Coconut Cream Pie

It’s been a long road finding the right recipe for the perfect coconut cream pie – but I think I’ve finally found it! I’d tried a couple recipes and none of them seemed to work out exactly as I’d liked. It was always one thing or another…my inability to work with pie crusts, the filling wasn’t firm enough, or there wasn’t enough REAL coconut flavor.

The flavor of this pie is out of this world thanks to the clever use of coconut milk in the custard portion of the pie. Then with the addition of a bit of coconut and vanilla extract, it really puts it over the top. The pie is then topped with a layer of lightly sweetened whipped cream and sprinkled with toasted coconut for another dose of coconut.

It set up and cut beautifully, something that always makes me a little bit nervous when it comes to pies. This is one I’ll be coming to again and again, as it’s such a classic. Now I can move onto tackling the next thing on my hit list – lemon meringue. Have a good weekend everyone!

Source: adapted from Fav Family Recipes

Black Forest Cheesecake Cupcakes

You can’t go wrong with cheesecake. Especially cheesecake in cupcake form. These little individual servings are perfect to take to a potluck or cookout. If you manage to get them out of your house before you consume them all!

The base is made from a basic Oreo crust, then filled with a luscious chocolate cheesecake filling. Then they’re baked, cooled, and topped with cherry pie filling and homemade whipped cream. Some chocolate shavings would also do nice for garnish sakes, but I was feeling especially lazy the evening I made these and just enjoyed them without. I didn’t miss them.

I think I might try a spin on this using fresh raspberries when I find them on sale this summer. Or, I bet strawberries would be great too. Have a great weekend everyone!

Source: adapted from Cooking Classy

Skillet Baked Ziti

It’s been a pretty crazy past few days around here. Baby #3 (we’ve decided to call him Nathan from here on out!) ended up being a week overdue before he finally arrived late Thursday afternoon. He is a big boy, born at 9 lbs 11 ounces and a whopping 21 inches!

nathan

We didn’t home until Saturday night, and are using this week to really get into our new routines and the general “swing of things” with a new baby around. The boys are adjusting just fine, very interested and inquisitive about every detail of Nathan’s life. I feel so lucky to have all these boys to take care of!

Back to this pasta – a cheesy “baked” pasta that’s ready in just a few minutes and only uses one pan – is pretty much a gift sent from the Gods for the crazy nights we have coming up in our future. It was so darned good too, I found myself picking off pieces of pasta for “one more bite” before we packed the leftovers away!

The pasta sauce is easy to bring together, using pantry staples. It gets a heavy dose of flavor from the addition of pork sausage, and richness from the addition of a bit of heavy cream. And I’d imagine that any pasta shape would be fine – although I happen to be partial to the tubular pastas like ziti and penne for these kinds of applications. The pasta is cooked in the sauce on the stove, then when it’s al-dente it’s topped with a good amount of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese that gets melted and browned with a quick trip to the hot oven.

Served with a quick salad and a crunchy piece of garlic bread, it’s too good to be such a delicious and easy weeknight meal. Make this one soon, guys!

Source: ATK’s Pasta Revolution, via Pink Parsley

Mixed Berry Yogurt Cake

If you’ve been coming to the site for any amount of time, you guys know that I love using yogurt as an ingredient in baked goods. It adds a ton of moisture, without a ton of of calories. In the past I’d only done Bundt or loaf cakes, so I thought it was high time I made a traditional layer cake using yogurt.

I took a recipe I’d found on Pinterest and modified it to make a larger cake. I added blueberries and raspberries, because I happened to have them both on hand. Then covered it in a delicious lemon-cream cheese frosting. Aren’t the flavors of lemon and berries just divine when paired together? The lemon really sets off the flavor of the berries, I think!

I cut my cake layers in half, to make a super-impressive four layer cake – but just two layers would be just as delicious, and less work. The whole family enjoyed it’s summery flavors, and the fact that it was rich – without being too heavy, if that makes sense…

Not to mention it was beautiful when cut into, with gorgeous bursts of color from the berries baked inside. A perfect cake to bake for a cookout or potluck this summer!

Source: adapted from Kitchen Trial & Error