Show Dad S’more Love with This Delicious Dessert

The heat is on and summer is in full swing.  Surely you knew a post with ice cream was coming soon.  We love ice cream at The Blind Pig Blog.  Nothing says, “Hello, Summer!” like some yummy ice cream.  However, another thing that makes us think of summer is sitting around a roaring campfire roasting marshmallows and eating s’mores.  Yumm-O! What a better idea than to combine two of summer’s favorite treats into one yummy calorie-filled treat for Dad?  Yes, of course, we will say that we just HAVE to make this dessert for Dad! So in support of dads everywhere, we will sacrifice and share with you the recipe for S’mores Ice Cream Cake.

Like most ice cream cakes, this recipe is not difficult to follow, but you do need to plan a day or two in advance.  This is not something that can just be whipped up at the last minute.  To create this delectable dessert you will need graham crackers (of course), whole toasted almonds, sugar, unsalted butter, vanilla ice cream, fudge sauce,  Caffe’ Borghetti Espresso Liqueur, marshmallow crème, and miniature marshmallows.

To start you will preheat the oven to 350 degrees while you finely grind the graham crackers, toasted almonds and sugar together in a food processor. Add melted butter and process until moist crumbs form. Next press the graham mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a springform pan.  Bake the crust for about 12 minutes.  Cool the crust completely.

After crust is completely cooled, remove ice cream from the freezer and soften.  Spoon a layer of ice cream into the bottom of the crust approximately one inch thick.

You can make your own fudge sauce for the cake or cheat (which is what we did this time).  If you are cheating, empty a jar of Smucker’s Fudge Sauce into a small microwaveable bowl.  Add one ounce of Caffe’ Borghetti Espresso Liqueur to the sauce and heat in the microwave for about 1 minute.  Stir together Caffe’ Borghetti and sauce until smooth.  Spoon half of the fudge sauce over the layer of ice cream.  Place the cake into the freezer for two hours.  After two hours remove the ice cream and soften again. Spoon a layer of softened ice cream on top of the bottom layer of ice cream and fudge.  Add an additional layer of fudge on top of the second layer of ice cream.  Return the cake to the freezer for 12-24 hours. You may want to save some fudge to drizzle over the top of the cake before serving.

Remove cake from freezer.  Spread a thin layer of marshmallow crème over the top of the cake.  Sprinkle the cake with mini marshmallows.  At this point you have two choices in how you would like to proceed. The first choice is to place the cake on a cookie sheet, turn on the broiler in your oven and lightly toast the marshmallows.  However, placing an ice cream cake into a warm oven sounded a little contradictory to us, so we opted for another option.  Option 2 is to use a small kitchen torch to toast the marshmallows.  We lightly toasted the marshmallows with the kitchen torch and it worked perfectly.  We did not have to worry about melting our ice cream cake in the oven and we had yummy toasted marshmallows.  We understand that everyone is not as lucky as Rhonda to have a family who gifts unique kitchen gadgets for Christmas and birthdays, so we wanted you to be informed of the oven option.

The ice cream cake after the layer of marshmallow crème is added.

Rhonda’s handy dandy kitchen torch.

The top of the cake after lightly toasting marshmallows.

After toasting, drizzle remaining fudge over the top of the toasted marshmallows.  Cut into single servings and let your family enjoy the ultimate taste of summer.

If you are viewing this post via email, please visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a complete recipe for S’mores Ice Cream Cake.

We hope you and your dad or dads love this dessert.  If you want to make this dessert and just think of your dad while you are eating it, that’s okay too! Either way, Happy Father’s Day to all of the great dads out there.  We love you!

 

A Little Tiramisu for You

Tiramisu is one of our favorite desserts that we love to order when we eat at an Italian restaurant.  After researching this dessert a bit, we noticed that the word tiramisu in Italian means pick me up. What a perfect name for a dessert that makes almost anyone smile!

Most tiramisu recipes call for using a double boiler and lots of extra steps in the recipe.  This was just a little too high maintenance for us, until we found this easy tiramisu recipe.  We adapted the recipe and Blind Pigged it up, and now you have our version of tiramisu.

