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Holiday 05 October 2020

Add Fruity Flavor and Fun to Holiday Desserts

(Family Features) Making the holiday season special is an important tradition for many families, and it’s likely to take on heightened importance this year with gatherings, celebrations and festivities taking on a different look than years past. One family-favorite way to create holiday magic is through delicious desserts that can be made and enjoyed together.

Don’t be afraid to try something new this year by turning to foods typically associated with warmer weather. For example, watermelon is available year-round and makes a surprisingly nutritious, flavorful addition to your seasonal spread, whether it’s the main ingredient or included in recipes from entrees to sides and drinks to desserts.

For a kid-friendly, tasty treat, ask your little ones to help make these Holiday Watermelon Cutouts. Because they only require a few ingredients and plenty of creativity, they’re perfect for getting the whole family involved. Or try this Watermelon and Blueberry Cheesecake as the highlight at your dessert table with its creamy, fruity flavor and eye-popping looks.

To find more holiday dessert solutions and other sweet recipe ideas, visit watermelon.org.

Holiday Watermelon Cutouts

Recipe courtesy of the National Watermelon Promotion Board

  • 1/2       watermelon, cut into 1/2-inch thick disks
  • vanilla frosting or yogurt
  • sprinkles, for decorating
  1. Using holiday cookie cutters, cut shapes out of watermelon disks.
  2. Decorate watermelon shapes with yogurt.
  3. Top with sprinkles.

Watermelon and Blueberry Cheesecake

Recipe courtesy of the National Watermelon Promotion Board
Servings: 12

Cheesecake:

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/3       cup graham cracker crumbs (2 graham crackers)
  • 24        ounces fat-free cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 8          ounces low-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1          cup white sugar
  • 3/4       cup no-calorie sugar substitute
  • 3/4       cup fat-free half-and-half
  • 1/4       cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2          tablespoons lemon peel, finely grated
  • 2          teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2    cups liquid egg substitute (equivalent of 6 eggs)

Watermelon-Blueberry Sauce:

  • 3          cups watermelon juice, with pulp
  • 6          teaspoons cornstarch
  • 6          tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3          tablespoons sugar
  • 3          tablespoons no-calorie sugar substitute
  • 1-1 1/2             teaspoons lemon extract
  • 2          cups diced watermelon
  • 3          cups blueberries
  1. To make cheesecake: Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Spray bottom and sides of 9-inch springform pan. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs in pan and tilt to spread evenly over bottom and sides, leaving extra crumbs on bottom.
  3. Using electric mixer, beat fat-free cream cheese, low-fat cream cheese, sugar and sugar substitute until creamy and well-blended. Slowly add half-and-half, lemon juice, lemon peel and vanilla; continue beating. Add egg substitute until mixture is thoroughly blended and creamy. Pour into crumb-lined pan.
  4. Place springform pan in large roasting pan. Pour enough water into roasting pan to come halfway up sides of springform pan. Bake cheesecake until firm, slightly golden and top is cracked, about 1 hour, 25 minutes. Remove springform pan from water and refrigerate, uncovered, until cold, about 3 hours or overnight.
  5. To make watermelon-blueberry sauce: In blender, whip watermelon juice, cornstarch, lemon juice, sugar and sugar substitute until smooth. Pour into small saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to gentle boil until topping begins to thicken. Remove from heat and place in refrigerator to cool. Just before serving, add lemon extract, diced watermelon and blueberries; stir to thoroughly blend.
  6. To serve, run knife around sides of cheesecake and remove springform pan sides. Top each slice with generous helping of watermelon-blueberry sauce.

Source: National Watermelon Promotion Board

Videos 01 October 2020

Christmas Tree Cheesecake Brownies

(Family Features) Festive fun and baking holiday treats go hand-in-hand, and these Christmas Tree Cheesecake Brownies provide a perfect way to enjoy a holiday tradition in the kitchen with loved ones.

Decorate your own version using green and white frosting, sprinkles of your choice and candy canes for “stumps” in the tree-shaped sweets.

