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Dessert 12 June 2017

Cool Down with Patriotic Frozen Pops

The perfect treat to celebrate and escape the heat this summer

(Family Features) With backyard barbecues, pool parties and patriotic celebrations in full swing leading up to the Fourth of July, kids are constantly on the go with summertime activities. For long summer days in the sun, a cool treat is the perfect way to help keep kids energized for all of their summertime activities.

These homemade red, white and blueberry frozen pops are the perfect patriotic summer snack for active kids. Made with wholesome ingredients like fruit and milk, they’re a great way for moms to add quality nutrition to snack time with flavors their kids already love. Plus, with milk as an ingredient, this delicious recipe is a creative way to help the whole family get added nutrients they need, like calcium and protein.

Whether celebrating Independence Day or relaxing following an afternoon in the sun, this tasty and nutritious summertime snack is one the whole family can enjoy together. For more inspiration and recipes to serve up summer fun, visit milklife.com.

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Red, White and Blueberry Frozen Pops

Servings: 10

  • 1/2 cup granola
  • 2 teaspoons brown rice syrup
  • 3/4 cup reduced fat milk
  • 6 ounces fat free vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup whole strawberries, tops removed
  • water
  • 1 1/4 cup blueberries, divided
  1. In small bowl, stir granola and brown rice syrup until combined. Using end of wooden spoon, press approximately 3/4 tablespoon granola into each frozen pop mold. Granola should be packed tightly into bottom of molds.
  2. In another small bowl, stir together milk and yogurt; set aside.
  3. Using small food processor or high-powered blender, puree strawberries until smooth. Stir water into each puree so they are pourable, about 2 tablespoons each, more if necessary.
  4. Set aside 30 blueberries and puree remainder. Add water, as needed, to make pourable.
  5. To layer pops, start by pouring, piping or syringing 1 tablespoon milk and yogurt mixture into each mold, covering granola layer. Put each mold in freezer until firm, at least 1 hour.
  6. Layer 1 tablespoon strawberry puree on top of frozen yogurt layer in each mold. Cover top of molds with foil, insert sticks and freeze again until solid. Remove foil, add another layer of yogurt and freeze again.
  7. For final layer, add 1 tablespoon blueberry puree and 3 blueberries to each mold. Freeze until solid. Keep frozen pops in molds until ready to eat. Run each mold under lukewarm water for approximately 10 seconds to loosen and remove frozen pops. Pops can be made 1 day in advance.

Tip: For clean lines between frozen yogurt layers, use small syringe.

Nutritional information per serving: 70 calories; 2 g fat; 0.5 g saturated fat; 3 g protein; 11 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 20 mg sodium; 48 mg calcium (4% of daily value). Nutrition figures based on using reduced fat milk.

Source: MilkPEP

Breakfast & Brunch 29 March 2017

A Spring-Inspired Easter Brunch

Sweet ideas for a bright, seasonal spread

(Family Features) Spring is blooming on your Easter table. From yellow chick cupcakes to blueberry French-toast casseroles, there are plenty of ways to wow your brunch guests with simple seasonal recipes.

“Between hiding eggs and preparing baskets, you may be tempted to fall back on brunch basics like pancakes and scrambled eggs, but that’s no fun,” McCormick Executive Chef Kevan Vetter said. “With simple pantry staples – like food color – and a little planning the night before, you can enjoy a fun and tasty holiday brunch.”

These simple tips from Vetter can help you transform a boring brunch into a colorful Easter feast.

  • Waffle art is a fun way to get kids (and adults) involved during breakfast time. Try tinting the waffle batter orange by using McCormick Color from Nature Food Colors. Cut them into wedges hot out of the iron and pipe green frosting for the stems to create these Carrot-Shaped Waffles.
  • Making French toast for a crowd can be a hassle. Instead, make a sweet breakfast casserole the night before to pop in the oven Easter morning. Add fresh, sweet-tart blueberries to celebrate spring.
  • Rather than splurging on designer cupcakes, just pipe yellow marshmallow creme on mini cupcakes for a baby chick then decorate with sprinkles for the nose and cut up wafers to look like a hatching egg.

