NEW Luv Cooks video + Edelweiss Fudge Pie

 

Edelweiss Fudge Pie

My friends!

Fall is (somewhat) in the air!

Ok, so for some of you this may be a slight stretch- including those of us that ahem, may live below the Mason Dixon line. The highs are still in the 90’s, but hope springs eternal with 60 degree lows once the sun sets. We’ll take what we can get.

There is something about cooler temperatures that makes me crave warm chocolate. This is not a new phenomenon-note ALL of my previous chocolate dessert posts-but a less-humid climate opens up all kinds of possibilities for the Southern sweet tooth. Turn on the oven and blast fudge-y batter at high heat? Why yes, I DO have the mental capacity to consider that idea. Gently simmer coconut milk on the stove and whisk in dark cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla, and a pinch of salt? Yes, I’ll take that warm beverage, thank you very much.

So, today’s post is a fantastic combination of oh-so-easy Southern dessert, fudge brownie-esque goodness, and the perfect vehicle for fresh whipped cream. It takes only a few ingredients and you are on your way to fudge pie glory.

Also, side note- which you will see in the video- the possible reason why this fudge pie is called Edelweiss Fudge Pie is because in the 70’s Methodists took to singing the The Benediction (one of my favorite songs) to the tune of Edelweiss (from the Sound of Music, one of my favorite movies as child).

For your viewing pleasure:

My theory is that so many Methodists were having pot luck dinners on Sundays that the fudge pie served after the Benediction (at the end of service) became known as Edelweiss Fudge Pie. Just my theory, but I think it’s a good one. :)

Alright y’all. Time to get out there, enjoy the fresh air, and bake up a pie to share with the people you love. Who knows, maybe it will inspire a round of “The Hills are alive…” karaoke.

Edelweiss Fudge Pie from The Nashville Cookbook

With only six ingredients, this is one of the easiest Southern desserts to whip up. It’s, excuse the pun, “easy as pie!”

What you will need

  • 1/2 cup (or 1 stick) butter
  • 2 ounces sweet german chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 3 farm fresh local eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon quality vanilla extract
  • freshly whipped cream, for topping, if desired

What you will do

1. Preheat oven to 325 and grease a 9-inch pie pan.

2. Melt butter and chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat. Allow to cool.

3. Beat eggs in a stand mixer on medium speed until foamy (this should take a few minutes). Beat sugar in gradually, on low speed, until well combined.

4. Add flour slowly to mixer, stirring continually on low speed, and using a rubber spatula to wipe down sides occasionally to make sure it is evenly distributed in the batter.  Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and stir until combined.

5. Add cooled chocolate mixture slowly to batter, stirring continually, until evenly distributed.

6. Pour into lightly greased pie pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes (checking at about the 28 minute mark for doneness; toothpick inserted in should come out clean).

7. Let pie cool for about an hour and top with whipped cream. Enjoy!

 

 

Weekly Beauty Inspiration: Cooked, Dolce & Gabbana, Gray Wood

Dolce and Gabanna Spring 2016 LUV!
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Luv Cooks is about to make a beautiful debut.

As you know, I am a passionate foodie, sweet tooth, peanut butter lover. I am also a fan of all things beautiful. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of praying and thinking about the blog. What do you, my precious readers, want to see? What would bless you? What would fill you up- both literally and creatively?

I think you, like me, share a love of beauty. It’s part of what makes me who I am (my name is actually Greek for beauty, shout out to all my Greek sisters!), it’s a large part of why I feel so connected to my Maker, and it’s a huge part of why I got into this whole blogging thing in the first place. Plus, doing food and prop styling full time means I get to be surrounded by beauty a lot. It’s pretty amazing.

So, in an effort to try a few new things around the blog, here, my wonderful friends, are the beautiful things that inspired me both in and out of the kitchen this week.

Dolce & Gabbana Spring Ad Campaign

Photo taken from dolceandgabanna.com
                                                                    Photo taken from dolcegabbana.it
Photo taken from dolcegabbana.it

The colors, textures, Italian grandmothers, pasta, and produce stand in this campaign are heavenly. My love for the look of Dolce and Gabbana’s ad campaigns runs deep. If I had $4,000 to spend on a dress and sunglasses, you better believe I’d be sporting the ones above. Oh, and have you seen the VIDEO?!

Take me to Italy, bella produce lady!

Anthropologie’s Spring kitchen set up

Photos via Instagram by Luv Cooks

To say that I want to live in a kitchen with an open, airy view of the Grecian sea while gazing across my white marble countertops towards my Anthropologie cake stands and colorful cook book collection- understatement of the century. They do such beautiful work with cool, bright props and ceramics. #LUV

Cooked

Recipe taken from Eater.com
                    Recipe taken from Eater.com, a screen shot capture of the episode “Fire”         (contributed by Netflix.com and Jigsaw productions)

I laughed, I cried, I was a tad grossed out, I wept for joy. You know, just a normal Tuesday night watching  Cooked. Y’all- Michael Pollan not only is one of my favorite, down-to-earth food personalities/experts, his new show Cooked (on Netflix now) is my fave. As in, I am trying to focus on writing this right now and secretly wishing there was a way to watch the Water episode at the same time. Oh wait, you want to go to Morocco to run a grain mill now too? I knew you would!

Gray Wood

Restoration Hardware Bowls, photo from Beauty at Restoration Hardware

I think gray wood is gorgeous, especially when it comes to bowls, countertops and furniture elements. It counterbalances color so well. Like these two shots, taken from MyDomaine.com:

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                    Photo: Sharyn Cairns, design by Mim Design, taken from mydomaine.com
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                 Photo: Evan Lane, design by Amber Lancaster, taken from mydomaine.com

I want to go to live there with those pillows. And the eggs.

Longchamp Spring Ad shot in Wynwood (Miami!!)

Longchamp LUV!
Photo taken from miaminewtimes.com

The color block, the artistry, the fierce photo of Alexa Chung. Fabulous. And it brings back such good memories of Jake and I’s honeymoon in Miami. Sigh.

And last, but certainly not least, this photo of ice cream from Rachel Ray’s January 2015 magazine.

Gorgeous ice cream from Rachel Ray magazine

 

I aspire to style something like this one day. The drips on the ice cream are purrrfeect. And the blue background is spot-on.

Alright, my Luv Cooks family- I hope you have a sweet, beauty-filled weekend. Enjoy these last remnants of winter and at some ice cream in front of a color block wall, while wearing a fabulous handbag with somebody you love. Peace!