Ever wish you could have your cake and drink it too? This Mojito Pie attempts to grant that wish. Start off with a traditional mojito-making method by muddling fresh mint leaves and lime juice together to release all of the flavors. (Pro tip: Make some extra for an actual mojito to drink while you work.) As you sip your icy cocktail and dream of island beaches, mix together the custard, which is similar to a key lime pie base, plus a splash of rum. For the finishing touch, add decorative garnishes of whipped cream, lime zest and mint leaves. Cheers to that!
Create more cocktail-inspired treats with these recipes from Cooking Channel:
Few can resist the appeal of a luscious, hulking slice of cheesecake. But it can seem daunting in summer heat. Luckily, you can join today’s celebration of National Cheesecake Day with a creamy confection that also combines the flavors of summer by the campfire: S’mores Cheesecake. Graham crackers are key in both sweet treats, and this dessert takes cues from traditional cheesecake with a simple butter-and-graham-cracker-crumb crust that extends just barely up the sides of the cake. But where it really channels the ooey-gooey, richness of s’mores is in the filling. Made with cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, special dark cocoa and hot fudge, the cheesecake’s core has an intense chocolate flavor and a melty texture. With marshmallows baked inside and blanketed on the top, the finished cheesecake has a fire-toasted look and a thick, creamy center.
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Sometimes on these hot, muggy summer days, even firing up the outdoor grill can seem impossible. Keep the grilling spirit alive in a remarkably cooler with this DIY Watermelon Grill with Fruit Kabobs. Summer’s perfect fruit comes in many shapes and sizes, but for this crowd-pleaser, a round watermelon about the size of a small soccer ball is ideal. Use a melon-baller to hollow it out, saving the sweet spheres for pretty, petite fruit kabobs. Wooden skewers pushed through the halved melon create the grill’s grates, while blackberries or other dark-hued berries play the role of the charcoal underneath. Use stalks of celery or carrots to fashion a base, so the grill stands upright, and chop chunks of your favorite fruits (like pineapples, strawberries or peaches) to complete the fruit kabobs on top. It’s a sure-fire way to heat things up for summer – no open flames, smokers or grilling tools required.
For more ways to celebrate summer without firing up the barbeque, check out some of Cooking Channel’s fruity favorites:
Every year, ten days after America’s birthday, we again celebrate the red, white and blue, this time for Bastille Day, the French national holiday that marks the storming of the Bastille prison and the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789. Celebrate a few days early with the ultra-seasonal Cherry Clafoutis, a baked French dessert typically made with black cherries covered in a thick batter. The traditional method calls for whole, unpitted cherries because when cooked, the pits release an almond essence into the dish, but feel free to remove the pits (or even swap in plums, apples or pears). The rich, custard-like batter is made on the stovetop with eggs, sugar, flour, lemon zest and vanilla, then poured over the cherries and baked until golden brown. Finish it off with a generous dusting of powdered sugar, pop open a bottle of champagne and channel your inner Francophile. Bon appetit!
Round out your traditional French menu with these classic recipes from Cooking Channel:
The 2014 FIFA World Cup has a little something for everyone, whether your eye is on the soccer ball or the players kicking it around. Since Brazil is the host nation, there’s also plenty for those more interested in the food and cocktails (looking at you, caipirinhas).
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If your dad’s perfect Father’s Day is spent lording over an open flame with beer in hand, honor him with one of the manliest treats around: a frosted cupcake. Kidding aside, these aren’t just any cupcakes. They’re flame-jumping, steak-searing, barbecue-revering replicas of a piping hot grill. After baking classic chocolate cupcake recipe, spear some gummy kebabs and mini chocolate “patties” over a flaming twirl of orange frosting flames. It’s a mighty fitting end to a day of grilling.
For more ways to celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, check out these dad-friendly recipes from Cooking Channel:
• Cowboy Steak with Coffee and Chili Rub
• Fried Chicken
• Blackberry-Bourbon Iced Tea
Instead of the standards found in typical seven-layer bars, swap in some unexpected salty ingredients for the perfect balance of flavor all in one scrumptious little square. This recipe for Dude Food Magic Bars uses crushed pretzels for the crust, then layers crisp bacon crumbles, dark chocolate, peanut butter chips and crushed potato chips. Pour a creamy, salted caramel sauce over the layers and bake the bars until golden brown and bubbly. If you can stand the suspense, wait until the bars are cool, cut into squares, and then top them off with a sprinkle of crushed potato chips for a crunchy, salty finish. And don’t be shy — you can get creative with other ingredients like nuts or a pinch of cayenne pepper for a customized version of this decadent and dude-a-licious dessert.
For more wildly wonderful recipes, take a look at some of Cooking Channel’s favorite salty-sweet snacks:
Mom deserves more than standard brunch fare on Mother’s Day. This gorgeous towering Boozy Butterscotch Cinnamon Roll Cake combines cocktails, sweets and breakfast into one impressive dish, with the swirl-topped look of a bouquet of flowers. To assemble it, slather each fragrant layer of sponge cake with whipped cream and then sprinkle them with crushed brown sugar meringues for an added crunch. Don’t stop there! Place a batch of your favorite homemade cinnamon rolls on top of the entire cake, and instead of icing, prepare the butterscotch sauce, using bourbon, brown sugar and golden syrup. Let that glaze drip down the sides of the cake, then finish it all off with a generous handful of chopped pecans for a crunch.
Good luck topping it next year.
Round out your Mother’s Day brunch with these recipes from Cooking Channel:
It’s Hot + Spicy Week on Cooking Channel. So let the bright candy flames be your fair warning: these innocent-looking chocolate cupcakes have a devilish side. Disguised with a shiny chocolate ganache, this recipe for Devil’s Fire Chocolate Cupcakes sizzles with a handful of minced habaneros – the petite orange chile peppers that pack an unbeatably spicy punch. When eaten, the cupcakes leave a tingly sensation on the tip of your tongue, similar to the sweet heat of cinnamon red hot candies. Use food coloring and your favorite recipe for royal icing to create the fiery decorations to place on top of the cupcakes. If you still haven’t had enough, add the habanero seeds to the batter to satisfy the most daring heat-seekers of them all.
For more sure-fire ways to sneak some heat into your sweets, check out some of Cooking Channel’s favorite spicy treats:
Culinary moments in literature can be as unforgettable as the stories themselves. From the mad tea party in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, to the lavish buffet-dinner spread in The Great Gatsby, rich food descriptions draw the reader in, conveying the personalities of characters and helping bring the scene to life. Channel your inner bookworm and satisfy your appetite with Dinah Fried’s new photography book, Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals. Pulled from nearly 200 years of celebrated fiction, Fried’s book features photographs of recreated meals and table settings, like the chicken dish from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and the gruel that led Oliver Twist to beg a second helping. Each photograph has an accompanying excerpt from its novel, making it a full meal of literary deliciousness.
You can find more photos from Dinah Fried’s book here, or check out Cooking Channel’s take on your favorite foods in fiction: