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Key Lime Pie

Take a break from the summertime heat with this cool and refreshing Key Lime Pie!

Cool and refreshing Key Lime Pie | Sweet Baked Life

Many years ago, my husband and I were watching Oprah. Ok, let me say, this did not happen much — I think I was home sick and we were flipping through the channels.

We stumbled upon The Oprah Winfrey Show where a chef was just about to make his famous Key Lime Pie. My eyes were glued to the TV as he quickly whipped together this beautiful pie.

With my mouth still watering, I clicked onto Oprah’s website and printed out the recipe. I stuck it in my recipe binder and there it stayed.

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For some reason, I never made the pie. Not sure why.

I always knew I wanted to make it. Maybe it was because I had never seen fresh Key limes before. Or maybe I was just not looking. Does this ever happen to you — you find a great recipe and never make it?

I had seen Key lime juice in a bottle, but knew for sure I did not want to use that stuff. I’m sure its good, but not good enough for this pie.

Cool and refreshing Key Lime Pie | Sweet Baked Life

A couple of weeks ago my husband told me that he saw Key limes at our local grocery store.

I immediately said, “Well, that means I need to make a Key Lime Pie.”

And that is exactly what I did. I flipped through my binder, found the recipe and off to the store I went.

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And the outcome — a sweet and tangy flavor, a crisp delicious graham crust, and the filling — a wonderfully cool and creamy texture.

Afterwards I continued to wonder why had I never made this amazingly easy, and incredibly satisfying pie before.

Who knows. But I have made it twice and both times it turned out perfect.

I believe the fresh Key limes are the secret ingredient. They are smaller, juicier and have more distinct, intense flavor than regular limes. I hope your grocer has Key limes so you can enjoy this pie as much as me and my family did!

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Key Lime Pie

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

Graham Cracker Crust
1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
6 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt

Filling
4 egg yolks
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
2/3 cup fresh Key lime juice
Freshly grated zest from 1 Key lime

Instructions:

Heat your oven to 350 degrees.

For the crust: Place 2 packages of graham crackers into a large zip-lock baggie, seal and crush with a rolling pin until you get coarse crumbs. Measure 1-1/2 cups and add to a large bowl. Add the melted butter, sugar and salt and stir until combined. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on a rack while you prepare the filling.

For the filling: In a large bowl add the egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk and whisk until well combined. Add the Key lime juice and whisk until mixture becomes thick then pour into the prepared crust. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the filling has just set. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours. Slice and serve.

Cool and refreshing Key Lime Pie | Sweet Baked Life

Get ready to dig into summer with a big slice or two of this sweet and creamy Key Lime Pie!

Sheila

 

{Recipe adapted from The Oprah Winfrey Show}


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Chocolate Chip Toffee Pudding Cake

Surprise your family, friends and guests alike with this amazingly easy Chocolate Chip Toffee Pudding Cake!

Chocolate Chip Toffee Pudding Cake | Sweet Baked Life

As I mentioned in an earlier post, June was a busy month for our family.

With that being said, one celebration I attended was my nephew’s college graduation lunch. So proud of him, by the way!

I happened to sit next to two sweet ladies, my ex-sister-in-law’s mother and her mother-in-law. Ok, I know this may be confusing, but just hang in there with me. You see, when our family gets together for special occasions, everyone attends; new family members and old ones alike, and we all get along famously!

Anyway, this is really all about the cake!

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You see, during the lunch, the subject of baking came about, and for some reason (giggle) my blog came up.

These ladies were most impressed with what I was doing and wanted to know all about the yummy things I make and post.

Me, not being shy about my passion, immediately started chatting about this sweet thing and that sinfully sweet thing.

Tummies were growling and mouths were watering! Even though we were eating lunch — no one could resist dreaming of mouth-watering desserts!

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Then, lo and behold, one of the ladies, (my ex-sister-in-law’s mother-in-law; yeah, I know), chimed in that she had the best and simplest chocolate cake recipe ever. And she wanted to know if I wanted to hear the recipe.

Well, YES!

She told me, “Just take a package of chocolate pudding, make it according to the instructions, then add it to your favorite boxed cake mix, and mix the two together. Do not add anything else. Pour it into a baking pan, sprinkle it with chocolate chips, toss it in the oven, and you will have the best chocolate cake ever.”

Of course, I was intrigued and knew I had to try it. And that I did. But per usual, I put my own spin on this sweet treat by adding toffee bits! The outcome was a moist delicious cake — she was right, it was fabulous!

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Chocolate Chip Toffee Pudding Cake

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life Chocolate Chip Toffee Pudding Cake | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

1 3.4 oz. package chocolate pudding mix
2 cups milk
1 package chocolate cake mix
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup Heath Toffee Bits

Instructions:

Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 13×9-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, add pudding mix and milk and whisk until thickened, about 2 minutes. Add the chocolate cake mix and stir with a spoon until fully incorporated. Pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle the top with the chocolate chips then the toffee bits. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted to the middle comes out clean.

Cool slightly on a wire rack, then cut into squares and serve.

Chocolate Chip Toffee Pudding Cake | Sweet Baked Life

Who would ever think that by adding prepared pudding to a boxed cake mix would turn into a scrumptious Chocolate Chip Toffee Pudding Cake? It’s a must try, you won’t believe how good it is!

Sending a big hug and kiss to Lisa’s mother-in-law, Dorothy — thanks for the recipe! And a super big congratulations again to my nephew, Sam! Let them eat cake!!!

xxoo

Sheila


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Patriotic Puppy Chow

Celebrate the Red, White & Blue with this Patriotic Puppy Chow!

