Chocolate and Cherry Ice Cream

Chocolate and Cherry Ice Cream

It’s Friday, so lets celebrate with a classic ice cream flavor from Ben and Jerry’s tasty collection. Cherry Garcia has been one of our favorite flavors for as long as we can remember.

I (Marlee) remember countless summers at the Hollywood Bowl, where during intermission my dessert would be getting a Cherry Garcia Ice Cream Bar and thoroughly enjoying it. Christie was skeptical at first, she hates artificial cherries and cherry flavor, but loves fresh cherries.

When we first made this for our neighbor (at his request) we decided we needed to buy a small container of Cherry Garcia and break it down to be able to recreate the same flavors. Again Christie wasn’t even sure she wanted to try it because she was afraid of the artificial  flavoring, but once she tried it, she was pleasantly surprised that the cherry flavor wasn’t at all artificial and she actually enjoyed it! It took a couple of tries, but after adjusting the recipe we came up with something really wonderful that allows the natural flavor of the cherries to shine through and and the chocolate perfectly accompanies it.

This is tart, sweet, chocolatey and creamy! You’ll feel like a regular Ben or Jerry when you make this, so get going!

Chocolate and Cherry Ice Cream

Chocolate and Cherry Ice Cream

 Ingredients

  • ½ cup Dark Chocolate Chunks
  • ¼ cup Cherries (halved and pitted)
  • ½ cup Cherries (puréed)
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk

 Step 1: Roughly chop and place the dark chocolate into a freezer safe bowl and put in the freezer until ready.

Step 2: Using an electric hand mixer beat the eggs until they’re light and fluffy.

Step 3: In a saucepan, combine the sugar and milk and heat until just before it boils. Remove from heat.

Step 4: Making sure you are whisking constantly slowly pour half of the heated milk mixture into the eggs.

Make sure you are whisking constantly so the eggs don’t curdle!

Step 5: Add the egg/milk mixture back into the sauce pan and add the heavy cream and cook over a low heat until the mixture has thickened and coats the back of a wooden spoon.

Step 6: Remove the mixture from the heat and allow to cool and then move to the fridge to really get cold.

Step 7: When the mixture has cooled, add the cherry purée and mix together. Then pour the mixture into your ice cream makers and churn according to manufactures instructions.

Step 8: Before the last five minutes of churning, add the cherries and the chocolate chunks.

Chocolate and Cherry Ice Cream

Chocolate and Cherry Ice Cream

Inspired by Ben and Jerry’s Original Cherry Garcia Recipe

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Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Bacon. Peanut Butter. Banana Bread? Say what? We love a good loaf bread over here at TYL, and when you combine bacon, peanut butter, and bananas do you know what you get? If you’re thinking Elvis, you’re not wrong, but when you mix those three things in the kitchen?  You make something truly wonderful!

This is the epitome a sweet and savory snack or dessert or get crazy with some french toast. The bacon pairs nicely with peanut butter and bananas already so add them together, and you get magic. Pure magic. A party in your mouth.

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Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Banana Bacon Bread

Ingredients 

  • 6 Sliced Bacon (Thick-cut and chopped)
  • 2 1/2 Cups AP Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 cup Dark Brown Sugar (Loosely Packed)
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Stick Butter (Browned and cooled)
  • 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter*
  • 1/4 Cup Bacon Drippings
  • 4  Ripe Bananas (Mashed)
  • 1/3 Cup Milk

*You can take out the peanut butter and add Nutella…YES. Life is better with Nutella.

Step 1: 

Preheat your oven to 350°F and spray your loaf pan with cooking spray.

Step 2: 

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add bacon. Cook until the fat had rendered out. Remove the bacon from the pan and reserve the bacon fat.

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Step 3: 

In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Step 4: 

In a large bowl, whisk your eggs and sugar together. Next add the vanilla, peanut butter, bacon fat, and browned butter. Stir until smooth.

Step 5: 

Next, add the mashed the bananas and milk and stir until combined. In batches, slowly stir in the dry ingredients until the batter begins to come together. Fold in the bacon.

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Step 6: 

Pour the batter into your greased loaf pan. Place the loaf on a baking sheet and bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Step 7: 

Allow bread to cool and remove from the loaf pan. Serve with peanut butter, butter or nutella.

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Easy Tandoori Style Chicken Breast

Easy Chicken Breast Tikka Masala

Happy Monday! We hope you had a nice and relaxed (or crazy if you’re in to that sort of thing) weekend!

Easy Chicken Breast Tikka Masala

Tandoori Style Chicken Breast 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 ½ tablespoons  Garam Masala Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 4 Boneless, Skinless, Chicken Breasts

Step 1:

Rinse and pat your chicken dry using paper towels.

Step 2:

In a medium bowl, mix together your yogurt, Masala seasoning, garlic powder,  lemon and turmeric.

Step 3:

Liberally season both sides of your chicken with salt and pepper.

Step 4:

Pour your marinade into Ziplock bag, and then place the chicken in the bag. Seal and allow to marinate for AT LEAST an hour. The longer it sits in the yogurt, the more flavor it will take on.

Step 5:

When you’re ready to cook the chicken, take the chicken out of the oven, and then preheat your oven to 350°F.

Place the chicken on a baking tray. Cook for 20 minutes.

Step 6:

Remove the chicken and turn the oven to broil. Place the chicken back into the oven and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes.

Step 7:

Remove from the oven, and serve over your favorite rice and vegetable.

 

Easy Chicken Breast Tikka Masala

Easy Chicken Breast Tikka Masala