Peaches and Cream

One of my favorite memories growing up is the dessert my sister and I used to get just before bed. Most of the time I would choose vanilla ice cream…and not much has changed since then. I may not eat dessert right before bed anymore, but I still looove vanilla ice cream. I wanted to put a fresh twist on my fav dessert by adding some hot cooked peaches. It makes this cool dish, cozy. Who knew a summer dish could actually be cozy?!

  • 3-4 fresh peaches, pitted and thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp of water
  • 2 tbsp of brown sugar
  • A dash of salt
  • 1 sprig of mint leaves
  • 1 pint of vanilla bean ice cream

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and cover a cookie sheet in foil with enough slack on the sides to form a packet. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the oil, cinnamon, vanilla extract, water, sugar, and salt. Slowly add in the sliced peaches and mix until fully coated. Lay the peaches flat on the cookie sheet and close the foil over top. Bake for 20 minutes or until slightly soft and they have a glaze on them.

Place two scoops of ice cream in a small bowl for serving, and top with the hot peaches, garnishing with a mint leaf.

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Happy Eating, XO

 

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Homemade Ice Cream

Remember that healthy kick I told you about in the green bean fries post? Well I’m still on it! But as you all probably know by now, I also have a real sweet tooth. I couldn’t stay away from it for long! The solution? Homemade ice cream. What’s even “sweeter” about this recipe is that it’s only three ingredients! (Get it?! Sorry…I can’t help myself sometimes.)

  • 2 Bananas
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder (I promise we’ll give you more recipes with cocoa powder in it since it’s probably not something you use very often.)
  • 3 spoonfuls of creamy peanut butter

Freeze the bananas for at least an hour (the longer you freeze them, the thicker the ice cream will be). When they’re “done” drop them in to a food processor or magic bullet (the thing for food people!), along with the peanut butter. Once the bananas and PB are blended, slowly mix in the cocoa powder.

I suggest serving it immediately. But if you have leftovers like I did (score!), you can store them in the freezer for later. I put them in individual cups so I could “grab them and go”.

Homemade Ice Cream

Happy Eating, XO

Hot apple pie crepes

Apple pie for breakfast? Sign me up! These cozy apple pie crepes are a must-have for those of us with a sweet-tooth. They’re easy to throw together on a cold morning and make the house smell heavenly.

I got the original crepe recipe from my home girl Betty Crocker, but I put my own spin on the pumpkin crepe. Either works deliciously with the apples.

Crepes

  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil (I actually used vegetable oil and they came out just as great)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Throw all of them together and mix until it’s a thick liquid-y texture. Bring a 6 inch skillet to medium heat, spray a little Pam and pour a thin layer of the crepe mix in. When the edge of the crepe doesn’t look so liquid-y you can flip it over. Bring each side to a golden brown and you’re done!

For the pumpkin version, add 1/4 cup canned pumpkin, a dash of nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice, and 2 dashes of cinnamon. (I played with how much of each spice to put in so feel free to put your own spin on it.)

Apple pie filling

  • 3-5 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and cubed into little bite size pieces 
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Mix it all together and let it sit for 10-20 minutes. (This is pretty important because the first time I made these, I didn’t do this and the apples came out too dry. They need time to soak in the spices and get a little juicy.) Pour the apples in to a skillet on medium heat. Let them sit and get a little brown on the outside. When they’re done, wrap them up in a crepe and serve.

To spruce it up a bit, feel free to add some powdered sugar on top of them. If you want to serve them as a dessert, you could try adding some vanilla ice cream inside the crepe with the hot apples. (I mean, you could do this for breakfast too. No judgement here!)

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