Chocolate Rum Truffles | Homemade from the Heart

Chocolate Rum Truffles | Homemade from the Heart

Chocolate Rum Truffles?  Oh yes please!

 

I’m super excited to be working with  U. S. Sauce Co. in 2017 so look for more ‘hot’ n’ sweet sponsored posts!   This recipe features their Hot n’ Honey Hot Sauce from U.S. Sauce Co.

Anyone with a sweet tooth will love you forever when you show up with these delicious sweet treats. The shot of real rum gets kicked up a notch when we add hot sauce!

This recipe for Sweet n' Sexy Chocolate Rum TRUFFLES is so good! A fun & easy recipe to make. But be careful! You just might keep them all to yourself.

Chocolate and spices like cayenne and chili are a natural.  Have you tried this amazing combination yet?  Please be sure to check out my Chocolate Mayan Bundt Cake recipe.  It will become your goto for chocolate cake!

Homemade chocolates are truly a gift from the heart, and this Chocolate Rum Truffles recipe is so easy you will be thrilled with the results.

This recipe for Sweet n' Sexy Chocolate Rum TRUFFLES is so good! A fun & easy recipe to make. But be careful! You just might keep them all to yourself.

Why not double the batch and give out special boxes of six truffles each?  Six beautiful gifts to share.  Homemade chocolates are so special and there are some really great recipes out there.  I like Martha Stewart’s and there is a really nice recipe at Epicurious

Or maybe just keep all of these delicious Chocolate Rum Truffles for you and your honey….

This recipe for Sweet n' Sexy Chocolate Rum TRUFFLES is so good! A fun & easy recipe to make. But be careful! You just might keep them all to yourself.

I like to get all of my ingredients out and the tools that I will need, like measuring spoons and cups, the cookie sheet lined with parchment, candy cups, etc. and that usually saves me quite a bit of time.

 

Sweet n’ Sexy Chocolate Rum Truffles
Author: Judy
Ingredients
  • 18 candy cups
  • 8 oz dark semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 tbsp cold strong coffee
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp dark rum or brandy
  • 1/2 tsp Hot n Honey Hot Sauce
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder for coating
  • 3 tbsp confectioner's sugar for coating
Instructions
  1. Put chocolate in a large heatproof bowl
  2. Add coffee and cream
  3. Set the bowl over a pan of barely simmering water and leave it until the chocolate is melted, stirring occasionally
  4. Remove bowl from pan and beat the chocolate with an electric mixer for 10-15 minutes until thick enough to stand in soft peaks
  5. Add rum and hot sauce and beat 2-3 minutes longer
  6. Chill covered 1/2 hours or until firm and at the same time chill a cookie sheet
  7. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper and sift the cocoa over the paper
  8. Stand 18 candy cups on a small tray
  9. Drop teaspoonfuls of the truffle mixture onto the cocoa powder
  10. Roll in the cocoa, shaping into balls and place each ball in a candy cup
  11. For gift giving, pack each candy cup in a beautiful valentine box.
  12. Keep your truffles in an air tight container in a cool place until ready to serve.

Easy Cheddar Bay Biscuits Recipe | Red Lobster Copycat

Easy Cheddar Bay Biscuits Recipe | Red Lobster Copycat

Easy Cheddar Bay Biscuits Recipe

Easy Cheddar Bay Biscuits Recipe (Red Lobster Copycat) baked as mini loaves! So easy to make, you can have them for dinner tonight!

 

Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits should be illegal.  I mean how can a biscuit that is loaded with cheese and butter be made available to an unsuspecting diner at no charge?  I could make an entire meal of these amazing Cheddar Bay Biscuits!! Know what I mean?  Of course you do!

Easy Cheddar Bay Biscuits Recipe (Red Lobster Copycat) baked as mini loaves! So easy to make, you can have them for dinner tonight!

 

We love to eat at Red Lobster and yes we also love their Cheddar Bay Biscuits.  So Mark decided he would try to make them at home, and found our Easy Cheddar Bay Biscuits recipe over at food.com.   He did so well, that he bought this really cool little loaf pan.  And the beauty of using this pan, in addition to these cute little loaves, is that there is very little mess! I’ve included a link below just in case you really want to get one of these amazing pans!*

Easy Cheddar Bay Biscuits Recipe (Red Lobster Copycat) baked as mini loaves! So easy to make, you can have them for dinner tonight!

We don’t make them as much as we used to, but I have to tell you I have been craving these for months.  I think the last time we ate out at Red Lobster was a year ago January when we were in Naples, Fla.

Easy Cheddar Bay Biscuits Recipe (Red Lobster Copycat) baked as mini loaves! So easy to make, you can have them for dinner tonight!

This easy cheddar bay biscuits recipe is so full of yummy goodness you just can’t eat one – or two for that matter!

I’m really having a lot of fun making copycat recipes these days, so let’s get to it and whip up a batch of these amazing Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

Easy Cheddar Bay Biscuits Recipe (Red Lobster Copycat) baked as mini loaves! So easy to make, you can have them for dinner tonight!

 

Easy Cheddar Bay Biscuits Recipe | Red Lobster Copycat
Author: Judy
Ingredients
Biscuits
  • 2 1/2 cups Bisquick baking mix
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • 3/4 cup cold whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Topping
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chopped fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F
  2. Combine Bisquick and cold butter. Don't combine too thoroughly. There should be small chunks of butter about the size of peas. Tip: I used a pastry blender
  3. Add cheddar, milk and 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  4. Mix by hand until combined, but don't over mix
  5. Drop 8 equal portions into the greased mini loaf pan cavities
  6. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until tops are light brown or a toothpick comes out clean
  7. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a bowl
  8. Stir in 1/2 tsp garlic powder and the chopped parsley
  9. Use a pastry brush to spread garlic butter mixture over tops of biscuits while they are still warm
  10. Enjoy!

 

Easy Nanaimo Bars Recipe | The Ultimate Chocolate Pie!

Easy Nanaimo Bars Recipe | The Ultimate Chocolate Pie!

Easy Nanaimo Bars Recipe – the Ultimate No-Bake Chocolate Pie!

Nanaimo Bars are a Canadian Classic, Pielady Bakes takes this easy nanaimo bars recipe and kicks it up a notch with delicious peanut butter & chocolate!

 

A perfect no bake chocolate pie that looks gorgeous, you can make ahead of time and keep in the fridge or freeze!  How perfect is that?

Some of my favorite Nanaimo Bar recipes include Anna Olson’s on Foodnetwork Canada, and the City of Nanaimo has a great recipe too!

Where do Nanaimo Bars come from? Well, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada in about 1953 and we’ve been in love with them ever since.  This delicious concoction of chocolate, coconut, walnuts and butter cream is often served up in Diners and Coffee Shops everywhere to enjoy with that special latte.  Potlucks are another popular event where Nanaimo Bars will make an appearance!

Nanaimo Bars are a Canadian Classic, Pielady Bakes takes this easy nanaimo bars recipe and kicks it up a notch with delicious peanut butter & chocolate!

Just thinking about biting into that chocolate glaze, and creamy butter frosting, well my mouth is watering!

I love the ease of cookie bar recipes too, but this time I wanted to make a very fancy dessert, and topped this one with some delicious dark and white chocolate treats!

 

We’re having some of our family over for brunch tomorrow.  I’m serving this easy Nanaimo Bars recipe will be served as an elegant chocolate pie!  Just in time for National Pie Day!

Easy Nanaimo Bars Recipe | The Ultimate Chocolate Pie!
Author: Judy
Ingredients
Base Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 squares semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Icing
  • 3 tbsp butter softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla or mint extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups sifted icing sugar
  • 2 - 2 1/2 tbsp warm cream or whole milk
Topping
  • 2 squares of semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 tbsp butter melted
Instructions
Base Instructions
  1. Butter or Grease a 9" pie plate
  2. Melt butter and chocolate in a saucepan over hot water
  3. Remove from heat and stir in sugar, vanilla, egg, rolled oats, coconut and walnuts
  4. Press mixture into a 9" greased pie plate
  5. Cover and chill while mixing the next step.
Icing
  1. Mix softened butter, vanilla, and salt until smooth and creamy
  2. Blend in icing sugar alternatively with the cream until everything is blended and the icing is very smooth and spreading consistency.
  3. Chill the frosting while getting the Topping ready.
Topping
  1. Melt semi-sweet chocolate and butter, stir until smooth
Putting it all together
  1. Spread the Icing evenly over the Base Mixture.
  2. Smooth with a spatula
  3. Spread the Topping over the Icing.
  4. Cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve (at least 2 hours)

 

Homemade Lemon Meringue Pie | Lemony Delicious!

Homemade Lemon Meringue Pie | Lemony Delicious!

Homemade Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe from scratch.

This Homemade Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe is so delicious, you'll never use a mix again! Fresh citrus flavor in every bite & just look at all that meringue!

 

You know up until a few months ago, I always used the lemon pie filling mixes, thinking that I couldn’t possibly find the time, or have the patience to make this delightful recipe.  Boy was I wrong!

This Homemade Lemon Meringue Pie recipe is so easy you will never use a lemon pie filling mix again!Click To Tweet

And the difference in flavour is amazing!  There are lots of great recipes out there too – I also like one that I found in Canadian Living Magazine!

This Homemade Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe is so easy  — you will become a Pie Baking Rock Star!

This Homemade Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe is so easy to make. At Pie Lady Bakes we're all about taking a classic recipes and making it easy for you!

– 1  – 9″ pie shell  – prepared and baked shortcrust pastry

Filling:
– 3 egg yolks
– 1 ½ cups sugar
– 1/3 cup cornstarch plus 1 tbsp.
– 1 ½ cups water
– 3 tbsp. butter
– 2 tsp. lemon peel grated
– 1 cup lemon juice freshly squeezed,about 3 – 4 large lemons

Meringue:
– 3 egg whites
– 6 tbsp. sugar
– 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Juice 3-4 large fresh lemons and put some of the peel aside to make lemon zest.

The first tip to making a lovely creamy lemon meringue pie is that you have to stay with it and keep stirring at the stove!

And the second if not equally important tip is to mix a small amount of the hot filling into the beaten eggs first, and stir rapidly- – the last thing you want are lemony scrambled eggs and have to start all over again.

And that’s it!

This Homemade Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe is so easy to make. At Pie Lady Bakes we're all about taking a classic recipes and making it easy for you!

My recipe for piecrust is so easy – you can get the recipe at The Best Homemade Piecrust Recipe or you can use a ready made pie shell from the grocer – if you wish, just make sure you bake it first.  Another tip to lighten up the calorie load is to use a graham cracker pie crust.  No baking required when you use a ready made crust!

 

Homemade Lemon Meringue Pie | Lemony Delicious!
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: North American
Servings: 6
Calories: 1114 kcal
Author: Judy
Ingredients
  • 1 9" pie shell One prepared and baked shortcrust pastry
Filling:
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch plus 1 tbsp.
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tsp. lemon peel grated
  • 1 cup lemon juice freshly squeezed,about 3 - 4 large lemons
Meringue:
  • 3 egg whites
  • 6 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In small bowl, beat egg yolks with whisk. Set aside
  2. *Tip: chill bowl and beaters in the refrigerator until you are ready to make the meringue.
  3. In 2-quart saucepan, mix sugar and cornstarch;
  4. gradually stir in water.
  5. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute.
  6. Immediately stir at least half of hot mixture into egg yolks;
  7. stir back into hot mixture in saucepan.
  8. Boil and stir 2 minutes; remove from heat.
  9. Stir in butter, lemon peel, lemon juice.
  10. Pour into pie crust.
  11. Set the pie aside on the counter to cool.
  12. In medium bowl, beat egg whites with electric mixer on high speed until foamy.
  13. Beat in sugar, a little at a time; continue beating until stiff and glossy.
  14. Peaks will form when ready.
  15. Beat in vanilla.
  16. Spoon onto pie filling.
  17. Spread over filling, carefully sealing meringue to edge of crust.
  18. Bake 8 to 12 minutes at 350F/180C or until meringue is light brown.
  19. Cool, then serve or cover in a pie box and put in the refrigerator
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Lemon Meringue Pie | Lemony Delicious!
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1114 Calories from Fat 459
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 51g 78%
Saturated Fat 28g 140%
Cholesterol 681mg 227%
Sodium 503mg 21%
Potassium 456mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 149g 50%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 96g
Protein 19g 38%
Vitamin A 37.7%
Vitamin C 129.9%
Calcium 10.8%
Iron 10.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Super Bowl Party Menu | This Roundup is Crammed with Easy to Make Recipes

Super Bowl Party Menu | This Roundup is Crammed with Easy to Make Recipes

Easy Super Bowl Party Menu 

Are you thinking about hosting a Super Bowl Party?  Maybe you’ve been thinking about it, but worried it will be just too much effort.  And it’s always on a Sunday, and you have to go to work the next day right?  And who wants to spend the whole weekend cooking to get ready?  Or cleaning up afterwards?!  My Easy Super Bowl Party Menu will not only provide awesome recipes, but I’ve also included a food preparation schedule for you at the very end!

This easy super bowl party menu is your ticket to a great game day, with delicious, easy to prepare food, that will cover appetizers, salad, a main dish and dessert.  The recipes take very little time to prepare and serve, leaving lots of time for poker, football pools, even tossing the football around in the backyard before kickoff!  Now remember I’m a Canadian gal, so it needs to be a fairly mild winter for that to happen in early February.  And I’ve never experienced the fun and excitement of a tailgate party, but it is on my bucket list!

 

So back home I’ve attended many Super Bowl parties and I’m sure you have too.  Typically, the menu was chips and salty snack foods; chili that was so spicy and full of garlic that you couldn’t eat it; maybe some garlic bread; some garlic meatballs – well you get the idea.    But somewhere along the way I got the football fever (remember John Elway?)  I really love to watch it on TV and cheer my favorite team!

So my super bowl party menu started to include a variety of dishes and experiments.  One year we barbecued a turkey – that was really good, but took such a long time to cook and there was lots of cleanup afterwards.  Salads and cold cuts go over well too.  But this year I’ve refined the menu, pulling out some tried and true favorites that are real crowd pleasers, have amazing flavours, are budget friendly, and make up in no time.

 

And I’m even including a menu prep schedule.  Remember I promised time for poker and football right?

Are you ready for some football?  Then let’s get this super bowl party menu started!

Super Easy Super Bowl Party Menu

Appetizer:

Guacamole and Corn Chips

Main:

Slow-cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches with homemade BBQ sauce

Creamy Coleslaw

Dessert:

Easy Cherry and Blueberry Hand pies

Triple Threat Chocolate Brownies

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Easy Peasy Guacamole

You can buy great guacamole from your favorite specialty food store – I’ll leave that up to you.   Just in case you want to make your own…..here is our recipe.  You can give it lots of heat or just a little.

Ingredients

2 – 3 large avocados mashed

juice of one fresh lime

3 roma tomatoes sliced finely

1 medium red onion chopped finely

3 – 5 jalapenos – sliced very fine

2-3 cloves of fresh garlic – minced

2 tsp chopped fresh cilantro

Salt and pepper to season

Directions

Prepare your ingredients as listed above and mix everything together – serve immediately with This Super Bowl Party Menu will be your best Game Day Party yet! The menu planner is packed with great recipes to help you rock this party!tortilla chips.

 

Slow-cooker Pulled Pork

Best cuts for pulled pork

There are lots recipes for pulled pork.  Some recommend the pork butt, some the pork shoulder and you can even use pork tenderloin.  I like to use the shoulder – you can get a good sized one – around 4-6 pounds, it fits in the average sized slow cooker (8 quarts) and is reasonably priced at the butcher or grocery store.

Best Ever BBQ Sauce

Once your pork shoulder is cooked, and drained, following my recipe, you need a premium BBQ sauce to bring out the flavour of the pork.

This Super Bowl Party Menu will be your best Game Day Party yet! The menu planner is packed with great recipes to help you rock this party!

In our home that means our own special homemade BBQ sauce.  So here is the recipe, just for you.  It’s so easy to make, you will always want to have lots on hand – for barbecuing any time of the year.  The hickory smoke flavour is perfect for pulled pork. Double the batch so you have lots of sauce for these yummy pulled pork sandwiches!

Ingredients**

1 cup smoke flavoured BBQ sauce (hickory works well)

1/4 cup ketchup (your favorite)

1/4 cup molasses

4 tbsp. butter

2 tbsp. vinegar

2 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. dry mustard

2 tsp. worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp. hot pepper sauce (like tabasco)

Preparation (about 10 minutes)

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer on med-low for 10 minutes

Let cool and pour into glass jars.

**You can double the recipe which is what I do and it will make two pints.

Enjoy!

This Super Bowl Party Menu will be your best Game Day Party yet! The menu planner is packed with great recipes to help you rock this party!

Best BBQ Sauce – so easy to make!

 

Directions for Pulled Pork – Serves 6- 8 hungry football fans!

Ingredients:

1 4 to 6 lb pork shoulder (or bigger – depends on the size of your crowd)

2 cups of water

Salt and pepper

3-4 whole cloves

2 chopped cooking onions

2 pints of Best BBQ Sauce (recipe is here!)

