Thursday, August 21, 2014

Recipe for Heavenly Whipped Cream

Not long ago, I ran out of yogurt and needed something to add to the fresh strawberries I was fixing for my husband.  I happened to have some whipping cream and suddenly harkened back to my days as a coffee barista at Peaberry Coffee.  The whipped cream we made to top the coffee drinks was absolutely the BEST!  What was the secret?  Instead of adding sugar to the whipping cream, we added a mix of Irish Cream and Vanilla flavored syrups.  When combined, these flavors make what is commonly known as "French Vanilla".
Well, I just so happen to keep "French Vanilla" syrup on hand (it's one of my favorites to add to coffee or tea).  So I whipped up a batch of this heavenly whipped cream and it was SO delicious, my husband and I wanted to just skip the strawberries and go right to the bowl of whipped cream!  Several weeks later, my BFF came for a visit and I whipped up a batch for her to taste.  She thought it was absolutely delectable!  

Some of you may have never attempted to make your own whipped cream.  I'm here to tell you, it's SO easy and the taste is so incredible, you won't want to go back to store-bought!  

Here's how....

You'll need whipping cream, French Vanilla flavored syrup (found in the coffee aisle), a bowl and a hand-mixer with the wire wisk attachment (regular beaters will work too or if you want a great workout, you can do this by hand with a wire wisk).
I usually make this in small batches so I just pour in about 1/2 cup of whipping cream and start beating with the mixer.
 Mix until soft peaks form....
Then add the French Vanilla syrup....about 1 1/2 Tablespoons is the right amount of sweetness for me but feel free to add more or less to make it just right for you :-)
 Mix again until stiff peaks form.  Be careful not to over mix because it will turn to butter!
 After a quick taste test, determine if you need to add any more syrup.  Once you are satisfied with the level of sweetness, it's time to enjoy!  Add it to strawberries, pie or a cup of coffee or tea...
The texture is so light and fluffy and the French Vanilla adds just that extra "something" that truly makes this a "heavenly" treat.  Seriously, you are going to go from, "I'll just have a dallop" to "give me a spoon...I want to eat the whole bowlful!" 

Heavenly Whipped Cream
Ingredients:
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 1/2 Tablespoons French Vanilla flavored syrup (you can also use a 1:1 ratio of Irish Cream and Vanilla)

Directions:
1. Using a wire wisk attachment, mix the whipping cream until soft peaks form
2. Add flavored syrup and mix until stiff peaks form
3. Store covered in refrigerator

Friday, August 1, 2014

Fruit and Yogurt Burrito

Some time ago, I was trying to figure out something new for dinner.  Since, my husband and I typically eat huge meals in the evenings, I knew it needed to be something light but filling.  I had a hankering for something with strawberries and all of the sudden the idea of a fruit burrito came to mind. 
As I pondered what all to put in the burrito, I decided Marscapone cheese should be in there (even though I'd never actually tried it before ;-).  I also thought Yogurt could be kind of like a "sauce" to help bring everything together.  Then I needed a fruit combination...my two favorite combos are strawberries, mandarin oranges and bananas; or strawberries, blueberries and bananas.  Finally, I decided a little "crunch" wouldn't hurt so I added some French Vanilla Granola and wrapped it all in a giant flour tortilla.  Not only is this delicious but it's very filling and satisfying too!
This is one of those meals that would be perfect any time of day, especially when you don't want to have to heat up the kitchen by turning on the stove or the oven.  Hope you enjoy this recipe! :-) 

Fruit and Yogurt Burrito Recipe

Ingredients:
Mascarpone Cheese
Vanilla Yogurt (Greek or Regular)
Fresh Strawberries, sliced
Banana, sliced
Fresh Blueberries or Canned Mandarin Oranges (drained well)
Granola (French Vanilla Granola is my favorite :-)
Large Burrito Flour Tortilla
*Note:  Recommended measurements of each ingredient are listed below in the directions; total amounts needed will be determined by the number of burritos you'll be making.

Directions:
1.  Spread a thin layer of Mascarpone Cheese on one side of a tortilla.
2.  Layer bananas, strawberries and mandarin orange slices or blueberries down the center of the burrito.
3.  Top with about 1/2 cup of yogurt and sprinkle about 2 Tablespoons of granola on top.
 
4.  Fold over sides of burrito to close.
5.  Top with additional 1/4 cup yogurt.  Add a few slices of fruit and a sprinkling of granola and you're done!