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Vanilla Magic Cake

Vanilla Magic CakeI was so intrigued over Magic Cake | Kitchen Nostalgia, I mean three layers one batter?  This recipe has been on my list of desserts for a while.  After tasting it I am sure it will be made more often.  I was headed to a planned dinner and was asked to bring a dessert at the last-minute.  Magic cake contained ingredients on hand and seemed easy enough.

Bringing dessert is always my dream because my list of things to try goes on and on.  How many desserts can one family eat?  I rarely make dessert unless we are attending an event or having company so the recipes to try add up quickly.

Magic cake was easily assembled and placed in the oven.  The longest point is allowing it to cool fully.  I was so nervous because I hadn’t made it before and was taking it some where.  Usually I know if something will turn out, to be honest I didn’t have confidence in the three layers turning out.

After the cake filling the pan to the brim and watching it puff up as if it was a souffle, I wasn’t sure what I got myself into.  Of course as I took it out of the oven it deflated and started the long cooling process.  I only had two hours when the recipe required three hours.  After the two hours the cake came out nicely on a plate and I allowed it to cool the last hour during the drive and dinner.  At this point I still had no idea if this cake was going to turn out.  It looked great and smelled great, then it came the time to slice and serve.  With the first slice much to my surprise it had three layers and yelled out with joy.

I served the cake and my family had the first bites.  They loved it, almost as much as I did when I finally got a  chance to have a piece.  It tasted almost like custard but with some cake like texture to it.  It was a wonderful and light dessert.  Next time I will serve it with fresh berries or a berry sauce.  Alone it was great as well.  I can’t wait to try different flavors of magic cake!

Magic Cake:Vanilla Magic Cake

  • 4 eggs, separated at room temperature
  • 1 Tbs water
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbs sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk, lukewarm
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • sprinkle of powdered sugar, if desired

Beat egg whites until stiff peak forms, set aside.

In another bowl mix egg yolks and sugar until combined.  Stir in water and vanilla until light in color.

Add the melted butter to the yolk mixture and beat another minute or so, last but not least add the milk and beat until combined.

Fold the egg whites into the yolk mixture about a third at a time until combined.  A few small bits of egg white is fine just no large clumps.

Pour into a lightly greased 8×8″ round cake pan.  It is fill it to the very brim, do  not worry.

Vanilla Magic Cake

Bake in a preheated oven at 325 degrees for about 60 minutes.  It will puff and should have the slightest shake in the center when done.  It will deflate when cooling and this is also ok.

Vanilla Magic Cake

Cool 2-3 hours in pan, turn out onto a plate.

Vanilla Magic Cake

Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired or serve with berries.

Vanilla Magic Cake


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Coconut Overnight Oats

Overnight Coconut Oatmeal

Another morning meal on the Sambazon cleanse was an overnight oats.  Although I altered the recipe to our tastes by removing the cacao nibs.  We just are not fans of chocolate.  We loved this with bananas on top but berries would be great as well.  Mr.Picky said he would eat this again, even not on the cleanse.  I have since prepared this for the kids as well who love it and eat it as if it is dessert.

This is a simple breakfast that can easily be made and is filling.  Not to mention it tastes like dessert.  It has to be the made night before so it is ready to go the next morning.

Overnight Coconut OatmealCoconut Overnight Oats:

  • 1/4 cup vanilla flavored coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 Tbs coconut shavings

Combine all ingredients in a mason jar, cover with a lid, and soak overnight.

In the morning add any of the following toppings:

  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 2 strawberries, sliced
  • 1/4 cup blueberries

Favorite Spinach and Fruit Smoothie

How do you get Mr.Picky to eat spinach?  There are two ways. . . make it into dip or add frozen fruit to make a smoothie.  For all of our health benefits I choose to make all fruit and vegetable smoothies.  You really can’t taste the spinach for all of you who are scared to add it in.  In fact if I even open the cupboard the blender is kept in the kids start to jump up and down.

The amount of fruit and vegetable each one of us consumes increases so much when we have an afternoon smoothie snack.  Mr.Picky and all of us enjoy a great smoothie in the afternoon.  It helps tied over between lunch and dinner.  Not to mention it fulfills our daily intake of greens.

I found a great guide from Super Skinny Me for any of you who are not familiar with smoothie making and are in need of some general guidance.  Super Skinny Me also has some great information on nutritional value and health.

The recipe below is the general smoothie recipe I throw together.  I will add and subtract ingredients depending on what we have.  I also will give you just average quantities added, we make about 3/4 of a pitcher to split between the family.  I have found that refrigerated coconut milk either plain or vanilla is the best liquid to add to a smoothie.

If you prefer a more frozen treat blend the smoothie and pour into popsicle molds.

Favorite Spinach and Fruit Smoothie:Favorite Spinach and Fruit Smoothie

  • 2 bananas (peeled and frozen or fresh)
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 2 large handfuls of fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1 1/2-2 cups vanilla coconut milk
  • 1/2 frozen peach or 1/2 cup frozen pineapple, optional
  • handful of frozen raspberries or blueberries, optional

We use some frozen fruit so we have no need for ice, but you can add ice if using all fresh fruit.  If you need a sweeter smoothie you can add a bit of honey or cinnamon.  Blend until smooth, pour and serve.

Favorite Spinach and Fruit Smoothie

 

 

 

 

 

We have tried all of the following added to our smoothies before:

  • cucumbers
  • apples
  • mango
  • yogurt (frozen or regular)
  • tomatoes
  • grapes
  • chard or pig weed
  • applesauce
  • mango or apricot nectar

Blackberry Cream Cheese Danish

Blackberry Cream Cheese DanishI never knew making a Danish could be so easy or so tasty, turns out it can if you want to cheat.  Not a huge fan of packaged food but a can of crescent rolls can do wonders.  I came across this recipe via pinterest last year from Lauren’s Latest » Easy Blackberry Cheese Danish.  Mr.Picky was in love with it at first sight, he loves cheesecake.  Although he rarely eats dessert this was made twice that first week the recipe was discovered.

After I no longer had fresh blackberries this recipe was put in the recipe box for the year.  Recently I was cleaning out the freezer and came across two bags of blackberries.  I wondered if this recipe would work using frozen berries, it did.  I slightly thawed the berries, but not fully I still could pick them up without them turning to mush.  I have also cut the icing in half from the original because we found that much icing to be overpowering, the dish was sweet enough.

I have made this on many occasions for family gatherings for brunch, it is always a big hit.  It is rather rich but saves for 3-4 days in the fridge so I can imagine anyone can eat the whole thing.

Blackberry Cream Cheese Danish:

  • 1 cup blackberries (fresh or slightly thawed)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3 Tbs flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tube of crescent rolls

Icing:

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbs heavy cream, half and half, or milk
  • a splash of vanilla

Preheat of to 375 degrees.

Combine cream cheese, sugar, flour, and vanilla.  Mix until well combined and set aside.

On an ungreased cookie sheet unroll crescents into a large rectangle.  Press seams together, and slice strips about 1 1/2 to 2 inches in from each side.  (See picture kind of hard to explain)

Spread cheese mixture down the center of the rectangle and then sprinkle with berries evenly.  Braid or fold strips over the top.Blackberry Cream Cheese Danish

Bake 15-20 minutes.  Cool before removing from pan, and drizzle with icing mixture.

Blackberry Cream Cheese Danish

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