Vanilla Bourbon Pumpkin Pie

Vanilla Bourbon Pumpkin Pie | A Bit of Bees KneesThe silkiest pumpkin pie you will ever eat. That bit of bourbon gives it a sultry edge – helping cut through the sweetness and highlight caramelly nutmeg flavors. This is not your Grandma’s pumpkin pie…

Ingredients
Store bought piecrust (or if you are feeling extra zealous –> pie crust recipe)
2  (15oz) cans of pumpkin puree
1 cup brown sugar + 1 tbsp extra for crust
¼ cup white sugar
½ tsp salt
4 tbsp unsalted butter (melted)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
½ cup sour cream
3 eggs
2 egg yolks
2 tbsp Bourbon
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions
-Oven 350 degrees F.
-Bake piecrust first. Make a few slits in the middle of the pie dish, so the crust doesn’t bubble when baking. Follow making instructions for store bought pie crust.
-Sprinkle the bottom of the pie crust with 1 tbsp of brown sugar. This will turn into a sweet nougaty layer when is bakes with the pumpkin filling.
-In a food prossecor, blend all ingredients together until smooth.
-Pour the bourbon pumpkin pie mixture into the cooled pie crust. Bake until edges are firm but center still jiggles slightly, about 45 minutes. Don’t overbake or the pie will start to crack on top.
-Let pie cool before serving

For added excitement top with…

Bourbon Whipped Cream
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon bourbon
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Sweet Blessing Birdnest Sticky Rice with fresh Tropical Fruit

Swiftlet Bird Nest Sticky Rice with Tropical Fruit
I am a sucker for mango sticky rice…

Have you ever tried it? Ooooh my goodness, it’s fantastic – sweet n slightly salt topped with coconut cream and fresh mangos. Gawwwww it’s one of my favorites! You might remember a post I did for Blessing Birdnest a few weeks back…well they sent me some more goodies, so I’ve been excited to experiment with more recipes!

Click here to read about Blessing Birdnest and learn more about the fascinating health benefits of the Swiftlet bird nests from Cepu, Central Java, Indonesia. These nests are rich in several amino acids, proteins and minerals and are believed to stimulate the regeneration of cells, enhance skin complexion and support your immune and respiratory system. FANTASTIC!

Here is a fun recipe for turning that fountain-of-youth bird nest into a delectable dessert.

Sticky Rice
½ cup coconut milk
1 jar Blessing Birdnest (5oz)
1/3 cup water
2 pinches salt (or to taste)
1 cup white long grain Thai sticky rice
2 tablespoons sugar

Coconut cream
Sesame seeds
Fresh mango, cactus fruit, dragon fruit and passion fruit

Directions
Pour one cup of white long grain Thai sticky rice into a bowl and cover with water. Soak for 1 hour
Rinse rice and drain excess water
Transfer rice to a pot
Add coconut milk, Blessing Birdnest drink, water, salt and sugar
Cover pot with lid
Cook over medium-low heat for 30 minutes or until the rice has soaked up the liquid
Scoop rice onto a serving dish and top with sweet coconut cream, sesame seeds and fresh fruit.


Double Chocolate Fudge Molasses Brownies with Espresso Drizzle


I’ve got to brag a bit, I do believe these are the best brownies I’ve EVER made. It’s like a dark chocolate fudge crossed with a decadent chewy brownie resulting in the yummiest of all fudgy brownies! This is not your traditional box brownie…no this is an entirely different level. And to push it over the edge, drizzle a bit of chocolatey espresso nutella sauce on top!

Brownies
3/4 cup butter (melted)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup blackstrap molasses
6oz bittersweet chocolate (melted)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
6 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
6oz bittersweet chocolate (chopped or chips)

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 350F
-In a glass bowl, melt butter in the microwave. Add sugar and molasses and microwave again for 30 seconds. Stir.
-Remove from microwave and stir in 6oz of bittersweet chocolate and vanilla. Chocolate should melt while stirring. Add more time in microwave if needed.
-Allow mixture to slightly cool before whisking in eggs (as not to scramble them).
-In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients –> flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, cinnamon and salt
-Slowly pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix slowly until combined.
-Pour batter into a 9X9 buttered baking pan (or pan of similar size). Bake at 350F for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Chocolatey Espresso Nutella Sauce
1 shot hot espresso
1/4 cup chocolate chips
2 spoonfuls nutella
*Stir until chips have melted and drizzle on top


Vanilla Bean Coconut Bliss Balls

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These were gone as fast as I made them! Vanilla bean coconutty bliss balls. Smooth, sweet bites of  tropical summer! They’re dairy free + paleo and vegan friendly too! Throw all the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until thick and creamy. Roll into spoonful-sized balls and top with extra shredded coconut. Serve at room temp or slightly chilled.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup melted coconut butter (not coconut oil…there is a big difference)
1/4 cup hemp mylk
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
*Throw all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth and combined. Set aside.
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Vegan Friendly Gluten Free Wagon Wheels


Homemade treats are happening in the kitchen today. Wagon wheels were a popular dessert for Aussie kiddos back in the 1950’s – traditionally made with shortbread biscuits, strawberry jam, marshmallow fluff and chocolate. I remixed this classic treat into a healthier more adult”ish” version. Super lush sweet almond and cashew “cookie dough” with vanilla bean coconut cream and fresh raspberry chia jam. All covered in chocolate of course + it’s gluten-free and vegan friendly! Here’s how you make em!

Makes 2 full wagon wheels

Ingredients

Cookie dough:
1/2 cup sweet almond paste
1/2 coconut flour
1 cup raw cashews
Splash of hemp mylk (if needed)
*Throw all ingredients into a food processor and blend until the cashews are fine and the cookie dough forms a ball. Set aside.

Coconut cream:
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup melted coconut butter (not coconut oil…there is a big difference)
1/4 cup hemp mylk
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
*Throw all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth and combined. Set aside.

Raspberry chia jam:
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp maple syrup
*Mix ingredients in a cup and let chia seed activate for 10 minutes.

Chocolate shell:(after the wagon wheels are assembled and frozen)
1 cup chocolate chips (enjoy life if you prefer vegan)
1 tsp veg oil
*Microwave ingredients in a cup for 2 minutes. Stir with a spoon and repeat until chocolate is melted and the consistency is ready for pouring.

Assembly:
Use a a cylinder form such as Ateco to help shape your wagon wheels. Start with pressing 1/4 of the cookie dough into the mold, making sure it is level with the tamper before adding a layer of coconut cream, jam and cookie dough once more.  Place in the freezer for 1 hour before removing the from the form and covering with melted chocolate.
Vegan Friendly Gluten Free Wagon Wheels
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