Summer Picnic Idea: Riondo Prosecco and Peach Sorbet

This post was sponsored by Riondo Prosecco through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Riondo Prosecco, all opinions are my own.

One of my favorite things to do during summertime is to pack an evening picnic, complete with Riondo Prosecco, and sip away while watching the sunset.

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Even though this prosecco can be thoroughly enjoyed on its own, my current favorite thing to do is pour it over fruity sorbet!image1 (1).JPG

Peach sorbet is my personal favorite. Serving it with Riondo Prosecco is a summery combination that’s perfect for a warm evening spent watching the sun go down.

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Trust me. Now go pack a cooler, grab a couple of glasses, and relax with this tasty summer combo.

Cheers!

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Mixed Berry Cornmeal Skillet Cake

First of all, Happy Fourth of July weekend! I’m literally sitting on the beach right now as I type this but I just HAD to share the amazing strawberry and blueberry cornmeal skillet cake my husband made for breakfast this morning.

It was so good I forced him to write down the recipe for you guys because you need this in your life. It has crispy buttery edges and a nice tender middle with lots of tart berry flavor. It’s so easy to make, too! Ok blah blah blah enough talk. Here’s the recipe.


1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, plus more for sprinkling
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
1 Stick of unsalted butter, melted, set aside 1 tablespoon for skillet
6 oz fresh blueberries
8 oz fresh strawberries, halved lengthwise

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and place a 10-inch cast iron skillet inside to heat while you make the batter.
In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. In a separate bowl, whisk the buttermilk, eggs, and the melted butter, reserving 1 tablespoon for the skillet. Pour the wet ingredients over the flour mixture and whisk until just combined.
Carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven. Coat the bottom and sides of the hot skillet with the remaining butter. Pour the batter into the skillet; scatter the blueberries on top, and place the strawberry halves evenly over the blueberries. Sprinkle with as much sugar as you’d like, we used about 3 tablespoons.
Bake for about 45 minutes, until the top is evenly browned. Allow to cool for 10 to 15 minutes and serve.

Enjoy!

 

Chocolate Pots de Creme with Campari Whipped Cream

Alright, you guys, I’m not going to waste your time with a cute little intro to this recipe. It’s too good for words so I’m just going to say it’s delicious, easy to make, and totally perfect for any occasion. The creamy chocolate custard and the fluffy whipped cream are like a beautiful food love story.

Chocolate Pot de Creme with Campari Whipped CreamHere’s what you do.

Chocolate Pots de Creme
Ingredients
10 ounces good semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
6 large egg yolks
5 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

Place the chocolate in a blender (Or in a large bowl if using an immersion blender). Whisk milk, 1 cup cream, egg yolks, granulated sugar and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Be careful not to over-whisk, you don’t want a lot of bubbles to form. Stir constantly with a spatula for 6 to 7 minutes until the mixture is thick enough to coat the spatula.

Immediately pour the milk mixture through a sieve over the chocolate in the blender (or in the bowl if using an immersion blender). Blend until combined and smooth. Divide the chocolate mixture amongst the vessels of your choice.

I like to use cocktail glasses because I think it looks very elegant and romantic, but you can use tea cups, ramekins, or small bowls.

Refrigerate for several hours until the chocolate is set and firm.

Lastly you need to finish it off with a dollop of whipped topping, chocolate shavings, and a chocolate truffle. You can make regular whipped cream but I threw some Campari in mine. It is me after all, and I think the bitterness of the Campari plays well with the sweetness of the dessert.

Campari Whipped Cream
Ingredients

1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon Campari

Whip with a whisk until fluffy.

Chocolate Pot de Creme with Campari Whipped Cream

Voila. Enjoy!

 

Spiced Pumpkin Eggnog Cocktail Recipe

Do you love pumpkin pie? Do you love egg nog? Do you love alcohol and drinking your way through the holidays?

Well I’ve got a special treat for you! It has all the flavor of pumpkin pie and frothy eggnog with a nice spicy rum kick. You’ll love. Here’s how you make it.

Spiced Pumpkin Egg Nog Cocktail RecipeSpiced Pumpkin Eggnog Cocktail

Put the following into a cocktail shaker:
1 raw egg
3/4 cup milk
1 Tablespoon pumpkin puree
1 Tablespoon simple syrup
2 oz spiced rum (black or dark is best)
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of fresh nutmeg
Pinch of cloves

Shake VIGOROUSLY. Then add ice and shake vigorously again. Strain into a glass.

And might I suggest serving it with a DIY Pumpkin Pie Drink Stirrer?

Spiced Pumpkin Pie Eggnog Recipe with DIY Mini Pumpkin Pie Drink Stirrer

Autumnal Brown Butter Butternut Squash Loaf Recipe

You guys, today is my wedding anniversary and I woke up to the most delectable baked treat from my hobby baker husband. I’m a big fan of pumpkin loaf and bread, but honestly this is the best squash variety of loaf I’ve ever had. Any loaf for that matter. He’d been playing around with the idea for this recipe for awhile and I think he nailed it. It’s perfectly dense and moist with a nice crust and the right amount of sweetness. So naturally I will share it with you and take all of the credit.

