Fat-Free Watermelon Sherbet

Recipe by Better Homes & Gardens™

Yield: 8 Servings; Serving Size: 1/2 cup

 

Ingredients: 

  • 5 c. cubed, seeded watermelon
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/3 c. cranberry juice
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • Watermelon wedges (optional)

 

Directions:

  1. Place watermelon cubes in a blender or food processor. Cover and blend or process until smooth. (You should have about 3 cups of watermelon mixture.) Stir in sugar.
  2. In a small saucepan combine the cranberry juice and gelatin. Let mixture stands for 5 minutes. Stir mixture over low heat until gelatin is dissolved.
  3. Stir the gelatin mixture into the melon mixture. Pour into an 8x8x2-inch baking pan. Cover and freeze about 3 hours or until firm.
  4. Break up frozen mixture and place in a chilled mixer bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until mixture is fluffy. Return to pan. Cover and freeze about 1 to 2 hours more or until firm.
  5. To serve, let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes before scooping. Serve with watermelon wedges, if desired.

 

 

Nutrition Facts: Per serving: 83 kcal, 3 mg sodium, 20 g carb., 1 g pro.

 

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Pink Lemonade Cake

by Better Homes & Gardens™

Pink Lemonade Cake

Photo by BHG.com

18 Servings

 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 3-1/3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1-1/3 c. milk
  • 1/4 c. frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 tsp. pure lemon extract
  • Lemonade Butter Frosting*

 

Directions: 

  1. Allow butter and eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, grease two 9×2-inch round cake pans. Line bottoms with parchment; grease paper. Flour pans, tapping to remove excess; set aside. In medium bowl stir together 3-1/3 cups flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In an extra-large mixing bowl beat butter with mixer on medium to high for 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar, about 1/4 cup at a time, beating on medium until well combined. Scrape sides of bowl; beat 2 minutes more. Add 1/8 tsp. red food coloring; beat to combine. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. In bowl stir together milk, lemonade concentrate, and extract (mixture will look curdled). Alternately add flour mixture and milk mixture to butter mixture, beating on low after each addition just until combined. Remove half (4 cups) the batter; spread in one pan. In remaining batter, stir 1/4 tsp. red food coloring. Spread in second pan.
  4. Bake about 35 minutes, until tops spring back when lightly touched. Meanwhile, prepare Lemonade Butter Frosting.
  5. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove layers from pans; peel off paper. Cool completely on wire racks. Trim off domed tops of layers so cake will stand flat. Cut each layer horizontally in half, making four layers. Brush crumbs from layers.
  6. Place one dark pink layer, cut-side down, on a plate. Spread 1 cup frosting just to edges. Top with a light pink layer, followed by second dark pink layer, spreading frosting on each just to edges. Stack final light pink layer, cut-side down. Spread frosting on top and sides as desired.

 

From the BHG Test Kitchen 

To incorporate food coloring evenly in batter, add the first portion of food coloring to butter and sugar mixture before adding eggs.

HOW TO SPLIT LAYERS

To split layers, stack small wooden blocks the width of the layer desired next to the layer. With a gentle sawing motion, slice around the cake to the center. Brush off crumbs.

*

Balsa wood blocks are sold at crafts stores.

LEMON GARNISH

Thinly slice lemons and remove seeds. Coat with sugar then arrange on cake just before serving.

 

*Lemonade Buttercream Frosting

Yield: 6 cups

Ingredients: 

  • 3 cups (6 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • Two-16 ounces jars marshmallow creme**
  • 1/4 cup frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure lemon extract

Directions:

  1. In very large mixing bowl beat softened butter with mixer on medium for 30 seconds, until light and fluffy. Add marshmallow creme and lemonade concentrate. Beat until smooth, scraping sides of bowl. Add powdered sugar and extract; beat until light and fluffy. (If frosting is stiff, soften in microwave no more than 10 seconds, then beat until smooth.)
  2. Frost Pink Lemonade Cake. To store frosting, cover and refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze up to 1 month. Bring to room temperature before frosting cake. Makes 6 cups.

From the Test Kitchen

Room-temperature butter ensures that the frosting will be creamy and spreadable.

 

* * If only 13-oz. jars are available, add 6 oz. (1-1/2 cup) marshmallow creme.

 

Video Tips on How to Make a Layer Cake

 

Nutrition Facts (Pink Lemonade Cake)
Per serving: 583 kcal , 32 g fat (20 g sat. fat , 1 g polyunsaturated fat , 8 g monounsaturated fat ), 124 mg chol. , 442 mg sodium , 72 g carb. , 1 g fiber , 47 g sugar , 5 g pro.

Strawberry Parfait Recipe

Recipe by Marcela Valladolid for Better Homes & Gardens™ 

Serving Size: 3/4 cup

Yield: 8 Servings or 6 cups

 

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 c. water
  • 2 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 16 ounces strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 16 oz. cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1/2 c. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 c. evaporated milk
  • 1/2 c. powered sugar
  • 1/2 c. chopped strawberries

 

Directions: 

 

  1. In a small saucepan, bring the water to boiling. Add gelatin; stir to dissolve. Let cool.
  2. In a large bowl, toss quartered strawberries and sugar until combined; let stand 20 minutes or until juices form.
  3. In a blender, blend the cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and powered sugar until very smooth. Add strawberry mixture; blend until very smooth.
  4. Using a fine-mesh strainer, strain gelatin mixture into a medium bowl. Strain cream cheese mixture to remove any lumps and add to gelatin mixture, whisking constantly. Gently stir in chopped strawberries. Pour mixture into six goblets.  Chill about 6 hours or until set. Top with additional strawberries.