1 dozen crusty rolls or ciabatta buns

Preparation:

Season the pork shoulder with salt and pepper, and add to the slow cooker with the water, onions and garlic.

Set the slow cooker setting to low – 8 hours.

 

Once the timer is finished, drain the pork shoulder, and put it back in the slow cooker pot.  Using forks pull it apart, shredding all of the meat – put the meat in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container until 2.5 hours before game time!

Take the meat out of the refrigerator and put it into your slow-cooker.  Stir in Best BBQ sauce

Turn it on high and let it cook for 1-2 hours

Come and get it!  Place large servings of pulled pork on your favorite crusty roll, ciabatta bun, sourdough rolls, add a big scoop of Creamy Coleslaw either on the sandwich or on the side – that’s a personal choice!

Enjoy…..

This Super Bowl Party Menu will be your best Game Day Party yet! The menu planner is packed with great recipes to help you rock this party!

Best Creamy Coleslaw

My Mom used to say the secret to the best coleslaw was adding enough onion!  Coleslaw can take many forms but the tangy sweetness in this recipe is always great with outdoor BBQ, smoked meat and our slow cooker pulled pork.  It comes together in minutes and you can serve it again the next day.

Ingredients:

One medium sized head of green cabbage

2-3 small cooking onions

2-3 medium carrots

1 1/2 cups mayonnaise or your favorite salad dressing

2 tbsp. sugar

Salt and pepper

Pinch of paprika

Preparation:

Cut the cabbage into chunks and shred in your food processor – but pulse only, so that you get a coarse grind.

Chop the onion and the carrots in the food processor as well, chopping both finely.

Place into a large mixing bowl, add the sugar, salt, pepper, paprika and mayonnaise and blend well.

Sprinkle with paprika and place in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

This Super Bowl Party Menu will be your best Game Day Party yet! The menu planner is packed with great recipes to help you rock this party!

 

 

Blueberry and Cherry Hand Pies

These are so easy your kids can make them for you the day before the big game and will be a yummy addition to your super bowl party menu!  I just discovered frozen puff pastry a short time ago.  Yes, I know welcome to the 21st century! But being a scratch baker, I couldn’t imagine that something frozen and packaged could taste as good as something that I could prepare from scratch.  Boy was I wrong.

Ingredients:

1 or 2 packages of frozen puff pastry

1 can of blueberry pie filling

1 can of cherry pie filling

1 egg yolk – beaten

Granulated sugar

Icing sugar & water – to make the glaze.

Directions:

Defrost the puff pastry in your refrigerator overnight.  Separate the dough into two squares (the brand I use does this for you)

Spread a piece of parchment paper and a little flour to make rolling easy.

Roll out the square of puff pastry, fairly thin into a rectangle.

Cut the pastry into small squares – like the picture shown here.

Place the small square of puff pastry on the baking sheet you will use.This Super Bowl Party Menu will be your best Game Day Party yet! The menu planner is packed with great recipes to help you rock this party!

 

Spoon the blueberry filling in on the one side of the square – leaving enough room so that you will be able to fold over the dough

Fold the dough over and pinch the edges closed.  I like to press the edges with a fork

Brush the pastry with an egg yolk wash and then sprinkle with sugar.

Repeat until finished and do the same for the second square of puff pastry, using the cherry pie filling.

Bake at 375 F for 15-20 minutes – until the pastry is flaky and golden.

Let cool before serving as the filling will be very hot!  Using a squeeze bottle, squeeze the icing sugar glaze over the top.

Yummm!

 

 

Triple Threat Chocolate Brownies

These are the easiest and most delicious brownies I have made yet!

Yep, we are going to use a mix.  That’s the base, and then we’ll add some extra chocolatey goodies.  Ok?

Ingredients:

Your favorite brownie mix

½ cup white chocolate chips

½ cup dark chocolate buttons

Chocolate Sauce

Directions:

Place the mix and the ingredients required in a bowl and mix according to instructions.

Stir in the chocolate chips and chocolate buttons.

Smooth into a greased 9 X 9 square pan and bake according to the instructions.

Remove from the oven to cool.

Cut into squares and drizzle the chocolate sauce over all.  How much you use is up to you!

Enjoy!

The menu planner is packed with great recipes to help you rock this party!

 

TOUCHDOWN!!!

Super Bowl Party Menu Planner

This Super Bowl Party Menu will be your best Game Day Party yet! The menu planner is packed with great recipes to help you rock this party!

 

 

 

 

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