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Cherry Slab Pie

Tradition with a twist; sweet cherries surrounded by flaky pie crust, baked in a sheet pan and drizzled with a lemony glaze becomes a tasty Cherry Slab Pie – perfect for any summertime celebration.

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As I drive through the streets in my neighborhood, American flags are proudly swaying in the ever so gentle breeze. Families are preparing to celebrate our great nation by coming together with food, festivities and fun!

Kids will be jumping in pools while parents and friends will be chatting with ease. Hot dogs, hamburgers and the like will be prepared outside on a hot grill as the sun beats down on everyone.

Visions of cherry pie, apple pie and s’mores swirl in the imagination of the cooks. Will they go the traditional route, or will they surprise their guests with a new variation of the favored treat?

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The sound of the hard-working air conditioner will hum in the background as lively music floats through the air. Some will dance, some will swim and all will have a good time.

And every once in a while, one may seek shelter in the cool comfort inside, where sweet treats and freshly prepared side dishes sit happily on the counter tops waiting to be devoured.

The warmth of the day will spill into the evening. Some will attend perfectly timed displays of fireworks where large crowds come together and partake in the celebration, while others will find comfort in making memories of their own by lighting up the night sky with sparkles, loud sounds, and beautiful visions.

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Memories of red-white and blue decorations, clothing, food and parades dance in my mind.

It seems like only yesterday that we painstakingly wrapped our bikes with streamers and took part in the community’s annual parade. There were floats, bikes, dogs, and people walking. There was even a beauty queen wearing a sparkly crown and waiving to the spectators as she sat a top a glimmering convertible car.

This is home. This is family. This is old memories being rekindled and new memories being made. This is life. Share and treasure it.

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CHERRY SLAB PIE

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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by: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life Cherry Slab Pie @SweetBakedLife

Ingredients:

For the Pie
2 packages Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts, softened
6 cups frozen cherries, thawed and drained
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
zest of 1/2 lemon
Juice of 1 lemon
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons heavy cream

For the Glaze
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons milk

Instructions:

Heat your oven to 375 degrees.

After the cherries are thawed and drained, add them to a large bowl along with the sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, lemon zest and salt. Gently stir to combine and set aside.

Open one package of pie crust and unroll the two crusts; placing one on top of the other. Roll them out together on a lightly floured surface to create a rectangle that is slightly larger than your sheet pan. Transfer to a 15×10-inch rimmed baking sheet and gently press down into pan. Then pour the cherry mixture on top of the crust.

Repeat the process for the second package of pie crust. Gently place over the cherries. Pinch the edges of the bottom crust and the top crust together. With a fork, use the tines to crimp the edges, as well prick the top of the crust all over. Brush with heavy cream.

Bake for about 45 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool – about 1 hour.

For the glaze, add the confectioner’s sugar, lemon juice, and milk. Stir until smooth. You may need to add a bit more lemon or milk until you get the consistency you like. With a spoon drizzle the glaze over the top of the pie. Slice into squares and enjoy!

Cherry Slab Pie @ SweetBakedLife

Now, as this homemade Cherry Slab Pie is eaten with glee, good times will be remembered.

Happy 4th of July! Happy Summer!

Sheila

 

{Recipe inspired by Martha Stewart}

 


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Chocolate Malt Tart

Get ready to dig into a slice of this decadent cool and creamy Chocolate Malt Tart.

Chocolate Malt Tart - no bake and delish! | Sweet Baked Life

The month of June always seems to be filled with lots of celebrations in my family.

Graduations.

Anniversaries.

Birthdays.

End of school.

Start of summer vacation.

Father’s Day.

Chocolate Malt Tart - no bake and delish! | Sweet Baked Life

So, if your month is filled with endless events like mine, and you’re in need of making a sweet treat to celebrate a special occasion, make it easy on yourself and whip up this super easy, super scrumptious, no-bake Chocolate Malt Tart.

Believe me, your family and friends will think you spent a lot of time in the kitchen preparing this mouth-watering delight!

Hehehe — your secret is safe with me!

Chocolate Malt Tart - no bake and delish! | Sweet Baked Life

And even better, you don’t even have to turn your oven on to make this treat! Great around here since it is SO hot!

You start with a simple chocolate cookie crust — one of my favorites, but the way.

Then you mix up a rich and creamy chocolate malt filling using chocolate chips, heavy whipping cream, malted powder and butter.

