. Mix and stir until the milk begins thickens slightly. Cool about 10 minutes.
  3. Line popsicle molds with the sliced kiwis. Carefully ladle in the cool strawberry pudding. Use a chopstick or skewer to release trapped air bubbles. Place in the popsicle sticks and freeze at least 4 hours or overnight. Let rest at room temperature about 5 minutes before removing from molds to enjoy.
  4. In another medium saucepan, combine the white chocolate, cornstarch, sugar and extract. Stir to combine. Add the milk and mix until smooth.
  5. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly to prevent the milk from scorching. Mix and stir until the milk begins thickens slightly. Cool about 10 minutes.
  6. Fill popsicle molds with the raspberries. Carefully ladle in the cool white chocolate pudding. Use a chopstick or skewer to release trapped air bubbles. Place in the popsicle sticks and freeze at least 4 hours or overnight. Let rest at room temperature about 5 minutes before removing from molds to enjoy.

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Easter Candy S’mores

Easter Candy S'mores | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

S’mores in the Spring time. Well sure! Why not celebrate the first official day of warmer weather with ooey gooey melt in your mouth s’mores! Cuz I made these ones taste like Easter candy.

Easter Candy S'mores | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My favorite Easter candies are those chocolate eggs full of creamy sugar fondant that drips down your fingers when you take a bite. Yep. (Hold on while I imagine it.)

Easter Candy S'mores | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Where was I? Oh yea, Easter Candy S’mores.

Easter Candy S'mores | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

These s’mores start with sugared chocolate grahams sandwiching fluffy toasted marshmallows that are stuffed with dark chocolate chips, followed by a drizzle of rich chocolate syrup and sweetened condensed milk. These s’mores give the true ooze factor of the Easter candy I love.

I made s’mores because: one-I like them, two-it’s getting time for camping and picnic season, and three-Barbeqa has provided me some awesome telescoping roasting sticks for me to share!

Easter Candy S'mores | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And the Easter Candy flavor-well that’s just for the sheer fact that Easter is a week away!!

Easter Candy S'mores | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I must say when I first opened these roasting sticks, I was very pleased. I love the little red poke guards, so little ones don’t get pricked when they excitably open the pouch. I should know, I have excited little ones! (I really love the resealing travel size pouch these come in-perfect for picnics!)

Easter Candy S'mores | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The set of four telescoping roasting sticks expand to the perfect length of “not too flimsy”, and “long enough to keep you out of the flames”. The sturdy wooden handles display the Barbeqa logo and include a convenient loop for hanging.

Easter Candy S'mores | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Be sure the check out the video below to check out these roasting sticks in action-and for the recipe for these delicious Easter Candy S’mores of course.

Easter Candy S'mores | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Do you have a favorite Easter candy?

Easter Candy S’mores

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Number of servings: 4

Per Serving 177 calories

Fat 4 g

Carbs 33 g

Protein 2 g

4


Easter Candy S’mores

Ingredients

  • 4 chocolate graham crackers
  • 8 jumbo marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (dark, milk, or semi-sweet)
  • 2 Tb chocolate syrup
  • 2 Tb sweetened for condense milk

Instructions

  1. Break each graham cracker in half and place on a napkin or plate.
  2. Place two marshmallows on each of four campfire roasting sticks and roast over an open flame about 2-6 inches from the heat, turning the marshmallow gradually, depending on your desired toastiness. If it catches on fire, just blow out the flame.
  3. Place the toasted marshmallows upright on one cracker by carefully sliding off with a fork.
  4. Place a divided tablespoon of chocolate chips in each of the marshmallows. Drizzle each serving with a tablespoon each of chocolate syrup and sweetened condensed milk.
  5. Place the second cracker on top and smoosh together. Enjoy carefully-may be hot.

How about your favorite thing to roast over a campfire?

*This is a sponsored post. I received a these roasting sticks at a reduced price from the sponsor Barbeqa for my unbiased product review. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, and images, are my own, unless otherwise noted.

Mulled Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone – #FreshTastyValentines

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Valentine’s Day is all about romance. And love. And true loves.

I have a confession to make. I have another true love that isn’t my husband. I have a crazy, insane obsession with food. And creating things out of food that I can only concoct in my head.

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

When I found out I was receiving two bottles of wine [stops to pour a glass because I’m making myself thirsty] from Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, for this week’s #FreshTastyValentines hosted by the lovely Camilla, I just had to think of a creative recipe for the wine. More specifically, the red wine. Because it’s the color of love.

