Dulce De Leche Frozen Yogurt

Dulce De Leche Frizen Yogurt

Dulce De Leche Frozen Yogurt

I decided to make this delicious combination because the other night my lovely husband treated me to a yummy dinner at Zydeco’s and then a frozen treat at Sub Zero.  First off  Zydeco’s Cajun Restaurant : DELICIOUS, FUN AND GREAT SERVICE!  Win!  It was featured on  Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives a few years back and I see the owner quite often at my part-time job (not the substitute one…the cooking demo one).  Debbie  is a lovely lady and I love to support local joints!  The End.

About the Sub Zero Ice Cream  place.  It was more an experience rather than kick butt frozen treats….in my humble opinion.  The concept is liquid based (ice cream, frozen yogurt, soy milk, coconut milk…etc…).  They add a flavoring and mix-ins and wham hit it with liquid nitrogen.  Cool concept but overall flavor was so so.  I mean don’t take this the wrong way but Ben and Jerry’s still tastes better than that to me.  But it’s fun and you’ve got to try it at least once in your lifetime.  Check.  Done.  Now I want real flavor.

My selection at Sub Zero place: frozen yogurt with Dulce De Leche (as my flavor) and Reese’s peanut butter cup as my mix-ins (yes I am predictable).  Matt picked ice cream with caramel flavoring and toffee mix-in (my suggestion!).

Mine was good but I couldn’t really taste the Dulce De Leche.  Total bummer.  Matt says that it’s because I had too much Reese’s ….sorry but when you add Reese’s you’ve got to go for that extra scoop!   😉

So today, I decided the best way to get this flavor to really hit home was to make it myself.  As my mom always told me: if you want something done right do it yourself!

For some reason I saw a lot of recipes online that  included heavy cream.  I opted for a healthier version…mind you I wouldn’t consider Dulce De Leche healthy but no cream might help a little!

take a close look at this mouth watering frozen yogurt

take a close look at this mouth watering frozen yogurt

Ingredients:

1 13.4-ounce can Dulce De Leche

2 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon agave syrup (or honey if you prefer)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon sea salt (or kosher salt)

3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)

How to:

In a large bowl combine your Dulce De Leche, Greek yogurt, agave syrup, vanilla and sea salt.  Using a whisk combine everything well.  Pour your mixture into your ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instruction.  When the madness has run its course gently add your mini chocolate chips while machine is still running.  When everything looks dandy put your frozen yogurt into a tightly sealed container and put in your freezer until ready to serve.

the mixture...already 100% better than my Sub Zero frozen treat!

the mixture…already 100% better than my Sub Zero frozen treat!

I <3 my ice cream maker! It makes magic!

I ❤ my ice cream maker. It makes magic!

 

In the container it goes....after quite a few taste tests  ;)

In the container it goes….after quite a few taste tests 😉

Or dig in right away!  I did!   🙂

Note: if you do not serve the frozen yogurt within the next few hours it may harden but let sit at room temperature for a few minutes and all will be good.

My after dinner treat! Simply Perfect if you ask me!

My after dinner treat! Simply perfect!

This is super creamy, a little tart and filled with amazing Dulce De Leche flavors….bursting with flavor…lots…tons….a multitude of flavors…OK OK I’ll stop…but it’s really really really good if you ask me  😉

homemade frozen treat truly are DA BESTEST!

homemade frozen treats truly are DA BESTEST!

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Peace and Add Flavoring To Your Life,

Isabelle

National Homemade Cookie Day

October 1st 2013….National Homemade Cookie Day AKA: Best day EVER!

How did I not know this was a special day….my whole life has been a lie…honestly!  I can’t believe  that in 44 years of fun filled cookie life I had no clue that there was a day dedicated to Homemade Cookies!  Where have I been?

Well my sweet friends, in order to make up for lost time and to truly embrace this day, I decided to make a small compilation of my favorite homemade cookie recipes.  Oddly enough this was quite difficult to narrow down to 10 recipes.  I could have gone on forever but I realize that your day and time are valuable….even though cookies should come first! 🙂

Ultrathin Chocolate Chunk Cookies

pure LOVE....

pure LOVE….

Dulce De Leche Cookies

    Sweet, moist and more sweet...perfect!

Sweet and Moist, the perfect little cookie sandwich

Apricot and Nut Cookies with Amaretto

Delicious and one of the best hostess gift I know!

Delicious and one of the best hostess gift I know!

Nutella and Peanut Butter Cookies

take a closer look inside...madness! :)

Simply scrumptious and so pretty

Peanut Butter & Rolo Cookies

OOOOOMMMMMMGEEEEEEE YUMMY

Look at this gorgeous cookie! UNREAL!

Biscoff Chocolate Cookies

chewy, chocolaty and completely addictive!

chewy, chocolaty and completely addictive!

High School Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal Cookies are Yummy :)

flashback cookies!

World’s Easiest Cookies

some days the easier the better even in the cookie world!

some days the easier the better even in the cookie world!

Lemon Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

pretty little cookies

Lemon and Rosemary= perfection!

Let’s not forget Savory Cookies….also fabulous!

Parmesan Shortbread Cookies

Look how gorgeous these little guys are!

Look how gorgeous!

Note: October 1 is also National Vegetarian Day but honestly….cookies versus vegetarian?  Cookies WIN!

I hope you enjoyed this little walk down cookie lane!

Have a sweet day!