 

Nutrition Facts: 

Per serving: 360 cal., 23 g. gat (13 sat. fat, 1 g. polyunsaturated fat, 6 g. monounsaturated fat), 68 mg. chol., 220 mg. sodium, 34 g. carb., 1 g. fiber, 31 g. sugar, 9 g. pro.

 

 

National Strawberry Parfait Day – June 25

National Strawberry Parfait Day is observed annually on June 25.

National Strawberry Parfait Day - June 25

Celebrate National Strawberry Parfait Day. Bon Appetit!

Parfait is French for perfect.  The traditional parfait is a dessert of ice cream or frozen custard layered in a tall glass stemmed glass with fruit and topped with whipped cream.

Today, the ice cream is often replaced with yogurt or pudding and additional layers of granola are added. Strawberries are in season during the month of June, so it is a good time for National Strawberry Parfait Day.

How to Observe?  Enjoy a Strawberry Parfait today, of course!

 

Strawberry Parfait

Ingredients:

  • 2 pkgs. (3 oz.) strawberry Jello
  • 2 c. water, boiled
  • 2 pts. strawberries, sliced
  • 2 pts. strawberry ice cream
  • 1 pkg. unflavored gelatin (dissolved in 1/2 c. water)
  • 3 drops red food coloring (opt.)

 

Directions: 

  1. Dissolve Jello in boiling water. Add gelatin already dissolved in 1/2 cup cold water. Cut in ice cream. Mix until ice cream is melted.  Add food coloring, if so deserved.
  2. Refrigerate for 10 to 15 minutes. Then remove from refrigerator, fold in strawberries. Pour in pie shell or dessert dishes.
  3. Celebrate and enjoy National Parfait Day!

 

Cheesecake Layered Red Velvet Cake

“I love both red velvet cake and cheesecake. So why not combine them into one stunning dessert? It’s best when served chilled, right out of the fridge”. —Melissa Gaines, Knoxville, Tennessee

Yield: 16 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

 

CAKE:

  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups canola oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 bottle (1 ounce) red food coloring
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

 

FROSTING:

  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Line bottom of a 9-in. springform pan with parchment paper; grease paper.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in sour cream, flour and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until blended. Pour into prepared pan. Place on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake 40-50 minutes or until center is set. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes. Loosen sides from pan with a knife. Cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate until ready to assemble, covering when completely cooled.
  4. For cake, increase oven setting to 350°. Line bottoms of two greased 9-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper.
  5. In a large bowl, beat sugar, oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar and vanilla until well blended. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into sugar mixture.
  6. Transfer to prepared pans. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
  7. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth. Gradually beat in enough confectioners’ sugar to reach desired consistency. Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread with 1 cup frosting. Carefully place cheesecake over frosting.
  8. Spread cheesecake with another 1 cup frosting. Top with remaining cake layer. Frost top and sides of cake with remaining frosting. Refrigerate overnight before serving.
Originally published as Cheesecake Layered Red Velvet Cake in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2016, p168

July is Ice Cream Month

Adapted from Ina Garten’s recipe.

Easy Vanilla Ice Cream

vanilla ice cream

Everyone screams for ice cream!

Makes 1 quart

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped

Directions:   

  1. Combine cream, milk, sugar and vanilla in a saucepan and heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean and stir in to the cream mixture just before removing from the heat.
  3. Pour into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator or in an ice bath until completely cool.
  4. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. (If you don’t have an ice cream maker, check out this post from TheKitchn on how to make ice cream without one.)
  5. Store in an air tight container and freeze for an additional 2 hours.

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Founding Fathers (and First Lady Dolley Madison) Favorite Dessert

Chef Walter Staib of A Taste of History shares this vanilla ice cream recipe.  According to Chef Staib the founding fathers were critical in bringing the dessert to America, even First Lady Dolley Madison was a fan.  One respected history of ice cream states that, as the wife of U.S. President James Madison she served ice cream at her husband’s Inaugural Ball in 1813.

Vanilla Ice Cream

ice cream with peaches and raspberry sauce

This vanilla ice cream is pictured with sauce and almonds, which you may add or change to include your own toppings.

Yield: 1 1/2 quarts

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 3 egg yolks
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds removed

Directions:

  1. Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with ice water and setting a slightly smaller bowl atop.
  2. In a medium sized sauce pot, bring the cream, half of the sugar, and the vanilla beans and pod to a simmer
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium sized bowl whisk together egg yolks and remaining sugar until light
  4. Slowly add hot cream to egg mixture, ¼ cup at a time, whisking all the while.
  5. Return the pot to the stove and cook over low heat, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula, until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  6. Transfer the custard to the ice bath and cool it, stirring occasionally, until it is cool to the touch. Remove from ice bath, cover, and refrigerate until cold.
  7. Spin in ice cream maker following the manufacturer’s instructions.

 

 

DOLLY MADISON’S PEPPERMINT STICK ICE CREAM

Yield: 2 quarts
Ingredients:

Dolly Madison ice cream

20th century advertising co-opted Madison’s reputation for serving ice cream in the United States White House
Photo by Private Collection

  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 3 c. whole milk
  • 3/4 c. light corn syrup
  • 2 whole eggs, beaten lightly
  • 1 c. cream
  • 4 drops natural peppermint extract
  • 2 drops red food coloring
  • 3/4 c. peppermint candy, crushed

 

Directions:

  1. Mix the sugar and cornstarch in the top of a double boiler.
  2. Stir in the milk, syrup and eggs.
  3. Cook over boiling water, stirring all the time for 10 minutes or until the mixture has thickened. Chill.
  4. Stir in cream, extract and coloring.
  5. Freeze in a 2 quart ice cream freezer according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  6. When partially frozen, add crushed peppermint and continue frequently.