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Well, I knew I wanted to make a dessert, some kind of fruit parfait, but not quite a sangria. I wanted something with flavor depth. Often times I think of something I want to make, and I don’t know if it is the many years I’ve spent reading cookbooks and recipes, but I’ll usually find something online almost similar to what I was thinking of. I’ve never been to culinary school, but I’m pretty sure I would love it!

Woodbridge Winery has been around since 1979 with vineyards in Lodi, California. They have a large selection to choose from and I love their food pairing guide! I still have a lot to learn with that!

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

For this recipe, I wanted to pair a gelatin with my homemade mascarpone cheese, and the gorgeous apples I received from Envy Apples. I just type ingredients I want to use into my search engine to get ideas. If I don’t find anything, I do what I want! And I always give credit where credit is due.

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I found a recipe for Mulled Wine Jellies by Jamie Oliver and I was sold. My inspiration for these beautiful apple gelatins bloomed, kind of like the cross-pollinated apple blossoms at Envy Apple’s orchards in Lake Chelan, Washington.

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I set out to make my dessert and topped it with my homemade mascarpone cheese that I had mixed with sweet Madagascar vanilla bean paste. The flavors were a delight to my grown up taste buds. The sweet crisp apples and tart dry red wine mingled perfectly with notes of cinnamon, black peppercorns and allspice. Orange and cranberry brought all the flavors together. It was like a brisk fall day in a glass, no lie.

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Don’t you just love those teeny little spoons? I found this dish set our local foods warehouse for less than $20 and it came with 3 long oven safe dishes, 3 ramakins and 3 baby ceramic spoons.

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

They are so fun to eat with! And I love getting just a bit of sweet mascarpone cheese with each bite of apples and wine gelatin. And if you look closely you can see all the bitty vanilla bean specks.

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Give it a go. It’s so simple to make and a wonderful treat for your Valentine sweetheart or your next dinner party.

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Only the best ingredients for this Valentine treat!

A scored orange does magic to cranberry and wine.

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

There’s just something about fanned out apples in a glass…just gorgeous! I Envy you apples. (ba dum cha!)

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Carefully poured mulled gelatin is ready for a good chill.

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This Madagascar Vanilla Bean Paste is to die for! Seriously!

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Aren’t these absolutely stunning!? I think I’m gonna have another one tonight.

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Please don’t forget the Rafflecopter giveaway with #FreshTastyValentines below!! The giveaway ends TODAY!!!!

Mulled Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone

Prep Time: 6 hours, 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 6 hours, 30 minutes

Number of servings: 6

Per Serving 223 calories

Fat 4 g

Carbs 36 g

Protein 3 g

6


Mulled Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone

Recipe pictured was divided into 4 larger servings, but serves 6 easily.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cup Pinot Nior red wine by Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi wine
  • 1 1/3 cup 100% cranberry juice blend
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 5 cloves allspice
  • 1 large orange
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 2 0.25 oz packets gelatin
  • 3 Envy apples, cored and thinly sliced
  • 4 Tb mascarpone cheese
  • 1 Tb Madagascar vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 6 mint leaves (optional)

Instructions

  1. Score an orange along the peel with a sharp knife, into sections. Do not slice all the way through. Place the orange, wine, cranberry juice and spices in a sauce pan. Whisk in the sugar.
  2. Bring liquid to a low simmer over medium low heat, reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool 15 more minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, slice the apples and arrange along the outside of 4 large or 6 smaller parfait glasses or ramekins.
  4. Pour the gelatin over the cold water in a small bowl. Set aside.
  5. Remove the orange and spices from the infused liquid. Squeeze any juice from the orange back into the liquid.
  6. Slowly stir the softened gelatin and water into the infused liquid and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Carefully ladle the liquid into the glasses with the apple slices, being careful not to let the apple slices fall.
  7. Place in refrigerator to chill at least 6 hours.
  8. Mix the vanilla bean paste into the mascarpone cheese. Top each glass with equal amounts mascarpone cheese and orange zest. Garnish with mint leaved, if desired and serve.

Notes

Vanilla mascarpone can be prepared while gelatin is chilling. Chill time is included in prep time.

This post was sponsored by Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi and Envy Apples. I received complimentary products from the sponsors for participating in #FreshTastyValentines. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own, unless otherwise noted. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product. *This post contains affiliate links.

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