The Aspiring Profi Frau

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I would love to post pictures of your projects and the clever things you do. Send me an email with a picture attached and maybe a little bit of background about your project.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Volcano Lovers

Molten Lava Cake

pecans and coconut
cake mix
eggs and oil (as specified on cake mix)
cream cheese
powdered sugar

Sprinkle bottom of a 9x13 cake pan with about 1/4 c. coconut and 1 cup chopped pecans
Prepare any kind of chocolate cake mix according to box directions and pour over pecans and coconut.
Melt 1 cube butter and 1 8oz. package cream cheese together in microwave. Mix in 2 cups powdered sugar.
Pour cream cheese mixture over chocolate layer. bake according to cake directions. (I've found that the cake takes 10-15 minutes past the lowest baking time, but I like to start checking earlier just to be safe). Just keep your eye on the cake and try not to take it out too soon.

* We really like this cake, and it has a little bit of a fancier feel than just a regular cake. Justin likes it best cold, I don't know yet how I like it best.

Monday, April 6, 2009

The real recipe I think I'll make for Easter

Sour cream lemon pie is my husband's favorite pie. This is the recipe that looked the closest to the one we like from a local pie shop. I think I'll use a regular crust instead of Graham cracker crust to give more of a regular pie feel than a cheesecake feel.

Sour cream Lemon Pie


Graham Cracker Crust:
1 1/4 C. graham crackers crumbs
1/4 C. sugar
4 Tbs. butter, melted

Cream Cheese Layer:
12 oz. cream cheese
1/3 C. sugar
1/3 C. sour cream
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. Knox gelatin
1 Tbs. cold water

Lemon Topping:
1 1/2 C. water
1 C. sugar
1/2 C. fresh lemon juice
4 egg yolks beaten
5 Tbs. cornstarch
1 Tbs. grated lemon peel
1/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbs. butter


To make crust, mix all ingredients together and shape in a 9" greased pie pan. Bake at 375 for 6 - 8 minutes remove from oven and cool.

To make cream cheese layer, combine cream cheese, sugar, sour cream and salt in medium sized pan and cook on a very low heat stirring constantly until mixture starts to boil lightly. Mix gelatin with water and dissolve. When dissolved add to mixture along with vanilla and stir well. Cook until mixture reaches a light boil and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool off. When it's luke-warm layer cream cheese on crust and refrigerate until cooled.

To make lemon topping, place water, sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, salt and lemon peel in a sauce pan and whisk until mixture comes to a boil at medium heat. Cook for 2 minutes until thick. Pour 1/2 hot mixture in beaten eggs slowly and stir constantly. When the mixture is completely blended pour egg mixture in to the hot pudding stir and cook until the pudding reaches boiling stage. Stir and let boil slowly for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat add butter and vanilla stir and set aside until cooled off. When lemon mixture reaches room temperature gently smooth it over the cream cheese mixture and chill for several hours before serving. Fresh whipped cream may be added for garnish.

Easter Pie- the recipe I think I'll make

Marie Callender's Lemon Cream Cheese Pie

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Cream Cheese Filling
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg

Lemon Filling
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
dash salt
1 cup water
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Make the crust by combining the graham cracker crumbs with melted butter and sugar in a small bowl. Press the crust mixture into an 8-inch pie pan.

Prepare the cream cheese filling by mixing cream cheese with 1/4 cup sugar, vanilla and an egg using an electric mixer. Mix well until smooth. Pour cream cheese filling into graham cracker crust and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until center is cooked. A knife stuck in the middle of the filling should come out mostly clean.

As the pie cools, make the lemon filling by combining 1/2 cup sugar with cornstarch, salt and water in a small saucepan. Set mixture over low heat and bring to a simmer, stirring often.

Whisk in egg yolks, then add lemon juice and butter. When mixture simmers again remove it immediately from the heat.

Pour the lemon filling over the cream cheese filling, and let the pie cool. When cool, chill pie in the refrigerator for several hours before serving.

Slice into 6 pieces to serve restaurant-size portions.