Cooking With The Lewis Sisters

A Blog of Recipes We Love and Enjoy!

Cream Cheese Chocolate Surprise! July 13, 2018

Filed under: Cakes,Dessert,Gluten Free — lewissisters @ 7:48 pm

Hey guys!

I have a wonderful cake or cupcake recipe for you! You are going to love it!

I like making cakes because they are easier for me. When I make cupcakes, I get my fingers, the cupcake liners and cupcake tins a mess because I use my fingers to feel where everything is when I’m pouring the batter…And most of the time, I don’t want to deal with all of that. Two weeks ago, I asked our Auntie Deb if I could turn this cupcake recipe into a cake and she said yes. I tried, and it worked! 😊

This recipe comes from my friend and high school aid Vicki. Vicki would come to the school and help me with things such as: keeping up my technology and braille skills, reading things that were not accessible to me, etc. One time, I mentioned to Vicki that I love to cook and bake…she offered to braille me some recipes and this was one of them.

Thanks for the recipe Vicki!! 😊

Cream Cheese Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

1 milk chocolate cake mix (regular or gluten free)

1 8-ounce package cream cheese

1 egg

1/3 cup sugar

Dash of salt

Small package of chocolate chips (3/4 cup)

Directions:

Mix cream cheese, sugar, egg and salt. Stir in chocolate chips.

Mix cake mix according to directions on the box.

(For cupcakes) Fill cups half full and drop 1 to 2 teaspoons of cream cheese mixture in middle.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

(For cake) Fill cake pan completely full of cake batter. Drop spoonful’s of cream cheese mixture on top of the batter; swirl or marble it with a knife.

Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the cake comes out clean.

Frost with white frosting.

Enjoy!

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Fiesta Chicken April 16, 2018

This year has been crazy…But we’re back with a delicious recipe!

My sister found this delicious Mexican meal that you can make in your crock pot. It would be perfect for lunch or dinner. It is so easy to throw together; feel free to add other ingredients if you’d like. 😊

We served it over rice, but it would be delicious in a burrito, hard or soft taco shells, topping tortilla chips, and maybe even on a salad. The options are endless for this meal.

Give it a try, it is fantastic!

Fiesta Chicken

Layer in crock pot in the following order:

1 package frozen shredded chicken

1 Bag frozen corn

1 can black beans, drained

1 (8 oz) block cream cheese

1 packet fiesta ranch mix

Directions:

1 Layer everything in crock pot on high, for 4 hours.

2 Stir once cream cheese has melted which is usually about 2 or 3 hours.

3 Let it marinate 30 minutes to 1 hour; whatever you think it needs.

4 Serve over rice, make burritos, inside hard or soft taco shells, over tortilla chips, or topping salads.

Enjoy!

 

Chocolate Trifle December 10, 2017

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Hey guys!

Everyone in the viewing vicinity of this blog has got to try this incredible chocolate brownie trifle!

I made this trifle for my birthday dessert because I didn’t want a birthday cake this year. The recipe comes from my friend Erin; she gave it to me a few years ago and I have been waiting for the perfect time to make it.

The only thing you need to make gluten free is the brownies and that is a snap! I used a boxed brownie mix, but if you want to make your brownies homemade go ahead! Either will be fabulous!

This recipe has a few steps but it’s totally worth the preparation and waiting time while it’s setting up in the fridge. The trifle is great the first day, but it is even better as the days go by!

Just a warning, the trifle is very rich; so, you may want to share some of it…or not. 🙂

Thanks for the recipe Erin it is fantastic!!

Guys, you have got to make this trifle, it will rock your world!

Chocolate Trifle

1 pan of chocolate brownies (gluten free/regular)

1(4 oz) package instant chocolate pudding

1/2 cup water

1 pint heavy cream

6 Tbsps sugar

1 (12oz) carton Cool Whip or another pint heavy cream (I used Cool Whip)

caramel topping

2 or 3 crushed Skor bars (I used 3 and found crushing them in a bag is easiest)

Directions:

1 Prepare brownies and cool completely.  Cut into 1-inch squares.

2 In a bowl, combine pudding mix and water (it will be quite thick).

3 In a separate bowl, mix the heavy cream and 6 Tbsps sugar until thick. Fold into the pudding and water mix.

4 First, I mixed the cream and sugar; using the whisk attachment on my stand mixer. I set the mixer on high and let it run until the cream was thick and had stiff peaks. Next, I put the cream into a separate bowl and beat the pudding/water with the paddle attachment until it was incorporated. To fold the mixture together, I added the cream to the pudding/water mix and used the paddle attachment to combine everything with the mixer on low.

5 In a trifle glass or glass serving dish, place 1/3 of the brownie chunks, then drizzle caramel topping over the brownies and sprinkle 1/3 of the toffee bits.

6 Then layer 1/3 of the pudding mixture (mousse) and 1/3 of the cool whip (or whipped cream).

7 Repeat layers 2 more times.  End with whipped cream and sprinkle toffee bits onto top layer for garnish.  Refrigerate 3-8 hours before serving, or overnight.

Enjoy!

 

Pumpkin Muffins October 1, 2017

Filed under: Breakfast,Dessert,Gluten Free,Pumpkin,Snacks — lewissisters @ 2:13 am

Hello everyone!
Life has gotten crazy, but we’re back with a fantastic fall recipe!

The recipe is perfect for this time of year; it’s going to bring the smell of fall and holiday baking into your homes. Personally, I think that baking in the fall is a must!