For more recipes and tips, check out McCormick.com and visit McCormick Spice on Facebook and Pinterest.

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Baby Chick Cupcakes

Prep time: 30 minutes
Servings: 24

  • 1 package (12 ounces) white confectionary coating wafers
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 box (16 ounces) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
  • 1 teaspoon Sunflower color from McCormick Color from Nature Food Colors
  • 2 tablespoons milk, plus additional (optional)
  • 48 unfrosted mini yellow cupcakes, baked in white paper liners
  • sprinkles (optional)
  • additional McCormick Color from Nature Food Colors (optional)
  1. To make broken egg shell pieces: melt coating wafers as directed on package. Spread on large foil-lined baking sheet to 1/4-inch thickness. Refrigerate about 10 minutes, or until firm. Break into small, irregular pieces. Set aside.
  2. In large bowl, beat butter with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar, beating until well blended after each addition, frequently scraping sides and bottom of bowl. Beat in marshmallow creme until well blended. In small bowl, stir food color into milk until dissolved. Add colored milk to frosting; beat until light and fluffy. Stir in additional milk, as needed, to reach desired consistency.
  3. To decorate cupcakes: spoon frosting into large pastry bag fitted with large round tip. Pipe two dollops of frosting on top of each other to form baby chick. If desired, insert sprinkles into face for eyes and beak. Or tint any remaining frosting with food colors to pipe out eyes and beak.
  4. Place coating wafer pieces around bottom of baby chick to resemble broken egg shell.

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Carrot-Shaped Waffles

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 cups all-purpose waffle and baking mix
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 teaspoons McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract, divided
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons Sunflower color from McCormick Color from Nature Food Colors, divided
  • 1 teaspoon Berry color from McCormick Color from Nature Food Colors
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sky Blue color from McCormick Color from Nature Food Colors
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  1. Heat round waffle iron. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. In medium bowl, mix together waffle mix, milk, egg, oil, 2 teaspoons vanilla and 1 teaspoon each sunflower and berry colors until blended. Let batter stand 5 minutes to allow color to fully develop.
  2. Pour about 1/3 cup batter onto center of waffle iron. Close lid. Cook about 3 minutes, or until no longer steaming. Carefully remove waffle. Repeat with remaining batter. Cut each waffle into 8 triangles. Set aside.
  3. In another medium bowl, stir sky blue color and remaining sunflower color into cream. Add confectioners’ sugar and remaining vanilla; beat with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Spoon into re-sealable plastic bag. Cut piece off one bottom corner.
  4. To decorate and serve waffles, place waffle triangles onto serving plates and pipe green colored cream on wide side of each triangle to resemble carrot tops.

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Overnight Lemon Blueberry Muffin Casserole

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12

Streusel Topping:

  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick Cinnamon, Ground
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) cold butter, cut into chunks

Casserole:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons, milk, divided
  • 1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons, granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick Cinnamon, Ground
  • 1 loaf French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick Pure Lemon Extract
  • 2 cups blueberries, divided
  1. To make Streusel Topping: In medium bowl, mix together brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cover. Set aside until ready to assemble in the morning.
  2. To make Casserole: In large bowl, mix together eggs, 1 cup milk, 1/4 cup granulated sugar and cinnamon with wire whisk until well blended. Add bread cubes; toss gently to coat. Pour evenly into 13-by-9-inch baking dish sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, remaining milk and sugar, and lemon extract until well blended. Gently stir in 1 cup blueberries. Spread evenly on top of bread cubes. Top with remaining blueberries. Cover. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. Heat oven to 350° F.
  5. Remove casserole from refrigerator. Let stand 10-15 minutes.
  6. Cut butter into Streusel Topping mixture with pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over casserole. Bake 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Source: McCormick

Dessert 23 February 2017

Sweet Spring Desserts

(Family Features) When the scent of fresh blooms begins to fill the air, it’s a sure sign that spring has sprung. It’s the perfect time of year to gather loved ones for a leisurely meal, then linger over dessert as you enjoy this season of refreshment.