Visit milkmeansmore.org to find more holiday inspiration.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Christmas Tree Cheesecake Brownies

Recipe courtesy of Jenn Fillenworth of “Jenny with the Good Eats” on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 16

  •             Nonstick cooking spray

Cheesecake Batter:

  • 8          ounces low-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/3       cup granulated sugar
  • 2          eggs
  • 1          tablespoon all-purpose flour

Brownie Batter:

  • 1          cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2       cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1          cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4       cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4       cup milk
  • 2          eggs
  • 1          teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Decorations:

  • green frosting
  • white frosting
  • assorted sprinkles
  • star-shaped sprinkles
  • candy canes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Coat 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  3. To make cheesecake batter: Place cream cheese in bowl of stand mixer. Beat at medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add sugar and beat well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour and beat mixture until blended.
  4. To make brownie batter: In medium bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder and salt until combined. In separate bowl, whisk sugar, oil, milk, eggs and vanilla until well combined. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until blended.
  5. Pour brownie batter evenly into prepared pan.
  6. Carefully pour cheesecake batter over top, spreading evenly. Carefully swirl layers together using knife tip.
  7. Bake 30 minutes until brownies are set.
  8. Cool brownies completely in pan on wire rack before cutting into triangle pieces.
  9. Decorate trees by piping green and white frosting. Top with assorted sprinkles and star-shaped sprinkles. Place 3-inch candy cane pieces in bottoms of brownies for stumps.

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Videos 03 April 2020

Crazy Candy Ice Cream Sandwiches

(Family Features) Letting kids get hands-on in the kitchen is an easy way to keep them busy while teaching important life skills. Planning for delicious snacks children can make all on their own (or with minimal assistance) makes for a winning solution, and these Crazy Candy Ice Cream Sandwiches are a prime example. Find more kid-friendly snack ideas at milkmeansmore.org.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Crazy Candy Ice Cream Sandwiches

Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 1          cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4       cup chopped candy bar
  • 6          graham cracker sheets, broken into 12 squares
  • 1/2       cup semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 1/2    tablespoons refined coconut oil or vegetable oil
  • multi-colored sprinkles (optional)
  1. In medium bowl, stir ice cream until just softened. Stir in chopped candy.
  2. Working quickly, scoop ice cream mixture onto six graham cracker squares. Top with remaining graham cracker squares, gently pressing down until ice cream reaches edges of crackers. Place in shallow, wax paper-lined pan. Freeze 1 hour.
  3. In small, microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate morsels and coconut oil. Microwave on high 40-60 seconds, or until melted, stirring vigorously every 20 seconds. Let stand at room temperature 10 minutes.
  4. Remove sandwiches from freezer. Dip half of each sandwich into chocolate mixture. Immediately scatter sprinkles over chocolate, if desired. Return to wax paper-lined pan. Freeze about 5 minutes, or until chocolate sets. Serve immediately or individually wrap in plastic wrap and store in freezer.

Source:  United Dairy Industry of Michigan

Dessert 22 November 2019

A Tasty Holiday Treat

(Family Features) When family and friends come together in celebration of the holiday season, tasty treats are a must-have for the festivities. You can also celebrate the season of giving with a special giveaway at the end of your gathering to show your gratitude to loved ones.

A simple yet delicious treat, Chocolate Bacon Bark is a sweet-and-salty snack with Gwaltney Bacon as the centerpiece of a crowd-pleaser for nearly any celebration. Try pairing with these creative giveaway bags as a personalized memento to offer a unique memory even after the season comes to a close. The bite-sized morsels are also perfect for individual grab bags by the door as guests make their way home following holiday celebrations.

Visit gwaltneyfoods.com for more holiday recipe ideas. 