This tart is chilled then topped off with some coarse sea salt — which really enhances the flavor!

Chocolate Malt Tart - no bake and delish! | Sweet Baked Life

Chocolate Malt Tart

  • Servings: 10 pieces
  • Time: 2hr 15mins includes prep and cooling
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life Chocolate Malt Tart - no bake and delish! | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
2 cups chocolate Nabisco Famous Wafers, crumbled
1 bag (11.5 oz) milk chocolate chips
2/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup Carnation Malted Milk powder
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
Sea Salt for garnish

Instructions:
Prepare a rectangular (11×4-inch) tart pan with non-stick cooking spray. If you don’t have a rectangular shaped pan, you can use an 8-inch round tart pan. Be sure you have one that has a removable bottom for easy removal.

Place cookie crumbs and butter in a medium bowl and mix with a fork until fully combined and moist. Pour crumbs into your prepared tart pan and press mixture into the bottom and sides of pan with your fingers (or you can use the bottom of a cup) until evenly covered. Place in the freezer until firm, about 20 minutes.

While the crust is getting firm, add the chocolate chips to a medium heat-proof bowl. Then, to a small saucepan, add the cream and bring to a simmer over medium-low hear. Make sure you watch this so it does not scorch.

Remove the cream from the heat and whisk in the malted milk powder until smooth. Pour over the chocolate and let sit for about 1 minute; until the chocolate begins to melt. Whisk the chocolate until shiny and smooth. A little at a time, add the butter pieces and mix with a spoon until smooth and fully incorporated.

Pour mixture into the prepared tart crust and spread with an offset spatula until even. Refrigerate until filling is set, about 1-1/2 hours. When ready to serve, sprinkle with sea salt and cut into pieces.

Chocolate Malt Tart - no bake and delish! | Sweet Baked Life

Make any celebration a yummy celebration by indulging with a slice or two of this incredibly delicious Chocolate Malt Tart!

Sheila

 

{recipe adapted from Food Network}


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Strawberry Lemon Icebox Cake

Celebrate your special day with this lovely Strawberry Lemon Icebox Cake!

Strawbery Lemon Icebox Cake

And today is that special day for me — it’s my 20th Wedding Anniversary!

Yes, 20 years of marriage…

240 months.

1,043 weeks.

7,305 days.

175,320 hours.

10,520,000 minutes.

631,100,000 seconds and counting.

Strawberry Lemon Icebox Cake

So, I thought this would be the perfect day to make this beautifully scrumptious and easy Strawberry Lemon Icebox Cake.

You see, each year on my anniversary I like to make something that reminds me of that glorious warm summer day along with the divine fruit filled-lemony cake we celebrated with!

Strawberry Lemon Icebox Cake

This Strawberry Lemon Icebox Cake only takes a few ingredients; strawberries, lemon juice, graham crackers, powdered sugar and whipped cream.

And in no time, you will have a fresh and delicious dessert — worthy of any celebration.

Did you notice how the strawberries and lemon zest garnish look like hearts? I did not even notice that until after I uploaded my photos! True love shining through for sure!

Strawberry Lemon Icebox Cake

Strawberry Lemon Icebox Cake

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Time: 30mins prep 4 hours chilling
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life Strawbery Lemon Icebox Cake

Ingredients:
2 lb. fresh strawberries, sliced
2-3 packages graham crackers (about 20 full crackers)
3 cups heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Sliced strawberries and lemon zest for garnish

Instructions:
Add the heavy whipping cream to a bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Beat on high-speed until soft peaks form. Add the confectioners sugar and lemon juice and continue beating until stiff peaks form.

In a 9×13-inch pan, add a small amount of whipping cream to the bottom and spread evenly. Begin making the layers by adding one layer of graham crackers, breaking the pieces as necessary to cover the bottom, then add 1/3 of the whipped cream spreading evenly over the graham crackers and 1/2 of the strawberries one layer. Repeat layers once. Then add one more layer of graham crackers and the remaining 1/3 of the whipped cream and spread to an even layer.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. When ready to serve, cut into squares and garnish with strawberries and lemon zest.

Strawberry Lemon Icebox Cake

On this day 20 years ago, we became husband and wife. We have loved one another, supported one another and stayed strong through the good times and hard times. As well, we have celebrated our love and life with many sweet treats!

I love you with all of my heart and sweetness, today, tomorrow, and always!

xxoo

Sheila


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Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Cake

Get ready to dig into this delightfully magical Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Cake!

