Bourbon, Vanilla, and Chocolate Milk Shakes and Simple Chocolate Syrup

This is recipe for Bourbon, Vanilla, and Chocolate Milk Shakes and Simple Chocolate Syrup is incredibly easy, and very tasty. I’ve been making a lot of ice cream lately, so it was a cinch to whip up a batch of vanilla. I usually use the Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream recipe. If you’re interested in trying your hand at making your own ice cream, I highly recommend her cookbook. I’m a Columbus, Ohio native, so I have a soft spot for Jeni’s, but her cookbook is indeed easy to follow and has a lot of interesting and unusual flavor combinations. MilkshakeThe chocolate syrup was really easy too, and turned out to be surprisingly thick and fudgy. I’m not a huge fan of chocolate syrup, I find most recipes taste like sugar, and not at all like chocolate. I added a pinch of instant coffee to the mix hoping it would intensify the flavor, but it still ended up overly sweet for my tastes.

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All in all, this was a delightful treat for a hot summer day.

Baked Sunday Mornings

Triple Rum Black Pepper Cake

This week we made a Triple Rum Black Pepper Cake, and it might be my favorite recipe yet. It was very easy to make, I had all of the ingredients on hand, and man is it delicious. I was a little bit worried about the addition of black pepper, but thought I would give it a try.

CakeHonestly I couldn’t taste it at all, so I might just omit it next time that I make this. And I am definitely planning on making it again. I cut down on the amount of syrup and glaze a little bit, but I feel like it came out really well.  It was also not overwhelmingly sweet, which I enjoyed.

IMG_2343 1I thought the amount of booze was perfect, you could enjoy the rum flavor without any harshness. I can see where this cake could lend itself well to variations using other kinds of booze, like limoncello, coconut, kahlua  whiskey…mmm.

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Have a great week everyone!Baked Sunday Mornings

Next week : Chocolate Hazelnut Spread