Patriotic Puppy Chow -- chex cereal coated with cake mix and sprinkled with red, white and blue candy. | Sweet Baked Life

And be warned, this sweet chow is not for your dog — it’s for us, humans! Yeah!

I know it’s a strange name, but let me tell you, one hand full of this white chocolate coated, cake batter dusted, candy studded, crunchy munch, will make you a believer that puppy chow is good for you!

It’s an easy snack to prepare, especially for a hot summer day treat, and it will be gobbled up in no time! You may want to make a double batch to make sure you have enough to nosh on while watching the fire works burst in the night sky!

Patriotic Puppy Chow -- chex cereal coated with cake mix and sprinkled with red, white and blue candy. | Sweet Baked Life

This week, our weather resistant thermometers will climb to the triple digits every day! Ugh!

When our local meteorologist informed us it’s going to be 105 degrees, well, that just means in my back yard, the red line of my trusty¬† thermometer will reach somewhere around 110 degrees.

Sweltering heat – not what I call fun!

Patriotic Puppy Chow -- chex cereal coated with cake mix and sprinkled with red, white and blue candy. | Sweet Baked Life

But what is fun is a big bowl of this Patriotic Puppy Chow, extra crunchy and cold because I keep mine in the freezer!

And you can join in on the fun too! With this super simple sweet treat that includes a special ingredient — white cake mix! Yep, it will bring this puppy chow to a whole new level!

Just combine crunchy cereal and melted white chocolate, then dump it into a dusting of white cake mix and powdered sugar and toss in some red and blue pretzel M&M’s along with some white chocolate chips — and you’ve got a festive treat to serve your hungry guests as you celebrate our great nation!

Patriotic Puppy Chow -- chex cereal coated with cake mix and sprinkled with red, white and blue candy. | Sweet Baked Life

Patriotic Puppy Chow

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

5 cups Rice Chex Mix Cereal
2 bars (4.4 oz each) Lindt White Chocolate bars, melted according to package
3/4 cup white cake mix (dry from box)
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1 cup Pretzel M&M’s (blue and red ones only)
1 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions:

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, add the cereal then pour the melted white chocolate over and stir until well combined.

Into a large zip lock baggie, add the cake mix and confectioners sugar. Add the cereal mixture and seal the baggie and shake until combined and cereal is coated.

Pour the mixture onto the lined baking sheet and spread out into one layer. Let cool completely then toss in the M&M’s and white chocolate chips. Store in am air-tight container and keep in a cool place – for me I like to store mine the freezer!

Patriotic Puppy Chow -- chex cereal coated with cake mix and sprinkled with red, white and blue candy. | Sweet Baked Life

Salute the flag with a bowl or two of this sweet and cool Patriotic Puppy Chow!

Have a fun, safe and sweet 4th of July!

Sheila


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Birthday Cake Bark

Here’s an extra special cool candy treat perfect for your party…it’s my pretty Birthday Cake Bark!

Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

Being it was my birthday a week or so ago, and I had to celebrate with something PINK, I thought I would try out a new variation of a traditional chocolate candy bark.

I wanted the flavors of a birthday cake, without having to bake an actual cake.

And just to set the record straight – I have stopped counting the years, but will never stop celebrating!

Hehehehe…

Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

You see, I do love a good chocolate or lemon cake for my birthday (my favs), however my mom surprised me by bringing me a lemony fruit tart from her favorite bakery in Marin to celebrate my special day.

The tart was heavenly and light, and perfect after our heavy and scrumptious Mexican feast we made and devoured!

But I still wanted something that really screamed, BIRTHDAY.

Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

So over the weekend, I decided to make a sweet treat that included a few of my favorites; white and dark chocolate along with my favorite color, pink, which turned into a dazzling dessert!

And with the weather heating up around here to the triple digits, this is the perfect time to whip up a batch of this stuff to keep chilled  in your freezer for a quick snack when that sweet tooth starts craving something in the heat of the summer!

Young or old, everyone will love this festive and treat that’s reminiscent of a birthday cake!

Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

Birthday Cake Bark

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 bars (4.4 oz. each) good quality white chocolate (I used Lindt)
1 tablespoons dry yellow cake mix
10-15 Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies, broken into small pieces
2-4 drops Red food coloring, to create the perfect pink color
Pink and white sprinkles for garnish

Instructions:

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a medium microwave proof bowl, add the chocolate chips. Place in microwave and heat at 50% power for 30 second intervals, stirring between, until fully melted. Pour into prepared sheet and spread evenly with a spatula. Add the cookies in an even layer and press down gently. Place in the freezer.

In a pan of a double boiler on top of simmering water, break up the white chocolate and place into the pan. Stir occasionally until completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in the food coloring until you get the pink color you desire, then add the cake mix and stir until fully incorporated. Remove the pan from the freezer and pour the pink-while chocolate evenly over the cookies. Immediately sprinkle the top with colored sprinkles. Place back in the freezer until fully firm. About 2 hours or overnight.

Break into pieces and eat! Can be stored in an air-tight container in refrigerator or freezer for 1 week.

Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

So there you have it, a beautiful candy bark that combines rich semi-sweet chocolate, smooth white chocolate, crunchy Oreo cookies, and pretty sprinkles. The textures are sinful!

And you won’t even have to turn your oven on for this delectable confection!

Now this Birthday Cake Bark really screams, hello birthday celebrations and welcome summer!

Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

Enjoy the sweetness of summer!

 

Sheila

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