Peace and Cookies,

Isabelle

Dulce De Leche and Bacon Magic Bars

Dulce De Leche and Bacon Bars

Dulce De Leche and Bacon Bars

I saw this recipe in my Food and Wine Magazine back in Nov. 2010 and I knew just by looking at the pictures that I would love everything about this recipe.  I wasn’t wrong.  Seriously: DULCE DE LECHE AND BACON….OMG….one of “bestest” combinations in the whole world if you ask me!  My kids love Dulce De Leche.  I have to hide it if I buy a can/jar because they will use it immediately.  They make fudge, brownies, icing, dipping sauce….you name it.  They always find a recipe to use it.  Because I wanted these bars as a special treat for us this weekend, the jar was in my night stand 🙂

Source: Food and Wine

Note: I really didn’t change the recipe…well they did ask for a 16-ounce jar of Dulce De Leche and all the grocery stores around here carry is 13.4-ounce cans.  I figured it would work.  It did.  Also I did change the name.  Honestly it was just too long for my liking: Dulce de Leche, Coconut and Chocolate Chip Magic Bars….the important star ingredients are Dulce De Leche and Bacon…the end.

this is serious stuff....dluce de leche and bacon...it's magical!

this is serious stuff….dulce de leche and bacon…it’s magical!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter

1/4 cup sugar

1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped

1 large egg yolk

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 ounces bacon, finely diced (about 4 slices)

3 cups sweetened shredded coconut

12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup salted roasted almonds, chopped

One 13.4-ounce jar dulce de leche

One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

How to:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a 9-by-13-inch metal baking pan with parchment paper, leaving up to 1 inch of overhang.  Spray the paper with vegetable oil spray.

In a medium saucepan, cook the butter over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and browned, about 4 minutes.  Scrape the butter into a large bowl and freeze just until solid, about 15 minutes.

brown butter...it's a very good thing!

brown butter…it’s a very good thing!

Using a handheld electric mixer, beat the sugar, vanilla seeds and egg yolk into the butter at medium speed until blended.  Add the flour and salt and beat until moistened crumbs form.  Press the crumbs into the prepared baking pan and bake in the lower third of the oven for about 25 minutes, until the crust is set and lightly browned.

these are the lovely crumbs you are looking for

these are the lovely crumbs you are looking for

the crust...exciting isn't it!

the crust…exciting isn’t it?!

Meanwhile, wipe out the bowl used to make the crust.  In a medium skillet, cook the bacon over moderately high heat until browned and crisp, about 5 minutes.  Drain the bacon on paper towels and let cool.  In the bowl, toss the coconut with the chocolate chips, almonds and bacon.

In another bowl, whisk the dulce de leche with the condensed milk; pour two-thirds of it in the crust.  Lightly press the coconut-bacon mixture over the dulce de leche.  Drizzle the remaining dulce de leche mixture on top.

first layer

first layer

second layer, the toppings

second layer, the toppings

and finally the last drizzle of dulce de leche

and finally the last drizzle of dulce de leche

Bake the bars for 35 to 40 minutes, until lightly browned on top.  Transfer the pan to a rack and let the bars cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.  Carefully remove the bars from the pan and peel off the paper.  Cut into bars and serve.

well HELLO GORGEOUS!

well HELLO GORGEOUS!

time to dig in....and we sure did!

time to dig in….and we sure did! DELICIOUS!

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Peace and Bestest,
Isabelle

Dulce De Leche Cookies

I got this idea stuck in my head to make cookies with Dulce De Leche.  I love this stuff.  I know Nutella is all the rage but it doesn’t hold a candle to Dulce De Leche.  You don’t have to agree with me, it’s just my opinion…probably because I grew up on Nutella and Noixelle (french version of the Italian spread) so it’s not that exciting to me.  We use to make Dulce De Leche on special occasions by boiling a can of sweet condensed milk and voila! sweet caramel would appear.  Last time I told my mom I was going to make it she panicked and told me that the “news” were reporting exploding cans of condensed milk and hurt bakers. (not really but you get the idea!)  So I decided to buy the pre-made stuff and go from there.

Dulce De Leche Cookies

Dulce De Leche Cookies

I also gave in to using Dorie Greenspan’s recipe from her book: Baking From My Home to Yours

I love being creative but I also know a good recipe when I see it.  Why mess with the good stuff, right?

FYI: found in the "hispanic section" or by the condensed milk

FYI: found in the “hispanic section” or by the condensed milk

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup dulce de leche, plus more for filling (which means you need more than just 1 can)
3/4 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs

How to:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone/Silpat mats.

Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.

In your mixer, beat butter at medium speed until soft.  Add the Dulce de Leche and both sugars and continue to beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients, mixing only until just combined.

Spoon/scoop the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, using a heaping teaspoon of dough for each cookie and leaving 2 inches between them. (I would suggest you work with 3-4 baking sheets in order to cool between batches)

ready to go!

ready to go!

Put in your preheated oven and bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes.  The cookies should be honey brown with a light sugar crust, but they will be soft, so remove the sheets from the oven but don’t touch the cookies for another minute or two.  Transfer the cookies to a rack to cool to room temperature.

time to cool

time to cool

When the cookies are completely cool (and we mean completely!) , spread the flat bottoms of half the cookies with a small amount of Dulce De Leche, and sandwich with the flat sides of the remaining cookies.

    you don't need too much...it's pretty darn sweet! :)

    Sweet, moist and more sweet...perfect!

Sweet, moist and more sweet…perfect!

 

Note: I had a little meeting with myself prior to making the cookies…I wanted to cut back the sugars…I didn’t but let’s be honest I think you could easily cut the brown sugar to 1/2 cup and a tablespoon less of the 1/2 cup sugar…maybe next time.

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Peace and Voila!

Isabelle

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