First you will need to secure all of the ingredients.  Most ingredients are easy to find although we want to share a few tips for finding the ladyfingers, mascarpone and Caffe’ Borghetti.  We could not find ladyfinger cookies at our local Kroger, although on line it said that some Krogers have it.  Our advice is check ahead of time before heading out to buy your ladyfingers.  We purchased ours at Sprouts, and we noticed that specialty stores  like World Market had some.  If you purchase the ladyfingers from your regular grocery store, you may look near the bakery or in a specialty food section of the store.

If you have not purchased mascarpone cheese before, it will be near your specialty cheeses.  We found ours in the cheese section near the deli at Kroger.  It comes in a small cylindrical container similar to cream cheese.

We have shared many recipes with Caffe’ Borghetti Espresso Liqueur before. (We can’t help ourselves it works so well with some many things!)  Look or ask for Caffe’ Borghetti in your favorite store where you purchase other liquor.  There is a specific reason why you want Caffe’ Borghetti.  Caffe’ Borghetti is the only espresso liqueur that is made from espresso coffee first.  How we can best explain it is that other coffee liqueurs are liqueurs that have added a coffee flavor to them.  Caffe’ Borghetti makes fresh Italian espresso coffee and THEN adds the alcohol to the coffee.  There is a big difference in quality and taste.  You may want to order your Caffe’ Borghetti from Drizly which is an on-line liquor store.

This recipe is for making small servings of the tiramisu.  You will want to find small serving bowls, cocktail glasses, or if you want the dessert to be really petite, shot glasses.  We used small 8 ounce cocktail glasses.

To make this easy dessert you will need to first whip the whipping cream.  Whip it with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Place in refrigerator to chill.

Next pour 1/2 cup of Caffe’ Borghetti into a shallow bowl.  Break ladyfingers in half and dip both sides of the ladyfingers in the liqueur.  Place ladyfingers in the bottom of cocktail glass.

In a mixer beat together the eggs and sugar for four minutes until pale yellow and fluffy.  Add in the mascarpone cheese and mix until well incorporated.  Fold in the whipping cream with a spatula.  Make sure not to over mix.

Add a layer of the cheese mixture atop the ladyfingers.  Add another layer of ladyfingers dipped in the espresso liqueur. Add a final layer of cheese mixture.

Top with sifted cocoa powder and shaved, unsweetened chocolate.  Place in a refrigerator to chill for a minimum of an hour prior to serving.  Keep chilled until ready to serve.

Note:  This recipe is made with raw eggs.  Raw eggs may contain foodborne illnesses.

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a full recipe for Caffe’ Borghetti Tiramisu.

This low fuss recipe is the perfect pairing for an Italian dinner.  It also works well as a dessert that can be made a day ahead.  Need a pick me up? Try out the Caffe’ Borghetti Tiramisu and let us know what you think!

 

 

Espresso Oreo Shake

The Blind Pig household survived snowmaggedon in Texas and now we are looking toward spring break and warmer weather!  What better way to celebrate warmer temperatures and sunshine than with a little ice cream pick-me-up?

Rhonda got the idea for this shake one day while she was sitting at her favorite fast food drink stop… Sonic!  There was an advertisement for a new espresso shake on the kiosk.  Rhonda thought, “I can make an espresso shake for adults that tastes better than that!”  At that point a star was born, she came home and mixed up this easy, but satisfying recipe for an adult espresso shake.

To make this shake you need only a few basic ingredients: vanilla ice cream (our choice — Blue Bell), a little bit of milk, some crumbled Oreos, and some Caffe’ Borghetti espresso liqueur.

Place all of these ingredients into your blender. Blend.  Garnish with some whipped cream and an Oreo cookie.  Delish!

We served ours in small tall serving glasses as a petite dessert. It was just enough to let ourselves indulge a bit without adding on too many calories.  You may want to serve yours in a larger glass.

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at http://www.theblindpig.blog for a complete recipe for the Espresso Oreo Shake.

What are you waiting for?  Go grab some Oreos and start making your shake!

 

We Love the Espresso Martini

We were looking through past posts reflecting on cocktails that we have shared with you.  We realized that one of the cocktails that has been on our favorites list for the past several years we have never shared with you.  Crazy, but I guess other ideas and recipes have beat our Espresso Martini recipe out. Not sure how this has happened, but in 2021 we are looking through our files and making sure we share some of our top recipes with you.