Bailey's Irish Cream Chocolate Cake includes a one-layer Bailey's chocolate cake, topped with Bailey's ganache and slathered with Bailey's whipped cream! | Sweet Baked Life

Throw on some green clothes, turn on that Celtic music and do a little jig as you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by making this wonderful cake.

Well, at least it would be fun to make a cake this way! And for me, as part of my Irish heritage, well, I had to post something scrumptious and beyond delicious to celebrate this traditional and fun March holiday.

Bailey's Irish Cream Chocolate Cake includes a one-layer Bailey's chocolate cake, topped with Bailey's ganache and slathered with Bailey's whipped cream! | Sweet Baked Life

This cake is not green in color, nor is it decorated with shiny shamrocks or cute leaping leprechauns. However, one bite of this rustic, yet sophisticated Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Cake will instantly bring you the luck of the Irish!

I’m just saying, this cake is legendary good! You may even become the saint of your kitchen and household for making it for your family and friends. Not sure if they make this cake in Ireland, but they should!

Bailey's Irish Cream Chocolate Cake includes a one-layer Bailey's chocolate cake, topped with Bailey's ganache and slathered with Bailey's whipped cream! | Sweet Baked Life

As well, you may just get a wee bit tipsy as it incorporates Bailey’s Irish Cream in every layer! You start with a rich Bailey’s one-layer chocolate cake, topped off with silky Bailey’s chocolate ganache, and smothered with creamy Bailey’s whipped cream!

And surprisingly, this cake is not too sweet. I think this is partly because the cake layer has coffee added which gives it a nice balance and the whipped cream has a very small amount of sugar.

Come on now, be a bit mischievous – you still have time to bake this cake to celebrate this special day! And maybe, just maybe, you will find your new pot of gold at the end of the beautiful rainbow! Yes, Irish cream spiked chocolate will be the new gold!

Bailey's Irish Cream Chocolate Cake includes a one-layer Bailey's chocolate cake, topped with Bailey's ganache and slathered with Bailey's whipped cream! | Sweet Baked Life

Bailey's Irish Cream Chocolate Cake

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 1hr
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life Bailey's Irish Cream Chocolate Cake includes a one-layer Bailey's chocolate cake, topped with Bailey's ganache and slathered with Bailey's whipped cream! | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients

Cake:
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup freshly brewed espresso coffee
1/4 cup Bailey’s Irish Creme

Ganache:
4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons Bailey’s Irish Creme

Whipped Cream:
1 cup heaving whipping cream
1 teaspoon confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons Bailey’s Irish Creme
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

cocoa powder and chopped semi-sweet chocolate for garnish

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8-inch round cake pan with non-stick spray, then line with parchment paper and spray again.

To a large bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, add the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix at low speed until combined. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, oil, eggs, vanilla and Bailey’s. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry until just incorporated, and then slowly beat in the hot espresso until fully incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for approximately 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. When done, transfer to a wire rack and let cool for 15 minutes.

While the cake is cooling, make the ganache. In a small microwave safe bowl, add the chocolate and heavy cream. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. If chocolate is not completely melted, continue to microwave in 15 second intervals and stirring in between, until completely melted and smooth. Add the Bailey’s and stir until completely incorporated.

After the cake has cooled. Remove from the pan and peel off the parchment paper. Place the cake on a serving plate. Pour the ganache on the top and spread evenly with an offset spatula, then place the cake in the refrigerator to let the ganache firm up.

To make the whipped cream; place the heavy cream in a large bowl of an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, and beat on high speed. Gradually add the confectioner’s sugar and continue beating. Then slowly add the vanilla and Bailey’s and continue to beat until soft peaks form. Remove cake from refrigerator and add the whipped cream to the top. Dust with cocoa powder and garnish with a few pieces of chopped semi-sweet chocolate.

Bailey's Irish Cream Chocolate Cake includes a one-layer Bailey's chocolate cake, topped with Bailey's ganache and slathered with Bailey's whipped cream! | Sweet Baked Life

Now get your fork ready to indulge in this divine Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Cake!

Oh and one more thing, this special Irish day is also shared with my 3rd Blogiversary! So thanks to all of you, my friends, fellow bakers, loyal readers, and family for sharing my journey with me. xxoo

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

Dance as if no one were watching, Sing as if no one were listening, And live every day as if it were your last.

Sheila

 

{recipe adapted and inspired from Ina Garten & Half Baked Harvest}