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Fruit Pizza

A few weekends ago I traveled home for my mom’s birthday.   Her gift was a new grill so needless to say, we planned a nice cookout for her birthday dinner.  I’m usually the cake baker among my family and friends but I’ve become a little tired of cakes and the mess, prep work, and clean up involved.   I decided to make something new and fun, it’s not your traditional birthday cake but this dessert was perfect for our cookout.

The crust is like a combination between shortbread and sugar cookies, with a fruit dip on top and then decorated by the fruit of your choice.  My sister and I decorated the top and I was pretty impressed by how everything turned out…..both beautiful and delicious.

I looked at many recipes on allrecipes.com and came up with my own adaptation.  If you want to make your own crust, try the crust for this recipe, it’s pretty easy.  If you are pressed for time you can simply use store bought sugar cookie dough like this recipe. For the topping I mixed 8 oz of softened cream cheese with 1 small jar of marshmallow fluff, added 1 tsp. vanilla and spread it on the cooled crust.  I bought fruit that looked the best and after chilling the crust for about 1 hour, I decorated the pizza.  Both of these recipes include a glaze which adds a shiny, professional finish to the pizza.  I chose to leave that part out because it didn’t seem necessary.  The pizza was a huge hit, my husband is already asking me to make it again!

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Fig & Ginger Truffles

I saw Ellie Krieger make these truffles on TV a month or so ago and I knew I’d be making them soon enough.  I thought the combination of figs and dark chocolate sounded amazing.

They look impressive but are actually very simple to make.

You simply combine figs, crystallized ginger, cinnamon, and honey.   Roll them into little balls, like these:

If you aren’t a fan of ginger you may not like these — I go back and forth on my opinion of ginger but in these, I actually did like it.  You chill the truffles for about 30 minutes or so and then dip them in melted dark chocolate (make sure you get a high quality chocolate).

I had some white chocolate chips leftover in the pantry so I melted a few to drizzle on the top…just make them extra pretty!

Mmmm!  Dried fruit and dark chocolate, a delicious and healthy treat!  Click here for the full recipe.

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Cardamom Granola Bars

These are a-maz-ing.  I’ve been holding onto this recipe for quite sometime and man, oh man, am I happy that I finally got around to making these granola bars!

They’re crunchy, not too sweet and have the perfect amount of cardamom flavor…. perfect for snacking.

After reading the reviews I took some suggestions from others and cut the brown sugar down to 1/4 c. and the butter down to 4 tbs.  I also substituted the raisins for dried cranberries, and the walnuts for a mixture of pecans and almonds.

Here’s what you need:

2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup nuts (your choice) & 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries

1/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom, 4 tbs. butter, & 3 tbs. honey

Mix and bake to get this deliciousness:

Directions

Preheat oven to 350’F.

Line a 9-inch square pan with foil, extending the foil over the sides.  Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.

Combine oats, raisins/cranberries, nuts & cardamom in large bowl.

Heat butter, brown sugar, & honey in sauce pan until boiling.

Pour mixture over dry ingredients and mix until well coated. Transfer to prepared pan and press in evenly with spatula.

Bake 30 minutes, until top is golden brown.

Cool on rack, when completely cool (it’s hard to wait, I know) lift granola out of pan and cut into 18 bars. *

*Note: My granola did not did not cut into perfect bars but I was able to break it into large chunks.  I have a feeling this may be because I skipped out on some of the sugar and butter but I still recommend doing so, it’s worth leaving out the extra because it turned out perfect!!

Find the original recipe on allrecipes.com, here.

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