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Blackberry and Grape Fruit Salad

It was my mom’s birthday last month, and as part of her celebrations I invited her and my sisters over to have breakfast at my apartment.  I browsed through our recipes and decided to make our Chocolate Pancakes (this was a hugely successful recipe), and some Banana Blueberry Pancakes as well.  I used our Blueberry Pancake recipe, and just added 1 pureed banana to the mix.

This post is really about the fruit salad I made, but I also wanted to share photos of everything I served so you can get ideas for your next breakfast or brunch get together. The menu featured store-bought croissants, a platter of cheese, ham and grapes, fruit salad, chocolate pancakes, blueberry-banana pancakes, whipped cream, mango juice and coffee. I also had a little bowl with pastel colored little meringues, just because they looked pretty.  I always try to mix different flavors in all my menus so I had something salty, something sweet and something fresh to offer.

This salad is different from what you would usually expect,  it includes blackberries, plums, and grapes.  I skipped on the blueberries, since all I can get my hands on around here are frozen ones, so I just added more blackberries and I also decided to add some green grapes and almonds to the mix, which gave it a nice pop of color.

Happy Birthday Mom!

Helga

Blackberry & Grape Fruit Salad

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Marshmallow Treat Pops

Marshmallow treats… doesn’t it take you back to when you were a kid? I think this was one of the first things I ever made all by myself,   I must have been about 8 years old.  I remember I didn’t push them into a pan, but instead made them look like fat, deformed cookies. But I loved them… my family was probably just humoring me, but they ate them all!

I hadn’t even thought about making these until a few months ago, I’ve only made them a couple of times because I don’t want to overindulge Kristen’s sweet tooth, but…  she’s still a kid, so I make these for her from time to time. (It’s a handy little lunch box snack, too).

Marshmallow treats are great just as they are, cut into squares. However, this variation is fit for a celebration, or for any time you will have a group of kids in your home.  They are toddler friendly too, I gave one to Kristen and she had no trouble eating it.

The easiest way to cover your treats with chocolate, is to transfer the melted chocolate into a glass. It is easier to cover the area this way.

Marshmallow Treat Pops

Marshmallow Treat Pops

Recipe from Ricekrispies.com

Yields: About 12-18 pops, depending on the size of you pan.

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons butter
1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
6 cups Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal
8 Oz Semi Sweet Chocolate (such as Baker’s)
Sprinkles

Procedure:

  1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add cereal. Stir until well coated.
  2. Using buttered spatula or wax paper, evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into eighteen 3 x 2-inch bars. Push one stick into the bottom of each bar.
  3. Melt chocolate in a double boiler, stirring from time to time until it has completely melted. Dip bars into chocolate and decorate as you like. Place on wax paper lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until chocolate is set. Best if served the same day.

Variation:

Instead of making pops, you can:

  • Cut your treats into squares and drizzle chocolate on top.
  • Spread chocolate evenly on top of your prepared treats, and after it has set cut into small squares
  • In step 2: Instead of pressing the mixture into a pan, spread and press it evenly on a cookie sheet.  You can use metal cookie cutters to cut off shapes… and you can eat the remains ;)

Marshmallow Treat Pops

Marshmallow Treat Pops

Marshmallow Treat Pops

Marshmallow Treat Pops

Marshmallow Treat Pops

Marshmallow Treat Pops

Marshmallow Treat Pops

Marshmallow Treat Pops

Brownie Pops

This is another take on our previous post: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Brownie Balls.  This is ideal for children’s parties,  or any celebration. Follow the steps accurately, and you are guaranteed results!

As with our Brownie Balls the chocolate flavor is outstandingly decadent. You can use your favorite brownie mix, or your own favorite recipe from scratch (or ours).

We made these a while back, after we got obsessed with things on a stick.  We even got Bakerella’s book, but… we never got around to making more stuff.  Next on our list are cake pops.  We hope to be making them soon so we can share the goods with you.

Helga

Brownie Pops

Brownie Pops
Method Adapted from About.com

Ingredients:
1 pan (13×9) brownies, baked and cooled
1/2 cup chocolate frosting
1 lb semi sweet chocolate (such as Baker’s)
40-50 lollipop sticks
Decorative toppings

Preparation:

  1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil or waxed paper.
  2. Place the brownies in a large bowl, and crumble them roughly with your hands.
  3. Add the chocolate frosting, and begin to mix it with your hands into the brownies, working until the brownies are crumbs and the mixture is evenly moistened. You want the brownie mixture to easily hold together when you press it into a ball, but still retain a little texture. My personal preference is to have some “crumb” left to the brownie, so that it is not just a gooey frosting ball. Of course, tastes vary, so add more frosting if you want a fudgier pop.
  4. Using a tablespoon, form the mixture into small balls and roll them between your hands to get them round. Place them on the prepared baking sheet and freeze until firm, at least 2 hours. This will make them easier to handle.
  5. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler until smooth. After the pops have been frozen, remove them from the freezer.
  6. Use a skewer to poke a hole in the bottom of each brownie ball. Dip the end of a lollipop stick into the melted chocolate, then stick this end into the hole made by the skewer, to help hold the stick in place.
  7. Dip the pops one at a time into the chocolate, holding the dipped pop over the bowl and allowing excess coating to drip back in the bowl.
  8. While the coating is still tacky but no longer dripping, sprinkle the desired toppings (nuts, coconut, sprinkles, etc) on the brownie pop before setting it on a baking sheet to finish setting. Alternately, you can stick the pops upright in Styrofoam to allow them to finish drying.
  9. Brownie Pops can be served immediately, or they will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. The chocolate coating will get softer as time progresses. Allow to come to room temperature for best taste and texture when serving.

Brownie Pops

Brownie Pops

Brownie Pops

Brownie Pops

Brownie Pops

Brownie Pops

Brownie Pops

Brownie Pops

Brownie Pops

Brownie Pops

Brownie Pops

Brownie Pops

Brownie Pops