No dessert menu is complete without an array of treats, and these creamy, homemade Blueberry Key Lime Cheesecake Bars are the perfect way to put a sweet finishing touch on your celebrations. Or go for a crowd pleaser with this Cherry Cheesecake Lush Dessert and its smooth, velvety texture and plump, juicy cherries.

The secret ingredient in each of these desserts is Lucky Leaf Fruit Fillings, which are GMO-free and contain plenty of fruit – and no high-fructose corn syrup – for exceptional tasting desserts every time. With popular flavors like apple, blueberry, cherry and strawberry, you have plenty of convenient, versatile ways to dress up desserts.

Find more tasty treats for all your spring entertaining at luckyleaf.com.

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Blueberry Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

Recipe courtesy of Inside BruCrew Life blog
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Servings: 24

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 30 vanilla cream-filled cookies
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup key lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon key lime zest
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 eggs
  • green gel food coloring (optional)
  • 1 can (21 ounces) Lucky Leaf Blueberry Pie Filling, divided
  • 1 container (8 ounces) whipped topping, thawed
  • key lime slices (optional)
  1. Place baking sheet on bottom rack of oven. Fill halfway with water. Heat oven to 325° F. Line 9-by-13-inch pan with foil and spray with nonstick spray.
  2. Using food processor, pulse cookies until crumbly. Stir together crumbs and butter. Press evenly into bottom of prepared pan.
  3. Beat cream cheese until creamy. Add sugar and sour cream, and beat again until smooth. Add key lime juice, zest and flour, and beat until mixed thoroughly. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat gently after each. Add green food coloring to cheesecake mixture, if desired.
  4. Spread cheesecake batter evenly over crust in pan. Add 1 cup of blueberry pie filling over top of cheesecake. Use butter knife to gently swirl pie filling into cheesecake. Do not let knife go through to crust.
  5. Place pan on oven rack above tray of water. Bake 45-48 minutes. Remove immediately and place on wire rack for 1 hour then place in refrigerator until completely chilled.
  6. Cut into 24 squares and serve with whipped topping, remaining pie filling and key lime wedges.

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Cherry Cheesecake Lush Dessert

Recipe courtesy of Lemon Tree Dwelling blog
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12

  • 1 cup vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 16 ounces whipped topping, divided
  • 2 small boxes cheesecake-flavored pudding
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 can (21 ounces) Lucky Leaf Cherry Pie Filling
  • 1/2 cup. chopped pecans
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. In medium mixing bowl, combine vanilla wafer crumbs, finely chopped pecans and butter.
  3. Press into 9-by-13-inch baking pan; bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.
  4. In separate mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and 1 1/2 cups whipped topping. Mix until smooth; spread evenly over cooled crust.
  5. Combine cheesecake pudding mix, milk and 1 1/2 cups whipped topping, and mix until smooth. Spread evenly over cream cheese layer in pan.
  6. Top with pie filling, remaining whipped topping and chopped pecans.

Source: Lucky Leaf

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Dessert 07 August 2015

A Sweet Celebration!

Celebration Lime Cheesecake Bars
Quick Raspberry Sauce
Quick Berry Sauce
White Chocolate Glaze With Toasted Coconut and Pecans
Mixed Fruit Salsa
Magic Lemon Pie
Coconut Macaroons

(Family Features) - It's been called "magic." At least that's how it seemed in 1856 when Gail Borden transformed fresh milk into safe and shelf-stable sweetened condensed milk.

A return voyage from London in 1851 prompted Borden's invention. He saw children fall ill from lack of fresh milk and set out to find a way to preserve milk while maintaining its taste and quality. Borden developed a vacuum method to remove water from milk, adding sugar as a preservative.

Eagle Brand first became a staple during the Civil War, when troops needed milk that wouldn't spoil. It is also credited with significantly reducing the infant mortality rate in North America. When the two World Wars brought rationing and shortages to American households, Eagle Brand proudly provided a "magic" way to make desserts. Today, Eagle Brand is still America's most trusted sweetened condensed milk.

For more delicious recipes, visit www.eaglebrand.com.

