Let’s get dirty! Worms and Dirt Trifle

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It’s almost here, my husband’s “dirty thirty.” But, I have been listening all these years to a certain treat. He mentioned this foreign dessert called worms and dirt. It does not sound very appetizing at first. But, I had an idea to make my own version for his special day.

Traditionally, the dessert has chocolate pudding, ground Oreo cookies and gummy worms. For lent, I gave up cookies and needed to be creative. My version has homemade chocolate pudding and brownies mixed with gummy worms.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Recipe adaptation from the Brown Eyed Baker

  • 4 cups almond milk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a medium saucepan, stir together 3.5 cups milk, the sugar, chocolate and salt, and place over medium-low heat. Cook, constants whisking, until the chocolate is completely melted over medium high heat.

Whisk corn starch and the half cup remaining milk until dissolved and add to sauce pan.

Whisk mixture until it begins to thicken. This may take 5 to ten minutes. Once it begin to thicken, remove from heat and stir. Pour into bowls and cover top of pudding with plastic wrap or wax paper. This will prevent a skin to form. Chill in the fridge overnight.

Homemade Brownies

  • 4 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour

Grease a 13 X 9 pan and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour.  Melt butter and chocolate in the microwave and add to the batter. Beat well to avoid lumps and pour into greased pan.

Bake 35 to 45 minutes until a knife comes out clean. Set aside to cool.

Making you Worms and Dirt Trifle:

You will need one package of gummy worms, chilled pudding, and cooled brownies.

  1. Add half of your pudding to the trifle bowl and smooth it evenly to the bottom.
  2. Crumble your brownies and add half of your brownies to the bowl.
  3. Top with half package of gummy worms.
  4. Repeat both layers.
  5. Chill in the fridge until serving.
  6. Now dig in!

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My February Staycation

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Oh dearest couch, this winter we have spent many hours watching movies, snuggling with warm blankets, and being a plain lazy old maid. But, I’m not an old maid. I’m a healthy, lively 29 year old and I needed to get OUT of The Yellow Brick House for a Saturday. I’ve recently joined a Food Lovers MeetUp group and discovered a restaurant tour in Maplewood, MO. I gathered some of my lovely ladies and they day a staycation. Days like this remind me how wonderful my friends are. And, you do not have to venture far for some fun. It just means getting off that couch!

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To start our day, we went to the Sweet Tooth Tour in Maplewood, MO. We picked up our tickets and went to the following venues for different tasty treats:

  • Kakao Chocolate, 7272 Manchester, Irish Whiskey Cake Treat
  • Foundation Grounds, 7298 Manchester, No Bake Goo Bal

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  • Vom Fass, 7314 Manchester, Love Potion Cocktail and Lemon Olive Oil Cookies

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  • Great Harvest Bakery, 7360 Manchester, Slice of Bread and Cookie Trio

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  • LaCosecha Coffee Roasters, 7360 Manchester, Espresso Float and Brownie Truffle
  • Traveling Tea, 2707 Sutton, Candied Tea Leaves and Chai Latte

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  • Pie Oh My!, 2719 Sutton, Chocolate Silk Pie
  • Strange Donuts, 2709 Sutton, Gooey Butter Donut

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  • Encore Baking Company, 2730 Sutton, Cupcake

By the end of the tour, we were definitely on a sugar overload.  I was able to bring some items home from Vom Fass which I am very excited about, Berry Tea and Champagne vinegar.

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There are a few awards for the tour.

Best Desserts: Irish Whisky treat from Kakao and the Gooey Butter Donut from Strange Donuts.

Best Store: Vom Fass. I absolutely loved this store. It’s filled with oils, vinegars, cognacs, and other fine liquors for sampling. It was in heavenly.

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But, our day didn’t end there. After many samples of sweets and various alcohols, the ladies were in need of real sustenance. We stopped by Momos, a Greek restaurant in University City, and chowed down on tapas. It was great to catch up and talk about our favorite place on the tour.

After a bit, we separated to unwind before getting ready for dinner and bowling. There’s this Mission Taco Joint in University which I still have mixed feelings. My first experience was to spicy that led to not fully enjoy my food. However, I would go back anytime for this one dish, Street Corn.

You have to try it. It’s grilled, it’s creamy, it’s cheesy, it’s an OMG kind of dish to eat. Luckily my one of the ladies is dating a former chef that worked in the kitchen. Meaning – I have the recipe! Look for future posts about this dish. Sorry folks for the lack of pictures on this joint.

Lastly, we ended the night bowling at Pin Up near the taco joint. It wasn’t my best game. But, I had fun and wish the night didn’t have to come to an end!

Till we meet again…

 

 

Lazy Bourbon Crumble

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It’s birthday season at The Yellow Brick House! We had a belated birthday for my momma (hers falls on 12/24) and my brother prepared a very delicious steak and lobster dinner.

But, there must be dessert. My mother is not a fan of birthday cake and neither am I. My favorite is a plain blueberry pie. But, I decided to ask her this time what to make,

“What kinda dessert would you like for your birthday?” Me
“Something light” Mom
“Well, what about a fruit crumble? I have plenty of berries.” Me
“Last time your crumble was dry.” Mom
….silence….
“I’ll try a new recipe for you.” Me
“Ok. But remember LIGHT and NOT DRY” Mom

This time I change my approach to the ingredients and the whole family loved it! Crumbles are my lazy pie version. Hence the name, Lazy Bourbon Crumble. You can certainly swap the fruit to your choice. But, I would be careful with adding clove with other fruit. It’s a very strong spice. Try swapping with cinnamon instead.

Lazy Bourbon Crumble
serves 6-8

Topping
1 1/2 cup oats
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. ground clove
1 stick cold butter cubed

Filling:
24 ounces fresh or frozen berries
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 ounces bourbon/whiskey

Start by greasing a 2.5 quart dish or 9×9 baking dish. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix all topping ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. With a pastry cutter, cut the butter into mix until well incorporated. An alternative method, pour all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until mix forms small peas. The first option is a chunkier topping and the second option is a finer topping.
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Chill ingredients together until use.

Over low heat, whisk sugar and water. When the sugar is well absorbed into the liquid, turn off the heat and move to a cool burner. Next, add your bourbon, lemon, and cornstarch and whisk together.

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Place berries into greased dish. Here, I’m using frozen variety: blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberry. Pour the sugar mixture over the berries and toss until well incorporated.

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Finally, sprinkle the topping over your baking dish. Place onto a baking dish to prevent bubbling over in the oven. Bake 45 minutes until browned on top and bubbling.

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*Prepare ahead of time and freeze until ready to bake. Bake again 45 minutes until hot and bubbly. Enjoy!

Penny’s Corner: She had a puppy play date this past Monday. They ran and ran, then ran some more. Then, suddenly exhaustion came over and they quickly became sleepy pups. Here’s Penny below begging for some more playtime with her toy we all “hotdog.” You’d think she would be all tired out by now!
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