Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Chocolate Ganache Icebox Cake

Spring break has sprung and it is clearly no where near spring in our parts. While we sit at home in the cold, others have their toes in the sand. But as my hubby reminds me, I had my warm vacation a month ago. So much for spring weather to enjoy by spring break! 

With the boys at home during the day, and no homework in the evening, it leaves us time for plenty of fun baking! This chocolate icebox cake with ganache will not disappoint. It is a super simple, throw together cake. This is less cake and a bit more of a cake-like brownie. Regardless, a perfect weeknight dessert to enjoy with my husband and littles.

Chocolate Ganache Icebox Cake 
Barely Adapted from The View from Great Island

For the cake:
Butter an 8x12 baking pan and preheat oven to 350. 

Whisk together in a bowl:
3/4 c. good quality unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 c. Flour
1/4 t. Salt
1/2 t. Baking powder

In another large bowl cream together the following until light and fluffy:

3/4 c. Unsalted butter, room temperature
1 c. Sugar

Add and mix well: 
3 eggs
1 1/2 t. Vanilla

Pour half of the dry ingredients and mix until incorporated. Then add:

1/2 c. Sour cream

Mix well and add remaining dry ingredients until mixed throughly. 

Spread batter into baking pan and tap several times on the counter to get all the air bubbles out.

Bake at 350 for 18-22 minutes until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely.

While the cake is baking, make the ganache. 

1 c. Heavy cream
1 c. Good quality chocolate chips
1/2 c. Powdered sugar
1/3 c. Unsweetened cocoa 

Place chocolate chips in a heatproof glass bowl.  Heat heavy cream until steaming and pour over chocolate. Let it sit several minutes then whisk until shiny. Add in powdered sugar and cocoa and whisk until smooth. Refrigerate for about 45 min until the cake has cooled. 

Once cake has cooled, pour ganache over the top and spread. Refrigerate for 2 hours then serve! Enjoy!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Breyers Gelato Indulgences

Have you tried the new Gelato Indulgences from Breyers? If you haven't, stop what you are doing right now, and RUN to your local grocer to pick some up. I am not kidding, they are that good. They are these amazing blends of rich, creamy gelato, deliciously mixed with gourmet toppings and luscious sauces. Heaven in a jar, I tell you! 

With that said, I am not an ice cream kind of girl. Sure, I won't pass up a trip to the local ice cream shop in the middle of a hot summer, but I certainly don't crave it, and I can easily walk down the frozen aisle at the store and not look twice at frozen treats. Lets just say that isn't the case anymore. 

I was given the opportunity (or ruination of me!! Ha!) to try two of the four amazing flavors of the new Gelato Indulgences. I was provided with the Vanilla Caramel and the Tiramisu. These were both equally amazing, but if I had to choose I would definitely go with the Tiramisu. Only because tiramisu is something I can't pass up on any occasion, and I felt like I was eating a piece while indulging in this gelato! Perfect blend of espresso, chocolate and mascarpone cheese. The Vanilla Caramel was delish as well, blending a perfect caramel sauce with a lovely vanilla gelato. If you are a caramel lover, this one is for you! 

Breyers Gelato Indulgences are also available in the following flavors, which I may just have to stop out to get because my taste buds are quite curious!  

  Raspberry Cheesecake: Cheesecake gelato with luscious raspberry sauce & gourmet graham crumble

  Triple Chocolate: Milk & Dark chocolate gelato with white chocolate sauce & chocolate curls

Breyers Gelato Indulgences™ will be available in a 28.5 oz. clear tub, showcasing the gelato with its luscious sauce and gourmet toppings, and will retail for a suggested price of $4.49-$5.99

*Disclaimer: All opinions listed above are all my own. I was not compensated for this post, only provided with samples of the product for my own reviews and opinions.