Celebration Lime Cheesecake Bars

Celebration Lime Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 7 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 1/3 cup flaked coconut, packed
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages plain cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. With mixer fitted with flat paddle, combine flour and sugar; add butter and egg yolk; blend until combined. Mix in coconut. Press dough evenly into bottom of greased 13x9-inch glass baking dish.
  2. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until edge of crust is golden brown. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
  3. With mixer, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Add eggs; mix until just combined. Stir in lime juice. Pour batter over baked crust. Once oven has cooled to 350°F, bake 17 to 22 minutes or until center is set.
  4. Cool. Cover and chill 2 hours. Serve with toppings (optional, recipes follow). Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.
Preparation Time

20 minutes

Serves

Makes 18 to 20 bars

Notes, Tips & Suggestions

Optional Toppings:

Quick Raspberry Sauce

Quick Berry Sauce

White Chocolate Glaze With Toasted Coconut and Pecans

Mixed Fruit Salsa

Quick Raspberry Sauce

Ingredients
  • 2 (12-ounce) packages frozen raspberries, thawed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
Preparation
  1. Combine all ingredients in food processor or blender and mix until smooth. Store covered in refrigerator.
Serves

Makes 3 cups

Quick Berry Sauce

Ingredients
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or to taste
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup diced strawberries
Preparation
  1. In large bowl, combine raspberries, lemon juice and sugar.
  2. Using large fork or potato masher, smash berries to make puree.
  3. Fold in blueberries and strawberries. Store covered in refrigerator.
Serves

Makes 2 1/2 cups

White Chocolate Glaze With Toasted Coconut and Pecans

Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons butter or margarine, divided
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 1/4 cups white chocolate chips or white vanilla chips
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
Preparation
  1. In skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add coconut and pecans; continue mixing until coconut is light brown. Remove from heat. Cool.
  2. In large bowl, combine chips, lime juice and remaining butter. Microwave on medium-high 30 to 40 seconds. Mix until smooth.
  3. Pour glaze over bars, spreading evenly. Top with coconut mixture.

Mixed Fruit Salsa

Ingredients
  • 1 mango, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1 cup diced strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
Preparation
  1. Mix all ingredients in bowl. Chill at least 1 hour. Stir before serving.
Serves

Makes 2 1/2 cups

Magic Lemon Pie

Magic Lemon Pie

Description

Created in the early 1900s, this pie was touted as "magic." Adding lemon juice to Eagle Brand creates a rich, creamy filling, without cooking, that is easy to make, delicious every time and never fails, even for first-time bakers.

Ingredients
  • 1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind or 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 (8- or 9-inch) graham cracker or baked pie crust
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. In medium bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, lemon rind or extract and egg yolks; stir until mixture thickens. Pour into chilled graham cracker crust or cooled pie crust.
  2. In medium bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar on medium speed, 1 tablespoon at a time; beat 4 minutes longer or until sugar is dissolved and stiff glossy peaks form.
  3. Spread meringue over pie, carefully sealing to edge of crust to prevent meringue from shrinking. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until meringue is lightly browned. Cool. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.
Marinate Time

10 minutes

Serves

Makes one (8- or 9-inch) pie

Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons

Description

A macaroon recipe with Eagle Brand was featured in magazines as early as 1919. Developed for simplicity, it can be made and baked in minutes - no flour, baking powder, rolling or cutting needed.

Ingredients
  • 1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 1 egg white, whipped
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 (14-ounce) package flaked coconut
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line baking sheets with foil; grease and flour foil. Set aside.
  2. In large bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, egg white, extracts and coconut; mix well. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets; slightly flatten each mound with a spoon.
  3. Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until lightly browned around edges. Immediately remove from baking sheets (macaroons will stick if allowed to cool); cool on wire racks. Store loosely covered at room temperature.
Preparation Time

10 minutes

Serves

Makes about 4 dozen

Notes, Tips & Suggestions

Macaroon Kisses: Prepare and bake as above. Press solid milk chocolate candy piece in center of each macaroon immediately after baking.

Source

Eagle® Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk

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