Chocolate Bacon Bark and Giveaway Bags

Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: 24

Chocolate Bacon Bark:

  • 1          bag (12 ounces) chocolate candy melts
  • 1          package (12 ounces) Gwaltney Bacon
  • toppings such as pretzels, candies and sprinkles (optional)

Giveaway Bags:

  • Scissors
  • Card stock or construction paper
  • 24 brown paper lunch bags
  • Coloring or drawing materials
  • Hole puncher
  • Ribbon
  1. To make Chocolate Bacon Bark: Line baking sheet with parchment paper. In bowl, melt chocolate candy in microwave in 30-second increments; stir every 30 seconds.
  2. Pour chocolate into pan and spread evenly.
  3. Top with bacon and pretzels, candies and sprinkles, if desired; freeze until hardened (about 12 hours).
  4. Break into bite-sized pieces.
  5. To make Giveaway Bags: Using scissors, cut one piece of card stock or construction paper to match width of paper bag.
  6. Cut length of card stock or construction paper into “V” shape so point comes about 3/4 down bag.
  7. Decorate card stock or construction paper with sayings or drawings.
  8. Stuff paper bag with Chocolate Bacon Bark.
  9. Hold decorated card stock or construction paper to top of paper bag, “V” shape pointed down, and punch two centered holes about 1/2 inch from top and 1/2 inch away from each other.
  10. Using scissors, cut one piece of ribbon about 6 inches long.
  11. With holes aligned and decorated card stock or construction paper facing out, insert end of ribbon from back side of bag; tie loose enough knot or bow so paper bag doesn’t rip.
  12. Repeat process with remaining bags.

Source: Gwaltney

Dessert 14 March 2019

Forecast: Showers

(Family Features) These, though, are happy showers filled with good wishes, gifts and a celebration of events to come, like weddings or babies.

Such special occasions deserve special food, says Nancy Siler, vice president of consumer affairs and public relations at Wilton. She suggests cupcakes for dessert, but not just any cupcake. These are unique - shower-ready, decorated theme-appropriately with umbrellas.

They can be prepared from a mix or from scratch and baked and served in color-coordinated silicone baking cups. Siler suggests incorporating a grouping of cupcakes as part of the shower décor. Use them as the table centerpiece, arranged on a tray, or a tiered cupcake stand. Or if it's a sit-down meal, place a cupcake at each setting.

Construct the umbrella decorations from ready-to-use fondant that is tinted in the colors selected for the occasion. Step-by-step instructions ensure foolproof results, plus they can be made several days in advance, so on party day there's no last-minute mad rush. Cupcakes can be baked, iced and sprinkled a day in advance. Place the umbrellas on the mini cakes the day of the party.

Umbrellas in place, let the showers begin!

For additional shower and party ideas, baking and decorating tips or to order supplies, visit www.wilton.com.

Ready for Showers

Each serves 1

  • 1 package (24 ounces) White Ready-To-Use Rolled Fondant
    Rose, Royal Blue, Lemon Yellow Icing Color
    Round Fondant Cut-Outs
    Lollipop Sticks
    Fondant Adhesive*
  • 1 package (about 18 ounces) cake mix, any flavor
    Water, vegetable oil and eggs to prepare cake mix
  • 1 can (16 ounces) White Decorator Icing
    Heart Drops Sprinkles
  1. Several days in advance, tint fondant rose, blue and yellow; roll out 1/8-inch thick. Cut circles using largest Round Cut-Out; cut across circle, slightly more than halfway. Using smallest Round Cut-Out, cut scalloped edge; with spatula, score umbrella rib lines. Let dry on waxed paper covered cake boards. Reserve remaining tinted fondant. Attach dried fondant pieces to lollipop sticks with Fondant Adhesive. Roll a 1/4-inch ball of matching fondant; attach to umbrella top with adhesive. Let dry.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare cake mix following package instructions; place batter in Pastel Silicone Baking Cups supported by cookie sheet. Bake 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean; cool completely. Ice cupcakes smooth with icing; sprinkle with Heart Drops. Insert fondant umbrella. If desired, tie ribbon around stick.

* To make Fondant Adhesive for attaching dried fondant decorations to lollipop sticks, knead 1/4 teaspoon water into 1 ounce (1-1/2-inch ball) rolled fondant until it becomes soft and sticky. Apply to fondant decoration with brush or place in decorating bag and pipe it onto decoration.

Source: Wilton Products

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