Thursday, July 1, 2010

Summer Dessert...It's a must share!

For Father's Day we went to my mom and dad's for steak, baked potatoes, my corn casserole and salad. It was delicious and the company was fabulous. I told Dad I would bring the corn casserole (this is super yummy too...recipe at the bottom) and a dessert. With summer here everyone going to cookouts and Bar-B-Ques I love trying new recipes and also making my favorite "go-to" dishes. So, if you need a new recipe to try, here is a side and a dessert.

For the dessert to take to Father's Day dinner I wanted to make something really easy and nothing that I had to bake because I really don't enjoy using the oven in the summer. It heats up our kitchen and I don't like the heat all that much. But, with the summer heat I do love me some ice cream. I thought of dad's favorite dessert and what else but ice cream came to mind?! To be more specific it's vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and salted peanuts. He loves that stuff. So, I ran across this recipe Hot Fudge Ice Cream Cake, and had to share it with you. It is SOOOO good and Dad really loved it!



I have some things I would tweak though...the peanut butter/chocolate concoction doesn't really taste ALL that great. I love me some chocolate and peanut butter but next time I make this for Dad I'm just using the peanuts sprinkled as a layer. Blake and I also thought about doing caramel instead of the peanut butter. I haven't made it again but the next time I think we'll try that. But, try it the original recipe way first, you might love it, and if not then just try adding more peanuts into the layers.

Now, the corn casserole. This recipe I got from a co-worker when I worked at Brangus. We had a pot luck for Thanksgiving and we all brought our favorite dish from our own family Thanksgiving meals. The guy I worked with said he was bringing Corn Pudding. I thought, "Gross!" But, boy was I and everyone else surprised and we devoured it! It is also SO simple but very delicious. I've made it for about 3 years now and Blake always asks for it. My Granny loves it too and is always asking, "Is Holly bringing her corn?" It has definitely become our own family staple at Thanksgiving and Christmas and pretty much any pot luck I go to. Here is a link to a similar recipe that shows a picture of it. We don't use sugar in ours...the cream corn and the Jiffy cornbread mix make it sweet enough I think. Scalloped Corn Recipe



"Corn Pudding"
2 cans sweet cream corn
1 can regular corn kernels, drained
1 box Jiffy cornbread mix
2 eggs
1 8 oz container sour cream
butter, cut into "pats"

Oh, before I begin. Some people don't like sour cream. Blake actually can't stand sour cream but he loves this stuff. You really can't taste the sour cream, it's just what makes the dish "scalloped." The casserole is a little sweet too because of the cream corn and Jiffy cornbread mix. It's just delicious!

Mix the cream and regular corn, eggs and 1/2 the Jiffy cornbread mix in a 9X13" baker
Spoon "dollops" of sour cream and spread until thinly covered over the corn mixture.
Sprinkle the remaining Jiffy cornbread mix on top of the casserole.
Put the pats of butter on top of the cornbread
Bake at 350 for about an hour or until the cornbread on top is golden brown

Enjoy your summer cookouts!! :)

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