The Espresso Martini has been around for a few years, but has recently reached an all-time high in popularity.  Currently it ranks at #6 on Drinks International list of best selling cocktails.  Wondering how to make this delicious cocktail at home?  Well, we’ve got you covered.

Our recipe includes our favorite espresso liqueur, Caffe’ Borghetti, vodka, vanilla syrup and a couple splashes of milk.  Shake these ingredients together to form a nice froth and you are good to go!  We garnished ours with a few espresso beans and some cocoa on the top to give it a nice presentation. We make our Espresso Martini with Caffe’ Borghetti, because it is the only espresso liqueur made with real espresso beans.  It is delicious!

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a complete recipe for the Espresso Martini.

The Espresso Martini is a great dessert drink, but can also hold its own as an anytime cocktail.  Caution: this is not a cocktail to sip on right before bedtime.

We would love to hear from you if you try out our Espresso Martini.  We love it and hope you will too!

 

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Caffe’ Toffee Ice Cream

We know what you are thinking.  You saw the title of this post and thought, “Enough with the ice cream!”  We know. We know.  We just couldn’t help ourselves.  The base ice cream recipe that we used for Boozy Berry Ice Cream was so delicious and turned out so well, that we just had to try it with another flavor.  Can we just tell you that once again this ice cream did not disappoint!  Is “Ice Cream Connoisseur” an official job title?  And if it is where do we apply?

This ice cream delicioso is made from the same base that we used a few weeks ago.  However, this time after mixing the base, we added one quarter cup of Caffe’ Borghetti Espresso Liqueur (We know but it’s so versatile!!!) and a half cup of Heath Bits.  Mix those well into the ice cream base after you have frozen the base in your ice cream freezer.  Place in plastic container in the freezer and 2-3 hours later get ready to enjoy!

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a complete recipe for Caffe’ Toffee Ice Cream.

The hint of coffee flavor mixed with the bits of toffee surprise make an excellent pairing for this creamy ice cream.  If you try it out, we would love to hear what you think!

 

Caffe’ Mocha Frozen Dessert

This past Sunday was National Ice Cream Day, and any loyal Blind Pig reader can tell you that ice cream is definitely one of our weaknesses!  How can it not be?  This week we have a delicious frozen dessert with a boozy bite to share with you: Caffe’ Mocha Frozen Dessert.

This dessert is a low prep dessert for an impressive return on your investment.  Aside from the taste and the instant visual appeal, this dessert can be made hours or days ahead of your social event.  It is the perfect summer dessert, because you do not need to heat up the oven and risk making your kitchen hot.

The Caffe’ Mocha Frozen Dessert is made with brandy, Creme de Cacao, and Caffe’ Borghetti Espresso Liqueur.  The boozy flavor of this dessert can be attributed to the combination of the trio of liqueurs with ice cream.

To create this yummy treat, you will need to place 5-6 scoops of ice cream in a blender along with a portion of the 3 liqueurs.  Blend the ice cream and then pour the mixture into a large bowl.  You will do this step 3-4 times until all of the ice cream has been blended with the liqueur.  Next stir the ice cream mixture well to make sure that the liqueur is well blended with the ice cream.  After mixing, ladle the ice cream mixture into serving glasses.

Place in the freezer until ready to serve (about an hour or two).  Garnish with whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles and Pirouette cookies.   Because of the alcohol content in this dessert, we recommend it for adults only.

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a complete downloadable recipe for Caffe’ Mocha Frozen Dessert.

Try Caffe’ Mocha Frozen Dessert this weekend or check out some of our other great frozen treats!

Butterfinger Bourbon Pie

Caffe’ Borghetti PBIF Pie

TBPB Cannonball!

Choco Menta Shake

Espresso Ice Cream

Kerrygold Caramel Shake

Oreo Menta Shake

Tequila Strawberry Lime Ice Cream Pie

 

Happy Memorial Day with a Toffee Surprise

Although the past couple of months have felt like years, we have finally made it to the unofficial start of Summer.  Congratulations!  Last night The Blind Pig Family watched Blind Piglet #2 graduate from high school in a  semi-graduation made for the era of social distancing.  With some closure on the school year, we are ready to feel the good vibes of summer and social distance ourselves from constantly thinking about COVID.

