My bestie just had surgery on her left hand to alleviate the pain she’s been experiencing for months from carpal tunnel. It went really well and she said that aside from surgery pain, her hand and wrist don’t hurt like they did before! Fantastic news.
She’s taking the month of July off from all things baking, including her yummy truffles. But, she did make a fantastic duo of truffles for the month of June.
Her Arnold Palmer Truffles were AH-MA-ZING — definitely one of my favorites so far. The dried lemon on top (maybe it’s candied? I don’t bake much haha) was a delicious addition to the truffle, which was marbled on the inside with a lemony chocolate and milk chocolate. YUMMO!
Her other truffle this month was a Pistachio Apricot Truffle. Also delish.
This one was dipped in dark chocolate. Instead of a pistachio or apricot flavoring, she chopped both ingredients for her truffles, giving the chocolate just a faint hint of the flavors.
My coworker recently shared her homemade chocolate pudding recipe with me and I am officially addicted. (Thanks a lot, Rachel!)
I tweaked the recipe a bit, subbing Splenda for the sugar and cooking the pudding on the stove instead of in the microwave… and it is ah-maz-ing. Seriously, you have to make yourself.
… well what are you waiting for?
You only need four ingredients for this pudding (five if you want to turn it into chocolate mousse), so get out your grocery list and jot these down:
2 1/4 cups of skim milk
3 tablespoons of flour
1/2 cup of cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1/2 cup of Splenda (or sugar… or any other substitute)
2 cups of cool whip (only for the mousse!!)
Combine your milk, cocoa powder, flour and splenda in a bowl and mix. You need to mix them super well, otherwise you might get chunks in your pudding (ew). I cooked my pudding on the stove on a medium heat, stirring constantly. Once the mixture becomes thick (usually right when it comes to a boil or soon thereafter), take it off the stove and pour it into a bowl. Place it in the refrigerator until it cools down and is ready to eat.
Note: Rachel makes her pudding in the microwave, heating it at 2-minute increments and stirring in between. She said it usually takes her 3 -4 rounds until it’s ready. I tried this first, but I wasn’t crazy about the consistency. Having said that, I didn’t mix all of the powder in that great the first time around. I think that was the real problem. Either way, the microwave or the stove works!!
Here’s where you can spice up your pudding should you choose to do so. Once my pudding was ready to go, I mixed in the 2 cups of cool whip, effectively turning my pudding into chocolate mousse. Yummo.
I topped it with a squirt of whipped cream and a few strawberries from my garden. (Only one strawberry made it to the picture… so guilty!) SO YUMMY.
I took this delicious snack outside on our new patio furniture (pictures of our cute set soon!) and ate my yummy summer snack.
The hubs and the Rems joined me. It was a lovely way to spend part of our evening!
So have you added those ingredients to your grocery list or what?! You won’t be disappointed!
Have I mentioned recently that my bestie is an amazing baker extraordinaire? Checks blog archives…. nope! Anyway, we celebrated my dad’s 50th birthday this past weekend and were lucky to have some scrumptious treats courtesy of Dana.
She made the most amazing cake modeled after Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA album cover.
The cake read “Happy 50th Birthday. You’re the Boss!” It was perfect.
GAH! She’s so freaking talented.
In addition to the cake, she also brought over some of her delicious truffles. Her flavors of the month are Peanut Butter Banana and Coconut Lime. Mmmmm…
Her PB Banana truffles are coated in Oreo crumbs:
Her Coconut lime truffles have a small strip of candied lime on top:
Now that I’m done bragging about my friend and you are sufficiently craving dessert, I hope you all enjoy your days!