But without further ado here’s the recipe.

Brown Butter Butternut Squash Loaf (No I didn’t stutter)

Butternut Squash Brown Butter Loaf Recipe

Ingredients
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1 medium sized butternut squash, oven roasted, peeled (should yield about 2 cups)
2 sticks of butter, plus more for greasing pan

Directions
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan.

In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices.

In a different bowl beat the eggs with the butternut squash. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until combined.

In a small sauce pan, brown the butter and stir it into the mixture until thoroughly combined.

Pour the batter into the greased pan and bake for 70 to 80 minutes and cake tester comes out clean. Allow to cool for 20-30 minutes before removing from pan.

Brown Butter Butternut Squash Loaf Recipe

Enjoy!

Tangerine Olive Oil Cake Recipe

Now that summer is over it’s time to start the glorious task of baking with autumn and winter fruits. Sure, pumpkin and cranberry are popular seasonal favorites, like the king and queen of the holiday season prom, but what about our old friend the tangerine? If you’re craving something other than pumpkin pies and cranberry bars, I’ve got a citrusy treat for you.
Tangerine Olive Oil Cake Recipe via Melodrama
Tangerine Olive Oil Cake.

Tangerine Olive Oil Cake Recipe via Melodrama
This aromatic olive oil cake has a nice crisp crust with an ultra-rich spongey middle, and just enough tangerine flavor. It’s perfect to eat with tea or coffee for breakfast or with ice cream for dessert. Try a drizzle of orange blossom honey on for a special treat. It’s so easy to make, you’ll find it hard to resist whipping one up whenever you get the chance.

This recipe was adapted from Maialino Restaurant’s olive oil cake recipe.

For a 9 inch round (2 inch deep) cake pan you’ll need:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/3 cups tangerine olive oil (I like Pasolivo)
1 1/4 cups whole milk
3 large eggs
1 1/2 tablespoons grated tangerine zest
1/2 cup tangerine juice

Pre-heat the oven to 350°. Oil and line bottom of pan with parchment paper. In a bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and powder together. In separate bowl, whisk the olive oil, milk, eggs, tangerine zest and juice. Add the dry ingredients to the wet; whisk until just combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour, until the top is golden and a cake tester comes out clean. Transfer the cake pan to a rack and let cool for 30 minutes. Run a knife along the edges and remove cake from pan and let continue to cool.

Enjoy!

Tangerine Olive Oil Cake Recipe via Melodrama

Mexican Hot Chocolate Pie with Maria Cookie Crust

One of my favorite treats when I was a kid was Abuelita Mexican hot chocolate and Maria cookies. I would always dip the cookies in my hot chocolate, just like my grandma did with her coffee, and experience the pure joy that only food gives me. I was having a late night craving and had the wild I had the idea of putting the flavors together in pie form. Sometimes I don’t want to drink hot chocolate, but I pretty much always want to eat pie. So I made my dream a reality.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Pie

This pie has a crispy buttery cookie crust, much like a graham cracker crust. The filling is fudgey and gooey with a crackled top, and has all the flavor of Mexican hot chocolate.

Mexican Hot Chocolate PieQuick Note about Pie Pan Size:

For this recipe I used a 9 inch pie pan. You can use whatever you have, but if you use smaller pans you may not end up using all of your crust mixture or filling. But that’s ok, it’s better to make more and have some left over than not have enough.

Maria Cookie Crust

2 cups Maria cookie crumbs (1-2 packages of Maria cookies)

1 stick butter, melted

Mexican Hot Chocolate Pie

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Use a blender or food processor to finely crush your cookies into crumbs. (If you don’t have either of those appliances, put the cookies in a large ziplock bag and crush them with a rolling pin.) Melt butter on stove stop or microwave. Mix melted butter and crumbs together until it has a wet sand consistency. It should hold together when you pinch it. If your crust is still a little dry and won’t hold together, you can add a bit more melted butter until it does. Put in pie pan and use your hands or a measuring cup to press and flatten the crumbs to the bottom and up against the sides.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Pie

Bake at 350 degrees for about 7-10 minutes until it has just set to the touch. You don’t want to over-bake or over brown it, since it’ll bake more with the filling. Set it aside to cool.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Filling

4 ounces Mexican Hot Chocolate, such as Abuelita

1 cup (2 sticks) butter

1.5 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 cinnamon stick

Mexican Hot Chocolate Pie

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Beat eggs in a small bowl and set aside. Chop chocolate to make it easier to melt. Melt butter and chocolate together in a sauce pan with cinnamon stick over medium-low heat. Add the sugar and remove from heat. Remove cinnamon stick. While stirring constantly, add eggs and beat well until smooth.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Pie

Pour filling mixture into prepared pie crust until it almost hits the top edge of the crust. Do not over fill the pan.

Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes on center rack. The pie should be just barely set but remain gooey in the middle, and have a crackled top. It will set more as it cools.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Pie

Serve warm or room temp with ice cream or whipped cream. YUM!