Eggless Mint Chocolate Mousse

If you love chocolate as much as I do, then this recipe is definitely for you! Chocolate mousse is somewhat of a quick dessert, it’s the firming up that takes the longest. In fact, this is one of my favorite desserts to make, especially when you add in fresh mint leaves. The texture is very fluffy which is how you want it. I highly recommend trying this recipe. It’s the type of dessert that will be very popular at parties or gatherings. I look forward to reading all your comments!

Things you need:

Mixing bowl

Hand mixer or a Kitchen Aid

Saucepan

Air tight container

3 cups of Heavy Cream

2 ¼ cups of Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips

 3 tsp Vanilla Extract         

Mint leaves (chopped)                                                                                                                                                    

Instructions:

  1. Using your mixer, mix your heavy cream until it looks like whip cream. This should take roughly 5 minutes.
  2. Next, set the whip cream in the fridge while you melt your chocolate.
  3. Once the chocolate is melted, remove from heat and add in the vanilla extract.
  4. Fold into whip cream until fully combined. Then, sir in some of the mint leaves, and save the rest for garnishing on top.
  5. Finally, place into airtight container and set in fridge for about 5 hours, or until firm.
  6. Enjoy!!

© 2020 Sundown Pointe

Miscele e Fuoco (Rome, Italy) 🇮🇹

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Rome is filled with a variety of restaurants, but my favorite was Miscele e Fuoco. It is located a few blocks from the Colosseum on Via Cavourright down the street from Hotel Romano. Miscele e Fuoco serves everything from breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, and cocktails. They have a variety of seating both inside and out. The food that I ordered was very delicious. My favorite dish was the chocolate waffle. It was super moist with tons of whip cream, and cut up strawberries drizzled with chocolate sauce. It was by far the best waffle I’ve ever had!!!! This is a meal I would recommend to anyone who eats at Miscele e Fuoco for breakfast. If you’re looking for something more on the healthier side, I recommend their bowl of fruit. The fruit was amazing and super fresh. It consisted of pineapple as your base with strawberries, oranges, raspberries, blackberries, and honeydew melon inside.

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Customers who sit inside will find the atmosphere very comfortable, and those who sit outside will find it a little busy on the street.The staff is very nice and takes great care of their customers. I definitely look forward to coming back to Miscele e Fuocothe next time I visit Rome.

© 2018 Sundown Pointe

Chocolate Raspberry Cake

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I love chocolate and raspberry! This is a great recipe to make for a family get together, especially when it is chocolate with a raspberry filling. YUM! As I’ve mentioned in my cake balls blog, I love cake. When I saw a can of raspberry filling sitting in my pantry, I thought what a great way to use in a cake. You can use any type of frosting for this recipe. I used vanilla frosting because I didn’t want to overpower the chocolate and raspberry flavors. If you also want a little extra raspberry flavor, then feel free to put some fresh raspberries around the cake. I look forward to reading your comments!

Things you will need:

1 box of chocolate cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)

16 oz. of vanilla frosting

12 oz. of raspberry cake and pastry filling

Fresh Raspberries (optional)

9×13 cake pans

Instructions:

  1. Bake cake as directed on box until toothpick comes out clean
  2. Pull out of oven and let it cool
  3. Take Wilton’s Spray-N-Seal and spray it on the top and side of the cake to help it from crumbling 
  4. Next, place one layer on cake container and spread the raspberry filling over the top
  5. Put the next layer on top and frost the cake, so it’s fully covered
  6. Decorate with frosting or place the fresh raspberries around the top of the cake
  7. Enjoy!!!

© 2018 Sundown Pointe

Chocolate Covered Cranberry Chocolate Cake Balls

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If you love cake as much as I do or just love eating it, then this is a must! Chocolate Covered Cranberry Chocolate Cake Balls are a great recipe to make, especially if you have a box of cake mix that has been sitting in your pantry for a while or extra cranberry sauce from the holidays. This is a fun recipe to make. It’s easy for the kids to get involved and help too. I wasn’t sure how these would come out at first, but I was delighted with the final result.

Makes: Approximately 40

Things you will need:

1 box of cake mix (any flavor, my favorite is chocolate)

½ bowl of cranberry sauce

7 oz. of frosting (any flavor)

Toothpicks

Parchment paper

Wilton’s melting chocolate pot

1 lb. of melting chocolate

Instructions:

  1. Bake cake as directed on box until toothpick comes out clean
  2. Pull out of oven and let it cool off
  3. Once cake is cooled, crumble the cake in a large bowl
  4. Add in the cranberry sauce and the frosting
  5. Mix all the ingredients together until it’s fully combined
  6. Stick in freezer for an hour, or in the fridge overnight
  7. Roll cake mixture into balls (this may get messy!)
  8. Place rolled cake balls onto parchment paper
  9. Stick toothpicks in each cake ball and place back in the fridge or freezer
  10. Melt chocolate, dip balls until fully covered, place back on parchment paper
  11. Once the balls are covered with melted chocolate, place in freezer for 15 minutes until chocolate is hard
  12. Remove from freezer when ready to serve
  13. ENJOY!!!!

© 2018 Sundown Pointe

 

Banana Brownies with chocolate chips

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Banana Brownies with chocolate chips are a great recipe to make, especially if you have bananas that are going bad. I wanted to try and make these again after not making them for a while, and I was very pleased with how they turned out. It is a great treat to eat for breakfast or as a snack.

 

Makes approximately 20

Ingredients for the Brownies:

1 ½ cups of sugar

1 cup of sour cream

1/2 cup of softened butter

2 eggs

3 to 4 mashed bananas

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups of flour

1 tsp. baking soda

3/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup of walnuts or chocolate chips

Instructions for Brownies:

  1. Heat oven to 375F.
  2. Grease a 9×13 glass pan.
  3. Mix together the following ingredients until creamy: sugar, sour cream, butter, and eggs.
  4. Add bananas and vanilla extract.
  5. Blend flour, baking soda, salt for 1 minute.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips.
  7. Spread batter evenly into pan.
  8. Bake 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Ingredients for the Brown Butter Frosting:

1/2 cup of butter

4 cups of powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

3 tbsp. milk

Instructions for Frosting:

  1. Boil butter until light brown.
  2. Remove from heat, and whisk together the remaining ingredients: powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and milk.
  3. Spread the frosting over the warm bars.
  4. ENJOY!!!!!

© 2018 Sundown Pointe