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Greek Orange Yogurt Cake with Orange Syrup (Portokalopita)

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Greek Orange Yogurt CakeGreek Orange Yogurt Cake or Portokalopita as it is known in Greece first came to my attention when reading a post by David Lebovitz writing about Tinos Greece.

Of course, I immediately started searching for the dessert and came up with what I thought to be the most authentic version of this Greek Orange Yogurt Cake based on the fact it was from Greece and its use of phyllo and a soaking syrup.  Many Greek desserts are finished with a soaking syrup that often contains cinnamon sticks and cloves.  The photograph of this cake, so moist you can almost taste it, made it a must try.  My love of phyllo is best expressed in my post on Baklava as my mother made it.  Watching my mother and grandmother make this thinnest of doughs has fascinated me all my life – and still does. Continue reading

Ultimate Hot Fudge Marshmallow Sundae

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Ultimate Hot Fudge Marshmallow SundaeThe Ultimate Hot Fudge Marshmallow Sundae is the result of last week’s blog on the Double Chocolate No Machine Ice Cream.  Several readers questioned what to do with the leftover condensed milk.  A 14 ounce can of condensed milk is measured by weight and contains 1 1/4 cups of milk.   Using 1/2 cup in the ice cream leaves 3/4 cup left over.  What to do with it?

So here is the post from my original blog, The Ardent Cook.  It has the ice cream from last week as well as hot fudge sauce and homemade marshmallow creme making it the Ultimate Hot Fudge Marshmallow Sundae.

Updating this blog is the use of the last 3/4 cup of condensed milk in the hot fudge sauce.  I am leaving both hot fudge sauces in the blog because truthfully, I prefer my original because I think it has a deeper flavor.  However, this recipe, from Eagle Brand Condensed Milk was scaled down to use the leftover condensed milk. Continue reading

Double Chocolate No Machine Ice Cream

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Double Chocolate No Machine Ice CreamDouble Chocolate No Machine Ice Cream is just the finish for a summer meal.  It is a quick to make, beyond simple recipe that yields a very creamy, chocolate ice cream that requires no ice cream machine to make and soooooooo delicious.

Condensed milk is the base for this ice cream and truth to tell, I could it it all by itself.  Add melted chocolate and whipped cream, freeze a bit and there you have it, chocolate ice cream. No custard mix to cook, no machine to churn.   One of my father’s favorite desserts was chocolate ice cream with Kahlua poured over it.  This Double Chocolate Ice Cream would have pleased him.  It would be great with a bit of rum, orange liqueur, chambord poured over it – you get the idea.  For the little ones, finish with marshmallow creme thinned out with a bit of water and chocolate or hot fudge sauce. Continue reading

Strawberry Chocolate Crunch Parfaits

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Strawberry Chocolate Crunch ParfaitThese Strawberry Chocolate Crunch Parfaits are a simple, no heat dessert that is perfect for the hot summer months. Creamy and crunchy with fresh strawberries and chocolate, these parfaits can even be made the day ahead.

The glass in the picture originally belonged to Mike’s grandmother. I love the delicacy of the flute and the green stem. It seemed like they were waiting for these parfaits.

The chocolate crunch can be made using any nut you wish. I chose almonds, but have used hazelnuts in the past.  To avoid the oven, I put them in a dry skillet over medium heat.  It is best to watch them, turning them often so they don’t burn.  You will notice I said “best to watch….. .” Since I don’t always follow my own advice I have sometimes burned them using this method so I didn’t wander too far away this time. Continue reading

Chocolate Raspberry Marzipan Gateau

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Chocolate Raspberry Marzipan GateauThis Chocolate Raspberry Marzipan Gateau is a prime example of French baking. I can’t remember where this comes from, certainly I did not come up with it. The three hole paper is turning yellow with age so it has to be when I was learning and becoming interested in pastry as a profession.

A note on the bottom says, “This is a wonderfully moist and flavorful combination.” I love finding little notes on old recipes. Continue reading