Freutcake http://www.freutcake.com , Inspiration for the modern day hostess. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 14:18:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 5-Ingredient Mini Peach-Bourbon Icebox Pie http://www.freutcake.com/in-the-kitchen/5-ingredient-recipes/mini-peach-bourbon-icebox-pie/ http://www.freutcake.com/in-the-kitchen/5-ingredient-recipes/mini-peach-bourbon-icebox-pie/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 14:14:09 +0000 http://www.freutcake.com/?p=16668 Nothing says summer like peach pie but nothing sucks up a summer afternoon quite like making one! By the time you make the piecrust, peel the peaches, bake everything, let it cool…it might as well be fall already!

Peach Bourbon Icebox Pies

For the hasty hostess who wants the full stone-fruit experience without the fuss, this icebox pie is the perfect recipe. They’re ready in a fraction of the time plus they’re no-bake, so you don’t have to turn on the oven. We all know how steamy those late-summer days can be.

Mini Peach Bourbon Pies

To give these dainty pies an extra grown-up twist, we cooked down peaches with brown sugar and a generous shot of bourbon. It’s a classic flavor combination for a reason. If you’d like, feel free to skip the booze but it really does add an extra caramel layer of flavor you won’t want to miss. Plus, the baker’s allowed to take a little nip while her pies cool—that’s the rule!

 Peach Bourbon Pies

This easy technique taste great with other stone fruits, as well. Stop by the farmers’ market, pick up some produce and experiment with different combinations and cooking times: Plums and red wine, nectarines and sherry, peaches and peach lambic…the options really are endless.

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If you’re willing to splurge on an extra ingredient, top these pies with a generous dollop of whipped cream or a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream (it’s probably in your freezer already, right?)

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Mini Peach Bourbon Pies 5photos by Erin Phraner

5-Ingredient Mini Peach-Bourbon Icebox Pies
Yields 6
No-bake mini peach-bourbon pies are a quick and effortless summer dessert.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 tablespoons butter
  2. 5 peaches, peeled and chopped
  3. 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  4. 1 shot bourbon or whiskey
  5. 1 (6-pack) container mini premade graham cracker crusts
  6. PANTRY STAPLES: Sea salt and vanilla ice cream / whipped cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the peaches, brown sugar and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the peaches release their juices, about 3 minutes.
  2. Remove the skillet from the heat. Add the bourbon. Return to the stove and increase the heat to medium-high. Cook until mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon, about 5 more minutes.
  3. Divide the peach mixture among the graham cracker crusts. Let cool slightly, then refrigerate until cool, about 20 minutes. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream, if desired.
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Freutcake Fixer Upper: Moving In http://www.freutcake.com/home-2/freutcake-fixer-upper-moving-in/ http://www.freutcake.com/home-2/freutcake-fixer-upper-moving-in/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 11:00:27 +0000 http://www.freutcake.com/?p=16645 This past weekend it was finally time to move into our new house! With the floors re-finished, the rooms painted, bathroom tile installed and kitchen almost done, the inside of our house is nearly complete. Although from the list of projects we still want to accomplish now and down the road, I’m guessing a home is never fully completed. Am I right?

Freutcake Fixer Upper Moving In

Kitchen: Blame it on my pregnancy hormones or my nagging perfectionist nature but something just wasn’t feeling right about the back splash tile I chose for our kitchen. It was lovely: painted grey and cream hexagonal tile that Jason and I both fell in love with at first sight. But as the day approached for installation, I started getting cold feet about my design choice. So, the morning of I put a hold on everything, ran out and ordered entirely new tile for the back splash.

Freutcake Fixer Upper Moving In

This time around I chose a simple all white lantern style tile that compliments the white subway on the opposite side of the kitchen and is much smaller in scale than my original choice.

Freutcake Fixer Upper Moving In

After the white grout was added the wall looks so clean and simplistic but still reads as a pattern due to the shape of the tile. Just enough pattern to add character to the space without overwhelming the small kitchen.

 Freutcake Fixer Upper Moving In

In the end I am so, so glad I followed my gut on this one and ordered new tile! It might have been an extra expense but I know I will love this tile every day we live in this home and that was most important. Isn’t it pretty?

Freutcake Fixer Upper Moving In

Hardwood Floors: One of my favorite features about this house was the “good condition” of the original hardwood floors. We knew from the beginning that having the floors re-finished would be the goal and we crossed our fingers that we would be able to save the hardwood beneath the layers of tile in the dining room nook.

Freutcake Fixer Upper

I’ve always loved dark hardwood floors but after seeing the floors sanded to a beautiful natural finish I was almost tempted to keep them this light!