If you are bringing on those good vibes at the lake or beach this weekend or you are hanging out in your own backyard, we have a delicious and extremely easy dessert you can make.

To make the Toffee Surprise you need only three ingredients: your favorite vanilla ice cream, Heath toffee bits, and Caffe’ Borghetti Espresso Liqueur.  We made our dessert with Blue Bell’s Vanilla Bean ice cream, and you can find the Heath Toffee bits on the baking aisle of your grocery store.  If you can’t find the toffee bits, you improvise by purchasing Heath bars and breaking them into tiny bits.

Place 2-3 scoops of vanilla ice cream into individual serving bowls or glasses.  Sprinkle with the toffee bits.  Don’t be afraid to be generous with the sprinkling!  Finally drizzle Caffe’ Borghetti over the top of the toffee bits and ice cream. Then you are ready to serve!  If you want to make your dessert ahead of time, you can prep the desserts and place in the freezer until ready to serve.  The Borghetti will solidify some, but it still has a great flavor and appeal!

The combo of toffee and coffee make this dessert a super yummy treat!  Try Toffee Surprise this weekend and let us know what you think!

     

When the Going Gets Tough…Bake!

A popular trend during this COVID crises is to bake bread.  Rhonda has been baking since our stay at home orders began.  Who knew?  There is something very comforting about the smell of fresh baked bread and eating it is even more of a solace.  Even Jimmy Fallon and Hugh Jackman were baking bread on the Tonight Show this week.  These are tough unforeseen times that we are living in, and we are looking for anything that is a momentary distraction. So, as they always say,  “When the going gets tough… the tough bake!”

Out of all of the breads that have been popular to bake lately banana bread is topping the trend list.  We shared with you a great banana bread recipe a couple years back, Zaya Banana Bread, which was a huge hit in The Blind Pig household.  Today we are going to share with you the recipe for Chocolate Banana Bread.  It has a little bit chocolate, a little bit banana, and of course we Blind Pigged it up with some Caffe’ Borghetti!  Chocolate Banana Bread did not last long at our house.  Let’s see if you fare a little better.

To make Chocolate Banana Bread you will need flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, eggs, butter, bananas, vanilla, semi-sweet chocolate chips and Caffe’ Borghetti.

The recipe is a very basic bread recipe that does not need you to add yeast or wait for the dough to rise.  First mix the dry ingredients together.  Then mix together bananas, eggs, melted butter, Caffe’ Borghetti and vanilla.  Fold the two mixtures together and add the chocolate chips. Pour it into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 65 minutes.  So easy!

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a full printable version of the recipe for Chocolate Banana Bread.

After about an hour, remove the bread from the oven and place on a cooling rack.  You can serve it warm or cooled.  This bread is a great breakfast bread with a hot cup of coffee or makes a delicious afternoon snack.

For more great bread recipes from The Blind Pig Blog, check out these links below.

Angry Orchard Bread

Zaya Banana Bread

Easy Pumpkin Beer Bread

Kerrygold Cinnamon Rolls

Has the COVID crisis given you the urge to bake more?  We would love to hear about what you’ve been up to!

 

 

Sip On This: Espresso Menta

We got a pleasant surprise in Texas yesterday!  It snowed.  We know our friends up North are thinking, “Big deal,” as they roll their eyes, but the people who live south of the Mason Dixon line don’t always get to experience the fluffy white stuff as often as you, so it is quite a newsworthy event.  At The Blind Pig Headquarters we did not get much more than a slight dusting, and to be quite honest, we received more sleet than snow.  However, in Denton, Texas, just a mere 45 minutes west of us, they had enough snow to go sledding and make respectable snowmen.  Of course we had to take full advantage of the opportunity to have snow in our Blind Pig Photos for the week, so make sure to take note.

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This week we are sharing an easy delightful little cocktail called the Espresso Menta.  It has two of our familiar ingredients, Caffe’ Borghetti and Branca Menta.  Yes, we use these ingredients a lot.  We assure you it is for two good reasons.  Reason #1:  Both Borghetti and Branca Menta are excellent liquids.  They are superior to other liquors in their respective categories.  We won’t give you all the details here, but trust us.  Others do not have the same craftsmanship or quality.  Reason #2:  We try to give you multiple recipes that can be made with the same ingredients.  No one wants to purchase a whole bottle of something and only use 1 ounce.  By sharing multiple recipes with the same ingredients, you are able to see the versatility of the ingredients and recipes that we share on TBPB!