I used gluten free flour for this recipe and it worked like a charm. I also used my mixer with the paddle attachment to combine the ingredients which was great!

This recipe comes from a sweet lady that I met when I was serving my mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to see what that was all about, click the following link.

https://lewissisters.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/reflections/

I hope you try these delicious muffins; they are the perfect fall treat!

Pumpkin Muffins

 

Wisk together:

3 cups flour (gluten free)

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp ginger

1 and 1/2 tsps cinnamon

½ tsp cloves.

Add and stir well with a spoon.

2 cups pumpkin

4 eggs

2 tsps vanilla

1 and ¼ cups oil (applesauce)

Pour in lined muffin tins, bake at 375 for 15 minutes. Makes 2 dozen muffins.

 

Enjoy!

 

Easy Cheesy Penne August 20, 2017

Filed under: Dinner,Gluten Free,Slow Cooker — lewissisters @ 11:40 pm

Hi guys!
The last month has been crazy! I finished my novel and signed with a publisher; the blog has taken a back seat.
My dad is the hero for this month; he saw this recipe on social media and made it for us today. We adapted the recipe, by using Gluten Free Penne, not using mushrooms, using onion flakes and changing the herb to oregano. This recipe is easy to throw together because the slow cooker does all the work!
We served the penne with cooked vegetables. Use a 5 quart or larger slow cooker.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did. It’s delicious!
 
Easy Cheesy Chicken Penne
1 and ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 (10 ounce) cans cream of chicken soup
½ cup chicken broth
¼ tsp pepper
½ tsp dried tarragon (time and oregano are good too)
1 and ½ cups sliced mushrooms, optional
1 small yellow onion, diced, (onion flakes are good too)
1 cup sour cream
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 lb penne pasta (gluten free), cooked
Directions:
1. Add the cream of chicken soup and chicken broth to the slow cooker. Stir until smooth.

2. Add the tarragon (or other herbs), pepper, mushrooms and onion; stir.

3. Add the chicken breasts.

4. Cook on low for 6 hours.

5. Once the 6 hours are done, cook the pasta according to the package directions, do not overcook.

6. Shred the chicken and return to slow cooker. Add the sour cream and half of the cheese; stir.

7. Add drained, cooked pasta and stir.

8. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top of the mixture. Cover the slow cooker; cook on low for 20 minutes. Serve!
Enjoy!

 

Tropical Fruit Salad June 26, 2017

Filed under: Dessert,Side Dishes,Snacks — lewissisters @ 9:37 pm

Hi guys!
I hope you are having a lovely day. I have a fantastic summer recipe for you. It is another version of our fruit salad. For the original recipe click the following link. https://lewissisters.wordpress.com/2016/10/01/fruit-salad/
A couple weeks ago, I made the original fruit salad, with strawberry yogurt and cheesecake pudding, for a barbecue my parents were attending; when an idea struck me for a tropical version of this dish. Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to make the tropical version and the verdict is… The salad is fantastic; to add more coconut flavor garnish with some toasted coconut, or, crushed graham crackers (regular or gluten free).
Have fun adding your own fruit.
This salad is a hit at any summer barbecue. Give it a try!
 
Lewissisters Tropical Fruit Salad


12 ounces Cool Whip
1 small box coconut pudding
18 ounces vanilla yogurt
1 pound sliced strawberries, one package.
2 or 3 cups small marshmallows, optional
2 or 3 sliced bananas
1 Cup mandarin oranges
1 Cup pineapple
Directions:
1. Put the yogurt, pudding and Cool Whip in a large bowl and mix everything together with a wisk.

2. Cover the bowl and put it in the fridge to thicken; for one hour or more.

3. Wash, hull, and slice the strawberries; slice the bananas, drain the oranges and pineapple.

4. Fold the fruit and marshmallows into the cream mixture and garnish with a little toasted coconut or crushed graham crackers; serve immediately. This dessert is even better the next day!
Enjoy!

 

Gluten Free Pound Cake May 21, 2017

Filed under: Cakes,Dessert,Gluten Free — lewissisters @ 10:07 pm

Hi readers!
Last Friday, 19 May 2017 marked the fifth year of the blog. I can’t believe it! Thank you for sticking with us; since we do not post regularly, it’s so nice to see you come back and share/like our posts.
Last month, I announced my upcoming novel; it is still in the final stages so here is a peak at what it’s about.
“When a doctor and nurse are kidnapped during an Ebola epidemic in Liberia, more than their well-being will be threatened when their past and secrets must come out.”
Keep an eye on my Facebook page for more upcoming information about the book. The page is: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorMacyLewis.
The recipe for this month is from my friend Mikelle, it is a delicious and easy pound cake! I made it for Mother’s Day dessert and served it with strawberries and whipped cream. It was delicious! I omitted the almond extract because my niece has a nut allergy and added a little more vanilla extract; making the cake gluten free is very easy.
I hope you give this cake a try!
Pound Cake Recipe


2 c. Butter (4 sticks)

3 c. Sugar

6 eggs

1 Tsp. almond extract

1/2 Tsp vanilla

1/2 Tsp baking soda

3 c. flour (gluten free)

1 c. Sour cream

Directions:

Mix everything in a large bowl.

Bake at 350 for one hour in a greased bunt pan 🙂

You can also cut up strawberries and put whipping cream and strawberries on top!

Only let the cake cool in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes, or it may not come out very easily.
Enjoy!