Freutcake Fixer Upper Floors

Sadly, there were a few spots throughout the house where the floors were too damaged to look good with a light finish so I chose a dark espresso bean stain. Cooler than I originally planned but so lovely against our light grey walls and white trim. Plus, I was told that over time the natural warmth of the wood will come out and warm the finish even more. Good tip if you are deciding on a hardwood floor stain!

Freutcake Fixer Upper Floors

Bathroom: Ah, the bathroom! When we first bought this house I believe my exact words to Jason were…”I’m not bathing babies in that bathtub!” If it were up to me I would have ripped out the nasty original 1950’s tub and started fresh. THANKFULLY, no one listened to me, ha! We were referred to a company who specializes in restoring and refinishing bathtubs like ours without the need to replace them. Now the tub is shiny, smooth, and so sparkling white you would never know it wasn’t new. (Hard to tell in my iPhone photo but it’s true.) Plus, it’s a great quality old tub and in the words of the gentleman who re-glazed it, “they just don’t make tubs like this anymore.” Well said tub man.

Freutcake Fixer Upper Tub

While we’re currently living out of boxes, lacking furniture in multiple rooms, and temporarily without a working kitchen; this little fixer-upper is already feeling like a home.

Freutcake Fixer Upper

At least I can say that my bed is made, even if it’s the only presentable space in the entire house! Oh, and did I mention that this is the first time we’ve lived with central air conditioning? Best investment ever. Bring on the extra fluffy duvet!

Freutcake Fixer Upper

For more glimpses of our renovation, follow along on my Instagram #FreutcakeFixerUpper!

 

 

 

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Molten Chocolate Truffle Cakes http://www.freutcake.com/in-the-kitchen/molten-chocolate-truffle-cakes/ http://www.freutcake.com/in-the-kitchen/molten-chocolate-truffle-cakes/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 11:00:35 +0000 http://www.freutcake.com/?p=16631 Chocolate, orange and champagne? What could be more delicious than that? Molten Chocolate Truffle Cakes…that’s what!

Molten Chocolate Truffle Cakes

When Seattle Chocolates asked me to create a recipe using one of their summer truffles, I called Erin (Freutcake’s 5-Ingredient recipe goddess) and asked for her help making something extra special and indulgent. Why not make molten chocolate cakes with melted truffles inside? Genius!

Molten Chocolate Truffle Cakes

I’ve always loved the combination of chocolate and orange. It reminds me of being little, and sneaking chocolate covered orange candies over and over again at Christmas time. It’s been a favorite flavor combination of mine ever since.

Molten Chocolate Truffle Cakes

And who says all summer desserts have to be in popsicle form? The Mimosa Truffle melts into a dreamy white chocolate and orange center that brightens up the richness of the chocolate cake.

Molten Chocolate Truffle Cakes

If you’re afraid of dark chocolate—don’t be with this cake! Lining the tins with sugar not only makes removal super easy, it adds a crunchy, sweet coating that softens the rich flavor.

Molten Chocolate Truffle Cakes

Orange and chocolate not your favorite combination? You can always experiment with other delicious truffle flavors like Mint or Blackberry. How fun!

Molten Chocolate Truffle Cakes

These little molten cakes are the perfect dessert to make for your next summer dinner party or even as an extra special brunch dessert, served with mimosas of course!

Molten Chocolate Truffle Cakes

photos & recipe development by Erin Phraner

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Seattle Chocolate Company. However, the recipes and all opinions expressed here are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who support Freutcake!

 

Molten Chocolate Truffle Cakes
Mini molten dark chocolate cakes with a melted chocolate and orange truffle center.
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Ingredients
  1. Nonstick cooking spray
  2. 1/3 cup granulated sugar, plus more for the pan
  3. 1 (4- to 5-ounce bar) bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  4. 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  5. 2 whole eggs, plus 3 egg yolks
  6. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  7. 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  8. Pinch of salt
  9. 12 Seattle Chocolates Mimosa Truffles
  10. Vanilla ice cream or sweetened whipped cream, for serving
  11. 1 orange, for serving
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400˚F. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle cups with sugar and twist / shake to coat them completely; tap out any excess.
  2. Heat the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water (do not let the bowl touch the water), stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs, egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl until light yellow and almost doubled in volume, about 5 minutes. Whisk the flour, cocoa power and salt in a small bowl.
  4. Fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture, then gently fold in the melted chocolate mixture. Fold until smooth with no streaks.
  5. 5. Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups. Press 1 Mimosa Truffle into the center of each. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until firm to the touch. Transfer muffin pan to a wire rack; let cool in the pan 5 minutes, then use an offset spatula to gently lift cakes from the pan.
  6. To serve, peel long strips of zest from the orange. Slice zest into 1/4-inch-wide strips using a sharp knife; wrap around your finger or the end of a spoon to coil. Top each cake with ice cream or whipped cream; top with orange twists.
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