The Espresso Menta is a versatile cocktail that can be used as an after dinner drink, a sipping cocktail with appetizers, or even served as a brunch cocktail.  The espresso and mint flavors pair nicely with chocolates and sweets for a dessert cocktail.  The coffee flavor makes it a wonderful brunch beverage, and the combination of the two produce a fantastic cocktail to sip slowly.

The Espresso Menta is made with only 2 ingredients — Caffe’ Borghetti and Branca Menta.  We added a sprig of mint for garnish, because you’ve got to accessorize!! To make the Espresso Menta, place your Branca Menta bottle in the freezer for about an hour to chill.  Next pour 1.5 ounces of Caffe’ Borghetti and 1 ounce of Branca Menta over a cup of ice in a shaker.  Shake until the shaker becomes chilled.  Pour into a small sipping cocktail glass.  Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.  Sip and enjoy.

The Espresso Menta is a great cocktail to serve when entertaining, because there is little prep. The flavors will have your guests wondering how you found this gem of a cocktail.  You can tell them about us, or maybe you want to keep your source a secret?

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The Blind Pig Holiday Goody Basket Ideas

Blind Pig Friends!  Let us apologize for our recent absence.  We made a mad dash trip to New York to visit Piglet #1 last weekend.  We thought we would have time to get things together to send out a post this past week, but as you noticed– it never happened!  We will fill you in on our New York trip later.  Today you are getting the low down on some super Christmas baking treats!

One of  The Blind Pig’s Family favorite holiday traditions is baking and putting together our holiday goody baskets for friends and family.  It is a big event that takes days of baking and decorating to pull together. Whether you are baking for an army of baskets to be delivered to family and friends or just want one special treat to take to Grandma’s house on Christmas day, The Blind Pig Blog has you covered with lots of special treats.  Who needs sugarplums dancing in your head, when you can try one of The Blind Pig’s confections instead?

Here are our ideas that work well in a basket or for a special gift of sweetness and love.

Borghetti  Brownie Caramel Bites

We shared this delicious easy recipe with you in the fall.  Even if you are not a pro baker, you can easily pull this recipe off without a hitch!

Golden Mint Crinkles

This gem of a recipe was our number one post for 2018 and when you taste these, you will see why!  This recipe is a little time intensive, so make sure you have a few hours of time blocked out to pull this off.

Love You More Cookies

This recipe was shared with you in our Valentine post last February.  However, we have been using this for our Christmas cookies for years.  You get excellent sugar cookies for decorating everytime. Don’t forget the Irish cream in the recipe, it gives the cookies a yummy hint of chocolate.

Menta Truffles

These easy to make truffles are so rich and yummy. Your friends and family will think you purchased them from an expensive chocolatier!

Salted Whiskey Caramel Corn

This treat is great around Halloween, but we make again around the holidays.  It is great for placing in a decorative bag and handing out as a special gift.

Spiked Pecan Bars

We shared this with you right before Thanksgiving.  It would make a wonderful addition to a dessert plate for guests to nibble on after a big holiday meal.

Spirited  Chocolate Orange Bars

These versatile bars are great any time of the year.  These would work well on a dessert plate passed around for guests to pick and choose.  The flavor of chocolate paired with a hint of zesty citrus makes the dessert feel light and refreshing.

Thin Mentas

These cookies are time intensive, but a wonderful combination of mint and chocolate for any holiday celebration.

Yum Rum Balls

Our rum balls are easy to make and are an eye catching addition to any goody basket.

Espresso Fudge

If your family likes coffee and chocolate, then this easy recipe is a must to try for your holiday giving.

Whiskey Spiced Pecans

We shared this recipe with you this fall.  We made the recipe again and placed the nuts in decorative baggies to share with our goody boxes.

Do you have your holiday baking complete?  What treats do you usually make for the holidays?  We would love to hear about your ideas and preferences!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our Blind Pig Friends!  We wish you safe travels and the happiest of Christmas memories.