Saturday, August 21, 2010

Super Delicious White Chip Brownies

This is one of our all time favorite brownie recipes. It calls for White Chips but you can use, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and we have even used mint chips. So fun to mix it up and have a different brownie with the same recipe.

1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
3 eggs
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups white chips

cream butter, sugar, vanilla, and eggs together. Mix dry ingredients together and mix them into the butter/sugar mixture. Stir in 1 1/2 cups chips. Melt the rest of the chips and drizzle them over the brownine after if you want, or just use all 2 cups in the mix. Cook at 350 for 25-30 min.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Ice Cream Cake.... Any flavor

The cake we made for Kayla's friend party

What was left of the cake we took to Julian's birthday party (a friend from Brady's work)
I've made this Ice Cream Cake a few times in the last year. The first time I made it was for Brady's Birthday last year, and it's almost his birthday again. I made it again for the first time just after my birthday a month ago and then for Kayla's friend birthday party and we had to provide the birthday cake for a colleagues of Brady's birthday party. Hence, we've made it quite a few times in the last month and could stand a few more times too. I totally made up this recipe and it is very versitile so you can do what you like with it. Have fun!!!
The great thing about this cake is that you can make it any flavor combination you like. Whatever Ice Cream your family likes- use that. If you like a flavor that goes well with chocolate, make the crust out of chocolate oreos. If it's more fruit flavored, use the vanilla oreos.
1 pkg. chocolate or vanilla oreos
1/2 stick butter, melted
carmel, chocolate, chopped nuts (whatever you want), strawberry sauce........
2 different flavor cartons of ice cream
1 10 in round springform pan ( I don't recommend any other kind of pan- the springform pan you can remove the sides so that you can cut the cake and serve it)
The top cake, I used vanilla oreos. Crush and stir in the melted butter. Use all but 1/2 cup to press down on the bottom of the springform pan. Save the rest to sprinkle on top. Place the crust in the freezer for about 10-15 min. so that you can easily spread the ice cream on it without it pulling up. Then you melt your bottom flavor of ice cream enough to spoon out thin layers so you can press it along the top of the crust. I used strawberry ice cream on the top picture, and chocolate fudge brownie on the bottom picture. Then you top that ice cream with chocolate/carmel/nuts (if you're using a chocolate crust) or strawberry sauce (if you're using a fruity ice cream. (this is a totally optional ingredient). Place inthe freezer for 10-15 min. to harden the ice cream. Then spread the second flavor of ice cream on top. On the top picture we use Birthday Cake flavor ice cream and the bottom picture I use Vanilla Bean. Then top with the same stuff you put in the middle and sprinkle with the remaining crushed oreos. Freeze for 1- 2 hours. Remove from freezer about 20 min. before you want to cut it. Remove the sides of the springform pan. Place the cake on a cookie sheet because it tends to get pretty messy cutting it up. It is SOOOO yummy!!! My favorite cake for the summer.