Monday, September 19, 2011

Sweets and Treats

These are 2 great dessert recipes that we love. The first one was introduced to us while we were living in Mississippi in Hazlehurst. (By the way, it was while living in this little tiny town that this blog was born with this title. Also as my friends like to note, with the fake names. We were trying to be slightly anonymous at the time.)

Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars
adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything

I made these this weekend for a pretty large group so I stretched the recipe out to make more. They are also pretty rich and I have found that they are still delicious even when you cut bake on the sugar and alterations are listed in the recipe.

3 cans crescent rolls
2 (8 oz) cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup sugar, divided
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 stick butter melted (you could totally do less)

Spray the bottom of a 13x9 pan and also an 8x8 pan...or one huge pan. Unroll and press half the crescent rolls onto the bottom of the pan. Press seams together. In a mixing bowl, blend the cream cheese, vanilla, and 1/2 cup sugar together. Spread this evenly over the dough. Unroll the remaining crescent rolls and lay on top of the cream cheese. Pinch sides together. Pour melted butter on top and then sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar (1 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 cup sugar). Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.

Grammy's Apple Crisp

This is Aaron's grandmother's recipe for apple crisp and it is so delicious! Remember, she is Mennonite and I haven't met a bad Mennonite baked goods recipe yet.

4 cups sliced apples
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter

Place apples in buttered baking dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon, salt and water. Mix together flour, sugar and butter. Sprinkle crumb mixture over apples. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until apple mixture is bubbling. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.

Finally, look at this treat we were given this weekend:

It is Pão de Páscoa, or Portuguese Easter bread.

Some friends had us over for supper and he is from Portugal. We had such a great time and the bread was delicious. Isn't the egg in the center fun?!


Jo-Jo said...

If I remember correctly, the Pao de Pascoa in Portugal had an X of bread dough across the egg. It looks yummy. If you get the recipe, I would love to have it as well. If you want the apple crisp to feed more people just add more apples. I usually mound the apples up to the top of the baking dish before sprinkling on the topping. YUMMY!

Amanda said...

Was it sweet? Oh yummy, how cool that you met a Portuguese guy. I need someone to practice my Pork N Cheese on. These recipes are YUM. I'm always in need of a good crowd pleaser that's not too difficult. Thanks for posting.